TRIPPING CORNELL’S MEMORY CORNER. May 18 was the anniversary of Chris Cornell’s death – three years gone. Did the surfacing of this thought make Soundgarden’s Live From the Artists Den a more moving listen this week? Maybe. But maybe not. Maybe it was solely the strength of the music and set list that did it, because it is a massive, immersive listen – if you create the space and give yourself the chance. Two discs, recorded in 2013, released in 2019. Sure, you’ve got to be a little bit in love with Soundgarden, but is any proper rock head not? Seriously?
So, this was the listen of the week, prompting thoughts of lost musicians and how they affect the way we listen to music, whether we listen closely enough to music in the first place, and what the role of a live album is these days.
What else? Here’s Week 10.
Radiohead – TKOL RMX, disc 2
Soundgarden – Live From the Artists Den, disc 1
Soundgarden, Live: No fewer than seven of the 17 tracks on disc one are from King Animal, and the non-album track Blind Dogs is in there as well. Definitely not just a greatest hits retread, is it? Taree, Rowing, BEN SHEPHERD’S HULKING BASS … Soundgarden still had something to say and the playing proves it. Listen with ghosts in mind, and not just for Cornell. Those four people will never do this again.
Van Halen – Van Halen
Radiohead – The King of Limbs
Van Halen – Van Halen II
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Ghosteen
Nomeansno – All Roads Lead to Ausfahrt
Radio, nothing else logged
Radiohead – TKOL RMX, disc1
Underworld – Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future
Urthona – Amid Devonia’s Alps
Underworld, Barbara: Always a restorative power, Underworld. Always. Find myself turning to them whenever things aren’t quite straight – not consciously, they’re just the band who set you right. Balance regained, ready for the wild, barren, rural untaming that is Urthona. Moors music.
Keep safe, keep the music ON!
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