Rhythm and News Blog
After a bit of a hiatus, Pima County Public Library is again purchasing music cds. Yay! Here's some stuff I've been listening to and am excited about...
Old Yellow Moon, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell: First off, some history: I had been aware of Emmylou Harris since I was a kid but always figured she was just a country artist who did some albums with Linda Ronstadt. I picked up Wrecking Ball way back in 1997 because Daniel Lanois was the producer. He also produced two of U2's biggest albums, The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby, so I was interested to see what he had done with Emmylou Harris' sound. Wow! I loved this album when it first came out and listened to it quite a bit. I went through an Emmylou Harris phase for awhile and picked up some of her releases after Wrecking Ball, but slowly I lost interest....until now. I heard an interview with Rodney Crowell on NPR about Old Yellow Moon and checked in to see if Pima County Public Library had any copies, and we do! I'm really enjoying this one and some of my favorite tracks are Invitation To The Blues, Open Season On My Heart, Black Caffeine (I get the feeling she's not just singing about coffee!) and Bluebird Wine.
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My parents first turned me on to Peter Gabriel. They had a couple of his vinyls in their record collection and I remember the fear that one particular album cover instilled in me. It was Peter Gabriel's #3 aka "Melt"and features a black and white photograph of Peter Gabriel's face melting. It also stirred such curiosity in me that I had to pick up the record and play it. Songs like the cool and creepy "The Intruder" and the catchy whistle of "Games Without Frontiers" immediately hooked me in. Peter Gabriel to this day stands alone in creating a category all his own in the world of alternative music that never been rivaled.
I noticed that many of the songs from that record are on a recent Gabriel album called "New Blood". The record consists of orchestral re-recordings of past hits from the Peter Gabriel discography. Please read on to learn more about it.
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Daft Punk is one of those musical groups that everyone loves. And for good reason: who can resist two dance-crazed robots who fill our lives with glorious electro-disco-synthpop? As the two members of Daft Punk (French producers Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter) tell it, "We did not choose to become robots. There was an accident in our studio...when we regained consciosness, we discovered that we had become robots." And luckily for us, these robots did not want to enslave the human race in a cycle of pain and misery (I'm looking at you, Skynet)...instead, they only want us to dance. With a dash of disco, a scattering of funk, a pinch of groove, and a whole lot of electro love, Daft Punk have created over sixteen years of dance hits for the world to enjoy.
And after much too long, they are back.
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