August 1, 2007


by Chris Randall

Still recovering from the Meltdown. I'm repeatedly re-discovering things I've lost, to the point where I'm actually fine with the whole thing. I went and drove around for an hour listening to D.O.A. at top volume, and now it's just a matter of rebuilding.

In any event, Dr. Device is moving along nicely; obviously my time is completely and utterly divided between rebuilding my computer and dealing with first-day-of-sales fun viz. Dr. Device, so don't expect a whole lot out of me for the next couple days. (Side note: I'm posting this from the new iteration of Analog Industries, which will go up in a day or two.)

This is an open thread. Get it off your chest. Best band ever: Agent Orange or Killing Joke?



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Aug.03.2007 @ 2:36 AM
The Wolfman
I must say, re: the Tricky debate, that "Juxtapose" was an alright album. Perhaps I view it through rose-colored glasses due to the fact that it was my introduction to his work, but I enjoyed it. "For Real" was an interesting single and I partially credit its rotation on MTV2 (Did you know they used to play videos? Crazy!) with prying me away from the Warped Tour before it imploded under its own mediocrity. Unfortunately, half the album was utter crap, but the half of it that was palatable changed the way I viewed music at the time. Quality he ain't, but I think his shark-jumping moment came a little later than Angels With Dirty Faces. I blame Blowback.

Aug.03.2007 @ 9:32 AM
I saw Tricky live here in NYC a few times, both pre- and post-Martine breakup. There's no doubt in my mind that she was the keystone for all his best work. It's one of those weird argument can be made that Martine wasn't a singer at all (I knew her cousin, a reggae musician, and that was his position), but damn, I have seldom been so spellbound by a singer in a club situation, and it wasn't because she happens to be rather easy on the eyes. She had a subtlety, delicacy and individualistic "otherness" of vocal delivery that put me in mind - not stylistically, but qualitatively - of Jennifer Charles and Billie Holliday. I can't believe I'm comparing her to such peerless singers, but I really think it's a pity she wasn't able to develop as a vocal artist and have her own career.
Tricky used to smoke joints continuously through the shows I saw at the Hammerstein...and most tunes were open-ended jams like the opening and closing tracks on AWDF. He was only able to pull that off thanks to the protean abilities of his drummer, with whom he engaged in a Coltrane-Elvin Jones-like marathon interplay, with Tricky usually growling or screaming the same mantra on different beats of the bar for 15 or 20 minutes at a stretch.

Aug.03.2007 @ 11:06 AM
beauty pill
Wolfman - "For Real" = amazing classic song. You'll get no argument from me on that.

Also, I'm going to get a t-shirt made that says "I blame Blowback."

Moyashi - I'm not anti-drugs, but i really do blame the deterioration of Tricky's work on descending deeper and deeper into the weed bag. It caused a brilliant artist with an already thorny, intense personality to become divorced from reality entirely.

You described his show exactly perfectly. I'm in D.C. so I saw him here at the 9:30 club. And he was smoking a huge fattie right on the stage. It was like being at an Augustus Pablo show in Jamaica or something. And the music was alternately exciting and punishing. Mostly punishing. Tricky didn't seem to be able to distinguish between the two. Or he didn't care to distinguish...

- c


Aug.03.2007 @ 5:25 PM
Killing Joke, absolutely. Perhaps because I've never listened to Agent Orange, but that's not the point. If not for the awesomeness of the band, then for extracurricular work with Ministry, Damage Manual, etc. etc.

Not listening to either Killing Joke or Agent Orange right now, though. I'm getting my kicks from Detroit garage rock / R&B (Dirtbomb's "Ultraglide In Black", Black Eyed Snake), jangular skinny-tie disco-rock (Bellmer Bolls, a little Bloc Party, Infadels, Art Brut), coldwave (Damage Manual, Chemlab, H3llb3nt), and a little weird hip-hop (Schaffer The Darklord, Grand Buffet).


Aug.03.2007 @ 9:46 PM

Hands down Killing Joke

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