Posts Tagged ‘Motorhead’

Weekend Playlist

20 September 2010

“My earliest memory is shouting: at what and for what reason, I don’t know. Probably a tantrum; or I may have been rehearsing. I was always an early starter.” ~ Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead


Michael Nesmith & The First National Band | Magnetic South


LCD Soundsystem | LCD Soundsystem


Whiskeytown | Pneumonia


M. Ward | Hold Time


Various Artists | I’m Not There Soundtrack


James Brown | Star Time


The Rolling Stones | A Bigger Bang


The Kleptones | A Night At The Hip-Hopera


Mark Lanegan | Whiskey For The Holy Ghost


Buzzcocks | Singles Going Steady


Kasabian | Kasabian


Daft Punk | Discovery


William Shatner | Has Been


The Pharaohs | In The Basement


Radiohead | In Rainbows


INXS | Listen Like Thieves


Motorhead | No Remorse


Andres Segovia | The Segovia Collection


The Isley Brothers | 3 + 3


Kruder & Dorfmeister | The K&D Sessions

Weekend Playlist

22 February 2010

“Where else but in America could a person own a Rolls Royce, an Eldorado, Mark IV, Mercedes limousine, an estate in Long Island, an apartment in Hollywood and still be considered a failure? Well, you’re looking at and listening to him.” ~ Jerry Williams Jr. aka Swamp Dogg


Buzzcocks | A Different Kind Of Tension


Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico | Le Bataclan ’72


Herbie Hancock | Future Shock


Esther Phillips | Burnin': Live At Freddie Jett’s Pied Piper, L.A.


Mickey Newbury | ‘Frisco Mabel Joy


The Flying Burrito Brothers | Burrito Deluxe


Tim Buckley | Lorca


Swamp Dogg | Have You Heard This Story??


The Doors | Other Voices


Ray Barretto | Acid


M. Ward | Hold Time


Blue Mitchell | Blue’s Moods


Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers | Like Someone In Love


Faces | Long Player


Neutral Milk Hotel | In The Aeroplane Over The Sea


Motörhead | Bomber


Dr. Feelgood | Stupidity


Bill Withers | Still Bill


Skull Snaps | Skull Snaps


Black Heat | Black Heat

Magic Moment: Motörhead Lays Down The Ace

1 February 2010

Here’s a metal health break, courtesy of Lemmy and company. This video was shot in Dusseldorf, Germany in 2005 and released on the Stage Fright DVD the following year. If this one doesn’t get your blood pumping, you might not have a pulse…

Doubleshot Tuesday: Black Pearls/Black Sabbath

13 October 2009

[Today: It was a dark and stormy day...]

John Coltrane | Black Pearls
Black Sabbath | Black Sabbath

All day yesterday, dark storm clouds gathered around the Bay Area and then just hung there, doing nothing and looking ominous. Around three o’clock this morning, the storm finally broke, and we’ve been in a deluge ever since. When the weather gets really nasty like this, there are two music genres that I reach for – heavy metal and jazz. Motörhead, Slayer, Metallica, and especially Black Sabbath are the right sound for a day like today, when the winds are screaming and the rain is hissing. Sabbath’s debut was the LP I grabbed off the shelf this morning, and it proved to be a wise choice. Side One opens with a bell tolling, followed by a thunderclap and pouring rain, before the group launches into the title track – which like the rest of Black Sabbath, is the perfect soundtrack for staring down black sheets of rain and hilltops shrouded in clouds.

Happy, melodic jazz won’t do for a rainstorm – the occasion requires something with internal discord, something that feels like nature gone awry. John Coltrane fits the bill. He played with a passion that was almost supernatural – the man was a locomotive on the sax. Some of the lines he cuts loose with on his 1958 album Black Pearls – mid-way through both the title track and ‘Lover Come Back To Me’ – are the musical embodiment of being caught in a rainstorm. Notes come down one on top of another, and just when you’d swear they can’t come any faster, they turn into a torrential downpour. This isn’t Coltrane in full squall mode, but Impressions and The Age Of Bronze are on deck, just in case this storm really starts bringing it…

Listen: Black Pearls [John Coltrane]

Listen: Black Sabbath [Black Sabbath]

Listen: Lover Come Back To Me [John Coltrane]

Listen: Wasp/Behind the Wall of Sleep/Bassically/N.I.B. [Black Sabbath]

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Six more for a storm…

Andres Segovia | The Segovia Collection
The Band | Music From Big Pink
The Doors | L.A. Woman
Nick Drake | Pink Moon
Slayer | Diabolus In Musica
The Benedictine Monks Of Santo Domingo de Silos | Chant

Weekend Playlist

15 June 2009

With stardust in his hair, moonbeams in his eye and liquor in his belly, your intrepid blogger is currently traveling all over this great country of ours. From the home base of Oakland, CA to Newport, RI for a long weekend with the in-laws, I’m now halfway back and enjoying a quick visit with an old friend in Chicago. Many thanks to Orville & Wilbur Wright, for inventing the airplane, and then following that up with an even cooler invention – the iPod…

Various Artists | I'm Not There Soundtrack
Various Artists | I’m Not There Soundtrack

Miles Davis | Ascenseur Pour L'echafaud
Miles Davis | Ascenseur Pour L’echafaud

The Beta Band | The 3 EPs
The Beta Band | The 3 EPs

The Budos Band | The Budos Band II
The Budos Band | Budos Band II

David Holmes | Let's Get Killed
David Holmes | Let’s Get Killed

Gorillaz | Demon Days
Gorillaz | Demon Days

Beastie Boys | Root Down EP
Beastie Boys | Root Down EP

Kings Of Leon | Youth & Young Manhood
Kings Of Leon | Youth & Young Manhood

M. Ward | End Of Amnesia
M. Ward | End Of Amnesia

Kruder Dorfmeister | The K&D Sessions™
Kruder & Dorfmeister | The K&D Sessions™

David Bowie | The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars
David Bowie | The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars

Prince | Sign O' The Times
Prince | Sign O’ The Times

Whiskeytown | Strangers Almanac
Whiskeytown | Strangers Almanac

Herbie Hancock | Headhunters
Herbie Hancock | Headhunters

Outkast | Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Outkast | Speakerboxx/The Love Below

Josh Ritter | Golden Age Of Radio
Josh Ritter | Golden Age Of Radio

Rakim | The 18th Letter/The Book Of Life
Rakim | The 18th Letter/The Book Of Life

Minutemen | Double Nickels On The Dime
Minutemen | Double Nickels On The Dime

INXS | Shabooh Shoobah
INXS | Shabooh Shoobah

Tom Waits | Rain Dogs
Tom Waits | Rain Dogs

Ol' Dirty Bastard | Nigga Please
Ol’ Dirty Bastard | Nigga Please

Zeph & Azeem
Zeph & Azeem | Mixed Messages
[Album cover not pictured]

Sonny Clark | Leapin' And Lopin'
Sonny Clark | Leapin’ And Lopin’

Various Artists | Until The End Of The World Soundtrack
Various Artists | Until The End Of The World Soundtrack

The Yardbirds | Roger The Engineer
The Yardbirds | Roger The Engineer

Steely Dan | Gaucho
Steely Dan | Gaucho

Beck | Guero
Beck | Guero

Dr. Feelgood | Down By The Jetty
Dr. Feelgood | Down By The Jetty

Furr | Furr
Furr | Furr

Madhouse | Serve 'Em
Madhouse | Serve ‘Em

Temple Of The Dog | Temple Of The Dog
Temple Of The Dog | Temple Of The Dog

Black Sabbath | Vol 4
Black Sabbath | Vol 4

Motorhead | Iron Fist
Motorhead | Iron Fist

Iggy Pop | circa 1977
Iggy Pop | Cleveland, OH 3/21/77
[Album cover not pictured]

Masterpiece: No Remorse

13 November 2007

[Today: The dirtiest band in the world would like to pulverize you...]

Motorhead - album

Lemmy Kilmister is a hairy bundle of profound contradictions. By all accounts charming and polite to a fault, he’s also a crude misogynist and the founder of the self-proclaimed “dirtiest rock & roll band in the world.” After getting kicked out of prog/metal pioneers Hawkwind, Kilmister formed Motorhead in 1975 with an eye towards playing the kind of bare-bones biker rock that was kicking around his speed-enhanced skull. In spite of an ever-changing line-up, this three piece band of degenerates have rarely deviated from their original template of amped-up, pulverizing rock & roll. This blueprint would serve other bands as well: it’s debatable if heavy metal would have found its voice without Motorhead leading the way.

Released in 1984, No Remorse is Motorhead’s definitive greatest hits package. Featuring b-sides, rarities, and live material – in addition to a wide selection of the group’s finest work – this compilation serves equally well as an introduction for the uninitiated or a one-stop grab-bag for existing fans. Because the band has maintained such a consistent sound over the years, the songs collected here fit together perfectly. Lemmy sings (is that the right word for it?) throughout like a man being dragged behind a speeding automobile. His vocal urgency lends every song an undeniable sincerity that other rockers can only wistfully dream of. Consequently, there’s not a relaxed moment to be found here – ‘Ace Of Spades’ is a full-throttle blast of testosterone and menace, ‘Bomber’ rages at a pace that implies pending liftoff, and ‘Motorhead’ is an undisguised ode to the joy of methamphetamines.

Lemmy originally wanted to name the group ‘Bastard’, which would have worked just as well. Because no matter what you call these guys, their music is an uncompromising blast of hell-fire that will singe your eyeballs and leave you thirsty for more.

Listen: Motorhead

In A Metal Mood: A Dozen Albums That Will Melt Your Face

15 October 2007

It’s Sunday night, just after midnight, which seems like the perfect time to run down a dozen albums that rock hard. By no means definitive, and with respects to Umlaut, here’s a short list of albums that make me sprout horns:


Slayer * Diabolus In Musica [1998] Many prefer Reign In Blood, but Diabolus… gets the nod here. After a pretty sludgy couple of minutes, this turns into a brutal bludgeoning that doesn’t let up for four delicious, blood-spattered sides of vinyl.


Metallica * Ride The Lightning [1984] This makes the list on the strength of ‘Trapped Under Ice’ – a four-minute epic that recreates the claustrophobic hell of drowning under a solid sheet of ice. On a personal side note, I had a bad college roommate who liked to crank this song up while driving recklessly through Eugene after several drinks – which for some reason racheted up the intensity of the song for me. It’s an album that reminds me of death on several levels…


Black Sabbath * Sabbath Bloody Sabbath [1973] Ozzy and the lads generally get a bad rap about their dark lyrics, but on Sabbath Bloody Sabbath they truly embraced the dark side. From the artwork – depicting a couple awash in a bed full of blood – to Tommy Iommi’s more-sinister-than-usual riffs, this is a dark vision by a band higher on much more than just life.


Judas Priest * British Steel [1980] Not only does it sport one of the most iconic sleeve designs in the history of music (it was used in an Absolut campaign a few years back), but the songs hold up as well. ‘Breaking The Law’ was practically Beavis & Butthead’s mission statement, and there are plenty of other gems here, including ‘Rapid Fire’ and ‘Metal Gods’.


Motorhead * Ace Of Spades [1980] Everything louder than everyone else, indeed. Motorhead is the aural equivalent of being cornered in a dark alley by an bloodthirsty gang of psycho bikers. While a lot of metal has a sense of pretension and theater about it, one listen to the title track of this album ensures you’ll understand that these guys are not screwing around.


Soundgarden * Badmotorfinger [1991] While Nirvana often gets the credit for blowing the lid off of hair metal, this album was the true death knell for that sub-genre. It’s hard to overstate how suprisingly delightful it was to find a hard rock album that didn’t feature a single ballad! It’s also worth noting that the bonus ep that was included with this album for a time is worth seeking out – if only for their classic re-reading of Black Sabbath’s ‘Into The Void’.


Rammstein * Sehnsucht [1997] I saw these guys at the dearly departed Maritime Hall while they were supporting this album, and that show featured more fire and pyrotechnics than all the other shows I’d seen put together. I was in the back of the Maritime (near the bar) and the blasts of heat from the stage felt like they were singeing my eyebrows. Perhaps it is over the top German metal-opera, but it’s good schtuff.


Tool * Lateralus [2001] Released four months before the 2001 World Trade Center bombings, this album played out like a prophetic – if somewhat muddled – take on that catacalysmic event. With song lyrics about cornerstones giving way (‘The Grudge’), burn victims (‘The Patient’), death (‘Parablola’), and government secrets (‘Fiapp De Oiad’), it’s a truly unsettling listen for anyone who still remembers that day well.


Front 242 * Tyranny (For You) [1991] Riddled with menace and unbridled anger, Tyranny (For You) has the backbone of a hyperkinetic electronica album, but its volume, pace, and intent-for-harm clearly mark this as a hardcore metal album of the first order.


Body Count * Cop Killer [1992] The controversy-baiting lyrics of the title track notwithstanding, this is relentless metal wrapped in the skin of a gangsta rap album. Lead guitarist Ernie C. shreds throughout, and Ice T rants like a hip-hop Henry Rollins. Those who would argue that this isn’t metal are merely color blind.


Motley Crue * Shout At The Devil [1983] Scribe Chuck Klosterman describes Shout At The Devil as the greatest concept album of all-time, and claims that it “took on a conceptual quality that Yes would have castrated themselves to achieve.” I’m not entirely sure about that, but the songs here prove that before they became a parody of themselves in the late 80’s, Motley Crue could rock with the best of them.


White Zombie * Supersexy Swingin’ Sounds [1996] This collection gathers remixes from White Zombie’s first two albums, and in every case the songs here are faster, louder, and more sinister than the original versions. I was listening to this album in the office one day way back when, and a female producer happened to walk by and overhear some of these tunes. She was so put off by the experience that she claimed she needed to take a shower to remove the aural grime from her psyche. Now that’s my kind of album…

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