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Cassius – Au Rêve

20 05 2010

Listened: Wednesday May 19

 

I got Au Rêve really cheaply and it’s quite good. I would say it’s unabashedly indebted to 70s soul and disco, but with a French and 90s sensibility.

 

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Simian Mobile Disco – Attack Decay Sustain Release

20 05 2010

Listened: Wednesday May 19

Attack Decay Sustain Release is a CD I bought for Coachella reasons. I’m not intensely knowledgeable about the genres of dance music, so please excuse any categorization errors I might make.

Basicially ADSR is very computer disco – lots of bleeps and bloops and 80s sounds like synths and old school robotic voices. But it also has a beat and some lyrics – it’s not all minimalist soundscapes. This kind of music is always good for focus and blasting through drudgery.





Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison

20 05 2010

Listened: Wednesday May 19

My theory: Johnny Cash was the first gangster rapper. He raps (one could argue he’s really not much of a singer in the traditional sense) about guns (Folsom Prison Blues), drugs (Cocaine Blues), jail (I Got Stripes), poverty (Busted), and death (25 Minutes To Go). He also says “bitch” in a song (the aforementioned Cocaine Blues) at a time when nobody did that.

He’s also a masterful showman, storyteller, and has great chemistry with June Carter. As a result, on this recording he plainly holds hundreds of inmates in the palm of his hand – how many performers can say they have done that?