Monday, 30 June 2008

AIDS Wolf - The Lovvers LP

AIDS Wolf is a noise band with the likes of An Albatross and The Locust. They got their name by the urban legend that wolves transmit AIDS instead of rabies to house pets and then to people. The noise produced is high pitched distorted guitar along with a female screaming. The only way to describe this band is to take Melt Banana and give them psychedelic drugs and steroids. Enjoy.

Polysics - Polysics or Die!!!!

Polysics is one of those awesome Japanese bands that you see and really fail to grasp what's going on. The band uses Japanese, English, and their own space language to make it even more confusing. The high energy music is not only fun, but catchy and rocking. Polysics is known for their unique sunglasses and jumpsuits that I have yet to find a duplicate of. Their primary influence is Devo which is represented through their music and absurd dress. Disregard the fact that they were on the myspace music tour, they were kickass far before Tom got hold of them.

Friday, 27 June 2008

Mighty Joseph - Empire State

Chances are, if you're up to speed on Indie Hip Hop then you'll be aware of Mighty Joseph (Vast Aire & Karniege) and this frankly awesome release. If the name doesn't ring any bells because you've perhaps only dabbled with Indie Rap then you should at least be familiar with the standard setting release that was 'The Cold Vein' by one of this era's most pivotal rap duos... Cannibal Ox (Vast Aire & Vordul Mega) though, dont hold your breath for a direct sequel. This is more of your standard Hip Hop affair absent of any of EL-P's wildly titanic soundscapes with production duties spread out across a selection of producers including Madlib and the late Camu Tao. In short, i do really like this record... and i only downloaded it yesterday. enjoy folks.


Invincible- Shapeshifters

Honestly, I don't know much about her. I think she runs a feminist movement as well as making records or something.

What I do know, is that she makes one hell of a hip-hop record.

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Boom Monk Ben - Benny Boom turn that Bass up Louder

You guys need to forgive me. i KNOW this isn't strictly an album and i KNOW it's another Scottish act, but i can't help but show off what talent this teensy weensy nation is harbouring these days. rather than big the man up myself you can check his credentials here;

this mix in particular covers electro, dancehall and hip hop for the most part. and what a nice wee mix it is

1. Bangers & Cash – Loose
2. TTC – Dans Le Club (Instrumental)
3. Ninja Man – Weed Wid Di Macka (Modeselektor Remix)
4. MIA – Galang (Cave Man Remix Instrumental)
5. Heavy Weight Dub Champion – Arrival feat KRS One (Bassnectar Remix)
6. Toddla T – Girls
7. Toddla T – Fill Up Ma Portion
8. Toddla T – Do U Know (Rob G's Dub)
9. MIA – Galang (South Rakkas Crew Remix)
10. Hint – One Woman Army (Instrumental)
Jurassic 5 – The Influence (Acapella)
11. Andy H – Kick Kick
12. Souless – One Step (Fulgeance Re Edit)
13. Kraak & Smaak – Squeeze Me (A-Skillz Remix)
14. Banbarra – Shack Up (Ooft Edit)
15. Bjork –Earth Instruders (Xxxchange Remix)
16. Peter Digital Orchestra (Juicy Lady)
17. Simian Mobile Disco – It's The Beat (Sirius Mo Remix)
18. Hot 8 Brass Band – Jisten To Me (Hint Remix)
19. Pase Rock – Lindsey Lohan feat Santogold, Spank Rock & Holiday Thug
20. Jimmy Edgar – My Beats
21. Orbital – Chime
22. Les Rhythmes Digitales – Brothers
23. Feist – Sea Lion (Chromeo Remix)
24. Kraak & Smaak – Squeeze Me (Trevor Loveys Squeezer Dub)
25. Deekline & Ed Solo – Hands Up
26. DJ Blaqstarr – Hands Up Thumbs Down
27. Mekon – Yes, Yes Y'all feat Roxane Shante (Sinden Baile Funk Mix)
28. TTC – Travailler (DJ Orgasmic Remix)
29. Radiohead - Nude (Peter Digital Orchestra Break the Moon Remix)


Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Mercenary - The Hours That Remain

This is the third album by Mercenary and has a much more progressive approach than their noticably heavier albums (which I'll upload at somepoint). It has a good balance between harsh vocals and heavy riffs but compromises with clean vocals too.

A good album, one of my favourites. I prefer their previous album because it's heavier sounding, but this one's easier to listen to.

Redifine Me:
The Hours That Remain:

Rosetta - The Galilean Satellites

The hulking 2005 debut album of Philadephia's Rosetta is one of the most ambitious "post-metal" releases of the decade; it consists of two discs - one heavy, one ambient - that can be played synchronously to produce a full auditory experience. It amounts to nearly 120 minutes of sludged-out art metal and post-hardcore, and while it isn't an easy listen, it's always an exciting one.
Now playing: Jel - Dead Cat
via FoxyTunes

Mansun - Six

Mansun was a Britpop band, in the loosest sense of the word. They liberally and successfully incorporated prog and psychedelica into their act, giving them an experimental flavor that was unfortunately lost amongst the Blurs and Oases of the time. This 1998 release has the dubious distinction of being one of the most underrated British albums in recent memory. It really is up there with the great concept albums of all time, and to not hear it in its entirety would be a crime against music. Their debut album, Attack of the Grey Lantern, was received better by the music community, but this is definitely the more intriguing, rewarding listen.
Now playing: Silence Kit - Psychoparasite
via FoxyTunes

Surface Empire - Lucky Me EP

Surface Emp are Hudson Mohawke and Dom Sum, a respective producer and emcee from Glasgow who have recently started making some global moves. Especially Mr. Mohawke who was recently signed to the mighty Warp. this was recorded way back in 2005 when these two were but humble scottish lads. not that it compromises their skills though. check it out;

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Sash! - Trilenium

One of a handful of dance artists to survive the millennium, this is the third album from German Trance DJ Sash!. The album is best known for the track Adelante, yet there's a variety in the songs to appeal to everyone from the slow ambient sounds and voice of Tina Cousins to the funky upbeat tracks like My Kind of Blues. It's a good addition to any techno collection, and he was a popular artist for trance enthusiasts like myself for many years.

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Shellac - 1000 Hurts

Shellac or Shellac of North America is a band lead by Steve Albini who also lead epic bands like Big Black and Rapeman. He also estimates that he's engineered the recording of around 1000 albums in his lifetime. The simplistic math rock sound does not use the typical sort of structure in which you are used to. The minimalistic noise rock heavy rhythms are put to sarcastic and humorous lyrics. This is one of my favorites.

Saturday, 21 June 2008

I:Scintilla - Optics

I:Scintilla is an absolutely amazing band I stumbled across one day searching for electronic music. The blend of rock and electronic is perfect, and the lead singer, Brittany Bindrim, is absolutely amazing. Her voice hits every note, and is at times so sublime it will send shivers down your spine. Bands such as Leather Strip and Combichrist have singled the band out for remixes of their own, showing the great appeal of this band. Music that can satisfy both the clubs and those looking for a complex, engaging listen.


Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Benedictum - Seasons of tragedy

Benedictum is a Heavy Metal band from San Diego, Lead by female vocalist Veronica Freeman.
This album reminds me of some of the older Heavy Metal, but there are some modern influences here. Beast in the Field is my favourite song on the album.
Beast in the Field:


Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Say Hi To Your Mom - Ferocious Mopes

This is the third album by one of NYC/Seattle's archangels of lo-fi, Eric Elbogen. It's a slightly lusher, fuller dip into mopey 20-something ditties about love and robots than his first two historical flirtings (you'll get it later) with the music industry, Discosadness and Numbers & Mumbles. He consistently manages to keep the formula fresh, and spins his lyrics into an endearing web of silliness and sincerity. I love it, but I'm admittedly a huge SHTYM fan so you can either discredit this as biased or listen to it repeatedly and tell me I'm right.

The name of the band has since changed to Say Hi, and along with the new name came a new album, The Wishes and the Glitch. Is good.

Now playing: Sybris - Good Internal Clock
via FoxyTunes

The Deadly Syndrome - The Ortolan

Being my first contribution to the blog, I have decided to go with a local band that is sure to please. The Deadly Syndrome was established in 2006 and has grown in popularity quite quickly. The band doesn't stick to a particular sound which allowing a range of songs to choose from. You can listen to the energetic "I hope I become a Ghost" and go straight into the relaxing tunes of "Wolves in the Garden". If you enjoy this band as much as I do, definitely look into their live stuff. The band is definitely worth the look.


Monday, 16 June 2008

The Specials - Specials

The Specials is a highly influential English two tone ska band. Their sound can still be heard today through ska bands everywhere. This isn't the third wave of ska so don't expect some mad punk. The second wave is definitely a lot more listenable at any time or even when you want to rock out.

Also, Big D and the Kid's Table covered "Little Bitch" and it's a keeper.

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Defiance Ohio - Share What Ya Got

So I've been really into folk punk lately as you all probably can tell. I do however regret not being able to post often due to an unbootable computer so sorry for that. Defiance Ohio is similar to the likes of Ghost Mice, Mischief Brew, and Andrew Jackson Jihad so if you like any of those, you are sure to enjoy Defiance Ohio which includes the violin, cello, banjo and upright bass interestingly enough for a punk group. Very fun to listen to, give it a try!

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Black Moth Super Rainbow - Start A People

Black Moth Super Rainbow is an experimental music group from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Their music has a gleeful, almost bubbly sound to it, consisting mostly of vocoded vocals, warped synths and broken drum machines. For instance, the song 'Seeds' sounds like it's been recorded, pressed onto vinyl then re-recorded with someone pressing down on the deck every 30 seconds or so. However, this only adds to the misty, organic quality of their work, which makes it very much worth a try.

The Blow - Paper Television

Apologies on behalf of all of us for the lack of updates recently. This album by this band is, well, good. It's well good. The glitchy electronic beats paired with the melodic poetry of Khaela Whatsherface's mind (not forgetting the synthesised stabs that come just as quickly as they go), mean that these two are onto a winner. Except they're not, 'cause they pretty much disbanded in the June of 2006. Either way: right click, Save Link As... and enjoy!

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

H-Foundation - Environments

H-Foundation is kind of like a more laid back version of Daft Punk. Their clever little combination of down tempo electronic and jazz elements creates a nice little sound. If loud music is just not called for, go to Environments. Masterfully crafted, the music here will provide very nice music to just listen to. The lyrics are sparse and often more stream-of-consciousness than anything else. A relaxing listen.

Nuclear Blast Allstars - Out of the Dark

Nuclear Blast is a label that releases various metal albums. Out of the Dark celebrates 20 years of Nuclear Blast and has many different artists involved with the songs. There is a good lineup of vocalists, of which can be found here:
Out of the Dark:


Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Birds of Tokyo - Day One

Birds of Tokyo are from my home town in Perth, Western Australia. An alternative rock band that is a combination of members from two more well known WA bands, Karnivool and Tragic Delicate, This is their debut album, Day one. It's an album that has grown on me much in the same way Gotye's Mixed Blood album did. It's laid back, simple and good for times when loud noise gives you a headache.

Sunday, 8 June 2008

Combichrist - What The Fuck Is Wrong With You People?

Hey you, what the fuck is wrong with you? Those lines from the track 'What The Fuck Is Wrong With You' on the Combichrist album seem to epitomize this album, showing the pounding aggressiveness of the harsh electro-industrial sounds and the dark content of the album. After all, what would you expect from an album called What The Fuck Is Wrong With You People? Songs like 'Shut Up and Swallow' and 'Get Your Body Beat' betray the true sound of this masterfully crafted Harsh EBM album. Enjoy!

Saturday, 7 June 2008

Office Space - OST

The perfect cure for your case of the Mondays. The perfect compilation of rap gold from Ice Cube, Scarface and Geto Boys mixed with a few relaxing trumpet jams from Perez Prado. This is the soundtrack that made the movie what it is. I suggest listening to the album and then watching this classic film.

Einstürzende Neubauten - Strategies Against Architecture, Vol. 1

Einstürzende Neubauten is one of the leading industrial artists out there. Strategies Against Architecture, Vol.1, is a compilation of their older works. A band that makes almost all of their own instruments, the music itself is very unique. Gritty, hard percussion and various dada-like instruments like drills and jackhammers make very driven and aggressive music. Anyone who has listen to the newer, much calmer EN may be surprised by this album, but it is still a masterpiece in its own right. All the songs are sung in German, so don't expect to sing along. Bands such as Tomahawk, The Locust, and The Blue Man Group cite Einstürzende Neubauten as an influence in their work. Enjoy!

Friday, 6 June 2008

Saul Williams - Amethyst Rock Star

Here's a quick one I meant to post a while back. Saul Williams is one of the most recognized slam poets in music today, and a lot of that is (I think) unjustly due to the controversial release method of his last album, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! While it was far from bad, I feel like some of his best, most ambitious work is displayed on Amethyst Rock Star, his 2001 debut album. Catchy, thoughtful, heated, and cathartic - don't let it slip into the background; it ain't that kinda music.

Now playing: Manitoba - Kid You'll Move Mountains
via FoxyTunes

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Mind.In.A.Box - Crossroads

I found this Mind.In.A.Box album filed under Industrial, but I would have to disagree. The finely crafted electro that is Crossroads seems to escape definition. Some tracks seem focused at the dance floor, whilst others seem to try to reach a calmer, more introspective listener. Complex and fine tuned, this album will not disappoint.

Sons and Daughters - The Repulsion Box/This Gift

Two choice albums today, you lucky sons of bitches. Sons and Daughters are a Glasgow band (two of the members are formerly of Arab Strap) with a distinct knack for two things: making music that is infectious as hell, and being relentless. There isn't a soft moment on either 2005's The Repulsion Box or their latest release, This Gift, that doesn't get almost immediately blasted by either the power of David Gow's drumming, Adele Bethel's intense vocal delivery, or Scott Patterson's visceral (and occasionally folky) guitar work. With that said, I'd like to point out that This Gift is a bit more subtle than TRB, which I think adds a necessary nuance to their music that was somewhat lacking before. Both are fantastic, though, and I hope you like 'em as much as I do.

The Repulsion Box:

This Gift:

Note: I didn't upload these, so don't chastise me for the Rapidshare. thx <333

Now playing: Sons and Daughters - Red Receiver
via FoxyTunes

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Decoded Feedback - Mechanical Horizon

I got this DF album a year or so back, and it has remained in rotation for me for a while now. It is a very good blend of electronic and industrial, and should appeal to fans of either. It is definitely a good listen, and fans of Skinny Puppy of Front Line Assembly should check it out.

Monday, 2 June 2008

Pavement - Westing/Watery, Domestic EP/Major Leagues EP

I'll confess and point this out before anyone else does: not every single one of these songs is absolutely essential. However, the majority aren't easy to find on this here internet, so at least they're serving some purpose. The .rar below contains the Pavement releases: Westing (by Musket And Sextant), Watery, Domestic EP and Major Leagues EP. Don't let the titles deceive you, there's 3 releases here, all by Pavement. The two EPs are rough yet tight collections of playfully performed songs creating the sound of a band having fun, despite the ML EP being created towards the arse-end of the band's career. Westing collates tracks from their earliest EPs, showing the band growing up and finding their sound. As is to be expected, they're not as cleanly produced as the LPs we all know and love but they're definitely worth a listen.