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Old 07-06-2009, 05:28 AM   #111 (permalink)
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Psychomania OST- John Cameron (Performed by Frog) 1972


Yes. Yes. Yes. After being a fan of this British cult film I finally tracked down the brilliant soundtrack after it recieved a limited release a few years back. Psychomania is one of those classic' so bad it's good' films that once watched you are forever smitten!

A motorcyclist who is part of a gang is killed in a crash but comes back to life riding out of his grave with his leathers and bike intact! The rest of his gang then commit suicide in various ways to also come back from the dead to wreak havoc! Complete with no blood, terrible acting and a clunky script it is still a classic!

What about the score though I hear you say? Well it's a score composed by John Cameron, performed by a bunch of session musicians who collectively call themselves 'Frog'. The music ranges from groovy psychedelic rock to weird sound effects and avant garde noises but it's all so typically bad ass english 70's rock that you just have to own it if you like that era.

Music kicks in after 1 min to give you some idea:

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Old 07-16-2009, 03:42 PM   #112 (permalink)
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New Zealand Reggae/Dub Scene


New Zealand has over the past 10-15 years seen an explosion of Dub and Reggae bands that fuse Maori past along with the musical leanings of Funk and Soul. The most well known are Fat Freddy's Drop who are a firm festival favourite who wow their audiences with their improv slow jams and sleek delivery. Yet there are many others too worthy of a mention. Rhombus, The Black Seeds, Trinity Roots and the Roots Reggae band Katchafire (who started out as a Bob Marley tribute band!) all keeping the Reggae flag alive. Although the music does splinter and span many genres it's gratifying to know that a new audience is being introduced to Reggae infused music and still have something new to bring to the table.

Here is a selection of vid's for ya to bump and grind to:

The jam that kicks in just after3 minutes through this track is just toe tappingly good and they are a band I would love to see live:

Love the guitar work on this one and a great soulful voice too:

A band that likes a side order of fun:

Terrible vid but Fat Freddy's Drop are one of my absolute faves:
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Old 07-17-2009, 05:54 PM   #113 (permalink)
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Amazing write up Lee! I've actually been digging on The Black Seeds quite heavily through a friend who got me into them. When I first heard Into the Dojo my immediate reaction was "there's no way these guys are from New Zealand" I kept waiting for my friend to tell me that he was messing with my head.
Fat Freddy's Drop is actually a new discovery for me, but they've been very quickly gaining some serious seniority in my music collection.
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:02 PM   #114 (permalink)
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Art Official Intelligence - Voice-Mail-Bomb -Threat (1998)


A little known album when Aesop Rock fronted a band that played a Rock/ A Tribe Called Quest type of vibe. It is damn fine bouncy Hip Hop. Nothing more to say really except that PM is your friend. No Youtube vids. It seems like it's kinda rare.
That isn't Aesop Rock, that's Sage Francis. Kind of a shame that FaSho didn't get this info months ago, since he seemed to be interested in some of their other work. If you liked A.O.I. check out Sage Francis' other work (A.O.I. essentially is Sage Francis, so if you liked them you will certainly like some of his other stuff).
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Old 07-18-2009, 03:40 PM   #115 (permalink)
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That isn't Aesop Rock, that's Sage Francis. Kind of a shame that FaSho didn't get this info months ago, since he seemed to be interested in some of their other work. If you liked A.O.I. check out Sage Francis' other work (A.O.I. essentially is Sage Francis, so if you liked them you will certainly like some of his other stuff).
Yeah I found this out a while later. The original source was obviously wrong. What can I say? Shit happens.
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Old 07-19-2009, 02:04 PM   #116 (permalink)
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Yeah wasn't trying to come off douchey, just thought I'd comment in case FaSho was still interested, cause Sage is one of my favorites.
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Old 07-20-2009, 03:36 AM   #117 (permalink)
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I didn't mean to come across like that! I was just annoyed that I got it wrong. Grrr!
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Old 07-25-2009, 07:43 PM   #118 (permalink)
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Marillion-Fugazi (1984)

Marillion. The greatest rip off of early Genesis. Musically they shared a sparse sound with no particular emphasis on any instrument. Extended solos were not the name of the game. Atmosphere and a slight whiff of surrealism was the order of the day. Unlike Genesis, Marillion were much more grounded in reality due to the their extraordinary frontman Derek. W **** AKA Fish. A self confessed bleeding heart romantic with a drink problem who let his persona almost become Marillion for good and bad.

I generally don't like lyrics posted on forums to excuse the lack of the OP's argument or persuasion but as Fish is probably my favourite lyricist:

Vodka intimate, an affair with isolation in a blackheath cell
Extinguishing the fires in a private hell
Provoking the heartache to renew the licence
Of a bleeding heart poet in a fragile capsule
Propping up the crust of the glitter conscience
Wrapped in the christening shawl of a hangover
Baptised in the tears from the real
Tears from the real


I'm not her to convince you as Marillion seem to be a niche band but for me they were massive when growing up and the themes fish was singing about are still pertinent to me today.



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Old 07-25-2009, 09:43 PM   #119 (permalink)
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The only criteria I'm giving to this is that the albums or tracks reviewed will almost certainly be a first time listen on what I have recently acquired or dragging an lost gem out of it's hidey hole kicking and screaming.

Agoraphobic Nosebleed- Altered States Of America (2003)



99 tracks long and clocking in at well under 12 minutes this is certainly an acquired taste. Four vocalists, a drum machine, one guitar and endless samples and F/X create one hell of a racket. Is it a gimmick or is it a sincere attempt to make one of the most intense albums ever?

Luckily I was growing up when Grindcore first reared it's head in the late 80's over here and I have been to many all day Hardcore/Grindcore/Punk festivals so I can 'tolerate' this a lot easier than if I was reviewing my first Grindcore album.

Listening closely I can say that it is certainly not a gimmick and despite the ridiculously short length of the tracks there is plenty of imagination and variation to keep me entertained. What used to bore me after a while with Grindcore was the guttural vocals. After a few tracks I got bored. With 4 vocalists on board and only one employing this vocal technique my attention is still kept up. This along with the electronic backbone in many songs give the band a 'Cyber Grind' tag (just in case I start being corrected on their genre tag).

I thought the album was enjoyable in both concept and product. If you fancy your ears being cleaned out or an experience in just how far Music can go sonically, then give it a go brave people. It's fucking mental.


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stellar review, just downloaded the album

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Wow, what a name.

Heh, I like to take your word on things but this doesn't look like something I'd dig.

Punk/Metal albms with gory cartoon covers, yeah, I avoid them like the plague.
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