Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Stegzy's Music Project

Some of the more regular readers and people that know me from elsewhere probably already know that I am undertaking a project where I am listening to an album from my vast MP3 library every day then writing something about it. This has been going on for nearly a year now over on my dedicated Wordpress site: http://stegzysmusicproject.com

I had been using IFTTT to cross post over here which, in turn, would cross post over to my LJ. However, IFTTT is not always functional and cross posting is frowned on by Mr Google. So instead I will try to post a weekly digest of links here.

Here is a list of a number of posts that you may have missed:

Burning from the Inside - Bauhaus
Bursting Out - Jethro Tull 
Cabin Fever - Rasputina 
Call off the Search - Katie Melua 
Call on the Dark - Various Artists 
Camel - Camel 
Camembert Electrique - Gong 
Camera Camera - Renaissance

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Call on the Dark – Various Artists (#236)

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I think it’s probably best that I warn you in advance. When I get to “G” there will be a whole load of compilation albums similar to this resulting from my search into gothic music. If you read regularly you’ll already know of that search.

Call on the Dark is a compilation album. No idea where I got it from but it’s more than likely I downloaded it because it has a track by Fields of the Nephilim. Anyway, the compilation consists of the following:

  • Annwyn, Beneath the Waves – Faith and the Muse

  • Flash in My Veins – Silke Bischoff

  • Dawnland – Love Like Blood

  • Demon – London After Midnight

  • Kick It – Nitzer Ebb

  • Bin Ich Es Denn – Das Ich

  • Dawnrazor – Fields of the Nephilim

  • Dreamland – Girls Under Glass

  • Chains – Dreadful Shadows

  • If Only – Born for Bliss

  • Disorder – Shock Therapy

  • Godsent – Dreamside

  • Kleine Schwester – Umbra et Imago

  • Precious Limetree – Darc Entries

  • To a Loyal Friend – Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows

Nephilim aside, there’s nothing much to like about this compilation. I suppose I keep these kind of things just incase I find something I like but 8 years on, I still haven’t.

Filed under: Faith and the Muse, Fields of the Nephilim, Various Artists Tagged: Call on the Dark, Compilation, compilation albums, faith and the muse, fields of the nephilim, Goth, various artists

Monday, 12 January 2015

Broken – Nine Inch Nails (#224)

Broken - Nine Inch Nails Broken – Nine Inch Nails

Very occasionally I’ll look at who’s playing what on a soundtrack for a film I like. Then I might look up information about that artist, download a couple of their tracks or albums and then see if I like them.

This is what happens when you do that.

You end up with an entire back catalogue of albums, EPs, remixes and guff that litters your music collection.

Broken is an example of what happened after I heard Nine Inch Nails on a number of soundtracks in the nineties and noughties. I immediately sought out all their music based on the Lost Highway and Tomb Raider soundtracks. Disappointed? Yeah I guess I was because I was not able to convert any of their albums into favourites. Of course that didn’t happen with Rammstein.

Filed under: Nine Inch Nails Tagged: broken, nine inch nails

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Boxed – Mike Oldfield (#213)

Boxed - Mike Oldfield Boxed – Mike Oldfield

Boxed is a compilation of Oldfield’s early works in their entirety. Featured in this “Box set” compilation are:

Tubular Bells

Hergest Ridge


And a number of single projects such as Portsmouth and In Dulci Jubilo.

As all the original albums will feature in this project eventually, I’ll not dwell too long or go into too much detail on this album for fear of repeating myself.

Filed under: Mike Oldfield Tagged: Boxed, compilations, Hergest Ridge, Mike Oldfield, Ommadawn, Tubular Bells

Friday, 12 December 2014

Book of Kells – Iona (#210)

Book of Kells - IonaBook of Kells – Iona

New age floaty vaginary with added Christian connotations. Presumably to stop people descending into debauched pagan wizardry. Or taking up tofu wrestling. Or goji berry worship.

This album is not too bad. If you were to replace the awful Christianised lyrics with some sort of Lisa Gerrard-esque wailing, it would be nice as background music. Unfortunately, the frequent bible based lyrics make it embarrassingly unacceptable as social or seduction music. Unless you’re one of those weird religious types for whom “letting the spirit of God enter you” is a euphemism for nookie.

Filed under: Music Project

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Blue is the Colour – Beautiful South (#205)

Blue is the Colour - Beautiful South Blue is the Colour – Beautiful South

Another band I’ve been told I must like. Sorry. I don’t. I never have. Even when they were the Housemartins. Hated them. Sorry.

Why is it in my collection then? Well remember, I have acquired many albums over the years and when breakups occur, instead of having to divvy up the CD collection, you just copypasta the MP3 collection and everyone is happy, no?

Beautiful South though…no. Can’t understand the appeal. Musically they’re bland, formulaic and uninspiring. Lyrically, they’re nothing special. Maybe I just haven’t had the right tunes forced upon me. Not sure. Anyway, no. Not for me. Sorry.

I can’t even face finding a Youtube video for them either….

Filed under: Beautiful South Tagged: Beautiful South, Blue is the Colour, Bollocks is the sound

Friday, 5 December 2014

Blue Album – Weezer (#203)

Blue Album - Weezer Blue Album – Weezer

I first came across Weezer, like most people in the 1990s, after watching their video which was hidden on Windows 95. Buddy Holly was the song. Happy Days was the video. Ah, to see the Fonz doing his bit. Always brings a smile that does.

Filed under: Weezer Tagged: blue album, weezer