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2008: An Aural Journey

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I’m not gonna sit down and do a “Top Albums of 2008” type list – I didnt listen to nearly enough albums to make judgement calls. Case in point – my former country music loving little sister recommended Fleet Foxes album to me ages ago and I still havent given it a spin, despite Nath raving about it (see previous post).

So instead, I’ll simply list a heap of albums I gave a bit of a spin this year and how they struck me…

Motley Crue – Saints of Los Angeles
This didnt get much of a rotation. The music sounded as good as ever, but the lyrics were for the most part laughable glimpses of what was for the bad boys of old.

The Drones – Havilah
Kinda disappointed I hadn’t discovered these guys earlier. Listening to this album made for a damn good drive to Sydney one day. Sounded like if Tom Waits singing old colonial Australian tunes.

The Ting Tings – We Started Nothing
I kinda liked ‘Thats Not My Name’ then I got sick of it. Then I heard the whole album and kinda dug it all. Not great, but I’ve enjoyed it when I’ve had it on this year.

Bliss ‘n Eso – Flying Colours
Aussie Hip-Hop certainly is gaining momentum, and this got a good solid months workout in my car. Several standout tracks and a little filler. Bullet and a Target was one of my favourite songs all year.

Tame Impala – Antares Mira Sun
Nath had hyped these kids up something fierce – and they delivered. Shame its such a short EP/LP/Whatever. Swirling 60’s inspired psychodelia, and other cliches – long story short, I loved it.

The Living End – White Noise
If youve heard The Living End before, you know what to expect from this album. You can listen to it (especially when the singles come on the radio) but its a bit of a trek to get throught the whole CD.

Ladyhawke – Ladyhawke
‘Paris Is Burning’ certainly piqued my interest in Ladyhawke, but when I put the album on, it was pretty disappointing. There was one or two other songs that were ok, but the album was not what I was expecting.

Empire of The Sun – Walking on A Dream
I listened to the whole album on www.thevine.com.au and it was ok. That whole retro-revamped 80’s sound got really old really quick as this album got on. Can’t say I’d rush out to get it.

Sparkadia – Postcards
Ok, anyone who knows me, knows that I am a big fan of these guys. Postcards has never been too far from my ears since it was released. Its even better live – go see a Sparkadia show – then you’ll know.

Eagles of Death Metal – Heart On
It’s funny, this album doesn’t sound that different from their others. But it doesnt make this seem old, it just makes the others seem timeless. Good hard rockin’ party tunes-a-plenty. Lovin’ it!

Kings of Leon – Only By The Night
My first listen, I hated this album. Since then it has become my most listened to album of ’08. Sure its not the gritty southern alt-rock of the previous efforts, but it’s darn catchy. It’s another case of indie-rock band loses indie rock cred when too many indie kids make them so popular non indie kids love ’em and they are no longer indie.

Metallica – Death Magnetic
Thank god for Rick Rubin. Metallica return to their roots with some decent metal tunes. I listened to this album for about a month solid after it was released. Haven’t really had it on since.

Portishead – Third
Listening to Third only made me want to listen to old Portishead. Third is ok, but – you know. It’s no Dummy.

The Black Keys – Attack and Release
Same could be said for this effort. The ‘drum and guitar’ staples from the Akron, OH boys got a working over by Dangermouse and the addition of a few other instruments. I dont think they really needed it. I haven’t listened to this as much as I did Rubber Factory.

MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
By the time I got around to listening to this, I think I was nearly sick of the singles. Its a shame, cos its a pretty decent album. I just wish it didnt inspire more flouro clad freaks at festivals to look and act weirder than normal.

Tapes ‘n Tapes – Walk it Off
A pretty underrated album with a pretty understated sound. It’s not the best thing you’ll hear all year, but there is plenty of worse albums getting alot more play – which I’m afraid to say is also the case in my collection.

Smashing Pumpkins – American Gothic
Ok – you thought I liked Sparkadia! Seriously, this is a sweet and pretty piano driven EP that if you’ve seen their recently released doco ‘If All Goes Wrong’ you’ll understand where the songs come from, but scratch your head why the other dozen of similar sounding, equally great songs were omitted.

Guns ‘n’ Roses – Chinese Democracy
Has anyone bought this? Serously. Does anyone care?


Metallica – Back on Track!

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Poor old Metallica. They’re damned if they do and damned if they dont.
Generally bands, when they make it big, are faced with two options; either keep churning out the same old sound until the critics hate you and only the die-hard fans are still listening, or get to a point where you decide to start experimenting with the bands sound and dynamic, bewildering critics and alienating die-hard fans. It would seem Metallica took the latter option.

At some point during their self-titled black album, Metallica softened and changed direction from the migrane inducingly great machine-gun music of their previous efforts. Death Magnetic, their new album, sounds like it should’ve come just after ‘…And Justice for All’ and before the black album and their descent away from ‘heavy’ metal.

Don’t get me wrong though. Death Magnetic is a good album.
It has a riff driven heaviness that their fans have been screaming out for for some time, but there are moments where the crazy new Metallica raises its fan repulsing head. The rumour goes that producer Rick Rubin asked the band to write the (theoretical) songs that didn’t make it onto ‘Master of Puppets.’
In one regard, the experiment is a success – there are tracks that eminate Metallica’s 80’s vibe, but on the other hand – its easy to see why they (theoretically) didn’t make it onto ‘Puppets.’

There was a collective groan of expectant disappointment when we all discovered that one of the new tracks was ‘Unforgiven III,’ the sequel to the sequel that probably should never have been made. It is definitely the weak point on ‘Death,’ not beacuse it’s a terrible song, but because it sounds nothing like anything else on the album.
There are times when songs are going gangbusters and you’re thinking ‘fuck yeah – this is Metallica’ and then without warning, the song delves into some sort of Weiland sounding STP rip-off. And other times, the guitar solo is cranking, and then Kirk Hammet hits a pedal and the sound becomes ‘Metallabilly’ – a bastard child of a The Living End cover band trying to thrash out some Metallica solos on a rickenbacker. And while I actually enjoy bands from the ‘-abilly’ persuasion, it kinda doesn’t suit Metallica.

For me, Judas Kiss is definitely a high point, and reason enough to believe that Metallica can be great once again. But as another reviewer has written, Metallica trying to recapture the sound they made in their 20’s is essentially the musical equivelent of a mid-age crisis.
Don’t let that dissuade you though – I highly recommend Death Magnetic, it’s probably the best thing they’ve done since the black album.

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September 12, 2008 at 12:26 am

Kids, Cats and Cringe.

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Hang me out to dry cos The Cold War Kids have a new album landing September 8, titled Loyalty to Loyalty. The track listing is thus:
1. Against Privacy
2. Mexican Dogs
3. Every Valley Is Not A Lake
4. Something Is Not Right With Me
5. Welcome To The Occupation
6. Golden Gate Jumpers
7. Avalanche in B
8. I`ve Seen Enough
9. Every Man I Fall For
10. Dreams Old Men Dream
11. On The Night My Love Broke Through
12. Relief
13. Cryptomnesia

The song Something is Not Right With Me is available to download from their website. The Kids’ website is so simple its cool. Black and white everything, simple fonts – its quite stunning. Which is in direct contrast to The Stray Cats website.

Every colour of the rainbow and layouts so 1998 that you’re not sure if they’re being ironically retro or or just have hoplessly bad taste and design skills. Either way, Brian Setzer and the boys are headed this way with their rockabilly goodness, because, aparently, we demanded it! Ticket details are listed here

 If thats not your cup of tea, then have a go at this; Metallica’s track listing for their new album Death Magnetic as posted to some website before being hastily removed.

“That Was Just Your Life”
“The End Of The Line”
“Broken, Beat & Scarred”
“The Day That Never Comes”
“All Nightmare Long”
“The Unforgiven III”
“The Judas Kiss”
“Suicide & Redemption”
“My Apocalypse”

Yes kids thats right! The Unforgiven III. The song that was pretty good on their black album, then re-worked and released as the not so good The Unforgiven II on their Re-Load album.
Other names for the song they were toying with were Unforgiven Forever, Unforgiven Back In Training, Return of the Unforgiven, Unforgiven Revolutions, The Unforgiven Ultimatum and The Unforgiven: Dead Mans Chest. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the metal aisle of the music shop, James Hetfield and the boys go and drag this old chestnut out for another re-working. Or you could wait for the new Guitar Hero Game which will feature Broken Beat & Scarred.

Hmmm. Less Cowbell!


Vagina, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll

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Metallica have revealed the cover of their new album, Death Magnetic to the world.
Despite the iron filings appearance being already described as an ‘unshaven vagina’ the word on the music itself is promisingly positive. Velvet Revolver (and former G’n’R) drummer Matt Sorum has described it by saying “It’s ridiculous. The demos were sick… Bitchin’. I dig it. I’m really excited for them”

Sounds like the therapy sessions and bassist Robert Trujillio’s presence means Metallica finally has their shit together and are back to making the music metal heads love to hate.

Speaking of former Gunner’s members – Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler have also made headlines. One is up on drug charges the other has released a solo album. Guess which is which!

Izzy has released the album Concrete which features yet another G’n’Rer Duff McKagen on the title track. Adler on the other hand was arrested on narcotics possession charges. The irony being that Adler was featured on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew and was set to star in the show’s spin-off Sober Living!

What’s that? Not enough late 80’s hair metal news? Oh all right then…

Motley Crue released a new album late last month and there should be a LNaP review posted in the near future. Reviews for the LP Saints of Los Angeles have been fairly positive thus far – but it hasn’t been given the patented LNaP treatment as yet. Stay tuned.

You like rock debate? No? Oh well. Go have a look at the animated madness that is Nite Fite anyway. I’ll settle their first debate right here and now! You may not get all Penalty and Lloyd’s jokes/references, so go visit the series that gave birth to the show: The Meth Minute 39.

Syd Barrett’s accountant, Emo Watermelons, Led Zep challenges and James Brown as a futuristic robotic actual Sex Machine – The Meth Minute has it all – including Billy Corgan. Segue alert!

Tickets are on sale for Smashing Pumpkins, who are touring the U.S. doing a 20 year anniversary tour for their debut album Gish. They also have a single due out September recently revealed to be titled G.L.O.W. Lord knows what that is gonna stand for. Stand by for more Pumpkiny details.


Cowbell all round!