Sixteen Horsepower “Brimstone Rock”
There really is nothing worse than being late to a good party. Walking in to a house full of drunks mumbling on about all the cool shit you missed two hours ago leaves you feeling like you genuinely lost out. What’s even worse is when the party is happening in your own house. The only thing left to do is wander to bed and count your losses. Why am I talking about missing parties in my own home you might be wondering? Well, cause I missed the Sixteen Horsepower party. These guys broke up before I even knew about them, nevermind before I ever got a chance to see them. What makes it worse is that these guys come from Denver, my hometown. So yeah, I’m pretty goddamn sour about the whole thing. These guys were cooking up incredible music in my own backyard, but I never knew it. Bummer. As far as the song goes, this is one of my favorite tracks from the band. They’ve got such a dark sound, but it’s so rich and powerful. This is how Americana tinged music is meant to be played (you hear that Mumford & Sons?)
Delerium “Orbit of Me”
Comprised mainly of Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber, Delerium shows that there is indeed a softer side to industrial music. Both Leeb and Fulber have contributed to some of my favorite records and bands of all time. Seriously, check out this (very partial) list of some of their working credits. Skinny Puppy, Frontline Assembly, Fear Factory, Cyberaktif…..the list goes on and on. The very fact that those guys have the credentials that they do, and then they release songs with Sarah McLachlan under the Delerium moniker quite frankly just confuses me. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against artists changing sounds (in fact, I usually love it.) Nor do I have any beef with Sarah McLachlan. But, when I listen to this, I just can’t put two and two together. How do these guys write songs like this for Delerium when they are so aggressive elsewhere?
Method Man “Elements”
Method Man (and the rest of Wu-Tang) is one of the first hip-hop artists that I really got in to when I was young. I have always appreciated the sound of these guys, both lyrically and musically. Method Man’s writing is always entertaining, but more importantly, always believable. Modern hip-hop has become a disposable wasteland of money grubbing, egotistical and over-the-top bullshit. Lot’s of rappers today don’t even sound like they are trying to relate to their audience, let alone admit that they were once a fan. We are made to believe that these guys have been rich, popular, drug kingpin types since they were young (really Rick Ross? Give it up dude.) MC’s like Meth never bought into the bullshit. This is as real as it gets.
Ben Harper “Both Sides of the Gun”
Strangely enough, Ben Harper was one of the first concerts I ever saw. I saw him play back in 1996. He was one of the first acts of the day at a huge radio festival. I wasn’t there to see him, but I do remember his set the best out of any other performer that day. As I watched him tear through his set that day, two things stuck out to me. First off, his bassist is (or was at that point) a really big dude. But that didn’t stop him. He was funky and dancing throughout the whole set! He was seriously the most animated performer that day. Amazing! Secondly, I couldn’t understand how Harper rocked a guitar so hard sitting in his lap. See at the time, I didn’t really understand much about steel guitar, so I just thought he was playing his guitar funny. The show itself was fucking amazing! Full of energy and fun. He had an entire amphitheater dancing! Tracks like this remind me of that day. I dare you not to at least bob your head when listening to this song. Bet you can’t…….
Gwar “Endless Apocalypse”
Gwar has always been a fringe band for me. What I mean by that is that I’ve always liked what they do, but I never go out of my way to listen to them. Bands that rely on gimmicks or humor for their records usually don’t sit too well with me, but Gwar squeaks by. I’ve always wanted to see them live, but have never gone to a show. In the back of my mind, I’ve always feared that I would be eaten alive by the World Maggot if I went to a show. Maybe that would make the show? I dunno. Live, I bet Gwar is amazing. On record (at least this song) it’s just kind of boring.
WINNER OF THE WEEK: Far and away, my favorite track this week is from Sixteen Horsepower. Now, if only they played some more shows together………
TURKEY OF THE WEEK: Gwar slaves are gonna hate me, but “Endless Apocalypse” was my least favorite track this week. I don’t dislike it, but I know they have better songs than this one.
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