I’ve written a review for an interesting Japanese freeware horror game, created with the Wolf RPG Editor. An intriguing psychological tale named the crooked man…read the review and leap into the abyss! You won’t regret it.
Laurie Spiegel, born in 1945, is an avant-garde musician, interested in the cybernetics, the automation and in the experimental music writing using mathematical algorythms. However, unlike many other avant-garde musician, her focus is on what automation can’t accomplish, and she doesn’t want to cut off the link with the traditional music like folk or classical music.
The track I’m presenting to you this week, the expanding universe (title track of the album from which it’s from), was released in 1980, but was written in the ’70s. The recording process itself was very pioneristic: the album was recorded with a DDP-224 computer, a computer so big that filled an entire room, and was remotely operated via a joystick and a keyboard in a room nearby.
The result is astonishing and still very fresh and original, despite the sound can result somehow dated to the modern (and often, sadly, musically illiterate) listener.
I’m happy to announce that I’ve posted a new music review, the 7″ Angel from UK band Danse Macabre, released in 1983.
It’s a very obscure new-wave release, but also a very interesting one. Sadly the band, like many of them at the time, created only this 7″ before disbanding and fading into the complete oblivion.
Because of the rarity of this single, I’ve uploaded here. You can find the download link on the review’s page.
I hope you’ll enjoy it!
Time to come back to an old passion of mine, sleaze rock, with one of the best bands out of the ’00s: Sweden’s Vains of Jenna (which sadly disbanded in 2011).
There is nothing revolutionary here, only some very good music inspired by the old sleaze masters (Guns n Roses is the main influence that comes to mind) with a lot of attitude and energy. Enjoy!
Also I’m happy to announce that I’ve started writing some movie reviews and analysis, when I’ll have a sufficient number of titles examined (for now, I’ve written three articles) I will start posting them here on the site. For now, most of the titles are pretty obscure and underground, or covers things that haven’t been explored before, since it’s pointless, now in 2014, to write if there is nothing new to say.
And now…Vains of Jenna!
Following up with one of the top notch British band, the shoegaze champions Jesus and Mary Chain, here charting more familiar wave territories with one of their best songs, Darklands.
Time for some classy brit pop! The Field Mice were one of the best (and most loved) bands to come out from the notorious Sarah Records label, which was one of the prime movers in the British indie scene between the second half of the ’80s and the first half of the ’90s.
Their sound is melancholic and sweet, tender and very heartfelt without becoming pathetic or sugary. This song is, in my opinion, their second best along with “quicksilver”. Their full discography can be found on the “how did you learn to kiss that way?” retrospective, in 2 cds.
Happy 2014! To celebrate, here’s the killer first track off Vince Neil’s first solo album, “Exposed”, an explosion of energy, great musicianship and class.
Happy new year!
Merry Christmas (even if late) and happy holidays to all of you! I hope you’re spending these days in peace and happily, I’m doing so and I’m picking up and listening again a lot of bands that were gathering dust on my shelves for a long time. One of these bands is Royal Hunt and now I’m presenting you one of their best songs, age gone wild, played live in acoustic on the 2011 reunion tour.
Enjoy and have an happy new year! We will see each other at Illusion City in 2014… :)
Recently I’ve watched a delicious French flick, Jeune & Joile (Young & Pretty), a very good movie about teenage existential estrangement, boredom, dysfunctional families and prostitution, somehow similar in some regards to Belle de Jour, by Bunuel…I suggest you to watch both of these movies if you haven’t done so! Maybe I’ll do a deeper review of these two flicks in the future.
The song I’m proposing to your listening pleasure this week is listed in the OST of Jeune & Joile, and fits the movie very well. Francoise Hardy’s tender romanticism and melancholic and poetic estrangement portrays the inner dimension of Isabelle (the movie main character) very well… enjoy! :)
After a very long time, an update which isn’t only about music :)
I’ve extensively updated the page about Google operators, adding the URL specific parameters TBS and TBM. They are very poweful tools, so if you want to get the best out you Google searches, be sure to check them out!