When you load up your Itunes and hit shuffle, what comes up? It could be good, it could be bad or anywhere in between. Shuffle Sunday is a look at what happens when I load up my library and hit play. Hopefully it will introduce you to a new artist you like, remind you of an old favorite or maybe just give you a good laugh! So without further ado, let’s see what Shuffle has in store this week…..
Machine Head “Days Turn Blue To Gray”
Machine Head has always been an up and down kind of band for me. I first heard them on one of their earlier songs “10 Ton Hammer” and that song was massive. I loosely followed them for awhile, never really getting into them, but enjoying them from afar. Then they released that slew of records where Rob started to rap and they got all groovy, totally riding on the coattails of nu-metal. Then, once that trend died, they went back to making heavy records again (like this one.) This track is alright, but I just can’t get over the change in styles. Seems like they are always looking to make a buck instead of playing what they feel.
Grinderman “(I Don’t Need You To) Set Me Free”
I’ve always really liked Nick Cave, but for whatever reason, I never checked out Grinderman until their second album came out. Boy was I missing out. These guys are incredible. If you enjoy Nick Cave, but feel like it gets a bit too experimental sometimes, then Grinderman is for you. Shit, if you just like good fucking rock music that’s nasty and beautiful all at once, then Grinderman is for you. I mean really, Grinderman is for everyone. I’ll shut up now, but listen to this song, and I’m sure you’ll agree with me.
Clint Mansell “Winter:Meltdown”
I first started to listen to Clint back when he fronted Pop Will Eat Itself, who were signed to Trent Reznor’s Nothing Records. I always enjoyed PWEI, but they broke up shortly after I got into em. Clint has gone on to produce the scores for a multitude of great films, this one included. Nearly every Darren Aronofsky film has the sounds provided by Clint, which makes for a fucking amazing Director/Composer relationship. It’s kind of like a quirky and dark(er) Burton/Elfman, aka, amazing.
Coil “Circles of Mania”
Talk about pushing the boundaries of sound and really producing something that will make you think. Coil is far and away one of those bands for me. I’ve always found something to appreciate with them, granted it’s not necessarily the easiest music to listen to. You wouldn’t take this along for a Sunday drive through the country (and if you did, you probably wouldn’t make it back.) Instead, if you want to really sit down and ingest a record and it’s sounds, Horse Rotovator is a really great place to start. Coil were years ahead of their time, and even though John Balance and Peter Christopherson are no longer with us, Coil will surely live on.
The Rosebuds “Get Up Get Out”
Wow. OK, time to shift gears. I’ve never heard of this band before, but judging by this song, it sounds like something I would enjoy. Kinda funky and makes you wanna dance. Nothing that you really have to think to hard about to enjoy, just music to hang out with. I might actually like these guys more if I wasn’t coming off Mansell and Coil back to back. That’s like the musical equivalent of trying to pass a roadside sobriety test and sadly, I’m too drunk on sound to really enjoy this track like I think I might.
WINNER OF THE WEEK: I’m really digging on the Grinderman track today!
TURKEY OF THE WEEK: Machine Head. I keep waiting for him to start rapping and that’s a bad sign.