Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Four Months of Darkness (2003)

Tonight, I went out with a friend after work for a beer. Somehow, a conversation started about how we love full-length albums more than single songs. We were discussing how in the digital world, albums are sort of a thing of the past. Bands and artists still make albums, but how much do all of those songs matter when people will just go on iTunes and buy individual songs? Do people go out and buy a record, go home and listen to the whole thing all the way through anymore? Call me naive but that's how I feel. So many memories of mine are tied to albums and love them because of it. It's weird when you still listen to albums you've been listening to for years and you don't even like that genre of music anymore. Don't do too many drugs because memories are probably the most comforting thing you'll ever have.

This album is by a band called Saxon Shore. They are an instrumental band which means there aren't any lyrics...yet they still seem to have a strong emotional effect on me. Maybe it's the accordion. I'm a sucker for an accordion. It's a great album and I highly recommend it.

Saxon Shore - Four Months of Darkness


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Relentless (1985)

Last night was horrible. I went out with some co-workers after work to go drinking. For some reason, I thought it was necessary to buy some Jim Beam and get fucking wasted. On the way back home, I hopped on the downtown train instead of the uptown train and ended up in Brooklyn. It was so cold and didn't feel like figuring out how to get back to Manhattan so I caught a taxi. 10 minutes of driving goes by then I spew all over the back of the taxi. The taxi driver was pissed and calling me a baby and pulled over and made me clean it up. I felt so bad and kept telling him that. He made me give him $60. He dropped me off near the first stop on the 6 train, just on the other side of the Manhattan bridge. I had the worst hangover today and couldn't keep any liquids down. I thought I was going to die. I might take a break from drinking. Weed is much better anyway.

So below we have an album by a great classic doom metal band called Pentagram. They started around the early 70's and were highly influenced by Black Sabbath. This album is basically one of the best doom metal records of all time. Check it out if you like the heaviness.

Pentagram - Relentless


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Walk Among Us (1982)

Tonight, I had the opportunity to go to the Upright Citizens Brigade theatre and saw Doug Benson from Super High Me do some stand up. I love this dude because he's a stoner and I can relate to his jokes. I know, I'm pathetic. They did this thing where he invited his friends to do a 10-15 minute routine and he would chime in and make comments whenever he wanted. 3 of his friends came and one of them happened to be David Cross! He talked about how the Sky Mall catalog had pointless shit. For anyone who's flown and has seen these in front of your seat, you know it's true. Anyway, I actually had a decent night for once. I also got two rolls of film developed and picked those up today. Check them out on my Flickr. The link is on the right side of the page.

Since I had a decent night, The Misfits are appropriate. This album was the first full-length put out by The Misfits. You know some of the songs, if not all, and Glenn's melodies get stuck in your head for days. If you know about The Misfits and never bothered giving them a real listen, here's your chance. Start with this album.

The Misfits - Walk Among Us


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Downward is Heavenward (1998)

I went for a bike ride today and it was so cold I felt like my face and ears were going to fall off. I went to develop some photos so I will probably post some of those soon. I told a friend of mine back in Baltimore that I missed hanging out. He told me he didn't really miss me because people come and go. He also said I shouldn't take offense. I'm not offended at all but I wonder how many people feel like this. People do come and go and sometimes I forget people but I never forget a face. I can't help to think back to friends I had a good summer or random occurrence with and wonder if they miss me or ever think about how much fun we had. It's weird to think about how many people you'll meet in your life and sorta need to sift through all of them to figure out the ones that really matter.

This is a good album for a cold day. It's by a band called Hum. You can head bang to it or even fall asleep to it. It's my favorite album they have released and if you like melodic down tempo rock, you'll like them. Check it out.

Hum - Downward is Heavenward


Monday, November 17, 2008

Night Life (1974)

This is what it's like to live a normal life. I work full-time, have a nice apartment with some great friends, make decent money, living in a big city. All I need is a girlfriend and a better attitude about myself. It's getting cold outside and the sun is starting to hide. Hopefully, this second East coast winter is a better one. Last year was hell. I'm in a different place now so maybe I'll have a better outlook. If you have read my blog before, you might wonder where all my old posts have gone. I deleted everything and started fresh because I'm in a new place and wanted to start anew.

I have been taking a lot of photos lately. I will also be releasing a zine very soon with photos, comics, stories, recipes and other random stuff. The zine will be entirely put together by California kids living in New York City. Stay tuned for that because you'll be able to buy copies on here via Paypal or snail mail.

Now for a great album. Thin Lizzy is probably one of the best rock bands of all-time. In my opinion at least... They did that song The Boys Are Back In Town which I'm sure you have heard. This album doesn't include that song but it's a great album to spend a night alone with your significant other. Give it a spin and leave comments if you like it.

Thin Lizzy - Night Life