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

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Helicon - Take The Ride EP

New(ish) EP from local(ish) bunch...

Helicon first came onto my radar when someone linked to their excellent cover of Hallogallo in a post below. This prompted me to check them out on their myspazz where I discovered a link to this EP.

I had a sneaky suspicion that there may be a Mogwai influence or two lurking away in their sound due to the band name, but there's much more besides. His'n'hers vocals for a start. They sound quite shoegazey in places, and I mean that as a compliment.

I got in touch with the band to see if they minded me posting this, and it turns out it was recorded in a studio in the back-of-beyond place where I grew up (and actually played a gig about 22 years ago but that's a different story). Small world, eh? They're from East Kilbride, the shithole that was home to the Jesus & Mary Chain back in the day (and home to my only ever car crash) - obviously a hot bed for creative talent that place...

I've listened to this a good few times now, and will definitely be checking 'em out the next time they play live - this is definitely worth a download.

Oh, apologies for the lack of recent posts. Real life (ie worky pish) has been getting in the way...

Helicon - Take The Ride EP
1 - The Point Between Heaven and Hell
2 - Truth Or Consequence
3 - Hiding In The Shadows

Check out their myspazz for more tracks

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Chris Carter - The Spaces Between

Latest release on the mighty Optimo Music label, out next week.

Originally recorded between 1974 and 1978 at Industrial Records studio in London, 'The Space Between' album was first released as a 90 minute cassette in 1980 on Throbbing Gristle's Industrial Records label. It eventually got released by Mute on CD around 1990. This new vinyl-tastic edition (for the first time), now retitled 'The Spaces Between', doesn't include all the tracks of the original album but has been enhanced and remastered from the original two-track master tapes and has new cover artwork especially for this release.

JD Twitch has this to say about the release...

"The original release featured fifteen tracks. As I wanted to have a reasonably loud vinyl pressing, I have picked my favourite six to appear here (not an easy task to narrow it down). In addition there is a bonus track "Climbing" which was recorded around the same time that was released by Coil's Geoff Ruston on his "Men With Deadly Dreams" cassette in 1981. One of the first ever recordings to use an 808 drum machine, it still sounds as if it is from tomorrow.

In my opinion, these are some of the key recordings in the history of electronic music. They were made using very basic equipment at a time when there was no blueprint for what electronic music could and should be. There is a beauty, an emotion and an imagination present here that is lacking in a lot of modern machine music. This music is as vital and wondrous today as it was four decades ago."

Due to the 'only just getting released' nature of this, you're only getting the one track (the one that was available on their Soundcloud)...

Chris Carter - The Spaces Between
A1 - Beat
A2 - Outreach
A3 - Clouds
A4 - Electrodub
B1 - Interloop
B2 - Solidit
B3 - Climbing

Buy it here

Grinderman - Evil (Factory Floor Remix)

Web-rip of two of my favourite bands shimmying up to each other, courtesy of The Quietus this time.

What can I say - Factory Floor have stamped their unique mark onto this track from the new Grinderman album. Sounds a bit like a 2010 version of Suicide if you ask me, which has to be a great thing. Again, as per the Weatherall Mix below, this isn't getting a proper release - it's gonna only be available on the iTunes version of the album and we can't buy it in the shops. Shame, I could go a nice wee 12" with the AW mix on one side and this one on the other.

As I said below, I will be buying said album on shiny new vinyl and you won't be finding it anywhere near this blog. Just in case anyone from Mute is reading this, likesay...

Grinderman - Evil (Factory Floor Remix) < EDIT > link has been pulled, if anyone wants it send me an email (moggieboy at gmail dot com) < /EDIT >

Pre-order the Grinderman album here