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Friday, January 28, 2005

John Lee Hooker Ft Santana - The Healer.mp3

In the beginning was a stomping right foot, accompanied by a distorted electric guitar. A fast, simple rhythm that strikes a bridge from Africa to Mississippi, from the rainforest to the cotton fields, from prehistory WHAM! straight into the 20th century. Then the voice, deep as the darkness at the center of the earth; John Lee raps, 35 years before anyone would think about calling it that. And then the break: the guitar stops (the foot keeps stomping, relentlessly) and *twang* *twang* *twang* *twang* braaaaaang! Dead silence. Boogie Chillun! and the rhythm starts over again and each stomp, each bass note from the worn guitar is a hammer stroke on the chisel that is hewing rock’n’roll out of the ancient rock. To get this track and many others click here.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Special Needs - sylvia.mp3

It's a year since the release of this, The 'Needs' debut single on which they served up a mundane urban drama about seeing a girl having a fag outside Tesco's and, well, that's all it's about basically.
Singer Zac Stephenson manages to perfectly capture this epiphany simply by repeating her (fictional) name "Sylvia" over and over in a yearning falsetto that reminds me of a young Stephen Patrick Morrissey (who also sang many a love song about girls(?) that he could never summon up enough courage to talk to).
They are no stranger to spontaneous guerilla gigs. They recently played the pub across the road when many fans couldn't get in to the proper gig, only because they love you, and to prove it, you can download their Christmas pressie to their fans, 3 unreleased rough as fuck demo's, here (there's also a whole XFM gig). You can also download a load of mp3's here at their label, poptones.
They are currently putting the finishing touches to their album, should be out soon.
(click here to buy Sylvia from Amazon UK)

this quiz -which new-ish london band are you- is a mildly entertaining way to pass 10 minutes if you are bored at work...

Monday, January 24, 2005

Bread - If.mp3

David Gates started initially just as a songwriter then realizing that the only way his songs were sure to be recorded was to sing them himself, Gates founded Bread in 1968; the group consisted of Gates, James Griffin, Robb Royer, and later, drummer Michael Botts and keyboardist Larry Krechtel. The group's first album, Bread, was released in 1969 with hits "It Don't Matter to Me," "Dismal Day" and "Make It with You." Soft rock hits became the band's trademark and made them legends. Greater success and recognition came with the 1971 album, Manna, with the smash hit "If" an all time classic love song and proof of the Gates songwritting genius.

If a picture paints a thousand words,Then why can't I paint you? The words will never show the you I've come to know. If a face could launch a thousand ships,Then where am I to go? There's no one home but you,You're all that's left me too. And when my love for life is running dry,You come and pour yourself on me. If a man could be two places at one time,I'd be with you. Tomorrow and today, beside you all the way. If the world should stop revolving spinning slowly down to die,I'd spend the end with you. And when the world was through,Then one by one the stars would all go out,Then you and I would simply fly away. Click To Buy.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Delta - i'm getting darker.mp3

When James Roberts (beige coat and stubble) sings, you can hear all his misfortune and anguish in every syllable, and he has had more than his fair share. Delta are unknown by many, due to countless music industry fuck up's and the bands willful anti-careerist attitude. But to those few who have been lucky enough to find their way into their world they are held in the highest regard, one of those best kept secrets that somehow manages to stay secret.
I first saw Delta live in '96 (not long after this had been recorded) and was convinced, like many others that it was only a matter of time before everyone else would get to hear them too, as they had a set full of classics. They seemed unstoppable. However, I'm getting darker never even made it to the shop's. This is taken from a 1996 4 track promo on Acid Jazz subsiduary Focus, and was the only recorded output for the band between the years '95 to '99. Focus had signed the band and then didn't release anything for nearly 5 years, but as they were under contract they couldn't release anything elsewhere.
In 1999 they returned to their previous label home -Dishy- and have released 4 albums and a couple of EP's between then and last year, all of which are well worth getting hold of. You can find a discography at the bottom of this page.
"Delta are taking a bit of a sabbatical.....one which may last forever" says James in this interview, but he is currently finishing off his solo album which i am looking forward to.
(click here to buy from Amazon UK)

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Cud - push and shove.mp3

The atmosphere at the The Others gig last night really reminded me of seeing a Cud gig from back in 1990. Cud had a devoted following (well up north anyways) who would storm the stage at every gig. The gigs were always a celebration, and Cud fans were not unlike the 853 Kamikaze Stage Diving Division that follows The Others around the country. Both bands get my respect for breaking down the traditional band/audience barriers and all the usual ego bullshit that so many other bands revel in.
Push and Shove was a live favourite, and was the signal for the audience to get up and join the band on the stage. It's from their first, and best album, when in rome kill me. Side one consisted of the knowingly ludicrous Post-Acid House Rock Opera of the seven-part title track which is what the wierd sounds on the beginning of this recording are all about.
(click here for the CUD site and here for the CD)

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Who's That Lady - Paris Connection.mp3

A classic cover of a classic tune Who's That Lady by Paris Connection is a funked up Soulful Jazz version of the Isley Brother's (pictured) Hit tune. It sticks to the original pretty well but still manages to insert there own style, Paris Connection's version is like gliding effortlessly through the clouds whilst peeling an orange and sipping a pina colada if you can make any sense of that. Click here to buy from neptune records.

The Others - gig in a tube.mp4 (video)
The Rakes - live in amsterdam (stream)

I am off to see The Rakes and The Others tonight. But before the adult entertainment starts after sunset i am taking my 5 year old down to see The Others play an in store set at Jumbo records in town. He is a fan of the band already. He sings "this is for the poor" when he is pogoing on the sofa at home, even though he classes himself as a rich kid. I think he means spiritually though, unless he's got a secret stash of cash that he ain't telling me about!
(click here to pre-order The Others debut album from Amazon UK)

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

The Orb - a huge ever growing pulsating brain that rules from the centre of the ultraworld.mp3 (17.6 Mb)

When this came out in Oct 1989 the cover stated that it was "ambient house for the e generation". Until this release the ambient house scene was basically Dr Alex Paterson playing DJ sets built around BBC nature recordings and NASA space broadcasts in the back room of Paul Oakenfold's night "Land of Oz" at Heaven. The original 22 minute 12" feels very much like a mini set from that "chill-out" room, with waves of "loving you" by Minnie Ripperton fading in and out of focus on top of all nature of, erm, nature sounds.
At the time, I was in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, far away from London, and the best way to listen to it for me was to wire my record deck up to my old bass amp, turn the bass on full and put the speaker against the edge of my full to the brim bath. I would then climb in and don a pair of headphones, close the curtains and take the trip to a new aural galaxy. Probably very dangerous, but new-age ambient floatation tanks were still a couple of years off, and my budget version did the trick just fine.
David Toop's book "Ocean Of Sound" is a great book that's well worth getting hold of. It looks at the history of ambient music from Debbusy and Eric Satie in 1889 right through to the late 1990's. You can get it here.
(click here to buy the first Orb album from Amazon UK)

Monday, January 17, 2005

Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac - dragonfly.wma

Music (for robots) have got a great post (jan 14th) from the Trojan Records Soulful Reggae boxset. It is Ken Boothe's cover of "aint no sunshine", and it's well worth checking out. I can't stop playing it myself, and ended up searching out some early Peter Green era Fleetwood Mac because the backing vocals really remind me of Dragonfly.
I don't know if you saw that documentary a few years back about Peter's return to the live arena in the late 90's. It was tough viewing as he seemed really fragile and didn't really seem ready for it (much like Brian Wilson at the beggining of the Smile sessions).
He had developed schizophrenia brought on by too much acid and spent time over a period of years in mental hospitals and clinics undergoing electroconvulsive therapy. But he did make the comeback and Peter Green and The Splinter Group have now released a handfull of albums, done several European tours, an American tour. Peter is enjoying a remarkable Indian summer, and is hopefully enjoying the credit he has been due for decades, as one of British blues' greatest pioneers.
(click here to buy Dragonfly from Amazon UK)

Friday, January 14, 2005

Alternative TV - how much longer.mp3

"How much longer will people wear, nazi armbands... the posh don't know nothing... and they all don't likely care!"
Mark Perry penned the above words in 1977. This was their second single, and it's an attack on the "no-brain" sheep who follow whatever scene, adopting the look and attitudes without finding their own voice, and very amusing it is too.
Before forming ATV, Mark Perry was the written voice of the British punk scene with the first punk fanzine Sniffin' Glue, it ran for 14 issues and you can buy all 14 in 1 book here.
(click here to buy some ATV product from MarkPerry.freeuk.com)

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Sizzla - dem a wander.mp3

I am in one of those moods today where everything i am listening to is sounding great. There's no better feeling. So what with the Devilfish out of action today i am posting a couple of tracks that i always find myself re-listening to when the pathways are wide open.
The first is from Jamaican prophet and leading light of the roots and culture dancehall scene. Sizzla has released a staggering amount of albums (sometimes up to four in one year!), preaching the teachings of the Bob Ashanti. This track is from his second album (and one of his best) "Praise Ye Jah", produced by Phillip 'Fatis' Burrell of Jamaica's foremost modern roots stable, Exterminator. There's a great Sizzla biog here for you to check out, and here's the lyrics.
(click here to buy Praise Ye Jah from Amazon UK)

Radio 4 - dance to the underground(DFA remix).mp3

The second track today is the low-fi electro funk DFA remix of Radio 4's "dance to the underground". It's another one of those tracks which i never seem to tire of. I must have played it hundreds of times over the last few years but on a day like today it is sounding as fresh as ever. Although i really liked the Radio 4 album (gotham!), for me this is definitely a case of the remix being a whole lot better than the original.
Click here to read an interview with DFA's James Murphy from The Wire.
(click here to buy the single from Amazon UK)

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Can - Vitamin C.mp3

Just in case you were wondering what can's vitamin c sounds like well here it is. A great little number all on it's own since le riff mentioned it I thought it a good idea to let everyone listen to it especially me. As I don't know anything about this band unfortunately but I am about to find out cos this is just a great little juicy upbeat funk fest that reminds me of that feeling early on a Sunday morning coming down from Saturday night. To buy click here

Karmello Brooks - tell me baby.mp3

I came across this track by setting my mp3 player to random last night. It was on a Northern Soul Kent comp that i hadn't got round to listening to, and then forgot about. It kicks in with that classic Motown snare roll, but the first few seconds are almost like a false start, sounding like Can's "vitamin C". It's less than two minutes long, vocals are fantastic, especially that Debbie Harry-esque growl at about 1:05... and the orchestral arrangement is spot on. Everytime i hear it i close my eyes, and i am in Wigan with sweat on my brow at about 4:30am....
(click here to buy the 7" for a bargain price of £959 from RareSoulMan)

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Ghost Exits - she's beyond good and evil.mp3

As there’s only a few mates who read this blog at the moment (most of whom are relatively new to the whole mp3 blog community), I thought I would do a few posts of my favourite tunes that I grabbed of other blogs from last year. These are songs that have become important to me and I would invariably play to my friends in the hope of turning them on to great new music anyway (which is why I started this site in the first place).
The cynical amongst you may assume that this is a lazy approach to blogging, but hopefully those who listen to the mp3’s should realise that I post these out of respect to other bloggers, but more importantly, out of a love of new music that I probably wouldn’t have found without the whole mp3 blog thing. Oh, and needless to say, any site that has turned me onto something that I post will be added to the “other mp3 blogs” links in the right column.
First up is the Ghost Exits cover of the Pop Group single but done but in their own "heavy metaloid" style. I think it must have come from the fantastic 20 Jazz Funk Greats blog (if it isn’t from there, it sounds like it should be!) It sounds like the Happy Mondays circa “Bummed”-era on one of their more Can-like jams, but as if they had burned their guitars and replaced them with a psychedelic slow synth throb not unlike Lil Louis’ “French Kiss” playing way too slow.
Ghost Exits are Christopher Exit and Ivan Sunshine, from Brooklyn. They claim to “set their drum machines and synths to fucked adding guitar and bass to create the perfect groove to deliver the truth”. You can get it on the Cincinnati Riot Blues 12” out on The Social Registry.
(click here to buy the 12" from The Social Registry online store if there are any left!)
(here’s a permanent link to the mp3 on The Social Registry site)

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Busdriver - nagging nimbus.mp3

Devilfish posted a Busdriver track last year which got me listening to the Cosmic Cleavage album again. The jazzy groove on this track just never seems to wear itself out, and Busdriver has really got his own style goin on. Although he sounds like nothing i know, this track makes me think- Tom Waits meets Coltrane meets ODB (PhD). It's the improvised feel that he gets as lyrics go flying by, you gotta be quick to catch 'em.
You can check out a load of proper reviews for the album here.
(click here to buy from Amazon UK)

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

The Meters - ride your pony.mp3

So the christmas decorations are down, and it's the start of a new year. "Happy New Year" to you all. This morning was a shock to the system, getting out of bed in the cold, dark, and dragging my ass to work.
The opening drum roll on this track instantly blows away all the cobwebs. This one's for all of you that are in need of help with returning to reality, Dr Le Riff prescribes a dose of da funk New Orleans style. Do it!
(click here to buy from Amazon UK)