I Laughed So Loud Inside Myself, It All Began To Hurt.

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Nobody’s Listening. No.40. 22.8.16.

Hullo. Welcome to playlist number 40. Yes, it’s still going with no end in sight. Well, maybe. I’m toying with the idea of ending on number 50, or maybe 52 so you’ve got a full year of not listening. We’ll see. When I started compiling these playlists it was only meant to be an occasional thing but the very next week I did another and it rolled on from there. I suppose I’ll keep on going until it becomes a chore, but at the moment I’m still enjoying it  so, as I said, we’ll see…

Anyway, what have we got for you this week? More of what you’d expect and a few surprises here and there including of course Paulo’s Pick Of The Week. This week my very good friend, bandmate and the man who dubbed the English voice of Zoltar in Battle Of The Planets has chosen a throwback to seventies P.I.F’s. (Public Information Films).

Hey ho, Let’s go…

Track 1. Ruby by Silver Apples.

What better way to kick off our ‘Ruby’ edition of Nobody’s Listening than with this 1968 track from electronic music pioneers Silver Apples? Actually it was a close call between this and tracks by Kaiser Chiefs and Kenny Rogers. Nah, not really, this was a shoe in. They’re playing a few shows in the UK next week, unfortunately work commitments mean I can’t attend, but I urge you to catch one if you can.

Track 2. My Smile Is Just A Frown (Turned Upside Down) by Carolyn Crawford.

This minor Motown hit was released in 1964 by Ms Crawford who was only fourteen years old at the time. The winner of a Detroit radio station talent contest, her prize was a recording contract with the esteemed Motor City label.

Track 3. Intern by Angel Olsen.

After our sixties opening salvo we bring you bang up to date with this weeks cover star. Olsen released this single in June this year as a pre-cursor to her LP ‘MY WOMAN’ which is slated for release next month. It begins as a minimalist electronic piece until the minute and a half mark when her yearning vocal takes a higher register and the synths swell before melting away once more. Slightly truncated video below, so seek out the whole track if you can.

Track 4. Mind How You Go by The Advisory Circle.

****PAULO’S PICK OF THE WEEK****

Ghostbox recordings are a record label I have long admired since discovering them on Stuart Maconies excellent ‘Freakzone’ show in the mid 2000’s. Along with Belbury Poly, The Advisory Circle have been listening staples since then, their seventies inspired soundscapes influenced by schools programmes, public information films and long forgotten British films of the time. With nods to the BBC Radiophonic workshop and the use of analogue synths and sound clips, their patented brand of retro futurism has that same unsettling nature of their source material. This week, Paulo has gone for the first release from Jon Brooks’ T.A.C from 2004. He’s also specifically requested the below video which features clips from those P.I.F’s that served as nightmare material for impressionable youngsters in the 70’s/80’s. Do sleep well.

Track 5. Do It Do It Disco by Myron And E.

Modern day soul next from a duo based in San Francisco. Taken from their 2013 debut ‘Broadway’, this has a relaxed vibe that shares similarities with their Bay area friends and fellow retro soul outfit, Blackalicious.

Track 6. Sense by King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard.

KGATLW have been incredibly prolific since their inception in 2010. Eight albums in just under four years is pretty much unheard of these days. What is also amazing is that the quality doesn’t suffer either, great care has been taken to ensure each release contains only top notch psych-rock. This is a quieter moment from last years ‘Paper Mâché Dream Balloon’. Terrible band name, but never judge a book by its cover..

Track 7. I Walk Alone by Marijata.

Eleven minutes of rare Afro funk from 1976 up next. Perfect for these late summer evenings, lose yourself in a Ghanian odyssey that has superb laid back playing, particularly from the guitarist and trumpeter. All backed by a rhythm section that doesn’t get too showy but holds everything down perfectly.

Track 8. A Pleasure To Burn by Rose Windows.

We keep languid next with a Seattle band who formed in 2010 and released two LP’s on sub pop before splitting last year. A shame, as the two albums showed great promise and their live performances were hypnotic, enchanting experiences, as evident in the video below.

Track 9. First Run by Cian Nugent.

Taken from the Irishmans debut solo release from earlier this year, ‘Night Fiction’, this track has a Kurt Vile easiness about it in the vocal delivery while Nugent’s skill as a guitarist is the reason you’ll want to come back to it again and again.

Track 10. Mary Won’t You Warm My Bed by Colin Blunstone.

The Zombies’ frontman frequently popped up on Radio 2 in the eighties with his Denny Laine penned-early seventies hit ‘Say You Don’t Mind’. I always enjoyed it when it made an appearance, enough to seek out his debut solo LP from 1971 ‘One Year’ which features this magnificent track, written by his former bandmate Rod Argent. The album as a whole is thoroughly enjoyable by the way, with sumptuous arrangements by Argent and Tony Visconti.

Track 11. Wack Wack by Tim ‘Love’ Lee.

A bit of light relief next. Tim ‘Love’ Lee started out as Hammond organist in Katrina And The Waves before reinventing himself as a DJ, mixer and ‘selector’ in the nineties. This track from his 1997 debut features a heavy sample from Young-Holt Unlimited’s instrumental of the same name.

Track 12. Balek by Marc Moulin.

Fender Rhodes and oscillator heavy goodness from the Belgian Jazz great next. Released with his band ‘Placebo’ (No, not that godawful, arse end of the nineties outfit), this has the air of a mid seventies cop movie car chase sequence that segues into sci-fi.

Track 13. Ebolo by Bell’a Njoh.

Back to Africa next with a slab of primitive Disco funk from 1978. I have no information whatsoever on the artist so just enjoy, and get down.

Track 14. Searching For My C.C by Inez And Charlie Foxx.

This brother and sister duo from North Carolina are probably best known for their 1963 million selling hit ‘Mockingbird’, a song which went on to bear countless covers, most notably by James Taylor and Carly Simon. This is a far more rocking affair and showcases Inez’s soulful voice.

Track 15. I See Her by Bob Chance.

This oddity from 1980 came to my attention through the always excellent tastes of Jonny Trunk. Hard to describe, Mr Trunk himself tries to put his finger on its weirdness thus..’A touch of Giorgio Moroder, a bit of the Beach Boys and a sprinkle of Glen Campbell as a serial killer.’ The album this track comes from ‘It’s Broken’ is a trip in itself. Go seek!

Track 16. Let Me Love You Like I Do by Padang Food Tigers.

This slight, atmospheric instrumental from London based experimental folk duo, Padang Food Tigers is over almost before it begins. At just over two minutes, it’s actually one of the longer tracks from their 2012 LP ‘Ready Country Nimbus’. No video, unfortunately.

Track 17. Meshkalina by Traffic Sound.

Next up we have some Peruvian psychedelia from 1969. Traffic Sound began covering popular rock outfits of the time including The Doors, Cream and Jimi Hendrix before going on to release their first album of original material titled ‘Virgin’ in ’69, from which this track became a big hit in South America. Their follow up LP, ‘Lux’ was recorded shortly afterwards but subsequently disappeared after a strike at their recording studio. It materialised some 27 years later and proved to be a lost classic.

Track 18. Am I The Same Girl by Barbara Acklin.

A few weeks back, I mentioned the instrumental version of this 1968 track by The Young-Holt Unlimited, ‘Soulful Strut’ and made a mental note to include Acklins version at some point, so here it is. Later to be made a hit by smooth jazzsters Swing Out Sister in the eighties, who to be honest made a decent fist of it. This original is the bees-knees though.

Track 19. The Greatest Love by B.J. Thomas.

Perhaps best known for the Bacharach and David song ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’, Thomas has other treasures to be found in a career that is fifty years strong and continues to this day. Here we find him in fine voice on a cut from his 1973 LP ‘Songs’.

Track 20. Once In A While by The Chimes.

Back to Doo-wop for our soul slowie closer with a band formed, like so many others, in Brooklyn in the mid fifties. This, their first single, was a version of Tommy Dorsey’s ‘Once in a While’, released on Tag Records. The song became a hit in the U.S., peaking at No.11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961.

 

Alrooty then. That closes our twenty pop picks for another week. Don’t forget to get involved with our facebook page Here and many thanks again for all your shares and likes. Keep spreading the good word, keep not listening, and we’ll meet back here next week., Kay? Kay.

Until then, I’ll see you on the next one, and don’t be late.

 

Andrew Orley.

These Are The Good Old Days.

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Nobody’s Listening. No.39. 15.8.16.

 

Hullo. Well, our big return last week saw a dip in readership from previous editions of NL. After building a keen following in the past few months it seems some of you have forgotten all about the playlist that lives to give. I’m assuming everyone was out and about enjoying the high summer, who can blame you? Enjoy it while it lasts as the cold hand of winter draws ever nearer.

Some good news however, is that along with our core UK followers we had readers dipping in from Norway, Poland, The U.S. and Greece (Hello and Welcome, Nick). We’re truly an international family!

Ok, on with business. Another mixed bag of tricks this week as always. There’s something for everyone including of course, Paulo’s Pick Of The Week. My very good friend, bandmate and Grade 7 Bassoonist has come up with a sound which is new to me. I do so love it when he educates, informs and entertains..

Alright then, let’s Marvin Gaye and get it on..

Track 1. Law Of The Land by The Undisputed Truth.

We begin with this 1973 album title track from minor Motown group The Undisputed Truth. Psychedelic soul pioneer and producer Norman Whitfield used the act as a testing ground for songs which would then be passed to The Temptations to make big hits of. They were the first to record ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’ and indeed, this particular track bears more than a passing resemblance to the magnificent Temps smash ‘Cloud 9’. They eventually morphed into an inevitable disco act before disbanding in 1979.

Track 2. If I’m Unworthy by Blake Mills.

Probably best known for his work with singer and songwriter Fiona Apple, Mills has also collaborated with artists including Neil Diamond, Lucinda Williams, Julian Casablancas and Conor Oberst. He’s no slouch as a performer either, dubbed a ‘Phenomenal’ guitarist by no less than Eric Clapton himself. This is backed up on the below live version of this 2014 track which I’ve gone for, the man certainly knows his way around a plank of wood. Please also check out the studio version though, beguiling stuff.

Track 3. Nador by Les Variations.

French Rock band Les Variations up next with the instrumental title track from their 1969 debut. They counted one F.R David among their throng who later went on to have a worldwide hit with the sappy ‘Words (Don’t Come Easy)’ in the early eighties. Don’t worry, this couldn’t be any more different, acoustic gorgeousness which has elements of the bands North African heritage.

Track 4. Lord Morocco by Ginger Johnson And His African Messengers.

Speaking of North Africa..In title only mind you, Johnson actually hailed from Nigeria. He became a well known counter culture figure on the swinging sixties London scene performing with Georgie Fame, Brian Auger, Long John Baldry, Graham Bond, Hawkwind, Genesis, and Elton John as well as appearing at the famous Stones’ Hyde park concert.

Track 5. Shake Off The Demon by Brewer And Shipley.

This is the title track from the duo’s fourth LP released in 1971. It features some stellar slide guitar work from John Cipollina, guitarist and founder of Quicksilver Messenger Service. Incorrect title on the vid below. Divs.

Track 6. Do You Believe by Supreme Jubilees.

It’s been a while since I featured a release from the superb archive record label, Light In The Attic. Let’s put that right with this relaxed slab of gospel soul, re- released by L.I.T.A last year, it has a classic Californian soul sound which belies it’s relatively late 1981 release date.

Track 7. Someday by Middle Brother.

Up next we have a smashing piece of harmony heavy pop-rock from five years back. Middle Brother are an American three piece who to date have only released one album to mass indifference. They really should be bigger than they are, superb songwriting that has a great deal in common with Ezra Furman, right down to the impassioned lead vocal.

Track 8. Jade Lake by Pierre Ralph.

Taken from the soundtrack to 1972 French horror flick ‘Requiem Pour Un Vampire’, this is a gentle, atmospheric piece. I haven’t seen the film but I imagine it to be playing softly as a scantily dressed, nineteenth century Gallic strumpet frolics by the titular body of water…

Track 9. On The Streets by John Kongos.

South African singer and songwriter Kongos is probably best known for his 1971 top 10 single, ‘He’s Gonna Step on You Again’, on which Happy Mondays based their hit ‘Step On’. This piece of library music is a synth and guitar heavy instrumental which I can only gather he knocked off to pay the rent. It’s still thoroughly enjoyable though, with shades of the great William Onyeabor. No vid..

Track 10. Life Could Be A Dream by Holy Sons.

****PAULO’S PICK OF THE WEEK****

It seems I’m late to the party with PPOTW this week. Emil Amos has been releasing records since 2000 with eleven LP’s under his belt. This is my first experience of his music and comes from album number 10, 2014’s ‘The Fact Facer’. On the strength of this track, I’ll definitely be going back to see what I’ve been missing out on. Cheers Paulo

Track 11. Star Sail by Verve.

Notice the absence of ‘The’. Yes, this is how I want to remember them, and that is what I shall always call them. Man they were some band back then. McCabe’s guitar shining instead of strumming dull riffs. Ashcroft at his ‘Mad Richard’ bonkers best instead of lazily peddling lyrical cliches. ‘A Storm In Heaven’ will always be one of the great debuts, ‘A Northern Soul’ one of the great sophomore LP’s, the rest that followed? Meh. I’ll stick with these, ta,

Track 12. Everybody’s Gone by Senseless Things.

These pop punk rowdies had a cracking run of singles in 1991, this being the first. The then crusty type me devoured them all. Great fun live, you were guaranteed to emerge from the mosh pit with at least one superficial injury. Their record sleeves were designed by comic book artist Jamie Hewlett, later to create Tank Girl and cartoon band Gorrilaz with Damon Albarn.

Track 13. You Are What You Do by Lee Michaels.

A hammond organ virtuoso, Michaels scored a U.S Top 10 hit with his 1971 single ‘Do You Know What I Mean?’. This early blue eyed soul track comes from the LP which followed, aptly titled ‘5th’ as it was LP No. 5 from the Californian

Track 14. Rachel by The Wedding Present.

Brand new track from The Weddoes up next. Gedge is in romantic mood here, a touching love song with a lyric about skimming stones, stroking hair and guitars ‘playing our song’, all backed up by Dave’s still growly, but tempered stratocaster.

Track 15. Mas Que Nada by Oscar Peterson.

And with all that sporty business going on in Rio, why not? The temptation was to go for the well known Sérgio Mendes version, overused but still marvellous. Instead I’ve gone for O.P and a lesser known take from his 1966 LP ‘Soul Español’.

Track 16. Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do (Part 2) by Frank Stokes.

This cut from 1928 comes from an artist many musicologists consider the father of the Memphis blues guitar style. I also urge you to check out Bessie Smith’s 1922 version, slowed down and backed by piano, it’s intriguing to compare and contrast the female/male perspectives on the same song.

Track 17. Pattern Of The North by Rival Consoles.

We jump forward almost ninety years with our next track released just last week. Ryan West made the conscious decision to move away from digital for this release and it pays off. There’s a heart to the warmth of these old synths, the beginning few bars reminiscent of Townshend’s experiments with the instrument on ‘Baba O’ Riley’. The similarities end there however as the piece develops into a modern day electronica symphony.

Track 18. Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)- Stack-o-Vocals Version by The Beach Boys.

Brian Wilson recently celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of Pet Sounds by taking to the road and performing the much feted LP in its entirety. I missed out on those shows so I was delighted when he announced one final performance at the Albert Hall in October. To hear these ‘Teenage Symphonies To God’ in a venue dedicated to the love of one man will be an intensely emotional experience for me. I’m sure I’ve bored you before with my love of The B’B’s, an act I was completely obsessed with in my teens and early twenties, and still love today. Indeed, my dog is named Wilson after the brothers. Everyone must be familiar with every second of the LP so I’ve plumped for this almost acapella version of one of my favourites from the album, Brian’s double tracked vocal punctuated only by that gorgeous, mournful string break with the timpani ‘Heartbeats’. Roll on October…

Track 19. The Right Thing To Do by Carly Simon.

Cover star time with a song which again, should be familiar to everyone. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t merit inclusion on our playlist. These songs are well known for a reason, that being they are ace.

Track 20. All Along I’ve Loved You by Tony Ashley And The Delicates.

The trouble with discovering lost soul gems like these is there is very little information out there to shine a light on exactly who the artists are. From what I can gather, our Soul slowie closer this week comes from 1967 and a man who turned down the chance to work with James Brown for fear of not getting paid. What I do know is that this is a lovely piece of Memphis soul, the backing girls slightly high in the mix giving it a rough demo feel, but more heart.

And so, that’s another week done and dusted. Thanks for staying with us if you have, if not, come back! We still love you and you can have our last rolo.
Also, if you haven’t already, please join the facebook group here. It’s a lovely place, with lovely people sharing lovely music. Lovely.

 

Same time, same place next week then, yeah?

 

Until then, free your mind and your ass will follow.

 

Andrew Orley.

 

 

The Bird With Feathers Of Blue, Is Waiting For You, Back In Your Own Back Yard.

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Nobody’s Listening. No.38. 8.8.16.

Hullo. It’s good of you to have me back in your homes and ears with another twenty tunes to cast your runes to. I’ve had a lovely break, thanks for asking, filled with music, sunshine and plenty of sitting about nursing a torn intercostal muscle.

I won’t bore you with stories of sporting injuries, let’s get straight on with the business of this weeks selection, which as always includes my very good friend, bandmate and milliner to Celine Dion, Paul D’Cruz and his Pick Of The Week.

We’re going to have a good time, we’re going to have a party..

Track 1. Nuclear War by Sun Ra And His Arkestra.

Kicking off with our cover star this week and it’s a bit sweary, so if you like to get the playlist into you whilst the bairns are kicking about, may I suggest you exercise caution. I could wax lyrical about Sun Ra, his life, work and influence at great length, but an artist who recorded over 100 albums and 1000 songs can’t be done justice in a short paragraph. I’ll just say this, the title track from his 1982 album is as relevant today as it was over thirty years ago.

Track 2. The Valleys by Electrelane.

Taken from their second LP, 2004’s ‘The Power Out’, this features the combined voices of Chicago A Capella and lifts a large part of Siegfried Sassoon’s 1917 poem ‘A Letter Home’, all backed by farfisa, drums and guitar. A stylistic melting pot that works beautifully.

Track 3. I Won’t Hurt You by The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band.

Gentle psychedelia is the order of the day here. This is the second track from their second LP, 1967’s confusingly titled ‘Part One’. Their influence can be felt through The Velvet Underground to Spacemen 3.

Track 4. Something Here In My Heart by The Paper Dolls.

Released just a few months after our previous track, this couldn’t be anymore different. A light piece of bubblegum pop from a trio of girls from Nottinghamshire, it made No.11 in the U.K. charts and was their biggest hit. The Doll’s couldn’t build on it’s success and wound down in 1970. Things could have been different but for a studio mix up. They were earmarked to record ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ but failed to turn up for the session. As it is, the song was consequently handed to The Foundations who went on to shift over a million copies in the U.S. alone.

Track 5. The Rhythm Changes by Kamasi Washington.

This next track, released just last year has a lovely Stevie Wonder ‘Mistra Know It All’ vibe to it. Taken from the American Saxophonist and band leaders aptly titled three hour triple LP ‘The Epic’, it has some truly wonderful playing on it and a gorgeous, melty vocal courtesy of Patrice Quinn.

Track 6. Alabama Railroad Town by Doug Firebaugh.

Clocking in at just under a minute and a half, this pedal steel heavy piece of mid seventies country is a slight, but beautiful tale of small town life ending abruptly with the eerie line ‘Seven men more, left to die, left to be burned in their eyes, you can still hear them screaming.’ No vid available I’m afraid.

Track 7. Fugue In D Minor by Egg.

Johann Sebastian Bach gets the prog work-over by Dave Stewart and his early seventies outfit.

Track 8. Steal Away by Robbie Dupree.

I have a real soft spot for seventies soft rock such as this. Your Andrew Golds, Your Stephen Bishops, your Michael McDonald’s, that sort of thing. In fact this could very well be a re write of McDonald’s and the Doobies magnificent ‘What A Fool Believes’, such is the similarity. Tunes like this always take me back to my childhood where MOR radio was never far from my impressionable ears. There’s no nostalgia kick or guilty pleasures to be had here. I genuinely love these soft pieces of songcraft from a more innocent time.

Track 9. Baby Your Light Is Out by Young-Holt Unlimited.

Eldee Young and Isaac ‘Red’ Holt were the other two thirds of The Ramsey Lewis Trio before they struck out on their own in 1968. They scored a big hit with ‘Soulful Strut’ which was the instrumental backing from Barbara Acklin’s ‘Am I the Same Girl.’ This track comes from that parent LP.

Track 10. Man On The Moon by Moses Sumney.

L.A. based singer songwriter Moses Sumney has been releasing tracks like this for a few years now. Beautiful, folk tinged soul cuts that always seem a few seconds from falling apart. This is from his 2014 E.P. ‘Mid-City Island’.

Track 11. Jack The Ripper by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds.

****PAULO’S PICK OF THE WEEK****

Nick Cave has always been one of those artists that I hear from time to time and think, ‘You know, I should listen to more of this…’ then never get round to it. Where do you start with such an expansive back catalogue? From The Birthday Party through to The Bad Seeds, Grinderman and his film scores, there’s just so much to pick from. Thankfully PPOTW has come up with the goods and a friendly finger in the right direction with this cut from 1992’s ‘Henry’s Dream’. I promise I’ll start from there and work my way backwards, forwards and sideways.

Track 12. Between Us by The Rutles.

This first came to my attention when it was featured on an early Teenage Fanclub B-side. Not knowing its origins, I assumed it was either a fannies original or a long lost Beatles track, which I suppose was the original intention of Idle, Innes and co. Parody or not, it’s a lovely little song in its own right.

Track 13. Under Your Spell by The Range Of Light Wilderness.

Taken from the bands self titled debut LP from two years ago, our next choice is a shuffly, folky gem. Originating from Big Sur California, TROLW have captured the sunshine and relaxed atmosphere of their surroundings on this airy, summery track.

Track 14. Saturday Night Inside Out by The Avalanches.

I promised to feature more Antipodean music a few weeks back and after Paulo’s Nick Cave track, here’s our second visit down under this week. I must admit that I wasn’t entirely enamored with The Avalanches return single, ‘Frankie Sinatra’ when I first heard it a few weeks back. To re-emerge after sixteen years with a ploddy ragtime pastiche that evoked horrible memories of mid nineties comedy dance record ‘The Doop’ seemed a strange choice for one of the most anticipated come backs in years. Thankfully, their return LP ‘Wildflower’ is a joy. This is the closing track and has all the Avalanches tropes we fell in love with in that balmy summer of 2001.

Track 15. Song Of Innocence by David Axelrod.

Featuring legendary session musicians including keyboardist and conductor Don Randi, guitarist Al Casey, bassist Carol Kaye, and drummer Earl Palmer, this is the title track from Axelrod’s 1968 experimental baroque pop L.P. It’s a stunning piece with psychedelic breakouts and innovative jazz fusion techniques which still sound ahead of its time almost fifty years later.

Track 16. Nervous Conclusion by Cherry Fog.

This comes from a compilation from last year ‘Original Funk Masters’, and that’s pretty much all the info I can gather. I’ve absolutely no idea when or where it was recorded, or indeed who Cherry Fog are/were. What I do know is that it’s a break heavy organ workout that is sure to get those things at the end of your legs moving.

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Track 17. In And Out Of The Shadows by Dion.

This Gerry Goffin/Phil Spector penned song featured on Dion’s Spector produced 1974 LP ‘Born To Be With You’ a record that was effectively disowned by the former …and the Belmonts man on release. He described it as ‘Funeral Music’ which, given that it bears a striking resemblance to the Spector produced Leonard Cohen track, ‘True Love Leaves No Traces’, probably isn’t wide of the mark as descriptions go. Having said that, Mr DiMucci is in fine voice here, his delivery fighting the bombast of mad old Phils trademark wall of sound with spectacular results.

Track 18. Strawberry Rain by Ellison.

Our next track comes from the excellent compilation from a few years back, ‘Forge Your Own Chains: Heavy Psychedelic Ballads And Dirges 1968-1974’. A collection of heavy psych from all five continents, it has some hidden gems not least being Ofege’s masterful ‘It’s Not Easy’ and this, from early seventies Canadian psych-rockers Ellison.

Track 19. Goin’ Home by McCoy Tyner.

Tyner was the pianist in John Coltranes quartet from 60-65 appearing on what is probably the saxophonists most famous works including ‘My Favourite Things’ and ‘A Love Supreme’ He left the quartet when Coltranes music became more free and atonal, increased use of percussion threatening to drown his delicate touch out. From here he went on to become a band leader in his own right, releasing critically acclaimed albums including 1970’s ‘Asante’ from which this track is lifted.

Track 20. Dearest Darling by Doris Troy.

Doris was an in demand singer in the sixties, she appeared on records by The Stones, Nick Drake, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin among countless others. In 1969 The Beatles signed her to their Apple label, as an artist, writer & producer, releasing her debut solo LP in 1970. Those sessions featured Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, Leon Russell & Ringo Starr and bore this, our soul slowie closer for this week.

Okaaaay then. That’s yer lot this time around. It’s good to be back sharing these sounds with you, I hope you’ve missed your weekly dollop of goodness. Fret not, I’ve no plans to take any holidays in the near future and there will be another twenty tracks at the same time, same place, next week.

Don’t forget you can contribute sounds and enjoy a daily dose of music not featured on the playlist at our facebook group here…Nobody’s Listening Facebook Group. Now, I’m off to apply an ice pack and attempt breathing without wincing in pain. See you in seven of your Earth days.

Until then, don’t throw your love away no no no no.

Andrew Orley.

Saving Nickles, Saving Dimes, Working ‘Til the Sun Don’t Shine.

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Nobody’s Listening. No. 37. 18.7.16.

Hullo. Welcome once again to the playlist and blog that aims to put a spring in your step, pep in your pipe and vim in your vimto. This is the last one for a while as I am off on my holidays for a fortnight so savour it. If you feel you’re missing your weekly prescription, all previous 36 editions are available under my spotify account. Why not have a look back at some early editions? Every one’s a pearler!

As promised/forewarned last week, there’s a couple of unusual picks this week that may not be for everyone, but please give them a go, life’s not all about three minute pop songs you know..
Of course, Paulo’s Pick Of The Week is also here. This week, my very good friend, bandmate and president of the Reg Varney appreciation society has gone for a legend who left us far too soon..

Ok, Let’s go crazy, let’s get nuts..

Track 1. Summer Music by Advance Base.

We begin with former ‘Casiotone For The Painfully Alone’ man, Owen Ashworth and his solo outing from four years back. A sun kissed, almost melancholy ode to lost love, it has a pleasingly simple throwaway lyric which still has some great lines such as ‘It was hazy and 70, And her in a summer dress. Half a beer and her hair a mess’.

Track 2. Crosswind by Billy Cobham.

Cited as ‘The greatest fusion drummer of all time’, Cobham began his career in the US army before joining Miles Davis in the late sixties. He then went on to a solo career as band leader, releasing albums pretty much every year since his debut, 1973’s ‘Spectrum’. This is the title track from the following years sophomore release.

Track 3. Sleep A Million Years by Kathy Heideman.

I came to this next track through psych-folk band Vetiver, who covered it a few years ago. Heideman is something of an enigma, she recorded just the one album, 1971’s ‘Move With Love’ then promptly disappeared. Nobody knows who played on the album or what happened to her afterwards, it all adds to the mystery of this Californian country rock oddity. It’s so freaking rare, there’s no video.

Track 4. Medicine Chest Dub by Prince Fatty.

Premium, modern day dub which was released in 2014. This is taken from the ‘In The Kingdom Of Dub’ LP which was a project from Mike Pelanconi, using analogue techniques to replicate the original seventies dub sound of his hero, and the man he jokingly christened himself after, King Tubby.

Track 5. Single File by Elliott Smith.

****PAULO’S PICK OF THE WEEK****

The welcome return of Mr Smith, who I could quite happily feature every week. Mr D’Cruz has plumped for a track from his second, self titled LP from 1995. There was no great leap from the previous years debut ‘Roman Candle’, dark melancholic meditations on drug use but still backed by his uncanny knack with a melody. He would go on to produce more fully realised and orchestrated albums, but these early songs shine a light on the darkness that plagued him until his untimely death just eight years later.

Track 6. Sunshower by Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band.

1976 LP track from the short-lived, Bronx based big band/disco outfit. It’s been sampled by lots of hip hop acts since including A Tribe Called Quest, M.I.A., Ghostface Killah, De La Soul, and Doug E. Fresh.

Track 7. Walk Tall by Esther Marrow.

Queen Esther Marrow was discovered by Duke Ellington at the age of 22. She went on to forge a career as a powerful soul and gospel singer whilst also becoming heavily involved with the civil rights movement. This 1971 single espouses those values and is also a stone groove to boot.

Track 8. Spectacular by Graham Coxon.

The opening track from the Blur guitarists fifth album from 2004, this is a blistering start to what is probably his best solo outing. Coxon virtually throttles his instrument on the second solo producing some wonderful noises.

Track 9. In Your Bed by Bat For Lashes.

I must admit, I’ve been immune to the charms of Natasha Khan until her recently released concept album ‘The Bride’ caught my attention. As she explained the story behind the LP on the radio, my interest was piqued enough to give the full album a spin. It’s a lovely piece of work, it’s themes of love, loss and redemption are beautifully presented, particularly on this, the albums closing track.

Track 10. Jellyfish by Paws.

Glaswegian pop rock band Paws have released three LP’s since their formation in 2010. This is a single from their debut, 2012’s ‘Cokefloat!’ and it’s a stomping guitar heavy two and a half minutes of youthful joy.

Track 11. Hana by Asa-Chang and Junray.

And so to one of the aforementioned ‘unusual picks’ featured this week. An unsettling piece from Japanese percussionist Asa-Chang built around a string sample from an old Sade track. It certainly gave me a strange feeling when I first heard it on John Peels show about fifteen years ago and still does. I appreciate this isn’t for everyone, but once heard it stays with you. Trust me.

Track 12. White Love by One Dove.

I was all over this on its release in 1993. I bought it on cassette single and it subsequently found itself firmly lodged in my walkman for at least a month or so, sound-tracking my commute to and from work. Believe me, it helped make a mundane job even more unimportant, it’s blissful vibes transporting me to a better place.

Track 13. Bergschrund by DJ Shadow feat Nils Frahm.

This comes from DJS’s brand new LP and features the talents of one of my favourite musicians of recent years, German composer and pianist Nils Frahm. Not that you can really pick him out on this cut mind, his Synth line almost smothered by Shadow’s beats and bleeps. Still great though…

Track 14. Big Fat Mama by Four Vagabonds.

Next, we travel back seventy five years with a vocal harmony group very much in the vein of The Ink Spots and The Mills Brothers. A short, humorous song extolling the virtues of the larger lady.

Track 15. Fire Season by The Revival Hour.

Taken from their 2012 ‘Clusterchord’ EP. This is a drum laden psych instrumental with a few lines of lyric towards the end. Atmospheric, trippy goodness from The NYC duo.

Track 16. Sister Brother by F.J McMahon.

Another lost classic. F.J Mcmahon released just one record in 1969, his LP ‘Spirit Of The Golden Juice’. Strange name, but as McMahon later explained, “The song “Spirit Of The Golden Juice” is about my experiences in Vietnam, Thailand and the PI. The “golden juice” is I.W. Harper bourbon which was the fuel of the times.” So a Vietnam vet comes home, records an album of thoughtful lo-fi folk and is consequently ignored. America, you really were a shithouse to these men. Anyway, thankfully the record has gained new fans in the past ten years or so, vinyl re-pressings selling out quickly. Just a shame F.J. had to wait over forty years for some recognition.

Track 17. Some Of Shelly’s Blues by The Stone Poneys.

This Michael Nesmith penned track was featured on our cover stars’ third and final album, 1968’s ‘Vol iii’. Lead singer Linda Ronstadt had some success with another tune from the one with the hat, the classic ‘Different Drum’ the previous year but I’ve always held great affection for this song since I first heard it on Nesmith’s 1973 album, ‘Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash’. Linda went on to become one of the most successful female singers of the following decade with platinum albums a regular occurrence and sold out shows the norm. She carried on with this success until announcing her retirement in 2011. Tragically, just two years later she was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease and can now ‘No longer sing a note’. Thankfully we still have songs like this to appreciate those golden tones, and photo’s like the one up the top there to remember the beautiful young woman she was.

Track 18. Slow Motion Blackbird by Chris Hughes.

And so, to our second ‘challenging sound’ of the week. I’ll refer to producer Paul Ridout for an explanation of the piece:

“In September 1967 Steve Reich wrote the score for ‘Slow Motion Sound’:-
“Very gradually slow down a recorded sound to many times its original length without changing its pitch or timbre at all”. He later remarked (1974) that it had remained a concept on paper because it was technologically impossible to realise.

By 1994 the technology had evolved thus allowing Chris and I to add this piece, along with Pendulum Music, to the collection that is ‘Shift’.
Reich’s intention had been to use a recording of children learning by rote. We referenced that with our recording of a violinist learning a blackbird’s song. The original violin phrase which doubles the blackbird’s song was played by Stuart Gordon, but, to this day the blackbird remains anonymous.”

So there you go. Enjoy.

Track 19. Come And Get Your Love by Redbone.

I’m not the biggest fan of superhero movies, they’ve been like shit on a field in recent years and are generally formulaic claptrap. I did, however acquiesce to watch ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ the other day and enjoyed it immensely, thanks in no small part to it’s excellent soundtrack which includes this 1974 hit from Native American band Redbone.

Track 20. Lovin’ You by The Gifts.

Soul slowie closer time. This week’s is a 1966 obscurity that’s virtually a rip off of Smokie’s ‘Ooh, Baby Baby’, but if you’re going to plagiarise, make sure it’s the absolute best.

Ok, alright, ok then…That’s it for a fortnight. I’m off to enjoy music festivals, family time and plenty of r’n’r. Look after yourselves and I’ll hopefully catch you on the flip with some more quality picks and sub standard writing.

Until then, Dance Yrself Clean.

Andrew Orley.

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Nobody’s Listening. No. 36. 11.7.16.

Hullo. So I’ve started a dedicated facebook group for the weekly playblog that’s as much ignored as it is adored. A place for like minded souls who can join in by posting favourite tunes, enjoy sneak previews of the playlist and get a daily bonus track in the form of Nobody’s Listening Daily Dose – A track a day not featured on the playlist itself. You can join and invite friends Here.

Another bumper crop this week including the welcome return of that feller up the top there, and of course, Paulo’s Pick Of The Week, in which my very good friend, bandmate and script editor for Joanie Loves Chachi, Paul D’Cruz gets down and funky.

Ok, let’s make up our story as we go along..

Track 1. Hey Boy by Magic Kids.

This was a tune I instantly fell for when I first heard it on its release in 2010. A brief, joyful noise that sounds like all the best bits of sixties bubblegum pop. They went on to release an LP, ‘Memphis’ but unfortunately it didn’t deliver on the promise of this magnificent single. They split shortly afterwards, but this short burst of wonderment still has a special place in my heart.

Track 2. Gimme Shelter by Merry Clayton.

Merry was the female foil to Jagger on the original version of this stones classic. She released her own take a year later in 1970, stepping up to take the lead. Both versions are tremendous, but this little heard cover is eminently more danceable. She also contributed backing to Joe Cocker‘s version of Traffic’s ‘Feelin’ Alright’ and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Sweet Home Alabama’.

Track 3. Shine Your Light by Gap Dream.

Californian psychedelic synthpop which is essentially the solo project of Gabe Fulvimar. Shades of Grandaddy’s ‘The Crystal Lake’, but with a slacker delivery.

Track 4. She Was A Question by August Wells.

Dubliner Kenneth Griffin has the same baritone as Scott Walker, not the Scott Walker that punches meat and makes Avant Garde LP’s every ten years or so, but the Scott Walker of Scott 4. We’re all thankful for that. This brand new single is a romantic piano led tune with some lovely touches, particularly in Dave Levy’s understated flugel horn.

Track 5. Funky Fever by Clarence Carter.

The b-side to his 1968 hit ‘Slip Away’, this is Carter at his sleazy best and a world away from the sentimental, but equally brilliant ‘Patches’, which was his biggest hit from 1970.

Track 6. N.I.T.A by Young Marble Giants.

Taken from their only LP, 1980’s ‘Colossal Youth’, this still sounds as if it was recorded yesterday. They split soon after its release but their influence has been felt strongly throughout the past three decades, Kurt Cobain cited the band as one of his favourites of all time and it’s easy to trace their sound through acts like Stereolab right up to current electro artists such as The XX.

Track 7. Motel Blues by Loudon Wainwright iii.

Dad to Rufus and Martha, ex husband of the late Kate McGarrigle and a favourite of John Peel, LW3 (sounds like a postcode put like that) was sometimes branded as a comedy act in the seventies and eighties. This does him a great disservice, while his songs always had an element of humour to them, there is plenty of pathos too. This cut from 1971 describes the life of the lonely touring musician.

Track 8. Wheels by Grand Drive.

I’ve noticed that very little music from down under has appeared on NL. That’s not by design, plenty of excellent music has been made by our Antipodean cousins, I’ll aim to correct this oversight in coming editions. Tenuous perhaps, but the Wilson brothers of Grand Drive were both born in Australia before moving to London in their youth. Not that any outback sounds can be found on this slice of Americana, the opening track from their LP ‘True Love And High Adventure’ released in 2000.

Track 9. Pull Shapes by The Pipettes.

We featured Gwenno last week , and in doing so I mentioned that this next track from her old band would make an appearance at some point. Well, I couldn’t wait to share it so here it is. Pop music par excellence, with a smashing sing-along chorus, handclaps and stops, frantic strings and an overall good-time vibe. I managed to catch them a couple of times in their heyday and they were always good fun, never taking things too seriously. They also managed another cracking single, ‘Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me’. I’ll wait a few more months or so to feature that, but there’s nothing stopping you having a look before then.

Track 10. Synthesize Me by The Space Lady.

Susan Dietrich Schneider is The Space Lady, a former street musician from Boston. Her original instrument of choice was the accordion before she switched to a Casio keyboard in the early eighties. This was when her best known track, featured here, was composed by her then husband. It’s quite bonkers but charmingly touching with it.

Track 11. Vehicle by The Ides Of March.

****PAULO’S PICK OF THE WEEK****

And so, to Mr D’Cruz’s selection for this week, a stomping piece of white boy funk that may be familiar to some of you. A million plus selling single in the states, this was their biggest hit from 1970. Failure to replicate its success resulted in a split three years later, however they reformed in 1990 and are still recording and touring today.

Track 12. Sunlight by The Youngbloods.

The Youngbloods were one of those sixties bands that received plenty of critical acclaim but never translated it into commercial success. A big pity as their back catalogue is filled with gorgeous, slightly jazzy numbers like this, taken from their 1969 album, ‘Elephant Mountain’.

Track 13. Walk A Mile In My Shoes by Willie Hightower.

Another week, another lost soul Gem. Willie Hightower released just three singles and one album in his short career. This is one of those singles, a growling, funkified cover of Joe South’s song concerning racial tolerance and the need for perspective and compassion. Lord knows we need some of that right now. This has also been interpreted by Elvis, Brian Ferry and Coldcut amongst others., but Willie’s take has the necessary soul.

Track 14. Myself When I Am Real by Charles Mingus.

On his 1963 LP, ‘Mingus Plays Piano’ the legendary bassist eschewed his usual instrument to provide us with an album of solo piano works. This is the lead track and features the improvisation that he was renowned for.

Track 15. C ‘n’ C-S Mithering by The Fall.

As I mentioned, it’s been a while since we featured Prestwich’s most famous son. I’m putting that right this week with a typically snarling cut from 1980’s ‘Grotesque’, The Fall’s third album and one which expanded on the themes of the  previous years ‘Dragnet’. More disdain of the music industry delivered in that snarky Salfordian growl we all know and love.  ‘See ya mate!, Yeah See ya mate. ‘See ya mate!, Yeah See ya mate. ‘See ya mate!, Yeah See ya mate. ‘See ya mate!, Yeah See ya mate.’

Track 16. Put That In Your Pipe by Kelley Stoltz.

Stoltz has been quietly making records for almost two decades now, cropping up every year or so with a new album or EP. This was released in late 2015 to little fanfare as usual and is a relaxed trip with a seventies vibe that you can imagine hearing in the background of a Mexican cantina.

Track 17. El President by Drugstore.

Next up we have this London bands biggest hit from 1998. It reached the giddy heights of number 20 in the UK singles charts, no doubt bolstered by the appearance of one Mr Thom Yorke.

 

Track 18. Who Knows Where The Time Goes by Fairport Convention.

Sandy Denny’s classic was recorded as an original demo just before she joined Fairport in 1968. Her new band quickly adopted the song and made it into what is quite possibly their most famous track. ’69 was the high water mark for the band, releasing three LP’s including the classics ‘Unhalfbricking’ and ‘Liege And Lief’. Imagine! Those two albums in a year. If you had written and recorded just one track off one of those LP’s, I’d call that a decent lifes work.

Track 19. The Slider by T Rex.

Bolan was at the top of his game when this, the title track from his seventh LP was released in 1972.  With Bowie just having released Ziggy a few weeks earlier, Slade at number one every other month or so and this, what a time it must have been to be a young pop tart.

Track 20. Two Lovely Pillows by Laura Lee.

We stay in that golden year of 1972 for our soul slowie closer this week which comes from Detroit singer Laura Lee’s  album ‘Women’s Love Rights’, released on former Motown producers, Holland, Dozier and Holland’s newly established Hot Wax label.

Well alright then, that’s another twenty tunes to keep your peckers up with. Next weeks playlist has some, ahem, ‘challenging’ sounds on it, so don’t say you weren’t warned!

Until then, straighten up and fly right.

Andrew Orley.

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Nobody’s Listening. No.35. 4.7.16.

Hullo. This weeks introduction comes to you from a particularly crappy night shift in Chislehurst. As I stand around waiting for something to do, I’m making the most of my time by seeking gems for inclusion on future editions of NL. You’re in for a treat let me tell you.

That’s not to say this weeks is substandard. Quite to the contrary, it’s ace. It would be nice to get a decent readership however, last weeks had a significant dip. So get it shared!

PPOTW makes it’s usual appearance of course, this weeks is brand new to me. He constantly comes up with the goods does my very good friend, bandmate and disgraced judge for Miss World, 1986.

Alright then, let the good times roll…

Track 1. The Martian Hop by The Newcomers.

Our first couple of tracks take us to outer space, and who doesn’t want to live there right now eh? Don’t worry, NL won’t get too political on you but a lot of this weeks picks have been chosen in a certain frame of mind. Just go with it. Ok, I first heard this only a couple of weeks back when Henry Rollins was sitting in for Jarv on his Sunday service show on six music. A cover of a doowop song from 1963, this was released ten years later and has a bubblegum Stax feel to it.  Indeed, before he played it,  Mr Rollins told us to listen out for the Jackson 5 influence and It’s easy to hear ‘ The Love You Save’ in there.

Track 2. Flight Song by Golden Retriever.

****PAULO’S PICK OF THE WEEK****

After a quick stop at Mars for drinks, snacks and a wee, everyone is bundled back on board as we go interstellar next with PPOTW. As I mentioned, I’ve never heard this or anything else by Golden Retriever. I note they are signed to Thrill Jockey, a label I have much fondness for, so I wasn’t really surprised to discover this is excellent. A marvellous trip which has an overall late seventies feel with hints of Eno and Tangerine Dream.

Track 3. I Pity The Country by Willie Dunn.

Back down to Earth with a bump next. After last weeks events, this was the first track I reached for. A tune from 1978 which is about the plight of the native American. Unfortunately, it resonates all too well almost forty years on.

Track 4. Molly by Palehound.

We featured Belly last week and in doing so, I lamented the passing of true alternative culture and sound. Well, 21 year old Bostonian Ellen Kempner is keeping that flame truly alive. This single release from last year has a bass that invites you in before his mate the guitar jumps out from behind the door, coshes your nut and pinches your wallet. Lots to love on this, her LP ‘Dry Food’ is also well worth your time.

Track 5. Meet Me In The City by Junior Kimbrough.

A bit of a change of pace next with some Mississippi blues. Kimbrough was rediscovered in the early nineties when he featured on a blues documentary narrated by Robert Palmer. Palmer consequently produced an LP for him which garnered huge critical success. This particular track is featured on that album but I’ve gone for a rough demo from the seventies which I feel captures the whole essence of the song.

Track 6. As If Apart by Chris Cohen.

Cohen has been around for a while now, contributing to various bands including Deerhoof, Ariel Pink and Danielsen. This is the title track from his second solo LP released a few weeks ago and it’s quite lovely. Check the video below. Nowt much happens but it’s quite hypnotising.

Track 7. Are You Ready (Do The Bus Stop) by Fatback Band.

This band released the first commercially available rap single in 1979, pipping The Sugarhill Gang’s ‘Rappers Delight’ to the post by just one week. This, however is from their mid-seventies disco funk period.

Track 8. Tche Belew by Hailu Mergia And The Walias.

Ethiopian Jazz funk next. The Walias left their native land for the U.S. in the early eighties, Mergia taking a job as a taxi driver in Washington D.C. where he would practice in his cab while awaiting fairs. This is the title track from their 1978 album and that’s Hailu you can hear giving it some on the organ.

Track 9. Traces by Bettye Swann.

Our cover star this week was born plain old Betty Champion, which is still a pretty cool name if you ask me. One of fourteen children, she struck out for fame in the early sixties and scored a big hit with ‘Make Me Yours’ in 1967. The track we’ve selected is from two years later and is taken from her capitol release ‘Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me’. A supreme slab of relaxed southern soul, the playing is faultless from Bettye’s always silken vocal to slinky horns, piano that carries the whole thing along to some cracking wailing guitar. Absolutely top notch stuff that should be better known than it is.

Track 10. So You Say You Lost Your Baby by Gene Clark.

I’ll be honest, when I first heard this song on Death In Vegas’ superb 2002 LP ‘Scorpio Rising’, I was unaware it was a song from 1967 penned by Byrds founder member Clark. Paul Weller makes a decent fist of a pretty faithful cover to be fair, but Clark’s original has that country feel that was missing from the re-imagining.

Track 11. Mamata (Affection) by Ananda Shankar.

There’s a light bossa feel to this instrumental from the nephew of the great Ravi Shankar. He’s no less skilled than his uncle at the sitar, and this track taken from his self titled LP from 1970, has an east meets west feel. Indeed, he was quick to embrace western music, the album also features two excellent covers of The Stones’ ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ and The Doors’ ‘Light My Fire’. Unfortunately, for the first time this week, we’ve drawn a blank when it come’s to sourcing a video. Rats, we were doing so well too..

Track 12. Chwyldro by Gwenno.

Gwenno is a new discovery for me. I noticed she is playing at Deershed festival which I’m attending later this month and gave her a spin. What a pleasant surprise, this single from last year has a cool electropop vibe. Further digging reveals she was formerly a member of all girl group The Pipettes who released one of the best pop singles of the noughties ten years or so back, the magnificent ‘Pull Shapes’. Expect that beauty to make an appearance on a future edition of NL.

Track 13. I’m Sorry I Met You by Barbara Lynn.

Barbara was an unusual prospect in the early sixties, a black female with a left handed strat was an unusual sight at the time, nevertheless she won over all who saw her perform with her mastery of her instrument. Touring with such names as Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, BB King, Supremes, Chuck Berry, Guitar Slim, and The Temptations, she gathered a whole legion of fans. This 1963 single doesn’t really showcase her skills enough, but it’s still a warm R&B heartbreaker. For a better idea of her prowess with the guitar, check out her 1968 LP ‘Here is Barbara Lynn’.

Track 14. I Want To Feel Good Pt.2 by The Bad Plus.

Minneapolis Jazz trio The Bad Plus have been making records since 2000, releasing 11 LP’s of original compositions mixed with re worked covers by artists as diverse as (big breath) Nirvana, Aphex Twin, Blondie, Pink Floyd, Ornette Coleman, Pixies, Rush, Tears for Fears, Neil Young, David Bowie, Yes, Interpol, Radiohead, Queen and Black Sabbath. This is one of their own and was composed by their drummer, David King.

Track 15. Stolen Moments by Oliver Nelson.

This was one of the very first pieces of Jazz I fell in love with. I was in my late teens when I picked up a nondescript Jazz compilation from the local WH Smith. This was the first track featured and I instantly fell for its effortlessly cool sound. Its still a go to tune today and ideal for unwinding after a hard day.

Track 16. Inside Out by The Sudden Death Of Stars.

French psychedelic revivalists the Sudden Death of Stars formed in the town of Rennes in 2009, the five members of the group preferring to go by the numbers 83, 84, 85, 86, and 87 rather than their given names. This release from a couple of years back was released through Cornershop’s record label Ample Play and is a jaunty, keyboard led romp.

Track 17. Bunny by Charles Wilp.

Speaking of romps, this 1965 release from German ‘artonaut’ Wilp is the epitome of the word. Lounge music that you can very well imagine in the background of a strip joint scene from a gritty sixties cop movie.

Track 18. Pacific 202 by Williams Fairey Brass Band.

808 state classic rendered in Brass, what’s not to love? This comes from the 1997 LP ‘Acid Brass’ which fused acid house with a traditional brass band. It’s absolutely wonderful, the inherent warmth of the brass brings out the euphoria we all felt on the dancefloor, and without a disco biscuit in sight! Unfortunately there’s some rights issues with yootoob so the only version I can find is from James Lavelle’s Meltdown in 2014, complete with feedback and annoying crowd noise.

Track 19. I’ll Be The Night by MONEY.

Another new discovery I’m looking forward to catching at Deershed, MONEY are a Mancunian band very much in the vein of Villagers. Romantic, heartfelt indie rock with some gorgeous string backing.

Track 20. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long by Delia Gartrell.

Superb version of one of Otis’ best. This Atlanta soul single is another example of a lost gem. Gartrell’s voice is roughly just under the guitar and piano in the mix, but her punchy vocal fights the instruments with gusto. A classy way to wrap up this weeks proceedings. No vid. Cuh.

That’s it for another week. Join us again in seven days for twenty more top picks that might just make you forget we’re all going to hell in a handcart.

Until then, sign on, you crazy diamond.

Andrew Orley.

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Nobody’s Listening. No.34. 27.6.16.

Hullo.  It’s a poorly NL that greets you this week with a heavy bout of summer cold, so apologies if this weeks blog is shorter than usual. Having said that, I usually compose these ramblings over a few days so who knows, it may increase in length as my condition improves.

PPOTW is an oddity from L.A. but with a Cambodian twist. This week, my very good friend, bandmate and former centre half for Cowdenbeath has gone trans global on ‘yo’ ass..’

Ok, let’s get it on.

Track 1. Misirlou by Enoch Light.

Everyone should be familiar with this Turkish/Egyptian folk song, but probably not in this 1959 incarnation from multi instrumentalist and bandleader Enoch Light. I’ll wager the majority of you are more au fait with Dick Dale’s superb 1962 version.

Track 2. Keep It Warm by Flo & Eddie.

Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan aka Flo & Eddie were the two founding members of sixties band The Turtles. After they dissolved and a brief spell with The Mothers of Invention, they struck out on their own as a duo, releasing nine albums. This comes from their fourth, ‘Moving Targets’ and is a light hearted romp which still bears the hallmarks of their bubblegum output with their former band. Volman and Kaylan also found time to provide backing vocals for some massive names including T-rex, Steely Dan, Blondie, Duran Duran and countless others.

Track 3. The Drop by Steve Gunn.

Taken from Gunn’s brand new LP ‘Eyes On The Lines’, here we find our hero in fine form. Folk rock at it’s best with more than a hint of his sometime collaborator, Kurt Vile. No video yet unfortunately, but you can stream the track by clicking the below link.

https://www.albumkings.org/albums/5142-eyes-on-the-lines-by-steve-gunn/the-drop

Track 4. Have You Ever Known by Quincy Bright.

Taken from his sophomore release from 2008, this short track is a throwback to early seventies soft philly soul with more than a passing resemblance to The Delfonics’ ‘Ready Or Not’. No vid, again. I must try and choose tracks you can actually listen to. Or you can just get spotify and experience these playlists as originally intended. Sorry for the grump but i’ve just had an unpleasant coughing fit.

Track 5. Rat Race by Alan Hawkshaw.

Our cover star this week is a man whose music you can hear on a daily basis but probably don’t even realise it. Library music king and Hammond genius Alan Hawkshaw is responsible for some of the most recognisable TV Themes of the past forty years, from Dave Allen at large, Grange Hill and Channel Four News to Countdown. The Hawk has also appeared on hundreds of your favourite records from The Shadows to Donna Summer and played keys for Bowie on his BBC sessions. A zelig of music, he’s still around today and regularly plays with the KPM allstars which also counts the magnificent Keith Mansfield among their throng. No vid for this KPM seventies cut unfortunately. Soz again.

Track 6. Heading Home by Julianna Barwick.

Taken from her third LP released just last month, this beautiful piece has warmth in it’s piano and cello and detachment in the otherworldly looped vocal. The almost indecipherable lyric reminds me a lot of Liz Fraser from the Cocteau Twins. Again, no video, Sigh.

Track 7. Tiger Phone Card by Dengue Fever.

****PAULO’S PICK OF THE WEEK****

PPOTW time! As mentioned in the intro up the top there, Dengue Fever combine Cambodian music with psych rock, the majority of their early output was made up of pre Khmer Rouge era pop songs from the sixties. Gradually, they incorporated original compositions into their work, while maintaining their south Asian sound. This is from their 2008 LP, ‘Venus on Earth’ and features vocalist Chhom Nimol singing in English rather than her native tongue.

Track 8. Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue by Alexis Taylor.

Hot Chip frontman Taylor released a solo album of just piano and voice a few weeks back. Titled simply ‘Piano’, it features original compositions and a few covers including this wonderful interpretation of Crystal Gayle’s 1977 grammy award winning masterpiece. Stripped down, it reveals the aching sadness that Gayle’s slightly jazzy original glossed over.

Track 9. I Like What You Give by Nolan Porter.

Some forgotten soul from 1972 next. Another underappreciated in his time artist who gained a new audience through hip hop sampling. This comes from his second and final LP ‘Nolan’.

Track 10. Long Hot Summer by Roger Roger.

This comes from a compilation that Horrors keyboardist Tom Furse curated last year. Another cracking example of the treasure trove that is library music, it has some wonderful fuzz guitar played over a super swinging six beat. This man knows his onions. Again, youtube and the like can’t help us with a video. I really will try and go for some selections you can hear without spotify next time, but when it’s grooves like this, i just have to share! If you follow the below link, you can stream the audio and sample the whole collection. You won’t be sorry.

http://www.juno.co.uk/player-embed/SF577039-01-01-01.mp3/?pl=false&pn=false

Track 11. You by Spanky Wilson.

I’ve loved Spanky’s voice ever since i heard her superb version of Cream’s ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’. This 1970 cut was re released a few years back with SSOYL on the flip and it’s a marvellous piece of pure good time soul with brass that knocks you off your feet then makes you get back on them.

Track 12. Gepetto by Belly.

I heard this on the wireless recently and was instantly whisked away to 1992. The heady days just before retro sportswear and mass youth movements which degenerated into the norm. Wasn’t it great when alternative was the alternative and not another marketing move?

Track 13. I Can’t Get Next To You by Mongo Santamaria.

I feel like dancing. Care to join me?

Track 14. Egwu Aja by Ofo The Black Company.

Don’t sit down just yet…I noticed I neglected to include something from Soundway last week. Let’s right that wrong with this cut from seventies Nigerian octet Ofo The Black Company. Afro psych at it’s peak.

Track 15. Sit Down by Carl B Stokes with The Oliver Nelson Orchestra.

Ok. You can sit down. Even though Mr Stokes states he can’t on this collaboration with jazz man Oliver Nelson. Once again, no video. Crumbs.

Track 16. Don’t Falter by Mint Royale.

I was never a big fan of the now ubiquitous Lauren Laverne’s britpop band ‘Kenickie’ but when she lent her Mackem tones to this delightful piece of pop fluff from 1999, it was difficult to resist its charms. Laverne has gone on to become a well respected broadcaster, presenting an enjoyable daytime show on six records as well as weightier tasks such as the Turner prize. Enjoy the none more nineties video below…

Track 17. That’s All I Need by Magic Sam.

The opening track from his 1967 debut ‘West Side Soul’, this has a soaring vocal performance from a talented guitarist who’s life was cut tragically short in 1969, just as he was breaking through to mainstream success.

Track 18. Rock A Little Baby by Harmonica Frank Floyd.

The first white artist to record at the legendary Sun studios, Frank Floyd had been performing since the twenties before he stepped through those famous Memphis doors. This single release was recorded seven years later in 1958 and, despite his moniker, features no Harmonica. It’s now highly collectable on the rockabilly scene.

Track 19. Don’t Cha Hear Me Callin’ To Ya by Junior Mance.

Jazz piano legend Mance played with the greats such as Gillespie, Parker, and Adderley before Verve snapped him up and gave him the opportunity to become a band leader. This funky piece of light fusion is from his 1970 LP ‘With A Lot Of Help From My Friends’.

Track 20. One Summer Night by The Danleers.

It’s been a while since we wrapped things up with some doo-wop, and what better way to enjoy these warm evenings than with this million seller from 1958. The Danleers were a genuine street corner group from Brooklyn who shot to stardom on the back of it’s release. Unfortunately, that star shone brightly for a short time, unable to follow up its success they were dropped by their label and dissolved soon after. If you’re going to only have the one hit though, make it as special as this.

There we go then. Despite thinking we’d whizz through this weeks playlist, it’s happened to come out as pretty much the same word count as it does every week.
Apologies for the lack of video links but, as i said, some things just have to be heard. You’re all grown ups, I’m sure you can source them if you’re that desperate to listen.

I leave you with a country that’s full of division, fear and uncertainty. But take heart, you can be certain we’ll be back next week with twenty tunes you can count on.

Until then, we’ll always be together, together in electric dreams.

Andrew Orley.