Friday, December 30, 2005

The Wind of Strange



So this is how you get your New Year's weekend started. On the way home from work, school, whatever, blast these songs by Dandi Wind, from her upcoming Concrete Igloo. It's new wave, with balls, and it throbs stronger than a New Year's hangover.

Flooded Grass (mp3)

Safety Dance (mp3) - from her myspace page, where you can also download the fantastic einsteinbrains and Balloon Factory, and listen to Apotemnophilia.

Happy New Year's!

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Sometimes Less Is More

I'm just about to go on break until the New Year, and, as bandwidth is about to be exceeded, so is the Smudge. So this might be my last mp3 post of the year...and the mp3 is coming down tomorrow.

Everyone's curious about what effect Sonic Youth collaborator Jim O'Rourke had on the new Beth Orton album, Comfort of Strangers, and how the album stands up to her previous work. If you're Jim O'Rourke, you know you can't get in the way of that voice, and you have to preserve the arpeggiated acoustic guitar & piano chords that hold her songs together and mark her as a singer-songwriter. You've got to try to not so much embellish those things, but to showcase them.

Here's the title track, written by Beth Orton, M. Ward, and Jim O'Rourke. After you listen to it, you're going to have to replay it. That isn't a recommendation. You'll be compelled to play it again, trying to figure out how a song that seems so lightweight can hit you so hard, and how a song that shouldn't hold up longer than two minutes makes you want to hear more when it ends at 3:12. All you get is all the song needs: bass, piano, light percussion, acoustic guitar, her voice, and great songwriting: I know there's an answer to your question/but I don't know if I can word it right/Say what you mean, don't tell it like it could be/I don't know, should I say it out loud?

O'Rourke & Orton could have gone deep with the percussion, and could have fully arpeggiated the guitar chords, rather than holding the first note and playing the last two together, but though the song would have sounded fuller, sometimes less is more.

Comfort of Strangers holds up. It's her best record yet.

Beth Orton - Comfort of Strangers (mp3)

(Another) Holiday Mix

The good people at Relative Theory Records, in Norfolk, Virginia, compiled a damn fine 24-track holiday* mix called "Wreck The Halls." You can download the zip file and cover art here. I love the fine print at the bottom of the page:

©® 2005 - All copyrights belong to their respective writers / publishers / etc. Used without permission.


I could use that last sentence for about 99% of my mp3 posts.

The tracklist is:

1. The Free Design - Christmas Is The Day
2. James Brown - Soulful Christmas
3. Run DMC - Christmas In Hollis
4. Stevie Wonder - What Christmas Means To Me
5. Wesley Willis - Merry Christmas
6. Polyphonic Spree - So This Is Christmas
7. Grandaddy - Alan Parsons in Winter Wonderland
8. Pat Benatar - Please Come Home For Christmas
9. Mogwai - Christmas Song
10. Danny Elfman - Edward Scissorhands Ice Dance
11. Carpenters - Carol of The Bells
12. Saint Etienne - My Christmas Prayer
13. Eels - Christmas Is Going to the Dogs
14. Low - Just Like Christmas
15. Erlend Oye - Last Christmas
16. Sam Cooke - Christmas Means Love
17. Rufus Wainwright - Spotlight On Christmas
18. The Raveonettes - The Christmas Song
19. Badly Drawn boy - Donna and Blitzen
20. Feist - Lo How A Rose E'er Bloomin
21. Sufjan Stevens - Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
22. Matt Pond PA - Holiday Road
23. Murder City Devils - Dead By Christmas
24. David Banner - It's Christmas Time

*The word holiday is from the Middle English holidai, meaning "holy day." So is "Holiday Mix" more politically correct than "Christmas Mix?"

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Things Are Going To Change

The Islands (ex-Unicorns, plus Richard Parry & the lovely Sarah Neufeld of the Arcade fire guest appearing) hold up under the great weight of indie hype. Take this song: these guys understand that there's nothing like upbeat apocalypse music with a country twang to soothe the weary shopper's soul this wartime holiday season. It has nothing to do with shopping, maybe something to do with war, but none of that really matters when the Day After Tomorrow is the day after tomorrow, now does it?

Well, okay, so the record won't be out until January, in the UK. I saw something glowing, and it's going to cause an early thaw.

Islands - Volcanoes (mp3)

Flippant dread. It's an American tradition. And apparently, the Canadian Islands get it, too.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

This Naked Flame of Suffering

...as much as it may sound like it, is not a line from an Arcade Fire song. It's from The Word, a short story by Vladimir Nabokov, in next week's New Yorker (International Fiction Issue).

The flowers spilled their humid sheen in flight; the sleek, bright beasts played, whirling and climbing; the birds chimed with bliss, soaring and dipping. I, a blinded, quaking beggar, stood at the edge of the road, and within my beggar’s soul the selfsame thought kept prattling: Cry out to them, tell them—oh, tell them that on the most splendid of God’s stars there is a land—my land—that is dying in agonizing darkness.

Suck I Do

Because I take forever to work out the "HARD" Sudoku puzzles.

The literature of Sudoku is growing. Check out these excerpts from recent publications:

Complexity classes such as NP do not measure the difficulty of any specific problem instance but rather describe the rate at which difficulty grows as a function of problem size. If we can solve an order-n Sudoku, how much harder will we have to work to solve a puzzle of order n + 1? For problems in NP, the effort needed grows exponentially.

Most discussions of the complexity of Sudoku refer to the work of Takayuki Yato and Takahiro Seta of the University of Tokyo, whose analysis relates the task of solving Sudoku to the similar problem of completing a partially specified Latin square. The latter problem in turn has been connected with others that are already known to be in NP. This process of "reduction" from one problem to another is the standard way of establishing the complexity classes of computational problems. Yato and Seta employ an unusual form of reduction that addresses the difficulty of finding an additional solution after a first solution is already known. In Sudoku, of course, well-formed puzzles are expected to have only one solution. Yato and Seta say their result applies nonetheless. I don't quite follow their reasoning on this point, but the literature of complexity theory is vast and technical, and the fault is likely my own.


Your fault and mine, dude. From Unwed Numbers: The Mathematics of Sudoku, a Puzzle That Boasts, "No Math Required!" in the Jan-Feb 2006 American Scientist.

We provide a simple linear time transformation from a directed or undirected graph with labeled edges to an unlabeled digraph, such that paths in the input graph in which no two consecutive edges have the same label correspond to paths in the transformed graph and vice versa. Using this transformation, we provide efficient algorithms for finding paths and cycles with no two consecutive equal labels. We also consider related problems where the paths and cycles are required to be simple; we find efficient algorithms for the undirected case of these problems but show the directed case to be NP-complete. We apply our path and cycle finding algorithms in a program for generating and solving Sudoku puzzles, and show experimentally that they lead to effective puzzle-solving rules that may also be of interest to human Sudoku puzzle solvers.


I don't need no stinking rules. All I need is a sharp pencil, a good eraser, and a few hours of uninterrupted time, so I can hit the Sudoku Zone for a few minutes here & there. From Nonrepetitive Paths and Cycles in Graphs with Application to Sudoku, in the 20 July 2005 Computer Science.

More on the Mathematics of Sudoku in Wikipedia.

Synth By Numbers

Synth Pop 101: Intro To The Break: See how the synth gives way to piano, followed with some na-na-na vocalizations, then the rhythm guitar throbs again, and lo, the synth comes back with the chorus. Meanwhile, the lead singer dances, flirts and plays with band members and the audience. Who cares what's being sung? The listener has no choice but to just go with the moment, captivated by the sights and The Sounds.

The Sounds - Painted By Numbers (mp3)

Monday, December 19, 2005

Purpostus!!



Bert Williams, largely forgotten today, was the first African-American star: the most famous “colored man” in America during the early years of the twentieth century. The team of Williams and Walker put together the first all-Negro musical comedy to play a major Broadway theatre...their popularity among audiences both black and white allowed them to force the integration of first-class theatres around the country...through it all he continued to perform in blackface, embellished by giant lips painted over the cork, an ill-fitting suit, a preternaturally unhurried style of locomotion, and a cringing “Uh-huh, boss” lazy drawl. According to another Follies colleague, W. C. Fields, Williams onstage was the funniest man he ever saw, and offstage was the saddest.

Both Williams’s reputation and the remaining record of his work—a number of scratchy vocal tracks, some suggestive photographs and reels of film—make one long to ask: What on earth was he thinking? How does a mind maintain its balance when professional pride is so bound up with personal shame?...


-from BEHIND THE MASK: On the minstrel circuit, by Claudia Roth Pierpont, a review of Caryl Phillips' novel "alternately fascinating and frustrating novel 'Dancing in the Dark' (Knopf)," in the Dec 12 New Yorker.

Bert Williams mp3s:

Eve Cost Adam Just One Bone
Oh Death Where Is Thy Sting
Purpostus

From Bert Williams 1915-1921.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Friday Live - Pixies

eMusic has a new exclusive double-disc live Pixies album, titled Hey - Live Pixies. It features 28 stellar live tracks from various venues--highlights of their reunion tour. You need a membership to get the album. If you've been thinking of becoming a member but haven't yet, I highly recommend you go ahead. They've got an encyclopedia of great music. Browsing through their collection is like immersing yourself in a dusty record store.

Anyway, Hey goes something like this:

DISC 1
1. Planet Of Sound (Manchester, England - 8/30/2005)
2. Debaser (Norfolk, VA - 12/6/2004)
3. Gouge Away (New York, NY - 12/16/2004)
4. Ed Is Dead (Washington, DC - 6/13/2005)
5. Bone Machine (Cleveland, OH - 6/8/2005)
6. No. 13 Baby (Leeds, England - 8/272005)
7. Holiday Song (Raleigh, NC - 6/12/2005)
8. I Bleed (London, England - 6/2/2004)
9. Is She Weird? (Leeds, England - 8/27/2005)
10. Caribou (New York, NY - 12/12/2004)
11. Crackity Jones (Norfolk, VA - 12/6/2004)
12. Something Against You (Washington, DC - 12/7/2004)
13. Into The White (Raleigh, NC - 6/12/2005)
14. Dead (New York, NY - 12/11/2005)

DISC 2
1. La La Love You (Los Angeles, CA - 6/2/2005)
2. Cactus (Edinburgh, Scotland - 8/28/2005)
3. Wave Of Mutilation (UK Surf) (Indianapolis, IN - 6/7/2005)
4. Mr. Grieves (Indianapolis, IN (6/7/2005)
5. Nimrod's Son (Washington, DC - 12/8/2005)
6. Subbacultcha (Leeds, England - 8/272005)
7. Monkey Gone To Heaven (Denver, CO - 6/5/2005)
8. Velouria (Toronto, Ontario - 7/9/05)
9. Wave Of Mutilation (San Francisco, CA 5/30/05)
10. U-Mass (Boston, MA - 12/9/2004)
11. Here Comes Your Man (Newport, RI - 8/6/2005)
12. Hey (Dublin, Ireland - 8/23/2005)
13. Vamos (Washington, DC - 12/7/2004)
14. Gigantic (Norfolk, VA - 12/6/2004)

This post goes out to our young friend, co-worker, concert buddy, exotic food experimenter, and greasy hashbrown donor, Randy, whose last day at work was yesterday. Among others, I saw Final Fantasy, Arcade Fire, The Hives, and The Pixies with him. We'll miss seeing your mug every day, RC. But we'll still get out for lunch or a show.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Sufjan REM Cover

Clever Titles Are So Last Summer has a non-rocking Sufjan cover of REM's The One I Love here.

High School Reunion - Uncovered



A few days ago, I mentioned how much I love the High School Reunion compilation. The two covers I posted are fantastic, and there's so much more worth listening to: The Dresden Dolls' 80's-baroque cover of Pretty in Pink, Frank Black's dark Repo Man, and solid covers of Somebody's Baby, A Million Miles Away, Weird Science, The Specials' Little Bitch, I Melt With You...you get the point.

Earlier this year there were compilations with companion discs. There was Verve Remixed 3 and Verve Unmixed 3, there was Motown Remixed and Motown Unmixed, and even last year, we had Daniel Johnston Discovered, and UnCovered...so where's the High School Reunion Uncovered?

Here.


isn't she?

Jackson Browne - Somebody's Baby (Fast Times)
Plimsouls - A Million Miles Away (Valley Girl)
Tom Petty - American Girl (Fast Times)
The Vapors - Turning Japanese (Sixteen Candles)
Oingo Boingo - Weird Science (Weird Science)
Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me) (The Breakfast Club)
Peter Gabriel - In Your Eyes (Say Anything)
Thompson Twins - If You Were Here (Sixteen Candles)
The Specials - Little Bitch (Sixteen Candles)
The Psychedelic Furs - Love My Way (Valley Girl)
Echo & The Bunnymen - Bring On The Dancing Horses (Pretty in Pink)
The Cars - Moving In Stereo (Fast Times)
The Psychedelic Furs - Pretty In Pink
Pixies - Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf) (Pump Up The Volume)
The Smiths - Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (Pretty In Pink)
Modern English - I Melt With You (Valley Girl)
Wayne Newton - Danke Schoen (Ferris Beuller's Day Off)
Iggy Pop - Repo Man
Orchestral Manoeuvers In The Dark - If You Leave (Pretty In Pink)*
The Replacements - Within Your Reach (Say Anything)

* If You Leave is not on the High School Reunion compilation. I don't have I Go Crazy by PC Munoz, so I substituted in the OMD.

NOTE - These are coming down tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Who The Hell Cares What The Keoki Thinks About King Kong?


Let's start these proceedings by first saying that there is nothing you will read here that will make you want to see King Kong if You have already decided not to see it. All you're going to get here is an unabashed love letter to a between 25 and 28 foot tall gorilla. If that's not what your looking for, than take your Mp3 and move along. So, for the two of you left, I say this is quite a movie. That's right, MOVIE! This is not a film or cinema, it is truly a motion picture....in fact it is exactly the kind of picture that Edison would have wanted to see. Truth be told this would have made Edison shit, but still he would have had a ball doing it. I don't feel I need to go over the particulars of Jackson's version of this story other than to say that it suceeds and tops every monster movie ever made including the original Kong. That's right, I'm saying it loud and clear.....Jackson's Kong kicks Cooper's Kong in the head and makes off with his bananas. Yes it's true that it is three hours long, which is twice as long as the original! It's a fast three hours. Yes it's true that it takes it's time getting to Skull Island! What do you want? New York to the South Pacific didn't take a week. There have been some changes made, but every one for the better. These characters are people that you will actually care about. You will feel for Ann and Jack, and you will grow to despise Jack Black's Denham....But the greatest actor on the screen is Kong from the moment he gets on it! There has NEVER been a CG character with this much life or humanity or heart or soul. His eyes are alive and they set a new bar for animation, it simply doesn't get any better than Jackson's Kong. Smack dab in the middle of this movie is an action sequence that is, by my estimation, the greatest action sequence put to celluloid. Here's the score cue that accompanies Kong vs the Rexes...that's right Rexes!

Tooth and Claw - James Newton Howard


I'm telling you, there's nothing that compares to Kong fighting a pack of Rexes. Nothing! If you say there is something that does, you must be a moron. The pacing is amazing and non-stop from the point they get to the island until the unfortunate business on top of the Empire State Building. But within all of the action is beautiful love story that anyone who has ever loved a big dumb animal can relate to (Meaning that we can take our ladies to see Kong and they'll love us even more afterwards! Win win right?). And right before the gorilla shit hits the fan, Jackson gives us one last moment alone with the fair maiden and the Kong. Prettiest track off the score and prettiest scene in the movie.

Central Park - James Newton Howard

Anywho, I don't think I can say enough about how much I enjoyed my three hours spent on The Venture, Skull Island and in New York. Good times.
Do I think you should go? Absolutely! Do you care what I think? I'm pretty sure we've already established that.

She can't stop messin' with the danger zone.

Cyndi Lauper bops in front of a large audience.

Cyndi Lauper - She Bop (Live) (mp3)

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Beck vs. Mae-Shi: Que Onda Guero

Mae Shi are offering a really good Beck remix, not found on Guerolito.

From yesterday's message to many mp3 bloggers:

On the eve of the release of Beck's Guerelito, we
offer a Beck remix you won't find on the remix CD:

"Que Onda Guero (Team Shi Latino 96.3 Remix)"

So much of Beck's '90s output was a mythologizing of
the 80s Los Angeles he grew up immersed in –
lowriders, mariachi, turntables and microphones. Sure,
it's patronizing at times – "Odelay" was his gringo
approximation of "orale," as in "orale vato" – but for
some, it's the perfect whiteboy synthesis of
pre-Rodney King Riots Los Angeles.

However, the sound of the city has changed. With this
remix, local L.A. surprise punks The Mae Shi have
tried to capture the sound of a summer in Los Angeles
in 2005 – the sound of Daddy Yankee selling out
Staples Center, the sound of narcocorridos booming
from the car next to you as you drive down Pico Blvd.
This year saw a new radio station take over the
streets of Los Angeles, Latino 96.3, a bilingual
station "blazing reggaeton and hip-hop." In the hot
windows-down summer of 2005, the station was
impossible to ignore, and its rise in public presence
coincided with Daddy Yankee's newfound ubiquity (as
well as his ability to sell out Staples Center).

"Que Onda Guero (Team Shi 96.3 Latino Remix)" is The
Mae Shi's attempt to capture the sound of 2005 in the
same way Beck captured the sound of 1985.

Back to School With Kristen and Matt

My High School Reunion CD, which features covers of 80's movie songs, finally came in the mail yesterday. It was worth the wait. For the most part, the songs are faithful and reverent, yet almost always fun. It's already one of my favorite compilations of the year.

Matthew Sweet - American Girl (Petty cover) (mp3)

Kristin Hersh - Wave of Mutilation (cover of Pixies' UK Surf version) (mp3)

Monday, December 12, 2005

Jack Johnson and Rudolph Teach Us A Lesson

I've always hated the end of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer. The mean reindeers like him now and everything gets wrapped up in a nice little package. It shouldn't be that easy. Rudolph should have said something, he should have put his antlers in someone's ass and been like, "Up yours! Up all of yours! You guys hated the nose....But now you all love the nose! You guys all STINK...Thats right you STINK like three day old reindeer shit!!!" That would have been the way my version ended, and while Jack Johnson doesn't get as extreme as I would like he does address the situation in his very last verse. Which makes this my favorite version of this holiday classic. Enjoy.


Jack Johnson - Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Nellie McKay Got It Right



Dear Nellie,

Recently, according to Defamer, you had a meltdown at a recent performance. A reader reported:

She was talking to the audience about the problems she’s been having with Sony and someone shouted “Shut up and sing!” This seemed to touch a nerve with dear Nellie. After politely explaining to the miscreant that “If this continues with Sony, I will leave the music business, BITCH. And NEVER SING AGAIN,” she started screaming and crying and “They say I’m just pulling a Barbra Streisand,” and “You have NO IDEA WHAT I’M GOING THROUGH,” and corporations are raping the world, etc.


You tell 'em, Nellie. Raping the world with greed(leavingartistscrumbsofthepie)&greenhousegasses&rootkits&whatnot.

You tell 'em, but please, PLEASE do not stop singing!

First of all, I'm going to try to see you at the Birchmere in January.

Second...what would we do without your spunk & flair? And now, you've got ditties like your Beatles cover on This Bird Has Flown, and this euphorically harmonic duet with k.d. lang, from your forthcoming Pretty Little Head:

Nellie McKay & k.d. lang - We Had It Right (mp3) (radio rip)

And third and finally, if you quit, that would leave us with the likes of...er...Rick Springfield?...well, this defamer commenter doesn't care so much:

My God, I've lost touch. Who the fuck is Nelly McKay and why should I care? Write more articles about Rick Springfield, for Christ's sake, man! I care about REAL entertainers!


YEAH! REAL entertainers, for Christ's sake, man!

See (and hear) you soon.

With all our love,

The Smudge

Sunday, December 11, 2005

The Kinks Teach Us The True Meaning Of Christmas!

Here's a rockingly sweet Christmas tune that tells it like it is. A satirically capitalist Christmas carol that I think rings pretty true for our readers....You all know who you are. Ray Davies and his Kinks kick a little ass while throwing jabs at "All the little rich boys!"


Father Christmas - The Kinks

Friday, December 09, 2005

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Happy Birthday Teri Hatcher. Here's A Little Gift From The Smudge.



Happy Birthday to Teri Hatcher, who turns 41 today. You'll always be one of our favorite Desperate Housewives, though we know that you're neither, despite the caption on the above photo.

To celebrate your birthday, we dedicate this song to you:

Commodores - Brick House (Original 12" Mix) (mp3)


What's a Brick House? Ms. Funkyflyy knows.

Bull Moose Jackson Pulls Out His Big Ten Inch...

...record. But of course, it's not the size of the classic blues record, it's how you use it. 1952, King Records.

Bull Moose Jackson - Big Ten-Inch Record (mp3)


The young boys don't do anything for Little Esther. She likes her men like she likes her whisky - aged & mellow. 1952, Federal Records.

Little Esther - Aged and Mellow Blues (mp3)


Both songs taken from Dealing With The Devil: 25 Essential Blues Classics (out of print).

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Christmas + The Ramones = Smiles All Around The Tree!

This one's simple....People fight during the Holiday season. The shopping, the idiots who are shopping around you, the blinking lights, the crappy fruitcake, the whole nine. My family fought (but they fought all the time so maybe they're a bad example!), most likely yours did too and according to this song so did The Ramones. So here's a two minute slice of punk heaven to relieve a little holiday stress....Go ahead, feel free to punch someone while they're under the Mistletoe. Enjoy!


Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight!) - The Ramones

The Ballad of Tourettes



La Ballade de Tourette (mp3) may be the most tragic, poignant song you hear about Tourettes today. The fake French band, Nous non Plus (Us No More or Neither Do We), previously named Les Sans Culottes before a lost legal battle, touche your heart with lyrics like these:

Personne dans mon cœur
Mes propos orduriers n’attirent que les fumiers,
comment leur expliquer qu’je suis sage?

that is:

Nobody is in my heart
My dirty language only attracts lecherous men,
how to explain that in reality I am a good girl?


Not so touching, or even more touching, depending on how you look at it, is One Night in Paris (mp3), a warped tune about Paris Hilton (via SPIN.com)

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Surfs Up Santa!


So I guess the idea of bands who shouldn't make Christmas music (I'm looking in your direction 'N Sync, Backstreet, 98 Degrees, Destiny's Child, the list goes on and on.)has been around for ever. Because even in the '60s there were Christmas albums that had no business being made. This one should be in that category....but it's not, on account of it actually rocking. The Ventures were a surf band in the '60s, when that type of music was abundant, and they put together a Christmas album that should have sucked but then it didn't. Here's my favorite off that album. Enjoy!


Sleigh Ride - The Ventures

Pabst No Ribbon

Yesterday afternoon, Uncle Tom, RC666 and I shared our bad feelings about Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. It was a tender moment among men. I concluded the conversation with the proposition that one of them should eat about a dozen deviled eggs, chase them with a six-pack of Pabst, and see what happens. They're thinking about it. Meanwhile, any takers out there in the blogosphere?

After our talk, I thought of the following Untamed Youth tune with profound lyrics, from Children of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The Second Psychedelic Era, and a related companion piece from the same collection, which, by the way, makes a fantastic gift for aficionados of the off-center.

The Untamed Youth - Pabst Blue Ribbon (mp3)

The Swingin' Neckbreakers - I Live For Buzz (mp3)

Monday, December 05, 2005

X3 Teaser Trailer

Here's the X3 teaser trailer....and it looks pretty damn good. If you look close you'll see Juggernaut, Colossus, Dark Phoenix, Angel, Beast, Pyro and a whole hell of a lot of Evil Mutants. Enjoy!


X 3 Teaser Trailer

The Single Greatest Photo EVER!

Otis My Man!

When I was a wee lad, my Uncle Jeff gave me all his records for safekeeping. It was a box of gorgeous wax that included Sgt Pepper's still in the shrinkwrap, beautiful Hendrix albums, sexy Stones records, inebriated Doors discs. The whole nine! They had these amazing covers that were basically peices of art and they would take you away somewhere and sequester you for about 45 minutes at a time (unless it was a double LP). Anywho, the one record that got more airplay from me than all of them, was a live record of Jimi Hendrix on one side and Otis Redding on the other. LIVE AT MONTEREY, exclaimed the cover and it made your ears cry. But, oddly it was the Otis Redding side that got the most action from me. It was a short version of his legendary set at the Monterey Pop festival where he turned on a bunch of hippies to soul. Redding tears through his set and listening to it as a young boy of about 12, it was the one concert I wanted to get in a time machine and go back to. You cant find that album anymore...it never made it to CD which is a damn shame. But it served as my door to Otis and other soul legends. What I have here is Otis Redding doing a pretty sweet Christmas song called Merry Christmas Baby, and it's kind of amazing. The organ and the jingling bells really do it for me. A sweet little bauble you might find under the tree after you open everything else, but wow does it shine. Enjoy!


Merry Christmas Baby - Otis Redding

Sunday, December 04, 2005

I wanna walk around with you

Isobel Campbell's voice is delicate and refined, and carries schoolgirl charm. Mark Lanegan's is harsh, and carries a bit of barroom menace. Put them together, and you would expect...well, maybe you wouldn't know what to expect. What you probably wouldn't expect is to hear them sound convincing in this infectious lullaby.

(Do You Wanna Come) Walk With Me - Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan (mp3)

Yo Ho, Yo Ho.....Sounds Like Something A Pimp Would Say!

The teaser trailer for Pirates Of The Carribean is out on the net and it looks pretty good. The first was a complete surprise hit, largely due to the Oscar nominated performance of Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow. That film was about 20 minutes too long, but still a lot of fun. So now here comes the first of two sequels that will arrive in cinemas in back to back summers. Enjoy the squid faced Davey Jones!

Pirates Of The Carribean: Dead Men's Chest