155 Mountains

Look up. You might like what you see.

Mountains are the highest places on the planet and have inspired some fantastic music. We’ve picked out our favourites for you to pack in your rucksack on your next assent. So see you at the top!

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(00:00) Irma Thomas – Baby don’t look down

Tim from The face of today

(02:56) New Buffalo – Misery & mountains, arrows & bows

Marcy from Lost in your inbox

(06:56) Samsa – To conquer

John Q.

(11:22) Angelo Badalamenti – Montage from Twin Peaks (Girl Talk/Birds In Hell/Laura Palmer’s Theme/Falling)

Eiron from The S+7 Method

(16:26) Super Furry Animals – Mountain people

Chris from Phosphorous.net

(23:58) The Sound – Counting the days


(28:04) RX Bandits – Falling down the mountain

James from Appetite For Distraction

(34:25) The Walkmen – Come Dancing (Kinks cover on Pancake Mountain)

Chris from Culture Bully

(37:56) The Nits – In the Dutch mountains

Dirk from Sexy Loser

(42:33) State Bird – The hollerin’ mountains

Linda from Speed of Dark

(46:16) The Heartless Bastards – The Mountain

Natalie from Mini-Obs

(52:25) Jellyfish – Russian hill

Greer from A Sweet Unrest

(57:36) The Shamen – Move any mountain

FiL from Pogoagogo

(01:01:56) Julee Cruise – Falling

Adam from Pretending life is like a song

Thanks to all of you for climbing up here with us. Believe it or not next week sees our third birthday and to celebrate the theme will be Trios. If you would like to join in you’ll find some help here.

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shamefully, I’ve never listened all the way through before – I really enjoyed it; thanks everyone. They’re all good, but I was most taken with The Walkmen covering the Kinks, one o my fave songs & didn’t know about their version.

This episode was a lot more serene than I expected. I don’t know why, though. The only songs I could think of were all pretty serene.

Marcy – I was CERTAIN you were going to play Mountain Goats for some reason.

Chris (CultureBully)- Did Fat Mike play a cover? Was he by himself?

Nat – I got my Paste Magazine with that song a day or two after I submitted my song and intro. I haven’t listened to the CD yet, but when I saw it on the track list, I thought it would have been perfect. So, well done 🙂

FiL – Simple and gross. I loved your intro. 🙂

Twin Peaks showed up twice and I’ve never seen an episode. The Simpsons likes to reference it, though. Of David Lynch’s work, I’ve only seen Mulholland Dr. How does Twin Peaks compare to that?

Oh! Also!

Dirk- I was VERY relieved to hear that you don’t record your intros in the bathroom 🙂 That’s apparently a FiL thing! Haha.

Yeah James … but then again: regarding the sound quality of my intros, you could well think that I would indeed record them there!

New microphone will be with me soon … I hope!

Twin Peaks is less of a subconscious dreamride, but still contains the elements that Lynch often blends to great effect. It is extremely human – it contains moments of warmth, darkness, humour, affection, affectation and a generous helping of magic realism. It is, to give it a most basic genre catagorisation, a soap; the most important element of all is the interaction of characters, relying on this to drive the plot forward rather than being a plot vehicle in which the characters’ interactions are designed solely to move the action forward. It is perhaps more user-friendly than Mulholland Dr. and much of Lynch’s other work, but still contains much that is hidden and open to the interpretation and debate that continues to this day. Very much worth seeing.

I got season two from the Netherlands, for the convenience of a region 2 DVD release, but don’t want to get the Gold Box from there as yet given the promise that it WILL come out here. I’ll give it a while longer, but then I’m going to give up and just go over there and get it.

Back when I really couldn’t afford it I allowed myself to buy twin peaks one vhs tape per month for a year – in fact eleven months, there was one tape for the pilot and then another ten. I think I’ve watched it through every other year since then – 1990 it was first on, I finished collecting it in 1992. I love it, still.

re: david lynch. one must begin one’s relationship with the lynch with “eraserhead.” then watch the others. : )

Feel free to shoot me down, but I still love The Straight Story more than any other DL film. I watched it again when I was sick just before Christmas and it made me feel just a little bit better.

Netflix queue here I come.

I just wanted to quickly congratulate Adam for his 100th submission! Way to go Adam!

I know I’m over-commenting, but I had to say this. I was just listening to FiL’s intro again. When I listening to it this morning, I could have sworn there was a “movement” bathroom joke at the end of it. But there’s not. Weird.

Still a great intro 🙂

Dearest Marcy, eraserhead is one of my all-time favourite films, and most definitely my top DL pick. Elephant Man is close behind – I always weep at the end… 🙁

I’m looking forward to this mountaineering expedition, though I fear my dancey intrusion seems a bit raucous amongst all of that mountainous mellowness…

mmmmm great pick on that New Buffalo track Marcy, it is gorgeous. I love them. Great selections this time… Some of my favs John Q., Dirk, Nat. Great picks guys! Thanks!

Jumping on the Twin Peaks band wagon…love it and loved the music selections that reminded me that I love it.

Also really enjoyed the Come Dancing cover. Pancake Mountain…yum.

FiL, excellent as always. Such a creative mind.

And The Nits song is great. Will never hear that song again without thinking of Dirk’s bathroom.

james–i’ve been meaning to say all week that there’s no such thing as over-commenting! : )

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