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Future Reviews w/ Excerpts

Posted in Uncategorized by HOLIDAYS on September 9, 2010

While I’ve been meaning to do this for awhile, I’d like to start posting a small excerpt from releases reviewed, so for future reference, if you have something in mind, please e-mail when contacting me, and I’ll be sure to include it (preferably around one or two minutes in length in a compressed format), otherwise, I’ll take a snippet. Thanks.

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Update: Slow times, Second move…

Posted in Uncategorized by HOLIDAYS on August 23, 2010

I recently moved again, hence another slow point in reviews. Things will be back in order, and better than ever very soon. Thank you for your patience.

Update

Posted in Uncategorized by HOLIDAYS on July 15, 2010

Things have been slow here recently due to a rather lengthy moving process. Reviews should start flowing in steadily in the next day or so. Sorry to those who have submitted recently and haven’t seen any words yet. Shouldn’t be long now…

Wasteland Jazz Unit – Marked By Lines (5nakefork, 2010)

Posted in Uncategorized by HOLIDAYS on June 27, 2010

My relationship with Wasteland Jazz Unit has been awfully short- it was probably about 2.5 years ago that I drove from central Illinois to see them open for Wolf Eyes at the wonderful Art Lodge in Cincinnati- a show that didn’t leave me feeling all that curious as to their rather large catalog of releases.

Fast forward to today. Being my first exposure since that show, my expectations of Marked by Lines was fairly hazy. Not quite knowing what to expect, I do know there’s no better way than a C20- in my opinion, the perfect length for most noise releases. The first side starts off promising- loud wailing of horns on top of some heavily distorted feedback- but all too quickly, a droning feedback takes over everything, while the no-longer-as-wailing-horns subside below. The second side is far more interesting, as throughout the entire side you have the constantly abrasive wailing horns and feedback (not nearly as overbearing as the first)- all played in a much more chaotic fashion, delivering a very energetic cacophony.

Both tracks are rather alike, but still very different, and after considering the release as a whole, I feel as if the second track (the more chaotic of the two) was not only the most interesting, but also gave a more tolerable amount of headroom for close listening and enjoyment, while the prior (even being a bit more droning and minimal) had me just easing the volume knob and anticipating the nearing end- the same way I felt when I saw the a couple years ago when I saw them live.

It’s hard to say where I stand now with WJU- I’m not necessarily turned off, but I’m not quite turned on either. With a rather impressively large catalog of releases, it’s hard for me to tell where this one stands without more prior knowledge, but what I can say is that the presentation given by 5nakefork is one of the finest I’ve ever seen (in general). Marked By Lines is packaged in an oversized 6×9 ziplock baggie that houses both a thick piece of cardboard with pasted on artwork and the tape itself literally tied in, and a wonderful little booklet of additional artwork and a few liner notes.

I’m sure current fans of WJU I’m sure would be in for a treat with this one- and with that said, those who are yet to be exposed may be enticed by the wonderful packaging as well as the shorter length.

Update

Posted in Uncategorized by HOLIDAYS on May 31, 2010

Been having a few issues recently- computer related. Should be fixed tomorrow. Podcast should be done within the next day or so as well. I’m anticipating it being pretty long in an attempt to encompass all that has been reviewed thus far.

I also want to take this moment to thank everyone who has submitted to HOLIDAYS and given kind words. I really do appreciate it. I hope that I’ve provided words that are beneficial to everyone active and interested in these genres. Thanks again, and everyone take care.

New Review Blog

Posted in Uncategorized by HOLIDAYS on April 23, 2010

Born out of frustration. Reviews should start appearing in a few days. E-mail me at holidaysreview@gmail.com for an address. Thanks.