I used to laugh at and mock metal when I was young - the blinkered outlook of a punk / new wave / alternative fan. That all changed later in life, and I've spent the last 10 years discovering some great, great music via the less well-traveled sub-genres of metal. Straight "heavy" metal (Dio, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin - yes I know there's arguments for and against them being "metal", Rainbow, Iron Maiden, Budgie, et al) I still find tedious, and I'm not really a great fan of the stop-start "100 riffs per song, vocalist sounds like a water buffalo with a bad cold" brand of death metal.
But give me a dirty, badly produced black metal band like Watain, Megiddo or Ildjarn, and I'm all over that - atmospheric black metal like early Blut Aus Nord and Westering, stuff like Anaal Nathrakh, melodic death metal like early In Flames and Autumn Leaves, drone like Nadja or our very own Black Boned Angel, noise metal like WOLD, "viking" metal like Amon Amarth and Bathory, even a bit of power metal (if you ever get the chance, read the liner notes to Lost Horizon's Awakening The World, they're hilarious).
Sure, Mayhem were pretty screwed up, and Varg Vikernes (the man behind Burzum) is a convicted murderer, but outside of those, the Scandinavian scene can be likened to Manchester in the early 80s - a hotbed of creativity, with bands like Darkthrone, Burzum, Bathory and In Flames inventing their own versions of "metal".
And I love Beastwars :D
I love record shops, and I love owning a physical artifact - I don't own any music in digital-only format, although I will probably make an exception for the L.E.D.'s latest, because they're not going to publish it in a physical format. I dread the day when everything is digital, and I can no longer buy a CD or a record. But then I'm an old luddite who always owned a turntable, and was gutted when CDs replaced vinyl all those years ago.
I should, however, qualify my love of record shops with the statement that they have to be "proper" record shops - Real Groovy in Auckland, Galaxy and Pennylane in Christchurch, where you have a chance of finding something non-mainstream, and maybe talking to someone who shares your love of certain genres, and who isn't just trying to push "units". I had a complete and utter love affair with the Sounds record shop that used to be at the foot of Queen Street in Auckland, because the guy who ran it cared about music, and about his regulars - I bought lots of records from him because when I walked in, he'd say "You should listen to this" and I would and I'd love it.
I don't share this love for the Warehouse, or whatever the mall stores have rebranded as this week (Marbeck's? really? - they're nothing like how I remember Marbeck's in Queen's Arcade). But a real record shop, a proper record shop, I can spend hours in, just browsing, and invariably buying. I also buy a lot from overseas (yay New Zealand dollar!), but it's always physical goods.
Oh, music :) Australian black metal / ambient act Germ, who I just found out about today.
What I've been listening to today (twice so far, and likely to be more, it's that good) is Black Boned Angel's swansong album The End - limited edition (like most of his stuff unfortunately), beautifully packaged, and loud as a really loud thing.
No YouTube, but the first of 3 tracks can be listened to here
(If you missed it, catch the repeat on Saturday 19 January).
This is the only Christmas song you need
And it's a valid question, the one about where does someone like Katie Thompson get public exposure - it's a similar situation for Delaney Davidson, who's last two albums have been in lots of "best of" end of year lists, but who could just as well not exist as far as radio or TV coverage goes.
Neil Young is one I would love to be able to afford to go to, but I'll have to settle for these guys tonight - looking forward to it
Do you assume an SST representative would not add to the conversation in some way?
I think they would add to the conversation, but not in a way that would be overly constructive
No Sensible Sentencing Trust representative then? *verylargesafetywink*
Can we post The Audience embedded tracks as well? I tried to do one but in the preview it didn't really work. I just wanted to plug a young lady called Isla Norman from Christchurch, who sings whimsical, slightly cynical pure pop ditties, and wanted to post her track "Florence Nightingale" from The Audience