I bought that album before I bought the DVDs, after seeing a handful of episodes on Adult Swim fifteen years ago. Great series, amazing soundtrack. More shows need to have a house band.
Yeah, Bebop's music stands on its own but the full experience is extraordinary even today. The scenes with Gren (sax guy) may be my favorite instances of music in animation, up there with film uses like In Dreams creepily lipsynced into a trouble light in Blue Velvet or Son of a Preacher Man in Pulp Fiction.
And yeah, animators can still learn much from Watanabe. He's an unabashed mashup artist, and Kanno is a talented weirdo who was more than up to the task.
/aside: AS was formative for me, especially their forum (still miffed they shut it down). Some of the programmers were chatty and happy to discuss bump tracks and give recommendations. I made lifelong friends there and developed my penchants for absurdist humor and ambient/downtempo. I wonder if AS is still worthwhile.
Collection is on shuffle. Right now, Kathleen Edwards - In State
. I tend to not like country, but I like specific country, and she's one of them.
I'm also not big on country. That's a decent song (love a revenge plot) but I'm not sure how "country" it is as opposed to alt rock. See also Keith Urban's Blue Ain't Your Color which derives from the waltz but sounds more like a highly-produced formulaic pop rock thing (drum machine & all). It also happens to have the kind of believable tension between lyrical cheesiness and sincerity of delivery that makes me smile.
OK, so the last link doesn't hold up 20 years later, but I've got a real recommendation for everyone: No More Kings.
They've got three albums, and Pete Mitchell has some other solo stuff. They're just fantastic. Here's their YouTube playlist
although it's mostly only got stuff from the first and third albums. Umbrella, Old Man Walking, Critical Hit, Dance Alone, and King of Rock are my top 5 from that list. You should also check out Zombie Me
, Michael (Jump In)
, and of course Sweep the Leg
. The music is way catchy and the lyrics are charming. I also kind of hear a vocal similarity between him and Phil Collins, even if the musical styles are completely different.
Not really my jam, but the lyrics are fun. Zombie me was great, though. Lyrics reminded me of Fujiya & Miyagi's Collarbone
(otherwise quite a different and simpler sort of music). The funkin' bass riff is forever engrained in my mind.
received a banged-up copy of National Lampoon's Deteriorata as a throw-in with a late vinyl shipment. I fondly recall my dad explaining some of the references I didn't understand. The voice reminds me of a guy who did eccentric spoken-word albums in the same era. Gods, that's gonna bother me. Right at the edge of recollection... first heard him stargazing w/a friend in the bed of a pickup right after laughing at the kooks on Coast to Coast AM... damn. [edit: HAH! I was thinking of Ken Nordine.]Leonard Cohen - You Want it Darker
- for the pathos of concurrent doubt & trust and for the taunting, defiant, Gothic tone. A Touch Waitsian in voice and mood.Strand of Oaks - JM
- personally resonant but it works whether or not you know Molina or are from Indiana. Thick drowning distortion against his airy voice does it for me.Ben Khan - Eden
- for everything about it: the lyrics, the elephant clip, the vocal and guitar loops, the synth.
Since I talk so much about soundtracks, see Tony Zhou on the Marvel Symphonic Universe
and Dan Golding's response
(both addressing the increasing homogeneity of blockbuster scores).