Monday, April 17, 2006

Three Really Good Bands For Three Really Good Reasons



First of all, let me tell you that Caroliner Rainbow Hernia Milk Queen are the most retarded band I've ever heard. I do not understand this band. Their music is the aural equivalent of an entire psychedelic band vomiting on a train which is spiralling out of control down a cliff where the bottom is littered with spikes and landmines and ten thousand fucking angry as hell mad rabid dogs who want to eat every rock and roll record ever made and destroy the convention of modern music by barking at high, high volumes and playing guitars with their paws.

Needless to say they are awesome. This music goes way back too. I mean waaaay back. One of their most well-known records, Rear End Hernia Puppet Show was released back in 1985. None of the albums have been sold digitally as CDs. You have to order the LPs via snail mail from their distributor Subterranean. Each record comes with a piece of trash inside of it. Absolutely essential.

Another great band at the moment is Slomo who make heavy, heavy, heavy death/drone/doom ambient. The Creep is one long, singular epic track that brings to mind SunnO))), Deathprod and Philip Jeck all at the same time. I don't know enough about this band, other than the fact that Julian Cope loves them and their are British. Sweet.

In the world of pop, Band of Horses are owning my stereo. Everything All the Time, their fantastic debut album, channels a pre-suck Shins and kicks their furry little indie ass. Repeatedly. Band of Horses is loud, beautiful indie rock that is the perfect soundtrack to my life right now. The record is cheap too, because it's on Sub Pop, and everyone knows how rich they are.


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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Afrobeat and lack of beat...

I must admit I've been in a bit of a lull lately as far as finding new music goes. I just got back from Germany, and the only record I bought there was the Fela Kuti record Mr. Follow Follow, which ranks as his second best after Zombie. By the way, Fela Kuti will be the greatest musician of all time. This opinion of mine will never change. Please leave comments, and feel free to agree or disagree to this statement. I kid you not. He is the best.

When I came home, I realized that there wasn't much new stuff I really wanted to hear. The record I ended up buying, The Psychic Nature of Being by Lichens, was even released last year. This record is larger than life. Three tracks, all ten minutes plus - I think - and all recorded live, with no overdubs, which is awesome for an ambient record. Voice manipulation, minimalist guitar - it's all here. It reminds me a lot of some Jim O'Rourke stuff, in some ways.

The one-man ambient unit that is Lichens is TV On the Radio's Robert Lowe. It is a departure, to say the least, from his dance-punk counterparts, and a refreshing one at that; he can go from creating music that emphasizes the concept of "the big beat" to music that has a definite lack of a beat at all. Lichens is more like Deathprod than anything.

Of course, anything put out by Kranky is worth getting. Here's a link. Other fine bands on the roster include Low, Stars of the Lid and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, three of my favourite bands. 'Tis a good label.