Here are all of Degoedel's jams.
by Joseph Arthur
Last Jam for a couple of weeks (the holidays are calling...and that's why I cut short the previous jam earlier than usual) I leave you with the Mother of Exiles. This song is from one of my favourite artists : Joseph Arthur, a singer-songwriter-painter-poet of great talent. Mother of exiles is a track from the Redemption City album which is on a pay what you want basis on his website. The album is a relative departure of his usual style as he uses here a lot of electronic sounds and does quite a bit of almost slam on it. But some texts are really great (Travel as Equals for instance). I was wondering how it would hold in time when he released it, but I find that it ages quite well and I like to give it a spin once in a while.
Jammed: 6th Aug 2015
by Mike Patton
This week's jam will be from Mike Patton. The man is a genius vocalist with an amazing range (vocal range as much as stylistic range). He is best known for being the front man of Faith No More but he's had a myriad of other bands : Fantomas, Mr Bungle, Tomahak, Peeping Tom and some other. He does a lot of featuring too, and he also like to do some voicing in video games (most notably the zombies in Left 4 Dead. On Mondo Cane, he dedicated a whole album to 50's and 60's italian pop songs covers. This is an except from the tour that followed. I find him quite mesmerizing.
Jammed: 3rd Aug 2015
by Dinosaur Jr.
The latest two albums of Dinosaur Jr ("Farm" and "I Bet On Sky") are rotating on a regular basis in my playlists. Though I'm not that fond of the earlier albums, since they got together again after disbanding for a few years, their style took a melodic turn which I really dig. The other day, Recognition popped up in my car and it stayed in my head ever since like the good earworm that it is. For once, this one has not been written by Jay Mascis but by Lou Barlow. You can tell because the lyrics are way less vague than on Jay's songs (he's known to express himself more in his solos than in his lyrics). The two guys have a strange relationship, and have trouble communicating with each other (hence the split a few years ago). But on a musical basis, they are pure golden alchemy.
Jammed: 27th Jul 2015
by The Comet Tails
Another video game soundtrack extract. This one comes from the latest installment in the Wolfenstein series. The game is your standard shooter, and take place in a classic uchrony : "what if the germans had won WWII". But it takes a nice spin on it, setting the game in the 60's. The world building is quite clever, and the studio had a great idea : they commissioned covers or spoofs of 60's standards in german. so the Beatles become Die Käfer, the Kinks become the The Bunkers and the Beach Boys become The Comet Tails... with backstories to be found in-game, of course. if you like it, there's more here : https://soundcloud.com/neumondrecordings
Jammed: 20th Jul 2015
by Marco Beltrami
Think what you want of the movie (I personnally like it very much but I can see why it feels too much cheesy for some), its soundtrack is a masterpiece, and one of the best movie score I heard for a long time. Marco Beltrami managed to create strong themes with melodies that are recognizable in mere seconds. More he had the genius to mix some very peculiar (if not eery) instruments with the more usual orchestral ensemble : Theremin and Baryton guitar (did I mention I was a sucker for barytone guitar ?). I've been listening ta a lot of Scores thes past few weeks, but Hellboy's one of my favourite. It was hard to pick a track, but Stand By Your Man has it all : the eerie theremin, the powerful orchestra and even the thowback to hellboy's theme with the barytone guitar. Anyway, other notable tracks on this album are Father's Funeral and the BPRD theme. If you have the opportunity I recommand you to watch the movie with Marco Beltrami's comments.
Jammed: 13th Jul 2015
Tuatara is a kind of superband created by (among other) Peter Buck from REM and Barrett Martin of The Screaming Trees. At the time it was to help some musician friends to have some job, but it evolved into its own thing. Once again, it's a band who mixes many influences( it's a bit of a gimmick in my musical taste I suppose), like cinematic soundtrack, surf music and jazz. It reminds me a bit of an obscure but delectable band : Acme Rocket Quartet (check it out if you can). I love the barytone guitar on this track. It always gives a great mood to a song.
Jammed: 6th Jul 2015
by Ron Grainer and Delia Derbyshire
Because I get to visit Dr Who Experience in Cardiff next week.... One of the first piece of electronic music. The way it was created is really amazing... I'll let you do the research.
Jammed: 26th Jun 2015
by Danny Baranowsky
For a while now I've been thinking of creating a secondary account to post video game music. There's a very rich musical univers to explore here. For now I think I'll just post one from time to time, unless there is demand for that. So this week's jam is from the Crypt Of the Necrodancer soundtrack. With such a title, as you can guess, music is massively important for the game, which is a one of a kind mix between your usual dungeon crawler and a rythm game. Highly recommanded, be it for the game or the music.
Jammed: 15th Jun 2015
by Red Elvises
I'll stay in the russian theme this week, though in a completely different style. The Red Elvises are base in the us but are russians (except for the drummer I think. They borrow from surf music, rockabilly and classic rock, often in a volontarily cheesy way. Their shtick is to play like an underground band from behind the iron curtain would play western music with very limited access to it. Another peculiarity is the use of a gian balalaïka instead of a bass. They went to appear in a few movies. Most notably Six String Samurai on which they they often play the soundtrack (sometimes on screen). Anyway, they're fun and the the music is far from bad.
Jammed: 8th Jun 2015
by Franz Liszt
Even though i love instrumental music and movie soundtracks, I must admit that what we call "classical music" as a generic term and symphonic music in general, is not really .... well, my jam. But there are exceptions. When the music gets really evocative and intense, let's say cinegenic, I love it. The symphonic poem Mazeppa was written by Franz Listzt, and at the time the topic was rather hype (there's been several paintings and poems about it). It's about a guy who had an affair with a married woman and as a punishment, was tied naked to horse and sent to die in the Steppes. Only he was later found by the Cossaks who healed him and made him their warchief. And then hijincks ensue, vengeance, triumph, and so forth... I had to study this piece in middle school and it was one that did pick my interest at the time. I always thought it woul make a great soundtrack for a movie...
Jammed: 1st Jun 2015
Who's up for some funky klezmer orchestral rock sprinkled with mexican music ? If you are then Klezmerson is the band for you. They are the ones chosen by John Zorn for the 24th album in his Book Of Angels anthology (which you should check... Yes, all of them !!!) Aaaand, they rock. Pretty much all I have to say about it.
Jammed: 26th May 2015
by Secret Chiefs 3
Secret Chiefs 3 is an amazing band, one which blends many music styles in their own idioms : Surf rock, metal, movie tracks (hello Morricone...) and middle east music. Sure, their albums are a bic like a box of chocolate (you never know what kind of weird batshit crazy music you're gonna listen to) but they can be amazingly good. Plus, hey ! Microtonal guitar ! What's not to love !
Jammed: 18th May 2015
by Jean Leloup
Jean Leloup is a french canadian artist who had a one hit in France in the 90's (the song was called "En 1990" and it had a killer bass line). But he has a much steadier carrier in Quebec. He's often provocative and hammy (in a tongue in cheek way) and beside some very good lyrict, he's also a quite proficient guitarist. I really like the riff on this one.
Jammed: 11th May 2015
by Bourbon Princess
It will sound obvious once you'll start listening, but there's of course a close link between Bourbon Princess and one of my favourite bands : Morphine. Monique Ortiz, the woman behind Bourbon Princess, was a huge fan of Mark Sandman, who ended up producing her after she moved to Boston... After his passing she created the band A.K.A.C.O.D. (aka Colley Ortiz Deupree) with Morphine's saxophonist and one of the band's drummers (who was also playing in Bourbon Princess... Told you these bands were close knits !)
Jammed: 4th May 2015
by Steve Hackett
Steve Hackett's new album is out ! The jacket of the album and the videoclip are a bit cheesy but this new disc is a masterpiece of #ProgRock It's on continuous replay for me since Wednesday.
Jammed: 3rd Apr 2015
by Iron & Wine
Become the blessing and the curse We will become, become Become their crooked words We will become, become Become the blood and the bone We will become, become
Jammed: 23rd Mar 2015
by Sarah Vaughan
This is the new favourite song of my 2 yo daughter, so we hear it a lot at home. And I DO mean a LOT !!! She calls it the "beedoobeedoo song". I believe she really enjoyed the scat part when she heard it the first time. Could be worse though, as i do also enjoy the song. It could have been the Frozen song , so I count myself lucky !
Jammed: 2nd Mar 2015
by Noir Désir
#JeSuisCharlie In 1997, while singing about the rise of casual extremism/Far Right thinking, the french band Noir Desir would sing the words "Charlie défend moi !" which could be translated by "Charlie, come to my rescue". They were of course talking about Charlie Hebdo, the newspaper whose staff was shot down yesterday. Sure they were talking about a different blend of extremism, but now more than ever we need people like Charlie hebdo to continue mocking and fighting all kind of extremism. Especially when events like yesterday will be seized upon by far rights bigots and fachists. there a line in one of my favourite songs which goes like this : "When the earth is ripe, all the worms wake up for the red and white and the blue disease…" and right now the earth is very ripe. We have to keep ourselves from amalgamations and remember that the despicable acts of yesterday are the work of a dangerous but very small minority.
Jammed: 8th Jan 2015
by Steve Hackett
2015 will mark the 40th anniversary of this great prog rock album. Steve Hackett will embark on a tour with material both from Voyage of the Acolyte and from Wolflight, his upcoming album due march 2015. I wish he would play in Bordeaux, but I doubt we have a big enough venue to host him.
Jammed: 15th Dec 2014
by The HPL Historical Society
It's this time of the year again.
Jammed: 1st Dec 2014
by Acme Rocket Quartet
I hear #clowns are all the rage these days… Anyway… Acme Rocket Quartet is a little known band who draw inspiration from movie soundtrack, jazz and surf music. The guitarist was better known from his time with Thin White Rope.
Jammed: 3rd Nov 2014
by Andrew Bird
Jammed: 24th Oct 2014
I've been a long time fan of Belgian band Venus. Marc Huyghens, its leader since then founded a new band : Joy. The first album staid quite confidential but was excellent. The new one, All The Battles is very good. Go and listen to it.
Jammed: 17th Oct 2014
by Tangerine Dream
I never listened to Tangerine Dream until now. It reminds me of Vangelis or Mike Oldfield. Which is rather a good thing. The OST to Sorcerer (The William Friedkin movie) is also highly recommended.
Jammed: 16th Sep 2014
by J Mascis
Good news everyone, J. Mascis just released a new album.. if you have 5 minutes to spare, check out the video clip, it's quite funny : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTRvZukGc2E Finally my critic of the album (in french) http://www.senscritique.com/album/Tied_to_a_Star/critique/37768181
Jammed: 1st Sep 2014
by Pink Floyd
with the upcoming new album next september, from the Division Bell sessions, I've started listening to this album again. It contains quite a lot of small gems. It was Pink Floyd Swan Song and this song really has the Majestic and Melancholy fitting this role. Especially in this version.
Jammed: 24th Jul 2014
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