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Autechre – Pathetic Triangle (2001)

October 8, 2017 Leave a comment

This is pretty brutal techno from Autechre –  one of the mainstays of the wonderful Warp Records stable and producers of uneasy listening since the early 1990s.

Taken from their sixth LP Confield, this track soars above their typical output with the eerie gamelan samples that sit somewhere deep down in the mix and which leaven the relentless percussion and bass which would otherwise overwhelm the listener into exhausted submission.

As Autechre goes, a real toe-tapper!

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The Twilight Singers – Love (2000)

July 26, 2017 Leave a comment

There’s a possibility that I will be seeing the Afghan Whigs in a few weeks and I realised that I needed to catch up with what Greg Dulli has been up to since his extraordinary run of form in the mid to late 1990s!

As such, I’ve filled in the gaps in my Twilight Singers catalogue and, while the quality is not always relentlessly top drawer,  there are enough highlights in there to make me wish I’d heard a few tracks many years ago.

“Love” from the debut Twilight Singers album Twilight As Played By The Twilight Singers is a great example. Mr D weaves his usual verbal magic around a simple but affecting piano motif to create a stone cold classic. Perfect!

At 3:15, I heard you leave

Where did you go?

Were you alone?

 

Rhythm & Sound w/Shalom – We Been Troddin/Troddin (Version) (2002)

March 25, 2017 Leave a comment

The German pair, Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus have made some of the finest minimal and other techno of all time and their Rhythm & Sound moniker is just another outlet for their stellar talent. I’ve previous posted Maurizio (here) and Basic Channel (here) and the latter, of course, are so good they get to appear in the strapline to this blog (the highest of all praise).

With Rhythm & Sound, the focus is on dub and reggae more generally. This track is a throwback to the great reggae of the 70s with both a vocal version and then the dub – perfect! Shalom provides the vocals on this one.

The vocal and then the dub!

 

Calexico – Deep Down (2006)

May 23, 2016 Leave a comment

As I have been working my way through the 34 CDs of Herbie Hancock’s Columbia LP collection, I’ve also been keeping myself honest by listening to every Cabaret Voltaire LP since 1978 (no one can ever accuse me of not earning my blogging stripes).

During the Cabs marathon, I thought I’d move (alphabetically) ahead and work my way through the Calexico back catalogue (with the idea that I’d find some crap I could sell!)

Sadly, the Calexico back catalogue has many things going for it and none more so than this …

Taken from the band’s “Garden Ruin” LP of 2006, this is the stand out track and is a (yet another) classic slice of US indie rock.

If you can find a way of going beyond Youtube’s volume limits, do it!

 

 

 

 

Yo La Tengo – Our Way To Fall (2000)

May 23, 2016 Leave a comment

Insomnia is something I’ve suffered from for a number of years. The frustration of not being able to sleep simply exacerbating the problem!

However, occasionally, the experience of insomnia is not all negative. A couple of months ago, unable to sleep, I switched the radio on hoping to catch the 5am news. Inevitably, at that time on the Radio 4 frequency, the BBC World Service is broadcasting. I have no idea what the programme was but this song was playing over the ending credits – in seconds I was transfixed; a perfect record.

The following day, helped by the BBC iPlayer app, I tracked this down and was surprised, delighted and appalled to find out it was by Yo La Tengo.

Surprised and delighted because Yo La Tengo have always been one of my favourite bands of the 1990s. Appalled, because I’ve missed 16 years of listening to this perfect slice of alt-rock, pop, perfection!

The LP version then a live take from Dallas in 2013 …

 

 

 

Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head (2001)

December 8, 2014 Leave a comment

A worthy follow up on the blog to the (pre/post) punk squall of Pere Ubu at their finest.

My other and half and I were out at a party on Saturday (oh, yes) and the DJ was, to be completely fair to him, absolutely clueless.

However, when he inadvertently stumbled upon this piece of pop genius, I had no option but to make haste to the dance floor. This provoked some bewilderment and ridicule from my good lady as, in her (erroneous) recollection,  I would normally refuse to dance to anything more commercial than a Crispy Ambulance b-side … ideally, a scratchy live version recorded on a Walkman.

However, close followers of this blog (good evening sir!) will know that I love Kylie Minogue at her best and have previously posted her “synth pop classic” (imagine Being Boiled era Human League) Slow, here.

“Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” is Kylie in her New Order phase; relentless electro-pop with killer hooks aplenty.

To demonstrate this point, see below for the original single and then a classic “mash-up” of “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” with New Order’s “Blue Monday”. Seamless.

The Handsome Family – So Much Wine (2000)

December 20, 2012 Leave a comment

With Christmas nearly upon us, time to dust off the Yuletide hits.

As such, no better place to start than this slightly tenuous track by the always wonderful Handsome Family (previously posted here). Taken from their 5th studio LP “In The Air” released in 2000.

It begins thus ….

I had nothing to say on Christmas Day

When you threw all your clothes in the snow …..

And peaks with the chorus ….

Listen to me, Butterfly,

There’s only so much wine, you can drink, in one life

But it will never be enough, to save you from, the bottom of your glass.

The original LP version then a live version from 2010.

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