Saturday, May 01, 2004

Today starts a collection of songs with the colours of the rainbow in the title so we start with Red, Yellow and Pink.

Devendra Banhart-The Red Lagoon

Devendra Banhart has a very distinctive voice, this is from his 2002 album Oh Me Oh My . Frankly I think he is quite quite mad, but then that is often so close to brilliance and yes he certainly comes close. This is what he said about this track on the Young God Records website

"Song number Twelve: The Red Lagoon: Whistle while you work,hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nnnooowwwwwww, snake shall not row the boat ashore, shall not, it is blind"

Hmmm, make sure you check out his other stuff if you like this especially the recent Rejoicing in the Hands

The Music Machine-Double Yellow Line

Led by Sean Bonniwell The Music Machine had a hit with 'Talk Talk' in 1966, unfortunatly after that they became somewhat overlooked and didn't really have another chart sucess. Part of the pyschedelic garage scene that was going on at the time, The Music Machine were dark (they sported one black glove, black clothes and dyed black hair) and passionate. After various line-up changes Bonniwell went on to produce and write many of the records himself under 'Bonniwells Music Machine'. He has also written an autobiography called after one of his albums 'Beyond the Garage' I haven't read it but if you can find it I'm sure it'd be an interesting read. I have just found out that Bonniwell is a devout Christian and is considered by some as an original 'Christian Rocker'. But either way I just listen to the music and enjoy it. This track is a good example of Bonniwells stunning voice and is available along with other great songs on Turn on-The Best of The Music Machine and you can buy even more stuff here

The Faries Band-Pink Socks Rock

Ok, it's a terrible name for a band, but this is a nice little early eighties sounding jerk punk in the vain of The Waitresses. This was released on an compilation album called 'The New Cross' at the end of last year by Angular Records, which collected artists and bands together who live/work in or around London's south of the river New Cross. It also included the excellent Bloc Party and Art Brut. The compilation is pretty hard to find as it was only limited but I recommend you pick one up if you can. It's only a small slice of the Uk's exciting and ever growing underground scene (more in future posts) but well worth the hunt.

I went to see Eternal Sunshine last night, which has just come out here in the UK, and I think it's amazing, everyone should see it, I can't even begin to explain all the reasons why. Last week I had the pleasure of drinking and chatting with both Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry who were here promoting it. Kaufman's a funny quiet little man who seems very astute and takes things in, Gondry is energetic, and full of creativity, you can really see how they compliment each other. Michel is really very charming, he loves things like codes and funny little games. So again you must see the film.

I love comics and Forlorn Funnies is one of my favourites check out the history section for some samples of the comics, its by Paul Hornshemeier and the collected version titled 'Mother Come Home' has been nominated five times by Eisner awards. Beautifully drawn and touching, it has made me want to wear a lion mask and cape everywhere.

Also hello to the readers of the excellent large hearted boy, hope you like whats going on. Thanks for the mention you boy with the large heart.

Friday, April 30, 2004

Please check out my updated Mp3 blog links, there are the old favourites there, that you all should know by now like fluxblog, Tofu Hut, Said the Gramophone and Cocaine Blunts. Some new discoveries for me and current most clicks include The Suburbs Are Killing Us lovely content and looks good too and Soul Sides pretty complete. Have an explore of the links there's varied content and quality but your more than likely to find something you like. Elsewhere I have been addicted to The Biz, an online remake of the old Sinclair spectrum game.

Chino XL-Kreep

I've decided today is underated hip hop day. So to start off, this is taken from Chino XL's 1996 album 'Here to Save You All', which has now been deleted but you can it pick up on some second hand websites such as this one. When I first heard this song on a tape someone made for me I was drawn in by Chino's clever lyrics and use of Radiohead. The rest of the album is good but the beats are a little bland, which lets Chino down a bit. He seems to generally fall under the category of underated hip hop on most of the websites I've read about him. It's hardly surprising that in the mid-late nineties many decent hip hop artists were overlooked, what with the rise of jiggy-centric rappers. However in my opinion by 1999-2000 the underground hip hop scene was looking a bit over saturated and there were way too many backpacks around. Anyway, back to the man himself a good review of the album and a much better explanation of why you should check it out is here. Also a fan website which has some up to date information and content on his more recent releases.

No I.D-Fate or Destiny

No I.D produced much of Common's stuff back when he was still called Commom Sense, this is from 'Accept Your Own & Be Yourself (The Black Album)' (hey, it's one to add to the list of coloured titled albums, anyone want to attempt at bootlegging this with one of the many others out there?) which was released in 1997 on Sony. His MC skills aren't the greatest and the album does sound a little dated but its still very enjoyable, mainly for his brilliant production skills. Chino and No I.D should've done a collaboration it would be the perfect hip-hop. I actually remember listening to this album on rotation for quite a while, it definitely has something about which really sticks in your mind. It is available here but it seems to be decidedly more expensive in the US. No doubt a quick trip to Gemm will sort you out. I don't think he ever released another album by himself but he recently produced two tracks on Ghostface's latest 'The Pretty Toney" album, check 'Metal Lungies' and 'Love'. He has also produced tracks for G-Unit, DMX, and The Madd Rapper leaning toward more thugged out MCs, I've yet to check any of these out, but if you're interested-go seek.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

I will be writing slightly more helpful and comprehensive stuff on the MP3s in the near future, and adding many more links. In the meantime here's two more for way up...

Lyn Christopher-Take Me With You

Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss sang backing vocals on this track, although I would never have guessed. I'm not a Kiss fan, but this is a soul gem and the bassline is just so perfect.This recording is a little weak as its from a knackerd vinyl. You can also buy a compilation with this song on

Goldie Lookin Chain-Delivery Driver

Current dahlings of the UK press Goldie Lookin Chain are fun welsh boys with a nice take on hip-hop that'll make you laugh. You can download more of their stuff here

Here I will attempt to post music that some people might not have come across, if you find something you like I do encourage you to seek out and purchase more of the same where possible. I'll also probably put some comments in about other things along the way....hope you enjoy.

And for my first post, two quite different selections here. I'm not usually a fan of mash-ups/bootlegs, although when they work it can be excellent step forward London Booted which you have probably already checked out. But in my opinion there's too many, which makes it more difficult to seek out the good ones. Here's a new one though I think it's pretty much done as a collaboration between the two artists so it doesn't really constitute 'bootleg'. It appears on the single release of The Streets-Fit But You Know It

Futureheads Vs The Streets-Fit But You Know It

Next from a recent selection of dancehall 7"s I picked up, I don't actually know how recent this song is, but having gone to some warehouse parties in London lately and hearing some pretty decent dancehall sets I decided to have a dig. This is the most listend to of that haul

Sizzla-Come On (Mexican Riddim)