Ewan Pearson + Optimo + The Subs

Ewan Pearson, Fabric 35 (Fabric 2007)
Pearson's Sci.Fi.Hi.Fi._01 for Soma was a big hit with me in '06. His new one for Fabric is a little darker, less shiny sparkly, slightly less vocal driven (although I could use more of the Prince / house vocals of Snax and less of Jahcoozi's "Ali McBills," which starts the mix). I still don't know how he got Liquid Liquid's "Bellhead" to fit in with all this brand newish stuff but it works great. After some warehouse type chaos from Samuel L. Sessions' "Can You Relate" the mix gears down with Kaos' Panopeeps" and into the Carl Craig remix of Beanfield.

Snax - "Honeymoon's Over (Konrad Black Mix)"

Kaos - "Panopeeps"

Optimo, Walkabout (Mule 2006)
I let my expectations get the better of me on this one -- no it's not Kill the DJ or Psyche Out but this Japan-only mix by Optimo's JG Wilkes is deeeep, dudes. On first listen it almost sounded monochromatic ... but as the songs wormed their way in my head I started to appreciate the way it bends source material as disparate as TG, Boris, Suicide, Pan Sonic and Marc Houle into a singular mind trip.

Like a Tim - "Aibe Stracie"

Suicide - "Radiation"

Bonus beat: Nasty, nasty electro single from Belgium's The Subs. Can't decide which is dirtier - the hook or the head-twisting analog fx. Get the fuck up and dance.

The Subs - "Fuck That Shit"


Reggae heat

I'm a human puddle right now. 90+ and humid. And a glutton for punishment, I'm heading for Shea Stadium tonight to possibly get rained on. Nothing to do but wallow in it, sit back and let the heat-hazy minutes creep by.

White Mice - "Youths of Today Version"

I Wayne - "Living in Love"

Dawn Penn - "You Don't Love Me (No No No)"

Big Youth - "Foreman Vs. Frazier"


Roky Erickson + Quicksilver Messenger Service

You're Gonna Miss Me:
A Film About Roky Erickson

Those of you (like me) in the NYC area who missed your chance to see Roky Erickson at a couple of recent shows can still check out this documentary dvd from Palm Pictures. While the film is mainly concerned with Roky's present-day struggles, it includes plenty of great live performance footage in its extra features -- none of them wilder than this "American Bandstand" appearance by the Elevators, playing "You're Gonna Miss Me." (Unfortunately this youtube clip cuts off before Dick Clark comes out to shake the band members' hands, as seen in the movie.)

13th Floor Elevators - "Fire Engine"

Roky Erickson & the Aliens - "Two Headed Dog (Red Temple Prayer)"

Quicksilver Messenger Service - "Too Far"

Quicksilver Messenger Service - "Shady Grove"


Aleem + New Order

Aleem with Leroy Burgess, Confusion (Nia 1985)
Great soulful electro from these identical twins from N.Y.

Aleem with Leroy Burgess - "Confusion"

New Order, Acid House Mixes by 808 State (Rephlex 2004)
Created in '88, resurrected by Rephlex. Arthur Baker produced the original.

New Order - "Confusion (Acid House Mix by 808 State)"

p.s. I reloaded the Disco Mix because someone requested it. Also the Rocks mix cause it sounds like hot summer. Working on something new but it's not going as fast as I'd hoped ... stay tuned.


Art Blakey + Cannonball Adderley

Art Blakey Percussion Ensemble, Drum Suite (Columbia 1956)
It was impossible to pick just one, every track is great in its own way -- although gun to my head I might take "Oscalypso." Sabu and Candido both play on this thing. It smokes.

Art Blakey Percussion Ensemble - "The Sacrifice"

Art Blakey Percussion Ensemble - "Cubano Chant"

Art Blakey Percussion Ensemble - "Oscalypso"

Cannonball Adderley, Soul Zodiac (Capitol 1972)
Narrated by Rick Holmes. Sometimes referred to as intelligent freaks ... do strange things, strange ways ...

Cannonball Adderley - "Aquarius"


No Age + Lync + Smog

No Age, Weirdo Rippers (Fat Cat 2007)
I think this record is already out in England but not till August over here. No Age is two ex-Wives (the band) making fuzzed-out melodic punk jams ... see also "Neck Escaper" off a previous 12".

No Age - "My Life's Alright Without You"

Lync, These Are Not Fall Colors (K Records 1994)
No Age got me in a '90s kinda mood.

Lync - "Perfect Shot"

Lync - "Pennies to Save"

Smog, Julius Caesar (Drag City 1993)
Perfect for a dreary Sunday.

Smog - "37 Push-Ups"

Smog - "When You Walk"


Bo Hansson + Camarata

Bo Hansson, Attic Thoughts (Sire 1976)
For those who liked Lord of the Rings here's another dose of Bo. "Time for Great Achievements" has a nice David Axelrod feel to it.

Bo Hansson - "Time for Great Achievements"

Bo Hansson - "Waltz for Interbeings"

Bo Hansson - "Rabbit Music: (a) General Woundwort"

Camarata Contemporary Chamber Group, The Velvet Gentleman Music of Eric Satie (London 1983)
This post over at FMU got me to pull out a Camarata LP I hadn't listened to in ages. Velvet Gentleman, originally released in 1970, is nowhere near as bonkers as the album they posted, but it has a few nice Moog pieces. The middle section of "Avant-Dernieres Pensees" sounds like Black Moth Super Rainbow (I'm only partly kidding). Sorry about all the surface noise, a lot of crackles came through on this one.

Camarata Contemporary Chamber Group - "Avant-Dernieres Pensees - 1915 (I. Idylle II. Aubade III. Meditation)"

Camarata Contemporary Chamber Group - "Enfantillages Pittoresques - I. Petit Prelude a la Journee"

Camarata Contemporary Chamber Group - "Pecadilles Importunes - 1913 - I. Etre jaloux de son camarde qui a une grosse tete"