Some Kinda Love

So I was in this music shop. And because my copy of The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground is a bit mashed up, and it's a record which really benefits from the minimum amount of crackle, I picked up the much touted 45th anniversary "remaster".

I've had some really bad experiences with this remaster bullshit. Love: Forever Changes - they completely fucked with that record. The idea with these remasters should be to make the release sound EXACTLY THE SAME AS BEFORE - only perhaps a bit richer, a bit deeper. But, you fucking cloth-eared technocrat wankers, don't get ideas above your station.

The Velvet Underground remaster is a case in point; if my complaint only hinges on one song. On my scruffy, cherished 1980s Polydor reissue "Some Kinda Love" is represented by what is now referred to as "The Closet mix" - because Sterling Morison said that it sounded like they recorded it in a closet. In this mix it sounds mean, lonely, dark and kinky:

So why has it been substituted with the vastly inferior Val Valentin mix? A completely different recording to boot! And what fucking idiot decided this was a good idea? And don't tell me it was Lou's because I will SCREAM.

And just for comparisons sakes here is the WRONG VERSION which some numpty who doesn't know any better has posted on YouTube:

For me the effect of this substitution was like someone shitting on my teenage memories. Worse than that - it completely desecrated the entirely intimate relationship I had with this record. I used to feel it was inviolably MY RECORD. That was the bond precisely. Some opinionated cunt with a goatee in Los Angeles has decided to make everyone know he matters more than the rest of us. Fuck you, you fucking asshole. Leave great culture alone you selfish opinionated wanker.

[And don't anyone try to correct me on any of this because I'm too angry and upset to be rational.]


I Like America and America Likes Me

99/100. Only one more mix now at Xmas.

Josef Beuys in America in 1974. In a loft. Wrapped in felt. Shaking down a coyote.

The mix as think-piece. Personal favourites.

The porous International Avant-Garde of Rawk. Contributions from, ok not from the furthest flung corners of the globe, but certainly France, Turkey, England, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Japan, Canada and the USA.

We're slightly downplaying Krautrock. It's centrality is over-emphasised. 

France is strongly represented by five tracks. Lard Free here the obvious blueprint for Martin Hannett's Joy Division productions.

Breaking down preconceptions - a number of tunes here are teasers: the Agitation Free sounding like Quicksilver Messenger Service. Hawkwind sounding like Neu! Kraftwerk sounding like Suicide. David Pritchard sounding like Gong. Faust sounding like Eno.

A lovely suite of bucolic English Prog (Gentle Giant, The Egg, Hatfield and the North) with "Leb Wohl" hiding in the bushes of the country house.

Relics of the brutalist VU sound with Yoko Ono, The Plastic People, John Cale.

The gathering darkness of Electronic Rock. Zed, Bowie, The Walker Brothers from Nite Flights and Groundhog Tony McPhee's anomalous solo LP.

Jean-Claude Vannier - Le Roi Des Mouches Et La Confiture Des Rose
Boris Manco - Lambaya Puf De
Funkadelic - Maggot Brain
John Martyn - Big Muff
Franco Battiato - Aria
Agitation Free - First Communication
Hawkwind - Opa-Loka
Faust - Das Meer
David Pritchard - An admission of guilt
Catherine Ribeiro - Roc Alpin
Heldon - In The Wake Of King Fripp
Amon Duul - Love Is Peace
Gong - Thought For A Naught
Gentle Giant - School Days
Neu! - Leb' Wohl
The Egg - A Visit To Newport Hospital
Hatfield and The North - Share It
Van Der Graf Generator - Theme One
Kevin Ayers - Bottom of a Well
Robert Wyatt - Last Straw
John Cale - Helen of Troy
Numbers Band - The Animal Speaks
R Stevie Moore - Father Goes
Syd Barrett - No Good Trying
The Plastic People - Podivuhodny Mandarin
Yoko Ono - Greenfield Morning I Pushed An Empty Baby Carriage All Over The City
Captain Beefheart - Blabber and Smoke
Lard Free - Pale Violence
Zed - Bashar
David Bowie - Station to Station
The Walker Brothers - Fat Mama Kick
Tony McPhee - The Hunt (Extract)
Suicide - Girl
Kraftwerk - Neon Lights
Moebius/Plank/Neuemeier - Pitch Control
Can - One More NIght
Harry Hosono - Honey Moon
Popol Vuh - Tanz
Patti Smith - Birdland
Fripp/Eno - Evening Star


Anthems for the Nation of Luobaniya mp3 blog

The vogue for mp3 blogs has waned in recent years but I'm sure it will be looked back upon in the future as a cultural efflorescence. It's a shame Google hasn't created some equivalent service to the one which they have rolled out with books and simply hoovered up all this stuff, and what is now usually defunct accompanying Megaupload links, and preserved it properly.

Here's a superb exception to that trend towards obsolescence. Wound down into 2014, the Anthems for the Nation of Luobaniya mp3 blog is an absolutely immaculate archive (with functioning download links) of the greatest field recordings ever made. At a cursory glance it features most of the ones featured in The Wire's landmark Field Recordings Primer; even including the particularly evasive Weeping and Song volume on Barenreiter Musicaphon which was only ever sold once on Discogs and then for the princely sum of £115.34.

Get thee hence.


Eighties Rock Panorama

[Click image to engorge]

This clocks in at five and half hours long. Pow. Big data. Bring the noise. Step up to the plate. 80+1 tracks.

Pegged as a survey of the whole decade it has been painstaking selected, recorded from the vinyl and artfully sequenced to pick up the threads running through the Alternative Rock of that decade.

ALL PERSONAL FAVOURITES. music wot i grew up with innit.

(flowing like a mighty river through micro-genres)

Godfathers: The Clash, Japan, Wire, John Cale, Holger Czukay, Tom Verlaine, John Foxx.
Post-Punk Monuments: Joy Division, This Heat, Pere Ubu, Associates, A Certain Ratio.
Proto-Indie: Swell Maps, Fire Engines, Television Personalities, Orange Juice, Blue Orchids.
Minimal Electro-rock: Ike Yard, Liasons Dangereuses, Flying Lizards, DAF, Suicide.
Hardcore: X, Bad Brains, Black Flag, Minor Threat, Minutemen, Abwarts, Nomeansno.
Disco Rock: Talking Heads, Peter Gordon, Pylon.
Not Wave: Live Skull, Pere Ubu, Glenn Branca, The Residents, Flipper, Germs.
New Roots (Skankabilly and Desert Rock): Captain Beefheart, Gun Club, Thin White Rope, Cramps, Pussy Galore, The Fall.
Industrial Derivations: Einsturzende Neubauten, Young Gods, Big Black, Cabaret Voltaire.
USArtcore: Wipers, Sonic Youth, Rapeman, Fugazi, fIREHOSE.
Neo-Psychedelia: Meat Puppets, Husker Du, REM, Dinosaur Jr, Galaxie 500.
Sliced White Indie: Wedding Present, June Brides, Field Mice, Felt, Jesus and Mary Chain, The Smiths, The Sugarcubes, Its Immaterial, The Blue Nile.
Neo Brutalist Blissed-out Dub Rock: World Domination Enterprises, AR Kane.
Shoegaze: Loop, Spaceman 3.
Golf: Sister(s) of Mercy.
Arsequake: Only some of the above.


but for more mixplorations of the 80s sound---->See also:
Bubbling Mix, Concerns Round Data Mix, Not Krautrock Mix, Launderette Mix, New York Noise Volume 4 Mix

[i thank yew]

[shout outs to all eighties crew - 8lissy S1mon, Brother Toby, Ben Roberts, Francis Dances, Charlie Robarts, Aldridge Pryor (Such a liar!), Dungeon Master Sufi, Mr Diss-Agreeable, Carl "Pigbag" Neville, The Strangled Knight, K-Punk, Blackest Ever Black, #eronbone, SlimJim Clarke, Edmund, Raffles, oCraner]


The Clash - Inoculated City
Orange Juice - Blue Boy
The Blue Orchids - A Year With No Head
Swell Maps - Let's Buy A Bridge
The Pop Group - We Are All Prostitutes
This Heat - Horizontal Hold
Joy Division - Atrocity Exhibition
A Certain Ratio - Flight
The Associates - White Car In Germany
Cabaret Voltaire - Second Too Late
Ike Yard - NCR
Suicide - Touch Me
John Foxx - Underpass
The Flying Lizards - Events During Flood
Pere Ubu - Codex
Germs - Forming
Abwarts - Computerstaat
X - In This House That I Call Home
Minor Threat - Betray
Bad Brains - Sailin' On
Black Flag - Rise Above
Husker Du - I Will Never Forget You
Minutemen - Paranoid Time
Live Skull - Age Of Oil and Wax
Glenn Branca - Lesson No 1
Flipper - Sex Bomb
Wipers - Youth Of America
Fire Engines - Get Up And Use Me
Pylon - M Train
Peter Gordon - That Hat
Talking Heads - Home (Naive Melody)
The Residents - Laughing Song
DAF - Nacht Arbeit
Holger Czukay - Witches' Multiplication Table
Liaison Dangereuses - Avant-Après Mars
Einsturzende Neubauten - Kollaps
John Cale - Santies
Captain Beefheart - Ashtray Heart
The Fall - Cruisers Creek
The Cramps - Human Fly
Thin White Rope - Wet Heart
The Gun Club - For The Love Of Ivy
Tav Falco's Panther Burns - Bourgeois Blues
REM - Gardening At Night
The Field Mice - Fabulous Friend
TV Personalities - Matthew Ingram
June Brides - Every Conversation
Wedding Present - Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft
Felt - Primitive Painters
It's Immaterial - Driving Away from Home
The Blue Nile - Over The Hillside
Japan - Ghosts
David Sylvian - Red Guitar
Tom Verlaine - A Town Called Walker
Meat Puppets - Oh, Me
Minutemen - Little Man With A Gun In His Hand
Husker Du - Private Plane
Sonic Youth - Expressway to your Skull
Butthole Surfers - Graveyard
Dinosaur Jr - The Lung
Pussy Galore - Alright
The Replacements - Kiss Me On The Bus
Pixies - Caribou
Throwing Muses - Carous Des Larmes
fIREHOSE - Carom
Nomeansno - The Tower
Rapeman - Steak & Black Onions
Fugazi - Brendan #1
Galaxie 500 - Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste
REM - What If We Give It Away
The Smiths - The Headmaster Ritual
Wire - Drill
Jesus and Mary Chain - Upside Down
My Bloody Valentine - Drive It All Over Me
AR Kane - Lollita
Loop - Head On
World Domination Enterprises - Asbestos Lead Asbestos
Spaceman 3 - Transparent Radiation
Sugarcubes - Birthday
Young Gods - Jimmy
The Sisters of Mercy - Lucretia My Reflection


Out Come The Freaks

Out come the freaks.
Under cover of darkness.
The jerks and the bitches.
Seep into the clubs.

Looking backwards through the telescope of time it's clear this music was always broader than is assumed. Hence this wild mashup of Art Rock, New Wave Funk, NDW, Rap, Industrial, Japanese Electronics, African Disco, Indie, and Left-footed Disco sounds more of a piece than one imagines it should.

Notable omissions: Wally Badarou (too smooth somehow), Jah Wobble "Snake Charmer" (let's face it - a weak record), Cabaret Voltaire "Yashar" John Robie Mix (has aged badly), The Dominatrix "Sleeps Tonight" (marvelous but ubiquitous) and Pylon (not enough Disco in its DNA).

Sure New York is here - but the significance of Europe (the true home of Disco?) looms almost larger.

Play it loud over speakers!


Pierre Henry - Psyche Rock
Jean Jaques Perrey - EVA
Giorgio Moroder - Evolution
Can - I Want More
YMO - Ballet
Aural Exciters - Emile (Night Rate)
Warp 9 - Beat Wave
Spontaneous Overthrow - All About Money
Eno/Byrne - Very, very hungry
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Das Neue Japanische Electronische Volkslied
Patrick Cowley - Primitive World
William Onyeabor - When The Going Is Smooth and Good
Einsturzende Neubauten - Yu Gung (Adrian Sherwood Remix)
Unknown Cases - Masimbabele
DAF - Der Mussolini
Indoor Life - Voodoo
Glorious Strangers - Move It Time
Material - Reduction
Section 25 - Looking From a Hilltop
Paul McCartney - Temporary Secretary
Material - Secret Life
Vortex OST - Black Box Disco
Was Not Was - Wheel Me Out
Jeff and Jane Hudson - Cat Scan
La Perversita - Suicide
Arthur Russell - Springfield
impLOG - Holland Tunnel Drive
Sexual Harrassment - If I Gave You a Party
Mathmatiques Modernes - Disco Rough
The Flirts - Passion
My Mine - Hypnotic Tango
Marcel King - Reach For Love
Happy Mondays - Wrote for Luck
The Barmy Army - Sharp as a Needle