Jun 26, 2010

In the presence of the lord

Piss Christ by Andres Serrano

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This week, we take a listen to popular music's sometimes uneasy relationship with all things spiritual. From pleas for mercy after a long night on the medications (Lord can you here me? and Jesus) to treatises of atheist defiance (Dear God and God song).
  1. God only knows, The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds, 1966, Capitol
  2. Angel of Promise, Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra, Chariots of the Gods, 1970, Polydor
  3. Jesus Meu Rei, Marcos Valle, Garra, 1971, EMI
  4. In The Spirit, Faust, So Far, 1972, Polydor
  5. In The Presence Of The Lord, Blind Faith, Blind Faith, 1970, Polydor
  6. Lord, Can You Hear Me?, Spacemen 3, Playing With Fire, 1989, Fire
  7. God Song, Matching Mole, Matching Mole's Little Red Record, 1972, CBS
  8. Darklands, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Darklands, 1987, Blanco Y Negro
  9. Return Of The Grievous Angel, Gram Parsons, Grievous Angel, 1973, Reprise
  10. Archangels Thunderbird, Amon Düül II, Yeti, 1970, United Artists
  11. Dear God, XTC, Skylarking, 1987, Virgin
  12. Jesus, The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground, 1969, Verve
  13. The Christian Life, The Byrds, Sweetheart Of The Rodeo, 1968, Columbia
  14. God's Own Singer, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Burrito Deluxe, A&M
  15. Jesus Christ, Big Star, Third (Sister/Lovers), 1974, Ardent
  16. Just like heaven, Dinosaur Jr, You're Living All Over Me, 1987, SST

Jun 19, 2010

Jerk disco

Liquid Liquid in their heyday

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This week, let's listen 50 minutes of post-punk grooves. A few of these groups have popped up before, but it's a first for many this week, including guitar legend Fred Frith and art-rockers Polyrock. (Update: Ari Up from the Slits, R.I.P, October 2010).
  1. Jocko Homo, Devo, Q. Are We Not Men?, 1978, Warner
  2. The Modern Dance, Pere Ubu, The Modern Dance, 1978, Blank Records
  3. Mind Your Own Business, Delta 5, 7", 1979, Rough Trade
  4. Herstory, Flying Lizards, , 1979, Virgin
  5. Not great men, Gang of Four, Entertainment, 1979, EMI
  6. Shoplifting, The Slits, Cut, 1979, Island
  7. Don't cry for me, Fred Frith, Gravity, 1980, Ralph
  8. Shut Your Face, Polyrock, Polyrock, 1980, RCA
  9. Blind Faith, The Pop Group, For How Much Longer Do We Tollerate Murder? 1980, Rough Trade
  10. Shouting Out Loud, The Raincoats, Odyshape, 1981, Sub Pop
  11. Moody, ESG, A South Bronx Story, 1982, Soul Jazz
  12. Optimo, Liquid Liquid, 12", 1983, 99 Records
  13. Hunter Gatherer, Mofungo, Out Of Line, 1983, ZOAR
  14. Shadow Of A Doubt, Sonic Youth, Evol, 1986, SST
  15. Mess Of My, The Fall, The Complete Peel Sessions [Disc 1], 1987, Strange Fruit

Jun 12, 2010


Fela Kuti at full throttle

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It's Afrobeat week. There's nothing to particularly link these tunes this week, other than they are all infectiously groovy. Particluar highlights are Fela Kuti's Funky Horn and W'awu Do Ho No by Alex Konadu. I cheated slightly with the Afrobeat pastiche tune by the Daktaris but it's still a fly number.
  1. Obirin African (Woman of Africa), Afro-Drum Ensemble/Art Blakey, The African Beat, 1962, Blue Note
  2. Funky Horn, Fela Kuti and Koola Lobitas, The 1969 Los Angeles Sessions, Barclay
  3. Disillusioned, Demon Fuzz, Afreaka!, 1970, Dawn
  4. Afro strut, The Nite-Liters, Instrumental Directions, 1972, RCA Victor
  5. Headman, Johnny Pate, Shaft In Africa (OST), 1973, MGM
  6. Takuta, Olatunji, Soul Makossa, 1973, Paramount
  7. Eyi Su Ngaangaa, The Sweet Talks, The Kusum Beat, 1976, Philips/EMI
  8. Kwaku Ananse, The Apagya Show Band, Ghana Soundz 2002 Soundway
  9. W'awu Do Ho No, Alex Konadu
  10. Because Of Money, The 3rd Generation
  11. Hole In The Roof, African Head Charge, Great Vintage Volume 1, 1989, On-U Sound
  12. Super Afro Beat, The Daktaris, Soul Explosion, 1998, Desco
  13. Hussel, Afrikan Boy/M.I.A., Kala, 2007, XL
  14. Against The Wall, Jimi Tenor and Tony Allen, Inspiration Information 4, 2009, Strut

Jun 5, 2010

The organ donor

Brian Auger shows us his organ

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This week, we take a listen to men and their organs. Most of the rich tones come from the ubiquitous Hammond (Spencer Davis, Brian Auger, Alan Hawkshaw) but check out Joe Meek's Univox Clavioline heard on Telstar by the Tornados, and Andre Brasseur's multi-sound Lowry.
  1. Telstar, The Tornados, 7", Decca, 1962
  2. All About My Girl, Jimmy McGriff, I've Got a Woman, Sue, 1962
  3. The Kid, Andre Brasseur & his Multisound Organ, Palette MPBS-3204, Decca, 1966
  4. Love is A Beautiful Thing, The Young Rascals, Collections, Atlantic, 1966
  5. I'm A Man, The Spencer Davis Group, 7", Fontana, 1967
  6. Get Yourself Together, The Small Faces, Small Faces, Immediate, 1967
  7. Hung Up, Salt, 7", Choctaw, 1968
  8. The Champ, The Mohawks, The Champ, Pama, 1968
  9. Faster and faster, Eden Rose, On the way to Eden, Katema, 1969
  10. Indian Rope Man, Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity, Streetnoise, Marmalade, 1969
  11. Senior Thump, Alan Hawkshaw, The Big Beat, KPM, 1969
  12. Love Song With Flute (Mono), Caravan, Caravan, Verve, 1969
  13. Mo' Onions, Booker T & The MGs, The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1959-1968, Stax, 1963
  14. Hercules, Aaron Neville, Hercules, Mercury, 1973
  15. Inspiration Information, Shuggie Otis, Inspiration Information, Epic, 1974
  16. Here Comes The Fuzz, DJ Format, Music For The Mature B-Boy, Genuine, 2003