Monday, January 30, 2012

Day 324

Keep of Kalessin- Kolossus

The coolest thing about this record is that it came with a Keep of Kalessin patch! If only I were 17 again and still wore denim jackets.

Just kidding, I actually like this record. For those of you who are unfamiliar, KoK is a Norwegian black metal band, but they are a bit more diverse that most black metal bands. I did the use of acoustics and orchestration throughout the album and these guys themselves can really play. I also like that it's not guttural vocals throughout. I know that's a staple of black metal, but it does get kinda old after awhile.

I first got into these guys back in 2008 when I saw them open for Behemoth and Dimmu Borgir at Stubbs. I had no idea who they were but came away impressed. I had no idea that they've been around since 1993. Here I was thinking they were a new band. Shows you how little I know of the Norwegian black metal scene.

They've come through Austin numerous times since, which is strange for a Norwegian band, but I've yet to catch them again or buy their newest album, Reptilian, which I've heard is really good also. It's on my list to buy.

Here's a pretty terrible video for a really cool song:

Friday, January 27, 2012

Day 323

Tommy Keene- Based on Happy Times

Of all the Tommy Keene albums I own on either vinyl or cd, this is my least favorite of his. And it's still not bad, but if I'm in a mood for some Tommy Keene, this would always be the last choice in his catalog I'd put on the stereo.

This was also his last on a major label (Geffen) so I guess they felt the same way about.

Being that I already knew this was my least favorite of his, I really just had it on as background noise while I cleaned house, so really wasn't paying much attention. I really dig "Nothing Can Change You" the first track, but then I lose interest so this is all I'll say about this album.

I'm even going to leave off a video. But that's mainly because I'm being lazy at work right now, and don't feel like searching for one on youtube.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Day 322

Tommy Keene- Run Now

Whoa, look at me posting multiple days in a row! I'm feeling good about doing this blog again. I admit I was stuck in a rut, but now I'm coming home excited about putting on the next record that's up. Well that is until I come across having way too many crappy albums by the same crappy band. It's coming, trust me.

But for now, I am more than happy to be listening to my Tommy Keen records. This one is also an EP that came out the same year (1986) as Songs From The Film. Not sure which came first, so they could be out of order, but no biggie.

6 songs with the title track being the best. It also has a live version of Tommy and band covering Lou Reed's "Kill Your Sons". Another record you can easily find for dirt cheap in the used bins.

As you can see in the clip below, "Run Now" was on the soundtrack for the Anthony Michael Hall classic, Out of Bounds.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Day 321

Tommy Keene- Songs From The Film

This album was Tommy's first major label full length record. One of my all time favorites, "Places That Are Gone" is also on this record, so that makes at least 3 different Keene albums I have that has that song on it. Hey, it's that good.

The whole album is really good and it should be a record that you can find in the used bins for super cheap. Other personal faves on this record are "In Our Lives", and "Listen To Me". So the first three tracks are especially killer. But don't get me wrong, Side 2 is awesome too.

Looking forward to the rest of the Tommy Keene records I have since I haven't listened to some of these albums in years.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Day 320

Tommy Keene- Places That Are Gone

Finally! Back to an album that I thoroughly love and was more than happy to listen to again. Maybe it's just me, but can you think of a more criminally underrated artist in the last 30 years than Tommy Keene? That is, if you even know who he is. Which is the point I'm making. But if you like power pop, then you aren't going to find anyone better at it than Mr. Keene.

This is a 6 song EP he released back in 1984 and every song is outstanding. Two of my all time Tommy Keene faves are on this record. The title track and his cover of Alex Chilton's "Hey! Little Child". Call me crazy, but I like Tommy's version better.

Here's a clip:

Monday, January 23, 2012

Day 319

Keel- The Final Frontier

Some albums really do not withstand the test of time. And I admit, I really liked this band when I was 14. I even thought there cover of "Because the Night" ruled. God, I was a really dumb kid.

So why did I buy this album (again) then? Well it was only 99 cents and I really did want to hear their version of "Because The Night" again. I don't think I need to hear it again for another 25 years.

You'd think if I were going to spend 99 cents on a Keel record, it'd at least be The Right To Rock. Yeah, I'll probably end up with that one too.

So if you are that interested in Keel, you should know if you don't already that they have gotten back together and recently put out a new album called, Streets of Rock n' Roll. Hopefully it wasn't released on vinyl or I may have to buy that one too. For 99 cents.

Check out this dumb looking acoustic Ron Keel is playing in this video. Also has some seriously classic hard rock moves featured:

Can't believe I used to like this shit.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Days 317-318

Kansas- Point of No Return & Two For The Show

Yeah, yeah I know. It's been forever since my last post. I got a laundry list of excuses as to why, but do you really want to hear them? Let's just say that I'm still committed to seeing this through, but I make no promises on how often I'll post.

So with that being said, I'm done with Kansas. Point of No Return was a great listen, but I found Two For The Show a little long and boring. It literally took me a month to go from the first lp to the second one. Putting that second one on felt like a chore I didn't want to do. But it's behind me now. Whew!

That's all I'm going to say for now. I'm easing myself back into this and really, I'm not sure if you want to read me dissecting down these two albums.