Saturday, February 28, 2009

Enrique Granados, Spanish Dances, Oriental

A beautiful piano piece from late Romantic, Spanish composer Enrique Granados.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Afghan Whigs - Miles Iz Ded

Concluding sexing month with the lords of grunge-era lasciviousness. You're on a Hunger Strike? That's cool, I'll just be over there in the barn fucking your girlfriend. Later albums traded some of Greg Dulli's vampiric sex god persona for a bit more soul (to their benefit, the Whigs' later output outclasses their early years), but for sexing month, we return to the band's roots. This is, incidentally, one of the weirdest fucking videos you'll ever see.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Aaron Maine - Pet Dog

Straight from the mutherfuckin slums of Shaolin Straight from the depressed housing market and local punk scene of Westchester, New York, the 11th track of Aaron Maine's long awaited The Sad Album. That's about all I have to say, except to once again congratulate Steve Yankou and Amy Eisenberg on their sham marriage.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Beatles - Long, Long, Long

It would be remiss of me to not extend the theme from today's earlier post with this tribute. George Harrison would have turned 66 today. This is one of his songs.

Pavement - Summer Babe (Winter Version)

Self-important and insufferably sycophantic but still-useful music blog Pitchfork reported Monday that lo-fi indie rock pioneers Pavement staged a near-reunion at a wedding reception in Nashville over the weekend. I don't really get too charged up about these reunion stories -- as far as I'm concerned, you can wake me when they reanimate John Lennon and George Harrison (although I'd settle for Rick Danko and Richard Manuel). But this one did remind me that, hey, Pavement were awesome, and that we should listen to one of their songs. And what better place to start than track 1, side 1 of their debut LP?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Noah and the Whale - Shape of my Heart

This is from the very wonderful album they released just last year. It is a must listen, really...

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Paganini, Caprice No. 24

The greatest violinist of the 20th century plays the music of the greatest violinist of the 19th century.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Elvis Costello - Mystery Dance

Here's song #3 in our 4-part series, Songs About Fucking. Nick Lowe of course produced this album (he produced Elvis' first 5 albums), but this is the only song on the album that he's credited as a musician too. This one's for Tyler especially, who once made a reference to the song and then was sad that no one gave him his well-deserved high-five. Well Tyles, consider this your belated fist jab. "Mystery Dance" - a song about fucking.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Lou Reed - Street Hassle

It's a bit of an epic, and oddly features Bruce.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Doug Paisley - A Day is Very Long

I had intended to post this last week, but here he is now, a week late, making his OGL debut: Mr. Doug Paisley. Let's all welcome him.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Avett Brothers - November Blue

Might as well give a little attention to the Avetts, for they are beloved in these circles. Here's my favorite song of theirs, or as it is with children, they are all beloved (but some more than others)...

Monday, February 16, 2009

Crooklyn Dodgers- Crooklyn

Sorry I'm late with this, a combination of the flu fucking with my sleep schedule and other stuff.

Anyway, this is off the soundtrack for Spike Lee's "Crooklyn". There was a remake with a different group of guys for "Clockers", which I probably prefer, but this is pretty nice.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Mozart Bassoon Concerto

This is my favorite early concerto. The bassoon has a beautiful mellow sound that Mozart captures very well in this piece. Unfortunately I couldn't find a better recording.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Kate Bush - The Sensual World

Since this is the entry in "Sexin' Month" that falls closest to Valentine's Day proper, a woman's perspective seems appropriate. So here's Kate, rocking some bizarre headwear and singing one of her dirtier songs. The lyrics to this song are based primarily on Molly Bloom's soliloquy that comprises the final chapter of Joyce's Ulysses.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Gun Club - She's Like Heroin To Me

Bonus extra song - because today is a murderous windy day.

Frank Black - I'm Not Dead, I'm In Pittsburgh

PSA: Frank Black not dead; in Pittsburgh. While I'm sure this song is about how Frank Black feels about his current place in the music industry, for me it's just about being stuck in a little town in the winter.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Otis Redding - Try A Little Tenderness

Otis Redding > Sam Cooke. Sorry, Sam Cooke's nephew guy, it's science. (It's also easy to forget that Otis was 26 years old when he died. I'm 26.)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Blossom Dearie - I'm Hip

Blossom Dearie (yes, that was her given name) died on Saturday. There weren't many more distinctive voices in the jazz world.

Rolling Stones - Ventilator Blues

I'm disappointed in Aaron. Disappointed, but not surprised.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Fela Kuti- Sorrow Tears and Blood

In honor of the incomparable Taye Taiwo, I give you Nigeria's most famous musical export. Probably.

The video is mildly retarded, which is sort of awesome. Random bits of City of God, mixed with other shit. Huzzah.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Blank Dogs - Leaving The Light On

Hey, I'm actually able to do one of these this week!

Anyhow, this guy. I only came around on him recently, and I still don't really get what the deal is. Basically: nobody seems to know much about him; he seems to like it that way (note the head garment in the video); he releases lots of EPs and stuff; I have not listened to a whole of it; what I have heard is ill. And that's pretty much it.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Mozart Requiem

What an awesome venue for an incredibly haunting work. The movie Amadeus ended with Mozart composing the requiem on his deathbed. Though it was the last work he composed, many of the facts surrounding this piece were distorted in the movie (and the play it was based on).

Mozart did not finish the requiem, most of it was finished by another composer Franz Sussmayr though others contributed. Still, it is considered by many to be Mozart's masterpiece.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Serge Gainsbourg - L'Hotel Particulier

It's February, Valentine's month, so I'm dedicating all of my posts during this month to love. Just kidding, that would be treacly. I'm devoting all of my posts this month to fucking. And who better to kick it off than le roi of sleaze himself, Serge Gainsbourg. First, his legendary talk show appearance where he drunkenly propositions Whitney Houston (one NSFW word, delivered in an adorable French accent), back when she was young and sexy, not an old haggard crackhead, so this was something a reasonable person might actually do.

Then, the song. From Histoire de Melody Nelson, of course, your basic middle-aged man runs over 14 year old girl with his Rolls Royce, man has torrid love affair with said girl, girl dies in plane crash story. This is the song where he takes her to a fancy hotel and, presumably, fucks the everloving shit out of her. It is also at best only the second creepiest song of his career. The video here is fairly NSFW (is anything connected with Gainsbourg safe for work?) but the song by itself is perfectly tame, even if your co-workers speak French.

Embedding was disabled for this video too, so you'll have to click the link.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Against Me! - Untitled

From the 2001 Acoustic EP. I am aware that this band is something of a disaster these days, but I urge you to listen to this urgent early track.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Terry Allen - Truckload of Art

Here's a bit of an alt-country curveball.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Buddy Holly - Maybe Baby

50 years after his death, eh?

See, I can do timely, just like the cool kids!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Dela ft. Blu- Vibrate

Resisting the urge to post "We Got the Jazz", I'll give you this. Dela sampling De La Soul's "Stakes is High", in an effort to keep any possible conversation about this song confusing.

edit: ha, it would help if I posted the video. maybe.