Monday, January 30, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Essential listen here furls. Indonesia's AKA wraps psychedelic, funk, prog and fuzz into their unique sound, here's their whole anthology Hard Beat released last year. Listen to "Do What You Like" below and check out the riff followed by funky ass break-beats. Some of the best shit I've heard in a long time. Thanks Mr. Wyld Chyld for this...
Friday, January 27, 2012
The best hiphop album of all time has to be, unequivocally, 36 Chambers.
The 2008 BET documentary “Wu-The story of Wu Tang Clan,” tells the story of the Wu, this is a real picture of who the Wu were and are now. I’d seen it a few years ago I think I actually watched it with Noah, and because there’s not much else out there about Wutang, I got it again just as a refresher.
I’m sure most people have seen this, but if you haven’t yet, check it out. There’s lots of old footage from videos and old interviews with most of the members. There’s also a good bit about ODB and his release from prison.
There is also a 2009 doc called “Dirty: The official ODB Documentary” which I’ve been searching for but as far as I can tell it’s not available. If anybody knows where I can find it, hit me up.
Monday, January 23, 2012
And now for something completely different.
Today we’re going to flip the script well away from the dark and depressing and move into the world of hiphop. First up is one of the greatest groups to come out of Manhattan, the Tribe Called Quest.
Michael Rapaport’s 2011 documentary “Beats Rhymes and Life: The travels of a Tribe called Quest” documents the beloved rappers tracing back their roots to the group and how the whole thing started.
It’s a dope retrospective that’s made with a sortof sober style that gives it a foundation as a serious film. The story of tribe is pretty well known, they all hooked up in the mid eighties dropping their first album in 1990 with four subsequent albums coming out over the decade. Nearly all of them I would consider classics now save for maybe the Love Movement. I remember in college I would have days where I’d put on the first 4 albums and listen to them back to back, all day long.
Now it’s nearly 30 years since their inception and Rapaport was right in his timing to make a focused documentary. It’s funny seeing them all grown up, until now the dudes from Tribe were always the scrawny kids with quick one line interviews in hiphop documentaries.
It’s a pretty interesting story, naturally there’s the beef with q-tip who’s kinda a bitch in my opinion, but whatever that’s what happens with most long running groups. Overall though, I’d say check this doc out if you’re a fan, it’s really fun to watch, if you’re anything like me you’ll be pretty well captivated by the nostalgia of it all, singing along with the tracks as they play in the background, remembering how much you were into that track or that album. Let us not forget that hiphop was actually really good music once, check it out for a refresher in what once was...
Friday, January 20, 2012
Huh, well I guess that was a movie about black metal, but it wasn’t really. It was more so a movie about church burnings I guess. I don’t really care about church burnings. Arson is bad, sure, but I don’t see churches as much more than buildings, and if nobody's inside then, well, it’s not that big of a deal.
The movie features some prominent figures in Black Metal and gives a good foundation to understanding it as a misinterpreted type of music, or at least it clearly wasn’t Satanic. I don’t really know why the churches were burned, I guess it was a rejection of Christianity and cheers to rejecting it and making a statement.
It’s interesting how the media perpetuated the whole thing, creating this ‘brand’ as Eponymous puts it.
Unfortunately the movie doesn’t really get into the music at all, no live footage, no crazy shit on stage, there’s no real connection between the content of the music and the people. No explanation is really given to what the music is and where it comes from. I guess that’s what I was looking for and got a bunch of info about arson.
It’s all good though, kinda interesting but I would have really liked some more nuts and bolts so to speak. That and some on stage animal sacrifice. Then it’d been pretty damn good.
Although there is a suicide scene which looks pretty goddam real.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Krautrock. That’s a hell of an name for a genre, but there it is. This Documentary by the BBC which aired a couple years ago traces this genre of bizarro German goodness over its ten or so year reign (1968-1977). The bands include Noid, Can, Faust, Amon Düül and most noteably Kraftwerk.
I’m not exactly sure what possessed me to get this I think I was researching Kraftwerk and came across it. It’s really interesting though as a lot of it’s taken from the perspective of post war Germany. There are some good interviews and some really rare really out-there concert clips. And, if you’re interested, there’s a great collection of Krautrock albums floating around out there which can shed further light onto the good, bad and ugly of what is Krautrock.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Hands down one of the best garage comps I've heard in a long time. This came out in '92 I believe, weird I never got a hold of it till recently. Ugly Things is all Aussie bands with a few familiar names such as The Master's Apprentices "Poor Boy" and the Lost Souls "This Life Of Mine," but every song on the comp hits. Listen loudly and enjoy ya louts...
I'm Your Witchdoctor
Monday, January 16, 2012
Finally posting some recent music, here's one of my favorite albums of 2011. Some nice original heavy doom/psych/garage/murder/occult/rock for your ears. These dudes are out of the UK, and kinda came out of nowhere. This is their sophomore release aptly titled Blood Lust, here's the track "Ritual Taste" below...
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Hey y'all, finally back- fixed my pathetic, broken PC and have some goodies for all my people to hear. Thanks Teddy for your support and additions in the documentary realm, all those docs are great, my personal favorite is Decline Part 2. Funny shit. Keep it up my main furl, it's nice to have a partner in crime to make up for my inconsistent posting and sheer laziness. I return with this serious fuzz monster that I've been listening to non-stop, I'm sure you'll probably do the same. "Dream of Milk and Honey" is off '69's Mountain, an album that is sometimes credited as an Mountain album but is actually solo Leslie West and members of Mountain. Anyways, have a listen and it's nice to be back...
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Alright, time for a real post.
Herro, everybody, I gotta start by apologizing for any typos b/c I'm typing today through a massive hangover, a late night full of Thai food, Bombay G+Ts, and lots of Tiger beer. Today it's time for a real movie, it's time for motherfuckin Anvil. The first two posts here were more or less historical documents, I posted them b/c they’re noteworthy or whatever. But Anvil, holy shit.
This is a movie you have to see. Have you heard of Anvil? Yes, no, maybe so? Shit I hadn’t, but after watching this flick I’m sure I’ll never forget them.
Anvil is a Canadian Metal band, they were popular in the eighties along with all the other bands featured in Decline part 2, they are in fact regarded as one of the original metal bands, having a major influence over the whole scene. The thing is, after a brief period in the spotlight, something didn’t work out and they quickly faded into obscurity.
But they have never stopped playing shows or recording albums. This movie, filmed in 2008 follows this ancient rock band on their final push to really become rock stars by recording their 13th album and touring Europe. You’ve gotta check it out, you'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll wish you'd have actually bought the DVD if you are a pirate.
One further note, Anvil's second label 'Hypnotic Records' was formed by the then-manager of the greatest band of all, Helix.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Dude. Two words, Hair Metal. Filmed from 1987 to 1988 Part 2 covers exactly that. Alice Cooper, Ozzy, Poison, Queensryche, Megadeath, Motorhead, and countless other bands I’ve never heard of, all blathering away about what it’s like to be a rockstar.
While I found Part 1 to be a badass account of a fuckoff crazy underground world, Part 2 is much less so. The interviews are a fantastic display of mouth diarrheaed jerkoffs spewing brainless garbage into the camera. Not to say I didn’t enjoy the movie immensely, it’s a fantastic account of a bygone era in music which produced, not one, but two reality TV stars and an American Idol host. And if that’s not enough it also produced some of the best and laughably worst rock and roll ever recorded. Check it out for your much needed dose of Hair.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Hey everybody, my name’s Ted and I live in Vietnam. I’ve asked mister Furtracks himself if I could come onto this site and add a few things I’ve been into lately, and he's graciously excepted my offer.
I’m gonna switch things up though, over the next few weeks I’ll be putting up a series of posts referencing not tracks or albums I’ve come across but music documentaries I’ve dug up or ran into while trouncing around the internet realm.
There’ll be a bunch of different shit on here, so if one week’s not your style, check back the following and there may be something totally different.
One other thing is that I can’t put the files up for direct download as they’re too big. I can however suggest you check your friendly neighborhood torrent site where you can d/l nearly all that will be posted. And of course they’re mostly avail through legit means on iTunes or Amazon or however else ya’ll crazy kids are watching movies these days.
Today I’ll start off with the LA punk rock documentary “Decline of Western Civilization Part 1”
The first thing I dig about this flick is that it never made it to DVD so the copy I have was captured from a VHS tape giving it certain wobbly shitty street cred.
It was filmed from 1979 to 1980 in LA and features bands like Black Flag, the Circle Jerks, the Germs, and Fear, among others. I think it’s a pretty badass look into the world which was LA punk. No posers, no real agenda, just intimate interviews in people's shitty hovels and crappy kitchens. All paired with lots of furl-fuckin-tastic concert footage.
It shouldn’t be too hard to find online, I’m guessing nearly impossible to find otherwise. Let me know if you have troubles and I can help you out.