Thursday, October 10, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
|Nilsson (No, It's Not Elliott Smith)|
I haven't done much of anything with this blog recently. It's not that I have stopped listening to music (that never happens), and it's not like I haven't heard anything that has inspired me to write (that isn't the case), it's just finding the time to sit, gather my thoughts, and try to articulate why I like what I like can be difficult. I'm not a writer, so it makes it all the more difficult for me.
What I do know is that I've been on a 60's/70's pop kick recently, running through the catalog of post-Pet Sounds era Beach Boys albums (Sunflower, Surf's Up, and Friends are all enjoyable albums while nightly getting my mind blown by Smile and the outtakes), delving back into Syd Barrett/early Pink Floyd era, repeatedly listening to the first three Love albums (Love, Da Capo, and of course, Forever Changes)--essentially I'm going back to my college music interests...
While I've heard plenty of Nilsson songs, and even once had a solid compilation of his work called Personal Best, I recently picked up the Pandemonium Shadow Show/Aerial Ballet albums on cd, essentially the first two solo Nilsson albums compiled on cd. While I like Pandemonium Shadow Show, and can understand John Lennon's obsession with the album, Aerial Ballet is the album of Nilsson's that really gets me. From the brilliant pop of "Good Old Desk", to minimalist organ (keyboard?) track "One", to the gospel-tinged "Bath", to the Fred Neil, country-ish cover of "Everybody's Talkin'", it's all pretty brilliant in my eyes. This song particularly gets me...
And Aerial Ballet ends with "Bath", a nice closure to an album with it's gospel-like opening piano chords...
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
I've been on a bit of a warm weather, sunshine and psych pop bent recently. Of the things that has "floated my boat" recently:
1. The Beach Boys The Pet Sounds Sessions--If I had to choose one album to take on a desert island, it would certainly be Pet Sounds. That album means everything to me, and has since I was a kid. Just recently I decided to pick up The Pet Sounds Sessions, released in 1996, and have been absolutely blown away by the disc 3 of the box set. Disc 3 is vocals only, a cappella versions of Pet Sounds in its entirety. The album blows me away even more after repeatedly listening on my headphones to strictly the harmonic vocals of The Beach Boys, pure as day and absolutely brilliant.
2. Curt Boettcher--I dug the singer-songwriter and his compositions with The Association, and I'm also rediscovering his band The Millennium, and realizing what a brilliant album Begin is. I bought Begin a few years ago, but never really delved into it until the past month.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I was also psyched to find the later-period, Lee Scratch Perry produced Heptones album Party Time, which is really solid as well. Really, you can't go wrong with any Heptones album, period. One of the top vocal Reggae groups of all-time and always a staple of my summer jams.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Other more obvious favorites for me in the dub genre include: Lee 'Scratch' Perry Roast Fish, Collie Weed, and Cornbread (my favorite dub album and the first one to introduce me to the world of Dub), Augustus Pablo's Original Rockers, as well as Augustus Pablo's King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown, Burning Spear Marcus Garvey/Garvey Ghost, and Lee 'Scratch' Perry's Superape. I'm sure there are a few more up there for me, but these are the ones that I really enjoy off the top of my head. Of course, as Summer rolls around, I may be posting more upon the topics of Dub and Reggae, as I tend to pull out the Dub and Reggae favorites around the Summer season, so stay tuned!
Monday, April 8, 2013
Cop this album Dreams if you can, listen to it with the lights out, and your mind will be blown.
Also, Jazz Raga is great and was reissued by Light In The Attic a few years ago. Well-worth picking up, as besides Szabo's gypsy guitar, it also features some great sitar flourishes throughout the album. "Walking on Nails" features a rare vocal courtesy of Szabo himself.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Friday, March 1, 2013
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
|Nat King Cole|
Since then it's been covered by many people over the years, from jazz guitarist George Benson, to power-pop icons Big Star, to psych-rock underground legends Gandalf. I really love every version, because each are so different in their own right. Besides the Nat King Cole and George Benson version, the next version I heard was by Big Star off of their Third/Sister Lovers album, when I was highly into anything Chilton-Bell-Big Star related back in college. Alex Chilton sounds so lonely and cold on "Nature Boy", I remember playing it repeatedly when I was in college 15 years ago and being mesmorized by it.
Lastly, this is the most recent version of "Nature Boy" that I've heard. In the past six months, I bought Gandalf's self-titled album, and it has increasingly become one of my go-to favorite psych albums. "Nature Boy" certainly gets the "Gandalf" treatment on this album. Very psych.
Monday, January 21, 2013