Sunday, May 6, 2012

Jake Bugg - 'Country Song'

Jake Bugg is 17 or 18 years old from Nottingham, England. He has a haunting voice and a pretty bright future. I've looked everywhere and thus far you can't buy his tunes yet here in the states. Fucking shame.

I heard this song this morning on a beer commercial in between two football (soccer) matches on Sky Sports. The song grabbed my attention in a way I haven't felt in a long time. Absolutely brilliant song.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Bo Diddley - "Bo Diddley Is a Gunslinger"

Until just recently, I knew almost nothing about Bo Diddley other than seeing him at the end of the infamous 'Bo Knows' commercials by Nike from when I was a kid.

I was out used record shopping the other day when the store owner put on this album, "Bo Diddley is a Gunslinger." I had always thought of Diddley as just another blues guitarist, and having been living in Chicago for the past couple of years and hearing a whole lot of mediocre, vanilla blues guitarists, Bo Diddley wasn't exactly on top of any lists of musicians I felt like I needed to rush out and listen to thoroughly.

So there I was. Records in hand and Bo Diddley filling the air and I couldn't help but tap my toe and nod my head. I was hooked.

This album was recorded from October 1959 to February 1960 and it has more of a Doo Wop sound than I would've expected to go along with Diddley's trademark vocals and guitar playing. This is good mood music. It's ten songs and only a half hour commitment. Trust me on this one and check it out. Plus, look at that cover. How are you not going to listen to music made by a guy with that kind of album cover? Bo Diddley is the truth, suckas!

Below are a couple vids and the link. Sorry for the ad on the second video, it's still worth a listen. Hook up your headphones for these - you're going to want to hear the bass, especially on the first video.

"I opened the door for a lot of people, and they just ran through and left me holding the knob."
-Bo Diddley 

Download here.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

No Pain Whatsoever - El Camino Car Crash Soundtrack #3

One of the few perks of living in a college town is the abundance of used book stores that can be found, and Chapel Hill is no different. This little town has a wonderful collection of shops carrying almost any book from any genre you could hope to get your hands on. I've lost entire days browsing and buying while shuffling from shop to shop in search of specific items and coming away with way more than intended. I suppose there's worse things to spend time and money on though.

On a recent trip to one such store while searching for a handful of Cormac McCarthy novels, I found myself with a stack of Bret Easton Ellis books - specifically Lunar Park, Less Than Zero and Imperial Bedrooms.

I've been meaning to read the first two for a while now because there's something really intriguing to me about the subject matter most of Ellis' books. There's a reoccurring theme of privileged youth run amok. They live cynical and shallow lives of overindulgence. 

For whatever reason, I decided I'd make a mix of songs that I thought encompassed that feeling as well as those of greed and entitlement. I had the aforementioned books as well as the movie versions of Less Than Zero, American Psycho and a handful of random '80s movies in mind when putting it all together. So here it is.

Below is the track list, download link and further inspiration. Enjoy.

1. "Talking Asshole" - Omon Ra II
2. "Gimme/Drunk-Walk" - Omon Ra II
3. "So What" - Ministry
4. "A Viable Commercial" - Modern English
5. "Antonin Artaud" - Bauhaus
6. "Heaven Or Las Vegas" - Cocteau Twins
7. "Arabian Knights" - Siouxsie and The Banshees
8. "I Clean Up Nice" - Omma Cobba & The East Side Marijuana Band
9. "Sunglasses After Dark" - The Cramps
10. "The Kid" - Jeans Wilder
11. "She's Lost Control" - Joy Division
12. "Summer of Hate" - Crocodiles
13. "CMA" - Chrome Dome
14. "She Sells Sanctuary (Long Version)" - The Cult
15. "Black Magic" - Jarvis Cocker
16. "Boys Keep Swinging" - The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist - "The Hard Sell"

Rounding out the unofficial trilogy of Shadow & Cut Chemist mixes that I'm posting is my favorite of the three, 2008's "The Hard Sell." I'm not going to say too much about this one because a.) I'm in the school library and way too busy with other shit, and b.) This is a pretty hard record to adequately describe.

I love this album. It's weird, in a really good way. Lots of different kinds of music and fun samples on this one.

Just listen to it and prepare to be thoroughly entertained and weirded out. Don't forget about the 'hidden' track on the end.

Here's a sample from the mix:

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Cannonball Adderley Quintet - "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Live at 'The Club'"

There are people out there that don't listen to jazz (lame-o's), and I firmly believe it's because they've never heard this album. If there were ever a record to use as a jumping off point for these fools, this would be the one.

Recorded in 1966, this 'live' record was actually studio recorded with a small invited audience and an open bar (yup), according to the disc's liner notes. Close your eyes, though, and make believe that it's set in some dimly lit, smokey bar on Chicago's south-side and let the band and the 'crowd' do the rest. Trust me, it's better that way.

For six songs and just over 41 minutes, the band takes you on a journey of some of the coolest and funkiest Jazz you've ever heard. Between the music and Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley's dialogue in between songs, he may prove to be the baddest motherfucker you've never heard of.

Come and get this before your cool card is revoked.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Symarip - "Skinhead Moonstomp"

Before their look was hijacked by hoards of knuckle-dragging racist fucks, skinheads were a youth subculture whose style was influenced primarily by the infamous Jamaican rude boys of the '50s and '60s. 

One of the first bands whose sound catered to skinheads was the ska/reggae band Symarip.  The U.K. group existed from the late '60s to the mid '80s under various names, including The Bees, The Pyramids, Seven Letters and Zubaba.

This album is the 1987 reissue which features the original 12 track album of the same name from 1970 and adds 8 tracks of reggae/ska goodness. The original album is probably the most well known skinhead reggae album of all time and begins with the anthemic title track, "Skinhead Moonstomp," which should be immediately recognizable to Derrick Morgan fans. "Skinhead Girl," "Must Catch a Train," "Chicken Merry" (which is probably my favorite on the album) and the obligatory version of "These Boots Are Made For Walking" are also highlights.

This is a perfect summer time record. Check it out. Good times.