Venomous Beings!!! The MFF 24 Hour Challenge!!!

Shocking Pink Dragon Centipede

Poisonous Pink Dragon Millipede

This is post for all the Spillers missing their MFF!!!

It should have appeared by magic at midnight UK time and if you are reading this then I suppose so that it must have worked!!!

As you know, I come from a sub tropical island so we learn very young about venomous things that crawl or wiggle or fly or swim or even just sit waiting to be touched so they can inject their poison in to you!!!

There is actually a lot of them!!! Snakes, spiders, insects, amphibians, jelly fish, Centipede and millipedes, plants and even some fish and sea plants!!!  So I think you should be able to think of some good tracks to honour our scary friends!!!

The cute little thing you see in photo is a Pink Dragon Millipede – but Watch Out!!!  This little monster shoots cyanide at people that annoy it!!!

So for this 24 hour challenge we are looking for beings with venom.

They do not need to be fatal (most poisons are designed to kill animals much smaller than a human) but they do need to have a sting in tail, mouth, or thorn.  Plants that are only poisonous if you eat them are offside!!!  (I have been studying sporting metaphors recently!!!)

Here is my nomination to start you off – Queen Bee by Maki Goto – As sweet as honey but definitely a sting in the tail!!!

So Ready  -  Steady -  GO!!!

A Pig, A Cowboy and The Other One

Here are two little jewels and something altogether different from Casey, for your listening pleasure.

Ron McKernan, aka “Pigpen”, was the prime mover in ensuring The Warlocks became an electric rock band and his R’n’B raps were an essential part of the Grateful Dead experience. He went on this tour against doctors’ advice, making the words of Good Lovin’ uncomfortably apt (Doctor, Doctor, Mr. MD, can you tell me what’s ailing me?). Despite his health, he’s the one that gets the band in gear on more than one night. Robert Hunter wrote Mr. Charlie for him, as an affectionate tribute to those songs with nonsense choruses (Chuba, Chuba, Wooly Bully). Pigpen was also quite fond of cocaine.

El Paso is Marty Robbins’ tale of love, betrayal and murder, with a narrator who dies at the end. It’s a Tex-Mex confection, served with a glittering side order of Garcia. And played quite often as an interlude to…

The Other One. This version was played in a TV studio in Bremen, at the end of an 80-minute set from which a song would be selected for broadcast (the station selected a short song, unsurprisingly). This is Casey’s real treasure, for me, when the band takes the music in directions rarely explored. Billy has just played a drum solo which sets up the opening rhythm for the song so, when everyone joins in, that’s the speed they run at. But Garcia wants to slow it down and, later, he just fancies seeing what will happen if he tries this or this or that… It’s the way the others deal with his ideas that it so wonderful: sometimes acquiescing, sometimes fighting, sometimes just going in a different direction. But, when Bobby finally agrees to sing the second verse, everything comes together again. The song ends officially at that point but Garcia still has ideas to try…

Les Rallizes Dénudés (裸のラリーズ or Hadaka No Rallizes )

Les Rallizes Dénudés were a legendary Japanese experimental noise-rock band, lead (controlled megalomaniacally might be more accurate) by visionary guitarist Takeshi Mizutani that were active between 1969 and 1996 (there is no evidence that they are officially no more) but only ever put out a few official releases, which were live albums anyway.
Their commitment to staying impenetrably underground and in the shadows (well, the wilds of Northern Japan) and refusal to play the game, marks them as a true cult phenomenon for me (and a few other lonely, socially inept men in their thirties and forties around the globe). That, and the fact that they released some awe-inspiring, way-ahead of their time, truly experimental and amazing music.

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Today’s EOTWQs are brought to you by the letter C

1 Candy? Collard greens? What’s your favourite food beginning with a C?

2 Alarming news: the Cliff Richard 2012 calendar is already selling fast. What calendar would YOU like for next year? (NB does not have to begin with C.)

3 The nights are drawing in (if you’re in the same hemisphere as me) and soon the clocks will be going back. What do you like about this? What do you NOT like? (And do you own a clock that needs to be put back manually?)

4 I’ve been to my last conference (probably). What’s the best conference you’ve ever been to? What would be your ideal one?

5 Rumour has it that shops are already putting Christmas merchandise on display. Have you seen any yet? (Have you bought any?)

‘spill over EELS

EELS is a band formed by singer/songwriter Mark Oliver Everett, better known as E.
There’s at least 9 albums to choose tracks from and 2 solos recordings, plus an album as MC Honky… if you could be so kind – I’d like a ‘spill over view of his output.

Do you like EELS? (the band – you comedians)
if so , the down right depressing side? or the jaunty pop sensibility side? .. but still with a dark soul.

We have a couple of spare days – will we have a unique ‘best of’ that the record company would be pleased to produce or a totally odd collection that a blog full of weirdoes would be happy to listen to – the choice is yours.

Post your nominations to: Susan’s House c/o the Comments section below – thanks ‘spillers.

I Need Your Bedroom Eyes

I have had “Bedroom Eyes” by Dum Dum Girls stuck on repeat for the last few weeks, and now there’s a fab video to go with it. Press play if you like 60s girl groups, The Raveonettes, The Bangles, Fleetwood Mac, The Pretenders or any good music really. Catchy as hell chorus, sublime bridge and quite an array of tights to behold!

Spill Challenge No 22 – Covers That Never Were

Ah yes, the rules are the thing – erm…

A new challenge appears every Tuesday Morning or evening – or not.

No song may be chosen twice unless it is.

This week’s challenge is to choose a song that you would like to be recorded by somebody else.

For example it was once suggested in the letters page of the NME that The Smiths’ “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me” would be the perfect vehicle for Shirley Bassey in her “I Who Have Nothing” mode.

Elvis Costello always hoped that Frank Sinatra would record “Almost Blue” but no joy there. Chet Baker recorded a lovely version of course.

So anyway, what other cover versions do you think should have happened but didn’t?

Who saw an open goal staring them in the face and said “Oh look, a squirrel?”

Clearly you’ll have to post another version of the same song unless you have mystical powers of which I know nothing.

Now, use your imagination and post songs you love that could have been even better.

Mitch can nominate himself but only if he then goes on to actually record the song.

(memo to self – never agree to do this again)

Earworms – September 26

I'm back!

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
Aldous Huxley

Thea Gilmore – Ever Fallen In Love (Buzzcocks cover)
You are in a paint or fabric shop flipping through samples of rich autumnal colours for your _____ room and one so warms you to the core that you forget it’s cold outside. That is Thea Gilmore in this song.

Masters Of Haiti – Ti Chans (Pou Ayiti)
I’m not sure when this CD came out, I’ve had it for quite a few years and this is the one song that registered when I first heard it, love the contrast between the rappers and the girl singers and the way they flow together.

Charlie Dore – Pilot of the Airwaves
I was just watching Cropredy on TV when Charlie Dore came on – there’s a blast from the past. Do you remember “Pilot of the Airwaves”? It’s a really good pop song. I’d completely forgotten about it but can’t stop singing it now.
Ali Munday

Alaska y Dinarama – Cómo Pudiste Hacerme Esto a Mí
A story of jealousy and death from Alaska one of the leading lights of the 80′s Movida Madrileña – she starred in one of the dodgiest scenes in Almodóvar’s first film. A fine eighties euro disco number that still makes me want to dance.
Mrs Maki

The Indian Givers – Hatcheck Girl
This comes from another sale bargain of mine – a cassette that I bought with fond, but indistinct, memories of this very song, which was one of the band’s two singles. I was reminded of it by the appearance of a coatcheck girl in a novel I’ve been reading. This is vaguely jazzy synth-pop which seems to have garnered a few Prefab Sprout comparisons.

Spear Of Destiny – Flying Scotsman
Inspired by treefrogdemon & bluepeter blethering about RRSA Trains, I was reminded of this, and just how good Kirk Brandon’s band was in the mid-80s. Take a Post-punk ethic, add sax, politics and a HUGE backing vocal; soak in delusions of grandeur; turn it up to 11, and out pops . . . the riff from The Bonnie Banks O’ Loch Lomond ?!?!? WTF?

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poppy, light, lipstick, town, apple, wine, roses, blood

What a music-filled weekend it’s been so far! And what a shame someone can’t have a special anniversary every weekend. You know – songs about wood, songs about paper…what do you mean that’s not special?

I’d have had my 41st this year, as it goes, had I taken the precaution of remaining married. But I reckon it was worth it doing it my way. Here are some songs.

1 Poppy-Red by Richard Thompson
2 Roxanne by the Police
3 Mystery Man by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
4 Scarlet Town by Gillian Welch
5 Red Apple Juice by the GPs
6 Red Wine and Promises by Lal & Mike Waterson
7 Blood Red Roses by Sting
8 Blood of the Ram by the Gourds

red recordings on ruby sunday

1 Love is Red/Green Tender Trap
2 Red And Purple The Dodos
3 Cherry Tulips Headlights
4 Cherry Lips Archie Bronson Outfit
5 Earth A Run Red Digital Mystikz
6 Red Candle Bulb Meursault
7 Ruby II Amy Millan


1 Red Rag Brakes
2 A Martyr For My Love For You The White Stripes
3 Red Orange Green Emma Pollock
4 Those Crimson Tears Ed Harcourt
5 Illuminated Red The Accidental
6 Red Letters Blak Twang
7 Crimson Swan (Hooray For Earth Remix) PVT


1 Red Seas Clogs
2 Red Apple Falls Smog
3 Your Lips Are Red St. Vincent
4 This Red Book Pinback
5 Ruby Queenadreena
6 Naked Ruby Ruby Throat
7 1000 Days Red Fabio Orsi

Happy 40th Anniversary, Mr and Mrs Webcore !

How to celebrate in one's special anniversary pants ! (from 'It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World')

The multiple-perspective collective has come together to celebrate the Webcore’s Ruby wedding anniversary with this playlist, intermingled with some snippets and signposts (with special thanks to The Guardian for its community content and search facilty).

I never thought I’d miss you, half as much as I do
(Labi Siffre, It Must Be Love)

It is 1971, and a young man from Liverpool has spent the summer in London. Some may think him a ‘Jim Dandy’ character, well-suited to life in a great capital city. But there is a young woman back home who is always in his thoughts, looks a little like Catherine Deneuve and a little like Anita Ekberg, only better, and scores ten out of ten on the dancefloor. Our young hero was not foolish, and so headed home with marriage on his mind.

The wedding took place on 25th September 1971, and coincided with a Traffic gig at the Liverpool Stadium, which the happy couple fitted in to the evening celebrations. This first set of tunes are vintage 1971, except for some fine Motown and rock’n’roll (which is having to be neighbourly with Steve Winwood for reasons of narrative):
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Reddy, Steady, Go

Hunters & Collectors – Red Lane
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Share The Red
Laika – Red River
Wire – Red Barked Tree
Ema – Red Star

She Wants Revenge – Red Flags & Long Nights
Album Leaf – Red-Eye
Laurie Anderson – Bright Red
Trespassers William – Red
Accidental – Illuminated Red

Simone White – Roses Are Not Red
Get Well Soon – Red Nose Day
Jæ – Red Around The Eyes
Robert Wyatt – Red Flag
Kenny Rogers – Ruby (Don’t Take Your Love To Town)

Best Cover Band Ever? (Pt. 2)

Ok, just to get the answer out of the way first – no. Gov’t Mule is not a contender for the best cover band ever. I’d put them in roughly the same category as the Dead (and they do tend to play together, amusingly covering a Metallica tune together, and Sugaree) as cover artists – jam band, excellent covers. But unlike the Ramones, Nirvana, etc – not really definitive or radical re-interpretations that give pause to the originals. (Chris – feel free to disagree and make your case.) Continue reading

Spill Challenge no 21 Covers that never were.

Ah yes, the rules are the thing – erm…

A new challenge appears every Tuesday Morning or evening – or not.

No song may be chosen twice unless it is.

This week’s challenge is to choose a song that you would like to be recorded by somebody else.

For example it was once suggested in the letters page of the NME that The Smiths’ “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me” would be the perfect vehicle for Shirley Bassey in her “I Who Have Nothing” mode.

Elvis Costello always hoped that Frank Sinatra would record “Almost Blue” but no joy there. Chet Baker recorded a lovely version of course.

So anyway, what other cover versions do you think should have happened but didn’t?

Who saw an open goal staring them in the face and said “Oh look, a squirrel?”

Clearly you’ll have to post another version of the same song unless you have mystical powers of which I know nothing.

Mitch can nominate himself but only if he then goes on to actually record the song.

(I have a nagging feeling that this isn’t going to work - memo to self – never agree to do this again)

Not my fault..

This post is like so totally not my fault.
Another poster ( name withheld to protect the guilty) mentioned Japanese cover versions of “Western” music and I just had to go through my collection and find some of my favourites to post for your “enjoyment”.
So, as you can see, it’s really not my fault*.

* This “logic” brought to you courtesy of my daughter.

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‘Spill Weekly Song Challenge #20 – Collectibles

You all know the rules by now…

So. Last week I received a parcel from Amazon. Nothing very weird about that – I’m forever buying sh*t off the interweb. The package comprised two CDs: a best of Al Wilson (ordered following a discussion about “Do what you gotta do”, written for him by Jimmy Webb, triggered by amylee’s recent covers post); and “Roaring The Gospel”, a rarities album by James Yorkston.

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Earworms – September 19

“Music expresses feeling and thought, without language; it was below and before speech, and it is above and beyond all words.”
Robert G. Ingersoll

Freddie McKay – Love Is a Treasure
I’ve been craving smooth, soulful music lately. And this is it!

Victor Johnson – When You Say You’re Mine
In ToffeeBoy’s Listening To New Music discussion, I mentioned the Funky 16 Corners blog as a source of ‘new to me’ music. Over a couple of shuffle years (which in real time amounts to about half a dozen plays), this has become a favourite. A great example of an old-school jazz voice and big band finding a new dialect with Northern Soul.

Jackie DeShannon – Needles and Pins
Much as I liked the Searchers hit version of this, I just think Jackie was fantastic. I’ve recently bought a couple of CDs of hers to go with the vinyl I’ve got and I’m really enjoying them.

The Lovin’ Spoonful – Darlin’ Companion
This comes from the very aptly named album Hums Of The Spoonful. You may find yourself exhaling happy vibrations whilst doing the involuntary silly grin dance. I know I do.

Miwa – 441
Miwa is a new singer songwriter and I think she will be a very big talent. This song concerns a girl remembering her first love. It is full of nice summer references like holding hands in a firework display and summer festivals. ‘441’ is a reference to the radio station she and her first love listened to together.
Hoshino Sakura

Patrick Wolf – House
My tune of the year so far, this may be the most perfect expression of domestic bliss I’ve ever heard. And I love how it just gets better and better as it goes on. Grand, gorgeous, glorious.

Please send submissions to – thanks!

Like a dog in the rain

I’ve been thinking for a while about doing a post on Jon Randall, composer of my well-worn afaserae Whiskey Lullaby; and it so happens that I just went out to mow the lawn and found it was raining…

Poor old Jon – he seemed to have such a bright future, having started his career in Emmylou Harris’ band the Nash Ramblers and gone solo with Emmylou’s blessing. But he’s never taken off. Of course he’s had his drink problems, his relationship problems and his record company problems, but so have lots of people.

His real name is Jon Randall Stewart, and he was born in Dallas in 1969. He’s made four albums with four different record companies, one of which didn’t get a full release. He has good musicians playing on them, but the latest one came out in 2005; since then he’s done some writing and producing, but there’s no sign of another album from him.

Bob Harris plays his stuff from time to time on his country music programme, and that’s how I came to hear him. I like him a lot – his songs are a bit samey, perhaps, but he’s a good guitar player and he has a lovely voice. Could do with an image consultant though…(to be fair, that video’s from his first album) See what you think.

1 Can’t Hurt Anymore
2 Blew Me Away
3 Baby Won’t You Come Home
4 Mountain Of Regret
5 Afraid Of The Dark

Jake Shimabukuro

I absolutely love Jake Shimabukuro!!! He is an Hawaiian ukulele player and I have nominated him two times in this week’s task in RR.

In my islands  is quite a lot of ukulele music but it comes from the people who went to Hawaii before the second world war when times were very bad for us following our annexation by Japan and the music filtered back to Okinawa and the islands.   When I grew up there was always some old guy playing a ukulele somewhere at every festival, but I was never really interested in it until I discovered Jake Shimabukuro.

I first got to know Jake Shimabukuro as he make the soundtrack for the Japanese film Hula Girls which is a very funny but also very kind comedy film about a poor and depressed town in north Japan  that tries to make a Hawaiian themed spa to attract tourist!!!

Here is the theme from the film

Hula Girls

Jake Shimabukuro is well know for his cover versions of  popular songs and jazz tracks but he also plays some traditional music from Okinawa and Hawaii.

In this next video he plays a traditional Japanese song called Sakura Sakura (yes it is my name, but it is really about the cherry blossom and its significance in our culture)

Sakura Sakura

Finally I would like to share Jake Shimabukuro version of While my Guitar Gently Weeps.  I honestly think that this is the best cover version of this song ever!!!  I can really fell his soul in this track

I hope you like it!!!

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Thank you for listening to his music and reading the post!!!

And we got nothing to be guilty of… (Part 6)

OK, d’you know who we can all agree were terrible? Aqua, that’s who. “Barbie Girl”. “Doctor Jones”. The sub-Roxette ballad one… They were unmitigated shite, weren’t they? And I, as a man of taste (if not wealth), took great pleasure in despising them. Nasty, cheap, synthetic rubbish. Pah.

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All Apologies

Strange Parcels – Sorry Bootsy
Mark Stewart – Shame
Les Claypool – Off White Guilt
Trail Of Dead – Mistakes & Regrets
Josef K – Sorry For Laughing

David Thomas Broughton – Apologies
Morrissey – I’m Not Sorry
Wolfgang Press – Derek The Confessor
Adrian Sherwood – Forgive Yourself
Thee More Shallows – Walk Of Shame

Would Be’s – I’m Hardly Ever Wrong
Nina Nastasia – Regrets
Richard Hawley – Remorse Code
Julie Doiron – Sorry Part III
Damien Jurado – Sorry Is For You


“Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!”

We’ve had times of day so none of those people – but what about TIME?

good times – we’ve had a few
bad times – we WILL survive
obviously not The Times – we are not the type of people that run the country!
…and not posh people naming the river that flows through London.

I don’t want you to recommend a song just because it says TIME – I want it to mean something to you and I want to know WHY.

so….on your marks, get set… get old before your time:

change – Goodnight, MFF you emeffer, you.

“It would have been better to come back at the same hour,” said the fox. “If for example, you came at four o’clock in the afternoon, then at three o’clock I shall begin to be happy. I shall feel happier and happier as the hour advances. At four o’clock, I shall be worrying and jumping about. I shall show you how happy I am! But if you come at just any time, I shall never know at what hour my heart is ready to greet you . . . One must observe the proper rites . . . “

“What is a rite?” asked the little prince.

“Those also are actions too often neglected,” said the fox. “They are what make one day different from other days, one hour different from other hours. There is a rite, for example, among my hunters. Every Thursday they dance with the village girls. So Thursday is a wonderful day for me! I can take a walk as far as the vineyards. But if the hunters danced at just any time, every day would be like every other day, and I should never have any vacation at all.”

Thursday night has been ridiculously special to me over the past five years. I’ve arranged my life around it, and looked forward to it like a child looks forward to Halloween and Christmas. My family started calling it “ladies’ night,” because this was the night I’d pretend to go out with friends, and be unavailable for about an hour (although, it was so ideal! I was home if they really needed me). I recognize how selfish my disappointment is. It’s been 7 pm in America, EST,

which has been a nice time for me to have an hour off. Not so convenient for anybody farther up the time zones than the UK, though.

I’m not begrudging the time change. I just want to say thanks for all of the wonderful Thursday nights “out” RRers everywhere, although most of my fondest memories probably involve people who won’t even read this! Anyway. The end of an era.