Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Hauraki Hoedown Highlights - The Old Ceremony

Actually two highlights from tonights show one of which was following on from Bob's awesome 45 minute review of the Uncle Tupelo/Wilco/Son Volt ouvre. I added a track by Tweedy's side project Loose Fur into that mix and a couple of rarities from Uncle Tupelo (I Wanna Destroy You - Gun 7") and a live Wilco that I got off the net. Bob had done his research and was filling in the history of the bands as he went along.

The song that really made an impression on me from tonight though was something that I'd only just listened to about an hour before going on air by a band called The Old Ceremony. Self described as "a pop-noir musical association from Chapel Hill, North Carolina figureheaded by songwriter/raconteur Django Haskins" the song was called "Blood and Oil". Lyrically reminiscient of a Nick Cave or Tom Waits composition it was a little out of the theme of my show but sufficiently Americana to warrant inspection. You can grab a copy of Blood and Oil from here.

Playlist for tonights show is posted on my blog, Casa de Country Mike.

PLANET L RADIO SHOW 20 5 06

and on this week's PLANET L RADIO SHOW you heard:

DIVIDE & KREATE - SWEET JAQUELINE

got the show started with this little number mashing up FRANZ FERDINAND with THE EURYTHMICS of all people. who thinks this stuff up?


BRIGITTE BARDOT - ST. TROPEZ

the sound of france swinging circa 1971 from the original yeh-yeh girl. talked all over it, of course. what a difference 35 years can make though, eh?


JIMMI JAMMES - HOLLABACK GUN

another excellent bootleg from the new kid on the scene. GWEN STEFANI again mashed up with somebody or other. gwen, apparently, ain't no hollaback girl, but then - who is? i ain't no hollaback girl either but you don't catch me banging on about it all the time...


THE PIPETTES - YOU'RE KISSES ARE WASTED ON ME

from their lovely debut album WE ARE THE PIPETTES my new favourite band and aim to bring a bit of girl group glamour to the charts with a touch of THE SHANGRI-LA's, THE COOKIES, THE TEDDY BEARS thrown into the mix. they sing, they dance, they have clever updated post-feminist lyrics, they have polka-dot dresses. what more could you possibly want from a group? this is their 5th single and the album looks like being my album of the year. they're from my home town of BRIGHTON,ENGLAND and you can expect to hear a lot of them over the coming weeks on this show. check out THE PIPETTES on http://www.thepipettes.co.uk/
i think i'll just invite them over to do a gig - then we can all go see 'em.


PAYROLL - BLAME IT ON THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO

JACKSON 5 vs.THE THEME FROM THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO. clever little track this. is it okay to play michael jackson again only i've run out of harshly satirical things to say about him?


BELLE AND SEBASTIAN - THE BLUES ARE STILL BLUE

current single from BELLE AND SEBASTIAN. my son JAY insists on this playing in the car when i pick him up from kindy. you can find it on the album THE LIFE PURSUIT which, after some plays on the phonograph at our house, i can now confidently say that this is the best album they've ever made. sweet, funny and clever - better than IF YOU'RE FEELING SINISTER even which has always been the bench mark by which we B&S fans judge their albums. B&S themselves never really cared for IF YOU'RE FEELING SINISTER, feeling that the acoustics were all wrong or something. there's a new live recording of the album available recorded at the royal albert hall where they give a definitive rendition of the album if you're interested.

DJ PAUL - CHENEY'S GOT A GUN

not the greatest bootleg ever but it made me laugh a lot and this sort of stuff needs to played all the time just to remind us what a bunch of crooks, liars and gangsters the current american administration is. let's see - bush has recently been found to be spying illegally on his own people (and has just made the man responsible for organising the illegal spying the new head of the CIA). rumsfield has been shown to be lying over the whole issue of iraq's weapons of mass destruction and starting an illegal war based on false evidence. oh, and cheney recently shot someone in the face...the leaders of the free world, ladies and gentlemen. sleep safe, now.
what did happen to the guy who got shot in the face anyway? the media strangely lost interest in the story. it's almost as if it never happened. strange that.


DJ MOULE - SOMEBODY SMACKED MY BITCH

THE KILLERS VS. THE PRODIGY of course and would get any party started, don't you think?


SEAN McCOLGAN - CRAZY DISCO

this week's GNARLS BARKLEY bootleg mash's up MIRWAIS with your barkley's. i think the mirwais track appeared in the film LAYER CAKE though god knows i sometimes make this stuff up.


TOM THUMB - HEY BULLDOG

the rather dull anecdote about this track is that it was actually a cover of a cover. record producer peter dawkins bought back a version from the uk and recorded TOM THUMB's version before THE BEATLES version was released locally...enough new zealand music month crazy anecdotes. i got a dog yesterday; it may end up being called smoochy moose face now that my suggestion of FARFISA was rejected out of hand by MRS PLANET L. anyway, played this one for him.


SUGABABES - I BET YOU LOOK GOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR

still loving this but now that DJ SIMON's playing it on his show my work here is done.


THE GO!TEAM - BOTTLEROCKET

from the australia only release ARE YOU READY FOR MORE EP which is still on the turntable here at chez planet L.


THE BRUNETTES - MAFIOSO

from their debut album HOLDING HANDS, FEEDING DUCKS. DJ SIMON nearly caused a scene when this got stuck in the CD player of the new GRASSMOBILE last week. all sorted now. i understand from HARAUKAI MIKE that their tour in the states seems to have paid off because they've just signed to SUB POP. expect an album soon but don't lose sleep over it in giddy expectation, eh?


FRANZ FERDINAND - WHAT YOU WAITING FOR

like the stripped down JOSEPH K/FIRE ENGINES approach they bring to this cover. but you'll have already heard it on DJ SIMON's show so you'll know all about it.


HOT CHIP - THE BOY FROM SCHOOL

thought i'd give the album track an airing this week (as did my fellow DJ ON GRASS. honestly, all we do all day is mow lawns and talk music. except on saturday's when we play music. sometimes the distinction between our two shows is only inb our heads). you can find this on hot chip's new album THE WARNING. i hear he's touring america with STEREOLAB. wouldn't that be something if the tour got as far as NZ? with the pipettes too, i mean.


CANNONBALL JANE - SLUMBER PARTY

low fi sweety pop from everyone's favourite music teacher. been playing this for ages - it's finally been released a single but you ought go out and buy the album STREET VERNACULAR and let your mind wander amidst its joyous grooves. or something.


GO HOME PRODUCTIONS - DON'T STOP CHANGING

haven't played this for ages. this is an excellent mash-up from the man who more or less invented the genre (more or less) mashing up PAUL WELLER with S CLUB 7. the business.


GUILLEMOTS - WHO LEFT THE LIGHTS ON BABY

from the album FROM THE CLIFFS which upon repeated playsbecomes something of a joy. they try too hard, and all, but then i listen too hard so it all kinda balances out.


RICHARD CHEESE - HEY YA

well, you know.


PIZZICATO 5 - 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 BARBIE DOLLS

a few years ago i embraced that whole tokyo retro-kitsch thing that was coming out of japan. PIZZICATO 5 must have made about 40 or 50 albums before calling it a day. nearly every album had something on it that was this good.


TOTOM - CLINT PEACHEASTWOOD

this one presumably went down a storm last week so i thought i'd play it again. GORILLAZ vs. THE STRANGLERS. very fine.


DJ ZEBRA - GOMM JAH DUB

GOMM vs. KING TUBBY. nuff said. who's GOMM? dunno. probably someone french, they usually are. check out the DJ ZEBRA site on http://www.djzebra.free.fr/ this is the guy who was responsible for that chemical brothers/franz ferdinand mash-up i was trying so hard to popularise a while back by playing it all the time.


LOO AND PLACIDO - RIGBY REGGAE

LOO AND PLACIDO mash-ups are like gold dust these days what with their site now being soley dedicated to merchandise they can sell you. this is from a couple of years back.


THE BEATLES - TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS

as remixed, fairly pointlessly, by SMR this works because he ups the sonic noodling whilst more or less leaving the song alone. you have to be careful tinkering with the beatles because people know and cherish the songs so well but these two work quite well for a rainy saturday afternoon.


ST. ETIENNE - WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE

for the life of me i still can't remember who did this first and i really, really should have remembered by now. anyone going to help me out with this one. anyway, i do remember seeing SARAH CRACKNEL and the boys perform this on TOP OF THE POPS years ago. she was wearing a sex pistols t-shirt and a pink boa and, to my mind, wiped the floor with all the wannabe starlets there. made me want to go home and be slinky with her. still does, actually.


CCC - PSYCHESMELLICA

mashing up THE SUPREMES' REFLECTIONS, RINGO STARR's IT DON'T COME EASY, THE ZOMBIES' TIME OF THE SEASON (FOR LOVE), LULU's TO SIR WITH LOVE and THE BEATLES's SAVOY TRUFFLE. genius, and a big hit with laurie. check out his site on www.mashups.blogspot.com


SLACKJAWEDLOCAL - SOUL EXPLORATION

THE KARMINSKY EXPERIENCE, who never really lived up to the early promise displayed in their DJ sets mashed with ERIC B AND RAKIM's I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL. more or less works.


IRN MINKY - CRAZY TOGETHER

played this a couple of weeks ago and MRS. PEPPERPOT liked it so thought i'd give it one more airing. BEYONCE vs PRIMAL SCREAM.


RIDE - I DON'T KNOW WHERE IT COMES FROM (THE APOLLO 11 REMIX)

big tune this. always got me on the dancefloor at CHEESY back in EXETER, UK back in the 90's. it was ANDY BELL's greatest desire to be in OASIS. can you imagine? did you see them on the cover of Q magazine recently. what a bunch of wankers. be careful of what you wish for, it might actually happen, which is exactly the kind of sagacious advice MR spock gives out on my final track this week


LEONARD NIMOY - SPOCK THOUGHTS

this can be found on the rare as anything THE TWO SIDES OF LEONARD NIMOY, released back in 1968. a better option for them that like a bit of STAR TREK is the SPACED OUT CD which presents the best of LEONARD NIMOY and WILLIAM SHATNER, both in fine form and both equally able to clear a room of people reluctant to leave simply through the medium of sound.

time to go. happy listening.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Hauraki Hoedown Highlight - Neko Case

Neko Case's offerings are getting progressively more refined as well as progressively more cryptic in some respects. Rather than letting her growing alt-country stardom go to her head (ala Ryan Adams), Case appears to be on a solid path of songwriter maturation backed up by collaborations with artists of notable caliber in her 'solo' offerings as well as in her side projects like The New Pornographers. "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood" is her latest offering and features such artists as Bloodshot Records artist Kelly Hogan on backup vocals, Howe Gelb formerly of Giant Sand, and tracks with backup bands such as Calexico and the Sadies. This record is an ambitious and lyrically reflective statement by Case, a follow on from her critically aclaimed CD "Blacklisted" from 2002, the CD contains some incredible narrative flourishes from thinly veiled personal insights to deeply metaphorical meditations. I played a couple of tracks this Monday, Star Witness and Hold On, Hold On.

You can download a recent live Neko Case performance from NPR.org here or grab both Hold On, Hold On or the title track Fox Confessor Brings the Flood from this post over on the Aquariam Drunkard Blog.

THE PLANET L RADIO SHOW 13 - 5 - 06


on this weeks Planet L radio show - in many ways very much a show of two halves, and of course, in as equally as many other ways, not a game of two halves at all, more of what you'd call a radio show on a rainy saturday afternoon...this is what i played:

THE SUGABABES - I BET YOU LOOK GOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR

a killer track, it has to be said, though i didn't think they got the intro just right so i faded it in from the original by the ARTIC MONKEYS, of course, and it all kind of hung together. you can find this on the RED DRESS single; the sugababes, you gotta love 'em.


MILD EUPHORIA - ALGEBRA SPAGHETTI

talked all over it again


TEAM 9 - CRAZY TIMES

the first of this week's mash-ups and this week's only GNARLS BARKLEY bootleg, bought to you from australia's TEAM 9 mashing up GNARLS BARKLEY's 'CRAZY' with PRINCE's 'SIGN O' THE TIMES'. proved to be a big hit LAWRENCE NOIR's sidekick SILENT JAY who felt compelled to send in a text of appreciation - you could do this too by simply sending in a suitably enthusiastic message to 0210 599 288. believe me, a good text always goes down well with us at THE BEACH (99.4 FM, and all)


FRANZ FERDINAND - WHAT YOU LOOKING FOR

a stirling cover version of GWEN STEFANI's recent-ish single recorded live on the BBc. don't really care for gwen - kinda think she's a triumph of production over talent, but do like cover version's and mash-ups of her stuff. that'll be because i'm post-modern, me. and post-ironic. and drunk.


ARTY FUFKIN - HOLLABACK GIRLS FEEL GOOD

there - what did i tell you. GWEN STEFANI vs. GORILLAZ. it just works. last outing of this for a while so ihope you weren't distracted with your knitting or anything while i was playing it.



GO HOME PRODUCTIONS - DON'T HOLD BACK (SWEET JANE)

CHEMICAL BROTHERS vs. VELVET UNDERGROUND vs. ADINA HOWARD vs. MARRS vs. U2 vs. BLUR. genius. you can find this and many other mash-ups on www.mashculture.nl/english/mash.html


TOTOM - CLINT PEACHESWOOD

GORILLAZ vs. THE STRANGLERS of course and it just about works. my favourite mash-up of the week. mostly it's about making people smile, don't you think?



THE BRUNETTES - MARS LOVES VENUS

from 2004's MARS LOVES VENUS. is anyone gonna give them enough money to make another album, then? i'll buy it!



CANNONBALL JANE - AUTOMATIC KNOCKOUT

another track from the weird, lo-fi sugary pop album STREET VERNACULAR. it's like all your favourite bands wrapped up on one album - as long as your favourite bands are ST.ETIENNE,
THE GO! TEAM and THE RONETTE'S. what more could you want from an album?


BELLE AND SEBASTIAN - THE BLUES ARE STILL BLUE

new single from this family's favourite popsters (imagine , if you will, a family sitting round a phonograph and singing along to pop songs from BELLE AND SEBASTIAN whilst sipping hot chocolate and you pretty much have the measure of tuesday night's here on Planet L).


ROLF HARRIS - TEACH 'EM TO SWIM

i came across this the other day and remembered that i'd grown up watching that on telly. included for your listening pleasure.


LENLOW - THE HARDER IT COMES

DOVES vs. DAFT PUNK. excellent track this and about time we heard something new from him. check out his website on www.luke.enlow.net


HOT CHIP - THE BOY FROM SCHOOL (EROL ALKAN'S EXTENDED MIX)

excellent track this and a big favourite of DJ SIMON's. expect to hear a track or two from the new HOT CHIP album 'THE WARNING' next week.


GORILLAZ - EL MANANA (METRONOMY REMIX)

i think there's supposed to be one of those little squiggles over that first 'n'. it's good this, but i think you need a rainy day for it to really work on the radio. lucky for me it was raining then. you too, i guess.

CCC - LOVELY AND EASY

COMMODORE'S vs GOLDFRAPP. from the download only EP 'LOVELY AND EASY' which you can find at www.mashups.blogspot.com


GUILLEMOTS - WHO LEFT THE LIGHTS OFF, BABY?

from their debut album FROM THE CLIFFS, a glorious mixture of the BEACH BOYS and COLDPLAY. imagine that if you will, and then seek out the album. in a year that has so far failed to produce anything worth really jumping up and down about GUILLEMOTS are worth a tap of your foot. did you notice it was GUILLEMOTS and not "THE" GUILLEMOTS? i mention it so that you don't make an ass of yourself in the record shop...


THE GO!TEAM - WE LISTEN EVERYDAY

from the australia only release 'ARE YOU READY FOR MORE' ep. did you see them on the jools holland show the other night? they blew both me and mrs. Planet L away.


DJ MOULE - FOXY BREAK BEAT

JIMI HENDRIX vs. PROPELLERHEADS and i'm certain there's some CHEMICAL BROTHER'S beats in there somewhere too. what it's all about.


AUDIO SHRAPNEL - MR JOHNSON HI-FI

lovely tune this, and the one that drew most text responses. JACK JOHNSON meets THE MR.MEN. as lovely as it sounds.


MIDFIELD GENERAL - REACH OUT

from the album GENERALISATION. cool, slinky and sexy vibes from an underrated album.


FUTURO - BREATHE WITH ME 'TIL DAWN

one of my favourite mash-up artists. JUDY TZUKE vs. PINK FLOYD. who'd have thought? brilliant track this, and played out especially for the lovely mrs. Planet L.


GNARLS BARKLEY - ST. ELSEWHERE

the title track from the GNARLS BARKLEY album and your opportunity to see what the fuss is all about. always keen to keep up with what's going down ,me.


LOVE GROCER feat. CHESHIRE CAT - A LITTLE VERSION

i'm not going to bullshit you. i like dub as much as the next stoner but i played this track because it was raining.


ST. ETIENNE - HOBART PAVING

a beautiful track this, which you can find on the excellent album SO TOUGH. this album is possibly the most perfect pop album in the world ('pop' being the musical equivalent of falling in love with the girl in the trouser shop for almost 10 whole minutes - this album is just like that). once again i played this track because it was raining. a big hit with MRS. PEPPERPOT apparently.


SEAN MCCLOGGAN - MONGOLIAN DESERT MIX

knocked together whilst waiting for a plane in the mongolian desert, apparently. a 15 minute mix that doesn't feature any mongolians but does feature PRINCE. once again, downbeat vibes for a rainy saturday afternoon.


THE MAGIC NUMBERS - THERE IS A LIGHT AND IT NEVER GOES OUT

and speaking of downbeat vibes for a rainy saturday afternoon, an impeccable cover version of THE SMITHS most perfect number 1 that never was (on account of morrissey wanting BIGMOUTH STRIKES AGAIN as the single) THE MAGIC NUMBERS make this track their own without losing anything from the wonderful original, and a fairly good way of ending the show on what was, essentially, a wet and dreary saturday afternoon. expect to hear this on MRS PEPPERPOT's show soon.

so anyway, MRS. PLANET L has just put forward a pretty cogent argument for me being in bed with her rather that sitting alone here with a bottle of red wine so - enough.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Live on The Beach


Our live NZ Music Month series has got off to a great start. First up was Katy Soljak (thats her in the picture), one of the island's most accomplished musicians. She played two new songs that she has written to accompany a screenplay about a kiwi songwriter running off to Texas. Her set was great, despite the fact that she was suffering from a nasty white tailed spider bite, that had caused her to be hospitalised the week before the show. Katy was joined by Genevieve Cohen, a student from Waiheke High. Genevieve has a great voice, and they sounded particularly good together on a cover of the crazy hippy anthem All Around the World, originally performed by Blerta. You can read all about Blerta on this fantastic site about NZ music of the 60s and 70s.

Genevieve was back for the second week of Live on The Beach for a solo performance. Ocne again she was fantastic. My sound engineer skills, however, are far from outstanding. Despite my failings Genevieve pulled of a cracking set, concluding with a Neil Finn cover. Look out for her at the Waiheke Jam at Cats Tango on Sundays.

What's coming up? Who knows! Organising musicians is like herding cats. Check this site and the station for details.

We are recording the Live on The Beach performances and replaying them on Island Life the following Saturday morning so you all have a second chance to hear these great acts.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Planet L Radio show 6th May

Track listing:

ECHOBELLY - GREAT THINGS
played this one for my daughter daisy who was 6 this week. always liked the lines: "i wanna do great things, don'twanna compromise, i wanna know what life is, i wanna try everything" and thought it was a suitably edifying track todedicate to her. echobelly, of course, were among the also-rans of brit-pop that flared so brightly and briefly backin the late 90's. i expect that they've all moved into A & R work these days. or driving mini-cabs.

MILD EUPHORIA - ALGEBRA SPAGHETTI
i always talk over this one which is a pity because it's a disarmingly sweet choon and can be found on the album ALGEBRA SPAGHETTI released on SIESTA RECORDS. i find that you always need a good choon to talk over at the beginningof a show and for the last few weeks or so (and for the next few i expect) this is it. one day i will play it allwithout saying a word.

CANNONBALL JANE - HEY HEY ALRIGHT .
i love cannonball jane. she's a cross between ST.ETIENNE, THE GO! TEAM and THE RONNETTES which is pretty much all ittakes to get played on my show. she teaches music to infants in brooklyn n.y. and her album STREET VERNACULAR is oneof my finds of the year. lo-fi sugary pop - to be treasured.

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN - WHITE COLLAR BOY
wry glitter pop from their new album THE LIFE PURSUIT which took a few plays to get into actually. the secret was toleave it in the car stereo for a few weeks and before too long me and the kids were all singing along on the schoolrun. altogether now..."You're not too ugly you can kiss me if you like!"

ARTY FUFKIN - HOLLABACK GIRLS FEEL GOOD
the first of todays bootlegs mashing up the ever popular GORILLAZ with GWEN STEFANI. you can find this and manyother links to some good little mash-up sites by going to www.bootie.tv/home/bb/ what is a hollaback girl anyway?

GNARLS BARKLY - CRAZY
dj dangermouse and cee-lo. i don't know who cee-lo is but dj dangermouse sprung into notoriety with the release ofhis bootleg THE GREY ALBUM mashing up the beatle's white album with jay-z's black album. it'a a good idea but it'snot something that you'd ever want to listen to twice. but it caught the ear of damon albarn and so he produced theexcellent album by the GORILLAZ last year. CRAZY is the first single to be released from the album ST. ELSEWHERE andhas been number 1 in england and possibly the rest of the world for weeks. as has the album. it's alright; veryelegantly produced. bit too soulful for me but has a few psychedelic flourishes in the studio to keep me interested.i play three mash-ups of this track later on in the show.

MATT HITE - MATERIAL MICKEY
mashes up madonna's material girl with toni basil's mickey. always going to be a winner. one of those tracks whereyou think: that was so obvious - why didn't i think of that? probably becuase you've got better things to do withyour time, i expect. bootleggers don't get out much.

APEBOY - ORINOCCO BITCH (LENLOW RE-EDIT)
the prodigy vs. enya, of course. lenlow is one of my favourite bootleggers and he claims that this was one of hisfavourite mash-ups but just needed a bit of re-jigging with the arabic wailing from the original prodigy track putback in. always raises a smile this one, from me anyway.

CCC - SLAVE BACK
one of five new tracks released by ccc this past couple of weeks. this one mashes grace jones with moloko. not ahuge fan of grace jones but am a big fan of ccc whose work is more interesting than a lot of others because he'shappy to plunder pops history for his tracks (most bootleggers just work around the latest beyonce single). his mostnotable success is his mash-up of the beatles album revolver which he mashed up as REVOLVED. find him athttp://www.mashups.blogspot.com/

THE GO! TEAM - WE LISTEN EVERYDAY
avaiable on the australia only tour ep ARE YOU READY FOR MORE released last year. i like this one - it's shouty.

HOT CHIP - THE BOY FROM SCHOOL (EROL ALKEN'S EXTENDED MIX)
it's the track they're all talking about. well me and dj simon are anyway, and mrs pepperpot and lawrence noirpopped round the other night and they were talking about it too so that kind of amounts to the same thing. anyway,expect to hear this one coming at you from all over the shop for the next few months. this is perfect coming upmusic for sunny days and late nights.

THE SHORTWAVE SET - IS IT ANY WONDER?
from the excellent album THE DEBT COLLECTION this was one of my favourite albums of last year. made entirely fromsamples culled from the sort of records found in the back of dusty charity shops on a rainy day the shortwave setquickly became my favourite band in the world for days. there are echoes of stereolab and broadcast in their soundbut that's probably why i took them so quickly to my heart. this particular track is probably the best thing iplayed today so i hope you got to hear it and you didn't have the kettle on or anything while i was playing it. iunderstand that they've just remixed a track by moby but i expect dj simon can tell you all about that.

THE CHILLS - KALEIDOSCOPE WORLD
i bought this the week i left home. i played it constantly in my tiny cold bedsit while i day-dreamt of bettertimes. 25 years later i get to play it on my radio show on waiheke island. just goes to show something or other,doesn't it?

IRN MINKY - CRAZY TOGETHER
in which beyonce and primal scream get mashed up. a big hit with mrs pepperpot this one so hopefully it will get abit of air play on her show too.

CHEEKY BOY - CRAZY AVALANCHES
the first of the show's three gnarls barkly mash-ups. this one takes the avalanches 'frontier psychiatrist' andslips it effortlessly over the gnarls barkly track. what with dj dangermouse making good from the bootleg world it'sno wonder everyone is chomping at the bit to get their hands on his stuff. these three bootlegs are all so good icouldn't choose between them so i just thought i'd play them all.

ARTY FUFKIN - CRAZY LOGIC
in which the track get's mashed with supertramp's 'the logical song'. genius.

DJ SCHMOLLI - CRAZY BABY IT'S YOU
my personal favourite - this time bringing the ronnettes to play. this is why people should be allowed to makebootlegs - they can bring joy to a cluttered heart.

GO HOME PRODUCTIONS - DON'T HOLD BACK (SWEET JANE)
another argument for the continued existence of bootleggers - this is one of those tracks that makes you think:"wow! i'd never have thought of that" but then GHP is the man. wossname's lyrics from the chemical brothers'galvanise' over the soundtrack to the velvet underground's sweet jane. genius. could do without u2 joining in buti'm sure they just kinda fitted - what are you going to do?

JACK PLANCK - MILKMAN VS. THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD
from the strange and lovely album TO HELL WITH YOU I'LL MAKE MY OWN PEOPLE jack planck is one of JACKNIFE LEE'S sideproject. jacknife lee recently-ish produced vertigo by u2 but i don't jold that against him - i just mention that togive him a bit of background for you just in case you don't know who i'm talking about but i don't suppose that hasentirely cleared it up for you.

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN - BLACK AND WHITE UNITE
been playing this in the car all the time lately - this is from their album STORYTELLING which is the soundtrack tothe TODD SOLONDZ movie which i never saw - got vey mixed reviews apparently, you either like his stuff or you don't.not my favourite B&S album but possibly my favourite B&S track - sugary sweet and slightly melancholic and a choonyou can hum til the cows come home (should you care to)

JACKIE LEE - RUPERT THE BEAR
another track for daisy - well what's the point of having your own radio show if you can't play songs for yourdaughter's birthday. not that i needed much excuse to play this gem from 1971. have you noticed that she sings'rupert the bear' when in fact, as mrs planet L will tell you, his name is actually rupert bear.

THE LOLLIPOP TRAIN - JOYFUL
just what it says on the label. the soundtrack to skipping through meadows on a summers days while sniffing atdandelions and possibly getting a few cart-wheels in. beautiful and a big favourite of laurie's from the sunsetcafe.

THE BRUNETTES - WHALE IN THE SAND
one of my favourite kiwi bands. i expect they'll have an album out any day now.CCC - LOVELY AND EASYin which the commodores are mashed up with goldfrapp's 'lovely head'. great track this.

CCC - SHE'S SLIPPING INTO SOMETHING
as is this. it's always tricky mashing up the beatles because the originals are just too engrained on theconsciousness but this is a fine, fine track. the beatles 'she's leaving home' mashed with kinobe'd "slip intosomething more comfortable'. i don't know why 3 tracks from ccc got played today. just kinda had that special planetL vibe i was after i suppose.

SOFT HEARTED SCIENTISTS - ISABELLA, KEEP RIDING THE ROAD TO THE SEA
the soft hearted scientists produced my favourite album of last year with UNCANNY TALES FROM THE EVERYDAYUNDERGROWTH. psychedelic pastoral whimsy from wales this album has so many fine songs it lived on my stereo over thesummer.

JIM NOIR - TURN YOUR FROWN INTO A SMILE
because that's what we do here on the planet L radio show - turn frowns into smiles. this track is taken from hisdebut album THE TOWER OF LOVE which combines more whimsical noodlings with beach boy harmonies making it right up mystreet.

tell you what - this took ages to do. i may not be as proficient at this as i at first hoped. expect something new next week but who know's, eh? happy listening...

Hauraki Hoedown Highlight - The Black Keys

Bob started it all out with the radio equivalent of a treatable neurosis, by playing nearly 3 hours worth of songs with the word 'radio' in them. I heard a Monty Python track, "I Bet They Won't Play this Song on the Radio" which I'd never have expected to ever hear on the radio - but that's the Beach for you... my pick for the night though was one by the blues unit the Black Keys.

I've been playing tracks off this 6 song CD by the Black Keys for a couple of weeks now, but I think that the track I played this monday, My Mind is Ramblin' is really the one i'm holding on to. It's a fuzzy hard-picked guitar groove with a hook that the White Stripes can only dream about at night. From a CD called Chulahoma, the Akron, OH two-piece The Black Keys on the Fat Possum label pay tribute to the late Junior Kimbrough the first artist to record for Fat Possum. Kimbrough was friend of the late R.L. Burnside - another Fat Possum label mate who sadly passed away earlier this year. The Keys stripped down drum and guitar sound pay homage to this North Mississippi Hill Country sound that seems to finally be finding it's place alongside much of the more famed blues locales and sounds. I also played the brief phone message from Kimbrough's wife that thanks the Keys for doing such a fine tribute to late husband - nice addition.

Download: Meet Me in the City by the Black Keys.

For a full list of what I played, see Casa de Country Mike.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

DJ Simon - The Mix and Mash Radio Show - 7th May 2006

Soulwax - Slowdance
A fabulous opener from my favourite Belgian brothers Soulwax (AKA 2manydjs). This track is taken from a recent 'This is Radio Soulwax' CD available with last months Mixmag - Electro Techno, bombastic rock to disco and chunky swirling gutars and saxophones - Blindin'

For more info on Soulwax/2manydjs go to http://www.soulwax.com/

TRACK OF THE WEEK

Arthur Baker ft Tim Wheeler - Glow the Freelance Hellraiser Guitarmageddon remix
I've been playing the original version of this for a couple of weeks and stumbled on this Freelance Hellraiser remix when I was looking for his first (official) release 'Pound for Pound' (which I still haven't found yet). Glad I did too! There's a great Hooky bassline, slashing guitars and the Ash singer’s imperfect vocals. This could almost be a mid-’80s New Order single and the Freelance Hellraiser works his electro flair.

Lindstrom - Another station
Another Station is a balearic disco-number with cheesy early-house-piano, 8bit bontempi-drums and lush flanger-strings, perfect for those really late nights/early mornings. There's a great Todd Terje remix of ths kicking around aswell that picks up the speed and incorporates harmony-vocals and a new totally irresistible bass-line.

Scissor Sisters v Fischerspooner v Pet Shop Boys - We need a war (DJ Earworm Bootleg)
A quite brilliant mash-up from DJ Earworm incorporating the Scissor sistors 'Filthy Gorgeous' and Fischerspooner's 'We Need A War' with a smattering of the Petshop Boys 'It's a sin' - A brilliant piece of Bedroom Bootleging!

Go to http://www.djearworm.com/ to download this and other DJ Earworm Mash-ups


Velvet Underground vs Chemical Brothers - Dont hold back Sweet Jane (GHP)
Oh I've gone bootleg crazy this week! This is class from the most prolific and commercially succesful bootlegger Mark Vidler the man behind Go Home Productions.

This mash-up fuses .."The Chemical Brothers 'Galvanise' vocals with Velvet Undergrounds 'Sweet Jane' for the main part, held together with all manner of elements that made up MARRS 'Pump Up The Volume'. Adina Howard pops in for some overused acapella duties, whilst U2 and a 'blink and you'll miss it' Blur sample surface for some air towards the end."

Go to http://www.gohomeproductions.co.uk/ to download this and other Go Home Productions tracks.

Cat Power and Karen Elson - I love you (me either)
Fifteen years after his death, Serge Gainsbourg lives again with the release of 'Serge Gainsbourg Revisited' bringing together original muses and younger fans to rework his best songs. This is the first time that Gainsbourg's lyrics have been officially translated into English.

Gainsbourg is revered in France as the nation's greatest popular musician, but in Britain he is perhaps best remembered for the 1969 seduction classic, Je t'aime moi non plus and this Cat Power and Karen Elson track, 'I Love you - me either' is translated directly. Excellent it is too!

Daft Punk v Hard-Fi - Hard To Boot (Dunproofin)
Yet another mash-up ths time from Dunproffin'. Daft Punk's Digital love has always been a Saturday morning favourite for me and it mixes perfectly here with vocal's from Hard-Fi's Hard to beat!

Headman - Moisture (feat Anton Spivac)
Swiss born, Berlin-based Robi Insinna, a.k.a. Headman, is a nu-disco producer on the Gomma label. While his music has a very simple, analog-sounding backdrop like a lot of minimalish electro house, Headman is a master of meticulously placed layers of coy synths, handclaps, and cowbells as with here on this track featuring Anton Spivac on vocals.

Moby - Dream about me (The shortwave set pick 'n mix)
Planet L's been bangin' on about the Shortwave set for a while now which the only reason i got hold of this Moby track. Very good it is too!

Franz Ferdinand ft Jane Birkin - A song for sorry angel
A second track from the Serge Gainsbourg Revisited CD featuring Serge's old muse Jane Birkin.


The 25 Minute mix

Hot Chip - Over and over (solid groove remix)
Cut Copy - Saturdays (Headman Remix) From 2005
LCD Soundsystem - Disco Infiltrator (fks Infiltrated vocal mix)

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Hauraki Hoedown Highlight - Josh Ritter

I usually post the playlists for my show over on the Casa de Country Mike blog but I didn't write the songs down last night as I was recording it for a potential podcast, so figured I'd have another listen and post later. But my highlight for the show last night (apart from Willy B. making me go to dead air to fix the horrible buzz we were experiencing - but big ups to him for fixing it!) had to be the two tracks by Josh Ritter that I played, Good Man and Thin Blue Flame.

Ritter's "The Animal Years" is a lyrically complex meditation on well ... the usual subjects, but it's Ritter's rich voice and some awesome production (from a guy who's produced both Mighty Mouse and Iron & Wine) that make this offering stand above many of the similarly styled singer/songwriterish releases of late. I played the pop sounding Good Man and the 9 minute opus Thin Blue Flame. The opening track, Girl in the War is really what sold the album for me originally and you can download that one and Thin Blue Flame from the Josh Ritter Fansite, here: http://www.dougrice.net/joshritter_audio.html

Monday, May 01, 2006

DJ Simon - The Mix and Mash Radio Show - 29th April

TRACK OF THE WEEK

Hot Chip - And I was a Boy From School (Erol Alkan's Extended rework) - Released April 2006

Seems to me that Erol Alkan is trying to 'out DFA' the DFA on this fantastic rework from Hot Chip. The track starts out all moody, bleepy, glitchy electronica with trippy vocals and grows into a low-fi balearic crescendo (if there is such a thing). It is magnificent in so many ways and should appeal to the clubheads out there just as much as the mushroom chompers of this world - Blindin'!


Headman - Moisture (feat Anton Spivac) - Released April 2006

Serious action from Headman, a big player in the new electro disco movement! Moisture is the second single from Headman's acclaimed CD 'On' released on Gomma Germany last month. Given Headman's electro leanings this is a suprisingly up-beat post punk, disco-not-disco, guitar driven track.


Goldfrap - Slide In (DFA Remix) - Released December 2005

Man I love this tune so much, even more than I did on my last posting! and it fills 15 minutes of my show too which is always a bonus! :-) There's something really special about this remix and I’m really feeling the 'Disco DFA' vibe! On another note, given that when it came out in December last year only 100 copies were pressed, I'm rather pleased that I have a copy - What - You mean an mp3 doesn't count? Bugger!


LCD Soundsystem v PartyBen - PartyBen Is Playing at my house - Available online 2006

A great Bootleg this from Party Ben mixing up the LCD Soundsytsem's Daft Punk is playing at my house with Gorillaz, Kate Lenlow, MC Hammer amongst others - Mashup's are dead my arse!!!

For more bootlegs from Party Ben go to: http://www.partyben.com/


Flaming Lips - Yeah yeah yeah song - Released April 2006

Fantastic new and very cheerful single from the Flaming Lips from the new 'At War With the Mystics ' CD, their the twelfth studio album. It seems they've now moved away from the digital sounds that dominated their 2002 release 'Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots' and have taken on a more experimental, organic sound described by leader Coyne as "space-age jazz and progressive Dixieland" - It can't be ignored!


Kylie Minogue - Slow (Chemical Brothers Remix) - Released 2003

An excellent remix of Kylie's Slow from the Chems. Given that Kylie was going through a bit of an Electronica phase at the time of release it's hardly surpising that this glitchy club version of 'Slow' works so well! Good old Kylie, you gotta love her - And such a nice arse too!

Go to http://www.chimeric.demon.co.uk/diversity/articles/airbrush.html for further information about Kylie's arse!


Spank Rock - Rick Rubin (xxxchange electro remix) - Released March 2006

An ode to the bearded Zenmeister of maximum noise-creation, This track 'Rick Rubin' is in fact Spank Rock’s very own, somewhat cryptic brag suggesting that, just as Rick Rubin transformed modern music in the mid-eighties, now Spank Rock are going to do the same for the mid-noughties. The track itself has tonnes of squelching bass, bizarre latin percussion, talking drums, random electronic squeaking, robot voices, and a rhyme from Spank Rock himself that skips through concepts and ideas at such speed that it leaves you dizzy.


Franz Ferdinand - The Fallen (Justice Clique Edit) - Released March 2006

A brilliant re-working of Franz Ferdinand's current single from one of my favourite remixmeisters!!! Some people (ie. Planet L) say it never really gets going - Tosh!!!! ;-)


Coldcut - True Skool - Released April 2006

The new single from Coldcut's latest album 'Sound Mirrors' out on Ninja Tune records.


The DJ Simon 25 Minute Mix

Lifelike and Kris Menace - Discopolis
Lindstrom - Another day (Todd Terje remix)
Tiga - Far from home (DFA remix)


This just in:

DFA Records have finally released 'The DFA - The Remixes Chapter One' this month. The CD collects 9 of the DFA Remixes done since their inception in 2001, starting with the first ever, "Deceptacon" by Le Tigre. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Deceptaon - Le Tigre
2. Mars Arizona - Blues Explosion
3. The Boxer - The Chemical Brothers
4. Another Excuse - Soulwax
5. Dance To The Underground - Radio 4
6. Emerge - Fischerspooner
7. Dare - Gorillaz
8. Orange Alert - Metro Area
9. (Just Like We) Breakdown - Hot Chip

Volume 2 will be released sometime in September

For more info go to: http://www.dfarecords.com/

That's it for this week, more next!!