Here are all of TragicBeauty's jams.
by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
**Please follow me on Let's Loop** I've loved TIMJ so much... it's been a great forum for expressing my own passions and exploring so much new and exciting music. But the magic is the community which has been humorous, supportive, intelligent and creative. Hoping that Let's Loop can come close to this experience.
Jammed: 15th Aug 2015
by The Yardbirds
Reflects my mood less than 48 hours after hearing about the demise of TIMJ. This jam is a bit atypical for the Yardbirds in 1965 – slower, sadder and a hint of their early tinkering with psychedelia. "Still I'm Sad" is the sole original piece on "Rave Up" album, which was called an "early example of psychedelic pop" it is built around a mock-Gregorian chant, with producer Gomelsky adding the droning bass vocal under Keith Relf's melody line.
Jammed: 11th Aug 2015
by The Good, the Bad & the Queen
Love the GB&Q album so much - could have selected almost any jam. The into whistle isn't very good, but the rest of this live version (from Henry Rollins radio show) is spectacular.
Jammed: 5th Aug 2015
Iceland just keeps giving. múm (Icelandic pronunciation: [muːm]) are an experimental Icelandic musical group whose music is characterized by soft vocals, electronic glitch beats and effects, and a variety of traditional and unconventional instruments.
Jammed: 28th Jul 2015
by The American Analog Set
No other band was making music I loved more around the turn of the century than AmAnSet. Their low-fi, drone, slightly jazzy, shoe-gazing, semi-instrumental vibe may sound highly derivative, but was most unique at the time.
Jammed: 17th Jul 2015
by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Straying from my typical path to acknowledge and celebrate a truly monumental day for the US and for human rights. What astounding progress in gay rights in my lifetime!
Jammed: 27th Jun 2015
by Robyn Hitchcock
This track always stood out for me... amongst an oeuvre I appreciate greatly, and an album (Eye) I adore. Queen Elvis seems more personal and less obtuse than most of his songs. It's sad beautiful, is, not surprisingly, attractive to me, as is it's (seeming?) meditation on transgenderism.
Jammed: 25th Jun 2015
by Lilly Wood & The Prick and Robin Schulz
#frenchjamweek A new discovery, although this jam is about 5 years old. Lilly Wood and the Prick is a French alternative, pop and folk duo composed of Nili Hadida and Benjamin Cotto.
Jammed: 6th Jun 2015
by Elton John
Not a typical jam or artist for me, but a great track from meaningful childhood album. Elton was my first concert in 1973 (during the Goodbye Yellow Brick Road tour) and the show I saw was the next night after John Lennon appeared on stage with him – it's was Lennon's last ever public performance.
Jammed: 31st May 2015
Spain is a LA-based outfit, led by Josh Haden (son of jazz great Charlie Haden). Their debut disc "The Blue Moods of Spain" (1995) remains one of my all-time favs.. a perfect slice of TragicBeauty – of the narcotic, languid, smoky and spiritual variety. Where's Spain's music veers from my traditional tragically beautiful loves is it's jazzy feel, and Christian themes that run through much of their music.
Jammed: 23rd May 2015
by Grateful Dead
Although I'm not a fan of the band's mystique and fandom, I do enjoy some of their music, and any serious #hippiedaze accounting would be incomplete without them.
Jammed: 21st May 2015
by The Beach Boys
On this day forty-nine years ago – May 16, 1966 – "Pet Sounds" and Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" were both released... the greatest album release date ever? "God Only Knows"... the most perfect pop song ever?
Jammed: 16th May 2015
by Joe Henry
From the Tom T Hall tribute album, a genre-crossing gem. Couldn't find the right words, so here's this: "Joe Henry turns "Homecoming" into a trip-country dance mix á la Beck--the result is eerie, unveiling the song's most secret emotions."
Jammed: 7th May 2015
by Lhasa de Sela
Lhasa de Sela was an American-born singer-songwriter who was raised in Mexico and the US, and divided her adult life between Canada and France. She recorded a few gorgeous albums mixing English, Spanish and French. Her music is certainly a tragic beauty, even more so in light of the fact that she died of cancer on New Year's Day 2010.
Jammed: 4th May 2015
by This Mortal Coil
My mourning continues, as does sharing these songs of grief. My dad died 3 weeks ago , and this past week was the 23rd anniversary of my daughter Isabella's death (less than a full day after she was born). I played this song (along with Gene Clarke's original) often during that time.
Jammed: 1st May 2015
by Nick Cave
Dealing with mourning, grief, so here's a dark but beautiful reminder that indeed death is not the end. Nick Cave with a host of friends, including: Anita Lane, Kylie Minogue, PJ Harvey, Shane McGowan, Thomas Wydler and Blixa Bargeld.
Jammed: 27th Apr 2015
by Gram Parsons
I was in Joshua Tree last week and thought of Gram Parsons, who was enamored with the National Park. He died there in 1973 from overdose of morphine and alcohol. Parsons' body disappeared from LAX where it was being readied to be shipped to Louisiana for burial. Before his death, Parsons stated that he wanted his body cremated at Joshua Tree and his ashes spread over Cap Rock, a prominent natural feature there; however, Parsons' stepfather organized a private ceremony back in New Orleans. To fulfill Parsons' funeral wishes, a friend stole his body from the airport and in a borrowed hearse drove it to Joshua Tree where they cremated his body.
Jammed: 22nd Apr 2015
by Dusty Springfield
This jam is dedicated to my dad who died earlier this week. He had an enormous passion for life, including a tremendous love for music. The songs of Burt Bacharach especially remind me of him.
Jammed: 16th Apr 2015
On the road and missing her... Bill Wither's original is incomparable, but this cover from former 16 Horsepower lead singer David Eugene Edwards transforms the jam from deep sadness in inconsolable gloom. My kinda tragic tune!
Jammed: 9th Apr 2015
#drugsongs For better or worse this brilliant jam will forever be associated with Crystal Meth and the Breaking Bad closing sequence. There are so many "non-original" takes on this track (due to continued legal issues surrounding the band's recordings) - so I opted for this "true" original here with an audible needle drop at the outset! (clearly a second generation recording).
Jammed: 4th Apr 2015
by Todd Snider
#drugsongs This set has hit heroin, morphine and here the seemingly more more mundane "Alcohol and Pills." Unlike the others, there's no glamorizing here... more of a cautionary tale name checking some of the more well-known casualties. This jam is tragic... but more scalding and less darkly beautiful than usual for my jams.
Jammed: 2nd Apr 2015
by The Rolling Stones
#drugsongs are the source of many tragically beautiful jams... this one another of my favs. Co-written by Marianne Faithful, she actually released a version two years prior to the Sticky Fingers. The lovely slide guitar comes courtesy of Ry Cooder.
Jammed: 28th Mar 2015
by The Stranglers
Such a gorgeous song... waltz beat, harpsichord, lush and narcotic. One of many great tragicbeauty songs about heroin - Heroin, Another Girl, Another Planet, Comfortably Numb. Any other votes for favorite songs about drugs?
Jammed: 24th Mar 2015
by Brian Eno & John Cale
"Eno makes everyone and everything better" Part 5. Cale had previously worked with Eno as producer on his album Fear, on Wrong Way Up they came together again to collaborate on a album that's spotty but has some amazing tracks, including this one.
Jammed: 19th Mar 2015
by David Bowie
Back to a more serious look at Eno's tremendous influence in general and specifically on Bowie's "Berlin Trilogy." Eno co-wrote this jam – one of my fav Bowie songs... hell, a fav all-time song – and had a massive influence on the "Heroes" album and the entire period that many consider Bowie's most creative. More proof that Eno makes everyone and everything he touches better.
Jammed: 16th Mar 2015
by Adam Buxton
For my third installment of "Eno makes everyone and everything better" I planned to share Warszawa: the haunting instrumental co-written by Eno on the highly influential album Low (the first of the so-called "Berlin Trilogy" that Bowie created in close collaboration with Eno). Alas, copyright restrictions scuttled that plan. Instead I found this hysterical piece – which provides a good laugh and supports my supposition regarding the genius-power of Eno.
Jammed: 15th Mar 2015
by Brian Eno & David Byrne
Example number two supporting my supposition that Eno makes everyone and everything better. Not only did he produce the first four (greatest four?) Talking Heads albums, but he brought out the best of David Byrne on the incomparable and ground-breaking "My Life in the Bush of Ghosts."
Jammed: 13th Mar 2015
Here's my supposition: Eno makes everyone and everything better. As a producer, collaborator, co-conspirator, band member or solo artist, Eno has been one of the most gifted and influential musical artists of my lifetime. The first example is this collaboration in which he made not only U2 but Luciano Pavarotti better! #enoappreciationweek
Jammed: 10th Mar 2015
by Massive Attack
My last jam was – unbeknownst to me – the theme song to a new BBC detective series... which inspired me to this jam I've been meaningful to post, from the incredible show "Luther."
Jammed: 3rd Mar 2015
by CHLØË BLACK
Thematically, sonically, texturally, this jam is pure Lana Del Rey. With the number of haters that Lana has spawned, I imagine many more will line to take a swipe at Chløë Black. Is she biting the narco-swing queen? Don't really care... digging the jam.
Jammed: 1st Mar 2015
Not a big Madonna fan, but really digging this new jam. Nice electronic c&w band goes to hell vibe here. And a nice list of vices... "And we can do drugs And we can smoke weed And we can drink whiskey Yeah we can get high And we can get stoned And we can sniff glue And we can do E And we can drop acid"
Jammed: 28th Feb 2015
by Deer Tick
C&W melancholy, Mariachi static, heroin, welfare checks, the pioneer chicken stand... this Warren Zevon-penned jam is an all-time tragicbeauty fav. Truth: when your sinking down, sometimes the embrace of a women is the only thing to keep you from drowning. The original may be the best, there are many great covers... but I'm digging this ragged version – perfect in the grease-smudged hands of Deer Tick.
Jammed: 17th Feb 2015
by Robyn Hitchcock
More love for Valentine's week... simple, stirring, slightly oblique and bittersweet.. The album stills holds such a magical place for me... one of those works – the sound, the graphics, etc. – just transfixed me than, as it still does now.
Jammed: 13th Feb 2015
by The Cure
♥ THIS IS PERSONAL ♥ I don't typically get into personal details on TIMJ, but music is so deeply emotional and revealing - we are all in a sense sharing some deep aspect of ourselves with every jam. And what more exposing than love? Love: so simple and so complex. Love can magically wipe away every fear, and engulf us in all-consuming heartache. Yesterday I received papers that my wife had begun the divorce process. And coincidentally yesterday was the anniversary of meeting my current love. Lots of emotions! And perhaps no better song to reflect these complex and simple emotions than this jam. A song that was attached to both these relationships. On many levels it's a simple pop love song, but it's infused with palpable ennui, aching, despair. Yet I never considered it a song of love extinguished. To me it speaks to the power of love, whether emerging, fading, evolving or dissolving, deep with memories or rich with expectations. The perfect tragic beauty love song – especially today.
Jammed: 10th Feb 2015
by Sonic Youth
Sonic Youth have always been high on my list of bands I thought I should like, but just never did. Here's a big exception: their cover of the Delaney and Bonnie jam (made most famous by the Carpenters) is equal parts melody and melancholy... just as a tragicbeauty jam should.
Jammed: 7th Feb 2015
by The Twilight Sad
I been digging the Twilight Sad... and truly loving the song/album title.
Jammed: 4th Feb 2015
by The Chills
TragicBeauty is transcendent splendor and unimaginable horror colliding... like in this (accidental?) death (murder?), shrouded in a lush, wash of mist, fog and vague remembrances. One those amazing first singles from a band who (to my knowledge) never came close again.
Jammed: 29th Jan 2015
Second installment in the Leonard Cohen cover series. Pretty much a straight-up cover – but re-imagined as a duet with Liv Tyler. She has a gorgeous, and nicely complementary, voice to Evan Dando. I don't think he could have gotten away with covering "Chelsea Hotel" as the line "she said she preferred handsome men / but for me she would make an exception" wouldn't ring true. A very attractive couple, these two. #leonardcohencovers
Jammed: 23rd Jan 2015
by Tori Amos
Moving off my Nick Cave jag, and onto a different kind of exploration of another tragic beauty fav: Leonard Cohen. I'm going to share some covers of his work. In most cases I prefer the original, but the songs are some great, it's a pleasure to hear some unique interpretations. I'm not a huge Tori fan, but I do love what she does with "Famous Blue Raincoat." #leonardcohencovers
Jammed: 18th Jan 2015
by Anita Lane
Continuing on the Nick Cave universe of tragic beauty, is one of his former Bad Seed mates (yes really!) and former lover (better known fact). Am I the only person who thought Dirty Pearl was amazing?
Jammed: 15th Jan 2015
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