Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Number eight - the country rock conenction!

Easy people!

Following the sevens I bring you a more regular mix/compilation (delete as appropriate) featuring new hip hop, old country rawk and just a touch of electro! Don't get used to it mind - can't be doing with all that dancefloor noise...

All we hear is: Radio Naga 02/03/05

Crosby Stills, Nash and Young - Carry On (Atlantic) - My mate Jason (the original Mr Naga -oh the shame!) gave me 'Deja Vu' a few years back following a dig in Kemp Town (makes you eyes water just thinking about it)when I was a naive snot nosed hip hop kid. It was appreciated though and I'm still convinced there is sample goodness when the tune morphs halfway through into a hammond led break monster (as always - it's all relative!). Anyway t's a great opening track to a very good album.
The Grateful Dead - Friend of the Devil (Warner) - Funnily enough this was thanks to Jason as well (ta!). I'd always thought the Grateful Dad were frazzled irrelevant country rawk behemoths. Well they basically are but that doesn't stop them being great.
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Lookin' Out My Back Door (Fantasy) - More frazzled county rock shenanigans as endoresed by the 'Dude' in the Big Lebowski. Garunteed to make me dance stoopid.
Fairport Convention - Tale in Hard Time (Island) - I always had Fairport Convention down as twee folk shite however fellow forumite and Cornwall based fella Reptile showed me otherwise when he stuck this on a mix for me. It's quite wigged out but a storming track all the same...
Bob Dylan - The Man in Me (CBS) - Never really got Dylan for some reason bar this and 'Wigwam' - maybe one day it'll make sense but for now I bring you another gem as used in the awesome Big Lebowski.
Super Furry Animals - [A] Touch Sensitive (Sony) - This is a rare electronic beats outing from the Welsh experimantal rock outfit and very nice it is to.
Sage Francis, Will Oldham, Alias and Saul Williams - Sea Lion (Epitaph) Sage Francis and Will Oldham combined had me excited at the very prospect and what's more this lives up to my expectations and beyond. It really works well and the additional Saul Williams verse is the icing on the cake. Makes me love hip hop all over again.
Saul Williams - Penny for a Thought (Ozone/American) - This is a sonic fuck y'all from the original pimp daddy Rick 'Slayer' Rubin and Saul Williams - its amazingly fresh and in your face - again a much needed needle in the arm for hip hop and rather disappointly pretty much slept on. I think it says a lot I picked it up in a charity shop...
Prefuse 73 ft. Ghostface and El-P - Hideyaface [El-p mix] (Warp) Unlike the Sage Francis 12" this record left me somewhat deflated given the people involved - Prefuse production is incredible all glitchy frantic hip hop and that combined with a Wu Tang heavyweight and the always exciting El-P I expected so much more. Fortunately El-P comes up with the goods on the remix duties
Octogan Man - Biting the Dragon's Tail (Electron) - Nasty-assed electro from Mr. Depth Charge himself - its filhty!
Bola - Eluus (Skam) Skam records frequently leave me a little disappointed usually given the hype surrounding them but Bola are far and away the labels crwoning glory. The 'Soup' lp had me hooked - beautiful electronica - and the latest lp has added strings to the mix. Excuse the shit term but it's proper 'lush'.
Hood - Any Hopeful Thoughts Arrive (Domino) Not sure how but Hood manage to go undetected by me for a good few years and really I deserve shooting for letting that happen. They make really original experimental electronic pop with vocals - that description really doesn't do them any justice either - everyone needs to listen to more Hood.
Blonde Redhead - Melody (4AD) - I bought the Blonde Redhead lp on a whim and have been very impressed - the lead singer has a very unusual voice and she is backed by some almost cinematic production. I wasn't even aware 4AD was still alive since the Pixies and throwing Muses glory days - shows how much I know eh!
The Innocence Mission - I Haven't Seen this Day Before (Umbrella Day) - Apperently this lot have been around for a long time and have been bigged up by Joni Mitchell among others, this is a rare live recording and it's as beautiful as anything I've heard by them - the gorgeous fragile vocals get me everytime. It should be far too girly for me but it's stunning.
Slint - Washer (Touch and Go) - Post rock superheroes (!) get an airing mostly in light of the fact I saw them live this month. Unfortunately the gig left me a little flat for some reason - best kept in the bedroom I think...
Jane's Addiction - Jane Says (Warner) - I've always struggled a bit with Perry Farrell but I picked this up in a charity shop a year or so back and as much as I wasn't convinced by much of the lp this song is lovely!

Anyway having run out of 'nice' adjectives I'm gonna fuck off now. If you want a copy e-mail me your address at mr.naga@gmail.com.


Friday, March 11, 2005

The sevens

In an attempt to change the format for seventh addition of the Naga compilaton series I thought what better way to commemorate usch an occassion than by using seven inch singles only. The Yanks prefer the term 45's I think but ever since I were a young lad buying Paul Hardcastle singles I've known them as seven inches. Unfortunatley they're only seven inches I can really brag about... I digress.

All we hear is: Radio Naga 08/01/05

Aretha Franklin - The Weight (Atlantic) I dug this up in a flea market in Brighton - a cover of the Band's classic which is a classic in itself - this is Aretha's own funky take on the song. The only pisser being the vinyl skips towards the end of the track. Oh well - thems the breaks.
Commodores - I Feel Sanctified (Motown) This is so tight you'd be amazed Lionel 'Hello' Ritchie had anything to do with it but he did. Back when he had an afro the size of a space hopper he was releasing some great pop funk tracks like this and 'Machine Gun'. Worth a dig in your local charity shop...
Cymande - Bra (Alaska) I can remember the Scratch Perverts dropping this in a club probably about ten years ago or so and going mental - instant De La Soul sample recognition had me in a frenzy trying to find out what the song was - as per usual my mate Jason (the original Mr Naga - long embarrassing story not for these pages) knew what it was and had the lp at home. The drums that kick in after the breakdown are so tight I get a semi every time I hear this!
Breakestra - Getcha Soul Togetha pts I+II (Stones Throw) Modern funk stomper that I slept on till I saw the video and it all suddenly made much more sense.
Marvin Gaye - Got to give it up pts I+II (Motown) Also dug up in the same Brighton flea market as the Aretha 7" this is a Marvin slept on track. It's got a nice little groove to it and the ladies love Marvin innit.
Junior Murvin - Police and Thieves (Island) I haven't touched on reggae much in the series so far as I tend to listen to it more in the summer but this is a prized 7" of mine - not that hard to find but the song is superb. Lee 'Scratch' Perry on production and Junior Murvin's high pitched political insight do it for me everytime.
The Specials - Friday night Saturday morning (2 Tone) Terry Hall was doing this kind of stuff before Mike Skinner was born - 2 Tone's prodigal sons talking about yoof culture innit. And Suggs can go eat a dick.
Big Dada Sound - Showtime (Big Dada) Hip hop dancehall style posse cut featuring Big Dada's finest including Roots Manuva and Mike Ladd. The wobbly carnival sample combined with the low slung bass is just too sweet.
Prince Po ft. MF Doom - Social Distortion (Lex) A Dangermouse production with Doom stealing all the limelight as per usual - Prince Po does hold his own though just about...
LL Cool J - Going back to Cali (Def Jam) Ladies Love Cool J. Unfortunately he ain't so bothered about them these days judging by some of the rumours going aorund. No matter - the boys love him to (not like that mind) for his old school joints - the Rick Rubin production on this still sounds f-f-f-fresh now to these ears.
The Beat Conductor - Ashby Road (Stones Throw) A little Madlib instrumental - he shits these things out I swear.
Beck - Deadweight (Geffen) Exotica sampling oddball pop from Beck - the freaky fella can do nothing wrong as far as I'm concerned.
Badly Drawn Boy - Once around the block (Twisted Nerve/XL) One of my all time favourite songs ever. Honest. I hate all this gushing but I put these songs on these comps cos' I like 'em - its not brain surgery is it? His albums since seem a tad shit but I forgive him for this and 'The Shining'. In fact pretty much his whole first album...
Bloc Party - Little Thoughts (Wichita) I try not to get to caught up in the whole NME endorsed saviours of Rock n Roll but this is a very good indie song. The drumming specifically is mad tight. That is all.
Charlie Brown intermission
The Honeybus - Tender are the Ashes (Redemption) This frantic 60's pop is stolen straight out of my mum's collection - its fucking ace as well - and whats more I'm pretty sure no-one else in the world knows about it! Word to the mother.
Norman Greenbaum - Milk Cow (Reprise) The flipside to 'Spirit in the Sky' this time stolen from my Aunts vinyl treasure trove - it's an odd one I'll grant you but I like it...
Devendra Banhart - At the Hop (Younggod/XL) Freak beat San Fransisco's beardy oddball in rare tune shocker - only messing - I do struggle with his albums a lot of the time though but this is a veritable pop hit by comaprison.
Low - Dinosaur Act (Tugboat) Low rocking out in their own quiet way - again I can't always stomach Low despite everyone adoring them but this is slightly more upbeat (!) than most of their other releases.
Mogwai - Sweet Leaf (Fierce Panda) Mogwai cover Black Sabbath. Two for the price of one. It's very knock-about but it's pretty hard to come by. Don't say I don't do nuffink for you people.
Martin Denny - The Enchanted Sea (London) - Mmmm - some more dodgy exotica from my mum's collection - this was sampled by Bill Wells and Future Pilot a few years back and low and behold my mum had it all the time.
Herb Alpert and Tijuana Brass - Treasure of San Miguel (A+M) As sampled by Method Man on 'Bring the Pain' I was looking for this for some time on lp but found it on 7" first. Oooh those horns!

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