Monday, October 18, 2010

Current 93

Great Babylon has fallen, fallen, fallen.

Schizophrenic tape loops, lyrical imagery like dante's visions of hell. What's not to like?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Twin Shadow

awesome, awesome, awesome.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Gun Club

Found these guys earlier this week, while stumbling through Light in the Attic Records' offerings. The Gun Club, formed around the time of X in Los Angeles in the early 80s. Sounds like rough country, blues, punk, and troubled Western.

Makes me want to be in the dusty American desert in dirty jeans, destination-less.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

joan of arc - 'me and america (or) the united colors of the gap'

so, i heard that this is supposed to be the worst record of all time. i got a copy of it a while back, and gave it a listen after i put it on my 'puter. taxing, meandering, disjointed, ridiculous, and i love it. music by people who think to much and have backed themselves into a corner. i think to much and often back myself into a corner. the beautiful thing is, the corner doesn't exist, neither do i, or joan of arc, and as the strings drop in halfway thru this song, everything about the existence i know drops and all is a wonderful swirl. 'one if by lips... and two if by teeth'

Sunday, June 6, 2010

the cure - push

i've been in a cure mood recently. first heard them when i was a teen, seeing commercials for the 'galore' best of. my uncle joe probably played bits of them for me; later i bought 'staring at the sea' with money from my library job. for being a goth kid, bob smith is completely heart on sleeve. this is from the period i am least familiar with, but 'head on the door' was loaned to me some time ago, and blew my mind at how completely diverse and different from any other era of cure i knew. it could be the best one, covering every sound and style they've tackled. push is still my favorite; a killer riff, extended intro, and high energy all the way through. it's something i listen to when my mind overwhelmed by an out of control world that i feel is swallowing me whole. when getting engulfed by a river that's broken through the dam, even when drowning i can pull my head above water and shout, and not feel powerless.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Indian Jewelry, Lapis Lazuli

And despite what Pitchfork may say, I'm looking forward to the new Indian Jewelry album. It should be out next month on LP, but available now on CD. They excel in long and laborious drone, and expecting a band to create a completely new sound on each record is unnecessary. Let an artist bloom in the medium/genre they naturally gravitate toward.

10 Ragas to a Disco Beat

Light in the Attic Records does it again by finding and restoring an all-but-lost classic album.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Michael Gira/Swans

In light of the recently announced re-formed Swans tour (October 4th at the Crofoot), here's an older Michael Gira performing 'She Lives' live in the Netherlands.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

acid mothers temple

they could easily be the greatest band ever. played another adjectives-do-no-justice set last night at the crowfoot, with over-gain optimal death (or, appropriately, ogod for short) opening, who are all members of the la band the antarcticans, who completely slay all humanity in their own way. anyways, why are they possibly the greatest band of all time? all hyperboyle aside, they spend all their time making music as a rotating collective of creative individuals, removing any concept of their own individuality while still maintaining their own personalities and senses of humor, and can play less or more all while serving the idea of what music they are making together, completely remaining in the moment and humble. and, of course, kawabata makoto can do this.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

spoon & deerhunter

they played wonderful sets last eve. 5 new songs from deerhunter, who played for around an hour & a near two hour set from spoon. 'transference' is great, a return to the weird minimalism of 'kill the moonlight.' 'got nuffin' is the latest in a series of songs by them that completely captures how i feel about life at the moment. totally looking forward to hearing the new deerhunter jamz too, now only a four piece. and if your reading this bradford, your set was absolutely fine last night, nothing noticeable to the naked eye.