Re: Some music ogged might like


but the entire alba as well

Certainly ogged likes parts of the alba.

Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 02-15-08 9:47 PM
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The Denny description promises a phenomenological specificity the song doesn't appear to deliver.

Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 02-15-08 9:49 PM
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1: The alba is getting more and more popular with CS types.

Also, I would certainly not suspect that all the quotes in the article were chosen to make the people sound as stereotypically nerdy as possible.

Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 02-15-08 9:56 PM
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Didn't much like the Denny, what is he channeling Leon Redbone? The other two were very fine.

My guess is that ogged likes Fire on Fire.

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 02-15-08 10:29 PM
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Hey. has anyone seen The Pawnbroker? Because wow.

Posted by: washerdreyer | Link to this comment | 02-15-08 10:47 PM
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6:You mean Rod Steiger? Of course

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 02-15-08 10:59 PM
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Yeah, that one. Just saw it as part of a Lumet series and was blown away. That's a fucking ballsy ending.

Posted by: washerdreyer | Link to this comment | 02-15-08 11:03 PM
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What's the deal with Leon Redbone, anyway? He played at a local county-fair-type thing about 10 years ago and I thought he was awesome until my mom told me he used to be famous in the 1970s, and then I felt bad for him and thought he must feel embarrassed to be reduced to playing places like this. I thought he was like Ry Cooder or something. But Wikipedia says he's some sort of mysterious anachronistic oddity. I found their entry very surprising.

Anyone have an opinion?

Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 02-15-08 11:05 PM
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I am in psuedos heaven. How did I get there, oh yeah. I subscribe to this philosophy blog that links to book reviews. After a Scott Horton piece on Manfield and Strauss with references to the admiration of Vergil in 20s Germany, umm, the next piece was a review of LoC editions of Edmund Wilson which lead me to Valery and James Merrill. This is the way the internet eats life.

Anyways, I wa thinking that I loved Finland Station and Axel's Castle but didn't remember anything of those books from my wasted youth and I finish the Wiki on Wilson and there is a link to Axel's Castle for download right there. Probably Australian.

Probably hate it after thirty years. I read it in my Joyce/Mann phase.

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 02-15-08 11:08 PM
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8:"mysterious anachronistic oddity" bout sums it up. I was aware of LR in the 70s but he wasn't as fun as Dan Hicks for instance. For a while I thought LR might be some star doing an Andy Kaufman performance art thing.

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Link to this comment | 02-15-08 11:13 PM
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8: My partner claims L. Redbone is Eastern European and learned the old time songs phonetically at first. No verification on that. He showed up in Toronto in the 70's, that much I know to be true. I haven't read the Wikipedia, but I think of him as a kind of archivist, and I like his growly voice. He picks good songs to bring back.

I liked the Sam Amidon song very much. Was that a speeded up thumb piano, or just a banjo through my bad speakers?

Posted by: Penny | Link to this comment | 02-15-08 11:17 PM
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Well here's this:

"Authenticity comes naturally to me," explains the artist once known as Dickran Gobalian, who, former Star columnist George Gamester revealed back in the 1980s, came to Canada from Cyprus in the mid-1960s and reinvented himself under the guidelines of Ontario's Change of Name Act.

Posted by: Penny | Link to this comment | 02-15-08 11:29 PM
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i guess may be he likes the first song?

Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 02-16-08 6:52 AM
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I liked the Denny song best.

Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 02-16-08 8:41 AM
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Have seen Redbone listed as Armenian (via Cyprus) in several places, but do not know if that is anything more than supposition based on the name Gobalian.

Casting around the 'nets, I learned that "Redbone" is a term that has been used both for some specific groups in the South of uncertain racial ancestry (similar to the "melungeons" of southern Appalachia), and as a more generic term for mixed ancestry.

Saw him at the Carnegie here in P'burgh a few years back, an entertaining show, he was late as the bus had gotten lost on the way to the venue and his patter included much hyperbole about the byzantine street patterns of the area.

Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 02-16-08 9:19 AM
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Well, I hit critical mix of music sharing talk and decided to do a little of my own. :)

There's an Pacific Northwest musician named Jeff Johnson who works in one of those not-very-easy-to-name-precisely eclectic fields. His work has often been sold as New Age, and it sort of is; he's gotten airplay on shows like Music From the Hearts of Space over the years and not been wildly out of place. In the '90s and '00s he's done work with a more overtly Celtic influence in collaboration with people like Brian Dunning. And, since he's devoutly Christian, there's a distinct liturgical element in it, too. iTunes wanted to tag it as "alternative rock", and that amused me enough to let it stand.

It's been a while now since I felt that calling myself a Christian would be an honest though, but this is nonetheless very much the music of how I feel, both good news and bad - Johnson captures quiet shades of despair better than nearly anyone else I can think of (Bowie in some phases comes to mind as a conceptual neighbor there), and he also captures the very pure delight of moments where life is just working.

I've put a zip file of 15 songs up for download. The track ordering is simple: it's pretty much chronological for songs of general and down ambience, then an instrumental work to bridge moods, and three songs in chronological order of up ambience. If anyone likes, I shall be happy, and if nobody does, I'll be no worse off than I am now!

Posted by: Bruce Baugh | Link to this comment | 02-16-08 10:36 AM
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may be it's my browser but i couldn't find the downloading page clicking the link

Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 02-16-08 10:39 AM
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Yeah, I have to re-up it, sorry about that. Doing so now.

Posted by: Bruce Baugh | Link to this comment | 02-16-08 10:40 AM
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I put a mix up in the other thread...

With a 'happy happy joy joy' sort of vibe [or they function that way for me]. Nothing particular obscure, or out-there. Just happy music.*

Joy in the morning

01. David Holmes - Gritty Shaker
02. Dandy Livingstone - Rudy, A Message To You
03. Don Byron - The Penguin
04. Björk - Triumph Of A Heart
05. Louis Armstrong & The Mills Brothers - Walking Stick
06. Balkan Beat Box - Bulgarian Chicks (
07. Charles Mingus - Moanin'
08. David Crosby - Cowboy Movie
09. Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent
10. Photek - Ni-Ten-Ichi-Ryu (Two Swords Technique)
11. Ella Fitzgerald - Bei Mir Bist Du Schon
12. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles
13. Dexy's Midnight Runners - The Teams That Meet In Caffs

* I have a sudden fear I may have used one of these tracks before.

Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 02-16-08 11:21 AM
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Not that anyone curious, but I loved the Denny (bought the album, in fact). And this Amidon could grow on me. Good work, maturing Ben.

Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 02-16-08 11:53 AM
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There we go, my link above should work now.

Posted by: Bruce Baugh | Link to this comment | 02-16-08 12:08 PM
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19: Hey, the second song on that was on the best mix tape I ever had, that Julie Eisenberg made me in high school. I've thought about trying to reconstruct it (the cassette became unplayable when I was in Samoa), but I don't remember most of what was on it.

Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 02-16-08 12:44 PM
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In case anyone gets a chance, I highly, highly recommend the Thurangalila Symphonie by Messiaen, or however you spell it. Pure, insane awesomeness. If I ever get married, the 5th movement ("Joy of the Blood of the Stars") would make a splendid wedding march. And the ondes martenot were seriously cool.

Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 02-16-08 5:01 PM
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