First off I quite like Dr Carmilla's Exhumed & Unplugged. Must grab a copy from Bandcamp (and probably the other albums, once I'm past this financial hiccup [on the other hand I quite like the deal I got on the bike - next year's model at this year's price]). I'm putting this here to remind me despite the fact I almost never look at these. Still someone might be interested.
I'm definitely having a love affair with Paul Shapera's Tales of New Albion: A Steampunk Opera. I love it both thematically and musically. Also getting a lot of play time at the moment is his Cthulhu the Funksical. Whilst I did get it primarily for the Cthulhu Funksical (which is excellent), I really love the two songs at the end Marionettes of bone and A melancholy tale from the icy lands. The first is a great song bayou magic in the spirit of Herbert West, whilst the second is an epic song quest in a fantasy world (not your typical role-playing world but one inhabited by avatars and tragic tales). You can listen to both at his Bandcamp site. [And buy the rest of them too, like I promised myself last month and no doubt next month too.]
Just received my physical Kickstarter copy of Unwoman's The Fires I Started. I haven't even had a chance to listen to the electronic copy I got some weeks ago, but no doubt it is excellent. Looks very pretty. Speaking of which also have Amanda Palmer's latest. Unlistened to again. And The Complete Instrumental Collection by The Clockwork Dolls. If you want the words buy Dramatis Personae. It's worth it for Impartial, which has to be one of my favourite war anthems of all time (and not just for cloud navies). OK, I also like Steeleye Span's Black freighter. "Hoop-la."
Just finished downloading the rest of Maximalism's Soundtrack for a Great Adventure [I don't know if I was well enough last month to comment on my music acquisitions. If not I'll do so later, but I might need to remember them first.] Not that they were bad but just suffered in comparison to Paul's work. I don't think I have even listened to Dead Can Dance's Anastasis yet! Then again I didn't quite get to the state where I listened to Kate Bush's Under the ice for three weeks straight, but I might have come close. [And I just grabbed Wild man thanks to adding links to this post!]
Speaking of which the sparse ambient electronica of Canada's Conjure One's Exilarch appeals a lots more to me at the moment, so be warned people! This also means The Synthetic Dream Foundation's Tendrils of Pretty is pretty tempting at the moment too.
While I'm not a total fan of the UK Pub Punk Steampunk that is The Men Who Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing (although I do like there some of their songs such as Stevenson), how can I go past an album entitled This May Be The Reason Why The Men Who Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing Cannot Be Killed By Conventional Weapons, particularly when it features songs with a chorus like the one in The People's Common Sense Medical Advisor By RV Pierce MD (definitely NSFW).
Hmmm. My music player really wants me to buy Exilarch. Just to spite it I might buy the Cabaret steampunk of Victor Sierra's Secret Page. [Oh, and they have a cover of my favourite song of all - White rabbit - on an album on Bandcamp. Not the best version I've heard, but something to add to my Grace Slick inspired collection.]
Oh! Johnny Hollow's Dirty Hands has a cover of one of my favourite songs People are strange which sounds great. Sold.
Hmmm. I quite like Kitty, Daisy, and Lewis's alternate bluesy rock-and-roll Smoking in Heaven. And wonder of wonders, Amazon will actually sell it to me! iTunes won't. Maybe later gadget.
The Deadfly Ensemble's An Instructional Guide for Aspiring Arsonists isn't too bad either. Three albums, but only one and a bit downloads left. Hmmm. And Is till haven't looked as Miss Kitty Fantastico's latest selection of favourites!
Watercarver's Guild's Balladeers and Aeronauts. The Aeronauts' Burlesque and Ballons [and their White Lies album from Bandcamp - really good]. Good Co's Electro Swing for the Masses. Sigh. Stop writing music until I can catch up!
Oh well, my music sample player seems to be insisting on Exilarch, so that it will be. It's not as sparse as I first thought. Interesting. May have interesting complexities. Done. See. My dumb computer is smarter than me.
With a special shout out to Professor Shyguy's 8-bit synth Geekotica which wins the orphans for this week with it's geek love tribute to David Tennant in Dr Who am I. Although I'm grabbing the rest next month, especially the well reasoned Zombies > vampires.
ETA: Actually Conjure One's Exilarch is a lot better than I first thought it would be. Definitely something for fans of Sleepthief and the like. I'm adding the rest of their albums to my ever-growing queue. And TIWTMWWNBBFNCBKBCW has quite a few fun songs, such as Margate fhtagn, The people's common sense medical advice, Victoria's secret, and the titular tribute that is Brunel. Whilst I don't necessarily enjoy them musically I do like them thematically. I'll have to recommend it to the friend that keeps complaining that Steampunk is not punk. Only another 18 hours of new music to listen to...
Went to see Sophie Koh at The Wheatie with some friends. I'll probably like her new album best judging from the songs (picked up all three CDs at the gig). She is an enthusiastic and energetic singer and the live gig is well worth seeing. She suits The Wheatie and the venue suits her. I do hope she comes back soonish (less than 4 years this time).
The warm up act was Cookie Baker, back from Melbourne, for a bit and the audience was unduly packed with her friends and family.
Almost made it home without my lungs getting worse, but whilst irritated by the cold (lovely mist in the parklands), they do appear to want to stay in my body this time. Was a bit spacey from fatigue though. Far more than usual.
Gigs coming up are Kate Miller-Heidke, possibly Clare Bowditch, the Spiral Dance acoustic gig which I've now been ordered to go to. Don't know if I will go to the special quintet performance of The Idea of North (twice the alto power), although it is late enough that that decision may have been taken out of my hands. Definitely won't be going to The Tea Party.
[* Oh, and apparently "music Ian likes" is now code amongst a certain sub-group of my friends for "avoid this band at all costs."}
I'm one of the old-fashioned sort that feel that an album usually has a story to tell that you lose if you just pick songs from it. And rumours that I will buy an album simply because I like the cover art or the title may indeed be true. In this spirit I present the eminently enjoyable Cthulhu the Funksical by Paul Shapera. Bring on the funk!
"You don't know what it's like to lose your mind to the Bubble Man. It's the Bubble Man! Yeah!"
Physical CDs this month are limited to Spiral Dance's Through a Sylvan Doorway and Abney Park's Ancient World. I actually haven't felt like listening to either yet (damn flu!). Also contributed to the latest Unwoman Kickstarter. If I had none of her music her keydrive would be great, but at the moment I have about half her music, so I'm undecided. Maybe next Kickstarter. Apparently she got a massive boost thanks to nice things said by Amanda Palmer and Warren Ellis. Also picked up song 2 (Bluebeard) of Yunyu's new album Twisted Tales. Haven't listened to that yet either. =8(
[Still listening to the Bandcamp sample of Cthulhu the Funksical. Brilliant!]
[Oh wow! It really is a funksical! Go Nyalothotep go!]
And to round it out Age of Steampunk by The "O" Man Jam because I like the guitar work on the intro to Cobalt Nebula, and Distant Worlds and The Poor Sitar Player, Rouge Windmill and the Satine Madame by the aforementioned Josua Vervin.
And The Twoks are trying to crowd-source their new album.
Temptations. [Meanwhile valiantly resisting looking for new projects on the Kickstarter page, mainly because I'm annoyed at the projects that are purposefully delaying sending stuff to Australia because they already spent the additional postage they charged us.]
Music for the month. A quiet month this time, mainly involved with live gigs rather than obtaining recorded music. although I may have forgotten to mention Galanis' new album, which became available via Kickstarter last month.
I probably should do something about the Winter Solstice Feast too if I want to actually go.
A very relaxed Clare Bowditch show at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. I'm fairly certain she didn't forget more than half the words from more than half the songs, but it might have been close. Seriously she covered well and you would have to be a
On a far more serious note (such as the one Clare illustrated on the piano-forte in imitation of Gerard Depardieu in Green card) it was a lot of fun. There was a lot of new stuff (world premiere - 1 [as there was a show yesterday]), a couple of covers, and some from the last album. A lot of crowd participation was required, which met with mixed success amongst the generally older audience near the stage (critical mass was never really reached and sustained until just near the end). I'm sure there are a lot of illegal bootlegs of her new songs available somewhere, especially when Clare pointedly hinted that she didn't really mind bootlegs (although such was seriously against Festival policy, so no one was obvious about it).
The crowd was heavily biased towards the Adelaide Cabaret Festival attendees rather than Clare's usual run of much younger fans (at least gathering from the people seated around us, although I expect there was an age-reversal in the gallery. We were in fact joined at our table by a nice couple of afore-mentioned Festival-goers who were astonished to discover that we had seen Clare seven or so times previously (five for me I think). They were quite impressed and were looking forward to attending one of her future shows at The Gov with her full line-up (this had a much abbreviated line-up).
Was quite enjoyable, rounded out by dessert at Saldechin (a white chocolate and cheese empanada for me).
Looked like so many wonderful singers and shows at the Cabaret Festival this year. Almost tempted by a few, but I shall resist. Probably even resist Tripod since no one else is interested. <sigh>
Important gigs for the upcoming next few months (for my reference because otherwise I'd forget).
|9 June||Clare Bowditch|
ACF Space ($40)
Definitely going to this one.
|16 June||Dandelion Wine (& Leigh Stardust)|
The Wheatie (free)
ACF Banquet Room ($40)
I'd like to see them but don't know if I will manage it if no one else is interested.
|30 June||Spiral Dance Yule Feast|
Port Adelaide ($45)
Sci-Fi theme. Still unsure about this one. Soon the decision will be out of my hands.
The Wheatie (Free?)
Brillig performing some of their new Cowboy Death songs. Also Elizabeth's birthday.
|15 July||Spiral Dance CD Launch|
The Wheatie ($15)
|21 July||Sophie Koh|
The Wheatie ($?)
|24 July||The Tea Party: The Reformation Tour|
Thebarton Theatre ($85)
Since the only person I know who likes The Tea Party (who is in Adelaide) isn't currently talking to me I'm less enthused about attending this one, especially with the price tag. So I'll probably give it a miss.
|10 August||Kate Miller-Heidke|
The Gov ($48)
Definitely going to this one as lots of people I know will be there.
Currently feeling like only going to stuff where friends are also going at the moment. Even if the friends are only the people playing on stage.
Despite being in so much pain I was almost vomiting by the end of the night, I quite enjoyed the Sponsor's Concert by Damh the Bard. His presence down-under was effectively crowd-sourced, with the prize being this concert (and the special edition recording of it afterwards). I do like his work and do recommend seeing him live, even if you aren't a pagan.
Those wanting to catch him in Adelaide have one last chance tonight (at the PASA meeting at Marcellina's Pizza Bar [$5 entry]), and people in Melbourne (Thursday), Sydney (Friday), and Brisbane (Saturday) can catch him at the various gigs and balls he is playing with Spiral Dance. See the Spiral Dance gig page for details.
[And it appears that Reverence Pavane is actually a cute blonde veterinary nurse. Who knew?]
Just as a reminder to peoples interstate who might be interested that there are three Spiral Dance and Damh the Bard gigs coming up very soon now. Well worth attending. They are:
I find Spiral Dance to always be well worth seeing (and especially danceable), and Damh the Bard to be quite profound and soul-fulfilling and well worth hearing (and even better sung along with). Very harmonious.
[I believe the plan for the next time they will be singing together will be at the Royal Albert Hall. So why not get an advance preview now instead of having to fly all the way to the top of the world and risk falling off it!]
Today was the English Ale. The standard torch-lit procession, although I suspect this was the last time I shall be a torchbearer in the Ale. Not only was I told to shut up when I pointed out a flaw in their master plan (and was actually later proven right, although it wasn't something disasterous just something that could have been better done), but someone who asked the same question just afterwards was answered. It went reasonably well anyway. They had a nice flaming sculpture to light the wickerman and everyone enjoyed a good bonfire before heading up to the concert.
The gig was excellent, starting with what I suppose was a good traditional Punch & Judy show (actually I can't stand P&J for some reason), followed by Musical Hall devotees Bygone Error who enthralled with enlightened entertainment ad exotic witticisms and songs. Excellent at what they do, as always.
There then followed a set by Spiral Dance to which I danced - there was even an extremely cute person to dance with, although her daughter was deathly scared of me [excellent judge of character]).
Then there was Damh the Bard (pronounced "Dave"), who does wonderfully moving Druidic and pagan songs, which mostly turned into a sing-a-long. Although there were a couple of dances.
It was lots of fun.
Kudos to all the people that contributed to making it worthwhile.
I was sure I've filled you in on recent music acquisitions. But apparently not, unless LJ is losing posts, which really wouldn't surprise me. So it's probably going to be time for a big post soon. Probably after the 22nd.
Anyway for now, have a list of my recent acquisitions:
Mostly it was finishing off the offering of many of the bands I liked, so there was no exploration. In the meantime I've received a few physical CDs, a few other downloads from Bandcamp and the like, the results of a couple of Kickstarters (Galanis, Amanda Palmer & Neil Gaiman). Plus all the stuff I picked up at the Fringe. Maybe I thought I'd listen to them first? Oh well. Not that anyone read these anyway. <wink>
The Chronicles of Professor Elemental Crowdfunder
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Well isn't this jolly and, well to be darned honest about it, darned exciting!
We're making a Tea-V series (see what I did there) and it's all about me, Professor Elemental.
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P.S If the monkey doesn't turn up with the tea and battenburg my apologies but he really is awful at Cyber Stalking."