Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Leather Girls

Today's track would go quite nicely with yesterday's offering. It originally appeared as the first two tracks on Death in Vegas's third album Scorpio Rising but by the time of the release of the second single from that album it was one track, confusingly titled Leather/Girls on the single 12" release, however listed as Leather Girls on the double pack. No matter what when you listen to it you don't need to be a genius to hear when one track could potentially stop and a further one begin.

By the way, you get some "interesting" results if you type leather girls into a search engine.

Death In Vegas - Leather Girls

Tuesday, 3 February 2015


I first heard of Coves at the tail end of last year, their name being mentioned in the same review as The Raveonettes, so I had to investigate. Apparently they have been doing their thing since 2011, so as ever my finger is right on the pulse. Their sound puts me in mind of Cults but a bit heavier and more dare I say it psychedelic. I bought the album which I found enjoyable enough to seek out a couple of earlier singles which brings me to today's track. The a -side of the 2013 released Beatings 12" is a very good song in it's own right full of twangy guitar and echoey vocals but the b - side remixed by Brendan Lynch is the one for me, a strung out soundfest.

Coves - Beatings (Lynchmob bonus beats)

Monday, 2 February 2015

I Love You Baby

Today's tune was number 429 in the original Northern Soul Top 500. An out and out dancer, originally released on the Veep label in 1967.  Cindy Scott also released music under her real name of Sundray Tucker and she can be heard duetting with Stevie Wonder on Ordinary Pain from the Songs In The Key Of Life album. She also has some quite famous relatives in soul music, her sister was Supreme, Lynda Lawrence ,  Bunny Sgler is a cousin as was Tammi Terrell.

Cindy Scott - I Love You Baby

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Mellow Sunday

Prior to hearing this cover version I had never herd the original which I then found out was from an x factor winner. I much prefer this version.

Mystery Jets - Bleeding Love

Saturday, 31 January 2015

New Music Saturday

Well new to me anyway.

Sometimes a bit of country hits the spot. Never Ending Sky is actually Hannah Bethel's third album, she self released her first when she was only seventeen. She has a really engaging voice that has given me goosepimples on a couple of occasions. I am no country aficionado so couldn't tell you if this is typical of the country music being released at the moment but to these ears it is quite similar to Kacey Musgraves in style, which may have something to do with the fact that Allan Odendorff plays pedal steel on both, I do like the sound of the pedal steel guitar.

Give this a listen as it's worth it.

Hannah Bethel - Frigerator

Friday, 30 January 2015

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance.

How about a quality bit of German Techno courtesy of Frankfurt duo Booka Shade remixed by Berlin duo Pan- Pot. Booka Shade have been making music since the mid nineties, this track was released as a limited 12" single in 2010. You have got to hand it to the Germans they do produce quality Techno. I have also found out recently that although they produce very nice cars, they are extremely shit in Scottish winters. You can't have everything I suppose.

Have a good weekend people. I will be layered to the point of not being able to bend or turn as I'm off to the Excelsior stadium to see if the Diamonds can stay in contention for the play-offs which seem such a long way off at the moment.

Booka Shade - Regenerate (Pan-Pot remix)

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Songs for Chile

I had forgotten all about Drugstore until El President came up on the mp3 player last week. The song was a tribute to the Chilean President Salvador Allende who was deposed in a coup in 1973. As I was listening to El President I began to think of another song written about Chile and the crimes of the brutal bastard and personal friend, let us not forget, of Margeret Thatcher, Augusto Pinochet who took over the country. I love Dick Gaughan's version of Victor Jara of Chile.

Drugstore - El President

Dick Gaughan - Victor Jara Of Chile 

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Better Late Than Never

I'm only a few days late with this but it's worth it. This was first heard live from Peel Acres on Peel's Burns Night Special on the 22/01/2004.

Of a' the airts the wind can blaw,
I dearly like the West,
For there the bonnie lassie lives,
The lassie I lo.e the best.
There wild woods grow, and rivers row,
And monie a hill's between:
But day and night my fancy's flight
Is ever wi' my Jean

I see her in the dewy flowers,
I see her sweet and fair;
I hear her in the tunefu' birds,
I hear her charm the air;
There's not a bonnie flower that springs
By fountain, shaw, or green;
There's not a bonnie bird that sings, 
But minds me of my Jean.

Camera Obscura - My Bonnie Jean

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

What Happened To Dogs?

I really liked Dogs, I saw them a couple few times in the mid noughties and really enjoyed both albums. They were extremely good live and in Johnny Cooke had a very charismatic front men. After the release of the second album, Tall Stories From Under The Stairs in 2007 they disappeared, they resurfaced in 2010 with a cd ep entitled We Are The Dogs and then disappeared for good. Tarred and Feathered was the band's fourth single released in 2005.

Dogs - Tarred And Feathered

Monday, 26 January 2015

I've Fallen In Love

Today's slice of soul comes courtesy of the Atlantic subsiduary Cotillion label act  C & the Shells, C being Calvin White and the Shells being Andrea Bolden and Lonzine Wright. Prior to signing to the label they recorded for Calla under the name the Sandpebbles. The song an everyday story of a girl falling for the wrong, ie married man was written and produced by Jerry (Swamp Dog) Williams.


C & The Shells - I've Fallen In Love

Friday, 23 January 2015

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance

SA's excellent week of posts on the work of the legends that were New Order has inspired me to re-post something from the early days of the blog featuring my favourite track from the band.  Well that and if I am honest, the fact that nothing else has popped into my head for posting today.

Have a good weekend people. I will be mostly trying to get the house into some semblance of order having had a new kitchen fitted this week.

It's a dreich Monday night around the middle of October 1987 and I'm standing in the Mudd Club at the Ritzy in Aberdeen, surrounded by students having a good time and getting legless as students do on a Monday or any other day of the week for that matter. I on the other hand am neither happy nor drunk, I am like the weather that night miserable.

I have just returned to Aberdeen after spending the last weekend with my long term girlfriend as on Thursday she is emigrating to Australia. Her father in his infinite wisdom has decided to up root his family due to a selfish dream of living in a land down under.

Into the bargain I am also realizing that this student life is not all it's cracked up to be. Along with the freedom of living away from home comes the dubious pleasures of shit digs, even shittier food and penury.

Then out of the blue this track comes on and I grab a friend and dance. For nearly 7 minutes all of the crap feelings I have been carrying around with me for what then seemed like forever are lifted and I'm smiling and dancing with not a care in the world (without the aid of a disco biscuit).

The healing power of dance music.

New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle (12" version)

Thursday, 22 January 2015

In My Life

I don't listen to the Brian Jonestown Massacre nearly as much as I should. Not quite sure why but I keep forgetting about them but when I do stick something on I invariably end up listening to the whole album. 'In My Life' comes from the band's third album 'Take It From The Man' from 1996.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre - In My Life

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

How Good Is This?

I'm not a huge fan of Laura Marling, in the past I have liked a few songs that I have heard which led me to purchase the first couple of albums but if the truth be told I haven't listened to them much. The tracks I do play quite frequently are New Romantic and Young Love the Mystery Jets song she guests on. Last weekend I heard Short Movie on the Huey Morgan song and have been on Youtube quite a lot over the weekend playing the song. I do hope that this is released as a single.