The Soundtrack To My Life. 07/03/2015.

Belle

Record: Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance.
Year: 2015.
Artist: Belle And Sebastian.

Belle And Sebastian’s best record in some time, if you ask me. I was pretty surprised and impressed to find a Euro-Disco track in the middle of the album but yep, that’s just what they’ve done. Suits them too…

AMW

Record: A Mighty Wind (OST).
Year: 2003.
Artist: Various.

I’d never seen this film until recently. LOVED IT! Loved ALL the songs in it! Especially this one…

ghouls front

Record: Dracula’s Deuce.
Year: 1964.
Artist: The Ghouls.

I went looking specifically to find some sort of Horror themed Surf music and found ‘Dracula’s Deuce’ by The Ghouls. It’s exactly what I was after! Imagine an entire album of tracks by a band that sound like early Beach Boys meets early Chuck Berry where every song sounds a bit like ‘The Monster Mash’? EXACTLY what I was looking for…

PB

Record: Foundations Of Burden.
Year: 2014.
Artist: Pallbearer.

I found Pallbearer through Pitchfork. I never read Pitchfork reviews but they seem to keep a better eye out for new bands than I do so I occasionally drop by there to see if anything catches my eye and the artwork to Foundations Of Burden did just that.

I liked this band just fine. I think they’re musically interesting. I think they have a good sound. I think they can be hard and rough when they want to and gentle and melodic when they try. But the only thing is that Black Sabbath did all of this years ago.

SITN

Record: Shadows In The Night.
Year: 2015.
Artist: Bob Dylan.

For the first time in YEARS, Dylan has made a record that does almost zero for me. What we have here is a collection of Sinatra songs that have been covered hundreds of times before by various artists and that’s kind of my problem with it.

Dylan says that they’ve been covered so many times that these songs have almost been buried. I think he was aiming to put a bit of life back into these songs and I love that he recorded them all live but for me personally, Dylan doesn’t add anything to the likes of ‘What’ll I Do’ for me. But then again, nobody could add anything to that song for me. Not since I first heard Harry’s version…

Kurt Vile

Record: It’s A Big World Out There (And I Am Scared).
Year: 2013.
Artist: Kurt Vile And The Violators.

Kurt Vile. That name stood out to me in a Reddit forum thingy in which Tom Waits fans were recommending music to each other so I got this album. I don’t see why so many fans of Tom Waits’ music recommended Kurt Vile. I thought it was all a bit bland but I like this track…

Beetroots

Record: Hide.
Year: 2013.
Artist: The Bloody Beetroots.

I got a hold of this record solely because I heard and liked the name, The Bloody Beetroots. I dunno what I was expecting. That’s the fun of going in blind like that. This was the only track I liked from the record…

DOTD

Record: Dawn Of The Dead (OST).
Year: 1987.
Artist: Goblin.

I’m a sucker for soundtracks and I like to listen to Horror soundtracks especially when I can’t sleep and wander around Glasgow. But y’know, Goblin’s music for “Dawn Of The Dead” doesn’t really do anything for me on its own without the film. I dunno why because I really like the soundtrack! It just doesn’t work for me on its own without the film…

EP

Record: EP.
Year: 2005.
Artist: The Fiery Furnaces.

I’ve liked The Fiery Furnaces ever since I heard their ‘Bitter Tea‘ record years ago…

Harry

Record: Harry.
Year: 1969.
Artist: Harry Nilsson.

I’ve always had lots of time for Harry Nilsson and last week I found this record in Glasgow for £2.00. A Canadian Import seemingly. It has Nilsson’s great cover of The Beatles’ ‘Mother Nature’s Son’ on it…

NC

Record: Fox Confessor Brings The Flood.
Year: 2006.
Artist: Neko Case.

When Andrea recommended the soundtrack and film, “A Mighty Wind”, she also hit me with hundreds of other artists and albums she thought I may like and I’m working my way through those at the moment. I was glad to be introduced to Neko Case and this ‘Fox Confessor Brings The Flood’ album. I don’t like the album cover and so I bet I’ve passed this by when I’ve been record hunting. Anyway, I’m glad I found it eventually because it’s a brilliant record and really well produced too! So far, this is my favourite track from it…

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The Soundtrack To My Life. 14/02/2014.

SM

Record: “Saint Max Is Missing And The Fanatics Are Dead” (2013).
Artist: Saint Max And The Fanatics.
I caught this band live by chance in Glasgow last year because they were supporting Son Of Dave. Kind of like a happy, ska version of The Smiths, they are one of those bands who sound much better live than they do on record. Not that this isn’t a fine album y’understand. It’s just that it’s better to be pogoing with hundreds of other people at the time when you’re listening to Saint Max And The Fanatics.
Standout Track…

MFW

Record: “The Men From W.O.M.B.L.E.” (2013).
Artist: Alabama 3.
Well, I never saw this coming. It’s a great record! But I just didn’t see it coming. I can’t find any music videos just yet so here’s a little bit about the album from Alabama 3 themselves…

Morning Phase

Record: “Morning Phase” (2014).
Artist: Beck.
To me, this sounds like the kind of movie soundtracks that Badly Drawn Boy comes out with. Which is by no means a bad thing at all. I love Badly Drawn Boy’s soundtracks. It’s just that THIS IS BECK we’re talking about here and this is definitely not “Mutations”.
Sample Track…

BD

Record: “The Big Dream” (2013).
Artist: David Lynch.
I really like David Lynch’s first album “Crazy Clown Time” and I did like this second one but as more of a background record. I listened to it last week as I was drawing a picture and got lost in it but the following day I listened to it through headphones as I walked around town and it bored me stiff. It’s one of those albums. You have to listen to it at the right time, under the right conditions. Like Neil Young’s “Tonight’s The Night”.album and like David Lynch’s work in general really.
Title Track…

CR

Record: “Croz” (2014).
Artist: David Crosby.
This is exactly like you’d imagine a David Crosby 2014 solo record to sound. It’s nice enough but it’s not this…

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Record: “Cage The Elephant” (2008).
Artist: Cage The Elephant.
Standout Track…

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The Soundtrack To My Life. 18/01/2013.

Hi folks! Here are some of the records I’ve been listening to over the past few weeks…

Record: Fashion Nugget.
Artist: Cake.
Year: 1996.

Cake? What kind of a name for a band is that? I heard Cake’s ‘Frank Sinatra’ song on an episode of “The Sopranos” years ago and always liked it. I never bothered to investigate the band any further than that until last week when I got “Fashion Nugget”. They’re an okay band but I think I only like the Sinatra song…

The Black Belles

Record: The Black Belles.
Artist: The Black Belles.
Year: 2011.

I found The Black Belles because they’re signed to Third Man Records which is home to one of my favourite bands Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three. Jack White (Of Jack White fame) is also part of Third Man and I think he even signed The Black Belles.

I like Jack White. I like to listen to him talk but his music doesn’t really do much for me. That’s okay but what’s weird is that The Black Belles do a lot for me and I know that their music sounds a lot like Jack White’s music. Strange. Maybe it’s because The Black Belles are girls. Maybe it’s because they all look great in those black hats. Maybe it’s just because they have better songs than Jack White.

I think that The Black Belles are a band to watch out for in the future!

Orphans (1) Brawlers

Record: Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards.
Artist: Tom Waits.
Year: Recorded 1985-2005. Released 2006.

My mate Sean go me into Tom Waits. I think it was maybe last year. I remember asking him which albums I should get and he said: “All of them. Get ALL of them.” So that’s exactly what I did.

“Orphans” is a big ballsy 3 record set and there’s something for everybody on there. This is my favourite track from the set and probably my favourite Tom Waits song in general…

That's Why God Made The Radio

Record: That’s Why God Made The Radio.
Artist: The Beach Boys.
Year: 2012.

Everybody loves The Beach Boys don’t they? How could a person not? It’s nice to see that they’re still capable of writing a good tune when they want to…

SinatraCollection [Converted]

Record: Live At The Meadowlands.
Artist: Frank Sinatra.
Year: Recorded 1986. Released 2009.

Frank Sinatra Live At The Meadowlands is such an incredibly good recording that I can’t even find any videos to represent it on Youtube. If you’re even a casual Sinatra fan the you should buy this record.

Because I can’t find anything to do with it on Youtube, here’s a video of Frank recording the song “It Was A Very Good Year”…

SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT CANADA INC. - Leonard Cohen

Record: Old Ideas.
Artist: Leonard Cohen.
Year: 2012.

Y’know how Leonard Cohen’s early records were sort of mournful and acoustic? And then remember how his early 90’s records were more synthesizer based? Well “Old Ideas” is a sort of mixture of both.

In The Jungle Groove

Record: In The Jungle Groove.
Artist: James Brown.
Year: Recorded 1969-1971. Released 1986.

James Brown at his fonkiest!

Dirty

Record: Dirty.
Artist: Sonic Youth.
Year: 1992.

Would you believe me if I told you that I only heard this record for the first time 2 days ago? I’m 31 years old. The only thing I can think of is that this record must have been very popular at the time. If something’s popular, I avoid it like the plague and then ‘discover’ it YEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRSSSSSSSS later when nobody is interested anymore. Good band that Sonic Youth!

Hellbilly Deluxe 2

Record: Hellbilly Deluxe II.
Artist: Rob Zombie.
Year: 2010.

Rob Zombie is never not on my MP3 player. I regularily jam this on in my ears…

Flash Gordon (OST) (Deluxe Edition) (CD1)

Record: Flash Gordon (OST).
Artist: Queen.
Year: 1980.

Is the soundtrack to “Flash Gordon” underated? Nobody ever mentions it. I love it. I love the multi-tracked guitars, the dreamy synths and the pounding drums! I love it all! Especially this track…

Doom-And-Gloom

Record: Doom And Gloom.
Artist: The Rolling Stones.
Year: 2012.

A solid rocker from The Rolling Bones!

Live At The Harlem Square Club, 1963

Record: Live At The Harlem Square Club 1963.
Artist: Sam Cooke.
Year: Recorded 1963. Released 1985.

A (excuse my French) fucking excellent live album from Sammy here! It’s so…LIVE! I know that’s not the greatest description for a live record but I’m no writer. Obviously. Look, just listen to this:

Where Are We Now

Record:  Where Are We Now?
Artist: David Bowie.
Year: 2013.

I didn’t know what to think when I first heard David Bowie’s latest release. It’s always the same. Bowie releases something, I dunno how to take it and then 5 years later I eventually get it! I did happen to notice something about Bowie’s latest, “Where Are We Now” but before I tell you what it is, let’s see if you can spot it for yourself…

Did you spot it? When I heard the song for the first time it seemed familiar to me. But how could that be?
And then it dawned on me…

Does this mean that Ricky Gervais had a hand in writing “Where Are We Now?”

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The Soundtrack To My Life. 13/03/2012.

“Bone Machine”. (1992).
Artist: Tom Waits.
Why You Should Get It: Track 3: ‘Such A Scream’.

I’m a bit of a newcomer to the work of Tom Waits (Thanks Sean!) but so far, I have four albums and…
(a) I already know that he’s a genius.
(b) I already know that I HAVE to investigate his entire discography.
With some people, you just have to don’t you?
So that’s-a-what-I’m-a-gonna-do.

Trivia: “Bone Machine” was recorded in an old cement celler and the album cover photograph was taken by Jesse Dylan, Bob Dylan’s son.

“Orange” (Single). (2006).
Artist: Fireband Boy.
Why You Should Get It:  8-Bit Nintendo Gameboy Chiptunes that will make you so deliriously happy that you’ll want to dance yourself silly all night and then jump all the way home whilst making Super Mario Bros. coin noises to yourself! …Also, you can get it for FREE right HERE!

I once caught a Firebrand Boy gig by sheer chance at the 13th Note in Glasgow because I was already at the bar when he started playing and I had a BALL!

This isn’t the gig but it’s pretty much what went down at the one I was at:

“Electric Mud”. (1968).
Artist: Muddy Waters.
Why You Should Get It: A concept album by Muddy Waters? – You betcha!

…And it’s a strange and funky beautiful thing!
Muddy gets a psychedelic makeover! Classics like ‘Mannish Boy’ and ‘I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man’ are here but they’re wildly different to the original versions. Expect backwards vocals and upside down guitars etc…and a whole lotta FONK!
Not funk.
FONK!

“Electric Mud” was an experimental album in sound (Old meets New) and it’s cool y’know! It works! I dunno why but it really works. ‘Mannish Boy’ sounds like it could’ve been produced by a Sgt. Pepper suited Lennon & McCartney and Muddy’s take on The Stones’  “Let’s Spend The Night Together” made me walk down the street with a 1970’s Harlem swagger that could get me a severe doing around these parts.

“Wrecking Ball”. (2012).
Artist: Bruce Springsteen.
Why You Should Get It: Well. I loved Springsteen’s “Working On A Dream” album and if you did too, you should take a listen to “Wrecking Ball”.

Just like with Tom Waits, I’m a bit of a Springsteen newcomer.
I didn’t get “Born To Run” until I was 27 but I started collecting his records straight away from there on.

I like his newer stuff better than his older records and like I say, I really loved “Working On A Dream”. It was so…American? Is that the right thing to say? Almost all of the tracks on that album had me punching the air and what the hell, I even liked “Queen Of The Supermarket”. I appreciate the odd bit of corn.

Most of my pals love Springsteen and so far they all seem to agree with each other that “Wrecking Ball” is a better album but I dunno about that. It’s definitely as good as “Working On A Dream” but I never measure albums against one another.
I just like them if they sound good and this does.

To me, this record kind of feels like “Working On A Dream: Part II” meets “The Departed” Soundtrack. Turn it up and let me know what you think of it.

“LIE: The Love And Terror Cult”. (1970).
Artist:  Charles Manson.
Why You Should Get It: You probably don’t need this. I’ve been reading a book about Charlie and I just got it out of curiosity.

It is a curious album right enough.
Neil Young briefly knew Manson and he’s said that Manson had a nice voice and some decent songs. He even tried (With no luck) to land Charlie a recording contract and I get what he means. Charlie’s songs are all delivered with passion but…well, y’know, it’s hard not to think of his insane plot to wipe out everyone on the planet when you listen to the songs these days.

Guns ‘N’ Roses once covered Manson’s “Look At Your Game Girl” and that really is a pretty song  A few of the other songs on this album are repetitive twangy out of tune hippie busker rants and well, I’m alright with that. Interestingly enough, ‘Cease To Exist’ was renamed ‘Never Learn Not To Love’, altered and covered by The Beach Boys. You can find it on their album “20/20”.

Ol’ Charlie should’ve really stuck with songwriting.

“Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings”. (1990).
Artist: Robert Johnson.
Why You Should Get It: Even if your entire record collection only consisted of the small amount of music Robert Johnson recorded in his short and mysterious life, you’d have one amazing record collection!

“Blue Monday” (12″ Single). (1983).
Artist: New Order.
Why You Should Get It: Because it sounds like THIS.

The Soundtrack To My Life. 04/02/2012.

“The Chocolate Invasion”. (2004).
Artist: Prince.
Why You Should Get It: IF you can get it! This was released at the time through Prince’s website but you could probably download it somewhere in an illegal fashion. – And you should because it contains some of the sexiest music you’ll hear since you last turned the lights down low and spun your copy of Barry White’s Greatest Hits!

“The Chess Story: 1947-1975”. (1999).
Artist: Various.
Why You Should Get It: You’ll probably HAVE to illegally download this because if you can find it, it will set you back HUNDREDS of dollars and that’s only IF you can find it. 

What we’re talking about here my friends, is 13 discs packed full of the best known and most obscure blues music and artists from 1947 all the way through to 1975! It’s a helluva lot to make your way through but if you love the blues as much as I do then you will love every minute and when you get done, there are 2 more discs chock full of interviews from some of the key players associated with the Chess Recording Label.

“Love And Theft”. (2001)
Artist: Bob Dylan.
Why You Should Get It: It’s Bob Dylan. You should already have this!
Interestingly enough this record was released on September 11th, 2001. I don’t play this a lot at home and I really don’t know why. It’s a GREAT record and Dylan has an amazing band behind him. It’s especially interesting to listen to the song “Mississippi” what with the 3 different versions which were released on the “Tell Tale Signs” records.

For my ears, the best version of “Mississippi” is on the first disc from “Tell Tale Signs” but “Love And Theft” has loads going for it. I have pals who tell me that Bob going through the Rock & Roll bluesy motions just doesn’t do it for them but (And as I often tell my pals) MY GOD MAN! Just take a listen to ‘Po’ Boy’! You can actually see those cherries falling off the plate!

“Rarities”. (2003).
Artist: Ron Sexsmith.
Why You Should Get It: Ron Sexsmith’s voice and songwriting skills are worth whatever he wants to charge. We should think ourselves lucky really.

There are a few gems on here but most notably; his take on The Boomtown Rats’ ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ and his original recording of his own ‘Gold In Them Hills’ before Chris Martin from Coldplay had the AUDACITY to overdub his own vocals over it without even asking Ron’s permission.

“Kisses On The Bottom”. (2012).
Artist: Paul McCartney.
Why You Should Get It: You probably don’t really need this. I love Paul McCartney and I always listen to whatever he comes out with even if it’s only once. I think this is an album for McCartney and an ‘only once’ album for me.

It’s McCartney doing old dance hall hits and poppy jazz standards which we’ve all heard a million times and a million times better by other folk. “Kisses On the Bottom” is nice enough (Funny title too) but it’s the kind of thing you’ll end up hearing for free if you sit in a bookshop or a coffee shop for long enough.

“City To City” .(2001).
Artist: Gerry Rafferty.
Why You Should Get It: I don’t know whether you should get this or not. This is one of those albums that I bought at the time because I liked the front cover only to find that the music didn’t do much for me. I suppose you either love Gerry Rafferty’s music or just think it’s…okay.

His biggest hit ‘Baker Street’ is on this album and it’s still great but a lot of the other songs mostly just sound like any other 70’s guitar records to me. Of course, that’s not a bad thing and the difference is that Rafferty’s recordings are so much more polished than most of the music from other arrtists from the same time.
I liked his “Can I Have My Money Back” album better because it sounded more honest and if I’m honest here, I don’t like ‘Hits’.

“Alice’s Restaurant”. (1967).
Artist: Arlo Guthrie.
Why You Should Get It: The title track.

As ever, I’m always interested in hearing anything that I haven’t already so if there’s something which you think I should listen to, drop me a line.

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