Who wouldda thought the best Rap album of 09 would be the new Raekwon LP. I love the Wu man... and the firstwave of solo shit in the mid 90's was sick: GZA, Ghostface, Raekwon are stand up fave's. Of recent years it seems that only RZA and Ghostface have managed to keep the flame burnin'.... until now. Cuban Linx II is as good as anything these guys have done - almost like the OG Wu with guests from RZA, Ghostface, Method Man, Inspecka Deck... it has the same vibe as Linx one, but updated with Dre on the buttons. Can't listen to this enough.....
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Paradise Of Garage comps
I just picked up a killer comp of Texas psych from the 60's. There's a bunch of volumes but as far as I can tell only one on record. All killer no filler. The Scotty McKay Quintet's version of 'Train Kept a Rolli' is boss, especially seeing as the band befriend Jimmy Page from The Yardbirds, sent him the track and he overdubbed a solo. Most of the stuff is straight up banging garage - in the vein of early Elevators.... sure there's psych in there, but this ain't no hippy shit. I found digital files at the fantastic "Paradise Of Garage Comps" blog. Click the link above. Here's some rad Elevators footage to get you in the mood.
Monday, December 21, 2009
I'm not too hip with the neo-folk/industrial weirdo shit like Nurse With Wound, Current 93, Death In June et al, considering they have all done about a billion releases....some of which sound like people chucking shit down stairs. There's songs from them all that strike a chord once in a while. Epic Black Sabath rip here from Current 93.
Shanksy's post is hard to follow... what better way than with Slade (again). No fucker knows who this band are in the States, but in the UK they are an institution like Eastenders and Top Of The Pops. I know all the hip kids will be talking about when they were called Ambrose Slade and were skinheads and shit. Fuck that. I'm all about the 70's era when they were EVERYWHERE. Total party music. Back home, if you put Slade on, the party has started. Here's a track from the epic 'Slayed?" LP when they were in full galm effect. also a link to the MP3's.
Don't mean to be a downer, but just saw this documentary called "War Photographer," about a guy named James Nachtwey. Really heavy shit, but pretty amazing. Raises all kinds of questions, not only about him and his work, but about the rest of us who view it and how we view it. I also checked out a book of his stuff called "Inferno." This clip isn't an official trailer, but it'll give you a feel for the film.
The one thing missing from the clip that was particularly interesting, was they attached a microcamera to the body of his camera (the still image above). So as he is taking photos--and these photos are INTENSE--you see exactly what he's looking at, how he's framing it up, how close he is to this immense sadness and destruction and pain. Highly recommended.
I've been on a late 60's early 70's rock kick of late. I had no idea that Ten Years After played Woodstock?. When I was really little the only records I'd seen were my Mum's paltry Dylan collection...until I saw some of my Uncle Steve's vinyl. He was younger than my Mum and in the mid 70's was all about flares, long hair and fuckin rock n roll. I saw records by The Groundhogs, Ten Years After etc. It was'nt til decades later that I got into that shit. Some is too much introspective wankery, but when it hits a groove I'm feelin it. Here's Ten Years After at Woodstock. Epic. Also a link to a crazy Ten Years After fan page.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
In Extremis indeed - I just picked up the first Martyrdod and I'd forgotten how fucking extreme the band are..... this track is from their second LP which is no less harsh. Falling somewhere between Scandinavain crust and black metal...this shit is not for the faint of heart!!!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
So get this.... Portland wrestler in the late 60's who fancies himself as a singer gets a band together (including a 17 year old Greg Sage later of the Wipers) and lays down a bunch of soulful psych vibes. I kept seeing the LP and I just had to own it. No let down....shit is epic. The dude used to enter the ring on a 3 heeled motorbike to the sound of his own jams. Feeling it.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
...that from here on out, this debris is all that's left of me."
Sick. Been out a few months now but I finally got my hands on the latest Reigning Sound. Been listening to them religiously lately and this track is probably my new fave. Great hooks, insanely good lyrics, and that organ is killing me.
(the talking up front, not part of the song)
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Our man Michael dropped the birthday hammer with a gift of the most recent Brain Donor disc "Drain Boner"....fucked up psych heavyness influnenced in no small part by Cope's Japrock fascination. This track is a little less dark.... but no less ripping. Thanks for the gift dude....
Sunday, December 6, 2009
From 1998 coming out of the Protrero Projects in SF this LP has some sweet lazy beats but super harsh gangbanging lyrics. One of the few records to come out of these fierce projects in the city this album caused a gangwar due to the lyrical content. I don't know if this even came out on vinyl? If so...hook a brother up!!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Ever since I got a batch of 60's garage tapes a decade or so ago, I've had a bit of a thing for Euro garage. Lots of folks are familiar with Q65 or Golden Earings.... but today I just got a great comp called 'Searching In The Wilderness" which has a bunch of GREAT obscuro garage from the likes of the Red Squares, Namelosers, Outlaws, Snobs and then stuff by the aforementioned Q65 and Golden Earings. It even has a track by a band called Sean Buckley And The Breadcrumbs featuring a very young Jimmy Page on geetar... rock on!!!