Friday, April 23, 2010
"I went out the other night / fear and whiskey kept me going / I swore somebody held me tight / but there's just no way of knowing"
Apart from continuously seeking refuge in alcohol and living with the fear of seeing your society slowly deteriorating, The Mekon's classic album Fear and Whiskey had a lot reason to be unsure of how it could possibly fit into the punk rock scene in 1985. The band tirelessly struggled for one long week to create a working class hybrid of country music and post-punk that incorporates instruments not commonly seen in bare bones rock, such as the fiddle and the slide guitar. Despite country's traditionally conservative leanings, Fear and Whiskey's central themes lie in individual isolation and the feeling of helplessness that arises when abuse of power and social injustice permeate our everyday lives. These grim topics may not sound like the adequate material for making soaring drinking anthems but its spontaneity and complete embrace of failure is what propels this album to greatness. The fragility of each song not only makes the album unpredictable, but also allows the listener to share in the melancholy triumph of knowing, that though everything we've struggled for might be taken from us, despair is not an impediment but rather a call to arms and camaraderie.
The Mekons - Hard To Be Human Again
Sunday, April 11, 2010
The Almighty Defenders - Cone Of Light
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
All hail Brattleboro, Vermont's latest offering of bedroom pop and teenage heartthrob, Happy Birthday. Their Sub Pop debut, which features all the ingredients to make up a complication of 70s throwaway glam singles minus the bloated front, has been making waves within the sea of new bands that come off as nothing more than new twee with a sugary aftertaste of grunge. Imagine what the pitiful reading of poetry by a loveless high school student might sound like accompanied alongside hyperactive guitar licks, and then you can begin to fathom what half an hour with Happy Birthday really entails. Though ephemeral singles like "Girls FM" and "Cracked" might have originally been causes for excitement, as a whole, the LP is difficult to digest due to its uneasy shifting and departures that more often than not lead to nowhere. Change within a song is a sure way to keep your listeners engaged but carelessly throwing in fidgety variations just for the sake of covering the monotony of an arrangement makes it easy for one to lose interest when initial expectations are so high.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Our holiest of weeks has come to an end and that can only mean one thing: new mix!
A Pots and Pans Wash Up:
1. ATV - Alternatives
2. Spacemen 3 - Transparent Radiation
3. Sonic Youth - Catholic Block
4. Suicide - Ghost Rider
5. The Fall - LA
6. The Chameleons - Monkeyland
7. The Mekons - Psycho Cupid
8. Section 25 - Looking From A Hilltop
9. Siouxie and the Banshees - Cities In Dust
10. Blank Dogs - L Machine
11. Big Black - The Model
12. Esplendor Geométrico - Moscú está helado
13. Wire - Another the Letter
14. Crocodiles - Flash of Light
15. Ciccone Youth - Into the Groove
16. The Clean - Tally Ho
17. Golpes Bajos - No mires a los ojos de la gente
18. Talking Heads - Girlfriend is Better
19. Radio Futura - Estatua del Jardín Botánica
Thursday, April 1, 2010
The Dukes of Stratosphere - Vanishing Girl