Friday, September 30, 2011

Indeed, must search that one out. Althugh let's face it the mix of gloss and hard core was one of the beauitful things about that record. In a way it's like George Martin writing string quartet arrangements for the Beatles....just because the singer doesn't understand (or in this case, like) it, or didn't do it himself, doesn't make it bad.

Nice new visuals KP.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

More on Nirvana, would be interested in hearing the Butch Vig version discussed here.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Also, Hallelujah.
All a function of age and relativity, Bri. Those first two decades always seem to pass slowly. The next twenty whiz by. The key is to make sure that your children listen to cool music, thus alienating them from their friends.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

"It was twenty years ago today?" Ha....listened to that other twenty years ago album in the car today. Is it my imagination or did the Nirvana twenty years seem to have passed more quickly than the twenty between Pepper and the first Pixies record. Jesus Murphy......
Shod be posting something about Nirvanna, since their little known album called Nevermind was released 20 years ago today. However, I have this link to 20 cover songs performed by Radiohead. Yours for the always happy price of free.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I think we're all assuming, Bri, that REM will be back in 5-years, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Life's Rich Pageant, an event that will likely require a reissue and reunion tour. Start saving your cash now!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

That's just odd. I assumed they were a corporation that would carry on forever at this point. Do 31-year running bands really break up?
Earth-shattering news about a band breaking up. If this were 1988. Which it's not. So.....

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I'm glad I'm not on Derek's island. I'd surely tire of Blancmange and Lemon Jelly and I'm not sure who this Duff person/people are either. The dessert part sounds intriguing...tiramisu and creme brulee to be had, I would hope.

As for your streaming theory, Stu (and Dirk), not sure that I agree. That I haven't listened to anything that would go on my desert island is less a reflection of how often I may or may not have listened to recent stuff than the fact that anything new will have a hard time competing with music I've enjoyed for decades. It usually takes a couple of years for something to make it to my 'best of all time' list, because I think distance provides the best perspective. Great example: Moby's 'Play'. Still think it would make the list, though I must confess that I don't listen to it as often as I once did and probably don't regard it with the same degree of enthusiasm that I once did.

Also, with streaming in general, I think it's a little too early to tell. We've only been subscribing to the service for a few months now and I don't believe you subscribe to the option that allows you to save the music to your device (iphone, ipod touch, etc), which is critical for someone like me, who listens to at least half of all music these days on my headphones. I don't actually own the new Little Dragon album, one which I played at the CD club and enjoy more with each listen--easily numbering now at around 10-12--but it's certainly one I'd put on my top list of the year and it feels as though I own it. Were Rdio to go away, I'd certainly buy a copy.

Where I think you have a point is again one of sheer volume, numbers, and opportunity cost. That I have access to so many new releases every week means that I often keep exploring new stuff, at the expense of revisiting and relistening to the new stuff from the previous week and the week before that and the week before that, or stuff from previous years, decades...I do think I'm listening to slightly 'more' music (if that's possible) but at some point, something has to give. And that inevitably means not spending the same amount of time with each new release as I once did.

But I don't find that a lack of actual ownership has led, at this point anyway, to me not embracing or taking ownership of music that I'm starting to like. Not yet anyway. Perhaps this is a long term consequence.

As a side note and perhaps further concession to your overall point of what's lacking in Rdio, they have to adopt better playlisting, genre, and organizational options. An alphabetical scroll or 'what's Bri/Derek/Marc/Drawing Room up to' is nice occassionally but getting to a violin concerto in one or two clicks, for example, not so easy or efficient. Hoping they improve on this in the future. Their ipad/phone app has improved quite a bit but the overall organization needs a bit of an upgrade.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Most of my favourite dessert island discs are by Lemon Jelly, Blancmange and Figgy Duff.
Dirk and I were talkin just the other day.. we have a suspicion that the rdio streming services tend to make one not repeat listen very short no one spends and signifivasnt amount of time with any new purchase because frankly there are no more purchases..only streaming....with that in mind can any of you prove us wrong by posting a single dessert island disc that you would chose, but it has to be something you bought / streamed in the last 6 weeks (approx) at least 4 times (approx) and love ...the suspicion is that none of you have listened to any 1 new disc more then a couple of times and will be unable to name one...let alone a favorite amongst lessers....

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Brian ,
the pogues and the stars classics thank you for the reminder,
Kyle .................................
back to you Brian, the Nancy w Lee video hilareous on 3 points for me..
Nancys face when lee starts singing in th e background, and lees face when he emotes those first few lines, I think I get what the point was of the stooges now....
also damn if she doesnt look like frank sinatra in drag ....... take another look

Friday, September 02, 2011

Mea culpa. Allow me to make up for it with a lovely little bit of Rollins/Coleman. Apparently both are still alive? Who knew? Besides Brian and maybe Derek. And possibly Marc and Stuart? Okay, so it's just me and Mike then? Fine.

Also, thought this Willie Nelson covering Coldplay was kind of nice, both the rendition and the sentiment/politics:

Kyle you sick bastard. You're too young to understand what torture those songs and images evoke.

Re Lee and Nan, that record is actually good tip to tail, in a more-relevant-then-they-could-ever-have-known kind of way. I remember hearing Jackson on the radio when I was seven or eight, and noticing it as different (read: stupid and funny) immediately.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Another great Lee and Nancy collaboration. Though when I think of duets, this one pops into my head first:

or this:

Duets. Yes there are literally thousands, though I think the genre (if that's the right word for it) tends to produce more dross than diamonds.

This one is the first to come to mind, for some reason. Probably the pop duet I've heard the most in my life, and yet still enjoy.

Mind you, this one occupies a hallowed spot in the BD pantheon. Amazing song. And nice video too, which I only came acorss now.

Next, any duet discussion would be imcomplete without this archetypal duet from the sixties. Not as laughably crap as their rep, imo. Not their most fanous song, but the one I like the best.

And finally, speaking of archetypal sixties duets, how about this one.

just listening to "girl from the north country" off nashville skyline....for me , the perfect duet...2 very different voices yet complimenting ea other ...the pace almost stopped, like 2 old friends resigned to a repeating storyline....and for the life of me I cant think of another duet that works as well.... I realise it is a common vehicle for quick cash for a label and there are many famous crap duets out there, but I must be having a seniors moment.. Im sure therre are other quality duets out there...anyone?