Tagged: music

La femme aux cordes nylon

Yes, you've heard Asturias by Albéniz a billion times. But have you ever heard it through the technical perfection and exquisitely gentle expression of Ana Vidović? Crank up the volume: Although she's probably weary of hearing it, Ana was a child prodigy of sorts in her native Croatia. Maturity has brought interpretive sophistication to her impeccable execution. Listen, for example, to this ridiculously magnificent bit of Bach: That's the Bourrée and Gigue from his Lute Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006a, for those of you taking notes at home. She'll be hopping among Asia, Australia, and the Americas...

She'll Sing For You, part 2: the Heart Fiercer

This is a post about Marian Call, and especially about her lyrics and her new double album Something Fierce.  The second in a series, it follows this one: http://www.popehat.com/2011/10/05/shell-sing-for-you-part-1/. Take a moment to read that one if you'd like this one to make more sense!

Radio Popehat II: Electric Boogaloo

This saturday, from 2-5pm United States eastern time, I will return to the radio station I blogged about earlier for a short, free-form radio show.  Readers interested becoming listeners, in hearing my Lord Humungusesque voice, or simply a collection of rather unusual music strung together with a logic unique to me, are encouraged to listen live at 89.3 fm (if you live in a the Research Triangle area of North Carolina) or online by clicking here. As mentioned in the earlier post, I will take requests, either by telephone (I announce the number frequently during the show), or here in...

She'll Sing For You, part 1

  In taste and disposition, we at Popehat are a diverse lot. For example, Ken is on record as an avid aficionado of opera. Patrick, a former college dj to whom the young'uns still turn in a pinch, is known for his enigmatic and challenging sets. After our comrade Ezra withdrew to his special place, Patrick took up the mantle and now offers sporadic and stochastic coverage of the audial scene. Yes, Patrick even covers symphonies and opera to placate Ken. As for me, I'm a fan of John Dowland and Yma Sumac and Radiohead and Ravi Shankar and Fred Astaire. Eclectic, we. There must...

Ha Waaa! Ha Waaa! Ha Waaa!!!

Is "Aqua Boogie" the funniest song ever recorded?  Decide for yourself: One thing is for sure. Listening to Parliament's "The Motor Booty Affair", the album from which this song is drawn, is like eating two bowls of Count Chocula and four bowls of Frankenberry on Saturday morning, just before a two hour marathon of Roadrunner cartoons.

A Bit Of Me Is Dying…

There aren't many genuinely free-form radio stations left in the country.  I have the good fortune to live in listening distance of two, but you're probably not so lucky. If you're a music geek, I suggest that you tune in, NOW, to KUSF, which the way things are going is about to be one of the deceased freeform stations.  A nationwide simulcast / death watch is going on. Because the University of San Francisco kicked all of the students out and sold the license to a commercial broadcaster.  A shame. It was a great station, and a far better (and...

But When You're Runnin' Down Merle Haggard Man, You're Walkin' On The Fightin' Side Of Me

Here's a devastating cutdown for Andrew Sullivan's poll on the "the smuggest, most pretentious pop song in history."  Smugness and pretension being traits Sullivan embodies all too well. Sullivan is simply pandering to his new audience of leftists who claim Sullivan as "my favorite conservative blogger," precisely because he hasn't written a conservative word since 2004.  He understands quite well that Merle Haggard was having fun when he sang "Okie from Muskogee," and on his more lucid days (Sullivan, who divides his time between the District of Columbia and the gay beach resort of Provincetown Massachusetts, has never understood middle...

Wagner And Motörhead: More Than Umlauts In Common

A classical vocal instructor, who knows virtually nothing about rock, is asked to evaluate the stylings of various heavy metal singers. I have nothing but admiration for this singer. Listen how he starts off with a soft growl, then moves seamlessly into a well-supported, sustained high full-voice sound that then evolves into an effortless long scream! His diction is easily intelligible, regardless of the range he’s singing in or the effect he’s going for. He achieves an intensely rhythmic delivery of the lyrics without losing legato and musical momentum, something a lot of classical singers struggle with, especially when interpreting...

The Greatest Dance Ever Filmed?

Fred Astaire, and our friend Windypundit, have said it was the Nicholas Brothers in Stormy Weather.  I beg to differ. It was the Berry Brothers, perhaps not as technically perfect as the Nicholas Brothers (with whom they were rivals), but far more athletic, in the relatively obscure film Panama Hattie.  Feast your eyes and ears on this. They're like Jedi in tophats, tails, and canes.

Your Friday Afternoon Had No Idea How Much It Missed Mr. Belvedere

Been awhile since we did a Friday timewaster, but I thought I would toss out some major nostalgia. I am a trove of useless knowledge, and one of my strengths is TV show theme songs. So, imagine how happy I was to find a site dedicated to recordings of 80s shows theme songs. That's right in my wheelhouse! Sure, there are a few notable absences – She's the Sheriff, Riptide (one of my favorite shows when I was young. Should I admit that?),  or Bring Them Back Alive (still Bruce Boxleitner's finest work) but there is so much to love...

John Edwards Was Right!

There are indeed two Americas: One America, in which Iggy Pop can stage dive, safe in the knowledge that the audience will catch him; Then there's that other America. A recent Carnegie Hall audience apparently believed the geriatric punk legend capable of flight and so parted to watch him take wing at a March 1st Tibet House Benefit … Rather than rise to the rafters, he fell to the floor, a confused audience looking on as … “nobody caught him”… Pop said of the incident, “When I landed it hurt and I made a mental note that Carnegie Hall would...

Interior Soundtrack: Broadminded

Way back in November I had a song stuck in my head, and blogged it out.  I'm in a similar predicament this morning, so without further ado, here are the lyrics to the old-time / bluegrass / gospel classic "Broadminded," by Charlie and Ira Louvin, the Louvin Brothers: That word "Broadminded," is spelled S-I-N. I read in my Bible, they shall not enter in. For Jesus will answer, "Depart, I never knew you." That word broadminded is spelled S-I-N. Some people like to gamble, now and then for pleasure And drink a little whiskey, just to please a friend. They...

Interior Soundtrack: Crazy Man

I'm probably the only person apart from Jonathan Adler's mom who enjoys the Volokh Conspiracy's Sunday Song Lyric feature.  This ain't no music blog, but we all have to start somewhere. The song presently stuck in my head is "Crazy Man" by the duo of Catherine Irwin and Janet Bean, working together as Freakwater.  The song comes from the 1993 album "Feels Like The Third Time". Freakwater got lost in the shuffle of alt country in the 1990s, perhaps because they were a little too "alt" to appeal to much of the crowd that listens to Wilco today.  Perhaps they...

Oh Dear God, No! No!

This can only be considered a sign of the apocalypse. Seriously? I highly recommend reading the reviews for some fine, fine satire. Still, there is no way anyone can think this is a good idea.