Well I Never Knew That #4

Saw this fun fact mentioned in passing online and it startled me into double-checking. MC Hammer‘s “Pray“, a song I barely recall yet instantly recognised, is one I mentally group with that whole dire ITV Chart Show/Madchester/Janet Jackson/Luther Van-dross early-‘90s lacuna before popular music got good again. Yes, I just sideswiped Le Carpets Inspiral, deal…

Faust – Meadow Meal

A.K.A. What I think about when I talk about Krautrock. I had my Aunt’s vinyl copy of Faust‘s first album (reissue doubtless) on permanent loan for ages and I can’t begin to explain how odd yet rewarding it was. This song is the defining one for me. Please stick with it. See also the back…

Rip Chris Cornell

Sad news again for me as another great passes on. On a positive spin it gives me great pleasure and a perfect chance to revisit his work. A gifted writer and singer his musical presence will live on. Get that first Audioslave album on and crank those speakers up, music at its best! Rip

Com Truise

New track “Memory” from the forthcoming album. Check the Galactic Melt LP for more of the same – it’s amongst the related videos on youtube.

CyberSank et al.

I first became aware of the ’90s Swedish industrial remixer/producer Ulf “CyberSank”/”Sank” Sanquist as the person responsible for the single edits and full remixes of Killing Joke‘s amazing Millennium and Pandemonium releases. I guess he’s also indirectly responsible for the Fear Factory cover of the former too. Despite being seemingly simple his sound from that…

Mini Movie Reviews May 2017

Solaris (2002) – 7/10.  Great visuals and a wonderful ambient score by Cliff Marinez (he used to drum for Red Hot Chilli Peppers you know!) combined to create a great atmosphere and a very enjoyable film with an intriguing plot. Moves a little too quickly in places despite being a fairly uneventful movie. Solaris (1972)…

Steven Universe – Giant Woman

I am ridiculously into Steven Universe at the moment and, in common with every other thing I really, really like, I find it very hard to sufficiently articulate its merits in *ahem* universal terms and so end up not attempting to so do.   In lieu of a decent SU post (one day, animation and/or…

Radiohead – The National Anthem

Upon hearing that I owned no (zero!) Radiohead albums merely a faint smattering of ’90s singles and taped-off-Radio-One live broadcasts, retrolechuck of this parish took it upon himself to right this indignity. I’ve mostly been spinning/enjoying the early albums (forgot how good the song Bones is!) Just put Kid A on and my exact-if-censored words…

DESKPOP x Galaxy Swim Team ☀︎ SUMMER SOLSTICE

FREE MUSIC!! HAPPY MUSIC!! Cool little collection of leftfield beats with a strong chiptune slant. Highlights: junglist riddims snuck into track 2, strong Mario 64 vibes in track 4, track 5 is basically a Zelda remix in a Super Mario Kart style, Vib Ribbon vocals towards the end of track 16 (plus that Woo! sample sounds…

FFVII – Opening Bombing Mission music

The interaction between computer gaming and honest-to-goodness actual musicians is a ever a fascinating one. I started by YouTubing up some filthy FFVIII Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec, because if VGR suffers an absent friend or three it’s in no way attributable to their damn fine taste. The inevitable subsequent stroll through Black Mages’ (and other)…

If The Bomb Drops…

In 1980 the BBC showed this episode of Panorama, presented by a youthful Jeremy Paxman. Its subject is the failure of successive UK governments to adequately prepare the populace for any potential nuclear exchange. Combining Two Tribes-recollecting Protect And Survive-style government information films with Paxo-on-the-street (standout response: “You’ve ‘ad it, ain’t ya?”) and as-it-happens coverage…