"…Why hear’st thou music sadly?"

So here’s some things you start thinking about as you age and you’ve built up a huge collection of beloved music (1700hrs — ten weeks — for me) and can only listen to it for maybe an hour a day:

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  • I haven’t heard this track in a decade! I love this song! Will I ever hear this song again? What other songs have I forgotten!? Will I ever find them!?

  • Are my ears hearing everything I heard when I was a teenager and loved this song and hadn’t attended hundreds of concerts? NOPE!

  • Should I buy an even more expensive pair of headphones and an even more expensive amp so everything sounds better — even if it’s only a placebo effect!?

Aging is very complicated. 

marty friedman | inferno (2014)

So I love (LOVE!) the Rust in Peace Megadeth lineup, of which Marty is a crucial crux, and I love Scenes (Marty’s ancient Kitaro-produced not-very-metal early 90’s solo album), and I love Danko Jones (who sings on two of Inferno’s songs) and Alexi Laiho (CoB) is awesome (and he’s both vocalizing AND guiterrorizing on a track  here… with Danko!) so… 

I like the track “Lycanthrope”, because it’s the only one with Alexi, who’s riffing manages to SLOW Marty THE FUCK down. And it’s got Alexi and Danko trading off vocal lines, not unlike Danko & Angela Gossow (ex-Arch Enemy) did to great success in “Couple Suicide” on that Annihilator album a few years back. 

But every other track on here is like Marty on meth. There’s a feeling he recorded the songs, then sped them up by 10%, just to give them more bang? Which wouldn’t be terrible except that everything feels very sterile and Pro-Tools’d to death — every beat and every note starts and ends EXACTLY where the math tells it too, robbing the songs of heart and soul and nuance and humanity.  So then you speed that up and it’s just like ROBOTS PLAYED THIS BEEP BOOP

I would love to hear a live recording of this album, and hear these songs rendered with the natural imperfections inherent in us all. Til then, I can only give it a…

:/

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Music was better twenty years ago. :P

me in 1994 ^_^

~YAY!~

[slightly better sounding but not by much youtube version]

Still more average metal from Loudness. “The Sun Will Rise Again” off The Sun Will Rise Again (2014).

So I guess Akira’s wearing a wig now?

Babymetal To Support Lady Gaga at Five US Shows

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via Blabbermouth.net:

BABYMETAL — the heavy metal offshoot of the Japanese pop idol group SAKURA GAKUIN that performs a distinctly Japanese mix of schoolgirl J-pop and death metal — will support pop superstar Lady Gaga on five shows in July and August:

Jul. 30 - Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Arena
Aug. 01 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
Aug. 02 - Stateline, NV @ Harveys Lake Tahoe 
Aug. 04 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Energy Solutions Arena
Aug. 06 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

BABYMETAL will also play a headlining show at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on July 27.

on and on forever