Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hipsters' Holiday: Vocal Jazz and R&B Classics

Goddamn this is the epitome of this blog.

France Gall - Les Sucettes

France Gall's first album. The title track is rather infamous for fucking up her career a bit and making her hate Serge Gainsbourg (she sounds so innocent singing it because she actually had no clue that Serge was a dirty old man), but the real reason I'm posting this is because it's winter so everyone should have the song Il Neige.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Francis Poulenc - Piano Music (Olivier Cazal)

All the solo piano compositions by Poulenc. Poulenc was part of the group Les Six, a group of composers who hung out with Jean Cocteau and really liked Erik Satie. Most of the stuff he wrote appealed more to clubs than concert halls and he had a composer-crush on Debussy, so that should give you a good idea about how this will sound.
Also he was really gay.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Jacques Tati - Sonorama!

If you've ever watched a Jacques Tati movie (which you really should) then you probably know what this sounds like. A huge compilation of tracks from all of his movies plus some odd soundscapes (like the sounds of children playing or the sound of plastics being made). If you've never watched a Tati movie, this is still a neat compilation of fun, upbeat jazzy songs. A lot of these songs are actually done by Alain Romans or Franck Barcellini, but I think it's way cuter to credit Tati.

Hildegard Knef - Knef

German actress from the 40s decides to start a career as a pop musician in the 60s with pretty good results. Occasionally groovy German chansons (mostly about how much she hates breast cancer) makes for a cute album overall.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Puppet Jazz: Groovy Instrumentals From West Germany in the 60s & 70s

Pretty self-explanatory. Kinda goofy, funky, electric, library-music stuff. A lot of the tracks on here were written for use in broadcast media only so they haven't really been properly distributed.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Pierre Henry - L'homme a la Caméra

Musique concretey soundtrack to go along with The Man With the Movie Camera. I actually like Michael Nyman's and the Alloy Orchestra's scores better, but this one is still neat, and probably stands better apart from the film than those ones.The Man with the Movie Camera

Georges Brassens - Georges Brassens et Moustache Jouent Brassens en Jazz

Also known as The Giants of Jazz Play Georges Brassens (but I prefer the original French title), Georges gets a jazz band and shows that he can write interesting compositions when he isn't writing clever lyrics. Lots of dixieland and gypsy influences, not so much Georges singing. Probably a good Georges album for people that don't speak French.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Michael Nyman - The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Michael Nyman doing a minimalist opera based on psychological case studies. How incredibly hip and edgy. He also copies Schumann a lot throughout it so you know it's good.