Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Been back at uni for a few days, has been interesting, more interesting than I'd anticipated actually. Have really been into Kyte at the moment. They're a dream pop/shoegazey/post rock concoction from Leicestershire in England. Their music is fairly unoriginal but it's so well done and beautiful that those reservations I had about it were quickly shunted aside. Vocals also do the trick. They're quite subtle too; you'll hear something in the music that you didn't notice had been incorporated, like a violin hum or an electronic shimmer. The production on this is also quite interesting. It was all recorded in one of the band members' bedrooms, lending a quite ethereal effect to the music, as a lot of the instrument tracks bleed into one another in the music.
very pretty listen.
Here's the opening track and lead single from the album, "Planet:"
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Insanely fast-paced screamo/hardcore with minute long songs. Seriously, it's 29 songs and it's about 29 minutes long.
It also rules
If I didn't convince you these guys rose out of the ashes of seminal screamo band Orchid.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Goes good with some creamy tomato soup too
Also, here's some Phantom Planet for yall
The mothman is a creature that many residents of Point Place, West Virginia have reported seeing late at night around an abandoned U.S. Federal missile and weapons facility. Many drivers along the highway that is adjacent to the facility saw a 7' tall grey human-shaped being with giant wings and red eyes lurking in the fields. Some even said that the creature had no head, and its beaming red eyes were embedded into its chest. Some people even reported that The Mothman would follow their car for miles and could get up to speeds of 100 MPH. All I know is fuck yeah, this guy seems cool and I would like to chill and smoke a doobie wit him.
Here is a picture of my nigga from West Virginia
What The Mothman listens to while terrorizing people:
Impetuous Ritual - Relentless Execution of Ceremonial Excrescence
He'll eat your kids and he won't think a fucking thing of it, no sir.
What revelance does he have to keyboards, however? Well, Teen Cthulhu are a hardcore band with keyboards that don't suck dick. In fact they're really fucking cool. All raw and pissed off and angry except different because they have keyboards and incorporate black metal into it all. Plus they have Cthulhu in their name and I kind of have a huge boner for that right now.
Well not really a plethora because that implies an excess, and as any hardcore or screamo fan will tell you: you can never have enough Off Minor.
So yeah started listening to their flawless 2008 EP Some Blood just now and needed to post everything they've done so the world can revel in the brilliance that is Off Minor. Here is everything I have of theirs, the topmost being the most essential and the bottom-most being least essential.
They're all fantastic though.
Off Minor - The Heat Death of the Universe (LP)
Off Minor - Some Blood (EP)
Off Minor - Innominate (LP)
Off Minor and Killie (Split)
Off Minor - Problematic Courtship
Off Minor and I Am The Resurrection (Split)
Off Minor and St. Alban's Kids (Split)
Off Minor and My Disco (Split)
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Daniel Bjarnason - Processions
Guy who did the orchestral arrangements on Sigur Ros' last album. "But that album sucked" I hear you say. Well yes, but that's because of Sigur Ros' writing abilities not because of Bjarnason's orchestral skills. So do yourself a favour and listen to this fantastic slice of beautifully produced neoclassical orchestral music. It's incredible.
Arvo Pärt - Alina
Minimalist perfection from the Estonian magician. Get this if you aren't pathetic.
Max Richter - The Blue Notebooks
Since his latest is up on here I thought I'd add in this as well.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
letlive - Fake History
Rome was sweet except the only song MTV ever played was this fucking one:
I mean it was hilarious but lost much of its appeal around the second time.
Vienna and Florence were both really interesting but after Rome they lacked some oomph.
Prague is actually the best city ever and anyone who likes good things should go there and revel in the amazingness that is Prague. It has cheap, amazing food, cheap, amazing beer and it's got history coming out of its ass.
Just don't go on a fucking segway tour.
If there's one thing you cannot possibly look cool doing, whoever you are, wherever you are and however you do it, is riding a segway.
see? they're fucking POLICEMEN with GUNS and they still don't look cool.
Even I didn't.
Alas my memories of the Czech Republic will always be tainted by such an experience.
Anyways, I decided to do a triple album thingy, each album coming from one of the countries I visited, Italy, Austria and The Czech Republic.
Forgotten Tomb - Springtime Depression
Depressive Blackened Doom Metal basically. Idk some say it's blackened doom some say it's depressive black so I combined the two in case there's actually a difference between the genres. Production is cool. Crisp but with that edge of coldness that gives the guitars that luverly saw like quality we like our black metal to have here on LTL. Songs are long, atmospheric and very accessible. Vocals rule too. Cmon, doomy atmosphericy black metal. Listen.
Fennesz - Venice
This guy is a superb ambient artist who has released about three really great albums under this moniker.
Bedřich Smetana - Má vlast
Classical music from the later 1800s that includes influences from Czech folk music and liberal use of tone painting. Má vlast is a series of six musical pieces that describe the wonders of the Czech land through sound. The highlight is undoubtedly the amazing "Vltava" which describes a river. Its use of flutes to illustrate a flowing river is stunning. Smetana is regarded as the father of Czech music. This really is a brilliant piece. Cannot recommend this highly enough. Here's Vltava for you. Just listen to its opening.
Pissed Jeans - King of Jeans