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Monday, January 23, 2006

And what have we been listening to, of late?

Loretta Lynn's latest, "Van Lear Rose", is my thing. Jack White is on the case, as we all have heard, for the song, 'Portland Oregon', which while a great song, could really be about anywhere.
Sufjan Stevens' "Illinois" (or as the entire title really goes, "Sufjan Stevens Invites You to Come on Feel the Illinoise") is in almost constant play on my kitchen boombox whilst doin' th' dish. My conflicted feelings about this in a post to come.
As I write this, I am listening to Caroliner's "Rise of the Common Woodpile", perhaps the greatest (if most obscure) album about the American Nightmare ever made, from a curiously 1860's perspective.
Mouse On Mars' "Glam" fills many of my days. More nice German subliminala, which I can share with so few people: it is both the soundtrack of the voice in your head, and also the dreams of machines.
And finally, the mix for last fall, as revealed here, "what the water wants":
"Ohio"-Coco Rosie
"Claxxon's Lament"-Wolf Parade
"Sister"-Sufjan Stevens
"End of Music"-Do Make Say Think
"It's All Around You"-Tortoise
"Magic Step"-Sam Prekop
"24/7 (Shoreline)"-Broken Social Scene
"Antennas to Heaven"-...godspeed you black emperor!
"Rococo"-Cocteau Twins
(side two, for you old-schoolers like myself, )
"Obscured By Clouds"-Pink Floyd
"Waterfalls"-Mt. Eerie
(I don't know the name of this song by)-Sufjan Stevens
"This Ain't the Summer of Love"-Blue Oyster Cult
"Introduction"-The Delta 72
"Mississippi Delta"-Bobbie Gentry
"Brace and Break"-The Thermals
"Safe European Home"-The Clash
"Please Don't Touch"-Motorhead
"Windsurf Nation"-Broken Social Scene
"Prospect Hummer"-Animal Collective
"Some More"-Funkadelic
"Cause=Time"-Broken Social Scene

Sometime real soon like, I shall start a secondary blog entirely about music, since not everybody wants to read about it all the time, and besides, once I figure out how to upload all this shit, I can be on Hype Machine, as is My Old Kentucky Blog, which I recommend.
(Good Lord. Now I'm listening to Caroliner's "I'm Armed With Quarts of Blood", which is already an exceedingly unpleasant album in all the right ways, without the-perhaps record-breaking-four bands of looped noise that proceed even the first song. The first song begins with banjo and the shrill-est screaming you've ever heard in your life. I gotta go check what the World Wide Infranet has to say about this combo, though they never released anything on anything other than vinyl, and once recorded an entire album ["Rings On the Awkward Shadow"] on an Edison-era wire spool, which still had 1890's recordings on it, wandering through like ghosts.)
Matter of fact, Caroliner gets its very own posting very soon, too. They are certainly the most unique thing to ever emerge from the American rock scene, and perhaps from the world community of music, as well.
And what have the rest of you nice people been listening to, of late?



Blogger cats dig me said...

Where do you find all this marvelous stuff? Have to say the only thing I recognized on your list is the magical Obscured By Clouds. As a Floydist monk, I am one of the few people in the universe who has memorized all Pink Floyd lyrics, including albums that don't even have them (quite a trick for a novice).

Now as to your ending question - I have been immersing myself into extremely old blues riffs and scruffy voices, mostly from scratchy recordings made in former speak-easys in pre 1940's Chicago and N'arlins. "Nothing like hearin' a 200 year old Negro man pourin' out da blues from that crickety ol' rocker on that crickety ol' porch from dem crickety ol' bones in his soul" - quote from an unknown Blues artist circa 1939.

9:43 AM  
Blogger BitchSlap The Monkey said...

I'm listening to myself.

10:10 AM  
Blogger disco boy said...

well, yesterday i bought an a.r. kane remix lp. most of the tracks were "given additional production" by robin guthrie, so you might have thought it would be good. it wasn't particularly. very dated, late 80's dance club production. cost me a tenner.

i also bought an ep on chapter 22 by loop. it was as good as i hoped, and yeah, i coughed up a little more for this one, but you just don't see loop stuff that often anymore, and this one was pristine. i'm always a sucker for brits who manhandle feedback.

finally, i finally broke down and bought a copy of wire's '154', which is a tee-rific lp of theirs from 1979. i had 'Map Ref. 41ºN 93ºW' on a mixtape from many, many years ago, and was recently reminded of it. this one cost me $25, but again, was clean as the day it was born. it's more developed than 'pink flag', and while it does sound a bit more fragmented (the aural soundscapes are now their own tracks, not interspersed with the other songs) it's still the sound of creativity clicking on all cylinders.

i'm also plotting out a mix cd of nothing but abstract covers... in the last few years i've become obsessed with bands interpretations of other bands choons. i've got some really clever stuff set aside, but i could be most excited about a version of skeeter davis' "the end of the world" sung by gina v. d'orio (from ec8or) over the top of a lone roland tb-303. plus, i have the ultimate secret weapon for this, but we'll get to that later...

11:18 PM  
Blogger Jacq said...

I'm currently listening to the subtle tapping of wind, and the sudden gust of snow, as it falls ever so lightly to the ground...;P mean music. Yea. Uh. Depeche commode. I mean Mode.

11:59 AM  
Blogger Ju-ju bees said...

"Ohio"-Coco Rosie
Dang guess what i jus heard them awhile back, they're freakin trippy! good, but trippy. Chels got their cd from her bro.

Right now I'm really digging Amos Lee, Jack Johnson, and as always Bob Dylan...

8:32 PM  
Blogger Erudite Redneck said...

Um, that good-lookin' redhead who sang "INdependence Day" about a dozen years ago. Dang it, her name escapes me. New album is all covers of great old country tunes. MARTINA McBRIDE. That's her.

I keep hearin' that new Loretta Lynn album is a good 'un. ...

7:24 PM  
Blogger George said...

Of all weirds things I'm listening to Lloyd Cole and the Commotions *Rattlesnakes* and I simply cannot stop listening to The freakin' New Pornographers (thanks to Rich's reccomendation) the album *electric version* Aren't they Canadian? Freakin' Love Canada.

Also Liz Phair, one of these recent albums that, apparently, everyone hates. I freakin' love all of Liz.

Hey Rich, You checked this out?

5:16 AM  

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