Here are all of homosporocarpus's jams.
by Pearl Jam
…so, to go with a kinda subtle bang—because TIMJ have done quite a lot to deserve it (not the ‘go’ bit, the ‘bang’ one)—one of my all-time-favorite PJ tracks, from one of their most diverse, interesting, and sadly underrated albums—music by Mike, lyrics by Eddie, Live from Lollapaloza Chile. ‘you can spend your time alone, redigesting past regrets, oh! or you can come to terms and realize you're the only one who can't forgive yourself, oh! makes much more sense to live in the present tense…’ not much to add, really. makes much more sense… it's been a pleasure and I'll see you elsewhere, possibly… take a good care of yourselves :) And, of course, to put it in simple but most sincere words, thank you, Matt & Han—you've created something very important for many people and I, personally (and I do mean ‘personally’), would like to express my gratitude for creating the community and opening my eyes to fantastic new musical paths
Jammed: 25th Sep 2015
by Dire Straits
…and now some sort of a sentimental trip—and quite a meaningful one, too. I heard this one yesterday after a loooong time and it's suddenly got some new meaning. I like how music, time and experience work.
Jammed: 18th Sep 2015
by The Machine
…for all the stoner rockers and psychonauts out there. From The Machine’s fantastic six-track Offblast! released just a couple months ago—a perfect example of ‘it’s not the quantity that counts.’
Jammed: 11th Sep 2015
Back to Tool—one of my favorite tracks of theirs ever (and a cover, too, so twice as much of awesomeness!). Rober Fripp of King Crimson said in 2003 an interview with Barry Cleveland: ‘I happen to be a Tool fan. The members of Tool have been generous enough to suggest that Crimson has been an influence on them. Adam Jones asked me if I could detect it in their music, and I said I couldn’t. I can detect more Tool influence in King Crimson, than I can hear King Crimson in Tool.’ Not that they actually need it, but does personal endorsement get cooler than this? Kinda equivalent of god saying, personally (or, more likely, miraculously making it appear carved in stone, or something): ‘Man, they’re awesome, I like them.’
Jammed: 4th Sep 2015
Do they sound familiar? Resemble of… Tool?… maybe? Oh sure they do. Do you mind? Because, for what it matters to the world, I don’t—not a damn bit; I’m as happy as Larry as long as they channel similar energy. Being a hard-core Tool fan, or, to be more specific, a fan of their music, I strongly feel there's no trademark on sound and, whether we like it or not, we, and everybody else, get influenced, consciously or not. “Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent.” Jim Jarmusch
Jammed: 28th Aug 2015
Sting, Manu Katché, Kenny Kirkland, Mino Cinelu, Branford Marsalis, Andy Summers—what a fantastic ensemble that was! I can’t overappreciate the importance of Sting and his music in my musical development—and ‘Nothing Like the Sun’ specifically, one of the most ambicious mainstream albums ever recorded in my frankly-not-so-humble opinion—a manifesto of a seeking-but-not-have-found-yet man of extraordinary sensitivity, in spite of him being a complete prick at that time, as many people who have known him personally have admitted. well… ‘Never to be wrong, never to make promises that break… It’s like singing in the wind, or writing on a surface of a lake…’
Jammed: 21st Aug 2015
Not yet done with TIMJ :)—there are still two weeks to go, so I’ll just go ‘calmly’ with my last but one jam.This track was my first conscious encounter with Adam, Justin, Danny and Maynard’s music—and it just blew me away, as a whole—musically and lyrically, and beyond… That was around 1999, maybe 2000, a time of change in my life, some radical twists came then—and this track is all about it: embracing the unknown, letting go, stepping beyond one’s ego and long-cultivated habits and learning to be in an honest, vulnerable but true (or at least a truer) way.’I wanna feel the change consume me, Feel the outside turning in. I wanna feel the metamorphosis and Cleansing I've endured within’When TIMJ gets archived, you can always find my jams/loops here: www.letsloop.com/homosporocarpus
Jammed: 14th Aug 2015
by Éric Serra
I remember, quite physically in my bones and muscles, the feeling of being completely overwhelmed when I first saw the film—even though the storyline did back then, and still does, seem a bit awkward to me (but that’s Luc Besson for you, take it or leave it :))—absolutely amazing Natalie Portman in it, Jean Reno’s stunningly miserable, despite his profession, Léon, awesomely crazy Norman Stansfield by awesomely crazy Gary Oldman, sunshiny New York, which I’ve never been to but was at the time, and deep down still am, fascinated by, and, of course, last but—by no means—not least, Éric Serra’s score I honestly cried to from the bottom of my tormented adolescent soul. I haven’t listened to it for some time and now I’m glad to find out it still has it, even though the feeling has subtly yet significantly changed over the years. It’s an amazing album, even if you don’t know or don’t like the film itself.
Jammed: 7th Aug 2015
…so, a slight change of mood and back to my more usual musical self—an opening track from one of the most incredible albums of the 1990s, with the whole awesomeness of a classic, ‘simple’ four-piece setup taken to another level. If I were to pick one ‘that’s-me’ album, that would be ‘Superunknown’—the pinnacle of Grunge/Rock sound, with all its roughness, seemingly, superficially gravel-simple, but bursting with round complexity of unorthodox time signatures and smooth alternative tunings.
Jammed: 30th Jul 2015
by Arcade Fire
…and here comes a film soundtrack jam again (I just can’t help it). With a two-year delay (I was really—I mean really—busy), from Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’, a film that has stirred and shaken my mind like no other film has done before. A truly awesome, in the original meaning of the word, unbelievably emotional and fragile performance from the talented Mr Joaquin Phoenix, in this fantastically nostalgic, essentially sad, yet full of hope and positiveness, witty and subtle film, has left me in sobbing pieces, scattered all around, seemingly—in chaos… I’m trying, mostly by not trying, to put it all together again, with, hopefully, some more sense than it all had had until I watched it. I do not regret. So, if you ever see this, thank you, Mr Jonze (and, of course, Mr Phoenix, Ms Johansson, Ms Adams, Mr Buchanan, all the people who have contributed to producing this film and, the last but not least, Arcade Fire, whose music fits there like a glove)… Sincerely.
Jammed: 24th Jul 2015
by Andreas Vollenweider
This one may come as a bit of a surprise to those who think they know me (or my musical tastes :)), but yes, Andreas Vollenweider’s music was one of the main themes of my childhood and a huge influence on my mind, sensitivity and imagination—I read a lot, a real lot, back then, and his music formed a soundtrack to many stories and fantastic journeys. And that is all for me to say—I’ll let Andreas do his magic. This one was published 30 years ago :), can you believe it?
Jammed: 17th Jul 2015
by Kermit the Frog
@Sylvestrian—thank you, Steve. I'm green… As green as one can be… Sometimes I wish I were some other color, but I'm not… I can pretend, and I do, sometimes, but I'm all green… And so are quite a lot of you as well, right? 'It's not that easy being green—having to spend each day the color of the leaves. When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold, or something much more colorful like that. It's not easy being green—it seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things and people tend to pass you over 'cause you’re not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water or stars in the sky. But green's the color of spring and green can be cool and friendly-like. And green can be big like an ocean, or important like a mountain, or tall like a tree. When green is all there is to be—it could make you wonder why, but why wonder, why wonder? I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful and I think it's what I want to be.'
Jammed: 10th Jul 2015
…it was sudden, out-of-the-blue, low under the radar and it’s caught me totally off-guard, got me trembling, mesmerized; and astonished, as I’m not quite sure what has happened—there’s something in the purposely ambiguous lyrics and Tom’s voice that is so sad, tragic… and true… It all forms one coherent experience, but what it is exactly—I have no clue. But I do like—or, rather, appreciate—this experience, even though it’s not the most comfortable one—like not too many songs I’ve ever heard, this one stirs what has settled and now it’s all a bit muddy, murky and eerie—questions and uncertainty. And the video itself is not too bad, either :). Can’t wait for their new album…
Jammed: 3rd Jul 2015
by Ben Harper
’…so excuse me Mr., but I’m a mister too, and you’re givin’ Mr. a bad name, Mr. like you… so I’m taking the Mr. from out in front of your name, cause it’s a Mr. like you that puts the rest of us to shame…’ I just re-watched Sidney Lumet’s ‘Network’ and I’d like to dedicate this one to you, and the likes of you, ‘Mr.’s—Peter Brabeck-Letmathe (Nesle), the Koch brothers, John S. Watson (Chevron), Martin Barrington (Altria), Frederick Anderson Goodwin (formerly RBS), Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Hugh Grant (Monsanto), Rupert Murdoch (News Corp), Brian L. Roberts (Comcast) and too many others, CEOs, politicians, bankers—this one thing I can assure you: whatever your personal beliefs are, to simplify it, Karma is going to catch up with you, sooner or later, and you’ll get to experience the gravity of your deeds (I suppose trying to address the ‘human’ and ‘humane’ aspects of your mentality in a positive way is just pointless). I only hope we’ll survive the mid-stage…
Jammed: 29th Jun 2015
by James Horner
#RIPJamesHorner—I was 20 and cried like a baby when little Marion gave little William the thistle. Quite likely, obviously, that scene would have been a lot different if the score had been written by someone else, but it was by James and his contribution played, literally, a huge role in the film. I admit, I liked it a lot, even though it was full of clichés, historical inconsistencies and Mel’s rather predictable trademark insane looks—and that’s largely because of the fantastic score, which has gotten copied many times since then and has become a bit of a soundtrack cliché itself. R.I.P. James Horner—you’ll be missed but your music will last and continue to inspire.
Jammed: 24th Jun 2015
by Chet Faker
Believe it or not, I haven’t chosen it for the video… Don’t get me wrong, I like roller derby girls, my wife’s one, but it could be any other video and the track would still work, for me at least (but I’m a pre-MTv generation, so my opinion is irrelevant :)). I’ve meant to jam it for some time, but I guess the time’s just right only now.
Jammed: 18th Jun 2015
by Edward Shearmur
Now, a bit against the—quite understandably—popular fridayfunk trend, and rather predictable of me—a (ta da! quelle surprise) #moviesoundtrack jam this week. From Iain Softley’s (remember ‘Hackers’, anyone?) K-Pax, with a fantastically distanced Kevin Spacey and kind of ‘Fearless’-y Jeff Bridges, one of the films that have, in a subtle but definite way, changed my life. The trope of a hero who comes, changes lives of those he encounters and then goes, dies (preferably :)) or disappears in any other way may be a cliché, but a hell of a powerful one, and if executed the right way—the change amongst the on-screen characters gets real and expands far beyond the the film and the dark screening room. Isn’t that what great story-telling’s all about?
Jammed: 11th Jun 2015
by The Occupants
…another one from the amazing Gower brothers. Not much to add, maybe just that if you buy it from: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/alison-single/id971776094 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre (www.asrc.org.au), which is… well… quite nice, isn’t it?
Jammed: 4th Jun 2015
by Chris Cornell
#moviesoundtrack jam again, this time from Cameron Crowe’s fantastically innocent, one might say somewhat early-1990s-naive ‘Singles’, where Chris has his cameo, along with guys from Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Tad. One is one of my personal all-time favorites. Thank you @chriscornell, for having produced so much amazing, inspiring music.
Jammed: 28th May 2015
…some older stuff this time—good old prog-rock from fantastic SBB performing live in 1979, from Jazz Jamboree, the most revered, at least until 1990’s, Polish jazz festival. It’s been only recently, that I’ve learnt to appreciate some of the music I grew up with in a background, and these guys (who still tour, by the way) are crème de la crème, being a true class of their own. All three of them are absolute masters of their trade, but my favorite is, without a doubt, the drummer—Jerzy Piotrowski—whose fantastic skill, technique and imagination have won him quite a few awards. There’s an introduction (in Polish) after the first piece, at 8:39, and the concert continues from 11:22 on. I hope you enjoy.
Jammed: 22nd May 2015
For Indigenous Australians, #Uluru is a place of the greatest spiritual significance, being a part of one of the sacred traditional Dreamtime tracks, or Songlines (‘Yiri’ in the Walpiri language)—the tracks across the land (and the sky) created by mythical aboriginal ancestors when they rose out of the dark Earth and travelled across a formless land, establishing the laws for living, creating mountains, valleys, waterholes and all the physical features of the land that was literally ‘sung’ into existence (awesome, huh?). Bruce Chatwin has put it nicely: 'I have a vision of the Songlines stretching across the continents and ages; that wherever men have trodden they have left a trail of song; and that these trails must reach back, in time and space, to an isolated pocket in the African savannah, where the First Man shouted the opening stanza to the World Song, "I am!"' It’s all music. We’re all it. And this jam from Earthless is the most appropriate tribute to it.
Jammed: 15th May 2015
by Bruce Hornsby
…a bit of jazz/funk, for Friday, from Bruce, with so much positive vibe I just couldn’t resist. (the second choice; the one I originally intended to post—youtu.be/4UJCQmW1Ro4—can’t be posted here, and YT has deleted my video with a copyright warning :|) The back story :): It was 22 years ago, and I was meandering the rocky, deceptive seas of adolescence, hoping to make at least a bit of sense of the weird reality of the ‘adult’ world that I had suddenly found myself in, and music was, and still is, a refuge, a safe haven from the frustration and overwhelmingly strange world I could not relate to as much as I would have liked to, from, then, raging hormones and ‘stuff’, you all know… Anyway, Bruce’s ‘Harbor Lights’ came, rather unexpectedly for me, as one of the best remedies for all the troubles, with guys like Pat Metheny, Branford Marsalis, Phil Collins, Jerry Garcia (yes!) or Bonnie Raitt on-board adding subtly their flavor. And it still works wonders. @CFrimer—thanks :).
Jammed: 8th May 2015
by Bruce Hornsby
…not quite funk, for Friday, but it’s got so much positive vibe I just couldn’t resist. It was 22 years ago, and I was meandering the trickery and ever-changing seas of adolescence, hoping to make at least a bit of sense of the weird reality of the ‘adult’ world I was about to experience with the full blow soon that I had suddenly found myself in and music was, and still is, a great help—a refuge, a safe haven from the frustration and overwhelmingly strange world I could not relate to as much as I would have liked to, from, then, raging hormons and ‘stuff’, you all know… Anyway, Bruce’s ‘Harbor Lights’ came, rather unexpectedly for me, as one of the best remedies for all the troubles, with guys like Pat Metheny, Branford Marsalis, Phil Collins, Jerry Garcia (yes!) or Bonnie Raitt on-board adding their flavor. And it still works wonders. So, without further ado, here’s the opening track, I hope you enjoy it. @CFrimer—thanks :).
Jammed: 8th May 2015
by The Occupants
Song by song, I’m losing the attachment to the idea of permanence—embracing the ephemeral, the constant change… And it’s a fantastic, liberating feeling. Alan Watts wrote: “When somebody plays music, you listen. You just follow those sounds, and eventually you understand the music. The point can't be explained in words because music is not words, but after listening for a while, you understand the point of it, and that point is the music itself. In exactly the same way, you can listen to all experiences.” Music is #change, music is the most fantastic ‘illustration’ of #impermanence—a fluid play of sound and silence, of varying frequencies that reach your body and transform you as they disappear, being replaced by the following waves, meandering, never still—if you try to capture it at any given point, it’s just not there. And then, after the last chord of the song—it’s gone. And then—back again. Faaantastic! Ok, enough of philosophy—the full, 9-minute version of this amazing song.
Jammed: 24th Apr 2015
by Jan Garbarek
This one has been very important to me for various reasons—but one of the most important ones is that, for me, it somehow, on the very emotional level, sadly relates to the yet unheard voice of the survivors of the indigenous tribes and nations all over the world, that have been sacrificed in the name of power, profit and so-called progress. Chapeau Bas, and a big thank you, Mr Garbarek. And Mr @aaronhuey, too: youtu.be/8tEuaj4h8dw. We, as a species, desperately need more of the likes of Aaron Huey; I wish we didn't but we do. Let's not be Wasi'chu…
Jammed: 17th Apr 2015
As I’m turning 40 in a few months :), it’s the time for a mild case of midlife crisis nostalgia, so let’s get back to—quite obviously, I guess—high school years. In 1993, I was 18 and full of adolescent hope, ignorance, naïveté, anger and an arrogant ‘me-against-the-unjust-world’ attitude, so, sort of naturally, came the fascination with Rage Against the Machine and their back-to-the-basics, plainly spophisticated, honest and bold sound and agenda. And then, from Sweden, came Clawfinger with their Deaf Dumb Blind and I didn’t need anything else for a while. A bit ‘in-your-face’ straightforwardness, and some strong lyrics worked just fine for my ‘tormented’ safely rebelious teenage mind and soul. I guess I haven’t grown up that much since then, because, on a slightly different level, it still works. The sad thing is, 22 years on, and the message of this one is still as relevant, if not more, as it was then.
Jammed: 10th Apr 2015
by Eddie Izzard
I realise I may lose a few followers, not to mention gaining some bad karma along with it, by putting this one up here now, but I think it is kinda relevant :). Warning—if you are of any Christian denomination, serious about your faith and find it offensive for anyone to talk about Jesus, God or, generally, religion in a non-serious manner and to make fun of your dogmas—don't watch it as you are, most likely, going to feel offended. I like Eddie a lot, but he, sure as hell, is not to everyone's taste. Now, that you’ve been warned… Enjoy—from Eddie’s fantastic 1998 ‘Dress to Kill.’
Jammed: 2nd Apr 2015
I meant to write it up to satisfy the social-media-dependent part of my shallow ego that craves some sort of validation and likes to shine a bit with the borrowed light of those who provide us with the wealth of their music-encapsulated minds and souls, but frankly I’m finding it more and more difficult as I go along discovering, and re-discovering, music, and myself in and through it. I’m lost for words, and I guess that's good, in a way. So, I'll just shut up, and, without further ado—here comes the 12-minute megatonne boulder of doom metal awesomeness from Sweden. @tbeest—I salute you.
Jammed: 27th Mar 2015
by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Peter Gabriel
#soundtracks contd. To say that I’ve enjoyed the film wouldn’t be quite right. I have a lot of respect for Oliver Stone as a director, there is an important, rather unnerving message in the film, I suppose, and I like what I’ve managed to get out of it, it’s provoked some thoughts that have evolved and made my rather chaotic life a bit more coherent, but the overall outcome—like most of the films directed or inspired, like this one, by Quentin Tarantino—not quite my kind of ‘entertainment’. Having said that, the collage of music used as the soundtrack worked really well, as far as I’m concerned. I love Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s divine passion he poured into this track and I do understand his anger and frustration when he learned what kind of context it had been used within. The great thing is, it still works without the film and I can still hear his soul and devotion in it, just as he would have liked me to, regardless of whatever other meaning anyone has tried to apply to it.
Jammed: 19th Mar 2015
I love #soundtracks—I’ve just seen ‘La leggenda di Kaspar Hauser’ and got weirdly, and definitely pleasantly, intoxicated—it’s such a fantastically surreal, abstract film, wholesome and thought-provoking at the same time, once you give up trying to understand it (or it may be, quite possibly, that I’m just too dumb and unrefined that I simply haven’t gotten the message which may be, for others, plain and simple). Anyway, filmed in b&w on a beautiful Mediterranean island of Asinara, with awesome performances from Vincent Gallo as Pusher/Sheriff and, incredibly powerful, given the character dynamics, Silvia Calderoni as Kaspar Hauser, much of its awesomeness lies in the soundtrack—by Pascal Arbez, a.k.a. Vitalic. I’d lie if I said that I’m a big fan of Elecrtonic Dance, Electro House, Rave, or whatever other suitable name may apply, in general, but this one has worked for me—and it sure does work in the film, like magic. Go (or stay in and download :)) and see for
Jammed: 12th Mar 2015
by Zero 7
‘Humans are creatures who spend their lives trying to convince themselves that their existence is not absurd.’ Albert Camus once wrote. Ha! There’s so much music on my mind right now—and I owe it largely to you guys (so a really big thank you) here on TIMJ—it’s getting almost painfully impossible to choose just one track. But this is the harsh beauty of TIMJ; you've got to make a choice and at the end of the selection process there’s that one, meticulously picked (self-justification and reducing cognitive dissonance at it's best :))—consciously or instinctively—that you want to share, feeling guilty about the really uncomfortably long line of those great ones who haven’t made to the top, but waiting for their turn, for a better sound-mood match… Or maybe this is just how it works for me… Anyway, here’s the 7th track from Zero 7’s 2004 album, ‘When it Falls’, with sweet-and-sour, effortlessly divine guest vocals from Denmark’s Tina Dico, and Neil Cowley on Fender Rhodes. Smoooth…
Jammed: 5th Mar 2015
by David Schwartz
because Mort the Moose… and Ed, Chris-in-the-Morning, Marilyn, the lush woods around Roslyn, WA, the magnificent Cascade Mountains in the background, the whole there-and-back journey, and all the beauty and unpretentious, unobtrusive wisdom of the show that made me laugh and wonder, that provoked thoughts by asking questions without giving the answers. It has inspired my TIMJ name, too. I long for this place, and those people, though they've never really existed. Funny thing about the music in the show—I would, most likely, never listen to most of it on its own, but in the context of the story, and the characters—it all fits perfectly. Yep, 'context' is the word…
Jammed: 26th Feb 2015
Just as a continuity reference to the last week’s main theme—their last tweet: ‘Happy Valentine’s Day, if you give a shit.’—I kinda like their attitude. And I sure like their sound. Thank you @ssrock for bringing these guys’ work to light for me.
Jammed: 19th Feb 2015
Though I’m rather ambivalent about Valentine’s day and its whole commeciality, let’s just say it’s my V-day jam, without getting too much into details. Let’s keep it positive. And positive I’d like it to be, for it’s a very personal one for me, for at least two reasons—it’s, officially, as the counter says, my 100th jam :) (though, in fact, it’s 98th, but that’s irrelevant, really), and whenever I hear the track, it feels like 2001 again, when I met my wife. Sonny’s lyrics just got it the very way I felt then—overwhelmed with the joy of love and feeling alive—it was beyond my control, I had to let go, I felt so alive, for the very first time, and I couldn’t deny it. So here’s one to love and life. On a side note, some people dismiss P.O.D. because of their declared faith. Though I’m, for the lack of a better term, if one needs terms to categorize people, an atheist, or a non-believer, I, quite frankly, couldn’t care less… I don’t mind people expressing their faith, especially if…
Jammed: 12th Feb 2015
This is my attempt of reconciliation with my Slavic, Polish soul. When I left the county I was born in, the people I grew up with, the history, the familiar paths and all that’s shaped the individual experience called ‘me’, I’ve also left something that’s only recently, but inevitably, caught up with me with the force of a small tsunami. There’s no point in trying to deny it, so I’m learning to appreciate it, whatever it is. Coma is an interesting band, rather unique, not only within the Polish music environment, music- and lyrics-wise. Piotr Rogucki, Coma’s frontman, is a strange creature, too—a classically educated theatre actor, whose thought-provoking lyrics emanate with, some might say a bit over the top, poetry, which is not that common nowadays, especially among the ‘rock’ bands. There is an English version of this one, but it just doesn’t sound right, so I’ve decided to take this a bit risky turn and jam the original, hoping it’ll find its way. Translation in the comments.
Jammed: 5th Feb 2015
by Avishai Cohen
Victor Hugo once wrote that ‘Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent’. A universal language indeed… When I was a kid there was a lot of music at my home, a lot of jazz, funk and prog, and I guess I’ve grown up to feel it and not to be able to live without it. And I don’t mean the sound pulp we’re being fed nowadays, omnipresent, viciously, commercially created so that we buy it, or buy stuff because of it, because we intrinsically crave for harmony and just can’t help ourselves—I mean the music by those who would suffocate or explode if they didn’t play. We’ll be long gone, but the music will stay. We’re all music. Wow! I’ve just realised it! I mean, I’ve really realised it! Damn, it’s taken me some time :). I’ve never been a speed demon, but hey! Anyway, enough of this shallow pseudo-intellectual ego-promotion :): From the fantastic ‘Continuo’, the opening track—my ethno-jazz #FunkyFriday jam. I really like what Avishai Cohen is saying…
Jammed: 30th Jan 2015
Well… Given that Sting has been one of the most important musicians in my musical education (let alone the fact that I started learning English from his lyrics when I was around 12—that was Poland before the iron wall fell—so yes, he’s been quite an important influence), it’s funny I’ve not jammed anything from him until now—maybe it‘s that I’ve got disappointed a little with what he’s been recording recently (ah well, expectations—have not reached the expectations-free satori zone, yet) and have put him on a shelf. Or maybe I’ve just moved on, just like him, and our paths have parted. Anyway, here’s my #FunkFriday jam with a bit of a jazzy twist—Sting with Branford Marsalis, Darryl Jones, Kenny Kirkland, Omar Hakim, Janice Pendarvis and Dolette McDonald.
Jammed: 23rd Jan 2015
…not six days over yet, but I got inspired by @Drek and @shiningsun2k :)—I salute you, my friends! Someone has said: ‘Confidence is not “they will like me”; Confidence is “I’ll be fine if they don’t”.’ So, against all the terrible things one can say about the album cover, for both ‘Human Clay’ and ‘Weathered’ (they‘re both dreadful, imho), despite the cheesy ballads (a matter of taste—some do like them) and all the weird stuff Scott Stapp has said over the years—there are moments when Creed (like Nickelback) gets it delivered properly, and—hate it all you like—I do like those moments. ‘Bullets’ is one of them.
Jammed: 16th Jan 2015
It’s from 2011, and I may have heard it before, since it’s one of the singles from the album, so it‘s quite likely it was on rotation here and there, but only now has it clicked for me—maybe because I was bored and tired during a recent shopping trip, which is the occasional and, regrettably, unavoidable kind of activity I honestly detest from the bottom of my heart, and this track, that played subtly in the background to enhance the revenue, suddenly came for me, against the purpose, as a light in a tunnel of the seemingly endless rows of conveniently displayed, not overly trendy pants, tops, t-shirts, jackets and accessories (and, apparently—thank you YT comments—it’s been included in the GTA V soundtrack, which may be a bonus for the gamers among TIMJers). I don’t know if it’s the beat, the synth or what, but there’s something in it that makes me play it again and again, even though normally this sort of sound would not make it to my playlist. A joyful lesson in open-mindedness.
Jammed: 14th Jan 2015
My teenage ‘rebel’ years were early 1990's, when mainstream music was not mainly a product yet, when they explored and contested, so I’m all happy that after some 20-odd years I can still say that good old Grunge’s not dead! Unlike many other contemporary bands, they’ve got this grain of grit, that makes me trust them. Quality over quantity! And for those who prefer videos: youtu.be/DRdK9S3Mpdw.
Jammed: 7th Jan 2015
by Sola Rosa
Dazed and confused a bit in the middle of the holiday break, I was looking for something fresh and appropriate for the last 2014 jam, and browsing through my yt subscriptions, I got back to one of the first TIMJ-inspired ones — Sola Rosa, et voilà! From their 2014’s Magnetics, for the funky ‘end-of-the-old/beginning-of-the-new.’ …do it for the love not the crowd applause… I could not agree more. Happy Jamming!
Jammed: 30th Dec 2014
by Rage Against the Machine
In a festive mood, so there seems to be just one option—for those of you who are not aware or don’t remember, this was 2009 UK Xmas Number One, following the Facebook campaign aimed at not having another X-factor-generated sound pulp as the top Xmas single. And it did work :). I suppose little had Tom, Zack, Timmy and Brad realised, back in 1992, what an anthem they’ve assembled. 22 years on and the message is still so valid. On so many levels…
Jammed: 22nd Dec 2014
by A Perfect Circle
There are #covers that strive to resemble the original recordings as much as possible and the ‘true’ ones, as I see it, that are fresh and personal attempts to revise their source, and guys from APC have always gone, not really surprisingly, for the latter rather than the former. eMOTIVe, released a bit over 10 years ago, together with its political agenda, is one of my all-time favorites, with amazing covers of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ or Joni Mitchel’s ‘Fiddle and the Drum’, but the downtempo ‘When the Levee Breaks’ is definitely my favorite track on it, with Maynard’s distorted vocals melodic to the point of the whole piece becoming almost instrumental.
Jammed: 15th Dec 2014
Over with weekend funk and back to some heavier stuff for the rest of the week—another one from Mastodon, this time from Crack the Skye; encouraged by their most recent album I’ve re-visited, out of curiosity, their previous work I’ve been familiar with but hadn’t given much airtime, and I’ve found myself overwhelmed by what, as a whole, Crack the Skye is. An incredibly rich, amazing album. I’ve been wondering what the change had been, from their previous album, The Blood Mountain, which was a bit too heavy fro me, and learnt something interesting. What does Mastodon’s Crack the Sky have in common with Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Incubus, Rage Against The Machine, Soundgarden, Korn or Stone Temple Pilots? Yep, you’ve probably guessed: the producer—Brendan O’Brien, who has produced quite a few of the iconic albums of the ’90s and, apparently, has shaped a large part of my music sensitivity, so thank you Mastodon and a huge thank you, Mr O’Brien.
Jammed: 8th Dec 2014
by Chaka Khan
Queen of Funk in her old school 80’s classic, because it’s #FunkFriday. Interestingly, it might have been one of Michael Jackson’s hits from Thriller, had Quincy, who had previously worked with Rufus & Chaka, gotten it his way.
Jammed: 5th Dec 2014
by Toto with Miles Davis
This is one of my favorite album ‘coda’ tracks ever. Miles was a troubled genius, reportedly (in all fairness, I never met him in person, so I don’t know, I can only rely on what’s been reported), ‘a bit’ of a prick—like many of those struggling, and so often failing, to merge their ordinary lives among us, measly earthlings, and their sublime drive to create the extraordinary, inspiring art; Steve Lukather and David Paich may not have that Miles’s genius spark but have definitely masterfully created what he was able to build upon—seemingly simple but exquisite and uniquely ‘Miles-y.’—a perfect balance. Whatever one can say about Toto (I, personally, still like them), however cheesy (again, a matter of taste) roads they’ve tended to roam, there are a few really great tracks they’ve written and this is one of them. Fahrenheit as a whole, is my favorite Toto album, with Joseph Williams doing a great job as lead vocals, but this short instrumental is definitely my favorite one from it.
Jammed: 26th Nov 2014
I’ve just re-discovered Mastodon. I've heard them before and I think I was a bit bit put off by their overall style, too ‘baroque-ish’ to my liking, that is, until ‘Crack the Skye’ (youtu.be/fcvdkw6v3fE). The following ‘The Hunter’ (youtu.be/Acna6jcCU28) — I liked much more, and with ‘Once More ‘Round the Sun’ they’ve definitely got it right, as far as I’m concerned. What Brann Dailor, Mastodon’s drummer and the lead vocals on this track, said about the album as a whole:"…massive and insane, lots of epic greatness (…) lots of huge riffs and new directions. It's real weird, real math-y, real straightforward. It's up, down and all around." sums The Motherload quite right. Some heavy-octane fuel for the week.
Jammed: 24th Nov 2014
by Lower Than Atlantis
This will, most likely, expose the extent of my ignorance — but ah, the hell, it’s worth it… Never herd of them before two days ago and when I did… whoa! Holy mother of distortion! I know it’s, essentially, a bit condescending of me, because they surely don’t need my approval for what they do, but since I’ve already decided to type a few words — this the epitome of #PowerMonday, as far as I’m concerned. This, together with their previous albums, are going to be on heavy rotation for quite some time here.
Jammed: 17th Nov 2014
by Tracy Chapman
When I come to think of it, ‘Tracy Chapman’ was one of the most important albums of my early teenage years. 1988 was still the time when meaningful songs, like this one, asking inconvenient questions, were considered mainstream. …or maybe that’s just lazy of me to long for the times when we didn’t have to search for meaningful music? Anyway, I’d like to dedicate this one to all the corporate bastards trying hard, and—sadly—so often succeeding, to make us believe we have to ‘have’ instead of to ’be’, just to fill their pockets with ever more money, stock or power. And, of course, thank you Tracy, for your music and for caring, which is not so common nowadays.
Jammed: 11th Nov 2014
After a short festive Halloween trip—back to more ‘business as usual’ #StonerRock -type repertoire : ‘Easy listening for stoners driving long distances’ is the quote from R. Dangerfield the guys from Sasquatch have used themselves to describe what they do. Maybe it’s just me, but I sense *a bit* more than that…
Jammed: 3rd Nov 2014
#Halloweenweek quite frankly—and rather boringly, I suppose—I've never really been into the whole Hallowe’en commercialized thing. Not being religious or an orthodox of any sort, I just don’t buy it. I mean, I do get, and like, the idea of dressing up in and overpowering one’s fear of death and stuff, in the primal sense of the festival, but what the so-called popular culture has done to it—nah… Anyway, over with the old fart’s rant—Mike Patton’s Fantômas’s take on the creepy-classic (youtu.be/7wRNX94fU94). Nighty night, sleep tight, little ones… Bwahahahaha!!!
Jammed: 30th Oct 2014
by Mondo Grosso
With Brasil’s Ed Motta, whose soulful, silky voice flows like spiced caramel (I was tempted to jam this one instead: youtu.be/jGufl0-h1WM :)), all the way from Japan (Mondo Grosso is Shinichi Osawa (大沢 伸一)) and remixed in London by De Lata duo—a truly transcontinental #FunkyFriday jam. Hope you’ll enjoy.
Jammed: 24th Oct 2014
by Rage Against the Machine
#FunkyFriday : ‘Now renegades are the people with their own philosophies—They change the course of history—Everyday people like you and me.’ This is my kind of funk, oh yeah!
Jammed: 17th Oct 2014
by Break Machine
Jammed: 13th Oct 2014
by Groove Armada ft. Jeru the Damaja
This is a slightly weird one—though the whole hip-hop-battle-style self-appraisal is, in my book of references, a bit childish and immature, I just can't resist Jeru’s dark burgundy (I swear, I can see it dark burgundy), velvety voice (a slight ‘The Muppets’ edge to it, which is a good thing as far as I’m concerned), and the bass line (my headphones are happy). Peace…
Jammed: 7th Oct 2014
by Jamie Cullum
For some, the very intent of performing (let alone performing live—gods of music forbid!) Jeff Buckley’s songs is an ultimate blasphemy. I do not subscribe—his Halleluyah, though sublime, is a cover too, after all. And it’s all a matter of taste. I love the original of this one (youtu.be/hXe1jpHPnUs), but Jamie’s done some great job here, adding sublty a bit of his mark.
Jammed: 30th Sep 2014
by Pat Metheny
in a sentimental mood now… I sometimes go back to those clear, warm summer nights in the country, with no lights, except for the warm glow of the fire, and the endless skies that Pat’s music flew into, resonating and echoing against the background sounds of the summer night. I listened to this one and trembled in awe, feeling so small and insignificant in the universe and so lucky and happy to be here and being given the experience of being.
Jammed: 23rd Sep 2014
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