This is the water and this is the well, drink full and descend.

2017-09-29: Suffer the Little Cuties

I was wondering if shoecore was ever coming back. Not bad. Feels like floating in a warm pool the water from which may or may not be 100% composed of one's own urine.

2017-09-28: You could get the blues

What's new(ish) music week without Lana Del Rey doing her most Del Reyed version of Florence + The Machine? Something tells me it makes no difference. And yet here it is...

2017-09-27: I pack like a cat, skate like a rat.

This wasn't the AV Undercover I was going to use, but I know half the band and they do a serviceable job. T. Rex exists in a weird place where a lot of covers are not bad but also don't end up being quite as good as the original.

2017-09-26: Let it dissolve on your tongue

No doubt you'll recognize most of this lot. This was 'Cip's suggestion, btw. I was wondering if they were Gwen to put the past behind them...puns, etc.

2017-09-25: We all know this is nothing

It's apparently everything new is old again. I've noticed many new songs are steeped in the familiar sounds of yesteryear a bit more than usual. Kicking off the week is a song released this month but would fit perfectly within the Berlin-era of Bowie. If not for the Joy Division-derived songs, I'd say the whole album was an homage to the Berlin trilogy.

2017-09-24: Teenage wasteland

Baba O'Riley - The Who


2017-09-23: Cartoon capers

Let's Go All the Way - Sly Fox


2017-09-22: What's that song?

Alex Chilton - The Replacements


2017-09-20: Bring a nickel

Down on the Corner - Creedence Clearwater Revival


2017-09-19: Where can I find a woman like that?

Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield


2017-09-18: I'm only gonna tell you one time

Runnin' with the Devil - Van Halen


2017-09-17: Falschgeld

Turns out all my contributions to Einstürzende Neubauten Week have been from their first two studio albums. For me, the early "noisy" stuff is where it's at. --FFF


2017-09-15: Abfackeln!

"Abfackeln," depending on whose translation you use, means torch or burn off. --FFF


2017-09-14: Fiat Lux: A) Fiat Lux B) Maifestspiele C) Hirnlego

While Fs is off trouncing around in the first few albums, which are pretty great and innovative unto themselves (I would have posted tomorrow's song as well), there's just too much good stuff of all shapes and sizes throughout the EN catalog to not touch on some of the other highlights. This is the one I meant to post a few weeks ago. If I recall correctly, the crowd recording is a celebration as the Berlin Wall is being torn down.


2017-09-13: Steh auf Berlin

My contributions to Neubauten Week skew heavily toward the "industrial/noise." That's my favorite part. --FFF


2017-09-12: Seele Brennt

Neubauten week continues with a little soul burning. I'm pretty sure this is the first full song I heard by EN. Intrigued by the scream clip in the MTV 120 title sequence, went to Bill's Records and Tapes and asked for a recommendation, which I'm sure was delivered with pithy scorn. Which, in retrospect, is fine. Unlike James, BHH wasn't cool. BHH will never be cool.

2017-09-11: Nevativ Nein

Looks like it's time for Neubauten Week.


2017-09-07: Ronnie Hawkins - Matchbox

As a reminder, this week is a Guess-the-Theme Week. There is a theme to the week and was submitted by someone other than myself or Fs. First person to guess who submitted it and the actual theme wins a free pat on the back. Everybody else will have to pay double for their pats-on-the-back. Really, it's surprising no one's got it yet. the answer is right in front of your faces.

2017-09-04: Clarence Carter - Road To Love

Just have a couple of weeks until preseason and then a couple of more until the games start mattering a bit. yay, hockey.

This week is a Guessed-the-Theme Week (YSWIDT?). There is a theme to the week and was submitted by someone other than myself or Fs. First person to guess who submitted it and the actual theme wins a free pat on the back. Everybody else will have to pay double for their pats-on-the-back

2017-09-03: For The Last Time

This song is so on point it hurts. Despite not watching much of the series during it's original airing, I actually bought the soundtrack CD, which wasn't great, but had a couple of songs that were iconic for the time. And when this song showed up in the 1st episode of The Return, I knew Lynch was not only back, but also better.

2017-09-02: soundtrack for maximum FX

A Lynch offering always comes with a carefully tuned sound design. It's often the case his sound content supersedes visual content. And he's not the kind of guy to stick with a folio team and a souped-up soundtrack, though he does those things, too. It's hard to find other creators so at home with manipulating sound at will and effectively bringing to the audience the weird and wonderful things recording artists happen upon but usually keep to themselves as results are just too jarring to fit within most artists' outputs.

The first here is a re-made version of "American Woman" by Muddy Magnolias, except slowed down and mixed into the show so that every kick/snare sounds like a gunshot with the vocals becoming the anguished demons escaping the wounds those gunshots create. Used at least 3 times in the series, this belly-crawl-through-the-slime is as equally effective a musical motif as Peter and the Wolf ever offered.


 
Including the source video for this next one would be too much of a spoiler, but even with the audio as evidence unto itself, I think it's pretty certain nobody else slows down Beethoven 5x and then drops it7 minutes into the season's rubber match for a good 3 minutes. Now imagine the fucked up visuals you'd need to see (if you haven't seen episode 8) so that the following "soundtrack" makes sense, and I tell you, truthfully, that is exactly what happens.
 

 
This last piece, Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima, needs no manipulation. It's been used many times since its composition in 1960 to soundtrack moments when humanity as a whole is perched upon the metaphorical precipice. And for good reason. Here, Lynch recreates Trinity with CGI and holy hell does it look real. I cut it at the end of Trinity here, but the musical piece and the Lynchian visuals continue for a full 10 minutes.
 

2017-09-01: Chug-a-lug, Donna

(slightly NSFW) From 'Fire Walk With Me", the music to The Pink Room scene does more to set up the sinister than the visuals ever could. Just your typical guitar/drum/bowed bass house band.