6/5/2013 ‘Interiors’ tracklist

After an admittedly  fairly brief search for tracks connected to the subject of furniture and other furnishings, what appears evident is that those of a downbeat nature are more than prevalent. For every sunny offering such as Yo La Tengo‘s Beanbag Chair, there are half a dozen dwelling in a veritable aural valley of despond. Fugazi asked ‘how many times have you felt like a bookcase/sitting in a living-room gathering dust’, while Blind Uncle Gaspard, sitting at the window of his room, sings ‘I watch you go away, that is all I can do my darling.’ Even Big Walter Price, in one of the minority of songs about enjoying the comforts of being in bed, ‘Breakfast in Bed’, has to ask his honey to take his scrambled eggs (or coffee?) back because it’s ‘got a roach in it’; at least Big Walter obviously gets pleasure from having his toast buttered on both sides, in ‘Empty Bed Blues’Bessie Smith can only bemoan waking up alone with an awful aching head after her new man, ‘a deep sea diver with a stroke that can’t go wrong’,  leaves her. Whether Bessie’s bed was a double isn’t clear, what is obvious is the wealth of  delightful double entendres which fill her verses, showing once again that when it comes to risque lyrics, those produced in the 1920’s and early 30’s are tough to match…..’Oh he boiled my cabbage and he made it awful hot/…/ but when he slipped the bacon in he overflowed the pot’ indeed!
After much pondering, during which it was decided that, despite it’s merits, Lou Reed‘s ‘The Bed’, with it’s ‘odd and fateful night’, would probably prove a step too far, the following dozen tracks were chosen for broadcast:

1)PORTISHEAD – MAGIC DOORS /from ‘Third’/Go! Discs 2008
More info: http://www.portishead.co.uk/
2)CAMBERWELL NOW – GREEN LANTERN /from ‘The Ghost Trade’/Recommended Records 1986
More info: http://www.factmag.com/2012/02/20/lost-and-found-camberwell-nows-the-ghost-trade/
3)THIS HEAT – TWILIGHT FURNITURE /from ‘This Heat’/ Piano Records 1979
More info: http://www.scaruffi.com/vol4/thisheat.html
4)WOUNDED KNEE – MY WOODEN CUPBOARD /from ‘Shimmering New Vistas’/ Benbecula Records 2009
More info: http://www.theskinny.co.uk/music/records/45013-wounded_knee_shimmering_new_vistas
5)MORDANT MUSIC – PISSING IN SINKS /from ‘Symptoms’/ Mordant Music 2009
More info: http://www.mordantmusic.com/
6)MY BLOODY VALENTINE – CIGARETTE IN YOUR BED /from ‘EP’s 1988-1991′/ Sony 2012
More info: http://drownedinsound.com/releases/16974/reviews/4144856
7)DEADBEAT – ORGAN IN THE ATTIC SINGS THE BLUES /from ‘Wildlife Documentaries’/ -Scape 2002
More info: http://www.electronicbeats.net/2011/08/22/deadbeat-hung-drawn-quatered/
8)ONO/GORDON/MOORE – MIRROR MIRROR /from ‘YokoKimThurston’/ Chimera 2012
More info: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/17096-yokokimthurston/
9)SONIC YOUTH – QUEEN ANNE CHAIR /from ‘The Destroyed Room B-Sides & Rarities’/ Geffen 2006
More info: http://www.sonicyouth.com/
10)BLIND UNCLE GASPARD – ASSI DANS LA FENETRE DE MA CHAMBRE /from ‘Aimer Et Perdre Songs 1917-1934’/
Tompkins Square 2012  More info: http://www.tompkinssquare.com/page/2
EP’s/ Janet Records 2006 More info: http://www.janetrecords.com/
12)TELEVISION – TORN CURTAIN /from ‘Marquee Moon’/ Elektra 1977
More info: http://www.stylusmagazine.com/articles/on_second_thought/television-marquee-moon.htm

The last track on Television‘s classic 1977 debut seemed a fitting finale to an all-t00-brief foray into music somehow connected to furniture and other furnishings. Overall, still a tad downbeat, but reasonably diverse.
Reading  those Bessie Smith lyrics, with their cabbage and bacon and coffee, have a certain stomach grumbling, so it’s time to bring this to a close and attend to its complaints. Til next time, wish you many a delicious sonic experience, S.



~ by theshinybeast on May 10, 2013.

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