A Branch on what you're listening to at the moment and why etc. Links / YouTube embeds. Anything. Tell us. Recommend.
You know, when ever people ask that, I can never remember.
Sorry, Tim! I'm about to watch Melancholia. No idea what the music'll be seeing as it's that Trier nutter.
Joe, I don't read the wire any more, but I had look online and they sound OK, though I'm not a massive fan of the violin... youtube.com
I've never really listened to Bryan Ferry. Sexy video.
This is about all I've listened to in the last three months.
Fred McDowell - The Alan Lomax Recordings
Pelt - Ayahuasca
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Richard Skelton - Vers of Birds
John Coltrane & Don Cherry - The Avant Garde
Tous les matins du monde OST
Steve Tibbetts ST
AC/DC - High Voltage
ISIS - Oceanic
Virgil Thomson/Gertrude Stein - Four Saints in Three Acts
Paul Bowles - Music for a Farce
Peter Evans Quintet - Ghosts
Tiago Sousa - Walden Pond's Monk
Fuqugi - gransofa + hightingale
Great Lake Swimmers ST
Um, right now I seem to be listening to radio interviews and lectures with Professor Griff. He's a lunatic. Illuminati blah, masons blah, brainwashing blah.
The last thing I listened to before that was Gaslamp Killer. I don't recommend it.
Also, Ash, Melancholia is pretty rubbish.
Sorry, I don't feel very well.
He's just informed me that Nicki Minaj is "demonically possessed".
See what you think of Melancholia. I was ambivalent about it most of the way through and then decided it was basically bollocks.
I'm stopping Griff for a bit to listen to this. THIS is excellent: youtube.com
Out of tune with itself? Ha. I know nothing about music theory, but surely you've come across enough dissonance in your life by now. Public Enemy using samples that aren't in key with each other, Slayer solos that have nothing to do with the rest of the music...
I liked some of Von Trier's less, er, portentous films. The Idiots was good. The Bjork one was balls though. Missed all the others in-between. Actually saw Melancholia on a date :-/
Yeah, fair point. Still a touch sludgy for my liking.
Melancholia left me feeling much the same as Tree of Life did, oddly enough. Completely baffled by what I'd seen. I don't see why it was split into two parts. Existential, OK, depression, right, end of the world? Sci Fi? To quote those Oven Chips, "I am lost here."
Love a bit of sludge, me.
Yeah, I think he thought he take a couple of HUGE themes, throw them together, spend loads of money and just see what happened. And - SPOILER ALERT for others - it turns out the denouement is given away in that long-arse intro bit, which is odd and annoying.
I'm going to watch some Breaking Bad now. Everyone likes Breaking Bad, don't they?
I love Breaking Bad. S3 is only £12 in HMV atm. I swallowed the first two seasons like they were the wire. But yeah, Melancholia - so many people like it! So there must be something in it. Or not. I think it might be worth another watch. I thought the performances were strong enough...but that ending was just odd. And then again, how hard do you want to try with something that you suspect is good when you could just go to something else that could be incredible?
This is still the best film I've seen this year - youtube.com
Hi all from across the pond. Strange moment, now; A good friend just lost family, I just got hit with a ton of work, and life seems a bit more out of our hands than it should be.
Gotta tone it down with some slightly muted atmosphere and percussion.
At some point I should switch to something a little more upbeat to help me get my work done. A little classic house straight out of...Belfast...should do nicely.
Hellooooo. 1) I don't (particularly) like Breaking Bad. Nasty mean-spirited people, no one to "root" for. 2) To "pop" this thread up a bit, the two albums that I have done the whole listen-on-repeat get-a-bit-obsessed-by thing for recently have been Father John Misty - Fear Fun and the new Jens Lekman (finally "get" him with this one, lovely lovelorn stuff). I think you should be able to listen from the Deezer link at the bottom of this review? If, you know, you *want* to.
Closing scene aside, I hated Melancholia - especially the wedding which was the usual von Trier misery-fest where NO ONE ever has a conversation like any I've ever heard in you know, real life. And SPOILER, I actually turned off when she fucked the guy on the golf green. Kirsten Dunst half naked in the moonlight was alright, though.
Listening: I watched the Johnny Too Bad documentary last night, so slept with lots of John Martyn in my head. Small Hours is one of the greatest things ever.
Got me thinking though - would you swap your life to be someone who's creatively that good but generally an awful human being?
Andrew - I LOVE that Ranelin album. I actually meant to make that track my Dawn Song last week but forgot on my way to work.
Otherwise - hello, everyone. I have not seen Melancholia. I enjoy Breaking Bad. I seem to be the only person in the world who has yet to hear the new Pelt but I can't wait to get it.
Physically avoiding the dancefloor, Joe?
Sonny - Hello! Of course you love the Ranelin; John McEntire had a hand in the reissue, innit. Brilliant record.
Matt - I saw Johnny Too Bad when it was on telly and don't remember Martyn being *that* much of a cunt.
Jude - This is what makes for good drama! Moral ambiguity! You have to be a bit torn. You must have rooted for Tony Soprano at points (?) and he's not exactly an avatar of good person-ness. Then again, I can't root for anyone in HBO's Girls, because I find EVERYONE in it utterly despicable.
Downloading the Laurie Spiegel from emusic. Emeralds can fuck off.
Am I using this right?
"Matt - I saw Johnny Too Bad when it was on telly and don't remember Martyn being *that* much of a cunt."
It was the interviews with Beverley that gave me a nasty taste in my mouth, and a couple of things Ralph McTell said.
I love the idea of being able to watch 3 seasons of something and still not liking it! I need a mirroring device that doubles the hours in the day or something.
And I was listening to the pre-fist punching Emeralds the other day and they were alright, really (or did John Elliott always punch the air?).
Nope, not asked this year. To be fair, I'm not around that weekend so Simon might have excused me. He's got that fella from Slate The Disco to do some instead.
Now playing this: preservation.com.au, it's bloody great.
OK, I've got a bunch of CDs next to me right now. They are:
• Franco Battiato: "Fetus" (1972)
• Hallock Hill: "The Union" (2011)
• Steve Hackett: "Voyage of the Acolyte" (1975)
• V/A: "Mass Culture Control Bureau...Things from the Past" (2004, tracks originally released late '70s to mid-'80s)
• Norma Winstone: "Somewhere Called Home" (1987)
I've also been listening to the Four Seasons (the group) on and off for the past week (NYC '50s/'60s/'70s nostalgia from my childhood and before—hadn't heard this stuff in many years). I'm very sorry, but I've also been listening to Jethro Tull's "My God" (the song) a lot. This is because the drumming absolutely blows me away—I've loved it since I was 13 and it's still great.
Playthroughs is ace - probably his calmest thing.
W.A.S.P!!!!! I listened to The Crimson Idol the other day. It's good fun. Totally rips off Tommy, but that's OK.
On another track entirely, does anyone ever listen to the Partially Examined Life podcast? It's normally a dense philosophy thing which I half get/half fall to sleep to at night. Anyway, the most recent episode was on No Country For Old Men and is really very good indeed: partiallyexaminedlife.com
Re Matt Poacher. W.A.S.P strange band. Much better music than Mötley Crüe and their contemporaries yet guilty of brazen stupidity in their presentation. Yet, in Blackie Lawless they have one of Heavy Metal's best vocalists, and a pretty immense studio technician. Love 'The Headless Children' LP (with Who cover) plus few tracks like 'Wild Child' & 'Crazy'. Think one of the things that appeals is the bravado of this time band; obviously bit of nostalgia too.
Anyway, now I've totally discredited myself totally I'm going to listen to The Rachel's 'Music For Egon Shiele' followed by Biosohere's 'Substrata'. Both great, and not at all like W.A.S.P.
Rich: That's great, thanks. At their peak (the time of this video) Genesis were so good. And I want that double-neck Rickenbacker.
Right now I'm listening to Lucio Battisti's (self-titled) first LP:
I played something from it on my show the other day and I realized I hadn't heard the record in ages. Happy to find that they've got a lot of his stuff on Spotify.
Thanks for your feedback! Team Branch