Category Archives: Worthwhile moosik

Song of the day (10/29/06)

Im only behind like 13 songs o/t days, no worries 😀

Jethro Tull

Jethro Tull is a British band that’s been around since the 60s. Ian Anderson (bloke with flute) has been a consistent member, and band size fluctuated between 4-6 people. Jethro Tull’s trademark is the flute, mostly used in (awesome) medieval/myth-themed (progressive) rock.

To illustrate, today’s song is Jack Frost and The Hooded Crow.

I like the vocals best in this song. They’re brilliant. The content, the sound, it’s sweetass. The song is furthermore supported by flute, some string instrument, an electrical guitar and drums. I love it to bits.

Alas, no youtube for this one :/

Song of the day (10/28/06)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra just randomed in on my playlist. I wondered why I didn’t make a song of the day of their work yet. So here ’tis.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

I’ll pick Wizards in Winter just because of the Christmaslights displays (youtubes available if you click “read the rest of this article”)

TSO is mainly known for their Christmas work. Some have vocals, some are instrumental (like Wizards in Winter). Personally, my favourite TSO work is all instrumental, and comes from their only non-Christmas album, Beethoven’s Last Night. TSO beautifully combines classical music and metal. I don’t pay much mind to either genre but the way TSO juggles with these styles is magnificent. Symphonic Metal eat your heart out!

Wizards in Winter is just as rich as most other TSO tracks. Other favourites of mine include First Snow, A Mad Russian’s Christmas and Wish Liszt, the latter being especially awesome to me because it reminded me of a wicked Tom & Jerry cartoon. It’s hard to describe Wizards in Winter, it’s just an awesome orchestral track with electrical guitars and sweetass piano play and just go and check out the youtube videos below, ok?

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Song of the day (10/27/06)

In 1990 a bloke named Adam Tinley (known as Adamski) collaborated with a dude named Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel, (known as Seal) and as their powers combined, they created Killer, which is better than Captain Planet.

Seal

Killer is a track that invokes that semi-pleasant/nostalgic “90s feeling”. It’s a memorable dance hit, and derives most of its power from the main beat (which is awesome) though Seal’s vocals come in at a close second.

George Michael later on meshed “Killer” together with “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”. Turned out awesome + awesome is TooAwesome. But since George didn’t author the music himself, ’tis Seal who gets all the credits for this round (Adamski be damned).

By the way, Kiss from a Rose is probably better known (and is one of the few lovesongs I actually like) but since it’s better known I’d thought I’d bring this one to thy attention.

Go acquire if you don’t know it!

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Song of the day (10/25/06)

Short post, mostly because there’s not really much to find about these guys (i.e. wiki falls short)

Rare Bird was a progressive rock band from the 60s who have mostly faded into obscurity save for their one hit: Sympathy.

Rare Bird

Sympathy’s main message is that we need sympathy, because “there’s not enough love to go round”. The song is slow, with the obligatory 60s church organ and a dull beat. The vocals and  lyrics however are simple yet powerful. The song grows on you after repeated hearings and in the right (or wrong) mood it can in amplify your (sad) feelings.

Worthy to check out!

Song of the day (10/24/06)

Alan Parsons Project is cool, if only because of the name itself. “Alan Parson’s Project” doesn’t even sound like a musician’s endeavour. It is though, and an awesome ensemble at that. Composed of mainly two blokes named Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson, APP has released themed albums between ’76 and ’87 – themes/concepts include surveillance, gambling, and Edgar Allan Poe. As you may have noticed from the other song of the day posts I kinda enjoy music that has some level of meaning or at least isn’t about old chewed out subjects like love and relationships. I enjoy the occasional lovesong or song of personal drama, but what I really respect is artists who move away from the private and focus on larger (social) issues. I like a Message in a song.

Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson

To not prove my point I pick “Luciferama” as the Song of the Day. It is an instrumental piece lasting about five minutes. I think my version is a live recording. Luciferama features a sweetass percussion bit and is mainly lead by some string instrument. There’s an uplifting beat running through the entire track. To wrap it up, Luciferama is fantastically awesome.
I could’ve picked “Sirius” since that’s Alan Parson’s most famous instrumental piece, but I thought I’d pick something decently obscure again. Check out Luciferama if you can! You can whore it off of me if you drop me a line.

Song of the day (10/23/06)

Kraftwerk is cool. Dudes in suits who produce electronical music in the 70s are simply wickedly awesome. Kraftwerk is really weird, reclusive, German, and say cool things like “The telephone is an antiquity — you never know who is calling, there is no image, it is an outmoded product which constantly disrupts work.” (Hütter, 1991)

Kraftwerk

I plodded about a bit for this post and found a highly amusing article in the Guardian where a reporter unsuccessfully searches for Kraftwerk in Düsseldorf. Apparently they really, REALLY don’t like publicity. I quote from the article:

They rarely give interviews, and when they do, they come with strings attached: one magazine which secured an audience with Hütter was informed that he would only discuss his collection of bicycles and that they were not allowed to even mention that he was a member of Kraftwerk. Their legendary Düsseldorf studio, KlingKlang, has no telephone, no fax, no reception and returns all post unopened. They have not attended a photo shoot since 1978: their record label has had to make do with blurry shots from their highly infrequent live appearances and pictures of the band’s painstakingly constructed robot doubles. No band has shunned publicity with such dedication.

Is that cool or not? This is one of the most influential bands of the 20th century, pretty much heralding electronical music as a whole, and they’re obscure as hell! I’m surprised they even do live performances, despite the robot doubles thing.

Their big breakthrough was Autobahn, released in 1974. I think it’s a hilarious track, which is why it’s the song of the day. It’s very calm, very slow, very synthy, very sweet, but at one point (around 6:33 in my nine minute version) they seem to ‘break loose’ and you get a weirdass set of loony vocals. The first time I heard it I laughed out loud and was like “what the flying fuck just happened?”. So that’s what it’s like when the tightass suitwearing anti-hippies of the 70s go wild. Awesome.

Besides from being rather culty, Kraftwerk is also important musical history. If you want to know where most of the electronical genres of the 80s and 90s came from, check out Autobahn and all their other music released until 1981.

Song of the day (10/22/06)

It was only a matter of time before I did a Paul Simon one. Unfortunately I don’t have an obscure song to promote – his best album simply is Graceland, and one of the tracks I especially enjoy is Boy in the Bubble.

Paul Simon and The Muppets

Boy in the Bubble curiously applies to stuff I hear all the time during my studyage of New Media; about surveillance and information society and the relation between Man and his tools and so on. It’s not the reason I like it though.
The song has an addictive accordion thingy  running through it as well as a tuba-ish sound. Yay for wind instruments. It’s also got Paul’s distinctive friendly voice and if you care for the video, it’ll sometimes feature his friendly face.