Friday Random Ten - now with links!
It's friday again, so it's time for a very geeky random ten, this time with links to the more obscure groups. It turned out pretty folky this week.
- Ode to Big Blue, Trout Fishing in America. No, this song is not about my employer. It's about a blue whale. TFiA is a really great duo that does albums for adults, and also albums for children that won't drive adults out of their heads. And who wouldn't love a group that could write lyrics like "Is is 'till it isn't, then it was; was was till it wasn't. Maybe might be is in a second."
- Garden Party, Marillion. Marillion's a favorite band of mine, and has been for a long time. This is a delightful little obscene song off of their first album.
- The World Turned Upside Down, Broadside Electric. Broadside Electric is a local band that mostly does modernized electric versions from very, very old folk music - Child's ballads, etc. I've done sound for them at a local festival, and aside from being a great band, they're tremendously nice people.
- Happy Hour on Planet Zarg, ProjeKct Two. ProjecKct two is a King Crimson spinoff: Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, and Trey Gunn. They call themselves P2 when they're doing unplanned, unstructured free improv. Cool stuff, but mightly wierd.
- Big Gravel, Psychograss. Psychograss made the random 10 last week too. And they've got a new album out!
- Mato Grosso, from "ITAIPU" by Phillip Glass. Magnificent piece of music. Glass has lately been doing some very ambitious work in a more traditional classical vein; this is a great example of that style. If you can listen to this and not be moved by the music, you have no soul.
- Flutopia, Flook. Flook makes my R10 again. Flook is the greatest.
- Kelo, Miles Davis. What can I say about Miles Davis? I'm not worthy.
- Christianopel, The Flower Kings. The Flower Kings are a neo-progressive band. If you like progressive rock, you've got to give the Kings a listen.
- Working on a Building, the Wayfaring Strangers. The Strangers are an odd little group - a bit of jazz, a bit of bluegrass, a bit of folk, a bit of rock. Tony Trischka on banjo, Matt Glaser on violin, and several other deities on their respective instruments.