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Weekly Playlist

Friday again already, so another playlist for your listening…umm…pleasure? Some fun songs here – doing it the Youtube way means I can pick out live versions where possible, so you get some pretty shoddy recording, but a nicer feel. Also, who knew David Byrne covered The Man Who Loved Beer? Not I, but it’s a pretty faithful rendition if you want to find it on the ‘Tube.

Cow – Sparklehorse
Missing Children – Teddy Thompson
Siren Song – Bat for Lashes
Live With Me – The Rolling Stones
Everything Means Nothing to Me – Elliott Smith
The Man Who Loved Beer – Lambchop
Dress Like Your Mother – Sleeper
Opus of Regret – Chrome Hoof
Loser – Beck
10:1 – Rogue Wave



Trapped in the closet…

And on a separate note…how have I never seen this before?

Trapped in the Closet

It’s possibly the most amazing thing set to video. R Kelly is some kind of crazyInsane genius (or I’m completely insane for thinking so). Too long to watch at work, but I recommend a viewing at home over the weekend. Just…brilliant.


Weekly Playlist

Apologies for the lack of a playlist last week; Easter got in the way. I got half-way through an egg-themed special on Thursday but too many meetings meant no time to finish. So is this week’s playlist super especially double good to make up for it? Um…no. But, I am trying out a new playlist method. Playlistify was getting annoying, so I’m going for the manual method of creating a YouTube playlist. Not sure quite how it’s going to work, but I’ll give it a go and see. Let me know if it’s better or worse.

Eternal Life – Jeff Buckley
Celebrity – Matthew Herbert
Got to Give it Up – Marvin Gaye
Universally Speaking – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Universal Skills – Arsonists
Life in a Glass House – Radiohead
Summer’s First Breath – Epic45
Naked – The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Power to the People – Public Enemy
Boys Better – The Dandy Warhols


Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci’s ‘Banana’

I’m not quite sure how this came about to be honest and although I could do some online research to work out where and who it came from, I must admit that the mystery of it is part of the appeal. I stumbled upon this on TV late one night many years ago – I think it was on S4C (the Welsh-language channel of Wales) – and, given my total obsessiveness with Gorky’s at the time, it was a real find for a major fan.

In last friday’s post, Binky specified that he couldn’t find Miss Trudy by Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci on the Playlistify thingy so I looked it up on YouTube and – as if by circumstantial magic (Non-fans will not be aware of the black magic of Gorky’s) came upon the following Banana playlist once again:

In essence, Banana is just a collection of home made music videos made on VHS at arguably their creative peak over the period of an EP or two and the Bwyd Time LP. As I say, I don’t know who filmed them, but it’s not important. What’s important is that virtually every song – and it is like listening to an album – is brilliant and from this you really get the energy and excitement of a load of kids who were loving playing music and entertaining even the great John Peel.

If you’re not digging the Gorky’s sound or feel like switching off, check out the 12 Impressionistic Soundscapes before you log off for an … ahem… slightly different experience (read ‘headmash’).


Friday Playlist #4

Another assortment of good, bad, and ugly tracks for you.

The Poor, the Fair, and the Good – Silver Jews
Untitled Roadside Demo – Black Moth Super Rainbow
1000 Faces – Gonzales
City Limits – Mistah F.A.B.
Happy Cycling – Boards of Canada
Bizarre Love Triangle – New Order
We’re all in this Together – Ben Lee
Miss Trudy – Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci
Better Not Be So – Surrounded
Sweedeedee – Cat Power

A shame Playlistify couldn’t find Silver Jews or Gorky’s, but there you go. I’m surprised that it did managed to find Black Moth Super Rainbow – an album I bought because Kate got a concert poster of theirs to hang in the kitchen because she liked the design, and it just seemed wrong to me to have a poster up of a band whose music I’d never heard. Without further ado, here it is (hmm – just watched the videos. Not sure what’s going on with Playlistify this week, but that’s not Gonzales or Ben Lee, and that’s not the right Mistah F.A.B. song…I might have to look into another solution if this craziness keeps up!):


Friday Playlist #3

A mixed bag to get you through this Friday, and Playlistify managed to find 9 out of 10 of the tracks! Weirdly it didn’t find one I expected it to, and did find a few I thought it would struggle with. Anyway, without further ado here’s the full list:

Rip Her to Shreds – Blondie
Hogwash – Fu Manchu
Tell Your Girl – The Asleep
Redlights – Salem
The Book I Haven’t Read – Lambchop
What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
Yertle the Turtle – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Mrs Bigger – Herman Dune
Handcuffed to a Fence in Mississippi – Jim White
I Wanna Pick You Up – Alex Chilton

And here’s the playlist:




For the Mothers

Weekly Playlist #2

It’s mother’s day this weekend, so what better way to show some love than with a mother-themed playlist? Unfortunately, I’m still not getting much embedding love – only 6 tracks worked today, and some of those are fairly random reinterpretations rather than the originals. Still, here it is:

Worth it for The Knife alone – beautiful, even played loud through tinny PC speakers. It also has one of the best videos ever! Here’s the full original playlist:

We Share Our Mother’s Health – The Knife
Does Your Mother Know – ABBA
Your Mother Should Know – The Beatles
Dress Like Your Mother – Sleeper
Every Mother’s Son – The Wedding Present
I Feel Like the Mother of the World – Smog
I Need a Mother – Eels
I Want to be the Boy to Warm your Mother’s Heart – The White Stripes
Mother’s Little Helper – The Rolling Stones
This is to Mother You – Sinead O’Connor

No worries about missing Sinead O’Connor (unless your mum likes her), but there were some fantastic tracks (e.g. Smog) in there that would have been nice to hear. Oh well, better luck next time.


Friday Playlist #1

Some things are harder than they should be. I know, I thought, I’ll make a Friday playlist on the blog… that’ll be a fun thing for me to do every week. Why not use Spotify, I thought, then people will actually be able to play it. But no, Spotify won’t let me do that. Okay, I thought, I’ll use, but no, won’t let me do it either. So in the end I’m just going to type it out in plain text (on my phone). Am I just being stupid? There’s got to be an easier way, hasn’t there? If there is, please, please let me know.

Without further ado, here is the Friday playlist:

1 – Join the dots – Roots Manuva
2 – Hypnotize – The Notorious B.I.G.
3 – Court Room Blues – Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell
4 – Enjoy Your Worries, You May Never Have Them Again – The Books
5 – Kelly Watch The Stars – Air
6 – Untitled II – Calexico
7 – Come – Lemon Jelly
8 – Ballad Of The Sun And Moon – Alejandro Escovedo
9 – Choking Tara (Creamy Version) – Guided By Voices
10 – Some Jingle Jangle Morning ( When I’m Straight) – Mary Lou Lord


EDIT: I just found this – it only seemed to have 8 of the tracks, but it’s a start. I’m going to try embedding it. Kris – let me know if you don’t want me to embed nonsense here.




Mona Lisa and Lana Del Ray Jumbled (with PhotoSynth)

As you may or not be aware, I’m more than a little obsessed with high-end technology which can be used for evil lo-end/lo-fi output. So with a little work (and a distinct lack of skill, which I ooze) and an iPhone 3GS (okay, it’s not exactly high end given the advent of Stephen Hawking now being available in your phone) one can ‘break’ things just enough to get some alternative and (albeit to me) pleasing results.

As per usual, I’ve been fluffing around with PhotoSynth on the iPhone and this time I’ve been using it on a variety of 2D images on my laptop screen. The trick this time is not to be all accurate and precise with the movement and turning, but instead to just go a bit wild, grabbing what you can when you can. PhotoSynth will tell you ‘NO’ (with it’s red box of in inrecognition) but if you move around enough, it will latch on to some part of the image and go green so you can snap it quick.

Here then is Mona Lisa and Lana Del Ray jumblified humbly:

If anyone has any suggestions for images to jumblyfy then comment me up and then some.


Music for Children

Given virtual 24-hour children’s television (CBeebies, CBBC) and the ubiquity of digital media available elsewhere in our house (DVDs, iPlayer, YouTube on the iPad/iPhones) it is often hard to get children to listen to music – or, to rephrase – listen to real music.

Are these days of parental influence gone? Personally, I’m glad my folks played The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and, best of all, the War of the Worlds soundtrack. Not so Manhattan Transfer.

I’ve decided to use a different approach to try to get my son into music which I like and has inspired me…. namely Playmobil figures singing Joy Division. We’ll see how it works.