I used to post music here. Once upon a time. It’s funny how little things like life get in the way of updating your meaningless blog.
Here is some lovely new music to make up for it.
Foo Fighters – Bridge Burning
from Wasting Light
from England Keep My Bones
from Submarine S/T
from Helplessness Blues
from Win Win S/T
from Ego/Mirror 7″
from Suck It And See
from Codes And Keys
So, finally, here are my choice of some of the best metal/hardcore/rock tracks of 2010. I would have done this earlier, but I’m lazy and the holidays are for being lazy. Happy 2011!
from Dark Ages
from On My Shield 7″
from Taste The Sin
from Option Paralysis
from Diamond Eyes
from Spiral Shadow
from I, Vigilante
Instead of doing what I did last year and listing my favourite albums and talking about them, i’m going to post my favourite tracks from albums I dug this year in groups of 10 or so. First up is the tracks from beat-orientated albums, such as elecronic and hip-hop albums. And that way, if you dig the track, you can check out the album. I recommend every album listed, but in particular Yeasayers’s Odd Blood, my favourite album of the year. It’s incredible. Coming next: the heavy shit!
from Tron Legacy
Weezer just re-released their incredible second album Pinkerton, with enough b-sides and rarities to please even Rob Fleming. It reminded me that, during their golden period 1992-97, Weezer were an incredible band who rarely, if ever, wrote a bad song (oh how they would change their ways in future years) and consistently had incredible b-sides. So I’m lumping in the b-sides to their legendary first 2 albums together to hear exactly how prolific Rivers Cuomo was at this point.
I’m not gonna include everything, as that would be pointless, but here are the cream of the crop of non-album tracks from that particular time period. Enjoy, as these songs could have really formed an incredible third album. From the lurching I Swear It’s True to the sugar coated vocals of Suzanne, the vast majority of these songs were as good if not better than most of their preferred bretheren that made it onto The Blue Album or Pinkerton. And lets all try to ignore what the band have become now.
2. You Gave Your Love To Me Softly
4. You Wont Get With Me Tonight
6. Mykel And Carli
7. Waiting On You
8. I Just Threw Out The Love Of My Dreams
9. I Swear It’s True
10. Long Time Sunshine
11. Getting Up And Leaving
12. Tragic Girl
And, if that wasn’t enough, i’m gonna offer up their cover of the classic Pixies tune Velouria, released on the Where Is My Mind compilation in the late 90’s. Why? Cause it’s great.
Well, what the hell could that mean? The band are going to give out pizza?
The influential hardcore band have been releasing vinyl singles in a pattern for 3 months now, on the 8/8, 9/9 and 10/10, releasing All Good Junkies Go To Heaven, Jesus Glue and Natural Born Farmer respectively. They have booked a gig on January 1, 2011 at New York’s Best Buy Arena, and fans are anticipating another vinyl release. But there have been rumours of an album or an EP in the pipeline for a while. And now their official website is adorned with this.
I must say I love the fact that this band are not playing the usual advertising/marketing game when it comes to releasing material, but this is their most perplexing move yet. I guess we will find out in a couple of days what the hell this all means.
So the ol’ blog has had a bit of a makeover, just in case you hadn’t noticed. I was reeeallly tired of the white background and shitty text links everywhere, and the animé chick in the header (I don’t even like animé, apart from Akira, of course). I guess I just needed a change, and I’m pretty happy with the result. Hopefully you are too.
Travis’ Fran Healy on Belle and Sebastian, via The AV Club:
“Stuart [Murdoch] is an old friend of mine from Glasgow. He and I were best friends with two sisters. His friend was called Kiera, and my friend was called Jude. His dad was a really famous Irish writer; it was a big eye-opening moment in my life to get to hang out at their place, because they were so cultured. His dad would listen to classical music in his front room and stand and conduct it. He would have loads of really cool arty-fartsy people over at the house. I was just a kid, like 16 or 17. Stuart was a really nice guy, but slightly annoying. He always pulled his cardigan cuffs over his hands and twiddled with the wool at the corner. He always looked down at his feet, and I was like, “For fuck’s sake!”
I remember I was just starting out in a band, and he wasn’t in a band or anything, one day he wrote a review of our show. It was like our second show, and he absolutely pasted us. He was just so horrible about it. I sat down and confronted him on the stairs at the front of Jude’s house in Glasgow. I was like, “Stuart, what the fuck? Give us a chance, man.” He was like, “Oh, I just thought, um, I just didn’t really enjoy it.” I’m like, “Fuck you, come on! It was our second show.” He totally gave us a pasting, and I never forgave him.
Then one day in Glasgow at the art school—I think Stuart was at university—I think we were in second year, and it was evening. We were at the art-school bar, and there were people setting up musical equipment. I saw Stuart and I said, “Say, man. What are you doing?” He was like, “We are going to play a gig.” I’m thinking, “Oh yes! This is going to be rubbish. Fucking brilliant!” So all of our mates, we all got pints, and we are sitting waiting for this horrible gig to happen, while we sit and gloat in the front row.
They were setting up and we had a few drinks. Then it all goes quiet. Stuart steps up, still playing with the wool at the end of his cardigan, and he’s like, [Whispers.] “Hi. We’re Belle And Sebastian.” “Oh God, this is going to be rubbish. He’s not even projecting.” He went up to the mic, and everyone is so quiet, because we couldn’t bloody hear the guy talk. You could hear a pin drop and he went, [Sings.] “I was surprised / I was happy for a day” and started playing [“The State That I Am In”]. Everyone’s jaws hit the floor. To this day, it was one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to. I was like, “Fuck! Not only are you kind of smug, but you are amazing as well.” I went up to him after and was like, “I so wanted that to be shit.” He was so sweet. He was like, “Thanks. Thanks a lot.” That was the first gig they ever played. It was the Glasgow Arts School at the Vic Bar. They are just amazing.”