Happy Birthday Lou Reed!
(March 2nd, 1942 - October 27th, 2013)
Meshuggah - “Electric Red” from their 2008 album (and for me tied with best along with the re-issue of Nothing) ObZen, a portmanteau of obscene and zen, meaning “man has found its ‘zen’ in the obscure and obscene.” I have been completely obsessed with this album the past week, same as the first time I heard it a few years ago, and it’s literally the only music I’ve listened to in at least a week. It’s too good everybody, it’s too fucking good, and apparently on the Koloss tour (tour that I believe ended recently, started in April or so with the album releasing March 23rd) they ended each gig with the 9:36 insanely technical song “Dancers to a Discordant System” which they’d stated they could not and would not play it live as the lyrics were too heavily tracked and difficult and also the fucking instrumentals and God damn it I miss all of the best things for no fucking reason.
Now see the lyrics which are great and I love the band and we should all get married and live in Sweden (they’re Swedish). They are also the perfect band because (like Mastodon, except for Mastodon’s last record) they are the sole producers on all of their shit.
"Humanity peeled from our bones
Deprived of integuments that make us real
Shadows of flesh to maintain the system
Our own blood splashes as we kneel
So meticulously machined
Into these obedient devices
Puppets, fine tuned, submissive drones
Replicas of each other, clones
We’re dormant accumulations of flesh
In a crimson filtered twilight
Mute witnesses to the game
Wrenches to keep the bolts of lies tight
We’re the fabric concealing the stains
The red tainted existence
The gullibles to bless your sins away
Rags to wipe your blooded trails
We give in to the atrophy
To the twining of self-thought knowledge
The purpose of the human mind reviled
Everlasting ignorance realized
The scarlet flood that inundates our powerless thoughts
Defenseless minds with the lies overfed
Every thought stained, defiled
Painted the color, the shade of electric red”
Phil drags a photographer on stage during Hollow to take a photograph of the crowd.
Live Monsters of Rock Italy 1992