And this is one of my favourite TV scenes this year, again from The Detectorists and again with a cracking song.
This is the live version.
So I was looking around at guitar covers. I clicked on this kids video and was half a second away from closing it. Some Harry Potter looking goof? Pfffffft no thanks!
But then he fucking CRUSHED it. God damn kid. Harry Potter put down his wand for a strat at some point I guess.
A recent Wikipedia rabbit hole led me to the work of Judee Sill, the first artist David Geffen signed to his first label, who was eventually consumed by heroin before the age of 35. However, her first single, which apparently got a lot of airplay but I had never heard before, is called "Jesus was a Cross Maker," (produced by Graham Nash!) and to me it sounds like the foundation of Tori Amos. You might hate it, but I find it fascinating (and surprisingly catchy):
Karajan '63 with the Berlin Phil is the generally acknowledged big beast recording of the Ninth, but the Furtwangler (snigger) live ones in '51 and '53* and the Bernstein live one in Berlin in '89 are both worth seeking out for their white hot intensity provoked by the prevailing mood of the times and the context in which they were played.
The fourth movement is gorgeous - but apparently a hated nightmare for the soloists. The whole piece is tremendous - the first movement alone is virtually a symphony in itself.
*stay away from German recordings by great conductors from the war years unless you want to imagine Adolf in the front row tapping his foot and feeling a swell of pride at the words "Alle Menschen werden Brueder" interpreting it to mean becoming one folk under the lash of a whip in the greatest wilful misinterpretation of music before the Republicans trotted out to "Born in the USA",
On an unrelated note, I've had one of the Liam Gallagher tracks as an earworm for the last week or so. "Paper Crown" - best non-Stones Stones song for yonks.
There's a super pop song I can't get out of my head, but out of crippling fear y'all will judge me, I'll post this instead. A mash-up of Daft Punk and Earth Wind and Fire that I've listened to a dozen times since noon.
That's another good one. Glen Weldon mentioned "IDGAF" as his What's Making Me Happy on Pop Culture Happy Hour last week, so I checked it out, and then a few of her other songs. She's definitely got an ear for a hook.
Not me. I don't believe in the concept of "guilty pleasures". It's just this one surprised me cos that sort of style generally isn't my thing at all as far as kpop goes . . . and yet here I am.
This song is apparently a couple of years old. *shrug* I'm just finding it. The lead singer channels his Robert Smith so well I would swear he was doing back-up vocals. This is really close to the hipster alt-rock I can't stand, but I dig these guys quite a bit.
It's bad as hell, but I also love this one with Method Man (in part because of the occasional glimpse of Elijah Wood geeking out in the peripheray):
Not a bad track. I think it's time I revisit Puscifer. I've had a tough time getting into the music in the past because it's Maynard at his most indulgent. It's a shame because I love Tool and APC (happy to hear they're coming back -- really digging their three newest singles.)
Fuck you, NZ. I've got this stuck in my head now.