Friday, March 27, 2009

Naked Raygun - Knock Me Down

best song on All Rise. sounds somewhere in-between the buzzcocks, cheap trick and big black. hmm... was it deliberate that they made track three the best song on all their early albums or just a coincidence?

Negative Approach - Self-Titled EP

classc hardcore punk from 1982. pretty much rules forever. almost every song is brilliant. so many amazing songs and not one is two minutes long. minor threat ain't got shit on this

5. Nothing


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

music links #2

i didn't find this one personally, but it is sweeping the internets

Springsteen's outlaw pete and Kiss

the new bruce springsteen song is not only terrible, it is a ripoff of another equally terrible kiss song! fun!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Mudhoney - Tomorrow Hit Today

this is probably the most under-rated album Mudhoney ever did and yet it is easily one of their best. it came out in 1998 and was the last record they made for Reprise. fairly late in the scheme of things - nobody in the mainstream cared about "grunge" or even rock music really at that point. point being that it did receive some good press at the time but it was really more than a cult hit. on their wiki page, the album is barely mentioned:

Mudhoney's melding of styles would become more pronounced on their following album, Tomorrow Hit Today, recorded and released in 1998. The album continued their garage and grunge sound but demonstrated a strong blues-rock influence. Sensing a "use-it-or-lose-it" budget, they hired Jim Dickinson, an eccentric legend who worked with the Rolling Stones. They recorded in 3 different cities[2]

After a few years of touring, Reprise decided to release Mudhoney from their label. One of the reasons was that the band's record sales had reached a career low, despite the fact their concerts were drawing larger audiences than before. Subsequently, bassist Matt Lukin called it quits, due primarily to his dislike of touring.

commercially unsuccessful, but this album is fantastic - filled with great songs. it is definitely a hallmark in their songwriting. if you listen to the album before this, My Brother The Cow... it's like all of a sudden they did a 180 and lived 15 hard years between the two records. the music is totally solid, catchy and indelible. all the lyrics are equally fantastic, with lots of dark humor and an air of maturity that was long absent from their music.

the first half especially is flawless - great lead-off song, then I Have To Laugh is one of my favorite Mudhoney songs of all time. it's a total classic. here's one of my favorite Mudhoney lyrics ever, from the song Oblivion:

She rolled up from the bar with Kahlua and cream
Parked her wheelchair by the karaoke machine
Closed her eyes and sang Dancing Queen
She sang the shit out of Dancing Queen

3. Oblivion

but the hits don't stop there, it goes straight into a veritable masterpiece of blues rock, Try To Be Kind. another unforgettable song. Poisoned Water sounds more like old-school Mudhoney which is more than welcome. Real Low Vibe is another classic staple of the band. that's just the first half - you have a perfect Mudhoney set right there.

then they give you a little time to rest before bringing the house down again. wait for Move With The Wind to climax and it pays off big. then straight into Ghost, another huge grunge hit that never was, with a chorus you'll be singing all week. the jammy soloing at the end is particularly excellent.

10. Ghost

then after you have been completely rocked out, you need two epic slow numbers to round out the album. I Will Fight No More Forever is and instrumental but it is not filler. it is a great song that could have been on some weird perfect british blues rock album from 1967, but no, it is Mudhoney in 1998, at the peak of their power. then the grand finale of this album needs no introduction, it is the sludgey big muff tone that Mudhoney has been rocking since the 80's. another dirty, filthy, grungey(!) dirge that is also irresistably catchy and rocks slooow. this is a another beautiful, ugly poem, rife with romance and self-effacement:

In the Catholic seamen's club
Every sailor is sacred
In the arcade right next door
All the girls dance naked
Down on my knees scrubbin' the floors
Scratchin' at festering sores
If I'm the guy you're lookin' for
Just look down under some rock

all in all, this is easily one of the very best records Mudhoney ever did. it has elements of all their best techniques and although it is big and stretches out, it never gets boring or overstays its welcome. highly recommended!


Sunday, March 22, 2009

Regnum - Im Fahlen Licht Der Wintersonne

great black metal


Don Covay & The Goodtimers - Mercy Mercy

guess why this song is SO GREAT. it's because jimi hendrix is playing guitar on it. that's why it sounds so great.

New Order - Age Of Consent

this song totally rules fyi. i think it is also the only new order song i actually like.

new feature: Music Links

this is my new Blog Feature where i connect the dots between the ages, influences, stealings and tips of hats.

a long time ago (like maybe 8 years ago), i came across a Melvins bootleg where buzz introduces Tipping The Lion as a ripoff of a song off the b-side of Solid Gold. "listen for it."

i checked it out and much to my surprise, it was very obvious: A Hole In The Wallet. not only is the bass riff lifted but the lovely drum riffs as well - listen to the crashy cymbal sounds. however it is not really a ripoff, the riffs have been mutilated and retooled into something much different. but you can distinctly hear the homage that is going on.

Gang Of Four - A Hole In The Wallet (Solid Gold, 1980)

Melvins - Tipping The Lion (Stag, 1996)

Friday, March 20, 2009

[[[[ friday freeform mini-mix ]]]] EXCELLENT BLOOD

1. The Buzzcocks - Love You More (1:50)
2. Black Flag - Life Of Pain (2:50)
3. Mudhoney - By Her Own Hand (3:16)
4. Blue Öyster Cult - Unknown Tongue (3:57)
5. The Who - I'm a Boy (2:42)
6. Queens Of The Stone Age - How To Handle A Rope (3:30)
7. Smoke and Smoke - boys, books, and kitty cats (2:47)


Thursday, March 19, 2009

A Stranger In An Open Car, A Danger of A Different Kind And A Dangerous Drug.

What is love? See above.

It's the Eurythmics, biotch (do people still say 'biotch'?). DEAL WITH IT.


Do sing along with the bit where Lennox goes "zombieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee". It's so choice.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

One Strychnine Missed!

Ahem missed one! This won't do.

From the patron saints of Awesomest, The Cramps.


Sunday, March 15, 2009

How do you spell Dvořák?

Piece of music from wonderful, strange, dreamy game Samorost 2, by Tomáš Dvořák.

I wish more game soundtracks sounded like this.


A still from the game:

Gallhammer - Beyond The Hate Red

Saturday, March 14, 2009

"Strychnine" song of the DAY

the classc song by The Sonics first recorded in 1965 and subsequently covered by nearly every garage rock band to follow. here's 7 versions of it, but i'm sure there are many more:

my personal favorite version is the one by Thee Headcoat Sect with improved lyrics.

A tone

Idlewild once made good music. Then they went shit.

Here's a B-side from when they hadn't gone shit yet.

Another one to play loudly, yeah?

A dwnld.

I googled 'a tone' lol!!:

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Brian Eno - In dark trees

The whole of Another green world is pretty fantastic and shows again what a great producer Eno is.

The track In dark trees is superbest, though.

blah blah downblah

I could try and google a picture with 'in dark trees' but I chose to do the same with 'in dank trees' instead. This is what happened.

Monday, March 9, 2009

[Soundtrackage] Jonny Greenwood - Proven lands

I'll immediately come out and say it - I've still not seen There will be blood. Same goes for No country for old men. I know I should. I just haven't, yet. Does this make me less of a man? Yes. Yes it does.

Anyways, here's a track from the There will be blood soundtrack. It is great.

There will be download

Here's some guy called Vinny trying to look like Daniel Plainview, guess it's Halloween or something. Looks like a nice fun guy, Vinny does.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Love Substitutes - Summer of Mars

After all that TV, listen to this. Listen to it very loud. It purges.


television theme mixtape

cassette mix i didn't tape for a party i won't attend!!! no "TV Party" or the band Television, because that would be too obvious.


01. Ticks - TV's On
02. The Germs - Media Blitz
03. World Chaos - TV Idiot
04. The Big Boys - TV
05. The Boredoms - TV Song
06. The Minutemen - There Ain't Shit On TV Tonight
07. Flying Lizards - TV
08. Can TV Spot
09. Fang - I Wanna Be On TV
10. The Eat - Dr. T.V.
11. Alice Donut - Sinead O'Connor On T.V.
12. BGK - TV News Distorted Views
13. Alan Partridge Back-Announces
14. Lublanski Psi - TV (Veèerna Revolucija)
15. Mecanique Vegetale - TV News (live)


01. Alfred Hitchcock Television Theme
02. People Like Us - TV Dinner
Jan Jelinek - A Concept For Television
03. The Bags - TV Dinner
04. Circus Devils - Backwash Television
05. Sods - Television Addict
06. Victims - Television Addict
07. Flux Of Pink Indians - T.V. Dinners
08. The Urinals - Jetsons Main Theme (live)
09. Mr. Show With Bob And David - Lie Detector
10. Wire - Ex Lion Tamer


Friday, March 6, 2009

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Time + Fireworks = Awesomest.

Two supposedly rare tracks by The Birthday Party. I'm no Birthday Party expert, so I wouldn't really know. I read it somewhere on the internet. I can't remember where. Maybe I made it up, who knows. I certainly don't.

They're two mixes of the same track, the first slightly more 'normal', the second one slightly 'stranger'. I can never decide which is betterest.

After the fireworks


After, after the fireworks


Here's a picture of not fireworks, courtesy of Sexy People.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Let's have some Can, man!

Love this song, sounds as fresh today as it must've in 1972.

downlud linky

Random flickr pic to look at while listening to the song (if you like, we're no fuckin' Nazis at Awesomest, man! Okay, time to let the "man!" persona go..):

Couple of songs

guitarist of this band passed away recently too

Pylon - Danger

here's another cramps song

The Cramps - You Got Good Taste

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Chameleons - Script Of The Bridge LP

wow i just found this on another blog - sorry i don't remember which one

awesome rockin 80's bleak pop / post-punk just the way i like it!


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