Friday Music

First track this week is from a great album I picked up, entirely comprised of club remixes of Ennio Morricone soundtrack compositions. I put this particular track on the soundtrack mix CD that I use for my SERENITY RPG campaign as well: Ennio Morricone – “For A Few Dollars More (Terranova Remix)”

By request of a couple of folks (including my LJ-less brother, who reads this journal), here’s another one of my “@nubis” tracks. I love the samples that I used in this (especially the main hook that starts at 1:40), and it’s one of my favorites of my own work: @nubis – “Bootstompin'”

A little Funk, for those so inclined, to getcha ass movin’ on a Friday afternoon: Average White Band – “Pick Up The Pieces.” It’s a fairly famous instrumental, so most of you will recognize it, even if you aren’t familiar with the group or the name.

Along with Bright Eyes (who did the “Road to Joy” song that I posted a few weeks back), there is another male singer-songwriter who is very much the flavor-of-the-moment in the Indie crowd. I had seen various music blogs talking about him, but I hadn’t really listened until this week. This guy does some really, really beautiful songs….and I especially like this one: Sufjan Stevens – “Chicago.”

This song may strike some of you as a bit incongruous, coming from me, since it is, on it’s surface, a “Jesus song.” A friend of mine introduced me to it, and prefaced it with “ignore the title…give it a chance.” I did, and damned if this isn’t very nifty. It’s one of those creepy Appalachian-esque wailing tracks that sends shivers up your spine. Mindy Smith – “Come to Jesus.” Listen to the lyrics, and figure out why it gets seriously creepy with the last verse.

Here’s a track that I’ve been listening to quite a bit recently. Not much else to say about it, other than the fact that it makes me feel like dancing around my office, and that the bassline is very reminiscent of Norm Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky.” (Those of you at KU will probably have problems accessing this, since it’s hosted on a Russian server) Goldfrapp – “Ooh La La.”

In the late 90s, this song got more attention for its video and the Doctor Seuss-ian hats worn by the singer than for the quality of the album. I really love it…very much a turn-of-the-century take on classic soul and dance music, very much reminiscent of seventies-era Stevie Wonder (you know, back when he was good): Jamiroquai – “Virtual Insanity.”

Last track of the week is another new tune from a new group that I recently discovered. I expect to hear this break on the Buzz (local alterno-station, for those non-KC area folks reading this) any day now. The Sunshine Underground – “Put You In Your Place.”

Next week: The Dreaded Christmas-themed Friday Music….

8 Replies to “Friday Music”

  1. Listen to the lyrics, and figure out why it gets seriously creepy with the last verse.

    oh I love songs that turn out to be sung by the dead.

  2. OOOOOhhhhh French hip-hop!

    Thanks for the funk, baaaaaaaybee!

    Hey, a suggestion for next week’s dreaded Christmas themed music…got the 12 Days of Christmas by the McKenzie Brothers? *On the first day of the Christmas my true love gave to me a beer…* Know that one? ;)


  3. I don’t know if he’s got that, but he did just put the “Twin Peaks 12 Days of Christmas” on the CD he made for my car. “On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me: A body. Dead. Wrapped in plastic.” I laughed so hard it was difficult to drive.

  4. My aunt, who back in the day was a bit of crazy, used to hang about with the Average White Band in London when they were starting out. She caught up with them at a gig a little while back and reminisced about all their former friends and session musos they used to live with in the early days who had died, gone mad, etc. Quite surreal.

    I can’t remember what the band’s original name was, but my aunt was at the gig in London where someone in an almost all-black club called them “just another average white band” as some sort of insult. They liked it so much they kept it for the name.

    It features in the Superman movie with General Zod, etc.

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