So, where’s the music?

Real Life has interfered with my blogging. The good news is that I have 10 or so mixes ready to pop once I find the time to publish.


Real Life has included rebuilding our home server after the system drive and a drive in the storage pool failed, work, rebuilding my significant other’s PC after her system drive failed, work, a trip down south to attend my favourite auntie’s funeral, work, listening to music on my phone now that I have loaded it up with music appreciation apps (from Spotify, Grooveshark, Daytrotter, NPR’s All Songs Considered, KEXP, Hype! Machine, and my own tunes sych’ed from Itunes using Doubletwist) and organising my daughter’s trip to Paris and her minor ‘op.

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Meanwhile. On TV.

I am old enough to remember Station to Station and Heros coming out in 1977 and Lodger in 1978. The Stooges and punk to the left, Bowie to the right. I then climbed into  Ziggy Stardust (1972) and Diamond Dogs (1974). I lost interest after that point, but once a Bowie fan, always a Bowie fan.

Channel Four has just aired a doco on Bowie’s early years (up to Ziggy Stardust). Bowie doesn’t appear to have cooperated, but it’s still good telly. The thin white duke comes across as staunch and focussed. He fired the Spiders from Mars without any prior warning.

I would like to know more of his time in Berlin, mixing it up with the Germans practicing Krautrock and his collaboration with Brian Eno. Perhaps next time.

 David Bowie and the Story of Ziggy Stardust


Meanwhile, Julien Temple has made a sweet doco about the start of pub rock and Dr Feelgood, the band that laid the foundation for the punk bands that followed soon after. As with all good doco’s, the story works because of the focus on people and place; Wilko Johnson on guitar and the singer Lee Brilleaux and their hometown,  Canvey Island. Temple uses UK films of the period to good effect.

Oil City Confidential

#david-bowie, #dr-feelgood

Nuggets 207 – Lofi & Jangly

Nuggets 207 - Lofi and Jangly - Austin and SXSW by night

As promised a jangly fix.

My new thrill is Pageants. Pageants is both a jangly band from Melbourne (a slightly more garage’y sounding Twerps), and the name adopted by Avi Buffalo singer Rebecca Coleman as her vehicle to solo success. Both feature in this mix.

The Aussie Pageants are supposed to have an album out about now but there is no sign. Rebecca Coleman aka Pageant USA is testing the waters with internet only releases.

Marshmallow Overcoat hail from Tucson, Arizona and lend an early 1990’s paisley hue to this mix while the punkish Scrotum Poles bleed teen angst from Dundee Scotland. San Diego duo TV Girl lend a track from their recent mix while Widowspeak,  the Fresh & Onlys, Sennen, So Cow, Eternal Summers, Summer Cats, Archers and The Specific Heats put their jangly cred on the line.

Reina Republicana are from Madrid, Spain and have taken time out from their usual sweet shoegazey noise (see the song that follows) for this slice of jangle-pop..

Visit Club Fonograma for more Latin pop. They regularly offer up compilations that you can download. Reina Republicana feature on an album of Spanish bands covering Daniel Johnston which is worth a listen.

The Guided By Voices track is from their first album – Forever Breakfast, very REM’ish, while my favourite band and yours, Beach Fossils, both cover post punk The Wake from Scotland, and present live in session.  Finally, the only band to have equaled Elvis Presley‘s record for the number of UK Top 30 hits in one year plays us out.

A playable track listing will appear below here shortly……………<sigh – not all up yet>……….<note to self, stop writing in clichés>….

Nuggets 207 – Lofil and Jangly by Paul on Grooveshark

#archers, #beach-fossils, #cheerleader, #eternal-summers, #guided-by-voices, #marshmallow-overcoat, #pageants, #reina-republicana, #sennen, #so-cow, #summer-cats, #the-fresh-onlys, #the-scrotum-poles, #the-specific-heats, #the-wedding-present, #tv-girl, #widowspeak