when_i_go_deaf: (Yoda & His iPod)
Happy new week all! I took a little holiday from posting, but we're back now with a bunch of new stuff for y'all.

Prosaics were a band that appeared all too briefly back in 2005 with a four-song EP of garage rock goodness. Most who heard them might have dismissed them for sounding a little too much like Joy Division, but then again Interpol has gotten away with that since they showed up. My favorite track from the EP, "Teeth", still sounds like the best opening theme to a TV show that has never been used. I wonder what those guys are up to now...

Saw Beatallica Sunday night with my buddy Mick at High Noon Saloon here in Madison. For those of you not familiar with Beatallica the band plays Beatles songs in the style of Metallica, and takes the concept a step further by mashing the lyrics and songs from both with fantastic results. The band comes out wearing uniforms similar to the ones the Beatles wore for Sgt. Pepper, but they all have the long metal manes that Metallica sported prior to 1996. If none of you have heard them before, try these out:
Beatallica - Sgt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band
Beatallica - A Garage Dayz Nite
Beatallica - Hey Dude

I keep forgetting how well Sam Beam and Calexico work together. I'm glad I dug that album up again this past weekend.

Whilst digging for some Nirvana covers I stumbled upon the Japanese tribute to Nirvana entitled All Apologies. Granted I would have usually ignored such a tribute because the results would more than likely be too painful to endure, but there are some interesting takes of Nirvana classics on here. Lunkhead's take on "All Apologies", with it's noticeable Engrish lyrics, is one of the problematic tracks you would expect on here. Art-School's acoustic take on "About A Girl" includes a rather prominent drum beat to help keep the track bumping along. Hige's "Scentless Apprentice" is a fuzzed noisy mess, and I kind of like it that way. The best track of all is Miyavi's propulsive rendition of Bleach's"Blew", which catches your attention almost automatically. Not to be blasphemous, but I almost prefer Miyavi's version of Cobain's original.

A guy I used to talk to quite regularly asked me to hunt up The Other Ones' "Holiday" a couple of years back, and I found it again yesterday. What a goofy track... Gotta love the German dance tracks from the 80's. ;)

The soundtrack to the new Underworld movie popped up over the weekend, and it has Maynard James Keenan and Wes Borland all over it again. What I find kind of funny is how the movie is set in medieval times, yet the soundtrack is consists (again) of all modern rock and industrial tracks. I guess Danny Elfman was busy(?) The tracks that jumped out me is the Renholder remix of Deftones' "Hole In The Earth" (quite possibly my all-time favorite track of theirs) and two names I never thought I'd see together: VNV Nation remixing AFI's "Miss Murder". I thought I'd see Ronan kick out a new album before seeing him remix AFI tracks.

There is some pretty good music coming out early on in 2009 here. My previously stated views on Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion are still mostly valid, but I'm finding myself powerless against the track Summertime Clothes". The chorus of "I want to walk around with you" gets stuck in your head so easily it's (dare I say) infectious. The upcoming Dark Was The Night AIDS benefit compilation looks to have a killer line-up, including "Train Song", a tasty collaboration between Leslie Feist and Death Cab's Ben Gibbard. The new M. Ward is more long-playing goodness from one of the Northwest's best musicians at the moment, though I am mystified that the catchiest tune "Never Had Nobody Like You" features Zooey Deschanel's backing vocals during the chorus. If none of you have gotten into Asobi Seksu before now, try out the song "Sunshower" off of their new LP coming out next month. For those who have yet to hear the new Andrew Bird that came out next week, I have to strongly recommend giving Noble Beast a listen. If you still need convincing, try "Fitz & Dizzyspells". Yum yum yum. ;)

Finally, one of these posts can never be complete without a few more covers, and here some doosies for you. Natacha Atlas gives us a bossa-nova take on James Brown's "(It's A Mans's Man's) Man's World", which might the one version of the song trippier than the Concrete Blonde's version. Katy "I Kissed A Girl" Perry decided to reinterpret Outfield's "Your Love", except she altered the lyrics and re-titled the track "Use Your Love". If you're familiar with her work, you kinda know what to expect. The gem that still has me tweaking an eyebrow in mock horror: Dolly Parton's reading of Collective Soul's "Shine". No, that's a typo. Even more shocking: it's not that bad.
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Trading comments back and forth with [livejournal.com profile] channonyarrow yesterday the topic of Marilyn Manson's "awful" cover of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero" came up. While I defended it by saying it was better than Green Day's cover *twitch*, it made me wonder: how many flipping covers of the song DO I have? Apparently a bunch...

As a basis of comparison here is Lennon's original:
John Lennon - Working Class Hero

And now, a mess o' versions by other big names:
Elbow - Working Class Hero
Green Day - Working Class Hero
Manic Street Preachers - Working Class Hero
Marianne Faithfull - Working Class Hero
Marilyn Manson - Working Class Hero
Ozzy Osbourne - Working Class Hero
Richie Havens - Working Class Hero
Screaming Trees - Working Class Hero
Tin Machine - Working Class Hero

If you're curious about the Tin Machine cover, that was the supergroup fronted by David Bowie in the late 80's.

Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] channonyarrow, here's that version of Megadeth's "A Tout le Monde" with Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia.
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Snot - Get Some (1997)

There are several bands through the years that drew the majority of their identity from their lead singer. The Doors had Jim Morrison, Queen had Freddie Mercury, Joy Division had Ian Curtis, Blind Melon had Shannon Hoon, and INXS had Michael Hutchence. These bands have tried to soldier on without their departed frontmen with varying degrees of success, but short of completely changing their sound (like Joy Division did in morphing into New Order) the band and it's music are just not the same. This same situation befalls Snot, which is probably the best band of the late 90's "nu metal" era that never had a chance to get as big as they should have been. System of a Down is probably the best band to emerge from that time, but they and the droves of navel-gazing knuckledraggers were missing one thing: a front man like Snot's Lynn Strait. A force on stage and on record, Strait's menacing growls and smooth flowing lyrics were a magnetic force that few could ignore. He was truly the molten core to the band's world, and his bandmates were obviously drew their energy and cohesion from him. Strait's life was tragically cut short when he and his prized pet boxer Dobbs were killed in a car accident late in 1998, at which point the band disbanded. Guitarist Sonny Mayo went on to play in Amen and Sevendust for a brief time, with the latter band's lead singer Lajon Witherspoon writing the song "Angel's Son" in tribute to Lynn. Snot reformed recently with a new singer, which as I've previously noted on this blog is just not the same. Not even in the same ballpark.

It took some time for me to get into this album after my friend Lore nigh implored me to look into them. I picked up the CD early my senior year, but then I just let it sit for about six months before I finally decided to give it a thorough listen. From the word "go" (or in the case of this album "F%$K THE RECORD, AND F%*K THE PEOPLE!"), Get Some grabs you by ears, smashes your face into it's knee, and doesn't let up. There are a few instrumental interludes through the course of the album, but you need them between the likes of "Joy Ride", "Get Some", "Deadfall", "Unplugged", "Tecato" and "Mr. Brett". The best tracks on the album come from the band using the loud/soft dynamic more than those other tracks, yielding classics like "Stoopid", "The Box" (which enjoyed some brief success on the radio), "I Jus' Lie", and "Snooze Button". The album closes with the sophomoric but hilarious "My Balls", which is the only reason most people around Madison know the band due the local rock station WJJO playing that one to death. Anyone who actually listens to this record will wish there was more out there than a b-side on the Strangeland soundtrack and a live album, but I guess we can be grateful that we were given this much before Strait left this world.

Give it a try:
"Stoopid"
"The Box"
"Snooze Button"
"I Jus' Lie"
"My Balls"

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Metallica - Master Of Puppets (1986)

My late blooming education in the ways of Metallica didn't really take hold until the latter days of my senior year, but at least I finally came around before too many years had passed. By absorbing all of their music in one shot it became readily apparent that the band's greatest material came from time with bassist Cliff Burton. Kill 'Em All was mostly a by-product of the days with Dave Mustaine (which is pretty good in it's own right) and ...And Justice For All was the transitional/emotional teething album after Burton's untimely death from a bus crash in 1986. In a matter of three years the band produced Ride The Lightning and (in my opinion) their best album Master Of Puppets, both featuring a band at the peak of it's power. From the acoustical strumming that opens "Battery" to the marching riff that closes "Damage Inc." Master wails on your senses for 45 minutes, delving mostly into the themes of war and H.P. Lovecraft that the band mined primarily during that time. Though Metallica has teased at going back to the dynamic they had in the mid-80's on last year's Death Magnetic it's clear their glory days are past, but oh what glorious days they were.

Give it a try:
"Battery"
"Master Of Puppets"
"Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"
"Disposable Heroes"
"Damage, Inc."

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Huh

Jan. 14th, 2009 08:53 am
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You know we've run out of band names when Puffy Areolas is one of our remaining options.

Then again my parents still don't think Mott The Hoople is all that crazy of a name either, but to each their own I guess.
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Jimi Hendrix - Band Of Gypsys (1970)

It took me a long time to get into Hendrix's Band Of Gypsys, but not because it isn't good. This album, though only six tracks long, is fantastic. The problem was I got into Hendrix via the Ultimate Experience compilation, which highlighted tracks from all of his other albums EXCEPT BoG. When I did finally get this album... WOW. A collaboration with Jimi's old Army pal Billy Cox on bass (who, in my opinion, is far superior to the Experience's Noel Redding) and drummer Buddy Miles for a two-night stand at New York's Fillmore Auditorium yielded a bevy of airtight grooves and solid musicianship. Jimi is, well, Jimi at his best, Cox never lets down and while Miles' vocals could grate (the latter half of "Who Knows" comes to mind), they could also equal Jimi's as well (his original tune "Changes" being a highlight). "Power To Love" and "Message Of Love" would go on to be staples in Hendrix's later shows, but the centerpiece of this set is the 12-minute "Machine Gun", which has one of the best openings to any song I've ever heard. The soloing gets a bit old halfway through before the band brings the whole back together, but as far as political statement songs go few can question the power of the track. All in all, few bands can pull off a live album like this, and leave it to Hendrix to help set the standard.

Give it a try:
"Machine Gun"
"Message Of Love"

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when_i_go_deaf: (Yoda & His iPod)
Not only are we going to see a new Clem Snide record next month, but a new M. Ward is just around the bend too!(!!!)

The new Asobi Seksu album was leaked yesterday! Yay!

The new Andrew Bird is helping me realize I'm not entirely jaded. Now onto the new Franz and Antony albums...

Nina Persson from the Cardigans has a new project out called A Camp. I haven't listened to it yet, but I've always liked her voice.

I had no idea Bon Iver was from Eau Claire, Wisconsin until recently. Very chill, very lo-fi stuff. His LP was all over the 2008 "best of" lists and now he has a new EP out in a couple of weeks. Gotta root for the home state. ;)
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But am the only one who isn't really jumping for joy over the new Animal Collective record? Everyone and their third uncle seems to be "OMGbloodyHELLthisISjustAMAZING" about it, but I've tried listening through it twice with nothing really sticking. "Summertime Clothes" caught my ear briefly, but then it bored me. Am I missing something?(!?!)

I guess we'll find out if I'm truly jaded for the new year's music if the new Andrew Bird, A.C. Newman, Antony & The Johnsons, and Franz Ferdinand fail to make a dent. No way all of those could flunk out too...
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Fuel - Sunburn (1998)

If there's an album that takes me back to my first summer out of high school it'd have to be this one. "Shimmer" was all over the radio, and a girl I just happened to fancy at work liked them quite a bit too. With that in mind I grabbed a copy of Sunburn, and was quite happy to discover an fairly solid album. Brett Scallion's vocals veer into the nasally and snarly on occasion, but complement the guitar work quite nicely through out the album, especially on "Untitled", "Jesus Or A Gun", and "New Thing". My personal faves are still "Shimmer", "Bittersweet", "Sunburn" and the closer "Hideaway". The band's later albums were all right, but none quite hit it off with me as much as this record did. I still wonder what it would have been like if they had managed to convince Chris Daughtry to join them after Scallions left. Daughtry's rendition of "Hemorrhage" was frickin' awesome...

Give it a try:
"Untitled"
"Bittersweet"
"Shimmer"
"Sunburn"
"New Thing"

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OK, couple of weeks late, but here is my annual "best of" for 2008. Same as 2007 this is more a collection of singles and "better late than never" bands in addition to albums that I really enjoyed this year. So, without any further ado, here is...

WIGD's Best Of 2008 )

!!!POST!!!

Jan. 8th, 2009 12:37 pm
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A few random tracks off the Interwebs that I thought y'all would be interested in:

New Clem Snide!!! Yay yay yay!

KEXP's Song of the Day turned up a nifty track from Ezra Furman & The Harpoons a couple of days ago called "Take Off Your Sunglasses". It's just a great track from a goofy little band, and the other stuff I've heard from them (check out their Daytrotter Session) is pretty darn nifty too. Well worth the listen.

Madison WI's very own Pale Young Gentlemen have posted their cover of M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" on their website. Intriguing choice, definitely a different take on the song.

Largehearted Boy posted links to a couple tracks from the band Ume, and both preview tracks from the band's upcoming EP ("The Conductor" & "Sunshower") are pretty tasty I must say.

I'm really liking 89.3's Musicheads podcast. They have such thorough reviews and discussions of the music they play that I not only wish I could listen to more music than I have lately, but also wishing I could join in on some of the discussion. In fact, I'm listening to the new Wire LP based on their reviews in the last 'cast. So far they're not letting me down. ;)
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VAST - Visual Audio Sound Theater (1998)

Back in the late 90's Elves Palace (my favorite haunt for music) would get this monthly music sampler cassette from Concrete Corner Promotions featuring the latest and greatest of heavy rock and metal. At one point I had a whole shoebox filled with these tapes, and they soon superseded listening to our local heavy rock station, since well, one could only take so much Limp Bizkit and Jackyl in a day. In the spring of '98 the Corner tape featured a really trippy track from a band called VAST with an acoustic opening, a sample of Gregorian singers looping through the background while the singer lamented a love that he longed to regain. Low and behold I would hear this track in the trailers for Leonardo DiCaprio's movie The Beach soon after, so I decided to look into a little more. The track in question, "Touched", is still one of my favorite tracks of all time, though it took me awhile to warm up to the rest of VAST's first album. VAST mastermind Jon Crosby might've stuck to the "Touched" template a little too much with the samples on the other tracks, but it's a great neo-gothic rock album. "Here" is a fantastic opener, but the trio of "Dirty Hole", "Pretty When You Cry", and "I'm Dying" bogged things down a little bit with how distracting Crosby's cheeky lyrics get to be. The album's latter half is a more consistent and satisfying listen, though "Temptation" stands above as the others. I have yet to see the band live (yes, they're still touring), but I have to imagine that even Crosby acknowledges how much of his success is still owed to "Touched".

Give it a try:
"Here"
"Touched"
"Pretty When You Cry"
"Temptation"
"Somewhere Else To Be"

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Hey kittens! Be afraid! This is my third day in a row posting to WIGD! It's unprecedented! The world is coming to an end!!!

Well, OK, just 2008, and to send it out here's a little EP of tunes I've been listening to since last night:

01. Andrew Bird - Dark Matter: This has been a favorite (if not THE favorite) track of mine from Andrew Bird ever since I heard it last year. The whistling, lyrics that revolve the game of Operation right before they veer in existentialism... Yeah, I love this track.

02. Liam Finn - Second Chance: Happened on this track whilst culling the junk out of my collection again, and I was struck by how catchy Finn's stuff was. Honestly I wish I could track all of the music I've heard over years better than I do, but then again I can't even remember my family's birthdays or road names. *shrugs*

03. Garbage - Thirteen: Yep, Shirley and Co. covered the classic Big Star track. The bass-heavy backing track with lightly strummed electric guitar change the complexion considerably compared to the original, all the while Shirley does her usual sultry slink with the words. In the band's hands the song turns from a high school romance ballad into something Shannyn Sossaman's character in The Rules of Attraction would've listened while pining for Dark Dawson.

04. William Shatner - I Can't Get Behind That (Feat Henry Rollins): [livejournal.com profile] channonyarrow mentioned yesterday that she'd never heard this track before, so here you go Cass. Enjoy the shared ranting abilities of Captain T.J. Kirk and Black Coffee Blues Man. ;)

05. Ella Fitzgerald - Fine And Mellow: Honestly haven't really listened to much Ella Fitz in my time, but I happened upon this track last night, and it's damn good. Billie Holiday apparently did this song as well, but I like how Ella's voice owns this tune. A tale about a hard-to-love man and a woman who'll stick around only so long, giving him every last chance to save it. Kick 'im into shape Ella!
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OK, so it's just a b-side from the Neon Bible sessions. It's still the Arcade Fire kittens. Having seen them live last year I'm wholly on the "OMG wow" wagon. Now if they could just play smaller venues again some day... Yeah, never gonna happen. ;)
when_i_go_deaf: (Yoda & His iPod)

A podcast of just cover songs! (Click the banner pic to go there)

Talk about audio bliss... Good covers or no, this is great stuff.
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Death Cab's Ben Gibbard and actress Zooey Deschanel are engaged?!?

Hell, I didn't even know they were dating, but OK. Does this mean that Zooey is going to toss M. Ward from her She & Him deal and bring Ben in? I certainly hope not. I love M. Ward and Gibbard as musicians, but Zooey just does not have the voice for the music she's aspiring to. Valiant efforts, but ultimately a waste of precious listening time (apologies to anyone who liked the S&H record).

Now if she manages to nudge Ben into another Postal Service record, then she'll be on my good side again...
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Three songs that floated me through the weekend:

Umbrella Brigade - Unsown
This is the original 2005 demo that floated out on the interweb for quite sometime before the band finally released their debut album Ex Nihilio this year. The song is just a five minute loop of drum beats and droning vocals, but when the vocals end two-thirds of the way through and the synth beats starting fighting for sonic superiority with the beats... Great binaural escapism.

The Secret Machines - Now You're Gone
For some reason I dismissed the new Secret Machines album when it came out earlier this year, which has really been a problem for me most of the year. I haven't committed as much time or attention to music as I have in the past, and because of that I'm being blindsided by the great stuff I've missed this year by way of podcasts and all of the various "best of" lists. This track was featured on KEXP's "Music That Matters" 'cast a couple of weeks ago, and I had to do a triple take when I heard it. Yeah, it's yet another song about love and the girl lost, but it's such a majestic sounding track that the main melody sticks with you with or without the vivid mood painted by Brandon Curtis' voice. Great track, and now that I listen to it a great album.

Brian Eno - This
I'm going through my music collection and culling all the junk I don't listen to or have lost the need to impose on people. While sifting through I stumbled on Brian Eno's 2005 album Another Day On Earth, and I had forgotten how much I loved this track. It's typical Eno: slow burning structure, etheral backing vocals, not the most involved vocals or lyrics, but it's just excellent ear candy. His latest collaboration with Talking Heads' David Byrne is pretty dang good too (if'n y'all haven't heard it yet).
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I think I'm going to try putting out a podcast every couple of weeks starting next week. Listening to the KEXP 'casts as well as 'casts from Minnesota's 89.3 the Current has kinda lit the fire under me.

Hopefully [livejournal.com profile] channonyarrow will be joining me. If any of you other F-listers want to jump in I'd encourage it as well. I really like hearing new music in this format, 'specially since the KEXP and the Current 'casts have me listening to Plants & Animals, School of Seven Bells, and even renewed my interest in the latest Secret Machines disc.

Just in time for New Years' resolutions, right? ;)
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So, I'm thinking of getting more into podcasts to check out new music. KEXP in Seattle has several neat-o 'casts for download, but I'm wondering if there are any others worthwhile checking out. Heck, if any of you F-listers do your own I'd love to check out a couple of them.

On a related note, I was thinking of dabbling in 'casts myself, maybe doing one every other week if not every week (if I could whip my butt into shape to do so). Any interest in checking out a 'cast from yours truly?
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