I was just digging in deeper into the Wierd Records[its not spelled Weird, I triple checked] catalog and this song by Frank grabbed me over and over, the guitar line reminds me of some huge 80s hit, is it Dire Straits? no, I don’t know what it is but its buggin’ me, either way its pretty poppy for a cold wave label and thats what makes me keep going back to them.
I wanted to include Alice Cohen in my playlist I did for Olde English Spelling Bee but somehow she slipped thru the cracks, what a great spacey track, the magic here is that she made it so short, it makes you want to play it over and over, smart and talented this Alice girl is.
I’m not going to pretend I know world music, its something I wanted to get into but its a slippery slope, I could end up listening to alot of stuff I don’t want to hear for hours and be disappointed and hate that I spent the time but this song by Diakari Dia Diakite dit Dia almost puts me in a daze. The rhythm keeps me wanting more while his intensity keeps me interested on what the song is about and i’m going to quote Anchorman to end this post: Ron Burgundy: “I’m sorry, I was trying to impress you. I don’t know what it means. I’ll be honest, I don’t think anyone knows what it means anymore. Scholars maintain that the translation was lost hundreds of years ago.”
So maybe some of you want to know what the label 4AD is up to, well the last mailer I got this song by Broken Records, i’m on the fence about it, is it too alternative radio rock for the label? part of it grabs me but a good portion of the song pushes me away and worries about 4AD’s future BUT I trust them so I keep checking back.
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Chester says:September 3, 2010 at 9:16 am
Check Bassekou Kayoute for awesome world music.
Brad Conrad says:September 3, 2010 at 10:05 am
The guitar line in “Frank” instantly reminded me of ’80s hit “Echo Beach” by Canadian band Martha and the Muffins.
Joe says:September 3, 2010 at 10:34 am
i think your thinking of blue oyster cult don’t fear the reaper, the beginning is spot on.
Brian Park says:September 3, 2010 at 11:34 am
I think it’s probably Don’t Fear the Reaper as well.
As for world music, it’s SUCH a slippery slope. Some of it is so awful, prepackaged Starbucks music… Maybe give Anouar Brahem a try? World Music + the ECM sound/recording ethos = pretty amazing.
Jakub says:September 3, 2010 at 2:03 pm
Nailed it! thanks
Brad Conrad says:September 3, 2010 at 3:40 pm
I definitely see the BOC similarity but have a listen to “Echo Beach” the similarity is almost too much…
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Jeff says:September 5, 2010 at 6:25 am
I think that China Gift may be onto something! Also, there are like 3 notes in that Frank song that are just like the Reaper, but not a total ripoff. Sounds more similar overall to “Echo Beach”. Love the blog!
Jakub says:September 5, 2010 at 8:31 am
Don’t fear the reaper on 3
Kostya says:September 5, 2010 at 11:41 am
anyone else think of Hand in Glove when they heard the Frank track?
JT says:September 6, 2010 at 12:36 am
I think it sounds more like:
The Greg Kihn Band – The Breakup Song
新东方考研 says:September 6, 2010 at 6:35 am
James says:September 10, 2010 at 10:02 am
Coeur Hant is absolutely mesmerizing,, I certainly agree with the comments comparing it to blue oyster cult and martha and the muffins but this has something else. Do you know where I could find some more ‘Frank’?
Jeff Hendrickson says:September 14, 2010 at 5:13 am
@Kostya – I did.