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Top 15 KMFDM Tracks.

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It’s KMFDM’s 30th Anniversary next year. I’ve been listening to them for the last 18, and just now decided to share my favourite songs.
This was a very difficult decision, as their catalog is huge (with 18 albums, and whatever number of singles, and EPs). Many KMFDM fans may agree with some, or wonder why I left out some obvious gems (SPOILER: “Light” and “Megalomaniac” are NOT on this list). Some of the images in my head, as I describe below, might be NSFW. I pray your computer monitor faces the window, at least 2 stories above ground.

15. Help Us/Save Us/Take Us Away (MONEY, 1992)
The ‘ultra-heavy beat” carries the soulful vocals from a mere teenager (14 I think?), Dorona Alberti. Sascha K.’s vocals mixed with effects (any combination of distortion, fuzz, and/or cigarettes), are a great contrast to Alberti’s voice. The first distorted guitar you hear in the track is among my favourite riffs of all time.

14. Penetration (Opium 1984, re-released in 2002)
Raymond Watts’ voice arises from a murky pink swamp of twangy guitar, and (almost) lounge-y beat. I’m pretty sure Watts was super-stoned during his vocal takes, but his laughter is so devious in the middle of him saying how he wants to bang you, that it’s almost sick. I just picture Watts with a top hat/cane, walking sideways down stairs, with vaginal lubrication running under his feet, and down the walls. Don’t slip, Raymond. You still have to make it to the other track further down this list.

13. People Of The Lie (BLITZ, 2009)
Probably the most venturous, haunting, interesting, NEW track I’ve heard KMFDM do in the last 10 years. Lucia’s vocals go down smooth like vodka/cranberry, under the moonlight in a prison cell. I picture Sascha and Lucia tied to chairs back to back, when they sing together on this song.

12. Move On (ANGST, 1993)
Ahh, the early 90’s. When hair-metal bands were finally letting their hair down. This track oozes spotlights on the guitar and piano. Put that fog filter on them, and crank that reverb knob. The guitar solo is soooo mysterious guy (or lady?) on a motorcycle.

11. Money (MONEY, 1992)
I sing this song every payday at my day job. “I was payday today/and I’m gonna spend money/on a bottle of booze/to bring home for my honey.” Sascha does a semi-rap style, vocally. Pretty much the imagery in my head for this track exists in the music video for it. The only thing missing in this song is SFX of cash registers.

10. Dogma (XTORT, 1996)
Nicole Blackman offers her performance-art, vocal style to this track. I usually associate performance art with female hairy armpits, bare feet, and a strange mole where you WOULD like to kiss. However if I saw this LIVE with F.M. Einheit tapping the rocks, and slapping those straps you hear in this track, with Blackman on a podium, I would be very happy. Aside from all that, Ms. Blackman speaks the truth. Every word of it!

9. Power (XTORT, 1996)
Nothing like a song you wish you could parade through town, with a choir singing “We’ve got the power…” This song is a strong, fist-in-the-air anthem, which could only be slightly bettered by…

8. Terror (NIHIL, 1995)
A real track that sounds like the precursor to a riot. But you know, I peaceful one where cops stand off to the side with their shields, while the leader stands on his soap box with a megaphone rallying his fellow man. And through the glimmer of his aviators we all see hope. I can’t help but get goosebumps when I hear “I get closer beat by beat…” when its repeated near the end of the song.

7. Naive (NAIVE, 1990)
Finally a somewhat positive song, telling guys (and girls! sure, that the heck!) that, yes, “she has to be loved”, “everybody needs somebody”. A lot of KMFDM tracks are aggressive/powerful “fuck you, we won’t take anymore you stinky government” tracks. This track seems to promote love, even if its just telling people to fuck. At least fucking is better than killing, amiright?

6. Son Of A Gun (XTORT, 1996)
Some of my favourite guitar riffs put together with synth! Fast, furious. Involving shockwaves, atomic blasts, and shit for brains. The colours blue, yellow, and white from the album cover are totally suited for this song. I wish I had synesthesia when listening to this. However, I’d end up an epileptic.

5. Piggybank {Shock Mix} (SPLIT single, 1991)
Ever listen to a remix that sounds better than the original? This is one of those tracks for me. Remixes of songs with rock guitars in them! Imagine! This makes me think of a gloomy church requiem (because of the organ) of someone writing a letter to his loved one promising of a better future for them.

4. Don’t Blow Your Top (DON’T BLOW YOUR TOP, 1987)
If you love Frank Zappa (I don’t), then you’ll recognize that a lot of the lyrics in this song are ripped right from the moustached man. Aside from the unoriginal lyrics, its catchy. Makes me wanna go back to the 80’s, cruise in the car, and look moody.

3. Juke-Joint Jezebel (NIHIL, 1995)
Raymond Watts’ near-top spot on this list. This is the song that got me into KMFDM. Catchy as fuck, and its Giorgio Moroder remix was on the Mortal Kombat Soundtrack (which alone was the genesis of my love for industrial). It’s the track that Sonya kicked Kano’s ass to, in the MK movie. SPOILER ALERT: It doesn’t end well for Kano.

2. Down And Out (SYMBOLS, 1997)
Drum pads, crickets, synths, marching, bag pipes, guitar, trumpets, and one (maybe two) bomb blasts. This is song is probably in league with “People Of The Lie”. I would love to hear an acoustic rendition of this song. Such a great groove, and the chorus melody is fantastic. And those sexy trumpets!

1. The Problem (ANGST, 1993)
Dorona Alberti sings this song with her soulful 15 year-old vocal pipes, shaming any contestant on American Idol before there was one. Acoustic guitar, piano, and a dash of synth. Alberti sings about how this kid is in trouble in court about what he’s done, but the problem isn’t with the boy, it’s with the environment they were molded by. It’s a case of nature vs. nurture. It’s one of those walk-away-in-slow-motion tracks before the credits roll. Probably the most soulful track KMFDM has ever done. And its all about that with me.

If you’re a KMFDM fan, I’d love to hear your fav tracks. If you’ve never heard them before, these tracks may sway you into fandom.

Boom.

-G


My Year-In Report of Gaming and Music

If you know me well enough, music and gaming are my top 2 favourite things ever. This past year has been a consumption of media as much as I see stupid memes on Facebook of that dumb angry cat. I think I’ve become a digital hoarder of sorts.

MUSIC
In a sea of randomness of music out there, there’s been literally a select few that have been worthy of a purchase. Now not all of these are 2012 releases, but they are new to my ears this year.

Lazerhawk – “Visitors” (80’s Sci-Fi inspired instrumental stuff. RAD!)
The Birthday Massacre – “Hide And Seek” (Catchy dark-rock/industrial-pop music.)
Hanzel Und Gretyl – “Born To Be Heiled” (Awesome German-parody-esc metal, that brings a smile to my face.)
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Soundtrack (by Michael McCann)

…and that’s about all that has tickled my fancy…

This year has also seen the release of my band The Rabid Whole’s album “REFUGE”, and my EP of covers. Both of which I’m particularly proud to have varying degrees of participation in. The Rabid Whole playing in Austin, Texas, was a spectacular experience. One I will never forget. Not to mention the other festivals we’ve had the pleasure to play this year.

Being in The Rabid Whole has been quite the journey this year as well. I developed the skill of bringing MIDI-controlled lights to The Rabid Whole’s live show, as well as other computer automated tasks for our keyboardist, Chalsey. It’s been a learning experience both technically, and socially as we learn more about each other and work as a team. This line-up of The Rabid Whole has achieved more things in this last year than any other year prior to it. The winds of change for the band will no doubt bring new experiences for us all in 2013.

GAMING
2012 has been crazy in re-living classics, living classics for the first time, and catching up with recent releases. Mind you, I still have to find the time to PLAY some of these games. Some have been a steal-of-a-deal (and I’m not talking about piracy).

Computer:
The Bard’s Tale
Bastion
Beneath The Steel Sky
Dungeon Keeper
Earthworm Jim 1&2
Fallout
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Megaman X Street Fighter
MDK
Redneck Rampage Collection
Theme Hospital
Tyrian 2000
Shadow Warrior Collection
Starcraft
Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic
Star Wars: Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast
Syndicate
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

PS3:
Alice: Madness Returns
Darksiders 2
Fallout: New Vegas (Ultimate Edition)
Mass Effect Trilogy
Persona 3 MES
Street Fighter Alpha 3
Sonic Adventure 2

iPhone:
Angry Birds: Star Wars
Beatdown
Final Fight
Max Payne
Megaman X
Rayman Jungle Run
Sonic 4 ep.1&2
Sonic CD
Sonic Jump
Sonic All-Stars Racing
Street Fighter IV Volt

CONCLUSION
I always have time for music, but immersing myself in a good game is quite the challenge these days. But 2013 should prove to be quite the challenge yet as The Rabid Whole continue to grow, while I discover new music, and satiate my inner escapist. Maybe my writing skills will improve too. 😛

Boom.

-G


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I took a poop in the same place Elvis, and a whack-load of other old timey jazz/blues musicians recorded music. Sun Records, in Memphis, TN! We decided to take a peek there on our way back home, but as soon as I came out of the bathroom, everyone was gone. 😦


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The Rabid Whole NEWS!

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Lots of stuff happening with The Rabid Whole lately! If you don’t know who my band is, just click The Rabid Whole tab on my blog.

First thing, we recently shot a music video for our song “Future”. It’s currently being edited and we can’t wait to show the world when it’s done!

We played Toronto and Ottawa, few weeks back, and we rocked the hell out of those cities! Lithium Magazine did a interview with us at the Toronto show, so here’s the video. Though ignore the mention of a tour for this fall (we may have shot off about that way too soon. But be patient!)

The Rabid Whole is nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award in the “Best Electronic” catagory, so the band is going to be attending the awards this Saturday. Here’s the press release about it. We will be wearing our finest polyester to this shindig. 😛

Our next show is during Indie Week, here in Toronto next week. Here’s the Facebook event.

And if you’d like, here’s a full stream of our most recent album “Refuge“.

Hopefully I’ll see some of you at one of our shows!

On a personal note, I’ve helped brought lighting to The Rabid Whole’s live show, which I’m pretty proud of. I learned a whole whack load of new tech stuff in a weekend!

For my fellow Canadians, have a lovely Thanksgiving, this weekend.

Boom.

-G


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Soundtrack To The End Of The World


21st Century Property Landlord


My Influence Map

I’ve seen a few of these on deviantArt.com and thought I’d do my own. I tried to use just logos, and symbols to represent each influence. Do your own!


The Rabid Whole’s newest show dates!

It’s that time of the month…in SEPTEMBER, when we bleed your ears with our brand of future rock music!

Ontarioians, rejoice.

Check out the dates on our website, or our publicist’s site here.

I’ll certainly be taking more bathroom pics.

Boom.

-G


The Dark Band


Reciprocity In Music


Prince VS Micheal Jackson


“…Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Do Covers” is OUT NOW!

You can grab the digital EP with PDF Booklet and bonus track “Metropolis Zone” from BandCamp.

Or head to SoundCloud and get the 8-tracks there.

It’s FREE!

Tracklist:

1. Ride The Bomb (Excessive Force, Sascha K.)
2. Use Your Head (Earthworm Jim, Tommy Tallarico)
3. Iwywaw (Com Truise, Seth Haley)
4. Marble Garden Zone (Sonic 3, Howard Drossin)
5. Kiss (Prince and The Revolution)
6. My Mind (Final Fantasy VIII, Nobuo Uematsu)
7. Way Back Home (Bob Crosby and The Bobcats)
8. Sky Chase Zone (Sonic 2, Masato Nakamura)

*There seems to be an issue with SoundCloud cutting out a fraction of a second out of the beginning of a few tracks in the player. I hope this is not the case when people download them.


SXSW > NXNE


“Easy To Swallow”


Just Listen


Stop Worrying… It’s coming…

It’s taken this much time since The Rabid Whole is my main priority, and things have picked up steam, especially with our newly released album REFUGE. There’s great reviews coming in. Check out our facebook, to see what the hell is going on.
I’m nearing completion of all recorded tracks for “…Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Do Covers”. They’re sounding great, and I’m truly excited to release this to all you curious minds out there.
It’s been a lot of fun recording with just Logic, VSTs, guitar/POD, and a mic. The Prince cover I had doubts before I even started! But it’s proving to be (what I feel) a definite highlight. So fun.
I’ll be releasing this fan-audio EP via BandCamp, complete with PDF Booklet for those who download the whole EP. Again, it’s FREE!
View the details of the EP here.
June 25th is when I drop the bomb and ride it through your ear canals.
After this I have more plans for covers dished out bite sized. And even a Fallout themed cover song of a one hit wonder. What Weird Al did to everything, I’m doing to this one song.
I’ve revealed too much.
Boom.
-G
P.S. Awesome Birthday Cake

The Rabid Whole does a Thursday Throwdown

For all of you Torontonians…

The Rabid Whole’s CD Release Show SOLD OUT last Friday, so we are playing a surprise party at The Hard Luck TONIGHT!

RSVP through the link below for FREE DRINKS/FOOD/SHOW… sounds like a good deal, eh?

Come out and party with us, while supplies last!!

Party starts at 9, we’re on at 11!

RSVP: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGdENUxXNEtvNWRELWRPZWRHY2l0cUE6MA#gid=0

Check out this review from the CD Release Show!:
http://www.examiner.com/review/the-rabid-whole-tear-up-the-bovine

Here’s a full stream of our new album:
http://puregrainaudio.com/audio/the-rabid-whole-refuge-album-stream-exclusive-world-premiere


TONIGHT! The Rabid Whole CD Release Show

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If you’re in Toronto tonight, check out my band’s CD Release Show for our new album REFUGE! We’re playing at the Bovine Sex Club once again! Party like its 2099!

We’re on at MIDNIGHT! It’s only $6 to get in, or pay $10 and you also get the new album! Great deal I think 😉

Details are here.

Also download the track ‘Future’!

Think this album is gonna suck? Well read this review!


THE RABID WHOLE News!

My band The Rabid Whole has a new press release out! Check it out HERE!

I’ve also updated the THE RABID WHOLE page of my blog!

I’m so excited about this, you have no idea. We’re getting ready to put the rock against the flux!!!

Check out our new song “Future”!


Austin, TX (SXSW 2012)

My band, The Rabid Whole, played the IndieWeek Showcase/RedGorilla Music Fest during the SXSW Music/Film Festival down in Austin, Texas a couple of weeks ago. It was a fantastic experience. Probably one of the best I’ve witnessed being in a band.

Real ‘Southern Hospitality’ I must say! Friendly people.

While talking to people, I caught myself developing a southern accent! Wearing the hat/goggles didn’t really help, either. hahaha!

If you’re friends with me on facebook (If not, look me up. George V. Radutron), you’ve seen these on my timeline (or on Instagram). Except here there’s more of a story to them.

Did I take bathroom pics? You better believe I did! Those will be posted down the road.

Anyways, less talk more pics…


The Rabid Whole in Austin, TX!

My ‘future rock’ band from the future, THE RABID WHOLE is playing the Red Gorilla Music Fest smack dab in the middle of the biggest music/film fest in North America!

I’ve recently got into Instagram (look up ‘radutron’). Just check out NGE’s twitter feed, for the documentation of the trip…

Micro-blogging kicks ass.

Boom.

-G

P.S.

I’m also getting plenty of bathroom pics taken. This is awesome!


Iwywaw (Com Truise Cover)

Here’s track 3 off of “Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Do Covers”.

Why I did it:

Seth Haley’s project Com Truise took me a few listens to realize that this is like Vangelis with hip-hop beats. After hearing ‘Iwywaw’ it hit me. This is the best electronic music I’ve ever heard. The music just brings me to a place.

After finishing this cover, I realized that it sounds like me piloting a rusty junk monster machine through a city. It’s evening on a late autumn day. Sweat on my face and a cigarette in my mouth puffed right before saying a smiled ‘machine’, as I startup my lever driven contraption. Each kick drum, and snare denotes the hard steps I take with it. The delay on the high guitar notes reflect the sunlight off of my ride, while the clean guitar from a stranger singing “I want to be…” wails in the distance. As my innocent rampage through town comes to an end, I stop at a dead grassy field, then hop out of my automaton, the wind cooling my face, as I look at the sunset. My machine malfunctioning prompts me to wipe my face with my hand…

*I hope that all didn’t sound too cheesy. And I hope Mr. Haley thinks its cool. I kept the arrangement the same as the original.* 😛