Thursday, September 25, 2008

From The Makers Of "Hot-Foot"

I am in this video, though I'm not telling you who I am. I CAN tell you that I wrote all of it, except the last joke, which is the best joke.


Laugh In, here I come!

Sunday, September 14, 2008


Low is my favourite album by probably my favourite artist. I'll leave it to you to find out how important it was to the music of the decades following its release, but everybody from NIN to Radiohead has some of Low in their genetics.

But who wants a musicology lesson? I'll just post the songs from YouTube so you can enjoy them. YouTube really sucks for audio quality, so if you can find it as a CD or high-quality BitTorrent, do that. The best experience would be on vinyl, of course. All of the old synths sound so much warmer and fuller on LP rather than digital. Good luck finding it, though, I'm certainly not selling my copy!

I'll probably post the whole "Berlin Trilogy" of albums here eventually, "Heroes" being next in line.

I'm going to overdo it describing the qualities of each song. I can't help it, I love it too much not to sound like a dork trying to tell you about it.

Low - Side One

Side One contains seven very short, very condensed songs, and they are all brilliant. The opening and closing instrumentals are upbeat electronica disco and evocative sound adventure, respectively. The tracks in the middle pulse with emotional paranoia; "Breaking Glass" is a short and knife sharp ode to panic attacks , "What In The World" predicts "glitch" music twenty years beforehand, "Always Crashing In The Same Car" and "Be My Wife" are aching declarations of pain and longing.

And everything boogies. The backbeat on some of these songs dares you to keep your feet still. You just gotta groove with it.

Now that I've built it up to the point where you'll never like the album as much as I do, here are the songs:

Speed of Life

Breaking Glass

What In The World

Sound & Vision

Always Crashing In The Same Car (ignore the video for this one)

Be My Wife (the actual music video)

A New Career In A New Town

Low - Side Two

Side Two contains the four "atmosphere" pieces. I highly suggest listening to them through some high quality headphones in the dark. Due to the shitty quality of YouTube audio, a lot of the detail and texture is washed out, so get on the BitTorrent.

I'd say the last one is my favorite. Dig that ascending bassline...

It kind of evokes the Blade Runner soundtrack a little bit, with the saxophone solo. Of course, this album came out about half a decade before Blade Runner, so maybe Vangelis had it on his mind...

The rest of the songs are also great, of course.


Art Decade

Weeping Wall


Friday, September 5, 2008

Oh, Where Oh Where Have I Been?

At school, silly!

I'm a terrible blogger, to be sure. Hold steady, readers! I'll be back before you know it!

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