Friday, October 19, 2007
Man, was I ever addicted to the build 'em up, knock 'em down stylings of the UK's now defunct Melody Maker newspaper. That's the way things happen, the music weekly seemed to infer: it's already going ON by the time you even NOTICE IT. And to underscore that notion, they'd slap a CD onto the cover to confirm that idea.
I moved recently and came across a box of these CDs from the 90's -- Melody Maker give-aways along with other CDs from other pubs that picked up on the schilling process. "A great idea for the blog" I thought, "I'm sure there are a TON of forgotten gems on these things."
Er, ...well. Nope. (Kenickie, anyone? Llama Farmers? Daytona? Ooberman? Seafood? Ten Benson? ...didn't think so.)
I had hope for a "Maker's Dozen" -- being pithy and whatnot -- but I struggled to find TEN tracks I thought held up less than ten years on. So the slant for this round of Weekend Shots went from, "Wow - wasn't the Maker so astute" to "Sheez...utter shite."
Yet, here's a crap free 1o-rounda' shots. How'd I do?
The Crockets - Blusterboy (Mp3)
Supergrass - Cheapskate (Mp3)
The Divine Comedy - Commuter Love (Mp3)
Arab Strap - Here We Go (Mp3)
Whistler - If I Give You A Smile (Mp3)
Stereophonics - Last Of The Big Time Drinkers (Mp3)
Warm Jets - Never Never (Mp3)
Annie Christian - Nothing Is Real (Mp3)
Terrorvision - Tequila (Mp3)
Silver Sun - Would've If I Could've (Mp3)
Posted by Jon at 1:53 PM
Liverpool's It's Immaterial actually had a follow up to 1985's "Life's Hard and Then You Die" which very few (Wikipedia included) seem to be aware of. Released in 1990 and entitled "Song", Trouser Press noted, "an ironic title for an album that's more a collection of stories put to music than actual songs. (There's not a chorus anywhere to be found.) Whitehead's tracks — flowing, repetitive patterns, mainly based around piano — function as a soundtrack for Campbell's lyrics, which he both sings and speaks..." Far more somber and introspective than "Life's Hard..." and at times sounding like an early 90's Arab Strap, the wistfulness speaks to this colorless DC morning as storms approach...
It's Immaterial - New Brighton (Mp3)
It's Immaterial - An Ordinary Life (Mp3)
It's Immaterial - Heaven Knows (Mp3)
It's Immaterial - Homecoming (Mp3)
It's Immaterial - Summer Winds (Mp3)
Posted by Jon at 9:57 AM