Mar 30 2009, 8h50

    Yeah, I hit 50,000 scrobbles today! What better way to commemorate to occasion than with a lengthy, boring quiz?! This is pretty much just a re-hash of a quiz I done like eight months ago, but my charts have changed a lot since then, so wtvr.

    1. What's your favorite song by 14?
    The Clash. 'Police and Thieves'. Lastfm says I listen to 'White Riot' more, though.

    2. How did you get into 20?
    Kyuss. Back in the days of Goldrush - a local record shop - I'd just randomly buy CDs that looked appealing and one day 'Welcome To Sky Valley' caught my attention!

    3. Who is your favorite member in 8?
    Megadeth. MegaDave, duhr,

    4. What's your favorite lyric by 29?
    Alestorm. God, pretty much everything is singalong greatness.

    5. Have you ever seen 22 live?
    Lynyrd Skynyrd. No, but some mongo keeps trying to make me go see them. MAYBE IF IT WAS 35 YEARS AGO

    6. What's your favorite album from 10?
    Kings of Leon. Aha Shake Heartbreak.

    7. Do you own any merchandise from 2?
    The Beatles. Yes, a t-shirt I got like three years ago. I <3 it.

    8. What is a good memory you have of 7?
    Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band. The first time I ever heard them and being like, "LOL WTF GTFO CD"

    9. Is there a member of the same age as you in 3?
    Frank Zappa. Highly unlikely.

    10. How did you first get into 1?
    Black Sabbath. See question 2, but replace 'Welcome To Sky Valley' with 'Paranoid'.

    11. Who likes 4 along with you?
    Clutch. Um, Dan and Dave got me into them at school and then eventually EVRY1 got into them. They were like THE band amongst my group of pals.

    12. Which song did you first hear from 15?
    Misfits. God knows. Probably something like 'Die, Die My Darling' or 'Hybrid Moments'.

    13.What song made you fall in love with 5?
    Bob Dylan. Most likely 'Tangled Up In Blue'.

    14. Which song do you not like by 18?
    Bob Marley & The Wailers. I'm really not a fan of 'Guiltiness'.

    15. Why do you like 47's songs?
    The Bouncing Souls. Because they're very fun and it's hard not to sing along to most of them.

    16. Where did you first hear 6?
    Led Zeppelin. Um, in my bedroom?

    17. How long was 19 together before you liked them?
    Opeth. Ha, a good fifteen years or so. I only got into them in 2005 when Ghost Reveries came out.

    18. Does 13 have a song that gives you a bad memory?
    Biffy Clyro. All of the songs they played when I went to see them last year because I had to spend time with Louise.

    19. When did you get into 17?
    The Doors. About 2005.

    20. How long have you been into 39?
    Cream. Dunno, about four or five years.

    21. If 9 have a concert 300 miles away, would you drive there to see them?
    Napalm Death. No. I've seen them before just sixty miles away.

    22. How many CDs do you own of 11?
    AC/DC. I only actually own Highway To Hell, Back In Black, High Voltage and For Those About to Rock, but being the filthy downloader that I am, I actually have their entire discography.

    23. Does 21 have a song that makes you cry?
    Arctic Monkeys. lol

    24. Does 27 have a song that makes you happy?
    Ramones. Many.

    25. Does 23 have a song that makes you smile?
    Rage Against the Machine. Many.

    26. What's the last song you've listened to from 28?
    David Bowie. According to iTunes, I listened to 'It Ain't Easy' yesterday morning.

    27. Is there a song by 32 that you've listened to more than 30 times?
    Howlin' Wolf. Probably about half of the songs that are on the compilation I have.

    28. What is a song from 50 that you've only listened to once?
    Neil Young. No.

    29. Is there a song you are sick of hearing by 24?
    Mississippi John Hurt. That would be quite impossible.

    30. What song got you into 40?
    Queens of the Stone Age. 'No One Knows'.

    31. What is your favorite single by 37?
    Guns N' Roses. Eh, dunno what songs they released as singles, but my favourite song of theirs is 'My Michelle'.

    32. If 49 hated you, what would you do?
    Death. Chuck's dead, but if he was alive and hated me, I'm sure I'd just get on with my life. Or be honoured that a great man even ackowledges my existance.

    33. What would you say if 42 or one of the members from 42 asked you out?
    Bloc Party. "gtfo fag"

    34. Would you care if 41 had a boyfriend/girlfriend?
    Amon Amarth. No... You're just being silly now.

    35. Who has the best voice in 30?
    Robert Johnson. Probably Robert Johnson.

    36. Do you think 26 is/are good looking?
    Mayhem. Euronymous was a right sexy bastard. Varg is a handsome chap.

    37. How many times have you listened to your favorite song by 36?
    Weezer. A lot.

    38. How many CDs do you own of 16?
    Metallica. Kill 'Em All, Ride The Lightning, Master of Puppets, ...And Justice For All, Black Album and Death Magnetic. I count that as six. I also have Ride The Lightning on vinyl.

    39. Is there a song from 38 that makes you mad?
    The Mars Volta. No...

    40. Which member from 31 do you want to see go solo? If 31 is only one artist, what would you do if they joined a group?
    Slayer. None of them. I'm happy with them just being in Slayer.

    41. What does your favorite song from 48 remind you of?
    The Pigeon Detectives. My favourite song's either 'Keep On Your Dress' or 'I Found Out'. Dunno what they remind me, probably seeing them live twice or something.

    42. Did you hate 43 at first?
    Venom. No, I loved them within five seconds of 'Black Metal'.

    43. Does your best friend also listen to 33?
    Akercocke. Dale does. Louise certainly does not.

    44. Do you think your parents would like 25?
    The Rolling Stones. Yes, I'm sure my mother is already quite fond of some of their songs.

    45. Does 45 have a song that makes you want to dance?
    Motorhead. YEAH!

    46. Have you ever seen 35 in person?
    Judas Priest. Aye, saw them a couple months back.

    47. Do you like 44's name?
    Burzum. Sure.

    48. Is there someone in 12 that you want to go out with?
    Carcass. Bill Steer is dreamy.

    49. Do you know anyone that hates 46?
    DragonForce. Yes. Cunt.

    50. Have you ever danced to a song from 34?
    Blind Willie McTell. I'm almost positive that I have, but I'm not sure.

    That sure was fun.

  • The Essential Tony Martin-era Black Sabbath tunes

    Out 30 2008, 23h04

    I decided to do this because I love all eras of Black Sabbath and believe that the Tony Martin-era is criminally under-rated, so what I shall do is list and write a little bit aobut what I believe are the best songs he performed on!

    From the Eternal Idol album:

    'The Shining'
    -As is tradition with most Sabbath albums, the very first track is the best. They stick to the tradition for Eternal Idol with this amazingly under-rated song. Like the subject of the lyrics, this song is pretty intense with a very brooding and somewhat melancholic feel throughout.

    'Hard Life To Love'
    -Somewhat in-your-face with how radio-friendly and catchy it is, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Reminiscent of classics such as Turn Up the Night and Neon Knights in terms of balls-to-the-wall riffing.

    'Born To Lose'
    -Quite possibly the catchiest Sabbath song this side of Paranoid. This song and Hard Life To Love would be fairly obvious choices for singles.

    'Lost Forever'
    -The biggest rival to The Shining's 'best song on Eternal Idol' crown. Absolutely fantastic song. I personally think this song is very reminiscent of Hole in the Sky. It grabs at the very first second and never lets go until the perfect slow fade-out at the end. I believe this should have been the final track on the album with 'Eternal Idol' - the track - serving as a lengthy prelude to it.

    From the Headless Cross album:

    'When Death Calls'
    -The very definition of a slow-burner. It starts with Tony Martin singing the first verse beautifully set to a very melancholic keyboard. The song hits a crescendo until the chorus hits and it's incredibly heavy. I really enjoy the lyrics in this song, too. I'd probably say that this and 'I Witness' are my two favourite Martin-era songs.

    'Cloak And Dagger'
    -Immediately strikes you as a stand-out track with it's marvelous riff. Admittedly, the songs hits a kind of lull half-way through, but is instantly revived by a sublime Iommi solo.

    From the Tyr album:

    'Anno Mundi'
    -I'm guessing since Tyr was my first Tony Martin-era album, this would also be the first song I heard from this era. Still a personal favourite of mine. Everything about this song is amazing, from the epic intro, to the sing-along chorus, to the great guitar solo.

    'The Law Maker'
    -This song wouldn't sound out of place on the Mob Rules album - fast, heavy and very silly, yet totally awesome lyrics. Oh, and great solos!

    -Probably the heaviest song on the album. I love the way the entire track 'Odin's Court' - a fantastic song in it's own right - is basically an intro to Valhalla. Great song.

    From the Cross Purposes album:

    'I Witness'
    -Possibly my favourite Martin-era song, and definitely up there with the rest of the Sabbath catalogue. The riff is one of the best ever to come from Iommi's guitar and it's a shame that so few people will hear it compared to the more famous songs.

    -'Cross of Thorns'
    The choral intro is a bit tired and cliched, but don't be fooled, the rest of this song is an absolute stormer. Very moody and atmospheric. I love the melody in this song and the chorus is, frankly, amazing.

    -'What's the Use'
    Last track - if you have the Japanese edition - on the album and probably the catchiest. It's hard not to instantly love this one. Lyrics are really good, too. It baffles the mind why this was left exclusively for the Japanese version of the album, when it could have easily taken the place of something like 'Dying for Love'.

    From the Forbidden album:

    'Get a Grip'
    -Ah, Forbidden, the most critically-derided of all Sabbath albums. Sure, you have garbage like 'Illusion Of Power' and 'I Won't Cry for You', but I love every single other song on this album. This and the Eternal Idol are my personal favourite Martin-era Sabbath albums. I'll start off with Get A Grip. Very heavy, almost startlingly so. Catchy chorus and a nice guitar solo round this one off perfectly.

    'Sick and Tired'
    The drum opening to this song is absolutely, excuse the pun, sick. The rest of the song isn't too shabby, either. In a rare occurence, it's actually the keyboards that stand out in this tune.

    'Rusty Angels'
    My second favourite song on the album. The intro is amazing, with Iommi playing some awesome licks and Martin singing the first verse over it. I love the speed-up after the choruses.

    'Kiss of Death'
    This song is quite possibly the most under-rated Sabbath song ever. It burns slowly with a beautiful guitar intro, with the bass expertly backing it up. Eventually the drums kick in and it's just awesome. A true epic.

    Other songs worth a mention: Evil Eye, Ancient Warrior, Eternal Idol, Can't Get Close Enough, Shaking Off the Chains, Guilty as Hell, Loser Gets It All, Devil and Daughter, Black Moon, Jerusalem, Heaven in Black.
  • T In The Park 2008 review, part 1. (WITH PICS OMG)

    Ago 12 2008, 14h56

    So, aye, T in the Park was about a month ago, so thought I'd write a little sumin-sumin about. I was not there for Friday, but was there the rest of the weekend. Good times! And I missed a ton of crappy unknown bands that the hardcore indie kids would shout at me for, but I'm heedin for your shitey unknown indie!

    First up was Eddy Grant, who had a hit back in like 2001 with Electric Avenue! Apparently he was big in the 70s or some shit! How relevant! Anyway, Baby Come Back and Electric Avenue are tunes and it's hard not to enjoy watching a 60-odd year-old man play a guitar with his penis. One of the dancers repeatedly trying to have sex with him was un-nerving, however.

    Next, we went for a swag around because nothing interested us. We bought some alcohol tickets and they gave us several extra for free!

    Free beer is the best kind of beer.

    So, yeah, we realised The Stranglers were on soon, so we were all, "OMG LETZ GO NOW SO WE CAN GET A GD SPOT!" So we did, and we caught the last couple of songs from David Jordan, who seemed like an energetic young man. With leather trousers. Oh!

    When he finished, everyone ran like the plague, "OH NOEZ, OLD BAND STARTING SOON, MUST RETAIN INDIE CREDIBILITY!" So we made our way all the way to the front row, while the old fogies filed in.

    Gormless security men, cannae beat them.

    Eventually, The Stranglers stode on-stage and rocketed through an absolutely blinding greatest hits set. Noticably absent was drummer Jet Black, but after getting home and doing research, I found out that is unfortunately suffering from illness. Anyway, the band was on fire and sparked mass sing-alongs and pogo-ing. Afterwards, everyone sung the chorus to 'No More Heroes' as we left the tent.

    Walking on the beaches, looking at the peaches.

    After that, we strolled back along to the main stage, where we caught the last song of the very-lovely Kate Nash's set. She seemed very angry towards her piano. Then, we wanted a good spot for Biffy Clyro that we actually stayed for The Feeling, who were as amazingly boring as you'd expect.

    After what felt like forever, Biffy came on-stage to a total hero's welcome. Those were some lovely red trousers they were wearing! The three lads from Ayrshire were in great form and were their usual intense selves. If I remember correctly, only two songs - Justboy and 57 - were played that weren't on the new album, but Puzzle is an incredible record, so I'm not going to argue. Highlights were the huge sing-along for 'Machines' and 'Who's Got A Match?' The opener to Puzzle, 'Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies', was left until the end of their spectacular set and left the audience in awe and wanting more. No 'Glitter and Trauma', though = :(.

    Mon the Biffy!

    Next, I caught We Are Scientists, who were pretty average, so I left half-way through for a pish and some banter with randomers. After a while, I met back up with my mates and we went to see Pigeon Detectives, who put on a surprisingly great show. I didn't get a chance to take photos, however, because I was surrounded by people who seemed like they'd give you abuse and give you a stomping for having TOO good a time. And, that did actually happen. Someone bumped into a guy totally on accident and the guy punched him in the stomach. FUN TIMES!

    After that, I went on my own to see The Fratellis because my friends wanted to stay at the NME stage so they could get a good spot for the fucking Kaiser Chiefs. Fags. No matter, though, because I met a nice young fellow, who, like me, was pretty much just at The Fratellis so he could get a good spot for Rage! So, anyway, the Fratellis were decent, but ultimately rather boring. Anything from their second album was just met with total indifference from me.

    Do do do, do do do, do do do do do do do, etc.

    NEXT, was the mighty Rage Against the Machine. The crowd was wild even before they came on-stage and I only managed to take one photo the entire time. Absolutely amazing set, they busted out songs like Renegades of Funk and Vietnow, that I totally wasn't expecting, but were very, very welcome. Absolutely insane pitting throughout the set. I was right at the front getting squished, yay! Totally worth it, though. Someone next to me got their nose busted open, which was cool! Zack's rant during Know Your Enemy was a great moment, also.

    The quiet before the storm.

    Very soon after this, being the big arsehole that I am, I forced myself to the very front. :)
    And, that concludes part one.
  • 40 questions about top 50

    Ago 12 2008, 12h55

    Because I'm really bored.

    1. How did you get into 31?
    Biffy Clyro. Constant hype in magazines, particularly Kerrang! This was around the time of Vertigo of Bliss.
    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22?
    Carcass. I bought 'Reeks of Putrefaction' on a whim one day, having never heard them before. So, my first song by then should be the first track on the album - 'Genital Grinder'.
    3. What is your favorite lyric by 29?
    Metallica. "Take a look to the sky just before you die...IT'S THE LAST TIME YOU WILL!" Amazing.
    4. What is your favorite album by 49?
    Dio. 'Holy Diver'. Duh.
    5. How many albums by 13?
    The Clash. 'The Clash', 'London Calling', and a compilation titled 'The Essential Clash'. Genius.
    6. What is your favorite song by 50?
    Marvin Gaye. Probably either 'Just To Keep You Satisfied' or 'What's Going On?'
    7. Is there a song by 4 that makes you sad?
    Clutch. Fuck no.
    8. What is your favorite song by 15?
    The Doors. Oooh, tricky one. Probably between 'Been Down So Long', 'Roadhouse Blues,' and 'Hyacinth House' :)
    9. What is your favorite song by 5?
    Led Zeppelin. 'Achilles Last Stand', but 'We're Gonna Groove' will always have a very special place in my heart <3
    10. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy?
    Bob Dylan. 'Changing of the Guards' used to make me very happy, but now reminds me of BAD TIMES, so I'll go with Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again.
    11. What is your favorite album by 40?
    The Mars Volta. De-Loused In The Comatorium, but they're all great.
    12. What is your favorite song by 12?
    Mississippi John Hurt. Definitely either Nobody's Dirty Business or Nobody Cares For Me, but everything the guy ever did was incredible.
    13. What is a good memory you have involving 33?
    Neil Young. Too many to mention. All I'll say is 'Heart of Gold'.
    14. What is your favorite song by 37?
    Ramones. I'm going to resist the urge to be a cliche and say Blitzkreig Bop, so instead I'll say I Don't Wanna Go Down To The Basement.
    15. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy?
    The Rolling Stones. Aye, many. Mother's Little Helper, Paint It Black, Tumbling Dice, etc.
    16. How many times have you seen 24 live?
    Cream. Oh, many times, I followed them around the country back in 1967.
    17. What is the first song you ever heard by 17?
    Blind Willie McTell. I have no idea at all. It was probably something like Southern Can Is Mine or Atlanta Blues though.
    18. What is your favorite album by 11?
    Kyuss. They're all great, but my personal favourite is probably the first one I heard - Welcome To Sky Valley.
    19. Who is your favorite member of 1?
    Black Sabbath. Tony. Fucking. Iommi.
    20. Have you ever seen 14 live?
    Robert Johnson. Aye, back in 1938, I was quite the Robert Johnson groupie.
    21. What is a good memory involving 21?
    Mayhem. Hearing Freezing Moon for the first time and being in awe of the awesomeness.
    22. What is your favorite song by 16?
    Howlin' Wolf. It is probably Howlin' For My Baby, which is just aces. "If you hear me howlin', callin' on my da-a-rlin'!"
    23. What is the first song you heard by 47?
    John Lee Hooker. Most likely Boom Boom.
    24. What is your favorite album by 45?
    BB King. I only own a compilation.
    25. What is your favorite song by 18?
    Lynyrd Skynyrd. It's obviously Free Bird, but I'm also going to throw Poison Whiskey and I Ain't The One out there.
    26. What is the first song you ever heard by 38?
    Big Bill Broonzy. I do believe it was 'Trucking Little Woman'
    27. What is your favorite lyric by 3?
    Frank Zappa. "Hey, punk, where you going with that flower in your hair?"
    28. What is your favorite song by 2?
    The Beatles. It's either Something, Norwegian Wood or I'm Looking Through You.
    29. What was the first song you heard by 32?
    Queens of the Stone Age. It was probably No One Knows.
    30. What is your favorite song by 8?
    The Misfits. Hybrid Moments, no doubt. "If you're gonna scream, scream with me.."
    31. How many times have you seen 10 live?
    I have seen Bob Marley's re-animated corpse many, many times.
    32. Is there a song by 44 that makes you happy?
    Leadbelly. Yellow Gal makes me laugh because it's so awful.
    33. What is your favorite album by 9?
    AC/DC. Highway to Hell is probably in my top ten albums of all time.
    34. What is the worst song by 46?
    The Beach Boys. I don't think I've ever actually heard a Beach Boys song that I don't like.
    35. What was the first song you heard by 35?
    Pink Floyd. It was probably that song that I can't remember what it's called. The "we don't need no education one". Shit song, that.
    36. What is your favorite album by 42?
    Elvis Presley. I have no idea.
    37. How many times have you seen 28 live?
    Rage Against the Machine. ONCE! And it was incredible.
    38. What is your favorite album by 35?
    Ye just asked me a question about Floyd a minute ago, ya goon. Dark Side of the Moon, though.
    39. What was the first song you heard by 39?
    Blind Lemon Jefferson. It was Matchbox Blues.
    40. What is your favorite album by 7?
    Captain Beefheart. Safe As Milk, fuck Trout Mask Replica! With that said, I adore TMR, but SAM is more my thing.

    Well, that was boring.