Sunday, May 31, 2009

Robot Goes Here - The Byte Is In My Blood

I saw RGH a few years ago at a benefit show my now-friend Kendall did. Back then I didn't know him, but I did have a dick shaved into my head at the time, and I didn't expect to see what I did that day. Robot Goes Here is basically Dave Rand, who is a "post-doctoral research scientist" at Harvard. He's a smart dude, and his lyrics reflect that. At the show, it was just him, a mic, and a computer playing electronic bits as he sang his heart out and did karate kicks around the fire hall. It was great. But anyway, this thing is a nice dose of catchy "electro punk", with super intelligent and socially concious lyrics. But when I say that, I don't mean in a political way. I mean he picks apart the human condition and makes you ponder your own shit. Even if you're not into anything without blast beats or downtuned guitar abuse, you may find something great here, as I have. If not, whatever.

1. When The Well Runs Dry
2. What All The Screaming's About
3. Seeing Green
4. The Minivan Diaries
5. Zen And The Science Of Nihilism
6. Intermission
7. Back In Black
8. 01001010 Failing The Turing Test
9. Wake Up
10. Better Living Through Nanotechnology
11. I'm Holding A Burning Match

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Z - Violence Action

Here we have a noisy mess, circa late-80's Kyushu, Japan. It's perfectly recorded in my opinion, with sloppy fuzz ultimately prevailing over anything else. Punk as fuck.

1. Violence Action
2. Go To Kill
3. Go Ahead
4. Peace Of Hiroshima

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Burzum - Filosofem



Lots of legend and mystery surrounds Burzum and mastermind Varg Vikernes (who just got out of jail after sixteen years), but with all of that malarky aside, this is a black metal masterpiece. Seminal to the genre, the stemmed inspiration from this album is probably unmeasurable, so get in on this before Lords Of Chaos comes out, which is rumored to have The Count himself portrayed by "teen heartthrob" Jackson Rathbone from that Twilight movie. Ugh.

1. Dunkelheit
2. Jesus' Tod
3. Erblicket Die Töchter Des Firmaments
4. Gebrechlichkeit I
5. Rundgang Um Die Transzendentale Säule Der Singularität
6. Gebrechlichkeit II

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Ash Pool - Saturn's Slave

Raw, primitive black metal from NYC. The guy that comprises the harsh noise project Prurient is in this, along with one other member. I keep repeating this two-songer, so you should check it out. Melancholic shit.

1. Origin Of Man
2. Origin Of AIDS

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Negative FX - Negative FX

Definitly mandatory listening for anyone getting into 80's punk, otherwise you'll know this. Negative FX played super fast hardcore, which almost sounded like a precursor to powerviolence. This was their only official album, although a CD of demos exists, and there's bootlegs and stuff. Despite only being around for a total of 5 shows (or something), they were a staple of the early Boston hardcore punk scene. Militant straightedgery aside, this one rips.

1. Feel Like A Man
2. Together
3. Protestor
4. Mind Control
5. I Know Better
6. Citizens Arrest
7. Negative FX
8. The Few, The Proud
9. Punch In The Face
10. Primary Attack
11. Hazardous Waste
12. Turn Your Back
13. Nightstick Justice
14. I.D.N.T.F.S.
15. Modern Problems
16. Nuclear Fear
17. VFW
18. Repeat

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Drunkdriver - Knife Day



I'm back after yet another hiatus from this blog. Whatever. Drunkdriver is from Brooklyn, I've seen them once, and they rule. This 7" is their newest offering to the noisy punk nerds like me, and can be purchased from Fan Death Records. Support them for sure.

1. Knife Day
2. January 2nd

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