Friday, January 25, 2008

EJD Northern Social

Les absents ont toujours tort.

This CD was put together a little more hastily put together than the firtst one. Despite my best efforts to control it, I'm a whiner at heart (must be the French in me), so I went for the "should've been in x playlist" theme. Most of them have been recommended by me before, some were songs for themes I missed, and some are songs I discovered after the fact (it's probably cheating though isn't it?).

Your Daddy Loves You by Gil Scott-Heron- Fathers/daughters (if there was one). A recent discovery of mine, and it seems that Gil Scott-heron regularly fails to disappoint me.

All My Friends by John Cale- Change/Getting old. Could have gone for the original by LCD Soundsystem, but it was already released as a single.

Un Poison Violent, C'est Ça L'Amour Avec Jean-Claude Brialy by Serge Gainsbourg - Duets/Advice. Brialy died not too long ago and I just love their conversation, with Gainsbourg at his most cynical. Only later did I realise that this probably wasn't the best song of his to include on the CD (because of the language thing) but then who knows.

Club Soda by Thomas Bangalter- Parties. I'm probably taking a risk here as electro/house/dance isn't a very popular genre among socialites, even the whole RR community (my brother says we're a gang now, I think he overestimates our power), but I just love it. Although I think it misses background party noises like in the beginning of What's Going On?. But then maybe you're supposed to put the song on at parties, therefore helping to build the song.

Super Trouper by Camera Obscura- Covers better than the original. I meant to replace this with a better version but forgot, so the ending will be a bit abrupt. Now I know what the song is about.

Monsieur Le Maire De Niafunké by Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabeté- Duets/Africa. Have you met the Kora? It's this instrument that sounds like a harp, except more beautiful.

Ghetto:Misfortune'S Wealth by Twenty-Four Carat Black- Poverty. It's also the title of the album, and you can sense a theme about it. As I mentioned in the blog that week, it's probably the most depressing soul album ever made, but then again it's part of its appeal.

I Used to Love H.E.R. by Common. Genres, in this case Hip Hop. Talkin' All That Jazz was the Hip hop track that got in that week, but I think this one tells a lot more about the actual genre and the whole culture around it. The one thing that bothers me though is that at the end he spells out who he's been rapping about for the last 4 min. It's like explaining a joke before we get a chance to laugh, it kills it.

In A Sentimental Mood by Duke Ellington & John Coltrane- Duets again. That piano intro...

93 'Til Infinity by Souls Of Mischief- Dates. It works best if we get a bit more sun. I always thought there was two songs to this side. It seems extremely chilled on one side but then again it's got this edge that I can't quite describe

Jesus Cristo by Erlon Chaves. Boy's names. Play loud. It's a samba-funk cracker. Go nuts and convert for 2 min.

Tuareg by Gal Costa- Characters.

Deep Fried Frenz by MF DOOM- Friends. I'm starting to love him more and more. Agree with Dorian's review that the cartoon samples get annoying, so I cut them out

African Convention by Miriam Makeba- Africa. A bit like us except we have an RR convention. She sings "No 1 on the agenda is music". Was listening to it before I put it on and that line made it a sure entry.

I Should Be Proud by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas- War. Still appropriate today.

Transatlanticism by Death Cab For Cutie- The Sea. Sorry to end on such a sad note, it's just that I couldn't picture somewhere in the middle of the playing order. This one didn't make it in favour of Beyond The Sea, for a perfectly understandable reason, but this one was more personal to me.

The rest of the tracks can be found on youtube


ejaydee said...

For some reason the titles don't appear, I'll try and fix that later.

DarceysDad said...

ejay - The photo of Manc-land reminded me of what I've been meaning to ask:

Did anyone take any photos at either social? I was too pre-occupied at the Rain Bar to notice.

ejaydee said...

Nope, I didn't, so unless somebody has a picture of the Rain Bar, this was around the corner form it, I think.

ejaydee said...

I meant unless somebody has a picture of the Rain Bar, this building is as close as we get.

Blimpy McFlah said...

Camera Obscura's cover ranks as one of the bestest ever, I have 2 versions, the b-side, and an acoustic vers they did for Dermot's R2 show. The acoustic one is especially beautiful and heart breaking, if anyone wants it.

goneforeign said...

Ejay: Some great cuts, loved Miriam and Gil; you inspire me, I'll try something similar next week as long as Podbean behaves.

ejaydee said...

Gal Costa came from a compilation called Tropicália - A Brazilian Revolution In Sound and it's really good.
The Miriam Makeba was from a great series of compilation on African pop called Golden Afrique. Volume 1 was on West Africa, Vol 2 Central, and 3 Southern. I don't know if they're available in the States, but if you're interested in that music, it's a great place to start.