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Jesus, Heorin And Femme Fetales

I'm doing a show on mflive tonight. From 10 (unless the football goes to penalties) till 1 ish.First hour is a Velvet Underground special playing tracks by the band and the member's solo work. As well as a track from Lou & John's Pre VU band the Primitives.Plus various covers of the band's songs by Nirvana, Pavement, Galaxie 500, The Strokes and others.Then a few hours of the usual Punk, Funk, Soul, Folk, Garage, stuff to close.Click to listenFinishing up with some Krautrock!!!I'm not curren

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Please Send Me Evenings & Weekends Radio Show

I'm doing a show on MF Live! Tonight (and every Tuesday) between 11 and 1 (British time). Dial Up listenersBroadbandEvery Tuesday night I'll be playing the type of tunes that have been appearing here for the last few months. Here's tonight's Playlist(Also checkout the wonderful She's With the Band's show immediately preceding it for a round up of the local music scene).

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Sorry, Nothing For A While.

Sorry there wasn't been much for a while, I'm on holiday in London, which is on the nearby Island of England. So you'll have to wait. But on the plus side I've bought lots of records, so there are treats to come. Although Thou continue to ellude me.

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Tugboats

Unable to contain my excitement at the prospect of a new Mercury Rev album for a few of their tunes to whet my appetite I was digging around the darkest recesses of my hard drive when I came across a surprise. It is Mercury Rev doing Galaxie 500's Tugboat. I don't know how it got there, I certainly don't recall hearing it before (although I do suspect Simon SVC may be responsible). It is corking, unfortunately I think it is from late-period so it doesn't have David Baker singing (remind me to te

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A South Bronx Story

The danger when talking about ESG is to focus on the influence they have had, and I'm not sure how important that is - the music should stand up for itself irrespective of how many hip-hop producers have sampled the rhythms. (I mean the Pixies were a great band before Kurt Cobain co-opted their quiet chorus-loud verse song structure, and would have remained a great band even if Nirvana hadn't existed). Yet every article I can find on ESG focuses on a long list of sample credits which, I feel, do

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Pick 'n' Mix Misshapes

Just a random selection of tracks tonight. Taken from songs for obscure reasons I have uploaded to my webspace. Bright Eyes - Neely O'HaraBright Eyes - Love You Don't Have to LoveDon't know much about this lot - I don't even know if I like them. Other than that they are mainly Conor Obost who is from Lincoln, Nebraska and that they are the first band since the Beatles or Westlife, or P Diddy to have number one and two in the US singles charts, and that they are better than the charlatan currentl

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Into The Darkside

Tonight, I'm gonna take you on a journey into the darkside. It is not a journey for the faint hearted, there's angst, rebellion, teenage pregnancies, rape, motorcycle wrecks, heartbreak and the highest body count this side of a Nick Cave album. Because tonight I give you the weirdly dark world of the Shangri-las. The Shangri-las were four streetwise New York girls. Although as, St.Etienne's Pete Wiggs has pointed out, there are only three present in most of the photographs. I expect at any giv

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The Rocksteady Crew

I think we've heard a bit too much from noisy Americans with guitars on here lately, so I'll return to Mr Albini's recollections in due course. Tonight's theme is a rather mix 'n' match tribute to Rocksteady. Rocksteady was a short-lived period in Jamaican music which the excellect Trojan Rocksteady Box Set's sleevenotes places "from the emergence of the genre in 1966 until the development of reggae two years later". The first tune to reflect this new style was Alton Ellis and the title of his s

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Albini 2 : The Breeders

Tonight I'm continuing Steve Albini's "Eyewitness Record Reviews" with - The Breeders - Pod l.p. The Breeders were a vanity project (at least at this point) for the Pixies' Kim Deal, Tanya Donnelly from the Throwing Muses, Josephine Whiggs out of Perfect Disaster, and Slint's Britt Walford. Let Mr Albini take up the tale - Ok The Breeders got better, briefly, when Kelley Deal joined and the band became Kim's full time commitment. But this one is pretty run of the mill, to be honest. In fact,

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Albini 1 : The Pixies

While I was researching an earlier post I dug out my copy of The Penguin Book of Rock & Roll Writing. And I found myself diverted by a piece by Steve Albini(from Big Black, Rapeman and Shellac) about some of the records he has worked on as a producer. It is quite funny and I thought I'd provide excerts and the odd track from each. The Pixies - Surfer Rosa lp So to allow you to judge Albini's claim that the Pixies' were moulded by industry personnel here are two versions the song I'm Amaze

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Suspect Package

Ok, I suppose I have to declare an interest in tonight's featured artist. The band's cds have been released on my "record label" - Psychobabble RecordsSuspect Package - Joey ShallowFrom the band's current studio e.p. Destruction of the Classes. This is a storming incendiary performance from the boys. "Ho Ho Ho" Although, their influences are more the modern Californian Punks they've had the good sense to take the light hearted, fun elements from NoFX rather than the ernestness of some of their c

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Festive 50 Page Complete

Ok I finished the Peel Festive 50 page.The Festive Fifty, has always been a part of Christmas for me, and it is nice to see it continue. I thought Rob Da Bank did a good job hosting it.Anyway on my page there are loads of links to the various bands and such like. Plus links to various mp3's. Including these which I uploaded specially - Half Man Half Biscuit - Joy Division Oven Glove From the 16/11/2004 Peel Session. Jawbone - Hi-Di-Hi Listen With Sarah - Animal Hop Art Brut - Formed A BandThe M

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Festive 50.

Sorry there haven't been many posts lately. I've been working on this - Festive 50 2004 page. It isn't finished yet, but in the meantime there are some tracks to download (The Magic Band, Art Brut, Decoration and Listen With Sarah) to be going on with, and links to many more.I will probably finish it tomorrow, so keep checking.

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I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You

Sometime ago I started on a series of short stories inspired by songs I like. So I thought as an occasional series I could post them here alongside the songs which inspired them. I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You (by Declan)In retrospect I probably stayed too close to the song. Which is by Tom Waits there is also a great cover version by 10,000 ManiacsLinksRead: Declan's Stories (site needs updating, sorry)Visit: Tom Waits, and 10,000 Maniacs.Buy: Tom Waits, and 10,000 Maniacs.

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Dub Sex On The Internet

Tonight's tunes come from Dub Sex. They were a Manchester band from the late Eighties / early Nineties. So you now have a mental picture of them, don't you - baggy clothes, floppy hair, bouncy walk, attitude? Well get rid of it, because Dub Sex were nothing like that. Dub Sex were Chris Bridgett, Cathy Brooks, Roger Cadman, Mark Hoyle, and Tim Costigan. Although Karl Burns from the Fall was a member early on. Their sound recalls the Chameleons although the vocals are so all-encompassing you coul

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Bah Humbug!

But of course I was lying yesterday. Christmas isn't always much fun as these tunes show. People get drunk, they fall out and they row, but at least they do it with their loved ones. Elvis Costello & the Chieftains - The St. Stephen's Day MurdersWorth checking out the lyrics on this one. I particularly like "There'll be laughter and tears over Tia Marias,Mixed up with that drink made from girders.’Cause it's all we've got left as they draw their last breath." This is what Christmas were like

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It's A Cool, Cool, Christmas

In 2000 tedious English radio station XFM persuaded a gaggle of left-field types for a Christmas cd - You can hear the contribution from Saint Etienne over at Spoilt Victorian Child and the live Peel Session version of Belle & Sebastian's O Come O Come Emmanuel (as well as a tonne of other festive favourites by the band) is available at Orbis Quintis. Here are my favourite tracks...Grandaddy - Alan Parson's In A Winter WonderlandAlan Parsons is one of those artists, like Camel or Uriah Hee

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The Freewheelin' Mark Arm

Tonight's tracks are from a Sub Pop 7" from 1990 put out by Mudhoney frontman - Mark Arm. Styling himself as The Freewheelin' Mark Arm, hear he tackles a pair of covers... The Freewheelin' Mark Arm - Masters Of WarThis is a cover of a Bob Dylan song that featured on Dylan's lp The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. You get the picture Mark is in protest folkie mode. Even the single's cover ape-ed the original lp cover - I was prompted to dig out this single when I saw Mark fronting the reformed MC5, and I

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Randomness

Generally, when I'm at my computer, I just stick iTunes on random play. That way I get to hear a variety of music and if something pricks my attention it is easy enough to switch to their album. Usually this means a disperate play list for example Beck has just been followed by Stereolab and then the Buzzcocks with Quicksand, Wings and Michell Shocked waiting in the er ... wings. But sometimes a set of tunes will be thrown up that sit perfectly together. An example happened earlier today, that I

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Velocity Girl

Not a proper post I was working on research for a future post in which Primal Scream will feature, and I couldn't resist posting this -Primal Scream - Velocity GirlIn which Bobby & co take 85 seconds, to pre-empt and render redundant the first Stone Roses lp. Unfortunately, it doesn't really fit the post I'm working on (or the band's Greatest Hits for some reason) so I'm posting it here.

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Entertainment!

In My inaugural post I mentioned that the title of this blog comes from a line in the Gang of Four song "Return the Gift" from their 1980 debut album Entertainment!Those of that spend our too much of our time trawling through internet forums will know that a staple thread of these endeavours is "What are your favourite albums of all-time ... ever!" And each time I post a different list, but 5 albums are guaranteed inclusion - Pet Sounds, Revolver, Screamedelica (all of which I guess you'll know

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Thoughts Inspired By The Cutter

One of the weird things about joining the digital revolution is that suddenly I've gained a knowledge of the vastness of my record collection. Before when someone asked "how many cds do you have?" the answer was simple "lots". But my definition of a lot is different to another persons. To someone with 50 cds 200 is a lot. To me and my friends its a start. Now, thanks to iTunes and iPod I can quantify lots - it is precisely 27,203 tunes. Of course I've barely begun to transfer my vinyl into digit

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Recovered Covers 2 : Meat Puppets

Meat Puppets - Lake of FireContinuing the Nirvana Unplugged In New York connection - three songs by The Meat Puppets were included and Cris and Kurt from the band joined the show. All three tracks from Unplugged (Plateau, Oh Me & Lake of Fire) are taken from the band's definitive album Meat Puppets II.Prior to the release of II the Meat Puppets were a pretty run-of-the-mill, SST Punk band, however with this release there is a dramatic stuff, bringing in influences from Country and Folk m

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Covers Recovered 1 : The Vaselines

Ok after the other night's Cavalcade of Covers I thought the next few posts could be the mirror image - the orignals of songs that are more famous when done by someone else. So, first up... The Vaselines - Jesus Doesn't Want Me As A SunbeamThe Vaselines were Glaswegian Indie Popsters who were particularly beloved by Kurt Cobain. Nirvana covered a number of the band's tunes - Molly's Lips, Son of a Gun and this one which turns up on Unplugged In New York and there is a version on the new With The

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It's A Cavalcade Of Covers

Sorry, no coherent theme today just a fairly random selection of cover versions. Ray Barretto - Pastime Paradise Another Stevie Wonder cover (after yesterday's Superstition) I seem to like covers of Stevie's songs more than the original versions. Here a track from from the Songs In The Key of Life album gets an angry Latinised version from Ray Baretto. I love the way he almost spits out the lyrics - "Tell me who of them will come to beHow many of them are you and meDissipationRace RelationsConso

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