A blog about the things I find accidentally on Spotify while looking for something else

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Twist Again au Ciné vol. 2 (La Revanche)

Second and most enjoyable entry in this series collecting French film theme songs (and French versions of English/American film songs, including Bond themes, oh yes) from decades past.  This one covers the '60s/'70s and is a pretty strong set.  Highlights include the Francoise Hardy-tastic 'Loin' by Joanna Shinkmus, the frankly disorienting 'Living Apart Together' by some bloke called Dave, the baroque-rocking My Way of Loving You by the Wallace Collection, and the sublime Who-referencing 7 Heures du Matin by Jacqueline Taieb.  Also included is Scott Walker rarity 'The Rope and the Colt'.
   Volume 1 is also worth checking out, but vol. 3 drifts right up to the 80s and causes depression.


Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Apples & Snakes: TwoFive

Collection of performance poetry from a few years ago, and the first album featured here to have Arts Council backing.  Michael Rosen towers over all like a mighty colossus.  Other poems made me want to punch myself in the face.  But you never know, you might love them.  Don't let me put you off.


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

As We Appear - Haystack

Haystack were, by all accounts (one account), a leading force in the New Zealand progressive country rock scene, and did very well on TV talent show The Entertainers and radio's Rock Quest in the mid-'70s.  The extent of their progressiveness, however, seems to stretch to sticking Moog on top of some pleasant-enough MOR folky numbers.  First cut 'Nigel' is probably the best ever song about someone called Nigel.  'Let's Go to London' is nicely atmospheric, although the atmosphere is not that of London.  Generally nice.


Monday, 5 August 2013

Poetry For the Beat Generation - Jack Kerouac & Steve Allen

I knew that Kerouac had appeared on TV comedy host's Steve Allen's show and read poetry to Allen's jazz piano accompaniment, but I had no idea they had recorded an entire album together.  Today, this would be the equivalent of Michel Houellebecq reading from Atomized with Lee Evans playing one of his dreadful songs in the background.  Most instantly digestible track - I'd Rather Be Thin Than Famous.