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My but I love growly German Industrial while working on servers.

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Well – A blast from my past

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Back many, many moons ago (before time was even invented) when I was in High School. I already had “eclectic” tastes when it came to music.

Two of the artists I really enjoyed back then were Nena and Kim Wilde.

Well, here they are – 20 something years later, and damn I hope I look this good when I near 50.

Muahahahahaha!

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Feel very sorry for my co-workers today

For this is today’s playlist.

Sarah BrightmanSymphony
Seanan McGuireStars Fall Home
Vixy & TonyThirteen
Sleepthief – The Dawnseeker
Nena20 Jahre: Nena Feat. Nena
KansasLeftoverture
Dead Can DanceWithin the Realm of a Dying Sun
Abney ParkThe Death of Tragedy
Blind GuardianNightfall in Middle-Earth

By the way . . .

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Have I mentioned how absofragginglutely great/wonderful/superb/fantastic it is to have gramalkin back in the office?

Working with him is always fun, and it is great having people around who I know have my back.

Well, he has given me a new band to look out for called the Greenskeepers – a Chicago band that are fun to listen to. He started me off with their special little tune named Lotion.

I mean, how cool is this? A song that pays homage to the fictional serial killer “Buffalo Bill” from The Silence of The Lambs (both book and movie)

Psychotic Serial Killers FTW!!!!

*wanders off humming “Lotion”*

*Hmmmmm, Hmmm, Hmmm*

*It Rubs The Lotion On Its Skin . . . *

Here is my one allowance for the hated VD Day

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One of Ashley MacIsaac’s great love songs.

Lay Me Down.

I swear what that man does with a violin could almost be classed as obscene.

His husband is such a lucky man.

*musical cresendo*

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So if you care to find me
Look to the western sky
As someone told me lately –
Everyone deserves the chance to fly

And if I’m flying solo
At least I’m flying free
To those who’d ground me
Take a message back from me –

(Well, you know how it goes)

Yeah – call me Posty Mc Posterson today

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But while listening to PDP earlier, I harkened back to the first time I heard them perform – and that was a live performance at the Kerrville Folk Festival.

At the time, my mother’s brother and his wife ran the Ingram News – a now defunct newspaper that was based out of Ingram Texas – 63 miles west of San Antonio. And so, I got treated to a Press Pass – All Access for the festival.

It was a warm summer afternoon in 1989, there were lots of very interesting arts and crafts being hawked in the merchants areas that formed a semi-circle around the main stage. I had been listening to music, getting a feel for everything around me, and just generally grooving, when I got hit right between the ears by two bands back to back.

First, Poi Dog Pondering – they were a local Austin band at the time, having just transplanted themselves from Hawaii. They played a 30 minute or so long set, from their first CD that at the time had been released on the Texas Hotel label

They opened up with Bury Me Deep, went on to U Li La Lu, and glided through several numbers. I was entranced. It was full of energy, passionate, melodic, and it made me smile. I actually used my All Access pass to get me back stage, where I could listen up close. It was a transcendent experience, I will never be the same.

That night – after the concert, I was wandering around, not really ready to leave the campgrounds and loose the magic of the evening, when I got invited to join PDP sitting around a campfire where they were playing some of their music on acoustic instruments. I didn’t get home until late that night, but it was very much worth the exhaustion I felt the next morning.

Here are two recordings of PDP in concert in their new home city of Chicago. You have no idea how much this tempts me to start sniffing around in that part of the world for positions where I could indulge myself in music like this again.

Poi Dog Pondering performing Bury Me Deep live at The Hideout in Chicago, IL on January 13th, 2008.

and

Poi Dog Pondering performing Jack Ass Ginger live at Live at Durty Nellies in Chicago.

The other band that set me on fire that night was a band from Contra Costa County, California – Celtic Elvis. Their satirical music such as “Style Over Substance”, “High On Stress”, and “Love As Real Estate- You’re My Fixer Upper”. Like many of the artists I like, their music is not just for everyone, their lyrics have substance to them, and at times are pointed enough to make you twitch uncomfortably while you are enjoying the music. Basically, if you are a fan of Arlo Guthrie, Loudon Wainwright III, or even Mark Russell, or just like sharp, biting criticism of modern social problems, then odds are that you will definitely like this band.

Sadly, finding publicly available example of their work, appears to be next to impossible. I wish it were not as I would enjoy sharing it with you.

Two-fer Tuesday

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So I decided to do something a little different today for music.

I have been picking artists at random and then picking two pieces of music from that artist at random, and then moving on to a different artist.

End result?

Even More Musical Whiplashery.

Enjoy! If you are curious.

Feel sorry for my co-workers today

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Here are the first ten bands out of my playlist.

Blind Guardian
Qntal
Fall Out Boy
Rush
Lesiem
Blue Oyster Cult
Poi Dog Pondering
Dead Can Dance
Goldfinger
Loreena McKennitt

And now, I am on to Corvus Corax.

Warning to everyone – if you ever have to work next to me, my randomized playlists can cause musical whiplash.

Well . . . Why Not?

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Since people enjoyed my bond post from yesterday afternoon – here are a couple of excerpts from their inaugrial concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

First, Bond performing their take on Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

Then, let’s quiet things down a little with Bond’s take on The Aquarium from The Carnival of the Animals – Oceanic.

Then, we have the take on . . . Well, somehow I think you will be able to guess.

I wasn’t going to include this at first, but it is just such a fun piece of music, how could I not?

The thing is – when you listen to the bond take on the music and then compare it to the original, the re-imagined version sounds so much better.

And finally, this is their encore at the end of the concert – Victory!

All in all, these ladies give great concert.

And Just Because I Can

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Violins and black leather, my oh my.

They really need to haul their leather clad asses back to Dallas for another concert.

Hip Hop Violin?

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Yup.

Abso-fragging-lutely bloody amazing.

And remember, I am not the biggest hip hop fan – but this is bloody good.

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Is it a bad thing (or just an indication that I have been reading too much Michael Moorcock) that listening to Blue Oyster Cult’s “Black Blade” makes me smile?

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So I have been told that my playlists are rather eclectic . . .

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I set my MP3 player to randomize –

This is what I have got.

Aretha Franklin – Think
Ike And Tina Turner – Proud Mary
Dusty Springfield – Son of a Preacher Man
Pet Shop Boys – What Have I Done To Deserve This?
Blind Guardian – Noldor (Dead Winter Reigns)
Goldfinger – 99 Red Ballons
The Beatles – Maxwell’s Silver Hammer
Nena – Leuchtturm
Nena and Kim Wilde – Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime
Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
Yes – Starship Trooper
Steve Miller Band – Space Cowboy
Jefferson Airplane – Embryonic Journey
Jefferson Starship – Winds Of Change
Rogue Traders – Voodoo Child
John Barrowman – Miss Otis Regrets
Mary Jane Lamond – O Nighean Donn Nan Gobhar
Seanan McGuire – Sycamore Tree
Missing Persons – Destination Unknown
Qntal – Von Den Elben
Ashley MacIsaac – A Man Like You
Poi Dog Pondering – Circle Around The Sun
Danielle Bollinger – Kiss The Sky