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New Music April…

28th Apr 11 (Thu) Leave a comment

Sorry for not having much new to post as of late.  I did recently get the following CDs… all of them great in their own right, and all of them worth checking out!  Click on the album covers for mp3 sound samples.

Foo FightersWasting Light
melodic hard power rock

Explosions in the SkyTake Care, Take Care, Take Care
moving post-rock, brilliant packaging

Shara Worden & CoLetters to Distant Cities
short & sweet indie rock, spoken word

~Dan – np: Foo FightersWasting Light


Murat Eyuboglu & Shara Worden – Letters to Distant Cities

18th Apr 11 (Mon) 2 comments

New Amsterdam Records welcomes singer-songwriters Shara Worden (of My Brightest Diamond) and Clare Muldaur Manchon (of Clare & the Reasons), along with indie-classical multi-instrumentalist/composer Rob Moose (of yMusic), collaborators in the enchanted and melancholy Letters to Distant Cities, a multi-media project curated and produced by photographer and videographer Murat Eyuboglu, exploring urban solitude through the poetry of Turkish-American poet, Mustafa Ziyalan.

Letters to Distant Cities, released Tuesday, March 29, is a spoken-word album bookended by two original songs: My Brightest Diamond’s “The Sea” and Clare & the Reasons’ “Invisible.”  The Sea opens the album and cracks the door to a mythical realm, into which Shara Worden enters and embodies the female persona of Ziyalan’s poetry, speaking the texts of 24 poetic snapshots, connected by Rob Moose’s incidental reflections and interventions for violin. After the poetry, Invisible closes the album, drifting wistfully to its bittersweet conclusion.

  1. The Sea
    (composed & performed by: Shara Worden)
  2. Sugar Cube in the Rain
    (#2-18 performed by: Rob Moose, Shara Worden)
  3. The Most Unknown Fruit
  4. The Starfish, The Sleeper
  5. Gone
  6. Letters to Distant Cities
  7. Midsummer’s Winter
  8. Dimming Eyes
  9. The Red Balloon
  10. Close Your Eyes
  11. The Cloud-Likeness
  12. Ripples
  13. Ghostly Flowers
  14. Truant Colts
  15. In the City’s Caverns
  16. Bliss
  17. Her Poems
  18. In the Land of Sleep
  19. Invisible
    (composed & performed by: Clare & the Reasons)

Go to New Amsterdam’s album page for sound samples!  Also, check out the arty/mournful-turned-magical video for “The Sea” featuring My Brightest Diamond / Shara Worden:

Says fellow poet Murat Nemet-Nejat:

In Ziyalan’s work one can see the impulse of the Turkish language in the 20th Century to represent a social reality beyond national borders. It points to the prophetic nature of Turkish poetry becoming a medium for a global sensibility — the psychic dislocations globalism creates in consciousness.

In addition to the CD, the album package includes a set of 24 pristine keepsake cards, comprising a photographic illustration for each of Zilayan’s poems collected on the recording. The images were captured by project visionary Murat Eyuboglu with model Jamie Ansley. Designer Adam Frint brings musical, poetic, and photographic elements together, creating a physical connection to the album’s sense of memorabilia.

I just ordered it from Amazon… you can also order it directly from New Amsterdam Records.  If a CD isn’t your thing, New Amsterdam has the full mp3 album for only $6 (a couple bucks cheaper than Amazon’s price – and directly from the source).

~Dan – np: Porcupine TreeMetanoia

Twitter Concerto #1

25th Oct 09 (Sun) 2 comments

George Hrab puts out the best almost hour of new content each week via his Geologic Podcast.  As of late, he also tweets roughly 10 jokes a day, too (amidst working on his 6th studio album, Trebuchet).  His tweets are usually quite punny… which means… awesome!

Some of my starred feeds from him:

  • Owls make great census workers.
  • I wonder how frogs describe it to each other when they hear someone died.
  • If Al Green where Indonesian, I think he should have sung “Let’s Satay Together.”
  • Both Philip and Ira’s faces momentarily lit up when they saw the sign for “Glass Blowing.”
  • When I was your age my idea of X-Box was what I used for break dancing.
  • You ever hear the one about the Eskimo who didn’t like making igloos?  He just wasn’t that Inuit.
  • I would love to watch Frank Gehry and I.M. Pei play Jenga.
  • Chunky peanut butter: appealing. Chunky regular butter: not so much.
  • Personally, I’d rather think outside the envelope and push the box.

Well, Geologic Podcast #137 (link) has a special feature where it mostly consists of the Twitter Concerto #1 – his reading of some of his tweets over some improv music.  It’s funny.  (Warning: not for kids – there is some dirty language).

George Hrab – Geologic Podcast #137 (Twitter Concerto #1)

~Dan – np: Flight of the ConchordsI Told You I Was Freaky

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