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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Another New FEATURE! (MST3000 for songs)

I've had another wonderful idea for a new feature. I'm trying to spice things up here at mp3 reviews.

This new idea is going to be spoken song reviews which will be playable from this site! and ... the commentary will be running - length of the song. In otherwords if you had the software you could play my commentary track along with the song and you'd be hearing the commentaries about those parts at that time. I would like to actually do it where the song was on in the backround sort of so you could hear what I am commenting about - I've thought about doing this but decided against it just as not to draw any attention to myself from the RIAA. BUT I am going to take submissions by indie bands/artists who are willing to have their song commented on with the original song in the mp3. Now of course you would retain all rights for the original song - all you'd be doing is giving me the right to place it on the site with me commenting overtop. But if it gets a bad review you can't ask me to take it down. Ya dig what I'm saying? By submitting your song for review you are agreeing with these conditions.

Submit to this thread or send an email to CaptainOfMusic@GMail.com

Saturday, October 29, 2005

New Feaure : High As Hell Reviews.

This New Feature Of MP3 Reviews Is Where I Get High As Hell By Smoking Marijuana And Then Make A Review Of An MP3 While I Listen - In Sort Of Stream Of Consciousness Style - Perhaps Even Becoming Sort Of Like A Story At Times. But I Guess We'll See. Not Too Many Rules On This One, Alright Buddies?


#1 Aphex Twin - "Meltphace 6" which is on track #5 on CD 2 of the two disc album DRUKQS from 2001. It is 6 minutes and 24 seconds long. I have not listened to this album in awhile so this'll be a pretty fresh hearing of this track.

first of all. i just closed my eyes and i have to say i'm prety damn high. getting actual visuals closed eye now. like light AMT (ALF) even. very nice. There is a lot going on in this track. Or atleast there seems to be. All the sounds are very clean and everything is spaced in a way in that I can hear each sound seperately. This song really surprises me around 2:20... as it gets very quiet and spaced out sounding... I for one couldnt believe only that much time had passed. it seemed like a lot more had happened. Things to get going again though pretty quickly. At around 3:30 I'm starting to hear some voices... some of the drums seem to be turning into voices and there's also some delayed vocals on top... Highly visual music its really beautiful when I close my eyes - but it sort of takes me out of it, this whole typing thing. But man, it's for science. And no, I actually haven't been high for any of the earlier reviews. I don't get high that often. Although maybe that should change. Marijauna and some nice stuff isn't it? Actually that leads me to something, which got me completely offtracked from listening to the song but this site has some interesting stuff at it (obviously just for TABACCO USE. I would never recommend illegal drug use to anyone.) /end paranoid legal stuff (man you can really tell how high i am, baby!) no but no kidding. NONE OF THESE ITEMS ARE INTENDED FOR ILLEGAL USE, EVER. EVER!!! check it out. um... yeah so the song was quite cool actually - but I did become distracted there at the end. but it was very visually evocative. It receives an 8 out of 10 for high value. If you are high right now maybe you would enjoy listening to :



#2 Radiohead - "where i end and you begin" - track 6 from 2003's HAIL TO THE THIEF.

oh the song has formed a tunnel in my mind about halfway through... gold bits floating in ciruclar motions. here comes the big guitar riff. grennwood's solo here before it goes nuts.. yeah i know... and there X marks the place.. there is now some white bright light at the top of a mountain with a ridiculously orange sun... eye ballss in the sky now. eye balls circling in the sky. there are a lot of circles in this song. i know my typing is getting a litttle slppy now. i am typing with my eyes closed really trying to report from the inside of the spaceship. its much more of a journey with my eyes closed. oh and yes i am listening on headphones. This seems to be mostly a n aerial view of some beautiful mojuntains... in reality its a pretty sort of scary song but this time its takin gme on a mostly sort of beautiful trip... maybe theres just something inherenitnly beuaitful in the song. ok now the song is over... and i'm wondering - should i correct all of those errors to make it more ... readable? but i figure no for 2 reasons, for one it would sort of be like a bit too 1984 you know. changing the facts and whatnot. ok now that may be stretching things a bit far. a ludicrous comarison if i've ever heard one. but er.. also for #2 i'm too ... just not in the right head to go about correcting a bunch of shit I just wrote... and basically fuck it. yeah i know that shit is all a bit off. ok who am i defending myself to? the bastards who come here and leave comment spam? how about I get some real comments on this motherfucker? i'm spreading the gospel of beautiful tunes.

7 pot leafs for this one. if you are high you may want to check out radiohead's 6th album hail to the thief.



#3 The Olivia Tremor Control - "The Sylvan Screen" track 18 from 1999's BLACK FOLIAGE. This song is just over 6:07 long. awhat the hell is going on... i think its been over a minute now... its like.. just weird things craawling through my head.. maybe a toy train sort of thing... ok now a guitar starts... theres a dwarf off iin the distance. maybe a grey flannel dwarf. just a smile now. holy shit. thats all i have to say. ok um. maybe i should say more. you probably odont dunderstand at this point. ok but now imam driving very quickly down the high way .. so much so everything i sa blur... just m illions of trees going by my head now. every color you've ever seen. maybe into the ocean now. oh but we are flying out of the water now like a giant monster splashing the water was we run towards the shore. a greyish squirrel monkey ais at my feet. sort of like a pig but taller and with a brown tail. no one here is a sugar coated pepper corn freak tomato. now you are just being ridiculous. i Remembered I am listening to a song now. there are some ailens attacking. alieans attackin a 4 string quartert.. but um.. now i think things have gone wrong. holy shit how does that go back into the song. BALLS. what the hell is going on in here. things aare kind of happy again. oh... thats a strange effect.. its like the sky is filling my head. my head is now expanding.. getting blown up like a blaoon. there are now very scary people inside of my head, HOLY FUCK FUCKING FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK YOU!!!!!!! SHIT. its still the song. oh my lord. fuck. um... yeah that was fucked up.

10 motherfucking pot leafs.

if you are high - you should be listening to this album right now.




#4 Syd Barrett - "Octopus" 7th track from his THE MADCAP LAUGHS album from 1970. Syd of course was the originator of the Pink Floyd and the force behind their first album. Barrett's the only thing I could think of to follow that OTC track.

things ar estrangely off balance currently. now sort of a siral beiing formed but it juust got torn apat and is now coming back the other way. some purple geometric shapes. trip to heave and ho. to and frow. close our eyes to the octopus ride. woah. ok. the lyrics seem to be keeping me in the world of the song a bit - which is cool it's groovy song. with some rather strange lyrics is groovy potatoes. that english it was not. i kind of dig how the song sort of loses time there a couple of times on the way out. very sloppy. good fun.

I enjoyed this song but it didnt blow my head off like the last one. but you know, its not like these things are in a vacuum - it probably has more to do with my mood at the moment and how high i am how much i get into the song as much as the song itself. that being said while syd is a very trippy dude and this is aa great song. the song is a bit basic in instrumentation and while it has a few little weird sections it doesnt just blow your mind with arrangement. its more of a song song than a sonic brainblower which the last few especially the aphex twin and OTC have had in their benefit. at the moment... if i was high i might listen to this - it depends on the mood and what you are going for - sometimes you dont want to trip like a madman - sometimes you just wanna sit back and listen to some music. or maybe you wanna hear some wild lyrics and go on a story that way rather than on the sonic edge. what? what i'm saying is i give this song only 6.5 marijuana leaves but thats still a lovely score and its a great song!



#5. The Pink Floyd - "The Scarecrow" track #10 from 1967's Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (featuring of course Barrett on vocals and guitars and writing the songs.) ... Now those of you who've only heard later Pink Floyd - this will be a totally different sound to you. Different lead singer, different guitar player ... much of the later Pink Floyd sound is based on Syd and... many of their lyrics are written about him. Google Syd Barrett if you don't know the story. Syd is a fascinating person and he was an amazing songwriter. Anyways on to the song... This one is only 2 minutes 10 seconds long... where we go. im not sure that was on urpose but that was some weird shit. some of the stranger percussion you'll hear on a any song. rather strange instrumentation in general. i quite like the ending. just a really unique neat little track. sort of like opening up a door to another world and just getting a glimpse of it. 8 marijuana leafs. and it should be noted that there's another track on this album #7 Interstellar Overdrive that I am not going to listen to now because I'm too scared to. This album is a must check out if you plan on getting high in the future my good friends.



ok that's it for now. i may decide to add more later. depending on how i'm feeling.

doubtful though, actually. enjoy what you've got! not every day someone does a service like this for his fellow man.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Quick Tuesday Night Reviews #1

A new feature here at MP3-Reviews.blogspot.com --- Quick Tuesday Night Reviews. These will be short (usually 1 or 2 sentence reviews) of a rather completely random selection of songs.

#1 The Minus 5 - "Dear My Inspiration" --- From 2004's IN ROCK. This song clocks in at barely over 2 minutes and has a feeling very much like an updated & amped up 60s pop rock single. To me that's a pretty cool thing. The song has a pretty smart little outro which includes some interesting organ lines. The vocals actually remind me a slight bit of Green Day, although I'm not entirely sure why. Worth checking out if you like poppy retro rock. The Minus 5 is known for their work with Wilco.



#2 The Beach Boys - "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times" - From 1966's classic PET SOUNDS. Pet Sounds is really an album that should be listened to in order and in it's entirity. But this is random tuesday and this is how things have worked out. Just the sort of thing that happens here at Quick Tuesday Night Reviews. Of particular note on this hearing of this classic track is the bass of course played by Brian Wilson. Like pretty much all of the songs on Pet Sounds the song has a very intricate arrangement - all compressed into 3 minutes. Brian Wilson showing how you can make an epic song in 3 minutes as per usual. Really if you haven't heard Pet Sounds you need to remedy this as soon as possible - it's a classic for a reason, just some of the most stunningly beautiful music I've ever heard.



#3 Dungen - "Panda" - From 2004's TA DET LUGNT. This is one of my favorite tracks from an awesome album. Sounds straight out of 1971 but not in a try-hard way. It's all very natural. The lyrics are all in swedish as the band is from Sweden. The song is both rocking (in some major ass kicking ways) and spacy psychedelicia alternatingly and somehow sometimes at the same time. Killer riffs, pounding drums. Just great classic rock being made in the 21st century in Sweden. Wild Times.



#4 The Smashing Pumpkins "Galapogos" - From 1995's MELLON COLLIE... disc 1. While I find the album as a whole quite a bit too much to take in the last few times I've tried to listen to it. I am quite enjoying this track at the moment. Very sweet & gentle - like floating down the river. Hard to believe this album is 10 years old now. In fact it was released October 24th, 1995, so it's almost 10 years to the day. The Smashing Pumpkins have been a band that have become a bit cool to dismiss (amongst the indie crowd) but they did some beautiful stuff and this is quite a nice track.



#5 The Beatles "Obladi Oblada" - This version was taken from ANTHOLOGY 3. Anthology 3 was my favorite of the 3 and still is. While Anthology 2 may have covered The Beatles most prolificly creative period Anthology 3 was the most interesting to me because of the fact that there are more tracks that were not released by the Beatles officially like "What's The New Mary Jane?", "Not Guilty", and "All Things Must Pass" and that many of the versions well known songs (like this one) were significantly different (not just very mildly different as many of the Anthology 2 tracks were) ... while the tracks that really do it for me on this set are the very very different "Helter Skelter" (thick and plodding and rather nothing much like the white album version) and the acoustic versions of "Something" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"... If you are a huge Beatles fan but have yet to hear any of the Anthologies - Anthology 3 would be my recommendation on where to start. Then #2 and then lastly if you are a completist and enjoy the early Beatles period get #1. These are in chronological order. If for some reason you are not a huge Beatles fan, what's wrong with you? But don't start with the Anthologies - Get the original albums first.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Bob Dylan - "Mississippi"

This is the second track off of Dylan's 2001 album love & theft and it's one of my favorite tracks on an excellent album. His older strained voice seems to fit the mood of the song perfectly. It's a wistful and thoughtful rather than desperate and sad. The music glides along reminding me a slight bit of the Travelling Wilbury's. It's Dylan's voice and lyrics that really sell the song though. I love the line "the only thing i've done wrong is stay in mississippi way too long." Just sounds beautiful the way he sings that line.

9/10

Check out the album if you are a Dylan fan and haven't heard it yet. If you don't know Dylan's work yet use the Amazon search box on the left to search for Bob Dylan and buy some albums like "highway 61 revisited", "blonde on blonde", and "blood on the tracks" today.

I particularly recommend

Sunday, October 16, 2005

The Olivia Tremor Control

This is not a single review but a general review of this band. I just looked on last.fm's audioscrobbler and found that The Olivia Tremor Control had only been played by just over 8,000 people. Compared to (for example) Coldplay's 163,000 and it just goes to show how incredibly underrated they are. They made some of the absolute best music of the 90s in my opinion and anyone who is into psychedelic original indie rock music should check them out. Heavily influenced by the beach boys and the beatles but with a very original and unique feel to them, Olivia Tremor Control's albums are among the most interesting & catchy I've ever heard. Start with DUSK AT CUBIST CASTLE. then get BLACK FOLIAGE. then finish off with a nice helping of SINGLES & BEYOND which is not an album but a collection of singles and rarities and has some excellent material.

Animal Collective - "College"

From Animal Collective's 2004 album Sung Tongs

This is Track #8 and is only 53 seconds long. A strange choice to choose to review - but I found it a startling track when I was listening to it last night and so today I thought it'd be a good one to choose. It's like some sort of combination of The Beach Boys with ? There is no instrumentation on the track other than many layered voices... there is a very evocative (of what though?) sound ... and when I say sound that's the best way I can describe it really. I think it really depends on where your mind is at the time what you think it is... it sounds possibly like some sort of horrible monster slurping something up.

The lyrics : "you don't have to go to college."

8/10 - Possibly deserves a 10/10 just for being so interesting. Definitly worth a listen as is the album.

I'm back

I know I've been gone for quite some time but I hope to get back into the song reviewing game now. It must have been that last song by Scumbo that destroyed my mind. but I have got it back together now. Be on the lookout for more reviews soon.

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