December 26, 2011

MIXTAPE: Bitchin’ Mixtape Vol.7

Okay, snap out of your holiday hangover fog with the newest Bitchin’ Mixtape.

Track listing (click graphic for better view): 

Liner Notes:
  • Evidence – one of my top 3 favorites by these guys.
  • Forsaken – this is what a tornado sounds like. Jesus. 
  • Four Season L – Heavy, heavy, heavy. Make my drums snappy please.
  • Genghis – the two albums these bros have put out are both awesome. I think this 2nd album might have the upper hand.
  • Ghost of – this is a song where when I hear it I CAN’T EVEN FATHOM how anybody would not think this is unbelievably awesome.
  • Give Wings – riff-o-rama and groove you can’t deny.
  • Got LifeThis band at its full peak.
  • Graves Of – this is DEATH metal. Groove, riffs, killer drums and throat ripping vocals.
  • Great Escape – Very poppy. Very catchy. Very awesome.
  • Gashing Guts – played at every party. Reactions? Mouth agape? Yep.
  • Haunted – off the album with probably the cleanest recorded vocals by this singer ever. Can decipher every word.
  • He’s Waiting – my god this 60s song is so killer. The drums are one of the main reasons. Plus it’s about Satan. In a song from the 60s. Wow.
  • High and Mighty – Buffalo hardcore with my friend on guest backing vocals.
  • I’m Lonesome – heartache, cowboy singing. Great.
  • I Pray To – heeeeeeavy. Got this one from Lo-Res Viscera. Good shit.
  • Identity C – by my favorite band of all time. Get on board.

If you like the bands – support them and buy their music.

December 20, 2011

MIXTAPE: see Obituary for the birth of death metal

I’ll tell you what, there is real and then there is everything else. Real death metal is Obituary. On the scene – that didn’t exist before them – since the mid ‘80s. Just fuck right off with almost every fucking death metal band out today. Every one of them is trying to copy Obituary and Cannibal Corpse. Throw Napalm Death (slightly different semantics genre), Deicide, Malevolent Creation and a few others in there and you have the godfathers. Obituary is fucking titan.

I got into them around 1990. My brother had “Cause Of Death” (1990). I listened to the tape (cassette) and loved the music. SO incredibly heavy over the Metallica, Motley Crue and Ozzy I was into. This was my first death metal. True story: I used to take my brother’s tapes and make my own riff mixes of Obituary – minus the vocals. I couldn’t get into the vocal at first. Obituary was the first band I did that with. I feel like I’ve been making “riff” mixes my whole life and I just realized while writing this that Obituary is the band that started it for me. Then, pretty much all of a sudden, the vocal growls worked for me. Hello Gorguts and on and on and on.

Obituary was my gateway drug to death metal.

And I’ve never left. Never will. I’ve seen them live twice – 1992 (with Cannibal Corpse, Agnostic Front and Malevolent Creation) and again in 2007 (with Full Blown Chaos). And I can’t wait for their new album slated for the first half of 2012.

So death metal rookies, or people that were always curious but never checked out Obituary, or for those that consider Black Dahlia Murder an old band (love them by the way) – then this mixtape is for you. Enjoy

December 17, 2011

MIXTAPE: Pantera - By Texans Be Driven

With a sick singer from New Orleans. Love Pantera. In my opinion this band changed metal. And I’m not talking about the guitarist named Diamond. It is what they did to transition a vocal style that went from Halford and Vince Neil (high-pitch screaming in key) to a rougher style that became the new norm from the early ‘90s to today. It’s since changed again to the Keith Buckley Every Time I Die style vocals popular today in younger metal bands. But this band was huge. I saw them play live three times.

It’s been 7 years (December 8) since their guitarist was senselessly murdered on stage by some sick asshole. Time has not diminished the band’s power. Here’s to them – and some of my favorites by the band. Enjoy.

Edits are my edits – used to improve the song, keep listener interest high and/or shorten in an attempt to get more songs played at a party. Don’t like it? Buy the original.

December 5, 2011

10 killer Christmas songs you don't have.

I have a great Christmas mix that I have been developing and adding to for over 10 years.

Generally speaking I like the truly classics like Bing, Nat, Elvis and Frank. But I also like modern takes with a classic styling. And although I like really heavy, extreme music I don't want it mixed into my gingerbread and egg nog. Please spare me Judas Priest doing a Christmas classic in a metal style.

Over the years I have added to my Christmas mix some pretty unique numbers and gems you might not have come across. My full mix is now up to 129 songs. I'm not going to share it all, because then it wouldn't be special for the lucky few that hear it.

But here are 10 Christmas ditties you don't have. Enjoy.

  • Charles Aznavour - Christmas Eve In A Gambling Town
  • C Isaak - Hey Santa!
  • Linda Cassady - Is Santa Claus A Hippy?
  • Little Marcy - Suzy Snowflake
  • Los Straitjackets - Little Drummer Boy
  • Low - Just Like Christmas
  • Revd Hort Ht - What Child Is This
  • Schnappi - Jing! Jingeling! Der weihnachtsschnappi!
  • The Boxmasters - We Three Kings Of Orient Are
  • The Headers - Joy To The World