Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dubstep Rewind '09

highlights from this year in dubstep in one massive mix

1. 16 Bit - Swine Flu
2. DZ - The Fireman
3. Dean Rodell & Current Value - Fall Out
4. Rebel Sonix - Punishment Dub
5. Bar 9 - Shaolin Style (Nero Remix)
6. Marlow - Colossus (Original Mix)
7. Black Sun Empire - Hyper Sun
8. Benga - One million
9. Emalkay - Explicit
10. Torqux - Relentless
11. 501 - Special Request (Original Mix)
12. Rusko - Cockney Thug (Caspa Remix)
13. K1 - Badness
14. Skism - The Blank
15. Bonecrusher - Never Scared (Mrk1 Remix)
16. Virus Syndicate - Hijack (Instrumental)
17. Starkey - Gutter Music (VIP)
18. Cotti - Rise The Temperature
19. Radikal Guru - Kingston Town
20. 501 - Favourite Sin
21. Bar 9 - So Good
22. Caspa - Power Shower
23. Dom Hz & Synkro - Dub Discipline (Synkro Remix)
24. Appleblim & Gatekeeper - Tomb VIP
25. Rob Sparx - Sludge
26. The Others - King Pin
27. Subscape - Artificial Dreamer
28. Joker - Digidesign
29. DZ - Right About Now Sounds
30. Deadmau5 + Kaskade - I Remember (Caspa Remix)
31. Dub & Run (16 Bit) - Classical
32. Youthman - Requiem
33. Soul Sinners - Dibble
34. Nero - Bad Trip (Rob Sparx Remix)
35. Trolley Snatcha - The Future
36. Ed Solo - Watch Your Eyes
37. Distance - Night Vision (Skream Remix)
38. Chasing Shadows - Dr Sin
the party bout to pop

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Blind Boy Fuller anthology

i made this selection of my favorite blind boy fuller songs.  he was great and you should like his music.

i should say more about it though.  the casual listener may be curious to hear where Robert Plant got a few of his lyrics from...  but this music is great for what it is.   fuller did some extremely interesting things with rhythm changes and use of the 12 bar system in unexpected ways.  i focused on his more unique vocal melodies, which appeal to me more than standard blues riffing.  i included what i felt were the recordings that best emphasized his frequently-repeated themes.  but they are given equal weight to his less-visited themes for the sake of sparing you redundancy.  there are songs which i liked mostly for the lyrical novelty but none that i only liked the lyrics of (such as the previously-blogged Fish Smell).  but don't worry because fuller is absolutely filthy and that is one of the things i like the most about it: it's an unflinching look at life with no words spared.  there is no embarrassed political correction in this music. it is just honest, unpretentious fun.   i don't claim to be any kind of expert on blues music, but this particular singer speaks to me more than any other i've heard so far.  i'm still investigating but this really grabs me.  yeah!

Ashes to ashes and dust to dust
Show me a woman a man can trust
Ashes to ashes and sand to sand
Show me a woman who ain't got a backdoor man

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Stranglers

this band is one of my new favorites.  i have prepared an intro to The Stranglers for you so that you can get into it too.


Monday, December 14, 2009

Null And Void

i am here today to alert you to a glaring omission from your music collection.  an obscure, bizarre band called Null And Void.  i know very little about them except that they were active in the early 80's, combined a variety of different styles of music, and that experimental, lo-fi productions were often integral to the music.

"Christ, I love this!"

whatever you call this kind of music, it is one of my favorite kinds of music.  this band is one of my best musical discoveries of the year.  an album that ends with a drum stick count off? of course it is great.

two things here:  Montage Morte & Possibilities (Discoverable Thoughts) 
thanks to the blogs i found them on

and some favorites:


The Motorcycle Song

The Philosophy Song

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

mystery solved!

thanks to my dear friend pomme who has solved the mystery of the drunktalk

both of those samples were delivered by Spalding Grey in the 1995 film "Drunks".  a good thing to watch while you are completely trashed.

Original Video - More videos at TinyPic

Friday, November 27, 2009

Life Of Crime


The Weirdos - Life Of Crime

Drunks With Guns - Life Of Crime

Laughing Hyenas - Life Of Crime

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Killing Joke - Seeing Red

this song is so nice i had to listen to it twice.  from the 2003 s/t killing joke record, an album you either love or hate or just think is ok.  anyway great song, good lyrics, etc.  definitely my favorite from that record.

where are these samples from?

this has been puzzling me for years.  where is this alcohol speech from?  is it from a movie?  it sounds to me like in these two songs it is the same guy talking but i'm not 100% sure. 


Mugwart - Gutter Drone (through the first half)

Misery - Bottom Of The Bottle (at the very end)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Hard-Ons with Neil Hamburger - Six Pack

definitely the best cover of Six Pack i've ever heard

music links: another nirvana link

i'm just going to chalk this up to an eerie coincidence, but it would also have made a pretty excellent reference if it was deliberate.  we'll probably never know for sure, though.

listen to the melody in Hollow Hills as he sings, "suicide" at about 2:44  then listen to the melody in Old Age.
  very similar melodies.  the intervals are basically the same but the phrasing is a little different.

Bauhaus - Hollow Hills, 1981

Nirvana - Old Age (demo version), circa 1991

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Trist - Květy snových dálek

three long songs in a row!

this is a new "depressive" black metal song that to me sounds as much like 90's shoegaze as a kvlt basement tape.  by the end you'll have "wicked game" stuck in your head and you'll wonder why.  great stuff from this czech band.

Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 - Perambulator

Krallice - Monolith Of Possession

new album is fantastic

Sunday, November 8, 2009

music links: this riff

an oft-overlooked but classic music link is the Nirvana / Killing Joke scandal.  but basically, the riff from hit 90's song Come As You Are is almost straight-lifted from the song Eighties by the Killing joke.
Geordie Walker, Killing Joke's guitar player, said that the band was "very pissed off about that, but it's obvious to everyone. We had two separate musicologists' reports saying it was. Our publisher sent their publisher a letter saying it was and they went 'Boo, never heard of ya!', but the hysterical thing about Nirvana saying they'd never heard of us was that they'd already sent us a Christmas card!"
there is a slight difference in the rhythm but the similarity is undeniable.  also notice the arrangement: the guitar riff is played unaccompanied at specific points in the original song.

another band that completely ripped off Killing Joke: Ministry.  listen to any of the classic Ministry albums - Land Of Rape And Honey, The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste, etc and then compare them to the 1980 self-titled Killing Joke album and What's This For...!  or how about the Killing Joke song, Land Of Milk And Honey?  it's like hearing Al Jourgensen say to himself, "Oh, I guess we're not going to be a successful synth-pop band, let's steal this sound instead!"

Killing Joke - Eighties (1985)

Nirvana - Come As You Are (1991)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Gentle Giant

John Weathers is the drummer.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Billy Childish - live on the BBC, March 2009

Billy Childish
27th March 2009
BBC Studios, London, UK.

Broadcast by BBC 6Music on 27th March 2009 for "Tom Robinson".

01 Introduction
02 Thatcher's Children
03 Chat I
04 A to Z Of Your Heart
05 Chat II
06 Chat III
07 You Made Me Die / Upside Mine
08 Chat IV


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Welcome to October!

i've been looking forward to it

Polaris - Waiting For October

Unwound - October All Over

Saccharine Trust - Belonging To October

Frank Bretschneider - The October Game

Sloth - October

Karp - Octoberfleshed

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Germs - GI

The Germs' only album is one of the best albums ever made.  and i do mean literally, since the invention of the vinyl record, of all the records that have ever been made, this is one of the best.  The Germs were one of the best rock bands in history.  literally, put them up against any rock band from the beginning until today and they hold their own.  The Germs were as good as Led Zeppelin if not better.  every song on this album is like a revelation and it never gets old no matter how many times you hear it.  these are not my opinions, these are FACTS.

mp3s from the MIA compilation


bonus: No God

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Nargaroth - Frühling

this is just as amazing as it is ridiculous.


Sunday, September 27, 2009

[Soundtrackage] Peter Schickele - Silent Running

I have vivid memories of watching Silent Running as a child, of it making me feel awfully sad and teary-eyed. I also vividly remember how moving I thought Joan Baez's songs in the film were.

Listening to the soundtrack now, I could take or leave the Baez songs, but the actual soundtrack itself is wonderful. It reminds me of other '70s-dystopian-y sci-fi film soundtracks, like Fred Myrnow's Soylent Green score, or Jerry Goldsmith's Logan's Run score.

Here are a couple of tracks from Silent Running, plus the complete album, which was rereleased in 1984 but isn't available anymore, it seems.

(Saturn especially is an interesting track - the 'scary violin' part that sets in at about 39 seconds, sounds like doo-wop with screechy Psycho strings..)



Getting ready:


Tending to Huey


the whole Huey, Dewey and Louie

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Earthless - Jull

these guys just get better and better. who does rock music like this? only Earthless, gods of the heavy jam. they are probably the best band in their genre going right now.

this is off a split 7" they did with Witch last year. look, Witch's song is cute but these guys blow it completely out of the water and into outer space.  i love it and i wish it was an hour long. do yourself a favor and cop the Rhythms From A Cosmic Sky album right away. you won't be disappointed.

Tom gets a call from his step-uncle Mort

Once more with Strychnine

This week's The Fall EP is called Strychnine and the first song on there is another cover of that song of songs, Strychnine. And it's a rather good cover.

The one thing that song missed was Mark E. Smith's magic - specifically the magic that enables him to stick "-AH!" on the end of any word, thus making it completely his own. STRYCHNINAH!


Monday, September 21, 2009

Music Links: Venom

Venom was just so cute! they were the adorable little puppy of heavy metal: trotting along with an oversized head, bumping into furniture, growling at much larger dogs. do you suppose they ever listened to Motorhead?

Motorhead - Ace Of Spades (1980)

Venom - Heaven's On Fire (1982)

On the DVD extra material of the documentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, bassist/singer Lemmy of Motörhead jokingly opines that Venom "fake it" on their instruments, implying that they are not skilled musicians, though later amending the statement somewhat by stating that Venom was "all right". When interviewer Sam Dunn tells Lemmy that he himself was "blown away" by Venom back when he was twelve, Lemmy responds, "Anything will blow you away when you're twelve. A day at the beach will blow you away when you are twelve."

Thursday, September 17, 2009

#300: Music Links Special Feature

everyone knows the song Cherry, Cherry written and popularized by Neil Diamond in 1966.

but most people probably do not remember this song by The Move, performed on The Top Of The Pops (not sure of the date but it was performed some time between 1967 - 1971).

The Move was a fantastic band but they certainly did like to borrow elements from other bands and songs. you can tell from the title alone that this is probably their most blatant rip-off. i cannot find info on any official release containing this song, so i assume that it might have been a live-only track (not sure about that though).

Neil Diamond - Cherry, Cherry (1966)

The Move - She's Got The Way To Groove It (circa '67-71)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Roedelius - Hollywood (Zuckerzeit) & Herold

Two tracks from Roedelius' early period, end '70s, early '80s. Electric and organic.

Hollywood (Zuckerzeit):




Monday, September 14, 2009

The Amps - Empty Glasses (Kim's Basement 4 Track Version)

In the years that the Breeders disappeared, after the relative success of their second album Last Splash, Kim Deal had her own little hobby project, The Amps, which had a more garage-y sound, I guess.

Here's a b-side from the band's only single, Tipp City and it's a demo version of a song that appears in it's full lo-fi brightness on the album, Pacer. This version is better.


Sunday, September 6, 2009

We are as close to you as your telephone

Time for some more classical music. Here we have the Kronos Quartet playing a 10-minute piece by US composer Michael Daugherty, called Sing Sing: J. Edgar Hoover.

It uses tape recordings of J. Edgar Hoover talking about his beloved FBI, plus all kinds of sound effects. The quartet parts are mostly based on Hoover's speech patterns and/or patriotic songs.

It's darkly funny and quite frightening to hear what Hoover comes up with. And then the music is great, I think.


It's a zombie J. Edgar Hoover. No, really.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

In The Hall Of The Mountain King

"Hey guys, check out what I figured out how to do on my guitar!"

"Oh yeah... That's like that song... That old song."

"Yeah totally. Let's do a cover of it."

"Awesome idea and I greatly admire your Lego guitar."

"Thank you."

The Who - In The Hall Of The Mountain King (1967)

Twentieth Century Zoo - Hall Of The Mountain King (1968)

Melvins - I Don't Know (1983)

Trop Feross - Caverne Du Roi (1986)

Big Brother & The Holding Company - Hall of the Mountain King (1967)

whoops, this post has been done a million times before

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Love Substitutes - Madonna Footage

I've posted about these guys before and here we are again. This is from their second album More songs about hangovers and sailors. It's what happens when you hand a couple of Belgians some guitars. Shit gets real at about 0:30.


Saturday, August 29, 2009

Boris - Akirame Flower

welcome to the beginning of autumn! here is the theme song of Autumn, 2009!

[Soundtrackage] Speechwriters LLC - Westend

Here's a lovely track from the documentary Monster Camp, which tells the tale of a company of LARPers and which I can't recommend enough.


Friday, August 28, 2009

Do Not Touch It: A Warrior Queen Mix

warrior queen is one of my top favorite rappers. versatile vocals, clever rhymes and gets dirty with the best of them. here is an all-warrior queen mixtape just for you:

01. Razor X Productions - Killer Queen (ft. Warrior Queen)
02. DJ Zinc - Snipers Den (ft. Warrior Queen)
03. Warrior Queen & The Heatwave - Things Change
04. Sarantis - Retaliate (ft. Warrior Queen)
05. The Bug - Aktion Pak (ft. Warrior Queen)
06. The Bug - World War 3 (ft. Warrior Queen)
07. I-Wolf & Burdy - They Don't Care (ft. Warrior Queen)
08. Dub Terror - Reload Warrior (ft. Warrior Queen)
09. Sunship - Quits (ft. Warrior Queen) (Kalbata Remix)
10. Skream - Check-It (Feat. Warrior Queen)
11. Sunship - Almighty Father (ft. Warrior Queen) (Vocal Mix)
12. Vex'd - Take Time Out (ft. Warrior Queen)
13. Pressure - Money Honey (ft. Warrior Queen) (Original)
14. Ladybug - Dem A Bomb (ft. Warrior Queen)
15. The Bug - Poison Dart (ft. Warrior Queen) / (Stereotyp Remix) / (Skream Remix) / (South Rakkas Crew Remix)


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Pilot Scott Tracy - Angel Of Death

nice Hank Williams cover that sort of reminds me of The Rentals.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tom Scharpling and Patton Oswalt get Metsmerized

Roky Erickson & the Aliens - Creature With The Atom Brain

this whole song is great but the spoken word breaks are especially brilliant. it's like hearing both sides of the conversation a crazy man has in his head. you could probably write a psychology thesis just on interpreting this album.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Les Paul & Mary Ford

Goofus: If Super Mario was created in the 50s, this is what the soundtrack would've sounded like.

How High The Moon: Probably the most well-known recording of this jazz-standard.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Deadmau5 and Kaskade - I Remember

yeah i am really posting house music with pop singing. this is a great song. there are a ton of remixes but i like this original version a lot. imo it's just very a simple and enjoyable song that works well because it has a great melody over a great chord progression. stating the obvious, but you could pretty much play this music with anything - acoustic instruments... there's nothing fancy about it, no production tricks of any kind, it's just a very simple device over and over for just the right amount of time.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

a couple of Cows b-sides

the Cows, one of the greatest noise rock bands of all time, was not above covering the odd novelty song (written by Slim Gaillard). do the hot new dance sweeping the gutters - the chicken rhythm!

bonus b-side, One O'Clock High

The Violent Sequence

I watched a documentary about the making of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, which gave me some insight into why I can't stand that album. It's mostly in the production, the execution, if you will. In the film Roger Waters and David Gilmour play Dark Side songs acoustically and suddenly they didn't sound completely horrible and shit anymore.

One of the songs on Dark Side is Us and Them, which originally was based on a 6-minute piano piece Richard Wright composed for the film Zabriskie Point, although director Michelangelo Antonioni decided not to use it.

I can't stand Us and Them, which is sad, because the original Violent Sequence is really quite good.


Friday, August 7, 2009

Clinic - Porno

I like this song. I like it a lot. Be prepared for the semi-earsplitting noise at about 2:29, when the word 'spastic' has to be censored, apparently.


Bonus track - a live version:

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Great Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - Wuthering Heights

Especially for ahem, another cover of that most songly of songs (some even say it's the very songest of them all), Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights.

Please take note of the heady combination of Frank Sinatra with a Yorkshire accent and audience participation. It all makes sense, when thee hears it.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Masaru Satô - music from The Incident At Blood Pass

once again, interesting music ripped from the movie, i don't have info on these. Masaru Satô was a very famous film score composer who worked on many classic Japanese movies you've probably seen, such as High And Low, Goyokin, Throne Of Blood and Yojimbo.

these two pieces appear at the start of the film Machibuse aka Ambush aka The Incident At Blood Pass. the first piece of music is really the exciting one to me because the sounds are so strange and the music is so unique. it has a great effect when you see the atmospheric opening shot of the dark, wet forest and you hear this alienating music... the second piece begins with Toshiro Mifune's narration as he braces for the adventure to come, and then the opening credits roll.

not a bad movie, but not one of my favorites of Mifune's. there was some really sloppy fight choreography and i found the antagonist character to be too unsympathetic to give him the pass you're meant to in the ethically-nebulous story. i found this music to be really interesting though, so here it is.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Leigh Harline - opening theme music from Isle Of The Dead

i watched this Boris Karloff movie last night... but this music that played over the opening credits was pretty much the only thing i liked about it. i don't know the actual title of it, but the credits say the music was done by Leigh Harline.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Damin Eih, A.L.K. And Brother Clark - Thundermice

"Thundermice, thundermice, thundermice!"

this song is insane.

Friday, July 24, 2009

[Soundtrackage] Fred Karlin - Westworld (1973)

I first saw Westworld when I was a small boy and, boy, did Yul Brynner, with his eerie shimmery silvery eyes, scare the living shit out of me.

That film is still fantastic and takes a premis that's pretty silly if you read it on paper (and see it during the first half of the film..) but is also one of the more relentless 'chase thrillers' you'll find.

Part of the greatness of the film is Fred Karlin's soundtrack - to be fair, most of the soundtrack isn't that interesting, consisting mainly of warbling Ye Olde Wilde West-y country tracks, but when Karlin allows the electronics to come in, he hits a new level.

Here are my two favourite tracks. The first is used in the film as a sort of 'theme of the gunslinger' (as Brynner's character is called), and is just as relentless as the character is, building and building, persevering, never letting go. The second track appears during the strangely peaceful and sort of unnerving scenes when the shot or otherwise broken robots are collected by engineers to be repaired behind the scenes. It's a floaty little number, the easiest comparison might be to something like early Boards of Canada.

The Gunslinger:


Robot Repair:


And here's the whole thing, if you're interested.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

highlights from The Best Show last night

Spike On Michael Jackson

The 10th Annual Gathering Of The Juggalos (with Paul F. Tompkins)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Perfect Unpop - Peel Show Hits & Long-Lost Lo-Fi Favourites Vol.1 1976-80

this compilation is so fucking amazing you won't believe your ears. enjoy

The Wasps - Teenage Treats


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Flipper - In The Garden

flipper is one of my all-time favorite bands. this is one of my favorite flipper songs, taken from the lovely 1983 Gone Fishin' Demos bootleg. the song was unfortunately never officially released. :( (sad face) but you can hear this lost gem RIGHT NOW

Angra - Wuthering Heights

I love Kate Bush and her music. No, I LOVE Kate Bush and her music. This is non-negotiable. I'm leaving the table now, we're done here. LEAVE IT.

Anyway, I came across this metal cover of her song Wuthering Heights, by Angra and it's fantastic. The song is just perfect for the wailage of classic metal.

I always feel that the true test of any song is for it to be covered. A truly great song can survive almost any genre-related sludge a band can smear all over it.

Cue Kate and Angra!


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Cheap Trick - Surrender

Cheap Trick - Surrender (1978)

Steel Pole Bath Tub - Surrender (1995)

Sick To The Back Teeth - Surrender (2009)