Posts Tagged ‘Xploding Plastix’

Xploding Plastix in a Bacardi ad

Sunday, March 7th, 2004

Trainspotting of the day: an Xploding Plastix song used as the soundtrack of some Bacardi TV ad. It took me the longest time to place that familiar driving electronica, and when I finally did I didn’t trust myself. But it’s true - how the hell did some obscure Swedish electronica group manage to sell themselves to a major corporate advertiser? That’s pretty impressive, I have to say.

On naive reviews

Wednesday, February 6th, 2002

Scored a sweet lot of used CDs today from Cutler’s, the local CD store:

  • Bardo Pond - Dilate
  • Buckethead - Colma
  • Einstürzende Neubauten - Strategies Against Architecture
  • Gong - Angel’s Egg
  • Kansas - Leftoverture
  • McDonald and Giles - McDonald and Giles
  • Mr. Bungle - California
  • Neu! - Neu!
  • Philharmonie - The Last Word
  • Stratovarius - Episode
  • Sun Ra - Pathways to Unknown Worlds / Friendly Love

To my surprise, there’s a review of the Xploding Plastix album I mentioned in the last entry, at the GEPR. Unfortunately, the review, by Fred Trafton, is a bit painfully naive. I mentioned that I’m quite unfamiliar with this sort of electronic music, but it’s clear that Fred is even more so, to such an extent that it hinders his review. For instance, he assumes that the drumming on the album is all done by an actual drummer - clearly not the case. And his statement that “I don’t think it can be called anything but progressive rock” is completely off the mark.

I assume that Fred received a promo copy of the album, otherwise it’s unlikely he would have gone off and found it on his own. There are also reviews of the album in the latest issue of Exposé and The Axiom of Choice, curiously enough. It’s interesting that these guys sent off review copies to progressive rock reviewers - but clearly it was a savvy decision, as all the reviews are pretty positive, even if Fred’s especially sort of misses the point, in my opinion.

It raises the issue: some kinds of electronica or (gasp) “dance” music might appeal to a lot of prog fans. More artists in these genres should try to reach this audience…

Been downloading some good stuff lately

Friday, February 1st, 2002

I’m on an MP3 binge. I’ve been listening to Dream Theater’s new one, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, for a while now - since before it came out - on MP3. I like the first disc a fair amount, but so far the second one just strikes me as alternately (or simulatenously, sometimes) boring and cheesy. Hmm. That’s a real shame, because I thought Scenes From a Memory was their best effort since Awake. Oh well. I blame Jordan Rudess.

Other MP3s I’ve been listening to include Xploding Plastix’s Amateur Girlfriends Go Proskirt Agents, the first half of which fucking rocks. I don’t know how to categorize this sort of music - I guess it’s vaguely IDMish the way Thievery Corporation is, but more active, faster-paced, with more jazz influence. Maybe it’s acid jazz? I dunno, but I love it. Also, a few from Bardo Pond’s Dilate - which a friend told be to check out. He described it as Mogwai-like with female vox, but I find that somewhat inaccurate - more like a slower My Bloody Valentine or Sonic Youth, I’d say. Something along the lines of Yo La Tengo’s more droney stuff. I like it.