I love this!

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!


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 

Two pints of Adnams & a packet of crisps please

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…



“All right, Benmont!”

Benjamin Montmorency Tench III

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?

AOTW – Love Live Life + 1 – “Love Will Make A Better You”

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!

News from Manuel Goettsching

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…

I’m a Rocket Man

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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

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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


4AD is Thirty

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?
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You can’t Stop Destiny

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

AOTW(end) ‘What’s The Matter Boy?’ – Vic Godard

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’.

Out Of Your Hands

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1991: Year Zero

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.

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EOTWQ at Rick’s

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?

Too cOol 4 sKool

Decided to share this, mostly because its so well done. When was the last time you saw a ‘viral sensation’ video on You Tube, that was designed to wind up a target group or well-known individual, which actually turned out to be a pretty good song in its own right? Maybe you have to live/have lived in London and possess the traditional English aversion to pretentiousness to really enjoy it that  much – then again, maybe not.


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The Punk Poets

Work! – what is it good for?

So, in the past few weeks a lot of the people on here have been stressing over the work prospects, the governments everywhere are intent on shafting those that really need help and their idea of saving money is making redundant all those that do a useful job for society – reading the business section yesterday it seems the banks are all high and dry and going straight back to their core beliefs – did I get this wrong, or wasn’t it them that got us in this mess in the first place? anyway.. I’m s’posed to be doing something useful- and this seemed like the thing to do.
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