Friday, July 14, 2006

RIP Syd Barrett

Friday, July 14, 2006
RIP Syd Barrett Current mood: crushed Category: Life

Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett 1946 - 2006

Currently listening: The Madcap Laughs By Syd Barrett Release date: By 07 August, 1990

The Da Vinci Code...

Monday, April 24, 2006
The Da Vinci Code... Current mood: awake Category: Life
you know... I believe that the Ramones discovered the Da Vinci Code way back in the 70s.
pay attention.

Currently listening: Live in Philadelphia 1978 & Dallas 1980 By Blondie Release date: By 12 October, 1999


Thanks! Current mood: accomplished
Thanks to everyone who joined me as a RAMONE! A roll-righteous effort, good show! Time for tea, tah-tah!
Currently listening: Rabbit Fur Coat By Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins Release date: By 24 January, 2006

Viva La RAMONES!!!

Friday, April 14, 2006
a little too ambitious Current mood: contemplative
hmmm, perhaps i got a little, shal we say, too ambitious yesterday. Obviously you don't have to be a Ramone, but obviously it would be fun if you did!
Currently listening: Psychocandy By The Jesus and Mary Chain Release date: By 25 January, 2000
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Viva La RAMONES!!! Current mood: hopeful
Considering tomorrow marks his 5 yr. departure from this world, I will pay homage by playing RAMONES on my profile up until Joey's birthday celebration on May 19th. Durring this time I will even become... a Ramone, you can too!
Viva La RAMONES!!!
Currently listening: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap By AC/DC Release date: By 19 July, 1994

know your RAMONES!

Thursday, April 13, 2006
know your RAMONES! Current mood: sleepy
not that you don't already know this, and you should! but when the Ramones recorded their first record they already had all the material for the 2nd and half the 3rd.
beat on the brat for all who didn't know that! my my my, aren't I such the rock snob today.

Currently listening: Down to Kill By Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers Release date: By 29 November, 2005

The Raincoats, Silver Monk Time

Sunday, January 29, 2006
The Raincoats, Silver Monk Time Current mood: ecstatic
I just had to steal this off The Raincoats' blog. Well worth posting myself, yes indeed. GET YOUR MONK ON!
chrisP.S. And I was listening to The Fall when I read it.-------------------------------------------------------------------------Saturday, January 28, 2006Silver Monk Time We are currently recording a version of Monk Chant for the forthcoming Silver Monk Time - a tribute to The Monks with Monks covers by The Fall, Faust, Chicks on Speed, S.Y.P.H., Alan Vega, Barbara Manning, Psychic TV, Gudrun Gut etc. This project is in conjunction with a documentary film due to be released by play loud!
Currently listening: Kicking Against the Pricks By Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Release date: By 04 April, 1995
Friday, January 20, 2006
Found! Current mood: happy
I found it! My Road To Ruin by the Ramones. I've been looking for it for weeks! Regardless of the other weekend i spent organizing my 600+ CD collection.
Now, where is my mind?
Currently listening: Road to Ruin By The Ramones Release date: By 19 June, 2001

Animal Collective

Saturday, December 10, 2005
Animal Collective Current mood: blah Category: Music
hi there, take a gander at my new ART-rock heroes. I went to this show and now you will read about it. I have taken the liberty in putting my favorite words and phrases in bold. Enjoy!
NY TIMES Live review of Webster Hall - 11/20Animal Collective started its set on Sunday night at Webster Hall with rough scraping sounds, a loop of a shout and a swelling chordal drone. It was the latest variant of the drone that runs through great primitivist New York art-rock. And Animal Collective harnessed it in ways all its own: not the ominous fixations of the Velvet Underground, not the oceanic expanses of Sonic Youth, not the jittery stasis of TV on the Radio, but something at once joyful, obsessive and oddly pastoral. Animal Collective, from Brooklyn, makes albums that betray long, strange, manic hours in the studio, layering and tweaking sounds. On its most recent albums, "Sung Tongs" and the wonderful new "Feels" (Fat Cat), song forms emerge from the echoes and loops and speed-shifted voices. With song titles like "Grass" and "Bees," the lyrics, when they can be deciphered, place human interactions in a dream world of nature and geography that's equally likely to be bucolic or dangerous. The songs elapse on an individual time scale that has nothing to do with three-minute pop expectations. Often, the lyrics say their piece - or shriek it, in the excitable vocals of the band's guitarists, Avey Tare (a k a Dave Portner) and Deakin (Josh Dibb) - then drift into dizzying instrumental stretches populated with as many sounds as a forest (or a city block) on a summer night. Onstage, the four-member band could still construct elaborate electronic wildernesses, with Geologist (Brian Weitz) manipulating electronic gadgets to send voices and sounds ricocheting above and through the music. But it also pared down the music to a core that could be almost folksy - a chord or two, a skiffle-like drumbeat from Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), a voice with a melody that could have Appalachian roots - or insistently, relentlessly Minimalist. At times the music rocked, but just as often it heaved in slow-gusting crescendos, bounced like a horse-drawn cart, shimmered like a moonlit pond or bounded ahead like a newly unleashed dog. Behind the music was the attentive planning of a band determined to be warped and exploratory; imitators of the Animal Collective are likely to pride themselves on a madcap self-indulgence that's only half of the charm. Even as the Animal Collective's songs spiraled into soundscapes or melted themselves down, there was something logical and organic within: the rigor of the New York drone coupled with the whimsy of a band that has created its own habitats and laws of evolution. It's rock with a giddy intelligent design.- Jon Pareles
"We Tigers" rocked me and everyone else. I was all over the place, and when that happens I rely on every one else to bounce off of, or else i fall down. So, at one point I bounce off this girl infront of me. Just as I'm falling back I see what would have been her elbo to my chest. To her dismay i was not there to catch it and she kinda fell back too. We all saw this happen. There was no second attempt. Can you blame some of us for have a good time? For cryin' out loud it's fuckin' Animal Collective!!!
so my friend came along, lets call him "jonah," after the show "jonah" states that he didn't like the show. he tells me "even David Bowie left the building." but that wasn't true, David and I chatted for a while and then we traded numbers.
Currently listening: 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong: 39 Golden Greats By The Fall Release date: By 08 June, 2004

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - The Proposition OST

Friday, October 14, 2005
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - The Proposition OST Current mood: dirty
Hi, so the soundtrack is out now but I havn't gotten it yet.
As you all well know my love for the man, the man that is Nick Cave, and all that he does--there is perhaps another man whom I believe is somewhat of an unsung hero. This man is Warren Ellis. He has been apart of NC's band the Bad Seeds for quite some time now. A multi-instrmentalist who usualy comes brandishing a rather dirty violin. Oh boy, have I come to love the sounds he makes with just a few strings tied to a peice of wood. Ever since I picked up No More Shal We Part I've been a fan ever since; even before that I've come to realise his work on the earlier PJ Harvey records. While occasionally adding distortion to his violin he brings glorious feed-back that would fill any viod, sonicly and stylishly.
Speaking of filling voids, did I mention Warren lavishly plucks and scratches in his own band? the Dirty Three, the all intramental new record 'cinder' does just that and more. Oh my, arn't they playing this monday night at the Bowery Ballroom? yes, i beleive so. Here are some links, yes, I'm going too.
You can watch the video for the Dirty Three single Great Waves (featuring Chan "Cat Power" Marshall) at the Touch and Go site. track, Doris, off the new album Cinder can be heard here:
So, to get back to my point, why not celebrate the brilliance of two geniuses(Nick AND Warren) and pick up the soundtrack to this new film. Read on and find out why you'll love it too, you fuckers!
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - The Proposition OSTA powerful western drama set in the savage Eden of 1880s Australia, The Proposition is an elemental story of family conflict and primal violence, destructive love and divided loyalties. Featuring an international superstar cast including Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson and Danny Huston, it is directed by John Hillcoat from a specially commissioned script by the globally acclaimed singer-songwriter Nick Cave. "Because of Nick's narrative songwriting, the characters are so vivid," says Hillcoat. "I knew something really good would come out of it."Cave has also composed the film's soundtrack in conjunction with Warren Ellis, his longtime Bad Seeds collaborator and multi-instrumentalist frontman of The Dirty Three. Incorporating soft chamber pieces, ghostly moodscapes and whispered laments, these 16 tracks are as starkly beautiful as the landscape of the film. Story and music are closely intertwined."I always heard it musically, and I guess it's written rhythmically as well" Cave explains. "It's very similar to the way my band operates. There are moments of intense violence and there are also moments of long, lyrical, quiet sadness."But the resulting soundtrack is emphatically different to a Bad Seeds or Dirty Three record. While some of these pieces grew from improvised accompaniment to big-screen projection, many also incorporate violin loops pre-recorded by Ellis at his home studio in France."It was very different to making a normal record," Ellis says. "There were no boundaries in that respect, and I enjoyed much more than I thought I would. The music had to be very flexible, and as a result it has a very improvised, loose feel. But that's fine. Beethoven and Mozart did not write with films in mind either."The soundtrack to The Proposition is punctuated by recurring motifs, fragments of church hymns and abstract avant-folk drones. The softly swelling title theme lends a melancholy signature refrain while 'The Rider' is a haunting ballad in which the scattered natural elements of a starlit landscape engaged in hushed conversation. For a highly distinctive songwriter like Cave, the composition process involved stepping back and allowing the timeless power of the music to speak for itself."I didn't want to have songs in it," he explains, "or Nick Cave songs, certainly. For me it was delicately balanced thing. On the one hand you don't want a historical movie with a real contemporary soundtrack, but nor did we want wall-to-wall Irish jigs. I didn't want songs to act as distraction."All the same, there is a smattering of more substantial songs on the album that will please fans of the Bad Seeds and Dirty Three. Cave and Ellis took great pains for the soundtrack to work as a stand-alone work in its own right. With 'The Rider Song' and 'Clean Hands, Dirty Hands', they lend a note of healing musical balm to the film's bittersweet, blood-splattered finale."The film ends a little tragically," Cave admits. "It doesn't end in a traditional Hollywood way. There was a feeling that there needed to be something redemptive, so when you've dusted your popcorn off your trousers you could walk out with a slightly joyful song in your heart."A musical journey from revenge to redemption, The Proposition is a richly textured new chapter in Cave's already illustrious body of work.The Proposition is released by Mute on 26th September 2005.