1. Burzum - Filosefem
    Released 1 January 1996 on Misanthropy/Cymophane (this release was for Record Store Day 2013 on Back on Black)

    Alright, so I don’t really know where to start with this. I’m gonna try and keep it about the actual record, rather than about what an absolute loon Varg is. I’m really hit and miss with a lot of black metal. I kind of have to be in the mood to listen to it, and I never really feel indifferent to any of it. I’ll either totally love it, or think it’s unlistenable garbage. This is obviously one of those in the former category, and I think a lot of that is because I’m pretty into all types of ambient stuff, so a bit of dark ambient metal is right up my street.
    I picked this up at my local record shop last RSD and I hadn’t really planned to, but mostly because I really wasn’t expecting them to have it in at all. Where I live is a p backwards town and the shop doesn’t really sell many records at all, it’s almost entirely CDs, so it was a right pleasant surprise. I think they actually had all of his releases in, but y’know, wouldn’t have been v sensible to buy them all.
    Looks wise, it’s a bit of a beaut, right? I proper love clear vinyl and speckled records, so this was a whole bunch of goodness rolled into one. And kudos to whoever made it match the artwork so well.
    Right, I better actually talk about the music now, I guess. This album only has 6 tracks on, but it runs to over an hour. That’s mostly because the longest track on here, “Rundgang Um Die Transzendentale Saule Der Singularitat" (which translates to Tour Around the Transcendental Columns of Singularity) comes in at over the 25 minute marl. It’s super ambient to the point where you could probably be forgiven for thinking that someone had been sampling Jean Michel Jarre and I really like it. It’s the sort of thing I proper enjoy having on in the background when I’m reading a book or flicking through a magazine with a cig or something.
    The tracks either side of that though, are a lot more lo-fi metal. “Gebrechlichkeit I" and "Gebrechlichkeit II" are way more distorted vocals and fuzzy guitars. They’re also both exactly the same length, running at 7:53, as is the third track, which I think is kind of cool.
    The first Burzum track I ever heard is the opener on this and it’s still my favourite one of all. I don’t really know how to explain “Dunkelheit" apart from just to say it’s SO GOOD. Apparently it was the first track he ever wrote as Burzum and I think that’s pretty cool (and also kind of sad that his peak was the first thing he did).
    I can see that this is really not for everyone at all, but I totally dig how minimal and chilled it is, especially for black metal. Maybe I don’t really like actual black metal, just angry ambient stuff.

     

  2. Against Me! - True Trans
    Released 12 July 2013 on Total Treble Music

    So, we all know that Transgender Dysphoria Blues is easily a contender for best album of 2014, right (and it will be posted about on here soon enough)? If not, shame on you.
    As a person who falls under the transgender umbrella, I have a huge amount of admiration, love and respect for Laura Jane Grace and I think maybe that’s why I love this lil single possibly even more than the whole record. Both of the tracks on here are acoustic versions of songs that are on the full length, and they’re both so stripped back and raw and just really powerful. The A side is “FuckMyLife666”, and the lyrics are just so honest and intense and very clearly autobiographical and it’s so good. But the B side “True Trans Soul Rebel" is one of my favourite songs right now, for sure. this version of it is so much better than the album version, in my opinion. Laura’s voice is just so very strong right now and it’s never sounded better. This song just gets me every time I hear it, the second verse honestly hits me like a punch in the chest. It’s my very favourite thing to sing along to when I’m in a super angsty mood and I think it’s gonna be one of them songs I truly love forever.
    Basically, this single is 6 minutes and 8 seconds of pure bliss.

     


  3. Took a whole bunch of new photos for on here and I’m gonna try and get some written out and properly queued up pals, so maybe I’ll start updating this a bit more!

     

  4. Some of my recent purchases. I do also have some Tegan and Sara, Iron Chic, Sam Cooke and Tallest Man on Earth, but they wouldn’t fit.

     


  5. I keep meaning to make a post about ‘A Healthy Distrust’, but every time I go to write it, I just get far too excited about how much I love Sage Francis and I know that like nobody reads this, but it’s kind of embarrassing to just cry about how much you love a rapper on the internet.

     

  6. Latterman - …We Are Still Alive
    Released July 2006 on Deep Elm Records/NO IDEA

    I’ve talked about how much I like Latterman on here before, so I won’t bore you with that and I’ll just talk about this record. As you’d expect from a shouty punk band, there’s a few pretty short tracks, two of them coming in at under the 2 minute mark, but there’s also the closing track “Will This Be On The Test?" that stretches over 6 and a bit minutes, and is sadly one of my least favourites off here. It’s not terrible to the point where I skip it, but it’s never a song I actually want to listen to. But I shan’t carry on too much with the negatives. This is my favourite Latterman record and the opening track "Water Manes at the Block’s End" is easily my favourite track of theirs. It’s got such a beautiful, twinkly intro and then when it kicks in, it just really makes me want to bounce round, and I reckon that’s exactly what this sort of music should do. I’m actually finding it really hard to pin down my high points off here, it’s such a great album and I’m so sad that they broke up, but what a high note to go out on? Let’s start with the low points for a minute then. I’m not overly fond of "If Batman Was Real, He’d Have Beaten the Crap Out Of My Friends”, it’s definitely one of the weaker tracks for me, but at least it has a pretty excellent title
    As far as the best tracks? Lyrically, I think “We Work the Night Shift" is just beautiful (we hoped it wouldn’t fall apart, but it’s falling apart. it’s fallen apart). It’s one of the less upbeat songs, but that doesn’t make it any less great. "I Decided Not to Do Them" is a proper belting shout a long anthem to, so that’s probably my other must listen. So, it’s not as much of a pretty record to look at as "No Matter Where We Go…!" is, but it’s got better songs, and that’s more important.

    If you’re into any of this sort of stuff, Deep Elm have got all their back catalogue currently up for pay what you want download here, which is super cool and you should go spend a couple of quid supporting them.

     


  7. For many reasons, I fell out of love with music a bit and now I’ve fallen back in love and I am listening to a whole new bunch of stuff and I’ve moved all my records into my room (they were stored elsewhere) so I’ll actually listen to them so hopefully that means I shall start posting about them again. Sorry I’m such a rubbish blogger.

     


  8. And so concludes my festive record blogging. I hope everyone’s having a swell holiday period, whatever you celebrate, or if you don’t celebrate anything at all. And if you’re not, well, posi vibes to you, you’ll get through it.

     

  9. Band Aid - Do They Know It’s Christmas?
    Released 25 November 1984 on Parlophone

    Right, I hate that I love this song, because it absolutely reeks of white saviourism and well, the video for “Do They Know It’s Christmas?" (the audio on that link is pretty guiet) is just downright horrible, that shot at the end of a dead child is really quite distressing, which I guess is the point, but I don’t like when charities use guilt tactics, I want to give my money to proper causes because that’s what I want to do, not because you’ll tell me I’m a bad person if I don’t But I’m getting off the point. So yes, this song is a bit racist and I need to grow out of it, but I’ve got a lot of fond memories of being way too young to understand what this song was really about and just wailing along to the FEED THE WORLD section with my pals at Christmas parties and stuff, apparently too many of them to flat out kick it to the curb. The B-Side "Feed the World" is just a bunch of famous people talking over the instrumental which I’m not really sure you can call a B-Side, but it’s quite nice to listen to David Bowie telling me to have a peaceful New Year.

     

  10. Otis Redding - White Christmas
    Released 1968 on Atlantic

    My very good lovepal bought me this last year for our first Christmas together, because he knows that I think basically all of Otis Redding’s cover versions are better than the original and “White Christmas" is no exception. It is hands down my favourite Christmas song, so so beautiful and I don’t really have anything to say about it, other than that, I find no faults in it, at all. This, along with the B-Side, "Merry Christmas, Baby" has had a whole bunch of plays this festive season.