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The solemn tones of THE BANJO! - Which is not unduly obvious, as I am about to explain
The solemn tones of THE BANJO!
Here's a big random music update! Probably too much for anyone's attention span, so I don't recommend listening all in one sitting. I've used low-quality mono mp3 compression for three reasons. One, so that people with slow connections can listen to them. Two, because if you want nicer copies, you'll have to invest effort and/or money to find them yourself. And three, because my copies aren't too good to begin with.

So let's start with the nice and proceed towards the odd. I know little or nothing about these bands or the rest of their music.

The Weekend - 80s Rockstar. (600K) I'm such an 80s person - this song struck a chord with me. Although I'm a little distracted by the similarity of the vocal melody to the girl's schoolyard song, "See, see, my playmate." I think this is a Canadian band.

Moondog - Chaconne in G. (840K) An instrumental with strings and plain drumming. It has a simple melody that I find pleasant and cheerful, if repetitive. It changes briefly at the two-minute mark, but don't feel you have to sit through the whole thing. It reminds me of the music of The Penguin Cafe Orchestra.

Aqua - Cartoon Heroes. (630K) This goes out to entropicana, l337_0n1 and Marlos, and all their action figures. A combination of cartoon-like voices, synthesized orchestral instruments, and a techno beat. Every time I hear techno, rave and J-pop beats I think, "That's the younger generation's music."

Logan Whitehurst - Lizard and Fish. (500K) For melskunk! Okay, this is just fun and silly. From a more innocent time when mentioning Peewee Herman's name was still o.k. Isn't it annoying when someone produces popular work and later on creeps everyone out? Like Michael Jackson and Dave Sim.

Kathy Fire - Mother Rage. (770K) A few weeks ago I presented an mp3 that was biased against women. To balance things out, here's one biased against men. Apparently from a 1978 record subtitled "Songs of a lesbian anarchist" - needless to say, it's not work-safe and contains harsh language. It will be additionally painful to people sensitive to proper pitch. A bit too long, and somewhat repetitious. No need to listen past the 2:45 mark.

Lastly, Myeck Waters' audio collages. (No, not the Dictionaraoke, that meme came and went some time ago - scroll down!) I'm really jealous - if I had recordings like the ones he had to work with, I would aspire to this kind of silliness. I laughed, I tell you, laughed! This absurdism is right up my street, and it brought me great joy last week. maxi_rose, atara, I would like to dedicate Small Babies to you. (1.8M) And for momentrabbit and pobig, The Banjo. (1.2M)

"You're going to want them for something you're going to hear about - tomorrow!"

Current Mood: mischievous mischievous

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melskunk From: melskunk Date: August 30th, 2004 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lizard... and FISH!

Thank you <3
From: momentrabbit Date: August 30th, 2004 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Speaking as half of momentrabbit and pobig, may I cordially say..

... you'll get yours, buster. Oh yes. <nod nods>


niall_ From: niall_ Date: August 30th, 2004 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I listened to all of them within 20 minutes, and I emerged intact! But then again, I'm speeeciallll... and I'm still the one responsible for unleashing The Talent Show on you and anyone else after you...
dronon From: dronon Date: August 31st, 2004 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Yup, we've both built up a certain resistance!

"If you have enjoyed the experience of this drink," continued the machine, "why not share it with your friends?"

"Because," said Arthur tartly, "I want to keep them."
boinggoat From: boinggoat Date: August 31st, 2004 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)
What's Dave Sim done that's creepy?
dronon From: dronon Date: August 31st, 2004 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
He took the storyline of his comic book Cerebus into incredible levels of misogyny. Which is really sad, because the end of the earlier Church and State story arc was very much the opposite. He also launched into complaints about the comics publishing industry and other things. He broke the fourth wall with the reader, deliberately played stupid "Hey reader, I'm messing with your head and insulting you and you're reading it" games.

Cerebus was a massive project to span 300 issues, starting from the late 1970s. Along with Elfquest, it was considered an important example of alternative non-mainstream comics and independent publishing in the early 1980s, although it wasn't to everyone's tastes. Issue #186 was the nadir for me. I only followed it a little after that point. At some point in the story (#200-ish?), Sim said that he hadn't really planned anything past that point, but since he was still doing his "I'm messing with your head" phase, it was hard to tell. Long before then, he'd taken the story off on artistic and tangential side stories that suggested that pacing was pretty low on his list of priorities.

Issue #300 came and went this year, and frankly I don't care anymore because the series ceased to have meaning to me. I'll still cherish my older issues, diamonds and faults alike. Jaka's Story is sad and powerful.
From: pobig Date: August 31st, 2004 05:03 am (UTC) (Link)
"The Banjo"? Ha! That's nothing! I'll have you know that, this same night, I listened to this all the way through. No, I don't know why.

Anyway, "Cartoon Heroes" and "Lizard and Fish" are fine listening. Thanks!
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