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Monday, December 19, 2005

the 10 best of 2005 (that i've heard.)

Akron/Family - Akron/Family
M. Ward - Transistor Radio
Sigur Ros - Takk
Beck - Guero
The Decemberists - Picaresque
Paul McCartney - Chaos & Creation In The Backyard
Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
Andrew Bird - Andrew Bird & The Mysterious Production Of Eggs
Oasis - Don't Believe The Truth
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

i've bolded akron/family - akron/family ... if i had to choose just one - i think it'd be the one. i'm planning on a detailed run through of each of these albums.

honorable mention : the white stripes, the magic numbers, boards of canada, stephen malkmus, the chemical brothers, ben folds...

Song Of The Day : Suite Judy Blue Eyes

"Suite Judy Blue Eyes" by Crosby, Stills, & Nash. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD IT.


just a beautiful tightly woven epic. great track. man i love the way the voices sound. good stuff. delicious even. well just download it there - if you havent heard it before. yeah.

in other news : Andrew Bird's "Andrew Bird & The Mysterious Production Of Eggs" will be in consideration for the top 10 list.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

recommended chillout/fall to sleep (while a tad stoned) music

Brian Eno - Ambient 1 "music for airports"



really beautifully simple music. when you want a totally relaxed feeling it works very nicely. manages to be subtley interesting while sort of massaging your mind at the same time. i love how the minimalism of it makes me start to think that the fuzz is being manipulated to go in and out as part of the song... and well ... at the moment i believe it is. but usually i would just hear it as being a white fuzzy noise indicative of some warm analog equipment but not any sort of purposeful manipulation. well if you were to hear something like this on a record made in 2005 it'd probably be purposeful manipulation. actually... the way it just jumped left to right definitly makes me think its being done on purpose. fuck thats sly. anyways i was just going to say that you would only hear fuzz like this on current time recorded record if it was wanted to be there. but back in the day you'd get a bit of fuzz but now thinking about it - this level of fuzz is clearly on purpose too. hey man, i am tired. give me a break. i'll just sit back and listen to the rest of this. pick it up if you want to hear something gentle without being mindless.

Friday, December 16, 2005

assorted high as hell biz.

Animal Collective - Feels. I'm giving this one another chance. Properly stoned.
I think I'll make this a more free form situation. I am enjoying the first track a bit although I'm finding myself still sort of annoyed by some of the more insane vocal parts. But I'm enjoying the sounds and the music.
some possible time expansion. nah. this song Grass I just find very annoying - the vocal part - it's like it's aim is annoying me? I just dont get anything out of it. the music is nice though. eh... I've made it to track before till I just feel like moving along. I just don't like the songs very much. i feel more like doing some random selected tracks rather than listening to a whole album.


1. broken social scene - "ibi dreams of pavement a better half" --- im getting sort of a classic rock vibe or somethign fof the start. well until that rather insane backwards sucking thing starts happening. that's pretty tripped out. usually i
dont think i hear really whats going on with this. but now to hear that huge reverse reverb effect - its really insane it feels like all of the words are being sucked out of my brain. yeah like this song is so much better than the 3 i just heard by animal collective - sometimes i just don't get why people get so into biz. but that's the way the world works. i must say i havent really loved this BSS album as a whole but i have found myself really enjoying some of the tracks from time to time. overall i'm sort of moving away from this sort of really full crazy sounding production and have been enjoying more things with seperation ... the muddy factor was definitly coming into play - but the style really seems to fit this song, at this at the moment it does. the horn section in the middle is quite cool too. well it starts in the middle and goes to the end. overall a very cool song. 9 marijuana leaves.!

2. cornershop - butter the soul (from when i was born for the 7th time) - i've loved this album for a long time. people mostly remember them for brimful of asha ... but the album isn't really like that track. there's only 4 or 5 actual _songs_ in the 15 tracks - most of the tracks are sort of crazy sound experiment biz. like this one. those are the things i really like - but the more songy tracks are excellent too. for whatever reason i havent ever really been able to get into their other stuff i've heard - but i love this album.... anyways on to the track.. #3 butter the soul. _>>> mostly some crazy record scratching ... then it goes into some serious indian biz rockin the sitar like a bowl of clam chowder.

3. let's listen to track #13 "candy man" . yes. i love the bassline from this track. theres this crazy sound of what sounds like someone just rubbing his hand on a table on the left side. its drivign me a bit mad as i've never heard that before but its so .. perfect. although it sounds almost like something random. but no, its not. stuff like that makes me eat my own taco. now my shadow is getting a bit strange. i have not many lights. yes. but a lamp on over there creates sort of a shadow of my ... me. on the wall. so then let's talk about how this is officially track #3 (note. in retrospect i guess its track #4. or #5.) i should place that now at the beginning. but please know, and try to imagine that for a long time, up until this time right now >>>>>>>> (I just placed it.) there was no "3." at the beginning. but now it's there. I just didn't want to misrepresent the truth man.

4. circulatory system - self titled album - track #12 "A Peek" - i dont know this album that well although i've had it for awhile now. it's the project of olivia tremor control DUDE will hart which is why i got interested to hear these guys.
being a huge otc fan. but this album hasnt won me over like the OTC stuff has. but that being said i'm far from giving up on it - i like what i've heard it's just a lot to take in. but now seems like a good time to hear a track. i dont really remember what this one sounds like - i just picked it by the name. heres we go.strings. cello ... weird. um.. yes. theres now like 4 cellos playing along with some percussion. this is pretty creepy music. yes. oh yeah um.. the vocals fell in over top of this. a bass is playing. pretty just psychotic cello playing along with insistant bass and percussion. woah. this is pretty goddamn creepy. started escaping the headphones at about 2:30 in. ,,, track definitly creeped me out. ok then 9 marijuana leaves.

5. the beta band - hot shots II - track #7 "quiet" --- weird boxed sound so far... hm.. i see.... when the chorus come sin that one sound enters the spectrum as a snake of light... sort of outside of the curently accepted reality. i see that now.
some nice into space stuff there. i've always loved how this song makes it back around to the front. and how it goes into the weird crazy thing again the same way the second time. could be seen as a fault but it works on this song. i've always
loved this guitar thing at the end. i like the subtle change as that thing loops on out - with the percussion - thats really nice.

6. m. ward - transistor radio - i've been loving this album. its still quite new to me - i've had it for about 1 week and listened to it about 5 times so far. i'm going to listen to um... the first 5 tracks of the album. i love the whole album but it's those first 5 that really kill me it seems. and a couple of the later ones have stood out too. "i'll be yr bird" and "radio campaign" ...

A. you still believe in me... cover of the beach boys song. and it sounds just beautiful here. acoustic guitar. it makes it sound like sort of timeless classical song - which is a testament to ol brian wilson. just a beautiful song and this is a
great cover because it unveals another side of a beautiful song you know. this is a cover - actually turning a song around and showing you it's other side. that's beautiful. i don't really get it when people try and do exact replicas of a song.
just listen to the original then? you know, what's the point of that biz? i mean if you're a cover band or whatever sure. i guess that's your deal. but otherwise. oh yes then.

B. one life away --- i love the sound on this song. great old radio sound without sounding bad. this really just captures a timeless feeling. great thing. second time i've used that word timeless - i think thats what i love about this album so
much. it's just music you know. something pure about it and its not trying to be like... listen we recorded this all some other time - theres some little tricks ... some delays and things - theres some lovely production trickies but they are all
done so subtly ... gives them extra warmth.

C. sweethearts on parade --- another classic track. man i love this guys voice. just great. see that little ssssssss sound on the left there. thats one of those little tricks i was talking about. sounds like a little bit of vocal snipped and
played on the beat .. the type of thing you can do easily with protools - and see thats cool you know - thats what i mean by it not trying to be something from another time - there are little bits of modern bizzes but they are used so tastefully so
that it still fits the style of music.

D. Hi Fi --- His voice sounds great on this one again. great clean guitars. theres even a little synth in this track. and there's a little delay on his voice. i guess not surprising that there'd be a few more sorta high techish production tricks in a song called "hi fi" - but it's still done very tastefully. and it's such a nice bright clean space. even when quite a few things are going on everything feels quite nicely seperated ...with plenty of warmth and delicious pancakes. perhaps some sausage links. even some backwards guitars at the end. i had forgotten about that.

E. fuel for fire --- talk about a classic song. this thing just sounds like willie nelson or some biz. just great. the willie nelson thing is a compliment btw. i read it back and it sounded bad for a second. but no, what i mean is. this is
just one of those songs where you feel like you've heard it all your life even though its the first time you ever heard it. and not because it is another song or it sounds like another song - just because it's a song. MAN!. and again his voice sounds great on this. right now this album is seriously being considered for the #1 spot on my best of the year list. definitly a lot more subtle and straightforward than most of my favorite music but... it's just so good. so well done. beautiful music. m. ward is one of the indie flavors of the week that actually deserves the praise imo. although i must say if there's any track on the album i dont like it's #6 .. that one kind of annoys me (so far.) so its no coincidence i decided to go 1 through 5. anyways i want to move on and hear some other things now.

11. the mars volta --- from deloused in the // yeah. big change from m.ward. yeah let's go the other way yo. this is track #7 which i think is the one that really melts my mind but i cant remember for sure. its 12 minutes long though. so lets see
how it works out. "cicatriz"

this song has a total futuristic vibe right from the start. but sort of a weird 80s future . er.. i see these guys with skin tight pants... just rocking out on a guitar wearing crazy outfits. like in some sort of cartoon world. in outerspace. ... yeah... now theres just a helicpoters.. wow..... that was crazy.. i had forgotten about how that happens... the song just blows your brain out right there. man thats some nice saugs. . sausage. ok lets get clear here. i love the vocal on "all"
.. thats such a great little touch. .. woah man.. when this breaks into an instrumental section its just insane its like the guitars create this tunnel of ight... and then things start getting quiet.. yeah im quite sure this is the mind melter of my memory. things aer sort of like a space jazzz club now.. um.. now the guitar is is just the delay ... for a gi. sort of like a gun shooting rubber pellets. if the goat the flying goat was to enter the cornweb. definitly flating in outerspace now with chcunks chucnks chunks not chucks. chunks of just sharp black crystals flaoting some bright ilghts way off... in outer space or in the chair... watching the city from across the lake. that spacy bit is just insane with the way you hear the white noise type sound coming in and around the brain after all of that... when the song busts back in its some sort of like latin thing. doesnt make much sense to me at the moment but i'm trying to make it make some sense. pretty nuts when the vocal part comes back in. you definitly get that feeling of "what the fuck, we're still in this song?" i've always enjoyed that effect.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Top 10 for 2005 on rateyourmusic.com

rateyourmusic.com is one of my favorite sites. check it out. in buildup to my own top 10 list which will be coming together soon here's the top 10 albums from 2005 on rateyourmusic.com (these are by listener ratings.) i'm removing the re-issues and the live albums from this list because... well i just don't think they should really be counted. ! and that's that.

1. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois: This one will probably be on my top 10 as well. A real nice album, although I feel it's a bit too long. 22 tracks? Personally I think I prefer 2004's Seven Swans because it has a bit more of a concise sort of purposeful feel to it, and that's despite the very overt christian references in the lyrics... usually something that would put me off but Stevens can pull it off. Seven Swans is #9 for 2004 btw on rateyourmusic.com

2. Opeth - Ghost Reveries : I've never heard this album.. or this band. from the descriptions of it as "death metal" i'd be surprised if it's up my alley but maybe I'll give it a spin just to be open minded and all.

3. Animal Collective - Feels : I've talked about Animal Collective a bit in this blog... I've not been able to get into them and as of now this album is definitly not going to be in my top 10. But they are intriguing enough that I'm going to be giving them further listens. Some of my favorite bands I took awhile to get into. I do give them credit for being pretty original, I haven't heard anything quite like them before. I just find them so off putting & annoying at times. So far my favorite track I've heard by them is less than a minute long. "College" off of 2004's Sung Tongs.

4. Sigur Ros - Takk : Sigur Ros doing their thing - good as always. Will be in my top 10. Although I have to really be in the mood to listen to Sigur Ros and it's a mood I'm not in that often. They do what they do though, incredibly well. Brilliant live.

5. Paul McCartney - Chaos & Creation In The Back Yard : will be in my top 10. Really great songs. Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich was a great move too. The album has a lot more weight than most (actually probably all) of Mccartney's other solo albums.

6. Andrew Bird - Andrew Bird & The Mysterious Production Of Eggs : I haven't heard this yet. I'll try to get on that. Some of the reviews made it sound like something I'd like.

7. Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor : I've never heard of this band before. Described as "metal" in the reviews - not really a genre I'm too interested in. If I get around to giving Opeth a listen, I'll give this one a listen too, I suppose.

8. Deadwing - Porcupine Tree : Haven't heard it.

9. Kate Bush - Aerial : Haven't heard it. Hm. I suppose I should give some of this a listen before making my top 10 list. But from the descriptions they don't really sound like things I would like.

10. The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute : I gave a bit of a listen to this awhile ago - but I believe it was a pre-release version - I've never heard the final release. I liked their last album although it grew a bit stale for me.

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let's look back at some of the rate your music top albums from the past.

2004 : Arcade Fire - Funeral. I'm sort of determined to hear what everyone else likes about these guys so much. So i'm listening to them again now - and I am enjoying it more than I have in the past. I do like the music - it's just a matter of not being annoyed by the singer I think.

2003 : Explosions In The Sky - The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place. Haven't heard this. hm. Another thing to put on my to listen to list!

2002 : Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - now we're talking. absolutely great album.

2001 : Opeth - Blackwater Park - well here's this Opeth again. I should give them a listen I do suppose.

2000 : Godspeed You Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven : GYBE is good and everything but there's no way this should be ahead of the #2 album which is Kid A by Radiohead.

1999 : Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun : yes, probably my favorite Sigur Ros album. Although I'm a firm believer that the #8 album on this list The Flaming Lip's The Soft Bulletin should be top ranked.

my internet is sucking too bad to go back any farther. fuck you verizon.

keep your eager eyes peeled for the magic goblin's top 10 list for 2005.

Akron/Family

New band I'm listening to called Akron/Family. I'm listening to their self titled debut album right now. Sort of lo-fi but in that Olivia Tremor Control way where they are trying to do a lot with it as far the sonic space. Lots of interesting little sounds and some quite insane things happen. Very psychedelic and spacy music while still being sort of down home at the same time. Nice mix. Akron/Family seems to sound like what I was _hoping_ Animal Collective would sound like from all of the talk about them before I listened. Animal Collective has been a bit of a dissapointment for me (although I havent given up on getting into them.) they seem to want to push the listener away with their annoyance. Akron/Family wants to take you into their place - a very strange and wonderous place. That I can get into. Unfortunatly I am almost out of marijuana.



this album is looking to gain itself a position in my top 10 of the year and i'm pretty sure it will even though this only my second time listening to it. it's got some really great stuff going on in it and a few really memorable tracks already.

one of these is track #5 - "i'll be on the water" - which is a really sweet little song. it includes some really nice ambient sounds. and it goes into some cool places in a quite tight way. i'm going to make this one downloadable. (this will only be up for 7 days.)

I'm quite sure this won't be my last post about these fellers. Good stuff.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Live Journal

Live Journal Site for me, The Magic Goblin

why?

Monday, December 12, 2005

last.fm is a great site

Really try and use the radio player. really amazing. a great way to check out and hear new music.

last.fm

Sunday, December 11, 2005

marijuana. album. day.

The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin.


Click here to download the track (#6) "What Is The Light?" from this album. One of my favorites on the album.

really beautiful album. track 6 into 7 is one of my favorite moments on the album. you should really buy the whole album, but if you haven't heard it yet - hopefully you'll download that track and you'll get a taste for the album.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

downloadable mp3s

now why didn't i think of this before? maybe this will get some of you ungrateful bastards here reading my amazing spewings! from now on whenever i talk about a song you'll be able to download it and listen to it yourself if you don't already have it. that should liven things up a bit, eh?

we're going to start off with Jim O'Rourke - I'm Happy.

I'm going to be testing out some different services. This is megaupload - i'm considering using it because I don't think they delete the files as quick. YouSendIt deletes after a week, but it's so much cleaner and easier to use too.

The track is "I'm Happy" by Jim ORourke. It's the first track from his 2001 album "I'm Happy, and I'm Singing, and a 1,2,3,4."

I'm not quite sure how to describe it. Very atmospheric electronic music. Trippy mad scientist type biz. I enjoy it. Download it and tell me what you think of it.

NOTE : when using megaupload you have to wait some amount of time (45 seconds - 1 minute?) before you can actually download the file. When you click on the link you'll see the thing telling you to wait for however long - when that time is up you''ll be able to download the file there.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Top 10 List for 2005.

No this is not my top 10 albums of 2005 list. I know you were so excited to see it! but you'll have to wait. What this is though is my nominations list... these are the albums that so far have gained a nomination from the magic goblin to be considered for the top 10 list! There may be some more added. The years not over and there's still some releases from this year I need to listen to.


The Magic Numbers - The Magic Numbers
Oasis - Don't Believe The Truth
Sigur Ros - Takk
M. Ward - Transister Radio
The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
The Decemberists - Picaresque
Stephen Malkmus - Face The Truth
Beck - Guero
Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
The Chemical Brothers - Push The Button
Boards Of Canada - The Campfire Headphase
John Vanderslice - Pixel Revolt
Paul McCartney - Chaos & Creation In The Backyard
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Of Montreal - The Sunlandic Twins

again these albums have only earned the right to be CONSIDERED for the top 10 list.

thank you!

Monday, December 05, 2005

high as hell random album notes & stories #1 (Radiohead - Hail To The Thief)

you know you're high when you think backdrifts is the best song on the album. well atleast so far. maybe it's just because it's the song playing right now. really beautiful to watch this one move. really great track. personally more the type of place i want the next radiohead album to. well i think. you know fuck what i want. goddammit! i just hope they try to make it something brilliant. if they give that effort i'll probably be pretty intersted to hear what they've done.

i just thought of the funniest thing... i was thinking about some people who i was arguing with earlier. what actually caused me to breakout this album for listening. some people were saying that radiohead weren't their cup of tea (in less kind words.) and i was saying how weird it was for me that people who i otherwise respect, think are intelligent... that people who are like this and have otherwise good taste in music can just not get something as clearly brilliant as radiohead - and how weird this was to me. and it is. and i was thinking about ..

just now i was thinking about how i dont really hate any bands like that... like i dont go around hating on bands really. and then i thought about bands like matchbox 20 and the like that i can hate on a bit. or nickelback.. or creed.. you know just suckass shit like that. sure i hate that stuff. and then i thought. well i just dont hate any actually good bands. sure there may be some that i dont totally get into like i do say the beatles, flaming lips, and radiohead - but i wont be hating on a band just cuz they're not my cup of tea. like i dont really like arcade fire that much so far - a lot of people have been telling me how great they are and stuff and i just havent got much from their album but i recognize it as being pretty good music and i recognize how someone could like it - its like... you know thats cool. i'm not going to hate on something like that. something respectable. so when people dont show the same respect to radiohead - i just find that hard to understand - that type of mindset. and actually i think i've talked myself back into being right. BUT before i got into this brilliant discovery i was talking about how i was saying i didn't hate any actually good bands and ... think about how funny that statement is. i don't hate any "actually good bands" because the bands i consider actually good - are obviously not bands i would hate. hah. so it's sort of a statement EVERYONE could make. unless some people are able to *hate* a band they recognize as good. i dont know that. i may note care for a band i recognize as good ... such as franz ferdinand or bloc party or arcade fire - these are all bands i think are reasonably good and i can understand someone liking them - they dont cause me hate like say linkin park does. or evanescence or limp bizkit or any of that sort of music for the alternative preteen set. that stuff to me is hatable - but i dont consider it "good music" so it's totally reasonable.. to me. er, anyways a brilliant(?!) example of the faulty "logic" used to in ... i forgot the word. just completely blanked the word. but you know what i'm talking about. don't you? it's just one word. it starts with a c i think. i'm pretty sure it's a c but if it's not a c then me thinking its starting with a c will guarantee i am not able to find the answer. but then.. if it does start with c it could help me get the answer? how sure am i about this c business? i'm not.. but really now i'm more concerned of the likelihood of it starting with c than i am with whether or not my head is turning into a pumpkin. i always really liked pumpkin pie growing up with lots of cool whip. that's just delicious to me. so it's sort of like that with food. i mean... i just don't get the stuff some people like. is that like music or completely different, i'm not even sure anymore. about any objective truths. (now playing we suck young blond) - been quite enjoyable. ah nice fast bit. ok... so i was kind of hoping that while i was going off in this other direction that the word would come back to me. its a word meaning like convince yourself of something .. oh.. shit. i remembered it.

RATIONALIZE ... so much for the c.. maybe that was coming from that phrase convince yourself. which i'm not even .. nevermind. so anyways now i can finish that sentence back there.

faulty "logic" used to rationalize things to yourself.!

really nice clean production. now track #8 is on "the gloaming" this is one i took a long time to warm up to... but i like it a lot now. i think i sort of allowed myself into the weird little place it creates ... took awhile to sort of get over my initial sort of being off put by the cheapness of the sound. it's like i could only think of it from an audio architects perspective rather than from that of a listener. now i feel i am really just listening to this thing thats created. its very cool and there's so much more going on than i always thought you know. its amazing what ... can come from a sort of minimalistic situation sometimes - i feel like when there's less there sometimes you listen more intently to what is there. so you will hear more in the fuzz created here than you might from a full orchestra... these last repeating lines i always hear as "please shoot me reagan" and "they could be raelians" any radiohead fans out there want to give me any other perspective on that?

track #9 is a classic in my opinion. really great drums on this track. woah.. i just noticed a weird sound on "broken branches" it really sounds like a piece of sound was broken in half there. i dont mean it sounded like a broken branch but like one of the sound waves created by this song in my head .. like a piece of white light would just crack in half. but i think i heard it again... later on.. it could be one of the drums.. well it almost definitly was but i think maybe they efected that single hit.. oh it just happened again. it almost sounds like a malfunction like a crackle... hm. hard to know whether thats an mp3 encoding issue or whether its actually there. these are 320 mp3s though, not low quality. and yes i do own the album (i can see some of your suspicious eyes on my eyebrows.) - i rip all of my albums onto mp3 almost as soon as i get them usually.

this song gets pretty intense here... oh and that was just the build up. that guitar is huge. such a great riff. greenwood is probably my favorite modern guitarist. save all of your guitar wankery - this guy just makes amazing sounds with his guitar. and i can understand why so many people get upset when radiohead doesnt use more guitars when they have a genius like this using the guitar - but thats just the think - he's a musical genius not just a great guitar player - so let the guy do what he wants. that's what makes his work and them so exciting.

i'm definitly a lover of jonny greenwood yes. i love ol' thom yorke too - but i really think they are a team - they can do good stuff on their own but what they produce together is truly amazing.

"i will" is a very pretty song - i love the clean but still rather warm production. those vocals just sound amazing. nothing but clean electric guitar and an straightforward bass guitar and layers and layers of vocals. what radiohead does and so few bands can say they really do is show an amazing sense of subtley - they dont do something with a song unless they have a reason to do it, you know? so many people would be so tempted with a song like this just to add a bunch of shit that doesnt need to be there you know. they revel in the beauty of such a straightforward arrangement. and they know that the vocals on this song are very beautiful and what you really need to put your ears on. like i was saying earlier - minimalism can cause you to really listen harder to the things that are there.

ok let's get this out in the open, i know you are asking yourself not a single mention of the first 3 songs? well i was listening to this album and getting higher when i came up with this idea - i didn't have it before the album started and i didnt want to start it over again. as you can see too - the idea isnt to necessarily mention every song - it's just about a certain of general journey of the mind while the album is playing - some of it directly related to the music and hopefully all of it atleast somewhat related even if very very very indirectly. the theory being that .. well always.. but especially in such a state the music you are listening to is effecting your mind.. your thoughts are in some way directed by these sounds...

punchup at the wedding is a song i really like because its radiohead really doing something you dont hear them do too often as far as just getting a bit funkalicious (of course in a very radiohead way)

myxamatosis is sounding pretty insane right now. that phat synth is just like.. woah.. and whats that sound off int he distance i hadnt really heard that before. its hard to make out.. lamost like a distant guitar.. almost like... just another synth but really really overly effected. or some sort of rervbereration or delay off the main sound. sorry i closed my eyes there for a bit. this song is really taking me off a bit. its actually freaking me out a bit thought. theres really some amazing things going off in this track with the way the synths are competing against each other. coming in over each other. this is what i'm talking about - this song is just great. how can you not touch yourself when you hear something liket his? fucking beautiful , creepy, otherworldly, just fucking beautiful insane music. what sort of nonsense to you have to have going on in your head that's going to not let you enjoy this?

track #13 is another example of radiohead being restrained. scatterbrained. this is a pretty song that has some really pretty and delicate moments. the song is very delicate. the roof is pulling off by his fingernails. love that line. such subtle little vocal effects there at first... woah.. this song is just fricking beautiful. i think this is the most i've ever enjoyed this song in my life.

final track is now on. wolf at the door. i dont think ive ever liked this one quite as much as some others have. but its cool in that it doesnt sound like any other radiohead song to me. i heard something insane just now but i dont know if it really happened or not. some.. thing. ok so ... this is another song with very sort of clean straightforward instrumentation. i think radiohead may be a band that uses restriction as a focusing agent. ie if you give yourself a set of restrictions it can cause you to be more focused in your creativity and may force yourself out of somethings you let yourself fallback on... by restricting yourself of it. yeah anyways i dont know if i've read this in interviews or not but i can totally imagine radiohead saying "ok we're only going to use uneffected/clean drums bass guitar on this one." just to see what would come of it. and maybe on another "let's use only electronic elements" - you know whatever - push yourself in different ways - i think thats the key. i dont know whether they do these particular things or not atleast in exactly that way - just saying i can imagine that maybe they do from some of the stuff i've heard and that.. fuck it - it sounds like a good idea and i've heard of other artists doing similar things.

well then this is a conclusion of this one! i enjoyed the album quite a bit - i'm not saying i now rate it with kid a and okc or anything but it's a top album with some really nice moments.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

some mp3 reviews.

1. Marilyn Manson - Rock Is Dead.

i'm not a marilyn manson fan really. but sometimes I like to listen to different things. you know. I kinda like the dude, as a dude. sometimes I feel maybe i've been too dismissive of his stuff. It's kinda cool in the same way that NIN is cool (clearly very influenced) - well kind of the same way. There's not as much thought put into this production. and i'm not really saying it's as good as NIN. you know strike that. but i don't actually mind the track - it's kinda fun. some cool sounds. 6 stars. ? this may have been my worst review yet.

ok maybe i've smoked a little grass. but these arent official high as hell reviews - i cant take the whole eyes closed deal and all of that. so these will just be normal reviews but tinged with a little bit of magical fairy dust.

2. Bauhaus - the three shadows (part 1) ...

I'm not a fan of Bauhaus - in fact i don't know if i've ever actively listened to them before - but i've found this mp3 on my computer so it seems like time. I'm actually quite enjoying it. It's very atmospheric and subtle. some of the guitar effects are a bit overdone. and it gets maybe a tad bit repitious ... i mean clearly it's meant to trance one out so some repetition is necessary. i like it, and i like the idea of it - ... hm... nice vocals... sort of like monk chants these. i dig 'em. 7 stars.

3. Glen Frey - The Heat Is On -

now who didnt love Beverly Hills Cop? I don't think I ever realized this was Glen Frey till just now. the dude from the Eagles right. what's that all about. pure cheese man. i loved this song when I was a kid. I'm pretty sure though if it was featured in some dumb new movie I'd probably hate this song now and wish it to be eaten by an alligator. Partly cuz I hate all of this 80s retro bullshit. Anyways this is a fun song to listen to for all the wrong reasons... it really is quite bad though. its really amazing listening to the rhythem section and how it could be a michael jackson song. i'm not even sure what this is trying to accomplish. am I supposed to want to dance? oh man. well the heat is on . it's on the street.
82 onion rings.

4. Curtis Mayfield - This Love Is Sweet -

ah pretty glorious vocals there. such a warm sound on this track. pure warmth. great horns. this is just some enjoyable music to listen to. like laying out in the fields and shizzle like that. 17 sunflowers.

5. Radiohead - Dollars & Cents

always one of my favorite songs from amnesiac. such a strange song as far as the sort of just place it puts you in. a lot of reverb ... just drenched. i love the use of strings on this track. of course the bass part is the big anchor on this song.

6. Ween - Pink Eye On My Leg

from the brilliant the mollusk.
such sort of cheap effects but they sound really cool. it's sort of a candy happyland. little cartoon dog now. he barks like a cartoon dog not like a real dog. very very groovy song. very visual. 8.5 marijuana leave.s


7. Primal Scream - Give Up But Don't Give Out (Portishead remix.)

that bit around 2 minutes in when it all changes is madness. this track has really just been taking me on a trip. 10 hits of acid.

8. The Animal Collective - who could win a rabbit

this is a band i've been working on getting into - i feel like i should like them. but it just hasnt sunk in for me yet, i *love* weird music but for some reason their stuff has just seemed really unlistenable. i'm gettin pretty damn high now so i figure if it's ever going to work for me, now would be the time. let's see how the ride goes.

starts of insaner n hell. well i am understanding a bit.... yes. i am. there is some really neat stuff going on. im still not sure if i dont think the song itself isnt annoying. but there really is some neat stuff going on here. a ton of energy and some just insane production techniques. interesting. i think where their success is coming from is their ability to bring a lot of energy and quirky sort of personality to something that is really very experimental and just sort of like sonic wizard pants. but all that being said ... was the song any good? i'm not sure really. i dont think its particularly catchy and it seems to be sort of... you know like annoying. its sort of just insane in that weenish type of way but it doesnt quite fit that. im still not sure what i think of these guys - but i did enjoy listening to the track this time around. and i'm still intrigued.

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