Music Listening Diary, Day 7

Day 7 was about individual songs, not albums. I was hanging online with some friends for several hours, taking advantage of the outloud.fm service to share tracks with each other. And I didn’t take notes of what they played for me or what I played for them. I just enjoyed it. So nothing to report.

This is my second time doing the diary, and both times by the end the cataloging was bugging me. Last time I saw it through, this time I didn’t. I don’t use last.fm (tried it, hated it, fuck it), I don’t have a play count column in my itunes, and I found noting my consumption of music changed my relationship to it. Of course, that’s a valid conclusion to reach from the exercise, and one I’m fine with.

Music Listening Diary, Day 5

There is no day 4.

Day 5 was my flight home, and I tried to read and listen and distract myself from the pain of my knees being driven into the seat in front. I read a couple of 33 1/3 books that I had picked up on that 99¢ e-book sale at Amazon – the ones on Paul’s Boutique (RIP, MCA) and It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back. Both were good, in the upper end of the dozen or so books I’ve read in the series (I read the one on The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society last week and let’s just say it was not in the upper end). I decided I didn’t want to listen to the subject records as I read, so picked a few records that were unlikely to have been sampled even by such noted crate-diggers as the Bomb Squad and Dust Brothers.

I queued up a Little Feat bootleg from a radio broadcast in 1973. Like the Ultrasonic Studios broadcasts, the Ebbets Field summer show on KCUV is a band at it’s peak, this time a little looser, a little jammier, than they were that spring. If you like Little Feat, I highly recommend this set.

Next up was a run through of Miguel’s three Art Dealer Chic EPs. I think they gradually decline from a high peak, but I’ll keep six or seven of the nine songs in rotation throughout the summer. Damn high batting average when you think about it.

I also listened to the first two albums from The 13th Floor Elevators, The Psychedelic Sounds Of… and Easter Everywhere. I’ve been listening to more Roky since moving to Texas. It seems to make more sense to me than it did in New England, where I liked but didn’t love it. I’m definitely growing to love these two albums.

Then the battery on my phone started to die and I thought I should keep some juice just in case. But as we circled in a holding pattern, flying from Dallas to Oklahoma City and back again, I really wished I had a bit more music to distract my from my aching knees.

Music Listening Diary, Days 2 & 3

I’m on vacation, visiting friends and stomping to and fro in Boston and Providence (thank god for affordable commuter trains), so I’ve had very little dedicated music listening time. However, on both Wednesday and Thursday I ate in dives that had music playing, and both places seemed to have put the first Led Zeppelin box set on shuffle [this is the set that had “Traveling Riverside Blues” on it, if that helps identify it]. I heard “Four Sticks” and “Tangerine” and “What is and What Should Never Be”, among others I don’t remember. It struck me as slightly strange that an Irish bar and a breakfast joint were both playing Zeppelin, and that both were not albums but a compilation that is more than greatest hits. I’ve always felt that the classic rock of the 70s had a strong grip on the New England psyche, but having been away for a while the grip seems stronger. I’ve also encountered local heroes Aerosmith (“Last Child” – so good) and The J. Giels Band (“Freeze Frame” – also killer) in shops and markets. Steve Miller, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt too; it’s pure Rock Candy in The Heart Of The City.

Music Diary Project, Day 1

I had a long flight yesterday, which gave me time to listen to a fair chunk of the My Bloody Valentine reissues. I would need to a/b them to fairly judge, but my impression was they were louder but not, thankfully, over compressed. I’ll hold off on thoughts of the two different Loveless mixes until I’ve had a chance to hear them under better conditions.

April 10 Music Diary

The big finish is more of a whimper. Day was filled with phone calls, motor racing and footie; I only got to hear one album while I was doing some chores.

Hawkwind – On Sundown bootleg

I love me some vintage space rock. Many days, I think Hawkwind from 70-74 is the greatest band to ever walk the Earth, or at least hover a few inches above the surface. This recording is from December 30, 1972 at Brixton Sundown; arguably, the peak of their not inconsiderate power (some of these performances were cleaned up and used on Space Ritual). Check out this intersteller setlist: “Electronic #1”, “Orgone Accumulator”, “Upside Down”, “Sonic Attack”, “Time We Left This World Today”, “10 Seconds Of Forever”, “Brainstorm”, “Seven By Seven”, “Master Of The Universe”, and “Welcome To The Universe”.

I just did some research on the web and it appears this is a boot of an actual release – Space Ritual Sundown, Vol. 2. With such a mess of discography I’m not surprised I missed this in the clutter, detritus, flotsam & jetsam of Hawklore. I know what I’ll be ordering from my local shop tomorrow. This show is awesome.

April 8 Music Diary

Lots of stuff today! Was out and about running errands, so it was time for the ipod and the dreaded shuffle. I needed a slow, comfy wakeup this morning, so I chose my playlist of the Simon and Garfunkel catalog with the first three Simon solo records. Here’s how it went, with a few quick comments.

Simon, Simon and Garfunkel: An Itunes Playlist

Paul Simon – “Silent Eyes”

Paul Simon – “Duncan” *one of my favorite songs of all time*

Simon and Garfunkel – “Punky’s Dilemma”

Simon and Garfunkel – “The Sound Of Silence”

Simon and Garfunkel – “Fakin’ It”

Simon and Garfunkel – “The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine”

Simon and Garfunkel – “Keep The Customer Satisfied”

Simon and Garfunkel – “Cecelia”

Simon and Garfunkel – “A Simple Desultory Philippic (Or How I Was Robert McNamara’d Into Submission)”

Paul Simon – “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” *all about Steve Gadd’s drums. amazing*

Paul Simon – “You’re Kind”

Paul Simon – “Have A Good Time”

Simon and Garfunkel – “The 50th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)”

Paul Simon – “Me And Julio Down By The School Yard [Demo]”

Simon and Garfunkel – “Bookends Theme”

Simon and Garfunkel – “Cloudy” *the Association’s “Windy” blows the clouds away*

Simon and Garfunkel – “Mrs. Robinson”

Simon and Garfunkel – “Scarborough Fair/Canticle”

Simon and Garfunkel – “Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream”

Paul Simon – “St. Judy’s Comet”

Paul Simon – “Everything Put Together Falls Apart”

Simon and Garfunkel – “For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her”

Simon and Garfunkel – “Sparrow” *kinda loathe this*

Simon and Garfunkel – “Overs”

Simon and Garfunkel – “At The Zoo”

Paul Simon – “Something So Right”

Paul Simon – “Paranoia Blues [Unreleased Version]” *man, the solo records are sooo good*

Simon and Garfunkel – “You Don’t Know Where Your Interest Lies”

Simon and Garfunkel – “Richard Cory”

Paul Simon – “Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard”

Paul Simon – “Learn How To Fail”

Paul Simon – “Slip Slidin’ Away [Demo]” *he’s a dick for not attaching the hit version to an album after all these years. I don’t own it as I refuse to buy a greatest hits for one track*

Simon and Garfunkel – “Song For The Asking”

After lunch I decided I’d had enough folky goodness; with the sun beating down and spring nigh sprung, I  went for the sunny summer majesty of Diamond Dave era Van Halen. Another playlist, another shuffle.

Van Halen (No Hagar The Horrible): An Itunes Playlist

Van Halen – “Could This Be Magic?”

Van Halen – “In A Simple Rhyme”

Van Halen – “Girl Gone Bad”*I can’t decide if they’re aiming for In Through The Out Door Zep or contemporary Rush with this cut. A real outlier in their sound*

Van Halen – “I’ll Wait”

Van Halen – “I’m The One”

Van Halen – “The Full Bug” *Diver Dud‘s highpoints are lower than any other Van Halen record*

Van Halen – “Take Your Whiskey Home” *Women And Children First, on the other hand, is all killer and no filler*

Picked up my wife mid-afternoon and we chatted all the way home. Good day all around.