Friday, 20 April 2018

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance




Today's blotter of acid is one of my favourite of the UK acid sounds from 1988. Psychic TV featuring Jack The Tab was in fact Genesis P-Orridge and Richard Norris. On the Temple re-release of the DC Records original there are 4 mixes of Tune In (Turn On To Thee Acid House Sound) all of which are worth having, my favourite is the one posted, the Mister Love Acidisco Northern Soul mix.

Last week's football was not pretty but it did result in a two nil win for Airdrie, Tomorrow they take on Arbroath away, let's hope it's not a repeat of the 7 - 1 thrashing the Diamonds received last October when they were last at Gayfield. The highest the club can finish is 6th but even if the team lose the last two games they will still finish 7th not bad considering the first half of the season.

Have a good weekend people.

Pyschic TV feat Jack The Tab - Tune In (Turn On To Thee Acid House Sound) Mister Love Acidicso Northern Soul mix

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

John Coltrane Stereo Blues



At the tail end of last week over at The Bagging Area, SA featured a rather splendid mix from a festival in Italy by a dj that some of you might be familiar with, a certain Mr Weatherall. Well known for his eclectic mixes  on this mix he had the young Italians jigging along to the some top tunes including a track that I have not played, I'm ashamed to say,  in what must be a decade but which I used to love, John Coltrane Stereo Blues by The Drean Syndicate. So I thought that I would post it unmixed here but I didn't get round to ripping it from the 1984 album Medicine Show but I did remember seeing a KEXP clip on Youtube a couple of years back where the reformed band did an absolutely belting epic version of the song which just so happens to break into a verse or two of a Doors song just over half way through which is quite funny as I found myself reapraising the Doors a few weeks ago and to my surprise actually quite enjoying the experience, they weren't as wanky as I remember them being. This version of John Coltrance Stereo Blues is the business but the band sadly these days look like a bunch of Maths and Physics teachers trying their hardest to be cool but boy can they play!

I'm In Luton for the next couple of days, which is nice!

Monday, 16 April 2018

Step Into My Heart


I know nothing about Ronnie and Robyn other than they recorded four singles between 1966 and 1967 three of which were released on the Detroit label Sidra. Step Into My Heart is the best of the tracks that I have heard by the duo, it's just a really lovely piece of soul. It was the flip side to as far as I can find out the couple's final single,  As Long As You Love me which doesn't really do it for me, it could have something to do with the harps at the beginning.

Not a bad way to start what will be a busy week.

Ronnie & Robyn - As Long As I Have You

Friday, 13 April 2018

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



Bet you thought thast you had seen the back of this feature?

Unfortunately not.

I'm still sticking with the acid which seems to be totally underwhelming you all. Today's track comes from SLF, no not Jake Burns' mob, although they did do that terrible Beastie Boys parody, No Sleep Til Belfast, as far as I'm aware they did not jump on the Acieeeed bandwagon as well. No this SLF were Street Level Funk and I know absolutely fuck all about them apart from the fact that in 1988 on their only release, Show Me What You Got they included two rather good acid mixes of the track on the b-side, part 2 being the better of the two.

You will be as relieved as I am to hear the the Diamonds place as a Scottish League One side is assured as of last week, something that even at the start of March could not be taken for granted and which at Christmas looked highly unlikely. It is just as well as the side that will take on local rivals Albion Rovers at the Excelsior tomorrw could be fully comprised of second team players with the exception of the goalkeeper, what with injuries and suspensions. I suspect that the football will not be pretty but let's hope it is as entertaining as last week's narow defeat by Ayr United.

Have a good weekend people.

SLF - Show Me What You Got (Acid mix pt 1)
SLF - Show Me What You Got (Acid mix pt 2)

Thursday, 12 April 2018

The Other Half



Most peoople who know of The Other Half, the San Franscisco garage band, not to be confused with the other garage band from Chicago who recorded The Girl With The Black Hair, because of the excellent rare as hens teeth single Mr Pharmacist which would later be covered so well by the Fall. The group actually recorded a whole album a rare thing wwith the garage bands of the mid 60s who either disintegrated after one or two great singles or whose members were drafted to Vietnam which understandably put an end to their recording careers. The eponymously titled The Other Half is a different beast entirely from Mr Pharmacist,  being recorded in 1967 in Frisco the sound is much more blues rock which is no bad thing in my book. There are still some tracks that would fit with the garage/psych sound such as The Flight Of The Dragon Woman but mostly it is more rock focused, their sound has been likened to the Yardbirds and it is therefore unsurprising that the guitarist Randy Holman was offered tthe job or replacing Jeff Beck in that band prior to joining the Other Half. I have posted posted both parts of What Can I Do For You. Part one sounds a lot like the Doors without Ray Manzarek's keyboards. Part Two is the one that does it for me, much more of a stoner jam with some loud distorted guitar soloing which I love but I know some of you fought the punk wars to get rid of this kind of thing but I love it.

The Other Half - What Can I Do For You (Part One)

The Other Half - What Can I Do For You (Part Two)

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Masterpiece



WARNING - CONTAINS A LOT OF SAX - JC should maybe avoid this one.

The original version of  Masterpiece was recorded by the Temptations but was really more a vehicle to show the abilities of Norman Whitfield as a writer and producer as it only contained 3 minutes worth of vocal in it's thirteen and a half minute running time. The track was the title track of the Temptations 1973 album released on the Gordy label and the final album by vocal the group to be recorded in Detroit. I much prefer the version by the Jazz-Funk saxophonist Groover Washington Jr from hos excellent 1973 album Soul Box 1 from the same year as the original and which also contains an amazing extended cover of Trouble Man.

Groover Washington Jr - Masterpiece

Monday, 9 April 2018

Crackin' Up Over You



I can't believe that I have not featured this absolute classic northern soul sound which has been a huge track with the allniter crowd since 1971 and still sounds great. This was no small obscure label release either being released on RCA Victor in 1966 albeit on the flip side of  Walk Hand In Hand. Roy Hamilton had been making records since 1948  when he started out as part of a gospel act and had hits with Unchained Melody and You'll Never Walk Alone. Everything about this record is huge from the dramatic intro, the driving beat and the emotional vocal delivery, They don't get much better than this.

Roy Hamilton - Crackin' Up Over You

Thursday, 5 April 2018

A Past Gone Mad



I have been on annual leave this week, I say annual leave but I have mostly been trying to referee the boxing matches between two spoilt little gits! Due to the inclement weather we have been mostly stuck in the house and with no painting required, (that's not quite true there are a couple of rooms that could do with being "freshened up" but I haven't been instructed to do so yet), I have been looking for something to do and decided to listen to all of the Fall studio albums , on vinyl when possible, all 32 of them in order. A task that I took to with gusto, although I know at least one person, thanks for the records btw Ctel, who could think of nothing worse. Sixteen albums in and some have been a revelation. The Frenz Experiment which I have always been rather ambivalent towards sounded a couple of nights ago,  Bremen Nacht and Carry Bag Man sounding especially good. The album which I have enjoyed the most and had to play again was 1993's The Infotainment Scan an album that I duck into now and then but mostly to listen to the best cover version ever, the gruppe's cover of Lost In Music which really is astounding and may hint at why in the early 80s Motown were interested in signing the Fall.  But the whole album is actually a tour de force from a group that had just been let go from their major label contract, Smith deciding to walk before becoming one of the next round of casualties in the Phonogram restructuring.

The album was recorded using Smith's own money at Hooky's Studio 16 in Rochdale and only when complete did MES go looking for a label to put it out.

The album has a techno feel about it without sounding like Techno, if you get what I mean. At the time there was a lot of talk about the song Glam Racket being a sideswipe at Suede, Smith however in his own inimitable way set the record straight when he told a journalist "The song has fuck all to do with the group Suede, and they shouldn't flatter themselves to think it is" The album as a whole I think focuses on the that feeling of getting older with songs like, It's A Curse, The League of Bald-Headed Men and A Past Gone Mad where Smith rallies against the nostalgia industry which had yet to really get established reminding us that Spangles and the 70s were shit and disparages his own older Fall fans with the first use of the phrase "look back bores".  Even I'm Going To Spain, a cover of a song by someone who won New Faces, Steve Bent and was considered to be one of the worst songs ever sounds very good with Smith actually trying to sing and sounding quite wistful, if you can believe it.

This is an album that if you haven't heard you really need to give a go even if it is just to hear the castanets at the end of I'm Going To Spain. I have posted A Past Gone Mad which contains the unforgettable lyric, "and if I ever end up like U2 slit my throat with a garden vegetable.

The Fall - A Past Gone Mad


Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Marvin Smith



A lovely slab of  smooth soul that is unmistakably from the Windy City. The song was penned by Curtis Mayfield and released on his Mayfield label in 1969. Marvin Smith  was also the lead singer of the Artistics who released records on th Okeh and Brunswick labels and featured here a couple of years ago.

Marvin Smith - Who Will Do Your Running Now

Friday, 30 March 2018

It's Friday . . . Let's Dance



Here's a belter of an Easter egg for you. courtesy of Invernesian,  James MacDonald who is obsessed by all things egg like and is better known as Ege Bam Yasi. It is also fortunate that James also has a love of the 303 and is responsible for his own sub genre of dance music, MacAcid which fits right in with the theme for the past few weeks on a Friday .  Today's track from 1994 was released on SOMA Quality Recordings and contains a sample from a scene in a film that has been simulated the world over.

Tomorrow Leo ventures to our national stadium, Hampden, I have not been there since Airdrie's one nil defeat to Celtic in the 1995 Scottish Cup final. Tomorrow's game will be somewhat different but still an important one for the Diamonds as a win would see them safe in the first division with no prospect of finishing in the 9th place play off position. Queen's Park however need to get something from the game if they want to get out of the automatic relegation position. With only one win in the past for Airdrie I expect that it will be a pretty fraught affair.

Have a good weekend people.

Ege Bam Yasi - Acid Nation

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Reformation!



As you would expect I have been listening to a lot of Fall output over the past few weeks.  An album that I had not listened to in a while was Reformation TLC ((Traitors, Liars, Cunts), the album that Smith made with his makeshift group of the American "dudes" and members who would then be with him until his death  in January this year.  With the exception of Das Boat which is just pish and the trow away cover of Merle Haggard's White Line Fever , the album hangs together really well. Some have criticised the sound as muddied due to the two bass guitars, however on tracks like Fall Sound, My Door Is Never and above all Reformation it is the bass sound that propels the songs to being some of the strongest tracks from the last two incarnations of the gruppe.

The version of Reformation posted is the "Uncut" version which was released as the lead single from the album.

The Fall - Reformation! (Uncut)


Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Mona Lisa



There has been a lot of discussion and not all of it complimentary about the change in direction that The Lucid Dream have taken that is evident on SX1000, the first output from their yet untitled 4th album, what with it being full of the sounds of the 303 and the 808, personally I love it. When you listen to the previous albums there is an evolution and change of sound evident from the first, Songs of Lies and Deceit, through The Lucid Source to Compulsion songs released in 2016 granted it is not stark as it is on the new 12" but change there is, something which I always think is healthy.  The track posted is the opener from the second, eponymously titled album and for me is where psych rock and post rock collide in a raucous bass and drum driven epic tour de force full of distortion and phasing. Magic stuff.

I am really looking forward to the release of the new album and eagerly await the 12" single being delivered next week I haven't sickened myself off with it yet. There is also a possibility of seeing them live again , something which seemed unlikely last not so long ago as all of their gear was stolen after a show in Paris.

The Lucid Dream - Mona Lisa

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Night Beats



Dr John Cooper Clarke put me onto the Night Beats when he featured them one Sunday on 6Music when he was filling in for Jarvis Cocker. I have played the album Who Sold My Generation loads but apart from The Fuzz Club sessions and a remix by Jona Ma I haven't gotten round to exploring more of the Seattle based threesome's back catalogue which I think will need to be rectified in the near future. Posted is the first track from the third album mentioned above.

Night Beats - Celebration #1