Tuesday, 24 May 2016

8 Λόγοι που το "The Number οf the Beast" Είναι ο Καλύτερος Δίσκος Όλων των Εποχών

  1. Invaders
  2. Children Of The Damned
  3. The Prisoner
  4. 22 Acacia Avenue
  5. The Number Of The Beast
  6. Run To The Hills
  7. Gangland
  8. Hallowed Be Thy Name

Υ.Γ. Καλά σοβαρά μιλάς τώρα; Τη δική μου γνώμη περίμενες για αυτό το τοτεμικό άλμπουμ; Χρειάζεσαι τη γνώμη οποιουδήποτε, αυτάκια δεν έχεις;

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Short Attention Span Record Reviews, May 2016 Vol. II

THE LOUDER STUFF

DEATH GRIPS – Bottomless Pit

Dear hipsters, FYI Dalek was doing this rap/industrial thing better than Death Grips 20 years ago. (6)

GOO GOO DOLLS – Boxes

I remember these guys from the early 90’s as a really cool punk band on Metal Blade Records. What the fuck happened? This sappy shit is like a soccer mom’s idea of edgy rock music. (4)

KVELERTAK – Nattesferd

What do you get when you crossbreed black metal with cock rock? I’ll give you the answer before any smartass says “black cock” – you get “Nattesferd”. (8)

PURSON – Desire’s Magic Theatre

More fun that this year’s Blood Ceremony and Witchcraft albums, if you’re into the whole vintage psychedelic/occult thing. (8)

VEKTOR – Terminal Redux

With their most ambitious album to date Vektor take thrash and twist it into weird four-dimentional shapes not of this world. If a better metal record is released in 2016 I’ll be very surprised. (9)

WRONG – Wrong

Helmet from Lidl. (6)


THE OTHER STUFF

ANOHNI – Hopelesness

The artist formerly known as Antony (& The Johnsons) lyrically attacks everything and everyone in sight, also goes full-on electronica. I guess you’ll like this sound if you enjoy FKA Twigs and the weirder Bjork and Radiohead stuff, I’m a Billy Squier fan. (6)

IMARHAN – Imarhan

Another interesting Tuareg desert blues band – it seems that Tinariwen’s success has created (or unearthed) a huge scene down there on the Algeria/Mali border. This one’s a bit funkier. (7)

JEAN-MICHEL JARRE – Electronica 2: The Heart Of Noise

Another collaboration album, this time featuring the Pet Shop Boys, Julia Holter, Primal Scream, Gary Numan, Hans Zimmer, Peaches, Sebastien Tellier, The Orb, Yello, Cyndi Lauper and others. Just as meh as the first one. (6)

JIMBO MATHUS – Band Of Storms

9-song, 23-minute EP of Jimbo taking another trip into all things Southern: Dr. John-type stompers, honky tonk tear-jerkers, swampy blues, American gothic devil tales. Fantastic. (8)

MARISSA NADLER – Strangers

Not bad but after Lana Del Rey, Sharon Van Etten, Eleanor Friedberger, Lera Lynn and a couple of dozen others I really can’t take any more tortured gothic hipster chanteuses. (7)  

RADIOHEAD – A Moon Shaped Pool

Not a stone cold proper rock masterpiece like “The Bends” or “OK Computer”, not a WTF avant garde whatchamacallit that you admire rather than enjoy like everything they released since the turn of the century, but somewhere in between and still light years ahead from the competition. (8)

Monday, 25 April 2016

Short Attention Span Record Reviews, May 2016 Preview

ACE FREHLEY – Origins Vol. 1
Frehley ruins some of my favorite songs by Cream, Steppenwolf, Thin Lizzy etc. because he can’t sing to save his life. (5)

BEASTWARS – The Death Of All Things

Mostly sounds like Jesus Lizard buttfucking High On Fire, and that’s a good thing. (7)

BEYONCE – Lemonade

Beyonce takes the pop world by surprise – again. And, even putting speculation about the state of her own marriage aside, this is still a brave record, touching upon subject matter that other artists of her stature wouldn’t dare go near. (8)

GRAND MAGUS – Sword Songs

Heavy fucking metal, plain and simple. (8)

JOHN ZORN – Painted Bird

Another instrumental jazz-metal album, the 4th in 12 months by Zorn’s latest ensemble. If you liked the previous three you’ll like this one too. (7)

KYLE CRAFT – Dolls Of Highland

Oh! This is so great! Imagine a redneck version of Ziggy Stardust bringing some glam rock extravaganza to the swamps of Louisiana, if you don’t like this you’re an idiot. (8)

LERA LYNN – Resistor

After portaying the only watchable character on True Detective’s second season, Lynn returns with her highly enjoyable third album which sounds like Sharon Van Etten paying tribute to Sheryl Crow (or vice versa). (8)

PJ HARVEY – The Hope Six Demolition Project

All PJ Harvey albums by default get an 8, minimum. But her most political one is disappointing as it puts too much emphasis on the message and too little on the medium, i.e. the songs. (6) but (8)

POSIES – Solid States

Too many synthesizers for a Posies record. (6)

SERJ TANKIAN – 1915

Soundtrack to a movie referring to the Armenian genocide. Sounds nothing like SOAD, in case you were wondering. Features a number of Greek musicians for some reason. (7)

SONICS – Live At Easy Street

Seattle septuagenarian garage rockers show their youngster guests like Eddie Vedder how to do this right. (8)

STRUMBELLAS – Hope

Do NOT listen to the lead single, “Spirits” – you’ll never be able to get that epic chorus with the unison vocals out of your head and you’ll end up becoming an indie rock fan with a big beard. You have been warned. (7)

STURGILL SIMPSON – A Sailor's Guide to Earth

This is not country music, you can no longer stick that label on Simpson. This is the genius of Otis Redding and Roy Orbison viewed through a Nashville prism, and it’s gorgeous. (9)

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Brown Acid: The Second Trip

Vol. II of this fantastic compilation series featuring totally obscure American proto-metal bands. Appropriately released on 4/20. (8)

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Why The Mountains Are Black: Primeval Greek Village Music 1907 – 1960

Look, I can see that Third Man Records put a lot of painstaking research into creating a compilation of Kalamatiana, Hasapika and Tsamika that non-Greeks might find interesting, but I’m a Greek who grew up on rock ‘n’ roll and it’s Orthodox Easter and this stuff is negatively charged to an impossible degree so fuck you and your klarina, Jack White. Just… fuck you. (-)

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Short Attention Span Record Reviews, April 2016


CHEAP TRICK – Bang, Zoom, Crazy... Hello
They’ve been called heavy metal, the American Beatles and everything in between, but they’re just a great rock ‘n’ roll band and 40 years after their debut they still deliver. (8)

DALEK – Asphalt For Eden

A welcome return after a 7-year hiatus, Dalek once again blends hip-hop and industrial noise in this dark, moody monster of an album. (8)

DEFTONES – Gore

Thank God for the 90’s. (8)

KAADA & MIKE PATTON – Bacteria Cult

Norwegian classical/avant-garde composer teams up with workaholic lunatic for another album filled with playful cinematic soundscapes. (7)

KEL ASSOUF – Tikounen

With one foot in the Sahara and the other in the urban jungle, Kel Assouf take Tinariwen’s Tuareg blues and turn the heaviness up a couple of notches. (7)

LINCOLN DURHAM – Revelations of a Mind Unravelling

This is a guy who describes himself as a “Southern gothic punk gospel revival one-man-band” and you know what, I think he nailed it. (8)

LOW FLYING HAWKS – Kofuku

Sludgy doom metal from Mexico featuring the drummer from the Melvins and some rather off-key vocals. (6)

MAMIFFER – The World Unseen

Husband/wife team of Faith Coloccia (Pyramids) and Aaron Turner (Isis) sounds like Hydrahead pretending to be 4AD. (7)

PETER WOLF – A Cure For Loneliness

I axiomatically declare that J. Geils Band is the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band that ever existed and this is a pretty decent solo album by their frontman. Includes a bluegrass version of “Love Stinks”. (7)

PROTEST THE HERO – Pacific Myth

Canadian progressive metal band explores new business model, releases subscription-based series of 6 singles though Bandcamp which, combined, make up this EP. It’s pretty great, just like everything PTH has released from “Fortress” onwards. (8)

ROBBIE FULKS – Upland Stories

Country/folk underdog releases yet another album full of compelling characters and interesting stories about his homeland. (7)

SAM BEAM & JESCA HOOP – Love Letter For Fire

Iron & Wine’s Beam and wonderful Californian songstress Hoop create collaborative duets album. This is pop songwriting at its best and the backing band features some of the best players in the world, like bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing, Fiona Apple) and violinist Eyvind Kang. (8)

TIM HECKER – Love Streams

I always fall for this, I read a bunch of glowing reviews by Brooklyn hipsters giving 8’s and 9’s to some ambient minimalist avant-garde electronica shit and then spend valuable hours listening to it trying to figure out what the fuck they like so much about it. (6)

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Dust On The Nettles: A Journey Through The British Underground Folk Scene 1967-72

Fascinating 3-CD collection chronicling the UK’s acid folk scene. You get the stars (Incredible String Band, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span), you get the cult heroes (Comus, Vashti Bunyan), you get the obscurities, you even get a psychedelic cover version of “Ena Nero Kyra Vaggelio” retitled “Glass Of Water”. (9)

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Southern Family

Hotshot Nashville producer Dave Cobb brings together some top country & Americana stars (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown, Brandy Clark etc.) and compiles excellent concept album about life in the American South. (8)

WILLIE NILE – World War Willie

Try to imagine Bruce Springsteen having never made it big – oh wait, that’s Southside Johnny. OK then, try to imagine Lou Reed being less of an asshole and having a better sense of humor, or The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn still holding steady 20 years from now – basically, Willie Nile distills the very essence of rock ‘n’ roll storytelling and you need this album. (8)

Monday, 28 March 2016

Short Attention Span Record Reviews, March 2016 Vol. III

THE LOUDER STUFF

BLOOD CEREMONY – Lord Of Misrule

Look, I like Blood Ceremony, I really do. But Wizard Fist’s showcase in the opening scene of Vinyl Season 1, Episode 5 sort of ruined this stuff for me, at least for a while. (7)

CULT OF LUNA & JULIE CHRISTMAS – Mariner

I’ve always discounted these Swedes as Isis wannabes but recruiting the great Mrs. Christmas has been a very smart move on their part, resulting in the best post-metal you’re likely to hear until Neurosis drops a new album. (8)

FRONTIERER – Orange Mathematics

If you’re into “Calculating Infinity”-era Dillinger Escape Plan and the more extreme Meshuggah stuff, prepare to have your face melted. (8)

MIKE & THE MELVINS – Three Men And A Baby

The Melvins augmented by godheadsilo vocalist/bassist Mike Kunka still sound like the Melvins. (7)

THE BODY & FULL OF HELL – One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache

This is seriously creepy stuff and probably the most extreme metal record you’ll hear all year. (7)

ZUN – Burial Sunrise

Bong? Check. Beer? Check. Yesterday’s cold pizza? Check. Screensaver set to play kaleidoscopic images on infinite loop? Check. Alright, let’s do this! (7)


THE OTHER STUFF

CLINT MANSELL – High-Rise

Darren Aronofsky’s go-to soundtrack guy composes claustrophobic score for movie based on “unfilmable” J.G. Ballard novel. Haven’t seen it but I guarantee the music will make you feel uncomfortable. (7)

KARSH KALE – Up

Global fusion electronica, just the type of music the DJ at a really expensive cocktail bar will play and mix it with Thievery Corporation. You can’t drink beer to this, order a Tom Collins or a Blueberry Vodka Martini or something. (7)

MARGO PRICE – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter

The latest exciting addition to the long list of Country Artists For People Who Don’t Listen To Country Music. This one’s Jack White-endorsed. (8)

PARKER MILLSAP – The Very Last Day

This is more blues than country but in any case keep your eyes on this kid, he’s going places. (8)

THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS – Everything You’ve Come To Expect

You can read about this elsewhere, you don’t need me. (-)

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Aloha Got Soul: Soul, AOR, & Disco in Hawaii 1979-1985

This compilation of rarities by forgotten Hawaiian musicians has gotten rave reviews from everyone. WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE??? Every single song sounds like a cheap demo cover version the “Love Boat” theme. (4)

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Mixtape #5 - Cool Stuff Q1 2016


Καθώς το πρώτο τρίμηνο του 2016 ολοκληρώνεται αποφάσισα να κάνω στους πολυάριθμους αναγνώστες του I Was A Teenage Music Geek ένα δωράκι: Mixtape με κάποιες από τις πιο ενδιαφέρουσες μουσικές στιγμές της χρονιάς μέχρι στιγμής.

Και πάλι, επειδή κάθε mixtape οφείλει να ακολουθεί κανόνες, οι κανόνες είναι απλοί: Εξηντάρα κασέτα σε δύο πλευρές των 30 λεπτών, με σχετικά ομαλή ροή. Τα τραγούδια που περιλαμβάνονται δεν εκπροσωπούν απαραίτητα τα καλύτερα άλμπουμ του πρώτου τριμήνου της χρονιάς, αλλά οφείλουν να "κυλάνε" το ένα μετά το άλλο. Επίσης λόγω ομαλής ροής αποφεύγουμε τις ακρότητες: Ας πούμε δεν βάζουμε metalcore γιατί δεν κολλάει με τίποτα πριν ή μετά, ούτε βάζουμε κάποιο 25-λεπτο prog μεγαθήριο, ούτε βάζουμε απόσπασμα από την 3η Συμφωνία του Gorecki ερμηνευμένο από avant-garde τρελαμένους. 

Καλή ακρόαση και, αν ακούσατε κάτι που δεν γνωρίζατε και σας άρεσε, καλό ψάξιμο.

ΠΛΕΥΡΑ Α

1. Aubrie Sellers - Light Of Day (από το άλμπουμ New City Blues)
Γόνος country αριστοκρατίας σε ντεμπούτο άλμπουμ που λοξοκοιτάει προς το ροκ.
2. Chuck Ragan - Loup Garou (από το άλμπουμ The Flame In The Flood)
Πάνκης που το γύρισε στην americana.
3. The Hanging Stars - Golden Vanity (από το άλμπουμ Over The Silvery Lake)
Άγγλοι που το 2016 παίζουν σαν Αμερικάνοι το 1967. 
4. The Long Ryders - Looking For Lewis And Clark (από το box set Final Wild Songs)
Η πιο ενδιαφέρουσα επανακυκλοφορία της χρονιάς μέχρι στιγμής, τα άπαντα μιας ξεχασμένης αλλά επιδραστικής μπάντας από τα 80s.
5. Bob Mould - Voices In My Head (από το άλμπουμ Patch The Sky)
Οι παλιές αγάπες δεν ξεχνιούνται.
6. Hipshot Killer - Gimme Something Better (από το άλμπουμ They Will Try To Kill Us All)
Οι καινούργιες αγάπες οφείλουν να διαδίδονται.
7. Bonnie Raitt - I Need You Tonight (από το άλμπουμ Dig In Deep)
Η δεύτερη καλύτερη διασκευή της χρονιάς ως τώρα.
8. Charles Bradley - Changes (από το άλμπουμ Changes)
Η καλύτερη διασκευή της χρονιάς ως τώρα.

ΠΛΕΥΡΑ Β

1. Esperanza Spalding - Good Lava (από το άλμπουμ Emily's D-Evolution)
Τζαζίστρια παίζει ροκ σε παραγωγή Tony Visconti.
2. David Bowie - Lazarus (από το άλμπουμ Blackstar)
Ροκάς παίζει τζαζ σε παραγωγή Tony Visconti.
3. RNDM - Comfortable (από το άλμπουμ Ghost Riding)
Bowie worship από τον Jeff Ament των Pearl Jam.
4. Massive Attack - Ritual Spirit (από το EP Ritual Spirit)
Άντε, πού είναι το άλμπουμ;
5. Karsh Kale - Up (από το άλμπουμ Up)
Κάπου μεταξύ Νέας Υόρκης, Λονδίνου και Βομβάης.
6. Aziza Brahim - Calles De Dajla (από το άλμπουμ Abbar El Hamada)
Κάπου μεταξύ Αλγερίας, Βαρκελώνης και Sky Valley.
7. Savages - The Answer (από το άλμπουμ Adore Life)
Μ' αρέσει να κλείνω τα mixtapes μου ανεβάζοντας τους τόνους. Τι κορίτσια! Τι ντραμάρα!
8. The I Don't Cares - Done Done Done (από το άλμπουμ Wild Stab)
Done.

Κατεβάστε το mixtape εδώ.



Saturday, 19 March 2016

Short Attention Span Record Reviews, March 2016 Vol. II


3 DOORS DOWN – Us And The Night
“Kryptonite” and “When I’m Gone” were guilty pleasures whenever they would play on the radio in the 00’s, but a history of two good songs does not a great band make and in 2016 I’d rather cut my ear off like Van Gogh than suffer through the sub-par AOR chug-along of this album one more time. (4)

AZIZA BRAHIM – Abbar El Hamada

Early contenter for world music album of the year by a Sahrawi (google it) singer blending North African, flamenco and blues influences. (8)

BLACK MOUNTAIN – IV

Some of their stuff sounds like The Cult songs being hijacked by Hawkwind but that’s fine, really. (8)

BOB MOULD – Patch The Sky

Another solid effort from ex-Husker Du frontman, a bit more melodic than “Beauty & Ruin” but still amped-up and in the Sugar vein. It’s not going to win him a new audience but fanboys will be delighted. (8)

BRIAN FALLON – Painkillers

The Gaslight Anthem mainman explores his inner Springsteen. (7)

CHARLES BRADLEY – Changes

Attention music journalists under 30: The guy’s certainly likeable but just because you don’t know who James Brown is doesn’t make this a masterpiece. (7)

COLIN STETSON – Sorrow: A Reimagining of Gorecki's 3rd Symphony

Avant-garde saxophonist puts together an orchestra with electric guitars and synths on top, featuring members of Liturgy, Arcade Fire etc. and reinterprets Gorecki’s most famous classical piece. Fantastic, haunting stuff. (8)

FRANK TURNER – Mittens EP

A single from 2015’s somewhat disappointing “Positive Songs For Negative People” plus 4 unreleased songs from the same sessions, just to keep the fans on their toes until a hopefully stronger new album drops. (6)

HIPSHOT KILLER – They Will Try To Kill Us All

Given their exciting mix of power-pop and punk, describing themselves as “powerpunk” is pretty accurate. (8)

KANYE WEST – The Life Of Pablo

Revised version of his album doesn’t really offer anything spectacularly different from the previous version. (7)

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – Incarnate

Metalcore fans will be thrilled with this, one of KE’s strongest efforts to date and an album that might just breathe some life into a dying genre. (8)

RICHMOND FONTAINE – You Can't Go Back If There's Nothing to Go Back To

You can’t be excited if there’s nothing to be excited about. (6)

RNDM – Ghost Riding

Side project of Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam) is all over the place, moving from 90’s Brit indie sounds to Bowie/Peter Gabriel rip-offs to electronica lite. (6)

SOUL ASYLUM – Change Of Fortune

Grunge-era “could-have beens” make half-baked attempt at a comeback. This is too glossy, almost AOR. (6)

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS – Sunrise To Sundown

Deep Purple from Lidl. (6)

THE BODY – No One Deserves Happiness

Punishing distorted noise and vocals that sound like a rooster being electrocuted, as another reviewer very accurately put it, combined with industrial dance rhythms and angelic choirs defies all expectations and produces something suffocating, but totally original. (8)

THE HANGING STARS – Over The Silvery Lake

Wow. Excellent debut from London-based psychedelic folk/rock band evokes the spirit of 1967, Buffalo Springfield and the Byrds. I’ll be playing this a lot. (8)

THE TREATMENT – Generation Me

Awful album cover but great tunes – UK youths turn their songwriting up a notch and rock out like Tesla pretending to be an AC/DC tribute band. Great performance from the new singer. (8)

VARIOUS ARTISTS – Brown Acid: The First Trip 1969-79

Fantastic collection of underground 45’s from totally unknown American proto-metal bands. Most tracks are from 1969-74 so the addition of Tour and Josefus from 1979 is a bit baffling, but they rock nonetheless. (8)