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Friday, November 23, 2007

Troissoeur

Troissoeur is a fascinating contemporary ensemble. They are a real revelation within the new belgian music wave. They offer their audience a surprising experience: warm, imaginative and full of emotions. The group consists of four musicians with a highly skilled musical background, an inexhoustible imagination and sense of humour.
This show is from the Troisseoeur tour consisting of six shows in Flanders.

Leuven, Belgium - Stadsschouwburg 2003.
01 intro 02 Sitora 03 Aijeste 04 ? 05 Kjilmee 06 ? 07 ? 08 Sano 09 Ostoriosto 10 ? 11 Levina.
mp3 @ 256 kbps

Monday, November 19, 2007

Latin Playboys


David Hidalgo and Louie Perez of Los Lobos hooked up with Tchad Blake and producer Mitchell Froom for this side project, a twisted and avant-garde take on roots music. Latin Playboys draw from blues, border music, experimental studio trickery, and cinematic sound textures on their ambitious self-titled 1994 album. All of the material was composed by Hidalgo and Perez, and shows a considerably more experimental direction than their work with Los Lobos. Dose (followed in 1999) is another complex sonic architecture layering electronic effects, guitar fuzzes, orchestral snippets, loops of exotic percussions, piano figures, eccentric keyboards.

Bimbo's 365 Club, 28.03.1999
01. Mira! 02. Chinese Surprize 03. Ten Believers 04. Mustard* 05. Ironsides 06. Latin Trip* 07. Crayon Sun 08. If 09. Dose 10. Viva La Raza* 11. Cuca's Blues 12. Manifold de Amour* 13. Same Brown Earth 14. Locoman > 15. Toro 16. (Crowd/Tuning) 17. Palatero* 18. Forever Night Shade Mary.
* with Lisa Germano on violin

mp3 @ 256 kbps
>> download part 01
>> download part 02

Belle And Sebastian


Belle And Sebastian are an extended ensemble from Glasgow (Scotland), headed by singer Stuart Murdoch, and represent one of the most intriguing acts of the Britain scene at the end of the century.

"Our Favourite Party Songs", March 31, 2004
01. Passion Fruit 02. Expectations 03. Step Into My Office Baby 04. Wrapped Up In Books 05. The Model 06. I'm Waking Up To Us 07. You Made Me Forget My Dreams 08. You Don't Send Me 09. You're Just A Baby 10. Dog On Wheels 11. Slow Graffiti 12. I'm A Cuckoo 13. If You Find Yourself Caught In Love 14. Stay Loose 15. Wrong Girl 16. Dirty Dream Number Two 17. Sleep The Clock Around.

mp3 @ 256 kbps
>> download - part 01
>> download - part 02

Mark Kozelek


San Francisco's Red House Painters, an acoustic quartet led by introverted poet Mark Kozelek, penned the depressed mantras of Down Colorful Hill (1992): shy guitars that played chords as if they were reciting rosaries, and moribund dirges that seemed to end before beginning but then lasted for eternity, created quietly unnerving atmospheres that blurred the border between sorrow and ecstasy. Like with the music of Leonard Cohen, Tim Buckley and Nick Drake , the effect was both subdued and majestic, a contradiction that became the quintessence of their art.

The recording is very clear, and it is stereo, and Mark is very upfront in the sound. I have cross faded over a droput between tracks 5 and 6 on disk 1, and done a couple of fades, and cross fades to tidy the show. No EQ, or other treatments have been made to the recording, I have just made the audience sound continuous throughout the show. Solo concert with Mark in a very good mood, some lovely versions, some of his impressions and karaoke singling, and he is in great voice as always.

Fez NYC, 15 September 1998
cd1 1 St. John 2 Ruth Marie 3 Cruiser 4 Uncle Joe 5 Grace Cathedral Park (acapella) 6 Things Mean a Lot (acapella) 7 Wop-a-din-din 8 Strawberry Hill
cd2 1 Japanese To English 2 Byrd-Joel 3 24 4 River Sing 5 What's Next to the Moon 6 Michael 7 Mistress

mp3 @ 256 kbps
>> download cd1 - part 01
>> download cd1 - part 02
>> download cd2

Nina Nastasia


Singer/songwriter Nina Nastasia creates intimate, spectral music that evokes some lost, skewed take on Americana and that is often laced with haunting strains of viola, cello, and bowed saw. She counts among her admirers the notoriously picky, celebrated producer Steve Albini, who engineered her first two albums and who has vehemently sung her praises. Nastasia's debut, Dogs, was released in 1999 on the tiny indie Socialist Records but was out of print by the end of 2000.

That evening, she was singing, playing the acoustic guitar, and was accompanied with a doublebass player and an accordian player.

"Les Femmes s'en MĂȘlent" Festival, 2005.05.01
01 How I Like a Fight 02 I Say That I Will Go 03 Superstar 04 Oh my Stars 05 You, Her and Me 06 Ocean 07 The Matter (of Our Discussion) [Boom Bip] 08 [unknown]

mp3 @ 256 kbps
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Mazzy Star

If psychedelic music had a voice in '90s post-punk, Mazzy Star may have been its strongest reincarnation. Mazzy Star much prefered the dark side of psychedelia, as exemplified by the most distended tracks of the Doors and the Velvet Underground. Their fuzzy guitar workouts and plaintive folky compositions are often suffused in a dissociative ennui that is very much of the 1990s, however much their textures may recall the drug-induced states of vintage psychedelia.

Although Mazzy Star was nominally a full band, they were basically the core duo of guitarist David Roback and singer Hope Sandoval with backing musicians.


The audio quality on the CD really is perfect. It has 16 songs and includes all the hard-to-find b-sides plus a few tracks of unknown origin.

The Other Side
(Live, B-Sides and Rarities from studio)
01. Fade Into You (Live) 02. Ride It On (Live Acoustic) 03. Sometimes Always (Live) 04. I'm Gonna Bake My Biscuit 05. Under My Car 06. Tell Me Now 07. Hair and Skin 08. Tell Your Honey 09. Had a Thought 10. Flowers in December 11. Sometimes Always 12. Ride It On (Live) 13. Ghost Highway (Live) 14. Blue Light (Live) 15. Into Dust (Live) 16. Bells Ring (Acoustic).

mp3 @ 256 kbps
>> part 01
>> part 02