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  • My top albums and tracks of 2013, ranked by play count

    1. Jan. 2014, 19:44 von BruceMcD2020

    My favorite thing about January 1 every year is checking out last.fm to see the final tally of my scrobbles for the year. Here's the list of the 15 albums I listened to most in 2013, as well as the top 10 tracks (15 songs total, since there were several ties).

    Once I've had time to pull together comments and details on my Top 40 artists of the year, I'll post it on the discussion board in my "proBRUCEr and friends" group here: http://www.last.fm/group/proBRUCEr+and+friends.

    I'd love to hear how much overlap there was with your own charts, so feel free to list them in the comments section!

    Top Albums of 2013 (by play count)

    1. Bad ReligionTrue North

    2. Frank TurnerTape Deck Heart

    3. Jimmy Eat WorldDamage

    4. SundownerNeon Fiction

    5. David BowieThe Next Day

    6. Diarrhea PlanetI'm Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

    7. PhoenixBankrupt!

    8. The CoupSorry To Bother You

    9. Queens of the Stone Age...Like Clockwork

    10. PlaceboLoud Like Love

    11. Billie Joe + NorahForeverly

    12. Hot Water MusicExister

    13. The BeatlesSgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

    14. BoySetsFireWhile A Nation Sleeps

    15. Relient KCollapsible Lung

    Top Tracks of 2013 (by play count)

    1. Frank Turner – “Plain Sailing Weather,” Against Me! – “True Trans Soul Rebel

    2. Bad Religion – “Robin Hood in Reverse,” Jimmy Eat World – “How'd You Have Me

    3. Frank Turner – “Four Simple Words

    4. Frank Turner – “Polaroid Picture

    5. Against Me! – “Fuckmylife666

    6. Frank Turner – “Recovery

    7. Bad Religion – “Fuck You,” Sundowner – “Wildfires

    8. Bad Religion – “True North,” Jimmy Eat World – “Appreciation,” Sundowner – “Life in the Embers

    9. Jimmy Eat World – “Damage

    10. Sundowner – “Concrete Shoes
  • Sparky's Favorite Independent Releases of 2011 - The Countdown Show (or something…

    9. Jan. 2012, 9:41 von adolph33

    Sparky's Favorite Independent Releases of 2011 - The Countdown Show (or something like that)

    Artist - Song Title - [CD/EP Title]

    1. Jude Cowan - The Lamb - [Lamb & Tyger]
    2. Toxic Melons - Shotgun - [Melon Jam EP]
    3. Bombadil - A Question - [All That the Rain Promises]
    4. Boys In the Well - Down To You - [Mostly Honest]
    5. Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers - The Seaweed Under the Sofa - [The Greatest Show on Toast]
    6. David Stephenson - (I'm Still) Missing Arizona - [High Lonesome]
    7. Putnam Smith - The Birds Would Understand - [We Could Be Beekeepers]
    8. Big Smith - Uncle Bud - [Kin]
    9. Billy Two Shoes - Cab Rides - [Full Breakfast]
    10. LL Cosmonaut - Saturday Night In Alcatraz - [Why X5 EP]
    11. The Foreign Films - Lucky Streak - [Bill Majoros is The Foreign Films EP]
    12. PT Walkley - Save the World - [The Ghost Of Chivalry EP]
    13. Jay Stansfield - Maisy - [The Jay Stansfield EP]
    14. LAF - Mystery Train - [Random Play All]
    15. The Dolphin Post - Reach for my Radio - [Secondhand Hearts]
    16. 8X8 - Crystal Ilusion - [The Anatomy Of An Apricot]
    17. Meyerman - Xrayspex - [Who do you think you are?]
    18. Keith Fellows - Motel Rendezvous - [The Mandelbrot Set]
    19. Army Navy - Ode to Janice Melt - [The Last Place]
    20. Gary Ritchie - Girl Like You - [Hum, Sing... Repeat]
    21. Cult Of Wedge - Christopher Walken - [Tape Recorders Changed Everything]
    22. Kurt Baker - Just Forget About It - [Rockin' For A Living]
    23. Dean Ford - Come On Say - [Deaf. Dumb. In Love]
    24. Wim Oudijk - Tree Stands Tall At Times Square - [Tree]
    25. Beachy Head Music Club - Embrace - [Oblong]
    26. John Evans - Ghost Dancing - [Eagle]
    27. The Big I Am - Right About Now - [Better Days]
    28. Joe Crookston - The Nazarene - [Darkling & The BlueBird Jubilee]
    29. Captain Wilberforce - Me and Your Mother (Before You were Born) - [Ghost Written Confessions]
    30. Richard Snow and The InLaws - Do You Want To - [Am I Really That Boring?]
    31. Maxi Dunn - Will You Forgive Me? - [The Neglected Gambit]
    32. Jay Stansfield - Contact - [LOVISM]
    33. Tan Sleeve - Don't Get Too Comfortable - [Too Big To Fail]
    34. Dark Ocean Colors - The Other Line - [Dark Ocean Colors]
    35. Vegas With Randolph - The Better Part - [Above The Blue]
    36. The Handcuffs - Dirty Glitter - [Waiting For The Robot]
    37. Snippet - Chip Off the Old Block - [Slowly Slowly Catchee Monkey]
    38. Laurie Biagini - A Ride On The Train - [A Go-Go Girl In A Modern World]
    39. The Big I Am - Collecting Skies - [Collecting Skies]
    40. Skeleton Staff - Capsize - [Psychomorphism]
    41. The Red Button - She Grows Where She's Planted - [As Far As Yesterday Goes]
  • Dratsongs

    18. Jul. 2011, 12:50 von voodoolounger

    This label Dratsongs has been set up to feature exclusively the works of Paul Henshaw, either as singer songwriter of his own material, or as a performer with and/or producer of other unsigned artists (featured with their permission).
    There has been a Paul Henshaw artist page since 2007 but recently the work of another artist of the same name appeared on that site so it was decided to make a fresh start. Hopefully creating the label Dratsongs will avoid the recurrence of this problem and the songs from Drat! reluctantly removed can once again be heard. Drat!
    Almost two years of medical problems concerning surgery to both hands are now, thankfully, over and work has begun in earnest on the follow-up album.
    Many thanks to all the listeners to Drat! and friends on last.fm, it's good to be back.
    My home site is at voodoolounger and I look forward to hearing from friends of old and to making new friends around this small blue globe of ours.
  • "ShockPop"'s 20-something Favorite "Indie" Releases of 2010

    29. Dez. 2010, 18:46 von adolph33

    "ShockPop"'s 20-something Favorite Independent Artist Releases of 2010 -

    1) Seth Swirsky, "Watercolor Day"
    2) The PondHawks, "..Have Landed"
    3) Duncan Maitland, "lullabies for the 21st century"
    4) Jeremy Messersmith, "The Reluctant Graveyard"
    5) Big Smith, "Roots, Shoots, and Wings"
    6) The Well Wishers, "post modern romantic"
    7) Justin Kline, "Triangle/Six Songs"
    8) Greg Pope, "BLUE OCEAN SKY"
    9) Skeleton Staff, "Solipsism"
    10) The Ice Cream Men, (s/t)
    11) Agony Aunts, "Greater Miranda"
    12) Nick Vernier Band, "Sessions"
    13) Maple Mars, "Galaxyland"
    14) Mark Bacino, "Queens English"
    15) Laurie Biagini, "A Far-Out Place"
    16) Radio Days, "C'est La Vie"
    17) Timmy Sean, "Noisewater, Songs From and Inspired by..."
    18) The Russians, "Crashing The Party"
    19) Blake Jones and the Trike Shop, "The Underground Garden"
    20) Miami Dan & the Hayes Street Band, "Star Of The Beach"
    21) The Brigadier, "The Secret Of No Success"
    22) Major External Screwheads Rubber Band, "The Sons Of Southern Mothers Present..."
    23) Ghost Trains, "Where Lovers Die"
    24) Elijah Aaron, "The Gift Of Every Word"
    25) Baby Scream, (s/t)
    26) Josh Woodward, "Ashes"
    27) The Britannicas, (s/t)
    28) Dave Stephens, "Time Will Tell"
    29) The Ocean Tango, (s/t)
  • Online Acoustic Guitar Lessons for Beginners

    13. Dez. 2010, 4:51 von rhythmstrummer1

    Featuring acoustic guitar lessons for beginners and intermediates, RhythmStrummer.com is not just a website for beginner guitar lessons. It's a community of friends having fun teaching and playing, and it's a great place to learn easy guitar songs for beginners plus loads of simple guitar techniques. Acoustic songs are pulled from all eras, and include songs by The Beatles, Elvis, Nirvana, Buddy Holly, Credence Clearwater Revival, and many more. So if you're interested in learning how to play the acoustic guitar, come on over and check us out!
  • Tim's Pepperland..

    15. Aug. 2010, 13:25 von CloudBurst1988

    Hi!!!
    I run an online Music Site called MisforMusic and we have just started a new feature called "Tim's Pepperland" where our writer Tim reviews all The Beatles albums one by one in chronilogical order.

    We have just put the first review up of "Please Please Me." I'm hoping you would take a look and leave feeddback, and if its ok could I update this thread week by week as each album review goes live on the website?

    Here is the link for the "Please Please Me" review:
    http://www.misformusic.com/2010/08/tims-pepperland-the-beatles-please-please-me/

    Thanks..
    Emma x
  • A WHOLE BAG OF BEATLES BISCUITS

    5. Jul. 2010, 4:56 von TeddiGirl3534

    * After Paul's song, "Penny Lane" became a Beatles hit, the street signs for the actual Penny Lane in Liverpool disappeared with such regularity (as they did on the real Abbey Road), that the town reverted to simply painting 'Penny Lane' on the buildings, rather than have street signs.

    * "Strawberry Fields" was named for a real place, Strawberry Field, a children's home run by the Salvation Army in Liverpool. Its location was near John's childhood home. The original Victorian building was too old and was demolished in the late 1960's and some land at the back was sold off to help pay for the new buildings. It's still called "Strawberry Field" and the original walls and gates are there, and it's still a Salvation Army Children's Home. John sent Strawberry Field a large donation before his death and so Strawberry Field named one of it's buildings "Lennon Hall" Yoko still sends donations of cash.

    * Though there was a woman named Eleanor Rigby in Liverpool, she was not the inspiration for the song. Paul simply made up the name. The Father McKenzie in "Eleanor Rigby," was almost called Father McCartney, when Paul first composed the lyrics. However, a search in the phone book yielded the more general name McKenzie. The song has been recorded over 200 times, with interpretations by Diana Ross and the Supremes, Paul Anka, Frankie Valli, the Four Tops, Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Vanilla Fudge.

    * The group's name had numerous inspirations. Stuart Sutcliffe noted that a motorcycle gang in the film, "The Wild One," was called 'The Beetles,' and John Lennon reportedly had a dream in which a man appeared "on a flaming pie," saying, "You will be Beatles with an 'a'." The band members were also influenced by the name of Buddy Holly's band, the Crickets.

    * Contrary to popular belief, the title for "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" was prompted by 4-year-old Julian Lennon's description of a painting he brought home from school, not the drug, LSD. John Lennon has been said to have preferred Elton John's rendition of the song, and played background guitar and backup vocals on John's version, credited as "Dr. Winston O'Boogie and his Reggae Guitars."

    * Paul McCartney wrote "Hey Jude" for Julian Lennon, John's son.

    * Though the Beatles were still largely unknown in the U.S. in October 1963, Ed Sullivan got his first glimpse of Beatlemania on Halloween of that year. His plane at Heathrow Airport outside London was delayed due to hordes of screaming Beatles fans welcoming the boys back from an overseas concert. When he was notified about the cause of the delay, Ed Sullivan said, "Who the hell are the Beatles?" That experience prompted him to book them on his show in 1964. (The Beatles, for their part, had not previously heard of Ed Sullivan).

    * Though "The Ed Sullivan Show" was the first TV program in America to host the Beatles, (February 9, 1964), ABC and CBS shot concert footage of the band in November 1963 as Beatlemania swept England. On December 7, 1963, "The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" featured footage of Beatles fans at a concert, and on Friday, January 3, 1964, Jack Paar's show was the first to broadcast footage of them on a major U.S. show, when Paar played a clip of the Beatles performing "She Loves You." At that point Paar was not a fan, and he disparaged their haircuts on air.

    * On December 17, 1963, a disc jockey at WWDC in Washington, D.C., became the first person to broadcast a Beatles record on American airwaves. James Carroll played "I Want To Hold Your Hand," which he had obtained from his stewardess girlfriend who brought the single back from Britain. Due to listener demand, it played daily, every hour. Since it hadn't been released yet in the States, Capitol initially considered court action, but instead released the record earlier than planned.

    * Among the people on the cover of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" are Stuart Sutcliffe (one of the Beatles' early band members), Laurel and Hardy, Marilyn Monroe, Karl Marx, boxer Sonny Liston, Bob Dylan, Lenny Bruce and Shirley Temple. Shirley had visited the Beatles in their dressing room backstage at a San Francisco concert in 1964. It is said when the Beatles requested her permission to use her image on the cover of the album, she was the only celebrity who insisted upon hearing the disc before granting permission.

    * Timothy Leary and Tommy Smothers did some of the background clapping on John's song, "Give Peace a Chance," recorded in a hotel in Montreal.

    * Before she was Cher, singer "Bonnie Jo Mason" recorded the novelty song, "I Love You Ringo."

    * Paul Simon, Mick Jagger, John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd and Bill Murray (who played Bill Murray the K) had cameos in Eric Idle's spoof feature film about the Beatles, "The Rutles."

    * Though she bought him his first guitar, John's Aunt Mimi discouraged him from a career in music, saying, according to John: "The guitar's all right as a hobby, but it won't earn you any money." Years later, John gave her a silver plaque with that quote engraved upon it.

    BEATLES TIMELINE

    July 7, 1940 - Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr) is born in Liverpool.

    October 9, 1940 - John Lennon is born in Liverpool.

    June 18, 1942 - Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool.

    February 24, 1943 - George Harrison is born in Liverpool.

    1957 - John Lennon, age 16, forms the Quarry Men, a band comprised of pals from his school, Quarry Bank Grammar.

    July 6, 1957 - Paul McCartney, age 15, meets John at a Quarry Men performance at Woolton Parish Church fete. Soon after, John invites him to join the band.

    February 1958 - George Harrison, age 15, joins the group.

    January 1960 - Stu Sutcliffe, a friend of John's at Liverpool College of Art, is asked to join the group as bass guitarist. The band changes its name to Silver Beetles, then Silver Beatles.

    August 1960 - Drummer Pete Best joins group, now known as simply the Beatles. He accompanies the band to Hamburg where, over five visits between now and December 1962, the group hones its sound at the Indra, Kaiserkeller, Top Ten and Star clubs.

    December 27, 1960 - Having returned to Liverpool the Beatles appear on this date at a local public hall, Litherland Town Hall, prompting fan frenzy. Their popularity secure, they work the North West of Britain steadily to committed followers for the next two years.

    Spring 1961 - Stuart Sutcliffe quits the Beatles.

    November 1961 - The Beatles meet Brian Epstein, who becomes their manager. They start to polish their image and seek a recording contract.

    January 1, 1962 - They audition (unsuccessfully) for Decca Records in London.

    April 10, 1962 - Stuart Sutcliffe dies of a brain hemorrhage in Hamburg.

    June 6, 1962 - The Beatles audition for George Martin, a producer at EMI. He signs them, and becomes their producer throughout the Beatles' career.

    August 16, 1962 - Pete Best leaves the Beatles.

    August 18, 1962 - Ringo joins the band.

    October 5, 1962 - The Beatles' first single, "Love Me Do" is released in the United Kingdom. It rises to a respectable #17 on the British charts.

    January 11, 1963 - The Beatles" second single, "Please Please Me," is released in the U.K.. It goes to #1 on the British charts on February 22 and stays there for two weeks.

    February 11, 1963 - In a single day, the Beatles record their first full album, also entitled "Please Please Me." They record ten songs, which were added to the previously recorded "Love Me Do," "Please Please Me," "P.S. I Love You," and "Ask Me Why."

    March 22, 1963 - The album "Please Please Me" is released in the U.K. and becomes a runaway hit. Once it hits number one, it remains there for 29 weeks. The Beatles have taken Britain by storm and successive singles all hit number one: "From Me To You," "She Loves You," "I Want To Hold Your Hand." The album is released in America in July with the title, "Introducing the Beatles," and initially flops.

    October 1963 - Beatlemania spreads through Europe. (This is the month biographers and Beatles scholars often point to as the start of the Beatles' phenomenal popularity).

    October 13, 1963 - Beatles play on ITV's "Sunday Night at the London Palladium" which is broadcast to 15 million viewers. (This show in the United Kingdom was analogous to "The Ed Sullivan Show" in the U.S.)

    November 4, 1963 - The Beatles appear at the Royal Command Performance, performing for the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon. Before beginning "Twist and Shout," John tweaks the crowd with his comment, "Will the people in the cheaper seats clap their hands? And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry."

    November 22, 1963 - The band's second album "With the Beatles" is released in the U.K., remaining in the top position on the British charts for 21 weeks. It features the songs "All My Loving," "Please Mr. Postman," "Roll Over Beethoven," and others. It succeeded the first album in the number one spot, and together the Beatles were top on the album charts for 51 consecutive weeks.

    November 29, 1963 - The single "I Want To Hold Your Hand" is released in the U.K. and immediately hits number one on the charts. It is released in the U.S. December 26 that year, and spends seven weeks at number one.

    January 20, 1964 - The album, "Meet the Beatles!" is released by Capitol Records in the U.S. On February 15 it hits number one on Billboard's chart in America, where it remains for 11 weeks.

    February 7, 1964 - The Beatles land at JFK Airport in New York. The British Invasion begins. Fans surround the Plaza Hotel, where the Beatles are staying.

    February 9, 1964 - The Beatles perform on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and are watched by a record-setting 73 million people (23,240,000 households, according to A.C. Nielsen). They perform five songs, "All My Loving," "Till There Was You," "She Loves You," "I Saw Her Standing There" and "I Want To Hold Your Hand."

    February 11, 1964 - The Beatles give their first live performance in the U.S. at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C.

    February 12, 1964 - The Beatles perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

    February 16, 1964 - The Beatles perform for the second time on "The Ed Sullivan Show," performing live from the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. Approximately 70 million people tune in (22,445,000 households).

    February 23, 1964 - The Beatles appear for the third time on "The Ed Sullivan Show," this time with a taped performance of three songs.

    March 2, 1964 - Filming commences on the Beatles' first film, "A Hard Day's Night," and is completed in eight weeks.

    March 31, 1964 - The Beatles hold the top five slots on Billboard's chart: (1) Can't Buy Me Love, (2) Twist and Shout, (3) She Loves You, (4) I Want To Hold Your Hand (5) Please Please Me--a musical first.

    April 4, 1964 - The Beatles hold 14 slots on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

    July 6, 1964 - "A Hard Day's Night" premieres in London. It cost $500,000. The film is well-received by critics and the public.

    July 10, 1964 - The album "A Hard Day's Night" is released in the U.K., hitting number one there, as well as in America after its U.S. release in August.

    August 11, 1964 - "A Hard Day's Night" opens in America and is a huge hit.

    August 19, 1964 - The Beatles perform at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California, in the first concert of their USA/Canada tour, which lasts a month.

    December 4, 1964 - The album "Beatles For Sale" is released in the U.K. and hits number one.

    February 23, 1965 - Shooting begins in the Bahamas on the Beatles' second film, "Help!"

    June 12, 1965 - The Beatles are named Members of the British Empire by the Queen, and in October they are presented with medals at Buckingham Palace.

    July 29, 1965 - The Beatles second feature film, "Help!" opens in London. It opens in the U.S. on August 11 that year. It cost $1.5 million to make and was very successful.

    August 6, 1965 - The album, "Help!" is released in the U.K. and becomes a number one hit there and in the U.S.

    August 15, 1965 - The Beatles play for a record-breaking 55,600 people at New York's Shea Stadium, grossing $304,000 dollars. The Beatles' share was $160,000.

    December 3, 1965 - The album, "Rubber Soul," is released in the U.K. and goes to number one there and in the U.S.

    August 5, 1966 - The album, "Revolver," is released in the U.K. and hits number one there and in the U.S.

    August 29, 1966 - The Beatles give their last live concert, in San Francisco, California.

    June 1, 1967 - The album, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," is released in the U.K. It tops the charts all over the world, holding the number one slot in Britain for 27 weeks and for 19 in America. It receives four Grammys including Best Album.

    June 25, 1967 - The Beatles star in "Our World," a two-hour satellite television program transmitted live by satellite to five continents and 24 countries. They perform "All You Need is Love." This was the first live television satellite program to air worldwide.

    August 27, 1967 - Brian Epstein dies. The Beatles learn of his death while they are visiting Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Bangor, Wales. The spiritual leader is introducing people to Transcendental Meditation (TM).

    November 27, 1967 - The album, "Magical Mystery Tour," is released in the U.S. where it hits number one. It is released in the U.K. eleven days later as an extended play disc, without three singles.

    December 26, 1967 - "Magical Mystery Tour," the Beatles' hour-long television special airs in the U.K., where it is seen by approximately 14 million viewers and not liked by critics.

    February 1968 - The Beatles travel to Rishikesh, India, to attend a TM seminar hosted by Maharishi at his center. They stay a few weeks.

    May 14, 1968 - John and Paul appear on "The Tonight Show" (with guest host Joe Garagiola) to announce that their company, Apple, desires to help young artists.

    July 17, 1968 - "Yellow Submarine," the animated film, premieres in London. It opens in America several months later and becomes a great success.

    November 22, 1968 - The album, "The Beatles" ('White Album'), is released and zooms to number one in Britain and America.

    January 13, 1969 - The soundtrack, "Yellow Submarine," is released in the U.S. and reaches the number two position on the British and American charts (number one was held by the White Album).

    January 30, 1969 - The Beatles perform together for the last time live, singing many songs, on the roof of Apple's London office. The scenes were included in what became the documentary "Let It Be."

    Mid-September, 1969 - John decides to "divorce" the Beatles, but he does not announce it publicly because of contract negotiations taking place with EMI. By this time, George and Ringo have each quit the band for short spells, returning soon after.

    September 26, 1969 - The Beatles last studio album, "Abbey Road," is released in the U.K. It tops the charts there and in America.

    November 25, 1969 - John returns his Member of the British Empire medal to Buckingham Palace as an anti-war protest, and, he says in his letter to the Queen, in protest against his single "Cold Turkey" slipping down the charts.

    April 10, 1970 - Paul announces publicly that he has left the Beatles.

    May 8, 1970 - The Beatles last album, "Let It Be" (recorded before "Abbey Road"), is released in the U.K. and hits number one there and in the U.S.

    May 20, 1970 - The movie, "Let It Be," premieres in London. None of the Beatles attend.
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  • A Hard Days Night - the opening chord is.........

    18. Mai. 2010, 23:46 von FoxyFreedom

    We just read in someone's journal entry on this site lastfm that people still haven't worked out the opening chord to The Beatles A Hard Day's Night.

    Here is a clue for you: it is not one chord but TWO CHORDS played together on different instruments. Try it at home.It's not that difficult.

    If you are really desperate to know how it was done, send a message to our inbox on this site and we might tell you....but only if you can keep a secret
  • [My Gang] Gonjasufi - Kowboyz&Indians : Reco of the Week 20 April 2010

    20. Apr. 2010, 18:02 von Babs_05

    Track: Kowboyz&Indians [ full stream: hypem ]
    Artist: Gonjasufi
    Album: A Sufi and a Killer (Warp, 8 Mar 2010)
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    (YouTube, fan video with audio upload)


    I've just recovered from one of those 24 hour bugs that make your head swim, give you the shivers and make you sneeze, so you don't know if it's a cold or hayfever and you end up treating both, at which point things get interesting...

    I thought it might be funny to put Gonjasufi's new album, A Sufi and a Killer on, to see how trippy it sounded. And it was. Trippy. What a pity I'm better now, I was enjoying that.

    We're doing well for original albums this year and this is one of them. He first came to our attention when he featured on Testament on Flying Lotus's 2008 album, Los Angeles.

    When Pitchfork quoted Flying Lotus describe Gonjasufi's singing in their review of A Sufi And A Killer last month, he was so delighted he posted a tweet in Twitter, which, along with links to new tracks, including Ancestors produced by Flying Lotus, quickly made Gonjasufi a trending topic. Given we're expected to believe the whole world only listens to mainstream pap, it was wonderful to see someone as avant-garde and abstract as Gonjasufi setting Twitter alight. These things restore my faith in humanity.



    Dirty, scuzzy, filthy, woozy, hazy, far out and groovy music underlying a gritty, rasping old man's voice, the music takes you back to the 60s like you're there. You can almost smell the patchouli and sandalwood. Amongst other things. Beyond that, it's hard to describe. You have to be there. It's lo-fi. There's some rock. Acoustic guitar. Some Bollywood. Bit of hip-hop. Handful of disco. Pinch of abstract. Deep beats by The Gaslamp Killer, Mainframe, and Flying Lotus. Drums and American Indians dancing around a fire. Cuddly toy.

    The track I have chosen is one of my favourites, mainly because it features Las Grecas, one of my new obsessions. The track he sampled is Bella Kali, from their album Gipsy Rock, originally released in 1974 and rereleased a few months ago under a push for all things 1970s flamenco rock. I chose the fan video (above) for its cheesy special effects and good images and stills.


    Source: The Guardian


    How are you doing? Is your head spinning yet? I've barely skimmed the surface. It's worth diving deeper and reading an interview with the man himself. Here he is talking about yoga and how he gets that voice in this interview with Pitchfork. He talked to The Guardian too, although I'm not sure who's messing around here, the writer or Gonjasufi. The best interview I've seen so far is the one with The Quietus where he talks about the spiritual aspects and more about where he's coming from.

    It's a rollercoaster. Giddy highs, head-nodding lows, flashes of brilliant light against creepy darkness. It removes you from where you are and takes you on a journey. If he has his way, if he's done his job, the journey is back to yourself. The more you put into this album, the more you get out of it. Which is exactly the Sufi way.



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  • [My Gang] Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 5 Adagietto : Reco of the Week 23 Feb 2010

    23. Feb. 2010, 20:49 von Babs_05

    Track: Adagietto or 'Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: IV. Adagietto' although really it's in F major
    Artist: Gustav Mahler
    Album: Mahler: Symphony No. 5
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    YouTube, Tessa Virtue / Scott Moir - 2010 Canadian Nationals FD (No commentary)


    When Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir finished their third and final dance for the 2010 Winter Olympics, where they won the gold, Robin Cousins, commentating for the BBC, said, "Canadians have found their own Bolero". He was referring to Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean's winning dance of 1984, the only in the history of the games to score a perfect 6.0 across the board.


    Source: BBC


    The video above is of Virtue and Scott's free dance recorded recently for the Canadian Nationals. By comparison, here are Torvill and Dean, if you haven't already looked it up. Their routine to Maurice Ravel's Boléro (streaming here: Bolero):

    (YouTube)

    Torvill and Dean are like fire to Virtue and Scott's ice. Where the former burn with passion, the latter transcend it with a more glacial and balletic performance, sparkling with crystalline elegance. I don't think I could have chosen between them and my other favourites, USA's Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who came second, winning the silver with their dramatic routine to Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera.

    (YouTube)

    Symphony No. 5 was composed in 1901 and 1902 during Mahler's 'second period' when he started to experiment with non-standard instruments and s. Fans of s will be interested to note that they feature in Symphonies 6 and 7. Mahler was then in his 40s, recently married with two children. His wife, Alma, said he was at the "height of his powers" at this time.

    Adagietto is the fourth movement of the five and the most frequently performed. It is slow, soft and delicate, scored only for harp and strings, in contrast to the other four which are for the whole orchestra. After the high drama of the preceding three pieces, it is an idyll, a brief respite before the finale and the story ends. The term adagietto means slow but a little faster than adagio.

    There is some confusion even today over what key it's in. It is regularly listed as in C sharp minor when in fact it is in my favourite key, F major. The confusion stems from the first movement, which is in C sharp minor, and people have generalised from that. Mahler objected to this assignment: "From the order of the movements (where the usual first movement now comes second) it is difficult to speak of a key for the 'whole Symphony', and to avoid misunderstandings the key should best be omitted." (from Wikipedia)

    The structure of the five movements are:

    1. Trauermarsch (Funeral March) (C-sharp minor)
    2. Stürmisch bewegt, mit größter Vehemenz (Moving stormily, with the greatest vehemence) (A minor)
    3. Scherzo (D major)
    4. Adagietto (F major)
    5. Rondo-Finale (D major)

    Most famous for its appearance in the film Death in Venice it isn't typical for Mahler, who is better known for composing 'difficult' music. For many critics, he is the father of music, his and experiments to evoke mood and emotion inspiring a great many musicians of the 20th century. The term 'romantic' music as used here doesn't mean romantic love. It means finding the passion and expression within the music so that it moves the listener. It is the music itself being designed to affect or change how you're feeling as you listen, or put you in a trance as it hypnotises you. These ideas form the essence of what we know as ambient music and explains why you see the ambient tag for Mahler, in case you were wondering.


    Source: NY Times


    The Winter Olympics in Vancouver are ongoing as I write. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir winning the gold medal for Canada was a wonderful moment; the audience was in a rapt silence all the way through then erupted in a deafening cheer at the end. My favourite moment, though, was when GB's Amy Williams won the gold as an individual. Robin Cousins was the last Brit to win a gold medal for us 30 years ago and the last British female individual Winter Olympics gold medalist was Jeannette Altwegg in 1952.


    Further reading:
    Winnipeg Free Press: Goose doesn't hurt if it's done right
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A14611394
    http://www.mfiles.co.uk/composers/Gustav-Mahler.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustav_Mahler
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._5_%28Mahler%29
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._5_%28Mahler%29#Adagietto
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romantic_music
    http://users.last.fm/~matt/hackey/
    http://mediagallery.usatoday.com/2010-Vancouver-Winter-Olympics/Figure-Skating/G1434,C638


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