And our journey continues!

Last time I posted I left you in Australia, and Nuno has taken you to the Balkans and we’re going to cross the Atlantic today and land in Canada!

One of the greatest countries in the world, its music is most of the times overshadowed by their american neighbours, but, from time to time, great artists leave the maple leaf country and depart to conquer the world stages.

The current best example of such an artist is the band Arcade Fire. This amazing septet performs music in the indie rock category, but they are much more than that as this video proves 🙂

But, when I think of Canadian music, my thoughts are immediately directed to Rush, the megalithic power trio that conquered the world in the 70’s with their 2112 record, with their out-of-this-world drummer (many times considered one of the best ever), their experimentalist guitarist and their high-pitched singer/bassist, which is also an accomplished keyboardist. But enough adjectives already! Here’s an excerpt of their 20 minute epic 2112:

Their style varied during the 80’s (very little bands didn’t change through the 80’s…) including more keyboards and sampled sounds. Two staple song from that era are Subdivisions and Distant Early Warning.

Of course there are a lot of other amazing canadian bands/artists, like Harmonium, Neil Young , Alanis Morissette, Bryan Adams, etc. But I decided to stop doing the 2-hour-long posts I used to 😛

Oh, I almost forgot, Pedro‘s post with Pearl Jam was our 100th post! Hurray 😀

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Manowar – Carry On

The first round of university finals is over! Now I have one week to get ready for the second coming and nothing better than this freakin’ awesome song playing out loud on loop to reload batteries.

Manowar – Carry On (Live @ Portugal)

I’m actually smashing an imaginary drum set while posting this song… 😀

Let’s rock!

This week I delved into the solo career of the amazing Deep Purple frontman, Ian Gillan. I already knew from his work in Black Sabbath and in Jesus Christ Superstar that the man could do almost anything with that voice, but I never had the curiosity to check his other work. However, I’ve been immersed in hard rock in the past few weeks, and I decided to see what he had been doing while DP was on hold, and I found this awesome band called Gillan!

Check this video and you’ll get my drift!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IimJVGDAEM0]

One of the best things about Ian are his witty lyrics. In the above song he speaks about a sinner who becomes righteous before dying and when arrives in heaven sees that the place is no fun, and decides to go to hell instead. Another great song of his (this time in Purple) is Anyone’s Daughter, where he speaks about doing the daughters of a lot of people and the trouble that arose from it, before finally settling down with a rich man’s daughter 😛

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7D07APU7hs]

Still living in the 70’s

Hello!

As most of my posts show, I’m older than my dad, musically speaking. He was a entered the twenties in the late seventies, and I live mostly since the late sixties. So, I’m fond of those bands that today, and with modern knowledge and technology, try to revive the spirit of the 70’s.
One of those bands is definitely Wolfmother. Comparing them to Blue Cheer, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath or even The Doors is somewhat of a cliché nowadays, but, as most clichés, it is true!

Here’s one of their very good songs White Unicorn, preceded by a cover of Dear Prudence (another great Beatles‘ tune) and interluded by Riders On The Storm by The Doors (not the Snoop Dog version that appeared on Need For Speed Underground 2, great memories though :D)

One of my favourite songs by them is Cosmic Egg, it  carries so much energy and electricity!

See you next time, I’ll probably pull the electricity plug on the next post…