My taste in music runs a fairly wide gamut. So wide that I don’t think I can list all the genres that I legitimately enjoy. I even have several collections of “song-poems” that make me happy when I listen to them.
There was a point in my life when I had no use for country music, but then I found a few artists I enjoyed, like Charlie Feathers and Eddie Noack, so I can no longer say that’s true.
I’ve also, over time, ran across songs that fellow boingers have linked to in comments that led me down many unexpected paths full of delight.
So what I would like to do is this:
Anyone interested in playing along, please share a link to a song that you legitimately enjoy, but think is outside of the mainstream; something seldom heard, obscure.
Please keep it to one (or at most two) links per post.
Please don’t give anyone grief for the selections they share. One person’s “obscure” might be someone else’s “mainstream” depending on your/their tastes.
If you play along, thank you. I’m really looking forward to what other people have to share.
Since I mentioned them, I’ll lead off with one from Eddie Noack (although I’m pretty sure this one has been rerecorded a time or two, I still like it):
and one from Charlier Feathers:
and finally (breaking my 2nd rule already), something from another end of my taste spectrum (my wife will not listen to this… ever):
I’ve been trying to get my friends to listen to Deerhoof for the last six or seven years. So far no takers, but I really like them - they’re a mix of silly, noisy, and technical elements mated to some mutated J-Pop.their records Friend Opportunity, Offend Maggie and Deerhoof vs. Evil have been in heavy rotation on my phone since 2009.
Joanna Newsom gets criticised for her singing and because she plays the harp, which I guess seems like it’s trying too hard to a lot of people. She can be tiresome, but this stripped down version of Clam, Cockle, Cowrie always makes me smile and sing the harmonies (poorly).
I went on an alt-country kick a couple years ago and have retained a strong affinity for Hayes Carll and James McMurtry (well some James McMurtry anyhow). Kmag Yoyo is the song the started me down that road.
The first is from DeVotchKa; I’m not sure how well known they are, I just know they are a band somewhat local to my area and they do a lot of free shows. I wanted to link to One Last Vow, but couldn’t locate an official video. This is as close as I was able to manage:
I like them because they remind me a bit of David Byrne with a twist. Maybe that’s just me. I was almost able to see them perform live, twice so far. But both times it didn’t work out.
The second is Sleeper and their song Shrinkwrapped. I got this album for a buck at a yard sale, and loved it. I have no idea how many times I’ve listened to it.
Finally, a band I know next to nothing about, so they could be huge. I have no idea!
Thanks! I’m not sure why I find myself enjoying country music these days. Knowing my history, it’s weird. Although I still don’t like all country music.
When I was in the USAF, stationed at RAF Upper Heyford in England back in the late 80s, my roommate and our friend Ken would have music wars with the building across from us. They would play country, and we would play this, full blast, on repeat. Just set it and leave for awhile. I’m honestly shocked we never caught hell for that.
Maybe this is bending the rules a little, but it absolutely never fails to move me, sometimes to tears. Maybe it isn’t all that obscure but people generally know Vangelis for movie soundtracks, so… It reminds me of so many things and ideas and also hope for the future. It is huge and I can’t play it loud enough, something I didn’t find again until “Silence lends a face to the soul” by Saxon Shore. The key change around 3:30 is just so damn sci-fi too.
For 60s coolness, it’s hard to beat Bill Pursell’s “country-noir” (assuming such a genre has ever existed) pop-jazz piano and Hammond organ driven orchestral piece. I love how the strings subtly change pitch as they fade.
If perfectly recorded twangy guitars is your thing, then “Approach” by Pell Mell should work for you. Genius musician/producer Steve Fisk was the “permanent” member in this band of changing line-ups.