Monday, June 29, 2009

[Soundtrackage] Eduard Artemiev - Solaris

Let's all fall in love with Eduard Artemiev! The man made some wonderful soundtrackage for Tarkovsky films, most notably Solaris and Stalker. This is the land of atmospheric electronics from the '60s onwards.

Here's a track from Solaris:

And here's the complete soundtrack album of Solaris (which as far as I know is out of print).


Chris Knox - Not Given Lightly

Chris Knox suffered a stroke several weeks ago. although he is not quite as well-known as some of his contemporaries, i am certain he is greatly adored by his fans.

i know him more from his work in the Tall Dwarfs, the fantastic lo-fi pioneers, but i was pleasantly surprised to find this lost pop hit from his solo career.

At the 2001 New Zealand Music Awards Knox's song "Not Given Lightly" (1990) was announced as New Zealand's thirteenth best song of all time as voted by APRA members.[1] A love song written for "John and Leisha's mother" - his wife Barbara - this track never scaled commercial heights though it has belately generated some income for the songwriter through its use in TV advertising (notably for Vogel's bread).

you might not see it at first, but it is a great video. very simple, honest, and beautifully photographed. the perfect compliment to the simple, honest, beautiful song.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Comets On Fire - Hatched Upon The Age

this is my favorite Comets On Fire song... the band has had a pretty diverse sound throughout their discography - slamming spaced-out soul-garage, cosmic heavy jams, experimental stoner folk, and with 2006's Avatar, clean classic rock anthems from a modern perspective.

and as far as i can tell, no bands have really captured late-60's/early-70's rock influence quite as authentically as they have on this album. this song in particular seems like it could almost fit in on a Procol Harum or Allman Brothers record, and yet it has a distinctively modern feeling - you can't totally call it "retro". also it is catchy. check out the album if you like it.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Bonus wrongspeed version

Fantasy Three - Summer (wrongspeed)

Fantasy Three - Summer

via Hantro 3 (i think)

Monday, June 22, 2009

two early live shows by The Slits

posted these years ago on another blog but i just came across them again and decided to share with the awesomest crue. 320k mp3's this time

in case you didn't know, punk rock was intended to be loud, sloppy, fast, and played by teenage girls snarling with completely uninhibited, vicious energy. and to be sure, some of these songs are done so sloppily, they barely resemble the studio versions. that doesn't matter, because what these performances lack in accuracy is made up for a hundredfold by the sheer confidence and unencumbered passion they project.

this is very beautiful music. beautiful as ten pogoing punks covering you in spit.

includes: 1977 Dingwall's, Camden Town + 1978 Action White Hart, London + one song from 1977 Islington


Melvins cover "Let Me Roll It" by Wings

The Melvins covering Wings "Let Me Roll It" in Boston at the Paradise Club on 5-16-09.

vastly-improved over the original, despite lacking a bass part!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Ramses Shaffy - Zachtjes lokt het water

Who wants to hear a song in Dutch? I'll ignore the deafening silence and plod on regardless.

Here's a song by a Dutch '60s troubadour called Ramses Shaffy (his mother was Egyptian, hence the name). A typical product of the '60s, Shaffy was primarily a stage actor who became famous as a singer, eventhough he was a raging alcoholic. He now spends his final days in a resthome suffering from Korsakov Syndrome (although he still performs now and then).

The song is called Zachtjes lokt het water, which roughly translated means The water beckons softly - a song about someone contemplating suicide by drowning himself (and trying to lay the blame on the water! LOLOLOLOL!!!!).

oh the download


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Sister Nancy - One Two

just by popular (one) request i am posting this classic 1982 dancehall record. enjoy

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

unrelated songs i can't stop listening to

Led Zeppelin - Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)

Wiley – Cash In My Pocket (featuring Daniel Merriweather)

The Allman Brothers - Whipping Post

The Nips - Gabrielle

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Hawk And A Hacksaw - Portland Town

A beautiful cover of a beautiful protest song with harrowing lyrics - what more do you want?



Sunday, June 7, 2009

Mekons - Journey To The End Of The Night

in my imaginary 1988 movie about a dark pub scene of revolutionary communists who love and live in a rainy, dreary, nameless town in some part of the british empire until they are at last discovered by police and have to choose between suburban retreat and ending in a blaze of glory (it has a happy ending), The Mekons provide the entire soundtrack from start to finish.

words i would use to describe the Mekons: romantic, timeless, universal.

City Of London


that dog. - Silently

Step with me into the way-back-when-machine and listen to this track by that dog. from their '95 album Totally Crushed Out!.

It's short. It's quick. It's off-kilter. It verges on the hysterical. I like it a lot.



Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Music I Like From Games I've Played - Volume 1

Games tend to have pretty dire (original) soundtracks, veering between overtestosteroned shit faux-techno and clich├ęd, swollen Hollywoodesque dreck.

But now and again there is are games that'll try something different. One example (or actually three..) of that are the Thief games.

I love the world of Thief - I love how completely oppressive the world seems, how the main character can more or less only exist in it by making sure not one other soul ever sees him.

One way the oppressiveness of the gaming world is made more tangible is by Eric Brosius' excellent soundtracks. Although Thief's world is one of fantasy - magic and monsters - he didn't go for the standard fantasy schlock but created one of the creepier soundtracks to any game by using variations of electronics (while sometimes accidentally veering off into the shitty techno genre..).

I've selected tracks from all three games.

A woman named Viktoria (Thief: The Dark Project)


Framed (Thief II: The Metal Age)


Trail of Blood (Thief II: The Metal Age)


Old Quarter (Thief III: Deadly Shadows)


Pavelock Prison (Thief III: Deadly Shadows)