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Playlist Progress

I’m nearly there naming all 26 alphabet playlists. I wanted to share with you my 80’s playlist which isn’t actually part of the alphabet playlist (yet) but spawned from a fun night on facebook with new and old friends throwing out their fav 80’s tunes. The plan for the 80’s playlist is to morph into the N spot – Nine – this is me in Grade Nine, which will me more of an early high school playlist of late 80’s tunes.

But for now here is the playlist that I call ‘Pynx’ after the all-ages night club I went to and heard some of these songs for the first time!

Alphabetical Order of course!!

ABC – Poison Arrow
Alphaville – Forever Young
Animotion – Obsession
Asia – Heat of the Moment
The Bangles – Hazy Shade of Winter
The Beastie Boys – She’s Crafty
The Beastie Boys – Girls
Blondie – One Way or Another
Bonnie Tyler – I need a Hero
Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
Bootsauce – Masterstroke

Bow Wow Wow – I want Candy
Boys Don’t Cry – I Wanna Be a Cowboy
Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA
Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star
C&C Music Factory – Gonna Make you Sweat
The Cars – Drive
The Cars – My Bestfriend’s Girl
The Church – Under the Milky Way
Cindy Lauper – True Colours
Cindy Lauper – Time After Time
Cindy Lauper – Girls just Wanna have Fun
Concrete Blonde – Joey
Corey Hart – Sunglasses at night
Cowboy Junkies – Misguided Angel

Crowded House – Don’t Dream it’s Over
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
The Cure – Pictures of You
The Cure – Just like Heaven
The Cure – Why Can’t I Be You?

Cutting Crew – I Just Died in Your Arms
David Bowie – Heros
Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round
Debbie Deb – When I hear Music
Deee-Lite – Groove is in the Heart

Depeche Mode – Behind the Wheel
Depeche Mode – People are People
Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence
Devo – whip it
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come on Eileen
Duran Duran – Rio
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Eddie Murphy – Party all the Time
The English Beat – Mirror in the Bathroom

Eurythmics – Would I Lie to You?
Flashdance – What A Feeling
Footloose – Let’s Hear it for the Boy
General Public – Tenderness

The Go Go’s – Our Lips are Sealed
The Go Go’s – We Got the Beat
Grandmaster Flash – The Message
The Gruesomes – Hey
Heart – Alone
Heart – What About Love
Howard Jones – No one is to Blame
Huevos Rancheros – Get Outta Dodge
In a Big Country – Big Country
Iron Maiden – Run to the Hills
Jackson Five – I Want you Back
Jane Siberry – Mimi on the Beach

Janet Jackson – Nasty
Jefferson Starship – We Built this City
Jesus & Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
Joan Jett – I Love Rock n’ Roll
John Cougar Mellencamp – Jack and Diane\
John Cougar Mellencamp – Crumblin’ Down
John Waite – Missing You
Kate Bush – Running up that Hill
Kim Wilde – Kids in America
Love & Rockets – Ball of Confusion

Madonna – Crazy for you
Martha & the Muffins – Echo Beach
Men At Work – Who can it Be Now
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
Micheal Jackson – Wanna Be Startin’ Something
Midge Ure – If I was
Midnight Oil – Beds are Burning
Modern English – I’ll Melt with You
Mr. Mister – Broken Wings
Nena – 99 Luftballoons
New Order – True Faith
New Order – Bizzare Love Triangle

New Order – Temptation
Oingo Boingo – Weird Science
Olivia Newton-John – Physical
Pat Benatar – Love is a Battlefield
Patrick Swayze – She’s Like the Wind
Paula Abdul – Rush, Rush
Pet Shop Boys – Always on my Mind
Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes
Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight
Platinum Blonde – It Doesn’t Really Matter

Platinum Blonde – Not in Love
The Pointer Sisters – Neutron Dance
The Police – Can’t Stand Losing
The Police – Don’t Stand so Close to Me

The Police – Every little Thing She Does is Magic
Prince – Let’s go Crazy
Prince – I would Die 4 U
Prince – Purple Rain
Prince – When Doves Cry
Prince – 1999
Pyschedelic Furs – Heaven
The Pursuit of Happiness – She’s So Young
Queen – Fat Bottomed Girls
REM – Superman
REM – Radio Free Europe

Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock – It Takes Two
Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love
Run DMC – It’s Tricky
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet – Having an Average Weekend
Sheena Easton – 9 to 5
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F-11
Sigue Sigue Sputnik – 21st Century Boy
Simple Minds – Alive and Kicking
Simply Red – Holding Back the Years
Sinead O’Connor – Mandinka

Slade – Run Run Away
The Smiths – The Queen is Dead
The Smiths – This Charming Man
The Smiths – How Soon is Now?

Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Spandau Ballet – True
The Spoons – Nova Heart
Specials – A Message to Rudy
Split Enz – Romantic Traffic
Sugarcubes – Birthday
Talking Heads – And She Was
Talking Heads – Burning Down the House

Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime
Tears for Fears – Change
Technotronic – Pump up the Jam
Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me with Science
Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now
Til Tuesday – Voices Carry
Tina Turner – What’s Love Got to Do with it
Tone Loc – Wild Thing
Tone Loc – Funky Cold Medina
Toto – Africa
Toni Basil – Mickey
U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday

U2 – With or Without You
Ultravox – Dancing with Tears in My Eyes
Van Halen – Jump
Violent Femmes – Blister in the Sun
Wall of Voodoo – Mexican Radio
Whale – Hobo Humpin Slobo Babe

Wham – Wake Me up Before you Go go
XTC – Dear God
Young MC – Bust a Move

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The Alphabet Playlist – in progress and need your help!

I’ve started a monsterous endeavour in the last few weeks. A playlist for every letter of the alphabet. One word to describe the tunes on the list. I’ve had an A for Acute playlist for some time and added songs that I find clever, razor-sharp and intelligent – still a work in progress but examples are Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Gold Lion”, The Neighbourhood “Female Robbery”, and Bon Iver “Skinny Love”. I will share full playlists as they are complete.

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B is for Breaking – and I haven’t actually given this one much thought. I just threw some songs on there with no meaning and need to develop it a bit more. Perhaps Breaking Bad influenced songs? Who knows at this point, I welcome suggestions.

C is for cover. I love a good cover tune and this playlist is developing fast and could be one of the longer ones. I’m open to any suggestions for great cover tunes! I have Arcade Fire doing Peter Gabriel’s ‘Games without Frontiers’ and Ryan Star’s affecting rendition of Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’ and the classic Jimi Hendrix version of Dylan’s ‘All Along the Watchtower. However I would like to develop this playlist with covers from all genres….hit me!

D is Dead. Lou Reed dying this week gave me motivation to start this one and I was able to add 43 songs to this list just from songs on my phone! TuPac to Johnny Cash!

The only other letter to date is I for Indulge and that list is a personal list of songs that are for me indulgent. Again a work-in-progress!!!!!!

So I as of you a few things….help me add to the lists I have going and give me suggestions for the letters I don’t. What the hell will X be? Comment here, email me at beatandlyric@gmail.com or post on the facebook page!

I look forward to your suggestions.

Cheers,
Lila


40 Songs of Lila Lyric

When hitting a milestone like 40-years-old it can either consume you with thoughts of getting old or it is just another day in your life. I am Team ’73 and this is our year. I won’t say that I’m consumed with the fact that I’m turning the big 4-0, but I’m also not letting it be just.another.day. I want to recognize the years I’ve lived through and what better way to do it than with music!
These are songs that shaped me, songs that had impact on my 40 years of life. They are certainly not my favourite songs and some I even despise *cough*manilow*cough*, but when researching songs released in each year I chose the one that jumped out at me. I went through the songs from each year when I was younger and selected songs that I may not remember in that year, but perhaps later discovered. They were songs my parents were listening to on 8-track in the big gold Thunderbird, they were on the turntable in the basement rec room, they were songs my mother would play on the piano and sing horribly out of tune too.

So here they are in chronological order. Enjoy my 40 songs in all shades

1973 – Elton John “Crocodile Rock” – this song was on a children’s LP that I had later in years and I adored this and would constant play this over and over again.

1974 – Barbara Striesand “The Way We Were” – one of few songs I learned on the piano, because my mother made me!
1975 – Glen Campbell “Rhinestone Cowboy” – I blame all country songs that I know on my grandfather! He was not a glittery cowboy but I think he influenced my mother who then in turn influenced me.

1976 – Barry Manilow “I Write The Songs” – pure torture. I hate this song, but I had to hear it when all I wanted to listen to was Sesame Street Fever. My mother was evil 😉
1977 – Rod Stewart “Tonight’s the Night” – Rod was a staple growing up. I still like his raspy voice.
1978 – The Bee Gees “How Deep is Your Love” – the be all end all of music according to my father. Ask me anything Bee Gees related. Barry Gibb to my father is Ryan Star to me. Nuff said.
1979 – Billy Joel “My Life” – lip sync duo with Kevin, my older brother from a K-Tel album that had this song …it was the first song on the second side of the LP…..the album cover was green. I’m such a visual person!
1980 – Queen “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – I wanted to put ‘Another Bites the Dust’ but that would be the Queen song for my brother’s list. This isn’t my favourite Queen song but I do like it’s groove.

1981 – Rick Springfield “Jessie’s Girl” – Yep. I was born at the perfect time to be one of those Rick Springfield lovers. I thought he was soooo cute, but I was more drawn to Bull Terrier on the cover of the ‘Working Class Dog’ LP.
1982 – Olivia Newton-John “Physical” – so many to choose from this year, but I had the headband, my mother refused to buy me the leotard. Smart woman.

1983 – Musical Youth “Pass the Dutchie” – don’t judge me….81, 82 and 83 were me discovering music on my own with no parental or brotherly influence. Honestly though, I think this was the beginnings of my diversity in music. Such a rap/reggae influence right? 😉

1984 – Van Halen “Jump” – the beginning of the metal years, thanks to my bro. We were just like every other kid jumping from the couch to couch playing this song, swinging out arms playing air guitar.
1985 – Metallica “Fade to Black” – I’m still not over Cliff Burton and still angry that Jason Newstead left the band. Love the bass players, no longer care about the rest of the band!
1986 – Run DMC “Walk this Way” – I was deep in Metallica at this point but intrigued and fascinated by rap, and when Aerosmith did this song with Run DMC it took my breath away.

1987 – Beastie Boys “Fight for your Right to Party” – nuff’ said.
1988 – Leonard Cohen “First we Take Manhattan” – I remember watching the video for this song on Much Music. I wasn’t sure I like the song at that age, wasn’t sure what is was, who he was, but I remember it vividly and came back to it years later.

1989 – The Cure “Pictures of You” – The Cure hold a special place in my heart. My first concert – CNE Grandstand – 8th row center – I could see Robert Smith’s sweat drip from his brow.
1990 – Jane’s Addiction “Three Days” – The 90’s were a great era for Team ‘73ers. A time of self-discovery. Perry Farrell had much much influence over me. Ritual De Lo Habitual is still part of me.

1991 – REM “Losing My Religion” – Again, the age of video. I can visualize this entire video in my head. The song is still great. I am not a fan of REM post Out-Of-Time though. Automatic For the People did so well and people love it, but it bores me.

1992 – Pearl Jam “Jeremy” – Eddie Vedder what a man, what a man, what a mighty fine man. He booted me in the head once – he was crowd surfing and Steph (another Team ’73) and I bounced around the mosh pit.
1993 – The The “Love is Stronger than Death” – god I love this song. If you haven’t heard it go listen. Hell listen to the entire Dusk album.
1994 – Tori Amos “Cornflake Girl” – Girl Power.
1995 – Radiohead “Fake Plastic Trees” – oh Thom thanks for coming out. Thanks for being a staple in my life for 20 years.

1996 – The Wallflowers “One Headlight” – this is likely not the best song Jakob Dylan has ever recorded, but I still throw this one on my running playlist. It still has a hold on me.

1997 – Hanson “mmmmBop” – i put this in to see if you are still reading….actually it’s Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” but I didn’t want to repeat a band 😉
1998 – Matthew Good Band “Apparitions” – this is my CRTC Canadian Content. No, I do love Matt Good and thankfully he continues to put out great music!
1999 – Moby “Natural Blues” – how can you not crank this tune and drive fast?
2000 – Coldplay “Yellow” – I’ve always had a thing for Brit Pop. Coldplay are like U2, they are consistent and well loved by the masses. This song reminds me of the favourite yellow t-shirt I once had.
2001– Nickelback “This is how you remind me” – this is only here for the pure fact that it showed that 2001 and was a terrible year in the history of music. Ick.
2002 – Damien Rice “Cannonball” – and we recover with Mr. Rice. “O” is a fantastic album, and it needs to be listened to from beginning to end.
2003 – The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army” – this is where I begin my love affair with a weirdo.
2004 – The Killers “Mr. Brightside” – I don’t care what you say this is the best running song ever.

2005 – Imogen Heap “Hide & Seek” – Oh the song from The OC (as show I never watched). I love Imogen and her weird hats. Especially love her collaborations with Jeff Beck.
2006 – Ryan Star “Back of Your Car” – and so it begins. Rockstar Supernova airs and I fell hard. I know that BOYC isn’t a 2006 song, but it is for me. I don’t think it was Ryan’s first original I had heard, I looked him up previously to him rockin’ it out on the show – but I chose it here because I love every form of this song I have heard. I adore Ryan acoustic, on the piano and being all mellow – but I love love love when he gets all nasty and rocks it out.
2007 – Radiohead “Reckoner” – Radiohead swooped in and stole my soul in 2007 with this song, this album.
2008 – Portishead “Magic Doors” – brilliance comes around again! I chose this song because the beeping at the beginning. Every time it came on in my car I thought my car was alerting me to something wrong. Every.Time.
2009 – Florence + The Machine “Rabbit Heart” – Lungs is a great album and this song is my favourite. The lyrics are fabulous.
2010 – Ryan Star “Breathe” – A worthy repeat of an artist wouldn’t you say? 11:59 was released in this year and I may have listened to it a wee bit.

2011 – Bon Iver “Flume” – I know Bon Iver puts people to sleep. I was being put to sleep from early on in the release of this album. I also adore Peter Gabriel’s cover.
2012 – Jack White “Love Interruption” – This song makes me appreciate a different sound out of Jack, also makes me want to have love bite me, and slam my fingers in a doorway. Kinky.

2013 – Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Sacrilege” – can’t get enough of this song so far this year and anticipate the album release later this month!!! Woohoo new music!

There were so many songs I could have chosen, so many that had impact in certain years and then there were years where pickings were slim! So odd. There are artists that didn’t even make the list, like Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Love and Rockets, Iron Maiden to name few. I wouldn’t call this my Top 40 songs, as there are many songs that were made pre-1973 that I adore, and there are likely many songs released in one year that would fill spots.

So as I prepare to turn 40 in 2 days….I do hope to remain young at heart in my music tastes. Is that possible or am I delusional?

Cheers,
Lila


11 Songs for the 11th Hour

The Rapture, The Apocalypse, The End of the World.  If it happens tomorrow than you have tonight to listen to these tunes, in that 11th hour.  I did nott want to post the typical ‘Eve of Destruction’, ‘It’s the End of the World as we know it’ tunes, I dug a little deeper.  I also used my infinite ability to tie Ryan Star into a blog post, it’s my super power and  I bare proudly!

1) Here’s Where The Story Ends – The Sundays

A band from the 90’s, Harriet Wheeler has a cheerfully delightful voice but this song is dark.  The story may not be the end of the world, in this case it reads as the end of the ‘fling’ or ‘relationship but to some (especially teen girls) a relationship ending is the end of the world!

2) The Four Horseman – Metallica

Kill ‘em All is still one of my favourite LPs, thanks to my brother.  I have a soft spot for hardcore/thrash metal and Kill ‘em All was the introduction.  Having seen Metallica live numerous times pre-Black album gives me street cred right?  “Time, has taken its toll on you, the lines that crack your face”  This line hits home for me.  Wrinkles are cropping up as I turn the corner into a new decade of age, I welcome the end of the world!  Rock on!

3) All Along the Watchtower – Bob Dylan

This song haunts me.  Both Bob’s original and Jimi’s cover.  I give credit here to Bob Dylan as he wrote the lyrics.  The song is poetically dark, the fog roll in as you listen, gloom and doom is near as …”the wind began to howl”

4) Earth Died Screaming – Tom Waits

I’m pretty sure that Tom Wait’s vocal chords have already been through an apocalypse and survived…..just barely.  If you are labeled ‘experimental’ as an artist I’m damn sure you are going to be singing about death and destruction and Tom Waits delivers with Earth Died Screaming.  The end of the world happens when the earth screams.  Nothing says end of the world like raining fish, and mud in your eye….the locusts, that creeps me out a little.

5) The Future – Leonard Cohen

More vocal chords that have an apocalyptic existence, how fitting for a blog about the end of the world.  I think Lenny and Tom should batten down the hatches together in a concrete bunker because if anyone can survive this impending doomsday it would be them.  They should invite Keith Richards and hot box themselves for a decade, I bet they all come out looking younger, but the question here is…..’if three shoulda been dead decades ago genius musicians survive an apocalypse would anyone hear them?’  Bruce Cockburn might be the only one.

“When they said repent repent”

6) The Sky is Broken – Moby

The visual this song creates is totally a 3D Hollywood movie scene. The two notes on the piano give me shivers – ‘speak to me’ oh Moby you do, you do.

7) Here Comes the Flood – Peter Gabriel

Peter has said that this song is about a mental flood.  It’s seems too obvious to think this song is about a real flood that washes over the earth and destroys the world as we know it.  With Peter referring to a mental flood he says it’s about a telepathic society where can read each other’s minds.  The Truth.  Wouldn’t that invoke an end of the world response?

8) Cannon – The White Stripes

This song to me is how Jack White prays, his internal struggle.  His rapture is coming, he lets in his spirit – which to him is a tribute to an old blues song – and then he repents and waits for his punishment.

9) No Depression in Heaven – The Carter Family

This is a song about going to the other side and leaving a sad and turbulent reality.  It’s fitting for today as tomorrow may not be and with all the horrific tragedies we’ve seen in this generation.  There are people in Connecticut tomorrow that will say ‘our world ended last Friday’.  So very sad.

10) Moonlight Mile – The Rolling Stones

This song isn’t necessarily about the end of the world.  The song is about getting back to someone you love, tremendously, someone you would want to be with if the world was ending “I’m just living to be lying by your side” is a lyric that says it all.

11) Back of Your Car – Ryan Star

Another song about making the most of things as the ‘world’ comes to an end with someone, someone hopefully that means something to you.  Stripping down and being vulnerable, no holds barred, getting it on and feeling every inch of who you really are inside your head and inside your body.

If this is the last blog ever by Beat & Lyric, than Happy Rapture, hope you have repented your sins 😉

~Lila


The Art of the Album

Feeling the nostalgia bug again this week.  I’m sure it stemmed from weekend conversations with friends.  I remembered yesterday that I wanted to touch on what an ‘album’ is in this day and age.  The digital music revolution has changed how we listen to music, how we talk about music and how we obtain and distribute music.  What is an album?  Is it a collection of music on either a ‘record’, compact disc, cassette tape, 8-track or other such media?  Is the new album that you download an ‘e-album’ the same way you read an eBook?  I get so confused by this ever-changing terminology.  A ‘record’ to me is vinyl visually….but maybe a record is a ‘recording’ and the medium on which it is ‘recorded’ can be all different formats.  I assume yes.

This train of thought leads me a conversation with Ryan Star.  Of course I made my way to his two shows in Montreal and Toronto over the last extended weekend.  Of course I did.  My short show review = fabulous but way too short, I’m in need of another headline show.  But this isn’t about the show, the set list, the energy, the rstar vibe, it was all there and I’m thrilled that I was in the house for both Canadian dates.  This blog today is about song listing on albums (I’m calling the collection albums because it makes the most sense to me).  Ryan took the time to chat with myself, Betty and our fabulously fashionable and cool friend Deb (@realyeo) outside Lee’s Palace in Toronto.  I think being in that neighbourhood, being in that venue sparked some serious nostalgia vibes for me, its crazy how fast memories of shows and crazy nights in the Annex come wafting back so very very fast.  I’m trying to remember if it was Dinosaur Jr. or Buffalo Tom I first saw at Lee’s.  Maybe it was neither…maybe it was both…..I don’t really know.  I do know that I danced my ass off at the Dance Cave upstairs…..that I know for sure.

The conversation with Ryan turned to his intentions with his future recordings.  He mentioned his love of the vibe of ‘Elephant’ (his first solo ‘album’ – Songs for the Eye of an Elephant) and how he wants to get back to that place with the next record.  He also mentioned how painful it was to take 4 years to put out 11:59…..dude we know we waited with you!  From this I took to mean that he wants a more raw approach to his recordings, showing more vulnerability.  I’m thrilled as this is who he is and who I see him as and why I’m drawn to his music.  Don’t get me wrong 11:59 is a great collection of songs and I love it but what I’m about to touch on as the art of an ‘album’ doesn’t quite apply, at least as I see and experience it.

The first time I heard ‘Elephant’ all the way through from Track 1 to 20, I was driving.  I had received the CD in the mail and popped it into my car stereo before a lone road trip south to Toronto.  The first leg of my drive is somewhat remote, I love this part because I can zone out and listen to tunes.  

What I love most about listening to a collection of songs in the order the artist placed them is when it becomes less about the individual song and more about the album as a whole.  A great album captures you and keeps you entranced from beginning to end.  ‘Elephant’ did this for me, I may have sped that day, I may have made it to my destination in record time…..my god I love driving fast, and it’s usually the fault of good loud music that drives me lead foot.

A blog wouldn’t be a blog without a list.  Right?  I’ve added a list of albums that have gripped me, grabbed me by the throat and choked me so that I have to breathe through my ears.  Each note, each word sung from beginning to end, enter into my brain, my blood, and my breath.  I look at these albums and see an entire book, each song plays a part, each song is a chapter and the story isn’t complete with one missing.  For me these artists have mastered the art of the album.  I’d like to see Ryan strive to take his next album to this level.  I believe it is there, that Elephant was the beginning, 11:59 has it, but The America EP proves the art is in him.  I can’t wait to see what is next.

So here is my 12, some old, some newer, some classic and in no particular order.  Please comment and add your own as I would love to discover more albums that choke me.

Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

 

I don’t think anyone will argue with me on this choice.  Pink Floyd are masters of the concept albums and Dark side of the Moon does not fail, beginning to end it is a masterpiece.

Radiohead – The Bends

Radiohead take art rock to a new level.  Thom Yorke doesn’t right songs, he writes albums. This 1995 release is hands down my favourite Radiohead album and gives me a cosmic release as I listen; it is an orgasm for my ears.  In Rainbows should be on this list too, but in choosing between Radiohead albums I have to give it to The Bends.

Buffalo Tom – Let Me Come Over

Let Me Come Over is a rollercoaster ride.  The track listing is up down and all around, that by track 6 I’m out of breath and then Larry hits you in the chest.  Best Buffalo Tom song ever, right smack in the middle of the LMCO, perfect.

Dinosaur Jr. – Where You Been

J Mascis squeals from beginning to end with his voice, and with his guitar.  Dino Jr. isn’t for everyone, but they’ve kept my attention for 20 years and WYB and Green Mind are albums that need to be listened to from beginning to end to appreciate the wonder of J Mascis.

Florence + The Machine – Lungs

This is the most current album on my list.  Florence stabbed me in the ears early on with Cosmic Love and I didn’t actually acquire the entire album of Lungs right away.  I downloaded Dog Days as a single and soon after realized what I was missing.  Lungs is a brilliant album and Florence is an album artist, Ceremonials their second album release does much the same.

Pearl Jam – Ten

Do I really need to explain?  1991 seems like such a long time ago.  I wouldn’t change a thing on this album but it seems the band would love to remix it…..leave it alone please please please.

Portishead – Dummy

Clearly ‘Dummy’ is more an album than the songs are songs individually.  The album really leaves you ‘numb’ and ‘it could be sweet’ so don’t be a ‘dummy’ and go down the ‘roads’ and listen intently from beginning to end or I will kick you in the ‘glory box’.

Moby – Play

Play is weird.  Weird is good.  If you listen to only one song weird will just be well…..weird.  Play is a story of weird and Moby is the lead character.  Throw in a Gwen Stefani and you’ve got a hit, even if she’s a minor minor character. 

Peter Gabriel – Us

 ‘Us’ might not be people’s first choice in PG album. The narrative is so personal and not listening to the album in its entirety is being rude to Mr. Gabriel, he’s pouring his heart out and giving you a piece of him so listen and feel or I will punch you for him.

The The – Dusk

Don’t ask me anything about The The.  I know who they are, where they are from a bit about their history but this is the only album I have any connection to by the band.  It just sort of fell into my lap and became the late night dark room music of us budding photography students way back in 1993.  The melancholy here was perfect, the gloom is actually uplifting at least for me as an avid beginning to end ‘Dusk’ listener.  I cannot pick a favourite track on this album, I just can’t do it.  This is my perfect example of the art of the album, and I will go out on a limb and make it my #1.

Jane’s Addiction – Ritual De Lo Habitual

If you don’t see the genius that is Perry Farrell than stop reading.  Ritual is actually two stories, if you originally bought this on cassette….part one was on side one and part two was well…side two.  There is a distinct break in the album after track 5.  It still warrants a full listen.  I don’t think anyone will ever ‘get’ Perry Farrell and/or get this album but you certainly can feel the story and the anguish of his life at that time.  This album has many layers, those layers may be laced with hallucinogens but that is all part of the story.  Indulge in this again if it has been awhile, so worth repeating.

The Smiths – The Queen is Dead

I have always resented the ‘slit your wrist’ mind-set that label The Smiths.  Johnny Marr makes an appearance here as he does with The The, follow him on Twitter he’s interesting.  It doesn’t surprise me that he wrote quite a few of the songs on this album.  This album takes me back earlier than the others, even Dark Side of the Moon which I did not listen to until much later in life (shameful I know).  Morrissey is a story-teller and this album delivers a story.

 And for your listening please….Larry by Buffalo Tom

So there it is a blog with a list, a blog with rstar content, predictable Lila Lyric style.  Now give me your top ‘albums’ that need a full listen.

~Lila


One of These Things Sounds a Bit Like the Other…

Sometimes, as I’m listening to music, be it in the cars at work, on my iPod, Edge co-listening or even while driving around, I’ll hear a bit of a coincidental sound. A song that reminds me heavily of another. A voice that sounds just like someone else. An influence that is so easily heard in a new artist.  These little coincidences always make me smile. And they never fail to make me think and research and dig a little deeper.

Does anyone else do this?  Does anyone else wonder if the music is properly, and legally, sampled, or if the fact that two songs have the same instrumental back beat is merely a cosmic coincidence (and is there such a thing in music?)

Sometimes people indulge my little tirades about similarities in music.  Sometimes they actually go check them out and have no idea what I’m talking about. Sometimes they smile and nod. And, yes, even sometimes they invariably shout “I know, right?!” (ha… love that line.. it always makes me giggle) and agree with me outright (which always makes me feel smart, despite the fact I’m quite okay to high-five myself).

Influence is such an objective thing.  From the very small, seemingly innocuous things influence us all on a daily basis. At times, there are larger influences the compel us to be something we aren’t. Would we have had these ideas eventually without the influence, do we rely on the influence or do we just accept it, be grateful for it and try not to judge ourselves too harshly?  When it comes to music should we expect a level of creativity and exclusivity when influence can be shared (and often is)?  And is anyone really going to admit they thieved an idea or a set of notes? It became a heated topic one day when I tried to gauge my own tolerances for music that sounds, for the most part, like other music.  Does it really matter if I enjoy it regardless?

And you know what I came up with?  I think too much. If influence causes you to create something terrific, who gives a fuck where it came from, what you listened to to get it or who provided it? If it’s good, it’s good. Period.  When we note the similarities, it is only for entertainment value.. something quirky and interesting to note with others who note the small coincidences in life. No need to think too hard on these things…

I thought I would share a few that I’ve come across lately, a few that were discussed when I brought up the idea for the blog and a few that were shared with me.  Let’s see if you hear what I hear.

1. Dragonette’s Hello/Grouplove’s Tongue Tied

It’s not a huge coincidence. Just a small piece of instrumental in both songs that is similar (different octaves and tempos.. but it’s essentially the same).

Listen to Dragonette’s Hello 31 seconds in.

Now listen to Grouplove’s Tongue Tied right from the start.

2. The Doors/The Kinks

A classic that I’d completely forgotten about until a Super smart person reminded me. An excellent example.

In ’64 The Kinks had a song called “All of the day and all of the night”. In ’68 The Doors had “Hello, I love you.” Much like how you notice that Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and the ABC’s are the same song, just different lyrics, this one is child’s play and easy to recognize.  Once someone points it out, it’s even easier.

The Doors:

The Kinks:

Although this is the “official” claim:

In the liner notes to The Doors Box set, Robby Krieger has denied the allegations that the song’s musical structure was stolen from Ray Davies, where a riff similar to it is featured in the Kinks “All Day and All of the Night”. Instead, he said the song’s vibe was taken from Cream’s song “Sunshine of Your Love” (Thank you http://www.wikipedia.com). 

3. Of Monsters and Men/Kate Nash

When I first heard the song, Little Talks, from Of Monsters and Men (an Icelandic import that I’m thoroughly enjoying), I honestly wondered when Kate Nash started a band. Of course, it is not Kate Nash, but rather Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir.  Even Ragnar þórhallsson sounds a bit Mumford-esque. Not a surprise I was taken to them immediately.

Kate Nash:

Of Monsters and Men:

4. The Verve/The Rolling Stones

A controversy wrapped up in a one hit wonder. There are stories upon stories of how the Verve did not make a dime from their hit Bittersweet Symphony, all because of a sampling of a Rolling Stones obscure 60s release.

This is a story I had no idea about.  And I listened to this song.  For ages.  I still do. Much gratitude to the one who shared this – as always, finding interesting information to inspire (and illiterate on). I owe you.

The story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitter_Sweet_Symphony

Take a listen, see if you can hear it (because I still can’t):

The Verve:

The Stones:

Side note – do you think Coldplay could be charged with stealing video ideology? They seem to borrow heavily from the Verve’s penchant for the “walking video”.. you know.. where the lead just walks. And walks.  Hmm. Perhaps watch for an upcoming blog on “Walk” videos. Who did them well?

5. Gotye/Sting/Peter Gabriel

It has been the topic of many a heated debate.  Does Gotye sound more like Sting? More like Peter Gabriel? Either? Neither? When I first started hearing Gotye last fall (well before the inundation of Gotye on Adult Contemporary radio), my very first thought was Sting’s voice with Gabriel’s music.  I still maintain that he sounds Sting-esque.  A lot.

In fact, I’m going with this Mashup to prove my point:

Alexx Foxx & DJ Embassy Mashup:

There are others I’m sure – how Joy Formidable sounds a bit like Pretty Girls Make Graves.  Jenny Owen Youngs new album has a distinct sound that I can’t pinpoint yet. Fun-dot (who I abhor) mashes up a bunch of styles (unsuccessfully, mind you).  Oh, and M83 and the sax solo is a direct rip-off of that sax player in the Lost Boys (I’ve noted who that is somewhere.. I just don’t have the time to jot them all down).  I think that makes this an ongoing series.  Hit us up with your own little coincidences.  The little ones are always my favourite.

 

 


Friday’s Friendly Finds (FFF)

I like the letter F. Most of my favourite words start with it. Yes, I have a 4-letter F-word addiction I could be cliché and say that word was, “food” (although I do enjoy a tasty burger from time to time), but no. It is what you think.

Another F word we love ’round here?  Friday. Fridays are usually about good friends, good music, a few good drinks and the lingering promise of mid-afternoon naps taken in the warm sun, lounging and playing and a break from the monotony of your Monday through Thursday.

Our Fridays here are about our friends. Friends who love music the way we do, that always have a recommendation at the ready to share and who understand those gleeful hours right after a new musical discovery.

In some ways, through their recommendations, you might get to know them a bit too and realize why they earned the name “Music buddy.”

Today, my Triple-F feature comes from a work friend, Sean B. Sean has a taste for the eclectic, as I do. He has reminded me of bands I’ve forgotten (Frente! is a good example) and introduced some really great new musicians into my daily soundtrack.

Girl Talk. Also known as Gregg Gillis. What Gregg Gillis does to music is why I love music – it’s a complete mash-up of the somewhat eclectic (“Jump on Stage” features an all-time favoured Portishead) with the very popular (snippets of Gaga, Missy Elliott, Beyonce) and he doesn’t apologize for any of it. Girl Talk makes music I often tend to find unpalatable on its own and turns it into something that makes my head nod and my toes tap. I’m a bit surprised at myself because of it – the music found here are not my usual style. It’s much more hip hop/pop than my norm. The album All Day was immediately downloaded (free! The best music friends are ones that hit you up with freebies) and, as it was suggested, I spent my entire day today roaming through it.

The best experience in this album? How you would hear those beginnings of a sound, get into it; it’s not anything earth shattering, but solid good beats. And suddenly you hear Peter Gabriel. Or Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time”. Or any other number of highly recognizable tracks that then mesh with other snippets. And you discover you’re grinning. And liking it. And, despite my surprise, I’m also sharing it with all my other friends.

As always, thanks for the rec, Sean! Well played!

Get Girl Talk’s All Day here:

 http://www.illegal-art.net/allday/


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