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Tunes For Tuesday: Margaret Thatcher Protest Songs

Baroness Margaret Thatcher passed away yesterday. I wasn’t a fan of her or her policies, but I was a fan of the protest songs she engendered. So in honor of her passing, here’s Billy Bragg.

After the jump? Chumbawamba.

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Tunes for Tuesday: Scott Hardkiss

(While you’re taking a mental break from today’s SCOTUSing, hang out with Tunes For Tuesday! Xposted from IShouldHaveBeenABlogger)

RIP Scott Hardkiss.

In the early ’90s Scott Friedel was a member of pioneering San Francisco DJ/producer trio Hardkiss which was rounded out by musical partners Gavin and Robbie. The Hardkiss Brothers (who weren’t biologically related) helped nourish and influence the era’s fledgling West Coast sound — psychedelia mixed with Balearic, house and techno — via Bay Area warehouse parties as well as remixes and productions issued on Hardkiss Music.

I was a total techno head in the 90s. The Hardkiss Brother’s classic album Delusions of Grandeur is one of my Top Ten albums of all times. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present what I used to introduce people to as “Techno 101.”

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Tunes for Tuesday: Justin Timberlake

This is not ‘NSync, this is Justin Timberlake. (Though I will accept arguments that Pop is in fact the latter rather than the former.) To celebrate the release of The 20/20 Experience (which is growing on me like a fungus), I thought we’d take a pass at some of his better solo efforts.

Which of course means, we start here. Take it away, The New Yorker:

There are at least seven layers of simultaneous activity in the song: it’s as if Timbaland wanted to see how much he could pile on without creating atonality. First there is an arpeggiated keyboard figure, followed by male voices singing a bit of Gregorian-style chant. Next comes a steady, sombre pattern that sounds a little like the minor-key vamp in Ellington’s “East St. Louis Toodle-Oo.” Below it are four bass notes, recurring in chacona style. Now the angelic Timberlake enters, together with a more nasty-minded rhythm section, a vaguely Indian-sounding synthesized string orchestra, and, finally, sped-up versions of all the above.

In sum, “Cry Me a River” may be the most polyphonically complex teenybopper ballad in history.

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Tunes For Tuesday…Interrupted

I was going to do my usual Tunes for Tuesday blog cross post today. It was all 80s/90s nostalgia of R.E.M. and everything.

But I’m afraid you’re going to have to click here if you want to hear that. Because I found something so, so, so much better, that it took precedence over anything and everything else.

I only regret I cannot blast this at my office currently. Because, genius.

ETA: Go to his soundcloud site. There are about a half dozen of these–all hilarious.)


Tunes for Tuesday: U2

Why U2? Because I was in the mood for it.

Bono haters, take a number and form a line to the left.

A couple more from the 80s after the jump.

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Tunes for Tuesday: Hooverphonic

I originally discovered Hooverphonic back in my trip hop days, but the band has long since left those roots behind and are far closer to being an electronic/progressive type band. We’ll start this session off with cuts from their debut album A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular.

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Tunes For Tuesday: Gotan Project

Gotan Project is a French group that dabbles in tango, electronica and nu jazz. I’ve been stuck on them for weeks.

Here’s “Epoca”, from their debut album La Revancha del Tango.

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Tunes for Tuesday: Portishead

To close out this month of Trip Hop, we’ll go with Portishead. From their debut album, Dummy:

and another:

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Tunes For Tuesday: Morcheeba

Following the theme we seem to have created this month, I thought today we’d have a day of Morcheeba, a band that appeared on the scene in the mid 90s with a fabulous trip hop sound.

This is from their first album “Who Can You Trust?”

This single was far more rare in the rotation of MTV, but was the reason I ran out and found the album.

and one from their next album, Big Calm.

(Xposted from IShouldHaveBeenABlogger. For more of today’s T4T, click here. For T4T archives, click here.)

Tunes for Tuesday: Neneh Cherry

On last week’s T4T, we had Massive Attack. This week I feel like we should backtrack a little and hit the woman who helped give birth to them. (No, really, their debut album, Blue Lines, was recorded in her house, next door to the nursery.) Ladies and Gentlemen, I present Neneh Cherry.

From her debut album Raw Like Sushi: Manchild

And now, a couple of her more mainstream hits.

Will you stop that scratching and give me a beat?

Ignore the British accented english doing Spanish 101 and a terrible New York accent. The song rocks. Just go with it.

(Xposted from IShouldHaveBeenABlogger. For more of today’s T4T, click here. For all T4Ts, click here.)