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Saturday, 31 July 2021

Songs from Beneath the Spaghetti Tree Vol. 71

 


  1. Beastie Boys - Picture This (2:25)
  2. Open Road - Waterwheel (3:54)
  3. Big Hogg - Here Come the Moles (4:55)
  4. Anika - Naysayer (3:54)
  5. Jacqueline Taieb - Le Coeur au Bout des Doigts (2:37)
  6. Wombo - Blossom Bear (2:53)
  7. Elevator to Hell - To Breathe (1:56)
  8. Luli Lucinha e O Bando - Flor Lilás (3:33)
  9. Kalyanji-Anandji - Somebody to Love (2:12)
10. Sunwatchers & Eugene Chadbourne - The Anchor (2:57)
11. Santa Barbara Machine Head - Porcupine Juice (3:13)
12. Sababa 5 (feat. Yurika) - Tokyo Midnight (4:25)
13. Mikal Cronin - Breathe (4:04)
14. Gatien - Magie (3:24)
15. K. Frimpong and His Cubano Fiestas - Gyae Mensu (4:23)
16. Piero Umiliani - Cinque Bambole Rosa (Organo e Ritmi) (2:22)
17. Fischer-Z - Pretty Paracetamol (3:57)
18. Melenas - Mentiras (3:17)
19. Faust - Flashback Caruso (4:01)
20. KOIKOI - Misisipi (4:39)
21. Ghost Dance Collective - New Worlds (3:34)
22. Muun Bato - Corn Woman (3:26)
23. 62 Miles From Space - Age of Discovery (3:21)


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Saturday, 24 July 2021

Lida Husik - Now I'm Older (1991-2018)

 


Bio:
Lida was born in 1963 in Washington, D.C., growing up in the heady punk-rock days of the 1980's. Her first song on a record was on the Dischord compilation State of the Union, as Red Emma. From 1991 to 1999 she released eight full-length records on Shimmy Disc Records, Caroline Records, Astralwerks, and Alias. Her early works, released on the Shimmy Disc label, focused on ethereal, psychedelic indie pop. She also experimented with dance beats and samples, in 1994 teaming up with British electronic composer Beaumont Hannant with whom she recorded three albums, two for Astralwerks and one for Alias records. After 1999's "Mad Flavor", Husik's record releases were quite sparse, with 1 single being released in 2006 and a collaborative EP with Soma Allpass in 2016. It wasn't until 2018 she released her ninth full-length album, "motheroceanmorning".


A few years back I posted about how Flying Nun was my favourite record label in the 1980s/early 1990s. Close behind them were the Shimmy Disc label. As with Flying Nun,  I bought almost everything they released for several years, which is how I first came across Lida Husik, buying her first 3 albums released on the label. After she left Shimmy Disc I  kind of lost track of her future work, not hearing her later releases for several years. Having rectified that situation, I recently decided it was time my next anthology should be a selection of some of my favourite songs from all her albums released so far, plus the odd EP/single track.
Recommendations? I'd go for her first release "Bozo", from 1991, "Joyride" from 1995, and 1999's "Mad Flavor". As ever, info containing track origin & year of release is tagged in the music files and in the download file. I hope you enjoy this latest collection.


  1. Lida Husik - Mickey Minnie (3:57)
  2. Lida Husik - Pyramus and Thisbe (1:49)
  3. Husikesque - Haunt Me (3:21)
  4. Lida Husik - Fade Sister Cool (2:31)
  5. Lida Husik - Hitchhiker (4:30)
  6. Lida Husik - State of the Empire (5:05)
  7. Lida Husik - Nuclear Soul (4:06)
  8. Lida Husik - Marcel (9:40)
  9. Lida Husik - Build a Fire (4:31)
10. Lida Husik & Soma Allpass - The Navigator (3:54)
11. Lida Husik - Million Years (3:08)
12. Lida Husik - Strawberries Are Growing in My Garden (and It's Wintertime) (4:51)
13. Lida Husik - Death Trip (1:51)
14. Lida Husik & Beaumont Hannant - Now I'm Older, Silver Girl (5:16)
15. Lida Husik - Farmhouse (4:25)
16. Lida Husik - Glo Stick (3:56)
17. Lida Husik - Hopi Ants (2:42)
18. Husikesque - All Hands on Deck (5:06)
19. Lida Husik - Waterfall (5:10)


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Friday, 9 July 2021

Françoiz Breut - Sans Souci 1997-2021

 


Bio:
Françoiz Breut (b. 10 Dec 1969, Cherbourg France) is a French singer and professional illustrator, establishing herself as an important player on the French music scene in the 1990s. Breut, who is known for melancholy, introspective lyrics and a smoky, jazz-tinged approach to pop/rock, has inspired a variety of comparisons. She sings primarily in French, with an occasional song in English or Spanish, frequently working with collaborators on music and lyrics. She has been compared to the influential ‘60s ye-ye icon Françoise Hardy -- which is perhaps a comparison that comes too easily -- as well as German singer Nico. She has released 7 studio albums, her self-titled debut album came out in 1997, with her most recent album "Flux Flou de la Foule" being released in 2021.



The idea for making a collection of my favourite Françoiz Breut tracks came about when I dug out an old compilation I'd made several years ago, which featured the track "Si Tu Disais" from her 2nd album "Vingt à Trente Mille Jours". Having neglected her most recent albums over the years I decided to track them down and was quite delighted with how good they all are. So, picking just a few favourites from all 7 albums, plus the odd track released as single only, gave me more than enough material to compile what I consider to be a fair reflection of her continued excellence from her debut release up to the present day. I haven't gone overboard on this like previous anthologies, keeping this to CD length.

Favourite albums by her? I'd go for the aforementioned "Vingt à Trente Mille Jours", and her 2016 album "Zoo", but all 7 are definitely worth your attention. As per usual, info containing track origin & year of release is tagged in the music files and in the download file. I hope you enjoy this latest collection, and stay safe!



  1. La Certitude (3:20)
  2. Terre d'Ombre (3:02)
  3. Si Tu Disais (2:23)
  4. Werewolf (3:47)
  5. À Pic ! (4:27)
  6. Comme des Lapons (3:43)
  7. La Fille des Eaux (4:24)
  8. A l'Unisson (3:10)
  9. Les Jeunes Pousses (4:18)
10. Everyone Kisses a Stranger (2:42)
11. Sans Souci (2:40)
12. Une Ville Allongée Sur le Dos (4:25)
13. L'arbre (2:54)
14. Vicky (3:04)
15. Sous Mes Paupières Closes (3:20)
16. Ma Colère (5:21)
17. La Chirurgie des Sentiments (3:44)
18. Nébuleux Bonhomme (1:43)
19. Deep Sea Diver (3:54)
20. Derrière le Grand Filtre (5:52)
21. La Boîte de Nuit (3:36)
22. Tarifa (3:44)


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Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Songs from Beneath the Spaghetti Tree Vol. 70

 


  1. Goom - Massaï Part 1 (2:26)
  2. Bo Ningen - 32 Kaiten (4:39)
  3. Skullcrusher - Steps (1:49)
  4. The Nightingales with Vic Godard - Commercial Suicide Man (3:12)
  5. The Sea Nymphs - The Sea Ritual (2:18)
  6. Up, Bustle and Out - Silks, Perfumes and Gold (Persuasive Percussion) (4:49)
  7. Brett Smiley - Abstracting Billy (2:46)
  8. Chris Knox - Heart Failure (2:44)
  9. Bruno Battisti D'Amario - Fiori e Macerie (2:47)
10. Trees Speak - State of Clear (2:03)
11. Mel Brown - Chicken Fat (4:13)
12. Khruangbin & Leon Bridges - Texas Sun (4:03)
13. Opinion - In White Suit (1:50)
14. Arthur Satàn - The Boy in the Frame (5:35)
15. Shepparton Airplane - Fear (3:13)
16. Teke::Teke - Sarabande (4:06)
17. Cymande - The Message (4:16)
18. Furniture - Why Are We in Love
(5:06)
19. John Barry - Theme From "The Persuaders" (2:08)
20. Chad VanGaalen - Vibraphone Beat (3:52)
21. Mayo Thompson - Horses (3:11)
22. Danielle Dax - Fizzing Human Bomb (3:40)
23. Brian Eno - No One Receiving (3:44)


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Wednesday, 16 June 2021

The Fall - Enigrammatic Dreams

 


So, here's another compilation of The Fall! The idea for this came when I was looking at the excellent blog The Fall In Fives, reading about the many songs the band have covered throughout the years. So I decided to compile my favourites from the songs listed, never realising there'd been so many. Some you'd hardly recognise from the original, some you might think they've absolutely ruined, some you might think totally surpass the original recording. But they all have one thing in common, the distinct sound of Mark E Smith interpreting them in his own "enigrammatic" way.

More detailed info such as origin of each recording by the band is included in the download file. I've also taken the extra step of including who the original artist of each song was in the tracklisting below. Hope you all enjoy!



01. I Can Hear the Grass Grow (2:48)
Original artist: The Move (1967)
02. F-' Oldin' Money (2:45)
Original artist: Tommy Blake (1959)
03. Strangetown (2:44)
Original artist: The Groundhogs (1970), the original was called 'Strange Town'
04. Popcorn Double Feature (3:40)
Original artist: The Searchers (1967)
05. Kimble (3:53)
Original artist: The Creators (1968)
06. Bourgeois Town (3:39)
Original artist: Lead Belly (1938), original title was 'Bourgeois Blues'
07. Last Chance to Turn Around (3:24)
Original artist: Gene Pitney (1965)
08. War (2:34)
Original artist: Henry Cow / Slapp Happy (1975)
09. Just Waiting (4:35)
Original artist: Hank Williams (as 'Luke The Drifter') (1951)
10. I'm Not Satisfied (2:56)
Original artist: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention (1966)
11. Gotta See Jane (2:22)
Original artist: R Dean Taylor (1968)
12. Funnel of Love (2:54)
Original artist: Wanda Jackson (1961)
13. Rollin' Dany (2:22)
Original artist: Gene Vincent (1958), original was called 'Rollin' Danny'
14. Victoria (2:42)
Original artist: The Kinks (1969)
15. Lost in Music (Mix 7) (4:34)
Original artist: Sister Sledge (1979)
16. Pinball Machine (2:50)
Original artist: Lonnie Irving (1960)
17. White Lightning (2:12)
Original artist: The Big Bopper (1958)
18. Beatle Bones 'n' Smokin' Stones (3:38)
Original artist: Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band (1968)
19. Why Are People Grudgeful? (4:25)
Original artist: Joe Gibbs / Lee Perry (1968). An amalgamation of two similar songs, 'People Grudgeful' by Joe Gibbs and 'People Funny Boy' by Lee Perry.
20. Mr. Pharmacist (2:17)
Original artist: The Other Half (1966)
21. Black Monk Theme Part 1 (4:28)
Original artist: Monks (1966), original title was 'I Hate You'.
22. I'm Going to Spain (3:26)
Original artist: Steve Bent (1976)
23. Jerusalem (7:01)
Written by: William Blake (words) / Hubert Parry (music)
Not a straightforward cover, but some of the words were taken from Blake's 1804 poem 'And did those Feet in Ancient Time' that Sir Hubert Parry turned into the hymn 'Jerusalem' in 1916 (from which the main melody and bass line of the Fall is derived).


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Sunday, 6 June 2021

Songs from Beneath the Spaghetti Tree Vol. 69

 


  1. Gong - Love Is How You Make It (3:26)
  2. Implosion Quintet - Skeleton Crew (3:57)
  3. Koncz Zsuzsa és az Illés Zenekar - Visz a Vonat (3:17)
  4. The Advisory Circle - Discipline Before Data (3:51)
  5. Cyril Cyril - Al Boustan (3:21)
  6. Shadow Folk - Chaos (3:39)
  7. Repetitor - Kroz Vetar (3:02)
  8. The Art of Lovin' - You Got the Power (2:59)
  9. Bressa Creeting Cake - They Write Words to People Who are Dead (2:44)
10. Hollow Ship - Magic Mountain (3:32)
11. Solid Space - Contemplation (3:16)
12. Wendy Eisenberg - AOB (2:48)
13. Gate Way - Morning Quiet Song (3:12)
14. Laure Briard - Eu Voo (2:17)
15. The Stars - Subway (aka Night Walker) (11:19)
16. Odin - Be the Man You Are (2:40)
17. Grave Flowers Bongo Band - VATMM (3:18)
18. Josh Rouse + Kurt Wagner - 65 (3:28)
19. Supersister - Psychopath (3:58)
20. Ryley Walker - Pond Scum Ocean (7:07)
21. Thievery Corporation - Firelight (feat. Lou Lou Ghelichkhani) (3:30)
22. Modern Art - Landscape From a Dream (3:55)
23. Aloa Input - The Other Rainbow (3:06)
24. Eduardo Bort - Yann (3:39)
25. Miranda Lee Richards - Colours So Fine (5:27)


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Thursday, 20 May 2021

Pram - Sing a Lullaby (1992-2007)

 


Short bio:
Pram are a band formed in Birmingham, England in 1990, originally consisting of vocalist Rosie Cuckston, guitarist Matt Eaton, Sam Owen on bass, and drummer Andy Weir. Their first EP, "Gash" was self-released in 1992. Between 1993 and 1995 the label Too Pure released several increasingly sophisticated albums and EPs. Early recordings were a krautrock-influenced blend of rhythmic guitar, keyboards and percussion, with Cuckston's eerie vocals and lyrics dealing with depression, loneliness and the dark side of childhood. Second album "Helium" (1994) featured increasing use of the sampler, and later recordings show a marked interest in "exotica".

In 1995 Pram left Too Pure, and several singles and EPs were recorded for a variety of labels before they found a new home at Domino Records. The first album for Domino, "North Pole Radio Station", was originally recorded for Wurlitzer Jukebox Records, but the label shut down before it could be released. 1999's "Keep in a Dry Place and Away From Children" was the soundtrack to an animated film, and also featured a remix by Mouse on Mars. Following the 2008 EP "Prisoner of the Seven Pines", the band took a lengthy hiatus, with Cuckston abandoning music for academia.

In subsequent years, band members worked on other projects, both separately and together. After live performances together (without Cuckston) in 2017, the band released Across the Meridian in 2018 on Domino, featuring Owen (now on vocals as well as bass) and Eaton, plus Max Simpson on keyboards and Harry Dawes on brass.


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Yet another anthology where you couldn't do justice to the band, with such a large back catalogue to choose from. So this shouldn't be considered a "best of", instead a selection of just a few of my favourite songs by them.
Big shoutout to Manerg who chose a few of the tracks included here, so I guess not just a selection of my favourites but his too! This collection concentrates on the releases with Cuckston on vocals, from their first EP in 1992 up until her final album with the band in 2007.
As usual info containing track origin & year of release is tagged in the music files and in the download file. I hope you all enjoy this collection of songs, and as always stay safe!



  1. Superchouette (4:31)
  2. Loose Threads (4:57)
  3. Clock Without Hands (4:32)
  4. Bewitched (4:21)
  5. The Empty Quarter (4:00)
  6. Things Left on the Pavement (6:45)
  7. Sea Jungle (4:19)
  8. Blue Singer (4:18)
  9. The Pawnbroker (3:16)
10. Dorothy (3:50)
11. Space Siren (5:16)
12. The Doors of Empty Cupboards (4:58)
13. Monkey Puzzle (4:33)
14. Life in the Clouds (4:47)
15. Last Astronaut (5:17)
16. Paper Hats (4:02)
17. The Silk Road (3:20)
18. I'm a War (4:48)
19. My Father the Clown (4:01)
20. Crooked Tiles (3:40)
21. Sleepy Sweet (4:08)
22. Play of the Waves (7:23)


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Monday, 10 May 2021

Songs from Beneath the Spaghetti Tree Vol. 68


  1. Rural Tapes - Reddal (8:19)
  2. The Junkyard Liberty - Let It Go (3:29)
  3. International Music - Insel der Verlassenheit (3:51)
  4. 77:78 - Love Said (Let's Go) (3:19)
  5. Amon Düül II - Light (3:47)
  6. The Fallen Leaves - Out in a Forest (3:21)
  7. Poppycock - Magic Mothers (3:59)
  8. Camarão Orkestra - Samba Crevets (4:47)
  9. Spectrum Meets Captain Memphis - Til Your Mainline Comes (3:40)
10. Bipolaroid - Madeline (2:39)
11. The Projects - Accidents will Happen (4:09)
12. Axemen - Mourning of Youth (3:42)
13. The Smell of Incense - Columbine Confused (5:38)
14. David Ian Roberts - Carillon (3:50)
15. Djinn - Nights with Kurupi (4:25)
16. Jantar - Bergen op Zoom (5:41)
17. The Damned - Life Goes On (4:03)
18. Leon Paul-Phillips - Way Out (2:39)
19. World of Twist - On the Scene (4:32)
20. Mt. Mountain - Diablo (3:24)
21. William Doyle - Who Cares (2:32)
22. Léo Siallac - Un Nouvel Été Sans Amour (3:32)
23. HMS Ginafore - Comfort in Rum (1:56)
24. Ghost Funk Orchestra - Lone (2:32)
25. Veik - Château Guitar (4:50)


 

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Decontamination Process - Volume 2

 


Following on from the first volume posted back in February, celebrating the resurgence of post-punk influenced bands in the late 2010s. Once again featuring bands from across the globe, the tracks featured here date from the years 2018 to 2021. Also, many thanks to Marylyn for her help on this volume with some excellent band/song suggestions.
Info about origin of each track and year released are tagged in the music files and included in the download file. I hope you enjoy this latest volume in the series, and again many thanks for all the positive comments.

 

  1. DEADLETTER - Fall of the Big Screen (2:24)
  2. Automatic - Too Much Money (2:15)
  3. Tense Men - Beyond the Pale (2:28)
  4. Frustration - Brume (3:00)
  5. Nape Neck - No Platforming (2:37)
  6. Structure - Decline (2:25)
  7. Willa Kosmos - Czesci Zamienne (5:09)
  8. Wives - White Dogs (3:19)
  9. Beige Banquet - Undefined (2:29)
10. Yard Act - Dark Days (3:05)
11. Mere Women - Heights (3:17)
12. Chronophage - Name Story (3:00)
13. Somos la Herencia - Injusto (3:29)
14. Fake Fruit - No Space for Residence (2:52)
15. Second Still - Double Negative (3:13)
16. Hotel Lux - Charades (2:24)
17. Porridge Radio - Give/Take (3:50)
18. Schröttersburg - Keter (4:53)
19. Deliluh - Con Art Inc (3:07)
20. LUMER - Disappearing Act (2:18)
21. Bichkraft - Yonder (3:59)
22. Patio - No Time (3:00)
23. Lié - Good Boy (3:10)
24. Sweeping Promises - Cross Me Out (3:09)
25. Document - The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (4:37)

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Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Songs from Beneath the Spaghetti Tree Vol. 67

 


  1. Rogér Fakhr - Everything You Want (2:24)
  2. Les Conches Velasques - Las Manos (3:39)
  3. Maston - Storm (2:16)
  4. The John Perfect Jazz Group - Hold Me in Your Arms (3:38)
  5. Group Modular - Chatterbird (2:31)
  6. Bernard Ntone - Mussoloki (4:17)
  7. The Young Gods - Speak Low (4:57)
  8. Ananda Shankar - Raghupati (3:26)
  9. Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble & Jaki Liebezeit - Twilight World (4:22)
10. Fontanelle - Traumaturge (4:32)
11. шум. волн - ibm post spiritual (4:48)
12. The Lava Children - Cave (2:36)
13. Paul Vickers and The Leg - Help This Animal (2:49)
14. Moondog - Imagine (2:18)
15. Mandy More - If Not By Fire (4:15)
16. Tosca - Mango Di Bango (6:16)
17. Spencer Cullum - Imminent Shadow (3:58)
18. Crumb - Fall Down (2:52)
19. Big Joanie - It's You (2:21)
20. Del Jones' Positive Vibes - Cold Turkey (9:45)
21. Misha Panfilov Sound Combo - Space Jogging (2:30)
22. The Adverts - I Will Walk You Home (3:56)
23. C Cat Trance - Dreams of Leaving (5:06)
24. Lumerians - Corkscrew Trepanation (7:08)
25. Kevin Ayers - Strange Song (2:39)
26. Jin Jim - House of the King (4:28)


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