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Friday, September 03, 2004

Matt and Other Musical Instruments!

So, I got to thinking that I have really been listening to just a few specific CD's as of late and as I enjoy finding out what others are listening (and reading!) I thought I would make mention of these CD which seem to be stuck in rotation either on my Walkman or our home stereo --- By the way, I did my very best to create links to these CD's, but Blogger just would not cooperate! So, you will have to search Amazon.com if interested. Sorry...

The new Bjork CD, "Medulla" which I find oddly addictive. I also find it a little creepy on a couple of tracks, but as I keep listening to it I must like it!

Tim's suggestion to try out Stereo Total was a fantastic idea! I love this band and I think I have decided that "Party Anticonformiste" is one of my favorite CD's! However, I have managed to find 3 CD's by them and they all rock! Super Cool!

Now, I am not much of a fan of country music, but any band that dares to do country covers of Def Leppard and Devo songs deserves cred points. Plus I really like it! Also the cello player is really hot! The name of the band is Malibu Storm. You have to check out their sound on those two covers! Awesome!

I can't seem to get enough of the soundtrack to FUNNY LADY. I believe that one can only secure the re-mastered 1998 release on Arista Records, which is quite good and is actually more true to the film. However, I grew up on the vinyl version and I just prefer it. I love her vocals on "It's Going to be a Great Day" from the vinyl version better than the one used for the remastered CD. Luckily, I still have the out of print CD from an off beat record label that secured the rights to the soundtrack for a brief time. Anyway, this music just makes me happy ...And sorta sad on a couple of tracks. I just love it.

The London Cast Recording of Boy George's Taboo is fucking awesome! I really like it quite a bit. I would have loved to have seen this show. I don't care what the critics said! The music is great!

The way cool sounds of early sounds of Pizzicato 5 on the import CD, "Pizzicato 5 85" I LOVE their cover of a Simon and Garfunkle song on this CD! Well worth the money!

And the soundtrack to one of my fave French film, "La Vie Promise" which you can order from Amazon.com France. I like every track on this CD. I also recommend the newly released DVD as well! So very, very French!!!

I saw THE BROWN BUNNY this afternoon. I loved it. It was not as entertaining as Gallo's first directorial film, BUFFALO 66 --- but this was a fascinating experiment in filmmaking. Very slowly-paced and minimal dialogue. It is actually a mediation on grief and coming to terms with loss. It was like slipping into a painting. There are moments in the film I will never forget. One scene featured a lingering shot of an empty house with a discarded easy chair sitting on the sidewalk. Hard to explain, but it was a powerful image.

As for the much debated final scene where Chole Sivegny gives head to Gallo until he climaxes --- it is there, but it just wasn't shocking --- nor was it intended to be. It was slightly erotic, but also sad at the same time because the audience begins to realize what is really happening. This film reminded me a lot of the last Tori Amos studio CD which I loved, but I loved it on an artistic level --- it was not music I would play while driving or walking. The same is true for THE BROWN BUNNY --- I doubt I will venture to see it again anytime soon, but I am glad I saw it and felt Gallo did an exceptional job. However, I do not think it is for everyone.

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