Saturday, 31 December 2011

Motorhead - Overkill

Well, once again it is New Years Eve. You might be going out, seeing people and friends or you might be staying in by yourself with a bottle of pills and a heart full of despair and loneliness - whatever you choose to do, this is the soundtrack to get you started.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Leftfield - Leftism

I decided I don't post enough dance music on here, so here is some dance music. Before the genre got bogged down with all these abrasive soundalikes bands such as Leftfield were big hitters on the scene, producing club music that actually sounded good. Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy the likes of Justice and Digitalism as much as the next guy, but compared to guys like Leftfield, The Crystal Method, Fluke, Orbital, Propellerheads et al there's just no substance to it.

Anyway, enough ranting. My dad actually got me into these guys as a youth via this album, so this is me passing on the legacy.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

The holy of holies

Inevitably there are a few duplicates with other compilations. I wasn't prepared to remove them from mine though haha.

1. Lookin' Out My Back Door - Creedence Clearwater Revival
2. Just Dropped In - The First Edition
3. No Sugar Tonight - The Guess Who
4. Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones
5. Ohio - Neil young
6. Don't Know About You - Bardo Pond
7. Snowblind - Black Sabbath
8. Weedmonkey - Weedeater
9. Torquemada '71 - Electric Wizard
10. Since I've Been Loving You - Led Zeppelin
11. Isolation - Joy Division
12. Making The Death Beds - Blessure Grave
13. Prayer To God - Shellac
14. All My Best Friends Are Metalheads - Less Than Jake
15. 13 Monsters - Lightening Bolt
16. Take This Job And Shove It - Dead Kennedys (Johnny Paycheck cover)
17. Smoke And Wine - Hank Williams III
18. Highwayman - The Highwaymen
19. Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd
20. Hell Or High Water - William Elliott Whitmore

Looks like I forgot Tiny Dancer

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

These are not the greatest songs in the world, these are just a tribute

Cover art is stolen and therefore not representative of nationality of bands appearing on comp.

Much like Tony, I really struggled to streamline my favourite songs into one compilation, and even this is only if you consider 2 hours of music "streamlined". We even have a lot of the same artists, and even a couple of the same songs! I suspect the case will be similar for ZoSo))) too. Also like Tony, despite my efforts to attempt to limit this comp to one track per artist, I found this impossible for a few.

Hell, I even had to ban myself from delving into a few genres before it got out of hand or I would have found myself still sat here, weeks past the deadline, adding to it. Namely, I haven't even considered any electronic music, country, rap, sludge, grind, black metal, soundtracks, classical music or comedy, amongst others - though I can think of representatives from each that I would love to have included.

Anyway, since I don't know how to create my own running order before compressing the folder, the tracks should be listened to in the following sequence for maximum effect:

1) Black Sabbath - Sweet Leaf
2) Led Zeppelin - Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
3) The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
4) Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple Man
5) The Beatles - Norwegian Wood
6) Mr Bungle - Goodbye Sober Day
7) Electric Six - Synthesizer
8) The Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog
9) Soundgarden - 4th Of July
10) Sleep - Dragonaut
11) Electric Wizard - Funeralopolis
12) Black Sabbath - Supernaut
13) The Beatles - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
14) Tom Waits - Road To Peace
15) Faith No More - Midlife Crisis
16) Poison Idea - Alan's On Fire
17) The Fantomas Melvins Big Band - Night Goat
18) Black Flag - My War
19) Electric Wizard - Return Trip
20) Joy Division - She's Lost Control
21) Primus - Southbound Pachyderm
22) Led Zeppelin - Friends
23) Black Sabbath - Planet Caravan

Vanilla Fudge - Psychedelic Sundae

ZoSo))) seems to be wearing his hippy psychedelic hat at the moment, so this collection is for him - but be warned, this is not the whole album - because I am a good guy, I have taken off the drippy, sappy love songs and only kept the tracks which contain guitar wailing or full-on keyboard abuse!

Monday, 19 December 2011

Greatest Songs Ever Written (1)

ZoSo))) has asked for a compilation of the Greatest Songs Ever Written but as I started to get my list together, I realised that for me, this would be an almost impossible task. Joy Division & Iggy would have to be at least 4-5 songs each. For me, some of the greatest songs ever, have been in the last couple of years by some hardcore bands but how can I put up Touche Amore songs which might not make room for Led Zepp songs?

My answer was to pick songs from within certain genres - this means my compilation will not be one list 70 songs long and require hours of downloading! These are songs that for me, are the greatest and I expect all other lists to differ from mine. I will defend to the death my choices but bear in mind that every song could change next week depending on my mood!

Here goes:

Classic Rock:
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath/Sweet Leaf/Fairies Wear Boots
Uriah Heap - Gypsy
Hendrix - Crosstown Traffic/Peace In Mississippi/Machine Gun/Voodoo Child
Led Zepp - Dazed & Confused/Thank You/Kashmir/No Quarter/When The Levee Breaks
Deep Purple - Highway Star
Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vidda

Sex Pistols - I Wanna Be me/Holidays In The Sun/Submission/EMI
The Clash - Complete Control/Garageland
Damned - New Rose
Dead Kennedys - Holiday In Cambodia
Stranglers - Toiler On The Sea/Dagenham Dave
Banshees - Mirage
Subhumans - Religious Wars
Adverts - One Chord Wonders
The Ruts - It Was Cold/Savage Circle
X-Ray Spex - The Day The World Turned Dayglo
Stiff Little Fingers - Alternative Ulster/Suspect Device
Ramones - Rockaway Beach/We're A Happy Family/Blitzkrieg Bop/53rd & 3rd

Punk Godfathers (Year Zero):
The Stooges - Search & Destroy/Gimmie Danger/Raw Power/Down On The Street/TV Eye/1969/No Fun
The MC5 - Kick Out The Jams/Black To Comm/Gotta Keep Movin'
Velvet Underground - White Light, White Heat/I Heard Her Call My Name, Sister Ray
New York Dolls - Frankenstein
13th Floor Elevators - You're Gonna Miss Me

Black Flag - Rise Above/My War/The Swinging Man/Slip It In/Black Coffee/Loose Nut
Cro-Mags - We Gotta Know
D.R.I. - Mad Man
Bad Brains - Sailin' On
Discharge - Never Again
Husker Du - Something I Learned Today/Turn On The News/New Day Rising
Poison Idea - Plastic Bomb
Refused - Worms Of The Senses

Quite Heavy:
Melvins - Roman Bird Dog/Blood Witch
Electric Wizard - We Hate You/Funeralopolis
Supercontinent - Earthrise/Nebula
Killing Joke - Hosannas From The Basement Of Hell/Pandemonium
The Swans - Half Life
Neurosis - Lost

I have run out of time for posting now and doubt that I can put anything else up until the new year but had planned to also include the lists - Post-Hardcore/Noise AmRep/Post-Punk/Misc.

I have no idea what else will appear on these compilations but if you want those other lists, let me know.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Toner Low

My musical diet of grind has finally been usurped in favour of the return of the riff. This album absolutely pulverises. Slow, dirging riffs that sound like they could collapse under their own weight, accompanied by booming drums that sound like they were recorded in R'lyeh.

When Football only lets you down there is always music

Can't get a coupon up for shit? Listen to some fucking black metal. Specifically Blood Red Fog. I'm sorry Tony but I've bet against your gooners tomorrow. One of us will be listening to this album.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

D.R.I. - Dealing With It (1985)

After going into 2 shops with christmas music looping endlessly into my soul, I needed some classic crossover to bring back some sanity and hey, this is too good to keep to myself!

Monday, 12 December 2011

It's that time again

Haters Gonna Hate GIF - Haters Gonna Hate

To celebrate getting very quickly to 50 posts on our new blog we have decided to open up our compilations season again. The theme this time is The Greatest Songs Ever Written. Submit your compilations to us via the email address and all of the best ones will be shared on the blog.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Marco Beltrami & Mastodon - Jonah Hex

Excellent comic > Forgettable film > Excellent soundtrack. That's my summary of Jonah Hex as a franchise.

My summary of Jonah Hex as a six-track soundtrack EP brought to us by Italian composer Marco Beltrami and Mastodon is thus; it is Mastodon's best work since Leviathan. I haven't heard the new album yet but I don't expect it to be as good as this. Seriously download this, you don't need to have seen the film to enjoy it. In fact, you probably just shouldn't see the film.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Mendetz - Souvenir

I'm not sure if I posted this over at VDO or not but it deserves a place here regardless. 80's sounding electro with some great guitar and bass work. I actually forgot about this until earlier on today. I haven't been listening to a lot of dance music lately. This is absolutely amazing though. Even if you don't like dance I would very much recommend giving it a go.


The Builders And The Butchers - Salvation Is A Deep Dark Well

How best to describe The Builders and the Butchers? Folk? Indie? Americana? All of those things I guess. It's a very unique sound, like a much better Mumford and Sons. Shit Mumford and Sons probably ripped these guys off. I've been listening to this album for a couple of years now and I've never got tired of it. I absolutely love the vocal style. They come from Portland so you know they are good.

Check it out here

Ted Nugent - Double Live Gonzo! (1978)

The man is a total knob but when this album was released, he was a guitar god. Like a lot of his contemporaries, Nugent sometimes struggled to translate his fearsome live sound on studio releases, so when this double live album came out, showing him at his peak, it was a celebration of his scorching solos, controlled feed back and gritty Detroit Rock'n'Roll.

With a set list taken from his early solo albums + some choice cuts from his Amboy Duke days, this is probably all the Nugent you will ever need.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Anal Cunt - Wearing Out Our Welcome

The Anal Cunt album that never was.

Alongside Fuckin' A, these are Seth's final recordings with the band. If I remember correctly, this album and Fuckin' A were to be released together under the blanket title of Wearing Out Our Welcome, with these tracks subtitled as The Same Old Shit. For obvious reasons. This is the Anal Cunt we all know and love; loud, angry, fast and offensive...mind you, Fuckin' A is all of those things too, these songs are just sans cock rock "influence".

Obviously a must for any Putnam fan or collector, it's a pretty decent swansong, shame there just isn't more tracks to it.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Cynarae - S/T (2011)

I have seen this all over the place today and decided to give it a listen. I have been rewarded with a gigantic slab of aggression that pummels you into submission. Cynarae are described as mixing up hardcore, powerviolence and grindcore but as I have no real idea about the last two genres, my own ramblings will have to suffice.

This is big and brutal - mostly of a thick, intense filthy hardcore that combines Trap Them with Converge to give the songs a massively heavy sound with an unrelenting barrage of sound and fury. If that ain't enough to get you listening, meh!

They are good guys as well - Free Bandcamp download

Monday, 5 December 2011

Triggerfinger - All This Dancin' Around

Triggerfinger rule. I hadn't heard them before this year's High Voltage festival but I'm glad we decided to check 'em out, they were a highlight of the entire weekend.

They play that Belgian take on classic/stoner rock but they do it better than the majority of their contemporaries. Unfortunately, whilst still energetic and rockin', the record lacks the impact of their live show. So consider this a taster if you will, and if you like it, go see them on tour with Thin Lizzy and Clutch next year, and let them kick your ass with the power of their sexy rock.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

East West Blast Test

Request fill for PHiLCORE; EWBT is a project spearheaded by Spazz's Chris Dodge and Dave Witte from every good heavy band ever.

The concept being that messrs Witte and Dodge create music from their respective coasts of the Land of Hope and Glory and trade their material with one another (Witte handling the drums and Dodge doing everything else) and assemble their songs that way. Throw in a bunch of guest appearances from their respective phonebooks and that's how you cook up a tasty grind album.