Meera-Devi and The Mad Terran's Music Blog

Monday, January 30, 2006

Well, I guess I'm up first.

Meera and I have a flurry of mixes planned to go up soon. She plans to be the more prolific, however. For now, I've got this small offering of mostly progressive, psychedelic music to get you through the nights. Originally, there was a concept behind this, and I was hoping for some kind of lose story, but as with many concept albums, that quickly fell apart as I started digging through the tracks and what I was interested in. I tried to pick some uncommon stuff, stuff people generally don't hear.

So here it is, a Progressive music mix.

Be forwarned, this is not a mix for casual listening. It's full of high self indulgent music towards the end and long, instrumental passages. I ripped it higher to hopefully keep some of the sound quality.

1. Pink Fairies - The Dream Is Just Beginning
2. Michael Andrews - Burn It To The Ground
3. King Crimson - The Power To Believe III
4. Porcupine Tree - Every Home Is Wired
5. Skyclad - Land Of The Rising Slum
6. Gackt - rain
7. Radiohead - The National Anthem
8. SubArachnoid Space - Ourobouros
9. Greenwood, Jonny - Moon Mall
10. Peter Gabriel - A Different Drum
11. A Perfect Circle - Renholdër
12. Pain of Salvation - Morning on Earth

Sunday, January 29, 2006

NPR : The Montreal Sound? Rock et Roulez

NPR : The Montreal Sound? Rock et Roulez

Sorry about the silence lately. I've got some genuine content coming soon. For now, this article about the Canadian Rock scene. Did you know that the Canadian government offers grants to Canadian bands. A lot of the bands we know and love are beneficiaries of these grants. Cool, eh?

Friday, January 13, 2006

It's taken me long enough . . .

Well, here we are a couple weeks into the new year and I find myself looking back to the nineties. I guess this is what happens when you're someone my age looking back, and given that I was born in the very early 80's, the nineties, were my teen years. (This is before we had Tweens and whatever special name for people younger. They simply only mattered to the Disney Execs and Toy Manufacturers). Therefore, in response to this looking back, I found myself putting together some music from the nineties. Some of it, we all know the words too, and some of it, I genuinely wish I had known about then.

I tried to leave off the big grunge acts of the era, they get enough play, though I still love most of them and tried to toss in some stuff that we'd remember, but hopefully as a passing single. It's all one, long file, so be prepared to download about 57 MB. I couldn't figure out where I wanted to break the bloody thing up, so I went for the whole thing.

So, here's the 90's in '06.

And the playlist for all of you keeping track out there:

1. Marcy Playground - Sex And Candy
2. Vast - Somewhere Else To Be/Untitled
3. The Tea Party - Gyroscope
4. The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up
5. Monster Magnet - Space Lord
6. Rasputina - Olde Headboard
7. The Flaming Lips - Rainin' Babies
8. Live - Freaks
9. Butthole Surfers - Pepper
10. Our Lady Peace - Superman's Dead
11. Cake - The Distance12. Sublime - April 29, 1992 (Miami)
13. Presidents of the United States of America - Peaches
14. Beatles - Free As A Bird
15. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Aeroplane

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Recently, I was introduced to It's basically a journal for serious music listeners, not quitel ike what we're doing here, it's much more community based. It also affords people the ability to look and judge what other people are listening to via the Audioscrobbler plug-in. I'm going to play with it and see where it goes. I might even put up one of the charts in our Template here just so everyone has something to look at. For now, however, here is my chart

themadterran's Weekly Artists Chart

Friday, January 06, 2006

Every Now and then. . .

allmusic ((( Anton Gustavsson Tolkar Iron Maiden > Review )))

Every now and then the All Music Guide will have a review that makes me want to die laughing. The review for the last Limp Bizkit album was one, simply in how they trashed it without trashing it. This, however, makes me smile. I haven't heard the album in question, nor am I a HUGE metalhead (in fact, my ears can't handle anymore), but this makes me want to seek this one out.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Dellessa's Top 10 Musical Picks Of 2005

1. Depeche Mode- Playing the Angel
I adore the rythem and textures. It's something a bit rich and strange. Song Pick: Precious.

2. Fiona Apple- Extraordinary Machine
Amazing vocals. Broody. Moody. And Damn it FUN all in one little package. I had this on my playlist for months, and it still pops up when I'm in the mood. Not About Love is my song pick from the album. It's a very tongue in cheek sort of song, and the video gets the Dellessa seal of approval (which isn't something I say very often.)

3. Rasputina- Radical Recital
Rasputina is just one of those bands that sounds wonderful in studio, but they really shine live. Melora's funny commentary is also a bright spot. Song Pick: The Mayor.

4. Tori Amos- The Beekeeper In my opinion of Ms. Amos' best albums this one is emotional and deep. There is a new depth to her voice that I can't help but approve of. Incidentally Damien Rice is also featured in The Power of Orange Knickers, which makes it a double treat. Song Pick: The Beekeeper

6.Zoe Keating- Onecellox16
Normally I detest instramental music, however I will willingly make an exception in this case. This cd is too whimsical and lovely not to adore. Song pick: Arrival

7. Arcade Fire- The Funeral
They know their way around string instruments. How could I not approve? Song pick: Crown of Love

8. Damien Rice- O
Why the hell didn't I buy this before this year? WHYWHYWHY? Because I'm nuts. Song Pick: The Blower's Daughter

9. Sigur Ros- Takk Subtly beautiful. I'm not sure what to say about this cd or this band for that matter. They have a special talent for evoking emotion, and an even greater talent for putting out other-worldly sounding music. They are just amazingly different and strange (I like that in a band.) Track Pick: Glosoli

10. Keane- Hopes and Fears Mike, at work, shoved this cd at me. I'm rather glad he did. It's a splendid debut album, my only complaint being that there is not a new one out now. I think this sums it up wel---"like Coldplay, Keane also do a fine trade in catchy and heartfelt indie-pop, all bruised verses and soaring choruses."
Track Pick: Somewhere Only We Know

And with that done. I would just like to say hi. :p I'm Dellessanna. The Mad Terran gave me power to post (finally), but anyway. I"m sure my list makes it seem like I love everything. I doubt it. I don't think I could narrow a list of musical disasters in 2005 to only 10. It would be impossible.

The Mad Terran's Best of 2005

Well, here we are at the beginning of another year (a week in, in fact) and I'm still fiddling with my best of the previous year. I've finally narrowed it down to 10 and that was pretty hard. A lot of people have said that this was a crap year for music, and I retort: we say that EVERY year. Let's face it, radioplay gets worse and worse as it is taken over more and more by corporations like Clear Channel. I gave up on that and MTV for my musical diet years ago. Now, it seems to be whatever I stumble into on the internet or in various record shops. As we all know, I'm pretty openminded and diverse. So here are some of my favourites of 2005. I'm sure as I start putting my CD collection back together, I'll find other stuff to gush over, and I'll feel guilty for not mentioning them, but I wanted to keep this at 10 . . . This is, of course, in no particular order except for the last one which is my favourite for the year.

1. Porcupine Tree "Deadwing" A Steve Wilson project seems to have been on my lists since I started keeping them a couple years back. There's always something coming down the pipe from these guys and it's always nice to buy it. Deadwing is more dark, prog rock from one of the many bands seeking to pick up the mantle where Pink Floyd and other prog rock groups left off. And frankly, unlike a lot of the recent attempts by veteran prog rockers from Jethro Tull and Journey and a few other groups, this stuff just doesn't sound tired, or a retread.

2. Depeche Mode "Playing the Angel" Holy christ, it's another Depeche Mode album, and I love it from the first opening alarm-like sounds. My favaourite off this one is "John the Revelator" which rocks and something I might speak on more in the future.

3. The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex "Life Begins Again" When I saw this on a list at work as a new release, I nearly screamed. I couldn't wait to hear what would come out of this former Smashing Pumpkins drummer. When I got my hands on it, I was shocked to hear something that was essentially a jazz-rock fusion album. It's stayed in rotation around here for a while. Billy Corgan's own solo project this year was also pretty cool, but somehow I didn't love it as much as this.

4. Sigur Ros "Takk" I've said a lot about this band over the past few months. It's one those bands and album that have a purgative effect. No matter how I feel before listening, I feel clensed by the end of the album. Check out their website and their downloads section, they've got a few really good videos up too. Just be prepared to sit and stare and the simple majesty of this band.

5. Pitty Sing "Pitty Sing" This is a band that I found in the store and gave a quick listen and decided it warranted further attention. Eventually, I bought the album and really listened to them and they really surprised me. "Radio" "Telephone" "We're On Drugs" all have been played fairly regularly in my shoutcasts and found their way on a couple of the mixes.

6. The High Strung "Moxie Bravo" I heard them on NPR several months ago and they really impressed me. I wrote a gushing review about them a while back and finally got the album. The album lives up to my own hype.

7. Bettye LaVette "I've Got My Own Hell To Raise" I think this is a part of my growing interest into R&B, Soul and Blues. There's some serious passion behind this woman's vocals. She also covers a song from an earlier album from another one this years best, "Sleep to Dream" by Fiona Apple. Bettye's vocals and the arrangement give the song a depth and maturity that no one in their teens can hope to have. Bettye's voice begs, pleads, demands, does all the things that a good soulful singer can accomplish, but you can really hear something behind these vocals, as opposed to a lot of the schlock polluting the R&B world. Bettye is definitely not Beyonce Knowles.

8. Fiona Apple "Extrordinary Machine" Yes, it came out. Yes, I've got it. Yes, I'm in love with her again. My musical mistress does it again, putting out something that's both playful and serious at the same time. I love the carnivalesque aspect the title track has, and the absolute denial behind "Not About Love." If you can, check out the videos for this album, though sadly, her official, Sony run website doesn't direct you to them. And oh yeah, the older she gets, the hotter she gets too. (Though some might say she still needs a few sandwhiches).

9. Subarachnoid Space "The Red Veil" Surfing around online, I accidentally downloaded one of their tracks and really liked it. It was somehow burried in someone's Pink Floyd folder. I did some research and learned more about the band. They're a West Coast band that basically make music that sounds like a trip on brown acid, therefore, it's instrumental psychedelia that's not for the faint of heart. This is lots of grinding guitars and drumming washing over you in wave after wave. It's the dark, distorted instrumental music I dream of.

And now for this year's all time favourite. . .

10. The Mars Volta "Francis the Mute" This band, along with the Flaming Lips and Porcupine Tree are becoming one of the bands I can't do without. This album blew me away and still does every time I listen to it. It's damn near everything. I can go on and on, but why bore you with details. Go buy this record, or at least sample it. (It really isn't for everyone. It's been described as "discordant" by people who don't get it).

Some honorable mentions: Dredge "Catch Without Arms," Rilo Kiley "More Adventurous," and Echo and the Bunnymen "Siberia." There are others, but I'll mention them as I sift through things.

Sunday, January 01, 2006


Happy New Year everyone. I've got nothing else other than that.

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