Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Music Advice

I went to put on some music yesterday and had an 'I'm bored with everything I own' moment. Haven't bought any new music for a couple of months - mainly because nothing has struck me. Zero 7's The Garden was the last thing I bought. Would anyone like to suggest something new I ought to go and check out.

Or perhaps a little known, but in your opinion classic, album I should have in my collection?

A couple of friends play the cello and I have heard a few nice pieces of solo cello music recently. My classical knowledge is appalling (by choice, I find most classical appalling) so where would I start in buying a CD of solo cello music? Nothing orchestral please.

By the way the moment passed and I found Tinawiren's Amassakoul which cheered me up. 'Legendary poet guitarists and soul rebels from the Southern Sahara desert,' in the words of their own hype.

8 comments:

Kathryn said...

At last, a music request I can maybe contribute to. I you're intent on avoiding anything orchestral, then the Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites are, imho,among the most perfect music ever written. Lots of splendid recordings,- I'm listening to Tortellier as I type, and can't think of a better way to spend some of my day off :-)

Martin said...

Charlie Hunter Quartet's "Songs from the Analog Playground" is very good. Bass/Guitar, Drums, Percussion and Saxophone play chilled jazzy stuff, with the odd guest vocalist. I can lend you a copy if you like.

Mark Berry said...

Nitin Sawhney - Philtre

Jonathan Potts said...

The new Razorlight album's really rather good. Even better is the new Guillemots album. Two good albums in what has been a slow year for good music so far.

Graham Coxon's new album "love travels at illegal speeds" is suprisingly good as well.

Check out any on my lost music posting. Though you may have many of them already.

In terms of digging deeper - "soleside's greatest bumps" for some quality old-school style hip-hop. "The funky 16 corners" has to be the best funk compilation I own. A more left-field funk/hip-hop comp with some amazing tracks (as well as some rather dubious ones) is "peanut butter wolf's jukebox 45s".

You may have glazed over the Mars Volta's two albums - heavy, difficult listening but undeniably superb.

The Black Rebel Motorcycle club's third album "Howl" is a wonderful album despite it's low-key release last year which may have caused you to miss out on it.

There's probably more, but that'll do for now....

Chris John said...

I second Bach's Unaccompanied Cello Suites.

Jo Barfoot said...

I love the Bach cello suites (and can lend you a copy if you like) but then, I like classical music.

Still classical, but a bit more modern is Villa-Lobos' 'Bachianas Brasileiras' nos 1 & 5, for eight cellos (why stop at one?). It is so-titled because it is what Bach would have written had he been living in Brazil last century. Apparently. The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Phil have got this and other tracks on an album called 'South American Getaway'.

Marston Smith's album 'I Cellist' also looks really good.

Have you listened to Miles Davies' 'Sketches of Spain'? Nothing to do with cellos, but fab nonetheless.

Martin said...

As there seems to be a cello theme here, would just like to add a recommendation for Shostakovich Cello Cencerto 1. I must admit a slight bias - great Cello stuff, but the Horn part is also rather good. Can lend this.

And in case you want something more obscure (which I gather you do from what I know of your music collection), you could listen to Apocalyptica. Apparently they play metal on Cello's. I only know about them because they came up on last.fm, but the track I heard sounded pretty good.

St said...

Thanks gang. Bought the Bach cello suites and enjoying them. For a non-classical buff like me all six in a row is a bit much but I listened to teh first three on Saturday.

Also got hold of Philtre. Thanks Mark. It's a 'must hear'. East meets west meets north meets south. Blues meets banghra. Drum and bass meet dreamy and ballad. Life changing.