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Purling Hiss conjure weird, gritty VHS vibes with a playlist

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.

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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

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