7-inch Series, part 717 – Allah-Las

Allah-Las – Catamaran
label: Pres
year: 2011
side a: Catamaran
side b: Long Journey

Allah-Las – Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind)
label: Innovative Leisure
year: 2012
side a: Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind)
side b: Sacred Sands

7" Series 717: Allah-Las - Catamaran  7" Series 717: Allah-Las - Tell Me (What's On Your Mind)

I discovered Allah-Las when digging for info on Hanni El-Khatib (more on him in part 748 or 749). I went onto the Innovative Leisure site, where they were mentioned, and the next thing I know I got the uncontrollable urge to get me one of those “Catamaran” singles. It was already sold out on the Pres website, but I found it on Discogs (at a much lower price than what they’re going for these days). Yay.

I love this sound, and I love that there are loads of new bands making it. It sounds like long, hot summers, and I love long, hot summers. I love a lot of things, see. “Catamaran” was produced by another vintage sounding man, Nick Waterhouse, who I also discovered, of course, on that same trip. More on him in part, oh, I don’t know, 800+ I guess. Allah-Las recently did a split 8″ with him on Innovative Leisure, and their first full-length is expected for this fall. I can’t wait. Now if they would only come to Madrid so I can kiss their feet.

Check out the rather ace mixtape Allah-Las’ Spencer D uploaded yesterday, and while you’re at it, drop by at Daytrotter for their session past May.


Some albums are better than others 2012 #1

It’s May and I’m feeling rebellious. I’ve decided to break the rules and keep a list of favourite albums this year. I should do it on a regular basis, here’s hoping I’ll be able to keep it up for the rest of the year.

These are the 2012 albums I like better than others so far, in alphabetical order.

Christian Bland & The Revelators – Pig Boat Blues (Reverberation Appreciation Society)
Christian Bland & The Revelators - Pig Boat Blues
Second solo album by Christian Bland from the fabulous Black Angels.
It’s got good songs.
It sounds lo-fi, retro and psychedelic.
He’s in The Black Angels.
What more could a man want?

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The Chap – We Are Nobody (Lo)
The Chap - We Are Nobody
The Chap can do no wrong in my world. This might not be their best album, in my humble opinion, but it’s still better than most of the other stuff coming out these days. Sarcasm + rock = good.

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Field Music – Plumb (Memphis Industries)
Field Music - Plumb
I was translating a review of this album and the reviewer was going on about maths and patterns and stuff. I was wondering what that sounded like, even though maths and me is a definite no-no. When I listen to this, I don’t hear maths and patterns, I hear brilliant pop in the vein of Sgt. Pepper and Motorpsycho a few years ago.

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Los Fulanos – Si Esto Se Acaba Que Siga El Boogaloo (Lovemonk)
Los Fulanos - Si Esto Se Acaba Que Siga El Boogaloo
This Barcelona band was Joe Bataan’s backing band on his Afro-Filipino tour, which about spells it out, right? Boogaloo, salsa, funk, funk, jazz, sugar and spice and everything nice.

Kindness – World, You Need A Change Of Mind (Female Energy)
Kindness - World, You Need A Change Of Mind
I must admit I was sceptic at first, because of the photos and the stuff I read about the boy. But after a couple of listens I budged. How could I not love tunes like “Gee Up”, “That’s Alright” or “Doigsong”? Still, not sure if it’ll make it to the end of the year, but for now, he stays.
Ah, if you get the CD at Rough Trade you get a bonus disc with a radio show/mixtape by the man himself, which is quite funny/good.

Linda Mirada – Con Mi Tiempo Y El Progreso (Discoteca Oceano/Lovemonk)
Linda Mirada - Con Mi Tiempo Y El Progreso
Spanish eighties-tinged pop of the kind I’m not usually into, but I like it. A lot. Not because it’s on Lovemonk, although it may have something to do with it, as I was putting together the press release and I listened to it a lot, so it grew on me. We’ve played a couple of her tracks on Soleado so you should know her by now.

Prinzhorn Dance School – Clay Class (DFA)
Prinzhorn Dance School - Clay Class
Finally, a new album by one of my favourite duos. The sound is mostly as Spartan as on their first, but it’s a little bit more melodic, and the overall mood is slightly more melancholic. Can’t wait to see them play again (June in Madrid w00t!)

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Quantic & Alice Russell With The Combo Bárbaro – Look Around The Corner (Tru Thoughts)
Quantic & Alice Russell With The Combo Bárbaro - Look Around The Corner
Fabulous new album, good to see Ms. Russell working with the man from Cali/Brighton again. Soul, funk, nuff Latin sounds and some fine strings by Mike Simmons on there, the Combo Bárbaro is in top shape.

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The Sufis – The Sufis (The Sufis)
The Sufis
Another band sporting that loverly psychedelic retro stuff. The Sufis from Nashville placed their entire album on their Soundcloud page and said they were looking for a label. Well, they found two. Burger Records is releasing it on tape in June, and Ample Play will do the vinyl.

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THEESatisfaction – awE naturalE (Sub Pop)
THEEsatisfaction - awE naturalE
Saw these two ladies play live a couple of weeks ago and it was pretty awEsomE, like the album, on Sub Pop, no less. New daisy age music?

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7-inch series, part 711 – The Ethiopians

The Ethiopians – Train To Skaville
label: JJ Records
year: 1967/2010
side a: Train To Skaville
side b: Version

The Ethiopians - Train To Skaville 7"

Now this is what I call a DLHWI record! And it’s a good, hard enough sounding reissue, too. Produced by the legendary Duke Reid, “Train To Skaville” is an absolute classic by the group formed by Leonard Dillon (aka mento artist Jack Sparrow), Stephen Taylor and Aston Morris, although the latter had already left the group when they recorded the track. Albert Griffiths (who would go on to form The Gladiators) was a member briefly and he’s singing on “Train To Skaville”.

Here’s a video Twisted Wheel made for “Train To Skaville”:


7-inch series, part 700 – Johnny Clarke

700! That’s a party, right? Right?
Oh, okay.

Johnny Clarke – Legalise It
label: Archive
year: 1976/2009
side a: Legalise It
side b: Legal Dub (by King Tubby)

Johnny Clarke - Legalise It

Great rendition of Peter Tosh’ classic anthem and a typical DLHWI record. And what about that wonderful dub version? Stunning, my friend.

Here’s a video of “Johnny Clarke live in the studio:

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7-inch series, part 597

Jonathan Richman And The Egyptian Lovers/Modern Egyptian Dance Band – Egyptian Reggae/Our Wedding Night
label: Jazzman
year: 2006
side a: Jonathan Richman And The Egyptian Lovers – Egyptian Reggae
side b:
Modern Egyptian Dance Band – Our Wedding Night
This is one of those typical DLHWI 45s – a surefire floorfiller always and everywhere. Well, except for that party I played at last week with brother Nava where nobody danced because they were too busy talking about themselves. A word of advice: don’t get yourself hired as a DJ at publicity agency’s parties.
Aaaaaaanyways. I had a friend in Amsterdam who was a huge fan of Jonathan Richman, so much so that it kind of prevented me from investigating and listening to his music. Every time he would play me one of his records I couldn’t properly hear the music because the guy was always shouting on top of it about how good Jonathan Richman was and how Jonathan Richman is a genius and how he ran into Jonathan Richman a couple of times because Jonathan Richman was living in Amsterdam apparently and Jonathan Richman was such a good guy and Jonathan Richman! Jonathan Richman! Jonathan Richman!
Only recently I re-discovered the man’s music but there’s still a lot of work to be done and records to be bought, because I dig it and I still don’t know half of it. This here 7″ is a reissue of the song originally released in 1977. It’s a version of rootsman Earl Zero‘s “None Shall Escape the Judgement” and it was probably Richman’s biggest hit in Europe.
The B-side is a curious little ditty. No idea where that comes from, maybe it really is Egyptian wedding music.
Video of “Egyptian Reggae” played live. Check out that cowbell!

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7-inch series, part 540

Nostalgia 77 Sessions Featuring Keith & Julie Tippett – Film Blues
label: Tru Thoughts
year: 2008
side a: Film Blues
side b:
Rainclouds | |


Ben Lamdin hooked up with Keith and Julie Tippett for a fine jazz album, simply titled Nostalgia 77 Sessions Featuring Keith & Julie Tippett, which was released last February, and this 45 has two track off it on it. The album is ace, you should get it. Keith Tippett is one of the giants of jazz, and Julie Tippett used to be Julie Driscoll – love that voice. “Indian Ropeman”, a track by Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger & The Trinity is probably one of the records I have played out most – one of those “don’t leave home without it” records.

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7-inch serie, deel 114

Dave and Ansil Collins – Double Barrel
label: Big Tree
jaar: 1971
kant a: Double Barrel
kant b: Monkey Spanner

Dave and Ansil Collins

DLHWI-plaat! Ik weet niet meer wanneer ik deze single voor het eerst hoorde, maar ik was een kleine kabouter. Altijd bij me gebleven, en toen ik het singeltje jaren geleden aantrof in een tweedehandswinkeltje was ik blij als een kind. Mijn favoriete feestjes zijn als “Double Barrel” (sic) klinkt – een funky, rauw, broeierig en een beetje overstuurd.

De single is door verschillende labels uitgebracht, sommige met “Double Barrel Version 2” op de b-kant, andere, zoals deze, met “Monkey Spanner”, dat ook een eigen leven kent als a-kant. Beide nummers staan op het album Double Barrel. “Double Barrel” is overigens een van de allereerste platen waarop de grote Sly Dunbar meespeelt. Ansil Collins heet eigenlijk Ansell Collins, afhankelijk van de release wordt de nam als “Ansil”, “Ansell” of Ancil gespeld.


7-inch serie, deel 90 – The Clash

The Clash – Rock the Casbah
label: CBS
jaar: 1982
kant a: Rock the Casbah
kant b: Long Time Jerk

The Clash

Klassiek! Don’t leave home without it! Net als “Radio Clash” en “The Magnificent Seven” een plaatje dat het altijd goed doet op feesten en partijen. Twee zaken lagen ten grondslag aan dit nummer: ten eerste, de vraag van een platenmaatschappijmannetje dat een van de nummers op de demo van het album Combat Rock wel heel erg lang vond, of het niet wat korter kon. “Does everything have to be as long as this raga?”, vroeg hij, vandaar het “The King told the boogie-men ‘you have to let that raga drop'” in de opening. Een raga is een stijl uit de Indiase muziek die gebruikt wordt om een bepaalde sfeer op te roepen met lang uitgesponnen, bijna hypnotiserende melodieën. Ten tweede, het verbieden van rockmuziek in Iran door Ayatollah Khomeini.

Grappig niet grappig: het nummer was een hit onder de GI’s in de eerste Golfoorlog, en belandde aldus op nummer 20 van de top50 van “Conservative Rock Songs”, om vervolgens als “ongepast” bestempeld te worden na de aanslagen van 11 september 2001.

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7-inch serie, deel 59

Tom Browne – Funkin’ for Jamaica (N.Y.)
label: Arista
jaar: 1980
kant a: Funkin’ for Jamaica (N.Y.)
kant b:
Her Silent Smile

Een don’t leave home without it-plaatje. Ik denk vaak “die kan ik niet meer meenemen, zo doodgedraaid is ie”, maar dan zet ik hem op en dan is het toch weer heel goed. Klassieker.

De b-kant is dan weer helemaal niks. Zijige meuk die je op van die knuffelverzamelaars aantreft, en dat komt door Browne’s trompetlijn, want de rest van de muziek is best te pruimen.

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7-inch serie, deel 36

Spragga Benz, Lady Saw, Pitbull & Lil’ Jon / Ini Kamoze & Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley – Freaky Toma / World a Jamrock
label: Punchline
jaar: 2004
kant a: Spragga Benz, Lady Saw, Pitbull & Lil’ Jon – Freaky Toma
kant b:
Ini Kamoze & Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley – World a Jamrock

Het was me vooral om de b-kant te doen, Damian Marley’s “World a Jamrock”, een “don’t leave home without it!”-plaatje voor de Bossa Boogie-avonden. Het (de?) “World Jam”-riddim is oorspronkelijk van Sly & Robbie, gemaakt voor Ini Kamoze’s eerste, naar hemzelf vernoemde album uit 1984. Het is in de loop der jaren veel gebruikt, zoals alle goede riddims. Punchline is een mashuplabel, hoewel deze versie niet zo vreselijk veel verschilt met het titelnummer van Damian Marleys Welcome to Jamrock, dat sowieso al hetzelfde riddim gebruikt.

De a-kant vind ik wel okee, maar ik vind die Lil’ Jon echt verschrikkelijk, dus die draai ik zo goed als nooit.