Tuesday, 30 September 2008

OST - Romper Stomper

There's a lot of racist people on ABS. Most of it is just to be funny, but as to whether you share the same view on this soundtrack, well, that's another matter. This is from the controversial Australian film Romper Stomper, and it marked the beginning of Russell Crowes acting career. While the film wasn't particularly mind boggling, it's soundtrack provides quite an almost laughable pace for the Neo Nazis who are angered at the spread of the Vietnamese in their community.


Edit: We do not support Nazis, we are posting this album because it is musically well done.

Monday, 29 September 2008

The Aquabats - Charge!!

The Aquabats are quite possibly the absolute best superhero/pop band you'll ever meet. Their roots start with a poppy-ska, and after misplacing their horn section settled on a keyboard. Their roots even contain Travis Barker, who drummed for their 1996 album The Fury of the Aquabats! (pre Blink-182).

Charge!! is their latest album. It's full of super-poppy anthems and an overall fun feel. Songs like Nerd Alert! and Look at Me (I'm a Winner) poke fun at the idea of what "cool" is in a hoky yet lovable sort of way. The Aquabats embrace the idea of individuality...through uniforms. Their shows resemble a Saturday morning cartoon show, with an enemy and cereal commercials to match.

Overall, The Aquabats are an adorable sort of band you can love. Or at least I do.


Saturday, 27 September 2008

Mindless Self Indulgence - You'll Rebel To Anything

You'll Rebel To Anything was my first Mindless Self Indulgence album, and has remained in heavy rotation for me, along with almost any other MSI album. It's truly great stuff. Though classified as 'Shock Rock', I really don't find them very shocking (if you want shocking, check out Alien Vampires. With songs like 'I Fuck Nuns' and 'Fuck You We're Dead', they're a bit more in the shocking field. If you can understand what they say), but I still really like their sound. Very lighthearted in their lyrical content (under educated/over caffeinated/I just masturbated), one doesn't have to worry about them being to serious. The music itself is like a combination of hard rock with punk influences combined with dancey synthesizer sounds, creating one of the most fun listens I've ever had. Highlights include 'Straight To Video' and 'Stupid MF', but all the songs here are really really good.


Homestar Runner - Strong Bad Sings And Other Type Hits

From homestarrunner.com comes the music of your internet subculture middle school days. On this album you will find Strong Bad, Coach Z, Marzipan, Limozeen, and What's-Her Face to name a few!


Thursday, 25 September 2008

Home Video - No Certain Night or Morning

First post! Hope you like.

Home video is a relatively new band (Their first and only album came out in 2006) that I found while listening to my pandora (pandora.com; best music site ever). They have a kind of dreamlike quality to them that has a dance feel to it, while still remaining mellow. Classified as Indie Rock/Pop by the site that I got it from (don't really trust its classifications, but Indie sounds like a decent enough term).

Highlighted Songs:
Sleep Sweet



Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Eiffel 65 - Europop

In 1999, the song Blue by this band became #1 in the Australian music charts. 9 years later, my brother obtained this album, and after hearing it, I'm impressed how well it's aged. Old school europop makes up most of my 90's dance music and this is a good addition to that. Though Blue and Move your body are the most well known tracks, it's unfortunate that Too Much of Heaven, my favorite song on the album didn't get the attention it deserved when it was released commercially.



Illzilla - Wasteland

It's been way too long since my last post. To make up for it, I'm uploading two albums for today. The first is from the band Illzilla, an Australian hip-hop band form Melbourne. Their smooth flows and cool lyrics illustrate the fine talent of some of the more underrated acts in Australia.


Monday, 22 September 2008

OST - Banzo Kazooie

The soundtrack to the classic game composed by the legendary Grant Kirkhope. This game made my childhood with it's quirky characters and fitting music. This was when Rareware made good games and things were all good in the 90s.



Thursday, 18 September 2008

Reverend Glasseye and His Wooden Legs - Black River Falls

Reverend Glasseye and His Wooden Legs could be best described as if Gogol Bordello was born on the right side of the tracks....and in the 1800's. The Reverend puts a spin on the emerging genre of folk punk by adding a diverse brass section. Whether it be the latin influenced style like in "One More Smoke" or the song "Midnight Cabaret" sounding like the south park theme song, every song on the album seems to submerge itself into a different genre of music. Song worth a listen: Midnight Cabaret, 50% Murder, No Road out of Houston, and One More Smoke.


Foals - Antidotes

Here is a band I found by mistake. Foals is reminds me of a darker version of vampire weekend also without the hollister trendsters. The band is highly recommend live not only for their stage presence, but their overall musicianship. Song worth a listen: Olympic Airways, Cassius, Balloons.



Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Front Line Assembly - 3 Albums

Artificial Soldier

Artificial Soldier was the second Front Line Assembly albums I ever got, and has always remained in heavy rotation for me. It combines the dancey, hard style of industrial with FLA's famous attention to detail. Each song seems to have some sort brand new piece to it during every listen. Features Jean-Luc De Meyer from Front 242 doing the vocals on my favorite track, "Future Fail". Eskil Simonsson, from Covenant, is also a vocalist in the song "The Storm". An all-round great album.



If you've been keeping tabs on the various FLA I've uploaded, you will have one of dance industrial and one of more complex electronica. In this album, which made it's debut in the 90's, they experiment with industrial metal. Heavy guitar riffs combined with aggressive electronic sounds creates a very pleasing aural experience. Songs like 'Division Of Mind' and 'Vigilante' show just how hard this album can be. The guitars here are more intense than they are speedy, so don't expect some sort of Dragonforce metal here. Instead, look for a more Obituary type of sound, where the metal is slow but heavy. All in all, a very desirable album, and a must have for any FLA fan.


FLAvour Of The Weak

You know, this is probably my favorite FLA album ever. Firstly, you have the very punny album name. FLAvour of the Weak? Just look at it for a second. It's funny. Secondly, I know you here me use the words 'complex' and 'engaging' a lot, but for serious, this album is both of those things. The sounds gradually build up until they reach a kind of euphoric frenzy, multiple unique sounds layered in order to create a sound like no other. This is the turning point in FLA's career, where they went from more rockish and metallic sounds to an almost all-electronic sound. Very different from the Artificial Soldier album, this album isn't really aimed at the dance clubs. Enjoy. I know I do.


Friday, 12 September 2008

Woodie Guthrie - This Land Is Your Land: The Asch Recordings Vol. 1

Woody Guthrie is one of those folk legends that you totally need to listen to more. With American classics like "This Land is Your Land" and "Do-Re-Mi", singing from dust-bowl experiences, how can you pass this classic up? Folk artists mostly all cite Woody Guthrie as an influence, so if you are into folk give this album a listen.



Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Sneaky Sound System - Sneaky Sound System

I promised myself to get an album up this week, and fortunately this album was a lot easier to upload than previous ones. This is Sydney electro band Sneaky Sound System, who became popular when the lead singer began hosting the Australian music show, Video Hits. Their first album is a funky piece that's good for getting in the mood for the harder techno if, like me, you go clubbing on a regular basis.


Sunday, 7 September 2008

Drowning Dog - Got No Time

Drowning Dog is a rap group with something to say. Of all the remarkable things this album holds, the honest lyrics are the most prevalent. Drowning Dog is unabashedly anarchist. From the lyrics to the samples used, the music is focused around the ideas of ultimate human justice for everyone. DD wants a world where everyone is equal and poverty is no longer an issue, and offers anarchism as a way to get that. Many, if not most, songs are very sample heavy. Snippets from news interviews and other media outlets that support anarchism and anti-government practices are all over this album. The rapper herself (that's right, herself) is also very good. Her rhythm and rhymes are well constructed, and the beats are good and catchy. A great group.


OST - The Jungle Book

Who doesn't have fond memories of the Jungle Book? It's a fantastic children's film, with a fantastic score. Largely written by the Sherman Brothers (pictured above with Walt Disney), this record includes the songs 'The Bare Necessities' and 'I Wan'na Be Like You '. There's more to be had here than 2 or 3 feel-good Disney tunes though, as you'll soon hear. They just don't do 'em like they used to.


Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Ministry - Psalm 69

When it comes to quintessential industrial albums, Psalm 69 ranks right up there with NIN's The Downward Spiral. The industrial metal that has made Ministry famous is most prevalent in this disc, from the singles 'NWO' and 'Jesus Built My Hotrod' to the hidden gems of 'Corrosion' and 'Grace'. The speed and brutality here is so amazing that Ministry has been having a hard time making an album that can reach the high position that this one has in the eyes of the industrial world. If you are a fan of either industrial or metal, this album is a must. It was a milestone of both when it was released, and has remained one of the dominating forces those genres. A must have.