Sunday, January 21, 2007

A few more things...

I know its been a few weeks since 2006 ended. But here are a few from the list.

Converge - No Heroes

Awesome - "Agressive music" at its best. This band never runs out of steam, and they always keeps things interesting... Devastating music executed with immediate precision and and almost poetic poignancy.

Mouth Of The Architect - The Ties That Blind

Thick and heavy pulsating doom sludge with astrally projected space rock and disturbing murky black death lurking in every corner. Its the sound of the death of distant stars and of giant nebulas and their slow explosion into space.

Six Organs of Admittance - A Sun Awakens

Warm, smokey, hazy folk and acoustic drone mixed with other worldly psychedelia. Rivers are running, waterfalls and wind flowing, sounds of nature humming. This is all extrmeley evident on the closing, River of Transfiguration, a tonal mantra of transcendent beauty. The whole record is amazing and steeped in mystical qualities.

Snowden - Anti-Anti

Snowden are a nice icy treat. A slick yet riotous group with a tight rhythm section and a sharp guitar sound, all bound up in luscious cold bass lines. The lyrics are smart and exude an exacting coolness as does the rest of the band, in both image in sound.

And a few other favorites...

Built To Spill - Keep It Like A Secret

One of the finest Indie Rock records, or damn, even one the finest Rock records around. Along with their other albums, this album has not only greatly influenced a great many, but still stands as a huge monolith of rock and roll to all who enter the arena.

Mogwai - EP + 6

Not only some of Mogwai's quieter and more rare stuff, but also some of the best theyve put to tape. Stanley Kubrick and Superheroes of BMX are incredible and soothing, evoking tension and release all at once. Xmas Steps explodes appropriately with added dynamics from the original version, and Now Your Taken is haunting in its fragile beauty and simply hushed tones with lyrics from Aiden Moffat of Arab Strap.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey what's the password for Mouth of the Architect??? thanks.

11:50 PM  
Anonymous haestabett said...

I second that, you got me fine & curious! :D And thanks for all your great work!

3:10 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

i think i fixed it. let me know if it still has a PW.

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, I re-downloaded and it worked this time. thanks a lot! oh, and I love your blog. keep up the good work.

5:30 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

thanks man, good stuff. you will love that record.

5:44 PM  
Blogger treebeard said...

that converge album is insane!

4:39 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

fuckin a it is...its overwhelming!

2:02 PM  
Blogger Terry said...

Wow, that Mouth of The Architect is excellent. I never usually like side project stuff (they're one of those, aren't they?)

Converge...hmmm, i'll have to give No Heroes a few more listens but I'm under the impression that they and Mastodon are hilariously overrated bands on the aggressive scene....

That Built to Spill album is easily one of the best indie rock albums I believe I've ever heard, and it makes me angry at the popularity of sooooo many lesser bands. It's one of those numbers that i've probably bought six or seven copies and given 'em away cos people "need to know!"

3:57 PM  
Blogger Terry said...

got to clarify on converge, it's those last two albums i think are boring (you fail me, no heroes)....

4:03 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

you seem like a cool guy, terry.

converge's old stuff is some of my favorite hardcore, metal, whatever. the new ones are good. they have their charms...but less melody overall...

MOTA is a newish band from Ohio....they are really something should hear Bongripper if you like MOTA...i'll try n find a link.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Terry said...

Thanks! You as well... I haven't heard MOTA or Bongripper...I'll check them out. When I first heard Converge I think it was the Jane Doe album (i liked the cover art) and I thought it too intense for me, kind of like hearing Ion Dissonance for the first time (their second album has same cover art theme...implied dead girl). The song "Distance and Meaning" I loved from the first listen though, easily one of the most intense songs I have ever heard, and it's hard to refrain from airbanding, or at least scowling when i hear it.


1:07 AM  
Blogger ttb said...

Yo! whats the Mouth of the architect pW?!

11:23 PM  

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