It’s hard to believe a band which now sounds like a contemporary of Neil Young or other rock stars at their most reflective (and yes, that’s a compliment, as I still have a healthy respect for rock & roll music’s transformative powers) began their career as an utterly brutal agit-punk band, A Subtle Plague, whose first demo was produced by Beastie Boys legend Adam Yauch, if memory serves.
This particular song has a rather personal meaning explained to me by my dear friend and damn near older brother, Ekke. It’s perhaps too personal to get into here, but let’s say it’s a song based on the oldest of topics – love and loss.
The core members of The Durgas, Christopher and Benjii Simmersbach, have managed to maintain high music quality despite many personnel changes, genre changes, location changes and more. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting them, and of course, I wish them continued success. They’re good lads from a good, good family.
Bob Dylan has outlasted everyone. It must be quite heavy to be the man who influenced almost everyone of note, and to watch so many of these acolytes pass away. Yet Bob still manages to release good music, and this nearly 17-minute opus proves it.
Thanks to Jeff for letting me know about this. It was worth every minute.
If post-rock were created sometime during the 1970s, I could see an album like this getting extended play on my local radio station. Red Sails Billow hails from Bitola, Macedonia, and I have to say that it’s a pretty good example of what’s cooking in the Balkan post-rock scene.
I have to give a lot of credit to Elvis Costello. His collaborations always surprise me. And in this case, both he and guitarist Bill Frisell do wonders to an already avant-romantic work in Charles Mingus’ staple, Weird Nightmare.
You haunt my every dream
Tell me what’s your scheme?
Can it be that you’re a part
Of a lonely broken heart?
Why must you torment me?
Pain and misery
In a heart that’s loved and lost
Take away the grief you’ve caused
Can’t sleep at night
Twist, turn in fright
With the fear that I’ll live it all again
In my dreams
You’re there to haunt me
When you say she doesn’t want me
I’ve been hurt
Do you know what that means?
Take away this dream you’ve born
Mend a heart that’s torn
That has paid the price of love
A thousand fold
Bring me a love
With a heart of gold…
My older cousin had given me this single but it skipped so much I replaced it. When I was 5 or 6 I had a fascination with this song. I’m not sure why I liked it so much… but I bought the single in Donelson…a town near Nashville with my mom. The song has a […]
One of the most indulgent rock songs ever. It is 17:05 minutes long and has a grand total of only 30 different words in this song. You might think it has a deep, mystical meaning, but it’s really a translation error. The title was supposed to be “In The Garden Of Eden.” Someone had written […]
It’s albums like this that keep me attracted to what is happening in post-rock. I’m no expert, and won’t ever claim to be, but there is something pleasant about not only the guitars on this album, but the bass work, which really stands out on the first track. The vocals on the album do yeoman’s work complementing the instrumentation.
From Gregor himself:
Choirgiant is the project of Gregor Graham, a Scottish musician now based in Ontario, Canada. Following his time as a member of Edinburgh-based post-rock bands Penguins Kill Polar Bears and We, he was left with ideas to be explored. These ideas would soon become Choirgiant.
It’s impressive when you are so good that Dave Davies of The Kinks gives you his stamp of approval. Pete Kosanovich gets compared to the aforementioned Kinks, Bob Dylan and other luminaries frequently, and the comparison is apt. He only lacks a good publicist who can spread the word of his talent, which would sound perfectly in place in a collection of 60’s records. The man’s vocals and guitar playing sound like he traveled time to shame today’s crappy ‘rock’ garbage.
Hot Rats was released 10th October in 1969! “The Hot Rats Sessions” box set celebrates the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest albums in the history of recorded music, and will be released on December 20th . The original 1969 Frank Zappa album was the first to be recorded on a prototype 16-Track Tape Machine. […]