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Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: February 16, 2018, 10:37:30 AM »
Morrisey, Your Arsenal 

Classic Morrisey, in very sharp form Your Arsenal is an album with something to say. With many lines about wavering English identity & relevance, and a stand against taboos. His views are never straightforward. "The National Front Disco" is the most compelling track, especially because it's actually a solid tune with a good melodies and form. Whatever you believe you can read the song how you want, it's clearly meant to get some people bothered. The band rocks it up a bit more, but rarely are the instrumentals interesting. It's a kind of dull 80's type rockabilly sound a lot of time with some noisy guitars for texture at parts. The best are the jangly sounds, like on the good finale "Tomorrow". Morrisey feels like he has a message to deliver on this album, but musically it's not as interesting. There is always something missing with his albums.

   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDdQcfz6pbo

The Stone Roses 

I get an unclear feeling from this album. On one hand I can see why it's important and my ears tell me it's quite good, with all the crafty elements to the songs and the mix-up of styles that make it more then a normal jangle-pop album. However I don't find the record to be overly compelling, it's a sound many bands seem to copy, to less successful results. I feel it's a well made record and something enjoyable to put on, but it doesn't give me any extra omph! or any emotional response. The only moment I found surprising was the cool extended ending on "I Am the Resurrection". Nothing is bad on this album and there are tracks I would listen to on their own, but the Stone Roses' debut didn't hit me on any higher level.

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57ajn-NXtdc     

Slowdive, Souvlaki   

When the Pickle Man posted a track from this album in 2014 it was the first time I heard a song in this style, it was quite surprising and fascinating. However I realized I never got back to the album after hearing a lot more of the type. Listening to Souvlaki now I found it to be a very profound and emotive listen. The tone of everything just gets to you by the last half, and it makes you ponder your deepest emotions even if you felt good before. The keyboards, vocals and general slowness of the ending is remarkable. But there are also cool jams like "Souvlaki Space Station" and the really great opener "Alison". "When The Sun Hits" still has to be the best song on it. As a whole this is really quite the album.

           
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CczmMDvQDa0     

Def Leppard, On Through The Night 

Something seems unfitting on this list, but hey that's the way things outta be. Def Leppard's debut album is a typical early 80's "metal" album. It has riffs, but none of them are interesting, and sometimes it gets overly close into both Zeppelin and KISS territory. "Wasted" is extremely similar to "Makin' Love" but it's such a cliche hard rock riff that it doesn't matter, and it's actually a good tune anyway. I don't think anything is bad on the album aside from "Rocks Off" but if this was their only release no one would remember them. "Rock Brigade" and "Hello America" are about the only stand-out tunes. It's a fair effort from a band who was forming their sound, there are some hints at what was to come, High N' Dry is a more notable album in this style for sure.   

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7SaQNIx5Nc

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Music / 2018 In Music
« on: February 14, 2018, 08:05:20 AM »
We had a thread in 2017 so now we have one in 2018 for music that comes out in the year of this one year right now.

Scandal, Honey 

On Valentine's Day Scandal are back with a 10 track album, full of rockin' and sweet elements. Their previous release Yellow took on many American styles and was a great step forward. Scandal are a band that evolves, they are past their old days while still keeping the spark alive, Honey continues to find new ground among the classic Scandal rocking. Right away on "Platform Syndrome" we hear a drum sound like the indie era, but with a much more refined tune. Rina's drums sound awesome here, and Mami is always ripping some new tones. Tomomi's basslines are popping especially on "Electric Girl", their are some crafty grooves like the verses of "Midnight City".

Haruna sings almost everything like on Yellow, but Mami gets a song with the energy filled "Oh! No!" and Rina does the verses of "Midnight City" an almost great song that is let down by the chorus. "Madwoaketara" is amazing, the best song on the album. It's a wonderful lovely R&B tune. Scandal take on the sound so well, it's great when they try new things, this track comes as quite the surprise and I instantly clicked with it. The same with "ShortShort". The album takes off in it's last half, with 5 really excellent songs. The old single "Take Me Out" is still great also and fits in well on the album. "Koisuru Universe" is mad fun also.

The group still rocks and by now they are much better at their craft, to my ears they are vastly improved from the beginning. The spirit of Scandal is high. Ever since Hello World they evolved into something of their own, Honey is another fine effort. With many fantastic new songs, it's less varied then Yellow but it's no problem as all 10 tracks do something interesting. In many ways it's a more consistent album. Good stuff!

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c24sCLSVg-E

Band-Maid, World Domination 

DAMN BAND-MAID STEPPING UP THE GAME! My God, their last release was good but they sound even more fired up with higher aims. Some of the riffs are pure 80's thrash, but in the same song it will explode into fast and hard rocking alt. rock goodness. "Domination" showcases this in the amazing lead into the chorus with some really great guitars. This is the kind of album where a song will start and I'll just raise my hands like, dude another awesome track. It just rocks, there is variety to and a mix of styles. The album takes a refreshing break near the end with the slower "Daydreaming" and the very great power ballad "Anemone".

The melodies and Saiki Atsumi's vocals are so good! On that song and on the whole album, Saiki is such a powerful rock vocalist but she shows range on this album. I love "Anemone"! It's my favorite on the album along with "Domination". Band-Maid take on J-Rock styling but add thrash, heavy metal and other elements of American rock music, mostly on the same song! It makes for a pretty great sound, and the band is much improved from before. This is their first great album. The group is a lot more then a gimmick. The gothic maids make for an interesting band dynamic, their music holds it's own very well. This album is cool.

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmxEuQXTHUU

Palm, Rock Island 

I don't know what's more surprising the music or the fact that a modern day indie album can actually be this shocking, interesting, creative and...new. The songs are just wild, build on a lot of looping glitchy sounds and uncertain progressions. This album is actually kind of alarming and it instantly is gripping and sounds like something I need to buy and listen to a lot. It's actually a new sound to my ears, and the style is just so perfectly strange in a way that is unexpected. As the album goes on it creates a tone of it's own, it's certainly a nice sounding record. I quite like the sounds and the world it creates, it's so unique and actually good to the ears. This is a very fascinating and compelling record.

   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dnKnwamoKo

GARNiDELiA and fhana are also releasing new albums on the same day next month. I hope that GARNiDELiA make a better album then Violet Cry which was a bit of a letdown after how good Linkage Ring was. Some singles like "Error" have been fairly good. and fhana, well if they can have one song as great as "Relief" on the next album then it's fine. Normally their album songs are better then the singles it seems. 

The Idol Formerly Known As Ladybaby have split..they are releasing a full length of all the singles and a few new songs, I had to order it for the nice slipcase packaging and because it's their end! Utada has a new album coming as well, pretty cool. Her music is on Spotify now! Well aside from Fantome it seems. She's also doing a domestic tour! It's nice that she is really back in business. I can imagine Seiko Oomori will have something new, if it's a full length with draw(a)drow I can only imagine what else it may hold...I imagine BiSH will do an album at the end of the year unless they split as well.

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Music / The Manimal's Music (12th ALBUM COMPLETE)
« on: February 13, 2018, 02:07:21 PM »
Barry Goldman : Ghosts of Kaministiquia


1. Superior
2. Neo Venezia 
3. Idols Have Abs
4. Silver Mines
5. Black Sea Fleet (Feat. Legomaestro) *
6. Lithuanian Devil
7. Vietnam
8. Yoshiko's Last Stand
9. Late 2000's Planet
10. Ghosts of Kaministiquia

All songs written & performed by the Manimal sans * (lyrics & guest vocal by Legomaestro)

https://barrygoldman.bandcamp.com/album/ghosts-of-kaministiquia
         

I was going to be novel and put this out tomorrow but I just want it out of my hair. Like before these albums grow to be a pain and I just want them out of the way so I can work on better songs and start the cycle again. So this one, which I've been forming since December I just kind of hit send on when I felt the vibe of things was over and needed to shift. There is no idea but it works into some of the songs about my world. As normal there must be a song with a Love Live character name, but this time there is also Idols Have Abs, a phrase that's been around for a while now. I finally used it.

I am just starting to do better things with composing melodies, so this feels like a primal beginning, as with Dia's Pain In Spain. The issue is my singing which is even weaker with composed melodies because somehow it's even more impossible to be in key for that. But this is the beginning of that. Slowly the music I can make may become the music I want to make. But we will see.

The biggest wins on this album are Late 2000's Planet and Ghosts of Kaministiquia. Both are to the near best of my musical abilities. I wanted to make an album that was kind of just all over, but certainly I didn't do this as best as I could. Still there where tracks that have been forming for a bit, which like my last album proved to be a good way to make songs I am happy with. 

The biggest fail on this album is Vietnam, or atleast the first half. I tried something and it didn't work super well but the ending I am happy with even if it's a thing I've done many times before. Still it's been a bit since I've done something like that. Idols Have Abs isn't as wild as I would've liked either.

I tried new ways to mix this time so there is none of the "Digital Drum Compressor, Stereo Width, Stereo Upmix" like I put on every single track before. Instead I tried some different things and used a bigger amp. Still haven't got a great handle. I have better recording stuff now but still no way to use it yet, so the soundboard just sits there...   

When FAWM started things took a bad turn. Superior and Vietnam are very sloppy tracks, but something to get out of the system atleast. February seems to be a bad time for my music. I feel if I make an album over a few months it loses focus, and that is kind of the case here. So it seems for my purposes being quick is good also. 

So ya, it's another album! Not a ton to say this time. Just keeping at it, and now Lithuanian Devi joins the cast.     


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MR Pub / Re: Plans for Valentines?
« on: February 13, 2018, 01:55:45 PM »
New albums from Scandal and Band-Maid tomorrow!! Very cool. It's always customary for me to listen to Bruce Springsteen's Tunnel of Love album which is quite the record.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhFrj092j3o

Otherwise no haha. You know I don't hate Valentine's Day or feel sad about it. It's been the same every year. I like the idea of it actually.

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Music / The Manimal's Music (NEW SONG FEAT LEGO)
« on: February 13, 2018, 09:14:19 AM »
We're at it again for the 4th collab. Lego wrote the lyrics and did guest vocals here.

The track is flawed, it always is. The mix is terrible and I dunno, doing a song without loud guitars at all feels too weird to me. The guitars always move things in my songs but in this they just kind of...exist. and I couldn't find the right drum groove since I don't know how to make surf songs. But this whole album is just me trying and if it doesn't work...atleast I tried. Plus composed melodies.

So ya, we at it again. The sad thing is, my songs sound better with composed melodies but I suck so hard at singing that I am now MORE out of key then ever before even when I do a vocal line on guitar to sing to. Why. Why.

Black Sea Fleet
https://soundcloud.com/barrygoldmanofficial/black-sea-fleet-feat-ahasuerus

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break Room / Re: The Status Of Our Fellow Raiders
« on: February 06, 2018, 01:30:03 PM »
Status : At the job, wanting to work on my music. Slammed out a track this morning, trying to maximize my free time even though I still factor in my laziness. I've almost been late the last few days because I'll be finishing and uploading a track then suddenly I have 5 minutes to show up. Gotta stop that rush. Working on my 12th album bit by bit, same idea as my last where I take more time than before and try to have some greater ideas.

Progress : 7 songs in, maybe 8. 3-4 more depending on how it goes and what ideas I have. This album might introduce Lithuanian Devi to my music! I have the persona of Goldmanski I am slowly evolving into, which is the same as before but with a new chapter. Might call the album Superski, Mioski, something with ski at the end to honor the now closed Polish restaurant that I loved so much. It sounds silly but the closing of the best restaurant I've ever eaten at has caused a stir in my feelings on my city, province and so on. It's one part of a bigger thing.         

Improvements : Great improvements on my music, I have gotten so much better then I was this time last year. It's slow improvements and I still have many of the same issues, but now my songs have a little more melody sometimes, but I still strike a balance between composing and just vibing, as vibing is a key element in my stylings.

I am big on the idea of doing things that only I would do. So I want to make songs that are mine, and no one else would've wrote them. As stupid as they get. I have my duty to do the things that only I would put into the world, even if it's nothing special to others. I think my lyrics and all have gotten better then some of the nightmares of past.

I want my music to be good today and trash tomorrow! Meaning I get so much better everything I've done before is garbage. That is my ideal. My drive is to be better for myself and I think I have been doing that to varying degrees. In 2017 I took on many personal challenges in my expression and by now I have a well formed idea of just what I am aiming for. But I want to always been changing that aim of mine to. Never settle because I am never good and I need to be better then before! That is the ideal.


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Music / The Manimal's Music (NEW SONG)
« on: February 05, 2018, 10:34:02 AM »
Caught up to my tracks that have been forming since the end of December. I haven't been working hard on them or anything, mostly they've just sat and the lyrics changed a bit or I re-did some bits. This song I made when the Polish restaurant closed and it made me feel sad about my city. But by now I'm in the mood of wanting to feel like things are better and ignore everyone who says it's bad, but you can't and I just don't know. So that's the point of this track and this album. Just trying to be more honest to my own thoughts this time around.

I think that's another 3-4 songs left for this album! Depending how it plays out.

Ghosts Of Kaministiquia 
https://soundcloud.com/barrygoldmanofficial/ghosts-of-kaministiquia

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Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: February 04, 2018, 04:34:09 PM »
The Replacements, Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take The Trash Out 

The band's first album is slamming Punk done however the band feels like it. Played fast and loose, the true spirit of the band is present. Most are short and tend to do something interesting, bits of melody and random sloppy solos or breakdowns into something different. Then there are tracks like "Johnny's Gonna Die" that slow down and do really cool things. The bassline in the song and the guitars are fantastic, the lyrics as well. I really like "Shiftless When Idle". The attitude of this album is fantastic, I love the whole vibe of the Replacements. The last bit is less interesting and by the 18th track of the 35 minute listen you kind of get it.

   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plbP0PJ3x18 

and now a Replacements mixtape on a 60! Really like the band a lot, when they tried they made amazing tunes and when they didn't care they had incredible vibe and attitude. It's the perfect way to do things. I don't know if their best song is Bastards Of Young or Left Of The Dial but it's one of those. ON AND ON AND ON AND ON! But Don't Tell A Soul...I couldn't do more then a few songs on that album.

Hold My Life
Alex Chilton
Favorite Thing 
Kick Your Door Down
Kiss Me On The Bus 
Swinging Party
The Ledge 
Black Diamond
Johnny's Gonna Die

Bastards Of Young
Left Of The Dial
Unsatisfied
Seen Your Video
You Lose
Shiftless When Idle
Sixteen Blue
Answering Machine
Never Mind
               

             

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Music / The Manimal's Music (NEW SONG)
« on: February 03, 2018, 08:17:57 PM »
Thanks haha.

FAWM is in action now. So finally a song I recorded and uploaded today instead of held for a bit. It's messy, sometimes the point other times it's the mix. I'm going somewhere I want to with songs like this atleast. This is one of those songs I had no idea what it would be until it came together I wrote lyrics that made it seem like the track was made for them.

Superior
https://soundcloud.com/barrygoldmanofficial/superior

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Music / The Manimal's Music (NEW SONG)
« on: February 02, 2018, 10:48:25 AM »
Thanks! Yes we have a few, I can't say I'm the most sophisticated of which! Rock Band mic for all then Blu Snowball on my vocals.

New songs firing out, I got to finish my backlog then get on some more FAWM tunes in true FAWM spirit. This song...could do better on the vocals as normal but eh.

Late 2000's Planet 
https://soundcloud.com/barrygoldmanofficial/late-2000s-planet 

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Music / The Manimal's Music (NEW SONG)
« on: January 31, 2018, 08:31:34 AM »
Is this really why I started making music. Is this really what I'm meant to do as a human being. Is this really my destiny. Is this really so.

Idols Have Abs
https://soundcloud.com/barrygoldmanofficial/idols-have-abs

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Music / The Manimal's Music (NEW SONG)
« on: January 29, 2018, 08:25:12 PM »
Oh thanks for checking it out!

Indeed I was out of tune in parts, and I'm trying new ways of mixing my vocals. So they sit a bit odd on this track even more so then others. I'm happy you noted this though, any critique or comment is valuable to me because it's a note of the listening experience, which is important to know! I imagine most people would be thrown off by my vocals because, the way I sing kind of makes no sense. Thanks again! I am always very happy when anyone listens to my stuff!   

Another new one...eh my vocals are bad when I try to sing like this, just like on Dia's Pain In Spain. But it's the second most heartfelt song I've made next to Hyvää Joulua. and yes I know I said Venezia wrong...it's not perfect it never is but everything is a step I say... 

Neo Venezia 
https://soundcloud.com/barrygoldmanofficial/neo-venezia

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Music / The Manimal's Music (NEW SONG)
« on: January 28, 2018, 09:05:53 PM »

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Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: January 28, 2018, 02:04:12 PM »
Rina Sawayama, RINA 

LOVE IT. Simple as that. From the first song I was in it. Even if Ordinary Superstar was the only good song on the EP it'd be enough. A great poppy song with catchy vocals and a great rock backing to it. The guitars add such an amazing texture to the pop sounds, and Rina's vocals are so good! Excellent opener! The next song with it's 2000's R&B sounds was even more of a knock out, hell yes. But the lyrics, oh they are not great as joyous as some of these sounds. A lot of interesting takes on many subjects from poppin' pills to social media relationships. I expected some generic and boring Indie Pop album, my expectations where beyond rock bottom but it was a pleasant surprise. Cyber Stockholm Syndrome is such an ender, it's clear to me there is some Utada influence here and I love that! She takes a few little elements from Utada's Exodus and Distance days. I hope this is merely a show of promise and her first full length project is as good! Because this is, it's not often something really gets to me like this. But songs like Ordinary Superstar and Afterlife are so fricking good. Many claps. This is the kind of stuff I want to hear! 

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nhf9gkkYaBg

The Replacements, Hootenanny 

If some of the song to song transitions on Let It Be where unexpected, Hootenanny tops that. Beginning with a drunken mess that can't seem to stand up in the hilarious title track, to the careless punk of Run It, you never know what's coming next on the album. The biggest shock is when this mostly live sounding album suddenly opens it's second half with a drum machine on the actually great track Within Your Reach. This album is a riot, it does whatever it feels like. But it's not without some great tunes like You Lose. Hootenanny feels like a step on the way to Let It Be and Tim, but it has it's own character and is full of fun and outrageous.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXMS1z0mDJA   

The Damned, Damned, Damned, Damned 

A great piece of high energy UK punk. It's tight and rocks hard, carrying a great spirit the whole way. The rhythm section is great here, the drums are just slamming and the guitars so solid. The vocals are cool also, the album isn't as sharp as Machine Gun Etiquette but it's a pretty strong debut!

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbzAHpN_80Y 

The Ramones, Subterranean Jungle   

They just kept going, and on Subterranean Jungle we see the Ramones in a weak state. Continuing on again from the same type of sound as Road to Ruin, the songs sound tired and the production weak. The drums are horrible, way over done and lacking life. If you said a drum machine played on this album I'd believe it. There is no grit, even the magic of Johnny Ramone is lacking. The first two songs are really good. I Need Your Love is an awesome track, with the mighty guitar sound but also some lightly melodies and a good sing along chorus. However the first two songs are also covers. The rest ranges from alright to subpar. It's never terrible but it never gets all that good either. I atleast like how there are more riffs and little guitar details. I mean the song title "Everytime I Eat Vegetables It Makes Me Think of You" makes it worthwhile enough, and the concept of a girl who meets a guy from Hiroshima and becomes a vegetable in East Berlin which makes the narrator think of said girl upon eating vegetables is a very Ramones concept.

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCvO2y-eSGM

Nico, Chelsea Girl   

Like on the Velvet Underground debut, Nico's voice is confusing at first. It hits you strange, her deep German accented voice and way of singing, but by the end of the first track you get into the mood. Chelsea Girl is a nice folk album, pretty much the counterpart of the banana album but Nico focused and without drums and any real craziness. The guitars are gentle and a nice backing, the strings and other instrumentation add a nice touch also. With songs written by Jackson Browne, the VU folk and even Bobby, it's a good set of tunes with the characteristic voice of Nico leading it all along. A solid album altogether!

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_z_UEuEMAo

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Music / Re: What are you listening to
« on: January 22, 2018, 07:57:42 PM »
First playlist of 2018! Only 22 days in and all.

Mission Of Burma : Academy Fight Song
The Replacements : Kiss Me On The Bus
LiSA : Thrill, Risk, Heartless
Kendrick Lamar, SZA : All The Stars
Janet Jackson : Love Will Never Do (Without You)
DAOKO : Samishii Kamisama
Perfume : Tokyo Girl
BiSH : Promise The Star
Daft Punk : Instant Crush
WagakkiBand : Tsuioku
Mika Nakashima : Seppun
Bruce Springsteen : Point Blank
Momoiro Clover Z : Kimiyuki
BRADIO : LA PA PARADISE
Kimbra : Human
Charli XCX : Unlock It
Hatsune Miku : Star Story   
Linkin Park : Pushing Me Away



Kendrick and SZA's single is alright, wasn't too impressed at first but it's a fine track. Kendrick isn't too amazing on it though, he just gives one of those cameo tier performances. BiSH's Guriella BiSH album just gets better and better, what a beast of a record it is. So many truly amazing and shockingly fantastic tracks. It's the kind of powerful work that makes me feel many things. In 2016 when my friend told me about them, I didn't think they would do something this good, even though I liked them from Fake Metal Jacket, they showed promised and this album delivered it. I love Bradio's new single! and nothing like a well placed Bruce song... 

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