First of all, greetings to everyone who was able to make it past the band name and album title. Seeing the words "Dracula" and "Nurses" paired together like that gets the Spidey sense tingling. It's a good indication that what follows is going to be a self-indulgent, painful listening exercise.
Thankfully, "Dracula" breaks from that tradition. Nurses' third album is a pleasant, otherworldly surprise. This is the sort of music Willy Wonka might put on speed dial on his iPhone. Call it psychedelic bubblegum pop.
Swirls of distorted, reverb-laden keyboards and other processing gimmicks permeate the mix, which takes a while to adjust to, like air at higher elevations. Like… Read more
There's definitely a Willy Wonka quality to "Gauntlet Hair": Submerged in reverb and distorted bass, the album feels woozy, like a drunk stumbling in the dark -- or as the chocolate genius would say, "Two steps forward, one step back."
Nowhere is this Oompa-Loompa connection more apparent than on the irregularly revolving "That's Your Call." Heavy bouts of bass that never settle into a consistent beat mingle with swirling funhouse keyboards, hand claps and tambourine. Echoey guitar shifts in and out of focus as singer Andy Rauworth's voice is swallowed up in the hubbub. The song is a jaw-dropper, fusing industrial drum 'n' bass with '60s soul.
Prior to the release of "The Great Escape Artist," Jane's Addiction could be described as a band rooted in rock the likes of Led Zeppelin and The Who, with their undulating, blues-charged peaks and valleys.
But on the band's fourth outing, after an eight-year hiatus during which original bassist Eric Avery rejoined and then left the band again, Jane's added electronics to the mix, with the help of multi-instrumentalist Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio as co-writer and bassist. Now Jane's sounds more like Garbage or Evanescence. Except for that cellophane yowl of singer Perry Farrell, the music is nearly unrecognizable -- and even Mr. Lollapalooza's voice is subdued and often… Read more
OK, so we know you've already watched these following well-known classics (and if you don't agree, this list is probably not for you). OK, so let's just quickly get them out of the way and move on to the lesser-known films that are crucial for a fully functional horror palette: Jaws (W&hellip
Some of the most beautiful music comes out of West Africa, a relatively stable area of Africa, which encompasses Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and 13 other nations.
Forget the Lonely Planet guide with its slant on the negative aspects of West Africa if you're thinking of traveling here. Stick to the&hellip Read more
JEAN-PAUL SARTRE nausea' PHILIP K. DICK valis; CARL SAGAN cosmos; HUNTER THOMPSON fear and loathing in las vegas, fear and loathing on the campaign trail; FRANZ KAFKA metamorphosis; CHUCK PALAHNIUK choke; SYLVIA PLATH the bell jar; JERRY STAHL p*rv: a love story; GREIL MARCUS lipstick traces; JOE SACCO safe area gorazde; JON RONSON the men who stare at goats; ROBERT ANTON WILSON cosmic trigger; EE CUMMINGS complete poems; CHARLES BUKOWSKI women;
JOY DIVISION unknown pleasures; CHARLES MINGUS black saint and the sinner lady; RADIOHEAD kid a, amnesiac; TOM WAITS bone machine; LUCINDA WILLIAMS car wheels on a gravel road; FLAMING LIPS the soft bulletin; FLEETWOOD MAC tusk, rumours; JUNIOR KIMBROUGH all night long; MAX'S KANSAS CITY comp; THE WAILING ULTIMATE comp; MICHAEL JACKSON off the wall; U2 the joshua tree, boy; SONIC YOUTH sister; ROLLING STONES sticky fingers; BOB DYLAN highway 61 revisited; THE BEATLES abbey road; JOHNNY CASH live from folsom prison; THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE QUEEN s/t; ARCADE FIRE the funeral' FRANK ZAPPA joe's garage' BJORK vespertine; PJ HARVEY stories from the city, stories from the sea; OUTKAST stankonia; BEIRUT gulag orkestar; HOWARD WILEY the angola project; PAUL SIMON graceland; BEACH BOYS pet sounds; PSYCHEDELIC FURS talk talk talk; BECK odelay
The Incredibles; Taxi Driver; Rear Window (1954); The Invisible Man; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; Alien; Jaws; Fargo; Brazil; Fear and Loathing; Bad Santa; The Odd Couple; The Shining; Dawn of the Dead (1979); Happiness; Meaning of Life; Stevie; Amores Perros; Sin City; Amadeus; Videodrome; Enduring Love; Spirited Away; Fight Club; Tarnation; Sunset Boulevard; The Loved One; Dr. Strangelove; Winter Kills; The Butcher Boy; Gun Crazy (1950); Annie Hall;
TV SHOWS: Dexter; Weeds; Arrested Development; The Prisoner; Twin Peaks;
AUDIOBOOKS: BILL BRYSON a really short history on nearly everything; RAY BRADBURY night call, collect; DAVID SEDARIS/AMY SEDARIS naked; SARAH VOWELL assassination vacation