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Purling Hiss conjure weird, gritty VHS vibes with a playlist

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Purling Hiss
Aaron Biscoe

Singer-songwriter Mike Polizze occupies the weird zone where experimental art music and eccentric rock ‘n’ roll overlap: an odd but fruitful territory that’s been home to generations of Weird Rock heroes from Frank Zappa to Ariel Pink. Recently Polizze’s expanded his project Purling Hiss from a solo endeavor to a trio, upping the music’s pop quotient in the process, and in the process created his most accessible album. Weirdon, released today on Drag City, delivers classic rock tunefulness enveloped in a haze of freaky vibes that feels a bit like the group’s label mate Ty Segall but just a touch more tweaked out.

To celebrate Weirdon‘s release, Polizze compiled an exclusive playlist for EW that he says has “a gritty lo fi/VHS aesthetic.” If you like your rock music weird and obscure, you’re in luck.

Earth – “Tallahassee”

This is off of their album Pentastar. Dark record. Great record. They cover Hendrix…. grab it.

Ween – “Pork Roll, Egg and Cheese”

I love Ween and pork roll, egg and cheeses. Two great things from Pennsylvania.

The Dead Milkmen – “Big Lizard”

More PA pride. A great little ditty off their first LP. I met the drummer once about 14 years ago in my hometown, and we talked about music. It meant so much. Thanks, Dean!

Shakin Street – “Solid as a Rock”

Found this in the black hole of a YouTube trance, a fun tune… and it features the guy from Manowar.

Riot – “Outlaw”

Bet your life on a silver ball… Riot started out somewhere between KISS and Deep Purple (without the organs), but evolved into what was the beginning (here) of ’80s power metal a la Scorpions or Quiet Riot. Whether that’s good or bad, I think Riot hits a sweet spot.

Dude Love – “Dude Love Theme”

Sometimes you need a break from real music. This is not one of those times.

R. Stevie Moore – “Why Should I Love You?”

My choice was between this and “Play Myself Some Music” but there’s so many great music videos made by R. Stevie you can find. We got to play with him once, and I gave him all of our records. Great guy, and an immense talent.

Venom – “Nightmare”

This is your nightmare!! Venom bummed Henry Rollins out as written in “Get in the Van” which is how I discovered them a while back… but I personally enjoy it. Black metal meets New Wave or British heavy metal. And no, that’s not David St. Hubbins from Spinal Tap on guitar.

Dogs – “Something Magic”

Another video found deep in the YouTube vortex a few years back. I still revisit it for the sweet moves and hair styles. Very catchy.

Manuel Göttsching – “Echo Waves”

Here’s my closer for the playlist. A friend of mine just made a movie called Digital Physics, and this is on the soundtrack. After showing the film to me, he turned me onto Göttsching’s record “Inventions for Electric Guitar.” I’ve been jamming this a bunch lately.

PURLING HISS TOUR DATES

9/24/14

The Ballroom at Outer Space

Hamden

CT

w/ J Mascis

9/25/14

World Cafe Live

Philadelphia

PA

w/ J Mascis

9/26/14

The Ottobar

Baltimore

MD

w/ J Mascis

9/27/14

Local 506

Chapel Hill

NC

w/ J Mascis

9/28/14

Grey Eagle Tavern

Asheville

NC

w/ J Mascis

10/21/14

BSP

Kingston

NY

w/ Meatbodies

10/22/14

Johnny Brenda’s

Philadelphia

PA

w/ Meatbodies

10/24/14

Baby’s All Right

Brooklyn

NY

Panache CMJ Showcase

10/28/14

Great Scott

Allston

MA

w/ Meatbodies

11/1/14

Comet Ping Pong

Washington

DC

w/ Meatbodies

11/2/14

Strange Matter

Richmond

VA

w/ Together Pangea, AJ Davila, Mozes and the Firstborn

11/3/14

The Pinhook

Durham

NC

w/ Meatbodies

11/4/14

Shotgun Club

Asheville

NC

w/ Meatbodies

11/5/14

529

Atlanta

GA

w/ Meatbodies

11/6/14

The End

Nashville

TN

w/ Meatbodies

11/7/14

Siberia

New Orleans

LA

w/ Meatbodies

11/8/14

FFF Nites

Austin

TX

w/ Meatbodies

11/10/14

The Conservatory

Oklahoma City

OK

11/11/14

Burt’s Tiki Lounge

Albuquerque

NM

11/12/14

Larimer Lounge

Denver

CO

11/13/14

Diabolical Records

Salt Lake City

UT

11/14/14

Crazy Horse

Boise

ID

11/21/14

Los Globos

Los Angeles

CA

11/24/14

Lowbrow Palace

El Paso

TX

11/25/14

City Tavern

Dallas

TX

11/26/14

Hi Tone

Memphis

TN

11/28/14

Empty Bottle

Chicago

IL

Good Vibes Fest

11/29/14

Happy Dog

Cleveland

OH