Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Swans - The '10s


They returned once more, to put the final nail in the coffin of rock music. M Gira and company have literally dissembled all that came before and stuffed it back in the womb, cowering and frightened, naked and permanently scarred.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Miles Davis - The 1950s


Miles Ahead, indeed. The greatest trumpeter of all time played it straight through the 1950s, dazzling with tone and technique. This is modern jazz in its most heralded era.

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Naked And Famous


Hands down my favorite band of these '10s... 'teens? For anyone who was a child of the '80s, the last 10 years has been like a second coming of sorts. Ear candy to the Nth degree. I can't recommend TNAF enough.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Hermano / Unida


After Kyuss disbanded, Josh Homme went one way, finding success with QotSA, and singer John Garcia went another way - making kick-ass music in Unida and Hermano. I don't know why Garcia never found the success of his former partner. Unida is an absolute must for fans of The Cult, Circus of Power, and should even appeal to most QotSA fans.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Swans - The '00s


And by "Swans" I mean Swans-related. M Gira ended Swans in 1997, and by 1999 he was back under the Angels Of Light moniker.  What started out as a more subdued acoustic-based project slowly made its way to pretty much sounding like Swans by 2007's "We Are Him" album.  But gira did produce a lot of great music under the AoL name, so don't make the mistake of dismissing it.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Alice In Chains


Another rock 'n' roll tragedy. Imagine achieving more and more success with each release, leading to a #1 album in 1995... only to become inactive until the lead singer finally dies from an overdose some 6 years later.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Dadawa


Dadawa is the name Zhu Zheqin gave her project over 20 years ago. Though she's only managed 3 albums, they are unique and hover somewhere in the ambient world/world fusion type genre.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

RIP - Leonard Cohen


In my dreams, there is sometimes a roller rink. Leonard Cohen is always the soundtrack to those dreams.

Mary My Hope


Mary My Hope only made one album, Museum, but it really sounds like the first "grunge" album.  As it was released in 1989, maybe they were just too early.  I think if it had come out 2-3 years later they would've done pretty well.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Anti-Flag


Great punk rock band with strong social and political messages.  Seems highly apropos for some reason today.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Mazzy Star



Light some candles, dim the bulbs, burn some incense, maybe a little opium tea, some cigs... now you're in the place.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Friday, November 4, 2016

Public Image Ltd


From the warbled strangeness of Metal Box to the pop electronics of 9, Lydon impresses more often than not.  The Pistols left an indelible mark with one, single album, but this is his real musical legacy.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Joy Division


An iconic band.  Should be in everyone's collection.  But, hey, you never know.  It's amazing to think these guys were barely adults when they started a very short career, which possibly influenced as many people as the Pistols.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Psychedelic Furs


The Psychedelic Furs went from a kind of art-rock band with cacophonous guitar and saxophone to New Wave pop darlings and back again, leaving lots of great tunes in their wake.