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Monday, October 09, 2006

Jens Lekman - Oh, You're So Silent, Jens

I should probably start this post off introducing myself. My name is Jed. Perhaps you've seen my website. Probably not, though. Anyway, you're not here for that, you're here to steal music. So here we go.

This CD is somewhat new to my repitoire (a few months), but it already holds a special place in my heart. Jens' voice is so pathetic and wonderful at the same time. However, it's Jens' honest from-the-heart lyrics that hit home for me. Listen to the song "Someone to Share My Life With." The first time I heard that song, I shed a tear.


Thursday, October 05, 2006

The complete Genghis Tron

Genghis Tron often gets billed as nothing more than a cybergrind band, which is a shame. A crying one, at that. Yes, there are elements of cybergrind, but there is so much more to their sound. There are entire sections within their songs that range from drum n' bass to ambient to analog dance music to psychedlic rock to post-hardcore. When the band really shines, however, is when they seamlessly merge all those disparate styles into a cohesive whole. Take "Arms" off of the Cloak of Love EP. It starts off with a dance beat, goes almost immediately into a blast of cybergrind interspersed with moments of DnB, into a section of Aphex Twin-type ambient music, another blast of cybergrind, before finally combining elements from all of those styles with a post-hardcore guitar line over everything, all in the course of two and a half minutes. The rest of their music follows suit, throwing vast amounts of musical genres at the listener over the length of a typical pop song, sometimes even less. The closest thing I can compare them to would be Naked City-era John Zorn, only with more musical styles and the ability to combine those styles together rather than just jumping from one to the next. While they may seem a little jarring and difficult at first simply because you never know what they'll throw at you next, given time Genghis Tron may just change the way you listen to and think about music. Just a note: the versions of Rock Candy and Laser Bitch on the Laser Bitch single are different than those on the Cloak of Love EP.

Laser Bitch Single
1. Rock Candy
2. Penultimate Just Means Second To Last, You Pretentious Fuck
3. Dance, Laser Bitch

Cloak of Love EP
1. Rock Candy
2. Arms
3. Ride The Steambolt
4. Laser Bitch
5. Sing Disorder

Cape of Hate EP
1. Discomfort 1
2. Rock Candy (Rainbow Jesus Remix)
3. Arms (Dylan Reece Remix)
4. Discomfort 2
5. Ride the Steamboat (Demo)
6. Welcome Home Mother (Destructo Swarmbots Rock Candy Remix)
7. Laser Bitch (Exfoliating Gel Scrub Remix)
8. Discomfort 3

Dead Mountain Mouth
1. The Folding Road
2. Chapels
3. From The Aisle
4. Dead Mountain Mouth
5. White Walls
6. Badlands
7. Greek Beds
8. Asleep On The Forest Floor
9. Warm Woods
10. Lake Of Virgins

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