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Strange and/or Beautiful music I've just discovered

 
 
Reply Thu 29 Jul, 2010 03:47 pm
There is so much music out there, it's impossible to hear it all, but damn I try.

Anyway I keep finding things that I would never have heard unless I was a voracious downloader with a penchant for mixtapes and an mp3 player on random. Now I've decided to track some of what I've found, maybe with a view to blogging one day (or are we over blogging now and I should tweet?).

Anyway as much as backup for my failing brain as anything I shall commence.

I found the jwz mixtape series I think through djjd62 (who I think is my doppleganger on the other side of the planet). On one is a track by the band 'Ethyl Meatplow' ! Great name! But what's the music like? Apparently they only one album released 1993 and allmusic.com calls them 'a short-lived, yet enormously accomplished, pseudo-industrial alternative/dance-rock outfit'

I don't know if the track is typical of them but I think it would have to be one of the best covers (or should I say interpretation) of a pop classic I've ever heard for it's complete reworking of instrumentation and sentiment of the original.

I'd never realised how menacing the Carpenters 'Close to you' could be....

 
Mame
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jul, 2010 04:46 pm
Wow, that is neat! Thanks.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jul, 2010 05:10 pm
@hingehead,
the website and indie label the catbirdseat, used to put some awesome mixes, one of which, last year, contained this gem



then last year merge records celebrated their 20th anniversary with an unbelievable box set containing 12 cd's tunes compiled by various musicians, filmmakers and authors, a remix cd and a cd of cover songs (non merge artists covering merge artists), the latter contained this cover by a fave band the mountain goats



hey, where's my pills?
they were sitting on the window sill.
should have known something was wrong when last week you tossed my favorite bong.
now it's gone.
you're messing with my drug life.
you're messing with my drug life.
dimebags flash up the union square.
people walk in serotonin pairs.
i remember it was only play
devil's sucking in the proteges.
just shuffle off through the golden mist.
take a number 'cause you're on the list
and later on second avenue
if it comes down to the drugs or you
baby, we're through.
'cause you're messing with my drug life.
you're messing with my drug life.
you're messing with my drug life.
you're messing with my drug life.
Mame
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jul, 2010 05:30 pm
@djjd62,
Yeah, that is a gem. Like that, too.
hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jul, 2010 06:50 pm
@djjd62,
I get an rss feed from catbirdseat on your recommendation Deej, but clearly I joined to late to get the East River Pipe original. Like it.

I think I've found 1980s U2 again, or at least this band has. Never heard of them but it just came up on random, very 'staring meaningfully into the middle distance'. And a 2010 release...



Swimpy
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jul, 2010 07:11 pm
I can't beat you two on strange, but I just heard April Smith for the first time today and think she's pretty great. Apparently her song Terrible Things is used in a promo for the upcoming season of "Weeds." Here's a sampling:








hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jul, 2010 07:25 pm
@Swimpy,
Cool Swimpy, I think we can add her to the new genre of 'New wave cabaret' which I'd also stick the Dresden Dolls and Amanda Palmer into. How's this for an album cover?
http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/146/l_d04361d097344b57b47d49c64c6c7297.jpg
Swimpy
 
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Reply Thu 29 Jul, 2010 09:20 pm
@hingehead,
Ha! Very Rat Packy!
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hingehead
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jul, 2010 06:18 pm
Who's into Peruvian folk metal? I think these guys could give Muse a run for their money. This thudding instrumental is handy in the Andes.

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dadpad
 
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Reply Fri 30 Jul, 2010 09:58 pm
@hingehead,
I think thats the stalker re-mix
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hingehead
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2010 06:58 am
A really well known song 'Baby please don't go' which everyone knows as a Them song, or possibly as one of AC/DC's first charting tracks in Australia. Then I find a version by the Orioles that makes me wonder who did the original. Good ole wikipedia - written and recorded by Joe Williams in 1935. allmusic.com has 1169 versions listed.

Anyway the Orioles version and the Mississippi Fred McDowell version




But the original version is impressive


But even Joe evolved the song with his 1941 version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msyrGAZptX4

And his 9 string guitar version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikxLNaAYu5k
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dadpad
 
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Reply Sat 31 Jul, 2010 07:38 am
from rockwiz tonight.
Louis Louis Is the most recorded song ever
recorded by about 1600 different artists
The kinsman version
hingehead
 
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Reply Sun 1 Aug, 2010 07:29 am
@dadpad,
I don't believe it Dad - it's up there but I'd back The Beatles 'Yesterday' to have more recorded cover versions.

By the way have you ever asked yourself why no version of Louie Louie has ever cracked top 40 in Australia?
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hingehead
 
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Reply Sun 1 Aug, 2010 08:04 pm
Definitely in the 'Strange' category. When was 'Dick a dumb dumb' an acceptable song title?

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djjd62
 
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Reply Tue 3 Aug, 2010 05:39 pm
not just discovered, but strange
loaded up my ipod with negativland the other day
ahh, i feel better already

usually don't like homemade vids, but this ones not too bad

and this one, set to negativland's found music piece of a little girl with the hiccups singing somewhere over the rainbow is amazing

from their dispepsi album
hingehead
 
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Reply Tue 3 Aug, 2010 05:56 pm
@djjd62,
Suitably strange. The hiccup vid is disturbing. I don't have any negativland in my collection, except of course the Neu! track they stole their name from.
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hingehead
 
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Reply Tue 3 Aug, 2010 06:30 pm
An oldie rediscovered! What a chorus!



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hingehead
 
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Reply Thu 5 Aug, 2010 07:42 pm
Not so much beautiful music as a beautiful sounding musical instrument - have you ever heard of the musical stick? Check out Bob Culbertson site for more info and to see/hear this video:


I found it on Spicks and Speck last wednesday...

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hingehead
 
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Reply Sun 15 Aug, 2010 04:10 pm
Lovely introspective modern singer/songwriter folk sort of stuff

I found Josh Woodward through the 'Free albums galore' blog I think. This is off the Crawford Street album (free download, creative commons licence)

Thanks For Coming Click here to play the mp3

Anna Minster, it's sure been awhile
I heard through the grapevine that you took a walk down the aisle

So it's true then, oh yeah, I remember him
From grade 9 geometry, his glasses had tape on the rim

So now you're a housewife, with a place in Lake Cascades
And you're husband's an architect, it sounds like you've really got it made

Is that your daughter, in that picture, she got your pretty eyes of blue
She got your crescent-moon smile, and that curly blonde hair just like you



No me, I'm not married, at least not anymore
I couldn't pay all of her bills from the factory floor

I spent time in the Army, they taught me how to fight
Until I came to my senses and saw that it just wasn't right

That's alright though, I've got a dog and a bungalo
I can sit on my porch and just watch the old sycamore grow

Well thanks for coming, but now it's time for me to go
I wish you the best for another 10 years down the road
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hingehead
 
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Reply Fri 27 Aug, 2010 12:20 am
Just cataloguing tracks that come up on random in my to do pile:
This is from the Silent Ballet Project and part of a compilation available for free and legal download

The world needs more Italian instrumental post rock Wink

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