So, what do the two things have in common? The first thing is Mogwai*, my useless former tortie sulker. The second is “I See You Baby (Shakin’ That Ass)” by Groove Armada & Fatboy Slim.
The answer is….nothing! Apart from the fact that the two things are irretrievably, utterly linked in my mind. Mrs McFlah & I used to sing the song towards Mogwai because of the way her furry rump swung when she walked, waaay back when it came out (the song, not the cat’s bum) in ’99. Whenever I hear the song, I can think of nothing else but the feline booty sway.
So then, I would like you please to recommend songs that are solidly bonded by association in your minds – the winner will be the one that has the most convoluted & bizarre or ridiculous & mundane explanation to it!
*yes, named after the band.
King of the Village Fete Lazarus and the Plane Crash
Friday Night At The Drive-In Bingo Jens Lekman
The Village New Order
Vibrate Mr. Scruff
I Was Unconscious, It Was A Dream The Slow Club
Dull Life Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Empty Nest Wild Beasts
Spent Gladiator 2 The Mountain Goats
Sweet William Pt. 2 Johnny Flynn
Tourist Woman Cass McCombs
Electric Village Add N To (X)
Woozy With Cider James Yorkston
Just Give ‘Em Whiskey colourbox
1 Burn The Fruit (Pegasus) Seventeen Evergreen
2 Peaches in the Summertime Camper Van Beethoven
3 Kennedy Toquiwa
4 Her Tears Taste Like Pears DORIAN CONCEPT
5 Neutered Fruit St. Vincent
6 Four Damaged Lemons Blonde Redhead
1 Half An Apple Trashcan Sinatras & Ali Smith
2 Apple Boy The Wave Pictures
3 Apples & Oranges Dogs Die In Hot Cars
4 Apples And Pears Slow Club
5 Apples & Pears Nedry
6 Apple Thief Pepe Deluxé
7 Cherry Lips Archie Bronson Outfit
I will be back to recommend these on RR later – not sure if I can get any time before the boys are in bed – player after the jump isn’t in MY proper sequence, I’m sure you’ll cope – Sakura, please skip Cherry Lips as it isn’t on topic – I just love it – enjoy.
Hello chums. A few slices of tasty fruit related tunes that don’t seem to be on Youtube for you.
They are as follows
Belly Button- Peach Pie
Naughty Abbie- Princess Pupule has plenty Papaya
Tink Tink- Lemon no kakera
Yanawaraba- Ichigo ichie
Masako-san- Punk quince
Masako-San- My fruit yoghurt
Kegawa no Maries- Honey apple
Teeny Frahoop- Banana juice
Vanilla Beans- Very very blueberry
Sheena and the Rokkets Lemon tea.
Shonen Knife – P.Y.O.
Petty Booka- Pineapple Princess
Karne- Orange Marmalade
Rebecca Pan- Yellow Cherries
Schoolgirl 69 – Orange Rider
As Director of Studies at the school I work for I’m quite used to interviewing people who include phrases such as “Play bass in a blues band at the weekends” or “Have released a couple of self-produced songs via the internet” and will admit to having a predisposition to listen to these candidates because I think the “front” it takes to do this sort of thing marries well with the type of work we do and is an indicator of the sort of confident and outgoing character I am looking for in potential colleagues. So when I met with Aaron Thomas a few weeks ago and invited him to work with us his “Professional musician: about to release my third album” on is CV was a pretty good clue as to how the interview would end. My colleague, Javier, who handles pay roll and contracts and was a concert promoter (still is part time) mentioned that Aaron’s name rang a bell but we didn’t investigate further.
Turns out that Aaron was being just a tad modest. He’s just released his third album and spends most weekends out of town on tour. He’s well known and well respected on a live music scene that unfortunately I just never seem to find time to investigate these days. He’s from Australia but has been living here in Madrid for a number of years now. He’d like his music to reach an English speaking audience and that’s why I’m posting this here. Let him know what you think in the comments. I hope he’ll have the chance to get back to you.
Partly because it’s more or less the only song I could think of that’s on topic, but as I thought of it quite early on you may have missed the link to the rather amusing video, and partly to celebrate the start of Trwbador‘s album launch tour, which began in Carmarthen last night…
This has been totally fun for me – I love a playlist I have to work at – and I completely understand how it doesn’t connect for others .. I hope there’s some tracks to entertain in here.
There’s more bleep freak tunes than I’d normal put on the’spill (I haven’t gone overboard – I could have just swapped the playlist with tracks made using 8-bit sounds really annoying the hell out of people who like traditional instruments)…
I’ve included a good smattering of different genres to even it out, not too sure about the musicians colours, as I don’t have a Pantone chart set up for the artist skin tones.
Most tracks are bang on – internet themed – others are subtle – but I believe the lines about the internet are pertinent and important to my feelings for the song.
There’s not a single track that I think are ‘not up to scratch’ with my normal nominating (personal) taste. In fact, tracks 22-61 are all sadly left out because I do try not to bore everyone on here.
I hope there is something to entertain and it’s not a whole: abort – retry – fail.
So, there’s been a lot of discussion in recent weeks about issues with RR: nesting, the treatment of gurus, moderating issues, mess-ups by the editorial staff, etc. Fuel is boycotting the Graun, and this morning on Facebook amylee threatened to follow him. I promised I’d do a ‘Spill post on it this afternoon. Well, ‘this afternoon’ has become this evening and I’m in a rush to go out, so here goes…
1 If I Should Die Tonight Brakes
2 My Kingdom For A Horse Frank Turner
3 Human Racing St. Vincent
4 Act III, Scene 2 (Shakespeare) Saul Williams
5 Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone The Walkmen
6 Some Tragedy The Good Life
7 The Bottom Line Big Audio Dynamite
8 Looking For The Perfect Beat (12″ Vocal Version) Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force
I hear grumpy sounds from this winteRR of disco tents
If you press play on the youtube clip there’s will be a little (slings and) arrow that appears at the bottom right just in from the youtube logo – if you hover over that and click the 23 track playlist will show along the bottom – skip to your hearts content.
“The band broke up because I couldn’t bear Rotten anymore because he was an embarrassment with his silly hats and his, like, shabby, dirty, nasty looking appearance”.
I asked for filthy, dirty songs…..The interpretation being up to you.
It was an interesting experiment – the starting blocks slipped the rude and lewd songs out – then other forms of dirt piled up in the nominations playlist. Some were too close to home (terminal illness) and other momentarily not appealing (I’m in a house with vomiting children).
Others were ‘just‘ about sex and didn’t feel dirty at all – they obviously weren’t doing it right… I still picked some of these tunes trying to create an interesting playlist as I went.
Just a few links to videos by non-flamenco artists that have caught my eye this year. Youtube sidebar may turn up other stuff you’d like.
Great Indie band from Pamplona whose La Reina should have made the Queen’s list.
Weary, post indie electro diddler whose Hypotenusa was one of my favourite albums of the year
Erstwhile a-listers brought out Luz Oscuridad Luz to my delight and general indifference. From 2011, but I only got to it this year.
Went almost mainstream with an awful Carlos Jean remix. Thankfully kept doing her own, much better, thing
Just a quick post to thank everyone for providing the soundtrack to the Maki family’s Xmas. Not much to report Guru-wise that my predecessors in the role haven’t already said. The listening sessions were mammoth and the delights uncovered were many. The hardest part – deciding what to leave out. Far too much great music to be resumed in a single list. I have enjoyed the experience and am glad it came at a time that I was able to pay attention and, hopefully, do the thread justice.
Happy New Year Everyone.
RR extRRa wants filthy, dirty songs.
The interpretation of this is up to the nominator.
Perhaps it’s characterised by, or having the nature of filth; disgustingly or completely dirty/ messy, as in needing a wash.
Then again very dirty (as in rude) or obscene also counts.
Unique, interesting, vibrant songs are all I ask – some quirky thinking will be appreciated – I’m not offended by blatant, although I do cherish subtlety -
PLEASE only songs that you love and a few words about why.
With the amount of rain that has soaked the soil around here and Christmas just being over – the only objection I have is anything by MUD.
Use the RR comment box to add links
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so the system doesn’t overload with too many youtube clips for those on slower computers.
links anywhere are fine for me – spotify, dropbox, youtube, etc.
Most of all have fun.
Not entirely sure i like these post-match analyses – i sort of feel like when i’m done with it, i’m done – but if it’s expected i’ll bang up a brief one. I did a b-list last year so the amount of labor and the process itself wasn’t unfamiliar to me. But a b-list is different from an A-list, and Jon D did the heavy lifting there last year. It’s a whole different can of worms. I did all new-to-me’s on my b-list last year because i could. But an A-list needs a write up and a theme, there are songs that want zedding, and have to be justified and explained.
One thing i did very differently than Chris is that i listened to the tunes first, and then dealt with lyrics later. That’s how i would have done it anyway, but i think it was a very good call this week because there were a lot of songs that had fantastic lyrics (hip hoppy stuff, punk, rants, etc) but were musically uninteresting, and i wanted a playlist that was listenable. After i got down to probably 100 tunes or so, i started to sift through themes, and weed out songs with similar themes, and choose the one i thought best. And i think that paradox was really what i was looking for most. Funny bile, cheery vitriol, sexy rape songs (yes, i know i don’t deserve to live), pissed off hippies, positive metal, punk, and hip hop….
Problem with this is that you get a list heavy on my own personal taste in music. I love my A-list. So it’s probably a bit too rock-heavy for a lot of people’s taste, but to be fair i did post an early warning that i asked for a rock-friendly topic. There really isn’t enough variety. But it is what it is. One thing i did right this time – paced myself in listening. I’d listen to a page full of tunes, then take a break for an hour or two. So unlike last time i did the b-list, i’m not sick and tired of music. Looking very forward to the Festive Spill lists.
For a b-list i just did a grab bag of new-to-me tunes i thought were great. That was almost tougher than an A-list, because i had to leave just so much out. There were so many good tunes this week. My favorite thing about RR isn’t getting my own noms zedded, fun as that is, but discovering new tunes, and that’s what’s best about guruship. I feel like a big part of the job is to point people to some great tunes that they may have missed.
“I’m as mad as hell – and I’m not going to take this any more”
2 Madder Groove Armada
3 Who Needs Actions When You Got Words Plan B
4 We Are Fucking Angry The King Blues
5 So Hungry, So Angry Medium, Medium
6 The Floor Buck 65
2 Penny For A Thought Saul Williams
3 Alone And Annoyed Eric’s Trip
4 Got This Rage Honkeyfinger
5 Fight Art Brut
6 Bad Luck Hot Chip
7 Open Mind Surgery Culture Shock
I don’t know if anyone is really interested in these post-match analyses, especially as a new topic takes off, but here is mine anyway.
Now you’ve gone and left me and there’s nothing here,
But a tenner in my pocket and a fridge full of beer,
There’s an aRRmy around the country, we’re all stuck in our rooms
It takes a lot of preparation to make a move.
2 A Brighter Beat Malcolm Middleton
3 On My Shoulders The Dø
4 Brave Tin Soldiers Sarah Nixey
5 The Happiest Place on Earth Desaparecidos
6 Soldier’s Grin Wolf Parade
All tracks in part one up for consideration DsD.
2 Scottish Pop Spearmint
3 Hips For Scotland Psychonauts
4 Chips And Cheese Eugene Kelly
5 All Over Glasgow Decoration
6 The Sixth Stone Aidan Moffat And The Best-Ofs & Ian Rankin
7 New Lanark De Rosa
Tracks 3 and 4 to be considered DsD.
2 I Could Be Happy Seavault
3 Cathkin Braes De Rosa
4 Shopping For Blood Franz Ferdinand
5 Wicker Girl (b side) Hefner
6 Mortgage Skuobhie Dubh Orchestra
For those with less indie taste here is some traditional folk from the Shetlands – lovely stuff.
2 Golden Goals Fullsceilidh Spelemannslag
3 The Teetotalers Reel/The Fairy Dance Aly Bain
1 Ribbons The Sisters Of Mercy
2 Ooh La La Goldfrapp
3 Come On You Young Philosophers! The Strange Death Of Liberal England
4 Talk To Strangers Saul Williams
5 Your Big Brown Eyes and My Big Broke Heart The Russian Futurists
1 René Descartes Parliament of Owls
2 Clockwork Blackalicious
3 Descartes The Foxes
4 Socrates Studiocanoe
5 Watchman, The Philosopher Baba Zula
6 Philosopher’s Stone Thievery Corporation
Sorry for the early mentions of Christmas in these two songs – but it does give me the ideal opportunity to ask if anyone wants a collection of my ‘vinyl’ Christmas cards.
See below for images – click on Continue Reading » then click on the first images to get a gallery.
1 A Higher Power Jens Lekman
2 Are Philosophers Lonely? Soda Fountain Rag