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Friday Random Ten, Oct 27

It’s friday, so it’s time for more of my highly warped taste in music.

1. **Tempest, “Turn of the Wheel”**. Tempest is a really cool band. They’re a cross between an electrified folk band and a neo-progressive rock band. Strong Irish and Swedish influences on the folky side, and a vaguely ELP-ish sound on the rock side.
2. **Mel Brooks, “In Old Bavaria” from the Producers**.
3. **The National, “Baby We’ll Be Fine”**. Probably my favorite track from this album by the National.
4. **Hamster Theatre, “The Quasi Day Room Ceremonila Quadrille”**. HT is an offshoot of Thinking Plague. Every bit as strange as TP, but with their own early-music influenced sound. Great stuff.
5. **Kate Bush, “King of the Mountain”**. Kate’s first new album in a very long time, and it’s really fantastic. Very mellow, but with a lot of depth.
6. **Dream Theater, “Take the Time”**. Dream Theater is an amazing neo-progressive/metal band. This is off of an album of theirs that isn’t my favorite, but *anything* by Dream Theater is at least pretty good.
7. **Bela Fleck, “See Rock City”**. An amazing piece of newgrass virtuosity by Bela Fleck. Honestly, I wish he’d dump the Flecktones, and get back to doing more newgrass. The last couple of flecktones albums have been pretty mediocre, and when I’ve seen him live, he seems much more engaged when
he’s doing the newgrass type stuff with folks like Edgar Meyer, Sam Bush, and Mark O’Connor than he does with the Flecktones.
8. **Spock’s Beard, “NWC”**. I’m sure I’ve mentioned Spock’s Beard before. They’re a great neo-progressive band. They started off sounding like a cross between old Genesis, Rush. and Gentle Giant, but they’ve evolved into their own very distinctive sound. Absolutely fantastic. This is a fantastic instrumental track. (And I just got email from them that they’ve got a new album coming out towards the end of November!)
9. **Shirim, “Nokh A Gleyzl Vayn”**. Great bouncy track from the greatest modern jazz-influenced Klezmer band around.
10. **The Clogs, “Lantern”**. The only vocal track on the newest album from one of my favorite post-rock ensembles. Just fantastic. The Clogs never cease to amaze me.

Comments

  1. #1 Brent
    October 27, 2006

    I completely concur re: Bela Fleck!

  2. #2 Chad Groft
    October 27, 2006

    I concur on Dream Theater. Have you listend to Score yet?

  3. #3 Pseudonym
    October 28, 2006

    What about Kate Bush’s Aerial? That wasn’t so long ago.

  4. #4 Mark Chu-Carroll
    October 28, 2006

    Pseudonym:

    That track is off of Aerial; that’s the album I’m talking about.

  5. #5 Jud
    October 30, 2006

    Edgar Meyer, Sam Bush, and particularly Mark O’Connor are mega-talents in their own rights (somehow that phrase doesn’t sound grammatically correct, though it probably is), but it’s hard not to be amazed watching Future Man live in concert with the Flecktones.

  6. #6 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    October 30, 2006

    I feel the same about Bela. The last few times I’ve seen him it’s been pretty lame.

  7. #7 Jonathan Vos Post
    October 31, 2006

    I liked Beck’s performance on Saturday Night Live AFTER I read the lyrics online. Oddly enough, I read them first on John Baez’s Diary. Is “I got my maps all backwards” some sort of theorem about a Dual Space? And what is the Entropy of “The Information”? Is “the ticker tape feeds the mind” actually a Turning tape?

    Beck song we heard on Saturday Night Live:

    … listening to Beck’s latest album, The Information.

    From the song of that title:

    Ahhh
    The information is ravenous
    The ticker tape feeds the mind
    Looking for a lost transmission
    A heaven that we left behind
    When the information comes
    We’ll know what we’re made from

    Strange era we live in, that such dark lyrics could be so popular. The “single”, Nausea (which we heard), is even darker:

    I’m a seasick sailor
    On a ship of noise
    I got my maps all backwards
    And my instincts poisoned
    In a truth blown gutter
    Full of wasted years
    Like blown-out speakers
    Ringin’ in my ears

    Oh it’s nausea, oh nausea
    And we’re gone
    It’s nausea, oh nausea
    And we’re gone

    I can’t find the famously damned with faint praise first review of Bob Dylan in The New York Times, that helpfully suggests that he might have a future as a harmonica player.

    Not sure where to put this, but some laughs at:

    Math Pick Up Lines

  8. #8 Ace
    January 22, 2007

    Hamster theatre !
    Love it.
    Is it nocturnal in nature – as the hamster does his/her job running on the wheel round and round ?

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