Friday, January 09, 2009

Recommened Media for the First Week of 2009

The media I have found this week seems to have a time zone stamped on it. Much is from the 1960s and 70s. This week saw Ron Asheton leave planet earth. The original guitarist with The Stooges, the band that have done so much to so many:

Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Live in Cincinnati, 1970 ("We seem to have lost him. We are trying to get a light on him now.") To remember how great The Stooges were (It is incredible that their first album came out 1968!) here is a bootleg live recording from 1973, My Girl Hates my Heroin. Listen to 'Gimme Danger' loud, it builds into a symphonic rhythmic mass of sound. Ron gives some words of advice of quality rock n roll over dinner somewhere.

The Perro Tapes
David Crosby is no stranger to danger. Here we have the studio outtakes from the 1970 album "If I could Only Remember My Name", which is described as:

A fully realized embodiment of the sound of California’s folk/rock/country/psychedelia movement of the time, the album features such players as Neil Young, Jerry Garcia, Joni Mitchell, Phil Lesh, etc., etc. Almost as good as the album (and just as, if not more, interesting) are these outtakes from the 1970 sessions. These tracks are further proof that Crosby was an artistic force to be reckoned with at his creative peak.

Nine Inch Nails Release 405GB of Concert Footage for Free Download

Of course you need to have a decent sized hard drive to accommodate the material but here it is.

Neil Young :: Live @ Canterbury House 1968

Only one song available for free but I have listening to Neil Young again recently and this is cool.

Cambodia Rocks :: Sounds From The ’60s & ’70s
I may have blogged this before but it is still good. Semi-bootleg entitled Cambodia Rocks which gathered up a dozen or so late sixties and early seventies tracks found on random cassettes, many without the name of the artists and song titles. I say semi-bootleg as the collection was sold on compact disc for a time (apparently not in eight or so years). Not unlike reggae, thousands of miles away in Jamaica, these Cambodian musicians were being exposed to an exceptionally wide array of Western influences (in an accelerated time frame) including a lot of American and British rock & roll and pop. The following tracks are there answer to what they heard and it could not be more fascinating. Far from just an aural curio, or an exercise in cultural appreciation, some of these tracks are as vital as what you’ll find on your old copy of Nuggets.

Best wishes to the readers of this small corner in the great galaxy of the Sign.

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