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Wednesday, 22 October 2014


Wasting time on social media recently I followed a link to the video for Hello by The Beloved- you know the one, funky drummer drums, crunchy guitar and a slightly silly, wide-eyed list of people to say hello to including Peter, Paul, Tommy Cannon, Bobby Ball, Little Richard, Willy Wonka, William Tell, Salman Rushdie, Kym Mazelle, Mork and Mindy, Barry Humphries, Billy Corkhill, Fred Astaire, Desmond Tutu, Zippy, Bungle, Jean Paul Sartre...

A click or two away I found Found, the closer off their Happiness album. A different kettle of fish entirely. It's like the Bunnymen on E or New Order at sunrise. Or a blissed out Beloved in 1989. Lovely.


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

French Disko

It's a video only day today- I'm doing this on the run and haven't time to rip and stuff.

C from Sun Dried Sparrows left a comment on my Timothy J Fairplay/Editors post mentioning Stereolab and everybody needs a little Stereolab in their lives, especially the mighty French Disko played live on The Word (you'll have to put up with a couple of seconds of Terry Christian first). The driving indie guitars and droning keyboards, Letitia's vocals- pop and experimental in one handy package and a real highlight from the early 90s.

C pointed me towards Editors cover version which is driving and Joy Division-esque and, hey, actually pretty good.

And it turns out that Scandinvian aces Raveonettes cover it too, as seen here at Austin, Texas in 2008.

Still, I think if pressed, out of the three I'd take Stereolab's original.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Gone Girl

This single from March 1996, from David Holmes' first album This Film's Crap Let's Slash The Seats, is an absolute beaut. Jazzy, early hours of the morning, downtempo vibe, drums played with the brushes, stand up double bass and the lovely vocals of St Etienne's Sarah Cracknell, especially the 'you can never go home anymore' line. There were two 12" singles and a couple of cd singles with a load of remixes as well, but the original mix is hard to beat.


Sunday, 19 October 2014


I don't know much about the band Editors- I see their name about and they seem to be on the TV occasionally, one of those groups who say they're influenced by Joy Division and have a doomy sound. For some reason Timothy J Fairplay did a remix of their song honesty. It's a haunting, electronic affair with some nice bleepy bits. In all honesty, I could do with an instrumental version.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

You Bring Light To Me

Underworld have been at the BBC 6 Music live thing at Maida Vale which you can watch if you live in the UK right here. They start with with a perfect opening pair of Dark And Long and Two Months Off, then a barnstorming Born Slippy and the mighty Cowgirl. Shame it gets interrupted in the middle for a brief interview but you can't have everything.

Restless Soul

                                                       Lucia Joyce by Berenice Abbott, 1927

I re-found this the other day, a white label only 12" from 1997 by Restless Soul, with a Two Lone Swordsmen remix. I couldn't remember a thing about it and it's a surprisingly funky Weatherall-Tenniswood remix. I've no idea who Restless Soul were and the internet doesn't seem to know either. It might add some light to your Saturday morning, if it needed any.

Psykodelic (Two Lone Swordsmen Remix)

Friday, 17 October 2014

The Return Of Friday Night Is Rockabilly Night 157

They loved space and science fiction in the 1950s and 60s and rockabilly wasn't immune. Like this single from Blackie Jenkins in 1967 (just checked the date, I'd have put it earlier than that somehow).

Spaceship Life


What do you think of the new David Bowie song?

Bowie crooning over dark, cinematic jazz, Taxi Driver soundtrack style jazz, side two of Low maybe, a little bit Red Snapper too. It's not an easy listen and at over seven minutes long not the obvious choice of song to spring upon the world to announce a new Best of album. Good stuff I reckon.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Back Home

I'm a bit undecided about the new Caribou album, Your Love. The reviews have been glowing and I can see what they're getting at. Some of it is undeniably lovely and several of the songs have a real lightness of touch, with laptop beats and ravey synths and the vocals add a very human touch. Some of it feels a bit insubstantial though and I can't help but feel there's too much top end and not enough bass. I could be wrong, maybe I need to give it more time. Maybe I just don't enjoy listening to full albums that much anymore- that shuffle function, single song internet releases, 12" singles and compilations have definitely affected my habits. I do really like this one (sadly not a cover of the 1970 England world cup song).

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