Monday, 17 February 2020
By 1993 Shoegaze was a much derided genre, in fact a part from a very few bands from the late 80s, I body-swerved anything tagged or reviewed as such as most of it was just pish reliant on effects pedals and distorted meaningless lyrics made by white pimply studenty types who were unable or unwilling to get grooving and dismissed music made by machines as in some way as not being real music. So Chapterhouse were a band that I took absolutely fuck all notice of , even though they seemed to be in every music mag all the time. That was until I heard that that they had been remixed by Global Communication, a.k.a The Jedi Knights or alternately known as Reload, this piqued my interest and I subsequently bought the 12" single that contained two of the phases of their reworking of the shoegazers album Blood Music. I can't tell you how radically different these tracks are from the source material as I have no interest in hearing the originals but I suspect that Chapterthouse fans or anybody else would have difficulty pairing these two ambient masterpieces with anything from the original album. I am at a loss as to why I didn't buy the cd, Pentamerous Metamorphoses, containing all 5 phases of the remix project, possibly because I considered the title pretentious wank or more probably because I was even less inclined to buy cds back in 1993 than I am now as back then the pricing was reversed with cds being ridiculously expensive and vinyl being better for your budget.
Pretentious wank, the title of the cd may be but the two "phases", even though they have been named after Greek letters of the alphabet, have stood up to the test of time pretty well. Here is the Alpha phase.
Chapterhouse - Alpha Phase
Monday, 10 February 2020
A collaboration with the Orb and one member of Pink Floyd or another was something that had been rumoured about more than once before it did happen, in fact there is a bootleg out there of remixes of Dark Side of The Moon that purported to be by The Orb but was in fact bollocks. So when David Gilmour collaborated with Alex Paterson and Youth on the Metallic Spheres album, 10 years ago now(!) it was kind of a big deal and people had great expectations which were partially fulfilled, there is little doubt over who the is playing the guitar that wafts in and out of the two tracks that make up the album but I find that it doesn't hold my attention the way that the previous album Baghdad Batteries did. However, if you had pre-ordered the album you got a download code (hoi, record labels remember download codes?) for a bonus ambient mix which I must admit I have played a lot more over the subsequent years than the full album.
The Orb Featuring David Gilmour - Metallic Spheres (Ambient Mix)
Friday, 7 February 2020
I was in the cupboard where the cds from R to Z are last weekend looking for something specific that I couldn't remember by the time I opened the cupboard. So while scanning the shelves hoping that what I was looking for would come back to me (it didn't by the way) I noticed a cd on one of the Various shelves called "The Art of Acid" which I vaguely remembered buying some time ago. The first cd of this 2 disc set is a Justin Robertson mix of of a lot of acid house classics which is a good mix but more interesting is the second disc where the likes of 808 State and Greg Wilson remix some Trax classics with varying degrees of success. One of the best is the remix of Frankie Knuckles/Jamie Principle classic, Your Love where Italian DJ/Producer Dusty Kid, strips it back, removes the vocals and stretches the track out and produces something although not a patch on the original is different enough to make it more than worthwhile.
Airdrieonians were pretty much woeful last Saturday against Raith Rovers, now I am no football tactical genius but if I can see that playing without a midfield and punts up from the back and hoping that it reaches one of the guys up front isn't really working then why can't the manager. One thing is for sure if they still want to challenge for promotion they need to start winning games pretty soon starting tomorrow away to Dumbarton, I will not be holding my breath.
Have a good weekend
Frankie Knuckles - Your Love (Dusty Kid Makes Love Tender edit)
Thursday, 6 February 2020
Silence Of The Morning is one of the best bits of fuzz drenched heavy psych that came out in 1971 just as psych was morphing into heavy rock/metal. The Glass Sun were formed in 1964 in the Detroit suburb of Westland but did not record any material until after they had returned from tours in Vietnam. They released two singles, Silence of The Morning in 1971 and Stick Over Me the following year. Both of which were largely ignored but have found an audience over the past ten years prompting the band to remaster all of tracks they recorded and release an album Cyclonic Review in 2014.
The Glass Sun - Silence of The Morning
Wednesday, 5 February 2020
I went to see Mick Head last Thursday at Summerhall in Edinburgh and he did not disappoint, although I did feel that he was rather nervous for the first couple of tracks. A great mixture of old and new tracks and when I heard Reach I was a bit gobsmacked as I was not expecting that and it sounded absolutely wonderful. The new material sounded really good too, so I now have even higher expectations for the next album.Streets of Kenny was another highlight of the night, in fact they were all highlights and of course Comedy to set us on our way as the final track of the night, with JC and I racing out of the venue just as the song finished in order for me to get him to Haymarket to catch his train back to Glasgow.
Shack - Streets of Kenny
Monday, 3 February 2020
I featured the Bjorn Torske remix of Obedience from the same ep that today's remix of Carmen Villain comes from a few years ago. The Peaking Lights mix of Dreamo was the main track on the ep and the American psych husband and wife team produce a poppy, bouncy remix which is bound to put a spring in your step today.
Carmen Villain - Dreamo (Peaking Lights remix)
Friday, 31 January 2020
Tuesday, 28 January 2020
A bit of blue-eyed soul for a Tuesday.
This upbeat track was released on the Columbia label in 1966. As is usual with a lot of these tracks I can find very little about either Diamond or the record. I am sure that I once read that Bobby Diamond was better known as an actor and had a part in the original Death Wish film but I can't verify that. One thing for sure he did release a cracker of a record way back when.
Bobby Diamond - Stop
Monday, 27 January 2020
A year ago today I was going to feature the live version of John Coltrane Stereo Blues from the RSD release "How We Found Ourselves . . . Everywhere!" by the Dream Syndicate. This version was recorded in Philadelphia for WXPN, the University of Pennsylvania's radio station, excellent as this version is with the duelling guitars sounding so good, I do wish it had been the live recording that the band had done for KEXP that had been included in this release which is another three and a bit minutes longer.
link now sorted
The Dream Syndicate - John Coltrane Stereo Blues
Friday, 24 January 2020
A bit of Tech House from what I thought was a couple of years ago until I pulled out the shelves yesterday and looked at the date, 2013, so just the 7 years ago then. Desire is the lead track from the Mr Jones double pack 12" from Nina Kraviz. Quite minimal but very effective stuff. I have it on good authority from two of my nephews that Miss Kraviz is an excellent dj and knows how to work a Techno crowd.
Well that's the cup run over for another year. Airdrie were well and truly pumped last Saturday at Tynecastle. Hearts may be pish but they are pish two levels above the Diamonds and it showed. Back to the league this week and a home clash against Stranraer in the promotion bid. Although sitting at the bottom of the league, Stranraer were only beaten 2 nil by The Rangers not scudded five nothing, so another nail biting 90 minutes seem to be in prospect.
Have a good weekend people.
Nina Kraviz - Desire
Thursday, 23 January 2020
God I love this cover version. It was originally written and recorded by Sonny Bono and released as a single in 1965. In 1969 Mott The Hoople recorded the song for their debut album and to say it is a tad Dylanesque would be a bit of an understatement and of course it's Ian Hunter's voice that first grabs your attention but it's the music that holds the attention when it reaches it's peak it reminds me of You Can't Always Get What You Want, it may just be the organ. I once read somewhere that Hunter's vision for Mott The Hoople was Dylan backed by the Rolling Stones and it feels to me that he attained it on their first album.
Mott The Hoople - Laugh At Me
Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Cleveland Robinson born in Macon, Georgia, raised in Pittsburgh then in the early 60s he moved with wife to Cleveland, Ohio where he recorded 15 singles and one album. His first single These Are The Hands after being picked up by the Ascot label caused interest from a few major labels, undeterred when none of the deals came to fruition, Robinson decided to start his own label, Nosnibor Records to release his music, he was now singer/writer/producer and label owner. Boy featured here was the 12th release on the label, another great soul side that failed to set the heather on fire but would set you back at least £250 if you were lucky enough to find a copy.
Cleveland Robinson - Boy
Monday, 20 January 2020
Kannan's album is described thus on El Paraiso's website "Winborne is debut album from the Young Norwegian power trio Kanaan. With components from jazz, fusion and post rock they have created six extended pieces of blazin freeform psychedelia"
Worth a listen then? Of course it is and also worth picking up. They also have a second release Odense sessions scheduled for release in February and available for pre order here or from Amazon. I duly did on the strength of Winborne. A Hausenbecken below is the first track off of that debut.
Kanaan - A. Hausenbecken
Friday, 17 January 2020
January isn't getting any easier is it. I've got to that bit of the month that I realise exactly just how skint I am and it is getting me down, more so when it dawns on me that there are a couple more significant dunts to my bank balance to come before the wages drop for records that I just couldn't live without and bought through Paypal and ticked the pay in 14 days box. What I and I suspect quite a few of you could also do with is a tune that gives you a warm glow with memories of long drawn out warm sunny days.
The Sun Rising anyone?
Well tomorrow sees Airdrieonians take on Hearts in the Scottish Cup for the first time since the semi-final replay on April 14th 1992 when the game ended one each and Airdrie came out on top after penalties and went on to lose 2-1 to Rangers in the final. Hopes are high as Hearts are right pish at the moment but knowing our luck tomorrow will be when their new manager Daniel Stendl's team click and we get pumped. Unconfirmed rumours on Twitter have said that the Diamonds have sold 3500 tickets, they have certainly sold out the allocation that was given but whether it's as many as that we shall see. One thing for sure is Leo is really excited about this game as it will be the largest he has attended and he is looking forward to going to Tyncastle for the first time. For me it will be the first time in over 25 years!
Have a good weekend people
The Beloved - The Sun Rising