Helmet is a band from New York founded by Page Hamilton in 1989. They had a numerous line changes and Hamilton is the only constant member. They released seven studio albums and couple of compilations. That is all I need to say about Helmet. If you interested just research them.
I’ve heard Helmet for the first time in early 90s. From what I can remember my friend introduced them to me. First song I heard was “In the Meantime”, and it reminded me of Nirvana’s “Bleach” album, which I listened to a lot. When I got my hands on the entire “Meantime” album I just loved. It was loud, hard, and heavy… all the things I needed at the time.
I’ve got to see Helmet in Toronto in late 2004 or early 2005, after they released “Size Matters”. Absolutely loved the show.
Here are some links to their music:
And again… it is been a while. Just not enough time and a bit of laziness makes me not post here as often as I should.
Today I wanna talk about one of my favorite bands of all time, Joy Division. All of you that are interested in Rock & Roll music must have heard about Joy Division. They were formed in 1976 in Salford, England. Originally named Warsaw. The band’s primary members consisted of Ian Curtis (vocals and sometimes guitar), Bernard Sumner (guitar and keyboards), Peter Hook (bass and backing vocals) and Stephen Morris (drums and percussion). They evolved from punk rock influences and developed a sound and style that made them one of the pioneers of the post-punk movement of the late 1970s. On the eve of the band’s first American tour in May 1980. Ian Curtis committed suicide and the band posthumously released second album Closer. After death of Curtis, remaining members continued as New Order, but it wasn’t the same. Never really liked New Order, except what I heard on the radio. That’s it when it comes to history, if interested research it more.
The very first Joy Division’s album that I heard was Closer, and to this day it is one of the darkest and most claustrophobic records I’ve ever heard. I didn’t even understend it at the time. I was only like 13 – 14 years old, but it had that something that made me play it a lot. There were times that I listened to it 2 or 3 times in the row. Specially this song:
this song is just amazing. The drums and the bass sounded like anything I’ve ever heard before.
Initially Joy Division recorded only two albums:
-Unknown Plesures (1979) –
– Closer (1980) –
There were bunch of compilations released over the years, and they are all worth listening to. Their highest charting release was “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, released as a single in 1980.
That is all when it comes to Joy Division. Here are some more youtube links to enjoy:
It’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been pretty busy lately. I don’t even have time to listen to much music, which sucks. The only time I listen to music is my drive to and from work, which is 10 minutes combined.
Today I wanted to talk about Vista Chino and their album “Peace” released on September 3rd, 2013. Vista Chino was formed by a vocalist John Garcia, drummer Brant Bjork, and bassist Nick Oliveri, ale members of band Kyuss, with a guitarist Bruno Fevery. The band toured the world under the name Kyuss Lives, and they played all Kyuss songs. When they were ready to record a new album under the name of Kyuss Lives, couple of old members of Kyuss didn’t like it and there was a lawsuit and all that political and money shit nobody cares about.
Back to the music. I was waiting for the release of “Peace” for a long time. When I got the album I was not disappointed. The album is fuckin’ great. Every next song is just as great if not better than the last one. It sound like Kyuss, it feels like Kyuss, it is Kyuss in a different wrapper.
I was fortunate enough to see on of the Kyuss Lives shows in Toronto, along with my wife and a good friend. It was like reliving my late teens and early twenties. Great show. If you like good and heavy music with a raw production and great grove listen to Vista Chino. Check out Kyuss and Kyuss Lives while you’re at it.
Here are some youtube links you can check out. I’m pretty sure there would be quite few that I will find. You have to listen to them really fuckin’ loud.
In 1991/92 my mom got me an crappy acoustic guitar. I was so happy to get it. I played for hours. I was able to jam on three chords forever. It was the best gift I could ever get.
With a help of a friend, that already played guitar, I made some real progress. I was able to learn and play songs I liked by ear. I played a lot of Polish Punk Rock, some Nick Cave songs, some classic rock songs, and some Polish Folk songs.
I asked my parents for an electric guitar. My dad was was really for it. He seen me working hard and playing for hours so he decided that I deserved it as long as I keep my marks at school and don’t quit playing soccer and wrestling team. It sounded like a great deal so I took it. Before Christmas of 1992, me, my dad, and a friend of mine (who knew more about guitars than I) went to the near city of Gdańsk (eng, Danzig). We picked up this copy of a Fender Stratocaster that was made in India and was called Encore. This guitar was great. If I wasn’t at school I was playing it. Sometimes to late hours of the night. Life was good.
Still had to study, but studying wasn’t a priority no more, and my marks suffered bad. I didn’t fail anything, but it was pretty bad. I told my dad that I didn’t keep my promise, but he didn’t mind too much. I think he liked the fact that I had a passion. Life was great, even my mom came around to liking me playing I played all the time. All my other interests went to the side. I was playing along to my favorite music, bough some great book to help me become better. Started learning some music theory it was awesome. I was getting better and better. There was this one book that I learned a lot about blues. It was called “Blues Rock Guitar Workshop” and was written by a blues guitarist by the name of Leszek Ciechoński. really good guitar player. It came with three cassette tapes. Two of them were examples, so you can hear them, and the last tape was a jam session. Ohhh, how I loved to play with those jam session tracks. To this day, 20 years later, I still use that book and still play with these jam tracks.
Now back to my love of the blues.
This book opened up a new world of music to me. I started to understand where all the music I loved came from. A lot of the music I loved was based on blues. Now I was able to play blues. It was awesome. I really fell in love with blues. Started to listen some Polish blues music, and after I was searching for more and more blues music. In 1994, me and my family moved to Toronto, Canada. I discovered some more blues artists. People like Skip James, Howling Wolf, Robert Johnson, T-Bone Walker and many others. But my two favorite ones were B.B. King and Buddy Guy. I got a chance to see them both live, and both guys just blew me away with the way they play. From that time there always was a lot of blues in my collection. To this day I can listen to Slayer or Napalm Death, and put Buddy Guy record right after and enjoy it just as much.
I wanna share couple of youtube videos with you to show you what I mean. Enjoy.
On the New Years Eve, I believe it was 2009, me, my wife and couple of our closest friends decided to go see a show instead going to some stupid ass home party and watching TV and talking shit. We ended up going to Legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. One of the bands that played there was The Sadies. A Toronto based alternative country band. Not being a big country fan, I was blown away. The energy of the stage was instant. Really well written song, great musicians. They even had a stand up bass player, which I love in any music. Here are some examples of their music that I found on youtube.
On the New Year’s Eve of 2012 we also ended up at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern to see The Sadies with a special guest. The special guest was Randy Bachman and the show was great… he stole the show, but The Sadies were great by themselves.
I really recommend that you check out some of their recordings. I was really impressed.
Another band that knocked me down to my feet is KYUSS. A band from Palm Dessert, California. My friend introduced me to the in the late 90s. Don’t remember exactly when, but I remember Walkmans were still around and kicking. I’m glad that I have an iPod right now. 160GB of music anywhere I go or drive. Anyways… back to KYUSS. KYUSS disbanded in 1995 and different members were/are involved in different projects/band. For example… Hermano, Unida, Slo Burn, Queens of the Stone Age. I will not give you whole history of the band, you can find that out by yourself if you want to and have time, I just want to introduce you to music of a dessert rock/stoner rock KYUSS.
Two, decent quality videos I could find on youtube. You can also easily find full albums to listen to if you interested.
I hate coming up with titles for my posts. Well… my first post was a post of Rollins Band’s “Tearing”, to fuckin’ bad you can’t see it directly from wordpress. I don’t know if there is something that I can do about that.
Little bit about the blog. I plan to make about music. Mostly I listen to Rock & Roll. Rock & Roll is as general as I can get. I like stuff from classic rock, through blues, rock and roll, reggae, punk, hard core, so called grunge… fuck, if I like it I listen to it. I’ll try to make my shitty posts interesting, but I’m no writer by any means, and I will never write about myself… nobody gives a fuck.
Here is another song that blows my mind every time I hear it…