This Thread Kills Fascists (Pt. 2)

Discussion in 'Other Media' started by Boreas, May 17, 2015.

  1. Boreas

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    Check Your Head (1992) and Ill Communication (1994) are my two favourite Beastie Boys albums. Whilst Ill Communication contains a couple of their seminal tracks, I'd say Check Your Head is a stronger, more varied and fluid album. And one of my favourite tracks from it is #3, "Gratitude".

    The music video is an homage? a parody? of Pink Floyd's amazing Live at Pompeii concert/video. The setting reminds me of Floyd's classic "Careful with That Axe, Eugene" albeit without all the scenes of exploding lava.

  2. Boreas

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    Was obsessed with The Black Angels' psychedelic d├ębut album Passover (2006) approximately ten years ago. I continued listening to the Austin band through their sophomore effort and up to their third and fourth albums. The subsequent albums were quite decent and had some very good tracks, but nothing like the focused intensity and energy of their first effort, especially the continuous blows to the auditory senses the first five tracks delivered one after another with a sound that felt like the wailing of a bastard child engendered by The Doors and Iggy Pop's The Stooges, and maybe with a sprinkling of some minute aspects of The Velvet Underground at their most brash thrown in for good measure, although that's probably stretching it. Maybe a much chiller version of their earlier Austin compatriots, The 13th Floor Elevators, and minus the more excitable vocals of Roky Erikson?

    track #2: "The First Vietnamese War"

    track #5: "Black Grease"
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  3. TomTB

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    Your mention of Austin just bought memories of a certain band come flooding back to me.

    When I was at university in Leeds I saw '... And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead' several times, I was a huge fan ... they were so unbelievably good live ... always ended with them smashing up all their instruments .. a bit wasteful, but so good to watch .. Here's a couple of their tunes..

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  4. Boreas

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    "Khmer" is the title track off the very successful eponymous 1997 LP by Norwegian Nils Petter Molvaer, an early proponent of the 1990's nu jazz scene.

    And now The Vijay Iyer Trio. I picked up their 2012 album Accelerando by chance, and it unexpectedly turned out to be amongst my most listened albums that year. I liked some of the tracks during my first listen, but I wasn't sure about the entire album. Listened to it again and by my third listen all those numbers I wasn't sure I was getting just clicked. Brilliant arrangements and thematic progression by three outstanding musicians: physicist turned professional musician and MacArthur Fellow Vijay Iyer, with Stephen Crump on doublebass and Marcus Gilmore on drums.

    track #2 "Optimism" (this one took me a few listens to really appreciate and now it's one of my favourites on the album)

    track #4 "Human Nature" (a jazz arrangement of a Michael Jackson song, more melodic and consequently easier to get into - starts to really get good from 3:15 onwards, everything before is a sweet albeit less interesting prelude)
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  5. Boreas

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    Easily the best track on Gary Clark, Jr.'s Blak and Blue.

    #9 "Numb"
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  6. Boreas

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    Electric 6's very catchy and smash hit "Danger! High Voltage!" from their debut album Fire (2003). With Jack White on secondary vocals on the studio version under a pseudonym.

    Live version without JW's vocals

    Some electronica: "Grim Receiver" from Shit Robot's From the Cradle to the Rave (2010).

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  7. Diziet Sma

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    Great! Keep posting!
  8. TomTB

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    That's a blast from the past. You've reminded me of Gay Bar too! :)

  9. TomTB

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    Anyone watch the Radiohead set at Glastonbury last night? Absolutely stunning .. Never been a big fan but they won me over.
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  10. Boreas

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    Afraid not. I've seen them live before and they put up an extremely good performance. I've never been a die-hard Radiohead fan, although I've had two short phases of being into them. Was it a short set or a full 60-90 minute performance?
  11. TomTB

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    It was 24 songs 2 hours set. Pretty much full range of chronological output. Thoroughly recommend you watch it, it was truly out of this world .. such high tempo, supreme musicianship, hits a plenty ... purists probably not happy but finishing with Creep and Karma Police was outstanding. Can't stop thinking about it ... musicians clearly at their prime!
  12. Boreas

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    If it's uploaded on Youtube, then I'll watch it!

    Some morning music:

    Somali musician K'naan's "America" from the meh 2009 LP, Troubadour. Featuring Mos Def (1st) & Chali 2na (2nd) from the great Jurassic 5.

    And one of the silkiest voices ever, Dusty Springfield. Everyone thinks of "Son of a Preacher Man" but her 1970 vocal cover of "Spooky" (with 'boy' substituted for the original 'girl' by Classics IV) is just too damn sexy.

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  13. Diziet Sma

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    Thanks Tom for pointing this out. I have followed Radiohead on and off since the early 1990s. I have just watched it and have really enjoyed it.
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  14. TomTB

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    I adored them Pablo Honey / Bends era, then my musical tastes went in a different direction to the one they took, and I never really bothered with them after then.

    I was blown away by their Glastonbury set though, and have since listened to several post-Bends albums and generally enjoyed them quite a bit. Kid A was a bit too leftfield for my tastes though.
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  15. Boreas

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    Once in a while, covers of already excellent songs are done so well that it changes and becomes their own almost completely. So with Jimi Hendrix's version of "All Along the Watchtower", Johnny Cash's outstanding rendition of "Hurt", and a more recent discovery of mine with the purchase of Peter Gabriel's Scratch My Back (2010), a cover album with orchestral arrangements by The Blood Orchestra. Gabriel's version of Arcade Fire's classic "My Body Is a Cage" is the highlight number of the album, filtered now as it is through the Winter moments of Gabriel's own life. Very good orchestral accompaniment.

    Johnny Cash entirely transformed the meaning of Trent Reznor's drug-addicted spiral into oblivion that was "Hurt" into a retrospective of his life, a eulogy for his own old age
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  16. Safari Bob

    Safari Bob Well-Known Member

    That Johnny Cash cover of Hurt is excellent and transformative. Another cover that I think is better than the original is Disturb's cover of The Sound of Silence:
  17. Boreas

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    Polly Jean Harvey, my rock goddess for over twenty years. Never came across another woman rock musician with the kind of raw intensity, talent and versatility as her. Truly an ever evolving musician with each album. All she needed was her voice and guitar with a simple riff to hypnotise thousands. She's also one of the few acts who has a travelling band that is musically very mature and sophisticated (as long as it's touring with her long-time collaborator John Parish). I always feel with John Parish and the other members he brings in that they could almost as easily play jazz as the rock music they compose and perform with Polly. Reminds me very much of the band Portishead in spite of the difference in genre. Of course, her lyrics are great, and in many of her songs you can hear, in the imagery she evokes, the influence poets or playwrights like Blake or Shakespeare, and also the Bible. Been listening to some of her early albums lately, and it took me back to a similar kind of intensity of feeling I used to have for Harvey but dulled by the effect of nostalgia.

    #3 "Legs", from her 1993 LP Rid of Me

    #1 "Rid of Me", title track from her 1993 LP

    #12 "Is This Desire?", title track from her 1998 LP

    #1 "To Bring You My Love", title track from her 1995 LP

  18. Boreas

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    More P. J. Harvey...

    #5 "Teclo", from her 1995 LP To Bring You My Love (there are videos with better video/audio fidelity, but this low-quality, ghostly clip is absolutely perfect)

    #5 "Crawl Home" and #2 "I Wanna Make It Wit Chu" from Josh Homme's collaborative project Desert Sessions, the 2003 LP Vol. 9: I See You Hearin' Me

    #2 "Hit the City", from a really great album: Mark Lanegan's 2003 LP Bubblegum (Lanegan & Harvey voice combo? Pure gold.)

    As a teenager and when I was listening to the early 'grunge' acts like Mudhoney, Soundgarden, Melvins, Green River, Alice in Chains and Nirvana, I also listened to Screaming Trees, but I much prefer Mark Lanegan as a solo artist. A younger Tom Waits essentially.
  19. Safari Bob

    Safari Bob Well-Known Member

    I am listening to this right now:

    What are you listening to?
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  20. Hermann Morr

    Hermann Morr Full Member

    I discovered electro swing. Listening all day.
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