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Rotation (1/21/13)

Long before last.fm, Instagram and Facebook sharing, an important tool in musical discovery on the internet was through the sharing of rotations on message boards and email discussion lists. Inspired by radio stations that would post the singles currently in rotation, people would share lists of recently played albums.

While they could be perceived as exercises in elitism or narcissism, these lists also served as recommendations (for albums that required years of scouring local record stores). Hopefully this list is helpful, as not everything I listen to can be scrobbled.

Just a list, in no particular order, of what I’ve been listening to over the past two weeks or so.

10. The Bears for Lunch – Guided by Voices (Guided by Voices / 2012)
9. Coltrane – John Coltrane (Impulse! / 1962)
8. Opus de Jazz – Milt Jackson (Savoy / 1956)
7. Third Stream Music – The Modern Jazz Quartet + Guests (Atlantic / 1960)
6. Out of the Woods – Tracey Thorn (Astralwerks / 2007)
5. It’s a Jungle in Here – Medeski, Martin and Wood (Ryko / 1993)
4. Car Alarm – The Sea and Cake (Thrill Jockey / 2008)
3. A Smattering of Outtakes and Rarities – Yo La Tengo (Matador / 2005)
2. Low – David Bowie (RCA / 1977)
1. Stage – David Bowie (RCA / 1978)

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Snow Day Rotation

Lately I’ve been researching Brian Eno’s 1970s side-projects and found the albums he recorded with Harmonia and Cluster. (If you’ll remember, I talked about Harmonia in my last episode.) They’re both great examples of ambient music, music intended to be enjoyed equally either in the foreground or in the background. I love this stuff. And not too far removed is some of Eno’s work with David Bowie…

So my brother-in-law lives less than a mile away. His frequent visits to our house provide many opportunities to discuss music with which he’s not familiar. He’s been reading through the February issue of Mojo on our coffee table and saw an article on David Bowie’s 1977 classic, Low. This provided fodder for a lengthy conversation, as well as getting me on a Bowie kick over the weekend that saw me rotating through eight of his albums.

Anyway, I haven’t posted a rotation in a while. Here’s what I’ve been jamming to this past week. I’ll let you play the which-of-these-is-not-like-the-other game.

  1. Sowiesoso – Cluster (Sky | 1976)
  2. Heroes – David Bowie (RCA | 1977)
  3. The Whole Love – Wilco (dBpm | 2011)
  4. Neu! 75 – Neu! (Brain | 1975)
  5. Tracks and Traces – Harmonia & Eno ’76 (Gronland | 2009)
  6. Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) – David Bowie (RCA | 1980)
  7. Before and After Science – Brian Eno (Island | 1977)
  8. Then Play On – Fleetwood Mac (Reprise | 1969)
  9. Point of Departure – Andrew Hill (Blue Note | 1964)
  10. The Man Machine – Kraftwerk (Capitol | 1978)
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This week’s rotation.

I’ve been listening to a lot of good records lately, in no particular order.

  1. Strange Mercy – St. Vincent (4AD | 2011)
  2. Tango Boys – Motel Beds (Fictionband Mechanics | unreleased)
  3. Unknown Pleasures – Joy Division (Factory | 1979)
  4. The Law of Things – The Bats (Flying Nun | 1990)
  5. The HMV/Parlophone Singles ’88-’95 (disc one) – Morrissey (EMI | 2009)
  6. Home Cookin’ – Jimmy Smith (Blue Note | 1959)
  7. Siberia – Echo and the Bunnymen (Cooking Vinyl | 2005)
  8. Bounce Around – Minisnap (Magic Marker | 2008)
  9. Don’t You Rise – The Bats (Slumberland | 2009)
  10. Lo-Fi Feeling – The Tambourine Club (independent | 2011)
You can get Lo-Fi Feeling for free from The Tambourine Club’s website.
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Rotation.

Chris Carrabba, living and loving life

As I tweeted earlier this week, I don’t have a new show for today.  It’s been a wild week (and perhaps I’ll discuss some of that in next week’s episode), so I’m just going to post my listening rotation.  I’ve been on quite the Chris Carraba kick this week.  So here it is, in no particular order.

 

10.  Baptism – Lenny Kravitz (Virgin / 2004)

9.  Empire Burlesque – Bob Dylan (Columbia / 1985)

8.  Songs from the Labyrinth – Sting (Deutsche Grammophon / 2006)

7.  Past Remains – Side Walk Slam (Tooth and Nail / 2002)

6.  A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar – Dashboard Confessional (Vagrant / 2003)

5.  Truant – Alien Ant Farm (Dreamworks / 2003)

4.  Pet Your Friends – Dishwalla (A&M / 1995)

3.  Landing on Water – Neil Young (Geffen / 1986)

2.  The Land Before Time: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Various Artists (MCA / 1988)

1.  Deadbeat Sweetheart – The Juliana Theory (Abacus / 2005)

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Mid-January Rotation

Here’s a list of things, in no particular order, in my listening rotation this month.  (You’ll notice the fair amount of 2010 releases, as I’ve been considering my top ten list of albums from last year.)

  1. Texas Fever – Orange Juice (Polydor/1984)
  2. Love And its Opposite – Tracey Thorn (Merge/2010)
  3. Losing Sleep – Edwyn Collins (Heavenly/2010)
  4. “The Cord Unwinds” (digital single) – Transmit Pulse (Scatterplot Sounds/2011)
  5. The Lady Killer –  Cee-Lo Green (Elektra/2010)
  6. The ArchAndroid – Janelle Monáe (Bad Boy/2010)
  7. Spilling Over Every Side – Pretty Lights (Pretty Lights Music/2010)
  8. Beach Fossils – Beach Fossils (Captured Tracks/2010)
  9. Sounds of the Universe – Depeche Mode (EMI/2009)
  10. “Paradox Messenger” (digital single) – Transmit Pulse (Scatterplot Sounds/2011)
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Heavy Rotation: July 1, 2010

This week’s heavy rotation, in no particular order. No commentary, just a list.

10. Moonflower Lane – Ty Tabor (Metal Blade/1998)

9. Retrospective – Bread (Rhino/1996)

8. Night Falls – Thrushes (Birdnote/2010)

7. Through the Devil Softly – Hope Sandoval and Her Warm Intentions (Nettwerk/2009)

6. Private Eyes – Hall and Oates (RCA/1981)

5. Burning Like the Midnight Sun – The Choir (Galaxy21/2010)

4. Katy Lied – Steely Dan (ABC/1975)

3. Diorama – Silverchair (Eleven/2002)

2. The Trials of Van Occupanther – Midlake (Bella Union/2006)

1. Pretzel Logic – Steely Dan (ABC/1974)

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Rotation (18 February 2010)

I haven’t posted a rotation in a while. Here’s what I’ve been listening to for the past week, in no particular order. No commentary, just a list.

  1. Model Engine – The Lean Year’s Tradition (5 Minute Walk/1997)
  2. Cut Off Your Hands – Happy As Can Be (French Kiss/2008)
  3. Curious Fools – Read (Gotee/1996)
  4. The Church – The Bastard Universe (Cooking Vinyl/1998)
  5. The Roots – The Roots Come Alive (MCA/1999)
  6. Department of Eagles – In Ear Park (4AD/2008)
  7. Cazals – What of Our Future (The Hours Entertainment/2009)
  8. Black Eyed Sceva – Way Before the Flood (5 Minute Walk/1995)
  9. DJ Logic – Project Logic (Ropeadope/1999)
  10. And, although I haven’t listened to any Kevin Clay albums this week, his songs keep popping in my head when I’m in the shower or in the car. Must be time to pull Na$hvega$: The Land of Milk & Money out.
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Rotation (11/11/09)

I think I’ve been gone more than I’ve been home lately.  Here’s what I’ve been listening to in the car, in no particular order.

  1. Blur – Blur (Virgin 1997)
  2. The Sexy Accident – Mantoloking (independent 2009)
  3. Spiritualized – The Complete Works, Volume One (Arista 2003)
  4. Sam Billen – Headphones and Cellphones (The Record Machine 2009)
  5. DJ Shadow – Private Press (MCA 2002)

 

 

 

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All-star rotation

Here is this week’s rotation, in no particular order.

10. Suzannah Johannes – Suzannah Johannes EP
9. Doug Burr – The Shawl
8. The Temptations – Psychedelic Soul (disc two)
7. Tortoise – Beacons of Ancestorship
6. Aphex Twin – Richard D. James Album
5. Unwed Sailor – The White Ox
4. Depeche Mode – Sounds of the Universe
3. Bobby Bare – The Moon Was Blue
2. Tin Hat Trio – The Rodeo Eroded
1. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong – The Complete Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (discs one and two)

I know, Johannes’ music sounds exactly like everything they play on The Bridge, but she’s just so good. And she plays with the guys from Ghosty. So I don’t really care.

By the way, The White Ox is horrible. Don’t get it if you think you’re going to get the Unwed Sailor of yore. It’s like ambient noise, but uninteresting ambient noise. Boring, boring, boring. So why have I been listening to it? I hoped it would help us fall asleep several nights this week.

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Mid-Week Rotation

One of the features I will post on a typically weekly basis is my rotation. If you’re not familiar with these, they are similar to the old rotation lists distributed by radio station DJs. The lists are not exhaustive; they simply highlight the trends in my listening. These are the albums and songs that have risen to the top this week and earned repeated listens.

I love to read others’ rotations (Yes, this is the sort of thing music nerds do on message boreds.) because they can be like recommendations. I can read them and think, “I need that because so-and-so is into that.” Conversely, I can read them and think, “So-and-so is into that?”

Whatever your pleasure, enjoy it. Here’s this week’s rotation, in no particular order.

10. Elvis Costello – Secret, Profane and Sugarcane
9. Lucinda Williams – “Like A Rose” (from her self-titled album, thanks Ben!)
8. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
7. Prefab Sprout – Steve McQueen, disc two (the acoustic re-recordings)
6. Alice Cooper – “Clones (We’re All)”
5. The Style Council – “Walls Come Tumbling Down”
4. Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career
3. The Futureheads – This Is Not The World
2. Richard Swift – Nothing To Do With Foxy Boxing 7″
1. Mojave 3 – Puzzles Like You

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