Covington Cross (1992)
Covington Cross (1992)
I listened to a lot of rock/rock sub-genres this week. However, I tried to mix it up a bit with some jazz I’d never heard before as well as some electronic and traditional pop that I already love.
Dean Martin - Everybody Loves Somebody (Traditional Pop) (1964)
Without a doubt in my mind one of the best Rat Pack releases. Sure, it doesn’t have the same swing that some of Martin’s previous stuff did. However, his outstanding vocals combine very well with the charmingly simple lyrics and instrumentals to make for one of the strongest crooner releases I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing. ★★★★½
The Lemonheads - It’s a Shame About Ray (Power Pop, Alternative Rock) (1992)
This alternative classic is a great starting place for people looking to get into power pop: It’s catchy, it’s fun, it’s memorable, it’s got solid musicianship, it’s got great lyrics. To be honest, it’s hard to ask for more from an album like this. However, many of the songs here are too short for my liking and don’t get very much time to develop. Still great nonetheless. ★★★★
Tomasz Stańko Quintet - Music for K (Free Jazz) (1970)
I decided to explore Polish jazz a bit more, and this album came highly recommended to me. Janusz Stefanski’s drumming stood out to me here in particular. He seems to be, from what little I have heard of him, one of jazz’s many criminally underrated drummers. Overall, the “free” aspect of this record certainly works in it’s favor and allows it to explore itself and any musical concepts it decides to bring up. It doesn’t really have a specific high point per se, but it’s incredibly consistent. ★★★★
Earthlings? - Earthlings? (Experimental Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Alternative Rock) (1998)
I find it quite difficult to talk about this record. It isn’t very bad or anything; in fact it’s pretty solid. However, it’s also pretty unnoteworthy for the most part. However, the album’s more experimental/psychedelic combination moments are certainly stand outs. Still, this is nothing particularly impressive and something I only truly recommend to die hard fans of any of the three listed genres. ★★★½
Tiger Army - Tiger Army II: Power of Moonlite (Psychobilly, Punk) (2001)
This is a really strong punk/rockabilly/psychobilly release. Admittedly, Tiger Army do thrash out a bit too much here at times for my personal liking. However, the instrumentation remains tight and the overall Halloween vibes that the group give off are very welcome. Nonetheless, I prefer the more rockabilly/psychobilly-based songs over the straightforward punk numbers. ★★★½
Carcass - Torn Arteries (Melodic Death Metal) (2021) (New Release)
I’m pretty sure that everyone was skeptical in the early 2010s when death metal icons Carcass got back together. However, 2013′s Surgical Steel proved them wrong. It took them a while, but seven years later we finally got another album from the band. While they aren’t so heavy on the gore-based lyrics these days, they still perform excellently and deliver some genuinely outstanding instrumental work. ★★★★
Golden Boy - I Never Meant for This to Happen (Breakcore, Hardcore Breaks) (2021)
Chaotic electronic music, no matter what subgenre it may be, is always hard to pull off. Accidentally making things too insane to the point that your entire album sounds muddy is something I know from experience. However, Golden Boy pulls it off well here. I mean it when I say that this record is chaotic too. The opening track has a sped up, nearly Alvin & the Chipmunk’s-esque sample of the always interesting Death Grips’ “Guillotine.” Yeah, it’s that kind of album. Even still, I Never Meant for This to Happen’s in-your-face, obnoxious quirkiness is incredibly fun and one of a kind. Rest in peace, Golden Boy. You were an insanely talented artist with a very unique sound. This was one hell of a swan song. ★★★★½
Lorde - Te Amo Marama (Indie Folk, Contemporary Folk, Folk Pop) (2021)
This is an EP that sees Lorde re-record a small handful of songs from her latest album, Solar Power (which I reviewed here), in the Maori language. On one hand, the original lyricism of most of these songs was flawed at best. The new, somewhat “obscure” language being used here helps cover up all lyrical faults. At the same time, this EP doesn’t try anything new beyond the language that Lorde is singing in. As such, I only find myself wanting to listen to the original Solar Power each time I hear it. Even still, it is a neat and unique little addition to Lorde’s excellent catalogue. ★★★½
Kathryn Dianos - Spring 1993 Sportswear Collection
Model photographed outside the Guggenheim Museum, 1992
Dream Theater - Images and Words (1992)
Okay I want to do the newsies as posts thing too but it's mostly javid
“Candyman” strives to go above and beyond what the normal horror flick goes for and, for the most part, achieves it.
Helen Lyle is a graduate student at the University Of Illinois. She and her friend, Bernadette, start looking into the legend of Candyman. Candyman is said to have had his arm cut off with a rusty saw and replaced with a hook. It is said that if you say Candyman five times while looking in the mirror, he’ll come to kill you. Not believing in the legend, Helen says Candyman five times in the mirror. Helen is about to find out that Candyman is very real.
After watching this film, I can see why it’s getting a reboot in today’s day and age. This movie does what all great horror movies do, which is highlighting the true horrors that lie within our everyday lives. This film intentionally highlights the difference from the white people that go to fancy colleges and the black people that live in the projects. Helen approaches the black community for her own personal gain and doesn’t respect their warnings. Even with all that, the movie shows that Helen’s apartment is the same as the the building where Candyman murdered a victim, just with a different coat of paint. This film has a ton of subtle connections that feed into the overall theme and messaging of this film. Candyman is an interesting horror icon for me. Usually, horror icons are supposed to be obscured in darkness. They’re only meant to give bits and pieces of what they look like and our minds are supposed to come up with the rest. Often, what our minds come up with are scarier than reality. The horror of Candyman doesn’t come from his appearance, but his brutality. He shows his face and something about him looking like a normal man is frightening because we know exactly what type of monster is hiding behind that smile. The film reveals its hand at the very end and I thought it was executed pretty well. There’s a purpose to all the suffering Candyman inflicts onto Helen. Other great things about this film are the score, the practical effects (sometimes), and Tony Todd just selling the role perfectly. I still do have my problems with this film. There are massive unanswered questions that were littered in my mind throughout the film. If you’re not thinking about it, then it’s not a big issue, but it just felt like the plot holes were starting to pile up. I don’t really have high hopes for the sequels because horror sequels don’t usually live up to the first, but I’ll still watch them because I’m going to watch the new remake soon.
Watched on September 17th, 2021
Aquarian October 1992
Aquarian October 1992
Mansell , Schumacher 1992
Bram Stocker’s Dracula
Give me just a one more last chance Before you say we're through I know I drive you crazy baby It's the best that I can do
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Winona Ryder as Mina Harker in Bram Stokers Dracula (1992)
Melody Maker, 19-26.12.1992 (no photo credits)