21 Feb 2012, 18:12 de MusicHallofFame
11 Oct 2009, 5:31 de KapitankrautTrack 35000 was Gilbert & Sullivan with I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General on October 11.
We now have our first milestone track recorded in English by Anglophone performers, as well as being the first one where the composer and lyricist didn't actually perform on the track at all - G&S being authors of operettas.
So to the scoreboard:
Country of Origin:
UK - 1.5
Sweden - 1
Germany - 1
France - 1
Turkey - 1
Turkmenistan - 1
Australia - 0.5
Germanic - 3
Turkic - 2
Romance - 1
No language - 1
4 May 2009, 23:46 de cptirrelevantYes, I thought I'd have a go at this as well. Why do all the artists I listen to most actually suck? Why is none of them more than a guilty pleasure or a snobby badge of intellectualism?
20) Simon & Garfunkel
Ah, yes. The folk "duo" that got immortalized by making just one good album. "Duo" because it's really just Paul Simon who decided to give his background singer an equal role. Well, officially. In a duet with Joan Baez he actually says "way better than Artie". But that's not because Baez is good, just that Garfunkel is unbelievably bland. And that's basically what Simon & Garfunkel boils down to. Sound of Silence? Heck, compared to that song silence is a rollercoaster ride. John Cage writes more catchy tunes. Bridge Over Troubled water is vaguely obscene, but that's about it. Singing a song slower doesn't make it better, it just makes you zone out.
19) Moxy Früvous
Seriously? Moxy Früvous. …
7 Ene 2008, 22:33 de airfigaroOkay, I'm going keep track of my top artists this year... just the top ten. Just a different way to keep track of useless information. If any one knows of an app that does this, hollar!
Top Artists Weighted by Position in Top Ten
1. Giuseppe Verdi 104.5
2. Max Richter 65
3. The Walkmen 63.5
4. Atlas Sound 62
5. Andrew Bird 56.8
6. Stars of the Lid 51
7. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy 46
8. Hammock 44.5
9. Ella Fitzgerald 42.5
9. Blonde Redhead 42.5
11. Sun Kil Moon 41.7
12. Deerhoof 40
13. Dario Marianelli 38
14. Destroyer 37.2
15. Ingrid Michaelson 36.5
16. Mates of State 35
17. Gaetano Donizetti 34.5
17. Tokyo Police Club 34.5
19. Jason Collett 34
20. TV on the Radio 33.5
21. Mogwai 32.5
22. Okkervil River] 32
23. Cat Power 31.5
24. Girl Talk 30.5
24. The National 30.5
26. The Weepies 28.5
27. Sufjan Stevens 28
28. Alexandre Desplat 27.5
29. Frightened Rabbit 27.3
30. Steven Sondheim 26.5
31. Amiina 25.5
31. The Dodos 25.5
17 Sep 2007, 20:14 de cogwheeldogsWhen I was in Belfast, a month or two ago (following Cogwheel Dogs's first 'overseas' gig), I went to a concert headlined by Bill Callahan (he of (Smog) fame): an artist with whose work I'd previously been unfamiliar.
The gig was - I found - mesmerisingly intense. Both on the part of the musicians and the audience. Seldom have I been to a gig at which the performers have been afforded such rapt attention (and this goes for the support act, too - Alasdair Roberts - himself a pretty commanding performer).
I actually found it - Callaghan's set - a bit much, in the end. Whilst being fascinated and captivated by what I was hearing, I found myself, in the final 20-30 minutes, aching for the performance to wind up. And this wasn't (emphatically wasn't) out of any negative feeling towards the music.
I think I was simply unprepared for the intensity and depth - it was a bit like turning up at a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta and instead being played Wagner. If that doesn't sound too fatuous.
24 May 2007, 4:01 de autumnleaves18Ah, what an interesting few days…most of my F collection was listened to while packing up my room. Currently, I’m away from school, and my computer isn’t hooked up to the internet, so I’m writing this on my computer, then transferring it later on with a computer hooked up to the internet. Fun times, fun times, I assure you. Consequently, I’ll be talking about music that isn’t showing up in my scrobbler, because…well, yeah. No internet.
Anyroad, comments about this last section of music:
* Xiu Xiu…thank you, Shane for introducing me. Not my all-time favourite, but still, quite an addition to my collection!
* Evanescence is generally my emo music…yet I wasn’t overtly emo when it fell in my listening spree. Quite conflicting, I assure you.
* Even if it is the Beatles, I don’t want to listen to Christmas music. Sorry.
* The Fantasticks makes me giggle.
* Sex at Six is probably the most awesome song by the Profits. Seriously. So very catchy…it’s like floofy novels, you just can’t get enough.
13 Nov 2006, 17:40 de stealthmunchkinOne thing I've always wanted to do with The National Pep is to take elements from pre-rock popular music, and incorporate them into my own stuff - there's a huge heritage of music from before Bill Haley that is forgotten by most of the last few generations (indeed, the 50s people are increasingly ignored by people who think rock music sprang fully formed from the brow of John Lennon in 1963).
In 2000, Playboy magazine asked various people for their favourite songs of 'the millennium'. Most of them went back no further than my father's lifetime, but Richard Thompson took this seriously - his list went from 1068 to 1999. They didn't print his response, but Thompson liked the idea enough to do a stage show themed around the idea, of which 1000 Years of Popular Music is a record. (Incidentally, this album is apparently available in a few different versions - this is the one you can buy as a download from emusic.com). And it's just absolutely lovely.
12 Oct 2006, 20:28 de DsthenesKate Miller-Heidke, The Audreys
The Tivoli, Brisbane
October 4, 2006
Adelaide folk-blues outfit The Audreys quickly recognise that - with the Tivoli operating in seated mode tonight - they have a captive audience.
"Thanks for listening," songstress Taasha Coates says early on.
"It's not as if they can go anywhere," one of her bandmates says.
"Yeah, they’re stuffed," she agrees.
Not that they need worry, their engaging blend of blues, folk and country dominated by banjo, violin and double bass is arresting enough in its own right.
For the most part, their songs float along dreamily. The lust-filled Oh Honey is the sole contrast - a rockier Waifs-like song full of rapid, sliding, drawling guitar.
But, scattered around this rough jewel, Banjo & Violin weaves along like a sensual tango - violin and Coates' vibraphone each leading the dance in turn. Where are you now? is all eastern-tinged guitar and soft toms while a mournful country…
31 Ago 2005, 4:03 de TheldorrinWhen I listen to something from an Opera such as Turandot who is the artist? Is the the singer singing the aria, Maria Callas, as popular example? Or is it the person that composed the work, such as Giacomo Puccini? What about the orchestra playing the music? Personally, I opt for the composer, but it's an unfortunate side-effect.
And then there are the problems of collaborative works that are common with broadway works. It becomes very difficult to disambiguate between Andrew Lloyd Webber in cases where he has a lyricist (and if you disregard Tim Rice and so forth, then what becomes of Gilbert & Sullivan, and Rodgers & Hammerstein?)