34 posts tagged rock
In which I compensate for the lack of a monthly Last.fm Top 5 souless, automated post and try to pour an extra bit of light on my sonic adventures. And because good music is one of the few things that justify the usually disgraceful event of humanity rising from the mud.
So yeah, you can safely skip this post.
This is what Last.fm recorded as my top 5 artists during the last 3 months.
1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Mostly because of the awesome It’s Blitz! which rates amongst the most beautiful, soulful, solid albums I’ve ever heard. It can be described as the gifted love child of a Le Tigre and a Lali Puna album. Reference track: Dull Life. Sleeper hit: Hysteric.
Officially tagged folk rock, these guys cover a way broader spectrum than that. They can be Nick Cave-esquely kinky and muscular now, and then submerge into an atmospheric catharsis that would make PJ Harvey and Björk weep together. Their songs usually clock under 4’ which is -to me- an additional sign of class. Reference track: The Snow Leopard. Sleeper hit: Castaways.
Guilty pleasure. Their compilation A Decade in The Sun (Best of Stereophonics) is to blame. Never been a fan of them, but this record simply got stuck in my brain. Stereophonics is the indiest AOR can get, or viceversa. Think post-grunge, The Cult and, er… Bryan Adams, probably. Reference track: Dakota, My Own Worst Enemy, Devil. No sleeper hit - this is a Best Of, remember.
A recently found treasure. Part of the Swedish death metal scene since the very beginning, their songs are fast, pummeling and underproduced, yet retain a glimpse of melody. Not quite as big as Entombed, Morbid Angel or Slayer, but equally relevant to the Modern Death Metal As We Know It. Reference track: Dreaming in Red. Sleeper Hit: Silent Are the Watchers.
Raveonettes’s discography could serve as the soundtrack of a fictional U.S.A. road trip where The Beach Boys and the Reid brothers, equipped with guns and black muscle cars drink, snort, rob, fuck, murder and burn everything in their path until mutually blowing their heads off in an epic final shootout. They’re fast, fun, instantly recognizable and consistently amazing. Reference track: Beat City. Sleeper hit: Breaking Into Cars.
Boy, can I talk. If you made it to this point, I love you. To be continued with a Stuff That Didn’t Make In To My Heavy Rotation But Is Equally Awesome post.