Monday, 23 November 2009

julie doiron-i can wonder what you did with your day

Found this on some blog some time ago, and to be honest, this is one album I am glad that I found.

So this Julie Doiron is some Canadian singer-songwriter that used to play bass in Eric's Trip, and is now pursuing a more-or-less successful solo career. After going through this album a few times, it looks like this experience has done Julie nothing apart from a world of good. Acoustic guitar laden over raw, over-driven electric guitar, or is it the other round? Either way, putthat damn Sufjan Stevens record down and give this a listen.


Thursday, 19 November 2009

Psychostasia - Adramelech

So I was craving some old-school death metal that focused more on creating fantastic riffage than shit-hot production and I came across Adramelech. I hadn't listened to these guys in a while and after listening to Psychostasia again I can't for the life of me figure out why. Psychostasia was released in 1996 and is fucking METAL. It doesn't get better than that. Oh and the riffs are bloody fantastic.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde - Alcest

Shoegaze and black metal would usually be considered to be on completely different pages but not so for Neige of Alcest. Neige (of Peste Noire and Amesoeurs fame) formed Alcest back in 1999 but originally as a solo project. When fellow Peste Noire member Hegnor and Arguth joined him, the band released a more or less straightforward black metal demo entitled Tristesse Hivernale which was very different from what followed. In 2007, Alcest released the beautiful Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde, an album that's simply ethereal. Fusing black metal riffs (albeit a few) with dreamy shoegaze melodies and acoustic guitars all topped off with an even dreamier voice, Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde is definitely an unforgettable album. The lyrics are a bonus if you're fluent in French.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Beautiful Minds - Killah Priest & Chief Kamachi

Lyrical heavyweights Killah Priest, a longtime Wu-Tang affiliate, and Chief Kamachi of Army Of The Pharaohs collaborate on Beautiful Minds, a record which demonstrates a remarkable synergy between the two all the while exhibiting their individual lyrical and poetic prowess. Having copped this album back in 2008, I still find the time to listen to this every time I'm in the mood for no-nonsense rap and it's never boring. If you're a fan of lyricism coupled with strong production and beats, then this one is definitely for you.

Rapidshare (yes, yes...I know. Mediafire isn't working for me at the moment and I could only find a rapidshit link)

The Limits of Control

Jim Jarmusch has a new film, "The Limits of Control", which features an incredible soundtrack which consists of the likes of Boris, Sunn O))), Earth and LCD Soundsystem. Now if you're one of those people who love that sweet confluence of music and film then you'll love this. I haven't found a download of the OST yet but once I do, I will post it here. Watch this space.


Boris - "Feedbacker I & IV" (from Feedbacker, on Disk Union Records)
Boris -"Fuzzy Reactor" (from Rainbow, on Disk Union Records)

Schubert - "Adagio - String Quintent In C D.956"
Boris - " " aka Smile (from the Japanese version of Smile, on Disk Union Records)
sunn 0)))/Boris - "N.L.T." (From Altar, on Southern Lord)
Bill Doggett - "Moon Dust"
LCD Soundsystem - "Daft Punk Is Playing At My House"
Boris -"Farewell" (From Pink, on Southern Lord)
Manuel El Sevillan0 - "Por CompasiĆ³n: MalagueƱas" (a traditional Flamenco)
Black Angels - "You On The Run"
La Macarena - "Saeta" (an Alan Lomax recording)
sunn 0)))/Boris - "Blood Swamp" (From Altar, on Southern Lord)
Talegon De Cordoba, La Truco and Jorge Rodriguez Padilla - "El Que Tenga Por Grande" (traditional)
Earth - Omens and Portents 1: The Driver (from The Bees Made Honey In The Lions' Skull, on Southern Lord)
Carmen Linares -
"El Que Tenga Por Grande"

Edit: Download

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Roseland NYC Live - Portishead

The concept of a live album is a risky one as it is usually a hit or miss and unless it is released with bonus DVD footage that happens to be remarkable, the album itself will be a forgotten release as is evident when considering the plethora of live albums released by countless bands.

The only two bands whose truly fantastic live albums/shows I would have sold my soul to have witnessed are Neurosis and Pink Floyd who also happen to be 2 of my favourite bands of all time so it came as quite a surprise when I found myself yearning to be in the audience of a live NYC performance of Portishead's, a band I started properly listening to less than a year ago. Accompanied by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Portishead have created the perfect live dynamic for their music which, dark and ominous as it is, gives one a feeling of true elation (quite surprisingly).

This record features fantastic and definitive versions of songs (such as "Sour Times") and it would be criminal of you to miss it.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

sage francis- human the death dance

Oh man, I've been on a hip-hop kick these past two weeks. Loads of new artists discovered, lots of new music to appreciate. One of which, incidentally, is Sage Francis' "Human The Death Dance".

"Noted for his intense flow and sharp wit, Francis has won acclaim both as a freestyle battler and as an unapologetically intellectual lyricist. Francis uses a broad emotional palette to address a wide range of personal, cultural, and issues."

Something different for the seasoned hip-hop elitist and something interesting for the casual listener with a fresh perspective.


Friday, 13 November 2009

And so,

don't you find that this blog is getting a little boring? All albums, no reviews, no tiny, useless tidbits of information, no insight to whatever subject, just records. Really boring. I find that music bloggers tend to range from those that write immense reviews(which IMO, make the process of finding new music via such blogs less tedious), like huevos or cephalochromoscope, to the ones that just post music for the sake of spreading music. Obviously, I prefer the former over the latter. So I'm going to make an effort to write longer reviews, post the odd video here and there, and make this blog less dull.

Monday, 9 November 2009


I only just got around to checking this band out and only, in all honesty, because they share their moniker with one of my favourite films of all time. Deerhunter are an ambient/experimental/shoegaze/indie act from Atlanta and they are good. Microcastles features some really beautiful songs and you'll be glad you checked these guys out. Have fun.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

neurosis-the word as law

No introduction needed. This record is from waaaay back when Neurosis was but a bunch of kids playing hardcore. So radically different to the rest of their material, yet still so awesome.


Friday, 6 November 2009

electric horsemen- ep

Just a quick post before I go finish up studying for my particle physics exam.

Some excellent sludge here, constant circulation on my ipod.
Vocals vary from being very Baroness-like to straight-up growls. Very, very nice and again, very much worth your time.


Wednesday, 4 November 2009

gogol bordello
"Combining elements of , music, and Brechtian , Gogol Bordello tells the story of New York’s immigrant diaspora through debauchery, humor, and surreal costumes."

Gypsy punk, eh?
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