Monday, July 4, 2011

Monday Random Ten #16

Here are the first ten songs to pop up on my iPod; Artist/Song/Album:

1. Lester Young/ Body and Soul/ The Complete Aladdin Sessions

2. Stephen Malkmus/ Baby C'mon/ Face the Truth

3. Jay-Z/ Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)/ Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life

4. Tartit/ Tabey Tarate/ Abacabok

5. Béla Bartók/ Four Orchestral Pieces, Opus 12/ Béla Bartók: Four Orchestral Pieces 

 6. Led Zeppelin/ Black Dog/ Led Zeppelin IV 

 7. Meg Baird/ When the Bridegroom Comes/ Crayon Angel: A Tribute to Julie Sill

8. Gnawa Njoum/ Kami Ni Mantara/ Gnawa Njoum Experience

9. Little Rita Laraine/ Stop/ More Great Rockin' Girls

10. Crowded House/ Don't Dream It's Over/ Crowded House

Malkmus has a new one coming soon, produced by Beck. The single, "Senator" is all over the intertubes.

Apparently Jay-Z had the idea for sampling Annie long before Zach Galifianakis. Both gentlemen are secure in their masculinity. Mr. Z is on Letterman tonight, if today is the day of this post.

Tartit are, like Tinariwen, a Tuareg collective from Mali. They put more emphasis on vocals and percussion than on guitars, though.

I was turned on to Bartók by Ernie Kovacs. In re-runs, though. I am not old enough to have seen the Ernie Kovacs Show live.

I read about Judee Sill in the "Rough Guide" book The Best Music You Never Heard. She died, almost completely forgotten, in 1979. The Meg Baird track is from a tribute album compiled thirty years later.

There's another one from that Great Rockin' Girls anthology of forgotten rockabilly gals. Little Rita is perhaps not the strongest singer in the bunch, but still.

I was turned on to the Moroccan group Gnawa Njoum Experience by the National Geographic music site. Lots of cool stuff there.

That Crowded House song has been overplayed to death. But I'll never forget how fresh it sounded on their debut tour, in a sweaty L-shaped warehouse in Silicon Valley. Who knew?

Next Random Ten will be posted from California. Stay random til then!

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