“Space is the Place!”
I listen to Blur’s Coffee&TV for the intro and outro alone. I’ve clipped it out so you can hear it in its full respect. when the album is said and done, this is the tune I sing in my mind.
Yesterday as I pulled into the Gas station, blasting my slightly obscure but mostly just genre-ambiguous music as usual and like always slightly nervous but at the same time proud of whatever conclusions the diverse crowd may make about me (if they even bother to notice my slightly vain self) I came to a conclusion. For a very long time I’ve struggled with Damon Albarn’s scattered discography, jumping across projects like it ain’t no thang. But last night I realized, Blur is my 3rd favorite band to date.
The answer space was a bit snug,
it was a tough call, but I think I’ve narrowed it down
in no particular order…
TV on the Radio - Young Liars (EP): short and sweet, the essence of them, the grunge, the beautiful darkness, it’s been present from the start.
Yoko Kanno and The Seatbelts - Cowboy Bebop O.S.T. 1: It hits a certain level of supremity that makes you wonder how this veered off the radar of your HS jazz director. But these aren’t oldies, they’re goodies, by the Japanese jazz band that claims they’re from space.
Blur - Think Tank: When you take a 90’s rock band and place a pioneer like Damon behind the wheel, you create sounds that don’t fit without a context, but in context have managed to fit in the ears of the greater public. orchestral instruments along side synths & samples, a hodgepodge of delight.
Tom Vek - We Have Sound: God gave us light, Vek gave us sound, and all by himself in his garage? yeah, I’m jealous… where’s the sequel? eh, I can wait, this title track has already occupied me for a decade.