Hello all. Thank you Justin for including me in this. Hopefully you all will find something buried in this mix that brings you joy.
1) Ghost - "Con Clavi Con Dio" - from the album Opus Eponymous 2010. Got turned on to this band by a mix of bands playing the "Live Evil" fest in England. The fest was cultivated from bands that Fenriz of Darkthrone made blog posts about. I trust Mr. Nagell's choices in music very much. Here he did not steer me wrong. Great Satanic psych metal from Sweden. Photos from their live shows look a bit like Portal & like a seance. Good times.
2) Blood Ceremony - "Children of the Future" - from the album Blood Ceremony 2008. Satanic psych-metal that sounds like it is from 1968 yet recorded by some Canadians in 2008. Great stuff. Female vocals akin to Grace Slick with Black Sabbath-esque guitar riffs & flute solos. Also their album cover is taken from a Clark Ashton Smith book cover. Love it.
3) Icecross - "Jesus Freaks" - from the album Icecross 1973. Another band that Fenriz turned me on to. Great psyche-rock from the '70's. "They believe in Jesus/We believe on ourselves." That about sums it up.
4) Rome - "Les Deracines" - from the album Nos Chants Perdus 2010. Man oh man do I dig this band. It is the brain child of two Luxembourgers & a good mix of Nick Cave & Death in June for my money. The dudes voice melts my heart.
5) Richard Harris - "MacArthur Park" - from the album A Tramp Shining 1968. This song kept getting referenced on different podcasts I was listening to so I decided to give it a shot. Holy shit. I had no idea. There are multiple movements, insane lyrics poorly sung, orchestra. It is the song that defines the word bombast. Brilliant.
6) Scott Walker - "It's Raining Today" - from the album Scott 3 1969. I got into Scott Walker recently. Who knew I would like a crooner? There is so much pathos in this man's voice that it should win over any self loathing lover of goth. His albums are a soundtrack to suicide & I love them.
7) Charles Mingus - Group Dancers - from the album The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady 1963. Mingus composing for ballet? Yes please. When the flute first comes in I want to pirouette around my house. Also, keep an ear peeled for the Spanish guitar. I wonder if it hurts being a genius? So beautiful.
8) Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane - "Epistrophy" - from the album At Carnegie Hall 1957. Monk & Coltrane? Yes please.
I should say now that tracks 9 & 10 diverge a bit from the rules of this game. Over the past year comedy has a been large part of my entertainment consumption. Podcasts like Never Not Funny & The Pod F. Tompcast have brought me great joy so I thought I'd include bits from the host of each podcast.
9) Jimmy Pardo - "Subway" - from the album Pompous Clown 2007. I love the humor of Mr Pardo. Stupid one liners, crowd work & ridiculous observational stories.
10) Paul F. Tompkins - "Smashed Pennies" - from the album Freak Wharf 2009. You probably know Paul F. from VH1 shows or from Mister Show or from his stand-up or from his brief appearance in There Will Be Blood. He is a genius. Probably my favorite comedian right now.
If, but some unlikely chance, you enjoy this mix you should check out my blog for some other mixes & various bullshit talking.