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Thursday, 17 February 2011

Jumpin' Mack Flash

This week, I have mainly being throwing swinging happenings for all the lovedup groove cats, surrounded by lava lamps and incense burners

Jumpin' Mack Flash

Ananda Shankar - Jumpin' Jack Flash
Martha and the Vandellas - Jimmy Mack

with additional stereoscopic sound FX from me!

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Some Old Mamie

Something a little different from me this weekend. The other day I stumbled across a downtempo mix from ace electronica star Eskmo, and the opening track was a jaw-dropping group acapella prison song from around 1947-'48, called "Old Dollar Mamie".

Having to know more, after a bit of research, I dug out a couple of albums from the marvellous Alan Lomax Collection including the album I was after for this track, "Prison Songs vol.1 - A Murderous Home". There really are some stunning songs on there, so be sure to check it out if you can.

In the meantime, me being me....I couldn't leave well alone...

Some Old Mamie

Alan Lomax presents "22" & Group - Old Dollar Mamie
Goldfrapp - Some People


And if you're wondering, yes - the artwork is 50s sex bomb Mamie Von Doren, grafted on to Alison Goldfrapp's you do...

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Dressed To Fight

Taken from last year's biographical mix album, here's the cautionary tale of walking home late through Birmingham City Centre drunk after a Soni Quella gig, and being approached by 3 lads with ill intentions....

Dressed To Fight

Boy Crisis - Dressed To Digress (Nero remix)
Elton John - Saturday Night
Fight Club (movie dialogue) [1999]

Now with fight-tastic video from my good friend The Reborn Identity

At least this night, I got my spare keys back through one means or another...

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

In Munich We Will Live Forever

Editors hold a very special place in my musical heart - back in 2005, the band were based in my very own home, Birmingham, and were relentlessly gigging around the area. I was fortunate to get to see them (the first of many times) at Birmingham's legendary flea pit of a venue - the Flapper, down on the canal. The stage itself is in the basement, and was probably never designed to hold more than 150 people.

Well, this was a free gig (!) and I'd say there were closer 500 people there, crammed in (and out) of the main room, trying to catch a glimpse of the next big thing. Wedged right in at the back, being irritated in debate with a so called comics expert, and charmed by a lovely young couple (the boyfriend a DJ no less), Editors instantly blew me away with their uptempo Joy Division meanderings. And Munich was the standout track.

Fast forward 6 years - now I'm the DJ (!!), and Munich remains one of my favourite songs from the '00s. So I leapt at the chance to mash this track when the mighty Dunproofin posted the stems on mashers' fave GYBO.

With more than a passing nod to my beloved Phil Retrospector, I present:

In Munich We Will Live Forever

Doris Days - To Ulrike M (sample)
Clint Mansell - Together We Will Live Forever
Editors - Munich