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Old 08-05-2013, 09:52 AM   #171 (permalink)
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After taking a break last week, The Batlord is back firing on all cylinders with three chapters of "The return of the Kings of Metal", so head on down to http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...t-schemes.html and get reading! No poseurs need apply...
Dude, it's only one chapter. There's a 20,000 character post limit, and the last chapter apparently went over 40,000 so I needed three posts just to upload it.
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:49 PM   #172 (permalink)
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Dude, it's only one chapter. There's a 20,000 character post limit, and the last chapter apparently went over 40,000 so I needed three posts just to upload it.
Oh, okay. Fair enough; I've had that same problem myself. Just uploaded my review of "Downfall" and it is over 42,000 chars long, so had also to be posted in three parts. Still, looks good!
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I may have made some mistakes in the table this week. If anything seems amiss, PM me and we'll work out The Kinks (Everybody's Gonna Be Happy! That means you and me, my love. Everybody's GONNA BE HAPPY)
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Allright, step lively there! Stick with me and please, no flash photography. We need to protect the copyright of everyone who lives here. You do not want to have to face Mister Burns's legal team! Yes, that's it, on up to the desk there, and make sure you present your passport. Now, everyone accounted for? Grand. Follow me then as we take another tour of the wonderful land we call Journal! Some of you, of course, have been here many times, for others it may be your first visit. So what has been happening this week at the Ideas Factory? With apologies to George Lucas...

Anteater is wrapping up the Crimson Glory story (sorry) in http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...n-dollars.html: wonder what he has for us next? One thing is not in doubt, and that is that it will be great.

"The return of the Kings of Metal" is coming close to a climax (oh he'd just love that, wouldn't he? Sexual innuendo in the review of his journal!) so if you're not up to speed on The Batlord's inspired writing yet then get on down to http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...t-schemes.html and breathe it in, people!

The Big3 is back http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...ming-moon.html and this time he's screaming about Clutch, who he says are an underrated band and have a lot to offer. Check out his journal to see what else he has to say about them.

Lot of people who haven't written for a while coming back this week with entries, none more welcome than Big Ears, who's doing a great review of Genesis's seminal "Selling England by the pound" in http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...s-journal.html

And also back is Kay! Yay! Well, not quite, but she's certainly posting about posting, and says we can expect her next review soon in http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...s-journal.html --- waiting breathlessly, girl!

Ki has a song stuck in his head. What song is it? Well, to find out you're going to have to mouseify this link http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...nal-music.html. And while you're there you can also read his entry on video game music ("Robot Unicorn Attack 2"? Who couldn't love that title!)

"The top 10 music listening experiences" for Mondo Bungle are on offer this week in http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...istortion.html, along with some personal stuff about his own life. If you like Disembowellment (not literally, of course!), Planning for Burial (again, not literally) and Slint among others head in his direction.

There's another Song Overthinker in http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...sicalness.html

And even I've been trying to up the quota myself, so in http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...d-journal.html there's a new section called "The Hook", a return for "Variations on a theme" as well as another "Album from Hell", and in http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...-emporium.html there's more Frasier as well as my review of the incredible film "Downfall" ("Der Untergang") chronicling the last days of Hitler. If you haven't seen it, you should remedy that immediately! Also squeezing in a review of the latest album from Visions of Atlantis in http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...i-reviews.html and listening to more of those http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...ver-heard.html, this time it's the Sisters of Mercy and Neutral Milk Hotel.

1977 continues to be a good year for hard rock and heavy metal, and Unknown Soldier's http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...y-history.html this week looks at important albums from that year from Judas Priest and Aerosmith.

Continuing her track-by-track review of the Lucius EP, Wolverine is up to track four now in http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...-tripping.html: man, you can just feel the love she has for this band in her writing!

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has started releasing tracks from the soon-to-be unleashed album from his band, which interestingly enough bears the same name as that of one of our members! In other news, I've been asked to review the album so that will be a worldwide exclusive, stay tuned for it. For now, you can hear some of the music here http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...sterpiece.html, with more to come. Oh, and you can also catch the freeaky album cover they made!


As I mentioned last week, I won't be doing any more Showcases for a while, as I don't want to cheapen the section by just choosing whatever's left that I haven't yet done, and that's no slight on anyone who hasn't been featured. The Showcase is meant to throw a spotlight on a particularly good journal, and while everyone here writes well and on interesting subjects, the ones that have really impressed me have been those I've chosen for the Showcase and now I need to wait till some other incredible talent (yeah, you lot out there!) come up with something that catches my attention.


For now then, I'm going to fall back on an old idea and choose my Post of the Week. This can be from any journal, young or old, and can have been written any time; it doesn't have to have been written this week, or even this year. It can be on any subject but will be something either very different, very deep or just very well written and from the heart. For my first selection I'd like to take this very personal offering from Mondo Bungle, which he wrote this week.

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Forgive me for interrupting my list, but I'd like to post these couple passages that I wrote back in Reno, before I left. It was mid-late June when I wrote them.


We weren't even living in our new house for four months when I came home late one day to my dad sitting alone in the living room. "You'd better start packing your sh*t," he said, "we've got till the end of this week." Things haven't worked out in a while.

Lately life has been so stressful. I can't recall the last time I was truly happy or at ease. I've wanted to find solace in companionship, but my brain is forcing me to think that my friends don't want me around. I don't know how they feel about me sometimes. I've always felt removed from the group. I'd still like one more chance to hang out before I leave. After my overwhelming surge of emotion and loss of control last Saturday, (it may very well have been a mental breakdown) I've grown more and more depressed. I'm not looking forward to moving to a new town at all. My whole life is here.

I feel like I'm losing it. I can't sleep to well, my mood is shifting rapidly. Each day has been interweaved with moments of extreme depression, severe anxiety, and violent anger. I have no one to turn to. I'd wish to go back in time, but I'd always know that this is the future.

I was hoping for a better summer. WHY THE F*CK DOES SHI*T HAVE TO SUCK. maybe moving will be good, no one will know me in a new town.

I NEED DRUGS AND ALCOHOL F*CK DAMN IT F*CK.

People care more than I think...........why is my brain a piece of sh*t? why won't you let me be happy? Deep down somewhere I know that my friends care about me, but stupid things make you push those thoughts away.

I told a friend I would be leaving, and he said they all were gonna throw me a party

I knew my friends cared. I should try to understand that they all have jobs now, and I don't. But our little get together was fun. I was considerably more drunk the next morning though, after making like ten delicious vodka cranberries. I got a ride to my old house but my dad was at a storage unit. I misunderstood him on the phone since I was so drunk. We had to free buffet coupons, so we ate like kings that night, we probably wouldn't have much for a while afterwards.

I'm living in a garage, f*ck yeah! I haven't taken a shower in a week and a half, and I just can't get enough stale bread. THINGS ARE SOOOO GREAT. At least I'm leaving soon.

I'm leaving tomorrow, so today I went up to my friends' neighborhood for one last day. I took a shower first, because I desperately needed one. We just sat around talking that afternoon, I left before it got dark.


That's about as good a summary as the last two-ish weeks in Reno as any, but it was the week before where emotions really started to run high.


And finally...

Already famous for his "25 albums you should hear" journal, Janszoon wrapped that up --- rather courageously and pragmatically, I thought: I would have been tempted to have stretched it out and probably delayed ending it --- and then began http://www.musicbanter.com/members-j...sible-man.html, in the inimitable way only he can, thinking of things only he does and working out concepts few if any of us would even think of attempting. Sadly, in one way, it's now to be found on page three of the journals section, having been last updated , but in other ways this is not such a bad thing, taken overall, as this has occurred mostly due to the plethora of new journals that have started up since the lonly insubstantial one last trod the murky night streets in the rain.

Nevertheless, it ranks as one of the better journals certainly of this year, and I would hope that we haven't seen the last of it. I know everyone is busy and more often than not, a journal is not something that ranks high on anyone's list of priorities (unless they're really sad, like me), but I certainly hope that Janszoon manages to update this again some time soon. As I've said before, the music in itself doesn't interest me but that's secondary to Jansz's great and insightful writing. We need to hear more about the adventures of the Invisible Man. What about it, Jansz?

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One night. Twelve hours. Twelve albums. One lonely, see-through bastard.

7:00 pm
Bud Powell—Time Waits: The Amazing Bud Powell (1958)


The invisible man sits at a table by himself, munching on a bread roll. He loves this restaurant—the godfather booths, the mood lighting, the jazz on the speakers—the whole kit and caboodle just has such fantastic ambiance. Normally just being here makes him feel mellow and content, but tonight he's feeling kind of anxious, worrying if his date is going to show up. She's almost forty-five minutes late and he's starting to wonder if he's been stood up, or for that matter, if she even knew they were supposed to meet in the first place. It wouldn't be the first time that's happened—meeting someone he likes at a party only to discover later that she had mistaken him for a coat hanging on a door and assumed she was talking to the cute guy standing nearby in line for the bathroom. He's not generally a morose sort of person, he usually tries to see the bright side of things, but it's moments like this when his condition definitely feels like a burden. He slouches down in his chair and tries to immerse himself in the sounds of the bebop album that fills the air around him, Time Waits: The Amazing Bud Powell.

Like our transparent friend sitting alone in the the restaurant, this album is generally upbeat but with a depressive undercurrent running throughout that it fights very hard against. It opens with the latin-esque "Buster Rides Again", which is one of those swinging, upbeat songs where it's almost impossible to keep your body from moving while listening to it, due in a large part to the interplay between Powell's rhythmic keys and the shapeshifting patterns of drummer Philly Joe Jones. The second track, "Sub City" is a little more mellow, but still a toe-tapping bebop classic, with somebody, probably Powell, off-mic scatting nonsense along with the melody. It's not until track number three, the title track, that the album slumps down into melancholy. Sure it tries to sound simply relaxed, but the subtly dissonant, off-kilter piano staggers reveal a heart that belongs more to the sad sack passed out at the bar than the hipster smoking a cigarette by the stage. Once revealed, the sullen soul of this album can't hide itself despite it's best stabs at being cheery. On the subsequent tracks, "Marmelade", "Monopoly" and "John's Abbey", for example, the tunes pump along in groovy bop fashion, but those off-mic vocals show up again, sounding less like scatting and more like a testy drunk arguing with himself in an alley. Beyond that, on the last of those three, the entire piece feels like it's teetering on the verge of mania. On the one hand it's straight-up bebop, but on the other, like a lot of classic bop, its formalism barely able to contain itself within a mechanism that's flying out of control. In the end, the album turns introspective again with "Dry Soul", another late night rambler that sounds anything but dry.

The despondency that seeps in around the edges of this album is unfortunately no surprise. It was recorded late in Powell's career, when his alcoholism and personal baggage were just on the verge of obliterating his talent. His brother had died less than two years before, in the same Pennsylvania car wreck that killed legendary jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown, but even before that Powell was not the most stable of characters. He was abnormally sensitive to the effects of alcohol and sadly also came to be dependent on it. He spent several years of his life in mental institutions, overmedicated and subjected to electroshock therapy. The result was a shattered man. A genius on par with Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk, but one who was so tragically broken that in end he died young—only eight years after this album—of tuberculosis, alcoholism and malnutrition, no longer even able to play piano like he used to.

So it's time once again to depart Journal Land, head to the border and check your passport, have it stamped and noted, and shuffle towards the waiting bus, taking one last longing glance back. You know, you can easily be a part of this vibrant, ideas-filled village. It's easy to join. You know how by now. And you'll always find friendly advice and help once you step beyond these gates. Why not join us? We're waiting for you.

That's it for another week. Stay tuned for Powerstars, who should be along later with this week's League Table. Till next week,
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Old 08-12-2013, 10:06 AM   #175 (permalink)
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A new, slightly delayed league table. Apologies to DJ Chameleon, who I neglected to include last week.


Trollheart sends himself into the top spot, with Batlord also rising up. Big Ears also enters the table with his Rabbiting On journal.
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I can't do this anymore. I'm sorry, the league table is stressful, so I will not be continuing on...if someone wants to take up the reigns, feel free. I will send you all you need...but, I'm sorry MB community. It's too hard for this user...STOP BOOING ME.
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So Trollheart's not doing the league table anymore either?
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So Trollheart's not doing the league table anymore either?
He quit doing it and I offered to take it up...so probably not, no.
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Old 08-16-2013, 06:11 AM   #180 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear that, Power me old mate, but as I said myself it's a massive committment, the moreso the way I was doing it, and when you have pretty much lukewarm response from people it becomes a question, unfortunately, of why bother? If people had loved the idea and been more engaged with the table I would have maybe kept going, but other than The Batlord, yourself and one or two other people nobody was interested, not even Screen13 who occupied the top spot for the entire tenure of my running of the table.

When it comes down to it, it's just too much work for no reward, and we all have better things to do. The final conclusion is that the only people really invested in the table are/were those who are/were compiling it, so it's just not worth all the hassle.

Sorry you didn't make it, but it really is a massive job isn't it? Fair play to you for trying though: at least now I know it wasn't just my innate wimpiness that stopped me. As Homer says: "You tried and you failed miserably. The lesson here is, never try."
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