Archive for July 21st, 2006

July 21, 2006

TAPES ‘N TAPES – Insistor (7″ Single)

Insistor CoverXL Recordings XLS231: 10th July 2006
1. Insistor
“Mickey the ol’ lithper, said hey there hey mister, cold razor’s edge will meet you in the light”
2. Frankfurt (Demo)
“1, 2, 3, 4, ah!”

‘Insistor’ has bizarre lyrics like “I’ll be your Badger” delivered in a manic Frank Black style voice.  The music reminded me of The Zutons, Sons and Daughters and a sweeter version of Dan Sartain.  This has been my first encounter with Tapes ‘n Tapes and now I can hear what all the fuss has been about.

B-side ‘Frankfurt’ is a fuzzed-up Garage-Rock thrasher that sits firmly in the ‘Demo’ category.  It’s not exactly essential listening.

Tapes ‘n Tapes are kindly giving both these tracks away free, and five others too.

Insistor mp3
50s Parking mp3
Beach Girls mp3
Cowbell mp3
Icedbergs mp3
Omaha mp3
Frankfurt (Demo) mp3

Click here to watch the video for ‘Insistor’ on YouTube.

Tapes ‘n Tapes Website / Tapes ‘n Tapes MySpace Page

July 21, 2006

RORY KINSELLA – Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll (Mix CD)

Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll CoverLeisure Recordings LEICD001: 10th July 2006

This is a fifty-five track, hour long CD that chops together any songs that feature more than a hint of ‘Sex’, ‘Drugs’ or ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’. Some of the songs are so filthy and offensive it’s a miracle they we’re ever released in the first place. Like some kind of twisted symphony it comes in two movements. Tracks 1-27 concern the ‘Sex’ and tracks 28-55 concern the ‘Drugs’.

It mixes filthy mouthed comedians like Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks and Richard Pryor, Hip-Hop stars like Beastie Boys, Jay Z and De La Soul, Rockers like Jimi Hendrix, Primal Scream and Iggy Pop, Electronica like Coldcut, Peaches and The Prodigy, Reggae artists like Peter Tosh, Max Romeo and Jackie Brown and many others too numerous to mention… and of course Ian Dury.

The fact that it’s split in to so many tracks is annoying. Some are only seconds long and of course when you listen to them on your mp3 player you get loads of gaps. So it’s worth dusting off that old CD player thing and listening to it on that.

You can buy this CD from Piccadilly Records for only £6.99.

July 21, 2006

LILY ALLEN – Smile: Digital Soundboy Remixes (12″ Promo)

Digital Soundboy Remixes CoverRegal 12REGDJX135: July 2006
1. Smile (Digital Soundboy Remix)
“At first when I see you cry, yeah it makes me smile, yeah it makes my smile”
2. Smile (Digital Soundboy Dub Mix)
“Smile, I go ahead and smile”

A new Lily Allen 12″ promo of ‘Smile’ just started appearing on Ebay. It’s a Drum ‘n’ Bass Remix by Shy FX aka Andre Williams. It’s way better than the ‘Gutter Mix’ that appeared on the official release of ‘Smile’. The Dub is almost identical, it just features a few less vocal lines. If you like Lily Allen you’re gonna need this release.

Click here to find a copy on Ebay.

Shy FX – Plastic Soul mp3

Here are links to videos of ‘Smile’ and an ‘Interview On Transmission’ from YouTube.

Shy FX MySpace Page / Digital Soundboy Website

July 21, 2006

LADYFUZZ – Oh Marie! (Re-Issue CD & 2x 7″ Singles)

Oh Marie CoverTransgressive TRANS033CD / TRANS033 / TRANS033X: 10th July 2006
1. Oh Marie!
“A lover of drama, wants to take all the leads, yer, hinting that heart just won’t get you the part”
2. Do You Think?
“What’s the time frame for your love, for the need to grow much stronger, so that I can pull this off”
3. I Never Talk To Strangers (With Dan Michaelson)
“Your life’s a dime store novel, this town is full of guys like you, and you’re looking for someone, to take the place of her”
4. Oh Marie! (GoodBooks Short Story)
“This season’s fashion, a crime of passion”
5. Oh Marie! (Jeremy Warmsley Gospel Truth Edition)
“Hush now for Marie is asleep, in the twilight between her sheets and her dreams”

This is a re-release of Ladyfuzz’s first single, from January 2005. Mathematically speaking I should like ‘Oh Marie!’, it’s got a pumping Bass sound, danceable Drums, great surf Guitar and Liz Neumayr’s oddly endearing vocals. But somehow it just doesn’t do anything for me, it seems too clinically Arty. B-side ‘Do You Think?’ is a twisted Lo-Fi blues song with a  brilliant Xylophone solo.

I’m not a big Ladyfuzz fan but I had to buy this release because it has a B-side featuring Dan Michaelson from Absentee (And I’m a huge Absentee fan). It’s a cover of Tom Waits and Bette Midler’s classic song ‘I Never Talk To Strangers’. It’s odd that I’ve never noticed before how much Dan sounds like Tom Waits. Vocally it’s an improvement, which might sound like sacrilege, but Dan’s voice is more velvety and Liz’s voice is more eccentric. Musically the Piano and Sax is ditched for a Guitar and a hell of a lot of background noise, which spoils it a bit.

GoodBooks’ ‘Short Story’ Remix creates an entirely new background of glitchy beeps and sound effects that build steadily towards the end. Jeremy Warmsley’s ‘Gospel Truth Edition’ Remix slows Liz’s voice right down so it sounds like Linda Blair. It’s a brilliantly bizarre reworking that never does anything you’d expect and ends with a piercing scream drenched in feedback. To paraphrase Alan Partridge, in my opinion these Remixes are superior in essence to the original.

Click here to buy the ‘Transgressive Singles Collection’ that contains the original release of ‘Oh Marie!’ from Amazon for £11.99.

Ladyfuzz Website / Ladyfuzz MySpace Page
Absentee Website / Absentee MySpace Page
GoodBooks Website / GoodBooks MySpace Page
Jeremy Warmsley Website / Jeremy Warmsley MySpace Page