Guest DJ: Dori from Aural Pleasures

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Okay, yall. Dori? Dori is COOL.

Not cool because she’s hip; hip because she’s cool. Get it? She can’t help it. That’s just the way she is. Not cool in the “I’m aloof and don’t talk to anybody” way – in fact, total opposite. Maybe it’s that she’s so friggin’ smart, I dunno…but she’s cool.

If this were the 20’s Dori would be the Head Gangster’s girlfriend, with the long cigarette holder, bobbed hair and cloche’ hat.

If this were the 40’s, she’d be Rosie the Riviter, building planes all day, running a household AND still able to knock back a beer with the best of them.

If this were the ’60’s – well, Dori would BE Jack Kerouac.

Am I confusing you? Good, let me continue. Remember That Chick from Brutalism? Well, she’s how I found out about Dori, and we bonded over Gogol Bordello. I detailed it HERE, in one of my other blogs. I’ll copy and paste for the link-lazy:

So, she leaves me a comment about a friend of hers who has a blog that I should check out. I did, and I loved it.

Aural Pleasures is aptly named – Dori comes up with some great music! (I’m scoring a “Best of 2008 Mix CD”…she may have a few left that she’s giving out. Vampire Weekend, people. Bon Iver. Radiohead. Go check!)

Where was I…? Oh, yeah, so tonight, Big O is watching football and I’ve baked three batches of Biscotti (Almond, Anise and Cinnamon.) While the cookies were in the oven, I’ve been surfing, and decided to randomly click back on some of Dori’s older posts…when I stumbled on THIS.

Verily, Apollo and his muses frolic in mysterious ways. (Assuming I believed in Hellenic Paganism or Mythology. But I don’t – I’ve just told you I’m Catholic – were you not paying attention…?)

I’ve given you a Gogol Bordello threefer to enjoy while you read Dori’s review of their last New Year’s Eve Concert. If, after ALL THIS, you STILL don’t love these guys…well, just don’t tell me. I don’t want to be disappointed in you.

Now, if you didn’t click on all those links, well you’re missing some really good stuff. Seriously. I’m hoping we can get Dori to blog more regularly, because aside from being an absolute ENCYCLOPEDIA of new music knowledge – she’s teh awesome. :)

(Just check out her shuffle if you don’t believe me! )


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Track 1 The Heart’s A Lonely Hunter – Thievery Corporation Feat. David Byrne / The Cosmic Game

These guys are the solution to so many tricky music situations. Need some background music for writing/studying/quiet conversation? Thievery Corporation! Need a soundtrack for a cocktail party with guest of varied musical taste? Thievery Corporation! Need road trip music that won’t get jarring to the nerves but won’t lull you into peaceful (but deadly) slumber?… you get the idea.

Track 2 Hash Pipe – Weezer / Weezer (Green Album)

I love this song! It’s one of my go-to’s when I need an aural palate cleansing or don’t know what I’m in the mood for. My palate cleaners of late have been Los Campesinos! and YACHT. All such fun, catchy stuff.

Track 3 I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2 / Rattle & Hum

I still remember the first time I saw this video – it was the premier MTV showing, and I was sitting cross-legged and rapt in front of the TV demanding complete reverent silence from everyone. I was way into U2. Rattle & Hum has their cover of Helter Skelter, one of my fave versions of this incredible song. What’s everyone’s fave cover of Helter Skelter? I think that’d be an excellent playlist!

Track 4 Today – Zero 7 / The Garden

The Garden is a rock solid album from start to finish. Their albums are all so lush. Jose Gonzalez sings on a lot of the tracks on The Garden (moment of silence for the dreaminess that is Jose Gonzalez) as does Sia. Stellar album. If I were forced to come up with a Top 10 Fave Bands list, Zero 7 would def be on it. Mr. Dreamy def makes my Top 10 list of Men With Whom I’d Like To Be Alone.

Track 5 Is There a Ghost – Band of Horses / Cease to Begin

I listened to these guys, Sun Kil Moon and Bon Iver for months solid last year. Listening to nothing but haunting music made me a little weird there for a while, I’m not gonna lie.

Track 6 La Verdolaga – Pacha Massive / All Good Things (had to sub ~ Ri)

These guys are out of the Bronx. Such tight beats. My fave song off this album is Don’t Let Go. Perfect soundtrack poolside on a sunny summer day.

Track 7 A Woman A Man Walked By – PJ Harvey & John Parish / A Woman A Man Walked By (had to sub ~ Ri)

PJ Harvey has been my favorite artist since the Sept night in 1991 that I heard the first chords of the first song on the first album she put out. Before I die I want to dance on stage with PJ during one of her shows. She’s so free and expressive with her body, and her music becomes an extension of her movements. As I say here [link to http://auraldelite.blogspot.com/2009/06/soul-quenched.html] she’s the reason I’m only 96% straight.

Track 8 When You Were Mine – Prince / The Hits

One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen is Dave Chappelle’s Prince skit, where Charlie Murphy’s crew plays basketball against the Revolution and get their asses kicked, then Prince makes them pancakes. My daughter and I have regular Prince Dance-Offs that have me winded and both of us giggling. I’m just glad she doesn’t understand the lyrics yet.

Track 9 Kiwi Maddog 20/20 – Elliott Smith / Roman Candle

The tragedy of Elliott Smith defies comparison, but if I could categorize him it would be with Mark Sandman of Morphine and Jeff Buckley. Tortured souls like these artists’ burn out way too soon, and not to sound too Hallmark-y, but the music these guys have left behind is a testament to the heights and depths of human existence. Actually I don’t think Hallmark has that card.

Track 10 Diving – 50 Foot Wave / Golden Ocean

I saw 50 foot Wave and Throwing Muses play a few months ago and was blown away by Kristen Hersh. She’s my age, and a mom, and is a total bad ass rock star. Mesmerizing. Love this woman. If you like her or any of her band incarnations, check out Autolux.

Bonus Track Weird Fishes / Arpeggi – Radiohead / In Rainbows

I finally saw my 2nd fave band of all time last summer and came away a bit flummoxed. On one hand, it was Radiohead and therefore awesome. On the other, they did not play my favorite song, Subterranean Homesick Alien. I literally didn’t know what to say when people asked me how it was. One of the best shows ever but utterly disappointing at the same time. Has anyone had that experience? Seeing fave band but they don’t play fave song?
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