Friday, January 20, 2012

Lorna - Static Patterns And Souvenirs

Lorna - Static Patterns And Souvenirs (2005)

This album is sparse, reflective, and terribly pretty -- and that's after just one or two minutes. The opening "Understanding Heavy Metal, Pts. 1-2" features singer Mark Rolfe taking a delicate melody and adding airy vocals that hover over the track perfectly. Sharon Cohen adds harmonies and you have a gorgeous track that seems to glide and soar at the same time. Think of Wilco meets the Delgados while inspired by David Bowie's Heroes and you might get a good idea of what isat play here. Horns enter the track but are far from a sticking point, giving it more body. The second half has some electronic blips and bleeps, but they also aren't a distraction. "Homerun" is a dirge with a duet from the two singers, making bands like Cowboy Junkies seem uptempo by comparison. Cohen's high notes bring to mind Sigur Rós, but she doesn't go over the top. The first real gem comes in the form of "The Last Mosquito Fight of Summer," as Lorna craft the song around their assets -- lovely vocal performances and simple arrangements with melodies that are heavenly -- as it ventures into the Cure circa Bloodflowers territory. "Remarkable Things" sounds as if the bandmembers have been listening to mountain music, but they perform the song at a snail's pace. The pedal steel is excellent thanks to Marc Ransley's deft abilities. "Swans" might be too rich, lush, or textured for some, but the lullaby harmonies and melancholic tone are what make it work so well. The same can be inferred from "Will You Still Love Me Yesterday?," a play on the Shirelles title. This haunting style continues during the barren and claustrophobic "Be Forever," which brings to mind Marianne Faithfull, Luna, or PJ Harvey circa Dance Hall at Louse Point. One song that comes across as run of the mill has to be "Snow Song." Lorna wrap the record up as smoothly and gracefully as it opened with "Illuminations," a track that sounds like a cross between Knife in the Water and Thee Heavenly Music Association. This record is pretty almost to a fault. (Review by Jason MacNeil)

1. (00:05:32) Lorna - Understanding Heavy Metal Parts I & II
2. (00:03:09) Lorna - Homerun
3. (00:07:02) Lorna - The Last Mosquito Fight Of Summer
4. (00:05:35) Lorna - Remarkable Things
5. (00:03:45) Lorna - Swans
6. (00:04:51) Lorna - The Swimmer
7. (00:04:08) Lorna - Be Forever
8. (00:03:16) Lorna - Snow Song
9. (00:03:42) Lorna - Will You Still Love Me Yesterday ?
10. (00:04:33) Lorna - He Dreams Of Spaceships
11. (00:07:23) Lorna - Illuminations

Playing Time.........: 00:52:57
Total Size...........: 72,74 MB


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Monday, January 9, 2012

Venus in Flames

1. Better Man
2. Just Another Day
3. Notes Of Tenderness
4. Heart & Bones
5. Cynthia's Gone
6. Fearless
7. Whole New Me
8. Silent Threatment
9. Andalucia
10. The Sound Of Breaking Hearts
11. Laughing Disease

Music & Words by Jan De Campenaere, Produced by Gert Bettens, Recorded and mixed at Jet Studios, Brussels. Engineered by Werner Pensaert, assistant engineer Steven Heyvaert. Mastered at Abbey Road Studios, London, by Sean Magee. All songs arranged by Jan De Campenaere & Gert Bettens. Additional string arrangements on “Just Another Day” by Herbert Lanckhorst

   1. Dreamers
   2. Right Here
   3. Let You Go
   4. You & Me
   5. Hanging On
   6. You Could Be The One
   7. Coming Home
   8. Letter From A Girl
   9. Elegy
  10. God Knows Why

All songs written, arranged & produced by Jan De Campenaere Co-produced and recorded by Alexander Janssens at different locations: Paterskerk (Eeklo), ZebraSound Studio (Gent) & De Ontginning (Zaffelare) Mixed & mastered by Raf Roesems at Alamo Sound Services (Brussels)

The Players:
Jan De Campenaere: lead & backing vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, piano, Maarten Standaert: bass, Tim Coenen: drums, bass, electric guitars & percussion, Nicolaas Willems: piano, Rhodes, Hammond, Bart Maris: trumpet, Ilse Goovaerts aka Neeka: backing vocals on ‘Let you go’ and ‘Coming Home’

The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)

The Glass Bottom Boat is an 1966 American romantic comedy movie directed by Frank Tashlin; it is also considered by some people to be musical entertainment. This movie features Doris Day and Rod Taylor as the main entertainers, with assistance from actors Arthur Godfrey and Paul Lynde. It is also known as The Spy in Lace Panties.

Doris Day, Rod Taylor, Arthur Godfrey, Dom DeLuise

Axel Nordstrom manages a glass-bottom boat tourist operation in the waters of Santa Catalina Island, California. His widowed daughter, Jennifer Nelson, occasionally helps by donning a mermaid's costume and swimming underneath his boat for the passengers' amusement.

One day, Jennifer accidentally meets Bruce Templeton when his fishing hook snags her costume. He reels in the bottom half of her mermaid costume, leaving the irate Jennifer floating in the water without pants. Jennifer later discovers that Bruce is the main manager of her part-time place of employment, an aerospace research laboratory.

Mr. Templeton later sees Jennifer again at work and recognizes her, and with a hidden purpose, he hires her for a new full-time assignment: to be his "biographer" and to write his life story. His hidden purpose is to make an attempt to win Jennifer's affections. There is a problem. The laboratory's security chief, Homer Cripps, concludes that Jennifer is a Soviet spy, and to prove his suspicions, he has Jennifer surveilled. When she learns of the notion, Jennifer disproves the bumbling Cripps.


The Corporation (2003)

The Corporation  is a 2003 Canadian documentary film written by Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The documentary is critical of the modern-day corporation, considering its legal status as a class of person and evaluating its behaviour towards society and the world at large as a psychiatrist might evaluate an ordinary person. This is explored through specific examples. Bakan wrote the book, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, during the filming of the documentary.

MKV | 497 MiB|
subs: English, Dutch, Swedish, German, Spanish, French Arabic.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Hallelujah - 23 Covers Collection

"Hallelujah" is a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, originally released on his studio album Various Positions (1984). Achieving little initial success, the song found greater popular acclaim through a cover by John Cale, which later formed the basis for a cover by Jeff Buckley. In recent years several cover versions have been performed by a large number and broad range of artists, both in recordings and in concert.

Track. Performer - Album (Year)

01. Leonard Cohen - The Watchmen (Ost) (2009).mp3
02. Alexandra Burke - Overcome (2009).mp3
03. Béatrice Ardisson - La Musique De Paris Dernière Vol.7 (2009).mp3
04. Bon Jovi - Mtv Unplugged June (2007).mp3
05. Bono - Solo (1995).mp3
06. Chris Botti - Chris Botti In Boston (2009).mp3
07. Ebba Forsberg - Ta Min Vals (2009).mp3
08. Elisa - Dancing (2008).mp3
09. Charlie Sexton - Hope For Haiti Now (2010).mp3
10. Il Divo - En Barcelona Live (2009).mp3
11. Jeff Buckley - Grace (1994).mp3
12. Jls - X-Factor (2008).mp3
13. John Cale - Scrubs (2002).mp3
14. K D Lang - Recollection (2010).mp3
15. Kate Voegele - Don't Look Away (2008).mp3
16. Katherine Jenkins - The Ultimate Collection (2009).mp3
17. Keren Ann - Keren Ann (2007).mp3
18. Lisa Lois - Smoke (2009).mp3
19. Molly Sandén - Samma Himmel (2009).mp3
20. Nilsen Kurt, Espen Lind, Askil Holm & Alejandro Fuentes…?(Live concert) (2006).mp3
21. Rufus Wainwright - Shrek (2001).mp3
22. Sara Gazarek - Return To You (2007).mp3
23. Susan Boyle - The Gift (2010).mp3
24. Willie Nelson - Songbird (2006).mp3

Version..............: MPEG 1 Layer III
Quality..............: VBR 160
Channels.............: Stereo / 44100 hz
Tags.................: ID3 v1.1, ID3 v2.3

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