domingo, março 16, 2008

Lazy Sunday

It’s finally a lazy Sunday evening again, back at my place. I just finished drawing and colouring a card for the coming birth of some friend’s baby. They asked me to draw something for them that they could send to all their relatives and friends, so I gladly did. They asked me to do something in the vein of Dickie or Boerke (peassant) as we call it. A comic that I like reading or rather watching because there usually isn’t much text involved.
It reminded me how much fun it is to draw something freely instead of the stuff I have to do for work. I like the work I do but I should do this stuff more often. If I only had more time. I could stop doing this, but blogging is also fun.

The soundtrack to all of this is a bit more quietly than the previous posts. More relaxed and lush and with a melancholic rainy backdrop.

The Alan Rankine post and a NME cassette compilation over at The Dalston Oxfam Shop made me listen to The Associates again, a Scottish new wave band, basically a duo from the early 80’s. The central figure was Billy Mackenzie who died a couple of years ago but Rankine provided most of the tunes. Aggressive and Ninety Pounds is an early version of Thirteen Feelings that ended up on Perhaps from 1985. This version is from that NME cassette compilation. A very beautiful haunting song and a good reminder of what a great band they were.

The Associates feat. Billy Mackenzie – Aggressive and Ninety Pounds 1982

On that same cassette compilation Mad Mix II was another song that I liked, called Living On The Front Line by David Sylvian with Sandii & the Sunsetz. I didn’t know anything about this collaboration but it turns out to be something he did in between his Japan days and his first solo release. He made an entire album with this band which I’m going to check out, because I’m quite fond of this track.

Sandii & the Sunsetz with David Sylvian – Living On The Front Line

Now that Antony from Antony & the Johnsons is enjoying a disco break with Hercules & Love Affair from his normal line of work, it’s always nice to bring back to mind what his former output sounded like.

Anthony & the Johnsons – Cripple and the Starfish 2000

A recent discovery of a similar kind (which means it’s not disco) is a band called Fleet foxes. They only just released one EP but it’s already gaining them a lot of support on the net.

Fleet Foxes – Mykonos

Elbow has a new album and this is a track from it. That’s it, what more do you want? Great lyrics inside.

Elbow – Grounds For Divorce

Counting the days, only 44 days to go before I leave for…

The Hong Kong Dong – Berlin

And now, for something completely different. I can’t help it but I have to squeeze these in. A house classic and some stars on 45.

Jomanda – Make My Body Rock (basic version)
Urban All Stars – It Began In Africa

To finish things off, back on the right track. One of the most anticipated albums of the last years is going to be released pretty soon. The Devil, You + Me is the follow up of Neon Golden by The Notwist which is definitely one of my all time favourite albums. I only heard this one song which sounds promising and very familiar.

The Notwist – Good Lies

That's it for this Duyster session now it's 12 '0 clock so it's time for Gilles Peterson's world wide radio show.

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