Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Best 80s Albums

Yesterday on twitter somebody asked what was the best LP released between 1980 & 1989. I thought I won't do my obvious pick. So I did a little year by year list that didn't include Talking Heads, The Fall, The Birthday Party, Prince, The Church, The Triffids, The Smiths, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine or The Pixies.

My pick in the end was My Houdini from Tactics but it could have been any of these or like a hundred others. Ever since I started this blog I've been meaning to write an article in praise of My Houdini. Maybe the time has come to finally put pen to paper about this undervalued post-punk/new wave classic.


1980- Out Of The Tunnel - MX-80 Sound
1981- My Houdini - Tactics
1982- Ice Cream For Crow - Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band
1983- Head Over Heels - Cocteau Twins
1984- Let It Be - The Replacements
1985- At Home With You - X (The Australian band not the inferior one)
1986- Three Virgins - Axemen
1987- Children Of God - Swans
1988- Sixty Nine - AR Kane
1989- Max Q - Max Q


This is another one I was going to write about in the beginning...er...maybe I did. I'll have to check that.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Problem Child - ACDC



Rick Rubin summed up AC/DC here. Amongst other things he wrote:

A great band like Metallica could play an AC/DC song note for note, and they still wouldn't capture the tension and release that drive the music. There's nothing like it.

The essence of Malcolm Young.

RIP Malcolm Young




Malcolm Young.
The Centre,
The Core,
The Engine,
The Backbone.
The Heart & Soul of the band,
A riff machine.







The essence of AC/DC is the rhythmic guitars and the minimalist groove.



Malcolm was the fucking essence of AC/DC!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

2017 Gloom/Doom-Core















The atmosphere on these tracks is just so....now. Is World War III really going to be about a couple of drama queenz having a bitch fight in the sand pit about who's old, short or fat? Ye olde cartoons were smarter than that. Kim & Don are are the dim wit kids in grade one you felt sorry for. This here is the soundtrack for the schoolboy/world leader dust up which was made in 91/92 with a vision to 2017. I'm worried Marc Acardipane is some sort of Nostradamus type figure. I mean like Nostradamus (as in a psychically freaky fortune teller for the ages) and not just into him as Simon Reynolds mentioned at the beginning of the year on my blog. These aren't even Marc's most pulverising beats, It's all about the blackest gloomiest synths and sound generators. Some of these beats are almost quite fun. Music for the surviving cockroaches, ants and mutant sea creatures to joyfully bug out to while the ghost of humanity looms in the post-apocalyptic air.

*All of these tracks have been remastered and reissued in digital form in 2017. Frontal Sickness I & II, Final Sickness and a compilation called Selected Classics have been part of Acardipane's reissue campaign by Planet Phuture. So far it's been all about The Mover and Mescalinum United, I wonder if any of his other aliases will be getting the remastered treatment?

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Obscure Darkside Mix - DevNull



You can always depend on Pete DevNull to come with something fucking cool around Halloween for lovers of the darkside of the hardcore continuum and this year is no exception. This fabulous mix, that was posted a few days ago, is some of the most shadowy old school jungle you'll ever hear. According to Blog To The Old School some of these tunes are mega rare white labels and unreleased trax from back in the day. I reckon I only recognise 3 or 4 of the platters in this set. You know the score!

If you love the darkside I suggest you go through the BTTO archive of mixes. One year (2012?) Pete did an epic 3 hour set for Halloween which is one of my favorite all time dj mixes. There's a bunch of fantastic darkside sets from DevNull that should keep you going out of your brain for some time.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Umberto Lenzi Movies For Halloween



Watch Eyeball in tribute to the late great Umberto Lenzi. Ocular violence is probably my biggest fear so this gets to me despite how funny the whole movie is. It's very disturbing to me.



Lenzi did like 7 or 8 Gialli and Spasmo is his most triumphantly mental. Just go with it and forget about a cohesive narrative for the duration. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. There's actually a better version on youtube Posted by Giallo Realm which won't embed here. So maybe search for that one. Happy Halloween.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Halloween




Friday The 13th goes to an early 80s disco, 1982 to be precise. Love that synth bass.



Remember when Howard Shore was awesome? Particularly when he was scoring for Cronenberg.



Ambient to noisy electronic delirium and back again.



Francois De Roubaix was a French film composer. I think his mind was quite free of constraints when it came to making music. You can hear it all here in just 3 minutes. He covers a lot of ground but it doesn't sound forced or shoehorned, it's just wonderful. As far as I can tell only two tunes from the soundtrack to the 1971 Belgian film Daughters of Darkness were ever issued. Les Dunes d'Ostende was on one side of a 7" released by French label Barclay.

Keeping with the horror theme, De Roubaix died in his mid 30s in an accident whilst diving off The Canary Islands in 1975. He is pictured on the cover of one of his compilations in scuba diving gear which I thought was rather macabre.



HORROR MOVIE PODCAST - FACULTY OF HORROR
If you can get past how impressed this duo are about their scholastic achievements and are a horror movie fan this could be a podcast for you. The hosts Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West take an analytical look at one or two films per episode which are thematically linked. They've covered ye olde classics like Night Of The Hunter, Witchfinder General, Black Christmas, The Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Shivers, Halloween etc. Plenty of 80s and 90s movies like The Shining, Sleepaway Camp, Friday The 13th, Fright Night, Gremlins, Lost Boys, The Crucible, The Crow & The Cube have been featured. Films of the new Millennium are not shied away from either, like they are in many other casts of pod. Wolf Creek, The Loved Ones, Elle, The Descent, Trick'rTreat, Calvaire, Martyrs, The Babadook, Cabin In The Woods & Drag Me To Hell have all been picked apart by the faculty. Alexandra West wrote the book Films Of New French Extremity and has a new book due soon about 90s teen horror.



I've never seen this movie but it's apparently a cross between Carnival Of Souls and Messiah Of Evil. Which sounds like it would be right up my street. The full version on youtube is unwatchable but it was issued by Arrow on dvd & blu-ray last year though. Looking forward to tracking it down. 

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Movies Part III

The first 4 were good but this...

MOVIES I COULDN'T SIT THROUGH (ie. Wasted time & money renting these. Why do I torture myself trying to watch all this shit. Well I kinda don't anymore, only sometimes. Thank God)
Drive (2011)
Tediously dim plus am I the only person who thinks Ryan Gosling is dull as fuck?
Scott Pilgrim V The World (2010) 
Who cares?
American Hustle (2013)
What a load of shite.
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (2008) 
OMG! Worst idea for a film ever.
Cabin In The Woods (2012) 
"It's so way out and meta, man."
Phone Booth (2002) 
Does anyone actually like the actor in this phone box?  
This Is 40 (2012) 
The worst characters in a film ever played by the most unconvincing actors I've come across.
February (2015) 
No atmosphere or tension. 23 minutes in I couldn't have cared less what happened to these characters to continue watching.
King Kong (2005) 
Sleepy time.
Berberian Sound Studio (2012) 
Fuck off with your pretentious fake giallo homage!
The Wicker Man (2006) 
Nicholas Cage or Keanu Reeves: Who's worse?
Oh Brother Where Art Though (2000) 
"So quirky & unusual, man. Oh and I just love the soundtrack. Country music's so interesting."
I'm Not There (2007) 
I'm so not there. Never will be.
Horrible Bosses (2011)
Horrible movie.
Bad Teacher (2011) 
Bad Movie.
Friday The 13th Part 5 (1985) 
I got maybe a third of the way in when I realised this was so bad...it was just bad.
The Road (2009) 
I love sleep.
27 Dresses (2008) 
Got about 9 minutes into this.
Studio 54 (1998) 
The Thin Red Line (1998)
So much sleep to get here.
Waterworld (1995) 
The great snooze-fest continues. Maybe this isn't that bad but I just can't make it through without at least 3 naps.
Gods & Monsters (1998) 
Bad acting and a bad script = Oscars. 
Noah (2014) 
WTF? Can you believe this guy had actually directed several good films before this one?
Hilary & Jackie (1998) 
Banger Sisters (2002) 
So Fake.
Jacob's Ladder (1990) 
I think I was supposed to be intrigued. I was intrigued by what another sleep would be like.
Mars Attacks (1996) 
Looking at the inside of my eyelids was infinitely more interesting than looking at this picture.
Demons (1985) 
Some film buffs recommend this. Why? I got maybe 12 minutes in and had to call it. "But Dario Argento co-wrote and produced it."  Big woop.
The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982) 
Didn't care enough about the characters to see what happened to them in the end, well I hope they all died and there was no final girl.
In The Realm Of The Senses (1976) 
"Incredibly deep and meaningful Asian porn" with the worst soundtrack ever.

5 CLASSICS STARRING JULIE CHRISTIE
Don't Look Now
Demon Seed
McCabe & Mrs Miller
Petulia
Billy Liar

NEVER SEEN
American Graffiti
Empire Strikes Back
Anything directed by Rob Zombie

MOVIES I SURPRISINGLY DIDN'T HATE
Knock Knock (2015)
Director Eli Roth comes across a such a tool but this could have been a major cult classic if they had cast a good leading man but hey, they got Keanu Reeves and he cannot act. The two leading ladies are fantastic though. Really good story, I thought. Wasted opportunity.
The Revenant (2015)
A bear V past his prime Leo, who would have thought entertainment would ensue?
Drag Me To Hell (2009)
Sam Raimi had made maybe one good movie since Evil Dead so I definitely was not expecting this to be good or even ok or even a bit less than ok.
The Black Swan (2010)
Expected this to be a very boring chick flick. Are you allowed to say that now, boring?
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
McConaughey hadn't been cool for like 20 years then...
Bad Neighbours (2014) 
Gotta love Rose Byrne. She's the best comic actress of our time.
The Notebook (2004)
Thought this was gonna be the worst pile o shite ever but I didn't hate it.
Killer Joe (2011)
Elderly directors usually don't make films you wanna watch. All film directors should be shot by the time they reach 50. Most of today's young directors should be rounded up and massacred immediately!
The King's Speech (2010)
The fucking royal family can go fuck themselves. Why isn't Australia a republic? Anyway this was alright with all the actoring and stuff.
The Passion Of The Christ (2004)
It had been over 30 years since Mel was involved with a good movie. So for this to be a classic is rather astounding. Yeah I know he's an arsehole but he might be a genius. Does that make him a genius arsehole?
Death Proof (2007)
Tarantino is the most overrated, unimaginative and derivative film maker of our time yet he thinks he so fucking great. My god he finds himself oh so interesting and clever. He started out with three good films and it's been all downhill ever since. Nobody recommended this one.
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)
I think I saw this late one night on telly. Maybe I was wasted but I thought it was a good cheesy slasher.
Dressed To Kill (1980)
Never liked a De Palma movie in my life but this was a good laugh.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Young Thug


I totally slept on this one from Mr Thug in 2017. He still has greatness within him. I mean, I quite like the new album he's done with Future Super Slimey and now I'm going back to Beautiful Thugger Girls, which is sounding better by the minute. Not that I ever gave that album much of a chance. While he's not as astonishingly surprising, as he was say four or five years ago, he's still remarkably unique. Young Thug is probably for me the best thing vocally in the 2010s. Someone asked a question a while ago, at maybe Dissensus, on who is the most innovative musician of the the 2010s and I had a few ideas but this guy is surely the most idiosyncratic vocal talent of the last five or six years.

An amazing thing is that nobody's come up with a literary way to describe what it is (as far as I know), which is good. I'm actually trying not to come up with an easily describable term for what he does because then he will just become describable by that little phrase that someone comes up with. I do half wish I could put it all into words but it's a struggle. I find writing about music, sonics and their evocative nature comes a lot easier. There was someone who once wrote about Bob Dylan and all his vocal changes over the years, maybe they could do it. I kinda can't see an old Rolling Stone/Creem type of writer being seduced by Young Thug but you never know though. One thing is that Young Thug's vocal science is all organic as opposed to fucked with in the studio or by a computer/phone/autotune. Does this make him some sort of roots artist? Sure his voice has also been fucked with by technology too but he could survive without it. Thug has invented a whole new language/syntax in vocals and singing. At this moment he is just mercurial....