Monday, 13 May 2013

13 May 2013

Another Bank Holiday last week meant another week off for us, but we're back and we brought some thumping tunes.

Kraftwerk - Radioaktivität
John: The original of this was out in 1975, off the album also called 'Radioaktivität', but this version is from 1991's 'The Mix', an album of remixes of their bigger hits. It started as an homage to the discovery and power of nuclear energy, but as time went on became more and more anti-nuke. I'll put both on the playlist for comparison's sake. I think I prefer them in German.
Carolyn: More authentic maybe?
John: Perhaps. Just a bit more exotic. We play that as our cat died last week and it was her favourite song.
Carolyn: Well, she liked the flashing lights.
John: Basically the same thing. Either way, she was transfixed by it and we both miss her.

Brannigan Dobson: August 2000-May 2013

Rex The Dog - Do You Feel What I Feel
John: Bloomin' love that, I've been listening to this most of the week.
Carolyn: Heavily influenced by Donna Summer, I'd say. Like all of it.
John: Think you're being a bit harsh. Rex The Dog is Jake Williams from Brighton and this came out last week.

Public Service Broadcasting - Inform Educate Entertain
John: Finally, the album came out last week and we've got our hands on it. This is the title track and is a bit of a sampler for the rest of the album, so if you like this, you're quids in.
Carolyn: We do, and we're off to see them at the Leadmill next week.

Cover Version Corner
The Cure/Art Brut - Catch
John: I think the Art Brut version is where Eddie Falco finally just gave up pretending to have some singing ability, but they're about so much more than that. We play that as there's a new greatest hits album out - 'Art Brut Top Of The Pops' - which this features on. It first appeared on an NME album of Cure covers, 'Pictures Of You', in 2009. The original was on 'Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me' from 1987.

Musa Okwonga - Heavyweight
John: Some spoken word from poet/sports writer/journalist/author/broadcaster/polymath Musa Okwonga, subtitled 'A Love Letter To London'. I think a lot of that applies to the rest of Britain as well.
Carolyn: Yes, possibly. And it's not a town. It's a city. A mega-city.

The Fall - Sir William Wray
John: Out today, the 30th studio album by The Fall. It's called 'Re-Mit' and this is the first single off it which came out at the back end of last month for record store day. As noisy and belligerent as ever.

Razmataz Lorry Excitement - China Town (Razmataz Lorry Excitement remix)
John: To Newcastle now and also out today, this is off an EP of remixes of China Town. The original came out in December last year on the album 'If It Takes Me All Night'.
Carolyn: Sounds very '90s. I can see me dancing to this in the Plaza.
John: Not that there's anything wrong with that.

One Degree of Separation
Aphex Twin - Analogue Bubblebath 1
Cocteau Twins - Pearly Dewdrops' Drop
John: The Cocteaus from Grangemouth, that's from 1984. Aphex Twin is Richard James from Limerick and that's off the 'Didgeridoo' EP from 1992.
Carolyn: The link being twins then?
John: Yes, but not quite. They're all called twins without being twins. There's four of them in the Cocteaus, for starters.
Carolyn: And they're not related.

Keel Her - Riot Grrrl
John: How many people are playing on that record, d'you reckon?
Carolyn: One.
John: Dammit. That's Rose Keeler-Shaeffeler from Brighton.
(We have subsequently been told that there were three people playing on that track)

Gladkazuka - El Untitled
John: A big hello to the nation of Colombia. These are from Medellin and it's off an EP on Cómeme records which I'll be keeping an eye on in future.

The Crookes - Bear's Blood
John: From Sheffield, this is their new single which comes out on May 21, so you're bang up to date with it.

And that's your lot. Gladkazuka and PSB aren't on the YouTube playlist we've put together, but there are links to find those tracks elsewhere.

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