Meera-Devi and The Mad Terran's Music Blog

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Norah Jones' Personal Picks. . .

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/14104201/ref=amb_center-3_16571101_5/002-9690686-7769608

Just in case everyone was tired of my relentless fanboying of Pink Floyd, I present something from my other fascination. I think the picks are kind of cool, actually. Though, I don't see what's so special with Antony and the Johnsons. I'm not the only one though. You love them or you hate them, from what I've gathered. I'm not all that impressed by Bright Eyes, either.

I loved that PJ Harvey and the Violent Femmes. . . and expect to hear some Feist soon.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Not to be entirely out done. . .

I got another mix together. This time, it's got no apparent theme or structure other than an overall vibe. Free Radicals and Other Hits

Playlist:

1. Klaatu - California Jam
2. Kjartan Sveinsson - Síðasti bærinn
3. Múm - The Ghosts You Draw On My Back
4. Love - Signed D.C.
5. U.N.K.L.E. - Rabbit In Your Headlights
6. Matisyahu - King Without A Crown
7. Slightly Stoopid - Closer to the Sun
8. The Flaming Lips - Free Radicals
9. Amadou & Mariam - Sénégal Fast Food
10. Steve Miller Band - Fly Like an Eagle
11. The Pillows - Walkin' on the Spiral
12. The Mars Volta - Drunkship Of Lanterns
13. The Soundtrack Of Our Lives - Firmament Vacation (A Soundtrack Of Our Lives)


Also, for my little shoutcast crew, I'll be doing a special Fat Tuesday show tomorrow evening. I expect to be on by 9:30 EST, but keep an eye for a message.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Piano and Strings

Simply put, the piano is the sexiest instrument ever made. It’s so sexy that you have to sit down to play it. Ever see Tori Amos rock out on a piano? My point precisely! Lounge singers relied on the piano for musical accompaniment, but it had the effect of making them appear sexier and even more vulnerable. Billie Holiday comes to mind.

Not only that, it’s incredibly sexy to see and/or imagine a man playing the piano. Sitting there in a stylish suit with a focus so intense, it can break concrete, hitting the keys in a precise motion with strong fingers. With that in mind, it was never blatantly obvious, but one my friends played the piano until he was 18 years old. I was in quiet shock and awe. How hot is that?! I used to play during middle and high school. Unfortunately, I had to quit when I came to college due to the lack of time. Despite that, I still have a preference for music that incorporates a piano and a bit of strings, especially when it is not classical music.

Piano and Strings

Play List
1 - The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
2 - Keane - Somewhere Only We Know
3 - Gary Jules - Mad World
4 - David Gray - Be Mine
5 - The Beatles - In My Life
6 - Sarah McLachlan - Adia
7 - Kenny Wayne Shepherd - I Found Love (When I Found You)
8 - Aimee Mann - Driving Sideways
9 - Smashing Pumpkins - Lily (My One and Only)
10 - Kings of Convenience - Live Long
11 - Coldplay - Clocks
12 - Ben Folds Five - Selfless, Cold, and Composed
13 - John Malkovich & Nick Peck - Malkovich (Masterpiece Remix)
14 - Tori Amos - The Waitress
15 - Fiona Apple - A Mistake
16 - Moby - Extreme Ways
17 - Rancid - Crane Fist
18 - Radiohead - You and Whose Army?
19 - Turin Brakes - Stone Thrown
20 - Pearl Jam - All or None

Meera Rocks (Out)

In the process of getting back to my roots, I realized that all I want to do is rock out. Simply press play and turn up the volume. This mix allows me to vent and shut out everything around me. This was particularly helpful when I had to complete 3 back-to-back surgeries in the lab and I needed to focus my attention on what I was doing.

Meera Rocks (Out)

Play List
1 - Nirvana - Smells like Teen Spirit
2 - REM - Crush with Eyeliner
3 - Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet with Butterfly Wings
4 - Pearl Jam - Not For You
5 - Alice in Chains - No Excuses
6 - Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Slow Ride
7 - Rancid - Life Won't Wait
8 - Live - I Alone
9 - Soundgarden - Burden in My Hand
10 - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Parallel Universe
11 - Dandy Warhols - Bohemian like You
12 - Candlebox - Simple Lessons
13 - Audioslave - Hypnotize
14 - Rage Against the Machine - Guerilla Radio
15 - Radiohead - The National Anthem
16 - Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
17 - U2 - Vertigo
18 - The Verve - The Rolling People

London Dry Gin

This is a mix that is best enjoyed at the brink of dusk with an extra dry gin martini or gin and tonic, preferably made with Bombay Sapphire or Tanqueray.

London Dry Gin

Play list
1 - Massive Attack - Angel
2 - Portishead - Humming
3 - Tricky - Black Steel
4 - The Egg - Always There
5 - Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity
6 - Future Sound of London - Cascade (Part 1)
7 - Sting - Desert Rose
8 - Coldplay - Amsterdam
9 - David Gray - Sail Away
10 - Pulp - This Is Hardcore
11 - Ian Brown - Corpses in Their Mouths
12 - Depeche Mode - Useless
13 - Radiohead - Where I End and You Begin
14 - Pink Floyd - Keep Talking

English Breakfast Tea

My dad once told me that the best bands and musicians came from Britain. At a tender age of 12, I merely agreed without much knowledge. But my dad was also lucky enough to have experienced the 70s during his 20s with some of the best bands in the world, who happened to be from Britain, e.g. The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, and Elton John.

Nearly thirteen years later, not only am jealous of my dad, but I also have a slight tendency to agree with him. This time with some knowledge…

I thought it would be neat to put together a mix that featured only British musicians.

English Breakfast Tea

Playlist
1 - Robbie Williams - Let Me Entertain You
2 - David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World
3 - Cream - Layla
4 - The Who - The Real Me
5 - Led Zeppelin - Tangerine
6 - Cornershop - Good to be on the Road Back Home
7 - The Police - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
8 - Elton John - Rocketman
9 - Fatboy Slim - Praise You
10 - Simple Minds - Don't You Forget About Me
11 - Billy Idol - Sweet Sixteen
12 - Dido - Don't Think Of Me
13 - The Clash - London Calling
14 - Blur - Song 2
15 - Franz Ferdinand - 40'

The Classics

I’ve gone back to my roots with a little help from my friends. For the longest while, I’ve been meaning to put together a mix that featured some of my favorite classic bands and songs from the 60s and 70s. Patrick had been bugging me to go back to the music I grew up listening to, which was my parents' music from the 60s and 70s. It was time to give up the electronic music for a little while.

My friend showed me a DVD that his friend made of their fishing trip in Canada last summer. Essentially, it was a picture show set to music. I was inspired and the next day I put together this mix. We both grew up listening to classic rock. WIth this in mind, everything came together and a mix was born. This mix was tested out in his car on the way to Costco. I would say that his reaction was positive given that we both sang along to the songs.

Enjoy!

The Classics

Play List

1 - Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
2 - Buffalo Springfield - For What Its Worth
3 - The Animals - House of the Rising Sun
4 - The Doors - Light My Fire
5 - The Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
6 - Creedence Clearwater Revival - Proud Mary
7 - Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe
8 - Cream - Sunshine Of Your Love
9 - Pink Floyd - The Gold Is In The
10 - Tom Petty - Last Dance With Mary Jane
11 - Eric Clapton - Cocaine
12 - The Eagles - Hotel California
13 - Steve Miller Band - Joker
14 - Led Zeppelin - Hey Hey What Can I do
15 - Rolling Stones - Beast of Burden
16 - Tommy James & the Shondells - Crimson and Clover
17 - Bob Dylan - Knocking On Heaven's Door
18 - Joe Cocker - With a Little Help from my Friends
19 - The Who - Baba O'Riley

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Road Tripping

Dear Fellow Listeners,
It has been a long time since I’ve posted something for the site, but what can I say? Life has been busy and has no intention of slowing down.

I have irrationally and spontaneously decided to take a road trip to Toronto from Pittsburgh. Things aren’t going so great in both my personal and professional lives and I could use a break from it all. Not only that, I’m celebrating my 25th birthday and thought I would recognize new found opportunity to rent a car and go somewhere.

I plan on burning CDs of the mixes I have posted and will be posting on the website shortly. Of course I will be tagging along Sasha and Digweed and some Bedrock. But I do need a road trip CD. If anybody has any suggestions, please comment this post or send me an email at
meera@bns.pitt.edu.

Keep listening!

Cheers,
-meera

PS - I do have about 12 mixes in the works that I shortly make available.

On An Island

Well, we are now about a week or so away from the new David Gilmour release "On An Island" and the good Sir David released the first promotional video for the album's title track. Yeah, I know I'm a sad, sad fanboy, but here you all go.

By the way, David Crosby is really looking old.

http://www.davidgilmour.com/

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Something for the long weekend. . .

I tossed a mix together for the weekend. I hope you all enjoy it. It's called Daysleeping

Perhaps it moves along with the themes of the recent postings; perhaps it doesn't. The version of "Time" used is a live one from the Delicate Sounds of Thunder tour (It's actually from the ROIO called "Prism." I had a moment recently where, for some reason, I feel like I heard the lyrics finally and understood them. Funny, eh? The version of "Time After Time" comes from Cyndi's new album, which is a collection of her classics redone in a classier style.

Here's the Playlist:

1. Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time (With Sarah McLachlan)
2. Pink Floyd - Time
3. Skyclad - Land Of The Rising Slum
4. Smashing Pumpkins - Porcelina Of The Vast Oceans
5. Live - Selling the Drama
6. Nina Simone - Lilac Wine (The Album Leaf Remix)
7. Led Zeppelin - The Rain Song
8. Nine Inch Nails - La Mer
9. The Merkin Dream - Does My Hard Drive Turn You On
10. The Alan Parsons Project - Tales Of Mystery & Imagination - 02 - The Raven
11. R.E.M. - Daysleeper


Also, keep an eye out for a Sunday evening shoutcast. Say 9-ish?

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Jesse Harris

Jesse Harris

Something I think everyone would like. I've liked him since I discovered Norah Jones for the first time. This is the guy who wrote "Don't Know Why" the title track off of her first album. The link leads to a streamable version of his new album, Mineral. I've got the last two, but I think I agree with the reviews I've seen, this is his best work. I'm probably going to get my grubby hands on it soon. I think I need it, frankly.

Friday, February 17, 2006

An evening's observation. . .

Led Zeppelin - "The Rain Song"

I'm sure some would rather I not demystify this song, and so, I won't. I will merely offer an evening's observation while I sit and write with my girlfriend. Listening to this song, I find it to be much like a long, slow afternoon spent making love, where the words don't quite matter, nor do where things go, or even the tempo of the whole affair. The only thing that seems to matter is that "The Rain Song" should not end. It keeps building, and building and building until eventually you're in the midst of a smile. I find it interesting that the only lyrics that do stand out are ". . . But I know, that I love you so. . . " mostly from it's repetition, but still, I think that goes to the heart of the song.

In the end, I think the only thing truly unpleasant about this song is that it ends, much like afternoons spent making love. And songs like this, and afternoons like that seem to be only appreciated long after the fact, when it's thought about in the middle of a long, lonely night.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valentines' Day

Happy V-Day everyone, especially to my cohorts Kammie and Meera without whom, this all would be a much larger pie-in-the-sky dream.

Tonight, I'm going to do a nice, little shoutcast sometime around 9PM, so click the shoutcast link if you're interested. We've only got 10 slots to work with, and I'm still not sure if the connection can take that many.

In the meantime, I'll repost my big, songs about love double LP

http://madterranmusic.blogspot.com/2005/11/songs-about-love.html

We all need a little somethin' on these type of days.

Love you all!

Patrick

Monday, February 06, 2006

Influences. . .

Recently, while working, I encountered a young woman who was a Yeah Yeah Yeahs fan, but was clueless when I mentioned that there was another Velvet Undergound DVD (there is, it's good, pick it up today). She had no damn clue who the Velvet Underground was, but when she saw the cover to the first album, she said it looked familiar. It's my suspicion though this this is because the picture of an opened and unopened banana painted by Andy Warhol (who was patron to the band) is both, highly iconic, and the basis for the Dandy Warhols "Welcome to the Monkey House" artwork.

So, I set out to make a mix using many of the artists that seem to be either name dropped or influential in the music made today. Also, you can see Nick Horby's book, and John Cusack's movie, High Fidelity for a good deal more. This list is far from complete, and is based on my own, limited understanding.

Influences:

1. Depeche Mode - Master and Servant
2. The Velvet Underground - Venus In Furs
3. 13th Floor Elevators - You're Gonna Miss Me
4. The Smiths - Shakespeare's Sister
5. Stiff Little Fingers - State Of Emergency
6. Pink Fairies - Do It
7. Siouxsie And The Banshees - Carcass
8. Iggy Pop & The Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog
9. David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
10. Nick Drake - Way To Blue
11. Nico - eulogy to lenny bruce
12. Syd Barrett - Dark Globe
13. The Velvet Underground - Heroin

Monday Morning. . .

Here's a mix I decided to have ready for everyone on Monday morning for work or whatever. I'll post more about it later on in the day, but for now, here's the mix.

http://box.net/public/themadterran/files/2355123.html

1. Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
2. The Doors - Roadhouse Blues
3. Molotov - Perro Negro Granjero
4. Gogol Bordello - Immigrant Punk
5. Franz Ferdinand - Evil And A Heathen
6. She Wants Revenge - I Dont Wanna Fall In Love
7. Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
8. Cullum, Jamie - Get Your Way
9. Os Mutantes - Bat Macumba
10. Serge Gainsbourg - Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin - Je T'aime Moi Non Plus

Edit: This is mostly a mix of songs that I've been listening to a lot for one reason or another. The Artic Monkeys are apparently insanely popular in the UK and will no doubt, be very big here in the US. Other parts of this are fairly international artists, Os Mutantes come from Brazil and was probably one of the best Psych bands from that region. Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin hail from France, and Molotov is from South America.

And the Doors . . . they belong to the world.

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