crania americana

The forty-degrees-below-zero night-winds of North Dakota are laden with sounds of demoniac laughter. Wailingly gleeful echoes of fiendish cachinnation are borne on the wings of every blizzard, that carries frozen horror and icy death to the hapless human cattle who still cling to their Kamschatkan hovels in those god-forsaken regions –– because they cannot get away.

Comments from crania americana

Please, reconsider before downvoting this guy –– I don't know why, but I get the feeling he's telling the trufe.
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October 4, 2015 on Rage Against The Machine Bassist Confronted Buzz Aldrin About Faking The Moon Landing
That's a good choice. I remember thinking that was pretty hilarious. At the time, I mistakenly thought the death knell of nu metal was Linkin Park. I saw the "One Step Closer" video and thought it was a big fucking joke. Needless to say, I was way off. That aside, I'd also nominate Disturbed, who somehow captured everything obnoxious about nu-metal in a tidy, gibberish-spewing, soulpatched package. Or maybe Drowning Pool's "Bodies," which is far more stupid than you remember. No matter how you spin it, nu-metal's died somewhere between 2000 and 2002. There were few survivors.
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October 3, 2015 on Adrenaline Turns 20
When I was around 11 or so years old I saw the "Be Quiet and Drive" video, and promptly, Deftones became my nu-metal band of choice. My older brother and his friends found pretty bizarre. To them, it seemed willfully esoteric of me to prefer these dudes over the Korns and Limp Bizkits (Bizkitz?) of the world. Undeterred, I said fuck those guys and doubled down on my growing obsession. As a result, the then-unimaginably long three-year wait for White Pony nearly drove me insane. In anticipation, I downloaded and even made mixed cds of whatever Deftones rarities I could scrounge up on Napster. I for some reason tricked myself into believing that listening to their shitty live cover of "Say It Ain't So" dozens of times was a worthwhile use of time. Thankfully, once White Pony came out I had a new raison d'etre; it was the first album I purchased on release day, and I listened to it practically nonstop. There was even some ridiculous Deftones-themed Pac-Man ripoff that came with on the enhanced cd (soundtracked by an 8-bit version of "My Own Summer") that I spent far too much time playing. I never bought another Deftones album (my fandom had pretty well fizzled out by the time I turned 15 –– oh, the fickleness of youth). But I learned about all sorts of great music by seeking out the things they'd name drop in interviews and reading their fan sites. Other Deftones fans had impeccable taste, it turns out. So thank you, Deftones, for steering me toward things like Hum and At the Drive-In, even My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth, instead of Coal Chamber or whatever bullshit my brother and his pals were jamming. I am a better person because I didn't bother to pretend to like Disturbed.
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October 2, 2015 on Adrenaline Turns 20
To be fair, club culture is the worst.
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September 29, 2015 on Powell Mocks Steve Albini By Making His Anti-EDM Email Into A Billboard
A perfect album, though it's still kind of remarkable they made this work at all. Krug and Boeckner don't really make sense together on paper, but goddamn they sure jibed together nicely here. A few scattered thoughts: 1) It's kind of a shame At Mount Zoomer has been so thoroughly overshadowed by this –– it's also an excellent record (Expo 86 is properly rated as "pretty good," I'd say). 2) I'd rank Sunset Rubdown's "Dragonslayer" a close second to "Apologies" if I were doing some kind of crazed "Wolf Parade and every other Krug or Boecker-related thing" best-of list. 3) This is by far and away the best indie rock album to come out of Montreal in the mid-00s.
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September 25, 2015 on Apologies To The Queen Mary Turns 10
"Watch the Thrown," the pathbreaking concept album about the kind of person whose favorite track & field events are shot put, discus, and javelin.
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September 24, 2015 on Kanye West’s SWISH May Take Another Year
I originally read "figurehead" as "fuckhead." But fuckhead works just as well, really.
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September 23, 2015 on Notorious AIDS Drug Price Gouger Is A Post-Hardcore Figurehead
I really dig this, though I don't think it quite reaches the heights of his last two. But to my mind those albums are straight-up classics, so this hardly qualifies as criticism. I'd simply quibble with the notion this flies by faster than Wakin'. There, even the epics seem relatively breezy ("Goldtone" is possibly the shortest 10 minute song I've ever heard). B'lieve, on the other hand, starts dragging a bit by track 9. This isn't because those tunes are necessarily weak, but that you start to get the feeling you've been there before. "Stand Inside," as a result, ends up sounding like a lesser take on "That's Life, Tho" or "All in a Daze Work." Again, I'm not complaining –– there are few things I enjoy more than spending an hour listening to Kurt Vile play guitar and sing, and he's turned in some damn fine songs here. On balance it's still one of the best records I've heard this year, and we're all richer for having people like KV out there making music.
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September 21, 2015 on Premature Evaluation: Kurt Vile b’lieve i’m goin down
The Rolling Stones Announce Rolling Stone's Album of the Year 2016
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September 16, 2015 on The Rolling Stones Officially Threaten 25th Studio Album
This is really great stuff. Amazing playing, and a few unexpected twists here and there. Between this and the Joan Shelley record, Salsburg's on quite the roll.
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September 10, 2015 on Stream James Elkington And Nathan Salsburg Ambsace
Seeing this reminded me to revisit Coal Chamber's "Loco." Yep, still the worst.
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September 8, 2015 on Viral Slipknot x Ricky Martin Video Is Muy Loco
Freshman year? You only need three things: Blink 182's "Going Away to College," Asher Roth's "I Love College," and the soundtrack to the John Singleton film "Higher Learning."
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September 5, 2015 on Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments
Anyone else notice "Dooo it!" bears a vague resemblance to Neil Young's "Ride My Llama?" Similar melody, equally incoherent lyrics.
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September 3, 2015 on The Week In Pop: Making Sense Of Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz
I suppose the sad thing is that I know nothing about PC Music and I don't understand that reference. I'm just a person with a really vivid memory of Aqua's music videos.
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September 3, 2015 on Director Joseph Kahn Defends Latest Taylor Swift Video Accused Of Racism
At least in terms of music videos that romanticize colonialism it represents a slight step forward from Aqua's clip for "Dr. Jones."
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September 2, 2015 on Director Joseph Kahn Defends Latest Taylor Swift Video Accused Of Racism
I really loved Electric Ursa, and this is even better. Good stuff all around.
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September 1, 2015 on Album Of The Week: Joan Shelley Over And Even
I saw the dreadlocks as more of an homage to John Travolta in Battlefield Earth. Either way, plenty to be offended by there.
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August 31, 2015 on Chance The Rapper Critiques Miley Cyrus For Wearing Dreadlocks, Saying “Mammy” At VMAs
Ah, the second installation in Bieber's five-part conceptual exploration of the 5 w's. Clearly, he's aiming to get on journalists' good side by exploring their methodology in song form. Shrewd.
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August 28, 2015 on Justin Bieber’s New Single “What Do You Mean” Is Really Great
It's like Macklemore thought "Uptown Funk" just needed an anthemic chorus and at least one shout out to a scenic Idaho lake.
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August 27, 2015 on The Week In Pop: JoJo, A Pop Star For The Post-Hits Era