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Father John Misty – So I’m Growing Old On Magic Mountain (2017)

January 7, 2018 Leave a comment

My song of the year and one of the best things I’ve heard in ages.

Ex Fleet Foxes, Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty) in cahoots with Gavin Bryars among others.

Monumentally beautiful. An ode to mortality.

That was the last New Year I’ll ever see ….

The wine has all been emptied

The smoke has cleared

As people file back to the valley

On the last night of life’s party

These days the years thin ’til I can’t remember

Just what it feels like to be young forever

 

The LP version and then a simply wonderful live studio version from Austin City Limits.

 

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The Zombies – Care of Cell 44 (1967)

January 7, 2018 Leave a comment

One of Rod Argent’s finest hours 4 minutes; managing to “out Beach Boy”, Brian Wilson!

Taken from The Zombies masterpiece Odyssey and Oracle, ‘”Care of Cell 44″ tells the story of a person writing to their partner in prison and has been described as “the sunniest song ever written about the impending release of a prison inmate” – I haven’t heard the other contenders so am not qualified to support and deny this judgement …,

For reasons that aren’t completely clear, the 4 minute single was not a commercial success back in 1967 but, fortunately, Pitchfork have put things straight by including it in their “200 Greatest Songs of the 60’s”

Pop perfection!

Juana Molina – Cálculos y Oráculos (2017)

December 10, 2017 Leave a comment

As the snow falls steadily outside, I’ve started my annual trawl through all the “best album of the year” lists.

I’ve started with that compiled by The Wire Magazine and, to be honest, it’s been a bit of a slog so far. The LPs by Actress and Irreversible Entanglements might warrant some further investigation but “Halo” by the wonderful Juana Molina from Argentina has been the first one to really stand out.

I haven’t actually finished Spotifying through the whole album but I had no option to pause to post this stunning track. Elevated to the pantheon of thebestmusicofalltime within 10 minutes of hearing it; a record?

“Cálculos y Oráculos” appears to translate as “Calculations and Oracles” … nope, me neither. The melody is gorgeous; I was wracking my brains as to what it reminded me of and it is “Last Call Fe Blackman” by Sang Hugh, my favouritue reggae song of all time previously posted on this very blog here!

Perfection.

The Faces – Debris (1971)

October 19, 2017 Leave a comment

I’ve already posted The Faces performing pretty much the best song of all time here.

But this is right up there. And it’s another gem from 1971 (the best year of all time?)

Ronnie Lane is one of the greatest singer/songwriters of the last half century and “Debris” finds him at his most reflective.

I left you on the Debris
At the Sunday morning market
You were sorting through the odds and ends
You was looking for a bargain

I heard your footsteps at the front door
And that old familiar love song
Cause you knew you’d find me waiting there
At the top of the stairs

I went there and back
Just to see how far it was
And you, you tried to tell me
But I had to learn for myself

Rod Stewart provides backing vocals but can only dream of matching Ronnie Lane …

The LP version and then a great live version where “Debris” slides into “Ooh La La”

 

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – We Know Who U R (2012)

October 19, 2017 Leave a comment

You can never get too much of Nick Cave. I’ve previously posted a stone cold classic here.

The random number generator on the iPod turned this up the other night and it’s a showstopper.

The most minimal of drum patterns keeps the beat, an understated keyboard motif mutters away in the background and a stately, understated bassline knits the whole thing together. All this enables Mr Cave’s vocals to take centre stage:

And we know who you are
And we know where you live
And we know there’s no need to forgive

Perfect pop music.

Philip Glass – Song #8 From Cabin in the Rockies (1993)

October 13, 2017 Leave a comment

Re-stumbled upon this, this evening, and only took seconds to realise it needed elevating to the pantheon of the bestmusicofalltime. Pronto!

Hydrogen Jukebox is a (ahem) “chamber opera” featuring music by Philip Glass and words/libretto by iconic beat poet Allen Ginsberg. The title is taken from the latter’s poem Howl.

Apparently Phil and Al bumped into each other in a bookshop in New York and agreed that they just had to work together – the rest is history.

This is simply gorgeous. Glass’s understated minimalist arrangement is wonderfully complemented by Elizabeth Futral’s soaring soprano which essays a few haikus of Mr Ginsberg’s to stunning effect.

A perfect piece.

Wah! – The Story of the Blues (1982)

October 12, 2017 Leave a comment

Can’t believe I hadn’t posted this before!

Pete Wylie was a “member” of the “crucial three” in Liverpool in the late 1970s. Also present were Julian Cope (Teardrop Explodes) and Duke McCool AKA Ian McCulloch of Echo and the Bunnymen.

Pete Wylie recorded under a variety of names: Wah! Heat; Wah!; The Mighty Wah! Shambeko! Say Wah!, etc. There’s a theme there I feel.

The early Wah! singles will definitely need inclusion on this blog – “Better Scream”, “Seven Minutes To Midnight”, “Don’t Step On The Cracks”, etc.

However, this was their one moment in the commercial spotlight – and what a moment. The seven inch version, “Part 1” was the Top Of The Pops pleaser; Part 2 “Talking Blues” is a 3 minute polemic that explains the philosophy underpinning Wah! and much of early 80s anti-Thatcherite indie music – it”s stirring stuff!

The 7 inch single and then the 8+ minute magnum opus

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