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

Three Miles of Chaotic Fiction

I have three more Cd’s to spew forth about.

Various artists – This is Cult Fiction

This is a CD I got from my brother when I was in NZ. He kindly let me loose on his multitude of CD’s, saying I could take what I wanted, so this was one of the two that I nabbed.

As the title suggests, it is a compilation of music from various Quentin Tarantino films as well as a few others like Twin Peaks, and includes tracks such as “Little Green Bag”, “Miserilou”, “The Harder They Come”, and plenty more excellent songs.

Good listening.

Miles Davis – Seven Steps to Heaven

I found this at a Book Off somewhere, near Narita airport I think, and bought it immediately because it is Miles.

No need to explain how good the music is.

Sepultura – Chaos A.D.

I found this at Hard Off for only 108 yen. I am not really a huge Sepultura fan, but this album is considered to be a metal classic, so I couldn’t pass it up.

It has a few good songs, but most of them are too slow for my liking, I like my metal heavy and pretty fast.

Sepultura, if you don’t know, are a Brazilian metal band that have had a turbulent history with most of the original members now gone. Two of them are brothers and for years were not talking to each other, but they have made up and now have a band called Cavalera Conspiracy (Cavalera is their surname). This album was made before the brothers started fighting with each other, and was the last they made together as Sepultura.

Music count 2019: 13

An Agglomeration of Variegated Aural Pleasures

My recent trip to New Zealand was on the whole quite fruitless when it came to buying music, last time I bought a dozen or so discs. I bought only one used CD this time, and the two other CDs I got were from my brother who graciously let me take anything I desired from his large collection of CDs, so I took a couple. I did however get a brillo birthday present from him which made my day, as well as a couple of double-ups he had. And I have since added a few more after arriving back in Japan, so here is what I have in no particular order.

Burial – Subtemple/Beachfires

This is what my brother gave me for my birthday, and when he handed it to me I was quite flabbergasted. I never thought I would see another Burial release on vinyl as they are hard to get, in Japan at least, so I was extremely chuffed to get it. When I think back on all of the birthday presents I have ever received, I must say that this one takes the crown.

This is a very Burial release in that it is very atmospheric, so much so that it is pretty much devoid of actual melody and is more of a series of random crackly sounds and ghostly voices, but that is what I like about Burial. Judge for yourself though…

YouTube comment for this release: People are hating on this but it’s actually top tier dark ambient. Foreboding and uneasy, perfect to set up the stage for Beachfires, which is the epic culmination. I think they’re meant to be listened back to back, the split is just so people don’t feel too intimidated by the length. If there was a sonic representation of the coming of Cthulhu, this would be it.

Spot on.

Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See

Last week I went into Book Off to see what is what and found this. I was not aware of this 2011 album so I was most pleased to find it.

And it is another great Arctic Monkeys release. Not really much more needs to be said about it.

The Cribs – Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever

Another Book Off find, and another album I had never seen before. And also another great listen. Fun stuff.

That is all I will write about for now. There are plenty more but I have not listened to them yet, so I will do so then report back.

Music count 2019: 10

Misery Index – Rituals of Power

Misery Index are a death metal/grindcore band from Baltimore in the U.S. I got into them a few years back, and have all of their albums so far. This is their latest, just released a couple of days ago, and as soon as I heard it was released I immediately bought it for US$10 on Bandcamp.

I realise that absolutely no one reading this is probably into Misery Index, let alone death metal or grindcore, so I will keep it short.

It’s a good album, just as good as anything they have done before, but no real change either. A few more listens are required to decide if it is their best album.

Here is the video for the title track, followed by some comments left on YouTube.

This is gunna destroy the little subwoofer in my truck
My neighbours liked the song that much, they told the police about it…
The world does not deserve this band.
Boring…

Music count 2019: 7