Sunday, January 30, 2011

Blabber 'n Smoke - Caesar's Cleopatra (Freineux)

Blabber 'n Smoke goes to Belgium! Every now and then they take some time off and the four of them go the Belgium Ardennes to record music for a couple of days. On one of those sessions (The Soup Sessions) they filmed some stuff with a photo camera. Later on they turned this, with the help of a befriended editor, into a music video for Caesar's Cleopatra. Although this song featured on Blabber ' n Smoke's first album, this music video is for the demo version of the song. Some say it's better then the album version. 

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Lee Dorsey - The New Lee Doresy

Everybody knows Working In The Coal Mine, but who sang that song? It was Lee Dorsey and although he had a big hit with the song, he is not known for any other songs. That's kind of sad because he wrote some nice songs. On the album The New Lee Dorsey you can find some nice soul songs, but also a bit more psychedelic stuff like Mexico and Get Out My Life, Woman. The album is from 1966. Let's see of you can smell that soul!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Exit Through The Gift Shop

I Watched this documentary, Exit Through The Giftshop, today and I thought it was great. It's a piece of art by Banksy, who's a famous street artist. The question is: is MBW an artist, or is he a project by Banksy? If you haven't watched it, I recommend you do. You can buy it here, or download it here.

Beck - The Velvet Underground & Nico

Every now and then Beck invites colleague artists to play in his studio. He named this meetings Record Club and Beck introduced the idea of covering a whole album on one day. Or, as Beck himself puts it on his website:

Record Club is an informal meeting of various musicians to record an album in a day. The album chosen to be reinterpreted is used as a framework. Nothing is rehearsed or arranged ahead of time. A track is put up here once a week. As you will hear, some of the songs are rough renditions, often first takes that document what happened over the course of a day as opposed to a polished rendering. There is no intention to ‘add to’ the original work or attempt to recreate the power of the original recording. Only to play music and document what happens. And those who aren’t familiar with the albums in question will hopefully look for the songs in their definitive versions.

Artist involving in sessions until now were:  Nigel Godrich, Devendra Banhart, Andrew and Will from MGMT, Andrew from Wolfmother, Binki from Little Joy,  Jamie Lidell, Leslie Feist, Sergio Dias from the legendary Brazilian band Os Mutantes, Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth and Tortoise. Covered were: The Velvet Underground's "Banana" album, Yanni, Leonard Cohen, Alexandre Spence's cult classic Oar and INXS. 
All albums can be enjoyed on Beck's website, but here I'm putting up Record Club's version of The Velvet Underground & Nico. Some versions are pretty darn good, others are meh.... you decide: Smell that banana!

1. Sunday Morning
2. Waiting For The Man
3. Femme Fatale
4. Venus In Furs
5. Run, Run, Run
6. All Tomorrows Parties
7. Heroin
8. There She Goes Again
9. I'll Be Your Mirror
10. Black Angel's Death Song
11. European Son

Monday, January 24, 2011

Tom Zé - Estudando o Samba

Officially released, but very hard to buy nowadays, so I'm uploading this masterpiece by Tom Zé (1936). This is Zé's fifth album, from 1976, on which he gives his version of the authentic South American music style: samba. Zé is one of the creators of Tropicália, an art movement in Brazil influenced by Dada, and he is known for using samples and unorthodox "instruments" like typewriters as soon as the early seventies. Smell this!
1. Mã
2. A Felicidade
3. Toc
4. Tô
5. Vai
6. Ui!
7. Doi
8. Mãe
9. Hein?
10. Só
11. Se
12. Índice

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Public Enemy - It Takes A Nations Of Millions To Hold Us Back Bonus Tracks

Before grunge happened I was listening to rap music: N.W.A., Eazy E, DeLaSoul, Son of Bazerk, The D.O.C., Ice-T, EPMD, that kinda stuff. Only one record doesn't stop to amaze me, even now, more than 20 years after it's release. This was the real thing and I sort of compare it with The Velvet Underground, the same urgency and rawness. Their use of samples, the detail in production, the funkiness, and the fantastic rhymes by Chuck D make this to a blueprint of the Hip Hop culture. 
For my birthday I got the Night Of The Living Baseheads single as a gift from my uncle and aunt. It featured mostly remixes, but I liked it a lot and played it all the time. Last year I got the idea to collect all the B-sides from the It Takes A Nation era and that's what I'm posting now:

1. Bring The Noise (No Noise Version)
2. Night Of The Living Baseheads (mix)
3. Prophets Of Rage (Power Version)
4. Caught Can We Get A Witness (Pre Black Steel Ballistic Felony Dub)
5. Bring Tha Noize (With Anthrax)
6. The Edge Of Panic
7. Night Of The Living Baseheads (Anti-Blood Pressure Encounter Mix)
8. Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos (Instrumental)
9. Bring The Noise (No Noise Instrumental)
10. Party For Your Right To Fight (Blak Wax Metromixx)
11. B-Side Wins Again
12. The Rhythm, The Rebel (Acapella)
13. Night Of The Living Baseheads (mixx)
14. Louder Than A Bomb (JMJ Telephone Tap Groove)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Radiohead - Scotch Mist Webcast

On October 10nd 2007 Radiohead shook Record Industry Fairytale land by releasing their new studio album by offering it as download at any price, yes, also for £ 0.0. People still talk about this revolutionary approach. That In Rainbows, the name of the album, was in fact a marvelous record is something that people seemed to forget discussing. I remember listening to the album the first time, a mind blowing experience. I followed Radiohead since Kid A/Amnesiac and it seemed to me that everything I like about Radiohead was somehow summarized on In Rainbows. House Of Cards almost made me cry... 

Anyway, on new years eve 2007, Radiohead performed their new album on a webcast called Scotch Mist from their Oxford studios. You can watch the whole thing here (and of course on Radiohead's You Tube channel, were this is linked from). The performance is great, kind of raw compared to the album and you can grab the audio from the webcast here. Once again, enjoy!

1. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
2. Bodysnatchers
3. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
4. 15 Step
5. Videotape
6. Reckoner
7. House Of Cards
8. All I Need
9. Faust Arp (Jonny & Thom outside on a hill)
10. Nude

Captain Beefheart And The Magic Band - Bat Chain Puller 1976

Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) was Captain Beefheart's 10th album and was released in 1978. An earlier version of the album, recorded for Frank Zappa's record label DiscReet, was never released due to legal indifferences. For Shiny Beast a lot of the songs were re-recorded and songs were replaced by others. The original album, that was to be released as Bat Chain Puller, circulated for years amongst Beefheart adepts, in different qualities. This version is the " original" one, without noise reduction, in very good quality. Bit Rate is 320 kbps.
I've been listening to the miraculous world of Captain Beefheart for many years now, and I even named my band after a Beefheart song. This music is fantastically weird. Enjoy!

1. Bat Chain Puller
2. Seam Crooked Sam
3. Harry Irene
4. Poop Hatch
5. Flavor Bud Living
6. Brickbats
7. Floppy Boot Stomp
8. A Carrot Is As Close As A Rabbit Gets To A Diamond
9. Owed T'Alex
10. Odd Jobs
11. The 1010th Day Of The Human Totem Pole
12. Apes-ma

Thursday, January 20, 2011

DJ BambooStick - Mixtape 7: Delicious!

Over the years I made a lot of mix tapes, for various occasions. Most of the time the occasion was I wanted to make a mix tape though. Some of those were, in my humble opinion, pretty nice to listen to, so I thought I might share the best ones here. This is the first I'd like to share. it's called Delicious and it features some nice old music, some jazz and some Balkan stuff. This is the track list, although the file I've uploaded is a continuous mp3 (320 kbps):

1. Farewell Transmission - Songs: Ohia
2. Viva Tirado - El Chicano
3. Join The Band - Hohn Davis & Georgia Island Sea Singers
4. Dance Around - The Hackensaw Boys
5. Saturday Night Fish Fry - Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five
6. Gimme Dat Harp Boy - Captain Beefheart
7. Angryman - The Bees
8. Kill The Lesbian Underground - Scram C. Baby
9. With Me In Mind - Cody ChesnuTT (ft. Sonja Marie)
10. Usti, Usti Baba (Altiplano Mix) - Kočani Orkestar vs Senor Coconut
11. Bak et Halleluja - Kaizers Orchestra
12. Roumskat – Bratsch
13. Carolina - Taraf De Haidouks
14. Psycho - Bobby Hendricks
15. Danse Fambeaux - Dr. John
16. Hey Baby - J.J. Cale
17. Mexico – Beck
18. Freedom - Charles Mingus
19. The Sidewinder - Lee Morgan
20. Brown Eyed Handsome Man - Nina Simone
21. Tell Her To Come On Home - Little Mack/Sun Ra
22. Delicious - Jim Backus & Friend

The Velvet Underground - The Gift


On the 1968 album White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground there's one songs that's remarkable in more than one way: The Gift. The lyrics are actually a short story by Lou Reed, read by John Cale. The story is fantastic. It's about Waldo Jeffers, who's girlfriend went away to college. He doesn't have the money to pay her a visit, which is for the better, because the girlfriend, Marsha, isn't as faithful as she said she would be. But Waldo comes up with the genius plan of mailing himself to Marsha, which would be a lot cheaper. The ending of the story isn't your average Hollywood ending....

Here's the complete story:
Waldo Jeffers had reached his limit. It was now Mid-August which meant he had been separated from Marsha for more than two months. Two months, and all he had to show were three dog-eared letters and two very expensive long-distance phone calls. True, when school had ended and she'd returned to Wisconsin, and he to Locust, Pennsylvania, she had sworn to maintain a certain fidelity. She would date occasionally, but merely as amusement. She would remain faithful.

But lately Waldo had begun to worry. He had trouble sleeping at night and when he did, he had horrible dreams. He lay awake at night, tossing and turning underneath his pleated quilt protector, tears welling in his eyes as he pictured Marsha, her sworn vows overcome by liquor and the smooth soothing of some neanderthal, finally submitting to the final caresses of sexual oblivion. It was more than the human mind could bear.

Visions of Marsha's faithlessness haunted him. Daytime fantasies of sexual abandon permeated his thoughts. And the thing was, they wouldn't understand how she really was. He, Waldo, alone understood this. He had intuitively grasped every nook and cranny of her psyche. He had made her smile. She needed him, and he wasn't there (Awww...).

The idea came to him on the Thursday before the Mummers' Parade was scheduled to appear. He'd just finished mowing and edging the Edelsons lawn for a dollar fifty and had checked the mailbox to see if there was at least a word from Marsha. There was nothing but a circular from the Amalgamated Aluminum Company of America inquiring into his awing needs. At least they cared enough to write.

It was a New York company. You could go anywhere in the mails. Then it struck him. He didn't have enough money to go to Wisconsin in the accepted fashion, true, but why not mail himself? It was absurdly simple. He would ship himself parcel post, special delivery. The next day Waldo went to the supermarket to purchase the necessary equipment. He bought masking tape, a staple gun and a medium sized cardboard box just right for a person of his build. He judged that with a minimum of jostling he could ride quite comfortably. A few air holes, some water, perhaps some midnight snacks, and it would probably be as good as going tourist.

By Friday afternoon, Waldo was set. He was thoroughly packed and the post office had agreed to pick him up at three o'clock. He'd marked the package "Fragile", and as he sat curled up inside, resting on the foam rubber cushioning he'd thoughtfully included, he tried to picture the look of awe and 
happiness on Marshas face as she opened her door, saw the package, tipped the deliverer, and then opened it to see her Waldo finally there in person. She would kiss him, and then maybe they could see a movie. If he'd only thought of this before. Suddenly rough hands gripped his package and he felt himself borne up. He landed with a thud in a truck and was off.

Marsha Bronson had just finished setting her hair. It had been a very rough weekend. She had to remember not to drink like that. Bill had been nice about it though. After it was over he'd said he still respected her and, after all, it was certainly the way of nature, and even though, no he didn't love her, he did feel an affection for her. And after all, they were grown adults. Oh, what Bill could teach Waldo - but that seemed many years ago.

Sheila Klein, her very, very best friend, walked in through the porch screen door and into the kitchen. "Oh gawd, it's absolutely maudlin outside." "Ach, I know what you mean, I feel all icky!" Marsha tightened the belt on her cotton robe with the silk outer edge. Sheila ran her finger over some salt grains on the kitchen table, licked her finger and made a face. "I'm supposed to be taking these salt pills, but," she wrinkled her nose, "they make me feel like throwing up." Marsha started to pat herself under the chin, an exercise she'd seen on television. "God, don't even talk about that." She got up from the table and went to the sink where she picked up a bottle of pink and blue vitamins. "Want one? Supposed to be better than steak," and then attempted to touch her knees. "I don't think I'll ever touch a daiquiri again."

She gave up and sat down, this time nearer the small table that supported the telephone. "Maybe Bill'll call," she said to Sheila's glance. Sheila nibbled on a cuticle. "After last night, I thought maybe you'd be through with him." "I know what you mean. My God, he was like an octopus. Hands all over the place." She gestured, raising her arms upwards in defense. "The thing is, after a while, you get tired of fighting with him, you know, and after all I didn't really do anything Friday and Saturday so I kind of owed it to him. You know what I mean." She started to scratch. Sheila was giggling with her hand over her mouth. "I'll tell you, I felt the same way, and even after a while," here she bent forward in a whisper, "I wanted to!" Now she was laughing very loudly.

It was at this point that Mr. Jameson of the Clarence Darrow Post Office rang the doorbell of the large stucco colored frame house. When Marsha Bronson opened the door, he helped her carry the package in. He had his yellow and his green slips of paper signed and left with a fifteen cent tip that Marsha had gotten out of her mother's small beige pocketbook in the den. "What do you think it is?" Sheila asked. Marsha stood with her arms folded behind her back. She stared at the brown cardboard carton that sat in the middle of the living room. "I dunno."

Inside the package, Waldo quivered with excitement as he listened to the muffled voices. Sheila ran her fingernail over the masking tape that ran down the center of the carton. "Why don't you look at the return address and see who it's from?" Waldo felt his heart beating. He could feel the vibrating footsteps. It would be soon.

Marsha walked around the carton and read the ink-scratched label. "Ah, god, it's from Waldo!" "That schmuck!" said Sheila. Waldo trembled with expectation. "Well, you might as well open it," said Sheila. Both of them tried to lift the staple flap. "Ah sst," said Marsha, groaning, "he must have nailed it shut." They tugged on the flap again. "My God, you need a power drill to get this thing open!" They pulled again. "You can't get a grip." They both stood still, breathing heavily.

"Why don't you get a scissor," said Sheila. Marsha ran into the kitchen, but all she could find was a little sewing scissor. Then she remembered that her father kept a collection of tools in the basement. She ran downstairs, and when she came back up, she had a large sheet metal cutter in her hand. "This is the best I could find." She was very out of breath. "Here, you do it. I-I'm gonna die." She sank into a large fluffy couch and exhaled noisily. Sheila tried to make a slit between the masking tape and the end of the cardboard flap, but the blade was too big and there wasn't enough room. "God damn this thing!" she said feeling very exasperated. Then smiling, "I got an idea." "What?" said Marsha. "Just watch," said Sheila, touching her finger to her head.

Inside the package, Waldo was so transfixed with excitement that he could barely breathe. His skin felt prickly from the heat, and he could feel his heart beating in his throat. It would be soon. Sheila stood quite upright and walked around to the other side of the package. Then she sank down to her knees, grasped the cutter by both handles, took a deep breath, and plunged the long blade through the middle of the package, through the masking tape, through the cardboard, through the cushioning and (thud) right through the center of Waldo Jeffers head, which split slightly and caused little rhythmic arcs of red to pulsate gently in the morning sun.

The music of the song is great. But since the Velvets decided to put the music on one side of the stereo image and the vocals on the other side, it can't be listened to in stereo. This made me curious, so I decided to create a stereo (well, double mono) instrumental track, and a double mono vocal only track. I really liked the outcome so I thought it would be nice to share it. In this download you'll find the original, the vocal version and the instrumental one. Once again, for your listening pleasure:

PW: smellthatharmonica

Everybody knows about the huge inspiration The Velvet Underground had on other artists, but how about this reference by MC 900 ft Jesus.

Pixies - Rough Diamonds

Another studio bootleg: The Pixies - Rough Diamonds, Studio Sessions 1987-1991. It's nice to start this blog off with all my favorite artists (Waits, Frusciante, Pumpkins, etc). The Pixies have also been very inspiring to me and I kept on listening to them since I discovered them around 1990. I'm proud to have seen them live in 1991 and two times after they reunited. Although I love all their albums, Surfer Rosa is the one that I like the most. Everything is there: the fantastic songs, the craziness, the "spanish" lyrics, Kim Deal's voice and the fantastic production (sorry Steve: recordings) by Steve Albini. 
This bootleg is widely available on the internet, but I still want to post it here 'cause it's great. Studio recordings throughout all their years of existence and one new song: Born In Chicago. This is the track list:

Maida Vale, Studio 4, London 3/5/88 
1. Hey
2. Levitate Me
3. Wild Honey Pie
4. Caribou
5. In Heaven

Hippodrome Studio, London, 9/10/88
6. Dead
7. Tame
8. There Goes My Gun
9. Manta Ray

Maida Vale Studio 3, London, 16/4/89
10. Down To The Well
11. Into The White
12. Wave Of Mutilation

Maida Vale Studio 5, London, 18/8/90
13. Monkey Gone To Heaven
14. Allison
15. Wave Of Mutilation
16. Ana

Maida Vale Studio 3, London, 23/6/91
17. Palace Of The Brine
18. Letter To Memphis
19. Motorway To Roswell
20. Subbacultcha

Master Control Studio, Burbank, 9/91
21. Build High
22. I Can't Forget

Recording Co. Studio, Chicago, 7/90
23. Born In Chicago

Portastudio Demo, Los Angeles, 6/90
24. Velouria
25. Hang On To Your Ego
26. Is She Weird?

Blackwing Studio, London, 2/5/88
27. Gigantic
28. River Euphrates

Fort Apache Studio, Boston, 3/87
29. Tame
30. Down To The Well
31. Rock A My Soul

A Beatband - Jintro Travels The World In A Skirt

In 1993 dEUS bassist/singer/composer Stef Kamil Carlens released an EP with his band: A Beatband. That's right, thats a year before the first dEUS album Worst Case Scenario (Although dEUS did release an EP before WCS album too, the Zea EP. Later incarnations of A Beatband band were Moondog Jr. and Zita Swoon. 

This first EP by A Beatband is quit rare. I don't own it (but I do own the Zea EP) but some years ago I found it on the internet (thanks to the dEUS community). It features five tracks:

1. Rainblind
2. A Jugboy = Lonely
3. Ragdoll Blues
4. Spike Smiths' For All Lost Goods
5. Big Black TV Cat

From this songs, Ragdoll Blues is the only song the appear on a later release: on 1998 album I Paint Pictures On A Wedding Dress. Another version features on this albums bonus disc The Sound Hobbyist. When I ran into this EP, I also found three demo's by A Beatband: Kamil & The Beatband, Thorn's End Needless and Tracks Of 2 Horses, which I will post in a future post.

In 1995 A Beatband changed their name to Moondog Jr., a name they had to change a year or so later once again because of another artist using the name Moondog. The album they released as Moondog Jr. (Everyday I wear a Greasy Black Feather on my Hat)  is highly recommendable for people that like raw sounding, Tom Waits inspired (Waits percussionist Michael Blair even features the album!) blues and ballads, it still is one of my favorite records. Moondog Jr. is now widely known under the name Zita Swoon. But this is where it all started.

Enjoy this hard to find release! Jintro Travels The World In A Skirt

Sunday, January 09, 2011

John Frusciante - To Record Only Water For Ten Days (Outtakes & Unreleased)

In 2001, after kicking heroine and rejoining the Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Frusciante released his third solo album, To Record Only Water For Ten Days. The album, influences by Depeche Mode and New Order, was a moderate success, receiving some positive reviews. Frusciante released another album through the internet (From The Sounds Inside) which featured material that was recorded in the same period as the official album. Warner released a CD-single of the first track on TROWFTD, Going Inside, which featured four other songs. Also, the Japanese release of TROWFTD featured an extra track: "Resolution". Later on, some other tracks, new songs and demo versions of songs from the official album, leaked on the internet, which lead to an album being compiled within the Frusciante fan community. This album featured the four songs from the Going Inside single, the "Japanese" bonus track and the leaked tracks. It was called TROWFTD Outtakes & Unreleased and a fan made a cover, resembling the official album.

Both the 2001 internet album, From The Sounds Inside, and this fan-compiled album are highly recommendable for people that like the official album. This is the track list of Outtakes & Unreleased:

1. Time Is Nothing *
2. So Would've I *
3. With No One #
4. The First Season #
5. The Last Hymn *
6. Beginning Again *
7. Representing #
8. Moments Have You #
9. All We Have ^
10. Someone's #
11. Wind Up Space #
12. Light Ahead ^
13. Every Light Will Burn ^
14. Fill My Nights ^
15. Drift Down ^
16. Resolution +

* Going Inside B-side
# Demo   
^ Leaked track
+ Japanese bonus track

From The Sounds Inside is widely available on the internet. Download Official & Unreleased here. The bit rate divers, 192 kbps or 256 kbps (The B-sides). Enjoy!

Blabber 'n Smoke - Commissario Tzenko

Where to start a blog? I'd like to write about music, and share some of the stuff I have collected over the years (a lot of it through the internet). But where to start? With my own band of course. Hereby I proudly present to all of you, the second album of my band Blabber 'n Smoke. The band exists since 1999, we record together sometimes and that's it. We (there's mainly two of us) managed to record two albums and we're working on the third now (around 6 songs are finished, 5 others are written, but not yet properly recorded). We get a lot of help from friends, that for instance do know how to play the drums. Enjoy this album, downloadable for free from Bandcamp.

Tom Waits - Alternate version of Mule Variations

Being a big fan of Tom Waits' work, I, since the release of the album, really disliked some songs on his Mule Variations album. To make it easier for myself to listen to the whole album, I created an alternate version of it. I did this initially just for my own listening pleasure, but trying to write a music blog now, I thought it might be interesting sharing my version of the album. So what I did, is remove some of the songs I didn't like (e.g. Pony, House Where Nobody Lives) and add the B-side Buzz Flederjon, which I think is one of the greatest songs from the sessions. Also I rearranged the song order, and I did some editing on the beginning and end of some songs to make the album flow nicely. I turned it into one big (95mb) MP3 file which you can download below. Enjoy it (or don't) and if you like to add a comment, please do!