Thursday, June 20, 2013

Music Library: Phosphorescent, Piero Umiliani, Pig Destroyer, pillows, Pine Valley Cosmonauts, Pink Avalanche, Pink Floyd, Pink Mountaintops, Pipettes, Pixies, PJ Harvey, Platters, Pogues


Phosphorescent - To Willie (2009). Ain't nothing wrong with an Alabama boy singing Willie Nelson songs.

Piero Umiliani - "Mah-Na-Mah-Na." The Swedish porno track that would later be huge for the Muppets.

Pig Destroyer - Phantom Limb (2007). Heavy, bonkers, creative as hell.

the pillows - FLCL Original Soundtrack Vol. 3 (2005). Catchy, catchy, catchy.

The Pine Valley Cosmonauts - The Executioner's Last Songs Vol. 1 (2002), The Executioner's Last Songs Vol. 2 and 3 (2003). Three albums of Jon Langford and pals singing death songs for the benefit of an anti-death penalty nonprofit. Here's one with Mekons vocalist Tom Greenhalgh on lead covering a Hank Williams track.

Pink Avalanche - Wraiths (2013). Any band led by Che Arthur is going to be incredible. Veers from Baroness-style metal-but-not-quite to Husker Du-ish passion to almost folk-y intertwining guitars and back again. Heavy, beautiful, worthwhile stuff.

Pink Floyd - Peel Sessions 1967, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (1967), Peel Sessions 1968, A Saucerful Of Secrets (1968), Peel Sessions 1970, The Early Singles/Relics (1967-71), Meddle (1971), Dark Side of the Moon (1972), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), The Wall (1979). 1971 is the year where Pink Floyd goes from trippy garage-psych band that 40-something-year-old me likes to slick studio-psych band that 16-year-old me likes.

The Pink Mountaintops - The Pink Mountaintops (2004). More stripped back rock from the guy who fronts the Zeppish Canadian band Black Mountain.

The Pipettes - We Are The Pipettes (2006). Feminist-ish girl group. The ironic 60s nostalgia laid on thick.

The Pixies - Pixies (1987), Come On Pilgrim (1987), Surfer Rosa (1988), Doolittle (1989), Bossanova (1990), Trompe Le Monde (1991), Complete B-Sides (1988-91), Pixies At The BBC (1988-91), Rough Diamonds (bootleg, 1987-91), "Bam Thwock." Is there anything left to say about the Pixies at this point?

PJ Harvey - Dry (1992), Rid of Me (1993), 4-Track Demos (1994), Uh Huh Her (2004), Let England Shake (2011). Like Nick Cave and Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous, Polly Jean Harvey channels the creepy underbelly of old folk and blues songs into punk-based fury. She is fantastic. I need to pick up the albums I don't have.

The Platters - "My Prayer."Powerful doo-wop.

The Pogues - Red Roses For Me (1984), Rum Sodomy and The Lash (1985), If I Should Fall From Grace With God (1988), Peace and Love (1989), Hell's Ditch (1990). They're the Pogues, and they play Irish folk music with a punk rock heart. What's not to love?


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