DIALOGUE MICRO-REQUEST-REVIEW SPECIAL!: Lidane Livering, Encyclopedia Frown, Randy and The RN’s
|We’re famous now! People request to be reviewed! Unfortunately, we’ve been slacking on this front for a while, but we’re finally going to sit down and check these out. The first one’s really old.
|Also, it technically came out last year, but we’re just throwing it in. It’s part of a, uhh… series, and the last one came out in February.|
|Evidently this band’s really old. They made some stuff at the turn of the millennium and they’re back by popular demand.|
|It’s basically a bunch of fuzz with random noise and vocal sampling for almost an hour.|
|Some of the tracks have a beat. The last one’s kind of cool, but it’s just like an Atari 2600 song overtly distorted with some hand claps thrown in.
|I was going to say track 6 is a cool one. It held my interest surprisingly long, almost half of all 8 minutes of it.
The first two are my least favorites, still.
|Track six sucks.
Moving on, there’s some great post punk from some other band.
Actually, I don’t like this either.
|I liked it quite a bit. It took a while because the singer sounds like he’s having a hard time, but there are other bands with similar vocals but usually sound stupid.
Also, apparently Manila is the greatest density of people living over an entire city or something.
|The last two tracks do this thing where the guitar plays the same melody as the vocals.
That’s some Barney bullshit right there.
|Musing to self: For some reason, guitar backing the vocal melody is one of Junkhead’s greatest peeves, but if that is true, I haven’t been able to figure out why he likes power pop…|
|Normally they play chords and the vocal melody is different.
You don’t even listen to power pop.
|You’re like Yosemite Sam lookin’ at all those bullet holes in your hat.
Anyway, a lot of early blues rock does that more than power pop.
Other early metal that was still blues influenced did that too, like Black Sabbath’s first two albums.
|Yeah, the last two songs of Phantomwise have some cool melodies, but you are right, the verses suffer.|
|The second track has like, no melody.
It’s this slow boring dirge where the singer sounds like he’s falling asleep.
|I like it. It might be my favorite of the night.|
|It’s very immature sounding and almost retarded, qualities I enjoy thoroughly.|
|This is probably the least passionate music I’ve listened to in a long time. Totally phoned in and trying to fit a style and so missing the mark.|
|Like, it tries too hard, then?|
|I mean, it would be trying too hard if it tried at all?|
|Like, it tries?|
|No extra credit for Encyclopedia Frown. Go back to the cramped Pearl of the Orient!|
|So I mean, what do you like about it? Since I’m burying these poor gentlemen who requested this review.
|I do like the dragging apathy and uncooked writings. Really.
It’s not indifference, it’s disconcern.
|I have no idea what that means.
So my favorite’s Randy and the RN’s!
|Second time this year on BlahBlahMusic.com
I think I like this release a little better.
|I think the vocals are pushed too far up in the mix, it’s a little too obviously cheap digital stuff. But the songs are just as good, a lot more aggressive and fun.
|There is a large amount of digital distortion. The first time I listened I was almost too appalled to give it a chance, but the poppyness is very appetizing.|
|The sounds also kind of all over the place, like almost all the songs were recorded with totally different setups. I really like “Waiting for the Summer”, slow, loud, and pure pop is always a great thing.
|Case in point, guitar backed vocals.|
|I was waiting for that. But y’know, sometimes people are good enough songwriters that they don’t suck. I think Randy (if that’s his real name) has a really good knack for hooks. “Break Yer Heart” he just sings along with the guitar the whole time, but its amazing pop-punk.
|I think the melody itself has to be sing-songy, otherwise it will sound like a double scoop of turd. RANDY SPIKE knows how to clean up a melody and add some spicy and sincere rhymes.|
|Yeah, Randy never sounds like a pretentious twerp. He’s like a rock ‘n’ roll Everyman. It’s also refreshing he knows how to get in, make a statement, and get out. “Suicidal Highway” is less than two minutes and covers more ground than most supposed pop auteurs could ever muster.
|I would love to hear a whole succinct album from him. I do not know if he ever stuck to one style in the past.|
|Sounds like he just does whatever the hell he wants.|
|That must be where the magic is.
Definitely one of my favorite musicians out of New York.
|I’m going to invite him to the Blah Blah Music Christmas bash.|
|I can’t wait to find out about that.|
|We’ll request a three hour version of “Kombucha Kids”.|
|That’s the song that sounds like he recorded it three years ago in the back of a van while driving up the Rocky Mountains.|
|That’s actually very similar to the Christmas bash’s setting.|
|In a van tumbling sideways down the Rocky Mountains.|
Forsaken by Lidane Livering: 2/5 because it was mildly entertaining. Maybe I’m not cultured enough for it…
Phantomwise by Encyclopedia Frown: 3/5 because I wouldn’t turn it off if it came on.
Wish You Were Weird by Randy and The RN’s: 4/5 because it represents a crisp finished project with all of its un-sanded edges confidently sticking out.
Forsaken by Lidane Livering: I give it a C-. There should have been more beats.
Phantomwise by Encyclopedia Frown: F. My washing machine sounds more interesting.
Wish You Were Weird by Randy and The RN’s: B+! This guy has legit talent. If our blog was read by millions of people, millions of people would love him.
Forsaken by Lidane Livering