Couldn’t resist the segue from Pyotr to Bram ….
A powerpop classic and one of my favourite songs when I was 15. Peter Bramall was originally a member of The Motors and then left to forge a new career by forming Bram Tchaikovsky to a largely indifferent world.
Released as a single, “Girl of my Dreams” was taken from the Strange Man, Changed Man which appeared on the wonderful Radar Records label (home of Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe around that time).
Perfect pop music!
Tonight, I am mostly feeling like a bit of a tart. For the first time (in a crude attempt to go viral), I have posted in response to a “request”. Now to be fair, the request is from an old chum but, still, I feel a bit dirty.
Specifically, said chum was observing that there was no Mogwai on this blog.
This I now put right …
However, inevitably, I have to be awkward …
So, here is Mogwai with their classic “Helps Both Ways” …. but this time with the original sample featuring John Madden’s NFL commentary that was removed from the Come On Die Young LP for copyright reasons. This is the definitive version!
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!
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 …
Having a great birthday working my way through my mountain of unheard CDs after a slap up lunch with Sarah and a couple of the youngsters that almost left me in “food coma” territory.
Anyway, I was listening to the Rough Trade Shops End of the Road 10th Anniversary compilation (which, to be fair had been pretty humdrum for most of its length) when, suddenly, this track leapt out of the speakers!
An immediate classic of US lo-fi, the song has echoes of the Velvet Underground, Jonathan Richman, Camper Van Beethoven, the New Bad Things and some of the timeless New Zealand bands on Flying Nun Records .. a winning combination!
“Green Blood” is the final track on Sonny and the Sunsets 2013 LP Antenna to the Afterworld. Apparently, the composer, a Mr Sonny Smith, based the songs on some paranormal experiences he had ….
And a nice video as well – the perfect way to end a great day!