Gonna look thru the new blues section in Apple Music, see what's good. I don't vouch for any of these yet, will update with notes.
- Strange Angels, in Flight with Elmore James: Tribute album, so far impressed by Tom Jones (rather surprisingly) and Deborah Bonham, but a variety of covers.
- Black Coffee, by Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa: Up through title track's good blues-rock, but then their version of Lullaby of the Leaves is great, guitar wailing and girl screaming hurt out from her gut.
- Charmed & Dangerous, by Altered Five Blues Band: New but not exceptional songs, guitar's better than singing or songwriting, mostly, but On My List to Quit is a fine song.
- Californisoul, by Super Sonic Blues Machine: Kind of a mess of blues, funk, and latin. Bar-band quality, certainly wouldn't buy an album but acceptable background music.
- The Sherman Holmes Project
- Good Morning Midnight, by Scott Ellison
- Stompin' Ground, by Tommy Castro
If you want to listen to an album, it's right there, in Apple Music, or presumably Spotify or whatever, which is why I mostly link to albums in my semi-daily music posts. If you want things outside your usual tastes, go hit Browse and find something. Or listen to one of Apple's "radio" stations; Zane Lowe just plays intolerable disco crap for ADHD babies, but there are others.
Anyway. Here's some hostile mechanical music to replace your whiny sentimental humanity:
My coffee today is just mud; I can't see a spoon more than 2cm deep into it, and it tastes like all the beans were just moistened into mud, not diffused. Gaah. I'm still drinking it, but I'm not happy.
You know what still makes me happy? Anamanaguchi:
Most of these are "Retro-Wave", because New Wave is old. I miss the '80s. Anyway, have a better 2018 than, you know, the horrifying apocalyptic nightmare we can't wake from currently.
- Sentient, by Perturbator
- Please, by Lake Radio
- The Fourth, by Chris Malinchak
- Telefuture Theme, by Mitch Murder and on Apple Music
- Fantasy VHS, by Luxury Elite and on bandcamp
- Modern Love, by Kristine, Barretso Remix
- Hello Meteor
- Sellorekt/LA Dreams
- Silicon Love, by Lifelike
- Human, by the Human League - OK, some old New Wave.
- True, by Spandau Ballet
Just discovered that iTunes Store has Hardware (Richard Stanley, 1990) for $9.99 in HD! Blu-Ray is out of print, DVD was a trash VHS port. Best punk rock SF apocalypse flick. "It's horrible, I love it!"
One rewatch later…
Looks even more prophetic now than when young cyberpunk Mark would watch the VHS over and over on a shitty CRT. Get used to the world of ecological disaster, locked into your apt by security systems installed by panopticon-watching perverts, terrorists with trucks smashing open buildings, people squatting & scavenging in the ruins. When a billion people near the uninhabitable equator starve and try to migrate away from global warming, you think anyone's gonna take them in? Or will we just irradiate the planet fighting wars, sterilize the mutant population, and let Google's autonomous killer robots knock us down to carrying capacity? I never believed in a future, and here it is.
… So, that went a little dark. Have a drink, a joint, a fuck, make some art, and play some cute distracting videogames to forget about the end of the world.
The soundtrack's another OOP classic, but here's the day's music based on it:
- Dawnrazor, by Fields of the Nephilim: Carl McCoy of FotN is the Zone Tripper, and they were intended to be the opening song, but Virgin only wanted their own artists.
- The Nephilim, by Fields of the Nephilim
- Elizium, by Fields of the Nephilim
- This is What You Want, This is What You Get, by Public Image Ltd
- The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste, by Ministry
- The Land of Rape and Honey, by Ministry
- Bomber, by Motörhead
- Ace of Spades, by Motörhead
- Raw Power, by Iggy & the Stooges
- Instinct, by Iggy Pop