To kick off another year of awesome music, we picked up a grab bag of 30 CDs from Hydra Head Records. We’re going to snag one at random each weekend, give it a spin, and then keep track of it here, along with notes about whatever else is tickling our musical fancy that week. It’s a sort of Project365 for Your Earholes!
Week 1: “Conquerer” by Jesu
I sort of cheated with this week, because I didn’t pull this at random. Before committing to buying the grab bag, I checked out a few HHR bands, and Jesu sounded amazing. I was very eagerly anticipating this one, and had high expectations for some mind-blowing complex post-metal weirdness. OK, first lesson of Project Hydra Head for Your Earholes: don’t have any expectations. This album was much more straight-forward and listenable than I imagined; it wasn’t the least bit weird or challenging. That wasn’t really disappointing per se, but the vocals definitely threw me for a loop. They were like something out of some “indie” band — inoffensive and airy. I can see the track “Conqueror” being a staple on Spring playlists for years to come, but my initial reaction is that I’d like this a lot more with different vocals.
Also tingling the ol’ earholes this week:
Creature with the Atom Brain – it’s like what Queens of the Stone Age should sound like
Big Business – after wallowing in a lot of Mark Lanegan in December, it was hard rock week at Maple Hoo! Hands up, indeed.
John Zorn’s “The Concealed” – it’s like a slightly more serious Dreamers