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ALBUM – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

ARTIST – Kanye West

YEAR – 2010

Rap.  Hip-Hop.

Don’t think Maria will like this.

Damn fine recording.  Very aggressive and very, very well put together – constructed, I think, is a better vocabulary.

Although I do not necessarily partake, much less indulge, in Mr West’s antics, I really think he deserves credit for creating something new in a time and place where something new was impossible to fathom.

What I am trying to say is that Rap/Hip-Hop seemed old and boring.  Nothing new ever came out, just a bunch of lame-ass wannabe artists.  The late ’90s and early ’00s were aweful for the genre.  Then, Kanye.

Say what you will, he is a star, an entertainer.  50 cent?  Nelly?  Seriously?!  Fuck off.

Back.  Kanye pushed the envelope.  A lot of surprises.  This album, in particular, is probably his Magnus Opus.

Cheers…

ALBUM – Alive

ARTIST – Daft Punk

YEAR – 2007

Here we go.

Rio de Janeiro, 2006, TIM FESTIVAL.

To put things in perspective, firstly: I have all Daft Punk’s albums, all.  I have been a fan since “Homework”, which means I have been having an affair with the duo since 1997.  I has been, wait, let me do the math, 14 years.

I listen to Daft Punk aggressively.  Very loud (very fucking loud) and a lot.  Nearly once a day there has to be a Daft Punk moment, a daily homage.

Point I want to make: I read in the papers they were coming to Rio de Janeiro.  Went to get tickets, for me and my girlfriend at the time (who, unlike me, likes other kinds of music).   Now, anxiety.

The day had come.  My at-the-time companion and me arrive unapropriately early (anxiety).  The show comes on.  Can you imagine my excitement?!  Really?!  The sound was ENORMOUS!  Big, loud, distorting amplifiers and boom boxes.  The ground was shaking and vibrating.  Holy Shit!  Daft Fucking Punk!!!

45 minutes into it, I look to the side, nothing there.  So I look down.  There she is.

So, as you may have expected, given the title, the show, for me, was cut short.  “Somebody” wanted to end the night early, they were tired and made it very clear (frustration).  Now, I seek catharsis.

So, I will, any time soon, start up a sign-off on Facebook pledging support for Daft Punk to come back to Brazil.

Lesson learned: when they do come back, I will go alone!

Cheers…

P.S: Daft Punk is vintage electronica.

ALBUM – Brothers

ARTIST – The Black Keys

YEAR – 2010

I got this album a while back but have, so far, failed to give it proper attention until the past couple of days.

Too bad for me, ’cause the sound is great.

I had not really heard them before this album, so forgive me if some of you think previously recorded material is more inspiring.

I, however, have fallen in love with this band and, particularly, with this album.  The sound is hard to describe, rock n’ roll, bluesy, smokey and hazy pub-like.

I reckon an opinion will be better formed after listening to “Brothers”.  So, go right ahead.

Cheers…

ALBUM – You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine

ARTIST – Death From Above 1979

YEAR – 2004

My sister got me listening to this back in ’04/05.  I do not remember the context, I mean, I do not recall how she got a hold of them.  I am just glad she did.

Like many bands before, during and after DFA1979, they were composed of two (drums/vocals and bass guitar).  I think this became a fad after “The White Stripes”.  I could be wrong.

Coincidentally, they are from Toronto, Canada and while my sister was up there I think she managed not only to catch their show but to run in to them frequently at shows.  Just a thought: I do not know for sure that she went to their show, I have to check with her.

The duo, in a way like the Stripes, bring a powerhouse sound.  Very big bass, distorted and nasty, and fast, hard-hitting drums, moved along by scream-at-the-top-of-your-lungs vocals.

Very big sound.  Very good, very hard and very loud.

I hope you check it out.  They broke up, obviously, so no more albums or shows.

Cheers…

ALBUM – Operation Ivy

ARTIST – Operation Ivy

YEAR – 1991

Fiat Uno, 6 people tightly packed.

We were all pretty drunk and overwhelmed by Brazil’s victory over Holland (our goalie, Taffarel, the hero, managed to stop two penalty shots).  No, I will not mention what happened after, in the Finals.

On our way to BG (Baixo Gávea) for the post-game celebration.  I was a tad younger then but had already developed a very strong liking to SKA/PUNK.

Maybe it came from watching all those stake videos with all the punk music; probably.

Regardless, this album is the all-time greatest SKA/PUNK album of all time (I know, I wrote it twice, for the effect).

All the songs are wicked.  They are so fast and so short, you can listen to the entire album (27 tracks) in a half-hour.  And, of course, you do a repeat, and another, and another.

I often mention my sister here, but it has a purpose.  For instance, while she was on a trip she got me the CD (I had before but it got lost along the way).  I have it at home, stored away nice and tidy.  It is one of those keepers.  Not something to be downloaded.  Actually, this is something to be listened to on a cassette or turntable (on vinyl).  Damn technology!

The lead singer, Jesse Michaels, has an awesome, raw and raspy voice (Tim Armstrong went on to form Rancid).  All those grunts and coarse screams are amazing.  He had another project, later on, called Common Rider (I have two of their albums, again, thanks to my sister that managed to find them in a record store nearby where she went to school) and it is pretty good, too.  Not like OpIvy, though.  Nothing will ever come close.

Well, back to the ’98 World Cup.  We used to listen to “Smiling” over and over again.  And that’s what was playing on our way from my house to BG.  We used to bang the shit out of the car when the chorus came alone “Smiling when your friends are watching, smiling when your friends are watching…”.

Fuck, just listen to it.

Cheers…

ALBUM – The King Of Limbs

ARTIST – Radiohead

YEAR – 2011

I began writing this yesterday, but decided it needed some revising.  Seems my blogging is getting serious…

Nevertheless, I just wanted to say that Radiohead is an outstanding band and I appreciate what they do.  I think they push boundaries of the conventional.

Another thing I wanted to get in here is what my sister thinks of all the Radiohead hype.  If I recall correctly, she questioned all the hype around Radiohead.  And I really get where she is coming from.  It seems that after Radiohead managed to become a reference in music, everything and anything they produce was immediately liked and considered groundbreaking.  It’s the old bandwagon.   In a few words, anything Radiohead puts out is, automatically, good.  Wrong!

I have issues with a lot of their material.  But that does not mean I do not think the band is great.  It is a matter of opinion and, fundamentally, taste.  Which is why I agree with my sister.

So, instead of jumping on the Radiohead bandwagon, have an opinion.  You are not obliged to like Radiohead, much the same way someone should be crucified for disliking The Beatles.

I love Led Zeppelin, for instance.  Some people think it is kitsch or just plain glam.  I don’t, but that is my opinion.

So, controversy aside, this latest Readiohead production is very, very tight.  Pay attention to the drum lines, so subtle, yet so present.

In all, a good effort that gets a thumbs up from me (sorry, no thumbs, just a recommendation).

Cheers…

ALBUM –Echoes

ARTIST-The Rapture

YEAR – 2003

Quick entry.  In a rush.

Best song is “Echoes”, yes.  It is also the opening song for one of the best miniseries I have seen lately, “Misfits”.

Ok, really like “Killing” as well, especially the intro.

A pleasant Sunday to all.

Cheers…

ALBUM – Give Up

ARTIST – The Postal Service

YEAR – 2003

“Nothing Better”

Will someone please call a surgeon
Who can crack my ribs and repair this broken heart
That you’re deserting for better company?
I can’t accept that it’s over…
And I will block the door like a goalie tending the net
In the third quarter of a tied-game rivalry

So just say how to make it right
And i swear I’ll do my best to comply

Tell me am i right to think that there could be nothing better
Than making you my bride and slowly growing old together

I feel I must interject here you’re getting carried away feeling sorry for yourself
With these revisions and gaps in history
So let me help you remember.
I’ve made charts and graphs that should finally make it clear.
I’ve prepared a lecture on why i have to leave

So please back away and let me go
I can’t my darling i love you so…

Oh, oh

Tell me am i right to think that there could be nothing better
Than making you my bride and slowly growing old together
Don’t you feed me lines about some idealistic future
Your heart won’t heal right if you keep tearing out the sutures

I know that I have made mistakes and i swear
I’ll never wrong you again
You’ve got a lure i can’t deny,
But you’ve had your chance so say goodbye
Say goodbye

Cheers…

ALBUM – Eternelle

ARITST – Edith Piaf

YEAR – 2002

No comments…

Cheers…

 

ALBUM – White Blood Cells

ARTIST – The White Stripes

YEAR – 2001

I am uncommonly and unusually hyper/productive/active today.  Must have been the excessive amount of Red Bull consumed last night.  And for a Sunday, this is not normal behaviour, by any standards.

So, anxiety attacks aside, I was just asking myself, HOW COULD I HAVE LEFT THIS ALBUM OUT???!!!

Really?!

So here is the story, the setup.  I heard The White Stripes were going to play in Rome.  This was 2001.  I had been a fan for a brief period leading up to one of the best concerts/shows I have ever attended.  No one to go with.  My sister, as always, came along.  We walked all over the place and could not find the place where the show was to take place.  Really, we walked for a very, very, very long time.  And, as stories go, we ended up finding it.  It was a small indoor football/basketball court, with the bleachers all curled up to the sides.  I reckon you can imagine how the show went.

In a space like that, the energy is exponentially greater.  The sound was wicked, raw and loud.  This was it.  The epitome of a long lasting love affair.  It has been a dream of mine for along time to have a band like that: drums and guitar.  Of course, Jack is a musical genious, so that helps.  Regardless, I want a two person rock band.  Any one up to it?

The duo kicked ass!  My sister ended up loving the show and the band.  Good stuff.

This recording is incredible.  Start to finish.  All tracks are monumental.  I think one of their most inspired efforts, if not the most.  I like their other albums, but this is a masterpiece.

Happy Sunday!

Cheers…