A sound perspective

I don’t dislike Glee, in fact, I think it is a very clever way to bring back the classic 70’s variety show in an ironic, somewhat less cheesy manner. And it’s less grotesquely stupid than most television I’ve seen in the last ten years. That being said, I find Dave Grohl’s perspective to be more than a little refreshing in this age of celebrity overexposure:

“The Glee guy, what a f—ing jerk. Slash was the first one. He wanted to do Guns ‘n’ Roses and Slash is like, ‘I hate f—ing musicals. It’s worse than Grease.’ Then [Murphy’s] like, ‘Well, of course he’d say that, he’s a washed up ol’ rock star, that’s what they f—ing do.’ And then Kings of Leon say, ‘No, we don’t want to be on your show.’ And then he’s like, ‘Snotty little assholes…’ And it’s just like, Dude, maybe not everyone loves Glee. Me included.”

I very much doubt this Murphy character will ever be inclined to ask to use Psykosonik’s music on the show; let’s face it, even the more famous bands from our genre and era wouldn’t make much sense although I would definitely be intrigued in seeing what sort of epic catastrophe might result from an episode devoted to NIN, Ministry, and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. And although I like musicals myself, I don’t think I would want our music featured on that sort of soft pop show either.

Furthermore, there is no excuse for insulting Slash like that. I’m not the biggest GnR fan in the world, but there is no question that the man can play guitar.

An inexcusable omission

By which Catkiller shockingly demonstrates that his knowledge of metal is far from encylopedic:

Seeing as how it’s Memorial Day Weekend, I figured we’d look at the greatest rock songs with a military or martial theme. I debated in my head whether or not to limit the list to only songs with a patriotic bent, but I think that would be too limiting. But if you want to use that as your own personal criterion, don’t let me stop you. So, to be clear, these aren’t the most patriotic rock songs necessarily.

None of them even begin to compare with Disturbed’s INDESTRUCTIBLE. Not for music and not for lyrical content. It’s not even close. The solo isn’t flawless like the solos in STRICKEN and OVERBURDENED, but the the basic guitar line is awesome. And it is unabashedly, unapologetically, pro-American soldier while simultanously casting a somewhat skeptical eye upon “the powers” that send him to war.

Beautiful dessication

Given his penchant for discord and experimentation, I never, ever thought David Sylvian would again approach the music of Gone To Earth or the lyrics of Secrets of the Beehive. Rain Tree Crow was good, but it wasn’t the same. And yet, he somehow managed to combine elements of my two favorite albums in Atom and Cell on Snow Borne Sorrow.

Her skin was darker than ashes
And she had something to say
About being naked to the elements
At the end of yet another day
And the rain on her back that continued to fall
From the bruise of her lips
Swollen, fragile, and small

And the bills that you paid with were worth nothing at all
A lost foreign currency
Multi-coloured, barely reputable
Like the grasses that blew in the warm summer breeze
Well she offered you this to do as you pleased

And where is the poetry?
Didn’t she promise us poetry?

It’s simultaneously beautiful and harsh. I appreciate a reasonably wide range of music, but I don’t know that I really require anything these days but David Sylvian and Disturbed… and I’d do without Disturbed before Sylvian. The Banality of Evil is nearly as good, although it’s more sinister and smoothly superficial. I love the way he delivers the ominous-sounding “hello neighbor” line.

And the lives that you hold in the palm of your hand
You toss them aside small and damn near unbreakable
You drank all the water and you pissed yourself dry
Then you fell to your knees and proceeded to cry

And who could feel sorry for a drunkard like this
In a democracy of dunces with a parasite’s kiss?

And where are the stars?
Didn’t she promise us stars?

Joyful music

I used to listen to this CD nearly non-stop for a while 10 years ago. This is my favorite song on it; it has an excellent groove combined with a lovely melody. I’m not normally a big fan of world music, but if you like Enigma or Deep Forest, then this bagpipe music should hold more than a little appeal for you.