The concept behind 'Random 10 and Zen' is to place my vast digital music collection on a single playlist, hit shuffle, note the outcome, and then write a stream of consciousness analysis to support the inclusion of particular artists in my music collection, along with some video supporting evidence.
Random 10 and Zen #1
- Nosaj Thing – Safe (Home, 2012)
- Grateful Dead - Mr. Charlie (72-04-16, Aarhus, Denmark)
- War on Drugs – Brothers (Future Weather, 2011)
- Neil Young – Sign of Love (Le Noise, 2010)
- Tricky – Suffocated Love (Maxinquaye, 1995)
- Monsters of Folk - Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.) (Monsters of Folk, 2009)
- Broken Social Scene – Shampoo Suicide (You Forgot It In People, 2003)
- The Doors – Backdoor Man (70-08-29, Isle of Wight Festival, UK)
- Hum – Stars (You’d Prefer an Astronaut, 1995)
- Atoms For Peace - Harrowdown Hill (13-07-25, London, UK)
Pretty good start to the column. Some major artists in my collection made an expected appearance such as the Grateful Dead, The Doors, and Neil Young. Their appearances in this column will not be rare as I possess a mighty collection of these artists.
Atoms For Peace is Thom Yorke's impressive side project, consisting of Flea on bass, makes for an entertaining visual of the two of them just dancing up a storm on stage. Radiohead will be a common theme amongst these columns and my writings in general.
Monsters of Folk are a supergroup consisting of Jim James from My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes, and M. Ward. They put out one album which is worth the occasional revisit.
War on Drugs were my favourite band of 2014, as their album Lost In The Dream was nothing short of epic. Good to see some Canadian content as well with Broken Social Scene making an appearance. For those not familiar with Nosaj Thing he is a brilliant electronic music producer, and well worth checking out in the following video for an introduction:
Trip-Hop pioneer Tricky did some seminal work with Massive Attack in the 90's to bring that music genre to forefront of music, bringing along with them bands like Portishead and Sneaker Pimps. Spent many late nights feeding off of the grooves.
And finally, Hum are a guilty pleasure of mine. They emerged in the mid 90's just as alt rock was being polished for mainstream cool. These four geeky looking guys, clearly not meant for wider appeal simply played some crunchy rock, which made for a great listen, and actually gained a pretty strong following on college radio in the US.