Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My too most appreciated Too Dark Park songs

Skinny Puppy's Too Dark Park (1990) had a profound impact on me in my developing years. Here are the album's two songs I enjoy most.

Neither are singles. ...which means I'm cool.


Movement crosses crimson light
Washes darkened corners gently
Forces open wide and lingering a while
Pouring thoughts electric fingers
Blinding pressure sockets stream
Matter grey the nerve free fall
Safely buried out behind a face
Let it out
Be careful watching living masks misshapen
Tumors ride the pressing tinted nightmare breeze
"Morpheus Laughing"

Album version:

An extreme solution
No fossil fuels mimicking exhaust rattles
A madman's vast, direct, iron-grooved world
Primary state average distance closer to the sun
Draws a comet nearer to a complex destruction
The well-established greed and pain inflicted on the animal model
Still nothing no cure
The ravaged instincts' silent waking to a chemical perversion
Wartime underground
Imperfect plotting grows the seeds of time
Imperfect plotting grows the seeds of time
2010 live version:

2009 live version:

Thursday, November 17, 2011

What Spotify has taught me today

Drake and Gym Class Heroes are annoying and they suck.

victim of modern production
Florence should slow down her vocals in the song Bedroom Hymns. Let a measure or two run by without any singing. It sounds rushed--like the song began as a slow-building piece, and her producer told her to speed it up to make it more poppy, more radio length. Cool song, though. I like how it's sorta gospel, sorta roots blues.

But then when I read myself describe those styles together as something cool, I hate myself. It sounds exactly like what those douchebag Rolling Stone music reviewers say to make all this new crap sound interesting.
Somebody likes these guys?

I talked to an adviser yesterday at skool and she said that all her friends make fun of her when she wants to listen to some Justin Beiber cause Spotify posts what you listen to on Facebook. But I can understand wanting to put some Beibs once in a while.

...but musically?
Lady Gaga is pretty annoying. She's better at visuals than audials.

Little Wayne can actually make some pretty chill grooves. This surprises me. I'm listening to She Will. Holy crap this song is dirty. Okay. My mind is blowing out my ears right now--not that LW is great, but that I'm enjoying letting him get me into his groove. Hate the lyrics, mostly. And I'll never listen to it again, because he's a spoiled brat of a motherfucker.
For idiots

Laconist is brutal and decrepit and I enjoy it.

The good music (for whatever taste you have) is out there, but you have to search for it. Sure, Spotify loves to throw music at you without you having to search, and that's a good thing. But it's not good music--it's just POPULAR music. Big difference.
More my style

Want to know the difference? Here ya go:
POPULAR music is for idiots
GOOD music is not popular
(definitions of terms "popular" and "good" may vary)

Yes I suppose I do like to set myself apart from the crowd. But it's only because the crowd holds nothing I want.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Judas Priest's "Diamonds and Rust" - an analysis

I wrote all this without doing my research and realizing Diamonds and Rust is a Joan Baez song. Fuck. Dammit! Sorry. 

I'm not taking the post down. Her version of the song is awesome too. I've gotta give her credit--those lyrics are so awesome, they can be conveyed thru her or Halford.

But in all the parts where I credit the lyrics to Halford's writing ability, just... ugh, aaahh, realize I didn't know what I was talking about.

Okay, on the same day, two friends recently told me they went to see Judas Priest on their Seattle tour stop. It got me thinking, I should immediately start becoming familiar with this band; the time is long past. They won't be around forever.

I discovered the song Diamonds and Rust when Spotifying them. This is now my favorite Priest song. Here it is from YouTube.

When I watched this video and read the lyrics along with it, even though I'd listened to the song three times since last night, I immediately started getting misty. It brought up many memories. I began thinking about the possibility of an old friend calling me up, and me having to turn him away, because our memories together are too painful. They represent a time in my life when I was not proud of myself. A time I'd rather not relive. And of the pain of having to turn away a doe-eyed, old friend.

That's probably not even what he meant when he wrote the song, but that's what it made me feel. It's my unfiltered interpretation of it, one of them anyway. That's what artists want you to do with their art, right? To let it lead to you an immense feeling, whether or not it's strictly their aim when creating and publishing it, is always most attractive to me. It's an approach I leaned from watching Lynch, who explains almost nothing in his massively affecting stories.

We both know what memories can bring, they bring diamonds and rust. Diamonds, diamonds and rust.

In short, Diamonds' lyrical theme is instantly relatable. Halford doesn't sing above you, he sings with you. Yet, somehow, he is elevated to a king's status by his choice of words. By my impression of this song alone (and that badass new one Judas Rising), Halford does exist on a higher plane. He's full of some kind of fantastical energy.

He's is a lyrical genius. A showman. A metal master: metal was not good enough for him, so he had to take it as a lump of clay in his hands, his eyes burning with fire, and shape it, vocally, the way he wanted.

Look what he's become. Respected, globally recognized, gay, evil, wonderful, entertaining millions.

I'm sure he felt nervous when coming out to the world, but god bless him for it. He's made metal into a genre where prejudice doesn't matter. If you're metal, and honest, and brutal, you will be respected. And yes, I see Halford's style as brutal, even though he's not grunting like a barbarian. He rises above all that.

Now here's a version of Diamonds and Rust I found when YouTube searching to see if the song has a music video. (I'm still not sure.) I avoided hits like, "Diamonds and Rust Acoustic."

Though its title lacked the word "live" or "acoustic" in its description, the vid immediately below indeed turned out to be a live, acoustic version. I was hooked anyway, if for nothing else than for the way Rob enters the stage from the side, walking reflectively, his focus within himself and yet totally with the crowd, looking totally metal in his leather coat and studs, singing the tune perfectly, with palpable feeling in his voice, totally at peace with himself. Like a master opera singer.

I love his fuckin shaved, tattooed head and big ass goatee.

One of metal's few ruling kings. Thank god for you, Halford.

Now here's a version that blows both of them away just for sheer excitement and metal capability. The song comes from a live album, recorded in 1979, Tokyo. In their early, rougher days. The album version does not do this live version justice, even without the vocal harmonies.