Friday, 1 July 2016

The Music - The Mighty Diamonds' "Danger In Your Eyes"

or maybe you're just lonely ...

A mighty moment from The Mighty Diamonds - a neglected nugget from the mighty Trojan Records catalogue.

Yap, it's the supendous version of "Danger In Your Eyes", released by the boys back in 1978 via Gussie Roots Sounds.

The song was written by two Jamaican music greats - Tyrone Evans along with the more widely known John Holt.
Production here was helmed by the legendary Gussie Clarke.

Dig that fucking horn!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Moving Models - Yana Banana

Art of the Cover - Jesu & Sun Kil Moon's "Jesu / Sun Kil Moon" (2016)

Jesu & Sun Kil Moon - Jesu / Sun Kil Moon (2016)

Cuddly Koz is back! Yap, with probably the first of a dozen new albums this year, here under his Sun Kil Moon moniker, he collabs with Brit experimental act Jesu.

The LP dropped January 21, 2016 on Koz's Caldo Verde Records and Rough Trade.

The album also features an array of stellar indie guest .. the likes of Will Oldham aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy, members of Low, Rachel Goswell of Slowdive and Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse. Jesu as well as Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth.

The album has come from the long-standing relationship between Jesu front man Justin Broadrick and Mark Kozelek.

Koz first approached Broadrick in 2007, about a release through his label, after being impressed by a live performance in San Francisco. In 2009 Jesu released Opiate Sun through Caldo Verde Records and later the same year Broadrick interviewed Kozelek for the Caldo Verde website. 

In 2013, Kozelek covered Broadrick's band Godflesh's song "Like Rats" and in 2014 directly referenced Broadrick and Godflesh in "The Possum"; the opening track from Sun Kil Moon's 2015 album Universal Themes.


1. Good Morning My Love
2. Carondelet
3. A Song of Shadows
4. Last Night I Rocked the Room Like Elvis and Had Them Laughing Like Richard Pryor
5. Fragile
6. Father’s Day
7. Sally
8. America’s Most Wanted Mark Kozelek and John Dillinger
9. Exodus
10. Beautiful You

Monday, 20 June 2016

Art of the Cover - The Revolving Paint Dream's "Mother Watch Me Burn" (1990)

The Music- The Chords' "So Far Away"

Erm ... here's a dose of the beautiful, blistering "So Far Away".

Written by head Chordite Chris Pope, this was the title track to the band's debut album, the intriguingly titled, The Chords.

The Chord hit the Top 30 in the UK Albums Chart back in 1980.

The Music - The Smiths belt out "Miserable Lie" Live in Madrid (1985)

please stay with your own kind and I'll stay with mine ....

Mozza and Marr and pals (that'd be Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce, of course) blast out a great live version of the ever frenetic and scathing "Miserable Lie."

This comes from a gig at Paseo De Camoens back on the 8th of May, 1985 - a gig captured in the bootleg "Spanish Sun Live In Madrid."

This was a free concert supported by the Madrid Townhall on the occasion of (the patron saint of Madrid) Saint Isidro's bank holiday. The socialist party was very interested in pop music and wanted to give a boost to a city that was culturally dead after 40 years of dictatorship. The Spanish were very welcoming and the concert was a big success. Morrissey was very energetic, he danced wildly but wasn't very talkative.

As in Barcelona two days earlier the Smiths played a 18 track setlist including the almost forgotten "This Charming Man" and the occasionally skipped "Barbarism Begins At Home".

"Miserable Lie" appeared on Side 1 of the band's seminal debut LP The Smiths in 1984.

A song that only Morrissey could write and a song similar in lyrical theme to "Pretty Girls Make Graves".

Built on some gorgeous Marr riffs - and some insane Mozza falsetto wails! - it's a song of confusion - "I need advice, I need advice."

A song about, perhaps, thinking you're of one sexual orientation and then realising you're not so sure and not wanting this distressing stuff brought up again

The line "a rented room in Whalley Range" refers to a dive in an area of Manchester about two miles southwest of the city centre where Morrissey used to cohabit with Linder Sterling (and the guitarist from her band, Ludus) for about a year when he was about 19. 

A song that has a clear lyrical nod to Mozz hero Oscar Wilde' with the line "you have destroyed my flower-like life" referencing "by his sweetness and goodness to her through the brief years of his flower-like life" from De Profundis.

And one laden with trademark witty barbed attacks ("stay with your own kind and I'll stay with mine") and moments of self deprecation ("I'm just a country-mile behind the whole world.")

Gravure Dolls - Oh Mai Mai

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Voluptuous Vixens - Big Big Eyes

The Video - The Last Shadow Puppets' "Bad Habits"

After a short hiatus (only 8 years, or so!), the lads in The Last Shadow Puppets are back

Yeah, that's some guy called Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys and Miles Kane from The Rascals. Plus here, they get no small assistance on the string arrangment front from the great Owen Pallett.

Yap, TLSP have just released a video for "Bad Habits"- the lead single from their impending Everything You've Come to Expect LP.

Everything You've Come to Expect is their follow-up to 2008's fine platter, The Age of the Understatement.

Brennan Carley of Spin magazine wrote that "Bad Habits" has got "a loud, insistent, urgent sound to it, with a prominent string section underscoring the chaos with a sense of unease."

Meanwhile, Stereogum's Peter Helman wrote that the song is "a brash, slitheringly groovy thing with an insistent bassline and some string section flourishes courtesy of maestro Owen Pallett."

The music video for the song was directed by Ben Chappell. It shows the group performing, with short snippets of Turner and Kane recording, socializing and womanizing
Yap, watch Turner and Kane raise hell (kinda!) in the performance clip below.

The Set - A Little Monkey Business

Linda Harrison and James Franciscus have a moment in Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

The Art - Heart Shaped Box

Friday, 17 June 2016

Art of the Cover - Greg Laswell's "Everyone Thinks I Dodged A Bullet" (2016)

Greg Laswell – Everyone Thinks I Dodged A Bullet (2016) [MP3]


01. Dodged A Bullet 03:27
02. Lifetime Ago 03:40
03. Out Of Line 03:50
04. And So I Tried To Sleep 03:32
05. Watch You Burn 04:26
06. Not The Same Man 03:58
07. Birthday Wish 05:25
08. Take It Easy 04:58
09. Play That One Again 04:10
10. Not Surprised 03:56

Moments In Time - Don't know karate, but I know KA-RAZY!!!!

Moving Models - Boudoir Blues

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Art of the Cover - Kawehi's "Interaktiv" (2016)

Interaktiv cover art
Kawehi – Interaktiv (2016) [MP3]

Art of the Cover - Tuxedomoon's "Pinheads On The Move" (1987)

1 Pinheads On The Move 2:50
2 Joeboy The Electronic Ghost 2:55
3 The Stranger 5:11
4 Jingle 7 0:11
5 Love / No Hope 5:20
6 In Heaven (David Lynch)
7 I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Marvin Gaye)
8 Fifth Column 2:02
9 Touched 2:15
10 Waterfront Seat 4:27
11 Une Nuit Au Fond De La Frayère 3:10
12 I Left My Heart In San Francisco 1:04
13 Everything You Want 4:07
14 Next To Nothing 2:41
15 Egypt 4:37
16 Over His Head 3:38
17 Martial / This Land 6:50
18 Straight Line Forward 3:12
19 Jingle 9 0:10
20 Pinheads On The Move (Reprise) 6:43

Art of the Cover - Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps "Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps" (2002)