traumatic harmony
the pataphysical study of randomized sound
bonnie "prince" billy and tortoise

so apparently these two indie behemoths have decided to collaborate on an album of covers. given the quality of the recent tortoise output, I'd normally be likely to yawn and spend my dollars elsewhere (like on the new angels of light, akron/family split cd). however, our friends over at 20 jazz funk greats (a fantastic mp3 blog I've been frequenting lately) put up a copy of their cover of devo's "pep talk" (from freedom of choice), and suddenly I'm sold. there is very little resemblance to the original outside the melody and some of the guitar work. devo's version is stripped down to the very minimum required for a rock song; even the synths are low-key. even mark mothersbaugh isn't quite as robotic as normally. he's not emotive by any stretch, but he is at least somewhat human. tortoise, on the other hand, start the song off with basically a bunch of long, blabby, farts made into a bass-line then layer on all kinds of off-kilter guitar, drum machine, and other random goodness. there's a lot going on but it works perfectly. then throw in will oldham, who is probably the antithesis of mothersbaugh, sounding like he's throwing off lines between cigarette drags. I have no idea what the rest of this album holds (it's hypothetically already out, but I can find no sign of its existence anywhere in the internets. anyone know anything more?) other than the covers include the minutemen, elton john, bruce springsteen, quix*o*tic, lungfish, and more. but if it's all as good as this one track, all will be well. 

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Albums/Things of the Moment

Gal Costa - Gal
X - Los Angeles/Wild Gift
Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians
The Factums - The Sistrum
The Dark Knight
Jay Reatard - Matador 7"s
Sub Pop Singles Club III
Mississippi Records
Byard Lancaster

Radio Waves

lexicon devil
agony shorthand
keeping score at home
something I learned today
deadly tango
her jazz
strange reaction
god and a bottle in me
in case of mishaps
20 jazz funk greats
funky 16 corners
moon sash
mental archipelago
crud crud
just for a day
little hits
everything is fire

Odds and Sods
my old wprb playlists
my reviews on dusted
dusty groove

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all posts before december 2004 are old wprb playlists. I wish I could say I've been blogging that long, but that's simply not the truth.

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