Planning a party for when the worlds ends tomorrow with the Rapture and all the devout fly off to heaven?
Here’s your playlist…
Hellhound on my Trail – Robert Johnson
Aloha from Hell – The Cramps
Armageddon Days (Are Here Again) – The The
Queer – Garbage
When the Sun Goes Down – Arctic Monkeys
Godless – The Dandy Warhols
I’ve Got my TV and my Pills – Julian Cope
Heaven Up Here – Echo and the Bunnymen
Shoplifters of the World Unite – The Smiths
Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell – The Flaming Lips
Beasley Street – John Cooper Clarke
Burning Sky – The Jam
Sinnerman – Nina Simone
Too Tough To Die – Martina Topley-Bird
Demon Days – Gorillaz
Big Night Out – Fun Lovin’ Criminals
Do Anything You Want To – Thin Lizzy
Burn it Down – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Boys from the County Hell – The Pogues
(I’ll Love You) Till the End of the World – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Sympathy for the Devil – Rolling Stones
The End – The Doors
I Think We’re Alone Now – Girls Aloud
Kemper Norton tells me First Season, the long sold-out compilation of rural psychedelia, is now available as a free download.
You can get it here.
Every now and then I get sent music by bands and individuals who’ve enjoyed the books (let me point out now that this is a *good* thing. I like free things, and I like music).
I recently received a CD from Occasionally David, a band that has been circling the UK music scene since the 70s, heavily rooted in English psychedelia. The core of the band is Clive Whitelock and Ray Bate, who first met in ’69. Influential British DJ John Peel championed them in 1980 when they released a single, I Can’t Get Used to Losing You (so I’m Coming back).
They sent me Forever Changes, their psychedelic/garage version of Love’s classic sixties album, which was previously only available on limited edition cassette in 1987. And excellent it is too, a lopsided, particularly English take on Love’s material, quirky, trippy and powerful.
As an aside, psychedelia and garage is an area I’m particularly interested in – though I pretty much listen to every genre – and anyone who’s read Jack of Ravens and Wonderland knows of my debt to Love.
You can hear more of Occasionally David’s stuff at their MySpace page.
And any artists reading this, send me something and if I like it I’ll give it a mention. I listen to *a lot* of music, particularly when I’m working, and I’m always on the look-out for something new.
Check out Alex Roberts,who’s been gigging across the UK like crazy in recent months. He’s a guitarist, with a style that crosses lots of boundaries – folk, blues, baroque, with echoes of Nick Drake among others – and in-between his musical inspirations you’ll also find Age of Misrule.
I came across his track Court of the Yearning Heart a couple of months back and liked it immensely. For those interested in the myth/music crossover, have a listen to his second album, By the Ley, which also features a bonus track referencing Black Shuck.
You can listen to Court of the Yearning Heart on his site, above, or go to his MySpace page, where you can also find the latest gig information. I notice he’s playing the Tintagel Arms in Tintagel, Cornwall, on December 19, which is remarkably fitting and sounds like a great solstice celebration.
He’s also got some really interesting experimental electronica at www.myspace.com/aethertalk.
Age of Misrule has inspired a few musicians now, and it’s always a rush to hear how the stories can, in a spiral dance-y fashion, spark off another creator’s work.
I’m now dj-ing at Blip.fm.
I can’t write without music playing. I tend to have pretty eclectic tastes, with a range of different modes to conjure up the right atmosphere. But I’m always on the look-out for something I haven’t heard before.
Send me your music recommendations…