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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Whattya Listenin' to Wednesday - 1/19/11

Hidey ho, readers, from the natural skateland that is the east coast, USA!

Pino Donaggio's beautifully unnerving score for Carrie is swooning and screeching in my ears this morning as I write this. Anyone remember the first time they saw Brian DePalma's eerie adaptation of Stephen King's classic novel? Age 11 for me, and it was a censored version on a UHF station--you Gen X'ers and generations beforehand will know what I'm talking about there.

Still, we all jumped off the sofa from that ending in my house! Add Donaggio's hellish dirge screaming overtop, and ahh, the memories... How many metal bands have since lifted the melody of those haunted piano ostinato chimes Donaggio engineers to brilliant effect...think of Piper Laurie stalking Sissy Spacek with the kitchen knife and painting the air with the sign of the cross. Brrrr...

Can't wait to show my kid that flick at the appropriate age. He's already pointing at my racks of Stephen King books and questioning me, almost by instinct. Your turn's coming, lad, trust Daddy. Muah ha ha ha ha haaaaa...

King endorses the recent horror film Let Me In, which just arrived as a promo in my box this week, so I am looking forward to getting the barrages of life settled to an even kilter and see if it really is the best American horror film in the last 20 years, as King is quoted upon the cover art. Stephen King was the reason I ever picked up a pen and started an adventurous career in writing beginning with an electric typewriter--I'm really dating myself by bringing up the correction tabs you had to slide into the carriage and retype in order to zip out typos. Urgh. Typing ribbon and chalk all over the fingers; those were the days when you really slaved for your art.

I have a business and marketing background and know plenty about glittering testimonials, but if Mr. King glows on Let Me In, I'm pretty damned excited. Thank you to my publicist chums for sending it over, along with Dead Space: Aftermath.

Aaaaaaand stay tuned at here at The Metal Minute for future madness, as a friend of mine from across the pond would say...

Kraftwerk - Electric Cafe
Peter Murphy - Unshattered
Neurosis - Souls at Zero reissue
Stratovarius - Elysium
Massive Attack vs. Mad Professor - No Protection
Elvis Costello and the Imposters - Momofuku
KMFDM - Don't Blow Your Top
Doro - Fear No Evil Ultimate Collector's Edition
Badfinger - No Dice
Shadows Fall - Thread of Life
Pino Donaggio - Carrie soundtrack


Metal Mark said...

I have never watched Carrie in my life or the Exorcist for that matter. At this point I don't know if they would make much of an impact on me or not. Afraid with all the hype usrriounding both that I would be disappointed.

Twisted Sister-Club Daze, You can't stop rock and roll, Come out and play, Stay Hungry 25th anniversary
Elvenking-Red silent tides
Motorhead-The world is yours
Havok-Time is up
Hanoi Rocks-Back to mystery city
Sanktuary-Black magic brew
Helstar-Glory of chaos
Ogre-Dawn of the proto-man

taotechuck said...

Ray, thanks for heads-up last week about Unshattered. I'll have to go back and listen to both it and Dust. How did No Protection grab you? It's kind of a tough listen, but it's actually become a staple in my playlists over the past few years.

God Help the Girl - s/t
Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast
Tom Waits - Nighthawks at the Diner
The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
Gorillaz - Demon Days
I'm Not There - soundtrack
Bob Dylan - New Morning
Bob Dylan - Together Through Life
Bob Dylan - Planet Waves
Bob Dylan - Infidels
Bob Dylan - Street Legal
Bob Dylan - Empire Burlesque
Bob Dylan - Slow Train Coming
Bob Dylan - Concert at Philharmonic Hall 1964
Deadmau5 - 4x4=12

Figure I'll try something: Surprise of the week and stinker of the week. Anyone else want to do this to highlight the especially good/bad stuff you hear?

Surprise of the week: Slow Train Coming - I didn't expect to like anything from Dylan's Born Again period, but this is a good album with decent lyrics.

Stinker of the week: Nighthawks at the Diner - I don't much like any of Tom Waits albums on Asylum, but this one is basically him talking over a jazz quartet.

tarleisio said...

I wonder whether anyone has been missing my inane comments – it’s been so long since I commented back on WLTW…

So without further ado…

Alcoholic Faith Mission: Let This Be The Last Night We Care
How’s this for international? A Danish band formed in Brooklyn makes a video a guy in Maryland sends a link to in an email to a friend in Denmark, who’s never heard of them. And they’re great! Imagine if someone put Ian Curtis on the best brand of super-happy Prozac and then put all of Joy Division in a blender with a touch of Human League. Kinda. Sorta. Whatever the case, I now have a little faith in the DK music scene, which is otherwise…dire, to say the least.

Motörhead: No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith
I recently say “Lemmy”, and if you get the chance, watch it. So here’s a classic I just had to drag out of mothballs. I never knew just how much I missed it, even if my neighbors don’t!

The Misfits: Static Age
I received Eerie Von’s “Misery Obscura” as an Xmas present, so it follows that I then had to find something else with which to torture my neighbors. One of the greatest house-cleaning albums of all time. My floors may never recover! My neighbors will never forgive me – for singing along. Loudly.

Enslaved: Axioma Ethici Odinis
Here’s one I’m not sure about. Ray says it’s a masterpiece, but I’m not quite there yet. Give it a couple of weeks.

Steely Dan: Gaucho
Prompted by someone else entirely, but I loved this then, and I love this still. It puts the chill in my pill.

Siouxsie & The Banshees: A Kiss in the Dreamhouse
This week’s Estrogen Antidote. Because Siouxsie is the Sith Empress of Goth. Because it’s a great effing album. Because I love it. Bite me!

Mozart: Don Giovanni, from the Joseph Losey film adaptation, conducted by Lorin Maazel. It’s my favorite opera of all time, by my favorite classical composer of all time. This is Mozart Does Metal, and it’s dark and deep and dangerous and delicious.

More madness later? ;-)

DPTH International said...

Aerosmith - Pump, Permanent Vacation
Agent Steel-Unstoppable Force/Mad Locust Rising
The Agony Scene - Darkest Red, Get Damned , S/T
Ahab - Call of the Wretched Sea, The Divinity Of Oceans, The Oath
Aina - Day of Rising Doom
Airged L'Amh- The Siler Arm
Alas - Absolute Purity
Alestorm-Captain Morgans Revenge, Black Sails at Midnight, Leviathan
Aletheian (formerly Crutch)- Hope Prevails, Apolutrosis, Dying Vine
Alias - S/T

My new years resolution has been to listen to my entire CD collection in order A-Z based on Artists name and how my Ipod has defined that. I started January 4th and my one rule is I will listen to them in order at work.

Evenings I may break from the order depending on my mood and what I'm doing. This should take me quite a while.

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

All these years I've known you Mark, I didn't know you didn't see either of those. I personally think highly of Carrie from top to bottom. Only John Travolta's dolty performance in it is the film's only real flaw. One of my absolute favorites which should be watched for the story, Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie's knockout performances and Pino's fantastic score. Hell, you even get a frizzier William Katt, dude, what's not to like? The Exorcist messed me up when I first saw it, and that was the cut version on Channel 11 when they used to have the 11:30 pm movie. Even sat with a priest at the time and hashed it out to make sure I wasn't going to hell by watching it.

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Chuck, for the most part I liked No Protection once I settled into the fact it would be strict electro dub. I prefer Thievery Corporation for the chill scene, but No Protection is rather good.

And I'll play along:

Surprise of the week: Stratovarius - can read my review, but I expected it to be okay since they're quality musicians, but the prog metal scene is overstuffed and getting quite boring...Strat proved they could write actual songs with just enough elaboration to make them prog, but it was laid out fabulously

Stinker of the Week - Andy Summers - XYZ ; I had grabbed this with my gift card in the R&TT buy one used get another for a buck and well, I was disappointed, to say the least...I know he explores his jazzy side in his solo work, but this one was pretty hard to digest

Tarlesio, hey hey hey, we HAVE missed you around these parts, was beginning to think I had cyber b.o. or always, you're round the board, but keep up with the Enslaved and hopefully it'll grab you more...I was enthralled from the first play...glad my AFM forward met your fancy and Mozart, muah! The greatest of them all... Always more madness later.

Dpth, good luck sticking to your task...before this spot became The Metal Minute, I was doing something similar, only I was judging what should and what should go and posted my results online

cjk_44 said...

Alcest - Escailles de lune
The Damned Things - Ironiclast
Intronaut - Prehistoricisms
Jag Panzer - Mechanized Warfare
Rush - Permanent Waves
The Quite Room - Reconceived
Vinnie Moore - Out of Nowhere
Jeff Beck - Truth
Johnny Cash Personal File

Reading: "Alphaville: 1988, Crime, Punishment, and the Battle for NYC's Lower East Side" by Michael Codella and Bruce Bennett

Surprise of the Week: Jag Panzer's "Mechanized Warfare" - I'd forgotten how much I enjoy listening to this.

Stinker of the Week: none really, but there were a few songs on The Quiet Room's "Reconceived" that gave me the "uh-oh, second rate Dream Theater" shivers.

Tarlesio, nice pull with the Dan's "Gaucho". As Ray knows all too well I like other people's lists b/c sometimes they inspire me to grab something I haven't heard in a while. "Gaucho" is not my favorite Steely Dan album, but it's enjoyable all the same.

DPTH, same with Alas' "Absolute Purity" - it's been ages since I've listened to that one.

Fred said...

I've been listening to all kinds of stuff since I started the review blog.

1. Motorhead - 1916
2. Frank Zappa - Lumpy Gravy
3. David Bowie - Hunky Dory
4. Neil Young - Harvest
5. Nebula - Heavy Psych

Mark - Those movies may not have the impact that they did when they were released, but they are still quality horror movies. Rosemary's Baby is another oldie that I really enjoy. The recent movie House of the Devil was good throwback horror.