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Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi – Kanpai: greatest Japanese song of all time?

Tsuyoshi “Japanese Bruce Springsteen” Nagabuchi’s Kanpai was included in an album of the same name in 1980 when he was 24, but wasn’t released as a single. He wrote the song for his friend’s wedding. As it became more and more famous in Japan, he finally released a new version for a single.

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Scariest sounding musical instrument

[originally published 26 July 2005]

I think this title undisputably goes to the theremin.

The what you say?

This strange instrument works by applying the principles of “beat frequency” or “heterodyning oscillators”, whatever that means.

Now this is how it sounds like being played by an expert – you can tell that the recording is very old because of the background noise, must have been done way back before nikon d5000 battery charger were available:

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My favourite music album review: Slipknot’s debut album

[Originally published in this blog 1 July 2005]

Slipknot is the debut studio album by, well the US nu metal band Slipknot (duh), released 1999. It went on to be the group’s best seller, and in 2011 was voted the best debut album of the last 25 years by readers of Metal Hammer magazine.

The album review at allmusic.com captures the mood perfectly, and the same time you might want to guess the number of m13s used in the album:

These nine Midwestern boys (all from Des Moines, IA) reportedly perform wearing orange industrial coveralls with UPC symbols on the front; each band member is identified by a number, which is painted on the sleeve of his coveralls. Each also wears a really nasty-looking mask. Judging from their appearance and from the sound of their debut album, it’s easy to assume that they’re upset about something. What it is exactly is kind of hard to tell, since the stuttering roar of Number 8′s vocals is barely discernible through the jackhammer death-metal drums, massed guitars, horror-show samples, and jittery turntable scratches that pummel the listener through almost every song. You thought Limp Bizkit was hard? They’re the Osmonds. These guys are something else entirely. And it’s pretty impressive. Although those lyrics that are discernible are not generally quotable on a family website, suffice it to say that the members of Slipknot are not impressed with their fathers, their hometown, or most anything else. “Surfacing” starts out by cursing pretty much everything generally, and then it starts getting aggressive, as shrieking guitar feedback alternates with DJ scratching. “Spit It Out” is speed rap-metal with an actual melody in the chorus; “Scissors” ends the program with a sound that quite simply couldn’t get any more aggro without falling apart entirely and by the end, the singer actually sounds like he’s about to burst into tears. An auspicious debut.

Greatest heavy metal albums of all time

[originally published in this blog 13 June 2003]

The Kerrang! 100 greatest Heavy Metal albums of all time (published January ’89)

1. Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
2. Van Halen – Van Halen
3. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV
4. Montrose – Montrose
5. Guns n’Roses – Appetite For Destruction
6. Def Leppard – Hysteria
7. Metallica – Master Of Puppets
8. Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland
9. Aerosmith – Rocks
10. AC/DC – Back In Black
11. Aerosmith – Permanent Vacation
12. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II
13. Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols
14. Rainbow – Rising
15. Deep Purple – In Rock
16. Metallica – Ride The Lightning
17. Judas Priest – Sad Wings Of Destiny
18. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin
19. Def Leppard – Pyromania
20. Aerosmith – Live Bootleg
21. Kiss – Alive
22. Blue Oyster Cult – Secret Treaties
23. Motorhead – No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith
24. Rush – 2112
25. New York Dolls – New York Dolls
26. AC/DC – Powerage
27. Slayer – Reign In Blood
28. UFO – Lights Out
29. Metallica – Kill ‘Em All
30. Van Halen – Women And Children First
31. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
32. Journey – Escape
33. Legs Diamond – Legs Diamond
34. Queensryche – Operation: Mindcrime
35. Deep Purple – Machine Head
36. Kiss – Destroyer
37. Aerosmith – Draw The Line
38. Meat Loaf – Bat Out Of Hell
39. Black Sabbath – Paranoid
40. Bad Company – Bad Company
41. Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced?
42. Metallica – … And Justice For All
43. Rush – Moving Pictures
44. Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet
45. Motorhead – Overkill
46. Judas Priest – Screaming For Vengeance
47. UFO – Strangers In The Night
48. Black Sabbath – Vol 4
49. Bryan Adams – Reckless
50. Thin Lizzy – Live And Dangerous
51. Moot The Hoople – Live
52. Aerosmith – Toys In The Attic
53. Black Sabbath – Master Of Reality
54. Bon Jovi – Bon Jovi
55. The Stooges – Funhouse
56. UFO – Obsession
57. Black Sabbath – Sabotage
58. Motorhead – Ace Of Spades
59. Ted Nugent – Ted Nugent
60. Iggy And The Stooges – Raw Power
61. MC5 – Kick Out The Jams
62. Blue Oyster Cult – Agents Of Fortune
63. Angel – Angel
64. Judas Priest – Unleashed In The East
65. Iron Maiden – The Number Of The Beast
66. Def Leppard – High ‘n’ Dry
67. Van Halen – 1984
68. Magnum – Chase The Dragon
69. Iggy Pop – Instinct
70. David Lee Roth – Eat’em And Smile
71. Thin Lizzy – Thunder And Lightning
72. Blue Oyster Cult – Some Enchanted Evening
73. Judas Priest – Stained Class
74. Alice Cooper – Billion Dollar Babies
75. Deep Purple – Made In Japan
76. Van Halen – Van Halen II
77. Magnum – On A Storyteller’s Night
78. Michael Bolton – Everybody’s Crazy
79. Black Sabbath – Mob Rules
80. ZZ Top – Eliminator
81. Whitesnake – Ready An’ Willing
82. Iron Maiden – Live After Death
83. Boston – Boston
84. Starz – Violation
85. Rush – Rush
86. Anthrax – Spreading The Disease
87. Foghat – Foghat Live
88. Queensryche – Rage For Order
89. David Lee Roth – Skyscraper
90. Mother’s Finest – Iron Age
91. Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden
92. Blue Oyster Cult – On Your Feet Or On Your Knees
93. Jimi Hendrix Experience – Smash Hits
94. Starz – Starz
95.Saxon – Wheels Of Steel
96. AC/DC – If You Want Blood – You Got It
97. Uriah Heep – Look At Yourself
98. Queen – A Night At The Opera
99. Iron Maiden – Killers
100. Vinnie Vincent Invasion – Vinnie Vincent Invasion

The Kerrang! 100 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (published January ’98)

1. Nirvana – In Utero
2. Sepultura – Roots
3. Metallica – Master Of Puppets
4. Nirvana – Nevermind
5. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV
6. Guns n’Roses – Appetite For Destruction
7. Black Sabbath – Volume 4
8. AC/DC – Back In Black
9. Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols
10. Slayer – Reign In Blood
11. Fear Factory – Demanufacture
12. Metallica – The Black Album
13. Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
14. Marilyn Manson – Antichrist Superstar
15. Pearl Jam – Ten
16. Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
17. Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine
18. Korn – Korn
19. Foo Fighters – Foo Fighters
20. White Zombie – Astro-Creep: 2000
21. Bon Jovi – Keep The Faith
22. Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go
23. Garbage – Garbage
24. Prodigy – The Fat Of The Land
25. Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger
26. Reef – Glow
27. Terrorvision – How To Make Friends And Influence People
28. Therapy? – Troublegum
29. Pantera – Vulgar Display Of Power
30. Jane’s Addiction – Ritual De Lo Habitual
31. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
32. Aerosmith – Toys In The Attic
33. Green Day – Dookie
34. Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine
35. Ash – 1977
36. Iron Maiden – Number Of The Beast
37. Ministry – Psalm 69
38. Kyuss – Sky Valley
39. Screaming Trees – Sweet Oblivion
40. Thin Lizzy – Live And Dangerous
41. Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
42. Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral
43. Hole – Live Through This
44. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Bloodsugarsexmagik
45. AC/DC – Highway To Hell
46. The Wildhearts – Earth Vs The Wildhearts
47. Nirvana – Unplugged In New York
48. Motorhead – Ace Of Spades
49. Alice In Chains – Dirt
50. Faith No More – The Real Thing
51. Rancid – …And Out Come The Wolves
52. Venom – Black Metal
53. Kiss – Alive
54. Offspring – Smash
55. Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet
56. Machine Head – Burn My Eyes
57. Bush – Sixteen Stone
58. Temple Of The Dog – Temple Of The Dog
59. Aerosmith – Rocks
60. Discharge – Hear Nothing, Say Nothing, See Nothing
61. Sisters Of Mercy – Floodland
62. Manic Street Preachers – The Holy Bible
63. The Black Crowes – The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion
64. Paradise Lost – Gothic
65. Def Leppard – Pyromania
66. Helmet – Meantime
67. Bad Brains – Rock For Light
68. Skunk Anansie – Paranoid & Sunburnt
69. Marilyn Manson – Portrait Of An American Family
70. Queensryche – Operation: Mindcrime
71. Placebo – Placebo
72. Rocket From The Crypt – Scream, Dracula, Scream
73. Sugar – Copper Blue
74. Deftones – Adrenaline
75. Fear Factory – Remanufacture (Cloning Technology)
76. Mother Love Bone – Apple
77. Van Halen – Van Halen
78. Nirvana – Bleach
79. Motorhead – No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith
80. Soundgarden – Superunknown
81. Fugazi – In On The Killtaker
82. Mudhoney – Superfuzz Bigmuff
83. Metallica – Kill ‘Em All
84. Beastie Boys – Licensed To Ill
85. Type O Negative – Bloody Kisses
86. Aerosmith – Pump
87. Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
88. Brad – Shame
89. Corrosion Of Conformity – Blind
90. Napalm Death – Scum
91. Girls Against Boys – Venus Luxure No 1 Baby
92. Entombed – Wolverine Blues
93. Monster Magnet – Dopes To Infinity
94. Karma To Burn – Karma To Burn
95. Foo Fighters – The Colour And The Shape
96. Soul Asylum – Hang Time
97. Live – Throwing Copper
98. No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom
99. Coal Chamber – Coal Chamber
100. Neurosis – Through Silver In Blood

Perhaps these records are all old school enough not to use maschine mikros?

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The worst city to live in the USA

[originally published 19 June 2003]

Probably the worst city to live in the US is Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Still, it does not stop the city website to say:

Welcome to our great city! Benton Harbor is located in Southwest Michigan, along the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. Our community is one of growth, prosperity and diversity.

The City of Benton Harbor offers distinct advantages to the citizens and business owners within the community. Both, residents and business owners are aware of the positive change within our community for economic growth and development.

Come and see why Benton Harbor is a great place to live, work, and visit.

Population is about 12,000 (92% blacks).

Out of the 3,767 households there:
- 42.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them
- Only 20.8% were married couples living together
- 42.0% had a “female householder with no husband present”
- 32.1% were non-families.
- about 40% of families and 42.6% of the population were below the poverty line.

There have been years of poverty, violence, high employment (25%) and the highest murder rate per capita in the whole country.

There have been 2 major riots in the city’s history, in 1966 and 2003 and lesser riots in 1960, 1967 and 1990.

In 2003, about 200 houses were set on fire. The riots were generally interpreted as signs of frustration from the majority of its population: black youth.

In stark contrast, across the river there’s the town of St Joseph with a population of 8,800 (90% whites). It has only 2% unemployment and more than double Benton Harbor’s household income.

One wonders if one could Buy Promos Online in either place…

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Greatest ever fireworks show

The world’s greatest ever fireworks show was on New Year’s Eve 2013 in Dubai:

- 400,000 fireworks
- 6 minutes
- 400 firing positions
- number of trailers used: 50+
- 100km shoreline

A video

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