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Monday, November 29, 2004

The Servant - biro.mp3

Taken from the "with the invisible" mini album, from 2001. Dan Black has been writing great songs for years now, but the fame and fortune that many who knew him predicted would just fall into his lap, still hasn't materialised.
The name of the band is taken from the classic 60's brit flick of the same name, and on this track it makes sense why. Whilst sat at his office desk, with phone on his ear, Dan fantasizes about smashing his bosses head in with a rock ("i shut that cock up, with a rock, non stop in his face"). It's funny, claustrophobic, and desperate all at once.
(click here to buy from amazon UK)

Friday, November 26, 2004

Screamin Jay Hawkins - Constipation Blues.mp3

Well its Friday afternoon and I felt like some cheering up, so i looked to one of the great rock n roll entertainers Screamin J . Screamin J had it all bags of charisma, energy, drinks and drug addiction along with a healthy appetite for woman. It is said that he has fathered over 700 children which is 10 a year from 0-70 and that is some going even for satan himself. His hypnotic eyes and demonic smile coupled with his outrageous persona made him irreistable to the ladies, known for arriving on stage in a coffin and his egmatic performances have ensured this spellbinding performer will cement his place in rock n roll history forever. Constipation Blues is typical of his humour a song about real pain that can be experienced by everyone. Purchase the greatest hits here.

Magnolia Electric Co - dark don't hide it.mp3

Taken from the forthcoming songs: ohio live album, "trials and errors". (jan 18th 2005)
After songs:ohio's 2003 "magnolia electric co." album, Jason Molina discarded the songs:ohio moniker and took to the road as the newly named "Magnolia Electeic Co" band. The set on this album was recorded in Belgium in the same year.
There are probably plenty of Smiths/Morrissey fans who are enjoying The Dears album (no cities left) at the moment, and Jason Molina does something similar for the Neil Young fan. In fact, on the last track on "trials.." (the big beast) he can't stop himself from breaking into "tonight's the night".
After the perfection of the "magnolia.." studio album, (it really is fucking marvelous!) , it is great to hear the mechanics of the band here, as the twin guitars of Molina and Groth, stumble from note to note, searching for the spirit of Neil Young. It is unedited and raw, and all the better for it. As the title suggests, these are trials and errors, and for someone who loves the Magnolia album as much as I do, it's great to get a glimpse of the band as they let it all hang out. But if you don't know them already, head straight for the studio album, and then come back for more when you find you can't get enough of them.
(click here for "Magnolia Electric Co" by songs: ohio)

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Busdriver - Raffle Ticket Blues.mp3

Busdriver & Radioinactive with Daedelus - The Weather, is a must get album it's how music should be. It sounds like 3 guys chilling out in a room, cracked open the beers lit the spliffs and thoght lets make some tunes for a laugh. In all the commotion fun & frolics someone tripped up hit record then just let it happen. Although this is not a comedy album the energy is pure and original and it does make you laugh, something that we don't get enough of these days so hats off to Busdriver and Co and a big hooray for making our lives slightly more bearable and bringing a shine to avant style hip hop. To buy click here.

Sly andf The Family Stone - if you want me to stay.mp3

it may not be off the beaten path (USA top 10), but this track is really doing it for me today.
One time i was listening to Fresh with some mates, a friend put a CD of it on. It is an album that i know every note of, from my vinyl copy, but on this CD it sounded like a different mix. I since found out that there are 2 versions out there. I don't know if it's because i got to know my copy first that i thought it was vastly superior, but i would suggest tracking down a copy on vinyl if you love the CD.
The Family Stone had a new line up for this album, most notably the departure of Larry Graham on bass, but Rusty Allen's bass playing on this track must go down as one of the greatest bass guitar performances of all time. The album is undoubtably more up-beat than it's predecessor "there's a riot goin on", but the funk is still dense and complex on this album, which means you can listen to it time and time again without it's powers ever fading.
(click here to buy CD at amazonUK or here for the vinyl from black vinyl records)

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

The Rakes - 22 grand job (live in amsterdam).mp3

a slack handed punk shamble through debut single "22 grand job" that reminds us modern life is rubbish. living for a mediocre job, fancying mediocre girls, mediocre nights out... it's all a bit shit isn't it? Of course you could just walk out the door and start a band or something and travel the world preaching the qualities of an alternative lifestyle. if you don't manage to escape the dross for ever, at least it might stall it a couple of years, by which point inflation will have gone up and you could expect maybe 24 grand!
(hear the whole gig at therakes.co.uk)

Small Faces - Tin Soldier.mp3

"The meaning of the song is about getting into somebody's mind - not their body. It refers to a girl I used to talk to all the time and she really gave me a buzz. The single was to give her a buzz in return and maybe other people as well. I dig it. There's no great message really and no physical scenes" quote by Steve Marriott. A cracking upbeat rock song with a florescent lead guitar fully backed by a solid bass that kicks ass and vocals reminiscent of Robert Plant, everytime I listen to this track it makes me want to pick up my hairbrush and dance around the room like an epileptic farmer snorting jif. Click To Buy

Friday, November 19, 2004

The Sonics - The Hustler.mp3

Inspired by the Wailers' success, the Sonics formed in 1963 on the north side of Tacoma, Washington, in the heart of Boeing country. "We got our name from the sonic boom made by the jets," Andy once recalled. "It seemed natural."
The young band's first gigs were the usual, teen sockhops and skating rink parties, and on occasion threw their own dances before finding work at places such as Evergreen Ballroom, Pearl's in Bremerton and of course the Spanish Castle Ballroom on old Highway 99.
Although they maintained the standard 5-piece lineup (sax, keys, guitar, bass, drums) and they did share with many other local bands a common core of the Northwest standards in their repertoire, the Sonics simply transcended any possible limitations erupting with a tough and unprecedented new sound. It took a good year for the Sonics reputation to take hold, but then came the day when the Wailers' bassist, Buck Ormsby, out scouting for talent for their label happened to cross paths with our boys. "They were practicing in Bob Bennett's basement," Ormsby recalled in 1985. " I was looking for something that was different, something that would rock my socks off. I went down and saw them, and I found it. I liked the guitar because it sounded dirty, and I liked Gerry because he was such a screamer." The Sonics bring us back to the time when rock music was exciting, fearless and raw especially in a world where rock music seems to represent heartless, corporate shovelled crap that is meant to numb the masses to generic tunes. With the sonics you are given the real deal mixing Gerry Roslie blood curdling vocals and Larry Parypa distorted guitar to deliver a unique cocktail of sex, drugs and psychotic roll. To Buy this track click here .

Constable Transubstandanation – voices in my heaad.mp3

Although he never recorded a track with vocals on it, “the Constable” always insisted on writing lyrics for every recording he ever made. He would then make his “trans adjuster” (a musical instrument he built himself from various old synthesizers and WW2 weaponry) speak the words. He claimed he could understand what it was saying even when hearing it years later, long after forgetting the lyrics (he was a long suffering alcoholic and a crack addict).
This is from his debut EP “the trouble with me”, on which he played every instrument, including his self-made sitar.
It starts with a double bass line taken from some mainstream coffee table mid ‘90s dance track but he mutilates then reforms it as the backbone of some 4-track jazz sludge demo.
It gets me in the same way as “there’s a riot goin on” Sly and the Family Stone album - no matter how many times you listen to it you never actually feel like you really know it.
Of “voices in my head”, he said…
“ whenever I play a musical note, even if it’s me pinging my fingernail against my half-full wine glass, that feeling starts, and the single voice in my head becomes two, then three, then many, then suddenly I am the real me…”

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Grave Robber - TheSharks.mp3

The Sharks were formed in the late 1970's by guitarist Alan Wilson and were initially a 50's style Rockabilly band. A line up change in 1982 brought in Steve Whitehouse on slap bass and Paul 'Hodge' Hodges on drums. Within 2 weeks the trio had not only written and recorded their first album,but had also signed to Nervous records - a new label that was spearheading the Neo-Rockabilly movement. Shortly after the release of there debut album the band split leaving them with a huge cult following, it wasn't until 10 years later that the band reformed and started to make the best music of there careers. 1996 they released the album Colour My Flesh (click here to buy) which I think to be the bands best work to date. Grave Robber keeps the band's rockabilly style whist adding an extra tangy flavour that scatters your taste buds.

Fleetwood Mac - never going back again.mp3

Last night goes a bit radio 2 with another mothers choice (see separate ways), a classic amongst mums left to their own devices on a wet autumn afternoon in the late ‘70’s.
I always liked the Lindsey Buckingham stuff best when I got into Fleetwood Mac again years later, spending evenings skimming through the albums for his tracks.
“Rumours” was written amidst break-ups and divorces and the sentiment here “never going back again” is typical of the rest of the album. But the band lived it, recorded it, toured it, sold more copies any other album, ever, and moved on.
It may have inspired the british punk revolution, but until CD’s came along it still had a home in every lonely housewife's collection, who sang along while the husband was out, …and still had dinner on the table when he arrived home.
(click here to e-mail your mum and ask if you can borrow it)

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

robert johnson - walking blues.mp3

Robert Johnson is one of the greatest blues, folk guitar players of all time. A combination of hypnotic vocals and celestial guitar playing have ensured his transcendence even today. Johnson lived the life of arock n roll star with his heavy drinking and womanising, which eventually lead to his death. In 1938 Robert Johnson was having intimate relations with a woman in Greenwood, MS. It appeared that someone had put some poison (possibly strychnine) into a bottle of whiskey, Johnson was about to drink -- for revenge. Later, he complained of feeling ill, and was taken to the home of an acquaintance, by his buddy & fellow musician Honeyboy Edwards, in the section known as ''Baptist Town''. Three days later, he died but the music and the legacy still live on. Click here to buy

Monday, November 15, 2004

Roger Waters - Radio Waves.mp3

Roger Waters, the conceptual genius behind such classic Pink Floyd projects as The Wall, Animals and Dark Side Of The Moon, hits the mark again. Radio K.A.O.S., his first fully successful solo LP, is a conceptual piece about a Welsh invalid boy, Billy, who can receive radio waves in his head. Billy (represented in computer speech) is sent to live with his uncle in L.A., where he develops a phone-in relationship with a radio DJ (played by ex-KMET personality Jim Ladd) and develops his transmission capabilities to the point where he can control the most powerful computer systems in the world. To purchase this album ( click here)

Paddy McAloon - I Trawl The Megahertz(edit).mp3

I have posted an edit of this track because the full version is about 22 mins long.
Written during a period of blindness due to retinal problems, Paddy McAloon spent hours tuning into late night talk radio, and the stories that he heard/recorded inspired the album, from which this is the title track. It is a deeply moving autobiographical ode to isolation, loss and heartache. From the opening chords it's heartbreaking stuff. Yvonne Conners recites diary-like reminiscences over a lush melancholic orchestral arrangement. This is night music, music that you get the most from when you lock your doors, dim the lights, take the phone off the hook and recline on your favourite sofa, watching the story unfold on the back of your closed eyelids...
(click here to buy from amazon)

Friday, November 12, 2004

Tom Tom Club - Wordy Rappinghood.mp3

Friday afternoon, after a 2 pint lunch at work, listening LOUD, you can even hear the sound of fingers typing at the start... what to say.. What are words worth? What are words worth? - words. just turn it up loud enough to feel the kick drum in your guts!
(you can buy this album through www.tomtomclub.com or click here to buy from amazon UK)

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Mahavishnu Orchestra - you know, you know.mp3

When Massive Attack sampled this track on the Blue Lines album, they didn’t just take a snippet and create a new musical world, it’s more like a cover with a vocal on top, mash up style. Like an out-take or a 5 min fade that never made the cut. It's not what they took from the track, it's what they took away, and all credit to 'em.
Mahavishnu is John Mclaughlin of Miles Davis fame (check out the Jack Johnson album), but the thing that makes the Mahavishnu great for me is Billy Cobham, I love Billy Cobham’s drumming, in a Mitch Mitchell sort of way...
I think I will be posting more in the “sampled by” series soon, the Devilfish sort of kicked things off with the Max Romero track, and it’s always great to hear tracks that you already know a few bars/beats of- in their original form, sometimes better, sometimes worse, but always worth hearing. Comments on possible contenders greatly appreciated…
(click here to buy the Inner Mounting Flame from amazon)

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Jackson C. Frank - blues run the game.mp3

For a brief moment in the mid 60’s some people thought, what with the current british rock'n'roll boom starring the beatles and the stones as joint headline acts, that the folk singer-songwriter scene was next in line for world domination. Many of the leading folk scenestars looked up to Jackson C Frank as one of their best performers. He had recently arrived from New York, funded by an $100,500 insurance payout from a school fire that left his body covered with burns and scars when he was 11 years old (he was lucky! 18 of his classmates died). He was introduced to Paul Simon who asked to record his debut album (pictured) which was a triumph. Things couldn’t get better,he was driving round town in his Aston Martin - without the bumper sticker that read “my other car is an Bently” (even though it was), but due to the sudden pressures of stardom he developed severe stage-fright (he had recorded all the songs on his debut album in three hours, hidden from view behind studio sound screens). When the money eventually ran out in ’66 he had become seized with writers bloc and he left a half recorded follow up and headed back to Woodstock.
By ’67 Led Zeppelin and the Who were igniting audiences with the pleasures of electric rock music and the ambitions of the acoustic folk movement fell on deaf ears as even Dylan “sold out” by plugging in his Stratocaster!
However, more profound disasters followed JCF in Woodstock, including divorce, the death of an infant son, and alleged schizophrenia (which Jackson claimed was post traumatic stress).
Blues Run The Game seems to hint at what lay in store with the repeating refrain… “wherever I have gone, the blues have run the game”. At one point he says that “somewhere down the line, I’ll wake up older, and I’ll just stop all my trying”. He ended up homeless on the streets of New York.
He wrote this track on the crossing from America before his glory days, but listening in retrospect to his wavering voice accompanied by only his gently picking style it sounds chilling.
Read his story in his own words
Read his story in his friends words
Read liner notes by the artist for 1978 re-release
(click >here to buy Jackson C. Frank from amazon)

Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit(Tricky Remix).mp3

Southern trees bear a strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze. Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.These poignant words were written in the late 30's by liberal, Jewish, New York educator Abel Meeropol (under the name of Lewis Allan) as a song to protest one of the worst examples of human behavior - the lynch mob. In 1939, singer Billy Holiday recorded these words in what would become her signature piece until the end of her all-too-brief life. With strange fruit it could be argued that billie holiday was the first protest singer of modern times, the song is a deep and powerful interpretation of these dark and tragic stains on humanity. Never has a song been sung with such passion and ease that makes even the most dim-witted hick able to grasp the meaning.To buy this track please click here.

Monday, November 08, 2004

New Fast Automatic Daffodils - Music Is Shit.mp3

In 1989 i didn't have many possessions to my name, but a knackered Aria bass guitar, and 3 New Fast Automatic Daffodils EP's were the only things i would have saved if i had come home to find my flat burning down. The NewFADS came from Manchester but were out of kilter with the emerging baggy scene at the time, (they formed at the Polytechnic, and were students rather than proper Mancs) even though "fate don't fail me now" (b-side of "Lions" - 1st EP) was a dance/indie crossover gem predating the Happy Monday's Wrote For Luck by a good few months. Their sound and attitude was far more aggressive than the loved-up groove that became the lifestyle choice of a million kids wearing flares and reni hats.
They were willfully independent, drawing inspiration from bands like the fall, who did it their own way, and chose not to "jump on the bandwagon" like so many other Northside's.
The lyrics were always slightly off the wall, for the third EP they came courtesy of someone posting a moldy herring wrapped in a strip of paper on which was scrawled the words "Beware! He is Coming! Fishes eyes will watch your lies..." through one of the band's letterbox.
(first one to click here can buy Music Is Shit EP on 12")
(or click here get the debut album at amazon)

Friday, November 05, 2004

Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues.mp3

"Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison" is often referred to as the best live album ever, it's true that it captures something unlike any other live album your are ever likely to hear. In 1968, Cash performed a set list of songs about prison, murder, adultery, drugs,,, to a captive audience of 2000 inmates who fully appreciate his macho rebel spirit. When he sings "i shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die" he gets a cheer and a whoop from the audience.
Throughout the recording he makes jibes at the prison staff, implies he's on cocaine, and swears (which had to be bleeped out on the original release). Johnny Cash was punk rock before it had even been invented...
You can read the album liner notes by steve earle here.
(click here to buy at Amazon)

Thursday, November 04, 2004

The Undertones - Mars Bars.mp3

Ah, the energy and unadulterated passion of youth! In 1978, Derry's finest knew little - and cared even less! Amidst the doom rock, terrorism and 1 in 10 unemployment, 'Ireland's only punks' were heartfelt, non-confrontational and innocent - just like me. Songs about chocolate and girls - so what? Stripped down and simplistic four four time with no pretentions. They were the boys from next door.
This track is an example of a priceless throwaway B side (minor hit Jimmy Jimmy) and lasts less time than it takes to polish of a Mars Bar (the lads' teenage staple diet).
Alas, it was too much too soon and (unsuprisingly) they couldn't survive. There are many 'Best Of' The Undertones comp albums available, but I would recommend you try 1980's album 'Hypnotised' as a benchmark. I was 18 then and John Peel about 40. He couldn't get enough of it either! Now I'm about 40 - and I can really understand why.
(get hypnotised here or get a best of here, both from amazon)

The Luxury Of Loneliness - Her Space Holiday.mp3

er Space Holiday is the brainchild of Audio Information Phenomena label owner Marc Bianchi. Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Marc started his musical career playing in well known hard core bands (Indian Summer, Mohinder and Calm). After a couple years of enduring the unfulfilling "band life", Marc decided to trade in the smoky club atmosphere for an intimate home recording environment. Since 1996, Marc has been writing and recording music under the alias of Her Space Holiday.The Luxury Of Loneliness of of the album The Young Machines is the acceptance of being trapped in the abyss of loneliness, instead of finding despair he ends washed up in the sea of tranquillity.(Click Here 2 Buy)

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Chase The Devil - Max Romero.mp3

Lucifer son of the morning, I'm gonna chase you out of earth. Sampled by the prodigy "Outta Space" Max Romero's Chase The Devil is a real dandelion mash of uplifting lyrics with bouncing reggae beats. If any record has ever made you want to down a bottle of rum and dance like a possessed dwarf with your mum it's this one. Max's seaside vocals blend astonishingly well with the chilled out smooth beat, sending a warm glow through your entire body more fulfilling than ready-break the original get up and go.

(this track is featured on this compilation from juno records)

Bob Lind - spilling over.mp3

this is not a comment on love, this is love happening. it's start off all quiet and intimate, in a reflective mood. but as bob considers the many charms of the woman in question, something starts to happen, emotion wells up, and suddenly the track slows.... slows again, then it happens... the wave breaks and we are smothered.
01:19 lets's start again... the whole band kicks in, re-evaluation, we know what we are talkin about now, andwwhen we get to the chorus, ...this petty world melts away...
"look.., at how..., her love is spilling over in your mind!"... it's arthur lee, forever changes era, it's a plateau, and we are floating ... all too soon the track fades and you can either click on "My Shared Folder" to see if your latest download has finished, or just hit play,,, one more time.

this is on the album, "Since There Were Circles" (pictured). unfortunately it isnt available on CD but you can..
(..get some bob lind here)

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

The Others - this is for the poor.mp3

so the BPI wants to do like thr RIAA an try to nobble a few thieves, in the hope of scaring those feeding at the well away. it's gonna be a long battle, and probably a sword of damacles that we will all have to get used to living with.
you see, the industry has tired and tested methods of doing things and they don't like it when things happen without their consent, however some bands are walking a new path, and are as concerned about their forum as they are their art-work, and as music fans now spend more time on-line than in the rcord shop (legally or otherwise) they are never more than one click away from speaking directly to the band, if the band care enough to be listening. thing is, nowadays, any band who "mean it maaaaan" should have a forum. the others went one step further and posted their mobile phone number (they also host their news page here at blogger). maybe dominic masters has shared ideas with his old pal pete docherty whilst they were busy "out partying and building our community", whatever the motives, this attitude is something to be applauded wholeheartedly, as it makes all the old dinosaurs cluttering up the industry seem that bit more stale, and the bands that stand up all the more exhilarating.
so if you are skint and keep your spirit riding high by gorging daily on free music, (which, if you are here...) then the others have created an anthem for you.
i was blasting this track in the car on the way home today, doing the school run, my heart skipping beats as the chorus kicked in, when my five year old in the back says "i'm a rich kid arnt a dad", as i looked at the council houses surrounding the school i gave a non-commital "yeah, we're ok" but the track keeps going...anyway, we were both getting into it - turnin it up, eventually screaming "this is for the poor, and not you rich kids" over and over...
the vocal is great, and sounds not unlike pete voss at his most unruly.
the other tracks on the 12 are well worth checking out as well. it's dark stuff though, "how i nearly lost you" tells of drug abuse, unconsciousness and dissappearing heart beats set to a pleasant upbeat jangle and fuzz in a classic dinausaur jnr sort of way. "psycho vision" gets even darker, starting with a two chord hypnotic primal durge on top of which domininic masters reveals all the thrills and horrors of his life to date,... son of a drug dealer, allusions to prostitution and other general self-destructive hobbies.

(click here to see releases by the others at poptones OR buy it at amazon)

Monday, November 01, 2004

Bob George - Prince.mp3

The Black Albumn was originally set for release in 1988 without having an artist's name to it however weeks before it was pulled, tapes started circulating and it was quickly discovered it was Prince. Only the ballad "When 2 Are In Love" managed to see the light of day on his next album Lovesexy. Bob George is a cool funk jam of a truly demented character study of someone who loses control when he finds out his partner cheats on him. All I can say is any woman thinking of cheating on the pint sized pop star should listen to this then think again. To buy this albumn click Here

Luke Temple - make right with you.mp3

when all goes sideways and all goes blue, that's the time to make right with luke temple.
This track is from his self-titled EP, which is "the first sneak peek into his upcoming LP, Hold A Match For A Gasoline World" which is expected to be out "sometime this winter".
You can hear another mp3 from the album, "Old New York" at Mill Pond Records where there is also an interesting biog which mentions the time he lived for a year in a sleeping bag in the woods...
(click here to buy from Mill Pond OR click here to buy from Amazon UK)

although this mp3 has now been removed, here are a couple of links so that you can hear both the Luke Temple tracks from his record label's site...

Old New York (5.56 mb)
Make Right With You (4.47mb)