Music Online: Outside Lands 2021

I’ve never watched a twitch stream before, and the dancing-hamster/MySpace visual era is back in a very strange way in the stream chat of this concert.

Row after row of dancing frogs, screaming doge, weeping chicks, and static fish heads. Row after row…

Also: many observations about “vibes.”

Kids today! 😀

Oh, also the sound for the live acts is SUPERB. Really well produced. Immaculate sound. The engineers should be proud.

Live acts will perform at this festival Saturday and Sunday also, if you see this anytime soon.

Separately: I live nearly 5 miles away, and I’ve been able to hear the bass all day. I thought there was a festival happening a few blocks away, that’s how close it FEELS. Haha! That’s some bass.

List: My Twelve Inch Record Collection

I’m organizing some of my things for a construction project, and one of those things is my Long Playing Record (LP) collection. My first actual music “album” was an audiocassette of Rick Springfield’s Working Class Dog, and the original Sony Walkman made cassettes preferable, so I could take music with me on long transit rides (and somehow, all transit rides were long back then!).

However, records were… special. You would plop down in front of your home stereo and listen to records to listen to records, not just as background music for other things! It was a wonderful activity, and I had some enormous headphones (which surely belonged to my father) with a spiral cord that would attach me to the stereo for HOURS. But it was also good to have friends over to listen to records together.

I don’t buy records anymore, in this era of buying online and having music on many devices — who would have thought I would listen on tiny Bose earbuds to my music ON MY PHONE (!?!?!?) — but I still enjoy my collection.

I’m sharing a list of my 12″ records sorted by year recorded. This will tell you about my age (eek), and also when my core record-buying years were. Even during those years, my audio cassette purchases were high at the beginning, and my CD purchases overlapped at the end, so this isn’t a complete reflection of my music buying at the time. It does reflect music I took the time to enjoy at home, or took a risk on, since records were reasonably priced (and were what I spent my allowance and job income on). This list includes LPs (long playing records), EPs (extended playing records – collections of 2 or more songs), 12″ singles (songs too long to fit on a 45 single song record, usually because they have been remixed), and various special variations of these (versions released in other countries, picture disks, etc.).

My 12″ Records Sorted by Year of Release, then Artist Name ( 122 Items)

  • 1972
    • Bowie, David – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars — RCA — 1972
  • 1977
    • Bowie, David – Heroes — RCA — 1977
    • Elvis Costello – My Aim Is True — Stiff — 1977
  • 1978
    • Elvis Costello and the Attractions – Armed Forces — Columbia — 1978
  • 1979
    • B-52’s, The – The B-52’s — Warner Bros — 1979
  • 1981
    • Duran Duran – Careless Memories 12″ — Tritec — 1981
    • Duran Duran – Nite Romantics (Japan Edition) — EMI — 1981
    • Idol, Billy – Don’t Stop — Chrysalis — 1981
  • 1982
    • Adam Ant – Friend or Foe — Epic — 1982
    • Clash, The – Combat Rock — CBS — 1982
    • Culture Club – Kissing to be Clever — Virgin — 1982
    • Duran Duran – Carnival (Japan Edition) — Tritec — 1982
    • Duran Duran – Rio 12″ — EMI — 1982
    • Foreigner – Records — Atlantic — 1982
    • Madness – The Rise and Fall – — Stiff — 1982
    • Men At Work – Cargo — Columbia — 1982
    • Depeche Mode – See You (Extended Version) — Mute — 1982
  • 1983
    • Culture Club – Colour By Numbers — Virgin — 1983
    • Def Leppard – Pyromania — Polygram — 1983
    • Depeche Mode – Construction Time Again — Sire — 1983
    • Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know? 12″ — Tritec — 1983
    • Duran Duran – New Moon on Monday 12″ — EMI — 1983
    • Duran Duran – Seven and the Ragged Tiger — EMI — 1983
    • Duran Duran – Union of the Snake 12″ — Tritec — 1983
    • Echo and The Bunnymen – EP Recorded Live a tthe Royal Albert Hall — Sire — 1983
    • Fixx, The – Reach the Beach — MCA — 1983
    • Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax 12″ — ZTT — 1983
    • Gene Loves Jezebel – Promise — Beggar’s Banquet — 1983
    • Idol, Billy – Billy Idol — Chrysalis — 1983
    • Idol, Billy – Rebel Yell — Chrysalis — 1983
    • Lauper, Cyndi – She’s So Unusual — CBS — 1983
    • Midnight Oil – 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 — Columbia — 1983
    • New Order – Blue Monday 12″ — Qwest — 1983
    • Tears for Fears – The Hurting — Polygram — 1983
    • Total Coelo – I Eat Cannibals 12″ — Chrysalis — 1983
    • U2 – Under a Blood Red Sky Live 12″ — Warner Bros — 1983
    • U2 – War — Island — 1983
    • Yanks – Only Lovers Left Alive — Orb — 1983
  • 1984
    • Alphaville – Forever Young — Atlantic — 1984
    • Aztec Camera – Knife — Sire — 1984
    • Big Country – Steeltown — Phonogram — 1984
    • Bowie, David – Tonight — EMI — 1984
    • Culture Club – Waking Up with the House on Fire — Virgin — 1984
    • Depeche Mode – Some Great Reward — Sire — 1984
    • Duran Duran – Arena — Capitol — 1984
    • Duran Duran – The Reflex 12″ Picture Disk — Tritec — 1984
    • Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Two Tribes (Annihilation) 12″ — ZTT — 1984
    • Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome — Island — 1984
    • General Public – All The Rage — IRS — 1984
    • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Junk Culture — Virgin — 1984
    • Simple Minds – Sparkle In The Rain — A&M — 1984
    • Springfield, Rick – Beautiful Feelings — Polygram — 1984
    • Talk Talk – It’s My Life — EMI — 1984
    • Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense — Sire — 1984
    • Time Zone – World Destruction 12″ — OAO — 1984
    • U2 – The Unforgettable Fire — Island — 1984
    • Wham! – Make It Big — CBS — 1984
    • Yanks – Made in the States — DTI — 1984
  • 1985
    • Cult, The – Love — Sire — 1985
    • Depeche Mode – Black Celebration — Sire — 1985
    • Depeche Mode – Catching Up with Depeche Mode — Mute — 1985
    • Elvis Costello and the Attractions – The Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions — Columbia — 1985
    • Hooters – Nervous Night — CBS — 1985
    • INXS – Listen Like Thieves — Atlantic — 1985
    • Midnight Oil – Red Sails in the Sunset — CBS — 1985
    • New Order – Low Life — Qwest — 1985
    • New Order – The Perfect Kiss 12″ — Qwest — 1985
    • Oingo Boingo – Dead Man’s Party — MCA — 1985
    • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Crush — A&M / Virgin — 1985
    • REM – Fables of The Reconstruction — IRS — 1985
    • Scritti Politti – Cupid & Psyche 85 — Warner Bros — 1985
    • Wire Train – Between Two Words — CBS — 1985
    • Yello – Oh Yeah 12″ — Mercury — 1985
  • 1986
    • Alphaville – Afternoons in Utopia — Atlantic — 1986
    • Blow Monkeys, The – Animal Magic — RCA — 1986
    • Crowded House – Crowded House — Capitol / EMI — 1986
    • Damned, The – Anything — MCA — 1986
    • Flock of Seagulls, A – The Best of A Flock of Seagulls — Jive — 1986
    • Gabriel, Peter – So — Geffen — 1986
    • Kraftwerk – Electric Cafe — Warner Bros — 1986
    • REM – Life’s Rich Pageant — IRS — 1986
    • Shriekback – Big Night Music — Island — 1986
    • Smithereens, The – Especially For You — Enigma — 1986
    • The The – Infected 12″ — CBS — 1986
    • XTC – Skylarking — Geffen — 1986
  • 1987
    • 10,000 Maniacs – In My Tribe — Elektra / Asylum — 1987
    • Bolshoi, The – Lindy’s Party — RCA — 1987
    • Cabaret Voltaire – Here To Go 12″ Remix — EMI — 1987
    • Cult, The – Electric — Sire — 1987
    • Cure, The – Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me — Elektra / Asylum — 1987
    • Depeche Mode – Music for the Masses — Sire — 1987
    • Ferry, Bryan – Bete Noire — Warner Bros — 1987
    • INXS – Kick — Atlantic — 1987
    • Isaak, Chris – Chris Isaak — Warner Bros — 1987
    • Midnight Oil – Diesel and Dust — Columbia — 1987
    • New Order – Substance — Qwest — 1987
    • Oingo Boingo – Boi-Ngo — MCA — 1987
    • Pop Will Eat Itself – Box Frenzy — Chapter 22 / Rough Trade — 1987
    • REM – Dead Letter Office — IRS — 1987
    • REM – Document — IRS — 1987
    • Replacements, The – Pleased to Meet Me — Sire — 1987
    • Silencers, The – A Letter From St. Paul — BMG — 1987
    • Smiths, The – Louder Than Bombs — Sire — 1987
    • Smiths, The – Strangeways, Here We Come — Sire — 1987
    • Squeeze – Bablylon and On — A&M – — 1987
    • U2 – The Joshua Tree — Warner Bros — 1987
    • Wire Train – Ten Women — CBS — 1987
  • 1988
    • Beatnik Beach – Beatnik Beach — Atlantic — 1988
    • Book of Love – Lullaby — Sire — 1988
    • Chapman, Tracey – Tracey Chapman — Elektra / Asylum — 1988
    • Church, The – Starfish — Arista — 1988
    • Dead Milkmen, The – Beelzebubba — Enigma — 1988
    • Erasure – The Innocents — Sire — 1988
    • Kon Kan – I Beg Your Pardon 12″ — Atlantic — 1988
    • Morrissey – Viva Hate — Sire — 1988
    • Palmer, Robert – Heavy Nova — EMI / Manhattan — 1988
    • REM – Green — Warner Bros — 1988
    • Smithereens, The – Green Thoughts — Enigma/Capitol — 1988
    • Talking Heads – Naked — Sire — 1988
  • 1989
    • Figures on a Beach – You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet 12″ — Sire — 1989
    • Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine — TVT — 1989
    • Replacements, The – Don’t Tell a Soul — Sire — 1989

(I do have more records than this, but these are the ones I’m taking responsibility for.)

I’ll (eventually) post a separate list of my audio CDs eventually, and perhaps create a “featurette” page with an inventory of my physical music collection as a whole, organized by artist, especially if I can find one of my old ’80s inventories to fill in the cassette gaps.

Music: DJ Set from Aline Rocha

The same channel where the Idris Elba DJ set revealed this delightful one from Aline Rocha, who is having such a good time! Her set is entirely happy music.

The production of this one also impresses me: just enough variety in the filming to make it fun to watch someone having fun at a console! The sound is immaculate (without earplugs in the club!). Rocha’s mixing is completely satisfying, and her choices kept me moving (even while sitting at my computer, though dancing through the house is always better!). She is FUN.

Music: House DJ Set from Idris Elba

I wanted to see an old Idris Elba music video (Boasty), and my search unearthed an entire, hour-long, video-friendly, socially-distanced DJ set from Amsterdam in August.

It’s quite enjoyable! Very danceable (it got me off the couch and on my feet). Good variety of beats. Nice digital screen show impersonating an analog screen show. Restrained use of drone video of the landmark tower hosting the shoot and a bit of the harbor; having the sun set behind Elba gave a nice sense of time passing (especially for those of us who have been indoors too much, and haven’t seen the sky due to smoke!). Skilled use of camera angle/distance variety to capture Elba’s enthusiasm up close during this socially distanced party (which appears to consist of the film crew, remote-controlled cameras on tripods, and Elba).

This is a very effective example of how to provide a club-like feel without a crowd that has visual appeal, but without the overpriced drinks or uncomfortable shoes. 🙂

Music: Rap Tribute to Gov. Whitmer

This brief earworm keeps getting stuck in my head. It’s CUTE!

GmacCash – Big Gretch (OfficialAudio) Prod. By Primo Beats (on YouTube).

There aren’t enough governors receiving rap tributes, to be honest. Perhaps they have only recently started to get press at a level the public can appreciate, as some of them demonstrate much needed leadership during our current global crisis.

(Note: Buffs are a particular model of Cartier sunglasses , which the artist hopes to gift to the Governor. Thanks, Internet!)

Mood music

I’m listening to Limbik Frequencies, as I have been for much of the self-quarantine. I think one of my friends calls it my robot music, but it is more fun that that!

I’m amused that every so often, I get a flash back to sitting in a Virgin America plane, beneath violet lights, waiting for my plane to take off – certain tunes put out that so-hip-downtempo-club-loop vibe. 🙂