Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Monday, January 21, 2008

Nacho Patrol - Futuristic Ababa

"Nacho Patrol's FUTURISTIC ABABA LP released on Menelik records (Addis Ababa, 1978/1979). 
Ultra super-rare Ehtiopian jazzfunk LP with Raw vocoders, dirty vox organs, strutting wahwah guitars and hypnotic rhythms. Mnumbi Massaka was apparently the man behind Nacho Patrol. Due to the dictatorship that came to power in the late 70s he was forced to move to italy where he continued to work in the music business and did the soundtrack for the movie Maze of Violence. Just before moving he produced the album FUTURISTIC ABABA in 1978. It didn't take long before the dictatorship forbid this kind of music to be played or sold in music shops."
But well, its actually Legowelt. Pretty Amazing.

Kuni Kawachi & Flower Travelling Band - Kirikyogen

Almost 3 years ago a friend of mine gave me a CD with four mixes/compilations by Julian House, the graphic designer of the band Broadcast. I listened to them over and over and over since they are perfect working music. There was one song on it that really stood out for me and always was the climax of the compilation. It was a kind of Black Sabbath/Led Zeppelin kind of feel but then in Japanese... This description got me a lot of weird looks by grumpy grey haired record store owners on my search for this song throughout the four corners of the world.
Fast forward in time, about a month ago my friend finally decides to tell me the playlists are on Broadcast's website... Ok...
So this song is by Kuni Kawachi and Flower Travelling Band and is called Kirikyogen.
The album which has the same title was produced in 1970 before the second album of FTB but because for some reason the producer Yuya Uchida wasn't satisfied with the results it wasn't released untill after FTB broke up.
This great song was also featured in 2001 on the compilation Love Peace & Poetry 4: Japanese Psychedelic Music.


Thursday, December 27, 2007

Henry/Colombier - Psyché Rock

This song was originally released in 1964 as a 7" single Too Fortiche/Psyché Rock by Les Yper Sound which was a pseudonym of composers Pierre henry and Michel Colombier.
It became a huge succes and sold over 150.000 copies. In 1967 it was released as part of a piece called 'Messe Pour Le Temps Present' written for a ballet by Henry and Colombier. The year 2000 saw the release of the Psyché Rock Sessions a remix project with contributions of amongst others Fatboy Slim and William Orbit.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit - How Much Are They?

Can co-founder Holger Czukay was a huge innovator on sampling. He also really treated the samples he used as found objects, the tracks sound like a collage of (pop)culture. A lot of people copied what he did in his solo stuff. (Including Brian Eno & David Byrne) This is Holger,
PiL bass player Jah Wobble and Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit. Its kind of dubby, but in a good way.

Sparks - The Number One Song In Heaven

You gotta love Sparks. This is my favorite song of the Moroder produced album "No. 1 in heaven". I put the long version up which really gives the song that extra boost. Great song, great mustache, pretty cool video too.

Mort Garson - Ode To An African Violet

I really like Mort Garson, his weird Moog driven songs are like little stories. He has done many great projects including writing all the songs for the cult psychedelic record "Cosmic Sounds" by The Zodiac. He also did some film scores and composed the National geographic Theme. This album "Plantasia" is music for plants. Silly as it seems studies have indicated plants do respond to sound. There was a major experiment done in 1973 by Dorothy Retallack who discovered that plants leaned towards relaxing music, while they leaned away from rock music. And that was a pretty good time for rock music.. Plants must really HATE Creed.