31 May, 2012

See You in Disneyland

Merzbow + Richard Ramirez - The Science Of Dissecting Society (1994)

Music to lock yourself in the library to.

30 May, 2012

MNQ 023

Tropic Of Cancer - Permissions Of Love (2012)


29 May, 2012

Bodies That Matter

Entertainment - Gender (2008)

By request: deathrock/post-punk out of Athens, GA.

28 May, 2012

A Showdown With Satanism

Radio Werewolf - The Lightning And The Sun (1989)

Lots of mystique around this band but little substance. Radio Werewolf began as a deathrock band in the mid 80s. They appeared on the American Gothic compilation and released one LP as a full band. Their early material centers around Nazism and your standard vampire/necrophile occult subject matter, which is what they are best known for. The band split up and core member Nikolas Schreck continued the group with wife Zeena LaVey, daugher of Anton LaVey. The sound changed drastically, as audible on this LP and the two following releases, to dark ambient organ chamber tracks suitable for a Strange Paradise soundtrack. As I've said before, the music isn't all that interesting. The duo were better known for partaking in white power rallies with Boyd Rice or debating with Bob Larson over heinous religious beliefs.

26 May, 2012

Anneken Hendriks

Slayer - South of Heaven (1988)

In a few hours I'll be blasting this album while comprising an infinitesimal part of that infamous 10 East bumper-to-bumper traffic.

23 May, 2012

Confidence Of An Innocent Man

Immortal - Pure Holocaust (1993)

Nothing like shrouding yourself in a storm of steel and impenetrable cold to get through those mid-week blues.


21 May, 2012

EMS VCS 3

Klaus Schulze - Irrlicht (1972)

Musik ist ästhetisierte Frequenz.

A superb spiritual experience utilising soaring cathedral organ as the main texture. Imagine huge stained glass windows, vast marble pillars and cavenous ceilings - spend a night in and nail yourself to the cross. Heavy going at times but once you get truly involved it takes over your entire senses. Obvious trademark Klaus Schulze as nobody drifts across those two chords so emotionally and methodically. When Klaus decides to go quiet mist drifts over you in entire washes! Ghosts start to appear before your very eyes, however all is serene and non-threatening. A cosmic classic.

20 May, 2012

Make Us Substance

Greater Than One - All The Masters Licked Me (1987)

This is dedicated to eternal motherhood and to the example set by Joseph Beuys.

19 May, 2012

Dr. Robert Vaughan

Grace Jones - Warm Leatherette (1980)

Here's wishing Miss Jones a fabulous birthday. Words do not suffice when trying to describe my intoxication with Grace Jones, but I've been a huge fanboy ever since stumbling upon this LP at a college fundraiser. Warm Leatherette is a definitive record the Jones catalogue, replacing the disco chanteuse image with the foundations for what would transform her into an all-around 80s icon
Backed by Chris Blackwell and Jean-Paul Goude, Jones blends new wave, dub, and soul into an array of covers ranging from the Normal to the Marvelettes. Her distinct take makes the songs her own in a way that nearly obsoletes the originals. An absolute must have for those of you who have yet to be attuned to this state of Grace.

17 May, 2012

Ratlosen Betriebsamkeit

Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft - Alles Ist Gut (1981)

"Alles ist gut. Der Mensch ist unglücklich, weil er nicht weiß, dass er glücklich ist. Nur deshalb. Das ist alles, alles! Wer das erkennt, der wird gleich glücklich sein, sofort im selben Augenblick."

16 May, 2012

Persistence Is All

Time Machines - Time Machines (1998)

Balance & Christopherson (of Coil) compose 4 tones to facilitate travel through time. This album has been crucial in getting me through the past week.

"When people jump through time they give themselves up to rhyme and reasons of the Heavens" - Julian Cope

14 May, 2012

City On The Edge Of Forever

Leonard Nimoy - The Way I Feel (1968)

Ease yourself into the stream of Monday morning life with Mr. Spock.


11 May, 2012

Saturday Night Movie Theater

Tank Girl: Original Soundtrack from the United Artists Film (1995)

Remember when KTLA would play amazing movies during the temporal void known as 2AM Saturday night/Sunday morning? With the exception of Kevin Costner nights, my teenage insomniac counterpart was able to get acquainted with the finest of Blockbuster dollar bin fodder. And they just so happened to have crucial tunes on their soundtracks.
Loosely based on the comic of the same name, Tank Girl (starring quintessential 90s babe Lori Petty) portrays the misadventures of Rebecca Buck as she wanders the arid deserts of a not-too-distant dystopian future. With trusty tank and mutant kangaroo boyfriend at her side, Tank Girl must uncover the secrets of a mythical race known as the Rippers in order to stop an evil corporation from taking control of Earth's dwindling water supply. All-star cast also includes: Naomi Watts, Ice-T, Iggy Pop.
Enough on the film, this soundtrack fulfills almost every musical need imaginable: pseudo-industrial trip hop (Björk/Portishead), female fronted grunge (L7/Hole), alternative KROQ staples (Bush/the Magnificent Bastards), senior prom ballads (Belly/Veruca Salt), irrelevant 80s acts trying to recreate their image (Devo/Joan Jett), and the ethnic odds&ends (Stomp/Ice-T). My only gripe is that I can't acquire a physical copy of this collection completing gem because it was never issued on vinyl.

09 May, 2012

2 Samuel 24

Haus Arafna - Butterfly (2003)
Die Philosophen waren einst sehr verlegen um den Ursprung der substantiellen Formen, der Entelechieen und der Seelen. Seit es sich jedoch heutzutage durch genaue Untersuchungen an Pflanzen, Insecten und anderen Thieren gezeigt hat, daß organische Körper in der Natur niemals durch einen Fäulniß- oder anderen chaotischen Proceß erst erzeugt werden, sondern immer aus Samen, in welchem es ohne Zweifel schon eine Vorbildung (préformation) derselben gab, so schloß man, daß nicht nur der organische Körper vor der Empfängniß, sondern sogar eine Seele in ihm, mit einem Wort das ganze Thier selbst schon da sei, und daß mittels der Empfängniß dieses Thierchen nur fähig gemacht werde, durch eine mit ihm vorgehende bedeutende Umwandlung ein Thier einer anderen Gattung zu werden. Schon außerhalb des Zeugungsprocesses erblickt man etwas Aehnliches, wenn man Würmer sich in Fliegen, Raupen in Schmetterlinge verwandeln sieht.

08 May, 2012

crelp 060

My Bloody Valentine - Loveless (2012 Remaster)

Decade in the making remaster spanning two discs. The first disc is a few decibels louder remaster using the original digital master; in other words, this is a slightly louder version of the 1991 release. The second disc is an analogue remaster using the 1/2 inch analogue tapes. This version is slightly richer with a wider range of sound, though the difference is subtle and most won't notice it.
As with all things MBV, there has to be some controversy attached and it seems that this reissue is no exception. Some people are reporting that Sony botched this release by swapping the disc order, as well as pressing the analogue remaster of "What You Want" with a digital glitch. It's actually audible on the Guardian's stream as well. Kudos to Sony & Shields for fucking this up.

07 May, 2012

CRE 101T

Moonshake - First (1991)

Here's another Creation gem in anticipation for tomorrow's Loveless reissues. 
As the title suggests, this is Moonshake's first release and their only contribution to the Creation catalogue. For reasons unknown to me, they'd jump ship to Too Pure soon after; maybe they foresaw Creation's financial troubles, or perhaps the band wanted a label that better suited their soon-to-be avant-garde sound. But for this EP, part time singer/full time guitarist David Callahan mixes his mediocre indie pop background with Margaret Fiedler & John Frennet's love for downtempo trip hop and dub experimentation that would eventually form Laika. The resulting aural substance is one of viscous electronic grooves blended with jagged guitar textures better than most of the post-Loveless shoegazing going on at the time. 

04 May, 2012

YGLP 5

Swans - Love Of Life (1992)

If you're not a fan of MBV you can look forward to the probable release of Swans' newest effort next week. This is a V0 rip of the long gone CD from my personal collection. I'm always terrible at describing albums, especially the ones I really like. Love Of Live has a hidden earth dwelling within it, one that I try to uncover with each listen. Sometimes it presents itself as a glimmering gem permeated with psychedelic light backed by Gira's baritone hum; other times it's an immeasurably heavy boulder submerging in an ocean of Jarboe's shrill shrieks. Regardless of how I experience its phenomena, Love Of Live is always a disturbingly beautiful listen.As for what you can expect on the new album, there's a bunch of demo tracks with explanations for you to sample here.

02 May, 2012

CRE 135T

Medicine - Aruca (1992)

Not going to lie, I'm nerding out over the My Bloody Valentine reissues to be released next Tuesday even though they won't be available in America. Here's a defunct Creation alumnus whose back catalogue was just reissued a couple of weeks ago. 
Hailing from the San Fernando Valley, Medicine was formed by Brad Laner in 1990. They were one of the few, if not the only, American shoegaze bands on Creation. The group would go on to get signed by Rick Rubin's American Recordings, joining the ranks of top shoegaze acts like Slayer and the Geto Boys. Medicine's commercial peak came in 1994 with a spot on the highly coveted The Crow soundtrack. I'd like to note, however, that the song in that video is not a fair representation of the harsher sound on this EP. Medicine broke up a year later after releasing an unsuccessful album. Ironically enough, Brad Laner briefly revived the group in 2002 with Shannon Lee, Brandon Lee's sister.

01 May, 2012

Nature Abhors A Vacuum

Depeche Mode - Black Celebration (1986)

A black celebration for Dave Gahan's upcoming 50th birthday.