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Fatalist
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Edited Dec 06, 2015, 22:33
Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 5 December 2015 CE
Dec 06, 2015, 22:32
EMA – #HORROR OST. Given her credentials as a talented musician with something to say about the modern world, I’m surprised that Erika M Anderson hasn’t become more a name to drop in hipster circles, though maybe that’s for the best. Here she adds another string to her bow with this soundtrack album, which effectively runs through all the horror tropes you’d expect – from Bernard Herrmann to John Carpenter – but also contains this beautiful, glacial pop number: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaXQMyJ2AEU

Howes – 3.5 Degrees. Wonky woozatronica, pretty much a direct splice between Holden and BOC, nice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4Df132tHEQ

Kaseciarz – Gay Acid. Yes, it was the title that made me play it. Polish group mining a seam somewhere between 70s rock and melodic post-hardcore, pretty good: https://kaseciarz.bandcamp.com/album/gay-acid

The Duke St Workshop – Tales of HP Lovecraft. I really like this, two HP Lovecraft stories – From Beyond and The Hound – set to Ghost Box-esque electronica which genuinely enhances the readings, was actually a little freaked out the first couple of listens. Other than Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds (or course!), can anybody think of any other decent examples of this kind of thing?

Robert Calvert – Lucky Leif & The Longships. Ah, the golden age of the 70s, where you were allowed to make bonkers stuff like this and have it released on a major label… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rvOQby7uBU

Hawkwind – The 1999 Party / Of Time & Stars. Haven’t listened to The 1999 Party before, in fact I tend to avoid listening to live Hawkwind stuff in general because Space Ritual cannot be beaten, but I do like this rockier version of The Watcher: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42w47APLO4A

Vince Guaraldi – Peanuts Portraits. Took the kids to see the Peanuts Movie, then listened to this during tea afterwards. Who can resist this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6zypc_LhnM
spencer
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Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 5 December 2015 CE
Dec 07, 2015, 00:07
1) Richard Thompson - you?me?us?.... long time no play. Wanted to hear one of, perhaps my favourite, RT songs, She Cut Off Her Long Silken Hair, with Danny Thompson's minimalist masterpiece of bass playing. Kept the cd spinning. Underappreciated album. Love it....... 2) The Necks - Vertigo........ 3) Gong - You........ 4) King Crimson - Earthbound .........right, the rest's Youtube. Can't do links, but worth tapping away the following to see: Richard Thompson Band - You Can't Win........ Richard Thompson Band - Celtic Connections....... John Martyn Live (Part 1 of 3) ..then:(Part 2 of 3),(Part 3 of 3) ..this is the Beeb Collegiate Theatre gig on the One World tour. Small Hours, Bless The Weather etc. Lovely ........ R.E.M. & Neil Young - Country Feedback - 10/18/98 Shoreline Ampitheatre ....... REM Country Feedback live on Jools Holland 1998 ........ REM Country Feedback @ Stockholm 1998 ..the Neil version is.. something else, other. Stipe crouches on stage just rocking his head, taking in what Neil's doing with that guitar. The Jools one has brilliant B J Cole pedal steel. Mine - and Stipes - favourite song of theirs. Lasts ......... Neil Young - Ambulance Blues - 10/17/98 - Shoreline Ampitheatre ...I always thought and wished REM would back Neil. Just found out it had happened, on AB, here. Yup. Good as hoped ........finally, on repeat, The Fall - Kimble ..MES and palls channel Perry and Can and fek knows who else simultaneously. Brilliant.
Monganaut
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Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 5 December 2015 CE
Dec 07, 2015, 00:49
thesweetcheat wrote:
Violator is great too. That was the album that got me into them (well, actually the preceding 101 was but that's live rather than studio).


Jah, Violator is a goody and no mistake,when Iused to work record mail order, we shifted serious unts of that on it's release, plus, the 12" singles that came out from that record have some great sounds and mixes on them.
I always admired them trying to incorporate their welth of influences into the music they make. I do like the metal bashy/quasi industrial stuff, but some of it does come across as a little contrived, almost for 'hipness' sake.
No doubt their hearts are in the right place when trying.

Can't think of may bands from the same era still trying fresh material for most new albums, let alone who've out lasted the various bumps and scrapes of DM's career.

101 is deffo another goody. Kinda live greatest hits for their career up to that point. S'great to blast out darting up the autobahn too. TBH, most of their albums have at least one or two redeaming features about them, but many of the later recordings especially just don't hold together as great records overall. Of course, having said that, as I write I'm listening to a charidee find of Delta Machine, and I gotta say, so far (6 tracks in) I am enjoying it immenseley.

The only thing I'd change about the electro-pop classic 'Speak and Spell' album would be to omit 'What's Your Name' from the tracklisting. It's so cringe inducing, I have to skip it every time. Hell, if I was of a antagonist persuation and got caught. Forget blasting Slayer at me, just put What's Your Name on repeat and I'd be putty by the second spin.

Arrrggghhhh - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seq6aHMbcqc

Mind you, from a Brit perspective it's easy to underestimate their influence on dance culture. Think it was Derek May that stated that DM where right there alongside Kraftwerk for influences on those early techno classics.
Monganaut
Monganaut
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Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 5 December 2015 CE
Dec 07, 2015, 00:57
Squid Tempest wrote:

New one from Rocket. Bit disappointing on first listen, will have to give it another few goes before coming to a conclusion.


Y'know, the last 3 or 4 Oneida/People of The North albums have been pants. I'm a massive Oneida fan, but they really are stretching credibility with their 'new' direction. Back to the Psych grizzouts please Brah's!
Squid Tempest
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Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 5 December 2015 CE
Dec 07, 2015, 13:39
Fatalist wrote:
The Duke St Workshop – Tales of HP Lovecraft. I really like this, two HP Lovecraft stories – From Beyond and The Hound – set to Ghost Box-esque electronica which genuinely enhances the readings, was actually a little freaked out the first couple of listens. Other than Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds (or course!), can anybody think of any other decent examples of this kind of thing?


Of course there's always Rick Wakeman's Journey to the Centre of the Earth. If you've not heard the recent studio version, or the follow up Return to the Centre of the Earth (which features Patrick Stewart narrating) they're worth a listen, if you like that kind of thing (I do).
Fatalist
Fatalist
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Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 5 December 2015 CE
Dec 07, 2015, 14:06
Squid Tempest wrote:
Fatalist wrote:
The Duke St Workshop – Tales of HP Lovecraft. I really like this, two HP Lovecraft stories – From Beyond and The Hound – set to Ghost Box-esque electronica which genuinely enhances the readings, was actually a little freaked out the first couple of listens. Other than Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds (or course!), can anybody think of any other decent examples of this kind of thing?


Of course there's always Rick Wakeman's Journey to the Centre of the Earth. If you've not heard the recent studio version, or the follow up Return to the Centre of the Earth (which features Patrick Stewart narrating) they're worth a listen, if you like that kind of thing (I do).



Ah yes, of course, thanks!
Monganaut
Monganaut
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Edited Dec 07, 2015, 18:13
Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 5 December 2015 CE
Dec 07, 2015, 16:31
Don't forget our very own Kosmicheboy is involved with the ensemble Temple Music who do some rather splendid spoken word/story based outsider meanderings.

I've got a CDr called 'Ancient Sorceries' which (off the top of my head....been a while) is a couple of M.R. James tales over some distinctly Coil-esque electronics. Brilliant stuff.

https://anticlock.greedbag.com/temple-music/

http://www.discogs.com/artist/796366-Temple-Music

Sadly, most recordings are strictly limited, though I'm sure if you say something nice in Kosmicheboys shell-like, he might be persuaded to punt you a few files.

Also, and sadly, again rather rare are those wonderful Alan Moore spoken word albums with accompanying music by fellow Northamptian David J (Yes him of Bauhaus) and Tim Perkins. Released on Steve Severin's (Banshees) RE label. These are all worth tracking down, if only in MP3 format, as Alan Moore's word play is nothing if revelatory. Maaaaan that guy's hallucinatory prose is the modern equivalent of William Blake, and I don't say that lightly.

http://www.discogs.com/artist/209723-Alan-Moore

Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W8VAcJ8sXk

The Birth Caul - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sJBG1e07rg&list=PLP6Xgl4da_TRpseF5c9dWqOdWVS0ImbKo

Angel Passage (excerpt) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6VzOXqEJ-s
(plus follow the links on the right to more exceprts of stuff)

edit...

Oooh, don't forget the wonderful 'DUIR - The Stout Guardian Of The Door' album whose Welbourne Tekh, one time of the fabbo Sons Of T C Lethbridge (who also have a few spoken interludes on their Kraut/space classic - A Giant).

Duir- https://soundcloud.com/tekh58/sets/duir-the-stout-guardian-of-the

Sons Of TC Lethbridge - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETASB8PKDf4

Also, Coil's Angelic Conversation has some beautifully spoken word passages of Shakespeare's sonnets. Judi Dench does a lovely (if slightly sexy voiced, or is that just me ;) rendition of several of them. Super chilled album on the cans too.
Angelic Conversation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc1dZCPTpX4

Also a coupla longer Coil spoken word/ambient noodley tracks are The Sea Priestess, MU-UR, and The Mothership and the Fatherland, off of the equally wonderful 'Astral Disaster' album.

Astral Disaster - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WbloLnhkOY

Plus, and finally - Moons Milk In Four Phases Bonus disc has some lovely spoken word parts.

Bonus - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0D0LcEro_c8

I'll shut up now or I'll be adding stuff forever.
Fatalist
Fatalist
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Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 5 December 2015 CE
Dec 08, 2015, 13:49
Monganaut wrote:
Don't forget our very own Kosmicheboy is involved with the ensemble Temple Music who do some rather splendid spoken word/story based outsider meanderings.

I've got a CDr called 'Ancient Sorceries' which (off the top of my head....been a while) is a couple of M.R. James tales over some distinctly Coil-esque electronics. Brilliant stuff.

https://anticlock.greedbag.com/temple-music/

http://www.discogs.com/artist/796366-Temple-Music

Sadly, most recordings are strictly limited, though I'm sure if you say something nice in Kosmicheboys shell-like, he might be persuaded to punt you a few files.

Also, and sadly, again rather rare are those wonderful Alan Moore spoken word albums with accompanying music by fellow Northamptian David J (Yes him of Bauhaus) and Tim Perkins. Released on Steve Severin's (Banshees) RE label. These are all worth tracking down, if only in MP3 format, as Alan Moore's word play is nothing if revelatory. Maaaaan that guy's hallucinatory prose is the modern equivalent of William Blake, and I don't say that lightly.

http://www.discogs.com/artist/209723-Alan-Moore

Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6W8VAcJ8sXk

The Birth Caul - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sJBG1e07rg&list=PLP6Xgl4da_TRpseF5c9dWqOdWVS0ImbKo

Angel Passage (excerpt) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6VzOXqEJ-s
(plus follow the links on the right to more exceprts of stuff)

edit...

Oooh, don't forget the wonderful 'DUIR - The Stout Guardian Of The Door' album whose Welbourne Tekh, one time of the fabbo Sons Of T C Lethbridge (who also have a few spoken interludes on their Kraut/space classic - A Giant).

Duir- https://soundcloud.com/tekh58/sets/duir-the-stout-guardian-of-the

Sons Of TC Lethbridge - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETASB8PKDf4

Also, Coil's Angelic Conversation has some beautifully spoken word passages of Shakespeare's sonnets. Judi Dench does a lovely (if slightly sexy voiced, or is that just me ;) rendition of several of them. Super chilled album on the cans too.
Angelic Conversation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oc1dZCPTpX4

Also a coupla longer Coil spoken word/ambient noodley tracks are The Sea Priestess, MU-UR, and The Mothership and the Fatherland, off of the equally wonderful 'Astral Disaster' album.

Astral Disaster - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WbloLnhkOY

Plus, and finally - Moons Milk In Four Phases Bonus disc has some lovely spoken word parts.

Bonus - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0D0LcEro_c8

I'll shut up now or I'll be adding stuff forever.


Whoa, thanks ;-) Coil in particular are one of those bands I probably need to become better acquainted with - bought Horse Rotovator when it came out, had a couple of listens, then filed it away. But the reverence with which they're treated these days suggests I might have missed something...

The thing I like about the Duke St Workshop album is the way it musically dramatises a narrative reading, rather than just provide a nice droney bedding for a voice. No links unfortunately, but it's out first thing in Jan.
Monganaut
Monganaut
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Edited Dec 08, 2015, 17:41
Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 5 December 2015 CE
Dec 08, 2015, 17:22
Fatalist wrote:
Whoa, thanks ;-) Coil in particular are one of those bands I probably need to become better acquainted with - bought Horse Rotovator when it came out, had a couple of listens, then filed it away. But the reverence with which they're treated these days suggests I might have missed something....


The thing is, for me, early Coil up to say 'Loves Secret Domain', and the later incarnations are almost totally different bands musicaly. Like yourself, Horse Rotorvator was the inroad for me (an album I played to death back in 86/87 and still cherish and revere to this day. The later stuff embraces their influences and dare I say feminine sides a little more. Just like Cope, Thighpaulsandra was a shot in the arm for mid to later period Coil, he took them places they probably hadn't considered musically.

Albums like 'Musick To Play In the Dark' Vols: 1 & 2 was described as 'lunar musics' at the time, and it definately has a different feel to those early recordings, maybe more reflective in nature. They still experimented with sound ana structure (Check out Constant Shallowness Leads To Evil for fullon power electronics) but also embraced more traditional songwriting techniques and instrumentation too.
Anyhoo, for my two pee worth, here's a few I'd recommend. Astral Disaster and Moons Milk Bonus CDr are firm favs, but there's a link to them above, so I won't include it here).

1. Coil - Musick to Play in the Dark Vol. 2 (Full Album)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO2UXQOTi0I

2. Coil - Musick to Play in the Dark Vol. 1 (Full Album)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7VAlw3d72s

3. COIL Moon's Milk In Four Phases
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiKdj4wLYQw

4. Coil - Time Machines (Full Album)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYApap08Rcc

5. Coil Live - Selvaggina, Go Back Into The Woods (full Album link)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXSQQcsG7GU&list=PLe3ozQhfMbNPVnv-LXpzf7-h9GW5MeAKI
Nice live perfomance vid too - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PC2I07ikITQ

Another album worth tracking down is a 2002 live show in St.John's Church Gdansk...great performance.

And finally, and perhaps the most poignant performance, their final gig in Dublin. :(

Coil CSO 14, City Hall, Dublin, 2004-10-23
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmVxv8otW6Y
Fatalist
Fatalist
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Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 5 December 2015 CE
Dec 08, 2015, 20:26
Thanks!
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