Tag Archive for 'beat'

“The Man in the Dark Sedan” by Snakefinger

snake.jpgSnakefinger is lauded for his masterful guitar work, but I think his real genius lays in his ideas about percussion. This album, and this track in particular, give you a taste of that.

A frequent collaborator with the Residents, Snakefinger appears on most of their most recognizable recordings, like “Eskimo” and Tunes of Two Cities. He was set to lay down tracks in 1987 on the Residents’ God in 3 Persons album (which ruined my mind forever when I was 13), but he died of a heart attck while performing on stage just before the sessions.

Snakefinger,”The Man in the Dark Sedan,” from the Greener Postures LP on Ralph Records (1980)

“Rail/Collapso” by Bosho

bosho.jpgNice noisy two-fer to keep y’all busy until we get back from our trip to the frozen tundra of Buffalo, which is actually only a bit colder than NYC this week. In between servings of wings and beef on weck, I’m hoping to get back into a couple of the record stores out there if they haven’t all dried up… any ideas or faves?

Back to the sounds at hand…  NYT has a story on Bosho from 1988 if you’re interested, written about a year after this disc was released:

Bosho sets in motion Western and Eastern, new-fangled and down-home sounds, layering them into crafty, off-center funk.

Reading it, I want to hear their “broadened” post-Chop Socky sound. I think this album has an amazing cover. Open the kitchen cabinets and play along!
Bosho, “Rail/Collapso” from the Chop Socky LP on Dossier Records (1987)

“Up in Daisy’s Penthouse,” by Jody Harris and Robert Quine

dsc_0009.jpgOn the heals of my Raybeats post is the Harris/Quine project I alluded to. Robert Quine, who I learned had died on at trip to Subterranean Records a couple years ago, was, like the Raybeats, a very influential musician. He did stints with Richard Hell & the Voidiods, in Lou Reed’s band, with Lydia Lunch, James White & the Blacks, They Might Be Giants, Material, and many more.

This is a nice landscapy track with a nice little lofi drum machine beat. Background music for some, I suppose.

Jody Harris and Robert Quine, “Up in Daisy’s Penthouse,” from the Escape LP on Lust/Unlust (1981)

Here Quine is onstage with Lou Reed, smoking and playing “Some Kinda Love” with Italian chatter overdub!

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