I was away on vacation this week, which explains the near-total
silence on the blog. But at least you’ll get a FRT from me. And some
nice posts on cryptography and game theory coming next week.
- Gogol Bordello, “Dub the Frequencies of Love”: Eastern
european gypsies meet punk meets reggae.
- Hawkwind, “Urban Guerilla”: A live recording of a rather
catchy tune by Hawkwind. Personally, I prefer their spacier stuff.
- Porcupine Tree, “Glass Arm Shattering”: Porcupine Tree is
always great. This one starts off slow and quiet, and then builds.
- IQ, “Harvest of Souls”: Peter Nichols, the leader of IQ
in their incarnation on this album is nothing short of a
genius. This is a wonderful song – which is not surprising, since
everything from the “Dark Matter” album is wonderful.
- Naftule’s Dream, “Afterwards”: Lately, I’ve been very
into Klezmer – particularly the more modern jazzy/experimental type.
Naftule’s Dream is one of my favorite bands of this style. They
record traditional Klezmer as “the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra”, and
their more out-there stuff as “Naftule’s Dream”. This is a
deceptively mellow track, which has a lot of strange stuff going on.
- Genesis, “Supper’s Ready”: early Genesis – this track is
the direct precursor of “The Lamb Lays Down on Broadway”, which is
one of the best works in the history of rock music.
- Sonic Youth, “Lights Out”
- Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, “Buma”: More Klez.
- Peter Gabriel, “Signal to Noise”: a masterpiece off of
Peter Gabriel’s latest album. This is an amazing track – blending
orchestral backing, African singing and drumming, and some
traditional progressive tropes. Really great – this gives me chills
every time I listen to it.
- The Flower Kings, “A King’s Prayer”: As far as I’m
concerned, the Flower Kings can do no wrong. I can pick out any
track off of any FK album, and be pretty much guaranteed to
hear something amazing.