Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Ahmed Fakroun: Soleil Soleil (edit de prince language)

The triumphant return of A. Fakroun to these pages, via a ruling edit from Prince Language. Get thee to Ahmed's online store to hear more from Mr. Fakroun.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

William DeVaughn: Be Thankful For What You Got (1980 version - DJ Day edit)

Big B raged the original version of this back in January '07. Now DJ Day has come through with this all-good edit of the 1980 remake, highlighting the left-right interplay of rhythm guitars. At this juncture I'd like to wish a happy ongoing birthday to longtime co-conspirator ib, who astutely and presciently noted a connection between this and the Steel An' Skin dub from last Thursday. And thanks last but not least to the sonic warriors at Two For Tennis Radio, for turning me on to both tracks.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Isolée: Pillowtalk

Quiet Village Project: Pillow Talk

Getting pumped for the new Quiet Village album which will be available in CD format on May 13. The track above is an edit of "Voyager" by the Alan Parsons Project, of course, although our friends at I Spy Diamonds have noted that it also sounds a lot like this song "Patrick", by Goblin. Truth is stranger than fiction.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Standing on the Verge of Getting It On
Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts (pt. 1)

from the album Standing on the Verge...

"Standing on the Verge..." is a work of genius, a pocket symphony with a slightly lopsided groove that would be awfully hard to get out of a drum machine. Not that there's anything wrong with drum machines. (By the way I'm using The Captain's vinyl rip for this. Thanks, Captain.)

"Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts": featuring Eddie Hazel on public saxophone

Echo & The Bunnymen:
Ocean Rain (alternate take)
The Killing Moon (dreamy alternate take)

Inspired by the announcement that what's left of the band (plus a full orchestra) will be playing Ocean Rain at Radio City Music Hall this fall. Ho-hum.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Steel An' Skin: Afro Punk Reggae (Dub)

from Reggae Is Here Once Again

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wim Overgaauw:
Your Song
I Think It's Going To Rain Today

Selections from the album Sagittarius by Dutch jazz guitar legend Wim Overgaauw (1929-1995).

"Your Song": Wim digs deep into this Elton J. classic.

"I Think It's Going To Rain Today": a Randy Newman composition.

Bill Withers:
Another Day To Run
Lonely Town, Lonely Street

I feel like Big B posted some Withers some time ago...regardless, what I want to know is what are YOU running from?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

East Of Eden: Northern Hemisphere

from Mercator Projected

Monday, April 21, 2008

Roy Hamilton: Don't Let Go

I bought two CDs trying to find the original mono mix of this, and both times was chagrinned to hear "fake stereo". Frustration was approaching an all-time high until just a few minutes ago, when I read the following:

"(Don't Let Go) was the first stereo record to make the pop music charts. 1958 was the year for several stereo recordings, including Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes by Chuck Willis, Yakety Yak by the Coasters, Born Too Late by The Poni-Tails, It’s All in the Game by Tommy Edwards and What Am I Living For by Chuck Willis."

(Thanks to these guys for the info.)

So here you have it in true stereo. From the days of creamiest reverb.

Eric Clapton: All Our Past Times
Eric Clapton: Black Summer Rain

"All our past times should be forgotten, all our past times should be erased."


Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Smiths: Still Ill

I believe The Smiths were banned last night, but they should surely pass the test for this morning.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Original air date: 1.16.2007

Holger Czukay: Persian Love
Brian Eno & David Byrne: A Secret Life

This selection from the archives is partially inspired by this bit of news.

See No Evil
Ain't That Nothin'
Little Johnny Jewel
Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Marquee Moon

As promised, here is Television's show performed at My Father's Place, Roslyn, NY. Recorded June 9, 1978.

Thanks to ib for the artwork.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Thelonious Monk:
These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
Trinkle Tinkle
Sweet And Lovely

vinyl rip, from Monk's Moods [Prestige 7159]

This is a record that my mom had the good sense to buy, circa 1960. The piano is maybe not 100% in tune on These Foolish Things, but Thelonious exploits this for his own ends. Once again modern man triumphs over the limits of technology.

These Foolish Things and Trinkle Tinkle recorded December 18, 1952, with Max Roach on drums and Gary Mapp on bass.

Sweet And Lovely recorded October 15, 1952, with Art Blakey on drums and Gary Mapp on bass.

"These Foolish Things" was written in 1936 by Harry Link, Holt Marvell, and Jack Strachey, for the London revue "Spread It Around".

"Sweet And Lovely" was written in 1931 by Gus Arnheim, Harry Tobias, and Jules Lemare.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Les Edits Du Golem: Klout

In case you haven't been reading the papers lately, this is an edit of "Sunshine Baby", by Clout. There's also an edit of Nisyan on the same record, as it happens.

Love the strings on this.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Hot Chocolate: A Part Of Being With You

original air date: 4/3/07

This b-side nugget, originally posted by Mike, is one that I still find myself turning to over one year later. I love the colourful combination of drum machine, electric piano, wah-wah guitar, and vinyl crackle, and especially the desolate soundscape on the outro. Relatable lyrical content, too. Words & music by Errol Brown.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tom Verlaine:
Rain, Sidewalk 1

Inspired by a comment in another post, these three tracks are taken from Verlaine's 2006 Around.

Ahmed Fakroun: Nisyan

According to Wikipedia, this was arranged by Nicolas Vangelis (?) and Ahmed Fakroun, and recorded in Italy. I especially love the vocals on the second verse.

Ahmed is breaking off lots more mp3s for your enjoyment over here. Also make the voyage to

Monday, April 14, 2008

Sandy Bull: Triple Ballade: Sans Cuer/Amis Dolens/Dame Par Vous, composed by Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377)

Sandy gets mediæval on your ass with this intense jam from his Inventions LP. Everything you need to know about life in the 1300s is encrypted in these tones.

From the sleeve notes:
"The Triple Ballade by the 14th century Guillaume de Machaut is transmuted by Bull into an absorbing play of sonorities as well as of lines. By multi-tracking, he plays the parts on oud, banjo and guitar. The piece is a canon on the unison in that each part comes in on the same note. 'Written long before rules of modern counterpoint had been set down,' Bull points out, 'the harmonies have that haunting sound of the Gothic age, plus what actually amounts to tone clusters in certain places.'"

For persons wishing to hear the piece in choral form, voilà.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Philip Glass (composer):
Satyagraha - Act I, Scene 1: The Kuru Field of Justice
Satyagraha - Act III, New Castle March, 1913 (final movement)

New York City Opera, 1985.

Commissioned in 1979 by the City of Rotterdam, Satyagraha premiered in Rotterdam on September 5, 1980. It made its Metropolitan Opera premier on Friday night. It's immensely beautiful. If you are in New York I would recommend seeing it before the season is over.

Sung in Sanskrit.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

The Cure:
Why Can't I Be You?
A Japanese Dream

Why Can't I Be You? with its original b-side, A Japanese Dream.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Freddie King:
Messing With The Kid
Going Down

Recorded "live" at the Antibes-Juan Les Pins Jazz Festival, Antibes, France, July 24, 1974.

One of the things I love about Freddie is that he always has a great band with him. I don't know the personnel for this show, but suffice to say that the drummer is riding high on these jams. I also like that you can kind of hear that this was recorded outdoors, probably near the sea. It sounds windy.

The Iguanas: Slow Down

Early music from Iggy Pop.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Laid Back: Fly Away / Walking In The Sunshine

I gather that this is a Balearic classic of notable pedigree, but I just "discovered" it after buying a beat-up copy of the 12" of White Horse on the street because I liked the cover and the band name.

Words, music, voices & instruments by Tim Stahl & John Guldberg. Recorded at Laid Back Studio, Copenhagen.

Walking in the sunshine
Looking at the palm trees
Talking to a stranger
Waiting for a phone call
Driving in a taxi
It's show time.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Gérard Gésina: To Thwart Soul

from the album Planant, on the Musax library label

direction artistique: J.C. Pierric

Bo Diddley meets Wish You Were Here/Animals-era Pink Floyd at midnight in the gardens of Venus. You could easily put some Milli Vanilli-style drums under this and be good to go.

(The whole album is available here.)

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Serge Gainsbourg (feat. Charlotte Gainsbourg): Lemon Incest

From the album Love On The Beat

Adapted by Serge from this piece by Chopin. Other pop confections based on this melody include Jo Stafford's No Other Love (1950) and Ken Dodd's So Deep Is The Night (1964)... or so I have read.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Frédéric Chopin: Étude Op. 10, No. 3 in E major ("Tristesse")

Performed by Maurizio Pollini, and available on this CD.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Television: Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Recorded live in Roslyn, NY - June 9th, 1978.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Chantal Goya:
Tu M'As Trop Menti

Yeah, it's that song from the trailer for Masculin/Feminin, plus another one from the same CD. I heard Tu M'As... at the movies the other night and couldn't believe how huge the drums sounded for 1966. (The acoustics of the theater helped.)

Written by J.J. Debout
Orchestre: Mickey Baker (A.K.A. Mickey "Guitar" Baker)

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Mahjongg: The Rrabbitt

Black Tambourine: Black Car

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Rabbitt: Savage

Written by Trevor Rabin. Recorded at RPM Studios, Johannesburg. From the album Boys Will Be Boys.

This is a bumrocks re-rage. File under: shockingly good.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Variètè: Angelic Alice

Some minimal cold synth wave from Japan for this Tuesday. From an EP entitled Souvenir [Kitchen Records Co, Dance 1].