random stuff rushomancy is listening to

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because you lot, aside from maybe three of my friends, are probably the only people who will feign interest in the utterly arbitrary stuff i like. last time i was between jobs i tried for a while posting little write-ups on the music i was digging on to facebook. it was a great way of finding new music, strangely enough, because trying to describe what i was listening to kept bringing me to other things i didn't expect to find. but it was time consuming so once i started working again i quit. expect updates to be sporadic.

this is an early side from blue note records that was on a comp with some james p. johnson sides in the '80s. it's interesting because the celeste isn't an instrument one associates with jazz, except maybe for sun ra. on top of that it's also got charlie christian on guitar, though he's not to the fore here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsVhwQsh86c

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Friday, 10 August 2018 02:18 (one year ago) link

The Mills Brothers were crazy good. The dude with the vocal bass line and the guitar is funky and amazing at downhill train speed.

https://youtu.be/MtqpyMvI3D4

earlnash, Friday, 10 August 2018 02:28 (one year ago) link

That Celeste sounds cool its like vibes with more sustain and a bit of a bell like overtone.

earlnash, Friday, 10 August 2018 02:30 (one year ago) link

that mills brothers song is great, thanks!

a couple weeks ago i decided to listen to every band i could find named "collage". my favorite was this estonian folk/jazz combo. estonian vocal harmonies and soul jazz, what a combo!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0zVKS6vJes

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Friday, 10 August 2018 02:34 (one year ago) link

I really heard the Mills Brothers listening to Blues Before Sunrise radio show out of Chicago. It's on over night Saturday night/early Sunday. It's rare for me to know that many songs on any show, occasionally a track here or there or unless he is doing a set of Chicago blues from the 50s-70s. Even then, the guy plays a pretty deep well of stuff.

There is some other accapella groups out there from same era as Mills Brothers old stuff that is mind boggling. I've heard him do sets of that stuff a couple times over the years. Some of that is like music from another dimension.

earlnash, Friday, 10 August 2018 02:38 (one year ago) link

god knows, so much great old stuff and the only way it surfaces is if it's just plain weird like the dezurik sisters.

ucla is putting this huge fucking collection of mexican and mexican-american music on youtube. there was this jazz violinist named emilio caceres on vol. 1 of the savory collection, and he's got this amazing performance of "dark eyes". god only knows what the hell else amazing is in this collection.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgcscxD2Ccw

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Friday, 10 August 2018 02:41 (one year ago) link

a couple months ago i ran across a bandcamp recording by a doctor of something or other, where he asked the clerks at all the record stores in new york city what their favorite scream on record was and put them together. and that had me thinking about what my favorite scream on record was.

i eventually decided it would have to be by slauter xstroyes. i'm a little disappointed, as a zep stan from the age of 14, that the "belching" school of metal is more credible than the "screeching" school of metal these days. slauter xstroyes are firmly in the latter camp and it's exhilarating. singer here has a scream that turns into a laugh that goes about thirty seconds, and knowing full well what the people want, repeats it three times over the course of the song. ladies and gentlemen, i give you... METAL'S NO SIN.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh5h35dYgD8

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:09 (one year ago) link

so my goal is to at some point like all music everywhere. it's a stupid goal, but human existence is stupid and absurd so i feel comfortable with it. to the point where i seek out music in genres i particularly hate to find something redeeming in it.

the music i hate more than anything else in the world is zydeco. i don't know why. i love the accordion and the bandoneon, but zydeco just drives me up a fucking wall. so i had to find a zydeco song i loved.

wasn't all that hard. "they call me good rockin'" by herbert "good rockin'" sam. fucking amazing tune.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zwLYaEKXPQ

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:14 (one year ago) link

oh, cool, here's a slauter xstroyes live video uploaded next than a day ago. it's not the best slauter xstroyes video on youtube but it's FRESH

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR6TyENsTOE

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:17 (one year ago) link

here's a free download of a bunch of field recordings of snow and ice. it's a little uneven but i love the sounds of ice and snow, particularly when it's as fucking hot as it has been out here. good stuff to cool down with.

http://www.gruenrekorder.de/?page_id=107

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:39 (one year ago) link

sometimes i feel like too much of a gringo to listen to afro-cuban jazz. machito is great of course and i have a couple records of descargas but listening to this modern stuff i'm out of my element. "contrapuntistico" by yosvany terry though clicked with me immediately. maybe my avant-prog background; even if i don't have the technical understanding to explain exactly what terry is doing compositionally, i've listened to enough henry cow that it seems intuitive to me somehow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wp8x1F1AFIo

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Saturday, 11 August 2018 16:36 (one year ago) link

Rush all time poster

Ross, Saturday, 11 August 2018 16:41 (one year ago) link

awww thank you ross

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Saturday, 11 August 2018 16:54 (one year ago) link

ok, i know it's a novelty cover, but damn this soul jazz organ trio cover of "enter sandman" is some hot shit. i've always liked the song myself, i don't care if it's a "sell-out" record or whatever.

https://cookinon3burners.bandcamp.com/album/real-life-baby-single

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Saturday, 11 August 2018 22:39 (one year ago) link

That is a cool arrangement on "enter sandman".

earlnash, Saturday, 11 August 2018 23:07 (one year ago) link

a song i wind up listening to a lot, because the artist is alphabetically near the beginning of my collection, is "badonse memela" by abafana bomjovo. i don't know what any of those words mean. but i found my way to an old blog called "electric jive", which points out that the single version of it for some reason starts with an argument between two men where they yell "fuck you, man" at each other. and it's also a good song, i think it's some sort of kwela which is as far as i can tell one of those styles of music better suited to singles than to albums. of course it got played on "give the drummer some" right after it came out but that was six years ago and i figure it's ok to mention it again on the grounds that everyone involved has since forgotten it existed except me. the album version without the cursing is on youtube but to get the single version you have to go to the blog.

http://electricjive.blogspot.com/2012/04/mine-jive-special-1975.html

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Saturday, 11 August 2018 23:48 (one year ago) link

I first heard South African jazz through Robert Wyatt and his work with folks from that scene, particularly Mongezi Feza. One of my favorite of the recordings I've heard is a BBC session by the Brotherhood of Breath that was uploaded to a Usenet binary group probably decades ago now. Whoever uploaded it had no more information on it than I do - the tape trading scene did not always have superbly high documentation standards - and I'm not aware of any subsequent documentation of the session either. All I can tell you is that it's almost certainly from sometime between 1970 and 1975. Looking around I did find some really nice versions of "You Ain't Gonna Know Me" by Viva la Black and Louis Moholo with Shabaka Hutchings, but I couldn't find this version - I'm not actually sure there are any officially released versions featuring the composer. The announcer, not heard here, notes that the solos were by Mike Osborne, Lol Coxhill, and Mongezi Feza. I like it enough that I feel like a couple more people should hear it before it vanishes forever into the ether, so I went ahead and uploaded it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3idg2nFyuTU

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Sunday, 12 August 2018 01:12 (one year ago) link

^nice, thanks! have been on a b.o.b (& alumni) kick all this morning.

no lime tangier, Sunday, 12 August 2018 03:25 (one year ago) link

i'm not a completionist but i've found covers i like well enough of all the beatles' songs except for like three - i think it's "what goes on", "yellow submarine" and one other from that era. (sufjan stevens has a good cover of "what goes on", but i don't like it.) anyway i did manage to find a number of pretty good covers while i was embarked on that project.

i absolutely love this live version of "old brown shoe" by the laughing dogs from around the time of their first album. the laughing dogs apparently appeared on a cbgb comp featuring all the bands nobody in their right mind would want to listen to, but as a power pop band they were pretty alright.

there's actually a u-matic video from this era out on youtube, but it doesn't sound as good, and watching washed-out u-matic video footage isn't necessarily my idea of a good time. your mileage may vary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8CU2Oc7a3c

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Sunday, 12 August 2018 22:29 (one year ago) link

occasionally youtube will recommend me videos that aren't of SJWs getting OWNED, though i still wish i could turn off its shitty "recommendations" altogether. still, as long as i have them, might as well get what i can from them. so it suggested me this piano sonata by carl vine, who is it turns out an acclaimed australian composer, and i like it, though i the phrasing on benjamin boren's recording is more to my liking. anyway i do think it's a good composition and i like the sense of drama it has.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F89fz09pbHs

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Sunday, 12 August 2018 23:03 (one year ago) link

i was trying to explain "the white visitation" from one of the parts of "gravity's rainbow" i've read to one of my co-workers and she did a google on it and this guy's bandcamp popped up. apparently he's big in the mexico city electronic music scene, which is something i don't know shit about - i'm arguably really bad with electronic music because i don't dance but i think this sounds really good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01QUdvBCvR4

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:05 (one year ago) link

Fucking hell this is a good one! Apparently a side project of the Diaphanoids? Who maybe I should also listen to? I didn't follow XLR8R or RA in 2010, even now I barely know what the hell is going on over there. It's got an absurd and ridiculously convoluted backstory based around the 1970s, which is also a plus for me, and it just sounds, well, cool.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41qVUa8n5io

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 01:03 (one year ago) link

Man I was a big fan of Brainiac in the '90s and have been off-and-on following John Schmersal ever since. I actually had a co-worker point out the Vertical Scratchers record to me after he heard it on NPR in 2014. Now for many people (including me) something being on NPR would be a pretty compelling reason to not listen to something, but nah man Schmersal is fucking good, he's got that sort of GBV thing going on, and he doesn't overstay his welcome. I love the Vertical Scratchers' sole LP and listen to it a lot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6Ob8Io8i88

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:09 (one year ago) link

courtesy of my youtube subscriptions. i didn't realize rimarimba was putting out new material, but it sure sounds good!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zufDLGMY4-w

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:32 (one year ago) link

I was reading about the Peterloo Massacre and Wikipedia mentioned in passing that this band did a prog-rock epic about it. This is the first track on the archival release with that epic. Apparently these folks were championed by John Peel, to little effect, which is unfortunate because he did have some fairly decent taste in music. It's a strange archival record because the band stuck around even after Peel's attempt to promote them flopped and did a fair number of tracks in a more commercial hard rock style, which are also stuck on the record with no indication as to their recording dates - absolute curate's egg. Anyway this reminds me of the better parts of, say, Fresh Maggots, and is ripe for rediscovery. I'll have to check out the record of theirs Peel did get released.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbj3xJWlbEQ

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Saturday, 18 August 2018 16:13 (one year ago) link

ok, i'm digging deep into jimmie blanton's recordings. i recognize that i might be a slight bit late to the party on this one. good god, though, this version of "bakiff" is spectacular.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMPl1oDA5uk

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Sunday, 19 August 2018 01:34 (one year ago) link

today i've been hitting the '60s and '70s funk and soul pretty hard. ran across a '72 record by a group called "madhouse" dedicated to telling richard nixon to go fuck himself. frankly a lot of political stuff ages poorly - i listened to a fair bit this morning, including a record by a group called "boscoe" that's _correct_ about everything they say (also, for instance, have been listening to the works of a guy named darrell banks, great soul musician who was shot to death by an off duty detroit cop in 1970, quelle fucking surprise) but not all sermons are created equal. spending ten minutes repeatedly telling the listener "god damn you" for having hope for the future isn't necessarily a good one.

this, on the other hand, this is some good shit (once you get past the parody opening). the message is as relevant today as it was in 1972. i expect it to be about as effective too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOpOVRb2VsA

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Sunday, 19 August 2018 19:00 (one year ago) link

Somehow found my way to one of Yuzo Koshiro's DJ sets today. I think Magfest is some kind of gamer festival so he starts out with "Actraiser", which you can't even remotely dance to, but shit gets pretty hot pretty quick.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z2ujbw1OBA

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Sunday, 19 August 2018 23:38 (one year ago) link

matchess has a new one! so naturally, i'm listening to this russian space rock band called "vespero". they have a comp with multiple faust covers, but they sound better when they're doing their own thing.

https://raig.bandcamp.com/album/vespero-fitful-slumber-until-5-a-m

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Monday, 20 August 2018 01:20 (one year ago) link

i'd never heard of this game before. nice music.

https://soundcloud.com/nitrome-music-nicklen10/lee-nicklen-skywire-main-song?in=nitrome-music-nicklen10/sets/skywire

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Sunday, 26 August 2018 01:18 (eleven months ago) link

I did this online radio show. Do. I guess. It's on hiatus. It's just for fun, nobody listens to it, playlists based on certain themes. Title words are easy enough because they're searchable and I have enough to work from that I can get an hour out of just about anything. I did an hour of songs based around kitchen objects once. It wasn't the best hour of music ever but it was fun.

Anyway they're not real "dj mixes" because I could never be bothered with beat matching, continuous play has just never been that important to me, but here's a couple playlists I put together today. The "summer" one turned out way darker than I thought it would. Darker than any mix with "Hot Pants in the Summertime" on it has any right to be.

America

Walt Whitman - America (excerpt)
Bekon - America
Lonnie Holley - I Woke Up In A Fucked-Up America
Stevie Wonder - Jesus Children of America
Simon & Garfunkel - America
Byrne & Eno - America is Waiting
Bruce Haack - The American Eagle
Bill Parsons - The All American Boy
Caetano Veloso - Soy Loco Por Ti, America
La Femme - Welcome America
La Santa Cecilia - Mexico Americano
Haram - American Police
Ideal Free Distribution - The American Myth
The Butthole Surfers - American Woman (alt version)
V3 - American Face
Wilco - Ashes of American Flags
Lucio Battisti - La Nuova America
Vyto B - New America

Summer

Mike Taylor - Summer Sounds, Summer Sights
The Cosmic Rays - Summertime
Les Paul & Mary Ford - In The Good Old Summertime
Kool & The Gang - Summer Madness
Shelleyan Orphan - Midsummer Pearls & Plumes
Michael Giles - Midsummer Day
Joni Mitchell - The Hissing of Summer Lawns
Nariaki Obukuro - Summer Reminds Me
The Dramatics - Hot Pants in the Summertime
Bertrand Burgalat - This Summer Night
that dog. - One Summer Night
The Doors - Indian Summer (8-19-66)
Mark Eric - Where Do The Girls Of Summer Go?
Margaret Berger - I'm Gonna Stay After Summer
Smile Down Upon Us - Two Weeks Last Summer
Waves - Summer Sunday
Peter Hammill - Summer Song (In the Autumn)
Peter Laughner - Summertime Blues

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:30 (eleven months ago) link

plate of goddamned shrimp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_-HqcGo5SI

would've hit my "america" mix if i'd heard it twelve hours earlier

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:54 (eleven months ago) link

That's lovely.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 29 August 2018 09:12 (eleven months ago) link

Today I've been feeling shred music of the late renaissance and early baroque. So there was this guy Rognoni who came up with this style of music called "viola bastarda", which was a more shred-oriented variation on the viola da gamba music of the day. Interesting thing about this piece is that he actually wrote it with three different difficulty levels. It feels kind of like a late 16th century equivalent of "Rock Band"!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkqCu1P9Qew

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Friday, 31 August 2018 23:10 (eleven months ago) link

here's a band playing a soul jazz arrangement of a "streets of rage" tune in a new york city bar. great atmosphere.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxJc4lc6TT4

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Saturday, 1 September 2018 16:21 (eleven months ago) link

was digging around in the "freak folk" rym charts and this popped up. it's an '80s proggy avant garde brazilian record but it's not really vanguarda paulista. it's mostly just strange. a smidge tribal, but tribal in a way that doesn't stop them from doing songs in tribute to stravinsky. maybe reminds me a little of el polen? i don't know.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No6gtee2tOo

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Sunday, 2 September 2018 19:02 (eleven months ago) link

i am not a musician but lately i find myself drawn to videos with titles like "Cadential Diminished Chords are So Dope!", not because i understand it but because i don't. so from there i found my way over to this super-hipster new york big band jazz using irrational time signatures. their album just came out, it's produced by darcy james argue. i'm a total sucker for this kind of shit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esppn8m6f0Y

milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Saturday, 8 September 2018 22:11 (eleven months ago) link

oh, and krock is right, that synth solo is fucking amazing

milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Saturday, 8 September 2018 22:14 (eleven months ago) link

today i realized that the 5:4 website has recordings of pretty much all the prom premieres from the last nine years out there so i've been delving into it bigtime

which explains why i am listening to a mixtape of enoch light deep cuts

http://5against4.com/2018/08/01/mixtape-48-enoch-light/

i've been meaning to get more into enoch light for some time now, just what i needed.

but that just-premiered daphne oram piece is fucking great too, don't get me wrong

milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Sunday, 9 September 2018 03:05 (eleven months ago) link

oh, cool, i somehow got youtube to recommend me this random pow-wow record after i spent a couple minutes looking up kyrgyz folk music. intense shit. more of this please and fewer videos attempting to explain to me the TRUE PURPOSE of the pyramids (i mean, we all know it's ufo grain storage, don't we?)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZUuyLEzYWs

milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Sunday, 9 September 2018 03:11 (eleven months ago) link

this album makes me wish i understood portuguese

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFq3xqHAfNQ

milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Saturday, 15 September 2018 16:27 (eleven months ago) link

here's a cash-in anonymous cover record of alice cooper circa "billion dollar babies", released on 8-track only, in case you wanted to hear these classic cuts at the wrong speed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdBHFYy06sk

milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Monday, 17 September 2018 01:40 (eleven months ago) link

oh hey here's a spanish-language knockoff cover of "i'm not in love"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-17C_RvPc8

milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Monday, 17 September 2018 02:06 (eleven months ago) link

:/

fwiw I never really liked that song anyway. Also "Herve" is a name I always find a little funny.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Monday, 17 September 2018 02:27 (eleven months ago) link

i'm in full agreement with you re: i'm not in love, man alive

i like some stuff by godley and creme, though. not their triple record bloat-fest. well, bits of their triple-record bloat fest. i'm more taken with their music for that benson & hedges ad. (have i posted that here?) it's more _concise_.

"lol" is a funnier name than "herve".

milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Monday, 17 September 2018 02:57 (eleven months ago) link

I decided I needed to listen to more Rumba Flamenca. Didn't like most of it. Thin, underproduced. Loved Los Chicos, though. Crazy ultra-'70s late-Franco shit. Up-front, punchy, thoroughly gauche - this is my jam.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E1q0uU0sKs

milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:36 (eleven months ago) link

I like that the song's all about she's going to leave him and the background dancers are all "yes, and we shall leave BY BIKE"

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 20 September 2018 09:15 (eleven months ago) link

yeah it's super-stylin'. the preview screenshot really says it all.

milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Thursday, 20 September 2018 13:39 (eleven months ago) link

here are 80 minutes or so of my favorite songs with the word "puppet" or "marionette" in the title, in celebration of my finding out that there was a super-expanded reissue of dendo marionette's ep last year

abba - i'm a marionette
raccomandata ricevuta ritorno - un palco di marionette
horacee arnold - puppett of the seasons
charlie looker - puppet
alport astazio and the kwana-moto band - odoli (puppets)
amy x neuberg and men - naked puppets
metallica - master of puppets
sleepytime gorilla museum - puppet show
dendo marionette - dendo marionette
bernard estardy - marionettes club
akina nakamori - marionette
eternal void - pirates puppet
bob drake - funeral march of the marionette
harmonic 33 - marionette

you should check out the metallica track if you haven't heard it, it's one of their better songs, kind of long though

milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Saturday, 22 September 2018 23:12 (eleven months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_Z2VG-XCoE

here's a song by Herbert Joos from his 1974 album THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE FLUEGELHORN. great title, great cover, great music!

milkshake duck george bernard shaw (rushomancy), Sunday, 23 September 2018 00:25 (eleven months ago) link

thanks for reading! i gotta talk about this stuff somewhere and most people don't really care (which is entirely reasonable of them certainly!)

the scientology of mountains (rushomancy), Sunday, 17 March 2019 02:38 (five months ago) link

canary records just released a new compilation of the recordings of the arziv orchestra, who were an armenian "kef" band of the 1940s. so recently actually that googling arziv orchestra doesn't put their bandcamp on the search page yet. what i did find was this interesting blog post from 2013 about the arziv orchestra.

http://keftimeusa.blogspot.com/2013/11/

the scientology of mountains (rushomancy), Sunday, 24 March 2019 11:26 (four months ago) link

anyway, great blog, those vosbikian band recordings sound very interesting indeed! hopefully some label will reissue those at some point

the scientology of mountains (rushomancy), Sunday, 24 March 2019 11:42 (four months ago) link

Sounds cool – I was not aware of this facet of Armenian music, which I'm mostly acquainted with via a handful of classical composers and the ubiquitous duduk. Speaking of the latter, have you heard Djivan Gasparyan's Endless Vision, with Iranian shurangiz player Hossein Alizâdeh? Meltingly beautiful stuff.

pomenitul, Sunday, 24 March 2019 13:08 (four months ago) link

nah, i haven't! it's only recently i've heard any armenian music at all beyond, like, system of a down, not familiar with duduk at all really! i've heard those great zabelle panosian records, and there was a chapter on the armenian requiem in that really good requiem book i read a couple weeks ago, starting with the legendary komitas vardapet - i have the three songs he recorded and some other stuff he wrote. the other requiem recommended specifically by that book is the one by LORIS TJEKNAVORIAN (copied and pasted so i don't spell it wrong!)

it's good, obviously their requiem tradition is heavily influenced by the genocide, but it's not one of the ones i kept around. i'm checking out his guitar concerto now, i'd kind of like to hear his percussion concerto since i'm into percussion music but it doesn't seem to be online

thanks for the suggestion!

in the meantime (changing gears...) i ran across this record, "the deep" by soul scream, i'm not a real hip hop head by any means but this seems to me like a real nice japanese boom bap record

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIcGxtuF_cM

the scientology of mountains (rushomancy), Sunday, 24 March 2019 16:50 (four months ago) link

polka! i think polka has an undeservedly poor reputation. it's no worse than any other kind of folk music, and the accordion is a fantastic instrument. anyway here's a polka from the american midwest, sung in finnish, about a lumberjack. i hope it's not too rude, i don't speak finnish!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLh_QVzUras

i know wfmu has a whole show devoted to polka. there's something a little sad about that. it used to be when i was younger that polka wasn't a hipster thing, there were genuine old people from the old country that would spin their favorite polkas on the radio, and most of them were terrible, the kind of stuff pickup bands still will play to this day at midwestern oktoberfests populated largely by trump voters... well, maybe that's the sad part. never mind, wfmu, your hipster polka show is cool.

Jaki Liebowitz (rushomancy), Thursday, 28 March 2019 23:31 (four months ago) link

Vimeo is, I think, an underrated resource. It's particularly good, I've found, for academic and arts groups disseminating their archives. You can find there vintage performances (U-matic type stuff) from Julius Eastman, Hopper Dean Tippett Gallivan, Leroy Jenkins, Lol Coxhill, stuff frequently I'd never expect to look for or know existed. Today I'm browsing the Vimeo channel I ran across, in the semi-desultory fashion I do, of a Chicago museum I wasn't previously familiar with called "Town and Country". They've got a live set by the underrated group "The Zs" - interesting but they really aren't set up to record rock, a nice accordion jam by someone I don't know named Teodoro Anzelotti, and various musical improvisations in varying degrees of "you had to be there". One performance where you don't, I don't think, have to have been there is the below,a truly splendid solo performance by Frances-Marie Uitti on cello - not surprised that it seems to be one of their more-viewed uploads.

https://vimeo.com/38649952

Jaki Liebowitz (rushomancy), Saturday, 30 March 2019 23:46 (four months ago) link

i've been listening to some late-period chet baker

most of the stuff that gets recommended is his early stuff, and honestly, having heard that live version of "my funny valentine" from the recording registry i feel like everything else from that era is superfluous

mostly i wanted to hear what his "comeback" recordings after having his teeth knocked out would sound like, and they are very different to my ears

what really strikes me is to what extent the sound of these late recordings is influenced by his collaborators. i don't mean to say that his presence is unimportant, but the collaborators often provide the compositions, the instrumentation, the context for chet's playing

so while chet is chet, "no problem", "leaving", and "peace", all from within a three year period, are all very different recordings, with "no problem" and "peace" in particular highlighting his collaborators - the former is a great duke jordan record as well as being a chet baker record, and "peace" is a very good showing for david friedman, who i mostly knew from his work with tim buckley... i will have to check out other works of his to see if any of them are up to this standard!

Jaki Liebowitz (rushomancy), Monday, 1 April 2019 13:28 (four months ago) link

i grew up on mod files and demoscene shit, but for me it was always a pc with a soundblaster - i never had a commodore of any stripe. so i have tremendous gaps in my knowledge of that music. never heard this set of tunes before, f'rinstance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG4kSGGZoN8

Jaki Liebowitz (rushomancy), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:38 (four months ago) link

Today I'm browsing the Vimeo channel I ran across, in the semi-desultory fashion I do, of a Chicago museum I wasn't previously familiar with called "Town and Country".

oh my, was there some ancient ilx drama involving these folks that necessitated an autoreplace to be programmed in?

Jaki Liebowitz (rushomancy), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:40 (four months ago) link

Finally finished that two minute Youtube playlist, found a lot of stuff I probably wouldn't have gotten around to otherwise! There's this song by an obscure Oi! band named "Skindeep" called "Football Violence", it's as straightforward and obvious as you'd expect but it sounds GOOD! Tremendously catchy. And it's not obviously Nazi. Which is nice.

So I got poking around, and you will hear people talk about Red and Anarchist Black Metal but nobody talks about left-wing Oi! Well, you know what, it exists, and it's better than the RABM I've heard so far. Here's a song from 2011 called "Transsexual Hooligan" by a group called "United Struggle".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDlsQY6pfvg

Jaki Liebowitz (rushomancy), Sunday, 7 April 2019 20:35 (four months ago) link

aside from fun facts about leonardo da vinci today i was reading about child prodigies. apparently the greatest child prodigy of the bagpipe was john d. burgess. personally, i mean, yeah, he shreds, but isn't there really more to piping than just shredding?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W28HVgZG-Jg

Jaki Liebowitz (rushomancy), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 23:59 (four months ago) link

i am slowly but surely working away on my listening backlog, maybe at the end of this week i will check out the sub-2 minute poll results. in the meantime i'm trying to explore the brilliant lists put together by somebody on rym who has two reviews, one of which is the definitive statement on "zess" and its relation to fascism and the other of which i haven't read, and i'm also doing quickie playlists for temporary stress relief

my randomizer - itunes, very stupid - got on a hot streak today and once i realized it i added the tunes to a playlist. when it was done i'd gone through twelve songs with a total time length, to the second, of one hour (i've been very into these one-hour mixes for the past year). really uncanny. here's the playlist:

harry roesli - kebo jiro
envelope generator - emasculine
the motions - love won't stop
seka kojadinovic - niko to nece zavoleti (somebody to love)
rush - chain lightning
boards of canada - nothing is real
verma - salted earth
bob & carole pegg - glass of water
seefeel - plainsong
kimmo pohjonen - driving south
koffee - rapture
steve elliott - you touched me

maybe my musical taste is finally getting less shit

Jaki Liebowitz (rushomancy), Thursday, 11 April 2019 01:03 (four months ago) link

nah still as shit as ever

ts: "what love" by the collectors vs. "song of the marching children" by earth and fire

Jaki Liebowitz (rushomancy), Saturday, 13 April 2019 17:46 (four months ago) link

how can you say that your taste is shit? your own musical taste is always the best in the world. that's pretty obvious, isn't it? have you ever met anybody with a better taste than your own? i am still waiting for this encounter and the older i get the smaller the chance i will meet this person.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 13 April 2019 20:08 (four months ago) link

sorry, i'm trying to self-deprecate less, even if it does get me compliments :) learned reflex, i listen to a lot of weird stuff and in a lot of people's minds that automatically translates to "terrible".

Jaki Liebowitz (rushomancy), Saturday, 13 April 2019 22:09 (four months ago) link

i try not to dunk on easy targets no matter how tempting but i sometimes fail. the upside is that i can sometimes get something productive out of it. my last unprovoked clowning on fred b got me to thinking i should listen to more savage rose, and i found this great tv special from '74. i don't know enough about scandinavian languages to even say what country this is from - did denmark have colour television in '74? yeah i guess so, 1970, all i know about tv broadcasts of music in denmark is that zep was on danish tv in '69.

anyway! this is the rock band format of savage rose, playing lots of stuff from their great '73 record "wild child", shortly before packing it all in and becoming a folk trio for about 20 years. annisette in full flight here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuzX6SYPyLg

Jaki Liebowitz (rushomancy), Sunday, 14 April 2019 15:02 (four months ago) link

the same channel also has a '72 german tv special featuring elis regina flying on a butterfly, quality is not so good but definitely check it out if you're into that sort of thing, man these high-concept '70s television music specials... also, the kinks shredding on "louie louie" in paris 1965. grainy, loud, sweaty. and there's another video of jimmy smith playing it cool on the organ!

Jaki Liebowitz (rushomancy), Sunday, 14 April 2019 15:08 (four months ago) link

here's a rocksteady instrumental about doctor who - apparently the first two william hartnell seasons were broadcast in jamaica in the '60s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRiq71MjVT0

at some point i want to put together an hour mix of "doctor who" themed jams, leaving out the shitty ones like "i wanna spend my christmas with a dalek"

Burt Bacharach's Bees (rushomancy), Monday, 22 April 2019 01:35 (four months ago) link

ok, this is a weird one, even by my standards. i was reading about the wikipedia article on trobairitz, which were the distaff equivalent of the troubadors, the oldest surviving secular music documented as being written by women, and someone did a creative commons recording of the only surviving song by a trobairitz, the Comtessa de Dia. i liked the performance so much i followed the metadata to see who recorded it, who turns out to be the (now inactive) administrator Makemi, a specialist in early music with a bachelor's in performance. i'm far from an expert in early music but these recordings are really interesting and really good. some of these songs are fairly well-known - "scarborough fair", "flow my tears", "this land is your land" - others less so - a recording of andrew jackson's 1824 campaign song.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Makemi

Burt Bacharach's Bees (rushomancy), Sunday, 28 April 2019 20:10 (three months ago) link

here's a song one of my friends shared, "Kiua" by Sexteto Do Beco from 1980, don't know where they came up with it but it's really nice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPy0hDaFAYI

Burt Bacharach's Bees (rushomancy), Friday, 3 May 2019 00:08 (three months ago) link

Have been taking it easy on the music lately, too much else going on, but I've been enjoying kicking back and spending a lazy Sunday listening to this jazz podcast. This episode is about Wilbur Ware, who I knew from his work with Sun Ra but whose work I never really delved into. It was a great listen. The newest episode is on Mal Waldron, which is also very nice,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4WUCEZd4mI

Burt Bacharach's Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull (rushomancy), Monday, 13 May 2019 01:22 (three months ago) link

pretty sure this guy isn't secretly louis farrakhan

as always i'm ready to be corrected though

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHitAdHvAuY

really fucking good "yacht rock" tho, monster synth

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Friday, 17 May 2019 01:55 (three months ago) link

Fell into a Robert Wyatt hole after learning, more or less at random, that a demo recording of him singing Paul Weller's "Invisible" came out on one of those landfill Mojo CDs last year. Beautiful as you might expect. Couldn't find it streaming, though, so instead here's a trio called "Beauty is in the Distance" doing the little exercise at the end of the first Soft Machine record. The rhythmic performance is much more fluid here and Dave Newhouse in particular brings a melodic sensibility lacking in the original to this performance. Recommended.

https://soundcloud.com/luciano-margorani/box-254-lid-by-the-soft-machine-ratledge-hopper-arranged-by-beauty-is-in-the-distance

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Saturday, 18 May 2019 22:14 (three months ago) link

there's phases i go through, there's the exploratory phase and the integrative phase, i'm working on integration lately. random words pop into my head and i try to put together sixty minutes of songs that express my associations with that word. this one was inspired by octo octa and is actually a CDR-80 based on the word "need". ultimately that turns out to be a lot of '60s and '70s classic rock but fuck it, no apologies, you cut to the core of me and you'll find the beach boys, the beatles, the kinks, and the soft machine.

kathy heideman - need
the beach boys - you need a mess of help to stand alone
the four tops - baby i need your loving
the buster browns - i need love
the fall - what you need
24 carat black - what i need
todd rundgren - you need your head
keith hudson - still need you dub
jerry green - i finally found the love i need
metafive - i need you
the kinks - i need you
soft machine - that's how much i need you
the feminine complex - now i need you
alec wilder - they needed no words
the eire apparent - yes i need someone
the stooges - i need somebody
sylvester - i need somebody to love tonight
octo octa - i need you
mondo grosso - everything needs love
john potter - now, o now i needs must part

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Saturday, 1 June 2019 01:49 (two months ago) link

sylvester - i need somebody to love tonight

Talk about cutting to the core...

breastcrawl, Saturday, 1 June 2019 07:25 (two months ago) link

if you haven't heard the first song on that mix, please do! that one really cuts to the core imo

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Saturday, 1 June 2019 13:32 (two months ago) link

keeping the thread alive, here's a noise-rock japanese cover of "james brown is dead"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7PtW1CGrHo

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Thursday, 6 June 2019 14:39 (two months ago) link

Listened to Kathy Heideman (for real I mean, I’m not counting my earlier casual listen), and yeah, I get what you mean, I think.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 6 June 2019 18:48 (two months ago) link

how much $ for a monthly cd-r mix subscription

budo jeru, Thursday, 6 June 2019 21:54 (two months ago) link

hell i'd love to have somewhere to upload random shit for free but usually what happens with these things is somebody hits it with a copyright strike

also half the cool shit i find is stuff i run across trying to find other cool shit some random person on the internet mentioned offhand, so i'm hoping that by just arbitrarily mentioning random stuff people will find even more than they bargained for in the looking

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Thursday, 6 June 2019 22:48 (two months ago) link

Here's a fun enough experiment - wanted to see if I could do an hour of songs inspired by sea birds. I did manage it, though some of them are quite long. i feel like i should get credit for leaving off "echoes", though!

fleetwood mac - albatross
alessi brothers - seabird
langford and kerr - seabirds
ride - seagull
kukl - seagull
vespero - seagulls sing
chrissie quayle - the seagulls scream
public image ltd - albatross
iron maiden - rime of the ancient mariner

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Saturday, 8 June 2019 02:46 (two months ago) link

There's this song by an obscure Oi! band named "Skindeep" called "Football Violence", it's as straightforward and obvious as you'd expect but it sounds GOOD! Tremendously catchy. And it's not obviously Nazi. Which is nice.

So I got poking around, and you will hear people talk about Red and Anarchist Black Metal but nobody talks about left-wing Oi!

The classic left wing Oi! band is The Oppressed from Swansea, who also have a song called Football Violence, which isn't a cover of the Skin Deep song.

To further confuse matters there was another left wing skinhead band called Skin Deep from Yorkshire (the Football Violence band was Scottish) but they were more ska than Oi!

Colonel Poo, Saturday, 8 June 2019 14:57 (two months ago) link

awesome, i will check it out

my latest attempt at stress relief is an hour on the topic of silence

i'm assuming that all those romance words cognate with "silence" mean about the same thing, otherwise i will feel silly

portishead - silence
muna zul - voto de silencio
ceu - sobre o amor e seu trabalho silencioso
laura mvula - silence is the way
stella - le silence
eldritch anisette - dissection of silence
petra haden - silence
marie laforet - le tengo rabia al silencio
wild country - silent village
thinking plague - dead silence
that dog. - silently
ruth copeland - the silent boatman
the revolutionary army of the infant jesus - le monde du silence
tori amos - enjoy the silence
young marble giants - radio silents

i'm pretty happy with how this one turned out

Flood-Resistant Mirror-Drilling Machine (rushomancy), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 23:36 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

hi rush, i posted this on the hendrix thread but almost immediately realized you wouldn't see it so i'm putting it here, hope that's okay:

just today i have been listening to the archival release from the avandaro festival which has armando molina doing the same thing. wild shit, btw.

― bob lefse (rushomancy), Wednesday, January 3, 2018 7:28 PM (one year ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this appears to be the only mention of the festival on ilx, and also of the soundtrack 2xCD i'm trying to track down. do you actually have the discs or just files ? it's good ?

― budo jeru, Friday, June 28, 2019 1:01 PM (ten hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

budo jeru, Saturday, 29 June 2019 04:54 (one month ago) link

oh yeah thanks for putting it here, i haven't been really on top of the board lately too much else going on, i just have the files not the actual cds, also either the recording itself or the files are a little wonky and the track numbering i have is just strange, i don't even know if it's from the actual cds or just some weird bootleg. i think it's good! but you have to be into that whole hippie jam thing, particularly on the tracks by peace & love which is like half of it. lots of flute and drum solos, lots of energetically shouted vocals, horn sections, kind of janis-style soul singing, lots of heavy guitar, not the best quality recording (i think it was recorded by vicente fox for coca cola, the whole scene is just kind of weird. i do authentically love it though, and i say that as someone who is super not into flute and/or drum solos.

i literally have not been listening to any new music all week, just a lot of other stuff going on. last week i thought about posting a song by uncle earl here that i really liked, but i was worried it might be too controversial because of the cross-cultural aspects, i thought it was respectfully done but i recognize other people might feel differently

the other thing i've been doing is the local orchestra sent me the program for their next year so i've been listening to all the stuff i don't know (lots of it, the canon is a little small but there's still a lot of it) for stuff that strikes me, digging more into profokiev and schumann

i should check out the hendrix thread, i like hendrix

Quilter Ray (rushomancy), Saturday, 29 June 2019 08:05 (one month ago) link

i guess one of the things i was listening to last week was "to have done with the judgement of god", the last radio broadcast of artaud. i don't speak a lick of french, but it was cathartic for me, just half an hour of artaud, who was absolutely well and truly crazy, screaming about americans and catholics and semen over occasional xylophones. i'm not that crazy at the moment but i could still relate!

Quilter Ray (rushomancy), Saturday, 29 June 2019 08:18 (one month ago) link

A couple of months ago I was trying to remember the name of a killer psychedelic jam by a late '60s band that otherwise did fairly shitty old-timey music. Happened to run across it when I was consolidating my backups. It's "Jigsaw" by Dr. West's Medicine Show. Apparently Norman Greenbaum was involved, but this is way trippier than "Spirit in the Sky". Now if I can just figure out where I put that fantastic '70s South or Central American oil company jingle...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ_NBj_kI08

Un Poco Loco Moco (rushomancy), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:40 (one month ago) link

By the way I haven't been really listening to a lot of new music lately, been busy with other things, though I did happen to run across a nice version of one of my favorite Velvet Underground songs "Lady Godiva's Operation" by some nice young British men named Ulrika Spacek while fruitlessly looking for the "swan mix" (really just a different master AFAIK) of the song. Today I've just been listening to a bunch of songs that have the word "River" in the title. Most of them are fairly nice. I guess people will always associate that Dennis Wilson song with Doctor Who now...

Un Poco Loco Moco (rushomancy), Wednesday, 10 July 2019 00:45 (one month ago) link

I have a tradition. Several, actually, like celebrating Earl Warren's birthday. But the relevant one here is that every year, I endeavor to celebrate July 14th by listening to the band Rush, because of the lead track off "Caress of Steel", which is a straight banger. Mostly I believe the '80s were the best decade for Rush, though. Stuff like "Red Lenses", "Chain Lightning", "Sobohla Manyosi", and this one, which straight out brings it. Enjoy "It's My Love". As Noburo, Shigeru, and Kazuo say, "The life was too simple -- we had to get out of there! At least we found our way of life there!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttMu_3ShjJY

Un Poco Loco Moco (rushomancy), Monday, 15 July 2019 00:56 (one month ago) link

Here's some French dude rapping over "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast". Fuck it, why not?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uNKii20OIw

Un Poco Loco Moco (rushomancy), Wednesday, 17 July 2019 22:53 (one month ago) link

thanks for sharing that dr. west song, it's really great

budo jeru, Thursday, 18 July 2019 03:08 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

was reading today about a three-movement jazz symphony by charles stepney called "cohesion" that was performed by the minneapolis symphony orchestra with minnie riperton and ramsey lewis. sounds fascinating but no recording apparently exists. but while looking it up found this song from the unreleased double lp version of "what colour is love" by terry callier, so that's cool

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73PW91ctgmY

still mostly too busy to spend much time on music unfortunately. can anybody recommend something great with adrian rollini on bass saxophone? he doesn't have to be the leader, it can be bix or whatever, i just want to hear what he could get up to on that thing!

Abigail, Wife of Preserved Fish (rushomancy), Saturday, 3 August 2019 01:31 (two weeks ago) link

ok i'll be honest with you i haven't been listening to much new music in the past two months, i've had other stuff i'm working on. i did a quick and dirty add of the stuff that stuck with me over the past two months, here it is:

kajia saariaho - private gardens
the oppressed - football violence
avet terterian - symphony 1-8
doss - s/t
fearofdark - motorway
ie - pome
v/a - swedish death metal
octo octa - for lovers
emil gilels - beethoven: piano sonatas 21, 23, 26
jute gyte - birefringence
ulrika spacek - modern english decoration
wilma vritra - burd
yugen blakrok - anima mysterium
tyme. - no one like you and me
optical*8 - all over
david pritchard - nocturnal earthworm stew
charlie parker - one night in birdland
rorschach - protestant
kraftwerk - autobahn
messiaen/latry - la nativite du seigneur
v/a - routes from the jungle
groundwork - today we will not be invisible nor silent
ms. robinson - hip hop tables
north sea radio orchestra - folly bololey
mili - mag mell
lepo sumera - mushroom cantata & other choral works
karajan/berlin philharmonic - prokofiev symphony no. 5
jonny dillon - s/t

Abigail, Wife of Preserved Fish (rushomancy), Thursday, 8 August 2019 00:45 (two weeks ago) link

lol of recognition at hearing Gilles Peterson's voice at the very end of that Terry Calier, quelle surprise

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 8 August 2019 10:10 (two weeks ago) link

he apparently owns the only existing copy of the acetate!

Abigail, Wife of Preserved Fish (rushomancy), Thursday, 8 August 2019 10:50 (two weeks ago) link

like 18 years ago on Audiogalaxy I found this song that sampled orson welles' chartres speech from "f for fake", no artist was given, i finally got around to figuring out who it was yesterday - apparently they're called "beach flea". anyway here is an old ass song i have liked for a long time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5etReMPMLA8

Abigail, Wife of Preserved Fish (rushomancy), Saturday, 10 August 2019 16:33 (one week ago) link

starting to slowly come back to listening to music, dropped by bandcamp daily this morning and stumbled into this beat tape, i like it a lot

https://lowleaf.bandcamp.com/album/bakers-dozen-low-leaf

Abigail, Wife of Preserved Fish (rushomancy), Saturday, 17 August 2019 15:30 (six days ago) link

here are some nice videos by guy klucevsek, a long set from 2000 and a very sweet version of lars hollmer's "boeves psalm" from 2015

https://vimeo.com/11313944

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJudrZ-9JvM

Abigail, Wife of Preserved Fish (rushomancy), Sunday, 18 August 2019 21:23 (five days ago) link

September

I first got on the Internet in September of 1993. That month casts a long shadow in Internet lore. Back in the olden days of the Internet, it was so heavily academic that it more or less ran on the school year calendar. Every year, like clockwork, a flood of "newbies" would show up in September and turn things higgeldy-piggeldy.

It was surprising to me when I started seriously engaging with the Internet trans community how much it runs on the same cycle. Every September, it seems, there's a fresh crop of college students in a place where they can deal with gender issues for the first time in their lives.

1993 became known, to those who remember such things, as the year September never ended. My hope is that, for the trans community, this year is the year September never ends.

David Sylvian - September
Willie Nelson - September Song
Gundula Janowitz - September
Camille - Pale Septembre
La Femme - Septembre
The New Sound of Numbers - Luminous September
El Goodo - September
Moonriders - Jellyfish Sea in September
Group Inerane - Awal September
Robert Wyatt - September the Ninth
Cosmic Child - September Coffee (Part 1)
Sumire - September Love
PFM - Impressioni di Settembre
Big Star - September Gurls
Earth, Wind, & Fire - September

The key and longest track here is "September the Ninth" - I think actually the second of these I heard. Listening to it today the lyrics, which I believe are by Alfie, hit me like a ton of bricks. Here they are:

Woman wishing for wings
(Too large a lump to pass for bird)
Hopes that by wishing hard enough
She will cast off the ballast
And the swallows
Will politely accept her waving arms
As wings
And she will join in with them
And she will rise up with them
And she will
Fly

Abigail, Wife of Preserved Fish (rushomancy), Friday, 23 August 2019 00:14 (sixteen hours ago) link


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