Friday, May 17, 2013

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti- Schnitzel Boogie

Sweet Fancy Moses! This song here has to be simply the most excruciatingly, ear-damagingly, brain-smokingly, anal-bleedingly horrible song ever recorded. And it's stuck in my head today.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Deerhunter: A Hot Mess Called Monomania



Am I the only one in the whole fucking world that thinks that compared to Halcyon Digest this album kinda blows?

Monomania Tracklist
1. Neon Junkyard
2. Leather Jacket II
3. The Missing
4. Pensacola
5. Dream Captain
6. Blue Agent
7. T.H.M.
8. Sleepwalking
9. Back To The Middle
10. Monomania
11. Nitebike
12. Punk (La Vie Antérieure)
Album Stream.

Monomania came out on Tuesday, May 7th on 4AD Records.

R.E.M. Green- 25 Years Later.


Listening to 1988's Green album from R.E.M. for the first time in 25 years leaves me with one question.
What in the hell was I thinking?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Things We Heard In Twenty Eleven.

This past year was fucking strange anyway you look at it I guess. Perhaps the strangest ever. The whole world erupted in revolution, and governments fell. The Iraq War declared mission accomplished eight years after the first time it was erroneously and hastily done by George Douche, and natural disasters literally knocked The Earth off of it's axis. Politically we saw our President slowly start to form what at is beginning to look like some sort of nutsack. Some longtime bad guys were hunted down and/or shot, anally raped by and had their porn rifled through by SWAT Teams or their long oppressed and pissed off peons, and the GOP Dipshit Contingent had eleventy-two different debates to prove to voters just how dipshitty they are. Yes Sir, this year was chock full of all kinds of damned screwy shit.

Personally for me, I was fortunate enough to finally become a father in January at the ripe old age of forty to a beautiful, healthy and very cool daughter. I couldn't have asked for a better child, and if she turns out anything like me, I'm gonna take her right back to Babies-R-Us where we got her.

There was an assload of good music to come down the pike this year, and for once I kept up with everything. I loved a lot of what I heard...

ELEVEN ALBUMS I LOVED THIS YEAR

WIRE- RED BARKED TREE- This album came out in January when my daughter was born, and this, along with Harold Budd's THE WHITE ARCADES, was the soundtrack to her first few days on Earth. Always been a big Wire fan and this release, while not quite as good as OBJECT 47, proves they are still crucial. Acoustic Guitars!

P.J. HARVEY- LET ENGLAND SHAKE was the first Polly Jeanic set I had heard in ten years, and this concept album about the First World War is fucking genius. I burned this album up all year.

FLEET FOXES- HELPLESSNESS BLUES- I first heard this album in a Barnes And Noble bookstore and was annoyed with it at first, but by the time "Grown Ocean" came on I was nearly weeping and for damned sure sold on it. What beautiful harmonies! I asked the music dude who the fuck it was, and procured it right there. Yes, I am a wussyfied yuppie housewife.

DES ARK- DON'T ROCK THE BOAT, SINK THE FUCKER- Finally after six long years Aimee released something else, and it was worth the wait. "It's Only A Bargain If You Want It" might be The Song Of The Year.

RADIOHEAD- THE KING OF LIMBS- Yes, I finally learned to quit bitching about every Radiohead release, and embrace their blips and bloops. Does that make me a hipster, or no longer one? I am confused. Watching them perform this album IN THE BASEMENT helped a lot, and everything they put out this year I loved. All is forgiven.

KURT VILE- SMOKE RING FOR MY HALO- This guy is a new artist to me. There are a couple of different types of songs he writes; the classic eighties Warren Zevon "Sentimental Hygiene" sounding classic rock gems, and delicately fingerpicked two chord wonders. His delivery is classic, and I look forward to hearing what he comes up with from here on out.

REAL ESTATE- DAYS- Grade A Government Certified Jangly Wuss Rock. A great listen from front to back. I'll take it.

BATTLES- GLOSS DROP- I thought these guys were through after finding out their singer had left, but they proved me wrong by bringing in guest vocalists like Gary Numan. Good Stuff. Being from the town of Breadwinner though, I still don't quite get the whole Math Rock Tag.

TOM WAITS- BAD AS ME- How in the hell could I NOT have this album on this list? Everything he touches is fucking gold.

TUNE-YARDS- whokill- The pipes on this gal are incredible. She's going to go far, and maybe all the way into the Hall Of Fame one day. What a total weirdo, and she damned near stole the show this year. Delay pedals and floor toms. I love her inventiveness. What a sight for sore eyes!

THE ROOTS- UNDUN- P.J. started out the year with a great thematic album, and these dudes finished it out with one. Hand me the phone and the gun, this batch of songs is downright depressing. The hardest working band in the business? Yep.

Welp, there you have it. Besides these fine works there were releases by Mike Watt, Iceage, Richard Buckner, The Men, Cass McCombs, Cut Copy, Mastodon, Fucked Up, Wild Flag, Thurston Moore and Atlas Sound to keep me plenty busy. Happy Holidays. I am looking forward to what comes around next year.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Thurston Moore- Demolished Thoughts



Honestly, this is the first of the three solo releases by Thurston that I've bothered to check out, and you know what? I like it. With Hipster Supreme Beck at the boards, it comes across at first as a combination between his very own SEA CHANGE and Nick Drake's FIVE LEAVES LEFT, but once you get past the lush strings and cavernous sound, it is very much a Sonic Youth Record. Long instrumental passages, dissonant chords, and themes of urban dread. "Orchard Street" is a downtown sprawl that could've been an outtake from their classic Daydream Nation, but songs like first single "Benediction" sounds like a whole new direction for Moore. This is truly a beautiful recording, and it works.

BENEDICTION (you tube)
Benediction mp3

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Picks Of The Litter For 2010 (Part One)

It's the most nerve-wracking time of the year, the holidays usually bring road trips, parties, family, friends, and agonizing over the best music releases of the past 12 months. Here are mine.



1. This Is Happening by LCD Soundsystem- There are two things that are popular in my household; one is dancing, and the other is 80's alternative music. This album celebrates both. "Dance Yrself Clean" sounds like The Talking Heads meets Metal Box. We saw these folks on tour, and were incredibly surprised at how HARD they ROCKED. I've been following James and the DFA label since the early part of the decade, and I am happy they have found success without selling out.



2. The Suburbs by The Arcade Fire- When I first heard "Ready To Start" back in the Spring, I knew this album would be a return to form. These folks have a certain cheesy earnestness about them, but have finally hit the big time on their own terms while scoring a #1 Album for local indie label Merge. A very cohesive and beautiful album.



3. Pomegranates: Persian Pop, Funk, Folk and Psych of the 60s and 70s by Various Artists- I love this record, and highly recommend it. As essential as the NUGGETS box sets. Nuff said.



4. Halcyon Digest by Deerhunter- In a surprising turn of events, this band decided to release another recording. Music for boot-gazing Sissys? Who cares, "Helicopter" is a lush masterpiece of pop and a great gothy single. There are also some brilliant guitar workouts as well to keep the rockers happy. A very nice release from some surprisingly prolific dudes. (Check out the free downloads for the ATLAS SOUND home demos on their blogspot page)



5. Dark Night Of The Soul by Dangermouse and Sparklehorse- A dream album for me, featuring a smorgasboard of guest vocalists like Frank Black, Iggy Pop, Suzanne Vega and Wayne Coyne. Leaks of this long rumored collaboration surfaced last year, but due to legal wrangling, it was not released until this year, and by that time local musician and Sparklehorse CEO Mark Linkous was dead. The title cut features not only a ghastly team-up of the doomed Linkous with film maker David Lynch, but vocals by a dearly missed Vic Chesnutt. Within a six month period we had lost them both. One of the most chilling songs I have ever heard.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

MUSIC BY DOUCHE-BAGS VOLUME ONE- JOHN PHILLIPS



Hold on a fucking minute here, do I believe my cocksucking ears?
I have been hearing for the past 24 hours that Mackenzie Phillips had a long term relationship with her father John, which is detailed in her book HIGH ON ARRIVAL that came out Wednesday.
Really?
These two coked-out, west coast canyon-assed hippie rockstar fuckwads?
I would have never believed it.
These "shocking" revelations only proves the point that GOD himself should come down here and dickbeat everyone to eternal damnation, and hopefully the rotting soul of this douchebag John Phillips is currently in the lowest level of HELL getting his anus reamed hourly by multitudes of hideous demons.

This woman is obviously a nutbag trying to make a few bucks to score some crack to smoke on her gold toilet. A bit of advice Crackenzie Phucking Phillips; keep fucked up shit like this between you and your therapist.

C'mon folks- we all knew Papa John was an asshole way back in 1966 with THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS hit "I Saw Her Again"... I mean... how could you dog Michelle Phillips like that, write a song, and make her SING on the fucking thing? Unfuckingbelievable.
As almost admirable as that was, the most reprehensible thing this man ever did was write that godawful BEACH BOYS hit "KOKOMO".
THAT'S A MILLION TIMES WORSE THAN SLEEPING WITH HIS DAUGHTER...

The one bright spot in this Douchebag's career is his first solo album JOHN, THE WOLF KING OF L.A. (1970)
This album sold poorly due to the fact that it was a dark and depressing, almost Altamont view of Los Angeles at the close of the 1960's. Songs dealt with drugs, depression, suicide, overdosing and aborted pregnancy; subjects far removed from the hippyshit California Dreamland built by The Mamas And The Papas. A true overlooked gem from the singer/songwriter boom, and an album I will never throw away no matter what beat up shit this fucking DILLHOLE pulls out next from the grave.



01. April Ann (3:20)
02. Topanga Canyon (3:54)
03. Malibu People (3:40)
04. Someone's Sleeping (2:46)
05. Drum (3:35)
06. Captain (The Mermaid) (3:24)
07. Let It Bleed, Genevieve (2:56)
08. Down The Beach (2:52)
09. Mississippi (3:36)
10. Holland Tunnel (3:47)

I don't post my own files to share with folks anymore due to almost unbearable guilt.
But here is the link to someone who has.

EVERMORE BLUES ALBUM REVIEW

THE HALLS ARE FILLING UP IN CLEVELAND.



I have never been to Cleveland, and probably would never have wanted to go until I heard that THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME was going to set up there back in the late Eighties. Sounded like a great idea; enshrining my favorite artists like The Beatles, and giving others their perhaps long overdue credit. How exciting!!!

But boy oh boy. These days the Nominating Committee at The Rock an Roll Hall of Fame are starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel, surely they could have dredged up the names of some more deserving artists than this.

Here are this year's nominees; five of which will be picked for induction into the HALL OF FAME early next year.

ABBA- Swedish Eurotrash Pop Leviathans. I'm not a big fan, but denying these fringed, polyestered, and skin-tight sequined hit machines entry into the Hollowed Halls would be a crime to Popular Music and Good Taste itself.

The Chantels- One of the first girl doo-wop groups. They had a handful of semi-successful singles, but none cracked the top ten. Inducting this group would be like inducting THE FIXX when time comes around for enshrining the Early-Eighties Synthpop Movement, and at least The Fixx had a fucking number one hit...

Jimmy Cliff- This guy wouldn't even be remembered if it weren't for the fact that every yuppie in the western world considers THE HARDER THEY COME soundtrack as their "Obscurist Reggae Album"

Genesis- A shoo-in due to their expansive career that can be divided into three phases; the early years with Peter Gabriel as lead singer (Obtuse, obscure yet fascinating Brit-Art-Shlock), the crest of the commercial wave with that attention-starved-gummy-bear lookin' Phil Collins (The unavoidably catchy, beer company sponsored, more profitable than prostitution days), and the Post-Phil Collins days (Made Mike and the Mechanics sound like the fucking Beatles)

The Hollies- British Invasion also-rans whos induction will lead to nomination of bands like Gerry Lewis And The Playboys and The Dave Clark Five (They're already in the Hall of Fame? Well isn't that some shit.)

Kiss- A masterful moneymaking conspiracy even greater than THE PROTOCOL OF THE ELDERS OF ZION. Their induction would surely mean yet another year of interest from the mostly-rednecked classic rock crowd.

LL Cool J- The once Kangoled Wunderkind and Poet with the built in gun show. Author of lyrical brilliance like "I'm Bad, I can suck my own dick"

Darlene Love- Probably the most deserving nominee by far, and it's a sure-as-shit shame that she hasn't been inducted yet. An early alumnus of the Phil Spector audiodynasty, unforgettable lungs-for-hire on songs by Johnny Rivers and Elvis, member of The Blossoms, and as for these days, a perennial Christmas Season attraction in NYC. She's jammed with everybody from U2 to Cheech and Chong, and would get my vote for sure.

Laura Nyro- I must admit that this Brill Building styled songwriter has an impressive amount of songs under her belt. The 5th Dimension, Three Dog Night, Barbara Streisand, and Peter, Paul and Mary all struck gold with her songs, and she was also a critically lauded avant-jazzpop artist during the late 60's. It would be a nice gesture to induct her, seeing as how she died of cancer twelve years ago, but I almost would have to disqualify her on the grounds that she is responsible for unleashing on the world "AND WHEN I DIE" by Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Holy Shit, I hate that fucking song.

Red Hot Chili Peppers- Who put these cocksuckers on the ballot?

Donna Summer- Clear the way, and let her in based on her seventeen minute long orgasm "Love To Love You Baby". Most of us at one point or another have roller skated to her music, and she's worked hard for it honey. I guess. What a story; the prototypical Mariah walks away at the top of her game in the name of Jesus!!! It nearly knocked me off my platforms.

The Stooges- These potential five time losers should have been inducted in their first year of eligibility alone. Iggy Pop has inspired everyone from The Ramones to Madonna to Parliament/Funkadelic. Whether Western Culture knows it or not; this rag tag bunch of protopunk acid-eating douchebags changed Rock and Roll more than the Beatles. Guitarist Ron Ashton is dead now, and said that after being denied the ballot for years that The stooges would turn down any future invitations. They will be inducted, and the rest of the fellows will show up hopefully in the spirit of a guy who several years ago was living with his mom collecting Nazi paraphernalia.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

TOM PELOSO- HOT HOUSE VIDEO

This is the latest video (directed by RAPHAEL WINTERSBERGER) from Tom's upcoming release THE LAST SATURDAY OF THE YEAR. Tom will be taking time in between duties with MODEST MOUSE to play some low key live dates soon.

Friday, January 2, 2009

TOM PELOSO- THE LEAVES AND THE TREES MUSIC VIDEO



Local Filmmaker And Photographer Aaron Farrington And Tom Peloso Made This Video In The Autumn Of 2008. Ah, Life On Walton's Mountain!!!
In Other News, Tom Debuted The Title Cut From The Album "The Last Saturday Of The Year" On WTJU 91.3 On Saturday December 27th...
Stay Tuned For More Updates!!!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

TOM PELOSO SET TO RELEASE THE LAST SATURDAY OF THE YEAR


TOM PELOSO is using his break from Modest Mouse to release a solo album called THE LAST SATURDAY OF THE YEAR. Recorded earlier this year at MONKEYCLAUS STUDIOS in Nelson County, Virginia, the album is set for release on December 27. Tom enlisted help from some old friends on the recording, and here is a word from Tom to fill you in on some details...

The album is entitled “the last saturday of the year” there is no band name as of yet.

The project or session i called laundry songs, was recorded in a months time at monkeyclaus recording studio

in beautiful nelson county virginia. it involved friends coming from a variety of backgrounds and bands

(the fugs, elliott smith, hickey and the statler bros. to name a few).

right now, it looks like there will be 11 songs on the record with titles including

“the night sky” , “hold on to what you got” and “the last saturday of the year”.

the music is based on riffs and ideas i have been gathering for quite some time

and earlier this year seemed like the right time to record it all. abel okugawa and raphael wintersberger

were able to capture the ideas and create some amazing tones and sonic wonderfullness.

scott mcpherson layed down a majority of the drum tracks and matt rissler is featured on guitar throughout the record.

there are other contributors including darell hyden, terry la fon, austin fitch, matt boyle, rob widdicombe and coby batty.

-Tom



The first single "Leaves And The Trees" is already streaming on some websites, with a video coming soon. The album will be available to download from MONKEYCLAUS with a small tour set to begin early 2009.

TOM PELOSO'S MYSPACE PAGE
LAUNDRY SONGS

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

LAMB OF GOD BEGINS WORLD TOUR.


Lamb Of God are set to release their fifth studio album, Wrath, available February 23rd 2009. The record will be their first album with new label Roadrunner Records, outside of North America, and released on Epic here in the States. Produced by Josh Wilbur, and recorded in studios in New York, Virginia and New Hampshire, the album promises to be as brutal as ever.

This album is going to surprise a lot of people," stated drumming Leviathan Chris Adler. "Typically bands that get to where we are in our career, begin to slack off, smell the roses and regurgitate. We chose a different path. No one wants to hear another band member hyping a new record. Wrath needs no hype. We have topped ourselves and on February 23rd you will feel it."

The band Kicked off yet another World Tour in their hometown of Richmond, Virginia at The National Theater, and the show was a powerful yet intimate affair. Guitarist Mark Morton was celebrating a birthday that night, and L.O.G.s diehard mass of fans swirled in the pit while old friends of the band stayed in the V.I.P section getting hammered.

Lamb Of God Tour Dates:
11/24/08 - Richmond, Virginia The National (With Municipal Waste and This Time Is War)

Metallica with Lamb of God and The Sword:
12/1/08 - Seattle, WA Key Arena
12/2/08 - Vancouver, BC GM Place
12/4/08 - Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome
12/6/08 - Saskatoon, SK Prairieland Exhibition Hall (Lamb Of God and The Sword only)
12/7/08 - Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
12/9/08 - Spokane, WA The Knitting Factory (Lamb Of God, The Sword and Faceless only)
12/10/08 - Portland, OR Roseland Theater (Lamb Of God and Three Inches of Blood only)
12/11/08 - Chico, CA Senator Theater (Lamb Of God, The Sword and Faceless only)
12/12/08 - Ontario, CA Citizens Business Bank Arena
12/13/08 - Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
12/15/08 - San Diego, CA Cox Arena
12/16/08 - Anaheim, CA The Grove (Lamb Of God, Job For A Cowboy and Faceless only)
12/17/08 - Tucson, AZ The Rialto (Lamb Of God, Job For A Cowboy and Faceless only)
12/18/08 - Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues (Lamb Of God, Job For A Cowboy and Faceless only)
12/19/09 - Ventura, CA Majestic Ventura (Lamb Of God, The Sword and Faceless only)
12/20/08 - Oakland, CA Oracle Arena

European Tour:
2/6/09 Frostbite Festival - Finland
2/8/09 Belfast/ Mandela Hall
2/9/09 Dublin/ Academy
2/11/09 Bristol/ Academy
2/12/09 Birmingham/ Academy
2/13/09 Manchester/ Academy
2/14/09 London/ Brixton Academy
2/15/09 Glasgow/ Academy
2/21/09 Brisbane/ RNA Showgrounds
2/22/09 Sidney/ TBC
2/27/09 Melbourne/ Ras Showgrounds
2/28/09 Adelaide/ Bonython Park
3/2/09 Perth/ Bassendean Oval
3/4/09 Tokyo/ Blitz
3/5/09 Tokyo/ Blitz
3/6/09 Nagoya/ Diamond Hall
3/7/09 Osaka/ Hatch

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

RADIOHEAD AND SPIRITUALIZED ON THE NPR CONCERT SERIES



THE NPR CONCERT SERIES is just one of many reasons why NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO is one of the greatest media outlets this fine nation has to offer. Thank Gawd McDonaldland Mogul Ray Kroc's Wife died and left this left-leaning organization a fortune a few years back, because I am sure the sale of all those greasy cardboard cheeseburgers made shit like this possible.



This RADIOHEAD show was recorded way back in late August at the utterly beautiful Santa Barbara Bowl and finally released to the public this past Saturday night. You can go to this page just like most of the other episodes they offer and DOWNLOAD the whole 2 plus hour show.

SET LIST-
Reckoner
Optimistic
There There
15 Step
All I Need
Nude
Talk Show Host
Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
The Gloaming
Morning Bell
National Anthem
Faust Arp
No Surprises
Jigsaw Falling Into Place
The Bends
Karma Police
Bodysnatchers

First Encore
Cymbal Rush
House of Cards
Paranoid Android
Go Slowly
Everything in Its Right Place

Second Encore
Videotape
Lucky
Idioteque



...And as an added bonus to you my Doritos, I added a broadcast of another brilliant band by the name of SPIRITUALIZED taken from their 9:30 Club Show in July. While it isn't as mind-melting as their 1999 CD release LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL (One of the best live albums ever if you're zonked on pharmaceuticals...) it is a fine fine performance.

SPIRITUALIZED SET LIST-
"You Lie You Cheat"
"Shine a Light"
"Cheapster"
"Electricity"
"Soul on Fire"
"Sweet Talk"
"Sitting on Fire"
"Walkin' With Jesus"
"Oh Baby"
"Rated X"
"Lay Back in the Sun"
"Death Take Your Fiddle"
"She Kissed Me (It Felt Like a Hit)"
"Come Together"
"Take Me to the Other Side"

Take some time and check out the site if you can, which features boatloads of other artists recorded in amazing fidelity.

RADIOHEAD LIVE AT THE SANTA BARBARA BOWL (AUGUST 28th 2008) BROADCAST SEPTEMBER 5th 2008
SPIRITUALIZED LIVE AT THE 9:30 CLUB JULY 25th 2008 PODCAST

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

DEAD GOATS- THE NEW E.P.


Hailing from Richmond VA, and featuring former members of bands THE RABBITS and THE KEYONS, DEAD GOATS are an old-school garage band that will for damn sure build a boot shop in your behind. The new single CEMETRY was recorded in Tennessee earlier this year, and is featured on their new self-titled E.P. which means they titled it themselves. If you are ever in the Commonwealth and notice that they are playing one of their trademark rowdy shows, do yourself a solid and check these boys out.



THUNDER plays guitar
KEMPER plays bass
TITO plays drums
SKIDZ plays guitar
THE MANGLER plays tamborine

CEMETRY (MP3) by THE DEAD GOATS

THE RESIDENTS NEW RELEASE



The Legendary Residents from San Francisco have released a new project entitled THE BUNNY BOY. This release contains 19 new songs and accompanying videos posted on their website. They are planning a tour of the U.S. and Europe this fall.

SONG LIST.
* Boxes of Armageddon
* Rabbit Habit
* I'm Not Crazy
* Pictures from a Little Girl
* What If It's True?
* Fever Dreams
* Butcher Shop
* I Like Black
* Secret Room
* My Nigerian Friend
* It Was Me
* The Bunny Boy
* Blood on the Bunny
* I Killed Him
* The Dark Man
* Secret Message
* Patmos
* Black Behind



THE 2008 BUNNY BOY TOUR SCHEDULE (U.S. LEG)
Oct 3
Santa Cruz, CA
Rio Theater

Oct 7
Washington DC
9:30 Club

Oct 8
Philadelphia
Trocadero

Oct 9 - 10 - 11
New York
Gramercy Theater

Oct 12
Foxboro MA
Showcase Live

Oct 14
Detroit
Royal Oak Theater

Oct 15 - 16 -17
Chicago
Lakeshore

THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKIN' (MP3) by THE RESIDENTS