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Humanity's fascination/revulsion with the mechanization of mortality reached its poetic acme in the form of Maschinenmensch in Fritz Lang's 1927 epic Metropolis. Nevertheless, the species has clawed its way through much of the past century trying to reinvent itself mechanically. I find cinematic droids and robotic vacuum cleaners tiresome, but camp me in front of a music box, calliope, or player-piano and I go gaga. There just something about an inanimate hunk of junk making music that I find thrilling.
Speaking of thrilling, get a load of this imaginary mechanical instrument, which for all the world appears to be the creative lovechild of Dr. Seuss and Rube Goldberg:
"With the advent of the sound reproducing instruments, the heyday of the mechanical instrument was over the end had come for an industry, which for hundreds of years had flourished. With the exception of carillons, very few mechanical instruments are made nowadays. Most of the instruments, among them no doubt many rare and valuable specimens in which great craftsmanship and an evolution of more then four centuries was embodied, have been lost. Evidently the precious few that are still left to us deserve to be preserved, the more so since they should not be regarded as curios from bygone days. On the contrary, today many a music lover has a marked preference, an affection, for mechanical instruments, especially for those which have a sound entirely their own." (From the liner notes)
David Shire ~ "The Conversation" (OST)
(Blog: Soundtrack Addiction)
"Not simply a case of nepotism. F.F. Coppola's choice to use his brother-in-law (Talia's husband) to soundtrack his creepfest was spot on. At times, this reminds me of some dark Nurse With Wound type shit. Definitely not like the hard boiled funk he conjured up for the Taking of Pelham 123 soundtrack (the original, natch) the same year. Lots of haunting piano, weird creaks & crashes, borrowed dialog. Perfect for Coppola's & Hackman's finest moment. Such a great soundtrack for such a great film. Worth it." (Description by Jerry Orbach, at Creep Scanner)
Charlie McAlister ~ "I'll See You in Hell"
(Blog: Buffalo Tones)
Hell Is for Heroes
"71 minutes of new banjo strum howl and clatter material from Charleston, SC's living legend. Includes great hits like "Shag Dancing Is Cool", "Broke & Rollin", "Have a Manwich", and 33 more. Endlessly listenable, especially within the context of his 5 trillion other tapes, which may I point out are still great even after a million listens. Includes pictures of Mr. McAlister naked as a jaybird for added entertainment value. We are very excited about this one." (Description from Tape Mountain)
Various ~ "Rock do Autor: Manitesto"
(Blog: Disco Furado)
Pick Hit: "The Worm and the Star"
"A compilation with only one thousand copies pressed that presents work by such titans as Arnaldo Antunes and Paulo Miklos and anti-war songs by Akira S. and R.H. Jackson. In common, the fact that they are all orphans of the São Paulo underground of the 1980s. A faithful picture of the underground production? No, this album is more collection of studio banter without compromise, with irregular as a result of a roller coaster in the works. The hard evidence like the concept of "alternative" lost all sense. On this record there is room both for the extravagance of "Schrodinger's Cat" H.R. Jackson and the square attitude of Cid Campos (son of poet Augusto de Campos) — like a concrete slab with no handle — in "The Worm and the Star." And there? What qualifies more or less to play at SESC Pompeii? In this collection finds itself once again that the effect on the listener anything idiosyncratic authorial (fanzines, film, painting) is almost always the same: to whom much pleasure that makes the listener." (Loose interpretation of Google translated review by Camilo Rocha in Bizz)
Suni McGrath ~ "Cornflower Suite"
(Blog: Zoltar's Revenge)
"Absolutely fantastic guitar playing. Any Fahey/Basho/James Blackshaw fans surely need to hear this for all the great melodies and techniques. What a find this was for me. Some of the most fantastic folk music I've ever heard." (Description by Zoltar, at Zoltar's Revenge)
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