Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Dub Trio - Another Sound is Dying (2008)

Mainly instrumental math rock but with a huge rock
sound to the songs, giving them a great stoner edge as

Twisting guitar lines interplay with solid bass and
drums but all mixed up with forays into the world
of Dub.

King Tubby type echo on the drums, staccato guitar
stabs repeating into the distance, all underpinned with
a fat, fat bass.

The dub aspect is never overplayed, so this is a very
varied album Listen

Monday, 29 November 2010

Atomic Rooster - Death Walks Behind You (1970)

First and best album from Atomic Rooster. This
is full of aggressive rock from the brooding opening
track onwards.

Fantastic interplay between keyboards and guitar -
very Jon Lord and Blackmore - prog rock & metal/
acid guitar tunes crash through the album - I am always
surprised that this release does not get mentioned more!

Monday, 22 November 2010


Oh my faithful download monkeys,
my work is having drastic building
work done, so posts will probably
dry up for a while.

Hopefully by Friday or Monday
of next week I shall be back to shine
a shaft of light into your humdrum
empty lives!

Tony xxx

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Rollins Band - Compilation

This is a collection of tunes from Hank and Co - no real
theme, just what I fancy hearing, great riffs, lots of
powerful solos, Rollins doing his thing and tunes that
make me jump up and down.


One Shot
Up For It
Come Inside the Zero
What's the Matter Man
All I Want
Are You Ready
Brother Interior
The End Of Something

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

2001 A Space Odyssey - Soundtrack (1968)

I had not really paid much attention to this
soundtrack - 2001 is one of my top films but
playing the music? Not really for me but .....
about 10/11 years ago, the National Film
Theater showed the film, using the sound
system that Kubrick had devised but was in
the end just too expensive to install in cinemas.

There were huge speakers all over the place and
the music fucking kicked arse!

Classical music interspersed with choirs performing
banks of human drones, groans and just a general
feeling of out-there weirdness.

Turn up the volume, turn down the lights and
take a trip into the unknown!

Monday, 15 November 2010

Git Some - Loose Control (2010)

Formed from the ashes of the mighty Planes
Mistaken For Stars, this is the 2nd album
from Git Some.

Plenty of raw guitar riffage here + a driving,
shifting drum sound that goes from simple
to complex over a couple of bars.

Harsh screams that still have hints of melody
in are to the front while Omar R. type solos
flail away in the background.

The songs never outstay their welcome and have
enough spontaneity to make you want to jump
up and down quite a lot.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Husker Du - Zen Arcade (1984)

Double albums can be tricky beasts. Overblown and full
of filler or self indulgent shit but with the right band,
they can be works of magic.

There must be a zillion I have not heard but the ones that
showed how a band can progress into greatness are far
and few between.

In my collection, the stand outs are:

Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
The Who - Quadrophenia
The Clash - London Calling
The Damned - The Black Album
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down
Frank Black - Teenager of the Year
and this album by Husker Du.

Spreading their hardcore roots to the winds, this showed
them playing with pop, punk, metal - huge chunks of melody
that had only been hinted at on previous releases
whilst Bob Mould suddenly started to crank out brilliant
solos. Mould and Grant Hart really came int0 their own
as vocalists, giving the songs a real identity.

Add piano, backward tracks and a huge sense of freedom
for the band and you have a genuine classic.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies (1973)

Cooper had a fantastic run of albums - "Love
it to Death", "Killer", "Schools Out" and this
one - Billion Dollar Babies.

Depending on what mood I am in, this probably
will always get into my top 20 all time albums.

Hard rock with a Detroit swagger, Cooper sang,
crooned, sneered, wheedled and belted out stone
cold classics like "Hello Hurray, No More Mr Nice
Guy, Elected & I Love The Dead" and with Bob
Erzin at the helm, strings, horns, keyboards and
choirs put the finished gloss onto this classic.

Monday, 8 November 2010

I Pilot Dæmon - Come What May (2010)

French Noise/Hardcore - furious tunes that rattle along
but with riffs that interest rather than being cut'n'paste

If you like Part Chimp, give this a Listen

Sorry about the shortness of the review - busy this week.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Chickenhawk - S/T (2008)

Whilst waiting for the new album, I have been playing
the 1st one today.

Noise, shouting, riffs, electronic squalls, psych guitar
bits, pounding tunes with hardcore/stoner influences.

What's not to like!

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Turkey Bones & The Wild Dogs - Purple Noise Sandwich (1984)

12" EP from these Scottish noise warriors.

Fuck all info on them now but they were like a goth-swamp
mixture of Bad Seeds vibe and JAMC feedback and chaos.

I saw them in North London somewhere - Hope & Anchor/
Moonlight Club? - a sprawling mess of lanky drunk/drugged?
blokes hunched over instruments with this fantastic din that
sort of went into tunes ...... oh yeah, the bass player spent
most of the gig hitting the strings with a beer bottle.

The 3 tracks here cannot capture the madness of that night
but the 1st track "Raymond" still has a very sinister feel.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation - Succubus (2009)

This collection of musicians seem to have many different
band names but this line up have produced something
that they have described as Free Jazz/Drone/Doom/
Dark Ambient - kinda trips off the tongue don't it?

Almost impossible to write about, this amazing album
is like an evil and heavy Orb jamming with Miles Davis
at his most mournful and haunting.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Keelhaul - Keelhaul's Triumphant Return to Obscurity (2009)

Mathy rock hardcore with the majority of
songs instrumentals.

Blistering tunes with powerful riffs and very
intricate and pounding drums.

Now and then vocals are shouted - barely
intelligible over the howling tempest of
music being played.

Great noisy stuff - Listen