Wednesday, October 29, 2014

John Cale - Days Of Steam

For similar educational filmstrip soundtrack styles, refer back to this one (listen here).

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Plaza Hotel - Bewegliche Ziele

Friday, October 24, 2014

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 Austrian 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

Niagara - Sangandongo (excerpt)

Another great hi-hat to ride cymbal climate change at the 4:19 mark.

For other such moments, see:
here (sort of, at various times around the 13:00 mark).

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.

The Barron Knights - You're All I Need

There's something nice and surprising about that octave leap at 0:34. Thanks to Wombletunes for the tip on this one. Somehow I ended up with a mono copy? It's always something.

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: