Thursday, April 15, 2010

Burzum Belus

Why bother talking about this? The controversial angle is articulated well here. The opposing view is summed up here. To me Burzum were more hype than success. They pointed the way for a lot of sick black metal, but never really pulled it off that well themselves. The crimes and polemics kept it interesting when the music was reduced to embarrassing ambient keyboard exercises with pseudo classical pretensions. Just like a lot of people, I was curious what this post prison Burzum record would sound like. Initial rumours and reports said "a return" to black metal roots. I was skeptical, but took the plunge none the less.
The opening intro track did not get my hopes up-pretty much a Bathory rip. The first few songs are good black metal jammers. Influenced it seems by many who came after. Competent, but not jaw dropping. Until track 5. Holy shit, some real blackened thrash. Not unlike the new Old Wainds. Next track up is solid as well. I wouldn't place this as a "must hear" or essential, but it does live up to the hype.
In the end, music doesn't determine my politics or philosophy. Varg is like a Glenn Beck who pushes illogical stances to their logical conclusion and thinks its consistent and rational. So when it comes to thinking, I am with Laina, but when it comes to rocking I got no issues with Varg.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

logos that rule seven that leap to mind

Logos run our lives. Signify, Identify, etc. Was bugging out on how many "homages", odes, and rip offs there are of the Black Flag bars. Got me running down a bunch of my favorites.....

1.Black Flag The Bars. The best.

2.SSD. I barely even like them, but this logo which is really just their name seems to pave the way for the collegiate youth crew graphic antics that would follow and be more popular.

3. Void. The upright and upside down crosses. So good.

4.Darkthrone. True Northern Darkness. You can pick your blueprint band, but there is no denying the influence of the black metal logo.

5. Tie. Crass and Bad Religion. Easy to draw and easy to understand.

6.Speaking of easy to draw. Love them or hate them, you probably drew this on something....

7. NYHC. Whatever localized version you drew on your bookcovers, no matter how goofy, was less embarrassing than Anthrax trying to copyright this.

8.Impulse Records

This was music focused but lets not forget some other classics....

More to come. What makes a classic? What did I miss? What are you favorites?

Hails to Ronnie James Dio

Had Ronnie James Dio pop up in a couple unexpected spots recently and thought I owe him a hearty "Get Well"! and a thanks for all the tunes over the years.
1. Reading Spray Paint the Walls-a recommended biography of Black Flag. This passage comes up. A young Mark Arm is interviewing Black Flag in 1983. He asks what they have been listening to and the all say Dio. "...And I didn't know who Dio was so I asked what is that? And Greg Ginn explained, 'It's Italian for God". Amen

2.Log on to facebook this morning and see this.

67 years old? He was just out on tour with Heaven and Hell (aka Black Sabbath)
Get well soon.

Get the Black Flag book and crank some Dio

Monday, April 12, 2010

DC Weekend

Went down to DC for the weekend. I have mixed feelings about this place since the city has changed so much since I went there. Georgetown is like a bigger version of Harvard Square-all chain stores. Most of the cool shops gone. They even moved the Hagen Daaz. The HD that Henry Rollins managed should be a fucking historical landmark. I think all cities change-Boston has definitely, but you don't notice it as much when you are living there. Go away for 15 years and come back-then you will see how much things change.

Went to this shop Crooked Beat for the 1st time. Up in Adams Morgan. In the original buiding for Madame's Organ. AKA DC Hardcore history! BAD FUCKING BRAINS. In case you didn't think it was history, how do you explain the tour of DC podcast? Nostalgia, it is a real pain in the ass.
Rad shop. Picked up a BubblePuppy 45. They were playing the Warmers 1st LP in the background. Thought for a minute it was a new Chris Thompson project. Didn't really like that record when it came out, but I will be digging it back out now. Rad Tune.
Smash Records is still the same, and a couple doors down.
Nothing will every replace Vinyl Ink for me-even if it wasn't in the city.