Sunday, 22 August 2010

Duplex Longa - Forças Ocultas (1992)

Unfortunately, "Forças Ocultas" was the only album by the portuguese avant-garde group Duplex Longa, formed in 1987 by Mário Resende (violin, drum machine, flutes, tapes, computer, electronics) and Carlos Raimundo (bass, drum machine, tapes, samplers, electronics).
This record has inumerous collaborations, including singer Anabela Duarte (Mler ife Dada) and the jazz musician Rodrigo Amado on the saxophone.
Hope you like it!

Monday, 16 August 2010

Death in June - Nada! (1985)

Death in June - But, What Ends When the Symbols Shatter? (1992)
Death in June - Rose Clouds of Holocaust (1995)
This is, undoubtedly, a controversial character but, to tell you the truth, I couldn't care less about Douglas Pearce's alleged political views.
What really interests me on him it's his music.
That said, I leave you with my favourite records by DIJ, especially "But, What Ends When the Symbols Shatter?" and "Rose Clouds of Holocaust".
Hope you like it too!

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Scott Walker - Scott (1967)
Scott Walker - Scott 2 (1968)
Scott Walker - Scott 3 (1969)
Scott Walker - Scott 4 (1969)

Scott Walker - 'Til the Band Comes in (1970)

Scott Walker - Stretch (1973)

Scott Walker - We Had it All (1974)

Scott Walker - Sings Jacques Brel (1981)

Scott Walker - Climate of Hunter (1983)

Scott Walker - Boy Child [The Best of 1967-1970] (1990)

Scott Walker - Tilt (1995)

Scott Walker - Pola X (1999)
Scott Walker - In 5 Easy Pieces [CD 1 - In My Room] (2003)

Scott Walker - In 5 Easy Pieces [CD 2 - Where's the Girl?] (2003)

Scott Walker - In 5 Easy Pieces [CD 3 - An American in Europe] (2003)

Scott Walker - In 5 Easy Pieces [CD 4 - This Is How You Disappear] (2003)

Scott Walker - In 5 Easy Pieces [CD 5 - Scott on Screen] (2003)

Scott Walker - The Drift (2006)

Scott Walker - And Who Shall Go to the Ball? And What Shall Go to the Ball? (2007)

Scott Walker is one of my deepest influences in art and in life.
Probably my only true idol.
I can tell you that his first solo records, "Scott-Scott4", and even 1995's "Tilt", changed profoundly my points of view over pop music's history.
This is just a humble attempt to bring new ears to the music of Scott Walker.
Don't miss it!

Neil Hannon
- "My favorite singer in the world ever is an american, Scott Walker."

Jarvis Cocker, about the difficulty in getting Scott's records at one time - "It took me four or five years to track them all down.
As for Scott 4, it just completely blew me away. He had massive orchestral arrangements, but with lyrics about people stuck in front of the telly, with their kids getting on their nerves. I'd always liked things that mythologized everyday life, but this was the first time I'd heard it in pop music."

Laurie Anderson, about her introduction to Scott Walker's music - "My immediate reaction was complete attention, which pretty much describes listening to him since then. His signature is a roaring big voice with ragged edges full of sharp things."

Adam Yauch, about the documentary "Scott Walker: 30 Century Man" - "It's a trip. The dude is an extremist. The part that killed me was when he signed a deal and goes off, lives in an old cabin without electricity, for like seven years. Then he calls his A&R man and says, 'OK, I'm ready to record'. He symbolizes the extremes of sticking by your guns. "

Marc Almond - "There is only one Scott Walker, the rest of us can just watch from the sidelines."

Rusty Willoughby - "To me, Scott Walker has always exemplified everything that is wonderful and mysterious about music. His creative output between the years 1967 – 1969 on his solo releases, Scott I – Scott IV can arguably be considered one of the most consistent streaks of musical creativity and confidence ever put to record. Scott’s music is grand American Music filtered through the haze of nascent 1960’s pop artistic renaissance and the old world charm of artists such as Jacques Brel and Yves Montand. Eschewing the typical Pop Star lifestyle in pursuit of more pure and honest personal expression, Scott Walker has always been a major influence on me, and i’m sure, any artist looking to find their own way in an absurd and beautiful world."

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Catherine Wheel - Ferment (1992)

"Ferment" was the awesome debut album by the british shoegazers Catherine Wheel.
Excellent record with great pop tunes such as "I Want to Touch You", "Flower to Hide", etc, etc, etc...
This is the 2010 reissue with 6 bonus tracks.
Don't miss it!