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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Whattya Listenin' to Wednesday - 5/11/11

Howdy, peeps, so tomorrow I turn forty-freaking-one. Glad to have made it this far, but jeez, when you start grumbling quietly when your birthday comes 'round, well, you're not long for the geriatric clan.

Seriously, though, I'm happy to be 41 with the passions that I do and the drive to keep plugging in an ever-changing society. Success is defined by yourself, not others, and I'm damned proud of what I've accomplished to this point. Sky's the limit at this point, I've proven myself in my endeavors and my family obligations. Only finances dictate my necessities and certain life decisions that have to made from this point forward, but I feel 41 will be the mojo, the catalyst, the oddball magic number to lead me to the destination I've been traversing for decades. Hope ya'll be there along for the journey.

K, enough sappy shit. Devin and I both have reviews coming yer way, so dial up, dial in, crank your faves of the week and drop me your playlist. As always, thanks for being here, va-voom!

Montrose - s/t
Pentagram - Last Rites
The Cars - Move Like This
Bad Religion - Suffer
Bad Religion - No Remorse
Bad Religion - Recipe for Hate
Bad Religion - The Process of Belief
Motorhead - Another Perfect Day
Brian Robertson - Diamonds and Dirt
Evergrey - Monday Morning Apocalypse
Evergrey - Torn
THEHEAVY - The House That Dirt Built
Puscifer - "V" is for Vagina
Puscifer - "V" is for Viagra - The Remixes
Heart - Dreamboat Annie
The Cramps - Songs the Lord Taught Us
The Cramps - Psychedelic Jungle/Gravest Hits
Emigrate - s/t
The Mooney Suzuki - Electric Sweat
Brian Setzer Orchestra - Songs From Lonely Avenue
The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed
The Fixx - Reach the Beach
The Sugarcubes - Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week
Ani Difranco - Dilate
Roberta Flack - The Best of Roberta Flack
Fishbone - s/t EP


Devin said...

Bad Religion rules

Metal Mark said...

Iron Maiden-Live in Glasgow 1984
Metallica-Beyond the wall of sound
Ratt-Live 1987
Van Halen-I'm so glad:Live in Caracas 1983, Van Halen Zero-The Gene Simmons demos
Megadeth-Last Rites demo
Post Mortem-Turkey on your nose demo
WASP-Masters of disaster demo
Lizzy Borden-Demo 1983
Gates of slumber-The Wretch
Alestorm-Back through time
TYR-The law of Thyrm
Karma to burn-V

cjk_44 said...

Explosions in the Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Mastodon – Remission
Primal Fear – Jaws of Death
Tiamat – A Deeper Kind of Slumber
Flowing Tears – Serpentine
Alchemist – Organasm
Pelican – City of Echoes
Blut aus Nord – The Work Which Transforms God
Lake of Tears – Black Brick Road
Sentenced – Down
Morbid Angel – Domination
Praxis – Metatron
Lynch Mob – Wicked Sensation
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band – Stranger in Town
Steely Dan – Aja
Peter Frampton – Thank You Mr. Churchill
Steve Earle – I’ll Never Get Out of this World Alive

Watching: NHL Playoffs

Ray, the NHL playoffs have been exciting. Lots of close games and more OT games than usual. I was really sour on the NHL since the lockout, but I probably watched more hockey this year than the past four years combined.

Chuck, the new Explosions is mature and subtle. It is highly recommended if you don't have it already. The amount of restraint they show is remarkable. Truly a special band.

taotechuck said...

Not sure what happened with all the Depeche Mode this week. I checked out their most recent album from the library, and that led me down into the rabbit hole of their catalog. I can barely get through the '80s albums, but the newer stuff is actually energetic and interesting.

Some good stuff on the lists this week...

Ray, always nice to see Fishbone make an appearance. They're kind of a forgotten band, and that's a shame because they were really good. And how's the Cars? I don't care much for them, but I've heard it's a good album... certainly much better than that awful "New Cars" record with Todd Rundgren. Man, that stunk.

CJK, thanks for the info on Explosions. I know their other records pretty much inside-out, but for some reason I was hesitant about this one. Your comments definitely got rid of my reservations. I'll pick it up this weekend. And Praxis... nice add. Laswell isn't always good, but he's always worth hearing.

Anyway, here's my week...

Depeche Mode - Sounds of the Universe
Depeche Mode - Black Celebration
Depeche Mode - Some Great Reward
Depeche Mode - Songs of Faith and Devotion
Depeche Mode - Violator
Depeche Mode - Exciter
Drive-By Truckers - The Fine Print
The Roots - Things Fall Apart
Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead
v/a - Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 10: A Bachelor in Paris
Charlotte Gainsbourg - 5:55
Deadmau5 - For Lack of a Better Name
Deadmau5 - 4x4=12
Tori Amos - The Beekeeper

metalodyssey said...

This past week, I've been listening to:

The Cars - Move Like This
Shakra - Back On Track
Los Lonely Boys - Rockpango
Marduk - Iron Dawn
Warrant - Rockaholic
Speed\Kill/Hate - Out For Blood
Shinedown - all, except the new acoustic live CD
A Day To Remember - What Separates Me From You
Lots of various Progressive Metal (sampling from CD's... that sort of thing).
Other stuff my old school brain has forgotten about already.

And as always... Classic: Overkill, Motorhead and DIO.

Hey cjk 44: That last Peter Frampton album is pretty decent.

Hey Ray: I am eager to read what you think of this new album from The Cars... will you be reviewing it? I am really digging Move Like This.

Hey Metal Mark: W.A.S.P. and Lizzy Borden RULE. \m/

taotechuck said...

Hmmm... looks like my list got deleted by Blogger's screwiness this week. Either that, or Ray's got a filter to delete any list with too much Depeche Mode on it.

CJK, thanks for the heads up on the new Explosions. I've listened to their other albums constantly over the past few years, but for some reason I wasn't excited about this one. Now I am. Thanks.

Ray, how's the new Cars record? (As opposed to the New Cars record... I know how that was.)

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Devin, indeed they do. I remember seeing them play Warped a few years ago and they were incredible, even though NOFX cut into their set on purpose to joke with them. It was funny looking at BR on the opposite stage in position and ready to go while NOFX kept going. Once NOFX stopped, they jokingly apologized, pointed at BR and BR took off. It was really neat.

Chuck, sorry, bro, I have no idea what's going on and I blame Blogger because I love Depeche Mode and would never filter against them. :)

For all inquiring on my thoughts about the new Cars album...I won't be reviewing it here because it's not metal and nobody else has asked me to review it. I got it as a gift for my birthday, so I'm just enjoying the ride. I think it's a very fine album. It's more akin to Candy-O and Shake it Up. It doesn't have the snaggly snarl of the first Cars album (which is mandatory for anyone's collection) and it only has parts of Heartbeat City's slickness and occasional balladry. Obviously, Ric Ocasek brought back the proper mojo to Move Like This and I think it's highly enjoyable, especially the first song, one of the peppiest numbers they've ever done. It's not a full-force album like Devo's latest, but I well recommend it.

cjk, I missed the entire semifinals bracket after catching a game or two in the quarters. I watched some of Game 1 of BOS-TB while packing. Quite a strange set of finalists, but interesting.

Mark, quite a wild pack of stuff with demos and live stuff. Where'd you get all of it?

Metal Mark said...

Ray-Just a bunch of free downloads online. You should hear Van Halen's demo from 1976. How several labels heard this and passed on them is beyond me.