Speakers Push Air

The Wright Stuff
April 25, 2010, 7:33 pm
Filed under: Festivals

OK. I knew TV lizard / journo Matthew Wright had a thing about Hawkwind. He’s been onstage with them, written about them etc. But I had him pegged as a student hippy of some sort.

Tonight he stood in for Stuart Maconie hosting 6Music’s mighty Freak Zone show (where Maconie plays library music, free jazz, prog, techno, folk and other such nonsense). He started with Captain Beefheart and 4 Sparklehorse songs in a row, which pleased me..

But then.. but then… Well, take a look:

Gong – I’ve Been Stoned Before / Master Builder
Hawkwind – Magnu / Damnation Alley
Here & Now – This Time
Cardiacs – Is This The Life?
The Ullulators – Don’t Thump The Hamster
Wasted Youth – I Wish I Was A Girl / Pinned & Grinning
Captain Beefheart – When Big Joan Sets Up
Frank Zappa – Help! I’m A Rock
Butthole Surfers – John E Smoke
Grateful Dead – Eyes Of The World.

He also mentioned Wango Riley’s Travelling Stage, a festival which I think must have been Treworgey Tree Fayre and at least two different early 80s visits to Stonehenge. This was no student hippy, my friends, this was a microdot-addled crusty.

Who’dda thunk it?

Tune Of The Day
April 23, 2010, 9:40 am
Filed under: Admin

There’s this thing I do on Facecrack, Tune of the Day, I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before. Every day, I post up (and message to some mailing list type people) a tune. Might be for a reason (a birthday, a death, that sort of thing). Might be just cos…

It started back in November 2009, with a Fila Brazilia remix of The Twilight Singers, and Volume 1 took us up to my end of year charts. Volume 2 started roughly when the new year did, and there’s been 100 tunes (ish) since then. Hiphop, blues, gospel, soul, classical, industrial, roots, jazz, indie, metal, techno, blah blah blah. Still gets a really satisfying amount of downloads every day, and not that much moaning about inbox-bothering.

For the record, the most popular download of volume 2 was Nick Cave’s dolorous cover of Pulp’s Disco 2000. The least? Tragic Roundabout’s Gone Dancing, which is a bloody ACE tune, you heathens.

Here’s the whole of Volume 2:

Eli Paperboy Reed & The Trueloves – Bad Girl

The Thing – Have Love, Will Travel

Sisters of Transistors – Beat Girl

Blur – Fool’s Day

Big Maybelle – 96 Tears

Junior Kelly – Nuttin’ Wrong With The World

Soft Pink Truth – Do They Owe Us A Living?

Digital Mystikz – Walking With Jah

My Morning Jacket – One Big Holiday

Half Pint – Mr Landlord

Professor Longhair – Mardi Gras In New Orleans

The Weakerthans – Plea From A Cat Named Virtute

The Violinaires – Old Time Religion

Roger Miller – You Can’t Rollerskate In A Buffalo Herd

Jackie Mittoo – Rocksteady Wedding

Peaches – Kick It (ft Iggy Pop)

Th’Legendary Shackshakers – The Lost Cause

Marion Gaines Singers – Grandma’s Hands

My Bloody Valentine – Soon (Weatherall Mix)

Low – (That’s How You Sing) Amazing Grace

Ernie K Doe – Mother In Law

Tiger Lillies – Banging In The Nails

Jimmy Conwell – Cigarette Ashes

Honey Cone – Want Ads

Max Richter – Sarajevo

Lambchop – Your Fucking Sunny Day

Sylford Walker – Burn Babylon

Rachel Sweet – Hairspray

High Contrast – In A Gadda Da Vida

The Earlies – One Of Us Is Dead

Cat Power – Lived In Bars

El Vez – En El Barrio

Lloyd Parks – Mafia

Penny Black Remedy – I Won’t Argue When I’m Dead

She & Him – Change Is Hard

Nothing Painted Blue – Swivelchair

The Box Tops – The Letter

Gene Clarke – Strength of Strings

George Faith – To Be A Lover

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Stagger Lee

Asa Chang & Junray – Hana

Gonzalez – Take Me To Broadway

Etta James – Something’s Gotta Hold On Me

JSTARS – Loose Nuke Threat

Link Wray – Batman Theme

Revolting Cocks – Beers, Steers & Queers

Sparklehorse Ft Thom Yorke – Wish You Were Here

Sparklehorse – Sunshine / It’s A Wonderful Life / Sad & Beautiful World  / Someday I Will Treat You Good

Love – Maybe The People Would Be The Times

Faust – The Sad Skinhead

Cornell Campbell – Dance Inna Greenwich Farm

23 Skidoo – Coup

Accents – Spring Song

Dubversion – Dancin’ Up A Mountain (a small soul mix)

LCD Soundsystem – Someone Great

Rhythm & Sound – King In My Empire

Tunng – Bullets

Thee Headcoats – The Earl Of Suave

Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Up Above My Head

Tragic Roundabout – Gone Dancing

Nas – Bridging The Gap

Ute Lemper – Little Water Song

Team Shadetek – Brooklyn Anthem

World Domination Enterprises – Asbestos Lead Asbestos

The Winstons – Color Him Father

Hank Thompson – Let’s Get Drunk & Be Somebody

Scala Choir – I Touch Myself

Tricky Ft Polly Harvey – Broken Homes

Man Or Astroman – King Of The Monsters

Dr John & Mavis Staples – When The Saints Go Marching In

Alien Fashion Show – Detroit Swing City

Half Man Half Biscuit – Mr Cave’s A Window Cleaner Now

Aretha Franklin – Don’t Play That Song

Supersuckers – Pretty Fucked Up

King Tubby – Stop Look Dub / Delroy Wilson – Stop

Orbital – Halcyon

Nick Cave – Disco 2000

Little Kirk – Ghetto People Broke

Charles Mingus – Haitian Fight Song

Midlake – Roscoe (Wizards Sleeve Remix)

Willie Colon – La Murga

Jackie Oates Birthday

Alan Price Set – Simon Smith & His Amazing Dancing Bear

Jonathan Richman – That Summer Feeling

Le Tigre – I’m So Excited

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Hallelujah

The God Machine – Home

Alborosie – Kingston Town

Clinic – Monkey On Your Back

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Just Dropped In

Big Youth & Vivian Jackson – Yabby Youth

Electrelane – I Wanna Be President

Adem – To Cure A Weakling Child

Beck – Burro

Lee Scratch Perry – Disco Devil

Chain & The Gang – What Is A Dollar?

Elvis Presley – Short Mix

Dead Kennedys – Viva Las Vegas

Gillian Welch – Elvis Presley Blues

Elvis Presley – Crawfish – Pilooski Edit

Lavern Baker – Saved

Leadbelly – Black Betty

April 21, 2010, 7:49 pm
Filed under: Mixes

So someone mentioned Brainiac. I remembered that Brainiac gig at the Garage where Tim Taylor ripped the shit out of the support act, Ligament (“yeh…. Ligament in the house!”). Then all these kind of distorted quasi-blues tunes poured into my head and this mix came to pass. That’s it really, no big concept, just a virtually real time selection of mutant blues.

Dubversion – Pigfoot & Beer (79 mins, 146mb)

1. Honkeyfinger – Running On Empty (Weatherall Vox Mix)
2. PW Long’s Reelfoot – Signifyin’ Honky
3. New Kingdom – Mexico Or Bust
4. Ligament – Good Times
5. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – 2 Kindsa Love
6. Pimp – Theme From Pimp
7. Nas ft Olu Dara – Bridging The Gap
8. The Chatham Singers – I’m A Queen Bee
9. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Heart Attack & Vine
10. Alabama 3 – Woke Up This Morning
11. Southern Culture On The Skids – Soul City
12. Killdozer – Pigfoot & Beer
13. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Thirsty Dog
14. Brainiac – Martian Dance Invasion
15. Bob Log III – My Shit Is Perfect
16. Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir – St Hubert
17. Seasick Steve – Chiggers
18. Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster – Morning Has Broken
19. 12 Stone Toddler – Rabbit In The Hat
20. Girls Against Boys – Cruise Your New Baby Fly Self
21. Butthole Surfers – Jimi

So, like I said, I did it in sorta real time. Otherwise, there would have been some Gallon Drunk. But I forgot. Sorry

National Ebay Vulture Day
April 18, 2010, 1:27 am
Filed under: Miscellaneous

National Independent Record Store Day. It’s not the worst idea ever, quite. But when there’s a big noise in the press about an event which seems largely to create  big ebay demand for vinyl releases as unavailable to kids in Cornwall as limited edition releases ever were, what does it prove?

A quick glance at ebay and the limited vinyl release of The Flaming Lips’ Dark Side of the Moon is already – less than 12 hours after the shops shut their doors – going for £250 + on ebay. Maybe I’m naive in being surprised by this, but it does, IMO, seem to pull the rug out from under the whole venture. For shops supposedly representing an “alternative”, a place to find expertise and love and a non-corporate approach, knocking out limited editions to vultures willing to put the time in waiting in apparently absurd queues seems self-defeating. Or something..

And for the record, it’s shit.

Posted whilst drunk and righteous.

All Back To My Place #5: Paul “Bluestreak” White
April 17, 2010, 8:29 pm
Filed under: All Back To My Place

Blogger, gig-maniac, one half – the piratical half, I’d say – of the Beyond Fathomability DJ tag team, I give you Mr Paul White…

What music are you currently grooving to?

Los Campesinos – Romance Is Boring – perfect for grooving, frenetic, youthful passion, and some great lines.

What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album?

Probably Nirvana‘s In Utero.  Yeah, yeah – hush!  It’s the perfect combination of weary angst, anger, sarcasm and noise.

What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it?

Adam & The Ants‘ Kings Of The Wild Frontier, on slightly warped vinyl, from an Oxfam shop in Ilford, when I was 9 or 10.  I’ve still got it, and can still remember being fascinated and slightly hynotised by Ants Invasion and Killer In The Home because I’d kind of expected it all to be “pop”.

Which musician, other than yourself, have you ever wanted to be?

I think the year I spent trying to channel the spirit of Richey James is a fair way down the list of things I boast about, but I was 15 and a mess.  I still kind of want to be Nick Cave though.  I doubt that will ever change.

What do you sing in the shower?

I don’t sing in the shower.  Unless I’m having a show tunes day.

What is your favourite Saturday night record?

. Saturday night will start with “Let The Good Times Roll” , take in “Jackie Wilson Said”, stop off at “Laika” and become a blur somewhere around “Midnight Request Line”.  Or I might go out, I dunno.

And your Sunday morning record?

Sunday was made for Leonard Cohen‘s “So Long Marianne”.  On vinyl for slightly hissy wimsy.

Paul forgot to send me links to his blog or the Beyond Fathomability website, so I’ll get those sharpish…

Thanks, Paul. I want to be Nick Cave too. And so does Will Self

Won’t Bow! Don’t Know How
April 13, 2010, 4:38 pm
Filed under: Television

Managed to get hold of a copy of the first episode of Tremé. Made by much of the team behind the Wire, it’s looking at post-Katrina New Orleans and eschewing David Simon’s usual criminal milieu in favour of the music scene in the Tremé district of the city, starting 3 months after the devastation.

It crams a lot into its pilot episode, and there are flaws: there’s an appallingly caricatured Brit TV reporter, an awkward Elvis Costello cameo and John Goodman as a local activist is pretty much there to provide impassioned exposition at the moment, although this does fill in the backstory pretty effectively. But the characters are looking good for the most part (especially, as ever, Wendell Pierce who was Bunk in The Wire). The music – both filmed and on the soundtrack – is flawless: Kermit Ruffins, Dr John, Professor Longhair et al in the first episode. And as an insight into a city I’m a bit obsessed with without every having been, it’s fascinating. The whole Mardi Gras Indian scene has been featured already and will play a bigger part apparently, as will corruption and the federal response to the disaster (which will presumably see things move back towards David Simon’s usual stomping grounds of corruption etc).

So, very promising start.

All Back To My Place #4: Alice Nutter
April 12, 2010, 9:54 pm
Filed under: All Back To My Place

I first spoke to Alice Nutter back in the early 90s when I was a music journo and she was in Chumbawamba. The band had sent me a brilliant “Jason Donovan – Queer As Fuck” t-shirt, around the time of that whole Face magazine court case, and I rang her for a chat about it. Somehow, we ended up talking about the campaign to get her reinstated as the sex advice columnist of a Yorkshire newspaper, among a dozen other things. This was a little while before the band decided to push things a little further, get anarchist ideas out of the underground and into our charts and onto our TVs, which led to much carping from the more holier-than-thou elements of the anarcho community. Until the cheques started arriving, anyway… Nowadays, having left Chumbawamba 5 years ago, she’s carving out an increasingly accomplished path for herself as a TV scriptwriter and playwright, including a lot of work with the mighty Jimmy McGovern, and currently has a kids play in development with the RSC. Who’d have thunk it… She also has (and excuse the editorialising) SUPERB taste in music.

What music are you currently grooving to?

Chain And The Gang, the singer Ian Svenious’s barbed commentary on America reminds me of a latter day Randy Newman. I love Randy Newman; he’s ploughed his own field for so long that he must have a massive farm by now.

What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album?

Exile On Coldharbour Lane by Alabama Three but I feel a loyalty to Nina Simone, a woman of fucking ferocious intelligence, so would have to add her Forever Young Gifted And Black.

What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it?

An album by The Bachelors, God knows what it was called but the cover shot was three middle-aged men sitting on a roller coaster in cardigans – it featured Paddy McGinty’s Goat. The first single was David Essex’s Gonna Make You A Star at Curzon St’s Tape and Record Exchange, Burnley. I later swapped all my older sister’s albums there for stuff I actually wanted. I justified this theft by telling myself I had better taste.

Which musician, other than yourself, have you ever wanted to be?

As a kid it never occurred to me that I could be a musician – I was a girl from Burnley – so I decided I was going to marry John Lennon. When I heard he’d got shot my first reaction was, well that’s my life plan down the drain.

What do you sing in the shower?

Tom Waits, I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You.

What is your favourite Saturday night record?

Compared To What? Mr Flood’s Party, a song that makes me feel like I’m coming up; I was a Wigan Casino kid.

And your Sunday morning record?

James Taylor, Carolina In My Mind. If I wasn’t so light-weight it would be John Belushi, Broken Family Band

Thanks, Alice.

Randy & Earl Hit The Road
April 12, 2010, 1:24 pm
Filed under: Festivals

the ever-expanding summer tour for Randy & Earl’s Old Record Club is listed here.

I feel tired just reading it.

All Back To My Place #3: Hue Jah Fink
April 12, 2010, 1:39 am
Filed under: All Back To My Place

as well as being a mate, Richie aka Hue Jah Fink is both a stunning DJ (in just about every beat-driven genre you can think of) and an increasingly accomplished producer / artist. If I were many years younger, I’d go as far as to suggest he was “the don”. But I’m not so I won’t.

What music are you currently grooving to?

I’d love to come up with something really trendy but the truth is I am an absolute freak for Tori Amos. I bought ‘Little Earthquakes’ pretty much the moment it hit the shelves back in ’92, and loved it. A recent concert at the Apollo really reinvigorated my interest, so I bought all the albums that I missed. With the exception of a few dance tracks and a bit of African music here and there, I’ve had Tori on rotation for the last few months. She’s just an amazing songwriter and performer.
It’s OK, I don’t have any credibility to lose.

What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album?

Haha, probably Tori Amos – Under The Pink, her second solo album. I lose favour with most music from time to time, but this CD never ever disappoints me. It’s a close call between this,
and her first one ‘Little Earthquakes’. In some ways I think Earthquakes is a stronger selection
of songs, but there’s something a little more confident about the production of ‘Pink’ that wears better over time. I know from interviews that Earthquakes was a real control battle with the
label and I think you can hear that in retrospect. If this is a desert island affair, can I not just put both CDs in one case? I don’t really like to choose between them.

What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it?

Two answers for this. If you count sharing a 7″ with someone, then it was The Piranhas ‘Play Kwela’ – Tom Hark. Not too embarrassing at all. However, the first record I bought entirely with my own pocket money, was Art of Noise – Close to the Edit.
Art of Noise were a very important influence on me. I did not really know how much at the time, but tracks like that and Moments in Love laid the foundation for my love of sampling and electronic music production.

Which musician, other than yourself, have you ever wanted to be?

Slash. What a dude. I’d still consider swapping now…. although to be honest I think this is a hair thing rather than a musical one. I covet his hair.

What do you sing in the shower?

I never sing in the shower. Honest.

What is your favourite Saturday night record?

The Saturday Night Fever soundtrack LP! Doesn’t get any more Saturday Night than that…. I jest. However, ‘Open Sesame’ by Kool & the Gang is a monster dancefloor tune that will have me bopping about even when all the synths have run out of batteries. “Groove with the Genie!!”

And your Sunday morning record?

Toumani Diabate – The Mande Variations. Incredible rhythms and melody, no overdubs or any shit like that. It suits my chill time well because it is beautiful and relaxing and can easily fit into the ambience, but it is also so full of details I can zoom my ears right into it and be amazed too.

You can – and should – find Richie’s music here.

All Back To My Place #2: Rob Davis
April 11, 2010, 10:27 am
Filed under: All Back To My Place

Old friend, psychedelic soulboy, a man who’s great at drawing pictures but rubbish at requesting B*witched videos in Dutch hotel rooms, I give you Rob Davis..

What music are you currently grooving to?

Invisible Girl by King Khan & the BBQ Show. A mate sent the album to me, it’s a kind of vulgar Indian/German doowop thing. Fun.

What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album?

Forever Changes by Love. It’s the either/and/both/or answer to popular music. It’s misguided and visionary, soulful and artful. It’s like a horror movie serenading a spaghetti western. Every time I put on the second side the record says, “What is happening and how have you been?” as if it’s been waiting for me to come back. And I always do.

What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it?

I remember buying Club Country by the Associates with ‘my own money’ (99p I think). It was in upstairs in TESCO Poole and I bought it on the advice of Sean. Well, he said, “That’s good, get that”. It’s still good in a shrieky paranoiac disco bop way.

Which musician, other than yourself, have you ever wanted to be?

No interest in being any musician really. I would like to have driven around in the Monkees car though.

What do you sing in the shower?

My Ship is Coming In by the Walker Brothers – the ultimate “everything’s gonna be alright, honest luv” loser Dad song. Sing it to yer wife as she throws the flowers back in your sorry drunken face. Or sing it in the shower and give yourself goose-pimples

What is your favourite Saturday night record?

No idea, so I’ll say Out on the Floor by Dobie Gray. That piano bit makes you feel like this is the most important moment ever each time you hear it.

And your Sunday morning record?

I was gonna say Hey Cowboy by Lee Hazlewood from the Cowboy in Sweden album, but the other day I listened to Sweet Thing by Van Morrison on a Sunday morning and that’s a whole other Sunday country. That whole Astral Weeks thing… it just slips in the garden gate and rings the bell.

Take a look at some of Rob’s words and pictures here.

Thanks, Rob.