Posts Tagged ‘Thrill Kill Kult’

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Heavy Rotation Vol. 43 – OMG! Edition

May 9, 2010

It’s Sunday after all, and with the willful misreading of the Bible still fresh in our minds, what could be more appropriate than a fistful of tracks dealing with the Main Man himself, or as I like to call him: “The Second Set of Footprints.”

This week’s edition deals with numbers 6 and 7, as portrayed by the varied musical stylings of  some choice number 5’s. (If you need clarification on this, please check with Fundamental Jelly, who knows all sorts of stuff, but this specifically is right down his heavily-photographed alley.)

Previous non-denominational volumes found here:
The Heavy Rotation Archives

Current 93 – Anyway, People Die.mp3
Current 93 have cornered the market on apocalyptic death-folk, mostly by running unopposed. As the band has soldiered on (and by band, I really just mean lead singer David Tibet), they have headed much more into the folk territory than the death part. This 1991 track, however, sees them splashing around in the deeper end of the death pool.

Musings on life, humanity and the omniscient figure of Christ get layered over a foundation of murky ambient-industrial. It’s bleak and brutal, in the way that truth can sometimes be.

Wolfgang Press – Christianity.mp3
With teeth and fists clenched, the Wolfgang Press deliver an incisive diatribe on the hypocrisy of God’s self-appointed middlemen over some stark electronics, going from spoken word ranting to backup vocalist crooning as the spirit (anti-spirit?) moves them.

The music’s reserved edge meshes well with the preternatural calm of the delivery, projecting the kind of strangulated anger that makes you feel the lead singer is this close to going home and cleaning his gun.

My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult – Kooler Than Jesus (edit).mp3
Chicago’s Thrill Kill Kult would like to remind you that a frank discussion of religion need not be all austere restraint and po-faced wordsmithery. Sometimes all you need is a bolder-than-the-Beatles statement and an assload of danceable groove.

Doing what they do best (and consequently, what their label Wax Trax! does best), TKK puts a sacrilegious spring in your step and a heretical song in your heart.

Army of Lovers – Crucified.mp3
There’s only one way to describe this track (and it’s probably not the word that first springs to mind…):

FUN.

Sure, the word “fun” gets overused but take a listen and you’ll come to the same conclusion. What’s not to like? A full-on Euro-disco propulsion system pushes more camp than a forest full of Boy Scouts while the uplifting female vocalists gleefully throw themselves on the cross, accompanied by the duelling swordsmen’s casual French/Hebrew wordplay.

If this doesn’t put a ridiculous smile on your face and the lead in your pencil, well, good lord, man… There’s just no hope for you.

Orbital – Satan (Industry Standard Version).mp3
Well, you can’t talk about God without bringing this guy into the picture. Without him, god and man are mostly nothing. Orbital pays their respect with huge, crunching beats, time-stretched Satanic invocations and a brilliant sample from the Butthole Surfers to get the whole thing kicked off.

-CLT

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Heavy Rotation Vol. 15

September 20, 2009

Speaking of big numbers… Here’s number 15 in another, more regular series. Every Sunday (except for that one Sunday a couple of months back) the best music available becomes even more available (like your sister at a wedding reception) at Fancy Plans. Previous hot mp-on-3 action can be found in the self-explanatorily named Heavy Rotation Archives.

Nevermind the parentheses. Here comes the music:

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Slowdive – When the Sun Hits
Padding softly onto the music scene in the early ’90’s, Slowdive dropped into the shoegazing scene with the amazing dreampop album Souvlaki. I can wholeheartedly recommend about 80% of the album, and this blissful blast of lushness is one of the highlights.

 

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Crocodiles – I Wanna Kill
Out of San Diego by way of the Jesus and Mary Chain, the Crocodiles pile a lot of influences into one shit-hot track. Echoes of the best late-80’s alterna-rock echo within the 4-1/2 minute running time (think Echo & the Bunnymen, Love & Rockets, Ride). Awesome stuff.

 

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Evil Nine – Crooked
Back when breakbeats were the “next big thing,” the Evil Nine were due to be one of the “next biggest.” Spicing up their breakbeats with live drumming and, in this case, live rapping, the Evil Nine dropped this single as their letter of intent (addressed to Fucking Shit Up University). It bangs along nicely and the wordplay of Aesop Rock adds rather than subtracts, which is a really refreshing change from most electronic artist guest shots. The video is a lot of fun, too.

 

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My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult – A Daisy Chain 4 Satan
The world’s first Satanic dance group, the TKK were always a band in search of a movie. Originally formed to make a movie, they got all caught up in the soundtrack and ended up in the studio all high on life and banged out this dance-floor monster.

Featuring a bassline as big as the outdoors and three times as funky, the Kult dispenses with verse-chorus-verse bullshit, preferring some tasty samples about drug use and a little restrained howling from frontmouth Groovie Mann. (Yeah. I know.) Fun for all ages above 18 (17 Canadian).

 

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My Bloody Valentine – Soon
Another beautiful shoegaze track to properly bookend this week’s Heavy Rotation. Perhaps the most straightforward track on the godlike Loveless, Soon features an unlikely dance beat, buried vocals and multiple layers of so-called “glide guitar” from noted insane man, Kevin Shields.

The last beats and chords from an album that killed a label. But what an epitaph. Highly recommended.

All files in one kickass little folder (link opens in new window):
Heavy Rotation 15

[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).
Should you wish to have your brilliant artistic statement forced back into confinement, please email me at 2timegrime@gmail.com. Feel free to leave a comment, as that will probably be noticed sooner.
By all means, if you like what you hear (and you will), please support the totally rocking artist(s) by purchasing some music or heading out to see them live.]

-CLT