Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sacred Cows: Radiohead

Intriguing discussion, this. Not heard the album yet. Neither, one might suspect, has the reviewer?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Next meeting 11 May

As I'm already so tied up with the preparations for the Prima Vista literary festival, and you are probably tied up with Student Days and obscenely great weather, we'll meet in two weeks' time - by which I hope to get some of your reviews on the blog!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Be the judges of my music

aka a few album suggestions

The following I’m able to provide in hard copy:

Aides Aides“ (2010) – Intense-rock = a mixture of rock, ambient, punk, indie, metal and jazz sounds. Probably the best Estonian band out there at the moment.

Loits “Ei kahetse midagi” (2001/2005) – Wicked Estonian black metal with a patriotic twist, taking you right back to the battlefields of 1940s

Stem “Marble Men” (2007) – Modern melodical thrash/death metal, as they categorise themselves, straight from Tartu btw

Herbie Hancock “The Best Of/The Hits” (1999) – Some legendary sounds from the grand master of jazzz

Brides In Bloom “Bad and Beautiful” (2011) – Sweet alternative rock (that says a lot), both classic and contemporary. Half best-of, half brand new album but defo worth listening to

And a few names worth downloading:

Erykah Badu “Baduizm (live)” (1997) – Neo soul, r’n’b, funk.. PS Album sometimes entitled only “Live”

Looptroop “The Struggle Continues” (2002) – White hiphop to fight “the long arm of the law” and reveal the dark side of the Swedish super-society

Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders “Red Light Fever” (2010) – Hawkins’ solo project beats FF’s new album by far

So leave a comment if any of these succeeds in provoking interest and needs to be taken to class next week (:



Monday, April 18, 2011

Strange Sounds Vol...

Oh, and then there's this. Not likely to perform at your wedding. Or is he?

This week:

Avoidance of current Estonian music has not been intentional! Here's something for you trainspotters:

Monday, April 11, 2011

This week

As mentioned last time, it's ad lib for most of this month, so your suggested reading/listening is most welcome! Something very recent, for a change, to spark off the discussion: the Singles Jukebox again, on the latest Friendly Fires and Cut Copy issues. Debated and debatable.

Monday, April 4, 2011

This week:

6 Apr Sonic Fiction

Loving The Alien - Black Science Fiction
The Wire Magazine, Issue #96 (Feb 92) | Essays
By: Mark Sinker | Featuring: Sun Ra/Arkestra

Fear Of A Wet Planet
The Wire Magazine, Issue #167 (Jan 98) | Essays
By: Kodwo Eshun | Featuring: Drexciya

More hypnagogic/hauntological stuff

This Paper Dolls opening again, as it has this quintessential VHS wobble and garish eightiesness:

Talking about Kate Bush, it's somehow hard not to think of Cocteau Twins and Portishead, and of course, the Lynch lady, Julee Cruise, though on the other hand, they don't seem to be particularly often mentioned in the same breath. Dream logic? Haunto-logic? And that "Cloudbusting" vid actually recalls this to me more than anything else... Distinctly hauntological.

Then there's all that sub(?)-trend in hauntology of the (long)deceased acts still "releasing" records. Elvis, 2Pac, you name it. Even duets with the dead...