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Kasabian - West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (June 8, 2009)

Oh my God.. oh my God… With their first record they impressed critics and music lovers and shaked up the brit-pop; after the outcome of disappointing Escare, i forgot their name; but the new album… OMG!
West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum is like a rock album should be made: some hits, some piece that makes you lose yourself on the dancefloor and a ballad that leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
But now let’s start from the title: West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum refers to an historical insane asylum founded in 1818 in the Yorkshire. In fact this album is like an Asylum where you can find everything.
The Kasabian exceded!
Scraggy riff and warm drums, “Kill me if you dare/ Hold my head up everywhere/ Keep myself right on this train”: that’s the first song Underdog.
Where did all the love go? it’s a very nice episode, but is too much inspired by Gorillaz sound (compare it with Feel Good Inc.). That’s no wonder if you think of the producer being Dan "the Automator" Nakamura from Gorillaz!
The next track Swarfiga is the most controversial one. Only 2 minutes of experimental electro is just a little more than an interlude, but not a real song… mumble mumble… it perplexes me totally!
Fast fuse is a bomb! “Come get me / All you people can't touch me /
I'm a hooligan cry, shy, sit down tight, / It don't matter / give me one, two, three / come light in the skylight / come light me in the sky”, while in Take him the beat slows down and the sound becomes “gallagherian” .
The next Thick as thieves changes one more time the ambience, like a soundtrack, using messican strings.
Days drift into one / It's so pretty / Travelling we'll burys Polly's photofits / And this stolen car / Is loaded with junk / It's so dirty / He'll be the death of me / But that's ok wrote Mr. Pizzorno in the West Rider Silver Bullet which called the actress Rosario Dawson for a performance in this psychedelic song.
Vlad The Impaler is my favorite track: hammering bass, strong beat and lyrics deal with the cruel impalement used by Vlad II: You can't miss me I'm still alive / Snake skin shoes I'm pleading omicide / Come on and feel this I'm still alive / Joker meet you on the other side.
After this adrenaline overdose, the ballad Ladies and Gentlemen fits perfectly in the album (No matter what you do, you know / The world it keeps on turning /
We never feel a thing / Come on and meet me at the Carnival). It seems a perfect end for this masterwork, but like I said bifore, Kasabian exceeded and there are other 3 songs as well: Secret alphabet, Happiness but, above all, the single Fire!
Shake me into the night and I’m an easy lover / Take me into the fight and I’m an easy brother / And I’m on fire
Impossibile to stay fixed in place listening this hit!


I have never been a Kasabian’s fan, but this album is something special, as honest tribute to 90’s and obviously to England.

The best is the way that West Ryder leaves us:

Save what you got
Keep it safe
Don't ever stop
It's nothing more
It's nothing less
It's all I got
It's happiness

Happiness!

Ciao Belli!
Giorgio


RATING: ☻ ☻ ☻ ☻ ☺ 4,5 / 5

Tracklist:

1.Underdog
2.Where Did All the Love Go?
3.Swarfiga
4.Fast Fuse
5.Take Aim
6.Thick As Thieves
7.West Ryder Silver Bullet
8.Vlad the Impaler
9.Ladies and Gentlemen (Roll the Dice)
10.Secret Alphabets
11.Fire
12.Happiness

GIGS:

Guildhall, Southampton, UK
Thu 2nd Jul, 2009

Centre, Newport, UK
Fri 3rd Jul, 2009

Eden Sessions, Cornwall, UK
Sat 4th Jul, 2009

Guildhall, Portsmouth, UK
Mon 6th Jul, 2009

Corn Exchange, Cambridge, UK
Tue 7th Jul, 2009

Wembley Stadium, London, UK
Thu 9th Jul, 2009

Wembley Stadium, London, UK
Sat 11th Jul, 2009

Wembley Stadium, London, UK
Sun 12th Jul, 2009

Brixton Academy, London, UK
Thu 16th Jul, 2009

Brixton Academy, London, UK
Fri 17th Jul, 2009

Roundhouse, London, UK
Wed 22nd Jul, 2009

Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, UK
Mon 24th Aug, 2009

Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, UK
Tue 25th Aug, 2009


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Rest In Peace, Michael

Paramedics found Jackson in cardiac arrest when they arrived at his home shortly before 12:30 p.m., three minutes and 17 seconds after receiving a 911 call. His personal physician was already in the house performing CPR. Jackson was not breathing, and it appears he never regained consciousness. Paramedics treated Jackson at the house for 42 minutes, and he was declared dead at 2:26 p.m. at UCLA Medical Center, about two miles from his home above Sunset Boulevard.

http://www.latimes.com

After death of Kurt Cobain, personally for me this is the biggest loss in music. The greatest icon of pop music lost everything in last years of his life and couldn't make a comeback. Being stoned for numerous surgeries and strange behaviour he will remain one of the most misunderstood persons in the world. He was a King and he lived like a King.



Rest In Peace, Michael

Yours sadly
Gaya


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New Album from Klaxons: not earlier than 2010

Despite claiming that they have about 30 songs ready, Klaxons won't release new album this year. The reason is: there is no producer. Jamie Reynolds told BBC 6 Music: "We're looking for a producer and if anyone out there makes records, give us a bell."
The guys are careful in this case and don't want to produce the album by themselves, maybe thinking it won't be perfect that way. "We'd really like to put out the first great record of the 2010s rather than the last great one of this decade. Now that's become an aspiration and a goal."
This had negative response from the fans of the band. Yes, we can imagine, the release of forthcoming album has been delayed.. again.. till 2010..

Yours truly Gaya


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Klaxons - Myths Of The Near Future (January 29, 2007)

New Musical Express (NME) shapes the history of indie rock music and we all know that. And though Klaxons say that all the rumors about New Rave were just a joke, NME still praises them as pioneers of the style. NME killed New Rave in 2008 but still there are too many bands in this genre, just creating their line-ups.. Ok, whatever!
Forming in 2005, this band released only 1 ablum so far, an album which appeared to be a big influence on many other bands!
Myths Of The Near Future, totally futuristic! Representing the stressed and stressing sound of Klaxons, from the first "sight" it seems to be dance music, but too dark. No surprises, Magick is a dancefloor hit! The album is not from the easy listening stuff. Its sound, tunes and melodies change from track to track just "before your eyes"!
The album starts with melodic Two Receivers which creates quite depressive mood with images of stormy weather, lightning, two receivers and the ocean that turns to the space from time to time. Then a rush of beats! Yes, this is Atlantis To Interzone. Not only song but also the video expresses the crazyness and colourful neon mood of Klaxons. And here is where we can find out why the hell they are called Klaxons! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's all about klaxons, alerting devices ;)
Then comes Golden Skans, probably the hit of theirs, which brought them NME Award for Best International Track. And they performed with Rihanna on Brit Awards, playing Golden Skans (only music and the famous "oooooooooh-uuuh") while she was singing Umbrella.



Next, Totem On The Timeline, quite "high" song:

At club 18-30 I met Julius Caesar,
Lady Diana and Mother Theresa.

Then come a few really "annoying" tracks: As Above So Below, Isle Of Her, Gravity's Rainbow and Forgotten Works. Those are really complicated songs worthy to listen to for really cool and sometimes surreal lyrics. Isle Of Her is really a piece of fairy tale, sometimes turning into a nightmare.

There's only seven more miles to go

We'll reach the Isle of Her
We'll find the peacocks tail
We'll steal the mother of pearl
We'll eat the dancing girls

Cyclops gazing alone
Facing mirrors that show
The reflection of his own
Face to face

We're seven miles from shore
Just keep on going

Now some dark dance music with non-sense phrases. Yes, it's Magick! With psychedelic beats turning into melodic bridges, it really can drive you crazy and push into losing the sense of reality. Then it turns into a klaxonfull ballad - It's Not Over Yet. Does it sound familiar? Right, it's a cover of Grace song which was released in 1995.

And here is another epic song, apparently the last one on the album - Four Horsemen of 2012. Personally for me this is really a driving song which I used in a radio commercial for a famous company that produces sportive clothings.

Four Horsemen twenty-twelve...
Klaxons not centaurs!

Despite the strange music, sometimes getting really annoying, Klaxons are the band depending on mood, like Muse. Creating a unique sound, mixing drive with melodic tunes, strike beats and multiple voices, Myths Of The Near Future is a MUST to listen. Go grab your copy!

Yours truly
Gaya


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The Vines - Winning Days (March 29, 2004)

VINESSSS!!!!!!!
Yes, you can't just say, you need to SHOUT their name!
I personally cannot imagine The Vines vocalist Craig's mouth not being open up to ears and voice driving you into euphoria! His ability to give a birth to unbelievable sounds makes you think he is one of those who have an art of yelling!
The Vines have been numerously named as a Nirvana band and I think there is something really similar especially the drive and the vocal of Craig though The Vines' songs are much more positive, childishly naughty and careless! They guarantee you an incredible adrenaline rush and mass loss of sanity! Vines are absolutely out of their wits and sometimes you just can't believe they are able to perform ballads with the same success as their branded mad shouts. BUT THEY DO!!! Anything from heart melting solos to the loudest shouts ever can be found in the Winning Days. Though not accepted with applauds by most of the musical judges considering it as a weaker reproduction of Highly Evolved (the band's first album) this album has super melodies you never get tired of re-listening such as Sunchild, Rainfall!

Amnesia is penetrating soo deep into your soul and beats along with your heartbeats, a very great song that despite its simplicity is so infective and mystical probably due to the perfectly harmonized and synchronized voices.

The Winning Days has a very Beatles like vocal with a quite long for The Vines solo and a sudden turn into a more rhythmic end at the end.

Hard-listening Evil Town with lots of distorted guitar and voice is probably the darkest song with the darkest text:

She sells and I don't
Like it feels
Like shonen knife and kills
But they dont mind in an evil town...

My favorite song Autumn Shade II is limitlessly melancholic making you cry really feeling the autumn leaves falling symbolizing the end of something. It is named as "2" as there was already another Autumn Shade in the first album Highly Evolved but they are not related in anyhow. So i really don't get the meaning of naming this song the same way again. If anyone knows the purpose or has some guesses please feel free to instruct me on this! ;)

Songs like Animal Machine and Fuck the World as well as are specially designed to pour out all your anger with this world. For this you just need to turn it on the highestpossible volume and yell as high as you can along with The Vines!

Ride and She's Got Something are energetic and dancing songs for tearing-everything-around parties!:)))

It's also very interesting to view their live performances as well probably due to mostly Craig's charismatic acts; he seems very himself on the stage and doesn't need to be anything else to be loved.

Tracklist:

1. Ride 2:34
2. Animal Machine 3:27
3. TV Pro 3:46
4. Autumn Shade II 3:13
5. Evil Town 3:05
6. Winning Days 3:32
7. She's Got Something to Say 2:30
8. Rainfall 3:22
9. Amnesia 4:40
10. Sun Child 4:32
11. Fuck the World 3:41


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Zemfira - Vendetta (March 1, 2005)

What do we know about Zemfira? This is one of the leading Russian rock bands which was formed in the middle of 90-s by a young, aggressive, cynical but in its own way charming girl (the band was named by her name). In the first period her songs were a little bit simple but urgent. She was singing about A.I.D.S., teenage sexuality, neighbors killing and of course about love. Mounting all that with a pretty interesting arrangement and unique singing style Zemfira soon grew very popular. Anyway let’s not particularize band’s formation. I will just say that Zemfira is a type of artist that projects all her musical and emotional growth into the creation. Exactly that we can see in the album Vendetta.

The first track Небомореоблака (Skyseaclouds) already impresses with its heavy riff sound which makes you concentrate on the music. The song by itself is a protest! Protest against commerce, globalization, prostitution and all the scum that filled 21-th century. By it’s stylistics that song is alone in the album. The next track Дыши (Breathe) sounds more British. By the way in the album brit and alternative (i mean more Radiohead-like sound (especially pay attention to the beginning of the track Повесица (Hang Oneself))) dominates which I think is great :)! Among these are Итоги (Resume) and Так И Оставим (Leave As It Is). There are more pure rock’n’roll songs in the album like Дай Мне Руку (Give Me A Hand) and Малыш (Baby). The last one IMHO is a masterpiece not only in this album but even for all Zemfira’s works.
Thus let’s switch to another emotional side of this album. The song Блюз (Blues) which became a single with it’s post-blues sound can be listened literally at one breath and if you close your eyes in the rhythm moment you’ll feel how your body rises up and tries to fly away. It’s incredible! So, lets fly on… Друг (Friend), Жужа (Juja), Красота (Beauty), Самолет (Airplane) tracks captivate with their depressing beautiful mood. Here where you can see Zemfira naked! Yes, exactly, naked! And realize how the girl has grown up. All this sincerity and frankness harmonize with nontraditional arrangements and great work of not only musicians, but the sound engineer as well!
The album ends with surrealistic and melancholic track Jim Beam with it’s original drums and guitar sequence.
At the end of all I’ll say that this album is very original, full of contrast, beauty, frankness and claims to the highest praises!

P.S.
Highly recommended to enjoy this album lying or riding in a car (advisable in the night)

Best wishes, Zepp London


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Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown (May 15, 2009)

It was 1994. The Clinton-age has just begun: The USA hosted the Football World Cup for the first time. Kurt Cobain’s death announced that grunge is dead. Rock will survive for more four years only. 3 young californian guys, signing a contract with a major label, released one of the most influential and popular punk-rock albums: lots of power-pop band (such as Blink182, Sum41, Good Charlotte) were inspired by the masterwork Dookie. But the outcomes were loathsome. In the last 15 years Green day turned into a commercial pop-rock band, an icon for MTV-generations. The apotheosis happened with American Idiot (2004); through that colossal “marketable” album, Green Day became the spokesmen of disillusioned American people against the pitiful Bush’s policy.

It took five long years of intensive work for the new episode out, “21st Century breakdown”.
The album is composed of 3 acts ("Heroes and cons", "Charlatans and Saints" and "Horseshoes and handgrenades") and connected with the story of Gloria and Cristian, two young punks in love which announced isolation and desolation in our modern society.
Times now have really changed but things are still not ok. “My generation is zero/I never made it as a working-class hero” sings Billie Joe Armstrong in 21st century breakdown and “We are the cries of the class of 13 Born in the era of humility/ We are the desperate in the decline Raised by the bastards of 1969”.
In the last single Know your enemy, we can find a little bit of their fighting spirit at first; “Violence is an energy / Silence is the enemy / So gimme, gimme revolution”.
Good idea was to include violin and piano in the “teenage” ¡viva La Gloria!: You blast your name / In graffiti on the walls / Falling Through broken glass that's / slashing through your spirit / I can hear it like a jilted crowd.
The ballad Last Night on Earth is charming, even if excessively sloppy and pop (“My beating heart belongs to you / I walked for miles 'til I found you / I'm here to honor you”).
East Jesus Nowhere starts with a riff that hammers in your head as well as the controversial chorus: “A fire burns today / Of blasphemy and genocide / The sirens of decay / Will infiltrate the faith fanatics
21 guns, the second single, is a slow classic rock hit that we will sing for a long time…”One, 21 guns / Lay down your arms / Give up the fight”.
But every single song of this album deserves to be mentioned.
It’s not by pure chance that 21st Century breakdown is produced by Butch Vig: tells you something about Nevermind?

Concerning the themes Green Day still follows the manistream of previous “American Idiot”, on the other hand (and that’s the good news!) they are back to origins in sense of sound: speed rythms, big energy, with a more variety and cheerful.
Because of its 69 minute length and the absence of hits (such as American Idiot or Wake Me Up When September Ends) 21st Century breakdown isn’t an easy listening record, but it’s the best and a very distinguished record made by Green Day in the last ten years.


Ciao belli!
Giorgio


RATING: ●●●●○ 4/5

TRACKLIST:

Act I - Heroes and cons
“Song of the century”
“21st century breakdown”
“Know Your Enemy”
“¡Viva la Gloria!”
“Before the lobotomy”
“Christian's Inferno”
“Last night on Earth”

Act II - Charlatans and Saints
“East Jesus nowhere”
“Peacemaker”
“Last of the American girls”
“Murder City”
“¿Viva la Gloria? (Little girl)”
“Restless heart syndrome”

Act III - Horseshoes and handgrenades
“Horseshoes and handgrenades”
“The static age”
“21 guns”
“American eulogy”
“I. Mass hysteria”
“II. Modern world”
“See the light”




NEXT TOUR DATES:

Jul. 03, 2009 Seattle, WA
Jul. 04, 2009 Vancouver, BC
Jul. 06, 2009 Edmonton, AB
Jul. 07, 2009 Saskatoon, SAS
Jul. 09, 2009 Winnipeg, MAN
Jul. 10, 2009 Fargo, ND
Jul. 11, 2009 Minneapolis, MN
Jul. 13, 2009 Chicago, IL
Jul. 14, 2009 Detriot, MI
Jul. 16, 2009 Hamilton, ONT
Jul. 17, 2009 Ottawa, ONT
Jul. 18, 2009 Montreal, QUE
Jul. 20, 2009 Boston, MA
Jul. 21, 2009 Philadelphia, PA
Jul. 22, 2009 Pittsburgh, PA
Jul. 24, 2009 Hartford, CT
Jul. 25, 2009 Albany, NY
Jul. 27, 2009 New York, NY
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Jul. 29, 2009 Washington, DC
Jul. 31, 2009 Nashville, TN


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Jet - The Wild One Killed In Action

Do you like Emperor's New Groove? About the Emperor Kuzco.. Well, do you remember the episode when the lama saves Pacha's life after the collapse of a rope bridge, and he says "aha, aha-aha-aha". This phrase you will remember first after you hear the new song K.I.A. (Killed In Action) of Australian band Jet. Yes, you can get prepared your ears and remind yourself some twist-moves because in August you just HAVE to dance to and sing along with the new album of these Aussies!
After huge success of the first album Get Born in 2003 which became platinum and Shine On in 2006, which was, well, quite weak for the band and did not make any big noise many people, including me, probably were thinking that this band will collapse. Fortunately not! In 2008 they released a tribute cover of Johnny O'Keefe's song The Wild One together with Iggy Pop. The single included the cover version, the original one (remastered) and 2 awesome dance remixes. This release assured all the Jet fans that the band WILL return soon and it will be much more powerful thing than Shine On.
On April, 2009, Jet made K.I.A. available on their official website. And now it's clear that the band will release Shaka Rock, the 3rd studio album, on August 25, 2009. Jet performed some of the new songs live during the concerts in late 2008 and 2009. The first single is announced to be She's a Genius.


Meanwhile K.I.A. having a really crazy drive but not on the highest speed, sounds like a clockwork bomb ready to explode on August 25, 2009! It will be like.. you know.. Tick Tick BOOOOOM!!!

Be aware!

Yours truly
Gaya


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Arctic Monkeys to release new album in August 2009

Arctic Monkeys have announced the title of their upcoming studio album, which is going to be released later this summer. After months of not having any working title at all, the band finally decided to entitle it “Humbug”. As announced earlier, the tracklist is going to be as follows:

01. My Propeller
02. Crying Lightning
03. Dangerous Animals
04. Secret Door
05. Potion Approaching
06. Fire & The Thud
07. Cornerstone
08. Dance Little Liar
09. Pretty Visitors
10. The Jeweller's Hands

Humbug” will be available on CD, vinyl and via digital download (yay!) and will be released on August 21st in Ireland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, on the August 24th in UK and 25th in USA and Canada. Only some 2 months to wait!


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Kent - Tillbaka Till Samtiden (October 17, 2007)

Sweden, Sweden... What do I know about Sweden? Hmm... Carlson, nice friends, universities, Abba... The Hives... and Kent!

They are never fond of appearing in public. Always quiet and even not having official website in English! Always hidden from mass media, they are still favourites not only in Sweden but also aboard.

Tillbaka Till Samtiden (Back To The Present) is the seventh studio album of Kent. This record is from my favourite subject of metamorphoses. Starting in 1990 in a little Swedish town Eskilstuna, this band has lived an evolution of sound, starting from rough guitars and inexperienced, unusual vocal for rock music in their first album Kent (1995), reaching to wise mixture of different music styles in their latest record. Partially reminding Depeche Mode now, Kent still haven’t lost their own style noticeable for Joakim Berg’s unforgettable vocal which will make you tremble in Sömnen (The Sleep), cold, typical Swedish tunes, depressive mood and something that is very hard to understand but which ties you to their music. It’s something below your conscience, not logical and indescribable.
All songs in the album are in Swedish: another fact that will make you wonder everytime you come back to their music… “I don’t understand a word from it!” - I said to myself thousands of times. Yes, folks, Kent is more the band of music than lyrics. Although I have found the translations of the song lyrics but I can never remember what they are about. Joakim Berg states that he uses the method of copy-pasting, that’s why sometimes the lyrics make no sense.
In the album you can find consisting-of-2-parts songs. This method of contrast Kent have been using since their first album (for example, När det blåser på månen) but it reaches its limits especially in the latest one. The brightest examples are Elefanter, Vid Din Sida, LSD, Någon?
Having elements of disco music from 80s, using different instruments apart from classic ones, female vocals (usual thing for Kent, lovely), so much reminding of Depeche Mode, in some kind of urban style, Tillbaka Till Samtiden is worthy to listen to and add in media library for sure!

1. "Elefanter" (Elephants) – 5:21
2. "Berlin" (Berlin) – 4:36
3. "Ingenting" (Nothing) – 4:17
4. "Vid din sida" (By your side) – 4:58
5. "Columbus" (Columbus) – 4:29
6. "Sömnen" (The Sleep) – 4:08
7. "Vy från ett luftslott" (View from a Castle in the Air) – 4:25
8. "Våga vara rädd" (Dare to be Afraid) – 4:00
9. "LSD, någon?" (LSD, anyone?) – 4:20
10. "Generation Ex" (Generation Ex) – 4:30
11. "Ensammast i Sverige" (Loneliest in Sweden) – 8:20

Yours truly
Gaya


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We Smoke Fags decided to take a permanent hiatus

A post from Joey from We Smoke Fags:

"Hello, Joey here...
I'm sorry to say that We Smoke Fags have decided to take a permanent hiatus- we never split up, but over the last 6 months we have all individually been working on other projects.
I'd like to say on behalf of all of us - the last three years have been amazing and thank you for your all your support.
We Smoke Fags never really had much exposure in the mainstream music press, yet somehow we managed to gain almost 3 million individual myspace plays, play all over the world (sorry if we didn't make it to your country), release a single and confuse some people along the way... Not bad work for a band that started for fun one 2006 afternoon in a Stockwell bedroom.

What now?


I have formed a new band called Verb Gang...
Lee is currently playing bass with New Young Pony Club.
Harry is forming a new band in the near future but can be found dj-ing his selection of 'Party Classics' in London under the We Smoke Fags banner...

We Smoke Fags
J"

Source: Official MySpace page of We Smoke Fags

We Smoke Fags band members were:

Joey - Vocals/Guitars/programming
Leeroi - Bass/Vocals
Harry - Guitars/Vocals

RIP We Smoke Fags, it was nice to discover you and good luck on new projects!

Yours truly
Gaya, the fan


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The Notwist - The Devil, You+Me (May 2, 2008)

German bands, especially in Indie, are not a common thing and The Notwist can be a real discovery for people like me who perceive Indie mainly in a British "package"! The first associations with Radiohead are misleading; despite the seeming similarity between the psychedelic art-electronic-rock combination the bands are very different in the songwriting technique and in the way the songs evolve, Markus' vocal is much more stable and calm than that of the Yorke's. The Notwist songs are impossible to be predicted and you always fail in trying to repeat the melody in the beginning. But when you are getting familiar with their melody structure you already know that the Acher brothers will make the song rise until a certain top making you hold your breath and drop it down all of a sudden!
The song texts are generally minimalistic and concise without expressing a concrete meaning making you put any sense you feel like for any of the songs.

The Notwist latest album The Devil, you + me is a new experimental indie album birth expanding our musical horizons farther being so indie even among indie!
This album is a real chameleon suiting your mood perfectly: making you hope when you're positive and put you in a deeper depression if you are sad.
Hands on us is one of the songs that will feed your depression with it's monotone sighs and classical instruments playing on your inner nerves...

Boneless is a very light sounding, catchy song with it's infecting chorus you want to repeat all the time: "Booooone-less!" It is perfect to express the feelings of people in mess who want to run away from everything that surround them that is so fake!

Gone, Gone, Gone is a kind and lovely ballad you always have warm feelings while listening to. Consisting purely from guitar in the beginning it then stays minimalistic as well and can serve as a wonderful lullaby... It's the shortest and simplest but still a great song!

Good lies is one of the album best songs different from the rest if for no other reason than this deep philosophical note "let's just imitate the real until we find a better one..." sometimes it's better to live with good lies as it is a better reality that the one we have!..

Gloomy Planets is so cosmic with its space sounds singing of the cars on New York streets and the gloomy planets staying always, anyway no matter how locked up we are...
Aggressive drums and a suddenly huge electric guitar solo chokes you and after a while the percussion comes and all this in one song! Alphabet!...it's really a crazy song...!!!


Gravity begins very mysteriously taking you away from gravity to fly to the moon and stars while The Notwist prays for love and disbelief up on the roof!...

Another song which could be a good lullaby also because of its name is Sleep, a very "atheistic" song... Oriental mood comes with listening to On planet off which is a mad song with unbelievable ups and downs and electronically full of different effects. The texts again seem to be senseless repetition of the authors mad thoughts like in a nightmare...

The least remarkable song in the album is probably Where In This World that is nothing new and is hard to listen to.

The Devil, you+me is a really magic song; so pure, magnificent and high! Songs like this make bands irreplaceable in people's minds. The perfect melody and background beats get stuck in your mind bringing you such an idyll...

Everybody still speaks of Neon Golden, the most popular album of The Notwist but this album is definitely fascinating and is worth filling another important part of the unique music diggers memory. All in all very kind due to the magnanimous and hypnotizing vocal of Markus Acher and such a beautiful way of feeling the music...

1 Good Lies 5:24
2 Where In This World 4:41
3 Gloomy Planets 4:50
4 Alphabet 3:03
5 The Devil, You + Me 3:39
6 Gravity 3:56
7 Sleep 3:46
8 On Planet Off 5:07
9 Boneless 2:57
10 Hands On Us 4:29
11 Gone Gone Gone 2:09


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Nirvana - In Utero (September 13, 1993)

"I'm gonna be a superstar musician, kill myself and go out in a flame of glory, just like Jimi Hendrix. "

It happened nearly exactly like that. But before Kurt died Nirvana released 3 albums. Only 3, but albums which changed the history and the route of rock music, giving space to newly born genres and bands.
In Utero is the last work of Nirvana, the most mature one. And it shouldn't be a great surprise. After unpredictable success of Nevermind the band was eager to return to its pure roots of underground, independent music.. And they managed it!
But In Utero is not just a piece of music produced by "an American grunge band Nirvana who made a revolution in music industry". Its story goes deeper than that. So if you are ready then let's go into 41+7 minutes of one of the most sincere, personal and intimate albums of all times.

Serve The Servants

Teenage angst has paid off well, now I'm bored and old.

These are the first words to be heard on the album as an answer to all your expectations from this piece of work, obviously linking to anarchical Smells Like Teen Spirit. And the change isn't only about growing old. It's about album itself. During the recording Nirvana didn't show any draft work to the record company or responsibles for the album. And they remixed the album numerous times. Kurt Cobain wanted to get the live sound they lost in Nevermind.

If she floats than she is not a witch like we had thought

It's an old sign to find out if the woman is a witch or not. This line is about hunting on Courtney Love who has been stoned by the journalists for taking drugs while she was pregnant.

That legendary divorce is such a bore

Kurt was bored about all those talks of his childhood, the divorce of his parents and stated many times that it was a usual thing for many kids of his age.
This is a song addressed to many people and Kurt's father had his place in it:

I tried hard to have a father
But instead I had a dad

When Nirvana became popular after Nevermind, Donald Cobain came to one of the concerts of Nirvana. And that's what Kurt told him:

I just want you to know that I
Don't hate you anymore
There is nothing I could say
That I haven't thought before

Scentless apprentice

Many people think that being a rock star, living under bridges, not finishing school, Kurt Cobain should be not educated.

"I am not read well, but when I do read, I read well", - Kurt Cobain.

He had a favourite book - Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind. Kurt found similarity between him and the hero of the novel stating that he couldn't stay the smell of people.

Like most babies smell like butter,
His smell smelled like no other

Heart-Shaped Box

This is one one of the most complicated songs in the album not only in the sense of lyrics but also its history. Kurt wrote a song about children who had cancer but forgot about it for a long time. When he got back to it, the song has changed a bit and as Kurt stated it consisted of different lines from different lyrics. The song title probably comes from the present Courtney gave him when they first met. It had a shape of heart. But there are not only children and boxes in the song.

I've been locked inside your Heart-Shaped box for a week..

Throw down your umbilical noose so I can climb right back..

These lines perfectly describe Kurt's dependence from Courtney and drugs (behind the lines).

Rape Me

Rape Me has some reasons to remind you Smells Like Teen Spirit with its guitar riffs. After a huge success of the song and "popularization" of Nirvana Kurt couldn't do any step without being followed by a big number of fans and "journalists" who made his last years a really nightmare talking and printing and shooting about his addiction to drugs.

"Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with with your self esteem." - Kurt Cobain

Rape me, rape me my friend
Rape me, rape me again

I'm not the only one, I'm not the only one
I'm not the only one, I'm not the only one
Hate me, do it and do it again
Waste me, rape me my friend

Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle

The story of Fraces Farmer has been talked by Nirvana for thousands of times and the reason of this song appearing in the album is revenge, revenge against mass media:

In her false withness, we hope you're still with us
To see if they float or drown..

She'll come back as fire, to burn all the liars
And leave a blanket of ash on the ground

Dumb

Being a written a while ago, this song perfectly expressed "high times" of Kurt and Courtney together. A little bit in The Beatles style, this song is one of the most melodic works in the album.

My heart is broke but I have some glue
Help me inhale and mend it with you
We'll float around and hang out on clouds
Then we'll come down and I have a hangover, have a hangover..

Very Ape

This is one of the non-sense songs of Nirvana.. But no.. Not too non-sense!

I take pride as the kind of illiterature
I'm very ape and very nice

If you ever need anything please don't hesitate to ask someone else first
I'm too busy acting like I'm not naive, I've seen it all I was here first

Probably Kurt is singing about himself, not reading too much and comparing himself with an ape.

Milk It

Here comes the darkest song in the album. Unexpected sound, trembling vocals, without any melody you can follow but still impressive and scary.

I am my own parasite, I don't need a host to live
We feed off of each other, we can share our endorphins

I won my own pet virus, I get to pet and name her
Her milk is my shit, my shit is her milk

And one more thing we should pay attention to. Although Kurt refused it but many musical critics state that like Nevermind had a main subject - guns and ammunition, In Utero is full of lines about illness, wounds which is growing up to suicide in Milk It:

Look on the bright side is suicide
Lost eyesight I'm on your side

Pennyroyal Tea

Pennyroyal Tea can cause abortion. In this sense, for Kurt it's a subject of cleaning yourself.. in a certain melodic and lyrical way:

I'm on warm milk and laxatives
Cherry-flavored antacids

Radio Friendly Unit Shifter

Only a few lines to understand that this song refers to post-Nevermind period, adressed to the fans, media:

Use just once and destroy
Invasion of our piracy

I do not want what I have got

What is wrong with me, what is wrong with me
What is wrong with me

Hate, hate your enemies
Save, save your friends
Find, find your place
Speak, speak the truth

Tourette's

The most non-sense song of Nirvana.. from the first sight. Kurt stated that there are no lyrics for the song and he's just shouting. The song was first titled Fuck, Shit, Piss. Maybe a clue to the song can be Kurt's words, that he doesn't want to become a crazy old man, living in the streets and sick with Tourette's syndrome.

All Apologies

Kurt said that he would like to think this song is about his wife Courtney and daughter Francis but it wasn't. Well, in the lyrics.. But maybe in the melody..

All alone is all we all are

This line could be a perfect ultimate phrase in the album but there is another song included as a bonus track in In Utero.

Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip

Released only on non-US version of In Utero, this is another non-ordinary records of Nirvana, much more like a conversation with someone than a song. Completely "drunk" song and it seams that Cobain composes the lyrics while he is singing. A live song with strange lines:

Wish I had more ... more opportunity,
More chances to remember some things
So I couldn't have so much pressure on my ...
On my ... on my, um ... ah, on my ... um ... um ... head

You're ... personally responsible for, uhh ...
The entire strip ... to be washed away ...
Cleansed ... as if gallons of, um, rubbing alcohol
Flowed through the strip and were set on fire.

It didn't just singe the hair, it made it straight.
And then Perry Ellis came along with his broom,
And his ... silk ...
And he ... he erected a beautiful city ...
A city of stars.

A city of stars.. These are the last words in the album.. the last words in the album produced by Nirvana. Many other records will come out to public later but personally for me this is the last thing Kurt Cobain would like to say out loud.

This is a record from Nirvana where Kurt said almost everything he wanted to say, like a confession, meanwhile wishing to stay safe, in utero.

And I would like to end up with a sentence I have read in an article about Nirvana:

"If Kurt Cobain was born 10 years later in one of the thousands of aberdeens and was admired by the music of Nirvana, the biggest tragedy for him would be the fact that he would never hear the new record of this band" - Unknown source

R.I.P. Kurt

Yours truly
Gaya


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The Dandy Warhols - Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia (August 1, 2000)

Okay, if you like psychedelic rock, then you ought to know The Velvet Underground. And if you know - and hopefully love - The Velvet Underground, then the first thing that associates with them in your mind will be - and that's for sure - a banana on the cover of their album. That's it, the very banana made by infamous pop-art king Andy Warhol. And that's when we get to the point - The Dandy Warhols. Obtained their name from the pop-art guy, changed it a bit to sound twice as interesting, and voila - started playing psychedelic music to perfectly fit the style of The Velvet Underground followers!

Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia is band's third studio album, released in 2000, and by all means it's the most remarkable record they've ever produced. As already obvious from the title, the album is a representation of modern understanding of bohemia - thirten small pieces of stories about who seeks what and why. While some go seeking for god and others open their mind to find themselves, the rest may be flattered just by things they own. The record starts with soft and smooth Godless with tender melody played by acoustic guitars fulfilled with harmonic sound of trumpet. The song is kind of a prologue to the topic raised in the album stating that certain sort of people never really search for anything, just remain passive, thoughtless and thus - soulless:

As thoughtless as you were back then - 
I swear that you are godless


As a contradiction to such attitude, Godless fades into the next track called Mohammed, where a man is struggling each day to find a freedom within, but "all this demons, harass my soul" - says he and lives on with desperation and loneliness. The tune is filled with acoustic guitars, soft drums and a collaboration of solo-guitar with a trumpet, which makes it sound profound and in its full extent. This is what might bring one to the policy of denying - and agression: Nietzsche starts with strong riffs like Nirvana's and psychedelic vocals, almost breathing out the mantra: 

I want a god who stays dead
Not plays dead
I - even I - can play dead


.. on and on and on again. The words of a thinker, the idea of hurt. Teenage anger towards the one who's never even proven to be there, a rebel against the usual. Where the usual is.. the one presented in fourth track - Country Leaver. Village life, bluesy guitars, small world of calm and joy, cowboys and dances on the tavern tables, and a guy who's tired of all this and just wants to go travelling the world. Though he knows pretty well that travel would change him a lot - from a bright country boy to a big-city punk. Solid logically continues the storyline, by placing the hero into a train and providing him a brand-new life to start again. Song is positive, with strong influence of The Velvet Underground and Lou Reed respectively, and it opens the topic about people searching for hidden treasures in their own subconscience: "I must have a door in the back of my head", as the lyrics say. But Solid illustrates the first stage of such nature, the lightest one by all means. Second stage comes with Horse Pills - one falls down as low as possible, ready to do anything just to get a dose so he might feel good again. For some priceless few moments. The music is agressive, lyrics are made of dirt, and you can almost feel the terrifying reality The Dandy Warhols try to tell. 

But the darkest hour is just before the dawn. And the next stage is getting off the drugs, the dirt and the horror:

Like it or not
Like a ball and a chain
All I wanna do is get off
I feel it for a minute - 


That's the Get Off - a ray of light after the nightmare. This time our hero seeks himself, the lost and forgotten part of him, while trying to slip off the drugs and come back to normal life again. Next song is an ode to other side of reality - state of infinite dreams with Sleep. One is tired, one wants to live happily ever after, even if that life would be surreal and totally made-up. Song itself is dreamy and soothing, perfectly describes the state of mind within a tired body, with head in the clouds, and the imaginary wind touching your hair. 

And - we're back to act one, scene 9 - the Cool Scene. The highest value is someone's appreciation of who you really are, but therefore you go and try to look better in that special someone's eyes. Look cool, maybe? Or even perfect? Would being cool matter as much as having cool things? Would that be enough to enter the list of modern bohemia? This are the questions raised up by Bohemian Like You in between the lines, while talking about cars, and modern, "alternative" tastes everybody adopts to look original and wanted - by his or hers special someone, which is in fact a truly casual thing:

I'm getting wise,
And i'm feeling so Bohemian like you,
It's you that I want so please,
Just a casual, casual easy thing.
Is it? It is for me.


On to the next sketch - Shakin'. A lazy and ignorant attitude towards everything that could've been important - "You were getting older, I was getting wiser not". That idea was also noted in the following track, Big Indian, which gets us back to the start of the storyline - the search is now for just the happyending, no big drama or high stakes included. 

When the future is frightening
And I seem to be fighting it
Well soon as it's brightening
Then I, I feel fine 


That's not a manifestation of wisdom, for "you never get wise, you only get older". The sunny tune leads us to the closing track, which was very symbolically named The Gospel and represents an end to any kind of searches, whether they were made in order to find god, or wisdom, or some new motto to keep you running for the rest of your life, who knows? And the last words sang out on the album were "I will take you home", a perfect ending for the epic story, don't you think? 

Cheers from Jude,
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