(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.
“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
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.
Also, check out walkerdad’s other mixtapes on his Mixcloud channel:
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
DAB is recomposed from BAD, a song by Michael Jackson remixed, re-edited and reproduced by John Oswald in 1988-9, in a film by Martin Scorsese re-directed and re-edited by John Oswald in 2014-16. Continue reading JOHN OSWALD/PLUNDERPHONICS :: DAB, from the album, Plunderphonics, 1989
The profoundly deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie illustrates how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums.
Daniel Bachman performing “Copperhead” live in the KEXP studio. Recorded March 6, 2013.
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. 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