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|Sunday, September 25th, 2005|
Sometimes life shatters in your hands, and sometimes you can't find the words to express what has happened. "Perfecting Loneliness" may well be the most beautifuly assembled album in my collection. Under seemingly happy instrumentals there are lyrics so heart wrenching you wonder if Blake is playing somekind of cruel joke. And then "Autumn Walker" comes on and things begin to make sense. and it slides into one of my favorite songs "Further North", and the two compliment one an other. If ever you have a break up in the cold winter months, youd do no better than to listen to this song.
"December endings, and since you sent me things, I just feel further north."
|Monday, September 12th, 2005|
The greatest punk rock record ever: drum roll please...
Well it's two records actually, but they were released 3 months apart, and had they been released as a single album they would indisputably be the greatest album ever. Can you get more annoyingly superlative than that? What credentials do I need to call something 'great' anyway? I'm not even a rock journalist for crying out loud! (No sht you say-- a rock journalist would never say things like 'for crying out loud?)
Bob Dylan's 1965 "Bringing It All Back Home" and "Highway 61 Revisited"
That was Allen Ginsberg there wandering around in the background as young Bobby flipped the cue cards in the first music video ever-- 25 years before MTV.
(What do you mean punk rock? Punks don't hang with poets!!!??!?)
|Saturday, September 10th, 2005|
Thoughts on the traveling wilburys? I mean, clearly they should be an amazing band with bob dylan, george harrison, tom petty, jeff lynne and roy orbison. But I was interested in your opinion, and why they're so underrated.
|Friday, August 26th, 2005|
Remorse Code - Desperate Bicycles
Oh man. If you haven't heard this album, you haven't lived. Well, I might not go so far as to say that, but then again, perhaps I will. Yeah, I will. These guys were so completely punk - not in a Sex Pistols kind of way, but nonetheless - as in that they were totally DIY. They never released their material on anything but vinyl, and never reprinted any of their stuff. Now, that's pretty fine and dandy but also makes their music such a pain in the ass to find and pretty expensive. Well, speaking of the music; It's not anything particularly radical, and it sounds like many bands you've heard before, only this band is kind of like all the other bands' cooler, older brother with the better record collection. Darn I wish I could describe the music better. Well, allmusic (allmusic is always right, right?) described them as "psychedelic post-punk", but that really does them no justice.
I just suggest you all haul your collective ass (er, I guess metaphorically, seeing as you don't really have to move that much to get anywhere on a computer) over to eBay and start bidding. It'll be the best-spent, um, eighty bucks you've ever spent. I just used the word "spent" twice in one ten (kind of eleven, one of the words was hyphenated)-word sentence. That's one fifth of the whole sentence. Ah, who cares. Buy the flippin' album.
Oh, or download it if you must. (http://www.derekerdman.com/ilovemilkshakes/october2004/Desperate_Bicycles_Anthology/desperatebicycles.htm
) I won't tell anybody, promise. Current Mood: hungry
|Wednesday, August 24th, 2005|
The Specials is probably the best ska album i've ever listened to; the energy stays strong throughout the entire album, and every song is catchy with intelligent lyrics. A lot of the songs express frustration and anger with the government, which i think was typical of the era and from its punk influence. actually, the song "too much too young" was banned by the bbc because of its view on contraception. they mix covers with originals well and it has a nice flow to it. The album was produced by elvis costello and you can hear a bit of his influence. It also reminds me of the clash, vocals sound a bit like mick jones, and the clash had ska undertones because of paul simonon's interest in reggae. Overall, this is one of my favorite albums ever, and i highly recommend it.
p.s. i hope this dryspell ends, i'd like to hear everyone's recommendations.
|Monday, August 15th, 2005|
Its a lullaby from Wonder Woman's radio
I can't stop listening to this album lately. I am completley obsessed with the songs "Blonde on Blonde" and "Inside of Love". I use to listen to Nada Surf in high school. High/Low was the album, but I didn't pay much attention to later releases. But "Inside of Love" is the perfect pop song. Give it a spin.
|Friday, August 12th, 2005|
and grave were my knees
the deadly snakes are, well, to be honest, the most promising band (since the exploding hearts, but we all know they don't like seat belts). these six men from toronto, canada made one hell of an album named ode to joy
back in 2003. it's one of my most favorite albums and i've played it a lot since then. first, i had my doubts, but then i kept on listening and it turned out to be worth it. i guess you could say the snakes are a real rock 'n' roll, blues, soul, garage band. ignore current bands that say they are rock 'n' roll, this album is the real deal. ode to joy
starts off unapologetically with "closed casket" and the fun doesn't stop. i don't know where i was going with this, but i love this album and i hope you do too. i'm obsessed with them right now. such raw vocals, such honesty, such a breath of fresh air. Current Mood: drained
|Sunday, July 31st, 2005|
This week's genre
All right all you cool cats, this is your friendly mod here offering up this week's genre to toast. Y'all ready?
This week, I hope everyone can find a post-war Chicago blues album they love to write about. Since the genre itself for along time tended to be singles based, compilations will be accepted this week.
Have at it!
|Thursday, July 28th, 2005|
Recorded in 1982, so I guess that qualifies. Micheal Stipe mumbles incoherent phrases ("yellow like a grecian doll???") over Peter Buck's rudimentary 12 string and Mike Mills delivers awkward, childlike harmonies. All these elements end up making what I consider to be the best album of the 80s and one of the most mysterious, inspiring albums ever. "Sitting Still" is one the greatest pop songs of all-time as well. Never mind what you feel about R.E.M. now, Chronic Town
, and Reckoning
stand on their own as classics from that era.
|Wednesday, July 27th, 2005|
genre monday (week): post-punk
Substance - Joy Division
"dOn'T tEh InTeRpOl (TeHy'Re Le SeX ROFLMAO!!!11111!!!!1!!!111!!!11!!!!1!1!!1
1!!!1) SoUnD lYkE tHem?! LOL!!!!!!1!!!!!111111"
Well, kind of. But, unlike them, Joy Division didn't totally blow dogs for quarters.
Their music ranged from army-like precision ("Warsaw") to fuzzy and echo-y ("Isolation"), but the one thing that really ties all the songs together is those indelible, angular riffs and throbbing melodic basslines, sometimes propelling the songs forward into perfectly-executed, frantic breakdowns ("No Love Lost", "Failures").
And if one needs any indictation of just how totally righteous Joy Division were... Ian Curtis made epileptic seizures helluva sexy. Now that's quite the accomplishment...
So, put on that skinny tie and world-weary glare and just... dance dance dance dance dance (to the radio) Current Mood: hair is sticking to my face
|Tuesday, July 26th, 2005|
Post-Punk: Big Black - Atomizer
This was intially written for a newspaper column of mine when I was a college freshman. It's awkwardly done, and I steal from far too many sources, but I hope it conveys my feelings for this album accurately, if not poetically.
In the latest issue of Spin magazine there is a list of the ten most essential industrial rock albums. Among the usual suspects of Throbbing Gristle, The Ministry, and Nine Inch Nails, one name is conspicuously absent: Big Black. I’ll make no bones and get straight to the point. Listening to Big Black is like having a rusty ice cream scoop scrape your brain off the top of your skull while wailing like an injured pig in heat. And this is a good thing.
Fronted by cantankerous fanzine writer and future producer Steve Albini, Big Black created music that was truly intense and devastating. It sounds less like music made with guitars than music constructed with sounds made by guitars. Top that off with the jazz-funk bass work of Dave Riley, the screaming “rhythm” guitar work of ex-Naked Raygun member Santiago Durango and the might of the Roland drum machine (which, in typical Albini fashion, emphasized the first and third beats instead of the second and fourth, which made it sound monolithic and thunderous instead of danceable), and you get a lurching monster of a band.
Their high point was this, their debut full-length. Despite Albini’s assertion that “melody means almost nothing...aggression, rhythm, and texture are all,” most of the songs on Atomizer are memorable, and, dare I say it, melodic, which puts them a cut above the “musique concrete” nonsense everyone had to put up with in Music and Culture. Guitars screech, skrong, wail, bleed, ache, writhe, and vomit in a stew that sounds like a circular saw being ground into the pavement. Lyrically, Albini trots out his cast of warped characters. Most people are put off by Albini’s confrontational use of first person when singing about former military mercenaries (“Bazooka Joe”), sadomasochists (“Fists of Love”), rednecks watching cows get slaughtered for entertainment (a live take on “Cables” that’s more frightening than the studio version), multi-ethnic angst (“Passing Complexion”), a quasi-melancholic update on the themes of John Mellancamp’s “Pink Houses” (“Bad Houses”), or the true story about a child-molestation ring of “Jordan, Minnesota.” The last track is particularly intense, both musically and lyrically, as one can imagine. The thumping beat, feedback-ridden guitars that sound like sheet metal being ripped, and throbbing bass line set up Albini to sing about an incredibly taboo subject. Very rarely does a collection of songs come along that the very act of listening to them makes the listener feel uncomfortable and awkward for having heard them.
The undeniable high point of the record is the industrial-rock classic, “Kerosene.” Starting with an irreproducible intro that sounds like shattering glass, Big Black launches into an approximation of a riff, while the lead guitar line sounds like aural arson. The drum machine lurks like a monster waiting in the shadows while Albini spits out an intense tale of boredom in the Midwest: “Stare at the walls/Stare at each other/Wait till we die.” When the characters in the song discover self-immolation as “something to do” to alleviate the boredom, the songs kicks off into the atmosphere, trying to create the musical equivalent of bored Montana teenagers settings themselves on fire. After a fake ending, it chugs to a close that’s enough to make one green and queasy. It still stands as a classic.
This album is for anyone who used to get off on Nine Inch Nails in high school, but be warned. One spin through this album and your current favorites will sound incredibly weak afterwards.
This week's genre
Sorry guys, your favorite mod been swamped with work. I think I'm going to transform Genre Mondays into Genre Week. Thoughts on this? Feel free to send genre suggestions my way, too!
This week's category: post-punk. Have at it!
|Monday, July 25th, 2005|
I'm thinking that since there's been no new genre today, it's still possible to add my twopenneth on last week's topic....
Anyhoo, my top three jangle pop are:The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses
I don't think any other album so succinctly defines a time in my adolesence - it's loud, sounds great when you're pissed up, awesome melodies, sing-a-long choruses and snarly vocals.Belle & Sebastian, Dear Catastrophe Waitress
OK, a lot of B&S fans don't think this album is up to much, but I have to disagree. I love a good melody, harmonies and clever lyrics and this album has them in spades.The Smiths, Hatful of Hollow
Yes, the Manc miserabilists. Now, I love The Smiths with a passion, but even I can see that some albums are better than others. This one, which was my first (oh, the nostalgia), is in my opinion the best. It's not too long, not too short, and has all the defining tracks: Hand In Glove, Handsome Devil, Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now and Accept Yourself. It's a one-album resume. Current Mood: busy
|Sunday, July 24th, 2005|
|Saturday, July 23rd, 2005|
To John Frusciante Fans...
What's your favorite John Frusciante album? It's hard to choose since each one is full of great music and has its own unique sound, but I've always loved "To Record Only Water for Ten Days." John can do some great things when playing with other musicians in a studio, but I love it when its just him all by himself in his living room which is the case basically with "Curtains" also, his most recent album and another favorite of mine. These albums have such a great singer/song-writer vibe. Current Mood: calm
|Friday, July 22nd, 2005|
The Soft Boys took their name from William S. Burroughs. That should be enough convincing, but if it isn’t, just wait until you hear the music. with a combination of dangerous humor, pop hooks, and punk style, Underwater Moonlight is brilliant from start to finish.
Modest Mouse - the Moon and Antarctica
Everything that keeps me together is falling apart
I got this thing that I consider
My only art of fucking people over.
My boss just quit the job
Says he's going out to find blind spots
And he'll do it.
The third planet is sure that
They're being watched by an Eye in the sky
And when they get to the promised land
They're gonna shake the Eye's hand.
So begins ( possibly the greatest album ever recorded.Collapse )
|Tuesday, July 19th, 2005|
Jangle Pop, Huh?
Well, let me get in an obvious choice before someone else does. I'm not really familiar with any other bands considered to belong to the "jangle pop" genre. Anyway, this is my favorite pre-Sweethearts of the Rodeo
Bryds album.( Read more...Collapse )
I'm just not an expert on this genre, though. Maybe someone else can dig up something a little more obscure.