Wednesday, May 30, 2007

La Traviata

Something completely different today. Thanks to my housemate Jorge who lent me his cd (given away free in a sumptuous package with the El Pais newspaper). Its highlights of La Traviata by Verdi recorded in Turin in 1953 by the Orchestra Sinfonica Di Torio Della Rai conducted by Gabriele Santini. Franceco Alabnese is Alfredo and the great Maria Callas is Violetta.

I noticed the Fat Freddy's Drop download has already expired on Divx share. If anyone would like it reuploaded leave a comment.

The image is by Elaine Treisman, part of her Adam and Eve series.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Rub N Tug Remixes

Here’s a zip of all the Rub n Tug tunes I’ve downloaded over the past year or so since I first heard the Chicago remix which started my enthusiasm for them. There’ll be a few more remixes floating around and even an original track or two now but these are all the ones I’ve got (though there may be a couple I’ve forgotten about lurking among my mp3 DVDs (just burned number 27… Phew)). The DGG, Zero 7 and Sly Mongoose tracks are my favourites. So, nine tracks, here they are….

Louden Up !!!
An Open Letter To New York City BEASTIE BOYS
Crackhousewarmingparty DAVID GILMOUR GIRLS
Futures ZERO 7
Its For You OUT HUD
Snakes And Ladders SLY MONGOOSE

Image is ‘Young Love HC’ by Robert Delgadillo.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Deviation 18.05.07 & recommended downloads

Gilles Peterson's protégée Benji B has a show on BBC 1extra which kind of divides opinion on the Brownswood forum. Some find it fresh, others cliquey. Decide for yourself in this recent edition I've uploaded here...

Props to The Disco King at Brownswood for mentioning this as a particularly hot one and also Jamie L for posting the torrent at The Mixing Bowl. If you want this show and are a Mixing Bowl member, please download from there as my stats are down and I'm in danger of getting banned.

Here's the tracklisting also as provided by Jamie L...

David Axelrod – A Divine Image (Capitol)

Pharoahe Monche – What It Is? (CDR)

Raekwon – UFO Freestyle (CDR)

ESG – UFO (99)

Bumps, Bumps, Bumps – Don’t Cry, My Son (Stones Throw)

Prince – Cloreen Bacon Skin (White)

DJ Mehdi – Leave It Alone (Edit) (Ed Banger)

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – Beggin’ (Palooski Edit) – (679)

Kenny Dope – The Psyche Out (Dubplate)

Alex Phountzi – It Ain’t Rockit Science (Dubplate)

The Politik – Turn The Light (Dubplate)

Bopstar – Chiaroscuro (CDR)

Zed Bias – Bare Knuckle (Dubplate)

Artist Unknown – Misfired (CDR)

Junior Boys – Like A Child (Carl Craig Remix) (Domino)

Theo Parrish – Synthetic Flemm (Sound Signature)

Map Of Africa - Ely Cathedral (Whatever We Want)

(Promo)Sinbad –Some 1 4 Me (CDR)

Lady Alma - Running For Nothing (Antipodean Promo)

Samon Kawamura – You Are The Only One (CDR)

O-Boogie – Beat Dimensions Track (Rush Hour)

3 Root Jackson – Under The Dust (CDR)

Finale – The L Word (Unreleased Jaylib Beat)

Common ft. Dwele - The People (CDR)

While I'm here - a few nice bits and pieces.

Great jazz with stereophonic bongos at Orgy. A must-download!

One of many recent discoveries is My Generation. Plenty of 60s / 70s gems over here. Like The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band's 1968 album here... I was actually a bit disappointed by this. Nothing as good as Smell Of Incense here (apologies to Nate of Unconscious Repeat)

A bit off the beaten track for him but great is a Prince Far I collaboration with some British jazz musicians

Very nice Soul Jazz comp here at NKOTB ¿Revolución, No?

Mad Lib's typically ADD Trojan Records mix Blunted In The Bombshelter is over at Dubbinainteasy among the 07th May posts...

No posts for a while here: but you can still dl some rather nice ditties by Margo Guryan from the last post in January.

Lovely run of Buddy Rich at Six By Six

Acoustic golden age CSNY still up for grabs at Zero G Sound

Zecalouro is still the hardest working bird in blogland. He recently posted this sought-after gem from Baden Powell...

Finally grab Calm's entry into the Shibuya Jazz Classics series amongst other goodies at new jazz blog Fat Rat ...

Image is Nymph by J H Lynch. Little known about the artist but his images are universally recognised symbols of kitsch / exotica.


Monday, May 21, 2007

Radiohead - Everything In Its Right Place Remixes

I was checking around my archives for something which will raise my profile in the sharity communuity without angering 'The Man' (in his current guise of deleter) and I think I found the perfect candidate.
As I was discussing in the post before the post before last Radiohead are a widely acclaimed collective amongst various kinds of music enthusiasts. I've always liked their track Everything In Its Right Place from the Kid A set, but I like even more the bootleg which Dave Mothersole rinsed on his Late Night Sessions Show on London's Kiss in 2001 or 2002. This bootleg, known as the Head Of The House remix, was a white label but I think I read somewhere it was produced by Swayzak (apologies if I got that wrong).
So I've included that along with two other remixes of the same track, a Hybrid mix and a James Lavelle mix both of which are pretty good. Though it is widely commercially available, I have also thrown in the live performance from 'I Might Be Wrong'. The moment where the electric piano first comes in on this version always gives me a spine tingle.
As a bonus I've thrown in DJ Shadow's (there's another name which'll land me in the Guardian) remix of The Gloaming. Everyone and his neighbour's goldfish are sampling Bush's silly speeches right now but this is particularly strong.
Leave a comment already.

The image is from the 7857th great blog I found recently - Discos Ocultos. It is of Francoise Hardy and is completely unrelated.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

The Office bloopers

I know many disagree but for me Ricky Gervaise can do no wrong. This brilliant collection of bloopers shows how difficult the deadpan delivery of his sitcom The Office must've been to achieve...

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Fat Freddy's Drop - Live In Paris

Fat Freddy's Drop - Live In Paris (Nuits Zébrées On Radio Nova) (09-12-05)
1. Introduction (0.50)
2. Ernie (15.30)
3. Midnight Marauders (12.40)
4. Roady (16.40)

Hope nobody minds if I stick up this live set from the New Zealand 8-piece (got it off soulseek). Bits of jazz, soul, reggae and dub thrown together for a very sunny, feelgood vibe. The crowd are l-o-v-e-loving it!
While I'm here check out this great mix from The Nap King / Clause Four posted over at Brownswood (check the mixes section for plenty more good things!)
Here's the thread
Here's the link
Here's the tracklist
1. Nesta 'Mr White' - Stark Reality
2. Dudley Perkins 'Wassup World' - Stone's Throw
3. The Robins 'Riot in Cell Block 9' - Ace
4. Charlie Rich 'Midnight Blues' - Charly
5. Big Maybelle 'That's Pretty Good Lovin' - Savoy
6. Big Boy Grooves 'Bucket O Blood' - Stompin
7. Ronnie Love 'Chills and Fever' - Dot
8. Dion 'I was Born To Cry' - Laurie
9. The Shangri-Las 'Remember (Walkin in the Sand)' - RPM
10. Bongwater 'His Old Look' - Rough Trade
11. The Alarm Clocks 'Yeah' - Norton
12. The Kinks 'All Day and All of the Night' - Rhino
13. Robert Ashley 'In Sara Mencken' - Ubuweb
14. Charles Amirkhanian 'Hypothetical Movements' - Ubuweb
15. Shocking Blue 'Wild Wind' - Red Bullet Int
16. Rolling Stones 'Paint It Black' - Virgin
17. Jimi Entley Sound 'Charlie's Theme' - Espionage Discs
18. The Poets 'Funbuggy' - Jazzman
19. Muddy Waters 'Tom Cat' - Chess
20. Pop Levi 'Blue Honey' - Counter
21. Captain Beefheart 'Abba Zaba' - Buddha
22. Sun Ra 'Cosmic Tones for Mental Therapy' - Saturn
23. Brian Gysin 'Junk Is No Good Baby' - Ubuweb
Here's a mix from a couple of French blokes (courtesy of Nocna Hudba)
01. The Cure "All Cats Are Grey"
02. Black Sabbath "Planet Caravan"
03. Nino Rota "O' Venezia Venaga Venusia"
04. The Band "I Shall Be Released"
05. Georges Delerue "Camille"
06. Japan "Ghosts"
07. Scott Walker "The Old Man's Back Again"
08. Jeff Alexander "Come Wander With Me"
09. Cat Power "Metal Heart"
10. Minnie Riperton "Loving You"
11. Tan Dun "For The World"
12. Sebastien Tellier "Le Long de la Reviere Tendre"
13. Lee Hazlewood "My Autumn's Done Come"
14. Robert Wyatt "P.L.A."
15. Elliot Smith "Let's Get Lost"
16. The Troggs "Cousin Jane"
17. Air / Alessandro Baricco "Musica"
18. The Cleveland Orchestra "Ravel: Pavane Pour Une Enfante Defunte"

Mournful mix

I thought it was about time I got some more music out there since I’ve been downloading so much fantastic shit recently. It’s occurred to me that I’d like to start putting out my favourite bits and pieces of the moment for your delectation on a semi-regular basis. When I started throwing together tunes in a folder to this end I noticed a rather mournful tone emerging with some of the tracks so I put together this ‘mix’ – downloadable as a zip, a bundle of separate mp3s. But I urge you to follow my sequence of the tunes as I hope it will increase your listening pleasure.
I’ve been up all night. Killing mosquitos, smoking Ducados (I’ve fallen off the wagon), downloading stuff and watching the last two episodes of Series 6 of The Shield. For those who don’t know, this is a show which revolves around an incredibly corrupt yet effective cop called Vic Mackey, who works in a district of LA flooded with various criminal gangs. Long may it continue. I can’t get enough macho posturing in my TV watching (my other favourite series, sadly coming to an end, is The Sopranos).

01 Mocha Supremo (First Edit) – Buscemi

The first track from the album of the same name by a Belgian producer calling himself Buscemi in righteous tribute to the great man. (UPDATE: Just saw a legendary lead performance by SB in the poorly named Delirious – amazingly caught it at the UGC Cine Cite Campanar here in Sunny V – original version w/ subs) I got this fantastic, slick album of downbeat electronica on the strength of the track Yves Eaux featured on Gilles Peterson’s seminal Journeys By DJ CD (originally a double CD with one mix by him and the other by Sir Norman Jay). It then got nicked in the Railway pub in Putney. I tried to buy it again but it had been deleted. I lost two other albums since deleted that night – Deep Fried Fanclub by Teenage Fanclub and Dancing On John Wayne’s Head by The Fire This Time. Anyway, I treated myself to a pair of Phillips speakers (only 15€) and this was sounding very good on a balmy evening hanging with the housemates a few days ago. Buscemi is still producing good music but he’s gone a bit mainstream. There’s a clean, fresh purity to this track though (and the rest of the album). Maybe I’ll post the whole thing someday.

02 Las Cuevas De Mario – Art Pepper

Before I discovered Blogland I was creaming my pants over the posibilities of Emule. One of the first things I downloaded was all 9 volumes of Art at the Village Vanguard in 1977. A decision which served me well during some Internetless months (and with the collection from my law abiding days languishing over the Channel). It was on the strength of his album The Trip, which I got as a student after a lecturer mentioned him in passing. I’ve since found out that The Trip, which I bought from Honest Jons in Ladbroke Grove in the now deceased jazz basement, is one of Pepper’s rarer dates. Criminally so. This track from the seventh show I earmarked as a standout very early on. I’ve heard other versions of this by Pepper but this is the best. Mellow piano and bass riffs are repeated endlessly whilst Pepper gets creative yet keeps it smooth.

03 Only in Dreams – Weezer

A bootleg from 94 at Minneapolis University. I lifted this from the Serenity Now! Blog. It’s a fantastic set. Go over there and get the rest of it if you can! It has the punk attitude of, say, Offspring but the, er, mournful melodies that can only come from being young, smoking weed, having casual sex and hanging out in parks in the sun with your friends. This stuff is untouchable. When music critics (who age with the bands, of course) say later work like Pinkerton is ‘more mature’ what they mean is, basically, the magic’s gone.

04 Madrugada Eterna – The KLF

At 26, I’m just a bit too young to really grasp the significance of The KLF. I heard about them burning a million quid before I ever heard any of their music. It must have been groundbreaking at the time and still is beautiful, original ambient music. This is from the Chill Out album - which can only be properly appreciated as an entire piece.

05 Cantoria – Quarteto Em Cy

Before I got heavily into Brasilian music I loved the track ‘Tudo Que Você Podia Ser’ (still a unique track) by this group from the same 1972 album as this track is taken from. Maybe it’s a bit incongruous here, but I think it works.

06 Like A Virgin – Teenage Fanclub

As a big Fannies fan in my youth their out of print second album The King (Bandwagonesque was actually the third) was something of a Holy Grail for me. I only laid my hands on a copy recently in the virtual world. This cover of a Madonna song is obviously meant to be a joke but I find it strangely moving. I sent a long message to Teenage Fanclub’s myspace about where I think they are going wrong. Basically I prefer their early rough n ready style instead of all this ‘perfectly crafted pop’ cobble.

07 Familiar Ground – The Cinematic Orchestra (feat. Fontella Bass)

Their debut Motion is mindblowing. Opened me up to jazz music. I was a bit underwhelmed by the new album (but I’ve only given it one listen) which seems more background-y and less jazzy than the debut. They have also produced two other LPs, both stronger than this and weaker than the debut imho. Anyway this track, which I heard an early cut of on Solid Steel ages ago is the standout so far on the new album. Vocals which can only be described as plaintive . repeatedly sing ‘So near… so far…’over a building, cinematic backdrop.

08 Karma Police – Easy All Stars

A late addition to the mix and I can’t remember from which blog I picked up this novelty album of Radiohead covers in a dub stylee. Its not overwhelmingly dubby to be honest but pleasing enough. You realise what a lovely tune this is with the absence of Thom Yorke’s vocals. I know many will find that sacrilegious but I agree with comedian Rob Newman who said of Yorke’s vocals ‘If you made a noise like that in the supermarket as a kid your Mum would give you a smack’. I think Radiohead are a very creative musical collective but the lead vocal format is tying them down as it also did with The Beta Band after The Three EPs.

09 Afterhours – The Velvet Underground

Simply one of the most perfect and wonderful little songs ever recorded. Drummer Mo Tucker takes the lead vocals.

10 Children Listen To Wise Words – Freddie McGregor

Not sure if it’s the original but it’s a nicer version than I heard on pop radio growing up in the 80s. Acknowledgements to Zubzub over at Magic Of Juju for this one. A great blog with rips from vinyl of obscure world music.

11 Crosses – Jose Gonzales

Picked up the 2003 album by this guy at the Part Of The Queue blog. I’d known this track as a remix but it also sounds great in its acoustic glory.

12 Chroma – Fridge

I love Fridge. I went to University in Roehampton near Putney near where this three piece (originally a school band) grew up. I’ve probably listened to the 15 minute Anglepoised a hundred times which evokes perfectly the feeling of lying, mashed, in my bed at Halls as the cleaning lady hoovers outside at nine in the morning. There’s a sound throughout the tune like hovering. There’s also (innovative genius) the sound of coins being jingled about. I interpret this as all the little bits of money we spend on weed, food, CDs and novelty crap as youth / students. I’ll have to post it sometime. This is also a nice downbeat mash up thing with some heavy guitars thrown in. It works. Fridge, one of whom is Kieran ‘Four Tet’ Hebden have reunited and are putting out a new album. You can rejoice now.

13 Klezmer Caravan – The Cracow Klezmer Band

Have a soft spot for klezmer music, including klezmer / jazz fusion by David Krakauer and the hard to trace Rabbinical School Dropouts. This is straight ahead klezmer though, lifted from another world music blog and new favourite Babe(l)ogue. This track is lead by a mournful clarinet which seems to describe the epic tragedy and struggle of life but played with enough flourishes to suggest an ultimate joie de vivre. On point.

14 Journey Through The Past – Neil Young

From I’m Happy Y’All Came Down a now out of print early live LP (glimpsed in the sister’s record collection in Almost Famous) which I laboriously downloaded as a bunch of mp3s from Big O (which you should check regularly for its bootleg rock and jazz tracks). What can you say? Beautiful. Neil’s the only one who can make sentimental lyrics sound profound rather than mawkish.
I’m using Megaupload for this, which doesn’t give you any downloading figures. So if you do grab it, dig it and want more, don’t forget to leave a comment. Bless.

Monday, May 14, 2007


In addition to the fresh new links I posted here’s some of the choicest music I’ve picked up on my rounds recently

First up. Brownswood serves up some 97 Kiss FM business from Kirk DeGiorgio. HURRY ON THESE!!!

And there’s a bit of Gilles in his prime at the end of this Kirk mix (itself worth the dl).

Touch Of Soul have got a very nice mellow house mix from Nick Holder. Lots of understated female vocals and lyrics about heartbreak.

Pathway To Unknown Worlds has some great Herbie & Jaco live stuff

I've been getting into these authentic Paris café accordion pieces from the 30s at the world music blog Babe(L)ogue

FM Shades has got some Ash Ra Tempel to grab. Second post down the page.

Some great Jamaican ballads from Freddie McGregor in the early 60s at the amazing Magic Of Juju blog. Third down on this page.

A mostly indie blog called Serenity Now has this great Weezer bootleg. Search for April 12 here.

And The Disco King at Brownswood has dug up this amazing site of mixes from BBC Radio 1. GP, MAW, Roni Size, Daft Punk. Tonnes

Images are some of the most amusing album covers I’ve seen in blogland in recent days.

Peace and peaches.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

New links

Check it out. Found loads of cool zip blogs recently. On the downside, editing the links on bogger has changed from its old HTML format and I can't be bothered clicking on all those little arrows and moving each link one by one. So the new school of links are ahead of established names like Orgy, Pharoah, ElReza, Swami, Loronix, Musikalia et al. I wont tell you which ones for fear of them being dealt the same fate as Crabbitt & Daft but there are quite a few big names to be found...

The images are all taken from Martian Shaker. Check it out for more great stuff...