Mr Bundick more commonly performs as Toro y Moi and he came to Auckland for Laneways in 2012. He has teamed up with a jazzy duo, the Mattson 2, and this is the single off their upcoming album. It has a psychy feel and reminds me of Tame Impala. Looking forward to hearing more.
Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 - "Star Stuff" (official music video)
This is from the ex Casiotone for the Painfully Alone guy Owen Ashworth performing now as Advance Base. It’s from his 2014 compilation – Plastic Owen Band: Collected Covers, Compilation Tracks, Demos & Rarities 2011-2014 mixtape. You can buy it below.
I emailed his label to see if they could add the album to Spotify to help complete my Spotify playlist. Owen answered himself saying that he had decided not to share this album on Spotify and directing me to Bandcamp…
I have a soft spot for Mr Ashworth and looked forward to his tour a few years back. On the night I went instead to a benefit gig for Chris Knox reasoning that I would catch Ashworth the next time he was in town. After that tour he retired his Casiotone for the Painfully Alone personae – gad. From this mixtape it seems he occasionally ‘covers’ his songs from Casiotone for the Painfully Alone – there is a good cover of Natural Light.
It’s the summer of 2006. Mark E Smith and the Fall are touring the United States on the back of the release of Fall Heads Roll. Ben Pritchard (guitar), Steve Trafford (bass) and Spencer Birtwistle (drums) get sick of Mark’s antics and abandon him mid tour (a repeat of the 1998 US tour when bass player Steve Hanley, drummer Karl Burns and guitarist Tommy Crooks left The Fall, claiming Smith was “impossible to work with”. The walkout followed a number of inter-band fights and the arrest of Smith on a charge of assaulting his girlfriend.)
Pritchard /Trafford and Birtwistle wash up in New York in a bar where a comedian with a broad yonkers accent is performing.
He is crass and the audience is heckling him. Pritchard recognizes the comedian, it is Ron Palillo, better known for playing Arnold Horshack in the 1970s sitcom – Welcome Back Kotter.
They get talking and later the 3 Fall muso’s take over the house band’s instruments for an impromptu gig. Palillo resurrects his Horshack persona and sings. It sounds like this…
Great James Brown’ish funk from this Nigerian one hit wonder band. This transcendent single was originally released on Nigeria’s Decca subsidiary, Afrodisia Records: one of dozens if not hundreds of “rock” singles recorded by never-heard-from-again ensembles under the supervision of Afrodisia’s in-house producer, British ex-pat Dave Bennett.
When You Dance You Can Really Love (orig. Neil Young) – Crazy Horse
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right (orig.Bob Dylan) – Brook Benton
Love this Dylon cover. Not on Spotify for some reason.
Speaking of Bob, this…
In America a few years ago Dave Stewart of the Eurhythmics said to Dylan that the next time he was in London he should drop by his recording studio in Crouch End. Dylan, at a loose end one afternoon, decided to take him up on it and asked a taxi driver to take him to Crouch End Hill. With the bewildering array of streets in the area all named for various permutations of Crouch, End and Hill, the cabbie accidentally dropped him off at the right number but on an adjoining road.
“Dylan knocked at the front door and asked the woman who answered if Dave was in. As it happened, her husband was also called Dave, so she said: “No, he’s out on a call at the moment”, and Bob said he’d wait. Twenty minutes later, Dave – the plumber, not the rock star – returned and asked the missus whether there were any messages. “No”, she said, ” but Bob Dylan’s in the living room having a cup of tea”.