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Thursday, August 31, 2006

NPR : Dixie Chicks Summer Tour Not All Smooth Sailing

NPR : Dixie Chicks Summer Tour Not All Smooth Sailing

I recommend this as something to listen to. In fact, this story was playing when my alarm went off. Basically, I think this is evidence of the power Clear Channel has over the radio.

Personally, I think their new album is really solid, and better than a lot of the other pure pop releases out there. In fact, it surprised the hell out of me when we played it the first time in store.

I don't own it, however.

YouTube - guitar

YouTube - guitar: ""

Apparently, this had been making the rounds and WOW. This boy can play his ass off. This is coming from someone who counts Malmsteen as a part of his retail experience.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Secret Sun Recordings While Sitting Through Another Storm

Secret Sun Recordings

It seemed almost inevitable that we'd be talking about sitting through another tropical system here in South Florida. Luckily, it's coming our far better than even we'd hoped. We've had late night thunder storms worse than Tropical Storm Ernesto (who is more like TS Ernie)

So I checked my email and I found that Secret Sun is releasing a new album by Sasha Dobson. This one is definitely worth a listen (and quite possibly a purchase). She sounds quite a bit like Norah Jones, but with a little bit of an older sound in her voice.

. . . And she can skat.

So in honor of our barely functional tropical storm, go ahead and listen to the preview on the Secret Sun website.

Monday, August 28, 2006

The Doors Are Open

I've been listening to the Doors a long time. Probably a little longer than I've been a big fan of Pink Floyd. I bought my first Doors CD some time in High School, at a Blockbuster Music that doesn't exist anymore. Creepy, eh? It was a weird, curiousity at the time that took some courage. The Doors were one of those "dark" bands. . .

They still are, but very much a part of my music life these days. Jim's lyrics still amaze me just as they did to me at 14 or 15.

A few notes on this mix. The version of the End is the version that was included in Apocalypse Now, the one used partially in the beginning of the film and for the ending sequence.

Bowing Down to the Doors

1. The Doors - The Movie
2. The Doors - The Hitchhiker
3. The Doors - The End
4. The Doors - Horse Latitudes
5. The Doors - The Ghost Song
6. The Doors - The Unknown Soldier
7. The Doors - Five To One
8. The Doors - Cars Hiss By My Window
9. The Doors - Riders On The Storm
10. The Doors - Celebration of the Lizard

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Of Butterflies and Singing...

Clearwing on Thistle 3 by =Dellessanna on deviantART

I went out on a photo taking expedition today, showed Patrick the pictures and he asked me how I always got the butterflies to hold still that long. I told him I normally hypnotize the (haha!) This time however, I sang to them. Apparently Butterflies are great fans of the Ditty Bops. :) Or at least my rendition of them. So glad the park was deserted!

And yes...
Go listen to The Ditty Bops!

The Butterfly is actually a moth. A Hummingbird Clearwing.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

From a Mailing List I'm On . . .


In an interview with Rolling Stone, circulated Aug 22, Bob Dylan, 65, said: 'I don't know anybody who's made a record that sounds decent in the past twenty years, really.'

'You listen to these modern records, they're atrocious, they have sound all over them,' he added. 'There's no definition of nothing, no vocal, no nothing, just like... static.' Dylan was commenting on modern technology that compresses music to make it louder on playback. This is done for MP3 players that most youngsters use to listen to music.

So what's his position on fans downloading music for free?

'Well, why not? It ain't worth nothing anyway.' Way to go Bob."

This little snippet is from a Mailing List I'm on called Big-O, which is worth checking out for the Roio's.

Personally, I think the man who took folk electric is a bit too full of himself and his music. And I don't think he's put a decent album out in 30 years.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Summer Monsoons

Ah! Summer is about to end and yet another school year begins. For a fortunate many, it's a fresh start, a new beginning, or a slate wiped clean. In any case, best wishes to those starting a new school year, whether you are an educator or a student!

Summer Monsoons

1 - Amar - Heavy Intro
2 - Nitin Sawhney - Nadia
3 - Talvin Singh - Light
4 - DJ Cam - Meera
5 - Karsh Kale - Saajana
6 - Badmarsh & Shri - Dancing Drums
7 - Nitin Sawhney - Homelands [Joe Claussell Remix]
8 - Thievery Corporation - Lebanese Blonde
9 - Luz Da Asia - Amistad
10 - Sina Vodjani - Vision of Mahakala
11 - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Eddie Vedder - The Face of Love
12 - Jerry Garcia & Sanjay Mishra – Nocturne Evening Chant

Thursday, August 24, 2006

It's My Blog

It's My Blog

We have a fan! And he's pretty cool too. Check out his site for some cool videos.

Thanks, Tigerhull. And to all of you who stop in regularly to this litle experiment of ours.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Transformers . . . More than Meets the Eye

Around my job, talk as turned to the long, up coming Transformers live action movie (which will be THE date movie next summer, just so everyone knows.) In my desperate antcipation for this film, I put this strange mix together last year. It's a mix of this and that, primarely prog rock and some other things. It truly does move around a bit.

Watch out for the ending, there's two mamouth tracks, the Tool being 8 minutes, and the Porcupine Tree being 17. This mix truly isn't for the faint of heart.

Transformers Part One
Transformers Part Two

1. Acid Mothers Temple - cosmic magic of love part 1
2. Sigur Rós - Syndir Guðs (Opinberun Frelsarans)
3. Björk - Bachelorette
4. Amar - Demons Win The Game
5. Vince Dicola - Death Of Optimus Prime
6. Peter Gabriel - Lazarus Raised
7. Violet Indiana - Angel
8. Radiohead - Meeting in the Aisle
9. Automator & DJ Shadow - satchidananda
10. Stabbing Westward - Inside You
11. Marilyn Manson I Put a Spell on You
12. The Beatles - Within You Without You
13. TOOL - Right In Two
14. Porcupine Tree - Moonloop

Do enjoy.

The Acid Archives of Underground Sounds

This is kind of cool. I stumbled onto it while doing some research on a band I found on a mix CD by Jarvis Cocker, called the "The Trip." (Which is really cool, and once I authenticate it, I might toss it up.) But the band was called the Animated Egg. Trippy, trippy stuff, kids.

The Acid Archives of Underground Sounds

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Early in the Morning

This was thrown together durring a bout of insomnia, when I would have given just about anything (well maybe not) to be able to go right back to bed.

Early in the Morning
Part 1
Part 2

1. Placebo - In The Cold Light Of The Morning (3:54)
2. Radiohead - Morning Bell (4:35)
3. Thea Gilmore - Sugar (3:38)
4. Airiel Down - Quitely (5:05)
5. The Handsome Family - All The Time In Airports (3:43)
6. The Ditty Bops - Wake Up (6:43)
7. Brazilian Girls - Dance Till The Morning Sun (4:38)
8. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions - Butterfly Mornings (3:36)
9. Rasputina - Sister Sleep (2:59)
10. Tori Amos - Sleeps with Butterflies (3:36)
11. Lycia - asleep in the river (5:39)
12. Tiger Army - Grey Dawn Breaking (3:10)
13. Imogen Heap - Candlelight (4:38)
14. Jakalope - Light After Night (3:41)
15. Snow Patrol - Headlights On Dark Roads (3:30)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Midday Tales

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was incredibly awesome. I really enjoyed reading through the exhibits and the facts on the artifacts and artists. The exhibit on Grunge Rock and 90s reminded me a lot of high school and certified that I'm getting old to the point that the RRHoF has an exhibit on Grunge Rock. Jimi Hendrix's artwork from his childhood and teenage years was amazing and quite good. The artists' clothing was really cool to see, especially if you have seen pictures of the artists wearing it. It was unfortunate that there wasn't more dedicated to Pink Floyd, though a 3-D sculpture of "The Wall" and the "Division Bell" was displayed. The exhibit on Bob Dylan's early years (1956-1966) was informative and I learned quite a lot about his early influences. The tour starts off with introducing artists' who are arguably established rock's roots. It was really neat to go through this section as I heard a lot of these names in a History of Jazz class that I took at the University of Pittsburgh a few years ago. The museum has a 30-minute video sequence on the "history" of rock, which is rather elementary though informative, was interesting and I liked how the first film focused on the music and did not include any speaking. The second film was famous rockers explaining what rock 'n' roll means for them. I quite liked Neil Young's comparison of rock 'n' roll to an orgasm of sorts. All in all, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a place worth visiting, and I’m sure it will get better as more bands and artists are inducted.

In the night, I saw an amazing Queen tribute band called “Almost Queen” at the House of Blues in Cleveland Amazingly, the band members dressed and sounded like Queen. I was most impressed by the singer, who has this uncanny ability to sound like Freddie Mercury. His voice was amazing. Not only did he sing, but played piano and guitar. I’m still stunned. They were exciting on stage and had a lot of charisma. I encourage all to see this band if they have opportunity and I hope that I see them in the near future in Pittsburgh.

Midday Tales was the first mix played in the car on the way to Cleveland. It was perfect for the early morning part of the drive.

1 - Nicolai Dungar - Last Night I Dreamt of Mississippi
2 - The Little Willies - Love Me
3 - Lambchop - About my lighter
4 - Neil Young - Far From Home
5 - Tom Petty - It's Good to be King
6 - Turin Brakes - They Can't Buy the Sunshine
7 - Simon & Garfunkel - Baby Driver
8 - Beck - Lost Cause
9 - Glen Scott - It's Alright
10 - Morcheeba - World Looking In
11 - Gillian Welch - Good Til Now
12 - Bob Dylan - Isis
13 - Led Zeppelin - Baby Come On Home
14 - The Who - Too Much of Anything
15 - The Wallflowers - One Headlight
16 - REM - Daysleeper
17 - Pearl Jam - Around the Bend

Monday, August 14, 2006

This Here Giraffe. . .

giraffe by =Dellessanna on deviantART

Kammie painted this, therefore, it deserves a song. Flaming Lips tribute, no less.

Flaming Lips - "This Here Giraffe"

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Sex Dwarf ABC's

Now that I've got your attention, I'd like to put up this week's mix. It's a collection of hits, mostly to help cool down in hot ass August. It's really nothing more than that, but a bunch of stuff you can sing along to, or air guitar along to.

Have fun.

Sex Dwarf ABC's

1. Richard Cheese - fight for your right
2. Queen - Don't Stop Me Now
3. Ben Lee - Catch My Disease
4. Jackson 5 - Abc
5. Smash Mouth - All Star
6. Dave Clark Five - Do You Love Me (Now that I can dance)
7. The Vines - Don't Listen To The Radio
8. The Beatles - Good Day Sunshine
9. Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back in Town
10. The Offspring - Come Out and Play
11. Oasis - Wonderwall
12. Future Bible Heroes - Mr. Punch
13. Soft Cell - Sex Dwarf
14. U2 - Zoo Station

In addition, due to space constraints, I'll be cleaning out the box account of some older podcasts. If you still want them and come upon a dead link, feel free to drop one of us a line and we'll see what we can do.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Cleveland Bound

For Meera's little trip to Cleveland, I made a mix of my own for her long drive down there. I tried to continue the classic rock, 90's theme a bit, and updated that sound a bit too. After all, she's going to the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, might as well celebrate rock a bit.

Yeah, I'm jealous.

Oh, Airiel Down is a group that found me on Myspace. (Find me too, if you want to say hi.) I was amazed by their overall sound, and so was Kammie. So I picked up the album.

Cleveland Bound

1. Glenn Danzig - Overture Of The Rebel Angels
2. Weather Report - The Juggler
3. Porcupine Tree - Last Chance To Evaluate Planet Earth
4. Yes - Starship Trooper a. Life Seeker b. Disillusion c. Wurm
5. The Vines - Sun Child
6. Traffic - Forty Thousand Headmen
7. Unified Theory - Self Meditate
8. Airiel Down - Rose's Caress
9. Nirvana - School
10. Now It's Overhead - Surrender
11. Genesis - Mama

A Bascha's Magic

Not much to say about this one. It came to me one morning, starting with "Even Gods Do" and sort of came together from there, might be the lack of sleep. :)

A Bascha's Magic
Part 1
Part 2

1. James Blunt - Goodbye My Lover
2. Rhapsody - Elnor's Magic Valley
3. Thea Gilmore - Even Gods Do
4. Jill Tracy - You Leave Me Cold
5. Ego Likeness - Wolves
6. Johnny Cash - Desperado
7. Pink Floyd - Country Song
8. The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldier
9. The Weird Sisters - This Is The Night
10. Bright Eyes - A Scale, a Mirror, and These Indifferent Clocks
11. The Crüxshadows - Wake The White Queen
12. Voltaire - The Chosen
13. Android Lust - Follow
14. Rasputina - Things I'm Gonna Do

Friday, August 11, 2006

To Cleveland or Bust

I'm driving to Cleveland to visit the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame. In the evening, I'm going to check out a Queen tribute band called "Almost Queen". I'm rather excited!

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy To Cleveland or Bust!

1 - Simon & Garfunkel - The Sound of Silence
2 - The Beatles - Cry Baby Cry
3 - Jefferson Airplane - My Best Friend
4 - The Doors - Take It As It Comes
5 - Jimi Hendrix Experience - Castles Made of Sand
6 - Janis Joplin - Piece of my Heart
7 - Led Zeppelin - Ramble On
8 - Pearl Jam - Crazy Mary
9 - Neil Young - Peace and Love
10 - Rolling Stones - It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)
11 - Pearl Jam & Neil Young - Keep on Rockin' in the Free World (live)
12 - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'n' Roll
13 - Queen - Keep Yourself Alive
14 - The Who - Behind Blue Eyes
15 - Peter Frampton - Do You Feel Like We Do (Live)

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Some Call it Ganja. . .

We here at MadTerran Music would like to think we're good friends to the Jamaican and greater Carribean communities out there. In fact, I've been told by one of my Jamaican associates that I'm his favourite "manager." Which is kind of scary unto itself. I've even been to a Jamaican baby shower and may have to do it again as another baby is due soon too.

This, however, concerns a little pimping we're doing to help on white girl in Boston achieve her dream of becoming truly Jamaican. (This is not to say that all, nor even nearly all, nor even remotely half of the Jamaican population in Miami or wherever is Rastafarian or smokes reefer.)

I'm just trying to pimp out her rather cool, knitted hats.

And for a little music, here's some Peter Tosh and Bob Marley singing "Legalize It."

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Love and Arthur Lee

A couple days ago, it was announced that Arthur Lee, one of the founders and main creative force behind the band Love died. I was never the fan for Love that I am I for Jefferson Airplane or The Doors, but for a long time, I've really enjoyed the music they released during the 60's. In a lot of ways, Arthur Lee was a cool figure, in that he was one weird, bad dude who also managed to create some rather interesting and touching stuff. Love is also one of the bands mosty sited as influences.

While digging through my personal, online journal, I came across some words I wrote way back in 2004 after getting their seminal "Forever Changes" album.

I thought I might post the inanities I wrote back then and I put together a little mix so that everyone can hear more of this lost genius.

"Once upon a time, The Doors' main goal was to be as big as Love. It never happened. They went darker and got a lot bigger, but that also might be because the other band members could keep Jim going, whereas Arthur Lee went completely psycho. . . Skip Spence or Syd Barrett psycho.

"Yesterday, along with the Syd Barrett collection I spoke about in the last post, I picked up Love's "Forever Changes" album. (I also picked up a couple other things, and I'll leave some comments about them later, if at all). This really is an album worthy of it's reputation as being a beautifully crafted album. You can hear that later psychedelic, Moody Blues-esque sound. I haven't dug into the bonus tracks, but it's a good, pleasurable listen. I've heard most of the songs on the album from a Best of Love collection I've had for a while, but hearing a remastered version of the album, in it's entirety really brings it out. It doesn't have my favourite song by them on it, "Signed, DC." I need to figure out which one that's one, but "The Red Telephone" is nice. The last song, "You Set the Scene" is nice too, it lingers.

"This is where I ramble about my hobby in the vain hope that someone cares. . . I just love the full sound on this thing. It's very Spector with the horns and the strings in the mix. In fact, if you're a Moody Blues fan from the "Nights in White Satin" era, I'd recommend this."

I later learned that "Nights and White Satin" is an album from this same period of music. I marvel and what I've learned in the past few years and what I've still got to learn.

Here's the mix: A Half Hour of Love


1. Love - My Little Red Book
2. Love - A House Is Not A Motel
3. Love - Hey Joe
4. Love - She Comes In Colors
5. Love - Stephanie Knows Who
6. Love - Andmoreagain
7. Love - Signed D.C.
8. Love - You Set The Scene

Of Dreams and Ghosts

I've been listening to a lot of Ego Likeness, Hungry Lucy and "Where is Neil When You Need Him?" in the past few days. I've been in the mood for ethreal things. Might be my obsessive butterfly photography. Generally when I take pictures of something I study it too. So, now I have Gossamers and Brush-footed butterflies on the mind.

Of Dreams and Ghosts
Part 1
Part 2

1. Black Tape for a Blue Girl - Into the Garden (4:10)
2. Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man - Mysteries (4:39)
3. Fiona Apple - Sleep to Dream (4:10)
4. Ego Likeness - Wayfaring Stranger (3:16)
5. Black Tape for a Blue Girl - On Broken Shells of Crystal Dreams (6:40)
6. Paz Lenchantin - Dusty Dolls (5:30)
7. Hungry Lucy - Alfred (Haunted) (4:04)
8. Various Artists - Rose Berlin - Coraline (4:04)
9. Rasputina - Gingerbread Coffin (3:43)
10. Tiger Army - Valley of Dreams (2:48)
11. Various Artists - Lunascape - Raven Star (5:15)
12. Nouvelle Vague - Psyche (4:12)
13. Neko Case - Star Witness (5:16)
14. The Handsome Family - Telsas Hotel Room (3:57)
15. Mates Of State - Beautiful Dreamer (4:39)
16. The Snow Fairies - My Dream House (2:52)
17. Hem - Idle (The Rabbit Song) (3:44)
18. The Greencards - The Ghost Of Who We Were (4:40)
19. Imogen Heap - Goodnight And Go (3:54)

Penobscot Bay and the Voyage of Life

It's almost unbelievable how this mix came together. I started selecting tracks that would sound well together, and without realizing it, the mix became something very personal and autobiographical. I'm still in awe of what I realized, when the mix was finally arranged.

The title comes from two art postcards, one of which was sent to somebody with good intentions that were never really realized.

Penobscot Bay and the Voyage of Life

1 - Pearl Jam - Long Road
2 - REM - E-Bow The Letter
3 - Smashing Pumpkins - In the Arms of Sleep
4 - U2 - Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
5 - Dave Matthews Band - The Dreaming Tree
6 - The Verve - Weeping Willow
7 - Pink Floyd - Wearing the Inside Out
8 - Radiohead - In Limbo
9 - UNKLE - Reign (feat. Ian Brown and Mani)
10 - Moby - Everloving
11 - Live - Ghost
12 - Ian Brown - Corpses in Their Mouths
13 - The Doors - The End

Space Swans and Wickedness

Well, this mix was supposed to be a cool, experimental one. I did a whole lot of tweaking on it get it to come out right, however, I lost the playlist for it when I updated Winamp a couple weeks back. It's a large variety of stuff I was listening to and decided to throw in a mix. It's got some stuff off the new Thom Yorke solo album, a cover of "Ordinary World" by Saybia, "Teardrop" by Massive Attack and a few other little things thrown in. Hope you all like it.

Space Swans and Wickedness

I've found some cool, new things too, which I'll compile and link up shortly.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

In the Darkness and Back Again

It has been toasty hot here this week. Beyond toasty really! Nothing like the Midwest in the summer. Right. That still didn't stop me from going out and taking pictures twice. But anyway, for the most part I've been sticking to the indoors. Doing photomanipulations and thinking up this mix...

In the Darkness and Back Again
Part 1
Part 2

1. Neko Case - Dirty Knife (3:18)
2. The Handsome Family - Your Great Journey (3:13)
3. Various Artists - Anny Celsi - T'was Her Hunger Brought Me Down (4:22)
4. Dave Gahan - Black and Blue Again (5:43)
5. Various Artists - Rasputina - Coraline (2:38)
6. Sopor Aeternus - In An Hour Darkly (4:58)
7. Radiohead - You and Whose Army? (3:11)
8. Band Of Horses - Our Swords (2:26)
9. Nouvelle Vague - Love Will Tear Us Apart (3:17)
10. The Tea Party - Aftermath (5:42)
11. Arcade Fire - Vampire/ forest fire (7:20)
12. Depeche Mode - Suffer Well (3:49)
13. Placebo - The Ballad Of Melody Nelson (Ballade De Melody Nelson) (3:58)
14. Wuthering Heights - Gather Ye Wild (1:46)
15. The Dresden Dolls - Necessary Evil (2:54)
16. A.F.I. - Miss Murder (3:26)
17. The White Stripes - Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground (3:03)
18. Gogol Bordello - 60 Revolutions (2:58)

In other news, I got a wonderful surprise in the mail... Stand and Deliver (a medieval music compilation. A rather interesting listen) and Hungry Lucy: Before We Stan...We Crawl (which I've fallen in love with.) Hungry Lucy s somewhat akin to The Shroud in my opinion. Haunting vocals, and moody harmonies. Incidentally, along with the cd's were a couple of fliers of some bands I had not heard of previosly: Qntal, and Ego Likeness.

I (meaning the mad terran :p) did manage to get a hold of one of the Qntal live albums. They have a rather interesting sound. Lovely vocals and nice rythems. Incidentally they have a new cd coming out called Silver Swan.

Haven't been able to listen to Ego Likeness yet, but they sound rather fascinating. Industrial with driven female vocals (reminiscent of the 80's.) So, I'm going to root around for one of their CD's.

Also of note: The Handsome Family. Another find by The Mad Terran. They're a really interesting mix of country and Gothic.

And Lunascape , a new band that has made it onto my favorites list has a new cd coming out. So excited! :D

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