Feast of The Broken Heart

My black heart has been feasting on this magnificent offering from Hercules and Love Affair since the first track was released in the spring. All the beats and bells and singers that we have come to expect from  Andy Butler’s extravaganza of dance and more.

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The Feast of The Broken Heart

The whole album is wonderful from start to finish but one of stand outs is “I Try to Talk to You” featuring John Grant. Such a beautiful song and when I saw the video with the modern duet choreography I wept. Truly one of the best songs of the summer:

Here is the official playlist of the album on Youtube, although you will want to buy it so you can listen to it on every device in every room:

Feast of The Broken Heart playlist

There are so many good tracks but I would like to point a couple of more notables. The “Hercules Theme 2014”?!! Everyone should have a theme song. Such a good idea! The song “Liberty” is outstanding as well, another track featuring John Grant. Do not let him overshadow your enjoyment of Gustaph and Rouge Mary, though. They are totally fierce!

Thanks again, Andy Butler. You have made my summer better.

The World Needs Giorgio Moroder

I saw the trailer for the new Daft Punk song “Get Lucky” shown at Coachella this past weekend and I know we are going to be dancing to the whole album all summer long. Here’s a link to the teaser:

Daft Punk teaser with Pharrell Williams!

Needing a bit of a cheering up today, I looked into it further and found this interview with The Legendary Giorgio Moroder, who is also a collaborator on the album! Mr. Moroder says this:

“What the world needs now is not only good songs, which I think are out… the world needs something new.”

Giorgio Moroder

Giorgio Moroder photo by Wofgang Moroder

I couldn’t agree more that the world needs good songs and something new! What is new about the upcoming Daft Punk album seems to me, to be a combination of all the latest technological advancements in recording, combined with good old fashioned actual musicians playing actual instruments. Fuck yeah!!! The best of both worlds, bring it on! We are ready to dance.

Here in Portland we are lucky enough to be able to see bands like Ancient Heat, a huge extravaganza of singers and musicians playing all live disco music. More of this, world! By the way, when we went to see Ancient Heat at Holocene, we met Giorgio Moroder’s #1 fan, featuring a Moroder t-shirt, a 1970’s mustache in the style of Mr. Moroder, and non-stop lectures on the importance of his disco legacy. Groove on, disco brother!

We saw Strength, another Portland disco band, open up for Hercules and Love Affair a couple of years ago, and how we danced. Don’t get me started on my deep love for Hercules and Love Affair; it is much too exciting and lengthy of a topic for me to handle right now. I will quote Spectre here and say “One of my great goals in life is to become less of a spaz.” Quick note; without Hercules and Love Affair would we now have Kim Ann Foxman?

Back to the Importance of Giorgio Moroder. His groundbreaking work with Donna Summer is recognized by all and still steams up many a dance floor. For all the details of his extraordinary career, might I suggest his wikipedia entry? In other current Moroder news, he recently uploaded unreleased edits and assorted rarities on soundcloud. Truly making the world a better place with his sublime music and proletarian sharing of fabulous grooves. Giorgio Moroder forever!

Donna Summer

We love you, Mr. Moroder.

Finally, on the topic of what the world needs, I have to quote another beloved Legend, Burt Bacharach, and say “What the world needs now is love, sweet love.”