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Month: May 2011 (page 1 of 5)

The Gates of Slumber’s “Ice Worm”

Remember Black Tusk?? You don’t really need to remember—they were posted below this. Well, in there I mentioned ugly metal dudes and associated comfort. Well, The Gates of Slumber is a band that, for me, epitomizes that class of dude and I love them.

Not only that, but they sing about barbarians and axes and shit totally genuinely. How fucking awesome is that? This isn’t some ironic, tongue-in-cheek, inside joke bullshit. No, this is the real deal and this song’s got some real humdingers.

Want to read the lyrics to this song? They’re epic.

Ancient terror, of the snows.
Wyrm of ice, where the north wind blows.
Hollow song, and alien form.
Frozen death, its primeval storm.

Waves of cold. Chill your veins.
Haunting eyes drive you insane.

Bone yard atop the world.
Oublet of ice, song as its lure.
Palace of skulls who came before.
Ice worm, song is its lure.

Simple fool, you come when I call.
Roused my anger. Invade my sacred hall.
Fiery wheel, splits the cold.
Cimmerian howl, makes him bold.

White hot axe splits the air.
Yakhamar dies, in the ice worm’s lair.
Palace of skulls who came before.
Ice worm, song is its lure.

Oh. My. God. I love this so much. Metal at its purest.

Black Tusk’s “Red Eyes, Black Skies”

After that spat of glossy electro videos, let me reacquaint you with some good old fashioned ugly metal dudes playing no fucking nonsense heavy metal music. These guys have never even heard of auto-tune, not that they’d have much use for it. There’s comfort in this, I think.

Foxxjazell’s “Hook Up” feat. Ashley Breathe

This might be one of the worst videos I’ve ever seen. Ever. And I watch a lot of music videos.

In no particular order, here’s an unordered list <ul> of what I dislike about this “work”.

  • Imitating Gaga. Extremely poorly.
  • Not keeping time with the dancers. I get it: you were shot separately from the dancers. That is no excuse.
  • Shitty Tron-inspired background.
  • The song. Oh my goodness, the song.
  • Lip sync. Or, specifically, the lack thereof.
  • The fiery dollar bill background chain sequence. WHY?!
  • Holding, but not playing, a guitar though there’s no guitar anywhere in the (horrible) track.
  • Putting the comic filter or whatever on the one section at about 2:38. Unmotivated, poorly executed, and just tasteless.
  • The low resolution background art of the same section that doesn’t actually fill the whole screen. You can see the edges at about 2:50.
  • The horrible pop&lock in the opening.

All in all, this video is a big, hot mess and should be purged from the collective consciousness. It doesn’t compare at all to some other horrible work, like Reh Dogg’s “Why Must I Cry,” since they clearly put a lot of effort and a bit of know-how into the production of this abomination. It’s a display of piss-poor taste all around. Terrible.

DJ Dan’s “Operator”

This video is neat. And the song is neat, but I’m really posting it because it reminds me (and was clearly influenced by) one of my favorite old school electro tracks “It’s Automatic” by Freestyle. For reference, below is the superior inspiration.

Damn, if that Freestyle track doesn’t make you want to dance, you’re not enjoying your life enough. Go kiss a girl, run around, play frisbee, whatever, and get back to me when you want to shake your shit to that jam.

Holy Ghost!’s “Wait & See”

Ever wondered what it was like to live in Williamsburg/Greenpoint? This is pretty close. It even features the crazy thrift store by my house that has a basement full of unsorted records and an incredible collection of gay porn on VHS. Seriously. Super cool video.

I dig Holy Ghost!’s record. I think, at points, it tends to get a little flat, but that overall they are a band worth paying attention to. I hope they raise it up a notch for the sophomore record and blow my brains out.

Summer 2010 Ice Cream mix

After he read my previous post on the subject of ice cream, the inimitable Charles Vestal sent me a mix he made last summer that is entirely ice cream themed.

Here’s the tracklist:

01 – new young pony club – Ice Cream
02 – jonathan richman – Ice Cream Man
03 – johnny osbourne – ice cream love
04 – quix o tic – IceCreamSundae
05 – channel_3000_-_holiday_and_ice_cream
06 – tilly and the wall – Poor Man’s Ice Cream
07 – aitanna77_-_licking_ice_cream_cones
08 – Ariane – Ice Cream
09 – SoftTigers-MrIceCream_MiamiHorrorRemix
10 – the time – Ice Cream Castles
11 – cibo matto – White Pepper Ice Cream
12 – sarah maclachlan – Ice Cream
13 – dan deacon Biggle Hat was Ice-Cream Time(Card Shark Nose Nose)
14 – Nivea – Taste My Ice Cream
15 – the jolenes – ice cream
16 – pissed jeans-ive-still-got-you-ice-cream
17 – le_remede-ice_cream_ft._keny_arkana
18 – muscles – Ice Cream

Pretty fun mix overall. I mean, I have no love for Sarah MacLachlan, but whatever. Ice cream songs all around!

Summer 2010 Ice Cream Mix ~102mb

Two wildly different yet ridiculously similar songs about ice cream

First is Breakdown’s “Ice Cream”.

Second is Cazwell’s “Ice Cream Truck”

It’s officially summertime here in New York City regardless of what the calendar says. The AC is on and ice cream trucks are roaming the streets, their songs competing over each other to serve you lackluster but often necessary frozen treats. While hiding from Sunday and watching dance music videos on my Roku (what, you don’t do that?) I happened upon the first video for Breakdown’s “Ice Cream” and it occurred to me that it was sonically and thematically very much like Black Laser favorite Cazwell’s song and video for “Ice Cream Truck”. Then I thought this would make an excellent post so here we are. Isn’t life fun?

Which do you prefer? I know which I like more, but I will withhold declaring a preference. Without giving anything away, I do like that the two videos are a conflict between my west coast roots and my east coast choice. Dance dance dance, kids.

I also saw what might be the single worst music video I’ve ever seen today so that will probably get posted later. Got to keep you people on your toes as I work toward a thousand posts. Getting closer and closer!

Los Alguiens’ “El Internet”

Mexico wants to sing to you about the internets. Will you listen? WILL YOU LISTEN?!?!