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by Sean
Please note: MP3s are only kept online for a short time, and if this entry is from more than a couple of weeks ago, the music probably won't be available to download any more.


Tom Ze - "Ave Dor Maria". A revelation of production, a marvel of sound - one song can't do Estudando O Pagode justice. But even in these scant few minutes you'll hear alligators and bikini straps, tobacco roll-ups and clothes-lines, operatic choirs and fenced-in neighbours. At more than 70 years old, Ze is proving he has more ideas in one Brazilian finger than Sufjan Stevens has in his whole rosewater brain. Ze out-Gueros Beck; out-squeaks Psapp; borrows Final Fantasy on strings; and teaches yours truly to dance.



Loki - "Across the Room". The best artists are the ones who leave you swinging round with your finger, trying to track the influences, name the predecessors. The important part is: trying. The best artists are the ones who slip through your fingers, fish for whom you brought the wrong nets.

Loki is an MC from Glasgow. He doesn't camouflage his accent, nor does he inflate it like some parade float for him to ride in on. It's casual, dry, sharp as a straight razor. He sounds like The Street sometimes - Mike Skinner's humanity but never his awkwardness. He sounds like Nas, leaning upside-down into his subjects. And there's even a touch of Aidan Moffatt, of Arab Strap's plain work-a-day melancholy: the tragedy of plain old real life. It's all here.

Although I live here I'm not really fit to say whether this is Scotland's first great MC. I've not been listening. But I love this. I love the mournful circling of piano; I love the plain drumkit beat; I love the way Loki scampers from horny to bored to melancholy, like all these things are beads on the same length of twine. (They are.) I love the way this song keeps lifting itself up and putting itself back down, a raincloud hiding behind chimneys, a sad song that lurks in a playground swagger. And oh, friends, listen to those closing lines. Insufficient, truncated, true.

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Nothing But Green Lights is the relaunched mp3blog by Mike from Take Your Medicine. It's UK based and excellent, posting only the things that his heart is set on. Mike's also continuing the take your medicine podcast, and the June mix is superb. Beirut, Herman Dune, Robin Allender, my favourite Psapp track - and more.

Marathonpacks' new podcast playlist thing is also v. good if you're looking for 60 minutes of song. Dig the Lupe Fiasco.

Brian says a few interesting words on Live's "Lightning Crashes".

This week's Contrast Podcast is on the theme "I'm the only one who likes this". And so I chose to talk about the Barenaked Ladies' Gordon. This is the ILM thread I refer to, sadly, between snuffles of tears.

Posted by Sean at June 13, 2006 12:00 PM

Well, I guess if I can like Live then you can like Barenaked Ladies. And, oh, this Loki is terrific!

Posted by brian at June 13, 2006 1:38 PM

The loki track is awesome

Posted by ru at June 13, 2006 5:01 PM

thanks for posting that Loki track - it's absolutely fantastic. Have you heard Astronautalis? Good chance you'd like him... http://www.modelcitizens.org

Ocean Walk is my favourite.

Posted by Say Anything Syndrome at June 13, 2006 8:58 PM

That BNL track haunted me all the way home until I put on loud Coltrane last night. It has magical powers! Thanks and damn you in equal measure ;) Tim

Posted by Tim Young at June 14, 2006 7:34 AM

i love them both!

Posted by tim+ at June 14, 2006 10:41 AM

The new Tome Ze album is simply amazing!!! Might knock out Silent Shout fom its pedestal for the year....

Posted by Jorge at June 14, 2006 1:22 PM

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