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See You on the B-side Lou

 “There’s a bit of magic in everything, and then some loss to even things out.”

It wasn’t a Sunday morning in my side of the world. It was nonetheless a perfect day. Until I found out Lou Reed passed away.

I learned about Lou Reed in the pages of Lester Bangs’ books where he would ramble on about his music. I learned about Velvet Underground from a soundtrack of a movie, it was Pirates of the Silicon Valley. I did not hear him on the radio by chance. I did not walk into one of his shows. My father did not hand down a vinyl of his album. As a child of generation that came decades after his music boomed, my Lou Reed story is nothing compared to the tales told by his early fans. I did not start a band upon hearing his song (although I did want to). Regardless, the gravity of loss is almost the same.

The first Velvet Underground song I got to know how to sing is Stephanie Says. Perfect Day is one of the songs I listen to when I’m alone in my room trying hard to make a day perfect. I went through a phase when all I can listen every Sunday is Sunday Morning, it went on for months. His songs had that enduring effect. You remember a line and then you’ll find yourself mindlessly singing that particular line over and over.

Much has been said about Velvet Underground and how it inspired generation to generation of bands, such as Joy Division, Nirvana, REM, Weezer and the indie rock bands of today. However, his solo albums are gems. Neil Gaiman was quoted saying when he got his heart broken he listened to Berlin over and over again. The same as I did.

Berlin is my favorite Lou Reed album. It has tracks full of stories; of abuse, sadness, love, despair, death. It is a strange album with people singing happy birthday and kids crying. Men of Good Fortune is Lou Reed poetry at his best. Sad Song is Lou Reed guitar work at his best. I have played it countless of times and each time it gives me that eerie sadness which felt like a hit on my consciousness. However, Berlin has never been sadder when I listened to it that Monday morning.

Seeing fans pay tribute to him online gives me mixed feelings. One by one the greats are dying. We lost Lou Reed. Who’s next? Who will carry on making music that will span generations? We are getting far and far from that great moment not just in history but also in music. It is incredibly scary. On the other hand, for a band that was seen by many as outcasts, the vastness of grief was overwhelming. This lit a spark of brightness that Lou Reed maybe gone, but his music stays alive, hopefully for more generations to come.

See you on the B-Side Lou.

Unknown Pleasures – Joy Division


Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasure” is one of my favorite albums, outside The Beatles and Radiohead. So I pretended I know things about music and discussed about it here.

Originally posted on SNEEZE:

So it’s Throwback Thursday, and we decided to review an album from the past that has never gotten heavy airplay, nonetheless it still is one of the greatest albums of all time. The first album we picked was Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures”.

If there is an album that encapsulates its artist’s story, it would be Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures”.  Its iconic album cover is equally imagination-grueling as its ten tracks combined.  Strangely, the exhaustion that this album leaves you is the kind that pierces through the limits of your emotions.  This album is an experience that is not for the faint of heart.

Perhaps, one of the most inventive albums of its time, Unknown Pleasures is darkness entering through your ears and looming eventually inside your soul.  It may have the slight remnants of Sex Pistols and a little bit of Iggy Pop but this album is original on…

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Just Another List of Top Ten Radiohead Songs

Ever since they started making songs in 1987, Radiohead has produced eight albums to date. I have introspected, reevaluated and recalled the years that I have been listening to their music. Which songs have I played the most? Which songs have the most impact on my mood and my life in general?Here they are:

10. How To Disappear Completely – Kid A
Of all the songs in Kid A, How To Disappear Completely is the most fitting song to sum the whole album. Just like most of Radiohead songs, this one also grows on you. The first listen may not seem appealing but when you get to have it played on repeat, it just sticks under your skin. Thom Yorke’s somber vocals implodes into a dark vibe that can only be describe by one line, I’m not here. This song swells from quiet dynamics and climbs into a crispier sound on the second half. It seems to be in reverse with it’s title, this song immerses completely.

9. Let Down – Ok Computer
If you have a friend that you want to introduce to Radiohead’s music, you might want to let them listen to this song first. Let Down is one of Radiohead’s most relatable-at-first-listen songs. The guitar on this song is surreal. It might be one of those depressing songs but this one has the positive tune to it, “let down and hanging around”.

8. The Daily Mail
Thom Yorke plunking away at the piano kicks this song in, though this song is one of Radiohead’s later experimentation, it somehow reminds you of The Bends era, only it has bonus brass band that syncs with Johnny Greenwood’s playful guitar riff. It might be one of Radiohead’s simplier songs but it is very introspective.

7. No Surprises – Ok Computer
When I hear this song, oddly I get a vision of a guitar and a xylophone dancing in my mind. It is lovely and delightful altogether. No matter how dreary the vocals sounds, the blissful ticking of xylophones brings this song another level of positive contemplation.

6. Creep – Pablo Honey
Creep is anthemic. A lot of kids claim that this song is about their lives. Every one loves this song, except the band themselves. The magic of this song is the reality of what Thom Yorke was crooning about. We all have said “I wish I was special” at some point of our lives. There is meager amount of fancy on this song, except for the bridge that sounds as if he was chasing a star and it is slipping out of his grasp.

5. Fake Plastic Trees – The Bends
This song is a bit cryptic on its overall theme. However this song is critically acclaimed as one of the best Radiohead songs and probably the best rock songs of all time too. It starts off as an acoustic song then erupts into loud distorted guitars and synths and then ends by reverting back to acoustic. It all happened while the vocals ride along with its mood. This song doesn’t have a distinct hook that carries it, except for the beautiful melody and mournful vocals.

4. Karma Police – Ok Computer
Overall, this song sounds dense. With it’s strange song structure, this song creates a pattern built on the “this is what you get” shying away from the normal four lined chorus. Karma Police is also less sadder than most Radiohead songs. There is a moment in this song when Thom Yorke breaks out into “for a minute, I lose myself” and the instrumentation builds up along with it.

2. Talk Show Host – Street Spirit (Fade Out)
The first line “I want to, I want to be someone else or I explode” was a strong magnetic field that attracts your consciousness. This is one of Radioheads dynamic and multi- layered songs that signaled the band has gone into a deep experimentation with their sound. This song is a bit on the trip-hop type although it still has the subtle melancholia and the same sad vocals.

1. Codex – The King of Limbs
Codex has the least percussion of all The King of Limbs songs, baring Thom Yorke’s voice, which in a way attaches it to the bands earlier works. This song has the reverb driven piano that makes a path, like a clearing, in your veins for Thom Yorke’s cold voice to pass which eventually creates little loops of shivers on your brain. It seems like a classic Radiohead enclosed in a futuristic capsule.

This list is subject for change.