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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2006-05-05 11:13 am   Permalink

Lounge is certainly not limited to "upbeat" or "light hearted." You go far enough in that thought and you get awful schlock like "Richard Cheese." Buffoonery.

Lounge is music made by adults, for adults. In some ways, it had a certain peak as the rock and roll era got stronger and the old guard orchestra tried to embrace that feeling and incorporate those sounds. See "Billy Mure" and "Les Paul."

Pink Martiki is hard to group though. I enjoyed their first CD and saw them live with the symphony in Nashville. But trying to mix them in with lounge is tough. A lot of it is because their mood and the length of the songs does not fit. The sounds are right though. Bossa beat, latin. I put them in with France Gall and others, but they don't quite fit any of the genres. Try "Donde Estas, Yolanda?" for a more peppy song by them.
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2006-05-05 1:56 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2006-05-05 11:13, Swanky wrote:
Lounge is certainly not limited to "upbeat" or "light hearted." You go far enough in that thought and you get awful schlock like "Richard Cheese." Buffoonery.




.....not limited to upbeat, as no music really has limits, but I would say that if you bought each one of the ultra-lounge CD's, there would be very little somber music on them..........!


Lounge is music made by adults, for adults. In some ways, it had a certain peak as the rock and roll era got stronger and the old guard orchestra tried to embrace that feeling and incorporate those sounds. See "Billy Mure" and "Les Paul."



...........True enough, it is music for adults, and rock and roll killed it, unfortunately. Esquivel and Les Baxter were pushed out by the beatles and stones......

Pink Martiki is hard to group though. I enjoyed their first CD and saw them live with the symphony in Nashville. But trying to mix them in with lounge is tough. A lot of it is because their mood and the length of the songs does not fit. The sounds are right though. Bossa beat, latin. I put them in with France Gall and others, but they don't quite fit any of the genres. Try "Donde Estas, Yolanda?" for a more peppy song by them.


.......The bossa nova and latin influence was what drew me to them, but once I heard that cello, I gave the CD to my sister.......

.......I will stick to my Antonio Carlos Jobim for now on!!!!........music that is at once lighthearted yet heartbreakingly beautiful!!




 
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cynfulcynner
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From: Ocean Beach, San Francisco
Posted: 2006-05-05 5:09 pm   Permalink


Just announced:

Pink Martini will be performing with the San Francisco Symphony on July 28. Who wants to join me?

more info at
www.sfsymphony.org

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tikiskip
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Posted: 2006-05-06 12:02 am   Permalink

So what about Thin Lizzy?

 
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Sneakytiki
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From: Boise, Idaho
Posted: 2006-05-06 09:53 am   Permalink

I commented on the music at the coffee shop (which I heard for all of 35 seconds) the other day, the barrista told me it was Pink Martini, It was pretty mellow and somber, very latin and sounded very influenced by Miles Davis "Sketches of Spain" LP, which I like, but it is depressing somber music, sorta Latin classical meets lo- down blues. I'll have to check out more of their stuff. Thanks for the info TC.

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BC-Da-Da
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Posted: 2006-05-06 1:22 pm   Permalink

**Basically, all these types of music are fun, pop versions of jazz. They are supposed to reflect the optimism of the future, or the fun of exotic vacations and travel.**

What a narrow view of this great genre.


 
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BC-Da-Da
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Posted: 2006-05-06 1:23 pm   Permalink

I'm just guessing that you don't care for EDEN'S LSLAND, correct? Becuase it is certainly filled with minor key songs, and reflects the somber, lonesome blues that Eden Ahbez had, and so eloquently projected onto genres like '40s Big Band, '50s Rhythm & Blues and '60s Exotica.

 
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BC-Da-Da
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Posted: 2006-05-06 1:25 pm   Permalink

**Esquivel and Les Baxter were pushed out by the beatles and stones......**

Those groups were just a part of the circumstance. Time changes things, but the existence of a record is the closest we can get to capturing lightening in a bottle.


 
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2006-05-06 2:04 pm   Permalink

Do you know or listen to much Martin Denny, Les Baxter, Arthur Lyman, Esquivel or Henry Mancini??

Those are pretty much the people who invented, wrote and CLOSED the book on lounge, tiki and exotica.

I don't know why citing some obsure corner of this genre as being the whole enchilada is a valid point.

So, if I say that the musisicans I just listed above are pretty much the leading lights when it comes to exotica and lounge, I am aboslutely correct. And the fact that NONE of those artists wrote even one song that could be remotely considered to be depressing or somber makes me even more correct.

Don't start throwing out insults saying that my comments are narrow minded. Pink Martini's last album was anything but light hearted, and my damn point was that I bought the album thinking I was going to get something fun and uplifting, as reflected by the name PINK MARTINI, which is an obvious reference to the PINK PANTHER and Henry Mancini. It was my mistake to buy the album without downloading it first and checking out the tracks. Had I done that, I never would have bought the album in the first place.


 
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BC-Da-Da
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Posted: 2006-05-06 3:19 pm   Permalink

I don't think EDEN'S ISLAND is considered obscure in lounge circles any more.

But it's getting a little too heated for my taste.

Just let's leave it that some people like moody, somber and minor key lounge, and some people don't.


 
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freddiefreelance
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From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2012-02-22 5:31 pm   Permalink

Pink Martini is releasing a "Playbutton" of Sympathique.


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Playbutton is a wearable button that plays Pink Martini’s debut album, Sympathique.

Playbuttons have all the convenience of an MP3 player but respect the integrity of an album release: the sequence cannot be changed, altered or downloaded.

The Sympathique PLAYBUTTON is a lovely lapel pin complete with controls, it's own album art and packaging, a re-chargeable lithium battery (with USB charger included), all housed in a stainless steel casing. We think the buttons are just brilliant, so we were thrilled when Playbutton chose Sympathique as one of the first albums in their collection! The wildly popular debut album that started it all is now available as a wearable pin!

For more information about Play Buttons, please visit their website http://www.playbutton.co/

1. Amado Mio 4:46
2. No Hay Problema 6:09
3. Sympathique 2:47
4. Qué Sera Sera 4:11
5. La Soledad 5:37
6. Donde Estas, Yolanda? 3:22
7. Andalucia 3:36
8. Song of the Black Lizard 4:07
9. Never on Sunday 4:53
10. Brazil 5:15
11. Lullaby 2:12

"Sympathique is breathtaking." - The New Yorker


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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2012-02-23 07:31 am   Permalink

ha! I LOVE these lazarus threads! 6 years ago I disliked Pink martini...and today, I feel exactly the same. The band is too self-serious for me! Glad they are doing well, though.

 
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Jeff Central
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From: Columbus, Ohio
Posted: 2012-02-23 09:43 am   Permalink

What a weird ass format. I don't like it!

Cheers and Mahalo,
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socksoff
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From: A private Island off the coast of Macau
Posted: 2012-02-27 7:08 pm   Permalink

hrm... i really like this. i can see how it may not appeal to some but i'm a fan of alternative packaging/presentation. i also like that the sequence of the album cannot be changed, altered or downloaded, but again- this might even narrow down the margin a little more. but at $10 button i'm definitely sold.


thanks for the heads up




 
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