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Prem's Faves for 2008
{no particular order}
KUSF San Francisco, 90.3FM
Band/Artist Release Record Label Prem's Spew
Appliances-SFB SFB Rockhaus [Prem's Spew coming soon; 2007 CD reissue of this 1984 release]
Srikanth Chary, Akhilesh Sista, Shriram Brahmanandam, & Hema Sista Ethereal Melodies|Music for Healing Dhwani Productions [Prem's Spew coming soon; 2007 release]
Deerhoof Offend Maggie Kill Rock Stars [Prem's Spew coming soon]
Degenerate Art Ensemble Cuckoo Crow Tellous Records [Prem's Spew coming soon; 2007 release]
Toumani Diabaté The Mandé Variations Nonesuch [Prem's Spew coming soon]
DR. MiNT Visions and Nightmares pfMENTUM [Prem's Spew coming soon]
Joan Jeanrenaud Strange Toys Talking House Records [Prem's Spew coming soon]
Sharron Kraus The Fox's Wedding Durtro an excursion into the darker realms of human psychology, overlapping medieval- and Renaissance-flavored folk instrumentation (recorder, flute, viola da gamba, bells, etc.) with more modern instrumentation (timpani, banjo, e-bowed banjo, accordion, acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, violin, piano, etc.) to spooky effect, including the musical manifestation of a Thomas Campion poem from the late 1500s or early 1600s; Kraus's eerily fragile vocal provides the melancholy center around which each of these pieces revolves...sometimes innocently, sometimes ominously...leaving the listener enrapt
Little Bang Theory Elementary Acidsoxx Musicks [Prem's Spew coming soon]
The Lords of Outland You Can Sleep When You're Dead! (CD-R) Edgetone Records [Prem's Spew coming soon; 2007 release]
Painted Cakes Painted Cakes (CD-R) Painted Cakes [Prem's Spew coming soon]
Portishead Third Mercury Records [Prem's Spew coming soon]
Schola Cantorum San Francisco Schola Live! Schola Cantorum San Francisco recorded live in three San Francisco Bay Area churches (Mercy Center in Burlingame; Mission Santa Clara; and St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Berkeley) between 2006 and 2007, the eerily beautiful and resonant a cappella recordings of this 13-15 member choir of men and women directed by John Renke involve a variety of styles, the most fascinating being the four Renaissance motets composed by William Byrd in the late 16th to early 17th centuries involving sophisticated counterpoint; more modern pieces by Arvo Pärt, Josef Rheinberger, Edvard Grieg, and Trond Kverno also leave the listener in polyphonic rapture, while the remaining composers (Henryk Gorecki, Adrian Willaert, Loyset Compère, Healey Willan, Herbert Howells, Benjamin Britten, Ned Rorem, and Daniel Gawthrop) employ their harmonies more reservedly [2007 release]
Tony Trischka Territory Smithsonian Folkways Recordings [Prem's Spew coming soon]
Chad VanGaalen Soft Airplane Sub Pop [Prem's Spew coming soon]
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