Saturday, May 30, 2015

ADVENTURES / PITY SEX - SPLIT (2014) [FULL SPLIT]


Sex Adventure
by Righex

This kinda lot like listening to Superchunk and Sugar.  No, more like Alternative and Indie Rock Pop + Emo.  It really feels like I am running out of things to say but this is good, really good. Who says 90's college rock is dead.  Here's an adorable Split. The kind of bands I won't hesitate to watch play live. Oh dear, split. And by the way, the last track is a Pixies cover.  

Friday, May 29, 2015

RIDE - BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC / FULL SESSION


The Ides of Ride's Id of May
by Righex

Gideon stopped on his way to work to watch this band.  "Their first radio session since their return... since 1994, about the same time people were watching The Shawshank Redemption for only the first time"...

Ride.  Oh dear... need I say more.



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

THE SOUNDTRIPPER - COMPILATION VOLUME XXIV


Let's Stay Guided By Voices
by Ryeckx

One can never keep up. Not Just Robert Pollard or Tobin Sprout, this band is phenomenal. They seem not to run out of songs and releases. As of this writing the classic lineup released eight singles before the middle of the year 2013. Two singles for 2011 and four for 2012. And now it's 2k15...what the heck!

They are on their nth album release not mentioning a number of Pollard and Sprout side projects. I hear that they're still making new songs.  Every release for me is like attending a class with Bob the Professor. And the only thing left to say or ask is "Will GBV be singing in another language soon enough perhaps?"..., just saying.


THE SOUNDTRIPPER - COMPILATION VOLUME XXI



Well Versed
by Ry X Av

It is the same song and the same artist, or is it? Something's definitely and distinctly different about these.  Must be, but it's played by the same artists more or less,  just might as well be the same song, the same version but it just isn't.  They're twisted, warped or something other than other one. These are remakes, live, sessions, acoustic or may just be the early versions.  You might just like it this way. Here you'll be looking or listening to them in a different way. A few are so close with their studio versions and some I'd say are plainly unusual.

01. Get A Room - Psychedelic Furs
This is an adorable acoustic version of "Get A Room" originally found on the album "The World Outside".

02. A Small Mercy - Fra Lippo Lippi
The second track on the album :Small Mercies", "A Small Mercy," is the early birth of one of Fra Lippo Lippi's future hits, "Everytime I See You."

03. Brighter - The Railway Children
The rare acoustic version of "Brighter" found on their acoustic release "Gentle Sound".

04. Hole In The Holy - Echo and the Bunnymen
A remake of my favorite "Over You".

05. Crowning Glory - The Wild Swans
A remake of the ever enchanting "The Whirlpool Heart".

06. Temptation - New Order
The 7" Version of early New Order, post Joy Division's "Temptation".

07. Think For A Minute - The Housemartins
More upbeat version of Housemartins' lovely "Think For A Minute'.

08. Another Girl, Another Planet - The Only Ones
Very close, this is from The Only Ones' John Peel Sessions.

09. I Am A Tree - Gem
Doug Gillard's "I Am A Tree", produced by Gem pre-Guided By Voices stint.

10. Nightlife Baby - The Cars
The early version of The Cars' hit "Let's Go".

11. Monkey Gone To Heaven - The Pixies
Doolittle's "Monkey Gone To Heaven", remixed version.

12. This Charming Man - The Smiths
The version that's cut from The Smiths' John Peel Sessions.

FUCK - PARDON MY FRENCH


The Dry Lawn Shop
by Ryeckx

Not so long ago, there was this song and the title was Laundry Shop.  And along the waves of time of searching for the songs that'll free one's mind, out came Fuck.  And the snippets of songs from albums, in remnants, or was found to be in debris, Matador, Subpop and what was that again?  Touch and Go?...and who knows what else.  I'd rather. or just maybe share it some other time...for childish rants to confuse and ache our heads.  


Monday, May 25, 2015

RAINER MARIA - EARS RING EP


Faith in the Blue
by Ryeckz

Recalling the grip for Maria.  And whenever faith has waned needing contact on a daily basis, this would help.  After a night of wrong-doing and left holding nothing.  Nothing, nothing, nothing to do but to love her.




ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN - EVERGREEN


Tired of The Songs The Sorrow Sings
by fRyeeks

This was  the album that came after  the band broke up after Reverberation if I am not mistaken.  And it was kinda surprising , nonetheless, this has changed the moods and outlook of some listeners including this writer.  It's like a group of priests singing in a choir instead of the usual church choir.  It thus feels heavenly at some point listening to this unreal, ethereal and most awesome tunes.

Band Link

Personnel:
Echo And the Bunnymen are:

Ian McCulloch
Will Sergeant
Les Pattinson
Adam Peters
Michael Lee
Ed Shearmur
London Metropolitan Orchestra

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Evergreen is the seventh studio album by the British rock band Echo & the Bunnymen. It is their first album since reforming after they disbanded in 1993. Vocalist Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant had previously worked together as Electrafixion before they were rejoined by bassist Les Pattinson under the name Echo & the Bunnymen in early 1997. Following a successful return to live performances and the release of the single "Nothing Lasts Forever", the album was released in July 1997. Two further singles – "I Want to Be There (When You Come)" and "Don't Let It Get You Down" – followed the album's release. The album received good reviews from the music press and was received well by the public, reaching number eight on the UK Albums Chart.



GUIDED BY VOICES - DOGFISH HEAD / BEER THOUSAND



A Thousand Dogfish Beerheads
by Rayehks

Hey, it's awesomely thousand.  Beers have been made out of this.  A thousand at least I can tell perhaps.  And I can't still find that beer.  "Hey beer sneer, wheeere are you now...?  Oh dear... B B B B Baby Thousand ampersand babies...no no no .. It's a thousand beess... No No, no no no.. it's Beer Thousand// A thousand beers,, Beer Thousand and, . . Dogpeace.. no, Dogfish Head...Dogfish Head. Yeah, it is Dogfish Head and Beer Thousand.. Oh dear, beer... Must be something that's been thought out to share something awesome once again. B b Bb BBob,, Bob your head into thiss live recprding. Yes it is a collection of Guided By Voices' live performance that features songs from the album Bee Thousand... Yeah! .. and they do sound great as always... GBV! GBV GBV! ...

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

ROBERT POLLARD - FAULTY SUPERHEROES


Lately the Latest Salty Salute
by Ryecks

It's like riding inside a freight train.  And at the moment it's a treat before lunch or something.  Like listening to a sampler promotional album from the speakers or some headphones or something somewhere.  But it's just a set of music I continuously follow from time to time.

"Take me to your leader, I am your leader, Yolita." Up and up and up.


 

BALK - JAMSKIS


Drawn to Kindreds
by Ryeks

"Please don't hesitate to speak your mind."   This is like a form of another call back to sanity.  Some sorts, kinda, lika... ... another bet on sky.  And as much as I would want to describe how good this is, the words might blew it.

Well, there we go.

Friday, May 22, 2015

METZ - II


Indulging Engaging
by Ryex

It's quite hot.  This is the METZ I knew before.  I was completely blown away by Wasted.  I think that was from their first release.  Take note that this band has positive reviews considering that it is a Subpop band. It means that it maybe obscure for some especially here.  If you are into Jesus Lizard or the loud Nirvana or Sebadoh,  I must say this is a wonderful way of shaking up your neighbors, your environs or yourself from all sorts of evil.  You know, how loud music could somehow kick the demon's ass or the things in your head that's too fed up with the world's mess.  This has got to be one of those recordings that could do that.

Tints of Girls Against Boys and Husker Du or whatever.  There's that indie-post punk rock scene that still manage to shake out that feeling of rage that has to be off of your systems. The Swimmer, Nervous System..this is like a kick in the balls!


 

NUCLEAR BULLDOZER - DEMO (LITION)


New Clear Meltdown
by Ryex


Really am not sure what to make out of this.  It's just that it so warm in here that I had to let go of this heat by playing some kind of music that'll somehow reflect the rage I feel.  And though I never heard of this band before, and making it a point this time to play the whole album while writing this review or whatever you want to call it.  Another way of treating this headache is just to write about something, anything anyhow.


Well, it's just the kind of rock music I needed at this point.  Rock and Roll, metal, and grunge, this sounds like.  And it's in instrumental form.  This band may have gone tired of singers, they didn't need one.  

Monday, May 18, 2015

MY BLOODY VALENTINE - COMPILATION THE BEST OF


Hues and Blood Cells
by Ryan Avellanosa Cervantes y

During the nineties, I was not really adept with MBV.  This is unnerving for me.  After The Dawn's heydays on the eighties came bands that sprouted off from some place and became popular.  We had bands like The Youth, Sugar Hiccup, and Eraserheads whom I admired and looked up to.  Then we had Rivermaya and The Teeth.  

The second millennium came and here we go again.  My Bloody Valentine has this awesome prowess of offering music that's obviously obscure to this country's native ears.  Or if the need and the urge comes, like some static noise one needs to have going on the airwaves just to block the sound nature produces everyday... or buffer ... screen out or something.  You know, like firecrackers that we somehow still practice to scare off demons away or something.  Here's to hanging on to that feeling of modernism in music.  And the love for ear-candies.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

NEW ORDER - SINGULARITY


Spunk Back Home True
by Ryan Avellanosa y Cervantes

What do we have here?   It does seem kind of surprising how bands reunite themselves to form another set of songs that they would eventually have to set free and keep in motion.  Peter, Stephen, Bernard and that chic.  I could recall their past groupings, satellite recordings and other stuff.  We or I got to listen to Bad Lieutenant, Electronic and The Other Two.

What can I say? They were some sort of like a fraud in the 80s that had us dancing and clouded, dazed in our teenage years. The stuff that produced a world  that's renowned to somehow make us feel young again,or just to stop time and keep us abreast of the memories of that piece of heaven we fought to own and stay, unmindful of the other reality that somehow should not dominate other notions cultural.  I and every each one of us should find time for self culture.  Such is this  type of music that somehow stuck and remain.  

All along this stride, and the music culture of college music, new wave, modern rock,.. new music, one can't deny how good   New Order was before, and still is anyway not mentioning their roots which we somehow seem to forget how or might need to be deleted from memory.

There's Joy Division, Monaco , and some other stuff they're associated with.  Spunk, spunk, and the spunk.
It does semm kind of obvious and thus has made one feel psychicly or cyclicly stupid for we found ourselves strange or might feel estranged on moments we felt free in our singularities.  Every once in a while when
one does need to do be so, and these moments shared for a generation that remained strong and high strung.

And before this release, I must say though that this could blow up in your face.  In honor for the friendship, I took the time to listen  and write the lyrics of this wonderful single.   Take heed for it might just change your way of thinking.

Singularity

winter came so soon
and summer never happened
with players on a stage
with roles already scripted
working for a wage
we're living for today
on a giant piece of girth
spinning in the universe

I can hear/feel your presence/cry out there
and I can feel you close to me/everywhere
(winding softly through the air)
one day at a time
inch by inch
for every kiss
on lovers' lips
for all the souls
we can't conform
for friends that aren't here
we shed our tears

and all i wanna do
make the right impression
an instrument of truth
a soldier with no weapon
I guess so much for you
I crawled a thousand miles
in deserts full of sand
for love on every land


Monday, May 11, 2015

VA - 再见张炬 (GOODBYE, ZHANG JU - A TRIBUTE TO ZHANG JU) TRACK PICKS


By Jake Kussmaul
Original cover art


Today marks the 20th anniversary in the death of 24-year-old Zhang Ju, founding bassist of Tang Dynasty, who was killed in a motorcycle accident on May 11th, 1995. A year to the day of his passing, various prominent acts of the Beijing rock scene decided to collaborate on a musical commemoration. The resulting effort, "Goodbye, Zhang Ju", is a collection of 13 mostly stripped down rockers (plus two commentary tracks), completed in a period where Chinese rock mainstays had experienced an indefinite lull. (1996-c. '98). Regardless, the scene is still strongly unified by their passion for music, and, ultimately, their respects for their deceased comerade.

In honor of this event, I wanted to share my views on the tracks that managed to stand out for me.



"That Day" (Luan Shu of Black Panther): I was under the notion that this would sound like a typical glam metal jam, given his roots in the band Black Panther - boy, was I wrong! Early 90s pop metal hooks are stripped in favor of mid 90s shoegaze and reverb. The guitars are definitely melodic and dreamy, a stark contrast to anything from his former band (then-frontman Qin Yong actually managed to push their signature--albeit extremely dated--glam sound to greater success!). But Luan has gone a more experimental direction. His vocals are a bit reminiscent of Porno for Pyros-era Perry Farrell, and. The chorus-laden vocals and airy guitars blend within the song quite well, and it's an interesting shift of influences.

















"Live in Your Dreams" (Ding Wu of Tang Dynasty):  Makes itself out to be acoustic, only to become progressively thicker. Interestingly, the electric guitars make a subtle entrance into the song; they don't arm themselves to pop out spontaneously at any specific point. Instead, they  are at equal pace andcarefully add another layer of depth without obscuring the acoustics. I felt it was more appropriate having this song be straightforward prog, rather than heavy metal, in accordance with the album's concept.  Ding Wu's vocals could be interpreted in two ways: To the passive listener, they might come off as "stuffy" or lackluster (and, perhaps occasionally incoherent). However, if listened to actively, the vocals convey a sense of hesitation, as if Ding was fighting to hold back tears. The end of the song definitely hits home.














 "I Almost Blew Off My Eyelashes" (Zhang Chu): Probably the second song I've heard from him, after "Sister" from the China Fire compilation (Maybe I've heard his contribution from China Fire II...not sure though--it's been years). Definitely a lot more raw in terms of arrangement: The bass line is grungy and its gain tends to fluctuate, particularly in the first verse. Also, the rhythm guitar is slightly out of tune with the piano, but whether intentional or not, it doesn't detract from the song as a whole. What remains consistent, though, is the amount of soul in Zhang's voice. From the second half of the first verse onwards, he just kills it!












"Little Brother" (Zang Tian Shou of 1989): In a way, the song's melody evokes the feeling of being alone, aloof, and vulnerable in the streets. I like how the almost erratic style of the vocals during the verses resembles passive thought speak. My guess is that the singer thought of Zhang as his little brother, who was ultimately in need of guidance. The distorted bass during the last chorus starts to free itself from the mix and really starts grooving toward the end.


"Green Grass" (Gao Qi of Overload): The most tender, succinct, and hands down best song on the album. This is another instance of a metal oriented band broadening their scape of influence. Gao's use of a twelve-string acoustic really accentuates the quality of his singing. When the harmonies came in during the second chorus, I'll admit, I let out a couple tears (and even as I listened back to it for this review)! This further solidifies the idea that music has the power to reach deep within the heart, regardless where it's from.





...and this concludes my review!

While not being able to understand any Mandarin Chinese myself, I can appreciate the album from a stylistic standpoint; it's craftily thought out and the talent is considerable.  But even as a majority of the songs give off an implicit bittersweet tone, I'd feel much more fulfilled had I known how to speak the language. Only then would I be able to fully recognize the album's substance, both lyrically and sonically.
























Download Link
(Once on the page, click the kanji title of the album with the hyperlink attached)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

SANDWICH - DEBRIS



In Remnants
by Ryan Avellanosa

This is their latest.  <S>.  Sandwich has not lost their spunk.  Obviously, they are still in the game. 

Well, they featured their full album on YouTube and I have seen their video which featured the awesome Bianca King. I must say again that I should listen first while watching a basketball game on TV and writing this post and waiting for a boxing match later. And who knows I might say something more after I finish listening to this nonstop video. Rock on!



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