Collector: The Sea and Cake, Tatsuro Yamashita, Richard Dawson

Each Friday, Collector will present three disparate but artistically worthwhile digital artifacts from the worlds of music, performance, and art.

The Sea and Cake “An Argument”

Looking back on it, I’ve never seen The Sea and Cake live, but I’ve always assumed that the entire band wore a calm exterior, a cool presence that reflected their pristine recordings. Not so! Watch drummer John McEntire get totally into this song!

Tatsuro Yamashita ‘Ride on Time’

Released in 1980, Tatsuro Yamashita’s Ride on Time sold 220,000 copies, propelled to some degree by the title track’s placement in a Maxwell cassette tape commercial and “My Sugar Babe,” the second single, being used as the theme music for the single season TV show, Keishi-K. There are certainly some easy listening tunes on this, but the record is a nice time capsule of late 70s/early 80s production — slap bass, not-too-funky-but-a-little-funky rhythms, smooth keys and synths, big hooks.

Richard Dawson “Ogre”

In The Smudging Ritual, Richard Dawson mentioned that “most religious music is interesting in some way. There’s usually some kind of tension…It’s good that it’s loud and full of faults.”