Some brand new music for 2016. Daughter is already out with Savages coming 22 January and Lucius on 11 March. Damn fine start.
Daughter – Doing the right thing
They’ve released a few EPs and an album since forming in 2010 and are back with their second full album ‘Not to disappear’ (both albums released by 4AD). They fall into that dark acoustic moody category. It’s not really folk, not really indie…more like an acoustic XX? Their version of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ is one of my all-time favourite covers.
Savages – T.I.W.Y.G. (This is what you get when you mess with love)
A real post-punk throwback. Think Siouxsie, Bauhaus, Slits and Joy Division. Their first album ‘Silence yourself’ is highly recommended. This is off their second album ‘Adore Life’ out on Matador on 22 January 2016.
Lucius – Born again teen
The Guardian featured Lucius as its New Band Of The Day on February 14, 2014, and described them as “the missing link between Arcade Fire and Haim… How can they fail? They won’t.” They’ve been around since 2005 and this is off their upcoming third album.
It would be criminal not to feature my three favourite David Bowie songs. His influence on music and culture cannot be overstated.
Also relevant to this post and the spirit of Three Song Tuesday (and my mild obsession with all things Twin Peaks) is that he played Agent Phillip Jeffries in Twin Peak ‘Fire Walk With Me’. It was a brief part which saw him enter the FBI offices in Philadelphia and stumble into an office with agents Cooper (Kyle Maclachlan), Cole (David Lynch) and Rosenfeld (Miguel Ferrer) and say, “I’m not going to talk about Judy. In fact, we’re not going to talk about Judy at all. We’re going to keep her out of this.” He then points to Cooper and says, “Who do you think this is there?” and then goes on to describe the room above the convenience store. It’s a great scene and one of the reasons I Love Lynch’s work. At the end of clip Cooper says, “He was here” to which Cole asks, “But where did he go…” Check out the scene at the end of the three songs.
The Three songs: I grew up with his 80s stuff. ‘China Girl’ was probably the first Bowie song I ever heard. It was co-written with Iggy Pop while Bowie was in Berlin and featured first on Iggy’s ‘The idiot’ from 1977. Bowie released his version in 1983.
Around 1989 I had a mixtape that had ‘Heroes’ on it. I wore it out while reading a years worth of 2000AD weeklies. It was the epic Judge Dredd story “Necropolis’ and the connected “Tale of the dead man’ before it. The tape was one of those shitty green FX90 tapes with a propensity for stretching. Also present were Morrissey, Kissing the Pink, Bauhaus, Roxy Music and Joy Division.
A bar singer (Derek Sassen???) I used to watch often used to play ‘Five years’ as part of his set. I had no idea it was Bowie until years later. The line about the girl in the ice-cream parlor drinking milkshakes not knowing she was in the song gets me every time.
Thank you for the music.
Listen to my Best Of 2015 mixes below. Hit play for the tracklistings.
My annual best music list is up. Check out the full list HERE. Below were some of my favourite tracks not on the top albums list.
These are my top 15 tracks outside of the top albums:
Star Horse – Wherever you
Branko – Let me go (Feat. Nonku Phiri)
The Weeknd – The Hills
Viet Cong – Silhouettes
Ultimate Painting – Ocean
Jamie XX – Gosh
Panda Bear – Mr Noah
Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell – Bulletproof soul
Horsebeach – Let you down
Big Grams – Fell in the sun
Alex G – Salt
Dilly Dally – Desire
Pumarosa – Priestess
Hudson Mohawke – Ryderz
Khruangbin – White gloves
I’ve never been big on Christmas music with the exception of these six jolly tunes:
Low – Little drummer boy
Erlend Oye – Last Christmas (Wham! cover)
Cocteau Twins – Frosty the snowman
Crocodiles & Dum Dum Girls – Merry Christmas baby (please don’t die)
She & Him – Christmas Waltz
Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale of new York
Merry Christmas! Look out for the BEST OF 2015 post with links to mixes in the next few days.
Tess Parks – Somedays
I stumbled on Tess Parks this week. She has a voice somewhere between Lucinda Williams and Tara Angell. Add to that ‘Nietzche/Mohammed’ influenced sounds from Dandy Warhols’ ‘Thirteen tales of urban Bohemia’ and driving, grainy lo-fi heaven ensues. This track is from 2013.
The Auras (Featuring Tess Parks) – I believe in everything
While checking out Tess Parks’ other albums, I found this 2015 released psychedelic gem.
Donnie & Joe Emerson – Don’t fight
Relatively obscure pop brilliance from 1981. If Shins ever teamed up with Cheap Trick…
Alex G – Salt
Consequenceofsound.net says it best: “…Beach Music runs that eccentric span. The set splices together everything from a Jon Brion score to a George Harrison pop sigh, from early Animal Collective vocal tinkering to Phil Collins synth patches. But there’s a wavering instability to the tracks themselves as well, something like the tracking pattern on a cassette, a sign of wear from something beloved but also a sign of decay.” Out now on Domino
Connan Mockasin & Dev Hynes – Le fat fur
This collaborative EP was recorded in 2014 after the pair met at Marfa Myth festival in Texas. Dev is from Blood Orange. I’ve featured Connan’s brilliant 2013 track ‘Forever dolphin love’ on this mix I did for 5FM’s Ultimix@6.
Keaton Henson – Romantic works (Full album)
This was my first introduction to Henson. It’s a classical soundtrack to the saddest film you’ve ever seen. I’ve subsequently heard some of his other music which is nothing like this (it’s singer/songwriter/folksy). In time I’ll get my head around that, but for now, this is getting some high rotation. Listen to the full album below. It’s just over 30 minutes but give it a few moments to get going.
Strand of Oaks – JM
I skipped through the first few tracks of this album when it came out last year and quickly wrote it off as too ‘Kings of Leon-y’ for my taste. Then I came across this track last week (which wouldn’t be out of place on a True Detectives type of soundtrack). So I gave the album another chance but this still stands out.
Chemutoi Ketienya & girls – Chemirocha
Haunting field recording from Kenya recorded in the 1950s by musicologist Hugh Tracey. His recordings of African music reside at Rhodes University at ILAM (International Library of Africa Music). The song has a great backstory as it was thought to have been inspired by Kenyans in the district hearing recordings of American country artist Jimmie Rodgers on a portable gramophone brought by British missionaries years before. The fascinating article can be read HERE
South African band Bye Beneco did a version on their 2014 album Space Elephant
Khruangbin – White gloves
Discovered this band on Bonobo’s Late Night Tales mix that featured the instrumental track ‘A calf born in winter’. They released an album a few months ago with ‘White gloves’ being the first time they’d written lyrics for one of their tracks. It’s really chilled in a sunset on the beach kinda way.
Zefur Wolves – Sin fronteras
I’ve had an eMusic subscription for almost 10 years. Every month I get to choose $15 worth of music from their selection of mainly indie labels and artists. The diverse choice and selection, for me anyway, is amazing. I have close to 400 albums ‘saved for later’ and have discovered countless new bands over the years. Zefur Wolves is the most recent. Based on this track I thought they were Spanish or Mexican but it turns out they’re from Wales. There is a self-titled album from April 2015 and a new EP ‘Too late’. They remind me somewhat of Best Coast.
This from their Pedgemusic page: The self-titled debut album is one spellbinding shot of fuzzed-up alt-rock from the emergent Welsh five-piece Zefur Wolves, released on Strangetown Records on Monday 13 April 2015. Led by singer-songwriter Estelle ios, Sin Fronteras shows solidarity with Mexican communities forced to challenge the world’s busiest border crossing – communities that the band became immersed in while writing and recording in California.
Guerilla Toss – Club kids
This from their 2013 ‘Gay disco’ EP. A ‘brutal groove’ describes their sound that for me spans the likes of The Slits, Erase Errata, Zorn and ESG. They’ve just released an EP via DFA. Check out ‘Polly’s crystal’ (which I wanted to post but the video is not available) via the Deezer link below which is more on a Stereolab wavelength.
Pumarosa – Priestess
London quintet Pumarosa scurry around sonic undergrowth in debut track “Priestess”.
Mercury Prize-nominated wizard Dan Carey (Bat For Lashes, TOY) has produced the track, which clocks in at an impressive 7:28. Throughout its duration, the outfit veer through psychedelic wastes with gusts of synth and bass, as well as the filthy atmospheres of Warpaint. There’s lots of stripped-back timbres, and it feels exposed at times, allowing you to absorb each layer with ease, and its a refreshing twist on the usual clogged-up style of modern psych rock.
Not my writing. I prefer to just listen. It came from this website.
This week’s post features two mixes and a song to make up for last week (and more than enough to cover any other eventualities that may get in the way of rigorous weekly posting…)
An ambitious cross genre mix of slow tempo re-edits, remixes and bootlegs featuring South Africa’s own Felix Laband and Stolen Pony alongside Warpaint, The XX, Bonobo, Depeche Mode, Detachments, Siouxsie & the Banshees, In Flagranti, Lindstrom & Christabelle, Stevie Nicks, Peaking Lights, Lace Curtain, LKJ and more. This mix has been a labour of love for the past few months. Listen to the mix on Mixcloud HERE
CELLARDOOR 10th Anniversary Mix
In Oct 2005 Cellardoor hosted its first Epic-Future-Retro-Indie-Alternative-Electro party. This is a live mix of some of my favourite tracks from those parties between 2005-2007. Artwork here is from the first Cellardoor CD released in South Africa in 2006. It was designed by my wife, the ever lovely Fiona O’Connor, who also designed every single flyer and poster up to the middle of 2007. Listen to the mix on Mixcloud HERE
Also checkout this 100 song Cellardoor playlist on Deezer HERE
Gesaffelstein – Destinations
I did a re-edit of this for Amos Tranque’s runway show at SA Fashion Week this past Saturday. It worked really well with his range which I will describe only as futuristic (being the fashion philistine I am). The album ALEPH, is heavily influenced by early industrial/Belgian sound with nods to DAF and Liaisons Dangereuses.