Monday, February 28, 2011

Slapp Happy - Casablanca Moon/Acnalbasac Noom

Acnalbasac Noom was an album recorded by a band of avant-garde musicians trying to make pop music. They collaborated with Faust for the album but their record label rejected it. The switched labels and re-recorded it without Faust and released it as Casablanca Moon. Eventually the original album was also released under the title Acnalbasac Noom. Acnalbasac Noom is a bit more experimental while Casablanca Moon has a bit more pop sensibilities. It's fun to listen to the same album rerecorded by the same band.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Michael Nyman - The Kiss and Other Movements

A bit like a compilation album. The Kiss and Tango Between the Lines are the only new material Nyman wrote for the album. The rest of the tracks are taken from unfinished operas or film music Nyman worked on. Dagmar Krause (that chick that sang with Henry Cow and Art Bears and Slapp Happy and a million other bands) does half the vocals on The Kiss if that's any incentive.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Blurt - Pagan Strings

Ted Milton is a poet, puppeteer, and probably one of the better jazz punk musicians still working today. Blurt is his band, he plays saxophone in it. The music is pretty much repetitive post-punk instrumentation with Ted sometimes going all crazy free jazz in between verses. It's pretty neat.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Diaframma - Siberia

Do you like gothic post-punk stuff? Do you like Italians? Then you'll love this.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Antoni Maiovvi - Shadow of the Bloodstained Kiss

Shadow of the Bloodstained Kiss is a sci-fi giallo movie about murder on the second moon of Jupiter. The movie doesn't really exist though. But it's soundtrack does.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lucienne Boyer - Les Chansons Eternelles

Lucienne Boyer was a popular cabaret singer during the 1930s. Her most famous song, Parlez-moi d'amour, is totally in Casablanca, so you know she's good.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Art Ensemble of Chicago - Non-Cognitive Aspects of the City

Live album recorded shortly after the band's long-term bassist died. Their new bassist is really good though. The album is surprisingly straight-forward for the band, although there are still meandering free jazz sections scattered throughout.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Michel Legrand - I Love Paris

Just when you thought this blog was too Francophilic. This album is a collection of orchestrated songs (accordions and violins everywhere (Miles Davis is also part of the orchestra)) that are meant to reflect all the cool stuff about Paris. The songs are designed around each other so the album actually works way better as a whole than if you just listened to individual songs. This also might be my favorite Legrand album.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Atomic Cafe

As advertised on the cover, "Radioactive Rock 'n Roll, Blues, Country & Gospel"