MIND DE-CODER 18 (08-07-10)

MIND DE-CODER 18 (08-07-10)


MIND DE-CODER 18

“Where did July go? Is it under my pillow?”

(18-07-10)

PHIL RETROSPECTOR     A THOUSAND SECRETS

An uncharcteristically sombre start to the show this evening to mark the season’s turn – a moody, atmospheric mash-up from Phil Retrospector, the best named mash-up artist around . A Thousand Secrets features music by Muse, Leonard Cohen, and the magnificent Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares and can be found on the album INTROVERSION, released as a free download from his website www.bootlegsmade4walking.com Phil Retrospector is noted for creating mash-ups with an air of melancholia about them, but this particular track sets the scene for an introspective show best enjoyed cuddled up in front of a warm fire.

KELLI ALI     URIQUE

I do believe that I’ve run out of superlatives for Kelli Ali, suffice to say that this is another gorgeous track from her album ROCKING HORSE,  an album of sparse, understated, beauty that contains simple pastoral-folk songs sung with an almost medieval sense of grace. One of my favourite albums from 2008, and still sounds fresh as a daisy.

OH, ATOMS     ICECREAM BLONDE

Normally Oh, Atoms are associated with the kind of sugary folk-pop that sounds like sunshine let out of a jam jar on a rainy day. This track, Icecream Blonde, from their debut album YOU CAN’T SEE THE STARS FROM HERE, released last year, has more of a minor-key sense of self-reflection to it that captures the mood of the show quite nicely. The rest of the album has more of an up-beat bubblegum quality to it with songs about sugar mice and that sort of thing, which I really can’t be doing with this evening. Think: a folk Ting-Tings.

ALAN BLACK     SONNETS

It all got a bit messy here, but mostly what happened is that I played Sonnets from the album CRIPPLE CRAB CRUTCH,  a mash-up concept album based around the spoken word released earlier this year by Alan Black. Sonnets features Helen Vendler reading Shakespeare’s Sonnet 30 and and excerpt from Sonnet 146 over music from Harold Budd, John Foxx and Brian Eno. The rest of the album features source materials ranging from the paranormal, the historical, the literary, the philosophical and the religious, film excerpts, strange old recordings, perplexing radio shows, Bill Hicks, and an old Disneyland attraction, so it’s pretty clever. You can check it out at http://web.mac.com/alanblack13/AlanBlack/CrippleCrabCrutch.html

GONG     MR LONG SHANKS: OH MOTHER I AM YOUR FANTASY

Whilst that was all going on, though, there was very definitely a bit of Gong going on, an excerpt from the track Mr Long Shanks: Oh Mother I Am Your Fantasy, taken from their album CAMEMBERT ELECTRONIQUE, released in 1971, and as deliberately wacky as the title suggests.

THE JAM    TALES FROM THE RIVERBANK

Tales From The Riverbank is taken from the B-side to Absolute Beginners, a cracking single from 1981 when The Jam were playing around with their neo-psychedelic Revolver period. This was my favourite phase from The Jam’s story arc and roughly takes in Sound Affects and the singles that led up to their last album, The Gift. I’ve been meaning to use a track by The Jam from this period for some time, and finally narrowed it down to tales From The Riverbank or The Dreams Of Children, the B-side to Going Underground. In the end Tales From The Riverbank won out because it had a pastoral, Syd Barrett quality to it that makes me feel quite wistful for an imaginary childhood I never had.

LIDA HUSIK     STRAWBERRIES ARE GROWING IN MY GARDEN (AND IT’S WINTERTIME)

Lida Husik with a delicious cover of The Dentists’ 1985 release Strawberries Are Growing In My Garden (And It’s Wintertime) which you can find on her 1995 album JOYRIDE. The Dentists were an English psychedelic band who’s debut single, Strawberries…, reached the giddy heights of Runner Up Single Of The Week in teen music mag Smash Hits before more or less disappearing from the public consciousness. Lida Husik is an American who makes experimental-pop music who, despite being seven or eight albums into her career, looks likely to head the same way.

MARK VIDLER     MY DOG, MY FRIEND, MY WEE HAIRY COMPANION

Ah, a much needed touch of levity to the show with this track by Mark Vidler, otherwise known as mash-up artist Go Home Productions. My Dog, My Friend, My Wee Hairy Companion, a gentle Ivor Cutler pastiche, is from his most recent album THE FUTURE, THE PAST AND THE PRESENT TENSION, released last year as a free download from his website  at http://www.markvidler-gohomeproductions.co.uk/mp3.html

THE JOKER’S DAUGHTER     CAKE AND JULY

The deliciously unlikely The Joke’s Daughter – hip-hop production married to pastoral-folk charm – and The Cake And July, another track from their debut album THE LAST LAUGH, released 2009, and consisting of kaleidoscopic, story-bookish songs accompanied by a light-handed production that plays around with sounds and traditions. What’s not to like? One of my favourite albums from last year.

BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW     TWIN OF MYSELF (GO! TEAM REMIX)

Black Moth Super Rainbow are, as you might expect from their name, a band that write insanely catchy electronic-psychedelic-folk-pop songs with added flutes and whistles that one might associate with the sound of acid-rain falling on a meadow on an otherwise sunny day. The original version of Twin Of Myself can be found on their most recent album EATING US, released last year. The Go! Team remix you have here simply makes it as bright and breezy as a summer’s day.

SHIDE AND ACORN     ELEANOR’S SONG

Here’s a rarity – Shide and Acorn only issued 99 copies of their album, UNDER THE TREE, as a private pressing in 1971 and gave them all away to their friends, so for years it was impossible to get your hands on until a reissue in the 90’s. Was it worth the wait? Well, they were no Pentangle, but the album did feature this one song, the fragile and lovely Eleanor’s Song, which would have made it worth a bob or two of anyone’s money, in my opinion.

DJ ZEBRA    FUCK THE HIPPIES

A small sample from the 40th-anniversary of Woodstock mash-up album, BOOTSTOCK, by French bootleg producer DJ Zebra in which he mashes up Country Joe McDonald from the original soundtrack and morphs it into something by Big

Soul. There’s bits and pieces of the album littered throughout this evening’s show and the whole abum is available as a free download from his website http://djzebra.free.fr/Bootstock.html

WOODEN SHJIPS     WE ASK YOU TO RIDE

An organ-led homage to The Doors as crossed with Spacemen 3 by San Fransciscan psyche-rockers Wooden Shjips. We ask You To Ride is taken from their eponymous debut album, released in 2007, which pulsates with krautrock menace and frontier desert looseness.

THE TIME AND SPACE MACHINE     CHILDREN OF THE SUN

Killer single from RIchard Norris’s Time And Space Machine, Children Of The Sun was released last year but can be found on the new album SET PHASERS TO STUN, released earlier this year – it’s all driving snares, twangy bass, floaty organs and 60’s-tinged multi-part harmonies. Marvellous.

STEREOLAB     JENNY ONDIOLINE Pt. 2

I once spent 15 minutes listening to the washing machine on spin cycle thinking I was listening to a new Stereolab single on the radio. Admittedly it was under what I’m choosing to call ‘enhanced circumstances’, but there’s a part to this track where it actually does sound like a washing machine taking off in your living room. I love it. Tim Gane always claimed that Stereolab owed their biggest debt to Faust, but Jenny Ondioline is all Neu! with the safety valves turned off. It can be found on their third album TRANSIENT RANDOM-NOISE BURSTS WITH ANNOUNCEMENTS, released in 1993 – one of the most experimental and eclectic albums in their early career. Jenny Ondioline is Stereolab at their most mesmerising, motorifik, krautrock best – a phase they’ve now sadly left behind. Probably my favourite track on tonight’s show – I may be the only person who seriously believes that, though.

BEYOND THE WIZARD’S SLEEVE     WINTER IN JUNE

When you live in New Zealand the song title Winter In June doesn’t have the same mind-bending possibilities that it’s no doubt supposed to have if you come England, but the track is taken from the rare as hens teeth album WEST(500 vinyl copies only), released last year and a sonic garden of otherworldly delights which seems to have taken Flowers Never Cry by late 1960’s L.A. psychedelic also-rans The Mystic Astrologic Crystal Band, slipped it some acid, and introduced it to Percy Thrower. I, for one would like some of whatever’s growing in his garden.

FLYING WHITE DOTS     HERCULES TAKE SHELTER

And, to conclude this evening’s slightly introspective show, Hercules Take Shelter, a mash-up from the album CMYK, produced by a Brighton based DJ called Bryan – who simply sounds so much cooler under his nom de plume Flying White Dots – in which he does something very nice to Bob Dylan’s Shelter From The Storm. CMYK was released in 2009 as a freedownload and can be found at http://www.flyingwhitedots.com/pages/CMYK.html

And that was Mind De-Coder 18. I thank you.

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