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  • Deconstructing Panda Bear's Person Pitch

     

    Panda Bear is the member of Animal Collective who made the nearly perfect solo record, Person Pitch. I was on his Wikipedia page and noticed all the sampling he did for this album and thought that highlighting some of these bits & pieces would be fun. 

    We begin with Agnes Montgomery. She's the artist who created the iconic album art (shown above) and the collages shown below. Agnes is based in Philly.  Signed limited edition prints of her work can be purchased for $125 here.

     

      

      

      

      

    Below are the songs sampled on the album:

     

    Comfy In Nautica features a sample of Geino Yamashirogumi's song Tetsuo.  Geino Yamashirogumi is a Japanese folk collective that could have over 70 singers and 100 members at any given time.  The members consist of every day people that range from businessmen, doctors, students and everyone in between. The song Panda Bear sampled was a commisioned tune from the soundtrack to Akira.  The picture below is taken from Julian Cope's website and shows some of the members performing.

     

     

     

    Take Pills, the second song on Person Pitch, contains a sample from a Scott Walker's ballad, Always Coming Back to You (shown below) and The Tornados song, Popeye Twist (shown below that).

     

     

    Track 3 - Bros - Contains the following samples:

    Red Roses and a Sky of Blue by The Tornados

     

     

    I've Found a Love by Cat Stevens from his album, Matthew & Son

     

     

    Rub A Dub Dub by The Equals (Listen Here)

     

     

    Track 4: I'm Not contains a sample from Rose, Liz, Printemps, Verdure by Guillaume de Machaut but performed by Gothic Voices

     

     

    Track 5: Good Girl / Carrots contains the following samples:

    Radio Calcutta #2 from the album Radio India: The Eternal Dream of Sound

     

     

    Enter the Dragon by Lee Scratch Perry

     

     

    Ananas Symphonie by Kraftwerk

     

     

    Track 6: Search for Delicious is named after the book of the same namb by children's author Natalie Babbitt

     

     

    ...and that takes care of that!

  • From the Stone Roses to John Leckie to Love to Bob Pepper to Phillip K Dick Without Saying Anything Too Important

    Those paint splattering menaces are at it again! The Stone Roses released their box set a few weeks back and I just had the chance to pick up my copy. The package is absolutely essential to people who forgot just how good this band was.

     

     

    Those who have seen the band and have seen Ian Brown sing live, know just how important the high profile production work of John Leckie was to creating the sound to these recordings.  I was recetnly reading Love's Forever Changes Wikipedia page, when I noticed that the partnership between The Roses and Leckie was apparently solidified when both parties agreed that Forever Changes was "the best record ever made", which explains alot when it comes to explaing the Turns Into Stone sound.

     

     

    Forever Changes was Love's third record and certainly their best.  The album art was done by Bob Pepper, an artist whose ties with Elektra gave him the opportunity to work on some of the most iconic album covers of the late sixties.

     

     

    Pepper went on to create book covers for Ballantine's Fantasy series, most notable the work of Phillip K. Dick.

     

    Via John Coulthart
  • Songs of the Day

      

    The Necessaries | Detroit Tonight | An Arthur Russel band featuring Ernie Brooks from The Modern Lovers. Bluesy Rock, not quite as good as solo Arthur or any of his other various side projects. This song is probably the most pop friendly on the album