It’s all a bit wibbly and touchy-feely this week, so polish your wind-chimes, get out your loons and have a dance around the nearest park in the dawn. Duke Ellington will restore your equilibrium at the end (or failing that, a night in the cells should do the trick). Many thanks to all contributors, and please keep the earworms coming to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haiku Salut: Things Were Happening And They Were Strange – Abahachi: I have two main methods of discovering new music: one is the ‘Spill, and the other is the occasional review in the Grauniad where I’ll suddenly think, yes, that sounds like I might enjoy it. So, how could I resist a group described in a concert review as “if Kraftwerk had been an English demi-folk band”? This sounds to me more like Boards of Canada collaborating with the Herbert Pixner Project for Ghost Box, but either way it’s great.
Brendan Landis / Hey Exit – Gymnopedie No 1 (Satie) – glassarfemptee: Brendan Landis of Brooklyn cooks up the most exotic ambient and noise stuff – probably in his bedroom. Here he has taken all the recordings of Satie’s “Gymnopedie No 1” that he could find, and stretched them all to fit the longest and overlaid them. Genius. He hangs out as Hey Exit on Soundcloud if you want to hear more.
U Shrinivas; John McLaughin; Zakir Hussain; Shankar Mahadevan – Luki – Ravi Raman: Nearest to scat singing you’ll find in Carnatic fusion with mutual admiration society members Shrinivas and McLaughlin joining Shankar Mahadevan.
Jim Moray – Sounds of Earth – tincanman: Here’s one from last year for the science geeks among us: a song about American aerospace engineer Gary Flandro and the making of the Golden Records (sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth) launched in the Voyager explorers in 1977. Hopefully ET has a turntable.
Cat Stevens – Into White – AliM: Had this stuck on permanent earworm for a couple of weeks now, so I downloaded the album (which I used to have – Tea for the Tillerman). It’s still an excellent album and I love this track.
Duke Ellington Orchestra with Al Hibbler – Good Woman Blues – goneforeign: Duke Ellington was without doubt the most prolific song writer in the history of American music; he wrote for his orchestra every day from the early ’20’s ’til his death in 1974. There’s a list online that runs to 16 pages of his titles! I’ve collected his music throughout my life and one thing amazes me is that I can find that he wrote only one song titled as a blues; ‘Good Woman Blues’ which is here, sung by Al Hibbler from the 1940’s. Much of his orchestral music is based in the blues.