Monday, October 29, 2007
Dylan Carlson and his massively influential Earth band have been making their amazing brand of drone since 1990. Earth's early recordings were the main influence behind the rise of bands like Sunn O))). Below is one of my favorite Earth albums. It was originally released in 1995 and featured vocals on the track "Divine And Bright" by Dylan's best friend, Kurt Cobain. Earth recently reformed a few years ago and has a new album titled "The Bee Made Honey in the Lion's Skull" slated to be released sometime in the next few months on the Southern Lord record label.
EARTH - "Sunn Amps And Smashed Guitars"
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Here is another personal favorite of mine. Khanate's sound is an acquired taste but once you get it you will be thankful you gave it a try. Members include the noise/drone masters Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O))), KTL) and James Plotkin (Phantomsmasher, Khlyst). Below are a bunch of high quality live releases. All are worth a listen. You can check out their studio releases through Southern Lord and Hydrahead records.
KHANATE-"It's Cold When Birds Fall From The Sky"
KHANATE-"KHNT vs Stockholm"
KHANATE-"WFMU 91.1 Broadcast 04.13.02"
KHANATE-"Live Aktion Sampler"
KHANATE-"Live 6 DVD" (Live Videos)
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Growing up in the nineties in Pennsylvania I was exposed to a large amount of Straight Edge Hardcore. North of me in New York the hardcore scene was blowing up with bands like Earth Crisis and Snapcase. Their effect could be heard up and down the East Coast. Two of my favorite and lesser known bands from this era were Canon and Abnegation. Both were from Pennsylvania and both adopted Earth Crisis's hard nosed Straight Edge approach. Although a lot of the lyric content could be questionable at times, there was something about the urgency of the music that attracted me to it. Below is Canon's one and only 7 inch release, Abnegation's "Sown In The Remains" 7 inch, and the original Earth Crisis "Firestorm Demo." I have heard from various sources that the "Firestorm Demo" was what Earth Crisis sent to Victory to get signed.
CANON - "The Solution" (7 inch)
ABNEGATION - "Sown In The Remains" (7 inch)
EARTH CRISIS - "Firestorm Demos" (Original Demo Tape)
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I'm going to see Control for the third time at the end of this week so I thought I would post another Joy Division recording. "Live Les Bains Douches 12-18-79" is by far one the best live Joy Division recordings I've come across. There is a lot of interesting versions of some of their most well known songs. Give it a try.
JOY DIVISION - "Live Les Bains Douches 12-18-79"
To everyone asking for reposts of files that have expired : I will try when I have time. I'm only one person and a busy person at that. This blog is for my personal enjoyment in sharing music that I love. I will try my best to help anyone out with requests when my time permits. I've received a few rude worded messages demanding I reupload certain expired links. If you want something ask nicely. Messages like that make me want to throw in the towel... but I won't.
With that said I have a bunch of new posts in the making. Stay tuned.
With that said I have a bunch of new posts in the making. Stay tuned.
Friday, October 19, 2007
By far one of my favorite Nirvana live recordings. Download it and be sure to check out the version of "Come As You Are." That version of the song is why I still respect Nirvana to this day. Check it out and let me know what you think.
NIRVANA - "Live Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL 11/25/91"
Here is a gem I found online recently that I wanted to share with all of you. Two of Kurt Cobain's favorite bands playing live together in 1988. Both band's sets are amazing and worth checking out. If your not familiar with either artists I highly suggest you find each band's releases.
THE VASELINES / BEAT HAPPENING - "Live In London June 16, 1988"
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Xasthur is one of the most exciting one man black metal bands around right now. Hailing from Southern California, Xasthur's music is dark, depressive, and suicidal. Below are a bunch of harder to find Xasthur releases. Enjoy! On a side note, it seems mediafire is being a little weird with some links on previous posts. I'll try and go through and fix any problem links.
XASTHUR - "1997 Rehearsal"
XASTHUR - "Split With Orosius"
XASTHUR - "A Darkened Winter"
XASTHUR - "A Gate Through Bloodstained Mirrors"
XASTHUR - "Split w/ Acid Enema"
XASTHUR - "2002 Rehearsal"
XASTHUR - "Split w/ Angra Mainyu"
Nachtmystium and Xasthur:
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Kent are one of the most popular rock bands in Sweden. Unfortunately for those of us living outside Scandinavia we're less likely to have heard of them. Below are two albums were they attempted to have a international career and sing in English. Their albums after these saw them returning to singing in their native tongue. They have a new album titled "Tillbaka Till Samtiden" being released this week. Both records below are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
KENT - "Isola" (1997)
KENT - "Hagnesta Hill" (1999)
Monday, October 15, 2007
Isis should need no introduction if you are reading this blog. Below are two live shows and the "Oceanic Remixes Reinterpretations" album. "Oceanic Remixes/Reinterpretations" featured artists such as Justin Broadrick, James Plotkin, Mike Patton, and others remixing tracks from the Isis "Oceanic" album. The photo above was taken by the talented Mike Jensen.
ISIS - "Live1"
ISIS - "Live At Groningen"
ISIS - "Oceanic Remixes/Reinterpretations"
Disc 1 - http://www.mediafire.com/?8glredepqeh
Disc 2 - http://www.mediafire.com/?8mg1c1y2nzh
Friday, October 12, 2007
Huggy Bear was an English riot grrrl band, formed in 1991 in Brighton, England. Rising up in tandem with the Olympia, Washington-based riot grrl movement led by feminist bands like Bikini Kill, Huggy Bear called themselves "boy/girl revolutionaries," both in reference to their political philosophy and the gender makeup of their band. Below are a few of their albums and 7 inches. "Taking The Rough With The Smooch" LP is one of my personal favorites but all of their releases are worth a listen.
HUGGY BEAR - "Taking The Rough With The Smooch" (LP)
HUGGY BEAR - "Weaponry Listens To Love" (LP)
HUGGY BEAR - "Our Troubled Youth" (12 inch)
HUGGY BEAR - "Long Distance Lovers" (7 inch)
HUGGY BEAR - "Main Squeeze" (7 inch)
HUGGY BEAR - "Rubbing The Impossible To Burst" (7 inch)
HUGGY BEAR - "Shimmies In Super-8" (7 inch)
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Hands down one of my favorite bands to emerge recently is Jesu. It's main creative force is the mega-talented Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Napalm Death). Jesu's sound is a mixture of shoegaze, drone, ambient, and industrial. If you haven't had a chance to hear them I highly suggest you get acquainted. Below is a live show from 2004 (thanks to James) and 2 tracks that were featured on the Japanese only version of the recently released "Lifeline" EP. Also below is part 1 of a mini Jesu documentary. The 2 other parts can be found on youtube. Enjoy!
JESU - "Live In Glasgow - 2004.08.04"
JESU - "Lifeline (Japanese Bonus Tracks)"
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Here is another favorite of mine. Kings of Convenience are an indie folk-pop duo from Bergen, Norway. Consisting of Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe, the musical group is known for their delicate tunes, calming voices, and intricately subtle guitar melodies. Below is their first s/t out of print album and a bootleg rarities disc. The bootleg disc has an amazing cover of the Joy Division song "The Eternal." Check it out.
KINGS OF CONVENIENCE - "Kings of Convenience"
KINGS OF CONVENIENCE - "B Sides and Rarities 1999-2002"