Friday, March 18, 2011

Episode 340

Songs To Learn And Sing - Episode 340

Julian Cope - The Jehovahcoat Demos (2011, Head Heritage)

This episode of the show features two tracks from Julian Cope's latest album, The Jehovahcoat Demos. The album is a collection of 15 previously unreleased tracks that were recorded thoughout 1993 "in direct response to having been dropped by Island Records the previous October". Head Heritage describes the Jehovahcoat Demos as, "an intense 65-minute journey through the music and mind of the Archdrude during his research period for both Krautrocksampler and The Modern Antiquarian." The booklet also features five previously unpublished poems. 

Julian Cope's aforementioned Krautrocksampler, published in 1995, was a great resource in a pre-internet era. I can happily admit to being turned on to the extraordinary sounds of Ash Ra Tempel, Cluster, Faust, Neu!, Harmonia, Cosmic Jokers and Popol Vuh after reading about their records in Cope's Cosmic Field Guide. This episode also featured three tracks from Florian Fricke's Popol Vuh. The tracks are all from Werner Herzog films and feature on three of the five albums that were recently released in a lavish boxset: The Werner Herzog Soundtracks. 

My copy of the boxset arrived this week and whilst my photo isn't as nice as the promo shots it does have a certain out-of-focus charm to it. This boxset does not disappoint, the package and contents are of the highest quality. The boxset contains soundtracks to Heart of Glass (1976), and the Klaus Kinski-starring Aguirre (1972), Nosferatu (1979), Fitzcarraldo (1982) and Cobra Verde (1987) and a 96 page hardback book with essays, commentaries, notes from Herzog and others. A beautiful package put together with care and does the wonderful music justice. A fantastic companion piece to Anchor Bay's 2004, Herzog/Kinski DVD boxset. 

The Outlaws - Dream of the West (1961, HMV)

We finished this week's episode with The Outllaws by The Outlaws from their Joe Meek produced 1961 instrumental album Dream of the West. The Outlaws were meek's house band and played on a lot of the hit singles that came out of Meek's 304 Holloway Road studio.

The Outlaws - "the Outlaws"

Episode 340 - 17/03/2010

Lykke Li - Unrequited Love
Grimes - Devon
Eat Lights : Become Lights - They Transmit
Julian Cope - Sun Honey
Arbouretum - When Delivery Comes
Grinderman - Palaces of Montezuma (Cenzo Mix)
Suicide - Dream Baby Dream
The Go! Team - Super Triangle
The Pains of Being Pure of Heart - Heart in Your Heartbreak
Bat for Lashes - Howl
Wye Oak - Civilian
Popol Vuh - Aguirre 1 (Aguirre, the Wrath of God)
Popol Vuh - Morning Sun (Nosferatu)
Popol Vuh - Engel der Gegenwart (Heart of Glass)
Catherine Wheel - I Want to Touch You
Ladytron - Fighting in Built Up Areas
The Smiths - How Soon Is Now? (Italian 12'' Version)
Dum Dum Girls - He Get Me High (playing Whelan's, April 1)
Best Coast - Crazy For You
Centro-matic - Liquidation Heart
Neil Young - Tonight's the Night
Palace Brothers- Horses
Smoke Fairies - Riversong
Smoke Fairies - Living With Ghosts
Julian Cope - Theme From Jehovahcoat
Smog - A Hit
The Outlaws - The Outlaws

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