Tricky's new album has kinda come out of left field here. It isn't a return to the brooding, asthmatic raps and disjointed beats of his first four classic albums (or three, if you're a joyless dick who hates Angels With Dirty Faces too), but it does bring together the pop leanings of his last couple missteps with the post-punk attitude that made him so cool in the mid-90s. He's always been more of a post-punk character than a rapper anyway, and now he's finally learned his lessons from Blowback and Vulnerable. Already out in the UK, KWB will be released in the US on the 9th. It seems Tricky has also stolen Radiohead's idea with "Nude" and is hosting a remix competition for his track "Council Estate": information here.
Knowle West Boy (2008)
Tricky - Knowle West Boy (2008) 8/24/2008
Vecchio - Afro-Rock (1970's?) 8/24/2008
Well here it is, a culmination of everything I'm obsessed with in music: driving afro-percussive beats, fusion horn fanfares, jazz flute, funky bass, wah guitar. I'm sure this was recorded for television theme music, but it was taken VERY seriously. The only thing I know about the artist (Luis Vecchio) is that he is the composer/keyboard player. I could be very wrong, but I think everyone else on this album are studio musicians. Anyway, there is next to nothing to be found of this album online, so I would say just listen to it and see for yourself.
Burzum - Filosofem (1996) 8/19/2008
Well, I can't exactly upload a documentary dealing with the trial and conviction of black metal psycho turned Odinist ideologue Varg Vikernes without putting up his most important album too.
Satan Rides The Media (1998) 8/18/2008
Satan Rir Media or Satan Rides The Media is a 1998 documentary by Torstein Grude about the Second Wave of black metal in Norway and its connections to arson, murder, and Satanic ritual. Focuses on the 1993 trial and conviction of Varg Vikernes (aka Count Grishnackh, behind the one-man band Burzum) for church arson and the stabbing of Mayhem guitarist Øystein Aarseth (Euronymous). In Norwegian with English subs.
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Hey, Parisian rapper Sefyu has a new album out. I haven't listened to the whole thing yet, though the chorus of "Molotov 4" ("se-se-se-se-se-se, se-se-se-se-se-se, se-se-se-se-se-se, se-se-se-seeeeeeefyu!") is pretty funny. Seemed like a good excuse to bring attention back to his amazing first album from 2006, Qui Suis-Je, which I uploaded here back when pukeskywalkerblog was young. Definitely download that one first, it's indisputably awesome.
Suis-Je Le Gardien De Mon Frère? (2008)
(VxPxC) - Judgement Day (2008) 8/15/2008
(VxPxC) - VxPxCxBxFxF (2008) 8/15/2008
Latest self-release CD-R from the ever-prolific Los Angeles experimental group, this time limited to 100 copies. Get it direct from the band here. A collection of collaborations between the group's core trio and an assortment of talented friends; got a lot of creepy keyboard sounds and atypical for the group electric guitar on here.
Starless and Bible Black is the best King Crimson album, but the best recording they ever pulled off is on Red. Oddly enough, that would be the song "Starless," which contains the words "Starless and Bible Black" in the chorus.
Starless and Bible Black (1974)
Laibach (2008) Laibachkunstderfuge 8/08/2008
Laibach's take on Bach's mysterious Kunst der Fuge composition, which doesn't specify the instruments with which it is meant to be performed (it is thought to be some sort of theoretical exercise prepared by the genius in moments of madness), recorded live before an audience in 2006. At times it sounds a lot like the wacko electronic renditions of Beethoven in A Clockwork Orange, but with a little more Moog, a little more totalitarian edge, a little more usage of atmospheric effects (wind, rain, crumbling paper), drones, a little more Autechre vibe. Another reason why it's not fair to dismiss these aging provocateurs as self-parodies in 2008; Laibach remain, if not exactly relevant, molodtsy.
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More music here.
Best of compilation from a French pop duo. I got into them by hearing C'est Comme Ça, which should be a new wave anthem aside from the language barrier, but this album is pretty all over the place: synth pop, funk, dance, even touches of jazz and cabaret. It's out there enough to be art rock, but pretty much every song is hummable after a listen or two.
Fantastic garage rock/soul outfit fronted by a chubby Indian dude who runs around stage in a cape. Just saw him play a show with Jay Reatard and it was the best gig I've been to in years.
What Is ?!
Another gem of African psych-rock in the vein of Group Inerane, also released by Sublime Frequencies. Group Doueh is a little bit weirder, I can't decide which one I prefer myself. Whereas the Inerane album was only released on vinyl and quickly sold out, this album just got a CD reissue which is still available, so do your thing to ensure we get more of this stuff released in the future.
Guitar Music From The Western Sahara (2007)
Alexander Bashlachov - Likho (1986) 8/05/2008
Alexander Bashlachov (known as "Sash-Bash" to his fans) was a Russian punk/bard of the 80s who is considered a key transition point from the underground folk of Soviet dissidents in the 60s and 70s to the much more abrasive rock consciousness of the Gorbachev years. Bashlachov's music was closely tied to that of the major "bards" like Vladimir Vysotsky and Bulat Okudzhava, but he displayed an intensity and a youthful spirituality more characteristic of the punks that would follow him ("rock and roll, it's our Slavic paganism," he sings on one of the songs on this album). Though he probably would have thought of himself more as a poet than anything else, grandaddy of Russian punk rock Yegor Letov considered him the greatest rock musician the country would ever produce, one who stumbled onto the rock genre as a result of the "trash principle" (throwing everything together) rather than by imitating Western trends. Bashlachov killed himself in 1988 by jumping off his apartment balcony; rumor has it that he was on mushrooms at the time, though this remains unconfirmed.
He never played the same song exactly the same twice, but this album, Likho (difficult to translate, means something like bold, fast, passionate, angry, unfettered) has the most straight-forward versions of his most famous compositions.
Warren Zevon (1978) Excitable Boy 8/04/2008
This might be an odd choice for pukeskywalkerblog but it was my jam all summer and I've really come to love this album. Worth it just for "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" alone, which is one of the most concise and perfectly crafted songs ever. Interesting subject matter.
Excitable Boy (1978)
The Stranglers (1977) Rattus Norvegicus 8/04/2008
Nother old favorite. If you don't love this album I don't care about you.
Rattus Norvegicus (1977)
Short solo piece of keyboard and guitar distortion from Tim Goodwillie, one of the members of (VxPxC). I am destroyed by absolutely everything that comes out of that group.
Greenmachines For All The Childrens (2008)
Sleep (2003) Dopesmoker 8/04/2008
This is a classic and any doom metal head already has it, but I finally bought a legit copy so I figured I'd throw it up here. "Dopesmoker" is an hour-long epic dedicated to rock music and marijuana recorded over the course of two years by Sleep as the follow up to Sleep's Holy Mountain. The album was presented to executives at London Records in special skull-bong packaging, but for some reason they declared the album unmarketable and Sleep lost their contract. The song appeared in edited form as "Jerusalem" in 1999 and was finally released as it was originally planned in 2003. Epic, epic droning metal telling the story of the "Weedian people" who follow a trail of marijuana smoke towards the "riff-filled land" (that is, it's based on the story of the Exodus in the Bible, when God appeared as a pillar of smoke to lead the Jews to Israel).
This version also includes a live recording of "Sonic Titan" at a puny 9 minutes. Ripped at 320kbps.
Pyha (2008) The Haunted House 8/04/2008
Devastating ambient black metal album reminiscent of Burzum that was recorded by a 12-year old kid in Korea. Supposedly. It wouldn't surprise me if this was actually done by some old BM veteran who invented the 12-year old story as a marketing gimmick, but the story has been parroted all over the internet and pukeskywalker probably isn't the place to put it to rest. Good album at any rate.
The Haunted House (2008)