The passing of Lou Reed the other week compelled me to listen to Velvet Underground and Nico for the first time since I was 16 and at art school. That bloody banana image reminds me of that time so much I’ve not been able to bring myself to listen to it in, well lets say a very, very long time. Turns out I still only think ‘its kinda okay’, for me Nicos wailing ruins it and I’ll will always prefer ‘Loaded’ from the VU back catalogue, nuff said.
Anyway during those art school years when I was channelling the ghosts of Haight Ashbury on a daily basis, The Doors and Jimi Hendrix also featured pretty highly in my walkman. As a result these two artists have also suffered the same fate as VU and Nico mentioned earlier.
Its only fairly recently that I’ve rediscovered both Jimi Hendrix and The Doors and have been regularly blown away by long forgotten album tracks and lesser know gems like the track above. ‘Far out man and stay off the brown acid’
This has got to feature in many end of year lists. I’ve been playing it constantly since hearing it on Gilles Peterson the other week.
Wow I’ve never seen this video before, its ace and Sandie Shaw looks hot in this (in a drunk, mums mate kinda way.) Anyway its all going off at the moment due to Mozzers Autobiography release. I found this video in a good article in The Guardian here
Here you go, have one on me.
Oh this is good, not heard anything for Jackson since since ‘Rock On’ yonks ago, but thats certainly due to me being off the radar rather than his output. I’ve had a bit of a listening flat spot in the last couple of months I’m hoping this kickstarts things again.
Heres ‘Rock On’ as a bonus, this is still so brilliant.
A couple of slices of lovely new music for you. Neither of these are new artists by any means and I’ve liked records by both of them in the past, but these are certainly my favourite songs I’ve heard from both artists so far. The glitchy, Warp Records feel on Ghost Poet really suits his vocals and the videos got a lovely old Karmann Ghia in it. Whilst Emilianas track always makes ears prick up everytime its played on the radio, well done both of you.
Its not April 1st is it? My eyes are quite amazed at what I’m seeing, look at that photo of Biz Marke scratching, his ring is nearly as big as the record! I was regularly djing in that strange transition period in the early 00′s when serious, vinyl only DJs had to accept that digital was becoming a legitimate option. During that time in an effort to downsize and embrace digital I’d often leave behind a ridiculously heavy bag of 12″ in favour of a cute lil’ box of 7′inches combined with an iPod. Even though the iPod opened up all the possibilities of taking a vast amount of tracks in your pocket to a party. What actually happened is in a few months that little 7″ box became so refined with surefire party classics I rarely need the ipod. If these little guys had been available then I think I might have went on fire in excitement.
Just dug out my old box of party 7″s and heres a few of the gems lurking in that box of fun, virtually all of which were bought for pence at car boot sales and junk shops:
Talking Heads – Once in a life time
Beastie Boys – Get it together
Elton John – Benny and the Jets
Gorillaz – Dare (Soulwax Mix)
Primal Scream – Rocks
Chaka Kahn – I feel for you
Isley Bros- Its your thing
Hot Chip – Over & Over
Mary Jane Girls – All night long
I’ll stop here otherwise I’ll end up cataloguing the whole box.
A couple of tracks currently doing it for me right now. Hot Natured – Magic Carpet Ride has such a surf flavoured title that I find it hard to believe it wasn’t intended that way, its also an amazing early evening warmer or a 3am basement groove. LV is just straight up rude stepper anytime of the day. C’mon you gits it Fridays.
Jeez who would have thought our British summertime might allow enough inspiration to cut together another summer mix. Whenever I put these together by the time they’re recororded I’ve lost some inspiration but I listened back yesterday and its got some bloody great tracks even though I say it myself. Some particular favs are the The Doors instrumental which has them sounding so disco, also the opening cover version of Arcade Fire is so perfectly dreamy and reminds me of this great Almond surf short below, which works so well soundtracking some lazy summer waves. As usual in the tradition of ‘The kitchen Sessions’ I was cooking whilst cutting this together so theres the odd sketchy mix but atleast I didn’t let the Risotto stick. (for anyone interested it was a Prawn, Pea and mint, Risotto, a prefect summer dish btw, Recipe here)
I seem to go in phases of discovering new music and I’ve been a little worried that my current listening was becoming a little Gilles Petersoncentiric. As it turns out I was saved by the indie god Steve Lamacq when he played these two slices of alt, indie, slacker, hipster, rock or whatever the fuck guitar music by cool young things is called nowadays. The Video for San Cisco track is particularly good and reminder that you don’t need big budgets to make an ace video, just some imagination.