We bumped our heads against the clouds…

I don’t get in here much, but I hope this contribution will be welcome. In bed with a summer cold, looking for a summer music cure to enable me to get up and make some long-awaited rhubarb and ginger jam (yes, SatanKidneyPie, it’s coming, really it is) I found this…

Slate magazine has included a page about what they called ‘McSweeney’s mix CD for the Obama era’ – WE BUMPED OUR HEADS AGAINST THE CLOUDS enclosed with the July/August print issue of Believer: “THE 2010 BELIEVER MUSIC ISSUE CD”

Notes by Chuck Lightning: “For black artists, our new president has meant the start of a different age. This music aims to capture it” and others.


Most of it is great, which – coming from someone who mostly doesn’t ‘get’ hip-hop – suggests easier listening than most. (A couple sounded dreadful to my ears first time round, but you never know until you try a few times). I’ve tried to find all the available free plays of these tracks, some videos, some downloads and a spotify. I’ll add the 5  missing tracks when I find them – or you can if you do. I particularly like Nina Simone covering Alice Cooper, but then I’m an old fashioned girl.

TRACKLISTING

1.  DEEP COTTON – SELF!  [link missing]

2.  OF MONTREAL – HYDRA FANCIES

3.  ROMAN GIANARTHUR (FEAT. KEVIN BARNES) – DEPRAVED VALET

4.  CODY CHESNUTT  – COME BACK LIKE SPRING

5.  SAUL WILLIAMS -B.S. IN A TAMPON  [link missing]

6.  JANELLE MONÁE  – COLD WAR (WONDAMIX)

7.  BLK JKS – IIETYS

8.  SPREE WILSON  – CHAOS  [link missing]

9.  SCAR – REWIND

10. ROB ROY  – VELVET ROPE BLUE [download]

11. HOLLYWEERD – HAVE YOU EVER MADE LOVE TO A WEIRDO?

12. FEAR & FANCY – OFF THE GRID

13. GEORGE 2.0 – TURN OFF THE TV [close enough]

14. M.I.A. – BORN FREE

15. HOT HEAVY & BAD (JOI) – ONE  [link missing]

16. TENDABERRY<- COLD BOY

17.  MOTHER NOVELLA  – CLOSER 9 1/2  [link missing]

18. NINA SIMONE – I NEVER CRY

Also, while looking for these tracks online, found this by ekua adisa, which I liked a lot.

A Morning Cup Of (Ro)Coco

New Arcade Fire “Rococo” sounding fab, lots of music films have passed my way of late, Igor Stravinsky & Coco Chanel had a great start to it, with the Rite Of Spring riots making me wish I’d been somewhere when something so shockingly modern was unveiled for the first time, like when the Jesus & Mary Chain played 20 minutes of feedback in the mid-80s and the crowd tore the venue to pieces, the film rambled of into dullness in the second act, and massive and pointless historical inaccuracies in the third. Gainsbourg was a lot lot better, a freaky surreal random jumble that a biopic should be, showing up the limitations of Nowhere Boy the Lennon teen angst drama. I recommend going to see Gainsbourg, watching Mega Stravinsky Vs Giant Chanel on TV when it comes around, and avoiding No Point Boy. In other news I took Kit to his first music festival, where we very much enjoyed King Creosote, Tunng, and some Brazilian Capoeira Carnival type folks. I think I have to go wash some bottles now…

RIP Willem Breuker

Lucky that I buy the Grauniad on a Friday, or I might have missed this altogether; one of the great European avant-garde saxophonists, Willem Breuker, has just died. Don’t have time to transfer any tracks from my cds, so herewith a couple of links to clips that I’ve found on YouTube of performances with his Kollektief.

Kurt Weill’s Mandalay Song

Crazy Like A Fox

Under The Covers with Ramsey Lewis

No guessing which top pop combo Mr Lewis is covering, but it’s the way they’ve been covered : luscious strings, horns and even a moog!  It’s all for you in the ‘box … and on a thingy player (mucho gracias maki!)

AOTM – July



You get 3 votes for your faves (but have to use them all at once – no sandbagging). Enjoy!