Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Fly Ashtray - Clumps Take A Ride

So today I was planning to defecate on my keyboard and - HA HA, OH my, I'm sorry... what I meant was: "type up a spankin' new blog entry", but if you've been subject to the canon of past entries, you may be able to forgive the error in diction.
So anyway, I was planning on detailing (pft!) the varying qualities of the 3rd-5th Public Image Ltd albums, but ugh, it appears the long-delayed entry about Fly Ashtray's debut LP declenched it's "content sphincter" and unleashed all but the goddamn TITLE and DATE into the internet black hole. As such, here's an enormously underwhelming redux:

Formed from the condensation of intergalactic dust way back in '83, the Ashtray's been going sporadically strong for close to 3 decades now. While I can't say I've been a follower through all their sonic trails (being a twinkle in the heavens for a good 6 years of their existence), I can state with confidence that these dudes certainly have a bevy of strong releases and a lot of talent. Fly Ashtray's sound is a bit difficult to describe, but it lurks somewhere in the murk that I associate primarily with the Thinking Fellers Union and the extraneous/surface aspects of Sonic Youth (ie not songwriting) - a temple of obtuse guitar noise and songs built from strangled sub-riffs barely forced into rhythm with a sprinkling of 60's pop and whatever else crossed the band's creative path. For instance, ______ forays into a country-bumpkin bounce before dissipating into strains of feedback-laden minimalism, while _____straddles between an offbeat indie chug and a sinisterly distorted climbing riff and

I'm sorry, I really don't remember the songtitles and I don't have the album in front of me right now. My LCD sorta gotta squished.
With my foot.

http://www.mediafire.com/?5jynnnymzt0

AND THAT ABOUT SUMS IT UP. TUNE IN ERRATICALLY FOR PiL, THE UNTOLD ACCOUNT OF THE THIRD THROUGH FIFTH ALBUMS FROM SOMEONE WITH 6th HAND EXPERIENCE.

7 comments:

  1. 困難的不在於新概念,而在於逃避舊有的概念。.........................

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  2. I'm still waiting for this one.

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  3. Sorry that took so long; I broke down and decided to rip it to my home computer

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  4. Hey, Dave from Fly Ashtray here, just want to say 1) thanks for the kind words, 2) please feel free to download this, and also check out the mp3 page of www.flyashtray.net for many many more music files and 3) we have a new record out called Reports--you can purchase it on itunes and amazon and CD baby and all that kind of crap. cheers!

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  5. beautiful album, sublime sounds of moisture and dust, thanks for this post

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