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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Mazzy Star: B-Sides, Rarities, and Live Stuff

Do you remember how wonderful Mazzy Star was? Hope Sandoval could be in my top trifecta of female voices with her sultry, lazy, laconic sound. I wrote about her a good while back on the Monday Music Roundup and I said of that song, "I picture a voice coming out of a black, black room - like you are sitting somewhere in the dark and suddenly you hear this lolling voice, like a slowly swirling river, out of nowhere." A sound like no one else, a distinctive voice which I didn't realize I missed until I came across this great collection.

You need to populate your newfangled iPod with the seductive mid-'90s sounds of Hope Sandoval & David Roback, and this fan-produced assemblage of live cuts, b-sides, and other rarities is a superb and painless way to do it.

01. Fade Into You (live)
02. Ride It On (live acoustic)
03. Sometimes Always (live)
04. I'm Gonna Bake My Biscuit (originally by "Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe," b-side to "Fade Into You" single)
05. Under My Car (another b-side to "Fade Into You")
06. Tell Me Now (from the Batman Forever soundtrack, b-side to U2's "Hold Me, Thrill Me...")
07. Hair and Skin (originally by Green on Red, b-side to "Flowers in December")
08. Tell Your Honey (b-side to "Flowers in December")
09. Had a Thought (b-side to "Flowers in December")
10. Flowers in December (radio edit)
11. Sometimes Always (I'm pretty sure this is just the studio version with Jim Reid from Jesus & Mary Chain's Stoned and Dethroned. Still gorgeous.)
12. Ride It On (live)
13. Ghost Highway (live)
14. Blue Light (live)
15. Into Dust (live)
16. Bells Ring (acoustic)

DOWNLOAD ALL THE MAZZY STAR GOODNESS AS A ZIP FILE, for the love of all things good & holy.

By the way, according to the Hope Sandoval website, Capitol will release The Mazzy Star Anthology and a deluxe CD/DVD in 2006. Wasn't this supposed to be released in April 2005?

And this was VERY interesting, from an article in Los Angeles CityBeat about Massive Attack: "Perhaps the band’s next album, Weather Underground, due early next year, will break through. Marshall says the crew has already recorded 15 tracks, with TV on the Radio and Albarn contributing, and the possibility that David Bowie and Hope Sandoval will step in later." I would think that would be a smashing collaboration.

Also highly worth checking out is the track she collaborated with The Chemical Brothers on, "Asleep From Day," plus she contributed the vocals to a version of Air's "Cherry Blossom Girl," but I can't find it. Can anyone send it to me? Got it now! Thanks!

PS - Everytime I talk about Air, I am compelled to say "AirFrenchBand" (all one word) like my dear friend Jenn always does. Just to clarify.

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At June 12, 2006 4:47 AM, Anonymous lism. said...

I've got that version of Cherry Blossom Girl somewhere I'm sure, I'll have a root around for it tonight if somebody else doesn't get it to you in the meantime.


At June 12, 2006 6:51 PM, Blogger J said...

I love Mazzy Star...can't wait to hear these. BTW, there's a live show of theirs over at Earfarm: http://earfarm.blogspot.com/2006/05/
weekend-live-music_20.html if you're interested. Thanks, Heather!

At June 13, 2006 6:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you please, please, preaty please post the Chemical Brothers and Air songs for us, I'm dying to hear them!

natalie :)

sweet blog...

At June 15, 2006 12:07 PM, Blogger David said...

Now all I need is the complete recordings of David Roback's Opal (aka Clay Allison) and I'll be a happy man!

At June 15, 2006 9:44 PM, Blogger Nooshaji said...

This may date me, The radio station I worked at brought Mazzy Star to town as they were just beginning to tour. What I remember most was how painfully uncomfortable and small Hope looked on stage. She just stood for the entire set, looking above the crowd, holding the mic in one hand and twirling the mic cable with the other. Like some one had a gun to her back. But she sang wonderfully, with all the power that would be released on "She hangs Brightly"

At June 18, 2006 1:05 AM, Blogger Mr Lucky Doubles said...

Her solo album is great! It seems Mazzy Star is getting rediscovered, but no one realizes how great her record was from a few years ago. Check it out if you havent: It's called Bavarian Fruit Bread, and it's grand.

At June 21, 2006 10:50 AM, Blogger jon manyjars said...

The Opal stuff (David Roback and Kendra Smith) is available here:


At October 23, 2006 2:08 PM, Anonymous mauricio mosquera said...

WWWOWW!! i don't words, i'm so happy, i was searching info and names of thats fucking goods songs. i love asleep from a day!! and da 1st time i hearded ('n i seeit 'cas it was when i see the airfrance' spot, btw i loveit!!) i was crazy to know more about its singers!!.. thx to u to let me know who was that wonderfull singer who sang in that song!!.. i got that song (obbiously the spot too,jejeje) and lyrics, if u wanted jsut searchit on google.com or on emule!!.... it's so fucking good,iloveit!!..
the spot u can findit here!!..:


at http://pubstv.com/ u can find any pub-spot u want!!!.. is a so interesting page!!!!!!!!!!!

At October 23, 2006 2:12 PM, Anonymous mauricio mosquera said...

thx Heather!!!!!!!

At September 19, 2007 5:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Heather!

Please Re-Post the Mazzy Star ZIP!

Thanks. Alex

At December 02, 2007 11:24 PM, Blogger AmongYourSwan said...

I beg you please repost these songs. I can listen but I cannot download. I would be forever in your debt. I love each one and I would love you forever if you repost! THANK YOU!!!!

At December 10, 2007 2:50 PM, Anonymous shepherd said...

Oh yes, as so many already begged for, could you pretty pretty please make the .zip REALLY downloadable? as you said, "for the love of all things good & holy"...

At June 30, 2008 10:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please ... someone make this available again!

At July 07, 2008 6:09 PM, Blogger Meredith said...

Yet another pretty please to upload these. I'm scouring high and low for Mazzy bootlegs and this is the best-looking collection I've seen so far.

At April 20, 2009 3:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The links are broken!!!
Oh I would thank you that you fix it!!


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