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Old 07-01-2013, 10:53 AM   #111 (permalink)
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I love how I'm third and I haven't done anything in two weeks. I have been so busy in real life dammit that I haven't had time to write anything. But I will.
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:29 PM   #112 (permalink)
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My titties are pretty great. I sometimes enjoy them more than guys do! Plus I have a nice ass.

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Old 07-06-2013, 04:22 PM   #113 (permalink)
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My titties are pretty great. I sometimes enjoy them more than guys do! Plus I have a nice ass.
As people are so fond of saying around here: pictures or it didn't happen!

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Old 07-07-2013, 06:02 PM   #114 (permalink)
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Default Update for week ending July 7 2013

Hey hey! I'm 50 now! Joining the old codgers' brigade. Soon I won't have the strength to type on a keypad! Before that happens, let's get on with the first update for July, while I can still see through these rheum-encrusted eyes ... come closer, into the light ...that's it. Ah, now I can see you. Very well then, let us begin to commence the update.

The Batlord is on fire this week --- not literally of course, but his metal epic "The return of the Kings of Metal part II" is something you really don't want to miss. To partake of its excellence, you must brave http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...t-schemes.html, and hope that he will find you worthy. If that is too taxing a quest for you, try http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...lks-about.html, where he's currently listening to thrash metal --- yeah, I know: who would have thought it. eh? --- in the shape of Death Angel.

Chrysalis has revived his (or her) journal, and there you'll find reviews of Access to Arasaka and Air, all here in http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...s-journal.html

No Wave? No Wave? What the hell is No Wave? Well, I'm certainly not the man to explain it to you, but I know a man who can! Head to http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...use-songs.html and all will be revealed.

Coming back after over a year's inactivity, the lovely Lateralus poses some interesting questions in http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...anderings.html, not least of which is how modern technology is affecting how musicians record and collaborate. Oh, she's also looking at video game music: Powerstars'll love ya for that! Welcome back lady!

And speaking of the Beatles fanatic, he's certainly working on his journal, where he's reviewing an album by Life in HD as well as The White Stripes' "Elephant" (inspired by my short review in the "Classic Albums" journal, apparently) and there's another Song Overthinker, all in http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...sicalness.html.

The continuing story of Plankton's musical journey to greatness takes a new twist with "The Iron Maiden" edition in http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...um-bucket.html: all aspiring axemen need to read this!

Screen13 is back in business at http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...all-music.html, with an ongoing feature on singles, concerning this week Bowie, Big Country and Arcadia.

I've been doing a little work myself this week. In http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...d-journal.html there are two new sections. The first, "Encyclopaedia Obscuria", looks at bands or artistes who were, shall we say, less than household names, with the first subject being UK band Pilot, while "Discovery: what's on the disc?" is my attempt to actually listen to, and review, tracks from those giveaway coverdiscs which are sold with music mags, and which though touted as free are usually the reason the mag costs so much! This first edition explores a prog rock band from Norway called The Windmill.

Big things happening at http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...-emporium.html too, where we're finishing off season one of Babylon 5, and another of the http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...ver-heard.html is Terence Trent D'Arby's debut. Remember him? Well the album is certainly memorable. Finally, http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...i-reviews.html gets a decent look-in too, with albums from Magellan and Ice Age.

One of the premier albums of the mid-seventies, Rainbow's seminal "Rising" is given the Unknown Soldier treatment over at http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...y-history.html,

Wolfwolverineweiselpigeon has restarted her journal too, and in http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...-tripping.html she's beginning to talk about the artistes she's been listening to over the last three months, beginnig with Wingbut Dishwasher's Union and Johnny Hobo and the Freight Trans, both fronted, she tells us, by the same person.

while YorkeDaddy has created a second journal, chronicling his musical adventures in http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...sterpiece.html. Damn interesting stuff, and it sounds like his band has potential. Stay tuned...

True to his word, and with perhaps a little gentle push from me, Zarko has kicked http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...oes-night.html back into life, with mentions of Rubberroom among others.

Finally, Zero has invented something! And it's his very own music player! Check out http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...nal-sound.html to hear all about it, though he's not quite ready yet, apparently, to offer it for download.

This week's Showcase is well overdue. This man has been quietly hammering away in his journal workshop, week in week out, tracing the history of hard rock and heavy metal for over a year now, so it's about time we gave him a shout out.

If there's anything Unknown Soldier doesn't know about this genre it's really not worth knowing. He's a veritable fount of knowledge on all things heavy and musical. I challenge you to best him: go on, try it. He'll hit you with a stream of facts and figures and information you did not even know existed about the artiste and leave you grovelling in the dirt, wondering why you attempted the impossible. Don't believe me? Here, read this:

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01. Blue Oyster Cult Secret Treaties 1974 (Columbia)
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A psychedelic noir of a secret career.

Overview
Blue Oyster Cult’s third album Secret Treaties would be the ultimate culmination of their early work and the album would go onto to top various musical polls as one of the best albums of its type. That in itself is a rather dubious point, because not many bands sounded like BOC at all, as not many bands set themselves out to be the ‘Thinking Man’s Metal Band’ either. So three albums in, this NY area based band and their core biker band sound, which had long been infused with a heavy psychedelic rock style, borrowed over from the late 1960s and then neatly blended in with some R&B, had succeeded where so many of their fellow other American counterparts such as Sir Lord Baltimore, Dust and Bang had failed! So what made the Blue Oyster Cult different from those bands? Firstly they had been able to shed their ‘American Black Sabbath’ label and had taken their sound to far greater depths and diversity than Black Sabbath could’ve dreamed or even dared go! Secondly they were a group of artists that were masters of their trade and felt totally at ease in what they were doing, whether that was complex jamming, hard rock overtones or brittle sounding pop flourishes. Thirdly they had created a unique murky sound and when you heard the band, you knew exactly who they were! Secret Treaties was without doubt, the album that the band had always sought to achieve and not just fall into like say Deep Purple with Machine Head. Just going back a few years, gave an indication of where the band wanted to be a few years down the line. The debut had a been a very subjective affair, but Tyranny and Mutation had the band knocking right on the door of where they wanted to be! Tyranny and Mutation had been the creative leap by the band and in many ways had Tyranny and Mutation not been recorded, it could be safe to say that we would never have got Secret Treaties a year later. The album cover was designed by Ron Lesser, with a German ME262 on the front cover and this was something of a change as far as the band were concerned image wise as well, and the plane would be an inspiration for one of the songs. More significantly though since I started these reviews, Secret Treaties would be the first ever album to attain the number one position by a non-British band (all five previous number ones had been British bands) and demonstrated a strong catch-up by the American bands within this genre.

Eric Bloom- Guitar/Vocals
Donald ‘Buck Dharma’ Roeser- Guitar
Allen Lainier- Rhythm/Keyboards
Joe Bouchard- Bass
Albert Bouchard- Drums

Production- Sandy Pearlman and Murray Krugman

Album
Career of Evil
- The opening of the song on the album, sounds like we’re entering the album in ‘media res’ as the track basically sounds like a mid-album effort and not an opening track. The song was jointly written by Albert Bouchard and Patti Smith (her only credit on the album) the song vibrates a strong R&B beat with a dash of glam rock. Subhuman- With its subtle low key start of echoing melody, the song then enters more concrete terrain, but the strength of the song remains in its subtle melody which resonates throughout the track. Dominance and Submission- With its clock ticking intro that is quickly followed up by its angsty start and Eric Bloom sounds quite different here (has more range than he’s given credit for) in fact the song resonates a nervous sharp beat and singing style, that a future Devo would adopt, the song is boosted up by some jokey speaking sections and fills out its 5 plus minutes amiably. ME262- A BOC work of art with its pacey leading and rhythm section in perfect unison and borrows in feel from the previous “Dominance and Submission” and the later guitar section is pure mastery from the band. Cagey Cretins- With its great title and drumming intro, and overall upbeat feel, the band continue on from the previous two efforts. Harvester of Eyes- We go into a slightly more serious and mid-tempo terrain here, and all is highlighted by razor sharp guitar riffs and yet again all is underscored by Allen Lainier on keys, before ending in a grouchy and then musical box affair. Flaming Telepaths- One of the showpiece tracks on the album, highlighted by the band’s profound lyrics and the song’s almost hypnotic piano, along with crossing guitar lines which at times throb with a real intensity and all this contrasts with an amazing rhythm section, a classic cut without a doubt. Astronomy- A far cry from the album opener, with its melancholic feel and slow opening, before taking on a more up-tempo middle section and shows just how visionary this band were right to the end of the album, but nothing can quite prepare the listener for the spiralling outro section, which hits the listener like a soft brick and then its final windy section! On the 2001 re-issue of the album, there are a number of bonus songs such as “Boorman the Chauffeur” a light-hearted cut focusing on the once disappeared Nazi Boorman and is somewhat inspired by the Who’s “Boris the Spider”. “Mommy” A crunching bass song and based around humour. “Mes Dames Serat” Easily the best of the bonus tracks and dominated by both guitar and drums and finally there is a cover of the song made famous by Steppenwolf “Born to be Wild”.

Verdict
Secret Treaties marks the end of the band’s black and white period and the brilliance of the album lies in its musical textures, along with Sandy Pearlman’s multi-layering thus giving us another muddy ambiguous mix, but this time with greater clarity. The twin guitar attack by Bloom and Dharma contrasts so majestically at times with Bouchard’s bass, along with some outstanding work by Lainier’s again on both rhythm and keyboards, yet again it is he that gels the whole band's sound together! This combination basically serves up a musical lesson on how a cohesive band of five highly talented individuals can function as a collective whole and without any wastage. The songs on Secret Treaties just seem to run seamlessly and songs like “Career of Evil” “Subhuman” ”Harvester of Eyes” “Flaming Telepaths” and the closing “Astronomy” example this to perfection, in fact there’s not a dud in sight! The album also shows us, just how effortlessly the band have added new ideas and musical add-ons to their traditional sound, the process had already started on Tyranny and Mutation and then completed right here! Most of the songs on Secret Treaties seem to have an up-tempo beat, whether that is from the guitars or the drums and this factor drives right through the whole album, and ultimately provides both its essence and soul. It does this by presenting us with a landscape of constantly shifting sounds, as the album moves in and out of both darkness and shadows in an almost seamless way. BOC are a band that desperately need multiple listens and so whether this brilliance sinks into the listener’s subconscious on the first or tenth listen, it’s sure to get its message across in the end! In fact the only detraction for me on this classic album, is that Buck Dharma doesn’t sing on any of the album’s songs as he had done on their first two albums, as this time Eric Bloom sings lead on every song, with the exception of “Cagey Cretins” which is co-sung with the Bouchard brothers. Despite that slight and a very small one at that, before us stands one of the very best albums of the decade, from a band that were able to go to musical dimensions that few could follow and they managed to do that without ever treading down the progressive rock avenue!
And now for the league table. Four weeks in, a month on the go, and Screen 13 is still on top. But what's this? Someone is challenging him for top spot...



Yes, that's the mighty Batlord coming screeching in like the hellion from Judas Priest's "Screaming for vengeance", as the Batcave launches an all-out assault on Ghost Mall and tries to reduce it to ashes. With his latest epic in full swing His Batship has been really working on his journal and it shows, as he climbs a massive five places to this week's number two spot! Even knocks me down, the cheeky beggar! I'm not too glum though, as also moving, thanks to my big Babylon 5 update, is the Couch Potato, which climbs four places from last week's 17 to this week's 14.

Nothing too much else of note, but we have a new entry from YorkeDaddy at 17, while his other journal slips from 15 to 18, and DJ Chameleon slides from last week's entry point of 13 to this week's 16. CrazyVegn, meanwhile, is back at the bottom, hanging on at 20.

I must apologise to the Batlord though, as for some unknown reason I completely left his other journal, "Random ****" out of the count for last week, with the result that though it should have showed up on the table it didn't. I've rectified this now, so it might look like he's jumped a good few places, when in fact he's just about where his score should place him. Sorry about that Batty, but at least you now have two journals in the top 10!

Saying goodbye this week to Engine, Zero and Antonio, while waiting to take their places just at the fringes are The Phanastasio and Lateralus.

So that's our first journal update for July. Thanks to all who took the time to create, maintain or even revive their journals, and don't forget, if you create a new journal you automatically get a 50-point starter. Also, if you write something I find particularly interesting, funny or different, there's another ten points in it for you.

Next week: battle royale as the Batlord takes on Screen 13 in a winner-takes-all fixture. Be here, or be somewhere else!
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:31 PM   #115 (permalink)
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:53 AM   #116 (permalink)
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That feeling when I dropped a place.

So...
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How many points will this get me? :p
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Thanks for the mention and you're eyes seem to be playing up as well, as you forgot to mention my Aerosmith review along with the Rainbow one.
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:50 AM   #119 (permalink)
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Default Important Note: Do you want the League Table to continue?

In general I've been a little disappointed with the response to the league table and was wondering is anyone that bothered? I've had negative comments on it, a few positive, but it's a lot of work and if no-one's that pushed about it I may as well wind it up.

Don't get me wrong: I enjoy doing it but if it's purely for my enjoyment it's way too much work to do.

Could you all please just check the poll I'll be putting in the main section and vote, so that I can see if I should continue this or kill it off?

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Old 07-08-2013, 08:31 AM   #120 (permalink)
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In general I've been a little disappointed with the response to the league table and was wondering is anyone that bothered? I've had negative comments on it, a few positive, but it's a lot of work and if no-one's that pushed about it I may as well wind it up.

Don't get me wrong: I enjoy doing it but if it's purely for my enjoyment it's way too much work to do.

Could you all please just check the poll I'll be putting in the main section and vote, so that I can see if I should continue this or kill it off?

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I don't mind about the league table, but personally I love this thread just because it's a good way to be updated on everyone's journals and a convenient way to read about what everyone has been posting and then go and check out their journals. So I don't really use/keep up with the league table but if others are into it then I don't mind either way
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