Meera-Devi and The Mad Terran's Music Blog

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Women Rock!

When I was putting together my first show, I had selected potential songs to include. I noticed that I chose a number of songs with women as singers and/or musicians. I thought it would be neat to do a show that featured women as singers and musicians, since they are a major contribution to music as a whole. I’m only saddened that this show couldn’t be longer because it does not fully represent all of women’s contributions to music, i.e. it is only a mere sample.

Additionally, this show has sentimental value because, in some way, a guy is connected to each of these songs. A number of these songs were sent to me by an old acquaintance. In the process, I learned of other musicians and started to enjoy other music genres. In that way, this show is pretty special.

I hope enjoy the show.


1. Loreena McKennitt – Prologue
2. Stina Nordenstam – People are Strange
3. Aimee Mann – Satellite
4. Mazzy Star – Five String Serenade
5. Cowboy Junkies – Sweet Jane
6. Kristin Hersh – Houdini Blues
7. Sarah McLachlan – Witness
8. Annie Lennox – A Whiter Shade of Pale
9. Goldfrapp – Paper Bag
10. Tori Amos – Mr Zebra
11. Björk – Human Behaviour
12. Fiona Apple – Paper Bag
13. Archive – Nothing Else
14. Hooverphonic – Someone
15. Massive Attack – Teardrop (featuring Elizabeth Fraser)
16. Handsome Boy Modeling School – The Truth (featuring Roisin and J–Live)
17. Portishead – Pedestal
18. Pink Floyd – The Great Gig in the Sky (featuring Clare Tory)

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Monday, July 25, 2005

"Princess" loves the 80s

To my dismay, I found Live Baby Live by INXS on my computer at work. My Dutch fellow co-worker and arch-nemesis borrowed my computer and left this album among some other choice music (i.e., Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Simply Red, & U2). While I adore Norah Jones and Diana Krall, I was disturbed by the fact that Simply Red and INXS invaded my harddrive space. Since the release of Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me, I have never heard my co-worker listen to much else. Diana Krall: sometimes. De Dijk and Herman van Veen: on the off days.

Keep in mind that my co-worker is in his mid-thirties and if you do the math, he was at the peak of his youth during the 80s, and I believe he still likes to reminisce about the good ol’ days. He still hasn’t left the 80s and, for example, continues to wear his collar up. As soon as he starts wearing acid wash, I’ll turn him in to VH1 for “I love the 80s”.

This little prank is my little way of getting back at him for leaving his INXS album on my computer and giving him something else other than Norah Jones to listen to. I talked to Patrick about making a CD with only 80s music disguised as a Diana Krall CD. I plant to use some choice titles from his 80s show along with a few other choices of my own. The titles and CBBD will be a Diana Krall album, but will play something else. Also, I plan on added a few choice .wav files such as, “Greetings. This is Igor. If you have an extra brain you can spare, my master would appreciate it. Leave a message and let us know” (this would be appropriate since we’re in the brain business) and from the movie Weird Science, “Why do you have to be such a wanker?” (my opinion of the man without coming right out to say it). I plan to leave the 80s CD in the CD-ROM drive of his computer in hopes that Windows will do its job and play the CD. My only hope is that he scans the disk looking for a song by Diana Krall.

I will keep you all posted as to the final track list and outcome of this little adventure. Hopefully, I will get a wonderful reaction.


PS: I have a photograph of my co-working wearing a crown with purple feathers that says "princess".

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Silence is broken. . .

We've been silent here lately. Unfortunately, it's been due to a fever-ish case of Pottermania. I finished the novel and eventually got a new mix together. This one was made over conversations with my co-conspirator. I'm expecting that she'll post something up about her little prank.

For the time being, here's the 80's.

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Part Three:

I know the David Bowie song isn't really from the 80's, but I like the song and I really didn't want to bother putting in "China Girl" in another 80's mix. It also seems to work well before "Master and Servant." And early reports say that "I'm Too Sexy" is hysterical following it up.

And the Playlist:
1. David Bowie - Hallo Spaceboy
2. Depeche Mode - Master and Servant
3. Right Said Fred - I'm Too Sexy
4. The Vapors - Turning Japanese
5. Roxy Music - More Than This
6. Peter Murphy - Cuts You Up
7. Inxs - Need You Tonight
8. Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
9. XTC - Making Plans For Nigel
10. Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science
11. Men Without Hats - The Safety Dance
12. Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party

Monday, July 11, 2005

Dillia's first show

Greetings: Patrick asked me to put together a show to see what I would come up with. I thought putting together a 60-minute show would be difficult. In selecting particularly sexy tracks, I ended up with 2-3 hours of material . Unfortunately, this show contains only a minute fraction of some of the music I've been enjoying lately, particularly during boring data analysis where I just click arrows and the word "veto" about every 3-4 times.

I would appreciate any feedback as it will help me to decide if I should put together a show more often.




Track list
1. Keiichi Suzuki - Satellite Serenade (remixed by Sasha & Digweed)
2. Orbital - Funny Break (One Is Enough)
3. Dirty-Bix - Uni Versal4. Tarwater - VAT
5. Air - La Femme D'Argent
6. Moby - The Rain Falls And The Sky Shudders
7. Radiohead - Meeting in the Aisle
8. Amon Tobin - Keepin' It Steel (The Anvil Track)
9. Nicola Conte - Missione a Bombay
10. Bentley Rhythm Ace - Bentley's Gonna Sort You Out!
11. Massive Attack - Exchange

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Testing Pictures

Apparently, you can add pictures now. This is a picture of my sad little copy of "Meet the Beatles" Recently, I found it in a thrift store and paid a quarter for it. I felt like I was doing it a favor since it was so scratched and abused. It plays pretty well except for the last song on each side.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Second post. . .

I seem to be getting terrrible about this. We've got another contributor here at MadTerranMusic. Everyone's favourite, DJ Dillia has said she'd post some stuff up now and again. As it stands, I'm working on getting her mx up, so there will be some new music to listen to here real soon.

Damien Rice

As of late, he's become quite popular because of being featured in the movie "Closer." What I find interesting is that he's not quite an easy sell.

A couple years back, when "O" was released in the US, I had a few English tourists ask to see if we'd gotten his album yet. I would tell them we hadn't until we finally did, and I bought our first copy. Immediately, I loved it. It held one of those qualities that make you reluctant to share it with the rest of the world. His voice and his instrumentation are like a jewel that you feel will begin to loose it's luster once it's been spread around to the outside world.

Ther album itself is full of contridictions. It's surprisingly lush, but somehow, it's as intimate as live, accoustic set in a dive bar on the edge of town where you find that you are the only one listening, and everyone else is too busy drinking away their evening. Each song is long a angry, reflective smoke that you find yourself lighting up cigarette after cigarette as the album wears on. Sometimes it flicks angrily, and blows smoke in someone's face. Sometimes it's smiles and begs. And sometimes it simply lets the ash smolder into a long, cylidnrical line while you think about our life being pissed away.

Originally, this album really was a hard sell. I would try to get people to listen to it, but there weren't many takers. It was too new and probably too raw for most American listeners.

Then Closer come along and they didn't make a soundtrack for the movie, and Damien Rice has simply exploded in the US. People will buy it without even taking the time to listen to it because one song was in a movie they liked. Maybe it's also because a freind of theirs told them that simply had to listen to it and that they would love it. It reminds me of what happened to Norah Jones when "Come Away With Me" was released back in 2002. It took a while, it was a hard sell, but after enough play and enough talking and cajolling, little old ladies with too much money to spend are buying it.

What worries is me is that these gems of albums will be tossed on in their cars once, listened too, and then cast aside for the next big thing. (Which sadly seems to be Il Divo.) They don't take the time to listen to the songs, hear the swelling of the instruments, or even really think about the lyrics. What scares me is that something I love deeply will become throwaway pop to the rest of the world, a victim of over exposure and subject for pop-culture vulture ridicule.

So for right now, I offer up a song from Damien Rice and urge everyone to take a listen to it, consider it. If you don't like it, you don't like it. There's nothing that can be changed about that. But I urge everyone not to rave over something they honestly don't like. It might be nice to the artists pocket book, but is it really fair to them?

Of course, I think I feel the same way about people who claim to like Pink Floyd after only listening to "Another Brick in the Wall pt 2" or as it is annoyingly called by the uninitiated "We Don't Need No Education" or "The Wall." Which is the name of the album the bloody song is on.

Damien Rice: "O"

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