16 March 2006

Under A Billion Suns

So, I've been a fan of Seattle band Mudhoney since around the early-90s days of Seattle's (and more to the point, Sub-Pop's) dominance of the music scene. When I heard recently they had a new album out, I picked it up immediately, knowing it would be good.



But I didn't expect it to be SO DAMN GREAT. More, plus some songs, in the complete post.

Mudhoney always showed more of a garage-rock, fuzzed-out attitude than their heavy-metal-lovin' peers in bands like Soundgarden and Nirvana. Under A Billion Suns sounds like it should have been released in 1966 instead of 2006... loud, sloppy, but still intricate, this is punk in the Stooges/MC5 vein. And, it fuckin' ROCKS. This is my favorite album of the year so far (and since the Belle & Sebastian one is so good, that's saying a lot).

Check these out:

Where Is The Future?, in which singer Mark Arm wonders why all those Cold War-era dreams of flying cars and floating cities didn't happen.

Endless Yesterday, which is longing over either a love affair that bombed, or a nuclear bomb that dropped, or both.

Hard-On For War, because as that line in the movie Toys put it, "War is the domain of the small penis."

4 Comments:

Blogger Superfan said...

is that a new logotype on the cover or have they used it before? style reminds me very much of Nate Kato's Happy Graphics style.

3:10 AM, March 18, 2006  
Blogger Lee H. said...

It looks hand-drawn to me... kind of 70's horror-movie retro. It suits the music though. :)

3:27 AM, March 18, 2006  
Blogger Superfan said...

compare and contrast with this (another N Kato/Happy Graphics design) or something like UO's "Strange, I..." and you may see what I mean...

http://images-eu.amazon.com/images/P/B0000021NE.02.LZZZZZZZ.jpg"

3:34 AM, March 19, 2006  
Blogger Lee H. said...

Wow, you're right, that does look like the same typeface- that's a GREAT font!

10:58 AM, March 19, 2006  

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