Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Broadcast - Live (1997-2005)


As we patiently wait for the next Broadcast album to come and make our lives better I thought I might post this little collection of live tracks that have been accumulating on my computer. 18 cuts in all;

KEXP Session (2005)
01 I Found The F
02 Corporeeal
03 Black Cat
04 America's Boy

Lamacq Session (1997)
05 Come On Let's Go
06 Look Outside
07 The Book Lovers
08 Lights Out

Peel Session (2000)
09 Long Was The Year
10 Echo's Answer
11 Where Youth & Laughter Go I Am Not Welcome

Queen Elizabeth Hall (1998)
12 Intro
13 Come On Let's Go
14 Look Outside
15 Papercuts

One Music Session (2005)
16 America's Boy
17 Michael A. Grammer
18 Tender Buttons

Enjoy! And if you don't yet own their albums, go out and buy them all right now.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Joe Meek - I Hear A New World (1960)


Basically, Joe Meek assembled a group he christened The Blue Men for the recording of I Hear a New World, insisting that they dress in silver space suits and paint themselves blue. He communicated his ideas for the album through recordings of himself humming the tunes and playing out the rhythms by tapping a spoon on a plate. Unfortuneatly, Joe was completely tone deaf and blessed with absolutely no music ability to speak of. The incongruity of moronically tuneless humming and randomly spoon-smacked plates has made these tapes legendary.

The basic ingredients for the recording of the album were a Hawaiian guitar (an highly off the wall instrument for a country band at the time), The Blue Men rhythm section and a deliberately out of tune piano. Meek fleshed out the songs with treatments of the sounds of bubbles blown through drinking straws, his toilet flushing backwards and electrical circuits shorted together.

If all this sweetness doesn't make you want to check this album out, nothing will. And I give up on you.