Blanck Mass – Odd Scene / Shit Luck

I few weeks back I was researching Buck Futtons and wondering if they have released any new material since the excellent “Slow Focus” which came out six years ago now. Turns out they have not released anything since then but are apparently working on a new album.

On Bandcamp however I came across this release which is by one of the Buck Futton members, and I liked what I heard so purchased it with glee. There are two songs and they are a kind of a cross between the Buck Futtons, Ministry, and European electronic metalcore. It’s rather good I must say, but not to everyone’s taste.

Take a listen for yourself, best thing to do.

It was only US$2, cheaper than chips.

Music count 2019: 24

The Salinger – One And Only

The Salinger are a Japanese alternative rock band that formed in 1997. I bought their album “Let It Rock” way back in the early 2000’s and thought it was a decent listen. While I did not deliberately seek their music out since then, I always hoped to find another album of theirs in a bargain bin somewhere, which is what happened a couple of weeks ago. I found it at a Hard Off in the central city, in a bargain bin full of mostly rubbish CDs for only 100 yen.

This album came out in 1999, the same year as “Let It Rock”, which explains why both albums sound the same. It is good rocky stuff with a bit of a punky vibe to it too. To listen to samples of the songs click here.

It is very hard to find information about the band on the interwebs. They have a website but there has been no activity on it since 2013.

Nothing great, but worth a listen every now and then.

Music count 2019: 23

The Charlatans

It is a holiday tradition of ours to visit a Book Off in any new city we visit, so our trip to Hokkaido gave us a few opportunities to do just so.

We found a Book Off near the Sapporo Beer factory where we had a nice but expensive dinner. The selection in Book Off was not very good, this was my only choice. Recently I have been getting into The Charlatans, and as it was only 280 yen it was an easy buy.

It is a very good album, and I might say one of their better ones. This was released in 1995, but it sounds just as fresh today as it probably did then.

We did visit another Book Off in Hokkaido, but again the pickings were slim, and I am just not interested in CDs anymore, so it was for the best.

Music count 2019: 22

Black Ben Carson

Some time back I came across JPEGMAFIA on Bandcamp and liked what I heard, so I bought their albums “Veteran” and “The 2nd Amendment”, both good albums. This week I decided that it was time to buy another album from them, one that I had my eyes on for a while, but other purchases got in the way.

Compared to the other albums this album is a little more hip-hoppy and less noise, but only slightly. The songs are satirical and funny on the whole and hard-edged at the same time. The best thing to do is listen to a song for yourself…

This will not be to everyone’s tastes, especially those that like M&Ms, but it fits my idiom quite well.

Music count 2019: 21

Le Sacre Du Lièvre

My latest purchase on Bandcamp is from Terminal Cheesecake, a band that I have been listening to for a very long time.

This is their latest album, released last month. In 2016 they released Dandelion Sauce Of The Ancients, which was their first album in 18 years after a long hiatus. I was chuffed to get that album, and it was well worth the wait. This new album is good, but not quite as good as Dandelion Sauce. They have gone for more of an experimental sound, and it is also more psychedelic sounding. The basic Terminal Cheesecake sound is there, but it is missing some of the catchy droning sounds that previous albums have.

Of course, more listens are needed, perhaps it will grow on me a bit more, but it is still a very worthy addition to the Terminal Cheesecake collection.

Music count 2019: 20

The Best of MK Arular

The musical purchases have slowed down considerably recently, here are a few that I need to catch up on.

Blondie – The Best Of

This is a double-up my brother gave me when I was in NZ, and I was chuffed to get it as I like early Blondie.

All of the good songs are here including “Heart of Glass”, “Hangin’ on the Telephone, “The Tide is High”, and more. There is no real need to buy any other Blondie albums as they are one of those bands that have one or two great hit songs on an album, then a lot of filler. Later Blondie was just plain awful (1982’s “The Hunter” is a terrible album).

Good stuff.

MKULTRA – The Beautiful Mind of MK

This is a Bandcamp purchase I had my eye on for a while, so I finally bought it a few weeks back, I think I paid $5 for it.

It is an experimental hip-hop release with a singer who likes to swear a lot and talk about all kinds of stuff…not really sure what he is going on about really. I quite like it though, something different.

M.I.A. – Arular

I was in Book Off intending to buy a CD by a band called Beef Terminal when I came across this, and decided it would be worth getting instead.

A few years back M.I.A. (she is from Sri Lanka, but now based in the U.K.) had a hit called “Paper Airplanes“, whichis a very catchy number, so I thought this album might be worth a try.

On first listen though it did not grab me at all, can’t really put my finger on why. Perhaps it needs a few more listens. Here is a track to give you an idea.

Still, she is original and has a message to get across. Respectamundo.

Music count 2019: 19

Buda Muses Tori

It is time again to catch up on a few Cd purchases.

Buda – The C Sides

I bought this for $2 at Slow Boats Records in Wellington.

Luke Buda is a New Zealand musician who makes darn good music, and this release is no exception.

Throwing Muses – University

I am not a big fan of the Throwing Muses, but if I come across anything by them used I will probably buy it. And I came across this for only 108 yen, so it had to be bought.

And it is good. I am still not an enthusiastic fan, but I like it nonetheless.

Tori Amos – The Beekeeper

This is another CD I got from my brother whilst I was visiting him in Wellington, he let me loose on his collection saying I could take what I want, so this is one that I grabbed.

Very Tori album, which is to say that it is good listening.

Music count 2019: 16