Sunday, October 14, 2007

More music you need: Lotus (a capella)

LotusAn a capella group of four women based out of Moscow, Idaho in the early 1990's, and disbanded some time after when their lives took different turns. Their only CD is long out of print, probably never marketed by their label, if you hadn't been to one of their performances, then you'ld probably never obtain one. Every song is good.

One or two of the original members reformed with new singers as "Mockingbird", which will be featured in the next posting.
Rosehip November

Friday, October 5, 2007

More music you need: Peter Schilling

The "Error in the System" album

Major Tom (coming home)

Like Nena's "99 Luftballoons", this same-year one-hit wonder import from Germany comes on an album that has no dogs. They're all good, especially "Lifetime Guarantee". The title track is a revisit of David Bowie's "Space Oddity".

Track Listings (the English only re-issue)
1. Only Dreams
2. Lifetime Guarantee
3. Error in the System
4. Major Tom (Coming Home)
5. Major Tom, Pt. 2
6. (Let's Play) U.S.A.
7. I Have No Desire
8. Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht (Silent Night, Holy Night)

More music you need: The Waitresses

I Know What Boys Like

Info about this song's album (most songs pretty good)

Track listing

"No Guilt"
"Wise Up"
"It's My Car"
"Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?"
"I Know What Boys Like"
"Heat Night"
"Pussy Strut"
"Go On"
"Jimmy Tomorrow"

More music you need: Las Ketchup

The Ketchup Song (This is one where the video *should be* watched from the get-go.)

There is a "Spanglish" version, but it's really "Gibb-lish", as all the non-English parts are really Spanish-sounding gibberish, based on an approximation of the SugarHill Gang's "Rapper Delight":
"I said a hip hop the hibbit, the hibbit
to the hip hip hop, and you dont stop
rock on baby bubba to the boogie the bang bang
the boogie to the boogie, the beat"

More about the song and the group

Thursday, October 4, 2007

More music you need: Lorraine Feather

I discovered Lorraine in the CD bin at my local library.

Remembering to Breathe (For once, a video that doesn't detract too much from the song. Still, my mind's eye is better....)

More video, showcasing a master lyricist, exeptional singer giving new life to old jazz classics:
The 101
Rockin' in Rhythm

My favorites from the dooji wooji album:

Remembering to Breathe
I Know the Way to Brooklyn (sample)
Once Bitten (sample)
Shameful (sample)
Tryin' to Get Over (sample)

A review of the album
Lorraine's website

More music you need: Nena

More than just "99 Luftballoons", the rest of that album is all gold.


Rette Mich

Nur Geträumt ("Just a Dream")

This one has a cheesy video, but uses the studio version and is therefore better than the live performances.

The tracks from this album are:

99 Red Balloons (English version) (sample)
"?" ("Fragezeichen") (sample)
Hangin' on You ("Ich Häng´ an Dir") (sample)
Just a Dream ("Nur Geträumt") (sample)
Let Me Be Your Pirate ("Lass Mich Dein Pirat Sein") (sample)
Kino ("Cinema") (sample)
Das Land der Elefanten ("The Land of the Elephants") {Love the synthesizer elephants} (sample)
Leuchtturm ("Lighthouse") (sample)
Rette mich ("Save Me") (sample)
Uner Kannt Durch's Märchenland ("Unrecognized in the Fairytale Land") (sample)
99 Luftballons ("99 Balloons", German version) (sample)

More music you need: Lilly Allen

Most of these videos take away from the songs. Probably better to close your eyes and just listen, at least until you've got your own mental picture.

Smile [Warning: Language]

ldn (I've substituted a homemade video that doesn't detract from the music as much as the artist's own music video does.)

More music you need: Nelly Furtado

Baby Girl

Turn Off the Light

Unique Melodies + Music you need: Tegan and Sara

I like a wide variety of music, a very eclectic mix. *But* I have an extremely strict guideline: it must have a unique melody.

Unique: if it sounds like all the other songs, I get bored.

Melody: I could care less about lyrics. If they happen to be good, great. If they are offensive, they'll nix an otherwise catchy candidate. These melodies sseduce their way into your inner dialog. They may be instant, quickly accessible favorites, or they may sound strange at first and when your mind/ear synapses get a few exposures, they'll grow to love 'em.

: Almost anything by Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney. Most of the Ziggy Stardust album by David Bowie. The first two Seals and Crofts albums (none of which were played on the radio). Most of the "99 Luftballoons" album by Nena. Some of Lorraine Feather's songs. Hardly any country or rap. Some of the pre-slut Nelly Furtado. "The Ketchup Song" by Las Ketchup. Some Lilly Allen.

Here are some of my favorites that you may not have heard, but should, starting with my...

= Latest discovery =

Tegan and Sara

I Know, I Know, I Know

Where Does the Good Go?

Living Room

And Darling (This Thing That Breaks My Heart)

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Princess Di killed by photographer?

Recently released photos confirm that just before the crash, a photographer was directly in front of the car, taking (at least two) flash photos of the inside of the car. This flash would have blinded the driver. According to the police reports, the accident began when the car hit a curb, swerved away, swerved back again and then crashed into a pillar.

Whether or not the white Audi hit the Mercedes, or whether the Mercedes hit the white Audi still appears to be in question. One of the released photos is attributed to "Jacques Langevin", who has claimed for years that he only took pictures at the hotel, and "stumbled" upon the wreck afterwards. Did this famous war-correspondent/journalist kill these people by driving in front of them and blinding the driver with at least two high-intensity flashes?

The USA government gets all concerned if someone points a laser pointer at an aircraft pilot, even if they are thousands of feet away....


Ongoing testimony confirms the above:
Guardian article
A motorist who witnessed the crash ... told how he had seen a "major white flash" moments before the tragedy. ... Mr Levistre described how a motorbike had overtaken the princess's car in the tunnel. ... he had then seen a very bright flash, which had been directed at the Mercedes. ... "The light even came into my car. ... The light was not directed towards me. It was directed towards the car which was behind. ... When I saw the light, I looked into the mirror ... I saw the car going from left to right to left again to get within the pillar." ...

Mr Levistre also told how he had stopped near the exit from the Pont de l'Alma tunnel following the accident ... He saw the motorcycle passenger get off the motorbike, approach the car, and then gesture to the bike's driver before climbing back on and driving off. ... the bike's occupants looked at him before passing his car and leaving the underpass.

He also said he saw a small white car in the tunnel, but maintained that there was no contact between this and the Mercedes.