Give me…the freedom to destroy

Give me the freedom to destroy
Give me radioactive toy
Taste the water from a stream of dying breath
Eat the apple and cough a dying breath

I’m normally not one to pay a lot of attention to lyrics of songs. I’m more for the instrumentals and energy (cliched as that sounds) that what people are trying to say.

Notable exceptions include Guns ‘N Roses, Pink Floyd and System of a Down. Only the first and last hold equivalent stature musically as lyrically.

A new band has recently come into my sphere of reality. Standing on par with the big 4 lyrically, and somewhere above Floyd on music. Their name is Porcupine Tree.

Steven Wilson is one of those incredibly talented people that makes other musicians look clumsy.

Enough talk, time to listen to stars die.


The world is full of interesting things

Google has this pretty awesome slide-show of interesting things on the internet. While the slideshow does plug a lot of Google stuff like Chrome Ads and a stylesheet for Google Reader; and a lot of content is sourced from off youtube, everything on the whole probably does merit its place.

I’ve collected a few here from the slide-show which I thought were absolutely amazing:

1. The Wilderness Downtown: A chrome-optimized, CPU-intensive HTML5 video. (or videos. It opens many many windows. Don’t panic). Just sit back, don’t touch anything, wait, keep waiting, and then watch the video. Quite an interesting visual experience. The load time is mighty annoying (and ironic considering the soundtrack).

2. Singing Fingers:

3. You’ve probably heard of this – the Youtube Symphony Orchestra

4.Pixels – the movie. Very hilarious:

5. Remember those spheres from a couple of years ago showing the shrink in net worth of the largest banks? This is better.

6. Whoa.

7. Guess what this is. Brilliant. (This is cool too)

8. Mildly hypnotic. Very very cool:

9. WHOA.

Notable mention to the epic-in-scope life-in-a-day.


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Step Off!!

“We pledge allegiance to the Band”.

I’m just watching School of Rock. While I would not call myself anything resembling a fan of Jack Black, his rotund-rocker persona works a charm on this film, which claws its way from the mediocrity the tedious acting of the rest of the cast would consign it to to nothing less than a homage to Rock ‘n Roll and a film with impact.

Led Zeppelin. Black Sabbath. Blondie. Black Sabbath. Deep Purple. Stevie Nicks. A lot of subtle Meatloaf influence in Jack Black’s own improvisations. For a student of rock, this film is like a the Grand Tour of the Great Gig in the Sky, a ride on the Great Big Ball of Fire, and a sight of the Dark Side of the Moon.

It’s a surprisingly unknown movie, so this is my shameless plug for it. Go watch it.


…are Back!

After 12 years, after Audioslave, after the fall of Audioslave and the return of Rage against the Machine.  Now even Soundgarden are back!

The news first released on Chris Cornell’s blog at Mysapce and on facebook.  The only news so far seems to be that ‘The Knights of the Soundtable ride again’.

This is potentially pretty huge.  The last time Soundgarden were around, they would be the herald for grunge and all the cultural (r)evolution that goes with that. I wonder what’s in store..both  from Soundgarden and music itself..

The Sky is Over…

..and we indulge in our self-righteous suicide. Because Serj said so.

Serj FREAKING Tankian. Musician. Poet. A towering lyricist on a par with Almighty himself (Jim Morrison, not John Lennon) who stands on the cliffs of our reality railing at all that is and makes you yearn for all that could and should be…

see what listening to System of a Down does to you?

I first heard System of a Down in freshman year of college. Watching Shavo Odadjian beady-eyed madness on my tiny dorm room 14-inch TV in the chopsuey! video had a resonance, even back then, with my inner lunatic.

It would be later, over a year after the release of Steal this Album! and with it the significant maturing both in SOAD’s musical complexity and in Serj’s lyrics that I started to get seriously hooked. With the release of hypnotize / mezmerize, System of a Down eventually supplanted EVERYTHING as my core musical sense.

I find it difficult to explain, to articulate the sheer potency of the effect System’s music has on me. In a world where incoherent grunting, the word ‘yeah’ and ‘oh’ repeating in various iterative combinations pass as lyrics; in a world where bands re-unite 25-30+ years after their prime to redefine and renew the music in people’s lives; in a world where money talks, bullshit walks and its more important to sue people than encourage creation…in this world System of a Down connects.

Serj’s wailing-doom-warble, Shavo’s demonic bass guitar built on the elemental fury of Daron Malakian and John Dalamayan tend to overwhelm the listener. initially. But the power and ferocity hide a sublime grace, and ability to make ‘pictures in your mind’, to make you feel the fundamental dissatisfaction at the heart of SOAD’s lyrics, to agree whole-heartedly, atleast for the moment, to stand up, step up, shout out, shout loud, be like SOAD and demand more, better and truer of the world, ourselves and everyone else. This is, to me, what SOAD is all about. They make us care, they break the walls of apathy and make, nay, demand, that we join them in the fun.

I could go on and on. I’ve been writing this post for over an hour with numerous edits and if I’m not careful, I could be here all weekend. I’ll leave you now with a video that inspired (correction: demanded) this post and some lyrics and quotes, to the band that gave a voice to ‘the generation that didn’t agree’.

Unnoficial youtube of Sky is Over, the single from Elect the Dead, Serj’s solo album.


You depend on our protection,

Yet you feed us lies from the table cloth..

Why don’t presidents fight the war? Why do they
always send the poor?

soldier side:

They were crying when their sons left God is
wearing black He’s gone so far to find no hope
he’s never coming back


Walk with me my little child
To the forest of denial
speak with me my only mind
walk with me until the time
and make the forest turn to wine
you take the legend for a fall


I’m just sitting in my room
with a needle in my hand
waiting for the doom
of some old dying man
sitting in my room
with a needle in my hand
waiting for the doom
of some old dying man


Dreaming of screaming Someone kick me out of my
mind I hate these thoughts I can’t deny Dreaming
of screaming Someone kick me out of my mind I
hate these thoughts I can’t de….


We fought your wars with all our hearts.
You sent us back in body parts.
You took our wills with the truth you stole.
We offer prayers for your long lost souls.

Saul Williams on Serj:

Serj’s words, like his voice, have a distinct aesthetic sensibility connected to an unyielding, visceral roar of passion. His capacity ‘to mock a killing bird’ while we wonder at the grace, beauty, and colorful range of his wingspan will be the trademark of both of his singing and writing careers. Serj is an amazing artist, full of passion, with a beautiful heart that pumps the essence of his vision and talent.