Heavy Rotation Vol. 34

February 28, 2010

Another week, another Heavy Rotation. This one comes free of any tenuous connections or references to the “Hand Jive.”

Submitted for your approval: five artists; five songs; five stolen photos. Enjoy.

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Suede – Introducing the Band.mp3
If you’re going to hit the stage, there is no better intro than this track. Swaggering, bruising, bittersweet and suicidal all in one thunderous package. Normally known for their glammed-up Smith’s derivatives, Suede (or London Suede as we know them in the US – for no fucking apparent reason – some other Suede out there cranking out ambisexual glam rock stateside, I suppose) lay down a bottom-heavy foundation on which to strut their “fifty-knuckle shuffle heavy metal machine.”

Parents, lock up your daughters. And your sons. The British re-invasion begins now.

Dog man star took a suck on a pill
And stabbed the cerebellum with a curious quill
Europe, America, Winterland
Introducing the band

Hick thug stuttered through a stereo dream
A fifty knuckle shuffle heavy metal machine
The tears of suburbia drowned the land
Introducing the band

So steal me a savage, subservient son
Get him shacked-up, bloodied-up and sucking on a gun
I want the style of a woman, the kiss of a man
Introducing the band

And as the sci-fi lullaby starts to build
See them whipping all the women, cracked governments killed
Oh, let the century die to violent hands
Introducing the band, introducing the band
Introducing the band, introducing the band

No Age – Eraser.mp3
Comprising of two Los Angeles natives, No Age set up shop at the corner of Shoegaze and College Rock. Sounding like the best parts of Ride and My Bloody Valentine underpinning the best parts of Pavement and Dinosaur Jr./Sebadoh without the elliptical lyrics or bizarre detunings.

Catchy as fucking hell. Like Grade A Smallpox. In your brain.

Micro Titanic – Interplanetary Hunters.mp3
Straight outta the Netherlands, it’s Micro Titanic with an attack of cut n’ paste beats that brings to mind Close (to the Edit) by the Art of Noise and Beat Dis by Bomb the Bass. All good stuff, with a great 80’s vibe and some great horn samples. And hey, at 2:37, it’s not going to wear out its welcome anytime soon.

The Abrahammer – What Was Your Childhood Like?.mp3
From the 80’s into the 90’s with your host, The Abrahammer, whose mash-up skills take the Who, Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys, the Rugrats theme and hit “blend smoothly.” Fun stuff. Prepare to nerd out completely around the 4:15 mark, when a very familiar videogame theme song kicks in and drags Missy Elliott  Amanda Blank (correction via the Abrahammer himself) around the block in an 8-bit Caddy.

Jay-Z vs. the Verve – Bittersweet Dirt Off Your Shoulders.mp3
From artist(s) unknown comes this blissful mashup of Bittersweet Symphony and Dirt Off Your Shoulders. It’s amazing how well Jay-Z’s anthem meshes with “the best song the Rolling Stones recorded in the last 25 years.” It’s also amazing how many royalties nobody’s earning every time this rolls.

[All music posted on Fancy Plans… is kick ass and too awesome to be contained. All music is also posted temporarily and, due to its high level of ass-kicking, should not be distributed without a prescription and care should be taken while operating heavy equipment or dancing around the living room (clothing optional, but do remember that the blinds are open/kids are still awake).
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  1. Perhaps it’s because I’ve spent the last three weeks listening to nothing but Mariachi music, Alejandro Sanz and that ex-Menudo band member with the frollet, but this made my life.

    Loved them all, CLT. Listening to the Abrahammer was like having a flood of blurry half-memories come rushing (or stumbling) back.

    • Glad you liked it, bschooled. Kind of takes the edge of the local “entertainment.” Especially the kind that plays songs you’ve never heard on a misshapen guitar with one hand while casually feeling you up with the other.

      Perhaps if those memories took it a little slower, they wouldn’t stumble around like victims in a horror movie, all tangled in underbrush or the entrails of the previously dead.

  2. I love me some rap especially rap-fusion, ’bout time! Diggity-done-dig-it

    • Rap-fusion is always gold, which is always the new “black.” I’m sure there will be more on the way, but like anything else, there’s way more marginal stuff out there than keepers like these.

  3. Couldn’t resist listening to Interplanetary Hunters while finishing up an article opened in another window (What Is Time? One Physicist Hunts for the Ultimate Theory…wired.com), but who am I trying to fool, it was hard to focus on both at the same time. Love Jay-Z, Beastie Boys and Missy Elliott. My girls groaned when I commented I would like to hear Mick Jagger’s vocals to No Age, but that’s what instantly popped into my head.

    “Swaggering, bruising, bittersweet and suicidal.” Sounds like an old paramour.

    • Mick fronting No Age? Seems like a good idea. He’s rather timeless himself, in an upper-60’s sort of way.

      Those old paramours of yours, e3: is there any adjective they’re not?

  4. You blew my doors off with this compilation. I enjoyed them all immensely, but especially the last two. Hearing the Beasty Boys and Public Enemy took me way, way back.

    I went to a Public Enemy concert in 92, and I’d have to rank it up there in the top 3 concerts I’ve ever been to. Right behind the Joshua Tree tour.

    • Must have been a blast seeing PE back in their heyday, before Flavor Flav went all VH1 and married that Amazon chick who used to embarrass Sly Stallone with the size of her clitoris.

      (Once again proving there’s probably no line I won’t cross.)

  5. Great compilation and really dug the last one…nice.

    • Jay-Z and the Verve go together like royalty-free peanut butter and chocolate.

  6. I haven’t looked into any new music for a long while, thanks for these. Really liked the Micro Titanic.

    • Thanks very much for the compliments and the vist, Prime. If everyone keeps showing up, the least I can do is try to throw a decent listening party every seven days or so.

  7. This is a fine smorgasborg of music, my maestro friend. Loving No Age and working my way through . . . thank-you for hunting the killer tunes!

    • No Age is good good stuff. I’d seen their name pop up and now and then and had always thought I had tried their stuff and passed on it. Apparently not. I’m glad you dug them and I’m glad I gave them a second first-chance. Or a first second-chance. Or something.

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