23 September 2016

A Quick Intro to Siouxsie and the Banshees from Robert 'carpeldiem' Harmon

Since it’s clearly the time to prematurely jump into the next holiday, you couldn’t go far wrong by pulling Juju, by Siouxsie and the Banshees, off the shelf and giving it a listen.


Juju 

Co-joined with their just previous album Kaleidoscope, which now that I think of it is a great album to start the back-to-school season with, you will have many the listening hour accounted for.



Both these albums feature the extraordinary guitar virtuosity of the late John McGeoch--who played previously with “Wire” and later with “Public Image Ltd.”  More than just a technically brilliant guitarist, McGeoch was a multi-instrumentalist.  On “Kaleidoscope” he’s credited as composer, guitar, guitar (12 string), organ, saxophone, sitar, and synthesizer composer. 

Check out this great live version of Halloween to get a feel for that era’s edition of the band.




Making a great introduction to the band, after hearing these classics you may find yourself ruminating over the rest of their large recorded catalogue.

Siouxsie and the Banshees

Robert “carpaldiem” Harmon (Robert lives in the bustling metrozoid of Southwest Missouri, and usually folds when he has a full house. You should visit his website at isleofkong.com.)


07 September 2016

James White and The Blacks - Off White | A when the WAVE was NEW Review by Robert “carpaldiem” Harmon

James White & the Blacks (sometimes known as James Chance & the Contortions) had an album, Off White, that came out in 1979 and remains a seminal crossing of no-wave, avant- jazz, and funk/disco. If that amalgam of tags seems like a formidable brew to reconcile, let me tell you that in this sample it all works.

James White delivers a big plate full of Albert Aylerish sax sqonkings that never disappoint, and, some sweet sing/talking from the David Johansen school of street-wise. Their cover of “(Tropical) Heat Wave,” and the holiday favorite, “Christmas With Satan,” are hilarious.

“Off Black” is a relatively restrained instrumental track, but it gives you a chance to appreciate the spot-on arrangement and musicianship that might otherwise go unnoticed. The set closes out with three live performances that prove that things can, just barely, stay on the tracks in a live environment.

Coming from such a short-lived phenomenon as the no wave period in New York, NY, this music is extremely vital. If you can find it in vinyl, slap it on the slab, lend an ear and give up all your pain and suffering.


Off White

Robert “carpaldiem” Harmon 
Robert lives in the bustling metrozoid of Southwest Missouri, and usually folds when he has a full house. You should visit his website at isleofkong.com.

05 September 2016

Robert “carpaldiem” Harmon Reviews the Pain Teens - Born in Blood



Born in Blood by the Pain Teens is an album that can get you some strange looks if purchasing it at a used CD store.  Although most musical sites will have it classified as a mix of Goth and Industrial--which is apt-- that knowledge alone may not be enough to help you make an informed choice.

Even if you like it, and get it, playing it for the wrong person may get you a reaction similar to that gotten by Travis Bickle when he took Cybil Sheperd to the movies in “Taxi Driver.” 

The singing of Bliss Blood on “The Pleasures of the Flesh” makes the prospect of having your back broken as you wait for her attack seem like a profitable way to spend an afternoon. Some of this is likely to be considered non-music. Parts remind me of the Stooges’ “Funhouse,” but with a Butthole Surfers overbite.

Check out Desu Evol Yaw which is the Kinks song covered earlier on the album played backward, and you’ll think Phil Manzanera should be appearing in the credits. She Shook Me Has Bliss Blood’s vocal standing out against a haunting instrumental track. With this album, you have to let the music sink into you.

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Robert “carpaldiem” Harmon - Robert lives in the bustling metrozoid of Southwest Missouri, and usually folds when he has a full house. You should visit his website at isleofkong.com.

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