An Exiguous Convocation of Sounds

The purchasing of music recently has been quite sparse since my last musical post, but I have four to speak of


The Bronx – The Bronx
A few weeks back I saw a post on Facebook from my cousin, who posted about this album, an album he had been seeking out for some time it seems (on vinyl). I thought that it must be worth checking out, so I found it used on Amazon (on CD) for the very low price of one yen, and so bought it.

The Bronx are a hardcore punk band formed in 2002 in Los Angeles, and have released eight albums named either “The Bronx” (5 albums) or “Mariachi El Bronx” (3 albums). This album is their first, released in 2003.

The music itself is quite good, but nothing outstanding. I do like the cover though, most excellent.


Ken Owen – Symbiotic Possibilities
One of my all-time fave bands is Carcass, a British grindcore (a type of metal) band. I saw them once in New Zealand, and I remember leaving the gig almost totally deaf (not permanently)…ah, good memories!

Ken Owen was the original drummer, but in 1999 he suffered a brain haemorrhage which put to an end his drumming skills and he had to be replaced. He was in a bad way for quite some time.

This instrumental album is his first effort in making music since his recovery. This is available through Bandcamp only as far as I can tell, and is very much an obscure release. But, being the Carcass fan I am, I had to buy it.

The music is a kind of techno/industrial mix, with a slight hint of Vangelis, a smattering of jazz, and a dash of Kraftwerk. It cannot compare to The Chemical Brothers, Fuck Buttons, or Yanni (I just threw that in there because I couldn’t think of a third), but I like it a lot.


The Wonder Stuff – The Eight Legged Groove Machine
I found this down at the local used books/CD place I spoke of before, and at only 300 yen it was a delicious bargain.

I had this a long time ago, so it is good to listen to it again. A good blast from the past.


Burial – Ghost Hardware
As is becoming customary now, I bought another Burial release on Bandcamp to beef up my post a bit.

Unfortunately though, it is the last release I can purchase as I have all of his major releases now, except for one that is available on vinyl only, although I am tempted to get that.

As I just bought it only a few minutes ago I have not listened to it yet, I have only listened to a sampling of it on Bandcamp, but I think I can say with certainty that it is an excellent listen.

Music count 2018: 54

New Manics Old Peshay Digital Burial

For all three of these releases click on the cover image to be taken to a song.


Manic Street Preachers – Resistance is Futile
Yesterday was supposed to be an exciting day as a package with the new Manic Street Preachers album “Resistance Is Futile” was scheduled to arrive from Amazon. It didn’t turn up however, even though I use Amazon Prime which guarantees delivery the next day. A phone call to the courier company today revealed that the courier dude had taken the package to the next house, and the neighbours accepted it, signed for it, and even opened the box! Well, the opened box finally made it’s way here today and I have in front of me the nice new album from the Manics. I have not listened to it it, but have have heard the first single online, and it is typically excellent.

The cover photo was taken in 1881 by a German photographer by the name of Baron Raimund von Stillfried, and was of one of the last samurai.


Peshay – Miles From Home
While I was on my Drum ‘n Bass high last week I discovered this album and thought it would be worth a try. So, I bought it used on Amazon and it turned out to be a most astute purchase. It reminds me partly of DJ Food as well as Roni Size. Peshay is a British drum ‘n’ bass producer who has four albums out, with “Miles From Home” being his first, released in 1998. I shall collect more of his releases.


Burial – Young Death/Nightmarket
As I did a few blogs back, I decided to beef up my post a bit by buying something on Bandcamp, so I chose another Burial release. This one has two songs and is a bargain at only two pounds. A short listen to both tracks reveals yet another atmospheric and soothing Burial release.

Music count 2018: 42

A CD and Two Downloads Later…

I thought it was time for a website refresh, so I spent some time looking through all of the WordPress themes available and found this simple and clean one that suits me just fine. I then had some more fun putting the banner together. I’ll give a virtual chocolate fish to anyone who can name all of the people/ bands in the pictures.

As for music I have bought recently, I have only three to write about…


NOFX – Punk In Drublic
NOFX are a band I have heard several songs from thanks to my complete Punk-O-Rama collection, so when I came across this at Book Off I thought I may as well buy it. This is their first album, I always like to get first albums, so that was a bonus. I have not had a good listen yet, but a quick sampling of a couple of songs suggests it is not going to disappoint.


Symbl – Serenade EP
I was thinking to myself the other day that it would be good to add some more DnB (drum and bass) to the music collection, so I sallied forth over to Bandcamp and perused their fine selection of downloads. This EP suited my wallet, and has some excellent bass, not to mention drums, so I bought it without impunity. Take a listen for yourself if you so desire… I find it toe-tappingly good.


Deafheaven – Ordinary Corrupt Human Love album (pre-order)
This is a band that I got into very recently, and when I saw the video for a song from their next album, which is brilliant stuff, I had to return to Bandcamp to pre-order it. The song from aforementioned video is the only song available for download at the moment, with the rest being released on July 13th. But, even just the one song is worth the $8 I virtually plonked down for this. A warning though, it is probably not to everyone’s tastes, it is a bit noisy you see.

Music count 2018: 39

Punky dub techno mashup vibes


After buying that Green Day singles box a few weeks back I came across the “Minority” single at Book Off, so thought I may as well add it to the Green Day collection. My Green Day discography now equals my Manic Street Preachers collection at twenty CDs in all.


Poking around Bandcamp today I came across a compilation called “In Dub We Trust” for only 82 yen. With 30 songs I couldn’t resist buying it. I would describe it as dub techno, and what I have heard is pretty good.


I have decided to add free downloads to my posts (previously I only wrote about music that I have bought), starting with a compilation of punk bands released this year by a label called Rockstar Records. Again, I have not had a good listen, but the quick browse through the songs shows that it is a decent download.


These are a couple of mashup releases, both free on Bandcamp. I like a good mashup, so I couldn’t pass them up. The second one contains 61 tracks. Click on the cover images to go to the Bandcamp page, and treat yourself to fine mashup sounds.

Music count 2018: 29

A Scanty Assemblage of Aural Pleasures

The musical purchases are still somewhat on the thin side recently, with only three to speak of at the moment.

Senses Fail – Pull The Thorns From Your Heart
I was looking through the discography of this band recently and found that I needed to add a few of their more recent releases to my collection. So, I bought this 2015 album used on Amazon. It is the same old Senses Fail, who pretty much tend not to change their sound much. Senses Fail are described as a “melodic hardcore” band on Wikipedia, which is reasonably accurate although I think Emo-core would be a bit more appropriate. This is another good album from them.

Green Day – Singles Box
Another band that I am working through is Green Day. I saw this in Book Off a couple of days ago and thought it would be nice to have even though I already have most of the songs on various rarity albums. Most of the songs are from the first and second albums, and have various other tracks on each CD. There are seven discs in all, and this was released in Japan only, so for 500 yen (the price of a Chicken Cheese burger set at McD’s), I thought it would be a nice addition to my collection. And indeed it is. Unfortunately the Green Day mobile phone strap that was originally included in the box was not there, but that is to be expected when buying used. I don’t use mobile phone straps anyway, and besides smartphones these days are not strapable.

Burial – Subtemple
Before writing this post I thought that only two music purchases just wasn’t enough, so I bought this EP from my fave dubstep/ambient artist on Bandcamp to beef up the post a bit and to get some choice music in the process. I have not listened to it yet, but the samples I heard on Bandcamp were pure Burial, that is to say sublime atmospheric sounds that somehow pass off as music.

Album count 2018: 24

A Smattering of Sounds

I have not added much to the music collection recently, but here is what I have purchased recently…

Sugar Ray – 14:59
I have been a closet Sugar Ray fan for some time, not a huge fan I declare, but nonetheless I appreciate their upbeat songs and sense of humour. This album starts off with a short and amusing track called “New Direction” which is basically a death metal song with Mark McGrath (he was funny in Sharknado) attempting to do metal growls but ends up coughing. The rest of the album is a mixture of pop, rock, and ballads that will make you feel like getting into a convertible car with your mates, turn up the tunes and wave your arms about as you drive along a beach road on a hot day, stopping for an ice cream with your loved one, then having a huge water fight.

Burial – Rodent
Burial is a one man band from London who makes some of the finest ambient dubstep you will ever hear. He decided a few years ago to only release singles instead of making full albums, which I think is a good idea. I hadn’t checked up on his work for a while, so I went to Bandcamp last week and found a few new releases and bought this one. Like all of his work it is atmospheric and very chill stuff. I like a lot. Best listened to in the dark with headphones.

Emapea – Zoning Out Volume 1
I did a search on Bandcamp for “dubstep” and chanced upon this release. I had never heard of Emapea (from Poland) before, but as Bandcamp made this available as a pre-release for only one dollar I thought I may as well order it. It was released two days ago and I am now listening to it. It is a mixture of hip hop and chill, mostly instrumental. Worth much more than a dollar I must say, and is now $10 as a normal release.

And that is all for now, not much, but all good stuff.

Album count 2018: 21