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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Whattya Listenin' to Wednesday - 5/6/09

Someone throw me a life preserver, it's been nothing but freakin' rain for days on end. To my British readers, is this the secret to UK-grown music being so good, the constantly shitty weather?

Because of the incessant precipitation and wifey shackled to her job the entire weekend in making up time pre-emptively for the baby's upcoming ear surgery--and then yours truly going for outpatient surgery the following Monday--it was the little man and myself having quite a bit of time to ourselves. Thanks to Metal Mark for having us over for a couple hours to break up our monotony; it had been months since we got together so that was quite cool.

Despite hostilities (cast to and fro, I'll admit) to bear at the office, I did have an interview with Mary Zimmer of the very-talented Luna Mortis which you all can read here at The Metal Minute in the upcoming future. I also enjoyed a likewise great chat with Leif Edling of Candlemass while the baby napped on Saturday, so it's been the usual rollercoaster ride in Casa del Van Horn with a few nice climbs. However, you can add a broken tub spigot to the dip portions. As I like to say these days, "the shit never ends..."

As a result of largely being shacked up with an energetic 17-month old, I decided now was the time to teach the spud how to play drums and it's scary how quickly he got the basic concept down and which pieces fit together best when hitting them simultaneously. It was a joyous moment, but the kid assuredly hasn't been the same since he's been out-of-control behavior-wise. Now the fun begins...

We did share quite a monster load of music together, so much he kept running over to the CD player when a disc ended and grunted loudly at me to change the music. Brought tears to my eyes...

That being said, I managed to assault the kid with a lot of different vibes and though the labels are all going digital, that hasn't slowed the influx of hard copy promo hitting me lately. Thanks to all of you out there for the continued supply; I've really strived lately to get more of your albums into my ears. A special thanks to my man Dave "Captain Cavebitch" Brenner for the seriously kickass six pack of Subhumans reissues. Already spun half of them and loving the memories of that terrific UK punk unit. Damn, were they underrated...

Top spinner of the week, however, comes courtesy of Metal Mark, who gave me his spare copy of Sister Sin's really fun Crue toast Switchblade Serenade, which I've hit a number of times since Saturday. The Swedes and Germans appreciate old-time American heavy metal more than we do here these days, it appears. Take note, my fellow Yanks.

Sister Sin - Switchblade Serenade
Subhumans - The Day the World Ended
Subhumans - From the Cradle to the Grave
Subhumans - Worlds Apart
Heaven and Hell - The Devil You Know
Conspiracy - Concordat
Beatles - Sgt. Peppers
Depeche Mode - Sounds of the Universe
Halford - Live Insurrection remaster
Leif Edling - Songs of Torment, Songs of Joy
Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Kreator - Terrible Certainty
Slough Feg - Ape Rising!
Crescent Shield - The Stars of Never Seen
Robot Lords of Tokyo - Whiskey, Blood and Napalm
Luna Mortis - The Absence
Dodsferd - Suicide and the Rest of Your Kind Will Follow
Celtic Frost - Into the Pandemonium
Celtic Frost - Monotheist
Necroblaspheme - Destination: Nulle Part
Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 1
Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 2
Blink 182 - s/t
Seals and Crofts - Greatest Hits
The Fifth Dimension - Up-Up and Away
Zombi - Spirit Animal
Zombi - Surface to Air
Black Label Society - Skullage
Thievery Corporation - Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi
Thievery Corporation - The Outernational Sound
Peter Murphy - Deep
Success Will Write Apocalypse Across the Sky - The Grand Partition and the Abrogation of Idolatry


Metal Mark said...

Prong-Power of the damn mixxxer, Cleansing
Assaulter-Salvation like destruction
Rape Pillage and Burn-Songs of death
Arise and Ruin-Night Storms Hailfire
Black Sabbath-Live evil
The Exploited-Troops of tomorrow and Punks not dead
Damien-Every dog has it's day and Stop this war
Blind Fury-Out of reach
G-n-R-Use your illusion 1

JP said...

Regular listens lately:

Heaven and Hell: The Devil You Know
Blood Tsunami: Grand Feast For Vultures
Demiurg: The Hate Chamber
Slough Feg: Ape Uprising
Cobalt: Gin
Alice in Chains: s/t, Jar Of Flies
Jerry Cantrell: Degradation Trip
Barenboim/Klemperer: Beethoven Piano Concertos
New Keepers Of The Water Towers: Chronicles
God Dethroned: Passiondale
Rory Gallagher: s/t, Deuce, Blueprint

DPTH International said...

Black Sabbath - Dio era
Heaven and Hell - The devil you know
Rumplestilskin Grinder
Vengeance Rising
Vanna- A new Hope
Impending Doom - Serpent Servant
Hammerfall - first 2
Freedom Call - first 2
Iron Savior - Unification
Furious Barking
Angels & Airwaves - both albums

bob_vinyl said...

Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
Everyone Everywhere - A Lot of Weird People Standing Around
The Clash - The Clash (US)
The Clash - Super Black Market Clash
Miles Davis - In a Silent Way
Miles Davis - Nefertiti
Victoria Vox - a bunch of streaming tracks on her site
The Exploited - On Stage
GnR - Appetite for Destruction
Mick Ronson - Slaughter on 10th Avenue
Rain Parade - Live in Japan
Gaslight Anthem - Live at Park Ave
This LP Crashes Hard Drives comp

The Klepto said...

3 - The End Is Begun
The Company Band - Sign Here, Here & Here (EP)
Elf - Carolina County Ball
Elf - Elf
Elf - Trying To Burn The Sun
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Fireball Ministry - Ou Est la Rock?
Hyborian Steel - An Age Undreamt Of...
3 Headed Monster - 3 Headed Monster
Nocturnal Rites - New World Messiah
Shinedown - The Sound of Madness
StormWarrior - Heavy Metal Fire
White Skull - Forever Fight
Wolfmother - Wolfmother

Ian Aiken said...

1. BLOODBATH - All......
2. KING CRIMSON - Starless and Bible Black
3. MISFITS - S/T comp., Legacy of Brutality
4. JOURNEY - Departure
5. GOJIRA - The Way of All Flesh
6. AGALLOCH - The Mantle
7. DECAPITATED - The Negation
8. BELLY - Star
9. IRON MAIDEN - Killers

Been busy this week still recording. Thank god that I'm almost done. Another week or two.

fredcq said...

1. Slough Feg - Ape Uprising!
2. Heaven and Hell - The Devil You Know
3. Dinosaur Jr. - Beyond
4. They Might Be Giants - The Else
5. Mastodon - Crack the Skye
6. Rough demos of my band.

cjk_44 said...

Volbeat – Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil
Clutch – Slow Hole to China (2009 reissue)
Pain of Salvation – Entropia
Susperia – Unlimited
God Forbid – Earthsblood
Nasum – Inhale/Exhale
Demons & Wizards – s/t
Covenant – Nexus Polaris
Apollyon Sun – Sub
Faith No More – Angel Dust
Opeth – Damnation
Circus Maximus – Isolate
Pearl Jam – Ten (redux, reissue, remixed)
John Lennon – Imagine: Music from the Original Motion Picture
Donald Fagen – The Nightfly
R.L. Burnside – Burnside on Burnside
Jackson Browne – World in Motion

This week’s reading list: “Passion is Fashion: The Real Story of the Clash” by Pat Gilbert, “The Worst Person in the World, and 202 Strong Contenders” by Keith Olbermann

Watching: NHL playoffs

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Howdy, gang, good seeing everyone here for a healthy turnout! I see Heaven and Hell and Slough Feg are toasts of the town on everyone's lists, mine included.

cjk, I should be watching the playoffs tonight but I can't stop playing Subhumans albums, but that Caps/Pens series is amazing, to say the least

Fred, are you doing metal or other type of music?

Bob, always happy to see you around, ditto, JP. Bob, how's the new Dylan album?

Dpth I have the new Hammerfall sitting next to me, just gotta get on it

Klepto and Ian, nice diversity like everyone this week.

Love it, guys! Cheers...

bob_vinyl said...

The new Dylan is mediocre. David Hidalgo's contribution on accordian is fantastic, but that's about it. The vinyl package is nice. It's a regular length album (around 45 minutes), but they made a double album out of it. Cool stuff, even if the music is kinda lacking.

cjk_44 said...

the Caps/Pens series is good for hockey. as much as i hate to reduce playoff series to star v. star it doesn't hurt that Ovechkin v. Crosby can draw a lot of viewers. too bad my fave team the Bruins look lost and midlin' versus the Canes.

i don't think i've heard of Subhumans until now. anyway ... i'm playing the hell out of the new Isis.

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

cjk, that's the best series in the whole cup to this point and even the Wings and Ducks series is really damn good...did you read about the 17 year old kid from Pitt who issued Ovechkin a death threat?

Subhumans are worth your time hunting down. You won't be disappointed. That Isis is something else, eh? They're coming to Baltimore with Pelican at the end of May. I'm there!

Bob, I know you didn't like Modern Times either, which I liked a good bit. I'll take a listen to the new one first and we'll talk more on that.

bob_vinyl said...

You and the whole rest of the world liked Modern Times. I thought he sounded like an old man going through the motions.

cjk_44 said...

i heard about the death threat. i had no idea it was 17 yr old that made it.

well, i'm a little surprised Pitt has won 3 games in a row. it will be tough for the Caps to win in Pitt on Monday night.

my beloved Bs won tonight and will live to play another game.