The DsD Duel at DAWN Game.

Such a simple game for a Saturday night (or whenever)

I give you 11 tracks and you work out,

OK – it’ll get a play through, might be a grower.
OFF – do not disturb my ear time, idiot. (just not his style)
11 – it’s the dsd academy of taste (can be equally Cowboy Junkies or Loud Guitars)

part one:
1✓ A New Dawn
2✓ Morning Dawning
3✓ Our Friends Appear Like the Dawn
4✓ New Dawn
[Audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/dawn/A%20New%20Dawn.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/dawn/Morning%20Dawning.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/dawn/Our%20Friends%20Appear%20Like%20the%20Dawn.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/dawn/New%20Dawn.mp3%5D

Part two:
1✓ Until The Morning
2✓ Another Morning Stoner
3✓ Future Calls The Dawn
4✓ Morning Rage
[Audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/dawn/Until%20The%20Morning.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/dawn/Another%20Morning%20Stoner.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/dawn/Future%20Calls%20The%20Dawn.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/dawn/Morning%20Rage.mp3%5D

Part three:
1✓ The Same Dawn, At Almost The Exact Same Moment, Actually…..
2✓ Out Of Dawn
3✓ Two Miles Before Dawn
[Audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/dawn/The%20Same%20Dawn%2C%20At%20Almost%20The%20Exac.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/dawn/Out%20Of%20Dawn.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/dawn/Two%20Miles%20Before%20Dawn.mp3%5D

oh yeah – I might have to ask DsD nicely to listen through and Judge – because he has no idea I’m doing this – Enjoy

2000 Pt. 2

The Time Is Now – Moloko
Good Fortune – PJ Harvey
Gravel Pit – Wu-Tang Clan
Hip Hop – dead prez
Adore – I:Cube
Concentrate – The Czars
Slowly, Surely – Jill Scott
Ancoats 2 Zambia – The Baby Namboos
Two Seconds – Laura Cantrell
B.O.B. – Outkast


Ms Jackson – Outkast
Strung Out – Drugs
Camping Jazz – Chateaux Flight
Where Have You Been – Jay-Z
Our Way To Fall – Yo La Tengo
Finally – Kings Of Tomorrow
Man With The Red Face – Laurent Garnier
If I Ever Feel Better – Phoenix
Since I Left You – Avalanches
Africa – D’Angelo

AOTM – October

We went to different schools together

I was going through some stuff which has been stuck in a drawer for a while and found some old school reports (classified!). My school, in Croydon was Selhurst Grammar. It no longer exists as such. The building which housed the girls became The Brit School in the 80s and the boys part is now an FE college.
However, when I was there, we were a very musical bunch. The attached clip by the Cuppa T features ex-Selhurst boy Viv Lythgoe teamed up with a bloke called Terry Widlake who had been the bass with The Overlanders when they recorded “Michelle”. Viv and I had played together in his band, The Roosters, with me taking over from Terry when he left them to join the “Michelle” hit-makers.
Also at both my grammar and primary schools was a bloke called Matthew Fisher. He is most well known for his organ part on “Whiter Shade Of Pale”. Definitely a musical genius, Matthew used to get up at primary school assemblies to play a piece of music he had composed. You could give him any instrument and he would get a recognisable and often complex tune out of it within about 15 minutes. Mat & The Deputies was my first band and we used to play at Saturday morning pictures. I played rhythm guitar in those days.
Another ex-Selhurst boy was Tim Guest who made a very nice living as a backing musician, most notably with Paul & Barry Ryan.
Someone who had been a classmate of mine was Ed Gilbert. Now this bloke was a surprise. I never even realised he was a musician until I picked up a copy of the Daily Mirror and read that he and his band, The Snobs, were the first British band to secure a regular spot on US tv, appearing on the Red Skelton Show. That was before The Beatles had broen in the States.

There were others, but I now wonder if my old school was very different from many others in the early 60s.


Bonita Applebum – A Tribe Called Quest
Cherry-Coloured Funk – Cocteau Twins
Groove Is In The Heart – Deee-Lite
Welcome To The Terrordome – Public Enemy
Sons & Daughters – Neville Brothers
Black Boys On Mopeds – Sinead O’Connor
Elli Shatr Enhaa Tgannen – Samir Ali & Sahar Hamdy
Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Saint Etienne
Namlhanje – Abdullah Ibrahim

New Goth vs Old Goth

Probably like a few ‘Spillers here, i really liked the Cure as a teenager, but this tailed off over time – anyways uber-hip screamo gothcore duo Crystal Castles have bagged Fat Bob himself to add his distinct voice to their track “I’m Not In Love” – with interesting results.
Did anyone else go through (or are still in) a goth phase at any point in their lives? What was the gothiest thing you did? Or wore?


Peter Gordon – Beginning Of The Heartbreak
The Clash – Magnificent Seven
Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl
Chic – Real People
Linton Kwesi Johnson – Di Black Petty Booshwah
La Bionda – I Wanna Be Your Lover
Master Chivero – Black September
The Barracudas – Summer Fun

1970 Pt. 2

Dernier Domicile Connu – François De Roubaix
What I Say – Miles Davis
Cherrystones – Eugene McDaniels
Four Tops – Still Water
6ix – I’m Just Like You
Only Living Boy In New York – Simon & Garfunkel
E.V.A. – Jean-Jacques Perrey

Baby Boom




Laughing At Me – Alice Cooper
Mahlalela – Letta Mbulu
Viva Tirado – El Chicano
You Never Come Closer – Doris
Metamorphosis – Ananda Shankar
The Ghetto – Donny Hathaway
Mama Told Me Not To Come – Three Dog Night

i Build Collapsible Mountains

Forgive me, Blimpy, but as not too many of us commented on your last post about this lot, I figure I’d do this rather than just add a comment there. But to remind everyone, here’s (hopefully) a quick link back down the page to the Thistle Do Nicely thread.

I liked the song Blimpy put up (above), and consequently bought one of the fifty-only copies of A Month Of Lost Memories.


I’m not going to post up any more music from them for free, because what I have now noticed is that the download of their ‘proper’ album is now available, for only a fiver. The last time I did a post like this was for Fanfarlo’s album; download available for a quid. Lots of Spillers (Bless you all!) did get that album, and gave me quite a warm glow for actually being the introducer for once! But I digress. Anyhoo, with respect to the Fanfarlos – I still like and play stuff from that – I’d say from the evidence on my disc, ANY format of the iBCM will be even better VFM, even at five times the cost.


Go on, let’s see if we can have them sell out those fifty just to us!

Blood Red Sky

Bitterness, violence, hate and retribution
All of the facade hides your scarred and charred heart, you know it… (heart you know it)
Christian love, agape, peace and absolution,
But can you really mean to let this beast walk free?

Which way will you go, behind the thin veil of sanity?
The doors are open wide, and you can scream on through…
Which way will you go, will you knock, knock on heaven’s door?
Or do the answers hide in the darkness?…

While readers of my blog posts will be aware that Anne-Marie Helder is a member of at least three prog-rock bands, this is Anne-Marie in solo singer-songwriter mode. A very powerful song; I remember being completely blown away hearing her play this song live as a support act, just her on acoustic guitar.

As for this inspiration behind the song, in Anne-Marie’s own words:
It was inspired by the Soham killings a few years ago… and refers to the chilling and heartbreaking confusion that a family must feel when they have had a child taken from them… To wish for justice and vengeance, and dwell with the dark side; but to simultaneously know that this will achieve nothing, and that peace and forgiveness is the only way to stay sane. Neither choice seem right… and in lesser ways, we all have this conflict in our lives, many times over. The dark versus the light.

[Edit - added a corrected version of the lyrics]

Maybe Soul, Maybe No

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playlist pairs- burnished autumn

Two contrasting tracks I’m listening to a lot at the moment.. Andreya has gathered her belongings on a train, Thom is recommending you take the same route.. lyrically, each of these songs convey a feeling of helplessness, dispair, regret.. but the music in each case has, for me, the burnished feel of autumn leaves and the acknowledgement that decay brings on new cycles of life.


[Audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/534327/Jean%20Redpath%20-%20The%20Terror%20Time.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/534327/Tommy%20Johnson%20-%20Cool%20Drink%20of%20Water%20Blues.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/534327/Elmore%20James%20-%20I%27m%20Worried.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/534327/Leadbelly%20-%20%20Grasshoppers%20In%20My%20Pillow.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/534327/Sonny%20Boy%20Williamson%20-%20%20I%20Don%27t%20Know.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/534327/John%20Prine%20-%20Rocky%20Mountain%20Time.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/534327/Smiths%20-%20Stretch%20Out%20And%20Wait.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/534327/Belle%20and%20Sebastian%20-%20%20The%20Chalet%20Lines.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/534327/Yo%20La%20Tengo%20-%20Sometimes%20I%20Don%27t%20Get%20You.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/534327/Outkast%20-%20Gasoline%20Dreams.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/534327/Roots%20-%20Rising%20Down.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/534327/Coup%20-%20Wear%20Clean%20Draws.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/534327/Coup%20-%20%20Underdogs.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/534327/Coup%20-%20%20Breathing%20Apparatus.mp3%5D

Jean Redpath, Tommy Johnson, Elmore James, Leadbelly, Sonny Boy Williamson, John Prine, Smiths, Belle and Sebastian, Yo La Tengo, Outkast, Roots, The Coup, The Coup, The Coup

21.10.2010 pip’xeo p.

✓ Wayward Song The Earlies
[Audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/bump/03%20Wayward%20Song.mp3%5D

✓ Wake Up, Sleepyhead Azure Ray
✓ Walkabout (featuring Panda Bear) Atlas Sound
✓ When Will You Come Home (Copenhagen) Galaxie 500

[Audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/bump/01%20-%20Wake%20Up%2C%20Sleepyhead.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/bump/11%20Walkabout%20%28featuring%20Panda%20Bear%29.mp3,http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/bump/15%20When%20Will%20You%20Come%20Home%20%28Copenhagen%29.mp3%5D

✓ Who Will Guard The Door Over The Rhine

[Audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1075113/bump/09%20Who%20Will%20Guard%20The%20Door.mp3%5D



Freaking Out


I Want A Lip – April Stevens
Think – James Brown
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting – Charlie Mingus
Mule Skinner Blues – Fendermen
Indépendance Cha Cha – Joseph Kabaselé & L’African Jazz
Ooh Poo Pah Doo – Jessie Hill


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Here is a small selection of what is on offer!

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Scare Your Friends!! With the PaulMac horror mask. Made from the softest Bulgarian latex, this lifelike full head mask will shock and dismay your friends!
(Please quote item no. 00ER and state head size required) Your pals will larf ‘n’ larf!

You will be truly amazed by the “Singing Rocks Of Slobdovia”. Freed from the yoke of years of Stalinist tyranny, Latvian geologists were able to freely examine the disused salt mines. Whilst there, they discovered these amazing rocks which actually sing.
It is believed the rocks actually have recorded the voices of the poor downtrodden miners who were forced to work there.
Looking lovely on your mantelpiece, these rocks will play “The Anvil Chorus”, “Angel” by Robbie Williams and “We Are The Champions” by Queen. For an extra £5, you can have our “de-luxe” rock which, in addition to the above, also plays selections from the wunerful toonz of Andrew Lloyd Webber (thought to be Mrs. Thatcher’s favourite)
(Please quote item no. PR4T when ordering or PR4TT if requiring the de-luxe model and state the size of your mantelpiece) One’s staff will be truly amazed!

Revolt everybody with our “Boil In The Bag” . Obtained with the consent of the UK Border Agency from the face, back or bottom of failed Asylum Seekers, one of these on your coffee table will certainly be a talking point when (if) you have guests. (Please quote item no Y3ECH and state your vomit threshold)

For any or all of the above, please send cheques, P.Os or registered cash to Lefty & Knuckles enterprises, Cell 33, D Wing, Parkhurst Prison, Isle Of Wight, UK.

EOTWQ – The Outdoor Type

I meant to post these questions back in early summer, but, you know, stuff came up. So here, unseasonably, they are now.

And here’s some music to get you in the mood (or possibly not).

See that picture? That’s where we camped back in July. St Agnes, Isles of Scily – last landfall this side of Newfoundland. It looks idyllic – but we were pleased to have my dad’s house to retreat to when the sou’westerly gale came in. Some unlucky souls ended up sleeping in the church hall. So my question:

1. Camping?
a) Yay! Bring out the billy can.
b) Not on your life.
c) Only at festivals.

And what’s been your most memorable camping experience, for good or ill?

2. Have you ever had to spend a night in the great outdoors due to unforseen circumstances? (e.g. the motor on the boat you’ve taken over to an uninhabited island conks out, and it’s the days before everyone has a mobile, and despite your desperate waving of a luminous orange rucksack from the highest ground, nobody sees you, and then it starts to get dark, and you haven’t got any food, and your brother’s beginning to suffer mild hypothermia having got soaked in seawater trying to get the boat started… actually, we got rescued by the lifeboat at around 11pm, so maybe this doesn’t count).

3. Not far from where the above happened, my dad recently saw a pod of more than 100 dolphins. I am unspeakably envious. We had a question some months back about scary animal encounters, but what’s your best experience of seeing an animal in the wild?

4. What natural wonder or landscape have you found most awe-inspiring? We’ll allow some human influence, but it should be about the setting – so, say, Machu Pichu counts, but the Taj Mahal probably doesn’t.

5. Where do you go when you need to escape? Or if you can’t get there, where would you like to go?

Thistle Do Nicely – Autumn 2010

Here at one of the Scottish branches of the ‘Spill, a fair bit of action from local heroes is sent my way, so I thought it only fair to review and share the latest in new round-up type feature that’s unfortunately called Thistle Do Nicely. I should also say now that music does get sent to The ‘Spill for review, so if any ‘Spillers want the daunting prospect of wading through the world wide weirdness that comes in on a random basis, do let me know in the comments.

Anyhoo, let’s get cracking!

“Shambles Sails The Clockwork Sea” by Shambles Miller, 4 track CD EP.

The brilliantly named Shambles Miller has picked up the modern day protest song baton from the likes of Billy Bragg and run off with it into a dark of corner of Glasgow. A timely voice, considering everything that’s hitting the fan right now. The song “Strike” above, is earnest without being trite, not an easy trick to pull off considering the subject matter. The other three songs strum along, in a jaunty and jolly fashion, with Shambles rolling rs, telling stories, cracking jokes, and being filthy in parts. All in all, very listenable and charismatic, with a wee sad edge poking in and a little bit o politics too to keep things interesting.

Shambles website

“A Month Of Lost Memories” by I Build Collapsible Mountains, mini album (only 50 CD copies made on Peenko Records)

Now, what with computers and everything, it’s become cheap and relatively easy to knock up a symphony in your bedroom & get it out there on the net, and has let to the rise of a genre that I’m now christening “Minumental” – and I think IBCM fits into this. “Rails” above is personal, emotive headphones music and the sparse instrumentation gives it a good dynamic feel – I’m always a sucker for a bit of xylophone, y’know.

ICBM website

There was something else I meant to post, but for the life of me I can’t remember what it was. Oh well.