Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Dan Auerbach- Keep it Hid

Artist: Dan Auerbach
Album: Keep it Hid
Genre: Indie Rock, Blues, Alternative
Country of origin: USA
Year: 2009 (advance copy)

1. Trouble Weighs a Ton
2. I Want Some More
3. Heartbroken, in Disrepair
4. Because I Should
5. Whispered Words
6. Real Desire
7. When the Night Comes
8. Mean Monsoon
9. The Prowl
10. Keep It Hid
11. My Last Mistake
12. When I Left the Room
13. Street Walkin'
14. Goin' Home

Dan Auerbach is the lead guitarist and vocalist for the rock group, the Black Keys, whom I actually don't really listen to. I stumbled onto his solo album while I was fucking around and figured I would give it a listen or two. It turns out he's fucking awesome. He's got clever lyrics and catchy guitar riffs while fusing blues and southern rock (a la Black Crowes) while retaining an indie sound. I would call him the bastard child (the good bastard child) of the Black Crowes and Pink Mountaintops, a side-project of Vancouver stoner rock group Black Mountain. If you're looking for something to groove to that's a little different, defintiely check this out. "I'm just a kid and you're a walking candy store."

Monday, January 26, 2009

Handsome Furs- Face Control

Artist: Handsome Furs
Album: Face Control
Genre: Indie Rock
Country of origin: Canada
Year: 2009 (advance copy)

  1. "Legal Tender"
  2. "Evangeline"
  3. "Talking Hotel Arbat Blues"
  4. "(Passport Kontrol)"
  5. "All We Want, Baby, Is Everything"
  6. "I'm Confused"
  7. "(White City)"
  8. "Nyet Spasiba"
  9. "Officer of Hearts"
  10. "(It's Not Me, It's You)"
  11. "Thy Will Be Done"
  12. "Radio Kaliningrad"
Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry, his partner, are back with a follow up of their (awesome) 2007 album "Plague Park." Apparently the album was recorded after their touring of Russia and the title, "Face Control," does not dispute the assertion. Face control is what they call discriminatory filtering by night club bouncers and the tactic is often referred to throughout the album. If you like their first album, which I'm pretty sure I've posted on here earlier or at least on A-E, definitely don't miss this. Even if you didn't, Handsome Furs have taken on a different sound; a sound that is more rock oriented and guitar driven (much like Wolf Parade). Dan Boeckner is quoted saying "somewhere along the line, we [Handsome Furs] turned into a rock and roll band."
Not to jump the gun, but I can already tell that this will not only be a favourite of mine in 2009, but will definitely be a contender for a top 10 of '09 (along with Andrew Bird's already released "Noble Beast.")
Another thing I'd like to point out that I find particularly interesting about Boeckner is that he has a tattoo of the Sabcat- which may indicate possible anarchist and anarcho-syndicalist political leanings. Since some of you are leftists, I'd figure I'd share this.
Link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=L3M97UHJ

Keep on rockin' in the free werld.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Black Grass - Black Grass

Artist: Black Grass
Album: Black Grass
Genre: Hip-hop/ electronica
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Year: 2003

1. Grass Roots
2. Easy feat. Blak Twang
3. Score
4. Going Home feat. Ra Khahn
5. Aporia
6. Nice Up
7. Reprise
8. Bang (Turn It Out) feat. Supa TC Iz
9. The Finest Thing feat. Ra Khahn
10. Self Assessment feat. Maylay Sparks
11. Ain't the Man feat. Mango Seed
12. Toys

This is an excellent British hip-hop/ electronica album. Black Grass is simply two men who make incredible beats and this album features an assortment of guest artists both from the UK and US. So anyone who is into hip-hop or electronica in general you should definitely pick this up.

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(pinched from another blog hence why it is on rapidshare rather than megaupload)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Bucket Full Of Teeth - IV

Artist: Bucket Full Of Teeth
Album: IV
Genre: Power Violence, Grind, Punk, Thrash
Location: Amherst, MA

I Love this album.  Its been in heavy vinyl rotation with me and my friends.  A MUST LISTEN for anyone who wants to hear a different take on music.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Scatman John

Scatman John, an absolutely amazing man. I'm currently of the opinion that the concept of new bands having any talent died along with this man. I'm aware that one of the tracks has a skip and I apologize.

The Best of Scatma John

Friday, January 2, 2009

Tiamat - A Deeper Kind of Slumber

Band: Tiamat
Album: A Deeper Kind of Slumber
Genre: Gothic Metal/Atmospheric Rock
Country of Origin: Sweden
Year: 1997

Track Listing:
  1. Cold Seed
  2. Teonanacatl
  3. Trillion Zillion Centipedes
  4. The Desolate One
  5. Atlantis As A Lover
  6. Alteration X 10
  7. Four Leary Biscuits
  8. Only In My Tears It Lasts
  9. The Whores Of Babylon
  10. Kite
  11. Phantasma De Luxe
  12. Mount Marilyn
  13. A Deeper Kind Of Slumber
My second favorite Tiamat album after it's predecessor, Wildhoney, and another favorite album of mine, A Deeper Kind of Slumber is an entirely different step, yet a logical continuation from Wildhoney. The album is incredibly varied yet maintains an all around cohesive set of emotions that draws it together perfectly. It bounces between Metal and more Rockish songs like catchy opener "Cold Seed". The music is overall soothing and thoughtful, with Johan Edlunds vocals (now totally void of growls) maintaining a feeling of both being detatched yet emotional. The soothing sound of lapping waves and gorgeous synths in "Atlantis As A Lover", exploration of drug addiction "Alteration X 10", the psychadelic "Four Leary Biscuits", the gorgeous instrumental "Kite" and the chanting of "The Whores Of Babylon" are examples of what make this album so creative and special. It's not something that can be explained, but has to be experienced.


Tiamat - Wildhoney/Gaia

Band: Tiamat
Album: Wildhoney/Gaia
Genre: Gothic Metal
Country of Origin: Sweden
Year: 1994

Track Listing:
  1. Wildhoney
  2. Whatever That Hurts
  3. The AR
  4. 25th Floor
  5. Gaia
  6. Visionaire
  7. Kaleidoscope
  8. Do You Dream of Me?
  9. Planets
  10. A Pocket Size Sun
  11. Gaia (Video Edit) (Gaia)
  12. The AR (Radio Cut) (Gaia)
  13. When You're In (Pink Floyd cover) (Gaia)
  14. Whatever That Hurts (Video Edit) (Gaia)
  15. The AR (Ind. Mix) (Gaia)
  16. Visionaire (Remixed Long-Form Version) (Gaia)
I'm going to try and restrain myself, because my description of Wildhoney could turn into a massive review. Wildhoney is, without a doubt, one of my favor albums ever, Metal or otherwise. It's one of the most well crafted, complete Metal albums I've ever heard. No second is unnecessary, no song filler, every song is necessary to understand every other. It's a psychadelic, gothic journey. The album, just over 40 minutes in length, is essentially a single song that was split up into 10 tracks. Every song bleeds together with the next beautifully, making the album a journey and experience, not merely a collection of songs. It's a highly personal travel through the thoughts and emotions of Johan Edlund. The music covers many emotions and sounds. From the gorgeous titular intro to the aggressive "The AR", backed by choir like and psychadelic electronic synths and a stunning spoken word bridge backed by Industrial music and gentle guitar strums to the synth and drum driven beauty that is "Gaia", this album is wonderful. More so than even the past two album, Wildhoney's lyrics are wonderful.

This rerelease of Wildhoney is accompanied by the Gaia EP, which consists of remixes of various songs from Wildhoney, as well as a Pink Floyd cover, a band which Edlund was apparently listening to often at the time of the creation of this album. Enjoy.


Tiamat - Clouds

Band: Tiamat
Album: Clouds
Genre: Death Metal
Country of Origin: Sweden
Year: 1992

Track Listing:
  1. In a Dream
  2. Clouds
  3. Smell of Incense
  4. A Caress of Stars
  5. The Sleeping Beauty
  6. Forever Burning Flames
  7. The Scapegoat
  8. Undressed
The follow up to The Astral Sleep, Clouds is Tiamat's final Death Metal album. If I had to describe it, I'd call it The Astral Sleep, but better. The creativity and slight dreaminess continue, the riffs get better and better and Johan Edlund's growls sound much better. The lyrics are, again, as amazing as the music. It's just a wonderful Swedeath album; the play between an acoustic solo and an electric solo in "Undressed", the dark acoustics accompanied by the forboding riffs and snappy drum work that pops in at the beginning of "The Sleeping Beauty", and the dreamy chorus to "In a Dream" are three particularly impressive parts that stick out and mark this as a spectacular Death Metal album.


Tiamat - The Astral Sleep

Band: Tiamat
Album: The Astral Sleep
Genre: Death Metal
Country of Origin: Sweden
Year: 1991

Track Listing:
  1. Neo Aeon (Intro)
  2. Lady Temptress
  3. Mountain Of Doom
  4. Dead Boys' Choir
  5. Sumerian Cry (Part III)
  6. On Golden Wings
  7. Ancient Entity
  8. The Southernmost Voyage
  9. Angels Far Beyond
  10. I Am The King (Of Dreams)
  11. A Winter Shadow
  12. The Seal (Outro)
Sweden's Tiamat is best known for their Gothic Metal and Goth Rock work. Their fourth release, Wildhoney, is iconic and their recent Goth Rock work, including this years Amanethes, is well known. However, long, long ago they were part of the Swedeath scene and have been sadly underrated, often ignored in the face of bands like Dismember, Unleashed and Grave. Any fan of Swedeath or old school DM in general should find this album enjoyable, or for those familiar with Tiamat's early work, a classic. The Astral Sleep is their second album and second to last DM album, preceeded by the less entertaining Sumerian Cry and followed by the wonderful Clouds. The riffage will be familiar to Swedeath fans. Like all the other iconic Swedeath bands, Tiamat's style is unique but shares a memorable feel with the other Swedeath bands, marking it a member of that elite group of DM pioneers. The production is rough and the guitar tone thick and meaty. Most of the songs are excellent, straight forward Death Metal, but the album displays Tiamat as one of the most creative Swedeath bands. "Mountain Of Doom" begins with gorgeous synths and acoustic, and "The Southernmost Voyage" is almost entirely acoustic and filled with dream like synths and singing, broken up with a soaring solo. The lyrics are also great.