Inspired by whay3s’ post below of tunes by the excellent Perfume Genius, I decided to dig through my own back catalogue of depressing songs (i.e. most of my catalogue) and throw down an old classic. This is a rarer, BBC Sessions edition of Mogwai’s “Hunted by a Freak”, off of their 2003 album Happy Songs for Happy People. The album is more subdued and definitely shows more electronic influence than previous albums, especially compared to their debut, Young Team. Maybe because of this, this song gets under one’s skin.
Aphex Twin recently conducted a “Penderecki-inspired composition” in Poland… via remote control. It is terrible (the piece, not necessarily the performance). It’s also hard to see what the technology adds to the music, other than allowing Richard James to indulge in his love of anonymity. I guess that’s what happens when you live in a converted bank for too long.
Once in a while, I like to take a break from raging and listen to some ‘chilled-out grooves’. Here is a song by a group called Tortoise – they’re out of Chicago, and hate being referred to as post-rockers. Their album ‘Millions Now Living Will Never Die’ is a classic of post-rock, with a heavy jazz influence (and a heavy ‘this is the best music ever’ influence). Hilariously, this song is not off of ‘MNLWND’, but off of their next album, ‘Standards’. Listen to this song anytime. Also, check out any live versions you might find.
Hard in the paint,