Monday, 1 July 2013

1 July 2013

Back once again with a bunch of stuff to get you going for another week.

Gesaffelstein - Pursuit
John: Now consider your week kicked off. That's fabulous.
Carolyn: It's very bassy.
John: I know. Great innit. Gesaffelstein is a chap called Mike Levy and he's from Lyon.

Can - I Want More
John: From the 1976 album 'Flow Motion', we play that so you can see the lineage of a number of contemporary bands - Hookworms, Toy and others - from the Teutonic origin. These hail from Cologne and were part of that whole German experimental scene in the late '60s and early '70s.

Temple Songs - Passed Caring
John: I really like that. Short, punchy, lots of reverb. They're from Manchester and this is their debut single.

Cover Version Corner
Woody Guthrie/Ry Cooder - Vigilante Man
John: Woody Guthrie, a bit of a hero. That's from 'The Asch Recordings vol 3' from 1944 and it's become a bit of a blues staple. Ry Cooder's version was on 1972's 'Into The Purple Valley' album, but that recording was from an edition of The Old Grey Whistle Test.
Carolyn: We normally play two totally different versions of a song here. I'm not getting that.
John: Different techniques with the slide guitar and that. Also, I was short of a bit of inspiration this week. Fundamentally, though, two great records.

RoBoT//aLiEn - Jeremy Kyle vs Mad Dog Dion
John: Brand spanking new. RoBoT//aLiEn is a singer/songwriter from Chorlton near Manchester and the album is 'You're The Problem That Will Not Go Away'. 17 tracks, 40 minutes.
Carolyn: I really like that. Bit of a jump from the previous two records though.

Eccentronic Research Council - Another Witch Is Dead
John: These are from Sheffield and sound like nothing else. This is taken from last year's album '1612 Underture' which is all about the Pendle witch trials and features Maxine Peake on vocals.
Carolyn: Twinkle from dinnerladies. Among other things.
John: I was going to play this anyway, but late last week they put out an EP called 'Bun Fight In The Open University Staff Room' which is flipping brilliant. They're also a great follow on Twitter, @The_E_R_C

Parquet Courts - Stoned And Starving
John: Love this. Sounds like Julian Cope in his late '80s pomp, which is never a bad thing as he's always been one of my favourites. Parquet Courts are from Brooklyn and this is off 'Light Up Gold' from last year.

Disclosure - Confess To Me
John: These are the next big thing, we've played them before and consider that another Monday night banger from the smash hit album 'Settle'. They stormed it at Glastonbury over the weekend, so I'm told. I don't really know, I wasn't there. All that dirt, all those people... It's not really for me.
Carolyn: No, I can't see you there. Well I can, but not happy. Just scowling at people.

Pixies - Bagboy
John: New stuff! From the Pixies! No Kim Deal, which is sad, but new stuff from the Pixies! For the first time since 2004. That's just great and I've basically had it on a loop since I first heard it. Get it as a free download now.

One Degree of Separation
TV On The Radio - Dancing Choose
The Adverts - No Time To Be 21
John: It was no time to be 21 in 1978 and I suspect it very much remains the case today. That's The Adverts from the album 'Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts'. Before that, TV On The Radio from 2008 and Dancing Choose from the album 'Dear Science'. Your link is TV - On The Radio and Smith, lead singer of the Adverts.
Carolyn: That's really tenuous.
John: TV. It's TV. What's wrong with that?
Carolyn: Hmmm....

Catfish and The Bottlemen - Homesick
John: From Llandudno, this is their debut single. It's very commercial and I think it'll be a big hit.
Carolyn: Yeah, I mean I like it, but can see it would have wide general appeal.
John: I think it'll go well in America as well. Fair play to them. They've honed a sound in the pubs and clubs and they're going places. Just remember where you heard it first.

Deerhunter - Dream Captain
John: Again, loads of reverb and a really good feel to it. They're from Atlanta and have been around long enough. This is off their sixth studio album, 'Monomania', which came out in early May and I'm only just getting round to.
Carolyn: Still working through that backlog?
John: We're getting there.

Femme - Double Trouble
John: Femme is Laura Bettinson, vocalist with Ultraista, but this is her solo project. She's from Coventry and this comes out on July 22. I'm saying that's got hit written all over it.

And here's all that wrapped up in a YouTube playlist, except for the RoBoT//aLiEn track which is over here.

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