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Monday, April 24, 2006

LISTENING SINCE THE PREVIOUS POST:

LAMBCHOP- 'NIXON'
LAMBCHOP- 'HOW I QUIT SMOKING'
KODE 9- 'DUBSTEP ALLSTARS VOL. 3'
JOHN MAUS- 'SONGS'.
ERIC SATIE- 'TROIS GYMNOPEDIE'
THE FREE DESIGN.
APHRODITE'S CHILD- 'FOUR HORSEMEN'.
FLAMING LIPS- 'AT WAR WITH THE MYSTICS'.
JOSH WINK- 'HIGHER STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS'.
RICHIE HAWTIN- SOME REMIX OF A SYSTEM 7 TRACK.
V/A- 'SUPERDISCOUNT 2'.
TALKING HEADS- 'STOP MAKING SENSE'.
SMOG- 'DONGS OF SEVOTION'.
SMOG- 'KNOCK KNOCK'.
LOVE- 'FOREVER CHANGES'
STEVE EARLE- VARIOUS TRACKS
JOHNNY CASH- 'LIVE AT SAN QUENTIN'
JOHNNY CASH- 'LIVE AT FOLSON PRISON'.
SEPULTURA- 'ROOTS'.
DJ ATA AND LUCIANO- LIVE RECORDING FROM LOFT, 2004.
GALOPPIERENDE ZUVERSICHT- LIVE RECORDING FROM KONTROL, 2004.
KID606- 'RESILIENCE'.
TWO HOME MADE R n B COMPS.
TWO HOME MADE ELECTROHOUSE COMPS.
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN- 'IF YOU'RE FEELING SINISTER'.
ROLL DEEP- 'IN AT THE DEEP END'.
DJ TARGET ETC. - 'AIM HIGH 2'
SCORCHER, GHETTO, SLICKS ETC. 'FUCK RADIO VOL.2'
UNKNOWN DANCEHALL PIRATE STATION (GENESIS FM, MAY BE?)
DANNY WEED- 'SALT BEEF'.
DJ SLIPMATT- 'RAVIN MAD'
TECHNIK- 'SWEDEN MIX'
LUCIANO- 'SCI FI HI FI VOL.2'
RICHIE HAWTIN- 'DE9-LITE MIXMAG MIX'
VARIOUS ROLL DEEP AND RUFF SQUAD RINSE FM SETS
SKEPTA, WILEY, TRIM ETC- 'DUPPY VOCAL'.
MASTERS AT WORK- 'KINGS OF HOUSE'.
UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE- 'TRANSITION'.
DAVE CLARKE- 'WORLD SERVICE 2'
LUOMO- 'VOCALCITY'.
MOUNTAIN GOATS LIVE RECORDING.
STEELEYE SPAN
FAIRPORT CONVENTION
JENNY LEWIS AND THE WATSON TWINS- 'RABBIT FUR COAT'
CAT POWER- 'THE GREATEST'.
EWAN PEARSON- 'SCI FI HI FI VOL. 1'
VILLALOBOS- 'FOR DISCO ONLY'
VILLALOBOS- 'ACH SO'.
DJ RUPERT- 'UNDERGROUND HOUSE MIX'
ED SEGAL- 'COLOGNE TECHNO MIX'
MARIAH CAREY- 'WE BELONG TOGETHER'.
CANDICE- 'MOVE UP TO MY BUMPER'.
THE SKATALITES.
CLOUDEAD- S/T.

that's all i can remember.

so, i'm back from holiday- holidays this year were in the wilds of the north. first the lake district, then the isle of mull, off the west coast of scotland. the latter is just about the only place that looks great in pissing grey sheets of rain. the water some how makes the colours of the landscape ultra vivid, and there's this stately riot of deep reds and sunset yellows all over the hills.

it's very difficult and boring (for all concerned) telling people how a holiday was, so i won't bother. too much and too little happens on holidays to make recounting them worthwhile.

but i did learn two things, while winding my way back to london on a train through the scottish highlands. the first is that listening to grime really doesn't work in such an environment. the second is that listening to country music REALLY worked. its magical. the landscape matches the open, romatically sad sounds. i think country music is actually really big in scotland, actually. and now, i may be know why.
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this evening, inspired by geeta's words on Satie and food, i decided to listen to 'trois gymnopedie' while having dinner, which just so happened to be all white food- bread, cheese, humous. satie would have approved. and, yeah, it was lovely. because i'm young, naive, and uncouth, it made me feel quite sophisticated, which i'm not used to (i'm used to pissing off my housemates by listening to grime or rave in the kiitchen).

i've liked satie for a while. i remember first hearing his music on radio 3, when they were broadcasting this insane piece of his, which is just 18 notes on piano, repeated continously in the same order for an absurd amount of time, like 9 hours or something. radio 3 broadcast the whole thing, after the witching hour and into dawn. there were interviews with the various pianists after each had finished his or her shift. all reported odd, trancelike states and disorientation. what was particularly unsettling about the whole thing is that the notes are in such an order, and in such a rhythm, that even after hearing them for over 3 hours, i still couldn't predict what was going to happen next- it's like the piece was constructed to evade memory. so you know that all this is the same, over and over, and you know it so well, but actually you're still lost- you can't hum it, couldn't sing it. yr always outside the music, and it's always leading you, even though it shouldn't be, not after 3 hours.

other bits of satie i've heard having been so affecting, nor as frustrating. but what i like most about satie is the banality of it. 'banal' doesn't have to be a derogatory term. there's this bit on david byrne's great film, 'true stories', where he points to a suburban housing estate and says to the camera, 'look at it. who can say it isn't beautiful? bricks, sky, ...'.
and it is beautiful. in the same way that motorway bridges are beautiful. and runways. and the striplights of petrol stations at night. and sinks. and urinals.

i like looking at all these things, because of their banal, formal blankness. there's a complete, whole, emptiness to them, and a corresponding lack of engagement from those who look at them, that's such that they often have a ghostly, ethereal beauty:- they're not of this world, they seem devoid of any humanity, and that means that they can be little pieces of the sublime surrounding us. like david byrne said, 'heaven is a place where nothing ever happens'.

perhaps staring out to sea on a grey day is the same thing. may be in all these things, there's just a longing for peace. and may be when we say peace, we mean- on some level- a kind of boredom. i don't know.

anyway, this is all just to say that that feeling of beautiful, inhumanly simple blankness is one of the reasons that i like to listen to satie. and why eating white food on a white plate might actually be very appropriate when listening to his music.


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i'll leave you today with an mp3 of a song that we spent much of the holiday singing along to drunkenly. it's from vangelis' old prog band. it's totally ridiculous. and as far as post-pub fun goes, it's perfect.

and the chorus. oh my word, the chorus. all together now:
'THE LEADING HORSE IS WHITE,
THE SECOND HORSE IS RED
THE THIRD ONE IS THE BLACK
THE LAST ONE IS A GREEEEEEEN'.

so rousing.

aprodite's child- 'the four horsemen'.

5 Comments:

Blogger kek-w said...

Ah, but which Steeleye LP...?

Have you got "666" by Aphrodite's Child?

11:33 AM  
Blogger simon silverdollar said...

dunno. my girlfriend's into them, and was too drunk to check out what she was playing.

i've only heard the one aphrodite's child track. but good god, what a track!

2:01 PM  
Blogger signaltonoise said...

The satie piece is "Vexations" I think...

11:03 AM  
Blogger kek-w said...

Yeah, I'm still holding out for a decent vinyl copy of "666"...it's a cracker.

12:12 AM  
Blogger kidrietz said...

i used to feel bad -somewaht guilty- about driving around the town i grew up in, now a mega growth northern california suburb, late at night, enjoying the odd beauty of track houses and new mini-mall shopping developments all aglow with hundreds of harsh & unexplainable flourescent bulbs (how bright does an empty parking lot need to be?). then i would bitch to my friends the next day about how ugly and faux formal this neighborhood was becoming, like the rest of towns our upper-middle class lives in on the west coast here. your post reminded me of this and also when jeff mangum sang "god is a place you will wait for the rest of your life".

12:41 AM  

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