Friday 30 March 2007
Another blissed out electronic record from 2002. Hazy,
lazy afternoons in the field music. Don't get me wrong
this is no yuppie lounge bar tunes that in equal parts is
non offensive and completely dull. Chilled but with bite.
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Tuesday 27 March 2007
One of my favourite films and my favourite soundtrack. Got me into Krautrock, Electronica and Ween, and unlike most soundtracks where the songs are tacked on, the soundtrack here is made up of songs from 'Music For You' mixtape given to Morvern for christmas by her dead boyfriend (who just killed himself on Christmas Eve). We hear the songs as she listens to them on her walkman. Turning her working days at a supermaket in to a magical carpet ride, hypnotic, memorising and one of the best films ever made. What more can i say, oh the novel by Alan Warner is quality and is dedicated to Holger Czukay (Can Bassist and producer maestro)
1. Can: I Want More
2. Aphex Twin: Goon Gumpas
3. Boards Of Canada: Everything You Do Is A Balloon
4. Can: Spoon
5. Stereolab: Blue Milk (edit)
6. The Velvet Underground: I'm Sticking With You
7. Broadcast: You Can Fall
8. Gamelan Drumming
9. Holger Czukay: Cool In The Pool
10. Lee 'Scratch' Perry: Hold Of Death
11. Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra: Some Velvet Morning
12. Ween: Japanese Cowboy
13. Holger Czukay: Fragrance
14. Aphex Twin: Nannou
View Trailer HERE
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Buy Morvern Callar from Amazon.co.uk for a 10er. Go on, best 10er you will spent in along time.
Buy Morvern Callar Paperback Novel
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Beautiful, lush, ethereal recordings from the man who tried to sell his sperm on e-bay for a million dollars; Vincent Gallo. He wrote, directed, stared and scored this wonderful film.
1. Lonely Boy (V. Gallo) 2:29
2. A Falling Down Billy Brown (V. Gallo) 2:14
3. Fools Rush In (V. Gallo Sr.) 3:04
4. Moonchild (King Crimson) 2:26
5. Drowning in Brown (V. Gallo) 2:40
6. A Somewhere Place (V. Gallo) 3:36
7. A Wet Cleaner (V. Gallo) 3:18
8. Sixteen Seconds Happy (V. Gallo) :16
9. I Remember When (Stan Getz) 2:58
10. With Smiles & Smiles & Smiles (V. Gallo) 2:55
11. Heart of the Sunrise (Yes) 10:34
12. Sweetness (Yes) 4:19
13. A Cold & Grey Summer Day (V. Gallo) 3:34
Buy Buffalo 66 Soundtrack
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Monday 26 March 2007
Consisting mostly of director Terry Zwigoff's (Who also did the dark humoured 'Bad Santa' and my favourite documentary 'Crumb'. When I 1st rent it out, the guy in the shop said what it was good fun flick, what he didn't say; you will be depressed for a week afterwards.) own 78 record collection, a mix of '20s, '30s big band, ragtime and amazing blues tracks. To be honest normally after 5 songs of most blues records i turn it off, but not this album. The slices from Skip James, Robert Wilkins and Craig Ventresco are classics. If thats not enough, Soundtrack and film opener 'Jaan Pehechaan Ho' from a Bollywood rarity sounds like a song from one of those dim a dozen Elvis Surf movies from the '60s but in the Bollywood Tradition.
Here is 'Jaan Pehechaan Ho' in it's original form. Great great stuff.
1. Jaan Pehechaan Ho - Mohammed Rafi
2. Graduation Rap - Vanilla, Jade and Ebony
3. Devil Got My Woman - Skip James
4. I Must Have It - Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
5. Miranda - Lionel Belasco
6. Pickin' Cotton Blues - Blueshammer
7. Let's Go Riding - Mr. Freddie
8. Georgia On My Mind - Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
9. Las Palmas De Maracairbo - Lionel Belasco
10. Clarice - Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
11. Scalding Hot Coffee Rag - Craig Ventresco
12. You're Just My Type - Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
13. Venezuela - Lionel Belasco
14. Fare Thee Well Blues - Joe Calicott
15. C. C. & O. Blues - Pink Anderson & Simmie Dooley
16. C-h-i-c-k-e-n Spells Chicken - McGee Bros.
17. That's No Way To Get Along - Robert Wilkins
18. So Tired - Dallas String Band
19. Bye Bye Baby Blues - Little Hot Jones
20. Theme From Ghost World - David Kitay
Buy Ghost World OST
Buy The Film
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This was the first Neil Young album i bought/hear. Another one of my favourite films with a haunting score by the 'Godfather of Grunge' intercut by Depp reading William Blake (with whom Depp's character shares the name) and a scene with Billy Bob Thornton, Jared Harris and Iggy Pop playing redneck cannibals with the latter in drag.
Buy Dead Man Soundtrack
Buy The Movie
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Sunday 25 March 2007
This is a Devo mix I made to try to convince my friends to start a Devo covers band. Now armed with a Casio dg 10 digital guitar and 80s voice recording yamaha keyboard and Guit-Board (Guitar keyboard) we might just get the show on the road. Check out their videos, just as head of their days as the music is. Enjoy the Mix.
01 That's Good
02 Gates Of Steel
03 Whip It
04 Big Mess
05 One Dumb Thing
07 Girl U Want
08 Freedom Of Choice
10 Mr. B's Ballroom
11 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
12 Secret Agent Man
13 We're All Devo
14 Jocko Homo
15 Come Back Jonee
16 Be Stiff
17 Uncontrollable Urge
18 Beautiful World
19 The Words Get Stuck In My Throat
Download Duffy's Devo Ditties
Buy Devo - The Complete Truth About De-Evolution DVD (2003)
Saturday 24 March 2007
One of the best eletronic albums of the last couple of years. In a similar vein to Fourtet , jazzy live drums and coated thick with blissed out textures and layers after layers that with ever listen you will discover something new each time. It's one of those albums that came out of nowhere, and is still on heavy rotation in house Pascal's a year on. With new album out this month here's hoping it can live up to his astonishing debut.
Buy Tar File Junction
Here is another great electronic album from recent years
which features guest vocals from Gruff Rhys (Super Furry
Animals) and New York singer/songwriter, Nina Nastasia.
Good Stuff .
Buy Blue Eyed In The Red Room
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Thursday 22 March 2007
01 Morning Wonder - The Earlies
Hypnotic kraut psychedelic from 1/2 English 1/2 American band. Quality song of their quality debut.
02 Sleep The Clock Around - Belle And Sebastian
My favourite Belle and Sebastian song.
03 Variation One (edit) - Stereolab
A Friend of mine doesn't like Stereolab, but he also said he does like punk until he seen Gang of Four live. Maybe he needs to see these folk live to.
04 Ceremony - New Order
I last Joy Division song.
05 Birthday - The Sugarcubes
Just got the 7" yesterday of ebay. The b-side is an Icelandic, but this is the English version,. Hope the rumors of Bjork playing
Electric Picnic are true.
06 19th Nervous Breakdown - The Rolling Stones
The outro alone is a enough to have this song on this compilation. Such a weird sound. It goes while with the equally weird and addictive organ on the next track.
07 Grip89 - The Stranglers
I was in Tesco one day, when i lived in London. In a bin there was the 'Best of the Shadows' and the 'Ultimate Punk album'. The 1st was 5er and the lather 3.45, which i went with. It had amazing songs i never hear before like 'Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - Roadrunner', Ian Dury And The Blockheads - Sex & Drugs & Rock 'N' Roll, The Slits - I Heard It Through The Grapevine (which is also on this mixtape) and this gem. Oh I could listen to that keyboard all day. Great great stuff.
08 Y Control - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
I made this mix over a year ago, but I'm still not sick of it and 5 of the 12 bands that are still going i seen at Electric Picnic last summer. Luck me.
09 Shot In The Arm - Wilco
Seen these boys the last time they played Ireland at Witnness (or had it changed to Oxygen at that stage). Never heard anything that i knew was them and by Joe they play heavier than any of the record and full of improvised distortion freak-outs.Nice.
10 The Real Sugar - dEUS
Broke my foot 3 songs into these boys the 2nd time i saw them. The next time i saw them, they were the 1st band at Electric Picnic last year. What a way to kick start a festival.
11 La Ritourette - Sebastien Tellier
I picked up a sticker of the cover of this single in a record shop. On it there was a quote from Pure Groove Magazine which read "This Song will make your whole body weep and fall in love with everything again and again and again". Bought the Album when it came out. Oh the video is the single version which has the 4 minutes intro cut out, silly silly chaps.
12 Message From A Black Man - The Heptones
This and "I'll Be Around" are both from Studio One : Soul. A great compilation from a great label.
13 Hammer - Bob Marley
I think I'm a Sucker for strange noise in pop records, this contains that sounds like a cat in heat (but in a good way) backing track.
14 I'll Be Around - Otis Gayle
I heard another song with the same music but a completely different vocals layed on top. But this vocal rocks "there's always a chance,then amber sparkles remain, and sparks can turn into flames".
15 Heard It Through The Grapevine - The Slits
Dirty reggae cover of the Marvin song, Ari-Up sings 'heard it thought the bassline' as the backing singers hum low low bass track.
16 Helter Skelter (alt. version) - The Beatles
This dirty blues version is taken from Anthology3, an out take from the 'White Album' session.And according to Family member Paul Watkins, "Before Helter Skelter came along, all Charlie cared about was orgies."
17 Broken Dream - Python Lee Jackson
Heard this on the sound track of Lars Von Triers's classic film 'Breaking the Waves'. Didn't think Rod Stewart could be so good.
18 Runaway - Del Shannon
A classic track and in my top3 pop songs with Nipple Erectors 'Gabriel' (See Pascal's Country Sounds Mixtape) and Abba's S.O.S
19 Neon Lights (Edit) - Kraftwerk
'Man Machine' was the first album i heard of Kraftwerk and for me still the best. This is one of 6 reasons why.
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Wednesday 21 March 2007
This mini album is the most experimental, Beefheart'
influenced record dEUS has made. The album was edited
"... More or less the same way you would edit a movie".
It's a one 26 minutes long track that reads like a dream,
equal part, paranoiac violin nightmare and part playful
'dance around the campfire' music. The songs mingle
together with the use of dialogue and eastern european
soundscapes in between them and it contains one of by
favourite dEUS songs; 'Void'. Enjoy.
2. Almost White
3. Health Insurance
4. Little Ghost
5. How To Row A Cat
6. Only A Colour To Her
7. Sick Sugar
9. Horror Party Jokes
11. Sans Titre Pour Sira
13. Lorre In The Forest
Buy My Sister Is My Clock
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Tuesday 20 March 2007
A pre-cursor to one of the best albums of 2005 'Alligator'. This 7 track contain several gems. The title track is one of their best so far, and 'About Today' was the 1st song i heard and bought 'Alligator' because of it.
Buy Cherry Tree EP
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Not to sure about the history of this album, a friend of mine said
that all the songs are covers with different lyrics. Another one tells
me that they got Nashville session musicians in to make the album
sound authentically country. Whatever the story is, for me it's their
2nd best album, 2nd only to the genre bending 'Chocolate and Cheese'
from 1994. There is only 10 Golden Country Greats on the damn thing.
"Funny guy, funny guy."
Buy 12 Golden Country Greats
Tuesday 13 March 2007
Buy Made In USA Soundtrack (1985)
Download Made In USA Soundtrack (1985)
Buy Tv Shit
Download Tv Shit
Buy I.C.P. & the Ex
Download I.C.P. & the Ex
Buy Silver Sessions (For Jason Knuth)
Download Silver Sessions (For Jason Knuth)
Buy Sonic Death (1984)
Download Sonic Death (1984)
Download Peel Sessions (Oct 88)
The Peel Sessions got 3 Fall covers and a cover of Victoria by The Kinks.
Sunday 11 March 2007
When Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) visited Mali at the request of Oxfam, he was armed with a DAT recorder and a melodica and promptly fell in love with the music he encountered there. After 40 hours of jamming sessions with local musicians including guitarist Afel Bocoum & kora player Toumani Diabate, Albarn brought his recordings back to Britain and edited and mixed the music. He then sent the tapes back to Mali for extra vocals and instrumental passages to be added. The resulting album is nothing short of breath taking.
This album is basically the tape in Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers that Jeffrey Wright's character Winston gives to Bill Murray. It becomes the soundtrack to the movie as he travels across country trying to find in son. For me the album sounds like the perfect soundtrack to a British 60s bank heist movie set in the desert. Great Stuff.
Saturday 10 March 2007
He was a poet, playwright, composer, humourist, actor (He appeared in The Beatle's Magical Mystery Tour as the bus conductor Buster Bloodvessel), musician, teacher and a children's writer. His music is either silly nonsensical ramblings or works of pure genius. Answers on a postcard to 22 Abbey Road, I Got Too Much Time On My Hands, Dublin.
What ever the answer, i can't get enough of him. Highly recommend.
Wednesday 7 March 2007
Here's two singles/Eps from the man who seems to do no
wrong. The B- sides of No More Workhouse Blues got my
friend into Bonnie 'Prince' Billy. Ruby is the heaviest and
darkest he has very gone, and The Kiss is heartbreakingly
beautiful, defo one for the ladies.
Dir: Harmony Korine
Dir: Mike Piscitell
I Gave You is one of the best song he was ever writing and
the B- sides to it are in my opinion better than most of the
songs on Superwolf his collaboration with Matt Sweeney;
Matt wrote the music to Will's lyrics.
Download No More Workhouse Blue
Buy No More Workhouse Blue
Download I Gave You
Buy I Gave You
Tuesday 6 March 2007
Abit Honky, abit doo wop and a little punk but at heart always 'Keeping it Country'.
01. phone Ring
02. Sister Wynona Carr - Dragnet For Jesus
The Gospel of the street according to Sister Wynona Carr.
03. Wilco - Airplane To Heaven
Words by Woodie Gruthrie, Music by Wilco. Great Stuff.
04. Elvis Presley - Mystery Train
Probably my favourite track of his and for some reason it's not in most Best of. Wonderful film Also.
05. Jerry Lee Lewis - Honky Tonk Rock N' Roll Piano Man
The most roll and roll man to have sat on a piano stool.
06. Tommy Spurlin And The Southern Boys - Hang Loose
"...Well my favourite pass-time
Is to get myself a nickel or a dime
Slip it in the jukebox-machine
Grab me a kitten in tight blue jeans"
07. Roy Montrell - (Everytime I Hear That) Mellow Saxophone
You can't but dance to this track. "...Rip it, bop it, Davey Crockett".
08. Ween - Powder Blue
I love it when Dean Ween introduces the band and they each in turn break into their solos, pure country!
09. The Handsome Family - The Sad Milkman
I always envisage the video of this gem by Husband and Wife duo to be of a vampire milkman, seducing and killing the woman folk as he delivers his rounds in wee hours of the morning.
10. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - I Am A Cinematographer
Great countriafication of Palace song.
11. The Rolling Stones - Country Honk
The two-stepping alter ego of "Honky-Tonk Women".
12. The Beatles - Don't Pass Me By
Ringo's first song he wrote and he sang lead. It became a number one hit in Sweden too. Quality with a capital Q.
13. Pavement - Father To A Sister Of Thought
Steven Malmus was sure that this was a surefire hit single, but it did no business. "I was smoking alot of grass when i picked the singles..."
14. Beck - Rowboat
Another classic from Stereopathetic Soul Manure (A Collection of recordings from 1988 to '93). Only found out recently that Johnny Cash did a cover of it. Gees that man got around didn't he.
15. The Carter Family - I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes
"Twould been better for us both had we never
In this wide and wicked world had never met,
But the pleasure we both seemed to gather
I'm sure, love, I'll never forget".
16. The Slades - You Cheated
Normal doo wop songs are upbeat but this slice from 58' has lyrics which are full of heartbreak.
17. Captain Beefheart - I'm Glad
From his 1st and his greatest album Safe As Milk 1967. More doo wop, but more hopefully than the Slades song.
18. The Teen Queens - Eddie My Love
Another classic track from 56. The Teen Queen were 14 and 16 at the time of recorded this very maturely song. Both died tragically of drug related deaths.
19. The Damned - Love Song
Solid stuff for the Damned.
20. The Nipple Erectors - Gabrielle
One of the Greatest pop song ever recorded from pre-Pogues singer Shane MacGowan.
21. Richard Hawley - Wading Through The Waters Of My Time
The most country song he has done. Quite depressing though.
22. Woody Gruthrie - Vigilante Man
I wonder if Walker Texas Ranger was write around this song.
23. Robert Wilkins - Thats No Way To Get Along
Found this track on the "Ghost World Soundtrack". Well worth checking out.
24. Rev. A. W. Nix - Black Diamond Express Train To Hell
Taken from "Goodbye Babylon", a 6 CD gospel collection. 5 CDs contain 135 songs from 1902-1960 and the 6th disc is comprised of 25 sermons recorded between 1926-1941 which is were this track was taken from. Always best to end a compilation with fire and brimstone i thought.
Good Luck And Enjoy.
Monday 5 March 2007
The image above is from Harmony Korine's "Julien Donkey Boy". In that long shot, slow down tuned acoustic guitar and Hurdy Gurdys drones out as if it's straight from Julien's troubled head, played superbly by the almost unrecognisable Ewen Bremner. The music is Jim O'Rourke and its apart of this one track 47:34 minute ep. So good it should be illegal.