Friday, 27 March 2015

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



 It has been a rather intense week at work and it's not quite over yet, but I do feel as if a valve somewhere inside has been opened and most of the pressure I have been carrying around for the past four months has dissipated. I can't think of a better way to celebrate than a bit of up beat dance music. I was going to post Release The Pressure by Leftfield but that would be a little bit too obvious and it's not uplifting enough.

I have been wondering recently what was going on with the Chemical Brothers as it has been a few years since they last released anything, four to be exact, After a bit of investigation (checking their website) it doesn't look like their will be any new material in the near future there is a "Secret 7" single for Record Shop Day but that is Let Forever Be, from the third album which came out before the millennium,

I've opted to post the Pete Heller mix of Star Guitar from 2001, This was the second single from the fourth album Come With Us. It was their first of their records to be released as a DVD single,

Have a good weekend people,

The Chemical Brothers - Star Guitar (Pete Heller's Expanded mix)

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Don't Need No Easy Glamour



This song has been in my head quite a bit recently. It is just a lovely optimistic song that never fails to put a smile on my face and the album it comes from is a bit special as well.

Edwyn Collins - Make Me Feel Again

Monday, 23 March 2015

Lighten Up Baby



It's Monday so I suppose a bit of soul is the order of the day in these parts. I've got a hellish few days at work to look forward to, something that has been lurking in the background since before Christmas, so roll on Wednesday night when it will be all over. Que Sera Sera as Doris Day might say.

Anyway, back to the music, Lighten Up Baby, not to be confused with "Lightin' Up also by Ty Karim confusingly enough wasn't the track I intended to post today but late last night I realised that I hadn't ripped You Just Don't Know. If the track sounds familiar it may be because the backing track is the same to Somebody Somewhere Needs You, the Ike and Tina version not the Darrell Banks one.

Ty Karim - Lighten Up Baby

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Mellow Sunday



Stiff and I went to see Andy White in a beautiful room in the Art Club during Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival back in January, more of which to come but here is one of the songs that he performed that night. To accompany the song we have the picture of a vaguely Latin looking girl on a scooter.

Andy White - Italian Girls on Mopeds

Friday, 20 March 2015

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



So, I had a few thoughts about replacing this feature during my idleness but couldn't come up with anything better than celebrating the beginning of the weekend with a bit of dance music.

Today's track has been posted before but how often do I get a chance to link a post with an astronomical event so tough, you will just have to live with it.

As I type this it is 09:26 am and it has gone quite dark outside, the sun is about 50% covered and looks extremely eerie through the clouds.

Lemon Interupt - Eclipse

Thursday, 19 March 2015

A Reason to Rejoice



There is to be a new Fall album, the thirty first studio album, called Sublingual Tablet to be released on Cherry Red in May and if the live tracks that are kicking about the internet are anything to go by it will be one of the best in years. The last album Re-Mit was released in 2013 and is okay not a classic but not another Are You Are Missing Winner either. After the gruppe's performance at the 6Music festival I may even revoke my self imposed embargo on going to see them live,

Here is a track from the new album , I don't have a clue what Smith is going on about, are those really the words "curly wurly" that I hear?

The Fall - Dedication Not Medication (Live Gateshead 21-02-15)

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

The Afghan Whigs



So during my enforced absence from blogging I attended a few really good gigs. In fact I've been to more concerts during the first couple of months of 2014 than I did during the previous 6 months. On a very, very cold Tuesday in early February I forced myself into the car and headed to the Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh to see The Afghan Whigs. If I hadn't been taking my mate I might just have stayed at home and listened to a couple of Whigs albums instead. If I had I would have missed a great gig but would probably have saved some of my hearing, jeez it was loud.

I had last seen Dulli and his merry band the previous July in the ABC in Glasgow and although the performance was very good that night the crowd were extremely subdued and the atmosphere therefor a little flat. No such problems in the Liquid Rooms both band and crowd were right up for it. The material was mainly from the latest album Do The Beast but most of the bands other albums were represented and as you would expect from Dulli, there were a few covers some in full, some mixed in with Afghan Whigs songs and a couple where just a couple of lines which has you racking your brains to remember where they are from. The covers are as eclectic as ever from Fleetwood Mac, through Led Zeppelin, Sylvan Esso, Jeff Buckley The Beatles and Bobby Womack.

A word of warning for anyone thinking of going to see the Afghan Whigs or any of Dulli's bands really, he does not take kindly to flash photography at one point he berated a member of the audience about it, the guy stupidly didn't listen and was on the end of the singer's wrath again not two songs later, either a very brave or stupid man as I've always got the impression that Dulli is not a guy to fuck about with.

Here is the final track from the Black Love album, recorded live in London last July on the previous tour, See how long it takes you to realise what the cover is at the beginning of the song.

The Afghan Whigs - Faded

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Twenty Four Years and Counting



Tonight SLF will be playing the Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom for the 24th St Patrick's Night on the bounce. So I thought that it would be only right to post something by the band and this also fits nicely in with SA's recent series on Johnny's many mentions in music.

Stiff Little Fingers - Johnny Was (Live Glasgow Barrowlands 17-03-06)

Monday, 16 March 2015

So In Luv



So what been happening?

I was forced into inactivity when my laptop went into meltdown, literally. The fan stopped working and when I put it in for repair, it was found that bits of it had melted! But they managed to get it going again but then the graphics card decided to give up the ghost. So a new, much cheaper laptop was purchased last week and I'm ready to type pish and force upon you songs that I think are worth a listen once more.

As it's Monday let's have a bit of soul. Here is a cracker of a track originally released on Oakland label Era in 1967 and as is the norm in this Monday slot, that's about all I know about the record.

Enjoy

Othello Robertson - So In Love

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

Coves



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