Lost links & Re-ups

On any post, if the link is no longer good, leave a comment if you want the music re-uploaded. As long as I still have the file, or the record, cd, or cassette to re-rip, I will gladly accommodate in a timely manner all such requests.

Slinging tuneage like some fried or otherwise soused short-order cook

03 July 2022

Love Him or Hate Him, but You Can't Ignore Him

He is King at least for a day... 
 



A member of the graduating class of whack-jobs that includes Gary Wilson & Zolar X...

Presenting the man, the myth, the true Con(n)undrum. 

Bobby Conn definitely deserves his time here at NSS.  I had been planning this post for several years or more. I would work on it & then I would put it away for a while. The task of chronicling Bobby Conn's diverse career just seemed daunting.

Then blog-friend MrDave commented on my April Marc Bolan post.

MrDave5/2/22, 9:35 AM...
     "Bolan looks like the illegitimate sex-child of Bobby Conn and (his lovely partner) Julie Pomerleau which I'm sure is exactly what the two of them were going for. Speaking of which, if you have any, I'd love to have it! (I've only got a low bitrate version of "Homeland")."
 

Songs like "Baby Man (refrain)" or "California" from the Rise Up! release are just soooooooooooo Marc Bolan / T Rex as relates to MrDave. Then listen to the BeeGee-esque "Face Blind" or the Bowie-esque "More than You Need" or the Devo-esque "Underground Vktm" from Macaroni. You’ll be scratching your brain in uncertainty. Say what? That's how I felt in the past, but I felt I owed it to MrDave to forward to the goal. (I wasn't going to post Macaroni but now I name-dropped tunes from said pasta, so here[___])

Conn was born Jeffrey Stafford in New York. He spent much of his young life in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles. He started a hardcore punk trio in high school called The Broken Kockamamies. In 1989, Bobby joined the Chicago avant garde rock quartet Conducent: Bobby Conn - guitar; Rex Jenny - bass / vocals; Le Deuce - loops, beats, atmosphere; & DeShawn -drums / vocals. Conn went solo in 1994 after Conducent broke up. His first lineup consisted of ex-Conducent member DJ Le Deuce on turntables, as well as his future wife Julie Pomerleau (aka Monika BouBou) on electric violin. Conn has released seven studio albums (the latest being 2020s Recovery), a live album Live Classics, & several EPs. 

 

 

A few years back I happened upon the widely circulated & very puzzling YouTube clip of Bobby Conn performing "Never Get Ahead" on a local Chicago cable access program. The song was just weird/good enough to make me search out more Mr. Bobby. What did the rest of Bobby Conn's music sound like, I wondered? After all these years & much time invested in listening to his entire output, I'm still wondering. I get it, but I just can't say. You just have to listen for yourselves. I recommend multiple listens. It won't sink in on the first play (or even the third for most). It's complicated, requires paying close attention, because it's music with a lot of tiny moving parts. 

 



 

Since the YouTube video of "Never Get Ahead" was my first exposure to Bobby Conn's music, I've started at the beginning with his self-titled 1997 debut Bobby Conn that features that song. I have seen the album described as no wave or post rock. Not entirely inaccurate, but with the mutant pop/disco/soul of "Never Get Ahead" or the heavy metal bludgeoning of "The Sportsman" or the 13-minute-long musique concrète collage of slowed down layered snatches of Paul McCartney on "Who's The Paul? #16" it becomes apparent there is much more going on here. 

 

Bobby Conn - Bobby Conn, Truckstop TRUCK02CD, 1997.
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Overture
Axis '67 (Part One)
No Kids, No Money
Never Get Ahead
Who's the Paul #16   
Who's the Paul #33
Payback
The Sportsman
Axis '67 (Part Three) 
 
 
 


Conn's next album was 1998s Rise Up!, which is both a parody of mainstream rock & a political message, but an updating of the whole protest music concept for an apathetic generation not much interested in protesting anything. Musically it is a massive step forward from the first release. Produced by Jim O'Rourke & featuring a much deeper musical collaboration with his future wife, violinist Julie Pomerleau, aka Monika BouBou. Bobby's image of a diminutive, falsetto-singing, drug-addled rocker with glitter eyeshadow & chipped painted fingernails gave this outing a "leper messiah" edge.

Bobby Conn - Rise Up!, Atavistic ALP306CD, 1998.

The Twilight of the Empire    1:41
Rise Up!
Axis '67 Pt. 2
United Nations
California
Passover
A Conversation   
Baby Man
Baby Man (refrain)
White Bread
Lullaby
Ominous Drone   
Rise Up, Now!
 
 
 
 
 

If the Bobby Conn project went into full bloom with Rise Up!, 2001s The Golden Age (also produced by Jim O'Rourke) is a huge leap forward once again. The arrangements on this album are next level. Conn & BouBou are now fully in sync. So for anyone not sure where to jump into the Conn pool, this is probably the spot. The Golden Age is one of the most musically sophisticated pop albums around, with some very fine musicianship, bursting with intelligence. 
 
 
Bobby Conn - The Golden Age, Thrill Jockey thrill084, 2001.

A Taste of Luxury
Angels
You've Come a Long Way
The Best Years of Our Lives
Winners
The Golden Age
No Revolution
Pumper
Whores
 
 
 
 

All anyone needs to say is "King for a Day". As good a song as any by Bowie or Bolan. Punch the sky!
 
Bobby Conn - King for a Day, Thrill Jockey thrill 177, 2007.

Vanitas
When the Money's Gone
King for a Day
A Glimpse of Paradise
Love Let Me Down
Sinking Ship
Twenty-One
Punch the Sky!
Anybody
(I'm Through with) My Ego
Mr. Lucky
Things
 
 
 
 
 

So now on to Recovery, the newest Bobby Conn album. It's the soundtrack for the CoVid-19 pandemic nightmare. Alexis, play Disposable Future! 
 
 
 
Bobby Conn - Recovery, Tapete Records TR450CD, 2020.

Recovery   
Disposable Future   
Good Old Days   
No Grownups   
Brother   
On the Nose   
Bijou   
Disaster   
It's a Young Man's Game   
Always Already

Thank you, MrDave,

02 July 2022

Bus Bud

Didn't know if I'd finish this first or the Bobby Conn post. Bobby is a hard row to till, so I'm still working my way through it. 

 



Rising

Listening to Incursions in Illbient compilation from the DJ Spooky post, I just had to give up a dose of Sub Dub.

Sub Dub created a harmonious fusion of ambient music & dub by blending studio production with live instrumentation. Sub Dub was basically the duo of programmer Raz Mesinai & bassist John Ward, with occasional help from vocalist Ursula Ward & tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart.
 
 
Sub Dub - Babylon Unite EP, Totally Killing It Productions TKI 143, 1994.
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Front Side -
Babylon Unite Pt. 1
Babylon Unite Pt. 2

Back Side -
Vision Quest
19.5
Rhythm Collision
 
 
 
 
 
Sub Dub - Dawazangpo EP, Underground Producers Alliance, 1995.

This Side -
Intro
Dawazangpo
Tag 1
Witchcraft
Monuments on Earth
Tag 2

That Side -
Vision Quest (“95 Remix)
Soundcheck
Tag 3

(both sides end in a lockgroove, Tag 2 & Tag 3 are the clipped tracks)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sub Dub - Sub Dub, Instinct Ambient AMB6001.2, 1996.

Intro    
Backup    
Rising Dub    
Jihad (Desert Storm mix)    
Drifting    
Assunni    
Jihad (Sub Dub meets the Opiated Hash Assassins)
Ambient Syndrome    
Elastic Dub    
Deserted Dub    
Ambrosia    
19.6

Enjoy,

29 June 2022

No, No, No...Too Spooky

I was listening to Rhythm & Sound’s The Versions yesterday. The version of The Versions that I posted up was on the Burial Mix label, but I realized that they were released here in the US on the Asphodel label out of San Francisco. I used to listen to a lot of their releases in the 90s. 

 



In Greece the Aspodel lily covers the bleakest hillsides with enduring blossoms. In Greek mythology, the Aspodel is the plant of the dead.

Most of Asphodel's output has been lumped under the genre/dump-bucket Illbient.

I dug through my music & found a few. One of the first ones I came across was Tipsy - "Trip Tease". Tipsy was one of the more interesting electronic music groups of the late 90s / early 00s. They incorporated exotica/lounge/soundtrack samples along with retro rhythms to create a unique electro-Exotica.

 

 

Tipsy - "Trip Tease" - The Seductive Sounds of Tipsy, Asphodel 0967, 1996.
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Mr. Excitement
Space Golf
Grossenhosen
Tuatara
Nude on the Moon
El Bombo Atomico
Liquordelic
Cinnabar
Fuad Ramses
Oops!
Ugly Stadium
Something Tropical
Zenith 

 

 



Paul D. Miller's DJ Spooky mixtapes caught the ear of Naut Humon of Asphodel records. Through him most of the New York Illbient-associated bands were signed to Asphodel. The first release was the Asphodel 0968 compilation Incursions in Illbient released in 1996. It featured Sub Dub, DJ Spooky, Byzar, & We™, all vital proponents of the New York scene. 

 

Various - Incursions in Illbient, Asphodel 0968, 1996.

Dancehall Malfunction    
Killa Instinkt    
Oaxaca     - Sub Dub

Soon Forward    
Anansi's Gambit (DJ Spooky's on the Island of the Lost Souls mix)
Why Patterns - DJ Spooky

Subtyranya
Phylyx    
Purelove    
Rakta    
Ynjyn    
Rypstop - Byzar

The Chinatown Dub    
You    
Flutesque    
Transient Scratch - We™ (The Umix)
 
 
 
 


DJ Olive & DJ Spooky are both name-dropped as the originators of the term illbient. The term was first used by DJ Olive in 1994, as a play on the words "ill" (hip-hop slang, a positive expression like dope, sick, or bad) & ambient. The term wasn't used to describe the genre until two years later with producer DJ Spooky. Illbient developed in parallel with Triphop & ambient Dub. The genre had its peak during 1996-2002. Illbient combined ambient soundscapes with hip hop drum patterns, breaks, & samples through the busy effect layering of Dub.

Illbient acted as the experimental electronic backdrop to New York's dance music scene at the time of the arrival of the dot.com generation, the gentrification of Brooklyn, & Disneyfication of Manhattan.

In Brooklyn, there was the dub & hip hop experimentalism of DJ Olive, Lloop, & Once11 (known as We™), the Wordsound label headed by Skiz 'Spectre' Fernando Jr., & Bill Laswell, whose studio acted as a hub for many artists. I have posted up four volumes of Laswell's Crooklyn Dub Consortium - Vol. 1 & 2  & Crooklyn Dub Outernational - Vol. 3 & 4.

Over in Manhattan there was the noise & breakbeat experimentalism of Paul D. 'DJ Spooky' Miller, the multicultural eclecticism of Byzar, the multimedia approaches of Tim Sweet, & the party community acumen of Carlos Soul Slinger & Soundlab Cultural Alchemy.

Here is the DJ Spooky Asphodel ice breaker.
 

Intro
The Vengeance of Galaxy 5    
Phase Interlude    
Galactic Funk (Tau Ceti mix)    
Hologrammic Dub    
Dance Of The Morlocks (Arto Lindsay - guitar)
Juba    
Thoughts like Rain    
Anansi Abstrakt    
Grapheme
Phase Interlude Pt. 2    
Nihilismus Dub
The Terran Invasion of Alpha Cantauri Year 2794    
Time Out of Joint    
High Density    
Outtro
 
 
 
 
 
 
"We were so allergic to the term illbient by then. We felt it was really trying to shut people out and control the sound. It was no longer about a sound but about certain bands that had been favored. We felt that that was a total dead end. It was everything about Manhattan that we hated."
     Gregor 'DJ OLive - the Audio Janitor' Asch 


My favorite DJ Spooky release is the remixes of Optometry, a collaboration with Mad Professor & Lee "Scratch" Perry.
 
 
 
Thirsty Ear THI57128.2 (The Blue Series), 2003.

Dubtometry (Optometry remix) - Alter Echo
That Subliminal Kid Vs. The Last Mohican - DJ Goo
Optometrix - J-Live
Jungle Soldier - Lee "Scratch" Perry
Variation Cybemetique (Karsh Kale remix) - DJ Spooky
Parachutes (Dub Version) - DJ Spooky
Sequentia Absentia (Absentia Lee "Scratch" Perry Intro)
Variation Cybernetique (Twilight Circus remix) - DJ Spooky
Interlude - Mad Professor
Sequentia Absentia (Colorform remix) - DJ Spooky
Rosemary Intro - DJ Spooky
Bomb Massive (Optometry remix) - DJ Goo
Interlude - Alter Echo
Dementia Absentia (Blend remix) - DJ Spooky
Kollage (remix) - I-Sound
Asphalt (Negativland remix) -DJ Spooky
Optometry (Animal Crackers remix) - DJ Spooky
 
 
 
 
 

While I'm in the Dub / DJ Spooky / compilation mode, here's one final offering. Another one from DJ Spooky with unusual Dub. Unlike most Trojan compilations, this was released exclusively in the US.
 
 
DJ Spooky - Creation Rebel - Trojan Records 40th Anniversary; 
Re-mixed, Re-visioned, Re-versioned, Trojan Records 06076-80581-2, 2007.

Creation Rebel - DJ Spooky Meets Mad Professor & Rob Swift
Mr. Brown remix - Bob Marley
Revolution Disco Dub - DJ Spooky meets Tapper Zukie
No No No remix - Dawn Penn
Dis Poem Burns Babylon - The Observers meets Mutabaruka
Under Mi Sensi remix - Barrington Levy
East of the River Nile remix - Augustus Pablo
Dis Poem Burns Babylon v2 - The Upsetters meet Mutbaruka
Freedom Reign - DJ Spooky presents Michael Rose
Soul Rebel remix - Bob Marley
Under Mi Sleng Teng remix - Wayne Smith
Mr. Brown (a capella)    - Bob Marley
Babylon Burning Dub    - DJ Spooky Vs the Observers
Dub of the Travellers (bonus beats) - Scientist

Be ill,

22 June 2022

I’ve Got a Fever - I’m Seeing Pink Dots

 

One of my favorite bands, one that I've featured many times before as well as releases from Ryan Moore (bass, drums, percussion, Twilight Circus Dub Sound System), Niels van Hoorn (saxophones, flute, bass flute, clarinets, gadgets that need to be blown), & Martijn de Kleer (guitars, fuzz bass, banjo, violon, exotic percussion, gadgets, string driven things-plucked, bowed, & processed) as well as side project The Tear Garden (with cEvin Key).

 



I realized I have rarely posted from the extensive catalogue of Edward Ka-Spel's (Prophet Qa-Spel, Qa'Sepel, Che Banana, D'Archangel) solo releases & that I had somehow never posted anything from LPD keyboardist & song-writer The Silverman (Phil Knight, Phil Harmonix). I am about to remedy that shortcoming now. 

 



Between 1984-1990 Edward Ka-Spel released seven China Doll albums. Ka-Spel's solo output expanded on the sounds he had started along with LPD in 79. By 87 he had ventured into industial noise & experimental styles much beyond what he was doing in LPD. Eyes! China Doll & Laugh China Doll are a great accessible start into his sound. By 87s aaΔzhyd China Doll he had ventured into a darker adventurous industrial-psychedelic territory.

The first China Doll release was Eyes! China Doll

 

Edward Ka-Spel - Eyes! China Doll, Scarface FACE 13, 1984.
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SIDE ONE -
Mirror Soul
Avengelist    
God in a Cupboard
Blowing Bubbles (Pt 2)    
Six Cats on a Dead Man's Chest    

SIDE TWO -
'Joey' - The Video
The Char Char    
Intermezzo    
Hotel Blanc 
 
 


The same years saw the issue of Laugh China Doll...dedicated with love to Marylou.
 
 
Edward Ka-Spel - Laugh China Doll, In Phaze Records PHA6, 1984.

SIDE ONE: Laughing China Doll -

Lilith's Daughter
Eye Contact
Lady Sunshine
Find the Lady
Requiem


SIDE TWO: Nothing Else -
Suicide Pact
Paradise Then
Irrational Anthem
Lisa's Funeral
The Glass Moved By Itself
Atomic Roses
 
 
 

Now one more darker China Doll...
 
 
Edward Ka-Spel – aaΔzhyd China Doll, Torso TORSO 33028, 1987.

STEMRA 1 -

aaΔzhyd China Doll    
Flesh Parade    
The Qa' Spell    
The Unfortunate Demise of the Fabulous Puccino Brothers    

STEMRA 2 -
Nuts in May    
Traitors' Gate    
Blowing Bubbles (Part III)    
The Fool
 
 
 

Next is this live recording of a show recorded at the Wagenmeister, Basel in Switzerland on September 30, 2005. Packaged in a handmade card cover. Sing while you may.
 
 
 

Nature of Illusion    
Black Widow's Kiss    
Prisoners of War    
Hey Rainman    
Third Secret    
Atomic Roses    
Lilith's Daughter    
Setting in Snow    
Circle the Sun & You Become One    
This Fragile Love
 
 
 

Here are the first two solo releases from LPD keyboardist & writer The Silverman (Phil Knight).

First, Dream Cell, composed, performed & produced between summer 92 - autumn 94 at various locations around Nijmegen, Holland. Dedicated to Mana.
 
 
 
 
The Silverman - Dream Cell, Terminal Kaleidoscope TeKa 777, 1995.

Visitation    
Rite of Passage    
This Fragile Love    
& the Legend Days Return...    
Dream Cell #1    
Dream Cell #2    
Serpent Time    
Stream Point Entry    
Circle the Sun & You Become One    
Desecreation
 
 
 
 
 
The Silverman - Silvermandalas, Soleilmoon Recordings SOL 88CD, 1998.

Silvermandalas 1    
Silvermandalas 2    
Silvermandalas 3    
Silvermandalas 4    
Silvermandalas 5    
Silvermandalas 6    
Silvermandalas 7
 
 
 
 

To finish things off here, I came across this while I was putting this together from long overlooked files. Strange Attractor was a Dutch downtempo project active between 2004 - 2010 featuring Niels van Hoorn (LPD), Graham Lewis (Wire, He Said, Duet Emmo, more), Ryan Moore (LPD), David J (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets, solo), Winston Tong (Tuxedomoon), Peter Christopherson (Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, Coil),  & many others.
 
 
 
 
 
Strange Attractor - Mettle, Music for Speakers M4S33CD, 2009.

Anything
The Best Things are Left Unspoken
Evaporate
Loneliness is a Crowded Room
Sleaze
Plain Gold Ring
Sound Generation
Quietude
Snail
Heaven

Enjoy,

20 June 2022

The Bella Brothers

In a comment to the last post (Horace Andy/Wackie's), kostas.p thanked me for the Douglas Levy produced version of "Archibella" (or "Artibella" depending on the artist release). He mentioned that there are many versions & covers. 

 



I had previously posted a couple of those (Susan Cadogan bonus tracks) but decided this would be a fine time to slap up a set of "Artibella" riddims. I started with the original Ken Boothe/Phil Pratt Artibella & (Version of), kinda went chronologically from there up through Snoop Lion & Tenor Youthman recent takes on the sound & finished with another Horace Andy outing using the same riddim. 

 



This one goes out to kostas.p (& all). 

 

Various - Arti & Archi Bella, NØ Comp., 2022.

Artibella - Ken Boothe
(Version of) Artibella - Phil Prat Allstars
Raw Roots - Bobby Kalphat
Fever - Junior Byles
Influenza Version - Susan Cadogan & the Upsetters
Fever Grass Dub - The Upsetters
Artibella - Sly & Robbie
Archibella - Freddy McGregor
Artibella - Jump with Joey
Artibella - Geotge Nooka
Archibella - Tenor Youthman
Artibella - The Sundance Kid (featuring Winston McAnuff)
La La La - Snoop Lion
Perilous Time - Horace Andy

Enjoy,

18 June 2022

Take it Easy

 

I've been spinning Horace Andy's latest, Midnight Rocker, on a regular basis for a while now. Adrian Sherwood has the ability to get the best out of the artists he produces. Rainford & Heavy Rain exalted late stage Lee Perry. Adrian has done it again with Horace Andy. The Sherwoodcraft quality of "Safe from Harm" elevates a Massive Attack song to a whole new plateau. If you don't have Midnight Rocker yet, buy it. You will not be disappointed.

 



I am a big fan of all things Massive Attack & so I have always held Horace Andy in high regard.

In the early 80s Horace was teamed up with another of my favorite Dubwise producers Lloyd Barnes aka Bullwackie of the esteemed Wackie's label. I decided to round up most of the Andy Wackie's that I have & post it here.

First up we have their first collaboration, a 12" with Horace on Side A doing "I Don't Wanna be Left Outside" & two Versions featuring Bullwackie's All Stars on Side B. 

 


Side A -
I Don't Wanna be Left Outside

Side B -
Zion Dub
Unknown Dub 

 



Next up... 

 

Horace Andy - Serious Thing 12", Wackie's 280, 1981.

Side A -
Serious Thing

Side B -
Version (Bullwackies All Stars) 
 


 
 
Horace's first full length on Wackie's was Dance Hall Style. The release includes the track "Eating Mess," as track B4 that is not listed on the sleeve, but is on the B-side label.
 
 
 
Horace Andy - Dance Hall Style, Wackie's w 1383, 1982.

Side A -
Money Money
Lonely Woman
Cuss Cuss

Side B -
Stop the Fuss
Spying Glass
Let's Live in Love
Eating Mess 
 
 
 
 
 
Horace Andy - Everyday People, Wackie's WR 2740, 1987.

Side One -
Let Your Teardrops Fall
Problems
Pressure
This is Reggae Music

Side Two -
Black Liberation Struggle
Everyday People
Girl, I Love You
She Don't Want Me
 
 
 
 
 
Horace Andy - Be Good 10", Wackie's WM1003,  2004.

Side A -
Be Good
Be Good (Wackie's Rhythm Force)
 
 
 

The rest of these are miscellaneous Horace/Wackie's tracks from various releases.
 
 
 
 

Live in Unity
Love Hangover
Pure Don Man
Good Will Survive
Lingering Spirit
Just My Imagination
Musical Episode
Soloman
Tribute to Bob Marley
Take it Easy

Enjoy,


Note: Somehow I overlooked this essential track. Horace Andy- Archibella 12" released on the Hamma label (one of Lloyd Barnes affiliated labels) with the outstanding Wackie’s master Douglas Levy producing. This is a cover of a old Studio One tune by Ken Boothe. 
Horace Andy - Archibella 12", Hamma 104, 198?. 
 
Side A - 
Archibella 
 
Side B - 
Jah Jah A-1 Sound 
Dub 
 
Peace out!

12 June 2022

You Thought 8 Miles was High

 

Thunderball (1961) is the eighth James Bond offering from Ian Fleming, the fourth movie of the Bond Eon Productions franchise starring Sean Connery. 

 



Here Thunderball is Washington, DC-based trio formed in 1997. Thunderball are globally renowned purveyors of sophisticated, stereophonic-thrillers, & cinematic dub. Since their inception, their productions have shifted effortlessly between the genres of drum & bass, breakbeat, trip-hop, & downtempo. Started originally as the duo of Sid Barcelona & Steve Raskin, Thunderball now officially includes long-time collaborator Rob Myers. Rob, a fellow ESL Music label-mate, records & tours with Thievery Corporation playing sitar & guitar, most notably on the Thievery classic, "Lebanese Blonde". Thunderball actively perform their music worldwide as DJs under the moniker Thunderball Sound System featuring Mustafa Akbar & Rex Riddem as well as an 8-piece live band. 

 

 

Thunderball - 12 Mile High, Eighteenth Street Lounge Music ESL 168, 2010.
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Enter the Brahmin
12 Mile High
Make Your Move
Dub Science
Low Down Weather
IC Colors
Flippin' it On
Rico Ritmo
Rio Mescalito
Moon on the Rise
Runaway
To Catch a Vixen
Penthouse Soul 
Thunderball - 12 Mile High Remixed, Eighteenth Street Lounge Music ESL 186, 2011.

Dub Science (Zeb Remix)
12 Mile High (Al Lindrum Remix)
I C Colors (QDUP Foundation Remix)
Rio Mescalito (Thomas Blondet & Second Sky Remix)
Flippin' It On (Mash & Munkee Remix)
Low Down Weather (Empresarios Remix)
Moon On The Rise (Fort Knox Five Remix)
Rico Ritmo (Sono Rhizmo' Remix)
Make Your Move (Basement Freaks Remix)
Enter The Brahmin (Knight Riderz Remix)
12 Mile High (JPOD The Beat Chef Remix)
I C Colors (Ursula 1000 Remix)
Make Your Move (Drumagick Remix)
Rio Mescalito (Mexicans With Guns Remix)
Runaway (Ghosts On Tape Remix)
Dub Science (Enea Remix)
Enjoy,

08 June 2022

The Only Green Day I Own

Green Day : American Idiot / Dean Gray : American Edit 
 

 

It all started on a Friday afternoon in October 2004. 'Party Ben' Gill was scrambling to get ready for his weekly Sixx Mixx mashup radio show on San Francisco station Live 105. Green Day's George W. Bush-skewing punkrawk opera American Idiot had just come out. Gill had been noticing the similarities between the Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" & Oasis' "Wonderwall". Light bulb flash...he decided to combine the two. He wanted to finish the mix with Aerosmith's "Dream On," but he couldn't find the band's 1973 power ballad in the station's library so he grabbed Eminem's Steven Tyler-sampling 2003 single "Sing for the Moment" instead. Little could he have anticipated the lightning-in-a-bottle response that his Frankensteinian creation would receive. 

 



The beauty of "Boulevard of Broken Songs" lies in its universality. Most everyone would recognize the chord progression of American Idiot's second single as well as the Gallagher brothers' biggest hit, now a staple of karaoke joints, sporting events, & that annoying guy who always brings his acoustic guitar to every party. Throw in the rousing MNM "Sing for the Moment," & a snippet of post-Britpop Travis' saccharine "Writing to Reach You". Bam, you've got a recipe for musical alchemy. 

 



Inspired by the song's success, Gill next considered doing something with American Idiot in the vein of Danger Mouse's 2004 Beatles-meets-Jay-Z copyright law-challenging opus The Grey Album. He even had a name for the project...Dean Gray (a spoonerism of "Green Day") - American Edit. Enter the story one Neil Mason, who by day was a manager at the University of Western Australia's classically-minded School of Music in Perth who made mashups under the alias Team9 in his spare time. Gill messaged him after hearing "Greenday Massacre," which combined "Wake Me up When September Ends" with the Eagles' "Lyin' Eyes," on Get Your Bootleg On.

In November 2005, they released American Edit, which Gill describes tongue-in-cheek as an "eclectic circus of nonsense".

Even though the duo gave American Edit away for free, ten days later they received a cease & desist notice from Green Day's label, Warner Records. While Gill was no stranger to receiving takedown notices for his mashups, it was a fellow Get Your Bootleg On member in Portland by the name of Noisehead who set up AmericanEdit.org & helped organize "Dean Gray Tuesday" (an intended evocation of 2004s The Grey Album's "Grey Tuesday" which saw more than 170 sites post the album for download after EMI served Danger Mouse with a cease & desist). 

 

 

Dean Gray Tuesday took place on December 13, 2005. The album was hosted on a number of participating websites as torrents, direct MP3 downloads or ZIP archives.  It was incredibly successful thanks to the online bootlegger community. Despite only sending out 200 CD promo copies, the stunt brought Dean Gray plenty of press attention, with American Edit receiving favorable reviews from MTV, SPIN, the San Francisco Chronicle, & others. 

 

 

Dean Gray - American Edit (enhanced), Homemade Records, 2006.
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American Jesus
     1.1 - American Edit
     1.2 - Jesus' Tears
     1.3 - Summer of the Damned
     1.4 - Suburban Ring
     1.5 - It's Like That
Dr. Who on Holiday
Boulevard of Broken Songs
The Bad Homecoming
St. Jimmy the Prankster
Novocaine Rhapsody
Impossible Rebel
Ashanti's Letterbomb
Greenday Massacre
Whatsername (Susanna Hoffs)

bonus track
Boulevard of Broken Songs (dance mix '05)

Enjoy,

04 June 2022

The Men with the X-Ray Eyes

 

St. Louis quartet Raymilland existed from 1979 to 1981. They played only eight shows in their career. Those live gigs were something, though. Locally, they opened for Magazine at the Kiel Exhibition Hall & Ultravox at Mississippi Nights. In Chicago they supported Adrian Belew, punk band Chelsea, & Tuxedomoon. They were scheduled to open for Joy Division's first American tour which was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances (Ian's suicide).

The original 7" of this legendary St. Louis band. 

 

Raymilland – Raymilland 7", Praxis 002076X, 1980.

A Side –
Talk

B Side –
Distant View

Enjoy,