Re: PM:X2 Thorsday Soundoff - 30 January

Author:Matt Johnsen
Date:2020-01-31 14:33:21
Edited:2020-01-31 17:44:32
In Reply To:PM:X2 Thorsday Soundoff - 30 January by Brian Taylor
Anthrax - For All Kings
Why do you do this to yourself?
Arcane - Known/Learned
I like this band a lot, but I listen to the other Arcane more.
Aztec Jade - Frame of Mind
1997 frame of mind! Saw them at Powermad at least once. Good singer, kinda dull band.
Creeping Death - Wretched Illusions
This band is gonna have to get at least 25% better for me to get on board.
Incubus - Fungus Amongus
Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory
Mudvayne - L.D.50
Neurotica - Seed
You do nĂ¼.
Revocation - Great Is Our Sin
I guess the tepid reaction to this album turned them away from real-world lyrics forever. Too bad! There isn't a bad Revo album, though.
They Might Be Giants - They Might Be Giants

My shiz:

Strontium 90 - Police Academy. These are demo recordings of a short-lived band put together by Mike Howlett of Gong, which is notable mainly for being the genesis of The Police. I'm pretty sure it was Howlett who introduced Sting and Stewart Copeland to Andy Summers (who is ten years older than those other guys and probably wasn't too into the nascent punk scene). A couple of the Sting-penned tunes here were later recorded by The Police.

The Police - Every Move You Make: The Studio Recordings, Do Do Do Do, De Da Da Da (Japanese/Spanish, '86), Mont de Marsan 1977-05-08. Every Move You Make is a new box set of all The Police studio albums, plus a bonus disc of studio b-sides. It's somewhat infutriating in that it doesn't include ALL of the band's non-album studio cuts, and in fact includes fewer than were on the Message in a Box set from the 90s. It does, however, include a SINGLE track that was omitted from that earlier box set (the atrocious "remix," which is actually an entirely new recording, of "Truth Hits Everybody," that Sting and Andy must have shat out in a couple hours of preproduction for Synchronicity. The drums are programmed, the arrangement blows, and Sting sounds bored. Nevertheless, it's nice for completists like me, because this track was only previously available on a couple very rare vinyl singles from the 80s. I owned it as the b-side to the Dutch 45rpm single for "Synchronicity II"). That said, this set is actually amazing, if only for the mastering. The entire catalog was remastered at Abby Road, and it's simply astounding how good these albums sound after all these years. The sound is so vastly improved that I struggle to understand how they so badly botched the last two rounds of remastering (in 2003, and before that for Message in a Box). All those De Do Do Dos are studio cuts that were not collected on Message in a Box. The first two were from a double A-side single comprising Japanese and Spanish language cuts of the original recording. These HAVE been officially released on CD since Message in a Box (the Japanese one was included on a bonus 3" CD with the initial Japanese pressing of a compilation called The Very Best of Sting & The Police, and the Spanish one was included on a comp of English-language pop groups performing songs in Spanish), but the officially released CD versions (especially the Spanish one) sound like shit compared to my original vinyl single. The song was also re-recorded in 86 for Sting's doomed effort to release an entirely re-recorded comp of Police hits, which also yielded the rather awful "Don't Stand So Close to Me '86." The '86 version of DDDD,DDDD was long only a fable, but it was eventually released, without any acknowledgement, on the SACD and CD-DTS versions of the reissue of Every Breath You Take, The Singles, which was the comp originally released in '86 that included the remake of "Don't Stand So Close to Me." It's even worse than that other re-recorded Zenyetta Mondatta track, and it's clearly not even a proper rendition but a demo featuring Sting and Andy only. Lastly, I went back in time and listened to this earliest known live recording of The Police, which was also the last show to feature the original second guitarist, Henry Padovini. The Mont de Marsan festival was a pretty famous punk fest headlined by The Clash, and the set played by The Police includes a bunch of songs that they never recorded in the studio, or which radically changed form before they were. The sound on the copy I have is pretty decent for an audience boot of unknown provenance from 1977, but it still sounds crummy. And that's all I'm going to say about The Police for this week, students!

Sting - The Soul Cages. Every five or so years I bust this one out to see if it's still as shitty as I remember. It is. This album broke my heart. There are a couple very good tunes (notably "Island of Souls" and "Jeremiah Blues, Part 1") that almost sound like leftovers from the Nothing Like the Sun period, but the rest represent the true arrival of Schting, hero of VH1. This is the fucking asshole who would later record an album of medieval lute music.

Spiral Architect - demo. Still badass. I prefer the demo version of Fountainhead to the album version.

W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P. Their best by a country mile.

Visigoth - Vengeance, Final Spell. Their early stuff is their best stuff, too.

Naglfar - Vittra. Haven't listened to Naglfar in forever. They held up pretty well! I only own the first two - are any of the later albums comparable?

Megadeth - Killing Is My Business, Peace Sells. These albums remain untouchable. I presume after 1986 Dave Mustaine was murdered and replaced by some kind of pod person replicant.

Superchrist - Headbanger. Hadn't listened to this in a very, very long time. I may be biased, but I think this is the best Superchrist, hands down. My solos don't always fit the music, though. I'm just not capable of playing like Fast Eddie.

Their/They're/There - Analog Weekend, T/T/T. Short lived indie rock band featuring dudes from more famous indie rock bands I don't know or care about. This group was kind of like a less adventurous Minus the Bear, minus 100% of that band's detached irony. The lyrics here are emo as fuck.

Team Me - new singles. I wish these Norwegians would put out an album, already. All four new tracks have been excellent, but it chaps my ass to buy mp3s. God help me, I'm considering signing up to Deezer to buy the tracks in flac format!

Charlie Hall & Friends - Tribute to Miles Davis. Ken Golden and I went to this amazing show at the World Cafe in Philadelphia. Charlie Hall is the drummer for The War on Drugs, a very popular alt-country/Americana band from around these parts, but he's also a pretty killer jazz drummer, and he's done a few shows like this, paying tribute to the early electric period of Miles Davis (basically: In A Silent Way, Bitches Brew, Big Fun, and On the Corner). The band was a mix of LA dudes and local Philly musicians, and they burned through Mile's greatest 70s hits for over two hours. It was transcendent! I wouldn't say they put their own stamp on the tunes - this was more like a cover band than a proper improv combo - but it was great to hear this stuff live. A friend of Ken's recorded the show, and his recording sounds great. They should really tour this show more extensively, but I guess Hall is pretty busy with his main gig. If you see it coming around near you (I think they've done it a number of times in Cali), then by all means GO!

Sodom - Out of the Frontline Trench. New EP with the four piece lineup. The new songs are alright, the re-recorded and live songs feel pretty unnecessary. Get on with a full-length already, Tom! I will say, the new drummer is finally starting to gel in the group. His earlier performances (this is a guy mainly famous for having played in Metalucifer, which is not a gig that demands much in the way of tightness) were sloppy, but he's got it together here. That said, he's evidently already been replaced by the guy who was playing in Frank Blackfire's solo band.

Astronoid - Astronoid. When I can't think of what to listen to, I usually pick something from the As, because they're at the top of the list, ha ha! I hadn't listened to this in a bit, and it's still as enjoyable as ever. I imagine they'll have a new one out in 2020. I personally think they're the better Mew metal band, although Vola is still cool too.

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