Best releases of 2012

best-releases-of-2012-by-brushvox You’ve seen the movie “Branded” (IMDb)? The basic idea was simple and pretty cool: the public is manipulated to follow the brands and trends, not the brands follows the public taste. The consumer it’s modeled to satisfy the need of the products and not the products are build and developed to satisfy the consumers needs. Sick idea in twisted and sick world! But true!!
We can say now, 2012 was the year of the definitive death of MySpace. DeadSpace would be a more proper name for that mammoth cemetery. On the other hand, Facefuckingbook reached a total world domination, most of the people not even leave those pages anymore, but eventually giving likes there – mainly by default and completely uninvolved. We’re getting stupider? Yes we do! Because… yes we can! 😆 And because the cancer of the crises which will eat up the whole world while we were sold out to the world finances, Obama – not really surprisingly – was re-elected. We’re f*cked! Hard! Who thought that a democrat president will be even worst then John Bush Jr.?!! Anyway, while he won in advance a Noble price for peace, I’m looking forward to see what stupid excuse he will deliver to start the war on Iran!! al-Qaeda my ass! Argo (IMDb), the film directed by Ben Affleck might be the clue: Iranians are evil! The greedy bankers are the real terrorists while the politicians are only the marionettes in their hand!! Zeros are the poster heroes nowadays. Praise the TV! Praise the radio! Praise the internet! Praise the almighty goddamn Dollar!!
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Archive – With Us Until You’re Dead (2012)

Archive – With Us Until You’re Dead (2012) Some years ago, I was sitting in a bar, licking my drink, when something hit my ears: “Pray to God I think of a nice thing to say, But I don’t think I can so fuck you anyway…” I said, wow! Asked the bartender who are these guys, he actually didn’t knew, but searched on the playlist and told me: Archive. Fuck! So, I dig them out and I had one of the most wonderful surprises of that windy and rainy autumn, I had five albums to knock myself off. That song, “Fuck U” was from their “Noise” album released in 2004. Archive was formed by Darius Keeler and Danny Griffiths in 1994 from the ashes of the UK breakbeat act, Genaside II. Together with the female singer Roya Arab and the young rapper Rosko John, they released their first album “Londinium” on Island Records in 1996, a gloomy mix of dark Trip Hop and Electronica in a similar vein to Massive Attack, flavored with their the sounds of their roots of Breakbeat and Hardcore. Peter Gabriel was quoted as saying, “Londinium was one of my most favourite albums of the year.” In 1997 Roya Arab was replaced by Suzanne Wooder and two years later they released their second studio album, entitled “Take My Head”, a more Pop and melody oriented material with a smoother approach of Symphonic Trip-Hop. Read more Archive – With Us Until You’re Dead (2012)

Midnight Oil – Diesel And Dust (1987)

“The time has come/To say fair’s fair/To pay the rent/To pay our share/The time has come/A fact’s a fact/It belongs to them/Let’s give it back/How can we dance when our earth is turning/How do we sleep while our beds are burning”. Well, if you didn’t sung this song ever, if you don’t memorized this lyrics long time ago, really man, where do you lived? And even if we’re in 2011 everything is still goddamn actual. I can go further with “Put down that weapon or we’ll all be gone/You can’t hide nowhere with the torchlight on/And it happens to be an emergency/Some things aren’t meant to be/Some things don’t come for free” or “Your dreamworld is just about to end” and Peter Garrett seems to had back than a magic crystal ball.
It’s not fair, rather productive, to compare an apple to a kiwi, neither one band to another, but Midnight Oil was always what R.E.M. never could and never will be. If the uncertain label of “politically correct” is really applicable for any band, I would name Midnight Oil without any hesitation. And they were “Rockly correct” as well. Read more Midnight Oil – Diesel And Dust (1987)

Bikini – XX. századi hiradó – 20th Century News (1984)

(Special pentru Goro, dar nu numai! 🙂 )

La începutul anilor ’80 eram un puşti care descoperea muzica prin intermediul colecţiei impresionante pentru aceea vreme de viniluri ale mamei mele. Printre Zeppelin şi Beatles, Motorhead şi The Clash, evident nu lipseau nici discurile formaţiilor ungureşti Omega, Locomotiv GT, P. Mobil, Piramis, etc. Aşa am avut primul meu contact cu Feró datorită unui concert Omega, LGT şi Beatrice.
Prin ’86-’87 uneori mă opream pe Republicii sub un anume geam şi ascultam muzica care se răsfrângea spre stradă. Muzică Rock, Maiden, Rush, Metal Church, Queensryche… Şi Braşovul fiind un „sat mic” inevitabil l-am cunoscut pe Goro şi ne-am împrietenit aproape instantaneu.
La el am ascultat atunci pentru prima oară albumul „XX. századi híradó” de pe casetă, casetă pe care Goro o are şi acum. 😀 Mi-am amintit de Beatrice/Bikini acum două-trei zile şi m-am apucat de săpat pe net… 🙂 Imprimat în 1984, „XX. századi híradó” este un album avangardist de excepţie, pe cât de genial, probabil pe atât de obscur, însă pe segmentul Post-Rock, Punk Rock sunt puţine albume atât de bine gândite şi făcute chiar şi până-n prezent.

Nagy Ferenc sau cum a devenit faimos (Nagy) Feró – „Frank the Great” 😀 – este o figură proeminentă a scenei Rock din Ungaria şi la sfârşitul anilor ’70 a pus bazele primei formaţii Punk Rock din Ungaria şi astfel a contribuit decisiv la dezvoltarea mişcării şi a Undergroundului din ţara vecină.
Beatrice – căci acesta a fost numele formaţiei – a fost o trupă de fete şi cântau pe atunci Read more Bikini – XX. századi hiradó – 20th Century News (1984)