For my weekly OC Notes post, I'd like to tell you to hit up Nectat tonight, where OC Notes will be sharing his Sequence: a re-edit of the 1978 super soul musical The Wiz, with his own added soundtrack. Otis just pumps pure black excellence.
For me, these tunes (five in number) best capture the popular spirit of Marxism, and Marxism always comes down to the wages, and wages come down to money (the universal equivalent), and money makes the world go round and round.
Megan posted this in Today's News, but can we talk a little bit more about this, pretty please? The original Leck mich im Arsch. ICP's Leck Mich Im Arsch. "Mozart, dope for the most part/Respect it, cuz he knows art... Alotta chicks lickin' his ass when it goes dark"
by Dave Segal
on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 2:24 PM
Here’s a novel concept from the Warm Voices blog: Review albums by forming anagrams from the artist name and release title. Some pithy truths can result from this approach. For example:
Marilyn Manson- The High End of Low Silly ham showman frighten'd no one!
Rapeman - Two Nuns and a Pack Mule Rank name! Women can't applaud us.
Joe Satriani - Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock Drat! Satch jerks off into our ears. I fuckin' hate solos. Pure onanism!
This is harder than it looks. I tried to come up with something meaningful for Shabazz Palaces’ Black Up, but failed (“Plaza blazes shack up CBS” and "A pub blaze lacks cash zap" sound all right, but are nonsense—albeit entertaining nonsense). Anyway, hours of fun can be yours, too, if you want to set your letter-scrambling mind to it.
Joe "Grindo" Axler, the hardest/drumming/working/dreadlock-growing man in the industry (Seriously, every time I see that guy riding a bike I think one of those fuckers is gonna get caught in the spokes.), alerts us to the 47th band he's in. Do you think he's using a double kick pedal here?
Big D, you might wanna watch what you post; somebody is biting your style. From what I can tell, instead of "Hole 'Doll Parts' covers", he substituted "girls," "Misfits," "guitars," and "acoustic." Oh, and "bedroom," apparently. Eesh.
DANZIG are you taking note of your massive influence on cute young ladies performing acoustic versions of MISFITS gems? Oh sure Metallica can cover MISFITS songs but they have NOTHING next to these young ladies singing all alone in their bedrooms. The immortal Static Age album from 1977 still has an atomic punch of an influence and who wudda thunk it would explode in the lonely bedrooms of teenage girls? So, behold....The top 20 cutest damn MISFITS covers!So damn darling I could just screeeeeeam with giddiness!
If you enjoy the Misfits and/or the idea of some random GUY biting Mr. D. Erdman's steez, then dig it.
by Dave Segal
on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 10:26 AM
One recent night while DJing with former Sun City Girls member/Sublime Frequencies honcho Alan Bishop (shameless name-dropping, but true story), he excitedly recounted a scene in the 1971 movie Zachariah in which Elvin Jones—drummer for John Coltrane from 1960-1966, among other things—guns down a man in an old West saloon while wearing a sliver lamé vest and then, of course, the Ohio group the James Gang kick into a blues-rock jam, only to have Jones nudge aside the sticksman so he can perform a magnificent drum solo… as a bunch of honkies and the band watch on in awe.
It was one of those anecdotes that beggared belief. But, WOOMP, there it is, on YouTube (the film is available on DVD). Now you too can revel in one of the most amazing scenes in cinematic history. Gaw-DAMN!
DMB sucks a fat baby’s ass for playing at the Gorge the same weekend as B-Shoot. There was a time when I was a huge Dave fan. No doubt he’s a talented artist who supports many causes around the globe. Unfortunately Dave misses the bus when it comes to think globally, act locally. Dave lives in Seattle. Every year he plays three shows at the Gorge in eastern Washington over Labor Day weekend. Labor Day weekend is when Bumbershoot takes place at Seattle Center. It’s an annual, local arts and music festival. Granted Labor Day weekend at the Gorge is a huge paycheck for DMB, Inc especially since the promoters have recently added a bunch of other bands to appear, creating their own Davefest. Dave can pick any weekend of the year to be at the Gorge (how about the 4th of July), after all he’s Dave Frigging Matthews, but he chooses to compete with a festival that’s nearly 40 years old and features local food vendors, artisans, performers and musicians. I no longer buy any of Dave’s CDs or merchandise. I would encourage all of you to boycott Dave until he begins to act locally.
Queen, Sheer Heart Attack, Hollywood/Elektra Some people get into a band and buy all their records at once. For me, the process tends to stretch out for years. I've been a Queen fan since junior high, so this love affair has been going on for awhile now. They were so big back then—the late-'70s/early-'80s—that another West High student and I used "Another One Bites the Dust" as the theme for a hall-decorating contest. I still remember painting a big, disproportionate cowboy to complete the urban-western theme ("Steve walks warily down the street, brim pulled way down low...").
In 1981, the quartet provided the score for Flash Gordon, and I picked up my first Queen release, a cassette copy of their greatest hits, including the theme song (which Public Enemy sampled on It Takes A Nation of Millions). I love the way Freddie Mercury shouts about the bleached-blond space traveler, "Savior of the universe!" Today's superhero movies could use that kind of spirit. (Side note: I once met the original Flash Gordon, former Olympian Buster Crabbe. Nice guy.)
Then, after I moved to Seattle, I bought A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races, and News of the World.* Last year, I finally picked up their self-titled debut. This year, it was 1974's Sheer Heart Attack. Of those titles, it's probably my least favorite, but I love it anyway, which probably says more about me than about their catalog. For one thing, it features my favorite track: "Killer Queen."
* Oddly, "Sheer Heart Attack" appears on this 1977 record.
There was an unsavory term for girls in the macho east coast hardcore scene of the mid-1980s, and that was "coat rack." Somehow the brutal goons didn't hip themselves to this gem off of the first LP released by 7 Seconds called The Crew. "Not Just Boys Fun" is a call to recognize the female contribution to hardcore, and how it's unfortunate that they were not welcome in the, uh, pit.
I'd reckon that 7 Seconds from Reno, Nevada was responsible for a lot of people's introduction to punker music, with their popular cover of "99 Red Balloons" from the 1985 LP Walk Together, Rock Together. Their early output cannot be denied as classics of the genre, from the 1982 Skins, Brains and Guts 7" on Alternative Tentacles up until the New Wind LP from 1986. Many might argue, but after that things got slower and moved into a reggae/metal mixture that wasn't quite up to snuff. I have a vague recollection of seeing them in Cleveland, Ohio in the 1990s. Kevin Seconds had long dreadlocks and the band was aping U2. My, how times had changed.
The Crew is a brilliant LP from 1984, released on the Stern Brothers' BYO label. It's really the only 7 Seconds slab that fetches real money on the collector's market, with the blue vinyl & test pressings worth about $300-$400. But when it comes to posi-crossover, 7 Seconds were the progenitors.
by Dave Segal
on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 2:43 PM
Bay Area garage-rock titans Thee Oh Sees just announced that they'll be releasing their second album of 2011: Carrion Crawler/The Dream on In the Red Records, Nov. 15. Their other LP from this year, Castlemania, came out in May and is highly recommended.
Thee Oh Sees are slated to play Bumbershoot Sun. Sept. 4, 3:15 pm, at Fountain Lawn Stage. As if they weren't already dominant enough, Thee Oh Sees' lineup now includes Stranger Genius award winner Lars Finberg of the Intelligence. If this set isn't one of THEE highlights of Bumbershoot, I'll give Grant Brissey a 45-minute foot rub.
Is a remix/rework/retitled jam sort of like a "requel"? If so, does that make this re-interpretation of the Cyclist's "CAN" the X-men: First Class of MP3s that have dropped this week? Or is it more like the Rise of the Planet of the Apes? Or is it more like [insert other nerdy reference]?
Pop-culture comparisons aside, this track serves as another good reason to join SPORTS's figurative electro-dance "team," with its thirst-inspiring chorus and deliciously groovy intersections of vintage synth and guitar. Headphones up! Commence chair-dancing:
La, formerly Language Arts, is a rather phenomenal rapper that Seattle can claim as it's own. He's quietly dropped two dope albums (Gravity and Roll With The Winners, respectively) with two dope producers (Def Dee-now signed to Mello Music Group-and Blu-Ray). His third album, due soon, is called SeaLab 2012, a fact that makes me appreciate him even more, which I thought impossible. Basically he, just like Avatar Young Blaze, is a paragon of Seattle's rapping-like-a-motherfucker underground-an MC who'd probably be earning a fuck-ton more praise if he weren't in forever rap-challenged Seattle, WA. (That statement was surely not meant as encouragement for anybody to leave town in search of greener grasses.) Local ears, wake up to this guy.
Hi-Life Soundsystem is Khingz (a young Seatown vet, having released music with the likes of Abyssinian Creole, Gabriel Teodros, and Vitamin D since 2001), B-Flat, and producer Crispy (both from the crew Godspeed). Their debut album was solid but unbalanced-feeling, perhaps not totally sure of it's self-styled 3rd-or-so wave party-rap status; this song feels much more like them, a fun electro-banger with mobbed-out body language. Last time I saw them, at the Crocodile for The Physics' release party, this song cracked. Get with it.
Luck-One - The Crown
Then there's Luck-One’s ambitiously-titled mixtape King of the Northwest (downloadable here). If you got an issue with it, say something, hate or love; seriously though, I think that’s the point, to get people buzzing. Duh. Title aside, this tape is a win for Luck-One; he eases up on the super-rapping and just shines through a little more, making this a superior release to his album True Theory. Somewhere I said:
This is the other release I’m going to tell you NW hiphop fans to get in your life immediately—because Luck, already clearly way talented judging from his album True Theory, got even better, with a much-needed dose of swing and looseness. One listen in, I can say he’s clearly shitting all over this tape. (Kudos must also be given for the great appearances from Fatal Lucciauno on here.)