Dear party people, please join me on Thursday, November 6th, at the Walter Reade Theater (Lincoln Center), for a special screening of ANGST (1983), a disturbing German horror film!
Event details here.
I'll be DJing the afterparty. The subject matter isn't quite as lighthearted as last time, so I'm not sure what to play. I'm thinking possibly 80s, possibly Klaus Schulze-related, possibly German, possibly scary/funny. Probably this one will make an appearance. Anyone got any other ideas?
Should be a great mix of people at the event considering what sort of person would seek this film out. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Captain Sensible - Happy Talk
Thanks to extended family member Greg Condon for alerting me to this one (indirectly) in this great mix. Hearing the refrain of Dizzee Rascal's "Dream" I thought, "This is great, but with all due respect, there's no way Dizzee Rascal wrote this." Upon learning that Dizzee had sampled Captain Sensible I thought, "A-ha! But with all due respect, there's no way Captain Sensible wrote this." (Rodgers and Hammerstein did, in 1949.)
Nice to hear our old friends The Dolly Mixture on backing vocals.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Earle Mankey - Mau Mau
At post #1776, we come to Earle Mankey. You'd be forgiven for assuming this was a cover of this. (It's not, yet somehow I'm getting back-to-school vibes from this one too.)
Just the slightest dab of melancholy in the chord changes at 0:23 and ff. is all this writer needs for a good time.
Friday, October 17, 2014
The 39 Clocks - DNS
Thanks ever so much to the redoubtable Anonymous 2 for hipping me to this one in this classic thread. It took just 27 months for me to realize I had to post it. As with this one (recommended in the same thread), the band re-recorded this song for the subsequent LP, but I like the original better, in part for the frighteningly blasé vocal delivery.
One wonders if any band member had a clear plan for the bit at 2:22 and ff. Or maybe the plan was no plan.
And by the way I'll be DJing at this on Thursday November 6th and quite probably playing this jammer!
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Yes - Sound Chaser
Every album should begin like this, with the band members quietly discussing aesthetic matters in a lovely park somewhere, with two band members seated on a bench and the other band members seated on grass quite nearby.
The listener is challenged to find an aesthetic flaw in the proceedings. Granted, maybe Steve Howe fucks up at the 3:22 mark, but other than that?
Friday, October 10, 2014
Alex Caso - If I Can't Have You
Yet another brilliant peel-off from Duane. And once again the orphic artistry of Barry, Robin, and Maurice graces these pages. Such a classy move to start the chorus early on the "3" like that (see 0:53 and ff). Not to mention an 11-bar verse structure (followed by a 4-bar pre-chorus).
More treats on offer at the Alex Caso soundcloud.
Friday, October 03, 2014
J.S. Bach - Concerto in D minor after Alessandro Marcello, BWV 974, II: Adagio
Performed by Glenn Gould. Recorded at Eaton's Auditorium, Toronto, Canada, on Monday, June 11th, 1979.
Enormous thanks to Mother Chimney for the tip on this one. And thanks as well to Christian Grey:
When I wake it's still dark. ... I hear music. The lilting notes of the piano, a sad, sweet lament. Bach, I think, but I'm not sure. ... I wrap the duvet around me and quietly pad down the corridor toward the big room. Christian is at the piano, completely lost in the melody he's playing. His expression is sad and forlorn, like the music. His playing is stunning. ... He's such an accomplished musician. He sits naked, his body bathed in the warm light cast by a solitary freestanding lamp beside the piano. ... I'm mesmerized, watching his long, skilled fingers as they find and gently press the keys, thinking how those same fingers have expertly handled and caressed my body. I flush and gasp at the memory and press my thighs together. ... I notice now that he's wearing PJ pants. He runs his fingers through his hair and stands. "You should be in bed," he admonishes.
"That was a beautiful piece. Bach?"
"Transcription by Bach, but it's originally an oboe concerto by Alessandro Marcello."
"It was exquisite, but very sad, such a melancholy melody."
--excerpt from Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, Vintage Books, London, 2011.
I'd also like to mention that the Picardy third at the end reminded me of yet another church bell classic.
One is also reminded of this, of course:
Monday, September 29, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Dick Raaijmakers - Ballad 'Erlkönig'
I find this piece uplifting, but it sounds like Dick was maybe on a little bit of a bummer when he "wrote" it. Here's the composer in his own words (translated presumably from Dutch by Keith Freeman):
"Ballad is an epic, melodramatic piece. All the sounds which occur in it are originally radio-telegraph and radio-telephone signals: signs of survival from the slums of the realms of the ether - the domain of the short waves. Ballad is characterized by the absence of both acoustic and cultural DEPTH. It has only LENGTH (= duration) and HEIGHT (= loudness). Ballad takes place in the poor man's realm of formlessness, from where incomprehensible messages, couched in tiny signals, noises, rattles, notes, chords and voices, emerge in an unbroken stream; apparently at each other's expense, but also sometimes in unsuspected blossoming configurations, they form reflections of as many human attempts to live and to survive. This reign of shadows, where meaningful and meaningless aspects of the in origin always significant human sounds continually change places, is dominated by cries, hardly by speech, and by music not at all.
In Ballad the amalgam of these cries forms the labyrinth where Erlkönig (a ruler of the Underwold) manifests himself to a little boy, who is fatally ill and is taken by his father on a swift and wild journey on horseback through an inhospitable region of darkness and threat to a castle which holds the boy's salvation. It will be recalled that Erlkönig, the father and the little boy fail to communicate with each other satisfactorily during the journey, each of them interpreting in their own way the passing nocturnal landscape and the fate it holds in store for the boy. Ballad is an account of these events: it reproduces the ever changing moods of the three in a paramusical meeting of the linguistically rich lines of Goethe on the one side with on the other hand the linguistically impoverished multi-interpretable signals from the domain of the ether.
When the cloud of dust the father has raised across the land of those bereft of language or music has dispersed to some extent, and Erlkönig's kingdom with its fairies, lakes, noises, draperies, phantoms and illusions collapses before the eyes of the accessary boy, through what we would nowadays call a neglected cold, the singing from the ether continues uninterruptedly, passing on reports of a grey continuing existence without prospects."
recording realized in the studio of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague
The date of composition is 1966, but the record's from 1981. Does that mean this was committed to tape in '66 but not pressed on wax until '81? Thoughts and suggestions welcome.
The file is 48 megabytes, btw.
Monday, September 01, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Friday, August 08, 2014
Thursday, August 07, 2014
John Klemmer - Brazilia (Brasilia)
Hot sun and warm breezy evenings--relaxed lazy days with smooth syncopated rhythms. Thought space to dream and love--smile and cry. Time to think of things you'll never do. Ocean breaths that rush softly and strongly against sands of centuries. Old men telling tales of wisdom and truth. Joy and laughter with the community of man in a carnival of freedom. Open blue skies to fly with the birds. Exotic scents that pull you into mind and body.
This is Brazilia. Geographically located behind the eyes and between the ears. It's all in the way you see and feel.
(From the liner notes, but the sentiments are thoroughly endorsed.)
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Léonie - En Alabama
Apparently this is how crazy things can get when J.C. Vannier writes a tune instead of just arranging one. Featuring (maybe?) the scintillating return of that sound we're thinking is strummed piano strings, as heard previously in this.
It just occurred to me that the bassline on the intro is a descendant of this.
Get ready for a refreshing flood of only the best neurotransmitters at the 0:35 mark.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
The Mighty Clouds Of Joy - Time (extended)
So I'm kicking back on Fire Island a few weeks ago and celebrating the birth of disco (sort of) with this mix from forty summers ago... ...and I'm liking this song "Time" and I think, "Hey, is this the Mighty Clouds Of Joy? I might already have this album, if it's the same album with that life-changer from five summers ago." And lo.
So here are some more Clouds for your delectation. Extended mix à la Moulton by yours truly. Enjoy the high-level artistry of the guitar player on the instrumental.
Regarding that bassline: Disco Inferno sounds like this, and this in turn sounds like The Four Tops, "I Can't Help Myself."
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Braid - This Charming Man
Just following up on our other Braid post from the other day. Stereo-panned twin rhythm guitars harmonically complementing each other in different registers is what a midrange afficionado like myself loves to hear, and this track's got 'em. (Come to think of it, so does this.)
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Podcast #9, recorded the evening of Saturday February 15th>Sunday February 16th, 2014, part two:
In which our heroes Sheridan Dupre and Emmett continue their erudite maunderings. George Plimpton, Martha Plimpton, Michel Houellebecq, Julian Casablancas, and the Toronto Maple Leafs all make an appearance.
Apologies for the delay. (Although to my credit, I am posting this a full two days before the self-imposed summer solstice deadline.)
Part one available here.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Friday, June 13, 2014
Oval - Photograph
I first heard this played by Ted some years back, and it's been making the rounds over at Viva Radio. Whatever the provenance, this is a version of a song that I didn't realize I liked (the song) which weirdly gets better (the version) every time you hear it.
On a related note, you'll be relieved to hear that I finally did secure a copy of this.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Cathy Berberian with the Juilliard Ensemble - Black Is The Colour
Arranged & conducted by Luciano Berio.
"Black is the Colour" is an American folk song with Scottish roots, re-melodicized by John Jacob Niles.
This performance was recorded at Webster Hall, New York City, December 1968. (Anyone planning to head down to Webster Hall tonight?)
Friday, May 23, 2014
Steely Dan - Rose Darling
I'm claiming this as the definitive Steely Dan deep cut. (Brooklyn, the song Gaucho, Green Earrings, Caves Of Altamira, Time Out Of Mind, Any Major Dude, the song The Royal Scam, and Midnight Cruiser don't count as deep cuts.)
The juxtaposition of this verse and this chorus yields an interesting mixture of colours/flavours. Close harmonies from Michael McDonald at 1:12. Perhaps his biggest challenge until he harmonized with himself on Peg?
The pre-chorus bit (at 1:04) reminds of this.
More Dan of Steel-related material coming tomorrow!
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
The Supremes - Love Is Here And Now You're Gone
So many "lost love" songs in the Supremes/H-D-H canon: Reflections, this one, Stop in the Name of Love, Where Did Our Love Go, etc. Are torch songs an endangered species in pop music these days?
The bass sound gets intriguing around the 0:36 mark, like there's chorus on it. I'm pretty sure this is because there's a Fender bass and an upright bass playing in more-or-less unison throughout.
Perhaps it was the harpsichord bit at 0:42 that earned Lamont Dozier the hard-earned sobriquet, "Black Bach"?
P.S. This is soooo much better than modern pop music!!!
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Friday, May 09, 2014
X-Ray Pop - Oh Oui J'Aime!
I wanted to post this four years ago (true!), but couldn't seem to find a copy of the record or tape (though it doesn't seem so difficult now?). Anyroad, thanks to the folks at Cache Cache for the reissue. All good things in all good time.