Check it Out: Death to the Planet by The Comet is Coming

Don't recall how I stumbled on this one, exactly, but one of my Saturday morning music searches led me to a post on Bandcamp's blog about The Comet is Coming.

If you like instrumental music in the vein of Material, or early trippy Pink Floyd, I'd recommend checking this one out.

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My favorite 100 albums of all time: #79 ("Ekstasis")

Nicky Skopelitis "Ekstasis" album cover On the off chance that anyone is actually playing along at home, I feel bad about listing records that you can't easily find on Spotify, Google Play, or other digital music services. Yet, like Prison, I can't really leave Ekstasis off the list.

Ekstasis is in a similar vein with Hallucination Engine, being a heady mix of funk, jazz, rock, world music, and the kitchen sink if it adds anything. The album is credited to guitarist Nicky Skopelitis, but the cast of characters contributing looks a lot like a Material album.

Bill Laswell looms large on this one, as well as bassist Jah Wobble. For example, Wobble dominates "Sanctuary" – the fifth track on the album. Wobble's driving bass and Bachir Attar's ghaita are the featured players on this track, with Skopelitis' guitar contributions playing more of a supporting role than taking the spotlight.

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My favorite 100 albums of all time: #83 ("Hallucination Engine")

cover_271202172009 Today's pick, Hallucination Engine by Material is a bit of a sharp departure from the likes of The Who, L7, Rollins Band, and the rest of the list so far – excepting, perhaps, Steven Jessie Bernstein.

Where I mostly go for straight-forward classic rock, hard rock, or alternative, Hallucination Engine mostly instrumental, or only features background chants or singing – and much of that not in English, so that the vocals are also treated as another instrument or texture in the fabric of the song.

Hallucination Engine is one of two records on this list that I bought based entirely on the strength of a review. When I got it home, I had little idea what to expect, just that it was highly recommended. Turns out, I really enjoyed it.

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