Entries in post-punk (39)
New Jersey post-punk artist Jason Bonthron has recently released his new full-length CD "Cyclops". While the release was written by Bonthron, it features a number of musicians and instruments, ranging from two vocalists and two drummers two guitars to violin, saxophone and dulcimer. Musically, they take cues from acts such as The Talking Heads, Joy Division, and The Flaming Lips, although I recommend listening to "Skate Rat", "Not Today" and "Liquid Metal Hydrogen" to get a sense of the variety on "Cyclops". Cold, electronic meanderings meet up with upbeat funk and rock n' roll to create a hybrid sound.
Uniquely, Jason is offering "Cyclops" as a zip download for free at his official website. Check out "Skate Rat" below courtesy of Youtube.
The Jam gained prominence during punk's heydey, but the group was often criticized by some diehards because they weren't punk enough. This song is titled In the City:
This group, The Sound, hails from England and is classed post-punk. They have a little more melodic sound than our first band, even if the singer is a touch off-key here and there. It's still a pretty good song. This is titled Physical World:
The next number, a mellow post-punk meandering from the indie band, XX, focuses more on vocalizations and repetition rather than power chords or trick guitar solos. This song is titled Crystallized:
It will be a somewhat mellower Saturday than on my last visit, with the musical stylings more pop than punk (though not quite mainstream). We'll start out on the mildly melodramatic side of the keyboard with Ipso Facto, who use the organ to nice effect in this song, Harmonise*:
*The band's spelling, not mine. Songs will be posted at 8 and 10 am, 12 noon, and then at 2 and 3 pm est.
It's time to call it a day and head back to The Subways to catch our ride home. But first, let's close out the evening with a straightforward rock and roll tune titled Oh Yeah:
Walking outside and expecting to find the end of day, we come across The Fall instead with this songsong rendition of Bury:
Before we move into a standard rock and then horrorpop and light punk, let's finish up the experimental with some avant garde punk with Sonic Youth performing Bull in the Heather
Ed's Rag Time Variety Special: XII - FINALE (thrash-alternative)
The show must go on. Rodney makes his first baby steps towards his DJ stardom and nervously takes the floor, hoping he can keep his voice steady.
"It is my time from now on," he whispers to no one in particular as he moves slowly towards the microphone. "Ladies and gentleman...," he says, pausing a moment to acknowledge the applause, "To conclude our show this evening, let us indulge ourselves in one more old-fashioned rock and roll moment while we thrash away the ballroom. This is the band, The Bomb Factory, with the floor-ripping finale, Viper..."
Note: there is the one-finger salute, accompanied by a matching vocalization, at one point in the above video. We have one last song that follows this at 7:05.
Ed's Rag Time Variety Special: IV (post punk)
Man! It feels like his hair is sticking straight up. Ed pulls out the handy comb and slicks it back. He is peaking now, and blood rushes to his head. But it is time to announce the next act, so he bounds to the stage.
"This is the post-punk band, Mo'Some Tonebender, from Japan, performing a lively tune, titled Rockin' Luuura..."
Ed's Rag Time Variety Special: III (psychedelic punk)
Our friend Ed is beginning to trip rather early, entering the intermission zone that arrives just before the acid peaks, adjusting his tie for the 36th time as he prepares to announce the next act...
This is Blankey Jet City performing Excuse Me:
Since kwAwk will soon be taking over, this song by The Trashmonkeys, titled Give That to Me is probably fitting. This isn't actually the pick of the day, as everything I've put up today are songs among my favorites. I've enjoyed doing alternative-indies on Mondays--I hope that you have enjoyed the selections too.
I will be showcasing the group, Kenelis, later on this evening (6 - 7 pm est) and then after that, I'll be returning to a regular Sunday slot here in music.
This is a second song by the group, The Division of Laura Lee, and it matches the intensity of their first song although in a more psychedelic fashion. It is titled Does Compute:
This group, Baddies, from Essex, is another band I favor. They are tight, have a high-energy sound, great instrumentation, and cool vocals. This is called Holler for My Holiday:
The next tune, another cut from the quirky band, Clinic, keeps the pace hectic (if a bit strange) with this song, called If You Could Read Your Mind:
We have four more songs to go, and a couple bands, including this one--Trashmonkeys--will be featured twice. This is their first cut for the day, titled Attitudes in Stereo:
Because I have so many songs posted today, I'm going to take an instrumental intermission with this piece by Clinic, titled The Scythe: