Monday, 24 June 2019

Monday's Long Song

Those few of you who still visit here don't know how lucky you are today as it was my intention to inflict all 26:30 minutes of a live version of Supper's Ready by Genesis on you. But I decided that to keep any shred of credibility not to mention visitors to this site it would probably be best to keep one of the best examples of prog self indulgence to myself. Turning fifty has had some strange effects on me not least me digging about in the most embarrassing corners of my record collection and listening to things that have not seen the light of day in over thirty years. Ok, there is some pish lurking in there but I can proudly hold my head up and say that at least there is no Queen or U2.

Instead I have decided that you may be a bit more receptive to a bit of Mugstar. The Liverpool band are well known for their lengthy spacerock/kraut inspired journeys, all pounding bass, phasing guitars and metronimic beats and Serra (Distant Sun I) certainly falls into this category. Posted is side one of a limited 12" pressed on green vinyl and remixed by Robert Hampson, one time member of 80s Space Rockers, Loop. The other side Serra (Distant Sun II) is a continuation of the remix of the track from 2010 album Lime and played in it's entirety it's not a bad way to spend 37 + minutes of your time.

Mugstar - Serra (Distant Sun I) 

Friday, 21 June 2019

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance

I had a little bit of a Weatherall fest the other night, two hours of Lord Sabre dubbed up and extended remixes, I got through 4 12" singles in just under two hours.  The tunes had my head nodding and me longing for a time when nearly ever week I heard a new record that either pushed boundaries or inventing a whole new sub genre of dance music, I am only exaggerating slightly here. I decided that I am going to have a Weatherall weekend and will start with the releases that I have on the Sabres of Paradise label.

PT003, Pleasure by SYT has always been a favourite of mine from the label, I remember at the time Mixmag Update describing it as Ancient Arabic themed house or something similar and rated it really highly. It is very deep and dubby and an underrated bit of vinyl in my book.

In other news, only a couple of weeks until the first of the pre-season friendlies which I will unfortunately miss being in Cornwall at the time. As usual there will be nearly a whole new team of players to familiarise ourselves with come the start of the season, so by about Christmas I may be able to identify the whole team.

Have a good weekend people

SYT - Pleasure 

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Let It Ride

I was very late to the party when it comes to today's band, only finding out of their existence last year when I heard Waves from the split single that they brought out with Gloria. I loved the late 60s psych vibe of the song, at that time to be honest I had become quite obsessed with sound of this type, But did I really need to go investigating another band's back catalogue, probably not but I did so anyway. I listened to a few things on YouTube realised that Waves was not a one off and headed for Discogs. I soon discovered that although not a vast back catalogue, it was not going to be cheap. The vinyl was out of the question especially for the first two releases with the cheapest copy of Harmonium at £85.

I decided to start with the first album, Harmonium released in 2009. The album is jam packed with analogue synths, breathy male/female vocals, flutes and some of the best drumming I've heard in a long time. Ok, it harks back to the late 60s and at times sails a bit too close to Stereolab territory but it has a very positive vibe and bright sound which is very welcome at the moment.

Still not sure how I missed this at the time.

The Soundcarriers - Let It Ride

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Dulli Covers

When the Afghan Whigs made their cover of Frank Ocean's Lovercrimes available for download through the band's website  it was almost contemporaneous with the original being less than a year since it appeared on the self released Nostalgia Ultra album. I have to confess that I was not that au fait with the works of R&B singer/songwriter from New Orleans at the time and heard Dulli and Co's version first and I have to admit that I do prefer it to The Ocean original which is a great track but just doesn't have fullness of sound that the Whigs version does and I do especially like the strings. The recently reformed band had been playing it live at the reunion gigs and must have been the first thing that they recorded after getting back together and in celebration of this they made the track available for download from the band's website. Well worth the price of admission, me being me would love to have it in some physical form or other.

Afghan Whigs - Lovecrimes

Monday, 17 June 2019

Monday's Long Song

This is one to just sit back and let flow over you. Sense In Scotland was one of three tracks by Le Thug to be featured on Song By Toad's second split 12" ep of sessions recorded in Mathew's flat in Edinburgh. The 12" was released on RSD 2013 as an experiment to find out which was more popular beer or records which I wrote about here. Would you call this track shoegaze,(a term I never really had much time for), ambient, experimental or something else? I'm not sure I just think that it is rather fine like most thing recorded by Le Thug.

I am not sure if the band is still a going concern, I do hope so , as events conspired against me ever getting to see them live and I still hold out hope that one day Swam, a track I consider one of the finest of the past decade, will get a proper physical release one day and not just live on my hard drive.

Le Thug - Sense In Scotland 

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Such Misery

Such Misery was originally recorded by the precisions but this version by Mr Soul Satisfaction himself, Timmy Willis is far superior in my opinion, My it lay languishing unreleased until the millennium is beyond my ken. It was released on a fine Joy Boy compilation The Northern Soul Years 2 - Heartbroken Memories and then as a single sided 7". I think that this could become a theme tune for the UK if Doris Johnson, or any of those other fucking hypocritical, lying, cheating, backstabbing Tory fuckers becomes PM. Great tune all the same.

Timmy Willis - Such Misery 

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Who The Hell Are Sault?

I can find out absolutely sod all about the is mysterious mob. The whole album can be found on iTunes but I must admit I baulk at the idea of forking out nearly 14 quid on nothing I can actually put my hands on but sadly there doesn't look like there is a physical release. You can listen the whole thing here and it's all good but Let Me Go is absolutely brilliant and deserves to be on lovely 7" black vinyl,

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Dulli Covers

As I said at the start of this series of post Greg Dulli has a knack with the covers he chooses, he seems to,  if not make the track his own, he does seem to add a little something to each song, granted that something usually has a sleazy dark undertone t it but nonetheless well worth at least a listen.

Unfortunately there have been a couple that for me were a bad call, where he really shouldn't have bothered. I first heard the Afghan Whigs cover of Regret on a bootleg of a Boston show from 1994 where Dulli, who's voice is always on the verge of going out of tune totally loses it and the whole ting is just a car crash, so when I got my hands on the studio version I wasn't expecting much. The voice is okay and there is nothing inherently bad about the song, I just don't think it suits him and I really am not sure that Regret would work at this tempo no matter who was covering it.

Anyway see what you think.

Afghan Whigs - Regret 

Monday, 10 June 2019

Monday's Long Song

I have discussed the older hippies that I hung around with from 1st year at High school before and the music that they introduced me to, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Gong and a lot of others,  this along with the stuff that I was hearing from Stiff and his brothers meant that I had quite a mental taste in music as a teenager. Something that every now and then led to the earnest young indie types in their oversized Oxfam purchased car coats trying to rip the pish out me about, which never really bothered me as I had no need to carry a copy of the Complete Works of Oscar Wilde under my arm and kid on that I was such a sensitive soul in order to win the heart of a fair maiden.   I was thinking about this at the weekend after a comment from Michael on SA's excellent posts last Thursday and Friday when he said that 88/89 was a time when the barriers came down and people were no longer scared to shout about their influences and I thought "yip, I remember that period". It really fucked me off, all these clowns that before wouldn't go near anything that wasn't in the indie chart or written about out with the confines of the NME and would baulk at Sounds were now aficionados of all things late 60s counter culture and even more galling experts on the sound of young America, it was all a bit, "there's always been a dance/soul/hippy element to the records I like. The overcoats were gone and flares and Lennon specs were considered high fashion

Anyway, when I was thinking about all this, I reminisced about some of the happiest times of my early teenage years spent in the Village Hall in New Lanark. Three of the guys I hung about with, Jim, Chris and Alec had a band the name of which escapes me at the moment,  and as two of them were residents of the now UNESCO World Heritage Site they got to use the hall for band practice. I spent a lot of time taping these "jam sessions" as they called them and up until about ten years ago I still had one tape which I gave the guitarist Alec a loan of to listen, as it contained what was an extremely self indulgent over ten minute interpretation by him of Jimi Hendrix, doing The Star Spangled Banner, Jim and Chris got bored and fucked off out for a smoke if I remember correctly. I never did get that tape back and foolishly hadn't made a copy.

The band of course did almost exclusively cover versions of your staple hard rock and blues songs, such as Sunshine of Your Love, Communication Breakdown, The Pusher, Framed,  more than a couple of Hendrix songs and a very good interpretation of Big Brother and The Holding Company's Summertime. Alec was an extremely talented, self taught musician  and that is not just the misremembering through rose tinted glasses and the mists of time, as when I unearthed that tape,  through the hiss and the echo I was amazed that what I was hearing was the guitar playing of a 16/17 year old boy, the drumming was good and, sorry Jim, the bass rudimentary at best but Alec's guitar playing was the real deal.

One song that I always looked forward to at these sessions was their version of War Pigs where I would sometimes try to make the sound of the siren in the introduction. A few weeks ago I had stuck on Paranoid, the album that this is from when wanting something a little bit different and really enjoyed it which probably brought the memory of those band practices back into my head. I played the album again yesterday. For me, the band that basically invented heavy metal never bettered this classic.  At one time, I had every Black Sabbath album up to Live At Last with the exception of Technical Ecstasy which was right pish.

There were times at these "sessions" when other local musicians would turn up, a couple of members of local mental biker band the Hemorrhoids, a keyboard player who would later play with John Martyn, Doobie Anderson another drummer who may have replaced Chris in the band for a while and another local guitarist Sinky who was nearly as good as Alec but thought he was better which would lead to a lot one upmanship which was very funny and highly entertaining.

I had decided on War Pigs for today's post a couple of weeks ago when strangely a track from this album popped up on my Twitter timeline on Saturday posted by a guy who was a founder member of the Hamilton Ghosts Scooter Club, which could lead to further reminiscing of my later teenage years if you are really unlucky.

Black Sabbath - War Pigs

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Dulli Covers

I know people who get very annoyed about anybody having the audacity to cover Big Star. Not one for them today, then. I do think that Mr Dulli treats the song with respect but does add a little something here, Nightime originally appeared on Big Star's third album,'Third/Sister Lovers' an album that was once described as "amongst the most harrowing experiences in pop music" this was obviously pre the Spice Girls and although I wouldn't put it that strongly, it is not an album you would play prior to going out for a fun night on the town.

Afghan Whigs - Nightime

Monday, 3 June 2019

Monday's Long Song,

This was the track that first brought Mogwai to my attention way back in early 1997.

One Friday afternoon  I'm sure it was,  I was busy doing the housework, at this time L lived and worked in Edinburgh during the week and came home at the weekends,. Not sure why I was off  but I was and  I was  either cleaning the kitchen or dusting, not hoovering or I would not have heard it,  when this tune came on the radio,  Radio 1 (I still listened to the station at the time) that stopped me in my tracks,  It started with the aural equivalent of something shimmering that kind of lulled me into a relaxed feeling of immense well being continued in this vein for about four minutes  then bang, fuzz over the top of the melody , however the noise did not grate and just felt like a natural progression building to a climax and just it the absolute perfect moment the noise dissipated, the shimmering returned and eventually petered out. Sheer bliss. There wasn't anything that sounded like this around at that time, well not that I had heard anyway. I waited for Jo Wylie to inform me of who it was but nothing, straight into some unremarkable indie pish which really annoyed me. No BBC Website to go on to check the playlist back then, so unless I caught this again somewhere else, there was a distinct possibility that this absolutely stunning piece of music would be lost to me.

An hour or so later Lynn came in and after the usual chit chat about the drive, the night before etc, she said "did you hear that track by somebody called Mogwai on Radio1 earlier?" So now I knew who it was by, a trip into Glasgow the following day was decided upon. In Fopp, I found out the name of the single but there were no copies there. After fruitless searches in a couple of more record shops, my last hope was upstairs at John Smith's bookstore and lo and behold there tucked in the singles was one copy of New Paths to Helicon which was duly purchased and flogged to death for weeks later and now resides in the red Swan singles box that would be lifted in case of emergencies.

I've posted the version from the Government Commissions compilation of Peel sessions as it lasts a further minute and a bit.

Mogwai - New Paths To Helicon Pt 1 (BBC Session)

Friday, 31 May 2019

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance

This can on the iPod the other day and fair cheered me up. I had forgotten just how good a track it was. M People may have turned into a completely insipid pop group. There were quite a few mixes by "the man like . . ." but this has got to be my favourite. Some smiley positive vibes are what's needed after a few weeks that has seen this country and the wider world go even further to shit.

Talking about near hopeless cases, Airdrie finished the league in a respectable 5th place. Since the end of the season their has been many a coming and going from the Excelsior, some of the signings look promising and one of those leaving the club, Chris O'Neal had me a little peeved off as he is one of the most consistent players in the team and someone who gave 100% always. Leo too has been a bit upset as his hopes for the return of his favourite Airdrie player were dashed when Andy Ryan decided to extend his contract with Dunfermline. All in all I'm looking forward to the season ahead but don't hold out much hope of us progression out of the league stages of the Bet Fred Cup where unfortunately fate has kept the only two relevant Lanarkshire teams apart, so we will have to wait until the Scottish cup to have a go at the Motherwell.

M People - How Can I Love You More (Sasha's Master mix)

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Number One Fool

There hasn't been much in the way of 60s soul round here recently and therefore not much in the way of ill informed history regarding that type of music. So here is a brilliant piece of up tempo soul from a band that I know nothing at all about. Number One Fool is the flip side to Funky Chicken,  the only release by The Fabulous Emotions that I know of which doesn't go for much to be honest. This song is basically the a-side with added vocals which for me at least make it the superior track.

The Fabulous Emotions - Number One Fool 

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Dulli Covers

Two for the price of one today and not just any two but two classics penned by Holland/Dozier/Holland and originally recorded by the Supremes. The Afghan Whigs do to these soul classics what the Afghan Whigs do, make it ever so slightly seedy, with an extra dose of sleaze and topped off with just the right amount of fuzz and feedback. This live rendition was originally recorded in Denver for KTCL in 1994 and was then released on the 10" and CD versions of the What Jail Is Really Like.

The Afghan Whigs - My World Is Empty Without You/I Can Hear A Symphony

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

And I'll Be Elvis Presely To Your Marilyn Monroe

For me Gordon McIntyre has written some of the best songs about relationships, lust and longing this side of David Gedge. Public Park along with Past Lovers always leave me with a watery eye and a lump in my throat. Public Park was originally on the first Ballboy ep,, Silver Suits For Astronauts released in the final year of the last century. It is also on Club Anthems the compilation that brought together the band's first three eps. If you don't have a copy of this, get yourself sorted out Pronto. 

Ballboy - Public Park 

Monday, 27 May 2019

Monday's Long Song

We haven't had any John Martyn around here for a while, which is a bit piss poor form. Here is possibly one of Martyn's stupidest songs, his words not mine, from arguably his best album, One World. The song came about as a result of Martyn having breakfast with Chris Blackwell and Lee Scratch Perry in Jamaica with Perry commenting on the pigs and horses on Blackwell's tea set, strange but true but probably no stranger than any other utterances from the legendary reggae producer. This live version comes from the Ain't No Saint compilation that came out in 2008.

John Martyn - Big Muff

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Greg Dulli Covers

Today's instalment in this series is a bit different from those that have gone before in as much that Mr Dulli's dulcet tones only feature in the background . Ornament was a one off collaboration between The Afghan Whigs and the Scrawl vocalist, Marcy Mays although Mays would later appear on the Afghan Whigs excellent Gentleman album a couple of years later. The result of this collaboration was a 7" single containing a version of the Afghan Whigs song Tonight and a cover of the Goffin and King standard Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow which has been covered loads of times but probably the interpretation by the Shirelles. The Dulli/Mays collaboration is a much heavier, grungier affair with all the sweetness of the original extracted.

Ornament - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

Monday, 20 May 2019

Monday's Long Song

I posted the flip side of this when the 12" was eventually released back in February 2016. I say eventually as it was recorded 17 years previously in the Arches in Glasgow by a local trio that included one of my blogger compatriots, Gareth from the much missed How Does That One Go Again? Apart from JC, Gareth was the first fellow blogger I met as we djed together at the Blog Rocking Beats nights we arranged in the summer of 2010 at the Flying Duck in Glasgow. 

Here we have the remix by Les Crocodiles from the other side of the 12" singles where they stretch the track out over a further 2 and a bit minutes making it a bit dubbier and even more laid back, Great stuff.

Imperfect Product - Solina (Les Crocodiles remix)

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Greg Dulli Covers

As I think we have established over these posts, Greg Dulli, quite likes to take other peoples songs and put his own slant on them, so much so that when The Afghan Whigs broke up, Dulli's next musical incarnation, the Twilight Singers decided to put out a whole album of cover versions She Loves You where the band went from a traditional ballad, Black Is The Colour of My True Love's Hair, through Blues and Jazz standards to the contemporary at the time, Martina Topley-Bird's Too Tough To Die. I was going to say that his choices were impeccable, however he did include a Fleetwood Mac track, a band I have less than no affection for but Dulli did what I thought up until then was impossible and that was to prompt me to re-appraise this band full of pomp, the worst excesses of the 70s and 80s and those horrible Stevie Nicks vocals and I came to the conclusion that the band are still pish but Dulli can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

The Twilight Singers - What Makes You Think You're The One 

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Everlasting Love

You will probably recognise this song, if not this, the original recording as it became a UK number 1 by The Love Affair in January 1968 not long after the original was released.

The Robert Knight version was re-released as a double A-side in 2017 on the Outta Sight label backed with the better known Love On A Mountain Top.

Robert Knight - Everlasting Love

Monday, 13 May 2019

Monday's Long Song

Sorry for the lack of content on this site over the past week but we have had a bit of a trying time since last Saturday, on that evening Max was rushed to hospital in an ambulance after falling from a considerable height into the river from the path along the banks of the Clyde on the way up to the Falls of Clyde.

We spent a very anxious and frightening night in the A&E at Wishaw General with the boy under constant observation until he could get a CT scan and then the horrible wait for the results.

"The good news is", said the consultant after reviewing the scan and contrary to the evidence of looking at Max, "that miraculously, there is no damage to the head or broken bones, however his spleen is in three pieces and will probably need to be removed but over all he is a very lucky boy". I looked at L and I could see from her face the same mixture of emotions going through her head, relief but also the fear of surgery and Max's future without a spleen. The consultant then left to go and speak to the surgical team and get things organised but came back a couple of minutes later asking if we knew exactly when the accident happened as she thought that there may be a chance of an alternative to surgery but it meant that a drug had to be administered within a certain period of time after the fall. So we thought back and it turned out that the fall would have occurred within the time frame. 

In the early hours Max was moved to the ACCU unit where he remained until Tuesday when he was moved to another ward. To cut a long story short he is now home bruised battered and extremely sore but a very lucky boy none the less as it could very easily have been a completely different outcome if it hadn't been for his pal's lack of fear in jumping in the river and pulling him out, the police for going by as another two friends were carrying him home, the ambulance crew and not least the staff in AE at Wishaw General. During the night I was talking to one of the nurses asking if A&E was always as hectic as it was that Saturday and she replied "yip, xxx and I this do this extra shift most Saturday nights, we work during the week at the Beatson" Glasgow's cancer hospital. 

On Sunday night as Leo and I were coming home from the hospital leaving Lynn to sleep on the chair next to Max, this track from 2011 came on the iPod and although it did not absolve me of all my cares and worries it did calm me down for the nine and a half minutes it was on for.

Free School - Lemon (original)

This is not the time for politics but anybody who is thinking of voting for the Brexit Party should think twice as the fascist in charge of that party is on record stating that he was in favour of an insurance based health service such as the USA. Under such a system my son's treatmet would have been a lower priority than our ability to pay for it. 

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Port Authority Bus Blues

Paul Simerman, a senior musician in the US Navy had a novel idea for recruiting young men to the Navy at the beginning of the 70s, form a band, record and put out music as Port Authority highlighting that their were other careers in the Navy other than Able Seaman or Deck Hand. The project must have been deemed at least a partial success as the band existed for 14 years and released 5 albums.

Port Authority Bus Blues was the final track on the band's debut album released in 1975, a funky, jazzy workout that would not have been out of place as the Theme to some hard nosed detective show or the main theme of a Blaxploitation film from the period. It was finally released earlier this year as a 7" single which I had on pre-order for quite a while.

Port Authority - Port Authority Bus Blues 

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

You've Got A Friend

This live cover of the Carole King classic never fails to put me in a good mood. It comes from one of my favourite live albums, Donny Hathaway Live. The album was released in 1972 from recordings of two gigs from the previous year, one side from the Troubadour in Hollywood and the other from The Bitter End in Greenwich Village. The album should be a fixture in anyone's collection who has even a passing interest in soul music and includes incredible versions off The Ghetto and Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything) as well as the track posted to be honest there isn't a duff track amongst the 8 on the record. The other great thing about this album as it seems to have captured the atmosphere of the shows and you can virtually hear the smiling that must have been on the faces of all present not least when the crowd sing along during You've Got A Friend.

Donny Hathaway - You've Got A Friend

Monday, 29 April 2019

Monday's Long Song

The album that today's song comes from is an early contender for album of the year and not one which I was eagerly anticipating if I'm honest. However the collaboration between Karen O and Danger Mouse is an absolute gem and moves from Motownesque songs through lush orchestral numbers and tracks that would not have been out of place on an album hailing from Bristol in the 1990s. Lux Prima, the title track was originally released in the US in December of last year on a limited single sided 12" single.

Friday, 26 April 2019

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance

I told you this would return, like Theresa May this series does not know when it's outstayed it's welcome. Yesterday SA posted a great new Four Tet track at the Bagging area and I thought that I would feature another recent release by Mr Hebden this time under his KH moniker.  Only Human was released as a single sided 12" a couple of weeks ago once the Nelly Furtado sample from her 2006 release "Afraid" had been cleared. This track had been causing much interest after Kieran Hebden had dropped it into a couple of dj sets. I sweated for nearly a week as my copy which had been ordered for what seemed like ages but eventually arrived last week.

In other news, what can I say about Airdrieonians season, not a great deal, the team hasn't covered itself in glory this season, the last two home games have been possibly the worst performances that I have ever seen. The season, as usual started with much anticipation and more than a little confidence that we would make the play-offs at the right end of the division as we come into the last home game of the season with one further away game next week, the Diamonds are sitting 6th on goal difference  above Dumbarton and Stranraer, seven points above the bottom two which means that even if they lose the last two games they are safe which is a distinct possibility as they haven't won any of the last four matches. There is always next season, onwards and upwards

Have a good weekend people.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Greg Dulli Covers

In 1992 The Afghan Whigs released an ep on Sub Pop on  multiple formats. The 7" single containing two tracks, the 12" single 4 and an extra hidden track on the cd. What was interesting about the ep was that all of the tracks were covers, with the exception of a secret uncredited original track hidden after a few seconds of silence on track 4 of the cd which was actually a remix of the track Milez Is Ded from the recent album, Congregation. The covers were all versions of soul favourites of the band, Come See About Me a hit single for the Supremes in 1964, True Love Travels On a Gravel Road which had ee recorded by Percy Sledge and Elvis on the From Memphis album amongst others, Beware an early 70s album track and,  my favourite Band of Gold, a number 1 hit single for Freda Payne in the UK. I love the primitive drumming and the feedback and the completely desolate tone of Dulli's vocals on this track, which was the a side of the 7" single with Come See About Me on the flip.

Afghan Whigs - Band of Gold

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Monday, 22 April 2019

Monday's Long Song

Usually a lot of deliberation goes into Monday's long song, I know you wouldn't have thought so would you,  on a Sunday while doing the messages, putting away the messages and getting the dinner ready by the time that The Westminster Hour hits the airwaves I have chosen the song and begin to think of some rubbish to type to go along with it.

Not yesterday, though.

I am proud to admit I did hew haw the whole day other than play music but with no thought to today's post but rather just records that fitted into the bright, warm holiday vibe and so I started with Roddy Frame's criminally overlooked first solo album, The North Star, so no contenders there, I did play a bit of Burial and the absolute joy that is Morning Dove White but the first I featured last week if any one is paying attention  and One Dove have been done to death here and other places over the years.

Flogging a dead horse is something I am accustomed to doing (the It's Friday . . .  Let's Dance posts will return shortly,  by the way ) so here is William Orbit's Stereo Odyssey mix of Breakdown for you that I have just decided needs another airing, Well, you can never have too much One Dove

I did do one other thing yesterday, I watched Repo Man for the first time in years and can report back and confirm that Repo Men are indeed still intense and the film is just as good as it was when I first watched it as a snotty teenager.

One Dove - Breakdown (William Orbit Stereo Odyssey)

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Dulli Covers 3

Dulli is quite eclectic in the music that he chooses to cover, anything from Henry Mancini, through songs from The Wizard of Oz to Bjork. The re-interpretation of a still fresh, only two year old, modern R&B,  Billboard topping track by the biggest selling American Girl Band  must have raised a few eyebrows at the time. Creep, originally by TLC was one of 4 tracks, two originals and two covers on the Honkey's Ladder ep in February 1996 but unlike the TLC original it failed to bother the Billboard Charts but I think is quite brilliant.

The Afghan Whigs - Creep

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

No Sleep 'til Hammersmith

When talking about live albums this has to be right up there with the best of them, although it does not fully recreate the experience of seeing Motorhead at this time unless you have a huge soundsystem, bung it up to 10 and stick your head in the speakers, then you might come close. My first experience was pretty scary as I thought that the balcony in the Apollo was going to fall down and what I thought was dandruff from all the headbanging was actually plaster from the ceiling. What a magic night it was and I will be forever grateful to my late cousin Stuart for taking me.

No Sleep 'til Hammersmith was released in June 1981 and was the first Motorhead album to reach number 1 in the charts in the UK. This was an album that I waited for impatiently after experiencing the live Motorhead experience and I was not disappointed. This album for me captures the classic line-up at their peak. The album that followed, Iron Fist was a bit of a disappointment.

Motorhead -  Ace of Spades

Monday, 15 April 2019

Monday's Long Song

The only word for this is wonderful. I was fortunate enough to get a copy of the this limited Vinyl Factory release and at the time there was quite a backlash that this was released in such a limited number but these days 1000 copies is actually not that limited a run compared to some of the releases that SA and me were discussing on Thursday night over a few pints. I do love everything about this record from the 3D designed cover to the reassuringly heavy vinyl. There are a few comments on Discogs regarding the quality of the pressing but as far as my ears are concerned it sounds perfectly fine exactly what you would expect Massive Attack mixed by Burial to sound like.

There were rumours that Burial had remixed the whole of the Heligoland album  which was to get a full release which had me salivating at the time but alas it has never surfaced.

Massive Attack vs Burial - Paradise Circus

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Dulli Covers 2

The Ass Ponys were an indie rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio and as such were also friends with Greg Dulli's band from the same city, so much so that John Curley the bassist of the Afghan Whigs produced the band's debut album, Mr Superlove. In 1993 the bands decided to release a split single where they covered a track each. Dulli decided to cover the title track from that debut album by the Ass Ponys and as a result recorded the definitive version of the song, it's the banjo and the vocals that do it. I'm not sure if anybody else agrees with me but if you were an Ass Pony I think you may have been pissed off by the Whigs rendition but not as much as the story, if true, regarding Greg Dulli and one of the band member's girlfriends whom I'm sure I read Dulli had a thing with leading to disintegration of the friendship of the bands,

The split single was released in a limited run of 3000 on Moon Cat 7 Records but then the Afghan Whigs version was released on the flip of the Gentleman single, then the What Jail Is Like ep  and also included on the 25th anniversary version of the Gentleman album

The Afghan Whigs - Mr Super Love

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

The Matrix Tapes Again

It was one of those kind of weekends when I just wanted to play the Velvets and not any old Velvets, I was in the mood to listen to the whole of the Matrix Tapes from start to finish, A question posed on Twitter got me reaching for this,  the second most essential box set. It is a question that floats about Twitter all the time "if you had to pick any band artist to see live who would it be?" and always without hesitation I would pick the Velvets and the post Cale line-up and I can even be more specific than that. If I were ever to get in tow with the Dr then this would be my one stipulation, I'll help you save the Earth from the Daleks mam,  but you will have to take me back to San Francisco on 26th November 1969 and let me hang about 3138 Fillmore Street for a couple of days.

I know that a lot of folk don't like live albums, I do I love them, I love to hear the tweeks from the studio versions or even better something that barely resembles the version that took usually a few takes to get on tape.

After posting that I was listening to the Matrix Tapes, I received a reply from @Kevd99 that he thought that there were 5 good live albums which got me thinking and the rest of the weekend was spent playing only live recordings and I can confirm that in my little world there are considerably more than 5 great live albums which also threw up another idea for a little series, if I can get my lazy arse sorted out.

Until then here are two versions of Over You which don't appear anywhere else other than on the Quine Bootleg and one version on Live 1969.

The Velvet Underground - Over You (version 1)

The Velvet Underground - Over You (version 2)

Monday, 8 April 2019

Monday's Long Song

Today's drawn-out piece of music comes from one of the three things I've bought on tape in the last twenty, possibly closer to thirty years. It was purchased on that less than optimum medium out of necessity as somebody either from having a fetish for the format or I suspect probably more likely from their judgement being impaired though heavy weed use decided that that was the best way to release, Cosmic Winds,  the third long player by Thousand Foot Whale Claw, the previous release was similarly formatted.

I first got into the Austin Texas experimental drone merchants when I took a punt on their first album Dope Moons Vol.1 which was released on the far more sensible vinyl format, I believe that there was also a cassette version which came later but we will not dwell on that. They produce music to get lost in, ambient, stoner tunes that remind me of the stuff that Pete Namlook was doing with his Air project back in the early 90s.

A fourth album was released at the tail end of last year but I'm ashamed to admit that I have only played it a couple of time but from what I can remember it is in a similar vein and also very good.

1000 Foot Whale Claw - Cosmic Winds

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Dulli Covers

One of the things that I discovered early when I delved into Greg Dulli's back catalogue (I came late to his work, courtesy of John Richards on KEXP in the very early 2000s) and which continued to come to the fore in the ensuing years was that he had very good taste in the songs that he covered. Whether it was as an Afghan Whig, Twilight Singer, Gutter Twin or on his own he has a way with other people's songs and can put a new slant on something that I already knew or made me appreciate something that I would not have given the time of day in any other circumstances. There is only one rendition that I have thought "Nah Greg, that was not a very good idea, you would have been better leaving that alone". Which is a pretty brilliant hit rate considering the number of other people's songs he has recorded.

I was compiling a playlist of these tracks the other week and thought that I may as well feature some of these on the blog.

I thought that I would start with a track from the only "perfect" album that I know of, London Calling. Side b track 3 Lost In The Supermarket, like every other track on Rolling Stone's "best album of the 80s" is a highlight, one of those tracks which should be left alone niot touched as they can't be bettered. And no, Afghan Whigs don't better it but do produce a great cover version none the less. It was included on a Clash tribute album, Burning London, released in 1999 containing the likes of No Doubt, Ice Cube and Rancid. For me the rest of the CD is without merit, you really do not want to hear Moby's take on Straight To Hell.

Afghan Whigs - Lost In The Supermarket 

Tuesday, 2 April 2019


I have eventually found a copy of the deluxe version of Sunday At Devil Dirt by Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan. I have been on the lookout for a copy of this at a decent price as the extra disc comprises of tracks recorded at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in January 2007 and especially a version of the Nancy and Lee classic, Sand. I had been bowled over two nights prior to the London show by the performance of this, possibly my favourite track by that most incongruous of pairings, Nancy and Lee that is, although Isobel and Mark would be a close second but both proved to be almost magical pairings but I digress. Therefore I was really looking forward to hearing this again but was slightly disappointed as it sounded a bit flat, not bad but just not nearly as good as I remembered, I'm not sure if I am misremembering or they just didn't get it quite right two night later when it was recorded.

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan - Sand 

Monday, 1 April 2019

Monday's Long Song

On the 10th/11th/12th of October 1968 the Jimi Hendrix Experience played 6 shows at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco in 1987 a selection of the tracks from these performances was released on a double album and from these you could tell that the Experience were at the peak of their powers at the time of this mini residency, with absolutely brilliant versions of Purple Haze, Killing Floor, Fire amongst others, however the full power of the performances didn't come to light until 2011 when a 4 cd, 8 album version of these nights was released which absolutely blew me away not least the two epic versions of my favourite Hendrix cover, Like A Rolling Stone. I never thought that Hendrix could surpass the version recorded at Monterey Pop in 1967, and in a way he didn't as the versions from Winterland are a lot bluesier less angsty than the earlier version, they are also a lot longer.

I was introduced to Hendrix at the age of eleven by an older guy called Jim Loughrey and was instantly hooked by what I heard and nearly forty years later I am still in awe of the noise that Hendrix managed to get out of a Fender Stratocaster (mostly). Not being musical at all I find it impossible to understand how, no matter how so many people have tried over the years, I have never heard anyone who can make a guitar sing like Hendrix can.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Like A Rolling Stone (11/10/1968 second show)

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Ha Fucking Ha!

Sometimes I nearly forget just how good Meursault were. Criminal I know but then I'll play something and I will just get lost again in the work of Neil Pernnycook. Settling can be found on the third album, Something For The Weakend which was released in 2012. Below also is the Cairn String Quartet's take on the tune, our Raith Rovers supporting friend, JC was at the recording of this.

I am in Luton tomorrow and Thursday, deepest joy as ever. So nothing else 'til Friday. But spare a thought for me tomorrow evening when I will be on a "team building" activity before dinner after a 04:30 rise. Ha fucking ha, indeed.

Meursault - Settling

Monday, 25 March 2019

Monday's Long Song

Eat Lights Become Lights is a bit of a wanky name and I suppose some would call the music that the London 4 piece make "wanky" too, with the obvious influence of 70s experimental German rock and electronica in their sound. I am quite fond of a bit of "pretentious wank" now and again and find ELBL a very pleasant listen, No more so than on this, the title track from the band's 4th album released in 2014. To be honest I was intending to post the Fuxa remix of this track but it appears that I haven't ripped that particular piece of vinyl yet,  I thought I had. So the original will have to do but it is still quite a lovely thing to hear on a Monday morning.

Eat Lights Become Lights - Into Forever

Friday, 22 March 2019

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance

I don't know anything about this absolutely lovely mellow piece of tech house other than it's German and was released as part of a ridiculously rare and therefore expensive 12" single , the cheapest copy on Discogs is 130 quid, it's good but really no where near that good.

Airdrie managed to halt the slide down the table into the relegation zone last week, granted it was only by the game at Dumbarton being called off but still it wasn't another defeat and hopefully the week has given the players and coaching staff to come up with a game plan on how to start winning matches and getting clear of the bottom three. Tomorrow they take on Forfar who are up the other end of the table in third so the hopes are not high but jesus they need to do something.

Have a good weekend people.

Thursday, 21 March 2019


I was listening to Rockferry, the debut album from the Welsh singer who is best known for pseudo northern soul song Mercy and I was pleasantly surprised, To these ears this attempt at blue eyed soul hasn't dated particularly and has some cracking songs with really effective instrumentation not least the strings on today's track Scared, I don't think that Duffy was taken very seriously at the time and unfairly compared to the incomparable Amy Winehouse whose classic Back To Black had been released a couple of years prior to Rockferry.

I really enjoyed reacquainting myself with this album and won't leave it as long before I play it again. Just a pity that Duffy's career seemd to fizzle out after just a couple of years and two albums. Although I can understand that there might not be longevity in the retro sound that she had.

Duffy - Scared

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Make Me Sad

This is a little bit of a curio this track, the AA side of a split 7" inch single, a cover of a Vic Goddard song recorded at Stow College in Glasgow (the same place where Belle and Sebastian's debut was recorded) by a local band released on a Hamburg record label, Aufgeladen und Bereit, named after a Fire Engines album. And that's about all I know. As far as I can ascertain the band never released anything else leaving only this lovely bit of sweetly harmonious, female sung indie pop.

I suspect that this one may appeal to a certain friend in Seattle.

not a bad record to start a Wednesday.

Kingfishers - Make Me Sad

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Interstate 5

I am down in Leeds for the second time in less than a week and it looks like it is going to be a regular occurrence for the foreseeable. I won't be taking Interstate5, rather it will be M74/M6/A66/M1.

The Wedding Present - Interstate 5 

Monday, 18 March 2019

Monday's Long Song

A bit of Jazzy, Housey, Italian blue-eyed soul to bright up your Monday morning. I love this track, especially the trumpet which reminds me of Have You Ever Heard It Blue by the Style Council.  I have no idea what the rest of Mario's output is like as I haven't bought anything other than this 12" single ( not sure how I have 2 copies of this though!) which also includes a rather good Opolopo remix.

Mario Biondi & The High Five Quintet - This Is What You Are

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Hal Blaine

Very sad news that the drummer responsible for the most distinctive and possibly copied drum intro of all time on my favourite single of all time has died. He also was the drummer on many of the best records of the 1960s.

A few years ago I had a playlist called Boom Boom Cha!, which really should have been Bum- ba-bum-BOOM and was filled with tracks that included the drum break mentioned above. I think before the playlist was wiped out after one of my iTunes crashed I had 25 tracks that had "borrowed" that famous intro and that list was by no way definitive.

I have often wondered if Hal Blaine was as proud of that intro as he should have been, he has stated that it was a mistake and he had accidently missed a beat but was told to just keep doing that by Phil Spector. Or did it niggle at him all of these other drummers ripping him off. I don't think that it would have bothered him too much as when you have played on over 6000 tracks, 40 number 1 hits, 150 top ten songs and possibly the only drummer to have played with Sinatra, Elvis and John Lennon you can take it in your stride when you hear others imitate you.

Here are just some of the songs that you will know but may not have been aware of who the drummer was :- He's A Rebel, Rhythm of the Rain, It's Over, Surf City, I Get Around, Mr Tambourine Man, Strangers In The Night and Cecelia.

Rest easy Hal.

The Ronettes - Be My Baby

Barry Maguire - On The Eve of Destruction

Self Esteem

Now that I have actually got a copy of this album that I can actually play, the pictures above are of the first copy I was sent, I can confirm that Rebecca Taylor is one very talented individual. This album is full of hip hop beats, pop hooks and pretty to the point lyrics and about as far removed from Trophy Room as it is possible to get. I hope that this album reaches a bigger audience than Slow Club did, Still have no idea what the fuck Laura Snapes in the Guardian was on about with her " . . . a million miles away from her old band's steady decent into Radio 2 pleasantries" line in her review of Compliments Please, Taylor's first solo outing as Self Esteem.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Monday's Long Song

I never really got into Beck, I liked a few things and of course bought Odelay, I'm sure it was compulsory back in 1996,  but I purchased the 12" of  Where It's At solely for the U.N.K.L.E. mix,  back in the mid 90s I was obsessed with all things Mo Wax so much so that I had every release from MX014, my introduction to MW069, after which I began to get a bit more selective and only bought the UNKLE releases on the label. Unfortunately I only have 12 left, all the others going in the great iPod funding sell off that still causes me cry every now and then but I digress and if I think about this any more I will only get really depressed.

The original of Where It's At is pretty good to be fair and was produced by the Dust Brothers but the U.N.K.L.E mix turns a three and a half minute slacker tune and turns it into a dark epic with some great beats and even better scratching. Talking about scratches, I can only apologise for the crackles on this, it was played a lot and possibly not treated as well as it should have been due to my lack of co-ordination when I had the urge to play this.

Beck - Where It's At (U.N.K.L.E remix)

Friday, 8 March 2019

It's Friday . . .Let's Dance

The East Village Loft Society were Ashley Beedle and Uschi Classen and they released a couple of singles, the first one I Wanna Sing Sunshine is my favourite. It is a typical piece of early nineties  House and none the worse for that. The 12" single contained 5 different mixes, the one that hits the spot for me is Boomshanka Message mix with its use of Maya Angelou reading her poem On The Pulse Of The Morning from President Clinton's inauguration.

Last week's much awaited home win for Airdrie was much welcomed.  An incredibly poor first half by both teams followed by  a nail-biting second period waiting for what we all believed to be the inevitable equaliser to cancel out Daryl Duffy's 47 minute opener but which thankfully for once failed to happen.  The team have played much better and fared worse this season but a win's a win and is something to build on, well it would have been if this week's game wasn't away to Kirkaldy to take on Raith Rovers who the Diamonds have yet to beat this season. Raith's form has not been great recently with only one win in the last 6 matches and they will be looking for a boost to try and get back to second spot in the table. Let's hope Airdrie can pull an away win out of the bag tomorrow.

Have a good weekend people.

The East Village Loft Society - I Wanna Sing Sunshine (The Message mix)

Thursday, 7 March 2019

You Don't Know

Ellie Greenwich is responsible for some of the greatest moments in pop music, there can be no dispute about this it is just a fact. Whether that be with her one time husband Jeff Barry and Phil Spector or later, on her own. She was also responsible for a single that inexplicably bombed in 1965.

Greenwich very rarely recorded here own material but in 1965 she released a single containing two absolutely sublime songs, the up tempo Baby which was later claimed by the northern soul scene and has therefore been bootlegged and is possible to get a hold of on vinyl. The other side, the heart wrenching You Don't Know on the other hand is only available these days on a couple of compilation albums as the original Red Bird single is impossible to find. Shadow Morton's production is nothing short of perfect on this song.

Ellie Greenwich - You Don't Know

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

My Love Grows Deeper

Clydie King, is probably best known, if at all, as a session singer for the likes of Joe Cocker,  The Rolling Stones or Bob Dylan. I first heard of her when I bought the excellent "What's Happening Stateside" compilation way back in 1987 where her duet with Jimmy Holliday, "Ready, Willing and Able" was included.

During the 60s she released a string of singles across the Speciality, Philips and Imperial labels. Possibly my favourite track, like many from this era is not the song that the label thought would be the more popular,  My Love Grows Deeper was the flip side of the 1965 release Missin' My Baby on Imperial, The vocals on the track sound as if they were recorded half way down a mine shaft which for me enhances the track which just oozes sensuality.

Clydie King - My Love Grows Deeper