Viking's Choice

Lars Gotrich
Where heavy metal, heady psych, dreamy ambient, furious punk and cotton-candy pop music all come to freak out.
Created 20 Apr 2020
  • Goodbye Substack
    12 Apr 2021 • 1 min read • 6 1
    I've missed writing the Viking's Choice newsletter for the past month. Been busy with the day job and home life, but mostly have felt itchy about Substack's practices. If you haven't been following al...
  • I Love This Big, Dumb Truck
    10 Mar 2021 • 3 min read • 7 3
    The monster truck-ified Chevrolet 1500 across the street from our house. I grew up in Georgia. Not redneck South, but suburban South, where brand-new pickup trucks sparkle from weekend wash-n-waxes ou...
  • Viking's Choice Guide To Bandcamp Friday (March 2021)
    05 Mar 2021 • 7 min read
    “Does Lars really think newsletter subscribers want 40 album recommendations?” “Like, doesn’t he have a kid to care of?” Welcome to the 7th guide to Bandcamp Friday on Viking's Choice! Once again, wit...
  • Viking's Choice: Indonesian Ritual Drone, German Post-Punk, Russian Hardcore
    24 Feb 2021 • 5 min read • 2 3
    Senyawa’s ‘Alkisah,’ in a 44-label split, as released by Australia’s Stock Records. No one will listen to Jandek CDs with me. Early in the pandemic, I DGAF. The common room was host to nasty death met...
  • Viking's Choice: Pakistani Pop, South African Jazz, French Synth-Punk
    16 Feb 2021 • 3 min read • 2 4
    How do I get this Instagram filter? Aux cord missing and nothing good’s on the radio. What 4 CDs you got in the car? Here's my entry to Question Twitter, where the stakes are low and the engagement ra...
  • Hear The Hands That Make Your Record
    09 Feb 2021 • 3 min read
    My copy of Witch Prophet’s ‘DNA ACTIVATION,’ as hand cut by Robyn Raymond For a while there, it seemed like the only person who'd make lathe cut records was Peter King. He wasn’t, but some dudes in Ge...
  • Viking's Choice Guide To Bandcamp Friday (February 2021)
    05 Feb 2021 • 7 min read
    “Take a shot every time Lars drops the words cosmic, shred, weird or electroacoustic?” “You’re on.” It's always Bandcamp Friday if you chip in an extra buck or two. But today is actually Bandcamp Frid...
  • Viking's Choice: Tone Worlds, Noise-Rock Spew, Passion Fruit Dub
    26 Jan 2021 • 4 min read
    “Who are your guys?” Gendered question aside, I always found this prompt from Marc Maron's WTF podcast amusing, eye rolling and useful. (Can't say I've listened to an episode in years, but still admir...
  • Viking's Choice: Cubist Dance, Hag Blues, Heavy Shoegaze
    19 Jan 2021 • 4 min read
    Emmanuelle Parrenin's new album features German producer Detlef Weinrich, Gilbert Cohen, saxophonist Quentin Rollet and Ghédalia Tazartès. I mind my grits. Some go on hikes through the woods, others w...
  • Viking's Choice: Bummer Jangle, Gnawan Blues, Reckless Hardcore
    12 Jan 2021 • 4 min read
    Let me know if y'all with me, y'all By way of the late, great MF DOOM, welcome to Viking's Choice. (I'm still a mess about this… DOOM's music means the world to me.) Since my appearance on All Songs C...
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