Friday Music

Back at it…

First up is an instrumental piece that I wrote over the past week. I was experimenting with a less-electronic sound. I’m very pleased with what I feel is a very “New Order-ish” guitar tone. @nubis – “Shimmer.”

I was first hooked in by the name of the band: Butch Walker and the Lets-Go-Out-Tonites. But rather than what I expected to hear (smoking rockabilly lounge-y stuff), what I got instead was a damn near perfect pastiche of T-Rex, circa 1973. The guitar riff and backing vocals are a shameless homage to “20th Century Boy.” Plus, the song title is great. Butch Walker and the Lets-Go-Out-Tonites – “Hot Girls In Good Moods.”

Another take on a recognizable sound, this time the early to mid sixties girl-group vibe…and again, another absolutely nifty song title. Johnny Boy – “You Are the Generation That Bought More Shoes And Now Get What You Deserve.”

This is pretty cool. It’s a Jamaican dub version of Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” — I’m surprised how well it manages to adapt to the style: Val Bennett – “The Russians Are Coming.”

My friend has been doing some really excellent electro-industrial. Here’s a nifty SF piece. The lyrics, translated from German: “The year is 2076. The age of artificial intelligences and machine-men has dawned. Robot armies fight the wars of the future and electronic brains reign over states and multinational corporations. Already, the machines have more rights than the humans. We need Power! Give us Power!” Electronic Body Confusion – “Strom”

Shifting gears — I was a big fan of Level 42 in the 80s. Here in America, they’re considered a one-hit wonder, with “Something About You” being pretty much all anybody over hear ever heard from them. So, for my fellow Americans, here is an example of the sort of stuff you missed — here’s another single from the same album, which hit big overseas, but not here: Level 42 – “Lessons In Love.”

For fans of trip-hop and chillout music, here’s another sterling entry from one of my favorite acts: Thievery Corporation – “Holographic Universe.”

Goth makes me laugh sometimes with it’s earnest overwroughtness. Here is a track that tries so hard, both in subject matter and in instrumentation, that it just makes me smile. Who’s a cute little creature of darkness? You are! Yes! Woodgy-woodgy-woodgy! Vampire Division – “Demonica”


8 Replies to “Friday Music”

  1. Excellent mix this week! And thanks to only one office-mate (who went to lunch today) I got to listen up until the Vampire Division song. Hurray!

    I liked Shimmer very much. Good job going for a new sound. And I think I might have to track down a CD by that Butch Walker. That was fabulous booty-shakin. Hey, speaking of booty-shakin’, I got a great compilation of mashups from , via if you wanna borrow it sometime.

  2. Who’s a cute little creature of darkness? You are! Yes! Woodgy-woodgy-woodgy!

    I got the BEST mental image of you saying that. I needed that giggle on this cold boring day.

  3. I can’t listen to “Demonica” without overdubbing Elvis Costello’s “Veronica.”

    “Is it all in that pasty-lookin’ head of yours
    What goes on in that LARP in the dark
    Well I used to know a goth chick, I could have sworn
    That her name was Demonica…”

  4. Yay for knowing where Butch went! Thank you! I was introduced to the Floyds (his first band) by a friend of mine who used to know them in Atlanta, and have off and on followed him since, particularly when Marvelous 3 was popular. So glad to know he’s still putting out good stuff.

  5. Those were my faves also. I usually didn’t get to listen to Friday Music, no speakers at the job. Thinking about going back and seeing what I missed while I have some time. Thanks G.

  6. Thanks for the plug!

    Shimmer is cool! If you would make the bass line a bit more interesting, you could give the track some more drive.

    Who’s a cute little creature of darkness? You are! Yes! Woodgy-woodgy-woodgy!
    You should make this into a song. I’m only half-joking.

  7. Maybe I’m an oddity, but I remember Level 42’s “Lessons In Love” quite well, but can’t place “Something About You”?

    Oh, and I really like Shimmer the way it is. Very relaxing and calming. Good name for it too, actually.

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