Dan Bodan – Anonymous (2013)

The original version of Berlin-based Dan Bodan’s track on DFA, “Anonymous,” is a haunting, beautiful mediation on loneliness. But now, in a remix for an upcoming EP of reworks called Anonymous (The UNO Remixes), Brooklyn DJ Gobby has turned all of that to shit. In a good way! It’s really special that Gobby’s brain is so vague and complex that he could turn a slow burning heart-wrencher into a spastic noise jam that hardly makes any sense.

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Billy Joel – Just The Way You Are (1977)

The Stranger is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released on September 29, 1977. While his four previous albums had been moderately successful, The Stranger became Joel’s true critical and commercial breakthrough, spending six weeks at #2 on the U.S. album charts. It remains his best-selling non-compilation album to date, and was ranked number 70 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Much of the album’s success is attributed to Joel’s collaboration with producer Phil Ramone, whose innovative production methods complemented the album’s listing; this fruitful partnership would continue for a decade. Singles released from the album include “Just the Way You Are” (which won the Grammy for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year). This album overtook Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water to become the best-selling album on the Columbia Records imprint at the time.



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Don’t go changing, to try and please me
You never let me down before
Don’t imagine you’re too familiar
And I don’t see you anymore
I wouldn’t leave you in times of trouble
We never could have come this far
I took the good times, I’ll take the bad times
I’ll take you just the way you are

Don’t go trying some new fashion
Don’t change the color of your hair
You always have my unspoken passion
Although I might not seem to care

I don’t want clever conversation
I never want to work that hard
I just want someone that I can talk to
I want you just the way you are.

I need to know that you will always be
The same old someone that I knew
What will it take till you believe in me
The way that I believe in you.

I said I love you and that’s forever
And this I promise from the heart
I could not love you any better
I love you just the way you are.

[In memory of Phil Ramone – dedicated to H.K.]

The Juan Maclean – You Are My Destiny (2013)

The Juan Maclean‘s new single “You Are My Destiny (edit)” is a bit like viewing a comet from tail to head; you start with a misty, imposing pulse where vocals satellite around a massive kick, and before you know it you’ve reached the main section, an obelisk of puttering sytnhs and flatly emphatic vocals (courtesy of ex-LCD Soundsytem-ite Nancy Whang) that allow the brighter stuff to really shine. Really, it’s house funk that could have only come from a universe like DFA Records, where reverent archivists like The Juan Maclean continues to thrive and pay homage. You can pick up the extended version of the single on April 1st. [Source]







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Green Gartside – Fruit Tree (2013)

“Every week, somewhere in the world, singers gather in clubs and halls to sing the songs of Nick Drake. It is sobering to think that more people now hear his songs in a month than ever heard them in his lifetime.” – Joe Boyd

Undoubtedly one of the most influential English singer-songwriters of the last 50 years, Nick Drake found little mainstream success during his lifetime; however, since his untimely death at the age of 26, his fragile acoustic, autumnal music has touched the hearts of millions of people. Over the years since Drake’s death, his original producer Joe Boyd has explored the possibility of producing an album in tribute to his songwriting. But despite many well-known artists wishing to participate, he always resisted, because it seemed the only practical way to accomplish it would be for each artist to supply a track recorded separately, with their own chosen musicians. Boyd felt that the only way to avoid the pitfalls of the typical Tribute Album would be to have everyone together for a week in a rural studio, backing each other with harmonies and guitar parts, creating an organic whole of an album. By performing Way To Blue fifteen times over the course of four years, he has accomplished something resembling his original dream. The songs have been honed and shaped over the course of time, and the spirit of togetherness among the Way To Blue company has proved inspiring to all participants. The recordings on this new CD are the edited highlights of concerts in London and Melbourne; the interpretations provide evidence, if such evidence was ever needed, of the timeless depth of Nick Drake’s qualities as a songwriter. The result is an album with the quality of a studio production and the spontaneity of a live performance. Writing in the album sleeve notes, Joe says, “Selecting singers has been one of the most rewarding parts of this exercise. One criterion was that none of them should sound like Nick.

“Shortly after the Birmingham Town Hall show, as I was preparing a concert of Incredible String Band songs at the Barbican, I learned that Green Gartside, whose Scritti Politti recordings I had loved in the ‘80s, wanted to come and ‘play some back-up guitar or sing harmony’. I asked him whether he was equally fond of Nick Drake. You can hear the response in his performance of “Fruit Tree” on this cd.




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Robyn Hitchcock – Parasite (Nick Drake Cover Version) (2013)

On April 16, 2013 StorySound Records will release ‘Way To Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake,’ a live concert recording presented by Drake’s producer, Joe Boyd. ‘Way To Blue’ was originally conceived as a series of tribute concerts featuring artists hand-picked by Boyd, including Robyn Hitchcock, Vashti Bunyan, Lisa Hannigan, Teddy Thompson, Green Gartside of Scritti Politti, Danny Thompson (who played bass on Nick’s records) and many more. The concerts – nine in the UK, four in Australia and three in Italy – were staged at historic venues like the Sydney Opera House, and a show at London’s Barbican aired as a special concert on the BBC. The Times of London called the Barbican show “truly revelatory” adding that “there wasn’t a soul in the room that didn’t feel it,” and the Guardian called it “spellbinding.” This 15-song set to be released on StorySound features highlights from the ‘Way To Blue’ concerts – some faithful to the Drake originals, others radically reworked. All artists were backed by a house band led by Danny Thompson, and several of the performances feature the original orchestral arrangements of Drake collaborator, Robert Kirby. The result is an album with the quality of a studio production and the spontaneity of a live performance. Joe Boyd produced Nick Drake’s first two albums for his Witchseason production and management company, also home to Fairport Convention, The Incredible String Band, and John Martyn. Boyd wrote about his experiences with Drake in his acclaimed memoir ‘White Bicycles,’ but he’s resisted making a tribute album until now. “In my opinion, the only way to make a tribute record work, is to get everyone together in the same place so there’s a unity of sound and spirit. The performances these artists came up with exceeded my dreams of what was possible. The fact that none of them sounds like Nick makes you realize what a great songwriter he was.”




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‘Way To Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake’ Tracklist:
01. Luluc – “Things Behind the Sun”
02. Scott Matthews – “Place to Be”
03. Green Gartside – “Fruit Tree”
04. Shane Nicholson – “Poor Boy”
05. Krystle Warren – “Time Has Told Me”
06. Robyn Hitchcock – “Parasite”
07. Danny Thompson & Zoe Rahman – “One of These Things First” (instrumental)
08. Vashti Bunyan – “Which Will”
09. Lisa Hannigan – “Black Eyed Dog”
10. Shane Nicholson – “Rider on the Wheel”
11. Teddy Thompson – “River Man”
12. Luluc & Lisa Hannigan – “Saturday Sun”
13. Scott Matthews – “When the Day Is Done”
14. Luluc – “Fly”
15. Teddy Thompson & Krystle Warren – “Pink Moon”

About StorySound:

Back in 2005, Dick Connette, together with Scott Lehrer, opened up a recording studio they built in an old industrial building in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. StorySound Records has grown, naturally enough, out of the social and professional life of that studio – the sessions, the pantry hangs, the players and producers, engineers and arrangers, composers, singers and songwriters that are part of Dick’s daily life there. The label has no grander ambition than to make a good home for music that he cares about. The first CD the label released, High Wide & Handsome by Loudon Wainwright III, won a 2009 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album. Other StorySound artists include Rayna Gellert, Gabriel Kahane, the Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout, and Margaret Glaspy.

Yoko Ono – Woman Power (1973)

From the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band & Something Different album ‘Feeling The Space’. Feeling the Space is Yoko Ono’s fourth album, her last one on Apple Records, and her last release of the 1970s. (A fifth album, A Story, would be recorded in 1974, but not released until 1997). The entire album adopts a feminist theme, focusing on the plights of women in the 1970s. Its liner notes parody adult advertising, giving the telephone numbers, birthdates and vital statistics of the male band members. (John Lennon appears as “John O’Cean”, with his number listed as “Not For Sale”.)




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WOMAN POWER

You’ve heard of woman nation,
Well, that’s coming, baby.
What we need is the power of trust,
That it’s coming.
You’ve heard of the law of selection,
Well, that’s how we’re gonna do it, baby.
We allow men who wanna join us
The rest can just stay by themselves.

WOMAN POWER!

Two thousand years of male society,
Laying fear and tyranny.
Seeking grades and money,
Clinging to values vain and phony.

WOMAN POWER!

Do you know that one day you lost your way, man?
Do you know that some day you have to pay, man?
Have you anything to say, man, except
“make no mistake about it, I’m the president, you hear?
I wanna make one thing clear, I’m the president, you hear? “

WOMAN POWER!

You don’t hear them singing songs,
You don’t see them living life,
’cause they’ve got nothing to say, but
“make no mistake about it, I’m the president, you hear?
I wanna make one thing clear, I’m the president, you hear? “

WOMAN POWER!

You may be the president now,
You may still be a man.
But you must also be a human,
So open up and join us in living.

WOMAN POWER!

In the coming age of feminine society,
We’ll regain our human dignity.
We’ll lay some truth and clarity
And bring back nature’s beauty.

WOMAN POWER!

Ev’ry woman has a song to sing,
Ev’ry woman has a story to tell.
Make no mistake about it, brothers,
We women have the power to move mountains.

WOMAN POWER!

Did you have to cook the meals?
Did you have to knit?
Did you have to care for life instead of killing?
There’s no mistake about it, sisters,
We women have the power to change the world.

WOMAN POWER!

[Dedicated to H.K.]