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Friday, 14 January 2022

21st Century Psychedelia - Volume 1 (Updated)

 


Before I continue with new mixes here's a blast from the past. Originally compiled 11 years ago this first appeared on my blog HERE. I always meant to upgrade this to FLAC as well as just mp3, and finally here it is. The original mix was what I now consider a little bit sloppy, regarding tags and the quality of the music, so I hope you enjoy this much improved version. Cheers!

 
1. Darker My Love - Wake (1:05)
  2. Aqua Nebula Oscillator - Silvermoon (5:14)
  3. The Asteroid #4 - Outside (4:10)
  4. Amazing Baby - The Narwhal (4:17)
  5. Caribou - Eli (2:59)
  6. Spotlight Kid - There's a Reason Why (4:15)
  7. Boris with Michio Kurihara - Fuzzy Reactor (3:40)
  8. The Skygreen Leopards - Hobo Sparrow's Dream (2:56)
  9. Sic Alps - Gelly Roll Gum Drop (3:15)
10. Dragontears - Masters of War (5:09)
11. The Diamond Center - Dos Fridas (3:49)
12. Moonspeed - Open Gates (3:13)
13. Bipolaroid - Transparent Make-Believe (4:26)
14. Strangers Family Band - Strange Transmission (6:59)
15. Lower Heaven - A Frame in Time (4:55)
16. The Lava Children - The Green Word (5:14)
17. Juan Trip' - Dirty Party (2:50)
18. Voice of the Seven Thunders - Kommune (3:24)
19. Sula Bassana and The Nasoni Pop Art Experimental Band - Daydreams (5:54)

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Monday, 10 January 2022

Best of 2021 mix - Volume 3

 


My final compilaton featuring more of my favourite albums/singles/EPs from the past year. This one has a few more tracks than originally intended, coming in at almost 2 hours long, but I hope you enjoy my selections. Pandemic or not, 2021 really has been quite special for new music, so I'm looking forward to what 2022 brings us. I've already heard a couple of excellent releases this year, tracks from which will most probably feature on my blog in the near future. I'll post another volume of Spaghetti Tree at the end of this month, and then start looking at making more artist anthologies, I have several on my shortlist. Once again happy new year to you all, keep enjoying new (and old) music, and most importantly stay safe!

 

  1. Smoke Bellow - Hannan (4:09)
  2. Françoiz Breut - Vicky (3:04)
  3. 62 Miles From Space - Sentinel (3:41)
  4. Beige Banquet - Cicada (5:52)
  5. Blaise & Nico - Dimanche Soir Chez Fé (3:19)
  6. Glass Beams - Taurus (4:31)
  7. Rose City Band - Feel of Love (4:35)
  8. Hanford Flyover - Golden (4:50)
  9. The Small Breed - To Another Land (3:14)
10. Dr. Pete Larson and his Cytotoxic Nyatiti Band - Korona (4:21)
11. Grave Flowers Bongo Band - Sleepy Eyes (3:11)
12. Meatbodies - Let Go (333) (3:16)
13. Tacsidermi & Sister Wives - A Oes Heddwch (2:39)
14. LUMP - Paradise (4:33)
15. Klapper - Success (1:57)
16. Hassan K. - Haqq Al-Yaqîn (2:54)
17. Gavin Preller - Sometime (3:05)
18. La Era de Acuario - Etéreo (3:52)
19. Polite Society - Pudding Plains (6:50)
20. Snapped Ankles - Undilated Lovers (3:39)
21. Damien Jurado - Tom (3:18)
22. Mega Bog - Flower (2:35)
23. Jaromil Sabor - Lucky Stone (2:01)
24. Teke::Teke - Kaminari (4:00)
25. David Lance Callahan - Always (4:29)
26. Laure Briard - Supertrama (3:14)
27. Nice Biscuit - Sweet Surrender (6:07)
28. Rural Tapes - Pardon My French (4:24)
29. Caoilfhionn Rose - Paths (3:32)
30. King Buffalo - Locusts (6:27)


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Wednesday, 5 January 2022

Manerg's Beş of 2021 - Volume Two

 

 

Here's Manerg's final selection of favourites from 2021. I thoroughly enjoyed compiling this 2nd volume, I hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as I did. I will post my 3rd and final volume of highlights from the past year this weekend, and after that it will be back to "normal". As usual, info containing origin of each track is tagged in the music files and in the download file.

 

  1. El Michels Affair - Dhuaan (4:04)
  2. Kit Sebastian - Rain (2:43)
  3. Evolfo - Broken Hills (2:47)
  4. Jorge Elbrecht - The Clouds are Gone (3:22)
  5. Chantal Acda - Disappear (6:55)
  6. Chet Sounds - Off the Beaten Track (3:11)
  7. Ryley Walker - Pond Scum Ocean (7:07)
  8. Stealing Sheep & The Radiophonic Workshop - The Free Oms (3:53)
  9. Jaubi - Insia (5:14)
10. Richard Dawson & Circle - Ivy (8:52)
11. Orchestre tout puissant Marcel Duchamp - Flux (4:57)
12. Squid - Narrator ft. Martha Skye Murphy (8:29)
13. Grasscut - Windfarm (4:38)
14. Matt Berry - Story Told (2:31)
15. James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra - To Soothe Her Wee Bit Sorrows (7:26)
16. Soccer96 - Sitting on a Satellite feat. Salami Rose Joe Louis (4:04)
17. Black Country, New Road - Athens, France (6:22)
18. Sunburned Hand of the Man - Prix Fixe (4:50)
19. Ghosts of Jupiter - Northern Road (3:13)
20. Vanille - Solstice (5:12)
21. Tonstartssbandht - Pass Away (7:46)
22. Cobalt Chapel - It's the End, the End (5:26)


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Saturday, 1 January 2022

Best of 2021 mix - Volume 2


Happy new year to you all! As I mentioned before, 2021 has seen several great releases, so here is my 2nd volume of particular favourites from the past year. Following this will be Manerg's 2nd volume, and after that I will post my 3rd, and final, selection of great singles/EPs/albums from 2021.

Thanks to everyone for the kind comments, each one inspires me to carry on with the blog, especially when I'm finding things quite tough as my personal situation isn't too great right now. But compiling these mixes helps see me through the hard times. Here's to a hopefully better 2022, and I hope you enjoy this second volume. Cheers!


  1. Badge Epoch - Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup (3:37)
  2. Ty Segall - Feel Good (feat. Denée Segall) (2:55)
  3. Cobalt Chapel - A Father's Lament (3:40)
  4. International Music - Spiel Bass (2:11)
  5. Azmari - Fat Ari (5:36)
  6. Glowbones - Hurricane Season (4:01)
  7. Gatien - Moi Tout Seul (3:37)
  8. Mod Con - Cool It! (3:22)
  9. Clinic - Miracles (2:37)
10. Veik - Honesty (I Don't Wanna Know) (3:54)
11. Aloa Input - Desert Something (4:57)
12. Gates of Light - In My Dreams (3:51)
13. Skullcrusher - Prefer (3:24)
14. Yves Tumor - Crushed Velvet (3:07)
15. Altin Gün - Sevda Olmasaydi (3:13)
16. Triptides - It Won't Hurt You (3:01)
17. Maston - First Class (1:57)
18. Sons of Zöku - Sun Son (3:55)
19. Les Conches Velasques - Fluorescencia (3:14)
20. James Yorkston & The Second Hand Orchestra - There Is No Upside (6:40)
21. Lambchop - Drop C (3:19)
22. Vanishing Twin - Phase One Million (5:25)
23. Mt. Mountain - Second Home (3:17)
24. The Emerald Isle - Overcraig (2:44)
25. Djinn - Jaguar (4:46)


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Tuesday, 28 December 2021

Manerg's Beş of 2021 - Volume One

 


For my final post of the year, as promised here is a selection of Manerg's favourite releases of 2021. We're both agreed it's been a very good year for new music, and he will follow this up with a second volume in the new year. Again he's picked some excellent tunes, and again a few artists I'm unfamiliar with but will be seeking out more of. I hope you all enjoy this excellent collection, and happy new year to you all!


  1. Satellites - Seni Sen Olduğun İçin Sevdim (4:06)
  2. Mt. Mountain - Aplomb (4:38)
  3. Goat Girl - Where Do We Go From Here? (4:14)
  4. Cloud of I - The Cloud of I (5:26)
  5. Weeed - Sun Song (3:17)
  6. Endless Boogie - Disposable Thumbs (5:42)
  7. Ouzo Bazooka & Yurika Hanashima - I Dream of Naomi (3:12)
  8. Beautify Junkyards - A Garden by the Sea (4:35)
  9. Regal Worm - Pollinators (9:17)
10. Vanishing Twin - Wider Than Itself (5:07)
11. Farmer Dave & the Wizards of the West - Mutant Pill (3:52)
12. Ill Considered - Light Trailed (6:09)
13. Sister Wives - Crags (6:16)
14. Clinic - Fantasy Island (3:24)
15. Sababa 5 - Pur (3:47)
16. Arthur Satàn - Boredom Is Quiet (5:14)
17. 10 000 Russos - Saw the Damp (7:22)
18. Goat - Fill My Mouth (2:59)
19. Ouzo Bazooka - Nine (5:52)
20. Jelly Cleaver - Black Line (5:23)
21. Frankie and the Witch Fingers - Tracksuit (5:41)
22. Derya Yildirim & Grup Simsek - The Trip (4:18)


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Tuesday, 21 December 2021

Best of 2021 mix - Volume 1

 


Despite the continuing pandemic, 2021 has been a very good year for new music, maybe even better than last year. This will be the first in maybe three volumes, making up a "shortlist" of my favourite releases this past year took quite some time! I could have made a mix from all 95(!) tracks I shortlisted, but instead I'll break it down so that each volume has 25 tracks each. As usual many different genres of music are included, though unsurprisingly psychedelia features the most. Note: take the cover art however you wish, it can be read 2 ways depending on your views. I've had my 3 jabs this year so that's all I'll be saying on the subject!

Manerg is currently sending my way a few of his favourites from the past year, and his first selection will be on the blog before the year end. As usual, info containing origin of each track is tagged in the music files and in the download file. I hope you enjoy this first selection from 2021 and, once again, stay safe!



  1. Tren Go! Sound System & Ornamental - Space Race (7:46)
  2. KOIKOI - Dodol (3:52)
  3. Ghosts of Jupiter - Villains (3:13)
  4. Still Corners - White Sands (5:33)
  5. Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18 - Cynara (3:48)
  6. Marinero - Beyond the Rainbow Tunnel (2:34)
  7. Imed Alibi & Khalil EPI - Nashwa (4:36)
  8. Matthew Comegys & Barrie Gellis - We Share the Ageless Bubble (2:39)
  9. Dry Cleaning - More Big Birds (3:59)
10. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Supreme Ascendancy (3:38)
11. Svarts - Asylum (3:36)
12. Mdou Moctar - Ya Habibti (3:31)
13. Magic Castles - Valley of Nysa (3:19)
14. Electric Eye - Den Atmosfaeriske Elven (6:08)
15. ONETWOTHREE - Perfect Illusions (1:48)
16. Johnny! - Only Love (Odo Nkwa) (4:13)
17. Jane Weaver - Pyramid Schemes (5:07)
18. Big Hogg - All Alone Stone (5:08)
19. Trees Speak - X Zeit (2:18)
20. Gruff Rhys - The Keep (4:22)
21. La Luz - The Pines (2:44)
22. Squid - 2010 (4:28)
23. Matt Berry - Like Stone (2:52)
24. Celistia - La Mañana (3:50)
25. Heavy Meddo - Don Petrol (3:39)


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Saturday, 27 November 2021

Songs from Beneath the Spaghetti Tree Vol. 75

 


  1. Mr. Ray - Distant Light (3:23)
  2. Stefano Torossi - Fearing Much (3:35)
  3. Clinic - Take a Chance (2:18)
  4. Cloud of I - Sod (4:19)
  5. Marcos Valle - Vinte e Seis Anos de Vida Normal (2:22)
  6. Michael Chapman - Soulful Lady (4:12)
  7. Robert Scott - Starry Show (3:47)
  8. Bridge & Tunnel - Nothing Is Sacred (4:02)
  9. LUMP - Animal (4:37)
10. Darker My Love - White Composition (2:40)
11. Combo Guarajeo - Alamo (2:08)
12. Tracteur - Royaume Sandale (4:03)
13. Lone Pigeon - Concubine Rice (3:10)
14. April March & Aquaserge - Sparklers (2:34)
15. Barry Adamson - Broken Moments (3:44)
16. Air - Le Soleil est Près de Moi (4:47)
17. The Brian Jonestown Massacre - (David Bowie I Love You) Since I Was Six (3:23)
18. Alan Moorhouse - Psychodale (3:04)
19. Bill Nelson - No Meaning (3:39)
20. Alexander "Skip" Spence - All Come to Meet Her (1:59)
21. Bike - Vento Solar (3:00)
22. Hanford Flyover - Letting Go (4:25)
23. Electric Eye - En Bekymringsfri Koloni (4:16)


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Saturday, 13 November 2021

Decontamination Process - Volume 3

 


Here's volume 3, celebrating the resurgence of post-punk influenced bands the past few years. Like the previous volumes, this features artists from all over the world, with songs released between 2018 to 2021.
As usual, 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 comments.



  1. Media Jeweler - Stuck (4:05)
  2. Dynammo - Voces (2:54)
  3. D.U.D.S. - Nu Nu Nu (2:25)
  4. Wet Fruit - Christ in Heat (3:40)
  5. Lelee - Kratkog Daha (2:47)
  6. Stuck - Playpen of Dissent (2:29)
  7. Die Goldenen Zitronen - Nützliche Katastrophen (3:44)
  8. ONETWOTHREE - Sudden (3:59)
  9. Lee Paradise - Positive Manifestations (4:02)
10. Увула - Ты и твоя тень (3:36)
11. Kaputt - Drinking Problems Continue Pt. 2 (3:59)
12. Human Tetris - Trier (3:24)
13. Guardian Singles - Gold Plated Cars (4:24)
14. Wombo - Just Like Time (2:29)
15. Liiek - Waterfall (1:57)
16. Unschooling - Social Chameleon (2:39)
17. The Cravats - There Is No God (4:05)
18. Nightshift - Make Kin (3:48)
19. Legss - Hyde Park Coroner (3:20)
20. Girls in Synthesis - Don't Try (2:23)
21. Утро - Ура (2:36)
22. Drahla - Serenity (2:20)
23. Shame - Nigel Hitter (3:23)
24. FRIGS - Chest (4:56)


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Saturday, 30 October 2021

Songs from Beneath the Spaghetti Tree Vol. 74

 


  1. Glass Beams - Kong (4:47)
  2. Magick Brother & Mystic Sister - Echoes From the Clouds (4:05)
  3. Erasmo Carlos - Dois Animais Na Selva Suja da Rua (3:06)
  4. Barry Dransfield - Be Your Own Man (2:59)
  5. Leila - Ur Train (2:35)
  6. Boduf Songs - Thwart by Thwart (5:07)
  7. Dale Crover - I'll Never Say (3:45)
  8. David Jaycock - March of the Dissonant Few (2:45)
  9. Young Flowers - 25 Øre (7:56)
10. Satan's Pilgrims - Tracers (Of Love) (2:55)
11. Vanishing Twin - The Lift (3:06)
12. Один в оленьем парке - Я не дома (3:34)
13. The Deviants - First Line (Seven the Row) (2:44)
14. 3 Hür-El - Ömür Biter Yol Bitmez (3:52)
15. Tangerine - Liberté (3:51)
16. The Bats - You Don't Belong Here (3:30)
17. Nick Haeffner - Breaths (2:39)
18. La Luz - Watching Cartoons (3:27)
19. Kit Sebastian - Elegy for Love (3:37)
20. Macie Stewart - Mouthful of Glass (3:52)
21. Yôkaï - Petit Indien N°3 (4:25)
22. Caribou - Sundialing (4:37)


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Wednesday, 20 October 2021

The 34th Anniversary of Shimmy Disc 2021 - 1987

 


 

Short bio:
Shimmy Disc is a New York City-based independent record label founded in 1987 by Mark Kramer. Before it was sold to the Knitting Factory, artists like Bongwater, Daniel Johnston, Fly Ashtray, Galaxie 500, King Missile, Boredoms, Ruins, Ween, Gwar, The Semibeings, When People Were Shorter and Lived Near the Water and Uncle Wiggly recorded on the label. The label also released compilations albums such as "Rutles Highway Revisited (A Tribute To The Rutles)", 1990, which featured various artists from the label, and also introduced new artists like Paleface.

In 2020, Kramer revived the Shimmy Disc label in partnership with Joyful Noise Recordings with their first release Songs We Sang In Our Dreams, the debut album of Kramer's project with Xan Tyler, Let It Come Down.



Originally this was going to be a sequel to the Kramer solo anthology I posted here just over a year ago. The idea was to feature a compilation which featured the many bands he's been a member of, plus his many collaborations with the likes of Daevid Allen and Dogbowl. After compiling a few tracks I thought it would be even better if I made a Shimmy Disc compilation instead. This proved to be a much harder task, as there were many albums I had to find (a few still in storage), and some I only had on vinyl. So, I apologise in advance for the 3 tracks I ripped from vinyl, these being the ones by Jellyfish Kiss, Walkingseeds and When People Were Shorter and Lived Near the Water.

All told this took me over 3 weeks to compile/complete. Some of you may query the absence of some bands, so I will explain why they are missing. To qualify they had to be albums which were released on the label first, or simultaneously with another label in other parts of the world. So there's no Shockabilly or Velvet Monkeys here, as they were released on other labels long before Shimmy Disc existed. No track from Galaxie 500's debut album features either, as the album came out originally on the label Aurora, appearing on Shimmy Disc a year later. Disc 1 consists of releases from the "peak" years of the late 80s to early 90s. Disc 2 has a smattering of those tracks plus a few favourites from the mid to late 90s, concluding with half a dozen tracks released on the recently revived label.

Thanks to Manerg for his invaluable advice when I was constructing the compilation artwork, he came up with the idea of featuring the Shimmy logo in different colours. Part of the artwork (the border) was inspired by the very first compilation released on the label, "The 20th Anniversary of the Summer of Love 1987–1967". I also had the idea of having a "ghostly" image of Kramer in the background. As usual info containing the origin of each track & year of release is tagged in the music files and in the download file. I hope you all enjoy this compilation featuring so many weird and wonderful songs.


Disc 1:
  1. Dogbowl - Cyclops Nuclear Submarine Captain (3:44)
  2. John S. Hall & Kramer - My Life (1:29)
  3. Bongwater - The Power of Pussy (4:00)
  4. Egomaniacs - Mamma's Collection (2:58)
  5. Jellyfish Kiss - Sinbad (6:09)
  6. Rebby Sharp - Just in Time (3:09)
  7. Daevid Allen and Kramer - Shadow (4:16)
  8. GWAR - GWAR Theme (2:26)
  9. Daniel Johnston - A Ghostly Story (2:57)
10. The Tinklers - Library Song (3:11)
11. Lida Husik - Up (4:59)
12. King Missile (Dog Fly Religion) - Margaret's Eyes (2:42)
13. Boredoms - J.B. Dick + Tin Turner Pussy Badsmell (3:06)
14. Hugh Hopper & Kramer - All in My Head (2:36)
15. B.A.L.L. - If I Breakdown (2:51)
16. Walkingseeds - Skullfuck (4:18)
17. Fred Lane & His Hittite Hotshots - French Toast Man (2:51)
18. Brave Combo - Polka (2:29)
19. Naked City - N.Y. Flat Top Box (0:43)
20. Ruins - Misonta (3:15)
21. Carney • Hild • Kramer - Larry (2:56)
22. When People Were Shorter and Lived Near the Water - Girl Named Sandoz (3:31)
23. Uncle Wiggly - Trust (2:32)
24. Fish and Roses - The Letter (2:03)
25. Das Damen - Piggy in the Middle (4:29)


Disc 2:
  1. Tuli Kupferberg - Living in Hope (2:55)
  2. The Mabuses - Mad Went the Barber (3:07)
  3. Velvet Cactus Society - Every Time It Snows You Cut Your Hair (2:00)
  4. Jad Fair & Kramer - Better Safe Than Sorry (0:21)
  5. Bulkhead - Bayonne, New Jersey (5:06)
  6. Damon & Naomi - This Car Climbed Mt. Washington (4:51)
  7. Dogbowl & Kramer - When the Sun Goes Down (4:17)
  8. Ween - Sketches of Winkle (2:43)
  9. Krackhouse - Where You Gonna Go (1:07)
10. Mr. Elk & Mr. Seal - The Warm-Up Song (2:27)
11. Kramer - You Don't Know (3:07)
12. Fly Ashtray - The Girl From the Chinese Restaurant (2:15)
13. The Semibeings - Pulse (3:18)
14. Milksop Holly - Frying Pan Lane (3:29)
15. Kramer and Daved Hild - Photograph (4:06)
16. The Captain Howdy - I Just Wanna Get Laid (3:38)
17. Adult Rodeo - Empty Space (2:44)
18. The Blue Whale - Nothing Better Than Love (4:51)
19. Brainville - The Children's Crusade (3:13)
20. Anaximander Fragment - Lazybones (4:57)
21. Jad Fair & Kramer - Pickpockets of Love (2:41)
22. Gavin Preller - You Can Always Go (1:42)
23. Paul Leary - The Adventures of Pee Pee the Sailor (3:07)
24. Gates of Light - Mary and the Apocalyptic Woman (3:38)
25. Let It Come Down - Moonlight (4:04)


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