Posts Tagged ‘Slayer’

We’ll DO IT LIVE!! (Part #1)

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Over the coming how ever long, I am going to randomly post ‘chunks’ of what for me are the best songs I’ve ever seen performed live, just because I want to… which is fair enough really, being my blog and all.

Sigur Rós – Popplagið. This track would have to be in the top three best performances I’ve ever witnessed. This is what I imagine dying sounds like. Epicnesss beyond explanation. Buy their albums.

Faith No More – Malpractice. Waaay back in ‘92, Angeldust was my favourite album… and seeing Malpractice performed live was the single most relentless, aggressive and crushing execution of a track I’d ever witnessed. I have been firmly based in Team Patton for 20yrs+, but seeing Angeldust live has always stood head & shoulders above anything else FMN & related Patton subsidiaries turned out (well, maybe excluding this). The footage above is their first gig back after a 11yr hiatus, and thankfully, Malpractice (01:02:00) was well represented. This is the full set of their comeback show. Drink caffeine, and enjoy.

PJ Harvey – Rid Of Me. Serendipity. With two cancelled Australian tours, I (an uber-brutal PJ fanatic to put it mildly) impatiently waited almost 10 years before I got not only to see her play, but tour with her on the Big Day Out festival for 2001. I sat side of stage for a number of her performances, and with each set, I ended up a broken man, curled up underneath a soundboard blubbering uncontrollably at the sheer volume of talent that a single person can possess. For a solo artist to hold a 60,000 strong crowd (who are there to see Limp Bizkit) in broad daylight is truly a skill. The woman is a god… and for good reason.

Slayer – Raining Blood. The first time you see Slayer live, you remember it. And when you remember it, you remember this.

Björk- Thunderbolt. I don’t really now what to say here apart that I have a bais towards this artist, because I love her! But there is a reason why this is so. Biophilia IS the best show I have seen in the last ten years. I remember first seeing her at a festival 18 years ago playing right before The Ramones. She was brilliant then (as were The Ramones), but to watch her evolve through a body of incredible work to now successfully tackle (and nail) a project as wide and deep as Biophilia, is truly awesome.

The Times They Are a-Changin’

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Happy Reporting Season!

[ Brokers with hands on their faces blog ]

In other news, it’s been a decent six months for new tunes. Highlights for me so far have been Options Paralysis, Meridional, HTDA, Daughters and with the little I’ve heard of the new Grinderman album, this too should be a strong release. But without a doubt, Crystal Castles II has received the highest rotation in my lounge / car / pc / office /mobile / laptop / iPod(s) / brain. If you have yet to give it a listen, do yourself a favour and go buy a copy. It sounds AMAZING on vinyl, and I’m thinking it will take one hell of an album to knock this off for my album of the year.

Shock! Atari Teenage Riot are back (& they’ve brought their iPhone app)!! This is a good thing. I like ATR heaps, and I firmly believe that there’s a place for this band at the front of the class. Although they (& I) are now ten years older, I’m sure they could still convince me to throw half a brick through a Bank’s front window if they asked me the right way. I’m rarely talked into anything, so band that possesses such influence needs to be respected! And while we are talking influence, the most important piece of music news in recent times is that Tom Ayara has returned from his back surgery (the world breaths a sigh of relief) & is back his desk giving tomorrow’s leaders the vision they need.

Thank god.