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John Zorn Filmworks: 1986-1990
The first of John Zorn's Filmworks series contains four distinct sections. Section one, tracks 1-6, is the soundtrack to Rob Schwebber's short film "White and Lazy." It is my favourite of the bunch, with the tracks variating between ambient, country, and jazz. Section two, tracks 7-17, is the soundtrack to Raul Ruiz's 1990 film "The Golden Boat." To mirror the film's low budget, Zorn recorded all of the music for the soundtrack in one day, then edited the results. Section three is track 18, which is a rendition of Morricone's "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" theme that Zorn was contracted to write for a Camel cigarette advertising campaign. S
Death Grips The Powers That B - Part II: Jenny Death
Death Grips' best record since The Money Store. Jenny Death hits on all levels and is the band's most aggressive work yet. Really, this thing borders on hardcore punk. The production is chaotic but clear, MC Ride is in great vocal form, and the lyrics are fantastic. The song structures are not as sporadic as Niggas on the Moon, though most of the tracks are far from the catchiness of The Money Store. Is Jenny Death the last we'll hear from Death Grips? Doubtful. But, nonetheless, it is one of the best records of 2015 so far. 4.6
Electric Masada 50th Birthday Celebration Volume Four
Utterly fantastic music from this octet supergroup. 50th Birthday Celebration Volume Four is a fantastic place for rock fans looking to get into jazz to start, because it is essentially jazz mixed with a ton of other genres, including noise, ambient, and (yes) rock. Oh yeah, and it's all performed live, too (amazingly- this is incredibly tight). The last three songs slow things down too much- a heavier track would be appreciated in this stretch- but nonetheless 50th Birthday Celebration Volume Four is a must hear. 4.5
John Zorn The Book of Heads
The Book of Heads is a solo guitar record composed by Zorn and performed by Fred Frith. There are thirty-five mostly short songs (referred to as 'heads') on the record that utilize 'extended techniques,' such as playing the guitar with balloons until the balloons pop, wrapping pipe cleaners around strings, using pencils as extra bridges, playing with rice, holding talking dolls up to the microphone, and pulling strings out of the bridge. I would love to see this performed live; on record, it's less satisfying, and sounds like nonsense more than anything else. But the sounds are cool, and I would love to see exactly how they are perfo
Dance Gavin Dance Instant Gratification
The production is clear and the record is mixed well, but the songwriting does nothing for me. Every track just feels like a series of sections placed back and forth clean vocal and screamed, with little consideration for flow or dynamics. Because of this, they all blur together in a sea of guitar dweedles. And the clean vocals are just horrible. They are unbearably over-the-top and the melodies are from B-rate bubblegum pop territory. It gets points for the production and some of the instrumental sections, but overall Instant Gratification is obnoxious, sugary, pop-core nonsense with some ghastly clean vocals and lyrics. 2.1
Puscifer Cuntry Boner
An intentionally stupid couple of tracks, but the musicianship is actually very good, and so is the production. 3.4
Radiohead OK Computer
Concept and execution align nigh perfectly on OK Computer. This is a record about technology's increasing influence on the world, and the dangers that arises. Yorke's unique, emotive vocals sit in just the right place over the textured arrangements. The performances are spot on and the production is ingenious. Effects are never overpowering, but rather add to the music. "Paranoid Android" is one of my favourite songs of all time, but every track here is fabulous. It took many listens to fully appreciate, but OK Computer is a masterpiece.

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  • deathschool Nice ATF soundoff. Very samey sounding album. Definitely overrated to me.
    March 23 09:26 PM
  • Angelboros Boy, do you write some very thoughtful soundoffs. The John Zorn (his saxophone abilities are mesmerizing) ones in particular really stand out, IMO
    February 3 04:07 AM
  • johnnydeking29 I've heard a couple of songs, but am waiting for the cd - considerable hype!
    November 26 11:34 AM
  • johnnydeking29 Hey man, you heard the new (and final) Moonchild album?
    November 26 06:28 AM
  • BMDrummer wouldn't a 4.4 be closer to 4.5?
    November 6 11:22 PM

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