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  • Pleasantly surprised

    20. Apr. 2007, 10:16

    At the way a portuguese actress bridges the gap between France and Brazil. The actress in question also happens to be a very sensuous singer. She is Maria de Medeiros, of course. You might have seen her in Pulp Fiction or Henry & June, but she's acted better than that - believe it or not.
    Her first album MARIA De MEDEIROS - A Little More Blue is a collection of 14 covers of brazilian songs from the 60s and early 70s, some romantic, some with a marked political content. If you're into Jane Birkin (and why else would you be here, right?) you might just think one of the big surprises of...2006 - though in general release only now.
  • addictive-type personality (mine - not the people mentioned here)

    28. Aug. 2006, 3:13

    Post the top twenty bands/artists on your profile, the first song you heard of their's, the song that made you fall in love, and your current favorite.

    Bessie Smith
    First song: Nobody In Town Can Bake A Sweet Jelly Roll Like Mine (yes, I swear - of course I didn't get the innuendo at all ^^)
    Song that made me love: In The House Blues
    Current favourite: Frosty Morning Blues

    June Tabor
    First song: Aqaba (because I think it's the first from that album - it was certainly the first one that made me stop whatever else I was thinking of and let the music pour into me, through all senses you know? no, not drunk or stoned)
    Song that made me love: Sudden Waves
    Current favourite: many, there have always been many since then. maybe He Fades Away

    Joni Mitchell
    First song: Chalk Mark In A Rainstorm
    Song that made me love: Chelsea Morning
    Current favourite: A Case Of You

    Sandy Denny
    First song: It'll Take A Long Long Time
    Song that made me love: Who Knows Where The Time Goes
    Current favourite: No End

    Elis Regina
    First song: Fascinação
    Song that made me love: Como Nossos Pais, Casa No Campo, Folhas Secas, Mucuripe
    Current favourite: Sinal Fechado

    Rufus Wainwright
    First song: Beauty Mark
    Song that made me love: Dinner At Eight
    Current favourite: 14th Street, Quand Vous Mourez de Nos Amours

    Maria Bethânia
    First song: O Meu Amor (c/Alcione)
    Song that made me love: Estrela do Meu Céu
    Current favourite: Lama, Segue o Teu Destino

    Sarah Vaughan
    First song: Misty
    Song that made me love: Baby It's Cold Outside
    Current favourite: September Song

    Françoise Hardy
    First song: Tous Les Garçons et Les Filles
    Song that made me love: Tu Ressembles A Tous Ceux Qui Ont Eut du Chagrins
    Current favourite: L'Anamour

    Nina Simone
    First song: My Baby Just Cares For Me
    Song that made me love: You Can Have Him
    Current favourite: Lilac Wine
  • Is this starting to reflect what I like? It should....

    20. Aug. 2006, 13:33

  • I guess I truly got time to waste on this kind of stuff.

    20. Aug. 2006, 8:33

    70 Question Quiz


    1. What are you listening to right now?

    John Lee Hooker – Thinking Blues

    2. What song makes you sad?

    Jacques Brel - Ne Me Quittes Pas

    3. What is the most annoying song in the world?

    too many: unfair to pick just one out of all that pile of shit

    4. Your all time favorite band?

    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

    5. Your newly discovered band is?

    Not really a band. Joan as Police Woman

    6. Best female voice?

    I'd feel rotten if I couldn't pick more than one in this particular category so: Bessie Smith, Édith Piaf, Sandy Denny, June Tabor and Sarah Vaughan

    7. Best male voice?

    Otis Redding


    8. Music type you find yourself listening to most?

    Blues, MPB, folk, classical

    9. What do you listen to, to hype you up?

    ABBA(not the depressing ones about divorce, though) and funnily enough some by Eurythmics circa 1984-6

    10. What do you listen to when you want to calm down?

    Nara Leão

    11. Last gig/concert you went to?

    David Gilmour (Paris, March/2006) before that Live8 in London.

    12. Band you find yourself listening to the most right now?

    The Decemberists


    13. Most hated band?

    way too many crappy bands around

    14. Song that makes you think?

    Story of Isaac by Leonard Cohen

    15. Band that you think the world should love as much as you do?

    Os Mutantes

    16. Coolest music video?

    OK, Do You Want Something Simple? by The Gift

    17. Music video with the most babe watch?

    Pet Shop Boys - Being Boring

    18. What do you play/would you play in the bedroom to spice things up?

    anything sung by Jane Birkin

    19. Ever been in a mosh pit?

    no way jose

    20. Are you in a band?

    no

    21. Ever dated a musician?

    not professional ones, but yes kind of.

    22. Do you wish yourself that you were a musician?

    what makes you so sure I'm not one?

    23. Best all chick band you know of?

    Tegan and Sara. Does that count? Or maybe the current version of the Dixie Chicks.

    24. Last song that you heard on the radio/cd...etc...?

    Nina Simone - You Can Have Him

    32. What do you think of Classical music?

    Adore some, can't stand some. Love Bach, Mozart, Sibelius, Stravinsky, Elgar. Don't care for Wagner, Verdi, Bartok at all. Bizarre question...

    33. What do you think of Country music?

    Was Woody Guthrie country? Love him. Emmylou Harris? Mostly like her. If you mean today's mainstream country music... Aaargh.

    34. What do you think of Death metal?

    Try not to.

    35. Last BIG band that you saw live?

    Out of everybody at the London bit of Live8 wouldn't you say I saw Pink Floyd whole again?

    36. Are you a groupie?

    no.

    37. Do you listen to music in foreign languages?

    Mostly.

    38. What famous musician would you like to fuck!?

    Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin (separately) around 1967/8)

    39. Worst concert moment?

    none.

    40. Funny concert moment?

    many at the time - none that lasted or seems all that funny now.


    43. If you were a musical instrument what would you be?

    Grand Piano.


    47. Have you meet any famous musicians?

    no.

    48. Are any of your friends/family/etc. musicians?

    some.

    49. Song that best describes your feelings right now?

    Sandy Denny - No End

    50. Song that describes your life?

    Elis Regina - Sinal Fechado

    51. Do you know the names of all the band members that you listen to?

    not usually.


    56. What do your parents listen to?
    mum listened to gospel, 60s folk and folk-rock, mpb, catalan trova, portuguese protest songs, The Beatles, some fado, lots of classical music and russian folk music. dad listens mostly to alentejana folk music, fado, Mozart and some operas.


    61. What song is stuck in your head right now?
    The Divine Comedy – The Beauty Regime


    68. Sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll, you dig?
    yes.

    69. Do you cook to music?
    yes.

    70. Do you sing in the toilet?
    no.
  • Fictions

    14. Aug. 2006, 7:42

    Moving away from the influence of Serge Gainsbourg in her career - which after all he created, svengali-like - though still fiercely protective of his legacy, Jane Birkin 's latest album is her first in a long time (ever?) to be mainly in English and she has surrounded herself with some pretty impressive talent as well as picking songs that were not obvious for her to cover but turned out to be from sublime to average.
    Composing new songs for her are the likes of Neil Hannon which these days pretty much *is* The Divine Comedy, Rufus Wainwright, Beth Gibbons and a new generation of french musicians which give added power and rythm and poignant lyrics to the effort. Her cover of Alice by Tom Waits is eerie, haunting and highly effective. The Kate Bush cover more or less proves that no one is supposed to do that sort of thing but by going from immense vocal range to subtle phrasing she manages to salvage the song.
    Highlights of the album are Home, Alice, Living In Limbo, Où Est La Ville and La Reine Sans Royaume.
  • Hate surveys, don't I?

    7. Aug. 2006, 14:53

    Without looking at the questions below, list your top 10 favorite artists according to Last.fm

    1. Joni Mitchell
    2. Rufus Wainwright
    3. Maria Bethânia
    4. Elis Regina
    5. Bessie Smith
    6. The Divine Comedy
    7. Ute Lemper
    8. Sandy Denny
    9. Rita Lee
    10. Martha Wainwright


    ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS

    Q: What was the first song you ever heard by #2?
    A: Yesus, that was so long ago... Maybe [track]Beauty Mark[/track].

    Q: What is your favorite album of #6?
    A: [album]Regeneration[/album]

    Q: What is your favorite Lyric of #7?
    A: None of the few she's written. Of those she hasn't: [track]Münchhausen[/track], [track]Der Graben[/track], [track]Bilbao Song[/track].

    Q: What is your favorite song by #9?
    A: [track]Ovelha Negra[/track]

    Q: Is there a song of #1 that makes you sad?
    A: [track]River[/track]

    Q: What is your favorite song by #8?
    A: [track]No End[/track]

    Q: What is your favorite song by #10?
    A: [track]When The Day Is Short[/track]

    Q: What is your favorite album by #8?
    A: [album]Rendezvous[/album]

    Q: How did you get into #5?
    A: Through Janis Joplin and being unemployed.

    Q: What is your favourite song by #4?
    A: [track]Sinal Fechado[/track]

    Q: Who is your favorite band member of #1?
    A: Joni is a one-woman show...

    Q: What is a good memory concerning #4?
    A: Listening to [track]Canção da América [/track]on the road (an old van, lots of frends inside).

    Q: What does #9 remind you of?
    A: How child-like I can still be.

    Q: Is there a song by #3 that makes you sad?
    A: [track]Estrela Do Meu Céu[/track]

    Q: What is your favorite song of #1?
    A: [track]A Case Of You[/track]

    Q: How did you become a fan of #7?
    A: By accidentally buying her record, going to her concert, that kind of thing.

    Q: What do you like to do while listening to #6?
    A: Absorb the lyrics and grin mischievously.

    Q: Which of the 10 has influenced you the most?
    A: Joni Mitchell

    Q: Which artist makes you the most happy?
    A: Rita Lee

    Q: Which artist makes you the most sad?
    A: Elis Regina

    Q: Which artist makes the best dance music?
    A: None. Maybe The Divine Comedyor Rufus sometimes.

    Q: Which artist have you liked the longest?
    A: Rita Lee

    Q: Which artist have you liked the shortest?
    A: Martha Wainwright

    Q: Are there any artists you will still be listening to in 20 years?
    A: I suppose so. After all I've been listening to some of them for almost that long as it is.

    OK. Ghastly thing is done. Just an excuse to see if any "connected music" will show up.

    P.S. just so y'all know: if it at first it don't I ain't going back and editing it!
  • Classic Blues, Folk-Rock and Indie Canadians

    25. Jul. 2006, 13:12

    That seems to sum me up thus far - with a lot of brazilian music and some french pop thrown in for good measure. Except I think no one can be so easily defined by anything, At any moment in life growth may happen - or we may furiously pedal back in time.

    I like open-ended life stories, broad and deep of mind can't be mutually exclusive. If they do cancel each other out we may be all doomed. But I enjoy the madness of it all. Since innocence was never with us, insanity always was the next best thing to hold on to or fall into.
  • Beyond techno-dumb but still finding it all fascinating

    24. Jul. 2006, 12:17

    No I don't mean techno in a musical sense though I must admit I was never into that either. I mean it's beyond being literate or not regarding these new technologies - things like writing code, or even as father would say "surfing nets seems a dreadful mess - does it never get a bit, you know, entangled?". Or things like electricity which grandfather remembers being relatively new in his village, but then of course being deceased I can't unburden myself to him of all these feelings of techno-inadequacy. Not me deceased, right? Me just creeping insane. Creepy insane according to some but I pay little attention.

    So, anyways, I'm listening to about 250 songs per day. If they averaged 3 minutes... You get my point perhaps?

    Yes I got I ain't got life.
  • Minhas primeiras 500!

    21. Jul. 2006, 9:37

    Se calhar foi recompensa por ter chegado aí, minhas charts estão de volta!!!

    Weekly Top Artists (a very mixed bunch in just 2 days):

    1 Françoise Hardy 31
    2 The Divine Comedy 27
    3 Joni Mitchell 24
    4 Bessie Smith 18
    5 Elis Regina 17
    6 Rita Lee 16
    7 Ute Lemper 15
    8 Maria Bethânia 14
    9 Rufus Wainwright 12
    10 Martha Wainwright 10

    Weekly Top Tracks:

    1 Françoise Hardy – L' Anamour 9
    2 The Divine Comedy – Mastermind 8
    3 The Divine Comedy – Timestretched 7
    4 Jane Birkin – Jane B 6
    5 Sandy Denny – No More Sad Refrains 5
    5 Carla Bruni – L'excessive 5
    5 Joni Mitchell – A Case of You 5
    8 Slane X. – My Butterfly (Prelude) 4
    8 The Arcade Fire – Une Ann? Sans Lumiere 4
    8 Benjamin Biolay – Mon amour m'a baisé 4

    hate Slane X. and Carla Bruni & B.Biolay are just there because I play so many french pop "custom stations"...
  • Switched to Firefox

    21. Jul. 2006, 8:28

    I'm not offering this as a pearl of wisdom but most of the glitches unglitched themselves and things seem to be on firmer ground.
    Only thing still mysteriously gone - my charts. But since they had materialized out of thin air after about 18 hours of use, I think it only fair to give them the chance to vanish at 6 AM UTC.
    At least now I can listen to music again. And tag! I'm the tag-freak!