Monday, 30 March 2020

Monday's Long Song

Is it Monday? I'm having trouble keeping track of the days at the moment. I am still working so I can only guess how those cooped up but unable to do so are keeping track.

One good thing that did occur at the weekend was that Ted delivered the latest album from The Orb, Abolition of The Royal Familia and very good it is too especially the final two tracks, the first couple of tracks have taken a bit of getting used to as they are quite poppy soulful numbers but after a few listens they have grown on me. Like the previous LP, No Sounds Are Out of Bounds there was also an option to purchase a dub cd of the lp. I haven't had a chance to sit and listen to it in it's entirety but did head straight for the The Weekend It Rained Forever In Dub which for me is the centrepiece of the whole album and a rather calming soundtrack for these strange times.

Oh and don't get me started about the Royal Family, when the fucking heir to the throne irresponsibly decides to decant to remote Aberdeenshire with 100 staff when he has symptoms of the disease and against all instructions from the government and police it is time to question why we still support these leeches.

Stay safe people.

The Orb - The Weekend It Rained Fovever in Dub (The Waterbed Experience mix)

Monday, 23 March 2020

Monday's Long Song

I hope everyone is bearing up under the stress of been cooped up either working from home, or home schooling the kids or if you are a key worker then stay safe, take it from me we appreciate each and every one of you that have no alternative to go out there and get on with it. When we get through the other side I hope that you all get the recognition you deserve.

Right, the music, some French Krautrock for you. Moon Tango is the title track of the debut album from the band from Lyon which is a very good trip, one for just sitting and immersing oneself in. Not a bad thing to do at present.

Abschaum - Moon Tango

Friday, 20 March 2020

It's Friday . . . Let's Jump About Like Eejits

This came on, on shuffle this morning and I found myself smiling and for six and a half minutes I forgot what was going on and just listened and sang along.

Stay safe people

Airport Girl - The Foolishness We Create Through Love IS The Closest We Come To Greatness

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

The Project Part Three

At the end of the second instalment of this mini series we were waiting Kenny to skim coat the walls. Unfortunately this was held up for a couple of weeks due to Kenny having a particularly heavy workload at the time and me telling him that I probably wouldn't be ready until the middle to the end of March. In the meantime I thought I would tackle the exploding Death Star light that I bought from IKEA at least 4 years ago. When I got it home I opened it up saw the amount of bits and thought fuck that, hence it has sat in my office for some time gathering dust since I had a couple of weeks I thought I had time, hopefully to construct the bloody thing. So on the Sunday night after making Leo's piece for school the following day I took a deep breath opened the box and took out the instructions, under ten minutes later I had the globe completed, what I thought was going to be a head wreck was an absolute piece of pish, a lot easier than any of the Lego I have had to build over the years. Next thing was to contact Joe "the spark" and arrange a day for him to fit the light.

On Friday 28th Feb Kenny came and poly-bonded the walls and the following day the plastering was complete and I have to say made an excellent job of it, lovely smooth walls and very little mess. He told me that the walls should be ready by about Wednesday but definitely by the time the walls had gone a pink colour. So in the meantime I thought that I would steam, clean, sand and re-varnish the floor.

So I spent the Sunday, Monday night and Tuesday night doing this. After steam cleaning I got a bit worried that I had buggered up the floor but after a couple of coats of varnish it started to look pretty good and when the third coat was dry I was extremely pleased with it.

Nearly there now, just the painting to go and the furniture and records to move back in.

During all of this I had the ipod on shuffle and blasting out from the portable speaker. 

The Wedding Present - Don't Take Me Home Until I'm Drunk

Monday, 16 March 2020

Monday's Long Song

Last Thursday night at what I suspect will be my last gig for quite a few months, (Greg Dulli's next Sunday night was cancelled the following day) I witnessed something a bit special,  King Creosote with the help of 9 members of the Fence collective performed the music to the film From Scotland With Love which was playing on the big screen behind them. I am not ashamed to admit that I had a watery eye on more than one occasion.

Over the years Kenny Anderson has been rather prolific releasing over thirty albums, quite a few of which are as rare as hens teeth as they came out in small limited runs on cdr. In 2004 he released a rather dark experimental album, Red on Green under the name Kwang Creasite, today's track Jack Shit is the final track on the album.

Kwang Creasite - Jack Shit

* Sorry, I now see that this song has been posted previously not that long ago in this spot. 

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Rest Easy Guv'nor

Andrew Weatherall 
06 April 1963 - 17 February 2020

Thank you for all the music, not just your own that you turned me on to.

Mike Garry & Joe Duddell - St Anthony (Weatherall instrumental)

Monday, 2 March 2020

Monday's Long Song

I'm not sure why I haven't bought more stuff by Floating  Points than I have as everything I have heard I have loved. Kuiper was released as a 12" single back in 2016 and is one of those singles that you get your money's worth from, thirty two and a half minutes over two tracks. I'm not sure if the title is referencing the Kuiper Belt, a body in the outer solar system which is similar to the Asteriod Belt but is far larger possibly up to 200 times the size, but it does end up "out there" it builds and builds, with some pretty superb drumming and suitably spacey synth sounds that eventually slows to a chilled conclusion. love it

Floating Points - Kuiper 

Friday, 28 February 2020

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance

There seems to be some suggestion that today's track isn't from the golden age of House music but a tune that has been made more recently and made to sound like it's from that period, the 12" single that it is the flip of was released in 2006 but that doesn't mean that it hadn't been doing the rounds previously. Whether or not it's from the mid to late 80s or early this century it sounds bloody marvellous to these ears. I am no expert on Marcus Mixx's music or what came out of Chicago in the mid to late 80s and does it really matter a great House tune is a great House tune. I do know that I hadn't heard it prior to 2013 when I purchased Terry Farley's excellent Acid Rain 5 disc boxset. Simple but very effective, repetition being the key.  I have noticed that the price of a lot of classic house and acid 12" singles have rocketed recently. Is House music becoming the rare soul for younger music collectors I ask myself.

Andy fucking Ryan did it again on Saturday netting one of the two goals away against Peterhead and another clean sheet into the bargain. The Diamonds are still three points behind Falkirk and four worse off than Raith Rovers both of whom have a game in hand over Airdrie but in this bonkers league you still never know. Let's hope that another away win is on the cards tomorrow at Montrose.

Have a good weekend people

Marcus Mixx - The Spell (Original Ron Hardy 12" Club mix)

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Vertical Take-Off

This should blow away the cobwebs this morning. I do like a bit of Eat Lights Become Lights, even if the name is ever so slightly wanky. Neil Rudd certainly knows how what to do with a drone and a good rhythm track. Not sure if this means that there is a new album in the offing but it has been three years since the excellent Nature Reserve even if it did come without a fucking download code.

A free download into the bargain.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Nothing But A Heartache

This is such a good song with a bit of a strange provenance. The  Flirtations were a trio from South Carolina and recorded Nothing But A Heartache in 1968, so far so nothern soulie but it was released on the Decca subsidiary Deram and produced by Wayne Bickerton who co-wrote the song with Tony Waddington who as a production writing duo would go on to have great success with the Rubettes during the early 70s. Unfortunately this track failed to make the top 50 in the UK but did make the Billboard Top 40 Stateside where it spent 14 weeks in the Top 100.

The Flirtations - Nothing But A Heartache

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

The Project Part Two

Right where were we.

I was waiting for the dado panel paper which I had sourced from the internet to come and was feeling pretty good about finishing this small job in a couple of shifts. So on the Tuesday the paper arrives and something doesn't look right, I take the paper out and without taking it out the cellophane, put it up against the wall, the pattern is the same but, bugger not in the right dimensions. So it's back to the internet this time putting in the dimensions of the dado panels, it hadn't occurred to me that they would make them in different sizes and it turns out they don't as having no success with my search I decide to go to the source, Anaglypta and enquire about the design, Oriental, if you were interested only to be told that that that style in the dimensions provided hadn't been in production for over twenty years!

Fuck, fuckity fuck were my first thoughts!  As I surveyed the room, my internal dialogue continued "You know what this means don't you my?" "Oh yes" I replied, what it meant was that the panels all the way round would have to be replaced! So Lynn and I had the discussion that night and decided that there was nothing else for it but to replace the whole lot but with a different design as we would have to cut off the bottom of that one and it would look stupid. We also decided that we would get some samples first this time because we were going to be out of pocket by about £13 quid when we sent back the other roll, due to postage and the fact that we wouldn't be receiving a full refund due to it being my fuck-up!

The next thing I did was to consult Stiff as to how easy it was to hing this kind of paper, he should know having served his time as a painter and decorator before diversifying. So he came up had a look at it agreed the the walls were in not that bad  shape but that I would be best to hire a steamer as "that stuff is a bastard to get off and by the way you will need to strip the lining paper off of that back wall above the dado rail and replace it too as you will never be able to patch that corner in so as you won't see the join!"

Fuck and fuck again.

So the next thing was to source the dado rail. I was confident that this would not be a problem as there were a few timber merchants in Lanarkshire. A couple of days later when I should have been doing something else  I went first to the local timber merchants, "we don't stock dado rail anymore" was the reply. Off I traipsed to Wishaw, showed the guy the off cut, "aye, a've goat that moulding but I'm no sure it's as broad as that" and sure as shit it wasn't! "Have you tried such and such in Motherwell, they might have it but if they huvnae am no confident you will be able to get it" Thanks I mumbled and off to Motherwell I went only to be met with "we've goat sumhin' similar but no exactly the same" and he was right it was the right size and nearly the same but just different enough that you would notice if it was patched in.

So I got back in the car phoned Lynn and gave her the good news that not only would we have to renew the dado panels but we would also have to replace the rail all the way round for under two fucking bastarding metres of timber that some clown decided to saw off. Silence on the other end of the phone and then "how much do you think it would cost to skim coat the walls?"

"I'm not sure but I thought that you wanted to keep the room as it is"

"Not really fussed and if it 's just as easy to strip it out and not going to cost us a lot more why don't we just do it"

If she had been there I would have kissed heras this meant a lot less work for me.

"Right, I will contact Kenny and get him to come and give us a price to skim the walls"

Of course the price was right and we were on for a total transformation of the room. All I needed to do was to take half term off and spend my time stripping the walls and patching in the skirting getting ready for the plasterer.

What a revelation that wallpaper steamer was, Jesus,  that took all of the hard work out of stripping wallpaper and it had me asking myself why the fuck I had never hired one previously, instead of spending hours, scoring, soaking, rubbing and scraping.

So now, I am eagerly awaiting the walls being plastered this weekend coming and then painting it and then the fun part, assembling the Kallax 5 x 5 and then the even more fun part putting all the records back in hoping that I can get them all in that unit and one of the existing 4 x 2 ones with hopefully a cube or two left over for expansion.

I am already into my second week without being able to play any physical form of music and I am beginning to get twitchy but I really feel sorry for Lynn who can't get in her living room for all of the records etc filling the room and who is relegated to watching the TV on the wee portable in our bedroom.

JARV IS - Must I Evolve?

Monday, 24 February 2020

Monday's Long Song

This is not the mellowest way to start the working week but I can't think of many better ways than a dose of the Matrix Tapes to get you going, if I keep this blog going long enough I will probably get round to posting all 42 tracks but for now here is an even more frenetic version of White Light /White Heat, un-fucking-believable! If I had a time machine my first stop would be Thursday 13th November 1969 and the destination San Francisco and stay until the 19th so I could watch the whole residency. I wonder if the people present at the time realised that they were seeing a band at the peak of their powers who would go on to hold such a legendary place in the pantheon of 20th Century music or did they just come away thinking "that was alright, a bit noisy in bits but not bad at all".

The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat (Version1)

Friday, 21 February 2020

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance

I was going to post something by Andrew Weatherall but jus couldn't pick one too many tunes going round my head so I thought I would go back to what I intended to post today . Last week Richie of gave me a sneak preview of one of his latest collaborations with Fear-E which reminded me of a some excellent eps that came out on Glasgow label Dixon Avenue Basement Jams you can check out the Bandcamp page here . Today's track comes from DABJ Allstars Vol 2. It's a sparse tech house track with a wicked bass line and a vocal that gets right inside your skull. I'm not going to make it available for download, if you like you can buy all 4 excellent tracks for about the price of 3/4 of a pint in a reasonable boozer or if your in the toon, the price of a half pint. You know it makes sense.

Football is a funny old game, one minute your wondering if you are ever going to see another goal at home and then you get a strange one before you have time to get comfy in your seat, not only that but it's Andy Fucking Ryan that scores it. Last week's performance against Clyde was a joy to watch, the two-nil scoreline didn't reflect the chances that Airdrie missed it could easily have been four or five but we'll take two goals and a clean sheet. Tomorrow is the first of two away games, Peterhead and then Montrose which gives me some time to get stuck into trying to get the dining/music room completed. Now that wee chuckie has broke his duck lets hope he can add to his tally and put us back in contention for winning the league outright but being in the most favourable position for the the play-off.

Have a good weekend people.

Fear-E - Candi's Quadra

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

The Project Part 1

A few weeks ago on a Saturday night, I was sitting in the record/dining room on my new chair listening to music as is my want when Lynn came in to ask me something,  I can't remember what but at the end she said "you really need to do something about all those records all over the floor" I looked around and she was right, there were records all over the place, in neat piles but encroaching on the rest of the room too much. This was highlighted due to the fact that during the festive period a lot of the records were moved out as the room really needed to be a dining room and it was a hell of a lot easier to navigate your way around the room and if I'm being totally honest a lot more pleasing to the eye.

So I agreed but added "what?"

"Well, we could get rid of that for a start" she said pointing to the horrendous 1950s kitchen cabinet that the previous owners had fitted into the corner of the room and up until this point I had managed to ignore Lynn's hints at getting rid of. Not because I found it aesthetically pleasing or thought that it fitted in with the rest of the room as it clearly didn't but because the extra storage was helpful and more to the point I thought that getting rid of it wouldn't be as easy as my better half thought and I just couldn't be arsed with the hassle.

That was until she dropped the suggestion, "we could get rid of that and get a bigger one of those units (Kallax) that could hold all of the records".

Two minutes later I was back in the room with my hammer and a chisel that I had quickly located from my tool box in the cupboard half way up the stairs and was trying to spring the facings from the cabinet to have a look at how it was secured to the wall.

It turned out that the answer to that was not very well, however when I looked behind it I realised as I suspected that this was not going to be as easy as just emptying the cupboard and trying to get it out of the room. oh did I forget to mention that the unit was 18 inches taller than the door frame and just about as wide! It turned out that the guy who had put the unit in may have been a Clerk of Works but he wisnae  nae jyner. Instead of scribing round the skirtings and dado rail he had cut both off!

So here was my first problem, as the house is pre 20th Century and the skirtings looked pretty original it would probably be difficult to source the two bits that I would need, I know that skirting board certainly doesn't come 250 mm deep these days. I was less concerned by the dado rail as it looked as if it had been added later and the mould looked familiar not too ornate.

When we managed to pull the cupboard further out to inspect behind it more closely problem number two became apparent, we would also need to try and match up the dado panels below where the non existent dado rail should have been. After consulting the internet this problem appeared to be easily overcome as there were various web-sites offering up the same pattern but at a price.  Fuck it, I thought, it needs to be done and duly ordered the dado panel anagylpta.

I decided to call it a night at this point as there wasn't much else that could be done until the paper arrived and I had sourced the timber.

Not sure where I'm going with this music wise but here is a track from the great, new Whyte Horses covers album, Hard Times  which had taken up residence the week prior to all these fun and games started. It is quite strange that my favourite track from this album should be a Bee Gees cover as during the Christmas holidays I had bought a best off the Bee Gees (pre 70s) cd as I had an urge to hear To Love Somebody and I Started a Joke and had become quite obsessed with the album much to Lynn's amusement. Mister Natural, however is not from that period of the group but from the immaculately coiffured, shiny teethed on the cusp of disco dominance period.  The other thing about this cover is the singer, La Roux, who I only knew previously as the shrill sounding singer of In For The Kill but she sounds nothing like that on this track.

If you haven't already purchased this album you really need to do so, with covers of Lou Reed, Plastic Bertrand and Curtis Mayfield tracks in amongst the more obscure it is a great listen with some very good guest singers including John Grant, Tracyanne Campbell and Gruff Rhys amoungst them.