Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Nirvana Unplugged in New York

I have had this album now for many years, so i have decided to say what is on my mind. I almost always listen to this album whenever i get into my car, and would probably have to say that this is my favorite cd out of my extensive collection. first of all, nirvana is right up there with my top groups that i like listening to, and second, for some reason i always like the acoustic version of any song. so this cd pretty much has everything that i am looking for.
I just completed a biography on Kurt Cobain which i found very interesting, it was called Heavier Than Heaven, which was the name of a tour nirvana went on back in the day...

So after reading this book a have begun to pay much closer attention to the lyrics of the song rather than just picking out a few words here and there so i was able to sing along i guess, and in doing that some of the songs are very interesting, and on this album it is very easy to hear the actual words because it is only backed up by the drums and an acoustic guitar rather that the heavier electric that comes along with all the other albums.
This cd also has lori goldsmith backing up on cello which i found very unique and cool, much cooler than all those rock groups trying to pull off the full on orchestra in the background, i find that very stupid, but i think one simple cello adds a nice touch. He also has three other guys, not counting krist N. on guitar, two of the guys from the meatpuppets who kurt was always a big fan of and even played a few of there songs on this cd. Lastly, Krist even plays the xylephone on one of the track.
And sorry i dont know how to put up the same music yet so maybe if john has time to he might, but try hard to listen to it if you havnt, if you have, rock on
Now i feel like i should say a little bit about the book now that i mentioned it and even included a picture. I always have a hard time reading any book, esspecially most biographies. but with this, it is a completely different story. Cross did i nice job writing this book, it starts of talking about one of kurts several near death experiences due to an OD, which right away caught my attention. Then it goes on to explain his childhood, how he grew up going from house to house, never really having a set home, to how he formed the band, made it big, and then ended up giving it all away. It is a great book, it was very interesting and for the most part an easy read, so if you are looking for a casual read, i suggest it. Be careful tho, it is also very depressing at some points, but there is always the funny parts as well to lift your spirits. so go buy the album and while your at it find the book as well.
If you are interested in reading the first chapter of the book to kind of get a feel for it and see what you thing heres a link, enjoy

Heavier Than Heaven

Monday, December 20, 2004

A Good Idea

Of what the 'graduating class' of 2004 will look like

Saturday, December 18, 2004

The Sound, from the lions mouth

"Lions Mouth could be the end of the line for me and 'rock' records- it's that good"
Steve Sutherland

My Dad had to send in his Linn Unidisk today so he set up one of his maybe 3 other cd players to the Hi Fi while I was watching 2 year old AND 1 tour mixtapes and trying to enjoy what would ultimately be a shitty day. I muted the tv so he could test out what a really good cd player sounded like as opposed to a really really good one. Regardless, he just got these 5 remastered cds from Renascent from a band called The Sound.

The Sound were an English Post Punk band who toured with The Comsat Angels and were going to Tour with U2. They are one of those really great bands that should have made it but never did. Of all moments in Rock history, I firmly beleive that the Post Punk era produced some of the greatest Rock music we will ever know. Bands like Mission of Burma, Echo & The Bunnymen and Joy Division made some of the best music I will ever here, and only a few bands and movements can claim as much genius as everything that happened in the late seventies and early eighties, and most of those bands who can were around for that movement (e.g The Cure, U2).

The opening Track is somewhat of a cult classic. Winning, with its opening bass lick and hopeful lyrics is a testament to how great bands of this era were. 'Emo' bands of today try to wear there hearts on their sleves while divulging the heartbreaks and agnst of teenage romance. Suffice it to say the winning isn't for pussies; it is a strong and commanding opening to a brilliantly scaled work. Its sounds corny, but by listening to winning and looking at the cover art of Briton Riviere's Daniel In The Lion's Den, one can really get a feel of the power Adrian Borland wanted to convey with his music,

although the whole album is emotionaly unstable and troubled, there is a discerning factor between the way that feeling was divugled by the post-punk era and how it is displayed now in the emo era, and that is factor is talent. There is a differnce between creating a driving, haunting, melodic song and whinning to power chords. The struggle being today adressed by bands like My Chemical Romance or Dashboard Confessionals, or your supposedly 'deeper' bands like Bleeding Through or any other aptly named band ultimately seem pathetic compared to the religous and pyschological overtones presented in songs like possesion and winning. It is unfortunate that the consitency of good music seen from bands in this movement doesn't exist too much anymore, simply because I wasn't able to be around the wealth of great bands in between about '72 and '85.

The Sound, Winning

The Sound, Possesion

Thursday, December 16, 2004

The Christmas Sucks Mixtape

I really used to like Christmas until I lost my innocence (whenever that was), I could never stand Christmas songs. It's like my friend Creighton says, the only reason people listen to them is because they feel obligated to.

here's a mix of totally un-related songs that have nothing to do with Christmas or eachother for that matter, but its what I'll be listening on the plane to MI.

as usual, tell me what you think

  1. Franz Ferninand, Jacqueline
  2. Young Gunz, Roc U
  3. Charizma, Here's a Smirk
  4. U.N.K.L.E, Invasion
  5. Radiohead, Optimistic
  6. Interpol, Take You on a Cruise
  7. The Walkmen, We've Been Had
  8. King Geedorah, I Wonder
  9. Eastern Youth, Hazakura Namiki
  10. Madvillain, Fancy Clown
  11. Trail of Dead, Source Tags & Codes

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Moving Units-Scars

Tom posted a review of this awhile ago, songs will now accompany reviews.


Saturday, December 04, 2004

De la Soul and MF Doom on a shitty late night show

i made sure i stayed up to see this, even though i can not stand carson daily or his fruity show, i made sure i saw, and now im making sure you see it,

Rock Ko.Cane.Flow on Last Call

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