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Albums Turning Twenty IV: Carnival of Chaos, by GWAR

3 February: David Bowie – Earthling
18 February: Lost Highway OST
3 March: Ulver – Nattens Madrigal

25 March: GWAR – Carnival Of Chaos

22 April: Ani Difranco – Living In Clip
20 May: Foo Fighters – The Colour And The Shape
30 May: Dimmu Borgir – Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
3 June: Napalm Death – Inside The Torn Apart
16 June: Radiohead – OK Computer
8 July: Emperor – Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
29 July: Pantera – Official Live: 101 Proof
16 August: Mayhem – Deathcrush
30 September: Portishead – Portishead
25 November: nine inch nails – Closure

    The year 1997 was a big one for me both personally and socially. I was deeply involved in music, writing, and the arts, and my personal life was winding up in a crescendo of self-discovery and debauchery. That was twenty years ago and I am writing a little bit about each album on their release dates.

Today, we look at a mid-period release by GWAR, Carnival of Chaos

 

 

GWAR - Carnival of Chaos

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Albums Turning Twenty III: Nattens Madrigal, by Ulver

3 February: David Bowie – Earthling
18 February: Lost Highway OST

3 March: Ulver – Nattens Madrigal

25 March: GWAR – Carnival Of Chaos
22 April: Ani Difranco – Living In Clip
20 May: Foo Fighters – The Colour And The Shape
30 May: Dimmu Borgir – Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
3 June: Napalm Death – Inside The Torn Apart
16 June: Radiohead – OK Computer
8 July: Emperor – Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
29 July: Pantera – Official Live: 101 Proof
16 August: Mayhem – Deathcrush
30 September: Portishead – Portishead
25 November: nine inch nails – Closure

    The year 1997 was a big one for me both personally and socially. I was deeply involved in music, writing, and the arts, and my personal life was winding up in a crescendo of self-discovery and debauchery. That was twenty years ago and I am writing a little bit about each album on their release dates.

Today, we look at Norwegian band Ulver’s third album, Nattens Madrigal – Aatte hymne til ulven i manden

 

 

Ulver - Nattens Madrigal

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Albums Turning Twenty II: The Lost Highway Soundtrack

3 February: David Bowie – Earthling

18 February: Lost Highway OST

3 March: Ulver – Nattens Madrigal
25 March: GWAR – Carnival Of Chaos
22 April: Ani Difranco – Living In Clip
20 May: Foo Fighters – The Colour And The Shape
30 May: Dimmu Borgir – Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
3 June: Napalm Death – Inside The Torn Apart
16 June: Radiohead – OK Computer
8 July: Emperor – Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
29 July: Pantera – Official Live: 101 Proof
16 August: Mayhem – Deathcrush
30 September: Portishead – Portishead
25 November: nine inch nails – Closure

    The year 1997 was a big one for me both personally and socially. I was deeply involved in music, writing, and the arts, and my personal life was winding up in a crescendo of self-discovery and debauchery. That was twenty years ago and I am writing a little bit about each album on their release dates.

Today, we look at the soundtrack for the film Lost Highway

 

 

Lost Highway OST

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Albums Turning Twenty I: Earthling, by David Bowie

3 February: David Bowie – Earthling

18 February: Lost Highway soundtrack
3 March: Ulver – Nattens Madrigal
25 March: GWAR – Carnival Of Chaos
22 April: Ani Difranco – Living In Clip
20 May: Foo Fighters – The Colour And The Shape
30 May: Dimmu Borgir – Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
3 June: Napalm Death – Inside The Torn Apart
16 June: Radiohead – OK Computer
8 July: Emperor – Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
29 July: Pantera – Official Live: 101 Proof
16 August: Mayhem – Deathcrush
30 September: Portishead – Portishead
25 November: nine inch nails – Closure

    The year 1997 was a big one for me both personally and socially. My band Morpheus was wrought from nightmares, a number of very influential albums were released, and my personal life was winding up in a crescendo of self-discovery and debauchery. That was twenty years ago, now. The scale of this chunk of time which has passed in relation to my own life is something significant to me, so I would like to write a little bit about each album on their release dates.

Our first highlight is the late and revered David Bowie’s Earthling

Earthling

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Eargasms For Your Genitals EP Review

Eargasms   Marianne Toilet And The Runs are an extravagant sex-positive comedic rock act from Massachusetts. This is a must see live band, which is something that doesn’t always translate well to record. In fact, more often than not, the difference is disappointingly staggering. Thankfully, this is nto the case here. Eargasms For Your Genitals is a really enoyable release that effetively captures the character, hilarity, and fun of their live performance.

 

 

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’94 X-Men Trading Cards Wanted

1994 Fleer Ultra X-Men trading cards…
I collected these as a teenager, put what I had away a couple years later, and recently dug it up. I never completed the set, but I have too many to justify now shelling out for a full set. So, I’m looking for singles to fill the holes. Hit the jump for the list!

 

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Morpheus @ Spanky’s Dive, May 23 2015

Faith Wood @ Spanky’s Dive

A Morpheus Congrats To H&B On Their New Baby

Congratulations to my dear friends Heather & Brandon on the birth of Cooper!

2014 Music: The Halfway Mark

It’s not quite up to last year’s par yet, but it’s a great year for music so far. In no particular order, here’s what’s standing out for me:

Record Store Day 2014, April 19th
The releases this year didn’t hit my excitement quite like last year’s, but were still fun. I procured the re-release of The Velvet Underground’s Loaded in splatter vinyl and the only copy of the Nirvana 7″ Pennyroyal Tea b/w I Hate Myself And Want To Die to make it to my town. It was a good day, as always.

King Dude & Chelsea Wolfe – Sing More Songs Together 7″ (Not Just Religious Music)
“If you wanna be free, don’t think about me, don’t you look in my eyes, don’t you hang around me no more.” Their duets only get better with time. I hope this becomes an annual tradition at the least.

King Dude – Fear (Not Just Religious Music)
Technically, I don’t have the album in hand yet. According to NJRM, the pressing plant was backed up severely from RSD which delayed the pressing of this album significantly. As of this writing, however, the album is pressed and should be shipping now. Despite all this, my pre-order scored me the downloads through Bandcamp, so I have heard this wonderful album! What we have here is King Dude mastermind TJ Cowgill’s usual excellently dark-tinged and passionate dark folk, Americana, rockabilly-sensed rock which spans from the lip-curled and heavy Fear Is All You Know to the infinitely sweet Maria, and only expands from there. A little apart from earlier KD, however, is a strong feeling of early Leonard Cohen permeating the songs. I found this album incredibly enjoyable and look forward to the arrival of the vinyl.

nine inch nails & Coil – Recoiled (Cold Spring)
This 6 track ep is a collection of previously unreleased remixes from NIN’s industrial era. In those days, nine inch nails singles, eps and remix interim releases were fun to collect because the remixes contained on them were all fan-fucking-tastic and independent album experiences in their own right. This ep is no different and has struck a sharp nostalgic chord in me. If you fondly recall enjoying NIN releases like fixed, Closer To God, and further down the spiral, Recoiled is absolutely for you.

Behemoth – The Satanist (Nuclear Blast, Metal Blade)
I haven’t been the biggest fan of Behemoth for some years. The Slaves Shall Serve ep (2005) was the last thing I could get into. What came afterward wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t terribly interesting to me either. The Satanist, however, got my attention. There are some memorable and wonderful movements in this chunk of dark brutality.

Sun Worship – Elder Giants (View From The Coffin)
This is excellent black metal from Germany. I discovered this thank to the lovely and infinitely more grim Tara. Do yourself a favor and get some of this. [Bandcamp page]

Merkaba – Bones Of The Sacred Forest (Pagan Flames)
Merkaba makes some of the most beautiful black metal I’ve heard this year. This is a great vinyl pressing of an older release (I believe originally on CDR) that needs to be procured by one and all.

Cradle of Filth – Total Fucking Darkness (Mordgrimm)
Cradle of Filth, a band I once loved deeply and now just kind of like (I still very much love those old releases, but the magic is gone from anything recent), released a remaster of their most well known early demo/ep Total Fucking Darkness. Of course, I’ve heard this before, as any early CoF fan worth his or her salt has, so I knew what I was in for: raw and gritty Cradle of Filth before the great sweeping beautiful keys took such prominence in their best era. TFD is a fun release, but not something I play with any regularity. This remaster does sound better and probably will get more play from me than the original. The unreleased track from the Goetia album that never was is a nice addition. It may be a cashing in moment, but it’s not a bad one. Now if only we could get a 180gr inexpensive pressing of Dusk…

 

I’ve yet to check out the new Agalloch, Cibo Matto, Twilight, Mayhem, Sunn o))) with Ulver, Nina Persson, Laibach, and Crystal Method albums, so those will be on my list as well. Overall, not a bad year so far. What will come next? What are you listening to?