Spiritualized @ Terminal West

Photo and Video recap of Spiritualized’s late-night performance at Terminal West on May 9, 2015 as a part of Shaky Knees Festivl

I was fortunate enough to catch Spiritualized, one of my favorite bands for about as long as I can remember, play a late-night set at Atlanta’s Terminal West on May 9, 2015 as a part of their two appearances in town for the Shaky Knees Festival. A much more intimate, and better sounding venue than my two previous experiences at The Variety Playhouse, or conversely the festival grounds.

Included are a handful of photos and a short stitching together of some video clips I grabbed during the course of the evening; being as close as I was I was more focused on enjoying the show than holding up a camera for 5-to-6 minute stretches. It’s rare I get to see Spiritualized was definitely wanted to savor the moment. Thanks to YouTube user ChromeDream for supplying a few full-length songs.

Below find the setlist with links to videos where available:

Setlist:
Here It Comes (The Road, Let’s Go)
Lord Let It Rain on Me
Electricity
Shine a Light
Electric Mainline
She Kissed Me (It Felt Like a Hit)
Soul on Fire
Oh Baby
Rated X
Walkin’ with Jesus
Come Together
Take Your Time

2012 Listening Habits

A glimpse at my listening habits in 2012 as charted by last.fm

This is pretty self-explanatory, every year I try and get a quick snapshot on 1-Jan of the previous years’ listening habits through Last.FM. 2012 was a bit different; I started using Spotify radio playlists, which explains how the Air, Mogwai, and Christopher Cross tunes ended up on the top tracks list for 2012, in the midst of a bunch of seemingly unrelated artists.

2012 Top Artists (Last.FM)

2012 Top Albums (Last.FM)

2012 Top Tracks (Last.FM)

NPR Music's Top 100 for 2012

NPR Music lists it’s 100 favorite tracks from 2012 and provides a Spotify and Rdio station to allow streaming of their submissions

Our friends over at NPR Music have made their list of Top 100 Songs for 2012 available for browsing and streaming over on their website.

Featuring selections this year from a number of albums and artists covered here, including Spiritualized, Mala, and Wiley, it felt only right to share the link here.

 

NPR Music’s 100 Favorite Songs of 2012 [article]
Stream NPR Music’s 100 Favorite Songs of 2012 on Spotify
Stream NPR Music’s 100 Favorite Songs of 2012 on Rdio

WOW – The Sine Wave Album

An interesting project, continuing Cage’s foundational relationships between environment and otherwise, on performance pieces. The group at Create Digital Music highlighted “WOW,” citing it as the most minimal record ever, during their brief synopsis of the release.

An interesting project, continuing Cage’s foundational relationships between environment and otherwise, on performance pieces. The group at Create Digital Music highlighted “WOW,” citing it as the most minimal record ever, during their brief synopsis of the release.

…a single, ultra-low-frequency pitch (hear it on YouTube below, provided you have some speakers or headphones with enough low-end response). WOW is, then, about where it’s played as much as what it is.

WOW: One Album, One Really Low Sine Wave, Most Minimal Record Ever [via CDM]

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Spiritualized in Atlanta [2012]

Photos, setlist, and review of Spiritualized’s performance at Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse in support of their recent album ‘Sweet Heart Sweet Light’

Not too much of a secret that I am a huge fan of Spiritualized, having written about their most recent album, and featuring their first release as a part of Wayback Wednesday.

I was fortunate enough to get an opportunity to see them live for the second time in the fifteen or so years I’ve enjoyed their music, which for me is a real treat as Jason Pierce has been a long-time personal favorite of mine and his touring is growing less frequent with age and his increased medical issues.

Trying my best to not watch the show through the 3.5″ screen of my iPhone I did have to take a few moments during the show to get some photographs, as I had secured myself a great viewing spot one person back from he lip of the stage.

View the photo gallery from Spiritualized at the Variety Playhouse

One of the most intense shows I have seen in a while, even this morning waking up much of it remained with me. Very grateful for the opportunity to see them and not have to travel far to do so.

Spiritualized Setlist (to the best of my memory)
May 13, 2012 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA

Hey Jane
Lord Let It Rain On Me
Headin’ for the Top Now
Walkin’ With Jesus
Oh Baby
Rated X
Born Never Asked
Electric Mainline
Soul On Fire
I Am What I Am
Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
Mary
Stay With Me
She Kissed Me (It Felt Like a Hit)
Come Together

Encore:
So Long You Pretty Thing
Cop Shoot Cop…

Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Spiritualized’s “Sweet Heart Sweet Light” album due for release April 17, 2012 on Fat Possum. Stream the album and watch videos before it’s released

Coming ahead of their twice delayed full length release, Spiritualized recently performed ‘Little Girl as a part of the BBC6 Music 10th Birthday Event at Maida Vale.

The new album Sweet Heart Sweet Light is listed for release April 17, 2012 on the Oxford, MS based blues label Fat Possum.

Spiritualized will be tour the US and Europe in support of the album’s release and has released a  video for the single ‘Hey Jane (via Pitchfork)

The Man Who Fell To Earth: Hear Spiritualized front man Jason Pierce interviewed on NPR Morning Edition

Pre-order Sweet Heart Sweet Light on CD or vinyl or enter to win the album and free Spiritualized merchandise from the Fact Magazine contest

Stream the album and check the videos and view the complete tracklist beneath the fold:

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Wayback Wednesday: Spiritualized – Lazer Guided Melodies (1992)

Pierce’s style builds heavily on American blues motifs, and an aesthetic that lies somewhere between Brian Wilson, and Phil Spector in its exploration of sound as an instrument. Pierce has since experiment with a seemingly new line-up with each subsequent release from Spiritualized, and most recently exploring southern American aesthetics, specifically gospel.

I know this will aggravate  some of those who review electronic music but I love discordant sounding guitars. As much as I love electronic music now, growing up in the suburbs in the 90s with cable television, it was all about rock music. Sadly, I did not discover Spiritualized until late in my high school years when I was leant a copy of Ladies and Gentlemen We’re Floating In Space.

Formed out of the ashes of the blues influenced space-rock “Spacemen 3,” Jason Pierce continued building a musical style relying heavily on the sound of guitars masked by washed out reverbation, and self-loathing lyrics delivered in a manner reminiscent of Bilinda Butcher’s delivery on “Loveless.” As noted by David Byrne, this style lends a high level of believability to the the expression.

Pierce’s style builds heavily on American blues motifs, and an aesthetic that lies somewhere between Brian Wilson, and Phil Spector in its exploration of sound as an instrument. Pierce has since experiment with a seemingly new line-up with each subsequent release from Spiritualized, and most recently exploring southern American aesthetics, specifically gospel.

Definitely a break from the norm and notable not something for summer’s by the pool, definitely a good collection to re-examine, or for those unaware of this British band’s influence, be sure to check into Spiritualized.

Tracklist:
1. “You Know It’s True / If I Were with Her Now / I Want You” – 13:12
2. “Run / Smiles / Step into the Breeze / Symphony Space” – 14:45
3. “Take Your Time / Shine a Light” – 14:09
4. “Angel Sigh / Sway / 200 Bars” – 19:54