Archive for February, 2011

Date: February 28th, 2011
Cate: graphic design, rediscovered

The Friday Casual | March 4

On Friday it’s yet another Friday Casual at bar and pizza place Rex. I’ll be playing some records again, and this time, only records from my actual collection. The Roger James Four (featured on e.g. Purple Pill Eaters) who are on the flyer, have a website here, with plenty of photos and free music. James also played on the Beverley Jones 45 “Heatwave” b/w “Hear You Talking”, although the backing group is credited as The Prestons, and was also a session musician with Joe Meek.

Date: February 27th, 2011
Cate: Music

Paul Kelly in Malmö

This is an event that hasn’t happened yet, luckily for you, and you can still sign up for it here. MEDEA Collaborative Media Initiative at Malmö University is organising a talk with Paul Kelly, the day after Bob Stanley appears at Popskolan. Paul Kelly, who has been known to play live with Saint Etienne, was the guitarist in one of my favourite bands East Village in the late 80s and early 90s, and has more recently recorded as Birdie together with his partner Deborah.

The topic of the talk will be his output as a filmmaker, rather than his formidable musical history. His film What Have You Done Today, Mervyn Day? will be screened but the shocker is that, as a bonus, you will also get to see Take Three Girls: The Dolly Mixture Story. What do you get if you take three girls, except a dolly mixture? Well, you’d get another of my favourite groups. Dolly Mixture was started by Deborah Wykes (of the very same Birdie) and two other women in 1978, and the film is a 40-minute documentary about them. I’ve wanted to see this film for several years now, so this is a chance you mustn’t pass up.

Date: February 27th, 2011
Cate: Music

Momus in Malmö

Had a busy night yesterday, first at Southern Kitchen and a gig with Malmö’s own Chocolate Barry, then at Brogatan for an intimate and fascinating performance by Momus. More photos on Flickr.

Date: February 24th, 2011
Cate: graphic design, rediscovered

SIDE7 | mix

It’s time for another mix – download and burn to a cd, or play it before you head out to the party! Here’s one to celebrate the return of Malmö’s best club night Flipside, playing 60s garage, psych and beat. Music I’ve been listening to for about five years now. I’ve found many favourites since then, but usually the ones I end up putting on a mix or playing places are the moody or jangly cuts. So this time I’ve tried putting all my favourite dancers on one cd-length mix. If this were a real comp/bootleg it’d probably have a tagline like “Thirty-three throbbing trashers” or something. It’s got crazy fuzz, drums pounded into the ground, bouncing bass lines and wild vocals. There are even a couple of tracks that fuse the best of the punk and beat camps, like The Burgundy Runn’s monster jangler “Stop!” and The Trodden Path’s “In This World I Need Love” laced with the loudest fuzz bass I’ve heard. And that is The Tasmanians on the cover, whose forgotten hit “Baby” appears on several comps, but nowhere does it sound as massive as on the original 45.

There’s nothing off of Nuggets here, even though that contains a fair few favourites too. You’ll more likely find these tracks on comps like Teenage Shutdown, Gravel, Searching In the Wilderness, Garage Beat ’66, as well as on the now legendary bootleg series USA Garage Greats (of which I’m still only up to Vol. 50). Some of them usually end up on the decks at Flipside, of course. The full tracklisting is below, and you acquire it here.

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Date: February 24th, 2011
Cate: rediscovered
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Rob(b)in(s)

I just purchased this single on eBay, because “Nature Taking Its Course” is one of my favourite songs. I’ve included it in a mix I just made, but if you can’t wait until I post it you can hear both sides via the link in the discography below. I first heard it on a garage comp by Gyro66 several years ago, and once played it when DJing on a train. The single is a bit of a mystery, since it’s not really a garage record at all, being released in 1968, by an artist so un-hip it took them two years to catch onto the sound of ’66. Actually it sounds a bit like the first Grass Roots single “You’re a Lonely Girl”. But song simply has everything, combining the three best songs about 60s music: fuzz, twangy guitar and a fantastic harmony in the bridge. Add to that a bass line to kill for and you’ve got a perfect song for dancing.

Well, I’ve been researching the band/artist today and one site suggests this is the same ‘Christopher Robbins’ who had three 45s on RCA previously. Listening to the flip of the Liberty single, “Elegant Swan”, it seems plausible. But does anyone know for sure? There’s a query about Christopher Robbins on Spectropop but I don’t see any answers. Some of the sides by Robbins are on YouTube, click on the links below in this proposed discography:

Here, There and Everywhere / The Street of Forgotten Lovers (RCA 47-8937) 1966
Fancy Rings and Things / My Devotion (RCA 47-9035) 1966
Leave the Crying to Me / Shadows (RCA 47-9137) 1967

Elegant Swan / Nature Takin’ Its Course (Liberty 56017) 1968

Date: February 19th, 2011
Cate: new releases

Die Krazy Punx

The Pudding Pops album mentioned in the previous post is out on new What’s Your Rupture? off-shoot label Krazy Punx, and it’s without a doubt the label of the year so far. Except for the Passion of the Pops LP there are two more records up for order via the WYR shop right now. The first album by Silver Shampoo (who released the great ep Jethro Skull on WYR in 2009) called “Higher and Higher”, but more importantly the first full-length from Brooklyn’s hardest partying band German Measles. Here’s one of the tracks, a new recording of Turtles reply song “It’s Me Babe”, previously demoed for their first cassette.

The album is called A German Joke is No Laughing Matter, and if you order it now you might get one of those coveted super-sized German Measles badges.

Date: February 19th, 2011
Cate: new releases

Coolouts do Pudding Pops

“Sweet” is just about my favourite song right now. It was originally written by The Pudding Pops (of Florida’s Dying Party Platter fame) and was just released on their first album Passion of the Pops. Here it is played by The Coconut Coolouts and the awesome TacocaT. The more I think about it, the more the Coolouts seem like the crucial band of the last five years. TacocaT put out an excellent LP called Shame Spiral in 2009, which any fan of Cold Cold Hearts and Dreamdate will enjoy. Dreamdate, in turn, are releasing their third album on Tic Tac Totally this year.

Check out the original here, released under the name Bill Cosby & His White Pudding Pops. Thanks to The Finest Kiss for recording this footage about a year ago!

Date: February 16th, 2011
Cate: graphic design

Land Use Poetics

You may remember me mentioning I was working on a book for the international Land Use Poetics project. Well, the books have just arrived from Printografen now, and here’s what they look like. The font you see on the cover here is Battersea 2010, designed by London studio A2/SW/HK and available from Playtype’s store. The book utilises QR codes to link to time-based media on their website. See below for additional photos, click on them for full size Flickr links.

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Date: February 14th, 2011
Cate: new releases

Outer Minds / Lover!

Another record that was just released is one of TWO new 7″s from Chicago’s Outer Minds. As you may know they cut one of my favorite singles of 2010 and also released a cassette on Plustapes (both are now available on bandcamp for a couple of quarters).

“Always In My Mind” is a split release between three labels (100 copies each) so you can choose the least hideous sleeve – they’ve really outdone themselves this time! That is the Eye Records cover art above, and probably the most mildly jarring to the eye. The Goodbye Boozy copies are available to order already.

“Give Me a Reason” is next off the press, released by new Swedish label and mailorder Push My Buttons (about time we got an equivalent to Florida’s Dying and Goner). It was started by people from Savage Records and gig arrangers Whole Lotta. The greatness of Outer Minds started to make a lot more sense when I found out two of them also play with Lover!, who were another favourite of last year. Their new album Reverse the Curse came out at the end of December on Red Lounge. It’s the first Lover! record with a full band, and the arrangements sound fuller. The one song I’ve heard is stunning! For those of you who have found it as hard as I have have to keep up with the single releases, there’s also a singles comp LP called Lost In the Shuffe out on the same label.

Date: February 14th, 2011
Cate: new releases

On the Way

Sometimes it’s a good thing to check P. Trash’s on the way page. For example I just learnt that a new Cheveu album came out a few weeks ago, on French label Born Bad. It’s more diverse than their first record, but has a few fantastic songs on. The best one comes with a video too.

It’s definitely looking up for French music – after the release of the Les Bellas  LP ex-members The Limiñanas return with a new 7″ on the legendary SDZ label: “AF 3458″ b/w “Betty and Johnny” (no release date yet). I’ve also heard rumours of an upcoming LP on HoZac.

I’ll play more French garage, and definitely some Cheveu, at the next Record Turnover club night on Thursday. We’ve got a guest set from Marcus Cawood (Flipside) and it will be a great night – already looking forward to it despite my marathon DJ set at the La Sera gig last week. If you care to see it, the full playlist from that is below.

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