I can’t admit to ever being a fan of The Monkees but I used to watch it fairly regularly, nonetheless. Corny and as contrived as f**k, but great fun. I suppose Davy’s accent made it more than just an American show, somehow.
And they did have some good tunes (although I’m not sure that had much to do with Davy). But sad to see another part of (my) musical history disappear. He was only 66.
I came across this curio a while ago. Goes to show, you don’t ever know.
I know some of us have talked about getting out of musical ruts this year. Pairubu had taken an Asian detour, and posted a thread awhile ago about what surprised us musically last year. Fintan has taken a sabbatical to listen to new stuff. I’m listening to ambient / electronica for a project, way out of my genre of preference / comfort zone. Still trying to figure out how to separate wheat from chaff on that one. Try to check in with Indie blogs when i can, but never really seem to have the time.
Sidebar surfing on youtube is where i seem to find new stuff. Ratio is probably 1:20. But still some neat stuff. Painkiller above is apparently a jazz /grindcore type outfit with saxophonist John Zorn (sounds familiar). Anyway Panther might like it, i kind of do. Stumbled on a clutch of some kind of weird stoner doom metal with names like Alabama Thunderpussy, Stoner Train, Atomic Bitchwax, Stoned Jesus, Belzebong, Purple Overdose, Weedeater…no, don’t bother. But wait – yes ! ! ! Spliff Riff ! ! ! Dedication folks, takes dedication, and your patience will be rewarded.
So, anyone found anything interesting sidebar surfing? Or on the likes of Amazon recommends? Clue us in.
Yeah, that’s two coffees and a tea you see being supped in a Manchester City Centre pub by the Tins and my rather pasty-looking self. Incongruous, you say? Um, probably not, actually … or at least, no more odd than some of the other memories I came away with from The Castle Hotel last week.
In the credit column were racking up another miniSocial and chinwagging with old friends; meeting our charming and erudite Resident Deadhead; enjoying a single rather delightful pint of porter before reverting to driver’s drinks; and getting to see a very good band I’ve been listening to A LOT recently. On the debit side, getting ripped off for on-street parking even in the evening; being oven-baked in one of the most inappropriate rooms I’ve ever had the misfortune to see a band in; and finding a dent in my car roof after the event (good job the dealer I’m trading it to next week missed that on inspection!). I really don’t like Manchester – you can tell, can’t you?
But anyhoo, The Deep Dark Woods.
Despite observations from some of the others that their music may be a little one-paced and samey, I’m really warming to this band. Ryan Boldt has a voice that commands my attention – he can do wistful or gothic, melancholy or menacing – and from even a low-rise stage, a physical prescence to go with it. The seam of Americana the band mine is one they can trade with me anytime.
When I get the chance, I’m going to listen to Tinny’s linked interview, but in the meantime, here’s just one of the highlights from the album the band are currently tour-promoting.
The Witches of Elswick – Bring Us a Barrel
The ladies go a capella boozing. I love that you can hear their accents, and they certainly sound like they are having fun. This always reminds me – in spirit – of the scenes involving Falstaff and young Hal in the hostelry in Shakespeare’s Henry IV part 1. Zalamanda
Rykarda Parasol – Drinking Song
From my 2011 album of the year, ‘For Blood and Wine’, this has a touch of Siouxsie-Sioux-meets-Patti-Smith about it. Many more dark and mysterious lyrics on the album, but I know nothing about Ms. Parasol and am hoping someone (Fintan maybe?) can enlighten me… Debby(M)
Queen – Sheer Heart Attack
Proto-thrash metal? Freddie’s gauntlet-throwing response to the punk explosion?? A one-chord throwaway demo/jam promoted to full release to hide a dearth of new ideas??? No idea which of these theories (if any) is true, but by ‘eck I still love the rush this gives me! DarceysDad
Atari Teenage Riot – Sick To Death
The reformation of ATR this year has had me listening back to old 12″s. I bought this when it came out in 1997 and thought it was the most extreme and just plain best thing I had ever heard. It still sounds pretty full-on 15 years later! (Aficionados of underground 70s punk – that’s you Wyngatecarpenter! – may recognise the appropriation from the Users.) Panthersan
YUI – Never say die
YUI is my all time favourite singer songwriter but she does do a lot of pop rock type tracks as well as the typical acoustic guitar singer song writer stuff. This is such a positive track and as soon as I hear it I want to start to dance ! ! ! It was released in 2009 as a double A side with “It’s All Too Much” and was her 5th consecutive number 1 single. Hoshino Sakura
Warren Zevon – Don’t Let Us Get Sick
Absent a lifelong phobia of doctors, Zevon’s cancer might have been caught before it was too late. He spent the year between diagnosis and death doing what a true artist would do – record a last album. It is a mightily poignant work from one often dismissed as lightweight because of his earlier wittier work. tincanman
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I’m much prone to claiming that such-and-such an album was my favourite when I was such-and-such an age, but I think Sandie Shaw’s “Hello Angel” may genuinely have been my favourite album when I was 16. Always a bit too pop-obsessed (and slightly too young) to really love The Smiths at the time, this was perfect for me: a glamorous 60s diva disinterred by Moz and given the chance to prove her relevance in the late 80s (the album was released – on Rough Trade, natch – in 1988).
The only actual Smiths song on the album is “Hand In Glove”, which she’d released several years earlier, but Morrissey and Stephen Street also contributed the two minutes of throwaway fun that is “Please Help The Cause Against Loneliness”.
Elsewhere, the album includes Sandie’s versions of The Waterboys’ “A Girl Called Johnny” and the Mary Chain’s “Cool About You”, the latter of which is particularly splendid. But surprisingly, it’s her own songwriting that wins out, in my opinion. “Nothing Less Than Brilliant” is aptly titled: joyous, ebullient, life-affirming. Expressing sentiments like these, it’s no surprise she went on to become a psychotherapist. (But then, I would say that.) The title track is gorgeously languorous. Or languorously gorgeous. Or something. “Take Him” is a slinky little “Jolene-esque” cha-cha-cha. And “I Will Remain” is just breathtaking – even down to the comedy punchline (Morrissey’s influence pretty obvious there, I would say!).
I guess what I love(d) about this album is how surprisingly cohesive it is. It should feel like a ragbag of “will this do?” covers, but it hangs together really well as a whole, I think. And Sandie has probably never sounded in better voice.
Ladies and gentlemen, here she is, Miss Sandie Shaw…
Elliott Brood – Write It All Down For You
Mountain Goats – Sax Rohmer #1
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – There She Goes My Beautiful World
Senser – Book Of Flies
Cursive – Dorothy At Forty
Posies – Plastic Paperbacks
Magazine – The Book
Barry Adamson – 007 (A Fantasy Bond Theme)
Robert Foster – Uncle Sigmund’s Clockwork Storybook
Lambchop – Paperback Bible
Grand Archives – Oslo Novelist
Scritti Politti – Jacques Derrida
Bill Nelson – Empire Of The Senses
Quarion – I Found You On Facebook
Laurie Anderson – Blue Lagoon
Lali Puna – Faking The Books[Dntel Rmx]
Thee More Shallows – Freshman Thesis
Right. Lake Tahoe, one of the key songs on Kate Bush’s recent 50 Words for Snow album. Starts as a ghost story, warning people not to swim in the lake but only to look; they might see a woman in Victorian clothes, who clearly drowned when she was out looking for her dog Snowflake. Then we switch to the point of view of the dog, who’s old now and can’t move very well, but dreams of running along beaches and through fields and woods looking for her, and then dreams that he comes home and she’s waiting for him with a bone and a biscuit and lots of love.
This story has been bothering me to a ridiculous degree. Initially it seemed terribly sad; she’s dead, and the dog was left alone, missing her. Then I thought, yes, but what’s the alternative? She died searching for her pet, and actually Snowflake wasn’t that bothered and just got on with his life? That would be really sad. But then it occurred to me what an anthropocentric attitude that was: I would prefer that the dog lived out his life in sadness, rather than finding a new life with a new family that might love him just as much, just so that the death of an imaginary person wouldn’t be too pointless?
I don’t think Kate Bush hates dogs, but I suspect she may love them only insofar as they are sufficiently loyal and human-dependent. Of course, my view may be affected by the fact that I live with four cats who love me insofar as I am sufficiently loyal and cat-dependent, and produce ample supplies of chicken on demand.
It also occurs to me that it may all be a metaphor – for ‘dog’ read ‘husband’ – but that’s for another day.
I know I’m a little behind with this, but I am rather enjoying Portlandia at the moment. Carrie Brownstein is a genius! As well as making my #3 album of last year (Wild Flag), she also found time to write and star in this.
Can you indulge me, Spillers, by taking a detour from our very satisfying literary wanderings in iPod land for a moment?
The anniversary of the day the music died was earlier in the month (3rd February), but as Fuel noted on RR today, the music Buddy Holly made had a timeless quality. It would be interesting to imagine where Buddy Holly’s musical interests might have developed, had he lived, and possibly to speculate whether he would have continued to make music, to produce it, or whether he would have retired and opened a barbeque and beer joint.
What would he have on his iPod?
(PS This is especially for you TFD to cheer you up while you have your rotten cold)
I know it is interesting Mr P - But what does it mean ? ? ?
Yes, it’s Hawaii time ! As you may have gathered I am a bit of a fan, having , in the mid 90s, spent more than is entirely sensible or sane on several trips to these lovely tropical islands. Today, children, we are going to concentrate on the music of this blessed ( and cursed a bit too) land. My thesis is that Hawaiians have played a bigger role in the development of our music than most people realise. Several elements that we regard as traditional American things acutally developed way out in the Pacific in the days when Hawaii was still an ( sort of ) independent state. Not least guitar based music, slide guitar, “Slack key” tuning and, by extension, electric guitars ( the first electrics were slide guitars).
So onwards we go , plunging forth like an experienced surfer into the (musical) waves ( doest that work as a metaphor ? I’m not sure it does…)
I really do not know very much about Hawaiian Music but I had a lot of fun discovering things I wanted to share with everyone. The variety of things going on in Hawaii was really surprising, and it I think the mix of US and Pacific and Asian influences with traditional influences also make this a very interesting place to visit on our travels. It is going be a lot of fun ! ! ! Continue reading →
Clockwork punks? A “street level Joy Division” ? The Oi! Banshees? A band that tried to stretch the boundaries a bit, the Violators emerged from the Clockwork Orange dystopia of …err… Chapel En Le Frith. Some, such as Garry Bushell, were predicting big things for them, which never happened. They came and went leaving a tiny handful of records, leaving you to wonder what they would have done if they’d got as far as doing an album back in 1982.They were possibly also the only punk band of the time to take their name from an article in The Guardian (“Urban Violations” being the headline)
We all love music – that is why we spend so much time on The Spill and RR, but sometimes it can really make you want to scream ! ! !
I want to find out what really makes you scream. The J-Pop Idol group C-ute are maybe for me the most annoying group ever, on so many different levels but part of it is because their tracks are so catchy that however much I try once I hear one on the radio, then the stupid thing is stuck in my head all day.
Everly Brothers – Baby What You Want Me To Do
Looking back (a long, long way) I’ve realised that, coming from a music-indifferent family as I did, this must have been the introduction of my junior self to the blues. It’s a Jimmy Reed song and it featured on the Everlys’ 1961 album A Date With The Everly Brothers. Bit different from the rest of the album, though. Treefrogdemon
The Cardigans – Iron Man
Swedish knitwear tackles Ted Hughes via Ozzy Osborne. It seems that the twee popsters had a penchant for Black Sabbath; on their first album they turned Sabbath Bloody Sabbath into a sugary confection. Here, they do a much better job, with just the right amount of chilled vocoderiness. Zalamanda
Dizzee Rascal – That’s Not My Name
The original by the Ting Tings was given an almost feminist aggressive slant in the way it was performed. Dizzee, known for his own somewhat ”in your face” presentation, gives this track a more lighthearted (and ‘Laddish’) slant, as well as making a point about the use of the ‘N’ word. It was recorded in 2008 as part of the Radio 1 ‘Live Lounge’ sessions. Bluepeter
Garcia & Grisman – So What
Even jazz haters know this Miles tune. After a 20-year gap, Garcia and Grisman started playing together again in 1990 and, as you can hear, they really enjoyed each other’s musical company. It may be noodling, but it’s damn fine noodling. Chris.
As ever, please send your lovely tunes and write-ups to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
1 Sleeping In The Postal Service
2 Don’t Leave Me Dying The Manhattan Love Suicides
3 I Spent The Night In The Wax Museum Peter Stampfel & Jeffrey Lewis
4 The Drinks We Drank Last Night Azure Ray
5 When I Grow Up Fever Ray
6 Parents Livingroom Shout Out Louds
7 Digital Love Daft Punk
Pac Man section -
(avoid if you didn’t grow up munching pills in darkened rooms getting disorientated by repetitive bleeping music)
1 Last Night At The Jetty Panda Bear
2 Last Night (Afrojack Remix) Ian Carey
3 Up All Night (SBTRKT Remix) Alex Clare
4 What’s That Track? Valentine & Carter
1 Nights Become Days Frank Turner
2 Midnight Blues (Album Version) Liz Green
3 Scrolling In Mind Images Of The Past Day Before Falling Asleep Aesthesys
4 (Oh What A) Night Before Christmas* Aidan John Moffat
* the latest (or earliest) inclusion of a Christmas song known to the ‘spill – but it’s genius – and so on topic – I had to include it.
bonus track for Fuel – and one I’ve been searching my mind for:
1 Panic In Room 109 The Jazz Butcher
2 It’s Getting Light Outside Clearlake
Way back in the 80s when I was a mere teenager just beginning to investigate The Clash’s back catalogue I remember seeing the name English Dogs painted on the back of a punk leather jacket and thinking it was the ideal name for a punk band. I didn’t get to hear them for around ten years (no youtube in those days) – could the music live up to the name? When I finally got to hear it, it turned out that their debut release the Mad Punx And English Dogs 12” was overall probably the best punk EP of the 80s(my opinion of course but I don’t think I’m alone). Even if they’ve never matched it in their confusing, tangled on-off history, this release got them their place in punk history.
Dub Syndicate – What Happened?
Electrafixion – Who’s Been Sleeping In My Head?
Butthole Surfers – Who Was In My Room Last Night? [Trent Reznor RMX]
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Thirsty Dog
Offspring – The Worst Hangover Ever
Serious Drinking – Hangover
Mekons – Amnesia
Clock DVA – 4 Hours
Nina Nastasia & Jim White – Late Night
Tindersticks – Raindrops [Live '03]
Malcolm Middleton & Alan Bisset – The Rebel On His Own Tonight
Low – Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me
Mountain Goats – Your Belgian Things
Barzin – The Dream Song
Dedicated to Bish & the Insomniacs, Wyngate & the New Parents and anyone else whose eyes are beginning to hurt through lack of sleep (mine’s down to child with lergy, 4 nights and counting) – the most mellow, soothing piece of music you can think of…NOW!
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was planning to do a series of posts trawling through some of the lesser known punk bands from the dim and distant past, ie the early 80s. At least one person thought that sounded like a good idea, so I can now announce that the start of the series is imminent!
1 Love Is A Dirty Word Jason Collett
2 “Would You …?” Touch & Go
3 Gettin’ Dirty BMX Bandits
4 I Wonder If You’re Drunk Enough To Sleep With Me Tonight Ballboy
5 Oh Men! Aidan Moffat & The Best-Ofs
6 Twist Goldfrapp
1 Mating Dance Lazarus and the Plane Crash
2 Don’t Go Home With Your Hard On Leonard Cohen
3 Underwear The Magnetic Fields
4 You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You’re Drunk Pet Shop Boys
5 Diplomat Pony Club
6 Hard On Withered Hand
7 No Children The Mountain Goats