• Tuesday Ten: Space

    Lug 21 2009, 12:21 di amodelofcontrol

    A perhaps predictable subject for this week's Tuesday Ten: it's all about space, what with it being the 40th anniversary of the first moon landings this week. I've always thought of songs written to be about space travel, or related subjects, to be a very common theme, but in the event it actually turned out to be a really bloody hard list to collate. I'm sure that readers of this will suggest many more than I came up with, though...

    Needless to say, there is a Spotify playlist for this (here - The Spotify URI: spotify:user:asw909:playlist:0HzmArtppDnynJCQDZac68), although one track from the ten is missing due to it not being on Spotify (no great surprise - the label it was released on went bust nearly ten years ago!). So anyway:

    David Bowie
    Space Oddity
    Space Oddity

    Where else to start than with the song that seems to sum up the mystery and wonder (and our darkest fears, too) about space travel like no other. Released, of course, the week of the moon landings back in '69…
  • 5 Great Stoner Metal Tracks

    Nov 19 2008, 22:57 di hemlokk

    1. Kyuss – "Molten Universe" (from Blues for the Red Sun, 1993)
    A classic from the band that spawned Queens of the Stone Age, the whole album is revelatory, but this instrumental number showcases the intricate playing by Josh Homme on a guitar apparently tuned down two octaves for even more sludgy goodness.

    2. Monster Magnet – "Pill Shovel" (from Spine of God, 1992)
    While the New Jersey combo may have devolved into Rob Zombie-like self-parodies in their later years, back before their rock radio hits they made 30-minute jams and put sci-fi weirdness on their album covers. This track's a little more straightforward, but still features thick reverb and menacing Eastern tones.

    3. Clutch – "Spacegrass" (from Clutch, 1995)
    Clutch have as much in common with prog-metal bands like Primus as they do with Kyuss, willing to leave out the drums for a whole verse and then scream their heads off in the chorus, but the sludgy groove keeps them firmly on Earth.