Ramshackle Glory – Live the Dream (album review)

Happy Tuesday!

live the dream

Ramshackle Glory is the final band that Pat the Bunny was in/started before he retired in 2016.  Pat seems to write albums that are heavily autobiographical, this one being no exception. Pat the Bunny is one of those artists that I discovered in the last couple of years where from the first album I listened to by him, Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains, I thought “HOLY FUCKING CHEDDAR! This kid has a goddamn voice!”  I mean that both literally and lyrically, like if you listen to Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trains (link here) his lyrics are deep but his voice is so “ugly beautiful”.  He is also one of the few artist who has made me jealous because when I started doing research into him, I found out the bastard is like MY FUCKING AGE (I turn 30 this year, for the record). Jealous not because of the life he’s lived, honestly I have pity for the unexplainable amounts of pain and drama he must have experienced, but for the depth of his ability as an artist.  Sometimes life is just but it’s usually never fair.

your heart

This is my favourite song, I might even get a tattoo of this image at some point.

Speaking of just and fair, Ramshackle Glory’s first album deals heavily with ideas of freedom particularly with regard to the things which hold us back such as grief, substance abuse, and political against. This isn’t to say Pat doesn’t have a sense of humour, which can be seen from his track titles “We Are All Compost in Training”, “Vampires are for Poseurs” and “First Song, Part 2” and lyrics like “No one needs to tell me how to get (get get) down // But won’t somebody show me how to get back up? // I thought about killing my landlord, but he was pretty nice// Instead, I paid my rent on time as often as I could” and “Who needs brakes when it’s all down hill from here?”\

Album Summary:

Live the Dream is Ramshackle’s first album is a folk-punk memoir concept album about presumably Pat the Bunny (the lead singer) and some of the friends he mentions throughout the album, specifically Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist.  The half of the album is a sort of descent into what seems to be a deeply low but ultimately growing period in his development as a person and an artist which said growth is gradually built up in the second half of the album. The second half of the album is both rhythmically and lyrically more uplifting and progressing through to the climax song (which is also my favourite song) Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist and the the outro song “First Song, part 2” which can be seen as a “redemption song” opening with “I took the needle out of my arm about a year ago today// ever since then i’ve been taking the needle out of my brain”.  Overall it’s a rough but excellent album well worth listening all the way through for the appreciation of both the self referential and narrative lyrics starting with the lyric from the first song “But nothing’s been quite the same since you shot yourself” which seems to be a reference to Chuck in Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist.

Track List:

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Live the Dream (full album)

  1. First Song (lyrics) (2.27)
  2. More About Alcoholism (lyrics) (2.43)
  3. We Are All Compost in Training (lyrics) (3.18)
  4. From Here Till Utopia (Song for the Desperate) (lyrics) (6.40)
  5. Never Coming Home (Song for the Guilty) (lyrics) (4.04)
  6. Vampires are Poseurs (Song for the Living) (lyrics) (2.50)
  7. Of Ballots and Barricades (lyrics) (1.44)
  8. Bitter Old Man (lyrics) (4.18)
  9. Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist (lyrics) (3.40)
  10. First Song, Part 2 (lyrics) (3.20)

Song Notes:

First Song

  • But nothing’s been quite the same since you shot yourself

I don’t know if you believe in ghosts; I hope you’d haunt me if you were one

More About Alcoholism

-(I fully realise the irony of not having any notes about this song)

We Are All Compost in Training

From Here Till Utopia (Song for the Desperate)

Aren’t big enough for the vowels that

I try to fit inside of them (IOU)

  • When I was young, I drank too much, and I’d be lying if I said

I didn’t feel so goddamn young tonight

  • Like if freedom means doing what I want

Well, don’t I gotta want something?

And won’t you tell me that we want something more than just more beer?

I’d be out of excuses for the way

I waste away in the gutters that I chose desperate but not desperate enough

  • Because there’s gotta be something more

Than lying in the front yard, naked, screaming at the constellations

I want something more than an apology to say

When I look the world in the eye

I’ll tell you, man, my friend William came to me with a message of hope

It went: “Fuck you and everything that you think you know

If you don’t step outside the things that you believe

They’re gonna kill you.”

He said: “No one’s gonna stop you from dying young and miserable, and right

If you want something better, you gotta put that shit aside.” i love this

Never Coming Home (Song for the Guilty)

The lights are on, you’re standing up screaming at a ghost again

Darling, I’m home, hell I ain’t left this house of ours in days

But I’m not here. I never am, so I just can’t stay this song is so sad

Vampires are Poseurs (Song for the Living)

  • You could set a watch by the bottle returns and the ashtrays overflowing on the floor I love this  line, also i love the sound at this part of the song

-one of my favourite songs on the album (close to your heart)

  • I hope we choose the right war

Cause I’ve been fist fighting gravity since the day I learned how to breathe

I still wake up on the same cold floor I fell asleep on

So I won’t, but we shall overcome someday

I can’t do it alone, but I shall be free someday

I don’t know how to live, but I’m sick of learning how to die very nice

  • But the past was a mine field, and right now is a prison break

I hope we make it alive so nice

Of Ballots and Barricades

There have been thieves since there’s been property

And the way will come again when none of those things are around

I just hope it’s before people go extinct hahaha

Bitter Old Man

-catalonia 1936 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolutionary_Catalonia

How could they?

Full of naive optimism;

A teenager’s heartbreaking conviction that

Things can be different, oh yeah

Things are gonna be real different when we’re finished ’round here

Fuck me man

Except when it isn’t, yeah

I woke up this morning and

I wasn’t in prison

But I can’t promise that I’m far from it

I’d still kill a man for cigarette

But with friends like you, who needs homicide? Shift in the song

Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of Your Fist

-my favourite song on the album

-a collection of friends and their stories he has had over the years

  • “Scott, I love you and you make me glad to be alive

I promise that I’m gonna pay you back

You always know how funny everything is

Even when I’m so serious that it’s gonna be the death of me”

I promise that I’m gonna pay you back

You always know how funny everything is

Even when I’m so serious that it’s gonna be the death of me” this is a perfect summary of my relationship with my best friend Evan (I love you bro)

First Song, Part 2

A year ago today” full circle, redemption song

I’m still an atheist

But I try to have faith in the things that will happen;

I get saved from myself when i do

So maybe “god” isn’t the right word, but I believe in you” this  gets me

 

 

 

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Wreck the System Releases New Album “Wreckfest”

Happy Monday!

Heya folks earlier this year I had an amazing time at my first nerdcore show in

MEGARAN

One cool dude.

Manchester and scored an interview with some new and some familiar nerdcore rappers including Mega Ran who is in the super group “Wreck the System”.

 

 

 

After that Wreck the System reached out to me to do a press release for their music video “Link with a Link” which if you haven’t seen the video yet, have a listen.

Wreck the System released a new album this week called Wreckfest.  Wreckfest is a concept album about a few friends going to a comic con and Ian, the main character, is going for the first time.

Each song takes us through the experience of the three day convention through both their catchy lyrics and outro sketches at the end of many of the songs.

Here’s the official trailer to their new album.

 

 

The Nekromantix (Band)

Happy Wednesday!

Welcome back for a special limited return of Rewind Wednesday(1).  As I promised, this  week’s edition of Rewind Wednesday is some what Hellbound, as in when I found out The Nekromantix are putting on a show at the Fubar this Friday the 13th I decided it was time I worked through their discography proper starting with their first album “Hellbound”.

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That hair tho…

In The  Nekromantix’s, a psychobilly band from Copenhagen,  near 30 year existence, The Nekromantix(2) has had an appreciable growth spurt starting with their 4th album “Demons are a Girl’s Best Friend”.  This is not to say that the first three albums are rubbish, because they’re not, as I really love “S&M” on Curse of the Coffin,  “Bloody Holiday” and the titular song on the Brought back to Life (again) album. After that I feel like to date the strongest album is “Life is a Grave and I Dig it”.

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Life is a Grave and I Dig it – track list

  1. “NekroHigh”
  2. “Horny in a Hearse”
  3. “Life Is a Grave & I Dig It!”
  4. “My Girl”
  5. “Rot In Hell!”
  6. “Voodoo Shop Hop”
  7. “Cave Canem”
  8. “Flowers Are Slow”
  9. “B.E.A.S.T.”
  10. “Anaheim After Dark”
  11. “Fantazma”
  12. “Panic at the Morgue”
  13. “Out Comes the Batz”
  14. “Anaheim After Dark (instrumental)”

There are no bad songs on this album, just songs that are less excellent than the par the majority of the album sets.  The only songs I don’t feel are excellent on this album are tracks 1, 5, 7,  8, 10, and 11 and that’s from one or two passes.  Honestly track one  opens real strong and  is a good song but gets waaaay out shined by the next track (which might be my second favourite song on the album, I really love the “staccato galloping” sound that sounds like spoons or drumsticks in “Panic at the Morgue”).  Overall this is the general pattern for this album, like they knew they had a solid 8 songs and another 6 good ones.   The way the track list is set up, it seems to be the case to me.  1 good, 2 – 4 solid, 5 good, 6 solid, 7 and 8 good, etc.

I’m really excited for their St Louis show this Friday night at the Fubar.  Tickets are $13 and the show starts at 7pm.  Ticket information here.

As if it wasn’t enough that The Nekromantix are playing here in St Louis on Friday the 13th (when I’m available to go and with a hot date) but…

THE MOTHERFUCKING CREEPSHOW ARE PLAYING THE SAME VENUE SATURDAY THE 14TH!!!

If you’re not a regular here, you may not appreciate why my energy levels are so high about The Creepshow but however the short version is they’re my favourite band and I. Cannot. Stop. Writing. About. Them.(3)

I’m also going to The Creepshow’s show the next night, same place and time but tickets are only $12.  Ticket information here.

Tune in Friday for the a special “Friday the 13th” comic (A WILD NEW CHARACTER MAY APPEAR…)

-fin

 

Footnotes:

  1. I’m practically counting this week a holiday week however I have also learned from this week that I cannot keep up with more than a column and a comic weekly plus my other projects plus my day job, with any regularity.  If anyone wants to take up the column though, feel free to contact me.
  2. I’m playing the “proper collective noun game” here because “The Nekromantix” is Kim Nekroman and his Coffinbass (a custom double bass shaped like a coffin with a big black cross for a head) as they’re the sole consistent members of the band over the years.
  3. Counting the current post, this will be the 6th time I’ve written about them:

    My first Rewind Wednesday – “The Creepshow (band)”

    A Sketch inspired by their song “The House on Cherry Hill”

    Another Rewind Wednesday playlist themed on female punk rock lead singers

    Playlist of Punk Rock songs featuring harmonica

    And the last time they were on tour and came through St Louis whilst I was in the UK

Where Did the Night Fall?

Happy Wednesday!

This week I’m looking at the band UNKLE, an UK outfit composed of long time school friends James Lavalle and Tim Goldsworth. Over the course of their 5 album, 25 year career they’ve worked with a whole lot of other guest artists including their producer DJ Shadow, Thom Yorke from Radiohead, Mike D from Beastie Boys, Jason Newstead from Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, Lupe Fiasco, Oasis, Massive Attack, and Linkin Park.         

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slide show of the artists UNKLE has collaborated with

I originally found Unkle from some housemates I used to live with years ago who played the song “The Answer – on a wire” [instrumental] which really struck a chord with me, one of my favourtie parts of the song is the transition between the two tracks “the answer” and “on a wire” from 4m20s to 4m40s.  After that song, I looked at their “War Stories” album and it was all downhill from there.

 

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I’m a sucker for good album art.

Unkle is celebrating their 25th year anniversary this year and announced their new album “The Road pt 1”.  They did an exhibition called “Daydreaming with UNKLE Presents…THE ROAD” at the Lazarides in SOHO London in celebration of the announcement, but I’m a bit late to the party (the show ran from 20th January to 23rd Feburary) but it sounded like a uniquely Unkle event:

The exhibition is a collaboration between a number of very talented artists, presenting everything from paintings, videos, artefacts and film screenings; this is the definitive UNKLE experience. I look forward to welcoming visitors to daydream with us.”

-James Lavalle 

 

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The Road pt1 Album Art, so fucking good

 

The new album is slated to release 23rd June or this Friday(1) and they released a single, “Cowboys or Indians” feat YSEE, Mink, and Elliot Power.

 

In anticipation of the new album(1), I’m sharing with you a review of their newest album, “Where Did the Night Fall” their 5th studio album preceded by (in order): Psyence Fiction, Never Never Land, War Stories, and End Titles…Stories for Film.  They re-released the album in a 2 disk special edition called “Where Did the Night Fall – Another Night Out”:

The first disc will contain the same songs that are on the original album but the second disc contains material from two of UNKLE’s previous EPs, plus a number of exclusive and rare tracks. It was released on 11 April 2011. (Source: “Where Did the Night Fall”, wiki)

Today I’ll be sharing with you the original 15 track version of the CD.  

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I always kinda thought the lady on the cover kinda looked like she was trying to obtain “form of: high heel” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Where Did the Night Fall, U.N.K.L.E. (playlist link)

Track listing

  1. “Nowhere” – 0:40
  2. “Follow Me Down” (featuring Sleepy Sun) – 4:23 (lyrics)
  3. “Natural Selection” (featuring The Black Angels) – 4:10 (lyrics)
  4. “Joy Factory” (featuring Autolux) – 3:59 (lyrics)
  5. “The Answer” (featuring Big in Japan) – 4:40 (lyrics)
  6. “On a Wire” (featuring ELLE J) – 4:52 (lyrics)
  7. “Falling Stars” (featuring Gavin Clark) – 5:48 (lyrics)
  8. “Heavy Drug” – 1:13 (lyrics)
  9. “Caged Bird” (featuring Katrina Ford of Celebration) – 5:08 (lyrics)
  10. “Ablivion” – 4:29 (lyrics)
  11. “The Runaway” (featuring ELLE J) – 3:45 (lyrics)
  12. “Ever Rest” (featuring Joel Cadbury of South) – 4:21 (lyrics)
  13. “The Healing” (featuring Gavin Clark) – 4:27 (lyrics)
  14. “Another Night Out” (featuring Mark Lanegan) – 5:12 (lyrics)
  15. “Close Your Eyes” (featuring ELLE J) – 5:25 (available on the Australian edition)

(Source: “Where Did the Night Fall”, wiki)

Takeaway:

I like the overall story of the album and I love the characters introduced in this story type album, like oracles and travelers, road warriors, and lovers. The story feels like getting over a heartache (lost love, lost life, lost someone), the songs bobbing up and down between depression and cynicism before bouncing off bottom and beginning the healing process, as per track 13, before coming back to a stark reality: the return from the journey with track 14 Another Night Out which I think is the strongest ending to the narrative of the album but the track 15 Close Your Eyes does work well as an “aftercare” song after the emotional journey this album amounts to.  

Some really specific notes:

I love Rachel Fannan’s voice(2) with sounds like that growl opening stanza 2 at 30s (follow me down)

-The transition between tracks 5 and 6 is fucking stellar.  It’s easily one of my all time favourite transitions

-I love the sound of track 6 “On a Wire”.  Like not just drum line or the guitar, no. I like all of it. ALL.

-Are you really living
Or do you seek loving
Are you happy being
Or do you search for meaning
(love this so much, “The Healing” track 13)

-for some reason a lot of places have entirely different lyrics for track 13, I have included lyrics corresponding to the version of the song here

Footnotes:

  1. I missed my mark, it’s no ordinary joy.
  2. She was in the band Sleepy Sun at the time of making this album (2010)

People Who Can Eat People are the Luckiest People in the World (album review)

Happy Wednesday!

I found this album after listening to the Johnny Hobo album on youtube which is a shameless segue into something I’ve been thinking about which is the ways I get music and why.  I’ve noticed that I oscillate between youtube, spotify, and soundcloud in this orborostic journey to the “ideal music app”.  

However I have come to appreciate the difference in features and have made this chart for your enjoyment:    

Music Apps

I couldn’t pass when this album immediately passes the “Trio Test”:
1. great band name Andrew Jackson Jihad (AAJ – it’s a bonus they have a cool initialism(1))
2. eye catching album art (ALBUM ART PICTURE)  
3. intriguing album title “People Who can Eat Other People Are the Luckiest People in the World”  


The album was released by Asian Man Records on September 11, 2007. The title is derived from a line in Kurt Vonnegut‘s book, Hocus Pocus[4] which in turn is a reference to Barbra Streisand‘s song “People.” The album was recorded and mixed by Jalipaz Nelson at Audioconfusion in Mesa, Arizona.” (Source: People Who Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World, Wiki)

Bands who name their albums after Vonnegut books tend to get my attention. “People Who Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World” is AJJ’s second album.  Its genre is listed, seemingly paradoxically, listed as folk punk/anti-folk, but as you’ll see it fits the self contradictory and patchwork style this band has.  

I love how these 3 are connected in the inspiration of the AJJ album.

People Who Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World (link)

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Sean Bonnette and Ben Gallaty; all music composed by AJJ.

No. Title Length
1. “Rejoice” 3:15
2. “Brave As a Noun” 1:14
3. “Survival Song” 2:28
4. “Bad Bad Things” 1:59
5. “No More Tears” 1:02
6. “Bells & Whistles” 1:28
7. “Randy’s House” 1:23
8. “A Song Dedicated to the Memory of Stormy the Rabbit” 3:04
9. “People II: The Reckoning” 4:08
10. “Personal Space Invader” 2:59
11. “People” 2:17
Total length: 25:17

(Source: People Who Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in the World, Wiki)

Thoughts:

  1. I love this song for the lyrics, the horns give it a nice ska sound.  I like the “rustic” choice of including before and after song moments like at the beginning and end of this song. I like the “realist-optimist” philosophy (link to “Rejoice” lyrics)
  2. The first thing to strike me about this song other than the conflicting angry-lyrics to upbeat-banjo is how it ends just so abruptly when listened to alone. This song is a good example of anti-folk where the narrator of the song criticises the main culture and follow stylish trends and makes the jab at art “If this is how you folks make art it’s fucking depressing” (link to “Brave as a Noun” lyrics) but then goes on to say how cowardly and hermit he is and how he is “too cowardly to take a stand I want to keep my nose clean”.   I like the general sense of humour in the lyrics and structure of the song.
  3. Like banjo, “and we totally ripped off a man named Woody Guthrie”, reference to this song “Do Re Mi” by Guthrie (link to “Do Re Mi” lyrics) literally lifting the second/fourth stanza for their 4th stanza , mention impressive length (lines: 32), I like the story arc with the last lines “And I give thanks to all of you for listening//To the Story of how We learned to survive” (link to “Survival Song” lyrics)
  4. Obligatory murder ballad (at least one per folk album) (link to “Bad Bad Things” lyrics)
  5. “No more racism//no more discrimination//no more fat dumb fucks keeping people out of our nation” (link to “No More Tears” lyrics

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    Fat dumb fuck *trying* to keep people out of our nation

  6. This song gets straight weird. (link to “Bells & Whistles” lyrics)
  7. FYI the song ends at 1m18s.  The rest is silence. Can verify. (link to “Randy’s House” lyrics)
  8. I assume Stormy is the rabbit in the album art. RIP Stormy. I also like how the story of Stormy can be read from either the pov of the rabbit or a human, a nice meditation on mortality. (link to “A Song Dedicated to the Memory of Stormy the Rabbit” lyrics)
  9. Really like the acid guitar at the beginning, right about 2m it almost could be split into 2 songs (given their avg song length [2m30s] it would make sense) which works clever with the references to bipolar with the song going from depressive mellow to manic aggressive (link to “People II the Reckoning” lyrics)
  10. I really like the whistling sound, it sounds like a “UFO” kind of sound, gives me a nice image of a desert sunset,
    mauve desert

    desert sunset

    “sounds like shit” is great at the end, kind of a SJW type character in the song (link to “Personal Space Invader” lyrics)

  11. I really like the closing lyrics “and people are my religion, because I believe in them//and people are my friends, and people are my enemies//i have faith in my fellow man//and i only hope he has faith in me” (link to “People” by AJJ lyrics) Here’s a link to the song by Barbra Streisand – People (link to “People” by Barbra Streisand lyrics).  

 

Overall:

 

Taken as a whole I generally enjoy the album.  It’s an aural amalgamation of noises that I like individually and in other genres (bass in psychobilly, acoustic/banjo in blues/folk, acid guitar in…well fuck it what genre hasn’t used acid guitar?) and it works despite itself quite to my pleasure.  This musical patchwork style fits with their band name and eccentrically long album title, and even some of the songs using “swatches” of lyrics from other songs.

The lyrics for each song are creative and ambitious in a modest way.  None of the songs’ length is padded with unnecessary lyrical repetition which results in tight short songs at an average length of 2m30s.  All together with the quick succession of upbeat songs and the generally fun lyrics the album is easily listened to on repeat a few times.  

I’m sure there are more Easter eggs in the lyrics I’m missing, especially considering I haven’t seen the play Funny Girl or read the book Hocus Pocus yet.         

Footnotes:

  1. This is not an example of an acronym:
    “a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or series of word sand pronounced as a separate word, as Wac from Women’s Army Corps, OPEC from Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or loran from long-range navigation.” (Source: Dictionary.com definition 1)

    Rather an initialism:
    a set of initials representing a name, organization,or the like, with each letter pronounced separately,as FBI for Federal Bureau of Investigation.” (Source: Dictionary.com definition 1)

    I realise that the second definition of both includes the other but in a commitment to clearer communication, I like to make the effort to use the acronym/initialism differentiation.    
  2. Anti-folk: “(sometimes antifolk or unfolk) is a music genre that seeks to subvert the earnestness of politically charged 1960s folk music. The defining characteristics of anti-folk are difficult to identify, as they vary from one artist to the next. The music tends to sound raw or experimental. It generally mocks perceived seriousness and pretension in the established mainstream music scene.[1]” (Source: “Anti-Folk” Wiki)

    Basically, if I’m reading this right, it’s saying “Anti-folk bands take the piss out of the politiko-folk?” This seems to fit AJJ.

A Harmonious Union (playlist

Happy Wednesday!

Continuing this week’s theme of mathematics I decided to further explore the relationship between math’s and music.  I’ve long been vaguely aware of their relationships from ted talks and math metal but most recently the adverts I’ve been seeing for study tracks.  

Being a hobbyist at both maths and music, I felt it best to let some experts better explain how music works but first a Foamy the Squirrel sketch:  

Math metal : foamy the squirrel (2m)

 

The Maths of Music (14m)

This video explains the mathematics behind music and music theory.

“Ugly music” (tedx) (10m)

“Beautiful muisc” (tedx) (4m)

These two tedx videos explore what makes music Ugly or Beautiful.  

Now without further ado:

Music and Maths – A Harmonious Union (playlist link)music math1

Playlist: (song/artist/album)

  1. Dragon Curve muisc video/numberphile
  2. fibonacci music
  3. Golden Ratio Song/Numberphile math metal
  4. Pi Prog Rock/Numberphile
  5. “Trypophobic” music from Numberphile’s Mandelbrot Set
  6. Nosferatu Man/Slint/Spiderland
  7. userspace/the algorithm/brute force

Information about songs/bands

  1. Dragon curve unfolding and multiplying to music.
  2. Fibonacci sequence played on piano
  3. Math Metals helped compose this song
  4. Some notes about “the devils cords”
  5. A song inspired by the mandelbrot set, also I might be a little bit trypophobic.  
  6. math rock
  7. What it feels like listening to The Algorithm: https://youtu.be/W2eUckDCCqE

Experimental Music (Playlist)

Happy Wednesday!

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I wanted to put together a playlist of music that blur genres or aren’t easily classified, what I like to think of as experimental which is something I’m a big fan of in art.  However the idea of “experimental music got me thinking “What is Music?” I’ll leave it to Philosophy Tube to tackle that ambitious question:

What are Songs? What is Music? I’ll let Olly at Philosophy Tube tackle this ambitious question

 

What Caught my attention was the mention of “Lowercase” music (cite time tag from video, find name of guy at this exists) and I followed the trail to his video on the subject “Lowercase” music. 

Being able to put a genre tag on this sound helped inspire the play list with the first artist Emancipator, which is an example of lowercase music.  

What follows is a playlist of artists from other minor genres including plunderphonics with pogo, neo-psychedelia with the avalanches, woodkid spans from chamber/art pop to neofolk.  Kaleidoscope Jukebox and Beats Antique share ethnotronica, and to round out I have a bit of trip-hop from blockheadMinorSub Genres Defining Features

 

Link to Experimental Playlist

Tracklist (song/album/atrist):

First Snow/Soon It Will Be Cold Enough/Emancipator

Bite Size Candies/Pogo

Lead Breakfast/Pogo

Frontier Psycharist/Since I Left You/The Avalanches

Since I Left You/Since I Left you/The Avalanches

I Love You/The Golden Age/Woodkid

Rite of Passage/Infinite Reflection/Kaleidoscope Jukebox

Beauty Beats/Collide/Beats Antique

Which One of You Jerks Drank My Arnold Palmer/The Music Scene/Blockhead

The Art of Walking/Downtown Science/Blockhead

 

Summertime Sounds of the Playtime Posse (album review)

Happy Wednesday!

I’m continuing from a Wednesday from a few weeks ago, The Changing Times Are Asking for a Soundtrack, which featured the highlights of Pat the Bunny’s early work with Johnny Hobo and the Freight trains with their album “Love Songs for the Apocalypse” and Wingnut Dishwashers Union “Burn the Earth Leave it Behind”.  The album I’m featuring today is a silly hip-hop side project by Pat the Bunny and friends.  

 

Summertime Sounds of the Playtime Posse

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Track list:

  1. 1. Spit true  4.33
  2. Gamers 3.11
  3. Best of All Time Final 4.19
  4. 100 Trashbags Full of Weed 3.00
  5. Bags of dro mix 3.49
  6. The perfect Recipie Mix 4.11
  7. Everything Crash 4.43
  8. The same 3.25
  9. Total time: about 30m

Spit true – I like the punk rock anti-authority carry over of fighting the po po just before paying a library fine so he can read.  The political jab “Fake as Tonkin” is pretty good. Keeps a militaristic notion through the album, sober like a riot cop, mercenaries, watching your six.  I like the reference to MC Esher.    

Gamers – The second song gamers is kind of a proto-nerdcore rap. Strip solitaire?! Sounds awesome, haha.  There are some cool lines in here like “the smooth as gillette” and they scope of games they cover is totally MC Chris territory: go fish, candy land, four square, the ace of spades, civilization I and II, wii, vr, movies home alone peter pan, tamagotchi.  Also like Mc Chris they have a sketch at the end starting at 2.51

Best of All Time Final – I really dig the r&b opening vibe and the self deprecating humour about mc onaning in tracks trope is pretty good. “my rise is mediocral”

100 Trashbags Full of Weed – This is a nice change of pace with a reggae thing and I really like the trumpets.  The drinking “oatmeal from my goblet” reminds me of my flatmate who eats pounds of oatmeal kinda looks like a goblet.  

Bags of Dro mix – I felt like the repetitive beat kinda worked here because of the acoustic guitar, gave it a richer sound to listen to which made start tapping my toes unconsciously.   

The Perfect Recipe Mix – Great parody on the rap charm song with the staying in cooking and drinking wine. However the matzo balls and tiramisu make me think of nerdcore plus space restaurant mention. I like all the food rhymes particularly “I’ll chef you till there’s nothing left girl” and “pardon my french but the dinner was bitchen and she helped clean the kitchen” (I’m in love)

Everything Crash -An end of world rap is a kinda unexpected song. Reminds me of Deltron 3030, kinda reminds me of other nerdcore apocalypse rap rap like mc chris is dead. Common themes of dystopia post-fall society. It has a really nice beat, best one on track maybe because it sounds like it has more layers.

The Same – The false start is silly but the real start is nice. The beat is back to basic but more decoration (like the chimes). Kind of a “recovery”/”taking a holiday” type rhyme talking about memories.  One of the best lines is “I’m higher than a vampire on fire”.   

 

Overall – For a silly side project with self and genre depreciating humour it’s not too bad.  The beats were okay on most tracks but Everything Crash which had some cool layering going on.  Overall the album is worth a listen and I will be picking out a couple of songs to add to the Pat the Bunny playlist.  

 

In the cold void of space no one can hear you GIVE A FUUUCK!!! (Cyberpunk Playlist)

Happy Wednesday!

Continuing with the theme of Cyberpunk from Monday’s book review of “cyberpunk and cyberculture” by Dani Cavallaro, I decided to build a playlist around the topics of future biological technology, isolation, madness, and ghosts haunting times and spaces.  


I couldn’t get all the songs on youtube or soundcloud so there will be playlists from both sites. With out further adu I present “In the cold void of space no one can hear you GIVE A FUUUCK!!!” play list  

Youtube Playlist (artist – album – song):
Deltron 3030 – Deltron 3030 – 3030

Deltron 3030 – Deltron 3030 – Mastermind

Deltron 3030 – Deltron 3030 – Madness

Unkle – Psyence Fiction – The Knock (Drums of Death pt2)

Unkle – Psyence Fiction – Unkle Main Title Theme

Unkle – Psyence Fiction – Lonely Soul (feat Richard Ashcroft)

Infected Mushroom – Vicious Delicious – Heavyweight

Infected Mushroom –  Army of Mushrooms – Send me an Angel

Infected Mushroom – Legend of the Black Shawarma – Riders on the Storm (The Doors remix) (I feel like this should be renamed the Infected Doors Remix)

Soundcloud Playlist (song):

This whole playlist is songs by the user Reeve

The Militarization of Space

Missle Destroyer

Friendly Fire

Future Passe

Impractical Son

No.Chill

P.D 2000

Rebel Scum!

The Cringe List (playlist)

Happy Wednesday!

I was talking with a friend the other day and she told me “Why is it all the music you listen to either morbid, kinda angry, or just…strange? Do you ever listen to anything, I don’t know, fun?” Of course, I think all my music is fun which is why I like it so much.

However her tastes, like most peoples’ (at least compared to mine), are much closer to main-stream and this did get me thinking that maybe my music tastes make me seem snobby.

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It’s not that I dislike the Biebs…

I will admit to snobbery in my consumption of media in general but I would be lying if I said I didn’t have a few songs that I hate that I love that I’m fairly sure everyone knows.   In an effort to forward my (fairly) radical honesty agenda, I’ve decided to share with you a playlist of songs that I rarely admit to really loving.

I never really got into “break up” songs because like I always felt like that would kind of ruin the song for me because of the association however when I was working in a catering kitchen they’d play this one song on the radio.  A lot.

The kitchen was really loud with over 70 employees all chopping vegetables and clanging pots and chef’s yelling across the yawning expanse of the biggest kitchen I have ever worked in.  This amalgamation of noises plus my generally failing hearing (I listen to music too loud, I go to shows and hug the giant bass speakers, I am aging gracefully but my ears are compensating) I could ever only catch one lyric which captured the spirit of my wonder-lust, which is frequently fueled by a certain sense of discomfort.

“This guy decides to quit his job and heads to New York City
This cowboy’s running from himself”

“Riptide”, Vance Joy

 

In that same chaotic kitchen I heard another song that I liked but similarly could only catch one line of.

“we don’t talk about it”

“Stolen Dance”, Milky chance

That lyric paired with the upbeat positive melody gave me the most wonderful mental image of a guy in real emotional turmoil but dancing along with a big smile on his face, not wanting to talk about it.

I liked the guy’s strange rough voice and the acoustic guitar so much that when I finally figured out what song I was hearing, I found that he has one other song I liked too.

It was this music video that kept me coming back.  I like the colours.  And his hair.  Like that mane is glorious.

Years before finding all these songs I lived in this literally haunted house in South City St Louis off Compton St(1) with four other guys.  We used to have this game where we would take turns putting things on youtube, from songs to mechanical videos, and when you wanted to have the wireless keyboard passed to you, you’d ask “Can I drive for a moment?”

The two brothers who I got on best with fucking LOATHED this song so naturally I couldn’t admit to liking it but it wormed it’s way into my heart.  It hit’s too many buttons not to.  The horns, San Francisco, being in love with the concept of love, it melted my cold black heart (that’s been torn apart).

There was a time when I was working in a grocery store deli(2) and they had this radio that had a stagnant playlist: the same 15 songs for the 18 hours of operation 7 days a week.  It was brutal.  However in the back of house, we had our own radio which was usually set to something like  Z107.7, the St Louis pop station, and this one song would come one and it had this like pop ska sound to it which that I just could not get enough of.

The song reminds me of the game Shadow of the Colossus.

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Shadow is easily one of my favourite games of all time.  Well…maybe it ties with the first two Katamari Damacy games.

Year’s later I was working in Jimmy John’s, an American sandwich shop, and Jimmy Radio(3) would consistently surprise me with music good music from all over the spectrum plus some really obscure songs that I have never heard before or since outside of that place.  This is one of those songs:

I know it’s one of those hipster chorus songs but it has this strange sound that I can’t identify but I really like.  That “ewooo ewoo” synth sound like an electric kazoo or something.

I’ll leave you with one last song.  This song, like the rest in this list, takes me back to a time when things were different. A time when I could drink reasonably (sometimes), a time when the world still felt small enough for me to conquer but big enough that if given free roam I would never get bored, a time before all my friends went to the angry winds.  It was a time when I was deep in a bro-mance with my best friend of 15 years and we were had “our songs”, something I’ve never shared with a lover for the same reason why I avoid break up songs, and this was one of those songs.  I listen to this song when I miss that guy, that time, that time-feel.

I have more than enough of these cringe songs to make another Cringe List but I’ve spent way too much time in the past today.

Footnotes:

  1. I still joke sometimes “I ain’t scared. I’m straight outta Compton.” Before I left St Louis for England, I wanted to get a jumper that read “Straight Outta St Louis” because I read this story once that a St Louis native in Oregon actually fended off a would-be mugger because he said “Man, I ain’t scared of you.  I’m from St Louis.”  Being effective due to our city’s reputation for being one of the most dangerous cities in America and #15 Most Dangerous City in the World.
  2. I ate so many cheese scraps, they were literally scraps that we could not sell so I don’t feel bad, that when I left I was placed on the “Do not rehire” list but I don’t want to meet the monster who can throw away collective kilos of Havariti and Extra Sharp Cheddar and Provel among others.  I love cheese, probably more than some people in my life, which is also one reason why I suspect I have a hard time meeting a partner.
  3. I’m serious, the official name for the corporate approved radio station was called “Jimmy Radio”.