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Music... - Tina Marie's Ramblings
Red hair and black leather, my favorite colour scheme...
There's something about old country music that makes it perfect for driving late at night.

I woke up an hour ago. worrying about the cats I'm cat-sitting. So I drove up to Mike's to check on them - 60 miles or so. At midnight. They were, of course, fine.

I'm either incredibly responsible, or I have no life.

Current Mood: sleepy sleepy

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alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: September 2nd, 2003 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I dunno about country and western.

I find early Pink Floyd very good for night drives. (If I get a cat, he might get called "Lucifer Sam"). Other good night driving music: pretty much anything by Tori Amos.

Talking of music, a relatively new band has been appearing on the radio here a lot recently, called The Thrills. They are Irish but quite a lot of their songs are very much Western (rather than Country). Good group. Look for "So Much For The City" - The Thrills - in the record store. I expect it'll be available in the US, as it's the sort of music which tends to do well in the US by my reckoning. The nice thing about The Thrills is their website is *not* Windows-only cruftiness.

Badly Drawn Boy "Have you fed the fish today" is another good one I've got recently (probably not available in the US though, well, Amazon might have it), and Supergrass "Life On Other Planets" (which has a nice psychadelic piece as the last track). The Supergrass CD is especially good played loud during games of Unreal Tournament :-)
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: September 2nd, 2003 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I found The Thrills and Badly Drawn Boy on Amazon. Ask me in a week how I like 'em.

I really need an MP3 player in my car...

Thanks for the suggestions!
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: September 3rd, 2003 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)
In particular, whilst towing gliders last weekend, I couldn't get The Thrills "One Horse Town" out of my mind for some odd reason :-)

Funnily enough it was one group who I was trying to find out who they were for *ages*. The radio kept playing "Big Sur" and doing something really annoying: not saying what the song was and who it was by! I must have heard it half a dozen times before either Manx Radio or BBC Radio 1 (or 2) actually said who it was.
I normally keep a pen and a small piece of paper sitting in the centre console of my car so I can write down a band name/song if I hear something good. Half the time when the radio station actually tells you what they just played, I've forgotten by the time I get to the end of my journey! So I took to writing it down next time I came to a junction or had to stop somewhere.

The frustrating thing about Radio 1 in particular is that they play 90% dross during the day and occasionally insert a good piece of music from a band that's not signed/well known yet. Unfortunately they'll often play a really good track exactly once, so I have to keep the paper and pen handy if I'm ever to remember who they were! But they do have some interesting music in the evenings (John Peel's show in the evening is all non-mainstream - a lot of it's not my cup of tea but he's played some very good small and unheard of bands, and some stuff I've really liked, and it's nice to have something like that not continously broken up by advertising).
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: September 9th, 2003 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Got the Badly Drawn Boy one today. It's pretty good - I think it's one of those albums that will grow on me.

Also got John Mayer's Room For Squares - I think I'm going to like that one too.

The Thrills one isn't here yet....

Thank you!
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: September 10th, 2003 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)
The Badly Drawn Boy album is one of those. I thought it was so-so on the first listen, but after a while I came to really appreciate it. Little things, like how he's joined two tracks (I Was Wrong followed by You Were Right - after you've heard it once, you start anticipating the start of You Were Right as the previous track goes into the last Amaj7 chord). Very well put together.

In fact it was the song "You Were Right" which caught my ear on the radio. The presenter (Chris Moyles, Radio 1) said the song was great, just the right length, interesting etc. then accurately predicted it wouldn't do well at all (with the hidden inference that it was due to the crappy talentless boyband playlists that his radio station normally plays). Knowing I'd probably not hear the song or band again, I quickly wrote it down before I forgot who it was. Of course, all the best songs get virtually no air play :-/
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