CD

CD is an abbreviation for compact disc. I have a lot of CDs and I like to write about them occasionally.

Revisiting Old Music: Mission Accomplished

Wall of CDs!

Well, it only took me twelve years. I have finally finished my quest to re-listen to my entire CD collection. This really didn't need to take more than decade, but in the middle of the process I decided to start reviewing each CD individually. After a while the thought of having to type a new review if I listened to a disc would discourage me from continuing. I finally gave up somewhere in compilations. The world doesn't need to know that each of the eight or so Back from the Grave compilations sounds pretty much like all the other ones. On top of that, there was an excursion into my vinyl collection in which I ripped all my 45s and then started in on my LPs too. Who knew listening to music was such hard work.

My final thoughts are that I like most of the music that I have bought. Who…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Thu, 08/22/2019 - 14:36 in

Revisiting Old Music Part (hi-in)

This is becoming the Robert's CD collection blog these days. Oh well, gives me something to do. I'm considering going a little more typical-bloggy with this site. We shall see.

The Hi-Fives - Get Down!
One or two great songs, but the majority of this is by-the-numbers pop punk.
Sol Hoopii - Master of the Hawaiian Guitar Vol. 1
If you only buy one Hawaiian slide guitar album ever, buy this one. If you buy two, consider volume 2.
Sol Hoopii - Master of the Hawaiian Guitar Vol. 2
Along with volume 1, some of the best Hawaiian music ever.
Hotshot Satellite - Canvas
Fellow MoonRocker, John Burgess's band from a few years ago. Catchy rock songs with Ukulele!
Husker Du - Zen Arcade
A great record, albeit a tad too long and, at times, you can't tell one song from the next. Some of Husker Du's best songs are…
Submitted by Robert Gomez on Fri, 04/03/2009 - 12:00 in

Revisiting Old Music Part (Go-Hi)

Godflesh - Selfless
This album doesn't hold my attention as much as Pure. The sound is thin compared to that record, but I still enjoy about 80% of this.
Godspeed You Black Emporer! - Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven!
After about the first fifteen minutes or so of this double CD, it's pretty clear that Godspeed is a one-trick pony. Essentially, what they do is take four or five chords, repeat them endlessly, and gradually add more instruments until the song crescendos in a wall of sound, then begin removing sounds from the mix until they are back to quiet again. Pick new chords and repeat. Don't get me wrong, it's a neat trick and, despite the fact that they come from the renegade U.S. province of Canada, I do recommend this album.
The Go-Nuts - World's Greatest Super Hero Snak
Submitted by Robert Gomez on Wed, 12/17/2008 - 11:00 in

Revisiting Old Music Part (Fu-Go)

Cds

Fudge Tunnel - Hate Songs in the Key of E
Grungy metal. Not sure why I own this. All I know is that it isn't worth putting up for sale on Amazon.
Fugazi - 13 Songs
Stop all that slam dancing you punks. It's Fugazi! Classic post-punk record(s).
Fugazi - Repeater
Although there are not as many stand alone "hits" as there are on 13 songs, this is perhaps their best record.
Fugazi - Steady Diet of Nothing
There's something about the attitude of this record that turns me off. Ian Maykaye's vocals are at his absolute most annoying level on the attrocious track, Long Division. I stopped buying Fugazi albums after this (for a while at least).
Fugazi - In on the Kill Taker
Although the ultra cool opening is quickly squandered by Fugazi sameness, this CD redeemed the band somewhat for me. There are a couple…
Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 09/30/2008 - 12:00 in

Revisiting Old Music Part (Fa-Fr)

Okay, I'm a bit backlogged with these micro reviews, so let us continue, shall we...

Famous Monsters - Around the World in 80 Bikinis!
Surfy, Cramps-like garage songs with a monster-girl shtick. Drums and guitars and no bass, but still pretty powerful and fun. Featuring the bassist from White Zombie on guitar and vocals.
Famous Monsters - In the Night
This one may even be better than its predecessor.
The Fall - The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall
The Fall have like 3 dozen or so records. But of all the ones I have heard, this is my favorite. In fact, it might be on my top ten list... maybe, top twenty. But, still, it's great. Noisy, poppy and arty all at the same time.
Fear - More Beer
Fear's second LP couldn't possibly top The Record. This one is hit or miss. I Am A Doctor and Waiti
Submitted by Robert Gomez on Mon, 09/29/2008 - 12:00 in

Revisiting Old Music Part (Do-Es)

D.O.A. - Bloodied But Unbowed
Straightforward Canadian punk rock.
D.O.A. - True (North) Strong & Free
Slightly less punk, and a bit more cheesy bar band sounding. Dull.
D.O.A. - Murder.
Again, not the most innovative band around. Slightly better than the previous CD listed here.
Thomas Dolby - The Golden Age of Wireless
She Blinded Me with Science is so over-played that I can't enjoy it anymore. Thankfully, many of the other songs are worthwhile on this CD: Europa and the Pirate Twins and Windpower stand out for me.
Thomas Dolby - The Flat Earth
Veers a bit into adult contemporary territory, but there's enough new wave-ishness here to keep it interesting.
Dollface - Corvette Summer
The finest band to ever come out of Peoria, Illinois. Every song is a gem here.
Dollface - Lights the Pilot
Geez, this…
Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sat, 09/27/2008 - 12:00 in

Revisiting Old Music Part III (Ch-De)

Happy New Year! My overview of my entire CD collection continues.

The Challengers - Lloyd Thaxton Goes Surfing with The Challengers
One of the best of the early Sixties surf bands. A very polished sound.
The Challengers - K-39
Another great Challengers record with even more focus on Delvy's drums.
The Cherry Poppin' Daddies - Ferociously Stoned
Great song writing, lots of hopping big band-ish numbers and the wonderful The Lifeboat Mutiny. A couple of funk laden stinkers, but aside from that and maybe some thin production on the drums, I love this record.
The Cherry Poppin' Daddies - Rapid City Muscle Car
A far more consistent album than the previous, and just as good. The best tracks here aren't quite as good as the best ones from Ferociously Stoned, but nothing to complain about.
Chrome - Half
Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sat, 02/02/2008 - 11:00 in

Revisiting Old Music Part II (Bu-Ca)

My overview of my entire CD collection continues. Lots and lots of Cabaret Voltaire!

The Budget Girls - On a Tight Budget
Two screaming gals front this wonderfully crude and trashy garage rock outfit.
The Buggles - The Age of Plastic
We all know the hit "Video Killed the Radio Star" but there about 2 or 3 more songs on this New Wave disc that are just as good. Some crap too.
William S. Burroughs - Dead City Radio
The only way to appreciate Burrough is his spoken word recordings. He could read the farm report and it would seem meaningful. But, let's face it. His books are well-written but in the end, are just meandering, plotless garbage. In this case, the short format suits him better.
William S. Burroughs & Kurt Cobain - The "Priest" They Called Him
Pa…
Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sun, 11/04/2007 - 11:00 in

Revisiting Old Music

The past year or so I have been an iPod owner and have not paid much attention to my wall o' CDs. Well, the same songs are popping up just a bit too often during shuffle, and I thought it would be a fresh change of pace if I started popping in a good old CD every now again. To make sure not to miss anything, I decided to pull the CDs down for listening in alphabetical order. I happened to be listening to Big Sandy and the Fly-rite Boys when I made this monumental decision, so that's where I started.

So here's where I am so far: There's the aforementioned Big Sandy CD. It's listenable yet unremarkable rockabilly stuff. Next, a slew of Blonde Redhead records. The first two CDs, when they had a bassist, are the best. They start to get tiresome up until Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons which…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Tue, 10/02/2007 - 12:00 in