Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Charles Mingus - Blues & Roots

Charles Mignus - Blues & Roots

"This record is unusual—it presents only one part of my musical world, the blues. A year ago, Nesuhi Ertegün suggested that I record an entire blues album in the style of Haitian Fight Song (in Atlantic LP 1260), because some people, particularly critics, were saying I didn't swing enough. He wanted to give them a barrage of soul music: churchy, blues, swinging, earthy. I thought it over. I was born swinging and clapped my hands in church as a little boy, but I've grown up and I like to do things other than just swing. But blues can do more than just swing. So I agreed." - Charles Mingus

Moaning is fuckin' baddddd.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Armchairpolitician - Seven Segment Decoder

Armchairpolitician - Seven Segment Decoder

Intense blend of Thrice and Refused flavored post-hardcore with the spacey feel of At the Drive-in and The Mars Volta. Screams are obviously influenced by a blend of "true emo" groups but the music is way to dynamic and riffy to fully exploit that label. This is basically just a really progressive hardcore record and reminds me kind of the Cave In of the post-hardcore world instead of metalcore. Definitely worth checking out.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

roawr posts.

archive of my posts on rar:

suicide file ep: http://www.mediafire.com/?8h60jwwxwmm
suicide file "twilight": http://www.mediafire.com/?4gjhbdzvxdx
hardcore in the vein of mliw. very thrashy. very good.

meet me in st. louis ep: http://www.mediafire.com/?8azdw9yne12
meet me in st. louis "variations on swing": http://www.mediafire.com/?ezgw9t21biy
math rock plus pop-punk. minus the bear plus don cab.

modern life is war "midnight in america": http://www.mediafire.com/?6pt69dvhg1g
modern life is war "witness": http://www.mediafire.com/?clythjsmqzm
melodic hardcore with some of the best lyrics, ever written.

pygmy lush "bitter river": http://www.megaupload.com/?d=0HB9AMFD
indescribable blend of folk, screamo, and noise.

celeste "pessimiste(s)": http://www.megaupload.com/?d=RPDMPXUL
fast as fuck and honest.

Oink.CD FIasco

We at Last Train to Cool express our sadness due to the recent removal of the torrent searcher, Oink. We fully respect that archive due to its vast amount of OOP and foreign records that are otherwise near impossible to find. It is also with regrets that we say goodbye to our fellow blog ROAWR! which has also decided to pull the plugs as not to be involved with the recent file sharing fiasco. Last Train to Cool will remain up for an unforeseeable future as we are devoted to providing users with a way to expand their intellect through a guise of various musical resources. As stated if any artist has an issue with their work being up on this website, I will gladly remove if I am only informed. I am not interested in stealing profits from artists and urge that everyone help support the music they love, but I will also not remove my website because a few bureaucrats can't deal with the explosion of freely available art.

On a lighter note if anyone has anything they wish to be uploaded (or re-upped) feel free to post it as a comment on this post.

Art is dead, let's liberate our everyday life.
-jared dillon-

Monday, October 22, 2007

Sam Rivers - Contours

Sam Rivers - Contours

Sam Rivers. Herbie Hancock. Freddie Hubbard. Ron Carter. Joe Chambers. If you know anything about '60s jazz you know that is one hell of a line-up. This record is a often overlooked jazz classic of the '60s and if you aren't familiar with the avant garde bop scene, a great place to start exploring.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Shugo Tokumaru - Exit

Shugo Tokumaru - Exit

""Exit" is Shugo Tokumaru's first album since switching from a tiny indie label to the larger P-Vine Records, but the move hasn't been accompanied by any compromise of the bedroom-music aesthetic that made his previous albums "L.S.T." and "Night Piece" so beguiling."

Friday, October 19, 2007

The Shape of Broad Minds - Craft of the Lost Art

The Shape of Broad Minds - Craft of the Lost Art
"So, the question I keep asking myself is: “can Craft of the Lost Art be the best rap album of 2007?” Absolutely, but it is still August, so let’s not get too ahead of ourselves. It is an incredibly solid and interesting record that though clocking in at over an hour, never seems like it’s dragging on thanks to the myriad of styles Jarel explores throughout. He is a free spirit experimenting with his tools at hand, and the album very much excels because of it. Craft very much should establish Jarel as an act to watch, and my guess is that future collaborations are imminent"

Electric Wizard - Witchcult Today

Electric Wizard - Witchcult Today

"Electric Wizard is one of the few bands who show that musical borders are often in a state of flux, especially the Black Sabbath-inspired Stoner Rock genre.What at first seemed to be a very x-rayed version of Stoner Rock later turned out to be a real Old School Doom monster.Check out songs like Funerapolis to get swallowed by the thrashy distorted riffs, just to be released into a dark and psychotic world of paranoia.Its not comparable with other Stoner Rock bands because there is no relaxed fun with drugs, no nostalgic lightning on the 70's, nothing positive."

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Boris - Flood

Boris - Flood

I went and saw the Boris, Michio Kurihara and Damon & Naomi tour last night in Los Angeles. It was a fantastic show and one of the loudest I have ever been to so in honor of that here is one of my favorite releases from Boris. Flood is a slow moving, rock epic in the vein of nothing I've really heard before. The minimalism of post-rock is in this record but the whole feeling of it doesn't evoke one large crescendo, rather a steady drone of simple ideas. Not drone metal, but great. Highly recommended.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

EAQuartett - Electroacoustiquarett

EAQuartett - Electroacoustiquarett
http://www.mediafire.com/?0zv1jxdnvfmSelf described as “the perfect meeting point for the experimental and explorative tensions of different musicians, whose background range from classical music to contemporary, from jazz to the extreme boundaries of rock” EAQuartett fall in the realm of Supersilent with an obvious appreciation towards the kraut and free jazz scenes of the late ‘60s and ‘70s. A fellow RYMer described this album along the lines of being the perfect exploration of the lucid nature of the static space in Bitches Brew and In a Silent Way which is an excellent description. This is certainly orchestrated music but a resilient attitude of free form is always dipping itself into the mixing pot of this quartet. Electroacoustiquarett is a unique experience that dots the minimal and spontaneous with a sense of complete and heavily complex composition.

John Frusciante - Smile From The Streets You Hold

John Frusciante - Smile From The Streets You Hold

Few albums will ever strike the same emotional chord, “Smile From The Streets You Hold” do with me. It basically was responsible for me surviving my first year out of high school, so it’ll always resonate in me deeply. Emotional performances like this are truly rare and only come along once every decade. The tragedy of this recording is perhaps its greatest strength and the way Frusciante was so accurately able to describe his feelings in sound make it one of my favorites. I can’t in good faith recommend the album to everyone just because of its extremely abrasive nature, but in terms of people interested in the avant-garde this is a truly spectacular album. One of my favorite albums of all time.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Shugo Tokumaru - L.S.T.

Shugo Tokumaru - L.S.T.
"This is pop, but pop pushed into a non-mainstream place of such diversity and experimentation that it’s barely recognisable. You have one track that features a whistle, a piano, and a singing saw; another that gets underway with the sound of scissors and peeping baby chickens and goes on to showcase a koto; and a third like a musical joke that seems to be about to dump us in the trane trekker boredom that is enka until the singer opens her mouth—and lo and behold, it’s the singing saw again."

Monday, October 8, 2007

Chico Hamilton - The Dealer

Chico Hamilton - The Dealer

"One of Chico's classic recordings for Impulse, and a weird batch of tracks that have an off-beat sound to them that's hard to categorize. The group includes Ernie Hayes on organ, Arnie Lawrence on alto, Larry Coryell on guitar, and a guest appearance by Archie Shepp on piano. Tracks include "For Mods Only", "A Trip", "Baby, You Know", and "Larry Of Arabia". Very groovy, and with a wonderful array of offbeat influences running through the groove!"

Sunday, October 7, 2007

The Drones - Gala Mill

The Drones - Gala Mill
"The most interesting thing about Gala Mill has to be the rawness in which it's presented. The vibe of a group of drunken underground musicians and mates recording in a quiet little hole is so present. With the sounds of birds, crickets and the band members themselves often tacked on before and after several tracks.

"The Gala Mill" is never going to be Shakespeare - it's never going to be Justin Timberlake - it's never going to be You Am I. It's the Drones - and you will love it or hate it."

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Behold... The Arctopus - Skullgrid

Behold.. The Arctopus - Skullgrid
"According to "prog-metal climber dude" Joel Israel: "Insanely convoluted, technical, original, and just plain weird, this album is worth checking out."