I'm currently listening to Konntinent - New Neo Tokyo_From the Beach, odaiba Bay. [[http://open.spotify.com/track/1HMkXBSHXtpMYUzEpM5Vwr|Check it out on Spotify]]
@Paul Totally raw psychedelia…
Yeah, they were total acid heads.
But macho too, had to be the loudest, pushing the technology.
I guess blue cheer led to heavy metal, sunshine to prog rock.
Getting this album led me to pull out and play some examples of that other, mellow psychedelia— "philosophical" lyrics, folk/choirboy vocal harmonies, ethereal organs, eclectic instruments &c. Saucerful of Secrets is the ultimate trip track in that genre, IMO. But listening to HP Lovecraft II, my, how silly it sounds! XTC spoofed it as The Dukes of Stratosphear in the '80s. It's 25 o'clock, man!
Max Richter's Infra 5
some folks might call these recordings "ambient", but the instrumentation is
more interesting than the usual electronic wallpaper, and song structures
merge with environmental drones. helps me when the pressure is on.
stars of the lid - avec laudenum
autechre - quaristice
alva noto + ryuichi sakamoto - vrioon
fennesz + sakamoto - cendre
phill niblock - guitar too for four
"The Specials", and now I feel like dancing and getting away from the computer! :)
Selecions from the massive archive of BBC Radio 4's In Our Time programme.
I'm listening to Kate & Anne McGarrigle at the moment.
The Yule greetings on RUV1.
Dwight Yoakam ...all.
Achim Reichel "Volxlieder".
German Folk songs.
„Ich bin ein Preuße, kennt Ihr meine Farben...“
Quadibloc, fascinating to see Laila Kinnunen, Pirkko Mannola and Brita Koivunen on your list. Have they ever recorded in English? Or do just enjoy the beautiful sound of Finnish?
Depends on my mood: It goes from Finntroll to Jamiroquai to Edvard Krieg :-)
Me too, James. I love pandora!
Breakin' Dishes!!! ... again
Texan Love Song - Elton John
How dare you sit there and drink all our beer
Oh it's made for us workers who sweat spit and swear
The minds of our daughters are poisoned by you
With your communistic politics and them negro blues
Nope, I don't like "Everything that happens ..." at all. Its spirituality sounds forced and not felt, and I hear none of that detached, highly intelligent cheekiness which made "My life ..." what it is. And where's Eno? I hardly hear him at all.
I hear you on the annoying qualities of Portishead, I don't listen much to them anymore. But in several ways, the "Dummy" album had a (quite unexpected) life-changing effect on me back in the mid-nineties, and that's worth a lot.
Do you know My Bloody Valentine? I missed them back then (as everyone else did), and discovered their unique kind of music only a few years ago. I'd say they're the only truly innovative band of the nineties.
How about Prince, stage-side, private VIP table, 10 feet away, for 3 hours, last Wednesday?
Her Texas accent is so pronounced she sounds Australian.
I have seen Biosphere's mp3 page, never bothered to download anything though, but I will now.
The only track of Hecq that I know is The Glow, on the Emerging Organisms compilation. I will definitely give Night Falls a listen.
Anyway, I'm currently listening to Oval - O. Almost two hours of glitchy guitar-like stuff, split into 70 tracks.
btw, you've probably heard Vletrmx21 already, haven't you? It's one of Ae's greatest tracks imho.
Slayer, to keep up the pace.
German folksongs in a Rock interpretation.
Haydn, this record!http://www.heidelberger-sinfoniker.de/das_orchester/cd_einspielungen/uns...
This one goes out to Jared for doing such a fine hob throwing down the hammer on all that spam.
(theres a few swears in this one ;)
((have I mentioned that I saw Prince live while seated at the #1 private stage-side VIP table?))
Figure 1: Photograph courtesy of 5star.
WARNING : hear this once and neither song will ever be the same again.
@mili:Quadibloc, fascinating to see Laila Kinnunen, Pirkko Mannola and Brita Koivunen on your list. Have they ever recorded in English? Or do just enjoy the beautiful sound of Finnish?
Actually, at least some of them have recorded a few items in English.
The reason I had even heard of them is because, since YouTube has reached an agreement with the music companies, I had been searching YouTube to listen to interesting items there.
So, first I searched for versions of Lesley Gore's hit song "You Don't Own Me" sung in other languages. In this way, I discovered Dalida, who sang the Italian version, "Va Tu Sei Libero".
Then I looked at some of her other songs, and found that she sang the novelty song "Itsy-Bitsy Teenie-Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" in a French version, "Un Tout Petit Bikini". I then went searching to discover how many other languages this song had turned up in.
At least this is one version of the story. Also, in searching for other versions of songs that Nana Mouskouri had sung, particularly her early material written by Manos Hadjidakis, I found one song by Hadjidakis that apparently she had not recorded. (Actually, she had done so, but only in a French version: "C'est Joli la Mer".)
I had not remembered that Brenda Lee's hit song, "All Alone Am I" was a modified version (an instrumental bridge became the chorus/refrain, the chorus/refrain became the ordinary part of the song, the ordinary part of the song was dropped) of one of Hadjidakis earliest songs, made famous in a movie about World War II.
Perhaps to the Greeks it is as strongly identified with Jenny Karezi and the movie, the way "As Time Goes By" is with Casablanca to English speakers, that Nana Mouskouri saw no need to sing "Min Ton Rotas Ton Ourano" in Greek. Later on, Anna Vissi would sing it.
In any event, my investigations into that song led me to other Greek artists, such as Vicky Leandros, and thus to the Eurovision Song Contest. So I might have encountered Dalida through that route instead of a search directly related to Lesley Gore.
Brita Koivunen recorded, or at least performed, "Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me" in Finnish, but I recognized the tune, as "Mamma, Tuo Mies Mua Tuijottaa".
Laila Kinnunen recorded a few songs in English, such as "Girl Don't Come", "I Will Follow Him", "Who's Sorry Now", "Who's Sorry Now", "You've Lost that Loving Feeling", and, in Finnish, she recorded "Everybody Loves a Lover" as "Kellä Kulta Sillä Onni".
Pirkko Mannola is the one who recorded "Pikku Pikku Bikinissä", which started me looking for other artists from Finland that turned up as related suggestions in her search results; she sang a duet with Brita Koivunen, and she also sang together with Laila Kinnunen and one other artist for a version of "Three Coins in the Fountain". Another rock and roll success in the English-speaking world she brought to Finland was "Kumipallo": "Rubber Ball".
On the other hand, I found "Det Finns Ingenting Att Hämta" in Swedish, sung by Anna-Lena Löfgren, and "Schuld War Nur der Bossa Nova" in German, sung by Manuela, but I haven't found the Finnish version yet.
The birds outside.
Bach's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGQLXRTl3Z0|Cello Suite No. 1 in G]]
[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM3nozQ3i-s]] -- Marillion's "Heart Of Lothian", another favourite of mine and definitely not some generic fixed-bps 4/4 compo.
With all the sabre-rattling in N. Korea, there is only one appropriate song right now: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtqy4DTHGqg| Black Sabbath's War Pigs]].
James - the RIAA keeps labels honest as well as serves as their police. Some of the biggest rip-offs in the music industry were perpetrated by "independent" labels, of course there is no shortage of stories about the majors, but at least they have to more or less play by the rules and pay me my royalties.
Young bands get taken advantage of a lot. The first single from one of my bands was put out by an "indie". I have never received one penny even though I wrote both of the songs and played guitar. The person running the indie has declared bankruptcy several times over. Ironically one of the songs from that single was covered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, resulting in a really good last couple of years royalty wise. Even more ironic is that I have never listened to their version of the song.
So unless you are buying a Sun Ra CD from Sun Ra himself - someone is in the middle and chances are they are up to no good.
Ah, good old YouTube!
Recording famous tunes in Finnish was very popular until about 1980's, and here in Finland we know most of the older songs better in Finnish than in their original versions. I don't think I've ever heard the original version of "Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me", but I could probably sing it by heart in Finnish.
Luke Vibert & The Field
The name of the song? Or Jamie Saft Trio? Or neither?!
Right now it's M. Ostermeier's Chasing Ghosts. Unfortunately it's not on YouTube, but Lakefront is. Does that picture look familiar? It should! :D
The albums I pull out this time of year are Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas and (guilty pleasure) Elvis' Christmas Album.
Nick, that's going to be a blast!! Sure you will survive it?? The Stones haven't been the same since Wyman's bass groove left in '92 - and my favorite Stone's band of all times was with Mick Taylor!!!
Right now I'm just listening to some of Adele's music and my latest crush, Rita Ora...
U2 Achtung Baby
Near-final mixes of songs from my band's upcoming album.
If you fancy something different, here is a full list of what I am listening to:-
Cold War Kids - Audience.
How have I only just discovered this band?
Too much time tinkering with fonts, too little spent with the cans ; )
Elmer Bernstein, Harry Betts & Herb Steward: To Kill a Mockingbird
Carmine Coppola: The Black Stallion
Lovely sounds and great background music.
Kagome Kagome by Luka and Miku (Vocaloid)
[[http://www.jenslekman.com/|Jens Lekman]] writes a snappy postcard to Nina on his new album.
[[http://www.lambchop.net/|Lambchop]] tells it like it is.
[[http://wc06.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:3xfoxqe0ldje|The Books]] make great sound collages.
Sure you will survive it??
Yeah, but I intend to get wasted!
Will be digging out the vinyl.
Hennyway, @Nick, there is a reasonable cover of "Sympathy For The Devil" at [[http://www.simnet.is/hljomsveitinlogar/mp3/mp3.htm]]
I didn't miss them. I saw them at The Palace in Hollywood with about 800 other folks back in the day. They ended up their set with 20 or so minutes of "noise". It was wonderful. Shoegazing at it's best.