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MeltingMan


There you were freaking out
Tryna get your head around
The fact that me and you and love is dead
See how I'm tripping out
'Cause you can't decide
What you really want from me
Why does it have to be like this
I can never tell
'Cause you make me love you, love you baby
With a little L
There you were shouting out
Cranking up your altercations
Getting upset in your desperation
Screaming and hollering
How could this love become so paper thin
You're playing so hard to get
You're making me sweat just to hold your attention
I can't give you nothing more
If you ain't giving nothing to me
Don't you know that
You make me love you, love you baby
With a little L
Why does it have to be like this
I can never tell
Seems like you're steppin' on the pieces
Of my broken shell
'Cause...
Chaque fois que vous voyez une médisante,
une calomnieuse, dites-vous « elle n'est pas aimée ».
(A cɶur perdu, p. 36.)

Ulrich

"Won't someone wake the dead in me?
Won't someone shake the dust off me?
Give me water, give me bread
But don't give me up for dead"

It's never enough...

Ulrich

New album by Mogwai is on the way:
It's never enough...

SueC

I'm back to podcasts at the moment - and dug up some interesting ones from John Dehlin's Mormon Stories podcast I first began listening to a decade ago.  His podcasts challenge groupthink of any description - he grew up with Mormon groupthink, gave up a career in IT to major in psychology after starting to seriously doubt what he'd been fed all his life, and is now agnostic and helping create a nurturing post-religious community.  Differentiate yourself from the ground up from your cultural/religious group and/or your family of origin or other influential group, and you'll look differently at ANY form of groupthink ever after.

I'm really enjoying listening to his immediate post-Insurrection reaction, and his thoughts on how fundamentalist religions groom you for fascism.  As always, he's methodical and logical, as well as emotionally involved - brings his head and his heart to any debate.  It was compassion and critical thinking that led him out of accepting the religion he'd been raised in, and it's for those qualities I continue to enjoy listening to what he has to say, when I'm staking tomatoes and such!  ;)

(Better on audio when you're busy doing other things!)

Totally agree with him about Trump and I honestly have always scratched my head how people who purport to believe in love and kindness can be such huge and blinkered fans of such a crude, hateful, mean, sleazy, utterly disrespectful, not to mention downright stupid, person - and a misogynist and bully (and how is that charismatic???) - but it happens so often.  Thought-provoking listening as usual.
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MeltingMan

Chaque fois que vous voyez une médisante,
une calomnieuse, dites-vous « elle n'est pas aimée ».
(A cɶur perdu, p. 36.)

Ulrich

It's never enough...

SueC


Traditional Scottish love song; fabulous musicians, ultra beautiful singing. ♥
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Ulrich

It's never enough...

MeltingMan

Chaque fois que vous voyez une médisante,
une calomnieuse, dites-vous « elle n'est pas aimée ».
(A cɶur perdu, p. 36.)

SueC

Strawberry Alarm Clock??? ...where do you dig this stuff up, @Ulrich:)

Look what I found... we were listening to the CD version of this the other day and then I chanced upon this live version from around the time the CD was released... and I remember an interview with Mike Scott in the late 90s when he was working on this, which I happened to hear late one Friday night getting down to my travel journal while in London... (fringe benefits of journalling :angel)

I was wondering how well this could be pulled off live - but it works pretty well, don't you think?


I do think the studio version has an edge on this one because they've really been able to up the contrast between soft and loud on it in a way they don't quite manage to do live, especially at about 1:10 and 4:25 here:


...also ♥ the way Mike Scott uses his voice on this - basically voice acting, as well as singing - drawing out consonants etc.  And the studio distortion on the voice really suits this song, I think, though I don't usually like voice processing - but on this, and also on Dumbing Down The World, it's excellent - aaaaaand you can still understand every word he's singing because he enunciates so clearly...

We both ♥♥♥ this song... it's in our top tier of favourite songs of all time... we often take turns at, "Play me something, tell me why you like it," while driving places, and this was one of Brett's choices on the weekend.  He says he'd never heard of The Waterboys before he met me and this is the best band I've introduced him to... and we all know the best band he's introduced me to... well, you know, their non-radio stuff... :angel

PS:  A pox will be upon anyone listening to this track on their phone, although your sacrilege will be lessened slightly if you at least have good headphones... but the best way to hear this is on a proper system and up loud so that it shakes the whole room...and with the bass reverberating through your ribcage.  :heart-eyes
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Ulrich

Quote from: SueC on February 23, 2021, 06:16:12Strawberry Alarm Clock??? ...where do you dig this stuff up?

Digging up is the right word for it. I own a cd-box called "Nuggets" (bought back in '99) and it includes lots of obscure "garage-rock" and "pyschedelic pop" bands from 1965-'68.
(History: the original "Nuggets" LP was released in 1972, compiled by Lenny Kaye, guitarist in Patti Smith's band to this day!)

My journey towards the late sixties began in the 1980s, when I heard current bands covering old songs and became curious to hear the originals and unearth influences etc.!

I first heard the song "Incense & Peppermint" in 1992 I think & liked it. What I learned much later was that the band name "Strawberry Alarm Clock" was a dig at another group called "The Chocolate Watch Band".  :1f62e:

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SueC

That's seriously weird, @Ulrich:cool

Always good to learn something new, and to find new puzzle pieces.  :)   It's beginning to strike us listening to various things that a lot of people seemed to be influenced by The Beach Boys - a band I didn't like, but you can hear in some of the harmonising even in bands like REM...

The weirdest stuff I have is an album by an outfit called Monsieur Camembert.  Sadly none of it is on YT; the offering there is limited.  They have a great diversity of styles, most of them very very alternative.  Here's a little taster:


They're also given to doing freely embroidered Leonard Cohen covers.  :lol:

We owe our acquaintance with this music to friends.  Brett can't stand this band's stuff and on the scale of awful to sublime puts it just above Inuit Throat Singing, which if he hears, he really does run screaming from the room... :lol:  I don't mind Inuit Throat Singing, I think it's cute - and I think this band is great fun!

PS:  The guy on the album cover you've posted looks like Harry Potter crossed with an Auton from Spearhead from Space (70s Dr Who)!



Quote from: Ulrich on February 23, 2021, 12:04:54I first heard the song "Incense & Peppermint" in 1992 I think & liked it. What I learned much later was that the band name "Strawberry Alarm Clock" was a dig at another group called "The Chocolate Watch Band".  :1f62e:

Hahaha.  :lol:  Brett was just saying that's like the Sex Pistols and the Celibate Rifles!  (...who released an album in the 1980s called The Turgid Miasma of Existence, which surely should get some kind of prize for exceptional album name...)
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Ulrich

Quote from: SueC on February 23, 2021, 14:00:10Always good to learn something new, and to find new puzzle pieces.  :)  It's beginning to strike us listening to various things that a lot of people seemed to be influenced by The Beach Boys

And some early Beach Boys stuff was clearly influenced by Chuck Berry. Most certainly Mr. Berry did not make his music out of "thin air", meaning he had influences as well... (if you go backwards, you'll find out more and more, how musicians made "new" music out of "old" stuff)!

Quote from: SueC on February 23, 2021, 14:00:10The weirdest stuff I have is an album by an outfit called Monsieur Camembert. 

Lots of weird bands on this planet. Have you ever listened to the Soft Machine? Very jazzy & complicated; if I'm not in the mood for it, it's a terrible racket... (I own one cd, which I don't listen to very often.)

Have "fun" with this, everyone. :winking_tongue

Quote from: SueC on February 23, 2021, 14:00:10Brett was just saying that's like the Sex Pistols and the Celibate Rifles!

That's a good one!  :lol:
It's never enough...

SueC

That's not too bad, @Ulrich - it's probably suitable stuff to have in the background when you have to deal with your annual insurance paperwork (see recent Ranting Thread episode).  ...audience members seem paradoxically to be headbanging to this...

Soft Machine still definitely can be classed as music.  But once upon a time, Brett went to see Lux Mammoth at the Artrage festival in Perth.  Turns out they specialise in "semi-structured improvisation with power tools" - which is a very generous description.  Here's some audio from the performance Brett went to see:

https://www.wanma.org.au/audio/tools-1-performed-by-lux-mammoth-at-an-artrage-possibly-at-the-rechabites-hall-b4608451

Well, there's someone who's definitely not influenced by the Beach Boys.  Brett says, "I was at that concert...but not for long!  We had one of those go-anywhere, see-anything festival tickets...a friend thought that this concept sounded interesting.  After a few minutes of this, we repaired to the bar to soothe our jangling nerves...along with quite a sizeable percentage of the rest of the audience...I read the review in The West Australian later, it said, Some of the audience fled...the remainder were made of sterner stuff..." :lol:

An associate of that project specialises in "bass noise" and does soundtracks etc - here's a YT clip:


Disclaimer:  This thread says Currently Listening, but in this case it's not us listening, it's you, bwahahahaha!   :-D   :winking_tongue


...although of course some noisy stuff is wonderfully musical... and I ♥♥♥ this piece:


Definitely listening to that one!  :)

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SueC

Really excellent if you have to do lots of paperwork.  Or just for relaxing!  I defy you to not have to sing along to the string melody as it tumbles over itself again and again.  And that percussion!   ♥


Folk music becomes something else when you add decent drums/percussion and bass.  The low end of this really ties everything together so well.   ♥
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