Unfortunately I can’t seem to embed a link to the specific song that I’d like to from this album, so I’m going to have to just put direct link to it and let you do the clicking work. What I found entertaining is that the sample at the start is the same as that in a more recent song. So let’s have a comparison of style and wonder why they both sampled the same audio snippet. I chose the John Holowach song due to its relevance to “The End” theme, and then thought I’d throw the other one in for good measure. You can download John’s album for free at that site too btw. So firstly click on his name to go the link:
Crown The Empire – Are You Coming With Me? (2016)
Time for a midweek chill out. As a wise man once said, “Do not go to the elephant, let the elephant come to you.” You speak the truth friend. Anywhos… have this, some sublimely relaxing tunery. This is a three piece from Texas featuring a delightfully tongue tying Thai name.
Khruangbin – Two Fish And An Elephant
Here we go again, diving back into the past. This song (and the album) has a groovy, finger snapping, foot stamping upbeatness which hasn’t aged a day since it’s release way back in 2007. Here’s an exciting excerpt from a review, relevant then, relevant now. And nicely articulate…
‘The Stage Names’ takes place in an unmistakably modern world, where snowy televisions blast into cheap hotels the spectral images of soap stars endlessly betraying each other, where losers in late-night bars languish to the beat of their favorite songs, where broken-down actresses place their final cell calls from lonely mansions high in the hills. Riddled with characters real and fake, with true-life biography and brazenly fabricated autobiography, with the relics of high culture and the crumpled-up trash of low culture, ‘The Stage Names’ is a cinemascopic take on the meaning of entertainment. And, crucially, it entertains.
So go listen to the album now, or rather, listen to this song, then go listen to the album!
Okkervil River – Unless It’s Kicks
At the time of posting, I’m on a plane heading towards distant places. I don’t know quite how long for, so I’ve prepared a series of posts to fill the time and to keep this place from collecting too many cobwebs. I will be brief, as I’m sure you don’t come here to read jibber jabber. Here’s a song by a mysterious band. Mysterious because I know nothing about them. A band, because well, I assume they are a band. This is some upbeat instrumental music.
Equals – Telefoto
Music is a powerful thing.
It has the ability to pull you back through time, to places and memories you might have otherwise forgotten.
As a result, I store my memories in music. All of my music has an associated memory programmed into it. I listen to music to forge bonds in my mind between activities, places, and times.
It is the scale on which I measure the passage of my life.
Soooooo, now that I’ve got that out of the way, I’m heading overseas in a couple of weeks time to go explore Iceland. Thinking about travel, and music to listen to while traveling, I thought I’d take the opportunity to post a few songs I have strongly associated with my last trip abroad. In particular I have these songs uniquely entwined with Vietnam. I travel instantly to Hanoi and the night markets when I hear them. I can almost smell the streets, feel the thrum of a world away. I’m back on buses speeding through the night.
The Clouds Are Ghosts – Orbiting (2009)
The Clouds Are Ghosts – Impact (2011)
Dylan Frater – Madrid (2012)