Saturday, February 28, 2009

Quiz Time - the DsD way

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So here it is, my first attempt at a quiz. This is an old-fashioned 'Connection' question, so it's a point for each artist, each songtitle, and if the magic word(s) ain't in those two things, two Spill points for identifying the connecting piece of data. The three Spill points for the actual connection should be easy money, as you don't need all of the songs to spot it. An unprecedented five Spill points for identifying the double connection one! And a warning, I do get a little contrived (Jimmy Saville-style) with making a couple of the tunes fit the idea, but hey, it's my quiz ... if you don't like it, I'll be left sitting alone with me pint of Guinness!!!!!

I've tried not to include too many heavy rockers, but No.5 - a direct (songtitle) response to today's inept performance by my beloved Reds - got a late vote-in!


Soulsavers - Blackout : 2pts to saneshane
The Black (Sweden) - Enter Sandman / Take A Chance On Me : see below.
Jon Auer - Song Noir : 2pts to TonNL
Go Home Productions - Rock In Black : 2pts to saneshane
Turbonegro - Self-Destructo Bust : 2pts to saneshane
Japan - Wish You Were Black : 2pts to frogprincess
The Crystalites - Blacula : 1pt to saneshane, 1pt retained by me!
Scout Niblett - Elizabeth (Black-hearted Queen) : 4pts to saneshane's Dad
Paul Anka - Black Hole Sun : 2pts to TonNL
Ella Guru - Base Is The Spine : 4pts to AliMunday (Jimmy Carl Black vocal)

For The Black, I figure it's 2½ pts to saneshane's mate; ½pt to AliM; 2pts EJD. Shane got the 3pts for 'Black' as the connection.

I hope you enjoyed it, but if I've not pitched this right, please feel free to tell me: you can't make my mood any, um, BLACKER than Mr.Southgate's boys & Mr.Redknapp's cross-eyed twerps already have.

Cathode Ray Hearth



Busy Girl Buys Beauty
Atom Tan
16 Military Wives
Dream TV
The Whole World
The Instrumental
She Watch Channel Zero
A.T.H.F.
Sly Fox
Danger Doom--Old School

Drug Of The Nation


Feed The Enemy
The Barry Williams Show
Soap Commercial
TV
Monitor
Transworld Siren
Television
Talk Show Host
Twin Peaks
TV Stars

Friday, February 27, 2009

Fun, fun , fun in the fluffy chair...

Well, it seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating the DKs as the vanguard of "punk" and looking to them to rip to shreds all establishment icons , scathing cynicism embraced as Raygun and Thatch tried to push us all closer to MAD and put us all under surveillance...They've not managed that have they? I've been watching and waiting over the last 25 years for a band / singer / lyricist to step into Biafra's sneakers, but don't see anyone....Biafra's lyrics are intelligent, cutting and often funny. But most of all they attack the targets that needs attacking...I've always hated MTV and although my little gremlin-ites watch it, i've only ever seen one or 2 decent clips on and it hardly pushes the boundaries...The DKs have done well A List-wise so can't complain but this should be a dead cert. There doesn't seem to be any decent footage of "TV Stars" by the Skids but that's another dead cert. "Albert Tatlock...!"
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spill TV is the channel for me

I'm guessing I'm one of the few who loves this theme.. can't stand most of the programs on the box but it's a compilation challenge.
I also like the fact that people think its a song about tele but only has a fleeting mention Becks 'Loser' and 'Beercan' are both like that for me. Maybe because I was unemployed lay-about with kids cartoons on and his album blasting out for the truck driving neighbors downstairs.

Most of these hit a televisual spot.. I had to resist putting Shacks 'Wanda' in
"she stuck her arse on top of the TV" not being enough I thought.

By the way HBOs 'Carnivale' was my recent favorite program (and it got cancelled)
Patrick McGoohans 'The Prisoner' my all time small screen joy.... What's yours?
(first time dropbox play list, hope it works...)

Television seeks viewer



Songs which fit the Nilpferd relationship to TV.. we hardly ever watch it, so our only connection is through memories of old programs we saw as children..

The Headless Chickens with that feeling you get in your dreams.. orchestral pop from one of the more influential flying nun groups of the nineties..

Shane Carter of Bored Games remembers being in awe of Joe 90.. joyous post-punk from down under..

Coldcut with Jello Biafra, for Shoegazer, followed by Pressure Drop's Unity, to get the ending of the track, as it's off a remix cd, Coldcut's Journeys by DJ..


Bored Games- Joe 90


Coldcut with Jello Biafra- A message from our sponsor


Pressure Drop- Unity

Finishing up with the aural equivalent of a test pattern, perhaps.. the gentle ironic jazz of Skalpel's Sculpture, with a fine video featuring a TV..

Thursday, February 26, 2009

More remixes



Apologies for more noisiness and multiple posts, but in response to Shoegazers challenge, here are a few remixes from my breakcore collection:

Ladyscraper
Shitmat
Amboss

And just because I couldn't resist...

It's Tiffany!!

Black Metal



With cold and grey weather over the last few days and the chance to do a bit of work from home, I have been delving into my (mostly black) metal collection.

I truly believe that metal is one of the most important and positive global unifiers, music-wise, and I love the way that it sells millions and millions or records and still remains way outside the mainstream. Hmm.....it may have to get it's own 30 Minutes Over Tokyo edition at some point...

Anyway, for now, Watain are from Uppsala, Sweden (a beautiful town just north of Stockholm that I have visited many times - off again in a couple of weeks time actually!) and can be filed under "Black Metal". I know it might not be everyone's goblet of virgin's blood, but I thought it might add even more diversity to the already eclectic 'Spill.

Watain - Sworn To The Dark

Remix Thursday


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I like a good remix and Dirty Funker is one of my favorite remixers - So here's a selection for all you 'Spill funkers. Get your dancing shoes on and name that tune (easy one this). Anyone else have some good remixes?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mardi Gras!



Alright, this video has nothing to do with Mardi Gras. These songs , though...(the Bob James is sampled in Pete Rock &CL Smooth's Sun Won't Come Out, for anyone keeping score at home) are di-rect-ly related.

La Danse de Mardi Gras--Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys
Take Me To the Mardi Gras--Bob James

Albums close to your heart that you need to have.

This thread comes from a comment by sourpus elsewhere.

He talks about albums that are always near to you and every now and then you just have to welcome back into your life. I think that we all have some of these.

It isn't like you have to hear them all the time, indeed sometimes you really have to take a break from them, but they are massively important to you.

Here are some of mine.

Pink Floyd "Dark Side Of The Moon"

OK, a fairly predictable choice, but this means a lot to me. It brings back such wonderful memories of my teenage years.

Joni Mitchell "Ladies Of The Canyon"

The first Joni album I heard and the one that I grew to love the most. It isn't her most mature work or even her best, but it is special.

Bob Dylan "Highway 61 Revisited"

This is the real deal, it is where the whole counter culture 1960s starts, in my opinion. Bob wrote the greatest single song ever and opened the album with it. "Like A Rolling Stone" changed everything.

CSN and Y "Deja Vu"

I actually like the CSN album better overall, but I fell in love with someone special with this as the soundtrack. My love for the album lasted a lot longer than my love for the person

Bob Weir "Ace"

A Grateful Dead album in all but name. It has some great Dead classics on it. This is the one on this list I no longer own. The CD seems to be unavailable and I lost the vinyl a long time ago. This lives on in my memories only.

Genesis "Foxtrot"

I adore "Supper's Ready" and the rest of the album is pretty good too. I lost my virginity to this album so that is why it means so much to me.

k.d lang "Ingenue"

Simply a classic. It means more to me than I think I can even say. It got me through a lot of difficult times. k.d speaks to me, she says things that I have felt, she sings about feelings I have had, and still have today.

King Crimson "Lark's Tongues In Aspic"

It is just awesome; brutal, overbearing, delicate, soaring and in places achingly lovely. If I could only ever own one CD, this is it.

Van Morrison "St Dominic's Preview"


Not only a great album, but another part of the soundtrack to my life. I shared a lot of my life with someone who was very special to me, she still is in many ways, but we parted. Our lives took different paths and it was impossible to walk on both of them at the same time.

Bob Marley and the Wailers "Natty Dread"

This was the soundtrack to the hot Summer of 1976 for me. Whenever I hear it, it reminds me of sitting on Clapham Common, by the pond, getting stoned with friends and heading off to the pub as the evening set in, to drink ice cold lager, picking up kebabs on the way home and then smoking more dope late into the night.

Bruce Springsteen "Born To Run"

I came late to appreciating Bruce. I first heard this with another lover. She was a huge Bruce fan, as was the boyfriend we were cheating on while he was at work. It became a very messy situation, but when I hear the opening harmonica of "Thunder Road" I am transported back to a very exciting time in my life. "T" had a VW Beetle cabriolet and hearing that song just reminds me of waiting for her to pick me up for a drive somewhere, romantic as hell, I know, but it has a special place in my heart.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Rain & Sun, part 1, rain




I think it's Going to Rain Today--Nina Simone
Didn't it Rain--Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Elmore James--The Sky Is Crying
Come Rain or Come Shine--Billie Holiday
I Can't Stand the Rain--Ann Peebles
Buckets of Rain--Bob Dylan
A Little Bit of Rain--Karen Dalton
Rainbirds--Tom Waits
Rain From the Sky--Horace Andy
Loraine--Linton Kwesi Johnson
More Than Rain--Tom Waits
Rains on Me--Tom Waits
Rainy Day Dream Away--Jimi Hendrix
Go Ahead in the Rain--ATCQ
Rainy Dayz--Raekwon

Your pants are pants...


Hey Mr. Tincanman your pants are officially pants - these are real bloomers, or pantaloons to give them their full and well-deserved name. Obviously I only wear them in me fillums , such as "Pirates of Pam's Aunts"" and "Have at ye, gadzooks", both of which I'm sure you know well.
Anyway, on with the search for the snazziest troosers...

The Spring is Sprung revisited

Am recovering from a slightly premature birthday party and some rather good Bath Ales, whilst waiting for the verdict on my car (MOT time again). To take my mind off things I thought I would investigate Dropbox and, if possible, upload some music.

For a start, here are links to Tir na nog (Two White Horses) and Stackridge (God Speed the Plough) which I mentioned rather belatedly on the mothership:
http://www.myspace.com/tirnanogduo
http://www.last.fm/listen/artist/Stackridge/similarartists
Stick with the Stackridge, it's an instrumental and builds up as it goes along - I hadn't heard it for years but I still find it very evocative.

Now, with any luck here are some enjoyable tunes with a vaguely nature-ish theme. I discovered (too late for the main blog) that "Linden Lea" was written by Vaughan Williams, so it's not traditional - anyway, Maggie Boyle makes a good job of it. Hope you are all enjoying some Spring sunshine, and that it stays fine for a very Happy Birthday to Tessimel on Wednesday. In the meantime, let me know what you think of the music (assuming this works, of course)

Linden Lea
Fruit Tree
Orange Blossom Special
Queen Bee
The Cuckoo
Four Seasons in One Day
Here Comes the Sun

Second attempt with sincere thanks to Ejaydee and Steenbeck ... let's see if I've got it right!


Sunday, February 22, 2009

A Natural Kind Of Jonathan


Jonathan In A TreeAs promised, here's a selection of Jonathan Richman songs with a natural feel to them. Some of them may be a bit tenuous as fas ar this week's theme is concerned but all of them are a joy to listen to - at least I think so. If you don't feel up to listening to the whole list, all I ask is that you at least listen to the first two tracks. The first (Man Walks Among Us) is the most perfect song imaginable for this weeks' theme. It may not be a Jonathan original but it has Jonathan's unique personality shining out of every note and every word. The second (Monologue About Bermuda) is a live version of a song which sourpus recommended over on RR, called Down In Bermuda. This version is certainly some distance from fitting the theme but if it doesn't bother me I don't see why it should bother you. Listen to the monologue and try not to smile...

Things sounding new and fresh.

I listened to Television's Marquee Moon today for the first time in quite a few years.

OK, it is one of those albums that is on every "Must Hear" and "Classic Albums" lists but it really does deserve to be there.

I hadn't forgot how good it is but I had forgotten exactly how good it is. It sounds simply STUNNING.

I recently bought a new CD deck, a Cambridge Audio one, and the output quality is fantastic. I am hearing things I haven't heard before, or if I had, I've forgotten about.

I had been thinking about changing my speakers, thinking they were on the way out, but I think it was my old CD deck giving up the ghost, slowly. Once the "Play" button went, my hand was forced. So it was off to Richer Sounds and some credit card abuse.

As I write, I am listening to McAlmont and Butler's 2002 album Bring It Back and this sounds amazing too, brilliant wall of sound production. Bernard Butler is a great producer, as well as a great guitarist.

I suspect that no one would be bothering with Duffy if BB wasn't twiddling the knobs and sliding the faders.

happisburgh!


I was in Norwich castle today looking at art work by  Moore Hepworth and Nicholson in the 1930s they hadn't invented swimsuits then, so much in tune with nature!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Cows With Guns

If you've never heard this classic, it is close enough to this week's nature theme to post.

Here is the original by Dana Lyons - please do not accept substitutes.

This is a claymation video approved by Dana.

Pants shopping gets addictive


I don't go clothes shopping for ages, and here's me doubling my wardrobe in two weeks.

I might go shopping for a shirt next week 'cause it's a little chilly in here. My nipples could cut glass.

Animeaux

I struggle with podbean. I struggle with life though. Struggle is, after all, Life, as you'd know if you've ever watched a David Attenbprough documentary. To honour the great man, and Toffeeboy's first class post below, I give you three of evolution's wondrous beings.
The first a she-eagle nesting above California's Highway 1 and Big Sur. A remarkable piece of work. The second from Pete Townsend's favourite guitarist Joe Walsh and a song from "The Smoker You Drink The Player You Get" LP a song from the point of view of a wolf. And the third an inspirational lyric from Steve Kalinich and Dennis Wilson's first moment in the BeachBoys story as a major songwriter - listen to the amazing arrangement.

Things Will Grow



Things Will Grow
Forest Flower - Sunrise
Forest Flower - Sunset
In The Flowers
Little Sunflower
River Man by Andy Bey

Back to nature - again

[Edit: just noticed that Shoegazer had already used the title 'Back to nature' for his excellent playlist (see below) so, hoping that this doesn't confuse the great god of 'Spill - or worse than that, upset Mr Speng himself, I've changed the title (a bit).]

Darwin's SandwalkI suspect that there are very few people who have ever got quite as close to nature as Charles Darwin did. And having just celebrated the 200th anniversary of the great man's birth, I thought it would be appropriate to use a picture of the place where Darwin did most of his great thinking about nature - namely, his 'Sandwalk' at Down House in Kent. If you ever get the chance to have a look around Down House (and I strongly recommend that you should make every effort to do so) don't forget to pop out to the impressive gardens and take a stroll along the Sandwalk. It's a fantastic place to contemplate the glorious world of nature and ask yourself how anyone could ever believe that there was some sort of creator behind all this - it evolved, OK? Oh, and can we please stop talking about the theory of evolution - it isn't a theory, it's a fact.

Right. Down off the soapbox and on with the music. I'm not sure that this playlist will do quite as much for science and nature as Mr Darwin did but I'm going to do my best.

We start with the stunningly beautiful At The River by Groove Armada which I gather is based on a song called Old Cape Cod by Patti Page (thanks fuel, I did not know that). It's not exactly what I'd call my type of music but it certainly ticks all the right boxes.

Next up we have Badly Drawn Boy with River, Sea, Ocean from the soundtrack to About A Boy - which I just happen to believe is a damn fine film, based on a damn fine book by Nick Hornby, featuring a damn fine performance by Hugh Grant.

The third track is from one of my favourite albums of the past few years: it's The Ocean from Richard Hawley's Coles Corner and it's one of the standout tracks.

Since I have no reputation to damage, I can include the following track in the playlist with impunity - also webcore donded it so it must be OK! Yes, it's Portugal's finest Nelly Furtado and, err, She's Like A Bird, pop-pickers! Not 'arf...

Returning to Cool's Corner, track 5 is XTC's The Wave. Taken from one of their later albums, Nonsuch, which is probably my favourite of theirs. The early ones might have all the astoundingly brilliant singles on them but I think that as a whole album, this takes the biscuit.

Finally we have McCarthy with a different view on nature in the shape of Antinature. I found the following quote on a McCarthy lyrics site and rather than try to summarise it, I thought it might be better to let singer and guitarist Malcolm Eden explain the thinking behind the song:

I think Antinature came out of an idea that was quite prevalent at the time and which has become even more widespread since, that anything natural is somehow positive and anything human or man-made is negative. It's an idea I fundamentally disagree with. Previous ages had a far more rational view of nature as something largely destructive and inimical to human beings. Only now that we've begun to master certain aspects of nature can people afford the luxury of idealizing it.

I suppose the song is sung 'from the future' because I imagined a time when people had reduced the effects of such natural phenomena as earthquakes, malaria and acne. I mention the 'id', a Freudian term, because it's something like the unconscious, natural instinct, as opposed to thought and reason.

The last bit, Nuclear Power? Yes, please! sounds as if it's ironic but isn't in fact. There was a Greenpeace slogan, Nuclear Power? No thanks! But I think people have a tendency to mix up nuclear weapons and nuclear power in their minds. The first brings us nothing whatsoever, but the second is probably the best form of energy available to us at the moment.

I'm not sure that I entirely agree with all that but it's an interesting viewpoint nonetheless. I'd be interested in what others have to say. I do find the whole humanity v. nature thing a bit difficult. When does human activity become different to what animals do (like beavers building dams and changing the courses of rivers, and termites building their vast mounds)?

So to get you all talking, here's a closing argument: Humankind is a part of nature, therefore everything that humankind does is, by definition, 'natural'. Discuss.

A dab of Dub



Nilpferd alerted me to this song--Armagideon Time, by Willie Williams, used in the Jarmusch movie Ghost Dog. I was very excited to discover that Jackie Mittoo is playing on it. And here's a nice long dub version by the Clash, as well as a song with a similar name by Mikey Dread, as well as a Lee Perry song for Frogprincess's fishy dinner.

Justice Tonight/Kick it Over--The Clash
Armagiddeon Style--Mikey Dread
Roast Fish and Cornbread--Lee Scratch Perry

Turtle Twist



This image is "Turtle Swimming Down" by Bill Traylor. I love BIll Traylor's art. I was going to do a whole post on it, but it seems to fit here. I'll post some more images later, but he's worth a google.

And here are few songs, not all I recommended this week, I'm abashed to say, and if anyone has a curiosity to hear anything else I mentioned, let me know and I'll post it.

Crawlin Kingsnake--John Lee Hooker
Turtle Twist
Remember the Mountain Bed
Let me Die in My Footsteps
Wildwood Flower
Done By the Forces of Nature
Sounds of the Safari
I'll be Yr Bird
Bro Weevil and the Swallow
Let the Mermaids Flirt With Me
Feeling Good
Funkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter
Ol Man River
Ol Man RIver
Flying Birds

Friday, February 20, 2009

T for Toxteth, T for Tennessee


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Not a nature playlist. Just thought the Half Men Half Biscuit fans on here might like to see this.

http://tinyurl.com/d4yov3

Nature enter me..



Iconic kiwi band the Muttonbirds with a remake of a sixties hit, Nature.. one of the commentators on the youtube thread is the son of Wayne Mason, who orginally wrote Nature for the Fourmyulas 40 yrs ago.. in 2001 the original was voted the top NZ song in the last 75 years...

Chug is a mysterious Flying Nun band related to the 3Ds, their track Flowers is a classic.. their sound is described on the Flying Nun website as "a mix of forceful rhythms and sweet Dunedin pop that blend into smart and chunky songs".

Followed by this week's Nu Jazz/Deep House selection, Cine City/Wai Wan with Plants, Animals, and H2O, and The Dave Holland Quartet's delightful Conference of the Birds.

Dawn over Kirkcudbright Bay



The Sweet Primeroses - Shirley Collins
Medley - Show of Hands
Wild Mountain Thyme - Fotheringay
Stockton Gala Days - 10,000 Maniacs
Boll Weevil - Shirley Collins and Davey Graham
Loch Lomond - French, Frith, Kaiser, Thompson
Wheely Down - Richard Thompson
Burn the Honeysuckle - The Gourds
May Morning Dew - Maggie Holland

Hello clouds! Hello sky! FP's 100% natural playlist

I made a major tactical error this week. Never, NEVER tell your working colleagues that you are off to that Swedish manufacturer of flatpack furniture whose name rhymes with 'player'. Otherwise you'll be saddled with the mutha of all shopping lists. I'm off work today to do useful-and-longstanding-chores. The first of which is clearly making a 'Spill list for you lot. First things first if you please. But I was hugely amused to see that the ad agency responsible for Ikea's campagnes picked up on this phenomanon. Wish me luck. At least I get to buy those scrummy meatballs as compensation. Smashing in the microwave...

Speaking of which, and as we're dealing with all things natural things week... Bio food... lifesaver or big fat marketing con? What d'you reckon? Even shower gels and make up here and boasting ecologically grown ingredients. Now do you really care that much if the coconut in your shower gel lived a full, happy and chemical free life before being mushed to a pulp?

Or is it just me that thinks the ad men have found yet another way to flog us their stuff...??



Discover Cerrone!

Back To Nature


And It Stoned Me
Black Forest (Lorelei)
When The Roses Bloom Again
Cherry Blossoms
Blue Lagoon
Sketch For Dawn I
Bird Of Cuzco
Nice Weather For Ducks
And Then So Clear
Fields
Country Boy
(Nothing But) Flowers

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Pants of the Week



Inspired by the recent discussion here about pants, I went shopping today and found these. No more fumbling in my pocket to turn the volume up on a favorite song or skip past one of those 'wtf was I thinking' tunes. The five buttons on the outside of the left thigh pocket on my new leather leiderhosen control my iPod.

Watch for me on public transit near you. I'll be the one yodelling too loud.

Aloha Hawaii



More Scottish Indie i'm afraid!

I used to listen to a lot of the stuff, but have been led astray into noisier and dronier American waters of late. But thanks to Blimpy's infectious enthusiasm, the old flame has been rekindled....and imagine my joy when this lovely 10" arrived in my postbox yesterday and the seemingly disparate worlds of Scottish indie and droney noise unify to form one glorious whole!

This is a collaboration between Stuart Braithwaite from Mogwai and old Beardey from Arab Strap and I think it's absolutely gorgeous.

Aloha Hawaii

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Swings And Roundabouts

To prove you can shoot an indie video pretty much solely in a play park, here's the Joy Formidable on seesaws:


That should keep me noise-popped up until The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart LP turns up on my doorstep. Alarmingly, they're giving away the excellent track above and all the rest of the album for free on mp3 here

And now, here's King Creosote mostly on some roundabouts: 


King Creosote has signed with the amazing Domino for his next LP, due April, which should be just fab. 

If anyone can think of any other videos that feature play parks, please post in the comments, or any other tenuous music links at all really. What would you like to see? Beth Ditto on a trampoline? Joy Division on those wee animals on springs? Belle and Sebastian on monkeybars? 

Monday, February 16, 2009

Hair today, gone tomorrow...


Brains for the main course and then a wee bit of perversion for afters...or at least that's how the fillums went. Gremlinfc had such a fime mop of hair for this one, which centred around a secret vice, which needed others to get success. Can't give too many clues away as it's quite an easy one this...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

You don't drink, don't smoke - What do you do? FP's Vice Playlist

Chocolate, in case you're wondering. In all shapes and forms. It ranges from a simple Cadbury Fruit and Nut, to anything dark with orange zest to the humble After Eight. I just adore the stuff. There. Haven't done one of these for while but I felt compelled to this week because it's a splendid subject and covers two RR no-hopers which I'd actually like to defend here: String and Phil Collins. Must be off so enjoy. Oh and....

What's yours....?

Découvrez Adam & The Ants!

Idol Vice

Happy Valentines day to all!


Drawing Curtains
Outback Self Abuse
Sex with Strangers
Sinny Sin Sin
Punish me with Kisses
Orgy
Greetings in Braille
Beware the Nubile Miscreants
Light in Her Window
Cactus
Bad Old Man
Women tied up in Knots
Sitty Pretty
Rippin Kitten
1 Buck 65
2 Skuobhie Dubh Orchestra
3 Marianne Faithfull
4 Roots Manuva
5 The Glove
The Glove [Robert Smith Vocal Demo]
7 The Elected
8 Of Montreal
9 Golden Virgins
10 Pixies
11 Baby Bird
12 Bongwater
13 Brendan Benson
14    Goldenboy with Ms. Kitten

Friday, February 13, 2009

Secrets of the Gremlinfc


The thrills of the "Matrix" were unequalled for me and all that bullet-stopping is enough to wear even a toughnut like me out. So we moved on. The idea of a fillum where the character's secret vice was a major talking point in t'cinematic world seemed a great one when I saw yon script. Blimey what a schocker! So , you Spillers, the question is...what is my secret vice that I am so lovingly preparing here in me best whistle? it's a wee bit gruesome...

Ain't nobody's Business





De La Soul--Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa
Belle And Sebastian--Lord Anthony
Back Door Man--Howlin Wolf
Ain't Nobody's Business-Mississippi John Hurt
T'Ain't Nobody's Business if I do--Bessie Smith

Something nasty in the woodshed



I think I'm on to something with this shed business. It's not just a bloke thing either - I'm sure I could use a good shed, only I have a whole house to myself so I don't really need one.

The last song is about a serial killer, and it's by my son's band the In and Outlaws. Their record will be coming out soon and I'll be happy to send one to any RR-er.

A Solitary Life - Richard Thompson
Doctor of Physick - Fairport Convention
Evangeline - Mary Gauthier
Dirty Work - Steely Dan
Devil Down In Me - the In and Outlaws

The Sweeney


Gagged & Bound
Shame
Pssyche
Come To Daddy
Dangerous Sex
Crabs
The Secret Life Of The Big Black Suit
I Like Birds
Stalker Fever
You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess
Forbidden Love

Neko Case

A new Neko Case album is coming soon, you can download her new single somewhere around here...

...and, as she is one of the most symphatic people around, she says a nice "thank you":

Thursday, February 12, 2009

musicals



I feel bad saying that I hate musicals. I don't hate them all. I do like some of the kid's ones that Toffee mentioned, like Oliver & Mary Poppins, and, yes, Tincanman, I like singing in the rain. And I think Ginger Rogers is unbelievable--smart, sassy, wry, and beautiful in a way that isn't often movie star material. But I seem to like musicals either completely, insanely over-the-top, like Busby, above (the fun starts at a few minutes in). And even then I'm not sure I could watch the whole movie. Or ironical, like the movie Blackpool, below, which I liked a lot, but admittedly watched in parts on youTube, so what do I know?



What does everybody else like in a musical?

Improv Everywhere

I like improv everywhere. It doesn't always work, but when it does, it's killer. We could probably plan a 'Spill-cast international action that would rule the universe. But in the meantime, here are two that I like, and you can look on the youTube channels to explore more...



I hate musicals, but I love this...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

INDIE spirit



So ‘Spirit of Independence’ then?

Once upon a time when I was about 19 and finishing college I wondered what on earth to do… luckily there was a recession going on so nobody gave me a job.
I bartered designs for club nights/ t-shirts/ record-CD-tape covers and backdrops and got free entry and beer everywhere I went.. as my dad was a farmer, he’d visit once in a while a leave sacks of spuds, fruit and veg for our cold store (the corner of my room) life was good and vegetarians always wanted to share houses with me.

So what on earth has this got to do with independence I hear you all cry…
Well in those days the pubs had to shut in the afternoons- weird, but true- so between opening times and court cases (slowing down the poll tax hearings) we had to do something.
Those in bands used our pub for practise sessions and I used the tables to cut and paste magazines together.. a local fanzine was born.. it was fun and good enough to have all of its ideas stolen by the university after the first issue.

But this wasn’t good enough for me and my mate.. we wanted a proper magazine with music free with each issue (this was a time when a tape stuck on Select/ Lime Lizard/ Melody Maker was a thing of joy!) so I designed a dummy issue of ‘flux’ (not the flux magazine that is published nowadays) and sent it off to indie labels the ’world’ over.
We got a great response.. some even payed for advertising!
But the best thing was the records dropping though the door every week to review and CDs –couldn’t afford CDs- we had to steal a CD player after we got so many- the FUN.

TIP 1 for any aspiring label bosses- sending out music to magazines is still good and cheaper now days- but make sure they have published something- indie publishing is in fine health – they need to fill pages, you need publicity- it hangs about in peoples lives longer than a link on a computer screen.
Stack gives you an idea of the different magazines out there that could help:

http://www.stackmagazines.com/

now I’m not a head honcho of a magazine empire so obviously that failed, but we did still get music onto disc and into peoples lives.. because it’s all about the music right?
Right… and wrong..
Right, because that’s why you want a label and why the bands want you to push their stuff.
Wrong, because people don’t just pick up and purchase any old CD or Vinyl.

TIP 2 fund the bands music.
Get it on an advert!
Or know someone in television who will use the songs as background in their TV shows- this funds a fair few releases- doncha know
neither of these is the simplist of routes and the screams of ‘sell-out’ can be heard across the Indie nation.. so back to my old favourite: T-shirts, (luckily for me- when I’m asked to design them)


‘The kids’ will listen all day at a gig or festival and love your new signings - but wont for the most part stump up some cash- there and then- for a record or CD.. there are some good reasons for this:
1 you could lose the record.
2 you could brake it.
3 it’s a logistical nightmare if you’re lucky enough to get a snog..
(the corners are sharp, there could be an accident. If you bend down to place your purchase on the floor, you could be mistaken and go in for a kiss elsewhere. And Vinyl squeezed between breast and chest is seldom in anyone elses fantasies.

But Band T-shirts are just slipped on over what you are wearing and if you’ve got the T-shirt from the first ever gigs in limited designs the Indie snob is ever so happy.
Also badges –or buttons, to the rest of the world- cost nothing to produce and can be sold cheaply or given away.. all good.
TIP3 The next thing to do is get a venue to let you have a label night (blackmail always works for this one) – this is always fun- getting any bands organised to do anything on the same day is always fun- they will also have to sleep on your sofas and floors if they are not local to you- with cleaning cost and disastrous fly posting you WILL lose money. This is essential. If you don’t have good stories to tell, you are just a machine selling stuff…. If it all goes swimmingly, make things up.
Jarvis loved my friends’ first night, even though there was only 32 people in attendance and my dog bit a hole in the rare groove 12” the DJ was about to play.

Also get to know the local DJs (clubs/ pubs and internet radio) and bribe them to play your stables songs.. this only works if they are dropped into sets seamlessly.. your anti-folk isn’t going to sit well in an Electronic body music set and vice versa.

TIP 4 Be unique… okay, don’t b-unique, that label already exists.. just try something that suits you.
I come at this from a design direction so old style 4AD and Factory had a really strong presence or 2 tones logo: think overall- you hope to have more than one band signed, and they should be individual- but a house style in design or sound can go a long way.

TIP 5 Bloody well love the music and the designs and the late nights and the fact that you’ll have bands kipping on your sofa and you’ll have to cope with manufacturers and petulant artists and shoddy payments and it’ll all go wrong.

My son was about to be born is the reason I didn’t continue in INDIE label adventure- to and fro from Germany and out every night- wasn’t what I wanted to do.
My friends continue in their own style and even though it’s so much work.. they find it so fulfilling. (excuse the plug)

http://alison.noexperiments-production.com/index.php?id=57
*as I can not distinguish letters the correct way around -this post was started at 2 o’clock this afternoon- I will never attempt a wordy post again- pictures and music lists only.
p.s if you ever want artwork from me- make sure the lettering and sentences are correct- I cannot edit or indeed tell if they are wrong!
The Pooh Sticks
Spearmint
Jeffrey Lewis
LCD Soundsystem
Earl Zinger
Ballboy

Save comp memory for better things

Digsby is a newish 'next big cool thing' that lets you run and manage all your IM, email, and social network (including facebook, my space, etc) accounts from one easy to use application. Download, install, follow simple step by step instructions, presto - you all done. Can use for Linux, Windows and Mac.

It works great and is only a fraction of the drain on your comp that running all these things seperately does. (I've tried it out using Mrs Tin as a guinea pig cause she does all that social and chat crap, and it works great).

Oh, and it is free. It does ask if you want to install various toolbars and crap at the startr of the install, so just click DECLINE on each of those windows and it loads clean.

Cheers
Tin

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

30 Minutes Over Tokyo - Spirit of Independence



"Are you down with the underground?"

This is the essential question being posed for this second podcast. What is underground? Does it matter? Should we buy independent? What is independent these days anyway? What do you do when bands you like suddenly get big? Do they change? Do you?Who cares?!

All of these issues and less are tackled in no depth whatsoever in what ended up with me just playing some tunes from my favourite labels. There's the now customary cover version (my favourite ever!), underground hip-hop, more Japanese garage and a new feature, "Now and Then" which takes a look at an artist/band/label/genre and plays a tune from back in the day back to back with a more recent offering.

With a couple of epic tracks to finish Part A and start Part B, I decided to pilfer Toffeeboys idea and put a quiz in the middle. Pit your brain against the mindset of the Japanese nation and see if you can work out the wonderful world of Japanese English expressions! Plenty of 'Spill points up for grabs!

Again, all feedback and suggestions more than welcome.

30 Minutes Over Tokyo #2 Part A
Japanese English Mini Quiz
30 Minutes Over Tokyo #2 Part B

Monday, February 9, 2009

New Camera Obscura (at last!)


Here's one I've been waiting for for what seems like bloody ages - the sublime sounds of one of Glasgow's finest bands - Camera Obscura have returned at last! 

This is the title track from their new LP and is being offered as a free download on their website.


Uplifting melancholia doesn't really get any better than this! 

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Next time I say let's go some place like Bolivia...



Watch Me Go - Richard Thompson
Henry Martin - Joan Baez
Sovay - Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick
Gold Rush Brides - 10,000 Maniacs
King Henry's Conquest of France - Richard Thompson
Shades of Gray - Robert Earl Keen

Adventures in Testing

Let's see if we can make Tin'sBox work - still prefer meat as a theme of the week so just one piece of nonsense - takes about a minute in for something familiar & fooled around with that relates to this week's official theme. Don't want to rain on the parade, but not sure this will be a lasting alternative unless we show some restraint in how much is thrown into the box (we've used collectively over 75% of the free storage capacity already), getting flagged for excessive bandwidth use doesn't sound like much fun either. Thanks to Tin for coming up with this.


Put The Hammer Down

Saturday, February 7, 2009

I am attempting a dropbox hotlink. Please stand back.



This is a hotlink from dropbox (I hope)

i like b-sides, for what it's worth


I've not tried this and haven't caught up with RR tunes to listen to never mind searching for even more new stuff, but some of you may have interest in this.

Web-based application i like b-sides takes a peek at your uploaded iTunes library and, based on your listening habits and collection, suggests new tracks to check out.

To use i like b-sides, browse your computer to find the XML file that contains your iTunes database—and consequently all of your music information, most frequently played songs, rated songs, etc.—zip it up and upload it on the webapp's main page. Once you've uploaded your musical fingerprint, i like b-sides analyzes your library and suggests new music that you may be unaware of, as well as songs in your collection that you may have overlooked.

The site suggests a few dozen songs at a time, with audio previews and purchase links for the iTunes store and Amazon. If the suggestions seem a bit off, you can always hit the shuffle button and get a whole new list of suggestions.

i like b-sides

A Snow Adventure!





Adventures in the snow, and one of the best OPO (anag.) songs ever written.