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  • Curved Air (ENG)

    3 juin 2011, 14h08m par heavylione

    Curved Air are a pioneering group formed in 1970 by musicians who came from quite different artistic backgrounds, , , and sound, which resulted in a mixture of , , and with elements. Along with High Tide, It's A Beautiful Day and East of Eden, Curved Air were one of the first bands after The Velvet Underground and It's A Beautiful Day to feature a violin. Considered (according to AllMusic) "one of the most dramatically accomplished of all the bands lumped into Britain's late-'60s prog explosion", Curved Air released eight studio albums (the first three became the UK Top 20 hits) and had a hit single with "Back Street Luv" (1971) which reached #4 in the UK Singles Chart.

    Band history

    The group evolved out of the band Sisyphus which was formed by Darryl Way (who studied violin at Dartington College and the Royal College of Music) and Francis Monkman, a member of Academy of St. …
  • Song Of The Day - 06 Aug 2008: In My Life

    7 août 2008, 20h38m par sablespecter

    The Beatles / In My Life / Rubber Soul (11) / Dec 1965

    It's Beatles Week! Day 4: The Middle Years

    And so in 1965, after a couple of fast-paced write-record-tour years, The Beatles entered into what I think of as the "middle years" stretching from the filming of Help! (see "bonus materials" below) and its soundtrack through the completion of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

    Help! is a turning point that I think snuck up on all of them: feeling like a hashish-fueled break from the previous fast-paced Beatlemania years that were wearing on them heavily, you can begin to see the cracks of the solidarity in the writing process, the lyrics, the sound of the songs of the album.

    For John Lennon, his dissillusionment with the fame and success began to manifest itself in both the title track and the inner look of "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" This is when he first began to look to politics and social commentary as a means of staying true to himself, true to something.
  • The Top 20 Albums Ever (at least in America)

    31 jui. 2008, 21h03m par sablespecter

    After Tuesday's break from visiting interesting tools & lists this week, let's (finally, very delayed) get back to it:

    Courtesy of my good friend JCV who first gave me a head's up to this, have a look at this "Top 20 Albums of All Time" list*

    I know: so what? Yet another "top albums" list? Don't those come in six-packs? Cases, even? Who wants to read another one of those flame-war generators?

    Not exactly in this case. This one is actually calculated! Using actual, ya know, data. With a spreadsheet (that he even posted!) So we all can have our own chances to inspect and improve on it, rather than just bitching about what albums shoud be where and armchair blogging about it, since we all think we know so much better.

    This guy is obviously cut from the same cloth as me, and maybe also an anally-organized Virgo, too. In truth, my hacking is "not worthy!” He not only did it so carefully, but also wrote it up so well. …
  • 01-06/2008: Part Two...

    3 jui. 2008, 16h51m par CvaldaVessalis

    Part Two…

    Alternative Mind Is A Popular Mind
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    Before I begin, two things:

    1) Björk! (She gets in everywhere round here, obviously!)

    2) I am, in fact, one of those lazy cretins who can’t be bothered to tag their iTunes content properly, so this obviously means that half of my library is rather ironically tagged as “Alternative” in genre.

    I am aware that some of the more didactic members of this site take pride in their music, making sure they’re all nice, spruce and presentable before becoming tallies on their profile, much like parents sending their kids to school. Which is perfectly fine; Lord only knows that the Internet was designed with OCG (Obsessive Compulsive Geekery) in mind. Is it “folk”, “alt-folk”, “ambient-folk”, “hillbilly-folk”, “space-folk”, “Cali-folk”, “strictly-don’t-give-a-folk”… a lot of the time, artists can be the progenitors of a new sound and find it difficult not only to branch out of the said personalised stable…
  • This Day in Music - 4/1

    1 avr. 2008, 12h28m par ThadEnouf

    1939 - Born on this day, Rudolph Isley, The Isley Brothers.

    1945 - Born on this day, John Barbata, The Turtles, Jefferson Starship.

    1946 - Born on this day, Ronnie Lane, bass player and vocalist with Small Faces, then The Faces. Ronnie then formed Slim Chance. He died on June 4th 1997, aged 51, after a 20 year battle with multiple sclerosis.

    1948 - Born on this day, Jimmy Cliff, Jamaican singer, songwriter.

    1952 - Born on this day, Billy Currie, keyboards, Ultravox.

    1954 - Born on this day, Jeff Porcaro, drums, Toto. Porcaro died on 5th August 1992.

    1955 - George Martin became the head of A&R for EMI's Parlophone label.

    1956 - Elvis Presley was given a screen test at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, acting the role of Jimmy Curry in a scene from 'The Rainmaker.'

    1961 - The Beatles began a three- month residency at The Top Ten Club, Hamburg. The band played for seven hours a night on weekdays and eight hours at weekends with a fifteen-minute break every hour.
  • Ahead of its time

    26 fév. 2008, 19h04m par deckvoint

    1967 was the probably the most important year in the contemporary pop music and with all the musical revolution of those times, it is almost impossible to think that a rock album could have been ahead of its time.

    When we consider that 1967 has seen the release of The Beatles' Sargeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band and saw the birth of bands like Pink Floyd and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, we would expect to see any kind of experimental music getting its deserved recognization (or sometimes even more than it deserved). But how could a duo often compared with Peter And Gordon and, in their folkish moments, Simon and Garfunkel, be ahead of their time?

    The answer is simple. Just listen to their long forgotten album Of Cabbages and Kings. The first song, Rest In Peace. It will blow away any psychedelic rock fan, but among its different parts, sitars, flutes, etc, you will find an orchestra fully integrated to their music. It may be the first time that the orchestra was used as one more instrument in the music. …
  • Top 10 Songs by The Beatles

    4 nov. 2007, 23h47m par andythesaint

    I'm going to admit right now that this is a list that's constantly in flux, and other than #10 and #1, you could probably swap any other song on this list up or down a few spots and it would probably still accurately illustrate how I feel about these songs. In other words, I didn't kill myself deciding what would be #7 and what would be #6. Instead, I focused on what were the ten best songs by the most important band in modern music history.

    Honourable Mention: "Twist and Shout" from Please Please Me (1963)
    I decided to throw this in as an honourable mention. It's not my 11th favourite Beatles song, but rather the first Beatles song that I really loved. I watched Ferris Bueller's Day Off about once a week after I recorded it on VHS back in the day, and thought the scene where he lip-syncs this song atop a float was the coolest. It still holds up as an excellent pop song today, powered by John Lennon's manic vocals. At the end of a 10-hour recording session that filled…
  • behind the beatles: strawberry fields forever

    15 jan. 2007, 17h39m par gl1tch

    The single was first released on February 13, 1967, in Britain and on February 17, 1967 in the United States, as one side of a double A-side single, teamed with the McCartney composition "Penny Lane". The Beatles had originally planned to release "Strawberry Fields Forever" backed with "When I'm Sixty-Four". When Brian Epstein asked George Martin about the sessions for the single, Martin told Epstein the group had recorded its two finest songs ("Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane"). Epstein urged Martin to issue the songs on a double A-sided single in order to regain popularity. The tactic backfired as the single failed to reach #1 in the UK because the sales had to be split between both soungs.

    In the U.S., both songs were also subsequently included on the LP Magical Mystery Tour, which was only released as a six-track double-EP in the UK. The LP format is now the official version in the Beatles discography.

  • iTunes Game

    31 déc. 2006, 6h43m par miketheraptor

    Open itunes to answer the following questions. no matter how embarrasing it is.

    How Many Songs: 5,869

    Sort by song title ---

    first 5 songs:
    1. Johnny Cash - 'Cause I Love You
    2. 'Till I Collapse - Eminem
    3. 'twas the Night Before Christmas - Art Carney
    4. "24" Theme - Sean Callery
    5. "Can You See?" - John Williams

    last 5 songs:
    1. Zora Band - Koji Kondo
    2. Zora's Domain - Koji Kondo
    3. Zongquan's Help - Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, et al
    4. Zone System - Jerry Martin
    5. Zombies in Church - Jeff Danna

    sort by time ---

    shortest 5 songs:
    1. Fanfare Item Get 1 - Mori'ichi Aoki (0:05)
    2. Game Over - Hirokazu Ando, et al (0:06)
    3. Kirby's Victory - Hirokazu Ando, et al (0:06)
    4. Classic Intro - Hirokazu Ando, et al (0:06)
    5. Pokemon Print - Go Ichinose (0:06)

    longest 5 songs:
    1. The Dream Oath ~ Maria and Draku (Final Fantasy VI) - Nobuo Uematsu (23:01)
    2. "Matrix Reloaded" Suite - Don Davis (17:35)
  • Love Review

    26 nov. 2006, 13h51m par stealthmunchkin

    I've had a copy of Love for a little over a week, first as a bootleg advance copy then the real thing. I've held off on posting about it because I wanted to get to know the music before the post.

    The first thing to say is that this is what Anthology 3 should have been. Like that album, this is almost all material from The White Album and later (presumably because that material was recorded in 8-track and so more remixable. And it's infinitely preferable to the travesty that is Let It Be... Naked. Rather than some anodyne, safened version of the material, this is really bold and imaginative.

    I'm particularly pleased that it covers the late period. The conventional wisdom seems to go Moptops-psychedelic-bloated & dull, but while I think the music they did in 65 & 66 was their best, I think their late period contains some gorgeous material that deserves revisiting.

    It's a The Beatles fan's dream, actually. My friend Tilt, who got me my copy, said he listened with a friend. …