With sincere apologies to The Art Of Noise [and their A-Z of Music feature] and to our good friend The Singing Detective. If an idea is good, it's worth borrowing from. And if an idea is worth borrowing from, you might as well copy it outright... Anyway, I'm going to be trawling through my music collection in an alphabetical stylee and featuring tracks that I really love, from artists that I mostly know very little about.
Animal Collective - Who Could Win A Rabbit
I bought Animal Collective's Sung Tongs
after reading a review, something that we all do when we're feeling
flush, out of touch or both. I know nothing about them and I don't
really want to, either. To know that this music was made by rational
humans would ruin it for me - in my mind these are field recordings of
campfire folk-songs from a tribe of demented glove puppets. With a delay
Great stuff - I've always thought that if you wanted to
upset a neighbour, a high-volume blast of this in the early hours would
do the trick, more so than Metallica or whatever. Plus they'd probably
think twice about complaining.
Visit - Animal Collective (MySpace)
Buy - Sung Tongs
The Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Choir - Kalimankou Denkou
this alphabetical journey through my collection there will be a LOT of
music released by the 4AD label. When I was at college I was a major 4AD
geek. As such I bought a lot of beautifully packaged half-baked
rubbish. I also got some really great stuff. Like Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares,
a collection of field recordings of traditional Bulgarian vocal music
which is still quite unlike anything I'd heard before or since.
hair-on-the-back-of-the-neck stuff. No idea what they're singing about
(although according to the CD this title translates to The Evening Gathering)
but it's just beautiful. Considering that these singers are mostly
untrained, the vocal harmonies they use and the blend of registers are
simply amazing. There are all kinds of complex chord inversions and
voicings - which become even more mind-boggling when you think that this
is a recording of an oral folk-art tradition, passed down from
generation to generation.
Visit - Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares at 4AD
Buy - Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares Vol 1
Chickasaw Mudd Puppies - Nighttime (Ain't Got No Eyes)
Now this is a real unknown. I got this on the great Rough Trade Shops - Country Vol.1
album. Like They Might Be Giants, they were a duo - were there lots of
these in the 80s? What were the sales figures like for drum machines?
Where were the drummers at?
This is weird mutant swamp rock with a demented edge - me likee.
Visit - Chickasaw Mudd Puppies
Buy - Rough Trade Shops - Country Vol.1