The guy who played Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation sings loungey songs a bit tone-deafly, backed by the band that scored the entire Star Trek TNG series. One track features Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton and Michael Dorn singing backup. This is an incredible album.
I haven’t listened to this yet so I can’t say anything about it really, but hey, it’s new Elvis Costello and that’s never a bad thing. Neat cover, too.
VOLCANIC TONGUE sez: “Excellent quality archival live recordings of the classic trio line-up of Magik Markers – Elisa Ambrogio, Pete Nolan and Leah Quimby – recorded in Baltimore in 2003. Never got to see this line-up of the band as much as I would have liked to as they were a ferocious and unpredictable spectacle every night. Here they’re playing at some kind of tortuously down-tuned peak, with blunt guitars steamrolled by Nolan’s drums and Elisa’s inspired stream-of-consciousness performance style channeling Patti Smith as much as Lydia Lunch.”
THIS IS GOOD.
Alright here is a good one! Alvarius B. aka Alan Bishop aka Uncle Jim aka 1/3 of the always brilliant Sun City Girls performing three songs and Cerberus Shoal performing the same three songs. Two are Alvarius B. originals and have appeared in a different form on his second self-titled album, and one is a Cerberus Shoal original. The Cerberus Shoal song is maybe my favorite song ever, a sixteen minute bizarre masterpiece with typewriters and giant groups of massed vocals singing some pretty out-there lyrics I’ve never been able to figure out and eleven minutes in finally there’s percussion but you didn’t notice there wasn’t any already and at the end you pretty much have to hit replay. The other Cerberus Shoal songs are pretty great too, one sounds like it was recorded from across the room at a dinner party (this is a good thing). The Alvarius B side is typical Alvarius B, acoustic guitar and a crazy person voice and lyrics about chopped up babies. This is a highly recommended piece of music! I hope you like it.
Okay, so I already missed a day. Blame my roommate, he had my power cord (we share). So to make it up to you, here is the Greatest Album Ever.
In the late 50s, after getting his start in advertising voiceovers, Ken Nordine invented Word Jazz. What is word jazz? It’s just mostly the kind of unremarkable music you might hear in an elevator of a fancy hotel, or in the lobby while you’re waiting for your dinner reservation. But on top of the music is Ken Nordine, and you probably won’t ever find Ken Nordine in an elevator with you, but if you do, you should be polite. Ken Nordine recites odd little stories and poems in that deep slow voice of his, he’s got a way with words and you’ll want to pay attention to what he says. Now this album here is called Colors and that is what it is about. Thirty-four pieces, each around a minute and a half, each a story about a single color. Some are surreal, some are weird social satire, some are just silly, but they’re all incredible. You’ll never look at colors the same way again!
This is a great album to put on when people are over at your house.
So back in 1964, Delia Derbyshire (of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop) collaborated with a man named Barry Bermange on a few radio programs/programmes, this is the first one. Barry Bermange interviewed people about their dreams, and Delia Derbyshire spliced up the resulting recordings and put some eerie electronic music behind it. And the result is the most terrifying thing you will ever hear. Enjoy!
There is no album art for this, the picture at the top is just a picture of Delia Derbyshire and some guy at the Radiophonic Workshop.