Kyary Pamyu Pamyu & Mondai Girl

Well, we haven’t posted a new Kyary video for quite a while. Whaddaya think?

I think the music’s boring, but the visuals reach acceptable levels of Kyaryan kraziness. Lyrics here at kashigasa. The song title means “problem girl” or “problematic girl.” A longer version of the video is coming out soon. This is Kyary’s first song to be used for a TV drama, the drama being “Mondai no Aru Restaurant” (the restaurant with problems).

2001 Theme & Deodata

I got on a 2001 kick and this where I ended up, the jazz arrangement of the theme for Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Oddyssey (the fanfare of Also Sprach Zarathustra, by Richard Strauss). From Eumir Deodata’s album Prelude (1973).

This arrangement made a big impression on me from the movie Being There (1979), in the scene where Peter Sellers’ character walks out of his house for the first time in his life (below).  But I hadn’t realized what an all star lineup was on this track, including Eumir Deodata (keyboards), Stanley Clarke (bass), Billy Cobham (drums), John Tropea (guitar), Airto Moreira (percussion).

 

Sunday Music & Lux Aeterna & Ligeti

Lux Aeterna, by György Ligeti, performed by Cambridge Clare College Choir, conducted by Timothy Brown. From the album Illumina (1999). OK, I admit I’m kind of going out on the outer edge with this one.

This piece was in the soundtrack for Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Our faithful Wikipedia informs us that the words are from the Reqiuem Mass:

Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine, cum sanctis tuis in aeternum, quia pius es. Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine.

(May everlasting light shine upon them, O Lord, with thy saints in eternity, for thou art merciful. Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and may everlasting light shine upon them.)

Hendrix & Red House Belated Blogiversary

I think this is from Smash Hits, the US release (1969). Jimi Hendrix (guitar), Mitch Mitchell (drums), Noel Redding (bass).

Incidentally, while I was away I got a Blogiversary notice. Two years, good visitors!
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Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!

I tip my blogger cap as usual to Nightskyradio, my blog mentor.

Bitches Brew & Miles Davis

From the eponymous album (1970).

Miles Davis (trumpet), Wayne Shorter (soprano saxophone), Bennie Maupin (bass clarinet), Joe Zawinul (electric piano-left), Chick Corea (electric piano-right), John McLaughlin (guitar), Dave Holland (bass), Harvey Brooks (electric bass), Lenny White (drums-left), Jack DeJohnette (drums-right), Don Alias (congas), Jumma Santos (shaker).

From All Music‘s review by Thom Jurek:

Thought by many to be among the most revolutionary albums in jazz history, Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew solidified the genre known as jazz-rock fusion. The original double LP included only six cuts and featured up to 12 musicians at any given time, some of whom were already established while others would become high-profile players later, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Airto, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Don Alias, Bennie Maupin, Larry Young, and Lenny White among them. Originally thought to be a series of long jams locked into grooves around keyboard, bass, or guitar vamps, Bitches Brew is actually a recording that producer Teo Macero assembled from various jams and takes by razor blade, splice to splice, section to section. . . . Bitches Brew is so forward-thinking that it retains its freshness and mystery in the 21st century.

I reacquired this on CD recently. It holds up real well . . . if you like this kind of stuff! Album art by Mati Klarwein:
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