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Mix CD: Summer 2010

We're all going on a summer holiday

We're all going on a summer holiday

This here blog has been a bit rubbish recently, hasn’t it? Too many dammed YouTube videos, not enough reviews of exciting new electronica LPs. Mostly, it’s been down to connect_icut/CSAF-related busyness, which is a pretty good reason, wouldn’t you say? Sadly, it’s going to get worse before it gets better. But this time it’s all down to a family vacation, which is an even better reason, wouldn’t you agree?

Will this make it any better: an obscure indie pop gem by an undeservedly overlooked Australian band from the ’90s? Dig that crazy sea shanty!

Even As We Speak – “Beautiful Day”

Not good enough, you say? Well then, how about some links to notable recent posts that you may have missed?

Fennesz – Szampler review

Classic era Fall compilations

The Miracles Club – an appreciation

CRES Media Arts Committee Audio Art CD Series

What do you mean “pathetic”? Okay, okay, how about this here blog’s mix CD for summer 2010? Sure, it’s not really summer yet but some of us are taking our summer vacations now and you do seem to be getting rather impatient. So, you can download the whole thing by clicking on this link right here or simply listen to individual songs by clicking on the track-listing below (except for the mysterious first track – you’ll have to grab the whole mix to find out what that is!)

1. Mystery track

2. Micachu – “Ship”

3. High Places – “On a Hill in a Bed on a Road in a House”

4. Toro Y Moi – “Blessa”

5. Serena-Maneesh – “I Just Want to See Your Face”

6. Tune-Yards – “Sunlight”

7. Oneohtrix Point Never – “Returnal”

8. The Miracles Club – “A New Love”

9. The xx – “Infinity”

10. Dirty Projectors – “Stillness is the Move”

11. Joanna Newson – “Does Not Suffice”

12. Klimek – “Into Zero (with Hugo Race)”

13. Alva Noto – “Xerrox Monophaser Two”

14. Loscil – “Dub for Cascadia”

15. Johann Johannsson – “Part Five/The Sun’s Gone Dim and the Sky’s Turned Black”

16. Fennesz – “Szampler [extract]”

Satisfied now? Too much indie rock??? Tough!

Back in three weeks.

May 19, 2010 at 9:00 am 1 comment

Mix CD: Dream Rock & Noise Pop 1985-93 (Vol. 1)

Dream Rock & Noise Pop 1985-93 (Vol. 1)

Dream Rock & Noise Pop 1985-93 (Vol. 1)

The usual disclaimers apply – this is a personal selection of favourite songs, which – broadly speaking – share an aesthetic and a historical legacy. It is not an attempt to provide a comprehensive overview of any particular scene or era.

It’s also worth noting that certain bands (Papa Sprain, Flying Saucer Attack, Bowery Electric…) were excluded because they might be better placed on one of this here blog’s famous post-rock compilations.

Here’s the track-listing. Click on the individual songs to listen or click here to download the first half and here to download the second. These are Mediafire links and they will expire but you can feel free to report broken links. We’ll see what we can do.

Edit, December 28th 2010: After a recent surge of interest in this compilation (one might almost be tempted to use the word “viral”) this here blog has decided to replace the old links with permanent, non-expiring alternatives. Click here to download the first half and click here to download the second half. Goodness knows quite why this particular comp has become so popular. In retrospect, the second half is a bit patchy and the post-rock mixes should be far more interesting or at least far less obvious.

1. The Jesus and Mary Chain – “You Trip Me Up”

2. Cocteau Twins – “Aikea-Guinea”

3. My Bloody Valentine – “Slow”

4. A.R. Kane – “Baby Milk Snatcher”

5. Loop – “Arc-Lite”

6. Spacemen 3 – “Revolution”

7. The House of Love – “Destroy the Heart”

8. Ride – “Chelsea Girl”

9. My Bloody Valentine – “Loomer”

10. Slowdive – “Catch the Breeze”

11. Pale Saints – “Throwing Back the Apple”

12. Lush – “For Love”

13. Medicine – “A Short Happy Life”

14. Black Tambourine – “Throw Aggi Off the Bridge”

15. Swirlies – “Pancake”

16. Secret Shine – “Temporal”

17. The Boo Radleys – “Upon 9th and Fairchild”

18. Lovesliescrushing – “youreyesimmaculate”

May 1, 2010 at 9:00 am 19 comments

Best Mixtape Evar: King Midas Sound

King Midas Sound - FACT Mix 103

King Midas Sound - FACT Mix 103

An astonishing mix from Kevin Martin and company, via FACT magazine, featuring tunes from their wonderful debut album plus tracks by Lovejoys, Burial, Jacob Miller, Gregory Isaacs, Sade, Rhythm & Sound, Larry Heard, Vincent Gallo, A.R. Kane, Scritti Politti, Japan, Kevin Shields, Oval, Thomas Koner and My Bloody Valentine. Go and get it right away!

Oh and then there’s this…

King Midas Sound – “Meltdown”

November 28, 2009 at 8:01 pm Leave a comment

Post-Rocktoberfest Post(-rock)script: Bleak House

Bleak House

Bleak House

Joe over at The Blackened Air has just posted an excellent UK post-rock mix all of his own, which includes tracks by important UKPR precursors like Dif Juz and Talk Talk. Go get it!

October 30, 2009 at 6:53 pm 1 comment

Post-Rocktoberfest: UK Post-Rock Volume Five

UK Post-Rock Volume Five

UK Post-Rock Volume Five

The last couple of compilations in this series have strayed to the margins somewhat. Firstly, they’ve concentrated – to a certain extent – on exploring the work of lesser-known bands. Secondly, they’ve focused on showing that post-rock was as much a part of some nascent indie continuum as it was a reaction to acid house and rave.

This volume gets back to the source, with tracks from many of the key UK post-rock albums. It also displays a renewed focus on post-rock’s absorption of elements from a range of sampledelic dance music genre’s and – in particular – hip-hop. So, for those of you who are new to UKPR , this is as good a place to start as any.

A sixth volume is planned, which will only feature bands that have not appeared on any of the previous volumes. In the meantime, here’s the track-listing for volume five…

1. Insides – “Bent Double”
You could comfortably put just about any song from Euphoria on a compilation like this. It’s a more-or-less perfect album and each track works beautifully in its own right. The genius of Euphoria is how it uses tight, interlocking musical cells and abstracted vocals to capture the creepiness of human intimacy. “Bent Double” does a particularly good job of this, helped along by some startling lyrical twists: “You may warm your cold hands on my stomach/And breathe warm air down my neck/But only my best friend will rub my back, hold my head/And stroke the hair out of my face when I’m being sick/Because  I can’t hold my drink.”

2. Long Fin Killie – “The Heads of Dead Surfers”
Okay, so the first half of this compilation is still quite indie-centric. Don’t worry, the hip-hop and techno-influenced stuff is coming up. For now, just enjoy the vertiginous angles and swooning gestures of Scottish avant-indie band Long Fin Killie. “The Heads of Dead Surfers” features a surprising number of hooks, bursts of free-form saxophone and a guest appearance from Mark E. Smith himself.

3. Telstar Ponies – “Lugengeschichte”
Another, Scottish indie band. Those Telstar Ponies were pretty ahead of the game in copping influences from free jazz, British folk and – on this track – the motorik pulse of prime krautrock. It all makes sense when you learn that the band was fronted by Wire magazine critic and England’s Hidden Reverse author David Keenan.

4. Disco Inferno – “Second Language”
It wouldn’t be a UK post-rock compilation without a Disco Inferno track and this one probably didn’t appear on any of the previous volumes, right? A marvellous single from the band’s Five EPs heyday, mixing the sampledelic ecstatic with the rock mundane as only Disco Inferno knew how.

5. Papa Sprain – “Cliff Tune”
For what little information exists on Papa Sprain, please refer back to this previous post. “Cliff Tune” comes from Gary McKendry and co’s Peel session and probably encapsulates their rather obtuse aesthetic better than any other song they recorded.

6. Epic45 – “A Year Without a Summer”
Surely the most recent track on this compilation by some years. Epic45 is a contemporary British indie band unafraid to site Disco Inferno and Bark Psychosis as key influences. What this song really demonstrates though, is that Slowdive has become a more than acceptable influence for bands to flaunt. This must be rather baffling for the British music journalists who laughed that most unapologetically fey of all shoegaze bands out of town in the early ’90s.

7. Scorn – “Light Trap”
Here comes the hip-hop influence. This track from the Birmingham duo’s bleak master-work Evanescence has a head-nodding beat that might make you want to bust out a freestyle. Resist that urge. Apparently, ex-Scorn/Napalm Death bassist Nic Bullen – who has the vocals covered here, thank you very much – is developing a new project, which is named after this song. Good choice.

8. Seefeel – “Polyfusion”
Due to an association with the Warp-sponsored “Artificial Intelligence” scene, Seefeel managed to build a larger and more durable fan-base than most of the early post-rock bands. These fellows must also be the only first-generation post-rockers to stage a proper reformation (but surely they won’t be the last). This track is from their endlessly hypnotic debut album, Quique.

9. The Third Eye Foundation – “A Galaxy of Scars”
How has this avoided being on one of the previous volumes? The absolute high-watermark of Bristol post-rock – a sampledelic collage taking in elements of jungle, hip-hop and Nurse with Wound-style weirdness.

10. Ice – “X-1”
One of Kevin “The Bug” Martin’s many projects from the early ’90s, Ice’s underrated Bad Blood prefigured the great man’s more popular recent work by employing the services of various hip-hop emcees (though Martin is now better known for his work with reggae deejays). Here, Sebastien from the mighty New Kingdom gets busy over a groove that is lither and less lumbering than most of Martin’s work from this period.

11. Terminal Cheesecake – “Ginge le Geezer”
Terminal Cheesecake is another band that has been previously discussed on this here blog. The phrase “Pop Will Eat Itself finally getting serious” was used. Be afraid.

12. Bark Psychosis – “Absent Friend”
This thread on the UK Post-Rock Group has clearly shown that “Absent Friend” is Bark Psychosis’s most popular song. Humbling news for those of us who barely noticed it nestled in the middle of Hex. It is indeed a marvellous construction. The jazzy drums and dubby bass of the verses pointedly refuse to gel, opening up a huge gap in the song, which is sporadically filled by the cascading guitars and gushing vocals of the chorus.

You can grab any individual tracks you may want by clicking on the links above or download the whole thing from this link.

If that doesn’t work, try this one.

And here’s where you can still get some of the previous volumes:

Volume Two

Volume Three

Volume Four

October 15, 2009 at 9:00 am 11 comments

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