Sunday, June 30, 2013

Music Library: Eminem, Emperor, Endless Boogie, Eno, Epic Soundtracks, Evangelista, Bill Evans, Gil Evans, Everly Brothers, Ex, Exuma


Continuing the theme of catching up with music missed the first time around or added later.

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP (2000). Far more tame than it used to sound.

Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse (1994). Symphonic evil!

Endless Boogie - Focus Level (2008) and Full House Head (2010). Accurately named band! I dig it.

Brian Eno - BBC Radio Broadcast, November 1973 (with Robert Fripp) and My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (with David Byrne, 1981). The former are live (!) versions of (No Pussyfooting), while the latter is one of the most interesting ambient-ish, rock-ish, art-full albums of the Eno-Byrne collaboration, and I don't say that lightly.

Epic Soundtracks - Good Things (2005). This is Epic Soundtracks' last album, recorded shortly before his death in 1997 and finished eight years later by his brother, Nikki Sudden, who promptly passed away the following year. The music is great, but the specter of death hangs heavy over it. I feel it necessary to warn people before they click on the video below that the footage was shot by Leni Riefenstahl.

Evangelista - Hello, Voyager (2007) and Prince Of Truth (2009). I like Carla Bozulich so much more when she's in rock-genre-smashing mode than in these pensive albums.

Bill Evans - Moonbeams (1962). Not Evans at his best, but not Evans at his worst, either.

Gil Evans and Steve Lacy - Paris Blues (1987). Pretty great stuff from the pianist/arranger who worked with Miles Davis in the early 60s and the soprano sax player who fronted Monk's band for many, many years. Includes three Mingus compositions.

Everly Brothers - All-Time Original Hits (compilation, 1957-62). The Everlys at their best.

The Ex - Singles. Period. The Vinyl Years 1980-90. Brilliant music from the Dutch punk band. Here's the last track on this album, a cover of the Mekons' "Keep On Hoppin'."

Exuma - Exuma (1970). He was the Obeah Man. If you don't know what that is, listen to the following song. And holy crap, is this album good.


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