Stegzy's Music Project

A commentary on Stegzy's album collection

Destroyed – Moby [#366]

Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 19.15.24 Moby eh?

If ever there was a soundtrack in the late nineties early noughties you could probably bet ten bob on it featuring good old baldy bonce Moby. It was like you couldn’t listen to anything without it having had some Moby influence.

Moby moby moby.

I followed the herd and eventually grew to love his quintessential Play and I suppose I’ll take my hat off to his I Like to Score but by 2004 I’d got bored with him. I suspect the rest of the world did too because his later albums, Hotel, 18 and today’s album Destroyed haven’t been played to death by people looking for music for their film/documentary.

Destroyed is a bit bollocks. Much like Jarre, Moby becomes a bit common place and because of this there is nothing new or innovative. Destroyed is Moby pure and simple but it’s a tired Moby. An “I’ve got to release this album because I’m contractually obliged to” Moby. I imagine that the reason he titled the album Destroyed is because it is a reflection on his ability to produce something new.

Still, I’m sure he’ll do what Mike Oldfield did and reappear with something spectacular after a few years of nothingness.

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Compact Jazz: Charlie Parker Plays the Blues [#294]

Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 14.56.20 Someone once told me that I should like Jazz. Another person once told me that I should like The  Blues. When asked why, it was explained to me in condescending terms that Blues and Jazz are the base forms of modern popular music.

By following that example, I should like two rocks being rhythmically beaten together or the sound of hollow twigs being blown tunelessly as they are the basis of all music.

Let me tell you, I don’t like jazz that much. I am not fond of the blues. I’d sooner listen to hollow twigs and rocks. But that isn’t me being dismissive. I appreciate Jazz and Blues for their place in music history, but it doesn’t mean that I “should” like them.

This album is in my collection because a hipster friend of mine suggested that I should listen to it so that I could gain a better understanding of how music works and how modern styles owe a great deal to the likes of Charlie Parker and his ilk; a better understanding than that given to me through the means of an A Level in Music History and Appreciation.

 

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Casino Classics: The Remix Album – St Etienne [#250]

Casino+Classics++PackshotCasino Classics: The Remix Album – St Etienne

Let me get this perfectly clear. Playing records at people does not make you a musician. It makes you someone who knows how to use a record player. It involves very little musical talent and, unless you can score the music, it’s not music. It’s someone else’s music.

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Brain Salad Surgery – Emerson Lake Palmer (#219)

Brain Salad Surgery - Emmerson Lake PalmerBrain Salad Surgery – Emerson Lake Palmer

The HR Giger album cover should be a warning to the weird bumph this album is. Seriously. Read the rest of this entry »

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Black Ships Ate the Sky – Current 93 (#196)

Black Ships Ate the SkyBlack Ships Ate the Sky – Current 93

Black Ships is everything I could ever want from an album. Unusual styles. Big names collaborating with lesser known artists. Weird lyrics. Concept album.

I like to listen to this album when I’m feeling poorly or low. Meditative, the album reaches into the dark recesses of one’s psyche and stirs up visualisations of terrifying times. This makes me think of the classic woodcut from 16th Century Basle which depicts the aerial battle between black spheres and white spheres.

Black ships eating the sky

Of course it has nothing to do with that event, that is just me. The actual album has some manic tracks that invoke panic and fear interwoven with artists like Marc Almond, Bonnie Prince Billy and Anthony (of Johnsons fame) singing versions of the 1763 Methodist hymn “Idumæa” by Charles Wesley.

If you want your music to make you feel unusual, this album will do it for you. I suggest that you avoid consuming anything too psychotropic when you’re listening to it though. Some of the tracks and lyrics can be too stressful.

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Beyond Sanctorum – Therion (#180)

Beyond Sanctorum - TherionBeyond Sanctorum – Therion

More from the Euro Metal band with it’s own choir. Only this album is before the choir.

Death growls, grunting and incoherent bollocks. Why do people like this stuff? Do they give themselves sore throats singing along? Or do they sound like they’re having some sort of fit when they’re singing to themselves?

Tosh.

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#165 – The Best of Era – Era

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 14.02.16 The Best of – Era

No. I’d never heard of them either. It seems that I must have liked one of their songs and downloaded all of their music in the hope of finding something original.

This is like a poor man’s Enigma. Lots of Gregorian Chants (Popular in the 1990s) and new age fiddle faddle. The kind of music you might hear in one of those shops that sell floaty vaginas, tofu knitting kits and yogurt weaving tools.

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A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC – Hayseed Dixie [#30]

 

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 16.46.08A Hillbilly Tribute to AC/DC by Hayseed Dixie

You’ll probably now see a lot of albums that start “A Tribute” or similar. On the back of the artist of the previously reviewed album, Beatallica, I was introduced, through a conversation, to Hayseed Dixie.

Hayseed, as discussed earlier, were one of the many “tribute scene” bands that “fused” styles with artists in the last decade. I’m still waiting for a Folk version of Rammstein or a Tweecore tribute to something like Fields of the Nephilim. I guess I’ll have to wait.

I went to see Hayseed when they toured the UK. They played, and played, and played. The Student Union staff at Liverpool turned on the lights. They continued to play. The security unplugged their equipment. They continued to play. We left. They continued to play.

One trick pony.

I’m not a fan of AC/DC. I am aware of their works. But I am not a fan. I guess a lot of this is wasted on me.

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