- Johnny Booth: sorry I missed them because it seems like they had some brain-smashing hardcore energy
- Aviana: good tunes online but pretty monotonous in person
- Thornhill: too often trying to be a Buffy band singer, but hard tracks were good
- Circle of Dust
- Between the Buried and Me
- August Burns Red
- Black Sun Empire
- Living Sacrifice
- Brainchild (tie)
- Front Line Assembly (tie)
🎶 Sometimes I think about how Quake II soundtrack is still one of the best (industrial) rock albums of all time and what that means for the stuff other bands are slinging at us.
🕊️🎶🏆 Seriously considering creating an alternative to the Dove Awards called the “Bloody Lamb” awards, specifically for hard music. Non-commercial, grassroots, etc.
Send thoughts to:
🎶 Remembering that time in college that I DJed on hard mode by playing Tool’s Ænima, forgetting how many bleeps I’d have to do.
I only missed a couple!
🎶 as someone with a million Front Line Assembly, Fear Factory, Delerium, Conjure One, Noise Unit, Synæsthesia, etc. albums, I don’t say this lightly:
Rhys Fulber’s self-titled techno releases might be his best work.
🎶 I am destroyed and ground to dust any time Silent Planet performs Panic Room.
Time for some #homeworkcore from Silent Planet!
🎶 Silly music tricks part 9187234
This is how I create a “station” for concert prep. (This time for Silent Planet.)
🎶 I really enjoy some really stanky house music but I have no idea how to reliably find tracks I’ll enjoy.
So I add one to my list something like once a year.
🎶🕊️ Pastor Monica writing about tohu va’vohu this morning. (Genesis, Jeremiah)
I think she did it better.
Let there be light!
I usually use last.fm to look at my top artists by number of plays. Today, I decided to look at who have the most ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ tracks in my library. It came out like this:
A couple of these are in my all-time top-listened artists (August Burns Red, Front Line Assembly) but many of them aren’t. Some of that is because my top-listened artists have great albums that get a lot of plays. Others (like BtBaM and Opeth) might not be at the top because their songs are so long and account for fewer plays per time listened. Others (Kardashev) are newer to me.
Also, as usual, Rhys Fulber and Klayton would rocket off the top of charts if each stuck to one project name. Klayton (already at #1, #10, and remixer of some of #7) would be even higher if I threw in Argyle Park, AP2, Celldweller, and early work with Klank. Rhys Fulber (#11) would be in second place if we included self-titled work, Fear Factory mixes & remixes, and Noise Unit.
I think I’ll revisit this view again after I get more tracks in my library rated.
Who hold the most 5-star tracks in your library?
🎶 I feel like I owe an explanation about my recent black metal post:
I like a lot of strange music (see picture), but what I don’t care for is the “wall of fuzz” sound that a lot of black metal makes. It’s uninteresting and tiresome.
The ones I do enjoy have a little something extra going on.
🎶 PlexAmp has this concept of “artist moods” and I haven’t used it much. But tonight I was looking at Clubroot and decided to click on “Ominous” and maybe this is my musical vibe?
🎶 2023 Listening Report
I was going to write a special report, but I received a helpful summary from last.fm (link).
Pictured is the summary-of-the-summary.
📺🎶 Olivia Rodrigo
From boring mumble-song to what might be one of those most iconic SNL performances ever, that was quite the range.
I can’t remember ever being that torn between two SNL performances.