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Where My Ears Went in 2012

Posted by J. Mark Beaver, January 10, 2013 01:33pm | Post a Comment
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SANDRO PERRI Impossible Spaces
(Constellation Records)

Easily the most confounding sound I heard this last year. In all truth, this record was released in late 2011, but I didn't find any indicators pointing towards it until this year. Perri is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer from Toronto, Canada who also creates electronica under the name Polmo Polpo. On Impossible Spaces, Perri presents a light, meandering soul in a voice that sometimes reminds me of Michael Franks, sometimes Antony, sometimes Christopher Cross. It's a strange tone to hear in 2012, but it is all couched and wrapped in, levitated and nudged along by a busy production of electronica, (fretless?) bass, warped keyboards and processed saxophone that keeps pulling my ear deep into its sheer inventiveness. Guaranteed to confuse.








MOUNT EERIE Clear Moon
((P.W.Elverum & Sun)  

One of this year's two "sister" releases (with Ocean's Roar), Clear Moon, is issued, as it should be, on clear vinyl. Phil Elverum, the creative force behind Mount Eerie and its former incarnation, Microphones, is a master of mood. His albums are for headphones, for closed eyes, akin to sitting alone (or with silent friends) in the forest or on some chilled rocky outcropping from where you can see no sign of civilization and yet always aware that its there.
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Music History Monday: August 6

Posted by Jeff Harris, August 6, 2012 02:40pm | Post a Comment
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Remembering R&B/Funk legend Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr): February 1, 1948 - August 6, 2004.


On this day in music history: August 6, 1965Help!, the fifth UK and tenth US album by The Beatles is released in the UK (US release date is on August 13th). Produced by George Martin, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London from February - June 1965. Serving as the soundtrack to the bands' second film, the first side of the album features all seven songs included in the film, while the second side features seven additional songs including the classics "Yesterday," "It's Only Love," and "I've Just Seen a Face." The US version of the album will differ significantly from its British counterpart. Besides having different cover art, it contains only 12 tracks, which include the seven film songs and five tracks of orchestral score by composer Ken Thorne. The other songs will be parceled out on singles ("Yesterday" and "Act Naturally"), while the rest ("It's Only Love," "You Like Me Too Much," "Tell Me What You See," and "Dizzy Miss Lizzy") will turn up on the US compilation Beatles VI and the US version of Rubber Soul ("I've Just Seen A Face"). The album will spin off two singles including "Ticket To Ride" (#1 Pop) and the title track (#1 Pop). Help! will spend nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top 200.

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