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can you help me find authentic stuff that sounds like this spacey jazz

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i'm pretty new to jazz, so perhaps you guys can help me out.. if this is the wrong place for this thread, i'm not going to be offended if it gets deleted.

basically i'm looking for stuff that sounds as close as possible to this surprising gem:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qrnl71YdyRA

of all bands, powerman 5000 wrote it, and well.
"watch the sky for me"
it's pretty much perfect and exactly what i'm looking for in a retro sort of laid back spacey jazz-lounge type of song. they had to have copped that sound from somewhere.
thanks for any sort of help, i don't really know where else to go.

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I'd actually recommend more recent David Sylvian as fitting into your realm (Manofon is excellent), as well as some of the newer (albeit heavier) Scott Walker stuff.

You might also get into cornetist Rob Mazurek's work, especially the Sao Paulo Underground (which I think is his most engaging small group).

How much time have you spent with Robert Wyatt's catalogue? I would think that he'd certainly fit the bill - really anything from End of an Ear forward is essential listening.

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Don't overlook the Beach Boys & The Ray Conniff Singers! Or kill two birds with one stone and hit the Singers Unlimited!

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Don't overlook the Beach Boys & The Ray Conniff Singers! Or kill two birds with one stone and hit the Singers Unlimited!

There we go, welcoming a newcomer to jazz and this site with a warm, friendly greeting.

i'm pretty new to jazz, so perhaps you guys can help me out.. if this is the wrong place for this thread, i'm not going to be offended if it gets deleted.

basically i'm looking for stuff that sounds as close as possible to this surprising gem:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qrnl71YdyRA

of all bands, powerman 5000 wrote it, and well.

"watch the sky for me"

it's pretty much perfect and exactly what i'm looking for in a retro sort of laid back spacey jazz-lounge type of song. they had to have copped that sound from somewhere.

thanks for any sort of help, i don't really know where else to go.

I am not aware of other music like this, but I hope that others recommend some, and that you enjoy it and explore the music which moves you. If we can help you with any other questions about jazz, please come back and ask. There are many knowledgeable people here who can provide a lot of information on most musical questions. Welcome!

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Don't overlook the Beach Boys & The Ray Conniff Singers! Or kill two birds with one stone and hit the Singers Unlimited!

There we go, welcoming a newcomer to jazz and this site with a warm, friendly greeting.

You do misunderstand, sir, those were serious suggestions. The background vocals of the example were very Brian Wilson-ish, the tempo/groove can be found on any # of Ray Conniff cuts, and my admiration of Singers Unlimited is very real and has been noted in these pages on more than one occasion. Their collaborations with Pat Williams & Boss Brass might well be in the OP's sweet spot, as may the other suggestions.

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I'd actually recommend more recent David Sylvian as fitting into your realm (Manofon is excellent), as well as some of the newer (albeit heavier) Scott Walker stuff.

You might also get into cornetist Rob Mazurek's work, especially the Sao Paulo Underground (which I think is his most engaging small group).

How much time have you spent with Robert Wyatt's catalogue? I would think that he'd certainly fit the bill - really anything from End of an Ear forward is essential listening.

hey, thanks for the reply, man.

i checked out every suggestion, and while i could totally see myself really digging pretty much every one(especially rob mazurek), this particular itch hasn't yet been scratched.

if it's any help, i've been scouring any and all space exotica and space age pop releases from the 60's and when i'm lucky enough to find it, from the 50's. it's close but it's just not loungey enough

Don't overlook the Beach Boys & The Ray Conniff Singers! Or kill two birds with one stone and hit the Singers Unlimited!

i can see from your other post that you were being serious, but i gotta say i was with the other guy, thought you were messing with me because i deigned to ask for a rec based off of a powerman 5000 song :)

i'm not really a fan of the beach boys and really i'm just looking for lounge-type music, the earlier the better, and a space theme would just be the icing on the cake for me. other than that just that sort of vibe from the song would be great.. i know it's pretty specific, especially because the jazz i DO listen to sounds nothing like it(i like chet baker a lot, and the more depressing the jazz the better, but i haven't found anything quite as low as him)

Don't overlook the Beach Boys & The Ray Conniff Singers! Or kill two birds with one stone and hit the Singers Unlimited!

There we go, welcoming a newcomer to jazz and this site with a warm, friendly greeting.

i'm pretty new to jazz, so perhaps you guys can help me out.. if this is the wrong place for this thread, i'm not going to be offended if it gets deleted.

basically i'm looking for stuff that sounds as close as possible to this surprising gem:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qrnl71YdyRA

of all bands, powerman 5000 wrote it, and well.

"watch the sky for me"

it's pretty much perfect and exactly what i'm looking for in a retro sort of laid back spacey jazz-lounge type of song. they had to have copped that sound from somewhere.

thanks for any sort of help, i don't really know where else to go.

I am not aware of other music like this, but I hope that others recommend some, and that you enjoy it and explore the music which moves you. If we can help you with any other questions about jazz, please come back and ask. There are many knowledgeable people here who can provide a lot of information on most musical questions. Welcome!

i really appreciate the welcome. :) lord knows i need all the help i can get when it comes to jazz.

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Maybe Greg Foat?

i listened to this song:

incredible. it's definitely going to my rotation.

like clifford's recs, tho, it doesn't scratch this particular itch.

wow. that was good, tho

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Don't overlook the Beach Boys & The Ray Conniff Singers! Or kill two birds with one stone and hit the Singers Unlimited!

There we go, welcoming a newcomer to jazz and this site with a warm, friendly greeting.

You do misunderstand, sir, those were serious suggestions. The background vocals of the example were very Brian Wilson-ish, the tempo/groove can be found on any # of Ray Conniff cuts, and my admiration of Singers Unlimited is very real and has been noted in these pages on more than one occasion. Their collaborations with Pat Williams & Boss Brass might well be in the OP's sweet spot, as may the other suggestions.

if this song

was about space, i would... it would just be.. dear god. it'd be perfect. and then maybe a few slower songs with it to kind of fit the song in the original post.

as far as making me feel like i'm sipping a scotch while i stargaze dressed like this http://www.fiftiesweb.com/fashion/m-long.jpgin this house

http://inhabitat.com/prefab-friday-marmol-radziners-utah-house/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/marmolutahhouse1.jpg

you've achieved 90% of my request.

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Paging Teasing The Korean!

Pretend the journey is to space, and there you are.

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Not jazz -- but then, neither was that Powerman 5000 track -- but the first things that came to my mind were '80s Tom Waits or maybe some Serge Gainsbourg (particularly the Melody Nelson album).

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as far as making me feel like i'm sipping a scotch while i stargaze dressed like this http://www.fiftiesweb.com/fashion/m-long.jpgin this house

http://inhabitat.com/prefab-friday-marmol-radziners-utah-house/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/marmolutahhouse1.jpg

you've achieved 90% of my request.

Not sure if i'm off the mark, but what about this type of thing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9Woc1NRwAg

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Not jazz -- but then, neither was that Powerman 5000 track -- but the first things that came to my mind were '80s Tom Waits or maybe some Serge Gainsbourg (particularly the Melody Nelson album).

what type of music would you say the powerman 5000 track was?? maybe if i figure it out i can stop annoying you guys and bug a fan of whatever genre that is ;)

serge wasn't really my bag, but i had a laugh at the dude dancing in the backround of this video...

i'm a huge tom waits fan

as far as making me feel like i'm sipping a scotch while i stargaze dressed like this http://www.fiftiesweb.com/fashion/m-long.jpgin this house

http://inhabitat.com/prefab-friday-marmol-radziners-utah-house/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/marmolutahhouse1.jpg

you've achieved 90% of my request.

Not sure if i'm off the mark, but what about this type of thing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9Woc1NRwAg

i've actually listened to that same music video multiple times before your rec and i loved it

i've been really into space age pop as well so this gets me there

cheers

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Try later period (70s) Serge. I don't know that you can boil that 5000 track down to one genre -- creepy-60s'ish-loungy-pop is the best I can do. How 'bout some Nick Cave? I think he has a couple of all acoustic, piano-driven album that are similar.

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Try later period (70s) Serge. I don't know that you can boil that 5000 track down to one genre -- creepy-60s'ish-loungy-pop is the best I can do. How 'bout some Nick Cave? I think he has a couple of all acoustic, piano-driven album that are similar.

i'll check that period of his catalogue out, for sure, thanks and get back to you

nick cave is great, he's got some incredible bummer songs, but i think his stuff usually boils down more to goth/singer songwriter/country?

hmm... maybe i'll start looking for hopefully lounge/doowop, might be closer to that pm5k song. the only problem is it's impossible to type lounge music into any search engine without 1000 cafe del mar electronic/chillout compilations showing up. good genre, don't mind listening to it to relax, but actual lounge music it is not.

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Fair point, but that track you first posted doesn't exude Space Age Bachelor Pad Music to the extent that a lot of prime lounge does. Certainly TTK's world more than mine, but that's my two cents.

Nick Cave is fascinating at his best, and some of that gothic country is rad, but it seems worlds apart from the vibe the op is looking for.

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this is the closest thing i've found, and apparently it consisted almost solely as the inspiration for the powerman 5000 track. i can definitely tell, it hits that sweet spot for me.

but if this and the pm5k track are the only offerings of this type of music, i think i'm headed for a one way trip to depressiontown

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i'm pretty new to jazz, so perhaps you guys can help me out.. if this is the wrong place for this thread, i'm not going to be offended if it gets deleted.

basically i'm looking for stuff that sounds as close as possible to this surprising gem:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qrnl71YdyRA

of all bands, powerman 5000 wrote it, and well.

"watch the sky for me"

it's pretty much perfect and exactly what i'm looking for in a retro sort of laid back spacey jazz-lounge type of song. they had to have copped that sound from somewhere.

thanks for any sort of help, i don't really know where else to go.

Just had a listen to the powerman 5000 track

sounds like they are coming from a similar vibe as Dave Graney!! (amazing songwriter & totally cool dude)

One listen & Dave came immediatly to mind

http://www.thedavegraneyshow.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Graney

He's one of Australia's lesser known gems - been around (with his partner Claire Moore) since the late 70's - contemporaries of the Bad Seeds, Go-Betweens etc

Various Bands he has led: Moodists, White Buffaloes, Coral Snakes, Dave Graney Show, Lurid Yellow Mist, The Mistly

He's mixes a combination of folk/rock/jazz/lounge-core - Claire plays drums/vibes/xyl

I usually get to see him once a year during one of his Australian tours - he's been on the road for over 35 years now

You should be able to find a lot of his clips on YouTube - one of my favourite titles is "I've Got Dimensions" - below is a YouTube link of a live version in 2005

ps. That Serge Gainsbourg clip with the dancer is an absolute scream

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I have listened to the Powerman 5000 track several times today, and it struck me that you are not getting a lot of responses on a jazz discussion board because this really has nothing to do with jazz, as I know jazz. It is slightly jazzy, but only a little. It reminds me more of Leonard Cohen on his albums "I'm Your Man" and "The Future" than it reminds me of jazz.

I have heard a good deal of lounge music of the 1950s and early 1960s, the space age bachelor pad type music, because there is a very knowledgeable public radio programmer in my geographic area with a weekly show in that style. Powerman 5000 does not sound like lounge to me either.

Powerman 5000 sounds like a contemporary pop effort. I think you might get more helpful comments on an indie music board.

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I have listened to the Powerman 5000 track several times today, and it struck me that you are not getting a lot of responses on a jazz discussion board because this really has nothing to do with jazz, as I know jazz. It is slightly jazzy, but only a little. It reminds me more of Leonard Cohen on his albums "I'm Your Man" and "The Future" than it reminds me of jazz.

I have heard a good deal of lounge music of the 1950s and early 1960s, the space age bachelor pad type music, because there is a very knowledgeable public radio programmer in my geographic area with a weekly show in that style. Powerman 5000 does not sound like lounge to me either.

Powerman 5000 sounds like a contemporary pop effort. I think you might get more helpful comments on an indie music board.

powerman 5000 as a whole is generally a nu-metal/alternative outlet, but the referenced song is the only one from their discograph that i really care about. now that i think about it, it sounds to me like perhaps an updated version of the type of music cole porter might have done(re: anything goes) with a spacey lounge twist, wherein it has roots in jazz, but might be more contemporary or that era's pop. i could see him singing something like that; the lead singer of pm5k just had no intention of recording vocals that sounded of the time period for which they wrote the song. but i digress :)

i'll check those leonard cohen albums out, i like him.

if you have any recommendations of lounge from the 50s and 60s and also space age pop or space exotica or bachelor pad stuff, i'd be supremely grateful. it sounds like you have access to a wealth of knowledge of the subject. :)

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i'm pretty new to jazz, so perhaps you guys can help me out.. if this is the wrong place for this thread, i'm not going to be offended if it gets deleted.

basically i'm looking for stuff that sounds as close as possible to this surprising gem:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qrnl71YdyRA

of all bands, powerman 5000 wrote it, and well.

"watch the sky for me"

it's pretty much perfect and exactly what i'm looking for in a retro sort of laid back spacey jazz-lounge type of song. they had to have copped that sound from somewhere.

thanks for any sort of help, i don't really know where else to go.

Just had a listen to the powerman 5000 track

sounds like they are coming from a similar vibe as Dave Graney!! (amazing songwriter & totally cool dude)

One listen & Dave came immediatly to mind

http://www.thedavegraneyshow.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Graney

He's one of Australia's lesser known gems - been around (with his partner Claire Moore) since the late 70's - contemporaries of the Bad Seeds, Go-Betweens etc

Various Bands he has led: Moodists, White Buffaloes, Coral Snakes, Dave Graney Show, Lurid Yellow Mist, The Mistly

He's mixes a combination of folk/rock/jazz/lounge-core - Claire plays drums/vibes/xyl

I usually get to see him once a year during one of his Australian tours - he's been on the road for over 35 years now

You should be able to find a lot of his clips on YouTube - one of my favourite titles is "I've Got Dimensions" - below is a YouTube link of a live version in 2005

ps. That Serge Gainsbourg clip with the dancer is an absolute scream

i got slammed with runs today at school, so i didn't get to do anyone the honor really of listening to their recs, which i promise i will get to tomorrow. i'm excited to check out the ones you put here, thanks a lot for taking the time.

your description has me intrigued for sure!

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i'm pretty new to jazz, so perhaps you guys can help me out.. if this is the wrong place for this thread, i'm not going to be offended if it gets deleted.

basically i'm looking for stuff that sounds as close as possible to this surprising gem:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qrnl71YdyRA

of all bands, powerman 5000 wrote it, and well.

"watch the sky for me"

it's pretty much perfect and exactly what i'm looking for in a retro sort of laid back spacey jazz-lounge type of song. they had to have copped that sound from somewhere.

thanks for any sort of help, i don't really know where else to go.

Just had a listen to the powerman 5000 track

sounds like they are coming from a similar vibe as Dave Graney!! (amazing songwriter & totally cool dude)

One listen & Dave came immediatly to mind

http://www.thedavegraneyshow.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Graney

He's one of Australia's lesser known gems - been around (with his partner Claire Moore) since the late 70's - contemporaries of the Bad Seeds, Go-Betweens etc

Various Bands he has led: Moodists, White Buffaloes, Coral Snakes, Dave Graney Show, Lurid Yellow Mist, The Mistly

He's mixes a combination of folk/rock/jazz/lounge-core - Claire plays drums/vibes/xyl

I usually get to see him once a year during one of his Australian tours - he's been on the road for over 35 years now

You should be able to find a lot of his clips on YouTube - one of my favourite titles is "I've Got Dimensions" - below is a YouTube link of a live version in 2005

ps. That Serge Gainsbourg clip with the dancer is an absolute scream

had a listen to this

song

that's a pretty weird dude, for sure. loved the song, though. it does kind of have the same vibe, i agree. thanks for the rec!

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Duke Ellington - Moon Maiden (track)

Late 70's Sun Ra - Lanquidity (album)

John Zorn - The Gift (album)

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How has David Lynch not gotten to this one yet?

Como's narcotic phase, perhaps.

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