What are you listening to?

Joe Pemberton's picture

If you like the Strokes, you'll like The White Stripes even more. Happy and delicious.

quadibloc's picture

Here is a piece of music

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96cGWQiHbKE

that I feel is worth sharing. A pipe organ performance of a beautiful forgotten melody, Vic Hammett's Sambalina.

CanwllCorfe's picture

The Miami - Motherless Child

A very interesting take on an old spiritual from the days of slavery.

Karl Stange's picture

Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

Stunning.

5star's picture

@Karl, awesome stuff!! I ordered a CD today.

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Nick Shinn's picture

Call me maudlin, but if I have a record by someone in the obits, I play it.


And this.

Karl Stange's picture

@Karl, awesome stuff!! I ordered a CD today.

Glad you like. I am not a vinyl fanatic as such but they really do benefit from listening to on vinyl and generally produce very nice packaging. Some Grado PS1000 headphones and this studio to listen to it in would not hurt either...

5star's picture

James Brown ...all.

It's A Man's Man's World
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKPiBeZOkxg

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John Hudson's picture

Praetorius, 'Puer natus in Bethlehem'.

5star's picture

Elton John ...all.

Texan Love Song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RktysPeRP0

Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4GGfT_8s2o&feature=related

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5star's picture

Adele ...all.

Rolling In The Deep
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYEDA3JcQqw

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5star's picture

The Rolling Stones ...late 70's stuff.

Miss You
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDaC0hKzpmg

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defiantone's picture

i listen to all sorts of things. Muse, Mumford & Sons, Train, Maroon 5, Matchbox 20.... but my iPod also houses Nancy Sinatra, Prodigy, Paul Simon, the Beatles. I love random goodness.

5star's picture

Prince ...all.

Chapter & Verse from his latest LP...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5dB_Yylpc4

..crispy sharp soul funk.

Interesting New Yorker piece on Prince...

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2013/01/princes-new-web-si...

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Chris Dean's picture

As a fan of 30 years, I personally feel that almost everything post Emancipation is garbage. Live, he still rips on guitar (check out his solo at 3:27 covering My Guitar Gently Weeps) but seldom show-boats like this on any of his recorded work.

NPG is by far the worst band he’s ever played with. Why he still carries their sorry asses around, I’ll never understand.

In my opinion, some of his better work includes:

This is Not Music, This is a Trip — B side of Alphabet Street 12" single (1st one on this list, crap quality)
Cloreen Bacon Skin — Crystal Ball (fantastic liner notes on this track with the original release)
Animal Kingdom — The Truth (A sweet bonus acoustic album that came with Crystal Ball)
Bob George — Black Album
Erotic City (dance mix) — I got this as a CD single import from France. Set me back $50.

More commercially:

Tambourine — Around the World in a Day
Starfish and Coffee — Sign “O” the Times
Pop Life — 1999


Figure 1: Did I mention that I had a $500.00 private stage-side VIP table when he came to Halifax in 2011?

brockfrench's picture

I was just wondering how... ...how I could un-follow posts to this thread, and then this. ^ Carry on.

Chris Dean's picture

Be careful what you wish for ;)

Figure 2: Myself holding a rare, un-opened, un-read, mint condition Prince comic book “Alter Ego” published in 1991 by Pirahna Music (an offshoot of DC Comics) as a promo prior to the release of Diamonds and Pearls, a piece of jewelry I had commissioned fashioned after the symbol on the cover of the original release of Diamonds and Pearls (he had yet to change his name to the symbol at this time), and the afore mentioned VIP pass to his “Welcome 2 Canada” (2011) tour. I ate rice and lentils for a month to absorb that.

Chris Dean's picture

@5star: I just read that article and reviewed the links. Thank you so much for sharing. I even learned that he ditched NPG for a new band! FINALLY!! Sadly, his latest video Screw Driver has crap kinetic typography, but the drummer sounds (looks ;) promising.

5star's picture

Nice collection!

Ya, and from what little I've heard from his new band (anything upped to youtube doesn't stay there very long) Prince has found some deeper sounds coming off his fret board. At times his musicianship reminds me of some of Mozart's stuff. Between the common 4/4 beat phrasing structure he adds soooo much color!! Not that Mozart composed to the 4/4 beat ... but you know what I mean. They both have the ability to play within the space between the pedestrian musical structure(s).

In that guitar solo with Tom Petty I wonder how many rehearsal takes it took timing the catch that Telecaster ... which was prolly borrowed ...lool!!!

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Paul Cutler's picture

I went over to Prince's house when he played Coachella to develop some artwork. When I walked in there was a jam session going on. During my visit, he asked "Would you like to meet Larry Graham?" I immediately said yes. That was a treat.

Working with him was a pleasure, he likes very concise language and considers denim a "sloppy" fabric. The work was accomplished on my laptop very quickly.

pbc

5star's picture

Thanks for sharing that Paul :)

I'd love to see that art work!

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Chris Dean's picture

Paul, how on earth did you manage to get invited to Prince’s home?!? Backstory please.

Paul Cutler's picture

I am the AD for the concert promotions firm that put's on Coachella, amongst many other things. Prince was a late addition one year so we had to do something special. He gets along really well with creatives and not so much business folks. I am also a guitarist so we had plenty to talk about. Once in a while I get past all the people in the middle and work directly with the artist. It is always much faster, go figure…

pbc

John Hudson's picture

Song-collector Sam Lee's brilliant 'Ground of Its Own' album.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1it2M7-ME0Y

Richard Fink's picture

Golly. Prince's house. Untoppable.

The best I can do is the time I helped Dave Van Ronk polish off a fifth of Jack Daniels backstage at a concert at Case Western Reserve University.
How the man could still make music after what we consumed was truly astounding. Played great, too.

I've been listening to:

Blues: Tedeschi-Trucks Band (As a slide guitar player, Derek Trucks has no peer. The man can raise the dead. His solos have, at times, brought me to tears.) As a vocalist, Derek's wife Susan Tedeschi is a cross between Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin and an accomplished blues picker on guitar to boot.

Theatre: A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd - Stephen Sondheim, music and lyrics. (Both librettos by Hugh Wheeler who, you can be sure, played a big part in supplying, uncredited, lyric ideas and song titles.) And with orchestrations by genius Jonathan Tunick - far and away the greatest orchestrator to ever work on Broadway.
(My parents started taking me to Broadway shows from the age of eight, but even still, this stuff is definitely 'acquired taste'. But what a wonderful acquisition it's been. I can't live without listening to Night Music or Sweeney at least a couple of times a year. For the uninitiated, there's Tim Burton's treatment of Sweeney as a movie with Johnny Depp, just a few years back, where one can see a terrific movie and get the characters and story line so essential to appreciating the full theatre scores. Moreso than any other theatrical songwriter I can think of, Sondheim's music and lyrics only fully come to life when you understand the larger narrative within which the songs function. Few people know that the lyric to 'Send In The Clowns' isn't just some loose theatrical metaphors pieced together - they are very specific to a character in a very specific situation within a larger narrative.)

Joni Mitchell: Joni's 'jazz period' which to me, means everything she did that had Jaco Pastorius playing fretless electric bass behind her. The studio albums 'Hejira', (Jaco plays on four of the tracks), 'Mingus', 'Don Juan's Reckless Daughter'. Also the live concert recording 'Shadows and Light', where the band includes Randy Brecker on sax, Pat Metheny on electric guitar, keyboardist Lyle May, along with Jaco on bass.

Also, my son's been playing a lot of Irish folk music around the house lately - from Pandora via iPhone piped to speakers via bluetooth. Quite infectious.

hrant's picture

I was in the Hollywood chapter of the AYF* with Serj Tankian.
That's all I got. :-/

* http://www.ayfwest.org/

hhp

Chris Dean's picture

I partied with Jeff Beck in London. Is that a thing?

Richard Fink's picture

Jeff Beck rocks. Definitely a thing, Chris. Did you know the man has actually built cars from scratch? Too much talent for one individual.
hrant - if I have to go Googling to have the faintest notion of what you're talking about, well, I don't know if that counts. ;)

Purple rain.........

5star's picture

Bruce Springsteen - Devils And Dust

All I'm Thinkin' About
www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYDzkXBV0vQ

Matamoros Banks
www.youtube.com/watch?v=azleHkMUBzg

Long Time Comin'
www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7ObKmXlL28

All The Way Home
www.youtube.com/watch?v=giV7OguT3qc

...

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Paul Cutler's picture

Golly. Prince's house. Untoppable.

Maybe toppable in some folks minds. Michael Jackson's house. Man do I have a sad story (which I shall not relate here) about this.

pbc

John Hudson's picture

Devils and Dust was a fine album. Black Cowboys is an impressive piece of modern balladeering.
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I'm listening to the Old Crow Medicine Show. How have I only just discovered this band?

Karl Stange's picture

How have I only just discovered this band?

Too much time tinkering with fonts, too little spent with the cans ; )

Richard Fink's picture

JH>How have I only just discovered this band?

I've been doing a lot of listening lately after many years of not seeking out new music and I get that feeling a lot. I didn't even own a pair of cans until recently.

The biggest "jesus-f-cking-aitch-christ-how-did-I-miss-these-guys-back-in-the-day?" feeling I've had so far is the band Little Feat. In the late seventies I was, mostly, into jazz and more jazz and stuff labeled 'swamp rock' just wasn't on my radar.
When leader and founder of the group Lowell George was still alive and at the helm there was no better rock band anywhere ever. The live album Waiting For Columbus is a masterpiece.

John Hudson's picture

Chris Dean: [Prince]still rips on guitar (check out his solo at 3:27 covering My Guitar Gently Weeps) but seldom show-boats like this on any of his recorded work.

Thanks again for that link, although I see it has now been blocked by YouTube. Remembering it prompted me, last night, to watch the London 'Concert for George'. I have to say that Eric Clapton's more restrained solo on 'While my guitar gently weeps' moved me more than Prince's. It's always breathtaking to see a virtuoso like Prince playing at the edge of control, but Clapton managed something that stayed relevant to the song itself. To make this, barely, relevant to type, it reminds me of the difference between being impressed by display typography that draws all sorts of attention to itself independent of the content, and that feeling one gets when typography just seems to perfectly fit the text.

The other highlight of the London concert was Anoushka Shankar conducting her father's composition while Clapton impressively handled the Indian time signature.

Té Rowan's picture

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dv2lsyvR0ek – Chet Atkins playing Freight Train.

Chris Dean's picture

What Up Steve? (02:50)
The Caravan
A local Halifax hip-hop group. Used to party with this guy.

5star's picture

sup Steve eh? ... neato cooly dooly.

The Rolling Stones - GRRR! (Full Album)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=D0hLGipbN2E&NR=1

...grab a listen quick before it gets nuked off of youtube!

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Té Rowan's picture

H.C. Lumbye:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB_uPSkNEoU – Københavns Jernbane Damp Galop
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rZQRT7Zj6I – Champagne Galop
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PY_HsvqkKlU – Nordisk Fostbrødre Galop

eliason's picture

Yo La Tengo, Last Days of Disco.

Nick Shinn's picture

http://atomsforpeace.info

Something about Thom Yorke and Flea performing together intrigued me!
But it takes a while to get into (which is good).

Chris Dean's picture

This one goes out to Jared for doing such a fine hob throwing down the hammer on all that spam.

(theres a few swears in this one ;)

((have I mentioned that I saw Prince live while seated at the #1 private stage-side VIP table?))

Figure 1: Photograph courtesy of 5star.

Té Rowan's picture

Motor Man Keikyu VVVF by Super Bell"Z. Weird, nutty and fun.

5star's picture

U2 ...all.

Sinead O'Connor ...all.

I am Stretched on your Grave
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tcwlCHSdGQ

Bob Geldof ...all.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Chris Dean's picture

Speaking of Prince, did you know he wrote Nothing Compares 2 U?

And where the heck did you find that photo 5star?

5star's picture

Look up, way up, up to the Heavens ... can you see your lucky star?

Even if you bet all that you have on that star, there ain't no way I'll ever give up my source.

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John Hudson's picture

I'm trying to remember who it was who described Prince's appearance as 'like a permed sickbag'. I never really understood the comment until I saw that photograph.
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Sinead O'Connor ...all.

I finally got around to listening to her two most recent albums just this month, and am wondering what took me so long. VIP is extraordinary.

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