Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"I'm drunk And Hate-filled" Megapost (plus, I love new wave)

Sometimes, you just want people to die. Maybe you haven't updated your shitty blog in like 9 months, because you haven't given a fuck about virtually anything but doing drugs, but for some reason, people seem to still love your shitty blog. So, on a tuesday morning, very early morning, you're like "fuck it, fuck these people who I wish were dead, even though my shitty friends tolerate/encourage their shitty existence to the point it literally offends me... and...". Oh. Fuck that. I hate shitty assholes. I like awesome tunes. Plus, I'm drunk. Fuck you, and fuck your opinions. These records are good. You suck. Eat it.

Neutral Milk Hotel "On Avery Island"

The guitar tone on this record is fucking perfect. That's it.

Coil "Horse Rotorvator"

This is where industrial music comes from. Industrial music is cool, because it condones killing people you hate, and I like that.

Death In June "Nada"

I sure have been listening to a lot of dance music by politically sketchy homosexuals lately, haven't I?

So, to be concise: I like awesome guitar tone, early industrial, and sketchy homosexuals. I hate shitty people who take advantage of me while pretending to not be pieces of shit.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Units- "History Of The Units"

Everyone thinks I'm crazy because I've become obsessed with synthesizers and the music created with them. Behind my back they probably talk about how I've changed, how I listen to weird techno or whatever. Well, this is 100% (except for drums) synthesizer based punk rock from 1977-1983, and it is really really really great. (Also... first band to say "hey, we're a punk band!" was Suicide, so uh... fuck you)


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

KAS Product "Try Out" LP (RCA, 1982)

I quit smoking. Cigarettes, I mean. I haven't smoked in a week (that's a lie; I had a single cigarette at Grillo's BBQ last week because I was about to cry if I didn't), which is only the second time I've gone longer than like, a day, without smoking since I was knee high to a... uhh... like 19 years old, probably. Anyone who has known me for any length of time knows me as someone who loves to smoke, and gets angry when I can't smoke. I, however, decided that as a grown ass, 30 year old man, certain changes need to be made, such as quitting smoking. And listening to more French coldwave. It's a shame, too, because this is great smoking music. It's a little too fast to be great fucking music, but would be great to listen to post-coitally, especially whilst smoking. It's still a great record even if you don't smoke or get laid... trust me, friend.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Magits- "Fully Coherant" EP (1979, Outer Himilayan)

This record was limited to 300 copies when it was released, and will probably never see the light of day again. What you have here is the first project of Rudimentary Peni psychotic genius Nick Blinko. Upon first listen (Four songs in exactly 4 minutes, as per Mr. Blinkos usual MO), this is completely dissimilar to anything that RP ever recorded, but after a few listens you can definitely see the evolution. These songs are really, really simple, recorded with only an ancient monosynth and sparse vocals, but the general feeling of uneasiness that pervades all of RP's work is present here, too. Don't expect hardcore, but this is pretty awesome. A must for Rudi Peni fans.

uhhh... duh...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

New Order "Power, Corruption, & Lies" (Factory Records, 1983)

After a slow buildup over a couple of months, my obsession with analog synths grew until I decided I just HAD to buy one (well, I got an analog modelling synthesizer, the Novation X-Station... I'm not made of, uh, money), and that it couldn't be that hard to teach myself. Let me remind you, I don't play piano, nor have I ever in the past, and in fact, can only play drums and occasionally more exotic percussion, so this will involve teaching myself 1)General music theory, basic things like intervals, what notes sound like together, etc. 2)Specific keyboard playing technique, and 3)The principles of sound synthesis. Maybe this was a bad idea. Does anyone want to give me free lessons? Cmon, be a dude.

Oh, and this record rules and is one of the things that made me want a synth so badly.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Syd Barret- "The Madcap Laughs" (1970)

This is a gem of a record that I have to admit I only recently discovered, at the behest of the ubiquitous Nate "Naters" Stark, who hates punk, but loves eccentrically recorded (wikipedia says...) psych-folk. If you're completely unfamiliar with the history of psychedelia, Syd Barret was Pink Floyd's original songwriter/frontman, before he was unceremoniously kicked out of the band (on the way to a gig, someone said "Should we pick up Syd?", and someone else replied "Let's not bother...") for being completely and totally bat-shit crazy, to the point where he would stand for an entire show not playing, or playing the same chord the entire time, or wandering off and dancing around. He then went on to record this amazing piece of music history, followed by another solo record, before finally becoming a recluse until his death in 2006.


King Tubby- "Roots Of Dub" (Blue Moon, 1990)

"King Tubby (born Osbourne Ruddock, January 28, 1941 – February 6, 1989) was a Jamaican electronics and sound engineer, known primarily for his influence on the development of dub music in the 1960s and 1970s. Tubby's innovative studio work, which saw him elevate the role of the mixing engineer to a creative fame previously only reserved for composers and musicians, would prove to be highly influential across many genres of popular music. He is often cited as the inventor of the concept of the remix, and so may be seen as a direct antecedent of much dance and electronic music production."

Trust me, you need more dub in your life, and this is as good of an introduction as any. Literally every song on this record has the word "dub" in the title. And if you're still too high after the Crippled Black Phoenix record, this would work well as a continuation.


Crippled Black Phoenix- "200 Tons Of Bad Luck" (2009)

If I felt like going through the trouble of compiling a top 10 records of 2009, this would definitely be in it, and probably even in the top 3. Wikipedia calls them a "post-rock band from the United Kingdom", though I feel calling this post-rock is quite patronizing to an amazing piece of work that manages to blur the lines of genre's as diverse as doom, folk, indie, pub rock, and yes, even post-rock. Instrumentation is not limited to the guitar/bass/drums standard in pretty much all rock (post or otherwise); banjo, musical saw, accordion, dobro, and cello all find their place in the mix. There's even a mo'fucking Harmonium! If you still need a selling point, this features members of popular rock acts such as Mogwai and Electric Wizard/Iron Monkey (though before you're disappointed, I want to stress that this, while presenting an overall vibe of doom and gloom, is NOT a sludge metal record). This is also probably not the type of thing you want to listen to while actively doing something, at least not on the first listen. My recommendation for this one is, if you want to get the full experience, before you go to bed, pack a bowl, dim the lights, maybe pour a glass of wine, and try and take it all in.

Download Part 1
Download Part 2

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Blow- "Paper Television" (K Records, 2006)

From Wikipedia:
"The Blow is the moniker of Portland, Oregon-based musician Mikhaela Yvonne Maricich, who has recorded several albums for K Records. Jona Bechtolt, aka YACHT, was also a member of The Blow from 2004 to 2007.[1]

The music of The Blow is a sparse combination of Khaela's vocals and electronic dance beats.[2] Performances often incorporate short monologues - in fact, Khaela has toured extensively with her longer monologue "Blue Sky Versus Night Sky".[3] Khaela is formerly of the band The Microphones. Before 2002, The Blow went by the names 'Get the Hell Out of the Way of the Volcajavascript:void(0)no' and 'Get the Hell Out of the Way of the Wave'."

This is not the type of stuff that I typically post, but fuck it, I've been really into this album. Basically what you have here is ten (10) tracks of sort of lo-fi 8-bit dance music, with insanely sexy vocals (Brittany Spears=not really sexy, whereas Mikhaela= super super sexy) by the girl who used to play with the Microphones... it doesn't sound like something I would like, either, but trust me on this one... at the very least, it's good to put on if you manage to get a lady (or dude, I'm not trying to be gender specific here) to come home with your sorry ass. The songs are catchy as fuck, and really simple, but at the same time, there's enough going on to keep you interested. C'mon, you can't listen to post-sludge ALL the time.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Flux Of Pink Indians- "The Fucking Cunts Treat Us Like Pricks" - (Spiderleg, 1984))

I was listening to this today while I was out walking dogs, and, not having listened to it all that recently, forgot what a great record it is. I had this awesome diatribe all cooked up, but now I'm stoned (and also exhausted; the Jesus Lizard show at Irving Plaza tonight was absolutely mind-blowing), and I can't really remember what it was. Part of it was something about taking the best parts of Crass, early Chumbawamba, and Einsturzende Neubauten and beating the fuck out of it with a sledgehammer. Their earlier works were far more pedestrian punk affairs (though still solid); their later works (after dropping the "of pink indians" portion of the name) is basically anarchist dance-pop. This is a cacophonous blend of classic peace punk, dancy art punk, and a heaping helping of analog noise. Lyrically, this deals with "violence between men and women, based on the experiences of a band member who had been sexually assaulted"; the cover got them banned from HMV ("an international entertainment retail chain and is the largest of its kind in the United Kingdom and Canada...").


Sunday, November 1, 2009

CPC Gangbangs- "Mutilation Nation" (Swami Records)

I know very little about this quebecois garage punk band. Wikipedia tells me that this is their only LP, that they feature members of Les Sexareenos and Spaceshits, among others, and that they broke up when one of the members was arrested in the US. They also say that "While faithful to the sound of garage punk, CPC Gangbangs incorporated elements of space rock and thrash metal into their music." I don't know if I entirely agree with that, but this shit kind of rules. It reminds me, at various times, of labelmates Beehive & the Barracudas, Le Shok, and even early Fucked Up. This would be a great record to learn all the words to so you can sit around getting wasted and singing along.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Lifter Puller "Fiestas and Fiascos" LP

This is LFTR PLLR's 3rd and final album, and the only one not featured on 'Soft Rock', which enough people downloaded that I figured I should up this, too. Classic post-punk/indie rock band from Minneapolis. Featuring half of the Hold Steady. See the "Soft Rock" post for a better description.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Danzig- Self Titled

Well, I never thought I would be able to call myself a Danzig fan. For one thing, I hate the fucking Misfits. I know that in certain circles, this is a sacrilegious (in the bad way) statement, but seriously, they are just too cheesy even for me. Also, Glenn Danzig is pretty much a complete tool.

Despite all of this, I've been borrowing a friends Ipod lately (mine broke when I decided, while drunk, that I could throw it onto a pile of dirty clothes across the room. It made it there, but then it fell off the dirty clothes and made sweet love to the floor.), and this was on there. I said to myself, "Hey... Mother is a pretty rocking song, and that's on here... let's give this a whirl." And if you can get past what a boner Glenn is, and the incredible cheesiness of it all, you find yourself listening to a fucking amazing heavy blues rock album.


Sunday, October 18, 2009

xbxrx - "Gop Ist Minee" (2001, 5RC Records)

So sorry I haven't posted lately. I'm sure you don't really care. Anyway, this is the first proper album length release from Oakland via Mobile, AL's (or is it vice versa? I never get that right... what I'm trying to say is that they're from Mobile, and then moved to Oakland... someone let me know if I'm right or wrong.) xbxrx. This is the type of thing that I generally cannot stand in any form... it's very danceable punk stuff with lots of 8-bit sounding synths... they play a lot with bands like Japanther that annoy the fuck out of me... But somehow, they do it just right, and it comes out being a fun yet still really interesting record. If that doesn't sell you at all, it was recorded by Steve Albini. Also, the songs are all untitled, or at least titles were never listed on the original record.

myspace- their newer songs up here are also good, but are much more along the lines of noise rock.


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Plow United- Discography

I was going to just post "Narcolepsy", but all 3 albums are only 69 MB, so I said to myself, "Self, why not post them all?". Not really a discography either, just the 3 LPs. What you have here is 3 albums by a band who played melodic hardcore pop punk (if that makes any sense from bumfuck Pennsylvania which none of you will download because it's not atmospheric sludge. I'll say this; I fucking hate pop punk. So when I post a record that I describe as such, you best believe it tears the genre a new asshole. People bitch at me that I haven't posted anything in a while; I don't get why they care. Well, I took the bus home tonight, drunk and alone, and this band (specifically the "Narcolepsy" LP) made it pretty OK. I had to walk the last half mile; I listed to "Anywhere But Here" literally 9 times in a row, and it made sense. Fit my mood perfectly. And that's why, while I sometimes cannot stand pop punk as a genre, sometimes it makes sense and it's hard not to love.


edit- Sorry if this doesn't make sense, I shouldn't post at 4am when I come home drunk.