Another Friday rolls along, and with it another chance to pin down an esteemed member of the BAMM.tv crew and ask them what they’re listening to right now. Let’s crack open the iPod (metaphorically, of course) of Workflow Developer and Systems Admin mastermind Jonathan Pirro …
1. “The House That Heaven Built” (Celebration Rock, 2012) – Japandroids
In a world where loud, fast music is generally associated with negative chaos and angry emotions, Japandroids fill their listeners with hope and a desire to move mountains with their quaking stomps. This song, with its take-no-BS attitude and affirming message, is a great example of their soaring, inspiring brand of furious minimalistic rock.
2. “Do It With A Rockstar” (Theatre Is Evil, 2012) – Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra
Amanda’s characteristic piano and drum accompaniment is now backed by the force of a full-blown rock band, and every moment they come crashing back into this awesomely dynamic song is a brand new thrill for the listener.
3. “Lunacy” (The Seer, 2012) – Swans
If there is truly a record for the end of the world, and all of the devastating beauty and dark splendor associated with it, it is this foreboding dirge by the New York noise rockers known as Swans. Frontman Michael Gira is joined by two members of slowcore founders Low for a piece that conjures images of wonder and despair, ensnaring its audience into the two full hours that span the duration of The Seer.
4. “The Last Time” (Tigermending) – Carina Round
The only label that officially could be used for Carina Round is “singer-songwriter”, and yet it doesn’t even begin to describe her. With a chilling and powerful voice reminiscent of P.J. Harvey or Fiona Apple, and the backing of a thundering band and miniature orchestra, Carina’s passionate lyrics and intensely intricate songwriting are showcased marvelously in this dark, lush number.
5. “Wiped Out” (OFF!, 2012) – OFF! – somewhat NSFW video
Just when you think you’ve started to feel the adrenaline blasting through your system, your heart racing and muscles tensing in anticipation, it’s over — one solid minute of pure punk rock adrenaline. OFF! frontman Keith Morris, formerly of Black Flag and the Circle Jerks, is no stranger to the world of lightning-quick hardcore punk, and this, the first song on his new band’s self-titled debut, is the first of 17 white-hot, blisteringly-fast songs, with the album clocking in at just under 16 minutes total.
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