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Music – AMM Trip-hop

Posted in Music Reviews, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 8, 2016 by Drogo

AMM = Appalachian Mountain Militia

Band:  J.B. C.O.D.I.A.K., A-Rob, and Mac Hatfield

Remixes by Drogo Empedocles

“Hey You Guys” aka “People Please Wakeup” (Eco Rap)

AMM Beat 150

“Real Talk” ft. CODIAK, Arob, & Mac

“Screwface”  ft. CODIAK, Arob, & Mac

just some favorites….

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Native American Modern Beats

Posted in Music Reviews, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on July 30, 2016 by Drogo

American Indian Music



Montreal, Canadian

Canadian Club DJs, ‘Tribe Called Red’




















WV/MD/PA/VA/OH-area Independent Bands…for all of you local (or not so local) music lovers…

Posted in Music Reviews, Uncategorized on March 5, 2016 by Annie Hendrick

Okay folks, here it is, my list of my most favorite-est local bands…bands you should check out- bands you should most certainly go see, if you get the chance (and if they are still around).

A little background info: I am a resident of the Eastern Panhandle of WV; the partner of a bass player; the daughter of a guitar and dulcimer-playing father and a mother with a lovely voice; the aunt of a 12-year old young man who knows music by ear and can play any instrument you put in front of him; a lover of live local shows; and a newly- inducted member of a local band that includes my husband, and two of my good friends (brothers from another mother). I’ve been tagging around with my husband for the last 10 or so years as he’s played in 2 different bands and with various solo folks. I’ve taken thousands of photographs, made tons of flyers, recorded hours of video, and attended every show. Local musicians are artists who put their souls on display and create performance art at every. single. show. they. play, whether it is for an audience of 10 or 100.

Anyhow, I invite you to give a listen to the following local, independent bands, but keep in mind, this is certainly not a complete list. If you like what you see or hear, please subscribe to their pages, listen to their tunes, go see them in action (unfortunately, like I said, a few of them aren’t around any more)…it will be well worth your time, and it’s always a good thing to support your local artists (I should know)!


(Hard rock psychedelic doom from MD)

Watch: Beelzefuzz- All the Feeling Returns

Six Ton Shogun

(3 piece instrumental/audiovisual band from WV)

Watch: Six Ton Shogun- Rennaissance


(Psychedelic doom metal from VA)

Watch: Helgamite- The Apiarist

Admiral Browning

(Instrumental bliss from MD)

Watch: Admiral Browning- The Binary Language Of Moisture Vaporators


(Straight-up rock with soaring vocals from OH)

Watch: Lo-Pan- Chichen Itza


(Heavy instrumental from WV)

Listen: Hovel on Myspace


(Stoner doom ambient post-rock noise from WV)

Listen: Nagato on Myspace


(Doomy thrash from MD)

Watch: Slagstorm live in Hagerstown, MD


(Sludgy noise rock from MD/VA/WV)

Listen: Akris on Bandcamp


(Dark Appalachian Pop from WV)

Listen: Cheshi on Bandcamp

Arming the Architect

(Metal from VA)

Watch: Arming the Architect- House of Claymont


(Old-school heavy metal from VA)

Watch: Monolith live in Strasburg, VA

Noetic Pull

(Funky, groovy rock from WV)

Watch: Noetic Pull: Cobra Kai

Black Blizzard

(2 piece love from WV)

Listen: Black Blizzard on Bandcamp

Pale Divine

(3 piece doom metal from PA)

Watch: Pale Divine- Angel of Mercy


(Cosmic sludge from VA)

Listen: Foehammer on Bandcamp


(Punk assault from WV)

Listen: RHIN-Bastard

Karma to Burn

(Instrumental stoner desert rock from WV)

Watch: Karma to Burn music vids

Faith in Jane

(Groovy stoner doom metal from MD)

Listen: Faith in Jane on Bandcamp

Old Indian

(Jammy rock from MD)

Listen: Old Indian on Bandcamp

At the Graves

(Heavy sonic one man band from MD)

Listen: At the Graves on Bandcamp

Eat Asphalt

(Metal from MD)

Listen: Eat Asphalt on their website


(Slow terror from MD)

Listen: Fortress on Bandcamp
























Celtic Music Favorites

Posted in Music Reviews, Pagan, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 4, 2016 by Drogo

Celtic Music is emotional and full of energy. Celtic songs can be slow and sad, and quick and lively; loud and proud, or soft and gentle. I love them all.

Drogo’s favorites

Celtic Bands: Pendragon, Enya, Clannad, Loreena McKennitt, Seven Nations, Pogues, Drop Kick Murphies, Chieftains, Unfortunate Rakes, Boiled in Lead, and many more

Celtic Songs: Whiskey In the Jar, She Is Like a Swallow, Wind That Shakes the Barley, Anam, Poison Glen, Mummers Dance, Dulamon, and many more


Drum Circle Tips

Posted in Music Reviews, POB Audio with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2014 by Drogo

Drum Circles do not have to be like formal music events. Drum circles are a unique form of organic musical gathering. For me this means 1. try to play with others. 2. if you cannot play with or follow others, either play your own thing, play soft as best you can, or stop playing. 3. if you need to talk, ask or suggest things respecting that just because you cannot play what someone else was playing, does not mean they were wrong.

* one common assumption in drumming is that it must always be “on beat” or straight robotic rhythm drumming. As i have said before, in drumming you can have breaks and transitions. There is no set time a drummer must drum a certain rhythm, in fact a drummer can hit a drum and never repeat or even have a pattern. Again, these are the differences between formal rigid drumming, and informal organic drumming.

As with songs, beats can change suddenly or organically to different tempos, rhythms, and individual pattern tones; and return to come full circle.

Hey You Guys – Green Rap

Posted in POB Audio, Poems, Rhymes, Riddles, Song Lyrics & Analysis with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 6, 2014 by Drogo

Hey You Guys (Green Rap) – AMM SCOD concept by Drogo, lyrics by Codiak, rapped by Codiak


People please wake up, our planet we are killin’;

Polluting all our resources, nothing left for the children.

Please think of the native americans before us.

Show respect for the mountains, open plains, and the forests.

Man-kind extinction, that’s what we are facing.

We maintain our cell phones, but mother earth we are defacing.

There is no way to deny it, there are changes in our climate.

Warfare and shrapnel, we care more about gain capital,

than the reservation (resurrection) of our fragile planet.

(Drogo, they don’t hear me man! Wake em up!)


Man-made chemicals, factories, vehicles; form death called smog.

Best believe we are breathing it all.

Children born with disabilities due to radiation in facilities.

Poisoned waters, West Virginia took it personal, I’m from there.

Nuclear bomb testing, gunned down while protesting.

This ignorance is persistent, mother earth needs our assistance.

Can’t stand by idly, there’s a fight brewing inside of me.

Elephants and rhinos getting murdered for their ivory.

Families misplaced, industries they replace THEM;

It’s all about the money, what about THEM?

Pipeline running through the MOUNTAINS.

Gator belts and shark skins.

Love comes from the heart AND soul.

Our young ones gotta know,

tickin’ time bomb, and the world about to blow….

world about to blow….

not a word about the blow….

word about the blow…


SCOD Punk Rock Songs

Posted in Environmentalism, POB Audio, Politics, Song Lyrics & Analysis, Spiritual with tags , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2014 by Drogo

Mosh mosh mosh, Oi oi oi

Mosh mosh mosh, Oi oi oi

Run around and show off your color!

If you have a dollar give it to your brother!

Dance around until your souls go dim,

(what i really wanna know is….)

Are you as funked up as I am?!?

Mosh mosh mosh, Oi oi oi