So boxstr isn’t working for me since I have upgraded .. these may be playable.. it has saved you all from an 18 track CD-R full of tunes….. I’m especially pleased about being on theme for tracks 1/2/3/6/ and 8 my Hot Chip for this week.

(Broken Social Scene) Kevin Drew- Lucky ones
DJ Medhi-Lucky Boy
Skuobhie Dubh Orchestra-Lady Luck
The Teenages- Wheel of Fortune
Cass McCombs-Windfall
Veda Hille-LuckLucky
Ed Harcourt-All Of Your Days Will Be Blessed
Hot Chip- Bad Luck

Lucky ?

Every time (ie both times) I have used this feature the heat rises in my chest, the palms get sticky, the throat swells. But I think I have once again managed to actually upload two of my favourite lucky things which appear to be either a) unknown to the cognoscenti (for that is what you are RR team) or b) so rabidly unpopular as to be not worthy of comment (with hon exceptions). So for the (hopefully) uninitiated here are the very lucky Todd Rundgren whose talent has backfired upon him so many times, lucky because he can play every instrument (and frequently does) – backfired – because he gets bored easily I guess. “Lucky Guy” is from his last true pop album (he’s on heavy Rock right now) Hermit Of Mink Hollow (which is in Woodstock NY btw) in 1978. It’s a beautifully simple song. Merle Haggard is a country n western singer from Bakersfield, California who actually spent some time in prison (unlike my favourite twerp Johnny Cash) and who has the most sublime voice, warm, deep and thrilling. He saw LEfty Frizzell live early in life and was inspired to sing for a living – and this song may have been written by LEfty – haven’t been able to check. It’s fantastic. Enjoy !!

Chips With Everything

Nice picture of Clive Owen with a white shirt and dicky bow in ‘Croupier’ rather than of Christopher Walken with a white shirt accessorised with his brains in ‘The Deer Hunter’ because in this lucky seven selection, there’s a general acceptance that your luck may be bad or good, but there’s always another spin of the wheel to come.
First of all, we have Willie Dixon, fortunate with his songwriting gifts but as one of the most ripped-off musicians in history, not so lucky in business. Comp him a cocktail but don’t ask him to choose where to place your chips. The Sylvers aren’t old enough to go to a casino and, some would say, not old enough to know so much about love but Bebo’s helping them with the latter and fake online IDs are getting them a fix of the former. Swamp Dogg’s perpetually on his way out the door to find out where someone put the sunshine, but that loose slot machine near the exit just keeps convincing him that it’s worth another shot. Frank Sinatra would tell him it isn’t, but he part-owns the casino so he just pats him on the back and goes off to see a show…
In the showtune section, we have Liza Minelli, charmingly oblivious to the advance of Nazism, pinning all her hopes on a noncommittal English bisexual; Marlon Brando is hoping to roll a seven but in this list he only makes six; the coveted No.7 goes to Stanley Holloway and his mates.

I Ain’t Superstitious
Roulette Wheel Of Love
Buzzard Luck
Sally Bowles
Skye Masterson
Alfred Doolittle Esq.

Gremlinfc’s adventures in Celluloid

After the controversy of the slasher fillums and the lack of thespian quality in most of them , I decided it was time to seek out a meatier role(oops bad choice of words)which would best suit me talents : LUCKILY I knew abloke who knew a bloke who knew a bloke and quite by CHANCE , I landed a role in what was to be another groundbreaking fillum , which brought some great lines but still its fair share of blood ‘n k’llings. Question is , what’s the fillum and what’s the line it spawned uttered daily by wannabe gremlinfcs?

Make your own luck

A very eclectic mix this week.. so I’ll give some pointers.

Feeling lucky, post-punk? Try The Clean, above, with Anything could happen..

Those indie freaks among you whose rabbit’s feet tap more for pessimistic vocals and jangly guitars need listen no further than the Verlaines’ Lucky in my dreams, track one below..

If, on the other hand, you find your pot of gold at the end of a chillout drum & bass rainbow, you might want to x-step forward to track two, taken from a very reasonably priced compilation, back in the days when I used to consider that sort of thing a lucky charm.

Have no fear, jazz fan(s), I have not deserted you.. you are fortunate enough to be able to choose between two (2!!) versions of Lucky to be me, as sung by Irene Kral (medleyed with another Bernstein track, Some other time), or performed solo by Bill Evans.

Fans of R&B, hip-hop, or soul should skip directly to 24 carat black’s ’73 Stax recording, Ghetto: Misfortune’s wealth.

..and then, thank your lucky stars.

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Lucky me

It’s funny stuff, luck: we speak of something as ‘lucky’ when it’s really no such thing. For instance, I feel really lucky at the moment because I’ve got the afternoon off: but that’s got nothing to do with luck – it’s because I worked a 12-hour day on Tuesday, and I chose to take this afternoon as lieu time. Similarly, I think I’m lucky because I’ve got a new iPod which is four times the capacity of my old (full) one – but again, I go to work, they give me money and I choose how to spend it.

I think I’m moving closer to real luck when I contemplate my two grandsons. That’s Ellis up above, aged 5 weeks or so. But then it gets all mixed up again. For instance, it was a matter of luck that they’re boys not girls, but is that good luck or bad luck? Neither, in our case; though that might not be so for some families. My daughter and her partner are knocking on a bit to be first parents, so they might be said to have been lucky that Naomi could conceive at all…and so on. See what I’m getting at? It’s not as simple as you think at first…

The Lucky One – Alison Krauss (ElDerino’s recommendation)
Hard Luck Stories – Richard and Linda Thompson
Lucky Town – Bruce Springsteen
Taoist Tale – Maggie Holland
One More Dollar – Gillian Welch
Lucky Stars – Mary Gauthier

The Future Of Music and The Internet (and a wee quiz)

There’s no doubting that the internet has kinda revolutionised the way those online listen to music, find out about music, and communicate about music. The fact that I’m writing on this community blog that mostly discusses and shares thoughts about music is proof of that.
The latest web – music thing that’s cropped up is the idea that now we’ve kinda got used to having (and paying for!) mp3s – is it about to go the way of the cassette also? 
Personally speaking the hard drive of my laptop is groaning under the weight of music files, and there’s not much room for anymore (not once I’ve finished downloading the 4 gig John Peel festive 50s torrent that I’m on just now). 
I do intend to network another mac into my setup to mainly use as storage – but is this really necessary? 
With the rise of LastFM, The Hype Machine, and lately Spotify – do we really need to hoard away thousands of mp3s when we can easily stream them at will? The size the Spill is growing to is kinda epic too, you can just hit play on the yahoo player and have hours of quality and diverse music to listen to. 
I’ve only been getting into LastFM recently, and really dig it the most (I have it as an iPhone app also)  - and there’s friends of mine that don’t buy music and solely use LastFM instead. 
Obviously I’ll always be happy to buy vinyl (cds I can take or leave) – but what I am interested in is your thoughts on whether you’d happily ditch the itunes library if everything could be streamed on demand – or if you are getting attached to the massed gigabytes (that could get wiped out with a hard drive failure in an instant) you own. 
Or would you be happy uploading your music library to your own personal internet server (like a Dropbox or Google G-Drive scenario) and being able to access it from anywhere (it’s only a matter of time before the whole country is covered by free wifi)?
Or is there another way? 
Bonus easy quiz – there are ‘Spill points on offer here if you can name all artists and songs used in this megakewlrofl mash-up: 

Mystery Quiz Track

The Return Of The Other Guy From Arab Strap

I know that over the last year or so I’ve banged on about how much I like Malcolm Middleton quite a lot, so I think it’s time Aidan Moffat (his former Arab Strap partner) got some attention. 
After releasing a jaw-dropping spoken word album last year, he’s back with something that’s a bit more “singy” (yes, that is a word…) than before and a new musical group The Best Ofs. 
I’m excited about the album that’s due to come out shortly, and I love this video he’s made – proving that you don’t even need to leave your comfy chair to make something great for the web. 

Return of Gremlinfc…with a bite!

So, this was one of my first major film roles and though many thought at the time it was a prosthetic head, in fact I did actually bite and sever a real zombie’s head! I never took to the taste though and after several more low-budget horror-slash-slash fillums, I decided to switch to romantic leads (more of those in the future).
Any guesses on this gruesome scene ? Fillum? Year? Tasty morcel or spewy mouthful?
Nice to be back and hope all Spillers are grooving nicely into the Year of the Ox.
Kung hei fa choi!

What Steenbeck heard on the way to the…

The CD player in our car is broken, and this causes me to listen to the radio. Fortunately, we have a few college stations in the area that play great varieties of music, sometimes awful, but you never know. I realized how much the ‘Spill has impacted me, because as I would hear new music, I would wonder which ‘Spillster would like it. I thought it might be fun to post a sample of what I heard, and I could see this being an ongoing series, and encourage others to participate as well.

The BPA–Toe Jam ft. David Byrne and DIzzee Rascall (and an amusing video)

Archie Shepp
Archie Shepp–Les Matin des Noire

MF Doom
MF DOOM–Mugwort

Talking of haggis…

I was so busy celebrating Robert Burns’ 250th birthday yesterday that I forgot it might be a good idea to celebrate it on the ‘Spill too. A friend of his lived in my house during the time Burns was based in Dumfries, so I have this fantasy about him dropping in for a dram…

…anyway, here’s Ae Fond Kiss, which is my favourite Burns song.

Ae Fond Kiss – Five Hand Reel


Over on the Mothership on Friday, I jokingly nominated The Hidden Camera’s song “Awoo” cos that’s the noise a ghost makes ( I also thought it hilarious to nominate “Phantom Limb” by The Shins too, deary me..).
HOWEVER! I’ve dug a bit deeper into “Awoo” and discovered that along with the fact it is indeed a fab pop song – IT ALSO HAS A SPOOKY VIDEO AND GHOSTLY LYRICS TOO! So maybe it is about ghosts after all….
“If I am naked on the throne, I’ll be working in bone yard, awoo
Haunts the blood like a bad reputation, awoo” 

Soul Music

Ten minutes or so of floorboards creaking with submerged childhood memories; the tormented wails of abandoned lovers blending into the frequency at which the banshees broadcast their nightly howls; spirits up from the graves and marching towards the freedom denied them in life; and people walking over their own grave.

"I am not ready!"

This is Passenham churchyard…Passenham, a small village in Buckinghamshire, is famous for its ghosts. One is an evil landlord, who is dragged through the lanes by his ghost horse, with his foot caught in the stirrup. Then there’s the corpse who shrieked ‘I am not ready!’ as her coffin was going down. They opened the coffin to check, but she was ready all right.

I used to live just across the river from Passenham but, though I walked there lots of times through the water meadows, I never saw a thing.

Now That I Am Dead – Richard Thompson
The Bay of Biscay – Waterson Carthy
Picture On The Wall – Carter Family
Molly Bond – Oysterband
Downbound Train – Springsteen
The Unquiet Grave – Shirley Collins
Cruel Sister – Pentangle
Ghosts of Hallelujah – the Gourds


The Slow Club
Roots Manuva
Radical Face
Electric President
Wolfgang Press

wrong Wolfgang press ..should be ghosts from 10 years earlier… I’ve so tried to keep this short, go to spill monster post October 31st for more…
this is one of the subjects I love..  if you want my proper ghost cds with art work- e-mail me.
I post them snail mail.

Have you seen the ghostly playlist?

Louis Armstrong–Skeleton in the Closet
Burning Spear–The Ghost
Budos Band–Ghost Walk
Decemberists–Eli, the Barrow Boy
Decemberists–Yankee Bayonet
Decemberists–Leslie Ann Levine
M. Ward–One Life Away
Regina Spektor–Ghost of Corporate Future
Tom Waits–Back in the Good Old World
Tom Waits–Good Old World (waltz)
Arab Strap–Haunt Me
Lupe Fiasco–The Cool
Raveonettes–Attack of the Ghost Riders
White Stripes–Walking with a Ghost