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    27 Jan 2008, 22:40 by tom_dissonance

    i figured since we were now a month away from 2007, now would be a suitable time to drop my reflections on a year's music on the people.

    Warning: may contain opinions.
    "Anti-bashing" pussies might find it more productive to go somewhere else.

    Top 10
    El-PI'll Sleep When You're Dead: The most deliberate, forceful, sincere and fucking heartfelt record of the year, when you listen you begin to understand the five-year gap between this and Fantastic Damage. Is it better than the latter? It's a moot point. They're both different and both essential. ISWYD is a ferocious unrelenting broadside against "infected money slobbing pesticrats" where every beat's a banger and every emotion is raw enough to wring hot angry tears. From the adrenalising Mars Volta-starring opener "Tasmanian Pain Coaster", it doesn't let up. Every Weatherman (bar Breeze Brewin') turns up for a guest shot. By the time El and gorgeous Chan "Cat Power" Marshall (who incidentally would make a great couple) close it with strung-out duet "poisenville kids no wins" you pretty much just want to hit play again. Indispensable shit.

    Rufus WainwrightRelease The Stars: as another review somewhere else put it, this makes pretty much all other pop music release this year sound rather bloodless. Rufus – or Rufus! as it should be spelt – returns to sprinkle his wonderful melodic gay stardust over everything. Unexpected actress cameos, Phantom of the Opera steals, kitchen-sink+ orchestration and melody after glorious melody. i sort of wish i was gay so i could be this stylish.

    Aesop RockNone Shall Pass: Aes delivers what might be his most straight-ahead, yet still fantastic album yet, cutting through some of the harder-edged or more 'difficult' stuff from his earlier works in favour of the loved-up title track, swaggering "The Harbor Is Yours" and double-time banger "Coffee", with The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle. Blockhead's beats, making up half the album, are a key part, but Aes' own production is improving all the time, with beats like "39 Thieves" and "Five Fingers" among the best of his oeuvre, let alone among stuff he's produced himself.

    WeakerthansReunion Tour: One of those albums that a band releases that makes you remember exactly why you love them so much and also wonder why you forgot to keep listening to them. This is very possibly the best Weakerthans album yet - there is at most one skippable track, the lyrics are diversely-concerned (another one sung by Virtute the cat from Reconstruction Site,curling, medical oddities, a man who saw Bigfoot...), funny and poignant, the tunes are acely memorable, but most of all it all just seems to cohere so well.

    BattlesMirrored: Everybody seemingly shat themselves when this came out that an amazing album with progressive rock overtones had appeared. Ummm... that's not exactly unique, slowpokes. Put down whatever shitty NME-aping indie shitrag is pimping itself around as the New Incredible Tastemaker of the Month, proffering the same 5 identikit shitty garage/punk-funk/British-indie-with-novelty-lyrics bands, and you'll see that innovative, prog-inspired masterpieces come out literally every year. OMG teh Mars Volta?!?!?! anyway, Mirrored combined prime technicality with sly humour and, most importantly, boss danceable tunes to cement its place in the year's CD players.

    Rob SonicSabotage Gigante: Second Sonzarelli album comes ridiculously correct with both beats and rhymes. A lot of heads say it's loads better than Telicatessen, i liked Telicatessen too so i dunno about the "loads" part. It's lean as well – about 35 minutes i seem to remember – which is a refreshing change with a lot of hip-hop records. Rob and Aesop Rock seem to be forming a steady collaborative partnership, which can only be good (see also "Bobby from the Bronx"'s hilarious appearances with Aes and Blockhead on that MTV2 "advice column" show they did this summer. And even Busdriver isn't *that* annoying after a few listens.

    Wu-Tang Clan8 Diagrams: i couldn't give a shit what the haters have to say about this, frankly it's a New Wu-Tang Clan Album and it is The First New Wu-Tang Clan Album for six long years and therefore naysaying is fucking IRRELEVANT. It may have some problems (too much singing; not enough Ghost, especially noticeable on the ODB tribute) but RZA turns in a sterling collection of beats and the Clan sound energized and on-point. The end result is about three skippable tunes on a 16-track album. Who else from the class of '93 is still hitting that rate? And at the end of the day it's a New Wu-Tang Album and you don't get that every year.

    Frank TurnerSleep Is For the Week: Almost forgot this was 2007, but on remembering it had to go in the Top 10. Former Million Dead frontman Frank has taken to the road in a seemingly interminable tour which must have seen him play every town in the UK at least once, armed with his acoustic guitar and his trusty sense of inquisitive vulnerability. The songs on this range from knowing wit ("The Real Damage") to searing honesty ("Father's Day") and there are tunes in spades.

    Buck 65Situation: Holy shit, this is good. Nearly passed me by as well, as i only really started listening to it while writing this list. After the sideways diversion that was Secret House Against the World, this record returns to more solidly hip-hop-based ground. The beats are tight as hell, the rhymes are always good and sometimes stupendous (from the awesome kick-off Alan Ginsberg quote to "Kill kill pussycat, faster and more often / Lay down in your coffin, get harder or soften / Sensation more often, I'm lost in Penn Station / I can resist anything except temptation" from "Cop Shades", or perhaps "Shutter Buggin'"'s defiantly self-justifying porn impresario: "Under attack, being tested and investigated. Juvenile delinquency my ass! What is this shit?! Fought by some of the same men that I do business with. They focus on the negative, treating us like common crooks. I’m an artist goddammit! They said the same thing about comic books. Who could have guessed it? Created a mob scene. The demand is undeniable, but they say its obscene. Spread eagle, American beauty: Stranger and splendid. Major offended. Naked as nature intended. Leaves a bad taste in some peoples mouths, maybe bitter. Don’t want your manure, I’m an entrepreneur not a babysitter..." wow.) Weirdest of all, there's apparently some kind of "what hip-hop would be like in 1957" concept that i haven't fully clocked onto yet. More replays for this one.

    ShellacExcellent Italian Greyhound: It's always a privilege to have Messrs. Albini, Weston and Trainer inject some uncooked Dadaist hardcore into your year, and this one was a fine example. Beginning in excellently characteristic style with the long, free-flowing acocalypticomedy of "The End of Radio", wherein the last DJ in the world realises it's highly likely no-one's listening any more, and ending with the bizarre pop outburst of "Spoke", it passes on the way through one of their weirdest tracks ever, "Genuine Lulabelle", whose nine minutes take in sex, greyhounds, ersatz advertising, and cameo vocal tracks from voice-over legends Hal Douglas and Ken Nordine. Food for.... thought?

    Unordered remainder
    Saul WilliamsThe Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!: Yeh, it may have been masterminded and produced by Saul's new musical daddy, Trent Reznor aka Trent "i don't have any snares in my drum library" Reznor, but don't let that put you off. El Williams still comes correct with his melodies, voice and amazing lyrics even if the production at times fails pretty badly. Word of advice to Saul: ditch the goth grandad and hook up with the Def Jux set! You over a full of set of El-P beats would make an awesome album.

    Lily AllenAlright, Still: Because fun is good too.

    GhostfaceThe Big Doe Rehab: Not as good as either Fishscale, More Fish or (contrary to received opinion) 8 Diagrams, this nonetheless had its share of great moments befitting Ghost's talent as an MC and ludicrous flights of imagination. Try lines like "they say my projects should undergo therapy / We never voted, we votin' for Oprah, Obama and Eric B" or cuts like the ridiculously soulful bonus track "Slow Down" with Chrisette Michele (q.v.), for instance. Slightly weaker-than-normal Ghost still knocks most other rappers into a cocked hat.

    Sage FrancisHuman The Death Dance: Even though it wasn't actually *that* good, it had some great moments. "Heard her chemical romance was a medical slow dance, said my advance was sexual, held my genitals with cold hands" indeed.

    Amy WinehouseBack to Black: This was 2007? Hm, it seems earlier. Anyway. Great voice, sexy crack habit. Jazz singers aren't meant to be role models. Otherwise we'd all be listening to suicidally dull Wynton Marsalis shite.

    DJ ShadowBay Area Ep: i've said it before and i'll say it again, his hyphy material kicks the shit out of his soporific fanboy-pleasing trip-hop retreads, which is why The Outsider is a much better album than the awesomely tedious Private Press, for instance. This release is no exception to the rule. Limited to 2000 copies worldwide, it takes three of the Outsider bangers, remixes another and adds two exclusive tacks.

    NadjaCorrasion: Aidan Baker's incredibly prolific drone/doom-bient outfit re-release a limited CD-R package from a couple of years ago with a couple of added tracks. But! The old ones are re-recorded too. So effectively it's pretty much a new album in the incredibly-slow-fuzzy-melodoom sort of way, and as such comes recommended.

    • Nadja – Guilted by the Sun: This one is divided into four tracks, each bearing the name of one of the words in the album title, and continues to add to the group's compositional envelope, adding among other things drums and an almost death-y fast bit to the dronesome madness.

    BattlesTonto+ EP / Joanna NewsomJoanna Newsom And The Ys Street Band / Jenny Owen YoungsThe Take Off All Your Clothes EP: Three stop-gap/curio EP releases here, with covers, mutations and oddities galore. Battles' Tonto+ perhaps understandably takes "Tonto" from Mirrored and subjects it to all manner of remix skewings. Best of all is the mix of "Leyendecker" by dj emz (whoever that is (?)) and featuring Joell Ortiz on the vocal. "i smack the king of the jungle in his face, i'm a Lion-decker", as he puts it (WIN!). Joanna's punningly-titled release arranges two Ys songs for a live group including Ryan Francesconi (aka RF, also in the chart with his own record) and adds up-beat new minor-key folk number "Colleen". Jenny Owen Youngs, meanwhile, maintains her healthy sense of absurdity with a hilarious and oddly sexual cover of "Hot In Herre" by Nelly in her agreeable indie/folk style. There are some remixes and alternates too, but the Nelly cover is the one you will put on compilations.

    Blue ScholarsThe Long March EP: Only discovered this Seattle producer/MC duo this year and they appear to have released a couple, as well as some back catalogue... this EP is the only one i've managed to really listen to but it was a neat surprise. Conscious goodness proving that while the new Rawkus might still be a bunch of devious pirate scumbags they nonetheless still have a great ear for A&R.

    Venetian SnaresMy Downfall: sequel to 2005's Rossz Csillag..., title apparently not referring to a real soundtrack but "the soundtrack to Aaron Funk's own personal downfall". Cheer up, emo! Anyway, Rossz Csillag is still better, but then again this one has "Integraation", which could feasibly be retitled "Motherfucking Integraation, Bitches".

    William BasinskiShortwavemusic: More of a re-release, really, but it came out on CD for the first time last year so i reckon it deserves a mention. The ideal soundtrack to slowly drifting down a mountainside trapped inside a glacier.

    Christy & EmilyGueen's Head: Self-taught indie-rocker/conservatory-trained classical pianist duo. Pleasant but not overly diverting. Also, why "Gueen"? Weird.

    Desert Island DicksBring Me the Head of Miles Davis and Other Jazz Luminaries: "Ironically guidelined free jazz" made by compressing the albums of Miles Davis until each track was only 90 seconds. Equally as listenable and valid as any other jazz? Discuss.

    God's Temple Of Family DeliveranceGod's Temple Of Family Deliverance: Awesomely promising young Texan stoner/doom heavies seemingly played SXSW 2006, released this early in 2007 and then split up. A waste if you ask me. If only someone had told them, as Meatloaf reminds us, that "Two out of Three Ain't Bad".

    ApecisWhale EP: Awesome Brazilian piano ambience/noise, as released for free by the generally brilliant Australian-based noise/8-bit/chipcore etc. netlabel Glitch City.

    Degenerate Art EnsembleCuckoo Crow: Still no real idea who these are, but their latest record sounds like kind of like Charalambides and Gang Gang Dance and eX-Girl and some psychedelia and also about a hundred others, all at the same time.

    ClutchFrom Beale Street to Oblivion: i only heard this once, in Jimmy's car, but i am definitely in favour of it. Cheers, Jimmy!

    Dr SyntaxSelf-Taught: Brighton's finest drops his debut and it's a beast.

    Nessie & Her BeardBOLD/HARD: Weird yet intriguing indie/noise hybrid.

    Dirty ProjectorsRise Above: wherein NY weirdo Dave Longstreth attempts to cover the whole of Black Flag's Damaged from memory. Strange and beguiling. Probably would've helped if i'd known Damaged better.

    Cutting Pink With KnivesPopuluxxe: London synth-grind three-piece get, if anything, quite slick on their third effort and first for London's Holy Roar. Tunes remain cracking, mind.

    RF & Lili De La MoraEleven Continents: Very pleasant and relaxing kind of singer-songwriter stuff, RF plays guitar and some other things, Lili sings breathy Cocteau-y shoegazy sweet nothings. The best bits are when Joanna Newsom turns up to play her harp, but i may only be saying that because i'm shamelessly in love with her.

    PausalPausal EP: Free one from Highpoint Lowlife, this is a triumvirate of lovely drones and works especially well when coupled with the more melodic modern jazz, Bill Wells Trio for instance.

    CraddCunt Punch EP: Despite the painful name this isn't particularly harsh music at all: more like "ambient plunderphonica", if i may coin a ridiculous phrase.

    Yoko, Oh No!Steve Machine: One half of Gay Against You on the solo EP tip. This delivered eight prime chunks of childlike spazz-tronica with optimal melodies and Silverlink joining Yoko to sing about going for a swim in a castle full of milk. Sounds good, no?

    *shelsSea Of The Dying Dhow: Mehdi Safa from Mahumodo expands on his previous band's work with prog-metal LP that succeeds where the likes of Isis fail in actually remembering to include proper tunes.

    NeurosisGiven to the Rising: Woh, this is the "back to basics" hardcore Neurosis we've been hearing about, then. To be honest i tend to find whatever they do fascinating anyway. Some of the stuff on this is really, savagely heavy, but then again some is even more spaced-out and discombobulated than before. Instead of being strictly "back to heavy" it's more of a simultaneous branch-out in both directions.

    HellaThere's No 666 In Outer Space: Hella get a full-time full-blown vocalist for the first time, and we spent a car journey discussing whether he sounds most like Axl Rose, Jim Morrison or Mike Patton, or indeed none of these. The band behind has expanded as well, with synths and guitars and basses all over the place. The vocals work a lot better on some of the songs than others but this is a mostly successful experiment. Special marks as always for Zach Hill and his 15 incredible limbs.

    The FallReformation Post TLC: A year without Mark E. Smith is like a year without sunshine.

    LoneLady – "Army / Intuition": OK, a single, but i wouldn't be happy not including LoneLady material in any given yearly chart. More please Julie <3

    Compilations
    • v/a – Definitive Swim
    • v/a – Wu-Tang vs. Mr. Oizo – Shaolin Worms Attack
    • v/a – Glitch Village, Vol. 1

    Oops
    Stuff i forgot to listen to...

    1. Stuff i didn't know existed till year end.
    Art BrutIt's a Bit Complicated: Always a giggle.

    LiarsLiars: Always a weirdness.

    Animal CollectiveStrawberry Jam: One of those bands i keep meaning, and mostly failing, to get up-to-speed with.

    GhostIn Stormy Nights: i liked a previous one, i think.

    Manu ChaoLa Radiolina

    Robert WyattComicopera: Found this one while checking what albums came out in '07.

    High on FireDeath Is This Communion: Found this one while checking what albums came out in '07.

    Marissa NadlerSongs III: Bird On The Water: Found this one while checking what albums came out in '07.

    CocoRosieThe Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn: Another band i keep meaning to get up-to-speed with

    PraxisTennessee 2004: Found this one while checking what albums came out in '07. Free jazz is ftw

    Behold... the ArctopusSkullgrid: Only really just discovered the first one quite late in the year, to be honest. Great wanky prog-metal stuff.

    Von SüdenfedTromatic Reflexxions: Whaaat? Mark E Smith did a collaborative LP with Mouse on Mars and i didn't know? i must be on a pipe. (Also i want to know if their name is a reference to Sudafed)

    Boris With MerzbowRock Dream: Whaaat? Boris did a collaborative LP with Merzbow etc.

    Bad ReligionNew Maps of Hell: i make a rule of keeping up with BR, but evidently not as much as i thought.

    Holy FuckHoly Fuck / LP: The 2005 release was pretty odd. Always love the idea of an analogue dance band tho.

    UlverShadows of the Sun: Another band i keep meaning to get up-to-speed with.

    Yndi HaldaEnjoy Eternal Bliss: Debut release from post-rock combo, i've been wanting to hear that for a while... still missed it tho!

    Black DiceLoad Blown: Wondered where this lot were.

    JesuConqueror / Sun Down/Sun Rise / Pale Sketches: Woh! Over-abundance of Jesu releases this year. i didn't listen to any of them :-s

    OmPilgrimage: Found this one while checking what albums came out in '07.

    EarthHibernaculum

    Parts & LaborMapmaker: Found out about the band while checking what albums came out in '07.

    • Charalambides – Likeness: Have enjoyed some of their earlier stuff, but to be honest they seem to put so much out it's hard to keep track of anyway.

    Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz OrchestraLive Vols 1&2: Japanese jazz = win

    Sir Richard BishopWhile My Guitar Violently Bleeds / Polytheistic Fragments: The Sun City Girls' demise and his solo career had thus far escaped me, till i learned he was going to be supporting Earth in Manny in February.

    C-Rayz Walz & Parallel Thought – Chorus Rhyme: Walz is always doing LPs without any warning whatsoever.

    Sun RaDisco 3000: Don't even know what this is, but Sun Ra is a (Sun) God and i found it in another list.

    • Gaudi & Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Dub Qawwali: That title sounds very promising.

    PenpushersPoltergeeks: Seemingly an Edinburgh-based hip-hop crew something to do with David Jack, whose previous works get much love round these parts. Definitely demand further investigation from what little i've heard so far.

    2. Stuff i meant to check out but ran out of leisure time, or bumped for stuff i wanted to listen to more.
    GrindermanGrinderman
    dälekAbandoned Language
    DeerhoofFriend Opportunity
    Stars of the Lid...And Their Refinement Of The Decline
    Rufus WainwrightRufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall
    RZAAfro Samurai OST
    Black MilkPopular Demand
    Chrisette MicheleI am Chrisette Michele
    Danny!Danny Is Dead
    BlockheadUncle Tony's Coloring Book
    Blue ScholarsBayani
    Hangar 18Sweep The Leg
    Tori AmosAmerican Doll Posse
    The WildheartsThe Wildhearts
    Percee PPerseverance
    Bright EyesCassadaga
    Black Moth Super RainbowDandelion Gum
    Pharoahe MonchDesire
    WisemenWisemen Approaching
    Shape of Broad MindsCraft of the Lost Art
    MerzbowMerzbear
    NadjaRadiance of Shadows / Thaumogenesis
    The God-Damn WhoresWe Are the Lucky Thirteen
    The StyrenesCity Of Women

    Hmmm: records i wanted to like but somehow couldn't
    Laura VeirsSaltbreakers: couldn't really get into this at all.
    LowDrums and Guns: oh dear. i love Low, but this is frankly sub-par. maybe it needs more listens to fully sink in or something. i hope so.
    C-Rayz Walz & SharkeyMonster Maker: a bit so-so, really. although C-Rayz singing Eddy Grant's "Electric Avenue" has to be heard to be believed, admittedly.
    CilvaringzI: this promised to be ace, with an old-skool Wu flavour and guest shots from all the surviving Wu Core Eight. it turned out to feature pretty flaccid beats under a combination of conservative Islamic dogma and a completely unironic hagiography to Michael Jackson.

    Who Cares?
    RadioheadIn Rainbows: Another album heavy on tune-free, miserable schmindie rock and pointless bleepy bits. Most interesting thing about this one: the method by which it was sold. Says it all, really.

    Arcade FireThe Neon Bible: Totally yawnsome.

    Manic Street PreachersSend Away the Tigers: They used to be the best band in the world, now they could easily pass for one of its most mediocre.

    Arctic Monkeys/Kaiser Chiefs/Little Man Tate: Wow, are people still confusing "having a regional accent and including some British cultural references" for incisive or worthwhile lyricism? Back to the dole queue, the lot of you.

    Kate NashMade of Bricks: If i hear one more bastard compare her to Regina Spektor, Jenny Lewis, or even Lily A, i am sure a small part of me will die. In fact, do not compare her to anyone who can write proper lyrics or sing without sounding like a squawking schmindie contrivance as she can do neither. Or, in the immortal words of John Brainlove, "Kate Gash more like"

    Enter ShikariTake To The Skies: Hey guys, buying a cheap synthesiser doesn't make you the innovative pioneers of "trancecore", it makes you a generic Kerrang! band with a cheap synthesiser.

    Dan Deacon: This guy actually studied composition at SUNY Purchase under Joel Thome, a bona fide Grammy-winning composer and conductor who's put on orchestral programmes of Frank Zappa and Edgard Varèse music among others. Having seen what use he's put this training to, i can confidently say he should be fully ashamed of himself. Oh, and Deacon, if you don't want to hear people talking during your concert, how about playing on the stage like a normal artist, you pretentious fuck?

    White StripesIcky Thump: I think you'll find the phrase is "Ecky Thump", actually. Changing a letter makes you seem a bit stupid, not witty/original/whatever. You may have noticed i've not mentioned the actual album itself yet. That's because easily the best 'Stripes release of the year was Meg's sex tape.

    Annie LennoxSongs of Mass Destruction: Haven't heard it, but worst of the year on title alone.

    Nostalgia 77 OctetWeapons of Jazz Destruction: cf. Lennox.

    Hayseed DixieWeapons Of Grass Destruction: cf. previous two entries.

    The Tuss – Is it Aphex Twin? Isn't it? Fortunately, with exciting questions such as these we didn't have to consider the staleness of the music.

    Newton Faulkner – HAVE A BATH, you disgusting Swampy-looking man.

    Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & Lydia Lunch – i haven't heard this collaboration but it sounds like just about the worst thing ever, so i'm sticking it in anyway.

    KlaxonsMyths of the Near Future: see also Enter Shikari (replace "Kerrang!" with "NME")

    Biffy ClyroPuzzle: wow, are these ginger tossers still going?

    The Good, the Bad & the QueenThe Good, the Bad & the Queen: having a member of The Clash on board: hella cool. Having a Fela Kuti sessioneer: still pretty cool. Having an ex-member of The Verve: crap. Having Damon Albarn: you might as well stab yourself.

    BurialUntrue: Dubstep: grime for white people.

    Joni MitchellShine: Couldn't care less about the music, though i felt the need to diss her for being a money-grubbing ex-hippie capitalist now releasing music through $hitbuck$' own label. Leaves a worse taste in the mouth than the godawful coffee.

    Jamie TPanic Prevention: PLEASE stop trying to rap, you are TERRIBLE.

    BjörkVolta: Y'know, no-one'd think any less of you if you wrote an actual melody, love. Another hideous cover as well. This time, Björk appears to be dressed as the bastard offspring of a circus clown and one of the Blue Man Group.

    Nine Inch NailsYear Zero: party like it's 1994! or ummmmmm don't.

    Worst band names of the year
    The Berg Sans Nipple: say that without physically cringing, i challenge you.
    Grizzly Bear/Panda Bear/Minus the Bear: fuck off with all the generic "bear" names already.

    Other stuff i spent ages listening to in '07
    Bat for LashesFur and Gold: Great album i didn't get onto in '06.
    The Fall – cuz you have to, really, don't you.
    Muslimgauze – ]new discovery + incredibly prolific = many listens.
    • Other Rufus Wainwright albums
    Martha Wainwright
    Ornette Coleman: i heard him interviewed on Radio 4 about how he's still touring at 78 or whatever and it made me feel really compelled to listen to all his stuff again (plus Sound Grammar). Especially when the interviewer asked him about the time Miles Davis said his music was "sick and could only be made by a disturbed man" or whatever it was, and Ornette said something like, "Ah well, some people are just a bit unadventurous, aren't they" or something like that. TAKE THAT, mindless "Miles is teh best!" bandwagon!
    • The comforting voice of John Peel on old Festive Fifty broadcasts
    Plone. Their fuck-over by Warp Records/second album non-release is an outrageous travesty.
    Cheer-Accident/John Zorn/Anthony Braxton/Art Ensemble Of Chicago/loads more free jazz: fanspazztic.
    Yungun & Mr Thing/Foreign Beggars/Braintax: some UK rap.
    Spank Rock: Only found this this year. Squeaky pervert. Brilliant.
    Ava Leigh: Don't sleep, she'll warm up your world.
    • The collected works of David Pajo: underrated guitar god.
    The Gits. Anyone seen the documentary yet?
    • Million Dead. Seeing Frank T live --> nostalgia.



    and that's it! thanks for reading, if you did.
  • approaching 100,000 tracks by balloon

    30 Dec 2007, 08:21 by tom_dissonance

    ...well, the part about the balloon is somewhat of an exaggeration.

    it's 8am and i'm doing six hours' overtime at work. i'm wearing headphones cuz there's no-one in. anyway, i'm on 99,938 tracks as i write and therefore only need another 62 to attain the magic 100,000. i think today could well be it.

    i think i will celebrate by resetting the Arbitrary Track Play Number panel in my sidebar to start again from 100,000. i may also do something kerrazy like a general profile rearrange. or possibly listen to only completely new artists after i breach 100,000.

    i also have to play a Monsta Island Czars song and Rob Sonic's excellent Sabotage Gigante, which i listened to yesterday, into the system to register it, as well as a spin of Glitch City's awesome new Glitch Village compilation.

    but yeh. big number anticipation over here. tell me some new stuff to listen to.

    p.s. petatron <3
  • Don't Forget to Boogie - Blues That'll Never Change

    14 Nov 2007, 23:57 by TrueSteel

    Fri 9 Nov – Canned Heat
    It seems Erfurt HsD is about to specialize in Blues - after Lousiana Red, Walter Trout, Aynsley Lister and Ian Parker in spring 07 this time it was Canned Heat. No need to say people here seem to like that, as the parking lot was packed with cars, their license plates indicating that the audience had flocked from all over Thuringia and Saxonia as well to see these oldschoolers play live.

    And there was no reason to feel disappointed at all - although Canned Heat performed with Steve Miller at the drums instead of Fito de la Parra, who had suddenly fallen ill, so the line-up was completely without any old bandmember. But the sound was just what you could expect of Canned Heat: mean, hot bluesrock the way it's got to be.



    Robert Lucas started the concert with an acoustic steel guitar instrumental before the whole band had entered the stage. And from then on, there was nothing but real high-voltage bluesrock and blues, starting with their best-known song On the Road Again. The bands performance was as energetic and fueled by emotion as can be, well timed and precise in spite of the sudden change of line-up.
    Bass player Greg Kage and Robert Lucas (rhythm guitar, harp) took the vocals in turns, both singing the blues in a most expressive way which didn't leave anyone in the audience untouched. In fact, they really got the audience going, which is quite some merit. Mind you, we're talking about German audience, and it's not world soccer championship going on ;-) ...
    And while lead guitarist Barry Levenson did a steady and precise piece of work, Robert Lucas added some very nice slide guitar parts and did really great playing the harp. And though it was somewhat sad not to see Fito de la Parra at the drums, Steve Millers precise and expressive play, highlighted by some real fast and furious soli, didn't disappoint in the slightest.

    So these were full two hours of fine old-fashioned blues and bluesrock (which, as always, passed by much too fast), including an excellent tribute to John Lee Hooker with I'm in the Mood and ending with good old
    Same All Over with Robert Lucas trying to make the audience sing along the chorus. Well, here it became obvious this was Germany , the faint response from the audience making him remark: That sounds like Wednesday, not Friday ...

    On the whole, this certainly was an excellent concert; as for the playlist you could have named it very well "Best of", as they played all their best-known songs and blues classics - see for yourself:
    On the Road Again
    Stranger
    Bullfrog Blues
    Creole Queen
    Till The Money Runs Out
    So Sad
    Going up the Country
    I'm in the Mood
    Amphetamine Annie
    Dust My Broom
    Time Was
    Let's Work Together
    Boogie or Mercury
    Same All Over



    Only one thing slightly spoiled the excellent impression this concert made as the "encores" weren't real ones having been set to the playlist in advance (see pic above). To make the audience yell for more when intending to play the stuff anyway, now really ;-)
    But then, I guess it's the same with most bands, only they aren't that obvious ;-)

    Anyways, that evenings performance was excellent and I wouldn't have wanted to miss that concert. I hope they'll be back at HsD for another concert as good as this one was. But for the time being, let's just see what 2008 will bring, starting in January with 10 Years After in Jena and Dr Feelgood at Erfurt HsD...