Wednesday, 15 January 2014

14 January 2014

Possibly our shortest ever Cover Version Corner and a fraternal One Degree this week, plus new stuff and old stuff coming out anew. Onward, travellers...

Big Wave - GW Bridge
A cracking wee tune which came out last May on the quite wonderful Art Is Hard label. We play that for the fact that the George Washington Bridge has become such a political football lately, with the New Jersey governor's office causing hold-ups for people getting across it.

Hospitality - I Miss Your Bones
From Brooklyn, this is on the album 'Trouble' which is out in a fortnight. Can't quite put my finger on what that reminds me of... Good, though.

Joanna Gruesome - Madison
The new single from these who we like a lot. The album 'Weird Sister' came out last October.

Wild Billy Chyldish and CTMF - Joseph Beuys Flies Again
Poet, author, painter, sculptor, Stuckist, Wild Billy Chyldish and CTMF - Chatham Forts, that is - singing about German artist Joseph Beuys who was in the Luftwaffe during WWII. That's off last summer's album 'All Our Forts Are With You'.

Cover Version Corner
Stone Roses/Ke$ha and The Flaming Lips - Elizabeth My Dear
Told you it was short and sweet. 50 seconds of the Stone Roses, from the 'Stone Roses' album from 1989, and about twice that for the Flaming Lips. Theirs comes off an album of Stone Roses covers called 'The Time Has Come To Shoot You Down... What A Sound' which I think I need to explore more.

Pilote - Shapeshifter Blues
I like that a lot. Pilote is Stuart Cullen from Somerset and that is off the album 'The Slowdown' which came out last May.

Mike Hughes - (That Girl Is) Misery
From Sheffield, this was his debut single which came out last autumn. Shades of Richard Hawley stylings, perhaps? Unless I'm imagining it.

Menace Beach - Fortune Teller
That is ace. I like these a lot. Something of a Leeds supergroup, their debut EP 'Lowtalker' is out today. It's good. Get it.

One Degree of Separation
Attempted Moustache - Superman
Half Man Half Biscuit - Ordinary To Enschede
Simon Blackwell and Paul Wright were Attempted Moustache and that's from 1980's 'A Trip To The Dentist' EP. Four years after that, Simon and his brother Nigel - along with Paul Wright - began the greatest band in the world, Half Man Half Biscuit. That one is the B-side to the 1990 single 'Let's Not'.

Silkken Laumann - Obvious Water (Yer A Kitten)
I've been listening to these a lot. They're from Ottawa and the name is a misspelling of a Canadian Olympic rower, Silken Laumann. Anyway, the album 'Not Forever Enough' is available now and you can get it free from their website.

Sultans Of Ping FC - Give Him A Ball (And A Yard Of Grass)
A permanently overlooked bunch of geniuses, this is from their debut album 'Casual Sex In The Multiplex' from 1993. The title is about Nottingham Forest midfielder John Robertson. As Brian Clough said of his less-than-attractive player "I'd sit next to him and be Errol Flynn. But give him a ball and a yard of grass and he was an artist".

Les Pachas du Canapé Vert - Desordre Musical
From Haiti, this is from 1972, but will be on a compilation of Haitian music - 'Haiti Direct' - which comes out on January 27.

Frankie Knuckles - Your Love
A Chicago classic. It's been cut up, sampled and covered many times, but always worth a listen. From 1984 originally, but sounds as good as ever.

Severed Heads - Dead Eyes Opened
And another '80s electronic classic, this time from Sydney. From 1987, this. Fantastic.

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