• 2010 Playlist

    Dic 9 2010, 19:53

    aka some tracks that made me do a happy in the year aught ten.

    1. Cee Lo Green - No One's Gonna Love You
    2. Intronaut - Elegy
    3. Ufomammut - Eve III
    4. Deftones - Royal
    5. The Tallest Man on Earth - You're Going Back
    6. Bongripper - Hail
    7. Adai - Trigger
    8. Antony & the Johnsons - The Spirit Was Gone
    9. Eels - In My Younger Days
    10. Daughters - The First Supper
    11. Muhr - Shepherd
    12. Dax Riggs - Like Moonlight
    13. Massive Attack - Rush Minute
    14. Torche - Face The Wall
    15. Union Of Sleep - Arms Of God
  • 2009

    Gen 1 2010, 18:36

    Hardly a vintage year for music, was old 2009, but what little golden nuggets that slipped into my earholes were of very fine quality indeed, with landmark releases from every discernible genre. Except country. Fuck you, country. You used to cheat on my sister with disgusting bar floozies, smelling like Jack Daniels and rolled tobacco, tattooed, hairy and reprehensible. Now you're a 16 year old girl scrawling lovesick diatribes about unobtainable jocks while yodelling along to Shania cunting Twain.

    Notable releases follow thusly:

    Mastodon proved themselves to be on a different plain to nearly every other current metal band, with their sprawling and very widdly opus 'Crack The Skye'. Almost entirely abandoning the roary vocals of the previous three records, they instead employed melodious choruses, prog tendencies and three-part harmonies(!) and crafted an instant rock masterpiece. They even had a song about Rasputin on it. And if that's not cool in your books, I feel nothing but pity for you. In a stagnant genre reliant on technical frills and nonsensically violent imagery, Mastodon raised the bar to emphatic new heights with lengthy odes to astral projection and a no-joke confrontation with Lucifer, with batshit time signatures, banjo asides and the kind of complicated guitar and drum parts that are outlandish enough to make budding bedroom musicians say 'Fuck it' and put down their instruments forever and ever, amen.

    Elsewhere, long defunct doom legends YOB returned with the (excuse my French) fucking savage 'The Great Cessation', their first release since mainman Mike Scheidt's adventures into bug-eyed psychedelia and legal woes with Middian. 'The Great Cessation' is heavy with the kind of heads-down, no messing around riffing that compels you to frug dramatically in your living room, glaring menacingly at knick-knacks and coffe-table ornaments. It is, dear reader, monumental in its singular desire to aurally kick you in the face repeatedly. Until, that is, the beautifully composed title-track, which closes the collection in a manner akin to lovingly tucking into bed someone you've just punched in the stomach. YOB are back, fucko, and this time the world had better listen.

    Sadly, the world lost one of it's darkest bands in Sweden's Abandon, who bowed out after the apparent suicide of their frontman, Johan Carlzon. Their 2009 release, 'The Dead End', is a tough listen, the domineering desperation of Carlzon absolutely apparent in tracks like 'There Is No Escape', 'Pitch Black Hole' and 'Lost We Are'. As a listening experience, it's undeniably sad and a mental slog, but musically Abandon were years ahead of the curve, capturing the drowsy nihilism of Cult Of Luna alongside spooky organ melodies, bleak doom riffing, the occasional flash of absolute beauty and Carlzon's hopeless roar. RIP Johan, and RIP Abandon. Come back strong.

    Post-Mercury Award and still as ethereally odd as ever, Antony Hegarty can be forgiven for stepping into new genres (hello, blues!?) on his band's latest release, 'The Crying Light'. His otherworldy voice and despairing worldview remain intact on the phenomenal 'Her Eyes Are Underneath The Ground', and possibly only he could compare the experience of throwing an epileptic fit to dancing. Rest assured, Antony and the Johnsons are still as beautifully strange and strangely beautiful as they've always been.

    It would seem the death of post-rock may have been pondered prematurely, as the UK's daftly named Maybeshewill will attest. 2009 saw the release of their frankly excellent 'Sing The Word Hope In Four Part Harmony' full-length. Brimming with the kind of intricacy and attention to detail that would put most instrumental bands to shame, it's a record that, while absolutely of its genre, has the ability to restore any long waned confidence in the all-too-predictable nature of post-rock. They'll dance joyously on its grave when the old fucker finally snuffs it after one crescendo too many.

    Similarily sillynamed genre newcomers And So I Watch You From Afar enjoyed a watershed year that saw them leap to the position of instrumental figureheads with their brilliantly deranged self-titled effort. There are no slowly building guitar arpeggios or string flourishes here, squire, but there are meaty riffs, strong songs and a sense of (shock!) fun. Yes, fun, on a post-rock record! Is that allowed? Someone check the Efrim's rulebook. At any rate, welcome to the fold, Norn Iron's finest.

    Lyrics concerning serial killers. Stonerific jamming. Enough weed to kill a herd of cattle. Church of Misery must have had an album out this year, then. And it was damned good.

    Mark Oliver Everett also returned in 09 after a lengthy hiatus, with Eels latest, 'Hombre Lobo'. Consider it the spiritual successor to previous effort, the noisy 'Souljacker'. What if that album's Dog Faced Boy grew up to be the Dog Faced Man? Cue lots of sexual howling and painful loneliness, in a set of songs that switch between rampant and playful garage rock to impossibly pretty ballads. What's more, E felt bad about being away for so long, so he's gonna release eels' newest newest album 'End Times' this month. That's two eels albums in a year. That, my friends, is good fucking news.

    Big Business 'Here Come The Waterworks' is one of my all-time favourite albums, so what I have to say next fills my heart with heavy sorrow: 'Mind The Drift', the Business' latest release, is not very good. Blame may lay in the band's other work with Melvins potentially hampering creativity within the group, or the unneccessary addition of a widdly guitarist to the band, but 'Mind The Drift' breaks BB's cardinal rule: It is not fun. On the other hand, Jared Warren and Coady Willis' other other band WHITE SHIT released an album this year that was absolutely fun, and infinitely superior to their day job's latest output. We'll consider 'Mind The Drift' a momentary blip for now.
  • Albums Released In 2009

    Mar 30 2009, 19:32

    Armed for Apocalypse - Defeat
    Friends with the brilliant yet tardy Abominable Iron Sloth, and it shows in their sound, which is equally intense and riffy, although also informed by odd time changes and some killer chops man. Exciting metal prospect!
    Key track: The Demon Who Makes Trophies Of Men

    Kylesa - Static Tensions
    Off-kilter sludgelords revel in brainworm songs and some killer riffs.
    Key track: Said And Done

    Jasper TX - Singing Stones
    Not nearly as good as the precursor Clost Ghost EP suggested it might be. Lacks the warmth of its predecessor, just comes across as droney and cold.
    Key track: This Barren Land

    Isis - Wavering Radient
    A traditional Isis slow burner. Much more listening is needed, but it has all the ingredients expected of a new Isis album: Long, slow, meandering build-ups, Aaron Turner's melodic voice to ungodly roar, riff manna and the kind of songs that beat your head in after the fifth listen.
    Key track: 20 Minutes/40 Years

    Mastodon - Crack The Skye
    A brilliant return to form after the hit-and-miss Blood Mountain. Epic, superb songwriting. Every superlative is applicable, but special consideration must be paid to both Brann Daillor's evocative lyrics (which touch on surprisingly emotional and personal subject matter for a band famour for songs about whales) and the frantically technical guitar work destined to snap the fingers of bedroom-guitarists the world over for the next few years.
    Key track: The Czar

    Church of Misery - Houses Of The Unholy
    Funky and fried stoner ramblings from famed Japanese doomsters. Do they still sing about serial killers? Yes. And how!
    Key track: The Gray Man (Albert Fish)

    Black Cobra - Chronomega
    Disappointingly reminiscent of its predecessors, I would have hoped they upped the ante after their brilliant last album. But while it goes nowhere new, it's still unbelievably intense and riffy, and begs repeated listening. Imagine a swarm of angry bees burrowing into your eardrums for some sweet brain-honey, and this would sound something like that.
    Key track: Catalyst

    Mono - Hymn To The Immortal Wind
    Mono step their classically-inflecked post-rock up a notch, to ridiculously epic levels. Like Explosions In The Sky songs played by Ennio Morricone. It begs the question: Where next for Mono? In an increasingly stale post-rock scene they've stretched the genre's limits to its logical conclusion.
    Key track: The Battle To Heaven

    Maybeshewill - Sing The Word Hope In Four Part Harmony
    One of the best and most interesting post-rock releases in ages, one that throws off the shackles of traditional influences (save some very Godspeed-esque spoken word introductions) and embraces politics, insidious melody and some superb songwriting.
    Key track: Co-Conspirators

    Big Business - Mind The Drift
    What the hell happened here? After the frankly stupendous Head For The Shallows, the BB boys bring in a guitarist, lose the fun and the big choruses. Disappointing doesn't begin to cover it. At least the White Shit album was fun, but colour me sad.
    Key track: Cats, Mice

    YOB - The Great Cessation
    Kings of modern Doom return, and resolutely kick some arse. The riffs are unworldly, the vocals intermittently beautiful and terrifying, and the songs are perfectly formed balls of molten lead. It's so good to have them back. Now if only they'd go out on the road again, these songs were made to fry stoned brains in dank clubs the world over.
    Key track: Breathing From The Shallows

    Minsk - Echoes With The Movement Of Stone
    Bizarre psychedelic offering from Illinois' sons of evil. Heavy and mindbending, but very hard to love. That said, they sound like absolutely no-one else around, save for a nagging Neurosis influence that pops up now and then. And whose idea was it to incorporate Gregorian chants into progressive metal? Cos, you know, give that man a medal!
    Key track: Three Moons

    The Hope Conspiracy - True Nihilist EP
    Appetite whetter of the highest calibre. No-one does intense hardcore quite like Hope Con. Very short, but sweet, in its own righteously angry way.
    Key track: Greed Taught, War Driven

    Northless - No Quarter For The Damaged
    Finally, a kickass doom band from my part of the world. Lowslung and heavier than a herd of headbanging elephants, Milwaukee's own fall somewhere between Neurosis and Kylesa.
    Key track: To The Lions

    Buried Inside - Spoils Of Failure
    Less angular or artsy (and much better produced) than their seminal The Chronoclast, Buried Inside returned in 09 with a dark and heavy record full of nerveshredding vocals and haunted riffing. A shamefully underrated band.
    Key track: III

    Cable - The Failed Convict
    Coming across like the weird younger brother of Clutch and Harvey Milk, Cable embark on an oddity: a sludge concept album. And brilliantly, it works. Songs are to the point and snappy, with bellowed choruses aplenty.
    Key track: Be The Wolf

    Converge - Axe To Fall
    They billed this as their experimental progressive record, but save a few moments of subtle guitarwork and the odd song or two, this is still straight ahead balls out Converge. Guests include my main man Steve von Till, his croon adorning the album's watermark moment.
    Key track: Cruel Bloom

    Eels - Hombre Lobo
    After a prolonged absence, it's very comforting to know that E is still a decidedly messed up but completely lovable individual. Here he reprises the role of the Dog Faced Boy across twelve odes of loneliness, sadness, and occasionally horniness. It's spiritual predecessor is definitely the noisy Souljacker album, but it bodes well for the forthcoming (and possibly more sedate, my favourite kind of eels album) End Times record.
    Key track: In My Dreams

    Jonsi & Alex - Riceboy Sleeps
    It's an ambient album from the voice/guitar behind Sigur Ros and his partner. And it's damned good. Gorgeously groggy, one for some late night contemplating.
    Key track: Boy 1904

    Latitudes - Agonist
    In which UK post-metallers crank it up a notch, stepping from the shadows of Pelican and emerging as their own noisy entity. Occasionally brilliant, always interesting. One of the shining lights in British music right now.
    Key track: Myth Cathexis
  • 2008: The List

    Dic 31 2008, 19:03

    And another year rolls around. Oh joy...

    Here's the list you've all been waiting for, I'm sure.

    P. Brennan's 2008 Releases Of The Year:

    1. Torche - Meanderthal
    2. Steve Von Till - A Grave Is A Grim Horse
    3. Sigur Ros - Med Sud i Eyrum vid Spilum Endalaust
    4. Cult of Luna - Eternal Kingdom
    5. The American Dollar - A Memory Stream
    6. The Dears - Missiles
    7. 5ive - Hesperus
    8. Earth - The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull
    9. Mogwai - The Hawk Is Howling
    10. Meshuggah - ObZen
    11. Gojira - The Way Of All Flesh
    12. Caldera - Mist Through Your Consciousness
    13. Takahiro Kido - Fleursy Music
    14. God Is An Astronaut - God Is An Astronaut
    15. Antony & The Johnsons - Another World EP
    16. Keith Caputo - A Fondness For Hometown Scars
    17. The Tallest Man On Earth - Shallow Graves
    18. Melvins - Nude With Boots
    19. Unearthly Trance - Electrocution
    20. The Gaslight Anthem - The 59 Sound
    21. Red Sparowes - Aphorisms EP
    22. Mouth Of The Architect - Quietly
    23. Milieu - A Warm Wooden Hollow
    24. Ben Woods - A Collection Of Thoughts
    25. Matthew Robert Cooper - Miniatures
    25. Thou - Peasant
    26. Balmorhea - River Arms
    27. UpcdowncleftcrightcABC+Start - Embers
    28. Russian Circles - Station
    29. Lights At Sea - Lights At Sea EP
    30. Pacific UV - Longplay 2
    31. Chingalera - Dose
    32. Across Tundras - Western Sky Ride
    33. Gregor Samsa - Rest
    34. Bohren & Der Club Of Gore - Dolores
    35. This Is Your Captain Speaking - Eternal Return
    36. Melodium - Cerebro Spin
    37. Grails - Doomsdayer's Holiday
    38. US Christmas - Eat The Low Dogs
    39. Alkaline Trio - Agony & Irony
    40. Bongripper and Winter In Osaka - Meat Ditch
    41. Burst - Lazarus Bird
    42. Capricorns - River, Bear Your Bones
    43. Enslaved - Vertebrae
    44. Envy and Jesu - Split EP
    45. Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night
    46. Helios - Caesura
    47. Mountains Became Machines - Paths EP
    48. A Storm Of Light - And We Wept The Black Ocean Within
    49. Weezer - The Red Album
    50. Zozobra - Bird Of Prey
  • Albums released in 2008

    Mag 8 2008, 20:12

    A compendium:

    The Tallest Man on Earth - Shallow Graves
    Superior country-folk from...Sweden. Seriously. And it's really really good. A crackled deep-south voice (I presume it's affected!), stupendous guitar fingerpicking and, crucially, cathcy memorable songs. Great stuff, and a good sign of more to come.
    Key track: 'Pistol Dreams'

    Steve Von Till - A Grave Is A Grim Horse
    The Neurosis lynchpin's latest solo work is a masterpiece of dark folk, coming across like an even more depressed Mark Lanegan. Excellent choice of covers which von Till absolutely makes his own. The pedal steel weeps, the songs envelope you in their black wonder, and that voice glides over it all like sandpaper. Excellent.
    Key track: 'Looking For Dry Land'

    Melvins - Nude With Boots
    More Melvins meets Big Business shenanigans. Not as good as their previous collaboration '(A) Senile Animal', but an average Melvins album is better than most of the stuff you'll hear all year. For me, something was lacking from this release, save for a couple of truly excellent songs, especially the riff heavy 'The Smiling Cobra'.
    Key track: 'The Smiling Cobra'

    Torche - Meanderthal
    This album has floored me this year. The greatest stoner-pop one is ever likely to hear, and surpasses their previous benchmark self-titled album twofold. Insanely catchy, massively riffy, and flawlessly executed.
    Key track: 'Across The Shields'

    Russian Circles - Station
    Post-rock that dares to step away from the pack, and justifies their status as figureheads among genre fans.
    Key track: 'Versus'

    Keith Caputo - A Fondness For Hometown Scars
    Not as good as his earlier solo work or his work in Life Of Agony in my opinion, but a really good listen nonetheless. That voice gets me everytime.
    Key track: 'In This Life (Wake Up And Smell The Bodies)'

    Gregor Samsa - Rest
    More piano-led gorgeousness from these post-rock cats. This album needs a few more listens to comprehend, but even on preliminary listens it shines like a beacon. The twin vocal harmonies are stunning.
    Key track: 'The Adolescent'

    Pacific UV - Longplay2
    Layered and beautiful shoegaze. The songwriting is key here, and sets this band apart from the pack. A brilliant, unexpected release.
    Key track: 'Alarmist'

    Cult of Luna - Eternal Kingdom
    Once more the Swedish progressive metal overlords deliver the goods, adding to their claustrophobic and intense sound with flourishes of trumpet and mariachi. Seriously! A wonderfully dark and very heavy offering, 'Eternal Kingdom' will slowly share its secrets for many months to come.
    Key track: 'Ghost Trail'

    5ive - Hesperus
    Fuzzed out instrumental psych-rock, designed to crush craniums and soundtrack a particularly nihilistic bong session. These boys were extremely unfluential on the fledgling 'post-metal' scene, and their sound can be heard in bands from Pelican to Torche. Excellent.
    Key track: 'News I'

    Across Tundras - Western Sky Ride
    I had the great pleasure of reviewing this album for The Silent Ballet. Exquisite southern-fried post-metal, with some truly original vocals. Dark and mysterious, but no less brilliant for it.
    Key track: 'Thunderclap Stomps'

    Milieu - A Warm Wooden Hollow
    Simply one of the finest ambient releases I've heard since Loscil's 'Plume'. Droning without being oppressive, and organic enough to be as warm as its title suggests.
    Key track: 'Written On Driftwood'

    Bramble - Emergence
    Dark ambient straight out of Toledo, Ohio. The much more restrained and sedate alter-ego of breakcore lunatic Blaerg. Good stuff, if not completely earth-shattering.
    Key track: 'Conjunction'

    Mouth of the Architect - Quietly
    Entirely in awe of Cult Of Luna's 'Somewhere Along The Highway', but Mota's inventive streak is genuine. Some really good ideas lurk beneath the post-metal rumble.
    Key track: 'Hate And Heartache'

    Red Sparowes - Aphorisms EP
    A lack of variation could hamper Red Sparowes forthcoming full-length, but the three tracks on this EP are wonderfully dexterous and enveloping. A nice taster of things to come, the playing is as superb as always.
    Key track: 'We Left The Apes To Rot, But Find The Fang Grows Within'

    Unearthly Trance - Elecrocution
    Still as nasty as they want to be, Unearthly Trance return with more filthy, nihilistic blackened sludge. Downright horrible, but in a good way.
    Key track: 'Diseased'

    Taint - Secrets And Lies
    Welsh power-trio Taint remain an undiscovered secret, but their Mastodon-meets-Kyuss stoner metal is as good as anything I've heard from the genre in a long, long time. Riff-heavy, but not lacking in some truly brilliant songwriting.
    Key track: 'Goddamn This City'

    Halves - Haunt Me When I'm Drowsy
    Into an Irish music scene deprived of original content or musical nous comes Halves, coming across like Sigur Ros crossing swords with Gregor Samsa, Radiohead and God Is An Astronaut. Very nice stuff indeed, and the most refreshing sound to emanate from Ireland in some time.
    Key track: 'Medals'

    The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
    Imagine Green Day singing Bruce Springsteen songs. A breath of fresh air in the tepid world of pop/rock. This album will either disappear into oblivion or make TGA a viable mainstream proposition.
    Key track: 'Great Expectations'

    Iambic² - As The Snow Fell
    Wickedly inventive ambience from the UK. Already heralded in the IDM scene, Iambic is a great talent, and one to look out for in the future for sure.
    Key track: 'Close Of Day'

    Meshuggah - ObZen
    Typically crushing stuff from this prog-metal lot, but a lot better than their disappointing last release, 'Catch33'. Furious, intense, and riff heavy.
    Key track: 'Bleed'

    Chingalera - Dose
    A much easier listen than their 'In The Shadow Of The Black Palm Tree' album. Despite the completely awful filler noise of the second track, contains some flagrant Melvins worship that produces some neat riffs and two fine tracks that bookend the album.
    Key track: 'Eveler'

    Caldera - Mist Through Your Consciousness
    It's their debut release, so you can empathise with this French lot for paying homage to their influences so. Echoes of Cult Of Luna, Red Sparowes and Pelican abound, but they ply their trade with a rare talent and aplomb. The next release has potential to be excellent.
    Key track: 'Wollemia'

    Mogwai - The Hawk Is Howling
    The endlessly progressive Glaswegians return in fine fettle. Coming across like a mix between their Come On Die Young and Mr. Beast albums, THIH displays just why they're so well respected and admired in the post-rock scene. Occasionally spellbinding, always entertaining.
    Key track: 'I'm Jim Morrison, I'm Dead'

    Sigur Ros - Med Sud i Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
    An album of two halves: The first joyful and exuberant, the second almost unbearably morose, but absolutely compelling and beautiful. A better release than Takk... for me, and some of the songs are among the best things the Icelandic quartet have ever put their name to. 'Ara Batur' remains ridiculously overcooked and OTT, however!
    Key track: 'Fljotavik'

    Ben Woods - A Collection Of Thoughts
    No-one was more surprised than me when Ben released this. A modern classical album that heralds real talent. Looking forward to his next release a lot, although the self-help titles on ACOT are not really my cup of tea.
    Key track: 'A Calm Yet Determined Wind'

    Gojira - The Way Of All Flesh
    If only all modern metal was as forward thinking as this. Heavy as a big bag of elephants, but not without its own individual quirks. 'A Sight To Behold' sounds like it could be Timbaland produced death metal!
    Key track: 'Toxic Garbage Island'

    The American Dollar - A Memory Stream
    Superior post-rock, with Gilmour-esque guitar lines floating over slowly dilating melodies. Lovely stuff, one that places them in the upper echelons of the genre.
    Key track: 'Call'

    Antony and the Johnsons - Another World EP
    A disappointing release, considering how inspirational his last album was. Bookended by two great songs, but the other three are patchy and frankly odd. Bring on the full length, and more torch songs!
    Key track: 'Hope Mountain'

    Aughra - Pool Of Dark Matter/Light The Lights
    Bland and directionless dark ambient. Nothing more needs to be said.
    Key track: 'Et In Arcadia Ego'

    Lights at Sea - Lights At Sea EP
    The debut effort from these Michigan fellows doesn't push the envelope in any way, confining itself shamelessly to fly under the post-rock flag. But damn, they do a good job of it. The quiet-loud formula is overused, but now and again their melodic bravado will raise the hairs on your arms. Promising.
    Key track: '19'

    The Dears - Missiles
    Dark and often gobsmackingly brilliant, Murray Lightburn's latest incarnation of The Dears is less guitar-based than before, leading one magzine to dub Missiles an analogue Kid A. Which is fine by me. One of the surprises of the year, rare heart and soul.
    Key track: 'Meltdown In A Major'
  • What in God's name happened to pop music?

    Apr 25 2008, 20:09

    I was perusing this month's copy of Rolling Stone this very day, when something near the back caught my eye. Not literally of course, although that'd be a far more interesting story. No, dear reader, my mind was perturbed by the sight of this week's pop charts, and their inherent terribleness.

    "But of course the pop charts are terrible!", I can hear you spluttering.

    You fool. I pity you. Don't interrupt me again.

    Pop music has not always been bad. In fact it used to be quite good. In said issue of Rolling Stone, parallel to today's charts, was the pop charts from exactly 25 years ago. It disgusted me to the very core, to the CORE sir, to compare the pop suss of way back when to today's sleaze and gimmick dross.

    A little rundown, my flower:

    Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten (I assume the 'hot' is sarcastic)

    1. Mariah Carey - Touch My Body
    2. Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love
    3. Madonna - 4 Minutes
    4. Lil Wayne - Lollipop
    5. Usher - Love In This Club
    6. Ray Jay and Yung Berg - Sexy Can I
    7. Jordin Sparks - No Air
    8. Chris Brown - With You
    9. Sara Bareilles - Love Song
    10. Flo Rida - Low

    I think you'll agree that that's a pretty awful list of music, no? Mariah Carey has returned with more sleaze pop. Her English counterpart Lewis (X Factor winner and kettle-vocal musictard) sits beneath her. Madonna has roped in the Timbers (Land and Lake respectively)in a ridiculous stab at credibility. As for the rest of this toss, Flo Rida offends me the most with his Soulja Boy-esque 'Low'. Really? You're influenced by Soulja Boy? That's not right. Also, what a terrible name for a rapper. What's next? Wes Consin? Phil a'Delphia? Gimp.

    1. I won't touch your body, Mariah, I don't know were you've been.(But I can take a fair guess)
    2. Jesus, I wish you were bleeding, Leona. From a very serious neck wound administered by Simon Cowell. He does have a fine set of vampiric gnashers.
    3. Even Stevie Wonder wouldn't find this wrinkly old musclehag attractive. Please leave the human race alone, Madge. 4 minutes to save the world? What a mundane, stupid lyric. And it's 4 minutes I'll never get back, to boot.
    4. Lil Wayne. Lollipop. I've not heard this song, I confess, but would I be right in saying the lollipop is an analogy for his penis? And that he wants you to lick it? I would. Aye, thought so. Predictable tasteless shite.
    5. Usher makes me want to hurt small animals.
    6. Sexy Can I. Wonderful grasp of the English language there, your English teacher must be boiling her head in despair. As an aside, I wonder if Carl Jung was still around would people think he's a rapper?
    7. Someone should tighten the bag around Jordin Sparks' head, she's nearly out of air. Throttle her!!!!!!!
    8. I don't understand the idea of Chris Brown. What is he? Honestly. A cut price Usher, who's a cut price Jacko. Third generation bland 'RnB' tripe.
    9. Advert music. Well done, America, you're consuming like the rabid little sheep you are. Bland, bland, bland. It's offensive in its attempts to be inoffensive.
    10. Don't get me started on Flo Rida. Please. I'll be here all day, and I'll just get so upset that I hurl myself into the oven to cook like a human pizza.

    Now take a look at the charts 25 years ago.

    1. Michael Jackson - Beat It
    2. Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
    3. Greg Kihn Band - Jeopardy
    4. Styx - Mr. Roboto
    5. After The Fire - Der Kommissar
    6. David Bowie - Let's Dance
    7. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
    8. Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science
    9. Men At Work - Overkill
    10. Prince - Little Red Corvette

    Prince, Bowie and Jackson. This music and these songs will live forever. They're perfect, intelligent pop songs.

    Where are the Prince's nowadays? In the likes of Usher? Please God tell me it isn't so!

    Anyway. I hope you enjoyed my rant. I'm now very angry indeed and need a long lie down to recuperate.

  • Post Anthems

    Apr 20 2008, 1:20

    A little written experiment. 'Post' music in all its multitudinous forms.

    1. Svefn-g-Englar - Sigur Ros
    2. Young And Old - Gregor Samsa
    3. We Met Today And Will Never Meet Again - Latitudes
    4. Alarmist - Pacific UV
    5. Fragile - God Is An Astronaut
    6. Sirius - Pelican
    7. Nightwalker/Deergod - Belegost
    8. Hunted By A Freak - Mogwai
    9. Waiting For You - Cult Of Luna
    10. The Ghost Writer - *shels
    11. The Sinking Belle (Blue Sheep) - Sunn O)))/Boris
    12. Have You Passed Through This Night? - Explosions In The Sky
    13. Storm - Godspeed You! Black Emperor
    14. Weightless And Horizontal - Jesu
    15. The Great Leap Forward - Red Sparowes
    16. Post Tour, Pre Judgement - Aereogramme
    17. The Blessing - Zozobra
    18. Departe - Rosetta
    19. Caverns Of Khafka - Callisto
    20. Climbing Towards The Infinite - Empires
    21. Fading Vision - Envy
    22. Compromise Your (He)Art - French Teen Idol
    23. Versus - Russian Circles
    24. Run Into Flowers - M83
    25. Yes I Am - pg.Lost
    26. Halcyon (Beautiful Days) - Mono
    27. From Embrace To Embrace - Joy Wants Eternity
    28. Dash and Blast - Yndi Halda
    29. Breadcrumb Trail - Slint
    30. A Tender History In Rust - Do Make Say Think
    31. David - Labradford
    32. Moksha - Caspian
    33. Mecklenburg - Audrey
    34. The Whistler - Crippled Black Phoenix
    35. Eighteen Robbins Road - The Evpatoria Report
    36. Backlit - Isis
    37. The Tide - Neurosis
    To be continued...
  • Annex A's Albums of 2007

    Dic 30 2007, 18:37

    After much consideration (which resulted in a nasty headache and the loss of many fingernails), may I present to thee my definitive list of my favourite, and therefore the greatest, albums of this, the year twenty ought seven.

    1. Big Business - Here Come The Waterworks
    2. The Hope Conspiracy - Death Knows Your Name
    3. Radiohead - In Rainbows
    4. Neurosis - Given To The Rising
    5. Type O Negative - Dead Again
    6. Explosions In The Sky - All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone
    7. Jesu - Conqueror
    8. Down - Over The Under
    9. Kings Of Leon - Because Of The Times
    10. *shels - Laurentian's Atoll
    11. Torche - In Return
    12. Devin Townsend - Zilltoid The Omniscient
    13. Black Cobra - Feather And Stone
    14. Interpol - Our Love To Admire
    15. Electric Wizard - Witchcult Today
    16. *shels - Sea Of The Dying Dhow
    17. Scott Matthews - Passing Stranger
    18. Latitudes - Bleak Epiphanies In Slow Motion
    19. Sigur Ros - Hvarf/Heim
    20. Pig Destroyer - Phantom Limb
    21. Bongripper - Hippie Killer
    22. Tephra - A Modicum Of Truth
    23. Elliott Smith - New Moon
    24. Damien Dempsey - To Hell Or Barbados
    25. Bjork - Volta
    26. Richard Hawley - Lady's Bridge
    27. Boris/Michio Kurihara - Rainbow
    28. Middian - Age Eternal
    29. Omega Massif - Geisterstadt
    30. Capricorns - Ruder Forms Survive
    31. Consular - Don't Cross The Swine
    32. Envy - Abyssal
    33. Lazarus Blackstar - Funeral Voyeur
    34. Pelican - City Of Echoes
    35. Clutch - From Beale Street To Oblivion
    36. Crippled Black Phoenix - A Love Of Shared Disasters
    37. Empires - Through Trial And Tribulation Comes Triumph
    38. High On Fire - Death Is This Communion
    39. The National - Boxer
    40. Municipal Waste - The Art Of Partying
  • 2007 so far. It was a very good year. Part 1.

    Mag 17 2007, 19:22

    Some say we are living in a golden age when it comes to new music. It's very possible. The last few years have seen musical genre's disintigrate into barely recognisable slabs. Where once it would be unfathomable for a metal band to include a DJ or samples, or instrumental bands would remain on the sidelines of popularity, nowadays both and much more are commonplace.

    It's safe to say ought-seven has already provided us with some truly exceptional albums. And here's my version of it:

    Bjork - Volta
    A real return to form from Ms. Gudmosdottir after the disappointing and not a little scary 'Medulla'. Out goes wilful tunelessness, in comes a big old funky Timbaland production and some really excellent songs. While not as introspective as the amazing 'Homogenic' or as downbeat as the equally fantastic 'Vespertine' albums, 'Volta' stands apart from a lot of her work in a good way. It loses its way somewhat towards the end, but the space-funk of lead single 'Earth Intruders', the brilliant 'Wanderlust' and her beautiful duet with Antony Hegarty 'The Dull Flame Of Desire' stand up as some of her best work. Welcome back you mad bean.

    Big Business - Here Come The Waterworks

    This might be late 2006, but how and ever. Unlike any band in existence right now, BB combine huge distorted basslines, spastic drumming and, crucially, memorable hooks to marvellous effect. One could almost call them a stoner band hellbent on re-inventing the genre by stripping it to its bare bones. Out goes noodly guitar fills and unnecessary psychedelica, to be replaced by a vigour and intensity sorely lacking in that tired scene. 'Just As The Day Is Dawning' is punishing but memorable, 'Shields' repeats this formula and 'I'll Give You Something To Cry About' marries brooding riffs to some good old fashioned intelligent doom. Really, a fantastic album. Excellent live to boot.

    More to come in Part Two, not that any fucker will read it.