Mittwoch, 18. Oktober 2017

That's right, music!#39 (English)

This issue of "That's right, music!" is of lesser content. The issue with more content will be out this month.

First question: How does it feel to be dumped after five years? You feel down, destroyed, fucked up. You are hella sad, full of hate and anger and sometimes you just don't know what to do. But one thing that always helped me in this kind of situations is and always will be music. That's why I started to pump this awesome "mixtape" by a true friend of this blog, Phil Th. Pig. It's called "philthy philth for philthy pigs". My favorites on this playlist are definitely Fischer Z, Jawbreaker, Judas Priest, The Wildhearts and definitely the majestic John Frusciante.

Check it out:

Green Day - Discography: American Idiot (2004)

I remember the first time listening to this album. It was the time when I started being interested in politics. The Iraq war was THE topic, George W. Bush the public enemy numero uno and the USA the worst country in the world. At least, when you're 13 and you develop so much hate you have to project it onto something. Nowadays I have very different views towards this topic...

Anyways, "American Idiot" differs very much to "Warning". It is NOT a generic pop punk album. Instead we have the "World's First Punk Rock Opera" here. It begins with a typical Green Day song, but after that you get "Jesus Of Suburbia", a five part, nine minute long masterpiece. The most songs
sound like an Alternative Rock band who likes to experiment with new sounds. Also it's not a "loose" album - it follows a large story arc about three main characters: The Jesus of Suburbia, St. Jimmy and Whatsername. It is set in modern day America - disillusion and disappointment of the "American Way of Life" seem to be the main topics. GD go even further then in "Warning". They do not just leave Punk rock behind, they extend to another level. But still, they seem like they're on the ground. Not some huge ass rockstars. But unfortunately, that will change.

9/10 deposit bottles
songs you should check out: American Idiot, Holiday, Jesus Of Suburbia, St. Jimmy, Homecoming,

KoRn - Discography: See You On The Other Side (2005)

This album was kind of a new beginning for the band and for their fans. "See You On The Other Side" is the seventh album of KoRn. The first one on Virgin Records and the first one without guitarist Brian "Head" Welch who left the band and started a short-lived christian rock career. Therefore, KoRn was a quartett for the first time. Also it's the last album with David Silveria on drums. It was produced by the duo "The Matrix" who are known for acts like Shakira or Britney Spears.

"See You On The Other Side" has a very different approach than the predecessor "Take A Look In The Mirror". It seems like an awakening. "We have to experiment more, try out new styles if we do not want to become irrelevant. Oh my gosh let's try out this and that and this and that!". If you expect typical KoRn sound you will be disappointed. There is no Hip-Hop influences, almost no typical Jonathan Davis scatting instead we get a bunch of pretty industrial-esque sounding songs. Not that industrial like the likes of NIN or early Ministry of course but you can hear the influences very clearly. The guitar riffs are toned down and are not "brutal". Instead we get strange interludes, keyboards and a mostly clear range of vocals. I think it's the most diverse and the most mainstream album of this band. After twelve years I still like it.

8,5/10 deposit bottles
songs you should check out: Twisted Transistor, Liar, Coming Undone

Ministry - Discography: Relapse (2012)

Ministry's twelfth album. First one since "The Last Sucker" that contains original material. I'm not counting the cover albums or the remix albums or the live albums. They will not get a review.

I found it very difficult to listen to at first. I am very far of saying that I do not like it though. It confronts me with sheer brutality. There is literally no, nada, niente Industrial influences on this album. Unless you count the mechanical guitar sound. "Relapse" sounds like a really heavy tank
which is driving downhill. More a thrashing, brutal metal album than a typical innovative Ministry-album. But please don't get me wrong. At some points it is really enjoyable. "Kleptocracy", "Double Tap", "Ghouldiggers" and "United Forces" (S.O.D-cover) are my favorites. Still it seems like Jourgensen and Scaccia decided to go as fast as they could, be as brutal as they could... Just be a generic metal band. For me, it's just not Ministry anymore.

6/10 deposit bottles
songs you should check out: Ghouldiggers, Kleptocracy, Double Tap, United Forces, Weekend Warrior

Dienstag, 17. Oktober 2017

Comic Book Review#313 (english): Preacher#1 (1995)

Well, I suppose that many some of you had their first encounter with Jesse Custer while watching the Netflix series. And also I suppose that some of you risked a glimpse into the comic, just to see how it is and if it differs from the series. Well, it does a lil' bit.

"Preacher" tells a story about Jesse Custer - a former Gangster turned preacher who resides in Annville, Texas. A bumblefuck nowhere kind of town, filled with alcoholics and people who focused
their lives on god and church. Actually, at the beginning we see the main protagonists: Jesse, Tulip whom Jesse had a turbulent relationship with in his past and british vampire called Cassidy. However, they sit in a diner and Jesse tells a kind of a flashback story. We witness the escape of Genesis from heaven. After that Tulip tells us how she met Cassidy for the first time and how she shot some guys in their faces. And finally we get the first glimpse of the Saint of Killers. At the end of the comic Genesis finally possessed Jesse.

A turbulent, gory and funny piece of art. Highly detailed design of faces and surroundings. A dynamic story which does not give a single fuck and doesn not bore me a single second. Weird, chilling, innovative and pretty offensive. A modern classic. Thumbs up!

9/10 deposit bottles

Sonntag, 15. Oktober 2017

Album of the Week#314: Leningrad - Datchniki (2000)

Allrighty, folks. Actually I thought that I would write this review in three languages but.... my head is splitting up in two.

"Datchniki" is the third album of Leningrad, one of Russia's most hated and loved band. Loved by their fans, hated by the government officials. Leningrad hail from St. Petersburg and at that time they were playing simple Ska-fueled Punkrock. But, to be honest, mostly Ska-Punk is pretty "nice" and rarely filled with a fuck ton of curse words. These are part of the so-called "Russian Mat" which is the name for russian profanity. Every song here is full of it. That's why, when I was young and used
to listen to this album on my cassette player I started to frighten a bit. So much curse words! I'm not supposed to listen to this. That's nothing for a kid like me!

The songs on "Datchniki" tell us simple stories of russian people. Vocalist Sergey "Shnur" Shnurov tells them from his point of view. Mostly they follow the simple rule: It's about drugs, alcohol and women. Drugs and alcohol in dysfunctional relationships lead to break-ups which lead to even more drugs and alcohol. Sometimes the narrator is escaping into fantasy worlds. In those worlds he's the Terminator or even Agent 007. On the other hand the song also about being fucked-up and getting nagged on by the non-existing wife.

All in all. "Datchniki" is fun to listen to. Mostly, I couldn't sit still and had to jump around. It's simple, full of offensive language and kind of a kick in the head. Even if you don't understand a single word. You have to at least, kind of, have nothing against ska.

8,75/10 deposit bottles
songs you have to listen to: Terminator, 007, Hui w pal'to, Datchniki, Kogda net deneg

Freitag, 13. Oktober 2017

Film of the Week#310: Half Baked (1998)

Allrighty then!

What he have here is a genuine, stupid as fuck, stoner movie. Which is actually only watchable when stoned. So, I don't know get stoned I guess? lol

"Half Baked" tells us a story of four childhood friends: Thurgood Jenkins (Dave Chappelle), Scarface
(Guilermo Diaz), Brian (Jim Breuer) and Kenny (Harland Williams). All four of them are huge stoners who nowadays are still hanging out together. However, Kenny goes to jail - he accidentaly killed a police horse called Buttercup. He didn't know that the animal was diabetic and fed a bunch of sweets. Anyways, the rest of the gang decide to sell marijuana so they can bail Kenny out of jail. They put a business called "Mr. Nice Guy".

All I can say about this movie is: You should only watch if you do not care about your brain cells. It has something like a subconscious message a lá "don't do drugs" but it totally fails. Instead you should just chill out and enjoy the view of four stoners who have a specific approach to life. And yeah, it's about friendship too. It's a good dumb movie, not a bad one.

7,5/10 deposit bottles