The best releases this month – or at least some of them – no space for Sterns Music: Africa – 50 Years of Independence 1960-2010 (18CD + Book) [Box Set] or the Ninja Tune xx [box set] celebrating their twenty year anniversary.
I heard this on the radio this morning and it completely floored me. I have to admit I’ve never been very aware of Rameau. He’s a contemporary of Lully and Couperin, who I know slightly better. I thought I wasn’t a big fan of solo harpsichord, because it always seemed slightly cold to me (skeletons copulating on a corrugated tin roof…)
But this is completely beautiful and passionate and…Rocking!
I’m not sure this is the best version, but once I find the best version, and save up all my money, I’m getting this!
1. If you only had one wish, what would it be?
2. If you only had one meal left to eat, what would it be?
3. If you only had one pound, what would you spend it on?
4. If you only had one rose, who would you give it to?
5. If you only had one song, what would it be and who would you sing it to or for?
Here’s some photos requested by Maki & WilliamB on the earworm post this week, no idea why they disappeared from my blog, I tried to post them into the Earworm post comments but I seem to have forgotten how to do it, they’re all related to a Taj concert from some years back. The story’s at: http://goneforeign.blogspot.com
At the risk of offending any RRegulars not based in London – would anyone be up for a micro-Social next Thursday (October 8th)? It’s theBoyWonder’s birthday on Sunday and as there’s nothing material he wants (!), I’ve taken sourpus‘ advice and booked a Flight For 50p. We’ll be staying somewhere in central London Wednesday night – and meeting my sister that afternoon for the first time in over 10 years, hence the song – and Thursday night we have to get back out to Stansted. So, if anyone’s got time for a pint, please let me know!
We’re going to be on an extremely tight budget, so I’d be glad of any suggestions for cheap entertainment, especially if there’s music on anywhere for under a tenner (and they’d let a 15 year-old in). I’m planning on doing a lot of walking, maybe dropping by the South Bank to see if there’s anything on around lunchtime, and I’d like to take the boy out to Greenwich (is it true the pie shop’s gone?!). Apart from that we’re open to offers!
I’m off to do Motherly things until bedtime, but I would be ecstatic to find replies to this thread when I check back in tonight or tomorrow…
I was listening last week to Gillian Welch and David Rawlings doing a session on Bob Harris’ country music programme, and when they were talking about their new album they mentioned they’d got Benmont Tench, of the Heartbreakers, playing on it. Started me thinking about genre-crossing musicians – of course, lots of people who are in bands do studio work for other people as well, but do they usually stick to one genre or do they move around a bit?
The obvious pick for this (for me) would be Danny Thompson, who plays jazz, has worked with Pentangle and RT’s touring band, and also appears doing trad folk on Transatlantic Sessions. But he hasn’t got such a cool name.
So here for your delight are Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ version of ‘Ballad Of Easy Rider’, and the Dave Rawlings Machine with ‘Ruby’. Spot Benmont in both and my questions are:
1 Which is YOUR favourite genre-crossing musician? and
2 Is there a cooler name than Benjamin Montmorency Tench III?
What do you get if you take a little more than a pinch of free jazz saxophone, a whole bucketload of experimental early 70′s free rock, and erm…dark-brown-eyed soul, chuck in some Jethro Tull style prog flute; and to top it all off, rope in a cheesy crooning lounge singer to wail over the top?
“Love Will Make A Better You” by one-off session group Love Live Life + 1. Made and released in 1971, the band was put together by super-producer Orita Ikuzo mainly in order to feature guitarist extraordinaire Mizutani Kimio and featuring Japan’s answer to Tom Jones, Fuse Akira (one time husband of English actress Olivia Hussey trivia fans!) on vocals. With so many disparate elements the album could have been either a triumph or a disaster, and for me too the jury was out for the first couple of listens, but I soon came to dig not only the audacity of kicking off with a side-long meltdown of experimental-free-jazz-saxophone-guitar-rock that walks the line somewhere between Ornette Coleman,70′s rock and (according to Julian Cope) Sly Stone, before moving on to shorter and sweeter chaotic-soul-jazz-rock stompers, but also the quality of the playing and the fact that it still sounds fresh and relevant today despite some obvious dated reference points.
See what you think by listening below or ripping from Dropbox if it sounds like a keeper!
Ian Dury – Billericay Dickie
I am currently working away from home in Denmark all week, so when I am at home at weekends, I try and make the most of my time.
Last weekend we watched the Ian Dury biopic “Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll”, which is excellent and I urge everyone to see it. Andy Serkis is uncanny as Dury, a truly incredible performance. There is so much great music in the film that it is hardly surprising that one of the tunes has lodged in my head on a virtually permanent basis and that tune is “Billericay Dickie”. It could have been almost anything though, his music is that infectious. – caroleb
Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
My favourite from their last album by far, a surprising use of synths from them, it builds nicely with a driving beat, brimming with optimism. Makes me want to “punch the clock” and drive to it. – ejaydee
Rosana – Si Tú No Estás
In 1996 the singer-songwriter Rosana burst onto the scene with her début album Lunas Rotas. It was a breath of fresh air in a genre, that here in Spain has traditionally been dominated by over-earnest “man-with-a-guitar-with-lots-to-preach-about-but-limited-musical-imagination” types. I absolutely loved the album and listened to it non-stop. She went on to release further albums but went down the sad, dusty, repetitive road that so many of her ilk seem destined to follow. But I still love this. A deceptively angry song pleading with her lover not to even think about leaving her. – makinavaja
Fred Neil -The Dolphins
The song for which the term flangently-planging was coined.
‘You know sometimes I think about Saturday’s child’.
Fred was the king of the couplet worm and this song is both allusive and elusive in its atmosphere of yearning melancholy. – tatankayotanka
Taj Mahal – Statesboro Blues
As they used to say, when this first album came out in 1968, “the walking anachronism – Harlem to Amhurst Massachusets and a BA; a twentyfive year old electric Lemon Jefferson! ” I had a hard time buying a blues guy with a name like that but I bit the bullet and I’ve been buying ever since. A great first album with Jesse Ed Davis and Ry Cooder doing the honors on gts. James Thomas on bass and Sanford Konikoff doing the drums. The song’s by Blind Willie McTell from 1928, Allman brothers did it also. – goneforeign
Gustav Temple and the Blades – Puddings and Pies
I was listening to the excellent “Sympathetic Sounds of Toe Rag” compilation (from 2003) this morning and not surprisingly this one stuck in my head. Mmmmm…..”jam roly-poly”……..love the guitar sound on this too. – japanther
Note: I’m (thankfully) very busy work-wise at the moment and Mondays and Tuesdays are absolute killers. I have decided to program Earworms to appear at 12.00 midday on Mondays. So now you know – RR drawbidge and Earworms will go up at the same time! Hope this is OK. (If anyone is about at the time and could post a link on RR, that would be cool!)
Thank you all for your submissions and please keep ‘em coming! Remember firstname.lastname@example.org
I really enjoyed a wonderful live concert by Manuel Goettsching at La Géode in Paris this summer. After having listened to his music for years and been inspired by the incredible sounds he coaxes from his guitar, it was fascinating to see him programming his music like a science professor peering at an experiment and then pick up the guitar and take flight…
The big news is, he’s playing in Great Britain for the first time in over 10 years this winter. His next solo concert will take place on the 11th of December in Glasgow at STEREO. I’ll certainly try and make it so I can go and see my folks at the same time.
Here’s an extract of his concert at La Géode and you can get more details of the Glasgow gig on his website: http://www.ashra.com I hope to catch up with some of you in Glasgae…
Mitch asked me to post this:
Regular RRers will know that I collect and sometimes sell old, collectible vinyl.
Apart from obtaining some very interesting stuff, it can sometimes be profitable. However, there are pitfalls!. Charity shops used to be a good source, but nowadays, most carry the same (uncollectible) artists – The Bachelors, Harry Seccombe, Shirley Bassey, Jim Reeves and Russ Conway. Anything good that they get, generally has an artificially high price put on it by well meaning folk who are obviously trying to do the best for their charity. Unless you especially want a particular record for your own collection, you will rarely find a bargain these days.
Condition is everything. The better condition – the higher the price. There are some really rare things that will be sought after even if they are badly marked and scratched.
Gradings are as follows: Mint – Unplayed. Excellent – Almost unplayed. Still looks like new with no marks, writing or splits on the cover. Very Good – Shows signs of having been played, but no deterioration in sound even if there are finger marks and surface scratches. Good – Played a lot and looking a bit worn but still plays without jumps. Fair – Played so much the sound quality has deteriorated. May even stick or jump. Poor – Sticks, jumps and crackles. Usually very finger-marked. Often only bought as a collection-filler.
The market was very buoyant in the early 90s, but with the advent of eBay, many of the shops which used to buy in good stuff have had to close down and most punters on eBay are looking to buy cheap.
Saying that, though, there are still records that will fetch high prices:
45s – “Liza Jane” (Vocalion) – Davy Jones. This was David Bowie’s first release and a poor condition copy sold at auction for £1000
“Ruby Pearl” (Brunswick) – Jackie Lee Cochran. Nothing to do with Eddie, this record is the Holy Grail for R & R collectors. It has fetched up to £5000!
“Boogie Woogie Country Girl” (London) – Joe Turner. Up until 1959, Atlantic didn’t have a regular outlet in the UK and only a few of their tracks made it over here for release (none of the early, Clyde McPhatter Drifters tracks, for e.g.). That makes a lot of them quite rare and the 45 sells for around £750. It was also released on 78, which goes for about £60.
Albums – The original US stereo release of “Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” (CBS) which had different tracks from subsequent pressings (and also different to the copy released in the UK) has sold for about £12000.
“Please Please Me” (Parlophone) The Beatles. Must be the 1st pressing (there are ways to tell). The mono version goes for about £600 and stereo, which was issued a bit later and in limited numbers (not many people had stereo then) will, in good nick, get about £1800.
“Rolling Stones” (Decca) – The Rolling Stones. Their first album, 1st pressing get about £650.
There are loads of others and if anyone wants to know about anything they’ve got, please feel free to either post here, or email me direct at email@example.com
1✓ Dinner Schwervon!
2✓ Worl’ a Mine Roots Manuva & Wrongtom
3✓ Favours In The Beetroot Fields British Sea Power
4✓ Devils’ Onions Shriekback
5✓ French Fries W/Pepper Morphine
6✓ Peanut Dreams Grand National
7✓ Cabbage Juice (Pingo & Bobby’s Peakhour Mix) Timmy Vegas
1✓ Showercream and onions Pelle Carlberg
2✓ Pease Pottage Stanley Brinks
3✓ Hammer Hammer Carrot Millions of Brazilians
4✓ Popcorn Delights: An Unusual Waltz Up, Bustle & Out
5✓ Spill The Beans Fila Brazillia
6✓ Pumpkin Tricky
In honour of our leaked (leeked?) topic – a topical question.
What vegetable are you?
I’m a potato. Stodgy, cheap, easy to get hold of and dead easy to prepare. But some consider me versatile and even tasty. And nearly everyone turns to me when they’re short of money!!
Go on, spill the beans! What vegetable are you?
4ad is 30, for three quarters of my life I’ve looked out for it’s distinctive sleeves, and unique take on music. 23 Envelope/V23, Ivo Watts-Russell, Vaughan Oliver, Nigel Grierson, Simon Larbalestier are part of my life as much as the bands that began their musical lives on the arty label.
I’m not going to do a history of 4AD – (just read it on their site) but I challenged myself to find a track from each year in my record collection to illustrate the beauty and blinkered individuality involved in their history. (I tried my best to stick with the release dates in my catalogues and their timeline on the 4AD site – so stuff you i-tunes, sometimes you are wrong – so there.)
I also could have just loaded it with double ups and entirely obvious choices.. but tried to avoid that too… I’m also really gutted, missing some class tunes and bands (there could be a follow up Label Day post!)
With Bands like Bauhaus, Matt Johnson (The The), The Birthday Party, even ‘sloppy heart’ by Frazier Chorus, originally being released on 4ad, Peelie fav’s Cocteau Twins and three of my all time best in The Wolfgang Press, Pixies and the Mountain Goats…
Have you got an all time top 4AD Song, Band or Cover design?
Enjoy the tunes:
MITCH HAS BEEN TRYING TO POST THIS FOR A WHILE AND ASKED FOR HELP. ALTHOUGH MY NAME IS AT THE TOP, THESE ARE ROCKINGMITCH’S FIRST EOTWQ’S…
1. The Con-Dem mob who are currently our government are keen on reviving the “Blitz” spirit and justifying their ludicrous “all in it together” mantra.
Bearing in mind that the war years brought hardship and rationing, what luxury could you live without and what would you buy on the black market?
2. Thinking about the joke “politics is show-biz for ugly people”, has there ever been (or currently) an MP you could have fancied? (UK only edit: nominations from anywhere in the world are welcome)
3. Following on from 2, which politician (if any) have you despised and why?
4. Come up with a song/instrumental which best describes the coalition.
5. And finally,….. how about a song for the opposition?
Apologies for two posts within the same number of days, but I thought this is too good for you to miss, a free download of the classic Coldcut JDJ – 70 Minutes Of Madness, probably the best mix ever …
I wasn’t going to make a list this week, but I was listening to a few of these songs in the car last night, and I like them so much as a group I thought, what the heck?
The Day After/Tell Me/4000 Miles/Book of Life
Maria Muldaur – Cool River
As I mentioned in a comment on a recent Steenbeck post, Cool River by Maria Muldaur is a current earworm. The song haunts me. I listen to it in the car driving to and from work. There is a wistfulness and sadness that just moves me. I’ve always been affected by sad songs for some reason, even though I am a cockeyed optimist by nature. – marconius
Perfume Genius – Mr Peterson
Perfume Genius’ Mr. Peterson is one of my 2010 favourite songs, a shoo-in for Unsettling songs had it been published by then. It’s a very twisted love story of sorts. There’s not a lot I want to say about this particular song, I’m a bit ambivalent about it (the song itself is ambivalent too) At any rate, party music this is not. Here, for your further delectation, is a live version. – lambretinha
Maria Teresa – Lusofonia
‘Lusophone’ relates to the music and culture of Portuguese speaking societies worldwide, Maria Teresa is from Portugal, this is the title cut of her CD on the Le Chant du Monde label. – goneforeign
Best Coast – Goodbye
One of the (many) great things about the ‘Spill is the way you can build up quite a deep impression of someone – not just the music they like, but their other preferences and personality – and so have a fair idea of whether their recommendations are likely to appeal or not. So, I know Japanther well enough to know that anything he suggests will probably be my sort of thing, even when accompanied by phrases like “buzz band” and “West Coast pop” that normally have me running for the hills, and so it proves in the case of Best Coast. I simply love the album, which takes me back to the Good Old Days of Proper Singles (under three minutes, of course), and this is my favourite track – if only for the line “I lost my job, I miss my mum, I wish my cat could talk…”- abahachi
Moby Grape – 8.05
Summer of ’67 Moby Grape came to Reno for 2 nights complete with (horrors) a light show. Convinced this invasion from San Francisco posed an existential threat to our community’s moral fiber the local Police Chief went public against it with a threat a day appearing in the local press. His attempts to halt it failed however. First concert was a Friday & the next morning’s paper ran a story complete with a full page picture on the front page. Near the center of the photo was the chief’s daughter. I still have this superb image of her swaying, eyes closed, to this song. – fintan
Codona – New Light
Codona was a “world music supergroup” featuring Collin Walcott, Don Cherry, and Nana Vasconcelos. Following Cherry’s motto “when people believe in boundaries, they become part of them”, their nomadic, multi-instrumental music weaves many strands together into shifting, finely textured sound collages.
Walcott’s sitar dominates the 1978 track New Light, featured on a recent NPR playlist. Of the many moods here perhaps the most sublime (and earwormy) moment is when Cherry’s trumpet harmonizes the melody against the sitar at about 5:00 and Vasconcelos’ percussion lifts into a restless groove. – nilpferd
Thanks, as always, for your submissions! Remember: firstname.lastname@example.org
All The Luck In The World Monta
Picture the time – 1980, most of punk’s originators have released at least a couple of albums and 2 Tone is the vogue, whereas Vic & Subway Sect, one of the ’76 Punk Rock Festival alumni, have put out three singles and have an unreleased album, recorded in 1978, to their name in addition to being managed by Bernie Rhodes ex of The Clash & The Specials. Things could be better …
In the spring The Subway Sect support slot for Siouxsie & The Banshees is a northern soul reworking of the songs from the ’78 album and dressed in cardigans, peg trousers & sandals to an audience of bemused gothic & paisley garbed punks.
‘WTMB’ was released around the same time and is another rework of the ’78 songs, but this time in a variety of styles which still holds up 30 years on, that highlights Vic’s songwriting that was a major influence to Edwyn Collins and Roddy Frame. Tunes possessing lines such as ‘the matchbox in your pocket turns to a grenade, but you can’t pull out the pin it’s not the way you were made’ how could you not like the cut of his jib! Vic still releases music and has recently been performing these somgs in their original ’78 versions. Check him out, he’s always worth leaving the house for!
Anyway enough of the guff, here’s ‘What’s The Matter Boy’.
On Blimpy’s birthday thread, Japanthersan made a comment about 1991 being a mutual Year Zero. That struck a chord, and in fact I’d been planning a post on the subject for a while. Here it is…
I started to listen to pop properly in late 1990 (before this, I had an interest in folk music that was maybe a little unhealthy in a 12 year-old). I remember listening to the Top 40 for the first time. The Beautiful South were number one with “A Little Time” (that album would be the first I bought), and I also loved the Happy Mondays’ “Kinky Afro”.
So 1991 was the first year in music I was really aware of. And what a year it was. And no, I’m not just talking about Bryan Adams’ “Everything I Do…”
I don’t think you can put that all down to rose-tinted nostalgia – any year that contained Screamadelica, Nevermind and Blue Lines has got a fair claim to greatness by any objective standard. But there’s something about music from that era – even the rave stuff that I hated at the time – which evokes an almost painful nostalgia, and brings back senses and feelings that are vivid and specific, but almost impossible to put into words. I suspect everyone feels like this about a particular time…
Anyway, here’s a personal, narrowly indie-focused playlist. Since much of my music from the time is on cassette, I’ve put together a YouTube playlist. The videos also bring back a few memories.
Here’s hoping this brings back memories for a section of the ‘Spill demographic, and maybe even tempts Pa McFlah out of his extended paternity leave.
And a couple of questions: Where were you in 1991? And what was your own Year Zero?
At this point, there should be an embedded YouTube playlist of 10 songs, but for some reason WordPress doesn’t like it. But you can open the playlist here or follow the individual links below.
1 “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” Ever suddenly found yourself in the wrong place? (Or the right place?)
2 What’s your favourite weather?
3 Do you Skype? And, if not, why not?
4 When the going gets tough, a ‘Spiller…..
5 So, 5 years of RR. Will you still be RRing in another 5 – and/or what else will you be doing?
I’ve got this completely wonderful track completely lodged in my head. I must have been singing aloud, because now Isaac sings “so what’s the, what’s the scenario?”
I also love this track, which it samples…
And look, Jay Dee did a remix of Oblighetto