Pink socks, a dirty mattress, wallpaper peeling off the walls, empty cough syrup bottles, and soiled wall to wall carpeting all come to mind after repeated listens to this new Salem mix. It’s either the perfect accompaniment to the fall/winter blues or soundtrack to scrawling your name on your bedroom wall in blood, it’s up to you.
1. alkuholiks by PSYCHO DRAMA 2. pig fucker – SALEM 3. the end of the world (drag rmx) – SKEETER DAVIS 4. seaw – oOoOoo 5. party animal dirge – AIDS 3D 6. round one (SALEM rmx) – SALEM ft. GUCCI MANE 7. hoodrych – SALEM 8. whispering winds (drag rmx) – THE BEACH BOYS 9. szxc – SINISTAS 10. mumbia – oOoOoo 11. water – SALEM 12. hey lover boy – TWISTA 13. track 41 – THA POPE 14. shallow tears (drag rmx) – LIGHT ASYLUM SALEM DOES COCAINE! AND DRINKS THE PURPLE DRINK.
Prog Goes the Weasel – Rev Milo Speedwagon Plays the Medicine Gong Join me, Reverend Milo, as I take my caravan to Canterbury stopping off in Glastonbury, Mordar and Heaven. As we journey the pipes of pan reverberate to the sounds of folk, dusty prog rock, tripped out acid funk and a smattering of Kraut. Sonics to whig, frugg and loon about to. Prog Goes the Weasel!
Glastonbury (Dirty Reissue) – People The Dog, the Dog, He’s at It Again – Caravan The Four Horsemen – Aphrodite’s Child The Kettle – Colloseum Tomorrow Never Knows – Junior Parker Dedicato Al Mare Egeo – Ennio Morricone Danse Des Mouches Noires Gardes Du Roi - Jean Claude Vannier Seven Trumpets – Aphrodite’s Child Past Present and Future – Demon Fuzz Flying Teapot – Gong My Heaven – Clear Blue Sky Ramble On – Led Zeppelin Mekanik Kommandoh – Magma Tonyte – Chrome Hoof Respond In Silence – The Oscillation 1850 - Icy Demons Sea Within a Sea – The Horrors Innocent Reprise Intro – A Mountain of One
Here is a nice song from Holopaw sorta. This is what they have to say about it.
A cover of a Kath Bloom song that we were asked to contribute to a tribute album that came out on Chapter Music last year. To our surprise, when the record was released our version of the song was replaced by one by The Dodos. I haven’t heard their version but I thought ours was quite nice. We recorded the song at my house last year. You might hear cars passing in the background.
We have opened up a few shows with the song. It demands a hush. Sometimes the audience complies. Thank you to Kath Bloom for writing an amazing song. Now this song belongs to you. We hope you like it as much as we do.
And finally: please tell us about the mix you’ve recorded for FACT.
"This selection was pretty much based on songs that have been influencing me recently, and somehow I ended up using music only from the 70s and 80s. First track is from Joe Byrd and The Field Hippies. I don’t know much about them, but this track got my attention because of the sweet ring-modulated intro, and the strange vocals. Jobriath is an underrated artist from the early 70s who made pnly a few albums, and the track ‘World Without End’ has a great chorus with nice Taurus-sounding bass. I recently discovered the War Babies album by Hall & Oates, produced by Todd Rundgren. There´s a lot of Todd in there, he contributes with a little madness to the tracks, and it was made around the time when he released his best albums (Wizard True Star, Todd, Something/Anything). Lots of good tracks on there, but I’m especially crazy about ‘Is It A Star’, with the great progressive instrumental part in the middle of the song.
"Also, I’m a sucker for for music with drum machines from the early 70s. Albums like JJ Cale’s Naturally, Shuggie Otis’s Inspiration Information and Robin Gibb’s Robin´s Reign. The ABBA track is probably the most known track on the mix, and one of those tracks I never get tired of. Tears For Fears is one of those bands from the 80s that I used to record from the radio onto my cassette-player, and ‘The Big Chair’ is a typical example of how they used to work with samplers in the 80s. I had a cheap Roland sampler in the late 80s as well, but the capabilities of such a fantastic machine combined with teenage imagination made me use it mainly for recording loud farts and other exciting bodily sounds. Played it in a different pitch, or as chords. Very funny [laughs].
"The drum sounds on the Led Zeppelin track made me buy steel drums on eBay a few years ago, only to discover that Bonzo was using a Lexicon harmonizer to get those crazy high pitched drum sounds [laughs]. Joakim Haugland of Smalltown Supersound recently introduced me to Robert Wyatt. I wasn´t expecting much from the old Soft Machine drummer, but I soon found that his solo albums are incredibly good. Especially Rock Bottom, which ‘Little Red Riding Hood Hit The Road’ is taken from, but also his albums from the 80s, are well worth hunting down.
"Black Sabbath is another one of those bands that I’ve been ignoring for as long as i remember, but earlier this year I decided to go buy all of their albums. The short number ‘Breakout’ from Never Say Die is something that I didn’t expect to find in their catalogue, and although I guess most hardcore fans don’t agree, I love when they experiment with ‘unusual’ elements such as horns and keyboards. Uli Jon Roth used to play in German band Scorpions in the early 70s. ‘The Night The Master Comes’, from one of his solo albums, is another guilty pleasure from when I was young. I love the guitar solo, very Hendrix-ish, and played with a lot of passion. He´s definitely up there with Eddie Hazel from Funkadelic, another band that never made sense to me until recently. On ‘Eulogy And Light’, there’s a lot of weird stuff happening. I guess it’s considered as a cliche in psychedelic music, but nevertheless, I seriously believe that the best music sounds even better when reversed. There’s tons of hidden musical qualities in your favourite songs that you’ll never discover until you listen to them backwards…[laughs]”
Interview by Ben Baglin
1. Joe Byrd & The Field Hippies - Kalyani 2. Jobriath - World Without End 3. Hall and Oates - Is It A Star? 4. Abba - Eagle 5. Tears for Fears - The Big Chair 6. Led Zeppelin - Bonzo´s Montreux 7. Robert Wyatt - Little Red Riding Hood Hit the Road 8. Black Sabbath - Breakout 9. Uli Jon Roth - The Night the Master Comes 10. Ciledaknuf - Thgil Dna Ygolue
"Our last album, The Hungry Saw, was our first in five years. We didn’t really know what to expect on its release; we had just six concerts booked, and everyone was a little nervous…
That was April 2008. The success of those concerts, including the Royal Festival Hall in London and the Folies Bergere in Paris, took us all by surprise and led to seventy more shows in Europe and the US - ending with a beautiful summer’s evening headlining The Serpentine Sessions in Hyde Park in July of 2010.
In our ‘downtime’, we have scored 2 film soundtracks for Claire Denis: the much loved and critically acclaimed 35 Shots Of Rum and, due for release in the new year, White Material, which stars Isabelle Huppert. Somewhere during that time, we were also commissioned to create the music for the Louis Vuitton summer collection in Paris.
From those nervous beginnings a new unity and sense of direction grew. Where once our touring days were spent hanging around, killing time, now we found ourselves cobbling together acoustic rehearsals for new ideas in dressing rooms and venue corridors. There was a growing need to explore and we quickly started working in the studio.
Very soon this work became Falling Down A Mountain, our eighth studio album. Recorded at the band’s own Le Chien Chanceux studio in rural France and at ICP in Brussels between May and July 2009 and mixed at Le Chien’ in September and October.
With hindsight, The Hungry Saw now seems like an album made within the confines of what we knew; in making Falling Down A Mountain those boundaries became irrelevant.
The title track was borne out of a collection of moments; a dreamed idea recorded into a mobile phone in the night evolving into a spontaneous recording with the band, Terry Edwards’ trumpet (we didn’t play him the song, just gave him some clues, ran the tape and he played into the silence), singing with David Kitt and his great overdubbed guitar… All, more or less, made in one or two takes. Sometimes you just get lucky.
From the dream of building Le Chien’ three years ago, this is the first recording that gets close to what we have been looking for and gives all the effort some meaning.
The album ran on from there in many different directions, but always with a shared feeling between all the musicians and a sense of discovery towards the ideas. Highlights were many and varied: singing a duet with Mary Margaret O’Hara; new additions to the group in the shape of Earl Harvin (drums and vocals) and David Kitt (guitar and vocals) brought with them new colours to the music, and their voices combining with bassist Dan McKinna’s realised a long dreamt of “vocal section” within the band. In addition, Jo Fraser and Andy Nice, who have played a big part in our soundtrack work, provided some great flute and cello moments.