Friday, May 28, 2010

Music for a Meditative Mood, Part 3



This had been up for a while, but then removed from YouTube. It's back, thankfully, but the output volume seems a little high (the tablas distort at times toward the beginning). Nonetheless, behold! I love the sound of all the other players echoing Ustad Bismillah Khan's solo on the shehnai.

Out Of The Great Northwest

Monday, May 17, 2010

Dick Dale and the Ominous Melody



God save the surf guitar. The first version I heard of "Misirlou" was done by Agent Orange (uniquely O.C. punk-mod-metal-powerpop-surf band, before they went just "plain" mod-powerpop), who called it "Miserlou" with an e. By whatever spelling, it's still a great tune in 2010. Such an ominous (and gorgeous) melody. Better than a thousand words, like a picture. Dick Dale rips it up here with some trebley and plunky soloing at the end.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Still One of My Favorite Metal Riffs Ever



RIP Ronnie James Dio. This song seems to be about depression:

When there's lightning, it always bring me down
Cause it's free and I see that it's me
Who's lost and never found
I cry for magic, I feel it dancing in the light
But it was cold, I lost my hold
To the shadows of the night

There's no sign of the morning coming
You've been left on your own
Like a rainbow in the dark

Do your demons, do they ever let you go?
When you've tried, do they hide deep inside
Is it someone that you know
You're a picture, just an image caught in time
We're a lie, you and I
We're words without a rhyme

There's no sign of the morning coming
You've been left on your own
Like a rainbow in the dark

When there's lightning, it always brings me down
Cause it's free and I see that it's me
Who's lost and never found
Feel the magic, feel it dancing in the air
But it's fear, and you'll hear
It calling you. Beware!

There's no sign of the morning coming
There's no sight of the day
You've been left on your own
Like a rainbow in the dark

Friday, May 14, 2010

Skronk Like You Mean It



Reminds me a lot of Massacre's Killing Time album (Bill Laswell - Fred Frith - Fred Maher), only with sax instead of guitar. It's like the ornery younger brother of Morphine (sax - drums - heavy bass). Dig it.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Listen to the "Melody-ah" with Leon Russell



Need more T.V. shows like the above. Watch the clip all the way to the end. Oh, and speaking of Leon Russell, the great thing about a Les Blank film is that it sticks with you, playing back again and again, in your mind, for days. Having seen "the film" some days ago, I think the back-pain was worth it.