Saturday, May 10, 2014

On Songs is Moving

This blog is moving to onandbeyondsongs.blogspot.com
The themes will be the same.  The look will be slightly different. My friend Darren will be joining the blog.  And I'll ask Old Grimy to stay with us as well.
See you over there!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Gu Qin

Which brings me back to the Gu Qin. This instrument gets closest to the pure sounds of nature of any that I've ever heard. I hope to play one of these some day.

Shahi Baaja

I've been thinking about getting one of these for a long time. It would be a lot of fun.  I wouldn't be able to do what Pete List is doing in the video but I could do some good stuff of my own on it.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

I Can't Wait - Nu Shooz

[link] The early synth pop era resulted in a good number of fairly eclectically produced hitting the top 40.  This one is great.  One of the best uses of gogo bells in history.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Intro of Disney's Jesse

[link] Ru-Jun was into this show for a while a couple of years ago.  She still sings the theme from time to time.  It's a charming show with kids that are fun to watch but with predictably bad and over the top writing and acting.  I have always liked the intro.

El Final de la Noche - SVPER

[link] Recommended by my friend Darren.  Very reminiscent of early 80s brit/euro new wave, but also very textured and atmospheric. I love the analog equipment in the video. Good stuff.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Planet Claire - the B52's

[link] Off their first album, this song kind of summarizes the retro-kitsch-camp aesthetics. It simultaneously utilizes imagery reminiscent of golden age science fiction as well as a statement about a certain kind of person (Claire) who seems to be an image of themselves, and eventually their fans. All aspects of the song feed into this: the lyrics, the spy theme rhythm track, and the sound effects. Claire is an alien because she is different. A lot of people I knew in the 80s found this very appealing. The B52s were on the ground floor of what became a standard trope of what are now called hipsters.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

the episodic 3rd The Gamers movie

[link to first episode] This one is funded via Kickstarter.  The hilarity continues. These guys are idols in the con world.

The first The Gamers movie

[link] Microscopic budget.  Still quite fun.  The actors are quite a big younger.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Alcest - Délivrance

[link] Slowgaze with a pretty simple progression.  Going for big atmosphere here. Works pretty well.

The Gamers: Dorkness Rising

[link] I'm enjoying this immensely.  It's only a put-down of D&Ders in the self-deprecating title. Overall, I find it to be a loving tribute of the people and situations of gaming. Really really funny.  But there are also some honest statements about the sociology of gaming and perhaps larger things.  This deserves a wide cult audience.