Folk Friday

Now I have little time to sit down and write, I’ve decided to tell you a little bit about my Friday night from last week.

A good friend of mine had invited me to an evening of live music at the Grain Barge a few weeks ago and that’s where we ended up again; similar kind of music but different, still-local bands playing.

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‘Video Games’ – Lana Del Ray

Very late last night (we’re talking midnight), I was laying in bed, trying to give a listen to Lana Del Ray’s album, which I mentioned in my previous post. I ended up waking this morning with earphones still in place but not before I’d had a chance to ‘quickly’ listen to the album… By which, I mean, I spent most of my listening time fast-forwarding through with the ‘Next‘ button on my iPod! 😉

There were two songs that I recognised from having heard them a year ago on the radio. This one I’m sharing with you know is my favourite. The other was, in fact, the title track (Born to Die), which I also like… I just couldn’t previously remember what on Earth it sounded like.

What I’ve realised from flashing through the album is that her voice isn’t always as ‘droney‘ (B!) as on these two tracks. There is some variety and I’d even go as far as to say that I can hear similarities between her work and what John Frusciante has been providing us with for the past decade… Don’t worry though, B; I’m only referring to the band and the ‘strange sounds’ that appear behind several songs. 😉

Reading up on her Wikipedia page, I’ve learnt several things… She isn’t British(!!), that isn’t her real name (well, I kinda guessed that), this is actually from her second album and, before making it as a singer, she wanted to be a poet!

I was going to share the original studio recording with you but then, I found this and I think it goes to show that her talent is real; in a world where so many women are, well, fake. Please read on below for the lyrics.

(Don’t worry – I’ll be getting back to the rock-themed tracks very soon! ;-))

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New CDs

Last week, I shared with you the two books I recently bought from Amazon. I was still waiting the arrival of two CDs to complete my latest trilogy and, after a possible delay with the recent weather, they arrived yesterday.

Two recent albums from John Frusciante and Lana Del Ray's debut, which is now a year old.

Two recent albums from John Frusciante and Lana Del Ray’s debut, which is now a year old.

To start off, there are two recent albums from John Frusciante; best know and previously a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers on two occasions. I’ve shared one of his solo tracks on this blog before but, his own work remains relatively unknown to most. I’m a big fan of his work, even though I haven’t given his previous album (The Empyrean) much of a listen. These are still yet to make their way on to my iPod but the artwork alone reminds me of the albums John was releasing a decade ago (two of my favourites are from that era).

With that, my ‘big secret’ this time is that I’ve been curious about Lana Del Ray’s debut album for the past twelve months! There was one track that struck a chord with me – I can’t be bothered to check for its name now but, it might have been the title track; Born to Die. I look forward to seeing what the rest of the CD is like, as this is a bit different to my usual preference for ‘noise’. 😛 She’s the first female artists (that I can think of) to have really caught my attention since Katie Melua (I also own her first two albums).

Again, this one really needs to go on to my iPod before I listen to it – which then makes me wonder why I bother buying CDs… 😛 I was also surprised that all three discs arrived in the classical ‘jewel’ cases, when I’d assumed that modern CDs were being released in slim, card sleeves now… Yes, it has been a while since I purchased any new music! 😉

Last time I tried to rip some new tunes from my CDs, my laptop (through the power of iTunes) managed to re-produce several CDs in a terrible distorted state that was unbearable, even to my ears. I’ve tried following the advice of many comments found through Google searches but, this still happens, even when I attempt to simple play the CD in a non-Apple program. That does suggest a potential problem with my disc drive but I’m still yet to find a cause (or a cure).

Time Goes Back

As I feel a bit guilty for dumping that last post on your tonight (especially when it concerns an issue I should probably have resolved already), I’m going to present you with a second song for the evening.

In a recent 30 Days challenge, I wrote a letter to guitarist John Frusciante. In that note, I included a mention of how I would love to be able to play a song on my acoustic guitar. Tonight, I’m sharing that song with you! 🙂

It does skip a bit near the start (it’s not your computer) and, to compensate for that, I’m also going to share with you John’s acoustic recording of this same song, which used to be available as a free download from his website.

Enjoy and good night. 🙂

Day 13 – A Band or Artist that has Gotten you Through Some Tough Ass Days (Write a Letter)

Well, it probably comes as no surprise to the majority of people reading this which band I’ve chosen to write this letter to… 😉 I might even write a second letter though, as there is another (solo) artist who has helped and inspired me throughout the last nine-years since I first discovered his own music away from the band he is (was) commonly associated with.

Day 13 – A band or artist that has gotten me through some tough ass days

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