Month: December 2009

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By Barry Kavanagh and Countess Maia Elena, with Horatius. 'Die 2000s, die!' Okay, keep your hair on. This is the third and final part of my personal trawl through the music of the 2000s. Selections 41-60. Humcrush - Cyborg II (Hornswoggle, 2006) Myspace. or Phonophani - Lavenderloops (Various artists 10" box Until Human Voices Wake Us And We Drown, 2006) (Originally released on Genetic Engineering, 2001) Free mp3 download. Two pieces of Norwegian electronic music released on the Rune Grammofon label. Which to choose for that great playlist in the sky depends on your taste. Humcrush do synth (synths came back in the 00s!) and drums, and Phonophani does electronics and live instruments. Phonophani has, yes, some really good loops here, and also to his credit he is half of the very good Alog. But Humcrush are better live than either of those and I'm reminded of a particularly mind-expanding...

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It seems a Norman Family, relocating to Kilkenny brought more then just their suitcases of French perfumes, fine wines and strings of garlic. Apparently the French penchant for durty, cheating, va va vooom, thievery has a long historical precedent, as evidenced by their alleged translation of the relics of St. Nicholas to Ireland sometime during the 12th century after having nicked them from the 'Holy Land'. As previously reported here at Blather Lost in Translation Much as I love the idea that the Irish are secretly compiling a veritable Aladdin's Cave of holy relics of feast days (Well, we do have dem bones, dem bones, of that Valentine fella), there is unfortunately no historical or archaeological truth to the entire story. First of all, there are several independent accounts of the actual bones of St. Nick being swiped, robbed, "removed" (under divine direction) from Myra and spirited away to their...

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By Barry Kavanagh and Countess Maia Elena. A personal journey through the music of the 2000s continues. Presenting part two of the informative, whimsical playlist that temporarily turns back the clock and turns on the sound. Something to listen to before commencing that long-planned retirement from hearing anything at all ever again. Silence will rule in 2010 - and the concept of decades will be gone by 2019. Selections 21-40. Stereo Total - Musique Automatique (Musique Automatique, 2002) Video (the first minute is just meant to confuse you). I'd look really stupid if I forgot this one. Should have been number one. For a year. -CME Tom Waits - Alice (Alice, 2002) or Everything Goes To Hell (Blood Money, 2002) 'Alice' on YouTube and a weird representation of 'Everything Goes To Hell' on YouTube and Waits interviewed at the time of the two albums about being popular at the dump...

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By Barry Kavanagh and Countess Maia Elena. As usual at the end of a decade we are slightly taken aback by the retrospectives of the music of the previous ten years. 'Was it really like that?' we think to ourselves, pondering the crappy early gig by the crappy Libertines one of us had the misfortune to attend. But let us not dwell on the negative. Let us be more thoughtful. Here is a personal playlist covering the last ten years, based on music experienced first hand (first ear?). For each part of this three-part series 20 songs will be selected. Forgive us in advance. Barry being involved with a band (Dacianos) and a music venue (Sound of Mu) and other violations of normal life have obviously given us access to certain musical worlds, most particularly Norwegian stuff, so there are some obscure offerings and about a third of the musical...