Saturday, December 6, 2014

1000 LIEDER - TAG 332 LIED #363

Tag 332: Ein schönes Lied von Wolfgang Ambros


1972, ich war 13 Jahre alt, und Wolfgang Ambros hat sein erstes Album veröffentlicht, mit Texten vom Herrn Prokopetz. Sehr melancholisch, die ganze Sache, nicht nur die Texte, sondern auch der ein bissale gebrochene, zurückgehaltene Gesangsstil, wo sich alles so anhört, als würde das im Augenblick des Gesungenwerdens schon wieder in Frage gestellt, zurückgenommen oder aber nur so dahin gesagt. Melancholische Fragezeichen halt, eine Winterstimmung, ein (ost)österreichisches abgründiges depressives Statement, musikalisch aber wunderschön umgesetzt, erste Sahne in den Arrangements, in der Kunst des Tonsatzes. Hier das Titellied des Albums:


Saturday, November 22, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 331 SONG # 362

DAY 331: A Tune with a Strange Title by a Genius that Hardly Anyone Remembers

Gary McFarland started with being a musician at age 25 or so; he attended the Lenox School of Jazz and  Berklee School of Music and  moved to New York City at age 27 to work as a musician. He became a well known and much sought-after composer and arranger working with the likes of Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O'Day, Gábor Szábó and others. When he went on doing some more popular music stuff, some folks of the self-assigned intellectual superiority predisposition seem to have critizised him for that. So, fama says, he went on to do one of his master works, namely a suite called "America The Beautiful: An Account of its Disappearance", which  reflects his dissatisfaction with the way US-American civilization went in sacrificing the beauty of its (first stolen and then inherited) landscape for the sake of capitalism (or so). He died a strange death, being poisoned at a New York bar in November 1971. Largely forgotten for a long time, some of his work has been rediscovered (and made availbale again) during the last years. Here is #2 from the said "America the Beautiful" a composition bearing the wonderful name "80 Miles An Hour Through Beer-can Country" (featuring many a fine musician, like Randy Brecker or Eric Gayle). As a bonus-track I add the Samba-version of "A Hard Days Night":






Friday, November 14, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 330 SONG # 361

Day 330: My Favourite Version of my Favourite Song about a Hat from 1967


Procol Harum have already been featured on this blog. There is many a fine song that Gary Brooker has composed with Keith Reid writing rather surrealistic lyrics to. Homburg certainly is among the utmost finest (to show some understatement). Certainly, the original version is a good one. Nevertheless, the one live version that Gary Brooker and some fine musicians have done here is unbeatable in my humble opinion. Here it is with lyrics:




Your multilingual business friend
Has packed her bags and fled
Leaving only ash-filled ashtrays
And the lipsticked unmade bed
The mirror, on reflection
Has climbed back upon the wall
For the floor she found descended
And the ceiling was too tall

Your trouser cuffs are dirty
And your shoes are laced up wrong
You'd better take off your Homburg
'Cause your overcoat is too long

Town clock in the market square
Stands waiting for the hour
When its hands they both turn backward
And on meeting will devour
Both themselves and also any fool
Who dares to tell the time
And the sun and moon will shadow
And the signpost cease to sign


For the sake of completeness, the original version (in a slower tempo with a younger voice):




Monday, November 3, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 329 SONG # 360

DAY 329: Another Fine Song by Brian Eno

One of my favourite albums of all time certainly is "Another Green World" by Brian Eno. After that, he did "Discreet Music" and "Before and After Science" and then turned to Ambient Music, at some point abandoning vocals. "Another Day on Earth" (2005) was the first solo-album by Eno again introducing the strange idea, that there is a singer to a song and something like a song on an abum. The album in question starts with this:


And methinks, THIS is beautiful.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 328 Song #359

DAY 328: A Song I like to Dance to

Back to music, back to Hip-Hop, back to Love, Monie Love. From her first album "Down to Earth", here it is, featuring a sample of a song written by Stevie Wonder for The Spinners (It's  a Shame) and featuring Ultra Naté. Makes me dance around the house, 25 years after. First, the original recording, then the Cool-As-Mix, featuring a sample of Sister Sledge's "He's the Greatest Dancer". I do like the original version more, although the extended mix might work well with a fine DJ.



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 327 SONG #358

DAY 327: Northern Soul's Inspiration

Northern Soul is either a musical style in Northern England or a life-style in Northern England heavily influenced by Motown RnB and Soul, especially by those "rare soul" tracks released on the many small labels by those gifted soul artists of the early 60ies. Here are three songs that would fit into these categories, the first one by Charles Sheffield, more a RnB thing in the great New Orleans tradition. And in that tradition, it is only natural, that Voodoo is mentioned. If you want to know more about "Voodoo", click here: http://cultrelhgh.blogspot.co.at/2009/08/zombies-leopards-and-genre-theory.html, if you want to know more about Charles Sheffield, click here: http://soulstrutter.blogspot.co.at/2009/09/ns596-charles-sheffield-its-your-voodoo.html.




We go on with Sherri Taylor and her wonderfully ringing bell - very straight to the point -  to end up with Ted Taylor and his complaints about all those other guys trying to ring the bell he alone is in charge of or so...




Monday, July 21, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 326 SONG # 357

DAY 326: A Song transposed from Major tio  Minor Key

Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) was a great Austrian composer, opera director and so on. His symphonies are among my favourites. His first symphony (named after a book by Jean Paul that I have read in its entirety [each and every one of the "Jobelperioden"]: Titan), features - as the 3rd movement - a treatment of one of the most popular French folk songs (along with "Sur le pont d'Avignon"), Frere Jacques, transposed from the major key of the original to the minor key in which the song might have been rendered in the Austrian empire. Some commentators also hear influences of Kletzmer in this one. Be that as it may, it is simply great. Here is a version of it, as performed by The Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pierre Boulez.


Friday, July 11, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 325 SONG # 356

DAY 325: Bring It On, Mr. Bassman! Remembering Charlie Haden


Charlie Haden (1937-2014), born in the Midwest (Missouri), died in the Far West (California) yesterday. One important Jazzman, he played the double bass in bands and orchestras with likes of Ornette Coleman,  Keith Jarrett, Archie Shepp or Carla Bley, to name but a few. Here is a swinging tune called "Ginger Blues" recorded in 1995, with Ginger Baker on drums and Bill Frisell on guitar; this is very "elastic" due to the great bass-lines of Mr. Haden. There is also a solo done by him on that one. May he rest in peace!




Saturday, July 5, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 324 SONG # 355

DAY 324: 2 Road Songs by Lucinda Williams

Going back to what has been labelled "Alternative Country" but also as "Roots Rock", "Americana" and the like: Lucinda Williams, Country singer who had her breakthrough in the music business with her fifth album, "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road". In 2002, Time Magazine named her "America's best songwriter". Although she wrote some really beautiful songs, methinks that no one could be called America's best songwriter in earnest, and, even if so, there are some other candidates (at least) on my list for that honour. Nevertheless, I do like the songs of Lucinda, and here are two: "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" in an excellent version done in 2009, and, in a version done 20 years earlier, a song from her third album "Lucinda Williams", "Side of the Road" (and this is indeed a very beautiful song).




Wednesday, July 2, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 323 SONG # 354

DAY 323: None of Us Are Free


This is a song from the 2002 album of the great Rhythm and Blues & Soul Singer Solomon Burke (1940-2010), Don´'t Give Up On Me. It is written by Barry Mann, his wife Cynthia Weil and Brenda Russell. There are also versions by Ray Charles and Lynyrd Skynyrd. They are not bad (especially the one by Ray, but maybe one could make a claim that it bears some traces of "overproduction"), nevertheless, the Solomon Burke version is the one with the most appeal to me. Here it is, followed by the lyrics:



Well you better listen my sisters and brothers
'Cause if you do you can hear
There are voices still calling across the years.
And they're all crying across the ocean
And they're cryin' across the land
And they will till we all come to understand.

None of us are free
None of us are free
None of us are free, one of us are chained
None of us are free.

And there are people still in darkness,
And they just can't see the light.
If you don't say it's wrong then that says it right
We got try to feel for each other
Let our brother's know that we care.
Got to get the message, send it out loud and clear.

It's a simple truth we all need just to hear and to see.
None of us are free, if one of us is chained
None of us are free.
Now I swear your salvation isn't too hard to find
None of us can find it on our own.
We've got to join together in spirit, heart and mind.
So that every soul who's suffering will know that they're not alone.

Friday, June 27, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 322 SONG # 353

DAY 322: Best Version of a Song Formerly Posted

Self reference and creating self-refering loops by that technique is one of the greatest things invented in writing about things ever (or so, and in music, too). On February 17, 2011, I have written about "See That my Grave is Kept Clean", that it "is a song by Blind Lemon Jefferson, prominently featured on Bob Dylan's debut album, Bob Dylan. Many singers and bands have done versions of it, among them Steve Wynn's Dream Syndicate on their 1988 album 'Ghost Stories' (the version I would like to hear at my funeral - in case that there is some chance to hear anytghing on your own funeral), Lou Reed and Grateful Dead."
Then, there was no version of the version I would like to hear at my funeral available on YouTube or so. Now, there are two versions available, the studio version and the "EPIC LIVE VERSION". Greatest versions ever of one of the best songs ever, Dream Syndicate doing See That My Grave Is Kept Clean:






Tuesday, June 24, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 321 SONG # 352

DAY 321: Three ways to do a Song


Ben Harper seems to be a fine musician. Proof: he is able to do a song that he has co-written in different ways. His own cover-versions, he did. By the way, this is a beuatiful song. So we start with the "video-version" - the one explaining in pictures what he is so angered about. Then, there is an acoustic version and finally, the Reggae-Version. This one is really great, so in case you have no time to listen to all of these or you have heard them often enough, just listen to # 3. Nevertheless, all 3 versions are fine, very fine indeed.




Thursday, June 19, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 320 SONG # 351

DAY 320: Relax with John Lee Hooker and Ry Cooder

This is an easy one. I do not have to introduce John Lee Hooker. Do I have to introduce Ry Cooder? Certainly not. Approximately 25 minutes of blues by two masters. Enjoy.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 319 SONG # 350

Day 319: A Song Featuring Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana

It seems strange, but there is (at least - to my knowledge: exactly) one (rendering of a) song that features Carlos Santana on guitar and Willie Nelson on vocals, buenos dias got to go. And, even more unbelievable, it is a Tex-Mex kind of a song. Who would ever have thought of the Mexican-born inventor of "Latin Rock" to have recorded a song with the great Flaco Jimenez on accordion?  Where's my brown dog, where's my hound? The song was written by Greg Brown, and it is featured on Havana Moon, a very fine album by Carlos, recorded in 1983. Forget "Samba Pa Ti" (members of the generation fathered with the help of this song will nowadays have begotten children on their own), here it is, fine fine song and great musicianship in rendering it (Willie could have done something concerning his accent in the Spanish language):

Monday, June 9, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 318 SONG # 349

DAY 318: A Song from Cleveland about a Great Poetress


Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was an American poetress, of German descent. Her father was German (a university professor of biology) and her mother was an Austrian, about 20 years younger than Sylvia's father. Sylvia is thought to have writtten extremely marvellous poems and she has also written a novel called  "The Bell Jar" starting with an allusion to the Rosenbergs. Sylvia Plath was married to a British poet by the name of Hughes, and they had two children, and although they were not divorced they seem to have been somewhat of separated at the time of her death. She had some mental problems before, and finally she committed suicide by putting on the gas and putting her head in the oven somewhere in London. She carefully took measures that her children would not be harmed by her suicide (not incidentally killed by the gas). Her son Nicholas became a famous biologist (for the fish) and hanged himself in 2009. Her daughter Frieda is an artist. I own an album by Death of Samantha (a band from Cleveland, Ohio), on which is featured a song called the "Rosenberg Summer", starting with the question: "Everlasting summer - did you kill the Rosenbergs?". Should ye not know, who the Rosenbergs have been and what their fate has been, click here: Rosenbergs. Death of Samantha also did a very beautiful cover-version of a song written by Cleveland's  short-lived (due to drug and alcohol abuse) musician Peter Laughner - a guy influential to seminal bands like Pere Ubu - called "Sylvia Plath" - a poetic rendering of the fate of the poetress. Here it is, the version by Death of Samantha, followed by the original take by Peter Laughner (he did never officially record it, it was only featured on a posthumous release of his tapes). And, for the sake of breaking it down - from the point of view of someone blogging about music telling a story about some guys who did a cover version of a song written by a guy about a woman writing poetry, I do feature Sylvia Plath's voice here, too.




Sylvia Plath
Was never too good at math
But they tell me that she finished
At the height of her class
And when she lost her virginity
She didn't lose it too fast
They couldn't hold any dress rehearsals for
Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath
Came into Manhattan
She had crawled out of one
Cocoon where there was absolutely
Nothin happening
And if I'm gonna be classless and crass
I'm gonna break up some glass
Nobody broke anything sharper than
Sylvia Plath

There's no romance and excuses
There's just the dance in the aftermath
And when you check out of this hotel jack
You're nothin but an autograph
The desk clerk wakes her at seven
And he tosses it out with the trash
But he'll keep around a couple of letters
Return addressed to
Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath
Woke up and turned on the gas
Then she put her head down and completely
Forgot about lighting a match

The rest of the details
Are just too boring to attach
Yeah, Let's see you do one thing as graceful as
Sylvia Plath
Yeah, Let's see you do one thing as graceful as
Sylvia Plath
Yeah, let's see you do one thing as senselessly cruel as
Sylvia Plath




Sunday, June 1, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 317 SONG # 348

DAY 317: Jamaican Music before Reggae existed

Sometimes I wonder, sometimes I ponder, whether there have ever been citizens of Jamaica not being either musicians, in the music business or in sports? Be that as it may, the Mento came into existence "through the contact of displaced Africans with European culture". It is kind of traditional folklore and dance music, having lost its role as such through the spreading of mobile sound systems throughout Jamaican villages. The Lititz Mento Band has been part of a "renaissance" of that old-style-before-dance-hall Jamaican music, a successful band that has been awarded many a price. In case you want to know more and hear more, buy the compilation CD brought to you by the Berlin "Haus der Kulturen der Welt" (featuring an informative booklet). I got it, and I have uploaded them songs featured here to You Tube in order to make you aware of that fine music. Here they come, Mento versions of "By The Rivers of Babylon", "Lion of Judah" and "Day-Oh", songs you will all know, but may have never heard done like that before. Enjoy!




Friday, May 30, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 316 SONG # 347

DAY  315: A Song that has been covered before its first release
 
"Theme for an Imaginary Western" - often falsely rendered as "Theme from an Imaginary Western" - is a song by Jack Bruce that had first been played before a public audience at the Woodstock Festival (I stay with that...) by Mountain, a few weeks before Jack Bruce's first solo-album "Songs for a Tailor" on which it is featured as track #2 was released. Roughly a year after the breakup of the "supergroup" Cream, Jack Bruce - to me still the one outstanding musician that was part of this band - released his first solo-album. Rumour has it, that "Theme" was originally offered by Bruce to Cream, but Eric Clapton did not have the right feeling, so Bruce gave the song to Leslie West, guitarist of Mountain. I could not find any evidence supporting that story, but I found rather nice words by Old Slowhand on that one in an interview with UNCUT:
"Jack has always had the most beautiful melodies. That man’s solo albums after Cream were amazing, too. Songs For A Tailor – what great writing that was, with stuff like 'Theme For An Imaginary Western'. Just fantastic."
For the whole interview, klick HERE; will give some impression of what Cream really was about. Back to the Leslie West story, I think that it must have been Felix Pappalardi (bass player with Mountain, producer  of Cream) who took the song with him to Woodstock. Be that as it may, the song's lyrics are by Pete Brown, who also wrote the lyrics for those hits by Cream that Jack Bruce wrote the music to, like "Sunshine of Your Love" or "White Room" (btw, "Strange Brew" was written by Clapton, Pappalardi and his wife GAIL COLLINS who allegedly shot him later on). The song has been covered by many an artist or band. There are 3 versions featured here: The original by Jack Bruce (with Jon Hiseman on drums), the studio-version from Mountain's  debut LP "Climbing" and a nice version done by Jack Bruce and Leslie West. Listen to the guitar on the rendering by Mountain (Leslie comes in at 2:48) and don't say, Clapton could have done it - at least he hasn't.  I also think, that Pappalardi does better vocals than Bruce.




When the wagons leave the city
For the forest and further on
Painted wagons of the morning
Dusty roads where they have gone
Sometimes travelling through the darkness
Met the summer coming home
Fallen faces by the wayside
Looked as if they might have known

O the sun was in their eyes
And the desert that dries
In the country town
Where the laughter sounds

O the dancing and the singing
O the music when they played
O the fires that they started
O the girls with no regret
Sometimes they found it
Sometimes they kept it
Often lost it on the way
Fought each other to possess it
Sometimes died in sight of day




Tuesday, May 27, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 315 SONG # 346

DAY 315: My Favourite Song from the Woodstock Album

Back then, in the olden days, when I was young,  I did delight a many good times in listening to those songs collected on the Woodstock concert album and many a great song has put the Lord Almighty on this fine compilation. And it came to pass, that there was one song, that did rightfully stick in mine ears more than any other. And it came to pass that hitherto this song is more apt to mine ears than any other song from that album whence it was taken. It is morning maniac music, and the repetitive basic structure of the rhythm guitar basically is what music is about to mine brains.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 314 Song # 345

Day 314: A Song from "The Denver Gentlemen" by The Denver Gentlemen

This here is a song from the 2005 album "The Denver Gentlemen" by The Denver Gentlemen. If you want to know some things about this band click HERE. The Denver Gentlemen have some relations to 16 Horspower and other dark "Denver-style-bands". Its idiosyncratic muscial style  has also been labelled as "Indie Rock" or "Gothic Country" a.t.l. Anyway, the song featured here is called "Dance and Make Babies", and to me, it is just music (like with religion, it is with music: no need for further labels). It is, indeed, very intersting kind of music:





Thursday, May 22, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 313 Song # 344

Day 313: Take a Look at Yourself


Today,  in the course "Introduction to the General History of Religion", which is a cooperation of two colleagues and me (nobody can give a course like that on his/her own), America was on the list (2nd part: Aztecs, Inkas, Christianity in US., African-American and Afro-American Religions), and therefore the Nation of Islam. 5 Percenters seem to be an offspring of NOI, and Keith Edward Elam, aka The Guru, member of Gang Starr, seems to have been a 5 percenter. Anyway, he is dead, and he was one of the best voices in Rap history, and besides of being a member of Gang Starr (already featured on this here blog), he did that cool hip-hop-jazz fusion thing, called Jazzmatazz. Here is "Take a Look at Yourself" from the first, and "Lifesaver" from the second Jazzmatazz-album.





Tuesday, May 20, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 312 SONG # 343

Day 312:  A Working Man's Song, Once More

A working man is a working man, and there are so many songs about the working man, from "Sixteen Tons" to "Working in a Coal Mine". Among the working men, you find the slaves, those people ripped off of their individual human rights. By the use of metaphor, Afro-American and African-American (offspring of) slaves in the NEW world have called themselves "Israelites", just because in the story of sacred history "owned" by their suppressors, Israel was a slave in Egypt's land. Makes me think and wonder. Ska, not Reggae, Dekker, not Marley: The Israelites, 1969:


Get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir, so that every mouth can be fed. Poor me, the Israelite. Aah. Get up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir, So that every mouth can be fed. Poor me, the Israelite. Aah. My wife and my kids, they are packed up and leave me. Darling, she said, I was yours to be seen. Poor me, the Israelite. Aah. Shirt them a-tear up, trousers are gone. I don't want to end up like Bonnie and Clyde. Poor me, the Israelite. Aah. After a storm there must be a calm. They catch me in the farm. You sound the alarm. Poor me, the Israelite. Aah. Poor me, the Israelite. I wonder who I'm working for. Poor me, Israelite, I look a-down and out, sir.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 311 SONG # 342

DAY 311:  Two of Bob's Mainstream US "Rock-Ballads"

Back in the late 70ies and early 80ies Bob Segers more ballad-like songs were on something like constant air-play (at least I remember it like that). They really fit well with todays mood, a rainy saturday in spring, and, I heard "Still the Same" when shopping, a song written by Bob Seger and to be found on his 1978 album "Stranger in Town". That's why I put it here. The other one, from Bob Seger's  1982 album "The Distance" was written by Rodney Crowell. It is relatively hard, if not impossible, to find a decent video featuring those tracks on UTUBE.






Monday, March 10, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 310 SONG # 341

Day 310: A beautiful song by Bonnie Prince Billy

Everbody loves Will Oldham (a.k.a. Bonnie Prince Billy), at least for the Johnny Cash version of his seminal song "I see a darkness". One could also mention that he did the best version of "Puff the Magic Dragon" ever recorded (Sorry, P, P & M). Here is something else, a song that has what I would call Nick-Drake-Qualities, as far as mood is concerned. Enjoy "The Way", from the "Prince's" album "Master and Everyone":

Friday, February 14, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 309 SONG # 340

Day 309: My Funny Valentine


Last Time I posted a version of this song was on 2011-02-14. Three yeras gone since Chet Baker's version. This is an easy post, neither do I  have to write anything about the song, nor about the singers: Ella, Nico, & Etta. Enjoy!






Sunday, February 9, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 308 SONG # 339

Day 339: Songs by Johnny Hickman

Johnny Hickman is a great guitar player of Cracker fame, a decent person, a nice guy and he wrote some really beautiful songs. Here is a link to his homepage, where you can buy some of his music: http://johnnyhickman.com/index.htm. Of all the songs posted here, I have at least bought one versio, because Johnny deserves to have some outcome of the great work he does to ease our minds. First, there is Little Tom, with lyrics, from his solo album "Palmhenge", after that, you'll find Hold of Myself, one of my all time fav tunes, in an "unplugged" version done by the great Hickman, and, later on, in the official Cracker version. May Johnny live on and prosper!!!


Well someone shot the president, on the night that I was born
I wasn't born to poverty or wealth
Just one in a million babies, often to be told
Keep their opinions to themselves
I really wasn't all that small but they called me Little Tom
And they sent me to school far away
I don't really get it and I may never know
But they said at the time that there was no other way,
no other way

Well they say I had a sister, but she died when I was young
In a home that the government had found her in
And the place they found for me they called the great opportunity
Still I wish she could have died with me around her
See some kids got a beatin', some kids went away
Sometimes I'd hear 'em leaving in the night
One time I saw Jesus standing outside in the rain
And he told me that I was gonna be all right,
gonna be all right

Well the priest there he bought me a suit, and we got in his car
And he took me for a ride downtown
Said the Army is the place for you,
You'll be a man before they're through
He walked away while I was just staring down
Now which God made the criminals, and which God made police
And which God makes the ones like me
Where do bad guys come from if they don't fall out of the sky
When I get out I'm gonna work at stayin free,
just stayin free




Saturday, January 18, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 307 SONG # 338

DAY 307: Two Great Cover Versions by Galaxie 500

Galaxie 500 were a US-American alternative rock band active in the late 80ies or so it seems. They are often said to have been largely influenced by Velvet Underground, and in fact there are some songs on the three albums they have released that very much sound like VU, but there are others too,  that sound, like, e.g., the Feelies. They have also done two beautiful cover versions (as far as I know; there might be more). Here are those, the first one of George Harrison's Isn't it a Pity. This is a simply great version (I do not comment on the many other more or less fine cover versions of that tune to be found). Although - as Galaxie 500 (and others) have shown - this is a really marvellous tune, I could not and cannot listen to the original recording done by George due to too much SCHMALTZ and very strange arrangements. But Galaxie 500 have done a version that brings out all the (more or less) hidden beauty in that song. This is the first song rendered here. Afterwards, I will go on with Galaxie 500's version of Joy Divison's "Ceremony". "Ceremony" was the first single by New Order after the death of Ian Curtis, with vocals done by Bernard Summer. I feature one of the three versions recorded by Joy Divison (in contradistinction to GH's failed attempt to make his point), the one from the STILL album - what a broken performance and so great (you will never get the lyrics from that one)




Sunday, January 12, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 306 SONG # 337

Day 306: Just another great band from Hungary

Quimby from Hungary are listed als "Alternative Rock" - as I have written in my last posting, "alternative" means something like "good" to me, irrespective of the genre. As I have some inclination towards Hungarian, and I also do think that it fits well with music (in contradistinction to some friends who have the opposite, clearly ungrounded theory), I do like that song that sounds like a mix of Calexico, Element of Crime and Marcy Playground to me. "Neki megadom magam" seems to mean something like "I will let him have it myself", if I understand it correctly.


Sunday, January 5, 2014

1000 SONGS - DAY 305 Song # 336

DAY 305: A Good One Gig in Amsterdam

Fred Eaglesmith, a Canadian guy, is one of the great persons acting in what is called "alternative country". Alternative Country simply is good music as compared to non-alternative anything. "Alternative" (with some very rare exceptions) has become a label for "good" in the music scene, irrespectively of the genre. I have never seen a live performance by him, but sure as hell, I will do everything to see Fred in person and on stage before I leave this dull form of existence. If you want to understand what I mean, look at and listen to the second link featured here. As this is a full show of something like 80 minutes duration, I have put on one clip of that show first, 4 minutes of York Street. Show was done in Paradiso, Amsterdam.