Tuesday, February 14, 2012

"Take Out All Your Books, Write Down Every LIne, Pull Out Every Phrase..."

Smuktonovsky as Hamlet, Vertinkskaya as Ophelia,
soundtrack by Shostakovich, directed by Kozintsev, 1964.
Listening to Shostakovich's "Duel & Death of Hamlet" (Opus 116), you can decide for yourself at what point in the music Laertes strikes Hamlet (unnecessarily, cheater-style) with the poisoned sword tip.  I heard it.
Or I think I did.
Check if you're right by watching the movie. (Couldn't find the duel for you.)
Poor Hamlet...

The Snark playlist for TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2012.
(Artist/SONG/Album, etc.)

Phoenecia -- GESUNDHEIT -- Demissions (2011, Schematic/detund)
Wiley -- BOOM BLAST -- Evolve Or Be Extinct (2012, Big Dada)
A Place To Bury Strangers -- ONWARDS TO THE WALL -- Onwards To The Wall (2012, Dead Oceans)
Leonard Cohen -- BANJO -- Old Ideas (2012, Columbia)
Positive Force -- PEOPLE GET ON UP -- The Sugar Hill Records Story (1999, Rhino/WEA) [orig. 1980, Sugar Hill]
The Raincoats -- BALOONACY -- Kitchen Tapes (1998, ROIR) [originally a 1983 cassette-only release (!) on ROIR]
Mad Professor & Scientist -- HUNGARIAN GHOULASH -- Method To The Madness (2005, Trojan)
Cœur De Pirate -- PLACE DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE -- Blonde (2011, Grosse Boite)
José Serebrier & the Belgian Radio Symphony Orchestra -- SUITE FROM HAMLET, OPUS 116: THE DUEL & DEATH OF HAMLET -- Shostakovich: Film Music From 'Hamlet,' 'King Lear,' & 'Five Days & Five Nights' (2011, Warner Classics)
Adaline -- THAT'S WHAT YOU DO BEST -- Modern Romantics (2011, Light Organ)
The Bobby Peterson Quintet -- IRRESISTIBLE YOU -- 7"single (1960, V-Tone)
Casiokids -- DRESINEN -- Aabenbaringen over aaskammen (2011, Polyvinyl)
Big James & The Chicago Playboys -- COLDEST MAN I EVER KNEW -- The Big Payback (2012, Blind Pig)
Bisko -- POP COMA -- Ricochet (2011, Dep)
The Chieftains, feat. The Civil Wars -- LILY LOVE -- Voice Of Ages (2012, Hear Music)
The Ronald Reagan Story -- JUST ANOTHER WARNING -- Is This Love Or Is This War? The Frank Carlone Story (1983, RRS)
Old Man Luedecke & Lake Of Stew -- TOO MUCH TOO LATE -- Sing All About It (2011, Noise Trade)
Amerigo Gazaway -- ITSOWEEZEE -- Fela Soul (2011, Gummy Soul)

Thanks for listening!

To hear this playlist, you can click this here link thing.
(The link is live for about 4-6 weeks from original broadcast date.)

Correction: Today I mixed up Ghana with Guyana.  
Mad Professor is from Guyana, which is in South America. 


  1. I'm now grateful to have put off my best of 2011, cuz now it justly includes Phoenecia!

  2. I have never wanted to check out A Place To Bury Strangers. Boy, was I STOOPID!

    1. I expected the same, yeah. And yet, there's some good sounds in their noise.

      Same with Phoenecia. Different genre, but interesting sounds embedded in their stuff too.

      I love that.