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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Music a gogo : The Small Faces

Classic organ groover by this British group,enjoy!

Grow your own

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Julie Driscoll,Brian Auger & The Trinity "Indian rope man"

Thursday, June 08, 2006

"the wildest organ in town" (r.i.p. Billy Preston)

As you've no doubt heard by now, Billy Preston died on Tuesday, less than two weeks after we lost Desmond Dekker. He was only 59.

Known as "the fifth Beatle," Preston famously received credit on "Get Back," the only person outside of the fab-four to ever be noted for a contribution to a Beatles recording. Preston's electric piano solo on "Get Back" was a delight and he performed the track with the group on their final "rooftop"concert.

Check Preston's wikipedia entry and you may be surprised to learn that: Billy, along with Quincy Jones, co-wrote the score for the Sidney Poitier movie "They Call Me Mr. Tibbs." And a gravely ill Preston literally got up from his sick bed to contribute to the Red Hot Chili Peppers recently released Stadium Arcadium. According to Flea, Preston, upon receipt of the working demo, emerged from bed just long enough to lay down the clavinet track for "Warlocks." Here's a clip of the Chili Peppers' "Warlocks." (Note that "Warlock" is the title of one of Desmond Dekker's best songs, which serves to give a nod to the original rude boy in this Preston tribute).

Sunny -- Billy Preston: Wildest Organ in Town (1966)

Rated X / Billy Preston -- Miles Davis: Panthalassa (Bill Laswell Reconstruction & Mix Translation)

Along with "Rated X," Bill Laswell included the track Miles Davis named in honor of Preston in Panthalassa, his reworking of Miles early '70 material, including In A Silent Way ('69), On The Corner ('72) and Get Up With It. ('74). It's a brilliant mix that remains faithful to Miles sound and vision while sounding fresh, exciting, a bit trippy and, of course, dubbier (dubbier? -- not a word) than the source material. Laswell showed great restraint by sparingly and judiciously weaving his trademark dub sound into the mixes. Check this great review of the album from the Austin Chronicle, which notes that Laswell "takes the nuclear-powered groove of one of the 20th Century's greatest musicians, and catapults it even farther into the stratosphere." The author also asked Laswell "what exactly is a 'mix translation'?" To which Bill replied:

It just means moving energy from one place to another. It's all energy that we're dealing with and translating means making it understood to someone else, bringing it to them in a language that they speak.

With Billy Preston and Desmond Dekker's passing, there is a whole mess of magic musical mojo energy movin' out there in the stratosphere. Let's hope that those who tap into it put it to good use.
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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Frédérique Spigt

The Dutch contenders at the Eurovision Song Contest haven’t been successful for more than thirty years. The last few years we didn’t even make it to the finals and with those crappy artists we really don’t deserve it either. Personally I can’t even remember an artist that I liked being a participant for the Netherlands, but in 1998 Frédérique Spigt decided to compete in the National Finals with the song Mijn Hart Kan Dat Niet Aan (My Heart Can’t Take This).

Although we probably wouldn’t have won the Eurovision Song Contest with Frédérique either and probably wouldn’t even have achieved a higher ranking than our actual participant (Edsilia Rombley ended up at the 4th place), it would have been nice to hear a more melodramatic song for once.

A great song to sing-along on the top of your lungs on lonely road trips, or late at night on the couch when your girlfriend just broke up with you:

Frédérique Spigt - Mijn Hart Kan Dat Niet Aan

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

I think we're alone now

Lene Lovich - I think we're alone now (Japanese version)

Tommy James and the Shondells track (thanks, G!) as covered by Tiffany, and others - this one's in Japanese, by Serbian-American-British Lene, who had a hit in the UK in the 70s with the squeak-tastic Lucky Number. Which you can watch on video here, and very silly it is, too.

Ministry: Wakey! Wakey!!

........... time for NOISE !! Hadn't heard this for years ............ from the album by Ministry ~ Psalm 69 ~ Jesus Built my Hotrod!

"ding a ding dang my dang a long ling long, Ding dang a dong bong bing bong !!!!...................."

More Hard Rockin' to follow !!

Dream a Little Dream of Oui

The Beautiful South - Les Yeux Ouverts

French Adaptation of "Dream a Little Dream of Me"
From the soundtrack to the movie 'French Kiss'.

Very sweet..

Moody Soundtrack Section

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I've always loved this Guesch Patti track from Peter Greenaway's The Pillow Book. This atmospheric number was written by Etienne Daho and even had a video with bits from the film.