Stranded podcast #137

January 5, 2013
* Featuring tracks from the ‘To the Death 84’ release by Canadian metal band Voivod  *

Voivod are a unique force in the world of heavy music. Forming in Northern Quebec in 1982, the band immediately discovered a dissonant hybrid speed metal/punk sound that formed the template for their extreme and demented sound for the next three decades.  On today’s show you can hear two tracks from the original demo recording by Voivod which has long circulated in bootleg form before finally being issued on vinyl last year by the Alternative Tentacles label (also available through Vancouver distro Moloch Records).  They’ve since record 13 albums that have incorporated thrash and progressive metal elements, and gone on to tour the world (I recall seeing them play second to last at a metal festival in Australia once).  The track ‘Mechanical Mind’ is a taster of their forthcoming latest album release.

And welcome to 2013!  On the show today I re-visit a couple of Australian artists’ releases from last year that I most admired – the powerhouse acoustic talent of young roots musician Kim Churchill who I had the good fortune to interview last year, and Pond from Perth, WA who were featured at last year’s SWSW Festival.  And rounding out the show are two tracks from the new A.C Newman release and some recent tunes from Vancouver indie artists featured on the Safe Amp Society compilation of 2012.

Voivod – ‘Voivod’ [CA]
Voivod – ‘War and Pain’ [CA]
Dave Grohl speaking about Voivod
Voivod – ‘Mechanical Mind’ [CA]
Bison BC – ‘An Old Friend’ [CA]
Pond – ‘Moth Wings’ [AU]
Pond – ‘Eye Pattern Blindness’ [AU]
Kim Churchill – ‘Sarah’ [AU]
Kim Churchill – ‘Season’s Grind’ [AU]
AC Newman – ‘Im Not Talking’ [CA]
AC Newman – ‘Encyclopedia Of Classic Takedowns’ [CA]
Neil Young – ‘Born In Ontario’ [CA]
Aunts and Uncles – ‘Fictional’ [CA]
Collapsing Opposites – ‘Non-profit volunteer band’ [CA]
Japandroids – ‘Continuous Thunder’ [CA]

Featured video – Voivod – ‘Voivod’ (1984)

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