Wilderness Music Day

This afternoon, I'm leaving for a weekend getaway for EAR and myself.
Camper Cabins at Afton State Park, my folks are taking the kids.
Sometimes walking in the woods in winter can be good for things like what Saul Williams talks about here:

Not until you've listen to Rakim on a rocky mountain top
Have you heard hip hop
And let a open wide country side illustrate it
Riding in a freight train
In the freezing rain
Listening to Coltrane
My reality went insane
The trains and planes can corrupt and obstruct your planes of thought
So you that forget how to walk through the woods
Which ain't good cuz you ain't never walked through the trees
Listenin' to nobody beats the biz and you ain't never heard hip hop

Not often hip-hop though. More techno and industrial. I liked Carl Craig's Paperclip People or Coil.
But the forecast is a high of 4F, and that's too cold for my headphones. The wires stiffen and pull the earbuds right out my ears.

Not that walks through the park with someone are for headphone listening anyways.

66 thoughts on “Wilderness Music Day”

  1. * Plays Wagner 4 - Indignant Senility - Plays Wagner
    * Money - Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
    * Vibration - Nuel - Trance Mutation
    * paralel Suns - Autechre - Quaristice
    * Skin and Bone - Heartless Bastards - Arrow
    * The Greater Good - Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero
    * Never Say Die - Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror
    * Deep Corridor - Brambles - Charcoal
    * Ouroboros Is Broken - Earth - A Bureaucratic Desire for Extra-Capsular Extraction
    * 21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King

  2. I can play along this morning, too. 10 songs from Go96.3

    I Bet My Life - Imagine Dragons - Smoke + Mirrors
    Hollow Moon (bad wolf) - AWOLNATION
    People Are People - Depeche Mode - Some Great Reward
    It's About Time - Young the Giant - Mind Over Matter
    Shut Up and Dance - Walk the Moon - Talking Is Hard
    Daylight - Matt and Kim - Grand
    Everywhere I Go (Kings & Queens) - New Politics
    R U Mine? - Arctic Monkeys - AM
    Wonderwall - Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
    I Wanna Get Better - Bleachers - Strange Desire

    Turns out I generally enjoy this stuff. I should pay more attention.
    I can't hear "Oasis" without imagining Will Ferrell on the SNL "Questions for the Prime Minister" skit.
    I noted "Arctic Monkeys" on the radio while in Canada last year thinking they were something new. I never looked them up. Not new, it seems.

    1. I've been enjoying 96.3 when I can tune it in too. Anyone playing Matt and Kim is OK by me. But ohmycripes do they play too much Arctic Monkeys. The Current had the same problem. I just don't get the appeal of that band. NME named them the next Oasis or something like that, and everyone embraced it.

        1. I wouldn't be so bothered if the stations I've listened to didn't overplay them. I've found a lot of their songs sound the same, but it's not a bad sound in itself.

      1. Man, I just figured out who they were and now they're overdone. Same thing happened with Imagine Dragons and Mumford and Sons. I'm not very good at this.

        1. Arctic Monkeys are a different type of overdone than those other two.
          Go on liking the Arctic Monkeys, I say.

          I've imagined dragons and Mumford and sons. It's frightening.

      2. My interest in Arctic Monkeys was essentially "I Bet That You Look Good on the Dance Floor" until this past album. Lots of good songs on it, and it's the first one they've made that doesn't bore me to tears.

        Still don't understand the hype of anything previous to AM, though.

        1. I like the Arctic Monkeys, but I saw them in concert in 2008 and it was perhaps the worst show I've ever seen. It was apparently the birthday of someone in the band, and they were all spectacularly hammered to the point where they were having difficulty getting through a whole song. That was combined with an incredibly listless Seattle crowd, and I think I remember leaving before it was even over.

          1. I've never heard anything particularly good about their live show, and they're certainly not the type of band I'd seek out, anyway.

          1. It might not be any different at all, it might just be the one where they wrote the right songs and put them in the right order to hook me. It's happened before.

  3. 1. Kashmir -- Led Zeppelin -- Physical Graffiti
    2. Mary Jo -- Belle & Sebastian -- Tigermilk
    3. Madame George -- Van Morrison -- Astral Weeks
    4. The Gymnast, High Above the Ground -- The Decemberists -- Her Majesty The Decemberists
    5. Outside Myself -- k.d. lang -- Ingenue
    6. A Pot In Which To Piss -- Titus Andronicus -- The Monitor
    7. Dead Souls -- Joy Division -- The Factory, Manchester Live 13 July 1979
    8. Up On Cripple Creek -- The Band -- The Band
    9. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea -- Neutral Milk Hotel -- In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
    10. I Am A Tree -- Guided By Voices -- Human Amusements At Hourly Rates

    B1. That Ain't No Good -- Guided By Voices -- Suitcase 2: American Superdream Wow
    B2. Stumble -- J Mascis -- Tied To A Star

    Pretty happy with this list, although not the strongest Decemberists song. That Joy Division concert is an extra disc from the Unknown Pleasures Remaster. Very good and highly recommended.

    Tonight is Tired Eyes (Neil Young cover band with members of Low and Ol' Yeller) and Lou Barlow at the Turf Club. You'll find near the stage.

    1. That Tired Eyes show should be an absolute blast. Wish I could swing it - have fun young man!

  4. 1. The Kangaroo Rat – Beastie Boys
    2. Comedown – Bush
    3. Amazing – Madonna
    4. Alive – Beastie Boys
    5. I Can’t Get Started – Billie Holiday/Count Basie

    6. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
    7. Too Afraid To Love You – The Black Keys
    8. Of Moons, Birds & Monsters – MGMT
    9. Steppin’ In a Slide Zone – The Moody Blues
    10. Uh, Zoom Zip – Soul Coughing

    B. Hells Bells– AC/DC*

    *Sorry AMR

        1. Oh, OK.
          I was in enough AC/DC vs Metallica debates in HS and College (where my depth of care was so low) to ever risk opining on them again.

            1. Because it was very easy to find strong partisans on each side to duke it out.
              It was fun, for a while, to get things going.
              Then I tired of them before others did.

              1. I just can't picture what the conversation would even sound like. Apples and oranges and all that.

    1. One should never apologize for AC/DC. As punishment you must listen to the latest O.K. Go! album (no videos) and write a 500 word essay on parallels between O.K. Go and the later life musings of Samual Becket.

      1. (no videos)

        I don't hate OK Go, but this is a cruel requirement. OK Go should be taken in as God intended: while watching the band do some synchronized dancing on little scooters while hundreds of people with umbrellas simulate a digital display.

        Seriously, I think a personal top 50 music video list would probably have a good 7 or 8 OK Go videos on it.

  5. No list as of yet (possibly later?), but I wanted to mention that I caught the new Florence + The Machine video last night (the second they've released in advance of their album coming out... sometime.). I've been wanting new Florence for a while now, so I'm really excited about it. Their first video was... not a real song. Just a tease. The second one had 2 minutes or so of non-music storyline before the music started. But once the music started! It hit the spot. The video is decidedly NSFW though, so be careful.

      1. As of now, I'm thinking it'll appear on my summer list. Unless a different Florence song trumps it.

      2. Yes this is very good. A very interesting video as well. I've been listening to Florence + The Machine a lot lately. I normally roll my eyes at white indie musicians covering rap songs, but I've had their Drake cover stuck in my head all week (it helps that it's a Drake song and already basically has the lyrics of an indie pop song).

  6.     a. Yellow-billed Loon “Tremolo Calls” (Cornell Essential Set)
        b. Yucatan Nightjar “Calls” (Sound Guide to Nightjars)
        c. Mexican Chickadee “Chickadee Calls” (Cornell Master Set)
        d. Franklin's Gull and Bonaparte's Gull “Calls” (Stokes Guide, Western Version)
        e. Red-breasted Nuthatch “Song” (Cornell Essential Set)
        f. Loggerhead Shrike “Calls” (Cornell Master Set)
    1. Tori Amos “Bells for Her” Under the Pink
    2. Eric Copeland “Car Alarm” Car Alarm EP
    3. Oval “Standard Audio Frontend” Dok
    4. Tricky “Vent” Pre-Milennium Tension
        g. Red-throated Loon “Growl Calls and Takeoff by Pair” (Cornell Master Set)
        h. Great Horned Owl “Territorial Hooting Duet, Copulation” (Voices of North American Owls)
        i. Canada Goose “Calls from Two Males Fighting” (Cornell Master Set)
        j. Abyssinian Nightjar “Calls” (Sound Guide to Nightjars)
        k. Northern Cardinal “Song with Odd Ending” (Cornell Master Set)
        I'm done putting more bird songs in here. Seems my ratio is off...
    5. Chatham Rise* “Air” Chatham Rise EP

    6. Scout Niblett “Kiss”* This Fool Can Die Now
    7. The Spaceape “Palaces” Xorcism
    8. Eric Copeland “(Untitled 4)” RGAG
    9. The Dodos “Winter” Daytrotter Session 5/24/2010
    T. Juno Reactor “Conga Fury” Bible of Dreams
    E. Arvo Pärt* “Fratres for Strings & Percussion” Fratres

    5. Brother-in-law's band
    6. Featuring Will Oldham
    E. Performed by the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Tamás Benedeck, conductor.

  7. I've been enjoying Sleater-Kinney's newest, but more than that, I've been enjoying the method by which I've been enjoying it. I bought it at Best Buy, having heard nothing off of it, and now that I've put the investment into it, I'm forcing myself to dig into it and be patient with it (not that it requires that much patience, it's high quality rocking).

    At a time where Spotify and leaks and full album streams on YouTube have pushed my musical ADHD to absurd levels, it's nice to force myself to let an album percolate a little.

    1. This sounds similar to how I prefer to listen to a new album. I put it on in the background a lot while I'm at work or washing dishes at home and let it slowly start to sink in--always the full album, in order. As I begin to absorb everything, I will look up some lyrics to start to better understand the songs. (Aside: I like the convenience of digital music, but I really miss those lyrics/liner notes.) The downside is that I tend not to be able to take in much new music at one time.

      1. My method varies. Sometimes I want to focus on a new thing. Then it's in order. But this is mostly for highly-longed-for releases (Lydia Loveless). Otherwise, my ADD kicks in and I want to listen to all the new songs at the same time.
        Sometimes when I grab a bunch of new stuff, I make a playlist of just that and shuffle, seeing what hits me and what the general sound is. Then as I'm shuffling, if something strikes me, I switch it to "by album" and back to track 1.
        With the new Hello Saferide, I shuffled through all her songs with the new album included.

        1. Sometimes when I grab a bunch of new stuff, I make a playlist of just that and shuffle, seeing what hits me and what the general sound is. Then as I'm shuffling, if something strikes me, I switch it to "by album" and back to track 1.

          I like this.

  8. Picked up 3 releases of late: Sleater-Kinney No Cities to Love,, Natalie Prass S/T, and Mitski Bury Me at Makeout Creek. As is often the case when a number of new albums make their way into my life, one tends to get listened to more than the rest. Congrats Mitski! Don't get me wrong, I dig the S-K, and "My Baby Doesn't Understand Me" will certainly be near the top of my best songs of 2015, but that Mitski record sits right in my wheelhouse. (Thanks, Zack and joe for repeatedly pointing her out.)

    1. I'm getting all Mitski-d up at this very moment. Just need to get free, Scot, and CoC on the bandwagon as well for the optimum concert caucus when she comes to town. (No idea when that will be, but it never hurts to be ready!)

  9. O.k. guys short notice but we are roadtripping to Athens, GA right now. Meet me at Bobby and Steve's Auto World (Washington Ave and I-35W) at Noon. We're going to have to drive really freakin' fast.

    1. I would see that show on a nightly basis.

      I saw that Sturgill was opening for DBT in San Francisco over the holidays. Put the three of them together and I likely do drop everything and drive cross country.

  10. I thought this was an interesting list...from All Songs Considered listeners, top 11 love songs of all time

    11. Deathcab for Cutie - I Will Follow You Into the Dark
    10. Louis Armstrong - La Vie En Rose
    9. Beatles - Something
    8. Mazzy Star - Fade Into You
    7. Ben Folds - The Luckiest
    6. Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)
    5. The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
    4. Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
    3. Peter Gabriel - In Your Eyes
    2. Etta James - At Last
    1. Bright Eyes - First Day of My Life

    I should mention that while I know the songs are right, the order may be off in a few spots because I don't want to go back and listen to the show.

    NPR listeners are an interesting bunch...didn't see Bright Eyes being in the top spot.

      1. I like your take. It's a pretty song, but the theology of it always bothered me. Go figure. Now I have an alternate way to appreciate it. Thanks!

      1. In college, I dated a guy who was a huge Bright Eyes fan. As a result, I can't entirely separate my thoughts about them and Conor Oberst from my memories of the somewhat awkward relationship.

    1. Dang have a bunch of those made mixes I've made for EAR.
      I have such a different take on that song though. Maybe it's because I listened to it in its context on the album?

      1. I haven't listened to this yet, but I can imagine it well.
        Hope Sandoval's vox are so singular, but J Mascis somehow also fits well and maybe it's just a good song.

  11. 01. Guns N' Roses - "It's So Easy", Appetite for Destruction
    02. Cage - "Beyond the Apocalypse", Hell Destroyer
    03. Arch Enemy - "Despicable Heroes", Anthems of Rebellion
    04. Falconer - "Entering Eternity", Falconer
    05. Finntroll - "Helvete", Trollhammaren
    06. Iron Maiden - "Chains of Misery", Fear of the Dark
    07. Carcass - "Reek of Putrefaction", Live Dismemberment
    08. Testament - "Eerie Inhabitants", The New Order
    09. Finntroll - "Rivfader", Midnattens Widunder
    10. Type O Negative - "Tripping a Blind Man", Dead Again

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