2:02 pm on February 18, 2011 Permalink
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Yesterday, Montreal was teased by the short-lived presence of a familiar celestial figure. Personally, I was gettin’ my tan on as I walked to school, coat slung over my right shoulder: there’s nothing like the feeling of el sol toasting the back of your neck, all the while gleaming over a melting scenery left by months of snow and sub-zero temperatures. Brazilian airs whistled out of my lips, ecstatic to poke out of their hibernation.
And then night came. Rain. And morning. Rain.
SOL turned into ‘Shit Out of Luck’.
Here is some brazilian music by artists mostly from the Música Popular Brasileira movement. Even if the songs aren’t sun-themed, they should serve as appropriate invocations on the sole premiss that they come from Brazil. I hear that if you play and share them enough, solar divinities are appeased and show lenience to our reasonable demands for Vitamin D…
Here’s one by the legendary Caetano Veloso in response to TouchMe’s posting of a Jackson cover:
Here’s one by the Queen of MPB, Elis Regina:
Here’s one by Chico Buarque with a beachy setting:
Antonio Carlos Jobim’s famous standard played by Gilberto:
And a David Bowie cover for the movie The Life Aquatic by my favorite Brazilian:
Haven’t posted in a while… One reason : trip. Leaving for about 6 months around the Mediterranean sea with a backpack and myself. Can’t really think straight since I’m leaving in 4 days and the situation in Egypt (I’m landing there) is getting pretty crazy. Will I see Egypt ? I dearly hope so.
Here is a song I found on another blog that I find… well… magnificent. Nothing special about the voice, nothing special about the melody, but it just fits together so beautifully. Here is the blog too : SYNESTHESIA. Photographies and music… enough said. Here is a little myspace profile for those who don’t know The Shivers. Their other songs are not so different from Beauty, so go ahead and have a look.
Kinda had an overdose (not that it’s possible) in the last weeks… But damn when I listen to that song, it’s just… I don’t know I have the feeling that I’m floating IN the song…
Broken Bells really make me go crazy with their insane album. I REALLY hope that they are going to show up one day in Montreal and I won’t know and just end up passing by the Metropolis and hear a scalper saying in a low voice (I don’t get it, are they trying to be subtile ? DOESN’T WORK!) “Hey, Broken Bells tickets, the show is sold out, want one?”. I’ll be looking at him with a spliff in my mouth : “How much…?” thinking of a price around 100$. “Well, just give me the rest of that blunt and I’ll give you my last one”… Hell of a deal !
Aaaaah the good ol’ sound of blues. Will never get tired of this music. Here the long gone Elmore James sings us a song about the way back home. YES, I will be coming back home and I hope that on this day, I will know…
And so a beloved teacher of mine adjusts her spectacles and reads:
«Le romantisme est l’art de présenter aux peuples les oeuvres littéraires qui, dans l’état actuel de leurs habitudes et de leurs croyances, sont susceptibles de leur donner le plus de plaisir possible.
Le classicisme, au contraire, leur présente la littérature qui donnait le plus grand plaisir possible à leurs arrière-grands-pères.»
-Stendhal, Racine et Shakespeare
(The romantic spirit can be defined as being the art of presenting to the people works which, in the actual state of their habits and beliefs, will potentially bring them the utmost pleasure and enjoyment.
The classical spirit, on the other hand, presents them with the literature that brought this pleasure and enjoyment to their great-grand-fathers.)
Stendhal’s famous quote makes one ponder as to a mystical grey-zone between the two seemingly opposing notions: what would one call a great creation that would, at once, bring pleasure to generations past, while still striking the current as effervescent genius?
One word: Awesome.
(You may discard that last piece of ersatz discourse and enjoy the following awesomeness.)
The first track was brought to my attention by an old inamorata whose musical taste I find absolutely impeccable. With rich brass, this deliciously slowed jazz groove is an infectious number that might remind you of a funeral march in its dark timbre and marching rythm. The trumpeter Dave Douglas‘s free-flowing genius is ever present; you’ll feel it as he melts your face with his soloing.
This second one is from a 2004 album spawned from the collaboration between virtuoso producer Madlib and emcee MF Doom called Madvillain. (Click on link to see Madlib lookin’ alot like le Roi Heenok.) For the latter, this album proved to be his first major breakthrough in the oxymoronic “mainstream of alternative hip-hop”. Notice the tasty organ intro; Madlib wittily runs it at a slighty faster tempo than the actual beat, creating a sort of “going into slow-motion” effect once the beat drops. Clever.
Next up, is a song from Sting’s Nothing Like The Sun. Ever since I’ve had the LP, this is the one song that, for no obvious reason, has always been hauntingly stuck in my mind. The inspiration for the title of the album comes from Shakespeare’s Sonnet #130, which Sting used in the song “Sister Moon”. The back of the LP teaches us that the idea came from an encounter with a drunk on Highgate Hill who “demanded of [him] threateningly: ‘How beautiful is the moon?’” to which he responded by quoting the sonnet in question. In Sting’s words, this is a song “for all of those whose sanity is dependant on the phases of the moon“.
Last, but certainly not least, a song by a gentleman whose expertise on American folk is jawdroppingly admirable. Composer Norman Kay said of him that” […] was the greatest put-on artist in the world. Here he was with the long hair and the cheap suit and the high voice, but when you spoke to him he talked like a college professor. He knew everything about the old songs.” Most people know Herbert B. Khaury by the moniker “Tiny Tim”. This song is dedicated to Jeesus and TouchMe. :)
Musical activities lack any obvious survival value. Why then is music so pervasive in human life? Music appears to be a pure pleasure technology, a cocktail of recreational drugs that we ingest through the ear to stimulate a mass of pleasure circuits at once. 1) music has prosody-like properties, and the brain rewards the analysis of prosodic signals (patterns of linguistic rhythm and intonation) because prosody is an important component of language; 2) music is rich in harmonic sounds (sounds in which frequency components are integer multiples of some fundamental frequency), and the brain rewards the analysis of such sounds because harmonicity is an acoustic cue used to identify sound sources, an important part of auditory scene analysis; 3) music can evoke strong emotions because it contains pitch and rhythm patterns that resemble our species’ emotional calls, and 4) because it contains sound patterns reminiscent of evocative environmental sounds (e.g. “safe” or “unsafe” sounds, such as thunder, wind, or growls); 5) musical rhythm engenders rhythmic movement (e.g., in dance), and such movement is rewarded by the brain because rhythmic motor patterns are associated with biologically meaningful behaviors, such as walking, running, or digging.”- as written by Aniruddh Patel, ideas of Darwin & Pinker.
From Boba Threat : “A WORD ON MY ‘SAMPLING’: i used many different sounds that i lifted from many different records. if i had done this for an original track, that may or may not be a thing to be frowned upon. but ultimately, this is a bootleg. it’s just a mild re-visioning of the original. when making this, my first priority was to make something that honors TPR, ghosts of venice, sneak and van helden, and the other artists i sampled.
p.s. if you can ID the other records i sampled, you deserve a no-prize.”
The New Year sets in tomorrow night and marks for many what is commonly referred to as a “turning point”. A milestone, if you will. An event which, in the big scheme of things, does nothing to break seemingly continuous spacetime, but to human perception appears important. And those things often make you want to look back at the road you’ve traveled up to that point. Turning 18, marriage, someone’s death, missing Occupation Double… they all do that to you. So apart from adequately paraphrasing ol’ Dylan, what have I accomplished I can be proud of this year?
Well, the best I’ve been able to come up with is that the other day, I got to dress up as a chocolate maker and hand out chocolate in a store. Sad. But I have extras!
So. For one box of Swiss chocolate, who can accurately name the song I’ma post right here? I’ma bring it to ya if ya live in Montreal! And I’ma stop saying “I’ma”.
Comments away! Not only d’ya get a box o’ chocolates, but LIFE is like a box o’ chocolates. “Ya never know what yer gonna get”… but now you do: a box o’ chocolates.
I was listening to that song one year ago because of Mark “The Cobrasnake” Hunter. A lot of people already pointed this out : the song/the girl/the camera shots are pure hotness. To whoever is out there : do you like bass ?
I’m no fan of mashups or multiple edits but that one is a must have. It sounds more like a pre-made mix you could play while mixing so you get time to fill up your glass ; that might be why he named it bootleg instead of mashup. This song was introduced to me by DJ Pekas on “The New Workout Plan” mix that you can find below the post.
Once in a while I enjoy listening to old school songs and see what are the new remixes. This is a good way to find new artists that actually take time to give you feedback and help you out. Danktra is a solid producer so check out his songs ; definitely a car banger
Remixing your own songs give you a step ahead of everyone and more flexibility in your mixes. I’m not a fan of Hyper Crush considering they are a pop machine but I always give their songs a listen. Once again this is from DJ Pekas.
Hope you guys got more luck with the eclipse than I did ; all I could see were clouds.
Right on time with last night’s lunar eclipse (referring to the original videoclip), Bjork’s ‘Dull flame of desire’ is kinda hard to remix. Even doh they titled this remix “for girls”, I find it way more manly than the original one. Give some time for the song to build up / enjoy.
Kanye West – “Workout Plan”
Hyper Crush – “Kick Us Out (Hyper Crush Remix)”
Tonic – “Tonic – Bad Girl (Original Mix)”
Chuckie & Gregori Klosman vs Chocolate Puma – “Mutfakta Chants (Nick Svenson Bootleg)”
Mike Posner – “Cooler Than Me (Jistortion Remix)”
Loopers – “Ghetto 2010 (Artistic Raw Remix)”
R3hab & Ferruccio Salvo – “Keep Up For Your Love (Club Mix)”
Damianito DJ – “I Got My Eye On You Re Edit”
Laserkraft 3D – “Nein Mann (Kevstar & Demian Ngo Dutch Bootleg)”
I’m still tergiversating trough the music I love and I guess that is a good thing. Now try mixing those tracks and you get yourself a headache. It took me all night to find those but it was worth it. ZitanB’s ‘Lone Maya’ is a “Classical Tribal Trip Step” aka ambient music released this week that makes you want to light it up and lay back. It is made up of bootleg samples from: Diabate (West Africa Unwired), Isaac Stern (Violin), Jacqueline du Pre (Cello), and others.
Second one on my list is the refix of a remix (makes me thinks of vocals “this is the refix inside the remix” but I can’t recall the song) : DJ Globa made that smooth tribal mashup of his production ‘Zoum Zoum Riddim’ and ‘Shake it to the Ground’s’ Rye Rye acapella. Then he uploaded the file and asked for collaboration on that one. Murkules did refix that song and there goes the result. When I first listened to DJ Globa’s I knew there was something missing and Murkules stepped in.
Tupac is the rapper no one can say shit on ; he is a legend. ‘Do for love’ was unreleased with the title ‘Sucka for love’ which is still available. Vodka and Milk made a good but too high bpm for the smooth vocals, it reached the popular page of hypem. Bart B More’s Brap song makes me think of Nuage Eliott’s remix of Mr. Oizo ‘Bleue’.
Lets go back in the 80s clubbin’ with some swaggalicious moves + we have another remix of Nosaj Thing by Boreta. I was thinking of the incoming igloofest and Drop The Lime popped in my mind so I bring back those memories with an unclassifiable remix of Canblaster.
It’s that magic time, once a day
No matter how horrible the day was, something happens
The sky starts to darken and the city turns orange
Magical orange that puts a smile in our hearts
It’s that time that makes the night welcomed.
Emotions emotions emotions, all day everyday… In my head, out of it, flying everywhere you go, all around you… Some people call those “God” because they are with every single person on earth…
I was very happy to stumble upon two artists that I really appreciate on the Blogothèque french blog. I already talked about their concept in an older post. It’s pretty simple, they invite the best artists to do some “take away shows” for a bunch of lucky people (I wish I was one of them).
So ! I found two live songs from The Morning Benders and Aloe Blacc. The one from The Morning Benders was supposed to be released on their Big Echo album but they didn’t have time to record it. They played it for the few lucky people who were attending their “take away show” in Paris last summer AND… well aren’t we lucky they also posted it online for the fans :D
Two more songs that, this time, brought me satisfaction. Directly taken from the Dark Was The Night playlist (it’s amazing…incredible…magnificient).
The first one is from Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner. A beautiful duo that soothes my mind, sometimes my pain and now the cold which is starting to get a little too comfortable around here. I have always loved Justin’s voice, it takes me to places I can’t really go with my body so I use my mind …
The next one is from Andrew Bird, an artist that I didn’t know until I listened to this incredible song. A very calm and soothing voice once again. Everytime I listen to this song I feel good, cool, a smile is slowly drawn on my face. It’s a must hear for everybody.
She always seems heartbroken when she sings about love… Taken from a classic, Julia Stone covers You’re The One That I Want which is usually sung by Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson. At first I didn’t think I would like her version of this Grease song but I was greatly surprised. It’s amazing… So much emotion, the song takes a brand new meaning… AND I was dressed as Mr Zuko for Halloween… ;)
What ?! Fistful of Mercy‘s album is out and I didn’t even hear it ? Daaammnnn. Yeah, I was late for this one too… Beautiful album. Those three musical geniuses made it in 3 days… It’s amazing (who would have thought less). I didn’t like the song they chose to sing on Jimmy Fallon’s late show though. Here’s an instrumental song I really enjoyed. They’re all so good with their guitars, it makes me cry…
Yes, sadness is part of my life. Some songs are responsible for that sadness sometimes. Some just make it easier and others make me remember some hard parts of my life. The song I Was Young When I Left Home sang by Antony from Antony and the Johnsons is beautiful. Like chat likes to say, this man looks like he is crying everytime he sings. It seems like he has suffered so much his tears are now part of his voice… Listen to this one and you will understand what I mean…