Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Mater Suspiria Vision - Lords of Lights Mixtape

Mixtape by my latest 'new favourite band', courtesy of the Actual Pain website.

Much as it pains me to say it, this is part of recent sub-genre 'witch house', also known (in increasingly WTF order) as drag, ghost drone, screwgaze & crunkshoegaze, depending who you're talking to. Hmmm....

Who gives a fuck - it's right up my street. Electronic with a bit of goth thrown in? I'll take a bit of that. We spent a good hour on Saturday night going through the plethora of MSV videos on YouTube and fucking loving each one. Between this and Factory Floor, 2010 is shaping up to be a great year for new bands.

In the cold light of day on Sunday afternoon, I was regaling the troops with our tales of YouTubbery from the previous night. Before too long we ended up back at the flat and needless to say they weren't too impressed. "It's just the original slowed down", said Mr Lady Gaga Fan when I played him the MSV version of Paparazzi. *sigh* - some folk just don't get it.

Anyways - this mix? Well anything which features R-i-G favourites The Sisterhood has to be a winner. It's also got some MSV 'ghost drone' remixes and various other dark, gloomy electronic types.

I've got the 'Vogue Witch Box' from the myspazz site winging its way in my direction, so cannae wait to check that one out. Right, off to crimp what's left of my hair. Mine's a snakebite'n'blackcurrant...

Mater Suspiria Vision - Lords of Light Mixtape
1 - Goblin - Suspira (MSV Edit)
2 - Adamski - Killer (MSV Ghost Drone Edit)
3 - The Sisterhood - Rain From Heaven
4 - Pink Floyd - Obscured By Clouds
5 - Damenbart - Innovative Schwingungen
- Machine Gun Commercial -
6 - Aids-3D - Eternal Love
7 - Modern Witch - Ghosts Of You
8 - Mater Suspiria Vision - Call Of The Witches
- Ghostelude -
9 - Fever Ray - Keep the Streets Empty for Me (Mater Suspiria Vision's Floating Streets Edit)
10 - Mya - Ponytail
11 - Balam Acab - See Birds
12 - Salt'n'Pepa - Push It (Ghost Drone Remix)
- Mind Commercial -
13 - Rosemary - Sleep Alone
14 - Goblin - Sighs (from Suspiria)
15 - Hector Zazou La Perversity - La Soupeuse
16 - Christian Brown - Aravanadi (Ghost Drone Edit)

Check out their myspazz here

Monday, 23 August 2010

The First Time With... Bill Drummond - 6 Music Rip

An hour of chat and music with the Greatest Living Scotsman, recorded off 6 Music yesterday.

Matt Everitt spoke to King Boy D about his musical life and played some suitable records along the way. Anyone who's read Bill's books or seen any of his recent(ish) talky shows will be familiar with most of the tales here, but I could listen to him read a shopping list and still dig it - he's got a unique ability to make ANYTHING sound interesting; his latest book features in depth analysis of different bird species and thoughts on evolution of fish in Scottish lakes (which I found fascinating).

The inevitable question of the million quid rears its head in the second half, but the subject gets dealt with fairly painlessly (they definitely did it - of course they did).

It's split into pre-KLF before the news (edited out) and KLF-beyond afterwards, culminating in some banter about all "The 17" carry on from a couple of years ago.

Well worth an hour of anyone's time...

The First Time With... Bill Drummond - 6 Music Rip
1 - The KLF and The Children Of The Revolution — 3 AM Eternal
2 - Lonnie Donegan — Rock Island Line
3 - The Beatles — Penny Lane
4 - The Beatles — Strawberry Fields Forever
5 - Big in Japan — Cindy And The Barbi Dolls
6 - The Teardrop Explodes — Treason (It's Just A Story)
7 - Echo & The Bunnymen — Villiers Terrace
8 - The KLF and The Children Of The Revolution — What Time Is Love?
9 - The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu — It'S Grim Up North
10 - The Timelords — Doctorin The Tardis
11 - The KLF and Tammy Wynette — Justified & Ancient
12 - Fairport Convention — Who Knows Where The Time Goes

Buy his latest book here

Grinderman - Heathen Child (Weatherall 'Bass' Remix)

Exclusive rip of the Audrey remix of the new single by Nick Cave et al, courtesy of our pals over at FACT Magazine.

Ooh, I've been waiting for this baby for a while now and it doesn't disappoint. Fuck me - the mix is aptly titled, to quote the FACT article, it "teases a low-slung, snake-charming post-punk groove out of the original, complete with speaker-ripping subs and more echo than a batcave." Not a word of a lie - if I heard this on a big sound system it would dislodge membrane in my head.

Can't wait to hear the full Grinderman album, and we're off to see them at the Barras next month. Imagine if they attempted to pull this off live? (nae chance!)

What a nice thing to arrive home to after a shitty Monday in the pissing rain. Thanks to FACT Magazine for hosting the mix, which it looks like you'll only be able to get via the iTunes version of the album. Well, I'll be getting the vinyl so this post is completely justified (in my head).

Did I mention the video? Fuck me - it's got topless women, werewolves, guns, blood, more topless ladies, freaky imagery, Nick Cave shooting lasers out of his eyes and all sorts of other nonsense, courtesy of John Hilcoat of 'The Road' fame...

Grinderman - Heathen Child (Weatherall 'Bass' Remix) <<-- link removed

Pre-order the single & album here

Friday, 20 August 2010

Hallogallo 2010 - Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Festival - 6 August 2010

Recent live show, ripped from this blog as mentioned on the post below.

This will make a nice companion to the 7" rip from the gig, and should convince anyone who's undecided about going to see 'em that Hallogallo 2010 is an unmissable gig.

Not too much to add to what was said below, but in answer to a couple of emails I've had recently moaning about the fact that my web rips are 320kbps when they're usually streamed at less than that I can only say, "get tae fuck". Some folk are never happy.

In case you didn't read the comments below by official "friend of RiG" The Saucer People and anon below, here are a few more Neu! related items of interest (big thanks to you both):

Betty Botox - Dingered & Rothered [2005]

Neu! - Hallogallo [Beyond The Wizards Sleeve 'I Swim Around' Rework [2008]

Michael Rother - Neutronics 98

Helicon - Hallogallo (interesting cover by a bunch from east Kilbride)

Anyway, Hallogallo 2010 in the house. Have a blast with this one. I'm off on a cocktail making course just now...

Hallogallo 2010 - Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Festival - 6 August 2010
1 - Hallogallo 2010 (Unreleased)
2 - Neutronics 98 (A Tribute to Conny Plank)
3 - Aroma Club B3
4 - Deluxe
5 - Veteranissimo
6 - Dino

Buy NEU! stuff here

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Hallogallo 2010 - Blinkgürtel/ Drone Schlager

7" single on Vampire Blues, available from the Hallogallo 2010 shows this year.

Fuck me - what a show that was last night. The lineup was the same as when I saw them in May at Primavera - Michael Rother, Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth (drums) and Aaron Mullan from Tall Firs (bass). I think the Primavera gig was their debut performance - Steve Shelley was a bit out of sync and there were a few mistakes, but last night was perfect - absolutely mindblowing.

You cannot afford miss this show - there are a few more dates around the world, including more UK shows - check 'em out here. It was an hour and 15mins of intense rhythmic majesty - my body was moving about involuntarily, and during rare moments of taking a step back and checking out the other punters, I wasn't alone. Wasn't pissed either, and no other nonsense (Tuesday night after all). Steve Shelley must be a contender drummer-wise out of the current crop of tubthumpers - his arms must have been fucked afterwards. A great mix of punters as well - looked like there were a few casualties from the 70s as well as cunts like us. I'd never seen anyone wearing a Tangerine Dream t-shirt before last night, so that's one to tick off the list.

I'm sure the Edinburgh show last night must have been recorded; there's nothing up on Dime yet but you can stream a superb recording of the New York show from a couple of weeks ago here. I'm recording it as we speak so will upload once it's done.

I couldn't believe it when I saw that they were selling this 7". What's a tenner for a 7" after the expense of the Neu! box set? It's got a couple of no bad (on first listen) unreleased tracks by this lineup, which I'm pretty sure weren't played at the gig. The B-side's a wee bit crackly so I'll see if the copies that the rest of the gang bought are the same and will grab a rip off them if theirs are any different. I'll give these tunes a bit more attention once I've finished listening to that show from New York.

Herr Rother looked so appreciative of the audience - he looked majestic, cool as fuck. Wish he was my uncle, or something...

Hallogallo 2010 - Blinkgürtel/ Drone Schlager
A - Blinkgürtel
B - Drone Schlager

Check out Michael Rother's Myspace here

Monday, 16 August 2010

Hardway Bros - Ekstravaganza 5 - Corsica Studios 23/7/10

New(ish) mix from Brother Johnston, recorded a few weeks ago in London town.

Got this sent via email from Mr J at the end of last week, and he said that there will be new ALFOS mixes from himself and Andrew Weatherall this week. Hopefully he'll send them over as well. This mix is great - I'm a bit out of touch with current stuff that's being played out so this has plenty of acts to investigate further, which I've been doing over the last couple of hours.

The mix was a warm-up set for Ivan Smagghe, who played Glasgow last night at Hung Up. I'm ashamed to say I didn't make it down, as I was paying the price for 24 hours of madness in Edinburgh & beyond, and couldn't do much more than veg out watching Oz on DVD nursing a bottle of wine last night. Next time, Ivan!

This party looks great - according to Sean, "the french fella and I pretty much tore 'em a new one." If this was a warm-up mix then fuck knows what the main set was like. In other news, he's working with Scott from BIOS on a techno side-project, so I look forward to hearing the fruits of that one...

Hardway Bros - Ekstravaganza 5 - Corsica Studios 23/7/10 <<== should be working OK now
1 - Tornado Wallace - Paddlin' (Linkwood remix)
2 - Skatebard - Starwatcher II
3 - Cole Medina - I Got My Mind Made Up (Cole's Remake)
4 - Runaway - Dirty Cake
5 - Rebolledo, Daniel Maloso - Colt Seavers
6 - Mike Burns - Patterns
7 - John Talabot - La Ninya - Afrodub Version
8 - Mungolian Jetset - Mush In The Bush
9 - Williams - Confused Arp Disco
10 - Spectacle - The Mask Of Sanity
11 - Andrew Weatherall - Brother Johnston's Travelling Disco Consultancy
12 - Junesex -Worst Than Love - Gilb'r Chateau Flight Remix
13 - Cage &Aviary -Beat-N-Path - Brennan Green's mix
14 - Von Spar -Troops - Rebolledo Remix
15 - Midnight Magic - Beam Me Up - Jacques Renault Remix
16 - Cole Medina - Red Hot - The Mole's MMD Mix
17 - Chopstick & Johnjon feat Fritz Kalkbrenner - Keep On Keepin' On
18 - T-Coy - Carino - Motor City Drum Ensemble mix
19 - Henrik Schwarz, Kuniyuki Takahashi - Once Again Kuniyuki Version
20 - Wolfgang Voigt - Geduld - DJ Koze Mix
21 - Roxy Music -The Main Thing - Rub N Tug Remix
22 - Jamie Jones - Ruckus

Check out Hardway Bros on Soundcloud

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Cajmere / Future Funk - Percolator 2010

A genuine WTF!? moment from Cajmere, alongside stars of America's Got Talent (wait - come back)...

OK, so I've been following Cajmere / Green Velvet on Twitter for a while, and a few months back he recommended checking out a video of these two kids who were on America's Got Talent. Now I wouldn't normally watch such filth(!) but this got me interested. Check out the clip here - two dancers, aged 5 and 9. Magnificent stuff:

Wow! Literally, amazing. So, next up Cajmere is going on about releasing a Percolator remix album and making a video to promote it. It came out the other day, and features the Future Funk kids in a school, with Cajmere! (I think the show is still going, and they are still in it) Most bizarre...

I've posted the original Percolator track before, so here it is again to tie in with this mental remix project...

Right, I'm off to add to Edinburgh's cunt population for the next 24 hours...

Cajmere - Chit Chat (The Remixes) / Coffee Pot
A1 - Chit Chat (Chit Chat Remix)
A2 - Chit Chat (Clubhouse Mix)
A3 - Chit Chat (Late Night Mix)
B1 - Chit Chat (Original Instrumental)
B2 - Coffee Pot (Percolator Mix)
B3 - Naumatunedacorra (Remix)

Buy Cajmere/GV stuff here

Friday, 13 August 2010

Various - Balearic Beats - Vol. 1 - The Album

Classic compilation on FFRR, released in 1988.

Picked this up on vinyl recently in Oxfam Music for the bargain price of £4.99! Compiled by Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong and Trevor Fung, this is all yer Shoom/Spectrum/Future/Ibiza classics rolled into one handy package.

I was too young to appreciate all that crazy ecstasy dance music at the time, and was going through an ill-advised gothy/alternative period myself. When I 'saw the light' circa 1992 and back-tracked accordingly it was a bit of a surprise to see what kinda shit they'd been playing in the clubs just as things kicked off. The Residents? Nitzer Ebb? The Cure, even? WTF - maybe I hadn't been too far off the mark after all. Of course, once the bubble burst and every cunt and his granny were knocking out dance records in their bedrooms they dropped all this shit from the playlists.

The story's been told ad nausea about the infamous trip to Ibiza that kicked things off back in Blighty on return, but if there is anyone remaining in the dance music universe who hasn't read Simon Reynolds' opus "Energy Flash" (shame on you!) then it should fill in all of the appropriate gaps.

It's well worth having a swatch at Terry Farley's sleevenotes which capture the innocence of the whole thing. There's a nice wee video here as well.

I still can't believe that a bona fide classic from that scene came from Mandy Smith, who was seemingly able to juggle between getting pumped by the uncoolest Rolling Stone and producing a (brilliant) club hit with Stock, Aitken and Waterman, all by the tender age of 16...

Various - Balearic Beats - Vol. 1 - The Album
A1 - Electra - Jibaro (Full English 12" Version)
A2 - Code 61 - Drop The Deal
A3 - Beats Workin' - Sure Beats Workin' (El Sonido Casa Balearico)
A4 - Enzo Avitabile - Black Out
A5 - Mandy Smith - Mandy's Theme (I Just Can't Wait) (Cool & Breezy Jazz Version)
B1 - The Residents - Kaw-Liga (Prairie Mix)
B2 - The Woodentops - Why Why Why (Live)
B3 - Nitzer Ebb - Join In The Chant
B4 - Fini Tribe - De Testimony (Collapsing Edit)
B5 - The Thrashing Doves - Jesus On The Payroll (Street Groove)

Buy it here

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Silver Columns - Always On (Caribou Remix)

SUPERB mix of the Silver Columns track, courtesy of the wonderful people over at FACT Magazine.

I only realised when I read that article that one of the guys from Silver Columns was in Fridge, who I've got a couple of albums by (lurking somewhere in the quagmire). Will need to attempt to find them sometime soon as they were fucking fab - I went through a wee Fridge/Add N to (X) period back in the late 90s. Fuck - had completely forgotten about both those bands until just there.

Silver Columns are playing at the Devil Disco Club in Edinburgh tomorrow alongside some of Edinburgh's finest DJs, but alas I can't go, as we're saving ourselves for an all-dayer in the capital on Saturday. Back in the day the double-header would have been nae bother but these days it's a non-starter (fuckin lightweights the pair of us).

Anyway, you really have to check this mix out - it's released properly in a month or so, FACT describe Caribou's remix efforts as "turning ‘Always On’ into a eight minute epic brushed with live drums, handclaps and swooning, Hot Chip-esque romanticism". What's not to like...?

Silver Columns - Always On (Caribou Remix) <<-- direct link

Buy Silver Columns stuff here

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Jerry Sadowitz - Gobshite

Live album from 1987, withdrawn shortly after release as Jimmy Saville was going to sue him over some of his comments(!)...

Something a wee bit different here, but somewhat timely seeing as how the Edinburgh Fringe is on just now and the capital gets infested with cunts for the month of August. Glasgow's original offensive comedian and self-proclaimed Gobshite, captured at the Assembly Rooms in his 1987 Fringe show.

For anyone unfamiliar with Mr Sadowitz a wee look at his Wikipedia entry should provide a good entry point, before listening to this show. None of his magic here, this is strictly nasty-as-fuck humour.

I remember seeing him in the comedy tent at the 1991 Reading Festival (I think James were headlining the main stage so go figure) and he got heckled to fuck by the right-on brigade. He was right up my 18yr old street back then though, and this still sounds pretty good just now. You've got to bear in mind that people like Princess Di were still alive and well at the time, and many of the other references will require a bit of back-tracking to remember.

I hear that he doesn't let any of his stuff go up on YouTube so it will be interesting to see if this post stays up (hello Jerry!), but it's been out of print for over 20 years so I don't see why it shouldn't get another airing just now. I did not upload this (someone else's rip) - I am merely pointing to a link that comes up here after a quick google.

No festival gig for Jerry this year, but I see that he's playing some shows south of the border. I'm annoyed to have missed him in Glasgow a while back but will definitely catch him next time.

His opening gambit mentions two Ripped In Glasgow favourites - Big Audio Dynamite and Julian Cope - so he's right at home here...

Jerry Sadowitz - Gobshite

Monday, 9 August 2010

Andrew Weatherall - 6 Mix - 8 Aug 2010

Latest instalment of his occasional 6 Mix show, broadcast last night.

He seems a bit fucked after his trip to the Big Chill, but is still (mostly) firing on all cylinders for this set. Worryingly, the exclusive solo track (Poem Or Prayer) is from a new album which "may never see the light of day" due to legal wrangles. Wonder what that's all about?!?

There are a couple of changes to his handwritten setlist that appears below as well, most notably the addition of the Chris Carter mix of Factory Floor, which has been very popular on my turntables in recent weeks.

Make sure you check out the interesting reinterpretations of a couple of classics down near the end of the main set - I particularly like the Touch Me I'm Sick one, will need to get the album that's from.

For once I've actually managed to edit out the news as well, so it's a 3-part ZIP file. Woo-hoo!

No sign of the cover of Blue Monday mentioned on the tracklisting below, but here it is on YouTube if you feel the need.

Oh, did I mention the half-hour mix at the end? Fuckin magnificent! I shit you not - it's got a bit of an old-skool flavour, what with that piano on the first track then a wee kinda Mory Kanté flavour (a lazy comparison, I know) on the Mim Suleiman tune. The final track's a remix off the 'Pox' album that was floating about on Soundcloud for a while but seems to have been pulled now. Hmmm...

Andrew Weatherall - 6 Mix - 8 Aug 2010 (alt link)
1 - The Plastic People of the Universe - Midnight Mouse
2 - Sam Spence - Water World
3 - The Ify Jerry Krusade - Nwarantina/Die Die
4 - Circus - Love Of The Morning
5 - Digital Dinosaurs - Aliens In Your Skies
6 - Wild Nothing - Summer Holiday
7 - Effi Briest - Long Shadow

8 - Factory Floor - Lying (Chris Carter remix)
9 - Beach Fossils - Golden Age
10 - Ty Segall - My Sunshine
11 - The Skatalites - African Dub
12 - Ghostwriter - Like Brandy On A Cold Night
13 - Andrew Weatherall - Poem Or Prayer (exclusive)
14 - Chris Rotter with the Bad Meat Club - 86'd
15 - The Castillians - Limes
16 - Bosom Divine - Hangover
17 - Team Ghost - Colours In Time
18 - Electric Red Drive - Satisfaction
19 - Gemma Ray - Touch Me I'm Sick
20 - Jack Earls - Crawdad Hole
21 - Moebius & Plank - Conditionierer

Andrew In The Mix
22 - Timothy J. Fairplay - Sleigh Ride (Weatherall remix)
23 - Visti & Meyland - Stars (Radion and Mamarella remix)
24 - Beautiful Swimmers - Big Coast
25 - Mim Suleiman - Mingi
26 - Andrew Weatherall - Walk Of Shame (Hardway Brothers remix)

Buy Weatherall stuff here