The Soundtrack To My Life. 07/01/2015.

Storytone

Record: Storytone (Deluxe Edition).
Year: 2014.
Artist: Neil Young.

Old Neil Young sure does know how to convince me into getting a ‘Deluxe Edition’ of a record like nobody else. In the case of ‘Storytone’, he’s released the album twice. Each version being completely different.

The first record is a solo effort with Neil on the type of form he was on when he did ‘Philadelphia‘, and the second record, (Maybe my favourite), is that record again with overtly lush and downright Disney-esque orchestration. And it completely works!

Here’s my favourite song from ‘Storytone’…twice…

Olivia Jean

Record: Bathtub Love Killings.
Year: 2014.
Artist: Olivia Jean.

Olivia, you had me at “The name of my album is called ‘Bathtub Love Killings’, based on a serial killer from the 1800’s.”

Olivia Jean fronts (Or fronted?) one of my favourite bands of the last few years, The Black Bells, and this is her solo record. I think I read somewhere that she had these songs kicking around and thought they weren’t suitable for The Black Bells and so, encouraged by Jack White, she put this record together.

So far, this is my favourite song from ‘Bathtub Love Killings’…

The-Taikonauts

Record: Mysteriis Alienis Mundi.
Year: 2013.
Artist: The Taikonauts.

I was listening to Man Or Astroman recently and I decided that I needed more bands like them in my life so I went looking and found The Taikonauts! That was a fucking piece of luck because y’see, I always thought that ‘Psychobilly’ was something that it isn’t. I remember someone telling me about ‘Psychobilly’ being a genre of music and I remember being very interested just on the word alone! But Psychobilly was nothing like I’d imagined it was gonna be. To me, it was a total letdown. What I was really after was Horror/Sci-Fi Surf music! That’s what I originally thought Psychobilly was! But it wasn’t. And that’s where The Taikonauts come in…

Laika

Record: Absurdistan.
Year: 1997.
Artist: Laika And The Cosmonauts.

After discovering The Taikonauts, I was hooked on Sci-Fi/Horror Surf music so I went on the hunt for more and immediately found Laika And The Cosmonauts. At first I thought they were a late 60’s band. They’re not. But the reason I originally thought they were was because the first thing I saw of theirs was this video…

Zombex

Record: Songs From Zombex (OST).
Year: 2014.
Artist: Various.

“Zombex” is a zombie film by Jesse Dayton who is the main man behind one of my favourite horror bands, Captain Clegg And The Night Creatures. The film is not for me. It’s cheap and the acting is terrible and not in the good way. However, the soundtrack is right up my street and Captain Clegg And The Night Creatures even feature on it! You can only download this album right now but you can listen to a sample HERE.

Yells

Record: Yells From The Crypt.
Year: 2005.
Artist: Various.

Listen To This…

Gogol

Record: Pura Vida Conspiracy.
Year: 2013.
Artist: Gogol Bordello.

I like Gogol Bordello but this record is too tame for me. Nothing stood out. I’ve come to expect shit like THIS from them…

TY

Record: Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.
Year: 2014.
Artist: Thom Yorke.

I wasn’t into Thom’s first solo record, ‘The Eraser’, but I fucking LOVE this new one! It was released via BitTorrent and at just over £3.00, you can’t argue with that…

Clangers_ Original Television Music

Record: Clangers. Original Music from The TV Series And More…
Year: 2001.
Artist: Vernon Elliot.

Basement Tapes

Record: The Bootleg Series Vol.11: The Complete Basement Tapes. (6 Disc Version).
Year: 1967/2014.
Artist: Bob Dylan & The Band.

I’ve been waiting for YEARS to hear these tapes like this. 6 Discs is probably gonna be a bit much unless you’re a Dylan nut like I am but there’s a lot of treasure here. So dig it up!

This is one of my very favourite songs…it’s not lost on me that I say that about hundreds of songs but this really is one of my very favourites…

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The Soundtrack To My Life. 09/04/2014.

WOW

Record: “Werewolves On Wheels” (OST).
Year: 1971.
Artist: Don Gere.

I discovered this music and then later, the film, through Rob Zombie. I think ol’ Rob gets a lot of inspiration from “Werewolves On Wheels”. As a film, it didn’t really do a lot for me because I was expecting lots of Werewolves. On wheels! And well, there’s not a lot of that but the soundtrack is great!

Listen To This…

BO

Record: “Blatantly Offenzive”.
Year: 1978.
Artist: Wayne County & The Electric Chairs.

I have no idea how I found out about this band.

Listen To This…

At Home

Record: “At Home”.
Year: 1969.
Artist: Shocking Blue.

Shocking Blue. I definitely discovered these folk through Nirvana’s cover of ‘Love Buzz’ on their album, ‘Bleach’. Apparently, Shocking Blue didn’t care much for that cover version.

Listen To This…

IH

Record: “In Heaven”.
Year: 1981.
Artist: The Meteors.
Listen To This…

BTS

Record: ‘Perfect From Now On’.
Year: 1997.
Artist: Built To Spill.

A pal of mine recommended Built To Spill for me when i mentioned that I was on the lookout for bands that sounded like Grandaddy.

Listen To This…

TSC

Record: ‘The Stray Cats’.
Year: 1981.
Artist: The Stray Cats.
Listen To This…

MR

Record: ‘Mozart’s Requiem, K626’.
Year: 1992?
Artist: Sir George Solti & The Wiener Philharoniker Orchestra.
Listen To This…

Back In The Game

Record: “Back In the Game”.
Year: 2011.
Artist: Satan & Adam.

Satan & Adam. I fucking love these guys! I only got into them last year or so. I’d never heard of them before! Except, I actually had! I just didn’t know it. You know that clip in U2’s movie, “Rattle & Hum”, of the two guys jamming out on the street as U2 walk past? Yep. That’s Satan & Adam!

And Here It Is…

bIG rIVER

Record: ‘Big River’ (7″ Vinyl Single).
Year: 2010.
Artist: Secret Sisters (Featuring Jack White)

On my continuing and endless search for new music, I found myself delving into the signed artists on Jack White’s Third Man Records label. I love Pokey LaFarge, The Black Belles and Beck etc… so that seemed like a good way to find new music. That’s how I found the Secret Sisters. They sound a bit like The Chordettes to me.

Listen To This… Soundcloud Link HERE.

HB

Record: ‘Ocean Floor’ (7″ Vinyl Single).
Year: 2010.
Artist: Hell Beach.
Listen To This…

SBS

Record: “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”.
Year: 1973.
Artist: Black Sabbath.
Listen To This…

Unknown

Record: ‘The Bootleg Series Vol. 10. Another Self Portrait (1969-1971). (Deluxe Edition).
Year: 2013.
Artist: Bob Dylan.

A lotta of Dylan fans don’t like his ‘Self Portrait’ album very much. As a matter of fact, a lot that I’ve spoken to don’t like his ‘Nashville Skyline’ album much either. I think those folk are nuts. I’ve ALWAYS loved that period!
‘I Threw It All Away’? Loved it. ‘Country Pie’? Loved it. ‘All The Tired Horses’? Love it. ‘Alberta’? Love it. ‘Days Of ’49’? I fucking love it. I fucking love it all, understand?

This latest Bootleg Series album is a MUST as far as I’m concerned and if you go for the ‘Deluxe’ version, you’ll get the previously hard to find 1969 Isle Of Wight Concert Bob did with The Band.

A Preview…

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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…

cage-the-elephant-4e600a5355c8a

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

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The Soundtrack To My Life. 09/01/2014.

Hi folks, I’ve been record shopping again!
Here’s what I’ve been listening to of late…

RA

Record: “Re-Animator” (OST). (Vinyl Re-Release. 2013).
Artist: Richard Band.
Standout Track…

CTH

Record: “Chimpin The Blues” With Jerry Zolten & R. Crumb.
Artist: Various.
Standout Track…

Being Flynn

Record: “Being Flynn” (OST). (2012).
Artist: Badly Drawn Boy.
Standout Track…

PLF

Record: “Pokey LaFarge” (2013).
Artist: Pokey LaFarge.
Standout Track…

Record: “Peace Sword”. (EP). (2013).
Artist: The Flaming Lips.

03

Record: “03”. (2008).
Artist: Son Of Dave.
Standout Track…

AM

Record: “AM”. (2013).
Artist: Arctic Monkeys.
Standout Track…

DML

Record: “Dear Miss Lonely Hearts”. (2013).
Artist: Cold War Kids.

NEW

Record: “NEW”. (2013).
Artist: Paul McCartney.
Standout Track…

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The Soundtrack To My Life. 08/05/2013.

Are you sick of your record collection? Are you looking for new and exciting sounds?
I am. All the time! Recommend some things to me whydon’tcha!
Here’s what I’ve been listening to of late…

Cover

Record: Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.
Artist: Rob Zombie.
Year: 2013.
Standout Track…

Basic RGB

Record: The Terror.
Artist: The Flaming Lips.
Year: 2013.
Standout Track…

People, Hell and Angels

Record: People, Hell And Angels.
Artist: Jimi Hendrix.
Year: 2013.
Standout Track…

LT

Record: La Traviata.
Artist: Verdi. (The Rome Opera House Orchestra And Chorus conducted by Tullio Serafin).
Year: 1956.
Standout Track… All of it. It’s an opera, but here’s a little taster…

Next...

Record: Next…
Artist: The Sensational Alex Harvey Band.
Year: 1973.
Standout Track…

IICORMN

Record: If I Could Only Remember My Name…
Artist: David Crosby.
Year: 1971.
Standout Track…

Kickin' It

Record: Kickin’ It!
Artist: Peg Leg Sam.
Year: Recorded in 1970 & 1972, Released 2000.
Standout Track…

Hot

Record: Hot.
Artist: Squirrel Nut Zippers.
Year: 1996.
Standout Track…

Pussy Cats

Record: Pussy Cats.
Artist: Harry Nilsson & John Lennon.
Year: 1974.
Standout Track…

WAB

Record: Walls And Bridges.
Artist: John Lennon.
Year: 1974.
Standout Track…

RS

Record: Raising Sand.
Artist: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss.
Year: 2007.
Standout Track…

Frank's Wild Years

Record: Franks Wild Years.
Artist: Tom Waits.
Year: 1987.
Standout Track…

COUTC

Record: Carry On Up The Charts. The Best Of The Beautiful South.
Artist: The Beautiful South.
Year: 1994.
Standout Track…

Computer World

Record: Computer World.
Artist: Kraftwerk.
Year: 1981.
Standout Track…

EnjoY In Music!

Record: Ready To Die.
Artist: Iggy And The Stooges.
Year: 2013.
Standout Track…



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