Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Greg Lake, RIP

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Musician Greg Lake, of Emerson, Lake and Palmer and King Crimson fame, has died.

In my youth I drove my parent’s old 8-track equipped Dodge Monaco, with The Best of Emerson Lake and Palmer one of the few 8-track albums I possessed and thus in very heavy rotation. (Among the annoyances: All but 10 seconds of “Tiger in a Spotlight” was on one track, and then a KERTHUNK for the very end.) I never saw one of their elaborate live shows, but I did had tickets for the Austin leg of the Emerson Lake and Powell tour before it was cancelled.

Here’s the obligatory Emerson, Lake and Palmer track:

Alas, there does not seem to be a full version of the original “In the Court of the Crimson King” on YouTube, or that would be here as well…

Shoegazer Sunday: Bleach’s “Seeing”

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Bleach were a short-lived Ipswich band during the first bloom of Shoegaze who out a few EPs then broke up. Here’s “Seeing.”

(Hat tip: Primal Music Blog’s Twitter feed.)

Shoegazer Sunday: Japanese babY

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Japanese babY [CIC] hails from Krasnodar, Russia. Here they are with a live version of “Твое солнце.” No, I don’t know how to pronounce that. The sound’s a little raw, as you might expect from a live club recording, but the riffs are tasty.

Influences seem to be Jesus and Mary Chain, Sigur Ros, and maybe just a tiny hint of Laibach.

Because Everyone Else is Posting “Hallelujah”

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Leonard Cohen dead at 82.

Shoegazer Sunday: Burning House’s “If You Won’t”

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

For your Sunday dose of Shoegaze, here’s Burning House’s “If You Won’t”:

(Hat tip: Sounds Better With Reverb.)

Shoegazer Sunday: Curve’s “Horror Head”

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

For your Sunday-before-Halloween dose of Shoegaze, here’s Curve’s “Horror Head”:

Shoegazer Sunday: Dead Leaf Echo’s “So.Wrong”

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

New York City-vased Dead Leaf Echo was another band at the Luscious Heaven shoegaze event last Saturday. Here they are with “So.Wrong”:

Shoegazer Sunday: Single Lash’s “Bitemarks”

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

Austin’s Single Lash was one of the bands playing at that Luscious Heaven show at Cheer Up Charlie’s. I only managed to catch one of their songs, but I thought the lead singer was really good. “Bitemarks” may or may not have been that song.

In Honor of Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize…

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

…here’s Weird Al Yankovic’s palindromic tribute to “Bob”‘s “Subterranean Homesick Blues.”

And here’s the original to compare it with:

Hat Tip: Derek Johnson on Facebook.

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Not a headline from The Onion. A real headline from the world of 2016:

Bob Dylan, the brilliant, iconoclastic musician who has for decades defied people’s expectations, was announced as the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday morning.

Dylan was awarded the prize “for having created new poetic expressions within the American song tradition.”

One of the most prominent musicians of the last half-century, Dylan had long been rumored to be considered for the prize, but literary watchers considered his name among those in the running a novelty. He is the first American to win the prize since Toni Morrison in 1993.

The room of watchers at the Swedish Academy seemed shocked by the announcement, one calling the decision “radical” when asking Sara Danils, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, about the choice.

She compared Dylan to the poet Sappho, and then suggested the interviewer begin with Dylan’s record “Blonde on Blonde.”

Blink.

Blink.

I never put any stock in the Nobel Prize in Literature (or Peace, for that matter) and can conceive of worse choices. But I was unaware that Jack Black’s character from High Fidelity was on the Nobel Prize committee.

So here’s the opening track of Blonde on Blonde:

Perhaps the lyrics offer a glimpse at how the committee came to its decision…

File under: 2016. This year…