So a while ago I started thinking about music in terms of telling a story, and how it might work if you tried to string songs together to make a “tale” of sorts. It took a while and a lot of basically leaving my mind to randomly thinking of what would make the best contributions, but here is what I managed to cobble together. It’s not exactly perfect and I flip-flopped it a lot trying to get it right in my head(though I’m sure it’s probably not quite as right as it could be). Anyway here are my random thoughts, test them out if you feel so inclined and decide if I’m right at all.
1. Jessica Allyn “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”(Carole King Cover)
2. Billy Bragg & Wilco “At My Window Sad And Lonely”(Jeff Tweedy Solo Version)
3. Teddy Thompson “Change of Heart”(Everly Brothers Cover)
4. Wilco “Far, Far Away”
5. Jordan Zevon “The Joke’s On Me”
6. Ryan Adams “Saturday Night”(Elizabethtown Demo)
7. Owen “O, Evelyn”….
8. Justin Vernon “Easy”(Hazeltons Album)
9. Bonnie “Prince” Billy “I See A Darkness”
10. Elliott Smith “Somebody That I Used To Know”
11. Ben Folds “Sentimental Guy”
12. Sondre Lerche “Maybe You’re Gone”
13. Skeeter Davis “The End of the World”
14. Bon Iver “For Emma”
15. Ryan Adams “When The Wild Wind Blows”(Elizabethtown Demo)
A quote from Leonard Cohen’s recent Prince of Asturias speech comes to mind this morning upon hearing the first studio cut off his forthcoming LP, Old Ideas:
As I grew older, I understood that instructions came with this voice. And the instructions were never to lament casually. And if one is to express the great inevitable defeat that awaits us all, it must be done within the strict confines of dignity and beauty.
Hear the living legend do just that above.
I love this man, and the quote however small is worth reading over and over. What a person, not to mention this is a great song too.
I had a question you maybe able to answer. I recently picked up Daedalus' "Exquisite Corpse" LP on discogs. I noticed that it was also released on another label named Mush I believe. This release has a small difference in the lineup and is a single LP, as oppose to the Ninja Tuna release which is double. MY concern is that it is a rather long album, and to think that these songs can be condensed to a single LP makes me wonder is it makes much of a difference, or if little or none.
I think that ultimately it depends on the total running time of those songs and how much length is being put on each side. Generally the philosophy I’ve heard is that you don’t want to have anything more than a half dozen songs to a side or it can affect the overall quality of your vinyl and it’s sound integrity. Some vinyls I’ve gotten push this rule to it’s limits, while others are more careful about it or will indeed space it out more by incorporating more than one LP. If what you have is indeed loaded a little bit heavily on each side there is the possibility it could have a sound difference. It depends on how the label chose to do it if they wanted to put out a release more cheaply or not. But in order to keep myself from rambling on, if the label really did overindulge with how much they condensed on each side, then yes there is the possibility there could be a loss of sound integrity with your LP. Can’t say that with 100% certainty(your ears would be the best judge of that), but given what I know it can indeed make a difference.
Especially when it comes to the experimental noise sections on songs like “Wishful Thinking” and “Handshake Drugs”. To hear them on vinyl with good speakers is like…. just the way that they were meant to be heard.
Not everyone understands using just noise as an instrument, but I personally just love turning up the volume and soaking that in. Plus you can pick up the subtle nuances of piano and the little stuff you can’t hear in these compressed mp3 recordings of our current digital age.
And Jeff Tweedy’s voice….. well I’m just gonna stop there before I compliment this to death.
Just started listening to Wilco’s “A Ghost Is Born” for the very first time ever on vinyl. I gotta say, I’ve been waiting a long time to pick this one up, and while I’m only on the first song it’s already worth it the purchase.
As my ears swim through the breakdown of “At Least That’s What You Said”, I must say this is probably my most favorite record of theirs. It’s a close race, but this is ear candy at it’s best.
I went for what I think is an obvious choice but on a couple levels. Being that Tumblr is fairly Americentric, any artist from outside of the United States would be considered “foreign.” But on this song, Regina Spektor, born in Russia, is singing a song with a French title an actually sings one of the verses in her native tongue.
The lyrics themselves remind me of how we tend to approach people who are different (foreign) from us. There is an initial period of skepticism if not outright mistrust until they either prove themselves to us or we are “benevolent” enough to allow them entry into our world. It is unfortunate that we can’t intrinsically trust everyone and seek out people different from us to learn from.