quarta-feira, dezembro 31, 2008

2009 2009 2009 2009 2009

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

quinta-feira, dezembro 25, 2008

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, flemish movie directors are like flandriens, our local cyclists. They’re both great at dealing with short term action, be it a short movie or one day rides around the local pub or one day cycle classics like Paris-Roubaix. The problem with them is dealing with long term action like a full feature movie or the Tour de France.
Sure they can win one or two flat trips, but that’s not the same as arriving in the mayo jaune in Paris or strollin' on the red carpet in Cannes like our French speaking brothers and sisters on the Southside do well.

Bloody Merry Olives X'mas Coral

Talking ‘bout the Southside. For me last year’s revelation and talk of the town was Aeroplane. They produced as set of great originals and remixes and they were resident DJ’s at my favourite club. Now they’re off conquering the world and the Make-Up Club switched over to some Japanese juvenile delinquent’s favorite soda pop bubblegum on acid. Or maybe it’s just that I’m getting to old for clubs.

They made a great mix for Residentadvisor but I noticed that it’s currently not available so I uploaded it.

Residentadvisor RA.114 – Aeroplane Podcast
01. Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal - Bella Union / 02. Quixote Feat. Lisa Li-Lund - Before I Started to Dance (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) - Versatile / 03. They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - Moon Song (Holy Ghost! Remix) - This Is Not An Exit / 04. The Shortwave Set - Now Til 69 (Aeroplane Remix) - Wall Of Sound / 05. Dolle Jolle - Balearic Incarnation (Todd Terje Mix) - Permanent Vacation / 06. Eine Klein Nacht Muzik - La Serenissima - Modular Recordings / 07. David Rubato - Circuit (Aeroplane Remix) - Institubes / 08. Eddy Meets Yannah - Solid Ground (Crazy P Remix) - Solid Ground / 09. Toby Tobias - The Feeling (John Daly Remix) - Rekids / 10. Mugwump - Yajna - Disco 45/Kompakt / 11. Bostro Pesopeo - Communquis - Permanent Vacation / 12. Maelstrom - Enter The Cosmo (Sankt Goran & Erik Sidung Remix) - Solar Disco

One thing I learned from their sets is a great remake by Riton or Eine kleine Nacht Musik of La Serenissima from Rondò Venziana. They played it almost on every occasion. They must really love that edit and they’re right. I already liked the original and a DNA remix from 1990 but what Riton did with it is just fabulous. Extra strings and bass and some heavenly catchy vocals that work up to a climax. Great electro acoustics just like all the other tracks on his Nacht Musik album.

Eine Kleine Nacht Musik – La Serenissima original mix
Eine Kleine Nacht Musik – Phantasie original mix
Eine Kleine Nacht Musik – Bardolator original mix

Glass Candy – The Beat's Alive
Grace Jones – Williams' Blood (Aeroplane remix)
Chicken Lips – He Not In original mix
Rodion – Luna Dark Extended Original Mix
Harmonic 313 – Problem 1

segunda-feira, dezembro 22, 2008

The Man

Jo Crepain 1950-2008

Last Saturday a man who’s dear and precious to me pasted away much too soon. The architect for whom I worked for years and who became a kind of father figure for many, died from cancer.

I knew he was very ill but it’s still a shock to receive such a news. It’s a big cliché but oh so true that if someone close to you dies you start to give it more of a thought. It simply affects you more.
As much as I appreciate his work, what I will remember and cherish the most was the man himself. His personality and charm, his wit and restless energy.

He did not like to go with a big scream but rather quiet and I’m quite sure he would not have wanted us to mourn to long and instead remember the fun times.

As a tribute a farewell song to lower the curtains and after that the only thing that will rest is his voice as it whispers through his buildings.

Tindersticks – Closing Titles [Trouble Every Day OST 2002]

Last call for planet Earth (featuring Jo Crepain)

quinta-feira, dezembro 18, 2008


Jeez, I love tomatoes. I wish I was in Spain right now for some juicy tomatoes, tomato soup, pan con tomat... whatever. The ones over here are ok but not as tasty as the ones down south.
There are more people who love tomatoes. Tomatito for instance. One of the greatest Flamenco guitar players. His name means ‘small tomato’. His father’s artist name was Tomate and his daughters have a group called… Las Ketchup (yes, from the Ketchup song). Yes it runs all red in the family.

Tomatito – Manduka
Tomatito – Al Mariyya

terça-feira, dezembro 16, 2008

Pettie Bass

It’s the dark cold days before X-mas. I’m a person who really needs a bit of sun to feel happy or at least at ease but right now the sun is as easy to find as easy bank loans and safe shares.
I usually don’t feel very happy then but the last days were pretty awful. Worse than usual. I was very uncomfortable, feeling totally empty, discouraged and dispirited. A broken man.
That’s why I took a day off from work (no mail, no telephone,…) just to relax, to give myself a treat and get back in shape. Catch some extra sleep, drink a awful lot of healthy tasty fruit shakes (like for instance mint+coconut milk+limes+honey), do some sports (went to a new fitness gym for free) and to finish things off, a relaxing chilling stay in a sauna, a hot tub of water and a nice meal. No massage, that would have been too much of the good stuff.

Now I feel all fresh again… tired though, but happily tired. A bit high even or is that the wine I drank? So how do we celebrate this renovation? With music off course.

Triggerfinger – Soon (acoustic studio versio '08) The second track that I post from Triggerfinger but they’re getting better and better. I really like this unplugged version of one of the best son gs on their last album. It took me a while to get this.
Larkin Grimm – Ride That Cyclone This album is really somethin’. I would/could post every single track because they’re all great but that’s against my principles or maybe just one track at the time :)
Emiliana Torrini – Jungle Drum
Eagles of Death Metal – I Wannabe in LA Don’t we all? Talking about LA. Lykke Li & Bon Iver doing 'Dance Dance Dance' in LA

The Sedan Vault – Unidentified Flying Subjects A local Mars Volta rip-off but still a nice tune
David Byrne and Brian Eno – Strange Overtones After 30 years back on track just like in the good old days. This is a free sample from a new album
Eero Johannes – We Could Be Skweeeroes a recent e-music pick and a quite good one
DJ Mehdi – Pocket Piano (Joachim remix) The best remix so far
Hudson Mohawke – Overnight I think/hope that this guy is going to be next year’s revelation. I picked this up from bleep and it’s truly awesome… promising, can’t wait to hear more where this is coming from
Hudson Mohawke – Polkadot Blues
Loco Dice – Carthago
John Tejada – Raindrops (Original Mix) a new Tejada album is always great news
John Tejada – Turning Point (Original Mix)
Butch – Amelie
Lützenkirchen – All That Jazz (popof remix 01) I’m probably going to see this guy spin at Petrol this weekend. I’m quite curious after hearing that final Berlin party anthem 3 Tage Wach.

Mary Jane Girls – All Night Long A bad habit I know but I can’t let this pass without mixing in some black funk and disco
Rene & Angela – I'll Be Good All-time favourite killer groove, second entry on these pages but a better rip this time (from CD).
Rick James – Ghetto Life one of his best and grooviest songs

I watched this a dozen times by now and I still find this to be hillariously cute

ahaha charlie bit me
ahahah ohohoho ouch!
ouch Charilie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That really hurt!!!!!
(charlie) hahahahahahahahaghhhh hhhhhh
charlie bit me!
And it reeeeeeeeeeeeally hurt
(charlie) aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

sexta-feira, dezembro 12, 2008

In Memo,
Bettie Page

segunda-feira, dezembro 08, 2008

Nightmoves In Mysterious Ways

Well what can I say? Grace Jones is coming to Brussels in March for a live gig in a small venue. Tickets are costly and above average for the AB (50 euros) so I thought... I could buy me some time, but nope. The show was sold out in just 6 days! Fat chance. It’s the second time I miss one of her shows and it’s quite possible that Sly&Robbie are joining her for what will probably be a very memorable concert. Now I have to look if she’s playing somewhere else within a 300km range from my frontdoor.

If it may be a comfort, I saw a nice small set on Saturday by Zeitgeist from Sweden. They’re usually compaired with the Knife but they’re not that gloomy, introvert and dark. Rather hedonistic and extrovert. They had a very simple but oh so effective lightshow and lots of costumes. Afterwards a DJ from Kitsune took over. Nightmoves made a couple of great remixes on the label but he turns out to be great funky DJ as well. Just check the set he made for Sweeney’s Beatsinspace.

Zeigeist - Wrecked Metal

Some of the good stuff that Saint Nicolas gave to the merry children this weekend got stuck in the chimney and fell down just now. It’s all brand new apart from the Stina Nordenstam track.

Rainbow Arabia, a strange but hypnotizing new wave mix of Balkan, Favela & Sufi beats

Friendly Fires – Paris (Aeroplane remix)
1.) Tussle - Comma - Troubleman
2.) Fleetwood Mac - Tusk - WEA
3.) Tullio De Piscopo - Stop Bajon - ZYX
4.) Lindstrom & Solale - Mystery Track - CDR
5.) Rodion - Fisico - Gomma
6.) Johnny Wakelin - In Zaire - Pye
7.) Methusalem - Zombie - Supersound
8.) Bjohn Torske - God Kveld - Smalltown Supersound
9.) Daniel Wang - Echo By Midnight - Basenotic
10.) Antena - On The Boat (Disco Devils Rubber Room Mix) - Permanent Vacation
11.) Force Of Nature - Unstoppable (Broken Rule Remix) - Headinghome
12.) Faze Action - Stratus Energy (Special Disco Mix)
13.) Dinosaur - Kiss Me Again (Serge Sangtiago Re-Edit) - CDR
14.) Shocking Pinks - Smokescreen (Glimmers Edit) - DFA
15.) The Chap - Baby I'm Hurt'n' - Lo Recordings
16.) Lopazz - Gimme Gimme - Get Physical
17.) Argy - Love Dose (Luciano Remix) (Prins Thomas Re-Edit) - CDR
18.) Lee Douglas - Our Song - Rong
19.) Hatchback - White diamond (Prins Thomas Remix) - Thisisnotanexit

sábado, dezembro 06, 2008

Burned Barbie-Qutie

Just look what Santa’s competitor Saint Nicolas brought with him all the way from Spain. I received a load of very charming, adventurous, weird and slightly burned but otherwise wonderful stuff, ready to be shared. It’s been a good year music wise (has there ever been a bad one?). But first of all… a golden Detroit oldie. Still looking for a hardcopy of this oldskool techno classic. Maybe Santa brings one over from The States?

Reel By Real – Surkit 1990 (Peacefrog)

One can find compilations these days collecting music on the most bizarre topics. Take for instance ‘Tea’ or the art of making tea. Teaism is a release on Static Caravan and features at least one outstanding killertrack by Cornel Wilczek, aka Qua, from Melbourne Australia. According to Wikipedia Lapsang Souchong is: a type of xxxtra-strong (and gross) black tea which is meant to taste ‘similar to the smell of a campfire or of Latakia pipe tobacco’ or whatever.

This is what Qua wrote himself about it: ‘This song was inspired by an unexpected finding when experimenting with ice teas. While chilling many different teas, one of my favourite hot teas, Lapsang Souchong, took on a whole new taste when served cold. It has energy and sense of mature fun. I wrote this song for her’.
After hearing the track I’m seriously considering to give it a try. After my trip to Italy I got hooked on Coffee again so I wanna switch back to tea.

Qua – Lapsang Souchong (iced tea mix)
DJ Mehdi – Pocket Piano (Brodinski remix)
Morgan Geist – Detroit (C2 remix 1)
Owusu Hannibal – Delirium 12” (Morgan Geist unreleased dub)
Final Fantasy – Cockatrice
Fyoelk – Kelly
Harley – From Paris With Love (rac remix)
Passion Pit – Sleepy Head
Neon Blonde – Crystal Beaches Never Turned Me On
Le Corps Mince de Françoise – Cool and Bored
Micachu & The Shapes – Golden Phone
Micachu & The Shapes – Just in Case
Bat For Lashes – What's A Girl To Do
Terror Bird – Parties Are For Fools
Little Jinder – I Like It Casual

I can hit myself and bang my head against the wall right now or rather climb into the curtains and walk on the ceiling out of pure frustration. Why? I forgot that Dan Curtin was coming to town last night to DJ at Café Capital (which is practically in my backyard).Dan’ who? Well I would direct your question to an appropriate site or page with proper and substantial info but I can’t find one right now. His myspace isn’t that informative and doesn’t do him right according to the role he played in the evolution of electronic dancemusic. So maybe a quick pick of some of his music then.

Dan Curtin – Matter of Sound (Peacefrog) 1995
Dan Curtin – Ride (Peacefrog) 1996
Dan Curtin – Sword Of Orion Dave Angel mix (Sublime) 1998

terça-feira, dezembro 02, 2008

I Know I’m A-frique But I Can’t Help Myself

I’ve got a big crush for African music and its offspring, whether it's Afro-American, Afro-Cuban or Afro-Brazilian. As a result I have some African records, mostly compilation. I listen quite often to them, but for some raison they never make it to these pages. Since I’m trying to do something about the usual ‘last in / last out’ principle lately, I cuffed up a couple of favourite tracks from all over the continent (mostly from West Africa and The Congo), from various decades and various compilations and records.
May this sort of inverted raindance bring some African sun. Thank god it's not Christmas yet.

Franco & Sam Mangwana – Cooperation
Shakalaode – Shakalaode
Oscar Sulley & The Uhuru Dance Band – Bukom Mashie
Oscar Sulley & The Uhuru Dance Band – Olufeme
The African Brothers – Self Reliance
Manu Dibango – New Bell
Alhaki K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas – Hwehwe Mu Na Yi Wo Mpena
K. Frimpong & Vis A Vis – Aboagyewaa
Apagya Show Band – Kwaku Ananse
Roy Ayers – Black Family
Babatunde Olatunji – Takuta
Antonio Carlos & Jocafi – Simbarer
Ginger Johnson & The African Messengers – Talking Drum
Letta Mbulu – Mahlalela
The Sweet Talks – Eyi Su Ngaangaa
The Sweet Talks – Kyekye Pe Aware
Black Star Soud – Nite Sfarie
Ebo Taylor – Atwer Abroba
CK Mann – Funky Hi-Life

Rob – Make It Fast, Make It Slow
Balla et Ses Balladins – Sara
Balla et Ses Balladins – Sara 70
Christy Azuma & Uppers International – Naam
Captain Yaba – Neribalankina
Boubacar Traoré – Bebe Bo Nadero
Orchestre Baobab – Mouhamadou Bamba
Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats – Heavy Heavy Heavy
Tabu Ley Rochereau – Aon-Aon
N°1 De Dakar – Yaye Boye
Super Mama Djombo – Dissan Na M'Bera (Suur Di No Pubis)
Etoile De Dakar – Thiely
T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou – Hwe Towe Hun
T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou - Avoun Doupou Me Douga
Sir Victor Uwaifo – Joromi / Monkey Yanga

Les Amazones de Guinée – Reine Nyepou
Les Amazones de Guinée – Samba (without intro)
Samba – Les Amazones de Guinée en supershooooow
Miriam Makeba – Samba

This track was one of the first songs I posted on this blog, way back in March 2006 together with some other songs, but the earlier version was from a tape copy of a record and this one is a ripped CD version. Not from the same album (still desperately looking for it) but from a compilation called Golden Afrique. The sound is better but this version lacks that great and funny introduction to the original song from the live concert in Paris it was taken from.
I also have a version of it by Miriam Makeba, so as a form of tribute I added her version as well.