I had the chance to fill in a slot last week on ZBC, so I used the opportunity to collect some of my favorite vocalists in one place. Unfortunately only the first hour of the show was successfully captured by the ZBC archive machine. The show is a bit all over the place (more so than usual) and featured not one, but two Nick Cave performances (one by request). This is by no means a comprehensive list: Will Oldham, Captain Beefheart, Ian Curtis, Elizabeth Fraser, Klaus Nomi, Daniel Johnston, Jandek, Mark E. Smith, David Bowie, Neil Young, Alan and Mimi from Low, Bob Dylan, and many others are missing, but I only had two hours to work with. Besides, how often do you get to hear “I’ll punch a donkey in the streets of Galway” broadcast over public airwaves? That was totally worth giving up seven or so minutes…
I might continue this theme on my show for a little while, but that depends on how many more intriguing voices I can dig up (and enjoy for myself). I know there are plenty of them out there, so if you have any suggestions send them my way.
Last week’s show is still available for download and I’ll be on the air again this Tuesday with new music for your consideration.
Until then, enjoy the singing that was recorded. Thanks for stopping by!
01. Leonard Cohen “Story of Isaac” from Songs from a Room (1969) on Columbia
02. Jason Molina “Pyramid Electric Co.” from Pyramid Electric Co. (2004) on Secretly Canadian
03. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds “Death Is Not the End” from Murder Ballads (1996) on Reprise
04. Lamb “Trans Fatty Acid (Kruder & Dorfmesiter Session)” from Fear of Fours (1999) on Fontana — also appeared on the K&D Sessions remix comp
05. Talk Talk “Eden” from Spirit of Eden (1988) on EMI
06. Angels of Light & Akron/Family “The Provider” from Akron/Family & Angels of Light (2005) on Young God
07. Smog “Ambition” from Supper (2003) on Drag City
08. Nina Simone “Wild is the Wind” from Wild is the Wind (1966) on Philips — reissued by Verve Records in 2006
09. Antony & the Johnsons “Soft Black Stars” from I Fell in Love with a Dead Boy (2001) on Durtro — original by Current 93
10. Baby Dee “So Bad” from Love’s Small Song (2001) on Durtro
11. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds “The Weeping Song” from The Good Son (1990) on Mute
12. Current 93 “The Cloud of Unknowing” from Of Ruine Or Some Blazing Starre (1994) on Durtro
13. Windy & Carl “Whisper” from Drawing of Sound (1996) on Icon Records
14. Charalambides “Stroke” from Joy Shapes (2004) on Kranky
15. Scott Walker “Jolson and Jones” from The Drift (2006) on 4AD
16. Coil “The Dreamer is Still Asleep” from Musick To Play in the Dark Vol.1 (1999) on Chalice