Saturday, 1 January 2011


Happy New Year!

This comes to you via the magic of the 'scheduled post' feature as I'm off gallivanting and will be unlikely to string many words together for a few days.

Here's a very special post on behalf of a very special blog. A few days ago I got an email from Ctel from Acid Ted, asking if I could post the following mix. A no-brainer of course, and for a very worthy cause.

Here's the blurb from Ctel:

Happy New Year to you. To get the new year off to a cracking start, I’m offering you the chance to get an exclusive mix from the marvellous but mysterious Error Operator. This mix is not available anywhere else. All you have to do is make a small donation to charity. Email me with the reply and I’ll send you the mix. It’s that simple.

You will want this mix.

It starts with the brilliant but brooding “Moth” by Burial and Four Tet before going on to mixes of Foals and Burial himself. It even has some Tinie Tempah bfore ending with James Blake and ultimately coming a full circle to a remix of Four Tet. This is a quiet evening with a bottle of fine red.

I’d like others to benefit from the time that Error Operator has put in. In particular, to raise money for research on brain tumours in children. Brain tumours are the commonest solid tumours in children in the UK and USA. More children now die from a brain tumour than any other childhood cancer. If you want a copy of the mix, here’s how to donate:

TO DONATE: Give directly to the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust (UK) by donating here or Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation (USA) here or to a children’s cancer charity in your own country. Once you have done so, you will get an emailed reply from them. Forward that email to me ( and I will send you a link to the mix. Please, please donate. How much you donate is up to you (£5 = US$7 / EUR5). If you need to know why these charities are so important, see my story here or little Thomas’ story here.

Finally, if any readers are bloggers themselves, could you please promote this mix on your sites. It’s in a good cause. Thank you. Email me with the link and I’ll send you a copy of the mix.

And my sincere thanks and gratitude to Error Operator for making this appeal possible.

Right - get clicking, viewers. If you've downloaded stuff from this site over the last couple of years then you'd be a miserable sod not to...

ACID TED MIX by Error Operator
1 - Burial & Four Tet – Moth
2 - Foals – Spanish Sahara (Mount Kimbie Remix)
3 - Burial – Archangel (Boy 8-Bit Remix)
4 - Gold Panda – Snow & Taxis (Throwing Snow Remix)
5 - Tinie Tempah – Pass Out (SBTRKT Remix)
6 - Andreya Triana – A Town Called Obsolete (Mount Kimbie Remix)
7 - Break
8 - Joy Orbison – Hyph Mongo
9 - James Blake – CMYK
10 - Four Tet – Love Cry (Joy Orbison Remix)

Check out Error Operator on Twitter, Soundcloud and Facebook

Wednesday, 15 December 2010


So here it is, back round again. The festive season was especially good fun blog-wise last year, I'd decided to stop the 2009 version of vinyl rips and go into the less frequent (before its slow painful death) 2010 incarnation. There were few extra special treats that I'd been saving, so here's a couple of lazy-bastard reposts to commemorate things this year, alongside the FACTORY FLOOR rip below.

Xmas 2010 for me so far has been a bit of a nightmare as hardly any of the presents I've ordered online have arrived, and the bank knocked me back for a tenner yesterday which is a new record. BUT - it's been a fairly mental couple of weeks of gigs, clubbing and other assorted over indulgences so I've done no bad.

Right, off to see Drum Eyes at the Captains Rest. Have a great couple of weeks...

Factory Floor - Bipolar

7" released on Outside Sound from 2008, up here for a VERY SHORT TIME so get it while it's hot.

What can I say? The band of 2010 for me by a country mile. I went on about them enough over the course of the year and posted as much as I thought I could get away with so if you were a regular you'll know what I'm on about.

Managed to see 'em three times, the best of which was on the Optimo stage at the Electric Frog Street Carnival back in the summer. A superb live act, and I'm gutted I can't afford to go and see them at the ICA in February with Chris & Cosey. Fuck me - that's a helluva line-up.

Anyway, this was an early release and came out on Claire from Rotters' label. Nice orange vinyl as well. I won't be keeping the link up so if you've not got it then get a fuckin move on.

Merry Xmas m'dears, and thanks again for all the support you gave the blog over the 18 (or thereabouts) months...

Factory Floor - Bipolar
A - Bipolar
B - You Were Always Wrong

Buy it here

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Optimo - I Love Techno - 13 November 2010

Our heroes live in Ghent a couple of weeks ago.

Banging in Belgium? Oh yes. Complete with shouty over-excited MC this takes no prisoners - you can forget the Nina Simone / This Mortal Coil side of Optimo here, this is back to the old PURE days in style.

Taken from the gig itself you can hear the manual touching-up and down of the 12"s, which makes a change from some of the over-produced so-called 'live mixes' you hear floating about these days.

Bastard! Got a tweet from JD Twitch last night to say "ha ha! I knew you couldn't stop" when I did the post below. Aye very good. Definitely not back for good, but we can't have a Weatherall without an Optimo, can we? A two-off, if you will.

Right - off to see Atari Teenage Riot, should clear out the midweek cobwebs...

Optimo - I Love Techno - 13 November 2010

Buy the new stuff on Optimo Music here

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Andrew Weatherall - 6 Mix - Screamadelica Special

Recent Weatherall show in collaboration with Primal Scream.

Well, what can I say? One of the most inspired musical pairings of all time, this has pretty much set out the stall for the last 20 years of my life. When I first heard back in January about the Screamadelica gigs this weekend, I bought a ticket on autopilot (as always), but haven't really given a shit about it either way.

Until now.

It's Primal Scream week on 6 Music, and this started things off on Sunday, along with an Alan McGee 'First Time' show. Things come to a climax with the broadcast of Friday night's show on 6. I won't be listening to it as it's Saturday I'm off to see the show (same as all the TRUEFANS as it was announced first - fuck I hate myself sometimes), but will no doubt download it when I get back.

Being a sucker for a deluxe vinyl product, I nearly had to go for a wank when I saw this, and then THIS. Just as well I got a bit of cash for my birthday last week. Which one to buy though - the red one looks better but the white one's more limited (and signed)...

So, the Weatherall show then. It's great to hear him in 'reminiscing' mode, plenty of anecdotes as you'd expect. I'm coincidentally reading Jah Wobble's autobiography just now as well, so it all ties in very nicely, thank you very much.

Back for good? Nah, but who knows what's round the corner...

*EDIT* no sooner back on air than I get a message from the kind folks at offering me use of these fine images. Too late for the upload but I'm sure you can do your own thing with 'em. Cheers!

Andrew Weatherall - 6 Mix - Screamadelica Special
1 - Jhalib — Mysteries of the East
2 - Los Niños Del Parque — Liaisons Dangereuses
3 - A Certain Ratio — And Then Again
4 - Jah Wobble — Not Another
5 - Can — Mother Earth
6 - Johnny Jenkins — Walk on Gilded Splinters
7 - Chairmen of the Board — Morning Glory
8 - Annie Anxiety — As I Lie in Your Arms
9 - Prince Far I & The Arabs — Homeward Bound
10 - Bill Laswell — Lost Roads
11 - Public Image Ltd. — Radio 4
12 - Nico — Evening of Light
13 - Brian Eno — From The Same Hill
14 - Gene Clark — Strength of Strings
15 - Donnie Fritts — We Had it All
16 - Dennis Wilson — Thoughts of You
17 - Curtis Mayfield — Think
18 - Pharoah Sanders — Astral Travelling
19 - The Delfonics — Didn't I Blow Your Mind
20 - Isaac Hayes — Walk On By
21 - Suicide - Dream Baby Dream

Buy me the Screamadelica Reissue here

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Jarvis Cocker - Birthday Megamix - 6 Music

Hour long 'megamix' from Sheffield's finest, broadcast last Sunday (19th September) on 6 Music.

I can't remember what Sunday afternoons were like before Jarvis' show started on 6 Music, but they weren't nearly as good, that's for sure. It was his birthday on Sunday there, so he treated us to an hour long mix in his honour (and why the fuck not). We were listening to it in the flat as ever, and were blown away - a great mix of tunes and dialogue as you can see below.

I've been out of action for the last week or so due to a mysterious pain which the doctor initially thought was a punctured lung (it wasn't) and haven't had the inclination to post anything. It's still sore, which is a bugger, but thought I'd get this up anyway. Normal service will be resumed at some point. It had better be OK for the Optimo Turbo Rave on Friday night, mind you I should have some way of suppressing the pain if it's not...

Jarvis Cocker - Birthday Megamix - 6 Music
1 - The BBC Radiophonic Workshop — Happy Birthday
2 - Burt Bacharach — Something Big
3 - Sir John Betjeman — Indoor Games Near Newbury
4 - Leroy Anderson — The Typewriter
5 - Ost — Diary of a Taxi Driver
6 - Gonzales — Armellodie
7 - The Tremeloes — Here Comes My Baby
8 - Lou Reed — Coney Island Baby (live)
9 - Van Morrison — Coney Island
10 - Ennio Morricone — La Resa Del Conti
11 - Ost — Dialogue & Music from the TV series 'Kung Fu'
12 - Étienne de Crécy — Prix Choc
13 - Boris Midney — D-D-D-Dance
14 - Dylan Thomas — Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
15 - My Disco — Paradise A
16 - Artery — Cars In Motion
17 - Eddy Current Suppression Ring — Hey Mum
18 - Fleetwood Mac — Oh Well

Check out Jarvis' show's homepage here

Monday, 13 September 2010

Troy Tate - Love Is... (Dance Mix)

Solo 12" by him-out-of-the-Teardrop-Explodes from 1983 on Rough Trade.

Picked this up as part of a '7x12"s for a fiver' deal at a great new second hand vinyl shop that's just opened about 4 minutes from my front door. Fuck - that's me screwed, got a whole load already and barely scratched the surface. Looks like they've got hunners of great stuff if you're prepared to wade through the crates.

Alongside the various session musicians on this are Virginia Astley, Rolo McGinty and David Balfe. Star-studded, eh? I hadn't heard this prior to shelling out my 70p or so on it and it was the Julian Cope fan in me who picked it up, but it's actually really good - not nearly as dated as you'd think. In fact, some of the production is almost Moroder-esque - I shit you not. The A-side's actually a right catchy wee ditty that I've just caught m'lady singing along to.

I realise that I'm talking this up maybe a wee bit too much but there you go - take a chance on an early 80s electronic synthy oddity, I dare you...

Troy Tate - Love Is... (Dance Mix)
A - Love Is... (Dance Mix)
B1 - Love Is...
B2 - I'm Mad
B3 - Lifeline

Buy it here

Andrew Weatherall - Haywire Christmas Mix CD 2003

Electro-tastic festive feast from 2003.

This is comin' at ya courtesy of RiG viewer 'Matt' from Maidenhead, who picked it up at the 2003 Haywire Christmas party (lucky so-and-so). Cheers Matt, as it's a great mix - something a wee bit different to the usual fare.

Should keep the Weatherall wolf from the door for a wee while at least. Next 6 Mix perhaps...

Andrew Weatherall - Haywire Christmas Mix CD 2003

Buy Weatherall stuff here

Friday, 10 September 2010

Aeroplane - August Mix Tape

Fairly recent mix from the Eskimo favourite.

Fuck me this is amazing - I've had this on the go for a while but hadn't listened to in its entirety until I came back from work yesterday. Absolutely fantastic mix. Anyone on the Eskimo mailing list will have this already, but this is for anyone who isn't.

Aeroplane look like they're about to go MASSIVE if recent 6 Music airplay of the new single (out on Monday) counts for anything. I see they've made a Lady Gaga pisstake video as well, so that's all gonna help the masterplan (I'm assuming).

I've always missed them (him?) when they've played Glasgow, which is surprising as they're up here all the time. Mind you, I'd probably be the oldest bastard there so maybe I'm better off checking them out from afar...

Aeroplane - August Mix Tape
1 - Marbeya Sound - No Anchor
2 - Hannulelauri - Zombie Tropicana
3 - Dana Bergquist - Acapulco
4 - Drop Out Orchestra - Baby Come Home (Sit On My Ritz) Dub Mix
5 - Cosmonauts - El Toro (Italo Dub)
6 - Kasper Bjore - Heaven (Muzzle Flash Remix)
7 - Mark Seven - Pillow Talk
8 - Loin Brothers - Garden of Vargulf (Tornado Wallace Remix)
9 - Diskokaine - Hall of Shame (Hannulelauri Remix)
10 - Julie Walehwa - I Mind (Weirdo Police Remix)

Order THAT new Aeroplane record here

Andrew Weatherall - ALFOS Limited Edition DJ Mix - 19 August 2010

Recent CD mix, exclusive to the first 50 folk through the door at ALFOS in London.

Andrew Weatherall - mind him? Used to be a permanent feature on this blog but he's not been on here for a good couple of weeks now. Mind you, me being a lazy bastard hasn't helped. Don't worry, got another wee treat lined up over the weekend.

A HUGE thanks to Brother Johnston for sending me this CD up in the post - it arrived today and I've got it on just now. A big departure from the previous mix I posted, as this one is all electronic music (so far). Nice sleeve as well, signed by the man himself. Oddly, it's spilt into five tracks (four short ones and a 50min one) but flows perfectly as a mix right through. I'm currently about halfway through it and in my unbiased opinion it's sounding fairly magnificent. A few oldies thrown in as well, so I don't feel completely out of touch.

*EDIT* now finished listening - nice and mellow (please shoot me for using that word) at the end as well. Not a 'club' mix, so definitely up the ALFOS street right enough. Sounds like a great wee night they've got down at The Drop.

Right Sean, how about persuading Audrey to accompany yourself up here to Bonnie Scotch-land for a wee ALFOS night at Sleazys or The Captains Rest - they seem about right size-wise...

Andrew Weatherall - ALFOS CD Mix - 19 August 2010

Buy Weatherall stuff here