Style comes and goes but with a little substance might linger awhile.
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for 21st century music sublimity.
Kaskade with ‘4 AM’
Air Cherry Blossom Girl and Femme de L’argent.
Zero 7 Most of their oeuvre
Boards of Canada ‘Left Side Drive’
Clubbed to Death (Kurayamino Variation) by Dougan
Did I mention?
by Jerome Isma-Ae on Croatia which has a 1960’s feel
Indulge yourselves once more with Teardrop from Masive Attack and the wonderful last base note reminiscent of Isaac Hayes. Try their Black Milk on Mezzanine
Smashy n Nicey might have said “here’s a climber riding up the charts
It’s Personal by The Radio Dept
No doubt these young musicians were inspired or by some aural osmosis sub-liminally influenced by these old guys below
In the late decades of the last century ‘Aja’ from the canon of Becker & Fagan set a standard. Steely Dan are one of few acts or performers I paid to listen to in this age when every tenth person is promoted as a must-see tour.
The ear often outweighs the eye for impact and impression. Here’s the guys in sound and vision.
from BBC’s Classic Album AJA
Here’s the eponymous track (skip the commercial)
Humour is not confined to lyrics with the two amigos. Fagen saying …”with Jerry Lewis?” Becker retorts ” a fertile period for you”
Preferential tracks from their oeuvre would be
The Boston Rag.
Do it again
Why not lend an ear to Donald Fagen’s solo album ‘The Nightfly’
“This image is of a cover of an audio recording, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the work or the artist(s) which produced the recording or cover artwork in question.” That’s Wikipedia’s way of saying ” we’re clean-you’re on your own if you use it-and Donald calls. Hence I say this photo is copyright of Mr Donald Fagan and to whoever he wishes it to be.
“I wait all nite for calls like these”
Other recommendations of mine towards 20th century musicianship
If you can ignore the public school preambles which interrupts their musical skill…..
From the largely skipped 80’s I like
Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense
Previously I had included links to above but YouTube got all possessive and denied access. So as a nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse, I urge you to take a look at the above artistes all by yourself with your own mouse.
Specific tracks from the last century I gravitate towards ARE
Eagles Tracks New York Minute (live version) and I Can’t Tell You Why!
quintessential disco from Chic such as I Want Your Love
Isaac Hayes Theme from Shaft
Curtis Mayfield Move on up Superfly Pusherman
America Tracks Horse With No Name Sandman Ventura Highway
Incidentally we were on Ventura Freeway (101 highway) as we moved passed Vandenberg AFB via Lompoc California en route east into Arizona.
Until I find a better shot this one below is near enough to the locale!
(pic) Time for a crumpled stogie as I do some California dreamin’
Other sounds of the 20th century that float my boat are…..
For What it’s Worth Buffalo Springfield
Black Water The Doobie Brothers
Which reminds me of the black, brown, and blue waters between the Atlantic and Pacific I dipped a toe in. Including those two oceans!
Here’s the very cold Colorado.
A brief respite from ‘Americana’ as we remember the sounds of Blighty.
Elvis Costello -Oliver’s Army;
Joe Jackson-Steppin’ Out;
Police King of Pain;
Al Stewert– Year Of The Cat
Going TransLan once more …….
Boz Scagg What Can I Say
It would be remiss of me to leave ‘music’ without a nod to one of the few greats (still breathing) that is Mr. Zimmerman, Bob Dylan. Again another individual I would pay to see, but I took my time about it.
Bob Dylan deserves his status just for ‘touring’ alone . He could easily have rested on his laurels for 40 years. Many times he did the circuit in Ireland but I must have had other priorities.
It took until 2000 July 14th in Minnesota (appropriately enough) for yours truly to catch up. I was on Lyndale Ave and Lake St in south Minneapolis when by happenstance I read that BD was performing.
I have a few personal photos of the Twin Cities Minn /St Paul somewhere which I will try to find.
I leave you for now with Wiki’s look at this interesting part of the Mid-West.
Following way behind Dylan but still in a division above the rest is Neil Young. His oeuvre is often more ascerbic which contrasts somewhat with the ‘hippy’ optimism of The Byrds’. Turn, Turn, Turn ‘ is kinda nice all the same. Buffalo Springfield’s ‘For what it’s Worth’-is very evocative of the 1960’s.
Crosby, Stills, Nash with their changing configurations of CSN and CSN&Y are always melodically noteworthy. ‘Just a Song before I go’ ‘Long Time Gone’ ‘Our House’ ‘Helplessly Hoping’
Harmonics and melody are not from a bygone era. I came across the following in the last few years.
French duo Air with Femme de L’argent
and FC Kahuna Hayling
All to be found at Electronic>Chill Downtempo. Find them on
Dip into classical or cool jazz while you’re there.
Gotta go for now, but as I said to an Ukrainian friend Elizaveta. “I ain’t ‘rushing’ and neither are you Liz!”
Incidentally, due to the passage of time some links may have gone a.w.o.l (or without my permission to leave at least)due to a small matter of copyright. I guess some algorithm is in place which deletes use of YouTube on WordPress.
If links are unavailable due to Code 404-the problem is slightly different. It’s the web’s shifting sands. Links are often like modern business, here today-gone tomorrow. Then again in some cases the fault is due to editorial laziness. I must try to re-read and re-write.