Put together by vocalist Kiki Hitomi, the mix is a very comforting and soothing yet dark and moody affair. Perfect for late night listening or gardening on a sunny day (the latter is for real – I’ve done it!).
Hi. Fraserhead here. (That’s Mr Jose Gonzalez up above).
If you’re a regular listener you’ll know that I’m a sucker for a good soundtrack and music that sounds like a film score. However, I’ve usually overlooked game soundtracks. Myst nailed it back in the day with a perfect ambient soundtrack and most recently the Grand Theft Auto series innovated by including radio stations in the gameplay.
My lady friend, Tulip Black, has recently been playing Red Dead Redemption and that’s when I took notice of the soundtrack. It was written by Friends of Dean Martinez member Bill Elm and ex-member Woody Jackson. It’s fun just watching the game so that I can hear the soundtrack. Yeah, weird.
Anyway, one of the great moments in gaming history surely has to be a scene in Red Dead Redemption when the main character John Marston crosses the US border into “Nuevo Paraiso” (Mexico). That’s when, completely unexpectedly, the Jose Gonzalez track “Far Away” kicks in. Absolutely perfect. See the video for the action…
Erratum: Did I really say that the Auckland Laneway Festival was happening in February? Oops. It’s 30 January 2012. Sorry about that. Anyway, check out that line up. It’s been years since I’ve got excited by a festival. Hopefully we’ll see some of you up there?
Today’s show is drawing inspiration from Dorian Lynskey’s book on the history of protest songs – “33 pivotal pop meets politics moments” – and in particular from the chapter detailing everyone’s favourite protest music D.I.S.C.O.
The Joint has never been shy in declaring our love for disco but we’re grateful for someone pointing us in the direction of Carl Bean’s “I Was Born This Way” and especially Machine’s “There But For The Grace Of God Go I”, both new to us.