I can't remember when I first heard Portishead, but it was soon after their album "Dummy" was released in 1994. I set about frantically including them on mixed tapes for friends, tapes which were often shoved in backpacks and probably never played. I had a habit of obsessively making mixed tapes for my friends, the primary motive being the ability to *finally* have someone to talk about "my" music with. Welcome to this, my 21st century version of the mixed tapes of my high school years folks. Music Monday gives me the opportunity to throw music at you in the hopes that you'll give it a listen. I'm pleased to say, some of you even TALK to me about said music. I know, I'm as surprised as you are. It's like I'm a too-hip-for-my-own-good fifteen year old again.
Portishead have a new album coming out next week, so much like the James pimping of a few weeks ago, this time it's Portishead's turn. I'm a great lover of trip-hop, so if you are feeling adventurous and want to branch out after digging Portishead (which you surely will, or we are so over), check out Tricky, Morcheeba, Massive Attack and Moloko. Your ears will thank you.
May I just add that it was very hard for me to narrow down my favourite Portishead songs. Just thought I'd add that. FYI, for those of you who only listen to "serious" music (MOLLY. Also, what is it with me and finger quotes today?), a few of these videos are from a session and eventual studio album done with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Take that haters!
From the new album:
More where that came from: