Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Kings Of Remix

With 2007 coming closer to end, Kings Of Leon have been holding on steady with the best album of the year, Because Of The Times. I am looking forward to my Best Of 2007 post which will come in a couple months. In the meantime, here's a few Kings remixes which are few and far between to enlighten you. The Razz Dub comes the rare Four Kicks 10" vinyl. The mix of Milk is a from a rare promo and My Party an unreleased commisioned mix. If you know something I don't, let me know.

Kings Of Leon Remixes

Razz (Dub Mix)
Milk (Strech And Vern Remix)
My Party (Kenna And Chad Hugo Remix)

Monday, September 24, 2007

Penny Lane

Penny Lane was a record store in Toronto that I frequented alot at the height of Madchester and well into the mid-nineties Brit-Pop days. They had all the latest British imports, t-shirts, posters and much more. After a bit of a browse, the older English chap that owned and ran the place (along with his young Asian beauty of a partner) would pipe up with a, "Have you heard the new Gene?" or, "Have you heard the new Beautiful South?" One of it's best features was the score of cassette bootlegs that were hidden behind the counter, but if you were in the know, he'd pull em' out for you. At $10 bucks a pop it seemed reasonable and today's music is from one said cassette. The Stone Roses Live At Alexandra Palace. The quality is not so great, but the fact that this period of the Roses never made it to these shores makes hearing the songs live a whole new experience. The segue from Where Angels Play into Shoot You Down is worth a listen regardless for Reni's impeccable drumming style carries the band live and when the boys made it North America, Robbie's style just didn't do it! Unfortunately the last 3 songs are absent from this ancient cassette boot, so if you have these, please send them to me! However, the tape ends with a small portion of an early interview which is included here. So put on your flares on, grab some maracas and remember, "It's not where you're from, it's where you're at!"

The Stone Roses - Live At Alexandra Palace November 18th 1989

01 She Bangs The Drums
02 Standing Here
03 Where Angels Play->Shoot You Down
04 Elephant Stone
05 Waterfall
06 Sugar Spun Sister
07 Made Of Stone
08 Going Down
09 Sally Cinnamon
10 I Wanna Be Adored
11 I Am The Resurrection->Fools Gold
12 Interview

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ra Ra Riot!

My friend Graham took me to see the Editors the other night. They were pretty good but about halfway through their set it became clear it was all a bit samey, and had to wait til near the end to hear their best song, Munich. Before them was Biffy Clyro and have absolutly nothing to say about them other then it was a shame the wonderfull Ra Ra Riot didn't have their slot and play to more people. They were first on and totally blew me away! Maybe like The Arcade Fire hosting a Smiths vs New Order competion wrapped up in a Werther’s Original? They have a 7” which I grabbed at the show, an EP, and will be recording their debut album next month. The recordings so far don't do them justice so go check your local listings and be sure to go check their live set out.

Ra Ra Riot Each Year
Ra Ra Riot Can You Tell

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Reading Present!

Music For The Amorphous Body Study Center has always been a favourite of the countless Stereolab releases spread amongst the various split, 7", 10", 12", limited edition tour only maxi get the picture. So I was thrilled back in 95 with that particular weeks issue of Melody Maker (the August 26th 1995 issue to be exact) came with an awesome free cassette, Reading Present. Featuring exclusive tracks by performers from the impending Reading Festival, Bjork, The Bluetones, The Boo Radleys, Teenage Fanclub, Heavy Stereo, Soundgarden, and of course, Stereolab. This version of Amorphous' Pop Quiz was recorded for Mark Findlay's Sunday Session Show (Radio Fourth) at Funny Farm studios near Edinburgh.

Stereolab Pop Quiz (Session)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Don't Fight It, Feel It!

Select magazine was my fave ever. It's popularity soared during the Brit-Pop explosion in the mid-nineties but eventually went away as fast as you could say,"When's the new Menswe@r album coming out?" Often they would give away cassettes and later CD's of exclusive material just for the mag. This Primal Scream track is one that appeared on the Secret Tracks 2 tape that came with the May 1994 issue. Recorded live in Tokyo, it has never been released elsewhere.

Primal Scream Don’t Fight It, Feel It (Live In Tokyo)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Isn't It Funny How You Shine?

Ever wonder what The Stone Roses track Don't Stop sounds like backwards? Of course the original was built around a backwards version of Waterfall and the two tracks were paired up up on the bands debut self-titled album. Now thanks to the magic that is the CDJ1000 you can now hear what may be the rarest Roses track out there.

The Stone Roses Don’t Stop (Backwards)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Madchester Live!

Not everyone here was from Manchester, and not many survived through it either. Amongst these 10 live tracks are some classics, some stinkers, and Maybe a hidden gem!

Northside Moody Places (Live)
Happy Mondays Rave On (Live)
Flowered Up Take It (Live)
Paris Angels Techno (Live)
The High Box Set Go (Live)
Inspiral Carpets Dragging Me Down (Live)
The Mock Turtles How Does It Feel? (Live)
The Stone Roses Sally Cinnamon (Live)
James Sit Down (Live)
Ocean Colour Scene Sway (Live)

Missing: World Of Twist, The Charlatans, The Real People, 808 State, The Farm

Saturday, July 21, 2007

The Verve - Live 1995

If you haven't heard, The Verve are back together and readying a new record and tour dates have already been announced! I saw them 4 or 5 times and was always blown away. Here's a clip I found from one of those shows at the Pheonix Concert Theatre in Toronto, 1995. Yes, I was there!

Friday, July 20, 2007

INXS - Live In Toronto 1988

I was at this show. I remember thinking that it wasn't loud enough, INXS at the CNE in Toronto, August 1988. And I bought a shirt that was too small.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Ted Leo / Pharmacists - Live In Vancouver 2007

It's cut off the top of this clip, but Ted dedicated this song to me. I swear! I was there!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Tears For Fears - More Live 85

I can't shake the Fears lately so here's another fine live number from their Massey Hall in Toronto show. I was there.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

The Cult - Live In Toronto 1989

I saw The Cult 3 times before I saw them on this tour. This wasn't the best, but I was there!

Monday, July 9, 2007

Kings Of Leon - Live In Austin 2007

Kings Of Leon in Austin, Texas at the Spin party, March 16, 2007.
I was there!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Duran Duran - The Reflex

Duran Duran filmed this video in Toronto at Maple Leaf Gardens.
I was there!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Tears For Fears - Live 1985

Tears For Fears at Massey Hall, 1985.
I was at this show.