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169: “Dry The Rain” and “Monolith” by The Beta Band

Best. Band. Photo. Ever.The Beta Band was catapulted to a shoulder-height level of fame with the movie High Fidelity (2000), starring John Cusack and Jack Black.  Their song, “Dry The Rain,” was featured on the soundtrack and the band is actually mentioned in the film.

The Beta Band was a British group, and its members now live on in newer incarnations.

Another track from the same compilation album, “Monolith” (in two parts), reminiscent of Pink Floyd, is below “Dry The Rain.”  And hold your incontinence to a minimum, but I’m also throwing in Jack Black’s (partial) cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” from High Fidelity.  Classic stuff and a total spoiler if you’ve never seen the movie.

I’d pay money for a whole album of Jack Black covering soul classics… Yeah, and I’m a big fan of the entire Jackass franchise of artistic offerings…. And I often breathe through my mouth when I’m busy not thinking… And I like to eat off-brand beef sticks.  I’m comfortable with all this.

Clear your mind, and enjoy.

Song: Dry The Rain
Artist: The Beta Band
Album: The Three EP’s
Label: CAROLINE ASTRALWERKS – CAT
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

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165: “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Barry Adamson

Barry Adamson doesn't always drink beer.Barry Adamson is a British musician who’s all over the board with his style.

Here’s a good one I first heard on Secret Agent Radio on iTunes in 1999.  “Something Wicked This Way Comes” from The Murky World of Barry Adamson (1999).

Happy Weekend, people.

Enjoy.

Song: Something Wicked This Way Comes
Artist: Barry Adamson
Album: The Murky World of Barry Adamson
Label: MUTE LICENSED TITLES
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

140: “Filipino Box Spring Hog” by Tom Waits

FUNKY FRIDAY

Tom Waits can hear your heart beat beat beat.A few Tom Waits quotes to go along with “Filipino Box Spring Hog” from Mule Variations (1999):

“There ain’t no devil, only God when he’s drunk.”
— Tom Waits

“Q: What’s hard for you?

A: Mostly I straddle reality and the imagination. My reality needs imagination like a bulb needs a socket. My imagination needs reality like a blind man needs a cane. Math is hard. Reading a map. Following orders. Carpentry. Electronics. Plumbing. Remembering things correctly. Straight lines. Sheet rock. Finding a safety pin. Patience with others. Ordering in Chinese. Stereo instructions in German.


— Tom Waits

“I’ve been riding on the crest of a slump lately.”
— Tom Waits

“I’ve always been a word guy, I like weird words and I like American slang and all that and words that are no longer being used… I like to drag them out of the box and wave them around… this is an interesting one, it’s amazing how in addition to punctuation just a little pause in the wrong place can just completely transform the meaning of something.”
— Tom Waits

Glede.

Song: Filipino Box Spring Hog
Artist: Tom Waits
Album: Mule Variations
Label: Anti/Epitaph
Buy from: Tom Waits

136: “Pledge Drive” by Five Style

Record cover of miniature portraits.Here’s one from the unconventional instrumental group called Five Style.

From Miniature Portraits (1999) on the Subpop label, “Pledge Drive” comes with steel drum goodness.

Enjoy.

Song: Pledge Drive
Artist: Five Style
Album: Miniature Portraits
Label: Subpop
Buy from: Subpop

78: “Seasons” by Bobby Hughes Experience

Espen Horne is high contrast.The Norwegian-born frontman of Bobby Hughes Experience, Espen Horne, time travels to the 60’s and smuggles grooves back into the future.

This one is called “Seasons” but I can’t give you a good discography, as I don’t have it, and it’s hard to find online.  I originally heard it on a cd called Eighteenth Street Lounge Soundtracks – Jet Society which was a soundtrack to something or other.

Hey, wake up.  And enjoy.

Song: Seasons
Artist: Bobby Hughes Experience
Album: Eighteenth Street Lounge Soundtracks – Jet Society [Soundtrack]
Label: Eighteenth Street
Buy from: Amazon (CD Only)

65: “Cradle of Light” by Child’s View (a.k.a. Nobukazu Takemura)

Nice ascot.Nobukazu Takemura is a Japanese musician who sheds genres like cardigans.

Enjoy this wild, amazing song.

Mental exercise:
Have you ever wondered what kind of music that great artists would create if they had no outside influences, no concept of what “music” should be?  If Mozart had been stranded on an island from birth and he was driven to compose, what would things have sounded like in his head?

Song: Cradle of Light
Artist: Nobukazu Takemura
Album: Funfair
Label: Bubble Core Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes

40: “Where It’s At” by Beck (Lloyd Price Express Remix by John King)

L. Ron Hubbard dressed them psyonically from beyond the grave.This is a rocking remix of the 1996 Beck classic, “Where It’s At.”

I found out Beck is a scientologist a few years ago, and it’s tainted my experience of his music ever since.  Scientologists are as ridiculous as creationists and tiny dogs wearing clothes.

Before I found out about Beck’s relationship with The Church, I strongly admired his absurd style and sideways funk… as you can appreciate in the video below.  Beck’s a great entertainer, so I try to forgive him his irrationality while still appreciating it.  I have to remember that some of the best people the world has ever known have been completely irrational.  It takes all kinds, right?

So, for a few moments, drive out thoughts of shady, cult-like organizations, and enjoy.

Song: Where It’s At (Lloyd Price Express Remix by John King)
Artist: Beck
Album: Where It’s At
Label: Import (Generic)
Buy from: Amazon