Here are all of btener's jams.
Shiner, a band that toiled in relative obscurity after churning out several mediocre albums, were finally primed to break out in 2001 when they released The Egg and probably should have taken over the world. Obviously they didn't because you've never heard of them. Well, now you have. So please, for the love of God, do yourself a favor and GET THIS ALBUM! Thanks for listening.
Jammed: 28th Oct 2014
Album: Summer in Abaddon (2004) ~ Been wayy into these guys lately. Nice tune here from Summer in Abaddon. Also, for those of you who don't know the prolific Rob Crow -- creative force behind Pinback, Thingy, Heavy Vegetable and others -- it may be time to get yourself acquainted.
Jammed: 20th Oct 2014
by Black Lab
"I set fire to the car tonight To keep from running away I needed something loud and bright To keep the memory at bay" "I called your machine just to hear your voice I knew you were listening when all I could hear was noise And all of the demons around my bed Call your name like they want you dead But I can't keep the rain from getting in" "Well I call your name just to hear the sound Hang in the air as I walk around But I can't keep the rain from getting in" Really powerful song about obsession when you listen to the lyrics. A sentimental favorite of my since high school. Album: Your Body Above Me (1997)
Jammed: 10th Oct 2014
My Top 10 Albums of All-Time ~ Honorable Mention ~ Television - Marquee Moon (1977) Thanks to everyone who followed some or most or all of this wildly self-indulgent list :) I hope someone found something new they enjoy!
Jammed: 29th Sep 2014
by Miles Davis
My Top 10 Albums of All-Time ~ 1. Miles Davis - Bitches Brew (1970) ~ So I was going to list several honorable mentions between nos. 1 and 2 but I figured that would just draw it out too much and possibly just annoy people, so I will do that with my next few jams instead. Several Miles albums could have made this list, but I chose to go one-album-per-artist. So, without further ado, here is my #1, a staggering work of genius; a masterpiece of improvisation, and, I believe, the most influential album I've ever heard. I've been listening to Bitches Brew for almost 20 years now, and I am still amazed by what I find sometimes, things I reinterpret, things I'd never noticed before...
Jammed: 23rd Sep 2014
by Joy Division
My Top 10 Albums of All-Time ~ 2. Joy Division - Closer (1980) ~ The allmusic.com review for Closer describes it as a disjointed album that lacks the cohesiveness of its predecessor, yet from my very first listen I couldn't disagree more. The songs seem to blend into each other perfectly as Closer takes you on a haunting journey, plumbing the darkest depths of the human psyche, shifting from paranoia to anger, fear to despair, hopelessness to surrender. It is a journey through the various shades of depression, marked by spikes in urgency ("Twenty-Four Hours"), the swelling and dying of barely-contained rage ("Colony"), and the fleeting presence of haunting specters ("The Eternal"). Another crucial piece to the album's seamless flow is being bookended by two of the greatest opening/closing tracks ever recorded ("Atrocity Exhibition"/"Decades"). Closer is loaded with classic Joy Division moments, yet it still feels more like one grand opus than a collection of songs.
Jammed: 20th Sep 2014
by Talk Talk
My Top 10 Albums of All-Time ~ 3. Talk Talk - Laughing Stock (1991) ~ Where to start... Mark Hollis is a master of space & silence, and Laughing Stock is more like a symphony than a rock album. Orchestration, not energy, is at the heart of each composition. Every sound serves a distinct purpose, has its own contextual meaning. Talk Talk had a few big hits in the 80's as a new wave band, and appeared to be on their way to stardom. EMI surely thought so -- they gave the band complete creative control. Laughing Stock (like Spirit of Eden before it) produced no singles, and there was no tour following its release. As Hollis explained, it would be impossible to duplicate on stage the sound they perfected in the studio - especially with so many musicians involved. Thus, Laughing Stock served as the conclusion to Hollis' brilliant, two-part "Fuck You" to the music industry. Well played, sir. Well played.
Jammed: 15th Sep 2014
by The Beatles
My Top 10 Albums of All-Time ~ 4. The Beatles - The White Album (1968) ~ It is with great courage that I select...THE BEATLES! It's boring, I know, but it's necessary. Now, here's where the actual controversy comes into play. I waxed poetic about choosing Can's Tago Mago over Ege Bamyasi because it was the more cohesive album despite the latter being a better collection of songs. Now, I select the sprawling, relatively inconsistent (compared to other Beatles albums), jumbled collection that is the White Album, rather than more cohesive albums like Abbey Road or Revolver. I'd like to say I have some brilliant explanation for this discrepancy, but I do not. Despite the inconsistency -- or perhaps because of it -- I find the Beatles' 1968 eponymous record to be perfect in its own right. It's some kind of statement that the Beatles released this kind of sprawling giant between the two most carefully (and pretentiously) arranged albums of their career (Sgt. Pepper and Abbey Road).
Jammed: 11th Sep 2014
by Tom Waits
My Top 10 Albums of All-Time ~ 5. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs (1985) ~ From the very first bars of "Singapore," Rain Dogs transports the listener to another time and place -- one where bizarre and dejected figures strike impressionistic poses in a dank and drunken haze. What makes Waits brilliant is his ability to sympathize with these grotesque characters, to show the world their souls - their love and their pain - while inviting the listener to sympathize too. Harrowing ballads gather alongside boozy blues and carnival cabarets, bringing to life those dejected and unwanted vagabonds whom we typically prefer not to see. Rain Dogs is much more than a mere musical endeavor - it is a humanistic one.
Jammed: 7th Sep 2014
by The Velvet Underground
My Top 10 Albums of All-Time ~ 6. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground and Nico (1967) ~ The legend goes something like: hardly anybody bought this record when it came out, but everyone who did went on to form a rock and roll band; and while some bands inspired hordes of copycats, each song from VU & Nico spawned an entirely new sub-genre. I dunno about any of that, but this has to go down as one of the most stunning and fully realized debuts in rock history. Each song is its own mini masterpiece, brilliantly sequenced, defying genre, seeming to have no distinct reference point in history, as if appearing out of nowhere.
Jammed: 3rd Sep 2014
by My Bloody Valentine
My Top 10 Albums of All-Time ~ 7. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless (1991) ~ It's a fool's game to try and say something new about Loveless so I'll just share a little anecdote, here goes. The first time I heard this album I was in high school at a kegger and had gotten really really drunk and so many people were spending the night, so some of us crashed on the floor and I had my headphones on, my girlfriend lent me her iPod and told me to play this album on repeat and I would have sweet dreams and wake up without a hangover. Four hours later I awoke dizzy as all hell to the worst headache I'd ever had and I couldn't even get my breakfast down without vomiting. I got in trouble with my parents. But at least I discovered this wonderful album with a little help from a very special stupid girl. The end.
Jammed: 31st Aug 2014
My Top 10 Albums of All-Time ~ 8. Tool - Ænima (1996) ~ Now this may seem a little out of left field, especially after the likes of Can, but Tool, particularly what they did on this record, deserve all the credit in the world for a vision and an aesthetic that, however subtly, changed the emotional landscape and the intellectual boundaries of metal, alternative and mainstream rock in one fell swoop. Tool's musical vocabulary consists primarily of contrasting juxtapositions: distorted guitars, a dominant low-end, and technical, almost tribal rhythms, all laid out as a backdrop for Maynard's darkly emotive crooning, the intellectual, abstract-yet-universal lyrical themes and a refreshing dose of empathetic humanism. Tool is known for defying genre, but here is not only where they laid out their blueprint, it's also a fully realized vision unto itself -- their finest hour. The way we talk about bands like Velvet Underground/Pixies spurring countless copycats applies to Tool as well.
Jammed: 29th Aug 2014
My Top 10 Albums of All-Time ~ 9. Can - Tago Mago (1971) ~ So I won't pretend to have settled the time-honored Tago Mago vs. Ege Bamyasi debate... When I do a "best albums" list I treat the album as a singular and distinct piece of art, rather than a collection of songs. So while I find Ege Bamyasi to be the better collection of songs, Tago Mago is the superior album, years, if not decades, ahead of its time.
Jammed: 27th Aug 2014
by Johnny Thunders
My Top 10 Albums of All-Time ~ 10. Johnny Thunders - So Alone (1978) ~ The perfect punk rock album, IMO. Sadness, dejection, frustration, anger, ego, swagger, sex, drugs, pain and loneliness. Johnny wears on his sleeve all these and more, and as is essential to highly emotional artwork, his authenticity not only shows his listeners that he is for real, but it also carries the listeners along with him and makes them feel it for themselves. These songs helped me through my own struggle with a seemingly hopeless addiction: corny as it sounds, I didn't feel so alone with Johnny seemingly suffering alongside me.
Jammed: 24th Aug 2014
by Anton Karas
Watched this classic film last night and remembered how great this tune is. Love me some zither!
Jammed: 25th Jun 2014
by Eddie & The Hot Rods
No Thanks! - The 70's Punk Rebellion ~ I've been listening to the best, most complete punk rock compilation this past week. 4 discs - It's perfect for those just getting into 70's punk and post-punk, those who love the genre but would like to dig deeper, and even long-time, hardcore fans who just want the classics compiled for them in one place. And no, I'm not a salesman, I'm just damn happy for a change!
Jammed: 26th May 2014
by Faith No More
I've been on a 90's kick recently. I almost forgot how fucking awesome FNM was until this tune came up on my 90's playlist (I know The Real Thing was released in '89). Even though Mike Patton does all the vocals, this song has the feel of a male/female duet ala Evanescence's "Bring Me to Life," and other songs like it. Tough-sounding, pseudo-rapping male, plus melodramatic female histrionics (or Patton hitting the high register). Man, these guys were influential! "Falling to Pieces" makes me want to dress up like Bowie or Prince and sing into a hairbrush in front of the mirror...or something less embarrassing... ;)
Jammed: 28th Apr 2014
by Killing Joke
And we all knew the comeback was for real... Killing Joke discography continues with a serious statement album: Killing Joke (2003) ~ I'm going to go with two tracks from this album but I can't decide between several choices for the second song. Suggestions?
Jammed: 12th Apr 2014
by Killing Joke
Album: Extremities, Dirt & Various Repressed Emotions ~ The Killing Joke discography continues with another fine album (skipping over the gag-worthy Outside the Gate). Extremities introduces a new degree of heaviness - one that would be present on many of their later releases. It also introduces Coleman's newly-refined signature howl.
Jammed: 3rd Apr 2014
by Killing Joke
Killing Joke Discography ~ Album: Brighter Than a Thousand Suns (1986) ~ OK, this album gets a bad rap, and it does have its flaws: the production is too glossy, some of the tracks sound a bit same-y, drum machines... but I stand by it. The vocals are consistently powerful and the songwriting is sharp. This album elicited a "sell-out" panic among die-hards (not totally unjustified), but on its own merits, Brighter Than a Thousand Suns is pretty damn good.
Jammed: 31st Mar 2014
by Killing Joke
Album: Fire Dances (1983) ~ The Killing Joke discography continues with an album that was the perfect bridge between their raw post-punk beginnings and the more melodic efforts to come.
Jammed: 24th Mar 2014
by Killing Joke
Album: Revelations (1982) ~ The Killing Joke discography continues with their third LP, Revelations. IMO, KJ stumbled a bit with this album, but at least it did produce a couple of nice singles.
Jammed: 22nd Mar 2014
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