April showers of hellfire did indeed bring May flowers of evil. There has been a ton of great new music this spring to document end times, more than I can cover in one place beyond the list. The Woodentops (80s UK indie band influenced by The Feelies and Lee Perry reunite), Triptykon (second album from Celtic Frost’s Tom G. Warrior hits all the right buttons of gothy doom), Bigelf (with Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy on drums, older albums were a little cheesy arena progtastic, but this is more pyschedelic, by far their best), Dopelord (super fun Polish stoner doom) Admiral Sir Cloudsley Shovell (influenced by Groundhogs, Stray, Sir Lord Baltimore, Buffalo, with some raucous sloppy energy), Agusa (seventies style Swedish prog via Kebnakajse, Amon Duul II and Colosseum.), Pilgrim, Salem’s Pot, Mos Generator, The Graviators, Hjortene and Kyng. If you missed it the first time, read about the rest of the top albums of 2014 so far in the Winter Album Rundown. Continue reading →
When I switched my site to WordPress in July, I also started converting my music lists to database. I spent nearly three months converting and adding genre tags to my master list, which now consists of nearly 12,000 albums! I learned a little SQL and PHP to call up some lists, which are linked on the right, like Best Albums Since 1965 and Heavy Rock. But what good is a database without being able to do your own searches and queries? The multiple drop-down queries got a little complicated for me, so my old college friend Patrik Dousa kindly helped out and got it working! I owe him big time! Eventually we will work out some minor kinks, and add multiple genre searches, countries and record labels. Enjoy! List Search
Also, the Fast ‘n’ Bulbous Best Of 2012 Mix is done! 100 songs, 1.2 GB, 9 hours, 31 minutes, 56 seconds. You can find it in the usual, obvious place at Fester’s Lucky 13: 2012 Year-End Summary. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanza, Solstice, Krampusnacht, and holidaze!