Meera-Devi and The Mad Terran's Music Blog

Sunday, May 29, 2005

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I think I've figured out how to email these posts to people so they can keep up. I've got the RSS feed too, but this is also quite easy. So check it out if you want to be added. Hopefully, it will work.

45's and Geddy Lee

For the past several months, I've been a record collector. Collector is probably not the best word. I have bought some stuff that could fetch a little bit of money to some people, but on the whole I've been a junkie for finding music in thrift stores and antique shops. I've found more than a few amazing albums for a buck each all over town.

Several months ago, I bought several little gems at a Salvation Army. I was one my way home and I was checking the Tim Curry record and out rolled a 45 of “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie. I remembered buying a Rare Earth on that same occasion, and I've played it several times since then. A couple nights ago, I was looking at the cover, and out rolled another 45, this time “Wild Thing” by the Troggs. It's not in the greatest condition. I doubt it would fetch more than buck on Ebay, but I think it's kind of cool to own. Mostly importantly, it still plays amazingly well, and I'd never heard the b-side before.

Then again, while trolling another thrift shop, I got Rush's “Fly By Night” and “A Farewell to Kings.” I discovered a strange little song from Rush that I hadn't heard before on “Fly By Night” called “Rivendell.” For some strange reason, it reminded me of the song Billy Boyd sang for the Return of the King Soundtrack. In a sense, Billy Boyd sounds an awful lot like Geddy Lee, the lead singer for Rush. It's not so much the voice, but the manner in which they both sing in both songs. They're both light the songs float.
I uploaded them both, so you all be the judge.

Steward of Gondor

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

It's 10:30, EST

This show was made for someone's who's been having a really shite couple of weeks. I thought I'd do something nice for them, and everyone else in sharing it with you all.

It's a mix of this and that with a little surprise on the end. Hopefully, it will bring as much enjoyment to you all as it did for me to make.

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

1. Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
2. Counting Crows - Anna Begins
3. Dave Matthews Band - Too Much
4. Green Day - Brain Stew
5. Dispatch - The General
6. Jimmy Chamberlin Complex - Life Begins Again
7. R.E.M. - Daysleeper
8. Dharma Bomb - Reluctant Superhero
9. Crash Test Dummies - Two Knights And Maidens
10. Blind Melon - Mouthful Of Cavities
11. Bishop Allen - Eve of Destruction
12. Moxy Fruvous - King Of Spain (radio version)

As always, comments are welcome, either on the show or just in general.

Second Post of the night

Another peice for download. Just a bit of me talking.


Monday, May 23, 2005

Green Day and Getting Older.

Part of the purpose of this blog is to share what I hear, see and experience within music. The hope is to post the occasional review and share the occasional story about what happens as I work on the front lines of music retail. Yes, I am a lowly associate in a major, mall music store. Consider this site as a way to give back to music community as a whole.

A couple days ago, I went to return a lawnmower to my grandmother's house that my father had borrowed. My soon-to-be 13 year old cousin was over for the afternoon and she asked if we kept the second Green Day CD in stock at the store. "You know, American Idiot."

I sighed, shook my head and corrected her. I told her that it was their fifth or sixth album over the years, I forgot exactly. (After a refresher, it's their seventh). She also told me that her mother, a British woman, liked the band because they were British. Or that they at least sounded British and someone in her class looked like Billy Joe.

I found it all pretty amusing, at least. Then I thought about it and felt kind of sad that so many of these kids don't even know what Dookie was and how good of an album it really was.

It came out when I was probably about my cousin's age. I remember being in Middle School when it came out. It was the kind of album good boys like myself didn't listen too, therefore, I didn't ask for it. (I finally bought it for five bucks around 2002, long before the current fervor when Green Day was written off as a has been band). But those singles were something to really enjoy in age when so much was so serious musically on FM radio in Miami. . . Not that it's ever gotten better.

Strangely enough, however, I am reluctant to make copies for her to listen too. I'm not sure how her mother would react, despite her fawning over them because a group from Southern California sometimes sound like a couple British Punk Bands. Perhaps I should make a copy of Billy Joe's look alike's album and give her "Hot Fuss" by the Killers. I do love that album too.

Upon reflection, I'm glad Green Day has found a new musical stride, because while I was in High School, they didn't sound all that great. Also, their top 40 hit with "Time of Your Life" really did them in for me. I don't think the bands I like should have a single that's in consideration for a graduation theme song around the country.

I also feel that off of the new album, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" has the potential to be the next "Under the Bridge." Both songs seem to have a certain, dreary quality to them that makes them quite beautiful. Maybe it's the themes of urban loneliness.

So, Three Cheers for Green Day. Expect to hear them soon on Mad Terran Music.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Using Advanced Musicology to Find New Favorites

NPR : Using Advanced Musicology to Find New Favorites

This is was kind of cool when I heard it today. It links up to a website where you can search a song, and it will list similar songs that meet it on certain criteria. They did some crossfading and it set up some nice matches.

Also, there's some rumors about a new Live Aid show running about. Geldorf hasn't said anything definite, but I'm hopeful. We need another Live Aid.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

First show.

So I finally got it up a few days late. I had intended on making it one file, but that big file kept causing my connection to the Internet to choke, so I decided to break it up.

Part one:
Part two:
Part three:
I hope you enjoy it. This first show is without added commentary by myself because I'm still working on making sure everything is quiet while I make the recording.

What you should be hearing.

1. Joby Talbot - Journey of the Sorcerer
2. Joby Talbot - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
3. Blue Man Group - White Rabbit
4. Tears For Fears - Who Killed Tangerine?
5. Pink Floyd - Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
6. The Mars Volta - The Widow
7. Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
8. David Bowie - Bring Me The Disco King (Loner Mix)
9. Frijid Pink - House of the Rising Sun
10. Pink Fairies - Uncle Harry's Last Freakout (first version)
11. Scissor Sisters - Lovers in the Back Seat
12. David Gilmour - There's No Way Out of Here

Saturday, May 14, 2005

I'd just thought I'd post a quick note. I am alive and well and hoping to get the first show up for download tomorrow.

As of now, I'm listening to what I've stitched together and have been enjoying it immensely.

This is mostly for the RSS Feed I've st up through livejorunal for all those people out there. If anyone's curious, it's madterran_music, so add it to your F-List.

If anyone would like it for their Xanga or GJ account, we'll see what we can do.

For now, my latest purchase was Loudon Wainwright III's "Here Come the Helicopters." The record is a lot of fun, so give it a listen. Yes, that's Wainwright as in Rufus or Martha. I just happen to enjoy their father a whole lot more than Rufus since he seems to have more fun musically. I keep meaning to give Martha a listen, though.

I'm also waiting for a Floyd tribute album to arrive as well as a Charles Mingus.

I promise, more to come.

Floydianly yours,
The Mad Terran

Saturday, May 07, 2005

A Real Post.

This is the link to a test show. I didn't want to revive this site without leaving something new. As always, I don't mnd a few comments. This is a learn-as-I-go process for me.

I'm hoping to have a real show up in a few days, with or without some of my own chatter.

If you're wondering why I'm not just claiming a peice of shoutcast for myself; I'm pretty much limited to a 56k to do this on, which is cool.

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