A Medley of Musical Glee and Felicity

Before James and I went to see Star Wars last week, we dropped off at a nearby Book Off Bazaar (a super-sized version of Book Off) to run around and buy stuff. James headed for the books, and I headed for the “280 yen or under” CD section. It didn’t take long to choose the following…

Snoop Dogg – R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece
One of Snoop’s better albums.

British Sea Power – Valhalla Dancehall
I had never heard of this band before, so after looking them up on my phone I decided to give them a go. From Wikipedia: The wide-ranging nature of their material has led critics to liken their sound to a variety of groups, from The Cure and Joy Division to the Pixies and Arcade Fire. Not bad, but not essential.

Punk-O-Rama, Volume 10
This is the last in the series of punk/hardcore compilations that I have been collecting over the years. There are 26 tracks on the CD, and there is also a DVD with 21 music videos. Unlistened to at the moment, but it will be the same-old.

Rancid – Indestructible
Rancid are a ska punk band that have been around since 1991, but I only got into them recently (they are on a few Punk-O-Rama CDs) and I find them to be quite decent.

Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
I like Dave and the rest, they are a warm-and-fuzzy kind of band who can do no wrong. And they make great videos.

Suede – The Drowners
There was a bargain bin at Book Off Bazaar and I found this in it for 108 yen, amongst a lot of crap. The title song is apparently considered to be the beginning of the Britpop movement, along with Blur’s Popscene song. A very decent buy.

The Kooks – Konk
And yesterday, I dropped off at a Book Off to have a quick recon. I have their first album, so I thought I would give this, their second album a go. I have not listened to this yet, and from what some reviews say, it might be a little disappointing. But, for 280 yen I am not complaining.

Album count 2017: 123

Foo Fighters: Back and Forth

The Foo Fighters are one of my fave second-tier bands (first-tier bands include Carcass, Type O Negative, Superchunk, and The Manic Street Preachers). So when I saw this on Netflix I had to watch it.

It starts off of course with a little Nirvana history which was mostly nothing new to me, although there was some good footage and images I had never seen before. It then went on to how he started the Foo Fighters several months after Kurt died, and the process of getting band members together. It then went through a history of each album and how they were made, and followed their rise to the ultimate gig at Wembley Stadium, which was humongous.

Overall, this was a well made and told story about Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters. Dave has a bit of an ego, and seems to be a little manipulative, but he is just too lovable and smiley to dislike at all. The other members all seem to be very nice chaps, and have their fair share of rock ‘n’ roll good times and bad times. The first drummer had a sad story, his drum tracks for the second album were completely redone by perfectionist Dave, and after that he couldn’t handle being in the band any longer, felt sorry for the guy.

Nice to see legends such as Bob Mould, Krist Novoselic, and Butch Vig.

I have a brand new documentary lined up on Netflix to watch about Lady Gaga next. Here she chugs beer with Dave…

Date watched: September 22nd
Score: 8/10
Film count 2017: 106

A Plethora of Piling-up Platters

The music is piling-up next to me at my desk, so much so that I am running out of space to put it all before it goes into the shelf of musical joys. So here is what there is in no particular order, some of it unlistened to at this point.

Bob Dylan, Billboard Hits U.S.A.
This is my latest purchase, just a few hours old actually. I found this in Book Off, el cheapo, and bought it because it is Bob, and because it was released by some obscure label who seemed to want to make a quick buck (really cheap looking cover). I looked it up online and it is not an official release. But, it has Bob’s early songs like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Subterranean Homesick Blues”, so it will be worth it in spades.

Green Day, 1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours
My quest to get all of the major releases by Green Day is almost at an end with the purchase of this early album. It is pretty raw stuff, but it is Green Day through and through.

Slipknot, Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)
I have been a Slipknot fan for a while, but this is actually the first CD I have bought of theirs. I have yet to listen to it.

Punk-O-Rama, #5
My Punk-O-Rama buying-O-rama continues with this purchase from Amazon for 1 yen plus postage. Most of the artists on this are the usual suspects such as Pennywise, Refused, Rancid, and Voodoo Glow Skulls, all ace punkster bands.

Bad Religion, Tested
I have only got into Bad Religion recently, all due to the Punk-O-Rama series. They are awfully good. This is their “First official Bad Religion live album, featuring 3 brand new songs” according to the sticker on the cover. Before buying it at Mandai Shoten (one of my CD-hunting haunts) I checked it out online and one reviewer said it is an excellent live album, so that was good enough for me.

The Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
This was dirt cheap because the sticker attached to the cover by the fine staff at Mandai Shoten said it was scratched. When I took this to the counter (along with Bad Religion, Foo Fighters, and Green Day) the staff guy showed me the disc so I could see the damage… I saw absolutely nothing. Looking at it just now I found a tiny spec which at first looked like dust, but it is indeed a defect, but nothing to worry about at all, and it ripped just fine. Anyway, this is Smashing Pumpkins so it may or may not be anything more than decent.

Foo Fighters, One By One
I am almost caught up with buying Foo Fighters releases. And did you know they have a new album coming out soon?

Green Day, International Superhits!
This was not an essential purchase at all as it is a kind of best-of album. But there are three unreleased tracks, and for only 108 yen it was more than worth it. Plus one song is called J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva) which is nifty.

Dinosaur Jr., Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not
And lastly is this download from Bandcamp. It is queued up in my playlist, right after Green Day. Looking forward to it immensely.

Album count 2017: 64

Foo Fighters

James, Hana, and I went to Book Off yesterday. Hana bought a comic book, James bought a game card, and I bought two Foo Fighters CDs.

I got their first and second album, and it was good to listen to them again after all these years. The second album is better I think, the production is better.

Album count 2013: 16

Here is a song from their latest album. Funny except when they start lip-syncing and pretending to play their instruments, I always hate that.