Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Damien Rice

Damien Rice - 9
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Everything you would expect from second album of Damien Rice. He is aware of a thin line between a good song and a pathetic crap.

Compare it to his first thriving album:

Damine Rice - O
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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

O.S.T - The Million Dollar Hotel

Including irresistible Satellite Of Love by Milla Jovovich.

O.S.T - The Million Dollar Hotel
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Joan as Police Woman - Real Life(2006) Jeff Buckley - Grace(1994)

Joan as Police Woman - Real Life

I remember myself thinking about her advert of some gig I saw in some magazine: "Probably another yelling bitch with ancient synth and punk attitude". But only few weeks later I've read that she is actually a violinist. That was confusing. So I went to "check her sound" and I found this,that's her concert in Amsterdam club. She came on stage with a cuppa.. sculpturesque figure&face, had few words with audience and started to sing, only her and fender piano. What a strange voice, rough but bittersweet and.. mature. I enjoyed her performance (later with bass/drums, her guitar playing), so I went to buy her album. And than it happened, fucking hell..that first song.. Real Life.. I was absolutely astonished.. her voice, piano, violin and the way how she lead the melody. That was the only song I've heard that evening.. I had enough.

The arrangements, the melody and the lyrics are very minimalistic, but altogether... it's massive emotional kick arse.

i freeze my hands as i close the door to wait in line so i can wait some more
and it's true what they say about love yes it's true what they say about life and i'm taking it for all it's worth
i watch the numbers register on the postal scale i think of your hands and calculate how a man, desired, feels the weight of a letter
it's true what they say about me that i'm out of my mind but i think that you like it so take the chance,be reckless with me
'cause i'm real life and you're real life and we're real life we're real life
is it pleasing?six hundred thousand miles and all this solitude?i know what is pleasing-what i'll find beneath your new pair of glasses
i've never included a name in a song but i'm changing my ways for you,
i need you to know,i need you to know that i'm real life

Another day I went through the album, it's like a journey, every piece/road is different. I was little bit shocked when I found out that three songs on Real Life (Eternal Flame,Flushed Chest,The Beast) are some kinda tribute (or about) to Jeff Buckley, and that they were lovers in time of his death. I knew about Liz Fraser (Cocteau Twins), but she claimed that her relationship with Jeff Buckley was "spiritual" (does it mean faked orgasms?hihi). That's even more mythic..

Jeff Buckley - Grace pt1
Jeff Buckley - Grace pt2

There was too many words said&written about Jeff Buckley's Grace. It's now all time classic. Three weeks ago I borrowed a book in library about Tim/JeffBuckley, but I didn't read it. I don't want to know. I managed Lydon's No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs, nobody is dying in it, only Sid and he was Vicious so what the fuck?

btw my favourite is Mojo Pin.. he was an angel, wasn't he?


Sunday, November 26, 2006

Hurra Torpedo - Total Eclipse of the Heart

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Front242 - Mutage Mixage

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This is the public announcement (without guitar)

Almost 50 albums, 10.000 visitors.. but no further discussions, feelings.. no explorations. Everybody is just downloading.. Bollocks.

Sick and Tired

Solaris OST by Cliff Martinez

Scorn - Logghi Barogghi

Mark Hollis

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Cat Power - The Greatest
Cat Power - Lived in Bars on Jools Holland

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Talk Talk - The Colour of Spring (1986) The Spirit of Eden (1988) Laughing Stock (1991)

It's a deviation: usually when I am in someone's home, I am trying to see what's in their cd/lp/whatever collection + bookcase. "Brother in Arms, Breakfast in America?" (oh lord!!). Then "But Seriously" and "No Jacket Required", "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" or anything from Sting (walking out). Maybe it's stupid, but I think that it is actually helping me to find out what kind of people i've met. I have never met people with Talk Talk records. But one day I will and I'll stay with them forever:).

For the preponderance of people are Talk Talk only another synthpop eighties group and it's „Such a Shame“:). Yes, it's true that their first two albums are rubbish, but it would be for your own loss not to discover their later records.

The Colour of Spring (1986)
After the succes of the previous record „It’s My Life“ they started to record another album with huge budget. Their record company expected another radio-friendly pop with highly rotating singles. But Talk Talk went to the different direction. You can still hear the zeitgeist of the eighties on it – electric fuckfish drums, but the synthetisers are used only for shading the music. The band, consisted of Mark Hollis (vocals, piano, organ, guitar, melodica,variophon, mellotron), Paul Webb bass, Lee Harris drums and producer Tim Friese-Greene piano, organ, variophon, kurzweil, mellotron, started to mix different elements and styles of music in one consisted complex which is above the genres. If the previous records were basicly pop songs for radios, their succesor is floating in „different waters“. Acoustic guitar, piano, double bass, harp and other colourful instruments were used for that jazz influenced music. It’s not a jazz music or blues, it’s still pop-rock which is arranged to sound like a jazz/blues record. However the the songs on this album are still balancing between two sides, like the band is not decided yet if they wanted to be jazzy pop-rockers or experimentating mood swingers. Three songs from „The Colour..“ could be defined as masterwork: „Happiness is Easy“ with beautiful mellotron arrangements (strings) and children choir, „April 5th“, warm and optimistic sad song and „Chameleon Day“, an intimate dark song. The rest is still on the another side, which doesn’t mean it‘s crap.

The Spirit of Eden (1988)

Spirit of Eden, that’s 41 minutes of magnificence. I remember the feelings I had when I’ve heard the album for the first time. The opening lines of „The Rainbow/Eden/Desire“, violins, piano, muted trumpet and guitar noises. I wasn’t sure if I am listening to Talk Talk, because the only record I knew before was „It’s My Life“. That intro was so beautiful that I was absolutely thrilled, then the killer guitar riff came to shiver and I fell in love. Can hardly describe the feelings I had by the words. It’s adventurous listening, coz you don’t know what’s going to happen next. It’s unpredictable. The wall of sounds which is dissapearing into solo for two clarinets or few seconds of total silence. The beauty of the music is almost tangible but nobody can reach it. They are calmly whispering, interlacing masses of the instruments into intimate music(rainbow/eden), storming with guitar feedback and wall of percussions (desire) or sadly swinging into the monumental melodies (inheritance) without descent into the pathos. If the first four track of album are keeping you uptight, than the rest two (believe in you/wealth) are pure catharsis.

Laughing Stock (1991)

Probably their best album. Their sound is now defined. It’s a logical succesor of The Spirit of Eden, the only changeover is in the way how they are manipulating with harmonies. There is more disonance and chaos, more sadness and elaboration. The arrangements are so refined that is absolutely impossible to play the album live.(They toured for the last time in 1986) It sounds too freeform, but the more I’ve listened to the album, the more I’ve realised how carefully constructed it is. While I listen to Laughing Stock, I’ve got a feeling that the musicians are in the same room with me, draw in.

Talk Talk disbanded after Laughing Stock. Mark Hollis released his only solo album in 1998. Paul Webb and Lee Harris went on to form the band .O.Rang, while Tim Friese-Greene started recording under the name Heligoland ((Heligoland (2000), Pitcher, Flask, & Foxy-Moxie (2006)). Paul Webb became Rustin Man and with Beth Gibbons (Portishead) released Out of Season in 2002. Lee Harris was also involved.

part1 part2 part3 part4


Friday, November 03, 2006

Psí vojáci - Žiletky

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
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