30.4.06

// Björk, beats through melody interwoven.



Merry Sunday everyone.

5 covers domingueros

Recientemente un amigo me regalo un disco con selecciones del album "Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited" que sera sacado oficialmente a mediados del siguiente mes. Estan apuntados en el tributo varios artistas renombrados y por ahora les ofrezco la version que Cat Power y Karen Elson le hacen a la clasica "I love you (Je t’aime moi non plus)" del genio frances. La voz vaporosa de Chan Marshall le va muy bien a la musica somnolienta y sexy a la que nos tenia acostumbrados Monsieur Gainsbourg y me deja deseando escucharla versionar mas canciones francesas. Cruzo los dedos.
Tambien les ofrezco dos covers de Gnarls Barkley, predeciblemente de su sencillo "crazy" y uno de mis lados-b favoritos de Radiohead, versionado por Sebadohead para el album tributo de atease (Sacado como net release hace ya casi tres años en el infame fansite).
Por ultimo, les dejo un cover sorpresivamente bueno del clasico de The cure que fue comisionado para el soundtrack de la pelicula del mismo nombre.

Cat Power & Karen Elson - I love you (Serge Gainsbourg)
The Kooks - crazy (Gnarls Barkley)
Ray Lamontagne - crazy (Gnarls Barkley)
Sebadohead - fog (Radiohead)
Katie Melua - just like heaven (The Cure)

Image: Still from Van Beuren's animated short "A Romeo Robin" (1930)

29.4.06

April Skies (last days)

Last list in April Skies series. I like having the last say in a series, even if it's pointless. But this list is part of a larger fun group project on 'Spring is here theme'. It's an overview of recent releases plus an old favorite.

My Favorite in the list: a track from Sufjan Steven's next album 'Avalance' And Blonde Redhead old tunes 'Slogan'. Also Glass, a new small band from Memphis. They do a trippy indie americana.

But there is more along with this post. DIY Rockstar puts out a whole slew of 'I Can't Wait! (Upcoming Releases.)' and Recent Hot Releases by Internet Labels at Bricolage Fantasy.

Enjoy the sneak peek and previews.

Islands - Swans (Life After Death)
Okkervil River - For Real
Blonde Redhead - Slogan (Serge Gainsbourg cover)
Sufjan Stevens - Dear Mr. Supercomputer
Glass - Tell Me It's Snowing

See also: DIY Rockstar, Bricolage Fantasy
Image credit: *Stephanie

27.4.06

le chick


Música con un toque francés de lo más chick (de chiquitín) para emepezar el fin de semana con "los pies" ;P

April March - Laisse tomber les filles.mp3
Stereo Total - L'amour a 3.mp3
Stereo Total - Moi Je joue.mp3
Plastic Bertrand - Ça Plane Pour Moi.mp3
Les Miladys - jazz a gogo.mp3
Pink Martini, Sympathique.mp3
Chic - Le freak.mp3

La imagen es de Kahlo

the slimfast post

25.4.06

Credo

I believe in everything. / I believe in nothing.
Everything is sacred.

Et ret - won by walking
Anoice - liange
Mountains - sheets
Man - helping hand
Team LG - Jesus in a show
Avia Gardner - if you lose the key, throw down the house
Helios - coast off
Mugison - salt

Note: Good friend and Sensei, Aaron Coleman, has an interesting podcast review of Et Ret's Gasworks at almostcool. Click.

Image: Bill Turpin.

24.4.06

neuromantik+

23.4.06

Three Versions of Judas (Part 2)

The ascetic, for the greater glory of God, degrades and mortifies the flesh; Judas did the same with the spirit. He renounced honor, good, peace, the Kingdom of Heaven, as others, less heroically, renounced pleasure. With a terrible lucidity he premeditated his offense.

In adultery, there is usually tenderness and self-sacrifice; in murder, courage; in profanation and blasphemy, a certain satanic splendor. Judas elected those offenses unvisited by any virtues: abuse of confidence (John 12 :6) and informing. He labored with gigantic humility; he thought himself unworthy to be good. Paul has written: Whoever glorifieth himself, let him glorify himself in God (I Corinthians 1:31); Judas sought Hell because the felicity of the Lord sufficed him. He thought that happiness, like good, is a divine attribute and not to be usurped by men.
-Jorge Luis Borges, "Three Versions of Judas"

01. A Small Good Thing - Godforsaken
02. Pedro - Fear & Resilience
03. Hacia Dos Veranos - Despertar
04. Gotan Project - Tango Cancion
05. Rosal - Educación sentimental
06. Mary Lou Williams - Play It Momma

Note : This list is a short weekend musing about Jorge Luis Borges writing "Three Version of Judas" first seen in perc's blog entry. The songs in the list are mostly post-rock, except Mary Lou Williams. See also (Part 1)
Image credit: fo.ol

21.4.06

Coloured smoke

my sweet lord, it's a deal [religious songs]


waiting to hit - lift to experience


When the Lord said
"Son! Tell the world before it explodes, the glory of the Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads"
I said "Lord, I make you a deal; I will, if you give me a smash hit
so I can build a, ‘city on the hill'"
And he said "Son! I will if you will"
I said "My Sweet Lord, it's a deal"




entiendo la fuerza de la música religiosa, aunque ya no crea. tan sólo considerar la fuerza de canciones respaldas por mitos y tradiciones de miles de años de antigüedad. si no es nostalgia de lo decididos que pudimos haber sido , es nostalgia de la soledad que nunca nos deja.

religious songs//

spiritualized - o happy day (live)
lauryn hill - i get out (unplugged)
janis joplin - (medley) amazin' grace + hi heel sneakers
pedro the lion - secret of the easy yoke
the beatles - when the saints go marchin' in


quote collection//

"Al conocer el mito, se conoce el origen de las cosas y, por consiguiente, se llega a dominarlas y manipularlas a voluntad".
Eliade, M (2000). Aspectos del mito. Barcelona: Paidós. p.26-27.


ilustración de alma y jorge
dedosdecalamar.com
"(...) es el mito el que, de alguna manera, distribuye los papeles de la historia, y permite decidir lo que configura el momento histórico, el alma de una época, de un siglo, de una época de la vida. El mito es el módulo de la historia, y no a la inversa."
Durand, G (1993). De la mitocrítica al mitoanálisis: figuras míticas y aspectos de la obra. Barcelona: Anthropos. p.32.

"The harnessing of musical expression to mythic content defines sacred song"
Marini, S. A. (2003). Sacred Song in America: Religion, Music, and Public Culture. University of Illinois. p.4. disponible en google scholar.

"Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me."
La Biblia. Salmo 23:4.

"I love you Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ I love you, yes I do."
The King of Carrot Flowers, pt.2., Neutral Milk Hotel.

"Jesus Christ, why don't you come save my life.
Open my eyes and blind me
with your light and your lies."
Opiate, Tool.

20.4.06

americana

// Midlake, The Trials of Van Occupanther. (Bella Union, 2006)

Este es un post simultáneo, sólo para informar a mis interesantes lectores, que mi antiguo blog R.E estará de regreso - paulatinamente.

Y para compartir un par de rolas de Midlake.


Ni pierdo tiempo en negarlo, lo admito-acepto-compruebo-demuestro: I'm a sucker for vocal harmonies, pueden estar mentándome la madre, invocando un maleficio sobre mi progenie o menospreciando mis habilidades sexuales, pero mientras lo hagan armónícamente (y si se puede contrapuntísticamente) me lo trago todo, y quiero decir TODO.

El mayor encanto de Midlake es eso, la armonía vocal, Tim Smith - como el buen Marathonpacks comentó hace apenas unos días, tiene cualidades vocales entre Rufus Wainwright y Thom Yorke - algo que en ningún círculo puede ser tomado como insulto, con el vibrato de uno y el falsete de otro Smith posee una voz privilegiada.

Desde que escuché Roscoe (una de mis 10 canciones favoritas de este año para quien le interese), el encanto rítmico de la canción me hipnotizó, pocas canciones escucho en repeat perpetuo, y entre el rasgueo hippioso y el serpientescalerismo de la melodía vocal, no podía evitar el tapping de pie y el aullido de acompañamiento (yo escuchando la rola, imaginen esos videos de perros aullando al compás de una canción); pero fue hasta varias oídas cuando me percaté de algo que estaba sucediendo por detrás o alrededor - el espacio aural me confunde - de la voz principal; un mar de voces que vaiviene a diferencias semitonales ululando en palabras, de una forma aparentemente tan sencilla pero tan complicada - traten de cantar al unísono, a ver - que me conmueve a varios niveles.

El disco mantiene la riqueza armónica de Roscoe, pero no el sonido de la canción, lo que puede resultar frustrante y/o decepcionante para quienes esperaban un Roscoe de 45 minutos - inclúyome ahí, el resto del disco es mucho más tranquilo y ornamental: flautas, cuerdas, camas de guitarras acústicas, arpegeos, etc. y una producción de aire setentero californiano que puede ser o cursi o atmósferico, dependiendo del escucha, y que en temas como Bandits y Head Home (¿te gusta Fleetwood Mac?), ofrece exquisitos resultados.

Young Bride, es otra anomalía dentro del disco, con un violín(?) bailando en una melodía orientalona y una batería a redobles sincopados, la canción se convierte en un melancólico arrullo sobre ansiedades, que requiere de un par de oídas para enganchar, pero que posee el mismo efecto de Roscoe, es hipnotizante y por lo mismo repetible al infinito - (my young bride why aren't you keeping with you all the ones who really love you?).

Y son las letras otro punto importante en las canciones de Midlake, las canciones giran en torno a algunos temas comunes: campos, colinas, añoranza, el pasado, una pareja, sigo sin entender todavía si existe un hilo conductor, si es esto un disco conceptual, pero la simpleza poética de temas como We Gathered In Spring, donde unas breves y directas líneas - on a clear day I can see my old house, and my wife in the front yard talking with the friends we gathered in spring, el fraseo vocal pausado y seco, sumado a la idea de recoger amistades como frutos de primavera, provocan una imagen bastante hermosa y confortante que no es exclusiva de este tema, si existe un hilo conductor que todavía no atrapo, por lo menos gozo de la sensación presente durante todo el disco. denme paz, denme tranquilidad, yo me encargo del resto.

Dios cómo extrañaba esto.

Rockabilly

01 jackie lee cochran_mama don't you think i know
02 nat couty_woodpecker rock
03 fat daddy holmes_chicken rock
04 glen honeycut_rock all night
05 johnny burnette_rockabilly boogie
06 willie ward_i'm a madman
07 glen glenn_blue jeans and a boy's shirt
08 polk brothers_caravan rock
09 rick cartey_scratchin on my screen
10 johnny cash_wide open road
11 the jiants_tornado
12 wayne walker_all i can do is cry

This is actually Carl Kruger's post but he fell out of mood for posting it and the draft has been floating around for a month or so in our files. I heard the entire post a week ago and felt it was too good to be left unpublished- All credit goes whatsoever to Carl Kruger and if he wants me to take the post down I'll do it right away. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Image credit: Kathleen Lolley.

18.4.06

// Lipstick --- Smear Us On

never a strong woman to fail.
never a misstep to notice.
she's in control.
she's pulling the strings.
ella sabe que botones presionar.
she flutters our will back and forth.
she dresses us up in glitterglue clothes.
ella nos envuelve en su vaivén.
may she be the queen of our debauchery.
may she reign over our sweatdrenched floors.
may we lose ourselves in her mantras.
may she dance our minds in...

Nelly Furtado ft. Timbaland, Promiscuous Girl.
Kudu, Suite Life.
Gus Gus, Need In Me.
Melnyk, Strut.
Cass & Mangan, I Gotta Thang (Uh Huh).
Digitata, Death & The Beach.
Ladyfuzz, Monster.
Madonna, Hung Up (Diplo Remix).

Arte: 1960's Women Liberation Movement Poster, (may the struggle be over sometime soon).

Hot Summer Night in April

Summer is coming very early this year, and this is the list that goes with it. Slight punk with some sardonic melody and bitter lyric, reminding everything that goes forward too fast in the wrong season. It's last vestige of winter, before full embrace of bright summer heat. Have a nice early summer nites.


The strokes - Last Nite
The Fiery Furnace - Benton Harbor Blues
The Dolls - Martini Never Dries
The Noisettes - Malice In Wonderland
The Czars - I Am The Man



image credit : _elinor.
Note: Don'te forget to visit "Free Pony Theory" forum.

Loteria



El humo azul
el fuego negro
el viento espeso
la tierra costra
la costra acuosa

el destino hilado
el inicio callado
la luna de mediodia
el plastico quemado
el diablo blanco
murmuros...


Matmos - for the trees (return)
Savath & Savalas - folk song for a cello
Populous - clap like breeze
Lippok & Morgenstern - sommer
Jaga Jazzist - for all you happy people

Squashed has opened a new forum for us entitled free pony theory (not even him knows the meaning behind the name but I like how it sounds), we'll be having a little bit of conversation about the music and the industry and just about anything you'd like to discuss with us (like best album of 2006 maybe?) and we'd love it if you'd join us right now! (please).

*Ryan over at muzzle of bees is offering a copy of the new Drive-by truckers album for free, all you need to do is post a comment in here about the last album you purchased and Ryan will random pick a winner.

Imagen: Loteria de Teresa Villegas.

17.4.06

Wake up

Kinky Collection XI

16.4.06

what i'm trying to get you all to see is...that everybody should dress up on easter day!

Today is Easter in the Unit States. As part of my celebration of easter i'm going to listen to some rad easter tunes.
Crishy picked out some winners, oh man, that Rev. A.W. Nix kills me ! those harmonies on the Morris Family track, it just don't get better!
In our part of the world people do dress up in pastels and listen to the reverend for easter, but i'd rather take to the street and parade. Caribbean revels: Haitian Rara & Dominican Gaga documents street music during the Easter celebrations of these people.
i'm going to parade this afternoon, i think.
word out!
Oh-mmh

Rev. A.W. Nix- Who Dressed You Up For Easter
Nix & Dickinson Vol. 2 (1928-1931)
Morris Family- He Rose Unknown How Can I Keep From Singing Vol. 2
Dixon Brothers- Easter Day (1936)

Various Artists -Notre Dame de 7 Doleurs Caribbean Revels
Various Artists -Vapeur Caribbean Revels: Haitian Rara and Dominican Gaga
Various Artists - Tallon Caribbean Revels: Haitian Rara and Dominican Gaga

Good Morning. 6 a.m. wake up list

Good morning. And yes, this list is 3 days and 5 hours late for actual intended purpose. But It's still has some good music in it. It is a lovely list, designed specifically to wake up on weekend. (or weekeday even) Starts slow, then build up and end with a very energetic punk piece. All of these tracks are my recent favorites.

01. Tarentel - Two Sides Of Myself
02. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions - Clear Day
03. Green Milk from the Planet Orange - Sweet 5 A.M.
04. The Velvet Underground - Sunday Morning
05. Point Juncture, WA - Cardboard Box
06. Sonic Youth - Unmade Bed
07. Dream Bitch - Dream Bitch
08. Apollo Sunshine - Today Is The Day

image credit: potato screen
PS. Fishy. here's your wake up list.

15.4.06

boombox'n ghetto body rock'n

13.4.06

What I have gathered from coincidence

Just before I depart up to the mountains I'll take some time to whisper to you some of the songs playlist I've organized to play on my way up. I'll see you back on Sunday.

Efterklang - monopolist
Lampshade - plakka plakka
Munck/Johnson - ease me
Under Byen - Den her sang handler om at få det bedste ud af det


Image: Gregory Ilich via Dadanoias

11.4.06

Label Profile - Static Discos

Static Discos has remained at the forefront of experimental electronic music in Mexico since it beginnings in early 2002. The label was established by musicians Fernando Corona (Murcof, Terrestre), Rubén A. Tamayo (Fax) and Ejival, in Tijuana México as a sort of response to the emergent intelligent dance music community in the country and around latin america.

Recently, the label has released its first compilation, entitled "Lucky Stock". On the cusp of a gamut of electronic genres (minimal techno, electronic pop, kraut techno, indietronica, elektrotecno, dub and digital jazz), and with a modest yet steady growth, Static Discos collects the best of the best to craft an engaging and important document of this emergent movement in our country.

Future-wise, the label will most likely continue to release its large core of artists and attempt to remain on the cutting edge of electronic music- it’s done an amazing job, thus far.

Childs - Oliver
One second bridge - ghost (aguardiente remix)
Carrie - Cat power
Pepito - the new world
H. Amézquita - quota
Murcof - el cielo

Website: Static Discos

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10.4.06

// 80's songtracks -- -- dejenme volver.

Some of these movies are pretty stupid (Mannequin), some of them i still love (The Goonies, Lost Boys, Mad Max), and some of them i haven't watched in a long time (The Legend of Billie Jean, Real Genius, Pretty in Pink).

and/or

Some of these songs are pretty stupid, some of them i still love, and most of them i hadn't listened to in a long time.

Recuerdo tardes y fines de semana en casa de mi abuela, primos y nosotros acostados frente al televisor, viendo películas en HBO y Cinemax, leyendo los CC, tratando de descubrir la trama, perdidos en la idea de un presente diferente, cercano y diferente.

For this sweet nostalgic afternoon, let us dip into our childhood memory haze.

The Psychedelic Furs, Pretty in Pink, (from Pretty in Pink).
Cyndi Lauper, Goonies (Are Good Enough), (from The Goonies).
Echo & The Bunnymen, People Are Strange, (from Lost Boys).
Pat Benatar, Invincible, (from The Legend of Billie Jean).
Simple Minds, (Don't You) Forget About Me, (from Breakfast Club).
Tears for Fears, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, (from Real Genius).
Starship, Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now, (from Mannequin).
Tina Turner, We Don't Need Another Hero, (from Mad Max III: Beyond Thunderdome).

Extra:
Tears for Fears, Head Over Heels, (used in a wonderful/gets-me-nostalgic sequence from the-not-made-but-set-in-the-80's Donnie Darko).

Arte: Poster from Heathers, teen suicide has never seemed funnier.

Probablemente Vol. I...

9.4.06

mix tape memories /2 - skate mix '91

Kinky Collection X

Quintet of kinky tunes for your morning after. Check out Randy California's solo on dark eyed woman, Hendrix himself taught a few of his tricks to Randy, this song showcases the natural talent of one of the most brilliant and overlooked guitarists in the late 60's.

A reader asked about the new two blogs on my profile. They're still unfinished but I'll reveal their purposes for the near future in case you were wondering too:
Venus de Tlatilco is meant to be a sexblog where I'll post about erotism in general; Erotic photographers and painters that I like, the books on my collection, sexual issues and discussions on the world today, and just about anything erotic that comes to mind... I've already started posting in there since friday. The blog will be written in Spanish, though, but don't let it keep you from enjoying the visuals ;)
Caravana de Acuario (or Aquarium Caravan) will eventually become a second mp3 blog where I'll join Justin from An Aquarium Drunkard and Rafavaro from Mundo Progresivo to post about garage, progressive, psychodelic and bit funk music from the late 60's and the mid 70's only. Still under construction and awaiting for Berberecho to send me the header... will keep you informed.
Moka out, hope you enjoy the kink.

Spirit - dark eyed woman
Gustavo Cerati - Tabu
The Rolling Stones - miss you
Chakachas - jungle fever
Snoop Dog & The Doors - riders on the storm

Image: Sophie Delaporte via Dadanoias.

7.4.06

((-( Release Us - - ( Very Good Things )

i can get too cryptic and mixtapy sometimes. but not today. no no not today. this is just a to-the-point and direct recommendation. you/we/everybody ha(s)ve to listen to the following songs and then decide if you/we/everybody want(s) to get the albums - which probably you/we/everybody should/will.

Mojave 3 are about to release their poppiest and most mature record to date, quite uptempo yet still as introspective-sounding as usual, and that is a very good thing. Just check the title track and the YoLaTengoesque last one.

Mojave 3, Puzzles Like You.
Mojave 3, The Mutineer.

Gustavo Cerati just released his fourth solo album and well, he's less electronic and more rock-oriented this time, something that makes him sound fresh and reinvigorated, and that's also a very good thing. now listen to the first single (Crimen) and also to my favorite song from the album - so far. (remember language shouldn't be an issue).

Gustavo Cerati, Crimen.
Gustavo Cerati, Adiós.

and finally i really have no idea why isn't everyone raving about the Young & Sexy album - and i mean hyperblogging; these canadians made something quite lovely and surprisingly well-crafted for a debut, which you know, is a very good (and rare) thing. it was really hard to pick tracks from this one, but these two are in my most played list.

Young & Sexy, Your Enemy's Asleep.
Young & Sexy, All The Little Boys & Girls.

and no no no, this is not a matter of opinion, or hype-inducing propaganda, i've said it many times before, and i will say it again, it's not my opinion what counts, it's my taste what's worthy, so don't pay attention to my words, pay attention to the music.

now let's all stop reading and get to listen please, and while we're at it, let's check Amnesty International.

Arundel



Arundel is one of my favorite songs ever...A short version begins Papa M's "Live from a Shark Cage" album and a longer version (posted here) closes the album. It is the epitome of patience. It sits somewhere between a wedding march, a funeral dirge, and a quiet prayer to God in mood. If they played this at my funeral i think I would be happy. It's everything I love about an electrified guitar tone...it's like dirt under fingernails, with vibrato choking the notes just enough to draw tears.

Which leads to Mogwai's cover of the same song for Temporary Residence's Travels in Constants series. (For those who don't know, David Pajo/Papa M played banjo on their album Rock Action and they also put out his "Papa M Sings" album on their label Rock Action). Mogwai replaces the vibrato electric guitar with a piano. The recording is muddy and the sustain pedal is held most of the time, so in much the same way, the notes argue with one another to be the top of the heap. This is everything I love about the tone of a piano. Reminds me of playing piano in a large dark room with no one else around halfway between being awake and asleep.

Later Mr. Pajo gave it another try on his "Whatever, Mortal" album. Only this time, it's called Northwest Passage. The electric guitar and piano of the two previous versions are now accompanied by banjo, acoustic guitar, glockenspiel, a pinch of synth, drums, a hint of distant slide guitar? and harmonica. There's also additional call and response between the instruments not found on the super-sparse earlier versions. It's very America, it's very much a jam, and it's a far cry from the first version, but it's a beautiful closing to an album that's much more open, alive, and hopeful.

Papa M - Arundel

Mogwai - Arundel
Papa M - Northwest Passage

6.4.06

better get moving [red blood songs]

sons and daughters - red receiver

Don't look in the side of the wardrobe
The white dress hangs tall as a tightrope
Clothes piled high in a suitcase
Better get moving fast for it's too late
And you dear friends gathered in darkness
Formed a search and followed their partners

Cold feet in London
Useless confetti
No groom
No first kiss
No diamonds for the girl

So phone phone the red receiver
at the end of the bed but no one will be here..

+some red rocksy songs

black rebel motorcicle club - red eyes and tears
elvis costello - (the angels wanna wear my) red shoes
coheed and cambria - blood red summer
jimi hendrix - red house (live)
she wants revenge - red flags and long nights
rush - red barchetta (live)
kings of leon - red morning light
the velvet teen - red, like roses
the decemberists - red right ankle

Najwajean

5.4.06

April skies (Spring time can kill)

EPA Warns Of Dangerous Levels Of Romance In Air

"Early indications of romantic exposure include a flushing of the skin around the face, neck, and chest, accelerated heartbeat, rapid eyelash batting, and sighs," EPA administrator Steven Johnson said at a morning press conference. "Left untreated, the ailment progresses rapidly, leading to aimless strolls, floral purchases, and a form of acute and regressive aphasia in which the victim's speech degenerates into that of a young child."

According to Johnson, teens, recently married couples, and people who have not yet had all of the hope drained out of them by bitter life experience are at the greatest risk. - the Onion

Romance in the air :

Robbers on High Street - The Price & Style
Jeff Gauthier Goatette - Clea's Bounce
Jolie Holland - Springtime Can Kill You
Patrice Larose - Namana
Robbers on High Street - Descender
The Impossible Shapes - We Like It Wild

image credit: romanlily.

// Offbeat - - - paso perdido..


hoy, hoy nihilo.
nada y más.
es el insomnio culpan.
las 3 voces en mi cabeza.
- cuando dejes de importarnos
nos dejarás solos -
al unísono.

baby, hold the reins.
sanity is a necessary luxury.


Sunset Rubdown, Three Colours.
Bird Show, Field On Water.
Moonshake, Coward (Version 2).
The Ladies, So Much For The Fourth Wall.
Young People, On The Farm.
Disco Inferno, Even The Sea Sides Against Us.

Arte: algo de Picasso.

4.4.06

i'll buy me a tally-feather double dose of dilly dally


hey all,
oum and i are two tired looking kids, drowning under too much of everything. I guess it's better than too little but it means we haven't been able to keep up with our internet activities. On top of that because of a basketball game, free form break, tornado, and baseball game we haven't done our radio show in a month! Needless to say I'm am pleased to take a breather from life to do some blogging. We wanted to do one of those "list" posts made famous by squashed. So I suggested a traditional fiddle dance music list to be difficult and oum didn't really stick to that topic...which is her own way of being difficult cos she has the knowledge to make a way better list than me. anyways, good music.
cheers,
chris and oum




my list
1. Ernest V. Stoneman - Sally Goodin' (got from Thomas Edison's Attic show)
2. Theodore J. Swystun- Kozaczka Szumka Ukrainian Village Music
3. J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers - Kiss Me Cindy Good For What Ails You
4. Henry L. Bandy- Sail Away Ladies Kentucky Mountain Music
5. Rumania group- Dance Song Secret Museum Of Mankind Vol. 1



oums list
1. Csokolom- Mysterieuse May I Kiss Your Hand
2. Ioutbaten Boiourgtslooun And Her Father- Urtyn duu Music of Mongolia
3. Nautical Almanac- wielding the reflex fiddle Rooting for the Microbes
4. Velvet Underground- The Black Angel's Death Song Velvet Underground w/ Nico
5. Bascom Lamar Lunsford- Jeannie Jenkins Smokey Mountain Ballads

image is a scanned oum doodle

April skies

Getting dark now – never saw so many stars and I haven't smiled this much since the last time I was on drugs.

Stars in the sea:

Hanne Hukkelberg - cast anchor
Ak-momo - greasy spoon
Cranes - light song
Balun - snol
Mum - nightly cares
Four Tet - everything is alright (live at Melbourne Spanish club)

Stars in the forest:

Susumu Yokota - song of the sleeping forest
From Tau to Tausend - leave out the ghosts
Mole Harness - ripples on underground lakes
Jolie Holland - springtime can kill you
Charalambides - spring

Cover de una de mis canciones favoritas con dedicatoria especial a christyan que hoy cumple años :

Elis Regina - golden slumbers/carry that weight

3.4.06

Paavoharju - interview


"Submerging into Fonal's deep and very interesting catalogue is similar to traveling into a dense and disquieting forest at night. It is impossible to anticipate the surprises that our clumsy steps are going to lead us to, and this, is without doubt the most rewarding and hopeful side of the adventure."
E. Pérez.
In less than a year, Paavoharju have positioned themselves as one of the most interesting acts in the Finnish scene with their stunning debut "Yha Hamaraa". This Sunday I had the pleasure to interview Lauri Ainala about their new Ep and their upcoming plans for this year. This is what he tolds us:

The paavoharju journey has lasted about 6 years since it began, what can you tell us about that time? I have the impression that yha hamaraa is a very important and (busy) record for you right now...

A lot of things happened during that time. I lived and spent much time in many different and really inspiring places and tried to think and feel what Paavoharju wants to express in it's music. It was really great time which I miss sometimes.
One of the places where I lived in was an old abandoned dairy.

Did you recorded any song in there?

no.

Yet some of your songs certainly have this live sound feel...

Yep, but I guess that is caused by our ascetic recording equipment.

(laugh) are you changing it on your new record? or will you keep the lo-fi recording?

We're doing our next one with the same equipment too, so I guess it will still be more or less lo-fi.

Sometimes, it seems that your compositions had left from a structure of guitar and voice, while in others it seems like it was the fruit of a crazy jam session. How are the songs from Paavoharju composed?

In many different ways I must say. It depends much on who is behind the main idea of a song. Usually my brother Olli records some guitar/keyboard/pianolines and I add my stuff (mainly) with computer all over it. Then our vocalists first try to improvise something to the songs and I try to tell them in which direction they should develop their singing and melodies. Sometimes parts of vocals may be fully improvised. The song 'Mitä sinä et ole' has fully improvised vocals for example.

You mention the use of a computer in your composing, what kind of programs are you using?

I use a oldschool trackers a lot, sample-editor and a multitrack/studio software.

What can you tell us about your gigs? Are they similar to your records?

They are totally different, more pop/rock oriented. We don't use much electronics at gigs.

I've heard you're playing in churchs...

We have a gig at Rotterdam which is held in a church. I don't know anything about how they organized it.

I'd love to be there... any plans of coming to our continent soon?

If we get money from somewhere we'll come as soon as possible.

So tell me a bit about your new EP (Tuote-akatemia / Unien Savonlinna), I understand there some sort of b-sides from the yha hamaraa sessions?

That's correct. For example the first track, 'Nuo maisemat', is a song which didn't fit to "Yhä hämärää". As you possibly and most likely could guess the track, "Mitä sinä et ole", is from our "first" record with the same name, which was actually never released. Tracks 'Tavataan 12-7-2004' and 'Tartu tähän hetkeen' are quite new tracks but they didn't fit in our new full lenght record that we are currently making. "Pépé" is one of the first Paavoharju & Joose Keskitalo co-operation tracks.
By the way, Joose is now here with me too, so if you want to ask something from Joose its possible.

Well I'd like to ask both of you what artists have you've been listening to lately?

We'll give you top 5:

Lauri:
1. Joose Keskitalo - Kaupungit puristuvat puristimissa
2. Goldmund - Corduroy road
3. Mew - Frengers
4. Burzum - Det Som Engang Var
5. Khonnor - Handwriting

Joose:
1. Erkki Lemisen - saarnakasetti kärsimyksen ongelmasta
2. Sami Kukka - Sami Kukka
3. Prince far-I - Psalms for I
4. Tapio Rautavaara
5. Paavoharju - Maxi ranskikset

maxi ranskikset? never heard of that one...

And you never will.

(laugh) well, then tell me, why did you decided to give away the ep for free?

We are not that much after money and we thought that it would be fun to do so.

Joose is in there with you today. I assume you're composing songs for the new album...?

We composed some stuff at morning but we did it for our new project called "Harmaa keto".

Is it similar to "Minä ja Kapteeni/Onni" ?

not really.

So what kind of sound are you following for this project?

It's like prophetic heretic blues with harsh sounds. We are planning to release a 7'' with 2 songs 'Peura' and 'Melkisedek' from "Harmaa keto".

Can you tell me a bit of your plans for the new Paavoharju album?

Paavoharju's new album will be more focused to different aspects of mornings and sunny days.

Is the religious influence gone then?

Of course not, it's always behind (and hidden in) our music.

Will you have guests from the finnish scene on this record as well?

Yes, there are some guests. We've asked for example Ville Leinonen to participate on one track and he answered: yep, but we haven't recorded his vocals yet.+

Based on the new songs on the ep you mention (Tavataan 12-7-2004, Tartu Tahan Hetkeen) it seems like you're moving towards a more electronic sound...

That's a bit wrong impression as I decided not to put those tracks to our next full length just because they sounded more electronic than other songs and so they fitted better with songs like "Nuo maisemat" and "Mitä sinä et ole". We're always doing both more-electronic and more-acoustic songs.

Can we expect the new album to be released any time soon?

I guess it will be ready during this year, but I can't say exactly when yet.

Well I have to let you go. Anything you'd like to tell us before we end this interview?

Paavoharju and Joose Keskitalo would like all world to know that; "Viideltä saunaan, kuudelta putkaan, se on työmiehen lauantai". :)

To listen and download the entire Tuote-akatemia / Unien Savonlinna EP go here.

1.4.06

hi there april

Volver

Volver, a veces significa empezar por donde se dejó ...

Estrella Morentes - Volver (mmm+)
Carlos Gardel - Volver
Siglotreinta - Volver
Trelles y Cirigliano - Volver
Adriana Varela - Volver

La imagen pertenece al cartel de "Volver", la última maravilla de Almodóvar :)

Lovely, but somber

Small intervening lists between the unfinished 'dream' series and upcoming 'elegant' series. This is a deep night list with moody texture, dark, full of fuzzy guitar and electronic blurry layers. It opens with Slint's 'Washer' from their classic 'Spiderland' album, upcoming must-have Matmos album and closed with series of psychedlic folks (Paavoharju, Band of Horses) Feist however is different, she is a Canadian songwriter in tradition of Joni Mitchell. Mark Dresser brings in an experimental jazz in between. If you care for something experimental and dark, I hope you enjoy this list. "Goodnight my love // Remember me as you fall to sleep ... Embracing thoughts of tonight's dreamless sleep // My head is empty // My toes are warm // I am safe from harm"

Slint - Washer
Matmos - Semen Song For James Bidgood
Mark Dresser - FLBP
Paavoharju - Tavataan (12-7-2004)
Feist - Gatekeeper
Band of Horses - For Wicked Gil

image credit: christian wind (aka isherwood)

Escuchando covers en el elevador

Me dan los nervios y comienzo a inventarte palabras prestadas.

Julie London - light my fire (the Doors)
Mike Flowers pops - wonderwall (Oasis)
John Martyn - glory box (Portishead)
Cibo Matto - about a girl (Nirvana)
The Artwoods - these boots are made for walking (Nancy Sinatra)
Little Richard - brown sugar (the Rolling Stones)
Spanky Wilson - sunshine of your love (cream)
The Cardigans - the boys are back in town (Thin Lizzy)
The Flying Lizards - sex machine (James Brown)

Actualizacion - aqui les dejo una cancion de Antonella Ruggiero a peticion de una de nuestras visitas:

Antonella Ruggiero - l' orologio precissimo

Image: Shane Glines.