WHAT I’M LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW…

Lacking a focus for a real post, I’d thought I would share the three recordings which I find myself listening to the most as of late.

Marianne Faithfull: Easy Come Easy Go

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I don’t know, but this CD has really grab’d hold of me.  In fact, I don’t think there is a single track that doesn’t touch me in one way or another.  That weathered voice wrapping around all of these standards with guests such Keith Richards, Antony, Rufus Wainwright and Nick Cave — it is rather magical. I particularly love the title track — an old Bourbon Street blues song which works in opposition to itself:  The producer has arranged it as a bit of old New Orleans street blues played as a dirge — with Ms. Faithfull performing it with more than a bit of cynicism and with little or no concern of hitting the correct notes. A simple song becomes a complex bit of art in the vein of something one might expect from Tom Waits. Magic.

Radiohead: The Bends

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One of those classic rock recordings that I loved at the time it came out but had somehow forgotten in the shuffle of my iPod. I stumbled across “Fake Plastic Trees” and found myself all caught up in the rock-out of the time it was released. Rock and roll with a heart.

Bonnie Prince Billy: The Letting Go

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One of my favorite LP’s. Ing turned me on to this record. Haunting, soft, poetic and stunningly beautiful. I can’t seem to listen to it enough. And, in the last couple of weeks I’ve been playing it quite a bit. I don’t think Billy ever really makes a musical mis-step, but I think this is his finest hour thus far.

If one has the ability, The Letting Go and Easy Come Easy Go sound best when played in their vinyl versions. …but, mp3’s also work quite well. Nothing can stop great art.

Never stop the music.

April 17, 2009. Tags: , , . Uncategorized. 7 comments.