Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Loop



Another cover version today but a completely different beast from yesterday's. Loop's version of Mother Sky was the first version I heard and until Pilooski's re-edit of the original it was probably my favourite. Released in 1988 on the b-side of the Black Sun 12". I think that I played it continually for about a week and then tried to seek out some Can who I was vaguely aware of but not enough to investigate until I heard this.

Loop - Mother Sky

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Hard Luck Guy



Eddie Hinton was partly responsible for the sound of some of the best tunes of the late 60s and early 70s, although very few will recognise the name but as a session musician and member of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section he worked with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield and Toots and The Maytals to name but three. He was also an artist in his own right, releasing four albums before his untimely death, as is often the way in the music business,  at the age of 51 in 1995. His best known song is probably Breakfast In Bed first recorded by Dusty on Dusty In Memphis but covered by quite a few other artists and Nicole Sherzinger!

In 1999 Shake It Records in Cincinnati released a series of 7" singles of cover versions of Hinton's songs by people who he had influenced entitled "Dangerous Highway"Today's track comes from Volume 1. Greg Dulli always good with a cover version, gives it his all on this track.

"A scene that always sticks in my mind is Dylan on the back porch of Muscle Shoals studio, trading licks on acoustic guitar with Eddie Hinton. They buddied up and for a while were inseparable. How strange and wonderful to remember Bob Dylan and Eddie Hinton as soul brothers - two poets, one renowned, the other known only to a few friends, neighbours and fans, both riveting artists, both brilliant." - Jerry Wexlar

Enjoy

Greg Dulli - Hard Luck Guy

Monday, 18 August 2014

In Orbit



This song may sound familiar even if you have never heard it before due to Justin Robertson's sampling of the intro for Lionrock's 1996 sings "Scatter and Swing".  A great example of the sort of thing that was coming out of Chicago in 1967, however I have always been puzzled by how high Kev Roberts rated it in the original volume of Northern Soul Top 500 where it was positioned at number 72 but I was absolutely stunned on reading the updated version, as it had rocket up to number 6. It's good but not that good. 

Joy Lovejoy - In Orbit

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Mellow Sunday



I keep coming back to the work of Kenny Anderson on Sundays for the simple reason that his music, lyrics and voice mellow me out without the aid of drink or other things more than probably any other artist I know. Take,  Your Young Voice for example with it's two lines of lyric repeated over and over, it could be extended to over twice it's length and I still would not get bored of it, there is something beguiling about it for me. It also has a tendency to make my eyes go a wee bit blurry and produce a lump in my throat. What more do you need on a Sunday.

King Creosote and Jon Hopkins - Your Young Voice

Saturday, 16 August 2014

New Music Saturday



My inbox is full of stuff that has been sent through over the past few weeks none of which I have had the time to listen to. I'm sure there must be at least one good track in there. Until I find it here's a bit of  classic live Stiff Little Fingers for you, recorded where else but the Barrowlands on St Patrick's night.

SLF - Silver Lining 


Friday, 15 August 2014

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



I think we will stay with the tunes that turned me on to house music in the first place for a few Friday's. Acid Over is one of the first acid house tracks I ever heard along with Acid Tracks by Phuture. Which is pretty ironic as Tyree Cooper coined the title as he had had enough of the "acid" music in Chicago and this tune was surpassed to be an end to it. But the scene, especially in the UK just kept growing and became a monster. Pretty soon  it seemed that ever single was released with a second or third rate acid house mix, smiley faces could be seen everywhere and the inevitable media backlash and moral panic ensued. A mind expanding time to be 18/19 years old.

I loved the weird squelchy noises from the 303 which gave this sub genre of house music it's distinctive sound and also the minimalism of the tracks and the way some just kept building and building.

It is the first home game of the season tomorrow and myself, the boys, Stiff, Willie and all present in the home support at the Excelsior stadium will be hoping for a better result then last week and the previous two cup defeats!

Have a good weekend people.

Tyree - Acid Over (Union Jack mix)

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Sickener



Second day back from holiday and I'm back in Luton. The title of this track from Moon Duo's Horror Tour ep just about sums up how I'm feeling right now!

Moon Dou - Sickener

Monday, 11 August 2014

In The Same Old Way



Here is a classy piece of early 60's soul out of New Orleans. Tommy Ridgley last featured on the blog way back in 2010 with the in demand sound My Love Gets Stronger. In The Same Old Way may not be in the same class as that song but it is a good one none the less which deserves an airing. The song should not be mistaken for the Scotty Williams song of the same title  but with I Still Love You in brackets at the end of the title.

Tommy Ridgley - In The Same Old Way

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Mellow Sunday



Back from a rather relaxing week in Machrihanish. We only had one real shitty day weather wise which was a lot better than expected. There was an absolutely beautifully weird sky after the day of unrelenting rain which I didn't exactly capture in the photo above as it was taken on my phone,  being a numpty I had left the camera sitting on the desk of my office last Saturday.

In other news, which you probably already know Neil Pennycook has sadly decided to kill off Meursault. Posted is Meursault's cover of Poor Old Christopher Robin originally by Paws.Taken from the gut wrenchingly bleak in parts but gorgeous album "The Organ Grinder's Monkey. The crowd funded album is still available here and if you don't already own a copy you really should give yourself a shake and rectify the situation immediately.

Meursault - Poor Old Christopher Robin


Friday, 1 August 2014

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



Back to the source.

Today's track is probably the one that really got me into house music. I had heard and bought some earlier stuff such as Move Your Body on DJ International but it was after hearing Someday and totally falling in love with it that I seriously started to seek out all things house on Trax, DJ International and the like. It is impossible not to be moved by this record, it's got the lot, soulful vocals, an uplifting message in the lyrics and that insistent piano hook that has been sampled so effectively over the years. Not a lot to add, really.

We're off to Machrihanish tomorrow for a week of listening to the wind howl, the rain batter off the roof of the caravan and Max and Leo bickering at best. Magic!

Have a good weekend

Ce Ce Rogers - Someday


Thursday, 31 July 2014

Instant Coffee Baby



Here is the title track from the fourth album by The Wave Pictures. Who must be one of the most prolific indie bands ever having released sixteen albums in the last ten years! Beat that for work ethic Mr Smith.  I have got to be in the right mood to listen to David Tattersall's vocals, fortunately I was when the iPod threw this up the other day that much I decided to listen to the whole album which I must admit was a rather pleasant way to spend forty odd minutes.

The Wave Pictures - Instant Coffee Baby

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

I Just Can't Help Believing



I've posted this tune twice before and I make no apologies for doing so again,  as for me it was one of the best songs of the noughties and the more I play it the more inexplicable it is to me that it did absolutely nothing when released ten years ago! I believe that this will become a much sought after rarity, so if I were you I would get over to Discogs pronto and buy the vinyl now, so later you will not be disappointed.

Johnny Boy - You Are The Generation That Bought More Shoes And You Get What You Deserve

Monday, 28 July 2014

Keep The Faith



I don't know much about Alexia Coley apart that she is from West London and has a wonderfully warm voice. She has released two 7" inch singles so far, Beautiful Waste Of Time and last year's Keep The Faith. Her debut album is planned for release in September.

Alexia Coley - Keep The Faith 

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Mellow Sunday



This comes from one of my favourite albums, I listen to Saint Dominic's Preview much more than I do Astral Weeks these days. Another artist that shall remain nameless as posting his stuff usually incurrs the wrath of the DMCA.

Grumpy Northern Irish Bloke - Listen To The Lion