Friday Random Ten, July 7

It’s friday again, so it’s time for a random ten. So out comes my iPod, and the results are:
1. **Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, “Latitude”**: mediocre tune off of the latest Flecktones album. This album was a 3-CD set. Unfortunately, it really should have been a single CD; they just didn’t bother to separate the good stuff from the not-so-good stuff. Very disappointing – they’re an amazing group of guys (well, except for Jeff…), and this just isn’t up to the quality they should be able to produce.
2. **Marillion, “Man of a Thousand Faces”**: a really fantastic Marillion tune. It ends with a very Yes-like layering buildup.
3. **Tony Trischka Band, “Sky is Sleeping”**: a track off of the TTBs first album. Tony doesn’t disappoint: brilliant playing, great chemistry between the band members. Features some truly amazing back-and-forth between banjo and sax.
4. **Sonic Youth, “Helen Lundeberg”**: something from Sonic Youth’s latest. I love this album.
5. **Peter Hammill, “Our Oyster”**: live Hammill, wonderful, strange, dark, depressing. It’s a tune about Tianamen Square.
6. **Flower Kings, “Fast Lane”**: typical FK – aka amazing neo-progrock.
7. **Broadside Electric, “Sheath and Knife”**: a modern rendition of a very gruesome old medieval ballad about incest.
8. **Stuart Duncan, “Thai Clips”**: a nice little bluegrass tune by one of the best bluegrass fiddlers around. Don’t ask why it’s called “Thai Clips”, nothing about it sounds remotely Thai.
9. **Dirty Three, “Ember”**: how many times do I need to rave about how much I love the Dirty Three?
10. **Lunasa, “Spoil the Dance”**: nice flute-heavy traditional Irish by Lunasa. For once, it’s not played so insanely fast. I’d guess around 130bpm, rather than the usual 170 to 180 of Lunasa. Lunasa’s a great band, and I love all their recordings; but Irish music like this is supposed to be *dance* music; you can’t dance at 180bpm.

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