Wednesday, July 29, 2009

future of the left live and my return to bottom of the hill

 photo from live on 35

So I hadn't been to Bottom Of the Hill since i moved back and i hadn't really been to a show to close to before we left for LA, so it had been almost 3 years since i had seen a show there. I used to go see bands there all the time when i was going to sf state. it was the easiest venue to get to with a car and i had not yet experienced the Mission being out near Park Merced so this is where i went to see live music, plus they had an excellent lineup at least once a week.

so walking into the place after 3 years was very exciting. i instantly remembered why i loved it. the space of the place is remarkable every detail came flooding back of all the shows i had been to. it was more or less the same venue. the smoking patio in all it's glory remained unchanged.

but onto the show:
the first band called Make Me sucked.
The second band called Disastroid was fucking awesome. The perfect mix of harvey milk, jesus lizard, melvins, nomeansno, and danzig all while tuning it into their own unique sound. it was everything that has been good about rock music and what is good about rock music now. I highly recommend these guys and it was nice to be completely blown away by an opening band i had never heard a note from before.

FUTURE OF THE LEFT WAS BRUTAL. Their albums consist of mostly fast paced hard as fuck songs but there are some slower tempo songs on them too. They didnt make an appearance at this show. it was like they knew to leave out all the slow stuff. the pace was fast as all hell with both singers screaming their fucking heads off the whole time. Easily one of the most intense performances i have ever seen. They played almost all of the new album and all the best stuff off the first album, no mclusky covers which i had heard rumored about. and that was fine. at the end of it all the bassist jumped out into the crowd during a deconstructed ending jam and handed his bass to some kid who just so happened to seem like he knew bass a bit. the bassist then did pushups while this kid did his job(playing bass) the drummer just started going nuts and falco(the singer) started flipping out on his guitar then the synth then he gave 1 symbol to the audience and continued to do a noise jam for about 10 minutes, then it was over, i was deaf and had just seen an incredible show.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

the atomic bomb audition - light will remain (2008)

My co-writer here at Speed, Glue and Music tells me that there are people in San Francisco that actually read this blog!! Is this true? Feel free to leave some comments or share your blogs with us! Anyway since San Francisco is showing us some love, I thought I would review a SF an Oakland band that as far as I know hasn't really received much exposure yet (I could surf the internet to verify whether or not this is true, but I'm lazy). This is a band that Mr. Destroy the Scene and I randomly saw 3-4 years ago, by accident. We had left our luxurious apartment at the intersection of Mission and Precita and ducked into El Rio for a few drinks, and this band was playing. And we were blown away! Never before had I accidentally ended up watching a band I liked so much. And then... I didn't hear anything about them for years. Not, in fact, until I was board-operating an interview with Dub Trio at KUSF, and they mentioned that Atomic Bomb Audition were opening for them at the Hemlock. Did I know anything about this band, they inquired? Yeah! I said, suddenly remembering the band I unintentionally saw years back. What do they sound like, the dude from Dub Trio asked. "They sound like umm.... really heavy.... you know but also, like.... textured.... sort of shoegazey but also..... heavy" I said, and the dude from Dub Trio nodded solemnly, secretly amazed and envious at the breadth of my knowledge of music and the more technical terms pertaining to it. Anyway, I wasn't able to go to that show, and then next I heard of them is when I came across this album, Light Will Remain. Apparently this is their second album, and I'm curious to hear what their first album sounds like, because by this release they already have a very full and well-developed sound. Much like contemporary Deftones (yeah I said Deftones), Atomic Bomb Audition incorporate a lot of 90's indie, shoegaze and emo into their sound, but much, much louder and heavier. Except the Deftones ended up in their heavy-shoegaze incarnation coming from nu-metal, whereas this band seems much more natural in their melodic sensibilities. They also incorporate a lot of post-rock and prog into their sound, and the result is long, complex songs that alternate between lush melodies and heavy riffing (I just barfed a little as I wrote "lush melodies"). At various times, this band reminds me of Built to Spill, Dinosaur Jr (in particular the vocal melodies at the end of "Copernicus: Perigee"), Mogwai, Isis, Amesoeurs, The Angelic Process (who RULE and I will definitely write about soon) and Explosions in the Sky. Yet at no point do they sound derivative of any of those acts- they have a really interesting and unique sound, and I'm eager to see what they do next.

The Atomic Bomb Audition - Copernicus: Perigee

Friday, July 24, 2009

RE: In My Honest Opinion; The Best Albums of the 80s(at least of what i have heard anyway)

Alright, this is my little list thrown together in response. It's a lot shorter than Mr. Destroy The Scene's, in part because he already named some of my favorite albums and I won't include them on the list. But if he hadn't previously mentioned them, my list definitely would have included

motorhead - ace of spades
einsturzende neubauten - halber mensch (ps I spelled that right on my first try, fuck yeah)
big black - songs about fucking
scratch acid - the greatest gift

So yeah, ditto to their inclusion on the previous list. Here's what WASN'T on the last list, but SHOULD HAVE been. Oh yeah, and only one album by each artist (SORRY METALLICA), and no compilations that aren't primarily material recorded in the 80's.

Captain Beefheart - Doc at the Radar Station (1980)
weirdo rock

read the rest!

Kraftwerk - Computer World (1981)
bleeps and bloops, melodies for Coldplay to steal

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message (1982)
electro, early hip-hop

Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast (1982)
NWOBHM, galloping beats, killer guitars, running to the hills

Metallica - Kill 'Em All (1983)
party metal, drinking, inventing being the best metal band

Slayer - Show No Mercy (1983)
shredding, killing, destroying, also being the best metal band

Husker Du - Zen Arcade (1984)
bad singing, really thin guitars, songs I like

Possessed - Seven Churches (1985)
nasty sounding metal, the birth of death metal

Big Black - Atomizer (1986)
bad ass misanthropic nerds

Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction (1987)
eh maybe not really good enough for this list but what the hell why not

The Dead C - DR503 (1988)
surprisingly tuneful experimental noise

Death - Leprosy (1988)
some of the best death metal of all time

Dinosaur Jr. - Bug (1988)
not sure how this one didn't make your list, dude

EPMD - Strictly Business (1988)
hella chill

My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything (1988)
frequently overlooked

Atheist - Piece of Time (1989)
killer thrash and death metal, preview of better things to come

Minor Threat - Complete Discography (1989)
being self-righteous, future Nike ad

Rapeman - Two Nuns and a Pack Mule (1989)
ha ha ha ha

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

In My Honest Opinion; The Best Albums of the 80s(at least of what i have heard anyway)

Welcome to what i think to be the best albums made in the 80s. The rules are, one album per artist and to be open to all genres. Thats it. If I havent heard it yet, that's probably why it isnt on this list, or i forgot. If any of you have any albums you think should be on this list, please for the love of god comment on this list and tell me, i am always searching to expand. I hope you all enjoy and can get something good from this list, be it either a new band you havent heard of or a genre of the smile you get from seeing one of your favorites on this list. Thank you to all of my friends who have helped shape this list and who will continue to shape this list. Also, i didnt write full-on descriptions of these albums because it is really fucking hard to put into words what i like about these albums. so i just put up what genres of music they fall into. Thank you very much and enjoy.

also this list might not all fit on the same page so click around and have fun!

Motorhead-Ace Of Spades(1980)
Rock, Punk, Metal

read the rest!

Wipers-Is This Real?(1980)

The Specials-Self Titled(1980)
Ska, Reggae

X: Los Angeles(1980)
Punk, Rock

The Feelies: Crazy Rhythms(1980)
Jangly Pop, Indie Rock

Killing Joke: Self Titled(1980)
Industrial, Rock, Experimental

David Bowie: Scary Monsters(1980)
Rock, Art Pop

Wall Of Voodoo: Dark Continent(1981)
Post Punk, Rock

Zero Boys: Vicious Circle(1981)

Black Flag: Damaged(1981)
Punk, Hardcore

The Birthday Party: Prayers On Fire(1981)
Sludge Rock, Pigfuck

Agent Orange: Living In Darkness(1981)

This Heat: Deceit(1981)
Post Punk, Experimental

Scientist: Rids the World Of the Curse Of the Vampires(1981)
Dub, Reggae

Flipper: Generic(1981)
Sludge Rock, Punk

The Gun Club: Fire Of Love(1981)
Rock n Roll, Country, Atmospheric Rock, Indie Rock

King Crimson: Discipline(1981)
Experimental, Rock, World Influenced Rock

Public Image Limited: Flowers Of Romance(1981)
Post Punk, Experimental, Dub

Violent Femmes: Self Titled(1982)
Rock, Folk, Beginnings Of Indie Rock

Bad Brains: Self Titled(1982)
Punk, Hardcore

ESG: Come Away With Me(1982)
Funk, Hip Hop, Rock

Fear: The Record(1982)
Punk, Rock

Misfits: Walk Among Us(1982)
Punk, Horror Punk

Kate Bush: The Dreaming(1983)
Art Rock, Experimental, Singer Songwriter

R.E.M.: Murmur(1983)
Indie Rock, Jangly Pop, Power Pop

Malcolm McLaren: Duck Rock(1983)
Experimental, Art Pop, Hip Hop

Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark: Dazzle Ships(1983)
Art Pop, New Wave, Experimental

Einsturzende Neubauten: 1/2 Mensch(1984)
Experimental as Fuck, Industrial, Avant Garde Soundscapes

The Art Of Noise: Who's Afraid Of...(1984)
Experimental, Art Pop, Sound Construction, Sampledelica

Minutemen: Double Nickels On the Dime(1984)
Punk, Rock, Jazz, Funk, Folk, Awesomeness

Tom Waits: Rain Dogs(1985)
Experimental Blues Rock, Story Based Pieces, Tin Pan Alley

Tall Dwarfs: Hello Cruel World(1985)
Beginnings Of Indie Rock, Kiwi Rock, Experimental

The Fall: This Nation's Saving Grace(1985)'
Post Punk, Cynic Based Rock, British

The Jesus and Mary Chain: Psychocandy(1985)
Shoegaze, Noise Rock, Indie Pop, 60s Influenced Rock

The Dead Milkmen: Big Lizard In My Backyard(1985)
Comedy Punk, Art Punk, Proto Ween

Meat Puppets: Up On the Sun(1985)
Laid Back Prog Based Funk Rock

The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead(1986)
Mope Rock, Indie Rock, Jangly Pop

XTC: Skylarking(1986)
Summer Time Feel Good Experimental Art Pop

Slayer: Reign In Blood(1986)
Thrash, Speed Metal, Metal, Fucking Intense Awesomeness

Gore: Hart Gore/Mean Man's Dream(1986/1987)
Instrumental Post Rock, Nirvana if they were an instrumental band, Post Rock(maybe the first)

Big Black: Songs About Fucking(1987)
Industrial, Punk, Asshole Rock, Pigfuck

Butthole Surfers: Locust Abortion Technician(1987)
Experimental, Noise, Pigfuck, Absolutely Disturbing

Pussy Galore: Right Now!(1987)
Noise Rock, Pigfuck

Eric B and Rakim: Paid In Full(1987)
Old School Hip Hop, Golden Age Of Hip Hop

Killdozer: 12 Point Buck(1987)
Noise Rock, Sludge Rock, Pigfuck

Napalm Death: Scum(1987)
Grindcore, Speed Metal

Brian Wilson: Self Titled(1988)
Experimental Pop

They Might Be Giants: Lincoln(1988)
Indie Rock, Experimental, Art Pop

Ultramagnetic Mcs: Critical Beatdown(1988)
Hard Hitting Old School Hip Hop

Boogie Down Productions: By All Means Necessary(1988)
Hard Hitting Old School Hip Hop

Beat Happening: Jamboree(1988)
Indie Rock, Jangly Pop

K.D. Lang: Absolute Torch and Twang(1988)
Alt Country, Old School Country Sound

Ministry: The Land Of Rape and Honey(1988)
Industrial, Metal, Pissed Off Rock

Pixies: Surfer Rosa(1988)
Rock, Noise Rock, Damaged Art Pop

De La Soul: 3 Feet High and Rising(1989)
Experimental Hip Hop, Old School Hip Hop, Positive Hip Hop

Beastie Boys: Paul's Boutique(1989)
Experimental Hip Hop, Old School Hip Hop

3rd Bass: The Cactus Cee/D(1989)
Experimental Hip Hop, Old School Hip Hop

Scratch Acid: The Greatest Gift(1989)
Noise Rock, Pigfuck

The Gories: I Know You Be Houserockin'(1989)
Garage Rock, Noise Rock

Nomeansno: Wrong(1989)
Prog Punk, Jazz Rock

Operation Ivy: Self Titled(1989)
Skate Punk, Ska Punk