Friday, August 27, 2010

Scott Pilgrim Vs. Your Stereo Pt. 3

Okay, so we're at #3 of 4 in my posts about music recommendations for folks who maybe liked some of the music in the Scott Pilgrim movie, but weren't sure where else to turn.
  • The Stone Roses - "The Stone Roses" (The classic album from this one-hit wonder).
  • No Age - "Nouns" (Ultra-lo-fi hipper-than-thou rock from the L.A. underground).
  • Mr. Gnome - "Deliver This Creature" (Edgy underground rock).
  • The Faint - "Dance Macabre" (Ironic, dancey, gothy).
  • The Breeders - "Pod" (A poppy, distorted, female vocal driven rock).
  • The Pixies - "Doolittle" (Uneven, but influential rock).
  • Aerial - "Put It This Way In Headlines" (Arty, witty, ironic rock/pop).
  • Dead Weather - "Horehound" (Blues-rock supergroup with Jack White on drums).
  • Unwound - "Repetition" (Angular art-punk).
  • Die Princess Die - "Lions Eat Lions" (Dancey electro punk).
Some of this stuff, as usual, is more accessible while other bands are a bit more "underground" in terms of being less immediately approachable. Let me know if there is anything you particularly liked!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Scott Pilgrim Vs. Your Stereo Pt. 2

And here's the second post of four in response to Jenny's request for music that you might like if you liked the pseudo-indie from Scott Pilgrim!
  1. The Black Lips - "Let it Bloom" (Totally stripped down scuzzy 60's rock).
  2. The Ponies - "Laced With Romance" (Really stripped-down bar rock).
  3. Sonic Youth - "Rather Ripped" (One of their most accessible albums).
  4. Morella's Forest - "Ultraphonic Hiss" (Sugary but massive mid-90's shoegaze with tight pop songs.)
  5. Squirrel Bait - "Squirrel Bait" (Old-school proto-emo punk).
  6. The Icarus Line - "Penance Soiree" (Howling hard rock).
  7. Kill Hannah - "American Jet Set" (Gothy dancey rock from chicago).
  8. Liars - "Liars" (Jangly, dark and brilliant cutting edge indie rock).
  9. Stereolab - "Peng!" (Quiet/makeout music).
  10. Throwing Muses - "The Real Ramona" (Angular, strange).

Monday, August 23, 2010

Scott Pilgrim Vs. Your Stereo

An interesting request occurred when I publicly expressed my deep disappointment in the "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World", I actually received a request to recommend some new albums to people who might have liked some of the indie rock in the movie. Once I started the list, the bands just kept coming and though I don't even like some of these bands, or haven't listened to them in close to a decade, there are bound to be a few gems in here for the Knives of the less-CG-world. In fact, there were so many bands you can expect four, yes, FOUR, posts of ten bands each for your amusement. In no particular order, with the {Band Name - "Album Title" (Comments).} format.
  • Spoon - "Transference" (Stripped down, but ocmplicated, rock).
  • Monotonix - "Where Were You When It Happened?" (Craaaazzzy).
  • The Apes - "The Fugue in the Fog" (Heavy indie rock with an organ).
  • Archie Bronson Outfit - "Derdang Derdang" (Jangly, dancey Lodon-sound rock).
  • SSM - "SSM" (Dirty electro-indie from the Midwest).
  • Pavement - "Brighten The Corners" (A classic album from the slacker-rock kings).
  • Darker My Love - "2" (New from Los Angeles).
  • Tapes 'n Tapes - "Walk If Off "(Great upbeat rock from this Minneapolis unit).
  • The Duke Spirit - "Neptune" (A darker, slower album with a female vocalist).
  • The Subways - "Young for Eternity" (Dancable british punk-inflected rock).
That's it for this installment! Let me know if you have any bands you recommend to burgeoning fans of indie and underground rock?

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Past!

Hello all! I just wanted to make a quick post because I realized while I know that I migrated my art blog from Livejournal to Blogger this year, many of you who read this (*cough*) might not know that there is a large archive of restaurant reviews, music and other art-related chicanery there. If you dig back far enough you can even find the first inklings of my SM Blues project plus many other posts that are likely to be embarrassing to me! Best!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Post - Rock That Doesn't Suck

Post Rock That Doesn't Leave You Feeling As Unsatisfied As Last Time You Looked At Sailor Moon Porn:

And So I Watch You From Afar - And So I Watch You From Afar

Metal tinged and played with a bombastic intensity and relentless innovation that makes me giddy. Not just a collection of riffs without vocals, these songs contort and explode over their lengths with many wonderful resolutions. Post rock that seriously goes somewhere.

Pirate Ship Quintet - The Pirate Ship Quintet EP

Striving for a deeply cinematic quality, this debut album shows a massive amount of promise. They are able to incorporate almost lullaby-like passages of simmering mystery with an excellent sense of musical structure into larger structures of cathartic group playing, they retain a sense of melancholy even at their peaks.

Sgt. - Stylus Fantasticus

This album walks a fine line between being very classical and very jazz with exquisite instrumentation and complex compositions. A shimmering clean texture and an operatic scope. Really fantastic percussive work underscores the soaring melodies and excellent group playing which gives all of the players a voice even when they are in backing rolls.

Mono - You Are There

Probably the most typical of the albums in terms of being "post-rock" but the dynamic tension and instrumental interplay are operating with a level of perfection and gracefulness that puts it on a whole different plateau of that tension between chamber music composition and shivering wind-blown peaks of the distorted-grandiose that most post-rock seeks after.

Last of the Juanitas - "In the Dirt"

Post-rock, but dirty and punky-quirky like John Spencer meets the Minutemen. Short, funky, raw with a few sparse vocals that lend an aura of desperation.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Three Music Lists: Doom, Dirge, Blackened, Folk, Ambient, Experimental

So, while lately I've been listening to a ton of death metal, really, my [metal] heart lies with experimental black metal and funeral dirge. I was at Villain's Tavern with friends last night drinking whiskey and we were talking about a few of our favorite bands. I wrote up a trio of lists of current mind blowing music for him, but you might want to check these out as well!

Dirge, Funeral Doom and Shoegaze-Doom Metal:
Ahab - "The Call of the Wretched Sea"
The Angelic Process - "Weighing Souls With Sand"
Esoteric - "The Maniacal Vale"
Evoken - "Antithesis of Light"
Dirge - "Wings of Lead Over Dormant Seas"

Folk/Traditional Influenced/Inflected/Inspired Black Metal:
Windir - "1184"
Moonsorrow - "Verisakeet"
Kroda - "Towards the Fimaments"
Drudkh - "Autumn Aurora"
Primordial - "The Gathering Wilderness"

Experimental, Strange, Wondrous, Frightening, Avant Black Metal:
Fauna - "The Hunt"
Blood of the Black Owl - "A Banishing RItual"
Trist - "Hin Fort"
Thalldom - "A Shaman Steering the Vessel of Vastness"
Negura Bunget - "'N Crugu Bradului"

Just a couple notes about each of the three groups of music. Firstly, these are very specific lists made in response to very specific queries about the extreme artistic fringes of music. In group #1, you will find a complete absence of anything you could rock out or head bang to. They are the slowest, most ambient, atmospheric of an already slow genre. The bands can get huge and overwhelming, but never with riffs (ala Electric Wizard). Grouping #2 is in response to the vastly overwhelming amount of complete crap that occurs when you mix metal and folk instrumentation (I'm looking at you Eluvite). They are extremely artistically serious bands who happen to incorporate some traditional melodies and/or instruments. The music is not by any stretch light or ironic. For list #3, all rules are void. Yes, technically they are all "black metal" band but these are bands know no boundaries. You are likely to get a serious mind-fuck out of listening to them. They are the bands that I go to when I need really serious artistic inspiration. Bands that scorch everything else from your mind. All they share in common is that you have to approach the whole album as the piece and you need patience and many listens to start to find the idiosyncratic nuances buried within.