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Martha Wainwright Proserpina Proserpina EP V2 2012; Just as Persephone was thought to be a daughter of Demeter, Romans made Proserpina a daughter of Demeter's Roman equivalent, Ceres. Like Persephone, Proserpina is associated with the underworld realm and its ruler; and along with her mother Ceres, with the springtime growth of crops and the cycle of life, death and rebirth or renewal. Her name is a Latinisation of "Persephone", perhaps influenced by the Latin proserpere ("to emerge, to creep forth"), with respect to the growing of grain. Her core myths – her forcible abduction by the god of the Underworld, her mother's search for her and her eventual but temporary restoration to the world above – are the subject of works in Roman and later art and literature. In particular, Proserpina's seizure by the god of the Underworld – usually described as the Rape of Proserpina, or of Persephone – has offered dramatic subject matter for Renaissance and later sculptors and painters.
Robert Wyatt Shipbuilding Shipbuilding / Memories Of You Rough Trade 1982; Elvis Costello cover. Written during the Falklands War of 1982, the lyrics discuss the contradiction of the war bringing back prosperity to the traditional shipbuilding areas of Clydeside (Yarrow Shipbuilders), Merseyside (Cammell Laird), North East England (Swan Hunter) and Belfast (Harland and Wolff) to build new ships to replace those being sunk in the war, whilst also sending off the sons of these areas to fight and, potentially, lose their lives in those same ships.
Joan Armatrading Down to Zero Joan Armatrading A&M Records 1976; 3rd studio album
Todd Rundgren Healer Healing Bearsville 1981; 9th studio album. From Philly/Upper Darby
Marianne Faithfull Witches' Song Broken English Island 1979; 7th studio album. A major comeback for Faithfull after years of drug abuse, homelessness, and suffering from anorexia. She considers it her masterpiece.
Michael Nyman Dead Man's Catch Drowning By Numbers Caroline
Laurie Anderson Blue Lagoon Mister Heartbreak 1984; "Full fathom five thy father lies. Of his bones are coral made. Those are pearls that were his eyes. Nothing of him that doth fade. But that suffers a sea change. Into something rich and strange. And I alone am left to tell the tale. Call me Ishmael." -"The Tempest"- Shakespeare into "Moby Dick"- Herman Melville
Spellling Haunted Water Mazy Fly Sacred Bones 2020; Spellling is Tia Cabral of Oakland, CA *
After Dinner Glass Tube Souvenir Cassette ReR MegaCorp 2019(orig. 1987) art-rock with violin & clattering percussion from Japanese artist Haco *
Katherine Whalen with The 6ths You You You You You Hyacinths & Thistles Merge 2000
Penguin Cafe Orchestra The Ecstasy of Dancing Fleas Penguin Cafe Orchestra E.G. Records 1981; 2nd studio album. PCO was an avant-pop band led by English guitarist Simon Jeffes. Co-founded with cellist Helen Liebmann.
Caetano Veloso London London Caetano Veloso Philips 1971
Alice Whitfield Timid Frieda (edit) Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living In Paris Columbia 1968; Musical revue of the songs of Jacques Brel. Brel's songs were translated into English by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman, who also provided the story. The original 1968 Off-Broadway production ran for four years. In 2003, David Bowie included the cast recording in a list of 25 of his favourite albums, "Confessions of a Vinyl Junkie".
The Tiger Lillies Send In the Clowns Circus Songs Misery Guts 2000; by Stephen Sondheim for the 1973 musical A Little Night Music, an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's film Smiles of a Summer Night.
Warren Zevon Something Bad Happened to a Clown Mutineer Giant 1995; "Footprints in the sawdust leading to the edge of town Something bad happened to a clown"
Rufus Wainwright Danny Boy Rufus Wainwright 1998; Debut. Brother of Martha Wainwright, son of Kate McGarrigle of The McGarrigle Sisters and Loudon Wainwright, III
Brittain Ashford Sonya Alone Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 Brittain Ashford portrayed Sonya Rostova in The Great Comet, which is based on a 70-page segment of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace written by composer/lyricist Dave Malloy and directed by Rachel Chavkin
Baby Dee Safe Inside the Day Safe Inside the Day Drag City 2008; 3rd studio album. Performance artist, multi-instrumentalist, and singer-songwriter from Cleveland, she began her musical career as a street performer, but soon decided to take work as an organist at a Catholic church in the Bronx.
Harry Theyard & The Muleteers Little Bird, Little Bird Man of La Mancha 1965; Harry Theyard is is an American operatic tenor.
Nick Drake Sunday Baby Tanworth-In-Arden 1967/68 Anthology
Molly Drake Breakfast at Bradenham Woods Molly Drake Squirrel Thing Records Nick's mother. Welsh poet and musician.
Linda Perhacs Morning Colors Parallelograms Kapp Records 1970
Mia Doi Todd Sunday Afternoon Come Out of Your Mine City Zen 1999; 2nd studio album
Marianne Faithfull Don't Forget Me 20th Century Blues RCA Victor 1996; Harry Nilsson cover (from 1974's "Pussy Cats") "'Cause nothing lasts forever But I will always love you"
Andrew Bird Lull Weather Systems Righteous Babe 2003; 2nd solo studio album.
Mammane Sanni Abdoulaye (and His Electric Organ) Arman Doley Unreleased Tapes 1981-1984 Sahel Sounds Based in Niger Republic
Mirah, Ginger Brooks Takahashi and Our Friends While We Have the Sun Songs From The Black Mountain Music Project K Records 2003; Mirah is from the Philly burbs.
David Byrne Locks & Barges Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Music From The Film Young Adam Thrill Jockey 2003
Makers of the Dead Travel Fast Tael of a Saeghors Tael of a Saeghors M Squared 1980; formed in Sydney in 1980 as an experimental music group by Greg Addison on guitar and vocals. The band's name is a quote from Bram Stoker's "Dracula"
Pierrot Lunaire Gundrun Gundrun 1976; Italian folky progressive trio from the 1970's who made two very different albums. The debut LP involved soft compositions and a dreamy feel blending in Mediterranean culture and prog influences. The second album "Gudrun" featured female singer Jacqueline Darby, with two original members now making much more experimental music. This latter record also pre-empted Arturo Stalteri's early solo work. Named after a melodrama by Arnold Schoenberg.
Simon Bookish Carbon Everything/Everything Tomlab 2008; AKA: Leo Chadburn. "Young man, you amaze me, architect, visionary Young man, you amaze me, eat me, eat me, eat me Young man, you amaze me, show me your sweet DNA Crystalline debris, show me"
Wendy Carlos Scarlatti: Sonata In G Major The Tempered Synthesizer
Astor Piazolla Primavera Portena Four Seasons of Buenos Aires