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Music! What are you listening to now?

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There was a telemovie on INXS on the weekend and my wife put it on. The acting was cringeworthy at times and the story was a little overdone but so much of the music still holds up strong.

I forgot just how talented Michael Hutchence and Andrew Fariss were as songwriters, Australia's response to Jagger and Richards. Kick and X are two of the best albums of the 80's, I've been listening to both almost non-stop since :D

Mystify is a masterpiece.
May 27, 2012
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mortand said:
Speaking of Slint, I'm overdosing on Good Morning Captain these days. The last couple of weeks, I've been listening to that song at least a couple of times a day. Don't know why it hits me so hard right now - I don't really mind, though.

Anyway, at this very moment, I'm listening to the latest Wooden Shjips. And I like it!

Yea, Wooden Shjips is awesome. Check out TRAAMS.

Great taste in music BTW.
hrotha said:
Sounds good. Which album would you recommend as an introduction?

I just checked their Wikipedia article. Sun Kil Moon! I've listened to a couple of songs by them and have been meaning to give them a proper listen for ages.

My favourite is Red House Painters 1 (aka Rollercoaster), but there is 75 minutes of it. All of the first three albums (Down Colorful Hill, RHPs1 and RHPs2 (aka Bridge) are nigh on essential and fit that kind of vibe. Very unflinchingly personal (doesn't even bother changing names). "Katy Song", "Medicine Bottle", "Evil", "Mother" are all super tracks from these, while "Grace Cathedral Park" is the best of their "short" songs from this era. Ocean Beach has a couple of surprisingly jaunty songs, but also the two last songs ("Moments" and "Drop") are two of the best RHPs tracks. Songs for a Blue Guitar has some really great stuff but also has a couple of tracks where Kozelek really indulges his "Everybody Knows This is Nowhere"-era Neil Young fantasies, so be warned if that's not your kind of thing. Old Ramon follows the same kind of vibe but isn't as strong a set of songs imo.

But really, all things Mark Kozelek are worth having. Even the album of acoustic reinterpretations of AC/DC songs.
Libertine Seguros said:
But really, all things Mark Kozelek are worth having.

But be careful, he releases an album a day or so these years. It's almost like he's challenging Robert Pollard/Guided By Voices on who can make most records in a year. It's getting kinda ridiculous.

But I'd suggest trying 'Red House Painters 1' (aka Rollercoaster), 'Ocean Beach' and the first Sun Kil Moon album 'Ghosts of the Great Highway'.

Rollercoaster is an outright sadcore classic; huge, heavy and depressingly fantastic. Ocean Beach is a transition album, it's a sign of what was in store with the 'lighter' (that term feels wrong when speaking of Mark Kozelek) Sun Kil Moon. And it's pretty clear Kozelek and the 4AD label weren't a perfect match anymore (they parted ways after this album). Ghosts... is the only great SKM album, in my opinion. A beautiful autumnal americana record. It's been slightly downhill since. Admitted, I haven't listened to the new album 'Benji', which was released this week.

Oh yeah, and as Libertine mentions, the AC/DC covers album 'What's Next to the Moon' is probably not essential, but just the thought of AC/DC sounding like Nick Drake...it's a great album by the way.
I love "April" as well among SKM records. There are still beautiful songs on nigh on every release though.

For the hell of it though, here's my top 10 favourite Red House Painters songs, off the top of my head.

1=. Revelation Big Sur (from Songs for a Blue Guitar)
1=. Katy Song (from Red House Painters I)
3. Moments (from Ocean Beach)
4. Michael (from Down Colorful Hill)
5. Grace Cathedral Park (from Red House Painters I)
6. Evil (from Red House Painters II)
7. Drop (from Ocean Beach)
8. Medicine Bottle (from Down Colorful Hill)
9. Mistress (band version / piano version (both from Red House Painters I)
10. Mother (from Red House Painters I)
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Dazed and Confused said:
Southern country rock. Here I think Little Feat got things right. From '73, the full album, 'Dixie Chicken'.


Personally very fond of the instrumental piece @ 33:10, 'Lafayette Railroad'

This warms my old heart, sir! :cool:

Little Feat are my favorite band. Ever! I'll see if I can find the short piece I wrote years ago (not here) about their most legendary show, at the Rainbow in London, spring '75.
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Dazed and Confused said:
They are hard to resist, but then I like Southern Rock/Blues/Jazz in general. Please see if you can find the piece.

Found it! ;)

The salient point to remember is that the Feat were 'only' a cult band at he time. I went to the show with around 10 friends from university, and we thought that we were pretty fanatical fans, and probably part of only a handful in the country.

I threatened to describe my first live Feat experience in my original post. It's only taken two months, but here it is.

Little Feat - Jan. 19, 1975 Rainbow Theatre, London. Their only show in London on the Warner Bros. tour that also featured the likes of Orleans and Tower of Power, with The Doobies as headliners at every show.

Clearly, no one at Warner Bros. realized that there was a substantial and fanatical cult following for the Feat in England, and heads subsequently rolled as a result of this major miscalculation.

The sold out Rainbow turned out to be packed for at least 90% by us Feat freaks - the band never knew what hit them as they stepped out to open for the Doobies. It was an utterly magical vibe, the hall was packed for the opening act (whereas normally half the audience would still be in the foyer), the audience immediately sang along with every song, stayed on its feet and went completely mad after every number, eventually forcing the house lights back down for a third encore!! (No opening act ever does three encores.)

The experience, and the climax - an acoustic Willin' by Lowell - were so intense that people were moved to tears. After the break, once the Doobies started up, people started leaving in droves while they were playing, simply because we were utterly drained and because nothing the Doobies could possibly do could approach what we had just experienced - a sort of collective mass musical orgasm.

To this day, this was the most profound, intense and moving concert I have ever been privileged to attend.
Amsterhammer said:
Found it! ;)

The salient point to remember is that the Feat were 'only' a cult band at he time. I went to the show with around 10 friends from university, and we thought that we were pretty fanatical fans, and probably part of only a handful in the country.

Thanks. Never managed to watch them live, but I can easily see the situation described by you. A good memory I'm sure.