Friday, March 27, 2009

Blurt up:

Go ahead, let it all out--it's fucking Friday night. Scream, skewer your guts, pick a flower, exterminate the neighbors, empty out your gullet, relieve thyself, spew chunks, get crunk, evolve, worship your god, devise a plan, lose control, scratch and sniff, play dead, eat shit and live, draw blood, eat the crayons, walk the line, gleam the cube,  shave, slave, it all and do it's BORBETOMAGUS time.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


Had a request for a repost for this one, so I hope you enjoy.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Die Trying:

   Might as well begin by dropping a truckload of names: KISS, Devo...shall I just stop there at that perplexing crossroad? For it is there that you will find Jesters Of Destiny and their 1986 album FUN AT THE FUNERAL. Chocked with insanely good hooks, pop rock and roll over the some tasteful keyboard flourishes. This would all be hoo-dee-hoo if it were not for this groups knack for penning some ultra-catchy melodies and superb pop hooks. The hard rock riffs are present too; always sticking out with a slightly jokey appeal...and therein lies the rub: it's no joke. This is masterfully crafted new wave hard rock (notice that there was no slash in between those two genres...simply because the Jesters Of Destiny wiped out that conundrum when they produced this excellent set of songs). Just listen to the opening track, one of my favorite songs of all time, "Digging That Grave", a monsterous slab of simple rocking guitar, swanky keyboard lines, and clever lyrics that rip through your soul! Or how about "Happy Times" of the most perfect 80's songs that sums it all up in a classic style...I could see this being featured on any John Hughes movies in my head. In short, Jester Of Destiny should have been huge...but they were criminally overlooked and underheard, (and maybe misunderstood) forever.

Alternative metal, hard rock, new wave, say hello to the new best unheard album that will serve it's residence in the clogged space between your know...where all that grey matter has been seeping out lately.


Tracks 1-11 are the original album.
Tracks 12-18 are bonus cuts.
The Jesters Of Destiny cover of Sabbath's "Electric Funeral" was posted here.

By the way, if you like this album (and how could ANY fan of new wave and/or hard rock not?) then I'd like to point you to an interesting write up from one of the band members on this site, which is run by the label that reissued this stellar collection a few years ago (which it seems, at this point in time, has gone out of print).

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Main Course:

   EDITIONS is a collection of After Dinner's first album and a handful of live tracks. Essential listening for those interested in Japan's early 80's blend of baroque pop, prog, traditional Japanese music, and some electronic improv. This is highly regarded as being one of Japan's landmark new wave/experimental groups. The lead singer HACO, has lead a promising solo career since After Dinner's disbanding. I posted one of her solo records over yonder and the other After Dinner record was posted long time ago right here.

   However, EDITIONS remains my favorite After Dinner release. The charming beauty of Haco's voice holds a special allure to me, and I am constantly amazed how they amassed an array of different styles and sounds and managed to gel them into one coherent piece of stunning art. The live material here (tracks 10-18 are especially impressive)!

Pure Alchemy! (Link Updated)
   When my old band toured Japan back in 2002, we were told that one of the bands opening up for us was this really great group called 54-71 (in Japanese, Goju Yon Nanaju Ichi) and that we should be very happy with their live performance. Well, the singer came out with old school  boxing headgear on and their drummer had a 3 piece drum set and was sporting a nice Hawaiian shirt so already they were great. Their sound is all rhythm; everything is wound tight. The bass and drums are fine-tuned in their precision and the guitar lines are skeletal...clean and clear. Now here comes their singer...what is this? He is rapping...I think he's rapping. He's kind of he okay? This is great, this is sad, this is even greater. A head-scratchingly excellent group that has apparently garnered some stateside recognition due to their opening slot for a Deerhoof tour (among others). This is a really interesting album (entitled UNTITLED) and showcases 54-71 as the minimalist adventurers that they are.

   By the way, anyone who knows me knows that I am completely inept when it comes to video games (my old roomates laughed in delight as I could not jump over some kind of magic mushroom things in a Mario Brothers game years ago), but at the time of hearing this record, I was introduced to Parapa The Rapper and I could not help but draw some kind of comparison between 54-71 and that animated hip-hop dog. Of course, you'd have to add in a little bit of Chicago post rock circa 1997 to seal the deal. Think June Of 44 or consider both Parapa and those bands intertwined. Perplexed?

This should be heard and discussed. Don't leave the comments box all dusty on this one.

One Wong Move:

   UNMEI NO TSUBASA, the 2001 album by Hong Kong mega-starlet remains as one of the standout sue in no small part to the first track "光之翼" which starts of with a simple, dreamy little riff and then explodes into a prickly, distorted, and ultra-catchy pop chorus. So good that you will be singing along in Cantonese in no time. The remainder of the album holds more sway in the typical Faye Wong sound, combing together strands of Chinese folk, French pop, and even a little bit of four-on-the-floor techno into one long musical braid.

   By the way, some small confusion on my part, I also have this cd title listed as Faye Wong - SUPER BEST. But I am not sure if this was one specifically renamed for the Japanese market or some other clever marketing scheme/derivative manipulation.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Drown In Sound:

   I must have been around 15 years old when my friend Derek visited my house one day. I was in my room probably burning incense or trying to record some guitar music on one of my homemade multi boom-box recording systems I had set up. Derek was older than me and would come over once in a while to show me a few guitar techniques...blah blah blah. He shows me a cassette tape that he picked up for a quarter at a garage sale and tells me that I should check it out. The cover looks really wacky and distills a sci-fi 70's TRON kind of hokiness that's hard to fake. Intrigued, I played it in my headphones while going to sleep that night. Hence began the audio journey with TOMITA and his classic piece of electronic music, THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE.

   Swirling waves of weird tones and crisp synthesizers zooming and swirling all around... Random bleeping and blooping of alien computers sunken below the depths of a sunless watery tomb. Distant voices carried along on analogue arcs of wonder. I was lost in some kind of strange deep dream long before I even fell asleep.

   Eventually, I had to return the tape to Derek, but I somehow ended up scoring a few other Tomita recordings (on CD this time) but I never forgot about how this particular album stood out for me. It is a cinematic, exciting, confusing, beautifully lush listening experience...(far more so than any of the multi boom-box audio experiments that were going on in my old bedroom, at least).

 Immerse yourself in cosmic appreciation for the almighty Isao Tomita and you too can make the claim:

Chop Chop:

   Need a quick fix of raw, unproduced gore-grind? This compilation will fit your all your unnatural cravings, dear cretin. Not only does GORELAND feature loads of grunts, squeals, shrieks, and "I can still sing while I'm puking" vocal styles; but it also features maniacal drumming (both human and machine), gnarly horror movie samples, and a fair amount of impressive riffs. Fidelity varies from track to track so adjust your mind accordingly. I can't exactly explain the appeal of this stuff, but sometimes you just need a good blasting to clear away all the bullshit.

1. Lymphatic Phlegm - Chronic Nephrolithiasis Followed By Perinephritic Suppuration
2. Decomposing Serenity - Bubbles Of Blood
3. Microphallus - Evelyn Corbin (Victim # 10)
4. The County Medical Examiners - Vitreous Humor
5. Feculent Goretomb - Chronic Evacuation Of Semi-Digested Aliments
6. Oxidised Razor - Anal Carnage
7. Last Days Of Humanity - Suppurated Sublimisation
8. Autophagia - Syringa Necrose Your Cerebral With
9. Blue Holocaust - The Fifth Cord
10. Cativeiro - The Great Hidden Power Of A Decaying Torso
11. Disgorge (Mex) - Excremential Lust
12. Rompeprop - Dislocated Purple Stoma
13. Pigsty - Deviant In Your Bath
14. Gruesome Stuff Relish - El Duce Inn Massacre
15. Reek Of Shits - The Oversalted Menses
16. Haemorrhage - Obnoxious (Surgeon Of The Dead)
17. Mincing Fury And Guttural Clamour Of The Queer Decay - Confinement
18. Butcher Abc - Dozen Of Dismembered Torsos
19. Ghoul - Ghoulhunter
20. Grossmember - Mind Collapse System
21. Luteous - Grinding Flesh
22. Noisecore Freak - Harsh Bedwire
23. Dysmenorrheic Hemorrhage - Delicate Punctured Organ
24. Amoebic Dysentery - Masturbatory Mastication
25. Gross - Bred By The Dead
26. Spineless - Ode To Gore (Part 4)
27. Meatknife - Fingered And Fistfucked
28. Fuck The Facts - The Burning Side

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


   Let me spray it out in the open: I love CHUMBAWAMBA! From every album that I have heard, I have been impressed. Hey, I can dig the pop bands with the occasional anarchist slant. I decided to drop this gem of an album, 1995's SWINGIN' WITH RAYMOND tonight because, well...first of all, I had it in the stack of stuff to eventually post anyway; and also, because the great song "Ugh! Your Ugly New Houses!" blurted into my headphones on my 1 & 1/2 hour commute to work this morning and I took it as a divine sign from Raymond, himself.

   This is an album cut from two cloths. The first half is all folky acoustic songs (done very well), part two of this excellent is more of an amplified affair. Really great songwriting all around..not too be missed!