Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I Can Has Musics double play

The Honky-Tonk Lagoon has been on a bit of an unintended hiatus in recent weeks, but I'm back and blogging now.

Also taking a break recently is I Can Has Musics on my Drive show, but it should be back next week (it would've been back tonight if I'd had the forethought to invest in some new blank CDs). Here's the blogs I looked at in my last two I Can Has Musics:

The Ill-ec-tronic is dedicated to that newfangled electronic music, so I'm very much a neophyte. It's run by RAW and The Langer. There's a notice on the site saying, "All MP3's are posted for evaluation purposes only. Tracks will be posted for up to 2 weeks." However, I had a wee explore and I don't know how strict on this rule this is - there are lot of goodies that have been around for a while.

I heard a lot of stuff that sounds cool, but then also a lot of stuff that just sounded the same.

Here's what I played:

Bjork, "Dull Flame of Desire (Modeselektor 'For Girls' Remix)"

Frank Omura, "Day Colliders"

Daniel Wang, "Like Some Dream (I Can't Stop Dreaming)" (this one's not new (from 1993), but it's my pick of the bunch)

Finally, I played Santogold, "L.E.S. Artistes (XXXChange Mix)" from this post about pop music, where The Langer tries to pin down what makes a good pop song. He says that "truly great pop record[s]" do exist, but concludes that "Quite often a remix can lift a good song and transcend it to the level of greatness." A wee bit condescending, really - I'm pretty sure that Santogold tracks can stand on their own two feet without retouching.

More recently, I looked into the treasure trove that is The Devil's Music, yet another blog largely dedicated to resurrecting old vinyl treasures. I was there in October, when they had a month dedicated to the glorious pagan spirit of Halloween.

The Upperclassmen, "Cha Cha With the Zombies"

The Tomko's [sic], "The Spook"

and one of my new favourite songs:

Johnny Thunder [not the Johnny Thunders, mind], "Horror Show"

Check out the October archive for many more fantastically ooky spooky treats.

PS. In more belated Halloween news, Luci and I had a first go at making jack-o-lanterns this year, and they were indeed scary. Scarily cute! Unfortunately, we never thought to take pix, despite the fact they sat on our mantlepiece until they got genuinely scary on the inside with ghoulish green fuzz. I suppose I could take some photos of their zombie remains in our compost heap...