I first hit upon this because it was a Raymond Scott cover, but as a piece of three handed jazz it’s pretty amazing to my ears. For one thing Rollini looks outstandingly nonchalant whilst banging out what is actually a really complex tune on some pretty unwieldy instruments. For another it’s aged bloody well.
As promised in my other post about music of 2010, here’s a blog about the stuff from before 2010 that I rather liked in 2010. We’re going in reverse chronological order from a craggy bearded coarse Scotsman to the Andrews Sisters. So er, it all links. Again, there’s a Spotify Playlist of all this nonsense.
I should hate this, it’s quite sickly, but I found myself not quite knowing what it was yet hearing it for about six months so when I finally tracked down what it was I was quite happy. It’s hardly the most profound thing but it’s the most forgivably hook laden thing I’ve heard in some time
And I haven’t become obsessed by The Raveonettes before because?………………… No. I don’t know either. It has to be admitted that they have A SOUND but it is a rather good, desperate and longing SOUND that I rather like.
King Of Woolworths – Delia Derbyshire [we7] [spotify]
The legend and achievements of Delia Derbyshire in the Radiophonic Workshop are ever more striking when compared to modern electronic music, and whilst one could watch one of a thousand different youtube clips there is something about this tribute from the King of Woolworths (also to be found in other guises) that captures the beauty of her sound perfectly without being her sound.
I loved the B-52’s when I was a kid, their music was fun and catchy but pretty challenging in other ways. So when I saw this on the Rock Band 3 playlist I was pretty happy. Not so sure my friends were and I can be damn pleased none of them have videoed and later shamed me with even on of my awful attempts at this fantastic song.
Dorothy Collins is one of those early pop music curios it’s worth going back for. Partly because her association (and marriage) to Raymond Scott yielded some rather singularly bizarre songs but also because she herself sang almost as a one women andrews sisters. I am also enormously keen on her Science Songs work such as the epic It’s A Magnet.
Happy 2011! Now what was I listening to last year? Well, I’m going to blog about this not once but twice. This post is all of the stuff I loved that was actually new in 2010. My other post is for everything that was old, even if only by a year but more often than not by several decades.
I’m going to start by cheating. This I actually heard first in late 2009 but I like it too much to skip it. Spoon’s latest album Transference has moved on their sound nicely whilst hanging around in the same groove that’s served them well. I’ll forever associate this song with a chaotic day which wound up with me having to give my boss’s presentation at couple hours notice. It was a day of downpours, stiff challenges and a pretty handy fast bike ride home in the midst of a downpour. Screaming Arggggggggggggggggghhhhhh whilst riding along just firmly lodged the song back in my head at the time. AND IT WON’T LEAVE (not that I’m complaining)
The second Meursault album did cause a bit of a ruction in bits of the web I read over the rather more ragged production. It has to be said that at low volumes it does make the songs a bit more unengaging, so this is never going to work in the background at work or in a shop. But when you need to hide in headphones or relax with your hifi then you just disappear into the sound field and it’s glorious.
Sleigh Bells OR RATHER SLEIGH BELLS SEEM TO SPECIALISE IN THE LOUD AND OVERDRIVEN SOUND SOMEWHAT. Of all the tracks this has stuck with me best as the multitracked Ahhs seem to fit nicely over the buzzy guitar. I fear this just appeals to my not so inner going with the flow indie hipster but the album is just fun.
For me Lady Gaga used to be what I listenned to in the office along with Scooter to ensure that I left when I was working late on something tricky. Telephone changed that because I realised I actually quite liked the overblown glory of it. You can watch the official video but I have to admit that it was watching the Chatroulette version that finally made me realise the genius. Don’t watch that if you’re squeamish.
Alex likes chronically hipster girl duo with electronic and string backing. SHOCK. Fan Death may have turned up about a year too late and got overlooked but I actually found myself listenning to their album a fair chunk against my expectation. Veronica’s Veil and Reunited remain very very good songs as well.
Crystal Castles and Robert Smith is a pretty killer combination. Though in a way it’s a shame this isn’t a duet. Easily the best thing Crystal Castles have ever done. And maybe Robert Smith as well… much as I love Friday I’m In Love.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World was in many ways the film I was waiting for but in other ways not. This chiptune version of Threshold showcased all that was right in musical form about the thing. Simplistic, fun, referencing so much I’ve always loved and yet being new and shiny in it’s own way.
Now strictly, this isn’t a new song as I’ve ranted and raved about Modernaire on here before and they had it as a sultry electro number that remains one of my favourites. Now that Ruth and Hannah are focussing on The Moulettes they’ve reworked it and it’s now more of an epic folk song, where it works better with the lyrics and melodrama taking the focus. Fans of The Decemberists should give the album a spin. Well, anyone should really. The only loss is the miming of every murder method including “hit you with a big rock” which was always fun live. But I guess Hannah’s hands are rather full what with the Cello and all now. Going a Gathering also well worth a watch on that youtube link.
Another film soundtrack moment, this time for The Social Network which was easily my favourite film of 2010 for all that I also saw Jeff Jarvis give a good 10 second rant saying it was NOTHING like Zuckerburg in real life. The film gave me many flashbacks to my university days and that sense that if there were more time and money then someone’s crazy idea might take off in the labs one day. Also it gave me a flashback to being told I should listen to Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails. Well, at least one of those is dealt with now. Everything about this is right.
I spent a lot of 2010 listening to very retro sounding music that wasn’t quite of 2010. Kelpe meanwhile seemed to be in the same place with this wonderful summery yet retro track dominated by some heavy percussion and a strong bass line. The only thing wrong with this was that it turned up in September and thus failed to soundtrack my summer.
Jam On Bread – The Pros And Cons Of Having A Beard
“They like to call me jesus/Which I thinks a bit off/I’ve got a bit of facial hair/but I’m not the son of god”
It’s hard sometimes having a beard y’know. Daily oppression, weird looks and food getting stuck are just some of the upsides but as Jam On Bread correctly points out it’s the messianic comparisons that are most irritating. Sometimes. On the other hand I quite liked being The Ginger Messiah. You’ll either hate this or be a beard fetishist/owner.
“When you’re working spreadsheets for the man it’s hard to feel you’re part of a divine plan”
Good old Pagan Wanderer Lu (PWL) has been one of my key musical fascinations for a few years now, this didn’t make the latest album which I loved BUT for a myriad of reasons this album offcut is what grabbed me the most by the end of the year. Probably just the rising synth line and the note about failing to consume fruit (and yeah, consume rather than eat, that’s the point isn’t it). Maybe just me on this one.