Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Go-Betweens: Live 2005-10-28 Kaserne , Basel , Switzerland

At last another Go-Betweens' bootleg. After this one I'll have to start reposting some of the old ones (most of the old links had to be taken down). So don't worry: there will be many more to come.
Anyway: this is from the GoBes' last tour and it has a quite peculiar tracklist. First because of two song from McLennan's and Forster's solo career: Don't you cry for me no more and Justice (which I like a lot!). Plus there is a nice rendition of the then unreleased Did she overtake you (later recorded in Robert Forster's "The Evangelist").
About the sound quality: this is an audience recording, but don't get frightened by the not so good quality of the first (and part of the second) track: after that the sound does get better. 
By the way: the picture was shot by Martin Schori [Photographs (c) 2005 Martin Schori]. I have taken it from the Go-Betweens'website.


01. Boundary Rider
02. Head Full Of Steam
03. Caroline and I
04. Magic In Here
05. Streets Of Your Town
06. Justice
07. Bachelor Kisses
08. Did She Overtake You
09. German Farmhouse
10. Darlinghurst Nights
11. FindIng You
12. Don't You Cry For Me No More
13. Surfing Magazines
14. Poison In The Walls
15. Was There Anything I Could Do?
16. Here Comes A City
17. Clouds
18. Too Much Of One Thing
19. Spring Rain
20. The Clock

Live 2005-10-28 Kaserne(New Link)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Ymusic: Beautiful Mechanical

I'm loving these guys.

From NPR
"The New York-based mini-orchestra yMusic champions music by young composers whose work combines the complexity of classical music and the tuneful, rhythmic energy of pop. The ensemble consists of six virtuosos: Hideaki Aomori, clarinet, bass clarinet; CJ Camerieri, trumpet, French horn; Clarice Jensen, cello; Rob Moose, violin; Nadia Sirota, viola; and Alex Sopp, flute, piccolo. Each of these players is often busy playing with orchestras, chamber groups, and cutting-edge pop acts such as Bon Iver, The National, Björk, David Byrne, Grizzly Bear, Antony and the Johnsons and Sufjan Stevens" [...]
These pieces of music were composed by people like Annie Clarke (St. Vincent), Son Lux and Shara Worden (My Brighted Diamond).

And nodata is back...

Yes, it is: 

Zabranjeno Pušenje - Pozdrav iz zemlje Safari (1987)

I haven't posted anything in a very very very long time, I know. Trapped in the maze of annoying social networks... So, I decided to be back with something unusual, that is actually something I'm getting fond and that I'm starting to know only now: (ex) yugoslavian rock. I know: it sounds weird. And mostly so if you have never heard someone sing in that language (i.e. serbian, croatian, bosnian or slovene). And I never had...until some weeks ago. But now that I got used to it I have to say it is worth it.

But now let's cut the crap.
Zabranjeno Pušenje were a band from Sarajevo, Bosnia, active in the 80's. They were part of what was called "the new primitives" (kind of a garage rock with ironic lyrics). They were also part of a famous bosnian comedy tv show (Top lista nadrealista)...and in fact irony is a big part of this band just like lyrics meant a great deal among ex yugo bands. But I'll talk about that some other time.
"Pozdrav iz zemlje Safari" is their third album, from 1987. After the war the band split (it is a bit more complicated than that: the singer joined the No Smokng Orchestra -"no Smoking" is the english translation of Zabranjeno Pušenje- in Belgrad while other members stayed in Sarajevo and kept the old name).

The download link is taken from the blog jugorockforever.

Here's Balada o Pišonji i Žugi + the english translation of the lyrics (from And then one of my favourite songs off this album, "Kako je Velika Britanija postala probušeni dolar album" (long title indeed! I don't know what it means this time...).

The ballad of Pišonja and Žuga

Pišonja and Žuga remembered pretty well
What Lepi told them last night
"There is party at the seaside, there are chicks at the seaside
Seaside is the source of life, right, Moke?"

Moke also said that
Foreign girls fuck really good
And that he, when he was in a camp in Zaostrog
Had sex every other night
Pišonja and Žuga could listen to them
Through the whole night
Pišonja and Žuga had
Hot seventeen year old blood

Pišonja and Žuga

The same night Pišonja and Žuga
Stole a cassette recorder from The handicapped center
And right after it they stole a bus
Of a bus company from Hrid
Pišonja speeded up
That hot summer evening around 10 pm
"And now, to the seaside!"
Yelled Žuga as loud as he can

Pišonja was driving and smoking tobacco
Žuga loves brunettes, Pišonja loves blondes
"And after the seaside, to the wide world,
Only brave people become famous
And then, goodbye, Breka shacks!"
Yelled Žuga and turned up the recorder
"You're getting a postcard from safari in African countries
Bye, roaches!"
Pišonja and Žuga, two faithful comrades
Are taming dangerous curves
Please, watch after them, Queen of speed

Cops blocked the road
Somewhere around 11 pm
Boogie-woogie was playing in the bus
When he saw cops while he was driving
Around 50 miles per hour
Pišonja told Žuga: "Tie yourself, we're flying!"

A horrible crash cut the air
Even sparkles were flying
Next moring people were talking and swearing
That they found air exhauster and rearview mirror
Hundreed and fifty feet farther in a ditch

Pišonja and Žuga, two faithful comrades
Are taming dangerous curves
Please, watch after them, Queen of speed

While they were carrying Pišonja into an ambulance
He saw Moon above himself and said
"God, how can some people go there
And me and Žuga can't even go to the seaside!"
After that he swooned
And he couldn't hear
How, up in the sky
The yellow Moon laughed for a long time

Pišonja and Žuga