An Aural Binary of Putrid Reckonings

I have only two purchases to write about this time around.

R.E.M. – Reckoning

After the recent disappointing purchases I decided to be much more careful about choosing new music, spending more than the usual 280 yen per CD (this was 500 yen) and this one is a result of that new directive.

This is R.E.M.’s second album, one that I had not even heard one song from before. And it is very good, very R.E.M.

A fine addition to the R.E.M. collection, and a good start to my new and improved music selection process.

Carcass – Reek of Putrefaction

I had this album on vinyl a long time ago, and I now wish I still had it…why oh why did I sell it?

This is Carcass’ first album and is much maligned due to it’s terrible recording. From Wikipedia:

Reek of Putrefaction was recorded in four days at Ritch Bitch Studios in Birmingham. According to guitarist Bill Steer, the studio’s engineer “ruined” the record, especially its drum tracks. Carcass had only had a few hours available of mixing, so they had to release the LP as it was to meet the label’s deadline. The band were “everything but happy” with the end result, declared Steer.

When the master recording was first sent to the pressing plant, the original vinyl LP had to be pressed at lower volumes, because the bass frequencies were so low (sometimes reaching 25 Hz) that they were in danger of rendering higher frequencies inaudible.

Indeed it sounds pretty bad, but in a way it adds to the atmosphere of the album. But, when I saw on Bandcamp that there is a “Full Dynamic Range Edition” I had to get it to see what that is all about. Earache (the record label) are re-releasing their back catalogue by taking the original tapes and instead of fiddling about with all of the buttons, knobs, and sliders to try to make the sound better, have instead preserved the original dynamic range as recorded. The reason for all the fiddling back in the day was due to something called the “loudness war“, which is something I had not heard of before.

Anyway, this new recording does sound a little better, but not as much as I would have hoped. There are 22 tracks on topics such as detruncation, fermenting innards, and excretions of various things.

This is a classic grindcore album, certainly not to most people’s tastes, but I am an avowed Carcass fan, and John Peel called it the best album of 1988, so there you go.

Music count 2018: 70

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