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Lofiles is a music and mp3 blog contains a collection of songs I love. MP3s are for sampling purposes only. If you like the music as much as I do, please go out and buy the records! .If you have a complaint about the ownership of a track, please contact me directly and I will be happy to take it down ASAP.
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Not necessarily the news….

December 31st, 2008

 

 

I try to post some great music here and as far as I am concerned great music is timeless. So I`m less interested in music as fashion, nor as a gimmick, and decided I`ll take my year end summary on a different route. I have recently came across Pitchfork`s 70`s & 80`s top 100 lists, which reminded me of  great music, but the choices made me wonder. Since that`s where I`m coming from -those ancient years and music, I`ll use Pitchfork and it`s young writers as a reference.

First of all Respect, respect, respect… Anyone that loves music as I do would understand that placing David Bowie`s heavy Heroin oriented Berlin period Eno Frippish album “Low” at # 1 knows something about music.
70`s: ( Pitchfork 100 )


# 5 :Bob Dylan “Blood on the tracks


# 4 :Sly & the family stone ” There`s a riot`s going on


# 3 :Television “Marquee moon


# 2 :The Clash “London`s calling


# 1 :David Bowie “Low

All 100

Kinda strange choices considering some great albums are missing from the top 10. Where are Frank Zappa, Yes, Gong, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Go, Gentle giant, Robert Fripp, Winwood with all his projects, Elton`s Goodbye yellow brick road and many great others you should place before you think about Colin Newman. Seems to me like an odd choice: Pink Floyd at 32 with “The Wall” and “Dark side of the moon” at f….# 70, King Crimson at 72 with “Red”, Genesis`s “Lamb lied down“is completely missing andPeter Gabriel is not even mentioned… Eno`s “Before and after science at 100, Beatles at 28, Talking heads at 45, Sex pistols at 51, the choices seem to be coming from a young writer. With all the respect and love I got for Gang of four and Dave Allen and his Pampelmoose,how could you put Gang of four at the top 10 and Sex Pistols, an album that is a f…. milestone and have changed history of music at #51? ..and then to include every f… Wire album that was released? Not that I have something against Wire & Colin Newman ….
On the other hand there are some great albums you could find there and are truly recommended:
Before and after science” –Brian Eno
Rock bottom” – Robert Wyatt
“The Idiot” –Iggy Pop
Starless and bible black” – King Crimson
“The man -machine” –Kraftwerk
Q:Are we men A: We are Devo –Devo
For Your pleasure –Roxy Music
All –Joni Mitchell
All – David Bowie
Songs of love and hate – Leonard Cohen
All – King Crimson
The Payback –James Brown
All –Pink Floyd
Future days –Can
Bryter Layter –Nick Drake
“Music for 18 musicians” –Steve Reich
“Starsailor” –Tim Buckley
“Live-Evil” –Miles Davis
“More songs about buildings and food” –Talking Heads
“Rumors” –Fleetwood Mac
Saturday Night fever” -Various
“Fear of music” -Talking heads
All – The Beatles
All – Led Zeppelin
“Here come the warm jets” -Brian Eno
Electric warior” –T rex
“Bitches brew” -Miles Davis
“Maggot Brain” –Funkadelic
“Who`s next” – The who
“Loaded” –Velvet Underground
“Funhouse” -The Stooges
“Exile on main street” -The Stones
“Another green world” – Brian Eno
“Unknown pleasures” – Joy Division
……& thousands more

On the other hand the 80`s was a different animal altogether mainly cause the music world had witnessed two main changes: The first major change was the appearance of MTV and music videos and bands started paying more attention to image and looks and clips and singles rather than to the music and to concept behind albums. The other was the fact that Sony had bought CBS cause they were the # 1 CD player manufacturer and wanted to force CD`s as main format on the record industry. The fact that CBS was the largest company around and had the biggest shelf space in record stores and Sony succeeded and forced a different consumer platform altogether. It was New wave and haircut heaven time now. Not to say we didn’t have some great music around . Another major musical change was the introduction of midi and sequencers and samplers and techniques that had creatednew abilities and new sound for a new generation.
The 80`s choices are excellent and every album of the top 10 is a treat.

80`s:


# 5 :Rem “Murmur”


# 4 :Pixies ” Doolittle”


# 3 :Beastie Boys ” Paul`s Boutique


# 2 :Talking Heads ” Remain in light”


# 1 :Sonic Youth “Day dream nation”
And many great great others: The Smiths, The Cure, Tom Waits, Joy Division, Public Enemy, Prince, XTC, Public Image, David Byrne and Brian Eno`s “My life in the bush of ghosts“, The Jesus and Mary chain, Black flag, New order, U2, Husker du, Talk talk, N.W.A, The replacements, The stone roses, Kraftwerk, The Police, Big black, Guns and roses, The pogues, Boogie down productions, The smiths, Cocteau twins, Jane`s addiction and lots more….

CHECK OUT THOSE WONDERFUL LINKS…

 


Balanescu quartet

December 30th, 2008

It is a Romanian avant-garde string quartet founded in 1987 by the incredible composer Alexander Balanescu. I have heard their cover versions of Kraftwerk material on KCRW.
They are currently signed to mute records and collaborated with many artists including David Byrne.

Balanescu quartet


Panic ensemble

December 30th, 2008

 Saw this great Israeli Progressive / Cabaret / Gypsy / rock / klezmer band led by the extremely talented Roy Yarkony fronted by the gorgeous Yael Kraus . Panic ensemble are 8 musicians on stage playing wide range of instruments such as viola, accordion, trumpet, upright bass, piano, guitars and percussion.

On this night


“Let the happiness in”

December 30th, 2008

Taken of the Sylvian photo collection -Ryuchi recording session

A good friend of mine, a music freak like me, has sent me this song by this great singer / musician David Sylvian. Ex Japan front man / main songwriter also known for many solo and collaborative projects with some great contributors: Robert Fripp, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jon Hassell, Holger Czukay, Mark Isham and many more. This song is from the 1987 “Secrets of the beehive” -string arrangement by the incredible Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Let the happiness in


Earplugs

December 28th, 2008

Found these small pieces of paper all over the club saying: “If I wasn`t so busy writing about music all the time, I might have been able to invest some time designing proper promo cards”… This guy writes this cool blog about the local indie scene for those of you who could read Hebrew.


Under Construction

December 28th, 2008

 

Her myspace page says:” In April 2008 I have recorded this 4 song kinda demo at my bedroom and borrowed all the equipment I could get my hands on, while my extremely talented friend Ido Shternberg contributing playing synths, casio, glockenspiel and good table manners”…Einav Jackson Kohen is a great piano player / singer songwriter. Saw her last night and loved the songs, her playing…. Listen and you get a free download here

A falling tree in the woods

 


From the capital of the south… to Folkale

December 27th, 2008

                  Who said the Israeli south can`t rock?….

The first artist I saw cause I got there real late was Nadav Azulay, an Albino from the southern part of Israel, the capital of the desert, Beer Sheva, with it`s live and kicking indie scene. I didn’t know a thing about this guy, just saw him rockin on stage accompanied only by a drummer a la White Stripes. Sounded real good and tight, great sounding guitars and couple of songs. Later on I saw the undeniable king of the southern indie scene, the tormented David Peretz, the busy than ever writer, philosopher, musician, songwriter, producer, label owner, coming from Beer Sheva as well, releasing folky alternative bluesy material for years and years. He was sitting on a darkened stage with a pedal board and an acoustic, crying out ballads accompanied by delays and texture loops and squeaks. I liked the fact he didn’t try to please the crowd and did what he wanted to do. I have known this guy for years and played some acoustic guitars on his first recordings, on an old Yamaha he owns that I love and try to convince him to sell to me and he woudnt. His playing improved tremendously over the years. I have heard couple of great bluesy ballads from him last night. I f you speak the native language you could check out his blog too.


Folkale 5

December 27th, 2008

Last night I got busy clubbing/ watching some nu and not so nu artists and bands/ taking some great photos with my new Nikon camera/ drinking at the Israeli temple/ basement for indie music –Levontin 7. Actually my favorite listening to music place. The club hosted the 5th Folkale festival – a festival for folk/ alternative/ indie and not so indie /rock/ singer songwriter music. Yesterday was the first of 2 fest days and I spent the night mostly in the basement going upstairs to the bar for Vodka shots while listening to a local station`s DJ playing jimmy smith and some more Jimmy Smith. As I grew tired of those organ solos I would go downstairs to watch the bands.


Holy s…

December 26th, 2008

 

Coming straight from the ancient city of Safed in the mountains of Galilee, Israel. Safed is one of the four holy cities in Israel, together with Jerusalem, Hebron and Tiberias. The old part of town consists of narrow cobblestone alleys revealing artists’ galleries, medieval synagogues, private homes and small guest houses. The city flourished in the 16th century, when many famous Jewish religious scholars and mystics moved to Safed following the Spanish Expulsion,, fleeing from the horrors of the Inquisition. Safed then became the spiritual center of the Jewish world, where Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) reached the peak of its influence. Kabbalists, such as Rabbi Yitzhak Luria (Ha-Ari HaKadosh) and Rabbi Shlomo Alkabetz (author of Lecha Dodi) and Rabbi Yosef Karo (author of the Shulchan Aruch) just to name a few, made the city famous.
From the beautiful mystical alleys of this town came 2 penitents ( hozer bitshuva) and made this magical authentic record, music that could only be written in those surroundings. Special thanx to Haim Hazin and his wife Liat and to his excellent label Hindik music – a label for Alternative, new Jewish music. This record comes to show you this guy does it not only to get paid. He believes in this music although it isn’t your mainstream pop. They were telling me these two guys named Ima Ilahah had an interview in the largest station for jewish music in Israel and one of the guys woudnt come cause he was too shy. I guess this is a new breed of rock stars… Listen.

 

Midivrei


Mad science

December 23rd, 2008

This is what I have been doing for 15 years, my sampling and looping years. This is deep in my heart . This Madlib record Beat Conducta vol 5 is the real deal. For those of you that know and love the music a la east coast hip hop a la DJ Premier, like DJ Shadow stuff, will appreciate this one. Snippets od beats, loops, wild samples,so soulful, J Dilla`s funky s… all over

Off those crates