Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Ennio Morricone - The Big Gundown lp
This is a superb soundtrack by the consistently astonishing Ennio Morricone. Whether he's soundtracking Spaghetti Westerns, obscure European horror or Italian Porn he can't seem to do wrong. This falls under the Spaghetti Western genre and does have one or two similarities to the Good, the Bad and the Ugly - doesn't stop it being great though. I'd quite like to see the Lee Van Cleef film to see if it lives up to the music - pretty tricky task if you ask me.
I saw Ennio Morricone a couple of years gao with full choir and it blew my socks off. He played it safe with more familar stuff (alas nothing from the devilsih Escalation score) but hearing Ecstacy of Gold was a life affirming moment. Or something...
Friday, August 25, 2006
Millie Jackson - Caught Up lp
A soul/funk concept lp of sorts revolving around poor Minnie's complex relationship with someone else's husband. It's quite upbeat considering the subject matter and a good listen throughout; highights including 'The Rap' which some have said is a proto hip hop track but she seems to be talking rather than rapping. Still hip hop is defined by my mum as speaking over music so maybe it is proto rap. Pfft who knows? I do know Terry Durham sounds more like proto hip hop.
Millie Jackosn went a bit mental subsequently releasing some crazy assed records in the 80's which I've seen around in charity shops but haven't been able to get past the garish nasty covers to actually buy. Frightening stuff.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Amon Duul II - Yeti lp
Another record that is getting extensively play due to my Green Man hangover - 'Archangel's Thunderbird' is aces and sounded even more mental on the B Music sound system. Screaming banshee vocals with massive rocking geetars and drums make this the highlight of a pretty consistently good lp. 'Yeti' is the best lp by Amon Duul II from what I can gather and Amon Duul are to be treated with absolute caution.
So there it is. I do in a paragraph what Juilan Cope takes an entire book to say. Well sort of. If anyone has a spare copy of 'Krautrock' please can I have it?
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
The Variations - Down the Road/Love Me 7"
More Green Man related shenanigans. I bought this 7" a while back for a few quid off the back of some folk saying it was a fuzzy geetar rocker garunteed to get people moving. Not sure why that would influence my purchase given my lack of djing outlets at the mo but hey. I digress.
It's all about the b-side I'm told but it didn't do much for me prior to the Green Man, then Andy Votel played it in the B Music disco (along with some fucking absolute stonkers including the likes of Turkish protest warbler Selda, Sharon Tandy, Amon Duul II, Can, Ananda Shankar) and on a lound sound system it all made sense. File under fuzzy French pop. Tres bien. Or sumthink.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Plus - Seven Deadly Sins lp
Ooof been a long time.
Spent the weekend at the Green Man festival seeing the likes of Voice of the Seven Woods, Micah P Hinson, Andy Votel, Sunburned Hand of the Man and all sorts of trippy folk music. I have to confess I spent most of Sunday wishing Slayer were headlinig - you can have too much of a good thing. Or at least too much polite folk singer/songwriter music.
Got home and I've played this mighty opus from Plus three times over - a heady mixture of dark progressive/psychedelic rock. It came out in 1969. Says it all really.
1969 and 1994 - the Naga years. Alas I was only around for one of them...