Saturday, August 28, 2010

Matador Records at 10 - Flyer

Matador Records at 10 - A Nice Weekend in London

Matador at 21 - October 2010, Las Vegas

Matador Records will soon celebrate its 21st anniversary with an amazing weekend of gigs in Las Vegas, including a show by Guided by Voices. Back in 1999, when the label reached its tenth anniversary it celebrated with a weekend of gigs in London. The only two acts to play both weekends are Cat Power and Yo La Tengo. Check out the flyer below.

Matador at 10 - September 1999, London

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Episode 311

Songs To Learn And Sing - Episode 311

Antoni Maiovvi - The Thorns of Love (Caravan Recordings, 2010)

On this episode we featured Antoni Maiovvi's Class Dagger, one of the standout tracks from his latest album. The Thorns of Love has been described as a "cyber-disco masterpiece" and along with last year's Shadow of the Bloodstained Kiss is absolutely essential listening for anyone looking for "their next fix of synthetic drama after gorging themselves on the work of Fabio Frizzi, John Carpenter or Harold Faltermayer".  

Antoni Maiovvi - The Chase Pt 1
(from Shadow of the Bloodstained Kiss - Seed Records, 2009)

This episode also featured Efterklang's remix of Oh No Ono's Icicles. This remix is from the Internet Warrier EP and is out now on the Leaf Label. Carolina Melis, whose previous credits include videos for both Efterklang and Colleen,  has directed a beautiful video with Alessandro Monaco for Internet Warrior.

Oh No Ono - Internet Warrior
(from Eggs - The Leaf Label, 2010)

Episode 311 - 26/08/2010

Son Lux - Weapons
The Vaselines - Overweight But Over You
The Vaselines - Sex With An X
Women - Eyesore
Mice Parade - In Between Times (Playing Whelan's, Oct 10)
Wavves - Basebell Cards
Wildbirds and Peacedrums - The Wave
Olof Arnalds - Crazy Car (Playing Fringe Factory, Sept 24)
Andreya Triana - Lost Where I Belong
Morrissey - Speedway
Dean and Britta - Not a Young Man Anymore (My Robot Friend Remix)
Antoni Maiovvi - Class Dagger
Cornershop - 6AM Jullander Shere
Oh No Ono - Icicles (Efterklang Remix)
The Black Keys - Too Afraid To love You
The Kissaway Trail - Beat Your Heartbeat
Maps and Atlases - Solid Ground (playing Whelan's, Oct 25)
Maps and Atlases - Carrying the Wet Wood
Orbital - Don't Stop Me
The Advisory Group - New Dimensions In
Belbury Poly and Moon Wiring Club - Portals and Parallels
Peter Brodrick - Robbie's Song (Playing The Workman's Club, Oct 21)
Voices of the Seven Thunders - Set Fire to the Forest
Dark Sky - Reflex
Mouse On Mars - Stereomission

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Record Shopping In Brussels

7''s From Flea Market at Place du Jeu de Balle In Brussels

A weekend in Brussels with friends. A walk through the huge Gare du Midi food market followed by a browse at the flea market at Place du Jeu. All 7''s in mint condition bar a price sticker mark on Egyptian Reggae and I think the Que Sera Sera sticker is going to be a killer to get off, all in all though, a great haul. Some of these tunes will be broadcast on the show in the coming weeks.

Henry Mancini and His Orchestra and Chorus -
Theme From Borsalino b/w Theme From Love Story (1970)

Diana Ross - Theme From Mahogany (Do You Know Where Your're Going To) (1975)

Mitch Miller and the Sing Along Chorus -
Les Canons De Navarone Philips Super EP (1961)

Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers - Egyptian Reggae (1977)
The follow up to Roadrunner, the instrumental Egyptian Reggae was a version of Earl Zero's None Shall Escape the Judgment.

Topol - If I Were A Rich Man (1971)

The Box Tops - Neon Rainbow (1967)
The follow up to The Letter and was also written by Wayne Carson Thompson. It never sold as many copies as The Letter but it's still absolutely magical. 

"The city lights, the pretty lights, They can warm the coldest nights
All the people going places, Smiling with electric faces.
What they find the glow erases, And what they lose the glow replaces, and life is love,
In a neon rainbow, a neon rainbow."

The Delfonics - Ready Or Not Here I Come (1968)

Daniel White - Belle et Sebastien EP (1965)
A gorgous EP from 1965, five tracks from the television show based on Cécile Aubry's novel of the same name. Belle & Sebastian took their name from the series.

Maurice Jarre - Mourir a Madrid EP (1963)
Maurice Jarre's theme to the Frédéric Rossif's 1963 French documentary about the Spanish Civil War. Mourir a Madrid (To Die In Madrid) was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and the English version was narrated by John Gielgud. The EP's sleeve features a sketch by Pierre Teulon based on Robert Capa's famous photograph. 

Robert Capa - Death of a Loyalist Soldier (1936)

Doris Day - Que Sera Sera EP (1956)
Que Sera Sera and We'll Love Again from Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much and b/w Let It Ring and Love's Little Island. Que Sera Sera gave Ray Evans and Jay Livingston their third Academy Award for Best Original Song.

From the Archives - The National Interview

Songs To Learn And Sing - The National Interview

The National live at the Olympia, Dublin, 01/11/07

This interview with the National's Matt Berninger is from November 19, 2005. The band had just released their third album, Alligator and were back in Ireland for the first time in three years. In late 2005 the band were on a bit of a role. Having signed to Beggars Banquet they had a recording budget for the first time and as the quotes on the flyer below show, Alligator was picking up some great reviews. It would go on to be voted one of the albums of 2005 by most music magazines. 

2005 Alligator Flyer

Three years of hard touring had finally paid off and when the band got to Dublin for this show they were pretty surprised to see a sold out sign at Whelan's door. In late December 2002 the band had played in the Cobblestone in Dublin and the Triskel Arts Centre in Cork at the tail end of a UK and Irish tour. The Triskel gig on December 17 was attended by about 10 people, but I think all of us that night were completely blown away by the band's performance. It was the last night of a long tour and even though there were only a few people present the band gave it their all. I think we all bought something from the merch stand that night. The stickers below are from that tour.

2002 Sticker

2002 Sticker

In the interview Matt discusses the formation of the band, how he ended up singing, the band's career to date, recording Alligator, touring and he had this to say about one of my favourite tracks off the Cherry Tree EP, Murder me Rachael: "Rachael's actually my sister, It was written at a point where she had given me a lot of advice on how to hold on to someone that I was sort of obsessed with. I did not heed her advice and the relationship did fall apart, so Murder Me Rachael is about - I didn't do what she told me to do and it ruined everything. It's one of our more angry songs, an absurd anger, there's a death involved at the end and it's all fantasy." 


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Episode 310

Songs To Learn And Sing - Episode 310

Joe Meek - I Hear A New World (Cherry Red Records, 2006)

This episode featured three tracks from I Hear A New World, Meek's 1961 "outer space music fantasy" concept album as performed by Rod Freeman and The Blue Men. Brilliantly crazed sounds and effects and still sounds great almost 40 years later. For those who missed last year's Nick Moran directed Meek biopic, Telstar, check out the trailer below. Con O'Neill is fantastic as Meek and Carl Barât does a pretty convincing turn as Gene Vincent!

Telstar (2009)

Episode 310 - 19/08/2010

Joe Meek - I Hear A New World
Boa Morte - Wooden Floor
Maps and Atlases - Solid Ground (playling Whelans, 23 Oct)
The Vaselines - Sex With An X
Sky Larkin - Still Windmills
Seeland - Local Park
Musee Mecanique - Fits and Starts
Mice Parade - Kupanda (playling Whelans, 10 Oct)
Mice Parade - Mary Anne (UK Surf Version)
Philip Selway - By Some Miracle
Darren Haymen and the Secondary Modern - Nothing You Can Do About It
Dexys Midnight Runners - Show Me
David Kitt - Still Don't Know
Women - China Steps
Grinderman - Heathen Child
Joe Meek - Orbit Around The Moon
Holy Ghost - Static On The Wire
Grasscut - 1946
Cherry Ghost - Black Fang
Wildbirds and Peacedrums - The Course
Wovenhand - Sparrow Falls
Wovenhand - Arrowhead
Chris Bell - There Was A Light
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan - You Won't Let Me Down Again
John Grant - Chicken Bones (playling Whelans, 21 Aug)
Menomena - TAOS
The Fall - Mexico Wax Solvent
This Is The Kit - Moon
Joe Meek - March Of The Dribcots

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

From the Archives - Caribou Interview

Songs To Learn And Sing - Caribou Interview

Next up from the archives is an interview with Dan Snaith, aka Caribou which was recorded in 2005 around the time his The Milk of Human Kindness album was released.

We are huge fans of The Free Design here at Songs To Learn And Sing so it was really sad to hear of the recent death of Chris Dedrick. We had played a few tracks from his 1972 solo album, Wishes back on Episode 289 of the radio show and I remembered that when I interviewed Dan from Caribou we had chatted about The Free Design and Dan's remix for Light In The Attic's Redesigned project.   Dan had this to say about The Free Design: "I remember hearing Kites Are Fun and both the sound of their voices and the production, the Enoch Light production, with all sorts of instrumentation and stuff just immediately appealed to me, an interesting combination of sounds. I bought all their old records, old vinyl copies of their records. Somebody from Domino Records in the US told me that there was a guy who was reissuing all of them and doing remixes and I asked to put him in touch with me. I begged to do a remix. It’s on a little label, the guy wasn’t offering big money to do remixes but bands like Stereolab, Super Furry Animals, Mars Volta and Bell & Sebastian were obviously all fans of the band."

The Free Design - The Now Sound Redesigned (Light In The Attic, 2009)

Dan also explained how he got into music: "I played piano from a really young age and got into music that way, but it wasn’t until my early teenage years when I got a really crappy kinda keyboard and used my Dad’s computer, an early Mac. The whole reason I started recording on a computer is because when you’re that age, or even my age now, you can’t afford to go and record in a studio. I’ve been working in the same way since then, a sort of DIY aesthetic. I’ve always been as much into the production of music as in the song writing."

Caribou - Yeti (Directed by Del9)

He also chatted about meeting Kieran Hebdon for the first time: "When my first record came out, I’d been listening to his stuff (Four Tet) and his band Fridge at that point, I went up to him at a festival in the UK, I was over there for the summer, I was just wandering around being friendly, I went up and talked to him and a few months later we were putting on parties in Toronto and flew him over to DJ and I played him some of my music and it sort of developed from there, we realised that we had a lot of musical tastes in common."

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

From the Archives - Boom Bip Interview

Songs To Learn And Sing - Boom Bip Interview

I chatted to Byran Hollon aka Boom Bip when he played in the Temple Bar Music Centre in Dublin back in April 2005. Blue Eyed in the Red Room was just out and we chatted about the music that Byran was introduced to as a child.

“The music that was in our house was actually a lot of old country music, a lot of Willy Nelson, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. My parents were really into old country. I had two older sisters who brought Black Sabbath and Journey and more sort of metal bands as well as Wham and Madonna so there was lot of different stuff in the house. My grandfather had a vinyl collection of all old country, he had original Hank Williams and stuff like that and every Sunday our family all had dinner together and he would put that on while we ate. I heard Jimmy Hendrix’s Axis: Bold as Love when I was 14 and it blew me away.

A friend of mine, his father was an old stoner and he had all the Blue Oyster Cult, The Moody Blues, Led Zeppelin and Jimmy Hendrix and that was the stuff that I really wasn’t introduced to in my house so through his house I got to hear all that old acid rock. I was taking drum lessons from 10 up until 14 and once I started to be introduced to that stuff, I wanted a guitar. I got a guitar and it all just seemed to connect.

3 Feet High and Rising, Paul’s Boutique by Beastie Boys and People’s Instinctive Tavels by A Tribe Called Quest. Those three records were huge for me. I think I was 15, those records were massive. Paul’s Boutique really was a huge one for me.”

Boom Bip - Blue Eyed in the Red Room (Lex Records, 2005)

Blue Eyed in the Red Room features The Matter of Our Discussion a beautiful track featuring Nina Nastasia on vocals, Bryan explained how the collaboration came about: “With Nina, I was a huge fan of her music, what happened was a friend of mine gave me Nina’s first two records, I remember listening to them thinking, ‘Oh my God, this is amazing’. I started talking to Nina, but it seemed a very daunting idea for us to work together because she comes from the folk singer-songwriter perspective and I’m coming from an electronic sort of thing. Kind of polar opposites yet they can work really well together at the same time. It was me just being a fan asking her, ‘can you please do something with me.’”

Boom Bip feat. Nina Nastastia - The Matter of Our Discussion

Friday, August 13, 2010

Episode 309

Songs To Learn And Sing - Episode 309

Catherine Wheel - Ferment (Fontana Records, 1992)

This episode features Catherine Wheel's brilliant Black Metallic. I've been listening to Cherry Red's reissue of the band's classic 1992 debut album, Ferment and I think that unlike a lot of the albums recorded by the band's showgazing peers this album really stands the test of time. The Cherry Red reissue features extra tracks and extensive sleeve notes - well worth checking out.   

Catherine Wheel - Black Metallic

This episode also featured a track by Snowbird (Simon Raymonde and Stephanie Dosen) for the Explorers Club. The Explorers Club is a collaboration between LOAF recordings and the Arctic Circle collective and has been releasing tracks since January 2010. The monthly download releases have so far included tracks by Peter Broderick, David Kitt, Sweet Billy Pilgrim. Kama Aina and others. Snowbird will release their debut album later this year on Bella Union.

Explorer's Club: 2. Paris-Madrid
(Minotaur Shock and J Underwood, Snowbird, Smile Down Upon Us)

 Snowbird - Where Foxes Hide

Episode 309 - 12/08/2010

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Get Behind Me
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - You Won't Let Me Down Again
Dean & Britta - Not a Young Man Anymore (My Robot Friend Remix)
Grinderman - Heathen Child
Snowbird - Where Foxes Hide
Grasscut - Old Machines
Seeland - Local Park
Women - Bells
Menomena - TAOS
The Cure - Plainsong
Bjork - Joga
Low - Donosaur Act
Catherine Wheel - Black Metallic
Oh No Ono - Internet Warrior
Philip Selway - By Some Miracle
Darren Haymen and The Secondary Modern - Nothing You Can Do About It
Neville Skelly - Child of the Morning
John Grant - Chicken Bones
Cherry Ghost - Black Fang
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Voyage
Junkboy - Friends Part 2
This is the Kit - Moon
Future Islands - An Apology
Here We Go Magic - Casual
J Tillman - Three Sisters
Nina Nastasia - You Can Take Your Time
The Dead Brothers - Bela Lugosi's Dead
REM - Can't Get There From Here

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

From the Archives - Cocorosie Interview

Songs To Learn And Sing - Cocorosie Interview

Bianca and Sierra Casady - Cocorosie

Bianca: “My name is Redbone Slim, the Coco half of Cocorosie.” Sierra: “And I’m Rosie, guess I’m the other half, of the bean, the jelly bean, the Cocorosie jelly bean.”

I chatted to Bianca and Sierra Casady in 2005 before their debut Dublin show. Noah’s Ark, the band’s second album, had just been released and the gig that night was truly memorable for the band’s incredibly original performance. You simply didn’t know what was coming next. Earlier in the day when I asked the sisters to chat about the writers and musicians that had influenced them growing up the duo gave brilliant answers:

Bianca: I watched a lot of Wayne’s World, Wayne’s World 1 and 2, and my sister was really into Gospel Music, Gymnastics and exercise.

Sierra: For me, honestly my main inspiration in my younger life, and where I spent most of my time thinking and feeling out myself as an artist was while I was running. I was like a really hardcore runner. I would run whenever I had the chance and at the weekends I was able to run five hours freely without anyone bothering me. I would run five hours straight along these train tracks that would go up and down the coast of California. Just five hours straight, my mind spinning, spinning, spinning.

Episode 308

Songs To Learn And Sing - Episode 308

Dean & Britta - 13 Most Beautiful (Double Feature Records, 2010)

This episode featured Dean & Britta's version of I'll Keep It With Mine one of the tracks from their new CD, 13 Most Beautiful. The album features extensive linear notes from Dean explaining the song choices and telling the story of their involvment with the project. The album is a fantastic companion piece to the DVD.

13 Most Beautiful - Songs For Andy Warhol's Screentests

Episode 308 - 05/08/2010

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - You Won't Let Me Down Again
Dean & Britta - I'll Keep It With Mine (Scott Hardkiss Remix)
Tender Trap - Do Yout Want A Boyfriend?
The Vaselines - Sex With An X
Wavves - King of the Beach
Wavves - Mickey Mouse
Darren Haymen & The Secondary Modern - Our Favourite Motorway
Darren Haymen & The Secondary Modern - Nothing You Can Do About It
Black Mountain - Old Fangs
REM - Driver 8
Damien Jurado - Arkansas
Dean Wareham - Smile
Wooden Shjips - Drunk Girls
The Black Angels - Bad Vibrations
Drugstore - She Don't Use Jelly
Autolux - Kissproof
Autolux - Supertoys
Women - Penal Colony
The Black Keys - Everlasting Light
Deepschord presents Echospace - Sub-Marine
Dirty Projectors & Bjork - Beautiful Mother
Rich Bennett - Back Around
Mice Parade - Do Your Eyes See Sparks
Oh No Ono - Icicles (Efterklang Remix)
Oh No Ono - Eleanor Speaks (Caribou Remix)
Caribou - Sun
Fourtet - Nothing to See
Cherry Ghost - Black Fang
Echo & the Bunnymen - The Back of Love

Episode 307

Songs To Learn And Sing - Episode 307

16 Horsepower - Live March 2001 (Glitterhouse Records, 2008)

This episode featured three live tracks from 16 Horsepower. I never thought that that the band could release a better live album than Hoarse, but Live March 2001 is quite possibly an even better live document of this brilliant band. According to Glittlerhouse Live March 2001 was, "recorded during the Secret South tour in 2001. It features one complete 90 minute show showing the band in their natural habitat – the stage. They played songs from their acclaimed A&M-debut Sackcloth`n´Ashes, their follow-up Low Estate and their Glitterhouse debut Secret South. “One of our best, if not our best live show ever” – says the band themselves."  

16 Horsepower - Clogger (from Secret South, 2000)

Episode 307 - 29/07/2010

Wavves - King of the Beach
Autolux - Supertoys
Autolux - Curtains
Seeland - Local ParkThe Soft Pack - More or Less
Holy Ghost - Static On the Wire
Broken Social Scene - Art House Director
Blitzen Trapper - Destroyer of the Void
Black Mountain - Old Fangs
Delays - May 45
Jono McCleery - Tomorrow
The Black Keys - Everlasting Light
The Vaselines - Son of a Gun
The Vaselines - Molly's Lips
16 Horsepower - Clogger
16 Horsepower - Wayfaring Stranger
16 Horsepower - Haw
John Grant - Chicken Bones
Menomena - TAOS
Lawrence Arabia - Apple Pie Bed
Wildbirds and Peacedrums - Under Land and Over Sea
Wildbirds and Peacedrums - The Lake
Tender Trap - Do You Want A Boyfriend?
Grovesnor - Nitemoves
Vetiver - I Must Be In A Good Place Now
Caitlin Rose - Things Change

Episode 306

Songs To Learn And Sing - Episode 306

Diane Cluck - Oh Vanille/ova nil - 2003 Important Records

This episode featured two tracks from Diane Cluck's 2003 album. A beautiful, sparce record, which has been described as minimilist folk. Also check out 2005's Countless Times.
Diane Cluck - Easy to Be Around (a live version of the Oh Vanille/ova nil track performed at the Luminaire, London in 2007) 

Episode 306 - 22/07/2010

Blitzen Trapper - Destroyer of the Void
Wavves - King of the Beach
Autolux - Supertoys
Johnny Flynn - Barnacled Warship
Grasscut - Old Machines
Broken Social Scene - Texico Bitches
Sleeping States - The Next Village
Holy Ghost - Static On the Wire
Niall Connolly - Be There If I Have To Swim
Teenage Fanclub - Shock and Awe
The Kissaway Trail - Beat Your Heartbeat
Diane Cluck - Easy To Be Around
Diane Cluck - Sandy Ree
The Black Keys - She's Long Gone
The Black Keys - Tighten Up
John Grant - I Wanna Go To Marz
Cathal Coughlan - Payday
Husky Rescue - They Are Coming
Junkboy - Friends Part 2
Oh No Ono - Eve
Cherry Ghost - Kissing Strangers
Neville Skelly - Child of the Morning
Into Paradise - Angel
Stars - I Died So I Could Haunt You
Black Mountain - Old Fangs

Episode 305

Songs To Learn And Sing - Episode 305

John Phillips (John, the Wolfking of L.A.) - Varese Sarabande Records 2006

A few weeks ago we played a some tracks from Michelle Phillips, so on this episode we featured a couple of tracks from her former husband and Mamas & Papas bandmate, John. By 1969 The Mamas & the Papas were out of contract and split-up. In order to get the group back together Dunhill Records offered John a solo deal on his own label, Warlock Records. John gathered an amazing group of session musicians around him in his home studio. The players included some of the infamous Wreaking Crew (Hal Blaine, Larry Knechtel, Joe Osborn), James Burton and Red Rhodes. Wolfking is one of the best country rock  albums of all time, though upon its original release by Dunhill/Warlock it was almost ignored. The 2006 reissue features eight bonus tracks.

Episode 305 - 15/07/2010

Broken Social Scene - Sweetest Kill
Delays - Shanghai'd
Beach House - Norway
Sarah Blasko - I Never Knew
Sleeping States - The Next Village
The Triffids - Goodbye Little Boy
The Black Keys - Ten Cent Pistol
The Black Keys - Black Mud
Vowels - Two Wires
Vowels - On Up!
John Grant - Outer Space
Autolux – Supertoys
Oh No Ono – Icicles
Menomena – Dirty Cartoons
Johnny Flynn – Barnacled Warship
Antoni Maiovvi – Treason
Deepchord Presents Echospace - In Echospace
Dirty Projectors & Bjork – Ocean
Elisa Luu – Chromatic Sigh
Tender Trap – Dansette Dansette
Holy Ghost – Static On the Wire
Knife In The Water – Kill A Tiger
Knife In The Water – Decoration Day Flood
Niall Connolly – Be There If I Have To Swim
Caitlin Rose – For the Rabbits
Charlotte Gainsbourg – Time of the Assassins
Seeland – Local Park
John Phillips – Topanga Canyon
John Phillips – Let it Bleed, Genevieve
Teenage Fanclub – Shock and Awe