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  • Dummy
  • Self-Titled
  • Third

I wonder how they will call their fourth album.

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statcock and topcock

No. of albums per year in my possession:

YEAR Anzahl von AID
2003 46
2004 31
2005 29
2006 14
2007 7

My interest for music has been decreasing in the last couple of years. The peak was in 1992 with 123 items. Since then this statistic has been steadily going down. Except in 2000 where it was up from 66 to 83. God knows why. Anyways my 40 years, 40 albums series stopped in 2002. Here are the five favourite albums which followed in the meantime. Probably not very trustworthy as my sample got tinier and tinier over the years.

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Songs where the title is a city

Abilene - George Hamilton IV
Albuquerque - Neil Young
Amsterdam - Jacques Brel, John Cale, Peter Bjorn and John, Prelude
Anchorage - Michelle Shocked
Asbury Park - King Crimson
Athens, OH - Solex
Atlantic City - Bruce Springsteen
Austin - Reto Burrell
Baltimore - Lyle Lovett, Randy Newman
Bangkok - Alex Chilton
Barcelona - Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé, Will Oldham, Rufus Wainwright
Baton Rouge - Guy Clark
Belfast - Boney M
Berlin - Heidi Brühl, Crawling Chaos, Ideal, Pole, Lou Reed
Bloomington - Old 97s
Bobcaygeon - The Tragically Hip
Bordeaux - The Durutti Column
Boston - Gene Clark
Box Elder - Pavement
Bratislava - Beirut
Brisbane (Security City) - The Saints
Bruxelles - Prolapse
Budapest - Poni Hoax
Chapel Hill - Sonic Youth
Cherbourg - Beirut
Chicago - Sufjan Stevens, Graham Nash
China Grove - The Doobie Brothers
Copenhagen - Scott Walker
Dallas - Silver Jews, Steely Dan, The Flatlanders
Damascus - John Zorn
Dayton, Ohio - Randy Newman
Denver - Steve Alaimo
Detroit City - Bobby Bare
Downey, CA - Saint Etienne
Düsseldorf - La Düsseldorf, Pole
Edinburgh - Cinerama
El Paso - Marty Robbins
Freiburg - Tocotronic
Galveston- Glen Campbell
Gary, Indiana - Robert Preston (Music Man soundtrack)
Halifax - The Pills
Hamburg - Lassie Singers
Helsinki Rock City - Giant Robot
Holland - Sufjan Stevens
Houston - Dean Martin
Istanbul - Wild Stares
Jackson - Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams
Jerusalem - Mirah, Sinead O'Connor, Royal City
Johannesburg - Gil Scott-Heron
Johnsburg, Illinois - Tom Waits
Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison, Little Richard, Okkervil River
Lafayette - Lucinda Williams
Lake Charles - Lucinda Williams
Lebanon, Tennessee - Ron Sexsmith
L.A. - The Fall, Neil Young
L.A., L.A. - Tragedy
Los Angeles - Frank Black, The Brilliant Green, X
Lisboa - Jessamine, Six Organs Of Admittance, The Durutti Column
Lisbon - Keith Fullerton Whitman
Livonia [Michigan] - His Name Is Alive
Lodi - Creedence Clearwater Revival
London - Pamelia Kurstin, Pet Shop Boys, The Smiths, Patrick Wolf
London, London - Caetano Veloso
Luckenbach, Texas - Waylon Jennings
Lyon - Pinback
Macau - Monolake
Madrid - Aroah
Manchester, England - Hair, The Original Soundtrack
Memphis - Chuck Berry, Joe Jackson
Memphis, Egypt - The Mekons
Mendocino - Sir Douglas Quintet
Miami - Randy Newman, U2
Mill Valley - Miss Abrams' 3rd Grade Class
Minneapolis - That Dog, Lucinda Williams
Monte Carlo - Diane Cluck
Montgomery - Long Fin Killie
Montreal - Autechre, Blue Rodeo, Of Montreal
Moskau - Dschingis Khan
Nantes - Beirut
Nashville - Casiotone ftpa
New Amsterdam - Elvis Costello
New Orleans - The Barmitzvah Brothers, U.S. Bonds
City of New Orleans - Steve Goodman/Arlo Guthrie
New York - Serge Gainsbourg, Montt Mardíe, Sex Pistols, Nikki Sudden, T-Rex
New York City - Cub, Damon and Naomi, Demics, The Jesus and Mary Chain
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
Omaha - Moby Grape
Oslo - Norfolk & Western
Oxford Town - Bob Dylan
Paris - Jonatha Brooke, Patrick Wolf
Paris, Texas - Ry Cooder
Peoria - King Crimson
Pineola - Lucinda Williams
Philadelphia - Magazine, Prewar Yardsale
Philly, Philly - Eve feat. Beanie Siegel
Portland - The Replacements
Providence - King Crimson, Sonic Youth
Rockville - REM
Rome - Les Savy Fav
Saginaw, Michigan - Lefty Frizzell
San Francisco - Scott McKenzie
Santa Fe - Bob Dylan
Sao Paulo - Guillemots
Scarborough - Crash Vegas
Seattle - PiL
Seville - Pinback
Sheffield: Sex City - Pulp
Singapore - Tom Waits
Strasbourg - Julian Cope, The Rakes
My City Is Sydney - Tommy Leonetti
Syracuse - Pinback
Tallahassee - Mountain Goats
Texarkana - R.E.M.
Tipp City - The Amps
Tokyo - Bruce Cockburn, Lesbo Pig
Toledo - Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello
Toronto #4 - The Tragically Hip
Toulouse - Claude Nougaro
Tripoli - Pinback
Vancouver - Jeff Buckley, The Violent Femmes
Ventura - Lucinda Williams
Versailles - Pinback
Vesoul - Jacques Brel
Vigo - Aroah
Vincennes - Bobby Bare
Warsaw - Joy Division
Warszawa - David Bowie
Wien - Labradford
Vienna - Ultravox
Weissensee - Neu!
Winnipeg - Martin Teilli
Woodstock - Joni Mitchell

(see also here)

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City songs

I spent some of my Sunday afternoon looking for songs with titles which are cities. Thanks to ILM I assembled this list. Actually I wanted to find songs about a city with a title which does not necessarily have to match the name of the city exactly. But that task must wait as it is a lot of research work. As a condensation of the song search here are the top twelve cities after the number of songs dedicated to them (by the way I have been to seven of them, the five I haven't seen are all in the US except Jerusalem):

  • New York 10 (incl. New Amsterdam 11)
  • L.A. 6
  • Berlin 5
  • London 5
  • Amsterdam 4
  • Lisboa/Lisbon 4
  • Barcelona 3
  • Dallas 3
  • Jerusalem 3
  • Montreal 3
  • New Orleans 3
  • Philadelphia 3

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Joy Division performing their own songs on my hard disk (# of versions)

  • Transmission (9)
  • Shadowplay (8)
  • She's Lost Control (8)
  • Insight (7)
  • Disorder (6)
  • Love Will Tear Us Apart (6)
  • Colony (5)
  • Interzone (5)
  • Dead Souls (4)
  • New Dawn Fades (4)
  • Novelty (4)
  • Passover (4)
  • The Eternal (4)
  • These Days (4)
  • Twenty Four Hours (4)
  • Warsaw (4) ...

Control kommt in Deutschland im Januar in die Kinos. Nicht die schlechteste Zeit, um mal wieder dieser phantastischen Band zu gedenken. Gab es je eine bessere? Wenn ja, dann hab ich sie verpennt, wie ich Joy Division 1980 verträumt habe.

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safe for work

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Albums from this year Karl Bruckmaier (Bayern 2 Zündfunk, Süddeutsche etc.) gave a five star rating:

  • Fe-Mail "Voluptous Vultures"
  • Toni Kitanovski & Cherkezi Orchestra "Borderlands"
  • TV on the Radio "Return to Cookie Mountain"
  • Matmos "The Rose has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast"
  • Geoff Muldaur "The Secret Handshake"
  • V.A. "Das Dieter Roth oRchester spielt kleine wolken, typische scheiße und nie gehörte musik"
  • Sufjan Stevens "The Avalanche"
  • Bonnie "Prince" Billy "The Letting Go"
  • Pere Ubu "Why I Hate Women"
  • Kante "Die Tiere sind unruhig"
  • Lambchop "Damaged"
  • V.A. "Paint It Black - Die besten Songs der Rolling Stones"
  • Nina Kinert "Let There Be Love"
  • Gram Parsons "The Complete Reprise Sessions" (6 stars!?)
  • Wreckless Eric "Bungalow Hi"
  • Couch "Figur 5"
  • Die Goldenen Zitronen "Lenin"
  • Ramblin' Jack Elliott "I Stand Alone"
  • Howe Gelb "Sno Angel Like You"
  • Seu Jorge "The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions"
  • Jazkamer "Metal Music Machine"
  • Tullycraft "Disenchanted Hearts Unite"
  • The Red Krayola "Introduction"
  • Be Your Own Pet "st"
  • Woog Riots "Strangelove TV"
  • Archie Bronson Outfit "Dart for my Sweetheart" (CD-Single)
  • Be Your Own Pet "Let's Get Sandy" (CD-Single)
  • Morrissey "Ringleader of the Tormentors"
  • Flaming Lips "At War with the Mystics"
  • Department of Eagles "The Cold Nose"
  • Frank Niehusmann "Day Tracks 1"
  • North Quartet "Malamute"
  • George Clinton "How Late Do You Have 2B B4 UR Absent?"

I only know the Pere Ubu which is wonderful, the Howe Gelb which doesn't work for me and the Lambchop which I haven't warmed up to yet.

P.S. I listened to a couple of the Bonnie Prince Billy songs and some clips from the Morrissey. In both cases I am positively sure that I have enough (& better) albums in my CD and LP shelves of the artists. Sufjan Stevens? TV on the Radio? Flaming Lips? Not at all interested in that kind of bombast. So in the end Bruckmaier's music taste and mine don't seem to overlap a lot. The Ramblin' Jack Elliott must be good though.

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Another cut across music

I made a list of all countries I have music of. 50 in total. Making a trip around the world in music could be a new project reinvigorating my blog. There was a similar thing on the ILM blog a while ago. Here is the list:

    North America
  • Canada
  • United States

  • Central America and the Caribbean
  • Cuba
  • Jamaica

  • South America
  • Brazil

  • Africa
  • Algeria
  • Congo
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia
  • Guinee
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • Senegal
  • Sudan
  • Zimbabwe

  • Europe
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kosovo
  • Macedonia
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

  • The Middle East
  • Lebanon
  • Turkey

  • Rest of Asia
  • India
  • Japan
  • Pakistan

  • Australia and Pacific
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

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Forty years, forty covers

1963 Stan Getz and João Gilberto - Getz/Gilberto 1964 Tony Scott - Music for Zen Meditation 1965 John Coltrane - Ascension 1966 Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde 1967 Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
1968 The Beatles - White Album 1969 Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left 1970 Neil Young - After the Gold Rush 1971 Joni Mitchell - Blue 1972 Roxy Music - Roxy Music
1973 Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon 1974 Steve Reich - Drumming 1975 Brian Eno - Another Green World 1976 Keith Jarrett - Sun Bear Concerts 1977 Brian Eno - Before and after Science
1978 Pere Ubu - The Modern Dance 1979 Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures 1980 The Cure - Seventeen Seconds 1981 Wipers - Youth of America 1982 Brian Eno - On Land
1983 Meat Puppets - II 1984 Lloyd Cole & the Commotions - Rattlesnakes 1985 Lloyd Cole & the Commotions - Easy Pieces 1986 The Feelies - The Good Earth 1987 The Smiths - The World Won't Listen
1988 Mary Margaret O'Hara - Miss America 1989 Pixies - Doolittle 1990 The House of Love - "Butterfly" 1991 Smashing Pumpkins - Gish 1992 Sonic Youth - Dirty
1993 Idaho - Year after Year 1994 Swell - 41 1995 Sparklehorse - Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot 1996 Cowboy Junkies - Lay It Down 1997 Robert Wyatt - Shleep
1998 Cat Power - Moon Pix 1999 Pinback - This Is a Pinback CD 2000 Aimee Mann - Bachelor No.2 2001 Radiohead - Amnesiac 2002 Lambchop - Is a Woman

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One band per decade

60s: The Beatles
70s: Roxy Music
80s: The Smiths
90s: My Bloody Valentine

They are all British but most of my favourite albums are American. It's weird. Maybe the British have more stamina ('cept that Shields guy who is Irish anyway). Not to forget originality, of course.

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