Monday, 18 February 2019
Today's long song comes courtesy of the band that MES plundered for musicians to replace the "traitors, liars and cunts" that left him and Eleni mid way through an American tour, Darker My Love. I don't know the story of how he co-opted Tim Presley (guitar) and Rob Barbato (bass) along with drummer Orpheo McCord into the Fall but he did and brought the musicians back to Britain where I was lucky enough to see them a few times live and they also recorded very good late period Fall record. Today's track is from a set of gigs that Darker MY Love performed during July after the Fall USA tour had been concluded and a couple of weeks before "the dudes" as Smith referred to the Americans as joined the Fall in the UK to continue the planned dates over here The nights were recorded and released on cd, three of which contain absolutely blistering cover's of Can's Mother Sky, it was a difficult job to pick a version to post today as they are all equally as powerful but I think the the one posted illustrates the incredible sounds that Presley can get out of a guitar and the power of Barbato's bass which both enhanced the sound of the Fall hugely for the brief period when they were in the band and also shaped the future sound that they would take. However there was no way that Tim Presley would have lasted long in the Fall, as he was partial of doing that rockist thing of soloing and looking like a lead guitarist thing that Smith highly disapproved of but jeez, he was good.
Box does not seem to want to upload my music at present so you will have to make do with the YouTube clip, sorry.
Box now working correctly, download below
Darker My Love - Mother Sky (Live at Spaceland)
Wednesday, 13 February 2019
When Donald Tusk last week pondered the "special place in hell" for the liars, charlatans and little Englanders behind the Leave campaign in Britain who promised the earth in 2016 but are now stockpiling body bags and getting the Army ready for the 29th of March, he had me reaching for Curtis Mayfield's first solo album from 1970. It was the title of the opening track " (Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below Then We're All Going To Go" that immediately sprung to mind. It has been a while since I played this absolutely amazing album, so I sat down and listened to it and then I listened to it again. I had fully intended to post that first track with it's state of the nation for the African American at the turn of the 70s lyrics, which I will eventually get round to posting, But at the moment with all the negativity around I think we should all take time and listen to something a bit more positive :-
Wild and free is the way I want to Be
Making a new day
Leading in a new way
Respect for those people
Power to the people
Curtis Mayfield - Wild and Free
Tuesday, 12 February 2019
I apologise for the crackle and pops on this record, you would be forgiven for thinking that this record was over twenty years old as opposed to one that was released in 2016. I can only think that it is crap vinyl as it can't have been played more than half a dozen times before it was ripped. But it's one of those clear splattered things. I really do wish that record companies would go back to just pressing on black vinyl.
Anyway, the track is from The Cult of Free Love's as yet only album which apart from the issues with the vinyl is very good. The band or collective hail from North Wales and I was first alerted to them via Swiss Adam's posting of one of Weatherall's radio shows where he played Love Is All There is off their split 10" single. They had a limited single on 5" lathe cut , which I assume is just a small single.
The Cult of Free Love - Guru Lover
Monday, 11 February 2019
This isn't the version of this tune that I was going to post today but I realised too late last might that I hadn't ripped the original version of 1960 What. This is something I have noticed a lot this weekend as I was going to do a garage/psych compilation on Saturday but half of the tracks that I wanted to include weren't in iTunes or on the Rips1 folder either.
Anyway, the lyrics of 1960 What relate to the death of Martin Luther King Jr in Memphis and of the riots in Detroit but I'm not sure if this refers to the major riots of the summer of 1967 when 42 people were killed. 1189 were injured and over 7000 people arrested or the riots that took place after the assassination of Dr King which not only took place in Detroit but many of the major cities in the USA. The lyrics convey the despondency that must have been felt by all black Americans in the racism and turmoil of the late 60s America.
The mix posted is by the Italian musician Geraldo Frisina that came out in a limited pressing a few months after the original and I was lucky to get my hands on it. It isn't earth shatteringly different from the original but is a bit bouncier and latin tinged. There is a further slightly shorter "re-rub" by Swedish producer Opolopo which is even more dancefloor focused.
Gregory Porter - 1960 What? (Geraldo Frisina Cuban Soul mix)
Saturday, 9 February 2019
A couple of weeks ago when posting 7 Ways To Love I mentioned a mixtape I had back in the early 90s that was filled with Balearic goodness that I thought that I would try and replicate in some way. I fully intended to make an actual tape using turntable and tape deck but don't have any blank tapes, I could have taped over one of the ones in the cupboard I suppose or paid a fortune on eBay for some but I that would be pointless as then I would have to buy a Walkman if I wanted to listen to the tape anywhere but the dining room. So yesterday once I turned the work laptop off I decided to download some mixing software and give it a go.
Below is the result of my first effort put together in under an hour just using the basics, hopefully I will get better with time and practice although some would say that that never happened when I had two turntables and a mixer a long time ago. The tracks I know are all a bit obvious but it's okay.
Dove - Fallen (Darkest Hour)/Orchestra JB - Come Alive (Love In London mix)//The Aloof - Never Get Out Of The Boat (Gosh mix)/Voices of Africa - Hoomba Hoomba/Orchestra JB - Free Spirit (Slow Burn)/Orbital - Belfast/Primal Scream - Come Together (Weatherall)/Saint Etienne - Kiss And Make Up (Midsummer Madness)
Rough Mix #1
Picture is the sun going down over the Sound of Jura as seen from Machrihanish, who needs the Café Del Mar when you can have the Machrihanish Caravan Park
Friday, 8 February 2019
It was not my intention to post a series of cover versions this week it just sort of happened like that, one song led to another in my skewed head but yesterday I began to think of dance cover versions and there have been some horrendous techno and hard house interpretations of truly awful songs over the years but thankfully the first record that popped into my head was the Style Council's cover of Promised Land from 1989 and from there it wasn't much of a leap to today's track.
Nine year's after Weller's somewhat surprising (for me at least) take on the Joe Smooth classic it was the turn of house music to return the favour when Terry Farley and Pete Heller in their Fire Island guise covered one of the Style Council's finest moments, Shout To The Top, not only that but they enlisted the talents of the disco legend Loleatta Holloway to provide vocals in her distinctive style that resulted in a joyous piece of uptempo bass driven house. The track came with mixes from Club 69, Industry Standard, Roach Motel (Farley and Heller under another moniker) and Frankie Knuckles but for me the extended original Fire Island mix is the one.
After last week's disappointing 2-2 draw against Dumbarton, Airdrie should have been three nil up by half time but threw away the lead on two occasions, One thing that was apparent was that the young (18year old) Declan Glass is a bit special, unfortunately he is just on loan to the end of the season from Dundee United but I look forward to watching him up until then.
Tomorrow the Diamonds head up to Forfar who are two places and 6 points above Airdrie in fourth in the league table, where Airdrie need to be to get into the play-offs which could be a tall order unless they play a lot more consistently than they have done over recent weeks hopefully some of young Glass's skill may rub off on some of the others. Nothing short of a victory will do tomorrow.
Have a good weekend people.
Fire Island featuring Loleatta Holloway - Shout To The Top (Fire Island extended mix)
Thursday, 7 February 2019
Another very good proponent of the well chosen cover version are Camera Obscura who are great at taking well known upbeat pop songs and giving them a Glasgow twist, ie making them thoroughly glorious but fucking miserable, check out the covers of Super Trooper, Some Guys Have All The Luck and Modern Girl for examples of this art. However I want to post a particularly despondent version of an already downbeat song.
Tougher Than The Rest was originally recorded by Bruce Springsteen on 1987's Tunnel of Love album and album that doesn't get that much of an airing in this house as regularly as other bits of Springsteen's output, not sure why that is but Tracyanne and her crew's version was released on the b-side of 2009's single Sweetest Thing.
Covers don't get much better than this in my book.
Camera Obscura - Tougher Than The Rest
Wednesday, 6 February 2019
Even in the days when I really didn't like Elvis and conformed to the insane view that he was a joke, a stooge or even a simple, rascist as Chuck D believed I had a soft spot for In The Ghetto, I would never admit it to anyone, well not until I was nineteen and started not giving a fuck what others thought of the music I liked. I was in my late twenties before I heard Candi Staton's version of the Mac Davis penned tale of the short life of an unnamed "young man" in the projects of Chicago, and it blew me away as I never thought that anybody would ever come close to Elvis's rendition, Certainly the versions I had heard up until that point by Nick Cave, Chris Clark, Beats International or The Blizzard King, one of Bill Drummond's made up Finnish artists on his post KLF Kalevala label couldn't lay a glove on what is the original but the version recorded at Muscle Shoals and released as single in 1972 is as near as it gets.
Candi Staton - In The Ghetto
Tuesday, 5 February 2019
Monday, 4 February 2019
We are on a trip this morning, well the young woman sampled on Everything Is All You've Got" is, as the sampled dialogue is of her description of her experiences on LSD. I love this track, it is the opening track on Minilogue's 2013 album Blomma which contains 5 lengthy tunes only one of which is under 12 minutes, is an absolute joy to listen to and incredibly was laid down live.
Minilogue - Everything Is All You've Got
Saturday, 2 February 2019
I know that there are a lot worse things happening in the world than the death of a pet. Jez over at A History of Dubious Taste is mourning the death of his little brother, Llyr, for one. But I feel that I need to record and acknowledge somewhere the life and death of Luca as it has had more of an affect upon me than I imagined it would have done, if I had imagined the prospect at all. I keep telling myself, he was only a cat and he wasn't here for that long, pull yourself together. I suspect this is the reason it took me so long to come round to the idea of having more pets after Baxter's final trip to the vet a little over four years ago. But last Monday just after three pm Luca was killed right outside the house after being struck by some vehicle or other. Only minutes before I arrived back with Leo from school. Luckily for us but not for L she had just returned from a funeral just before us.
When I think about it, it was inevitable just the previous morning as I was coming back from getting the Sunday paper I had to roar at him as he shot across the road when he saw me and followed me back to the house leaping over the walls of the front gardens of the three houses on the way home. Out of our back there are loads of gardens, the extensive chapel grounds and quieter streets but ever since he and his brother could get out, there was something that attracted him over that busy main road. I hoped that in time he would lose interest or get the road sense that the previous two cats had but it was not to be. He was always reckless, last summer Lynn called me out the back to point him out up on top of next door's roof on the chimney stack being divebombed by pigeons. He had jumped from the garage onto the pitched roof and climbed up to get at them.
He was Leo's cat, if a cat ever really belongs to anyone. Leo was the one that picked him out from the other 12 kittens only 18 months ago, gave him the most attention and fussed over him. Luca was always a bit more aloof with the rest of us, he may have wanted petting but you would be the one that would have to go to him, that was unless you were Leo in which case he plonked himself down either beside you or on your lap. It is heartbreaking to watch a ten year old grieve for his pet and his "best friend who always cheered me up if I was feeling down or not well". I have been told that it's all part of life for a child but I was hoping he wouldn't have to deal with this for a good few years yet. It was also a first for me as I never had to dig a hole in the garden before and bury a beloved pet, that was my dad's job but that's me now I suppose.
Anyway, farewell Luca you were much loved and brought a lot of joy in your short time with us, especially to one small boy and his dad if I'm being truthful. You are and will continue to be missed not least by your brother (Hugo) who is a bit lost at the moment.
Meursault - He Was A Friend of Mine
Monday, 28 January 2019
Today was always going to be a version of John Coltrane Stereo Blues the only thing to decide was what one of the 5 different versions of the track was it going to be mega long Steve Wynn, solo version or one of the three other live versions of the track. That was until I realised on Saturday that I hadn't ripped the version from the live 12" that came out for RSD last year, so I decided to rip the whole ep and when I did another track sounded better in the headphones. The slow. languid, echoey groove of How I Found Myself Here was just perfect for my mood at the weekend. I am not as familiar with this track as I am with John Coltrane Stereo Blues, as it comes from the 2017 reunion album which I didn't get around to buying at the time as it being the band's first new material in 29 years I didn't really have high hopes for it and it quickly fell off of my radar. It is on the strength of this back in my sights and on the list.
The Dream Syndicate - How Did I Find Myself Here (Live)
Friday, 25 January 2019
A bit of Portuguese tech-house remixed by French Duo Discodeine and released on their label, Dark & Lovely, proper European partnership going on here. I know nothing about this but bought it when I was going through my obsession with all things Pilooski and Dark & Lovely. It throbs away in a good way not like when you rattle your thumb with a hammer.
Last week's Scottish Cup game was not the slaughtering that had been expected, indeed just before half time the Celtic keeper pulled off not one but four excellent saves in rapid succession denying the Diamonds of a goal. Second half was a bit backs to the wall stuff but we came away with a three nil defeat, not as bad as a couple of encounters Motherwell have had recently with Celtic, as I overheard Leo telling his mates over the PS4 when I take it he was getting a pure slagging at the result. From the radio commentary and the highlights on telly last Saturday night (it's been a long time since the Diamonds have been on Sportscene) the team played exceptionally well, especially the defence and midfield as was essential and the keeper, well let's just say he's a keeper in the other sense of the word, no matter what the horrors on social media say about him and Airdrie in general.
Tomorrow it's back to league action away to Stenhousemuir. Although Stenhousemuir are sitting bottom of the table, that doesn't really go for much in this league and I expect that it will be a tough game. I am trying to persuade Leo to go with me tomorrow but he's not into it at the moment, we shall see.
Have a good weekend people.
Photonz - Trembler (Discodeine remix)
Thursday, 24 January 2019
Tomorrow sees the official release of an early contender for album of the year, Sister John, the eponymous second album from the band, Like its predecessor the songs on this album have a warmth which for me has a lot to do with the sound of Jonathan Lilley's guitar which has echoes of a bygone age. Quite a few of the songs have a darker edge to them than those on the debut, Returned From Sea but not enough for this album to come across as depressing. On the press release there is a comparison made to post Nico Velvets and I can kind of see where that is coming from but if I were to make a comparison it would be as a less chilly Trinity Sessions era Cowboy Junkies without harmonica, added strings and all original material that was partly recorded at home and not in a church. I've had this album for over a month now and it gets better with repeated plays and was the perfect soundtrack to L and my late night biscuits and cheese on Christmas night. It would be really hard to pick favourites from the 11 tracks but at the moment The Other Side Of Love and I'm The One in particular are doing it for me at the moment.
Yet again Sister John and Last Night From Glasgow, the world's first crowd funded not for profit record label deliver a stunning album. This records deserves to sell shed loads and can be ordered here.
Sister John - I'm The One
Tuesday, 22 January 2019
A couple of posts by other blogger's yesterday is responsible for today's track. First up was SA's over at the Bagging Area where he had posted a belter of a track (aren't they all) by Beastie Boys which got me thinking about Luscious Jackson and then I headed over to the Swede's bit where he had an excellent bit of Scandi Kosmiche called Propeller Propulsion by Swedish four piece Automatism. So after I turned off the lap top I rooted around in the Indie/Hip/Hop/Baggy 12" single cupboard for the Propellerheads heads remix of Naked Eye by the first signing to the Beasties Grand Royal label.
If the truth be told I was rather underwhelmed after playing it, it's alright don't get me wrong but just not as good as I remember it being. That could have something to do with the intervening 23 years, fuck, TWENTY FUCKING THREE years! Unless my memory is totally screwed I did always prefer the British Big Beat duo's remix but now the original mix is the one that's doing it for me. Tastes change I suppose.
Tomorrow I'm going to give Fever In Fever Out, the album Naked Eye comes from a spin. It the present time I have no recollection of any of the other tracks from it! Old age does not come itself.
Luscious Jackson - Naked Eye ( Propellerheads remix)
Luscious Jackson - Naked Eye
Monday, 21 January 2019
I was in two minds whether to post this as the album that this track is the main piece of is getting a long awaited re-release at the beginning of next month. It will be remastered and so will sound a lot better than the download below and although this track is the longest thing on the album, it works better as part of the whole than a standalone piece, although it does work like this which is why I'm not sure whether to invest in the cd or the vinyl as this is one of those things I think should be listened to in full.
The circumstances around the production of this extraordinary piece of music are quite unique. In 1999 Paddy McAloon was all but blind due to detached retinas making him spend a lot of time housebound during which he listened to a lot of shortwave radio broadcasts mainly talk shows and phone-ins. He began to record bits of these broadcasts and started to incorporate these recordings into the music that he was composing at the time adding some TV and television samples along with spoken word passages from the radio shows narrated by Yvonne Connors and Paddy McAloon singing on one of the tracks. The orchestration is lovely. especially the trumpet and strings. This is probably as far from what you expect from A Prefab Sprout album as you are going to get and when it originally came out it was credited to McAloon alone, however the re-release comes out under the Prefab Sprout moniker. I think that everybody's collection will be all the better for having this in it.
Paddy McAloon - I Trawl The Megahertz
Friday, 18 January 2019
How about a bit of Spanish techno to brighten up your Friday? I say Spanish but that is an assumption, Agony Forces may not be but the label certainly is. I bought this when it came out and am really surprised that that was way back in 2013, I thought that this was from a couple of years ago at the most. The original mix of Kibera, is a very good piece of minimal tech house, however I prefer the throbbing mix by Italian producer Ness which just builds and builds but unfortunately finishes after just under 7 minutes which is a bit of a disappointment. I could imagine this being in a Slam set.
Well, tomorrow is the big one. Can the not so mighty Diamonds stop the treble treble from occurring. I think that we all know the answer to that one. But don't even jokingly suggest such a thing on Twitter as you will be greeted with a load of abuse regarding your religious persuasion, be accused of sectarianism, told that you don't really support Airdrie and that your club/town is worthless and pointless. Some people really need to get some perspective but then again I see my football club as just that a football club, not a family. or a "way" of life and it certainly does not shape my thinking or perspective on everything else. I know, my bad.
Anyway, after last week's draw with Raith Rovers, a match where according to JC, Airdrie had 11 men behind the ball all match, not the same game as I watched but there you go, to say I am not confident about the 4th round of the Scottish Cup tomorrow would be an understatement but miracles can happen but not very often in Lanarkshire. If we can keep it below 5 nil I will be happy, as I don't think that a score line like that will have any lasting trauma for Leo as he has experienced such a humping previously but any more than that and I will be worried for the wee man.
Have a good weekend people and 'moan the Diamonds!
Agony Forces - Kibera
Wednesday, 16 January 2019
What do you get if you splice a stone cold classic piece of soul with one of the most sampled pieces of music ever? You get an extremely funky three and a bit minutes of pure class. Daytoner, the producer from the West Country has come up with the goods once again. The soul track is Lou Rawls Dead End Street and the other is Apache by the Incredible Bong Band and they go together beautifully.
Daytoner - Apache Stree
Tuesday, 15 January 2019
As you will be aware if you have read this for any length of time I am a big fan of Nick Waterhouse, his 60s insprired R&B, blue-eyed soul and on the last album downright jazzy grooves are right up my street. So the prospect of a new album was greeted with great joy in these parts and a sneak preview copy for my personal listening pleasure was much appreciated, thanks Ellie. You will be pleased to hear that it is another belter, yet again conjuring up images of dim light clubs, sharp suited guys and mini skirted girls with bobs but that may just be me. It will be released on the 8th of March from all good record shops or wherever you get your downloads from.
Those of you in Manchester, London and a handful of other European cities pissed off that once again no Glasgow show ! I had the opportunity to see the man live and can thoroughly recommend him as back in September 2014 he was absolutely magic at King Tuts although the place was half empty maybe why he hasn't ventured back to Scotland but it was one of my gigs of the year, for the cover of Pass The Hatchet alone. Jesus, four and a bit years ago.
Monday, 14 January 2019
I have seen this lot a wheen of times over the last eleven years and only once have they been anything less than excellent live but that gig was at the Arches where the sound for bands at least was always a bit hit or miss and the crowd that night didn't seem to be particularly into it. Not sure if they are still active as a band, there hasn't been anything from them since, for me anyway the extremely disappointing Dope Machines in 2015. The first time I saw them was in November way back in 2008 when they were supporting Frightened Rabbit in the Wah Wah Hut. I didn't expect that much but if the headliners had been anybody other than the Frabbits they would have blown them away with their short set, what made it even more amazing was that that had been their thirtieth gig in 31 days! Not sure if Innocence was played that night, I think it was but it was at the following gig at King Tuts that ended with the band in the crowd and the crowd dancing on the stage, including one Prof Clark or Comrade Colin as he's known to many bloggers. It is a firm highlight of the live set and therefore a live version seems appropriate.
Airborne Toxic Event - Innocence (Live At The Walt Disney Concert Hall)
Friday, 11 January 2019
I got bored of this pretty quickly back in the day just as well that as it seemed there were loads of great new tunes coming out on a weekly basis. However when it came on randomly during the week the deepest gloom of the first week back at work in January very nearly lifted and I was back in loose fitting jeans and my lovely red nubuck Wallabees. During the festering period I had a morning afternoon when everything I played seemed to come from 1991 this would have fitted right in but it didn't even occur to me to dig this out. I think over the weekend I may try and replicate the mixtape that I had at the tail end of 1991 which had things like Dove, Fallen, Let's Kiss And Make Up, Hoomba Hoomba and Never Get Out Of The Boat.
The third meeting between Raith Rovers of the season has come around quickly. Can the Diamonds make it 4 wins on the bounce? It would be good to go into the Scottish Cup game on the back of a successful run of matches, then the inevitable slaughtering will not be so bad. I will be meeting up with JC to get the Stuttgart scarf that Walter so kindly brought over for Leo when he was here at the tail end of last year. Leo will not be in attendance however as it is his birthday so he and 9 friends are going to the Edinburgh Dungeon and then a sleep over at ours, deep joy. It could have been worse, L suggested taking them all to the football which I successfully convinced her was not the best idea in the world,
Have a good weekend [people
Cola Boy - 7 Ways To Love (original white label version)
Thursday, 10 January 2019
The Coral were one of the highlights of last year's Electric Fields for me. Not something that I thought would be the case beforehand, however their mix of Psychedelia , Pop and Kraut grooves really hit the spot. One of the best songs of the set was Holy Revelation from 2016's Distance Inbetween where they nearly faithfully produced this version which was remixed by Andy Votel and released as a limited 12" white label. The band's 2018 album Move Through The Dawn very nearly made my albums of the year but lost points due to the cover alone, which is so bad it has to be a piss take. Why anybody would have wanted a picture disc of it is really beyond me.
The Coral - Holy Revelation (Andy Votel's Holy Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues De-mix)
Tuesday, 8 January 2019
When I started this blog with the intention of giving me something to do in the wee small hours when I would be wide awake due to being on feeding duties with our second child, who would make his first appearance in the world four days after I kicked off this thing, I wasn't sure it would last the month, never mind getting passed Leo's teething, walking, talking, growing into the bit of a gobshite he is becoming at the moment. But ten years, bloody hell, that was never on the cards. In recent years there have been a few occasions when it has been difficult to keep it going, especially this last summer when I rashly decided to jack it in completely but here I am, a decade of inflicting what I believe (in my arrogant opinion as L would say), is music that "needs" to be heard, the odd piece of self-indulgent navel gazing and more than a few pointless rants on those few of you who have persevered.
There could only be one song really. Recently I was wondering why nobody had ever covered this and then I said to myself "don't ever tempt fate like that again".
The Pale Fountains - . . . From Across The Kitchen Table (Original)
The Pale Fountains - . . . From Across The Kitchen Table (7" version)
The Pale Fountains - . . . From Across The Kitchen Table (12" version)
Monday, 7 January 2019
"Back to pit boots and purridge" as an old uncle used to say at the end of the holidays.
At present I am reading the final book in Stuart Cosgrove's soul trilogy, Harlem 69 and very good it is too. Today's artist, Donny Hathaway features prominently in the book which got me reaching for the extremely reasonably priced 5 album cd boxset I bought a few years back. A must for anybody with even a passing interest in this extremely talented but much troubled composer/arranger/musician/singer who tragically died way too soon when he took his own life in January 1979 at the age of 33.
The Ghetto was Hathaway's first single, taken from his debut album Everything Is Everything. The song is probably Hathaway's most enduring solo recording filled with social consciousness and which I think introduced the concept of "the ghetto" within black culture and was not to intended to be a negative but truthful portrayal of the vibrant, sometimes dangerous but continually happening neighbourhood around Howard University where Hathaway and the song's co-writer Leroy Hutson lived when they composed this wonderful track when still students at the university. The version posted is for the excellent 1972 album Live. Where this amazing bit of jazzy funk magic is nearly doubled in length but could easily go on for a further 12 minutes without ever getting boring. On the album there is also a brilliant drawn out interpretation of the debut album's title track which is equally as good as the version of the Ghetto. What is really great about this live album is that it manages to retain the feeling of fun from the band and crowd that was obviously going on and also gives you the impression that this would have been one heck of a groovy evening to have witnessed.
Donny Hathaway - The Ghetto (live)