Friday, 17 February 2012

Thank Lucifer It's Friday

It's Friday here at Bassington Manor, and Lord Bassington-Bassington is shaking his ears to the sound of King Dude's latest record.

And it perfectly complements the somewhat Luciferian vibe the manor has been grooving to lately.

Sing along, everybody!


  1. More like "Death in Dude".

  2. Haha! That made me laugh so hard, I sprayed biscuit crumbs on the keyboard...

  3. Yes, I like it Dougie style!

    Damn, I'll have to wash my mouth out with soap now.

    * Bad doggie! *

  4. Indeed it is, my dear Dillettante. I guess you're also familiar with Cult of Youth?

  5. Yes, I had the chance to see them live (as the first part of a show by Zola Jesus). Unfortunately their show was very short. It's not often we have neofolk shows in Montreal so I was thrilled. Nothing like your Café Grossenwahn here :)

  6. By the way, (Im probably opening a can of worms here) I think neofolk is in such a sad state today, partly because it has alienated some part of the public with its usual shock tactics. Its been working for some time... but people get tired of this...

    Fortunately there are people with more imagination who try to keep the flame alive.

  7. My dear Dilettante, I agree that neofolk needs a solid kick in the balls, and the only bands I bother writing (or dictating, rather) about on this blog are the bands I see as exceptions. Such as King Dude, whom I think adds a sort of punky fun to the well-worn neofolk formula.

    "Shocking" is the new "boring". Since last July, I've have very little time for people in home-made uniforms mumbling about some mythical Europe. The same seems to go for others living in Norway. This, I'll freely admit, is one of the reasons why the Café Grössenwahn no longer exists. What was campy fun last June is much less enjoyable today.

    The way forward for neofolk is, the way I see it, decency, dandyism and decadence. And Basset hounds, of course. But then Basset hounds are the way forward for everything!

  8. I have no problem with the occasional martial theme. I must admit that's what attracted me to neofolk in the beginning, and I'm definitely not a facist. For me it's more like a morbid fascination with a frightening subject.

    The problem is that, with time, shock tactics attracts a lot of negative press and shady individuals. Ambiguity and blurred messages attracts curious people like me only for some time.

    I think we have had enough of Death in June clones. It's such an easy formula and it does not require a lot of talent to play three chords in an uniform. I know it, because Im not a musician, I bought myself an acoustic guitar and learned most of the DIJ songs in a few weeks.

  9. I might have a higher tolerance for DiJ clones, but then I think the best neofolk bands are those that make the formula their own.

    I think the simplicity of the music is part of the charm, actually. That's where you see the legacy of punk. I also of course enjoy more advanced music played by people who actually can play, as I have a huge collection of classical music (and every conceivable genre under the sun, I'm very fond of soul music for example).

  10. With the simplicity I definitely agree with you.

    I think I wasn't very clear in my last message.

    What I meant is "bad" Death in June clones (I'm not going to give names but I know a few).

    There are some great clones of Death in June made by good musicians that make the idea their own (of the Wand and the Moon, Rome).