Morrissey: Bengali in Platforms

“Life is hard enough when you belong here.”

Bengali in Platforms is the fourth track from Viva Hate, directly following Every Day Is Like Sunday, and the first on the album to follow Morrissey’s familiar noun-preposition-noun song title format. I wasn’t about to spend a whole lot of time on this one until in came to my attention that some of the lyrics in it have been the cause of controversy due to a possible racist interpretation. I had to have another listen. Read more

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Morrissey: Everyday is Like Sunday

“How I dearly wish I was not here.”

Everyday is Like Sunday is my pick for the highlight of Viva Hate. There’s nothing specific to say about why I like it, other than that it’s the third track on the album, the second released single from the album, and the first song that gave me that feeling of liking a song more than I like other songs. Read more

Morrissey: Alsatian Cousin

“P.S.: bring me home and have me”

Disc No. 9 in the #LastDayAtAKA series is Viva Hate, the solo debut from The Smiths’ former frontman, Steven Patrick Morrissey, better known as simply Morrissey. It is the first of two Morrissey albums I picked up at a.k.a. music on that fateful day in 2015.

Some of you may remember, back in 2015, I did a revue of all the Smiths and Morrissey albums I owned at the time. About I month after the conclusion of that revue was the last day at a.k.a music, where I bought these two additional albums, hoping eventually to post an addendum. Here we are at last, in 2018, I’m finally getting around to these albums. Read more

Robert Schneider, The Apples in Stereo: Non-Pythagorean Musical Scale

“As you go higher in the scale, they get closer together. … It’s kind of a weird scale.”

By far the most interesting inclusions on New Magnetic Wonder are frontman Robert Schneider’s two short Non-Pythagorean Compositions, numbered 1 and 3. Non-Pythagoran Composition 2 was included on the CD as an MP3 bonus track in the Enhanced CD. The Non-Pythagorean Compositions present on New Magnetic Wonder do sound like the short clips Mr. Schneider played in this video, but don’t seem to be up on YouTube in their own right. Read more

The Apples in Stereo: Open Eyes

“Now you lie here with open eyes, and now you sleep by the phone.”

Due to the unexpected difficulty I’ve encountered finding more music from The Apples in Stereo’s New Magnetic Wonder on YouTube, I’ve been forced to cut my revue of that album mercifully short. Open Eyes is the clear highlight. At 5:12, it is the longest of New Magnetic Wonder‘s 24 tracks, but lo, I could not find the full album version to post. We’ll have to settle for this three minute edit. It’s slower, more brooding, less bubblegum. In other words, it’s just how I like my music, so it’s the only track from this album that I’m likely to spin on purpose.

The Apples in Stereo: Energy

“There’s a light inside of you, and there’s a light inside of me.”

Disc #8 in the #LastDayAtAKA series is 2007’s New Magnetic Wonder, by The Apples in Stereo. I think of myself as pretty open-mined about music, but this is the first disc in the series where I just have to say, “It’s a ‘no’ from me.” I bought it based on its low price tag and Andrew McLaughlin’s eye-catching album art, which could be yours for a mere $10,500. The record is a bubble-gum poppy thing that I don’t think I would ever play on purpose, Read more

Man or Astro-Man?: ‘As Estrelas Agora Elas Estão Mortas’ and ‘_____ / Myopia’

“The stars are now dead.”

These two tracks, As Estrelas Agora Elas Estão Mortas and _____ / Myopia, form the epic climax of the EEVIAC album. The they flow into one another, so I usually prefer to experience them as a nine-minute unit. Google Translate reports that the title of the former track translates to The Stars Are Now Dead from Portugese. Other lyrics on the track may be in English, but are too electronically distorted to discern. The title of the latter track is indeed a blank space, followed by a forward slash, and then the word Myopia. I’ve got no leads on what, if anything the blank was intended to represent. Read more

Man or Astro-Man?: Within the Mainframe, Impaired Vision from Inoperable Cataracts Can Become a New Impending Nepotism

“Within the Mainframe, Impaired Vision from Inoperable Cataracts Can Become a New Impending Nepotism”

We’re coming down the home stretch of Man or Astro-man’s EEVIAC album. There’s not much to read or write about this one, except for it’s lengthy novelty title—a must, I suppose, for any respectable sci-fi concept album. I’m not even gonna ask what that’s supposed to mean. Enjoy. 👍

 

Man or Astro-Man?: A Reversal of Polarity

“A situation where every single atom, every molecule, here, is duplicated here, except that it’s in reverse.”

A Reversal of Polarity is a jaunty bass-driven number that marks the midpoint of the EEVIAC album. This band sort of has a thing for wild bass guitars. Googling about the band, of course I happened upon this photo from the BVChicago blog, of bassist CoCo the Electronic Monkey Wizard playing this whale of a bass with what looks like some kind of lit-up electronic sampler uncloaked and merged into the butt of it. Read more