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A Song Before Annihilation: Hard Liquor (Sohn)

A Song Before Annihilation: Hard Liquor (Sohn)

Perhaps the most addictive track of early ’17, which seems appropriate. It should come with tasting notes. Just hit “repeat”. Hard Liquor is the latest single off Sohn’s Rennen, which dropped last Friday, and is available through Amazon and the other usual outlets (I caught up to […]

A Song Before Annihilation: Dirty Mercy (Gin Wigmore)

A Song Before Annihilation: Dirty Mercy (Gin Wigmore)

If there’s a lesson to be learned from Gin Wigmore’s latest video outing, it’s that you shouldn’t let Gin Wigmore babysit your children. Shouldn’t, that is, unless you want them to aspire to far cooler things than their comfortable suburban pedigree might otherwise suggest. Dirty […]

A Song Before Annihilation: The Robots (Kraftwerk)

A Song Before Annihilation: The Robots (Kraftwerk)

Regular contributor, friend, and noted German Denis K. mentioned in his own post about his latest piece here that ExB is “not-at-all robotic”. Thus, I dedicate this edition of A Song Before Annihilation to him, with the added assurance that the videos below almost certainly in […]

A Song Before Annihilation: That’s Good (Devo)

A Song Before Annihilation: That’s Good (Devo)

A cut from the 1982 LP Oh, no! It’s Devo – this is pure propulsive synth-pop bliss, and somewhat notorious with regards to the video produced for it. The blatantly sexual (and utterly harmless) visuals that accompanied it proved too risque for MTV’s liking, which seems absurd given the turns […]

A Song Before Annihilation: Pop Muzik (M)

A Song Before Annihilation: Pop Muzik (M)

Originally from M (Robin Scott)’s 1979 LP New York · London · Paris · Munich. This gets more circulation in the ExB homeland than any reasonable mind can stand, and is as nefariously infectious as they come. The video for the 1989 remix is linked as well, because it’s just too […]

A Song Before Annihilation: Theme from ‘Hercules’ (Pino Donaggio)

A Song Before Annihilation: Theme from ‘Hercules’ (Pino Donaggio)

Though produced in conjunction with the film and later released on Intrada’s limited CD issue of its original score recording (I’m unsure if it appeared on the initial vinyl issue of the soundtrack from 1983), if memory serves this tasty little track never actually appears in […]

A Song Before Annihilation: Beginning of the End (Albert Glasser)

A Song Before Annihilation: Beginning of the End (Albert Glasser)

It’s thrills, chills, and bombast to spare in this brief suite of cues from Bert I. Gordon’s big-bug opus Beginning of the End (1957), courtesy of one of the director’s earliest collaborations with prolific cinema composer Albert Glasser. His minute-long opening theme to the picture is an all-out assault […]

A Song Before Annihilation: Crack in the World + Time (Johnny Douglas and his Orchestra)

A Song Before Annihilation: Crack in the World + Time (Johnny Douglas and his Orchestra)

This is a fascinating, frustrating artifact – a radio-ready 45 rpm of two themes (in alternate versions, natch) from Crack in the World, the 1965 science fiction / disaster picture from producer Philip Yordan (Day of the Triffids) and director Andrew Marton (King Solomon’s Mines). […]

A Song Before Annihilation: Dangerous [feat. Joywave] (Big Data)

A Song Before Annihilation: Dangerous [feat. Joywave] (Big Data)

I don’t think much of Joywave or Big Data (I’ve not heard enough else from either to really develop an opinion), but I have to give credit where credit is due – Dangerous is a hell of a track, a paranoid little pop number that excels […]

A Song Before Annihilation: II. Zealots of Stockholm [Free Information] (Childish Gambino)

A Song Before Annihilation: II. Zealots of Stockholm [Free Information] (Childish Gambino)

I don’t have much to say here. I’ve had this album (as well as Gambino’s ace 2011 effort Camp) running on repeat for the better part of a week now, and rather than punch up a bunch of uninteresting critical platitudes (the dog days of the season have my brain […]

A Song Before Annihilation: Godzilla x Mechagodzilla / ゴジラ×メカゴジラ (OSHIMA Michiru)

A Song Before Annihilation: Godzilla x Mechagodzilla / ゴジラ×メカゴジラ (OSHIMA Michiru)

While Ifukube-philes may disagree, I think OSHIMA Michiru may well be the greatest thing to happen to the Godzilla franchise in decades, and that her work is tied to three of the best of the series’ wildly uneven Millennial run is all the better. TEZUKA Masaaki’s 2002 outing Godzilla […]

A Song Before Annihilation: The Cyclops / The Amazing Colossal Man / War of the Colossal Beast (Albert Glasser)

A Song Before Annihilation: The Cyclops / The Amazing Colossal Man / War of the Colossal Beast (Albert Glasser)

What can I say. I’ve been in a Bert I. Gordon sort of mood as of late, which means that I’ve been in an Albert Glasser sort of mood as well. Though he composed heaps of scores across many genres during his 30 year career, […]

A Song Before Annihilation: Running (Nine Inch Nails)

Despite my best efforts I just haven’t been able to give much of a damn about Nine Inch Nails in the long years since The Fragile. I was one of the many who was on pins and needles in anticipation of their (his?) 2005 effort With […]

Tomorrow at the Turf Club: Guitar Wolf + The Coathangers and Coward

Doors open at 8, show starts at 9. Tickets here. More dates here. My apologies for those who don’t live in the area. For the rest of you, no excuses will be accepted. I’ll catch back up with pictures on Friday.

A Song Before Annihilation: ケンカロック Fighting Rock (Guitar Wolf)

Three weeks. Guitar Wolf. Tour Magma. Turf Club. I don’t know how much more needs to be said, really. In my mind there’s no more important event upcoming in the Twin Cities than Guitar Wolf’s landing here on October 3rd, flanked by The Coathangers and […]

A Song Before Annihilation: Teen Archer (Blue Öyster Cult)

There’s sad news to report with the column today, dear readers. Allen Lanier, long-time keyboardist and rhythm guitarist for rock outfit Blue Öyster Cult (and a founding member from their early days as Soft White Underbelly), died yesterday of complications from C.O.P.D. He was 67 […]

A Song Before Annihilation: ガス人間第一号 / The Human Vapor (Kunio MIYAUCHI)

Though perhaps best known for his contributions to the various Ultra series produced for television by Tsuburaya Productions from the mid-60s onward, composer Kunio MIYAUCHI earned some of his earliest screen credits in scores for film, including this one for a classic from Toho’s golden age […]

A Song Before Annihilation: Godzilla (Magnetic System)

It was only a matter of time, dear readers, before my most perennial of obsessions should find its way into these not-so-hallowed pages. Luigi Cozzi’s re-release of Godzilla from 1977 has intrigued, befuddled, and outright possessed me at various points in the decade since I first […]