Lion by Peter Murphy
In the early 90’s, Peter Murphy scored some huge hits with songs like “A Strange Kind of Love” and “Cuts You Up.” While he continued to release solo material since then, none of it really lived up to his Deep album. Lion still can’t surpass that—it would be difficult to do—but this is still quality music. For those who don’t know, Peter Murphy is one of the architects of Dark Wave or Goth music. He started his career as the vocalist for Bauhaus and then went on to have a respectable solo career. He was bellowing about Bella Lugosi’s death long before glittery teenage vampires pouted in books and on the big screen.
One of my complaints of his recent solo material was the lack of energy in the songs. He solved that problem by recruiting production genius Youth (from Killing Joke) to produce this new album. That isn’t to say that every song is a throbbing up-tempo delight; you still get slower interludes like “The Rose” that stand out nicely. This has everything a Peter Murphy fan will enjoy, with a little bit of electronics added in to keep the groaning guitars moving along at a toe-tapping beat.
Songs like “I Am My Own Name,” and “Low Tar Stars” thump along to keep the energy up. “Holy Crown” has a Joy-Division influenced bass line that matches Murphy’s crooning deep vocals. Other parts of the album feel like Nine Inch Nails played a contributing factor.
Peter Murphy is the grandfather of Goth, and in some ways you can tell that time hasn’t been especially kind to his vocal cords. Indeed there are moments when he screams so agonizingly loud that you fear for his throat’s well-being. But that isn’t really a bad thing. For Peter Murphy, emotion is conveyed in every way possible; if the man needs to scream, then let him.
If you are a Peter Murphy fan, you will like this album quite a bit. Also keep in mind that he is playing June 25th at The Depot.
Slip on your velvet slippers, pour your favorite brown liquid into some fine glassware, fine your favorite chair and your best headphones because you have to wait no longer. You can listen to Jack White's second solo album, "Lazaretto" a full week before the release on June 10th. Just click here and be swept off that magical land of Apples and Jack.
Remember Barney the dino? The purple, deep-voiced, singing kid's entertainer? Well, that plush distraction is Ryan Gosling times cooler than what these tools at the U have put together.
A barbershop quartet would have been less embarrassing than what is contained in this video. When did higher education become a joke?
This video was made to thank donors, but the donors may want to ask for their money back and rightly so. If this is what students and administrators are doing with their money: shedding dignity, then perhaps their money would be put to better use at a college that takes itself more seriously.
As a graduate of the U I can say this is embarrassing. If I'd wanted this experience and publicity I would have gone to BYU or Taffy Town.
Recap for Boner of the Day (Tuesday June 3, 2014). 3 news stories -- examples of bad, stupid, or funny human behavior. You will decide with your vote who is the worst, most deserving, of the award no one wants to win: the Boner of the Day. Boner: it means mistake.
Boner Candidate #1 – Another Example of Why We Need A National Health Care System
Florida Insurers Accused Of Discriminating Against People With HIV. Two health organizations filed a complaint with federal health officials Thursday alleging some Florida insurance companies are violating the Affordable Care Act by structuring their insurance plans in a way that discourage consumers with HIV and AIDS from choosing those plans.
Boner Candidate #2 – Don’t You Know Who I Am?
Man claiming to be Teddy Roosevelt's relative banned from Bluffton hotel. A Florida man claiming to be the descendant of a U.S. president was banned from a Bluffton hotel last week after he threatened to hit the manager.
Boner Candidate #3 – It Wasn’t Rape – She Got Emotional
Duke Student Sues For Diploma After He's Expelled for Sexual Assault. A senior at Duke University who was banned from graduating after a school panel found him responsible for raping an "emotional" classmate has filed suit to get his degree so he can accept a "prestigious position" offered to him by a firm on Wall Street.
Lewis McLeod, a psychology major from Australia, says that, without his degree, his entire future is on hold. According to the motion filed by Schwartz & Shaw of Raleigh, McLeod took a female Duke student back to his home on Nov. 14. McLeod alleges their sex was consensual and that the woman "got emotional" and began to cry.
It was a close contest today with the boners. Usually there is a clear-cut winner, but not today! Boner #3 “It Wasn’t Rape – She Got Emotional” won by ONE vote for the “coveted” Boner of the Day Award.
Chris Hardwick stopped in the studio on Friday morning to chat with the RFH crew about his dad, the professional and celebrity bowlers, being serious on stage as a comedian, The Nerdist Podcast, @Midnight and more. Here are the videos:
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