Fear Factory “Cyberwaste”
A few weeks ago, I wrote a bit about bands changing lineups and how that affects them. More importantly, how that affects my opinion towards the band. I didn’t include Fear Factory in that list, but I totally should have. Archetype is the first album the band recorded without original guitarist Dino Cazares. Without Dino, I figured this band was gonna fall to shit, but this record is solid. It’s definitely a little looser than Dino’s playing and it has a more punk flavor, but it still rocks. Subsequently, Dino joined the band again and the guys playing on this record are no longer with the band. Fear Factory doesn’t play any songs from this record live, and that’s a shame cause this track is like a 3 minute blitzkrieg.
Sufjan Stevens “A Good Man Is Hard To Find”
Several years back when Stevens came into prominence, I couldn’t hate on him enough. He came across as a pretentious douchebag that wrote lame ass songs about states/ It seemed like clowny-ass hipster music and I didn’t want any part of it. Honestly, that’s a mentality that I’ve maintained for the better part of the last decade……until today. I don’t know when I changed, or more importantly, what changed in me, but this track is pretty god damned awesome. I’m gonna have to check out some more of his stuff. Until then, how about a sincere Gutter Bubbles apology. Sorry to Sufjan, who I talked a whole bunch of shit about and sorry to anyone that ever tried to get my ignorant ass to sit down and listen to him. Looks like I’m gonna sit down for a huge helping of crow tonight…..
Lords of Acid “The Most Wonderful Girl”
What a transition huh? I’ve never really liked this band. Two-bit industrial/techno bullshit. I feel like the only reason this band really ever gained any notoriety is because they are so over the top with their lyrics. But it really does get tiring after a while. I get it Lords of Acid. You like to fuck. Your pussy is fantastic. Blah Blah Blah. If you wanna listen to a band like this but don’t need all the bullshit, just go get a My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult record. You’ll be much happier.
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds “Black Crow King”
Nick Cave never ceases to amaze me. This track is so outrageous! I wonder what it was like to be a part of the recording session for this record. What was the per-requisite for participating on this song? It sounds like a group of rednecks that were recently released from solitary confinement. I imagine a bunch of half-naked dudes, dancing around a fire in the woods, slamming bottles of wine and trying to summon a dead bird. I’m not too sure Nick Cave was going for that type of image, but it works for me.
Ella Fitzgerald “The Darktown Strutter’s Ball”
I was just thinking about Ella’s impact on music the other day. I don’t think there has been such a unique but utterly cheerful voice in music since her. I’ve always wondered who Ella was singing this for. If Ella Fitzgerald invited you out dancing, do you think you would be late? Hell no! She wouldn’t have to write a song about it to remind me either. Certainly, there are better representations of her style than this song, but I can’t imagine anyone being in a shitty mood after listening to this. It’s certainly a welcome ending to Shuffle Sunday, especially after that crazy-ass Nick Cave song.
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