Part 1 of Contrast Podcast‘s 2012 Festive 50 has finally been posted. It features Muruch‘s Vic introducing the title track from Anaïs Mitchell’s Young Man in America and Brendan intros “Better Now” from The Vesper’s The Fourth Wall. The two albums were #1 and #2 on Muruch’s Top Albums of 2012 list.
Contrast Podcast‘s 2011 Festive 50 has been posted. Part 1 features Muruch‘s Vic introducing “Booty City” from Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybear’s Scandalous and Part 2 has Brendan‘s poetic intro to “What The Water Gave Me” from Florence + The Machine’s Ceremonials. Both albums were on Muruch’s Top Albums of 2011 list.
Fisher – I Will Love You (mp3)*
*mp3 is hosted by & offered as free, legal download on Fisher’s site
You can hear my voice in the new edition of Contrast Podcast, which has the theme “Best of 2010 (So Far).” My pick was Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown album (click title for my review) and I submitted the 100% legal, label-authorized mp3 “Flowers (Eurydice Song).” Hadestown will almost certainly still be my #1 album of 2010 at the end of the year.
*mp3 hosted by & posted w/ permission of artist’s PR rep on behalf of label
Brendan introduces “King of the Dogs” from Iggy Pop’s Préliminaires and Vic intros “Nice Very Nice” by Kurt Vonnegut & Dave Soldier from Ice-9 Ballads, which is on both her 2009 Top Albums and Best Albums of the Decade lists. Click the link below to download the podcast…
Contrast Podcast – Festive Fifty (mp3) *
*mp3 hosted by & link provided by Contrast Podcast
You can hear me introduce “Nasty Tasty” by Luminescent Orchestrii in the new episode of Contrast Podcast. The theme was “Best of 2009 (So Far)”, and I chose Luminescent Orchestrii’s Neptune’s Daughter as my favorite album of the year so far.
As I mentioned in the intro, there have been several releases I’ve loved this year. You can find those reviews at the links below. Great Northern’s album in particular is one that I seriously considered for the podcast.
Muruch’s Best of 2009 (So Far):
1. Luminescent Orchestrii Review
2. Great Northern Review
3. Black Joe Lewis Review
4. The Decemberists Review
5. Vienna Teng Review
6. Morrissey Review
7. The Bird & The Bee Review
8. Bell X1 Review
9. The Bad Plus Review
10. Christabel & The Jons Review
Or if that link doesn’t work, you can grab the song on this page.
“The Erl King” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Who rides there so late through the night dark and drear?
The father it is, with his infant so dear;
He holdeth the boy tightly clasp’d in his arm,
He holdeth him safely, he keepeth him warm.
“My son, wherefore seek’st thou thy face thus to hide?”
“Look, father, the Erl-King is close by our side!
Dost see not the Erl-King, with crown and with train?”
“My son, ’tis the mist rising over the plain.”
“Oh, come, thou dear infant! oh come thou with me!
Full many a game I will play there with thee;
On my strand, lovely flowers their blossoms unfold,
My mother shall grace thee with garments of gold.”
“My father, my father, and dost thou not hear
The words that the Erl-King now breathes in mine ear?”
“Be calm, dearest child, ’tis thy fancy deceives;
‘Tis the sad wind that sighs through the withering leaves.”
“Wilt go, then, dear infant, wilt go with me there?
My daughters shall tend thee with sisterly care
My daughters by night their glad festival keep,
They’ll dance thee, and rock thee, and sing thee to sleep.”
“My father, my father, and dost thou not see,
How the Erl-King his daughters has brought here for me?”
“My darling, my darling, I see it aright,
‘Tis the aged grey willows deceiving thy sight.”
“I love thee, I’m charm’d by thy beauty, dear boy!
And if thou’rt unwilling, then force I’ll employ.”
“My father, my father, he seizes me fast,
Full sorely the Erl-King has hurt me at last.”
The father now gallops, with terror half wild,
He grasps in his arms the poor shuddering child;
He reaches his courtyard with toil and with dread,–
The child in his arms finds he motionless, dead.
Contrast Podcast – Musicians Introduce Their Own Songs (mp3 removed)