#musicmonday: Elysian Fields – Red Riding Hood

I’d better be careful. This isn’t the first time I’ve said “I’m not normally a fan of this lot, but …”, and if I say it too often, I’ll find myself normally a fan of this lot. Point is, the first time I was advised to look into Elysian Fields, I was a little underwhelmed, but on one or two occasions since I’ve been quietly impressed – plus I unreservedly love their La Mar Enfortuna project. So it was that I half-heartedly clicked on a link to the new single, expecting it to be pretty average, and thought … you know? This is really pretty good.

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Japan – how and why the music world is helping

While the terrifying events in Japan are still ongoing, everyone from Lady Gaga to Linkin Park, Mike Patton to Mountain Goats, has wasted no time in coming together to raise funds for those affected.

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Tzadik’s Artist for Artist page

I just followed a link to the Tzadik website – John Zorn’s avant garde/experimental music label – and they’ve helpfully added a page called Artist for Artist, where people associated with the label recommend certain works on the site to help us navigate through the impenetrable swamp of the deeply weird.

Sadly, the site doesn’t seem to have any MP3 stream clips so you can’t preview the albums, but I found most of the acts easily enough on YouTube, even if they didn’t have a wide selection of songs. It was worth the effort, since I like to take little detours from time to time just to check out acts that would otherwise pass me by.

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