Music Reviews

ferryfortnite_anothertimeOn the fourth night of Ferry Fortnite, here’s the first true classic of Ferry’s solo career — even if it is almost entirely covers.

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Okay, so These Foolish Things didn’t entirely work. Not really Ferry’s fault, nor that of anyone involved in performing on the album. The covers were entirely adequate, just a bit lacking in imagination, both in the song selection and in the arrangement of the covers themselves. Learning from these mistakes, Another Time, Another Place is, literally, a perfect album.

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Electric Six are one of my top three favorite bands. For (almost) every year, starting with 2005’s Senor Smoke (the follow-up to their breakout debut, Fire, released in 2003), they’ve put out a studio album, and astonishingly, they’ve maintained a pretty high quality standard. The only real stinker was 2008’s Flashy, the absolute nadir of frontman Dick Valentine’s output, but even then it had a couple of great songs — namely, “Transatlantic Flight” and “Formula 409”.

Human Zoo fares better than Flashy. But not by much.

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I’ve always gotten this band confused with Rise Against. For some reason Rage Against The Machine never fell into my confusion though, and I’m curious as to why. I think I have it nailed down actually, while Rise Against is radio ready punk disguised under a political subtext, Against Me is radio read punk disguised under a-

Oh.

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There are a couple painful things about being a Foetus fan; there’s the fact that you have to introduce Mr. Thirlwell as “the guy who writes the Venture Bros. music,” as that is literally all he might be known from. Another hard part is that his first two albums Deaf and Ache are…unique. They aren’t bad records at all, they just take a couple listens before it finally kicks in. The most important thing is how pretentious you might look for listening to this guy; he’s about as underground as they get. Granted, there’s a better chance of meeting a fellow Foetus fan than a Distorted Pony fan but the trouble is still there. Why do I mention the threat of looking pretentious?

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There is a point to be made on Neutral Milk Hotel’s band name, and how it’s possibly one of the stupidest band names around. There is another point to be made on the lead singer Jeff Mangum’s name, which perpetuates the theory that everything surrounding this band is just absurd. When I first heard this band I thought his name was Jeff Magnum, but a person with the last name Magnum would not have written In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, he’d probably be invited to tour with Electric Six or something.  (or toolin’ around in Hawaii as a private eye – Ed.)

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Why on earth would anyone be talking about Walking In My Shoes? That is a good question, and I will explain myself here shortly. Upon re listening to the Depeche Mode album Songs of Faith And Devotion, something about this song struck me, and it made me unspeakably furious that I had to tell SOMEONE. I had to make sure someone out there, knew of the hatred I feel.

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It’s about time Trent released a new album, after all these Oscar winning soundtracks and How to Destroy Angels records it’s about time he sat down to write a new album consisting of the sonic landscapes and the percussive assault we’ve come to expect from Nine Inch Nails. Ever since The Downward Spiral this one man project has been notorious for their post-industrial madness and oftentimes hilarious yet always endearing angst, let’s see what Trent has re-emerged with.

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