Archive for the ‘music’ Category

This is what the 80s were really like: a permanent Rickroll

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

I was there; I should know. As one caption to this video read, very accurately, “this is what it was like 24/7.”

I went looking for clothes the other day but everything was 80s, badly printed shirts and high waisted jeans the colour of skim milk.  Looking at this stuff I had a visceral memory of the daily Rickroll that was living through that decade.

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Album: Native North America Vol. 1

Monday, March 9th, 2015

This is a superb and historically important album, a compilation of music by indigenous musicians in Canada 1968-1985. It’s telling that I had only heard one of these tracks before hearing the album; it points to a disturbing lack of airplay of native music during those years. This album belongs in every music collection in Canada and beyond.

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What might ancient Babylonian songs have sounded like?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

What did ancient Babylonian songs sound like? Possibly something close to this. Composer and performer Stef Conner and the Lyre Ensemble have put out an album of songs they believe are close to ancient Babylonian songs, using the original poetry. (Album can be found at that link and will be on iTunes by the end of 2014.) Above, Stef Conner recording, wearing a reconstructed Babylonian gold and lapis lazuli choker necklace.

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Secos & Molhados – Sangue Latino

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Oh 1973, I am so happy to see you yet again. Last week it was Sensations Fix, and then yesterday someone posted Sangue Latino by Secos & Molhados. I hadn’t heard it in years. Brazil does glam folk rock. So very beautiful.

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“What was the gig like?” “I don’t know, everyone was dressed as a teddy bear in the Seventies.”

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Noel Gallagher by photographer ©Andy Willsher, reprinted with permission

Rolling Stone: Did you see that [Arcade Fire has] asked people to wear formal wear or costumes at their shows? [Ed. Note: Arcade Fire has clarified that this dress code is “super not mandatory.”]

Noel Gallagher: [Sighs] Well, what’s the point of that?

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Mother of Pearl

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Merely because this blog was previously bereft of this song, which was an oversight.

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