Sunday, 30 March 2014

'I wonder what happened to that coat?'

Here's a wee story about Keef and coats for you. 
My ex sister-in-law used to work for The Stones in the wardrobe department and one of her jobs obviously was to scout around for clothes for them to wear on stage and for photoshoots. Anyway she had a friend who had this immaculately battered old leather jacket and she asked if she could borrow it for Keith to wear at a photo session and her friend said OK thinking that he would get it back after the shoot. Anyway apparently Keith fell in love with the jacket saying that he felt that he had been 'born in it.'
He then decided that he really wanted to wear it on their forthcoming tour and my sis-in-law had to go back to her friend and ask if he would allow his jacket to go around the world. Needless to say he was a bit reluctant but bear in mind that at this point the jacket is still in Keith's possession. Anyway eventually he agrees with the one proviso that the jacket is returned to him at the end of the tour.
Come the end of the tour and of course Keith wants to keep the jacket and will pay whatever the bloke wants for it.
Ex-sis-in-law has to go back to her friend and impart this news to him and he says 'no' he just wants his jacket back but he never does see that jacket again and as far as I know never saw any money for it either

You Got The Silver

Ecstatic Melodic Copulation

'You're so hot, I'd rape you'

I was hoping to see Mick Taylor today too

Unfortunately parts 2 & 4 are not on youtoob. I do hope that Mick Taylor plays on the rescheduled gigs when/if they take place

Well I should have been seeing this mob today...

...but under the circumstances let's face it the gig at Hanging Rock was just never going to take place

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Berlin Super 80: Music & Film Underground West Berlin (1978 - 1984)

Cristóbal Vila: Inspirations/Nature by Numbers

Tackhead - Live @Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh (13/4/11)


Free Party Politics: Castle Morton

Friday, 28 March 2014

Kawehi - Closer

Michael Jackson - Beat It (Demo)

As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.
One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. Steve Porcaro once told me he witnessed MJ doing that with the string section in the room. Had it all in his head, harmony and everything. Not just little eight bar loop ideas. he would actually sing the entire arrangement into a micro-cassette recorder complete with stops and fills.”

Einstürzende Neubauten - Listen With Pain


The Sixties: The Beatles Decade

Why I Hate The Sixties

Claude Goretta & Alain Tanner: Nice Time (1957)

Wu-Tang Clan will sell only a single copy of their new album

Maths Dance


Thursday, 27 March 2014

This is Radio Free Exile

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Nick Kent's Soundtrack for the Seventies

A playlist built from the tracks listed in the 'Soundtrack' section of rock journo Nick Kent's 1970s memoir 'Apathy for the Devil'

Sir Pository of Wisdom flip-flops again

Jenny Hval - Innocence Is Kinky



Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Happy 95th birthday, Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Swans - To Be Kind (DVD Trailer)

Excerpt from the DVD available w/ the deluxe double CD of "To Be Kind".
Swans "To Be Kind" out May 12th (13th U.S.) via Young God Records / Mute.

Issac Cordal: 'Politicians Discussing Global Warming' (Berlin)

Kraftwerk - Live in Soest (Rockpalast 1970)

Got to say they were a damn sight more interesting live back then than now...

Millie & Andrea - LWE 81 Mix

1. Millie & Andrea - Intro
2. Pangaea - Memories
3. Andrea - Got to Forget
4. Perc - 1909 (Millie's Dark Room Mix)
5. Instra:mental - Forbidden
6. The Men From Del Bosca - Bajo-El-Austral
7. Chasing Voices - ʻAcidbathoryʼ
8. Altered Natives - Bullet blade knuckle slap Souled remix
9. Andy Stott - Drippin
10. Millie - Untitled
11. UNLTD & Israel Vines - Reclaim
12. Drexciya - AQUA WORM HOLE



Kalbata & Mixmonster - Congo Beat The Drum (Trailer)

Kalbata & Mixmonster went into their home studio in Tel Aviv, Israel with the purpose of recording a 100% analogue dub album in the spirit of the late King Tubby and the early dancehall era of the late 70s and early 80s. A 16-track tape machine and an old analogue mixing desk were their main instruments, with musicians playing live all throughout the album. A year after recording the instrumental backing tracks, they travelled to Kingston, Jamaica and started tracking down their favourite singers and deejays from days gone by. Featuring vocal contributions from Little John, Puddy Roots, Major Mackerel, Mutabaruka, Jah Thomas, Tullo T, Trinity, Echo Minott and Prince Jazzbo

Tindersticks - Just Drifting (Psychic TV Cover)

Richard Hell chats to Tom Robinson

'Fatal overindulgence'
Stand up Yuz!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

DAF - Der Räuber und der Prinz (1981)

Swans - A Little God in Our Hands (Free Download)


How to busk: with Billy Bragg and Jack Monroe

Busking with Billy Bragg – Jack Monroe's Do Something challenge

Billy Bragg: how to busk


Ashley - Africa Dub

Free download of the Babylon Institution album HERE

Kate Bush to play 15 gigs in London

AUGUST 26th, 27th, 29th, 30th
SEPTEMBER 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 17th, 19th

James Chance & The True Groove All-Stars - I Don't Want Nobody

Friday, 21 March 2014

Der Plan - Da vorne steht ´ne Ampel (1983)

Higgins in 3D - Mad Lifeline/WPIC

Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja aka 3D rejoins forces with TV on the Radio's frontman Tunde Adebimpe to create two epic electronic remixes of the singer's other outfit, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band.
The pair first collaborated on 2009's Massive Attack track 'Pray For Rain', and have kept in touch, swapping songs and ideas, resulting in these two remixes of tracks released on Higgins' self-titled debut EP.
Says 3D: "I constantly stalk Tunde with instrumentals! In revenge he sent me the Higgins album and I picked 2 tracks that I thought would be fun to remix. Now that’s sorted, I’ll get back to harassing him with loops.”
Sleeve by Paul Insect


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Patti & Iggy

Wes Anderson: Centred

John Pilger: The forgotten coup - and how the godfather rules from Canberra to Kiev

Rolling Stones cancel Australian tour

Not a surprise following the tragic death of L'Wren Scott. I did have a ticket to see them at Hanging Rock, but let's face it that particular gig was an unfortunate choice given the circumstances

Tuesday, 18 March 2014


Lurid coverage of L'Wren Scott's death shows British tabloids at their worst

Einstürzende Neubauten - Palast Der Republik Berlin (November 4, 2004)

 Live show from November 4, 2004 at the Palast der Republik in Berlin.
"This performance was filmed on November 4, 2004 at the Palast der Republik in Berlin, the former Parliament building and symbol of the no longer extant DDR (East Germany). The Neubauten found the steel skeleton of the ruins of the Palast a congenial location for their architectural-musical fantasies and field studies. Accompanied by a 100 member choir, recruited from the supporters of the Internet project, they played in and with the building in their inimitable, almost literally building-collapsing fashion. Contains previously unreleased songs, band commentary and more."
01:20 Haus der Lüge | 04:59 Armenia | 10:03 Weilweilweil (Rampe) | 15:53 Youme & Meyou | 21:36 Perpetuum Mobile | 33:22 Dead Friends (Around the Corner) | 38:22 Grundstück | 45:51 GS:1 | 49:00 GS:2 | 50:55 Unseasonable Weather | 53:17 GS:3 | 55:11 Vox Populi | 1:00:42 Was ist ist | 1:04:57 Ein leichtes leises Säuseln | 1:09:16 Sabrina | 1:14:33 Alles

Monday, 17 March 2014

James Williamson on Scott Asheton's passing


R.I.P. Scott Asheton: Drummer Of Iggy Pop & The Stooges Dies At 64

My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night.

Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Asheton's have always been and continue to be a second family to me.

My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life.

Iggy Pop

Sunday, 16 March 2014

March in March (Melbourne 16/3/14)

(Photos: Tim N)
Today I was proud to be one of the estimated 30,000 Barbarians!


March in March - People Power - a vote of no confidence in the current Federal Government.
Sunday 16th March 2014
A Peaceful, non-partisan citizens’ march from The State Library of Victoria to rally at Treasury Gardens to protest against the current government’s policy decisions that are against the common good of our nation. This signifies the people’s vote of no confidence in policies of the government that go against common principles of humanity, decency, fairness social justice and equity, democratic governance, responsible global citizenship and conserving our natural heritage.
The Purpose:
The purpose of March in March Australia 2014 is to provide the people of Australia with the opportunity to come together to protest a unity vote of no confidence in the Abbott Government in capital cities and regional centres throughout Australia over the weekend of 15th & 16th March, culminating in a march on Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 17th March 2014.
Who is March in March?
March in March Australia 2104 is being organised by a core group of people in an executive role with a broader team of specialist volunteers supporting them. There are a team of event organisers in each capital city; and regional centres where events are being organised by local people. All roles are being undertaken by volunteers who have come forward to make this happen.
Members of the core organising group are not aligned with, and do not have any formal associations with any group or organisation relevant to this protest march. They have skills and experience useful to this initiative;, however are not professional organisers.
How did March in March Australia 2014 start – where are things up to?
Towards the end of 2013 a Twitter account @MarchinMarch_2014 appeared garnering support for the idea of a protest march in Canberra in March surrounding Parliament House. There was some support for the idea. On Monday evening it became apparent in Twittersphere that the guy who had the idea wasn’t able to proceed with the organising due to some unforseen personal circumstances.
A few people offered to see what they could do – contact GetUp was the first option identified.
Those people were Craig, Tim and Sally. It became clear on Tuesday morning that if the march was to go ahead it was necessary to start organising things immediately, Jan came on board to assist with this.
A Facebook page was set up to connect with people and invite people to help and participate – true grass roots activism.
In addition to the Canberra protest, it was considered given the level of dissatisfaction with the Abbott government from many sectors of the community who have been affected by decisions and policies, and the general concern about the lack of decency, integrity, transparency, regard for humanity and so on, it would make a greater statement of protest if there were coinciding protests in the capital cities, and regional centres where we could get people to organise them. This was a “call to arms” – if people wanted this to happen, they would need to become in involved.
People from across the country have heard the call and come forward to do their bits. There are organisers in place in each of the capital cities, and in several regional centres after two days of campaigning.
Many many people have come forward to offer their help with their local marches and local organising teams are coming together.
Who can participate?
The protest is open to any individual, group or organisation who wishes to express their lack of confidence in the Abbott government in a peaceful and respectful way.
Groups and organisations may march with their own banners and placards with peaceful and respectful expressions of their issues. Groups and organisations will be invited to participate in the march. People from groups and organisations are also coming forward in a personal capacity to offer assistance.
The criterion for this march is a lack of confidence in the Abbott government – simple as that.
What if I can’t march?
If you are not able to march, then there can be innovative ways you can participate – hold a gathering in your home or outside your workplace with some friends during your lunch break with some placards and banners or notices that outline your grievances peacefully and respectfully – take a photo and "post it" to sites that will be established for this purpose – it doesn't have to be on that day for you.
You could take a "selfie" with a sign...
We would then create a collage with the words "We are with you" for the Canberra event which will send a powerful message of your participation.
More information on where to “post” you pictures will be provided as soon as it becomes available.
What is the point of doing this?
This is a symbolic gesture of protest – it is a powerful demonstration of the level of dissatisfaction with the Abbott government.
It sends a loud visible message to a government who is not hearing.
Many individuals, groups, and organisations have been adversely affected by Abbott government decisions, actions and policies, and are protesting this issue by issue – however the impact in demanding the government listen and hear what is being said to them on all these issues.
There are also the decisions, actions and policies that are damaging Australia as a nation at an international level across trade and diplomacy.
Details of these decisions, actions and policies since the election are here
This march gives ordinary Australians a voice to demand a better performance from the Federal government.

Watch Senator Scott Ludlum  (a man I greatly admire even if I personally am not too keen on the Greens themselves) give an eloquent speech about our current Prime Minister below:
Watch some kids destroy the PM from a couple of days ago here
Do visit Sally's site mentioned above especially this post on the (continuing) broken election promises. 
It actually could be quite interesting today as this is the first protest to take place since the draconian 'move on' laws were passed by the state government earlier in the week. Laws that have been described as a targeted and strategic offensive against unions and organised political protests. 
Will the government try to be seen as flexing their muscles especially maybe as the Grand Pricks also takes place today here in Melbourne and the government may feel that allowing democracy to be seen taking place in this city is not what they want the hordes (ahem) of international visitors to see.
I will also be thinking about Reza Berati today as well as the man who galvanised my political beliefs coming of age in the seventies and beyond.
I have been here before having left the UK in 1983 with about 20 quid in my pocket and no real idea where I was going but I just could not take another day of living under Thatcher and her divisive policies. 
I am too old to uproot again so my message to the left is get your shit together
For me and my children's sake.
See you at the march 

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Lillian Roxon


Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - I See A Darkness (Version #2)

From the 'Now Here's My Plan' mini album originally released with the book 'Will Oldham on Bonnie 'Prince' Billy' in 2012. Filmed in Glasgow by Ben Berman

Newtown High School of the Performing Arts Students 4 VS 0 Mad Monk

Not too good without his three word slogans in the real world is he? Always fun when school students can show the true nature of Abbott

Friday, 14 March 2014

Tony Benn R.I.P.

A sad, sad day

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Please kill me...

Richard Lloyd wearing THAT tee shirt by Richard Hell

Richard Hell & Tom Verlaine

Neon Hippy Boys

The Birthday Party w/ Lydia Lunch - Funhouse (Köln 2/7/82)

Collateral Damage: Tony Herrington on the soul of electronic dance music

Car Crashes Into Crowd At SXSW

2 dead, five critical

Slade - Live at Granada TV (1971)

1. Hear Me Calling
2. Look What You Dun
3. Darling Be Home Soon
4. Coz I Luv You
5. Get Down And Get With It
6. Born To Be Wild

Slade - Cum On Feel The Noize

Never Work!

Santiago Caruso: Portrait of Crime .

Ink & scratch on plastered cardboard

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

True Detective Playlist

(Thanx super sansplomb!)