Most recent purchases of music:
Kirsten Hirsch - Strange Angels
I love her previous solo album. And most of the material she recorded with the alternative group,
Throwing Muses, is quite strong and holds its own against time. Her lyrics are cryptic, yet
poetic. But this album failed to gel into something memorable, into something which might encourage
me to replay it. It has now been sold off. Released 1998, I think.
- Where's Marion?
Blues-influenced modern rock with one vocalist who sounds a bit like Janis Joplin and another who reminds one
of Joni Mitchell. Some very strong songs here -- try "Listen" or ""Madrigal's Atlantis", amoung others.
They have a website designed by yours truly. It includes
sound clips. Released 1997.
Oyster Band - Trawler
This retrospective album grows rapidly on me -- modern Irish rock, perhaps not as hard-rocking as the Pogues,
but definitely lively. The only song I could have done without was "Blood Wedding" -- the rest, whether
completely modern or remakes of traditional songs, works quite well.
Orbital - Snivilisation
Generally speaking, this is a fantastic band. However the music on this particular album doesn't always
live up to my expectations. Classify under "ambient", or perhaps "odd ambient". About half the album
is excellent, the rest merely painful. Released 1994.
Hedningarna - Trä
Swedish musicians, with two Finnish female vocalists. Definitely Scandanavian-inspired, yet
contemporary. A variety of styles, some somewhat odd, but almost all are engaging. An excellent album!
Various Artists - MondoBeat -- Masters of Percussion
Traditional drummers and contemporary drummers such as Olatunji, Micki Hart, the Musicians of the Nile,
Tito Puente, etc contribute selections to this album, which looks around the world for inspirations. Most
pieces are instrumental. It's a great collection, with many of the selections just begging for the listener
to hop up and DANCE. Released 1998.
The Used Music Bin
The Mighty Mighty BossTones - Let's Face It
Diverse current rock, with a good horn section. Released 1997.
Buffalo Springfield - Retrospective
I bought this as a replacement of an old cassette. Better this way. Still a great album. Released 1969.
Smetana - Má Vlast
This recording is a quality Deutsche Grammophon recording by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by
Rafael Kubelik. I've always loved this bit of music -- eastern European classical music of a century ago, and
this is one of the best compositions (to these ears).
Get Crescendo to hear the current music selection.
Music playing now: "Human Behavior", by Bjork
And the beat goes on