Last chance listening: A soundtrack to the end times

Posted by: Jim Tuerk on May 20, 2011 @ 5:34 am
Filed under: Humor

While we wait for the looming Rapture/Apocalypse to march down from the sky tomorrow, here’s some music that, should the end-times truly come, we’ll be blaring from the Greenleaf offices.

Sawtell & Shefterr — Apocalypse Jazz from The Last Man On Earth

Mahavishnu Orchestra — Wings Of Karma from Apocalypse

Olivier Messiaen — Quartet for the End of Time

Wayne Shorter — Mephistopheles from The All Seeing Eye

John Coltrane — Ascension

Codona — Like That Of Sky

Medeski, Martin, and Wood — Last Chance To Dance Trance

Bill Callahan — anything from his latest, Apocalypse, would calm me down after all that

Any others you’d like to add to the playlist, feel free. Please exclude “End Of The World As We Know It” by REM and “The End” by the Doors—you can do better than that!

Oh, and be sure to take care of your pets.


  1. […] Hey, Dave Douglas rightly included Messiaen on his Apocalypse playlist […]

    Pingback by Top Five Jazz Albums to Play On Rapture Day | Lament For A Straight Line — May 20, 2011 @ 7:12 am

  2. Another great list over at Jim Macnie’s Lament For A Straight Line:

    Comment by Jim Tuerk — May 20, 2011 @ 7:15 am

  3. Jim.

    This is great, thanks! Just want to point out that most of us have another 5 months on the planet. Let’s make the most of it!

    And may I suggest: In Our Lifetime. (Mine or Marvin Gaye’s)



    PS: See you tomorrow.

    Comment by Dave Douglas — May 21, 2011 @ 4:37 am

  4. sun ra’s “it’s after the end of the world.”

    Comment by lawrence — May 21, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

  5. […] Apocalyptic jazz songs for the weekend. […]

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  6. “You don’t have to go to heaven, but you can’t stay here!”

    Comment by Dave Douglas — May 22, 2011 @ 1:43 am

  7. […] Apocalyptic jazz songs for the weekend. […]

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  8. Well, risking that you’ll find this choice too obvious (as the REM and Doors stuff you mentioned): I’d like to throw in Bob Geldof’s wonderful “The End of the World”: “This is the end / the end of the world / for 5000 years you must truly have heard / Nostradamus and Jesus and Buddha and me / We said it was coming / now just wait and see”.

    Comment by Kai — May 24, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

  9. Yes! Forgot about that one. Thanks Kai!

    Comment by Jim Tuerk — May 25, 2011 @ 7:16 am

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