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Old 04-14-2007, 10:07 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Cardboard_adolescent : That song (#6) is about Romulus and Remus, who were thought to have founded Rome.
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Old 04-14-2007, 11:31 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Yeah, I can see that in the 13th and 14th lines, but the unconcious roman collective?

I dunno.
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Old 04-14-2007, 07:11 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Yeah, I can see that in the 13th and 14th lines, but the unconcious roman collective?

I dunno.
"we are all Romans, unconcious roman collective"
The writer means you and me.

It's not that much of a puzzle.
Basically it's a rebellion against the authorities.
A satirical metaphor of modern day capitilism.


"2 + 2 = 4
4 + 4 = 8
We organise via property as power
Slavehood and freedom imperial purple
Pax romana!"


^ We are taught what to think and we are slaves to the system, which brings "Pax romana!" ...peace to Rome (maintaining the status quo)

"Bella bella bella bellorum bellis bellis"

^ Make war, in times of war... we are already at war with the authorities, rise up and rebel.

Amo amas amat amamis amatis amant
We are all romans unconscious collective
We are all romans we live to regret it
We are all romans and we know all
About straight roads
Every straight road leads home,
Home to rome
2 + 2 = 4
4 + 4 = 8
We organise via property as power
Slavehood and freedom imperial purple
Pax romana!
Suckled by a she wolf,
We turn against our brother
Bella bella bella bellorum bellis bellis
Veni vidi vici I came I saw I conquered
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Old 04-14-2007, 08:13 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Haha I love you guys. Now download the song and tell me what you think of it.
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Old 04-14-2007, 10:13 PM   #35 (permalink)
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I'm downloading Urbans, then I'll probably hit up CA's second one because I want to hear some Railroad Jerk and I'm intringed by This Heat. Right-track, your link isn't working for me, no matter, I'll track down as many of the songs as I can individually.

1. Yawning Man - Split Tooth Thunder

Reminds me of Riders on the Storm by the Doors, you know, that 'horse ride across the arabian sands' kind of imagery imagery. It's certainly a little faster than RotS, but this is because the horsies are galloping. The instruments are clean i.e no distortion, and the guitar has this echoing fade about it, as if it's twanging off in several different directions. Their entire album is quite beautiful like this.

2. Sleep - The Druid

Probably one of my favourite pieces of metal ever. It's mainly instrumental, though there are a few lines in there at the start. Mainly what I love about this is the sheer jam it has going for it. It starts off with a rather sinister riff, the bass then starts coming from one end of the railway track and guitar thunders from the other. The drums egging both freight trains on. Then it all goes quiet, a skittish bass line pops up and Sleep takes off in a whole different direction. As far as music and metal goes, this is awesome, I love it very much.

3. Human Instinct - Stoned Guitar

Another instrumental, played by a New Zealand 70's band. The start is creepy, then playful, then downright classy. I'd advise a low volume on your speakers while the guitar self rights itself at the start however, not that it ever gets any quieter at any other stage! After the long but unforced intro, H-I break into an awesome jam. I'm quite proud of this band, they were probably high on something at the time but hey, it's a Hendrix toned good going romp, sit back and enjoy the ride.

4. Kyuss - 50 Million Year Trip

Another classy jam. More a journey than a song. When I listen to this I think I'm on some outback highway in America on a harley, the stars are out and I'm going at speed. Then at about 3 minutes into the song everything changes tack. It's pegged back a notch and it's layed you down on something comfortable and your clearing off up into the night sky full of puffy white clouds, you're comfortably numb.

5. Place of Skulls - Lookin' For A Reason

This song sounds like something Metallica had constructed a couple of times before. It's a heavy metal song (Black Sabbath like) in essencse and I didn't really pay mind to it much until I heard their guitarist wailing away for about 2 minutes, it was an awesome piece. The band goes quiet and lets the 6-string take the limelight, it's very much a Kirk Hammet moment but it's no wankery, it's playing to the music that is this track, and it makes a not overly special song very cool indeed.

6. Sgt. Sunshine - Vega

A band of today, these guys are just like Colour Haze in terms of genre, even Yawning Man in some respects. Awesome jamming qualities with that slightly distorted fuzz sound, Vega is 7 minutes in length and is a progressive space jam with many choice sounds happening throughout. It is nothing new in terms of sound, but it is still awesomely creative. It opens it's doors and welcomes you in, then about 4 minutes later it springs into life. Throughout the 7 minutes several different jams will operate, each one is awesome, you tend to forget what was happening 2 minutes ago but then as soon as you begin to have a think about it a different jam will derail your train of thought and bring you back to what's happening now.

7. Tool - Merkaba

Nigh on 10 minutes of ambience and haunting sound effects, goddamn windchimes creeping up behind you and oddly gripping drums leading you into the jaws of an elusive hunter, like some horror movie. The odd piano key comes in and jabs at you with that well known horror movie style beat too. It's all awesome, but what I really love about this is the climax it builds. Wait until you hear the mystical ramblings along the lines of "our body is light" at about 5 minutes, thats where your climb up the mountain begins. From there it's a great ride. Tool performed this track live, and it was put on their box set disc, Salival, I've never heard anything like it before, still love it.

8. Boris - Pseudo Bread

Holy shit. I said that the first time I heard this. Holy shit, thats what I still say now. These 3(?) Japs blow the arse off of almost everyone when it comes to noise. Boris have got a few sounds going for them, one is the sound thats heavier than a tablespoon of Black-Hole space matter, another is this one here. Pseudo Bread is intense and quick. The vocals are clean but they climb when the band climbs, it's like Boris are working as some sort of sick sound unit but at the same time they're trying to out do each other. This gave my ears blisters. It's a terrifying piece of screeching guitar and thundering everything else.

9. Fatso Jetson - Pleasure Bent

A welcome song after that bloody Boris, I bet?
I like these guys a lot, they go about their work with energy and they've definitely got that "I love my job" vibe about them. Pleasure Bent is an awesome sunny Saturday afternoon, have your mates over for a barbecue and chill out with a cold beer. In fact most of their songs do that for me, but this is the one I picked.

10. Colour Haze - Ozean

Probably one of the greatest European bands of their time, that is, of today. These guys are amazing in pretty much every facet of their work, and most of their compositions come under the 'beautifully crafted' category. I thought I'd finish my 10 the same way I started, with a song relaxed and harmonious in it's approach and rather wavey in it's sound. Colour Haze usually have lyrics, and usually get a sweet jam going, but Ozean is different. It's most definitely an eye-shutter that politely asks to wash over you. A very rewarding song when you don't try to pull it to pieces.

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Hawkwind - You know I love these guys, I hadn't heard this one before, love it though.
The Fall - I really liked this, it's kind of fuzzy and the beat is pretty sick. The vocals are great too haha, and did I just hear cheese tits in the 4th or 5th line?!
Stereolab - Didn't like this too much I found it quite boring, but I won't say it was all bad, pretty easy listening actually.
Nation of Ulysses - Hey this was really cool, good energy!
Frank Zappa - Loved it.
Sister Vanilla - Reminds me of Dandy Warhols, you probably don't want to hear that haha but anyhow, I liked it.
Los Campesinos - A happy song, I hated the male vocals, everything else was reasonably fun though.
Graham Coxon - One of my favourite tracks off your 10 mate, it's strong.
The Birthday Party - Definitely not for me. Feels like The Fall's song above gone really bad.
Sly & The Family Stone - This was cool in it's own happy chappy way, I wouldn't be able to listen to much of this for too long, but a novel track all the same.
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Old 04-15-2007, 02:40 AM   #36 (permalink)
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1. David Bowie - Station To Station
I think it's a shame that Bowie's Station To Station album tends to get overlooked because there are some real gems on that album. Especially the title track. I love how the song slowly builds into a kind of dark brooding roxy music sounding song and then halfway through changes tack into an uptempo funky rock song that wouldn't sound out of one of his Ziggy Stardust era albums. This song is also the birth of his 'Thin White Duke' personna.

2. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Bellbottoms
This is the song that launched my love of garage rock way back in 1994.After spending a few years listening to metal I was totally bored of it, especially the whole death metal thing that was happening around this time. Listening to this for the first time was a revelation of what I was missing. It was fun , it was catchy , the subject matter was totally pointless. Here was a man sounding like Elvis singing about his love of flared trousers. After 2 or 3 years where the only lyrics I heard were "GGGGRRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGH HHHHHHHHHH" I jumped at the chance of loving this band. And I still do. Nice violin work at the beginning too.

3. Six Finger Satellite - Coke & Mirrors
I know very little about this band. I think I picked up the albums around 98/99 when I was completely bored of Britpop. It was totally different to anything i'd heard before. It was like punk rock done on synthesisers. Most of the songs on the album were a lot faster & heavier & noisier than this one but this was always my favourite on the album , it was more moody & atmospheric almost sounding like a cross between Hawkwind & Joy Division , only with synths.

4. XTC - Senses Working Overtime
This is one of the earliest songs I can remember listening to I think it came out in the summer of 1982 or around that time, We bought a new Hi-fi & my mother made a tape full of songs I liked and this was on it. She'd sit me in front of the stereo with a book & stick the tape on to shut me up so she could have a lie in. Cut forward to 18/19 years later and I see XTC on TV and I remember this song & go out & buy it the next day. And it was just as good as I remembered.

5. Urusei Yatsura - First Day On A New Planet
Lo-Fi Glaswegian punk pop I spose you'd call it. You could also file it under 'British bands from the mid 90s who never stood a chance because they didn't sound like The Beatles or The Smiths'. Urusei Yatsura are remembered by those who remember them for 2 reasons.
1. They were banned from playing Japan for having the same name as the Japanese mafia (or so they claimed)
2. Their keyboard player was Alex Kapranos who just happens to be the lead singer of Franz Ferdinand these days.

6. Sparklehorse - Cow
Given how popular singer songwriters are on this forum it surprises me that more people don't listen to Sparklehorse. I mean i'm not really a big fan of either singer songwriters or alt country , yet I love Sparklehorse and I think if Mark Linkous drank himself to death tomorrow (probably very likely knowing him) in a few years time we'll have hundreds of people saying how great he was and having albums full of demos & unreleased songs coming out every 5 minutes.
Anyway this song , it's easy on the ear , it has a soft tinged country feel to it without the cheesiness that I have a problem with in country and Linkous vocals compilment it perfectly.

7. The 1900s - Patron Saint Of The Mediocre
I bought this at the tail end of last year and it quickly became a favourite. What I like about it is when I heard about the band I was expecting yet another twee Belle & Sebastian tribute band. Yet this is nothing like that. It has the same kind of influences but they are much more underplayed. It has the feel of a female fronted pop song from the 60s kind of like Sandie Shaw , Dusty Springfeild or Nancy Sinatra only done with the indie cred of today. Whatever it is I think it's a wonderful song.

8. The Fall - Container Drivers
Mark E Smith does American trucker music. Well it makes me smile anyway.

9. Fairport Convention - Tale In A Hard Time
*Note to self , don't call a band a bunch of boring bearded folky hippy bastards until you have actually heard them.

10. The Raveonettes - Cops On Our Tail
I was blown away the first time I heard their debut mini album. Take a load of Mary Chain riffs , add in a load of old B movie imagery and some male/female duel vocals to give it a really eeiry quality. They still come out with the odd good song every now & again but I don't think they ever topped this.

*Bonus Track*
Pattie Bersaudara - What Am I Supposed to Do

Ever heard any mid 60s Indonesian female fronted garage pop? I have and it's f*cking great. Just check out that shredding at the 1min 18 mark. I want her album, it's called Warna Warni if anyone has it

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Old 04-15-2007, 06:57 AM   #37 (permalink)
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Now download the song and tell me what you think of it.
Already did. In fact I downloaded both your 10's and they are very good.
Your taste in music is interesting and I mean that in a good way.
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Old 04-24-2007, 09:30 PM   #38 (permalink)
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1. Neil Young - Crime in the City (Sixty to Zero Part 1)
Freedom

From what might be Young's only great album from the 80's (freedom), this track is a mood builder with its subtle acoustic playing and its amazing and jazzy sax solo there in the middle. I'd imagine it reflects the inner city corruption that was rampant in the 1980's and as only few can, Neil makes it beautiful.

"The artist looked at the producer The producer sat back He said, What we have got here Is a perfect track But we don't have a vocal And we don't have a song If we could get these things accomplished Nothin' else could go wrong. So he balanced the ashtray As he picked up the phone And said, Send me a songwriter Who's drifted far from home And make sure that he's hungry Make sure he's alone Send me a cheeseburger And a new Rolling Stone."


2. Three Days - Jane's Addiction
Ritual De lo Habitual

With what might be one of the most intriguing bass lines I've heard in some time, Jane's taps their inner epic narrative with foolish lyrics and drawn out wanking reminiscent of a latter day Zeppeling. Topping out at almost 11 minutes I feel its one of the more important tracks that seemingly most people aren't aware of.

"True hunting is over. No herds to follow. Without game, men prey on each other. The family weakens by the bite we swallow... True leaders gone, Of land and people. We choose no kin but adopted strangers. The family weakens by the length we travel..."

3. My Morning Jacket - What a Wonderful Man
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This track just reminds me of kids playing in sprinklers, with sloppy piano and an off key falsetto refrain, it seems to capture the very essence of carefree and insouciant.

"From The Driver's Seat In The Dark. He Popped A Tape In The Dash Of His Car. And When The Singer Started To Scream. I Knew Exactly What He Meant."

4. Instinct Blues - The White Stripes
Get Behind Me Satan

This is probably one of their least well constructed tracks, but then again the Stripes always liked playing it off the cuff. The lyrics are redundant and theres almost no plot but the real true beauty comes in the dissonant blues leads jack takes in the middle of those half-hearted words, and there in the bent notes of a low-grade guitar made in the 1950's, he makes up for everyone else who never had enough heart to begin with.

Yeah, I just want you to get with it 'cause everyone that's under your shoe And every bird and bug in the jungle, too And everything in the ocean blue They just happen to know exactly what to do So why don't you? Yeah, why don't you?

5. Burma Shave - Tom Waits
Foreign Affair

Off one of his (deservedly) largely ignored albums, this song stands as a diamond in the ruff. Capturing the longing for the dreams beyond the borders of small town ennui, Waits paints a large picture with the smallest images where in a pair of sunglasses becomes an alternate reality that never was.

"hell marysville ain't nothing but a wide spot in the road some night my heart pounds just like thunder i don't know why it don't explode cause everyone in this stinking town has got one foot in the grave and i'd rather take my chances out in burma shave"

6. Funky Drummer - James Brown
Into the Jungle Groove

One of Brown's jazzier and longer tracks, Funky Drummer gets its name when, mid song, Brown decides that the drummer is so funky he's going to give the drummer his own solo. Only "you don't have to do no soloin' brotha, just keep whatcha gat. Don't turn it loose cause its a mutha'." And on browns count, you can hear the world of rap being born.

[Its James Brown, theres like 8 words and a whole lotta screaming, just go listen]

7. 10,000 Days (Wings Part 2) - Tool
10,000 Days

This is one of those songs that I think even tool fans will say "what the hell?" more Atmospheric build up crashing down at the end with Maynards pretentious lyrics peeking out there at the end. But one of the better moves that prog turns out regularly is the association of lyrics with music, which was influenced heavily by classical and came across in the early religious songs. As his mother ascends to heaven, the music builds and builds, and only comes back down when James speaks for himself.

"You're the only one who can hold your head up high, Shake your fist at the gates saying, "I have come home now! Fetch me the spirit, the son and the father, Tell them their pillar of faith has ascended."

8. Sweet Virginia - The Rolling Stones
Exile on Main St.

This is the sound track to sitting on your front porch and getting drunk. No questions asked, you're not as cool as this song.

"Thank you for your wine, california Thank you for your sweet and bitter fruits Yes, Ive got the desert in my toenail And hid the speed inside my shoe But come on come on down sweet virginia Come on honey child I beg of you Come on come on down you got it in you Got to scrape that **** right off your shoes"

9. Telling Stories - Tracy Chapman
Telling Stories

What initially drew me to this song was the organ playing in the background. It was subtle but in that subtlety it did everything it could to help the song. And this was indicative of all of Chapman's works. Never show boating, and always there for the sake of the power of words and music. When juxtaposed with Eric Clapton at a benefit concert on "Give me one reason". it was never more glorified when slow hand tried to be the flashy blues man he always was and Tracy just played it strait.

"There is fiction in the space between The lines on your page of memories Write it down but it doesnt mean You're not just telling stories There is fiction in the space between You and me"

10. Life During Wartime - Talking Heads
Fear of Music

You can almost hear the fear and exhilaration of Byrne as he rides around the general cities and countryside engaging in acts only morale in states of war. But as only a real genius would be able to, in the under current Byrne shows the sorrow and the longing for a real life of women and music that seems too far away to ever reach.

"You oughta know not to stand by the window somebody might see you up there I got some groceries, some peant butter, to last a couple of days But I ain't got no speakers, ain't got no heaphones, ain't got no records to play"
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You're right, that list is awesome.

Look man, im not sure if you want me to up load all the albums, but I don't have them all, and in fact unlocking the iTunes is a real bitch.
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