1/26: Let the Good Times Roll

I’m a little confused about Charlotte Gainsbourg’s new album because retailers around Boston (Newbury Comics) are listing it as a new release this year. Everything I can find on the internet tells me it came out in December of 2009, but maybe the US domestic release date wasn’t until January? It’s one of those records I’ll be listening to more in 2010, so either way it’s a new record and I like it a lot. Gainsbourg’s 5:55 was a little too breathy and forced for me to enjoy, but IRM is altogether different. According to a review/interview in the New York Times, much of the album was written by Beck. That’d explain the big shift in style, but to what extent Gainsbourg is responsible for the music remains unclear. In the liner notes all the songs are attributed to Beck Hansen, save “Greenwich Mean Time,” which is featured on this week’s show, and a couple of miscellaneous oddities (like a song credited to Beck and surrealist poet Guillaume Apollinaire). But, according to that Times article, Charlotte began work on many of these songs, only to allow Beck to finish them up for various reasons. Perhaps I’m merely under Charlotte’s spell, but I prefer this to anything Beck’s recorded in the last few years, and that makes me think Ms. Gainsbourg is more responsible than she or her liner notes claim. The duo also have a video for “Heaven Can Wait” floating about the internet. You may have already seen it, but here it is again just in case. I especially like the pancake astronaut, the nachos bomb, the slow motion axe of doom, and the robot prom date. It’d probably make Apollinaire happy, too:

A few callers were very curious about some film music I played in the background during the show. It was from a movie called Werckmeister Harmonies, directed by Béla Tarr. He’s the same guy responsible for the 7-hour film, Sátántangó. I watched Werckmeister late last year and fell in love with it; don’t let all the warnings about how slow his films are scare you off. It’s easily one of the most beautiful movies I’ve ever seen. It rewards your patience. The music is by Mihály Vig, but Google searches turn up little in the way of available CDs or music downloads. You have to follow THIS LINK to get a copy of his album, which features music from a number of Tarr films. If that link doesn’t work, just search his Myspace page. The link is there, too. This is the song I used for the show:

And here’s a slightly edited version of Werckmeister’s opening scene. I love how the music begins only after János utters the word “silence.”

New Four Tet and Pantha Du Prince are featured on this show, too, as well as some more new music from Scout Niblett and Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. I’m digging the Four Tet record, but only in small doses. Same goes for Pantha; seems like they both get a little tiresome after three or four songs. Then again, I’ve never been a fan of house or club music and both albums are drawing pretty heavily from that stand four-on-the-floor dance recipe. The rest of my listening time lately has been taken up by Neil Young. I’m trying to convince myself that $300 is a reasonable price for a 10 Blu-Ray disc box set (especially because it features so much new music), but instead I’ve been listening to some of his albums that I never gave enough attention. I forgot how awesome Harvest Moon is. Here’s a Neil Young song from Dreamin’ Man Live ’92, which is a live version of that album:

Wish I could have found “Natural Beauty,” but only cover versions seem to exist on Youtube.

There will be more new music on the show next week, including some oddball psych on Thrill Jockey, more from the next Jack Rose record, and that Extra Life stuff I never got around to. Thanks for listening.

EDIT: after writing this, I realized that Amazon has the Young box set on sale for much cheaper than I thought. $200 is pretty reasonable…. damn it.



01. Four Tet “Sing” from There Is Love In You (2010) on Domino

02. Pantha Du Prince “The Splendour” from Black Noise (2010) on Rough Trade — ft. Tyler Pope of LCD Soundsystem

03. Lali Puna “Together in Electric Dreams” from I Thought I Was Over That (2005) on Morr Music — original by Giorgio Moroder

04. Matias Aguayo “Ay Ay Ay” from Ay Ay Ay (2009) on Kompakt

05. Charlotte Gainsbourg “Greenwich Mean Time” from IRM (2009) on Because

06. Juana Molina “Los Hongos de Marosa” from Un Dia (2008) on Domino

07. RJD2 “Let the Good Times Roll Pt. 2” from Let the Good Times Roll (2002) on Definitive Jux

08. J Dilla “Workinonit” from Dillanthology 3 (2009) on Rapster Records

09. Caribou “Bees” from Milk of Human Kindness (2005) on The Leaf Label

10. Kid 606 “Oakland Highsiding” from Pretty Girls Make Raves (2006) on Tigerbeat6


11. The American Analog Set “Magnificent Seventies” from From Our Living Room to Yours (1997) on Emperor Jones

12. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra “Kollaps Tradicional (Bury 3 Dynamos)” from Kollaps Tradixionales (2010) on Constellation

13. Magnolia Electric Co. “The Night Shift Lullaby” from What Comes After the Blues (2005) on Secretly Canadian — written by Jennie Benford

14. Scout Niblett “Ripe with Life” from The Calcination of Scout Niblett (2010) on Drag City

15. Palace Music “West Palm Beach” from Lost Blues and Other Songs (1997) on Palace/Drag City — originally from Drag City 7″ released in 1995

16. Fire on Fire “Heavy D” from The Orchard (2008) on Young God

17. Kinski “Boy, Was I Mad!” from Down Below It’s Chaos (2007) on Sub Pop

18. Vic Chesnutt “We Hovered with Short Wings” from At the Cut (2009) on Constellation

19. Midlake “The Horn [excerpt]” from The Courage of Others (2010) on Bella Union


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