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Music blog intermezzo
TEN DAYS, 50+1 ALBUMS
DAY TEN! BOOM! THUNDER! FIRE!
Live In Flint - Once I heard somebody say "Clutch!? Such boring music!"
I am yet to give a full go to their latest but I have indeed listened to 95% of their discography, back and forth and have to tell you: the last thing they are is boring.
PLUS there is an evident "evolution" of their music as one goes forth in time, listening to their albums.
Neil's voice turns just about the best during this live recording and by that you have to understand he sounds like a man with two throats, someone who really got into Gospel and to the bottom of Blues. It is a marathon of songs and they sure have lost a few pounds when done with the last riffs. These guys play tighter together than siamese twins and blast out SO VERY MUCH funk! Look at that cover, look at the audience! Somebody sell me a copy as this is an actual rare item. Put it on for a great party! Escape from the prison planet!
I had a dilemma about which Pissed Jeans (the sound is garbage on this video, don't know where the guitar disappeared to and it is from hipstery Pitchfork, but you get what you need to get and need to understand) album to stick here. Nope, contrary to some douche opinions it is not just some hipstery black flag copy punk shit, this is devout passion for self-expression with lots of humour and self-irony. There's not much to explain here, it is worth to read their facefuck page, the rather humorous posts and to catch them live. I haven't seen a show like that before, I dare to say this is the comeback of punk, check some live footage on the tube or the hilarious music videos. I can see a car running over some stupid chartmusic bitch.
Free Reign is Climic's psychedelic art punk at it's best. Light and soothing. Along with their latest, Wheeltappers And Shunters you are set for a whole days listening as you won't be willing to stop the music. "As a beacon of individuality and bohemianism, Clinic have few equals. Since their inception, the Liverpudlian quartet have followed a unique set of parameters that has come to define the Clinic sound: a commitment to experimentation, a dedication to the craft of the song, and the rackety release of melodic noise." Spend some time on them, you won't regret it.
Notes From Thee Underground -
"Finger asphole Love finger asphole Love finger asphole Love finger asphole Love finger the asphole Love finger the asphole Love finger Love finger Love finger Love finger"
If you don't know Pigface, you ain't one of the cool kids!
click this: https://www.hooktube.com/watch?v=iJn969aXsCc
Read their discogs page and have your mind blown. Down the asphole.
Not going very far, Trax Box is the drug you want if you are a decent freak. How is Al still alive? Is he getting blood transfusion like Iggy and some of these fuckers? Ministry all the way, fucked up Seattle, Montreal, Chicago and Detroit downtown (industrial) punk music. I do not know much of those places but the music coming from there and to that, yes I can relate. click: https://www.hooktube.com/watch?v=oqS9KaEg_Xs
Buy me one of these over-priced boxes, thank you.
Day 9 of 10: Blood
Frankly, to call music experimental is a sickness.
There is capitalist music and there is music, for me at least.
Here, The Knife and Anna Calvi could both be labelled pop music for sure - yet, they both transcend those boundaries, the Swedish duo only dresses in the clothes of popular music, there is actually nothing pleasing to see underneath apart from the beating heart. Anna Calvi does the ascend simply by talent.
Hunter is actually sweet and enjoyable for any, except for bigots and similar human-looking trash... I support any artist swinging the hammer at non-sense and backwards thinking.
The music is delight, boundless, a triumph, a celebration and a free flight. There is not even a trace of inane "artsyness" or advertisement crap. Don't beat the girl out of my boy!
Silent Shout live is something I wish I had experienced. One of the darkest of electronic pop - especially if the lyrics and their message is understood. A different shade of dark, more like a night sky of an intense roam in a winter-covered city. This isn't a product either, how the siblings reworked their songs for this performance is stunning. Forget the boring covers of Heartbeats, this is the one you want.
And that's it for widely accepted norms.
Back to Christian Death again, Pornographic Messiah may contain a cover of Sex Dwarf, but this time it's all for real. If you have sexual passion in you, you'll be set on fire by this record. There's more than one invitation for dancing - CD is about dancing (with the devil) anyway - rhythms are pulsating all along, dynamic thrusts in a pool of blood, the saints are again covered in latex and everything is real and as is. You know it is a good party when this record is on! Take off your clothes, I am your Washing Machine!
Pentemple. This is a SUNN0))) record and also not. The in and out shifting drums and the attitude make it different. O'Malley and Ambarchi again. Somebody give them a high seat of culture somewhere...
You want dark dark? As in at night, lost, in a forest, inside a cave, way below the Earth, down, down, surrounded by cloaked figures from another planet praising the Black Goat? This is the record. It is a live jam post-produced. Attila is present, the gate keeper, the extreme vocal, the fucking living legend dracula, the voice of the void... and there are no signatures or anything human near or far.
Other ways to listen to this record: Taking way too much LSD at a better underground black metal gig, drinking fast until alcohol poisoning and dying in the ambulance.
No, that isn't the darkest or heaviest on the list today.
The Divine Punishment - Do you want to hear an actual vampire? Diamanda Galas' talent is more than human for sure. Her work defending AIDS victims and her protest against the indifference of the church is something to love and bare.
The music... let's make up a style and say Vampire-Gospel, Avant-Garde-Sangre. Your ears will bleed. The blades of the titanite vulva will cut off your feeble god's head, from thin air hands will reach out for you to shove you down into the pit, to die with the Plague.
Opera and gospel are toys for this woman,playing the organ is her hair as a curtain or more like a wall hanging down around you, encaging and blasting sonic waves at your vulnerable brain. Everything you knew is taken away and thrown out in the first second.
Okay, a bit too much so let's watch Tyrion dance to Sex Dwarf: https://www.hooktube.com/watch?v=lSzu48PaSHI
Day 8 of 10:
"EEE-lec-tro-nigzuh. eegzuh, eegzuh, eegzuh" - Air
Oh look, two Skinnys!
To introduce the Puppy to somebody uninitiated Remix Dystemper seems a good choice. There's even a remix by Deftones with the fat guy singing onto it. ( Chino is one of the worst singers, I sign it with blood. His whispering stuff here is mint and well fitting though.) The version of Rodent (and probably the whole Rabies album which I also wanted to share, yeah, I upload that too... so, along with that) is probably the bridge for metalheads to walk across to this (in my opinion) wider and more open body of water. You haven't heard songs like these, so go ahead whatever the case.
Billy Idol, guys, Idol does the real thing! I love those too but no white wedding or rebel yell or dancing with yourself here. Imagine a seasoned musician, not unfamiliar to hard drugs, through a bumpy career and questionable personal life, just having had a major road accident - still keeping shit together and possessing natural talent - decides to experiment with newer technology and infuses it with some personal effort and influences. Yes, it is facking rad (if you just ignore the closing song... wtf?!). It smacks you up against a wall and shocks your system. Love Labours On and his cover of Heroin are really boundless and explosive!
Chemical Brothers, something I wouldn't really turn the wheel for its detour but HEY, there is something a bit more to them. Very friendly techno? Techno songs with concepts and beat rock attitude? Big beat electronic antheming? Fun? Fun! A lot! If CB won't get somebody moving, they are probably paralysed. Block rockin' beats!
Hey! Another Ulver album! Having started my first black metal band at age 15 and not caring much for the scene anymore at all (except listening, still often) and having walked the better half of Europe and leaving a lot of useless things behind makes it easy to relate to Ulver's work. They started out as a faceless black metal band. And woah, woah, look at the distance! I skipped a good few amazing masterwork jumping to The Assassination Of Julius Ceasar. Experimenting ( https://img.discogs.com/JMxge7R6w634gt569YRkXBkUfp4=/600x426/smart/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/A-92973-1243881899.jpeg.jpg ). This album is giving, not taking anything. It is telling. The theme, the topic wraps up some definite moments of modern human history, picking out various events, assassinations namely, which creates this collective drama of modern man. Well, I take it that way, anyway. This album has a companion EP as well, Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, songs from the same place, put that right on after you had enough. Oh, the music! Synth-pop! But hello-hello, already in your bedroom, already on the mountains, bathing in Depeche and grooves so well. Go on.
You wanted to get how (experimental, industrial) electronic music should sound live, eer you go! Blasting in with an ominous intro and synth and real guitar-heavy Rodent, you are kidnapped by some drugged up PETA anarchist gang but not blindfolded to see all the passing landscape. Yeah, like that but exactly how it should pour - acid - from the sky and on your skin. What a sound.
Day Seven of Ten:
So many albums...
If you truly have a boundless devotion to music like I do, and even if you keep your own visions and look for certain things like I do, even then there are thousands and thousands of amazing records to reach for.
I believe art is part of the key, part of the important key to connect humanity and bash the retarded bullshit that is still going on. We all love to be amazed, entertained, enlightened...
Enlightened is the word I go with today.
Terrestrials is somewhat brief if you ask me, but uh, it does pierce the hole and lets the light through. Drone ambient in majestic manners.
Messe is, well I think the norwegian wolf guys achieved what they wanted, it is like a religious experience, but a unified one which means to break chains and shackles.
Meccano Mind is a bit chew in mouth at parts but woah, trance-like, pop-flavoured little masterpieces coming one after another with real character and depth. All is in hand in hand. Prepare to get your mood and attitude changed.
Anna Calvi - Live At Meltdown - if you are a musician and haven't heard this, do it and do it now. This is how you connect a choir or an orchestra with your already written music. I am sorry but Metallica or whoever just had no idea what is going on. THIS is how to do it, THIS is unbelievable. 100 out of 10
Colin Stetson is my new absolute, I discovered him this year I think. I aim to play the bassguitar how he plays his saxophone. Not possible but the dynamics... Contemporary avant-garde at its best, an experimental phenomena for sure and as visceral as one can get. You might heard his work already, pushing the ratings of movies up a few stars solely by providing his master-craft as soundtracks.
Uh, coffee, please.
Moloko's Statues is just as heavy and amazing as the cover is. One does not just gallop into it though, emotions will be shaken.
The Ghost Of Each Room might be too much for anybody who's not ready for something NEW. This is what i would show to kids who say "i don't like electronic music". I am still unable to describe the album.
Seawards is my instant sleep album... it is as comforting as the cover art. The sea stays calm.
Mankind! A tank! An invulnerable tank going in a straight line to blow off the cover hiding the shame of humanity. And the closing song is the heaviest dance track with the flashiest vocals! Hathi's Revenge puts any heavy metal playing musician in self-doubt.
And while we are at HEAVY, you gotta step back when putting on Dahinter Das Gesicht. Schwefelgelb takes everything that is heavy in the late 80's, detunes arpeggio synths and won't give any rest. Those two guys behind it are the current pioneers of EBM/Techno.
Day 5 of 10:
Kevin Ogilvie (and co.) is the way. How good is OhGr?!!!
IF Wes Borland sang just a little bit better and wrote non-teenager lyrics then Cruel Melody would be legendary. Somebody define that album if able. Just blasted it on the system, sheeesh.
Prowler In The Yard IS legendary though. Scott Hull \,,/ I don't dare blast that one too much, I don't wanna get evicted yet...
ohGr is something you don't just toss around, no matter how well they play about with poppy elements the material always stays heavy and deep.
Rx is something you won't understand if you haven't had really bad experiences in life... it come very clear when listening to that cover of Downtown. Try anyway.
I hate talking about rock, metal, heavy metal etc with most people. People think U2 is a rock band. People think Nirvana or Green Day is PUNK. For these people Anarchy In The UK is just a classic, meaningless something they might shout along to.
For me, metal and punk are hand in hand. They mean that special aggression when you do not actually want to hurt people but you endlessly despise everything and all around, feeling full of power, bursting of energy to the verge. Dude. How is a cardigan wearing, sad, weak and bleak junky a rebellion?! (early tracks rule, Negative Creep is da shits)
How can you call Linkin Park or that similar shit "metal"? Have you heard the first Gojira albums? A Sepultura amplifier? ...We arrive at Scott Hull. Taking it to the EXTREME extreme. That monster paired with a drummer up for the task and fronted by anger himself... added those grooves and the experimental approach and oh jeeesus, Prowler In The Yard makes all fuses go bang out in an instant. The soundtrack for every murder in the US. Fucking shit, dude!
Let's have a few more lines about ohGr.
Music really meets here, all walks of music and attitude.
One may dislike it, one may have different taste and liking and may even find it too disturbing, disruptive BUTT genres, styles, sounds, extremities and radio-friendliness are hand-in hand in a way I have yet to encounter. It IS rewarding to go on adventures.
K, Day 4.: age 23 - 25
Now we're talking.
If you haven't listened to Ulver's Perdition City yet, you are missing out. It does put you into a movie. Nowhere is the absolute track ever for me, the lyrics resonate in my mind forever. Play it 1000 times on my funeral. Maybe that live version.
Shade Themes From Kairos is something very special. Have you ever felt very ill but still OK? I decided to listen to it only on exceptional occasions. It is out of da known universe and is communicating to us from the unknown one through those "people". Pretty sure at least Ambarchi is an alien. If anyone has a link or a copy or a place ot anything to watch the experimental movie it soundtracks (I was told anything can be a verb in English) then fucking hit me with it like you must. Got nothing but the trailer. Harvesting time... WANT
Okay. Process is an album from Skinny Puppy I honestly did not like for years and just skipped it. How wrong I was!!!
Listen to Process if you have any respect for yourself.
The glowing purple goat head is Adan & Ilse & Peter - Sadisco. Do you want to know what Depeche Mode would sound if they were French and met in a questionable underground club today? And already knew more about life than most and never touched the mainstream? It is also very danceable.
LET LOVE IN the definite Cave album. Lay Me Low is the track that puts dagger in the stomach.
Day 3. : age 18 - 23
Right. Diversity, curiosity and power clashed against one another. I tag ... I tag along. More avant-garde, experimental, EBM, death rock, dark ambient and proper hardcore. Stuff I stick with still and forever.
Christian Death - just love the name. Love to say it, love to think about it, love to write it, love it. I'm lovin' it. The last facking thing we need on the planet is christian religion. Pain, gas lighting, suffering, torture, madness, double standards, patriarchy, sadism, paedophilia, lies, corruption, domestic violence, abuse, censorship, propaganda, non-sense, human sacrifice, rape, psychological terror, absolute darkness and evil. No need for those loathsome parasites who cling to the cross: that is what Christian Death is working on relentlessly. There are no herghoeugh beurghuebluh metal vocals, instead there is clever poetry, intelligent and audible lyrics and diverse, beautiful singing, rich vocals. AMAZING literature, you can see the educated, aristocratic penmanship all along the spine of the lengthy work of this aged collective. The goths. Call it death rock but THIS IS goth, if you take the time to investigate some on the WWW, it comes clear how no other band can amount up neither musically or in attitude to the elaborate and in-depth work this band represents.
Spit on the cross and push it up your hole. Inflatable christ.
Lustmord. The sounds of hell. Most people already heard his work in major movies, pretty sure you as well. It is pointless to listen to it without proper speakers or headphones. Improves sleep if you are the kind of person.
AAA!!! DON'T THINK ABOUT IT! DO IT!!!
Are you looking for a little push?
EBM. Electronic Body Music. Well, self-confessed by the duo, Nitzer Ebb takes the aesthetic side. No wonder I am devoted from the moment I first heard the first damned sound of them.
Pocahaunted. Dude... ...I think it's kicking in. ...
Day 2. : age 15 -17
I put six today cause Paprika Jancsi. That's the +1.
De Mysteriis and Nightwing are the definite black metal albums for me and I am very uncompromising and stupidly stubborn on that. Immortal can slip in but nah. They offer more and beyond what they are. Nobody did extreme vocals paired with music like that before and people only copied De Mysteriis. On Marduk's Nightwing the music and lyrics/vocals are hand in hand and all of it is a story, an opus, like Dom Sathanas, it is a black metal opera.
Punish Yourself is close to my heart for personal reasons. Nothing complicated about the music but if you come from somewhere near where I do (in terms of attitude) then you'll enjoy it to the utmost.
DEICIDE. This album is as catchy as death metal can get. I think we all should push it on people who don't like this genre. I love everything what is a hammer on those nails (in a contemporary sense).
Year Zero. Whenever I can, I listen to music alone and to the full album as is. Just like reading a book. I remember I couldn't get past a song because a certain sound. I hated it. I think i was 17 and it was a birthday gift. I tried and tried again and that trying opened the door to better electronic music. As a teenager I was crazy about NIN, until I found better music and realised how weak and mainstream all of it is and what is not, is stolen or Danny Lohner. Whatever. Year Zero is a concept album with heavy weight songs and a lot of catchy stuff. This is as good as Reznor can get. Downward spiral is a teamwork, it doesn't count. Stupid lyricist, Meet Your Masters!
One has to read the interviews about Recipe Ferrum 777... It defines what all black metal musicians with a serious attitude are: a joke. There is true workmanship on the album but mainly around the ideas and concepts. It doesn't matter if you like it or not, you won't be able to find anything similar.
Day 1.: age 9 - 15
Faith No More! Found a cassette of The Real Thing at age 9. (You get it, I found the real thing! ... *dumb laughter*) That started all the madness for me.
Remains the definite Patton and FNM album for me. Faith forever. *Patton gesticulation*
Manson was the other thing even before I reached puberty. The wildest thing an Eastern-European kid could get from television. VHS time. No nice memories of my family at all but I could hide behind that mainstream craziness.
Holy Wood along with Antichrist and Mechanical Animals are three albums which worth at least one good, careful listen on a decent system. I don't hold much anymore for the main artist since I discovered way better music and all the original artists from who they stole...
Cradle Of Filth - Cruelty And The Beast (check the remastered version!!!)
The definite vampire metal. I think COF is worth to follow up until the last sounds of Damnation And A Day (that was my second choice from them), cause there is some real effort put into each and every song. Say what you want, your opinion falls dead fast and is worthless: try writing lyrics nearly as elaborate and write a song so rich of guitarwork as any of theirs. They love what they do and it pierces through. Viral, dark blood flowing down slowly on voluptuous female bodies.
Intermezzo II -
Air later from a high school friend.
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