• Guess The Zappa Lyric Game

    12 juin 2008, 6h59m par glassbottle

    I'm bored so I thought I'd kill an hour making a game. I'm gonna put all of my Frank Zappa tracks on random and for every song that is chosen I will take a line from. Anyone that wants to can guess what song the lyrics are from. I will skip instrumentals, Dialog only songs and bootlegs. EASY SONGS GET LESS LYRICS.

    I don't know how many people are going to try this but here we go:

    RED = Correct

    1. And all around
    At the side of the grave
    Stood Charlie's friends
    Who could not save
    This stupid girl
    From the way she behaved
    Answer =Any Downers?

    2. And all I ever really , wanted to do was
    Play the guitar 'n bend the string like
    Answer =Outside Now

    3. Uhhh, Mike Scheller says his life is a mess
    Fritz Rau says asparagus Should only be consumed
    By people with a larger mouth
    Answer =Shall We Take Ourselves Seriously?

    4. There's a bomb to blow yo mommy up
    A bomb for your daddy too
    Answer =Uncle Burnie's Farm

    5. His car's fucked up!
    De boy got a provlem!
    She ripped up de 'polstry
    Outa dat O-zo-mobile!
    Hafta go ta Tia-Juana now!
    He should go to BROWN MOSES
    Answer =The White Boy Troubles

    6. Grow that meat all over yer bones
    Work the wall with the local jones
    Answer =SEX

    7. The Gas still gets through
    it can get right right on you
    Answer =Star Wars Won't Work

    8. You are hopeless
    Your hopelessness
    Is rising around you, rising around you
    You like it
    It gives you something to do
    Answer =The Blue Light

    9. Late at night is when they come out...Answer =Baby Snakes

    10. ...The boys is all sweet
    The food ain't too shabby,
    An' they piss in the street
    Answer =In France

    11. Stars in the sky, they never lie
    Tell me you need me, don’t say goodbye
    I love you darling, I love you only
    Answer =Love of My Life

    12. And in that magic go-kart I bite your neck
    The cheese I have for you, my dear...
    Answer =The Duke Of Prunes

    13. And though it often seems
    From television beams
    That ignorance is rampant there
    And Governmental Goons don't care
    I know that I shall not despair
    Answer =Planet Of My Dreams

    14. Who is this dude with his hair straight back
    His new white socks, And his pants all black, His tee shirt rolled,
    His watch is gold,
    Answer =Would You Go All The Way?

    15. Spray your hair
    And think you're neat
    I think your life is incomplete
    But maybe that's not for me to say
    Answer =You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here

    16. Beauty is a coloured pencil, scribbled all around yer eye Answer =Beauty Knows No Pain

    17. He's got your name
    And he's got your face
    He's got your ex-old lady's place
    He's here to see whats goin down
    And they don't believe the things he's found
    Answer =The Downtown Talent Scout

    18. My heart skips a beat
    Every time
    You and I meet
    My life, my love, my dear
    Answer =The Closer You Are

    19. There ain't no such thing as love. Answer =I Ain't Got No Heart

    20. BACKGROUND VOCALS: (I'll never forget your rat race. in fact I might...
    Oh, I suppose I'll forget you eventually
    What is your name?
    Answer =Amnesia Vivace

    21. P.S. Do you use 1-percent xylocaine for deep cockhead piercings?
    Piercing the head of the cock must be painful.
    I had the head tattooed and it hurt like hell!
    Answer =Master Ringo

    22. The hospital plans (yer brother drew 'em all)
    You ran the paper 'n Charity Ball
    Answer =Society Pages

    23. That's right, remember there is a big difference between
    kneeling down and bending over...
    Answer =Heavenly Bank Account

    24. And if a forest grows up
    From the dirt on the floor,
    Then the frog with the satchel had just
    Dumped beside the door.
    Answer =It Just Might Be A One-Shot Deal

    25.I stretched myself out onna antique bed
    An' my spirit did a midnite creep

    You know I'll never sleep no more
    Answer =Zomby Woof

    26. So, it's adios, adios, my little darlin'
    Gotta go now. . .
    Keep that hankie that I gave you for when you cry
    Answer =Harder Than Your Husband

    27. You can see it any time
    When you get the squints
    From your downers and your wine
    You’re so big
    Answer =City Of Tiny Lites

    28. If you decide to leave me, it's all over
    I tried to make you happy
    I gave you all my love
    Answer =Stuff Up the Cracks

    29. The neighbors on the right sat & watched them every night
    (I bet you'd do the same if they was you)
    Answer =Let's Make the Water Turn Black

    30. My Finger got stuck. Answer =Sleep Dirt

    Freak Out!Absolutely FreeWe're Only in It for the MoneyLumpy GravyCruising With Ruben & the JetsUncle MeatHot RatsBurnt Weeny SandwichWeasels Ripped My FleshChunga's RevengeFillmore East, June 1971200 MotelsJust Another Band From L.A.Waka/JawakaThe Grand WazooOver-Nite SensationApostrophe (')Roxy & ElsewhereOne Size Fits AllBongo FuryZoot AlluresZappa In New YorkStudio TanSleep DirtSheik YerboutiOrchestral FavoritesJoe's GarageTinseltown RebellionShut Up 'n Play Yer GuitarYou Are What You IsShip Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch[/album][artist=frank zappa]The Man from Utopia[/album][artist=frank zappa]Baby Snakes[/album][artist=frank zappa]London Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 1[/album][artist=frank zappa]Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect StrangerThem or UsThing-FishFrancesco ZappaFrank Zappa Meets the Mothers of PreventionDoes Humor Belong in Music?Jazz From HellLondon Symphony Orchestra, Vol. 2Guitar[artist=frank zappa]Broadway the Hard Way[/album]The Best Band You Never Heard in Your LifeMake A Jazz Noise HerePlayground PsychoticsAhead of Their TimeThe Yellow Shark[/size]

    Good luck.
  • Engine7 CD Out Now!!

    17 juin 2008, 3h26m par cm1974


    Due to overwhelming demand, we've decided to make the fantastic Herb debut album by Glasgow's Engine7 available direct from the site. The official release date for the CD is July 14th, but you can get your hands on a copy now, for the great price of only £8.99

    Engine7 - Me, But Perfect CD
    Buy Now from the Herb Shop

    Engine 7
    Me, But Perfect
    added: 8 Jun 2008 // release date: 14 Jul 2008 // label: Herb
    reviewer: Andy Snipper

    I grew up on the likes of Tangerine Dream, Peter Baumann, Adrian Wagner and Kraftwerk so I like to think that I have a handle on electronics based music and the 'conceptual arts'. That having been said I also try to avoid albums claiming a high concept like the plague as they are normally no more than the masturbatory fantasies of a lonely child.

    I first heard 'Sunrise, Catalonia (7:14am)' and 'Tempertantrum (11:36am)' as two sides of a single and loved what I was hearing so I was ready and anxious to hear what Alan McNeil and his collective of chums had managed to present in a full length form and so – heart in mouth – I cued the CD in my PC tray and waited to be astounded. And 45 minutes or so later I took a deep breath and realised that the world was suddenly quiet and empty and promptly cued the sucker up again and enveloped myself in the world of Engine 7's newborn. This is absolutely bloody wonderful.

    Musically this combines electronics with strings, guitar, beats and noises but it is completely organic in the way that the music is presented as an ebbing and flowing river of a day and when the music changes from the bliss of 'Me But Perfect' to the rhythmic irregularity of 'Obsessive/Complulsive' or the angry, Floyd-like explosion of 'Tempertantrum' there is no sense that this is programmed – this is being played by humans who understand emotions and feelings as well as their vehicles for music.

    There are elements of many other pieces in here – if you wanted to be unreasonable you could point to a number of 'borrowed' sounds – but they occupy a point in the music where they absolutely belong – where there is no sense that the musicians have stolen others ideas, just that they work where they stand.

    For once the concept is borne out by the reality of the music and we are treated to music of a high standard as well as an album that wraps you in its arms and promises never to let you down – this is music to grow up with.

    Interview At IC Scotland

    Engine7 revel in emotional, electronic music. Their music has been likened to anyone from Sigur Ros and Mum to Tangerine Dream, and like those artists, Engine7 harnesses an inexplicable quality that manages to connect to your primal heart, touching and emotive, with layer upon layer of detail only revealing themselves upon repeated listens.

    The man behind the music, Glasgow’s Alan McNeil, makes emotional, organic tunes influenced by everything that makes him feel human, good or bad. The sounds swell like nature, brutal and beautiful, treading the line between paranoia and peace. The independent debut EP from 2005, ‘Hope Street’, saw Engine7 being described as a "dark and gritty style of organic electronica…encompassing shoegaze, ambient and downtempo" and "a triumph for organic instrumentation and digital innovation".

    To communicate his vision in the live set up, this personal project has morphed into a six-strong collective that has seen Engine7 act as main support for electronic heroes The Orb and label mates Rubens, to name but a few.

    IC Scotland catch up with Alan ahead of the release of his stunning debut album, Me, But Perfect, released in June on Herb Recordings.

    Is Engine7 a solo project or more of a collective?

    Right now there's six of us in the live collective, but the recorded stuff is just me. I'm more comfortable recording and writing alone, just finding my sound, but the girls who sing with me are just fantastic, and I'm looking forward to doing some new tracks with them soon.

    You’re first release was the EP ‘Hope Street’ – a famous street in Glasgow - and you continue to use a succession of musicians and singers from the city in your work. How do you think the city affects your work, perhaps in mood or inspiration?

    The music is a reflection of me as a person. I try to be quite honest, and not analyse it too much. The city influences my mood, yes, but for me, the music is just the stuff that has to come out. 'Hope Street' had that grimy, night time feel to it, which seemed to have a city centre oppressiveness. The title was ironic. I think the new album is truly one of hope though. Hoping to get out of the city maybe.

    You’ve been prominent on the netlabel scene for a while now, what made you decide to start working with Scottish electronic label Herb?

    Netlabels are a fantastic way to find your footing, but i think people's reaction to getting music for free is that it's less precious. It's sad, but many people will download a free album, listen to it once, and file it away on their hard drive. It's only natural. I wanted more people to hear my music, and hopefully treasure it, and Herb are arguably the best electronica label in Scotland. They are very supportive. I speak to the owner, Craig Murphy, every day.

    Your debut album, the stunning ‘Me, But Perfect’…what can you tell me about its conception and writing? What’s the significance of the times after each song?

    It's the soundtrack to a day in the life of my one year old daughter, all the events and mood swings from waking up in the morning to going to sleep at night. Babies and toddlers need to follow a strict routine, so we wrote down all the times of when something should happen, like meal times, nap time, bath time, bed time. We could predict her mood according to the times. I wrote a song for each event on the list, reflecting her mood.

    So, is this a concept record almost, and isn’t that a dangerous game to play?

    I don't think it should be construed as pretentious. It's very simple, not a rock opera or anything. A day in the life of a one year old child is full of wonder, joy, frustration, confusion, bliss. It just seemed like an interesting little soundtrack. It's not fey or twee though.

    The first single, the frenzied Tempertantrum has been well received so far, what can you tell me about that track?

    Haha! That's the one before naptime. Tempertantrum is all about the buildup. There's layers and layers of textured synths, adding more and more pressure till this massive beat just explodes. I always end up hurting myself when I play that one live.

    Are there any tracks that are standouts for you, any that you’re particularly proud of, or pleased with?

    I love the last track, 'Goodnight, I Love You'. It's very personal. I'm fond of using little glockenspiels and children's musical instruments. The pitched down brass section at the end works well. I'd like to do an EP that follows on from that track.

    Since the album was written as a whole, do you think that some might miss the overall meaning in today’s iPod ‘shuffle’ culture, where the individual track is king?

    It's no problem. Once it's out there, people should listen to it any way they like, I can't be too precious about it. The tracks wouldn't work in any other order, so you couldn't really listen to the album on shuffle, but if 'Obssessive/ Compulsive' came on after Girls Aloud and before Right Said Fred, hey, it might work.

    Where does the name ‘Engine7’ come from, any obvious references there that we’re missing?

    There was a documentary called 911 made by two brothers about a rookie in the New York fire department. The morning they started filming, was September 11 2001. They were called to the World Trade Centre, and shot the only footage from inside as the building collapsed. It's an amazing film, totally terrifying, but those firefighters were just fantastic. Anyway, the vehicles they were in charge of in that firehouse were called Ladder 1 and Engine7.

    Boards of Canada, Christ., Dextro, Rubens?…Scotland seems to have a healthy electronic pedigree, don’t you think? What do you think inspires that?

    Scotland has a very rich musical heritage, from all kinds of genres - folk, pop, rock, post-rock, and electronica. For some reason, lots of interesting music can come from small countries. Scots seem to be good at coming up with big ideas. Seeing them through is sometimes the problem...

    Does it ever bother you that there’s a whole network of artists who support each other, a whole scene like yours, which although popular in specialized press, never seems to get the same recognition as the next indie rock band in the mainstream press?

    It doesn't bother me personally, but I do want Scottish electronica to reach a wider audience. That's only going to happen when the scene is more visible, and comes out from underground. It just needs the right person, in the right venue. Alex Kapranos did it 13 years ago in the 13th Note, supporting bands like Mogwai and The Delgados.

    Can you remember what bands or artists turned you onto music in the first place, was there a defining moment or memory, and how have your tastes evolved since then?

    The first Pearl Jam album was a turning point for me, back in '91. It sounds really dated now, but that made me pick up a guitar. U2's Zooropa in '93 was a bit of a discovery, as was Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral the year after, both produced by Flood. They're both rock albums, but the production on them is incredible. I spent a week in Berlin in '97 and there was a night in Tresor, a moment when dance music just seemed to fall into place and I understood it. Before then I wasn't sure what it was there for. Now I'll listen to anything. I liked the new Britney Spears album a lot.

    What would your desert island disc be…your monument of musical output, by any artist and why?

    Symphony No.3 by Henryk Górecki. It's absolutely the most beautiful, emotional piece of music I have ever heard. I try not to listen to it too much though, just when I need to.

    It’s hard to be objective about your own appeal, but if you could define it, what sort of people do you tend to find connect with your music the most?

    There's a lot of emotions in the tracks, but it's not specific. There's vocals on the album, but no words. I think it's easy for people to identify with the music because of that.

    Describe for me your home studio set-up?

    I use a MacBook Pro with Propellerheads Reason and Ableton Live. I've just bought an Edirol FA-101 audio interface for recording the band, but I haven't used it yet. I play electric and acoustic guitar, and a few keyboards. I've got a gorgeous Jen monophonic synth that hums when you plug it in, and a collection of glocks, chimes and shakers that I got sent over from Germany. I've got a box full of guitar pedals, but most of the guitar modeling is done with software.

    What can you tell me about the technical process of writing? What hardware, programs and plug-ins do you use most?

    I use a MacBook Pro with Propellerheads Reason and Ableton Live. I'm loving the PSP plugins right now, especially the Mixpressor. Wave Arts' MultiDynamics is amazing as well. The challenge is to make it not sound digital, but still keep it clean.

    As a guitarist, where did you begin to work with electronics in your music and what drew you to that, rather than just conventional indie-rock performance?

    I was in a band for years, and our drummer was always wasted on account of taking pain killers for back pain, so me and the bassist started messing around with samplers and Roland MC-303s, as a kind of backup. By the time we figured out how to use the gear, we'd lost interest in the band, and started making lots of dodgy electro tracks. I stopped playing guitar for years. I've actually just picked it up again recently. I kind of had to because when I started playing live, I felt more comfortable on stage holding a guitar. It seems to be a more immediate connection to the audience.

    To what degree are your final pieces structured/improvised/indeterminate?

    All of my tracks evolve from improvisations. The structure comes from long and painstaking tinkering. I started the album three years ago...

    What’s your most prized piece of kit, that one item that you simply could not live without?

    My iPod. Every time I tinker with a track, I stick it on my iPod and go out for a walk. Music sounds so different when you get out of your studio, it's like it becomes real suddenly. So I can use my ipod as a quality control tool, to make sure the track works in a 'listening' situation.

    You supported The Orb for your first ever gig…what can you tell me about that? How did it come about and how did it go?

    It was kind of accidental. The promoter came across my music and just asked me to play. He was a really nervous guy who had invested everything in this gig. I stepped outside to compose myself just before going on, and he came up to me and said 'you must have played loads of gigs, then', just making chat. I said 'this is my first one'. He just put his head in his hands. It was a great gig though. The Orb came on and mixed their first track with my last. They were gentlemen. The promoter lost a fortune though.

    How does the live set differ from your recorded output?

    The live sound has much more energy. The beats and guitar are more upfront. We've developed this technique where I can sample the vocals live, loop and reverse them, repitch them and so on. There's a part of the show where we build a huge chorus from one vocal line. We put on a good show - neck hairs stand up I'm told.

    Visuals seem to play a part in your live performance, how significant is this to the Engine7 experience?

    I'm a graphic designer too, so I do my own artwork. I think the live projections help to focus the audience. The gigs work without the visuals, but it's a much richer experience with them. I never get to see them though, I need to video a gig one time.

    Is playing live where it’s at for you, or do you prefer the comfort and isolation of the studio?

    I like both situations. They feed eachother: in the studio I can make lots of delicate little chimes that sound great in your earphones, and on stage I can make fat basslines that make beer bottles fall off tables.

    For me, your work really made me think of artists like Sigur Ros, who I think take the listener on an inner journey, harnessing human emotion in a really evocative and cinematic way…is that something you aim for with Engine7?

    Absolutely. But it's easier to analyse the music after it's finished. It's just the way it comes out naturally. A piece of music that doesn't take you on a journey, or doesn't make you dance, is a waste of time.

    If you had to pigeon-hole the Engine7 sound in the way that journalists are so keen to do, using just 2 words – what would they be?

    Cinematic electronica.

    With the album out on June 30th, what do you have lined up for the next year or so – have you been working on writing new material or any side projects or remixes at all?

    I've been producing some other people, including Marie-Claire Lee, a singer songwriter from Glasgow. I'm really enjoying that, as it's completely different, but I'm learning a lot. I'm working on an EP that should follow on quite nicely from the album, that's just about finished. I've started the next album too, but that's a different story...
  • Top 100 Geographic Location

    7 juin 2008, 5h31m par nodoubt9203

    So I got this idea from reading someone else's journal...
    This is what boredom does to you...

    United States (26)

    Elliott Smith
    Lucy Wainwright Roche
    Blonde Redhead
    Billie Holiday
    No Doubt
    The Mamas & the Papas
    April March
    Fiona Apple
    Rufus Wainwright
    The Dresden Dolls
    Nine Inch Nails
    Viva Voce
    Mama Cass
    Marlena Shaw
    Cat Power
    Jefferson Airplane
    The Carpenters
    The Distillers
    Scissor Sisters

    United Kingdom (14)

    The Feeling
    Arctic Monkeys
    Kate Bush
    Jim Noir
    Sarah Brightman
    Patrick Wolf
    Helicopter Girl
    Siouxsie and the Banshees
    Katie Melua
    Pink Floyd

    France (13)

    Mylène Farmer
    France Gall
    Françoise Hardy
    Émilie Simon
    Olivia Ruiz
    Édith Piaf
    Daft Punk

    Spain (7)

    Joan Manuel Serrat
    Ojos de Brujo
    Alaska y Dinarama
    La Oreja de Van Gogh
    Hombres G

    Sweden (6)

    Shirley Clamp
    The Cardigans
    Peter Björn and John
    Nanne Grönvall

    Iceland (5)

    Emilíana Torrini
    Sigur Rós

    Mexico (4)

    Lila Downs
    Julieta Venegas
    Los Panchos

    Canada (4)

    Céline Dion
    Tegan and Sara
    Broken Social Scene

    Japan (4)

    Aural Vampire
    Tommy february6

    Ireland (3)

    My Bloody Valentine
    Sinéad O'Connor

    Argentina (3)

    Soda Stereo
    Federico Aubele

    Germany (2)

    Wir sind Helden

    Greece (2)

    Nana Mouskouri
    Δέσποινα Βανδή

    Russia (1)


    Italy (1)

    Paola e Chiara

    Finland (1)


    Australia (1)

    Kylie Minogue

    The Netherlands (1)

    DJ Tiësto

    Peru (1)

    Yma Súmac

    Estonia (1)

    Vanilla Ninja

    Serbia (1)

    Marija Šerifović

    Iran (1)


    Colombia (1)


    Norway (1)

    Kate Havnevik

    Israel (1)

    עברי לידר
  • Poser Exposed

    4 juin 2008, 20h14m par RafaeldKsonic

    Sometimes, I go searching for unsigned bands and artists, just to see how others are doing. And I got to the page of one guy named Vidar Løvik.
    Listened to a couple of songs, and then I noticed 'Numb (Linkin Park cover)'. So I listened to it too.
    It is just the Numb Piano Instrumental. You can find it in a lot of places 'round the web. Here's an example:

    Ok, so this guy takes someone else's work and puts his name on it (if you never heard about this instrumental, and even you heard, just continue to read, let me tell you that the Linkin Park Piano Instrumentals are not done by LP! The guy's name is TheKen )
    Ok, the song is not 100% as the versions on the web. This guy probably edited the song a little (still the same song, and I said EDIT, not REMIX... just compare his version with the one I gave you) or re-recorded it from his PC.

    So, is this cool or not? As an unsigned artists, I say NAY! I wouldn't want some guy to cheat me off my work. Yeah, maybe my songs aren't great, but you know what? THEY ARE MINE (not entirely mine, but still MINE :D).

    Don't get me wrong, I don't know about the rest of his songs, but... it's just not nice, not fair, not nothing...

    Vidar, I really hope you will read this and do the right thing: delete the song and apologize.

    I downloaded the Nothing Else Matters cover too... Guess what? :|
    Just so you know, I played them in the same time (the Vidar version starts ~0.80 seconds later) and they are the same thing. And it's not only me, I asked some friends to do the same thing (without telling them what my result was) and they told me the two are the same song.
  • The 20 Greatest Judas Priest songs

    28 mai 2008, 6h41m par glassbottle

    I Love Judas Priest and I have for many years so I decided to make a list of what I think are their greatest songs are.

    1. Run of the Mill (Rocka Rolla)

    2. Dreamer Deceiver (Sad Wings of Destiny)

    3. Beyond the Realms of Death (Stained Class)

    4. Here Come the Tears (Sin After Sin)

    5. Before the Dawn (Killing Machine)

    6. Night Comes Down (Defenders of the Faith)

    7. A Touch of Evil (Painkiller)

    8. Dying to Meet You (Rocka Rolla)

    9. Diamonds and Rust (Sin After Sin)

    10. Victim of Changes (Sad Wings Of Destiny)

    11. Saints in Hell (Stained Class)

    12. Blood Red Skies (Ram It Down)

    13. Deceiver (sad Wings Of Destiny)

    14. Dissident Aggressor (sin After Sin)

    15. Out in the Cold (Turbo)

    16. The Sentinel (Defenders Of The Faith)

    17. The Rage (British Steel)

    18. Savage (stained Class)

    19. Never Satisfied (Rocka Rolla)

    20. Tyrant (Sad Wings Of Destiny)

    Feel free to comment.

    ps: No, I don't think Painkiller should be in the top 20, not even top 30.
  • Solipsism EP Out Now At Boomkat

    28 mai 2008, 15h20m par cm1974


    SOLIPSISM - Organicism Special Edition
    MP3 Release // £6.99
    Catalogue Number: HERB0026

    Herb Recordings
  • Kingbastard - [ E x ! t ] Video

    23 mai 2008, 6h27m par cm1974