Dead Flowers

Well when you're sittin back, in your rose pink Cadillac Making bets on Kentucky Derby Day, I'll be in my basement room, with a needle and a spoon. And another girl to take my pain away -Jagger/Richards

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Bitches Brew

"Whatever your temperament, Bitches' Brew will reward in direct proportion to the depth of your own involvement." - Rolling Stone

Release of Bitches Brew was a turning point in the history of music. It was the beginning of that awesome phase: Jazz-Rock fusion. The musicians who played on Bitches Brew along with Miles were jazz masters par excellence. Many went on to form brilliant fusion bands-McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra & Shakti, Joe Zawinul & Wayen Shorter with Weather Report, Chick Corea's Return to Forever, to name a few.

I guess the importance and brilliance of Bitches Brew is best expressed in the original Rolling Stone magazine review.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

MP3 search tricks on Google

People fed up with the inconsistency of files downloaded through various P2P software, check this out.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Radiohead revisited

When talking about indie rock we can't exclude Radiohead, can we? It is just an aberration that these guys are with EMI/Capitol. But a jump from a small indie lable to a powerhouse is all but inevitable for talented bands. Take the case of the latest Death Cab For Cutie album on Atlantic-"Plans"( they have gone even more indie, I feel).

With OK Computer tasting mainstream success, Radiohead added scores of wannabe Radiohead-heads. To filter out some of that fan-base, they set out on a mission which was, to put it mildly, audacious. They set out to make an album which would not be a Radiohead album. They set out to make KID A, an out-n-out electro-punk record. But the end result was a true Radiohead album (it succeeded in its endeavours however). Full of creativity, originality, genius, unpredictability and outright brilliance. A true non-commercial and anti-pop album.
(For me it is up there with OK Comp & The Bends)

So, the children of the 90s (me included), thank your stars that you have witnessed the birth and growth of a powerhouse in the realm of music. A band you can proudly say belong to your generation. To celebrate this fact, I present to you 3 wonderful Radiohead bootlegs.

The audio is very clear (encoded@256 kbps). The KROQ acoustic show is great. And check out the live version of "Idioteque" on the Canal+ show. It's a treat.

P.S. Advice for people who want to burn these shows (or any other bootleg with good sound) onto a CD. Boost up the track volume by at least 200% before doing so. It would just sound like an officially recorded show.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Death Cab For Cutie

DCFC is another arty indie band. I just got hold of Transatlanticism. It is a pretty rocking album by these guys from Seattle. Very classy sound and style. I would not advise anyone to get into their live stuff as an introduction to the band. Listen to their albums ( bank on the net), know their songs and then get their live material. It would make you forget every other band for a while.

However, if you want to sample their live shows first, I would recommend There are 19 shows available for download.