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

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Ingmar Bergman

"Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls."

Mr. Bergman dealt with pain and torment, desire and religion, evil and love. In his films, “this world is a place where faith is tenuous; communication, elusive; and self-knowledge, illusory at best,” Michiko Kakutani wrote in The New York Times Magazine in a 1983 profile of the director. God is either silent or malevolent; men and women are creatures and prisoners of their desires............New York Times

RIP, Ingmar Bergman.

Monday, July 30, 2007

The Go! Team-Proof of Youth

Leaked........ But mass deletion in progress. Can't find it anywhere.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

The Boss

Bruce Springsteen: An indie hero.

It is not surprising at all. Taking off from Asbury Park’ and finishing at ‘Nebraska’, he churned out five absolutely arty and radio unfriendly albums. Little wonder even Thurston Moore is so proud of these five rock n roll gems.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Prince- Sign 'O' the Times

No matter how great the band/musician, double albums invariable end up with a few fillers. There exist just a few absolutely flawless double LPs. And Sign 'O’ the Times is surely one of them.

Marc Richardson (of Pitchfork) said this about Purple Rain
“The great accomplishments of Prince are very great indeed, and this is his greatest.”

Purple Rain is indeed a great album (my fave too), but Sign 'O’ the Times is his moment of glory. The album was written, produced, played and sung by Prince and only Prince. Not a single bum track. In fact every song is flat out awesome. No wonder he was known as the “biggest quadruple threat ever”.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Miles Davis- Dark Magus

Miles Davis performs live at the Carnegie Hall. It was 1974, prime of his electric years. In addition to his monstrous trumpet, there were three guitars, one fucking huge bass and I don't know what all (guess there was a drum machine too!). No wonder people call this Miles' thickest, darkest and most exhaustive shit. And it is mighty brilliant too.
Feels more like HELL than Carnegie Hall.
Someone said,
"Needless to say, this music will not serve as a pleasurable ambience for classing up your next dinner party. It is a bitterly defiant expression of nihilism from the most proteanly brilliant musical mind of the 20th century. "
No wait, give me that pussy called Kenny G. He plays "smooth jazz". FUCK ME.
Download Wili Part 1 & Part 2 from disc 1. Michael Henderson's bass lines are way too FAT, FUNKY, GROOVY and HUGE.
Note: Please listen to this on headphones. The music will drill a hole right through your skull.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Led Zeppelin Bootleg Artwork

One of the most extensively bootlegged bands. Got hold of some fantastic early live bootlegs. Beautiful cover art.

Monday, July 09, 2007

John Peel

John Peel, his greatness can never be overstated. From 1967 until 2004, Peel remained Britain’s (and also the world’s) most respected (and coolest) DJ, playing some of the most awesome, obscure and challenging music on national radio: BBC Radio 1. Post 1975, he became a figurehead for the “underground” scene. Featuring bands from the punk scene, post-punk, heavy metal, electronic, you name it.

Bands/musicians like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, King Crimson, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Tyrannosaurus Rex, The Fall and Pulp were some of the bands that first played for John Peel. Recording sessions even before cutting their first LP. In fact Roxy Music’s first ever live performance was a session for the John Peel show. Pulp recorded their first ever Peel Session ten years before (Jarvis Cocker was just 13 then!) their debut came out (now this is what you call vision). The Fall, probably Peel’s favourite band, recorded 24 sessions between 1977 and 2004. Some people consider Floyd’s 1970 gig for the John Peel show to be one of their finest ever. And believe me it is a cracker of a show (unfortunately still remains unreleased and is only available as a bootleg).

An example of his unconventional style is this 1973 session by Brian Eno and Robert Fripp (thoroughly unconventional musicians themselves) for the John Peel Top Gear radio show.
This is a two-track, electronic/ambient music session, each nearly 18 minutes long. And this was played live on the national radio in 1973!???! DOWNLOAD

Some info about the session :

The money on the table is that this "session" never existed and that John Peel was in on the joke. Apparently, someone thought it would be a lark to just reverse the flow of the No Pussyfooting album and have Peel introduce them as the "tracks" from the said album. Some Eno fans swear that this session was just the LP played backwards. If that's true it's still worth listening as Eno and Fripp were trying to get the three-minute pop music fan to think deeper into sound and the ambience it created. It takes an open mind to allow for such experiments on national radio. You just won't hear anything like this today. There's still NOTHING ON THE RADIO.

Check this out.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

J Mascis appreciation day

P Townshend + J Mascis: Two guitar GODS = Dynamite. Live@ Joe's Pub, NY Feb 20, 2007
J Mascis' music has totally freaked me out. This man is SOMETHING (His solo acoustic shows are just jaw-dropping).
It is just super how effortlessly Dinosaur Jr/J Mascis broke into my top favourite band/musician list. Many more Dinosaur Jr/J Mascis posts to follow, for sure.

Monday, July 02, 2007


The Jesus and Mary Chain Live at the U4 Club - Vienna, Austria(10-4-1987)

The Jesus and Mary Chain:
1. Brit alt-rock giants,
2. Genesis of the whole shoegazing movement and
3. One of my all-time favourite bands.

It is pretty tough to find JAMC live boots on the net. Sometimes if you get lucky, the audio turns out be fuck all. But this one is super clean shit. Set-list is made up of songs from Psychocandy and Darklands (what a gem).

Track list
01 Trip You Up
02 Happy When It Rains
03 Cherry Came Too
04 Everything's Alright When You're Down
05 Just Like Honey
06 The Hardest Walk
07 April Skies
08 The Living End
09 Taste Of Cindy
10 Nine Million Rainy Days
11 Down On Me
12 Kill Surf City
13 Never Understand
Correction: The other link was for some show in Scotland (horrendous audio). The aforementioned Vienna show can be found here.