Painting Penguins with Kate Bush

I was listening to Kate Bush’s bizarre 1982 track “Leave It Open” the other day.  There’s an ending vocal passage (starting at 2:34) that’s hard to decipher.  When I first heard the song years ago, I thought she was singing “Leave it open / Let us in,” but I later found out it’s “We let…

“Rocket Man”, gnomes and kids on Mars

As I wrote about in a recent post, the music of 1972 seems to be appearing with regularity in my life lately. I was at my local health food store last week and Elton John’s “Rocket Man” (from his 1972 Honkey Chateau album) was playing on the in-store sound system.  As I walked through the…

Sunday Brunch: March 9, 2014

New Music Every Sunday. iamamiwhoami – “Fountain” (Internet single, 2014) I wrote about iamamiwhoami a while back, and it’s nice to see she/they have returned.  In January, a new series of videos began (presumably to be gathered into an album, as has been done in the past). So far, there’s two – this one and…

Sunday Brunch: Dec. 1, 2013

The Silver Seas– “I’m The One” (from Alaska, 2013) Daniel Tashian has been writing brilliant songs for a long time. In fact, in his day job he’s a professional songwriter- writing tunes for others, and the occasional ad jingle.  The stuff under his own name (including the album Arthur, one of my favorites from a…

The Moon Hangs in Black: A Halloween Selection

A new compilation/mix up at Mixcloud in honor of Halloween. A little horror, a little humor. Tracklist: 1. Sanctum Sanctorum (The Damned) 2. (Ballad of) The Hip Death Goddess (Ultimate Spinach) 3. Boris the Spider (The Who) 4. Not to Touch the Earth (The Doors) 5. Brimstone in a Barren Land (Danielle Dax) 6. Outside…

Kate Bush’s “Never For Ever”

“A lot of people think it’s hilarious that all the ideas are coming out from under my skirt. But the good and bad things pour out of me in the form of music. It’s terrible, it comes out like diarrhoea! And it’s to hint that so much of it comes from a sexual need, from…