Rita Abatzi - You Don’t Care About Me (Ya mena dhe se meli) (mp3)
I was intrigued by the 4 volume set of traditional Greek music posted by ghostcapital a couple days back. This song (recorded in the mid thirties) really caught my attention. The chords and instrumentation sound like an interesting blend of Middle Eastern and European influences but I need to so more research before I can speak any more authoritatively.
Get this new (exclusive) halloween mix from unholy rhythms! It is the perfect balance between darkness and beauty. Also make sure to give her blog a read if you don’t already. u/r has definitely become one of my favorite places to find new (and old) songs.
I am proud to announce the first ever, all exclusive Unholy Rhythms mix and just in time for Halloween! “Abraded Ghosts” is really a celebration of Halloween through the eyes of artists of different genres. I asked 13 wonderful musicians to give me their interpretation of creepy Halloween…
This is the most bizarre thing I have seen in a while.
In 1966, a toy company in Newark, New Jersey released a children’s record called Batman and Robin to cash in on the popular Adam West TV series of the same name. The music on the LP was credited to “The Sensational Guitars of Dan and Dale,” but in fact the band was one of the greatest uncredited session combos of all time, including the core of Sun Ra’s Arkestra and Al Kooper’s Blues Project. To keep the music licensing fees to a minimum, all the tracks were based on public domain items like Chopin’s Polonaise Op. 53, the horn theme from Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and the love theme from Romeo and Juliet, and generic rock riffs.
I’ve got to be in the right mood to handle most of Van Dyke Parks’ brand of angular chamber pop, but this song off of Naturalismo’s past summer mix is amazing to me right now. All of the instruments are so expressive and playful.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say it is my favorite song written about J. Edgar Hoover. Also if you are unfamiliar with Parks, his biography is definitely an interesting read as well as his business card.
Last weekend I had the utmost pleasure of tagging along with powerblogger/partysaurus extraordinaire, Katie Pierce and the superrrad Jack in the Pocket crew to a Neon Indian show in Kentucky. It was all very spur of the moment and it wasn’t until I was on the road that I (excitedly) discovered that Prefuse 73 was the opener.
Scott Heron certainly did not disappoint. He played a sampler and several vintage keyboards along with two drummers on stage. I was amazed by how danceable the rhythms were with such unconventional sounds. I don’t think there was a single melodic moment of the entire set. Instead there might be a stuttered jazz loop underneath a subtle turn of a synth knob setting the groove or a simple beat growing into a sheer wall of sound punctuated only by the bass drum hits.
I could see how it might not be your cup of tea if you are going to see a throwback 80’s pop show but it was honestly the most fun I’ve ever had dancing at a concert. It just felt so new and exciting and perfectly executed.
The above track is from an excellent ep where Prefuse 73 uses samples from The Books.
p.s. one of us might have spent some time in a dumpster at 3:00 am in Cincinnati
I know its not that cool to like The Rolling Stones but damn I can’t get enough of Aftermath, Between the Buttons, and Their Satanic Majesties Request. Lately I have been looking into the singles they were releasing during that era in the UK. They are pretty amazing. I like a lot of them better than the songs on the albums.
It took a lot of internet sleuthing and virtual crate digging but below are some of my favorite b sides from that era that I’m pretty sure have never been released in the US of A. Enjoy!
The Muslims (now known as The Soft Pack) wrote this tongue and cheek two chord rock song a while back but I find myself continually going back to it. Its nothing new but its definitely a style perfected.
Unholy Rhythms, Head Underwater, Spookytown, Elephant Six style lofi sunshine pop!? There is too much I love about this post to not reblog it. I will definitely have this Wisdom Tooth song on repeat for a while.
Today’s guest post is a newer blog sis of mine San Francisco blogger Unholy Rhythms, who I’m not sure would want me using her real name yet. Nevertheless, over the last couple weeks I’ve come to love her unique and vast taste in music where she likes going toe to toe with me over old school reggae and soul music (generally squashing me with her knowledge). Don’t forget to give her a follow over at http://unholyrhythms.tumblr.com/
The top of my head absorbed all the heat from the sun that day. I frolicked about wildly, chasing whatever insect floated past me. Stepping on the edge of the bank, I watched the bugs hover over the still, clear water. They played like children in the grass, zooming and whirring past me - except for a solitary shy blood-red dragon fly. With its four wings, it perched on a blade of grass before me. Prostrating humbly, as if it was making an introduction, he patiently held on to a blade of grass, giving obeisances. His bubbly red eyes focused on the world before him, completely oblivious to how close I was approaching - creeping like an inch worm. I wanted to get to know him better, to befriend this crimson beauty before me. My heart almost burst out of my chest as I, grinning, inched my jar closer to him….
Wisdom Tooth’s music is full of whimsy: guitar’s jangle, whistling fills the air, and harmonies color the folk-pop tapestry. Strings flutter about like dragonflies on a summer day - they hover above the strumming guitars - patiently observing what they see before them. These are tantrumic, fanciful pop tunes with a childlike, folkish colorings.
I learned about this last night in class and my mind was decidedly blown. These are Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville’s phonautograms, AKA the oldest sound recordings in existence. They date back to the 1850s and were recorded on soot-blackened paper. Using optical imaging and a virtual “stylus,” scientists were able to extract sound from the patterns on the paper and this is what we have here. You may be unimpressed with the actual recordings, but just remember how very old these are.