Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Down to Manchester for a couple of days. Not got much to say so here is a track from the MES and Mouse on Mars collaboration remixed by Pilooski.
While on the subject of Smith, doesn't look like there will be any new material from the Fall released this year, alas.
Von Sudenfed - The Rhinohead (Pilooski Edit)
Monday, 29 September 2014
Not too sure if that's better than purring down the phone, you will have to ask Dave.
I know absolutely nothing about this song apart from it's a belter, a bit rare and came out on the Uptown label in 1967.
Maria Tynes - The Queen Is On Her Knees
Sunday, 28 September 2014
Saturday, 27 September 2014
I've probably regaled you with this story before but during the early nineties I was an avid collector of James Lavelle's Mo Wax label and pretty much collected everything on the label from MW014, Shadow's In Flux up until MW078 , Cavern by Liquid Liquid, with a smattering of the first thirteen and it must be said to diminishing returns. You never knew what you were going to get some of it was astounding a lot of it alright and some absolute pish but it was always worth a listen and the covers always looked as cool as fuck.
Most of the Mo Wax along with the a lot of the Junior Boys Own, Soma and others went in the great iPod funding sell off of 2003, a memory that still brings me out in a cold sweat. Why I kept the Saberettes releases is a mystery to me now but I digress. Anyway along with In Flux, Clubbed to Death and a few others I kept a rather strange 10" double pack single from French musicians La Funk Mob who would later evolve into Cassuis, I'm not quite sure how you would classify the music contained on the two pieces of vinyl and I'm not even going to try, it's just very very good especially through headphones. It has a couple of classy remixes from a couple of the best Techno producers of the time, well of all time really. My intention was to post the Carl Craig mix of Ravers Suck Our Sound but when I listened to the record this morning I decided that the Ritchie Hawtin track was the one I was digging.
It really does do what it says on the cover "breaking boundaries, messing up heads"
La Funk Mob - Motorbass Get Funked Up (Ritchie Hawtin mix)
Friday, 26 September 2014
Let's get back to the dance music with a very old school, ground breaking, sampletastic piece of vinyl from 1988. Beat Dis could be heard everywhere at the time and spent a lot of time on my turntable although back then I just called it a record player.
The track was the product of a very talented young producer called Tim Simenon who on the back of this record ended up on the front cover of NME a huge feat at that time for someone who wore a baseball cap and didn't play a guitar. The track is supposed to consist of seventy two samples, I wouldn't know as I have never tried to identify them and count them. I think that it still sounds pretty good.
Have a good weekend people.
Bomb The Bass - Beat Dis (Extended Dis)
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
From 1978 until the release of of Yo Frankie in 1989, Dion Di Mucci released nothing but gospel music. He had recorded an album's worth of secular music which languished unreleased until ACE records released it in 1990 under the title Fire In The Night. It sounds a bit dated now but yesterday for some reason I couldn't get this track out of my head and thought that it was worth an airing.
Warning contains saxophone! Not one for you JC
Dion - We Don't Talk Anymore
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Dark Days is a documentary made by British film maker Marc Singer about a group of people who live in an abandoned part of the New York Subway system, a place that has been renamed the Freedom Tunnel. The film is sountracked with music from DJ Shadow's Endtroducing and his UNKLE collaborations. He also wrote and performed the theme for the film. which was released on 7" and cd single in the US in 2000. For me it is right up there with his best work.
I have posted both sides of the single as the b side with the vocal samples from the documentary is well worth having as well.
DJ Shadow - Dark Days (Main Theme)
DJ Shadow - Dark Days (Spoken For Mix)
Monday, 22 September 2014
A couple of weeks ago I put up a youtube clip of Nick Waterhouse's live rendition of Pass The Hatchet and said that I would post the original later. So here it is in it's full glory both parts 1 and 2.
Pass The Hatchet was the first record to be released on New Orleans label Seven B. The rather sparse vocals are the dulcet tones of Eddie Bo. The track had already been completed when he added his yelps and exclamations. Roger & the Gypsies were actually Earl Stanley and The Stereos incognito.
The original single is as rare as hens teeth, my copy comes from the excellent Jazzman 3x7" comp that came out in 2012 which I bought initially for the flip side of this single "From This Day On" also by Eddie Bo that I had first heard on the DJ Shadow/Cut Chemist mix Brainfreeze. The set is well worth seeking out as all of six tracks are essential.
Roger & The Gypsies - Pass The Hatchet
Sunday, 21 September 2014
Saturday, 20 September 2014
Friday, 19 September 2014
Don't feel too much like dancing today bit gutted if you want to know the truth but I will get over it. As others have said there should be no bitterness and no recrimination, well apart from at the ballot box next year, possibly.
Good turnout tho', let's hope we keep up the engagement.
Beth Orton - I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Well, it's all over bar the crossing of boxes and god knows what the result will be tomorrow. I only hope that whatever the outcome we can all come together again and get on with things . What is certain, and this has become something of a cliche over the past wee while, is that things up here will never be the same again. The last few months has seen engagement the likes of which I have never seen before and not just from the usual suspects, it seems that everybody has thought about it and has an opinion.
One night last week Leo and I were up at the swing park at the Loch and as I watched the boy on the zip wire I heard snippets of the discussion a couple in their mid fifties were having as they walked round the loch and you guessed it they were talking about the pros and cons of independence. Everywhere you go, in the shops, pubs, restaurants and even the play parks it has been the topic of conversation which can only be a good thing.
I just wish that the politicians could have conducted themselves as well as the general public have. Shame on you, Jim Murphy, for trying to instill fear in people with your talk of intimidation and threats of violence which Police Scotland have refuted several times. You got egged, get over it. There are heidbangers everywhere and always will be but there has been less violence and threatening behaviour over this than your average hate fest that masquerades as a local football derby in Glasgow. Granted there hasn't been one of those for a while but you get my point.
Up until a few months ago I was a pretty unswithering pro-union person. I always considered myself British first and Scottish a very close second. Growing up I believed that Westminster wasn't perfect but it was the best of the alternatives and if we could just get the Tories out of power then things would get better. My views began to alter after Blair came to power but his government did give us devolution. Since 2010 my faith in the parliamentary system has been eroded but I was still opposed to Nationalism and to misquote Samuel Johnson I thought that it was the last refuge of the scoundrel. But, recently things started to change. With the announcement that that "nasty piece of work" Johnson would be standing for parliament again in 2015 with a good chance of becoming the next Tory Leader and god forbid PM. Also Nigel Farage may well be on the green benches, soon. Christ! we have some tossers in Hollyrood but those two and Gideon take the biscuit and I'm not sure I want to be part of a country that elects the likes of them.
The No campaign by definition was always going to be negative, the "better together" title a bit of a misnomer from the start, however over the last weeks of the campaign they sunk to new lows in their negativity and misinformation. The tone became increasingly condescending and I began to be more than slightly annoyed that my fellow countrymen and women were being told that they just didn't understand what they were saying "yes" to, we didn't understand the consequences and the Westminster nest featherers knew what was best for us along with the bankers and big business none of whom are high up in the trustworthy charts. When you start inferring that people are stupid and threaten them it tends to get their backs up.
As you may have gathered from the previous couple of paragraphs I am now a "turncoat", an "insular", "parochial" , tartan wearing, haggis chomping, Flower of Scotland singing numpty. But I'm not though, well apart from being partial to a bit of offal wrapped in a sheep's stomach. I like to think of myself as a progressive outward looking social democrat who believes in equality for all, not just the ruling classes.
No I haven't had all of my questions answered from the "Yes" campaign but then again we can't really be sure of what will happen if we remain part of the UK. Prior to 2010 nobody would have contemplated the austerity that we have had to endure on this island and since 2008 can you really have faith in anything economic forecasters say. Over the last wee while I have come to the realisation that it is not all about money anyway. Yes we need to have a strong economy but I do believe that we have the people, skills base and industries to flourish.
It finally dawned on me that they just don't get it. We don't want to govern ourselves because we hate the English and we don't just want to give the Tories a good fucking kicking although messers Cameron and Osbourne could probably do with one (that was an attempt at humour not a directive). We want to be grown ups, we want to be taken seriously and we also want a better society for ourserlves, our children our neighbours and every one living in Scotland. Not to have to ask those that hold the purse strings "please can we have some more" of the revenue that we create while being told by the press and others that we are a nation of scroungers. Also we don't want to have that "first strike" weapon of mass destruction, Trident, thirty miles from our largest center of population.
What alternative have we been offered from Better Together? Frst it was the status quo. We were told "devomax" was a non starter from the beginning but with less than a fortnight to go we were promised by good old Gordy that we would get all we wanted, a promise neither he nor the party leaders in Westminster are in a position to give us anyway. As for a vision of the future, that is sadly lacking at the moment in these isles, if it does exist it seems to me to be "fortress Britian" cutting itself off from those benefit scrounging foreigners or greedy corrupt Europeans while swilling warm beer and singing "Rule Britannia". I for one do not wish to be part of that.
One last thing, if anybody has bothered to read this rubbish this far, I have been really disappointed in the biased coverage of the BBC. I argued with Billy Bragg and others on Twitter a few months ago that they were being a bit paranoid about the coverage and that it seemed to me to be quite fair but as the weeks have passed I have noticed with alarm just how one sided the coverage has become which has saddened me no end as when you can no longer believe the reporting of the BBC then you are left with absolutely no broadcaster you can trust
So today I will be putting my cross next to yes and hoping that I will wake up tomorrow in a brave new world full of possibilities and a new nation that I and the other five million residents of Scotland can help shape into something that will be no utopia but will be more inclusive and fair than the one we have left. Just don't ask me to sing "Flower of Scotland", please!
As for those we have left behind, it is for you to organise, lobby and vote to shape the country that you wish to live in.
Sae come aa ye at hame wi freedom,
Never heed whit the houdies crock fir doom
In yer hoos aa the barins o Adam
will find breid, barley-bree an paintit rooms
Hamish Henderson 1960
So come all ye who love freedom
Pay no attention to the prophets of doom
In your house all the children of Adam
Will be welcomed with food, drink and clean bright accomodation
Paul Williams - Give A Little Love
Disco Evangelists - A New Dawn (Back To The World)