Another stimulating selection for you this week, and a warm welcome to kalyr who has sent a very lively worm to wake us all up at the end. On the subject of death discos, if you would like to send in a Halloween-themed worm, please let me have it by Sunday 25th October for an early “special edition” on the 26th. Please send your worms (of any kind) to email@example.com, and thanks to all.
Bob Dylan – Can’t escape from you – goneforeign: I awoke one night recently still plugged into my iPod, there was something intriguing playing, I couldn’t place it. I switched on the light and lo and behold it was Bob, from the Bootleg series vol 8 from quite a few years ago.
Rodriguez – I’ll Slip Away – deanofromoz: Rodriguez’s first album “Cold Fact” is one of my all time favourites. I knew it before the documentary “Searching for Sugar Man” exposed him to a bigger audience. Despite owning that album for a while (and I actually have an autographed copy of it too – long story that I think I might have told on RR before), I had never got around to purchasing the follow up album “Coming From Reality” until just recently. Its also a fine album, but nowhere near as good as “Cold Fact”. This is a bonus track that was added to the 2009 release of the album. Enjoy….
Eric Andersen – The Stranger (Song of Revenge) – tincanman: As an absurdist (https://goo.gl/aVnPKK), Camus would understand why an important but lesser-known 60’s folkie would seek meaning and value in setting interpretations of the mid-1900’s French philosopher’s work to music. From his new album, “Shadow and Light of Albert Camus”.
Christine and the Queens – Christine – abahachi: The solo project of one Heloise Letissier; reminds me a bit of Frou Frou and Imogen Heap’s solo records – not quite as quirky, but compared with most contemporary French pop this is really quite interesting.
Sidsel Endresen – Dododo – severin: A Norwegian singer/songwriter who often improvises her songs in the studio. Broadly in the same vein as Hanne Hukkelberg if you want a point of reference (and don’t we all?) I only heard about her when Olivia Chaney covered one of her songs – “Blessed Instant” on her own debut album. This original version of that song is from the 2009 album Undertow. So is this oddly atmospheric piece. Playing the album right through creates a mood of its own so I’ll be interested to see how it fares amid the other worms of the week.
Srinivas and Nityasri – Muthai Tharu – Ravi Raman: This duo has given a “modern” twist to this song, which despite learning in school I still stumble when saying out loud, let alone sing. A devout Christian teacher taught me, an atheist, the beauty of this Hindu hymn. How cool is that? Written by Arunagiri, a man who threw over 90% of his songs into the sea, Muthai Tharu is the jewel in the anthology of poems called Tiruppugazh. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arunagirinathar
PiL – Death Disco – kalyr: Now this is right outside my comfort zone, but I saw them live recently, and this was one of the highlights of the set. Lydon has still got it, but rather than his atonal howls it was the combination of that hypnotic bass riff and Lu Edmond’s demonic guitar you found yourself listening to here. The instrumental side is how Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” might have sounded with a far better rhythm section and Robert Fripp playing guitar. Unfortunately the original studio version doesn’t quite have the ferocity of their live take last night. But this recording from Glastonbury does:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P8cuygSNVg&feature=youtu.be