May 08, 2005

Stuff I'm Listening To

Fred Wilson and I are roughly the same age, therefore went to high school roughly at the same time, and I roughly agree with many of his top 50 favorite album rankings. (There are some surprises in that list. . . why folks rate, for starters, Paul Westerberg, The Replacements, The Ramones, or Black Sabbath, so highly I'll never understand.) But I find I'm listening to fairly different stuff than he is these days.

Here's some stuff I'm listening to (besides tuning in to KCRW on a regular basis):

  • Home by Engineers. Engineers (they don't use "The" before their name) like to say they sound like nobody else. But they sound like lots of other bands. That's ok. I still like "Home".

  • Cosmic Game, the new album from Thievery Corporation.

  • Ennio Morricone Remixes, Volume 1. A mixed bag, but the good stuff is REALLY good.

  • Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza - deeply weird and troubling and fascinating all rolled up into one . . . sound samples played fast, slow, sideways, backwards, upside down. KLERE is basically a weekly podcast that's been going on for over eleven years.

  • Radio David Byrne - what Byrne is listening to these days.

  • The Musical Box from Genesis' Nursery Cryme album. Timeless.

  • Midnight in Moscow - I've only ever bought a few recordings from the Apple iTunes Store, but I bought two renditions of Midnight in Moscow, a version (sounding like it's right out of the Dr Zhivago soundtrack) by the Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra with Vitaly Gnutov as well as a jazzy version by Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen. I was in 7th grade when my English teacher played the Kenny Ball recording to the whole class. All the kids hated it, except me.

  • Bruckner's Symphony No. 5 in B flat major. A favorite.

  • Things We Said Today as performed by Mary McCaslin.

  • 1983 and Voodoo Child from Jimi Hendrix.

    Posted by brian at May 8, 2005 07:35 PM

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