Thursday, January 18, 2018

Magic Bullets: Magic Bullets (2010)

This was a blind buy. I opted to get it because it was a brand new sealed copy for less than $10, and because Allmusic said this about the band:

"Magic Bullets draw from a shared love of post-punk/1980s alt-rock bands such as Orange Juice, the Sound, the Feelies, and Talking Heads. "[source]

That sold me. Although the album is good, I find that I rarely listen to it. I like the minimal album cover design.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Magazine: Magic, Murder and the Weather (1981)

To me, this is Magazine's last record. I've never heard the new one from 2011. Perhaps I should seek it out because it got great reviews, unlike this record from 1981. Anyway, Allmusic hates this record:

"Magazine's final studio album, Magic, Murder and the Weather, finds Dave Formula's washes of cold, brittle keyboards dominating the bitter and cynical music. Occasionally, Howard Devoto's weary lyrics surface through the icy mix, but it's clear that Devoto and Magazine have both had better days. It's not a graceful way to bow out, but the album has enough strong moments to prevent it from being an embarrassment as well." [source]

I don't think it's as bad as that.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

M: New York, London Paris, Munich (1979)

Egads! I skipped right over M! I hated Pop Muzik the fist 1000 times I heard it, but I think I have mellowed a bot and I can now appreciate the song, to a certain point anyway. I should have appreciated it more, as it was on the early vanguard of new wave.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Magazine: The Correct Use of Soap (1980)

"I am angry, I am ill and I'm as ugly as sin"

I'd forgive any one who thought that this opening line was written by Morrissey. In fact, Morrissey covered this song, so there you go.

Look at the price on this one! Canada got a different version of this LP, entitled An Alternate Use of Soap. So, I have the US pressing. This is great. I really like it.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Magazine: Play (1980)

This LP was "Recorded live at Melbourne Festival Hall, 6th September 1980." it's pretty good. I recall paying $5 for this LP, which was probably right for the time. I think a used copy today would go for $15 - $20.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Magazine: Secondhand Daylight (1979)

I played this record no too long ago, with my kids in the room. When Permafrost came on, I jumped from my chair and lifted the stylus when I remembered the lyrics that were coming:

As the day stops dead
At the place where we're lost
I will drug you and fuck you
On the permafrost

Those lyrics would be difficult to explain to little children, I think.

This is a fantastic record, but it's not for everyone. I'd rank it as one of the best post-punk records of all time.

I remember purchasing this LP. The clerk (he may have been the store owner) told me that it's difficult to sell Magazine records. I was astonished to hear him say that. On another occasion, a record store clerk told me that no one buys Shriekback records. What?

I like everything the Magazine did, and I like this one very much. I have the Canadian pressing.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Maestro Fresh-Wes: Drop the Needle (1990)

United States United Kingdom
The rhymes I bring them spread like syndromes
T.O. mixed it, New York pressed it
All these def hits you can't test this

Five versions of Drop the Needle on one record might be useful to a DJ, but it's hard to listen to all five versions in succession. Nevertheless, I am happy to have it. Here are the tracks:

The Stylus Side
Drop The Needle (The 45 King Remix)
Drop The Needle (The 45 King Dub)
Drop The Needle (LP Version) 5:44

The Cartridge Side
Drop The Needle (Radio Edit) 4:45
Drop The Needle (The Throwdown Club Mix)

I paid about a dollar for this piece of vinyl. My copy was pressed in Canada.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Maestro Fresh-Wes: Let Your Backbone Slide (1989)

Rap scholar, soul like a Dominican
But like I said before, I'm not American
It's who you are, not the way you went
We all originate from the same descent

This 12" contains five versions of Let Your Backbone Slide. They are The Power Mix (which is the album mix), Bonus Beat, Acapella Version, Club Mix, and Instrumental. We all know that drum track, borrowed from James Brown. He sampled the Mohawks as well, though I admit that I had to look that one up. I have the US pressing, though I cannot remember where I got it.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Maestro Fresh-Wes: Symphony in Effect (1989)

Wesley Williams, better known as Maestro Fresh-Wes, is a true Canadian icon. Wikipedia mentions that Exclaim! - a popular Canadian music newspaper - labeled him the "Godfather of Canadian hip hop." That sounds right. He later moved to New York City, which is where I would go if money and commitments were not an issue.

This record was notable because it is one of the best-selling Canadian hip hop albums of all time. And, the first single - Let Your Backbone Slide - appeared on Billboard's hot rap singles chart, which was a first for a Canadian. It also won a Juno for best rap recording, the first time that category was used.

I'm not a fan of the tune Private Symphony, however. I think he tried to channel LL Cool J and missed. The first two singles were very good, on the other hand.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Madness: Mad Not Mad (1985)

This is what it looks like when good bands go bad. There area a couple of OK tracks, but I am underwhelmed. What happened?

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Madness: Madness (1983)

Our House was overplayed so much, I cannot even listen to it, even after all of these years. This compilation puts that song on side 1, track 1. Ugh. Beyond that, the collection is plain weird, as it features the earlier (better) stuff, mixed in with the later more boring stuff.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Madness: Absolutely (1980)

Absolutely, the second record from Madness is very much like the first. Some people view that as a bad thing. I think it's OK. Why not? Yes, the first record is better, but so what? In any case, it seemed to me that they were migrating away from ska, even on the second record. The regressive left would now probably view that as a good thing. After all, a bunch of white English dudes playing ska is cultural appropriation, right?