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Saturday, May 30, 2009
Soooooooo good! Lee Hazlewood has to be one of the greatest voices in music history, and his songs are always so haunting. This is no exception. You like The Moldy Peaches' Adam Green? He took everything he knows from Hazlewood (and Beck)! Nancy Sinatra also delivers some wholly gorgeous vocal melodies on this record. Superb psychedelic-country-spook music for forbidden lovers and outlaws. At times it's completely chilling. I dig it way more then the first Sinatra/Hazlewood collaboration, despite Some Velvet Morning leaving the mix. I really like Arkansas Coal (Suite) and Down From Dover (check out Sinatras voice at the end of the song!), and Got It Together has one of the coolest openings ever ("ohhh suffer alone Jerry Reid, cuz Hazlewood's pickin' tonight!"). Who's got the god damn coke machine?!
Get it in yous...
TRACK LIST: 1. Arkansas Coal (Suite) (5:36) / 2. Big Red Balloon (4:17) / 3. Friendship Train (3:33) / 4. Paris Summer (2:56) / 5. Congratulations (3:05) / 6. Down From Dover (3:35) / 7. Did You Ever (2:53) / 8. Tippy Toes (2:51) / 9. Back On The Road (2:21) / 10. Got It Together (3:58)
You either love Vincent Gallo, or you hate him with every fiber of your being. I find it hilarious that so many people put so much effort into hating him, but ahh well. I think his songs are really pretty and his films look nice, and I don't really care whether he's an arrogant asshole or not cuz I aint never met him. I digress.
Enter Bohack, the first record to feature one Vincent Vito Gallo. Shortly after its release the band split up and Gallo began his film career. I totally loved it! Super noisey, super eclectic, very hypnotic! It's nothing like Gallo's later recordings, so don't expect that soft Chet Baker voice to sooth you to sleep. This is way more explosive and aggressive. The albums cover art was done by the famous artist Francesco Clemente. It's divided into two tracks (side A & B), but the album is actually a bunch of tracks. Sorry about that. Also an LP rip, so enjoy it yous!
Get it now motherfuckers!
SIDE 1: 1. The Rock Of Joe The Dog Crowd Noticed / 2. Slow Clock / 3. A Waiter Dies A Large Family For A Tip Leaves / 4. Shot Himself After Falling Three Days / 5. Fat Jaw / 6. If You Feel Frogie Jump / 7. Jesus In Mono / 8. Old Hog Pissing In Sepia / 9. Jerky In Color / 10. To Save A Safe Artist's Ass
SIDE 2: 1. Good Brown / 2. It Took Several Wives / 3. The Man With The Flower In His Mouth / 4. They Came As One Person / 5. The White Hand Burned While The Red Hand Held On / 6. Potatoe Skin Hair / 7. 50 Perfumes (Part 1) / 8. 50 Perfumes (Part 2)
I just kind of stumbled onto this album by accident a few months back, and I'm so glad I did. Pascal Comelade is a French Catalan musician often working in the realm of minimalist composition, incorporating children's toys into much of his work. This album in particular, over any others I've heard, is quite peaceful and pretty with lot's of great piano work and soft sound. There's also a superb Brian Eno cover on it (!!!!), a tribute to Syd Barrett, as well as a few other songs you'll recognize. It's perfect to have on when you're feeling mellow, or before bed, or when yr just feeling lazy and want to melt into a puddle. So grab this now cuz you will not regret it! It's gorgeous! Added bonus, this is an LP rip.
TRACK LIST: 1. White light / 2. Approximative but fair / 3. Wyatt ah um / 4. Lettre de Mozart à sa petite cousine / 5. Still life with goldfish / 6. The Grey Velvet Gentleman / 7. From DC by PC / 8. Taking Tiger Mountain / 9. Habanera / 10. Carmen / 11. Avant-midi / 12. Sicilia / 13. Again / 14. White heat / 15. Distant pianos / 16. Paralelo / 17. In a Lebanon park / 18. Courant d'air sur le pommier de Japon / 19. La opera / 20. Barrett
Thursday, May 28, 2009
If you're not familiar with the Brazilian psychedelic movement than this is where you want to start! Easily one of the best psychedelic bands of all time, Os Mutantes we're full of amazing grooves, brilliant vocals, and tons of psyched out noise. I highly recommend them to anyone who likes to freak out! You can't listen to this and not feel great, grinning stupidly from ear to ear.
Os Mutantes (1968)
Jardim Elétrico (1971)
"When Os Mutantes was formed, it combined influences from the English-speaking psychedelic acts like The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix with the sounds of bands like Sly & the Family Stone. Although they met with limited success in their own time, Os Mutantes also influenced a great number of Brazilian bands such as Pato Fu, Júpiter Maçã and Sepultura, who recorded a cover of the song "A Hora E A Vez Do Cabelo Nascer". In addition, many contemporary underground or independent bands in the United States and Europe cite Os Mutantes as a major influence. Kurt Cobain publicly requested a reunion tour from the trio in 1993, writing a letter to Arnaldo Baptista. Cobain was introduced to them by Pat Fear from White Flag (whose collaboration with Redd Kross and other friends under the name The Tater Totz was the first American band to cover or even cite Os Mutantes on their 1988 LP Alien Sleestaks from Brazil). Beck paid tribute to the group with his single "Tropicália" from the album Mutations. The Bees (UK band) covered "A Minha Menina" on their first album, Sunshine Hit Me. Kevin Barnes of of Montreal cites Os Mutantes as an important influence. Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has worked to publish and promote the group's music through his Luaka Bop label." - Wikipedia.com
Rita Lee is the illustrious vocalist/composer involved in Os Mutantes. These albums arent quite like her output in Mutantes, but it's still really great stuff!
Build Up (1970) - LINK REMOVED -
Hoje é o Primeiro Dia do Resto da sua Vida (1972) (LP rip)
Enjoy this, or realize you're living in a catatonic state of delusion!
Saturday, May 2, 2009
This is for Dan, though I know he already has and loves it. I don't know for certain that I can say it's my favourite Dead album, but while listening to it tonight I felt I should share it with you nonetheless. It's very spacious, yet concise at the same time. I love it, and so should you. Hey Dan, let's listen to this sometime.
Dig it jiggers...
"... the Dead were determined to make a more complicated recorded work than their debut release, as well as attempt to translate their live sound into the studio." - Wikipedia.com
TRACK LIST: 1.That's It for the Other One / 2.New Potato Caboose / 3.Born Cross-Eyed / 4.Alligator / 5.Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)
Recently released on X! Records, Shiftless Decay features an ensemble of relentless Detroit Sludge at its finest. Some bands are worse then others, but overall this is one of the better comps I've heard in a while! Heavy psych influenced rock-n-roll/no-wave, in the same vein as The MC5, Blue Cheer, Stooges or Pussy Galore. Toss in some Athletic Automaton and some more modern type noisey clang clang and you've got it! Fucking rad! I really dug Heroes & Villains, Human Eye and The Mahonies a lot.
Put it on, turn it up, and fucking toss!
TRACK LIST: 1. Tentacle Lizardo - "Haunted Closet" / 2. Human Eye - "Fix Me First Universe Nurse" / 3. Frustrations - "Psychedelic Motorcrash" / 4. Terrible Twos - "Negative Drip" / 5. Heroes & Villains - "SDWC" / 6. Johnny Ill Band - "Ella Says" / 7. Tyvek - "Flashing Lights" / 8. The Mahonies - ""Paint the Town Brown" / 9. Fontana - "Gotta Split" / 10. Little Claw - "Feeding You Your New Home" / 11. THTX - "Monorails to Nowhere" / 12. Odd Clouds - "Gum Coup Follicle"
Now defunct, Electrelane were an all-girl 4-piece formed in 1998 by two friends, Verity Susman and Emma Gaze. The band draws from many different sources (Stereolab seems to come up a lot) but they always reminded me of what a modern day Raincoats might sound like. Full of fantastic guitar riffs, emotional pull, and sometimes drone like progressions, they could possibly be compared to the likes of Neu! or Faust, but theres a lot of punk and post punk tossed in for good measure. Some don't like em, "too accessable" they cheer with enthusiasm, but I think they're great so whatever. Enjoy it or don't, but make up your own mind.
Get it tosser!
TRACK LIST: 1. The Greater Times / 2. To the East / 3. After the Call / 4. Tram 21 / 5. In Berlin / 6. At Sea / 7. Between the Wolf and the Dog / 8. Saturday / 9. Five / 10. Cut and Run / 11. The Lighthouse