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Six Hundred and Thirty Three

For some unknown reason, I have decided to play my Ipod straight through. Three thousand, seven hundred odd songs. Apparently, it should take me ten days of constant, round the clock playing, but of course, that won't happen. Maybe twenty days. Truly I am looking for things to entertain me, and those things must not cost me a lot of money, or so this new thing I have going suggests.

I like music, obviously, and I think this year might be about finding cool music from different parts of the world. Much like everything in the world, you can one day wake up and find yourself with an Ipod full of music that isn't exactly global, is primarily English, primarily white, and it's good to push out from that. So if you got some recommendations for things I can track down, feel free to drop it here, gimme a link if you got one, and thanks.

In other news, I finished reading the Aurealis nominations today.



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Dec. 28th, 2006 09:43 am (UTC)
Wax Tailor is French, but the albums I have sample mainly English spoken word from movies etc.

Tales of the Forgotten Melodies is a good place to start. So is eMusic... and the have free introductory songs too.
Dec. 28th, 2006 10:04 am (UTC)
sweet. thanks, man.
Dec. 28th, 2006 10:05 am (UTC)

Guitar Vader (myspace.com/guitarvader): Like a poppy Japanese version of the Pixies. They sing in English and Japanese, though you can't always tell which is which.

Control Machete (http://myspace.com/controlmachete): Laid-back Mexican hip-hop. Turns out Spanish is a really good language for rapping in.
Dec. 28th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
It makes good metal, too!

Check out Brujeria. :)
Dec. 29th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC)
how metal, though? i got a tolerance for metal these days.
Dec. 29th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how to build a scale to answer, honestly.

A sample of Vayan Sin Miedo:

According to pandora, regarding this particular song:

hard rock roots
the use of experimental sounds
a subtle use of vocal harmony
electric guitar wall-o-sound
mild rhythmic syncopation
repetitive melodic phrasing
demanding instrumental part writing
extensive vamping
groove based composition
mixed minor & major key tonality
heavy electric rhythm guitars
an emotional male lead vocal performance
a gravelly male vocalist
an unintelligible vocal delivery
prominent drums
angry lyrics
political lyrics
Dec. 29th, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)
cool. i shall check them out. (i meant to, like, reply to this after i checked the music, but the day got away from me and i'm only getting to it now.) so off i go to myspace.
Dec. 28th, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)
Points: http://www.jamendo.com -- admittedly a lot of white in that rice, but majority non-English/Merkin, and the styles range in lunatic fashion; out of several thousand albums there should be something you like.

Other than...

Transglobal underground, Sheila Chandra, !DelaDap, the usual run of Fela Anakulepo-Kuti/Ransome-Kuti (eMusic has a good collection of Fela), Bill Nelson, Tonto's Expanding Headband's Zero Time has always been a left-field staple for me, Youssou N'Dour, and various cross-cultural iterations of Bill Laswell and Jah Wobble...I could do better than this but my mind is clouded....
Dec. 29th, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)
sweet. thanks, man. i'm currently listening to the japanese band mentioned above. it's pretty cool.
Dec. 28th, 2006 10:57 am (UTC)
You should do an anonymous poll "what will Ben's central argument be in his review of the aurealis awards?"

Dec. 29th, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)
you know, i considered it.

then i thought, 'nah. why encourage people?'

Dec. 28th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
Free things to entertain you? Friend gudmagazine, read through Issue 0's TOC/teasers and then send an email to freebie@gudmagazine.com with the name of the story, poem, or report you'd like. :)

Music... yeah, always wonder how exactly to listen to everything. Today I'm listening to three Ministry albums on repeat (in chrono order): Twitch, The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste, Psalm 69.

Hmm. Something to track down: Hedningarna (swedish folk music). Something else: Melt Banana (japanaese noise metal). Definitely different ends of the spectrum. :)
Dec. 29th, 2006 02:33 am (UTC)
cool, i shall check them out. best of luck on the zine, too, btw.
Dec. 29th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
Cafe Tacuba's Re and Gran Exitos. The greatest Rock/rap band in Spanish. Their live album is terrific, too. But the coolest album I've heard lately is a compilation of rap music from the streets of Lagos called Lagos Stori Plenti. Absolutely briliant. You can find it at Forced Exposure's online store.
Dec. 29th, 2006 02:46 am (UTC)
Re: Music
sweet. shall track 'em down and have a look.
Dec. 29th, 2006 03:32 am (UTC)
I guess you've heard of Ladysmith's Black Mambazo already... but I like.

I have some old school jazz by Jelly Roll Morton which is interesting, if not completely outside of the box... take a look though if you haven't before. He's one of the originators of jazz. Apparently.

I've been thinking of tracking down some Maori music for a while. I'll keep you posted... I haven't got all that much interesting music, apparently! On a music related note though, you must get the Rogue's Gallery album of pirate balladas, sea songs and chanteys!
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