Friday, April 08, 2011

Episode 343

Songs To Learn And Sing - Episode 343

Conrad Schnitzler - Zug 12'' (2010, m=minimal Records)

This episode featured Conrad Schnitzler's Zug a 20 minute opus that was originally released back in 1974 on the legendary "Red Cassette" and finally got a proper release last year on the first m=minimal 12''. The release also featured two remixes by Pole and Borngräber & Strüver. Schnitzler was an early member of Tangerine Dream and also one of the founders of Kluster (upon Schnitzler's departure Moebius and Roedelius renamed the band Cluster). Zug is a really important track in the history of minimalist music. The video below is for a shorter version of Zug that later appeared on Schnitzler's 1978 album Con. That album has now been rereleased as Ballet Statique.

This episode also featured three tracks from Cat's Eyes. I've been listening to the self-titled album all week and am getting really hooked. Cat's Eyes are a duo formed by Rachel Zeffira, a Canadian opera soprano and classical multi-instrumentalist based in London, and Faris Badwan, the singer from psychedelic-rockers The Horrors.

Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes (2011, Polydor Records)

The album was produced by Steve Osbourne and all the artwork is by Chris Cunningham. The record has a real late 50s early 60s feel about it and it's really obvious that both Faris and Rachel appreciate Girl Groups and Phil Spector. In saying that it's also a very modern, experimental sounding, romantic record. This is definately going to be one of the soundtracks to my summer.

Episode 343 – 07/04/11


Grinderman – Palaces of Montezuma
Trumpets of Death – Cruel Ships Captain
Joan As Police Woman – The Action Man
Lykke Li – I Know Places
Josh T. Pearson – Woman When I’ve Raised Hell
Eat Light : Become Lights – Monorail
Metronomy – The Look
Moon Wiring Club – The Victorian Butter Boat
Steve Moore – 248 Years
The Dirty Three – Obvious is Obvious
The Auteurs – Bail Out (Cello Mix)
Kaija Saariaho – Petals
Andrew Peklar – First
Luke Abbott – Trans Forest Alignment
Tune-Yards – Bizness
Antonymes – Landscape Beyond an Open Window
Conrad Schnitzler – Zug
Burial, Four Tet, Thom Yorke – Ego
Spaceman 3 – Take Me to the Other Side
Hal Blaine – Hallucinations (April)
Cat’s Eyes – Cat’s Eyes
Cat’s Eyes – The Best Person I Know
Cat’s Eyes – Over You
Left With Pictures – River Avon
The Decemberists – Down by the Water
Nancy Elizabeth – Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want

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