Last Wednesday was my birthday (belated drinks are still being accepted) and my wife bought me some CDs I’ve been wanting to add to my collection. Yes, I still collect CDs. And records. And tapes. And MP3s. So for this week’s edition of Sunday A.M. Radio I’m going into full DJ mode for a little over an hour.
One of the CDs my wife bought me was something I’d only recently heard about even though it’s been around since 1990. It’s an ambient album called Chill Out by The KLF. I’ve always been a fan of ambient music and down-tempo electronic music. Recently, I wrote a post about Lancaster-based ambient artist Svid Vor (I highly recommend his new EP Explorations) and afterwards features editor Michael Yoder sent me this list of 10 of the Best Ambient Albums. I was surprised to find that something by Brian Eno wasn’t at the top of the list. In fact, the number one album was one I’d never even heard of. I listened to Chill Out and loved it immediately.
The album opens with a spacey Pink Floyd-like intro and samples Elvis and Acker Bilk’s “Stranger on the Shore” – a song which I’ve always loved – along the way. Pour yourself a coffee and chill out for 45 minutes with The KLF.
Pretty nice huh? Next up is the “Morning” side of Four Tet’s latest release Morning/Evening. It is Sunday morning after all. “Morning” is a laid-back track featuring a sample of a song by Indian vocalist Lata Mangeshkar, some complex digital drum patterns and some psychedelic synth effects.
We’ve been listening to music for over an hour now. You should be feeling sufficiently chilled out now. Maybe it’s time to start the day. But, before you get up off the couch listen to “Sofa No. 1” by Frank Zappa. (Want the version with the German and English lyrics? That’s Sofa No.2. Want the one that has the German and English lyrics played backwards? That’s Yo Hozna. Don’t believe me? Just reverse it back.) If you’re in the mood for more Zappa check out his son Dweezil’s band Zappa Plays Zappa this Thursday at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg. In honor of the 40th anniversary of Zappa’s One Size Fits All album, ZPZ will be playing the album – which features both “Sofas” – in its entirety. I’ll be there.
What are you guys listening to? Send your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.