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JOHN CALE :: (I KEEP A) CLOSE WATCH, live, from the album, Fragments of A Rainy Season, 1992

(I Keep A) Close Watch originally appeared on John Cale’s 1975 album, Helen Of Troy and was produced with a full orchestration. Over the years, Cale has pared the song’s arrangement down, and usually performs the song alone with solo piano.

Fragments Of A Rainy Season is a 1992 live solo album by John Cale, performed at various locations during his 1992 tour. The album cover was designed by noted conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth.

ANTHONY AND THE JOHNSONS :: HOPE THERE’S SOMEONE, live in Malmö, Sweden, 2005

from ConsequenceOfSound.net

ON FEBRUARY 12, 2011, 8:00AM

 At Your Funeral: Antony and the Johnsons – “Hope There’s Someone”

The task of choosing the musical backdrop for one’s final send-off is a daunting one. Many questions present themselves: Why further burden such an emotionally weighty occasion? Would making light of the situation go over poorly? Do you play something familiar that’s likely to move everyone in attendance, or attempt to work in a hidden gem/personal favorite? Of course, all of those concerns hardly matter in comparison to much more pressing ones. For instance, what could possibly be a fitting way to cap off a human being’s time on Earth?

 The answer, for me, is, and has been ever since I heard it for the very first time, Antony and the Johnsons’ “Hope There’s Someone”, off of their indelible second album, I Am a Bird Now. To say that death permeates the 2005 Mercury Prize-winning album, which features the likes of Lou Reed, Devendra Banhart and Boy George, would be a major understatement; The album cover features a morose-looking old photo of actress/Warhol Superstar Candy Darling on her deathbed, and all of the tracks speak to death or loss in some way. Surprisingly, I Am a Bird Now is certainly not a sad album. Instead of wallowing into the sort of black-clad misery that many pieces of art on the topic of death seem to fall into, I Am a Bird Now seeks to reconcile with death, expressing a certain joy in the freedom that comes with it, via key themes of hope and freedom.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, The South Bank Show, documentary by Kim Evans, 1986, 53 min.

THE SOUTH BANK SHOW: THE VELVET UNDERGROUND

Directed by KIM EVANS
United Kingdom, 1986
Documentary

Originally broadcast in 1986 in the UK, The South Bank Show’s Velvet Underground documentary. It contains interviews with Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, Moe Tucker, Nico, Andy Warhol and lots of early Velvet performance footage.

LOU REED / DAVID BOWIE :: DIRTY BLVD, at Bowie’s 50th Birthday celebration, 1997

 

Dirty Blvd.” is a Lou Reed song from his 1989 album, New York. The song contrasts the poor and the rich in New York City, and topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for four weeks in early 1989. Live versions appear on Perfect Night: Live in London and Animal Serenade. “Dirty Blvd.” was one of the four songs Reed performed with David Bowie on the latter’s 50th birthday celebration in 1997.  -wikipedia

Playlist: FUTURE SOUL, by walkerdad, via Soundcloud, 178 min.

I had the pleasure of spending three hours listening to walkerdad’s most recent playlist/mixtape release, Future Soul.   walkerdad is Robin Hall, a fervent music maker, listener & chronicler from nyc, whose previous mixtapes I’ve also enjoyed.  Incidentally, he also was a member of the  nyc no-wave outfit  Jack Ruby back in the day, whose tracks have seen a resurgence of interest, an album re-release and appearances in the recent HBO series, Vinyl.

Future Soul is tailor-made for the thinking romantic soul-music lover; the mix takes us on a journey through passages of varying textures, tempos and styles, and includes many classic soul and early r&b tracks that somehow stand out in a brand new way.  walkerdad avoids many soul music’s less memorable cliches, and while it’s packed with soul’s passion, it steers away from the overly lush, sentimental or bawdy corners of the loose genre. If the title is to be read as a gentle manifesto is unclear, but as a listening experience, Future Soul posited a sonic world of love, sorrow, lust and ebullience that I was very happy to inhabit for its 2 hours and 58 minutes of running time.

Highly recommended.

Also, check out walkerdad’s other mixtapes on his Mixcloud channel:

https://beta.mixcloud.com/kingwinter/

JOHN OSWALD/PLUNDERPHONICS, SPRING, from the album Plunderphonics, 1989

John Oswald/Plunderphonic’s Spring is a recomposition of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rites Of Spring.  The piece was part of Oswalds legendary album, Plunderphonics, released in 1988 and re-released in 1989 in a 25-track expanded version. Continue reading JOHN OSWALD/PLUNDERPHONICS, SPRING, from the album Plunderphonics, 1989

LAURIE ANDERSON / JOHN GIORNO / WILLIAM S BURROUGHS :: YOU’RE THE GUY I WANT TO SHARE MY MONEY WITH (full album), 1981

You’re the Guy I Want To Share My Money With is a double album released in 1981. The album is a collaboration by Laurie Anderson, John Giorno and William S. Burroughs, recorded during their “Red Night” spoken word tour of 1981.[1] Released through Giorno Poetry Systems Institute, the album was funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. Most of Anderson’s material came from her performance piece, United States, and live versions of some tracks, such as “It Was Up in the Mountains”, would also be included in her later 5-LP release, United States Live. This was Anderson’s first substantial album release (previously she had only contributed a track or two), and she followed this in 1982 with her first full solo album, Big Science. Continue reading LAURIE ANDERSON / JOHN GIORNO / WILLIAM S BURROUGHS :: YOU’RE THE GUY I WANT TO SHARE MY MONEY WITH (full album), 1981

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