Category Archives: Music

ELO 1974

Electric Light Orchestra
Eldorado (1974)

Everything comes together for this album. An early favorite and the album that established the band.

ELO 1973

Electric Light Orchestra
On the Third Day (1973)

Roy Wood has gone and Lynne is in charge.

Tracks:
1. “Ocean Breakup / King of the Universe” 4:07
2. “Bluebird is Dead” 4:24
3. “Oh No Not Susan” 3:07
4. “New World Rising / Ocean Breakup (reprise)” 4:05
5. “Showdown”
6. “Daybreaker” 3:51
7. “Ma-Ma-Ma Belle” 3:56
8. “Dreaming of 4000” 5:04
9. “In the Hall of the Mountain King” (Edvard Grieg)

Things are starting to come together. And we have a video…

ELO 1972

Simply called ELO 2, recorded in 1972 and released in 1973.

UK Cover
USA Cover

Tracks:
1. “In Old England Town (Boogie No. 2)
2. “Momma”
3. “Roll Over Beethoven” (Chuck Berry cover)
4. “From the Sun to the World (Boogie No. 1)
5. “Kuiama”

A mix of covers, strings, cellos and rock and roll. The songs work individually, but it does not make a cohesive album.

 

ELO 1971

This series of reviewing every Electric Light Orchestra studio album comes after finding ‘Face the Music’: An Electric Light Orchestra Song-By-Song Podcast.

Electric Light Orchestra
(s/t in UK 1971)
(‘No Answer’ in USA 1972)

Everyone seems to agree that this was a bit of a muddled mess. Roy Wood established the band with Jeff Lynne. They share song writing credit, but the original idea (following on from the Beatles)  was only mildly successful. It made 32 in the UK album charts.

Brown M&M

I can never remember…

Was it Aerosmith, Bon Jovi or Van Halen ?

And was it jelly beans ? Minties or M&M’s ?

 

It was Brown M&M’s and they were a part of Van Halen’s contract for venues.

The band specified “Munchies”, including M & M’s WARNING: ABSOLUTELY NO BROWN ONES

The M&Ms provision was included in Van Halen’s contracts as it served a practical purpose: to provide a simple way of determining whether the technical specifications of the contract had been thoroughly read and complied with.

As Van Halen lead singer David Lee Roth explained in his autobiography:

Van Halen was the first band to take huge productions into tertiary, third-level markets. We’d pull up with nine eighteen-wheeler trucks, full of gear, where the standard was three trucks, max. And there were many, many technical errors — whether it was the girders couldn’t support the weight, or the flooring would sink in, or the doors weren’t big enough to move the gear through.

The contract rider read like a version of the Chinese Yellow Pages because there was so much equipment, and so many human beings to make it function. So just as a little test, in the technical aspect of the rider, it would say “Article 148: There will be fifteen amperage voltage sockets at twenty-foot spaces, evenly, providing nineteen amperes …” This kind of thing. And article number 126, in the middle of nowhere, was: “There will be no brown M&M’s in the backstage area, upon pain of forfeiture of the show, with full compensation.”

So, when I would walk backstage, if I saw a brown M&M in that bowl … well, line-check the entire production. Guaranteed you’re going to arrive at a technical error. They didn’t read the contract. Guaranteed you’d run into a problem. Sometimes it would threaten to just destroy the whole show. Something like, literally, life-threatening.

Source

 

No Good People

People ain’t no good
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Great song, originally heard on the Clockwork Cabaret. The original version is a masterclass in anticipation. The band frequently holds back on the beat, making you wait for it. Plus it has an amazing vibe, with the vocalist changing key throughout the song.

The Original…

Live…

 

 

 

 

Hibernal Dark City

The Dark of the City
by Hibernal (2017)

A cop undertakes a relentless search for the creature that killed her partner.

The forth and final musical/audiobook. This time the protagonist is a female cop, and again it’s very moody music. As usual there is a nice twist at the end.

 

After Winter

After the Winter
by Hibernal

A man who transfers his thoughts and memories to a synthetic body in order to survive an apocalypse seeks to return to his human form.

Adapted from the novel “After the Winter (The Silent Earth, Book 1)” by Mark R. Healy (2014).

The third of four audiobook/musicals. Again, the theme is the distinction between man and machine.

 

 

Saturn Bro

Drew Miller is Brother Saturn

He is a native of Colorado who started experimenting with guitars and the sounds of pianos making them sound unusual.

As Drew writes:
In 2013, on a warm sunny day I decided to record music , as a soundtrack to my living room, and whatever chores I decided to do that day. I would sit down, and record guitar or piano loops, ( or both even ) , and eventually use those loops to meditate, and to relax. It was refreshing because, living downtown , in a busy city like Denver for 8 years, there is not much reprieve from loud noises.

So I decided to make loud quiet noises, that way i could get around the apartment’s noise ordinance. It worked. and thus Brother Saturn was born.

Since then I’ve done music for short films, student films, and even music for a Solomon Ski Company documentary about climate change, and how it affects skiers worldwide.

Sounds a lot like Brian Eno’s experience when he started his ambient experiments. An it sounds a lot like Eno. Mainly ambient, but with wanderings into the avant-garde and noise genres. But overall relaxing music.

There are a lot of albums on bandcamp and the Internet Archives music section.