Thursday, July 18, 2019

Tucker Zimmerman - Ten Songs (1969)

American folk rocker Tucker Zimmerman's excellent debut LP. Surreal, psychedelic songs delivered with a fuzzy, rough-around-the-edges sound. Band includes a pre-cape Rick Wakeman on organ and the great Tony Visconti, who also produced the record.

Track listing:
1. Bird Lives
2. October Mornings
3. A Face That Hasn't Sold Out
4. The Roadrunner
5. Children of Fear
6. The Wind Returns into the Night
7. Running, Running from Moment to Moment
8. Upsidedown Circus World
9. Blue Goose
10. Alpha Centauri

And they kept on falling in
And they kept on crawling out

More along these lines:
Tim Hollier -
Tim Hollier (1970)
Andy Zwerling -
Spiders in the Night (1971)

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Capone-N-Noreaga - The War Report (1997)

Killer NYC hip-hop. Eerie piano lines, soul samples, and lyrics about killing people over drug-related disputes. Some of the songs are permanently partially censored -- why did this happen to so many 90s hip-hop records?

Track listing:
1. Intro
2. Bloody Money
3. Driver's Seat
4. Stick You
5. Parole Violators
6. Iraq (See the World)
7. Live On Live Long
8. Neva Die Alone
9. T.O.N.Y. (Top of New York)
10. Channel 10
11. Capone Phone Home (Interlude)
12. Thug Paradise
13. Capone Bone
14. Halfway Thugs
15. L.A., L.A.
16. Capone-N-Noreaga Live (Interlude)
17. Illegal Life
18. Black Gangstas
19. Closer
20. Capone Phone Home Outro

Grab the gray tape, gag his mouth, leave him for the rats
Stuck him for the yay-yo, couldn't get the money back

You'd also like:
Black Moon -
Enta da Stage (1993)
M.O.P. -
To the Death (1994)

Monday, July 15, 2019

James Plotkin & Mark Spybey - A Peripheral Blur (1998)

O.L.D. - The Musical Dimensions of Sleastack (1993) + Formula (1995)
Download - Furnace (1995)
Lotus Eaters - Alienist on a Pale Horse (2001)
Khanate - Things Viral (2003)
Khlyst - Chaos Is My Name (2006)
Reformed Faction - Vota (2006)

Experimental, texturally evocative ambient/drone from two massively talented artists. Sorry for all the lapses in posting, this time it was because I went to NYC for a wedding.

Track listing:
1. Jute Wheel
2. Aluminium as a Medium
3. A Peripheral Blur
4. Vord Lae
5. Northern Sleight


Similar listening:
Atom Infant Incubator -
Copula (1994)
Mirror -
I Paint for the Love of Color (2001)

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Grog - Macabre Requiems (1996)

Portuguese death metal brutality. Raw and beefy, with a welcome bit of camp. Play this at your next graveyard BBQ.

Track listing:
1. Embrace My Cold Body
2. Tribal Flesh Ceremony
3. Dawn of the Living Dead
4. Monstrous Anatomic Deformation
5. Splahterized Autopsy
6. Excreted and Vomited Abortions
7. Spontaneous Gore
8. Cannibal Feast
9. Rotten Grave
10. Sado-Masoquist Butchery
11. Cannibalistic Devourment
12. Drowned in the Pleasure of Tortured Flesh
13. Outro

Soup of sores

Also listen to:
Mortal Decay -
Sickening Erotic Fanaticism (1997)
Exhumed -
Anatomy Is Destiny (2003)

Monday, July 8, 2019

The Auteurs - Now I'm a Cowboy (1994)

Top-shelf Britpop with a seething anger bubbling underneath at all times. Been on a bit of a Britpop kick of late, but since I pretty much only know the biggest names in the game, that means I've just been listening to His n Hers, Different Class, and Dog Man Star over and over. So hit me with them hidden gems plz.

Track listing:
1. Lenny Valentino
2. Brainchild
3. I'm a Rich Man's Toy
4. New French Girlfriend
5. The Upper Classes
6. Chinese Bakery
7. A Sister Like You
8. Underground Movies
9. Life Classes / Life Model
10. Modern History
11. Daughter of a Child

There's nothing wrong with inherited wealth
If you melt the silver yourself

You might also like:
The Beautiful South -
Welcome to the Beautiful South (1989)
The Tears -
Here Come the Tears (2005)

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Young Guv - Ripe 4 Luv (2015)

Classic 70s power pop-worship with a crystalline shimmer, plus two diversions into stoned, lo-fi electropop. Gonna see this dude play tonight, along with Tony Molina and Culture Abuse, getting hyped.

Track listing:
1. Crushing Sensation
2. Ripe 4 Love
3. Crawling Back to You
4. Aquarian
5. Kelly I'm Not a Creep
6. Dear Drew
7. Living the Dream
8. Wrong Crowd

Read the stars
Maybe they can explain

You should also listen to:
Dwight Twilley -
Twilley (1979)
Matthew Sweet -
Kimi Ga Suki (Raifu) (2003)

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Nausea - Extinction (1990)

One of the best crust albums ever made. Deserves a better writeup but probably doesn't need one. Get drunk and thrash to mark the inevitable end of life on earth.

Track listing:
1. Tech-No-Logic-Kill
2. Inherit the Wasteland
3. Johnny Got His Gun
4. Self Destruct
5. Butchers
6. Sacrifice
7. Godless
8. Clutches
9. Extinction
10. Battened
11. Blackened Dove
12. Void

Praise the cybergod for the pound of flesh you ate
Praise the cybergod for the gift of hate

More like this:
Misery -
Next Time (1995)
Decrepit - Tired of
Licking Blood from a Spoon

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Hive - Working with Sound (1997)

An album of stoney instrumental trip-hop that gets further and further out as it goes on. Nothing like some crackly jazz samples, funky bass-lines, echoing vocal snippets, and skittering beats to kick off a day of eating mushroom chocolates, listening to music (obviously), watching 80s slasher flicks, and at some point putting together this big-ass backyard cover/swing thing that my wife bought the other day.

Track listing:
1. (All Over) The... Prelude
2. Fallout
3. Mood Swings (Act I)
4. Steps into the Light
5. Sphaira
6. Mood Swings (Act II)
7. A Suspended Greeting
8. Practice in Stillness
9. Dreaming Belize
10. Vaya Con Dios (A Suspended Mix)

Inside the hive

Similar vibes:
Depth Charge -
Nine Deadly Venoms (1994)
Mad Doctor X -
Picnic with the Greys (1997)

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Joe Henderson - Power to the People (1969)

Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Joe Henderson - Black Is the Color (1972) + Black Narcissus (1976)
Joe Henderson - Multiple (1973)

One of the first jazz records that ever stuck with me. Loose and energetic pieces that build from a low simmer to chaotic peaks with incredible ease. Unsurprisingly, Herbie Hancock puts in some phenomenal work.

Track listing:
1. Black Narcissus
2. Afro-Centric
3. Opus One-Point-Five
4. Isotope
5. Power to the People
6. Lazy Afternoon
7. Foresight and Afterthought (An Impromptu Suite in Three Movements)

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem

You'll probably also enjoy:
Elvin Jones -
Genesis (1971)
Steve Reid -
Nova (1976)

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Svarttjern - Misanthropic Path of Madness (2009)

Norwegian black metal decimation. Tight, precise, and punishing. Rips from front to back.

Track listing:
1. Code Human
2. Ancients Shadows Revelation
3. Upon Human Ending
4. Stillborn Acolyte
5. Misanthropic Path of Madness
6. Finally the Wood Shall Shape
7. Passions of 7
8. Ere Fra det Indre

Carved into the flesh of man

You'd also like:
Triumphator -
Wings of Antichrist (1999)
Au-Delà des Ruines ‎-
Psychose des Barbelés (2013)

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Chateaux - Chained and Desperate (1983)

Anthemic, low-rent NWOBHM featuring the vocal stylings of one Steve Grimmett (of Grim Reaper). Somewhere between British Steel and Shout at the Devil, but with maybe 3% of the recording budget.

Track listing:
1. Chained and Desperate
2. Spirit of the Chateaux
3. Burnt Out at Dawn
4. The Dawn Surrendered
5. Straight to the Heart
6. Baton Rouge
7. Son of Seattle
8. Shine On Forever

The boys are runnin', screaming in the night
Flexin' their muscles for the sake of delight

You'd also enjoy:
Blaspheme -
Désir de Vampyr (1985)
Demon Eyes -
Garde à Vue (1987)

Monday, June 17, 2019

Phlebotomized - Devoted to God (1992)

Dutch death/doom. Eerie, atmospheric keyboards, thick guitars, beastly gutturals, songs that rarely stay on the same part for more than 20 seconds or so, and best-case-scenario production for a 90s death metal demo.

Track listing:
1. In Search of Tranquility
2. Subtle Disbalanced Liquidity
3. Desecration of Alleged Christian History
4. Fate of a Devotee
5. Devoted to God
6. Tragic Entanglement
7. Ataraxia

Slowly captivated by the suffocating mass

You should also listen to:
Cryptic Tales -
Anathema (1992)
Fleshcrawl -
Descend into the Absurd (1992)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Moscow Olympics - Cut the World (2008)

Melancholic dream pop/shoegaze with more than a hint of New Order-y post-punk/new wave swoon. All chiming guitars, gauzy synths, wiry rhythms, and whispery vocals. FFO: Beach Fossils, DIIV, Wild Nothing, and all those other new-wave-on-heroin bands.

Track listing:
1. What Is Left Unsaid
2. No Winter, No Autumn
3. Second Trace
4. Safe
5. Carolyn
6. Ocean Sign
7. Cut the World

I think you are a pig
Should be in a zoo

If you like this, try:
Sleep ∞ Over -
Forever (2011)
Au.Ra -
Jane's Lament (2015)

Monday, June 10, 2019

Desire - Infinity... A Timeless Journey Through an Emotional Dream (1996)

Stunning Portuguese atmospheric death/doom. Crushing but melodic, almost absurdly grandiose dirges elevated by a backdrop of drifting, ethereal keyboards.

Track listing:
1. Prologue
2. (Leaving) This Land of the Eternal Desires
3. A Ride in a Dream Crow
4. The Purest Dreamer
5. In Delight with the Mermaid
6. Forever Dreaming... (Shadow Dancer)
7. Epilogue

At last, I can feel it
The burning sky over me

If you like this, you should listen to:
Funeral -
Tragedies (1995)
Void of Silence -
Toward the Dusk (2001)

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Tigersmilk - Android Love Cry (2007)

Jazz-based free improvisation with textural electronic flourishes. Sparse, anxious, weird sounds to compliment my hangover.

Track listing:
1. Poured Over Waves Ecstatic Charge
2. Falling Signals Rising
3. The Last Moments After Death
4. Spirit Spore Flash
5. Stillness Among Mercury Trees
6. Love into Earth's Shadow Liquid
7. Before a Blinded Spirit Light Planet
8. Already Crippled by Water and Wind
9. Minimal Distress Code
10. To the Face of Beauty Concealed in Shadow-Wire
11. The City Conducted Conducted
12. Night and Falling Tears
13. Circuit Overlord Demise

There are ghosts

Similar vibes:
William Hooker -
... Is Eternal Life (1977)
Anthony Pateras -
Chasms (2007)