Bauhaus was at the heart of the post-punk / goth-rock movement of the late 70's along with Joy Division and The Cure. Lead singer Peter Murphy must have one of the most distinctive voice in rock - a cross between Lou Reed's detached vocal style and the bitterness of Trent Reznor. Another thing that stands out is the delay filled incisive guitar riffs of Daniel Ash. I only have the best-of compilation Crackle and I highly recommend it.
How come nobody thought of naming their band 'The Amps' before 1995 ? Although a very obvious name it sure has a cool ring to it and is instantly memorable. Put together by Kim Deal while The Breeders were on hiatus due to twin sis Kelley Deal's apparent drug addiction, Pacer is a glorified Breeders album but somehow its often skipped by the Breeders and Pixies fans. In a way, its a hidden gem that deserves more ears.
The last couple years I've been going back and forth, moving around, figuring out the definition of home. This weekend I'm making what might be the final trip back home and to commemorate that I made the following mix : Destination Anwhere.
Ooh yeah...this one is a monster. Metal giants Mastodon release their third album Blood Mountain on september 12th but as expected the album is already floating around the interweb. If Remission is brash and slightly unpolished then Leviathan is immediately memorable yet intricate and rewarding on further listens. Its too early to judge Blood Mountain but one thing is for sure...no album is gonna rock you any more than this one. It's heavy, complex, unrefined and metal as fuck.
Hidden Gems are songs or albums that are overlooked and not given their due for some reason or the other. Every so often I will feature a band under this category whose songs are over-shadowed by their more popular ones. Albums like More, Obscurred By Clouds and Atom Heart Mother have some truly glorious songs that offer glimpses of what was soon to come. Also, Syd Barrett fans are in for a treat.
Who hasn't grooved to Bappi da's "moojik" ? Think of Bappi da and you think of disco and Mithun. The self proclaimed "King of Disco" has over 30 years given us many classic tunes that despite popular belief are not limited only to disco. Yes, most of his songs are "inspired" but which Bollywood music composer isn't guilty of lifting a tune or twelve. A best of Bappi da can not be complete without including songs from Disco Dancer and the hard to find Surakksha and sadly I had to bump off stuff like 'Pag Ghungroo Bandhe' from Namak Halaal which I plan to include on a best of Amitabh Bachchan at a later date. Meanwhile, hope you enjoy this :
I was born in the 80's but didn't experience first hand all the craziness of the decade. Like any other era, the 80's had its share of some great and some not so great moments. But music and art can be a wonderful tool through which we can get a sense of the times. The following mix is by no means a complete representative of those weird times but it gives you one glimpse out of many that made up the years from 1980-1989.
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