Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth photographed by David Graham for Details magazine, July 1992.
Except the Shellac album. That’s not something I was looking forward to, but I like it and I wanted to express that.
Thurston Moore's new album is absolutely fucking brilliant. Somehow it sounds like a culmination of all his solo song-based records and Chelsea Light moving, but also with a really repetitive groove thing going on at times. I guess Thurston pretty much always sounds like Thurston though, so that's a pretty lazy description, but I do get that vibe from it… Right now I'm thinking it's probably my second fav of his solo records, after Trees Outside The Academy. I like it a lot. Speak To The Wild, Forevermore and Grace Lake are all killer tracks.
Mark Lanegan pretty much never fails to disappoint. I like Phantom Radio an awful lot more than No Bells On Sunday - it’s not quite what I was expecting based on No Bells, but in the best way. It’s another really strong record in a pretty incredible discography. Floor Of The Ocean, Harvest Home and I Am The Wolf are probably my favourites.
The new Melvins (with Leary and Pinkus) has a couple of very standard Melvins-type tracks as well as some curveballs courtesy of the Buttholes influence. It’s rare for the Melvins to release a bad album, and this certainly isn’t one of them, but there’s something about it which just hasn’t quite clicked for me yet… I absolutely love You Can Make Me Wait though…
I really didn’t think the new Shellac album was that great the first time I heard it, but holy fuck has it grown on me. I just keep getting the urge to listen to it and I keep finding I have the songs stuck in my head - Riding Bikes, All The Surveyors and The People’s Microphone in particular…
As much as I was looking forward to the new Secret Chiefs 3 Ishraqiyun album it kind of feels like a disappointment - at first anyway. This is pretty much just because I went into it with a HEAP of expectations. I was expecting to be blown away. It finally has the studio versions of The 15, The 7 and Fast (all tunes I really LOVE) - but therein lies the problem… They sound weird on record to me, because it’s not how I’m used to hearing them. I kind of expected them to sound like they sound live, which is full of energy and kind of raw… These are pretty polished sounding recordings, with a lot of extra instrumentation. Notably the tabla on these tracks just sounds fucking weird to me… Then there’s the expectations of what the other tracks would sound like based on those three (which all sound fairly similar) and Saptarshi, which I’m not mentioning because they already released that as a single… The other tracks do not sound like those ones. At all. They’re growing on me for sure though. I think the whole thing is. Expectations can be a real buzzkill sometimes, but it’s hard not to have them when you’re familiar with over half the tracks on an album… It’s just gonna take a while for me to clear my head of those preconceptions and properly digest this album and enjoy it for what it is… Because I feel like it’s had an unfair start. I do hope they release a full live album again sometime soon though - even better, a box set of the residency style shows with a disc dedicated to each set / sub band.
Riding Bikes - Shellac
doing things that made us whole and something close to brothers
The Jesus Lizard
Sonic Youth - Pink Steam
21st Oct - Bong @ Black Heart Camden, London
23rd Oct - Lee Ranaldo @ Cafe Oto, London
7th Nov - Thurston Moore Band @ Islington Assembly Hall, London
15th Jan - J Mascis @ Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
28th Jan - Mark Lanegan @ Shepherd’s Bush, London
Lee Ranaldo is a solo acoustic show, and I guess the J Mascis one probably is too. Bong are the only ones I have not seen in any capacity before, and I’m not entirely sure what to expect from their live show, but I’m looking forward to it…
accurate as fucking hell
John Zorn’s prolificness pretty much always blows me away, but this year he’s gonna have released at least FIFTEEN fucking albums. Plus another volume in the Arcana series of books (including a contribution from Thurston Moore)… AND the Song Project material is finally getting a release - looks like it’s gonna be an expensive box set of six 7”s, unless it’s also coming out on CD… I wasn’t wholly convinced of that material with lyrics and singing, but I’ll definitely be checking the studio versions out.
There’s a Melvins documentary on the way! Here’s the official site.
One of the few bands actually worth making a documentary about. This could be ridiculously long and still not cover everything…
I’m looking forward to it.
just a cat giving a presidential speech on ebola…
IVE HAD A TUMBLR FOR 4 YEARS AND THIS IS THE BEST THING IVE EVER SEEN ON HERE I CANT BREATHE
Sound samples + massive press release thing! The 15, The 7 and Fast are on it (though Fast is under a different title)!
Apparently they’re gonna be selling it on their US tour as of tomorrow…