Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Band à Part - Cascabel (Equestrian)

Galloping Spanish horses from Band à Part - equal parts sixties, eighties and noughties, joyous, lovable and fun

Equestrian disciplines are the only Olympic events that involve animals. They were first held at the 1900 Paris Olympic Games and the horse is considered as much an athlete as the human rider.
The current Olympic equestrian disciplines are Dressage, Eventing, and Jumping. In each discipline, both individual and team medals are awarded.
Music and lyrics composed and recorded by Javier Román and Coral Rodriguez in "El laboratorio de Band à Part".  Madrid, November 2011

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

the track listing...

wait no longer... here we have the MAGNIFICENT track listing for IT'S THE TAKING PART THAT COUNTS... the 13th track, by Band A Part, will be posted tomorrow:

Saint Etienne - Steeplechase (Athletics)
Jeff Mellin - Hit Me! (Boxing)
One Fathom Down - Exodus (Shooting)
Hacia Dos Veranos - The Way Of The Hand And The Foot (Tae Kwon Do)
The Vatican Cellars - A Palpable Hit (Fencing)
The Leaf Library - Badminton House (Badminton)
Linda Guilala - Morir Ahogada (Sailing)
Flotation Toy Warning - The buoys Are Back In Town (Canoe & Kayak)
Fox - Behind Enemy Lines (Modern Pentathlon)
Town Bike - Tour De Force (Cycling)
Darren Hayman - Bundle! (Wrestling)
Hawaii Fried Dough - Tumblebee (Gymnastics)
Hong Kong In The 60s - Let's Play Table Tennis (Table Tennis)
White Town - Theme From Olympic Weightlifting (Weightlifting)
The Sunny Street - Steffi (Tennis)
Alexander's Festival Hall - Judo (Judo)
Sool - Handball! (Handball)
Hannah Peel - The Bully (Hockey)
Band A Part - Cascabel (Equestrian)
DJ Downfall - Shoot It Shoot It (Archery)
Monster Bobby - Stanley Cound Turn On A Tiki (Football)
MassiveAnneFrank - Transition (Triathlon)
Parenthesis... - Synthesised Swimming (Synchronised Swimming)
Ellis Island Sound - Ergo Squad box (Rowing)
The Libero - The Regal Drug (Volleyball)
High Barnets (feat. The Butterflies Of Love) - Danny's Got A Good Shot (Basketball)

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Town Bike - Tour de Force (Cycling)

Town Bike are that perfect Ramones, Runaways, Ronettes hybrid, the soundtrack of a montage directed by John Hughes

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Sool - Handball! (Handball)

Sool is Kevin Quinn, Neal Spaulding, and Pete Weiss. These "sool brothers" have been recording and making music together for over a quarter century. After some serious introspection, they decided it best to call upon some of their friends to share the blame. The result is a sporadic collective of top-notch musicians and artists known as "Friends of Sool". FOS consists of John Clarke, Mercy James, Ken Lafler, Inverse Room, Jeff Norcross, Scott McCall, Rich Gilbert, Michael Quinn, Mark Weaver, Jeff Mellin, Peter Linnane, Erich Groat, and many others whose inspiration, friendship and support provide rocket sandwiches in the form of musical creativity

Handball! is POP fun in OVERDRIVE!

"When Sool was invited to create a song about the great sport of handball, we became giddy with fond memories of sunny, late 70's afternoons spent wacking a soft rubber ball against a brick wall. Sort of a "poor man's racquetball, without the racquet." Good times! But... what's this? We quickly discovered that we, as Yanks, were only familiar with the American version of handball! And that there existed many other permutations of the game, worldwide! Turns out that the type of handball played in the Olympics is ultra-cool, mile-a-minute, don't-blink-or-you'll-miss-something great fun! And it does not involve a brick wall! Our music and sport worlds are richer places now -- ALL HAIL OLYMPIC HANDBALL!"
written/composed/produced by Sool
recorded & mixed by Pete Weiss at Verdant Studio, Athens VT

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

The Leaf Library - Badminton House (Badminton)

the Leaf Library are an ACTUAL dream, a kraut folk dream of pastoral machines, and mechanical pastors, like blueboy playing hallogallo on a picnic... dreamy...

Some facts about Badminton and our song: Badminton was brought back to Britain in the mid-eighteenth century by retired military officers from India. The sport gets its name from Badminton House in Gloucestershire, although no one really knows why. Even on the internet. Anyway, that's what the lyrics are about. To get in the zone for making the drum track, Lewis sat and watched online clips from badminton matches. No one knows if he wore a sweatband or even warmed-up properly. I haven't played badminton for years and, whilst admittedly good exercise, our sessions at school were mainly used for hitting shuttlecocks at Ben Allen. The biggest section by far on the Wikipedia badminton page is titled 'Deception'.
Written by The Leaf Library, recorded and mixed by Lewis Young
Gareth Jones: bass
Kate Gibson: vocals
Lewis Young: drum progamming, guitar
Matt Ashton: guitar, keyboard