Today is World Animal Day, celebrated on the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Of course this was a damn good opportunity to compile another list of well and lesser known songs, about animals this time.
So hug your kitty, try not to kill that spider in your bathroom and invite a lonely bat for dinner.
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Let's start with a little game. Guess all the animals in this song (use the comments) and maybe you win an animal themed CD. This experimental track by the legendary Pink Floyd appeared on their 'Ummagumma' album, back in 1969.
From "several" animals we go to just two, 'human' and 'fly'. We do that just to mess with religious people who think we humans are above animals. HAH.
I think many people will agree with me that this is one of the greatest songs in the history of the animal kingdom. That, and bunnies are fucking cute!
Most people might know this one from the Bonobo remix but we prefer the original, which is a bit more jazzy. We usually do.
Coming off 'Future Sounds Of Jazz - Vol 5', this is an excellent tune to take your beloved ducks out for a walk.
From ducks to camels, because just like most of us after an evening of heavy drinking, camels walk funny. Plus, this is a fun song.
It doesn't always have to be 'Too Many Puppies', right? Then again, I'm not sure that this song is about an animal at all.
My God, Luc De Vos looked young when he was young. This song is not really about piranhas but certainly good enough to be on this list. Luc was god. Fuck, we miss this guy.
And since we're dealing with flesh eating fish, we have no other choice than add Heart's 'Barracuda' to this list. We'll move to safer and friendlier animals soon, I promise.
And from hard rock we go to an immersive jamsession by psychedelic masterminds 3rd Ear Experience. Bees are friendly, a lot friendlier than flesheating sea dwellers...
Damn, this clip looks so eighties. Then again, in that age, people still believed that "every little thing is gonna be alright". Things have gotten a little more aggressive since then, just like this list.
Ever since they released this 'Goat Perversion', Finnish black metal masters Impaled Nazarene have maintained a tradition of including at least one song on every album which has the word "goat" in the title. I told you we were getting aggressive...
Maggots are animals too. Now go hug one.
Ok, this is not really about animals...or is it? I mean, this thing we call "humanity" is a joke, right? Just listen to these lyrics...By the way, sorry about the sound quality but YouTube wasn't very good yet in 1970.
Ozzy was not the only one who engaged with animals in 1970. So did Ronnie en de Ronnies, a weird gang from The Netherlands, which in itself is already a weird gang. There is also a dance version of this song, but I think a vasectomy is more pleasant.
Archive - Fuck U
Forgive me for picking a fan-made lyric video but in this one the lyrics are extremely important. My suggestion: learn them by heart and sing them loud whenever your boss is an ass again.
Overkill - I Hate
I know, Ugly Kid Joe had a pretty similar titled song but when you really want to get the message over, you better go with Overkill. I mean, no need to go for a friendly 'hahah, I hate you' song when you can really thrash faces, right?
BloodHound Gang- I Hope You Die
Or if you want something rather funny but still want to send a clear message, perhaps this is the tune you want to send. It's a clear and direct message, something which many people claim to like...
Ben Folds Five - Song for the Dumped
Everyone is angry at their ex, and with a good reason too. Exes are just former leeches... Well, mostly. Ben Folds' ex still owed him some money, so he made a song about it which probably earned him more money than the bitch actually owed him. Good for him...
Belgian Asociality - Trap Het Af
For those who don't understand Dutch, don't worry, we have no idea what he's singing either. Still, this whole song is a perfect one to tell people to "bugger off".
Nailbomb - For Fuck's Sake
Max Cavalera's industrial output Nailbomb also knew a thing or two about being pissed off. Together with Alex Newport of Fudge Tunnel, he created some of the most intense hate anthems to date. Oh man, how I wish for a Nailbomb reunion...
Haus Arafna - Die Like A Man
Right, let's take a look in the noise and power electronics scene. Haus Arafna has been creating harsh, unpleasant music for decades. I suggest you play this loud.
Brighter Death Now — I Hate You
Or how about mister Cold Meat Industry himself, Roger Karmanik and his ear torturing Brighter Death Now moniker. Delightful musicks to fuck up your hated one's sanity, that's all you need...
Pain - Shut Your Mouth
Although this can be good advice for everyone, this smasher by Pain is a clear message, not to be missed by its receptor. Plus, it's an awesome piece of metal.
The Stooges - Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell
Obviously, people have been pissing each other off for ages and the punk scene is a very good source to find some decent hate songs. Like this rough and raw tune by The Stooges for example.
Godsmack - I Fucking Hate You
Well, I don't think this really needs an explanation. This song seems to be near the top of people's favorite hate songs, and perhaps rightfully so too.
Combichrist - Enjoy The Abuse
American aggrotech legends Combichrist also have a few stomping hate songs. This is one of my favorites, containing some good torturing advice...
Apoptygma Berzerk - Bitch
And since we're dancing, let's quickly blast this futurepop classic by Apoptygma Berzerk through the speakers. Because you know, "bitch" isn't a very nice word but sometimes well deserved...
Anal Cunt - I Made Your Kid Get AIDS So You Could Watch It Die
Of course, Anal Cunt deserve a spot here since they were one of the angriest mofos on the entire planet, plus they topped it off with hilariously dark humor. What's not to like about these guys.
Reel Big Fish - P.S. I Hate You
It doesn't always have to be harsh and brutal to get the message through. Ska lords Reel Big Fish know a thing or two about not liking someone very much...
Bonus: Kat McSnatch - You Are A Cunt
It's funny because it's true...
As I said before, I love making lists and apparently my brain is keen on combining songs in one way or another. Just now, I heard a rock song that can easily stand it's ground on a dancefloor and my internal jukebox started throwing more and more of these songs into my consciousness. So I made a lists of beats driven rock songs or the other way around. After all, it's Saturday and some people out there want to dance.
Now, you may ask why there's a picture of a squirrel accompanying this article. Well, mostly because it's cute but also mostly because I was too lazy to photoshop something. I wanted to compile this list.
Crash City Saints - The Hour of the Wolf
If anything, this song by American shoegazers Crash City Saints is the culprit for this list. Just listen to it, it will drag you to the dancefloor immediately and keep you occupied there for the whole seven minutes. I can recommend the entire album by the way. Read my review here.
Pulp - Disco 2000
Then this classic came up and the idea for a new fifteen songs list was born. Millions of people have been shaking their asses off to Pulp's 'Disco 2000' and with a good reason too.
Bloodhound Gang - The Bad Touch
Undoubtedly, this one needs to be in here, even though Bloodhound Gang have way better songs than 'Bad Touch'. Still, boom boom boom boom and lyrics about copulation, who doesn't love that.
Kong - Rage8FA
Dutch progressive instrumentalists Kong have been exploring the combination of electronics and rock music for years, quite often coming up with awesome and unique tunes like this one. No wonder this is my all time favorite band.
Morbid Angel - Destructos vs. The Earth / Attack
One of the most hated albums in the metal scene, Morbid Angel's 'Illud Divinum Insanus' (2011) has been destroyed in reviews far and wide. The fans couldn't stand the electronic beats but to be quite honest, this tune is an industrial stomper.
Rob Zombie - Dragula
And thus we hop into the world of industrial rock where we find this legendary creep. Rob Zombie has never been weary of electronic and once in a while that turns into something awesome.
KMFDM - Hell Yeah
German industrialists KMFDM have been throwing guitars into the stomping EMB sound for years. This single was released back in May and you can still bang your head and dance at the same time.
Kiss - I Was Made For Lovin' You
Ok, let's go away from the heavy industrial beats for a while and concentrate back on disco. In that aspect, this cheesy tunes by legendary rockers Kiss definitely earns a place on this list.
Queen - Another One Bites the Dust
Speaking about disco beats, let's throw in another absolute classic. 'Another One Bites the Dust' still fills dancefloors at wedding receptions to this day. Apparently, it was Michael Jackson who convinced Queen to release this song as a single.
Waltari - So Fine!
Finnish band Waltari frequently combines alternative metal, progressive metal, death metal, hard rock, heavy metal, hip hop, industrial, pop, punk, symphonic metal, techno and thrash metal. Just to give you an idea...
The KVB - Lower Depths
Darkwave duo The KVB definitely needs to be on this list. This might be the slowest of all songs mentioned here but it drives on an immersive eighties beat and features delightful shoegaze guitars.
Lords Of Acid - I Sit On Acid
Ok, this might be cheating a bit but to be fairly honest, 've seen Praga Khan and Lords Of Acid live and both of Maurice Engelen's project rock harder than many rock bands out there.
Revolting Cocks - Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?
This Rod Stewart cover by legendary weirdos Revolting Cocks is a strange, creepy little tune but then again, we're all dark and creepy...
The Residents - Kaw-Liga
From the same era and equally legendary as the one above,The Residents' smash hit Kaw-Liga still fills the dark dancefloors. The group is noted for surrealistic lyrics and sound, disregard for conventional music composition, and the over-the-top theatrical spectacle of their live performances.
Atari Teenage Riot - Speed
And we end with another brutal industrial stomper, courtesy of Atari Teenage Riot. They too have been combining guitars and electronic for years and they too can still easily slash the competition.
Article by Wagner Hertzog
Intelligent men do exist. And we can see who they really are through their attitudes and the postures they adopt in everything that concerns life. Next, look at five qualities that shape the character and personality of intelligent men.
They don’t give personal opinions, unless they have been requested
The world is full of people who do not stop talking, at all times, on a great diversity of subjects. Nevertheless, intelligent men, even if they are scholars, and indeed know many things about an enormous multiplicity of subjects, do not pass on their opinions to everyone. They are thoughtful and discreet, and seek to express interest in people, rather than requiring attention, which is the custom of the vast majority. A fundamental characteristic of intelligent men is that they are much more likely to listen than to speak.
They are profoundly analytical; do not get carried away by appearances
The world is full of superficial people who don’t know how to see human beings for what they really are, but only for what they seem to be. Analyzing and trying to understand a person as a whole is a skill that very few people have. For example, we should never make the mistake of reprimanding a person for a fault, or a supposed inefficiency on their part. Maybe the person in question is suffering from health problems we don’t know about. What if the individual has invisible deficiencies, such as narcolepsy, chronic fatigue, bipolar disorder, anxiety, or some other dysfunctions that you've never heard of, and which seriously compromises his/ her ability to perform day-to-day tasks, even if it’s simple tasks? Smart men are fully aware that what we don’t see in a person maybe – and probably is – more important than what we see. And, as a matter of fact, we simply never know people very well. Unlike ordinary people, who are completely guided by appearances, intelligent men see life through a more sensitive and profound view. In this way, they evaluate people from an infinitely broader and more expansive perspective, which also explains why they are always much more willing to help than to judge.
They are never arrogant
Whether wise or knowing many things, intelligent men are well aware that their merits and their qualities have value only for themselves. Therefore, it would be a great folly and a terrible recklessness to brag about things like knowledge, career, or privileges. Intelligence recognizes humility as the noblest of qualities, so, the smarter a person is, the more humble inclinations he/she will have.
Smart men are realistic
One of the most prevalent characteristics of smart men is the fact that they are realistic. They are neither categorical optimists nor cynical pessimists. They evaluate the possibilities, never put obstacles where they don’t exist, don’t make excuses for not doing a certain task and don’t waste opportunities. But they also don’t think that everything is going to work, and they don’t waste time on unrealistic goals. They like to save time, and, above all, guided by the lucidity of their enlightened and adaptable personalities, prefer practical results to lethargic and drawn-out meetings, and more dynamic and functional activities.
Smart men are not radical
Defending a position or an ideology, whether it will be a political or religious one, or maybe something related to any other sphere of activity, is something common to all human beings. Nevertheless, intelligent men are remarkably thoughtful and reasonable, and don’t have any problems in recognizing when they are wrong. They like to learn, they see the importance of enlarging their personal horizons, and they never insist on a specific posture, especially when it is proven wrong. Always willing to re-evaluate their prospects, beliefs, and positions in the most diverse spheres of life, doesn’t matter if it is political, professional or personal, intelligent men do not cling to a cold and radical worldview, and don’t act like annoyed or arrogant teenagers when someone defies, denies or challenges their values. They don’t need to be persuaded that they are wrong, for they readily acknowledge this when they are, and do not stand, by insistence or pride, in the persistence of an error.
Of course, there are more qualities and characteristics that associate rightness of conduct with intelligence. Nevertheless, this kind of study is as fascinating as it is complex, and it is not exclusively associated with intelligence, although this is preponderant for innumerable factors involving behavior, personal values, and characteristics of character and personality.
But, do not worry. Merchants Of Air are here with the alternatives. We digged deep into the world of non-cringeworthy music, searching for anything that is somehow connected with the LGBT community.
Judas Priest - Breaking The Law
Judas Priest are widely regarded as one of the most influential bands in the history of heavy metal, and with good reason too. They helped create the sound of generations to come. They also modeled a large part of the heavy metal fashion styles. Leather has become immensely popular among metalheads far and wide. Rob Halford didn't wear those because he was a metalhead, he wore those because he's gay. After years of silence, isolation and depression, Halford finally came out in 1998. He is still considered a metal god, regardless of his sexual preferences.
Type O Negative - My Girlfriend's Girlfriend
I know men whose girlfriend left them for another girl. It made them question their own manhood, as in "what have I done wrong?". Peter Steele seemingly thought otherwise, he created one of his greatest tunes based on this love triangle.
Reel Big Fish - She has a girlfriend now
Ska punkers Reel Big Fish created this lively tune around the same theme: girlfriends who suddenly become lesbians. No triangle here, just a guy wondering if he really messed up for all the men. He probably did...
Life Of Agony - A Place Where There's No More Pain
Alternative metal band Life Of Agony formed in 1989 and quickly became a well respected band all over the world. Their 1993 album 'River Runs Red' is widely regarded as a classic in the genre. In July 2011, after performing for more than twenty years as a man, front woman Mina Caputo (born Keith) came out as transgender and began referring to herself with female pronouns.
Willie Nelson - Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly (Fond Of Each Other)
Country legend Willie Nelson covers a song by Latin country musician Ned Sublette, written in 1981. The lyrics satirize the stereotypes associated with cowboys and gay men, such as in the lyrics relating western wear to the leather subculture with the line: "What did you think all them saddles and boots was about?"
Green Day - Coming Clean
Many adolescents struggle with their sexuality. The song "Coming Clean" by American punk rockers Green Day deals with Billie Joe Armstrong's coming to terms with his bisexuality when he was 16 and 17 years old.
Suede - Animal Nitrate
One of the greatest britpop songs ever composed was written by (in Brett Anderson's own words) "a bisexual man who never had a homosexual experience." The video was banned for its depiction of two men engaging in a kiss.
Faith No More - Be Aggressive
You could have seen this one coming, as it features the lyrics 'I Swallow, I Swallow, I Swallow'. Yes, this is a song about a man giving another man a blow job. It's written by keyboardist Roddy Bottum, who came out in 1993.
Gorgoroth - Carving a Giant
Into the extreme (Satanic) underground we find a legendary and frightening man. He calls himself Gaahl and he fronts the black metal band Gorgoroth. He is anti-Christian and a Satan worshipper. He spent nine months in prison for torturing a man. He came out as gay in an interview in 2008.
The Kinks - Lola
British band The Kinks scored a massive hit with this song, which incidentally describes a young man falling for the charms of an experienced drag queen. Lead guitarist Dave Davies never made his sexual escapades with woman and men a secret, and became an inspiration for many outing artists ever since.
"How do you come up with these lists?" you might ask. Well, they just pop up in this busy little blob of grey mass under my skull. My brain is connected with a parallel universe, the one we call music, causing me to find multiple songs for each occasion, event or situation.
This list was set up after a conversation about life, friendship and altruism. We don't always talk about football, fidget spinners or the neighbour's affairs in this household. At one point in the conversation, I uttered the phrase "Don't shit where you eat" and a new '15 Songs' lists was born. Enjoy... because in the end, in a world with politicians, lawyers and other parasites, most musicians are the only ones we can truly trust...
Ween - Don't Shit Where You Eat
So yes, Ween caused all this, earning them the first spot on this list. The advice here is pretty clear, I think. No further explanation needed.
Monty Python - Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life
I know. This one will end up in a lot of lists, including some on Merchants Of Air, but hey, it's Monty Python. They're always welcome...
Iron Maiden - Be Quick Or Be Dead
This is also a very good one, sometimes the best thing you can do is run, fast.
Ramones - Don't Bust My Chops
This should be basic knowledge. If you don't want any trouble, stop pissing people off. Easy peasy...
The Buoys - Give Up Your Guns
Deeper back into history we find some really good advice from The Buoys.
"No you can't live by the bullet,
But you sure as death can die,
My love, give up your guns or say goodbye, goodbye"
Pink Floyd - Careful With That Axe, Eugene
This mostly instrumental jam by Pink Floyd is an amazing piece of music, recorded in 1968. And yeah, you should be careful with axes.
Beastie Boys - (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)
Because yeah, Beastie Boys. With all the regulations, limitations and taxations, having a great time with friends is getting tough.
Petula Clark - Don't Sleep In The Subway
In the lyrics the narrator advises her sweetheart against storming out after an argument due to his "foolish pride". If he does, he will "sleep in the subway" or "stand in the pouring rain" merely to prove his point. Stupid isn't it?
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
Personally, I think the title for this timeless classic by Fleetwood Mac is some very good advice. Go your own way, do your own thing, be yourself. It shouldn't be that hard.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Whistle While You Work
What? It's advice. And yes, we are a little weird here...
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Teach Your Children
It might sound cheesy (but not as cheesy as the last song on this list) but children are our future and if their parents don't do their job, the future looks pale. It's as easy as saying 'hello'.
Anthrax - Refuse to be Denied
Here's some punch-in-the-teeth advice by thrash metal superstars Anthrax. It's a song about coming up for yourself, something we all need to do once in a while.
U.S.U.R.A. - Open Your Mind
"There's got to be thousands of songs with the 'Open Your Mind' title", she said. I answered with some old school techno. Hurray...
Björk - Declare Independence
Björk even goes a bit further and blasts some industrial propaganda through our speakers. Time to rave...
Beatles - Love Is All You Need
And as promised, we end in a cheesy way, cheesy but so true.
Today Discovery Channel kicks off his annual shark week extravaganza. For this year's edition they even planned a stunt: Michael Phelps is going to race against a great white shark.
Here at Merchants Of Air, this is another great excuse to dive into music history and compile a list of songs. So here are twenty songs about the shark way of life.
John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra - Jaws Theme
Every good list needs a good intro and what song could fulfil this purpose better than the original Jaws Theme?
Accept - Fast as a Shark
And we blast off with some fierce heavy metal because it's fast as a shark, or something like that. Here's Germany's Accept, playing the eighties classic live on Masters Of Rock.
Sharky Sharky - Bring The Rock
My favorite children's music band, Scotland's Sharky Sharky have been dressing in shark costumes and rocking their fins off for a while now.
Here are three clips about a stoned shark solving (and causing) trouble in the ocean.
Split Enz - Shark Attack
Apparently, the eighties were a good time for shark related tunes. New wave band Split Enz came up with this uplifting tune in 1980
Guns Love Stories - Shark Bait
Swiss post-hardcore act Guns Love Stories certainly deserve a place here. Why? Because this is Merchants Of Air, where we promote the bands we review and like. It's as simple as that. Anyway, read our review here.
Frank Zappa - Get Whitey
The Yellow Shark is an album of orchestral music by Frank Zappa, released in 1993. It was the last Zappa album released before his death one month later.
Wailing Souls - Shark Attack
We secretly love dub and reggae here so this groovy tune by Wailing Souls had to make our little playlist, don't you think? After all, it's supposed to be summer here.
Bitchslicer - Sex with Sharks
According to science, sharks love death metal (read) so I guess the animals will enjoy a bit of thrash metal too, especially if Bitchslicer promises them a happy ending...
Mastodon - Megalodon
Of course the mother of all sharks deserves a spot on this list and who better than professional noisemakers Mastodon to showcase the might power of the megalodon.
The "Sleepwalk" Guitars Of Dan & Dale - The Shark Bite
"The what?", you might say. But yes, this song was released way back in 1965, even before most of our readers were born. Doo-wop at its finest...
LL Cool J - Deepest Bluest
Well, the movie is called 'Deep Blue Sea' so of course LL Cool J made a song called 'Deepest Bluest'. That's what rappers do, you know?
Electrotete - Shark
For an ambient tune about sharks we have to check out Juno Reactor's side project Electrotete and his 1994 single, (guess....) 'Shark'.
Limp Bizkit - Shark Attack
Nu-metal icons Limp Bizkit apparently also write a song about sharks and - oh surprise - it sounds like almost every other Limp Bizkit song (which isn't that horrible actually).
Furryz Fornicate - Shark Tits
In the category "what the holy shit?", and thus right after Limp Bizkit, comes doomcore act Furryz Fornicate and their delightful tune 'Shark Tits', guaranteed to brighten you after a day of burning in hell.
Aceloria - Shark (ft Knownaim)
I have no idea what genre this, nor do I know this artist is but I like it and that's all that matters.
Eija Merilä – Tiikerihai
What? We like to keep things varied around here. Maybe a bit too varied sometimes.
Das Merman – Sharks
It took us a while to find an EBM tune about sharks but we did it. It's even called 'Sharks' and it bloody stomps. Well done Das Merman
Greenfly - Shark Attack
In the drum & bass scene we found quite a few shark related tunes but this one by Greenfly was by far the best.
Blue Oyster Cult - Shooting Shark
And of course we end with a classic. Blue Oyster Cult have been with us for decades and released this song in 1983.
The flag has left the area, the last symbol of the magic that happened there. Now, the Dunk festival area is a quiet meadow again, surrounded by the forest. Now, it is as if nothing has happened there. But we know. We remember those three days in May when Dunk! festival became the highlight of the festival season, again, already. Why? Because Dunk! is different. Dunk! is not about the money, unlike 99% of their colleagues. Dunk! is more. It's a record shop, a vinyl press, a label, a duo-festival with an American edition coming up. Dunk! is a brand. A trustworthy brand, one that looks forward and dares to experiment. We have seen that with the booking of Swans, And So I Watch You From Afar and Earth. Experiments which almost divided the audience in pros and cons.
Once started as a post rock festival, anno 2017 Dunk Festival is some much more, something I can only applaud. There was ambient, drones, jazz and doom metal. There were electronic sounds and if you think about it, some parts by Ashtoreth were a-capella tunes. So there is diversity, but the questions is, how far can you take diversity into a festival like Dunk!? What's next? Who will be the next headliners or the next surprises? Will Spoiwo, Cecilia::Eyes or AmenRa return?
For this article, I started browsing through my music collection, which goes from Brahms over Russian Circles to Tiamat, Iron Maiden, The Levellers, Pink Floyd and all the way to Excrementory Grindfuckers and Oranssi Pazuzu. And that's only the non-electronic section. I looked at the records and wondered "would the Dunk! audience appreciate this?". You'd be surprised by some of the bands that made the cut.
Along with bands like Jesus and The Mary Chain or Cocteau Twins, Slowdive have been one of the major influences for all your post rock favorites. Their sound, which was amusingly named 'shoegaze' became the foundation for bands like Explosions In The Sky, Mogwai and Godspeed! You Black Emperor, or at least to Cecilia::Eyes, who delivered one of the greatest Dunk! gigs ever. So yes, why not Slowdive? They are back with a new album and haven't lost their touch. I've seen them on Rock Herk a few years ago and they still sound as magical as ever.
Come on. It's time. It's time for these Dutch progressive rock pioneers to climb their four stages on Dunk! festival. They have been making this kind of instrumental rock music for over twenty years. With the sound and light engineering Dunk! festival is known for, a concert by this quartet with be unforgettable for everybody. This website, Merchants Of Air, is named after one of their albums. It's time people. It's definitely time...
Perhaps it might surprise you that I throw in another extremely loud act, but if you can add Swans, you can definitely add Sunn O))). They too are legends, perhaps even more so than Swans or Earth. Of course, people might complain about it but people always will. I'm just sure that Sunn O))) would make an epic headliner.
Thanks to stunning concerts from The Void Of Expansion and Yodok III, Dirk Serries has opened the door for more jazz related experiments on Dunk! In that aspect, and because their resemblance to the Twin Peaks music, I think Radare would make an excellent addition. I have heard that they are working on a new album which should be a good reason to book these guys in the Stargazer and have it headlined by Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore or Dale Cooper, perhaps?
Last year, Telepathy blew me away with a breathtaking gig at Antwerp Music City. Their instrumental sludge metal is perfect for Dunk!. In fact, I was surprised that they weren't on the bill this year. Anyway, these guys are guaranteed highlights, I'm damn sure about that.
Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard
This year, Malämmar destroyed the forest with their crushing doom metal sounds. Well, Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard would make an excellent exorcist for the forest, especially with those vocals.
Another one in the category "It's about time", is Belgian solo act Stratosphere. I mean, We've seen Dirk Serries, CHVE, Syndrome, Ashtoreth, Monnik and Barst, all highly regarded acts in the Belgian scene. Stratosphere is still very active today, recently having finished a mini-tour with Ashtoreth, which was an excellent learning experience for the artist. So, it really is time to give him his place on the bill.
Post black metal, maybe not something everybody likes it but Deafheaven had been named a few times on Dunk 17. Perhaps they would indeed fit in there ànd bring a decent dose of blackened intensity to the whole thing. Bands like Alcest or Lantlôs also fit in that area, or maybe Belgium's own Drawn Into Descent?
This one may come as the biggest surprise of the entire list, but think about it. Orbital headlining on day two, turning the big blue tent into an atmospheric party zone for a few hours. There have been electronic acts on Dunk! festival before, so why not have one headline it. This surely is one I'd like to see. The Orb might also work
Master Musicians Of Bukkake
Psychedelic strangeness from a mesmerizing level and a weird but immersive live show, that is something I'd like to see on an open minded festival like Dunk! I'm sure that Master Musicians Of Bukkake will enchant a large part of the audience. Imagine this in the forest. What an experience that must be!
See, I easily managed to find ten non post-rock bands that would make great additions to this festival. I can add more too, Biosphere maybe, Converge or Monkey3. Or how about some strange folk with Wardruna? But in the end, of course, the good people at Dunk! always succeed in creating an awesome and diverse line-up, regardless of genres. I'm sure that they will come up with some musical delicacies for their next festival. It will be wonderful anyhow...
Wait, what? I know, that title sounds somewhat weird but there is a very good reason for this article. Professor Charlotte De Backer from the Antwerp University shared a remarkable tip to help you study. She claims that being somewhat depressed actually makes you absorb more and you will remember the subject matter a lot better. And perhaps, yes, think about all the things you remember from when you were sad and compare them to your happy memories. There might indeed be a difference. Anyway, we at Merchants Of Air know quite a lot about depressive music. Furthermore, we just want to help. So here are ten songs that will put your in that much needed negative mood.
Until Death Overtakes Me - Missing
For utter despair and depression, there is no need to start lightly and build up from there. No, you need to be as depressed as possible as soon as possible. Let's just dive deep into the funeral doom sound of this Belgian project. I couldn't find the long version, which lasts for 21 minutes but this one might give you a decent idea.
Bohren und der Club of Gore - Maximum Black
If distorted guitars and growling vocals are not your thing, try the dark jazz scene. For this, Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore is a perfect example. They slowly drag you into that perfect mood to study psychology or philosophy.
Das Ich - Gottes Tod
Because goths are the most depressed people on earth, they are better students. At least, according to this study tip. So yes, this angsty skin crawler by German act Das Ich deserves a spot in this playlist.
Nina Simone - Ne Me Quitte Pas (Jacques Brel)
Or how about this tearjerker by Jacques Brel, performed by jazz diva Nina Simone. With the life she has had, tears will definitely flow and fall on your books.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Weeping Song
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have always been a solid provider for downer songs, songs you can listen to and cry because of the sheer emotion they showcase.
Dead Can Dance - The Host of Seraphim
The musical magic between Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry has delivered plenty of emotional beauties but The Host Of Seraphim surely is a tune to listen to while laying in a fetal position and crying your eyes out.
My Dying Bride - The Cry of Mankind
English doom metal deities My Dying Bride have been synonymous with depressive music since the very beginning. It's no surprise that whole generations of adolescents carry this band in their hearts.
Anathema - One Last Goodbye
The nineties not-so-very-goth scene were a great era for emotional music with the previously mentioned My Dying Bride, Tiamat, The Gathering, Moonspell and this masterpiece by English band Anathema.
Mz.412 - NBS Act I Begravning
Of course we can't leave out the dark ambient and martial industrial scene. There are a lot of depressed people roaming in that strange and gloomy corner. You might not know, but this tune by act by Swedish musician Henrik Nordvargr Björkk truly is a classic.
Nortt - Af Døde
Obviously, there is such a thing as depressive black metal and in that Danish act Nortt is one of my favorites. Just listen to this beatdown track and you'll be sinking into a cesspool of misery before you realize it.
Nine Inch Nails - Hurt
This is probably one of the best known songs by Trent Reznor and his Nine Inch Nails project. It was also beautifully covered by Johnny Cash but for this list I prefer the original.
Slowdive - So Tired
Shoegaze legends Slowdive have always come up with beautiful emotional ballads and 'So Tired' is - in my opinion - one of the deepest, guaranteed to get that subject matter into your head.
Zack Hemsey - The Way
To represent the world of soundtracks I selected a deeply emotional piece by Zack Hemsey. This thing is a stunner. Composers like Hemsey know their way around their deepest emotions, which obviously improves their musical abilities.
Mozart - Requiem
Generations of students already know that classical music is one of the best to listen to while absorbing the boring subject matter. So we go with a masterpiece by one of the greatest ever, Mozart's 'Requiem'.
The Cure - The Same Deep Water As You
I could put the entire 'Disintegration' album in this playlist but that would not be fair to all the others. So I picked 'The Same Deep Water As You' to close this list. Of course, 'Disintegration' is an absolute masterpiece and this tune will make those tears flow...
The Firm - Star Trekkin'
I know, Trekkies and Star Wars Fans haven't always been seeing eye to eye but you can't not love this golden oldie by The Firm and its amazing clay animation video.
David Bowie - Space Oddity
It's David Bowie, it's a classic, it certainly deserves a spot on this list, don't you think?
The Prodigy - Out Of Space
Of course, the dance industry have also thrown their fair share of space influenced tunes into the world, like this massive hit by The Prodigy.
Rush - Cygnus X 1
This anthem by progressive master minds Rush will takes you on a journey towards a black hole. You have been warned...
Ozric Tentacles - Spirals In Hyperspace
Another delightfully trippy space rock tune by psychedelic geniuses Ozric Tentacles.
Hawkwind - Space Is Deep
Well, that's true, there's no denying that. Enjoy this groovy and immersive anthem by the original masters of space rock.
IIVII - Black Galaxy
This space ambient project by founding member of Red Sparowes and Battle of Mice, Josh Graham is an absolute must for everyone who love to dwell in the darkest regions of outer space.
Ashra - Midnight On Mars
This beauty by krautrock legends Ashra will gladly guide you along the planets and stars, just close your eyes and imagine your beautiful trip.
Kraftwerk - Spacelab
On the somewhat more electronic side of the musical universe we find this massive hit by Germany's electro pioneers Kraftwerk.
Space Fisters - Fist Spaceship
Right, back to guitars and now we're dealing with something spacey, fuzzy and naughty, courtesy of stoner rockers Space Fisters.
The Kovenant - Bizarre Cosmic Industries
The world of black metal also knows a thing or two about the cosmic infinity that surrounds us, just ask epic industrial black metal act The Kovenant.
Farflung - Unborn Planet
Some more fuzzed out goodness, this time for the amazing Farflung. Space rock at its finest, and perfectly capable of getting you out there.
Black Sabbath - Supernaut
Of course, Black Sabbath's supernaut has to be on this list. Without them, some of the other bands might never have existed...
Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
Here you go, some hip hop fun with undoubtedly one of the best acts that this scene has even seen.
Monty Python - Universe Song
Hey, look, a whole list of space songs without mentioning 'The Final Countdown' or 'Spaceman', isn't that nice. Let's end with this piece of educational genius by comedy masterminds Monty Python.