- Bardo Pond - "Sifaka" (Vol. 3)
Less of an exploratory space psych jam than the usual Volume stuff, "Sifaka" has hand-claps and a snaking groove that's more typical of Bardo from the mid-'90s.
- Gemma Hasson - "Dan Malone" (The True Songs of Ireland)
Sweet singer about whom I've tried to find more information -- or even her albums -- to no avail. She's got that quivering voice that you tend to hear from Irish balladeers, which normally annoys me, but in her case, she makes up for that with a pure voice and some great traditional Irish folk backing. One of three songs that I've ever heard from her, sentimental as hell but makes me melt for Erin's glens anyway.
- Sole - "Tepee on a Highway Blues" (Selling Live Water)
Anticon rap with a lullaby melody. Not the hottest thing from Anticon, but it's pretty enough.
- Cocteau Twins - "Ooze Out and Away, Onehow" (The Moon & The Melodies)
Begins as a whisper-quiet ambient track -- I can barely hear Liz on it, all floaty and cloudy -- before the drum machine kicks in and she does her thing, it's a Cocteaus track, duh, and I'll lap it up, always.
- Mirah With The Black Cat Orchestra - "Dear Landlord" (To All We Stretch The Open Arm)
One of the better tracks from Mirah's weird collab album, it's twangier, almost swingier than her usual acoustic singer-songwriter material (which I love). Oh wait, this is a Dylan cover.
- The Pipettes - "In the Bleak Midwinter" (Pipettes Christmas Single 7")
A b-side from the polka-dotted dancing gals, way more choral than the usual Pips, not much production or accompaniment, which gives the song a frosty yet snug feel. Really focused on their voices, reminds you that they're more than just pretty faces, glasses, and '60s dance moves.
- Lil' Wayne - "Mrs. Officer" (Tha Carter III)
The "wee oh wee, oh weeee" song. Not terribly memorable -- more of an R 'n B track -- but then again, at least it's not "La La." The chorus, sung by one Bobby Valentino, grows on me, though.
- Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-la-la Band with Choir - "Sow Some Lonesome Corners So Many Flowers Bloom" ("This Is Our Punk-Rock," Thee Rusted Satellites Gather + Sing,)
Slow-building ASMZ track -- haha, well, that's any ASMZ track, I suppose -- with a simple plucked guitar that layers on more and more voices, dissolves into a long passage of atmospheric orchestral doodling that's more akin to Godspeed You! Black Emperor, before it crashes down in a more typically ASMZ climax. Interesting tidbit, Winamp (yes, I still use Winamp) numbers this track as #666.
- A R Rahman ft. Suzzanne - "Dreams On Fire" (Slumdog Millionaire)
The sappy ballad, which makes me want to dismiss it right away, but it's got this pulsing bass throb and electronic tinkling that is a big improvement over your typical platform-for-a-wailing-diva slow jam. Oh, and ethnic flute!
- Doomriders - "Mercy" (Long Hair And Tights)
Big rolling Motorhead-style metal with added thrashy soloing (yay!) and hardcore singing (meh!).
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Load up all my mp3s, select "Shuffle," hit play. (Better than doing work I should be doing.)