Archive for February, 2009


OK  so I did say that I will  post Bombay 2 – Electric Vindaloo next  but I feel compelled to talk about Thom Yorke’s The Eraser since I feel that it doesn’t get as much respect as it should. In my opinion, it is one of the most underrated albums of the past couple of years. If I need to mention the fact that Thom Yorke is the lead singer of Radiohead, you shouldn’t be reading the rest of this post. Let me get this out of way, I feel ashamed.. almost sick to my stomach knowing that I don’t own a physical copy of this album. However, I am planning on changing that very soon and for now I take great solace in knowing that Sleevage has written written about The Eraser and it’s beautiful artwork which should be in my hands very soon. You can look at the extended artwork here and also read about the art making process on the same page. About the music itself, I think a lot of people just  ignored this record as one of Thom Yorke’s side project where he can experiment with all the “electronic squeaks and bleeps” that he seems to be very fond of but I wish they realize what they are missing out on. The Eraser has been described as a twin album to Kid A by various media sources and I definitely agree with that sentiment. Most of the songs from The Eraser could have easily been placed on Kid A and it wouldn’t seem out of place. What is even more interesting to me is how the so called “electronic sound” of Kid A and The Eraser has evolved in to their last release In Rainbows. There is a striking resemblance in terms of progression  between “Analyse”  from The Eraser and the majestic “Reckoner” from In Rainbows. The shimmering vocals and beat-boxing (is is beat-boxing?) on “The Clock” is probably the funkiest track on the album. Also, how can anyone not like that sinister  grimy dubstepy  liquid bassline on “And It Rained All Night” and those glitchy minimalistic drums on “Harrowdown Hill”. Thom Yorke himself who serves as the best instrument on the album has never sounded more fragile and alienated as he does on The Eraser. Sure it takes repeated listens  to absorb this album, but I guarantee you that it will be worth it.


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I am quite excited about this. After my rant about beautiful album artwork, I think its only fair to scan all the artwork from my physical copy that i acquired a while ago. I am sure some people would appreciate it. If you liked that madlib record I posted earlier, you would definitely love this. I will let the pictures do the talking but as a way to introduce the album, here is the blurb from wikipedia “Bombay the Hard Way: Guns, Cars and Sitars is an joint project of producer Dan The Automator and DJ Shadow in which music from ’70s funk Bollywood composers Kalyanji and Anandji was taken and given a funky remix. The album was eventually withdrawn (possibly due to copyright concerns), but helped to establish Dan The Automator and DJ Shadow as some of the most innovative members of early 21st century indie hip-hop music scene”

There is quite a bit of information about the record in the album inner sleeve itself. So for anyone interested, simply click on the pictures for a larger view. How awesome are those track names by the way. You can pretty much use these track names to name your own bollywood blogs.


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I want to take some time to showcase this incredible blog which is devoted to album cover art. I am sure Sleevage doesn’t need my help to promote their blog but as someone who still buys vinyl records for the beautiful artwork, I feel the need to celebrate the existence of a blog that understands the importance of album artwork in music culture. I am saddened by the declining interest of today’s youth in acquiring physical copies of albums. I am not a purist by any means and I do understand the portability of digital music and most of my music is solely in mp3 format. However, I cant help but feel a sense of loss for my fellow music fans who have not discovered the joy of spending a considerable amount of time flicking through records at a record store and eventually finding a record that you always wanted on wax. Maybe I am being overly sentimental about this since I have only been a part of this so called “record buying experience” for couple of years but something about beautiful sleeve art, I just seem to love and obsess about. Anyways, back to the Sleevage, anyone who has a passing interest in album artwork or music itself should check out this blog to get more information and sometimes even extended artwork and incredible stories that are associated with some of the most iconic albums. With the help of the albums that Sleevage covers on their blog, my next post will most likely feature me trying to wax poetic about my favorite record sleeves but will probably end up gushing about them like a fool. You’ve been warned. For now check out the incredible amount of covers that were created for the last Beck record titled Modern Guilt but the final album cover fits perfectly with the sound of the album.

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This one goes out to Ramneek Tung , a music connoisseur who encouraged me to start my own blog and he himself maintains an excellent blog at Punjabi Folk Singers. Madlib who has quite an impressive discography records under various aliases and The Beat Konducta is one of them. This record is essentially a reprise of Dan The Automator and DJ Shadow’s Bombay The Hard Way series from back in the day. It is entirely made up of Bollywood Filmi music samples along with spoken word samples  from old school bollywood movies and then the final product is tinkered slightly to give it a more hip-hop edge. If you know your Bollywood movies, it would be a fun exercise to guess the original source material of the various samples that Madlib uses. I would love to see (I mean steal) Madlib’s record collection since I read in one of the interviews that between him and his buddy Egon who manages the excellent Now Again Records, they own all the original  vinyls which were sampled on this record. Ohh and that album cover is amazing as well. The album artwork stems from an LP of an old hindi movie called The Burning Train. Here is the original LP cover which in my opinion  is one of the best album sleeves when it comes to Bollywood music.burning-train1

Bonus points if you can recognize all the actors on the bottom of the sleeve.

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Oh No – Dr. No’s Oxperiment


OK, so I like Turkish music as much as the next guy but I always feel a bit of an outsider while listening to it since I cannot understand any of the vocals. This is where Oh No comes in, Dr No’s Oxperiment is essentially a beat record containing amazing samples from old school Turkish, Lebanese, Italian, and Greek psychedelic rock albums. The album is filled with amazing breaks along with catchy riffs which led me to search for the original tracks that Oh No samples. My search is still ongoing and I have only managed to explore some Turkish artists such as Selda, Erkin Koray, Baris Manco and Mustafa Ozkent that Oh No heavily samples from. I will post some of the albums by these original artists at a later date but right now, I believe Dr. No’s Oxperiment should be a great introduction  in to the world of Turkish music. The album is available on Stones Throw Records which is an excellent label with some other  amazing artists such as Madlib (Oh No’s brother), Koushik, J Dilla (R.I.P) and The Heliocentrics. I am a big nerd when it comes to album artwork and  I wish that the album cover reflected the source of the music, similar to what madlib did with Beat Konducta : In India Series. If anyone knows any other original tracks that Oh No samples , please leave me a comment

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Every once in a while, an album comes along in your life and you question how you lived without it all your life . The good , the Bad & the Queen is one such album. The super group formed by Damon Albarn(Blur), Paul Simonan(The Clash), Tony Allen(Fela Kuti), Simon Tong(The Verve) and producer DJ Dangermouse(Gnarls Barkely) could have been disastrous as one can imagine the multiple clashes of ego among the musical heavyweights that make up the group. However, Damon Albarn, the mastermind behind this project seems to have created the perfect synergy among the group which is evident by cohesiveness of the record. According to Albarn, the record is about the modern day London and its urban decaying life. However, the record can be related to any modern city which seems to be moving too fast for its own good, where people don’t take the time to appreciate the most basic things that surround them. Unsurprisingly, the album is washed with themes of doom and gloom about modern life , war and it;s bleakness but it also seems to promise a light at the end of the tunnel. The album also eerily serves as somewhat of an antidote for the current tough times that seems to be plaguing the economy.

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Since I created this mixtape for lastfm recently, I  might as well post it here. This is my first attempt at creating a mixtape and is simply a representation of my current musical  tastes. It doesn’t contain any exquisite transitions or mixing but I did follow Rob Gordon’s (High Fidelity) mantra that “The making of a great compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do and takes ages longer than it might seem. You gotta kick off with a killer, to grab attention. Then you got to take it up a notch, but you don’t wanna blow your wad, so then you got to cool it off a notch”. Here is the tracklist.

Atlas Sound – Recent Bedroom
The Good, The Bad & The Queen – Three Changes
David Byrne & Brian Eno – Strange Overtones
Slowdive – Souvlaki Space Station
TV on the Radio – The Wrong Way
Devendra Banhart – Lazy Butterfly
Beirut – Brandenburg
Oh No – Deliveries
Black Moth Super Rainbow – Forever Heavy
Brian Eno – Here Comes the Warm Jets
Yeasayer – Worms
Voices of Seven Woods – The Fire in my head
Thom Yorke – Cymbal Rush
Portishead – Magic Doors

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