171 – The KLF – Stadium House (The Trilogy) (1991)

Still one of the most bizarre “pop” groups ever made. They were the definition of “living art”. A sick combination of Gnostic religion, country music, ice cream carts, stage house and a dash of Jesus complex. As icing on the cake they deleted their whole back catalog of music when they went into “retirement”, music that was worth millions of pounds in record revenues. If that was not bizarre enough, they took out a million pounds sterling, nailed all the banknotes on a board and burned everything in front of a camera. Today you can not find their music either on Spotify, iTunes or a record store. Only through file sharing or YouTube can you hear the phenomenon that was … The KLF.

read about The KLF aka The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_KLF

159 – The Blue Notebooks

The Blue Notebooks is the second album by British producer/composer Max Richter, released on 26 February 2004 on 130701, an imprint of FatCat Records.

 

Richter composed The Blue Notebooks in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He has described it as ‘a protest album about Iraq, a mediation on violence – both the violence that I had personally experienced around me as a child and the violence of war, at the utter futility of so much armed conflict.’ The album was recorded about a week after mass protests against the war.

The album features readings from Franz Kafka‘s The Blue Octavo Notebooks and Czesław Miłosz‘s Hymn of the Pearl and Unattainable Earth. Both readings are by the British actress Tilda Swinton.

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