The Blade Runner soundtrack by Vangelis has been re-released on vinyl by Audio Fidelity. I am not all that familiar with the soundtrack or Vangelis’ other work, but it sounds incredible on my modest stereo. A stone cold masterpiece.
This self-titled album by Violetshaped could be one of the albums of the year for me. The packaging is completely stunning. And the sound emanating from each each barely-labeled, see-through slab of vinyl is a strange mix of disturbing and upbeat, often being both at the same time. Like dancing in a sealed chamber from which the oxygen is slowly being drained. Stellar.
I am just going to quote the person who uploaded this on Youtube: “Onketsang is a Sotho/Setswana phrase, it means, (direct translation) ‘what are you doing to me?’ as in, the things you do to me (in a good way), basically.” In a good way, indeed.
Heroin in Tahiti? Dope name. Literally. Italian drone-rock inspired by Morricone and surf music? I would post this just to get a chance to use the #drone and #surf hash tags together, but it exactly seems pretty great.
I really like this new album by the Knife. The free-form pieces (tracks 7 and 12) might be overwhelming if you are not used to ambient and drone music, but ask yourself: What other band could produce a song like “Networking”? The only opposite precedent in terms of sound is Bjork’s Medulla album, which was her last great album, in my opinion.
This is interesting. Beatles as sad core. I would like to know how he did this. I love how desperate Paul McCartney sounds in parts of this. Pretty dark. Also, I just saw a (pretty unremarkable) Youtube clip that was called “Paul McCartney trying to hide his erection.” Great title for a song or an album, don’t you think?
From now on, going to http://thebrainrocks.com will send you straight to this tumblr. My old blog can be found on the right. This is one of my favourite albums of all time, and although I like what the Liars have done since, I don’t know if they will ever top this.
I have just discovered that one of my favourite bands from the sixties, the Cryin’ Shames, still exist and play live! Their website is here and has all the info. Above I am posting their heartbreaking hit “Please Stay”. There are a few other gems on their website. In other news, the space-age pop masterpiece “I Hear a New World”, which was recorded by Cryin’ Shames producer Joe Meek, is being reissued for record store day. I haven’t found it for sale anywhere yet, but the Pitchfork review is here. Joe Meek produced a slew of other great, always sonically innovative, pop songs before he tragically killed himself (and his landlady) in early 1967.
I’m a sucker for this kind of drugged-out guitar music, with lots of effects on the guitar and electronic percussion. Reminds me of Gary War, whom I love, but this is slightly slower and slightly less in-your-face. If GW is the trip, then this is the morning after.
I bought this on vinyl by chance a few days ago, because it was cheap and released on the always reliable Spectrum Spools label (run by John Elliott of Emeralds). It turned out to be really awesome, incredibly techno music. Highly recommended. Nice listening to something for the first time on vinyl, for once.
uSSSy is a Russian noise rock band, that has appeal beyond just being a Russian noise rock band. Over at Weed Temple, they compare this to Goat which I think is a fair comparison, although this is a lot more up-tempo. Also reminds me of Sunburned Hand of the Man in places, what with the hypnotic middle-eastern influences and all.
Holy Sh*t! Time to pay attention, everyone. Over the last couple of days I’ve been listening to a Fact Mix (333) by Hieroglyphic Being, a Chicago producer who mixes house music with influences from psychedelica, noise and cosmic music. Despite its 2 hours and 45 minutes the mix is one of the most consistent I have ever heard. Stay tuned - you won’t regret it. I’m still discovering his album stuff, and you can do the same on his Soundcloud.