Saturday, February 26, 2005

Anthrax & Public Enemy

From what I've read, Public Enemy and Anthrax have done a lot of touring together. In fact, Public Enemy was the first rap group to tour extensively with a heavy metal band. As Scott Ian, the rhythm guitarist for Anthrax, put it, "We were fans of Public Enemy and they were fans of ours, so we decided to get together." By the way, that's not an exact quote but it conveys the gist of what he said in the liner notes of Anthrax's greatest hits album Return of the Killer A's.

Anyway, I guess it's no surprise that the two bands joined forces in studio and recorded a song. In fact, they recorded a cover of Public Enemy's song "Bring the Noise" and thus created one of the first serious rap-metal songs. I specify it as being "serious" because before "Bring the Noise" Anthrax recorded "I'm the Man," which is a rap-metal song that's pretty tongue-in-cheek. Before that Run DMC and Aerosmith did a cover of "Walk this Way," but it wasn't nearly as influential as "Bring the Noise." After Public Enemy and Anthrax recorded that song, rap-metal slowly started to form as its own genre, especially when Biohazard entered the scene.

I know a lot of people hate rap-metal. I've heard it being compared to disco: something trendy that will disappear after a few years and then will be looked at as a stain on music history. But hell, I like disco. Even K.C. and the Sunshine band who composed one song and then rewrote the lyrics each time they recorded it. Don't know what I'm talking about? Try singing "That's the Way I Like It" while "Shake Your Booty" is playing or vice versa.

Alright, I got a little tangental there, but what I'm really trying to say is that rap-metal is pretty much just another pop music trend that came and is on its way out. Just like alternative rock and grunge. They've had their time and now emo's the big thing in rock. And that will eventually head out the door once the next trend comes along. But honestly, I don't think any trend truly disappears. For example, I think some of ABBA's classic material sounds very similar to today's dance-pop from artists like Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson. Influences are always left behind, bands stick around, genres change, and music evolves.

Okay, I got tangental again. Let's avoid further tangents and just say that whether you love or hate rap-metal, you'll love "Bring the Noise" because it was awesome enough to inspire an entire genre. Much like the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix inspired kids to go out and start forming bands of their own so they could be a part of this whole rock 'n roll thing. And "Bring the Noise" features two of the greatest and most influential bands of their time collaborating on one song. The song just plain rocks.

Buy Anthrax's Attack of the Killer B's


OR

Buy Public Enemy's 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Public Enemy


Anthrax & Public Enemy - Bring the Noise

By the way, both albums feature "Bring the Noise." Support whichever band you like best... or both. And I hope you found my tangents entertaining.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Jimi Hendrix Bootlegs

A few years ago, I ran across a couple lo-fi MP3's from Jimi Hendrix's live material. The songs are "Fast Blues," which is a jam session, and a cover of "Like a Rolling Stone." I've been able to trace the first song to a bootleg recording of a show Hendrix did with B.B. King at the Generation Club. I've seen conflicting dates for that show and I'm not even sure what the song's actual title is.

I'm not sure where the cover of "Like a Rolling Stone" comes from. When I found the song the artist was listed as being "Jimi Hendrix & B.B. King," which may or may not be correct. It could come from the same bootleg recording as "Fast Blues" or it could come from a completely different live show. I know Hendrix liked to play "Like a Rolling Stone" in concert, so it could have come from just about anywhere.

Either way, these two tracks make for an awesome listen despite the background hiss you get from the low quality of the recordings. But they're high quality in spirit. You can't go wrong with Hendrix. You just can't.

Oh, and if anyone has any information about these songs that they'd like to throw in then just leave a comment. Additionally, I'm going to title the songs as they were titled when I downloaded them. I don't feel knowledgeable enough to start changing information.

No CD to sell this time, but here's a pile of Jimi Hendrix bootlegs. They're technically not for sale, but you can see what's around.

Jimi Hendrix & B.B. King - Fast Blues
Jimi Hendrix & B.B. King - Like a Rolling Stone

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Rumble in the Jungle

So Radio KRUD is starting its Black History Month celebration a little late. But we'll be going beyond the month of February. Yeah, we're rebels. Rebels that can't be contained by the Man's schedule.

I'm gonna kick things off with "Rumble in the Jungle," the first track off of the soundtrack for the movie When We Were Kings. This Oscar winner portrayed the historic 1974 bout between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire. "Rumble in the Jungle" is the only new material on the soundtrack and features an incredible collaboration between The Fugees, A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, and Forte. The result is a song as epic as the event it portrayed.

Now that I think about it, I remember first hearing this song when I saw the music video back when I was in high school. The song was so incredible, but I didn't hear much of it besides the occasional music video appearance. Now it seems to have all but disappeared. I never hear it on the radio or see the video anymore. I guess pop culture doesn't think it's so epic. But it's still an awesome listen. If you haven't heard it, you'll love it.

Buy the When We Were Kings soundtrack

The Fugees, A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, and Forte - Rumble in the Jungle

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

The Cinema Eye

Pardon me if this post isn't very well written. I'm still a bit under the weather and my mind isn't going at full speed. But the post must go on...

Well, I think a comparison between the Cinema Eye and Pretty Girls Make Graves wouldn't be that hard, especially since those two bands are on the same label, Sound Virus. Now I'm decently familiar with PGMG's sound and I can safely say that the two bands have similar musical approaches (hell, the lead vocalists sound so similar they could be one and the same); however, the Cinema Eye kicks it up one notch higher. How else can I describe it by saying that the Cinema Eye has more in their music? For one, you get an increased dosage of chaos and insane sounds. But as Shakespeare might say, "There is method to their madness." The listener won't get so overloaded with chaotic musical arrangements that they'll immediately stop the music or quickly switch to another song. Quite the contrary, beneath all the craziness that the Cinema Eye's synth punk brings us there is a catchy tune that makes the audience get involved in the enjoyable sonic assault that is the Cinema Eye.

The Cinema Eye's new CD Some Nerve is available at Sound Virus's website. You can get a song from that new CD... here.

The Cinema Eye - Not a Word

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Down With The Sickness

Yeah, it's cheesy title but it gets the point across in a musically related fashion. I've been feeling pretty sick recently, so I haven't been doing that much. Maybe later tonight or sometime tomorrow I'll try to catch up on my posts because I am starting to feel better.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Soft

Soft reminds of some of the better pop tinged rock 'n roll from the 90's. In fact, I immediately thought of Oasis's album Be Here Now when I heard "You Make Me Wanna Die." However, Soft does not sound like they're copying Oasis's style. They have an approach all to their own that has a lot more of an alternative rock feel to it. For example, you probably wouldn't find Soft's style of distorted guitar playing in a typical mainstream rock 'n roll song.

However, Soft's music is not without its flaws. Even though the lead vocalist has a pleasant singing voice, his words are sometimes overtaken by the guitars. But that's only a minor problem in my opinion. But I would say that the songs sound a bit repetitive. The high-pitched, echoing guitar (you'll know what I'm talking about when you hear it) starts to sound the same from song to song. Since it's one of the more noticeable instruments it makes the songs sound too like one another.

But despite those issues Soft still makes for an interesting listening, especially "You Make Me Wanna Die," which I think could put up a good fight against any mainstream rock 'n roll song you might hear on the radio. They just need to refine their sound a bit and come up with some new variations on the vibe they've already got going. They have the potential to be something special.

And if Soft has released an album then I don't know about it. So enjoy the MP3's and if you like what you hear, make sure to keep an eye on the band and any new material.

Soft - You Make Me Wanna Die
Soft - All That You're Shown


***IMPORTANT KRUD***


Tomorrow will be the last of the requested posts. I might post something on Sunday. I'm definitely going to post something for Valentine's Day (whether I do a cliched lovey-dovey post or some anti-Valentine thing will depend on my mood and maybe reader response). Then for the rest of February I'll be posting about black artists in honor of Black History Month. Some of the bands I post about may be racially mixed. For example, I might post about a band like Dave Matthew's Band, which has three black members and two white members, just so we can see some collaboration between the races. Always nice to have some positive vibes of unity flowing around.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

The Psychedelic Avengers

The Psychedelic Avengers are an interesting, sci-fi influenced band with a pleasant, ambient style. But I can't accurately define their style myself, so I'll use their self-description instead of trying to come up with my own: "It's an interstellar meltdown of psychedelic, alternative, drum&bass, stonerrock, freestyle electronics, space pop, alien e-rock and filk ... or simply cyber-psychedelia as we like to call it."

The term "cyber-psychedelia" is probably most accurate of all those genre associations because the Psychedelic Avengers' music makes me think of the spirit of an 80's sci-fi flick, like the The Last Starfigher, mixed with modern psychedelia. You can imagine yourself cruising through space with an alien crew in a shiny, steel spaceship while listening to this music. It makes for a fun listen.

My only problem is that sometimes the sci-fi ambience can get to be too much. The song titles, for example, tend to be a bit lengthy. Like this one, "In which young space pilot Lex Hunter finds out that a beta booster sound system, two teenage psycho nymphs from Bebulas 5, three orgasmatron pills and zero gravity can make a pretty good party." I'll be honest, I shortened the title to just "Lex Hunter" when I downloaded it from the band's website and didn't feel at all bad for being concise. In my oh so humble opinion, song titles should be song titles and not song abstracts. But if you go to the band's website, you'll find out they're really into the whole sci-fi thing. I suppose people who are more into that subject than me would appreciate the band's fantastical indulgence. Me, I just like the sound of the music, but preferably when they stick to just instrumental and no vocals added.

Buy the Psychedelic Avengers' album The Psychedelic Avengers and the Curse of the Universe

The Psychedelic Avengers - A daring escape through the asteroid fields of the Jugon
The Psychedelic Avengers - Mistress Saya

I did not shorten either of those song titles. They appear as the band intended them to be named.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Important KRUD

Here's the deal. Glenn and I have been lazy about dealing with requests from people asking us to post about their bands and we apologize for that. Within the next week or so, we're going to work on dealing with those. But right now I'm going to lay down some ground rules on how things are going to work with past requests and all requests to come...

1) If we don't like you music then you're not getting posted.

2) If your band is not getting posted, we will not inform you. However, bands who are getting a requested posting will be informed.

3) No complaints about what we say or do with the music you are requesting us to post. If you paid us to do it, you might have cause to complain.

4) We cannot accept posting requests from people who are not in the requested band. This rule mostly applies for bigger bands who could strike us with bigger lawsuits.

These rules will go into effect as of this posting. Additionally, Glenn and I are now implementing "Request Fridays" where we post about the best band out of all those who requested that we post their music. If more than one band makes a good impression on us, there's gonna be multiple bands in the same post. If Glenn and I are in disagreement on which band is the best, we'll make separate posts. And you have to make quite an impression on us to make us want to do a post about your band. The key word in that last sentence being "want." We have to want to let other people know about your band instead of anything else. So give us something worth posting and give us a pitch worthy of the best businessman if you really want us to post about your music.

It seems like I'm making a big deal out of this, but we actually don't get that many requests, so these alleged "Request Fridays" will probably end up having normal posts. I just wanted to make sure everyone was clear about Radio KRUD's stance on the "request issue." Glenn and I are not opposed to requested postings, just so long as everyone follows the rules, including us.

This post may have been kind of a downer with its overly serious edge and lack of song. But don't worry, Mr. T says everything will be OK... foo.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Mindless Self Indulgence



Mindless Self Indulgence is an... "interesting" band. Alright, they're awesome. Plain and simple. They call their style of music "IndustrialJunglePussyPunk," written exactly like that. That should give you a decent idea of what their music sounds like. But I guarantee you that you won't be prepared. Their lead vocalist, Little Jimmy Urine, has an incredible vocal range; sometimes it hurts my throat when I hear him go as high as he does. Most of their songs are incredibly fast, intense numbers that have very aggressive beats. Their lyrics are typically silly and juvenile... not that there's anything wrong with that. In fact, you may have already heard their song "Bitches," which has some of the greatest lyrics ever written:

"The bitches love me cause they know that I can rock.
The bitches love me cause they know that I can rhyme.
The btiches love me cause they know that I can fuck.
The bitches love me cause they know that I'm on time.
Throughout the projects."


Genius!

Buy Mindless Self Indulgence's album Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy

Mindless Self Indulgence - Faggot
Mindless Self Indulgence - Kill the Rock

I don't have Alienating Our Audience yet, but based solely on the strength of the first track, "Tornado," I am very tempted to buy it at some point. When listening to that song, I can't help but wonder how Little Jimmy Urine can sing like that without completely losing his breath.

Buy Mindless Self Indulgence's live album Alienating Our Audience

Mindless Self Indulgence - Tornado (Live)