Julie Fowlis in the video below is a remarkably successful folksinger and multi-instrumentalist who sings almost entirely in Scottish Gaelic.
Soundtrack in my head: Petula Clark, "I Know A Place" Somewhere between the TV themes to "Leave It To Beaver" and "S.W.A.T.," pop music evolved in interesting directions but a lot of this interesting pop history has been widely forgotten. When people think of the 1960s, they think of beach and surf music, the Beatles, … Continue reading mid 1960s cheese pop. admit it…you love it
Soundtrack in my head: Orbital, "Illuminate" I never followed Orbital's career that closely. The electronic dance music band, consisting of brothers Phil and Paul Hartnell, have put together quite an extensive catalog of music over the last quarter century. I have a compilation of their releases called Orbital 20. Their music is sometimes harsh and … Continue reading Orbital + David Gray = warmth in an alien world
Soundtrack in my head: Noosa, "Walk On By (Sound Remedy Remix)" A new internet discovery has given me a new favorite song. At some point while on YouTube, I stumbled across this video showing time-lapse scenes of life in Madison. The time-lapse filming is incredible in and of itself but what blew me away was … Continue reading new internet discovery: Noosa, “Walk On By”
Soundtrack in my head: Missing Persons: "Mental Hopscotch" CBGB club facade, Bowery St, New York City. Photograph by Adam Di Carlo, taken 10/1/2005. Image uploaded to Wikipedia by the author. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) In my pre-teens and early teens, the word "New Wave" was thrown around a lot. I remember a radio commercial for Maxell … Continue reading New Wave was not meant to be played on a punk tape
Soundtrack in my head: Major Lazer w/Amber Coffman "Get Free" It's a new Baha'i year--year 171. As has become a tradition on this blog, I have selected a music video which moves me deeply and gets me thinking as the new year begins. This year, I have selected Major Lazer's "Get Free" featuring singer Amber … Continue reading let’s get free in the new year
Soundtrack in my head: Quilt, "Arctic Shark" I stumbled upon the band Quilt on while following the Mexican Summer YouTube channel. I like a lot of music that has been released through the Mexican Summer label. Psychedelic rock has been very influential in my musical tastes. The genre reached a peak the year I was … Continue reading Quilt–a psychedelic folk-rock patchwork minus the cliche
Photo credit by Do Kwan Come gather 'round, club kids and pay ye attention. There's someone you should know about. A piece of history died earlier this week. Someone as controversial as any rapper or rock star, yet someone with immense influence on musicians even today. I'm talkin' Pete Seeger. Pete Seeger was a political … Continue reading Pete Seeger–a class act and a reason not to paddle faster when hearing banjos
I don't think that even Johnny Rotten could have imagined the rather warped directions that three Japanese women would take the punk rock genre
Some musings on the eve of Sarah Palin's visit to Madison...