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