Green Magnet School–Blood Music

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Oh, awesome, someone’s posted Green Magnet School’s “Blood Music” album on the internet! This album is truly epic. It’s sort of like a mix of Sonic Youth, Big Black, Killing Joke, Voivod, Drive Like Jehu, MX-80 Sound, and King Crimson or something, perfect 90’s experimental postpunk noise rock. Good times.

Here’s the post at Shiny Grey Monotone.
Here are the mp3s: Green Magnet School–Blood Music

I had another post about Green Magnet School here, looks like those mp3s are down for now.

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We Are Hunted: Coolest music site since Last.fm–or coolest music site ever?

We are hunted

Okay, I’ll say it, We Are Hunted is incredible. It scours the web, aggregating info and figuring out the 99 most popular emerging songs. Then there’s a cool interface where you can see images of the bands and play clips of all of the songs. Awesome. Like, I have no idea who Slaraffenland are but their song Meet and Greet is awesome!!! Same with their song “Open Your Eyes“!Love the bass in Elephant by Mellowdrone. How about Baby by the Phenomenal Handclap Band? Now you don’t have to troll through billions of blogs trying to figure out what might be nice to listen to. Good job guys!!!

Neil Young does New Wave Vocoder Postpunk Circa 1982–Sample and Hold (live, Berlin 1982); Neil Young and Devo–Human Highway


Neil Young–Sample and Hold (live, Berlin 1982)
Awesome! From the album Trans from 1982. Way before the band Trans Am from the 1990s, Neil Young in 1982 busted out the vocoders and made Styx-Roboto-like new wave postpunk music with guitars, drums, bass, and vocoders!!! He was friends with Devo in the late 70s/1980s, I wonder if any of that influenced his robotic excursions on his “Trans” album.” Viva la 80s!!!

Here’s a trailer of the film “Human Highway” starring Neil Young and Devo!!!

Human Highway Trailer (Neil Young and Devo)

David Essex–Rock On: Crazy 1970s Minimalistic Psychadelic Funk Rock


David Essex–Rock On

Yo, what’s up with this song–David Essex. It’s crazy good–catchy, minimalistic, funky, psychadelic. It’s like a weird distillation of rock and roll without noticeable guitars or typical rock drums! It’s aggressive and full of rock swagger, with catchy rhyming lyrics almost like a precursor to rap or 90s/00s pop,yet super mellowly soulful and quietly funky at the same time. It’s clearly rock, classic rock, glam rock, but funk and soul too. I think JDilla samples it on Jay Stay Paid, I’ll have to check it out to make sure. But it sure sounds futuristic and hip hop worthy, maybe the best mixture of rock and soul and funk ever, as it’s so pure and distilled/minimalistic and futuristic for 1973. I hear Def Leppard covered it later, it’s an obvious influence for their rhyming, catchy lyrics on songs like “Rock of Ages.” Though obviously “Rock On” is way, way, way, way, way, way, way better, without all the cheese.

Def Leppard–Rock of Ages

The Pixies and the Cure vis-a-vis Wire


Wire–the 15th

Could someone remind me what Pixies song (possibly off of Bossanova) sounds much like Wire’s amazingly good song “the 15th”??? Maybe the Bossanova album as a whole…here’s the Pixies song Veloria, which sounds in a similar vein:


Pixies–My Veloria

Also, here is an old song that sounds coincidentally like a Bossanova-era Pixies songs, maybe mostly just the vocal effects and the chorus, and minus the more heavy-metal riffs…

Bad Brains–Sacred Love

And of course, the Cure knicked the riff from the intro and choruses of Wire’s “Ex Lion Tamer” for “Just Like Heaven”:

Of course, you must see this:
The Cure’s “Fascination Street” is Based on Kool & The Gang’s “Fresh,” and The Dazz Band’s “Let it Whip” is Based on The Sweet’s “Love is Like Oxygen” (See the videos!)

David Bowie: Moonage Daydream, I’m Only Dancing, Let’s Dance, Ashes to Ashes

Ah, David Bowie…check out the videos below. Defining moments of the 1970s and 1980s…


David Bowie–Moonage Daydream

Embedding has been disabled on the below videos, so you’ll have to click the lower-right corner of the youtube window in each of the videos to view the videos on youtube.com…


David Bowie–John I’m Only Dancing


David Bowie–Let’s Dance


David Bowie–Ashes to Ashes

The Cure’s “Fascination Street” is Based on Kool & The Gang’s “Fresh,” and The Dazz Band’s “Let it Whip” is Based on The Sweet’s “Love is Like Oxygen” (See the videos!)


The Cure’s “Fascination Street” is based on Kool & The Gang’s “Fresh” (video)

Okay, I’ve mentioned these before, that The Cure’s “Fascination Street” is based on Kool & The Gang’s “Fresh” and that The Dazz Band’s “Let it Whip” is based on The Sweet’s “Love is Like Oxygen”, but now you can watch these videos which demonstrate how–you can tell that the bands practiced their versions over these songs that they liked by the other bands. Check it out!


The Dazz Band’s “Let it Whip” is based on The Sweet’s “Love is Like Oxygen” (video)

Here are the mp3s:
The Cure–Kool & the Gang-Fascination Street–Fresh (mix)(mp3)

The Sweet-The Dazz Band–Let it Whip–Love is Like Oxygen (mix)(mp3)

The videos and mixes were created by the L & S–check out the L & S’s new indie/postpunk album, in the instrumental vein of The Cure, Sonic Youth, Drive Like Jehu, and Voivod:
L &S –Random Sounds with Rhythm (mp3s)
Lock and Shawl--Random Sounds with Rhythm--front half cover

Lock and Shawl--Random Sounds with Rhythm--back half cover
New album: L &S-Random Sounds with Rhythm (mp3s)

Someone posting as “anything” has been writing about the Cure/Kool & the Gang connection, and influences of David Bowie’s Let’s Dance on the lyrics of Fascination Street at:
at http://www.cureconnections.com/new-20-years-of-disintegration/6266-fascination-street-is-based-on-kool-and-the-gangs-fresh-see-the-video.html

Also, fans of the Cure’s “Just Like Heaven” will surely love the first 12 seconds (and again later during the choruses) of Wire’s “Ex Lion Tamer” from 1977’s “Pink Flag” album.

Wire–Ex Lion Tamer

Here’s another great Wire song for good measure:

Wire–Mannequin
I think this song was covered by fIREHOSE in the 1990s…