Mostly doing laundry and cooking and general cleaning today, while listening to podcasts. So, the theme songs from:
Comedy Death-Ray - CDR Best of 2010 MAIN EDIT2
- by Reggie Watts
Doug Loves Movies - Garfunkle and Oates and Samm Levine guest
- theme performed live by Garfunkel (sic) & Oates
the return of Higson & Whitehouse’s magnificent Down The Line, from 15/3/11 on BBC Radio 4
Marc Maron - WTF - EPISODE 153 PAUL KRASSNER
- both of these are audio collages, more than music
Nerdist - unnumbered episode with Danny Pudi
- a five second chiptune
and reading in bed:
DMZ vs Metalheadz vs Soul II Soul vs Trojan Soundsystem - Roundhouse Soundclash part 5 - Final Round (17-02-2010)
plus some stuff off youtube.
So, basically what I’ve learnt from this week is what I already know, from giving up keeping track of most of the music I listen to on this thing already - it’s fucking hard and takes a lot longer to actually note and write something about the music than it does to listen to it. I listen to something most of my day, and it’s more time-efficient to let my phone remember the 30-120minute things than to stop and think about 3-minute things beyond “listen to that again next month” or “delete that now.” I have hundreds and hundreds of unheard CDs, going back a good eight years or so (that could make a monster post in itself), which can’t be played anywhere other than my bedroom, which keeps getting them short shrift. And even trying to pay half-attention to music heard in shops or pubs or the lobby of work or whatever was a task too far.
I might go back to trying to log some whole albums and such here, though. Taking the above paragraph as a glove slapped spastically in my own face.
And I’m sorry that it was a rare week without gigging or clubbing!
almost all incidental music today. Flipping between a classic hits and an indie station in a friend’s car (her doing the flipping). Various clips and live performances on youtube. Some Tenacious D songs in their first episode of their TV show, watching to see what Paul F Tompkins looked like back then. The first disc of Andy Clockwise - Classic FM (bought for $1 two weeks ago) - this got good reviews for its ambition and wide-ranging style five years ago? Ugh. But spent most of the day at the beach, then went out for dinner and drinks, so very little music around.
#musicdiaryproject, FRIEEDAY, FRIEEDAY
having breakfast and on the bus:
Stephen Tobolowsky - The Tobolowsky Files Ep. 44 - The Voice from Another Room
- including various Talking Heads songs (eg Once In A Lifetime, Wild Wild Life, Radio Head) in Tobolowsky’s charming story of meeting David Byrne, co-writing True Stories and being the inspiration for Radiohead
Childish Gambino - EP
DJ Harvey’s second Locussolus single
Young Galaxy - Shapeshifting
- methadone for the absent Studio
The Flaming Lips with Neon Indian
- shared single EP/single thing
at the gym; some treadmill and weights:
more of Steinski’s “walkin’ and talkin’” - songs so far including
saul williams & momolu stewart - jail cell rap
gil scott-heron - the revolution will not be televised
the last poets - black is
jack kerouac/al cohn/zoot sims - american haikus
langston hughes - blues montage
jean shepherd w/charles mingus jazz workshop - the clown
pleasant gehman - cookin’ with ray
ken nordine/david grisman/jerry garcia - mr. slick
tom waits - step right up
william burroughs & the disposable heroes of hiphoprisy - the last words of dutch schulz
brooklyn funk essentials feat. david allen - the revolution was postponed because of rain
danny weizman - hollywoodland
brooklyn funk essentials feat. everton sylvester - i got cash
laurie anderson - walk the dog
flying lizards - money
the normal - warm leatherette
ian dury & the blockheads - reasons to be cheerful pt. 3
lightnin’ rod - sport
lightnin’ rod/jimi hendrix/buddy miles - doriella du fontaine
umar bin hassan - pop
walking through town, on the train and walking home:
Freaky Trigger And The Lollards Of Pop (Series 4, Week 12)
- radio chat about comics criticism, saying very little but including an amusing Adam Warrock song called Silver Age
reading in bed:
RA.249 Discodeine - 2011.03.07
- more oddball ~exotica~ than disco
on the bus to work:
Tom Scharpling - Polyphonic Spree and Brian Wilson Unfair Record Reviews (originally aired on July 27, 2004)
- including snippets from the albums as well as Scharpling’s “euchh”-ing
- actually, this one cuts out all the songs, but still back announces them.
- this time including bits of their songs. and lots of questioning about the ~role of drugs~ in the ~creative process~
various mp3s including:
at the gym; running and machines:
FACT Mix 171 - Kingdom (July 2010)
walking to dinner:
Tony Martin on Hamish & Andy, 1-4-11
- including some cocktail bg for “Jazz Chat”
Having breakfast and hanging out washing:
- meant to be a studio session, but badly named and without any ID3 tagging, turns out to be two live tracks and an interview
- studio session including soporific Radiohead cover
On the bus:
PRI: The Sound of Young America - Flying Lotus
- Mainly an interview, but includes clips of tracks and talking about them
Calexico at Newport Folk Festival 2010
Spiritualized – on KCRW 2010
- Acoustic session, listened to in the glow of buying tickets for the 30-piece Ladies & Gentlemen show at the Sydney Opera House in May.
At the gym, on the treadmill:
Nicolas Jaar - Time Out NY mix
- ripped from Soundcloud
walking around shops and streets:
STX – piano
- two hour mix of vintage piano house. HOORAY
Reading in bed:
Grosvenor – Soft Return
- The only thing so far that’s not new to my ears; chosen as something soft and unlikely to disturb housemate and his girlfriend in the next room. On CD.
Having breakfast and getting a Wurlitzer ready for someone off eBay to come and pick up
- in which 20-year-old breakfast radio hosts isolate a second of Wilson la-la-ing a Gershwin tune and tailing off, and play it over and over and giggle.
- in which 20-year-old breakfast radio hosts mispronounce his bandmate’s name, and Pos makes a broken promise to do De La Soul Is Dead live in February
On the bus in the morning:
- containing various Braiden, Jaar and Girl Unit tracks in this Tracer & Lex ep of the radio show
Nancy Vandal tribute album - You’re Not Doing It Properly
- amusingly self-comissioned covers album by defunct 90s comedy-pop-punk band, released as bonus mp3s on the 2009 DVD of their 2003 reunion show. Which I just found out about the other week. Kinda worth it for Laura Imbruglia’s cover of You’re So Tough For Hating Silverchair.
Cadence Weapon – Tron Legacy: The Mixtape
- reminded by yesterday’s bus podcast
And these misc mp3s, among others:
At the gym, on bike and weights:
Steinski - walkin’ and talkin’
- (part of) a three-hour podcast where Steve Stein plays and natters about a wide variety of records broadly described as “people talking over music”
Between rounds of music trivia at the pub:
Wagon Christ - Toomorrow
- I’m guessing this was what the host dude put on when he said he was going to play Luke Vibert - new album, so seems likely
Walking home post-pub:
The Orb - London Belongs To Me
- 2009 mix/doco thingy from RBMA website, with Paterson wandering about London and playing tracks of his own and others that various locations recall to him
A slight change in format this week, as I hitch a ride on Nick Southall’s #musicdiaryproject bandwagon. Which basically means I’ll try and note some things I listen to at work (though not most of the single tracks, and nothing off youtube. I have actual work to do) and on CD, not just my phone. Also, I haven’t been home all week, so here follow Monday through Wednesday, posted at twenty minutes into Friday:
On the bus in the morning:
Fbi 94.5’s All the Best: Growing up in the Shite, 1 Degree of Separation, Westside Publications, Cronulla Local.
- not much music here, but some as bridges between stories. Also, that should be Shire.
At the gym, on the treadmill:
The Magician - Magic Tape Five
- several months’ back’s tracklist-free mix from former Aeroplane co-pilot.
At the gym, on weights:
DJ Food - ‘88 was great but ‘89 is mine
- solid live mix (or rehearsal for same) by Strictly Kev of nothing but 1989 hip-hop. About a quarter Native Tongues, and a Hijack track over Apache that I don’t think I’ve ever heard.
KMD – Nitty Gritty
- in honour of Zev Love X’s tour last week
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings at Newport Folk Festival 2010
- hour-long set from an NPR recording
On the bus home:
KCRW - Tron: Legacy Soundtrack Preview
- dude who interned on it, or something, interviewing the film director about the Daft score
Reading in bed:
Fridge - Early Output 1996-1998
- off a real actual CD, on the little boombox by my bed
Judith Lucy and Sam Pang on 774 Melbourne, 07/01/11
- is it daylight savings that creates all these holes in the regional schedules that require networked spakfilla, or…?
FBi 94.5’s All the Best: Election 2010, Turramurra Public School, Escaping an Ugandan Coup, Obama’s victory, The Great Donkey Debate, Rajiv Ghandi, Comrades
- having to vote again, I thought I should get around to this
Music Weekly: Matt Berry and the Indie Professor
- the Paul McCartney reveal in the Berry interview cement my theory that everything Macca does that doesn’t get publicised as a Paul McCartney record is vital and interesting (with the obvious corollary)
Ink Panthers - featuring Julia Wertz
- Wertz on the phone, talking about other podcasts she likes, and being dropped from her book deal
- A complete mess of a podcast, in this listener’s opinion: offering a 24-minute download of a concert that was broadcast as 45 minutes or an hour or something, you’d expect about 24 minutes of the gig, right? No: you get the two dumbest, most plain-indie-rock songs the band played at the whole show (if they were restricted to only two songs, why not use, say Yeah and New York I Love You? That could have taken 24 minutes alone. Instead, we get an announcer from the radio show back-announcing each song, then introducing that they’ll play the breakfast radio hosts’ interview with James Murphy. Then the breakfast hosts introduce that they’ll be playing pre-recorded interview bits with James Murphy. Then they play one piece of pre-recorded interview with James Murphy. Then they announce that they’ll play another piece of pre-recorded interview with James Murphy shortly, before introducing that piece of … this happens three or four times! Jesus fuck.
Okay, so not everyone will be listening six months later, but I stopped filling my phone up at work in August, switching to home instead, so I’ve been doing some catching up. Other untagged media from a publicly funded, trend-setting, multiplatform content engine:
Marc Maron - WTF - EPISODE 146 DAVE FOLEY
- zomg at dude’s life/legal tales, and more so at his continuing geniality in the face thereof
Pocketknife - Arthur Russell - moving-me-up-mix-FINAL
- sweet greatest-hits type mix
This American Life ep 423
- excellent full hour on a few journos stunning themselves post-financial collapse by discovering that money is entirely fictional.
and more, oh more:
Dave Pearce Meets Chuck D - 6mix-SAT-12-26-2010
- an amiable enough listen, with Chuck and Pearce reminiscing about the early days of PE, playing 80s hip-hop, and Chuck wheeling his “we chased the UK press because no-one else at Def Jam would” barrow out for an airing, but this was plugged as including material from the Hammersmith concert from which Pearce’s intro was nicked for Nation Of Millions, broadcast for the first time in 20 years – and it’s really only a minute, maybe two, with them talking over a good batch of it. Not even enough to get a good idea of the feel of the show, really.
(Although: is it the same show that the British Invasion live video was from? I bought that on DVD, and it’s a straight dub from someone’s off-air VHS, with a squiggly line rolling up the screen during the opening, from the source leaving it rolled part-on for years, presumably. Fuck you, Chuck.)
The Sound Of Young America - 2010 Holiday Special with Ronnie Spector and Fred Schneider
- Worth it for the sampleable drop of Fred saying in B-52 voice “GIVE… ME… PRESENTS!”
Simon Caldwell – “Simon Loop Pod”
- geez, people, learnt to tag and filename in a way that can bring listeners back to your service. This was great, but I have no idea who put it out or where I got it from or anything.
The Magician – OK-ni mix
- Japanese commission for former Aeroplane pilot
BBC 6 Mix programming from New Year’s Eve – including
Andrew Weatherall’s Screamadelica tour bus tape, with obscurish rock’n’roll
a half hour lightly frilly mix from Caribou
and hosts Orbital jabbering enthusiastically and taking turns selecting and mixing, including a recent live version of Halcyon, and a fantastic exclusive NYE-themed version of Chime, bless ‘em.