Thursday, February 25, 2010

Joanna Newsom-Have One On Me

1-01 Easy by destroy the scene

There really isnt a lot to say about this album, other than it is solid, her voice is more controlled, the string flourishes of Ys are mostly gone, she sounds a lot like really good early Joni Mitchell on these discs. To sustain such a high quality of music over the 2 hour running time of this album is pretty incredible, granted it's not like she is genre hopping or experimenting as much as she has in the past, but the words are all still there and her harp is augmented by drums, guitar, piano, and various other instruments. She sounds a lot more confident and calm on this release and she seems to have way more control over her voice. a lot of times on this album she reminds me of Kate Bush without all the weird flourishes and a little of Tori Amos(but in a good way) just very thoughtful singer songwriter music that really isnt all that weird.

i highly recommend this
i highly recommend chilling out with a cup of coffee to this
i highly recommend listening to this on a cloudy rainy day

News: The Missing Link festival



so on saturday may 8th at the fox theater there is going to be a pretty good metal festival. it starts at 4 in the afternoon, it's 35 bucks and the bands:

mastodon, high on fire, baroness, between the buried and me, priestess, valient thorr, black cobra, and bison b.c.

i am pretty interested

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Live Set: Untold at the Unsound Festival in Krakow, Poland. October 2009.


UP#07 Untold at Unsound 2009 by unsound

While I am rather sad that I could not actually be in Krakow, Poland for this delightful Unsound Festival, I am also rather lucky that the set from UK electronic producer Untold was recorded through a live feed and then distributed to the masses on www.dubstepforum.com. It's got all the goods and is a good representation of the continuing flurry of creative forces in the UK and elsewhere in dubstep, techno, and everything in between. He keeps it fresh and interesting, wobble free, and forward thinking.

It starts out with a ton of energy, horns blazing, party anthems flying, and then around the 15 minute mark pivots to a long stretch of dark and moody stuff. the transition point is a remix of lil wayne's 'a milli'. i know what you might be thinking, and i agree. 'a milli' is a tired, tired song that needs to be put to rest. but i'm not lying when i say that this particular remix is totally worth listening to, largely due to the fact that the repeating "a milli" hook isn't used anywhere within it. the beginning of the set is completely off the hook, and then goes off the deep end after this remix.

Untold's tracks make appearances throughout and his tracks have a super funky style that the rest of the mix reflects well. it's funky in a weird way. weird yet solid banging rhythms, start and stop melodies, all kinds of craziness. to sum it up: it's pretty heavy, but still fun. overall it's a pretty special style and there are some truly stand-out tracks consistently throughout. this is the cutting edge of uk electronic music.

***super-dope highlights: 19:00, 26:30, 30:00, 34:00!!, 41:45-43:50, 57:15



Tracklist!



the tracklist was compiled pretty well by a few dedicated peeps that are tuned into the scene, but unfortunately still has a few missing pieces. i'll try to find a complete list soon.

01)Untold - ?
02)Untold - Stop What You're Doing
03)dj c? - 'jump up and bounce' (3:35)
04)RedLight - Wind Up Your Body Gal(5:20)
05)? - ? (7:05)
06)Shortstuff & Hyetal - Don't Sleep
07)Redlight - Pick Up The Phone
08)Untold - Anaconda (13:55)
09)Lil' Wayne - A millie (Harmonimix remix) (16:00)
10)Untold - You Didn't Win the Holiday (18:00)
11)TRG - Strobe Lick (20:35)
12)Joy Orbison - J. Doe (22:35)
13)Pangaea - Router (25:45)
14)Untold & D Franklin - Beacon (28:15)
15)Blawan - Fram (30:13)
16)The xx - Islands (Untold remix) (31:30)
17)bad memory (34:00)
18)Untold - Gonna Work Out Fine (37:00)
19)Untold - Bad Girls (39:15)
20)L-Vis 1990 - Hide (40:30)
21)? - ? (42:30)
22)bad memory (44:15)
23)Untold - Never Went Away (45:45)
24)TRG - Siberian Poker (47:50)
25)Mount Kimbie - Sketch on Glass (49:00)
26)Ramadanman - Bleeper (51:15)
27)Untold - Don't Know. Don't Care. (54:00)
28)Brackles - Rawkus (57:10)
29)James Blake - Air & Lack Thereof (58:45)
30)Untold - Stop What You're Doing (James Blake remix) (60:55)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Lost Squad-Fuck You, Mike Leisz

Fuck You, Mike Leisz by destroy the scene



This is a new track by Lost Squad, to be honest this is one of my best friends, it's my friend Mike and his buddy Jason. now i am definately not one to freely love all my friends music but this one struck a chord with me. the samples used are excellently chosen and placed. the beats have an old school dizzee rascal feel while remaining completely original, and the rapping is reminiscent of the golden age of hip hop mixed with a forward thinking modern sensibility. Everything runs smoothly but with grit on this track and i am looking forward to some type of an album or at least an ep from my friends in the Lost Squad.

Friday, February 19, 2010

true grim kult indie folk

"Are you going to Scarborough Fair?"
I have to admit I was a little skeptical about this news.  This "Marissa Nadler" character doesn't SOUND like she would be a very grim or frost-bitten musician, but I had never heard her before, so I decided to check her out and determine how metal she is.
....So, not really evil in the least.  But not bad either, kinda nice dark folk.  And who can blame lonely Xasthur for wanting to work with the pretty girl?  Still, it seems like an unlikely pairing.  Fortunately, through the use of technology, I have been able to predict with 99.666% accuracy what this collaboration will sound like:

Say, that's pretty evil, actually!  On his blog, Xasthur describes Nadler as "Ambient Atmospheric Shoe Gaze Acid-Folk", and then hilariously tries to claim "I’m not very concerned with labeling genres".  Yeah right dude, then why did you just make up a totally complicated genre name?  And that brings us to what is by far the most interesting aspect of all of this: Xasthur has a BLOG.  There is nothing funnier than trying to be evil while simultaneously being hosted by blogspot.  His black and purple design is pretty good, though.  I love his profile pic and that his occupation is listed as "Lounge Act".  Want to know what Xasthur's interests are?
"Winter, Rivers, Snow, Rain, Tree, Cold, Silence, Nowhere, Hate, Emptiness..., Destroying music"
Awwww thanks for sharing with us!  But don't expect that Xasthur will follow you on Twitter! "I do not (and will not) use myspace, facebook, twitter or anything like that. This is it!".  Right, because facebook is NOT METAL (but blogger is).  Doesn't this guy know that most evil and kult hosting services are angelfire and geocities (RIP)?  But I'm glad he's got a blog, because I've been pronouncing his name wrong all this time:

"After all these years I thought I'd give the proper pronunciation of Xasthur, at least in my world. There are a couple different ways:
* Zas-ter (rhyming with disaster)
* Zas-toor or Zas-tour * The H is silent in both"

So like, you could say "your attempt maintain your evil image while blogging is a total disxasthur". Ayyyyyyoooooooooo

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Autechre FACT Mix




listen here (to download, right click this link and select 'save link as')

Autechre are known as legends in the field on electronic music called IDM (intellegent dance music). Their style is paradoxically chaotic and highly structured at the same time. They use odd time signatures, truly out-of-this-world aural textures, and their sound is alternately confrontational and difficult or pleasantly ambient and inspirational. And throughout out the years, it's been reported by various random sources they are influenced by hip hop, which certainly isn't much of a stretch if you just look to the fact that both hip hop and electronic music are all about beat production. The appropriate way to label Autechre as hip hop though would to call it techno-alien-future-hop-on-acid.

Despite the fact that i always assumed that this supposed hip hop influence was overstated, it seems to be confirmed by this recent mix they've compiled. Maybe i just haven't the proper hip hop radar. But nonetheless, here you have it. Hip-hop through the lens of Autechre. Old skool beats with some extra flourishes to add to the atmosphere, melding into some other IDM (Venetian Snares), a dash of randomness, and a metal track. I'm all for taking hip hop into new territories, often secretly wishing that a genre would emerge called prog-hop. And to my delight, they've come close to accomplishing that here. It's a testament to their reputation that i'm never truly suprised to hear something incredibly interesting from these two Brits.

(p.s. new Autechre LP, "Oversteps" in march. schweet...)



Tracklisting!




1. [00:00] Mark Stewart & Maffia - Blessed Are Those Who Struggle [On-U Sound, 1983]
2. [03:25] Sensational - Thick Marker [WordSound, 1997]
3. [05:03] Phat Kat - Cock Suckers [Sequence Records, 2002]
4. [06:45] Scorn - Black Belt [Hymen Records, 2002]
5. [07:30] Tangerine Dream - Exit [Virgin, 1981]
6. [10:28] Roedelius - Übern Fluss
7. [12:15] Sonic Sum - Negatives [Tri-Eight Music Supplies, 2004]
8. [13:40] Raekwon - Broken Safety [Ice H2O Records, 2009]
9. [16:09] Q-Tip & Free Murder - Just A Lil Dude "Who Dat Ovah There" [Koch Records, 2007]
10. [19:32] J Dilla - Won't Do (Instrumental) [BBE, 2006]
11. [23:10] Black Milk - Danger [Music House, 2005]
12. [25:02] Ruby-Lo - Guilty Until Proven Guilty (feat. Thirstin Howl The 3rd) [Skillionaire Enterprises, 2009]
13. [28:04] Black Milk - Sound The Alarm [Fat Beats, 2006]
14. [30:15] Venetian Snares - Molting [Isolate, 2000]
15. [33:13] Venetian Snares - Punishing The Atoms [Isolate, 2000]
16. [38:50] Todd Terry - Made By The Man [Sleeping Bag, 1988]
17. [42:06] Percee P - Throwback Rap Attack [Stones Throw Records, 2006]
18. [45:00] Tuff Crew - Behold The Detonator [Warlock Records, 1989]
19. [47:00] Ultramagnetic MC's - Break North [Next Plateau Records Inc., 1988]
20. [50:00] Strafe - Set It Off [Jus Born Records, 1984]
21. [52:50] Necrophagist - Diminished To Be [Relapse Records, 2004]
22. [56:26] Bernard Parmegiani - Ondes Croisées [INA-GRM, 1984]
23. [58:27] Stephen Mallinder - Pow Wow [Fetish Records, 1981]
24. [61:30]
25. [62:32] Beat Club - Security (Beats)
26. [65:45] Meat Beat Manifesto - Radio Babylon [Play It Again Sam, 1990]
27. [68:54] New Age Steppers - Radial Drill [On-U Sound, 1981]
28. [71:55] Stephen Mallinder - Cool Down [Fetish Records, 1981]
29. [74:40] Stephen Mallinder - Length Of Time [Fetish Records, 1982]

Billy Nichols - Would You Believe (1968)


01 Would You Believe by destroy the scene
What happens when you have a 16 year old kid who listens to Pet Sounds when it comes out in 1966, usually nothing, someone who likes the album, but that's not the case with Billy here. He had friends and connections and time and talent and he wanted to make the british version of Pet Sounds. He did. He enlisted Andrew Oldham(discoverer and manager of the Rolling Stones) to produce, John Paul Jones to do the string arrangements and play bass and the Small Faces to round out his backing band. Basically this isnt so much like Pet Sounds as it is like the Zombies Oddyssey and Oracle and the Kinks' Village Green Preservation Society. Every song is a 60s sunshine pop masterpiece. 18! this kid was fucking 18 when he made this shit!!!!! what were you doing at 18?? i sure as shit wasnt doing this! oh and this album didnt go anywhere, apparently they made 500 vinyl copies that made it to labels, radio stations, london record stores and musician friends, it didnt catch on and everyone involved including Billy apparently didnt care. i do though and you should check it out

Monday, February 15, 2010

Trentemøller - Harbour Boat Trips 01 - Copenhagen


(16) [Suicide] Ghost Rider by elpretentio2

(04) [I Got You On Tape] Somersault by elpretentio2

This here is one extremely solid rock comp. Released in the middle of last year, it's the first in the Harbour Boat Trips series of compilations by the electronic producer Trentmøller.

It does something that eludes many an artist/DJ when putting together a mix: accomplishing a perfect balance of variety, depth, and consistency. The sounds range from folksy indie rock, to electronic synth rock, to new wave, and even back to some ambient electronic tracks. The artists that contributed all have their own pretty distinct sound which amps up the overall quality tremendously (compared to your average mix) and make it interesting.

As some of you might know, my specialty is electronics. So it's no small feat for a record made up of mostly rock music to impress me. But the real distinction there between this and the average indie-hack production that bores me is that this is music made by what i consider to be real musicians with an actual, well-trained musical ear. All throughout this mix, they demonstrate how to produce strong melodies while also adding rhythm to their arrangements in such a way that gives what would otherwise could have been average songs some weight and drive, making each respective track that much more compelling. The difference is subtle but crucial, and this hits the mark.

Again, the real key here is how well balanced it is while serving up a nice dose of variety. It just 'fits'.

But i digress. Just give it a listen if you're so inclined... It's engaging and easy on the ears. (As it should be)



Tracklisting!




tracklist:

01. Grouper - Heavy Water/I’d Rather Be Sleeping
02. Gravenhurst - I Turn My Face To The Forest Floor
03. Emiliana Torrini - Lifesaver
04. I Got You On Tape - Somersault
05. Beach House - Gila
06. The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Anenome
07. The Raveonettes - Aly, Walk With Me (Nic Endo Remix)
08. The Hypothetical Prophets - Back To The Burner
09. Suicide - Cheree
10. Muscleheads - Phosphorescence
11. David Garcet - Confidence (New Wave Mix)
12. Rennie Foster - Devil’s Water
13. Caribou - Melody Day (Remix)
14. The Raveonettes/Trentemoller - She’s Lost Control
15. A Place To Bury Strangers - I Know I’ll See You
16. Suicide - Ghost Rider
17. Khan - Fantomes
18. Trentemoller - Vamp (Live Edit)
19. Two Lone Swordsmen - Kamanda’s Response
20. Copenhagen Collective/Soft Cell - Copenhagen

macabre - sinister slaughter (1993)

RIYL: Pungent Stench, Acid Bath

I was lucky enough to pick up this album on cassette at Amoeba on Saturday, and it was easily the find I was most stoked about.  A death metal concept album about serial killers?  It's so obvious, you know someone had to do it.  Lucky for all of us, the band that took that concept and ran with it is Macabre, and they RULE.  The three hillbilly-type fellas surrounded by murderers in the paean to "Sgt Pepper" above, these guys from Chicago crafted metal that is not only nasty and ugly and worthy of the subject material, but also pretty funny, too.  Each song on "Sinister Slaughter" tells the story of a different killer, and may or may not include: crunchy down-tuned shredding, blast beats, children's sing-song melodies, virtuoso acoustic guitar playing, guttural bellowing AND ridiculously high pitched singing (think Beaker from the Muppets), and in the song above, toy piano playing.  If you like "weird" death metal and have a fucked up sense of humor, get this!!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

dead horse - horsecore: an unrelated story that's time consuming (1989)

RIYL: Death, Atheist, Country Teasers

In 1989, thrash and death metal bands like Atheist, Death and Pestilence were still figuring out how to incorporate jazz rhythms and intense technicality into what would become progressive death metal; in Houston, far from the national hotbeds of thrash and death, Dead Horse recorded an album that was wildly ahead of its time.  Although certainly less well known than the aforementioned bands, Horsecore: An Unrelated Story That's Time Consuming demonstrates that (at least, in '89) Dead Horse were every bit their equals.  Sure, there is the intense riffing and frantic drumming you'd expect on a thrash album, but this album displays more of an interest in complex songwriting and unusual musical styles than many other thrash albums.  The lyrics, too, are interesting, often in a socially conscious vein: on the country-thrashing "Hank", singer Michael Haaga (sounding a bit like a cross between John Darnielle and Steve Albini) sneeringly describes the type of "family man, down right American" he loathes.  "Mindless Zombies" decries the children of Nazis.  "Bewah" deals with.... wait, I think that song is about beer, actually.  Finally, this album is not just technically complex and boldly adventurous in structure, it's also surprisingly well recorded- everything on it sounds crisp and clear.  Frankly, nothing has come close to sounding like this album since its release, and if it had come out today, it would still be considered ground-breaking.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

#100!

YEAH POST 100!!!!  Thank you everyone who reads our bullshit here.  We love you all sincerely....and in the creepiest way you can imagine.  Please continue to read the blog, we always have new things planned!  PS- you rule!

Monday, February 8, 2010

xinlisupreme - murder license (2002)


RIYL: Yellow Swans, Wolf Eyes
Holy HELL what is this???  If you, like me, thought that the heavy beats on "Bring the Neon War Home" were the best thing Yellow Swans ever did, if you secretly wish that My Bloody Valentine had gone in the drum n' bass direction in which Kevin Shields was rumored be experimenting... If you like Ben Frost and Wolf Eyes and everything super-fucking-blown out... you probably need this.  They got electronic industrial beats in my wall of distortion!  They got a wall of distortion in my electronic industrial beats!  Together, they taste like MY BRAINS MELTING OUT OF MY ORIFICES.  This is what Mega Man's brain sounds like inside a k-hole.  You can find almost all of their stuff to download for free at their (RAD-ASS) website.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

final fantasy - heartland (2010)


I should like this album, i want to like this album. i liked his last one, it's not unlike his last one that much. it has all the elements i like in music, it's basically indie pop with grandiose strings and weird time signatures , catchy vocal melodies, weird percussion. On a few of these songs all these elements gel together beautifully yet the rest of the album falls flat to me. it feels as the album goes on that all emotion is sucked out of it, the only emotion is a fleeting one left by the strings and my attachment to classical music which i feel is sort of engrained in myself for some reason. it all feels very calculated, very little spontinaity within the music(this is probably due to the fact that he is mainly a string arranger and it's all meticulously composed before hand) but regardless this album just loses all of its genuine goodness that is supposed to be there. the album starts to bleed together.


basically the thing sounds great, is recorded great, but nothing grabs me, aside from the first 3 tracks this album feels like a calculated soulless piece of art. i would say it was a mess but it is anything but, there isnt a speck of dust on this thing, not one germ lurking in a corner. this is what happens when indie pop gets sterilized.

what does it sound like?? well take one part beirut, one part sufjan stevens, a little morrissey in the vocals at times, add a shitload of strings and then have song structures that echo the arcade fire's funeral(he did the string arrangements for that album) and a little bit of tortoise influenced percussion. it sounds like it would be great on paper but it comes off seeming better than it actually is.

bummer.

Vampire Weekend - Contra (2010)


So i dont get it with these guys. A lot of people hate them a lot of people love them for all different reasons. one of the main reasons they seem to be hated is people think of them as phonies. this doesnt make any sense since they were never really underground, they were signed by a major label right off the bat, there wasnt any indie cred, there was blog cred but they never "sold out" or whatever it is people think they did. this is just a few kids making african influenced pop rock. i will be the first to admit that these guys do write a fair amount of garbage but when they succeed in their songs they can be pretty impressive. now this is by no means an excellent album or even a really good one to be exact. I have broken the album down into three very easy to follow categories.

1. 4 songs that are exceptionally well written and thought over and are just really good examples of pop done right.
the songs are as follows.
"White Sky"-a very nice play off paul simon's graceland sound with some really nice guitar work and catchy vocal melodies.
"California English"-an auto-tuned led frantically paced song with great percussion and string arrangements, sounds very big and full yet it is one one of the quickest and shortest songs on the album, probably the most good ideas crammed into one song on this album.
"Cousins"-Spazzy lead single off the album, crazy fast guitar work, i would say this is very early ska influenced but also very african in its guitar work too, and the percussion once again is awesome, the song is a bit quirky and a bit of a throwaway but it's damn catchy and infectious.
"Diplomat's Son"-starts off with an MIA sample(too soon?) which also happened to be a sample of a Toots and the Maytals song(double sampling...hmmm they might be onto something or they might be idiots) but yeah this is very laid back and very indebted to Graceland but it's very well done and it really does pick up in the second half of the song, the lyrics might be the best on the whole album.

2. 3 songs that are really middle of the road and neither good nor bad just whatever.
they are as follows:
"Holiday"
"Taxi Cab"
"Run"

3. Songs so horrible they deserve to be written about and discussed with such venomous ferver...no im kidding but these do suck really hard.
"Horchata"-so at first this song kind of gets you, it's catchy but it's also fucking lame as hell, it has good percussion but i cant forgive the accents on the vocals. let's see, it is ok to pronounce Horchata with a latin accent, sure its cool, but saying the word psychotic in the next line with a latin accent for no reason is unforgiveable, you really have to hear it to believe it, but it's disgusting and borderline rascist sounding.
"Giving Up the Gun"-more like giving up the talent, this is the most blatant grab for a mainstream hit i have maybe ever heard on a decent album, it screams of Maroon 5, i cant really understand how they let this one out unless it was to grab some of the Black Eyed Peas/Fallout Boy crowd, it's fucking disgusting.
"I Think UR a Contra"-just really fucking boring and a horrible tired way to end an album, i mean really really fucking boring.


so yeah there you have it, it's pretty much just an average album with some really high points and some super low points, honestly i havent been able to dissect an album this easily for years, is this a good thing or a bad thing, who knows, all i know was it made this review really easy to write.