elcome to the Digital Meltd0wn Music Blog. The aim of this blog is to introduce the readers to music that is out of print, commercially unavailable, released under a creative commons license, or with approval by the featured artist. The majority of the music posted here would be considered underground. Don't let that fool you into thinking that the music featured here might be any less enjoyable than that of the mainstream artists you hear on the radio, as this couldn't be further from the truth. Please keep in mind that the majority of the artists that appear on this blog, along with their respective record labels, are not wealthy and need your support. If you enjoy the material that you find here, please support the artists/labels by purchasing their material afterwards. If you are an artist/label that would prefer to have your material removed from this blog, simply leave me a comment, and I would be more than happy to promptly remove the offending post. In addition to running this blog, I also work on a few other projects during my spare time. You can find links to those, as well as a few other important links associated with Digital Meltd0wn in the menu bar above.

Monday, December 31, 2007

Graphic Design Contest - Sponsored by Sir Reel Films & Trinity Comics

Deadline: Only 1 day left!

Update: I've decided to up the ante a little bit by adding $50.00 in cash, and free advertising, to the winner of the prize package, in hopes that it will increase the number of entries.

I've also created a flickr account to host all the banners that have been submitted to the contest. To view them click here

I'm proud to announce that Sir Reel Films and Trinity Comics are sponsoring a graphic design contest for Digital Meltd0wn. I'm constantly looking for new ways to improve this blog, and I've decided that it's time to replace the plain text header with a well designed banner. Since my graphic design skills are sub-par, I am leaving it up to the professionals to come up with the new look for Digital Meltd0wn. What I need is one banner for the Digital Meltd0wn music blog, and one small button. Sir Reel Films and Trinity Comics are offering a very generous prize package to one lucky winner. The winner of the contest will recieve the following:

The Prize Package

1 Signed Copy of The Wraith Movie on DVD
1 Signed Copy of The Wraith #0
1 Signed Copy of The Wraith #1
1 Signed 8x10 Glossy The Wraith Movie Poster
1 Certificate of Authenticity
Free Advertisement on both DM Blogs
Music Blogs Stats - Blogroll Stats
$50.00 (US Dollars)

All signed material will be signed by Actor David Cooper and Director Stephen J. Semones. The two comic issues will be signed by the comic creator Frank Dirscherl.

Contest Rules

1. Design a banner and button using the existing color scheme for the Digital Meltd0wn music blog.

2. The banner does not need to be a specific height or width, but it should be no wider than the existing header on the Digital Meltd0wn blog. The button needs to be 15 pixels in height and 80 pixels in length. The button can read either 'Digital Meltd0wn' or simply 'DM'. Both images need to be in either JPG or GIF format. It is not necessary, but if you would like to include PSD files, I would be very greatful.

3. The deadline for all entries will be December 31, 2007. Please include all files in a .zip or .rar archive and e-mail them to to dmcontest@hotmail.com Please be sure to include an e-mail address that I can reach you at should your entry win so that I can contact you about where to mail the prize package.

One winner will be chosen by myself, and once the winner is declared, all prizes will be shipped promptly to the winner by Director Stephen Semones of Sir Reel Films. If you have any questions please e-mail me at dmcontest@hotmail.com and I will respond as quickly as possible. Let your imagination run wild and may the best gfx artist win! I would like to thank Sir Reel Films and Trinity Comics for helping to make this contest possible and for offering up such great prizes to the winner. Please visit their websites and help to promote two great independent companies.

Sir Reel Films - http://www.sirreelfilms.net/
Sir Reel Films Blog - http://sirreelfilms.blogspot.com
Trinity Comics/The Wraith - http://www.the-wraith.com

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Psychedelic Minds Vol. 1 - Heavy Underground 1967-71

This was originally posted several months back on the Chris Goes Rock blog, which is one of the best around imho, so be sure to check it out if you haven't already. This compilation series presents the boiling point of international psychedelic underground sounds between 1967-71: the years when garage punk evolved into heavy psychedelic rock with its wider soundscapes and complex improvisations. VOL. 1 contains a dozen 45-rpm songs by lost psychedelic messengers (8 US bands and 1 from each of Germany, Peru & France ). The groups included are: Blackrock, Sound Machine, Yesterday´s Obsession, Mastermind, Sangre Mexicana, Bhagavad Gita, Protein Bros, Purple Canteen, Los Nuevos Shains, Blow Mind and the A & B-side of the legendary Dirty Filthy Mud. At least 50% of the songs are unreissued and presented with great soundquality and 8 p. booklet. Certainly a piece of wax for Dr. Leary´s students: Turn on, Tune in, Listen again! (Freak Embporium)

Dirty Filthy Mud (Last 2 Tracks):
From Oakland, California, this band recorded their only 45 at Sierra Sound Labs in Berkeley. It was issued in a thick cardboard art sleeve like the Frumious Bandersnatch and Country Joe and The Fish EP's (which explains why it is often referred to as an "EP"!). The Forest Of Black is one of the most blatantly psychedelic recordings from the Bay Area sixties scene, with wild electronic effects and druggy lyrics that seem to have been inspired by Country Joe's Bass Strings.The original 45 has become very expensive and nearly impossible to locate at any price.

Track List:
1. - Blackrock - Black Cloud Overhead
2. - Sound Machine - Woman
3. - Yesterday's Obsession - The Phycle
4. - Mastermind - Turn Of The Head
5. - Sangre Mexicana - Good Cause
6. - Bhagavad Gita - Long Hair Soulful
7. - Protein Bros - Drainpipe
8. - Purple Canteen - Brains In My Feet
9. - Los Nuevos Shains - Looking You
10. - Blow Mind - They´re Coming
11. - Dirty Filthy Mud - Morning Sun Flower
12. - Dirty Filthy Mud - The Forest of Black

Download: Psychedelic Minds Vol. 1 - Heavy Underground (82.7MB)

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Nebula - Apollo

With Kyuss now long gone, Monster Magnet traveling distant galaxies, and Fu Manchu driving their graffiti-decorated vans over groove-rock desert highways somewhere in the distance, are Nebula the last of the prototypical stoner rock Mohicans? Strictly speaking, no, since they themselves were relative late arrivals to the scene, having sprung fully formed from the bowels of the aforementioned Fu Manchu in 1997 -- but in terms of the mostly unadulterated '90s-style stoner rock (psychedelic and space rock-infused, sure, but ultimately grounded in '60s garage and '70s hard rock) heard on their fifth full album, Apollo, quite possibly. Despite what trends would tell you, said '90s movement is alive and well in staple Nebula numbers like "Loose Cannon," "The Alchemist," "The Eagle Has Landed," and "Decadent Garden" -- all of them boasting catchy, crunchy riffs from main man Eddie Glass, Bonham-esque percussion from ever-faithful drummer Ruben Romano, and solid if inconspicuous support from new bassist Tom Davies. Laid-back numbers -- half-psych, half-blues -- like "Future Days" and "Wired" provide mellow detours for nice, diversifying effect, but it's ultimately naturally self-combustible concoctions like "Lightbringer," "Ghost Ride," and "Trapezium Procession" that stand out of the pack -- along with turbocharged, post-Detroit garage rock fare like "Ghost Ride" and the brilliant, Saints-reminiscent "Fever Frey." The latter, in particular, also serves to remind listeners of Glass' always impressive six-string chops (see also the slash-and-burn bookends "Orbit" and "Opiate Float") -- arguably second only to Monster Magnet's Ed Mundell in terms of innate, guitar hero-type inspiration within their generation. And as long as he's in the driver's seat, Nebula will likely be out there, flying the stoner rock flag
(Year of Release: 2006)

Track List:
1. Orbit
2. Loose Cannon
3. Fever Frey
4. Lightbringer
5. Future Days
6. Ghost Ride
7. The Alchemist
8. Trapezium Procession
9. Controlled
10. The Eagle Has Landed
11. Fruit of my Soul
12. Decadent Garden
13. Wired
14. Opiate Float > Orbit

Download: Nebula - Apollo (53MB)

Monday, December 24, 2007

Danny Elfman - Nightmare Before Christmas

This is about as close as it gets to honoring Christmas in any type of way for me. It looks like this one is going to be especially bad for me as my girlfriend broke up with me yesterday and I had to miss my family's party because of work. So I'm shamelessly being a scrooge this year and offering up the Nightmare Before Christmas because the title reflects how I feel right now. I hope that your holiday season is better than mine.

Track List:
1. Overture - Orchestra
2. Opening - Patrick Stewart
3. This Is Halloween - Danny Elfman
4. Jack's Lament - Citizens Of Halloween Town
5. Doctor Finkelstein/In The Forest - Danny Elfman
6. What's This? - Patrick Stewart And Halloween Cast
7. Town Meeting Song - Danny Elfman
8. Jack And Sally Montage - Danny Elfman And Cast
9. Jack's Obsession - Patrick Stewart And Halloween Cast
10. Kidnap The Sandy Claws - Danny Elfman And Cast
11. Making Christmas - Danny Elfman And The Citizens Of Halloween Town
12. Nabbed - Patrick Stewart And Halloween Cast
13. Oogie Boogie's Song - Ken Page With Ed Ivory
14. Sally's Song - Cathrine O'Hara
15. Christmas Eve Montage - Patrick Stewart And Halloween Cast
16. Poor Jack - Danny Elfman
17. To The Rescue - Patrick Stewart And Halloween Cast
18. Finale/Reprise - Danny Elfman, Cathrine O'Hara, Citizens of Halloween...
19. Closing - Patrick Stewart
20. End Title - Patrick Stewart And Halloween Cast

Download: Nightmare Before Christmas OST (56.3MB)

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Buckethead - Monsters & Robots

I'm short on time today, so I'm just going to leave you with this, and put up an offsite review for the time being.

"Mixing metallic guitar heroics with funk, hip-hop, electronica, and a cinematic soundtrack feel, Buckethead's Monsters and Robots is yet another eclectic opus inspired in large part by low-budget monster/horror, martial arts, and science fiction movies, especially those of Japan. Like any Buckethead album, the music does meander in spots, but this outing does improve on its predecessor Colma by employing a variety of guest bassists; Primus' Les Claypool (as well as drummer Brain), Bootsy Collins, and Bill Laswell all enliven the music's rhythmic underpinnings in ways that Buckethead's own bass playing on Colma didn't. Plus, the contributions of guest DJs Phonosycograph Disk, DJ Eddie Def, and Xtrakd are inventive and stimulating, complementing rather than confusing the musical mix. It may not be completely consistent, but Monsters and Robots offers more than enough musical derangement to satisfy." - Allmusic

(Year of Release: 1999)

Track List:
1. Jump Man
2. Stick Pit
3. The Ballad of Buckethead
4. Sow Thistle
5. Revenge of the Double Man
6. Night of the Slunk
7. Who Me?
8. Jowles
9. The Shape vs. Buckethead
10. Stun Operator
11. Scapula
12. Nun Chuka Kata

Download: Buckethead - Monsters & Robots (58MB)

Distorted Pony - Punishment Room

Big thanks go out to Ian from the Shark Fin blog for originally uploading this. It's a new blog, but there is some great stuff to be found there already.

Distorted Pony formed in 1986 as the golden age of Los Angeles' punk/post punk eras were winding down. The duo of guitarist David Uskovich (aka David U) and bassist Tricia Pistay (aka Dora Jahr) enlisted the services of a drum machine after failed attempts to locate a suitable human specimen. Shortly thereafter Ted Carroll (aka Theodore Jackson) came on board to provide additional percussion (ala sheet metal, trash cans and the like) along with Robert "Hammer" Eisenhamer on second guitar. After a 7-inch for Piece of Mind Records, the foursome recorded their "Work Makes Freedom" EP for the long-running indie Bomp Records. With it's repetitive skronk and calculated beats, one can easily identify the influence of Big Black throughout, yet the press was in agreement that while DP proudly wore their influences on their debut, the future looked promising.

Having avoided a fleshy drummer long enough, veteran skinsman London May (ex-Dag Nasty/Samhain) joined the fold and as a 5-piece the band reached a whole new level. In January of 1992, they recorded their first full-length, "Punishment Room" (also for Bomp), on an 8-track in the their house with the help of budding producer Steve Albini. It was later mixed in Steve's studio in Chicago. The addition of a live drummer added new depth, an organic and straight to the gut immediacy lacking on earlier recordings. Comparisons were drawn to acts as diverse as Big Black, Cop Shoot Cop, Jesus ans Mary Chain, Pussy Galore, and Birthday Party.

Track List:
1. Hod
2. Death In The Turnstile
3. God's List
4. Splinter
5. Krank
6. Gutbug
7. Castration Anxiety
8. Powerless
9. Plague Bed
10. Down Where The Dirt Collects
11. Fee Schedule
12. Sinner's Prayer
13. Forensic Interest
14. Blare
15. Pillar Of Salt

Download: Distorted Pony - Punishment Room (71MB)

13th Floor Elevators - Bull of the Woods (1968)

13th Floor Elevators - Bull of the Woods (1968)

Friday, December 21, 2007

Negativland - U2

This will probably be the longest description for a single that I ever post on this blog, and with good reason. I don't believe that any other single has generated as much controversy as this one did at the time of its release.

In 1991, Negativland released a single with the title "U2" displayed in very large type on the front of the packaging, and "Negativland" in a smaller typeface. The songs within were parodies of the group U2's well-known 1987 song, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", including kazoos and extensive sampling of the original song. The song "The Letter U And The Numeral 2" features a musical backing to an extended profane rant from well-known disc jockey Casey Kasem, lapsing out of his more polished and professional tone during a frustrating rehearsal which had gone out to many stations as raw feed and was taped by several engineers, who had been passing it around for a number of years. One of Kasem's milder comments was "These guys are from England and who gives a shit?" (U2's members are in fact from the Republic of Ireland).

U2's label Island Records quickly sued Negativland, claiming that placing the word "U2" on the cover violated trademark law, as did the song itself. Island Records also contended that the single was an attempt to deliberately confuse U2 fans, then awaiting the impending release of Achtung Baby.

In June, 1992, R. U. Sirius, publisher of the magazine Mondo 2000 came up with an interesting idea. Publicists from U2 had contacted him regarding the possibility of interviewing Dave Evans (aka "The Edge") hoping to promote U2's impending multi-million dollar Zoo TV Tour, which featured found sounds and live sampling from mass media outlets (things for which Negativland had been known for some time). Sirius, unbeknownst to Edge, decided to have his friends Joyce and Hosler of Negativland conduct the interview. Joyce and Hosler, fresh from Island's lawsuit, peppered the Edge with questions regarding his ideas about the use of sampling in their new tour, and the legality of using copyrighted material without permission. Midway through the interview, Joyce and Hosler revealed their identities as members of Negativland. An embarrassed Edge reported that U2 were bothered by the sledgehammer legal approach Island Records took in their lawsuit, and furthermore that much of the legal wrangling took place without U2's knowledge: "by the time we [U2] realized what was going on it was kinda too late, and we actually did approach the record company on your [Negativland's] behalf and said, 'Look, c'mon, this is just, this is very heavy...'" Island Records reported to Negativland that U2 never authorized samples of their material; Evans response was, "that's complete bollocks, there's like, there's at least six records out there that are direct samples from our stuff."[1]

The "U2" single (along with other related material) was re-released in 2001 on a "bootleg" album entitled These Guys Are from England and Who Gives a Shit, released on "Seelard Records" (a parody of Negativland's record label Seeland Records). It is thought likely that Negativland themselves were responsible for the re-release, and that U2 gave their blessing; although the Negativland website refers to this release as a bootleg, it is available from major retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, and Tower Records, as well as Negativland's own mail-order business.

Negativland are interested in intellectual property rights, and argue that their use of U2's and others' material falls under the fair use clause. In 1995, they released a book, with accompanying CD, called Fair Use: The Story of the Letter U and the Numeral 2, about the whole U2 incident (from Island Records first suing Negativland for the release to Negativland gaining back control of their work four years later). The book ends with a large appendix of essays about fair use and copyright by Negativland and others, telling the story with newspaper clippings, court papers, faxes, press releases and other documents arranged in chronological order. An unfortunate side effect of the Negativland-Island lawsuit was another one brought on between Negativland and SST, which served to sever all remaining ties the two had. To get back at Negativland (while wryly circumventing their name), Ginn later released the Negativ(e)land: Live on Tour album on SST.

Negativland were the main subjects of Craig Baldwin's documentary Sonic Outlaws, detailing the use of culture jamming to subvert the messages of more traditional media outlets. There are many other artists who push the boundaries of copyright law in a similar way to Negativland, including John Oswald, the Evolution Control Committee, The Bran Flakes, Countymojo, The Tape-Beatles, Sir Mildred Pierce, and People Like Us.
(Year of Release: 1991)

Track List:
1. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (1991 A Cappella Mix)
2. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (Special Edit Radio Mix)

Download: Negativland - U2 (12MB)

Negativland - A Big 10-8 Place

Since a few of you asked so nicely, I've decided to bring you more Negativland. I also have 'Helter Stupid' and 'U2'. If you would like me to upload them, just leave a comment. This is Negativland's legendary 1983 conceptual suburban epic A Big 10-8 Place. Over three years in the making, and with thousands of analog tape splices, this insanely cut-up and uniquely weird release remains the hands down favorite of many fans of Negativland's work. A Big 10-8 finds Negativland's work at its most insanely detailed and heavily edited. The lbum opener 'Theme From A Big 10-8 Place is a misleadingly straight-up pop excursion, but three minutes later you get an almighty plunderphonic blitzkrieg to contend with, in the shape of the first part of the album proper, a thirteen-minute deluge of cut-and-paste mayhem and fast-cutting audio collage.

Named after the citizen's band code for "on the air," A Big 10-8 Place made good use of recordings of people talking over the airwaves. In its entirety, the album served as a kind of documentary of Contra Costa County, where the bandmembers lived (there was even a piece with directions on how to get to Concord from San Francisco, if you were interested in visiting). The album fired the opening volley in Negativland's ongoing challenge against copyrights and what is considered public domain. How much does something have to be changed before it's original? If you say something over the air, is it public domain? Although A Big 10-8 Place posed some of these questions, it was just a warm-up for the albums to come.
(Year of Release: 1983)

Track List:
1. Theme from A Big 10-8 Place
2. Big 10-8 Place, Pt. 1
3. Clowns and Ballerinas
4. Introduction
5. Four Fingers
6. Big 10-8 Place, Pt. 2 (180-G)

Download: Negativland - A Big 10-8 Place (71MB)

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Negativland - Escape From Noise

While the sound collage of Negativland's first three studio albums pointed in the band's ultimate direction, they were really rough sketches compared to Escape From Noise. Escape is a full-on audio assault, more musical than ever, but with tight and well-constructed sound sections thrown in. Instead of simply a collection of sounds and snippets, however, each cut on Escape From Noise picks a target and takes aim. "Quiet Please" takes on market research in the world of radio. "Michael Jackson" is a laundry list of pop stars being charged with creating commercial pop. "Sycamore" turns happy, shiny, new pre-planned communities into something far more sinister. Although some other tracks ("Yellow, Black and Rectangular," "Car Bomb") don't really take on particular targets, they're fun nonetheless. Probably the most accomplished piece is the strangely creepy "Time Zones," which talks about how many time zones there are in the Soviet Union (there are 11, by the way, and it's not even funny). Although it wasn't apparent at the time, the centerpiece of the album would be "Christianity Is Stupid," a prime example of how sound bites can be rearranged to say whatever you want them to say. (The full sound bites appear on the album Helter Stupid, the first half of which was inspired by a media frenzy after the band suggested that a murder may be attributable to "Christianity Is Stupid," as an excuse to get out of having to tour in the wake of this album, which turned out to be a much bigger success than anyone expected.) Scattered throughout the album are unexpected guest appearances from some of the biggest names in underground music, including Jello Biafra on "toilet flushing," the Residents on "hoots and clanging," and the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and Mickey Hart on mouth sounds and "processed animals." In addition to better-constructed material, the production quality on Escape From Noise is also top-notch, making it a joy to listen to. Although future works would prove more controversial, this is probably Negativland's masterwork.

Track List:
1. Announcement
2. Quiet Please
3. Michael Jackson
4. Escape From Noise
5. The Playboy Channel
6. Stress In Marriage
7. Nesbitt's Lime Soda Song
8. Over The Hiccups
9. Sycamore
10. Car Bomb
11. Yellow Black And Rectangular
12. Backstage Pass
13. Christianity Is Stupid
14. Time Zones
15. You Don't Even Live Here
16. The Way Of It
17. Endscape

Download: Negativland - Escape From Noise (57MB)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

NoMeansNo - Why Do They Call Me Mr. Happy?

A concept album of sorts.. the question posed by the title isn't answered until the final line of the album, Why Do They Call Me Mr. Happy? Like nearly everything else the band has released over the years, this is clear and definite proof of the group's inspired, creative energy. More than once the trio hits amazing rock epic heights that have more sheer lift and charge than most anything that laid claim to the title -- about the only North American band at the time who had a similar feeling (if slightly different approach) was Drive Like Jehu. Songs like "The River," with a brilliant, powerful vocal matching the surging, rising riffs, and the constantly time-shifting prog/metal/punk master-stomp "Kill Everyone Now" sound like they're about to burst out of the speakers, come to life, and go off hunting and slaying. Even in short moments, like the mid-album minute-and-a-half "Happy Bridge," the sheer focus and live-wire kick of Nomeansno would leave most other bands gasping for air. That said, more than once this album found the band working in a bit more restraint here and there, almost as if the best response to grunge dominance was to find subtler ways to make the same point. Thus "The Land of the Living" mostly revolves around a low, snaky bassline that the band makes some righteous but not overwhelming noise over (and often keeps to near silence), building up to miniature climaxes throughout. "Machine" starts off calmer before getting more weirdly strident as it goes, while "I Need You" foregrounds the rhythm and vocals at the start, guitar parts echoing only briefly in the background, bringing everything up with a slow, controlled burn, exploding just when needed but ending on the same tense, threatening note.
(Year of Release: 1993)

Track List:
1. The Land Of The Living
2. The River
3. Machine
4. Madness And Death
5. Happy Bridge
6. Kill Everyone Now
7. I Need You Listen
8. Slowly Melting
9. Lullaby
10. Cats, Sex and Nazis

Download: NoMeansNo - Why Do They Call Me Mr. Happy? (68MB)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

VA - The Psychedelic Experience - Volume 4

This is the last volume in a four volume series entitled: The Psychedelic Experience. This compilation consists of ultra rare 60's psychedelic and garage punk. Many of this songs are only available on this collection, and were pulled from various 45s released around the United States during the 60's garage band explosion. An extremely limited number of these vinyl records were pressed, and even fewer managed to survive. Although most of the bands on this compilation would go on to vanish into obscurity, these tracks still sound impressive after all these years. The Psychedelic Experience doesn't disappoint with it's assortment of straight forward monster garage fuzz rock and roll.

Track List:
1. Perpetual Motion Workshop - Infiltrate Your Mind
2. Captain Crunch & the Crew - Nowadays People
3. Barber Green - Gliding Ride
4. Stonemen - In The Evening
5. Beggars Opera - Escape
6. Fox & The Roadrunners - Illusions Of A Party
7. Famen - Hurry
8. Golden Grass - Elastic Soldier
9. Golden Grass - I'm Crying
10. Stonemen - Faded Colors
11. Reverbs - Lie In The Shade Of The Sun
12. Peabody Hermitage - Something So
13. Barracudas - Wait For Tomorrow
14. Them USA - Her Kind
15. Peabody Hermitage - Fear
16. Group - Why Does My Head Go Boom
17. Long Richard - Force Myself
18. Grapple - Snail
19. Wally Shoop & Fubar - Words In My Head
20. Nightpatrol - Trippin'
21. Mark Of Kings - Realities

Download: The Psychedelic Experience - Vol. 4 (43MB)

The Psychedelic Experience - Vol. 1 - New Link Added

I've re-upped The Psychedelic Experience - Vol. 1 to Megaupload. Sorry for the wait. I'll finish posting the other volumes tonight.

Monday, December 17, 2007

VA - The Psychedelic Experience - Volume 3

This is the third of four volumes in The Psychedelic Experience series. This compilation consists of ultra rare 60's psychedelic and garage punk. Many of this songs are only available on this collection, and were pulled from various 45s released around the United States during the 60's garage band explosion. An extremely limited number of these vinyl records were pressed, and even fewer managed to survive. Although most of the bands on this compilation would go on to vanish into obscurity, these tracks still sound impressive after all these years. The Psychedelic Experience doesn't disappoint with it's assortment of straight forward monster garage fuzz rock and roll.

Track List:
1. Logic Circuit - Motorcross
2. Steve Akin - I'm Trippin' Alone
3. Perpetual Motion Workshop - Won't Come Down
4. Section Five - Pusher's Route
5. Wild Things - A.C.I.D.
6. Inferno - The Inferno
7. Finnegan's Wake - No No No No No (la poupee qui fait non)
8. Electric Company - Scarey Business
9. Kensington Forest - Bells
10. Crosstown Bus - Enchanted Island
11. Lawson & 4 More - Halfway Down The Stairs
12. Hinge - The Idols Of Your Mind
13. Tears - People Through My Glasses
14. Grapple - Ethereal Genesis
15. Flyght - Trifle Cerivia
16. Elastic Prism - Time Change
17. David Santo - Rising Of Scorpio
18. Missing Lynx - Behind Locked Doors
19. One Of Hours - Psychedelic Illusion
20. Renaissance Fair - In Wyrd
21. Scorpio Tube - Yellow Listen
22. Jimmy White & The Relations - Diamond Coated Banana Bush
23. Pompeo Stillo & The Companions - He Was A Guitar Player And Now He Plays Machine Gun

Download: The Psychedelic Experience - Vol. 3 (86MB)

The Psychedelic Experience - Volume 1

This is the first of four volumes in The Psychedelic Experience series. This compilation consists of ultra rare 60's psychedelic and garage punk. Many of this songs are only available on this collection, and were pulled from various 45s released around the United States during the 60's garage band explosion. An extremely limited number of these vinyl records were pressed, and even fewer managed to survive. Although most of the bands on this compilation would go on to vanish into obscurity, these tracks still sound impressive after all these years. The Psychedelic Experience doesn't disappoint with it's assortment of straight forward monster garage fuzz rock and roll.

Track List:
1. Intro
2. Astros. - Space walk
3. Premiers. - Get on this plane
4. Fantastic zoo. - Light show
5. Flower power. - You make me fly
6. One mile ahead. - Contribution
7. Picture. - Evolution
8. Apple glass syndrome. - Someday
9. Kollertion. - Savage lost
10. A Black rose. - Love handles
12. Brass toad. - In the back of my mind
13. Troy . - Amnesia
14. Tommy jet. - Groovy little trip
15. Twilighters. - Nothing can bring me down
16. Inexpensive handmade look. - What good is up
17. Jason Merric. - I'm not what you are
18. Johny thompson quintet. - Colour me columbus
19. Scorpion. - I'm only human
20. Embryo infinity rebirth. - Walls
21. NCG45. - Shiping through the night
22. Stu Mitchell. - Acid
23. Tommy & the true blue facts. - I'm back
24. No title on master cd. - Unknown

Download: The Psychedelic Experience - Volume 1 (100.3MB)
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Friday, December 14, 2007

The Upper Crust - Entitled

The Upper Crust are an American group from Boston, formed from a surf rock band called the Clamdiggers in '92. They adopt the personas of 18th century aristocrats with titles of nobility, and rock the stage with powdered wigs, period costumes, and a snobbish attitude. After their two studio masterpieces, Let Them Eat Rock and The Decline and Fall of the Upper Crust, the Upper Crust chose to deign listeners with a double live album, Entitled, and it appears that the concept of wigged rockers enamored with '70s hard rock isn't getting any less hilarious.

Entitled includes 25 songs, 11 of which are new. The new tunes were supposed to appear on a third studio album, Once More Into the Breeches, for the Upper Crust's former label Emperor Norton. But Emperor Norton, showing very bad taste, abandoned the project. Some of the new songs are very funny and catchy, while others don't really distinguish themselves. Definitely "Matron," which borrows a bit from an Oasis song and has bassist Count Basie on vocals, "Bleed Me," "Once More Into the Breeches," and especially "Everybody's Equal" (hardly a socialist anthem) rank up there with their gold-plated hits. Of the best of the older material, there's the Upper Crust being shuttled about Hong Kong tune "Little Rickshaw Boy," the extremely rockin' "Tell Mother I'm Home," and the very silly "I've Got My Ascot and My Dickie."

My favorite track on Entitled is 'Everybody's Equal'. "And their assholes smell much sweeter of that I'm sure" is the icing on the cake.
(Year of Release: 2000)

Track List:
Disc: 1
1. Intro
2. Let Them Eat Rock
3. Little Lord Fauntleroy
4. Rock and Roll Butler
5. Rabble Rouser
6. High Falutin'
7. Persona Non Grata
8. Boudoir
9. Paradise Lost
10. Gourmet Love
11. Old Money
12. Tell Mother I'm Home
13. We're Finished With Finishing School
14. Cream of the Crust

Disc: 2
1. Once More Into the Breeches
2. She Speaks the Vulgar Tongue
3. I've Got My Ascot And My Dickie
4. 20 Paces
5. Who's Who of Love
6. Eureka, I Found Love
7. Luncheon
8. Matron
9. Intro
10. Bleed Me
11. Heirloom
12. Little Rickshaw Boy
13. Everybody's Equal

Download: The Upper Crust - Entitled (106MB)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Queen Adreena - Drink Me

Katie Jane Garside first made noise in the early '90s in the U.K. post-punk outfit Daisy Chainsaw. Her rag doll look of torn dresses besmirched in mud made her vulnerability a quick target for the media. Unfortunately, Daisy Chainsaw only released one album with Garside's vocal theatrics; she left the band in 1992 under pressures of being in the limelight. Eight years later, she and former Chainsaw guitarist Crispin Grey joined forces for Queen Adreena with bassist Orson Wajih and drummer Billy Freedom. They issued Taxidermy on Blanco y Negro in fall 2000. Billy Freedom was replaced in 2002 by drummer Pete Howard, formerly of The Clash. The band signed with Rough Trade for their second album, 2002's Drink Me. Since the band switched labels from Rough Trade to One Little Indian, this album has fallen out of print and has become somewhat of a collector's item to new fans of the band. One Little Indian records have stated that there are currently no plans to re-release the album.

Recording techniques having improved since the beginning of the 90’s, QA benefits from a thicker sound than Daisy Chainsaw’s. They have surprisingly added plain brutality to the expected noisy aspect in some songs. ‘Under a Floodboard World’ easily reminds one of NIN but Katie Jane Garside’s outbursts alternating with out of breath singing illuminate the song. ‘Pretty Like Drugs’ is half-way between Daisy chainsaw and Jesus Lizard. Some riffs sound metal (which might be a good after-effect of nu-metal: ‘Kitty collar tight’). When she does not yell, Garside finds back her twisted changing child-like voice in nonchalant songs that convey insanity and malaise again (‘Sleeping Pill’ industrial experiment, ‘Desert Lullaby’ sounds like an unhealthy nightmare while ‘My Silent Undoing’ is a strange lullaby).

Let’s forget Taxidermy’s mishap, Drink Me is Crispin Gray and Katie Jane Garside’s true come back despite a couple of superfluous songs. If there is no hit such as ‘Love Your Money’, ‘Siamese Almeida’ is an impressive visceral and noisy should-be single played at full throttle. ‘For I am the Way’ ends the album on a dubious impression of awakening. Daisy Chainsaw has been one of the bands which really epitomize the word schizophrenia through their music; Queen Adreena might be taking over things where Daisy Chainsaw left off.
(Year of Release: 2002)

Track List:
1. Pretty Like Drugs
2. Kitty Collar Tight
3. Siamese Almeida
4. Razorblade Sky
5. Sleeping Pill
6. A Bed Of Roses
7. My Silent Undoing
8. Desert Lullaby
9. Under A Floorboard World
10. Hotel Aftershow
11. For I Am The Way

Download: Queen Adreena - Drink Me (51.9MB)

Sonic's Rendezvous Band - Sweet Nothing

Sonic's Rendezvous Band was a rock and roll band from Ann Arbor, Michigan in the 1970s, featuring veterans of the 1960s Detroit rock scene. Led by guitarist Fred Sonic Smith, formerly of the MC5, SRB featured singer/ songwriter Scott Morgan formerly of the Rationals, a soul-influenced Detroit band of the 1960s, Gary Rassmussen of the Up and Scott Asheton of the Stooges.

They remained virtually unknown, but their one and only single retained high interest among fans of high energy rock and roll/ Detroit rock. A badly recorded bootleg LP called Strikes Like Lightning was traded in the 1980s. Artists of note, such as David Bowie would speak fondly of SRB. But lack of recorded material made the band a bit of a phantom.

Interest in the band was kindled in the late 1990s when Alive/ Total Energy Records released a studio recording of the as-then unheard song Electrophonic Tonic. In 1999 Mack Aborn Rhythm Arts released a compact disc compilation of rare live and recorded SRB tunes called Sweet Nothing. So receptive was the audience that a second compilation called City Slang was released in 2000. Both albums quickly sold out.
(Year of Release: 1999)

Track List:
1. Dangerous
2. Getting There (Is Half the Fun)
3. Let's Do It Again
4. Hearts
5. Love and Learn
6. Heart of Stone
7. Sweet Nothing
8. Asteroid B-612
9. Song L
10. City Slang

Download: Sonic's Rendezvous Band - Sweet Nothing (72.8MB)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Choking Victim - No Gods, No Managers

As requested, here's No Gods, No Managers by Choking Victim.

Track List:
1. 500 Channels
2. In Hell
3. Crack Rock Steady
4. Suicide (A Better Way)
5. In My Grave
6. Fucked Reality
7. Money
8. Hate Yer State
9. Fuck America
10. War Story
11. Five-Finger Discount
12. Praise To The Sinners
13. Living The Laws

Download: Choking Victim - No Gods, No Managers (96.3MB)

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Alien Sex Fiend - Acid Bath

A product of Britain's early-1980s gothic punk movement, Alien Sex Fiend was led by the Nick Wade, better known as Nik Fiend. A staple of the London scene, he made his recording debut under the name Demon Preacher. Several short-lived projects followed before he formed Alien Sex Fiend in 1982 with wife and synth player Christine (Mrs. Fiend), guitarist Yaxi Highrizer, and drummer Johnny "Ha Ha" Freshwater. Mixing the theatrical antics of Alice Cooper with the menacing synthesizer pulse of Suicide, Alien Sex Fiend debuted with the single Ignore the Machine, and would soon follow it up with the full-length Who's Been Sleeping in My Brain? in 1983. A series of indie-chart hits followed in 1984. The success of the album Acid Bath further increased the group's visibility, and in Japan, Alien Sex Fiend became major stars, resulting in the 1985 live release Liquid Head in Tokyo. Following the departure of Johnny Ha-Ha, the group continued as a trio to record 1985's bleak Maximum Security. The Fiends explored more synth and sample-oriented territory on 1988's Another Planet, a trend continued on 1990's Curse. With a revitalized line-up, Alien Sex Fiend resurfaced in 1992 with Open Head Surgery. With the release of the compilation The Singles 1983-1995, the band's affiliation with longtime label Anagram ended, and the Fiends soon established their own 13th Moon Records imprint. With the release of the trance-influenced 1996 EP Evolution, Alien Sex Fiend traveled even further away from their Goth beginnings into the realm of electronica, a move continued on 1997's Nocturnal Emissions.

Acid Bath is arguably ASF's strongest effort to date, and accurately displays the various styles that they have experimented with over the years. It was originally released on vinyl in 1984, and re-issued as a CD with three extra bonus tracks in 1988. The opening track "In God We Trust" starts up the album with the bands usual absurdity of surreal lyrics delivered by bizarre vocals over a dense electronic and sampled soundscape. "Dead and Re-Buried" is a quirky and energetic remix of the ASF classic. She's a Killer is easily Alien Sex Fiends darkest and most haunting tracks, opening with some rather bizarre samples blended with unnerving synth lines. Break Down and Cry is quite a dark piece which greatly differs from most of ASF's silly supernatural themes. It is comprised of very creative use of samples and synthesisers to create an ever evolving yet consistent soundscape, this is all topped off with one of Nik Fiend's most convincing vocal performances. Attack !!!!!! #2 throws in some of ASF's trademark madness to break up the albums bleak atmosphere with grinding guitars, snappy drumming and manic vocals. If you're a fan of the gothic or death rock genres, or just strange music in general, you'll want to give Acid Bath a listen
(Year of Release: 1988)

Track List:
1. In God We Trust (In Cars We Rost?)
2. Dead and Re-Buried
3. She's a Killer
4. Hee-Haw (Here Come the Bone People)
5. Smoke My Bones
6. Breakdown and Cry (Lay Down and Die - Goodbye)
7. E. S. T. (Trip to the Moon)
8. Attack !!!!!! #2
9. Boneshaker Baby
10. I Am a Product (Live)
11. 30 Second Coma

Download: Alien Sex Fiend - Acid Bath (75.3MB)

Various Artists - A Fistful of Fuzz

True to its name, A Fistful of Fuzz delivers a lot of fuzz-drenched material. Rather than being garage punk, however, most of the tracks on this compilation are late-1960s heavy psych, with the fuzz being mainly the acid rock variety. The greatest influences on the material presented are the trippier side of the San Francisco sound, especially the Jefferson Airplane and the acid rock of Blue Cheer, as well as the Iron Butterfly along with a little Doors influence thrown in as well. The themes of most of the songs are: drugs, sex, the generation gap, spirituality, individuality, and generally freaking out. A Fistful of Fuzz contains heavy cover versions of Purple Haze, Season of the Witch, You Really Got Me, and the album closes with a seven-minute freaked out version of Tobacco Road featuring a theremin. The most pop-sounding track on A Fistful of Fuzz, That Was Just His Thing by the In-Keepers, is in some ways the strangest track in this collection. The reference in the title is to Jesus, who "lived and died by the hammer and nail. I guess that was just his thing." Deadly serious spoken word interludes proclaim, "go out into all the world and say these things. And everyone that heareth them not shall be likened unto a foolish man." A Fistful of Fuzz is an all-around good compilation—efficient track notes, better-than-expected audio quality, and most of the tracks on A Fistful of Fuzz are unique to this compilation. - Turnmeondeadman

(Year of Release: 1998)

Track List:
1. John Doe and the Acetates - Purple Haze
2. Sound Apparatus - Travel Agent Man
3. Ruins - She Doesn't Understand
4. Prodigal - Reality
5. Journey Back - Synthetic People
6. Sounds Synonymous - Tensions
7. Pretty - The Electric Hand
8. Aliens - Season of the Witch
9. Ritual - Speed Freak
10. In-Keepers - That Was Just His Thing
11. Loos Foos and the Fiberglass Cornflake - Bless Me Father
12. Flying Circus - You Really Got Me
13. Denims - White Ship
14. Don Malena and the Dry Ice - Land of Summertime
15. Thackeray Rocke - Bawling
16. Tapestry Garden - She Needs Love
17. Green Slime - The Green Slime
18. Peabody Company - Tobacco Road

Download: VA - A Fistful of Fuzz (85.6MB)

New Stat Site Needed - Please Help

I've been using Shinystat to track visits to my blog. Up until this point it has served me very well, but unfortunately it stops recording all traffic once 1,000 page views have been reached for a day, and it suggests that I upgrade to the professional package. I would like to try out another service, and I've been around long enough to know that there are free alternatives out there without any limitations, but I'm just unfamiliar with them at the time. I would prefer a site that will include as much detailed information as possible. Please help me out by leaving a comment and mentioning any that you know of. Thanks in advance.

Masamichi Amano - Battle Royale OST

This is the official movie sountrack for the Japanese film Battle Royale. For those who haven't had the pleasure of watching this very controversial movie, here is a short plot summary

Battle Royale takes place in an alternate timeline in which Japan is a police state, known as the Republic of Greater East Asia. Every year fifty 3rd year junior high (grade 9) classes are chosen to forcibly fight to the death against one another until one student per class remains alive.

I believe this soundtrack is perfect for those who love classical, those who aren't familiar with it, and even those who wouldn't normally like it. Much like the film, this album creates a mood of excitement with powerful, dramatic, and even violent music, all the while remaining beautiful at the same time. The soundtrack mixes original pieces by composer Masamichi Amano, alongside classical masterpieces by the likes of Verdi, Bach, Strauss, and Schubert.

Track List:
01. Requiem (Verdi) Prologue (Masamichi Amano)
02. Millenium Education Reform Act
03. Teacher
04. The Game Begins
05. Memory
06. Slaughter House
07. Radetsky March (Johann Strauss I)
08. Student Battles
09. Blue Danube Waltz (Johann Strauss II)
10. Escape
11. Nanahara and Noriko friendship
12. Auf Dem Wasser Zu Singen (Franz Schubert)
13. Kawada's Theme
14. Kiriyama Attacks
15. Mimuras Determination
16. Utsumi and Nanahara Poison Medecine
17. The War of Girls Without Faith Nor Law
18. Reunion
19. Air From Orchestral Suite No.3 in D Major (Johann Sebastian Bach)
20. The Third Man
21. Teacher and Student Final Battle
22. Bitter Victory
23. A New Journey
24. Bonus Track - Shizuka Na Hibi No Kaidan Wo

Download: Masamichi Amano - Battle Royale (133.2MB)

Friday, December 07, 2007

Pennywise - Land of the Free?

On Land of the Free?, a record inspired by the worldwide protests against the World Trade Organization, L.A. skatecore veterans Pennywise claim to have written "a soundtrack for political activists all over the world." That this, their seventh album, is one of their finest to date is not due to any inspired political invective. The anthemic barrage of the opening "Time Marches On" sets the tone for an album whose music impacts like a police baton charge. Pennywise work so well as a complete band, it's often nothing short of breathtaking; just listen to the way Randy Bradbury's deft bass lines cleverly weave around the chugging juggernaut riffage dealt out by guitarist Fletcher Dragg on the towering holler-along "Fuck Authority." The politics might not be expressed with an eloquence as revolutionary as Pennywise clearly think, but forget about that. Land of the Free? is a reminder of the sheer seismic power of punk rock.

Track List:
1. Time Marches On
2. Land Of The Free?
3. The World
4. Fuck Authority
5. Something Wrong With Me
6. Enemy
7. My God
8. Twist Of Fate
9. Who's On Your Side
10. It's Up To You
11. Set Me Free
12. Divine Intervention
13. WTO
14. Anyone Listening

Download: Pennywise - Land of the Free? (57.3MB)

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Thee Mighty Caesars - Thee Caesars of Trash

Here's more Wild Billy Childish as requested, this time in the form of Thee Mighty Caesars. Thee Might Caesars consisted of Childish, Graham Day of the Prisoners, and John Agnew of Thee Milkshakes.

More punkier than Thee Milkshakes, still Rhythm and Blues, but less Rock and Roll. As the sleeve notes say "This is Punk Rock / Rhythm and Beat as it should be; three chords, cheap gear, and a healthy dose of hatred and contempt for the outside world." Go out and make yourself a purchase of one of their CD's to get a decent cross section of the raw punk. - from trouser press

(Year of Release: 1986)

Track List:
1. It's You I Hate To Lose
2. Man Taken From Guts
3. Don't Say It's A Lie
4. Oh Yeah
5. Devious Means
6. All Night Wonder
7. Not Fade Away
8. Jack The Ripper
9. I've Been Waiting
10. True To You
11. Don't Break My Laws
12. Psycho

Download: Thee Mighty Caesars - Thee Caesars of Trash (38.3MB)

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Skrewdriver - All Skrewed Up

Although Skrewdriver would eventually make themselves infamous by associating themselves and their music with the Neo-Nazi movement, at one time they were putting out quality punk rock without any racist lyrics. The original Skrewdriver line-up were the bridge between the blues-rock bands of the 60's such as the Rolling Stones and The Who, and their 70's punk rock counterparts. "All Skrewed Up" effectively combines the maximum R&B of "The Who Sings My Generation" by The Who and the minimalist speed of the Ramones "Leave Home". However, because of Skrewdriver's later LPs like "What Rider" and "Blood & Honour" which marked the band's descent into racism, most punk experts will gladly ignore this incredible 77 effort. "All Skrewed Up" was released at nearly exactly the same time as Nevermind the Bollocks by the Sex Pistols, but because the Pistols were being hyped the media, All Skrewed Up went largely unnoticed. All Skrewed Up was one of the best UK punk LPs of 1977, yet unfortunately because of what Ian Stuart turned the band into. you will not see "All Skrewed Up" on most favorites lists.
(Year of Release: 1977)

Track List:
1. Where's It Gonna End
2. Government Action
3. Backstreet Kids
4. Gotta Be Young
5. I Don't Need Your Love
6. I Don't Like You
7. An-ti-so-cial
8. (Too Much) Confusion
9. 9 till 5
10. Jailbait
11. We Don't Pose
12. The Only One
13. Won't Get Fooled Again

Download: Skrewdriver - All Skrewed Up (44.4MB)

Ladytron - Witching Hour

Much darker and less overtly synth pop than any of their earlier work, Witching Hour is almost unrelentingly gloomy, covering topics like the fleeting nature of relationships, destruction, and war. However, the album wears it well, conjuring a glamorous dystopia with songs like "High Rise" and "Soft Power" -- it's not often that bleakness sounds this pretty. It also helps that Witching Hour boasts some of Ladytron's finest songwriting to date, including the brilliantly melodramatic, ever-so-slightly gothy "Destroy Everything You Touch" and "International Dateline," which shows the band hasn't lost its touch when it comes to writing affecting breakup songs. By stripping away some of the synth pop veneer of 604 and Light & Magic, the shoegaze/dream pop influences that bubbled underneath the surface of Ladytron's music come to the fore on this album. "Sugar"'s trippy blur of buzzsaw guitars and mechanical rhythms take this sound in a noisy, poppy direction, while "WhiteLightGenerator" and the wintry "All the Way" end Witching Hour with a trancelike serenity. While the album loses some of the impressive focus of its first half as it unfurls, the layered, intricate production on tracks like "Beauty*2" and "CMYK", one of Ladytron's best instrumental interludes, remains interesting. While Helena Marnie's ghostly vocals are as lovely and effective as ever, Mira Aroyo's small presence on Witching Hour is one of the album's few disappointments, although she shines on "Fighting in Built Up Areas." Nitpicking aside, Witching Hour is the album that Ladytron always seemed capable of, and its dark, dreamy-yet-catchy spell makes it the band's most sophisticated, and best, work to date.
(Year of Release: 2005)

Track List:
1. High Rise
2. Destroy Everything You Touch
3. International Dateline
4. Soft Power
6. amTV
7. Sugar
8. Fighting In Built Up Areas
9. The Last One Standing
10. Weekend
11. Beauty*2
12. White Light Generator
13. All The Way

Download: Ladytron - Witching Hour (73.3MB)

Various Artists - Songs the Cramps Taught Us Vol. 1

Friday, November 30, 2007

New Blog for the Digital Meltd0wn Blogroll

I've decided to create a separate blog devoted entirely to the blogroll. The list has become much bigger than I had originally anticipated. There are well over 200 music blogs listed now, and I'm listing more each day. Please update your bookmarks, or check out the list if you haven't already. I'm sure there's a little something for everyone on it. The url to the new blogroll is:


Various Artists - Hell Comes To Your House

This was originally posted on Nitegaunt Media, an upcoming Death Rock blog. Do yourself a favor and check it out if you haven't already.

One of the greatest compilations ever! This album introduced me to some cool shit way back when. I remember when my friend Scott got it on vinyl when we were in high school. We used to sit in his tiny room getting high, playing chess, and listen to this. This is a gem for those who are collectors and completists as well as a great start for anyone who isn't that familiar with the genre. Everything from some early Social Distortion to Christian Death, Super Heroines, and even Redd Kross covering New York Dolls. Highly recommended. I think this is out of print again. It was almost impossible to find for years (at least on the east coast). I picked up this copy at a great little record store that may still be in Asheville, North Carolina, called Green Eggs And Jams. So if you're ever in their neighborhood check 'em out.

-Psyche Zenobia

(Year of Release: 1981)

Track List:
1. Lude Boy - Social Distortion
2. Telling Them - Social Distortion
3. Daddy's Gone Mad - Legal Weapon
4. Puss 'N' Boots - Red Cross
5. Out Of My Head - Modern Warfare
6. Street Fightin' Man - Modern Warfare
7. Deception - Secret Hate
8. New Routine/Suicide - Secret Hate
9. Suburban Bitch - Conservatives
10. Just Cuz/Nervous - Conservatives
11. Evil - Grave
12. Concerned Citizen - Grave
13. 45 Grave - Grave
14. Dogs - Christian Death
15. Reject Yourself - 100 Flowers
16. Marry It - Rhino 39
17. Death On The Elevator - Super Heroines
18. Embalmed Love - Super Heroines

Download: VA - Hell Comes To Your House (54.1MB)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

100 Masterpieces - The Top 100 of Classical Music - Volumes 1-10

I thought it was about time that I offered up some classical music for a change here. This 10 disc set features 100 of the greatest classical songs in Western Classical Music. With selections from numerous composers, it is an easy way to familiarize oneself with some of the most popular classical works and excerpts. A pleasant listen for the initiated too. These were originally released as two compilations consisting of 5 volumes each, with the first covering the period of time between 1685-1841, and the second volume covering 1842-1928. Since my time is limited, I will post each of the 10 volumes individually.

Volume 1: 1865-1730
1. Bach - Toccata in D minor
2. Pachelbel - Canon in D
3. Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, 1st movement
4. Handel - Water Music, Suite No. 2 in D
5. Purcell - Trumpet Tune and Air
6. Bach - Air (from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D)
7. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - Spring
8. Albinoni - Adagio
9. Vivaldi - Mandoline Concerto in C, RV 425
10. Bach - Minuet and Badinerie (from Orchestral Suite No. 2)

Download: 100 Masterpeices - Volume 1 (82MB)

Volume 2: 1731-1775
1. Handel - "Hallelujah" from Messiah
2. Gluck - Dance of the Blessed Spirits, from "Orpheus and Eurydice"
3. Bach - Sinfonia in G, from "Christmas Oratorio"
4. Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 3 in G, 1st movement
5. Handel - Largo, from "Xerxes"
6. Vivaldi - Flute Concerto in G minor "La Notte", VI. Allegro
7. Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, from "Solomon"
8. Bach - Oboe Concerto in D minor, 2nd movement
9. Handel - Concerto grosso in A minor op. 6 No. 4
10. Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, 2nd movement

Download: 100 Masterpieces - Volume 2 (79.5MB)

Volume 3: 1776-1787
1. Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, 1st movement
2. Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, 2nd movement ("Elvira Madigan"
3. Mozart - The Marriage of Figaro - Overture
4. Mozart - Flute Concerto No. 2 in D, 2nd movement
5. Mozart - Rondo Alla Turca, from Piano Sonata in A
6. Mozart - Don Giovanni - Overture
7. Mozart - Horn Conerto No. 3 in E flat, 2nd movement
8. Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, 1st movement
9. Mozart - The Marriage of Figaro - March
10. Mozart - Serenata Notturna

Download: 100 Masterpieces - Volume 3 (83.3MB)

Volume 4: 1788-1810
1. Mozart - Symphony No. 40, 1st movement
2. Beethoven - "Moonlight" Sonata, 1st movement
3. Haydn - Symphony No. 94, "Surprise", 2nd movement
4. Mozart - The Magic Flute - Overture
5. Beethoven - Fur Elise
6. Haydn - Emperor's Hymn, from Sring Quartet in C
7. Beethoven - Symphony No. 5, 1st movement
8. Mozart - Clarinet Concerto in A, 2nd movement
9. Beethoven - Minuet in G
10. Haydn - Trumpet Concerto in E flat, 3rd movement

Download: 100 Masterpieces - Volume 4 (79.4MB)

Volume 5: 1811-1841
1. Rossini - The Barber of Seville - Overture
2. Schubert - Symphony No. 8 in B minor, "Unfinished"
3. Mendelssohn - Spring Song
4. Chopin - Polonaise in A, Op. 40 No. 3, "Military"
5. Schubert - Ballet Music in G, from "Rosamunde"
6. Weber - Der Freischutz - Overture
7. Schubert - Ave Maria
8. Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4 in A, "Italian", 1st movement
9. Schumann - Traumerci
10. Schubert - German Dance No. 1

Download: 100 Masterpieces - Volume 5 (85.2MB)

Volume 6: 1842-1853
1. Mendelssohn - Wedding March, from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2. Liszt - Liebestraum No. 3 in A flat
3. Verdi - Nabucco - Overture
4. Schumann - The Merry Peasant
5. Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
6. Wagner - Lohengrin - Prelude to Act 3
7. Verdi - La Traviata - Prelude to Act 1
8. Wagner - Tannhauser - Arrival of the Guests at Wartburg
9. Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto in E minor, 2nd movement
10. Suppe - Poet and Peasant - Overture

Download: 100 Masterpieces - Volume 6 (81.3MB)

Volume 7: 1854-1866
1. Offenbach - Orpheus in the Underworld - Overture
2. Rubinstein - Melody in F
3. Liszt - Les Preludes
4. Brahms - Waltz in A flat
5. Verdi - The Force of Destiny - Overture
6. Grieg - I Love You
7. Smetana - The Bartered Bride - Overture
8. Offenbach - Barcarolle, from "The Tales of Hoffmann"
9. Strauss II - Tritsch Tratsch Polka
10. Suppe - Light Cavalry - Overture

Download: 100 Masterpieces - Volume 7 (63.6MB)

Volume 8: 1867-1876
1. Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, 1st movement (excerpt)
2. Brahms - Cradle Song
3. Smetana - The Moldau
4. Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries, from "The Valkyrie"
5. Grieg - Morning, from "Peer Gynt"
6. Bizet - Les Toreadors, from "Carmen"
7. Delibes - Notturno, from "Coppelia"
8. Tchaikovsky - Marche Slave, Op. 31
9. Bizet - L'Arlesienne - Intermezzo
10. Strauss II - The Blue Danube - Waltz

Download: 100 Masterpieces - Volume 8 (83.9MB)

Volume 9: 1877-1893
1. Tchaikovsky - Polonaise, from "Eugene Onegin"
2. Dvorak - Symphony No. 9, from "The New World"
3. Tchaikovsky - Waltz of the Flowers, from "The Nutcracker"
4. Rimsky-Korsakov - Alborado, from "Capriccio Espagnol"
5. Grieg - The Last Spring
6. Dvorak - Slavonic Dance No. 2
7. Tchaikovsky - The Sleeping Beauty - Introduction
8. Wagner - Siegfried's Death and Funeral March, from "Twilight of the Gods"
9. Dvorak - Songs My Mother Taught Me
10. Strauss II - Emperor Waltz

Download: 100 Masterpieces - Volume 9 (82.4MB)

Volume 10: 1894-1928
1. Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra - Fanfare
2. Mahler - Symphony No. 5 - Adagietto
3. Sibelius - Finlandia
4. Rimsky-Korsakov - Dance of the Bumble Bee
5. Massenet - Meditation, from "Thais"
6. Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance - March No. 1
7. Dvorak - Humoresque
8. Sibelius - Valse Triste
9. Strauss II - Vienna Blood - Waltz
10. Ravel - Bolero

Download: 100 Masterpieces - Volume 10 (89.79MB)

Various Artists - Southern Fried Funk

Soul Music from America's deep south is typically distinguished by its raw human spirit and its earthy down-home feel which so often mirrors the people who made it and the places where it was made. But, despite its apparent simplicity, the music is not very easily defined - and it even more difficult to emulate. The essence and atmosphere of the music was fiercely retained by many southern soul artists and producers - particularly the independent operators - at a time when music from other parts of the USA became more sophisticated and began to lose regional idenitity. The flavour is everything. This albums presents a selection of funky tracks from a rich period in the history of southern soul.

For New Orleans music collectors, or fans of funk, this CD has some hard (or impossible) to find obscurities by Warren Lee, Eldridge Holmes, David Batiste and the Gladiators (the great and un-issued “Funky Hips”), and Diamond Joe, plus several Eddie Bo projects, and a funky Wardell Quezergue production on Jewell Bass.
(Year of Release: 2006)

Track List:
1. Get Out Of My Life Woman - Allen Toussaint
2. Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (From Now On) - Lee Dorsey
3. Underdog Backstreet - Warren Lee
4. Pop, Popcorn Children - Eldridge Homes
5. It's A Hang Up Baby - Z.Z. Hill
6. Lonely Weekend - Tony Borders
7. The Book - Eldridge Holmes
8. The ABC Song - Diamond Joe
9. Real Soul - Ted Ford
10. High On The Hog - Tony Borders
11. Funky Soul (Parts 1&2) - David Batiste & The Gladiators
12. Can I Be Your Squeeze? - Chuck Carbo & The Soul Finders
13. I Think I'd Do It - Z.Z. Hill
14. Make It Real (Ride On) - Betty Adams
15. Funky Hips (Parts 1&2) - David Batiste & The Gladiators
16. Garden Of Four Trees - The Explosions
17. I'm A Carpenter (Part 1) - David Robinson
18. I'm A Carpenter (Part 2) - David Robinson
19. Can You Handle It - Eddie Bradford
20. I Tried It And Liked It - Jewel Bass
21. Milk - The Basic
22. You Made Your Bed - Eddie Bradford

Download: Various Artists - Southern Fried Funk (62.6MB)

The Music Machine - (Turn On) The Music Machine

The group came together as The Ragamuffins in 1965, but became The Music Machine in 1966. The single "Talk Talk" was recorded at RCA studios on July 30, 1966.
Their debut album, (Turn On) The Music Machine, was released in 1966 on the Original Sound label. Seven of the twelve tracks were originals, written by Bonniwell. One of these, "Talk Talk," became a Top 20 hit in the U.S. The follow-up single, "The People In Me," peaked at #66. Bonniwell blamed the weak showing of this single on a supposed feud between the band's manager and a top record executive. Four cover songs were included on this release, due to record company pressure.

After a promotional tour of the U.S., the rest of the original line-up, which included Ron Edgar (drums), Mark Landon (guitar), Keith Olsen (bass) and Doug Rhodes (organ), left Bonniwell, due to internal conflicts. In 1967, Music Machine (essentially only Bonniwell at this point) were signed to Warner Bros. and re-named The Bonniwell Music Machine. The name was changed to give more prominence to the band's core member, songwriter and vocalist Sean Bonniwell. A self-titled LP was released that year, made up mostly of previously recorded singles with the original line-up. The recording spawned no big hits, despite the inclusion of a few more pop-oriented songs
(Year of Release: 1966)

Track List:
1. Talk Talk
2. Trouble
3. Cherry Cherry
4. Taxman
5. Some Other Drum
6. Masculine Intuition
7. The People In Me
8. See See Rider
9. Wrong
10. 96 Tears
11. Come On In
12. Hey Joe

Download: The Music Machine - (Turn On) The Music Machine (43.7MB)

Saturday, November 24, 2007

VA - Only For Real Losers!

This wonderful compilation was originally posted by RYP over at the TWILIGHTZONE! Be sure to stop by and check out his blog if you haven't already.

If you dig those marvelous Diggin' For Gold LPs, get this platter before it's out of print (which sadly is probably the case as you read this). The focus is the same: transworld beat/pop/punk from the '64-68 era.

The acid-rocker "Midsummer Night" by Five Travellers is one of the best things I've heard coming out of Czechoslovakia (OK, not much of a competition here, but believe me, it's a great tune). "Delincuente" by Los Hitters is actually my fave song ever recorded in Mexico; it just doesn't sound like anything else - Latin beat punk at its best. I could use the same words to describe "That's All I Know" by The Avalons, but being from Sweden, their beat is way more Latin than themselves. Guy Darrell's version of "Evil Woman" is just plain evil - wild freakbeat sound mixed with a swinging mod-jazz vibe. And those are just some of the best moments of Side One.
Side Two opens with more mod/punk action thanks to Motivation (produced by Aussie Legend Johnny Rebb). On the insanity scale, The Brazilian Bitles rise fairly high, destroying "Wild Thing". Even sicker are Shades Of Blue Inc from Malaysia, at least recorded there ("It's been a hard day's night, as John Lennon might say. Then how could he know? He can't see through his hair"). Ballad lovers will enjoy Tony Ronald's "It Has Been Too Long", and I don't want to forget The Gentlemen and Los Mustang. But again, that side is strong through the whole groove.

And if you still ask for more, the sleeve glows in the dark! You'll find the only sour point in the notes: why did they have to bullshit us about "Gotta Get A Move On" by The Liverpool Five being their rarest song, only issued on a Tha‹ EP - it's on their second LP for Christ sake. I thank those guys for making this stuff available again, but I just couldn't let them get away with this. - Laurent Bigot (Originally published in Ugly Things #18, 2000)
(Year of Release: 1999)

Track List:
1. Los Yorks - Abrazame (Peru)
2. The Brains - Graduale (Italy)
3. The Needles - Where Can She Be (Finland)
4. Five Travellers - Midsummer Night (Czechoslovakia)
5. Os Baobas - Bye Bye My Darling (Brazil)
6. The Streams - Share My Loneliness (Holland)
7. The Avalons - That's All I Know (Sweden)
8. Los Hitters - Delincuente (Mexico)
9. Guy Darrell - Evil Woman (U.K.)
10. Motivation - Boy Meets Girl (Australia)
11. The Wizards - I Need Your Love (Norway)
12. The Brazilian Bitles - Tema Baseado Na Coisa (Brazil)
13. The Wild Ones - Aozora No Arukagiri (Japan)
14. Liverpool Five - Gotta Get A Move On (U.K.)
15. Tony Ronald & His Kroners - It Has Been Too Long (Holland)
16. The Gentlemen - It Feels So Good (Switzerland)
17. Los Mustang - No Vendras (Spain)
18. Shades Of Blue Inc. - I'm Gonna Lose You (Malaya)

Download: Various Artists - Only For Real Losers! (66.3MB)

Buckethead - Secret Recipe DVD - 4 Unreleased Tracks

As requested.. here's 4 previously unreleased tracks from Buckethead. The following tracks were released exclusively with the Secret Recipe DVD. This upload does not contain all the tracks that were included on the DVD, only the 4 tracks that were previously unreleased. These tracks represent his early work and most of them were recorded in 1988. They have a more raw energetic sound to them than some of Buckethead's later efforts.

Track List
1. Brazos
2. Soowee
3. Count Scapula
4. John Merrick Lectures

Download: Buckethead - 4 Unreleased Tracks (23.5MB)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Dub Narcotic Sound System - Industrial Breakdown EP

The indie-funk collective Dub Narcotic Sound System was spearheaded by vocalist Calvin Johnson, the former frontman of the legendary Beat Happening as well as the founder of the famed K Records label. Named in honor of Johnson's own Olympia, WA-based basement studio Dub Narcotic, the project was begun in 1994 with a rapid-fire series of funk, rap, and reggae influenced singles including "Bite," "Fuck Shit Up," "Booty Run," and "Shake-a-Puddin'". From the outset Johnson was the group's sole constant member, although over the course of subsequent releases, including the EPs Industrial Breakdown, Ridin' Shotgun, and Ship to Shore, the revolving lineup grew to include Olympia scenesters like Lois Maffeo as well as Larry Butler, Todd Ranslow, and Brian Weber, all three members of the hip-hop unit Dead Presidents. The first Dub Narcotic Sound System full-length, Rhythm Record, Vol. One: Echoes From the Scene Control Room, appeared in 1995; later efforts included 1996's Boot Party and 1998's Out of Your Mind. Sideways Soul, a collaboration with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, followed in 1999.

More organically funky than many Dub Narcotic releases, the five-track Industrial Breakdown EP is a good starting point for new listeners, nicely summarizing the group's M.O. -- the title track sports a great chicken-scratch guitar lead and a pulsating bassline, while "Typecast Sanction" (inspired by their earlier remix of Jon Spencer's "Soul Typecast") spotlights Calvin Johnson's increasing fascination with studio trickery.
(Year of Rlease: 1995)

Track List:
1. Industrial Breakdown
2. The Beat From 20,000 Fathoms
3. Typcast Sanction
4. Run Silent, Run Deep
5. (Industrial) Revolution Inclusion

Download: Dub Narcotic Soundsystem - Industrial Breakdown (28.2 MB)

Where The Pyramid Meets the Eye - A Tribute to Roky Erickson

Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye - A Tribute TO Roky Erickson

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Digital Meltd0wn Blogroll

IMPORTANT NEWS: This list has become longer than I anticipated, so I have decided to create a separate blog devoted entirely to the blogroll. The url to the new blogroll is:


All new blogs will be added the the new blogroll, and I will no longer continue to update the list here. Please update your bookmarks and links and see this post for more information.

Blog Aggregators/Lists:
Totally Fuzzy
Mega Mammoth

RegnYouth Archives
Electric Mud
What Fucked You?
A Closet of Curiosities
The Sky Moves Sideways

Cylinder Preservation Project |Early Cylinder Recordings|
Manson Music |The Music of Charles Manson|

Movie & Television Soundtracks/Scores:
Soundtracks Lover
The Crime Lounge |Retro|Crime|Thriller|Spy|
Inferno Music Crypt
You Don't Have To Visit This Blog
Modern Man's Rare Soundtrack Warehouse

Hear Rock City
Pink Kraut |Pink Floyd|
The Ultimate Bootleg Experience
Ape Shall Never Kill Ape

Rock - 60/70's:
The World Is Only One
Time Traveller
Ezhevika Fields |Prog|Psych|Folk|Garage|Great Variety|
Garden of Sounds
Chris Goes Rock |Prog|Psych|Great Variety|
Floodlit Footprint |Prog|Folk|
Akashaman's Kosmos |Pop|Psych|Folk

Rock - General:
C-60 Low Noise |Punk|Garage|
Shakin' All Over

Punk/Hardcore Rock:
PunchDrunk |On Hiatus|
7 Inch Punk
Punk Tapes |Rare|International|Tape Rips|On Hiatus|
Bleedin' Out |MP3 Downloads|
Annie's Animal
Nuzz Prowling Wolf
Punk Not Profit
Nothing But Trash
Outside My Scene
Thee Head Vein
Suburban Terror
Born In The Basement
Hangover Heart Attack
Killed By Death Records |Rare|7" Vinyl Rips|MP3 Downloads|
Good Bad Music For Bad, Bad Times
Only In It For the Music

Garage Rock:
Ausrock |Garage|Punk|
O Canadarm!
Garage Hangover |45s|MP3 Downloads|
Canco!! I Hate Rock N' Roll

MetalDlz |Metal|Hardcore|Punk|
Lo-Res Viscera |Doom|Death|Black|Hardcore|
Mundo Charles Manson |Thrash|Black|Symphonic|
Metal Is The Law |Black|Doom|Thrash|Symphonic|
Lestat-Metal Union |Black|Death|Symphonic|Melodic|
IronClad Metal Music |Categorized List Format|
Death Metal Invasion
Under Fire Metal Radio |Spanish Language|
From Sudamerica With Hate |South American Metal|

The Undercover Man
Proggy's World
Prog Not Frog |Psych|Folk|
8 Days In April |Psych|Folk|
Sakalli |Psych|Folk|Space|
Rare & Vintage |Flac Format|

Manson Music
Lost In Tyme
HeavyPsychMan |Heavy Psych|Prog|
FM Shades |Folk|Space|Noise|Strange|
Psychedelic Lion |Garage|Pop|Folk|On Hiatus|
Anthem of the Space

Folk Yourself |Celtic|
Cukoo's Nest
Italian Folk Music |Italian|
Garden of Earthly Delights |Psych|Pop|Garage|

TuneLuvinJacket's Favorite Stuff
Retro Remixes |Pop|Dance|80s|
Eternally Yours |Power-Pop|Garage|France|Australia|
Raw Like Sashimi |Pop|Power-Pop|Garage|Punk|
Power Pop Criminals |Rare|Power-Pop|Indie|
PVAc to 44.1kHz |Power-Pop|New Wave|
The 60s, 70s.. of Power Pop |Power-Pop|

TWILIGHTZONE! |Rockabilly|Garage|Surf|
Pzycho Graveyard |Psychobilly|
Redondo Round Up

Trustar Vibrations
EekTheCat |On Hiatus|
Fat City Cigar Lounge |Surf|Psychobilly|Experimental|
Endless Summer |On Hiatus|

No Hits
Robin Hood of Indie Music

Electronic - Rock/Experimental/Noise:
No Data
Tonton Manhood
Radio Alphawellen |Ambient|Noise|Experimental|
We Are Monsters
The Thing on the Doorstep

Electronic - Dance/Techno/Trance:
Sick Mix
Secret Music Box

P.Q.P. Bach
Musica Coolta |On Hiatus|
On An Overgrown Path

Blues Town |Blues|
Shindiggit |Soul|70s|45s|
Baby Grandpa
Soul Beats |Soul|
Oufar Khan |Soul|Funk|Jazz|
White Boy Blues |Blues|
Soul Detective |Soul|
Soul Crates |Soul|Funk|Jazz|Reggae|
Brown Eyed Handsome Man
On The Outside Looking In |Soul|
An Overdose of Fingal Cocoa |Blues|Jazz|Electronic|Prog|

Reggae En Malaga
You And Me On A Jamboree

Orgy In Rhythm
Yes To Jazz
My Jazz World
Pharaoh's Dance |Soul|Funk|
Orgy In Rhythm
Singin' & Swingin' |Retro|Lounge|

Rap Dungeon
Rap Repertoire |Discogs|
Bust the Facts
Bust the Facts 2
To The Break of Dawn
Original Underground Hip Hop
The Hip Hop Collection
Underground Hip Hop Collection

Ausrock |Garage|Punk|
Aussie Funk |Jazz|Funk|Soul|Rock|
Aus Rock From the 1970's

Um Que Tenha
Soul Spectrum |Soul|Funk|
Samba e MPB
Unbreakable Microgrooves'

Jajaah |Rock|Pop|Blues|Prog|Folk|Great Variety|
Pepanito |Latin Jazz|Salsa|
Na Bula Bula |Classical|Jazz|Rock|Gypsy|
¿Revolucion, No? |Latin|African|Jazz|Funk|
We Love Music
Planeta Musical |Folk|Jazz|Celtic|Blues|Soul|
Republica de Fiume |Brazil|Latin|Jazz|Funk|Soul|
Rock Progressivo Portugues [Portuguese|Rock|Prog]
Pathway to Unknown Worlds
Krautrockteam |German|Krautrock|
Japan Underground |Japan|
Kiwi Tapes |New Zealand Rock|
Dutch Nuggets
With Comb & Razor |Africa|

I would also like to thank the wonderful people who run the Mega Super Mammoth MP3 Blog List, Totally Fuzzy, and XChannel. Without them this list would have been much harder to complete. You can find links to their respective sites in the sidebar.