A new mix! “Do you know the letters Q, Z and K don’t appear in Welsh scrabble?”

•July 22, 2010 • 3 Comments

Somebody set me a task to make a mix of music from where I’m from.  The mix below is the result – a good representation of modern Welsh music with a few oldies in there

The tracklist

1    BBC Wales vs Manics vs Rod Gilbert
2    Talk to me                                                   60ft. Dolls
3    Left to Die edit                                          Kentucky AFC
4   Hydref yn Sacramento edit                  Ffa Coffi Pawb
5    Myddyffycys Yn Bob Man                   Mc Mabon
6    KO                                                             Derwyddon Dr Gonzo
7    Er Cof Am                                                   Llwby Llaethog
8    Gethin Welsh rap
9    Mynd                                                          Datblygu
10    Stereophonics rugby advert
11    Golden Retriever                                 Super Furry Animals
12    Richard Burton on Winston Churchill

13    Merch O Gaerdydd                              Rheinallt H Rowlands
14    Cuckoo                                                      Melys
15    Ger Dy Fron                                            Mesner
16    O Bont I Bont                                         Cate Le Bon
17    Tom Jones speaks 1
18    Dallt y Dalltins                                      Tystion
19    Dinos Bangor                                         Gwilym Morris
20    Eira                                                           Jakokoyak
21    Shirley Bassey loses skirt on David Frost Show
22    Dolig                                                         Mr Huw
23    In Butcher Beynon’s                          Dylan Thomas
24    Billy The Seagull                                  Euros Childs
25    Tom Jones Speaks 2

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And to round it all off, one of the best Welsh tries I remember:

ps

If anyone wants to discover some more great Welsh music, then I’d recommend Adam Walton a BBC Wales Dj whose page is here

Plastic spoons and plastic sand

•July 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Put together when hot and sticky (weather that is)

1.Ry CooderParis,            Texas

2.Ian Pooley & Magic      JPiha

3.Gorillaz                             On Melancholy Hill

4.Gotan Project                                Paris, Texas

5.Dj DRM                             Vidambana (Chico Mann Remix)

6.Ghostface Killah            Daytona 500

7.SuperFurry Animals     Ohio Heat

8.Stereolab                         French Disco

9.A Tribe Called Quest   Electric Relaxation

10.Buena Vista Social Club            Chan Chan

11.Bomb the Bass (w Mark Lanegan)      Black River

12.The Pharcyde              Passing me by

13.DJ Center                      Center’s Groove

14.Hugh Masekela           Grazing in the Grass

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And as a bonus, a video of The Gorrillaz performing On Melancholy Hill live:

A homage to LA mix

•July 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

About this mix:

I wanted to put together a mix based around the early 1970s music scene of Los Angeles and the West Coast.  Seemed so glamorous to someone growing up in England but this mix reflects more the dark nature of those times.  So this is my musical essay on West Coast/LA music of the early 70s – to be played as one long track (band and song are highlighted below):

It starts with the sound of surf before morphing into the Beach Boys California Girls which then gets flanged and distorted like they did in the 70s.  Surf then takes us to that arch party animal Don Henley and the Boys of Summer, his hymn to those times.

Quick break for an LA staion ident from 1970 and then the blast of the Rockford Files (this was LA to us in England!), but then we hear the police radio before Bob Seger and Hollywood Nights.  And why go to Hollywood?  As the  Byrds say on the next track So You Wanna Be a Rock’n’Roll Star.

Supertramp seem so 70s LA to me (even though they’re British) so after the Byrds we have Dreamer.  There’s then a snippet of Stevie Nicks talking about her time with Don Henley, before his band The Eagles Take It Easy.  At the end I’ve put in a few loops of it before Don Henley talks about Hotel California.  And who could follow him but those other icons of the 70s, Fleetwood Mac with Don’t Stop which merges into Peter Frampton and Show me the Way.

Going back to gentler times there follows an excerpt from a 1930s movie travelogues on LA underneath of which are the gentle sounds of Steve Reich. Going back to the 70s next is Joe Walsh with Life’s Been Good before the Beack Boys sign off the mix with the elegiac Sail on Sailor

Hope you enjoy – I had real fun

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Mr Cowell he sooooo goood

•July 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Some serious and some frivolous noodlings on music

Why Simon Cowell is good for music. Surely some mistake…. A list then:

  • By launching karaoke as a national pastime on TV he’s forcing people to either go back and find the original songs or to go elsewhere to get their music if they don’t want to sing along
  • Good original performers with no chance now of getting on TV will look for better and more original ways to get their music heard (yeah for the internet!)
  • Natural teeth colouring will come back as no one will want teeth as white as his, meaning any non Cowell music on TV will be more noticeable because of the bad teeth, and therefore British bands stand a better chance of making it
  • All these cover versions mean more money for the original composers if they haven’t already sold their soul, ha ha ha ha…..
  • It keeps really annoying idiots away from gigs (cos they’re trying to get on one of his shows)
  • No more karaoke machines in pubs
  • Early Dylan will be acclaimed as people tire of all the Cowell led false self flagellation and self pity
  • Cowell music keeps Pete Docherty off the front pages (and perhaps means he has to write some music to get the money to score the drugs)
  • We will at last realise that all those dreadful novelty records he produced were awful and not kooky as we recognise his hand in them
  • He gives underemployed has beens something to do other than make comeback records by appearing on his shows thereby saving our ears
  • He will use more and more makeup which will hopefully mean less for KISS and therefore lessening the chances of any more tours
  • It gave Susan Boyle something to do
  • It keeps Simon Cowell out in the open where we can keep an eye on him
  • It means no one else has to be him

Overwrought and overblown: this is not a classic

In the dock this time: Pink Floyd’s The Wall

One upon a paisley underground the Floyd were a good band but then poor old Syd has to leave, and from underneath the mouldy mushroom crept the monstrous ego of Roger Waters (eek! Send the kids to bed now). It is this fearsome ego that gave birth to the monster that is the Wall. The album. The show. The film. The Show. And on and on. But its longevity as a cash making cow is only one of the crimes

This is a double album of insufferable self pity and tripe. I mean, who really wants to hear the boo hoos of a wealthy rock star like Waters? Oh what a miserable middle class upbringing you had poor Roger. Get over it. But don’t write trite lyrics about it. Oh you did. Never mind, you do know Roger that it’s not really very clever to complain about being a rock star (oh you did) when IT WAS YOUR CHOICE!

This is the album then that defines pretentiousness. It set the benchmark. It’s bad Woody Allen set to music. “Oh my parents. Oh my school. Woe is me!” Who cares?

However as with a flawed masterpiece this pile of twaddle is not total perfect rubbish and it does have the redeeming perfection of Comfortably Numb. And that’s it. Nothing else. And the worse thing is that people not only bought it but kept on buying it. And watching it. And buying it. Buy any Floyd you want but nothing after Wish You Were Here.

Ps

The only way to enjoy “The Wall” is to treat it as a comedy album. Put on a Buster Keaton film and use this.

On a more practical level I did see someone melt the LPs once to use them as ashtrays.

Time to plug an album and a band

The album is Sigh No More by Mumford and Sons. Glorious, simple and delicious it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face and get your feet tapping. Folky in a good way it deserves playing everywhere.

The band I’ve chosen is Keston Cobbler’s Club. They’re on MySpace which is how I found them and they’ve got some groovy little tunes and things going on. The video for You Go is a funny little thing and well worth a look. It’s like my boys school class were given money and a camera, and he’s six. Go check it out.

That’s all folks!

The 5th July – a view of USA from Britain mix

•July 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

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John Adams – Hallelujah Junction

Bob Newhart – Automation and a private in Washington’s Army

RichardB mix – Sweet Gerorgia Commercials – this is my mix of that famous tune with some cigarette and gun commercials

RichardB mix – Hooray for Bogart and Cagney – Hooray for Hollywood plus dialogue from these Hollywood icons

Ry Cooder – Down in Holllywood

Country Joe – Feel like I’m fixing to die rag

Neil Young – Ohio

Gil Scott Heron – The Revolution will not be televised

RichardB mix – These Bombs are your Bombs – death and destruction meet Woody!

RichardB mix – One Nation under MLK Jr – an instrumental version of One Nation Under a Groove and Martin Luther King’s stirring speech

Richard Pryor – Richard Nixon

RichardB mix – Nixon vs Reich – Nixon promises no whitewash over Steve Reich’s After The War from Different Trains

Hunter S Thompson – Richard Milhouse Nixon

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – George Bush Cut up whilst talking

Madvillain – America’s most blunted (Instrumental)

The George W Bush Singers – War in Iraq

Al Jazeera station ident

Eminen – Lose Yourself

Lazyboy – Underwear Goes on the Outside

The Call to Prayer recorded at the Blue Mosque

Peter Paul and Mary – Leaving on a jet plane

Not so Great Britain now, are ye? A mix I made for a mix forum

•July 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Available for download here

1. Thatch meets The Clash RichardB special
this is the speech Thatcher delivered on the steps of No 10 quoting St Francis merging into White Riot
2. Do Nothing The Specials
A nice anti Thatcher sentiment typical of the time
3. Keep On Keeping On The Redskins
famous political band of the 80s
4. The Falklands Suite RichardB special
here I’ve taken some BBC sound bites of this conflict and interspersed them into Robert Wyatt and Shipbuilding and Jonah Louie’s Stop The Cavalry.
5. The Miners Richard B Special
vocal reminiscences of this strike and the awful toll of the mine closures on communities
6. Ashes to Ashes Bowie
7. Carry on Britain! Richard B special
whilst all this was going on there was some fun around so this little mix puts a gameshow theme, Abba’s Waterloo, a bit of Eurovision, The Benny Hill theme song and a bit of audio sex
8. Tomorrow Belongs to Me Spitting Image
a chilling recording of this using the Thatcher puppet (and the rest of the cabinet)
9. Thatcher rant Ashes to Ashes
a bit of dialogue from this show (season 2 episode 1 I think)
10. The factory ghost town Richard B
here I’m reverbed the intro to Ghost Town and mixed with some ghostly field recording of a factory
11. Tramp the Dirt Down Elvis Costello

Not another music blog…

•July 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Yes indeed. Aside from looking for work, I’m going to use this blog to put up music, random thoughts, good shit I might find that might brighten your day or make you think and my own home made mixes and playlists.