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The MT Field Unit
The best music in the underground, recorded live.
Category: Freeform
Location: Danbury, CT
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The best music in the known universe filtered through my brain for your ears.

by Malcolm Tent
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October 25, 2017 04:33 PM PDT

BASSOON's crushing instru-metal onslaught has been called "the Melvins colliding with Melvin Sparks" and hailed as "Brooklyn’s heaviest and most challenging" trio, delivering hand-hammered stoner-metal-fusion chamber odysseys since 2008. Their "eviscerating eponymous debut" of 2012, dubbed "an unholy union of high-brow fusion and low-end sludge". Originally the brainchild of Stuart and Harvey Milk's Steve Tanner during Stuart’s collaboration with Harvey Milk on the Special Wishes album, heavy bass/keyboard riffs over a drum machine gave way to the current power trio with guitarist Sean Moran and drummer John Mettam. The group heads Northeast in Spring 2017 for a brief tour before entering the studio to cut a second record.

"For fans of intelligent metal, any project attached to Stuart Popejoy and Steve Tanner of the Athens, Georgia noise rock outfit Harvey Milk is certainly worth investing a moment of your time to check out. But what if said project emerges without the input of its primary principles? Truth be told, Bassoon is only Tanner's group in theory, conceived during their collaboration with journeyman avant-jazz bassist Stuart Popejoy, who participated in the creation of Harvey Milk’s 2006 LP Special Wishes. However, Popejoy turned the concept into a full-fledged vision with the help of guitarist Sean Moran and drummer John Mettam with this eviscerating eponymous debut (released August 2), with nine compositions that sound like the Melvins colliding with Melvin Sparks in an unholy union of high-brow fusion and low-end sludge. Call it ‘Bash and Bop’ with all apologies to Tommy Stinson." -- Dirty Impound

“The power trio is one of Brooklyn’s heaviest and most challenging, bringing to mind a mixture of Melvins-style avant-sludge and daredevil ’70s fusion.” – Time Out NY

“The riffs are interesting, original post-Zep, post-Zap, post-Maha sorts of things… the band takes no prisoners” – Grego Applegate Edwards


October 11, 2017 10:29 AM PDT

These dudes are from the greater DC area. They opened for THE PIST and burned the house down! Here's their set in full fury. Turn it up loud; your neighbors won't know WHAT the hell is going on.

Band photo by Chadd Heath.

October 05, 2017 09:10 PM PDT

A little self indulgence with this one. I took some interesting sounds I found on the road and manipulated them ever so slightly. The result was something unexpected and mildly nerve wracking. Play with the lights off for maximum effect.

September 25, 2017 03:28 PM PDT

SPIRIT OF update the pastoral folk tradition for the 21st century. That is to say they are a guitar duo playing lovely melodies with beautiful vocals. And they are electric and they are loud! Hopefully this recording from the Lyric Theatre in New Haven does justice to their sound.

September 14, 2017 03:25 PM PDT

We just lost one of the greats. Grant Hart was 100% unpredictable. I've seen him chew out close friends for no reason and I've seen him share his food with bums on the street. His performances could be dire or inspired depending on his mood, which was quite capricious.

He was a great conversationalist. There's no way I could remember all of the factoids he would casually drop in the course of an idle chat after a show. Much of his stored information wound up in his songs and his songs are amongst the best I've ever heard.

Grant was kind enough to let me tape his shows. Here's a selection from a few of the best. There are lots of fond memories in these recordings and I'm glad that Mr. Hart allowed me the means to relive them. Please enjoy and share freely.

You're The Reflection Of The Moon On The Water/ So Far From Heaven/ Is The Sky The Limit (recorded live at The Cake Shop, NYC 11/22/13)

Awake, Arise/ 2541/ My Regrets/ She's A Woman (And Now He Is A Man)/ Barbara/ Where You Gonna Land (Next Time You Fall Off Of Your Mountain)/ Getaway In Time (recorded live at Bruar Falls, NYC 9/27/10)

Parchman Farm/ Green Eyes/ Turn On The News (recorded live at The Cake Shop, NYC 1/14/10)

Charity, Chastity, Prudence, and Hope (recorded live at Northsix, NYC 1/30/03)

Photo from The Cake Shop, NYC 1/14/10 by Malcolm Tent.

September 13, 2017 09:08 PM PDT

Here is a very rare recording of a complete set from the ill- fated "Grave New World" tour. Well, almost complete. The gig took place at a strip bar on a Sunday afternoon. The band was cut short to make way for the topless dancers. That was still a better fate than what Discharge faced on most of this tour. It's a long story, best told by others. Dig this artifact of crossover gone terribly wrong, audience abuse and all.

August 29, 2017 09:49 PM PDT

It's epic.... it's informed.... it's got a storyline.... it's rock to the Nth degree.... it's THIS CRIMINAL SOUL recorded live at the lovely Lyric Theatre in New Haven, CT. It was their cd release party and thus, history in the making.


August 29, 2017 09:24 PM PDT

If ever there was a band who needed no introduction, it would be PSYCHO. So without further ado, he's a scorching live set of theirs from Club Bohemia in Cambridge, MA.

August 23, 2017 11:42 PM PDT

DIVIDED HEAVEN prove that "singer songwriter" is not a dirty phrase! Recorded live at Zephyr in the very thin air of Santa Fe, this dude delivers the goods.



August 22, 2017 08:25 PM PDT

Before there was DEVO (the band) there was DEVO (the idea). The dudes who conceived of DEVO are Jerry Casale and Bob Lewis. They recently shared the stage for the first time in 40+ years and I was there to document it.

Immediately afterward, Jerry Casale and David Kendrick (who was DEVO's drummer on several albums and tours) had an onstage reunion. I rolled tape and played guitar; an epic moment for yours truly and one of many epic moments for all in attendance at the DEVOtional fan gathering.

Personnel on "Auto Modown" and "Beehive":
Jerry Casale: bass, vocals
Bob Lewis: guitar
Scott Orsi: keyboards, vocals
Nick Ciasullo: drums

Personnel on "Beautiful World":
Jerry Casale: bass, vocals
David Kendrick: drums
Scott Orsi: keyboards, vocals
Malcolm Tent: guitar, vocals

Photos by Michael Pilmer and Joshua Wizinsky.

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