Thursday, January 27, 2011

XTC - Mayor of Simpleton early work tape

I suppose you're familiar with XTC's 1989 pop gem "Mayor of Simpleton." The early work tape for this song (released on the excellent Coat of Many Cupboards boxed set) reveals its genesis to have been something far removed from what finally emerged.

Friday, January 07, 2011

You Are Here

Saw Brian Eno last night at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. He talked for 2 1/2 hours using an overhead projector and his voice - no audio, no props (besides a set of screwdrivers). He was talking about the ideas that inform his artistic practice in various media and he framed them within some BIG IDEAS (how Copernicus & Darwin levelled out our ideas about our own importance for starters, wrapping up with What Is the Purpose of Art?).

It's a little odd to me how closely his talk mirrored some of the things I've been trying to turn over in my head about the approach a critic 'should' take, what makes an artwork or artist 'important' or 'relevant', and how to negotiate the maze of cultural signification that one's response to art (music in particular) projects to the outside world.

It didn't turn on any big lightbulbs for me, but it was well worth the dough ($45 for seats way up in the rafters, but that includes admission to his exhibition at the Glenbow as well). Lots of little nuggets to chew on.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

New Gruff Rhys on the way

Available February 14th, Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys' 3rd solo album Hotel Shampoo promises to be super-duper great. I don't know if he could do anything to displace Yr Atal Genhedlaeth in my heart (it's so weird and so catchy and it's sung completely in Welsh) but I love the first single (great low-budget video here) and the song samples from the rest of the album (available pour ecouter ici) sound right up your alley.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

The French Bob Dylan

Tiens, this track is great - check out this Parisian guy (the unimonickered "Chris" - try googling him!) doing his damnedest to be the French Bob Dylan.

Chris - Plan de Fugue

Wait! Found some info on him.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

John Peel's historic "Punk Rock" show

What a great find! The always excellent Gloom and Doom From the Tomb has posted a recording of John Peel's original punk rock–themed special of December 10, 1976. Listen and learn, little aubadelings.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New destinations

Greetings, loyal fan.

(hi, Mom!)

I have created two new blogs, based on my crate-digging adventures, for your delectation and edification.

The first is North of Wherever. It is to be a trove of Canadian goodness for all to share.

The other is ... and Sharon, a candy-box of international delights.

I trust you will watch them patiently for new content.

That is all.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Andrew Bird live

A quick one. A good show from Andrew Bird, virtually identical to the set he played at the Calgary Folk Fest a couple of years back. The Roger Whittaker of our generation... naw, just kidding. It was a really good shoe, and so is this.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Spread the love

Please allow me to introduce you to a heroic blogger, someone who should be given the Order of Canada: Beau Levitt of Toronto, whose blog 5 Bucks on By-Tor chronicles constant listening to the almost-unheard, the always-ignored, the has-beens, the never-wases, the couldn't-have-beens and other relics of the vinyl era in Canada. Where else are you going to find tracks by Thorsby, Alberta's Bob Ruzicka?

As a casual collector of weird, under-the-radar Canadian vinyl myself, something I really appreciate is Levitt's tolerance for musical genres outside the rock-country-folk axis. (A tolerance I lack. A lot.) He's a generous listener and a good writer, and if there's a blog heaven he's assured a place in it.

Be sure to check out his other websites: It Came From Canada and The Thrifty Digger.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Aubadecast 1.4: The Good Times Are Killing Me

While you were driving around trying to avoid that damn Kid Rock song all summer, I had this playlist on deck at all times. The songs I'd randomly selected for it seemed to arrange themselves naturally into a kind of Pilgrim's Progress storyline (don't ask me what Kara Keith and Arthur Alexander did to horn themselves into the sequence; I'm just the conduit).

Ladies and germs, The Good Times Are Killing Me.

Good Times Charlie Robison
Kick This City Kara Keith
Something For The Weekend Super Furry Animals
Please Go Home The Rolling Stones
Paisley Pattern Ground The Black Hollies
Crash Pad Number Marc Carroll
Heaven The Gerry Alvarez Odyssey
Sunday morning Pet Politics
Rock Bottom, Pop. 1 Robbie Fulks
O.K. With My Decay Grandaddy
Orphans Wooden Stars
Take Care Of Us The Star Spangles
Pretty Girls Everywhere Arthur Alexander
If Looks Could Kill Camera Obscura
Death of the Life of the Party Drag The River

option+click & "save as" to download Aubadecast 1.4.

or listen and download at podomatic.