About things today and fallen leaves

Well, September has leapt upon us, school has started and yesterday morning I got my hooped shirt out of the wardrobe in preparation for the visit of pantomime villains Bath Rugby to Kingsholm. (A great time was had by all…)

Summer’s definitely over.

But I’m going to let myself have one last wistful glance back at Summer ’09, and post the last of my Green Man recordings. I didn’t get them up in time but it seems a shame to lose them altogether, so …

Lucky Seven – Green Man Special

A Matter of Time – The Leisure Society
An unidentified track – Beach House
Bike – Robyn Hitchcock
I Can Hear the Grass Grow – Robyn Hitchcock
Another unidentified track – Richard James and Cate le Bon
River Man – Robyn Hitchcock
Skinny Love – Bon Iver
Ursula’s Crow – Jonny (Norman Blake and Euros Childs)

A RAR file of the whole mix.

The more gifted among you will have noticed that, yes, this is actually eight tracks, but the three Robyn Hitchcock songs were so good…

I’ve never been particularly interested in him before to be honest (although I was always rather fond of the Soft Boys), but probably one of the more enjoyable hours I spent over the weekend was listening to veteran producer Joe Boyd talking us through some of his more memorable encounters. After each section, Robyn Hitchcock would sing a relevant song from the period. It was all quite charming…

(apologies for the unidentified tracks, anyone help me?)

Nights were just too long, with all your children gone

Haven’t done one of these for a while.

Lucky Seven 12

I’ve heard some great songs of recent and I think that’s duly reflected in this month’s Lucky Seven – incidentally, I think this may be the first one without any Jamaican music at all. There is on the other hand a wonderful track by a Japanese musician called Shoukichi Kina. The track is “Jing Jing”, and it’s a delightfully demented slice of surf-Psychedelia from the other side of the world (in all senses of the word). You should listen to it.

I looked for a YouTube clip of it for a quite a while (and I’m sure one exists), but my Japanese is sadly not up to the task, and none of the other tracks by him are quite as off the wall. It comes from this album, on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label. What a guy.

Anyway, I’ve dragged up this video from one of the other tracks on Lucky Seven number 12:

Lucky Seven 12

Twister – The Fall (Peel Session)
That’s Us / Wild Combination – Arthur Russell
California – Low
Jing Jing – Shoukichi Kina
Chicago (acoustic version) – Sufjan Stevens
Kettering – The Antlers
Just a Moment – George Danquah

See yer mate, yeah, see yer mate…

It’s been a long time since I did one of these.

Lucky Seven

I was, as usual, going to put together a handful of tracks that I’ve been listening to this month, but to be honest, such is the Fall Frenzy going on at our house, I thought that I might as well put together a few blistering Mark E Smith tracks I’ve recently discovered.

I particularly like “C’N’C – S Mithering” – the man can rant…

The Classical
New Face in Hell
C’N’C – S Mithering
Container Drivers
Rowche Rumble
Auto Tech Pilot
My New House

I know I’m going to look at this in a couple of day and say “What about…”, but today, April 9th, these are the seven Fall tracks I wanted to share. Ask me tomorrow, it’ll be different.

Lucky Seven – Fall Frenzy

I’ll soon be with you, and we’ll know how it feels

Time for another one of these methinks…

Lucky Seven 10

I put this together a week ago and I seem to remember having to scratch around a bit. Though listening to it now, I can’t for the life of me think why. If I say so myself, there’s some belters here.

Particularly enjoying listening to Parachutes again – I was a big Pretty Things fan at one stage, although this record passed me by…

Lucky Seven 10

Brighter Day – Pinch ft. Juakali
Microcastle – Deerhunter
Having a Party – Lee Perry
Novocaine – Richmond Fontaine
Who do you love – Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
Summer Time – The Pretty Things
Tokyo – The Books

Santa (will be there!) Mickey Mouse (will be there!) Walt Disney (will be there!)

The start of a new term always gives a severe dent to the hopes you have of “a life”. And so it has turned out again this year. Ho hum…

(I’m exaggerating, of course, there was a staggeringly depressing afternoon at Castle Grim on the first afternoon of the new season, followed by a correspondingly euphoric afternoon in Bath last Saturday. There was drinking, on both evenings, for different reasons…)

Lucky Seven 9

But anyway, despite the lack of postings here, I have heard some great records in this last month, including some electrifying music from New York’s Slavic Soul Party! – I’m really enjoying the mixture of traditional Klezmer and modern break beats – and a truly (I mean truly) demented new album from the great Lee Perry.

So here’s the next instalment of your Lucky Seven:

Bees – Caribou
Trains and Boats and Planes – Laura Cantrell
Santa Claus – Lee Perry
Sorry ‘Bout That – Nancy Sinatra
Rumenka (remix) – Slavic Soul Party
Anyone Else But You – The Mouldy Peaches
Local Boy – The Rifles

Lucky Seven 9

Oh and, yes, we love Juno in this house:

What’s freedom, babe?

Seems about time for another of these. I’ve heard some good records this month, one of which I’m a little uncomfortable about… Can you guess which?

Lucky Seven 8
In the River – A Hawk and a Hacksaw
Odyssea (Giant Swarm Remix) – Fussible
Foghat Digs Holes in Space – Gong
Full Moon Over the Shopping – Jah Wobble and the Invaders the Heart
Mo – Murcof
Train Song – Pentangle
The Wind – Shukar Collective

The Shukar Collective track is well weird, a kind of Gypsy Drum and Bass thing; the Murcof track is also excellent, really quite creepy, and the Pentangle track a favourite of mine for some time…

Lucky Seven 8

Bit miserable around here…

Stoke up the mp3 and pretend it never happened.

Lucky Seven 7

Clash City Rockers – The Clash
Westbound Train – Dennis Brown
Eros’ Entropic Tundra – Of Montreal
I See You all the Time in Airports – The Handsome Family
Karma Hunter – The Pinker Tones
Louie Louie – Toots & the Maytals
Take the Cash – Wreckless Eric

(The Toots track is outstanding.)

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