[Music] Elvis Costello & Bill Frisell – Weird Nightmare

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.

Lyrics
Weird nightmare
You haunt my every dream
Weird nightmare
Tell me what’s your scheme?
Can it be that you’re a part
Of a lonely broken heart?
Weird nightmare
Why must you torment me?
Weird nightmare
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?
Weird nightmare
Take away this dream you’ve born
Weird nightmare
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…
Weird nightmare

 

[Music] Yu Ying Ying / 于櫻櫻 – 朋友不要心煩 (groove funk pop, Taiwan 1976)

Living in China, one can see that, despite the façade of wealth, this is a land of missed opportunities, even when it comes to music. Excepting the underground music scene in places like Shanghai, Dalian, Hong Kong, and here in Beijing, to a point, thanks to Fruity Shop and other amazing record stores, pop music here is garbage.  It was bad during the 1970s as well.  Taiwan, on the other hand, had music that was funky, lively and energetic.

Yu Ying Ying is a fine example of this.  She released scores of albums in Taiwan, and this treasure came into my feed last night.  How I didn’t discover this cherry before is anyone’s guess, but Yu’s work is definitely worth hunting for.

[Music] Straitjacket Fits – She Speeds

Very sad news today.  Andrew Brough, guitarist of one of New Zealand’s coolest indie bands, Straightjacket Fits, passed away today.  His guitar work can be heard on She Speeds, perhaps the band’s masterpiece.

Flying Nun Records announced his passing on their Twitter feed.

2020 is shaping up to be a brutal year, isn’t it?

[Music] Theodosii Spassov & Milcho Leviev – Raga Todor

In 1995, I was approached by the owner of MA Recordings (a kind man whose name I have since forgotten) to sell some of his CDs on consignment.  Among the releases was an album performed by Bulgarian pianist Milcho Leviev.  He had several releases on this imprint because he was living in Los Angeles at the time, and it is one of my life’s regrets not having the chance to meet him.

Milcho passed away this week, and we bid him a fond farewell and a pleasant afterlife.  Here he is collaborating with Bulgarian multi-instrumentalist and a friend of this blog, Theodosii Spassov.