Late Night Thoughts And Black Sabbath

Hello everyone.

I was writing a longer post but I had this mental block and didn’t finish it. So I decided to write a quick post.

I’m okay, trying to feel sleepy because I’m going out with my ex tomorrow. I don’t want to wake up too late and it’s already 3:26 am.

I’m listening to Black Sabbath. A greatest hits album is always a good way to get into a band. Changes is a beautiful song.War Pigs is an anthem, such an important song for genres that were influenced by them. Tomorrow, I’m going to listen to their discography. I do like their range and how they influenced metal and rock. They were innovative, talented, just brilliant. A band everyone should listen to at least once.

One of my friend’s is experiencing domestic violence. She tries to hide it but it’s obvious. I tried to warn her several times but she paid me no mind. I won’t say anything to her anymore. It’s her choice, not mine. But I just know he isn’t good to her. I know that she isn’t good to him either but that’s another story. It doesn’t affect our friendship. A person can be a great friend and a terrible husband or wife. It’s not up to me to assess that area of her life.

I wish I could stay up all night and all day. That there was a chemical that wasn’t harmful that could do that. I really feel like doing more and not sleeping. But my body isn’t having it. I’m tired and tomorrow is a new day.

I’m going to rest. I hope you have a good night/day. ❤

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Night Thoughts (about sharing, a BPD trait and music)

I feel good today. I spent the afternoon drawing with a friend. It’s great to draw with someone. Art can be lonely. When you draw with someone, you are able to brainstorm and be inspired by what someone is doing. Creativity flows and you can do great things. I’m currently drawing a series of 4 A5 drawings. One is in shades of blue, the second is in shades of pink, the third one is in shades of yellow ( from yellow to red) and the final one has 3 colors of each of the other pieces. I’m going to get them framed and put it up in my room. More material for my future exhibition.

I really want to do things but I have a few obstacles. I need to renew a few documents, go to places to see if I could show my art there. I should start working out again. Get a part-time job and somewhere and earn more money. There’s so much I could do but I have zero motivation. Absolutely no motivation whatsoever. It’s sad, really. I have to push myself to do everything. Clean, cook, write, draw. I do it as an obligation. But at least I do it. The problem is the rest of the things I need to do. It requires me to actually go out and go places. The more I avoid things, the more they pile up. “The Chair” in my bedroom has a pile of clothes. I mopped the bathroom floor, cleaned the toilet and sink but it’s disorganized. I need to take care of that in a few minutes. Also wash the tub, while I’m at it. I hate folding clothes. It’s so boring and I suck at it. I have to throw away some things that are in my room and at least fold my blankets. Sorry to bother you with my chores but it really helps to plan what you’re going to do.

I noticed something about me. I’ve been giving more. Selfishness is a trait that I have, now much less but I still have it. But I taught myself to give. Money, whatever, just give to someone who needs it. Even if you don’t have much more, do it. I think that sharing is very important. I was used to have everything for myself. Then my ex came along. I started sharing everything with him. My mindset changed. It was okay to have less for myself but help someone you love. I started enjoying to give and understanding that life is better when you share. You make someone happy, you make them feel more comfortable, it’s one less thing that they have to worry about. You solved someone else’s problem. If you never need to be paid back, it’s okay. If you ask that person to return it when you need it, it’s okay as well. As long as you are not too strict or too giving. There’s a healthy way to be giving. Don’t let people take advantage of you. That always attracts the worst people.

Life is good today. I feel good. I’m going to do what I planned earlier and take care of my mess.

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It’s done. I feel more relieved now. At least the house work is in order. All i have to do tomorrow is fold my clothes. Today is not the day to do it. I’ve been drawing all day and I’m taking a break now. I want to go back to that in a bit. It gets a little tiring to draw after more than 5 hours. At least my work is almost done. I have to finish the part in pencil and paint it all afterwards with my brush pen. It makes a great effect. I will post the results when I’m finished. Pencils are really my favorite supplies. Drawing is really satisfying. You have to do it to know and I encourage everyone to try it at least once. My mood is great after I draw. I love to see the finished product. You think to yourself “This looks cool and I made it.” It’s a great feeling.

My back hurts. I guess that’s part of being 30, eh? My posture is terrible. My knees hurt a little. Oh well, it could be worse. At least I can walk properly and get from point A to B. Though I’m physically able, sometimes I’m psychologically unable to go places. The handicap doesn’t need to be physical or even visible. Only you and a few more people know. Most people won’t understand but some will. Cherish those and disregard the others. Don’t expect everyone to understand you and try to explain and justify yourself to everyone. I used to do that. I need validation so bad. It was stronger than me. So I was exposed and vulnerable many times. I did it recently and it backfired spectacularly. That’s why I don’t want to meet new people now. I’m afraid of doing the same mistakes. I want to learn how to not seek validation from strangers and people I barely know. I get enough as it is from my family and friends. For someone with BPD, you bare your soul looking for compassion. You feel wronged, abandoned and betrayed. People turn your back on you, you don’t know who to trust. Take care of your feelings and keep them to yourself, most of the time. They are precious info that you can’t share with everybody. It’s your privacy and intimacy. Write a journal, talk to close and trusted friends. Beware of strangers who ask a lot of questions. Ask them questions as well, don’t say everything. It’s a red flag when someone asks a lot of questions and doesn’t speak about himself. There’s something shady there. Also people that really want to show you that they like you and care about you, when all they want is to gather info to gossip. Say innocuous things to those people and avoid them. Nothing good ever comes from those people. There are also the friends that manipulate you. Either consciously or unconsciously, it’s a shame when people do that. I can’t believe that rational people that understand logic believe in their own fallacious arguments. I don’t fall for that anymore. Either your honest and genuine or your out of my life. You can’t be genuine and honest and manipulate people. That’s not how it works.

I almost finished my piece but my back is killing me. I need to take another break. Maybe I’ll resume painting tomorrow. My back seriously needs rest. I’m listening to music and enjoying a cigarette. Orthopedic pillows help a lot. I have one for this bed, it keeps my back straight. I’m trying to find the lowest pressure point on my back for it to heal properly. It feels so good to sit in this position.

I’m wearing a t-shirt at 4 am. It’s not cold today. I was outside. It was very hot in a moment and cold in the other. But it was nice outside, I was at the park with a friend. He is my neighbor and we like to hang out. I don’t hang out with many neighbors. Only my downstairs neighbor and him. It gives me a sense of community. I have a friend on the street under mine. Another friend at a street behind my house. My best friend lives up my street. My ex lives a street away from me. We are all close. It’s so good. My friend, the one that I miss, is also my neighbor but he’s been ignoring me. Just like my ex of 15 years ago, only contacts me when he wants something from me. Won’t reply to a simple hello or a song. I don’t get this type of friendship, it makes me feel used. Sometimes they get a taste of their own medicine. I can be oblivious, too. Ignore them. That’s what they deserve.

God, it feels so good to be up at this hour. I know, I know. It’s unhealthy and the like. I’ll regret it and so on. So be it. I feel so comfortable at night, it’s such a familiar feeling. Quiet, peaceful solitude. Music playing softly on my portable speaker. Everyone is sleeping, except the unemployed loners, the chronically depressed, poets, bohemian people and junkies. People dream every night but they don’t always remember the dream. Yet, everyone lives them. Our mind at work at every hour of the day. What a marvelous and majestic organ. More complex than the most powerful computer. Machines dream of becoming like us. And they, too, will be rebellious and change the course of history. Maybe not in my lifetime but someday. I believe in it. AI is still a very young field. There is much to be discovered and learned. I’m blown away by everything I don’t know. Like mysteries and tales, things that I don’t know, things that no one knows. Hidden knowledge. Secret codes. The web of life is intricate. Connection is everything. Disconnection breeds insatisfaction and loneliness. I hate feeling lonely. Right now, I don’t feel lonely. I feel connected to the cosmos and disconnected from everyone around me. This disconnection is necessary for me to recharge. I had a very intense day, in terms of socializing. It feels good to be alone now, knowing that tomorrow someone else will be with me. Every day several social interactions. Sharing and caring. Listening and venting.

There was a loud noise in the next door bedroom. No one sleeps there. Weird. I got a little scared. Soon I’ll have to pass by there and I don’t want to. But I have to. It was nothing. Things can fall on their own. It’s just that PTSD makes me blow this out of proportion. I start thinking that there is an intruder. Stupid damaged brain, what the hell? No one is here but you and your parents. The door is closed and locked. No one would invade this house, with people inside, at 5:24 am. Literally no one. I’m going in, despite my fear.

I’m safe, no one is there. A traumatized mind is something else, isn’t it? I have my bottle of water. It’s just a repurposed wine bottle. I don’t like to use plastic bottles. I already drank a liter today. There’s a Facebook friend of mine that has a health group and we are doing a water challenge. I said I was going to drink 2 liters a day. I drank 1 liter yesterday and I’ll drink the 2 liters today. Drinking enough water is so important. That’s the best detox that you can do. I really don’t believe it detox products. We have the kidneys and liver to detox our body and they do a great job. Those green juices may be good but my mom told me to eat puréed vegetables in soups and to eat whole fruits, instead of drinking juice. Someone also says this in the movie “Her”, which is one of my favorite movies of all time. I’m not a food guru or anything, I don’t claim to be an expert in this matter but I’ve heard several people defend this and it makes sense.

2019 and I’m listening to Yung Lean like it’s 2013. He’s a bad MC but the beat is good.

The sky is getting brighter. Damn, the night is ending. I want more night time. Damn. Oh well, later today the night will be back. But I won’t stay up as late as I did today. I can’t do this every day. But tomorrow is Friday… I love stay up on Fridays. We’ll see. I really didn’t plan this for today but I fell asleep at 10:30 pm and woke up at K2 am. I wish I could sleep for 8 hours straight when I fall asleep before 11 pm. What a weird body I have (no offense body, you’re great). Maybe it’s a mind thing.

The Widow by The Mars Volta is an amazing song. It’s so emo, my God. All the feeling and emotion in that voice. That frontman is superb. I wonder if they would like me to call them emo. Maybe they would be offended. Haha Who knows? I like At The Drive-In as well. Relationship of Command is an album full of outstanding songs. One armed scissor is a classic.

Right now, I’m listening to Mac DeMarco. I really like his songs. They are cool songs for cool people 😎 Only cool people listen to Mac DeMarco 😎 Just kidding but if you are a music fan and you don’t know these bands and artists, I suggest that you check them out. It really makes my day to find new music. I hope I make someone’s day with my music recommendations. I truly love sharing my music knowledge. I have to follow more music blogs on WordPress. Get recommendations of music, find new music, read reviews. Being a writer is not easy. You have to read and write as much as possible. It would be good if I read more music reviews to gain more vocabulary from other writers.

If you made it this far, you’re a winner. You win my undying friendship and respect. As proof that you read this far, comment below how your day was or how it is going. Thanks for bearing with me. I love you all. ❤

Album Of The Day: Jeru The Damaja- The Sun Rises In The East

I decided to start writing about my favorite album of the day. It’s a reason to write every day, as I listen to music every day. A way to practice my music critic vein.

Jeru The Damaja is Kendrick Jeru Davis. He is a rapper and record producer. He has worked with DJ Premier, Afu-ra and Guru, members of Gangstarr.

The Sun Rises In the East was released on May 24, 1994 on PayDay Records. DJ Premier produced the album. The album features Afu-Ra, also from Gangstarr. It is considered one of the 100 best hip hop albums of all time.

I had heard about Jeru the Damaja but I hadn’t heard many of his songs. This album was a great way to start listening to his songs. What an album it is. Flawless beats that take us straight to the streets of the 90’s. DJ Premier and Jeru deliver.

It has many bangers but my favorite is Come Clean. His flow is creative and steady. His voice is pleasant and he can work very well with it. The wordplay is very good, he plays around with words in a very clever way. He can be raunchy at times but rap can be like that sometimes. I do have also have to warn you that he is misogynistic. Bitch is thrown around. Dividing women between queens, sistas and bitches. I don’t aproveitar that song but, oh well, I like the rest of the album. The beats go really hard.

On the song D.Original, he says Dirty rotten scoundrels. That was his name before being Jeru, it was D.Original Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

I also love You can’t stop the prophet, Ain’t the devil happy, My mind spray.

I hope you check out this album and enjoy it as much as I did.

Today and Music

Hey everyone.

I woke up in a good mood but awfully late. Waking up in the afternoon is not ideal. I had insomnia yesterday and I was feeling terrible. Really down and depressed. I cried a little. Sometimes I feel a little unbalanced during the night. I have to ask my psychiatrist about this.

My memory is a mess. Another thing I have to ask my psychiatrist about it, too. It became a little better after the reduction of my dose of anti-psychotics but it’s still bad. I can memorize things and remember but sometimes I’ll be reading and I don’t remember the beginning of the paragraph. This is driving me to read more. I want to keep this brain busy and healthy. I’m scared of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. I want to be independent for as long as possible. Conscious and here. I hope life is kind to me.

I didn’t go outside yesterday, I should go out today. It’s a sunny afternoon. But I really don’t feel like it. I would have to shower and get dressed. That sounds like too much for me today. I called a friend and texted another one. My first friend called me now, she said she just got home and wasn’t going out. The other friend hasn’t replied yet. I’m in limbo.

The will to go outside has decreased drastically. Why am I like this? Going out is fun.

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I went outside. My ex called and said he wanted to see me. We had a cup of coffee near my house. It was warm and nice outside. I wore a t-shirt. It felt good to walk and feel the cool breeze on my face.

I am now back home, listening to Gang Starr (RIP Guru). Old school hip hop is amazing, though I also like trap. I don’t know if it’s me but the lack of storytelling in trap is sad. Storytelling, good lyrics and knowledge are lacking. Lots of brand names in songs infuriate me. If I wanted to listen to an ad, I would do it. Then there is a faction of trap, the emo guys, with their drugs, death and suicide lyrics. I can listen to that from time to time but I’m mindful of what I listen to and avoid toxic music.

I made a thread on one of my favorite groups and got lots of replies. I asked for reccomendations of shoegaze, psychedelic rock and other genres, to listen to before bed. I listened to some songs yesterday and I’m listening to the rest today. Pretty cool music, I knew some of the bands. The Olivia Tremor Control is a band I didn’t know but it’s very interesting. I’m listening to Black Foliage. It’s quite experimental mixed with The Beatles and The Beach Boys. Very pleasant to hear.

I found another band through YouTube recommendation from the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. Oh god, what a name lmao. Their song Found God In a Tomato is just amazing (once again, what the hell is this song name lmao).

Music will continue to be listened to today. Maybe I’ll do some research and come up with a nice and informative blog post, instead of narrating my boring life to my wonderful readers.

I hope you have a great day.

Oh, The Things I Would Do If I Didn’t Have To Clean

Hmm, so: blog post made, room almost cleaned, the other room to clean. It’s a struggle today, I don’t feel like doing any of that. Sometimes I get these urges to clean at 2 am or something. But right now, it’s like the last thing I feel like doing. Nevertheless, it must be done. I’m going to finish my cigarette and my coffee. After that, I’ll resume cleaning. Oh! The things I would do if I didn’t have to clean haha.

Cleaning takes discipline and helps cultivate it. Doing stuff when you really don’t want to do it is adulting. Can’t avoid it.

I’m listening to $uicideboy$. Their sound is interesting. One of them has a flow similar to Bone thugs and harmony. The beats are dark and very well done. Not for the faint of heart, lots of suicide, death, sex and drugs references. I don’t pay attention to the lyrics, I really enjoy the beats. It’s going to be my soundtrack for cleaning.

Here I go. I’ll be back in a few minutes, after I do what I have to do.

I finally cleaned my bathroom and room. I like cleaning the sink for some reason. Seeing it going from dirty to clean. It’s also good to see all your clothes on the hangers or folded. That special chair in your room no longer has a pile of clothes on top of it. The underwear and socks lying around the floor are on the laundry basket. Seeing everything clean and sorted is so satisfying. Relaxing for a bit afterwards feels really good.

I think I’m going to push myself and clean even more today. Sweeping the floor of a few rooms and washing the dishes. I’ll set a time to do it. In an hour, I’ll do a bit more.

In the meantime, I’m listening to music. Joji, to be exact. He is not my favorite but he has some okay songs. Now it’s Lil Peep. I’m on YouTube Music and it’s on auto-play. Not bad so far. The premium version of YouTube Music is free when you subscribe to Google Play Music. It comes in handy when I write on my phone because I can have the app playing in the background, I don’t have to split the screen and have WordPress and YouTube at the same time. It’s not that bad but I prefer the whole screen for WordPress.

I think I will draw until it’s time to start cleaning again. I hope you are having a good day. Take care.

What I Have Been Up To

I haven’t written in a while. Took an unintended break. I just didn’t feel like writing at all. My PC has been off for over a week. I don’t want to turn it on, for some reason. It’s weird. My mind has been quieter, less painful memories.

One of my aunts died last week. We had a complicated relationship but I loved her. Had to go to the wake and the funeral. I hated it. My mom cried and cried. I just stood there. Numb and cold. Waiting for it to end.

Now that I’m getting older, funerals are more frequent and it’s not very pleasant. Death has been a part of my life since I was little. I have thought about it for a long time. It’s the end of a cycle, as important as life itself. We shouldn’t fear it, nor should we look for it. Let nature take its course. Everyone knows that life is hard, it’s a fact. But not everything is bad, there are a lot of great things about living. The mystery of life is also appealing. The uncertainty and impermanence. We have seen a black hole for the first time, a few days ago. I believe there will be many more breakthroughs and discoveries that will help us understand life and the universe. That makes me excited to live. These are exciting times. An excellent time for inquisitive minds.

My mind has been so scattered. I lose myself on YouTube and then draw. Then, I remember that I should be writing and get back to that. I’ve written a few posts but never completed them, which is a mistake. It’s wasted work. Blogs need to he active in order to have a good ranking on Google. I need to keep that in mind. There are a few subjects that I want to write about. I’m working on an article about self-care, which I think is very important for everyone but especially for people with mental health conditions.

I’m listening to Italo Disco. The name of the artist is Casco (Salvatore Cusato). There are a few albums on YouTube.

Thank you for all of your comments. You are too kind. I’ll be sure to check out your blogs as soon as possible. Much love ❤

Album Review: Have A Nice Life – Deathconsciousness

I listened to Have A Nice Life‘s, Deathconsciousness album.

Have A Nice Life is an American band that was founded in 2000. Experimental rock, post-rock, post-punk, shoegaze, industrial, ambient, drone and black metal are genres that you can discern in their music. Have A Nice Life are Dan Barrett and Tim Macuga. It was founded in 2000 and they are still active to this day. Two albums were released and Deathconsciousness was very popular in the alternative scene. It’s the band’s debut album and it was released as a dual-album, in 2008.

I like almost all the songs in this album. Every one of them except The Big Gloom. My favorite ones are A Quick One Before The Eternal Worm Devours Connecticut, Bloodhail, Waiting For Black Metal Records To Come In The Mail, Holy Fucking Shit: 40,000; Deep, Deep; I Don’t Love and Earthmover. There are very soft melodies like A Quick one and Who Would Leave Their Son Out In The Sun. You have to listen to this album several times to really get it. It’s an album to savor and enjoy. The songs are very powerful and huge statements. There are build-ups and crescendos, with very intense moments.

My favorite song of the whole album is Bloodhail. The dual vocals provide emotion to the song and this album is all about emotion. This song has a strong emo element but with a twist.

This album has a strong post-punk influence, especially in the rhythm section. Every song is remarkable in its own way. Some drone and ambient moments that really contribute to the eerie feel of the album. Hunter has a strong post-rock element that I really enjoy. There are also some electronic music elements and synths at times. From industrial to post-punk, this album has a very 80’s sound.

I would rate it 10/10 for variety, concept, consistency, originality. It has it all. Definitely one of the best albums of 2008.

 

Album Reviews:

“Have a Nice Life’s debut is simply amazing. Not only is it an awesome piece of music, it’s an awe-inspiring experience, one that will no doubt haunt you for a long, long time. While far from being perfect and most definitely not for everyone, Deathconsciousness displays an ambition and passion that cannot be taught. Dark, depressing, haunting, and strangely uplifting, if this record does not evoke some sort of emotion from you then I am convinced you have no soul.”

Cody Foss, SputnikMusic

 

“Have a Nice Life set a rather high bar for what new or little known bands are capable of producing on their own.”

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“Ranging from full on drones laced with sparse textures to fuzz filled beauty, it’s a full listening experience that must be heard from start to finish…Deathconsciousness comes as a wonderful surprise for me in 2008, and I am thinking it will be the same for some others out there.”

Built On A Weak Spot

 

“The hypnotic atmosphere, existential themes and stirring climaxes make Deathconsiousness one of the greatest artistic statements to grace the alternative scene since Radiohead’s Kid A. Take the time to explore this album in its entirety and let the dark drones wash over. If the moon is at the right height in the sky, or the clouds give way to a massive downpour, make sure you have this album on hand.”

The Rock Blogger

Image courtesy of Pixabay.

Last Week In Music

Last week I listened to fewer songs and fewer new artists. I must’ve have listened to Deathconsciousness by Have a Nice Life over 5 times.

So let’s see my top artists:

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I talked about Orchid Mantis before in this post. It’s an amazing band and I’ve definitely listened to them many times. I also talked about Bauhaus in this post that I recently wrote. I will write about Have A Nice Life soon. It’s taking me ages to finish that post, I have no idea why.

Tyler Burkhart is a new discovery. It’s Indie Pop. It can be mellow or cheerful. Sometimes sad. He is a multi-instrumentalist, taking DIY to the next level, as he is self-taught and writes, records, and releases his own music. A must-listen if you like Indie.

Parks, Squares and Alleys is an old favorite. Their song Youth is what made me like him. He is a solo artist, a singer, and guitarist from Russia named Sergey Khavro. This is his bio on Bandcamp:

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What does he mean by noise-monk, does anyone know? I found it funny. His sound is very dreamy and melodic. Definitely lo-fi. His voice is great. It’s definitely an Indie type voice, which I quite like. I highly recommend this artist.

Peter Murphy is Bauhaus’ former frontman. He had success in his solo career and at least two hits. Cuts You Up is a hymn of the ’80s. He also had other hits like “A Strange Kind of Love”, “Marlene Dietrich” and “The Hit Song”. I liked some of his songs, others not so much. I recommend at least listening to Cuts You Up.

Lilys are an indie rock band whose founder is Kurt Heasley, the only member that is a constant in a band. The band was formed in Washington DC in 1988. Their debut album In The Presence Of Nothing was released in 1992. Their sound is indie rock. Several of their songs have been featured in advertisements and one even reached #16 in the UK charts. They have a shoegaze phase, a dream pop phase. Their sound changed over the years. I highly recommend this band.

Here are my favorite albums:

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I recommend all these albums. I’m in the process of writing a review about Deathconsciousness, so you’ll have to wait a few days (maybe less, I may finish the post tonight).

There was a Last Week in Music where I talked about Yellow House by Orchid Mantis. In short, it’s a very pleasant and dreamy album from a wonderful band.

Mask is one of my favorite albums from Bauhaus. It’s so raw and crude. The rhythm section is incredible. It’s a very dark and gloomy album, Peter Murphy kills it. It features amazing songs that really portray the 80’s goth scene. I like most of the songs on the album, especially Hollow Hills, The Passion of Lovers, Dancing, Kick in the Eye and Mask.

This album by Parks, Squares and Alleys is beautifully named. I think he is an artist of taste and sensibility. It’s music to drive to the beach, on a sunny day. I would say that this album is influenced by surf-pop. It features Youth, that song I have talked to you about. This guitar speaks to me. The artist sounds sensitive and connected. The other tracks are also very good.

Cold Blood Magic is a 2018 album by Parks, Squares and Alleys. The sound is different from the album I just wrote about. It sounds like 60’s or 70’s music. The harmonies with voices, the instrumentals. Honestly, I prefer the other album.

Lost Days by Tyler Burkhart is an amazing album, with gorgeous and moving songs. Some are very cheerful, others are more mellow and a little sad.

Flashbulb Memory is an excellent album. Unreal, eerie, and slow, this album is perfect to listen at night. Great to unwind and relax. The track Flashbulb Memory is so lovely. I’ve listened to it countless times. His music is full of emotion. It ‘s sad but beautiful.

I love, love, LOVE this album. It’s amazing. This artist was an excellent discovery. Slow and deep songs, accompanied by a terrific voice. It’s great indie rock. The melodies are fairly simple and catchy. At The Park is a spoken word track and I find it fascinating. I love The Escape. It’s a bit faster and more upbeat than the other songs.

Here are the songs that I listened to the most, last week:

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As I’ve said before, I listened to the Have A Nice Life album many times and it shows. I recommend all these songs.

I hope you like my recommendations and that you listen to as much music as possible.

Have a good weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Night’s Music (Bauhaus)

Yesterday afternoon, I listened to Bauhaus: This Is Bauhaus playlist on Spotify and their Mask album. I enjoyed it a lot, it’s very 80’s but not in a cheesy way. They were innovators and trendsetters. Their music is iconic. I recommend listening to:

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These are my favorite tracks so far. Post-punk is one of my favorite genres. It’s dark and heavy but still danceable and fun. The ’80s must’ve been a great time to be a teen or a young adult. Mainstream music wasn’t as bad as it is now. I hate auto-tune. It really ruins songs. It’s everywhere today.

Bauhaus was an English band from Northampton. They were Daniel Ash (guitar, saxophone), Peter Murphy (vocals), Kevin Haskins (drums) and David J (bass). Originally, Bauhaus were Bauhaus 1919 because it was the first year of that art school. This band broke up in 1983. Their members ended up having other projects ( solo or not). Peter Murphy went solo and had some success. Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins and, David J started Love and Rockets,Screenshot_2

which also was successful. Those are a lot of listeners.

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Bauhaus obviously has more listeners, more than double of the listeners.

“After only six weeks as a band, Bauhaus entered the studio for the first time at Beck Studios in Wellingborough to record a demo. One of the five tracks recorded during the session, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”, more than nine minutes long, was released as the group’s debut single in August 1979 on Small Wonder Records. The band was listed simply as Bauhaus, with the “1919” abandoned. The single received a positive review in Sounds, and stayed on the British independent charts for two years. The song received crucial airplay on BBC Radio 1 and DJ John Peel’s evening show, and Bauhaus were subsequently asked to record a session for Peel’s show, which was broadcast on 3 January 1980.”

Source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bauhaus_(band)

Their sound is amazing and varied. Peter Murphy is an excellent vocalist and a big part of the soul of the band. I wish they had stayed longer as a group and made more records.

What is post-punk, you may ask?

“Post-punk (originally called new musick) is a broad type of rock music that emerged from the punk movement of the 1970s, in which artists departed from the simplicity and traditionalism of punk rock to adopt a variety of avant-garde sensibilities and diverse influences. Inspired by punk’s energy and DIY ethic but determined to break from rock cliches, artists experimented with sources including electronic music and black styles like dub, funk, free jazz, and disco; novel recording and production techniques; and ideas from art and politics, including critical theory, modernist art, cinema and literature. Communities that produced independent record labels, visual art, multimedia performances and fanzines developed around these pioneering musical scenes, which coalesced in cities such as London, New York, Manchester, Melbourne, Sydney and San Francisco.

Source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-punk

Examples of post-punk bands are Siouxie and the Banshees, Joy Division, Talking Heads, Pere Ubu, The Cure, The Fall. If you like Bauhaus you may know or you may like these bands as well. I know I do.

I like the goth element of Bauhaus, the gloomy atmospheres, and dark beats. That’s what I like about it, it ‘s different from the average band. It is influenced by punk and keeps part of its attitude but I find it more pleasant than punk. Still energetic

Do you know Bauhaus? Do you like this band? You may be familiar with them or they may be completely new to you. In that case, I’m happy to introduce you to new music 🙂

Image courtesy of Pixabay and Spotify.

 

 

Last Week in Music

This week’s “Last Week in Music” features new artists. I’ve been actively looking for new artists, it’s not pleasant to be listening to the same tracks over and over again. Unless they are amazing and even then, they get old when they are overplayed.

I’ve been listening to more music. Last week’s stats were the following:

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For people who aren’t familiar with LastFm, a scrobble is a song that I played. In 7 days, I listened to 2 and a half days of music. Wow, that’s a lot. I had no idea.

I’ve been diving in the world of genres and subgenres, into the music rabbit hole. There are so many bands and so many sounds, it’s overwhelming. I’m still searching for new bands each week. It really cheers me up to find new music that I like,

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Ghostpoet was a great discovery. It’s a project by Obaro Ejimiwe. He sounds eerily like Roots Manuva. The resemblance is uncanny. I could swear it was him. About his genre, this is what he has to say:

“So Interesting. Why is it so important for me to be part of a predetermined genre with its parameters and rules? I’m just an artist who experiments with sounds and loves guitars. It’s ok to be confused, not everything in life needs explanation, sometimes we just have to go with it”

Is it hip hop? Trip-hop? No one knows. Haha. All I know is that it’s great music and you should check it out.

Trigg & Gusset has a minimalistic sound. Doomjazz is the genre, I wasn’t familiar with it.

“Doom jazz is a form of music that combines the slow tempos, and sense of despair of doom metal with jazz style and sensibility. The music usually conveys an aura of pessimistic introspection, and many of the artists incorporate dark ambient influences into their music.”

It’s the perfect sound if you’re tired or relaxing, it’s very soothing and tranquil. It takes you to far away places. I’ve listened to a few bands of this genre and I must say that it’s fantastic. If you like jazz, you should check this group out.

Coconuts by Anna Wise is a song that I really like. It’s young, fresh and hip. I love her voice. It’s very catchy. It has a hint of the ’80s, with the saxophone. It’s chilled and smooth.

Here are this week’s top artists:

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Oh my God, Orchid Mantis. As you can see by the number of times I’ve listened to them, I really, really like this band. Thomas Howard is behind this solo project. He considers his sound to be alternative rock. It’s hard to define their sound. According to rateyourmusic.com, they are an indie pop band. On his Spotify bio :

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I find that it is also influenced by shoegaze and dream pop, as the sound is very ethereal at times. The vocalist has a wonderful s a d b o y voice. It’s really good. Their whole discography is great. My favorite album is Yellow House but Flashbulb Memory is also an amazing album. I’ll be paying close attention to their career from now on.

Bohren & der Club of Gore is amazing. They are a German group, that was formed by 4 longtime friends. All their songs are only instrumental. “Doom-ridden jazz music” is how they describe their sound, so I guess it fits in the Doom Jazz category. It’s ambient/jazz on Wikipedia, which also makes sense. To be honest, I like jazz, when it’s not free jazz or other genres of jazz where artist improvise too freely, without order. Chaotic music is unsettling to me.

I can listen to this group for hours and hours. It’s really pleasant. It sounds like a soundtrack of a detective movie, at times. I think it’s the saxophone and the whole ambiance. An excellent discovery that I made this week. I recommend Bohren For Beginners, as it is an amazing album and the name is fitting if it’s the first time you’re listening to them.

Anna Wise has a completely different sound. Wikipedia describes as alternative R’n’B and art pop. I agree. Her sound is very hip and funky. She is an amazing vocalist and she has won a Grammy for her collaboration with Kendrick Lamar in “These Walls”. I knew that I had already seen her name somewhere. That is an amazing feat. If you like Abra and the like, you’ll like this artist. She has two albums called “The Feminine” Act I and II. The first album starts with Terence Mckenna talking briefly. I really like to hear samples of him and other thinkers of this world.

Ruby Haunt is not a new discovery. Victor Pakpour and Wyatt Ininns have this project since 2015. Some of their influences are New Order, Suicide and Joy Division. Their sound can be called minimal pop, indie pop, dream pop, etc. It’s definitely pop but not your usual pop. It has post-punk influences among others. If you want to listen to them, I recommend Nevada. It’s an excellent album and it features Destroyer, my favorite song of theirs. Though all the songs in this album are amazing.

Nothing was a great discovery. Their sound is something else. It is a mix of shoegaze with metal. Walls of distorted guitars and harmonies. Domenic Palermo is the frontman of this band. His voice is angelic and pure. I recommend Dance On The Blacktop, their latest album. Their sound feels new and nostalgic, at the same time, which is weird. But a good kind of weird.

I talked about Ghostpoet earlier in the article.

Ah, Gorilla Biscuits. That straight edge hardcore punk band that you can never forget. One of the best, in my opinion. The band was formed in 1987 and split up in 1992. The remaining members formed a pop-punk band called CIV. They released two albums on Revelation Records. It’s very easy to listen to their discography: two albums and an average of 2 minutes per song. I would say that their sound is short and sweet, sometimes you need 12 minutes. Other times, you need 2 minutes. It depends on the genre. Their music is fast so they can do a lot in 2 minutes.

Junglepussy is a New York rapper. Her lyrics are witty, tongue-in-cheek and raw. She is open her sexuality and she “preaches” female autonomy. If you want to have a listen, try her debut album, Satisfaction Guaranteed. She’s a skilled MC, I would love to hear her freestyle or do a battle with some other MC that I like.

The following image is of last week’s most listened albums:

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I recommend these albums this week. The reason why there are so few scrobbles (plays) is that I listen to a lot of playlists and compilations of random songs. I also don’t listen to albums on repeat often.

These were the songs that I listened to the most last week:

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Tommy Genesis, Orchid Mantis and Have a Nice Life. What a mix.

Tommy’s song is very catchy and I listen to it every time I go outside. It makes walking more fun and it makes you want to dance or sing along. I wouldn’t dare to do it in the street here, this is a small city and people don’t like things that are out of the box.

Bloodhail by Have a Nice Life is just perfect. The vocals are flawless, the instrumental is very simple and yet captivating. The back vocals fit very well in this track. It’s a dark song, both instrumentally and lyrically. I guess it fits my mood these days.

What have you been listening to? Do you know any of these bands? What bands or artists would you recommend me based on these artists?

This is it for this week’s Last Week in Music. See you next week or on my next post.