1/30/16

Public Image Ltd - Public Image / The Cowboy Song (1978)




















Few may know the shock it was to listen to the first single of Public Image (Ltd) in the Autumn of 1978. Most of us were expecting (hoping?) a sort of Sex Pistols Mark II and we got a sort of "Siouxsie & the Banshees went Dub" that was everything but instantly lovable. I was personally impressed and happy that he deceived all the expectations and, like Mark Perry, quickly escaped the punk coda and silly rock posture that became the norm. Original punks were everything but this mandatory rock 'n' roll attitude. But that's another story. This single has a non-LP B-side that is one reason to post it. Catch it here.







1/29/16

Lal Waterson - Once in a Blue Moon (1996)



A re-up of this wonderful album on request of a visitor. Listening to it tonight, I find in the music something of Everything But The Girl (not the voice, but the way guitars and chords are played, and the general atmosphere). With Melanie and Mandy Morton another never to forget artist for sure. Catch her here.

A limited vinyl edition of this seminal folk LP (that she recorded with her talented son, Oliver Knight) has been released some months ago. I posted previously 2 songs from this album on a fake single (here), maybe 2 among the greatest songs ever done (one was covered last year by the Unthanks), but i think it is useful to remind everyone the importance of this record, so I decided to post it entirely (since it seems the links in folk's blogs are dead). It will be a welcome addiction to Mandy Morton's if you did not know Lal Waterson. Her voice is very different, more in a Billie Holiday/Karen Dalton mood, but totally idiosyncrasic actually. She died in 1999, at 55 yrs, after a last record called A Bed of Roses. Sad that 2 of the greatest folk singers disappeared from view so early. Meanwhile, folk the cradle of your sadness with this mother's voice. The above cover is maybe the one of a limited CD edition. It's better than the official one below. Below again is the limited vinyl edition one. The rip is not prime quality (only 256 kb) so buy the album then.



Phoebe
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Phoebe. Phoebe, don't look on helplessly. Cannot you see this tangle of three. Oh my Harvey stop and stay with me. Feel how our knees buckle beneath, See how the trees bow down in safety. Phoebe, don't look on helplessly. Cannot you see that heart has been broken, And comes with no rider in slow motion. Phoebe, don't look on helplessly. Cannot you see this tangle of three.

1/28/16

Public Image Limited - Memories / Another 7" (1979)



I'm in the very exciting John Lydon autobiography and I listen a lot to PIL production and really it was a fantastic band. So I re-up this single (see more below) with its non-LP B-side. I think I'll post more soon. And I'm not OK anymore with my old statement below: John Lydon is not a boring bloke since then. I enjoy who he is and even the today version of PIL. Since he was my model, reference and hero in 1976-79 (with Mark Perry of course), it's a pleasure, 40 years later, to be able to write things like this on him. Catch these memories here.

Writing some album reviews for the special Xroads issue (a French music mag) on the best records of the eighties (from 1979 to 1987), and in particular on Metal Box from PIL, I take the measure of the influence of this band on the (good) music of the nineties, more specifically God, Scorn, Terminal Cheesecake and so on. Based on Can meets dub (the music) meets Kevin Coyne meets Nico (the voice), this post Pistols project of John Lydon was a winner and a rebirth. Here is the 3rd single with a non album track ("Another") that was only released on a special CD issue of the next album, Flowers of Romance. It's a way to pay hommage to this short-lived version of PIL, 3 guys with more ideas to sell than most of their contempories and who contributed to pave the way to music of the next decade (after the awful New Wave years were over). What a shame Lydon became such a boring bloke since then. Enjoy this 7". The lyrics of "Memories" are reproduced down there and it's not impossible it concerns his old pals from the Pistols.


Memories. You make me feel ashamed At acting attitudes Remember ridicule It should be clear by now clear by now Your words are useless Full of excuses False confidence Someone has used you well Used you well I could be wrong It could be hate As far as I can see Clinging desperately Imagining pretending No personality Dragging on and on and on and on And on and on and on and on I think you're slightly late Slightly late This person's had enough of useless memories Always remember Twisted amenities Could be wrong This person's had enough Of useless memories Always remember Twisted amenities Out of order Out of order It could be worse You're losing all the time I could be wrong Could be worse You're losing all the time I let you stay too long I could be wrong Could be wrong Whatever pass Could never last All in your mind Where it all began You're doing wrong It's not the movies And you're old


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1/20/16

Mott The Hoople - Live In The USA (1971)



Second and last Mott re-up for tonight. Recorded the same year than the Stockholm show. Once again, this is a tribute to Buffin. Enjoy here.

In June 1971, we find Mott The Hoople in the USA for their second tour in this eldorado for all English bands hoping for complete recognition, this land being the craddle of the music they had adapted in their island. The tour was a little chaotic since Free, the band they supported, cancelled the tour due to disbanding, but there was a handful of shows and this is one of them (no information where) with 5 songs only and a crowd not much hotter than in Sweden (and a good sound quality). But when they played "Walkin' With A Mountain", things got better (they always got better with this rocker). The highpoint of the set is the wonderful version of "Angel Of The Eighth Avenue" (in streaming below), closing this testimony of the band going back to their heavy sound. Remember they were trying to find a new breath after their failed attempt to play some US-CSNY-influenced rock. I did the cover sleeve. I'm not sure that Ian Hunter had this maltese cross guitar in June (he got it in September). I should have verified but some of you will surely make a comment about it. Below some videos from a show in France (Taverne de l'Olympia) captured 2 months later.





Mott The Hoople - Live In Stockholm (1971)



Buffin is dead. Sad news although he was seriously ill for some years now (Alzheimer they say). But his great drumming and his wonderful androgyn look made him so special. And he became of course the well-known Peel sessions producer. An opportunity to re-up the Mott LPs that were not still re-available. The first one here. Mott was and will always stay one of my most cherished band.

More than 5 months after the Fairfield Halls concert and some weeks after the failure of the strangely US-folk rock oriented Wildlife to sell decently, we find our boys in Sweden in front of a rather apathic audience. In no way the hot atmosphere of the UK shows although "Walking With A Mountain" (nothing to do with the band they cover "Long Red") will heat their nordic guts . This is the reason this live set broadcasted on a local radio (not the high quality of the Fairfield Halls show but decent however) is relatively weak compared to the usual live standards of the band. The fault is partly due to the setlist, not the best to imagine. But all in all, a good show to share. If you want a respectful sonor version (I mean not the MP3-degraded one), you can find this concert on the All The Way From Stockholm To Philadelphia Live 71/72 double CD released by Angel Air in 1998. Be careful, on their Live at Fairfield Halls CD, they added the concert minus "Keep 'A' Knocking". More to come.


1/19/16

John Cale - Mercenaries (Ready For War) / Rosegarden Funeral Of Sores 7" (1980)

Re-up on request. I'm not in a John Cale period so I won't add anything more than what I wrote below. Didn't buy the Diesel CD version hitherto. Catch this one here.

This single was released with the Sabotage Live LP and featured an edit version of "Mercenaries" and an unissued song that would be covered the same year by Bauhaus on the B-side of their "Telegram Sam" cover single (are you still with me?). "Mercenaries" is typical of this international-politic-paranoid period John Cale was in. At these times, I had lost any interest in what he was doing but I was damned wrong. It travelled through time much better that most of what was released in 1980. Never too late to admit I have been dumb. "Rosegarden..." is something of an experimental song, actually it could be Kim Fowley (another of my heroes, who would release his great Son of Frankenstein the following year). It's more than probable that Cale was influenced by KF when he sang on this one (listen to the way he finished the song). The Bauhaus version is not very different but nothing may rivals with Cale's voice. Note also how on such songs Cale is not far from the Fall (actually the Fall are on Cale's feet). The sound quality is not very good and this is a ripped version I didn't do myself since I don't own this single. Actually, "Rosegarden" was released in apparently proper version on the Diesel CD version of Sabotage but prices are too high for my little fortune. However I added the versions featuring on a half-bootleg compilation called Doctor Dark, a shameless compilation disguised in a fake live LP with added applauses on it (this is what I call a sub-human way to treat artists and fans). Except for this awful idea, it is the occasion to listen to "Rosegarden" in a high quality format. For "Remedies", just put your Sabotage CD or good vinyl version on their supports. More from Cale soon on this blog. Meanwhile, enjoy this little amuse gueule. Nothing cheap and nasty.




1/15/16

Kim Fowley - 21st Century Youth (2012)









Exactly one year ago died one of my all-time hero, Kim Fowley. Of course he was not a saint and all he did was not totally in accordance with my way of seeing male-female relations or even my musical tastes, but he has been from 1972 (the year I discovered him) till his death 43 years later, a reference for how getting old with "panache" not only in rock but also in life. And now I see coming soon the last part of existence I won't forget his lesson: stay creative, stay mad, stay unpredictable, stay sex-inclined, stay supportive for youth. In 2012 he had an incredible productive year. This LP was recorded over a 3 year timespan (2009-12) and is the only one of that year for which I have some info about the musicians (it's on the back sleeve). It's also one of the most experimental of the 5 (666, Now and Grease with Bruning Bones, there's a last one to be posted called Death City). There are some very strong songs such as "You Won't Be Young" (I did a pix video for Youtube, see below), "Emergency Room" or "Time To Make A Change". Another one not to be missed. One day these 5 LPs will be seen as great achievement. Catch it here and enjoy the great Mr Fowley, with us forever. I did a cover sleeve since once again the original one (see at the bottom) was rather ugly. Maybe I should not but I can't help to do it.





1/2/16

Kim Fowley - Now (2012)

Another re-up of a 2012 Kim Fowley LP, another great one, the last offers of this weird character being unfaithfully underrated and overlooked. There are some real gems in it although it is not so good than 666. On the 15th of January, there'll be 1 year KF is dead. Strange to live in a world where some artists that we were used, aren't anymore (recently Lemmy Kilminster). But that's the way life goes and one day the world will be without each of us. Note that KF has finally been on the cover of Girls And Corpses as he wanted to (see here and there). Although I'm not very sensitive, it's a bit hard for me. I also created another fake cover sleeve with a picture from a photo session he shot with Chelsea Schuchman taken by Brad Elterman (the whole session here). I think it's better than the ugly coloured original one. No info once again about the musicians. Ashame since there are some great parts and musical themas on it such as "Toxic Rivers Overflow" (see the rudimentary clip below I created tonight) or "Artificial Sunshine". Catch this re-up here.





Yesterday I saw Kim Fowley with Snow Mercy play in the Saint Merri church in Paris and this was an incredibly strong emotional experience. He improvised (almost) all the texts and litterally created in front of us the music he played, thanks to the great French musicians that backed him with a "formidable" adaptative ability (they are called the Electric Virgins I think). It was the first (and surely the last) time I saw my all-time-hero on stage and I couldn't be anything else than impressed by this legend of rock 'n' roll offering in no way the usual pathetic face of "ghosts-of-what-they-were" old artists but novative, subversive and transgressive creative force at 72 and 4 bladder cancers survivor. Now this post. It's about his last LP called Now and released last month. You will think I'm a complete fan and finally you're not wrong but again I find this new album totally stunning. Although I regret not to have any details about the players (they should be cited after all), it's again a clear sign that Kim Fowley has rarely been in a more creative state than in these last months. He escaped death for the best since he offers us some great insight in human condition via a much more experimental approach of music than on his recent and fantastic 666. There's a rocker handful (the 2 intro songs) but several more adventurous tracks (notably the splendid "Artificial Sunshine" and "Demons-Underdogs-Assassins", the 2 in streaming below), but also the moving and wonderful "Toxic Rivers Overflow" (also in streaming below) with a celestian and arabian atmosphere. Sometimes we're not far from the old Fall style ("Master of Disaster"). But better to stop my useless commentary about an unavoidable new piece of the Kim's puzzle that he will leave to the world. Please try to buy here.


12/28/15

Forgotten Songs dk Top 10 LPs of 2015

As last year, I sacrifice to the ceremony of the Top LPs of the year. For a blog providing old stuff, it's rather weird and you are authorized to think that you don't care about my current tastes as long as I post good old material. But since I do not write in rock mag anymore nor on any music webzine, I self-indulge in this useless exercise. Of course I didn't listen to all the albums released this year, and since I'm not mono-stylistic, I may have missed a lot of gems. But with Bandcamp and my natural curiosity, I have however listened to a large amount (even briefly) of music and I'm not posting the only 10 albums I've tried this year. This selection is for me a way to say that there's still music released this year that could easily stand the comparison with great stuff of the past. And this year  it was specially the case with some albums that could compete for top 100 all times, in particular the 3 first ones. So, if you give me some credits, don't hesitate to have a listen to this selection, it's never too late to discover music that will be part of you.

1. Andy Shauf - The Bearer Of The Bad News 

Here's what i wrote on Bandcamp: "Didn't think there could be such a magical album in the folk genre. A classic. With an extreme delicacy, Andy Shauf provides songs that touch something incredibly deep in us. It could be something like the Harvest of the XXIst century". After all these months it's clear for me that this album stands as one of  the greatest of music history. Sorry to tell this to all the admirers of the legendary US and UK folk singers of the late sixties, but Andy Shauf provides something more precious and moving that it is possible to imagine. The arrangements are delightful, the voice carries a mad intimacy. There's really nothing that can compete with this album this year for me.



2. Alternative TV - Opposing Forces



Mark Perry is the only guy in rock with whom I could feel a strong empathy and sometimes have the strange impression he was my double. I was unsure that an Alternative TV album in 2015 could be as relevant as it was between 77 and the early 2000's. But it is, and even more than relevant, it is crucial and sends back most of the other releases in unsubstantial areas (at least for me). Not a weak song, some of them among his bests ("Dream" is nothing less than one of the most moving ballad ever written).The band is tight and styles are so varied it is not unlike a sort of Best of. It seems another Alternative TV album will be released in 2016. If I'm still alive at the end of next year, I bet it will be among my Top 10 since Mark Perry seems not to be able to do wrong. He's surely one of the most underrated composer of the last 50 years and I'll use my little influence anywhere I can to give him justice.



3. Howls Of Ebb - The Marrow Veil


Another proof that you have to wait until the last days of the year to do your Top 10 (or more) list since I found this one very lately and it jumped straight in my Top 3 after only 3 or 4 listenings. Why? Because as an old fan of the early Autopsy, there's in this album the same atmosphere but much more complexity, climax and power. Many will have more recent comparisons and influences to cite but I'm not totally aware of what happened to this death metal branch in the last 20 years so I'll stick to my old references. What's crucial is that this album is a killer and deserves to be considered as a great achievement of the year. I particularily love the drumming but the whole album is a masterpiece.




4. Pile - You're Better Than This


Pile is my favorite band of the last 5 years. They manage, under the direction of Rick Maguire, to mix what was the best of the 90's noise scene (Jesus Lizard but not only them) and to provide a stunning equivalent for our today's times. This is a perfect equilibrium between rock diary and extreme instrumental noise. Never heard before such a successful alchemy. I was glad to have the opportunity to tell it to Maguire when they came in Paris. On stage, they are also powerful and must not be missed. This album doesn't reach the greatness of the former (Dripping) but is however one of the best release of the year so far.




5. Windhand - Grief's Infernal Flower 


This blog posted their first demo exactly 5 years ago and I must proudly say I had a certain visionary quality since this band is maybe now the best doom band of the planet and this album is considered by many doomsters as the best of the year. It's like doom was reaching a new point with Dorthia Corttrell's lugubrious voice being a perfect vehicle for the classic riffs that the band provides. At the same time catchy and heavy, never leaving their doom soul in the process, this is an album to be rememberered and a band to cherish. Note that Dorthia Corttrell released this year a solo doom folk album that just failed to be in this Top 10 too.



6. Anna McClellan - Fire Flames


This is quite a surprise that this album ends the year in my Top 10 since when I first listened to it, I was not even sure I liked it. There was a Kate Nash savour (her demos and her first album, not the shit she did later on) but more mature, more arty too, and I gave me some times to state whether I liked it or not. Having listened to this album so many times I couldn't count, it's now clear that I love it. Her piano style (with something of the early 20th century French music in it, Satie, Debussy, Ravel), her way to sing as if she was not really preoccupied of the beauty of it but only by the fact to sing it sincere, and the complex melody lines that make the listening never tiring, all this places this album very high on the 2015 scale. Note that Anna was the singer of the band Howard.



7. Petite League - Slugger


Each year I got my small load of pop albums that helped me in the dark days since this style is often useful when sadness shows its nose (when it's in us, doom is the only music to be relevant). Last year it was Lunchbox that topped the genre, this year it's this incredible American duo with 10 songs that became for me not less than standards If you're in the Kinks and the Beach Boys of 1966 or more recently in Boat, you must get this album. Hope they'll get the notoriety they deserve.



8. Space Bong - Deadwood To Worms


Another band this blog had posted their first album 4 years ago. And once again they became since then one of the driven force of the sludge doom genre. This double LP is a monstruous musical piece that will make you forget most of what you thought was the must beforehand. How it is possible to push the limits still miles away than before, it's a mystery but this incredible band manages to do it. You don't listen to such albums, you aurally drown in them. 2015 will be remembered as the year this album was released.




9. Blackwater Prophet - Ghost


If there's a style that escaped my private musical interest, it's stoner. Honestly this music has a great difficulty to raise my curiosity for the last 10 years but 2 albums have changed my mind. The first (and my fave of the two) is from this young US band and is a total success in providing a fresh revisiting of this so-coded genre. Leaving the testosterone posture backside, they offered fort their second LP a non-faulty proof that it was still possible to give stoner a break and a new breath. Don't miss this new-born revival (moreover my fave cover sleeve of the year).



10. Sahara Surfers - High Lands


The other stoner album of this selection. Once again the female singer does a lot to make this LP reaches this level of quality. She's fascinating with her Mariska Veres voice (Shocking Blue of course) with something of Barbara Keith (Stone Coyotes). But the riffs are great too and the album becomes the better time is passing. They are from Austria and this is not the last of the surprise of this band.




12/24/15

Kim Fowley - 666 (2012)



Now that Kim is dead, I'm less inclined not to post his late material for free. He was rather angry at me in 2012 seeing I provided his stuff for free here but honestly I thought it was more a way to help his music to live and be spread than to steal him. Since my rs account was shelved 2 years ago, I didn't re-up it until he died but now I feel it's the time to reactivate his late work since it's great Specially this album with wonderful tracks such as "Hungry Hospital" or "Dreams and Nightmares". I'll re-up the two other LPs he released between 2012 and 2013. Sad I don't have any percision about the musicians and composers. If you do please help. I did another (fake) cover sleeve driven from his photo session with Kelly Cunningham and Brad Elterman (and shot in 2013). The original one (as the others from that year) really use awful visual effect. Hope mine is more in line with the content. Catch it here. I put my first post and the original cover sleeve (except the back I had done myself too) below.





















Some of you may think Kim Fowley did great albums only in the 60's and 70's, others may be less severe but consider that in the last 10 years he didn't issue anything as strong as he used to. They are wrong. Given that 2012 seems to be Kim's year with no less than 3 LPs out or on the way out, it's a mandatory mission for me to post one of them here to illustrate my point. My point is that Kim Fowley is the only living artist in the rock to do music as essential in 2012 than in 1968. Age doesn't seem to have any effect on his singularity, inventivity, subversivity, deepness, poetry. 666 has been released in January and is truly a wonderful and exciting piece of music. Not a weak song, not a jokey track, a renewed profoundness in the themas and the way to sing them. Most of the texts are about his experience with illness and hospital. It provides often the same thrilling feelings that the best Paddy McAlloon songs in the Prefab Sprout era. What more can I say except this? It's one of his best album to date and will be one of the albums of the year so far to my ears. Don't limit yourself to the dl of this LP. Go then on itunes (here) or emusic (there) and BUY IT, BUY IT, BUY IT for Kim's sake. Bad I don't know anything about the players and composers on this LP cos' they would deserve to be cited. They serve the bad old man of rock 'n' roll with talent.


12/22/15

Kim Fowley & Burning Bones - Grease (2012)



Because Kim Fowley should never be forgotten and I'll do my best to help his musical memory to go on, because he's my only model at the onset of oldness (you should invent this word since old age has not the strenght of the French word "vieillesse") for the good way to cope with this body entropy and illness and agony. And because in the last years of his life he recorded some excellent albums such as this one, all in trad. blues style. Catch it here.

Here what Kim Fowley wrote about this album last January "Check out Burning Bones...I'm their lead singer. They are all burn victims that I met in the hospital when I was doing rehab from Bladder Cancer Surgery. We are the ugliest band in Rock N' Roll. We can never play live because 2 guys died since the session, & the other ones are still doing the "skin graft boogie" Pain is the secret element in Rock N' Roll :) ♥". Can't say whether this is the fucking truth or one of this legendary way to rewrite reality that Kim is so good at but what I know is that this 3rd offer from the man in 2012 is another winner, a Kim-Fowley-goes-voodoo-blues that nobody should overlook. There are some immortal gems in this album and more good songs in it than in any of the so-called masterpieces of boring singer-songwriters that the music industry defecates on us all the year long. If I post it, it's not for you to steal money from Kim who needs it to survive but because you'll be able to be sure that it's for you. And go to hell with your Tom Waits, hear the real shit, not arty one dressed in fake crazyness.






12/20/15

Vrangsinn - Phobia (2009)



Recently I discovered Vrangsinn was with Aliaa Magda Ehlmady, the Egyptian feminist (and femen member) that was a kind of heroine for many (for me I must say) in posing naked on a facebook page and more recently menstruating on the ISIS flag whilst a friend was shitting on it. This is for sure a brave and respectable couple and an occasion to re-up this wonderful and scandalously underrated album. As I wrote below, it is maybe the masterpiece that could have achieved Robert Smith if he was not stuck in his gelified character. I can assure you it's something to listen to. And for some of you, it'll find its way in your beloved ones. Catch it here.

Vrangsinn has a long history in the black metal world, and notably with Carpathian Forest (but also more than 10 different bands). This Norwegian is much more than a simple bassist of black metal bands, but a versatile artist (writing, filming, drawing) not afraid to be also a character, what our times are lacking so much. Profoundy anti-religious (welcome to the club, I can say that since I'm older than he is), here he offers a totally strange and unexpected album which has nothing to do with metal, but has more to do with Nick Cave. But although I don't appreciate our famous Australian icon, here I find the proposed songs totally my taste, since they have the despaired and delericted flavour that you won't find in Cave's work, who is in the classic artist format. What is the most striking in this LP, is that Vrangsinn often sounds vocally as a drunken Robert Smith, and I can't imagine any Cure's fan, specially of the most delirious periods of the band, not caught by this album. This music is like a poison. You can find it a little bitter for a while, but soon you listen to it again and this bitterness begins to taste sweet. If I post this album now, it's also because we're waiting for his new album, and the some songs that can be heard make me think it will be quite a masterpiece. Lyrics included in the rar file. More on this LP there. The whole album was associated with videos you can watch below.