For years this was my favorite 7" in the whole world. I still get goose bumps when I put it on. This to me is Dead Moon's finest moment. They never did make a bad record and their live album Live Evil is the best live record I know. But this one just blew my mind completely when I first heard it . It's strange that you can still find this used for a pretty good price, I guess they never really got that big in the States. In Germany and Scandinavia they were pretty big though.
1. A song my wife just made, named Ibsen. It's beautiful and I can't stop humming the melody!
2. John Coltrane- Olé
3. Motorpsycho - Still Life With Eggplant (came in the mail from Germany this week, sweet)
4. Soft Machine - Third
5. Bengt Nordström - Meaningless
Swedish free jazz legend Mats Gustafsson recommended this record to me. Bengt "Frippe" Nordström's Meaningless. This is a collection of some of his collaborations from the 60s. Nordström's records are extremely rare today and are hard to come by. The music is really unique!!! Nordström is mostly known for releasing the first Albert Ayler record on his own Bird Note imprint.
This is such a special record. I love Peter Brötzmann! He's such a giant in free jazz, having been active since the 60s and he's still pumping out albums like crazy and still tours a lot all over the world. On this record from 77 , he brought his friend, drummer Han Bennink into the German Black Forest and recorded there in the wild. Bennink is using water, air, sticks and stones as percussion, while Brötzmann plays the sax like a wildman! You can hear the wind and birds singing. A very special record!
My favorite records today! Tomorrow it will look completely different. Sometimes it's all jazz, sometimes all rock, sometimes a mixed bag. Dinosaur Jr's 1987 masterpiece "You're living all over me" will always be on the list I think. It has got the ultimate sound. Complete DNA-changing sound! A cement blender filled with acid! I first heard it sometime in the early nineties, and I've never tired of it.
So today my top 5 look something like this.
Dinosaur Jr - You're living all over me
Mats Gustafsson - Bengt
Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat
Albert Ayler - Something Different
Sleep - Dopesmoker
Nothing turns me off more than an indie rocker in skinny jeans and an ironic mustache. I don't care if these kids compose the next Sgt. Pepper, looking like that I already hate you. It doesn't even make me feel old in the get-off-my-lawn kinda way. It just makes my blood boil! Do these people tour on fixed gear bikes? Someone should bring Lester Bangs back to life, we NEED him to call this out! Make it stop! I wouldn't be too worried that I am missing out on a Sgt. Pepper, Village Green (Kinks), You're Living All Over Me (Dinosaur Jr) every time I hear these bands it sounds like 20 religious kids get on a stage, with horns and mandolins, they sound even worse than Arcade Fire. I listened to NPR in the car on the way to work the other day and they were covering this years SXSW festival in Austin TX. The reporter told me the thing that seemed popular these days are big bands of 10 or more, exploding with joy onstage, sorta like Arcade...you get the idea. Here I am hoping this horrible era of music is coming to an end, and they are telling me on the radio that its just #%*^+^# starting! I need to go out less. Is rock not only dead, but also dug up, beaten and dressed like a drag queen?
If one record could cure this, which one would it be? What record should we choose when we strap these people to a chair? (clockwork orange style) Which one record should be played on repeat on weeks end to wash away their sins?
So I named my blog after a Soft Machine tune from their best (I consider myself an absolute authority on this) album. I'm sure they wouldn't mind, they stole their name from a William S. Burroughs story. I wanted to name it "Everything went black" (Black Flag) big surprise that one was taken! I'm sure whoever's using that name is really punk rock and worthy of the awesome name. I'm not very punk rock so....then again I'm not very prog either. I listen to all kindza music! And I like to talk about it. But who wants to listen? Nobody that's who!!!! So I can ramble to myself on this bloggedy blog. I'll exercise my demons. My demons are going to get so fit!