I have awakened from the deep slumber that can only come from a combination of massive post-Thanksgiving tryptophan dosing and an ill-timed COVID booster to bring you, the discerning public the 207th edition of the Nine Circles Playlist. And it comes on the birthday of the greatest guitarist to ever light his guitar on fire, so of course we have to open with some classic Hendrix.
Once you’ve picked yourself up after that blistering performance of “Killing Floor” we of course have some more the more extreme music for your ripe and eager ears. Prepare to have your mind expanded when you come to the realization that Troy Sanders should sing ALL the songs when Two Minutes to Late Night cover Metallica’s “Blackened.” Then Josh brings the heavy with cuts from Atræ Bilis with whom we just released a killer interview with, Diablation, and Hate. Vincent finally listens to Marriages featuring Emma Ruth Rundle after being reminded of their greatness on our latest AOTM podcast, and sprinkles in some vicious Yellow Eyes and Sun of the Sleepless as well. Anton has gone deep with Transcending Obscurity Records, laying his soul bare to the attack of both The Last of Lucy and Dischordia. Finally I wrap things up with some of the metal I’ve had on repeat lately, including the latest from post-metal crew Daxma, the newest single from supergroup Lock-Up now featuring both Tomas Lindberg and Kevin Sharp on vocals, and the classic trad metal of Tower.
I can’t believe next week is December. End of Year lists edge ever closer. See you next time, hopefully more awake than I am now!
Another Thursday, another Throwback. It just so happens that in conjunction with this particular #tbt, the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s classic final album, Electric Ladyland, turns 46 today.
Was Jimi metal? Okay, not really. But you can’t tell us his innovation on the guitar didn’t have an influence on what the genre would become just a few years later. (You really can’t. Just stop trying.) And since we’re no strangers to Mr. Hendrix on this blog, I see no reason not to honor this gem of an album on its birthday. So here’s one of its hallmark tracks: the Experience’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower.”
Rock bands new and old, take note: THIS is how you do a goddamn cover song. It’s unmistakably still a Dylan song, yet also unmistakably Jimi. Classic.
Anyway, happy birthday, Electric Ladyland! That’ll do it for this week’s #tbt–check back later on for Quickies!
Time for another Throwback here at Horns Up! This particular Thursday, September 18, happens to be the 44th anniversary of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix’s death in London.
If you play guitar–or even if you just listen to rock music in general–you’ll have known what a legend Hendrix is for some years now. Incredible improviser; revolutionized use of feedback, the whammy bar and other techniques; etc. TL;DR. You can’t say enough about the guy, and yet by now, you also can’t really say anything that hasn’t already been said. So I won’t. Instead, for today’s #TBT, let’s take a look back at his performance of “Foxey Lady” from the Miami Pop Festival in 1968:
Rest in peace, Jimi. Or rather, keep on resting in peace, I suppose. It’s been 44 years, after all.