Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Sunday, 21 June 2009
What To Do If You're iPod Is Broken, No Computer Will Play 'Hooting And Howling', You Have Two New Frank Zappa C.Ds but Nothing To Play Them On....
1. Learn the tabla in Varanasi, three hours practice a day, one lesson a day.
2. Play impromptu little gigs on street to curious Indian men, who sing all over the top of it, dancing.
3. Take Indian singing lessons. Maybe just once.
4. Attend a concert every evening, enjoy them more and more per night.
5. Get yourself a new, better, guitar from Calcutta, decorate it all nice and pretty, and write, write, write, write.
Doctors orders, I'm afraid.
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
This is Dan's brother, Ben. He makes very good songs.
I've been listening to 'Bitte Orca' by Dirty Projectors on repeat. It is one of the best albums I've heard in a long while. No doubt.
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
When I was away and travelling down the Australian coast, when tuning into various radio stations, it became quite obvious that 80's bands, particularly Joy Division and The Cure, are aiding a resurgence in the sound bands are lending their tendencies to. I don't think this is a really recent thing, just becoming gradually more popular; Editors were doing it a few years back now.
This isn't me having a go and I'm not about to dive into an anti-recycling rant, but merely observing. If anything, I'm sure we all have learnt to a certain extent, that that's what popular music has become- one big cycle, where now and then a particular period is pounced upon and reintroduced. Like it or not, I guess.
It just doesn't leave much to the imagination, really. That, or my faith in new alternative music.
But what can you do?
To Lose My Life
Sunday, 14 June 2009
I know it's been hard without me. I understand that. I really do.
- Q-Tip- 'Won't Trade' (This is such a big tune. The album is full of them, too)
- Rjd2- 'Ghostwriter'
- Roy Orbison- 'Crying'
- Bombay Bicycle Club- 'Morning After' (I found this on a blog; it's not on the tracklist for 'I Had The Blues But Shook Them Loose', but is really really good. Listen here)
- Skream- 'Oskilatah'
- MED- 'Can't Hold On'
- Radiohead- 'Myxomatosis (Judge, Jury & Exectutioner)'
- Vivian Girls- 'Where Do You Run To' (I love the garage-y sound to this song. Nice and rugged)
- Wild Beasts- 'Hooting And Howling'
- The Downs- 'Please Mind Your Head' (They were pretty good, weren't they?)
It seems I always resort to putting Bombay Bicycle Club or Wild Beasts in my selections. Call me boring etc, but there is definitely a reason why this happens, which I think speaks for itself.
I'm on the look out for more new artists in the quest of musical satisfaction, so hopefully I'll be back soon with some big ones. As for now, me and Dan are getting started on some of that so aspired musical satisfaction. Let the good times roll.
It's been a while, but it's nice to be back.
Now I'm home, I can while away endless hours indulging in internet-based interests and musical frivolities. Oh how English I have become on my return.
Here's something pretty cool:
It reminds me of New York, of which I was there only a few days ago, which is a nice thing.
The recorded version with David Byrne is where it's at though:
I'm getting stuck into 'Bitte Orca' at the moment, it's quite a listen.
Saturday, 13 June 2009
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
2. 'Visions of Johanna'
4. 'One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)'
5. 'It's All Over Now, Baby Blue'
6. The Whole Of Side Two "Blonde On Blonde", beginning with 'I Want You'
7. 'As I Went Out One Morning'
8. 'Simple Twist Of Fate'
9. 'You're A Big Girl Now'
10. 'Highway 61 Revisited'