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submitted Various - Know Your Scene Vol. 1. about 1 year ago
submitted Skyjelly - Blank Panthers. about 1 year ago
submitted Skyjelly - Skyelly & SUN. about 1 year ago
posted a comment on Various - Boston Not LA. over 7 years ago
So this is a second compilation from I Heart Noise.

Its not as extreme as its predecessor (a compilation of 1-minute tracks called "Gone In 60 Seconds"), but I sure hope that anyone will like it, because many of those tracks are my personal favorites.
posted a comment on Jenova 7. over 7 years ago
Before I started looking for artists to include on "Boston Not LA", I thought that Boston scene is mostly about punk bands.

Guess what? I was wrong.

Case in point - Jenova 7 (a.k.a. Michael J. Sirois) a local musician and filmmaker, whose work ... See full review
posted a comment on Spacehog - Resident Alien. over 7 years ago
Sounds like Spacehog turned into Nurse With Wound there for a moment.

Its kinda funny (and creepy at the same time) - I like it when people do stuff like that on otherwise regular albums.
posted a comment on Various - Gone In 60 Seconds. over 7 years ago
Gone In 60 Seconds is the first compilation from my blog (I Heart Noise).

Its a collection of songs clocking under one minute - more than 20 bands from all over the world, including Ireland, France, Serbia, US and UK.
posted a review of Tears For Fears. over 10 years ago
Just recently, I watched a TV show where TFF were mentioned as one of the disposable pop groups of the 80s. I disagree with that opinion - indeed, they were producing slick music, but it was a bit more sophisticated than stuff done by their peers.

In ... See full review
posted a review of Obituary. over 10 years ago
There's no doubt in mind that Obituary are at the top of their game - be it death metal, thrash metal or metal in general. Unlike many of their peers, they don't rely on shock values, but in general they can still beat listener into submission. They also ... See full review
posted a review of Steve Albini. over 10 years ago
Without a doubt, Mr. Albini is my hero. He was never afraid to say what he actually thinks (as opposed to saying whatever anyone wants to hear from him), which is a great quality, in my book. Add to that his production talents, his work with Shellac and ... See full review
posted a review of A Small Good Thing* - Slim Westerns Vol II. over 10 years ago
I'm really glad that mr. Hulme & company decided to return to the idea of Morricone-esque western music, a sequel of sorts to "Slim Westerns", released in 1994. Their previous record called "Pink & Purple World of Dishonesty" was an attempt to explore ... See full review
posted a review of Stone Glass Steel. over 11 years ago
Stone Glass Steel (a.k.a. P. Easter) just might be one of the most unusual artists working with samples or sound bits taken from work of other artists. A lot of people are familiar with the work of John Oswald and bands like Negativland, but SGS is in a ... See full review
posted a review of Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade. over 11 years ago
"Zen Arcade" is, without a doubt, one of best albums to come out of the 80s. Its a conceptual masterpiece, dealing with the life of frustrated youth leaving his home who is uncertain about the future. Sonically, its a mix of tape experiments, rough ... See full review
posted a review of Various - In Memoriam Gilles Deleuze. over 11 years ago
Without a doubt, this is one of the shining jewels in the crown of German label Mille Plateaux. While MP is mainly known for so-called "microwave sound" and abstract techno releases, this 2XCD compilations brings together extremely diverse bands such as ... See full review
posted a review of Rig (2) - King Of The Soft Serve (With A Semi). over 11 years ago
Those who are familiar with artists from Cruz Records typical roster might be really surprised with this one. Its miles away from punk, pop-punk and all of its variations, which label is primarily known for. Rather it sounds extremely close to bands from ... See full review
posted a review of Bush - Razorblade Suitcase. over 11 years ago
It looks as if though its got anything right - Steve Albini as a producer, Cobain-like vocals and all sorts of painful/painfully mediocre lyrical barrage. You have to remember one thing, though - Albini himself says that he hates some of the bands that ... See full review
posted a review of Konono No. 1. over 11 years ago
Most certainly, Konono are nothing short of mesmerizing (in live setting, at least, since I had a pleasure of seeing them at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston). Its hard to believe that they're doing their music without any samplers or syntheziers, ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Another Kind Of Noise. over 11 years ago
This one is hard to find, but its also an excellent overview of independent rock music from UK circa early 90s. There's a huge number of unfairly forgotten/obscure/lost bands on this one (as well as a couple of so-so bands, mostly the ones who were ... See full review
posted a review of Bohren & Der Club Of Gore. over 11 years ago
B&DCoG are from Germany and while they are not famous worldwide (not yet), selected (and lucky) few know about their brand of "horror-jazz". This is the sort of music that You can drown in, so to speak - slow, seductive and quite spooky in many aspects. ... See full review
posted a review of Roger Karmanik. over 11 years ago
For those of You who don't know - Mr. Karmanik is a legend of sorts. First, he's a founder of legendary label Cold Meat Industry, probably one of the most recognizable names when it comes to different flavors of sonic madness. Second, he's the man behind ... See full review
posted a review of Acetone (3) - Cindy. over 11 years ago
"Cindy" was a debut by Acetone, rock trio from Los Angeles and what a fine debut this one is. "Cindy" foundation is blues/noise/drone hybryd, with the band taking cues from Hendrix, Velvet Underground and Black Sabbath while not being complete rip-offs ... See full review
posted a review of Nirvana - MTV Unplugged In New York. over 11 years ago
In all honesty, i don't remember anything that's even half gut-wrenching as this album. I can listen to separate songs from this one, but its extremely hard to sit through it in all of its entirety. Whatever adds emotional weight to all of this is the ... See full review
posted a review of Tor Lundvall. over 11 years ago
As they say "gifted people are talented at anything that they do" - and this applies perfectly to the work of visual artist and musician Tor Lundvall. There's something deep about both his autumnal and melancholic paintings and echoey soundscapes that ... See full review
posted a review of Tom Carter - Monument. over 11 years ago
"Monument" is the kind of record that you don't encounter every day and while its not for anyone, its quite impressive in its own way. "Monument" contains two lengthy pieces of guitar improvisation, something that's not too far off from what Loren ... See full review
posted a review of Sleep Chamber. over 11 years ago
Indeed Sleep Chamber were an oddity, even for relatively diverse Boston music scene. Part rock/part ambient, they were interested in exploring all sorts of forbidden fruits - from S/M to black magic. The band, however, appears to be finished since they ... See full review
posted a review of Converge. over 11 years ago
Once it was told that new generation of kids see bands like Converge as more extreme than either Deicide or Morbid and i would agree with this idea. While Converge may not be dealing with satanism and blasphemies in their lyrics, there are plenty of ... See full review
posted a review of Fetisch Park. over 11 years ago
In 10+ years of existence, this little-known German band created a series of consistent, but stylistically different albums. Styles varied from noise to ambient to minimalism. My favorite work of theirs is 1996 Ego Ex Nihil album, which is a conceptual ... See full review
posted a review of Revolver (2). over 11 years ago
Excellent shoegaze/alternative band from the early 90s, which recieved a lot of unfair criticism due to their similarity to bands like Ride and My Bloody Valentine. While their music wasn't earth-shattering in any sense, it was very well-done and doesn't ... See full review
posted a review of The God Machine - Scenes From The Second Storey. over 12 years ago
One of the most powerful and moving rock/metal records ever done, period. Although you can still smell an influence of grunge (there was a hardly a way to get around in 1992), God Machine were onto something special here. Furious tracks like "I've Seen ... See full review
posted a review of Antony And The Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now. over 12 years ago
I don't really know...
I really, truly wanted to love this record, but couldn't stop saying "Would you please quit whining ?". I can understand nearly anything, but i'm not going to shell out 5 or more dollars for an hour of whining and complaining, ... See full review
posted a review of Nine Inch Nails. over 12 years ago
Surprise, surprise - NIN weren't always about music for soccer moms and bored housewives. In fact, you can see a huge improvement from "Pretty Hate Machine" empty youthful anger to more refined lyrical and musical approach on "Broken" and nearly anything ... See full review
posted a review of Various - A Cage Went In A Search Of Bird. over 12 years ago
Obviously both strength and disadvantage of this little compilation is that there are so many genres mixed in here (although majority are noise/ambient/experimental acts, some of which are well-known). So what we're dealing with here, in terms of concept ... See full review
posted a review of Today Is The Day. over 12 years ago
One of the weirdest bands in existence today. They got it all - ambience, noise, rock, long druggy trips in audio form and satanic references. The only constant member is Steve Austin (not the relative of another, more famous guy, I guess). Unlike many ... See full review
posted a review of Faith No More - Angel Dust. over 12 years ago
After hearing this for the first time, i was really disappointed. See - the first thing that i heard by FNM was "King For A Day..." and this one didn't sound much like it. But that's exactly the point - none of their albums really sound similar to each ... See full review
posted a review of Slayer. over 12 years ago
One of the most powerful rock bands, period. Out of all 80s a-list thrashers, they were probably some of the most angry ones (you certainly don't think that Metallica or Anthrax would get away after writing lyrics about necrophilia, do you?). Not to to ... See full review
posted a review of Swans. over 12 years ago
You will either love or hate Swans, but usually there are no people who are indifferent to what they did throughout 20+ years of existence as a band. They never became extremely popular (aside from few minor hits here and there), but this doesn't have to ... See full review
posted a review of The Hafler Trio. over 12 years ago
Anything about the history of the band sounds odd (just like the band itself). First of all - its not a trio, its basically Andrew McKenzie himself, although in the beginning it was a duo of him and Chris Watson who later turned to a solo career. Yet ... See full review
posted a review of Sonic Youth - Corporate Ghost - The Videos: 1990-2002. over 12 years ago
So far, this is one of the most complete guides (visual or otherwise) in the history of SY. As much as video making industry advanced in the past 5-10 years, many of those videos still retain the edge that they had back in the day. Of course, there are ... See full review
posted a review of Sonic Youth - Goo. over 12 years ago
"Goo" is universally considered a first "sell-out" album by Sonics. What it really means is that they cut on noise and added more melody, which resulted in a slew of major and minor hits (the biggest being Kool Thing, followed by 100%, Dirty Boots and ... See full review
posted a review of Depeche Mode - Songs Of Faith And Devotion. over 12 years ago
I heard some songs from this album years ago, but it wasn't until I stumbled by chance upon songbook for this album when I realized what its really about. It reads just like any great book/poetry, not just musical lyrics and that's one of the reasons why ... See full review
posted a review of Juliana Hatfield. over 12 years ago
Although her name isn't anywhere near VH1 and MTV or any major newspapers, Juliana Hatfield is one hell of a singer/songwriter. She could probably kick asses of many of her male brehtren out there due to her skills. Granted, some of her songs are cute, ... See full review
posted a review of Big City Orchestra. over 12 years ago
BCO (primarily Robo and Das with revolving cast of musicians) were around for more than 20 years now and i could easily put them into the list of greats like Zoviet-France. Unfortunately, this is the case where quite often quantity defies quality - its ... See full review
posted a review of A Small Good Thing* - The Pink And Purple World Of Dishonesty. over 12 years ago
For those of you who don't know - ASGT is a project of former O Yuki Conjugate mastermind Andrew Hulme. Whereas OYC was mainly about tribal/ambient atmospheres, each album produced by ASGT feels like a soundtrack to a certain movie. This time we're ... See full review
posted a review of Various - Lost Highway. over 12 years ago
"Diversity" is the keyword here. And it might be both advantage and disadvantage of this particular soundtrack. See - there are all sorts of things are in here, from non-typical Smashing Pumpkins-penned "Eye" to weird instrumental by Trent Reznor to more ... See full review
posted a review of Suicide - Suicide. over 12 years ago
Suicide self-titled debut is hard to top. Unfortunately, it also meant that the band itself will be forced to try and top it in the following years, which is not an easy thing to do. This album, along with early Throbbing Gristle material was a precursor ... See full review
posted a review of Bush. over 12 years ago
Bush (cue the laughter) came around in 1994-95, roughly around the time of Kurt Cobain's death. Non-Seattle grunge bands (as well as grunge overall - if you believe that there was such thing as "grunge") were loosing in popularity, while Bush was ... See full review
posted a review of Shinjuku Thief - The Witch Hunter. over 12 years ago
This is a modern classic, no less (just like two other parts of the trilogy). Its also as far removed from mass-produced music as possible. Its all about atmosphere - although mostly vocal-less, title are usually speaking for themselves (Shadow Path, A ... See full review
posted a review of Cannibal Corpse. over 12 years ago
After listening to one track from CC latest effort "Kill" (closing instrumental called "Infinite Misery") I realized that they sound absolutely the same way that they did back in 1991. Nothing, and i mean it - absolutely nothing has changed (except for ... See full review
posted a review of Loren Mazzacane Connors. over 12 years ago
Due to enormous amount of hacks and people without a hint of talent getting more popular than ever, we need people like Loren Connors today. He was doing his thing quietly for the past 30 years without anyone (except for avant-garde completists) paying ... See full review
posted a review of Medicine (2) - Shot Forth Self Living. over 12 years ago
Medicine are considered an American answer to bands like My Bloody Valentine. This could easily make them a target of attacks as obvious rip-offs of MBV, but they were so much bigger than just simple clones. This particular album is their debut and if ... See full review