Remember Beck’s “The Information?” The album that provided stickers so you could create your own cover? Well Beck is back and taking it one step further, with his new album featuring 20 songs of sheet music – and it’s up to YOU to bring them to life. Beck’s website describes “Song Reader [as] an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012—an alternative that enlists the listener in the tone of every track.” Keep an eye out for “Beck Hansen’s Song Reader” in December 2012. The album will be released by McSweeny’s, a San Francisco publishing company.
As you probably are aware, the Olympics just happened in London. All eyes were on the British athletes, who wanted to demonstrate their abilities on their home turf. As a cycling fan, I was most interested in the road race and time trial; in the latter England’s own Bradley Wiggins, winner of this year’s Tour de France, took a decisive gold. To honor this achievement, here’s some classic music from a couple of very important British artists:
Wire started up at the same time punk rock was sweeping through Europe. While the band certainly fit the punk template (kids who couldn’t play their instruments playing fast and aggressive music in short bursts), much of their music was a reaction to the image of punk and the rigid rules that seemed to be in place surrounding the likes of the Sex Pistols and the Clash. They rejected what they viewed as “too rock,” and instead created concise pieces unlike anything else at the time. “Brazil”, from their debut Pink Flag, embodies the band’s minimalist aesthetic, over as quickly as it began. Be sure to check out the rest of the album as well, as it works best as a full work.
London’s very own Talk Talk may very well illicit initial thoughts of New Wave and Synth Pop, but when the early 90s came around, the band recorded some of the most compelling music ever released. 1991′s Laughing Stock is considered by many as one of the first ever “post-rock” albums. Released the same year as Slint’s monumental Spiderland, it helped usher in the genre made famous by the likes of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Explosions in the Sky years later. Check out Talk Talk’s phenomenal “Ascension Day” above, and let the soulful slow build engulf you. Cheers!
You don’t want to miss this concert. Ever. It’s not just a concert, it’s a weekend of concerts. A full weekend of the world’s finest jazz artists performing at the Monterrey Jazz Festival including: Trombone Shorty, Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Jack DeJohnette, Pat Metheney, Esperanza Spalding, Ambrose Akinmusire, Mulgrew Miller, Gerald Clayton, Tigran Hamasyan, and the list goes on and on. If you’re looking to spend a weekend listening to the best jazz from all corners of the world, you will NOT want to miss this. Tickets are already on sale, I’ll be there, will you?
Sept. 21-23 at the Monterey Fairgrounds
Our thoughts here at KZSC go out to both Baroness and Periphery. We hope for a quick recovery for Baroness, and that everything is okay for Periphery and their family. You will be sorely missed on the rest of the Summer Slaughter tour, but that means I’ll just mosh even harder for you guys!
1 STRATOVARIUS Under Flaming Winter Skies Eagle Rock
1 FACELESS Autotheism Sumerian
2 TESTAMENT Dark Roots Of Earth Nuclear Blast
3 HELLYEAH Band Of Brothers Eleven Seven
4 PERIPHERY Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal Sumerian
5 CONTORTIONIST Intrinsic eOne
6 KING OF ASGARD …To North Metal Blade
7 FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS Wasted Youth Artery
8 SAINT DIABLO Saint Diablo Eclipse
9 BARONESS Yellow And Green Relapse
10 DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT “Lucky Animals” [Single] InsideOut
Frank Ocean, a member of Odd Future (OFWGKTA) recently released his second album, channel Orange, on July 10. His first album was quite successful, and I look forward to seeing where this album leads him. Along with his new album Ocean sent out a letter to his fans informing them about when he “realized [he] was in love”. His first love was a man. Ocean spent an entire summer falling in love with this man. I found his story extremely impressive and I am a very proud fan.
Ocean writes in his message, “To my first love, I’m grateful for you. Grateful that even though it wasn’t what I hoped for and even though it was never enough, it was. Some things never are…and we were. I won’t forget you. I won’t forget the summer. I’ll remember who I was when I met you. I’ll remember who you were and how we’ve both changed and stayed the same. I’ve never had more respect for life and living than I have right now “.
I find his letter and his honesty almost revolutionary. I am a very proud fan of Frank Ocean and I cannot wait to see where his immeasurable talent takes him.
If you have not listened to channelORANGE, you should. His new album, as some may know, shows hints of his love for multiple people in his life. His lyrics are well thought out and he uses his knowledge of words well. Ocean’s attributes are revealed throughout the entire album. Please take the time to listen to it. Some of my favorite songs are Pyramids, Bad Religion, and Forrest Gump. Enjoy his creativity, honesty, vulnerability, and talent.
Is it just me, or is it getting HOT AS BALLS? (Cue Nelly) Summer is getting fairly close to ending, so it should not be getting this damn hot. Speaking of hotness, my interview with The Contortionist’s lead singer is up for all those interested. Okay, that’s the last time I shamelessly plug it. I swear. Until my next interview.
1 FACELESS Autotheism Sumerian