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Ryan B.’s 25 Most Influential Albums (in haiku)

Posted in The Learned Man's Take with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Monday, March 30, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Ryan's Most Influential Albums

Finally, we are at the end of March, and the time has come for me to put the closing bell on the Mind Inversion tribute to the recently popular Facebook meme on your most influential albums. I’ll have you know that, like most lists I make, the albums for this list were brainstormed rather quickly, and I think that’s a good thing. If an album were actually as influential as I thought, their importance should be fairly easy for me to recall. Truthfully, I’ve never really become too embarrassed about any album that I own; sure, I may have made some questionable choices in my youngest years, but somehow I’ve always seemed to have a remarkably good bullshit detector when it comes to music. What follows is a journey through the albums that had the biggest impact on forming my tastes and such over the years. If you really love the music I post about, read on for a brief reverse-chronological (moreorless) recounting of my most influential albums. For better or worse, I’ve written them out as haikus for your enjoyment!

25. Nachtmystium, Assassins: Black Meddle, Part I

Sick, twisted, subtle
Black metal psychedelia
With soul of Pink Floyd

24. Deerhunter, Cryptograms

Melodies so sweet
And a massive wall of noise!
A new Sonic Youth?

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Mind Inversion’s Sound Immersion 03/09 (Vol. 2)

Posted in Mind Inversion Exclusive, Sound Immersion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on Thursday, March 12, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Mind Inversion, Sound Immersion 03/09 (Vol. 2)

Ah yes, my friends, the day is here where we officially christen our Sound Immersion various artists compilation as a monthly feature here on the site. My fellow posters and myself are starting to anticipate these releases greatly, mainly because it’s an easy way to talk about the music we’re listening to without necessarily shoving it down each others throats. We hope you all enjoy the songs that we’re bringing straight to your computer, iPod and stereo speakers each month, as well. From our point of view, these comps are likely to be the most diverse and reliable mixes your bound to get your hands around; music to focus your mind and let the muscles groove loose to the flow.

Last month, our posters introduced themselves with a debut compilation of the most recent modern sounds they’ve been loving; this month we’re continuing our a journey through our collective pasts. On Sound Immersion 03/09 (Vol 2.), we’ve decided to cop the popular Facebook meme and assemble a biographical mix of the two songs that we each consider to be the most influential or important in our life. Some of the contributors looked to the music that defines their modern taste while others selected the songs that signaled a clear turning point in their music listening life when we first heard them. Either way you consider the question, this wound up as a collection of some of the most important songs in our lives. A few of us have chosen to comment on why we decided to include these songs for our “most influential” mix, and others chose to let their song selection speak for itself. Here’s our playlist:

01. Mogwai – “Summer” (contributed by Eddie)
02. Bassnectar – “Zealots Slow Down (Remix)”
(contributed by Nick B.)
03. Black Star – “Hater Players”
(contributed by Tim)
04. Burning Spear – “Resistance”
(contributed by Nick H.)
05. Jens Lekman – “Maple Leaves (7” version)” (contributed by Erik)
06. Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Things Goin’ On (original version)”
(contributed by Ryan)
07. Super Furry Animals – “Juxtaposed With A U” (contributed by Dan).
08. Black Moth Super Rainbow – “Rollerdisco” (contributed by Eddie)
09. Varano– “Universal Rhythm” (contributed by Nick B.)

10. Jedi Mind Tricks – “I Against I” (contributed by Tim)
11. Soulfly – “The Song Remains Insane” (contributed by Ryan)
12. Ruby Suns – “Palmitos Park” (contributed by Erik)
13. Gravediggaz – “Zig Zag Chamber” (contributed by Nick H.)
14. The Mars Volta – “Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)” (contributed by Dan)

The ZIP download of this amazing mix and our thoughts about our choices are waiting for you behind this next link. All that you have to do is click “read more”… Continue reading

Concert Photo Recap: Soulfly’s Conquer Tour @ the Rock

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags , , , on Friday, December 12, 2008 by Ryan Buege


Max Cavalera and my great friends in Soulfly played the Rock in Maplewood, MN just before Thanksgiving! Luckily for you, we’ve got a half-assed photo gallery if you were stupid enough not to attend.

Soulfly – infused this time by equal parts Cavalera, Rizzo, Burns, and Nunez – are back at the top of their game, and they seem to be provoking some of the most enthusiastic crowd responses and deadly pits (not to mention sold out shows) that I’ve ever seen from them. Fuck it – even the mosh at Behemoth or Dying Fetus last year couldn’t have matched the intensity that I saw in the circle during the Soulfly set.

Throughout the night, I was busy hanging with my cousin Krista and partying with the rest of the band backstage, and as a result I only got performance photos from Soulfly, Incite and Devastation. (And unfortunately I missed the performance from my drinking buddies in Bleed the Sky). The weed treats alone would have made it a night to remember; many other encounters throughout the night made it unforgettable. Thanks again to Max, Gloria, and the entire Soulfly tribe!

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Devastation is still a band, for now

Posted in Music News with tags , , , on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 by Ryan Buege

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Despite what recent Blabbermouth reports and the band’s website would lead you to believe, revitalized Texas thrashers Devastation are still touring together. In fact, they made a stop here in Maplewood at the Rock with Soulfly on Saturday, November 22nd, and they blasted out classics from their albums Violent Termination, Signs of Life, and Idolatry.

Apparently Richie Dunsmore and Alex Dominguez stranded the rest of the band without a van or trailer, but Henry Elizondo, Walter Trachsler, and and Fidel Tagle are continuing on as a trio until the tour is finished  –  Elizondo and Walter are trading off on vocals for the rest of the tour (with occasional help from Incite and inebriated members of Bleed The Sky). We’ll see if the three-piece lineup continues on for long, but I personally hope they do. Despite the fact that no one expected them to even play that night (and they were missing two key members), they immediately made the large venue feel small and alive with their lovable egos and mindbending shred of mid-80s thrash. The unsuspecting audience was headbanging and circle pitting from the word “GO”! I’ll cross my fingers to hopefully seeing them again in some incarnation..

Anyway, here’s a photo as proof of their existence!

Eugene Hütz and Max Cavalera plan a meeting of the minds

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , , , on Thursday, October 9, 2008 by Ryan Buege

Two of modern rock and metal’s most creative and ambititious frontmen, Eugene Hütz from Gogol Bordello and Max Cavalera from Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy/ex-Sepultura, have announced to Brazillian press that they are planning a future collaboration! In a O Globo magazine interview with Hütz, he stated “doing something as friends is easy, organizing something is much more difficult — and in any case, everyone is my friend!” when he was asked about his plans for future collaborations. He then went on to say that the Cavalera collaboration had already been discussed and is pretty much certain at this point.

Personally, this is an announcement coming from left-field, but I welcome it with my arms open as wide as they’ll stretch! It has been an extremely busy year for Cavalera – with his new Cavalera Conspiracy project with his brother Iggor having released their debut Inflikted in March and Soulfly releasing their most recent full-length Conquer only 3 months ago. With a project with Eugene Hütz to look forward to now as well, there is no reason to long for Cavalera to return to Sepultura like there might have been 5 or 10 years ago. Both Hütz and Cavalera could arguably be considered the most charasmatic and unique band leaders in their corner of music. And while Soulfly has been busy infusing their blend of groove metal and thrash with elements of world music, dub, and reggae, Gogol Bordello executed a brand of Punk rock that wears their Gypsy/East European heritage on their sleeve. When you consider that Soulfly even recorded with Gypsys in Serbia on two of their last 3 albums, it becomes clear that these guys are on the same page. This is going to be one to look forward to!

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