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

Soothing 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

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Happy Birthday Doll.




It's L's birthday today. We were going to be celebrating by going to a live recording of Off The Ball a Radio Scotland football show which can be extremely funny at times, however we had arranged ages ago to do a family lunch tomorrow and therefore don't have the time. So we went out for "a couple" of drinks  at 6pm last night and ended up getting home after midnight! Here is one of her favourite tunes but I don't think that I will post his name as I think that it would bring on a visit by the DMCA.

I have to say that L is taking to this ageing thing a lot better than me!

Paisley Boy Done Good - Candy

Friday, 25 July 2014

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance

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I intended to follow SA's example from the other day and post a piece of Italo Piano house today, however the track in question which I thought I had ripped a couple of weeks ago when I found the 12" while looking for something else doesn't appear to have been ripped at all and I can't be arsed doing it now. So instead  here is a track that was hugely popular in 1992 and reached the heights of number two in the UK charts, making this potentially the most commercial tune ever to be featured on a Friday on this blog. The sample the tune is built around comes from Walk & Skank by Jah Screechy but you all knew that already

Have a good weekend people

SL2 - On A Ragga Tip

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Dexys



I went to see the Dexys film, "Nowhere Is Home" film on Monday night, eventually, having to double back through Glasgow after going to the wrong Cinema, missing the first couple of minutes! And very good it was too, although Big Jim looked not entirely comfortable of being in front of the camera, I think that he may have preferred to have done anything other than talk about himself and his involvement with the band, Rowland on the other hand was as forthright as ever and very entertaining. Interspersed with the musings of the two is footage from the live performance of "One Day I'm Going To Soar" from the Duke Of York's Theatre last year.

On Tuesday it was announced on Twitter that Dexys would be releasing the DVD and live performance on various formats in October. You can pre-order here

If you pre-booked the tickets for the showing of the film, on the night you would receive an exclusive 7" single with two of the live tracks from the show. I know that it really is none of my business and people can do what they like with the record but I was slightly pissed off to see "spare" copies on eBay some at 25 quid! If I had had a spare copy, I pre-booked two tickets and Stiff got one of the singles, I would have given it to someone else at the showing who had at least made the effort to go and see the film, not sold it to highest bidder!

Here is the original version of one of the tracks on the single. I will get around to uploading both sides of the single sometime soon.

Dexys Midnight Runners - I Love You (Listen To This)

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Trainspotting



I used to listen to Vanishing Point quite a bit, it is probably my second favourite album by Primal Scream, after Screamadelica obviously. However these days I am more likely to pull out the dub version and if I'm feeling less lethargic than usual I will play the 7" box set version. I think I might give Vanishing Point a dust down this weekend.

On Monday while grappling with a particularly head wrecking set of patient notes, Trainspotting came on the iPod and I stopped trying to verify the data and just listened to the song in it's entirety and then resumed the task with a bit more vigour. Way back in the day when I did even more unhealthy things that I currently do, if presented with what seemed like an insurmountable problem I would head outside no matter the weather and have a cigarette or two and then back to the task in hand ready to overcome what ever had been the obstacle previously. At the beginning of this week I found out that listening to Primal Scream has pretty much the same effect!

It is now a fact, that listening to Primal Scream refreshes those parts of the brain that other bands can't reach.

Primal Scream - Trainspotting

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

It's A Small Place, Blogland Really.



It really is a small world.  That may be a cliche but that doesn't make it any the less true.

A couple of years ago I wrote a post about my first CND demo in Barrow In Furness way back in 1984 and received comments from both Nolan Micron of the much lamented Castles In Space blog and The Vinyl Villain saying that they were also there. Coincidence, yes but in a comment for another post it turns out that both JC and I were at Custom House Quay in Glasgow at the same time watching Natalie Merchant, Billy Bragg and Michael Stipe twenty four years ago last month, sure there were 250, 000 people from all over Scotland milling about Glasgow that day but there weren't actually that many who had waited through Aly Bain and his fiddle on the Broomielaw to listen to Big Nosed Bard from Barking at that time  most of the crowd were either in George Square or at Glasgow Green.

A couple of years ago when talking to my eldest nephew I found out that one of his lecturers at Uni  was none other than Comrade Colin of another lamented blog,  And Before The First Kiss. Another coincidence.

Well it's gone and happened again. A few days ago Scott over at Spools Paradise when posting a track from an Artists For Animals compilation mentioned the fact that he used to man the anti-vivisection stall in Argyle Street in Glasgow as a teen. I passed that stall every other Saturday when alighting from the Lanark train at Argyle street on my frequent visits to Flip and if Stiff was with me we would stop and Stiff would have a look through the stuff as he was right into that kind of thing. Me being a leather wearing, steak eater, I sort of hovered in the background but must have crossed paths with Scott. Anyway, when I mentioned some anarchist punk bands that we used to listen to in the comments, Scott replied saying that he had played Tube Disasters by Flux Of Pink Indians recently. I have this single and quite a few other anarcho-punk records from the early 80s not half as many as Stiff who has some right weird ones like the Italian thrash punks who we couldn't acertain whether they were anarchists or not as the lyrics and sleeve notes were all in Italian and all I can remember now is that it it was quite furious stuff!

Six years ago the RVNG record label in America put out a five track 10" single called 10 Inches Of Fear which included a track each by four groups/artists who were involved in the anarcho-punk scene all re-edited by JD Twitch from Optimo, it also included a mix cd of punk and bands influenced by punk called 60 Minutes Of Fear which is well worth a listen. One of the tracks that is re-edited is the afore mentioned Tube Disasters.

Small world, isn't it?

Flux Of Pink Indians - Tube Disasters (JD Twitch re-edit

Monday, 21 July 2014

My Sweet, Sweet Baby



I've got a busy week this week. Down to Leicester tomorrow for a couple of days, never been there before and know bugger all about the place apart from jug ears Lineker comes from there.

The Glories featured on the blog back in April and since then I have acquired a couple more of their singles. I am still on the hunt for a copy of their version of The Dark End Of The Street which for me blows James Carr's version out of the water. My Sweet, Sweet Baby is the stand out track of the ones which I have been able to find so far. According to Discogs the song only came out in 1968 as a promo on the Date label in the US, however  my copy is on the UK Direction which I think most records released in the States were issued on in the UK as they were both part of the Columbia/CBS group. No matter what this record has another outstanding lead vocal from Frankie Gearing. I could listen to this kind of stuff all day.

The Glories - My Sweet, Sweet Baby

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Soothing Sunday



Listening to this piece of ambient tech house may not change your life but the soothing rhythms is not a bad way to waste ten minutes and kind of suits the muggy atmosphere that we are experiencing in central Scotland this Sunday afternoon.

Melchior Productions Ltd - The Blessing


Friday, 18 July 2014

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



It is glorious up here in the frozen north today. The sun is shinning, the weather is warm but there is a nice cooling breeze for those of us who melt in anything above 25 degrees. Not that I will see much of it being stuck in my cupboard I call an office but at least it is nicer than having to be cooped up in a stuffy sealed departure lounge at Birmingham airport for nearly an hour before being let back out into the relative comfort of the gates 1 to 20 Departure lounge. My flight home last night on Fly Maybe was delayed two fucking hours, hence the rant. And,  by the way a free complimentary half can of Pepsi Max does not make up for being told absolutely fuck all and having to watch the later flight to Glasgow leave before you! Just because you have the monopoly on flights to the Midlands doesn't mean you can treat people like shit.

I feel better now! Back to the music.

In this kind of weather I tend to reach for the Garage and Deep House. Today's track is an all time classic produce by David Morales and like last week's track features the keyboard skills of Sastoshi Tomiie . The song is credited to Robert Owens who has one of the sweetest voices in House music. The lyric apparently are the result of the aftermath of an argument between Owens and Morales with Owens singing "I'll be your friend" down the phone to the producer. Ironically my favourite mix is the Def Instrumental, however I will post both that mix and the original mix, so you can compare and contrast.

I'm off to see The Afghan Whigs tonight, a different beast entirely ut I am really looking forward to this one. Every time I have seen Greg Dulli in the past he has never been anything short of excellent but I never got to see the Whigs the first time round.

Have a good weekend people

Robert Owens - I'll Be Your Friend (Original Def mix)

Robert Owens - I'll Be Your Friend (Def Instrumental)


Thursday, 17 July 2014

Manics Make Good New Tune Shocker!



I haven't really listened to much of the Manic Street Preachers output over the past ten years well not in it's original form anyway and what I have heard of the latest release hasn't persuaded me to change this situation. That is, apart from the two Erol Alkan remixes released on Alkan's Phantasy label, although I suspect that they sound nothing like the original track unless the Manics have embrace full on that dance aspect that was never apparent in any of  their earlier stuff. The 12" single was a limited pressing of 300 which are no longer available, there are a couple on Discogs but you will need to be quick.

Only a Soundcloud for this as the copyright police have visited a couple of times recently and as the remixes can be purchased from Beatport I reckon they would come knocking again. Sorry. But the mixes are worth shelling out for.



Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Not another Re-edit, Drew?



Well yes and I'm not going to apologise as this is rather is as good as anything I've heard in a while. It's a  mellow, moody house chugger from a band, Pyramids,  who I have never heard of before. But the Wiki entry says that they are an experimental/post rock band from Texas. The re-edit is by Slow To Speak and the 12" single is a two track sampler for the type of things they reshape on their excellent Slow To Speak Edits 1999 - 2014 where they have remixed the work of artists as diverse as Monie Love, David Byrne and Argent!. Although neither the Pyramids or the Sylvester track are on the cd.  Worth checking out.

Pyramids with Nadja - Into The Silent Waves (Slow To Speak edit)