Monday, August 09, 2004

Listeners' Choice!

A few days back I made a post asking for entries for a listeners' choice post, where you guys out there get to pick what you want to showcase on Radio KRUD - here's the results!

"Cool Waves" - Spiritualized [ buy Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space ]
Garth writes in: "Spiritualized combines indie-style rock with a bit of gospel. It's a testament to their talent and creativity that they make such a seemingly mismatched combination work, and work well. Like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, they like to build up to a climax over the course of a song. The selection here, "Cool Waves", starts off with a simple tune and a
spare arrangement, and builds to a powerful finish backed by a choir. It's from their album "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space", and all-around excellent album. The title track, a sort of fugue built from interlocking vocal parts, is also highly recommended."

(I agree, the song is like a choir + string / wind ensemble + a hint of rock, and it's very relaxing... the song gradually builds up, and then gently lets you back down.)


Next, three songs from Evelyn:
"Carolina Girls" - Chairmen Of The Board [ buy Beach Music Anthology ]
Evelyn is a big fan of shag (beach) music, and I can fully imagine myself listening to this while crusing down those straightaway roads to the beach. It's rather peppy. It makes me think of somebody taking only half of the E Street Band (the sound isn't as full as in Springsteen's songs) and giving them some Prozac! Either that, or Boz Scaggs' backup band.

"Come Undone" - Cravin' Melon [ buy Squeeze Me ]
Since Evelyn is from the Carolinas, she's also decided to provide us with this rocking song from South Carolina band Cravin' Melon. Not that bad of a tune. You can definitely tell they're a southern band by their style.

"Teenagers, Kick Our Butts" - Dar Williams [ buy End of the Summer ]
Finally, we have Dar Williams', Evelyn's favorite singer/songwriter, performing "Teenagers, Kick Our Butts". "She's been compared to Joni Mitchell and the like," says Evelyn - I'll have to take her word for it, as I haven't heard Joni Mitchell, at least not knowingly. :(


"Sing, Sing, Sing" - Barrage [ official site ]
For the final submission, Todd brings us this track by Canadian group Barrage: "I changed my mind at least 3 times about which track to submit.  I love the whole album, and it's difficult to get an idea of Barrage's show from just one track.  But since I was a jazz band member in high school, this song gets a tiny boost over the rest. A violin version of a swing classic? Fantastic."

Oh. My. God. Big band jazz meets string ensemble. My jaw dropped when I started to hear this for the first time - I started listening before really reading the blurb Todd wrote, and when I heard the violins I was spellbound. If they ever come by this way on tour or something, I definitely need to see their show if the rest of their material is anywhere near that. Wow. That makes me think of T-Tauri, whose cover of The Saber Dance I downloaded back in the day off of before the site changed ownership, except this isn't as rock-oriented as T-Tauri is.


Well, that's that for today - if you've ever got something you just want to share, feel free to send it my way along with a quick blurb about the song if you'd like! Thanks to our submitters for this round - you've all got good taste in music. :D


At 8/09/2004 06:25:00 PM, Blogger xapnomapcase said...

Beach music! Excellent. I was listening to the old Rhino three part comp Rare Soul just yesterday too. Amazing how these things work out.

So...when it comes to submitting things...anything I want will do? Just wondering, for next time.

At 8/09/2004 06:57:00 PM, Blogger MC Glenn said...

Yep! Anything you want, and anytime you want - just email it to me with a quick blurb about what it is you're submitting, and I'll post it up when i can. :D

At 8/10/2004 06:16:00 PM, Blogger megs said...

Evelyn is evil! I was going to post some Cravin Melon! Since SHE got me hooked on it and I bought the CD myself. There's song sharing at work, boys and girls!


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