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Latest Music Purchases.

Posted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:50 am
by inflatable dalek
Well, we've got one for DVD's, games and toys. Lets add music!

I have this week been mainly buying Robbie Williams new album (huge fun but not quite as good as his last swing one. Though the circa-LA is My Lady Sinatra style version of Love Supreme is surprisingly nice). Gotta love any version of King of the Swingers as well. Oh-be-doh.

I've also purchased the huge four CD 50th Anniversary Doctor Who soundtrack set. Some excellent stuff on there, but it is a bit disappointing the "Running-through-Paris-Running-through-Paris-Running-through-France" music from City of Death isn't on there, considering how iconic it is presumably it's one of the soundtracks the BBC don't have the tapes for any more. Shame.

Posted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:05 pm
by Skyquake87
I have bought, of late the following:

Daft Punk 'Random Access Memories' which is quite jazzy and loungey in its stylings, which I wasn't expecting.

The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing 'This May Be The Reason Why The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing Cannot Be Killed By Conventional Weapons'

excellent steampunk punk/metal ... with bonus intro by Slyvester McCoy!

Sleigh Bells 'Bitter Rivals' - Noisy alt rock from spooky old America. And bloody ace it is too.

Future Of The Left 'How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident' - another cracking slab of indie punk rock (best sort of description I could think of. does them a bit of a disservice, really) and probably the greatest band in England that not enough people are listening to. A bit like what you'd get if Charlie Brooker and David Mitchell were a band.

...and from the archives...

The Sebadoh ' The Sebadoh' fine post grunge rock from Lou Barlow's troubadors. Worth it for the incredible 'Flame'

Handsome Boy Modelling School 'So... How's Your Girl?' fun hip hop from Prince Paul and Dan The Automator

Ride 'Going Blank Again' seminal album from ye olde Shoegaze scene from the early '90s

Jane's Addiction 'Ritual De Lo Habitual' to replace my well loved and well worn vinyl version

The Breeders 'Last Splash' - because I bloody love 'Cannonball' off this

Consolidated 'Play More Music' - angry shouty stuff bought mainly for collaboration with the Yeastie Girls 'You Suck' which was a song I used to dance to a lot at a forgotten and much missed (by me anyway) nightclub in Leeds called Le Phonographique.

Posted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:18 pm
by Summerhayes
I actually don't listen to music very often, I've normally got a podcast on instead.
The last album I actually bought was the Frozen soundtrack. I'm not even embarrassed, it's full of absolute tunes. Prior to that was Tinie Tempah's most recent album and before that was Bowie. In between I've been listening to the Game of Thrones soundtrack, particularly the Rains of Castamere.

Posted: Sun Dec 29, 2013 2:57 am
by Denyer
The last "new" albums were Motorhead's recent Aftershock, Helen Love's Day-glo Dreams, Cher's most recent and Anamanaguchi's Endless Fantasy.

Back catalogue stuff... I've lost track. And am probably not going to buy anything in 2014 until I've ripped and given a listen to everything from this year.

Similar with DVDs and books.

Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:45 pm
by nhy3888
Mostly Metal, Chiptune or some combination of the two for me.

I'm inordinately fond of Rainbowdragoneyes, which is a thoroughly enjoyable slice of catchy 8-bit battle pop. Proper metal songs made using a Gameboy layered with some decent vocals to boot. Dance or mosh take your pick.

The online label Datathrash have a nice collection of thrashy hardcore chiptune/chipgrind on bandcamp that is worth a look.

Plus special mention (and shameless plug) for my brother's band 100HandSlap on the aforementioned label and their ep 'Year One'. A nice chugtune ep mixing heavy rock and chiptune. Good song-writing, Nice riffs, catchy chip and some pretty nice vocals it's free to download. Not sure about rules around posting a link, so I won't, but it's tremendous even beyond the familial link honest guv.

Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 3:47 pm
by Notabot
My wife got me Lecrae's "Rehab: The Overdose" and Andy Mineo's "Heroes for Sale" for Christmas. I never thought I'd be a rap fan, but dang, these guys are fantastic!

Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 6:33 pm
by Cyberstrike nTo
Garth Brooks: Blame It On My Roots A box set featuring 4 new CDs of Brooks singing the songs that influenced him it's got a Classic Country, Rock, Blues, and a CD called Melting Pot which is a bit of mix of various styles. Also included is The Ultimate Hits a 2 CD featuring Brooks' #1 hits and DVD with about 33 music videos (a good chunk of them are just taped concerts and some are quite good) and a DVD of his Las Vegas show talking and singing about his influences on his music.

Posted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 7:53 pm
by Denyer
nhy3888 wrote:Plus special mention (and shameless plug) for my brother's band 100HandSlap on the aforementioned label and their ep 'Year One'. A nice chugtune ep mixing heavy rock and chiptune. Good song-writing, Nice riffs, catchy chip and some pretty nice vocals it's free to download. Not sure about rules around posting a link, so I won't, but it's tremendous even beyond the familial link honest guv.

Not bad. Prefer chiptune without vocals for the most part, but it grows on ya.

edit: Yeah, a few listens in and with the volume up, pretty damn good. A nice 'Tallica vibe to parts as well.

Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:57 am
by Sades
Not a damn thing.

But I can't get the theme to Elmo's World out of my head... does that count?

Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 3:02 am
by inflatable dalek

Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 10:35 am
by Skyquake87
Tootled into hmv on my way home from work on a day and picked up a few more CDs, yeah check me out with my love of physical format music. There's no joy in a download.

Lady Gaga 'Artpop' - Not quite as good as her last two albums, but then she's the type of pop artist whom whilst visually and conceptually is quite striking (amusingly so here with the modern art style naked posing with a ball sleeve art) turns out just good, solid pop music that isn't particularly ground breaking. I always find the parps of "genius" laid at her door quite bizarre as a result (see also: space cadet Nicki Minaj). Musically, she's not doing anything different to the likes of Britney, Christina and even Girls Aloud were a decade or so before she turned up. I'm sure she's supposed to be having fun with the slightly misogynistic stylings of a lot of US pop as well, but it comes over just as sexist and leery as the rest, so I'm not sure that was as successful as intended. Still, bloody good fun all the same and some good lyrics. The sleeve art, whilst falling on the wrong side of artistic and being a bit too titilating does also show that underneath the explosion in the dressing up box, Gaga herself is beautiful.

Haim 'Days Are Gone' - The NME were jizzing in their drainpipes at the start of the last year about these three musical siblings and their band. This always results in a big red flashing light and a warning klaxon going off in my head as their fanboy hype goes into overdrive. I invariably discover with bands the NME likes a lot that they never live up to the upper echelons of musical originality and awesomeness they prescribe them. This was backed up in the same issue I read where , after a salivating interview/ feature, their album got 7 out of 10. Sometimes, they write their own jokes, that lot. One of the things they were at pains to point out in their review of this album was how much more rawk they are live and that they've over-produced their debut album. I'm not so sure this is the case and the NME are just trying to justify to themselves that they like what is basically, big sunny POP music, and not the usual 'cool' indie grime they go for. They should get over themselves, as when its done as well as this, pop music is one of the greatest things ever. Its just glorious well written , tight guitar pop and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. There are huge shades of Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush and Tears For Fears (you can decide for yourselves if thats a bad thing) to their sound (and with the latter influence, perhaps where you can, if you wish lay the argument about being over-produced) which surprised me given how 'abrasive' they've been described. As ever, don't believe the hype and enjoy things on their own merits without expectation or affectation. This is a cracking record with no dull moments.

Bastille 'Bad Blood' - forlorn sounding indie/synth pop that sounds like its come from a grey northern town. Basically, the twenty-first century's take on trenchcoat indie rock (see also: Echo And The Bunnymen, Everything But The Girl, The Smiths). Another hyped to the hilt band, I was rather sold on their mournful but uplifting cacophony having caught their live show at some festival or other on BBC3 (on the rare occasion that channel breaks away from god-awful 'yoof' orientated reality tv shows and puts something decent on). A good album, but one of those where beyond track eight, everything sort of runs into each other and becomes a bit of a blurry forgettable blather. I got the standard version of this album, although there is one of those wretched 'reissues' out now with the album proper and an additional 'mini-album' thrown in. I hate this industry practice "Hey kids, you know that album you bought that you liked by that artist you really rate?, Well they have put out some new stuff, but to get it, you'll have to double dip on an album you've already bought." Oh, f**k off.

And from the archives.....

The Jesus And Mary Chain 'Psycho Candy' Gloriously sharp, spiky and noisy debut from the much feted (at the time) JAMC, the band that established Creation Records. I have a real love for abrasive, scrappy and harsh sounding music that has some rawness in its sound (see also: Queen Adreena, Mclusky, My Bloody Valentine) and I was always told I should like this lot. Turns out I do. So thats alright then. Interesting to read that like a lot of bands in the '80s, the JAMC largely managed to make a go of things whilst on the dole. You wouldn't get away with that now!

Posted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 5:21 am
by HeavyArms
Along with the DVDs I bought on discount, I also bought these: Nickelback Greatest Hits, Dido Greatest Hits, Avril Lavigne's self-titled album.

Posted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 4:17 pm
by nhy3888
Denyer wrote:

Not bad. Prefer chiptune without vocals for the most part, but it grows on ya.

edit: Yeah, a few listens in and with the volume up, pretty damn good. A nice 'Tallica vibe to parts as well.
Thanks! Yeah with the volume up it's very 'boss fight'. I'll let him know he'll be chuffed, it's probably worth a pint to me too ...spreading the word one niche forum at a time!

I know what you mean about vocals in chiptune, the instrumental stuff sits nicely alongside the C64 and Amiga originals and remixes I still love.

Posted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:34 pm
by Denyer
Skyquake87 wrote:As ever, don't believe the hype and enjoy things on their own merits without expectation or affectation. This is a cracking record with no dull moments.
I think it might depend which you hear first. Caught them on Jools Holland, looked up some gigs on YouTube, just listened to some of the album, and don't feel any inclination to give the studio recorded stuff another listen.

Conversely, currently being disappointed by Paramore at the iTunes festival. Looking forward to listening to the Lady Gaga and Pixies stuff.

Posted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:54 pm
by Cliffjumper
I saw Paramore 'live' about two years ago. Hands down the worst thing that's ever happened to anyone ever. Plus they have the heaviest fanbase in the world, pound-for-pound.

Recently been on a bit of a ska revival kick, forgot how awesome Bad Manners are/were.

Posted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:17 am
by Skyquake87
I like Paramore. They're not as jaw droppingly amazing as everyone makes out though. We Are The In Crowd do pop punk much better.

...Your use of 'live' there Cliffjumper conjours images of these bands (predominantly large stadium acts, it has to be said) that really heavily on pre-recorded instrumentation and , ahem, 'guide vocals' which the performing artist just adds flourishes to.

I bought Porno For Pyro's debut the other day. The sweetly coy sounding 'Pets' aside, its a bit of a drab listen. Perry Farrell's yelps seems a bit lost amongst the meat and potatoes alt rock. Better is to come on second album 'Good Gods Urge', but that's not until 1998.

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 9:55 pm
by Skyquake87
So, I bought Doctor Who : Series 4 : The Specials soundtrack me do on DOUBLE CD oooh fancy.

I love Murray Gold's music for Doctor Who. I like he tries a lot of new and different things. That said, there isn't too much of originality on show here. The previous soundtrack releases did feel a little bit constrained by cramming a lot onto one disc and its nice to have silva screen give Murray's work room to breathe on a double set.

The first disc is definitely the best. The scores for 'The Next Doctor', 'Planet Of The Dead' and 'Waters Of Mars' are superb - PoD having a remarkably sprightly and fab set of scores that seem to have passed me by on the broadcast show. The trickly menace of WoM is also great and nice and brooding and sinister.

The second disc covering the two - part 'The End Of Time' is a bit of a let down, mainly because it reheats a lot of previously aired themes and motifs, with only Tennant's regeneration piece and the marvellously spiky and bouncy 'The New Doctor' being much to shout about - and the former somehow lacking the punch robbed of the visuals.

Overall, decent but not up to the Standards of 'Series 3' which is still the best of the Tennant era soundtracks.


Pop Will Eat Itself 'New Noise Designed By A Sadist'

Rather amazing not shit 2011 comeback album from England's Finest. Bought to replace the promo disc I've managed to scratch (yay me). Only Graham Crabb remains from the original line-up, with the others now having proper day jobs or being famous Hollywood film composers (Clint Mansell, if you're interested).

In addition to Crabbie, Mary Byker from Gaye Bykers On Acid joins on co-vocalist duties, and boiler room guys Jason Bowld, Davey Bennett and Tim Nicejumper (forgotten his surname, sorry. but he was wearing a very nice jumper when I saw PWEI 2.0 live) are gel remarkably well together. Massive line up changes do seem to work well when they are all involved in an album.

The only real duffer on the album is 'Captain Plastic', which is a bit throwaway and seemingly only there to make up the numbers. The rest of it fits well alongside PWEI's classic material.

Here's hoping for more :)

Posted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:41 am
by Skyquake87
Still on a PWEI bent at the moment, thanks to Cherry Red (the record label equivalent of IDW) reissuing their back catalogue with the usual 'bonus material'.

'This Is The Day...This Is The Hour...This is This!' second album proper and first for major label RCA, this 1989 album remains remarkably fresh and exciting to listen to. A furious cut 'n' paste mash up of hip-hop, house and rock enlivened by some choice sampling (everything from B-Movies such as 'The Warriors', to 'Transformers: The Movie' and 'Robocop' to curious TV and radio soundbites and cheeky swipes from James Brown and Queen) and some top tunes ('Def Con One', Satelite Ecstatica', 'Radio PWEI' and 'Can U Dig It?') make this one of my favouritist albums ever. One of those records that, production wise, has had more influence on how pop music is made than anything else.

'The Looks Or The Life Style?' fourth album and their third and final for RCA before being unceremoniously dropped. This 1992 album seems a return to the more guitar driven style they'd started their career with. The samples are dialled back (no doubt due in part to any samples having to be cleared and royalties paid by this point) and armed with drummer Fuzz, the Poppies take on a more muscular sound with some smarter songs - although there's still time for a bit of larking about with 'Bulletproof' and 'Get The Girl...Kill The Baddies!'. Its the likes of 'Mother' and 'Harry Dean Stanton' that hint of a more interesting musical future.

Posted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:51 pm
by Slayer-Fan123
I had recently bought the new live High On Fire albums, and a couple $0.50 out of the bin that overall SUCKED.

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:31 pm
by Skyquake87
Had a bit of an epic splurge on CDs lately, thanks to stumbling into Poundbastard and finding a bunch of stuffs of appeal to me.

But First!

Katy B ' Little Red' - second album from the dance-pop chanteuse and very jolly it is too. Its a bit 'coffee table' in places and there is a worrying similarity in pace and tone amongst the entire album (which means the 'deluxe edition' with the album 'mixed' will probably sound like one very long song), but I think its one of those where repeat listens will bring out the subtleties in the sound. Nice to see that Katy hasn't cluttered her album up with guests too.

I'll get the a bit!