Happy birthday Naomi Yang (2014)

Naomi Yang

Happy birthday to Naomi! Have a lovely day.

Lets celebrate with some folk music…
Listen to the awesome Magic Hour cover of Sally Free and Easy
MP3: Damon & Naomi – Sally Free and Easy

Here are Damon & Naomi performing their folk ballad Cruel Queen from Within These Walls

Originals: Who Am I by Country Joe and the Fish (covered by Damon and Naomi)

Who Am I was recorded by Country Joe and the Fish on their second album I Feel Like I’m Fixin’ to Die in 1967

Damon & Naomi’s cover was released on their second album The Wondrous World of Damon & Naomi in 1995:

MP3: Who Am I – Damon and Naomi

On the Galaxie 500 Mailing List many years ago, while discussing the song, Bob brought up an interesting point…
Bob:

this is a very nice version of the Country Joe and the Fish song. However, D&N leave off the final and most haunting/troubling verse of the song. Lyrics were definitely a sign of the times…ca 1967 or so….but the D&N version omits the punch line. I’ve thought of asking them why, but always forget whenever I have the chance to see them.

The verse in question…

And now my friend we meet again and
We shall see which one will bend
Under the strain of death’s golden eyes
Which one of us shall win the prize
To live and which one will die
‘Tis I, my friend, yes ’tis I
Shall kill to live again and again
To clutch the throat of sweet revenge
For life is here only for the taking.

Update:
… so I took advantage of Twitter and asked Damon about that last verse…

Damon Krukowski ponders going back to mono

Damon has written a very interesting op-ed piece for Pitchfork on the history of stereo recording and why mono is better (at least in the summer months).

Pitchfork: Damon Krukowski – Back to mono

When Brian Wilson was told by Capitol that they wanted to produce a stereo mix of Pet Sounds, he raised an objection unrelated to his own hearing. “Brian explains that he always wanted his records to be in mono so that he would be in control of the listening experience,” the liner notes to that egregious stereo mix confess. “With mono, the listener hears it exactly with the balance that the producer intended. With stereo, however, the listener can change the mix, just by the turn of a balance knob or speaker placement.”

… it sort of explains why I particularly love these…
A couple of my mono LPs by The Beatles

Dean Wareham’s Indietracks set available to download on Dimeadozen

Dean Wareham live...
Dean Wareham’s wonderful set at this year’s Indietracks festival is now being seeded on bittorrent site Dimeadozen.

Dimeadozen: Dean Wareham – Indietracks Festival, Derbyshire, 26th July 2014

Dean Wareham
Indietracks Festival
Engine Shed Stage (indoors)
Midland Railway Centre
Swanwick Junction
England
26th July 2014

Lineage: Sound Pros SP-CMC-8 cardioid mics>Sound Pros Battery Box>Sony PCM-M10 (line-in, 24 bit, 44.1kHz)
Transfer: Sony PCM-M10> usb > wav > Soundforge 9.0 (Selective hard limiting, Normalise,
Fade-in/fade-out, 16 bit 44.1kHz)>CD Wave (Track splits)>FLAC>mp3tagv2.55a (Tag Flacs)

1.Emancipated Hearts
2.When Will You Come Home
3.The Dancer Disappears
4.Holding Pattern
5.Snowstorm
6.Love Is Not
7.Decomposing Trees
8.Strange
9.Blue Thunder
10.Babes In The Wood
11.Tugboat
12.Fourth Of July

Notes:
Recorded at barrier next to right hand stack. This was another great performance by Dean Wareham and band, very pleased how the recording has come out.

While you’re there you may as well grab the Joanna Gruesome set in which Dean guested on Tugboat…

Dimeadozen: Joanna Gruesome – Indietracks Festival, Derbyshire, 26th July 2014

Originals: Friday I’m in Love by The Cure (covered by Dean & Britta)

This one slipped through the net way back in the Fs, so here’s a bonus this week. Friday I’m in Love was the second single from The Cure’s 1992 album Wish. According to Wikipedia this toe-curling dogs breakfast of a video won “Best Music Video” at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards (I guess that may say more about the 90s than about the video itself? Or maybe more about what I find toe-curling.)

Dean and Britta covered the track for a 2008 tribute album Just Like Heaven.