As Keira and I going to Rockfest tomorrow there will be no updates until Monday. In the mean time here’s one of my favourite Hot Water Music track’s Paper Thin. Can’t wait to see them!
I remember it was almost a year ago now when I was Sitting in Chester Stone Hansen’s Dad’s house and first showed him Odd Future. At that moment he seemed intrigued, you know thought it was cool, Chester had always been a hip hop nut so I was surprised when he said he hadn’t really given them a listen yet. Little did I know that him and some friends from Humber College would band together a little while later and record a series of Jazz covers that are simply mind blowing. Everything about them is cool, the level of skill and timing that these three musicians managed is awe inspiring.
In the first video the boys cover Odd Future’s AssMilk as well as Gucci Mane’s Lemonade.
In the Next video titled Outtake, we see the boys tackle Odd Future’s Session.
After these two Odd Future Videos the boys decided to move on.
In their final video to date The Odd Trio tackles A Tribe Called Quest with the track Electric Relaxation. This one is by far my favourite of the videos released so far. Seeing Chester just wail on the double bass just gets me every time. As final note I was talking to Chester recently and he went back up to Toronto this past weekend to record an Odd Trio album and he dropped a hint that it may include a cover of the MF DOOM Track Operation: Greenbacks!
Anyways stay tuned and make sure to check out them and the guys who recorded the videos at http://badbadnotgood.tumblr.com/
In today’s popular music after 1945 class we were discussing heavy metal and AC/DC came up. While that is no surprise, I find it a little hard to think of AC/DC as a Metal act. When looking at their music it has always reminded me of blues and early rock n roll rather than Metal. Sure they do things that are metalesque and they are definitely hugely influential, but metal? I think not.
In the end for me personally the best things about AC/DC are the stuff they did before forming AC/DC, their early stuff is pretty awesome too. I mean this stuff is hilarious and has to be seen and heard to be believed.
Here Bon Scott is playing in one of his earlier bands called Fraternity. This hippie flower rock is almost unbearable with Bon Scott looking like the Goat God Pan. I mean he’s got a Goat beard and he’s playing a fucking flute!?!
In this clip Bon Scott is seen as the backing singer in the bubblegum pop act, The Valentines. Just look at this, its utterly ridiculous, Matching puffy sleeve shirts? What were they thinking, and could Bon Scott look any more awkward?
While not as bad as Bon Scott’s pre-AC/DC stuff Brian Johnson’s Glam band Geordie is still pretty damn lame. The over use of who who’s in this song simply makes me want to gag.
Here we get to see a rare version of AC/DC with Dave Evans before Bon Scott took over the lead vocal position. The band here is sloppy and Evan’s is just an annoying pomp with vocals more suited for Glam then for hard rock. And is that Malcolm soloing? Blasphemy!
I guess I’ll leave you with this amazing rendition of the Blues Classic ” Baby Please Don’t Go” with Bon Scott dressed as a women.
What a ridiculous band…
Black metal is one of the most despised forms of music on the planet. It is raw, wild, and uncompromising. The music is notorious, caught up in myth and distortions surrounding violence, death and racism. It is a primal music that inspires fear and challenges everything, from our conceptions of sound to our understandings of what is right.
I can’t explain it but from the first moment I heard this music I was intrigued, even more so I was moved. I must admit I was afraid the first time I listened to Mayhem and saw the cover art. My christian background caused me to look upon it as evil as something that would do me harm, that could potentially damn me to hell’s of oblivion. Looking back now it was this very feeling that drove me to pursue the music.
Black Metal, like metal in general allows one to confront Dionysian aspects of life to look at death and evil and face it. More so than this, Black Metal embodies the Laveyan idea that much what society considers evil is not evil at all. The music basks in the raw bitter reality of our modern world. It despises contemporary cultural and looks to ancient cultural roots for answers. It challenges passivity and elevates aggression. And more so than any of its predecessor’s it has inspired action and philosophy.
Say what you will about it, Black metal is here to stay and it will continue to inspire. Personally though my enjoyment of Black Metal has been a place of constant conflict. While Black Metal has been a source of musical enjoyment and contemplation, its lyrical content and some of the political and ideological beliefs of bands has been a source of frustration. I find it hard to listen to bands who are expressly racist, and there are many bands who’s racism goes far to far for me. That being said there are many black metal bands that are amazing and should be enjoyed by far more people. Here are a few of my favourites.
This song is insanely brutal, lyrics, vocals, everything. With dead on vocals Mayhem was a blistering force of metal insanity. Too bad he killed himself so early, he could have made a lot more amazing music.
After Windir Black metal changed from sometime enjoyment to utter obsession. Windir managed to combine the folk and the classical in Balck metal in a way that never will be matched. Valfar was one of the greatest composers of Black Metal and is sadly missed.
Immortal was the first Black Metal band I ever heard and will always be one of favourites. These guys rock and are fucking hilarious. Abbath is my opinion is the greatest front man in Black Metal.
Alcest is the newest band on this list and also one of the most unique bands in Black Metal. Alcest moves away from the grim and evil while still maintaining a feel that is distinctly Black Metal. Alcest’s songs instead of fear convey feelings of fantasy, mystery, longing and great beauty.
Probably the most controversial band on the list, but I still think Panopticon is amazing. I don’t necessarily agree with their politics , but they’re a hell of a lot better than that NSBM crap.
Anyways that’s the end of this list for now, will post more later.
So I guess I should introduce myself, the names Darren and I’m a Religious Studies major at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. With this blog I simply wish to post things that interest me, stuff about my bands, studies, and what have you. This is more of an experiment then anything else so will see where it goes and hopefully people enjoy it. I plan on doing things like post a photo, a quote and link to a song that I like with each post. Hopefully I get around to updating this regularly, we’ll see what happens. Thanks for checking this out.
Song of the day -
“He truly knows it or maybe he does not know.”
-Rig Veda x 129. 7