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  • Gig Review: Manic Street Preachers w/ Nico Vega, 9/24/09 at the Fillmore SF

    25 sep 2009, 17:50

    Thu 24 Sep – Manic Street Preachers

    I went to see the Manic Street Preachers at the Fillmore in San Francisco yesterday...seeing as they haven't been here in 10 years! That and being encouraged by the recent setlists (archived at Forever Delayed) being wonderful, with an eclectic mix from past and present releases, I knew it would be a show I could not afford to miss. Also, I had my heart set on meeting Nicky Wire - I bought him a bouquet of pink roses beforehand and attached a little note.

    It wasn't that crowded when I got there, so I was able to sidle up right to the front ahead of time. I hadn't been too familiar with the opening act, Nico Vega, but after watching their live show - wow! Aja has such a powerful, raw presentation in her voice (and near-tribal dancing!), while Rich (the guitarist) and Dan (the drummer) madly tear away through instrumentation. One never knows what to expect from an opening act, and I thought I would be in the position of just waiting for it to end, but I really enjoyed them and will have to check out their studio / EP releases now!

    It felt like such a long haul before the Manics came out, with the instruments and sound being tested, the Journal For Plague Lovers banner slowly rising up and replacing Nico Vega's glowing insignia on the back of the stage wall, and the expected accoutrements appeared; the Welsh flag, a row of tiger plushies, and Nicky's feather-boa-ed mic stand. Needless to say, I felt very, very nervous indeed! And then they came out.


    I felt like my heart was going to leap out of me since not only was Nicky wearing that lovely sailor hat (as has been his custom lately), but a black suit as well. Genius! Oh, the music? Right then - they opened with "Motorcycle Emptiness", their usual opener lately, which was simply surreal to hear and see being played so close to me, as I suppose is always the case with any song you've listened to over and over again in your own time. James Dean Bradfield's voice sounded even more powerful in person, and seeing and hearing him up-close confirms that he truly is one of the unsung guitar greats - his hopping around stage, kicking out like a bit of a madman is fun to watch too! Sean Moore was hiding behind his drumkit (as usual), so I didn't get that great of a look at what he was up to. Nearly every poignant musical moment was punctuated by synchronized leaps and steps from Nicky!

    They played twenty one songs (setlist at the bottom of the article), with my personal highlights of note being the tracks they played from Journal For Plague Lovers ("Peeled Apples" - the bassline is even more scrumptious live! - "Jackie Collins Existential Question Time", "This Joke Sport Severed", and "Me and Stephen Hawking"), opener ("Motorcycle Emptiness") and closer ("A Design For Life" - not really a favorite track before, but everything sounded better live), an unexpected acoustic "The Masses Against the Classes", and "You Love Us" (the track the audience seemed the most excited about). The crowd sung along to most of the songs, particularly as the night went on, and the band looked like they were having a lot of fun up there, sharing occasional anecdotes before songs, happy to be in the States after so long!


    After it was over, I had to track down Nicky...their tour bus was right outside the front of the venue, so I waited there with my cousin (who was patient enough to come along with me and deal with my temporary insanity!). After awhile, my cousin said, "The guy in the sailor hat is over there.”, but I didn’t hear her. Then she had to say it again, and I stammered, “…WHAT?!", plowing through the crowd until there wasn't any more room to do so. I waited as others got their picture with him and had him sign items they'd brought along. I had my pink rose bouquet with me, and when I was right in front of him said, "These are for you, Nicky!". I think he said, and my cousin will back me up on this, "Oh those are lovely! Thanks - cheers, babe.” After that I have no idea what I said or did, getting my picture I'd brought along signed, and my photo taken with him (he put his hand on my back and shoulders - I thought I would tear apart into shreds!), and just saying, "Thank you so much!". I certainly hung around until he was gone, just looking at him in that sailor hat, be-jeweled eyes, and hearing him talk so close by was addling my head to a great extent. JDB and Sean had disappeared by this point, so I'd missed my chance with them, but Nicky was my top priority so - mission accomplished!


    The Manics are a band that have so much history attached to them, and to feel like you're part of it just for a little while is a special thing indeed. It was a truly fantastic gig experience - if they pop up in your area, you must see them!

    More photos here!:
    http://s880.photobucket.com/albums/ac4/VISIONBLURRED/Manic%20Street%20Preachers/
    ---Setlist---
    1. Motorcycle Emptiness
    2. No Surface All Feeling
    3. Peeled Apples
    4. Your Love Alone Is Not Enough
    5. La Tristessa Durera
    6. Jackie Collins Existential Question Time
    7. Let Robeson Sing
    8. Faster
    9. Everything Must Go
    10. This Joke Sport Severed
    11. From Despair To Where
    12. If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
    13. This Is Yesterday (acoustic)
    14. The Masses Against the Classes (acoustic)
    15. Send Away The Tigers
    16. You Stole The Sun
    17. All Or Nothing (Small Faces cover) / Motown Junk
    18. Me And Stephen Hawking
    19. Little Baby Nothing
    20. You Love Us
    21. A Design For Life
  • 10 Great Underrated Bands...And More!

    25 aug 2009, 01:28

    (this was cross-posted to my music blog A Future in Noise, and here for your perusal!)

    Here, by 'underrated', I'm referring to artists that I enjoy that have a relative lack of mainstream acclaim and appeal in the present, though many (if not all) of the artists below have been critically acclaimed and some even did reasonably well sales-wise in their heyday. Check out the list below of my picks for best underrated bands, suggestions from Tumblr users, and be sure to name your personal favorites in the comments!

    The Cars
    Why They're Great: Ah, where to begin...The Cars are easily one of my most favorite bands ever, and while they've been reasonably respected by critics, particularly for their initial '78 album (one of the rare 5-star getters in my library at Rate Your Music), they continue to be underrated by a great many of those young enough to not have fond memories of hearing these tracks when they first came out. Luckily, I heard The Cars quite a lot growing up, thanks to my Mom playing tapes and later on, the particularly great compilation Anthology: Just What I Needed. Being a keyboardist myself, I always appreciated the innovative use of synths (Greg Hawkes) throughout their music, as well as the seamless melding of the worlds of new wave and straight-up pop-rock. Candy-O (1979) shows off their power-poppy tendencies as well as their darkly ironic side. More hits follow on Panorama (1980), Shake it Up (1981; it contains a hidden gem "A Dream Away"!), and their most commercial endeavor, Heartbeat City (1984). This cool, slick music is perfect where you think it ought to be...in cars.
    What People Don't Get: It could be the ever-present aversion to rock-pop song structures, though it's a puzzler how anyone could have an aversion to Ric Ocasek's lyrical genius!
    Recommended Albums: The Cars (1978), Candy-O (1979)
    Recommended Compilation: Anthology: Just What I Needed (1995)

    Felt
    Why They're Great: Felt are that great, lost jangle-pop group that should have been huge, though appear to be forever doomed to relative obscurity and a cult following. A dreamlike, autumnal haze surrounds much of the work ("Primitive Painters"), occasionally giving way to isolated melancholy ("Crystal Ball"), which is where Felt truly shine.
    What People Don't Get: Lawrence stole Tom Verlaine's voice? Well, Felt were "named after the way Tom Verlaine enunciated the word "felt" in the Television song "Venus", after all. I'd admit that Felt takes some getting used to, which is why I'd recommend going with Absolute Classic Masterpieces to begin.
    Recommended Album: Forever Breathes the Lonely Word (1986)
    Recommended Compilation: Absolute Classic Masterpieces (1993)

    INXS
    Why They're Great: 1987's Kick alone would justify the inclusion of INXS in such a list as this, and yet I rarely ever spot that album, or any other, from the band included in any kind of definitive albums list, be it for the 80s or overall. Anyone who is looking for something to dance to, or that has an interest in 80s music, at least ought to love this. 1984's The Swing (with "Johnson's Aeroplane", one of my favorite tracks!) and 1992's Welcome to Wherever You Are are even more underrated, alas.
    What People Don't Get: The rest of their albums have scattered hits and aren't nearly as consistent as Kick. Listeners often bash the album (and band, for that matter) for sounding dated and/or mainstream...as if everything that was popular for a time must automatically be irrelevant in the present-day!
    Recommended Album: The Swing (1984), Kick (1987)
    Recommended Compilation: The Greatest Hits (1994)

    The Kinks
    Why They're Great: The Kinks deserve just as much props as the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and The Who, and yet they're not always included up on that pedestal of greatness in the same way those bands are. The Kinks could warrant a whole separate future artist feature here on AFIN, surely, so for now I'll simply say that this is music I enjoy immensely, because of Rate Davies' brilliant songwriting, and the lovely, quintessential Britishness that permeates their work.
    What People Don't Get: They have quite a large studio discography, with sharp variations of styles from album to album; compare and contrast Village Green... with Lola..., for instance! Non-UK listeners may also be non-receptive to the Britishisms of The Kinks, and may be disappointed to not hear much else like the proto-punky "You Really Got Me". Many of their best songs are scattered across albums, some of which have more filler than gems.
    Recommended Albums: Something Else by The Kinks (1967), The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968), Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround (1970)
    Recommended Compilation: The Ultimate Collection (2002)

    Orange Juice
    Why They're Great: Now, I'll admit I'm not the biggest fan of Orange Juice myself, but enough people suggested this to me to include that I figured I ought to go back and revisit their material. This band were jangle-poppers ahead of The Smiths (a band people tend to compare them with), frequently playing with a kaleidoscope of sound and a general cheeriness that makes this some of the most uplifting stuff you can expect to hear without the cheeriness getting in the way of musical quality.
    What People Don't Get: Erm...the voice?
    Recommended Albums: You Can't Hide Your Love Forever (1982), Rip it Up (1982)
    Recommended Compilation: In a Nutshell (1985)

    Silver Apples
    Why They're Great: The artists they've influenced are far better known (including Sonic Boom from Spacemen 3/Spectrum, Kraftwerk, and Suicide, a band I'll be featuring momentarily) than this genuinely strange group that came out with a psychedelic-synth sound (the melding of which had, I think it's safe to say, had not been heard before) in their first album, Silver Apples, released in 1968. Sounding like music from outer-space, with unsettling drumbeats and a warbling hum of vocals and electronics, it's little wonder this went over the heads of many and still remains a cult favorite.
    What People Don't Get: It's dang weird.
    Recommended Album: Silver Apples (1968), Contact (1969)
    Recommended Compilation: Just get the albums!

    Sparks
    Why They're Great: Oh my, where to begin...a somewhat-warped, theatrical take on glam/art-rock, with a very European feel about it all (despite the band hailing from Los Angeles) and heavy theatrics - this applies particularly to the Sparks masterpiece Kimono My House. Much zany, over-the-top silliness is to be found in the world of Sparks, in equal measure to some of the most memorable, catchy tunes you can hope to hear ("This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us", "Something For the Girl With Everything").
    What People Don't Get: They can be a bit much to take in, sometimes...?
    Recommended Album: Kimono My House (1974), Propaganda (1974), Hello Young Lovers (2006)
    Recommended Compilation: Profile: The Ultimate Sparks Collection (1991)

    Suicide
    Why They're Great:As the AMG indicates, "Although they barely receive credit, Suicide (singer Alan Vega and keyboardist Martin Rev) is the source point for virtually every synth pop duo that glutted the pop marketplace (especially in England) in the early '80s", and not only that, but they've been cited as being influential by artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen, U2, and R.E.M. Hearing this band for the first time is probably in the topmost important moments in my musical life (and all from a Last.fm Music Advice Center recommendation!). Oddly enough, it wasn't their seminal debut album that I first heard, but their second released in 1980, and produced by The Cars' Ric Ocasek (a big-time fan of the band!).
    What People Don't Get: I. Don't. KNOW! I think, luckily, Suicide are getting their long overdue props, what with Blast First Petite's series of singles from artists, including The Horrors, Primal Scream, and Sun O))), covering Suicide in honor of Alan Vega's 70th (?!) birthday and the fact that the band are going to be playing, their 1977 album in it's entirety, live at ATP New York 2009.
    Recommended Albums: Suicide (1977), The Second Album (1980), A Way of Life (1988)
    Recommended Compilation: Get those albums! Live 1977-1978, released last year, is no place for beginners, but makes for some seriously intense listening.

    XTC
    Why They're Great: Their slow transformation from first-rate post-punk (Drums and Wires) to psychedelic-chamber pop (Skylarking), to soundtrack-esque bliss (Apple Venus Vols. 1 and 2) make XTC a truly singular entity in music.
    What People Don't Get: Inconsistent albums - you're better off beginning with a compilation for starters.
    Recommended Albums: Drums and Wires (1979), Skylarking (1986), Apple Venus Vol. 1 (1999)
    Recommended Compilation: Fossil Fuel: The XTC Singles 1977-1992 (1996)

    Yello
    Why They're Great: As is the case with The Cars, I know about and like this band primarily due to hearing them quite a lot growing up. I am a sucker for dark, eerie electronic music, and this is what this band excelled at. Yello's music is characterized by otherworldly instrumentation, unique samples, and haunting vocals.
    What People Don't Get: It's a safe bet that the majority of people that have heard Yello and aren't into them have really only heard "Oh Yeah". If that was the only song I heard, I'm not sure that I would've gone any further. Those who have become acquainted with more material and still aren't impressed might be off-put by their hodgepodge sound-collages and arty strangeness in general, particularly on their first release Solid Pleasure. A suspicion of electronics in music may also be responsible, which I believe is a silent, widespread plague among us!
    Recommended Album: Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess (1983)
    Recommended Compilation: Yello 1980-1985: The New Mix in One Go (1986) This is truly the best place to begin with Yello; even though these are remixes, nearly all are superior to the originals, particularly "Daily Disco" and "Pinball Cha Cha".

    ...and More (thanks to the Tumblr users I polled! I still have more investigating in regards to some of these artists, particular faves of mine are bolded):
    14 Iced Bears, a-ha, Black Tambourine, Cheap Trick, The Chills, The Clean, Flamin' Groovies, The Flesh Eaters, Gallows, The Gun Club, Jazz Butcher, Joy Zipper, Magazine, Metal Urbain, Prefab Sprout, The Pretty Things, The Saints, Small Faces, Violent Femmes, Wipers, The Yardbirds
  • Launch of VISIONBLURRED: Manics + Horrors Links Directory

    23 aug 2009, 04:09

    I'm excited about this!!
    VISIONBLURRED is a project I've just started as a directory of Manic Street Preachers and The Horrors links, including site types such as: official sites, info + fan sites, forums, groups, photo and fan art galleries, text articles and interviews, videos, 'definitive' lists on which the bands appear, and general discography/review links. The address: http://visionblurred.moonfruit.com/

    Since there are already plenty of info- and pic-packed, audio-visual sites out there, that happen to all be scattered across the web, and some of the best are available only as archived versions, and I thought I could fill a gap by providing a directory to get to the goods.

    You can submit sites by commenting on the main page, and I'm also looking for any photos taken by fans of the band to add to an extras gallery, and fan art to spruce up the site's design - you will be credited for your contributions!

    You'll also notice that there is a chatroom in beta, intended as a meeting-place for anyone who wants to use it (though, of course preferably fans of either or both bands!).

    Any feedback on this would be lovely! I hope you enjoy the site :D
  • Video Tribute to Nicky Wire / Richey James Edwards (Manic Street Preachers)

    19 aug 2009, 01:35

    The product of marathon-listening to the Manic Street Preachers, I just made this and I think it turned out lovely, personally, and I think I'm allowed some occasional fangirlishness, anyway. Set to the Nymphs track Imitating Angels:


    Connected Artists:
    Manic Street Preachers, Richey James Edwards, Nicky Wire
  • Marilyn Roxie - New Limerent Object

    10 jun 2009, 08:37

    I generally don't promote my stuff through journal entries, but what the heck, I've been a Last.fm user since 2007 and I'm excited about it. I (Marilyn Roxie) have a new album out: New Limerent Object, and all tracks are free to stream+download.

    If you've heard my stuff before, echoes of the video game music influence (植松伸夫, 近藤浩治, 西浦智仁, and so forth), and hints of remain, though I'd like to think that my sound is expanding to include some of my other influences as well, like , , and maybe even some , too.

    Some assorted influences and/or lovely comparisons I've received (not that I'm as epic...yet!): Brian Eno, Aphex Twin, My Bloody Valentine, Jean-Michel Jarre, Harmonia, Natural Snow Buildings, Spectrum, Liquid Liquid, Cluster, Splashdown, Egg, Faust, Belbury Poly, Delia Derbyshire, Raymond Scott, Susumu Yokota, Ananda Shankar, Dead Can Dance

    I don't know how many potential ears I'll reach with putting something up like this, but I'm giving it a shot... :D I appreciate my comrades here at Last.fm taking the time to listen to these track I've turned out, it still boggles me that my music has been heard around the world!
    ~Marilyn Roxie
  • Brilliant Out-of-Print Albums

    9 maj 2009, 20:18

    (originally posted at A Future in Noise)
    Suggest your fav out-of-print albums in the comments!

    The 2000s have seen a host of wonderful re-issues; the Japan discography,Tom Verlaine - Dreamtime, Danielle Dax - Dark Adapted Eye, the Wipers Box Set, for instance. Even still, there are many more critically important albums and hidden gems that could certainly stand to be re-released. Many of these I hadn't realized were out-of-print until I began poking around Amazon/Amazon UK for the purpose of this list, though you may be in luck with some individual sellers there, on eBay, and particularly through GEMM. Hopefully, the music discussed here will lead you to some great discoveries!
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    Selected Ambient Works 85-92 - Aphex Twin (1992)
    This one registered as a huge ?! in my mind when I discovered it was no longer available in physical form. One of the grandest achievements in ambient and electronic music and vastly influential.

    What Does Anything Mean? Basically - The Chameleons (1985)
    Largely unrecognized in the field of post-punk, apart from a cult following, the Chameleons were also big-time precursors to shoegaze, especially throughout this album. The 25th Anniversary Edition of the Chameleons' Script of the Bridge is available as an import, though What Does Anything Mean? Basically hasn't been re-issued since the mid-90s.

    Horse Rotorvator - Coil (1986)
    Coil pioneered the industrial genre (founded by the late John Balance, who would later collaborate with Nurse With Wound and Psychic TV, amongst others), with Horse Rotorvator being a landmark release- darkly eerie and making for an incredibly intense listen. "Slur" (with guest vocals from Soft Cell's Marc Almond) appears in my 'Top 100 Fav Songs' iTunes playlist.

    World Shut Your Mouth - Julian Cope (1984)
    Known for founding the Teardrop Explodes (and the short-lived Crucial Three with Pete Wylie and Ian McCulloch), Julian Cope's impressive legacy of solo work is very much worth exploring. While Peggy Suicide (1991) remains his most acclaimed release, World Shut Your Mouth sounds very much ahead of, and likely providing direct inspiration to, the 90s Britpop movement.

    Woman's Gotta Have It - Cornershop (1995)
    Heard this one thanks to AFIN contributor Ian (check out his Starter Guide: Cornershop post). When I Was Born for the 7th Time may be the critical, and commercial, choice, but Woman's Gotta Have It is most definitely Cornershop's best, not to mention one of the should-have-been-a-classic albums of the 90s. I have a particular weakness for sitars, what's more.

    Levitate - The Fall (1997)
    One of the Fall's most inaccessible, bizarre albums (yes, standing out even within the context of their whole discography of 'inaccessible, bizarre albums'). A smorgasbord of styles and randomness- as puzzling as it is entertaining. Thanks to John P. for hooking me up with this and several other now-discontinued Fall releases!

    Crazy Rhythms - The Feelies (1980)
    Another criminally un-reissued album; the influence of the jangle-pop music of the Feelies has touched anything and everything under the vast 'indie rock' umbrella to the present-day. Present here is their cover of The Beatles song "Everybody's Got Something to Hide (Except for Me and My Monkey)", which makes a good case for trumping the original.

    Live At Winterland - The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1987)
    Originally recorded in 1968 and not released until 1987 (!), Live at Winterland is as crucial a recorded document as the Jimi Hendrix Experience's studio albums.

    Autobahn - Kraftwerk (1974)
    A turning point in German electronic/kraut group Kraftwerk's body of work, the title track "Autobahn" is one of their most important tracks; the album as a whole makes for a lovely listening experience while traveling anywhere (of course).

    The Maria Dimension - The Legendary Pink Dots (1991)
    Sounding less like it's from 1991 and more like a combination of great lost 60s-70s-80s albums, The Maria Dimension is the height of this quirky band's achievement (though Plutonium Blonde was a pleasant surprise in last year's releases).

    Unanswerable Lust - Luxuria (1988)
    Despite being familiar with (and loving) Magazine, I had no clue about Howard Devoto's subsequent band Luxuria (formed with Noko, a multi-instrumentalist he met through Pete Shelley), until I was reading an article about thenewno2 which compared the two bands' sounds. Like Magazine, this is wondrous, uncategorizable music that must be heard!

    The Dance of the Moon and the Sun - Natural Snow Buildings (2006)
    Unlike the other entries in this list, Natural Snow Buildings have consistently made their albums willfully obscure (typically under 200 copies)- a current search on Amazon or eBay will throw up nothing whatsoever. This group are a duo from France who have been putting out magically hypnotic psych-drone music since 1999. While The Dance of the Moon and the Sun is probably their 'best-known', this year's multiple-cassette limited release Daughter of Darkness is quite the achievement, and set to be one of my favourites of 2009- possibly one of the most powerfully epic albums I have heard. Ever. The entirety of 2003 album Ghost Folks is available for free download on Last.fm.

    Feeding the Flame - Sad Lovers and Giants (1983)
    (Thanks to Choutas at RYM for the recommendation) Like the Chameleons and the Sound, Sad Lovers and Giants were (and are) unheralded masters of the post-punk aesthetic, and beyond that into some of the most sublime, pure music you will find anywhere on Feeding the Flame. Stream "3 Lines" from Last.fm.

    Jeopardy - The Sound (1980)
    (Thanks to Matt M. for recommending this and Miss P's Rave and Roll article on the Sound) Described at allmusic as a musical blend of Joy Division and Echo & the Bunnymen, the Sound's string of releases (many of which were available as imports-only, in America) in the 1980s are all worthwhile, particularly Jeopardy and 1984 EP Shock of Daylight.

    Soul Kiss (Glide Divine) - Spectrum (1992)
    A fairly recent discovery, arising out of some heavy Spacemen 3 listening last week. After psychedelic-space-rock group Spacemen 3 dissolved, Jason Pierce ("J. Spaceman") formed Spiritualized, Stewart Roswell ("Rosco") formed The Darkside, and Peter Kember ("Sonic Boom") formed Spectrum, and later, Experimental Audio Research. Debut Soul Kiss (Glide Devine) is a continuation of, and expansion upon, Spacemen 3 themes- heavenly, dreamy deliciousness. Come to think of it, Spectrum's recent War Sucks EP is also impossible to locate! Two tracks from his album Spectrum (1990), released under Sonic Boom and recorded while Spacemen 3 were still loosely together, are available for free download at Last.fm: "Help Me Please" and "Lonely Avenue"
  • Interview with Me at Smashingpumpkins.com !!

    3 mar 2009, 22:31

    The article Last.fm: A site for music lovers everywhere, also appearing on the front page of the official Smashing Pumpkins site includes some remarks from me on how unsigned artists can benefit from using Last.fm- special thanks to saeed1985 for making this happen!

    Connected artists: The Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan, Billy Corgan
  • A Future in Noise: Hip Happenings!

    21 feb 2009, 08:36

    Here's an update on what's been going on at A Future in Noise since my last update- special thanks to Inertia_90 and CFilardo for being excellent contributors. :) Click and browse what we've been up to, and make some music discoveries!

    - Initialized tag station for music mentioned and reviewed at the blog; type it into the radio client, and listen, it's all ready to go, and also feel free to tag music you feel should get a nod at A Future in Noise with the tag!

    - Shoegaze - From the Beginning and Beyond: Article HERE
    Connected Artists: Brian Eno, Galaxie 500, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Lush, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, Slowdive, Spacemen 3, Suicide, The Velvet Underground

    - Bollywood Feature: Article HERE
    Connected Artists: Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, Ilaiyaraaja

    - Sonic Youth - Starter Guide and Serge Gainsbourg - Starter Guide

    - Reviews of Coconut recorts - Davy, E. K. Wimmer - What Was Once Veduta Is Now Found, Panda steps in chocolate - Creep Of The Crop, Glen Strachan - 8 Love Rivals, Jakob Battick - Recent Songs, Happiest Lion - Homemade, Lily Allen - It's Not Me, It's You, Morrissey - Years of Refusal, Caddywhompus - Caddywhompus EP *Search reviews at AFIN to read 'em!*

    - Music Discoveries and Features: The Dailies, Friend John, The Handcuffs, I've Been Franklin, John Murphy Music, Naked Uh, Shyneboxx, Somersault, Ryan Smith, Tran Qual

    Cheers all, thanks so much for being a part of and reading A Future in Noise!
    ~Marilyn Roxie
  • New Articles at A Future in Noise: Daniel Ouellette, Burnt Fur, Spinto Band

    12 jan 2009, 02:19

    Here's what's been happening at A Future in Noise!

    Review of Daniel Ouellette - Kaiju Carnival EP: Daniel Ouellette is an electronic solo artist from Massachusetts. He released 2003-2008 compilation Monsterland- The Revenge of Daniel last spring via his own label Meanie Jeannie, and the Kaiju Carnival EP (pictured at left) in October on the New Shiner label, co-produced by Scott Harrison (Burnt Fur)...FULL ARTICLE HERE...
    Artist connections: Grace Jones, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Laurie Anderson

    Review of Burnt Fur - Unfurl: Music that sounds like a collision of the best of new wave, post-punk, and electronica, with a dash of modern sensibility- there you have Burnt Fur, a four-piece band from Boston, Massachusetts, comprised of members Scott Harrison (vocals/guitar/bass/drum pads/synth), Patrik Tirda (synth/samples/drum pads), and Ian St. Germain and Jean Kennedy on drum pads/bass....FULL ARTICLE HERE...
    Artist connections: New Order, Depeche Mode, The Glove, The Cure

    Also, welcome to new contributor Christian Filardo, whose first article, on The Spinto Band, is here!

    ~Marilyn Roxie
  • Jadiohead: Jay-X x Radiohead Mash-up Album!

    1 jan 2009, 03:08

    Original post at my blog A Future in Noise is READABLE HERE

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    Minty Fresh Beats, a New York hip-hop/dance producer, has recently released Jaydiohead, a digital mash-up album of Jay-Z and Radiohead tracks. I initially checked this out not only because both Jay-Z and Radiohead interest me musically, but also to hear if it might be a formidable opponent to DJ Danger Mouse's The Grey Album (a mash-up of Jay-Z's The Black Album a cappella, with tracks from the Beatles' White Album). After a few listens, I can say that it definitely is!

    The songs are culled from a variety of albums from both Jay-Z and Radiohead, as shown in the track breakdown below the links. The opener "Wrong Prayer" will have you hooked from the start and (quite possibly) dancing. "99 Anthems" and "Fall In Step" are just two of my picks for favourites, and they serve as great examples of Minty Fresh Beat's fine attention to detail in choosing the tracks to compliment each other best, and often also the most unexpected. It took me a bit to think of what some of the Radiohead songs used were at first, since they are re-interpreted here as if they were made for Jay-Z's rapping to accompany them! The perfect-fit vocals of both Jay-Z and Thom Yorke in "Change Order" and "Optimistic Moment" make for must-hear material. This one is going to be on repeat at my house for awhile...and, hey, now you know just the thing to play at your New Year's festivities!

    Jaydiohead - Official Download | Minty Fresh Beats at MySpace Music

    Here is a full a breakdown of the tracks:
    1. Wrong Prayer - "Pray" (Jay-Z, American Gangster) + "I Might Be Wrong" (Radiohead, Amnesiac)
    2. 99 Anthems - "99 Problems" (Jay-Z, The Black Album) + The National Anthem (Radiohead, Kid A)
    3. No Karma - "No Hook" (Jay-Z, American Gangster) + "Karma Police" (Radiohead, OK Computer)
    4. Lucifer's Jigsaw - "Lucifer" (Jay-Z, The Black Album) + "Jigsaw Falling into Place" (Radiohead, In Rainbows)
    5. Optimistic Moment - "Moment of Clarity" (Jay-Z, The Black Album) + "Optimistic" (Radiohead, Kid A)
    6. Dirt Off Your Android - "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" (Jay-Z, The Black Album) + "Paranoid Android" (Radiohead, OK Computer)
    7. Dreaming Up - "American Dreamin'" (Jay-Z, American Gangster) + "Up on the Ladder" (Radiohead, In Rainbows [Disc 2])
    8. Change Order - "Never Change" (Jay-Z, The Blueprint) + "Gagging Order" (Radiohead, B-side of "Go to Sleep" from Hail to the Thief)
    9. Fall In Step - "Fallin'" (Jay-Z, American Gangster) + "15 Step" (Radiohead, In Rainbows)
    10. Ignorant Swan - "Ignorant Shit" (Jay-Z, American Gangster) + Black Swan" (Thom Yorke, The Eraser)