Project Lavrador: Week 13

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Mar 24 2012, 21:39


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Week 13: Contemporary Folk 1, Gospel 1, Experimental Rock

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Day 91 -

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Day 85: Contemporary Folk

Highly acclaimed album coming through.

To Represent:

Nick Drake - Pink Moon

Samples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXnfhnCoOyo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgWlm7kP5hg

Wikipedia:
Nicholas Rodney Drake (19 June 1948 – 25 November 1974) was an English singer-songwriter and musician, known for his sombre guitar-based songs. He failed to find a wide audience during his lifetime, but his work has gradually achieved wider notice and recognition; today he is widely considered among the most influential English singer-songwriters of the last 50 years.[2][3][4] Drake signed to Island Records when he was 20 years old and released his debut album, Five Leaves Left, in 1969. By 1972, he had recorded two more albums—Bryter Layter and Pink Moon. Neither sold more than 5,000 copies on initial release.[5] Drake's reluctance to perform live, or be interviewed, contributed to his lack of commercial success.

Drake suffered from depression and insomnia throughout his life, and these topics were often reflected in his lyrics. On completion of his third album, 1972's Pink Moon, he withdrew from both live performance and recording, retreating to his parents' home in rural Warwickshire. There is no known footage of the adult Drake; he was only ever captured in still photographs and in home footage from his childhood.[6] On 25 November 1974, Drake died from an overdose of amitriptyline, a prescribed antidepressant; he was 26 years old.

Drake's music remained available through the mid-1970s, but the 1979 release of the retrospective album Fruit Tree caused his back catalogue to be reassessed. By the mid-1980s Drake was being credited as an influence by such artists as Robert Smith, David Sylvian and Peter Buck. In 1985, The Dream Academy reached the UK and US charts with "Life in a Northern Town", a song written for and dedicated to Drake.[7] By the early 1990s, he had come to represent a certain type of "doomed romantic" musician in the UK music press, and was frequently cited as an influence by artists including Kate Bush, Paul Weller and The Black Crowes.[8] His first biography appeared in 1997, and was followed in 1998 by the documentary film A Stranger Among Us. In 2000, Volkswagen featured the title track from Pink Moon in a television advertisement, and within a month Drake had sold more records than he had in the previous 30 years.


6.4/10

I did like how Drake withheld the mellow toneness of the acoustic guitar as the choice instrument and very much the only instrument provided in a theoretical primitive fashion. So yes, just him and his guitar with a little piano in the title track as far as I recall. It's coffee shop music but with a little extra dignity.

The vocals do not disturb much of this vibe at all and that and the lyrics Drake weave out are of the most part the minor tones, the weary dreary spectrum and while not overly depressing and on occassion twitches a hiding grin to maintain an accessibility. Kind of like a rainy day, but no thunder. Plus for a folk album, the techniques on Drake's guitar stretch out quite a bit and it is shockingly varied between steps.

This is a very short album, I mean like EP short, which I have to say I'm afraid did some justice on the album, because to me as we get closer to the end, it actually shows some filler and while an effort of songwriting still shows, begins to come up short. Yeah sure it's soothing but I just have heard more soothing and more emotional contemporary folk albums. Still though, it is something worth your time if you're somehow new to contemporary folk music or if you're a veteran looking to waste time but have no homage to the "classics" I suppose, but to me, it just falls under average.

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Day 86: American Primitivism

To Represent:

Sir Richard Bishop - Salvador Kali

Samples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6NqL9Q7cdc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po7m3mJMReQ

Wikipedia:
Richard Bishop is an American composer, guitar player and singer best known for his work with the Sun City Girls.

In 2005 Bishop began performing as a solo artist, playing throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States. He has done extensive touring with Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy), Animal Collective, Devendra Banhart, Bill Callahan, and many others.


7.2/10

Nice minimalist, westernized feel it gives off. Entirely instrumental.

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Day 87: Özgün müzik

To Represent:

Zülfü Livaneli - Ada

Samples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P_adg6WwG4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zarQbw_5ABE

Wikipedia:
Ömer Zülfü Livanelioğlu (b. 1946 Ilgın, Turkey) is a popular Turkish folk musician (singer and composer), a novelist, newspaper columnist and a film director who has been highly popular for decades. He is also a prominent left-wing and social-democrat politician and was a member of the Turkish parliament for one term.

He is most known for his fusion of Turkish folk music with contemporary music, in much the same way as Bob Dylan and his contemporaries in the United States. His 1997 Ankara concert was attended by no less than 500 thousand people. His collaborations with Mikis Theodorakis of Greece have been noted as a gesture of bringing together the two countries. Livaneli has been a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador since 1996.

Livaneli has composed some three hundred songs, a rhapsody –recorded by London Symphony Orchestra–, and a ballet. His compositions have reached cult status nationwide and have been performed by internationally renowned artists such as Joan Baez, María del Mar Bonet, Udo Lindenberg, Maria Farantouri, Haris Alexiou, Jocelyn B. Smith and Kate Westbrook. He has also written five plays and thirty film soundtracks. Among these soundtracks are the soundtrack for "Yol" (The Path), directed by Yilmaz Güney and winner of the Golden Palm in Cannes Film Festival, "The Herd", directed by Yılmaz Güney and Zeki Ökten, and "Shirin's Wedding" by German director Helma Sanders-Brahms. His recordings have been published in the USA, Sweden, Germany, Holland and France, and he has given dozens of concerts throughout the world. He has produced albums and performed with Mikis Theodorakis and Maria Farantouri, and he has also collaborated with Manos Hatzidakis, Giora Feidman, Inti-Illimani and Ángel Parra. Livaneli has been distinguished with the awards Best Album of the Year (Greece), the Edison Award (Holland), and Best Album of the Year (Music Critics Guild of Germany), and the "Premio Luigi Tenco" Best Songwriter Award, San Remo, Italy, in 1999, among others.


5.8/10

Did nothing for me. They were mostly slow songs and probably the lyrics edge towards grief.

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Day 88: Gospel

To Represent:

The Blind Boys of Alabama - Atom Bomb

Samples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS_pGnRDuuk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTkIpD7v_bY

Wikipedia:
The Blind Boys of Alabama are a gospel group from Alabama that first formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind at Talladega, Alabama in 1939. The three main vocalists of the group and their drummer/percussionist are all blind.

As of 2010, The Blind Boys of Alabama continue to tour nationally and internationally, with Jimmy Carter singing lead vocals. In 2006, Clarence Fountain, the group's former long-time lead vocalist and founding member limited his touring for health reasons. Founding member George Scott died on March 9, 2005 at the age of 75. Another founding member, Johnny Fields, died on November 12, 2009.


6.2/10

Can't explain why, I liked a few tracks, but overall it didn't do much for me.

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Day 89: Southern Gospel

To Represent:

Lauren Talley - Lauren Talley

Have Fun:
http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Lauren+Talley/4968635

3.7/10

Massively campy and the over-dramatic cries about the lord and healing or whatever.

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Day 90: Country Gospel

To Represent:

Tom Jones - Praise & Blame

Samples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX4nIP8zWOk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQFWUHBbpqs

Wikipedia:
Sir Thomas John Woodward,[1][2] OBE[3] (born 7 June 1940), known by his stage name Tom Jones, is a Welsh singer.[4] Since the mid 1960s, Jones has sung many styles of popular music – pop, rock, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul and gospel[5] – and sold over 100 million records.[6]

6.4/10

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Day 91: Experimental Rock

To Represent:

АукцЫон - Бодун

Samples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FVu_YLWCrY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2zbAfpfK4c

Wikipedia:
Auktyon or АукцЫон (Russian pronunciation: [auktsɨˈon]) is a Russian avant-garde rock band from Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The band was founded by Leonid Fyodorov and Oleg Garkusha at the Polytechnic Institute of Leningrad.[1] Though they originally played post-punk and new wave, the group came to be influenced by European and Central Asian folk music, the poetry of Russian futurist Velimir Khlebnikov, and aspects of Russian high culture and literature.[1]

Auktyon was particularly popular from 1987 through 1995, but became less active in the late 1990s when Fyodorov began to produce records for Leningrad.[1] The group continues to play together and to release new albums. They toured the United States in 2006[2] in support of their first US release, the album Pioneer. The group returned to the US in 2008 when they released the album Girls Sing.[3][4][5]


7/10

Pretty goofy, oftentimes pushing against chanson and alternative rock styles with a bit of a Residents vibe sometimes attaching to the instruments.

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