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EI4: Doleful Lions “Out Like a Lamb” ; Savath & Savalas “Folk Songs for Trains, Trees and Honey”

OoO did not intend to take a three-month hiatus, but we’re glad to be back with idiotprogrammer, Robert Nagle.

 

DJ Poseur claims that DL is the best rock band to have its whole discography on Bandcamp on a “name your price” basis:  https://dolefullions.bandcamp.com/

Find S&S’s debut on Discogs:  https://www.discogs.com/master/107485-SavathSavalas-Folk-Songs-For-Trains-Trees-And-Honey 

 

STRUCTURE:  War in Europe for Ukrainian & Russian Music (to 9:25) Doleful Lions “Out Like a Lamb” (9:25-16:00) Other critics & genre, Lazarus as a song premise (16:00-24:00)  Being tame —> longevity? Bandcamp’s future in licensing.  Downsides of consistency (24:00-27:52) Doleful Lions “Look Homeward Angel Numbers,” Ratings, RIYLs (27:52-31:17)  Comparison of very different album picks & Robert’s thoughts on Savath & Savalas, how excited to be about mellow music (31:17-44:08) Savath & Savalas “Folk Songs for Trees, Trains and Honey” electronic music around the turn of the 21st century (44:08-48:45) AMG & Pitchfork on S&S & what ambient is and is not, elderly electronic listeners, live music & instrumental music, unpredictability in repetitive musical styles (48:45-1:00:30) What we listened to that our parents couldn’t stand, DJ Poseur goes racist to describe styles of music he doesn’t like in misinterpretation of a question about Thai musical tastes, Trip-hop & downtempo versus jazz & lounge music, RIYLs (1:00:30-1:06:25) Rating S&S (1:06:25 to conclusion).

 

In the Ukraine war intro, Robert does a great job with examples of how musicians on all sides are responding.  UKRAINIAN MUSIC FOREVER!! Robert's "Ukraine Pop Music is Cool" Playlist on Spotify. https://spoti.fi/3MnVNTn Also a Youtube playlist: https://bit.ly/3vMpeIL   As always, check out his blog for more media.  http://www.imaginaryplanet.net/weblogs/idiotprogrammer/

 We also mention “Russian folk singers with a message” such as Alexander Rozenbaum.

 

Album reviews for “Out Like a Lamb”:  https://chicagoreader.com/music/local-indie-rockers-doleful-lions-have-long-been-overlooked-but-theyve-never-lost-their-spark/ , https://chicagoreader.com/music/local-indie-rockers-doleful-lions-have-long-been-overlooked-but-theyve-never-lost-their-spark/ .  AMG thinks very highly of them but hasn’t updated their discography https://www.allmusic.com/artist/doleful-lions-mn0000141712 .  Two others get the Pitchfork treatment https://pitchfork.com/artists/1261-doleful-lions/ . 

 

DJ Poseur can’t take psychedelic folk rock revivalism very seriously due to Spinal Tap’s “Listen to the Flower People 

 

“Out Like a Lamb” is RIYL:   The Beatles, The Beach Boys, His Name Is Alive, "Kumbaya", Junip/Jose Gonzalez, Simon & Garfunkel, Mamas and the Papas, Paul Simon, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Papas Fritas.

“Look Homeward Angel Numbers” is RIYL:  The Faint, Caesars, Many Birthdays, Dandy Warhols, Gentlemen

DJ Poseur owns most of and recommends the entirety of the Hefty Records catalog for fans of instrumental, post-rock, experimental but still accessible downtempo electronica https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hefty_Records . 

 

The cohost and DJ Poseur disagree on whether DL would be RIYL or overall sounds similar to Of Montreal for their psychedelic chameleon rock discographies that vary over decades from the 1990s to the 2020s.

 

“Folk Songs for Trains, Trees and Honey” is RIYL:  Bonobo, Boards of Canada, Thievery Corporation (& full stable of ESL Music in Washington D.C. = Eighteenth Street Lounge Music), DJ Farina’s “Mushroom Jazz”.

The rest of S&S’s discography is RIYL:  Devendra Banhart, Junip/Jose Gonzalez, Cass McCombs

 

A very old Pitchfork review of it:  https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/7007-folk-songs-for-trains-trees-and-honey/ 

 

Robert’s favorite mellow music comes from Polly Scattergood & Goldfrapp, both comparable in his view to Stevie Nicks.  Also

Australian singer Princess Chelsea .

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Obscurity Quiz w/ idiotprogrammer 60s Psychedelic Rock Revival

 

It’s been a long, unscheduled hiatus for OoO, but here’s a morsel of what we’ll talk about in OoO EI4, currently being edited.  The albums up for arrangement from most to least famous in this quiz are as follows:

 

A. Dandy Warhols - "Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia" (2000).  B. The Apples in Stereo - "Fun Trick Noisemaker" (1995).  C. The Vryll Society - "Course of the Satellite" (2018).  D. Doleful Lions - "Out Like a Lamb" (2002).  E. Gentlemen - "Secret Memories" (2020).  F. The Everly Brothers - "Roots" (1968).  G. Guided by Voices - "Bee Thousand" (1994).

 

By the guest’s request, I cross-checked the number of reviews on AllMusic Guide with the number on rateyourmusic.com .  Impressively, the rankings were exactly the same in terms of comparing the number of user rankings for each album.  Furthermore, the most-ranked album for each artist (which is usually the one chosen for the Obscurity Quiz) was also the same as on AMG.  Let’s hear it for intercoder reliability or at least internet statistics generally!  Woo consensuses!

 

On Discogs, it’s much more labor-intensive to find out which of a band’s albums has the most ratings.  The albums in this quiz differed slightly there, with The Dandy Warhols more popular relative to GBV &  The Everly Brothers more popular relative to The Apples in Stereo.  I probably won’t do this much follow-up after every Obscurity Quiz going forward, however fascinating these subtle differences may be.

EOG2 Capillary Action ”Capsized” & The Season Standard ”Squeeze Me Ahead of Line”

Buy our album picks on Bandcamp, 3/4 on a “name your price” basis:  https://capillaryaction.bandcamp.com/album/capsized  &  https://discorporate.bandcamp.com/album/squeeze-me-ahead-of-line

 

STRUCTURE:  OG introduces CA & his history w/ them, attending & booking concerts, the awe of discovering something completely new, the importance of venue, stripping down the band on tour, DJ Poseur’s ignorance of Oberlin but mutual co-op Hobart worship, CA is recommended for whom? (0:00-13:20) Drummers w/ energy & turning on a dime, composition versus improvisation, any accessible entry points?, NO Mr. Bungle!, “Capsized” & “So Embarrassing”, associates of CA, OG’s concert bookings in the bygone days of Myspace, the early days of social media, one doesn’t get into music for the money, underground & “self-released” music (13:20-24:18) Being an amazing opening act w/ a famous tour versus headlining, collaboration & exposure, ratings & critical reviews, Pitchfork readers poll & Joe Tangari’s reviews of CA (24:18-30:20) individual songs on “Capsized”, the convergence of extreme complexity & unintentionally genius incompetence, a van accident, the Kevin Shea tributes, side projects & day jobs as the tragedy of the millennial generation’s musical luminaries, WI (30:20-39:48) CA’s elusive discography, documentation of OGs glory days w/ CA, the meaning of CA, RIYLs (39:48-45:35) ratings, metal adjacency & the need for experimentation (45:35-48:50) transition between album picks (48:50-56:33) no such thing as bad music?  acquired tastes & the need for repeated listening to appreciate versus being a rock edgelord (compared to the more American practice of getting really into obscure forms of Christianity), are they done making music?, pushing the boundaries of rock in the 2020s, hooks, complexity, drumming (56:33-59:59) electronics sour the rock purists, vocal comparison, unusual song structures & unpredictability > soloing.  “Squeeze Me Ahead of Line”, Discorporate & Tzadik Records, collaborators famous and obscure, plugging Bandcamp call to action (59:59-1:06:25) review on “All About Jazz” and elsewhere & when screaming vocals are appropriate, then individual songs on “a subtle album”, quasi-jazz comparisons, songs blending versus being individually distinguishable, music for driving, the explosion of subgenres, is it offensive or an easy/“soothing” listen? (1:06:25-1:14:37) How serious are their boastful self-descriptions on Bandcamp?, mystique, avant-garde, the slow return of live music post-Covid (1:14:37-1:17:17) ratings & comparison to their previous EP “Caudle Cameo” (1:17:17-end)

 

Capillary Action is RIYL:  Mike Patton, FZ, The Season Standard, Basset Hounds, Jouska, Head of Femur, pele, The Book of Knots, Hi Red Center, Need New Body, Volcano!, Zs, Make a Rising, Many Arms & other raucously ambitious acts on Tzadik. I hear Elvis Costello in his voice; OG hears Sinatra (!) & says Mr. Pfeffer mentioned Archie Shepp as a big influence.

 

The Season Standard is RIYL: Mahogany Frog, Capillary Action, Phil Manzanera, Deerhoof ("Xylan" especially), T.J. Kirk, King Crimson

 

A great, insightful interview w/ Jonathan Pfeffer of CA in a source I’d never heard of (about the previous album, “So Embarrassing”:  http://www.tokafi.com/15questions/interview-capillary-action/ .  

“So Embarrassing” is NYP on Discorporate Records. 

 

A cool rendition of “Sweepstakes” in an indoor overpass.  

 

I would absolutely have loved to see a double bill of CA & Už Jsme Doma in Madison, mentioned by OG as his first meeting of the bandleader.  Here’s the music video for “Mariana”.  They should have an album pick on a future OoO episode.

 

OG also mentioned Charlie Looker , Psalm Zero, and Extra Life.  Mike Watt as a collaborator & jamming partner also comes up.

 

Pitchfork’s reviewer does a good, thorough job with CA, comparing them both aptly and humorously to Need New Body.  “Feeding Frenzy” is compared to the experimental yelling (& apparently storytelling) album by Liars, “They Were Wrong, So We Drowned.”  

 

The performance that led me to Pele for a jazz connection is “The Mind of Minolta”.

 

A very positive, helpful review of “Squeeze Me Ahead of Line” in an unexpected source:  https://www.allaboutjazz.com/squeeze-me-ahead-of-line-the-season-standard-unsung-records-review-by-john-kelman 

 

OG connects them to Stick Men & obviously King Crimson.

Score the List 1: Power Pop w/ Optimus Grimes

This is a new mini-feature we’re trying out for the first time, though it was intended to accompany the very first episode of OoO.   The idea is to give a very personal review in conversation about a “best of” or “essential” albums list in a particular style for a list from a semi-authoritative source online.

 

We begin w/ this list of “Essential Power Pop Albums”:  https://www.treblezine.com/10-essential-power-pop-albums/  (If you want to play along, don’t look at the list until after the episode.)

 

The list is discussed album-by-album, with each cohost giving his or her personal hot take and receiving a numerical score in relation to it.  The scoring is rather complicated, but I hope it’ll eventually be second-nature and easy enough for listeners to tally their own scores.  It also admittedly favors people w/ large collections of physical or digital media rather than those who just stream music (as it should, I say!)

 

SCORING FOR EACH ALBUM:  Never heard of band & album (-5 pts); Heard of Band but not album (-4); Heard of both but not heard & don't own (0); Heard It (+2); Own It (+10); Own It But Haven't Heard It (+3); Used to Own (and Listened) But Don't Now (+5). Own a different/additional album by the same band +1 each.  Saw live +2 each time, saw frontman live +1 each time.  10pt. bonus if you would have put an album on your own list in the category.  5pt. bonus if you're sure a band that is on the list would be on your list but a different album.

 

Obviously the goal is to have a positive rather than negative total score by the end, and there can be some competition between the cohosts to establish credibility or even expertise.  Listeners are strongly encouraged to post their own scores in the comments, and congratulations are owed to anyone who can best the cohosts.  You’ll just have to listen to know our scores (no spoilers in the description!) and whether we can keep our heads above water.  I expect some negative scores in the future.

 

If you’ve read this far, we will say that OG approved of the list more strongly than DJ Poseur, finding 80% in the 20th century to be an unfair bias.  A list of DJ Poseur’s favorite power pop albums would definitely have included Starlight Mints’ debut & a Self album (an actual list is probably not forthcoming, barring popular demand).  Optimus Grimes’ score should get the 5pt. bonus for calling one entry “THE quintessential power pop band.”  I failed to include it b/c this was the first time doing this mini-feature.

 

Welcome any feedback on whether this is more or less interesting to listen to than our usual mini-feature, The Obscurity Quiz, and if you know a good list (preferably of 10 albums) to use in a future edition.  

ELH1 - Halloween Special: Pitch Black Manor’s “Monster Classics” & The Spits’ “Haunted Fang Castle”

Purchase our album picks on Bandcamp https://pitchblackmanor.bandcamp.com/album/monster-classics & eMusic https://www.emusic.com/album/4953371/The-Spits/Scion-AV-Garage-Presents-The-Spits---Haunted-Fang-Castle 

 

Structure:  Introducing Loveheart & her experience raising a kid in the 21st century w/ music (0:00-8:55); Basic specs for “Monster Classics” & Loveheart introduces PBM & favoring bands w/ personal connections is considered (8:55-13:40) The dangers of musical nepotism, successful promotion of self-released music, after age 30 how loud is “too loud”?, genres, impressive production, other bands, vocals & lyrics, a passion for horror movies, horror soundtracks atmosphere vs. pop singles (13:40-28:49) Individual songs on “Monster Classics”, Loveheart’s personal music experiences, what songs we skip on an album,  (28:49-39:08) RIYLs, closing tracks, the music videos, festive family time (39:08-45:45) Ratings & PBM’s discography (45:45-48:05) Transition between album picks w/ “holiday” music & the need for a 21st-century Halloween music canon, spooky architecture, Midwestern rock, a novelty band Vs. a novelty album (48:05-55:09) Basic specs for “Haunted Fang Castle” & the storytelling media of the 1980s to early 1990s before CDs & the internet, the advent of on-demand entertainment & youth’s veneration of physical media in a remote/digital environment, classroom tech, & circling back to “Haunted Fang Castle” (55:09-1:05:20) characters in the story, individual songs (1:05:20-1:12:15) The Spits in general & our shared John Waters thoughts, Loveheart’s evolving punk assessments, discography & RIYLs (1:12:15-1:19:11) ratings (1:19:11-end)

 

Pitch Black Manor is RIYL:  Mike Patton, Rocky Horror Picture Show, White Zombie?, Voltaire, Bowie, Iggy Pop, Ministry, Devo, Voot Warnings, Goblin Cock, Marilyn Manson, My Life w/ the Thrill Kill Kult, Melancholic Bitch 

 

The Spits are RIYL:  The Ramones, The Kills, dirty/old-school garage & punk rock, catchy little ditties 

 

“Monster Classics” album review https://regenmag.com/reviews/review-pitch-black-manor-monster-classics/   

& a news release https://www.quadcities.com/articles/pitch-black-manor-returns-with-new-record-after-25-years/  PBM's many music videos set to classic horror films on their YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/PitchBlackManor 

 

The producer, Erik Peabody, may be responsible for this very spooky channel, Chilling Tales for Dark Nights.

 

David Bowie narrates “Peter & the Wolf” https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLonWRv9u8k-p-hpprl3rr-PmDOhlAzm1a 

 

The Spits have a YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF6qXluX-R7QqxEPi0LvS4g  , but most of their live concert footage is on other channels.  John Waters gives The Spits live set a fine introduction here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3zw4b4yldg 

 

Bands mentioned for playing in black, hooded robes include The Spits , Secret Chiefs 3, & Goblin Cock.  Might there be more?

 

Loveheart mentions the vocals on “Blasphemy” as akin to Cradle of Filth. Furious George as a “goofy” punk rock band https://www.allmusic.com/artist/furious-george-mn0000801584 .  

 

Once again, the vampire rock band comedy “Suck” (2009) is recommended:  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1323605/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_5 

 

Three other fine, often very scary movies mentioned in the episode:  Gods & Monsters , It Follows , & Green Room.  

 

Loveheart mentions FZ’s “Baby Snakes”.

 

DJ Poseur's Halloween mixes:  "Dark Chills" https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCBeakfAKFQbVbJzD-leE83ysJYCbmY_3 & "Halloween Hits" https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCBeakfAKFQavg1LNLkY_16focO89wXG9 

Obscurity Quiz w/ Loveheart

OoO welcomes new cohost Loveheart with a personalized Obscurity Quiz of exceptional taste ranging from the 1970s to 2010s.  Our Halloween themed episode with two rock horror album picks by Pitch Black Manor & The Spits is coming soon.

EI3 Monk Turner “God Complex” & Leslie Hall “Songs in the Key of Gold”

Purchase our album picks on Bandcamp:  https://monkturner.bandcamp.com/album/god-complex

& https://lesliehall.bandcamp.com/

 

Structure:  Robert introduces MT (0:53-8:38); Creative Commons & personal feedback on demos, “making-of” videos, collaboration(8:38-17:10); Concept albums of MT & compared to Holst’s “The Planets” (17:10-25:37) Stylistic variety on one album & individual songs on “God Complex” (25:37-42:22) gods & goddesses, genders of vocalists, looking for inspiration & songs “about characters” sung from their perspective concluding thoughts on the album, receptiveness to recommendations & RIYLs (42:22-49:27) Discography quantity & quality over 25+ albums & Robert’s favorite MT albums, Robert rates numerically in comparison to MT’s other albums (49:27-53:36) DJ Poseur is critical, Robert defends, & agreement to disagree (53:36-56:55) Transition between MT & LH, concept Vs. novelty Vs. comedy albums in general, “Name Your Price” Vs. free on Bandcamp, Bandcamp browsing strategies (56:55-1:05:01)  LH’s viral popularity > MT’s obscurity but both are relatable, The physicality of pop music, the “outsider music” question (1:05:01-1:10:20) “Songs in the Key of Gold”, music videos, Robert compares to Weird Al, original Vs. remixes, rediscovering pop of the past, ironic Vs. unironic listening (1:10:20-1:20:54) “the look” of a pop star & giving the people what they want in performances (1:20:54-1:26:08) Individual songs after a little more on MT (1:26:08-1:30:36) body positivity, full album conclusions, RIYLs (1:30:36-1:36:13) Ratings for LH (1:36:13)

 

Monk Turner is RIYL:  biographical rap battles of historical figures (ERB of History).  Tree-planting streaming services like streambystream.com , plantatreemusic.com , Pitch Black Manor, Kids of Widney High, Neon & Nude, Disney showtunes

 

Leslie Hall is RIYL:  Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, electronic pop & dance/house music, Felix Da Housecat (but she namedrops Britney & Beyonce), Kevin Blechdom, Chicks on Speed

 

https://nardwuar.com/nardwuar-vs-leslie-hall/ nardwuar interview with Leslie Hall.  Leslie Hall’s highly assured body positivity has a thematic list on Ranker https://www.ranker.com/list/songs-about-being-fat/ranker-music   But of course DJ Poseur prefers his much more obscure mix, leading w/ her absolutely one-of-a-kind, brilliant music video for “Tight Pants/Body Rolls” https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCBeakfAKFQapdqtvHBRDyZ9HQdx2IeFs   

 

We mention in passing Little Big’s “Sex Machine” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VDzezv7atU  &  Larry Groce’s “Junk Food Junkie” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7oOhMlsfeQ  Soundtrack to “Xanadu” https://www.allmusic.com/album/xanadu-original-motion-picture-soundtrack-mw0000313750   The aptly named Brave Combo https://www.allmusic.com/artist/brave-combo-mn0000933281 & the enduring appreciation of “Seven Ways” https://www.allmusic.com/album/seven-ways-mw0000601078

 

For those too young to get the reference, the question is posed whether LH’s album might serve the same purpose as Richard Simmons’ “Sweatin’ to the Oldies,” updated for the 21st century https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Awsp0L4WLxU

 

Robert’s glowing review of “God Complex” http://www.imaginaryplanet.net/weblogs/idiotprogrammer/2016/03/monk-turners-god-complex-a-suburban-rock-opera-with-mythical-overtones-review/

is accompanied by extensive coverage of Monk Turner’s sizable body of work http://www.imaginaryplanet.net/weblogs/idiotprogrammer/2011/06/monk-turner-la-song-writer-and-concept-album-creator/ .  His favorite album is “Love Story” https://monkturner.bandcamp.com/album/love-story .  Podcast interview w/ MT https://archive.org/details/170723MusicManumitPodcast/170723-music-manumit-podcast.mp3 .   Making-of videos about “God Complex” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJnmYWQerpc&list=PLz_TltsG83Liz6_pU2O7LsexPK2XCL-rr&index=1 .  Robert also recommends Live performance of Monk Turner and his sometimes collaborator Alanna Lin singing a song from Emergency https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOCFAlbRBrQ  Monk's on guitar.

(Alanna did not do any of the tracks in God Complex) Might he be MT’s biggest fan (on the internet at least)?

 

South Park’s take on conceptual Rob Schneider movies:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iS9H9WPPDS8 The AV Club includes concept albums in its yearly feature on the “least essential” music, starting w/ the whole decade of the 90s (see around the middle of the article for the take-down of lame concept albums) https://www.avclub.com/least-essential-albums-of-the-90s-1798208448

 

Robert hears similarities between Leonard Cohen’s “Future” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VAxwimExn0 & MT’s Hades’ song.  Rick & Morty S3E9 on “The Hunt” as a complement to Artemis’ song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y201T3OXZg .  Some more “obscure gods” not featured are listed here:  https://mythnerd.com/most-random-obscure-and-unknown-greek-gods-and-goddesses/

 

The “outsider” & production values questions (to be revisited in future episodes), posed by Kids of Widney High https://www.youtube.com/c/TheKidsofWidneyHighOfficialYouTubeChannel

DJ Poseur has an ongoing, similar beef w/ DJ Keep Roomie about how much to praise & how to appreciate the Young@Heart Chorus https://www.youtube.com/user/youngatheartchorus

Maybe we’ll hash out ironic listening, whether outsider originals or outsider covers of hits are “better” in a future scheduled digression.

 

DJ Poseur mentions a preference for Har Mar Superstar over both of this episode’s picks (for being very slightly more subtle & better produced/more listenable), though he’s too famous to be featured.  He furthermore appreciates the non-ironic indie sound of Sean Na Na, but these two music videos are, in his humble opinion, a perfect combination of the sex appeal & fantasy pop stardom this episode’s picks aspire to:  “Prisoner” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgHEeYIV62w & “DUI” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSMCNLpgZ5o

DJ Poseur is a snobbidy snob snob.

Obscurity Quiz Concept Albums

Robert Nagle (idiotprogrammer) is a contestant for a third time in a quick conversation about some seminal concept albums from the 60s & the first decade of the 21st century.  

We fixate a bit on The Beatles, leading DJ Poseur to bring up the “Almost Beatles” record art at the Archive of Contemporary Music https://arcmusic.org/galleries/almost-beatles/

Preview of Peter Jackson's "Get Back" https://youtu.be/UocEGvQ10OE?t=84 

Consider this a preview of topics to be considered in the upcoming episode on Monk Turner & Leslie Hall.

EI2: Onuka “Mozaïka” & Mireia Vilar “La Plaga”

This episode features two “unpopular pop” albums.  One from a group who apparently survive on viral word of mouth in Eastern Europe, and the 2nd a 2019 album translated as “The Plague” that in a just world would have spread more than Covid-19 or at least should be one of those globally prescient coincidences for future music historians to unearth someday.

 

Purchase our album picks on Bandcamp https://mireiavilar.bandcamp.com/

or eMusic https://www.emusic.com/album/150248559/ONUKA/MOZAKA

https://www.emusic.com/album/201770325/Mireia-Vilar/La-Plaga

 

Official sites:  http://www.onuka.ua/en/

http://www.mireiavilar.com/music/ 

 

YouTube channels (please use them only for the music videos and buy the albums):  https://www.youtube.com/user/onukaofficial   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdLwWPkbw7jpwwGPNMvkGgw

 

Structure:  Basic specs for “Mozäika” & Robert explains Eurovision (up to 9:08) Live and studio versions, Onuka’s views on Russia as a Ukrainian, the insular American pop music market & its imperviousness to Eurovision, contrast w/ U.S. music/singing pageantry, Robert on the “love fest” of Eurovision (9:08-15:50) Is competition good for music?  Does it make the music better or just more conformative? Robert on pop voices and yet more Eurovision details, “winning” versus “losing” the contests, telegenic appearances, must a pop diva be able to belt out and hold a single note? (15:50-24:20) The joys of liner notes & other merits of “Mozaïka”, variety and popularity of the album (24:20-27:28) Onuka’s “Strum” music video & a detailed description of a very short song/interlude via Chernobyl architecture, pop music & militarism, “Golos” & “Guns Don’t Shoot”, human sincerity with electronics, Ukraine’s geopolitics (27:28-34:08) Robert praises individual songs & gives RIYLs (34:08-38:56) Reviews on eMusic, DJ Poseur’s album summary, Onuka’s music videos, lack of professional reviews, comparison to the self-entitled album (38:56-43:31) Ratings (43:31-45:48) Transition between album picks, YouTube views disparity, Synth/dream/space pop?,  (45:48-49:30) Pop music, popular music, chart music, yacht rock, production convergence & conformity, nostalgia for certain time periods (49:30-56:01) Robert starts to opine on MV & gets steered back to obscure, “unpopular pop” & regional versus global popularity & whether there’s a single global (Western) style of pop music today.  How globally popular must a song be to pierce the USA?  Other media introduce new music and popularize it.  Being a fan w/out hope of seeing someone perform.  Foreign languages, time versus place influences in pop styles. (56:01-1:05:44) Mireia Vilar’s “La Plaga” & very literary lyrics in “Estado de Flow”  & other lyrical interpretations of individual songs on the album (1:05:44-1:11:56) Robert’s favorite song of the year & his RIYLS for MV.  Lyrical poetry listening versus general pop listening.  One person can make a difference w/ a review if no one else has? Music videos and performance videos, simplicity of composition.  Demographics & music markets. (1:11:56-1:21:10) Other songs on the album.  MV’s evolution from previous album and her future, would this work w/ a live audience? (1:21:11-1:26:33) RIYLs, mostly other obscure artists for fans of MV (1:26:33-1:27:52) Ratings (1:27:52)

 

Onuka is RIYLShuma, Bjork, Boomclap Bachelors, Jorane, La Roux, Линда (Linda from Kazakhstan)

 

Mireia Vilar is RIYL… SingerSen, Orbital, Goldfrapp, Beach House, other Spanish synth-pop?, Mow, Jeanette, Suzanne Vega, Enya

The RIYL Spanish band Mow is impossible to find w/out more of a lead, so try their music video for “Grasiah” here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92YtTynOyAM 

 

Onuka interview 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsrjjQmC364 

 

George Gittoes’ “Soundtrack to War” https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0470161/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 

 

MV has a special treat for psychologists…   Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. 

 

Robert thinks Onuka sounds like Linda, Kazakh pop star from the 1990s

https://www.bitlanders.com/blogs/mystical-trip-hop-from-russia-linda-russian-singer/60867

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_(singer), as well as Shuma, the Belarussian band https://youtu.be/K7VBU1TZwCo

Skryabin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skryabin_(band)  1997 album https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idGFNH0T6OA  , Lyube https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyube   https://www.emusic.com/album/123498320  , 

and MV sounds like Jeanette https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAe0gyrDSyg 

 

Laibach’s “Volk” album of national anthems https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_kxo4FIzLWoQPV-V-gUEycoRKKpWUWVI9E 

 

Eurovision:  Eurovision likes to laugh at itself, so they made this great music video to explain Eurovision to newbies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv6tgnx6jTQ&list=PLUczN3tkUHz7fi-jV2ab0oA8mQQXmqWUk&index=2 (the people who participate in the performance are all previous winners -- including the MC's!)

epic sax guy from Eurovision

https://youtu.be/pHXDMe6QV-U Moldava scored next to last place, and then 5 years later they made a meme out of him and literally epic sax guy was the most anticipated act in 2019!

Eurovision vigorously geo-blocks youtube content from USA.

idiotprogrammer’s blog:  http://www.imaginaryplanet.net/weblogs/idiotprogrammer/ 

Obscurity Quiz Europop Divas with Idiotprogrammer

As a preview for Idiotprogrammer's 2nd episode of OoO on "unpopular pop music," we take a brief look at some of Europe's most popular female vocalists since the 1980s.  We have differing views on which we'd actually choose to listen to today and whether we'd prefer any of them over our episode's album picks, neither of which is listed in All Music Guide, as ever the measurement standard for the quiz.

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