February 21, 2009

Goldfrapp - Ooh La La

I was talking with my daughter last night and she came up with this intriguing idea of 'supernature' and so I searched the Web to see if there was anything related - and all I could find was this album of excellent UK electronica Goldfrapp - Supernature. My favorite track is Ooh La La

November 07, 2008

Dragonforce - Through the Fire and Flames

My son introduced me to Dragonforce - Through the Fire and Flames - by way of Guitar Hero on the Wii. It's seven minutes and twenty-two seconds of pure crystalline Euro speed guitar. Not to mention the earnest lyrics of uplifting sincerity. Kind of like Yngwie J. Malmsteen squeezed into a Japanese game console.

Explosions in the Sky - Your Hand In Mine

I don't recall where I picked up some songs from Explosions in the Sky, but this music started merely as catchy electro-instrumentals and now has grown into one of my favorite power toned groups. My favorite is Your Hand In Mine, it just builds and soars and isn't like any other music around. Of course, Welcome, Ghosts is awesome too.
Their music is sublime and infectious. One day I was surprised to hear it on the radio (KEXP) and the guy I was carpooling with even recognized it from the music I have going all day at work.

April 09, 2008

Tangerine Dream - Thru Metamorphic Rocks

Not everyone likes electronic or instrumental music, but I certainly do. The first big ethereal electronic music group that I listened to a lot was Tangerine Dream. Their Force Majeure album is one of my favorite of all the albums I have. Each time I give it a listen it still sounds fresh and energetic. I especially like Thru Metamorphic Rocks, it really draws you in and takes you on a trip - and for an eighteen minute song, that's not an easy feat.

December 16, 2007

New from Robert Plant and Allison Krauss

Have you seen this new album from Robert Plant and Allison Krauss called Raising Sand? I haven't heard the album yet, but listening to the tracks on Amazon makes me intrigued. The songs sound slow and downbeat, and the comments make them sound 'eerie', but it's worth buying at least one MP3 track from Amazon to give a proper listen.

October 15, 2007

The Nylons - Up the Ladder to the Roof

Many years ago my roommate in college sang in a vocal group at school and had some albums by The Nylons. I had never heard of them before, but after listening to this particular album, I couldn't get enough. This music bring back great memories of campus in the fall, walking through crisp yellow fallen leaves on the sidewalk, going to parties and meeting new friends.

May 20, 2007

The Mother Hips - Time-Sick Son of a Grizzly Bear

One of the few gems on eMusic that I found was Time-Sick Son of a Grizzly Bear by The Mother Hips. This is a rocking great time - sounds like a hybrid mix between Lenny Kravitz and Montana grunge. Love it.

May 01, 2007

Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited - Vampire Walk

Last month we found a coupon for 25 free songs at eMusic. It sat around for a while until I finally went and tried it out. You can download DRM-free MP3 songs and they have a fairly large collection of indie and alternative rock music. However, they are also infected with poor remakes of classic rock songs - you know, those late night TV ads for "80's Gold" CD collections, that style - so be careful.

I found a treasure in all their songs - a band called Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited, pure American cool. Total surf lounge. Their song Vampire Walk (listen) is the most awesome song on all of eMusic site.

April 13, 2007

BassHunter - Boten Anna

A month ago we had a lot of relatives from The Netherlands visit for a while and during their stay I traded songs with the husband of my wife's cousin. Among the excellent songs there were several I had never heard - mainly because they popular in Europe but not here. One caught my eye (so to speak) called Boten Anna by BassHunter. Very hip techno dance beat. At first I had thought it was Dutch, but after listening to the lyrics I couldn't figure it out - maybe something about Anna and a Boat. Later I looked it up and it's Swedish and it's about a bot in an IRC channel not a boat in a channel of water. But it seems there have been spoof songs - by the Dutch of course - that talked about boats. I think it would be great to do a mix of Boten Anna with Dreamboat Annie by Heart (from Seattle). That would make the circle complete.

I know a bot,
her name is Anna, Anna is her name
And she can ban you, ban you so hard
She cleans up our channel
I want to tell you that I know a Bot

PS -
Check out this Sinterklaas Boot spoof video - most awesome! Those clever Dutch...

April 09, 2007

King Missile - Jesus Was Way Cool

I think I first heard this many years ago when I was living in Ballard, sometime back in the early 90's. There was a lot of great 'alternative' music but this one stuck in my head - Jesus Was Way Cool.

I just have to put the lyrics in here.

Jesus was way cool
Everybody liked Jesus
Everybody wanted to hang out with him
Anything he wanted to do, he did
He turned water into wine
And if he wanted to
He could have turned wheat into marijuana
Or sugar into cocaine
Or vitamin pills into amphetamines

He walked on the water
And swam on the land
He would tell these stories
And people would listen
He was really cool

If you were blind or lame
You just went to Jesus
And he would put his hands on you
And you would be healed
That's so cool

He could've played guitar better than Hendrix
He could've told the future
He could've baked the most delicious cake in the world
He could've scored more goals than Wayne Gretzky
He could've danced better than Barishnikov
Jesus could have been funnier than any comedian you can think of
Jesus was way cool

He told people to eat his body and drink his blood
That's so cool
Jesus was so cool
But then some people got jealous of how cool he was
So they killed him
But then he rose from the dead
He rose from the dead, danced around
Then went up to heaven
I mean, that's so cool
Jesus was way cool

No wonder there are so many Christians

March 05, 2007

Natalie Merchant - As I May Know The Word

One album that I consistently enjoy is Tigerlily from Natalie Merchant. Just about every song on the album is rich and powerful. One in particular that I consider a signature of the album is I May Know The Word (sample). When I worked at Amazon I would listen to my iPod when I was working late and most folks had left - its quiet energy somehow helped me get in the groove and get stuff done.

April 09, 2006

Thomas Dolby - One of Our Submarines

There is something about Thomas Dolby's music that creates a vivid sense of an other world - it evokes stories of an alternate historical scientific timeline. I think this is intentional, the title of this album The Golden Age of Wireless seems to me to echo that thought as well. This song - One Of Our Submarines - has all the musical hooks that I enjoy from the whole album.

Also check out his work on sonification - turning real-world data and turning that into sound and music. The music of the Sun is amazing.