Friday, 7 March 2014
Tonight's rockabilly is a raw and rough two minute single from Gar Bacon; fantastic primitive backing and a paint stripping voice. It sounds like it has come from another world- which in a way (USA, 1957), it has.
But that's not all- if you type Gar Bacon into a popular search engine in a bid to find more information about Gar, what the search engine responds with is 'Did you mean gay bacon?'
Gay bacon are strips of rainbow coloured gummy candy covered in sugar. They have their own Tumblr and memes and t-shirts and whatnot. Alternatively, according to Urban Dictionary gay bacon means this. Kids eh?
From million selling teenagers yesterday to obscure side projects from middle aged post-punk guitarists today- Bagging Area has been on very random shuffle over the last couple of weeks. Is this good or bad?
Will Sergeant has had several solo projects over the last three decades, in between Bunnymen activities and occasionally needing some space from Ian McCulloch perhaps. This was a fairly rare and unknown 12" from 2000 called Theme For GRIND. Will had a Grind album in 1982 which I've never heard but assume it's related. On the 12" Will was remixed by Weatherall and Tenniswood as two Lone Swordsmen. As with many TLS remixes from this time it's long, stoned-ish and abstract, minimal and machanical.
Theme For GRIND No. 2 (Reground by Two Lone Swordsmen)
Echo and the Bunnymen are playing The Ritz soon. Quite tempted.
Thursday, 6 March 2014
We've reached a point recently where if we go out in the car as a family I have to share the car stereo with my daughter, ET, aged 10. I get to choose the music on the way there, her on the way back, or vice versa. This sometimes leads to my routes being more circuitous and her's much more direct. The other day on her leg of the journey my music was playing when we pulled out of the multi-storey carpark and a few minutes later she cottoned on and asked for her turn. 'After this song' I said, knowing it was a seventeen minute and two seconds long Orb remix. One-nil to Dad.
Her in-car cd collection is made up of three Now That's What I Call Music! compilations (numbers 84, 86 and 88 I think. I don't know why it's just the even numbered ones). On the current one there are three good tunes, which over two discs and nearly forty songs is a low hit rate (for me, not her- she likes 1D, Lawson, The Vamps etc). Now! 86 had a handful of good ones that helped soundtrack last summer's jaunt to France. The previous one had nothing on it that didn't want make me to want to cut my ears off.
To get to the point, I have actually discovered a new song from Now! 88 that I love. I may be late to the party here, but Lorde's Royals is stupendously good. In fact, seeing as it's had over forty seven million views on Youtube and has been number one around the world I am clearly very late to this party. The song is terrific, with a minimal backing track- just simple drums, some finger snaps and bass- and Lorde's wonderful voice, and lyrics about not being like the others, rejecting gaudy material goods, how she 'craves a different kind of buzz'. You can call her Queen Bee. It's stripped down, dramatic and moody, slinky too, a bit like The Xx with a more distinctive vocalist possibly. Lorde is a teenage New Zealander and seems to be outrageously talented. You probably know this already but it was a bit of a revelation to me.
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
A David Holmes remix of Monkey Mafia from back in 1995 when this big beat/trip hop thing was all the rage, Manchester City looked like they'd never, ever win a trophy and people smoked in pubs and restaurants. Actually, although this is dated in parts I think it's worn quite well.
Blow The Whole Joint Up (Let's Slash The Beats David Holmes Remix)
Monday, 3 March 2014
Poor old Ronnie Lane- fell out with Steve Marriott and lost The Small Faces, lost out to Rod Stewart in The Faces (who he felt ran off with his band), spent all his money on an ill fated circus-style tour of the UK in the 70s, fell ill to MS, died too young. And yet he remains one of those true figures in British music, underappreciated and little known, with a few classic songs to his names (The Poacher is perfection). This is one of those solo songs, with fiddles and acoustic guitars, down-at-home gypsy style.
Sunday, 2 March 2014
Random Velvet Underground cover versions? We got 'em. And lovely lickle ickle bickle cute kittens too.
What Goes On? (Orbient Mix)
Lovekittens were a 'baggy' band I know next to nothing about and the internet doesn't give much up either other than the names of four blokes on Discogs and another 12" single. The Orb remixed them- there are several different ones, this one is seven minutes long. This is a blissful way to start Sunday.
I loathe the word 'baggy' when used to describe bands circa '89-'92. No one I knew ever used the word, only music journalists and Damon Albarn.
Saturday, 1 March 2014
The wedding disco should be getting fired up around now. The kids have been packed off home with grandparents. Mr and Mrs Swiss are free to drink and dance for the next, ooh, four hours. Chin chin.
This is Sean Johnston in winning form and in the mix for Saturday night. A quite brilliant mix.
Free download too.
Pop fact- Drew of Across The Kitchen Table was almost in this issue of The Face. But that's not solely why we're here today. Cover star Neneh Cherry has a new record out on Monday and it's had some pretty positive reviews and sounds interesting. In 1996 she had several hits including a global smash Youssou N'Dour and this excellent string laden, trip hop song.
Woman was Neneh's response to James Brown's It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World and had Bernard Butler fresh from Suede on guitar. At the end of the 80s she'd had her first taste of pop stardom with the Raw Like Sushi album- superior Ladbroke Grove pop-rap... 'and all that you need is the air that you breathe'
And to those of us of a certain age she'll always be the woman doing the Buffalo Stance on Top Of The Pops, seven months pregnant.