Music Monday

Today’s music choice is the new Eminem CD – Marshall Mathers  lp 2.

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Tracklisting:

Bad Guy

Parking Lot

Rhyme or Reason

So Much Better

Survival

Legacy

Asshole

Berzerk

Rap God

Brainless

Stronger Than I Was

The Monster

So Far….

Love Game

Headlights

Evil Twin

Baby

Desperation

Groundhog Day

Beautiful Pain

Wicked Ways

Now I have often had comments of ‘Oh wow you don’t look like an Eminem fan!’ but when I ask someone to explain that they can’t.  But you are right if you mean I don’t wear big chain gold jewellery and where tracksuits and baseball caps.  But of course you don’t mean that because that would mean you were being narrow minded and judgemental right?

And um yeah – that leads nicely into how I think Eminem gets a bad rap….see what I did there, yeah I know – forgive me…….it’s Monday.  I think that each time an Eminem CD comes out there is a group of people somewhere that just pour over the lyrics until they can find something that can shout about as homophobic or racist…..and they’ll find something….but here’s the thing……rightly or wrongly – Eminem had a shitty upbringing – he’s not the first and he won’t be the last, but he had two strong females in his life that didn’t treat him the best.  His Mom and his Wife (ex).  He sang about them in bad ways because they had treated him bad.  I guess some of this was down to youth and some of this was down to rapping.  You tell a story – you tell it in different ways depending on who you are telling it to and the medium used.  For art you can exaggerate, for fiction you can exaggerate, the truth is somewhere in the middle of what you way and what others say.  The area you grow up in and the company you keep will alter how you speak and the words that you think are ok.  Sometimes you will do things for the shock value and sometimes it’s performance art where you take on a character and perform – sort of like acting you know.  But like anything – it’s open to interpretation – some of it will be good and some of it will be bad.  But at some point in your life you have to stop thinking about others and do what feels true to you.  Sometimes you have to just suck up the backlash…….but then you go on to make history and become the first artist to get 7 consecutive numbers ones from cd releases it is surely hard to feel that you are doing anything wrong.

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Now I might not approve of all the language on a cd but I don’t take offence to Eminem.  I think I get what he is trying to say and why he is saying it the way he does.  When you think about how he’s good friends with Elton John and did the skit with Ali G….you know the one when Ali G’s butt is pretty much right in his face……well how can you then say this guy is homophobic?  I personally wouldn’t even call him a woman hater, I think two women hurt him and he uses that in an artistic way.  You may not approve of that way but then you don’t have to buy his music.

With lines such as ‘we’re the perfect match ‘cause you’re a vacuum and I’m a dirt bag’ you can’t take him too seriously but on the flipside you have to marvel at his use of language and the humour and the insight that is there.

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If you don’t like his music fine, but I can’t stand people that dis the guy and his music when it’s obvious they have latched onto a journalist’s story and never really read the lyrics or heard anything.

I think this is one of his best CDs to date. His collaborations work as well as always, as do his samples, there’s a great variety of music on here so…… Enjoy!

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Music Monday

Monday mornings are painful – throw in a night of bad sleep and rain and they just become dreary.

But we have music Monday and we all know that music makes the world go round….if you were told it was money then you have been lied to my friends.

Today’s music Monday is going to be about The Punk Singer aka Kathleen Hanna.

On Saturday I was fortunate enough to go to see The Punk Singer – which is a documentary about Kathleen Hanna.  One lady, one voice but what a story…..the really beautiful thing is that story is far from over.

I grew up with the riot grrrl generation.  I came from a tiny town with even tinier minds at work in some areas….I got verbally shouted out in a local pub for my knee high socks being offensive!! It was that kind of area.  There is a beauty to it but growing up I just knew I didn’t fit in.  I was almost biding my time to get out.  I had a dream that at 15 (I am a young birthday so that meant I finished school at 15, it’s not just a random age) I was going to move to London and learn to play the drums.  Well I moved to London – I go out with a drummer, so sort of did it!?!  I found solace in music – but there were no music stores and limited access to magazines, the town was cut off.  My friends were into really bad rock music and I took that on, for something to listen too, but I knew it wasn’t really my thing….it wound one of my brothers up a treat though which is kindof the point at a young age.  When he went out I would sneak into his room and borrow his records and introduced myself to the likes of PJ Harvey and The Senseless Things.  I started to find my own outlets and soon discovered Bikini Kill and Babes in Toyland.  Through them I went on to discover Nirvana…………

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There is so much to say about how this changed my world but that always sounds so lame.  But after a life time of not feeling like I fit in, being subjected to the worst haircuts and hand me downs known to man – I had given up – I was biding my time and I kindof knew that anyone that hadn’t bothered to see through the hand me downs weren’t going to be my type of person anyway.  And to this day I cannot stand anyone being judged by the labels they wear or by how they look – you can’t help genetics, if it doesn’t make you beautiful it means it probably makes you interesting – yeah yeah go on I’ve probably opened up a shit storm there – I am not saying if you are pretty you can’t be interesting I am just saying that those that had a tough time at school are normally the ones to make better adults – it’s my opinion – it’s what I see more often than not – but I digress…….

I finally found people that were not afraid to say what they thought – to be different, to strike out on their own.  To be in bands and not just date someone in a band.  To be the rock star.  It was an amazing time – it was liberating.  I moved to London and met nearly all these people that I had been looking up to – it was amazing.  Talking to Kathleen Hanna and Kat Bjelland, meeting Sleater Kinney – they are all memorable moments for sure.

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Time went on and the ‘grunge scene’ died down – the riot grrrl movement went quiet – a whole generation was being brought up thinking Courtney Love was riot grrrl – that it was all about her and her values.  Whilst she has done and said some great things – I also feel that her drug years where very damaging to this movement.  That a girl with a voice was just a loud mouth mental case high as a kite……well you have no doubt seen the press.  Rightly or wrongly I think that the word feminism became very dirty.  This was not Courtney’s case but her being wrongly put as the front woman for this movement did not help.  To be honest the public persona of Kim Kardashian is far more damaging to women than people seem to realise.

There are some sexist women out there and they get labelled Feminist.  No, they are sexist and that is a very different thing.

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If you value being a woman and being educated, being able to work and even go as far as set up your own business then you can thank feminists for that – it makes you a feminist really if you think about it – but the word has become a dirty one and it really shouldn’t be.  It’s just about being valued as a human being despite being a woman – because of being a woman – being given the same opportunities no matter what is between your legs….this is what feminism means to me. The word has been sullied over time and I think people should regain this word back with it’s rightful meaning.

I commented on what bands are out there today with a really influential female singer…..I was like Lady Gaga come on not in the same league as the likes of Kathleen at all.

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So it’s SO good to see her back, speaking out and making music.

It was a time of cut and paste fanzines, not mobile phones and the internet so that fact there is any footage of this era is quite lovely – The Punk Singer documentary is made up of quite a bit of footage of old interjected with Kathleen talking.  The harrowing heartbreak of her undiagnosed illness (I can relate to the long term illness and the misdiagnosis – it affects you in ways you would never believe) – if you get a chance to watch this documentary please do.

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If you know nothing about the Riot Grrrl movement do not let that put you off.  You will either have a lovely blast from your past or you will be introduced to some great bands such as:

Le Tigre

The Julie Ruin

Julie Ruin

The Beastie Boys

Bikini Kill

Sleater Kinney

Sonic Youth

Joan Jett

Nirvana

The list goes on and on, some bands you will really know of and some you might not…all are worth exploring.

Kathleen is an inspiration – and I hope that with The Julie Ruin and The Punk Singer it will reignite some of the thoughts and feelings in the older fans and also introduce a whole new wave (yeah I’m funny) of people to be inspired and to listen to things that people like Kathleen have to say.

I don’t know yet if The Punk Singer will be released as a DVD but I sincerely hope so as I can’t wait to see it again.

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Tra la la – Music Monday

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They come from London and they are:

Max Bloom – guitar, vocals

Mariko Doi – bass

Jonny Rogoff – drums

Ed Hayes – guitar (who joined in 2013)

Daniel Blumberg – vocals, guitar (who left in 2013)

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They’ve been my little low-fi loves since their debut album, also called Yuck came out in 2011.

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The song Operation on this album is one of my favourite pick me up songs.

Their new album Glow and Behold is out now.  Released on 27 September.  I was really looking forward to it, and it’s not that I felt let down by the first listen – it was just lacking something that the first album had.  About half way through the album picks up a pace, only to go back down again to their low fi tra la la. 

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Ok this is sounding more negative than it is meant.  Yuck have this lovely low fi sound with a bit of nice oompfy chuggy bass and guitar going on, then they can also do sugar sweet low fi.  To me the debut album has a really lovely mixture of both styles throughout the whole CD but Glow and Behold seems to  lean too heavily on the more sugar sweet low fi.  This in itself is not a problem as such – it still makes for a lovely pleasant indie low fi album.  But I know of the greatness they are capable of and I don’t think they pulled enough punches on this CD, maybe they had to play it a bit safer, maybe they felt a bit more chilled out.  If you have not heard any of Yuck before – get both CDs, you will see what I mean.

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In between albums Daniel left the band – and maybe this is why the sound has changed somewhat.  It may’ve changed but they are by no means ready to be written off. 

 I think Glow and Behold will be a grower, whereas Yuck was an instant hit with me.

 If you like My Bloody Valentine then Yuck should be in your music collection too. 

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FIND OUT MORE: http://yuckband.com/

 

 

It’s just another Manic Monday

So it is Monday again.

I still feel broken from the weekend.  Either that or I am coming down with something – but saying broken from the weekend makes me sound/feel far more rock n roll than someone who maybe is about to become a snot machine!

So talking about being more rock n roll I think this should be the theme to Music Monday!

So……..

New Found Glory had a new single out recently called ‘Connect the Dots’ and a new album will follow soon enough.

 

Blink 182 have been out on tour across America and Canada – you lucky people you!  And Mark Hoppus announced that in 2014 there will be a new blink album.  That makes me happier than you would believe!

And on Friday I went to the Jubilee Club run by Chris McCormack – who used to be in 3 Colours Red and played guitar for Gary Numan, so have an old 3 Colours Red video to check out:

 

And I was talking to Chris about his brother Danny, and Danny used to be in The Wildhearts and The Yo-Yo’s so……….you guessed it check them out:

 

And I super love this song by the yo-yo’s

 

Happy listening/viewing people.

 

 

Music Monday

Kings of Leon – Mechanical Bull

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Now let’s get the gripe out of the way first – why two different editions? If you make an album and are pleased with the tracks then set that album free – don’t put out to versions with slightly different prices.  That just smells of stupid record industry rot that I don’t like – you may be able to tell.  And that’s a dig at the record label and not the band!

Now with that out of the way, of course I did buy the deluxe version as to me if the tracks were meant to be on the album then that is how I should be hearing it.

So the track listing for the deluxe versions is thus:

Supersoaker

Rock City

Don’t Matter

Beautiful War

Temple

Wait For Me

Family Tree

Comeback Story

Tonight

Coming Back Again

On The Chin

Work On Me

Last Mile Home

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I don’t think that King’s of Leon will ever pull major musical punches but that’s not a bad thing – they have found a sound that works for them and for the fans and they deliver and slightly tweaked version of that with each album, so there is growth, there is a richness to sound that gets thicker with each release.  You know what to expect from a Kings of Leon album, not in a boring way but more in a comfort blanket kind of way.  I think that Caleb’s vocals get clearer and clearer as his confidence has soared.

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The brothers (and cousin) are now family people so there is more of a family flavour to this album, less about shagging around and more about the complications and delicacies of relationships.  Kings of Leon are nothing if not honest.  And I like them all the more for it.  They can poke fun at themselves and they do admit to things not always being peachy.  They may be married to models (ok so that’s only Caleb) but he will admit to the human side of the relationship.  All the tracks are driven by a melodic bass line and rising drums and there’s almost a gospel feel to some of the backing vocals.  Kings of Leon are a band that I have loved from the early days.  The days when they were all mumbled vocals and big, big hair.  Today I don’t tend to go to their shows as much – I loved them in the smaller venues but didn’t like some of the fans in the bigger venues.  I feel the time has come to change that and go and see them in one of the bigger venues again and ignore the football hooligan element of the crowd.  The music scene doesn’t always interest me anymore but I was eagerly awaiting this release and I feel that Kings of Leon are still most definitely a band that are still relevant to todays’ sound, they still have a lot to say and long may they continue saying it.

Music Monday

So I’m laid up on the sofa with a patella injury.  Also known as runners knee…. sort of ironic as I don’t run.  Oh no! 

So today’s music is a little old school.  A little low-fi indie with sweet sweet girl vocals.  If you like the girls voices they are now in the september girls.

 

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And surely some of the best images/packaging for a cd ever!!