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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Ghost Trains

Long live the 80s!

Until after I picked up Ultra 80s vs Electro, which is remixed by David Waxman, at Sweat Records in Miami over the holidays, I didn’t realize how much the 80s is still present in today’s music. With that in mind, I picked a handful of tracks that had some 80s element and mixed them between some other tracks that seemed to compliment what I picked. The result is my little tribute to my childhood without having to use the classic hits.

Ghost Trains

Playlist
1. The Cure - A Forest
2. Alan Braxe & Fred Falke - Rubicon
3. FPU - Crocket's Theme
4. Erlend Oye - Ghost Trains
5. Orbital – Bath Time
6. Tarwater – At Low Frequency
7. Gus Gus – Anthem
8. Felix da Housecat - Madame Hollywood
9. Hybrid - Gravastar
10. Fischerspooner - Emerge
11. Playgroup - Number One [Felix da Housecat Thee Glitz Mix]
12. Gorillaz - Dare
13. Ulrich Schnauss – On My Own
14. David Bowie – A Better Future
15. Röyksopp - Beautiful Day Without You
16. The Postal Service - Such Great Heights
17. Depeche Mode – Precious
18. UNKLE – In a State (feat. Graham Gouldman)

Friday, April 28, 2006

Spring Cleaning!

Well, that's the one thing I haven't done lately. I've got piles and piles of CDs and records hanging out waiting to sorted and put away. I even shamfully have a pile of records STACKED on top of each other that goes pretty high because I just don't have the space for all this stuff.

But hey, I work . . . I work a lot. So what have I done when I wasn't actually at work surrounded by the latest and greatest and crappiest pop music around (and the latest peices of product shilled by the great Mouse)? I made a mix. It's essentially a 60's garage mix. Every song's a good, rolicking song and many of which I'm sure most people haven't heard. It's more in a similar vein of the mixes I've done lately. I hope everyone enjoys it and sings along to it while driving down the highway.

If you're wondering where the FLoyd reference is in this one, check out the cover of "Walk Like A Man" by The Joker's Wild. It's a recording I got my filthy hands on of Davisd Gilmour's band before he joined Pink Floyd. Sadly, it's something I downloaded and from someone else's vinyl copy of this very rare record.

Well, he's April Spring Cleaning to aid in your adventures this spring. In the meantime, I should tackle that stack of music.

Our playlist:

1. Brewer & Shipley - Fifty States Of Freedom

2. Frijid Pink - God Gave Me

3. ? And The Mysterians - Don't Break This Heart Of Mine

4. The Kinks - Tired Of Waiting For You

5. Jokers Wild - Walk Like A Man

6. The Coasters - Charlie Brown

7. The Chocolate Watchband - Sweet Young Thing

8. Them - Baby Please Don't Go

9. The Doors - My Eyes Have Seen You

10. The Zombies - I Want You Back Again]

11. The Who - I Can't Explain

12. Quicksilver Messenger Service - Dino's Song

13. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - She's So Fine

14. The Rolling Stones - 19th Nervous Breakdown

15. Simon & Garfunkel - Richard Cory

16. Iron Butterfly - Iron Butterfly Theme

Monday, April 24, 2006

Redirection

Well, I finally broke down and bought (or is it really like renting?) the URL for www.madterranmusic.com, so you can now find us by remembering that fairly simple URL. The old one still works too, but I think the new one sounds cooler.

I'll have a new mix up soon, along with something substantial. For now, let's all remember Roy Orbison. who if he had lived, would have lived to be 80 on the 23rd.

Roy Orbison - Blue Bayou

Thursday, April 20, 2006

April is Jazz Month

Yes, after listening to Air America Radio for the past couple weeks, I've learned, from ads, that April is Jazz Month. Some of the artist in the PSA's recommend taking a friend to see some live jazz, but since I can't really do that with you all, I made a mix. It's a long one, but I know you'll all live.

It's mostly male stuff, I left the great divas and torch bearers alone for the time being (I thought that'd be cheating, frankly. Who doesn't love Nina wailing away about how she's been done wrong by men?

So here we are. It's mostly familiar names, and maybe one or two familiar tracks.

Part 1
1. Maynard Ferguson - Sesame Street 2. Thelonious Monk - Just A Gigolo
3. John Coltrane and Don Cherry - Bemsha Swing
4. Miles Davis - Prince of Darkness
5. Oscar Peterson Trio - Have You Met Miss Jones
6. Antonio Carlos Jobim - God And The Devil In The The Land Of The Sun
7. Gene Ammons - Canadian Sunset
8. Charles Mingus - Open Letter to Duke

Part 2
9. Serge Gainsbourg - Intoxicated Man
10. charlie parker - funky blues
11. Mongo Santamaria - Watermelon
12. Pharoah Sanders - Astral Traveling
13. Sun-Ra - Plutonium Nights
14. Thievery Corporation - Lebanese Blonde
15. Miles Davis - Miles Runs the Voodoo Down

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Shamanic

That's what I should have titled this mix, but I didn't really think about it until I got out of the shower a bit ago and it was already well on it's way to uploading. (And then, somehow that failed and I just plain forgot that I could retitle it.) It's a collection of rock, some of it is rather on the obscure side. Most of it comes from the 60's and 70's. I tossed it together looking for a certain kind of vibe and I came out with this, which is more like a strange ride through a lot of different points in the rock world. So stick with it, and see where it goes. . . a bit like a Shamanic voyage.

Mid April Rock Mix

Yeah, Shamanic is cooler.

1. The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot
2. The Chocolate Watchband - Dark Side Of The Mushroom
3. Procol Harum - She Wandered Through the Garden Fence
4. David Bowie - Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed
5. The Troggs - Night Of The Long Grass
6. Spanky & Our Gang - Brother Can You Spare A Dime
7. Electric Light Orchestra - 10538 Overture
8. Buffalo Springfield - Mr. Soul
9. Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions - This Is My Country
10. Frank Zappa - My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama
11. The Doors - Shaman's Blues
12. Brothers Johnson - Strawberry Letter 23
13. The Doobie Brothers - Black Water
14. Deep Purple - Maybe I'm A Leo
15. Human Beinz - The Shaman
16. Iron Butterfly - Flowers and Beads
17. Big Star - Watch the Sunrise

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Whipped Cream and Other Delights


In conversation with various people last night, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass came up. We wound up having to describe the cover to their hugely sucessful album "Whipped Cream and Other Delights." The music is probably the most amusing, well played and crafted pop jazz you can think of. So in essence, it's like a really good joke, mostly useless except for making you happy.

You'll be seeing the cover to the album and I'm offering up the title track which was also the theme song to the Dating Game (which made the whole record a hit, really). "Whipped Cream"

I also think that is probably one of the sexiest album covers ever devised. I've seen a few others over the years, but this one is still tops.

Incidentally, the recently released remix album for this album, the managed to find a girl (or CGI one) that looks remarkably like this one. She's even got the eyes, even though she's wearing a whole lot less whipped cream.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Some recommendations . . .

I've been wholly remiss as of late in updating. For that, I am sorry. I've been insanely busy at work and frankly, listening to a bunch of new stuff. Recommendations have been coming at me from all sides to hear new things: from customers, people I work with, other customers, Kammie, and the occasional friend too. So I'll just pass a bunch of those on for now and I'll hope to have some kind of mix up tomorrow.

First off, I'm going to recommend a band called Hard-Fi, I believe their getting big and popular in the UK, I could be mistaken. I was skeptical, but after giving them a listen their good English rock, which is something I've always been a bit of a sucker for. Their album is called "Stars of CCTV."

In the more mainstream category, the new Placebo "Meds" is good, not spectacular, but given the Placebo fanbase around here, worth mentioning. It's as a coworker described: what he expected from Placebo, songs about drugs and sex, which is all we ask for from PLacebo.

The new album from Blue October "Foiled" I rather like as well. It's not more of the same from the band, but a good, solid rock album that delves into some world beats and other styles. It also has Immogen Heap doing some backing tracks on of the songs, and again, we know how she plays around here too.

The new Yeah Yeah Yeah's "Show Your Bones" is a lot of fun, though much more laid back than the foot stomper of an opening LP. This is one I might look out for on LP>

I've also been listening to the remastered "No Answer" from Electric Light Orchestra, which is an album where some rockers first got serious about using cellos in rock music. Aurally, it quite nice. The liner notes were an interesting read on the creation of the album and the evolution of ELO from an old English psych band called The Move.

I've had a collection for a good while now that's called Tease: The Best of Burlesque. It's basically what it claims to be, a very good collection of music from Burlesque shows, which were popular long before the modern skin stuff was popular. The whole CD is jazz with a little ragtime that's fairly upbeat and I've been playing it in the stores in the morning to get a little motivated for work. I even sold a copy of this thing. The song called "The Stripper" is included and was where I got it from to use as a peice of music for the original MadTerran Music Shoutcast theme song.

Finally, I'm going to put up a track from a group I doubt anyone here has heard of called Red Temple Spirits, which is kind of like a much more psychedelic version of the Cure. (They're also darker and denser, perhaps like the Jesus and Mary Chain too.) They have not left my mp3 player since I stumbled onto them while digging for Pink Floyd covers. This is there version if "The Nile Song" They've got a couple albums released that I've gotten my grubby hands on. I'd list the titles, but like all good psychedelic titles, their a bible long.

I know this isn't much, but I'll try to get a little more together by the end of this week.

Monday, April 03, 2006

April 2006

Well, I've gotten another one together of mostly fantasy based tracks. I know things have been quiet round here for the past few weeks from my recent trip and my own nasty bout with a cold. I'm better now and am safely back in Miami. . . though I'd rather be making these posts elsewhere.

In the meantime, I was able to hobble this one together. I think I might start moving some of these away from mixes and into something like a pre-recorded radio show. I enjoy and I didn't seem to get many complaints on the Pink Floyd one I did several weeks ago. This is a short one, only a half hour or so.

April Fantasy 2006

1. Pink Floyd - Scarecrow
2. The Impossible Shapes - Demon Love
3. Liquid Tension Experiment - Chris and Kevin's Excellent Adventure
4. Small Faces - Ogden's Nut Gone Flake
5. Pain of Salvation - Dryad of the Woods
6. Blue Man Group - Endless Column
7. Led Zeppelin - The Battle of Evermore
8. Black Sabbath - Fairies Wear Boots
9. Mother Love Bone - This Is Shangrila

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