Riptide – Vance Joy

Oh hey wow it’s been a while *cough*

Right: here’s a little something. Now that my office is that maddening but amazing colour on the cusp of yellow and green, maybe I’ll be inspired to post more.


Maria Joao Pires and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Concerto

I want to write something about Lou, but I can’t pull it together just yet.

But here’s a trained musician, panicked and heartsick over her failure to prepare the right Mozart concerto, pulling it together with the support of an awesome conductor:

James Murphy + Bowie + Steve Reich reference = meBait

Sorry, I can’t embed, but this link should bring you to the glory of a Soundcloud-hosted remix of Love is Lost.

EDIT: Gone? Huh. Let’s try Pitchfork.

EDIT 2: OK, now it should be at both links. Bowie has his Soundcloud account shut up tighter than John Boehner, so maybe this isn’t supposed to be public  yet.

EDIT 3: Thanks, Dave!

And in case you’re all “Huh?” about Reich, here’s a couple to get you started.

Music for 18 Musicians

Reich performs Clapping Music live in 2012

Gavin Bryars is a force of nature

Blame this on Tilbury. I was trying to think how I would describe their sound to somebody if I was tragically short of any access to their music. The best I could come up with was a scenario where a young Eno kidnaps the squabbling Beatles just before they split for good, brings them to Iceland, and adopts them out to nice families so their can relive their adolescent years minus family tragedies, smothering or Hamburg debauchery, while kindly young Uncle Brian visits often with his tapes and contraptions.

Which led me to Google Eno Beatles Tilbury, where the first hit was this shard of glory from Gavin Bryars. Not at all what I was going for, but brilliant nonetheless.

If you can find some quiet time, his classic piece Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet  is worth your total attention. The story behind the piece. It builds slowly. You hear vocals only until the orchestra slowly, instrument by instrument, creeps in to support the nameless tramp starting about 3:33.

Alternative version: the final 10 minutes from the 74 minute revisions, featuring additional vocals from Tom Waits.

Now I just have to find out more about John Tilbury, the lovely man who made all this possible.