Sunday, December 30, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
thought these stickers just had to be put online, for those who would enjoy the wonders of shite teen music mags back then. check out all the almost rans. laugh at the kitsch trends of the times!
how cheesy are the neighbours shots? i don't even remember Ashley Paske, he can't have had a musical 'career'... and this reminds me that i once dressed up as one of the Goss brothers from Bros for a school dance. one of our friends had brownish hair and thus drew the shorter straw by having to be Craig (from Bros, not McL) - on reflection, he was probably the most fortunate.
and more Danii and Jase, how awesome! plus, there's "RAP!" - glad i never stuck that sticker on anything public. but i'm sure back then it would've been a 'rad' display of my love of, ahhh, Mel and Kim, or Salt n' Pepa.
and i still can't believe Prince did all that batman shit, man i hate superhero stuff, it's soooo lame. i found prince interesting, sure, but i never was a fan, but still, what the F&*K was he thinking getting involved with that?
and i *have* heard of Alex Paps before. must've been a neighbours/home+away star. what intrigues me in this last one is not Foxy Samantha (hasn't some eastern european country erected a statue to her?), but the missing sticker - what was it and where did it go. should i shudder at the thought of what i might've displayed on my geography exercise book? it's also amazing that U2 get a guernsey amongst all this, back when they were actually good. and Poison! ahh, let loose that slightly darker edge of pop. every rose has it's thorn indeed! ha! oh, i nearly missed NKOTB.
i wish i had more to share from later years. although i'm guessing it wouldn't have been nearly as cheesy with the likes of Silverchair, Kriss Kross and the Spicegirls. and where was Rick Astley? he was awesome! even Richard Marx got in. we were ripped off.
I totally missed that there was actually THREE New Kids on the Block stickers, a GUNNERS sticker!!! and my fave of all time, a MILLI VANILLI sticker... oh, and Indecent Obsession, do you remember that song of theirs (Sugar Free) with the lyrics "Oh, my love and me/ oh, we're sugar free/ oh, and we wanna be/ nah nah nah nah nahhh"? that was gold. from a golden era.
In extremely disappointing news the statue of Samantha Fox was apparently never erected. I'm not very pleased with the Serbian town of Cacak - they should've just gone ahead with it, just think of the tourist dollars! i'd go and get a photo with it/her! ha!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
not the best picture, but it's all i've got at the moment
saw a great Insight tonight, on Freedom of Information in this country. interestign stuff indeed. then i hoped to get onto warcraft since my WIFE had finally left it, and all servers were DOWN - it's FREAKIN' TUESDAY, scheduled maintenance night. for freeeeeeak's sake. it was working fine on the weekend, why'd ya have to 'maintain' it? but it is an amazingly deep game with awesome stories, graphics and options. so easy to get addicted to. try that free 10-day demo at your own peril!
so i created a 4th character: Clagh, some sort of little (but tough) person. i think he's a gnome. and a warlock. thought i'd give that a go. my server was crashing on the weekend. he's only a level 2, only just started, so he can't do much besides inflicting death to wolves via some sort of lightning bolt. my main dude, Milah, is my undead rogue, he's getting half decent. lev26 (out of 70+) and it's awesome how he can cannibalise corpses to recover health. how good is that? he also makes potions and stuff from herbs and alchemy. then i have 2 other alts, which i hardly ever use: my hunter with mining and engineering, Darksnark, and an orc called Mudloch, named after a comic antihero i created... i can't even remember what Muddy is good at/for. he's only a noob. like Clagh. i should say at this point that Clagh is my first foray into the realms of the 'goodies', or the Alliance. so, sure, i've sold out, but it all falls under the banner of 'experiencing the many wonders of warcraft'... the other two alts and Milah fight for the Horde, go the Horde!
Well the wife adn i finally quit the fairly all-consuming WoW addiction over Easter, and looking back, it's crazy how you 'just have to' log on to finish a quest, or to check your auctions, or something, and how 15min can turn into several hours, sore eyes and getting to bed late again. still, it was a really fun game, and a great way to relax (although was occasionally frustrating, with other gamers, or stupid quests) and totally tune out from many worldly concerns - particularly since we'd just moved house and had pretty stressful situations at work at the time, etc. i don't think it's much worse than tuning out watching TV for an evening, or whatever (it is more all-consuming), but then there are good docos on TV which could be more educational. at least now i'm getting back into playing guitar more and reading books.
oh, as for a final obituary for my characters (although i think they remain playable, if we ever decide to pay up again and log back on): Milah got to the mid-30s, but i was more and more bored by him, also it takes ages to level in the 30s, you have to do more and more quests. I actually got Clagh to 40, and got a 'mount' (this hellish horse with flaming hooves), that's part of the attraction of getting to higher levels, an animal or machine to ride so you can move around faster. i think having my 'little buddies' (various demons you 'tame' and summon for battle: imp, voidwalker, succubus, etc) made the warlock more interesting to play in the end, although i did miss the ability to stealth with my rogue.
oh, and here's what the inside of a Crocolisk corpse looks like, cool huh?
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Got sick a couple of weeks back, had a day off work and a horribly sick weekend, and couldn't do much besides read or watch tv and wanted to play some computer games - which i generally avoid because of getting addicted and then having no time for anything else...
so i started downloading World of Warcraft, a very popular game that one of my bros has been really into at certain stages. i didn't realise it was over 3Gb, and that with our shitty 256 adsl it took 2 days to download, and then another half day of patch updates... (and if you do try the 10-day free trial, i'd suggest skipping the account details setup and downloading the whole file first so you don't lose too much of your trial time) so in the meantime i tried Second Life (which is one of those big virtual worlds i've heard about - 8.7 million 'residents' at the moment, and it was actually free and quick to download through bigpond)... just skimmed thru the interesting wiki article on second life, and came across this awesome parody page.
but Second Life really sucked, graphically it's nothing like WoW, and it's a tiny file to download anyway, so fair enough, but i just couldn't work out what you'd want to do there - i just wanted to explore, and kept getting lost around the islands that Telstra had set up as their 'free Australian area' or something, there was hardly anyone around, and the scenery was boring after a few minutes. i couldn't work out how to explore the rest of the Second Life world. and tried to get eaten by a shark which wasn't interested, checked out a nightclub and some resorty places (and got stuck in a paintball field for ages), but they seemed to be full of bogans or kids crapping on about what part of rural victoria they were from, and talking about chicks. and i felt a bit weird at those times, since i was actually a 'chick' in that world (thought i'd check out what it was like and all), and after getting 'checked out' by a couple of guys, they got hip to my gig and wondered if i was actually male (i guess my acting was pretty bad?). my wife found this all hilarious, and particularly my avatar's name, Skogg Fargis, which she thought was a terrible name for a girl. anyway, i'll stick a pic or two below of how i looked chilling out in that world, at what i assume is some sort of kanoodling point for electronic love...
and in the week or two since then my wife and i have been fighting over the computer each night to play WoW, which we are now totally hooked on - she's some sort of night-elf hunter, and i'm a undead rogue. it really is an awesome game with amazing graphics, adn so much detail in quests, characters, possibilities, 360 degree vision, etc. it's mindblowing. and totally addictive. we'll have to quit soon to reclaim our lives. i'll try and get some cool screen shots of that for a later post.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
and there was this song by a band i'd never come across before, but i'm sure they were pretty big by the youtube comments i've read, Alphaville and their song "Big in Japan" which is just totally awesome camp 80s pop - it's somehow cheesy and epic and catchy, and musically somewhere between Soft Cell and Tears for Fears... check it out!
actually, i'm not even sure if JC chose this song, it was unannounced, and sometimes i wonder if the RAGE producers sneak in some clips, since they can seem totally unfitting with the guest presenters' choices. but then again, you never know, i'll never forget that time Trent Reznor selected Ween's Freedom of 76 and gave it the thumbs up. actually i thought he and Dean were meant to record something or other way back... did i miss that?
Tom "freaking amazing" Waits has a great song also titled "Big in Japan", although from possibly, IMHO, his worst album in the past 10? albums, for someone who has made so many amazing songs and put out so many incredible albums that just take you into another dimension and make you wanna grab a stick and start whacking a chair in some frantic, hypnotic rhythm, while singing in a throaty, wrecked voice about some sailor in port in Singapore or something...
and while i'm on it (the JC rage special), how amazing is the Add N to (X) song "Take Me To Your Leader"? Jarvis said something about Goldfrapp ripping them off, does she cover that on one of her albums? it's a really familiar song, and a great clip too.
Sonic Youth’s “Sonic Death,” Lou Reed’s “Metal Machine Music,” much Merzbow I’ve heard (but not all), some of John Zorn’s work (yes, i don't rate all of it as amazing), Mayhem’s “Pure Fu*king Armageddon”… but I’d still and do still continue to give these albums/bands a go and have actually been enjoying a number of Merzbow ‘pieces’ from the Merzbox videos posted on youtube. You certainly have to be in the right frame of mind for these particular styles of music.
I still do find a lot of avant garde and noise music interesting, although I have increasingly less time (and patience) for such activities – I do also wonder how much patience the average ‘fan’ has – sometimes I might chuck on an album once every couple of years, have a laugh and get through half of it, and it’s still intriguing/amusing/confronting/otherwise entertaining for me for 30-60min, and because of this I still value and cannot consider selling any such records. CD artwork from such bands/artists is often an intriguing art in itself, making having a real copy worthwhile, but that’s a whole other discussion…
Friday, July 13, 2007
I’ve been thinking and meaning to write/crystallise my thoughts on albums which may be difficult to listen to or get into at first, but which can be very rewarding after a few listens and much open-mindedness. Certain albums (sometimes comprising a whole bands’ work) may come across as repugnant initially, for various reasons, yet may reward the listener on repeated listens and often become highly revered cult records amongst ‘true’ fans, sometimes for a good reason, but also sometimes just because the music is so extreme and where controversy outweighs the ‘quality of the art’ (in the ear of the beholder).
I’m interested in seeking out the albums that fall within this pretty broad definition which have worked well for me. I was initially thinking of stuff like the lo-fi tacky drum machines of Ween's early work, the amazing neo-classical darkwave of Shinjuku Thief, the goth/punk of Bauhaus, the brutal, ugly punk of The Birthday Party, some of John Zorn’s extremely diverse and eclectic albums involving almost all conceivable styles of music, but particularly those of collage, jazz improv, neo-classicalism and crafted noise, Mr. Bungle’s avant garde alternative art rock or whatever it is Disco Volante, the minimalism of Philip Glass, the extreme ambience and weirdness of Naked City’s Absinthe, or the noise and glitch sounds of Autechre and Aphex Twin, the paranoid lo fi black metal of Faxed Head (well, they’re certainly not for all people), the cheesy black metal of Sigh and Cradle of Filth (also not for everone), the beauty and strangeness of Eyvind Kang’s almost medieval, neo-classical and middle eastern freakout Theater of Mineral NADEs, improvisations like Keith Jarrett’s Koln Concert, etc. on hearing these albums some people may question their worth as a medium of enjoyment or art or whatever, and that’s fair enough, because such unusual music can be jarring or boring at first. But over the past few months I keep hearing albums and thinking that I need to pass them on to friends. I think this is a good forum to rant about them and crystallise my ideas.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
yeah, it was the perfect timing for that CD to come on - driving home in the pelting rain, doing 30 on the freeway, exhausted after several long, manic days. powerful, dismal, pretentious and hypnotic. it's funny how under certain circumstances even a dodgy album from a fave band can be enjoyable. i wonder if old fans feel that way about Jon Bon's latest shitfest?
ps. it sounds like they returned to their roots and displayed some good form (and their old logo) on their next albums... might have to back there one day.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Girl Throws Bike After Unknown Beasts That Appear to be Fleeing (or charging the 'artiste')
Happy Jumping Fish (detail)
Genderless Possum Clings to Tree with all its Might, as Shitbox Car Looks On (detail)
...when you've got a 1.5er doing this?
obviously i had nothing to do with either of them. although the Pink Tigga graffiti almost never happened, the little girl was given another chance to stay up if she behaved... and lasted only about 10min.
i really like the colours in Deranged Doggie.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
i think music video shows (like my much beloved RAGE) will continue to live on, they are great for checking out new releases, adn for guest programmers. the excitement of not knowing what's next is a big part of the fun. and getting introduced to bands you've never heard of before.
anyway, since i finally got an account there, in order to be able to comment on stuff, i've now, many more months later, finally started to try out the 'favorites' and other features of having an account, and i like how it works so far. in case you find yourself particularly innerested in what i find enjoyable/intriguing, you can check out my faves, so far i've gone a bit overboard with Ween (but they are like totally amazing dude) and Secret Chiefs 3 adn John Zorn.
also, on a completely unrelated subject, for some unknown reason last night i started a travel blog. i don't know how it's going to go, but anyway, we'll see.
Friday, June 22, 2007
" Failing Enochian tapestries / Depict the prince of fallen virtues / In almost poetic rhapsody "
... what metalhead can complain? and what the hell is 'Enochian' anyway? i think it's something from that H.P. Lovecraft's fantasy world, that somehow a number of metal bands (like Morbid Angel and even early Metallica) drew inspiration from, when those books really were a bit of a croc. actually, i've discovered Enochian really relates to magick. but it's still boring. actually, it appears as though old Lovecraft was seminal in horror/sci-fi writing back in teh early 90s, so maybe i should give him another go. looks like 'Tal were inspired by this book of his: The Call of Cthulhu - i shall have to give it a go one day when i'm less likely to fall asleep after the second sentence.
anyway, i'm just so glad of youtube in moments like these, when clips are at your fingertips, well, several minutes of loading, rather than having to find them on an old, grainy RAGE tape.
Update: just watched an amazing MDB clip, Black Voyage, which they pulled off really well live, even the awesomely eerie middle section. and great violin. never caught them live, so i'm glad to have an idea of what they might've been like. an amazing 9.5min song off their last good album, i reckon.
Update2: and while we're on Doom Metal, i couldn't pass up the opportunity to revisit my love of early Paradise Lost - here's their song Gothic (only audio)... wish they had Rotting Misery.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
" ripple exists to harness the power of the internet advertising in the true spirit of the internet - providing a tool for people to help others. We are leveraging the market for internet advertising to generate revenue to help people rather than our pockets. "
check them out, you can easily make Ripple your homepage (and go straight to google search via them, which seems pretty much the same) and feel like it's also helping someone else to a very small degree. the more that use it the more money raised. i don't know how successful it will be, but i don't imagine it could hurt to try.
so i've just done the homepage thing, and it seems to work like a treat...
now i can do 'pointless' searches for eg. "hah!" - and i simply must check out the "Heathens Against Hate" site... and no surprise there's a wiki ref in there.
Later Note: don't go to that heathens site, it's weird, but more boring than anything and goes on forever. i'm not even linking it. whoever wrote that is all paranoid and wanting to be some peace loving heathen or something and distance them self from evil and racist heathens, and while that's fair enough, it just goes nowhere and eats up precious seconds of your life, rather like what this sentence is doing for me (and now you, unfortunate reader)...
i really do drop too many of those rabbit droppings...
Saturday, June 16, 2007
it's really a web of intrigue out there and you can never get beyond the tip of the iceberg.
Friday, June 15, 2007
there's a funny interview of the Boosh dudes on youtube. they appear to be just as insane in real life, which is just perfect.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
here's another, smaller video which shows a 'light show' used in hunting (off Irian Jaya).
Sunday, June 10, 2007
and he reckons he can't play either instrument, but he's certainly got a good ear for music. somewhere amongst his answers to the more than 11,000 comments he explains that he used Fruity Loops for the audio, made a wav of it and then did the video editing on top of that, don't know what he used for that... in only 15 hours! i think it would take me a lot longer. gotta get better with FL, i think.
big thanks to Bruce n Jeff up in sunny(?) QLD for the link.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
"The prospect that what we describe as "mental" pain, too, could ever be eradicated is equally counter-intuitive. The feasibility of its abolition via biotechnology [...]"
"The application of nanotechnology, self-reproducing micro-miniaturised robots armed with quantum supercomputer processing power, and ultra-sophisticated genetic engineering, perhaps using retro-viral vectors, can assure the eradication of the root of all evil in its naturalistic guise throughout the living world. Eventually, the global ecosystem will be redesigned. The vertebrate genome will be rewritten. The advent of the post-Darwinian era will mark a major transition in the evolution of life on earth and beyond..." [punctuation included from original]
"...the neurochemistry of pain and malaise [...]"
also, i think it's great that the text is broken down into a few sentences per page accompanied by an aesthetically coloured illustration indicating the potential future nirvana with dolphins, rays of light, crashing waves and other such glorious and visually uplifting images. there's even fricken koalas on page 12. then lots of elephants towards the end. how weird.
and after all that i remain unsure of what the author is trying to get at. is it pro-psychedelic drugs? it seems to be plugging the idea of "designer babies" with "enriched dopaminergic function," leading to future humans living in absolute bliss with each other and the environment. hmmm. still, an interesting detour through someone's bizarre fantasies. have to get back to that "zombified trance-state" of my "mundane and minimal existence"...
aha, here it is:
"When Paradise - or something better - has been biologically implemented, then perhaps the very notion of tampering with our new-won "natural" condition and feeling "drugged" may come to seem perversely immoral. For who would want to contaminate the purity of their ecstatic biological soul-stuff with alien chemical pollutants? Until that era arrives, we still need chemical mood-enrichers to flourish...."
and now that i've read the abstract, it makes a bit more sense, but is still far-fetched to say the least.
thought this was pretty cool too, continuing from teh last post. and if only i could capture my old PC screen crashes (the alt-printscreen way) i would have a goldmine of bizarro by now... should've got the camera out long ago. i think it's awesome to still be running on Win98 almost a decade after it was released, yet still achieving such 'high quality' 'music'.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
My Father-in-Law and I were trying to get a digital set-top box tv tuner thingo to work yesterday, and we couldn't achieve any coherent signal from any of the variations in connection arrangements that we tried, merely confirming the possibility that the item was already malfunctioning. However, all was not lost, since some beautiful colour patterns were displayed. I seized the opportunity and the digital camera, and have now got some awesome glitch artwork for my new noise band side project, Insolitus Sonitus.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Just looking through my HD for stuff, thinking of starting a new solo noise band, just kicking a few possible names around. but came across this, in amongst all the files, and remembered how much i like this Durer, and saw a great print of it at the NGV a year or so back.
it's a print from a copperplate engraving, 1513.
how ridiculous and horrible does the devil look? and for go here for some interpretation. i'm sure there's much, much more out there.
nice work Albrecht!
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Secret Chiefs 3, Saturday 12 May 2007, at the East Brunswick Club, Melbourne. (ad from Inpress Magazine)
the gig was amazing, just as you'd expect. most of the guys pictured (photo below from their label's site) were there, and i can't be bothered working out all their names from the SC3 site.
there were 8 musicians on stage most of the time, occasionally i could only see 7, but it was hard seeing the drummers and occasional others at the back. from l -r in the photo: one of the insane drummers, possibly Ches Smith? (along with Danny Heifetz, not pictured), then Eyvind Kang wasn't there - which my wife and i were very dismayed about, but fortunately the other violinist was nothing short of amazing, Trey Spruance, obviously, looking great with massive goatee, that ninja dude in the front could have been Rich Douchette, and played this thing (photo from SC3 site):
then the dude to the right of 'ninja man' was the amazing new violinist (i think Timb Harris), who really impressed the crowd (and even pulled out a trumpet in the middle of Renunciation, the last song of the 2nd encore), then the final dudes at played keys (can't work out who he might be) and bass (i think Shahzad Ismaily), of course, also really impressively. Bar McKinnon was also there on flute, sax and other. and i think Adam Stacey might also have been there on keys and wind instruments and maybe other percussion, but now that makes 9... oh well. and i wasn't going to try to work them all out.
Trey walked through the crowd 10-15min before the start, and asked the girls on the merchandising stall how things were, and said 'hi' to a few people in the audience, and generally seemed like a good, down to earth kinda bloke.
they played for around 2 hours, including two encores, and i've been going back through the albums trying to work out what most of the songs were ... i'll have a stab at it:
The First Grand Constitution & Bylaws (1996)
Assassin's Blade - awesome, of course
Zulfikar ? but it seemed slightly different, perhaps it was Zulfikar/Zulfiqar II
Hurqalya: The Second Grand Constitution & Bylaws (1998)
Book T: Broken Glass Hearse
Renunciation - last song of the night (end of 2nd encore), so glad we got this!
Eyes of Flesh, Eyes of Flame (live, 1999)
(the track with 5 skulls pictured)
Mary of Magdalen (Eyvind Kang cover)
Jabalqa/Jabarsa (from Hurqalya album, but without all the noise)
Book M (2001)
Knights of Damcar
Horsemen of the Invisible
Combat for the Angel
Blaze of the Grail
Book of Horizons (2004)
The End Times
The 4 (Great Ishraqi Sun)
i think most of these are correct. i wasn't sad that they didn't play either of the two practically death metal tracks on the new album - i don't find them as interesting, even with my background in such music. they played a few newwies too, which sounded a bit like "The 3" and "The 4" from the latest album, which are by the SC3-subband Ishraqiyun (they now have 7 bands playing different genres within SC3, it's complicated), and the new songs were "The Fifteen", "Fast", and "The Nineteen", which you can see in live concert along with "The 3" and "The 4". Actually, not sure if they played the last one, The Nineteen, but there was one with an incredibly difficult rhythm, amongst a set of songs already with insanely complicated rhythms... that was probably it - and it was hard to even nod along to, i can't imagine trying to play it!
in fact, in that 21 minutes of video (which you can download), you can get an idea of what they were like live, they were just a lot heavier, but in a good way, not too loud or noisy. Trey was playing that weird guitar-like thing most of the night, there was only the violinist on the right (i think Timb Harris) not Eyvind, there's that weird instrument Rich Douchette plays (which you can hear really well just after 9 min in), and some sort of accordian and a keyboard, but not that dude playing that weird square sitar like thing (or that thing, as far as i could see), or that guy on bass?, and i think that's the same drummer (on the kit), and i don't think either of the extra percussionists on the floor were there, but there was tons of different and intriguing percussion coming from the back of the stage. my favourite part is The 4, which starts just before 15min. i've had that in my head for days now.
here's Trey and (i think Timb Harris), photo from an article in The Age, not the same gig.
and in case you're reading this and are unsure what SC3 sound like (and haven't bothered with any of the links), then here's a good attempt at a description of their newer material, from their (Trey's?) label's site, where you can also hear some samples:
What does this all end up sounding like? You will hear a kick-ass surf band playing in Arabic/Persian tunings, and then switch over to a wall of Penderecki-style orchestral chord clusters accompanied by AC/DC. Then, perhaps the traditional sounding, pseudo-folk Turk/Central Asian imaginal band will hit center stage with Dhol, Saz, Rabab, Esraj and rock drums and start whacking out to the original, catchy songs that no one knows or cares are in 19/16 time. This might be followed by a totally pummeling, nightmarish, not-kidding one bit blast-beat Death Metal band that employs Boulez-ish atonal serialism, played in dastgah tunings, which of course will naturally segue into a band that specializes in Hindi Film Music from the second Golden Era... you get the picture. We're scratching the surface here, not exaggerating. And again, it’s no joke.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
[this started off as a quick email purge of the songs i could remember from last night, and then got way long... so i've blogged it]
1. Bone Machine - a totally perfect starting song.
2. Caribou Monkey Gone to Heaven
3. Wave of Mutilation
and they stopped mid-song in monkey with Frank Black demanding that a stupid big beach ball was removed. i think most in the crowd agreed with this. there was an amusing few minutes of discussion of where to re-start the song again.
the rest of the concert (in rough but pretty close order to what we saw, based on the set list posted here, we didn't get In Heaven or Holiday Song, but instead got Broken Face and I Bleed... i think we were more lucky):
5. Head On
7. No.13 Baby
10. Gouge Away
11. Mr Greives
12. Broken Face
13. I Bleed
14. Here Comes Your Man
15. Planet of Sound
17. Crackity Jones
18. Something Against You
19. Isla de Encanta
20. Nimrod's Son
22. Where Is My Mind?
and joey's theatrics were great in Vamos, with the feedback and playing guit with a drumstick.
23. La La Love You
so 24 songs in total, a great set really. would've been great to have a song or two from Bossanova... and it's interesting that they ignored this album at the Gold Coast gig too. would've also loved (everything else!), but some of:
is she weird?
the happening - has to be one of my fave Pixies songs
all over the world
dig for fire
motorway to roswell - this song's really been getting to me lately, it's quite amazing
distance equals rate times time
the sad punk
cactus - a fantastic song, and possibly Bowie's version is even better... contentious, i know
ed is dead
i've been tired
and i can't believe all of Doolittle apart from 3 songs was played:
dead (would've loved this)
There Goes My Gun
and maybe, after looking at the songs played, i do like Doolittle the best after all. i've always thought i liked Bossanova more, with it's surf-rock feel, but apart from the overplayed monkey and wave, i think Doolittle could become my fave again, like back in the early 90s... i mean, Bossanova, still has a lot of totally mad, great songs, but in general they don't seem to have the same complexity and strangeness that permeates doolittle (and surfer rosa/come on pilgrim for that matter). but songs like the happening, is she weird?, all over the world, dig for fire, etc are still amazing. i think possibly the first track on Bossanova, cecilia ann says it all, it's amazing musically (and is apparently a cover of the Surftones), like the rest of the album, but Doolittle just wins by miles with its lyrical content.
i've never sung along so much at a gig, nor noticed such crowd response and knowledge of lyrics etc. and just having something like 11,000 fans singing along with the likes of Caribou, Hey, etc. sounded amazing. often i've been at gigs of bands i really love, and get bored with a couple of songs here and there, and get tired, and start wondering what good songs they still haven't played and hope that they play those and get it over with. but last night, despite sore back and legs, i could've stayed for hours and heard every pixies song (still, there's not that many more, even with the b-sides). i think that's a sign of just having so many amazing songs, and partly the reminiscing value, of a band i've loved since i moved to brisbane in 1990 and discovered them, the cure and the violent femmes. it was such a jump from milli vanilli and average top 40 pop. yeah, i found the discomfort didn't matter and instead of hoping for particular songs almost every song was a surprise - "what's that chord? yep, it's a good one...". apart from say Head On (the Jesus and Mary Chain cover) and Gigantic, both of which i find slightly ordinary. but i found myself singing along to both, regardless. i was really impressed by the sound at the bowl. and there was great guit playing by joey, he re-created all those great sounds really well i thought. his guitar was a little too loud in one song, but that was ok. frank screamed a fair bit and changed delivery of the occasional line. dave was awesome on drums, as expected. and i didn't have any problems with the bass, i didn't really notice it that much. kim's vocals were kinda average, but that's how i've always thought they were, and they certainly add to the songs.
it's funny, i've found hardly any reviews of the gig yet, except for here.
i was checking out the meanings behind some Pixies lyrics this morning, although it partly ruins the intrigue of songs... i started with what the hell "Uriah hit the crapper" means in the song Dead... i thought it was about Uriah Heap (i think i saw Frank playing a Uriah Heap tape on a doco of them on the road), but no:
After Bathsheba tells King David that he has impregnated her, David sends for her husband Uriah the Hittite who is fighting in David's army. David tells Uriah to "Go down to your house and wash your feet". But Uriah, being the faithful servant refuses and sleeps outside the entrance to the King's palace.
The reason David was telling Uriah to go wash his feet is so that he would go home, sleep with his wife, and cover up the pregnancy. That's where the "hit the crapper" part comes from... it's King David telling Uriah to go home to his bathroom and wash his feet.
I believe that the whole reference to "Dead" is the fact that starting with these evil deeds, King David's life starts to go downhill, leading to his death.
P.S. Frank Black confirms that this song is indeed about David and Bathsheba in a recent SPIN article, (Summer 2004).
and go here if you want more Pixies lyrical analysis.
and it looks like Gouge Away is about Samson and Delilah, which makes sense now.
after reading more of these lyrical analyses, i'm just blown away more and more by this band. i've always loved the colour and bizarreness of Frank's lyrics, like i'm sure everyone else has, but it still amazes me when eg. a song like Mr. Grieves, which i thought was pretty simple, actually could have a lot more levels and intertwined possibilities throughout it (it's probably well over-analysed, but Frank's got some complex stuff going in most of his songs which is intriguingly stripped back to almost abstractness):
also, i've never been a big fan of the choice of title for "Doolittle" but maybe that last discussion makes it a bit more clear. still it's better than what it almost was.
other comments on the V festival:
Jarvis Cocker was good to see. a seasoned front man, great to see him finally, but a big shame he didn't throw at least one Pulp song into the set. loved his in-between song banter and his general swagger and charisma.
missed the New York Dolls, and saw the last few Phoenix songs. they were ok. really just wanted to see the Pixies.
it was funny seeing the blatantly commercial tents around the perimeter, advertising mobile phones, and various drinks. i sortof think wonder if the advertising would have any impact on the middle-aged crowd who would certainly be very cynical about such stuff. especially a crowd that's into such non-generic music like the Pixies. but then i guess advertising will gradually filter into the most impervious minds, and that must be the plan. even discussing this with friends at the gig is promoting the ads to some extent, giving them credence.
and another great thing about the festival/evening was the middle aged crowd. i didn't feel too old like i have done at more recent Big Day Outs - people just wore everyday clothes; there was very little "hey look at me" statements of clothing, hair, piercings, etc. i guess 'cos it was a cold night most people had jackets on too, so all the band t-shirts weren't that evident. and there were a few, but no where near the amount you'd expect at other festivals. and again, the sound was surprisingly good and there was very little wind. a great gig all round.
Friday, March 23, 2007
anyway, that really went wayyyy off track. i should just starting blogs more often with no plan, and see what happens. this time i had a vague plan, and came across this thing called the Forer Effect. i can't remember where i got that inspiration from, or reference. i assume it was somethign i'd read or heard that i'd googled. or possibly i'm ripping off someone else's blog. if so, sorry, but then the number of ppl that read this arent' exactly warranting of any sort of concern. so, like, i guess Wikipedia is the best place for this and they say intriguing stuff like this, which i repeat for no good reason, other than slight ease and the making of this post look longer:
The Forer effect (also called personal validation fallacy or the Barnum effect after P. T. Barnum) is the observation that individuals will give high accuracy ratings to descriptions of their personality that supposedly are tailored specifically for them, but are in fact vague and general enough to apply to a wide range of people. The colloquial phrase that could best be applied to describe this phenomenon to the layman is the so-called Self-fufilling prophecy. The Forer effect can provide a partial explanation for the widespread acceptance of some pseudosciences such as astrology and fortune telling, as well as many types of personality tests.
and i think there's something in that for all of us.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
What does your taste in music say about your personality? take this test... my results were reasonable accurate. then there's some other interesting personality tests here.
then there's some interesting development trends in personal recommendation software etc.
i just tried out this internet "radio station" called Pandora which targets music to what you like, and continually updates the playlist of a station (you can have up to 100) depending on what bands and songs you like. Here's what they say at their home page:
"Ever since we started the Music Genome Project, our friends would ask: Can you help me discover more music that I'll like? Those questions often evolved into great conversations. Each friend told us their favorite artists and songs, explored the music we suggested, gave us feedback, and we in turn made new suggestions. Everybody started joking that we were now their personal DJs. We created Pandora so that we can have that same kind of conversation with you. "
so, i thought i'd check it out and typed in "mr bungle" and then took notes on what happened. the program looked thru its database, and startd off playing bungle's "pink cigarette"... and stated something about it exemplifying certain recording studio qualities, syncopation and some other stuff. i am intrigued by this.
the next track i got was by The Citizens ... meant to have similar mixed acoustic and tonal something or other... wasn't that impressed by it. but i can see how that song had connections to the bungle song they played before. and i like this idea, of how they've analysed all these songs and use certain attributes to choose the songs they play you, not just like the amazon method, "people who bought this also bought this" type of prediction to what you might like. it's at a higher level.
...then i got freakin Switchfoot- gave that the thumbs down too.
next is Menomena which is very different...
then Blinker The Star... hmmm, ok. yeah, quite like it.
i guess this will get more and more personalised the more feedback i provide. it's an interesting way to hear new music. and i think it's a great idea to have a number of different stations, for different music styles at different times. i'll need a death/black metal station, and an experimental one, etc.
ohhh, next is Pernice Brothers ... don't like this sort of thing, pretty melodramatic soft piano shoe gazing pop/rock.. errrgh gets a bit better and more built up, but thumbs down. let's move on. i like how it kills the song immediately with a thumbs down.
Lisa Mednick. yeah, similar to Dead Can Dance. interesting.
and then that was the end of the trial. just set up a free account. all you need is an email address, and i had to pretend i was in the US with the zip code of 12340... seems to have worked. it was just for international licensing. but now i look like a seppo!
i've now learnt that you can actually add songs or bands to your station (and have up to 100 stations) and that widens the possible songs in a similar way to your initial 'seeding' choice. so i added John Zorn, Fantomas, Can, Einsturzende Neubauten, Tortoise, Trans Am, and Ween. i seem to be getting a lot of synth industrial now, like Skinny Puppy. but that's okay. have to keep playing with it, and set up some other stations. but i highly recommend!