2 Ene 2006, 4:19 de daeuielThe truth is, I'm dissatisfied because according to this, my top artists this week are John Williams, Nat King Cole and Benny Green. But I've been listening to the Chronicles of Narnia soundtrack all weekend! Alanis and Imogen Heap should be on there somewhere! But apparently, this cd is too new or something. Oh well. *pouts*
20 Dic 2005, 14:47 de pustullioIf you've ever worked in a shop over the festive period you'll know that the only noise worse than Christmas music is the sound of Satan retching. In my case I worked in a small village convenience store during my sixth-form years. In early October each year the radio was switched off and replaced with the same Christmas mix tape that had presumably been purchased by the manager as part of a selection-pack years previously and used annually for three-month periods ever since.
In a four hour shift it wasn't unknown for Shakin' Stevens to wish everyone a merry Christmas six or more times and Noddy Holder must have been hoarse after all that shouting. Every forty minutes Elton John sent me a Christmas card to say it was nice to have me here. Roy Wood and Wizzard might have wished it could be Christmas every day, but let me tell you, after the just one month of "when the snowman brings the snow" anyone but the most unbreakable characters would be suicidal.
15 Dic 2005, 1:08 de RuminatorI ordered a bunch of new music this month and it's starting to arrive. For a blast from my past, John Michael Talbot's John Michael Talbot and The New Earth arrived this morning. Both are from the 70's and by one of the driving forces behind Mason Profitt. These are important works from my past.
My copy of Seventeen Days arrived a couple of days ago. It's now ripped and installed in iTunes. I'm listening to it as I write. I have Three Doors Down's first release and I really like it, so I'm thinking that Seventeen Days will be good too.
I bought a copy of Lyle Lovett's Pontiac in my last order from BMG. It has a couple of tunes on it that I've heard and already know I like.
I've also got new Caedmon's Call, FFH, and Smash Mouth too. These are relatively new to me and I'm looking forward to becoming familiar with them.
I've been ripping some classic Christmas music too. I have Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole versions of Christmas classics to listen to over the holiday.
25 Nov 2005, 21:54 de FidgitalYes, believe it or not, it's just one month to Christmas! So I thought I'd get down to reviewing a little bit of holiday music if anybody's interested in such a thing!
Capital/EMI have jumped on the Christmas remix bandwagon with the new Merry Mixmas collection. The mixes were created over 2004-2005, sampling from EMI's huge collection of jazzy holiday classics. Some great producers like Psapp, Ursula 1000 and Alexkid are remixing tracks from Lena Horne, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby. I think the majority of these songs can be found in their original forms on the excellent Ultra Lounge Christmas Cocktails series.
How is it? Loungy. Backgroundy. Light. But fun! The very thought of MJ Cole remixing Nat King Cole gives some hint to the sense of fun running through this record. The mixes themselves are always subordinate to the originals, never taking them too far away from familiar Christmas classic territory.
Though the mixes are all competent, the album as a whole sounds pretty uninspired. …
8 Nov 2005, 16:30 de foetusizedBack at work today after a few days off. I've transferred the last few Christmas music MP3 files from my player to the hard drive of my office computer, and got everything organized into a Christmas playlist. There's complete albums by Take 6, Michael W. Smith, Nat King Cole, Bruce Cockburn, and Amy Grant, plus a bunch of other tracks from various artist CDs and elswhere. I've got the playlist set on random play right now, and everything is right with the world.
Some of my favorites:
You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
The Christmas Song
Frosty the Snowman
In the Bleak Midwinter
The Christmas Twist
1 Nov 2005, 8:00 de robotactionboyi'm a sucker for a discount bin, and the last time i was at fnac they had a bunch of stuff marked down incredibly low(everything listed below was under 3 bucks u.s. each). i mainly picked up 80s stuff or things i was curious about.
breaking glass - Hazel O'Connor
i watched the film breaking glass countless times in the 80s. so i was very happy to finally have the soundtrack. i love most of the songs just as much as i did way back when they were new to me. among Toyah,Nina Hagen,and Lene Lovich she seems to be one of the most overlooked. i'm not really familiar with what hazel has done outside ]breaking glass, but i'm definately curious.
"express" - Love And Rockets
slowly i'm managing to pick up the early love and rockets albums. it's been so long since i've heard some of these songs that it's like hearing them for the first time. funny to think i saw Soundgarden open for these guys way back when. at that show everyone was whispering "if peter shows up it'll…
24 Oct 2005, 13:21 de josta59Saturday night I was invited to a party in a very remote location way outside Cincinnati. I had some time on my hands, so I stopped at a Goodwill store on the way to look at records. I think I hit the vinyl mother lode of the east Dayton region. This is one reason I got a record player--these stores have lots of worthless CDs and just as many vinyl gems. I limited myself to ten records, though apparently I miscounted and only got nine for under ten dollars. In no order:
Michel Legrand & His Orchestra - Brian's Song: Themes and Variations
Leonard Bernstein - Rhapsody in Blue/An American in Paris (George Gershwin)
Enoch Light - Big Band Bossa Nova
Nat "King" Cole - The Very Thought of You
Mancini Moods at Christmastime
Stevie Wonder - Talking Book
A&M Records - Million Dollar Sound Sampler
Various artists - The Many Moods of Christmas
Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass - Whipped Cream & Other Delights
I'll probably return soon for the ten or twenty jewels I left behind…
5 Oct 2005, 23:23 de foetusizedThe Capitol Years (disc 1)
The Capitol Years (disc 3)
Judy Garland - The London Sessions
Dino: The Essential Dean Martin
I recently purchased some Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland CDs from the local used music store. I got a Dean Martin CD last month, and have also been thinking that I need more Nat King Cole CDs too.
Not too long ago, I would never have considered buying music by these artists. My CD collection was strongly skewed toward CDs recorded since (and influenced by) the Punk/Post-Punk days of the late 1970s and early 1980s. I always thought that old music was for old people. However, while I still don't care much for "classic rock" of the 1960s and 70s, my love of Jazz has brought me around to pre-rock-and-roll popular music, or "traditional pop" as it now seems to be called. Evidently my local store didn't get that memo; they still have Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra CDs under a sign that says "Easy Listening…
26 Sep 2005, 4:16 de scarebearThe music tagged 5 star songs is just that, music I rate the highest, regardless of genre, decade, or geography. Because, frankly, great music is great music. And greatness doesn't have to fit a certain category of music. It doesn't have to be modern, it doesn't have to be old, and it doesn't have to come from a certain place. It just has to evoke emotion. Very, very eclectic.
And I think I'm a pretty picky, so...
...from Bad Religion to Siouxsie and the Banshees, from The Drifters to Kate Bush, from Tiger Army to Morcheeba, from Fastball to Nat King Cole, from Bronski Beat to Son House, from Enya to Buckethead, from... well you get the idea. And lots of indie, although if it's too obscure last.fm won't have it. (Or they won't have it for a while.)
What you won't get: Not much country and western music. And you won't get a lot of modern jazz, but I do like what they call Big Band Swing, and the roots of jazz like Robert Johnson. …
24 Ago 2005, 2:02 de hihismileThe Past Music Listening Life of Me
(some of which I'm quite embarrassed to repeat)
These are some of the genre phases I've been through through the years chronologically.
1 90s Adult Contemporary
ie. Sarah MacLachlan, Bryan Adams
INFLUENCED BY: The radio stations I listen to
2 90s Soft Pop
ie. Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys
INFLUENCED BY: Pop culture and my friends
ie. Nickelback, Kelly Clarkson
INFLUENCED BY: Much More Music =)
4 Folk and Jazz
ie. Sarah Harmer, Norah Jones
INFLUENCED BY: Myself trying to find my own style
5 Swing Standards
ie. Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra
INFLUENCED BY: My parents old CDs and sadly, Canadian Idol
6 Christian Rock
ie. Switchfoot, Casting Crowns
INFLUENCED BY: My band because I play in a Christian alternative rock band