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Friday, September 06, 2019

The Hu unplugged

It turns out metal doesn't require distorted guitars or electricity. And given where they are playing, the lyrics could hardly be more appropriate.

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Blogger Laramie Hirsch September 06, 2019 9:44 AM  

So damn awesome VD found the Mongolian rabbit hole.

Blogger Brick Hardslab September 06, 2019 9:45 AM  

First time I heard these guys I was overcome by the urge to gallop across the steppe with an eagle on my saddle-bow.

Blogger Dave Dave September 06, 2019 9:46 AM  

Acoustic music has a different feel to it than electric music. Yes, with concerts you can feel the soundwaves from the speakers vibrating in your body, but there's a lot of complexity that you can't capture with speakers. When it's all acoustic, there's skill in keeping the right balance between the instruments. The HU crushes. They make me excited for the next Mongol invasion.

Blogger Dave Dave September 06, 2019 9:49 AM  

The HU releases their first album in a few days. Support what you like or it gathers tens of thousands of men and raids the shit out of your lands.

Blogger Jab Burrwalky September 06, 2019 9:52 AM  

Its telling how vacant and vapid our arts are when you resonate with the sound and message of a foreign artist far more deeply than any artists from my own homeland.

Blogger Doug Cranmer September 06, 2019 9:54 AM  

I sent some Hu and Baby Metal links to an older Boomer friend of mine who loves 60s and 70s folk.

Her reply was:

"Interesting concept but not to my taste.
Doug... did you truly enjoy those?"

Blogger Shimshon September 06, 2019 9:56 AM  

Brick Hardslab wrote:First time I heard these guys I was overcome by the urge to gallop across the steppe with an eagle on my saddle-bow.

While shooting arrows in three different paths, striking three kills, with one draw.

Make the Mongolian Horde Great Again.

Blogger Daniel September 06, 2019 10:09 AM  

Doug, I'm laughing at your quote because I know you didn't make it up. Only a True Boomer can play her hand like that.

Ask her if she truly enjoyed Peter Paul and Mary or is it just because they were such tone-deaf amateurs that any old hippie could sing along.

Blogger binks webelf September 06, 2019 10:11 AM  

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Blogger binks webelf September 06, 2019 10:12 AM  

Love it.. acoustic vs. electric is a very subtle mix of elements, and still sounds awesome with the traditional instruments. Still Hu-per duper.

Blogger Dave Dave September 06, 2019 10:14 AM  

@6. A classic response. I have a very difficult time sharing my musical interests with people. From Bach, to Beethoven, to Babymetal. I've had moderate success sharing around The HU, however, because the Mongolian novelty is a lot more palatable than young Japanese girls doing cute idol dances to metal played by a band of ghosts.
You should ask that cranky woman what has come out in the past 5 years that she likes, then make fun of her for being just like her parents when she says she doesn't know anything.

Blogger Nate September 06, 2019 10:22 AM  

Politics follows culture. What people miss is that the culture has been shifting toward nationalism for a long long time. these things move slow.. until they don't. So while we all think of Nationalism as appearing in 2015... in reality it had started creeping in as back as 2004. After all... look at Rammstein's Amerika. What is that if not a german nationalist song?

The Hu are a mongol nationalist band and the world loves them for it.

Art leads the way. This is always the case.

Blogger Doug Cranmer September 06, 2019 10:23 AM  

@Daniel
"Ask her if she truly enjoyed Peter Paul and Mary ..."

I got to hear how great Buffy Sainte-Marrie was from a couple of weekends ago. At Whistler BC. Boomer heaven.

Blogger Tobias September 06, 2019 10:26 AM  

I first heard of The HU on Nate´s blog. Been a fan ever since. I thought I would never be able to see them live, because I´m german, and I figured, they wouldn´t tour the country any time soon, but luckily I´m currently visiting my in-laws in Virginia, so I was able to get tickets for me and my better half for the DC show on Sep. 26. We´re both quite excited.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia September 06, 2019 10:36 AM  

Doug Cranmer wrote:I sent some Hu and Baby Metal links to an older Boomer friend of mine who loves 60s and 70s folk.

Her reply was:

"Interesting concept but not to my taste.
Doug... did you truly enjoy those?"


However, Ringo is a better drummer than the Hu's percussionist.

Blogger peacefulposter September 06, 2019 10:36 AM  

A@12 - Art leads the way

Especially comics.

Blogger Damelon Brinn September 06, 2019 10:38 AM  

Art leads the way. This is always the case.

Yes. As great as this is, it makes me crave American anthems of the sort. Maybe they exist and I just don't know about them yet; but when we have those, we'll know American nationalism is really rising.

Blogger Nate September 06, 2019 10:52 AM  

"I first heard of The HU on Nate´s blog."

in before the "wait Nate has a blog" jokes...

Blogger Dave Dave September 06, 2019 10:55 AM  

@17. Nationalist music for America would be challenging. I imagine there's lots of "patriotic" music which focuses on completely the wrong things, like whites and blacks being friends, or the magic dirt. You've been subverted for so long that false ideology is confused for nationalism.
It's very easy finding nationalist German music because there's over a hundred years worth.
Australian "patriotic" music is almost as bad as America's because it romanticises the aboriginals and sings about how "everyone can be an Australian". Waltzing Matilda is a classic that captures the spirit of the settlers, but I can't think of any others like that. It's over 100 years old and the only nationalist music that will come from this country will be Chinese.

Blogger Nate September 06, 2019 10:57 AM  

Oh there's plenty of nationalist American music. At least rural American nationalist music

Blogger P Glenrothes September 06, 2019 11:01 AM  

The drums were too loud.

Blogger Noah B. September 06, 2019 11:02 AM  

"Nationalist music for America would be challenging."

Copperhead Road is a good one.

Blogger Damelon Brinn September 06, 2019 11:07 AM  

@22, Yeah, that's a good one. I like Kid Rock's "Po-Dunk" too, but those don't strike me as chant-as-you-march-into-battle anthems the way "Wolf Totem" does. I guess I'm thinking of something more martial.

Blogger spinoza September 06, 2019 11:10 AM  

sure sounds a lot like personal Jesus by depech mode. Acoustic acts are the best and it’s nice to hear a quartet with a slow and steady drummer. Love the inquisitively real lyrics. Hello from America!

Blogger Nate September 06, 2019 11:12 AM  

Metallica. Don't Tread on Me

Blogger Stilicho September 06, 2019 11:13 AM  

OT: link at AC's blog shows Epstein butler tried to sell Epstein's little black book to FBI in 2009, was arrested and imprisoned for it. Which means FBI has had this info for at least 10 years and has done nothing about it. Not even fake investigations designed to "exonerate" Epstein's "clients".

Blogger Sam Spade September 06, 2019 11:19 AM  

A lot of music posts lately, is Psykosonik coming back?

Blogger Noah B. September 06, 2019 11:21 AM  

Ilk Rave ftw.

Blogger Dave Dave September 06, 2019 11:24 AM  

The logistics of a Psykosonik reunion would be a nightmare, let alone everyone finding the time to do it.

Blogger Nate September 06, 2019 11:26 AM  

"The logistics of a Psykosonik reunion would be a nightmare, let alone everyone finding the time to do it. "

its 2019. you don't need to actually be together to record together.

Blogger Warunicorn September 06, 2019 11:28 AM  

That was really nice!

It reminds me so much of the music that came out of Europe during the Renaissance. (If anyone has Spotify, search for "Piffaro". Specifically, the Italian and French Renaissance albums. And if you're looking for something a little more rabble-rousing: Dufay's "Ecclesie Militantis performed by Pomerium off of their "Virgin and the Temple" album.)

Blogger Dave Dave September 06, 2019 11:29 AM  

I think Vox is just really pumped about the Rebel's Run soundtrack coming along. I'll take any excuse for more music discussion.

Blogger artensoll September 06, 2019 11:34 AM  

Excited for the album release, I've ordered on CD. First new music I've bought in a looong time. Thanks Vox for the recent introduction.

Blogger Nate September 06, 2019 11:36 AM  

wait whats a cd?

Blogger spinoza September 06, 2019 11:40 AM  

@34 The Mongolian interest rates are through the roof man your loss jk no really owning a physical media product is the best way to avoid copyright violations for vloggers.

Blogger Jeff September 06, 2019 11:43 AM  

Sounds Scottish

Blogger Dave Dave September 06, 2019 11:46 AM  

I still like CDs because you can take them on a car trip and not have to put up with the radio. I avoid Spotify because I don't enjoy funding Lovecraftian horrors.

Blogger Revelation Means Hope September 06, 2019 11:53 AM  

Was checking out their bows. Nicely made. Wonder what hair was used?

Heh. If you know strings, you know the best strings for bows are Mongolian horse hairs.

So they have access to the very very best.

Blogger Avalanche September 06, 2019 12:00 PM  

Rubble cemented. (Well, signed and returned.)

Blogger spinoza September 06, 2019 12:01 PM  

Dave my truck has a 5 disc changer with burn the priest original album, a Jesus folk cd from a late friend, Louis Armstrong, melvins bullhead, and a new split cd of Mediterranean punk, karpatos/ la fe. cds are limitied so the discs are more valuable and I only switch the last one. CDs are nice, my music collection is on vinyl however.

Blogger artensoll September 06, 2019 12:07 PM  

Their album is available on vinyl. I feel a lot better about sticking with CDs though, thanks lads. I thought it was just me.

Blogger Longtime Lurker September 06, 2019 12:09 PM  

Time to overrun the Eurasian land mass. Again.

Blogger Latigo3 September 06, 2019 12:11 PM  

These guys are great

Blogger spinoza September 06, 2019 12:12 PM  

Speaking of metal, it would be nice to hear a lamb of god acoustic album to make up for their pathetic btp relaunch

Blogger Dave Dave September 06, 2019 12:14 PM  

Vinyl feels too hipster for me. I'm too young to be from the vinyl era and I have too much dignity to give in yet. Perhaps when I have a family I'll invest in it because it would get more use.

Blogger Latigo3 September 06, 2019 12:15 PM  

One of the things that is great about them is that they are men singing like men, not men singing like a bunch of pansies

Blogger matism September 06, 2019 12:18 PM  

As long as it is the Mongolian horde, Shimson. And not the Hun. We already have too much Schwartz György sewage in the world.

Blogger Dave Dave September 06, 2019 12:19 PM  

I have family that's a sound guy. Whenever those men sing with falsetto or with an uncanny tone, he hears it as an error and wonders what has gone wrong.

Blogger spinoza September 06, 2019 12:20 PM  

Here are the rhetorically potent lyrics with the melody of the horde answering back;
Why is it difficult to rise up our nation up? How strange, how strange
Hey you traitor! Kneel down
Hey, Prophecies be declared!
Why it’s so hard to cherish the Ancestors' inherited land? How strange, how strange
Why priceless edifications of elders turning to ashes? How strange, how strange
With the future of eternal prosperity, The Wolf totemed Mongols have the blessings of Heaven
Born with undeniable fate to gather nations, the Lord Chinggis declares his name on earth. Would come back, Will come back

Blogger spinoza September 06, 2019 12:33 PM  

Dave You are only limiting yourself by defining your existence and choices by terms propegated by the media but by all means embrace minimalism by collecting small easily destructible files. I have a prediction that one day boomers will spend their amassed fortunes on my vinyl investments hopefully after all digital music is destroyed.
By the way I am indeed the antichrist, one of only a few left alive.

Blogger Sterling Pilgrim September 06, 2019 12:37 PM  

If anyone feels like a little Germanic Barbarian/ Berserker diddy, here you go: https://youtu.be/QRg_8NNPTD8

Blogger Ingemar September 06, 2019 1:20 PM  

We have the Mongols to thank for bowed string instruments.

Blogger Robin September 06, 2019 1:46 PM  

Me too. When I heard Yuve Yuve Yu for the first time, I wanted to conquer all of Asia 😆

Blogger Troy Lee Messer September 06, 2019 2:06 PM  

/wait whats a cd?

Time to give up on those wax cylinders, Nate.

Blogger Brett baker September 06, 2019 4:01 PM  

+1

Blogger NewTunesForOldLogos September 06, 2019 5:28 PM  

American nationalist music: likely to contain fiddles and banjos, and a twang.
https://youtu.be/QYsp6fUyhaw

Blogger ZhukovG September 06, 2019 5:48 PM  

To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women!

Blogger ZhukovG September 06, 2019 5:51 PM  

Just watched the "Wolf Totem" video....

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( racist, sexist, homophobic, bigoted honkies made Hindus stop burning their wives, WhiteManBad ) September 06, 2019 6:57 PM  

12. Nate September 06, 2019 10:22 AM
After all... look at Rammstein's Amerika. What is that if not a german nationalist song?


wat?

Rammstein is as internationalist lib-Marx as it gets.

the fact that lib-Marxists make songs about how much they can't stand the hegemony of the Bourgeoisie USA is in no way their endorsement of "nationalism".

Blogger maniacprovost September 06, 2019 7:21 PM  

"Nationalist music for America would be challenging."

'Material Girl'

Blogger Mast Abeam September 06, 2019 8:24 PM  

Hi Vox,
Just convinced my wife to see The Hu in Ft
Lauderdale. She shows me that they will play the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. When we were in high school,some good bands played there. Ever been? I'm sending to those friends.
Still looking for the invite to the wine weekend.

Blogger Tim Gilley September 06, 2019 8:48 PM  

I'm a boomer and I enjoyed it, but then I'm not typical. How many boomers read VD?

Blogger Sterling Pilgrim September 06, 2019 9:35 PM  

As forces beyond my control would have it, I had a suggested video appear of Norm MacDonald joking about the beatles... pretty funny
https://youtu.be/ccB3_BfWCiE

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( racist, sexist, homophobic, bigoted honkies made Hindus stop burning their wives, WhiteManBad ) September 06, 2019 11:37 PM  

as a direct example of my point:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeQM1c-XCDc

explain why this "German Nationalism" chooses a Negro woman as their representation of Deutschland.

a pregnant Negro. who beheads Lindemann.

i really don't think that any of the band are going to admit to anything other than robust endorsement of unlimited African immigration.

Blogger mrpinks September 07, 2019 1:23 AM  

They are great, I want to hear them play Thunderstruck by ACDC now!

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( honkeys are not human so it's okay to hate them, WhiteManBad ) September 07, 2019 1:30 AM  

Voodoo Child

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWhaxH03Xok

Blogger PG September 07, 2019 3:12 AM  

Their music sounds Scottish, but the pipes are missing. I'm not familiar with Mongolian music, so they could have a sound that's similar, and pipes aren't exclusive to Scotland by any means.

My ears genuinely like this music, but my DNA says I must not.

Blogger PG September 07, 2019 4:24 AM  

There's a bunch on kids (Maori apparently, although they look whiter than Ed Sheeran), in NZ who have a Maori Metal band called Alien Weaponry. They sing in the Maori language accompanied by footage of crazy looking Maori (probably their family), with face and butt tats (Ta Moko), running through the local jungle with spears, muskets, and large Jade head bonking clubs (Mere). The songs are historical colonial and tribal war stories mixed with traditional legend/voodoo.

They're actually pretty good for zoomers. I think they toured Europe last year, first time overseas, bless. They could be unique, unless there is a Hawaiian metal band, as they share a similar language and mythology.

The best thing is that I understand the language, who knows what those Mongolians are preaching.

Blogger Meanoldbasterd September 07, 2019 6:35 AM  

WRONG! what is good in life?
To crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women!

Blogger rumpole5 September 07, 2019 9:22 AM  

Listened to the whole thing. Rather repetitive but it did project a certain primitive youthful equestrian energy. However, In my humble opinion These guys are still eclipsed by the Baroque and Classical Western musical dead white guys, and, for that matter even by the dead and soon to be dead white (and black) guys (and gals) who produced Fun, fun, till daddy takes the T-bird away, I am a Rock, Heard it through the grapevine, Respect, Mustang Sally, Can't get no Satisfaction, Get off of my Cloud, and, yes... When I'm 65. They also are eclipsed by Scott Joplin, Louie Armstrong, and the American big band greats.

Blogger Gregory the Great September 07, 2019 9:53 AM  

Can we agree that Ringo was a very good metronome, but like all good metronomes he sucked at playing the drums.

Blogger Great White September 07, 2019 9:55 AM  

Anyone pining about lacking good Western themed music needs to explore Iron Maiden and Sabaton.

Those lead you to folk metal, which is a whole other collection of greatness.

Blogger Brick Hardslab September 07, 2019 9:56 AM  

I would be interested in hearing their cover of AC/DC anything would be cool but best would be Highway to hell

Blogger sammibandit September 07, 2019 10:56 AM  

Be Deutsch by Rammstein has to be their most cancerous track. It's directed by a leftist comedian. When it dropped my Austrian historian friend was on a tear for a couple days. He was very angry.

It's like they took the Noble Prussian Virtues and inverted them. It has a refrain with a little girl lip syncing terrible curses.

Blogger artensoll September 07, 2019 11:05 AM  

@67 PG

Here's your bagpipes. They're Latvian, not Scottish but who can tell the difference?

https://youtu.be/vztRqe_CHC0

Blogger maniacprovost September 07, 2019 11:30 AM  

I would have to rank the Hu above a lot of those Boomer classics, but not necessarily The Beatles.

Their music definitely hits a sweet spot where a lot of audiences will enjoy it, but most people simply will not listen to incomprehensible lyrics in another language; they prefer incomprehensible lyrics in their own language.

Blogger rumpole5 September 07, 2019 1:09 PM  

Also listened to the Thunderstruck video by ACDC. The guitarwork was superb, much better than what was common in the 60s stuff, and the song itself evoked the young Gen X zeitgeist, but classic music should also communicate some timeless aspect of the human condition and/or of transcendent values. For all it's shallow qualities, the 60s songs I named naybe communicated more of that. That's why some movie lines stick in your memory, and pop into thought in situations. like Casablanca's "I'm shocked, SHOCKED!" and "We'll always have Paris", and "Louie, this could be the start of a beautiful relationship". Likewise, Gone with the wind: "Miss Scarlet, you done had a baby. You ain't never going to be no 16 inches ever again."and "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn". Only the tiny best of any era's pop stuff makes it into the timeless "reading list of St. John's College" stage. Most Boomer (and Gen X) stuff won't. Richard Faurant, William Byrd, Glenn Miller, Billie Holiday, Louie Armstrong, will always have an audience. Maybe Gladys Knight and the Pips and ACDC will join their ranks too. Too soon to tell.

Blogger rumpole5 September 07, 2019 1:18 PM  

Wow! Now THAT'S real diversity! The common thread is that they are all herding folks with no lactose intolerence on the move to kick some sun drenched Mediterranean ass.

Blogger MendoScot September 07, 2019 2:17 PM  

Jeff wrote:Sounds Scottish

If you go back to mouth music, yes.

Modern Scots have lost the bass apart from the drums. Imagine this redone with "damn the English, let's get stuck in" in basso profondo.

Blogger P Glenrothes September 07, 2019 4:04 PM  

Highly recommend listening to E. Power Biggs version of Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor at the highest volume on your best sound system.

Blogger Nate September 07, 2019 7:21 PM  

you're defending the beatles. here? have you lost your damn mind?

do not gay here. not gay area.

Blogger maniacprovost September 07, 2019 9:54 PM  

All I'm saying is "The Mongolian Invasion" does not sound nearly as pleasant as "The British Invasion."

Can you realllly argue that "Yuve Yuve Yu" has the compositional complexity and emotional range of "Octopus's Garden?"

Blogger rumpole5 September 07, 2019 10:23 PM  

Re: "defending the beatles" Most of their stuff is probably destined for total oblivion in 20 or so years, but "When I'm 65" does seem to address a subject common to the human condition. I can't think of another pop song that plugs that partcular gap. Even a blind and smell impaired hog will root up a truffle every once in a while.

Blogger Psychicpony Bear September 08, 2019 6:48 AM  

This is beautiful

Blogger Rhology September 09, 2019 8:53 AM  

Sounds cool, and yet it is sadly another angle of the spirit of Antichrist, human societies setting themselves up against the lordship of Jesus Christ.

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