Wednesday, 7 May 2014

6 May 2014

Bit of a South American theme this week. And Canada for some reason. Anyway, tuck in...

Dandy Warhols - Every Day Should Be A Holiday
If that's the policy they're standing on, they get my vote. I could have slept all day today given half a chance. More Bank Holidays please. That's from 1997 - crikey - off the album ...The Dandy Warhols Come Down'.

Archie Bronson Outfit - We Are Floating
From Bath, but based out of London now. That's really quite excellent. It's off the album Wild Crush which is out in a fortnight.

Sulfurica Billi - Facada Na Costa
The first of tonight's Brazilian tracks, some furious blues-rock from Sao Luis in the north-east corner of the country. That was on an EP which came out last month.

Cover Version Corner
Kraftwerk - Die Roboter
Rotfront - The Robots

That was different. Rotfront are an interesting band. Based in Berlin, but made up of many nationalities, they blend traditional folk from Ukraine and Hungary, mix in a bit of Yiddish folk with the klezmer as well, and more modern styles and create something quite unique. Before that, of course Kraftwerk, off 1978's Mensch Maschine album.

St Vincent - Prince Johnny
Always inventive, never boring. This is the latest single from the album St Vincent which came out in February. Delightful.

Pink Mountaintops - Ambulance City
Echoing Neu! and others, that's right up my street. They're from Vancouver and have just released their first album in five years. Get Back is the title and it's out now.

Feist - My Moon, My Man
To the other side of Canada now, to Nova Scotia. Leslie Feist has a terrific voice. That's from 2007 and the album The Reminder.

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete - What's Holding You?
Mexico now for some old-school shoegaze. The sort of stuff I spent my later school years listening to and clearly an influence here. That's off Chambers which came out in February.

One Degree of Separation
New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
Beta Band - Squares
Nothing too taxing here. Polygons. Splendid, down tempo stuff from the Beta Band. That's off Hot Shots II from 2001. Before that, there's no mistaking New Order. From the 1986 album Brotherhood.

The Baggios - Candangos Bar
Back to Brazil for some more blues-infused rock. These are from Sao Cristovao in the east of the country. The track dates back a couple of years. Utterly splendid.

Tack>>Head - Ticking Time Bomb
Here's something that takes me back. 1989, this came out in, off the album Friendly As A Hand Grenade. It's a little dated, but the techniques that were being explored at the time still very relevant today. There was always a tendency in the early days of sampling to cram as many in as possible. This is perhaps where people began to realise that less is more.

The Fall - Cyber Insekt
Perhaps this should be a new feature section; The Obligatory Fall Record. Off the 2000 album, The Unutterable. Terrific stuff as always.

Gil Scott Heron -Lady Day And John Coltrane
Sublime stuff from 1971 and the album Pieces Of A Man. Influential to the day he died, and beyond for that matter.

Shit Robot - Take 'Em Up
And to ease into Phil Brook and the Down Tempo show, something from an album he leant me a while ago. From The Cradle To The Rave is that album. It came out in 2010 and this is very much the pick.

Here's all that on YouTube:

Back next week with more.

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