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new music tuesday; big blue ball

July 8, 2008

music truly transcendends language.  nothing quite does it as well.  sure, ya, math does it – but math doens’t move you.  music can move you in a way that’s unexpected and surprising.

that’s one of the reasons i love peter gabriels ‘real world records’ so much.  his record label finds musicans from all over the globe, puts ’em in a room together, presses record and waits to see what happens. 

every summer, peter invites players, singers, poets and producers to his studios in the english countryside for what’s called “real world recording weeks”.  everyone just mixes it up and it’s one big creative orgy of sound.

big blue ball is the latest record to come out of that environment.  recorded over a few years in the early 90’s, and then mixed over another 10 or so years, the album is quite stunning.  it has everything from “traditional” pop/rock-n-roll to arabic and african groves mixed with asian melodies.  high points for me include the songs whole thing, habibe (amazing, slinky, sexy arabic number featuring natacha atlas), burn you up, burn you down (now the 3rd version of this song i own, may be my favorite too – it’s hard, and edgy) and jijy (world beat hip hop! who knew?) and exit through you (it’s a perfect mix of east and west).  

go here for samples of all of the songs

musicians featured include:

  • peter gabriel
  • karl wallinger (of world party and the waterboys)
  • geoffrey oryema
  • hossam ramzy
  • hukwe zawose
  • larla o lionaird
  • jah wobble
  • joseph arthur
  • jules shear
  • manu katche
  • natacha atlas
  • papa wembe
  • sinead o’connor
  • stephen hague
  • tchad blake
  • tim finn
  • vernon reid
  • wendy melvoin
  • and many many more

peter and karl talking about the project:


new music thursday; grace jones.

July 3, 2008

taken from her recent show at london’s meltdown festival, jones is back with the spectacular ‘corporate cannibal‘ from her forthcoming disk hurricane.

the track is dark, sexy, aggressive – everything you want grace to be.  to quote my friend ray after i sent him the track: “oh…that is fucking amazing…. wowowowowowowowowowwowowowowowowowowoow“.


new music tuesday; coldplay’s ‘violet hill’… or will champion – the hotness + a bit about prince and radiohead for kicks

June 3, 2008

i am, to put it mildly – a casual coldplay fan.  sure, there are some kick ass coldplay tunes, like politik, and the scientist (which johnette napolitano covered brilliantly on her last album) – and yea, i own all the records, but casual fan sum’s me up.

that may be changing.

i’m massively digging the new coldplay tune violet hill from their upcoming release ‘viva la vida or death and all his friends”

the tune is atmospheric – powerful and lush, just like most great coldplay tunes. 

but all of this is irrelevent as it features the hotness that is will champion – the drummer.

i am beyond enamored with mr. champion.  he is sex on a drum stool (insert cb joke here about pushing in your stool).  seriously folks, he’s a strong drummer and a bit of a audiophile (which makes him even hotter – i love smart guys)… he’s dead sexy.

(ummm – woof.  can i just say i love guys in white t-shirts)

i’ve always had a thing for drummers (well, musicians in general if you must know).  i love listening to will’s beats – he’s a strong drummer with a really propulsive style.  he also plays guitar, bass, piano and tin whistle; which i think in forms his drumming style deeply.  drum lines in coldplay are much more guitar centric than simply keeping the beat – the move the song along, pushing it here, pulling back there.  will’s style is a big part of that.

oh, and he’s damn hot in the new video with his shaved head.  mega woof:

the new tune is the best in ages – the first song in recent months that has grabbed me by the balls and said, “hey there – you should listen to me” – i’m loving the new sound.  do i hear elements of alan parsons project in there?

in unrelated music news… prince is a twat. 

he recently played the massive music festival coachella (to rave reviews of course) – and covered radiohead’s “creep” during the show. 

now prince is a massive control freak. as such, has always restricted youtube from allowing people post his video’s or images. (hello forest, didn’t see you for all the trees– you twat, youtube actually allows for people to share your music and art; therefore ultimately supporting you).  his main argument is that youtube violates his copy-writes. 

my love/hate prince relationship goes way back, so i won’t rehash it here, but suffice to say he’s an even bigger twat for restricting concert footage from coachella that shows him performing creep.

why you ask?  well, now, here’s the funny thing – he doesn’t own the copywrite to radiohead’s creep – radiohead does.

this is from

In a recent interview, Thom Yorke said he heard about Prince’s performance from a text message and thought it was “hilarious.” Yorke laughed when his bandmate, guitarist Ed O’Brien, said the blocking had prevented even him from seeing Prince’s version of their song.

“Really? He’s blocked it?” asked Yorke, who figured it was their song to block or not. “Surely we should block it. Hang on a moment.” Yorke added, “Well, tell him to unblock it. It’s our … song.”

but the internet being what it is, people are constantly posting new shit – so i present you with prince performing creep – watch it fast, before it’s pulled down:

if your a prince fan, it won’t suprise you that he changed the lyrics – but it’s the guitar work here that impresses the most. 

to quote my friend greg: “what an idiot.  what a ridiculously rich, talented, famous beloved idiot.”

i sum it up with twat.

now, if you’ll excuse me, i’m just go listen to it on my bootleg copy of the show on cd…