Mercury Rev - Yerself is Steam
it's as cool as the cover. Deserter's Songs is the more famous album but it's pretty insignificant compared to this. this is a huge psychedelic feedback adventure. definitely one of the best albums of the nineties; belongs on the same shelf as stuff like Spiderland and Loveless.
It just occured to me that the album is one of the 20th/21st centuries genuine art forms. There is something really complete and aesthetically pleasing about a good album, like a modern day symphony or something.
also box sets.
King Sunny Ade - Juju Music
African Dance music in the traditional sense. Essential for people wanting to delve into African music.
INXS - Kick - 1987
I loved some of these songs as a kid but forgot all about them until recently and revisited that nostalgia. For some reason I feel this album is very important in what became of 90s pop rock. It just feels very 90s to me.
Niechęć - Śmierć w miękkim futerku - 2012
Don't let the cover dissuade/frighten you. This is JAZZ FUSION at its purest and most modern form that I've heard so far in this decade. Not that I've heard much, but I went into this on impulse and it doesn't stop leaving me refreshed after a listen. Polish Jazz is something I'm not familiar with, not that it feels cultural but damn this is good.
Celldweller - Wish Upon a Blackstar (Deluxe Edition) (2012)
A work in progress since 2004, Wish Upon a Blackstar is an album that accomplishes a variety of experimental fusions of different genres of music including but not limited to electronic rock, industrial, dance, drum and bass, dubstep, and orchestral.
The album takes no singular direction in terms of beat or emotion, some tracks leaving you dancing in your seat, others giving you goosebumps and sending shivers down your spine, sometimes even both.
Another awesome thing is that this music is perfect music to listen to while doing stuff. It accomplishes being engrossing only when you want it to be, so it doesn't distract you from work but can make the world fade away if you so desire.
To me, each song is pieced together in such a manner that each listen will sound unique and fresh as each missed detail is taken in, and the Deluxe Edition provides three advantages:
1) A better track listing.
2) Pleasant transitions between tracks.
3) Instrumental versions of each track.
Either way, it's a really kickass fusion-hybrid album that I'd recommend to any fan of electronic rock.
Rating: Solid 9/10.
First record of his that I've heard. I have heard a few things from him, but never really an album. But this one I'm liking a lot, it's essentially soft rock, but it's full of different touches of folk and jazz. I was pretty amazed when I heard them as I thought he was just a plain country artist. Turns out I'm a mug and make dumb assumptions.
Worth a listen.
Great record. Muslims aren't getting a good reputation in modern times, but when you hear things that are so passionately expressed, you can't help but look down on yourself for putting down a culture.
There's no voice like it, he has some kind of pain and wonder in his voice that kind of hits you. I think he was part of The Last Temptation of Christ alongside Peter Gabriel. Very moving.
platEAU - Music for Grassbars
playEAU is a Skinny Puppy side-project for the legalization of marijuana.. It's very experimental/improvisational, and has weird, trippy house beats.
If you like electronic music, listen to this!
My dad gave me a bunch of records from a few local bands from the New York area from the 70's/80's a few years ago, and I found them to be the most enjoyable records I've ever listened to.
One of my personal favourites, is a record by The Good Rats, called Tasty.
It has a really weird range and variety of song elements (EX: Harmonies reminiscent of Yes, blues numbers, big band influences), but they all come together so well in the most sexiest ways possible. My hands down favourite track off that album is Fred Upstairs & Ginger Snappers.
The albums might be a little difficult to acquire, but it is one of the best sounding records I've ever listened to.
Chrome Dreams 2 - Neil Young
Great album. I suggest a listen to any fans of Neil Young.
Band: 40 Watt Sun
Album: The Inside Room
Genre: Doom Metal
I don't usually listen to all that much traditional doom. I tend to prefer the kinds of doom with harsh vocals.
There are, of course, exceptions. This is the latest one. The vocals are just wonderful and the music is wonderfully heavy and slightly drone-y! Highly recommended!
When I saw you, you looked so surprised, and the oceans flowed through your blue-grey eyes, and I stood and gazed; through hot summer days... So tell me; how do you feel?
it's like taking acid but it's in music form
AR Kane - 69
progressive dream funk?
(ok really it's just post-punk with vaguely shoegazy guitars by black guys but I wanted to call something progressive dreamfunk)
I've listened to AR Kane, it wasn't that one. But it was good.
Could someone recommend me an album with the Phil Collins/Peter Gabriel/Genesis sound? I really don't know where to look and I love their percussive 80's style and would like to hear more like it.
Band: Apati (Apathy)
Album: Morgondagen Inställd i Brist på Intresse (Tomorrow Cancelled due to Lack of Interest)
Genre: Depressive Rock/Black Metal
Judging from the reviews on Metallum this album is a bit of a hate-or-love. I personally am on the Love side. There are some similarities with both Lifelover, Alcest and Katatonia and as for the lyrics, well... Take this translated section from Syndafloden.
"No matter how hard you try to make me realize,
how much you're comforting me, helping me
There is always that small, but yet so strong, spark
Which somehow makes the fire burn once again
Which burns me from within and out
How much you fill me with lies
Lies about everything being great, it'll be fine, it'll be OK"
Coldly and miserably recommended for the Depressive black rock-fans out there.
Planning for Burial - Leaving [$5]
Genre: Shoegaze, Drone, Depressive love-sick self-loathers anthems
I've already reviewed this in this thread once before, but I'm changed and duely because of this album.
I discovered Planning for Burial through Enemies List Home Recording
(Have A Nice Life, Giles Corey, etc.) and I always had this very subtle
but bold appreciation for this album. But time after time, whenever I hear
this man's music after a not-so-good day it resonates on levels with me
that this earth can't withstand. Leaving is a beautiful record, a perfect
combination of drone and shoegaze forming to create the most numb and
incredibly pained music ever created. There is nothing about this album
that isn't astounding to me. Leaving manages to lull me with quiet walls of
dulled static and gloom and then lift me high up into the harsh feedback-laden
wind of a hopeful depression by creating impossibly anthemic ballads of lost
or far too idealistic love and happiness. Maybe it's just me, but I doubt it;
Leaving is a monument to all your self-directed criticisms and foolish desires.
BNNT - _ _ [€5 EUR]
Genre: Russian Noise Rock, Noise, Drone, Noisey, brutal, crazy fringe-person hate sounds exploding.
This a pretty ridiculously cool band. It's a bad ass noise
project of one Russian man who uses this bass-like instrument
in the shape of a missile and drives creeper vans around
and surprises the public with crazy noise rock explosions.
This album is freaky and bad ass. Lots of raw sounds and
buzzy feedback with strange loud drums. Lots of eerie and
politically charged statements and vibes coming from this.
Really a stellar "fringe-person" insight. There are some great
use of samples from people talking and awesome use of
atmosphere. It's probably one of the coolest things I've
heard this year. Listen to this shit.
Band: Daylight Dies
Album: A Frail Becoming
Genre: Melodic Death/Doom Metal
This album was released earlier this month and it's already on my "Albums of 2012"-list. It's splendidly glorious! If you like Swallow The Sun, this should be right up your alley!
Band: Led Zeppelin
Album: Houses of the Holy
This has to be my all time favorite album (I have it on vinyl too I love it that much). The song order is so well thought out and I've listened to it so many times and I haven't gotten bored or found anything I don't like about any one of the songs, and I can rarely say that even on some of my other top favorite albums. It has this amazing feel to it that I can't quite explain and I would say almost anyone who's into any kind of rock or metal or anything similar will probably like it. I strongly recommend you give it a try if you haven't already.
You can listen to it here
It's like you really dont understand sarcasm.
I own like, one or two albums I don't like on Vinyl. I know Xasthur - Defective Epitaph is one of them
i received a free sleeve of a rick astley album with one of my orders. troll seller. :(
I own 2 copies of the Never Gonna Give You Up single.
fans of Jeff Buckley will like this. Forgotten gem of the 90s definitely.
Band: Alvin Band
Album: Mantis Preying
The only way I can describe is just "Really unique alternative music made completely with mouth noises and vocals."
But also catchy as hell.
there's no question, I'm getting that album.
Tourist history by two door cinema club , it's one of my all time favorites. I like how all the songs are really happy and upbeat, it's just an overall great album. It also has a kitty on the album cover
second album. It may be even more Animal Collective than Animal Collective.
But at the same time, I really don't like the second album because it dropped all the vocal compositions and is now just a lot of noise (And Animal Collective.)
Or maybe I just don't like Animal Collective? This is getting confusing.
I'll agree with what you just said though. :-)
What I want to know is where the dude came from and how.
By Animal Collective I meant their less "crazy" stuff, more the "Sung Tongs" album they did.
Pagan Altar - Mythical & Magical
Pagan Altar is a doom metal band formed in 1978 in Brockley, England. Alongside Witchfinder General, they are one of the few “NWOBHM” bands to play doom metal. Although they were ignored by mainstream metal media during the early and mid 80s, their influence did not emerge until after the 80s incarnation had broken up.
Their gigs were characterized by moody, epic and heavy music interpreted with highly visual stage aspect which accented their interest for occult themes. Pagan Altar’s only release from that era was independent, self-released, self-titled album which was in later years often bootlegged. It was finally officially re-released on Oracle Records in 1998 and titled “Volume 1”.
In 2004, Pagan Altar reunited, re-recorded and released their previously unfinished second album, “Lords of Hypocrisy. These songs date back to the first 1980s incarnation. Also in 2004, “The Time Lord EP” was released, which contains recordings that date back to the band’s inception in 1978.
Their third album, “Mythical & Magical” was released in late 2006 and features a considerable amount of material that also date back prior to the 1982 release.
Are you fan of Folkish Rock with a bit of Doom in the mixture? Then this is an obligatory album for you.
This is the type of song that take you to the countryside hills and deep inside the folklore of witches, enchantments and sorcery.
Personally I would describe this album and the band as something beautiful. I'm a huge fan and I've seen them live a couple of times.
Mythical & Magical never ceases to surprise me since the year it was released.
No matter how much you listen to it, it will always sound fresh.
Here's a piece of it.