, How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
No, wait, counting and list-making are thy things. Ach, but I do love thy site, even since thou demoted me to thy B-list blogroll (no hard feelings at all, in fact; thy explanation
made perfect sense). OK, enough with the Quaker-talk, I’m starting to feel like Tricky Dick Nixon (whose Quaker mother still used
thee and thou and all that jath with her sisters in his childhood).
His site’s a marvel, ain’t it? All those lovely words; the quizzes, stunts, and capers; the serializations. But you know which bit of it I like most of all these days? The very tasteful little “We listen …” section toward the bottom of the right column. It’s the Mike chart, with lovely little apercus in the hover-over text. I find myself checking it all the time to see if bands—some of whom I’ve never even heard of—have moved up or down the TD listings. And although I’m afraid I can’t give him the benefit of an Amazon Associates commission (with his links going to Amazon.co.uk and all), I’ve bought several CDs on the strength of his recommendations. They haven’t always zipped to the top of my personal charts—Lemon Jelly, for instance, was just a little bit too antic for my tastes, though I admit I do find myself singing “All the ducks are swimming in the water” from time to time—but they’ve always been like a friend’s voice whispering in my ear as I wandered the aisles of my local CD store, and I can’t say I’ve ever regretted a purchase that I made after reading about something in TD. (From the current listings, I already know I’m going to have to check out Zongamin, Hidden Camera, and maybe Bent.)
I suppose all that is my way of confessing—as if that were necessary—that the list(s) that follow(s) is directly inspired by the Mikester (except, of course, that since I am still coming off the most peculiar period without music
—which seems inexplicable just a few months out of it—that I still have a lot of old music to catch up on, so several of the things that I’ve bought recently and have in heavy rotation are positively ancient. Oh, and because I know I’m going to have to post this in batches, it doesn’t make sense to do it in the form of a chart. (Or am I just critically timid? Discuss.) Don’t be asking me why I’ve started with jazz, because I have no idea.
I listen … Part 1, Jazz, More or Less (Sometimes Considerably More or Less)
Cinematic Orchestra: Every Day
Cinematic Orchestra: Remixes
Cinematic Orchestra: Motion
St. Germain: Tourist
Various: Formation 60: Modern Jazz from Eastern Germany, Amiga 1957-69
A rare weekday post. I had some nasty dental work done last week that had some even nastier repercussions today, which drove me downtown to my endodontist this afternoon. The upside was a much earlier than usual end to my work day.