This is the European release of "Six Feet Deep" with the original (too offensive for America) title and one extra track ("Pass The Shovel"). Gravediggaz in 1994 are The Undertaker (Prince Paul), The Gatekeeper (Frukwan), The Grym Reaper (Too Poetic) and Rzarector (RZA). Also featuring Killah Priest and others. Absolutely essential and increasingly edging out 36 Chambers, The Sun Rises In The East and Only Built 4 Cuban Linx as my favorite rap album period.
Gravediggaz - Niggamortis (1994) 2/29/2008
Jesse - Singles '95 - '98
After Leatherface's first break-up in 1993, lead singer Frankie Stubbs went on to form a new band called Jesse. The songs "Jack Christ", "Rant", and "Indestructible" are all fantastic.
*Most Jesse releases are spelled Jessie, more info here:
Records in this file:
Handful Of Earth 7"
Jesse/Hooton 3 Car Japanese tour SP (only the Jesse tracks)
Alive In Ireland Compilation CD (only the Jesse tracks)
There is also a Jesse S/T out there with different versions of most of these songs
Mike Boo (2005) Dunhill Drone Committee 2/27/2008
Nice innovative turntablism from California-based Mike Boo; this is basically an ambient album made with scratching and sampling.
Dunhill Drone Committee (2005)
Electric Dragon 80000V Soundtrack (2001) 2/26/2008
Electric Dragon 80000V Soundtrack
Electric Dragon 80000V
This is the soundtrack for the excellent Japanese cyberpunk film, Electric Dragon 80000V. The main character is Dragon Eye Morrison, a punk rocker who can read the minds of lizards and control electricity. He fights another guy named Thunderbolt Buddha, who is made partially of metal. It's awesome. The movie was directed by Sogo Ishii, a filmmaker ties to the Japanese punk rock scene. Dragon Eye Morrison is played by Tadanobu Asano, also know as Kakihara from Ichi The Killer.
The music on this soundtrack was made by the band Mach 1.67, which includes the director Sogo Ishii AND Tabanobu Asano! How cool is that? The 17 tracks are a mix between punk, industrial, ambient, and noise. But it's not an uncomfortable listening experience at all: most of the songs have a nice mid-paced groove to them, and the distortion is very soft and white-noise-y. This is the kind of industrial/punk/noise fusion the whole family can enjoy. Check it out and torrent the movie while you're at it.
Arzachel - Arzachel (1969) 2/26/2008
Arzachel was recorded and mixed in a single session in London. The 'A' side has four songs, while the 'B' side consists of only two mind-bending psychedelic tracks, the longer of which is a 17-minute jam entitled 'Metempsychosis'. It was issued on the short-lived Evolution label (also home to the debut by Raw Material) and quickly became a collectors' item. A pirate version is thought to have circulated in the late 1970s, and it has been much bootlegged in more recent years. It was eventually released on CD by Demon Records in 1994.
This is really good.
V/A - No New York (1978) 2/25/2008
V/A - No New York
Produced by Brian Eno, No New York features four of the biggest "No Wave" bands of the late 70's: The Contortions, D.N.A., Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, and Mars. They all straddle the line between art-school experimentalism and sloppy punk. The Contortions are the best part, mixing punk and jazz together. Check out the All Music guide for more info.
All Music Guide
V/A - No New York
Alec Empire - Hypermodern Jazz 2000.5
The guy from Atari Teenage Riot. Jazz + techno. It's decent.
Mono & World's End Girlfriend - Palmless Prayer / Mass Murder Refrain
This CD is a collaboration between Mono, a Japanese post-rock band, and World's End Girlfriend, a Japanese experimental electronica guy. Five tracks of slow post-rock with lots of strings. Very relaxing.
Mono - Yearning
Dystopia - Dystopia (2008) 2/19/2008
Dystopia - Dystopia
Dystopia - Human = Garbage
At last! Dystopia release their posthumous final album. Sloppy, super-heavy crust/metal/sludge with some of the bleakest lyrics I've ever heard. Check out the song "Leaning With Intent to Fall" on their myspace page for a good example of what they sound like. Whoever uploaded it also upped their classic album "Human = Garbage", so check that out if you're interested.
The Residents - Mark of the Mole (1981) 2/18/2008
Mark of the Mole is an album by The Residents, released in 1981. It was meant to be the first album in a trilogy detailing the conflicts between the Moles (a subterranean society whose gods offer salvation through hard labor) and the Chubs (a vapid, hedonistic culture). An Atari 2600 game based on the album was planned, but cancelled.
After the Moles are forced to abandon their tunnels due to flooding, they enter the land of the Chubs seeking work. At first they are welcomed with open arms because the Chubs despise hard labor. Conflict arises when a Chub scientist invents a machine that can do the work instead, making the Moles obsolete and a drag on Chub society. What follows is a brief war. The short instrumental track "Resolution?" ends the album without giving a clear conclusion to the narrative; the liner notes to the album The Big Bubble (billed as "Part Four of the Mole Trilogy") states that the war ended with no clear winner, and the two ethnic groups live together in uneasy peace.
The Residents (1978) Not Available 2/18/2008
While there are a million stories about The Residents, one of the more intriguing concerns the recording of their second LP, Not Available. Early in the career of the band, the "theory of obscurity" was introduced to them by the German avant-guardist, N. Senada. The plan called for the creation of complete projects that were literally not intended to be heard by anyone other than its creators. The Residents realized the truth in this ideal: that music really was difficult to record without considering the audience. They thought the experience gained by completing such a project would prove worthwhile toward achieving an independent attitude toward music. N. Senada had also been quick to point out that such a project reduces the amount of artistic clutter that is quickly swallowing the planet.
Not Available was completed in 1974 and stored. Several years later, in 1978, The Residents were severely over schedule on their opus, Eskimo. The final release deadline set by the record company arrived only to find that The Residents had fled to Europe and taken Eskimo with them. In desperation, the record company pulled Not Available from the masters room and released it. Surprisingly, The Residents were not upset by this fact since it in no way violated their original intent. Eventually Eskimo was retrieved from the bank vault in London but, ...well... that's another story.
Not Available (1978)
Melodies of classic rock tunes including 69 Tears, Inagaddadavida and Hey Jude. Yeah, the cover art is Dick Clark dressed as Hitler holding a carrot.
Third Reich 'n' Roll (1976)
Fuck Buttons - Street Horrrsing (2008) 2/17/2008
Fuck Buttons - Street Horrrsing
Leaked recently, going to be released in March. For fans of Black Dice and Growing maybe? Some Fennesz-ish distortion going on. Not my thing but it's good. Pitchfork will be hyping them shortly.
PSA: didn't upload this one, just linking to it
Jay Reatard - Night of Broken Glass
An EP from Jay Reatard. Four very catchy garage rock/punk songs. Mr. Reatard possess an uncanny ability to write awesome choruses. Seriously, the man is a prodigy. Also, he used to be in the Lost Sounds, which was an awesome band. If you like this one, make sure you get his "Blood Visions" LP.
Jay Reatard - My Family
Lost Sounds - Memphis is Dead
With TPot and Wes covering most of the music, I was going to keep my contributions about music-related news stories. However, these seem to be lacking lately, so I'll post an album.
All this Boris talk reminds me of DMBQ, a Japanese acid-rock band who toured with An Albatross a few years back. Recently, their drummer China was killed in a tour bus accident. I don't know if she's been replaced, but this album still rocks.
After several years of bizarre psychedelic experimentation, the Residents decided to quit fooling around in 1980 and shit out an album that would make some money. Reasoning that the average pop song contained about 1 minute of actual music (2 verses, 3 choruses and a bridge totaling 3 minutes), the same length as the average TV commercial, they opted to record an album of 40 tracks, each exactly one minute long.
A pretty good intro to the band. Although it isn't actually commercial (obviously) it is pretty accessible. At my old job we used to play it on the stereo and old folks never complained like I imagine they would have about "Mark of the Mole" or "Third Reich 'N Roll."
The Commercial Album (1980)
Boris - Smile (2008) 2/14/2008
Boris - Smile
This is some crazy shit. It sounds completely different from their other albums. "Smile" is all over the place, with very little of the stoner metal they've been doing recently. I hear piano, programmed drums, psych, samples, punk, noise, western... too much to name. It's awesome. Great singing (no screaming here, ladies), talent x100. You should definitely download this. Japanese.
Youtube (Smile sounds nothing like these)
Crimpshrine - The Sound of a New World Being Born
Crimpshrine is another Gilman Street band from the same era as Filth. They weren't the best musicians, but fuck that, because they still went for it. There's guitar solos, slap bass, weird interludes, whistling... and all the while Jeff is trying to hit notes he clearly is incapable of reaching. Amazingly, it all comes together, in an endearingly sloppy and catchy collection of upbeat, early-eighties punk rock. Check out the songs "Another Day", "Walk Away", and "Repiration".
Laibach - Volk (2006) 2/12/2008
Slovenian fascist-kitsch performance artists and industrial music pioneers Laibach are set to finally wrap up their long-ass European tour this coming April, and presumably will be hitting North America not long after. I botched the opportunity to see them last time they came through, on the Anthems tour way back in fall of 2004, and I will not be making the same mistake again. With that in mind, here is their most recent studio offering, Volk, a set of musings on the national character of various peoples (volk is a pun, meaning "people" or "nation" in Germanic languages -- e.g., "folk" in English -- but "wolf" in Slavic languages, hence the sheep on the cover).
Volk is a set of smooth electronica-type interpretations of different national anthems done by Laibach with a co-production credit to their countrymen in the Ljubljana-based Silence. Each track is built around a truncated or modified piece of a country's national anthem sung in its original language, augmented by electro-industrial beats and Laibach's own cynical-fatalistic-idealistic commentary, delivered in English. It's cartoony to be sure, but national identity was already cartoony to begin with, and with Laibach that's always been part of the point.
Video for "Anglia" here.
Leatherface - Mush 2/12/2008
Leatherface - Mush
This might be the greatest rock album you've never heard. Last summer my buddy Kevin made me listen to Mush and I've been playing it constantly since. I still can't believe I hadn't come across this band sooner, they're too good.
Fronted by the amazingly talented singer/songwriter Frankie Stubbs, Leatherface is technically a punk band, but they're so much better than that. Let me put it this way: if Ben Gibbard recorded this album, you'd be cumming your skinny jeans about it right now. Frankie Stubbs is God. Witness His glory through the myspace link.
The Runout Groove
Leatherface/Frankie Stubbs bio
Andrew Maury - Black Mirror Remix 2/11/2008
The Arcade Fire - Black Mirror Remix
I know this guy! Here is Andrew Maury's excellent remix of "Black Mirror" by The Arcade Fire. I like the synthesizers on this, and the variety with the drums... it's not some generic dance remix. Nice work, Andrew. Make sure you check out the other remixes on his site.
Sefyu (2006) Qui Suis-Je? 2/11/2008
This was my favorite album of 2006. Sefyu is a rapper from the 9-3 ("the Bronx of Paris"). I don't understand French, but his beats are really great and so is his delivery, not so much speaking the language as chewing it up and spitting it out. From what I understand he has some pretty radical politics too. One of the most innovative and consistent rap albums of recent memory, in any language.
Video for "La vie qui va avec" here, just ignore Kuamen's verse at the end because it's the worst on the album.
Mama Sissoko (1999) Soleil de Minuit 2/11/2008
I guess this album is considered to be Malian guitar-legend Mama Sissoko's most successful in the Western market. Rootsworld.com has a more detailed review than I'm really capable of giving. It's one of those deals where the line between traditional, contemporary, Eurocentric and "world" music are blurred enough that we don't know who we are or when we are anymore, and we've all become citizens of a new global culture and collective heirs to every corner of human history. It's pretty poppy, it's good.
01 jarabi muso
02 boma ma
04 manssane cisse
05 soleil de minuit
10 hommage a k
Soleil de Minuit (1999)
The Appleseed Cast - Mare Vitalis 2/10/2008
The Appleseed Cast - Mare Vitalis
This is the second album from The Appleseed Cast. The band makes indie/emo/post-rock music... and by "emo" I mean Sunny Day Real Estate, not My Chemical Romance. Plenty of diversity here, from post-rock instrumentals to upbeat love songs ("Forever Longing Golden Sunsets" is a great song). Check it out if you're feeling depressed about Valentine's Day.
The Appleseed Cast - Mare Vitalis
The Melvins (2008) The End 2/09/2008
This live album was just released on LP, though it's a recording of a show in 2003, in Los Angeles at the start of that year's tour. Great sound quality, if you're already a Melvins fan then you should appreciate this.
01 at a crawl
02 black stooges
03 night goat
04 revolve/brain center at whipples
05 let it all be
07 mombius hibatchi
08 the bloat
09 the bit
The End LP (2008)
Never Give In - A Tribute to Bad Brains 2/09/2008
Never Give In - A Tribute to Bad Brains
This is a excellent tribute album to Bad Brains. It starts off with an awesome cover of "Sailin' On" by Moby, of all people. After that it's all 90's hardcore/metalcore bands playing their favorite Bad Brains tracks.
The standouts: Vision of Disorder's cover of "Soulcraft", which reminds me of why 90's hardcore bands kicked so much ass... it was the GROOVE, motherfucker - and this song has got it. Adamantium's cover of "Re-Ignition" is an excellent hardcore slow-jam from a sinfully underrated band. Cave-In adds five minutes of spaced-out, experimental jamming to the end of their "I Luv I Jah" cover, which is really awesome...
Fuck, there are too many good tracks and classic bands to name... Shai Hulud, Turmoil, Snapcase, Ignite, Breakdown, Will Haven, 16, and Ryker's all kick ass on their covers. Download it.
Bad Brains - Banned In D.C. 2/08/2008
Bad Brains - Banned In D.C.
Take four Rastafarian jazz-fusion players and have them start a hardcore punk band, and you've got The BAD BRAINS. This is the best, most energetic, most expressive 80's hardcore band, period. Bad Brains is a band that even people who don't like hardcore can enjoy. They even have a few good reggae jams as well. Man. It makes you wonder... is their any genre black people can't play better than white people?
My next post will be the awesome "Never Give In" tribute to Bad Brains, the best hardcore tribute album I've ever heard.
Check out H.R. going nuts in the videos... sounds quality is shit but you can see how into the music they get.
- Housing of Suffering
- Pay To Cum
- Big Takeover
100 Visitors 2/08/2008
We had 100 unique visitors yesterday! Thank you!
We've also been added to the google blog search..
Link 1: Radiohead - In Rainbows Disc 2 [Bonus CD]
Link 2: Radiohead - In Rainbows Disc 2 [Bonus CD]
Link 3: Radiohead - In Rainbows Disc 2 [Bonus CD]
I'm afraid of the RIAA, sorry. Try: blogsearch.google.com
Nile (2007) Ithyphallic 2/07/2008
To atone for what I said about death metal in the Blood In Our Wells posting, I'm putting up last year's album by Nile, the ultra-talented band that combines the best of technical death metal nerd-dom with the best of ancient Egyptian mythology is so badass nerd-dom. Really. They have a new drummer or something.
Death metal guys are shitting on this album a little bit for being somewhat light on soloing versus Nile's other albums like In Their Darkened Shrines, but that's fine by me, since it means it's more doomy/stonery and my tastes lean decidedly in that direction.
01 what may safely be written
02 as he creates, so he destroys
04 papyrus containing the spell to preserve its possessor against attacks from he who is in the water
05 eat of the dead
06 laying fire upon apep
07 the essential salts
08 the infinity of stone
09 the language of the shadows
10 even the gods must die
3.08 st petersburg, FL the state theatre
3.09 ft lauderdale, FL the culture room
3.11 winter park, FL the haven
3.12 atlanta, GA the masquerade
3.13 new orleans, LA the parish
3.14 houston, TX meridian
3.15 san antonio, TX the white rabbit
3.16 ft worth, TX ridglea theatre
3.18 albuquerque, NM the launch pad
3.19 tempe, AZ the clubhouse
3.20 los angeles, CA the key club
3.21 orangevale, CA the boardwalk
3.22 san francisco, CA slims
3.24 denver, CO bluebird theater
3.25 kansas city, KS mission theater
3.26 chicago, IL metro
3.27 louisville, KY headliners
3.28 cleveland, OH peabody's
3.29 worchester, MA the palladium
3.30 new york, NY bb kings
4.01 philadelphia, PA the trocadero
4.02 springfield, VA jaxx
4.03 charlotte, NC tremont music hall
4.04 charleston, SC the music farm
Think Differently Music: Wu-Tang Meets The Indie Culture
Produced by wu-tang affiliate Dreddy Krueger. On this album we have wu-tang-produced beats paired up with various indie rappers. Thanks to foojahis from lambgoat for the link.
Think Differently Music: Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture
Autechre (2008) Quaristice 2/06/2008
Hey, new Autechre.
"It was made available for download via bleep.com in FLAC and MP3 format on January 29, 2008. It is also to be released as a 2CD set with bonus alternate versions of 11 tracks on a second 68 minute CD. The casing is to be a photo-etched, steel case and the release is to be limited to 1000 copies. The limited edition sold out within 12 hours of being announced."
02-29 Manchester, England - Music Box
03-01 Glasgow, Scotland - Arts School
03-02 Newcastle, England - Digital
03-03 Birmingham, England - Med Bar
03-04 London, England - TBC
03-05 Cologne, Germany - Stattgarten
03-06 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
03-07 Antwerp, Belgium - Petrol
03-08 Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
03-09 Berlin, Germany - Berghain
03-10 Katowice, Poland - Jazz Club
03-11 Budapest, Hungary - Merlin
03-12 Zagreb, Croatia - Kset
03-13 Graz, Austria - Post Garade
03-14 Turin, Italy - Hiroshima
03-15 Rome, Italy - TBC
03-16 Bologna, Italy - Kindergarten
03-17 Lyon, France - Epicerie Moderne
03-18 Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie
03-19 Paris, France - Rex Club
03-20 Geneva, Switzerland - L'Usine (Electron Festival)
04-04 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex *
04-05 San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine *
04-06 Portland, OR - Doug Fir *
04-07 Seattle, WA - Neumos *
04-08 Vancouver, British Columbia - Richards on Richards *
04-11 Chicago, IL - The Abbey *
04-12 Toronto, Ontario - Lees Palace *
04-13 Montreal, Quebec - Club Soda *
04-14 Cambridge, MA - Middle East Downstairs *
04-15 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
04-16 Philadelphia, PA - Transit *
04-17 Washington, DC - Black Cat *
* with Massonix, Rob HallQuaristice (2008)
Drudkh (2006) Blood In Our Wells 2/05/2008
I've been on a metal kick the last couple of days, so here's one of the better relatively recent releases. Black metal from Ukraine, featuring some of the dudes from Hate Forest and a few other bands. Yeah, the quality of the recording isn't that good, yeah, the shrieking vocals are kinda off-putting before you develop a taste for them, but Drudkh combine both the great atmospherics of the best blackest of the black metal with really solid riffing, and a sort of Slavic mysticism thing going on too. "When The Flame Turns To Ashes" fucking slays.
(If you're unfamiliar with black metal, give it a shot. It is not the same thing as death metal, although a lot of people think it is. Black metal is atmospheric, even ambient lo-fi metal made by genuinely dangerous sociopaths in Europe; death metal is masturbatory pap made by misguided nerds with anger control issues, and is an American phenomenon in origin).
02 furrows of gods
03 when the flame turns to ashes
06 ukrainian insurgent army
Blood In Our Wells (2006)
Beirut - Lon Gisland EP, Elephant Gun EP 2/05/2008
Beirut - Lon Gisland EP
This 5 song EP came out right after Gulag Orchestra. "Elephant Gun" and "Scenic World (non-shit version)" are two of my favorite Beirut songs. This great for an EP. Check it out. If you're not a Beirut fan yet, this would be a good introduction.
Elephant Gun Music Video
Beirut - Elephant Gun EP
This is the single for Elephant Gun. Which is stupid, since the single was from a 16 minute EP. Whatever. It's got the exact same version of "Elephant Gun" as the Lon Gisland EP, but also has two unreleased tracks, one of which is a live cover of the song "Le Moribond" by Jacques Brel.
Jacques Brel - "Le Moribond"
"Le Moribond" was later translated/pussified into the song "Seasons in the Sun" by Terry Jacks.
Terry Jacks - "Seasons in the Sun"
Genghis Tron - Board Up the House 2/04/2008
Disciplina Kičme is a seminal Yugoslav post-punk band formed by Koja (aka Zeleni Zub or "Green Tooth"), bass player from its even more seminal Yugoslav post-punk predecessor Šarlo Akrobata. DK was innovative in that its songs were driven predominately by heavily distorted bass and drums rather than guitar, and over the years Koja assembled a number of different lineups for the band, incorporating multiple drummers and horn sections.
After the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991 Koja moved to London where he reformed the band under the slightly different name Discipline A Kitschme and started immersing himself in the British house/jungle dance music scenes. Kinda neat I guess but it's hard not to be at least a little put off when a band that was once so gritty goes off in that kind of direction.
The 1985 EP Ja imam šarene oči ("I've got those technicolored eyes") is one of the band's first releases and a great collection of what they did best. Its tight 22 minutes include the experiments with vocals, bass, brass and noise that made Disciplina Kičme so great in the 80s, and, in keeping with the best traditions of punk and garage rock the world over, it's impulsive and erratic, seemingly about to collapse under its own inertia. Reminds of American bands like the Urinals in that respect, but with more of that pretentious art school dropout veneer. Which is good sometimes.
01 dobos 7 puta
02 novac nece doci
03 veruj meni
05 svidja mi se
06 pregrst novca
08 28 jun 84
Ja imam šarene oči (1985)
The Descendents - Two Things At Once 2/04/2008
The Descendents - Two Things At Once
The Descendents were a punk band from the early 80's. This is their first two albums in one. Catchy, upbeat, great vocals. I don't know. The lead singer's name is Milo and he's a biochemist. They got back together but let's not talk about that.
Original Content! Music Video 2/02/2008
Here's a song I made with a ukulele and FL Studio. I made it quickly (about 2 hours total for the video and the song), so don't judge it too harshly. The video is from an old documentary called "Seven-Up!"
If I could sing I would have added vocals to this. I have a program that can pitch-corrects vocals, but I haven't figured it out yet. (Notice the weird shit at the end of the song... that's all I managed to get out of the pitch shifter. For those I used some sound clips from the movie "Grandma's Boy".)
I'm going to make something better now that I have all the programs and ghetto recording equipment I need to do something like this. More to come..
Shane MacGowan and the Popes - The Snake 2/02/2008
Shane MacGowan and the Popes - The Snake
After getting kicked out of The Pogues, Shane MacGowan made an album with The Popes. They use more guitar than The Pogues, but they still has plenty of that traditional Irish shit in there too. Johnny Depp plays guitar on the seventh track, "That Woman's Got Me Drinking".
My Daddy was a sinner, but my
Mother was a saintly person
But I ruined my life by drinking, bad wives,
taking pills and cursing
Rock and Roll you crucified me,
Left me all alone
I never should have turned my back on
The old folks back home
Shane MacGowan and the Popes
Filth - Discography 2/01/2008
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Slow Riot For New Zerø Kanada
"Working on a near orchestral scale, the nine-piece group has been known to use wide dynamic ranges; unusual use of instrumentation and sounds; elongated songs, composed almost classically, with multiple movements therein; and use of art and visuals in both their album packaging and live performances."