Re: Two Björk covers

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"Frith & Björk"? sexist. should be "Frith and Gudmundsdottir". or "Fred and Björk".


Posted by: peter | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 10:50 AM
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Wow, that Angeli was great. Thanks, ben.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 11:04 AM
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In a different vein: "joga" as done by Trick and the Heartstrings.


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 11:32 AM
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Even more feministly, "Hildursdottir" after Björk's mom.

Bjork has the most amazing bio. No apparent feuds, fuckups, or personal problems. She keeps making music and is always doing something new.

When an obsessed fan sent an acid bomb to her and then filmed himself committing suicide, her comment was "It just got a bit much."

I have reclassified the swan suit and the attacks on papparazzi as "good clean fun" for the pusposes of this comment. But I think that I'll leave them there permanently.

She opposes Chinese and Danish imperialism -- not only the Danish designs on Canada but also their continued oppression of the Greenlanders and the Faroese.

She also appreciates vodka, per her national tradition.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 11:36 AM
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Hi w-lfs-n.


Posted by: Sybil Vane | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 1:02 PM
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Hi Vane.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 1:04 PM
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Just wondered if you were listening. I like the second better. Her bio is free from fuck ups save participation in that masochistic film I ave vowed never to speak of.


Posted by: Sybil Vane | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 1:16 PM
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Always here for you, S.V. The second one is better. That whole album is quite worthwhile, in fact.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 1:17 PM
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The second one is good.

I always want to like Bjork more than I do. What I've heard of her music feels overly controlled and even cautious.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 2:25 PM
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Actually it was the swan suit that cemented my admiration for her.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 2:40 PM
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Ooh, this second one *is* good. I liked the first one too, but wow.


Posted by: bitchphd | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 2:43 PM
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Her bio is free from fuck ups save participation in that masochistic film I ave vowed never to speak of.

I adore Björk, and I really liked that film. I think I need that Angeli disc.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 3:04 PM
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Last night I also uploaded the even more unrestrainedly romantic Hyper-Ballad before deciding that I should have two covers of the same song.

You totally should get the CD, Jesus. It's fantastic. The Frith pieces and his originals are also top-notch.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 3:06 PM
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7: I hated that film, but I also felt it played out as a battle between Bjork and von Trier. Bjork put up a good fight, but lost.


Posted by: Wrongshore | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 3:13 PM
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w-lfs-n, perhaps we could arrange an exchange of music for that eau de vie you've been craving. Speaking of which, Josh and Magpie, if you're out there, I'm ready to send you a bottle whenever you're ready to receive it.

Another von Trier film I highly recommend is The Five Obstructions, in which he challenges Jørgen Leth to remake Leth's short "The Perfect Human" five times, each time with a different set of parameters. Von Trier is a sadist, but at least he's an interesting and clever sadist.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 3:25 PM
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Perhaps we could! What form might the musical half of this exchange take?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 3:28 PM
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Hmm. The possibilities are so many; let me think about it. If you have suggestions, feel free to email me.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 3:34 PM
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jesus!!


I want a bottle! Email me details (cost, etc)


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 3:40 PM
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jesus!!


I want a bottle! Email me details (cost, etc)


Posted by: will | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 3:40 PM
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Geez, will, don't get so excited. Perhaps we can trade for some beverage local to you. I'll email you.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 3:42 PM
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20: mmm, pork soda!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 5:06 PM
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I've been spending the waning Independence Afternoon playing with our new supply of Kapla blocks, on the one hand proving that I am a complete child, but on the other demonstrating the blocks' complete awesomeness.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 5:11 PM
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9: I totally see how you can see Bjork as restrained and cautious: she doesn't vary her vocal melodies much. She has lots of production tricks. There may be something going on harmonically. I've never sat down to track it. But the vocal melody lines are very consistent.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 5:49 PM
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re: 23

If you've heard the album that she recorded when she was about 12, many of those same melodic things and vocal 'tricks' are already there.

I really like her, although her last album really did nothing for me.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 7:03 PM
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i've listened to the second song and the string pulling in it reminded me this
i thought that she's maybe doing some mistakes when she pulls the strings that audibly, but it seems it's a common practice and not considered wrong? if trust the dusted review
the tune itself is a very famous one, hope you'll enjoy


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 7:06 PM
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Restrained except for the weird noises.

Jesus, Iceland must be fantastic. A great big avant-garde small town full of sheep and ponies and geysers where (according to rumor) everyone believes in elves.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 07- 4-08 9:59 PM
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A bit of youtube searching finds some of the 1977 Bjork tracks, which are cute, but there's also some Tapi Tikarrass post-punk type stuff, from when she was about 17.

I'd read about them and assumed they were kind of a curio but not that great. But:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=-QYe-KZG8-8
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http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=J65JVX_uJU4&feature=related

Which is really surprisingly good [song and playing]. The voice is fully in place, too.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 07- 5-08 12:46 AM
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