Suspended In Gaffa 1
I always started every show off with Kate Bush's song "Suspended In Gaffa," so here it is, separate from the shows themselves so it doesn't take up room in every show. It's better this way anyway. In my real show I used to talk all over it during the intro to the show.Kate Bush - Suspended In Gaffa (from her album The Dreaming)
Here's the show as a whole (with no talking, I'm not set up to do that) in mp3 form. It wouldn't stream for me, using Winamp, but did for a friend who used Windows Media Player, so you might have to download the whole thing. Some of the songs are cut a bit short during fade out because I wanted to get it under 60 minutes.
These are the artists and their songs in Suspended In Gaffa 01
Next to each artist's name is a (note) which will take you down to more information. I'm not a writer so I don't consider this a "music blog" but I at least want to tell you where the music is from.
Also next to each artist's name is a link to a short sample of the song, so you can get a taste of the music. It might also come in handy to identify one or more of the middle artists if you listened to the whole show, liked something but can't remember how many songs in it was.
These songs aren't supposed to be linked thematically (something I sometimes do), but it turns out that some are. It wasn't intentional, the songs just jumped out at me when I was trying to decide what to play.
01. Happy Rhodes - The Chariot (note/sample)
02. Noe Venable - Is The Spirit Here? (note/sample)
03. Catherine Lara - Aral (note/sample)
04. Ashley Maher - The Flow (note/sample)
05. Katell Keineg - Franklin (note/sample)
06. Lili Haydn - Mama (note/sample)
07. Le Mystere des voix Bulgares - Svatba (note/sample)
08. Cocteau Twins - Cicely (note/sample)
09. Cranes - Everywhere (note/sample)
10. Eleni Mandell - Snake Song (note/sample)
11. Márta Sebestyén - Szerelem Szerelem (note/sample)
12. Anne Pigalle - The 1000 Colours Waltz (note/sample)
13. Grace Darling - Teardrops (note/sample)
14. Nan Vernon - Elvis Waits (note/sample)
01. Happy Rhodes - The Chariot
This is a hauntingly sad and dream-like song from Happy's album Many Worlds Are Born Tonight. The song is from the point of view of a child from an abusive broken home. The non-custodial parent comes to visit once in a while to take the child out for the day, and to the child, the parent coming down the street in their big car is like god in a chariot. The day out is wonderful, but when the time comes to go back home, the child pleads with their parent not to take them back to their horrible situation.
I loved this song before I knew what it was about, but when Happy told the story at a live concert I cried. The song is so sad and beautiful my eyes fill every time I hear it. Cheery start to my first Internet "show" yeah? It deserves to be heard though. The lyrics to the song can be found here at the Ecto Home Page.
I've been a Happy Rhodes fan since 1988, and she just keeps getting better. She has 10 albums, and an 11th coming later this year (now released). I keep a Happy Rhodes Song Samples page at http://wretchawry.com if you'd like to hear more of Happy's music.
02. Noe Venable - Is The Spirit Here?
This is from Noe's brillant album The World Is Bound By Secret Knots. I first heard of Noe Venable on the Ecto mailing list, an Internet listserv started in 1991 to discuss Happy Rhodes and other female artists such as Kate Bush and Jane Siberry. It's still going strong and subscribers are often the first to clue in to interesting female artists. The Ectophile's Guide To Good Music is an amazing offshoot of the mailing list.
Anyway, Noe is incredible, and this album deserves FAR more recognition than it's gotten.
Noe's web site. (Accessible)
03. Catherine Lara - Aral
This is from Lara's album also called Aral. I don't know much about her, but this song grabbed me right away and I play it over and over.
I searched for an official site but I couldn't find a specific one.
Here's Amazon's page on Catherine. Both are accessible.
Hey, I found a video of this song! Go here and scroll all the down
to the bottom of the page. Too cool! (Oh please let the link keep working and don't make a liar out of me).
UPDATE: Too late, it's gone. I'm not deleteing the link though, in case they put it back up.)
04. Ashley Maher - The Flow
This is from Ashley's 2nd album Pomegranite. I also discovered her through the Ecto mailing list (thank you Anthony!) and fell in love with this song. You'll be hearing more of Ashley from me.
05. Katell Keineg - Franklin
This is from Katell's album O Seasons O Castle.
Another Ecto discovery. I saw her once at a small venue in Chicago, Schubas. I love about half of her music but this song always gets me in the gut. I've never been in that situation but have known women who were. It's great to listen as guys like that get told off.
Here's her official web page: http://www.katellkeineg.com/
Unfortunately, it's woefully Inaccessible.
Here's a friendlier fan site.
06. Lili Haydn - Mama
This is from her first album, Lili. I can't remember where I discovered her. Probably Ecto. This song ties in very well thematically with "Franklin" but it was entirely unintentional. I'm not nearly as good as I wish I were at such things.
Another Inaccessible site: http://www.lilihaydn.com/
Here's a page with actual information
07. Le Mystere des voix Bulgares - Svatba
That song is from their first 4AD release, which I bought on vinyl in 1988 when it first came out. It's still my favorite release of theirs.I played this song on my very first Suspended In Gaffa show in 1988.
08. Cocteau Twins - Cicely
From their album Treasure, the first CT album I bought, and still my favorite, no matter how much the band hates it. It might not work as a whole as well as some of the others, but enough individual songs are favorites to make the album the favorite too.
I'm an old-time Cocteau Twins fan. The main reason I played this song is because I played it right after "Svatba" on my very first Suspended In Gaffa oh so many years ago. Nostalgia for mixes. Weird.
The official site. (Accessible)
09. Cranes - Everywhere
From the album Forever. I haven't kept up with Cranes and it's all my loss. I need to fix that. I was listening to this and it got under my skin, I had to play it.
Official Cranes web site. (Accessible)
10. Eleni Mandell - Snake Song
This is from her 1998 album Wishbone. I thought she was an Ecto discovery but my friend Charley reminded me that he told me about her before her name popped up there. She's pretty wonderful. Thank you Charley!
Eleni was called "perhaps the best unsigned musician in the business" by The New Yorker, but since The New Yorker doesn't know about Happy Rhodes, I'll give them credit for knowing who the OTHER best unsigned musician in the business is. Oh, and, add Noe Venable to that list.
Here's her web page: http://www.elenimandell.com/ Sigh, Inaccessible.
In further searches, it looks like Eleni has an angel fan who started a record label just to release Eleni's music: Zedtone. HOW FANTASTIC!! This site has some good reviews and nice photos.
11. Márta Sebestyén - Szerelem Szerelem
This is from Hungarian-born Marta's solo album Apocrypha.
I discovered Marta through a friend when I had my show in Kansas City, and her voice just floors me, always. The first time my husband and I saw her and Muzsikás in concert, in 1990 I think, it was at a little club in Chicago. It was upstairs from a punk club in Wicker Park and I've never seen a more interesting mix of people at a concert. There were guys with blue mohawks standing next to little old Hungarian women next to NPR yuppies who were definitely out of their element, and just plain folk (like, well, us). The train tracks ran right behind the club and Marta made it part of her act, looking at her watch while she was singing, then making faces (yep, on time! *smile* or it's late *frown*). It was hilarious.
I couldn't find an official site. Here's Rycodisc's page.
12. Anne Pigalle - The 1000 Colours Waltz
This is from the Japanese CD of Everything Could Be So Perfect. I discovered her through my friend Sue in Kansas City. I had the album before finding the CD at Reckless Records in Chicago. It was one of those "OH MY GOD I CAN'T BELIEVE I FOUND THIS!!" moments that seemed much more intense before ebay existed.
Anne Pigalle has a web page! If you could hear me you'd hear a breathy, disbelieving eyes-popped-out, shaking-my-head in disbelief tone of voice. I've never forgotten about her, but I thought she...well, I don't know what I thought. For all I knew she could have retired to a tiny village in Europe to have babies. I didn't know what became of her. I've often searched the net for tidbits and nothing came up. I just did a search hoping to find some reviews, and this came up! The site's pretty sparse, but there are some great photos there. AND it's Accessible...JOY!
13. Grace Darling - Teardrops
This is a web-only track, from the founder's web site. This album, Invisible, was never released.
I'm not sure why I chose this over other songs from their earlier release that I like better, but it just struck me as right.
I got this group's first album when it was released, first on Sardonic, then I bought it again when it was released on C'est La Mort Records. I bought both copies because each has songs the other doesn't. I love Gregory Simpson's music and Val Martino's vocals.
There's a female singer out there called Grace Darling. I bought an album by her once thinking I was getting a new Grace Darling, but when I heard her voice I had a violent reaction. Not that it was bad (I really don't remember what it was like) but because, well, "THAT'S NOT VAL MARTINO!!"
Here's Gregory Simpson's web site, with information and some mp3 downloads. http://www.ultrasomething.com/
14. Nan Vernon - Elvis Waits
I found this amazing album, Manta Ray (the only one she's released), in a used record store and was floored by how good it was. I can't imagine how she could have progressed had she been able to make more albums. I wish I were rich. I'd build a studio complex just so these many women could just make albums.
Here's my fan site, with some pictures of Manta Ray and a mirror I made of another fan's site (there were
a bazillion pop-ups there and I couldn't stand it, so I got cheeky).
Vickie's Nan Vernon page