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Sunday, December 31, 2006

More Wizard Rock. . .

I wanted to add one I stumbled onto after looking at Del's links. . .

The Hermione Crookshanks Experience

Back when I did the HP RPGing, I did a very naughty Crookshanks.

Mopre Youtube fun. . .

This should tide some of you over until the New Year. I'll try to have a new mix up before that happens!

Friday, December 29, 2006

Of Rock and Potters...

First of all...the other day I finally found The Cities Finest Cd in my mailbox. They have a very interesting sound, almost operatic...with a bit of cabera thrown in.

It's amazing how many fanbased bands an podcasts there are based on Harry Potter. There is of course The Potter Cast. Harry potter News on the web. And WizardRock.Org a great promoter of "Wizard Rock".

Speaking of which...
here is a list of some "Wizard Rock Bands":
The Moaning Myrtles
The Whomping Willows
Ron and the Weasleys
Harry and the Potters
The Remus Lupins
Draco and the Malfoys
The Hungarian Horntails
The Parselmouths
Roonil Wazlib
Ginny and the HeartBreakers
Luna Loves Good
Sue and the Hufflepuffs
Potter and the Lightning Bolts
The Fleur Delacours

Some actually aren't bad...but goodness...some need voice lessons in the worst way. :) Oh yes, there is also The Wizard Rock Awards. Who could forget that?

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

I FEEEEEEL Nice Like Sugar and Spice!

Well, I don't feel entirely nice now that the Godfather of Soul, James Brown has passed away. But it has made me start digging through the soul and funk music again. and that always helps.

Sadly, we're now without the patron, musical influence to this little operation and thorn in Dellessanna's side. And to Honor the man, and his music (despite however weird he was in real life) I threw together a mix that I think honors him well.

I started out with using just his music, but somehow, it wouldn't come out in any insular way. I love his music, but I also love it when it's contrasted by the music of his contemporaries and followers.

Soul always reminds me of summer afternoon's, heading to the barbershop with my dad, listening to the local oldies station. James Brown's music has always been a regular fixture there, so I guess it simply takes me back to a time when I didn't have to give a damn. (I just had fun with it, and I'm probably just filling space.)

The Godfather and More

1. James Brown - I Got You
2. Brothers Johnson - Strawberry Letter 23
3. James Brown - Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
4. Parliament - Up for the Down Stroke
5. Sam Cooke - Twistin' The Night Away
6. James Brown - Night Train
7. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Tracks of My Tears
8. Jackson 5 - Sugar Daddy
9. Ray Charles - Hit the Road, Jack
10. James Brown - It's A Man's World
11. Marvin Gaye - here, my dear
12. Four Tops - What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
13. The Temptations - Papa Was a Rolling Stone
14. Wilson Pickett - Get Me Back On Time, Engine Number 9
15. The Undisputed Truth - Smiling Faces Sometimes
16. James Brown - make it funky, parts 1, 2, 3 & 4

Now, for the mix I intended to post this week. It's a bit different than the former, in that it's mostly newer material. It still really grooves and incorporates a lot of different styles. In this diverse year of ups and downs, I thought something like this was appropriate. And let's not forget, the New Year is a party.


1. Office Of Strategic Influence - New Mama
2. Jane Birkin - She Left Home (instrumental)
3. Future Bible Heroes - Doris Daytheearthstoodstill
4. Peeping Tom - Your Neighborhood Spaceman (Feat. Jel & Odd Nosam)
5. Jamiroquai - Emergency On Planet Earth
6. Guru - Down To The Backstreets
7. Lady Sovereign - Public Warning
8. Liquid Soul - Action Jackson
9. Kinky - A Donde Van Los Muertos?
10. Brazilian Girls - Last Call
11. Rasputina - Olde Headboard (Glittered Mix)
12. Portishead - You Find the Earth Boring (Remix)
13. The RH Factor - Bullshit
14. Turin Brakes - Full of Stars

Finally, giving us at least another half hour of music: The Blue Cheer's brilliant album "Vincebus Eruptus" This is garage rock at it's finest, starting with their classic and now standard version of "Summertime Blues."

Hopes this is enough music to bring in the New Year and rock out too. Eventually, I promise my end of the year album honors quite soon (once I settle on it, really).

Sunday, December 24, 2006



1. Hungry Lucy - My Beloved (4:31)
2. Hem - He Came To Meet Me (4:24)
3. Sasha Dobson - Modern Romance (3:36)
4. Melora Creager - American Girl (3:22)
5. Damien Rice - Sleep Don't Weep (5:49)
6. Cocteau Twins - Love's Easy Tears (3:35)
7. Eric Bachmann - Genivieve (3:54)
8. Brazilian Girls - Long (4:47)
9. Dave Gahan - I Need You (4:45)
10. Ego Likeness - Isabel (5:05)
11. Future Bible Heroes - Lonely Days (4:09)
12. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - Sweet Hands (3:36)
13. The Greencards - Time (4:30)
14. The Handsome Family - I Fell (4:14)
15. Polly Panic - Inside Your Heart (4:41)

Things are jus odd for me these days.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Strange Cloud at Artist Launch

Strange Cloud

Here's a cool little band I ran into listening to some podcasts put up by one of the members. They're progressive, psychedlic sounding wtih a country flare to it. And we all know how weak I am for covers of "Set the Controls of the Heart of the Sun" which I think I might have to declare my favourite Pink Floys song one of these days.

Their holiday offerings are fun too.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Might be a bit of confusion. . .

Google is taking over Blogger more and more, so they are slowly offering everyone a chance to switch over to their new system. The Beta version of blogger allows me to do a few new things with the template, so I went ahead and did it.

So if there's any issue, let us know.

Also, I've been purging my box account, so there will be some dead links for the older shows. If you're interested in them, feel free to comment and we'll get back to you.

Finally, welcome if you're new around here.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Gentleman's Rock

The great rockers are getting older, and of course, so are many of their fans. After a few years of working in music retail, I've witnessed those changes, hearing how the David Gilmour fans have progressed in their appreciation for different types of music. This is especially true with Latin American businessmen who still can't give up the dream of being a guitar god.

So here's a playlist you wouldn't mind listening to while wearing a good suit. . .

Gentleman's Rock

1. J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton - Danger
2. Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time (With Sarah McLachlan)
3. London Philharmonic Orchestra - Kashmir
4. David Gilmour - On An Island
5. George Harrison - Marwa Blues
6. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Little Wing
7. Pink Floyd - Marooned
8. Richard Barbieri/Steve Jansen - Everything Ends in Darkness
9. Damien Rice - Me, My Yoke, and I
10. Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation - Takamba
11. Jeff Beck - You Shook Me
12. The Doors - Queen Of The Highway
13. Rush - Natural Science

Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Flaming Lips

I'm about to head to bed, and after a quiet, boring evening I decided to dig up some Flaming Lips on You Tube. Thankfully, this will lead into this week's mix, because what's more gentlemanly than Wayne Coyne in a suit?

Friday, December 15, 2006


The other day I checked my mailbox only to find a neat little package from CD baby. And what did it contain? Melora Creager's new cd, of course. The Mad Terran was kind enough to purchase it for me. In anycase Perplexions is a tiny deviation from her former works with Rasputina, although it's clearly from the same body of work. Same clever lyrics. Same interesting beats. A bit of a content change.

Incidentally the cd also contains a cover of Tom Petty's American Girl. :) It's lovely.

I'm also trying to get my head together enough to come up with a mix or two. In the mean time...

'Tis The Season by =Dellessanna on deviantART

I hope your holidays are happy. :)

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

As Promised!

And our mix. . .

Happy Holidays 2006

1. Jody Levins - Jingle Bells Boogie
2. The Marshall Tucker Band - My Christmas in Custody
3. Okkervil River - Listening To Otis Redding At Home During Christmas
4. Elvis Presley - Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)
5. Bootsy Collins - WinterFunkyLand (AKA Winter Wonderland)
6. Ike & Tina Turner - Merry Christmas, Baby
7. Canned Heat- Christmas Blues
8. Monster Magnet - Dead Christmas
9. Prince - Another Lonely Christmas
10. Tom Waits - Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis
11. Twisted Sister - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
12. Lena Horne - What Are You Doing New Years Eve
13. Prince With Miles Davis - purple rain/auld lang syne

Have yourselves a Funky Holiday. And thank you for the support!

record_snob: tis the season: happy holidays from the mildly concussed individuals in sound rationale

record_snob: tis the season: happy holidays from the mildly concussed individuals in sound rationale

The writer of this post asked us to pass it along. The Holiday Podcast will be posted up later on, but this one looks fun. Also looks better than the majority of the holiday albums I wind up selling in any given day.

How anyone finds Il Divo tolerable is beyond me, especially with a holiday theme.

Monday, December 11, 2006


Just before the holidays, I wanted to offer up something that probably could have been posted back around Halloween. In fact, that's when I started this mix. Really, I just wanted an excuse to use "Goodbye Horses" by Q Lazzarus in a mix. Overall, I think this one really works out.


1. Lycia - blue heron
2. Q Lazzarus - Goodbye Horses
3. Aberdeen City - God is Going to Get Sick of Me
4. queens of the stone age - burn the witch (unkle variation)
5. Brazil - The Iconoclast
6. Deftones - Knife Party
7. Various Artists - Battlecry / Nujabes feat. Shing02
8. Mew - 156
9. Sparklehorse - Chaos Of The Galaxy / Happy Man
10. The Sounds Of Animals Fighting - Skullflower
11. Porcupine Tree - Dislocated Day

And for this week's record. Black Sabbath's "Paranoid"

I recently cracked opened one of the CD versions of this album, and I thought the mix was pretty weak. I had to crank it just to get any volume out of it, and that's a shame. THis is is one awesome ass album. This is off a copy I found in a thirft store, and I think it proves hat vinyl did and does sound better for a lot of albums.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

My Favourite Album

My Favourite Album

This ia a list of favourites from down under. It's mostly a lot of the usuals, but it's still worth taking a look at. Jeff Buckley's "Grace" rates a lot higher than it usually does in these sorts of things, and I think, probably deserving placement.

Hell, I can say four in the top 10 are albums I've found transformative in my life. Dark Side, Sgt. Pepper, 4, and Nevermind each opened my eyes to something new musically.

I would rate Kind of Blue a whole lot higher in my personal list. It would be my "Grace."

If anyone's checking, that on vinyl would be a beautiful gift.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

As promised. . . A lot of Music

Well, a couple hours worth. . .

I've now got the harddrive and I can get back on track. Trying to make mixes with less than a gig just doesn't work, I found out. Even recording just wasn't going to work, but I got my little silver and black baby a couple days ago and I've been working all day.

First up, I recorded a few albums that I'll release over the next few weeks. The first is "Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding. This album was released after he died in a plane crash only weeks after "Dock of the Bay" was recorded. It included music from through out his short career, none of it really filler. Aside from the title track, the duet with Carla Thomas, "Tramp" is my favourite.

Otis Redding - "Dock of the Bay"

Next are a pair of the recent mixes. Beats had been sitting on my computer for months, and I'd stare at it, play with it, and go work on something else. After a while, I just forgot about it until I decided to finally finish it. The release of the Cobra Starship album was the lynch pin for it, helping me finally get it right.

The second mix, From the Point (which is a silly name when I think about it) is more of a series of Prog rock mixes I've been playing with all year. This one includes a track from the Zabriskie's Point soundtrack by Pink Floyd and a few other few other slow tracks.

THe whole thing started as drug mix, that evolved into a druggy vibe mix, and finally turned into this. I intended it to sort of unfold as it moves along, and I think I nailed it this time.


1. Violent Femmes - No Killing
2. Cobra Starship - The Church Of Hot Addiction
3. Talking Heads - (Nothing But) Flowers
4. The Cars - you're all i've got tonight
5. DR. NO 007 SOUNDTRACK - Kingston Calypso
6. Vivi Bach & Dietmar Schönherr - Molotow Cocktail Party
7. Pipettes, The - It Hurts To See You Dance So Well
8. Julie Brown - The Homecoming Queen's Got A Gun
9. Thompson, Hank - Smoke Smoke Smoke that Cigarette

From the Point

1. Pink Floyd - Love Scene Version 4
2. Nino Rota - O' Venezia Venaga Venusia
3. Sanjay Mishra with Jerry Garcia - Nocturne/Evening Chant
4. God Is An Astronaut - Remembrance Day
5. Massive Attack - Weather Storm
6. Adem - Last Transmission From The Lost Mission
7. Pink Floyd - Absolutely Curtains
8. The Alan Parsons Project - Genesis CH.1. V.32
9. Porcupine Tree - Idiot Prayer
10. Blue Man Group - Rods and Cones

We'll have more to come in the month of December. I'm already working on the Christmas mix and I think I've got it mostly done. We're hoping to have some kind of card done too.

Videos for an Afternoon

I played with a bit of a western theme while digging around You Tube. The theme doesn't quite last long, but it's still a fun watch.

Sorry about the size of this post for those of you reading from LJ.

The Wreckers - My, Oh My

Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus

Regina Spektor - Fidelity

Hem - Red Wing

Bon Jovi - Blaze of Glory

Tesla - Love Song (Unplugged)

There will be more to come later on today!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Sometimes I just have no luck

Say for instance, I missed getting into PInk Floyd by a couple of years. In fact, their last tour ended when I was entering high schoo. I got into Soundgarden for what became their last album, and I still love the band. I seemed to have missed a lot of my favourite music by just being too young. . .

You get the picture.

Now, I came across a little band called the Snow Fairies and even posted about during the summer, and now, they are announcing their last album. . .

How is this lucky? I've known their in the process of "moving on:" bands this cute just don't break up in huge messes that go on and are speculated about for decades (think: Guns 'N Roses) I just don't think it's fair.

The Snow Fairies did think it approppriate to offer up their last album as a download from their website, and I have to say, it's a nice little album. It makes for an interesting swan song, and makes a listener curious for what will come next from these members. Really, some bands should get more exposure.


If you like this, also look up a little band called Bishop Allen. They are still making music and put out a cool little album a couple years ago called "Charmed School"

And in closing, we'll be back to our regular programming soon. I've got the harddrive and it's all loaded up with music!

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