Dead Flowers

Well when you're sittin back, in your rose pink Cadillac Making bets on Kentucky Derby Day, I'll be in my basement room, with a needle and a spoon. And another girl to take my pain away -Jagger/Richards

Friday, December 29, 2006


I thought I should write a bit about Pitchfork. I have been a long time reader of the publication after all.

Pitchfork is an on-line music magazine, focusing primarily on independent music (yeah! Everybody knows that). Lot of people detest it, lot of people love it. The biggest complain, however is that Pitchfork album reviews stress more on the writing style than on the music. I agree with that to some extent. But on the flip side, their reviews have helped a lot of bands too.

Talking about writers, yes they have some exceptional writers on their payroll. And sometimes they write awesome reviews. For example read this stunning review of the Beatles' Love.

The inevitable Mr.Damon Albarn

Now check out dis and dis.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

A discography like no other


The Stooges made just three albums (combined length just over 100 minutes!!!). But these 100 minutes weigh more than 100 tonne. An absolutely flawless career.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

25 Worst Album Covers of 2006

A list of 25 worst album covers of 2006 by Pitchfork.


A master departs


Bossa-nova Dubzone

I purchased a 1GB memory stick for my phone recently. The first few albums that I have loaded are not only awesome, but two of them are also pretty special to me. Special because these albums gave me the first feel of what actual campus bootleg music circulation was all about. They are:

Asian Dub Foundation- Fact and Fictions (1995)
Asian Dub Foundation- Rafi’s Revenge (1998) - without a doubt one of the best albums of the last decade

The year (1998) in which I entered Delhi University was also the time when the so-called Asian Underground scene had just hit mainstream in UK. However, I had no clue about the particular genre then. Grunge, Britpop, Classic rock and the usual Death Metal sound dominated the North Campus music scene.

DU (especially the North campus) has this huge population of public school kids living in various college hostels. And the biggest advantage of passing out of a public school is that you have loads of your schoolmates around. So you generally don’t have trouble meeting other public school kids.

So after a couple of months of joining college, I met this guy from Woodstock through a batch mate. I first heard ADF’s Fact and Fictions in his room. Man, it was just awesome (I had heard RATM, but these guys were way, way better). To be honest, I hardly knew anyone who had heard of this band in the campus then. The next thing I did was to get the album copied. And by the time of Rafi’s Revenge release in November, at least two-dozen people around the campus had copied F&F. After the winter break he got Rafi’s Revenge and the process started once again.

Sadly, by mid-1999, even the Kamla Nagar Archie’s gallery had Rafi’s Revenge among the new arrivals.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Peel Sessions

I have been on a John Peel trip lately. Downloaded nearly 30 Peel Sessions during the weekend(am in the process of downloading more) .

Some of the good one are:
1. Pink Floyd (one killer show)
2. T-Rex
3. Pavement (3 shows)
4. Motorhead
5. Roxy Music (another fav)
6. Napalm Death(2 shows)
7. The cure
8. Nirvana
9. Pulp
10. JMC

Since a lot of bands have played on the John Peel show more than once, I have no clue about the exact date of these shows.

Yeah John Peel is GOD.

Note: Some links are in the comments section

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Minor Threat

Very old news, but this is (still) one more reason not to wear Nike.

Monday, December 11, 2006

For Xiu Xiu fans

I generally avoid live recordings of the bands I have not heard before. But since people have been raving about Xiu Xiu, I thought I would download some of their live shit. But for someone who is familiar with the band, this site must be a treat.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

National Public Radio

I guess everyone must be aware of National Public Radio (NPR). These people broadcast live shows online, a lot of which can be downloaded. Here is a Sleater-Kinney show (there are other great bands too). The venue generally is Washington's 9:30 club.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Indie albums

This site was down for almost six months (working now). Has a huge collection of indie albums.

Download till you die.

warning: this site conks out pretty often

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Grunge vs Britpop

"That was a guy that had everything and was miserable. We had fuck all and I still thought getting up in the morning was the greatest fuckin' thing ever 'cause you didn't know where you'd end up at night." -Noel Gallagher on Kurt Cobain.

These words so beautifully differentiate the two musical movements of the 90s. And explain why I still enjoy Britpop.


Velvet Underground LP for $19,000.

I own a couple of VU LPs too. I think I should auction them on eBay.

Update: Checked out the auction and the latest offer price is $35k!!!!!!!!!!!!!!