February 3rd, 2013

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Music Project - Album #27 - A Curious Thing – Amy MacDonald

A Curious Thing by Amy MacDonald

Well it's was a curious thing as to why this album was in my music library. None of the songs seemed familiar (apart from the cover track at the end) and I couldn't work out why. Then I realised it was a case of "Oh I like the first album, their other albums must be just as good" - This is not a good philosophy to have.

In brief:- Scottish chick with guitar. Hurt. I'd do her.
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Music Project - Album #28 - A French Kiss in the Chaos – Reverend and the Makers

A French Kiss in the Chaos by Reverend and the Makers

I met Jon McClure some years ago, just as his Makers were starting out in the big wide world of showbiz. His then girlfriend Laura Manuel (One of the Makers) was working with Mrs-soon-to-be-ex-Gnomepants and Gnomepants Manor would often receive demo cds of the Reverend's new work.

Personally I thought he was a wanker.

The Mrs liked him though and went skinny dipping somewhere wild with the whole band.

Laura was ok though.

Jon was a wanker.

Anyway, historically, I liked their first album. This is their "difficult" second album. It's shit. Don't bother.
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Music Project - Album #29 - A Garage Dayz Nite – Beatallica

A Garage Dayz Nite by Beatallica

A couple of years ago there was a craze where tribute acts would "fuse" music styles and create a unique sound for which to bang out other artists work. So for example - AC/DC was turned hill billy by Hayseed Dixie; Pink Floyd played by accordian players became Polka Floyd. The fusion that worked with the Beatles was the unlikely fusion of Metallica and Beatles to become - BEATALLICA.

Now, when I first heard of them I was blown away. I thought "How original!".

Michael Jackson's lawyers didn't think so and slapped a DMCA notice on them preventing the use of the Beatles music. However, one US court battle later and it was deemed "Fair use and Parody" and Beatallica continued, prevented, however, from making a profit from their music by the court.

Garage Dayz Nite is an early collection of Beatallica's work. It's ok. It gets a bit too much towards the end and the joke does wear thin quickly.  But if you want a taster of Beatallica, there are plenty of examples of their work on the web, Uncle Google is your friend. But as we are all lazy here is a sample:

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Music Project - Album #30 - A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC – Hayseed Dixie

A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC by Hayseed Dixie

You'll probably now see a lot of albums that start "A Tribute" or similar. On the back of the artist of the previously reviewed album, Beatallica, I was introduced, through a conversation, to Hayseed Dixie.

Hayseed, as discussed earlier, were one of the many "tribute scene" bands that "fused" styles with artists in the last decade. I'm still waiting for a Folk version of Rammstein or a Tweecore tribute to something like Fields of the Nephilim. I guess I'll have to wait.

I went to see Hayseed when they toured the UK. They played, and played, and played. The Student Union staff at Liverpool turned on the lights. They continued to play. The security unplugged their equipment. They continued to play. We left. They continued to play.

One trick pony.

I'm not a fan of AC/DC. I am aware of their works. But I am not a fan. I guess a lot of this is wasted on me.
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Music Project - Album #31 - A La Carte - Triumvirat

A La Carte by Triumvirat

Triumvirat, for me, was one of those mystical bands that were impossible to find in conventional music shops. Whenever I went to HMV and browsed the "T" section I was always unsurprised to not find Triumvirat. Triumph, yes. Trivium, Yes. No Triumvirat. It was hardly surprising having "inherited" Illusions on a Double Dimple on vinyl from my brother who himself had "won" it in a competition.

So with the advent of the internet I was able to find out all about Triumvirat. How fantastic they were. How they were from Germany (not Finland as some sources say). How one of the original band members died in an accident. How the style changed following the death and how the line up changed constantly in true Prog Rock fashion. . I was also able to "obtain" their entire catalogue. Acesticks.

In A La Carte, the curious mix of Emmerson Lake & Palmeresque twiddly gets brushed into the musical recycle bin to give way for a more "ELO" tweeness. Which doesn't work. There are two songs on this album that I like: Waterfall (sung by Barry Palmer) and For You. I will give a sample for you, of For You for you. For you, to fore ewe. Four eu?

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Music Project - Album #32 - A Little Different - Barry Louis Polisar

A Little Different by Barry Louis Polisar

During the dawn of the Internet, before Black September, there existed a website called Peoplesound. Peoplesound empowered unsigned musicians to produce an album and sell it through the site. So of course, it was inevitable that other unsigned artists would be keen to promote their wares through the platform.

As a fan of the underdog, I have always been keen to hear artists "raw" and unoverproduced so you will see lots of bands from Peoplesound in the process of this project. One such artist was Barry Louis Polisar. Polisar had already made a name for himself on Sesame Street writing songs for children and had chucked out a fair few albums to a small audience. One of which was this. Of course, when the film Juno came out with a Polisar tune in the soundtrack, people started saying to me "Hey have you heard this guy he's so cool" and I was like "Yeah, I heard of him years ago. I'm so cool" and they were like "No. We're cool because we heard of him after you heard of him so we are cooler because you're not really cool you're more lukewarm"

Anyway, as my ownership of this album since 2000 holds testament, I am far ahead of all the Coolkids and hipsters, musical taste-wise. Regardless.

So. Polisar is a bit like an American Rolf Harris/Jay Foreman hybrid. Here is a sample:



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Music Project - Album #33 - A Monsterous Psychadelic Bubble- Various Artists

A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble by Various Artists

One of the many pitfalls of downloading music illegally is that sometimes you download an incomplete rare album and you're unable to find the missing tracks to make the album complete. Usually I'll just delete and discard. But this compilation is somehow connected to my mind in some sort of mystical way.

You see, it has been my wish for a very long time, that in the event of ever finding out I have a terminal illness and a short period of life remaining, that I obtain some LSD and trip to the other etheric plains. This album, it seems, will be one of the albums that play during this trip session. 

A curious compilation of all manner of Psychedelia tunes mixed by Amorphous Androgynous. If you're planning on dropping some acid soon, I suggest this is what you want to have on in the background. Unless of course if, to you, dropping acid means a chemical spill in the lab. You might not want this on when the HSE come to visit.
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Music Project - Album #34 - A New World Record - ELO

A New World Record by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)

If you have been around since the seventies, chances are you've heard ELO. Chances are you've even heard of their music. Chances are you even probably know more than Mr Blue Sky. 

I've liked ELO since childhood and even to this day, I find their music easy to listen to and never offensive. Indeed, I would probably go as far to say, listening to ELO frequently involves me saying "Oh! They did this did they?!" 

A New World Record is the sixth ELO album and was released in 1976. It has a number of their hits such as: Telephone Line and Livin' Thing. According to my records I've only ever listened to this album twice before (in MP3 format since 2001). Still enjoyable but surprisingly short at just over 36 minutes in length.....