• Classic Review: Shellac - At Action Park (1994)

    25 Aug 2014, 23:33 by diab0licalminds

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    For those of you unfamiliar, and you ought’a be fuckin ashamed, Shellac are a self described “minimalist rock trio” consisting of Todd Trainer, Bob Weston, and, most notably, Steve Albini. Albini, or course, made a name for himself in such seminal post-hardcore acts as Big Black and Rapemen, as well as by producing albums from Nirvana, Slint, and Fugazi (The last never saw daylight, but the production did in fact occur).

    Over the course of their 22 year career, Shellac have released five stellar studio albums, and have promised another to be released next month. In anticipation of what is undoubtably going to be a raw, energetic bit of post-hardcore, here’s a taste of Shellac’s debut studio LP, At Action Park.

    My Black Ass: Right out of the box, Shellac are crunchy and abrasive; atonal and cathartic. Weston’s thick, distorted bass drives this heavy opener with brooding intensity. …
  • My Black Ass

    13 Apr 2009, 23:48 by suBliminalien

    hahaha. Holy living shit. Seriously, getting dressed to go out while listening to this is the most badass thing in the world. High fucking five, pissed off Steve Albini.

    My Black Ass
  • The New Year / Shellac

    11 Jun 2006, 18:19 by 6of44

    "So do you guys have any questions?"
    "What took you so long?"
    "Why are you complaining? Don't ask questions!"
    -cue explosive and abrupt jamming of "Ghosts"-
    [Fig. 1]

    That's probably why Shellac never come to [Houston,] Texas. We are stupid and undeserving. Well, a majority of the people here are. But I'm not, and the chick standing next to me who jammed with Todd Trainer isn't either.

    Anyway, the show started about an hour late for some odd reason, yet no one was getting very agitated about it. We were all just thrilled (and filled with patience) for the rock that we were about to get fucked with. The New Year started us off, and I actually wanted to see them, too. Well, I wanted to see ex-Bedhead's Kadane brothers, anyway. I hadn't listened to their recent album all but once, and I doubt I even finished it. Sure, they used to be Bedhead, but this new band just isn't the same. Still good, but not the same. …
  • Current #1 Songs

    19 Jan 2006, 01:27 by hellboy1975

    Just had a look over my overall top songs list, and at the moment it seems to be a tie between Shellac's My Black Ass, and Jello Biafra with the Melvins Dawn of the Locusts.

    I've spoken about Shellac before, and they're one of my favorite bands, not only because Steve Albini is in them, but also due to their great raw sounds. I'm not quite sure how My Black Ass got so high on the list though. It's a great song and all, but probably not my favorite Shellac song. I'd reserve that honour for Dog and Pony Show, or perhaps Prayer to God.

    Dawn of the Locusts I can say is my favorite Jelvins track. I love the guitar sounds, I love the riffs, and I love the pacing of the track. Not only all that, but I also love the crazy locust? vocals partway through the song. If you're a Melvins or Jello Biafra fan, I can't recommend Never Breathe What You Can't See enough.