Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Monday, July 14, 2008

Hawkwind and Underground Resistance (LINKS FIXED)

So I was noticed that Hawkwind and Underground Resistance have some striking similarities. These are the 2 songs that made me notice how similar both bands were.

These aren't their best songs, for more listening, I recommend the albums
Hawkwind- In Search of Space
Underground Resistance- Interstellar Fugitives
  1. Both have themes of future and space/spaceships
  2. Both released crap-loads of songs

  3. Both experimented with electronics (though UR was not as bold as Hawkwind)

  4. Both probably took alot of acid (I know Hawkwind did, I only have strong suspicions about UR)

  5. Both band's were practically revolving doors for their members with the exception of a few key-characters.
  6. Both were fairly anti-capitalistic (though UR is just plain obnoxious with their releases, Hawkwind were pretty reasonable)

Some differences include:

  1. Alot of UR's stuff sucks. The suck factor of Hawkwind is significantly less.

  2. Hawkwind- British experimental acid-space-rock, UR-militant Detroit techno

  3. Hawkwind had Lemmy (of Motorhead fame), while UR did not. (this makes Hawkwind SIGNIFICANTLY better than UR

  4. UR had black people in it, while Hawkwind was comprised entirely of pasty Englishmen (this incredible difference of melanin gives UR a sharp advantage in sunny weather.

  5. UR is pretty dark and dystopian, while Hawkwind is pretty upbeat and more or less positive most of the time (however, a fair share of songs are dark and scary)
  6. UR would probably win in a fight because even though they'd be out-numbered (maybe? how many people are in UR these days, 3?) , they're in pretty great shape; Also Hawkwind are a bunch of old men. HOWEVER, if Lemmy were to re-join the band, UR would not stand a chance. If Lemmy were in a wheelchair and was missing an arm, then it MIGHT be a fair battle.

UR's homepage

Hawkwind's homepage



This is why it's important to read the instructions.

Monday, July 7, 2008

This Song is a mess but so am I

So freddy posted almost everything he's done under the "This song..." moniker, due to the material's limited availibility.
I haven't listened to the other eps and albums, but
Is pretty dang awesome. Some of the songs are duds (in my opinion, but maybe I'm not looking at the big picture?) and some of them are just dripping with greatness. BEDRIDDEN AND DANCING is my absolute favorite. the lyrics are amazing.

Bridget do you remember
putting her in a pink dress?
dancing from bed, and when
she passed they sent pink flowers.
on that day when we were rained out of
the field for crying the cajun band played
with a pink microphone cable.
we knew and we laughed!

Some of the textures and sounds may take a little getting used to ( or you just might not like it at all) Some of my favorite songs resemble carnival music, only the carnival is run by ministry and someone stole all their guitars. This is the first "This song..." album, and the first few stages of coping with death are apparant from the start, (shock, anger). I've never heard electronic music be so sincearly emotional. His voice is so honest and real, it's very hard to misinterpret any of his feelings as overly dramatic or fake, despite the fact that he is screaming and convulsing over his mother's death.
oh mother give me strength. i've seen many faces
come out of frames but they all said the same things.
i've heard enough iam sorry's to last a lifetime. i know i am
too young to feel the way i do. but i saw the courage in your eyes.
and i know that over this hill is the sun.

As amazing as his lyrics surely are, the vocal mix is muddy and quiet, which really pisses me off. I know he does not have a "singer's voice" or whatever the fuck that means, but I don't care. all the better and more honest. Since his voice is so young and relatively "thin" he's decided that it's better off masked by sound, which I feel is a great mistake. To really appreciate this, you should read the lyrics (included in the zip file) along with the album.
Another suggestion about his art which I have no right to make is that I think he should sing with a little more melody. I dunno. maybe that's just me.
Hell, forget I said anything. The songs are amazing by themselves.
Freddy's Blog (even more free music therein)

Friday, July 4, 2008

20 KNIVES new ep: Royal Invitation

This shit is awesome.

I wanna say "really melodic breakcore", but if you wanna spit hairs, this is really just IDM (ugh I hate that term) I'm gonna take a random guess, but I'm pretty sure that this was made in renoise. Intricate melodies cascade through some of the best sounding synthesis (organic sounding) I've heard (maybe ever). The whimsical textures and robotic speech paint a surreal tale of escape from life's problems, (a STARK difference to the theme of the movie "The Holy Mountain" which he's sampled for at least 1 or 2 of the songs.) and has a strange rustic-future fantasy feel to it. This music is quite unlike most stuff I've heard. It's definitely "chin stroking music" but not aloof or boring.

The song I've chosen for the blog is the last track of the EP is "Octopod Sings", and it's not like the rest of the album, as it's more/less a traditional song. (guitar, singing) but I really like it.

Bro used to be called "Pale" (before some bar-band from texas threatened to sued him) and he and Ed Flis (aka duranduranduran made this totally bitching song called "The Year of the Dragon" (good luck finding it) that's definitely worth looking up.

20Knives: Octopod Sings(this one's my fav) (his full album comes out soon!)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Gentle Waves (link fixed)

SO I had this really great mp3 on my harddrive, and I had no idea what it was other that I thought it was from a compilation of 60's pop I got from my friend scott's house.
Boy was I wrong. This gentle ballad was made about 10 years ago. fooled me anyways.

(Singer from Belle & Sebastian)

trash80's EP

HOT DAMN! this stuff is GOOOD. 3 O's good.

Often I've listened to chiptunes, and thought to myself, "this would be really great if they did some actual production on this rather than just dump the audio out from the gameboy."
That's pretty much what's happened. Some great gameboy music has been expanded with modern technology resulting in some compositions that are really awesome.

I've been a fan of this guy's work for quite some time. Just when I figured he got hit by a bus or joined a convent, he dropped this bomb on me. Chippy electro to the MAXX. (2 x's)

it's free. get it now.

Trash80 -Icarus