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First Tera Melos and next up on drummers to fly the coop is Behold… The Arctopus.  While Tera Melos have found their missing link in John Clardy it might be more of a process for Arctopus.  Drummer Charlie Zeleny (who left to focus on work as a session musician) was a power house behind the kit and easily able to travel the labryinthine structures of Colin Marston and Mike Lerner.  A posting on their myspace is of course fairly specific for what they are looking for in a new drummer.  The most daunting aspect though for any drummer seeking this position is that you must be able to read notated sheet music.  Normally this wouldn’t be a problem but for music this demanding it certainly can be.  Good luck

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zach hill bleeding all up on his snare piece

zach hill bleeding all up on his snare piece

 

The ridiculously talented Zach Hill (of Hella fame) has been a busy man with a trash load of new projects.  All of which beg to answer the question, do we really need this much Zach Hill (short answer “yes please”)  As is the case sometimes with spreading yourself thin it has yet to be seen if the four albums he has coming out this year will be quality performances but he has never been one to disappoint.

CHLL PLL – includes members of Danava and Prints.  Not sure what to expect from this as i haven’t listened to either band or posted mp3 on their myspace.

 

El Grupo Nuevo de Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – Group that is the core of Mars Volta and also part of Hella. Ive listened to the album and its just not compelling enough for me to comment in depth without more listens.  Although typical of the Volta boys, it sounds like Zach and Hella bass man Jonathan Hischke are holding down the fort for Lopez’ solo fest and Cedric Bixler’s crazy high pitched rants.

 

Diamond Watch Wrists – The second release from Prefuse 73 and Zach Hill.  A very interesting mix of odd pop and drums.  While not a complete drum fest as many would assume it is a very pretty album that is really starting to grow on me. review to come.

 

Bygones – Last and certainly not least this is Nick from Tera Melos and…yepp you know who.  This seems to be the most promising and organic of the four as both parent bands have similar sounds.  The two tracks ive heard are really special and its clear that these two fit well as players. This is going to be a rifftastic album. 

 

In closing you should certainly check out Hella if you haven’t already. its mandatory listening for fans of math rock or fun or life.

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Not sure how im so late to the party on this one but earlier this year the influential members of Ghosts and Vodka have stated that they are practicing together again working on new material.  This can only mean great things for us, as their last album the fantastic “Precious Blood” was released in 2001.  This instrumental rock group features members of Cap’n Jazz and Joan of Arc and if youve never heard they  should be checked out as soon as you can.

In related news Victor Villarreal (guitarist for Ghosts and Vodka) is finishing up a new album with his group Noyes which share many things in common musically with Ghosts. 

 

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