Friday, November 29, 2013

Morphine : Best Of

Morphine was an American alternative rock group formed by Mark Sandman, Dana Colley and Jerome Deupree in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1989.

Low-fi but hight-brow, Mark Sandman's outfit was obstinately oddball .
Here was a band into Blues and Rock with no electric guitar. Insteaded, the three-man line-up
sported a drummer, Sandman on a bass with only two strings, both tuned to the same note, and Dana Colley on meaty baritone Sax.

Morphine combined blues and jazz elements with more traditional rock arrangements, giving the band an unusual sound.

Unerpinning the leader's world-weary vocals , often put through a distortion unit, Morphine
packed an appropriately addictive punch on numbers like " Honey White " and " Cure For Pain ", a sound they dubbed " Implied Grunge ".

The band preffered to play smaller clubs, and remained loyal to the Boston - Cambridge area,
even when they signed to DreamWorks .

Marc Sandman was a graduate of UMass Boston who only launched a music career in his mid-thirties with the Punk-Blues group " Treat Her Right " before forming Morphine.

Their fiercely devoted funs were deeply shocked when Sandman died after suffering a heart attack while on stage in Rome in July 1999 .

Within a year of Sandman's death, Colley and Conway created " Orchestra Morphine ", a group of Sandman's friends and colleagues who toured to celebrate the music of the band and to raise funds for the Mark Sandman Music Education Fund.

European edition

01. Have A Lucky Day       Good     3:27
02. You Look Like Rain       Good     3:38
03. You Speak My Language       Good     3:25
04. Thursday      Cure for Pain     3:26
05. Buena       Cure for Pain     3:19
06. Cure For Pain      Cure for Pain     3:13
07. Honey White      Yes     3:06
08. Super Sex      Yes     3:52
09. Whisper       Yes     3:28
10. Eleven O'Clock       Like Swimming     3:18
11. Top Floor, Bottom Buzzer       The Night     5:42
12. The Night       The Night     4:48
13. Jack And Tina       previously unreleased     8:32
14. Pretty Face       previously unreleased     4:47
15. Shame       B-Sides and Otherwise     2:44
16. Sexy Christmas Baby Mine        previously unreleased     2:05 

Released     February 18, 2003
CD Rip

     Flac Size: 403MB

Studio albums

    Good (1992)
    Cure for Pain (1993)
    Yes (1995)
    Like Swimming (1997)
    The Night (2000)


    Mark Sandman : 2-string slide bass, vocals, organ, tritar (3-string slide guitar), guitar,     piano        (1989–1999)
    Dana Colley : baritone sax, tenor sax, double sax, triangle (1989–1999)
    Jerome Deupree : drums, percussion (1989–1991, 1991–1993, 1998–1999)
    Billy Conway : drums, percussion (1991, 1993–1999)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Dirty Fuse Live

Οι Dirty Fuse Surfάρουν πάνω στα Surfbetika!
Στο Gorilla 11 την Κυριακή 1 Δεκεμβρίου.
 Ένα 60`s style Live Party πλημμυρισμένο από ηλεκτρικές διπλοπενιές και τόνους Reverb, υπόσχεται να φέρει την παραλία στα Βόρεια Προάστια !!!
Το Live αρχίζει στις 21:30, Είσοδος ελεύθερη !!!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Medium Medium – The Glitterhouse

Medium Medium – The Glitterhouse
Label: Music-Box – B RED 19
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Greece
Genre: Rock, Funk / Soul
Style: New Wave, P.Funk, Pop Rock, Funk, Experimental
Year: 1981   [from discogs]

Hungry So Angry 3:54
Serbian Village 4:47
The Glitterhouse 2:11
Guru Maharaj Ji 8:48
Further Than Funk Dream 5:56
Mice Or Monsters 5:40
That Haiku 5:44

Vinyl Rip
flac & scans 202 MB  here  

Post-punk/funk pioneers Medium Medium have reformed. Best known for "Hungry, So Angry," the 1981 dance club hit that paved the way for the current new wave of early 1980s-influenced bands, Medium Medium is working to put together a series of special reunion shows before the end of 2004

Formed in Nottingham, England just one year after the Sex Pistols' last show, Medium Medium's self-styled "extreme dance music" and "searing Zen funk" merged dance rhythms and staccato guitar with squawking sax and found sounds to create a "free-blown dubbed-up white funk" (NME) that positioned the band "at the forefront of the post punk funk movement" (Cashbox).

In February 1981, Medium Medium signed to Cherry Red and released "Hungry, So Angry," the band's second single. Dave Henderson (Sound International) wrote prophetically, "It could be one of the most important records of the type to emerge this year and will doubtlessly be revered as a classic after the group have long since departed." At the end of the year, influential music critic Robert Christgau (Village Voice) included "Hungry, So Angry" in his "Dean's List" of top singles for 1981.

The band released one studio album, The Glitterhouse, in late 1981. Its stark, stripped-down dub and dance rhythms and chiming, funk guitar with occasional saxophone and other sounds, failed to attract a large following.

John Rees Lewis, the lead singer and saxophone player, left at the start of 1982 to form C Cat Trance with the original drummer Nigel Stone, who had left shortly before the release of "Hungry, So Angry". The remaining members, Andy Ryder (guitar/vocals), Alan Turton (bass guitar), Graham Spink (offstage special sounds) and the replacement drummer Steve Harvey, continued to tour and were later augmented by, first, Leslie Joachim Barrett (guitar/keyboards), then Julie Wood (keyboards). Forays into a fuller, more produced sound failed to earn the band a new record deal and Medium Medium split up in late 1983.

Inspired by a Cherry Red retrospective CD release in 2001 and the subsequent dance-punk revival, Medium Medium reformed in late 2004 for several live shows, including a showcase at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York. No longer a full-time venture, the band has stated plans to continue to write, record and perform.

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Στην λίστα με τα πιο αγαπημένα μου άλμπουμς αυτό των Medium Medium.
Βέβαια, ο ήχος δεν είναι και ο καλύτερος, βλέπε και τα περισσότερα της Music Box τότε, αλλά και ο δίσκος πολυπαιγμένος, σκρατς θα βρείτε , ιδιαίτερα στο τέλος της 2ης πλευράς, αλλά το περιεχόμενο είναι αυτό που μετράει τελικά.
Δεν είναι μόνο το "hit" Hungry So Angry αλλά και όλα τα άλλα κομμάτια που λένε..Ακούστε το σχεδόν 9λεπτο Guru Maharaj Ji ή το Mice Or Monsters για να δείτε το μέγεθος και την αξία τους.Ήδη το έγραψα σε cd και το ακούω συνέχεια.
Εύχομαι να σας αρέσει ...
Να ευχηθώ καλό χειμώνα σε όλους.
Υ.Γ. Στο blog Ten Thousand Eyes θα βρείτε εδώ το 12ινσο τους Splendid Isolation.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Forgotten Realms : Sojourn ( Book 3 ) : The Dark Elf Trilogy

Drizzt Do'Urden, a forty year old renegade drow who has forsaken the ways of his evil people to live a better life on the surface of Toril, greets the dawn each morning to acclimatize himself to his new home, in spite of the great pain it causes him.

To the rogue drow, the sun represents his denial of that other darker world, especially of the city of Menzoberranzan. Alongside him sits his faithful companion, the panther Guenhwyvar.

After a disastrous run in with a skunk one day, Drizzt decides to leave in search of a new home further down the mountainside. He encounters a group of Gnolls who invite him to be an ally.

Being naive to the ways of the world, Drizzt doesn't know they are evil until they outline a plan to raid a local farm and kill and enslave the humans living therein.


With the aid of Guenhwyvar, 

he slays the band but for some time after feels remorse in doing so.

It is at this point that he decides to learn more about the races living about him, and starts by studying the intended victims of the Gnoll raid, the Thistledown family, on their secluded farm in the village of Maldobar.
After coming to the conclusion that these humans where of good alignment, he takes it upon himself to become their secret guardian. 

Later on he follows the youngest Thistledown boy, Liam, and tries unsuccessfully to communicate with and befriend him.

The ten year old runs away to tell the tale of his encounter with a drow, or as he calls it a "drizzit" and at first is not believed by his family. It is only when he takes his siblings with him to verify the story that he is vindicated.

A meeting is held that night and the villagers decide to go and look for this drow after the prompting of bounty hunter and trapper Roddy McGristle.


In the ensuing hunt, 

Drizzt is forced to kill one of McGristle's dogs and maims him in the process. 

Where it not for the interference of a Quickling sprite called Tephanis, Drizzt may have eluded detection and the subsequent ire of the bounty hunter.

Tephanis was an ally to a fearsome Barghest whelp known as, Ulgulu.


 After realising that it was Drizzt and his panther who killed his best soldiers, 


the gnolls, Ugulu decides to enact vengeance upon Drizzt 

and at the same time cover his nefarious activities in the region.
By taking the form of a drow, he massacres the Thistledown family

and leaves the blame solely at Drizzt's feet.

When Drizzt learns of the tragedy he vowes to enact his own vengeance upon the perpetrators, partly out of grief and also out of self-imposed guilt that he caused their deaths.
After their original chase, the farmers and Mayor of Maldobar, Benson Delmo had sent word of a drow in the vicinity of their home to Sundabar, requesting aid in the matter.
Dove Falconhand, a ranger and Chosen of Mystra,
answers the call with the blessings of Helm Dwarf Friend.
When she reaches Maldobar she is informed that the same drow has committed an atrocity at the Thistledown place but after studying the evidence at hand, she soon starts to believe otherwise.
Drizzt, meanwhile, has already started his own investigation and finds the lair of Ugulu.
He slays Ugulu's brother, Kemfana,
and with the help of Guenhwyvar kills Ugulu who by now has morphed into a monstrous wolf.
Drizzt then helps his pursuers during a stone giant ambush, and Dove's party provide healing aid to Drizzt after noticing his severe wounds.

Through his actions they follow their earlier assumptions and confirm he is innocent of the killings and not at all like the others of his kin.
So they decide to let him go.
Roddy McGristle, however, is not so keen on letting a 2000gp bounty slip through his hands and continues the hunt.
Drizzt then comes to settle in Dead Orc's Pass.
Surviving on a diet of fish and taking shelter in one of the many caves he feels thoroughly dejected and sinks even further into self-pity.

All unbeknownst to the beleaguered drow. It is here that Drizzt gets his first taste of snow and decides to find better accommodation. He ends up staying in the den of a grumpy brown bear named Bluster,

placating him with daily meals of fish during his long hibernation. When spring returns to the land, Drizzt explores the other side of the river and runs afoul of the Orc King Graul.
With the aid of Montolio DeBrouchee, the blind ranger of Mielikki,

 he defeats the Orcs, Worgs and Stone giant sent to kill him, and is taken under "Mooshie's" wing. During his time in Mooshie's grove, he is taught how to read and write in the common surface tongue, the ways of the ranger, and of Mielikki, Goddess of the Forest. It is also a time for healing and Mooshie helps Drizzt come to terms with his self-imposed guilt over the deaths of Liam Thistledown and others. Roddy McGristle tracks Drizzt to Mooshie's grove but Mooshie lies to protect him and sends him on a red herring. However,
wanting to be rid of Drizzt, Tephanis returns and informs Roddy of Mooshie's deception.
Angered, Roddy makes a pact with the Orc King Graul and two weeks later the battle of Mooshie's grove is under way.
Mooshie and Drizzt defeat the Orc army and Guenhwyvar kills her opposite Caroak, the Winter wolf.
Kellindil and a group of his elven cousins give aid during the battle and afterwards he captures Roddy McGristle and begins the journey to Sundabar to have him tried for his crimes.
Tephanis helps him to escape however and McGristle strangles the elf then buries him and whatever supplies he cannot carry. Tephanis, fearing another disastrous encounter with the drow, deceives his new master by saying he was slain by a worg during the battle.
The winter came and Drizzt finds Mooshie Mondolio dead, leaving Drizzt to fulfill an earlier promise he made to leave and never return to his grove. Journeying through the Northland, he is turned away and chased by the dwarves of Citadel Adbar and finds the same rejection in other towns that he tries to make his home in. He takes it in his stride as he now has the Goddess Mielikki in his heart.
Six years later, and the drow's seventh winter on the surface,
Drizzt by now has taken up with the Weeping Friars, a group of beggars and religious postulants who believe that the more they suffer, the less the world has to endure. Knowing of their favourite route of travelling to Mirabar via the tunnel,
Tephanis traps the party within leaving them no choice but to face a venerable (but fairly stupid) Red dragon nicknamed Hephaestus. Thanks to a clever deception by Drizzt, they manage to escape and he takes the friars advice of heading to Ten Towns. A place full of rogues where he may find acceptance.
McGristle catches up with the monks shortly after they part with Drizzt and Tephanis unwittingly reveals that he trapped the party in the tunnels, going against McGristle's plans. In a fit of rage, the bounty hunter then kills him and tortures the friars for information before murdering them as well.
Drizzt journeys to Ten Towns in Icewind Dale, where he is rejected by Cassius, the spokesman for Bryn Shander, but offered him a home instead in the northern slopes of Kelvin's Cairn, on the borders of Clan Battlehammer.
He meets Cattie-brie, the adopted daughter of Bruenor Battlehammer, in the lower slopes of the cairn and makes her acquaintance. When he first sees her he is reminded strongly of Liam Thistledown as she is around the same age, and is captivated by her charm and zest for life.
After a fight with a Polar worm, Bruenor, comes into contact with Drizzt for the first time.  
 They near come to blows but Drizzt walks away from the conflict leaving a furious Bruenor to hobble home.
Outraged that his daughter has been meeting with a drow, he forces her to give her word that she'll not meet with him again. McGristle turns up at the dwarf home not long after and the clan are not entirely impressed with the rude stranger. McGristle tells them all that Drizzt murdered the Thistledown's but Bruenor has none of it.
The Dwarven King turns him out and warns his daughter to stay away from the drow for a second time.
Cattie-brie disobeys her father and runs to confront Drizzt about McGristle's claims. Drizzt calms her fears and their friendship remains unchanged.
He sends her back home and gets ready to flee from his adversary, but, turns back to aid Cattie-brie who is being held by McGristle.
Drizzt  relates how vengeance is all he seeks. He cares not for the murdered family nor for the bounty. A fight ensues and many times does the reluctant Drizzt offer McGristle the chance to flee, but he stubbornly refuses.
Eventually the superior warrior won, by knocking McGristle unconscious. When he wakes up, he is met by Bruenor, who banishes him from Icewind Dale . 
Drizzt, feeling he is damned to always be an outcast, states he will leave but Bruenor bids him to stay and watch over Cattie-brie.

At last, Drizzt heard the words he had been waiting to hear for years.

End of Book 3  -  End of the Dark Elf  Trilogy Comix .

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