Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Antonio Carlos Jobim









"Jobim has been described as the Gershwin of Brazilian music, which is an apt title for a man who contributed so many original songs to the jazz repertoire, adding a few standards along the way. Those who were inspired to follow his work after “The Girl From Ipanema” may have picked upWave, his most well-known solo record, but may have overlooked Stone Flower, a markedly better effort. The drippy strings on the former record brought out the quiet romanticism of the melodies, but makes the album sound dated today. Stone Flower marks a fresher approach, using musicians from the CTI stable, but don’t be misled by the personnel into thinking that Jobim has wandered into soul jazz. The quietly sensual melodies and beguiling bossa nova rhythms are as bewitching as ever, with Laws, Carter, and Green added sensual textures in the background. The title track says it all: Jobim on electric piano, heavily reverbed as if it was recorded underwater, with violin and trombone providing a warm tropical breeze overhead. No one could write bossa nova tunes as well as Jobim, and the songs on Stone Flower easily rank with his best work. Stone Floweris a fantastic record of quiet intensity." From http://www.allaboutjazz.com/

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Portishead





Portishead is band from Bristol, a city west of London, in which trip-hop music was born in the early 90's. Along with Tricky, Earthling, UNKLE, Massive Attack, Portishead gave birth to Trip-Hop music.
" The term trip hop was coined by music journalist Andy Pemberton in the June 1994 issue of UK magazine Mixmag to describe the hip hop instrumental "In/Flux", a 1993 single by DJ Shadow, and other similar tracks released on the Mo' Wax label and being played in London clubs at the time. "In/Flux", with its mixed up bpms, spoken word samples, strings, melodies, bizarre noises, prominent bass, and slow beats, gave the listener the impression they were on a musical trip, according to Pemberton. James Brendall termed the experience of trip-hop with the combination of "computers and dope" Wikipedia.

This album is sincerely one of the best trip-hop album ever made. Raw beats and oppressing scratches blend with Beth Gibbons's unique singing. Really dark from the first to the last song, its listen [with headphones please] will force you to penetrate into these obscure atmospheres or other gloomy ambiences. Some of this music will take you to the corner of a dirty street on a cold winter night and for only light the moon. The smoky alley you just got yourself in could be a place for which this music was made. Please dare stepping into this world.
Definitely a musical experience that you will not forget :)

Below one of the album's highlight. Turn your volume + bass up a little.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

E.S.T





Snowy days are coming. It's about time to pick up a smooth jazz album. This is one of my first jazz album. It's what we could classify as modern jazz. Easy listening and melodic compositions though quite long. The songs usually extend around 6 minutes in creating some intricate and evolving soundscapes.
E.S.T stands for Esbjörn Svensson Trio was a Swedish jazz piano trio consisting of Esbjörn Svensson (piano), Dan Berglund (double bass) and Magnus Öström (drums). Actually, Pianist Esbjörn Svensson passed away recently, in June 2008, in a scuba diving accident.
I would advice this album to anyone really. I think it's an album that could be a good introduction to jazz in general.

E.S.T. - The well-wisher

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Berlin



Some really interesting pictures of Berlin during the winter. I stumbled upon them randomly and I immediately like their style, minimalistic and complex at the same time. The smart use of colors and geometry in the frame give them some real depth. You can look at them for quite some time and hardly express what you love into them. Those pictures were shot by Matthias Heiderich. I would recommend you checkin out his other projects that are really interesting as well.

Talking about Berlin, I thought I could share some of the amazing music that has been recorded there.
My pick is Bowie. That's a great thing since I haven't shared anything from him yet and he's been one of my favorite musicians who got me a lot into German music actually. That's how I first heard of Brian Eno too.
Anyway, Bowie started working with Brian Eno in the 70s and recorded three albums that were highly influenced by the German music of the time - Krautrock and electronic music - . Those three albums, "Low", "Heroes" and "Lodger" make up this trilogy.
I chose only to share "Low" for now. You'll see what you think.





An album that is definitely interesting to check out. If you know Bowie it's interesting to see the turn that he took over those three albums. "Low" turns experimental halfway through with mostly instrumental tracks. The excellent "Speed of Life" and "Sound and Vision" on the first half of the album are some of the tracks that are not instrumental. Some of the soundscapes in this album are oppressing and will be hard to grasp at first. Definitely an album that requires many listens, like any experimental or avant-garde music album. One of those albums that you end up loving and you would never have thought so.
Here is probably the most easy listening track of the album, an excellent track that you've probably heard before:

Sound and Vision

If you don't know Bowie at all, then I might have start at the beginning and to share a handful of timeless albums..

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Bill Callahan



A really good folk/rock album that came out in 2009 and was released under his name instead of his usual nickname Smog. Often mentioned as being one of the best albums of 2009, "Sometimes I wish We Were an Eagle" is a brilliant album by a talented songwriter.

One Pic / One Song



Song by the band Blondie on which the guitarist Robert Fripp [originally the guitarist of the King Crimson] is featured. His guitar playing gives the song a real power.

Fade Away And Radiate

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fingers

Fingers is a 1978 drama film directed by James Toback.
The film features Harvey Keitel as a pianist who also works for his loan shark father as a "collector". He is a conflicted soul, torn between his art, his loyalty to his father, his sexuality, and his past. [Wikipedia]

Really good movie which was readapted by Jacques Audiard in the also brilliant "De battre mon cœur s'est arrêté" ("The Beat That My Heart Skipped" in english) starring Romain Duris.


DJ Vadim





Pretty cool album from that russian DJ. Sort of a downtempo album with some interesting melodies and beats.

Milwaukee

Sufferin' Blues [Feat. Jill Green]

This next song is a killer:

Manchester

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

One pic / One Song

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Thievery Corporation ft. Lou Lou - Le Monde

Hipgnosis

I'm pleased to introduce you to some of the most fascinating artform related to music: album covers




It's been a long time since I first wanted to introduce Hipgnosis on my blog. Now that i figured out how to create a slideshow it's easier!

"Hipgnosis was a British art design group that specialized in creating cover art for the albums of rock musicians and bands, most notably Pink Floyd, The Pretty Things, UFO, 10cc, Bad Company, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Yes, The Alan Parsons Project, Genesis, ELO and XTC. Hipgnosis consisted primarily of Storm Thorgerson, Aubrey Powell, and later, Peter Christopherson. The group dissolved in 1983, though Thorgerson still works on album designs, and Powell works in video, most notably with The Who." [Wikipedia]
Indeed, Thorgerson has been working with Muse, Offspring or Audioslave the last couple years and still makes some amazing pieces. I got hooked by Hipgnosis's work right away because they designed covers of some of my favorite bands of the 70s.
However, what is truly interesting about Hipgnosis is that they gave music an image to which we could fuse the actual music to. The final record, LP at the time, ended up being a single piece of art including the cover, the music, the object. Try to imagine when in the 70s you would go buy a LP, which is a pretty big object by itself and you could actually stare at the cover for a long time and focus on details because of the important size. I wish I experienced that back in the day even though I kind of do since I started collecting LPs about 6 years ago.
Those guys were spending time to listen to the music first and then come up with an idea that would be inspired by the music itself. So knowing the music allows you to appreciate the creative process and inspiration they went through. It's fascinating.
Also, it's important to recall that in the seventies people wouldn't have access to technologies in order to create those images. Therefore, they would often come up with the craziest projects and ideas (ex: the Pink Floyd cover of A Momentary Lapse of Reason for which they brought tons of beds on the beach) in order to make their creativity come true. The result is astonishing. Those covers are truly the result of a boundless creativity and imagination and those guys truly gave rock music an image in shaping a certain iconography of their time. The Dark Side Of the Moon's cover is one of the most universal cover of all times.
Judging an album by its cover is wrong. However, wanting to listen to an album because of its cover is what happens when seeing Hipgnosis's work. And you would be amazed to see that it is a way to discover some of the most amazing and otherwise undiscovered music you'll ever listen to. I've done it a lot. Trust me.

The slideshow includes both works of Hipgnosis and Thorgerson after they split up.

Also I wanted to catch your attention on this one: those guys were creative and plus they had humor.


[Click on it if too blurry for you to read]

Monday, November 1, 2010

One Pic / One Song / One Thought





I always say that George Harrison is my favorite Beatles along with Paul and John. And then comes Ringo :)

Isn't It A Pity - George Harrison

One Pic / One Song

[Kandinsky]


Silver Rider

From Robert Plant's last album "Band Of Joy" [2010]

Piers Faccini




Real good album of folk/rock songs brilliantly written.If you don't know about Piers Faccini this is highly recommended :)

To See is to Believe

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

One Pic / One Song


- Serge Gainsbourg -


Flash Forward [1976]

Pink Floyd


My favorite Pink Floyd album. The 23minutes of the "Atom Heart Mother Suite" are unreal. Best song. Get it!

Summer '68

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Cat Power




Cat Power _ Werewolf

Radiohead

Hey folks. I need to post some stuff on here.
Radiohead deserves its post. THose are the reissues of the studio albums coming with a second CD of outtakes, remixes, live versions. Really worth getting.
Everything in 256Kbs.
You're welcome.




































Monday, October 11, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

KCRW Sounds Eclectico




From now on, Im gonna try to keep a certain eclecticism on here. I don't want to share only a few specific genres which is the reason why I also might upload some compilations. Here is the first one.
If I remember, I think I actually got a five finger discount on this album a few years back just picking it for its cover [which I do a lot and which is not a bad thing, you would be amazed to find the most random and amazing stuff like this].
Anyway, cool album which is basically some latin tunes
compiled by the Los Angeles-based station KCRW. However the whole album is really eclectic, going from electronic to acoustic.
If anything, this collection shows how rooted this music is in it’s acoustic, unplugged traditions, and how revolutionary it can be in its electronic expansions to other musical forms. --Eugene Holley, Jr.
The opening track is pretty damn good. Definitely recommended.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Willowz



Music video by the inventive genius Michel Gondry.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Black Diamond



A documentary about to come out that depicts the human traffic that exists in Africa within the business of the football world.
One of my parents' friend worked on this documentary, which is the reason why i heard about it. It looks promising.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Socalled





A few days ago was Rosh Hashanah, the new year in the Jewish calendar.
Shana Tova everyone :)
Anyway, that reminded me of an interesting jewish artist: Socalled. This is his last solo album to date. He also belongs to the band Abraham Inc. from which I uploaded an album a few days ago. More hip-hop oriented, this solo effort blends elements from Klezmer music [musical tradition of the Ashkenazic Jews of Eastern Europe] as well as funk and jazz. Socalled talks about the jewish culture from which he belongs and sing in many languages including Hebrew.
On "{Rock The} Belz", Socalled talks about his relation with the Jewish culture:
“I sing Jewish songs not because they are better than the songs of my neighbor but because they are mine. And unless I sing them, that part of the culture will vanish and that meadow of proliferating flowers, with a profusion of flowers, will have the Jewish flower missing. That’s why I sing Jewish songs.”
Really cool album.


Pretty fun clip video



Also while I was looking for some video to put on here, I found out about this documentary about him and his music that should be out this year. Here is the preview it looks just great!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Tarnation



Mind Blowing!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Manuel Göttsching




This following introduction to this album is really interesting and sets all the prerequisites that you need to meet before you listen to this album. It end up being an exceptional experience. I also wanted to share this album for David, a long time friend, whose blog [clubmoustache] got me more interested in electronic music and especially its birth (to which this album greatly contributed).

" This is the kind of record that very few people know about, but it’s understatement to say that theyshould know about it. If you haven’t heard that record, I seriously doubt you should consider yourself a fan of electronic music, yet. Compared to its German luminaries such as Kraftwerk or Can, it’s just as historically important. Then we could say it’s quite underrated indeed. First, let’s mention that Manuel Göttsching was part of Ashra Tempel with Klaus Schulze, and they even made an album with the late Timothy Leary. He is one of the most important guitarists of the Kosmische Musik genre. He also participated in the Cosmic Jokers sessions. His style and technique influenced dozens of artists in the post-Eno ambient and new age scenes in the 1980s and 1990s. But let’s face it, even though that record is a classic and has influenced everyone in the Detroit techno area from Carl Craig to Derrick May, rarely will you sit still 58 minutes to listen to an entire record which consists of just one track. It takes time, in fact, it is time consuming. It also takes patience. If you don’t like stuff like Brian Eno or Tangerine dream, Steve Reich and minimalist music then this record is not made for you. But then again, you would miss on something which is quite a masterpiece. The first time, I heard it was in 1998 I think, close to 15 years after its release. Now on to 25 years after its original production, it has aged especially well. Sure, back then it was picked by one of the best DJ’s of all time in Larry Levan who used to mix it next to the Clash. But think about it : this record has been covered in 1989 by the Italian techno-house outfit Sueno Latino, it was covered by Basic channel,on their Basic reshape, and remixed by Paperclip people aka Carl Craig on his Remake uno EP. Most recently it was picked by LCD Soundsystem‘ on 45:33 a record that was inspired by E2 E4 both conceptually as seen on the artwork and musically with the duration of the song. Just another example of how many times it’s been named-checked, reworked and expanded countless times.

E2-E4, was released in 1984, and was the first solo recording album by Manuel Göttsching. The album itself consists of a minimalistic hour-long progressive electronic track that is subdivided into single tracks according to the stage of the song. The second half of the record is notable for Göttsching’s guitar playing. The album is named after the most popular opening chess move, 1. e4. Maybe its legendary status is due to the fact that as the story is sometimes told, Göttsching stopped in the studio, while touring with Klaus Schulze, and invented techno. In a concert mood, in december (that would put this record 30 years old ) of 1981, he entered his studio armed with only a korg synth and a guitar, his favorite asset. And then, he started playing. He improvised. But thanks for us, he decided to record the whole thing on the spur of the moment. And an hour of music was born. But he did not even intend to release it. After much reflections, doubts and afterthoughts, and only after the counsel of usual pal Schulze and especially three years later, he decides to publish the session. E2 E4, covered with a chessboard on cold and brown, sees the light and its light changes the course of history. E2 E4 is the most compelling argument that techno came from Germany. And even more so than any Kraftwerk album, anyway. Over a heavenly two-chord synth vamp and simple sequenced drum and bass, Göttsching’s played his guitar like a percussion instrument, creating music that defines the word hypnotic over the sixty minutes of the single track.

How do we explain musical genius ? We can’t. When it happens, it just happens. And nothing happens at random, this for both normal and special things. But only the special things happen by pure magic, or some strange astral combination, the dance in zero gravity between relevant things and transcendent randomness, that leads to improvisation. The ability to take a theme and stretch it out into an ever increasing artform is often unattainable. The ex-leader of Ashra, the kraut-deutsch guru Manuel Göttsching, did it a quarter century ago, and his ability came from live shows. But what’s E2 E4 ? For a human, the easiest opening move in chess. For a musician, the dream of life. A persistent pulse of dreamy synthethic geometries which proceeds to the nirvana escorted by a spastic beat and a guitar that never ceases to peak. A perfect loop, the loop by definition. Nevertheless it’s not a dance piece. But it’s impossible to speak of E2 E4 in terms of human technology, if you’ve got that melody in your head, it will never leave you. I will never grow tired of that record. Jeff Mills once said : some things are better left unexplained. I do agree with him. That is the case with E2 E4. " funkyjeff77, from http://funkyjeff77.wordpress.com/


I cut the song in multiple parts, corresponding to the different variations, and left the song itself (59 minutes),at the end. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Erik Truffaz




Really good album, great alchemy between Truffaz's trumpet and Sly Johnson's soulful voice.


Veuillez installer Flash Player pour lire la vidéo

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

Little Odessa



A scene from James Gray's first movie in 1994. Won a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Primal Scream



Get it Get it Get it


Velvet Underground

Some NYC shit ;)






I love this band so much that it was impossible for me not to share any of it. I picked studio albums only, each of them being a coherent and groundbreaking album. Whether you know them or not, I would advise you to get all three of them and give them a good listen.


Velvet Underground - Venus in Furs

The Velvet Underground: Sweet Jane

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Santana Live at the Fillmore 1968



What an album! Still belonging to the SanFrancisco scene in the sixties, Santana has released a handful of brilliant albums. This live show illustrates what their music sounds when jamming on stage. The result goes beyond expectations! It captures the amazing live alchemy that was the band's trademark. Highly recommended whether or not you know something about Santana. And if you are still undecided, give a listen to the next two songs below ;)

PS: Sorry for the shitty compression that's all I had.




Friday, August 13, 2010

Quicksilver Messenger Service





Quicksilver Messenger Service belongs to the psychedelic rock scene of San Francisco in the 60s. Along with the Grateful Dead, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Jefferson Airplane, Santana.. etc
Those albums are their first two. Both are great. Give a listen to "Calvary" on Happy Trails, a 13minute journey!

Quicksilver Messenger Service - Gold And Silver by PYITE



Shuggie Otis


Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information [1974 Psychedelic Soul, US 320 kbps]

Get it: Part 1 / Part 2


An amazing album.

shuggie otis - ah uh mi hed

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Buck 65


Check out this video, great description of the artist, that shows pretty much exactly the same admiration that I have for Buck 65. This album, and more generally this artist, definitely had an impact on the way I listened to Hip Hop. He still is one of my favorite.
Can't find a better introduction than this video, this guy totally got it - Good Stuff

Here is the album:







"Bachelor of Science", extracted from the album:




Monday, July 26, 2010

Sunday, July 25, 2010

License To Chill




Ladies and Gentlemen, I'm pleased to introduce you to DJ Ease (Experience A Sample Expert)
Ease he's got some.
Check it yourself

BOC

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hollywood & Money



A movie about a current global issue. The movie's scope looks like being the story of how facebook got so big including all the privacy issues that it implied. However, I find it easy to make such a movie, knowing that most of the facebook users will rush into the theaters. I find it paradoxical to denounce a system that makes money on people's back in order to.. make money as well! We don't want to forget that a movie's primary purpose, especially today, is to make dough :)
Let's wait and download it later.

Talking about money and American cinema, I thought that 'Inception', Christopher Nolan's last movie, was brilliant.
I recommend watching 'Memento' and 'Insomnia', two movies that will show you that Nolan was already a great director before 'The Dark Knight'.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Jim



Would Jim Morrison have liked this?

Saturday, June 12, 2010