Monday, August 30, 2010

House Cleaning

This weekend, while I pulled Legos and Cheerios off the floor, I listened to The Thing that Ate Floyd for the first time in 20 (maybe 15) years. The record sleeve smells awful and the sounds are pretty rough, but I recall that scene certainly greased my relocation up from LA (Primary motivation: pretty girl). I was too late to catch most of the bands featured on the compilation (including the big one below)... but I married the girl.

K Town

Early 2000's saw a ton of great bands coming out of Copenhagen, most notably No Hope For The Kids, Young Wasteners, Hul and Gorrila Angreb. Just found a really great bunch of vids of some of them...



More Country

I think this study pertains to outlaw country.

And for good measure, a country mainstay:



Waylon and Hank

On an outlaw country tip these days thanks to the house-boy. Sick.

Stigma - New York Blood

Vinnie from Agnostic Front. NY reppin'....

DJ Derek

DJ Derek pt. 1 from Grand Finale on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Epitaph

Just picked up a great LP from 1974 by German band Epitaph. Billed as Kraut rock, it's way more straight up 70's rock. In fact the only thing Kraut about the band is the dudes playing. The LP is sick, this song is the jam, and it's ripping live too. Check the drummers moves. Felling it.

Death At The HandsOf Time


You know those records you love because of a time? The ones that no-one else really likes or even knows about, but you listened to death? Back in the late 80's me and my mates loved this 7" by Neighborhood Watch.....possibly because the band were from Fredericton in Canada where my relations lived so I felt connected. I dug this out today and it still sounds killer to my ears...



linkage here

Wu-Tang London Busker



via dangerous minds

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Sound Of The Suburbs

I've been feeling a bit misty eyed about Uncle John recently, so I spent a night rewatching his Sound Of The Suburbs series from the TV. Great stuff...especially good is the Luke Vibert/Aphex Twin one (quality is bunk...), both because it's set in my hometown and also 'cos me and Luke used to be in punk bands together back in the mists of time. If you have time dig through some of the other Sound Of The Suburbs on Youtube....



Monday, August 23, 2010

Here Come the Wolfman

Grinderman's back with a new record and a NSFW oddity from John Hillcoat (The Proposition):

Hijack

More old school hip hop...this time, Brixton London...late 80's. This track is tuff...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Billy Green - The Exorcist Theme

Digging through the crates today and found this forgotten gem. Billy Green & his Love Unlimited Orchestra serve up a killer take on Mike Oldfield’s 'Tubular Bells'- one for the El Michels fans that have been known to frequent these pages.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Yes Yes Y'all

Newish video site, I chose to link to Mexicans with Guns 'cause it's as stupid as Steady B's bank heist. Also reminds me that Nortec Collective is in SF this weekend:

Skeptical

White boy (not Joe Strummer) lost in Jamaica, chasing Nora Jones...

Record Collection

You can't take it with you... but maybe you can sell it for half a million.

Steady B

Let The Huster's play...



ill early Philly hiphop (1988). Steady B was big shit along with Schooly D and the Fresh Prince. All went tits up in '96 when he was involved in a botched bank robbery, cop got killed and Steady B got banged up for life without parole. That's the game.

Sugar Bear

Not the 90's gangbangers... but some old school styles... class..

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Sonic Cathedral

I'm not usually one for tribute records, but the recent compilation "Sonic Cathedral'. a bunch of folks covering Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators is a great listen. Maybe because I love the songs so much and Roky's songwriting is so darn good... The cream of the crop is this one by Le Volume Courbe who I have never heard of.... greeeaaaat shit.



Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I'm Your Boyfriend Now

This number came out on a 3 track cd only release a few years back. The other 2 tracks are ok, but this one is sooooooo good. Be sure to listen all the way through..

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A morning filled with 400 billion suns

I'm a big fan of Carl Sagan and a buddy recently sent me this vid. First I sort of chuckled, then realized i actually kind of dug the track. Did some digging and found it was available on 7". Got it today...dropped the needle...smoked a bowl...vibing.



The b-side is printed with this (below), the same pattern on the gold records sent into space aboard Voyager in 1977. I heard this interesting podcast a few years ago on WNYC's Radiolab that touched on that gold record project, including a really touching interview with Sagan's widow who was the creative director on the project. Give it a listen:



Psychomania

One of the best (& worst) films of all time is due for an impending 'special edition' dvd relick. For those who haven't seen it, it involves: A bike gang, Voodoo, Immortality, Frogs, Suicide, Beryl Reid and a Killer Soundtrack from John Cameron of Kes fame. Worth anybodies hard earned.


Peel's Record Box

Just watched a doc about the Fall and Mark E Smith which was pretty amazing. I also watched this excerpt about John Peel's infamous record box and his love of the Fall.

Monday, August 16, 2010

I Heart London

I ♥ LONDON from Guillaume P├ęrimony on Vimeo.

This Is England 86


New tv series from Shane Meadows which catches up with the crew of 'This Is England' this time set in the mid eighties. Trailer here.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Bright lights, big Brooksy

Not sure why he didn't post this up himself, but our very own Brooksy recently sat down with Razorcake magazine. The convo and some choice tunes here, as Razorcake Podcast 120. Nice one, brother.

Popcorn Double Feature

Just got this Fall 7"...which is a Searchers cover. Best thing about it is how different Mark E Smith sounds...almost like Lou Reed. The key to a cover is retaining the original feeling, but making it your own. Case in point... the Fall.



Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Art of Me

Just finished a long debate with a friend about whether or not something is truly art when it's sole purpose is to make $$ and fame, rather than for the pure joy/expression/passion/____ of making it. I believe the consensus being that if you felt the work best described as "art", as opposed to art, it was probably just that: a make money and fame gimmick. Seems like too often the word art is a convenient label to stick on something in order to make its intentions seem more pure. Like when people say advertising is/can be "art" (yes, those are quotes).

Well then I see this, which clouds the issue all together, at least with respect to intent. Yes, much $$$ being exchanged for these pieces, yet seemingly by accident. But when you live your life as a shadowed mystery, are you actually famous? And when the $$$ are for someone else?

Are these intentions pure? Were they ever?

I hope so. Would love to hear your thoughts...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Last Minutes with Oden

I got invited to an event tonight called Vimeo Offline, where Vimeo staffers screen some of what they consider the recent best in a particular genre. They were kind enough to screen the painting doc I worked on and posted about here previously.

But the best of the night, hands down, was this heart-wrenching piece about, well...I guess it's about true friendship. Lots of bike heads on this blog who can probably relate to the escape it brings. And I hope some animal lovers who know what it means to lose a friend. R.I.P Oden.

Last Minutes with ODEN from phos pictures on Vimeo.

Stuck

Anyone who knows me knows I can get really stuck on some shit...good or bad...hopefully mostly good. Been on a massive Reigning Sound kick for well over a year now, have posted here about them multiple times, and can't seem to shake it. But I ain't gonna fight it...too good for that.

As I bounce from new fave RS track to new fave RS track, Greg Cartwright continues to melt my head. The guy is just too damn good.

Absolute Body Control

More minimal wave. This time from Belgium.

Soul Scorchers

Haven't been dropping much soul of late but was going through the Randy Cozens Top 100 (as you do) looking for inspiration and came across this previously ovelooked gem.



And at number 68 the more familiar Capitols

A Night Down The Casino



Had been told punters used to take their cassette recorders along to the casino and leave them recording at the front but had not come across any live northern soul sessions until today. What the recording (from 74) lacks in quality it more than makes up for in vibes (check out the reaction from the floor when tainted love is dropped). The legendary Russ Winstanley at the controls.

Fresh - Out Of Borstal


I bought this LP cos of the cover - looked way punk. weird record put together by Simon Napier-Bell ex manager of the Yardbirds. After hearing the Who were working on Tommy he decided to put together a street concept album. The cover and title are way better than the actual record... which is low rent Mott The Hoople or later Stones vibe (Jagger even wrote a song or 2). This track is sick though...

Monday, August 9, 2010

Children Of Violence

Film about Chicano gangs in Oakland in the early 80's...shit is raw.

Wild Planet


We have been having a techno/minimal explosion round my yard. I dug out this 12" on Warp and forgot how much I liked it. Don't know anything about this lot. Record came out in 93. Some great UK thinking man's techno....

Thursday, August 5, 2010

DUG DUGS ROCK MEXICANO

Tonite!! Agrimonia, Murderess, Merdoso, Yadokai


Heavy shit man. Lipo Lounge 9p

Cowboy Killers


At last someone (Welly) has posted up some Cowboy Killers videos up on youtube. Probably the band I have seen the most, between 87 and the mid 90's I must've seen them 30 times. As far as I'm concerned no-one could touch them live, just pure mayhem. The band did 4 LPs in their time, all of which I love. Heres a link to their second and best record.



Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bog People

saw this Portland band last night, really good shit. It was like a 1984 flashback!!!

Northwest

I just got back from a Bellingham, WA visit. That neck of the woods really benefited from...

New England

Heading out to Boston, MA. this week to introduce the sprogs to a heap of distant relatives and fried clams. Hence: