2 de setembro de 2009

Monsta Island Czars - Escape From Monsta Island!

Straight out of B grade movies and into a A grade album, the Monsta Island Czars mix Kaiju movies with indie hiphop. The super group consists of Gigan, Jet Jaguar (MF Grimm), Kamackeris, King Cesar (X-Ray), King Ghidra (MF Doom), Kong, Spiega, Megalon and Rodan. You could best think of them as Wu-Tang but using monster flicks instead of Kung Fu.

I would imagine that most people would pick up the album just for the MF Doom or Grimm content, but Grimm isn't on the album at all (incarcerated at the time, but came up with the album idea) and Doom only raps on one track (MIC Line). Even without the two MF's, the others Czars on the mic and X-Ray on the beats are more than capable and have their own distinctive sound.

X-Ray produces the bulk of the tracks (Doom does a few), his production is raw, minimalistic and almost cinematic at times. He frequently mixes piano with drum loops, not dissimilar to some of RZA's work. Skits featuring samples from Kaiju movies are thrown in between tracks which works well. All of the mc's have a raw sound, with Kamackeris' slick rhymes and flow and Rodan's relentless delivery making them the stand out performers.

The first track M.I.N.Y.A is the only track that instantly stands out, X-Ray puts down an incredibly funky beat with Kamackeris opening with one of the albums best verses. The rest of the tracks feature great production and verses, but just don't stand out as much as M.I.N.Y.A. The only weak and out of place track is the Doom produced 'Comin' at You', which has an upbeat synth sound and an almost cheesy female hook.

20 tracks deep, "Escape From Monsta Island!" is an LP that you can listen to over and over again and find something new in it every time. It overflows with beats, lyrics, ideas, and energy. The concept is extremely original and none of the producers or emcees stray away from the project's intention. If you like your hip-hop underground and dirty with hunger and extreme force, this album is for you.

1 What's the Name of This Place?
2 M.I.N.Y.A (Kamackeris, Rodan, Kong, Megalon & X-Ray)
3 F@#K Y'all N!@@#'s (Kamackeris, Megalon & X-Ray)
4 WitchCraft (Rodan, Megalon, Kong, Kamackeris, Spiega, King Caesar & X-Ray)
5 1,2... 1,2 (Kong, Megalon, Rodan & King Geedorah)
6 Scientific Civilization (skit)(King Geedorah)
7 MIC Line (King Geedorah)
8 Poizon Windz (Megalon, Rodan, Gigan & X-Ray)
9 Under Pressure (Spiega, Megalon, Rodan, Kong & X-Ray)
10 Became A Monsta (Spiega & X-Ray)
11 There's A Legend (skit) (X-Ray)
12 Out My Mind (King Caesar, Kamackeris, Megalon & X-Ray)
13 Warning (Kong & X-Ray)
14 Make It Squash (Kong, Megalon, King Caesar, Rodan & King Geedorah)
15 Gunz 'n' Swordz (Gigan, Megalon & X-Ray)
16 Sumthin' to Prove (Rodan & X-Ray)
17 Live Son Of A Bitch (skit) (X-Ray)
18 Comin' at You (Megalon, Rodan, Kamackeris, Kong & King Geedorah)
19 Take Control (Kamackeris & X-Ray)
20 Escape From Monsta Isle (Rodan, Megalon, Kong, Spiega & King Geedorah)

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23 de abril de 2009

Kylesa - Static Tensions

After a long winter, our humble weblog is back with some great news... HEAVY METAL IS NOT DEAD!!!

I've been searching high and low in the music news lately, trying to find some good new underground independent metal bands, and for my pleasant surprise I actually found a couple of bands I actually liked. Kylesa is one of them.

This USA quintet hails from Georgia and delivers a complex, dark and sexy mix of psychedelic metal. The band's sound reminded me, in anti-chronological order, of Desert Sessions, Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss and Black Sabbath. Great company, might I add.

They have recently released their fourth album, "Static Tensions", a mature and interesting record that will last long in your portable music device.

To reinforce that we are not here to steal anything from anyone, but rather to promote good music and honest bands, here's a few links for your personal amusement:

Kylesa - Official website (I wish they had the lyrics of their songs in there)

Kylesa Merch - On this part of their website you can buy beautiful t-shirts and vinyl pressings of the new album. Sweet!

Kylesa Store - Their visual material is very nice. On this website you can buy some cool t-shirts.

While you wait for your vinyl and your t-shirt to get inside your mailbox, you can listen to this new album here:

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29 de março de 2009

Brazil 1960s Rock

After a long and dark winter, we are finally back with a giant release: a lot of brazilian rock records from the 1960s. There's a lot of different stuff I collected from several different sources:

  1. Avanço 5 - 1969 - Somos Jovens (128 Kbps)
  2. Hair - 1969 - Hair (brazilian version in portuguese) (192 Kbps)
  3. Jorge Ben - 1969 - Jorge Ben (256 Kbps)
  4. Luizinho & seus Dinamites - Choque Que Queima
  5. Márcio Greyck - 1968 - Márcio Greyck (192 Kbps)
  6. O Bando - 1969 - O Bando (160 Kbps)
  7. Os Brasas - 1968 - Os Brasas (160 Kbps)
  8. Os Canibais - 1968 - Os Canibais (160 Kbps)
  9. Os Incríveis - 1965 - Los Increibles (128 Kbps)
  10. Os Megatons - 1964 - Los Increibles (192 Kbps)
  11. Os Mugstones - 1967 - Os Mugstones (192 Kbps)
  12. The Clevers - 1963 - Twist (128 Kbps)
  13. The Jones - 1967 - Music To Watch Girls Dance (192 Kbps)
  14. Tom Zé - 1968 - Tom Zé (192 Kbps)
  15. Vanusa - 1969 - Vanusa (192 Kbps)
  16. Wanderléa - 1967 - Wanderléa (192 Kbps)
Nice soundtrack for a theme party, don't you think?

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15 de novembro de 2008

Canned Heat

"Canned Heat is a blues-rock/boogie band that formed in Los Angeles in 1965. The group has been noted for its own interpretations of blues material as well as for efforts to promote the interest in this type of music and its original artists. (...) The music and attitude of Canned Heat afforded them a large following and established the band as one of the popular acts of the hippie era." [wikipedia]

"A hard-luck blues band of the '60s, Canned Heat was founded by blues historians and record collectors Alan Wilson and Bob Hite. (...) Canned Heat's debut album was every bit as deep into the roots of the blues as any other combo of the time mining similar turf, with the exception of the original Paul Butterfield band." [allmusic]

Poeira Discos brings to you the first five albums by Canned Heat. The torrents have been created by saxxon from TPB. We are just helping the seed. Enjoy!

8 de outubro de 2008

Screaming Lord Sutch

Screaming Lord Sutch, 3rd Earl of Harrow, known as Screaming Lord Sutch, born David Edward Sutch (10 November 1940 – 16 June 1999) was an English musician and aspirant politician, and was famed for founding the Official Monster Raving Loony Party.

In the 1960s, inspired by one of his favourite rock and roll stars, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, he changed his name to "Screaming Lord Sutch, 3rd Earl of Harrow". Early works included recordings produced by legendary audio pioneer Joe Meek.

During the 1960s, Screaming Lord Sutch was known for his horror-themed stage show, as well as for usually dressing as Jack the Ripper, pre-dating the shock rock antics of Alice Cooper by several years. He often started the show by coming out of a big black coffin.

Sutch's album Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends featured legends such as Jimmy Page, John Bonham, Jeff Beck, and Noel Redding. The album was re-released as "Smoke & Fire".

For his follow-up album, Hands of Jack the Ripper, Sutch assembled a group of British rock celebrities for a concert at the Carshalton Park Rock 'n' Roll Festival. Musicians appearing on the record included Ritchie Blackmore, Keith Moon and Noel Redding.

In the Rolling Stones song "Get off of my cloud" the guy who shows up "all dressed up just like a Union Jack" in the song was Lord Sutch, presumably uninvited in Mick Jagger's room.

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5 de outubro de 2008

The Ventures

The Ventures are an instrumental rock band formed in 1958 in Tacoma, Washington. The band, formed by Don Wilson and Bob Bogle, two masonry workers, has had an enduring impact on the development of music worldwide, having sold over 100 million records, and are to date the best-selling instrumental band of all time. In 2008, the Ventures were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Their music has been cited by many famed guitarists as an influence; indeed, their virtuosity, experimentation with guitar effects, and unique sound laid the groundwork for innumerable groups, earning them the moniker "The Band that Launched a Thousand Bands". They have also contributed to the surf music genre, though they are not, as popularly perceived, strictly a surf band. Though their popularity in the United States waned in the 1970s, the group remains revered in Japan, where they still tour regularly to this day.

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8 de setembro de 2008

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Tarkus

Tarkus is the second album by British progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1971.

Greg Lake stated in an early interview that he viewed Tarkus as a representation of the military-industrial complex, and that his lyrics were about that, and about the futility of war and strife.

On the album cover, made after the music was created and recorded, Tarkus is depicted as a half armadillo/half tank creature, born from an egg erupted from a volcano.

The inner gatefold sleeve features a sequence of pictures depicting battles between Tarkus and other half-mechanical creatures, until its eventual defeat by a manticore. "Tarkus" then becomes "Aquatarkus", an aquatic version of the land-bound original.

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13 de agosto de 2008

The Decline of Western Civilization

The Decline of Western Civilization is a 1981 rockumentary film directed by Penelope Spheeris about the Los Angeles punk rock scene in 1979 and 1980. Over the years the film has gained something of a cult status.

Featuring concert footage of legendary Los Angeles punk bands, and interviews both with band members and with the punks who made up their audience, the film offers a look into a subculture that was largely ignored by the rock music press of the time.

Eerily, the promotional poster for The Decline (and the record cover of the soundtrack album) featured a close-up frame of Germs singer Darby Crash supine on stage with his eyes closed. Crash died from a heroin-induced suicide shortly before the film was released (the poster was designed before his death).

Bands included are Black Flag, The Germs, X, The Bags, Circle Jerks, Catholic Discipline, and Fear.

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24 de julho de 2008

Circle Jerks (first 3 albuns)

Formed in 1979 by Black Flag vocalist Keith Morris and Redd Kross guitarist Greg Hetson, the Circle Jerks combined the rebelliousness of the Sex Pistols and Ramones with the aggressive athletic elements of the surfer/skateboarder crowd from Hermosa Beach. This coastal city just south of Los Angeles ignited the initial explosion of hardcore bands. Including bassist Roger Rogerson and drummer Lucky Lehrer, the band recorded their debut album, "Group Sex", in 1980 on Frontier Records. Containing 14 tracks, the songs ranged in length from 1:35 to 27 seconds, taking the hyper blast of punk to the next extreme. With the release of the album, an appearance in the documentary film about L.A. punk The Decline of Western Civilization, and their incendiary live performances, the group's stature was assured in the budding hardcore community.

Their second LP, 1982's "Wild in the Streets", continued the intensity while injecting a humorous slant into the music by covering '60s pop hits "Just Like Me"/"Put a Little Love in Your Heart," applied with their slamdancing aggression. The joke was expanded on Golden Shower of Hits, their third album, released in 1983. The second time around they tackled "Along Comes Mary," "Afternoon Delight," "Having My Baby," and "Love Will Keep Us Together." Golden Shower also marked the incorporation of a few longer songs that hovered around the three-minute mark, including "Under the Gun," "High Price on Our Heads," and "Rats of Reality." At this point the band took a two-year break, which found Hetson joining the newly formed Bad Religion, taking on guitar duties for both bands well into the next decade.

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22 de julho de 2008

Black Diamond Heavies - Every Damn Time

Stripping the deep blues to its frame and running the music through a big stack of amps while shaking it into a cold sweat, the Black Diamond Heavies are a band from East Nashville, TN, who prove that in terms of sonic impact and soulful energy, size doesn't matter much at all.

The Black Diamond Heavies were formed by keyboard man and vocalist John Wesley Myers, Mark "Porkchop" Holder on guitar and harmonica, and drummer Van Campbell. Myers was previously a member of the feral blues-punk combo the Immortal Lee County Killers, while Campbell had kept time with the Invisibles and the Rum Circus.

The Black Diamond Heavies started gigging in 2004 and self-released an EP called You Damn Right in 2005. The record and especially the BDHs' wildly frantic live shows won them a rabid fan following, especially in the South, but in early 2006 Holder amicably left the band, unhappy with the rigors of life on the road.

Myers and Campbell opted not only to continue without Holder, but to not replace him; stripped down to a two-piece, the band's music became even more raw and intense than before, and in the summer of 2006 the band scored a record deal with noted garage punk label Alive Records. The Black Diamond Heavies' first full-length album, Every Damn Time, was released in early 2007.

1.Fever in My Blood
2.All to Hell
3.Leave It in the Road
4.Let Me Coco
5.Poor Brown Sugar
6.Stitched in Sin
7.White Bitch
9.Might Be Right
10.Guess You Gone and Fucked It All Up

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14 de julho de 2008

ESG - A South Bronx Story

ESG (Emerald, Sapphire and Gold) are a band from the South Bronx, New York, U.S.. The band originally consisted of sisters Maria Scroggins (congas, vocals), Renee Scroggins (guitar, vocals), and Valerie Scroggins (drums), and friend Leroy Glover (bass). ESG have been influential in a wide range of musical genres, including hip hop, post punk, disco, and dance-punk.

ESG's music is centered around complex polyrhythms, a funky bass and pop-flavored guitar.

The group's work had become popular among hip-hop artists searching for samples, with such acts as TLC, the Wu-Tang Clan, the Beastie Boys, Big Daddy Kane, Gang Starr, Tricky, Jay-Dee (J-Dilla) and indie rockers like Unrest and Liars. The group addressed this issue on the 1992 12" EP Sample Credits Don't Pay Our Bills.

Major kudos to Universal Sound for compiling ESG's best works for A South Bronx Story, a crucial document of sparse, old school funk. Until 2000, the group's scant material had been nearly impossible to find.

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24 de maio de 2008

The Sugar Hill Records Story [Box Set]

Sugar Hill Records was the first rap and hip-hop label, giving many listeners their first exposure to the urban rhyming and scratching that transformed pop music during the '80s. Like most indie labels, they had troubles with finances and distribution; eventually, that situation resulted in their records remaining out of print during the rise of the hip-hop during the late '80s and '90s. The five-disc Sugar Hill Records Story remedies this situation by collecting all of the label's classic A-sides, many in their full-length mixes, on one set. Tracks by the Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash, and the Treacherous Three are commonplace and remain excellent, but the true revelation of the box set is how strong largely forgotten cuts by Spoonie Gee, the Funky 4 + 1, Trouble Funk, the Sequence, Super Wolf, and West Street Mob are -- these are supremely funky, infectious and inventive cuts, which have been made familiar through samples and quotations on modern rap records. Another surprise is how integrated this music is -- male and female rappers trade lines without hesitation, and there is none of the misogyny or violence that characterized gangsta rap. But that doesn't mean the old-school rap on The Sugar Hill Records Story sounds dated -- much of this bright, elastic electro-funk has provided the foundation for '90s hits by the likes of the Beastie Boys and Dr. Dre. But the most surprising thing of all is how The Sugar Hill Records Story barely loses momentum over the course of five discs. There is the occasional dull spot or oddity (check out the bizarre B-52's rip-off "At the Ice Arcade" by the Chilly Kids) that interrupts the flow, but the music is consistently strong, even on the fifth disc. It was inevitable that The Sugar Hill Records Story would be an important historical document, but what makes it truly essential is how rich, diverse, and timeless the music actually is.

1. Rapper's Delight (Long Version)- Sugarhill Gang
2. Funk You Up (Long Version)- The Sequence
3. Rapper's Reprise (Jam-Jam)- Sugarhill Gang w/ The Sequence
4. Super-Wolf Can Do It (Short Version)- Super-Wolf
5. Hot Hot Summer Day- Sugarhill Gang
6. And You Know That (Short Version)- The Sequence
7. Freedom- Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
8. Monster Jam- Spoonie Gee & The Sequence
9. Baby Let's Rap Now (Part 2)- The Moments
10. People Get On Up- Positive Force

1. 8th Wonder- Sugarhill Gang
2. That's the Joint- Funky 4 + 1
3. The Birthday Party- Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
4. Check it Out- Wayne & Charlie (The Rapping Dummy)
5. The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels of Steel- Grandmaster Flash
6. Showdown- The Furious Five Meets The Sugarhill Gang
7. Let's Dance (Make Your Body Move)- West Street Mob
8. Spoonie is Back- Spoonie Gee
9. Apache- Sugarhill Gang
10. It's Nasty (Genius of Love) (Short Version)- Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

1. Hey Fellas (Long Version)- Trouble Funk
2. Sing a Simple Song- West Street Mob
3. It's Good to Be the Queen- Sylvia
4. The Lover in You- Sugarhill Gang
5. The Message- Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
6. Whip it- Treacherous Three w/ Philippe Wynne
7. Scratchin- Crash Crew
8. Ooh Baby (Short Version)- West Street Mob
9. Scorpio- Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
10. Making Cash Money- Busy Bee
11. Here Comes the Bride- The Sequence

1. Message II (Survival)- Melle Mel & Duke Bootee
2. Breaking Bells (Take Me To The Mardi Gras)- Crash Crew
3. Yes We Can-Can- Treacherous Three
4. The Word is Out- Sugarhill Gang
5. New York New York- Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
6. Girls- Sugarhill Gang
7. Kick It Live from 9 to 5- Sugarhill Gang
8. Break Dance Electric Boogie- West Street Mob
9. All Night Long (Waterbed)- Kevie Kev (Waterbed Kev)
10. At the Ice Arcade- Chilly Kids
11. White Lines (Don't Don't Do it)(Long Version)- Grandmaster Flash/Melle Mel
12. We Are Known as Emcees (We Turn the Party's Out)- Crash Crew

1. Jesse- Grandmaster Melle Mel
2. Beat Street- Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five
3. Livin' in the Fast Lane- Sugarhill Gang
4. We Don't Work for Free- Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five
5. Step off- The Furious Five
6. Xmas Rap- Treacherous Three
7. Busy Bee's Groove- Busy Bee
8. Turn it Up- Treacherous Three
9. The Down Beat- Sugarhill Gang
10. Vice- Grandmaster Melle Mel
11. Outta Control- Miracle Mike & The Ladies of the 80's
12. Street Walker(Original Version)- Mass Production w/ Grandmaster Melle
13. The Message ('97 Dungeon Mix)- Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

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8 de maio de 2008

Surfbeat From Behind The Iron Curtain

This CD consists mainly of 60s ultra-rare instrumental-rock tracks from CCCP, East Germany, Poland, Romania & Czechoslovakia.

01. Sincron - Pe Linga Plopii Fara Sot (2:55)
02. Capras - Beginning Of Autumn (2:18)
03. T. Terauchi & Bunny - Theme From Unfinished Symphony (2:45)
04. Black 'N' Whites - Komandosi (3:23)
05. The Eliminators - The Saint (2:48)
06. Mefisto - Return Of Gemini (2:07)
07. Die Sputniks - Sputniks Thema (2:02)
08. The Thunderbirds - African Guitar (2:40)
09. Alarm - Nocny Alarm (2:17)
10. Boomerangs - Crazy Guitars (2:37)
11. Trocadero Sextett - Leicht Verdreht (2:02)
12. Orchester Charles Blackwell - The Bumble Beat (1:59)
13. Klaus Lenz Sextett - Corso (2:23)
14. Slava Kunst Orchestra - Lucifer In Coelis (4:46)
15. The Thunderbirds - Twisting Safari (2:12)
16. Theo Schumann Combo - Aladin (2:16)
17. Black 'N' Whites - Take Blya Moja (2:39)
18. Sincron - In Gara La Leordeni (2:49)
19. Gisha Brothers - Werwo's Rock (2:28)
20. The Constellations - Colorado (2:17)
21. Javalin - Javalins Rock (2:27)
22. Franks Echo Quintett - Melodie Fuer Barbara (2:39)
23. The Eliminators - Wipe Out! (3:26)
24. Karel Duba & His Guitar Men - The Coach (2:49)

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21 de abril de 2008

Funky 4 + 1 - That's The Joint

Funky 4 + 1 were one of the first hip-hop groups that contained a female MC and were certainly the first group of their kind that released records commercially. Further, the group were the among the first wave of Bronx crews to release records after the initial success of the Sugarhill Gang in 1979. The Funky 4 consisted of DJ Breakout, K.K. Rockwell, Keith Keith, Lil' Rodney Cee, Jazzy Jeff, and the "plus one" -- Sha Rock.

A unique aspect of the group was that Sha Rock wasn't portrayed as a sex object but was more or less considered equal among the male members of the group. Aside from the novelty of having a woman in their ranks, they are one of the most influential but overlooked old-school hip-hop groups -- having been sampled by a wide assortment of later hip-hop artists including the Beastie Boys (on their Paul's Boutique record). Along with Grandmaster Flash, they began recording 12" singles for Enjoy Records -- releasing what is considered the longest rap song ever: "Rappin' and Rockin' the House" (at over 15 minutes, it outlasts the lengthy "Rapper's Delight"). After they grew displeased with what they considered to be Enjoy's poor distribution, they followed Grandmaster Flash to the Sugarhill Records label. There they cut the all-time classic "That's the Joint" but never went on to release a full-length record. After only moderate success, the group went their separate ways in the early '80s with Lil' Rodney Cee and K.K. Rockwell forming Double Trouble and Sha Rock joining Lisa Lee and Debbie Dee as part of US Girls (who appeared in the 1984 film Beat Street). This 2001 release is a anthology of singles and unissued tracks by these early hip-hop innovators.

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10 de abril de 2008

Baby Charles - Baby Charles (2008)

Baby Charles are a special band. Their funky music is simultaneously tight but loose, heavy but soulful and dirty...

Fronted by soul sensation Dionne Charles, the band also has Lee Nicklen (keys), Simon Hill (bass), Toby Sendall (guitar), Georgina Carrol (flute), Sigi Beare (sax), Will Rumfitt (trombone), and Alex Kirkwood (drums), laying down the chicken-fried grooves.

Inspired by the late 60's funk of: Eddie Bo, The J.B.'s and The Meters.

Baby Charles play by feel, and cannot contain their drummer Alex Kirkwood from unleashing thunderous drum breaks...

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