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Red House Painters - "Mistress"

My Bloody Valentine's distorted guitars sprawl outwards, billow and crash inwards, onto themselves in dense loops. The drums and bass don't clarify or organize, but merely add fuzz to the sheets of soft guitar crunch. The vocal crudely cuts out a melody which appears as a drain hole through which the chaos disappears.

Here the Red House Painters sound like My Bloody Valentine with the edges rounded off, the parameters set claustrophobically narrow, the gentle voice at a distance. [Buy]


Rahsaan Roland Kirk - "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone"

During Roland Kirk's last concert, just days before his death, he played three saxophones at once. Not bad. Probably more than not bad when you consider that he played from a wheelchair, one half of his body paralyzed. On "Ain't No Sunshine When You're Gone" he simultaneously sings and plays flute - such is the intensity of his love and mourning.

Bring me a man with more soul and I will give you something you can't buy in a store: my dignity. [Buy Blacknuss]

Posted by Jordan at June 3, 2005 5:46 AM

Wow, thanks so much for that Roland Kirk track. It seems like every week, one or two tracks from my mp3 blog travels sticks out in my head more than the others. This will definitely be the one for this week.

Posted by Lester at June 3, 2005 6:00 AM

I hope that last comment made sense. I'm tired, and upon reading it a second time, realize the intended message may not have come across. Basically, I meant to say that this is the most kickass track I've come across this week, and thanks! ;-)

Keep on saying, gramophone ;-)

Posted by Lester at June 3, 2005 6:03 AM

I've always loved mistress

the piano version is really great too. I think it's on the 4AD retrospective.

Posted by jb at June 3, 2005 11:44 AM

That Roland Kirk tune is intense. It's so rich and free, it's almost too sugary when listening to it now. But I feel like in the right circumstances, it would claw the sky open and beam angelstares straight to my heart. etc.

Posted by Sean at June 3, 2005 1:25 PM

The Red House Painters' 'Retrospective' has a version of 'Mistress' live on KCRW, just vocal and guitar. The piano version is on the same Rollercoaster-covered album as the standard version. (I much prefer the piano version, fwiw.)

Posted by Phil Gyford at June 3, 2005 3:53 PM

Nice one.
I posted a slew of "Aint No Sunshine" covers last week:

including a couple by Prophets of Soul and Sivuka you may find pretty cool. Thanks for adding this beauty to my collection...

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