Moor Jewelry – True Opera (2020)

True Opera

Moor Jewelry is a collaboration between Moor Mother and Mental Jewelry from Philadelphia, USA. They put out True Opera, one of my favorite albums from this year, as a bloody cassette release only through Don Giovanni Records. Sold out twice. Overpriced on the (discogs) market right now.

Good songs and great heretic punk sound. Live wire/body electric sound. It deserves all formats. Plug yourself in.

bandcamp: https://moorxjewelry.bandcamp.com/album/true-opera

Listening Log ’20: Jul-Oct (part II)

More of the same? I don’t mind. Keep on dancing…

Next Generation
METZ – Atlas Vending
Blind Youth Industrial Park
IDLES – Ultra Mono
Ne touche pas moi
A Hero’s Death
Protomartyr – Ultimate Success Today
Modern Business Hymns

The past is full of dead men
The future is a cruelty
Resign yourself
Hey, have you heard them say “Ultimate Success Today”?

The Art of Persistence
Hit the Coast

Island Pag maybe. A future island.

Belonging to October

Listening Log ’20: Jul – Sep.

ORANSSI PAZUZU

psychedelic rock.

https://oranssipazuzu.bandcamp.com/track/uusi-teknokratia

Uusi teknokratia

IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT

jazz rock.

Rotted Futures
PYRRHON

noise rock.

Another Day In Paradise
KRALLICE

prog rock.

Aspherance
VILE CREATURE

sludge rock. (from queercore angle)

Glory! Glory!
DUMA

power electronics.

Uganda With Sam
BORIS

jap (punk) rock.

Fundamental Error
NAPALM DEATH

hardcore punk rock.

Fuck the Factoid
VALKYRIE

rock.

Fear And Sacrifice
INTER ARMA

pop.

Purple Rain

Listening Log ‘19 (part III)

Listening log ‘19 (part III) of one who lags behind.

Loraine James – For You and I

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For You and I

Stephen Mallinder – Um Dada

Um Dada

Cosey Fanni Tutti – Tutti

Tutti

Lingua Ignota – Caligula

licaligula

Do You Doubt Me Traitor

Scorn – Cafe Mor

Talk Whiff (featuring Jason Williamson)

Clipping. – There Existed an Addiction to Blood

Nothing Is Safe

Fat White Family – Serfs Up!

serfsup

Feet

The Murder Capital – When I Have Fears

themurderc

More Is Less

Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel

dogrel

Big

Girl Band – The Talkies

girlband

Shoulderblades

Pop. 1280 – Way Station

pop1280

Boom Operator

Inter Arma – Sulphur English

interarma

Howling Lands

Beastwars – IV

beastwarsiv

Omens

Black Mountain – Destroyer

blackmountain

Horns Arising

Big Brave – A Gaze Among Them

big brave

Body Individual

Purple Mountains – Purple Mountains

purple

Maybe I’m the Only One For Me

The Verlaines ‎– Dunedin Spleen

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None of These Chords

The Verlaines Bandcamp.

 

 

2nd Half-Year Album Review

Digital vinyls, part 2. Very predictable choices. Almost all I’ve heard of new stuff during the second half of ’19.

Dälek – Respect To The Authors 12″

dalek

Respect to Dälek.

Respect To The Authors

Defiant

Seek Harbor

Carter Tutti Void – Triumvirate

 

ctv

T 3.2

T 3.1

T 3.4

Pere Ubu – The Long Goodbye

pubu

Synth heavy prog / art-rock road section. Unexpected curve.

The Road Ahead

What I Heard On The Pop Radio

Mark Lanegan Band – Somebody’s Knocking

mlanegan

Some folks got to see The Membranes thanks to Mark Lanegan Band. I got to hear Mark Lanegan’s current music because of The Membranes. In a way I had closed the chapter of my interest with the demise of Screaming Trees and didn’t follow Lanegan’s solo career. What a twist! Soul disco remake/remodel approach for sordid melodrama mood. It made me check “Gargoyole” (2017) too. It even made me think of mid ’80s New Order.

Playing Nero

Gazing From The Shore

Two Bells Ringing At Once

Richard Dawson – 2020

rdawson

Jogging with Richard Dawson continues. Newcastle chronicle.

The Queen’s Head

Two Halves

Dead Dog In An Alleyway

Tropical Fuck Storm – Braindrops

tfs

“We use lots of techno gear to make rock and roll because rock and roll gear is boring, and all sounds like Led Zeppelin”. Well, it doesn’t have to sound like Page, I agree, but it wouldn’t hurt my ears if it sounded like Bonham, non filtered and directly into lower plexus. TFS drummer is great. Songwriting is excellent again.

Braindrops

Maria 63

Black Midi – Schlagenheim

blackmidi

The young shall inherit the Earth.

Speedway

Reggae

Western

The Messthetics – Anthropocosmic Nest

themess

Scrawler

Drop Foot

Better Wings

Russian Circles – Blood Year

rcircles

Quartered

Milano

Arluck

Blood Incantation – Hidden History Of The Human Race

blood incantation

Hallelujah! A well recorded death metal album. And mastered too. Finally. Not that I’ve heard many of them in recent times. So be it.

Awakening

Full Of Hell ‎– Weeping Choir

full of hell

Burning Myrrh

Haunted Arches

Rainbow Coil

Armory Of Obsidian Glass

Uzeda – Quocumque jeceris stabit

“This album is dedicated to those who struggle to conserve the right to be themselves”. Half an hour of pure electricity. The finest kraft. Almost like an example of perfect pairing – the band and their esteemed recording engineer became one mind.  I used to be bored by Uzeda records.

The Preacher’s Tale

Blind

Soap

Pile – Green And Gray

pile

A Labyrinth With No Center

A Bug On Its Back

The Monochrome Set – Fabula Mendax

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Demons, begone! Angels too. The unbearable lightness of being according to elderly post-punk gentleman Ganesh Seshadri – Bid. What could a fan do but count in case of The Monochrome Set: six album since reactivation, most of them (five that I’ve heard) remarkable in pop-rock context. Namaste.

Summer Of The Demon

I Can’t Sleep

La chanson de la pucelle

Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Colorado

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Septuagenarian hard rock. Ride off into the sunset.

Shut It Down

Help Me Lose My Mind

Green Is Blue

Swans – Leaving Meaning

swans

Meaning leaving. Leaving.

Sunfucker

My Phantom Limb

Amnesia

 

 

Half-Year Album Review

Summer in Wonderland.

2018 (addendum)

The end of ’18 also brought three outstanding albums that I’ve listened to in this year. They shouldn’t be left behind unmentioned.

Tropical Fuck Storm – A Laughing Death in Meatspace

Believe the (moderate) hype in this case. The festering psychedelic quality of “Laughing Death in Meatspace” deserves praises heaped upon it. It sounds mesmerizing despite being unpleasant and toxic in essence.  — Losing your mind on the porch in hot and humid Australian weather unable to move, with worn out and scratched Neil Young & Crazy Horse records as only company (There are old Buffalo albums in the cupboard too, but you haven’t had enough energy for that kind of blues / doom for ages). —  The visions of Gareth Liddiard are respected here. He could be one of the four honorary evangelists for this blog column.

tfs

You Let My Tyers Down

Two Afternoons

Rubber Bullies

A Laughing Death In Meatspace

Wax Chattels – Wax Chattels

Just a thousand miles down south-east, in subtropical Auckland, youngsters flocked together in a power (NRG) trio of a different kind (bass / organ / drums). Such band format is not really extraterrestrial but it is uncommon and thusly more interesting. How many more great (debut) albums from Southern Hemisphere.  Fantastic! Rated X.

wax

In My Mouth

Parallel Lines

Stay Disappointed

Gillian

The Nightingales – Perish The Thought

I could easily recommend any of their post-reformation albums, not only “Perish The Thought”. Perhaps The Nightingales require few introductory lines. In the previous century they started as young ’76 punks from Birmingham (City of Black Sabbath) called The Prefects. Alongside Robert LLoyd as frontman, brothers Alan and Paul Apperley were crucial and lasting players in the band. The comparisons with The Fall are inevitable but The Nightingales obviously didn’t have work ethic on the same level as them.  The three studio albums issued in the period 1982-85 are genuine post-punk / pub-rock classics,  platinum certified on John Peel Show. The Nightingales’ German patron saint was Faust (rather than Can). After having been dormant for many years The Nightingales re-appeared in early 21st century and here they are with the latest line-up: Andreas Schmid as bassist and studio engineer, Fliss Kitson on drums / vocals and the new guitarist James Smith recently replacing Alan Apperley. As an uninformed and out of time person, I missed The Nightingales when they played in a lovely old fashioned club in Austrian village Ebensee few years ago. I also could not reach Belgrade nor Budapest last November. I wish I’d been there or some place else where they were touring. Give ’em a chance, and if you like their pop art you can buy their records (and CDs) or simply offer them drinks after the show. In an Austrian Gasthaus or an English pub, old man pop star Robert Lloyd is a people person. And the band plays on… Cheers.

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Intro (from “Mind Over Matter” (2015)):

Gales Doc

Perish The Thought (2018):

Enemy Of Promise

Chaff

Lucky Dip

I’m A People Person

2019

I am being loyal and boring again. What can I do? No time to mess around. Serious reviews of all these brand new albums you can read in proper English elsewhere on the infinite internet. This is not a “best of selection”, just a list of almost all records from ’19 that I’ve heard so far. 

Test Dept. – Disturbance

Construction time again? Of course that Test Dept. went digital / techno right after the Thatcher era. Who needed metal / manual workers in post-industrial neoliberal Britain or anywhere else in EU for that matter. Do they owe them a living? Of course, they fucking do! Industrial culture is not luxury. “Disturbance” as a whole is a fine protest album with seething anger kept in check.

test dept

GBH84

Information Scare

Speak Truth To Power

Sleaford Mods – Eton Alive

Well, since I’ve recently accommodated Pet Shop Boys (in the format of cheap ugly plastic compact diskettes on the CD shelves), there’s no reason not to support Sleaford Mods and buy their own vinyl products [Extreme Eating Records]. Hoarding stuff, it’s a sin! Unlike PSB, SM are minimal synth pop duo that mastered dirty language of POP (with plenty of local references which are hardly understandable to foreigners like me). Singer usually attacks in disgust, spewing venomous words at fake posturing and overwhelming stupidity. And with very special pleasure, at the R’n’R icons from the past! Change has come with “Eton Alive”.

eton alive

Discourse

O.B.C.T.

Negative Script

The Young Gods – DATA Mirage Tangram

Swiss Air night flight. Mind numbed with whisky. Chill out grooves and nice guitar playing obscure traces of apprehension.  What will come next?

YG DATA

Entre en matière

Figure sans nom

All My Skin Standing

Mekons – Deserted

I & I feel deserted while suffering series of  heat waves in the big city, dragging overheated body through the dusty streets and hiding from the burning sun. Of all music only roots reggae (with small doses of funk & West Coast psychedelia added) can help I & I live through the hottest months of prolonged summers. As a matter of fact, music by The Mekons is a potent remedy too. During their latest joyful gathering Mekons even brought the rain upon the desert. I () Mekons. Cheers.

mekons                         

Into The Sun

Harar 1883

Lawrence of California

Sunn O))) – Life Metal

lifemetal

Between Sleipnir’s Breaths

Earth – Full Upon Her Burning Lips

earth

A Wretched Country Of Dusk

Saint Vitus – Saint Vitus

Scarred tissue all over but the vital force is still with them. Don’t worry, Saint Vitus are not zombies. Not yet. Original hard & heavy singer Scott “White Stallion” Reagers rejoined after Scott “Wino” Weinrich had left the band again. Great album.

saint vitus ver

Remains

12 Years In The Tomb

Last Breath

City Park

Hey Colossus – Four Bibles

This English modern rock band from the weird side of Great Britain is a fairly new name for me. But they struck a chord with me immediately through their previous album “The Guillotine”. [in the period between these two albums I checked Hey Colossus discography backwards album by album (studio stuff only) and reached “Happy Birthday”. and I wasn’t disappointed. they range from very good to great!] I didn’t expect any new recording thinking that Hey Colossus were over & out. And here they come. Eerie.

heycolossus

Babes Of The Plague

Carcass

Four Bibles

Drahla – Useless Coordinates

Useless!? The debut album by Drahla is very inspired interpretation of tired and often predictable post-punk formula. Sax (art) punk does me good. After half an hour of their music I am truly energized and stimulated for more. Erase Errata used to produce similar effect on me. Bravo!

drahla

React / Revolt

Pyramid Estate

Stimulus For Living

Bill Callahan – Shepard In A Sheepskin Vest

What a breezy summertime double album! Unreal. Bill Callahan is an inexhaustible songwriter. So many things (albums) happened along the way.  The scenes from the life of young artist — e.g. “37 push ups in winter rate motel (while listening to “Highway To Hell”)” — seem to belong not only to his distant past but a previous lifetime. That black dog could be a restless and shaggy Croatian sheepdog. For better or for worse, harmless and healing sunshine for all (and a clear body of water for me).

BC

Black Dog On The Beach

The Ballad Of The Hulk

Released

Young Icarus

Watch Me Get Married