Musical Interlude  

NoirFan 41M
14 posts
9/13/2005 8:26 am

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Musical Interlude

Last night I went to my first interest group meet up. It was much more laid back than I imagined it would be. Next time I will dress according. Still, It was great fun, and I hope to attend the next one.
During the evening the subject turned to music. This is one of my favorite subjects, and you will come to find, a reoccurring theme in this blog. We talked about Todd Rundgren, the Stones, Zeplin, and Ozzy. I had to put in my two sence with Elvis Costello, the Dead Kenendys, the Ramones, and other bands that populated my childhood memories, and my current CD and LP collections.
Yes, I still have a growing LP collection. CDs and MP3s are great for casual listening, but there is a warmth in analog that you do not hear in digital recordings.
I spend most of my working day listening to music either on cd or net radio. The few times a week that I am called into an office to work on a project, I bring my case of disks along with my laptop and wacom tablet. My musical tastes jump all over the board, and will listen to almost anything. To give you an idea, here are the first ten random CDs sitting on my desk:

The Servant - The Servant
This is a British band on the cusp of the new wave of New Wave. If you saw the Sin City trailer, you have heard their track, Cells.

Yoko Kanno and the Seatbelts - Cowboy Bebop
I know that this outs me as an anime nerd, but this is some amazing music. Yoko Kanno is simply amazing. Give it a listen, and you will understand why the Seatbelts share shelf space with Dexter Gordon and John Coltrane in my home.

They Might Be Giants - The Spine
I've been listening to the music John and John even before I knew what good music was. The Spine is their best album since Flood.

VNV Nation - Futureperfect
VNV Nation is a fixture of the Goth/Industrial scene, and this album will show you why. Ronan Harris brilliantly blends synthpop and EMB with his wonderful vocals to alchemically create musical gold.

The Rev. Horton Heat - Holy Roller
This is a best of The Rev. and some of the best rockabilly around. I keep this CD on me because it is easier than lugging around The Rev.'s entire discography.

Shots in the Dark
This is a compilation of Henry Mancini's classic lounge scores reworked by illumanaries of the Surf, Rockabilly, and Psychobilly scenes, such as Poison Ivy of the Cramps, Man or Astroman?, and Elliot Easton's Tiki Gods.

Iron Horse - Fade to Bluegrass
This is another cover album of Metallica, but what makes it a cut above is the musicianship of Iron Horse, and the fact that it is bluegrass. I picked this up as a laugh, but found it to be a great album. I would even argue that their version of Four Horsemen is superior to the original.

Hansom Boy Modeling School - So...How's Your Girl
Trying to describe Prince Paul and Dan the Automater's collaboration is like trying to catch smoke in a bottle. This label defying album has the beats Paul and Dan are well known for, a phone conversation with Biz Markie, audio samples of Chris Elliot, and a track with Father Guido Sarducci, Miho Hatori (of Cibo Matto), Mike D. (of the Beastie Boys), Sean Lennon, and Alec Empire. So...How's Your Girl is a musical treat.

Motorhead - Ace of Spades
What can be said about Lemmy's masterwork that has not already been said. Ace of Spades is one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time.

Iris - Awakening
This album is one of those soundscapes made for rainy days or rainy moods. Iris' beautiful melancholy synthpop is something to experience.

Cake - Pressure Chief
This is the latest album from Cake, and like Cake albums that have before, it sparkles and shines. In truth, you either love Cake or you hate them. Cake, is one of my favorite bands, and I will always come back for another slice.

So, what are you listening to?


everdidIever 38M
2 posts
9/13/2005 9:43 am

Well bud, I am quite interested in all sorts of music.
As of this moment I am trying to capture the joy of my youth and listening to Slayer- Seasons in the Abyss.
I have a certain affection for all that late 80's - 90's metal. Sepletura, deftones, you name it I have learned them all and played them all (i am a drummer). Music is a great facilitator and it keeps the mind occupied. And fuck yeah to the motorhead review.


NoirFan 41M

9/13/2005 11:43 am

Ah, Seasons of the Abyss.
That is a great album of masterful metal by Slayer. It is all about Skeletons of Society.
Now you have me wanting to break out some Anthrax, Megadeath, and Ministry.


truckerwidow 47F
35 posts
9/16/2005 4:23 pm

I LOVE Rev. Horton Heat...been to see several times!!! My tast in music is very diverse...everything from hard rock to classical, baroque, romantic...I'm always listening, and always willing to listen to something new.


NoirFan 41M

9/21/2005 7:02 am

Same here truckerwidow,
I will listen to just about anything, but at some point of the day I always have to drop in some rockabilly. Rev. is one of my favorites along with the Los Straitjackets, the Red Elvises, and Southern Culture on the Skids.
It is good stuff.


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