Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Conflict - Against All Odds (1989)


Easily the most musically adventurous record from these anarchopunk legends. Of the record's six tracks, only two -- "Slaughter of Innocence" and "A Message to Who" -- could be considered standard fare for the band, and they're arguably the two best songs they ever recorded. Elsewhere, there's the epic, multi-suite, 14-minute title track, something resembling a ballad ("Assured Mutual Destruction") and a skit-like track parodying the commercialization of punk ("The Greatest Show on Earth") that never quite takes off. And then there's "A State of Mind", an experimental, electronic dance track that features a pitch-shifted voice moaning "Ecstasy!" over and over again, and is unlike anything else they ever recorded.

Track listing:
1. Against All Odds
2. Slaughter of Innocence
3. Assured Mutual Destruction
4. The Greatest Show on Earth
5. A Message to Who
6. A State of Mind

Eyes glare, beast and master, animals both, crazed and weary
There can only be one real winner here, the results are now seen clearly
Teeth marks bare where fur once protected, flesh hangs dangling in shreds
Their faces grimace, rejected strips of meat exposed, selected
Bloodstains and saliva splatter the fuel of precious life
Master and servant segregate the ritual sacrifice
Driven mad and into frenzy, limbs torn, skin is shorn
Like sex perverts at a peep show, this is the ultimate in porn


More like this:
Lost Cherrees -
All Part of Growing Up (1984)
Toxic Waste -
Belfast (1987)

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Giant Drag - Hearts and Unicorns (2005)


A should-be classic of hooky, 90's-indebted slacker rock. Don't let the silly song titles fool you, some of these songs are hella dark. Spent a long weekend drinking and eating mushrooms poolside to celebrate my friend's 40th birthday, can't believe I didn't think to put this on ONCE.

Track listing:
1. Kevin Is Gay
2. Cordial Invitation
3. This Isn't It
4. YFLMD
5. Pretty Little Neighbor
6. Blunt Picket Fence
7. High Friends in Places
8. You Are Full of Shit (Check Out My Sweet Riffs)
9. Everything's Worse
10. My Dick Sux
11. Smashing
12. Slayer
13. Untitled [hidden track]

I can't decide which is more stupid
Your heart or your mind


You might also like:
Helium -
Pirate Prude (1994)
The Muffs -
Happy Birthday to Me (1997)

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Fog - Through the Eyes of Night... Winged They Come (2000)


Related:
Typhus - Profound Blasphemous Proclamation (2005)

US black metal. Raging and majestic, in a way that harkens to some of the best of the second wave. Way better than a relatively unknown band from Indiana has any business being.

Track listing:
1. Intro
2. In Magnificent Glory
3. By This Axe We Rule
4. The Leech Within
5. Whispered Myths (Of Ancient Times)
6. Through the Eyes of Night Winged They Come
7. In the Sorrow of a Crimson Sea
8. The Storm Unholy
9. Outro

The sun extinguished
Never to rise again
The sleepers will awaken


More like this:
Mactätus -
Blot (1997)
Sorhin - I Det Glimrande
Mörkrets Djup
(1997)

Monday, July 22, 2019

Dantesco - De la Mano de la Muerte (2005)


Puerto Rican epic doom/heavy metal. Vocalist has serious range, sounds like he might have some legit opera training.

Track listing:
1. Intro: Tiempo de Calma
2. La Tempestad
3. Cronicas de la Muerte Negra
4. Morir de Pie
5. Mi Venganza
6. Dantesco
7. Traidor
8. Principe de Valaquia
9. Oda al Fin del Mundo
10. Ataca la Bestia
11. Pavor Nocturnus

No color
Or sound from the sea


You'd also like:
Trouble -
Run to the Light (1987)
Cauchemar -
La Vierge Noir (2010)

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Mark Isham - Mark Isham (1990)


Previously on OPIUM HUM:
Mark Isham - Castalia (1988)
Mark Isham - Tibet (1989)

More artful, ambient jazz from trumpeter Mark Isham. Some songs -- particularly the ones featuring the simmering vocals of Tanita Takiram -- lean heavier into adult-contempo, and land in similarly evocative, nocturnal territory as The Blue Nile, circa Hats. Also features the glistening, fluid guitar stylings of David Torn.

Track listing:
1. Honeymoon Nights
2. I Will Never Know
3. Marionette
4. An Eye on the World
5. Blue Moon
6. Ashes and Diamonds
7. Toward the Infinite White
8. Songs of the Flying Fish
9. Turkish Delight

To forget for a moment

If you like this, listen to:
Manfred Schoof & Rainer Brüninghaus -
Shadows & Smiles (1989)
John Taylor, Norma Winston,
& Kenny Wheeler - Azimuth (1977)

Friday, July 19, 2019

Dernière Volonté - Les Blessures de l'Ombre (2003)


Synth-heavy, martial-industrial-neofolk. A perfect example of the kind of music I tend to listen to when I'm sick, which I am.

Track listing:
1. Ouverture
2. Le Poison
3. Vienna
4. Les Orages du Crime
5. Les Yeux Fermés
6. La Foudre et le Tonnerre
7. Un Dernier Crépscule
8. Vers la Lumière
9. La Source
10. Ton Visage de Papier
11. Les Blessures de l'Ombre
12. Souvenir de Demain
13. Si...
14. Au Revoir

Choosing to suffer

More like this:
Ordo Equilibrio -
The Triumph of Light... and Thy
Thirteen Shadows of Love
(1997)
The Days of the Trumpet Call -
I Saw No Temple in the City (2001)

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)


Related:
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

Shrinking

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
(1999)