New TOOL Album – early 2014?

On August 29, 2013, in Music, by mugen

Maynard and Danny Carey of TOOL have intimated that, now that Maynard is involved in the writing process (the instrumentalists have enough material he can start adding vocals and lyrics to), there’s a chance of release in late 2013 or early 2014.

Yes, please.

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Zouk Bass / Tarraxo

On August 23, 2013, in Concert, Music, song, by mugen

Boing-Boing has an article about an emergent genre of dance music called Zouk Bass. Cool overview of the sound that includes a 47 minute YouTube link to a live set, several SoundCloud tracks as examples, and links to 2 zipped sampler collections for free. If you’re into low BPM (90-115) African-inspired sounds, this is a pretty nice collection of stuff that is very listenable and danceable and would make for a nice addition to ambient and house dance collections.

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While We’re at It – 1986

On August 10, 2013, in Music, song, by mugen

So this was a little easier, though I can see that it’s going to get harder for me as we close out the decade. Once again doing a poll from Slicing Up Eyeballs, and this time I’m actually getting there on time to participate.

Best Albums of 1986

  • Big Black – Atomizer
  • Coil – Horse Rotorvator
  • Dag Nasty – Can I Say
  • Dead Milkmen – Eat Your Paisley
  • Peter Gabriel – So
  • Skinny Puppy – Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse
  • R.E.M. – Life’s Rich Pageant
  • Erasure – Wonderland
  • New Model Army – Ghost of Cain
  • Queen – A Kind of Magic (write in. c’mon! Highlander!)

Honorable Mention:
Diamanda Galas – The Divine Punishment
Siouxsie and the Banshees – Tinderbox (just for “Cities in Dust”)
Dead Kennedys – Bedtime for Democracy
“Weird Al” Yankovic – Polka Party

CAVEAT – The website is focused on alternative music and indie music, so my Queen write-in is a little weird, and there’s no Eat ‘Em and Smile or the like.

Sigue Sigue Replicant

On August 10, 2013, in Music, song, by mugen

Stumbled onto this awesome little video that mashes up footage of Sigue Sigue Sputnik live with scenes from Blade Runner. Genius interpretation of “Atari Baby.” Nice work Reborninoktober.

Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Atari Baby from Reborninoktober on Vimeo.

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Top 10 Albums throughout the 80s – 1980

On August 10, 2013, in Music, song, by mugen

Slicing-up Eyeballs has been running an on-going series of polls, asking readers to vote to rank the top 100 albums each year in the 80s. They’re up to 1986 now.

I’ve gone back to their lists and compiled my own Top 10 for 1980:

  • U2 – Boy
  • The Police – Zenyatta Mondatta
  • Peter Gabriel (“Melt”)
  • Psychedelic Furs
  • Killing Joke – Killing Joke
  • Blondie – Autoamerican
  • The Human League – Travelogue
  • Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
  • Stiff Little Fingers – Nobody’s Heroes
  • Prince – Dirty Mind

Honorable Mentions:

  • Circle Jerks – Group Sex
  • Residents – Commercial Album
  • Motorhead – Ace of Spades
  • Ramones – End of the Century

screw Joy Division. New Order has a much better singer and the best thing to come out of Closer is the Therapy? cover of “Isolation”

Rx – Bedside Toxicology

On August 9, 2013, in Music, song, by mugen

Finally giving the first release by Rx (Martin Atkins and Ogre teamup) a listen. It’s so odd that I waited 15 years to give this a chance, but I think I would have been disillusioned back in 1998. As it is, this is an interesting bridge between The Process (Skinny Puppy) and wELt (oHGr). It’s got elements of PigFace in it, especially Welcome to Mexico…Asshole and some of the funnier moments on Fook. The cover of “Downtown” is a bit disappointing, but “Scarecrow” and “Crackhead Waltz” are excellent out-of-leftfield work from guys who would normally be atonal or beating on drums or filtered by computers.

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