Monday, February 13, 2006

Don't Believe the Hype

Now that the initial shock of living in a country where women's rights and gay rights are constantly running the risk of falling off the proverbial political cliff has worn off, I move on to my next calculated and studious outrage. Which is, of course, the Arctic Monkeys, the latest hype factory from the UK. Shall I inform you of how I feel about this band? I think that the amount of ass-kissing done by the NME has created a hickey so gargantuan that it is removing all the blood from the heads of these young lads - only then can a group of young dudes make rock and roll sound this bad.

Allegedly this album now holds the record for fastest selling debut in the UK - 100 000 copies on its first day - and I have decided that it is my birthright on Earth to discount this band and their songs for nothing but trash and drivel. It is boring, manufactured, pre-packaged rock and roll which would be nothing without the magic of the studio. I kid you not.

The last thing we need is another band like this. How boring. It wouldn't surprise me if they're all in cohorts with the Test Icicles, Britain's other shite band of the moment. Avoid, avoid, avoid. Don't even download this garbage. Let it rot on the shelves of HMV.

Do Believe the Hype

On the complete other side of the good and bad musical spectrum lies Supersilent, who have just recently released their live DVD 7. I haven't seen it yet, because I haven't had a chance to buy a copy yet, but I have complete faith that it will blow my mind and the minds of those around me.

Supersilent features Helge Sten, better known as Deathprod, who is responsible for one of the finest ambient albums ever made - Morals and Dogma. This man is groundbreaking, not only for his work in Supersilent and Deathprod, but also for his magic hand on the production of albums like List of Lights and Buoys by Susanna and the Magical Orchestra. As a band, they are untouchable. If you listen to the entire Supersilent catalogue, ranging from 1 to 6, you will hear the evolution of a group of improvisers so skilled that they seem to simultaneously break the restraints of every kind of experimental music genre ever. While every record can be and is considered free jazz, elements of every imaginable artistic statement drift in and out of their porous textural improvised experimentation.

My personal favourite Supersilent studio album is 6. It truly is a phenomenal record, pushing boundaries, challenging its listeners, and defying expectations consistently. From the soothing, emotional and disjointed synths and samples of the opening track to the pounding toms which drift in and out of the record, this is a magnum opus, a modern masterpiece, and a destroyer of convention. All the more reason to appreciate it.

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There's No Hype to Believe

Unfortunately, nobody is really talking about Mouthus. They're really well known in the No Fun Fest crowd, those New York hipsters who go to the Thurston Moore curated event every year, featuring numerous chart-toppers such as Wolf Eyes, Nautical Almanac, Birds of Delay, Dead Machines, and other bands I really doubt that your mom likes.

This band is really interesting. All I've heard is a collaboration record with Valerie Allen. It sounds like the end of the freakin' world. It's as epic and monumental as that too, with voices, guitars, and drums seeping in and out of an electronically modified, effects pedal mindjob. Check out this band.


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