Archive for April, 2009

Bea Arthur “Goodnight but not Goodbye”

Posted in music with tags , , , , on April 27, 2009 by motorslug
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Star Wars Holiday Special | CBS-TV | 1978

When I heard the news about Bea Arthur’s death, I naturally thought to post something about it. As a kid, I grew up watching re-runs of The Golden Girls when nothing else was on TV– those women were hilarious! This blog being what it is, I was suddenly reminded of the bootleg copy of the now-infamous Star Wars Holiday Special I had tucked away within my DVD collection. In it, Arthur plays a cantina’s nightshift bartender named Ackmena, who serenades her patrons at closing time. The title of the song, “goodnight but not goodbye,” seems strangely fitting in a way.

This is going to be one of those rare instances in which I link to another site/blog instead of providing the tracks right here, the reason being that StarWarsHolidaySpecial.com has a far superior copy of the song than I do. After ripping the audio from my dvd-r, I realized that it sounded awful. My hat is off to the guy that provided the track for SWHS.com– he either had a much earlier generation copy than I did, or his skills at audio restoration are truly exceptional (or both!). Click the link below and find Bea Arthur’s track… it’s the third mp3 link from the top.

LISTEN: StarWarsHolidaySpecial.com

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Heavenly Bodies “Rains On Me”

Posted in music with tags , , , , , on April 26, 2009 by motorslug
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Heavenly Bodies | Celestial LP | C’est la Mort Records | 1988

The first MOTORSLUG entry is from one of the bands I know the least about (natch). I found their “Celestial” LP in an anorexic little goth/industrial bin in a vinyl shop last week, and was about to pass it over until I noticed that both Third Mind Records and C’est la Mort Records were listed on the back cover. That detail, combined with the fact that the album was released in 1988– possibly THE best year for releases during the Wax Trax!/Nettwerk era of gloomy/stompy audio– was good enough for me. As it turns out, I was very pleasantly surprised.

A short-lived outfit that produced this solitary album, Heavenly Bodies was comprised primarily of veterans from the 4AD label. Scott Rodger and James Pinker were in the original lineup of Dead Can Dance, while the vocalist Caroline Seaman was featured on the second album from This Mortal Coil, “Filigree and Shadow.”

Upon first listen, “Rains On Me” is definitely one of the standout tracks with its driving rhythms and lush, dreamy sound. I can just hear it now, sandwiched in a DJ set between some Cocteau Twins and some Cranes. The CD version of the album contains some bonus tracks, including a remix of “Rains On Me,” so I’m going to have to track that down now.

LISTEN: Mediafire | Megaupload

It begins…

Posted in news with tags on April 26, 2009 by motorslug

After sitting on the music blog fence for months, we finally have a nice setup in terms of accessing and recording from our collections. Posting begins now!