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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Whattya Listenin' to Wednesday - 12/29/10

Howdy, neighbors, and a Happy New Year 'round the world!

As we drift out of 2010, I have to say I'm optimistic about the next year coming, which offers new opportunities and room for more growth. Before the holidays officially started, I enjoyed a gnarly chat with Matt Sorum of Velvet Revolver, which you can read in the second issue of Retaliate, coming sometime in early 2011. Not a bad way to wrap one year and get into the groove for the next one.

I've been obsessed with Daft Punk's terrific score for Tron: Legacy. The film was mostly a dandy feast for the eyes minus a bit of extra Zen we didn't really need, yet the movie recaptured the magical essence of the original Tron and Daft Punk's intense symphonic-electronic soundtrack is even more breathtaking in isolation from the film. This is one hell of a transition the French electro duo has made and I'm still in awe of their composing skills, which rings like a bit of Hans Zimmer meets Blade Runner meets a Paul Verhoeven action yarn, all dashed with electronic sprinklings and on a few tracks, hard techno and trance. Astounding work.

So let's move forward into 2011 with the past year at our backs and give thanks to the heavy metal industry for a loud 'n proud 2010. There wasn't a whole lot of suck to complain about and while mediocrity flourishes no matter how successful or not a genre is, who can complain about 2010 for metal? A few breakouts zipped up Billboard, while a lot of metal bands have crashed the charts in a way the music industry overall can't help but notice. They'd be purposefully blind if they missed the impact of metal upon their quarterly sales figures. Maybe metal still can't compete with Eminem or Rhianna, but we're stuck in a neo-disco age and metal is still there, capturing ears and hearts around the globe.

I won't be so corny as to say metal will never die because I'm a businessman by training and have seen phases, trends and fads galore, but I would readily say heavy metal has had far more staying power than anyone could've imagined.

It's the fans who have created its endurance and approval, and for that, give yourselves and each other a big pat on the back. But dammit, talk to each other out on the street instead of snubbing one another, eh? It's embarassing to see brothers and sisters of the faith look the other way when crossing paths. If you're socially averse, just flick the horns in silence like bikers have their low-dropped easyrider sign to one another on the road. Unity is nurtured and fostered; it's not a given.

Here's hoping the metal community continues to prosper...

Daft Punk - Tron: Legacy soundtrack
Jimi Hendrix - Blues
Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet
The Ultimate Christmas Album Volume Three
Twisted Sister - You Can't Stop Rock 'n Roll
Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
Ramones - Brain Drain


Jupiter Family said...

Happy New Year!!
New Year's 2011 Fireworks Celebrations Around the World
Demo on YouTube

Metal Mark said...

Beelzabong-2009 demo
Mutants of war-Product of corruption
Pallbearer-2010 demo
Windhand-Practice Space demo
Thorr-Axe-Roots of the mountain

taotechuck said...

As anyone who reads my playlists knows, I'm not a huge metal fan. I have to agree with you, though, that metal is in a very exciting period right now. There's a lot of creativity and experimentation happening. I'm going to try to listen to more metal in 2011, once I can figure out how to filter the stuff I might like from the stuff I know I'll hate.

As for Daft Punk, I'll have to listen to Tron. I think DP is generally over-rated, but this record is getting a lot of very positive reviews.

Anyway, here's my list. Still on the Dylan kick, but I took a bit of a break this week.

Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline
Bob Dylan - Love and Theft
Bob Dylan - Modern Times
Soul II Soul - Club Classics Vol. 1
Supertramp - Breakfast in America
A Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive Travels...
The KLF - The White Room
Flaming Lips - Embryonic
The Clash - Combat Rock
Gilles Peterson - Worldwide 2
Ray LaMontagne - Gossip in the Grain
Ray LaMontagne - Till the Sun Turns Black
Ray LaMontagne - Trouble
New Order - (the best of) New Order
Panic at the Disco - Pretty. Odd.

DPTH International said...

Amorphis - Magic and Mayhem
Ancient Dome - Perception of this World
Heimdall - Hard As Iron
Rebellion - History of Viking Part III
Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas albums
Loreena Mckennitt - The Wind That Shakes The Barley

cjk_44 said...

Agalloch - Marrow of the Spirit
Laethora - The Light in Which We All Burn
Intronaut - Valley of Smoke
Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini
Kylesa - Spiral Shadows
Volbeat - Beyond Hell/Above Heaven
Karma to Burn - Appalachian Incantation
Altar of Plagues - White Tomb
Porcupine Tree - Deadwing
Joe Satriani - Strange Beautiful Music
Deftones - Diamond Eyes

Watching: "True Grit" (Coen Brothers)

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

and a happy one to you, Jupiter!

Mark, is Mass the same as The Mass? I'm doping on the difference

Chuck, I know you're not a big metalhead, but I'm happy you continue to show up here with your lists since I promote diversity...hope you dig the Tron's nowhere near footloose like their regular material and only a few actual techno tracks appear on the score...otherwise, very symphonic with some sections coated with electro....I'm sure Bob will give you an earful over Modern Times...I love it, but I think he hates the maudlin Boomer rants to it

Dpth, I've not yet caught up to that Amorphis album...they've intrigued me over the years how they've developed an entirely different sound

cjk, that's a badass list, was the new True Grit? I see it's getting quite a bit of hype for a remake

cjk_44 said...

True Grit is definitely worth seeing. It's closer to the book than the '60s movie. As it is a Coen brothers movie multiple viewings are necessary to get all the dialogue, but se it on the big screen at least once as it is beautifully shot, gorgeous at times.