GORILLA VS. BEAR http://www.gorillavsbear.net a Texas-based music blog Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:00:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 mp3: Chromatics – Candy (8 track version) + Lady Night Drive http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2014/11/26/mp3-chromatics-candy-8-track-version-lady-night-drive/ http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2014/11/26/mp3-chromatics-candy-8-track-version-lady-night-drive/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:00:41 +0000 Chris http://www.gorillavsbear.net/?p=346241 Read more »]]>

Johnny Jewel unveils the original 8 track version of “Candy“, “recorded in a haze of nyquil & tequila”, as well as a beautifully seamless mashup/collision of two Chromatics classics:

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Ariel Pink takeover: Cane Toads: An Unnatural History http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2014/11/25/ariel-pink-takeover-cane-toads-an-unnatural-history/ http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2014/11/25/ariel-pink-takeover-cane-toads-an-unnatural-history/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:45:04 +0000 ARIEL PINK http://www.gorillavsbear.net/?p=346228 Read more »]]>

Frogs were omnipresent throughout the making of Pom Pom and so too in life where I come from. ‘Cane Toads’ depicts the everyday horror of life in Australia with frogs. It’s hard to imagine what growing up with wildlife such as Kangaroos, Drop Bears and Toads almost breathing down your neck was like, but in this Ozploitaition classic it’s quite accurately dramatized.Shags Chamberlain

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Ariel Pink takeover: Supreme Dicks http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2014/11/25/ariel-pink-takeover-supreme-dicks/ http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2014/11/25/ariel-pink-takeover-supreme-dicks/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:11:55 +0000 ARIEL PINK http://www.gorillavsbear.net/?p=346225 Read more »]]>

John Shere of the band Supreme Dicks has been a friend of mine for many years, and I’ve seen the Dicks play live on a few occasions but until recently I never really appreciated how good their records are. I’ve been listening to them a lot lately, mostly their two full-length LPs from the mid-90′s, “The Unexamined Life” and “The Emotional Plague.”

Their sound is a sort of woozy, ephemeral psychedelia tinged with a desolate, creaky brand of melancholy. Most of their songs sound like a strong breeze might blow them away. The backbone of their sound is a distinct style of guitar interplay that is somewhere between a dramamine-addled Television and Pavement on the day they recorded the “Secret Knowledge of Backroads” Peel Session. If there was such a thing as a Supreme Dicks “single,” the song “Jack-O-Lantern” would probably be it, so that is the track I included here. Their records have aged extremely well, and their entire catalog was reissued by Jagjaguwar in 2011.Joe Kennedy

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Ariel Pink takeover: Oraison (1937) http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2014/11/25/ariel-pink-takeover-oraison-1937/ http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2014/11/25/ariel-pink-takeover-oraison-1937/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:30:44 +0000 ARIEL PINK http://www.gorillavsbear.net/?p=346216 Read more »]]>

Olivier Messiaen was one of the great composers of the 20th century, and is one of those people who led a life so unbelievably fascinating that it almost seems like it must have been fiction.

Blessed with the gift of synaesthesia, Messiaen experienced sounds as colors. He was also fascinated with birdsong, and often used melodies in his compositions that were borrowed from various bird species. He was so serious about birdsong that he became an ornithologist, traveling the world looking for exotic birds and their songs, which he would record and transcribe. He was kind of like a birdsong crate digger.

He was also a pioneer of electronic music; “Oraison” was perhaps the first piece of music ever written entirely for electronic instruments. It was written for six Ondes Martenots. The Martenot was an early synthesizer that had wonderfully expressive capabilities, notably a heartbreaking portamento sound that was more similar to a violin than to the continuous portamento of the Martenot’s close relative, the Theremin. “Oraison” is a hauntingly beautiful piece, insanely ahead of its time when you consider that it was written for the Paris World Fair of 1937. It wouldn’t sound out of place on a Boards of Canada record.

“Oraison” was later repurposed for one of Messiaen’s signature works, “Quator pour la Fin du Temps,” a chamber music piece which was composed by Messiaen in a POW camp where he was held as a prisoner by the Nazis. He wrote the piece on scraps of paper and a pencil that were smuggled to him by a sympathetic guard, and it was performed in 1941 by a quartet on dilapidated instruments in front of a rapt audience of prisoners. He was released shortly after the performance and lived a long and productive life as a composer and teacher. Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen were two of his more notable students.Joe Kennedy

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Ariel Pink takeover: Lipstick Montage http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2014/11/25/ariel-pink-takeover-lipstick-montage/ http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2014/11/25/ariel-pink-takeover-lipstick-montage/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:30:16 +0000 ARIEL PINK http://www.gorillavsbear.net/?p=346210 Read more »]]>

Michel Polnareff is one of my heroes. He is a true great with a heck of a life story. He is as grand and as glam as it comes. His body is made up of 60% hair and 40% sunglasses and he happens to be one of Ariel & Don’s heroes too, so we share a mutual love for The Permed Prince of Parisian Pop. SO much so, that when we were in Palm Springs last year, we were delighted to discover a Cafe that he frequented and (through some excellent sleuthing) proceeded to Celebrity Stalk our hero. After one member of our covert team (A Rad dude who shall remain nameless…) got cold feet and demanded (perhaps wisely) that I “get back in the van”, we decided that maybe Polnareff didn’t want to come for a jam down at The Ace.

More renown for his sparkling garage pop hits, Polnareff’s soundtrack work is unheralded but as good as any work he’s done. As you will hear here in ‘Lipstick Montage’ from The film ‘Lipstick’. The single ‘Lipstick’ is one of the first Disco hits. Side B is a Dark Avant-Garde / Proto Minimal-Synth exploration. ‘Lipstick’ is also the name of my favourite track from Pom Pom.Shags Chamberlain

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Ariel Pink takeover: I’m Ready to Sacrifice http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2014/11/25/ariel-pink-takeover-im-ready-to-sacrifice/ http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2014/11/25/ariel-pink-takeover-im-ready-to-sacrifice/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:00:04 +0000 ARIEL PINK http://www.gorillavsbear.net/?p=346203 Read more »]]>

“Pliny states that on the 6th day of the moon, Druid priests dressed in white robes would prepare a banquet beneath the tree and bring up to it two white bulls. A priest would then climb the tree and cut down a branch of mistletoe with a golden sickle. The white bulls would be sacrificed while the attendants prayed to a god; the mistletoe was then given to livestock in a drink which, it was believed, was an antidote to all poisons and would make any barren animal fertile.”Jorge Elbrecht

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Ariel Pink takeover: Thelonious Monk http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2014/11/25/ariel-pink-takeover-thelonious-monk/ http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2014/11/25/ariel-pink-takeover-thelonious-monk/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:20:34 +0000 ARIEL PINK http://www.gorillavsbear.net/?p=346198 Read more »]]>

I acquired this from a big collection of jazz records that a friend of mine got a hold of from an english teacher of ours who was using the records as research for a book. This is one of my all time favorites. The sloppiness of his playing. Simple and direct.Kenny Gilmore

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Ariel Pink takeover: Vivian Stanshall’s Big Grunt http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2014/11/25/ariel-pink-takeover-vivian-stanshalls-big-grunt/ http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2014/11/25/ariel-pink-takeover-vivian-stanshalls-big-grunt/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:30:05 +0000 ARIEL PINK http://www.gorillavsbear.net/?p=346194 Read more »]]>

Vivian is a very odd looking girl, to be sure, but what a talent! And the band is spot on, as well.Don Bolles

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Ariel Pink takeover: He Saw the Light http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2014/11/25/ariel-pink-takeover-he-saw-the-light/ http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2014/11/25/ariel-pink-takeover-he-saw-the-light/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:45:27 +0000 ARIEL PINK http://www.gorillavsbear.net/?p=346191 Read more »]]>

i remember this strange dream…jeffrey was there, and..veronica too. and even little toto too!!!Tim Koh

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Ariel Pink takeover: The Feminine Complex – Hide and Seek http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2014/11/25/ariel-pink-takeover-the-feminine-complex-hide-and-seek/ http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2014/11/25/ariel-pink-takeover-the-feminine-complex-hide-and-seek/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:30:25 +0000 ARIEL PINK http://www.gorillavsbear.net/?p=346185 Read more »]]>

As a widower tries to piece together his life in the wake of his wife’s suicide, his daughter finds solace — at first — in her imaginary friend.Jorge Elbrecht

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