Mission Of Burma – Signals, Calls and Marches… (1981)

Ok, the picture is horrible, but Saturday morning saw this homeless prophet sitting on the steps of the College Park Baptist Church giving everyone the finger. Good for him, today’s selection is Mission of Burma, an early post-punk/indie band from Boston (Wiki), I feel I should have already known about these guys. The name is familiar, but this is really a Random Tag, early post-punk, originally formed in 1979, this album was recorded in 1981, really at the peak of analog recording. Post-punk is an excellent genre to showcase the deep, rich sound derived from analog.
Years ago Danger drove all the way to NYC to buy this old, 16 track, reel to reel, and I didn’t understand why he would do such a thing, until I heard the recording he crafted out of that thing. Bands would drive here from all over the South to have him record them, and Signals, Calls and Marches is a good example of why people love analog, with the guitars and drums and cymbals coming through with a deep, rich, textured clarity that is lost with digital recordings. Defiantly recommended, 92%.

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Random Tag Game; Bardo Pond

My computer is still dead so I still have no access to my external hard rive and 200+ gigs of my music, so I am delving into new music that is less familiar to me in an effort to broaden my horizons. And because I have no choice. Down to one clean shirt, today became Laundry Day and Bardo Pond came up YouTube while I was waiting.
I’m listening to them now, and before I’ve read anything about them I can say that it isn’t bad, dancing back and forth between slow psych-ish rock and “hard”-ish riffs and the female vocalist is talking about her fish smell, which, at least she is honest about these things. The next song that came up was Limerick, which is much better than Fish Stence or whatever that first one was called.
Bardo Pond is a place described in the Tibetan Book of the Dead, thus where the Philadelphia based psychedelic/ space rock band derived their name. Formed in 1991 rather proficient ever since, they seem to be somewhat well known, and, yet again, I haven’t heard of them. They have some really good songs, and some that are just a bit over the top and there is a compilation of their’s on Bandcamp that I am going to check out also. Of the first six songs on YouTube three are masterpieces of psych-space rock. The rest… Fish stench.

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Reducing Gun Violence By Revoking Women’s Suffrage and Abyssal (2013)

Today’s Relationship Advice focuses on women’s thought processes and logic
We have a quote from a Fox News story from earlier this week-
“Inside the Capitol, about 75 members of One Million Moms for Gun Control and other groups thanked Cuomo and lawmakers for leadership in setting gun limits they expect to help reduce violence.” [Full Article here]
This quote explains a lot about women’s thought processes, what they mean is “We don’t like guns and don’t think anyone should have them because we don’t like them.”
Either that or they are idiots. I “expect” a light to come on when I flip the switch because it has happened literally thousands of times before… Now, these women are “expecting” gun control to limit violence, although there is no precedence to logically draw this conclusion, no evidence, no historical legacy, nothing. In fact, during Roman times there was not one semi automatic gun available and yet millions of people died violent deaths. Hundreds of thousands were hacked to death with machetes in Rwanda during the 1990’s, so these women’s expectations seem to be based on the belief that the world will be a better place if everyone would just listen to them and not logic.
I will point out that long ago everyone got together and wrote down the agreed upon answers to many of these core questions of modern civilization;
1. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and to voice it.
2. Everyone can have a gun.
I notice that no one felt the need to write down praise for women’s intuition and the necessity to involve their opinions in the governance of the country. Also, note that not everyone could vote; obviously there were plenty of Dinks then as there are now and it was implied that their opinions didn’t matter either.
Back to the Moms Against Everyone Else Having Guns and their unrealistic, illogical and unfounded expectations, let me point out that 150 years ago women didn’t have the right to vote and there was a notable lack of school and theater mass-shootings. Besides for that, Saudi Arabia in modern times does not have women’s suffrage and there also is a notable lack of school and theater mass-shootings. Revoking women’s right to vote appears the more logical solution to curbing “violence” than does legislation limiting magazine capacity.
Just as those women are entitled to their opinion it appears that everyone is also entitled to high capacity magazines, however, I do have to question the logic behind these magazines. The obvious reasoning (to me anyway) is rarely used; baked target shooting. After a good session no one wants to stop every tenth shot to reload. No one ever points that one out though, one always hears these wild-eyed urban combat scenarios, that I don’t really hear about happening too much in real life.
Honestly, how many shots do you need to get your point across? Thinking about it, what asshole is going to keep coming at someone after they just gunned down seven or eight of their companions? Even if it’s just two or three, who is going to keep coming? Seriously, what do these guys foresee themselves doing where they kill seven men, and yet they still keep coming?! That eighth person would have to be one pissed-off motherfucker. What in the world are these guys planning on saying to get people that riled up? In my opinion if someone has been that much of an asshole then they can take time out of their day to reload, however, my opinion doesn’t need to be forced upon everyone else as law.
It appears that many people in America believe that they themselves are bad shots and loud-mouths and that one day this combination is going to have catastrophic consequences. I am a loud-mouth, yet I still feel confident in pointing out that most people will never have the occasion to draw a weapon on another person. But, if one drives around rural areas here in Florida long enough, one will sooner or later come across an animal that has been maimed by a car. That being the more likely scenario, does anyone want to have to carefully aim because all they have is a .32? That makes a distasteful situation worse.
Either way, the real point is that those brilliant women all have the right to vote. Connecting the dots, I wonder what new cause they will find to entertain themselves with next time and how much of my individual freedoms women’s suffrage has doomed through giving everyone’s mom the right to vote.

Today’s black metal selection is Abyssal, also a Random Tag selection from Bandcamp, of which I creatively picked the first band under said tag for popularity. In reality this is blackened-doom, perhaps a touch of thrash influenced by a few duster hits. This is music to put your pet to sleep by, honestly, this is as musically creative as recording homeless people screwing. 50%
Honestly what is minutes and minutes of rolling, rhythmic drums and guitars, played fast? Ok, great, but I don’t see how these guys could deal with listening to this stuff multiple times as they learned played it, much less… Never mind.

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Random Tag Game; Abysmal Dawn- Leveling the Plane of Existance (2011)

Here again is the random tag game. Today we have Abysmal Dawn; this is why people hate technical death metal. Hailing from Los Angeles and often compared to Morbid Angel… honestly, this album comes across as a record label photo-copy of MA targeting fans “of the technical death metal genre of music”;

To: Record Label Executive
Subject: Technical Death Metal

Dear Mr Hooknose, our corporation has been ignoring the technical death metal market, we need a band to capture our rightful corner of this market. I suggest name that is dark and vague, with cover art that attracts those young at heart. For songs, we will use new software called MoTown to Metal to convert old Stevie Wonder songs into guitar riffs and then play them at four times the original speed with lyrics about death, dying and spaceships.

Not trying to be mean, but that’s how it appears to me. Wow, iTunes Roulette came up with a doosie this time. 65% (only because I like Stevie Wonder)

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Orthodox- Gran Ponder (2005)

Sorry I have missed the past couple of days posts, I have been quite busy as of late. Not that I think that I have this huge collection of readers, I’m just saying normal posts will resume shortly.
Here we have a Random Tag Game selection, coming up from the all-knowing YouTube (the older, “good” version is embedded in one of my Androids, which I absolutely love. The new version is lackluster at best).
A Spanish band that is likened to another drone/doom band, I’d call them good, though not great. This is a difficult genre to play and this album is a good examaple of that; listenable and decent, however it is still slightly trampled ground and basically Sunn O))) worship with folk and stoner doom influences mixed in. At times it feels as if the album is on the verge of a profound riff, only to slowly let the moment pass leaving the listener wondering where exactly the song is going. A score of 72%, with long pauses and riffs that are more monotonous that innovative there is defiantly something lacking.

entire album avaible streaming on Bandcamp

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Bowery Electric- Beat (1996)

Bowery Electric is described as “drone rock” by YouTube and post rock, drone and shoegaze by Wiki, which also noted that this was one of the first American bands to perform with a labtop on stage along with the bass, drums and guitars.
Mellow chill music that fits a rainy afternoon well, I agree with the drone rock classification, with a tasteful mix of electronica, soft vocals and drone-styled songs.
Yet again this is a random tag selection that I am just now discovering and yet again the all knowing internet turned me on to some good music I’d never heard of before.

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First Band from Outer Space- The Guitar is Mightier Than The Gun

   This is a Randon-Tag-Review, meaning that I saw this band as a tag on last FM and decided to give it a shot, but I must admit their Bio is what really clinched it claiming they came to earth to play spaced-out rock-n-roll… God, these guys are really burnt.
HERE is a link with their whole silly space-rock story that I found over at AngryChairs which also has the complete discography.

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