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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Whattya Listenin' to Wednesday - 6/1/11

Howdy, chums and chummettes, hope everyone had a relaxing and loud Memorial Day weekend and in the process took at least one minute (if you're an American) to recognize the sacrifice of military personnel doing a job so few actually want to do.

I often think about the process of a human life and all the experiences that go into molding existence. Those who die in battle (no matter what country they originate from) all have had "x" amount of years on the planet, learning, growing, loving, hating, being. As a father, I watch my little one zip up so quickly in height and intelligence. If his desire is ever to enter the military, I will question whether everything we've done as parents to raise him in the hope his future lies brighter than ours will be quaffed if ultimately put upon the front line. It's mind-blowing at times to think of people so willing to bank their lives in the name of an ideal, principle or mandate. Because of their acceptance that death is a high probability in their chosen cause, you have to salute each and every one of them, whether you consider them friend or foe.

That being said, prayers out to the Afghani civilians accidentally killed in the line of fire. The phrase "casualties of war" is a blanket expression to somehow rationalize mistakes and inadvertent loss of non-military lives. So too do these people experience life and suddenly lose them at flashpoint. If you're not privy to a hot war zone outside your front window, consider yourself blessed before firing up the summer grill and popping open brewskis.

Coming up at The Metal Minute, we'll be checking out the new Death Mental EP and new releases by U.D.O. and Brent Hinds, as well as the live Voivod compilation Warriors of Ice. A special thanks to all who participated in this week's poll question on and off-site.

So hang out, 'cuz we'll be back with more stuff, as Chuck Barris of The Gong Show would rave.

Yes - 90125
Yes - s/t
Yes - The Yes Album
Yes - Close to the Edge
Yes - Fragile
Wolfmother - s/t
Wolfmother - Cosmic Egg
Zebrahead - Phoenix
Duff McKagan's Loaded - Sick reissue
U.D.O. - Rev-Raptor
Enslaved - The Sleeping Gods EP
Van Halen - 1976 demo
WASP - Masters of Disaster 1982 demo
Zombi - Escape Velocity


taotechuck said...

Once again, nothing for me this week, but this is the second reference to 90125 on WLW in recent weeks... Once I start listening to music again, I'm definitely re-visiting this one.

DPTH International said...

Hey Ray! A couple weeks worth here. Just finished the C's today.

Conan The Barbarian soundtrack
Concrete Blonde - Bloodletting
Consecrator - Image of Deception
Corpse - From The Grave
Corpus Christi - A Feast for Crows
Corrosion of Conformity - Blind , Deliverence
Creed - Full Circle, My Own Prison, Human Clay, Weathered
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Greatest Hits
Crimfall - As the Path Unfolds
Crimson Moonlight - The Covenant Progress, Eternal Emperor, In Depths of Dreams Unconcious EP
The Crow soundtrack
Crimson Shadows-Death, Power, Glory EP
Crowbar-Sever the Wicked Hand
Cruachan-Pagan, The Morrigan's Call
The Crucified - The Complete Collection
Cryonic Temple - In Thy Power
Cryptic Slaughter-Money Talks
Crystal Eyes-World of Black & Silver
Crystal Viper- Metal Nation, Curse of The Crystal Viper
Crystallion-A Dark enchanted Crystal Night, Hattin, Hundred Days
Cyco Miko-Schizophrenic Born again problem child
Cydonia - S/T

cjk_44 said...

Enslaved – The Sleeping Gods
Hate Eternal – Phoenix Amongst the Ashes
Xerath – II
Canvas Solaris – Irradiance
Mastodon – Live at the Aragon
Blut Aus Nord – The Mystical Beast of Rebellion (reissue)
Mouth of the Architect – Quietly
Megadeth – Cryptic Writings
Blaze – Silicon Messiah
Ozzy Osbourne – The Ultimate Sin
Tesla – Five Man Acoustic Jam
My Morning Jacket – Circuital
Journey - Eclipse
The Black Keys – Brothers
The Black Crowes – Croweology
Elton John – The Captain & The Kid
Peter Gabriel – So
The Pretenders – Singles
R.E.M. – Eponymous

Watching: NHL Playoffs, AC/DC’s “Live at River Plate”

Reading: “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

Metal Mark said...

Brent Hinds presents Fiend without a face and West End motel
Soothsayer-To be a real terrorist
The Ventures-Best of
Bomboras-It came from pier 13! and Savage island
The Ghastly Ones- A haunting we will go
Death Angel-The ultra violence
Thunderhead-Killing with style
Witch Mountain-South of Salem
Alestorm-Back through time
Star Star-Go go girls in love

bob_vinyl said...

Social Distortion - Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes
Social Distortion - White Light, White Heat, White Trash
Social Distortion - Prison Bound
Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
Death Cab for Cutie - Codes and Keys
The Beatles - Let It Be ... Naked

bob_vinyl said...

New Model Army - The Ghost of Cain

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Chuck, I know 90125 has a ton of haters and most of that has to do with the non-vintage lineup, plus a poppier approach than your typical Yes album. That being said, I hold this one album of theirs in a strict light by itself for judgment (whereas I normally hold any band accountable for huge changes in their sounds) and 90125 is one of my personal favorite albums of all-time and absolutely one of the best-written albums of the eighties. It's still prog but it NEVER wanks. This is prog with refinement, style and harmony and I am obsessed with it, even though I believe most of the band's earlier albums are superior. Love, love, love this album, suffice it to say.

Dpth, good stuff, man. I especially like the Conan soundtrack and definitely need to invest in that when there's money to invest again, lol... Have you seen the trailer for the new film? It's not showing very much and it's rather cheesy, by the one I saw. Heavy sigh.

cjk, how about Game 1 of the finals last night, eh? Whew, what a classic. Digging the new Enslaved?

Mark, thanks for those demos and other burns. I am enjoying the heck out of them. Bomboras are way fun.

Bob, your thoughts on the new Social D and Foos? I hope the rest of Death Cab is good, because the single they keep playing on WTMD is very boring for Death Cab. I've tried to let it grow on me and I'm not feeling it, but hope as a part of the bigger picture it has a place on the album.

bob_vinyl said...

The new Social Distortion was pretty much terrible. I was really surprised.

The new Foo Fighters was enjoyable. It's not great, but at least it doesn't sound like the same album they've been releasing for 15 years.

With the exception of a few songs, the DCfC didn't grab me either. There was at least one great tune, but mostly it was a Death Cab album without the intimacy that makes their best music great. They have been able to get a really big sound (like on "New Year" from Transatlanticism) without sacrificing that sense that the music is personal to the listener in the past, but not so much on the new one.

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Blah, I was afraid of that. I think highly of Death Cab's other albums, but this song was so alt-pop I couldn't believe it was them. I know Social D gets their praises sung as working class punk, but for me, Mommy's Little Helper remains the one, you know?

bob_vinyl said...

I think Codes and Keys gets a little more into Gibbard's work in Postal Service, but even that, with all its electronic leanings, is far more intimate.

Mommy's Little Monster was a great punk album, but I've grown to like some of the later stuff as much if not more, because it resonates with me lyrically more than the brattier songs on MLM. Mike Ness has become kind of a punk rock Johnny Cash in a way (or so some writers believe). he's walked through the darkness and survived to tell about, yet he never celebrates it. There's a fair amount of healthy humility in some of the later albums. It's just a shame on this last one that it wasn't backed up with good music.

taotechuck said...

I can't say I'm impressed with Codes and Keys on the first listen. I'll give it more listens because I really like DCFC, but if this were a band I didn't know, I wouldn't even give it a second try.

cjk_44 said...

Ray, game one didn't turn out the way i wanted it to, but i can't say i wasn't entertained.

Ray, the new Enslaved EP is interesting. it took awhile to get used to tracks 3-5, but they're great additions to a growing legacy.

Mark, how's Brent Hinds' solo stuff? i understand he nails rockabilly just as well as he nails metal.

Bob, an old friend of my loved New Model Army. it's great to see them on your list.

Bob, et al: i thought the new SocialD was pretty good, but maybe my interactions with the band's history isn't as linear as everyone elses. i think the new Foo Fighters is great - so much energy and power. i don't care for DCfC and nothing i'm reading now seems to make me want to revisit them with this new album.

bob_vinyl said...

cjk, I found the latest SD to lack their distinct sound. They've evolved over the years, but there's always something about their albums that make them SD albums. I just didn't hear it on this one.

If you want to revisit DFfC, Codes and Keys is not the place to start, that's for sure. However, Transatlanticism was my favorite album of the 2000s.

New Model Army was a cool band. They were kinda punk, kinda not, but always passionate. I kinda lost touch with them in the 90s, but that string of albums from Vengeance through Thunder and Consolation always seem to draw me back for a listen from time to time, even all these years later.

DPTH International said...

Hey Ray. The Conan soundtrack is probably my all time favourite soundtrack. (This and the Dragonheart soundtrack). Basil Poledouris's score is simply amazing and carries the film.

The Italian power metal band, Domine, does an 11 minute epic on their "Emperor Of The Black Runes"called the "Aquilonia Suite" and transpose key melodies from Basil's score into the song. A pretty cool tune.

As for the new movie. I'll watch it, but I just don't think this new Conan is big enough. Sure he's muscly, but not Arnold muscly or even Ralf Möller muscly from the short lived TV series which I just finished watching. The new movie can't be cheesier then that.

Metal Mark said...

cjk-I liked Brent Hinds' Rockabilly material. It's short and nothing totally new, but it's big on grooves and easy to take.

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