February 10, 2006

God Machine - Scenes from the Second Storey

Filed under: Revisited — Rene @ 8:27 am

God Machine - Scenes from the Second Storey
I tell you right at the beginning that this is one of my all time favourite albums ever.
A band based around Robin Proper-Sheppard, Jimmy Fernandez and Ron Austin originally coming from San Diego, moving to New York and finally to UK.

God Machine’s debut album Scenes from the Second Storey was released in 1993 and it still sounds huge and very experimental. The killer guitar riffs, layers of atmospheric sounds, huge drums, bulldozer sounding bass all accompanied by Sheppard’s intense vocals. Oh! Heaven!

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February 6, 2006

Sigur Ros - Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 12:57 am

Sigur Ros - Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do
Icelanders Sigur Ros are here again with their EP named Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do. It is actually a single 20 minute ambient song broken up into three parts. This EP has been written as a composition for Merce Cunningham’s dance piece “Split Sides”.

As usually Sigur Ros chose experimental approach for this recording. As instruments they used piano, music box, miked-up ballet shoes and electronic playback.

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February 1, 2006

Diamanda Galas – La Serpenta Canta

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 10:05 pm

Diamanda Galas - La Serpenta Canta
La Serpenta Canta is a double CD collection of blues songs in Diamanda Galas’ dark interpretation recorded live in 2001-2002 all over the world. (Portugal, New York, Belgium, Canada, Australia..)

Majority of the songs are either traditionals or written by a famous blues names such as John Lee Hooker, Hank Williams or David Hill.
The quality of her interpretations is mind blowing; each song from Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” to Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You” and John Lee Hookers “Burning Hell” sounds like it was designed to her voice.
There is also a version on “Baby’s Insane” track which first appeared on her collaboration with John Paul Jones (ex Led Zeppelin), The Sporting Life 1994.

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Malcolm Middleton - Into the Woods

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 9:00 pm

Malcolm Middleton - Into the  Woods
Multi instrumentalist Malcolm Middleton is the half brain of the Scottish band Arab Strap and Into the Woods (2005) is his second solo album. For the first time we could hear Malcolm singing solo on his debut “5:14 Fluoxytine Seagull Alcohol John Nicotine the Pawn Art School Dance Doo-Dah” released in 2003.

Comparing these two albums his new release “Into the Woods” sounds much more confident and less messy than its predecessor. Malcolm’s vocals are much cleaner and just as capable as his Arab Strap’s partners Aidan Moffat.

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Great Lake Swimmers – Bodies and Minds

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 8:55 pm

Great Lake Swimmers - Bodies and Minds
Great Lake Swimmers is a band based around a singer/song writer Tony Dekker. Great Lake Swimmers are coming from cold Toronto, Canada. “Bodies and Minds” 2005 is their second album following their first self tilted debut “Great Lake Swimmers” released in 2003.

“Bodies and Minds” was recorded in St Theresa’s Church in Ontario. What a perfect recording environment with a natural reverb and great acoustics! Apparently when recording and mixing the “Bodies and Minds” album, there was hardly any sound processing applied. No effects or dynamic processing, just a pure sound captured during their church recordings.

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January 28, 2006

Hope of the States – The Lost Riots

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 9:36 pm

Hope of the States - The Lost RiotsHow painful it must be, to loose a long time friend, musician when you are only weeks from releasing your debut album. This is exactly what happened to Hope of the States when they lost their guitarist founder James Lawrence after he committed suicide. It must be very sad especially after all these years of hard work and only a touch away from success.

The first track of the album “The Black Amnesias” is a pumped up instrumental guitar storm reminding me of rockers Mogwai or Explosions in the Sky. Track two “Enemies - Friends” sets a slightly different direction of the album. Brit pop at its Best? But there is much more to it a we proceed from track to track.

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dEUS - Pocket Revolution

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 8:13 pm

dEUS - Pocket RevolutiondEUS released a new album!! Yes!! It’s been 6 years since their latest release “The Ideal Crash” 1999. dEUS come from Belgium and you may or may not know them by their previous fantastic albums “Worst Case Scenario” 1995, “In a Bar, Under the Sea” 1999 or “The Ideal Crash” 1999.

I was very excited when listening to their new album “Pocket Revolution” for the first time. The opener “Bad Timing” caught my attention from the very first moment. A very dEUS-like song structure, slow build up with familiar vocals and an expected explosion somewhere halfway through the song.

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Antony and the Johnsons - I Am a Bird Now

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 4:51 am

Antony and the Johnsons - I Am a Bird NowI Am a Bird now is Antony Johnson’s second full length album released in February 2005. Antony is a very versatile artist. He worked with Boy George, Lou Reed and other famous names. Antony participated in couple of underground movies and cabarets. There is a slight uncertainty about his sexual orientation what makes him even more mysterious. Woman trapped in man’s body? What does it matter lets talk about Antony’s beautiful music.

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January 22, 2006

The state of online music business

Filed under: News — Svato @ 12:57 pm

As Herald Tribune reports, music business has little to sing about, although the online music sales last year nearly tripled to $1.1 billion, which is robust 6% of all industry’s sales. Only 2 years ago this figure was just 1%. Where is the problem then? The fact is that total music sales are down by 20% (or $33.6 billion in 2004 compared to $39.7 billion in 2000) from five years ago. The number subscribers of online music websites like Rhapsody and Napster grew from 1.5 million to 2.8 million.

Yet, Britain’s traditional retailer HMV ended up with a loss in December and threw out its chief executive. Rio, a portable players manufacturer, went out of business. A music pirates party has been formed in Sweden. Read the full story…

December 28, 2005

Depeche Mode - Playing the Angel

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 2:13 pm

Depeche Mode - Playing the Angel
I can’t think of a better album to write about in my first Depeche Mode review at AllOddMusic as their latest release “Playing the Angel”.

I used to be a big fan of DM, but unfortunately they lost me for a while, probably after their “Ultra” album released in 1997. Main reason why I loved these boys so much was that there was always something new to explore when listening to their music. Every listening used to be an adventure.
I haven’t felt like that with their later releases though. I was very pleasantly surprised after I first heard their newest album “Playing the Angel”.

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