Thursday, 26 June 2008

3 albums that amaze me on every listen

Every now and then you chance on an album that you have to play from start to end every time you listen to it. Many are well know, but here's a few I love that slipped the net or just got plain terrible reviews full stop...

B>Thong - "Damage"
In my eyes as good as Pantera's "Vulgar Display of Power", but never as influential and got absolutely panned by the reviews. I actually listen to this a hell of a lot more. Crunchy as hell, sharp as serrated metal knives and with a dash of cheeky humour. If Pantera we're Swedish this would be them. Methinks the band name may have done them no good at all and apparently the other albums are crap..!? Well this one's ace! Check out the video too, got me hooked on first listen ever.
http://www.last.fm/music/B-Thong




Meet Me in St.Louis - "Variations on Swing"
Pretty Emo for me but the spazzed out arrangement and delirious musicianship win every time. Managed to catch em life briefly but their vocalist has just left, so it was not the same. Sorry guys. Loved this EP to pieces. One wince-fully aggressive online review claims that this gem is 'a load of pretention wank' that's a small quote from a slagging off of epic proportions that the 'reviewer' seems to have felt necessary. Exactly what a 'pretention wank' is - I dont know.
http://www.last.fm/music/Meet+Me+In+St.+Louis


X is Greater than Y - "Negative Snow"
I actually know Simon their bass player, but this EP is epic and genius for what initially seems a straight forward-ish indie act. Bit lost as to why I like this so much actually.. maybe it's the claustrophobic, upfront-ness of the production. Apparently it was produced by a guy who would normally do dance music. Many people really didn't like it - I love it!
http://www.xisgreaterthany.com/assets/mirrors.mp3
http://www.myspace.com/xisgreaterthanymusic

Thursday, 19 June 2008

A Door





Thursday, 12 June 2008

Rut Addict

Well I've become an addictive personality. I am blaming my age and a newly discovered tendency to get stuck in patterns of behaviour. My current addictions include; Photography, The Smiths & Spanish.

Photography... I bought a bullet-proof camera for my travels and try to make an effort to carry it about with me and take pics of stuff. Clouds strangely are becoming a main focus of attention when I'm out. However a week or so ago I was lucky enough to go to the peak of Snowdon on a Stag weekend for the infamous Levon Lumb, so many pictures taken there of various outdoor scenes and collapsed drunken friends.



The Smiths... how the hell did i get into the Smiths?! They are totally unlike any other band I listen too.. Which is good i suppose. I have no idea why I like them so much. I can only say great song writing; A weird mix of wispy guitar lines, jolly basslines, eighties drum sounds, huge effects and of course Morrissey's whimsical plum-like observations on British life...

Spanish... I will not mention here for fear of flying into a whirlwind of broken amateur Spanish. Found this though which is ace - its a TV drama type thing for learning it: www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/

Can't wait for next episodes !:S

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As a total aside, check out this fella; Mr.Bungle, Fantomas, Naked City, Korn, Meshuggah - remixed as Breakcore! YEESSSS!!! : http://www.myspace.com/randomatikblast