domingo, outubro 25, 2009

Essa Una Semana Calor

I’ve just spend a superbly hot ridden sun overloaded week in Sevilla. One word: Heatwave. I left Brussels behind with a meager 2 degrees Celsius to find myself a couple hours later getting struck with 36 degrees, in the shade smack in the face :)

Yours truly feels brand new and fully operational with batteries included this time. So time for an update with another full workout.

I’m working on another system for previews and downloads on this site. It seems that the old system doesn’t work anymore or at least not as I want it to. Whenever I try to paste in a name tagged link, the complete layout changes and everything becomes unmanageable.

Instead of separate links, I now just ad one link every month to a map named after that month where all the goodies are collected and updated. This way is also easier for me. It takes less precious time which I now can devote to exploring more music and to written side dishes.

24 Carat black – Poverty's Paradise 1973

Second track from an heavily sampled rare groove classic called Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth. Their only one unfortunately. It’s such a versatile and very diverse record. A concept album. Subject: the state of black life in the ghetto in the seventies. A topic and a musical translation which deserves a proper listening instead of mere groove diggin’.

Telex – I don't like music + Alec Mansion – Trop Triste 1982

There’s a Telex link in here. A local band produced by Dan Lacksman who later reappeared as Leopold Nord et Vous with C’est l’amour which sold millions of copies in France and Belgium.
One of my favorite oldies. I can’t remember having seen this video clip back then but it’s a nice one.

Au Revoire Simone – Sad Song / Shadows

One of the great concert I’ve seen recently at Le Bota. It was the fourth time that they came to Brussels and they like coming back. A swell show. They sound way better live than on their records. Sometimes the production sounds rather bleak. None of that with the great sound at Le Botanique.

The Fiery Furnaces – Even In The Rain / 'm Going Away /
The End Is Near

Another recent concert at Trix. Second time round. This time there weren’t too many people paying a visit. they have a nice new album. More straightforward.
A real piety this time was the fact that they left their piano at home. Instead everything got smothered with heavy distorted guitar which killed the dynamics of the songs.

BLK JKS – Lakeside / Molalatladi

Or The Black Jacks. A new band from South Africa that I’m starting to discover. They’re coming to my hometown in December. Reminds me of TV on The Radio set in an African context.

Kano – Can't hold back (your loving) - extended mix 1981 /
Semblance 1985

Maxi B-side.

Marva Whitney – It's My Thing (You Can't Tell Me Who To Sock It To) Pts 1 & 2


Mockba Music – Mötet 1984

Popular band in Sweden I’ve been told. Boy, would I like to sample this.

Norah Jones – Chasing Pirates

New Norah Jones song. I couldn’t hear the lyrics well at first and thought the main line runs like ‘My mind’s racing from chasing heartaches’ which sounded nice to me but it’s actually about real live action pirates. Besides that. Am I the only person who thinks ‘Miss You’ from The Rolling Stones after hearing this song?

Soma Holiday – Shake Your Molecules (the neutron dance) 1984
Wave classic from Wave Klassix Volume 3. Don’t know much about this band. Reminds me a bit of Siouxie.

Ganzheit – Marvelous / Independence 1986

I learned about this band through Saltyka And His Friends. A strange unknown band from the UK who made their hard edged ebnergetic proto acid house meets electronic body music in the late 80's. It sounds familiar, like Front 242, very industrial.
They never made an album only a couple of maxi’s.Marvelous but especially Independence are my favorite tracks. It’s sounds like EBM but then again it’s so much more. A mesmerizing hybrid.

Monsters Of Folk - The Sandman, The Brakeman And Me
It seems that supergroups are back, at least in the States. First The Gutter Twins, after that Them Crooked Vultures or Josh Homme, Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones and now Jim James from My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes and M. Ward all together in one band.
What does it sound like? 4 of the most well know and versatile representatives of the folk revival working together makes one think about the Traveling Wilburys and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Well, they’re not that great… but that’s of course asking too much, but boy am I glad that when they met while touring they didn’t stick to playing carts to kill time, but made a couple of songs instead. It took them some years to finally lay them down. You can hear well who made which song but the beauty is in the novel combinations. The interplay of instruments, styles and voices. One of my favorite albums this year.

Simian Mobile Disco feat. Beth Ditto – Cruel Intentions
It seems like Beth Ditto is everywhere these days. Sorry for the cheap joke but given her constitution that shouldn’t be too strange.

Rudy – Just Take My Body / White Room 1979
Rudy was the first name of Rudy Trevesi, a multi talented instrumentalist and vocalist from Italy. This solo-effort, released by Polydor in 1979, was produced by Jacques Fred Petrus and Mauro Malavasi with whom he worked extensively throughout his career on projects like the Peter Jacques Band, Macho and Revanche. The album Just take my body was his only solo effort and that makes it somewhat rare and hard to find. The album was recorded in Italy (in Bologna’s Fonoprint Studio's) and mixed in NY (at Power Station). The background vocals were also recorded in NY.
‘White Room’ was a disco remake of the famous Cream song. Jacques Fred Petrus liked the concept of creating disco remakes, as he also put out Macho's I'm a man by the Spencer Davis Group.

Haruomi Hosono – Kinu Kaido (silk road) (1976)
Yukihiro Takahashi – Radioactivist 1980
Two members of the Yellow Magic Orchestra and their early solo output.

Andrea True Connection – Party Line
Anna Domino – Rhythm
Artefact – Mae
Blue Night – Turn Me Loose - My Design
Chic – Open Up
Easy Going – Do It Again 1978
Emora – The Clonius
Fela Kuti vs. Kano – I'm an I.T.T.
Glory – Let's Get Nice 1981
Golden Girls – Too Cute (1988)
Jacob Miller & Trinity – I'm Just A Dread
Jay Reatard – Always Wanting More
Joakim – Ad Me
Lindstrøm and Christabelle – Baby Can't Stop (Aeroplane remix)
Modern English – I Melt With You
Moderne – Switch On Bach
Recht Herzlich – 1000 Lüste
The Heavy – How You Like Me Now (solo remix)
The Jonzun Crew – WeAre The Jonzun Crew
Toby King – Mr. Tuff Stuff
Tomasz Stanko Quintet – Grand Central 2009
Turzi – Bogota
UDM – To Please You

Still more Blah Blah comin'


quinta-feira, outubro 22, 2009

There was something terrible wrong with the last message I posted in september. The entire layout went bazerk and the html code lines multiplied by the dozens.

I'm trying to fix it. Just a test in between to see if this one works properly.
September's Here... End of Summer

It falls hard to keep posting on a regular basis. I’m kind of adopting a new lifestyle which involves spending a week abroad every month and it means I have to cramp my work and social life in the remaining 3 weeks. I just spend a week in Prague and in October I’m going to Sevilla.
As a result less time for blogging.

Unfortunately/luckily I fell ill in Prague. I’ve got a damn cold again and I’m doing some time indoors dividing my time between my bed and the sofa so I get bored. A good opportunity to post some of the stuff I’ve been collecting for a proper post.

Whenever I fall ill I kinda get nostalgic and start listening to whatever eighties stuff that I have lying around. Davis Sylvian, Heaven 17 und Neue Deutsche Welle as it appears.
What song is better suited than Sylvian’s September from Secrets Of The Beehive. That classic album always reminds me of September. The end of Summer but not really Autumn yet. The time of Indian Summer. The heat is off but those last rays just won’t let go. The nights get longer and colder. The first signs of winter.
The music is acoustically bright and warm but there’s a glance of doom as cold synthesizer sounds color the black backdrop.

I will try to get more active but I can’t force anything. I just do this for fun and I’ve noticed that I’m coming to the end of my Box upload capacity and Blogger is acting strange when using firefox as I presently do. Time to rethink all of it.

David Sylvian – September
Quantic And His Combo Barbaro - The Dreaming Mind part 1
Al Kent Presents The Million Dollar Orchestra - Get It Boy
Al Kent Presents The Million Dollar Orchestra - Rock Freak Boogie
Ananda Shankar – Dancing Drums
Kalyanji Anandji – Theme From Don (edit) One of my favorite Bollywood movies and the place where the Beastie Boys found there groove.
Andreas Dorau und Die Marinas – Einkauf
Vorgruppe – Verkannt Und Verbissen
Hoffnung & Psyche – Das Auto
Human League – Seconds
Lindbæk & Lindstrøm – Aliens In My Pocket Everything Norsk is still pretty prima to me
Yacht – Summer Song
Little Dragon – Looking Glass
Black Devil Disco Club – With Honey Cream Same obscure guy, brand new tracks.
Kerrier District – Let's Dance And Freak AKA Luke Vibert in a fake Italo and Disco mode
Chateau Flight – Welcome
Sorcerer – Dayglow A new sorcerer album. At first sight no new instant classics but I have to let this one grow on me.
Mid Air – Ease Out (original version)
Jupiter Band – Sarah Love (12 inch)
Mel Carter – Love Test
Home Service – Only Men Fall in Love
Strawberry Switchblade – Michael who walks by night Produced by the some guys who used to have a band of their own called Home Service. They made a couple of nice singles. This is my favorite together with one of the few Switchblade songs I still like.
Bombay Bicycle Club – Always Like This
Dirty Projectors – Stillness Is The Move I’m going to see them play live this Saturday. Reminds me that I have to update my concert agenda
Florence And The Machine - Dog Days Are Over
Florence And The Machine – Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) And ‘deze straffe Madam’ is coming next month to La Botanique in Brussels.
Durutti Column – Duet
Andy Williams – The Impossible Dream I drive a Honda you know…
Burt Ward & The Mothers of Invention – Variant 1 (alternate)
Lisa Papineau – Rene Thomas
23 Skidoo – Language
Jah Division – Heart and Soul Dub
Bis – Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division cover)
Atfunk – Sequence 75
Blackjoy – Mercurian (main mix)
Bottin – No Static
Bottin – Theme From St. Mark 30124
Filipsson & Ulysses – Fluffy Amadeus
Kabbala – Voltan Dance
Kotey Extra Band – Daybreak
Mayer Hawthorne – Maybe So Maybe No
New Look – Everything
Rev. Utah Smith – Two Wings If Sunday mass sermon and prayer around my corner were like this I would surely attend.
Ronda – Folana
Shannon – Sex Shooter Can’t help it, still like this song
Stockholm Monsters – Miss Moonlight
The Diaphanoids – Mermaids Of Lunaris (a Blackjoy Disco mix)
The Time And Space Machine – Children Of The Sun
The Wake – Something Outside
Time Zone – The Wildstyle The backside of a Celluloid maxi single with Jimi Hendrix and a rap by Lightnin Rod about Doriella Du Fontaine.
Village People – Don't Go in the Bushes (Horse Meat Disco edit)