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Sunday, 22 January 2023

Songs from Beneath the Spaghetti Tree Vol. 86

 


  1. Mala Herba - Bandoska (2:50)
  2. Gold Dust - Go Gently (4:22)
  3. Louis Fontaine - Difetti Cristallini (3:37)
  4. Sparklehorse - King of Nails (4:16)
  5. The Ones - Lady Greengrass (2:38)
  6. Midwich Youth Club - Blueberry (3:42)
  7. Hooveriii - The Pearl (3:31)
  8. Ipek Yolu - Mustang (3:39)
  9. Midnight Rodeo - The Big Melt (4:14)
10. Mary Lorson & Billy Coté - Dig a Hole (5:08)
11. Billy Green - Amanda (3:45)
12. Canned Heat - Poor Moon (3:22)
13. Janko Nilovic & The Soul Surfers - Interlude (1:46)
14. Altin Gün - Rakiya Su Katamam (3:40)
15. Drum Circus - Now It Hurts You (2:44)
16. Forever Pavot - Au Diable (4:15)
17. Derek Stanley Austin - Brandy-S-Schnapps (2:38)
18. Jawbone - Jeremiah Dreams (5:44)
19. Monsieur Doumani - Koukkoufkiaos (5:37)
20. Villa Boas feat. Stella Chronopoulou - Tora (2:21)
21. Black Market Karma - Aping Flair (with Ruari Meehan) (5:29)


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Thursday, 5 January 2023

Best of 2022 mix - Volume 2

 

 

Happy New Year! I decided, like with Manerg's excellent "2022 = 6" comp, to make this into one long compilation split into 2 parts. As usual info containing origin of each track is tagged in the music files and in the download file. Hope you enjoy!


Disc 1:
  1. Sherpa the Tiger - Bokeh (7:58)
  2. Robyn Hitchcock - The Sir Tommy Shovell (3:16)
  3. Terrapin Gun - Postcards from L.A. (2:45)
  4. Cosmic Analog Ensemble - Le Droit à L'Oubli (2:27)
  5. Melody's Echo Chamber - The Hypnotist (3:48)
  6. Abronia - Plant the Flag (3:45)
  7. Nathan Hall and the Sinister Locals - A Long Long Time to Wait (3:00)
  8. Charif Megarbane - Commencer La-Bas (4:13)
  9. Elaine Howley - To the Test (3:15)
10. Vinyl Williams - Beaming (3:33)
11. Sprints - How Does the Story Go? (2:26)
12. Party Dozen - Balance (3:25)
13. The Soundcarriers - Happens Too Soon (4:28)
14. David Lance Callahan - Beautiful Laundrette (3:40)
15. The Lazy Eyes - The Seaside (6:38)
16. La Luz - San Fernando Shadow Blues (3:13)
17. Night Palace - Fig Dream (2:58)
18. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - No Body (3:42)
19. Holy Magick - The Death of Me (2:56)
20. Rural Tapes - Arkestra Piece for Hard-Working Ants (7:57)


Disc 2:
  1. Sister Wives - Baron Hill (3:56)
  2. King Buffalo - Hours (4:57)
  3. Bill Baird - XOXOXO (3:11)
  4. Wombo - Backflip (2:20)
  5. The Black Angels - Firefly (3:00)
  6. io audio recordings - Awaiting the Elliptical Drift (4:55)
  7. Midlake - Exile (3:31)
  8. Sharron Kraus - Do It Yourself (2:54)
  9. Seine - Automatsko Pisanje 2 (2:59)
10. Gilla Band - Post Ryan (4:24)
11. Derrero - High Side (2:38)
12. The Brian Jonestown Massacre - You Think I'm Joking? (3:56)
13. Half Man Half Biscuit - Big Man Up Front (2:50)
14. The Fernweh - Everybody Says They Love You (3:51)
15. Baby Cool - Magic (5:09)
16. Kikagaku Moyo - Dancing Blue (6:13)
17. Sarathy Korwar - Back in the Day, Things Were Not Always Simpler (5:07)
18. Tenchpress - Mallenders and Sallenders (3:14)
19. Boris Maurussane - Riverbank (3:13)
20. Mythic Sunship - Equinox (7:16)

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Saturday, 24 December 2022

2022 = 6 (Yet another Monumental Manerg Mix)

 

Most probably my final post for the year, as promised here's a few of Manerg's favourites from 2022. Instead of having 2 volumes, this time around it's one big compilation. I really enjoyed compiling Manerg's selections, a few bands/albums featured which I need to investigate in the near future. As usual, info containing origin of each track is tagged in the music files and in the download file. I hope you all enjoy this excellent collection, and have a happy new year!

Disc 1:
  1. Oneida - Beat Me to the Punch (5:02)
  2. Ambassador Hazy - Gone to My Head (3:10)
  3. Gwenno - Anima (3:16)
  4. Sault - The Plan (2:17)
  5. Boris Maurussane - As the Crow Flies (4:47)
  6. Brian Eno - Who Gives a Thought (3:54)
  7. Panda Bear & Sonic Boom - Go On (4:44)
  8. Upupayama - Come Here, Noriko (5:49)
  9. Abronia - What We Can See (4:47)
10. Black Lips - Whips of Holly (3:08)
11. Sun's Signature - Apples (7:23)
12. Bill Baird - Slump City (4:13)
13. Project Gemini - June (3:29)
14. Citron Citron - La Nuit Galope (2:51)
15. Daniel Rossen - Shadow in the Frame (5:12)
16. The Black Angels - A Walk on the Outside (3:05)
17. Badge Époque Ensemble - All Same 2 Each, Each Same 2 All (5:20)

Disc 2:
  1. Hooveriii - Water Lily (2:45)
  2. Sproatly Smith - River Song #2 (2:45)
  3. Peel Dream Magazine - Pictionary (3:15)
  4. The Soundcarriers - Driver (4:55)
  5. Anna Mieke - For a Time (4:24)
  6. Beautify Junkyards - Verde Pino (4:39)
  7. Papercuts - Lodger (4:06)
  8. Elf Power - Floods (3:05)
  9. Richard Dawson - The Tip of an Arrow (10:02)
10. Large Plants - The Witch (3:51)
11. Heather Trost - The Devil Never Sleeps (4:22)
12. Sister Wives - Y Merch Werdd (4:53)
13. Wax Machine - Guardians of Eden (4:21)
14. Vinyl Williams - Saturnalia (3:35)
15. Pedro Salvador - O Algoritmo de Notícias Não Mostrará a Revolução (3:42)
16. Astrel K - Clicktivism (4:56)
17. The Orielles - Beam/s (7:53)


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Sunday, 18 December 2022

Best of 2022 mix - Volume 1

 


Well, here we go again, time for this year's personal favourites of 2022. Due to work commitments unfortunately I've not been able to listen to as much new stuff as the previous few years, but still found plenty of excellent albums, though probably only enough for 2 volumes this year. Just one thing to add about my selections, each track I pick isn't neccessarily my favourite on each album, I usually go with how they'll fit on each mix.

My top 10 albums of the year...? Can't decide just yet but the albums by Gwenno, The Black Angels, The Cool Greenhouse and Gilla Band are definitely in there. After this 1st volume, as per usual I'll be posting Manerg's favourites this year, looking forward to hearing his selections. Hopefully that'll be posted before the year is out. So, Happy Christmas to all of you out there, and extra special thanks to everyone who has posted comments on the blog. Hope you enjoy this collection. Cheers!



  1. Ty Segall - Saturday Pt. 2 (4:06)
  2. The Cool Greenhouse - Musicians (5:27)
  3. Loop - Fermion (4:16)
  4. Gwenno - Kan Me (4:06)
  5. Nok Cultural Ensemble - Y.T.T.T. (5:03)
  6. Big Joanie - Insecure (3:17)
  7. Otoboke Beaver - Yakitori (1:44)
  8. Lalalar - Simülasyon Terk (4:15)
  9. O'o - Moon (3:17)
10. The Black Albumen - Tempters / Circle (5:47)
11. OCH - Silverstjärnan (4:57)
12. Psychedelic Porn Crumpets - Dread & Butter (2:53)
13. The Telephones - Arrow (4:18)
14. Derya Yildirim & Grup Simsek - Odam Kireç Tutmuyor (3:42)
15. Pedro Salvador - As Novas Aventuras do Mercado-Deus (5:06)
16. Minami Deutsch - Grumpy Joa (5:29)
17. GIFT - Pez (4:42)
18. Badge Époque Ensemble - Conspiring with Nature (7:12)


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Wednesday, 30 November 2022

21st Century Psychedelia - Volume 6

 


  1. The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Ineffable Mindfuck (3:28)
  2. Upupayama - Entering the Time of Wilderness (3:02)
  3. MIEN - Earth Moon (5:35)
  4. Cool Ghouls - Smoke & Fire (3:05)
  5. Bhopal's Flowers - The Majestic Purple Sky (5:58)
  6. Les Big Byrd - Feels Like Wasting My Life Is Taking Forever (3:50)
  7. Los Mundos - El Espejo del Tiempo (2:23)
  8. Nice Biscuit - Passing Over (6:37)
  9. Hawkeyes - Look at 'em Scramble (5:39)
10. Elephant Stone - Harmonia (5:09)
11. Hypnotic Floor - Fall (11:13)
12. White Canyon & The 5th Dimension - As Above So Below (4:03)
13. Holy Magick - The Death of Me (2:56)
14. Dorotheo - Ahitar (3:45)
15. Goat - Chukua Pesa (2:24)
16. Marmalade Knives - Xayante (5:14)
17. New Candys - Vyvyan Rising (4:17)

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Wednesday, 16 November 2022

Shellac - Be Prepared

 


Bio:
Shellac, from Chicago, Illinois, consist of Steve Albini (guitar and vocals), Bob Weston (bass guitar and vocals) and Todd Trainer (drums and vocals), formed in 1992. Their music genre has been classified as noise rock, post-hardcore and math rock, but they describe themselves as a "minimalist rock trio."

Shellac has a distinctive, minimalist sound based on asymmetric time signatures, repetitive rhythms, an angular guitar sound, and both Albini's and Weston's surreal, bitingly sarcastic lyrics. Songs typically do not have traditional verse/chorus/verse structure and the arrangements are sparse, to the point where some describe them as "amelodic".

Writing for Drowned in Sound, Benjamin Bland stated: "Big Black and Shellac are surely the two most influential 'noise rock' groups there have ever been. Hundreds of bands have sounded like them, and in all probability so will hundreds more. Who can blame them? When a shadow that large looms over an entire subgenre of music, it’s hard not to be influenced by it, let alone ignore it altogether."
John Robb, music critic and frontman of British post-punk band The Membranes, called Shellac "the finest rock band on the planet. This is the rock band that the rest of us in our bands [...] have had to measure ourselves against and if we are found wanting then we have to cower behind rocks and attempt to revive our measly offerings until they measure up."



I'll keep this bit relatively short... I've been a fan of Steve Albini since I first heard Big Black in the mid 80s, and his subsequent bands Rapeman (Albini later expressed regret at the name of the band, saying "it was a flippant choice", calling it unconscionable and indefensible) and of course Shellac. If I were to compile my favourite 50 songs of all time, I'm sure Big Black's "Kerosene" and Shellac's "Wingwalker" would be in that list.

This collection features tracks from Shellac's 5 studio albums so far (from 1992's "At Action Park" up to "Dude Incredible" in 2014), plus various singles/EPs and one compilation track. Favourite album? That would be "Excellent Italian Greyhound" from 2007, and features the most heavily here. Not the most prolific of bands, I guess his production work with many other acts over the years has kept him quite busy, but I hope Shellac surprise us with a new album at some point in the future.

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!



  1. The End of Radio (8:24)
  2. Doris (3:11)
  3. Copper (1:45)
  4. Prayer to God (2:26)
  5. Riding Bikes (5:23)
  6. Killers (1:24)
  7. Spoke (2:13)
  8. The Rambler Song (2:54)
  9. Pull the Cup (4:12)
10. '95 Jailbreak (4:30)
11. Squirrel Song (2:36)
12. Disgrace (2:40)
13. Dude Incredible (6:00)
14. Kittypants (1:57)
15. Billiard Player Song (3:45)
16. A Minute (3:37)
17. Song Against Itself (4:13)
18. Gary (3:57)
19. Be Prepared (3:59)
20. Il Porno Star (5:12)
21. Wingwalker (4:59)


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Sunday, 30 October 2022

Songs from Beneath the Spaghetti Tree Vol. 85

 

 

  1. White Canyon & The 5th Dimension - Mercury (4:56)
  2. The Peep Tempel - Neuroplasticity (3:40)
  3. G. Ducros, P. Casa, A. Declich - Dopping 2000 (#2) (2:41)
  4. Th Da Freak - Killing Bleach (5:21)
  5. Jessi Colter - New Wine (3:44)
  6. Frankensteins Ballet - Samowar (3:11)
  7. Margo Guryan - Sun (2:33)
  8. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Lava (6:41)
  9. Gazelle Twin - Belly of the Beast (2:56)
10. Bernays Propaganda - K'erka na Gladot (3:58)
11. Ivor Cutler and Linda Hirst - Sit Down (1:04)
12. Forever Calypso - Shrimp & Oysters (2:36)
13. Das Rundfunkorchester Hannover des Norddeutschen Rundfunks - Die Nacht hat viele Lichter (4:51)
14. Boz Metzdorf - Sails Across the Sea (5:46)
15. ATA Records - Cleared for Launch (3:11)
16. Gabriel Family - Mrs Baker Lost Her Place (2:25)
17. Influenza Prods. - Anduma a Pe' (3:02)
18. Hammered Hulls - Rights and Reproduction (4:46)
19. Canari - Cétaidonkça (2:24)
20. Sandman Project - Savanna Trip (4:06)
21. Pedro Salvador - Morrer Feliz (5:03)


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Tuesday, 4 October 2022

Songs from Beneath the Spaghetti Tree Vol. 84

 


  1. Bitmap - The Lion That Melted in the Rain (2:46)
  2. Marie Modiano - Si la Si Ré (5:02)
  3. The Black Angels - A Walk on the Outside (3:05)
  4. Giuliano Sorgini - Clessidra (2:25)
  5. Half Man Half Biscuit - Footprints (4:41)
  6. The Murlocs - Growing Pains (2:29)
  7. Alain Goraguer - La Femme (2:08)
  8. Krokodil - Lady of Attraction (4:18)
  9. Ill Considered - Sandstorm (4:32)
10. Bifannah - Novíssima Guarda (3:15)
11. Stereolab - Spool of Collusion (2:11)
12. Amorphous Androdgynous - Hombre Malo (2:59)
13. Tall Dwarfs - The Winner (2:45)
14. Vox Populi! - Caballo Blanco (3:22)
15. Kolonel Djafaar - Lamentation (4:48)
16. Beautify Junkyards - Verde Pino (4:39)
17. O'o - Dorica Castra (3:54)
18. Space Art - Axus (3:20)
19. Julian Cope - Prodigal Sun (3:53)
20. Humphreys & Keen - The Free Life (2:37)
21. Pierre Arvay - Sky Way (2:42)
22. Kacy & Clayton - The Siren's Song (3:42)
23. Holy Magick - Stolen Car (3:18)


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Saturday, 17 September 2022

David Cronenberg's Wife - Bursting at the Seams

 


Bio:
David Cronenberg's Wife is the brainchild of Stockport-born songwriter Tom Mayne. Having moved to London, following an undisclosed past in the north of England, Mayne formed DCW in late 2002.

Described as "where genius meets idiocy" by BBC Radio 2's Mark Lamarr, the band's lyrics combine dark subject matter with an off-kilter humour. They released their first single "I Couldn't Get Off" in 2007, followed up by two singles and their first album "Bluebeard's Rooms" in 2008. It was described in The Fly as "one of the albums of the year". Other reviews, however, were more critical of the album's dark subject matter and "repugnant imagery".

The band's second album "Hypnagogues" was released in November 2009, with a noticeably more personal feel to the lyrics and a less harsh sound, even approaching alt country on some of the tracks. The magazine NME called it "a promising work in progress" with Drowned in Sound naming opening song "Sweden" (the band's sixth single) "one of the tracks of the year", adding that "it stands so far out from the rest that it encumbers the rest of the album."

Their third album "Don't Wait to be Hunted to Hide" was released in December 2012, and features some of the band's most controversial songs, such as the album's first single "Spiked", which describes a date-rape from the attacker's point of view. The album's themes caused one reviewer to call it the "most truly controversial I’ve heard all year", adding that it may "upset and unsettle" some listeners.

The band had two previously unreleased tracks featured on Trashmouth Record's 2014 compilation "Thinking About Moving to Hastings" along with songs by Fat White Family, Pit Ponies and Warmduscher. In October 2018, they released a new EP, "The Octoberman Sequence", and their fourth album, "The Ship (Necrologies)", was released in March 2020. The album's first single, "Hannity Comes Home", was described by The Indiependent as one of the best singles of the first five months of the year.

Band members are currently singer & songwriter Tom Mayne, keyboard player Mary Boe, lead guitarist Adam Croucher, drummer Stuart Saunderson, violin player and guitarist Thomas Alder and bassist Jeremy Walton.



Not much I can add to the above. Yes, as stated in the bio several of their songs are rather disturbing, hence the album cover I conjured up, but they can be equally funny... for instance tracks such as "Sweden". This anthology includes tracks from all the albums mentioned in the bio, my 2 favourite albums by them being their debut "Bluebeard's Rooms" and their most recent release, "The Ship (Necrologies)". As usual with these anthologies, 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. My Best Friend's Going Out With a Girl I Like (3:39)
  2. Spiked (4:17)
  3. Sweden (3:53)
  4. You Should See (5:03)
  5. Fast Life, Slow Death (2:50)
  6. Nazarbayev Applause Laughing (3:50)
  7. All of Me (3:49)
  8. Body to Sleep With (2:52)
  9. I Couldn't Get Off (3:10)
10. Such a Sweet Boy (3:15)
11. Pushin' Too Hard (2:48)
12. Organ Love (5:23)
13. Suli's House (2:40)
14. Drawn Again (6:12)
15. I'm on the Booze, Mama (4:02)
16. Jailbird (Bergegrend version) (2:48)
17. Free State Congo (3:39)
18. Rules (4:03)
19. The Russian Death Song (4:40)
20. Man (6:47)


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Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Songs from Beneath the Spaghetti Tree Vol. 83

 


  1. The Black Albumen - Girl from the Baltic Sea (3:53)
  2. Fontän - Early Morning (5:34)
  3. Kikagaku Moyo - Can You Imagine Nothing? (4:23)
  4. The Lijadu Sisters - Bayi L'ense (6:34)
  5. Scapa Flow - S
omewhere (2:40)
  6. Vinyl Williams - Modern Arch (3:43)
  7. Graham Mushnik - At Sea / The Wreck (7:14)
  8. Elaine Howley - Autumn Speak (3:40)
  9. Oneida - Solid (7:26)
10. Slapp Happy / Henry Cow - Strayed (1:49)
11. Isabelle Aubret - Casa Forte (2:45)
12. The Movers - Oupa Is Back (3:35)
13. Hong Kong in the 60s - Summer's Bird (3:45)
14. Oats - Bee Balcony (5:54)
15. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Unbraid: The Merge (5:24)
16. Birds Flying Backwards - Surrender to The Void I, II & III (4:53)
17. Hawkwind - Fable of a Failed Race (extended version) (6:48)

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