Downloaded two tracks of And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Our Dead. Once again, i don’t get it. It doesn’t sound awful, but I’ve read about how they are supposed to be primal, unpredictable, raw…. but I’m not hearing that. The mp3s are “Mistakes” and “Clairedelune”, and they sound like loud, but tame indie rawk with typical nasal indie rawk vocals. I like indie rawk, but I’ve been reading MC5 and the Stooges referenced in the reviews, both of recordings and live shows, and those sounds are just not there for my ears. What’s wrong with these reviewers? Is it just hip to drop the names of MC5 and the Stooges right now?
And although I’m very late on this one, I don’t get what’s so post-rock about so post-rock. Some of it just sounds like prog and jazz-fusion, and that’s been around since at least the ’70s, maybe longer. I don’t know who truly started it, but i have albums by King Crimson and Mahuvishnu Orchestra from that period that bring to mind stuff that Mogwai and their kindred do now. Am i not trying hard enough to be openminded? “Ah, but the sonic textures are different.” Okay, perhaps, but how about avant/art rock like Brian Eno’s “Here Comes the Warm Jets” and “Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy”? Please, i’m not insulting these new bands, but it’s tiresome to hear critics slag bands that use ’60s music, and say every single one is ripping off the Beatles or the Beach Boys, yet these same critics are listening to these current bands that sound like prog-fusion-art rock, and tell me that it’s cutting edge and the future. It may be good or even great music, but please stop pretending that you are part of the crew of the ship discovering a new world… even though that only goes to a tiny minority who cares about this kind of stuff.
Well, it was kind of an anticlimax with Pitchfork yesterday, with just a different format it seems. I’m thinking of writing in to argue with that ancient review that James “Wisdom” gave to Cope’s Interpreter, although even i am not as crazy about it as i once was, it’s NOT a 2.2! Especially when this bastard who probably used to wear a mulletcut gave a Best of Ozzy a 4.9!!! Yes, both that 4.9 and that 2.2 are out of 10 points, and it’s insane to argue over 2.7 points, but i know that this jackass doesn’t know what he’s talking about if all he recalls about Cope is “World Shut Your Mouth” and says that he loves that Ozzy song “No More Tears”. This is a guy who also gave an 8.1 to the soundtrack of Spawn. Limpdick metalhead. And he gave Squirrel Nut Zippers “Hot” (an album i still like) a 9.5. Way too high. Bandwagon jumper. So
And Indieshite is finally updated, and sounds absolutely pathetic. Har de har har.
A book any aspiring borderline psychotic should give a shot is Rule by Secrecy by Jim Marrs. It’s not quite a bible like The 70 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time (more on it another time,) as it tries to tie up all of the loose ends into a single Great Conspiracy. Well, even as paranoid as i am, I don’t believe that, and whiel the first two-thirds of the book are still a great read, the last third goes into pure insanity, based off the writings of some crazy bastard that I cannot spell the name of, who has about ten volumes of rabid speculation on extraterrestrials jumpstarting humanity and its civilization in Mesopotamia as a slave race to mine minerals they needed. Well, that part is nonsense, but the line drawn from modern power cabals like the Trilateral Commission back to the Knights Templar and the Crusades is not so absurd. It’s just probably somewhat wrong… but interestign enough to check out.