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by Sean
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Nina Simone - "Little Girl Blue". Yesterday people were talking about her version of "Who Knows Where the Time Goes," so I felt I ought to pull out my own favourite Nina Simone recording. It was written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Heart, and it's one of the very saddest things I love. "Good King Wenceslas" tapped out on piano, a romantic twilit jingle that bursts into triumphant noise at the end. Despite this gaiety, however, Nina's slow song exists in a different world; its lachrymose lyrics are the wrenching opposite of the piano-player's ball. In the song's last half, the two meet half-way. She composes herself, lets him play his cabaret blues, and out of her flows a long, trembling melisma, a poised final statement, the sound of a woman who knows she must smile. [buy]

Little Wings - "Random Lee". Little Wings continues to rival Phil Elvrum as the most prolific act on K. Magic Wand is his most collected record yet, with full-band numbers that are almost raucous. Closer to Royal City's Alone at the Microphone, certainly, than Julie Doiron's Desormais. And yet if you ask me, it's the soft-and-sentimental he ought to stick to - light green leaves, worlds of wonder, breezy surf-folk. "Random Lee" is my favourite track on the album, and it reflects my predilections. Kyle duets with Genevieve Elvrum (aka Woelv), just whispering drums, meandering guitar, and the drift of their voices. They fall in and out of harmony, two animals crossing in a wood. (But of course they're singing about driving, "the glamour that is golden in your smile," a radio slowplaying, the windows are down and the light's almost tangible as it hangs in the air.) [buy]


Pinback's Blameless in Abaddon is one heckuva disappointment. Gone are the ruby melodies, replaced with trimmer, emo'er rock songs. Count me out.

Life of a Spuckle is a nascent musicblog with links to small and noteworthy legal downloads. Gordon's just getting started, but I think he dreams of big things.

Posted by Sean at July 29, 2004 3:25 AM

Cheers for the plug Sean!

Posted by Gordon at July 29, 2004 8:47 AM

A while ago you posted a song by Arvo Part ... I'm just dropping by to say thank you for that. I like classical music, but rarely buy it because I'm not usually sure what I'll like. Anyway, today I picked up some of his music and am very happy with it.

Posted by Kate at July 29, 2004 9:02 PM

There was a time when 'My Baby Just Cares for Me' was all I knew of Nina Simone. It took a long time for me to realise how much more there was. The other day I ended up listening to 'Just in Time' on loop for the best part of a couple of hours, after hearing it in 'Before Sunset'. Thanks for the tracks, as ever.

Posted by Phil Gyford at July 30, 2004 6:18 AM

Hey, just visited your blog thanks to a link from boingboing. I was surprised to see you (or anybody) mention that Nina Simone recording of Little Girl Blue; it's one of my favourite recordings of all time. But then, Ms. Simone was hella-brilliant. I've bookmarked your site - I've enjoyed browsing through it.

And thanks for that crazy Alvin and the Chipmunks slow-down. Bizarre.

Posted by Craig at August 6, 2004 4:06 PM

it is not genevieve elverum singing with kyle,
it's kanako.

Posted by friendly at August 8, 2004 2:29 PM

Posted by kioji at April 13, 2005 7:16 PM

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