Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My Life According To Spotify This Week.....

Mike Watt – Burnin' For You
Mike Watt – Drove Up From Pedro
Mike Watt – IX

Electric Sandwich – China
Santogold – L.E.S. Artistes

Soft Machine – When I Don't Want You -
Soft Machine – Nettle Bed
Chromeo – Fancy Footwork

Chromeo – Bonafied Lovin' (Tough Guys)
Josh wink-higher state of cons – 01 josh wink-higher state of c
Smog – I Was a Stranger

Smog – To Be of Use

Smog – It's Rough

Smog – All Your Women Things

The Mamas & The Papas – I Can't Wait
Mr. Fingers – Can You Feel It
Sampson Moore – House Beat Box
Kraftwerk – Pocket Calculator
Kraftwerk – Die Roboter
Kraftwerk – The Telephone Call

Gary Numan – Are Friends Electric
Gary Numan – Are 'Friends' Electric (Live)

The Mamas & The Papas – California Dreamin'
The Mamas & The Papas – Monday, Monday

The Mamas & The Papas – Dancing in the Street

The Mamas & The Papas – Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Gold Lion (Diplo remix)
Marlena Shaw – California Soul (Diplo/Mad DeCent remix)

David Bowie – Heroes (Single Version)
David Bowie – Let's Dance (Single Version)

David Bowie – Young American

David Bowie – The Jean Genie

David Bowie – China Girl

David Bowie – Ashes To Ashes (Single Version)

David Bowie – Fame

David Bowie – Fashion (Single Version)
David Bowie – Golden Years (Single Version)

David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes
David Bowie – Beauty And The Beast

David Bowie – Heroes

David Bowie – Let's Dance

David Bowie – TVC15
The Stooges – 1969

Iggy Pop – 1969 (Live)

The Stooges – 1970

The Stooges – Down On The Street
The Stooges – Gimme Danger
Iggy Pop – I Got a Right!

The Stooges – I Need Somebody

Iggy Pop – I Wanna Be Your Dog
Iggy Pop – I Wanna Be Your Dog (Live)
The Stooges – Little Doll
Iggy Pop – Little Electric Chair
MC5 – Looking At You
The Stooges – Loose

The Stooges – My Idea of Fun

Iggy Pop – My Idea Of Fun (Live)

The Stooges – No Fun

The Stooges – Search and Destroy

The Stooges – Studio Dialogue

The Stooges – Trollin'

Money Mark – Push the Button

Money Mark – Too Like You

Money Mark – Monkey Dot

Money Mark – Tomorrow Will Be Like Today

Money Mark – Poor Shakes
Money Mark – Bossa Nova 101

Money Mark – Rock in the Rain

Money Mark – Crowns

Money Mark – All the People

Money Mark – Underneath It All

Money Mark – I Don't Play Piano
Money Mark – Destroyer
Money Mark – Hand in Your Head
Money Mark – Trust Money
Mark – Maybe I'm Dead

Money Mark – Dha Teen Ta
Money Mark – Powerhouse
Money Mark – Harmonics of Life
Money Mark – Stuck At The Airport
Money Mark – Color Of Your Blues

Money Mark – Pick Up The Pieces

Money Mark – Summer Blue
Money Mark – Pretend To Sleep
Money Mark – My Loss, Your Gain

Money Mark – Everyday I Die A Little
Money Mark – Radiate Nothing
Money Mark – Black Butterfly

Money Mark – Nice To Me

Money Mark – Eyes That Ring
Money Mark – Brand New By Tomorrow
Money Mark – Take Me Where The Flowers Grow

Money Mark – Love's Theme

Mike Watt – Sexual Military Dynamics

Mike Watt – E-Ticket Ride
Mike Watt – Big Train

Mike Watt – Against the '70s
Mike Watt – Piss-Bottle Man
Mike Watt – Chinese Firedrill

Mike Watt – Intense Song for Madonna to Sing

Mike Watt – Tuff Gnarl
Mike Watt – Max and Wells

Mike Watt – Forever - One Reporter's Opinion
Mike Watt – Song for Igor
Mike Watt – Tell 'Em, Boy!

Mike Watt – Sidemouse Advice

Mike Watt – Heartbeat
Mike Watt – Maggot Brain

Mike Watt – Coincidence Is Either Hit or Miss

Brian Auger – In And Out

KC and The Sunshine Band – Give It Up

KC and The Sunshine Band – Please Don't Go
KC and The Sunshine Band – (Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty

KC and The Sunshine Band – I Get Lifted
KC and The Sunshine Band – Space Cadet

KC and The Sunshine Band – Black Water Gold
KC and The Sunshine Band – Fire In Your Eyes

KC and The Sunshine Band – Funky '75
The S.O.S. Band – Just Be Good to Me (album version)

Eagles Of Death Metal – I Want You So Hard (Boy's Bad News)

Eagles Of Death Metal – Wannabe In L.A

White Denim – Let's Talk About It
White Denim – Shake Shake Shake
White Denim – Sitting

White Denim – I Can Tell

White Denim – Heart From Us All
White Denim – Mess Your Hair Up
White Denim – All You Really Have To Do

White Denim – Don't Look That Way At It
White Denim – Darksided Computer Mouth
White Denim – IEIEI

White Denim – WDA

White Denim – Transparency

White Denim – You Can't Say

White Denim – Migration Wind

White Denim – All Truckers Roll

The Specials – A Message to You Rudy
The Specials – Concrete Jungle

The Specials – Do the Dog
The Specials – The Skinhead Symphony (Medley) (Live At The BBC)

The Specials – Blank Expression
The Specials – Pressure Drop

The Specials – Monkey Man

The Specials – Gangsters (Live At The BBC)

The Specials – Friday Night, Saturday Morning

The Specials – Too Much Too Young (Live At The BBC)
The Specials – Too Much Too Young
The Specials – Rat Race
The Specials – Rat Race (Live At The BBC)
The Specials – Monkey Man (Live At The BBC)

The Specials – Concrete Jungle (Live At The BBC)
The Specials – Ghost Town The Specials – Little Bitch
The Specials – Man at C & A

Rico – Nite Klub
The Specials – Stupid Marriage

The Specials – Ghost Town (Extended Version)

En Vogue – Hold On

Mantronix – Got To Have Your Love (Radio Edit)

Mantronix – Who Is It? [Club Mix]

Mantronix – I Get Lifted

Mantronix – Hardcore Hip Hop

Slick Rick – The Show Live (feat. Doug E. Fresh)

Shanice – I Love Your Smile

N.E.R.D. – Everyone Nose (All the Girls Standing in the Line for the Bathroom)
N.E.R.D. – Spaz
N.E.R.D. – Yeah You

N.E.R.D. – You Know What

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheel Of Steel

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – White Lines
Grandmaster Flash – Step Off Megamix

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five feat. Melle Mel & Duke Bootee – The Message

The Sugarhill Gang – 8th Wonder

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – She's Fresh

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – It's a Shame

Grandmaster & Melle Mel & The Furious Five – Pump Me Up
The Sugarhill Gang – Livin' In The Fast Lane

Coldcut – Last Night A Cliché Saved My Life

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)

Cipher Complete – Bring Hip Hop Back
LL Cool J – My Rhyme Ain't Done
Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee – Dollar Bill

Pop Levi – Dollar Bill Rock

Public Enemy – Public Enemy No. 1

Public Enemy – Bring the Noise

Public Enemy – Don't Believe the Hype

Anthrax – Bring the Noise (feat. Public Enemy)

Public Enemy – Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos

Public Enemy – Rebel Without a Pause

Public Enemy – Fight the Power

Public Enemy – Shut 'em Down
Ice Cube – $100 Dollar Bill Ya'll
Public Enemy – Caught, Can We Get a Witness?

Stereo MC's – On 33

Stereo MC's – Use It

Stereo MC's – Gee Street

Stereo MC's – Neighbourhood

Stereo MC's – Part 2

Stereo MC's – Bring It On

Stereo MC's – Outta Touch

Stereo MC's – Back to the Future

Stereo MC's – Ground Level

Stereo MC's – Everything

Stereo MC's – Sketch

Stereo MC's – Fade Away

Stereo MC's – All Night Long

Stereo MC's – Playing With Fire

Stereo MC's – Pressure

Stereo MC's – Chicken Shake

Stereo MC's – Creation

Stereo MC's – The End
Stereo MC's – I'm a Believer

Stereo MC's – Scene of the Crime

Stereo MC's – Declaration
Stereo MC's – Watcha Gonna Do?
Stereo MC's – Two Horse Town

Stereo MC's – Ain't Got Nobody

Stereo MC's – Goin' Back to the Wild

The Damned – Smash It Up (Live)
The Damned – Love Song (Demo)
The Damned – I Just Can’t Be Happy Today (Demo)

The Damned – Nasty

The Damned – Do The Blitz

The Damned – Stab Your Back (Live ‘77)
The Damned – You Know (Live ‘77)
The Damned – Idiot Box (Live ‘77)

The Damned – Stranger On The Town (Live ‘82)

The Damned – Smash It Up (Bonus Track)

Visage – Fade to Grey

The Associates – Party Fears Two

The Associates – Boys Keep Swinging

Visage – Damned Don't Cry
Junior Senior – Move Your Feet (Kurtis Mantronik club mix)

Free your mind. Spotify yourself.


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Severe Bloggers Health Warning!

Yes - it's that time of year again when I get all grumpy and have to transpose the numbers so people still think I am in my 30's instead of my early 40's! Getting old unglamourously and with great rudeness all round. No cake this year - just a roast and prosecco and lots of it! Perhaps I might one day end up looking like this which will be penance for being so badly behaved in earlier life!

I don't think so!

Anyway, on a far more serious note: beware of blogging from bed (which I do quite a lot) as you may end up looking like this!

Stop it! Stop snacking on blogs! Get out of bed and stop it! No you can't have any won ton soup!

Yes. I am DEFINATELY going to hell!


Friday, January 23, 2009

Barometer a la Pete Tong

(Out of respect I felt I had to leave Ron up for a decent amount of time - at least until the funeral had passed - which it now has). And so....

Each quarter I receive an e mail from a property auctioneer. I must have subscribed ages ago in a fit of pre-bust property nosiness. Anyway - this latest list I thought was a rather interesting and sombre barometric reminder of what is going on out there.

Our February sale once again contains a range of commercial investment properties located throughout the UK, including :-
An unbroken modern City centre parade in Bradford part let to the local authority, Starbucks & J D Wetherspoon
8 Bank investments let to either HSBC Bank Plc, Nationwide, Barclays or Nationwide.
5 well let supermarket investments trading as Iceland

10 public house investments with surety from Punch Taverns
A well located Department Store Investment let to Debenhams in Kings Lynn
A restaurant investment let to Café Rouge in Ruislip
Other investments let to Superdrug, Co-op, Clinton Cards, William Hill and BSM

Evidently it's all going a bit 'Pete Tong'....

Personally I would rather buy the Withnail cottage (if I had any spare cash - which I don't!):

A snip apparently at £145,000 GBP. More details here.

Still depressed? Listen to my podcasts - bound to cheer you up (no I haven't done a new one yet but am working on it!)

Ta ta. xx


Friday, January 09, 2009

Ron Asheton - A Humble Tribute

Ron Asheton has died. He was founder member and guitarist of The Stooges. The news of his death has been a great shock to many people - not just because he was such a great musician and a legend in his own right but also because he was a unique and most gentle individual. I count myself blessed to have met and chatted with him briefly late last summer. I'm not normally shy about meeting well known people I have such creative respect for but when you have taken so long to secure your most favourite band ever for your baby anti-format music show you can suddenly get a little hesitant. The momentous Iggy and the Stooges performed a set with a grindy groove worthy of an express train running over your head for forty minutes flat. It was hard not to leap up and whirl around or even want to rip your clothes off and flail about on the floor like a mad thing which for some reason listening to The Stooges always makes me kind of want to do. After the set I took a deep breath and went into the dressing room to say thank you. I was anxious to see that they had enjoyed it as the start was a little haphazard on our tv-land side. We hadn't finished lighting and in true Stooges style we all scrambled to attention at Ron's first and ever so punctual chord - crrrwaaaaahhhhh - wake up everybody! I also had trouble with a set that was meant to be closed - friends of the previous bands roadies and their mates/mother/assorted pets suddenly turned up lining at least one wall all gawping - some even filming - such disrespect. I wasn't going to be the one to ask The Stooges if they would mind stopping and start again in five minutes time once I had cleared the set of rabble. Not quite the done thing really. Anyway, afterwards I swallowed that breath and walked into the dressing room. I introduced myself and I have to say I have never met such a truly polite and grateful group of men. Ron went out of his way to introduce himself, find out more about the show and thank me. He was so kind and enthusiastic about what we were doing. So Ron I now thank you again for being the very heartbeat and backbone of something so special over the years with your Asheton sound. Prior to that day I have been lucky to see Iggy and The Stooges perform live twice in the last two years - once at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Meltdown Festival where the venue was so small and the gig was so rocking I swear I have not been the same since and lastly at Clapham in 2008. I have always been struck with Ron's oddly graceful and static stance when performing - his delicate wrists and hands whirring so precisely over the frets of his guitar, one foot always forward of the other, his camo jacket and soft baby skin. It was a humbling and most gracious pleasure to meet you Ron. A unique and kind man of such undeniable talent and character. You have gone too soon. Big hugs for the journey and all the people you have left behind. My thoughts are with all of you - especially the band and tech crew who have lost a best friend and a true brother. Ron's light shines bright and very very loud. A happy jewel of a man from Ann Arbor, Michigan who finally got to enjoy the success he so most definately deserved.


Monday, January 05, 2009

The Lady Doth Protest

Contrary to the police and media reports - there was no flag burning or bad behaviour - just thousands of people that want the same thing - peace and an end to the inhumane and illegal atrocities that are happening right now in Gaza. It was an amazing sight to see an endless river of people of all ages and colours filling up Whitehall and Trafalgar Square. Everyone was peaceful and united with one aim in mind. Do what you can - no matter how small. We might be in a recession in UK but goodness - we don't know how lucky we are.