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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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Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Songs from Beneath the Spaghetti Tree Vol. 73


  1. Gui Amabis - Trabalhos Carnívoros (3:57)
  2. Smoke Bellow - Fuck On (3:04)
  3. I Kavalier - Stun Gun Mao (2:55)
  4. Jad Fair & Kramer - Show Me the Way to Nowhere (4:39)
  5. Hollow Hand - City of Gold (2:41)
  6. Sunbirds - Sunrise (5:29)
  7. Wet Fruit - Water (3:00)
  8. Nice Biscuit - Digital Mountain Sparrow (4:25)
  9. Country Teasers - Golden Apples (3:23)
10. The Mystics Moods - Honey Trippin' (2:47)
11. Beak> - Ah Yeh (6:24)
12. Geronimo Black - Gone (3:08)
13. Glen or Glenda - The Eunuchorn (2:39)
14. The Fernweh - The Liar (3:35)
15. Virgin Passages - VI (2:43)
16. Resan - Solens Vän (3:51)
17. Jonathan Richman - Whoa! How Different We All Are! (2:50)
18. Juleah - Sun Worship (3:41)
19. The Incredible Bongo Band - Let There Be Drums (2:38)
20. Boss Hog - Stereolight (4:07)
21. Vos Cantu Monemus - Devil Run (1:59)
22. Nudity - Myrna Loy/Leatrice Joy (3:07)
23. The Small Breed - Picturesque Pictures (2:27)


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Monday, 27 September 2021

21st Century Psychedelia - Volume 5

 

 
 
  1. Grave Flowers Bongo Band - Lazy River (4:01)
  2. Fanatism - One of Us Can Not Be Me (5:39)
  3. The Hologram People - Sacred Ritual to Unlock the Mountain Portal (3:17)
  4. The Golden Fleece - Mind Mirror (3:08)
  5. Kingdom of the Holy Sun - Eternal Light (6:07)
  6. Matt Berry - Forget Me (3:03)
  7. Daliborovo Granje - Hainin (4:20)
  8. Driftwood Pyre - Shatter Star (3:20)
  9. Sei Still - Fortuna (6:27)
10. Ouzo Bazooka - Nine (5:51)
11. The Love Explosion - Nurture (4:59)
12. Mugstar - Zeta Potential (7:26)
13. Ghosts of Jupiter - Imperium Waves (2:50)
14. Dark Bird - Stranger (3:36)
15. Cloud Cashes Till - Beachcomber (3:00)
16. Meatbodies - Cancer (4:08)
17. Sons of Zöku - Paralysed (3:58)
18. Las Cobras - Misterio (4:34)


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Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Thee More Shallows - Mangled Observations (2002-2021)

 

Bio:
Thee More Shallows (initially "Thee Shallows") are a San Francisco based band formed in 2001, consisting of songwriter Dee Kesler, Chavo Fraser, and Jason Gonzales. Their debut album, "A History of Sport Fishing", was released in 2002. It showcased classical influences as well as laying down the foundation of the groups mellow, textured sound. The album was released on Megalon Records and received very little promotion in the United States, while it was given a big push by Monotreme Records in the United Kingdom, and this led to the band becoming more popular in Europe than in their home country.

The band built their own studio in Oakland in order to set about recording the follow-up, but this was a task which would come to occupy them for the next two years as they painstakingly recorded each track to their own satisfaction. The final result of this lengthy process was "More Deep Cuts" which came out in 2004. The EP "Monkey vs. Shark" appeared in 2006, after which they signed to Anticon, issuing their third full-length, "Book of Bad Breaks" in the spring of 2007. This album, like their previous efforts, was met with a favorable critical response.

After a 14-year hiatus, frontman Dee emerged from the wilderness working under the Thee More Shallows moniker again with the help of some previous band members and some new musicians, releasing the album "Dad Jams" in 2021. Musically, it retains the adventurous, experimental edge of previous Thee More Shallows albums, but it is also rooted in a stronger pop sensibility, with plenty of bouncy, hooky melodies.



I first toyed with the idea of doing an anthology of Thee More Shallows about a year ago. They were a band I really enjoyed in the early/mid 2000's, and was rather disappointed that they more or less disappeared after the release of their 3rd album in 2007. The anthology was put on the back-burner after switching my attention to other compilations, and went in my "comps to make" folder. But, after recently discovering they were releasing a new album called "Dad Jams", I decided now would be the perfect time to complete this collection. I'm not that fond of the new album, but maybe it'll grow on me with time... I have included, though, two tracks I really like from the album, to accompany my favourite songs from those much earlier releases.

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 latest anthology!



  1. The 8th Ring of Hell (6:24)
  2. Fly Paper (3:41)
  3. Phineas Bogg (4:20)
  4. Freshman Thesis (5:00)
  5. Little Brave Friends (3:26)
  6. Night at the Knight School (3:15)
  7. The Perfect Map (8:01)
  8. Cloisterphobia (4:15)
  9. I Can't Get Next to You (4:41)
10. A History of Sport Fishing (6:55)
11. Cold Picture (4:09)
12. Proud Turkeys (5:53)
13. 2 AM (4:38)
14. Monkey vs Shark (4:45)
15. Ballad of Douglas Chin (3:52)
16. The White Mask (6:40)


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Sunday, 29 August 2021

Songs from Beneath the Spaghetti Tree Vol. 72

 


  1. Marden Hill - The Execution of Emperor Maximillian (3:28)
  2. Orchestre tout puissant Marcel Duchamp - We Can Can We (3:08)
  3. Polite Society - The Medusa Malfunction (2:48)
  4. Marinero - Outerlands (3:14)
  5. Serge Gainsbourg & Michel Colombier - Requiem Pour un Con (2:46)
  6. Mira Kubasinska & Breakout - Poszlabym Za Toba (3:13)
  7. The Holydrug Couple - Follow Your Way (4:48)
  8. Moin - Right Is Alright, Wrong Is to Belong (4:55)
  9. Relatively Clean Rivers - Hello Sunshine (3:28)
10. Jaromil Sabor - Red Sun (2:55)
11. Flour - Braindead Genius (3:02)
12. Lightning Bug - The Flash (3:09)
13. The Residents - The Weatherman (3:01)
14. The Sound Defects - War (4:22)
15. Elektricni Orgazam - Podstanar (2:43)
16. Sathönay - Le Tour du Jardin (5:41)
17. The Hologram People - Étoile Voyageuse (3:29)
18. Mega Bog - Before a Black Tea (3:29)
19. Alan Hull - Squire (5:04)
20. Folk Implosion - Insinuation (4:25)
21. The Dukes of Stratosphear - The Affiliated (2:20)
22. Peter Lawson - When the Damage Is Done (3:40)


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Thursday, 19 August 2021

21st Century Psychedelia - Volume 4

 


  1. Possum - Clarified Budder (4:59)
  2. Muun Bato - Golden Lyre (3:28)
  3. GÅS - Epitaph (4:51)
  4. Terceiro Olho de Marte - Plasma (7:21)
  5. Adama - Float (3:22)
  6. Figueroa - Better Run (3:19)
  7. Nest Egg - Denied Doctrine (4:45)
  8. Arthur Satàn - It's All the Same (3:56)
  9. Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation - Caramel Head (3:34)
10. Psychedelic Suns - Panic Attack (3:18)
11. Derya Yildirim & Grup Simsek - The Trip (4:16)
12. Familia de Lobos - Todo Lo Que Brilla (7:05)
13. Mosses - MSR (5:33)
14. ROY - Nowhere to Run (2:48)
15. Bike - A Casa Do Colapso Nascente (5:25)
16. Turtle Skull - The Clock Strikes Forever (11:36)


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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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