Archive for July, 2006

The Music Emporium offer up killer psychedelia

July 31, 2006

Music_emporiumin 1969, one of psychedelia’s true oddities released their only LP. The Music Emporium were a bunch of classically trained musicians who landed slap bang in the middle of the flowers, and created a farfisa and fuzz driven epic, encompassing everything from gregorian chants, to druggy odes to the wind.

In the sleeve, the band look pretty square, but don’t be fooled. The two girl/two boy band mixed it up with a verve not seen since United States of America (sans electronics). The LP get dreamy with cuts like ‘Gentle Thursday’, and tuff enuff on tracks like ‘Nam Myo Renge  Kyo’. You need this.

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Super Limited Pre-Love Arthur Lee single announced

July 31, 2006

Arthur_leeArthur Lee has had a well documented history that involves drug abuse, jail and more importantly, a couple of psychedelic garage masterpieces. The latest thing to befall the Love front man is the terrible fate of Leukaemia. As it turns out, Arthur Lee is without medical insurance, so to raise funds for treatment, there will be a super limited single to buy, a gorgeous silkscreened poster and a tribute concert starring the legendary Robert Plant.

Follow this link to his site, the Love Society, to get your hands on a pre-Love recording of Arthur from his time in The American Four and Grass Roots. The vinyl is marbled, and the cover has Lee and Love bandmate Johnny Echols sporting fine Beatle wigs! Far out! It’s the least you can do for the man who gave you ‘Seven & Seven Is’ and ‘Forever Changes’.

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The Yardbirds smash through ‘Stroll On’ in Blow Up

July 31, 2006

Anyone who has seen Blow Up, and says they love it, is a fibber in my eyes. I’m not saying the film is bad, but great it aint. What is fantastic about the film is it’s snapshot of London in the mid sixties. Sure, it swings (well, a little) and all the clothes look amazing, but the most compelling footage contained is the appearance of The Yardbirds in full pomp. You could convince the world that Jimmy Page is the coolest man on the planet if he wasn’t stood next to the greatest frontman ever, in Keith Relf. Enjoy, and watch Jeff Beck attack his guitar and Vox amp.

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The Yardbirds smash through ‘Stroll On’ in Blow Up

July 31, 2006

Anyone who has seen Blow Up, and says they love it, is a fibber in my eyes. I’m not saying the film is bad, but great it aint. What is fantastic about the film is it’s snapshot of London in the mid sixties. Sure, it swings (well, a little) and all the clothes look amazing, but the most compelling footage contained is the appearance of The Yardbirds in full pomp. You could convince the world that Jimmy Page is the coolest man on the planet if he wasn’t stood next to the greatest frontman ever, in Keith Relf. Enjoy, and watch Jeff Beck attack his guitar and Vox amp.

Mof Gimmers

The Yardbirds smash through ‘Stroll On’ in Blow Up

July 31, 2006

Anyone who has seen Blow Up, and says they love it, is a fibber in my eyes. I’m not saying the film is bad, but great it aint. What is fantastic about the film is it’s snapshot of London in the mid sixties. Sure, it swings (well, a little) and all the clothes look amazing, but the most compelling footage contained is the appearance of The Yardbirds in full pomp. You could convince the world that Jimmy Page is the coolest man on the planet if he wasn’t stood next to the greatest frontman ever, in Keith Relf. Enjoy, and watch Jeff Beck attack his guitar and Vox amp.

Mof Gimmers

Festival of the Day: Dpercussion, Manchester, Saturday 5th August

July 31, 2006

DpercussionOut of the ashes of the Manchester bomb, Dpercussion became Manchester’s most loved festival. Featuring a wild array of styles (from Hip Hop to Folk, from Indie to Ragga), Dpercussion managed to give people a fabulous weekend, and all for free!

This year’s, taking place this Saturday, will feature diverse acts such as David Holmes, rising starlets The Young Knives, Aim (with full band), Bob Stanley from Saint Etienne, Graham Massey (808 State and Toolshed), Richard Hawley and many many more. It isn’t one to miss out on, and hopefully, the sun will stay out too. Did I mention it would cost you nothing?

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MySpace Artist of the Week – Monkberry Momma

July 31, 2006

Monkberry_mommaJoe Wiltshire, main tunesmith of Monkberry Momma, has an embarrassment of songwriting riches. This chap is so talented, it’s a national scandal that he’s not headlining every single festival in the world this summer. Monkberry Momma lives in place vacated by Macca, Emitt Rhodes, Harry Nilsson and the wonderful Gilbert O’Sullivan. Wiltshire has the wry glances of Gilbert, and the ear (and voice) of Nilsson in his prime. He creates pop songs so perfect that they easily match up to many sixties pop classics. ‘Oh Gilbert I Need Help’ is the most joyous thing I’ve heard in aeons. ‘Imaginary Dog Friend’ could be something from the Beatles White Album… it’s that good. 

Not only is Wiltshire churning out stonking pop as …Momma, but he’s also in The Junipers – another clutch of cracking pop which fuses all of the above with sniffs of country. If Wiltshire isn’t snapped up soon, and made into a star, I’ll eat Paul McCartney.

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Listen to Monkberry Momma on MySpace and then check The Junipers.

Download ace Live EP from Mojo/Warchild

July 28, 2006

Warchild

At the beginning of last month, MOJO Magazine asked War Child
to be the official charity for their annual MOJO Honours List. Before the awards, MOJO put on an intimate show at
London’s Barfly featuring Nick and Roy Harper. The resultant gig spawned a super intimate recording of the artists that played, and Mojo have decided they’d put
together an EP of live tracks and sell it in aid of War Child.

The MOJO Live EP features Roy and Nick Harper, Vincent Vincent & The Villains, Guillemots, The Young Knives and The Willard Grant Conspiracy and is exclusive to War Child Music and the EP will cost you not a penny more than £3.50, of which £2.70 goes
directly to War Child. A good cause, and some good tunes! Click here to download the EP.

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Kazaa to compensate music industry with £61million

July 28, 2006

Kazaa_1What happens when you help millions of people to steal music? Well, if you’re Kazaa, you get stung with £61million that’s what. Sherman Networks, the Australian owner of Kazaa software, is to hand
over the sum as part of a deal that will include the installation of
filters on new versions of the package to prevent users from sharing
copyrighted music and images. Basically, they have to cough up what is owed to the industry and go legitimate.

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Festival of the Day: Indian Summer, Glasgow, Sept 2

July 28, 2006

Mark_e_smithIn Glasgow’s Victoria Park, something is about to kick off. Wiry guitars and death stares from the stage will be guaranteed on entrance. That’s because the Indian Summer festival has gone all punk/post punk! Not only will the festival be having Mark E Smith’s, The Fall, on stage (which is worth your entrance alone), you’ll be able to watch the brilliant Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Yo La Tengo, Camera Obscura, Gang of Four, Hot Chip and Anthony and The Johnsons (ok, maybe no post punk attitude there…).

For a paultry £60, you can get all that, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll make friends with some vicious looking Rangers fans!

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