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Monthly Archives: May 2010

ALBUM – Sea Of Cowards

ARTIST – The Dead Weather

YEAR – 2010

Yes…

Very rushed post.  Going out with the lovely  M.

Just wanted – and had to – say that this album kicks ass!!!

It is amazing, just brilliant, wow…

My sister went to their show a little while ago and said they were wicked live, so raw.  This is along those lines, pure rock ‘n roll.

Cheers…

 

ALBUM – Homework

ARTIST – Daft Punk

YEAR – 1997

M.  This one is dedicated to someone.  No particular reason, I just thought I should dedicate something to someone.

I was about to turn 20 when this little masterpiece came along.  Yes, I wrote it, MASTERPIECE.  Say what you will about the french duo, this album is revolutionary.  Beyond any expectations. 

The electronic scene was booming and evergrowing back then and these guys came along to define it, stylise it and make it their own.  The album, much like my dedication, are an homage to good times, to revolution and to change.  It is positive, very positive.

Another thing about 1997/98 is that I disliked “techno” and anything electronic – I grew up listening to Zeppelin and Cream and Hendrix.  Regardless, this album was overwhelming, and it left a permanent mark.

Also, as I began listening to it I realised how well it was produced.  I remember thinking  – I actually still visualise this – that it seemed like they recorded every instrument or note on a single tape or cd or whatever the fuck you record stuff on.  What I mean is that each note, each thump of the bass or glitter of the keyboard or tweaked vocals seems to be coming from a an infinite number of channels – as if each were recorded individually and then put together to form a song, and not the other way around, where you record all the instruments together, on a single channel (everything mashed together). 

The Daft Punk sound is unique, as is the duo´s aesthetics and performance.  I was lucky enough to seem them live in Rio a couple of years back.  It was an awesome performance.  So loud, so much thumping.  Just good, good music and vibe. 

I cannot stop listening to this album, ever.  Every playlist I arrange on iTunes for my iPods has at least 3 songs from “Homework”.  It is just that good and clingy.

Which brings me to another point.  I do not know what point that would be, but whatever.  I just feel good today. 

I have actually been feeling good ever since I got back from a trip.  Met someone special, had an unbelievable time – exceeded all expectations – and am just happy with the way things are turning out. 

Work is always a pain, but it has actually become tolerable due to the recent changes. 

Anyways, enough lingering.  Songs one to sixteen are all brilliant – ALL!  Of course, there are the powerhouses: “Around the World” and “Da Funk”.  Lest not we forget to mention my personal favourite “Phoenix” – the build up is wicked. 

Cheers…

ALBUM – The Essential Bo Diddley

ARTIST – Bo Diddley

YEAR – 2001

Sunday, such a lazy day.  Today is a particularly warm and sunny and beautiful day.  The afternoon approaches its halfway mark.  Almost too much in a trance to even write.

No phone calls, no nothing, just sitting around the house doing what I want to do – mostly things I think about doing all week long, but cannot get done due to work.  I cherish Sundays, these moments in particular.  It is quite joyful being alone and having time for yourself.

For instance, I was just thinking that I had not made a “mix tape” in forever.  I have always had this idea that the ultimate mix tape was something attainable, doable.  Right.  I have com to my senses.

But a funny thing happened, something came to me.  You see, mix tapes are like small musical time capsules.  In a way, were it not for the wear and tear, these mix tapes are timeless.  They are, in more ways than one, similar to a photograph or a movie.  Actually, come to think of, music may be the best memory revival drug there is.  Or, if not an instrument for nostalgia, it is a definite mood setter.

Of course al this talk about music is quite obvious.  Regardless, there is a point I wish to make.

And the point is: when you listen to Bo Diddley you feel the music, you feel the mood, the sweatiness, the mugginess, the humidity, the green of the trees, the slowly meandering river, the sound of leather on gravel, the creaking noise of the door.  It is this mood I am in right now.  Something in my mind is telling me this is what the South is like.  It probably is.

As was noted in a classic, America’s South is so rich in culture and variety and life that it seems to reflect the real America, what it once was, in its original state.  I really wish I get an opportunity to visit – or live – in the region.  Everything, from the music to the culinary traditions, is very seductive.

I have no recollection of  a place that has a similar vibe, or, in this case, that presents itself in this manner.  It is a unique place, a state of mind, really.  The air of the South, the culture, the reality, when you compare it to what the rest of America looks and feels like, seems a bit off.  That is to say, it does not seem to fit.  Anybody feel this way?

I really cannot write much about Mr Diddley, apart from the fact that he is a master of his art.  He is a God, a legend, a myth, something that needs not be written in stone for his time on this earth will be remembered through common sense and culture.  This type of man is hard to come by, much in the same way is his music.

This is so cool, I wish I could travel back in time in order to able to see his set, live, back when he was starting out.  Just thinking about it gives me the goose bumps.

Please check this out, then.  In particular, I wish to mention a few of his gems contained in this release.  “Bo Diddley”, of course and obviously, just like “I’m a Man”.  And, finally, my personal favourite “I can Tell”.

Cheers…

ALBUM – The Monitor

ARTIST – Titus Andronicus

YEAR – 2010

A quick entry.

Good album.  Sounds grungy, 90s, plaid shirts, ripped jeans, converse all-stars, and what not.  Good riffs, licks, strong and psychedelic chants – some very anthemic.  A good, pleasant listen.

Try it out.

Cheers…