Friday, September 26, 2008

Music Friday: Older albums I've been listening to

So far all the Music Friday posts have been about here's-what's-going-on-right-now music. To mix things up, here are some older albums I've recently acquired and have been delving into.

The Art of Noise -- Who's Afraid of the Art of Noise? -- Prototypical noisy art.

The Sugarcubes (photo to the right) -- The Great Crossover Potential -- Pretty good new-wave music by the pre-Bjork Bjork. (I don't do accents.)

Pavement -- Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain -- The indie-est of indie-dom.

Charles Mingus -- Cornell 1964 -- 2 CDs, released last year. My favorite jazz musician playing with the great Eric Dolphy at my alma mater, with an emphasis on half-hour-long jams. Apparently this recording was recently unearthed, having been lost for decades.

ELO -- Greatest Hits -- I got this mostly because I think "Livin' Thing" (video below) is one of the all-time greatest rock songs by someone who's not one of the greats ... which could be a pretty good blog post unto itself some other time. This would be a good companion album to the most recent album by Camera Obscura (from an earlier Music Friday).

(Photo of the Sugarcubes from this post on Grapejuice Plus.)


Ann Althouse said...

"Living Thing"... makes me think about how great the Boogie Night soundtrack was.

Anonymous said...

What the Sam Hill?

You are admitting that you listen to the Electric Light Orchestra? Good God in Heaven, sir--have you lost your young pair of marbles?

I realize that you don't quite understand this, but because I was well into my adulthood during the 1970s, let me explain what lame is to you:

The Bee Gees, ELO, and Democrats are lame.

Grand Funk Railroad, Boston, and Republicans are cool to the c, o to the double o, and l to the twelfth. If you imagine a roar that kicks in from the base of the brain stem, humming and vibrating through floorboards and concrete, that is the sound of cool. ELO had a violin player, for goodness' sake. Grand Funk Railroad had a bass guitar instead.

And that's if we are kicking it with twin stacks of Marshall Amplifiers.