Thursday, February 18, 2010

Episode 284

Episode 284 - Songs To Learn And Sing

Photo: Verbena's Souls For Sale from 1997 on Setanta Records

Tonight's show features three songs from Souls For Sale the Birmingham, Alabama band's debut album from 1997. Souls For Sale was produced by Dave Fridmann and released on Merge Records in the US and Setanta Records in Europe. The band would go on to release two further LPs for Capitol before calling it a day in 2003. Upon its release I didn't really get this album. I remember reviewing it for Cork Campus Radio and saying it was only pretty average. How wrong I was. Souls For Sale is fantastic! I still play it every couple of months and each time Ann Marie Griffin's backing vocals roll in on the opening track Hot Blood, I regret my original review. Souls For Sale is a lost Southern rock classic, a rustic Americana album which had it come along a year or two later would have been caught up in the Alternative Country slipstream. I'm glad it stands alone and is not synonymous with any trend. This is a classic album.

Photo: Dutch Harbor VHS from 1997

This episode also features two tracks from the 1997 soundtrack to Dutch Harbor. The film will finally get a DVD release in the next few months by Factory 25. The improvised soundtrack is performed by The Boxhead Ensemble (David Grubbs, Charles Kim, Michael Krassner, Jim O'Rourke, Joe Ferguson, David Padkovic, Rick Rizzo, Ken Vandermark and Douglas McCombs). The soundtrack is also notable for Ebb's Folly a song performed by Will Oldham and Jim O'Rourke. Factory 25 are promising a lavish reissue with loads of extras including vinyl and an alternate live soundtrack. If the release is anything like their lavish Damon & Naomi 1001 Nights package then we're in for a serious treat.

  Photo: The Oscillation's Head Hang Low

We bookend the episode with a Julian Cope cover version and a Cope original. The Oscillation's version of Head Hang Low is from his Out of Phase album which came out in 2007. The Oscillation is Demian Castellanos and he chose to release this reworking of Head Hang Low, which was originally recorded for Cope's debut solo reccord, as his first single. We end the show with Come the Revolution taken from Julian's brilliant 2008 Black Sheep album. 

Episode 284 - 18/02/2010
Playlist
Efterklang & The Danish National Chamber Orchestra - Mirador (playing Whelans Apr 25)
The Oscillation - Head Hang Low (Julian Cope cover)
Scout Niblett - Bargain
Scout Niblett - The Calcination of Scout Niblett
The Boxhead Ensemble - For the Glory of the Wind and the Water (from OST Dutch Harbor)
Will Oldham & Jim O'Rourke - Ebb's Folly (from OST Dutch Harbor)
The Shortwave Set - No Social
Seeland - Call the Incredible (The Advisory Circle Remix)
Fever Ray - Seven (CSS Remix)
Polly Scattergood - Nitrogen Pink
Arch Garrison - Peek-a-boo
Herm - Year of the Horse (feat. Nina Hynes) (playing Pravda Feb 26)
Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions - Blanchard
Dave Rawlings Machine - I Hear Them All
Mary Hampton - Honey
Xiu Xiu - Apple For a Brain (playing Whelans Feb 21)
Charlie Alex March - Snow Feet
Polar Bear - Drunken Pharaoh
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Time of the Assasins
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Higher Than the Stars (Saint Etienne remix)
The Auteurs - Unsolved Child Murder
Verbena - Hot Blood (from Souls For Sale)
Verbena - The Song That Ended Your Career (from Souls For Sale)
Verbena - Hey, Come On (from Souls For Sale)
Lawrence Arabia - Beautiful Young Crew
Julian Cope - Come the Revolution

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