Groove Armada - Remember (by hermanarih)
What I always loved about this track in particular is how Andy Cato and Tom Findlay don’t so much sample Sandy Denny’s vocals as they weave them around the music to create their own reinterpretation of what is arguably one of Fairpoint Convention’s best moments and how they manage to not only capture the emotion behind Denny’s words but explode them to gospelesque heights with the help from
It’s common knowledge that the Georgia (Athens in particular) music scene of the late 70s and early 80s spawned some of the more creative and forward thinking bands of that era with R.E.M. and The B-52’s often topping the list of Georgia’s more important bands. Pylon though, were another great band that within the past few years have only begun to receive the recognition they so rightfully deserve. Georgia’s music history is worth exploring for those curious about what lay beyond those heavyweight bands and it’s something I seem to only be able to do in trickles due to life’s demands. Case in point the Atlanta new-wave five piece The Swimming Pool Q’s. I only recently ran across their name via another music site and decided to get a copy of their reissued debut album, 1981’s The Deep End. It only took the opening moments of “Little Misfit” to win me over. The band’s angular pop hooks, surrealistic song-writing and twisted humor stand out immediately as does the warped melodicism of Pere Ubu and the adventurous bent of Captain Beefheart. Throughout the course of the album the music takes sharp twists and turns but never in a way that makes it difficult to enjoy or even follow. Their humorous (and occasional disturbing) take on Southern life sounds as relevant now as it did back then and the band’s overall approach to various strains of rock in my mind puts them on the same altar as those aforementioned bands who are often given the majority of credit for shaping a scene that was clearly made up of multiple parts.
In between trying to play catch-up with the newest additions to my music collection, I’ve been revisiting Hüsker Dü’s discography as well as exploring the endless amounts of band related bootlegs. This one captures their final (poppiest, and probably weirdest) phase. I have kind of a love/hate relationship with their final album Warehouse: Songs and Stories. While I appreciate the poppier sound and focused arrangements, but at the same time there was always something strange about the songs and music itself. It’s a great record in some places, and a clunker in others but that generally comes with the double-album territory. The fact the band were already rehearsing and recording this material a half-year before its release is further proof of the neck-break pace at which the wrote. The rehearsals add a slightly rougher edge to the songs, but the weirdness still remains. Husker Du - Warehouse Rehearsals 1986 (by HUSKERchout)
One of my all time top 10 (or possibly top 5) favorite Bob Mould Riffs: Husker Du - I’ll Never Forget You (by BingoMandingo)
It’s not too early to start unloading these is it?