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Friday, February 27, 2004

Because it's good for you. 

Some music I've been listening to lately, and naturally I think you should be too. Here's what you do: fire up one of those "file-sharing" programs, the one your mother would disapprove of, and download the suggested tracks here and maybe a few others from these artists, if you're feeling frisky.

And for fuck's sake, if you like the song, go out and buy the CD. Seriously, folks. Music is cheap. If you're paying more than $12 for a CD that's not an import or a bootleg or a double-disc set, you're shopping at the wrong fucking CD stores.

Onward:

Artist: Queens of the Stone Age
Album: R
Song: "Tension Head"

Integrity moment: I was into QOTSA long before it was cool, fucker. Lay off.

Anyway. You'll probably hate this song, when you first hear it. Or just think it's pointless. Lord knows I did, for about two years. Then all of a sudden I just really fucking liked it. Couldn't get enough. Listened to it over and over and over. It's creative chaos with a solid hook and some good, honest screaming. I love it and you should too.

Artist: Plink
Album: The Sleeping Lines
Song: "Turning Around"

Plink is mellow, mellow, mellow. The kind of music that's good for suicide, or for lonely nights with bottles of cheap alcohol. "Turning Around" is also mellow, mellow, mellow... until about three-quarters of the way in. And, all right, I'm a sucker for a solid female vocalist.

Artist: Monster Magnet
Album: Powertrip
Song: "See You in Hell"

It's only Rock & Roll, but I like it. Remember when rock was about having a good time? Monster Magnet does. Really, any album by the Magnet will serve you just fine, and it just so happens they got a new one dropping next month (already out in Europe, the bastards). "See You in Hell" is one of my all-time favorite songs of theirs, and a good place for neophytes to dig in.

Artist: Nathaniel Merriweather, aka Dan the Automater
Album: The Lovage, Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By
Song: "Archie & Veronica"

How the hell can you go wrong with an album title like that? This is a collaborative CD with about thirty thousand different artists, but the mere presence of Mike Patton and Damon Albarn on one disc was enough to get me in. It's kind of all over the place, but every song is.. well.. it's really great music to make love to your old lady by. Title Says It All.

(Once upon a time I had a real link to a real page, but that one above will have to suffice. At the very least, it has some samples up and a link to buy the CD itself. Indulge yourself.)

Artist: Probot
Album: Probot
Song: "Shake Your Blood"

Actually, every track on this album (maybe save one) is pretty fucking great. Dave Grohl, former drummer for Nirvana and current everything for the Foo Fighters, assembles some of his great underground thrash metal heroes for 11 songs that expose most modern, popular heavy metal acts for the limp, contrived bullshit that they really are. "Shake Your Blood" is the single featuring Lemmy on vocals and bass, and if you need to be told, Lemmy's the guy who says "I edited the high school magazine" in Airheads. If you still don't know who that is, get the fuck off of my blog, poseur.

(Check out Southern Lord in general. They got the Mondo Generator going on, and their label compilation CD is a measly $6.66. You can spare that, can't you?)

Artist: Tomahawk
Album: Mit Gas
Song: "Mayday"

Mike Patton again. An all-star cast of musicians that nonetheless sound kinda like an updated Faith No More. Except, you know, they're still together. Patton can never be accused of pulling any punches, and he certainly doesn't fail to serve it all up here: hate, fury, loathing, it's all there in spades.

(And feel free to roam around Ipecac like you did with Southern Lord. You'll find some things that are good for your circulatory system.)

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