Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Listening to DCD's debut album and Spiritchaser, from 1996, you can hardly believe it's the same core duo. The first recordings were very early-80s post-punk. Then they moved into exploring Renaissance music, then opened up to Middle Eastern influences, and finally dove into sounds of Africa. I suppose "goth world music" could describe them to the uninitiated, but it's much more than that.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Documentary from 2014 focusing on The Jesus And Mary Chain, Ride, Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine... featuring extensive interviews with said bands, plus Robert Smith, Billy Corgan, Wayne Coyne, Toni Halliday and more. It seems a bit of a stretch to throw all these bands into some kind of movement or genre or scene, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Sometimes seeing a band live can make you appreciate them infinitely more... sometimes the opposite. When I saw this, it blew me away. Pre-internet days, we often had no idea what a band looked like or really were about. And it was the Eighties, so there was always the possibility that the live version would be 2 guys standing behind keyboards wearing bicycle shorts. Luckily, that is not the case here and this video captures a crackin' performance.
Monday, December 19, 2016
Friday, December 16, 2016
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Monday, December 12, 2016
Chris Goss will probably always be best-known for his work as producer - Kyuss, QotSA, The Cult - but his own band could kick up some dust, too. Their self-titled debut was an excellent late-80s California rock record. The second one, Sunrise on the Sufferbus, was an entirely different affair, using Ginger Baker on the drums.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Friday, December 9, 2016
Loop emerged in the late-80s with a sound combining post-punk, shoegaze, psychedelia, and a bit of post-JAMC noise rock. To me, their sound really gelled later, culminating in their final LP, A Gilded Eternity, which is a very unique entity. They pared down the previous guitar workouts into repeated off-kilter riffs and a heavy rhythm section. The buried vocals still sound rather shoegaze-ish, but the music seeks to pound you into a trance rather than float you there on a bed of haze and clouds. Great stuff.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
In the 1970s, things got whack (rather like the above album cover). Miles left planet Earth to explore interstellar space with his trumpet, deconstructing jazz and alienating a lot of fans along the way. Of course, now, Bitches Brew, Jack Johnson, and On The Corner are hailed as masterpieces, but at the time of their release, they really threw people for a loop.
Monday, December 5, 2016
Friday, December 2, 2016
All of Crowded House's albums are great, but this one especially, produced by Youth, with Neil Finn delivering on the songwriting in spades, has a particular energy to it. "Together Alone" is a densely-layered sonic pop masterpiece.