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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Whattya Listenin' to Wednesday 5/21/08

Howdee do regular readers! Hope the week is treating you well. I'd bitch about how unseasonably cold and continuously wet things have been lately, but then when you read headlines about five million Chinese left homeless on top of the tens of thousands who perished from their own weather hell (and let us not forget the ravaged zone of Myanmar), it kind of forces you to buckle down, take your licks and shut your ungrateful mouth. At least our local reservoirs, which had gone bone dry in recent months, are starting to replenish.

Call me a tree-hugger, though I don't have a ton of love for Al Gore (or especially his hypocrite spouse), I think he's at least done the world a valuable service by speaking up about ecology so we can begin to attempt to patch up this mucked-up planet. In fact, I heard someone yesterday complaining that he spends $130 in gas to fill his Hummer and it only lasts two days, thus he's selling the wretched thing that has no business being in the hands of the average consumer. Hummers are irresponsible and the sign of arrogance; fuck the makers and their owners, you posturing pricks! You're one of the reasons we're all paying out the ass for gas these days (not to mention the fuel keeping the war machine running, but let's keep it to one central gripe for now), so wake the hell up!

Okay, enough of that. This past week might be considered a huge overload of music consumption, perhaps done with a happy vengeance. Since visiting the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, I've been spending a lot of time in the fifties and sixties along with the blues. I've been stuck on The Hollies and the British Invasion as well as the golden age of rock 'n roll as I've also been watching The History of Rock 'n Roll on DVD, one of the most affluent documentaries on the topic I've yet seen, even if it was done 13 years ago. On top of it, those cool folks at Sirius replaced my receiver for free and I'm back in business and have been spending most of my time since Saturday checked in at the Underground Garage and Sirius Gold (their fifties and sixties station) along with a visit to the Punk channel and the voice of Marky Ramone, who leaves me pining for Joey, still the only celebrity whose death I took really hard.

Of course there's been time for plenty of metal as I knock out some reviews and other various weirdness, but those Hollies, they won't go away! In fact, I can't quit spinning "Bus Stop," what an addictive tune! It was pretty sad when I was working on my metal book the other night and I just kept spinning The Hollies' Greatest Hits album on repeat and snickering how "Carrie Anne" is actually a love letter to Marianne Faithfull but changed on the spot so she wouldn't know. Too cute...

Okay, I'm officially getting weird now, so bring out your dead, people...

The Hollies - Greatest Hits
Leadbelly - Hey Irene
Robert Johnson - King of the Delta Blues Singers Vol. 2
The Ventures - Walk Don't Run: All-Time Greatest Hits
American Graffiti soundtrack
Elvis Costello and The Attractions - Armed Forces
Mos Def - The New Danger
David Bowie - Changes
Puscifer - V is Viagra: The Remixes
Cruisin' 1961
Ihsahn - The Adversary
Ihsahn - Angl
Emperor - IX Equilibrium
Fates Warning - No Exit
Arcade - S/T
Megadeth - So Far So Good So What?
Kiss - Dynasty
The Hives - The Black and White Album
Filter - Anthems For the Damned
Lizzy Borden - Appointment With Death
Static-X - Wisconsin Death Trip
Manowar - Hail to England
Lion's Share - Emotional Coma
MSG - In the Midst of Beauty
Third Degree - Punk Sugar
Kings of Leon - Youth and Young Manhood
Distorted - Voices From Within
With Dead Hands Rising - Expect Hell
God's Revolver - Little Black Horse Where You Going With Your Dead Rider


Rhodeislandrock said...

Don't get me started on the environment! I'm not a tree-hugger either but I do what I can by using common sense. I recycle as much as I can and I try very hard to conserve energy (electric, oil, even propane). It may sound silly to some but I prefer to use the extra 10 seconds to throw the aluminum Diet Coke can in the recycling bin on the porch than the trash can under the sink.

If you look at th weather patterns around the world, it's obvious that the climate is changing. After seeing all the news last year about Atlanta being in drought conditions, I decided to conserve water as much as possible here in my RI home but I also started buying a case of bottled water per week and putting it in storage. If Rhode Island ever went "drought", and we've had our fair share of contaminated water problems here in Pawtucket, I'd have a reserve for a little while.

On to the playlist, mostly newer stuff....

MSG - In The Midst Of Beauty
WASP - Dominator
Night Ranger - Hole In The Sun
Tyr - Land
Anvil - This Is Thirteen
Engel - Absolute Design
Dokken - Lightning Strikes Again
Def Leppard - Songs From the Sparkle Lounge

.....and for the old school.....

Dokken - Breaking The Chains
Megadeth - Rust In Peace
Def Leppard - High 'N Dry
Metallica - Ride The Lightning
Autograph - Sign In Please
Motley Crue - Too Fast For Love

.....and for the eyes.....

Gigantour 2 DVD
UFO - Showtime

Heavy Metal Addiction

cjk_44 said...

yes, indeed the world is a "warmer" place. but the biggest impact is that the weather patterns are changing significantly. the warnings about the environment should be heeded.

1. Control Denied – The Fragile Art of Existence
2. Of Human Bondage – Angel Dust
3. Mastodon – Call of the Mastodon
4. Firewind – The Premonition, Allegiance
5. Arch Enemy – Rise of the Tyrant, Anthems of Rebellion, Wages of Sin
6. Dark Tranquillity – entire catalogue
7. Spiral Architect – A Sceptic’s Universe
8. The Alan Parsons Project – I Robot
9. Jimi Hendrix – Band of Gypsys
10. Led Zeppelin – Presence
11. Kix – Kix
12. Black Sabbath – Neon Nights

Ian Aiken said...

1. DEICIDE - Till Death Do Us Part
2. FRANK ZAPPA - Waka/Jawaka, Joe's Garage parts II & III, Baby Snakes
3. IMMOLATION - Shadows In the Light
4. KING CRIMSON - Thrak, Larks Tongue in Aspic
5. W.A.S.P. - S/T
6. OPETH - Watershed
7. YES - Big Generator, Going for the One
8. PESTILENCE - Consuming Impulse
9. TRAUMA - Determination

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Wow, light week out there; good hearing from you bros, though!

Steve, I do my best as well, though I'm not perfect. We recycle and I tend to be a light police in the house, though one wouldn't know it at work because I'll turn on lights when others turn them off, usually in our quad, and that's unfortunately just a matter of courtesy to the others in my area, plus working on 'puter in the dark or half-dark starts burning your eyes. Otherwise, I'm constantly grabbing things to recycle in the house.

I had a stash of water right after 9/11. Perhaps it might not be a bad idea to stock it up again. I need to hear the new WASP and Anvil...any good?

cjk, I agree with you as well, though I feel it's been a largely colder extension of time in our area anyway...I haven't seen such a prolonged amount of chilly weather in my life; it's literally been since early October straight through to now with maybe a handful of oddball warm days, but mostly it's been colder than normal; definitely a sign of maladjusted weather patterns ; btw, I like seeing Alan Parsons Project in the middle of all that heaviness :)

Ian, consistency is thy name, brutha

DPTH International said...

I am a tree-hugger and most people just look at me weird as I embrace a Maple, but I do what I can with Recycling and energy preservation.

Decapitated Sheep - Woes
Lordi - Get Heavy
Suicidal Tendencies - catalogue
Uncle Slam - Will work for Food
Black Sabbath-s/t and Paranoid
Sinner- Nature Of Evil

cjk_44 said...

Ray, now that i am older and i have less time to listen to music i am making a concsious effort to listen to older stuff i either outright ignored or simply didn't have a chance to listen to for lack of funds. "I Robot" fits nicely in that category and i'm glad i'm hearing it with a couple more decades worth of music listening experience.

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

dpth, I know what you mean, man, and as I hear reports about energy levels reaching close to capacity in certain plants, I sometimes think about the prices coming later and worry about gouging, but I also do realize that the global community could stand to cut back some

cjk, I did a ton of that in the nineties during that dead zone in American rock, but even now there's so many groups and musicians of the past who got grossly overlooked and they're worth the invested time as well, so I feel ya, dude