Music Musings

image Oh, you’ve got green eyes
Oh, you’ve got blue eyes
Oh, you’ve got grey eyes
And I’ve never seen anyone quite like you before
No, I’ve never met anyone quite like you before
Bolts from above hurt the people down below
People in this world, we have no place to go

Released as a single in 1982, Temptation has since gone through several iterations and appeared in several films. The song has been performed live more than any other New Order track. The band, while extremely influential during the New Wave error, eschewed flash, gave few interviews, and performed live without considering audience reaction to the short sets. The band was previously known as Joy Division which was a name associated with young girls in concentration camps that the Nazis used for sex. The name was changed after the suicide of a founding member.

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Anesthesia’s Wake Up (A nice play on words) is the first LP from this Colorado trio formed in 2007. It’s crisp and subtle, and delivers more depth than a typical ambient record. There are a lot of reflective melodies on this album and I can easily imagine sitting in a darkened room enjoying the melancholy sound.

Wake Up is available at bandcamp.com.

imageThe world never caught up to Frank Zappa. His music was innovative, humorous, experimental, and intelligent. He didn’t care about being accepted and created the noises that he wanted to create. He blasted the establishment constantly, speaking out against recreational drug use criminalization (even though he didn’t do drugs himself), formulaic pop music, human stupidity, and the church.

Joe’s Garage Acts 1, 2 & 3 Was released in 1979. It is probably the easiest Zappa Album to listen to and displays all of the elements he is touted for.

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UK band Degree Of Arc released Halls In Hospitals at the end of 2013. It’s a sprawling, majestic manipulation of sound which captivated me from beginning to end. Their motto is:

“We make noises, record them and play them live.”

It couldn’t be more simply stated…except this music is anything but simple. There are layers of guitar, synth, and percussion, as well as voice and noise dubs. It’s a beautiful record.

Halls In Hospitals Is available as a “Name Your Price” selection at bandcamp.com.