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batyatoon ([personal profile] batyatoon) wrote2011-06-26 07:41 pm

some thanks, and a heartfelt request

The thanks

I received in the mail over the past week (1) a gift certificate for the Digestive Wellness website, and (2) a notification that a donation has been made to Sloan-Kettering in memory of my mother, Cynthia Galler Levin. Both of these had [ profile] phoenixchilde's name on them, but she tells me that both of them are group efforts from The Internet.

All of you who contributed to this: thank you. Thank you guys so much. I love you all.

The request

(But first, an explanation)

So as many of you already know: in keeping with Jewish (Orthodox) law and tradition regarding mourning, I will be refraining from certain things during the year following my mother's death. These things include parties and group celebrations of any kind (including conventions), buying new clothes (except for serious necessities), and ... listening to music.

If you know me at all, you know the last one is the one that's going to be hardest. However, there is an exception: I can listen to recorded music, provided it is acapella. Voices only.

My current collection of acapella music is about 19 hours' worth. Much as I love it all, it is not going to last me a year.

This is where the request comes in. I would love it if all of you out there could recommend or share any acapella music you may have or know of. I'm going to post a list of what I already have so's to avoid duplicates -- look for that in the next hour. (Note that this is not limited to acapella groups; plenty of singers do tracks with no instrumental accompaniment.)

There's no immediate rush on this, but it would help a lot.

ETA: And since LJ doesn't seem to want to let me post a new entry (wtf?), my list of current acapella is here. I hope. *prods GoogleDocs suspiciously*

[identity profile] 2011-06-27 12:03 am (UTC)(link)
I have two albums (mp3 or CD form, your choice) I can give you--The Bobs, a comedic a cappella group, and the Maccabeats (I kid you not), the Yeshiva University a cappella group, which is mostly in Hebrew, generally prayers or common Hebrew songs, though they did set "Lecha Dodi" to "Hallelujah" (again, I kid you not). Well, except they also have a Disney song, a Matisyahu cover, and a Daniel Powter song (again, I kid--you get the idea).

(Yes, that's the one I'm not counting as a comedy group.)

[identity profile] 2011-06-27 12:28 am (UTC)(link)
I will put together a list of stuff I have that is not on your list. Mostly Jewish groups and collegiate groups.
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[personal profile] madfilkentist 2011-06-27 12:37 am (UTC)(link)
A couple of recommendations: AstroCapella by the Chromatics and Voices Going West by the n'Early Music Consort.

It's far removed in style from what I recognize on your list, but I think Palestrina wrote some of the most beautiful a capella choral music ever. I should mention, though, it's all or nearly all Christian religious music.

[identity profile] 2011-06-27 12:59 am (UTC)(link)
I have a crapton of BOCA albums. And many other things. Do you DropBox? It's the most effecient way I can think of getting it to you.

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[personal profile] innerbrat 2011-06-27 01:11 am (UTC)(link)
As it happens, we have a rather large collection of acapella here. I've asked Ana to zip them all up and upload them for you here.

Hope there's not too much overlap!

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[personal profile] gramarye1971 2011-06-27 01:13 am (UTC)(link)
I have a good deal of a capella choral music of the religious bent (mostly Tallis Scholars and the Hilliard Ensemble), but setting those aside for the moment here's what I could find on my computer, broken down by language and origin (and now edited to fix HTML):

Stan Rogers - Barrett's Privateers (sea shanty)

Stan Rogers - Rolling Down To Old Maui (sea shanty)

Mary McPartlan - Slieve Gallion Braes (folk music)

Tallis Scholars - A Robyn, Gentyl Robyn (madrigal)

Arve Moen Bergset - Gamle Gullbrand (folk music)

Arve Moen Bergset - Eg Var Liten (folk music)

King's Singers - Il bianco e dolce cigno (madrigal)

King's Singers - Or si rallegri il cielo (madrigal)

King's Singers - Ach, weh des leiden (madrigal)

Tallis Scholars - Spem in alium (40-part motet)

I also have a CD of Latvian traditional folk music that's mostly a capella, but I'd have to listen to it and winnow it down because some of the songs have instrumentals that slip in towards the end.
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[personal profile] akawil 2011-06-27 01:25 am (UTC)(link)
[ profile] ladymondegreen is of course in full-on conchair panic mode and doesn't have time to look at LJ, but when I mentioned your request to her she said most of the a capella music she had she got from you, but recommended the acapodcast.
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[personal profile] skygiants 2011-06-27 01:29 am (UTC)(link)
I don't have much, and what I do is really random, but everything I have that's easily identifiable as a capella and not on your list is up here. (Although at least one of them I'm pretty sure you have already, even if it's not listed.)

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[personal profile] silveraspen 2011-06-27 01:39 am (UTC)(link)
Most of what I have is Christian choral tradition, but I continue to pore through the list....

[identity profile] 2011-06-27 01:47 am (UTC)(link)
I've heard a couple of songs by the Heebee-Jeebees ( and liked them. There's a lot more by the Nylons that's worth listening to.

[identity profile] 2011-06-27 02:19 am (UTC)(link)
If you like I could make sure everything I put up for Alice Day also has an a capella version.

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[identity profile] 2011-06-27 03:13 am (UTC)(link)
I have half a dozen tracks from my music collection that aren't on your list. What would you prefer: email mp3s to gmail, put mp3s in a web directory you can download them from, or mail CDs for you to borrow?

[identity profile] 2011-06-27 03:15 am (UTC)(link)
Oh! Are people clapping hands in the music okay?

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[identity profile] 2011-06-27 04:18 am (UTC)(link)
I'm sure I have a bunch of a capella pieces, though many will duplicate, in live versions, material you have as studio tracks. Should I try to sort those out, or just lump them all together for you?
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[identity profile] 2011-06-27 04:20 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, Batya. *enormous, enormous hugs* I have a folder uploading now. I'll link it when it's loaded.
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[identity profile] 2011-06-27 05:36 am (UTC)(link)
Twenty songs, mostly secular college a capella, some Jewish, some miscellaneous. (

Also, I tried to upload Amrywiol - Caneuon Plygain (, but realized almost immediately that it was DRM-protected. Anyway, it's an album of Welsh Christmas carols, and ordinarily I wouldn't recommend you Christmas carols... but when Will accompanied Bran to church in the middle of the night, the year Cordelia came for Christmas, these are the songs they heard. All are a capella except tracks 4 and 10.

I hope this helps a little. *hug*

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[identity profile] 2011-06-27 05:31 am (UTC)(link)
Third and I hope final attempt:
I'll take a look at what I have. Meanwhile, have you heard of Six13 (://http:/")? They seem tailor made for this.

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[personal profile] hms42 2011-06-27 06:03 am (UTC)(link)
I will have some new albums with acapella songs on there that you can listen to available next weekend. The no instrumentation restriction is a challenge to find audio for you, but some should turn up.

[personal profile] hms42 2011-06-27 06:12 am (UTC)(link)
I know I have stuff in my archives. (Post Contata, I will have a little time to look for stuff for you. The Contata All member CD is an avoid for most songs. I think there is maybe 3 songs you can listen to from it and one is a song you are singing. RMHS is a pass too since it depends on the instruments.)
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[identity profile] 2011-06-27 11:42 am (UTC)(link)
I have set a megaupload file to upload, and I will go to bed in the hope that it keeps uploading and emails itself to you when it's done. There isn't as much as I thought - Rajaton seems to interpret 'acapella' pretty liberally when it comes to covering Queen and Abba - but there are a few.

I hope it's some small help. ♥
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[personal profile] ladyiapetus 2011-06-27 03:09 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't really have time right now, but when I do I'll try to get up some Straight No Chaser for you.
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[personal profile] sheistheweather 2011-06-27 06:49 pm (UTC)(link)
I will keep you and yours in my thoughts.

In honor of your request, I present the following.

SJ Tucker "Love Lies"
SJ Tucker "Cross-Section"
everything by Acabella
everything by Rockapella

Do drums count as instruments for this purpose? If not, I can come up with several more, I think.

I'll keep an ear out for more.

[Edit] If you want some spoken poetry, I recorded a bit here. I may be able to find some more of that, as well.
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[personal profile] genarti 2011-06-27 07:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Unfortunately, I think what I have currently on my computer overlaps heavily with this list, but I will consult my cd collection! I know I have at least one Beelzebubs cd that's not listed here -- oh, and two cds by Shir Appeal, which is Tufts' Jewish a cappella group! -- which I can totally provide you with digital or snail mail cd copies of. :) And probably some other stuff; I will look and get back to you!

Also, all the hugs in the world for you. *sends love*
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[personal profile] beable 2011-06-27 07:48 pm (UTC)(link)

There's a few songs I have the come to mind, such as the Dead Can Dance version of Wind the Shakes the Barley, but I'll need to double check them all to make sure that they are really acapella and not just mostly acapella.

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[personal profile] annathepiper 2011-06-27 08:24 pm (UTC)(link)
I've just discovered a pretty cool Quebecois group called Les Charbonniers de l'enfer. They are vocals + foot rhythm, a speciality of Quebecois music. They've got several albums and I've picked up a couple that I like quite a bit.

My other three Quebecois bands that I like are La Volee d'Castors, La Bottine Souriante, and Le Vent du Nord, who are NOT a capella but do have a small number of vocal-only tracks. I'll get you a list of those if you like; since you're a GBS fan you might like these groups too. :)
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[personal profile] annathepiper 2011-06-27 08:47 pm (UTC)(link)
And, more specifically:

By Les Charbonniers de l'Enfers, the albums "A la grace de Dieu" and "Nouvelles frequentations", which are the ones I've bought lately off of iTunes. I haven't listened to the others yet so I can't testify as to their quality, but these two I do quite like. Purchased from iTunes, and their other albums are there too.

By La Bottine Souriante, "La ziguezon", from the album "Chic & Swell"; "Virginie Adieu" from the album "En Spectacle" (which is live); "Turlutte des 33 voleurs" from the album "Jusqu'aux P'tites Heures". These albums are NOT on iTunes and I haven't been able to find an online source selling them, but I'm noting them for reference.

By Le Vent du Nord, "Le vieux cheval", from the album "Dans les air"; "Le retour du fils soldat" from the album "Les amants du Saint-Laurent" (this one might be borderline due to some percussion?); "Chers amis buvons" from the album "Maudite moisson !" LVN is on iTunes.

By La Volee d'Castors, "La palette" from the album "Migration" (has percussion as the song progresses), and "Les coucous" from the same album (not as cool-sounding as the version on their live album but the live version kicks into a reel after the vocals are done); "Secours" from the album "VDC" (has percussion though); "Les Souliers Rouges" and "Le Beau Fermier" from the album "Y a Du Monde A' Messe!" All of LVC's stuff is on iTunes; I particularly like the live album, "Y a Du Monde A' Messe!", which rivals GBS for live energy and that is SAYING SOMETHING. So you might check that out later on down the route when you can go back to stuff with instruments. :)

Acapella online

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[identity profile] 2011-06-30 08:56 pm (UTC)(link)
If there's anything of mine you'd like to have an a capella version of, I can set aside some time to re-record them.
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[personal profile] sheistheweather 2011-07-12 06:22 am (UTC)(link)
Happy day-late birthday, Batya. <3
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