It’s been a little while since the last batch of music samples has been posted for your listening pleasure. Now that I have had a nice break in career activities I found time to sift through a bunch of emails. Below is an assortment of things that might interest you. My goal, as it is most of the time, is to bring you bands that cross a broad spectrum of genres for your sampling enjoyment. As always we give thanks to those that reach out to us. Thank you for thinking of us. Enjoy this edition of What’s Cookin’ in the Inbox.
Band: Vie Jester
From: Los Angeles, CA
Social Media: facebook
When I first got wind of a tie-in novel, Bioshock: Rapture, for the awesome videogame Bioshock (2007) I was eager to get my hands on it. Author John Shirley, who is well-known in the sci-fi world, delivers the prequel to the crazy-ass, head-scratching, and often funny videogame. I just didn’t know it came out back in 2012. Oh well, it’s never too late to read something you never knew existed. Personally, I am glad this wasn’t just a novel version of the game itself though I would have read it anyway. But, to see his interpretation of how the underwater city of Rapture got to be so fucked up…made sense and it helped me better understand the game and want to play it again. If you are a gamer then you are probably well aware there are so many questions often left unanswered in the gaming world.
The story begins at the conception of Rapture…in the mind of Andrew Ryan who rose from poverty with the utopian idea of an underwater city where people were “free” to do as they wish without government restrictions or sanctions. Ryan feared the firebombs of World War II were surely to explode over the rest of the world in just a matter of time. His solution was to gather the best of the best and hide away in an underwater paradise as the world destroys itself. Yeah, how could anything possibly go wrong? Read the rest of this entry
Release Date: N/A
Length: 37 Minutes
Genre: Psychedelic Boogie
Studio Albums: N/A
Location: N/A Read the rest of this entry
Warhorse was a short-lived British band, releasing only two albums in 1970 and 1972 respectively. They started with talent aplenty but couldn’t hang on to it. Their keyboardist, the legendary Rick Wakeman, dropped out shortly before the first album, Warhorse, was due to go into studio production.
Neither Warhorse nor the follow-up, Red Sea, did well on the UK album charts. The band faded away into nothing by 1974. To me that was a great pity because they did some good, solid rock. It seems that even way back then, I was good at liking bnds that not enough other people did.
I’ve been playing some of the old vinyl LPs we’ve been using as drinks coasters at Metal State. We drink BIIIIIG tankards of beer.
Argent typified British classic rock in the early 1970s. In their songs you can hear the influences of earlier psychedelic rock and residual traces of 1960s “underground” rock. Their music also hints at the separate lines of development that would soon be followed by classic progressive rock and hard rock.
During their active years from 1969 to 1976 Argent released seven studio albums. This song, from the 1972 album All Together Now, is my favourite.
Length: 51 Minutes
Studio Albums: A lot
Location: Brazil (at the time) Read the rest of this entry
Smooth, groovy and edgy; here’s the video for the track ‘Flood’ written and performed by the very promising upcoming band Brutai. Works well to brighten up a rainy day like this one!
The video was made by a group of young students at The Brit School in London. Brutai’s EP can be found here.