Irrational Radio No. 1: Spring Girl Mix

Here’s a seven-song Spotify mix featuring awesoma-power songs with female singers. Free of charge.

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Corelli’s Concerto Op. 6, No. 9

I played a lot of 18th-century music throughout the writing of BELL WEATHER. Today’s selection is from Corelli’s Concerto Op. 6, No. 9.

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corelli grossi

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Albinoni’s Sonata Op. 2, No. 1

I played a lot of 18th-century music throughout the writing of BELL WEATHER. Today’s selection is from Albinoni’s Sonata Op. 2, No. 1.

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albinoni

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Corelli’s Sonata Op. 2, No. 12

I played a lot of 18th-century music throughout the writing of BELL WEATHER. Today’s selection is from Corelli’s Sonata Op. 2, No. 12.

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corelli archiv

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Johney, Cock Thy Beaver!

I played a lot of 18th-century music throughout the writing of BELL WEATHER. Today’s selection is the traditional song, “Johney, Cock Thy Beaver!”

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english country dances

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Corelli’s Concerto Op. 6, No. 6

I played a lot of 18th-century music throughout the writing of BELL WEATHER. Today’s selection is from Corelli’s Concerto Op. 6, No. 6.

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corelli grossi

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Corelli’s Concerto Op. 6, No. 9

I played a lot of 18th-century music throughout the writing of BELL WEATHER. Today’s selection is from Corelli’s Concerto Op. 6, No. 9.

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corelli grossi

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Random Thoughts About Godspeed You! Black Emperor

  • gybePost-rock is a term for music that could also be called post-symphonic.
  • The apocalypse sounds interesting.
  • Sometimes visionary bands get so ouroborosy about their work, their music is overshadowed by how annoying they get while rejecting common praise, but somehow this hasn’t yet happened with GY!BE, because their music remains fantastically good.
  • Some wives, and I’m not necessarily talking about anyone specific, will accompany their husbands to a GY!BE concert at the now-defunct Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ and take years before admitting that yes, GY!BE is a good band.
  • We could perhaps call it metamorphic rock.
  • It’s worth noting that certain husbands will suffer tinnitus after accompanying their wives to a Dinosaur Jr. concert, which is so loud he never actually perceives a melody, so let’s call it even.
  • One of their LPs is called F♯A♯∞ (pronounced “F-sharp, A-sharp, Infinity”), and the second side of the vinyl edition ends with a closed groove, so the needle will keep playing a drone forever.
  • In an age when almost no decent band on Earth retains any degree of mystique, GY!BE still sounds like something you’d accidentally hear on a fuzzy radio at 3AM, or on an unlabelled mix tape you found in the street.
  • One afternoon I didn’t even realize I’d been listening to the infinite vinyl drone for 30+ minutes.
  • They have a new LP coming out in March.
  • I went into a tiny record store last year, looking for a copy of the latest GY!BE album, which they didn’t seem to have until I asked the clerk, who coincidentally had a single album — the one I wanted — under the counter. He and I were both a little weirded out by that, and a little delighted.

Neil Gow’s Lamentation for the Death of His Second Wife

I played a lot of 18th-century music throughout the writing of BELL WEATHER. Today’s selection is Neil Gow’s Lamentation for the Death of His Second Wife.

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christmas revels

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Handel’s Sonata Op. 5, No. 4

I played a lot of 18th-century music throughout the writing of BELL WEATHER. Today’s selection is from Handel’s Sonata Op. 5, No. 4.

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handel trios

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