Wednesday, 23 December 2020

VA ‎– Brain In A Box: The Science Fiction Collection (2000)

Genre: Electronic, Jazz, Rock, Funk / Soul, Blues, Pop, Classical
Label:  Rhino Entertainment Company
           Movie Themes
1-01.   Richard O'Brien - The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Science Fiction/Double Feature
1-02.   Richard Strauss - 2001: A Space Odyssey - Introduction From Also Sprach Zarathustra
1-03.   Louis And Bebe Barron - Forbidden Planet: Main Titles - Overture
1-04.   Bernard Herrmann - he Day The Earth Stood Still: Prelude/Outer Space/Radar
1-05.   Herman Stein - It Came From Outer Space: Visitors From Space
1-06.   Hans J. Salter - Creature From The Black Lagoon: Main Title
1-07.   Ed Lawrence & Fred Caroling - The Incredible Shrinking Man: Main Theme
1-08.   Russel Garcia - The Time Machine: Main Title
1-09.   Bronislau Kaper - Them!: Main Title
1-10.   Dimitri Tiomkin - The Thing (From Another World!): Prelude
1-11.   Laurie Johnson - First Men In The Moon: Main Title
1-12.   David Buttolph - The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms: Main Title
1-13.   Leonard Rosenman - Fantastic Voyage: Radio-Spot Announcement
1-14.   Leonard Rosenman - Fantastic Voyage: Main Title Sound Effects Suite
1-15.   Jerry Goldsmith - Planet Of The Apes: Main Title
1-16.   Gil Melle - The Andromeda Strain: Desert Trip
1-17.   John Williams - Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: The Conversation
1-18.   James Horner - Aliens: Ripley's Rescue
1-19.   John Williams - E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: Three Million Light-Years From Earth
1-20.   Basil Poledouris - Robocop: Robo Vs. Ed-209
1-21.   Basil Poledouris - Robocop: Main Title
1-22.   Brad Fiedel - Terminator 2 - Judgement Day: Trust Me
1-23.   Jerry Goldsmith - Outland: The Mine
1-24.   Leith Stevens - War Of The Worlds: Main Title & Introduction
1-25.   Alan Silvestri - Predator: Main Title
1-26.   Howard Shore - The Fly: Main Title
1-27.   Danny Elfman - Mars Attacks!: Main Title
1-28.   Don Davis - The Matrix: Anything Is Possible
           TV Themes
2-01.   Bernard Herrmann / Marius Constant - The Twilight Zone: First Season: Main Title
2-02.   John Williams - Lost In Space: Main Title / Season 3: Main Title
2-03.   George Greeley - My Favorite Martian: Theme
2-04.   Ron Grainer - Doctor Who
2-05.   Joseph Barbera / Hoyt Curtin / William Hanna - The Jetsons: Theme
2-06.   John Williams - The Time Tunnel: Main Title
2-07.   Harry Lubin - One Step Beyond: Fear
2-08.   Dominic Frontiere - The Outer Limits
2-09.   Dominic Frontiere - The Outer Limits: Main Title
2-10.   David Rose - Men Into Space: Theme
2-11.   Barry Gray - The Thunderbirds: Theme
2-12.   Barry Gray - Stingray: Theme
2-13.   Donald Rockwell & Tatsuo Takai - Astro Boy: Theme
2-14.   Paul Sawtell - Voyage Of Th Bottom Of The Sea: Main Title
2-15.   John Williams - Land Of The Giants: Main Title - Season 1
2-16.   Alexander Courage - Star Trek: Main Title & Closing Theme
2-17.   Alexander Courage & Jerry Goldsmith - Star Trek - The Next Generation: Main Theme
2-18.   Dennis McCarthy - V (The Series): Main Title
2-19.   Christopher Franke - Babylon 5: Main Title
2-20.   Alf Clausen - The Simpsons: Treehouse Of Horror I (Kang And Kodus Medley)
2-21.   Mark Snow - The X-Files: Main Title
2-22.   Unknown Artist - Changing Channels...
3-01.   The Tornadoes - Telstar
3-02.   Jimmy Haskell And His Orchestra - Blast Off
3-03.   The Marketts - Out Of Limits
3-04.   Jefferson Airplane - Have You Seen The Saucers
3-05.   Graham Parker & The Rumour - Waiting For The UFO's
3-06.   Harry Nilsson - Spaceman
3-07.   Spirit - Space Child
3-08.   Suburban Lawns - Flying Saucer Safari
3-09.   Soul Inc. - UFO
3-10.   Joe Bennett & The Sparkletones - Rocket
3-11.   Webb Wilder - Rocket To Nowhere
3-12.   They Might Be Giants - For Science
3-13.   Lothar And The Hand People - Machines
3-14.   Stan Ridgway - Beyond Tomorrow
3-15.   Milton De Lugg - Theme For The Creature From Under The Sea
3-16.   T-Bone Burnett - Humans From Earth
3-17.   The Ventures - Fear (Main Title From "One Step Beyond")
3-18.   Vernon Green / The Medallions - Rocket Ship
3-19.   Chris Conner - Radar Blues
3-20.   Roky Erickson - Creature With The Atom Brain
3-21.   Kathy McCarty - Rocket Ship
3-22.   Prelude - After The Gold Rush
4-01.   Russ Garcia & His Orchestra - Frozen Neptune
4-02.   Les Baxter - Lunar Rhapsody
4-03.   Ferrante & Teicher - Man From Mars
4-04.   Frank Comstock - On The Dark Side Of The Moon
4-05.   Les Baxter - Saturday Night On Saturn
4-06.   Attilio Mineo - Welcome To Tomorrow
4-07.   Dick Hyman - Space Reflex (Blues In 5/4)
4-08.   Gustav Holst - Mars, Bringer Of War From The Planets
4-09.   Dr. Samuel Hoffman - Theremin Solo
4-10.   Billy Mure - Guitars In Space
4-11.   Russ Garcia & His Orchestra - Nova (Exploding Star)
4-12.   Sun Ra - Space Is The Place
4-13.   Raymond Scott & His Orchestra - Twilight Zone
4-14.   Perrey & Kingsley - Cosmic Ballad
4-15.   Dick Hyman - Moon Gas
4-16.   Russ Garcia & His Orchestra - Monsters Of Jupiter
4-17.   Jerry Goldsmith - She Likes Me
4-18.   Frank Coe - Tone Tales From Tomorrow
4-19.   Leonard Nimoy - Alien9
4-20.   David Garland & John Zorn - On Planet X
5-01.   Buchanan & Goodman - The Flying Saucer
5-02.   Louis Prima - Beep! Beep!
5-03.   The Five Blobs - The Blob
5-04.   The Ran-Dells - Martian Hop
5-05.   Leonard Nimoy - Music To Watch Space Girls By
5-06.   The B-52's - Planet Claire
5-07.   The Dickies - Gigantor
5-08.   Ella Fitzgerald With Sy Oliver's Orchestra - Two Little Men In A Flying Saucer
5-09.   The Rezillos - Flying Saucer Attack
5-10.   Billy Lee Riley And The Little Green Men - Flyin' Saucers Rock & Roll
5-11.   Mojo Nixon & World Famous Blue Jays - UFOs, Big Rigs And BBQ
5-12.   Jimmy Durante - We're Going Ufo'ing
5-13.   The Rubinoos - Surf Trek
5-14.   The Holy Modal Rounders - Mr. Spaceman
5-15.   Satellite Singers - Meet Space Pilot Jones
5-16.   Sheb Wooley - The Purple People Eater
5-17.   Buck Trail - Knocked Out Joint On Mars
5-18.   Bill Carlisle - Tiny Space Man
5-19.   Buchanan Brothers & The Georgia Catamounts - (When You See) Those Flying Saucers
5-20.   Parliament - UnFunky UFO
5-21.   The Kirby Stone Four - You Came From Outer Space

It's hard not to look at Rhino's lavish five-disc set Brain in a Box: The Science Fiction Collection as it sits encased in a large metal cube covered with 3-D illustrations and wonder why does it exist and who is it for. This is an expensive set, retailing at nearly $100, and it's filled with recordings that aren't exactly designed for casual listening. Then again, this box is not designed for listening -- it's designed as a conversation piece, a piece of pop culture, and, most likely, a sure-fire Grammy nominee (and winner) for best packaging. And, if you ignore the fact that this isn't really that listenable, even though it covers nearly every base in its five designated categories -- movies themes, TV themes, pop songs, incidental/lounge music, and novelty tunes -- this is a pretty remarkable package, capturing much of the irresistible kitsch of sci-fi pop culture. Make no mistake about it, even if Ray Bradbury contributes an essay for the hardcover 200-page book, this is all about the wonderfully silly comics, B-movies, and dime store magazines that thrived in the '50s and '60s, then was recycled and ironically revived throughout the remaining three decades of the 20th century. Occasionally, Brain in a Box delves into the more measured, intellectual side of sci-fi -- not just by acknowledging that films like Planet of the Apes were very smart, but spending time on think-pieces as varied as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The Matrix. Still, when the second in the set kicks off with Richard O'Brien's "Science Fiction/Double Feature," the incomparable opening salvo from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, it's clear that the compilers favored kitsch and camp. That's fine -- that's what makes this set fun. And, truth be told, the book is as much fun, if not more, than the discs, since not only are the essays strong, but the pictures of old movie posters, magazine covers and ads, comic books, ViewMasters, and action figures from '50s tin robots to Futurama's Bender are utterly enthralling -- at least if you're a pop-culture junkie. Does that make Brain in a Box worth all the money? Well, if (and only if) you found that list of artifacts exciting and you like "Telstar," Esquivel, and Tim Burton's Mars Attacks, plus aren't annoyed by Dr. Demento and don't find Dr. Who strangely unsettling; it may be, you may not put it on much, but it looks nice on the shelf and there are all sorts of great geeky treasures inside. Which might mean that it's worth it, provided that you realize you're buying the package for the package, not the music.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine / AllMusic

Rita Braga ‎– Time Warp Blues (2020)

Genre: Pop
Format: CD, Vinyl, FLAC
Label:  Not On Label

01.   Love Is Noir
02.   Tremble Like A Ghost
03.   Kuningaskobra
04.   You Used To Be Stevie Wonder
05.   Branca De Neve
06.   Ectoplasma
07.   Amore 002
08.   Human Failure
09.   Revelation
10.   Sardine
11.   Pussycat
12.   Drown

Violin – Galina Juritz
Bass, Guitar – Andrea Roca 
Mastered By – Yan Hart-Lemonnier
Producer, Recorded By, Mixed By – Andrea Roca
Vocals, Organ, Ukulele, Banjolin, Synth, Percussion, Producer – Rita Braga

Rita Braga está de volta aos álbuns: Time Warp Blues é o seu terceiro longa-duração e vai ser editado no dia 20 de Novembro. Do novo disco, a compositora e multi-instrumentista já apresentou dois singles, sendo “Pussycat”, que pode ser encontrado aqui, a mais recente amostra.

Como se explica em comunicado de imprensa, “para entrar no universo de Rita Braga, imaginem-se num local que se assemelha a um circo americano do século passado onde, depois de se dirigirem ao interior de uma tenda, se deparam com uma casa de espelhos. Cada um desses reflexos exibe uma faceta de Time Warp Blues, o terceiro disco da cantora e multi instrumentista Rita Braga: a naïve art de Space Lady; os bizarros sons de Bruce Haack; a polirritmia das Raincoats; a cinematografia de Eraserhead e toda uma espiral de fantasmas e viagens no tempo. O que têm todos estes reflexos em comum? O peculiar uso do ukulele por Rita Braga, acompanhada de teclados e caixas de ritmos vintage e banjolele”.

O álbum, co-produzido por Andrea Rocca, em Londres, e que revela momentos em  inglês, português, finlandês e japonês, “é um portal para uma espiral de fantasmas e viagens no tempo, que evoca períodos históricos recentes e nos relembra do futuro distópico em que vivemos. Alguns dos temas são interpretados por diferentes “personas”: “Amore 002” é uma espia sedutora criada por um algoritmo de inteligência artificial; “Branca de Neve” é a personagem dos contos de fada que canta dentro do caixão de vidro, congelada no tempo. O fantasma no single “Tremble Like a Ghost” diz-nos que ainda vivemos em 1984. “You Used to be Stevie Wonder” é um tributo ao legendário músico underground Peter Ivers (que compôs o tema “In Heaven” do filme de culto surrealista Eraserhead), e “Pussycat” é uma versão da artista japonesa Miharu Koshi”.
Ana Ventura / MdeMúsica

Tom Waits ‎– Bone Machine (1992)

Style: Experimental, Ballad, Post Rock
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Island Records

01.   Earth Died Screaming
02.   Dirt In The Ground
03.   Such A Scream
04.   All Stripped Down
05.   Who Are You
06.   The Ocean Doesn't Want Me
07.   Jesus Gonna Be Here
08.   A Little Rain (for Clyde)
09.   In The Colosseum
10.   Goin' Out West
11.   Murder In The Red Barn
12.   Black Wings
13.   Whistle Down The Wind (for Tom Jans)
14.   I Don't Wanna Grow Up
15.   Let Me Get Up On It
16.   That Feel

Electric Bass – Les Claypool
Saxophone – Ralph Carney
Drums – Brain
Saxophone – Ralph Carney
Banjo – Joe Marquez
Accordion – David Hidalgo
Double Bass – Larry Taylor 
Guitar – Joe Gore, Larry Taylor, Keith Richards, Waddy Wachtel
Pedal Steel Guitar – David Phillips
Producer – Tom Waits

For more than twenty years, Tom Waits has chronicled the small wins and grotesque losses of the seedy underworld. Bone Machine, his first full-length studio album since Frank’s Wild Years (1987), continues observing a world of deathly mysteries, half-baked gospel truths and secular ambitions. His drunken bluster to the fore, Waits tramples melodies with an ear for twisting clichés. The music matches Waits’s hollers with plenty of upright bass, late-night piano and over-the-top percussion.

But it’s Bone Machine‘s preoccupation with death that brings these songs to life. The album begins with “Earth Died Screaming,” a surrealist nightmare (“The devil shovels coal/With crows as big as airplanes”); Waits sings in oblivion: “And the earth died screaming/While I lay dreaming of you.” He follows that up with the existentialist tract “Dirt in the Ground,” offering the leveling truth that “we’re all gonna be just dirt in the ground.” Two songs later (“All Stripped Down”), he foresees Judgment Day.

Throughout the album lonesome travelers and restless strangers battle their lives with drink, religion and the active search for somewhere better than here. “A little trouble makes it worth the going/And a little rain never hurt no one/The world is round/And so I’ll go around/You must risk something that matters,” Waits sings on “A Little Rain,” with David Phillips’s pedal steel sweeping through the background. No one needs convincing.

It’s a song older than Waits himself — older than Hank Williams, older than Robert Johnson — that Waits is chasing, the simple mystery of where life goes: “I don’t wanna float a broom/Fall in love and get married and then boom/How the hell did it get here so soon?/I don’t wanna grow up.” Albums this rich with spiritual longing prove the validity of that effort, no matter the odds.
Rob O'Connor / Rolling Stone