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Listening diary 20080821: This month’s emusic take

August 22, 2008

Album titles link to sample-laden purchase pages at various commercial servers.

Friend Opportunity by Deerhoof.  I love it.  It’s starting to sound like they’ve actually learned how to play their instruments, and it’s not interfering with what they do at all.

The Ellington Suites by Duke Ellington.  I dig it, and I’m still assimilating it, but for now I’m only recommending it if you already have the Far East Suite and the Afro-Eurasian Eclipse.

Mustafa Kandirali by Mustafa Kandirali.  Because there’s no such thing as enough Turkish Clarinet music.  Those are supposed to be funny Turkish i’s with no dots.  Thanks for the hot tip, Laura!

Instrumentals by the Nels Cline Singers.  I like it.  Pretty much exactly what I was expecting.

Looking forward to: Borrowed Arms by Two Foot Yard and Masada Book of Angels vol 11: Zaebos by Medeski Martin and Wood.

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News to me: B.F. Shelton existed.

July 31, 2008

And I’m glad he did.  He only recorded four songs, almost like he knew that after three quarters of a century he would exist only as a MySpace page.  Will appeal to fans of Doc Boggs.

via (click through for more linky linky)

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Funny genre train wreck.

July 23, 2008

Not funny ha ha, more funny oh wow.  Here’s a little bit of the song “For a Few Rubles More” by Farmer’s Market.  This is from their first record, “Musikk Fra Hybridene,” which contains many hilarious genre trainwrecks, one of the genres always being Bulgarian Wedding Music.

(The other album of theirs that I have, “Speed Balkan Boogie,” is also great but not especially funny)

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You know who rocks? Scriabin. I’m just saying.

July 21, 2008

Why don’t you go join Naxos and listen to some?

Scriabin Society, Wikipedia, a blog post about his synasthesia.

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Recent Acquisitions, 20080703: Modern Classical

July 3, 2008

Olivier Messiaen‘s (wikipedia)(see also) Complete Bird Music for Piano Solo, performed by Carl-Axel Dominique.  Probably best if I don’t start, I love Messiaen so much.  I’ll just point out that Malcom Ball’s website has a page whereon you can compare the actual birdsongs to OM’s transcriptions, and another page containing midi examples to accompany his manifesto, Technique de mon Langage Musical (see the see also above).

Magick by John Zorn.  Since I’m a drooling bass clarinet fetishist I had to have this for “Sortilege,” a bass clarinet duo by which I was not disappointed.   The accompanying string quartet is also great.  The thing about Zorn is, since he wears his technical limitations as a sax guy on his sleeve, and since he helms alot of high risk endeavors that frequently flop, it’s easy to underestimate both the clarity and potency of his vision, as well as his skill as a composer.  Buy a disc from Tzadik, mp3’s from Amazon.

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Recent Acquisitions, 20080703: Jewy stuff.

July 3, 2008

413 A by Zakarya. I’m enjoying this more than anything new that I’ve gotten since I got Asmodeus (and Ribot’s on this too). Buy a disc from Tzadik, mp3′s from Amazon.

Limbic Rage by the Amoebic Ensemble. How did I miss these guys? Roughly triangulatable between Clubfoot Orchestra’s Ralph stuff (less polished), Degenerate Arts Ensemble (less rock), and klezmer/gypsy/roma accordionny whatever. Posted as wma’s at Mutant Sounds, here are some mp3′s in case you don’t happen to own the Windows Media patent. You can a couple of tunes from this and a couple from their other record at their MySpace page. The main dude now puts out his stuff on Cuneiform. Some of his projects are also sampled at this WFMU Beware of the Blog post about the Providence RI scene, about halfway down.

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New Ivo Papasov!!

July 2, 2008

Hooray!

Link with links to buy mp3′s, buy cd at Amazon, buy mp3′s from Amazon, BBC review.

Ivo’s website, Ivo according to Wikipedia.

via (with mp3 sample)

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