arcade fire

  • Thu
    Feb 20
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Feb 23
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

the mystical arcade fire soundtrack from "her" and other ambience

remember watching the joaquin phoenix movie "her," and feeling like there was something very subtle going on?.... like you were experiencing the loneliness, ambivalence, love, and longing of his character....they became really real. well, a larcade fireot of the emotional ambience from that movie came from the incidental music throughout, by arcade fire [left]. i was so impressed with the feel of it, that i'm featuring several tracks on this week's ambient show (by popular request i do at least one ambient show every month). it's worth checking out because it's not their lyrical indie-pop sound, but some delicate ambient ... feelings, is the best way to describe it.

you'll spend an hour getting very incidentally emotional on my show this week. other spacey but melodic artists: sarah mclachlan and delirium, murasca and duke b, and (also by popular request) lemon jelly's "his majesty, king raam." very trippy, very lovely.

  • Thu
    Nov 14
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Nov 17
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

this year's best

not a bad year for music so far in 2013...

i'll sample some of the more melodic songs released this year. songs like bruno mars' plaintiff cry, "locked out of heaven," kacey musgraves' refreshing (as opposed to stale) country, "follow your arrow," nationalalong with 3 songs from the new arcade fire cd (which wasn't quite the creative whirlwind that was their 2010 "the suburbs," but there is still a refreshing sound, arising out of the band's cross cultural influences from texas and montreal).

this year also heard deep-voiced mysterious melodies and poetry from brooklyn based the national [pictured] (man, these guys are poets!) and deep throated harmonies from the lone bellows. oh, and an eminem song you old timers will just have to hear to believe!

the tracks.

  • Thu
    Oct 17
    7:00 pm -
    8:00 pm
  • Sun
    Oct 20
    7:00 am -
    8:00 am

new music

the best music from 2013: new arcade firesongs from everyone's favorite, former grammy winning, nerd savants, arcade fire (pictured), brilliant pop melodies and fascinating arrangements from vampire weekend, new music from david bowiepaul mccartney, snoop lion, atoms for peace, and a lovely duet from ravi shankar's daughter's norah jones and anoushka shankar.

and speaking of surprising duet's: my favorite this week might be snoop lion and miley cyrus's "ashtrays and heartbreaks."

these songs were all released this year.

  • Thu
    Nov 15
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Nov 18
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

maybe 2010 was music's best year

it was only 2 years ago, so the nostalgia factor is nil, but the music in 2010 was pretty good. maybe very good. hell, it was excellent, and this week i make the case for 2010 being the best musical year of all time.

arcade firehere's what stood out to me: the semi-indie band arcade fire [right] came out of the semi-indie closet with a well-deserved grammy for "the suburbs." less pretentious than most, they showed creative nerds can make great music too.

another band just coming into its own in 2010 was the semi-classical e s posthumus, whose pretentious but musically brilliant "makara," was inspired by vedic dieties and beethoven. tragically one of its leaders died, so this may have been their peak, and their name takes on new meaning. read more...

  • Thu
    Dec 30
    11:00 am -
    12:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jan 02
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

2010 Part B

I'm continuing to review this year's music. A lot was excellent and overall it was diverse. You're in for some surprises.

Here's one: santana and india.ariean interesting collaboration between Carlos Santana, Yo Yo Ma, and india.arie (pictured). Pretty interesting eh? Well, wait til you hear their dark and beautiful version of "While my guitar gently weeps."

My nominations for albums of the year: ES Posthumus's "Makara" and Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs."

Also, some downtempo magic from Emancipator's debut CD "Safe in the steep cliffs" and Billions and Billions' "It was beautiful."

The complete playlist is here: http://kruufm.com/node/9305

  • Thu
    Dec 09
    11:00 am -
    12:00 pm
  • Sun
    Dec 12
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

2010

The musical year in review reveals enough musical creativity for several of my shows--taking up the rest of the year.

Alot of critics were blown away by Kanye West's new CD. I was "mehed" by it--especially his intentional (god, I hope it was intentional) off-key singing, and inconsistent rhymes. But I found something worthy of your listening

Eminem's "Recovery" was also released last year. Compared to Kanye, his highs were higher and his lows were lower into the gutter.

arcade fireMy vote for the possibly-best CD of the year goes to Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs." The Montreal-based, surprisingly anglophonic group cannot be readily categorized, except to say that their melodies are fresh and their arrangements nearly perfectly understated.

For the complete playlist, see: http://kruufm.com/node/9081