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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.


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