Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Food Minutiae

Did you ever wander how much food the average person will eat in his lifetime?

The answer is about 80,000 pounds or 36,363 kilograms or 5,174 stone or 8 tonnes.

This amount is (roughly) equivalent to:

8 elephants
31.5 Mini Coopers
5,330 Colnago C50 bicycles
80,000 paperback novels
240,000 80GB iPods
360,000 mobile phones
2,400,000 CDs

This information is a fairly accurate guideline unless of course you are Flick.

I reckon Flick ate that much food during the 9.75 years of his college career. And an alarmingly high amount of that food was probably chicken wings.

In addition, I don't want to begin filling this blog with YouTube stuff but if you have 2 minutes free check out this story about a
sick dog. If you have more time (about 10 minutes) check out this story about Batman & Robin. Both are really, really funny.

Monday, November 27, 2006

The Sitting Room 004

Monday mornings are hard. Especially when it is cold, dark and raining.

I played my fourth Sitting Room gig last night to a decent crowd. There was a steady stream of people in the bar all evening and most of them seemed really happy with the tunes. But I am paying for the effort this morning. I am absolutely shattered. And my laptop is knackered - again...

I use a Creative Extigy external sound card when I DJ so that I can listen to tunes in my headphones before I play them. The internal sound card is set up as the monitoring device and I plug the headphones directly into it. The external sound card is set up as the master device, connects to the mixer via a Y lead and provides the sound for the PA. This set up enables me to control everything (except the master volume) with the DJ software I use. It also allows me to listen to anything I want without disrupting what is being heard through the PA.

On Friday I bought a Creative Live! 24 bit sound card. I figured it was time for an upgrade and the fact that it is only 1/4 the size of the Extigy and doesn't require a power lead means I have less to carry around with me.

Saturday morning I installed the driver and software for it. Saturday night I tested it at a friends house and it worked - no problems.

Last night I got to the bar, set up for the gig, plugged the headphones into the laptop and there was no sound. Typical. I checked all the settings, checked all the leads and rebooted the machine 2 times. Nothing. Fortunately, I was able to ask my girlfriend to bring in the old sound card. After she arrived, I set that up, plugged the headphones in and... no sound! Bollix! I was eventually able to get the sound card working as the master device but the internal one would not work. So, I spent the night just playing songs without listening to them first. It went well but I played conservatively because I didn't want any 'surprises' if I happened to play the wrong tune.

After uninstalling all the Creative software and drivers on my machine, uninstalling the sound card driver, reinstalling the sound card driver and searching all the help files for an answer I still can not get the damn thing working again. It looks like I am going to have to get on to Dell - again. Laptops are such a pain in the arse.

Monday mornings are hard. But they are unbelievably hard without any tunes.

My set list last night was:

01. Lift Off - Groove Collective
02. Playing Your Game Baby - Barry White
03. Superstition (Instrumental) - Ahmad Jamal
04. Sugar - Fun Lovin' Criminals
05. Holdin' On Together - Phoenix
06. Cartwheels - The Reindeer Section
07. Float On - Modest Mouse
08. Where Does The Past End And The Present Begin - Ian O'Brien
09. Kung Fu Fighting - Karl Douglas
10. We Can Work It Out - Stevie Wonder
11. Just My Imagination - Donald Byrd
12. Sweet Jane - The Velvet Underground
13. Brakhage - Stereolab
14. Young Folks - Peter, Bjorn & John
15. The Warning - Hot Chip
16. Over And Over Again (Lost And Found) - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
17. China Girl - David Bowie
18. If She Wants Me - Belle & Sebastian
19. Northern Sky - Nick Drake
20. There's Something About Mary - Johnathan Richman
21. Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
22. (You're The) Devil In Disguise
23. Polk Salad Annie - Tony Joe White
24. Ode To Billy Joe - Nancy Wilson
25. Am I The Same Girl - Barbara Acklin
26. Spooky - Dusty Springfield
27. Do You Know The Way To San Jose - Dionne Warwick
28. Danke Shoen - Wayne Newton
29. Fever - Peggy Lee
30. Fly Me To The Moon - Julie London
31. The Lady Is A Tramp - Buddy Greco
32. Dieu Reconnaitra Les Siens - DJ Cam
33. Weak Become Heroes - The Streets
34. Extraordinary People - Harmonic 33
35. One Starry Night (Funk's Drum n Bass Kettle Version)
36. Romeo (Acoustic Version) - Basement Jaxx
37. Hide Me (Al Usher Dance Remix) - Grandadbob
38. Giraffe Walk - Quantic & Mr Scruff
39. No Rhyme No Reason (Black Piggy & Pluton Kid's Remix) - LTJ X-Perience ft Jackson Sloan
40. The Breaks - Kurtis Blow
41. Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run) - Billy Ocean
42. Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
43. Centerfold - J Geils Band
44. Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr
45. 17 Days - Prince
46. If It Ain't Broke... Break It! - The Limp Twins
47. Everyday People - Sly & The Family Stone
48. Let's Get It On (Simpson & Dalto MPG Groove Mix) - Marvin Gaye
49. Yes It's True - Taxi
50. Fry Chicken In Your Hotpants - Clarence Foster & The Internal Revenue
51. Soul Freedom - Ray & His Court
52. Lady (You Bring Me Up) - The Commodores
53. Borderline - Madonna
54. Just Like Heaven - The Cure
55. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths
56. What The World Is Waiting For - Stone Roses
57. Still Here - Aural Float
58. At Night (Afterlife Mix) - Shakedown
59. It's My Life - Talk Talk
60. Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve
61. Hallelujah Here She Comes - U2
62. I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow - The Soggy Bottom Boys
63. No Depression In Heaven - The Carter Family
64. One - Ohm G & Bruno
65. La La Means I Love You - The Delfonics
66. My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains - EBTG
67. Bizarre Love Triangle - Frente


I Was There. I Saw The Legend.

Friday, 24 November 2006
Tripod, Dublin

Grand Master Flash walks out on stage. He picks up the microphone, says hello and then asks everyone to make some noise. After walking back & forth across the stage, raising his arms he says, "OK y'all. When you come to hear GMF there are 3 rules. The first rule is: when I tell you to make some noise, you make some mother fuckin' noise." The place goes wild. "Alright, alright. Rule number 2. When I tell you to raise your hands in the air... you raise your mother fuckin' hands in the air." Again - madness. He must of been caught up in the moment because there was no third rule. But it didn't matter because he dropped 'The Mexican' by Babe Ruth and we were off.

Surprisingly he let that song play for about 2 minutes before he rewound it and stopped it. Just to be sure he said "Is everyone having fun yet?" Screams. "I can't hear you. Tell me again, is everyone having fun yet?" Louder screams. "Now, I want all of you to sing this song. I want you to put your mother fuckin' hands in the air and sing this mother fuckin' song." He drops 'Everyday People' by Arrested Development and it seems like the place will collapse from the noise. Everyone is singing and dancing. Sorry, everyone is mother fuckin' singing and mother fuckin' dancing.

This all continues for about 10 minutes. He drops a song, lets it play for about a minute or two, asks the audience to mother fuckin' do something and then drops the next song.

But, he has someone on stage with him. I can't remember his name - DJ D or DJ Demon or DJ Dread. It doesn't matter. Whoever he is he has been trained by GMF and is his protege. More accurately, he is his be-atch. They both go to the back of the stage and return with a stack of records. Flash scratches the current tune, be-atch has his arms extended with the records, Flash takes the one on top, puts it on the turntable and within 5 seconds has it cued, scratches it and goes to the next song. He does this with about 10 records in less than 2 minutes. He is a fucking legend. And that is what I came to see. He never misses a beat, he never makes a mistake. He is unbelievable. He is a legend.

While he is letting some of the music play a bit longer, he cleans all the records he is about to play. In fact they played an interview with him before he came out on stage and he said that he never, ever touches the grooves on a record unless he is mixing / scratching it on the turntable.

The rest of the show is him sharing time with DJ be-atch. He played some new stuff but mostly old school tunes (as you would expect) while DJ be-atch played the newer stuff.

Some of the highlights were:

He was playing a song, started scratching it and says "I don't care what anyone says. He IS still the mother fuckin' King Of Pop." And drops 'Billie Jean'. The place goes wild. He mixes in 'Don't Stop Til You Get Enough' and then plays 'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'. He tells the crowd to sing and is able to perfectly loop (on the decks) the bit where he says ma ma se, ma ma se, ma ma coo sa over and over again, killing the song to let the crowd sing it as well. Then on the other turntable he starts the song over from the beginning. Quality.

He played 'Let's Dance' by David Bowie and then stopped the music to tell a story. He explained how he has travelled all over the world and has bought records in every place that he goes to. He is always on the lookout for a new song, a new beat. And, "It doesn't matter where the record is from or who made the record. If it has good mother fuckin' beat then Flash will play it." He then dropped 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' followed by 'Seven Nation Army'. Absolute quality.

There was only one 'mistake' made all night. He went to start a record and nothing happened. Silence. He took the record off the deck and said, "Yo, DJ be-atch will you get me a new needle? This mother fuckin' one is dead." And just started the next tune.

His real name is Joseph Saddler and he was born on January 1, 1958 in Barbados. When he was young his parents moved to New York and he grew up in the Bronx.

He became part of the early NY DJ scene and played illegal parties outdoors with Kool Herc, Pete Jones and Kurtis Blow. He took the art of scratching records to a whole new level and he invented cutting. Cutting is when he loops a break by playing the same record on each turntable. He cues each one up at the same place and then uses the cross fader to cut back and forth between them while back-cueing the other to play the break again. This rhythmical manipulation and repetition of a record is what made him famous. He was the first one to do it and it blew everyone away when they heard it. He claims he invented it becuase he just got bored of listening to DJs play entire songs and having to wait for the best bit - usually the drum break.

He also used what he called "The Clock Theory" quickly find and cue a particular section of a record. He would study records and then mark sections on them with either tape or crayon.

After playing for a few years, he began to assemble MCs to keep the crowds going. Apparently his skills and the way he played was so captivating that people would just watch him and forget to dance. He brought MCs along to ensure that the crowd kept moving and didn't get distracted.

His nickname was given to him in high school because he hung out with some dude called Gordon (Flash Gordon). And he was called Grandmaster by someone at a party who told him that he was the equivalent of a chess grandmaster.

In 1980 he signed to Sugar Hill Records and in 1981 released 'The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel'. It was the first single that displayed his talents and used 'Another One Bites The Dust' by Queen, 'Good Times' by Chic and 'Rapture' by Blondie as the main parts of the song. In 1982 he released 'The Message' with Melle Mel & The Furious Five and in 1983 they released 'White Lines'. Unfortunately in 1984 the group fell apart and did not record any more records.

White Lines

Here is the video for 'White Lines'. Flash and Melle Mel are not in the video but it stars Laurence Fishburne and was directed by Spike Lee.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

The Sitting Room at Bia Bar

The Sitting Room

Bia Bar, Lower St Stephens Green, D2

Every Sunday night from 6-10pm.

Menu specials including: 2 pizzas 12 euro or a pizza & pint 10 euro

Drink specials (all night) including: 2 for 1 cocktails and specialty bottle beers 4 euro

The finest music anywhere in Dublin featuring lounge, soul, funk, pop, disco, new wave, house, indie and all of the bits in between played by DJ Kub and guests!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Paul Buchanan At Vicar St

Paul Buchanan (of The Blue Nile) played in Vicar St last night and I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a ticket. It was without a doubt one of the best gigs that I have ever been to.

Vicar St is a great venue - there are lots of small tables on the ground floor, three sections of slightly elevated seats along the left, right and back walls and a balcony above with seating along all three walls.

The atmosphere was very warm and intimate. Most of the people there were middle aged and drinking endless bottles of wine. Paul chose coffee and honey as his drink for the evening.

When he came out on stage he was quite subdued but he warmed up after a few tunes and was actually very engaging and very funny. He responded well to the good natured heckles and had lots of little quips throughout the gig. The best one was, after forgetting some of the words to an earlier song, he commented that he was sure he wouldn't remember all the words to the next song. He decided to put his glasses on and read the lyrics off of a pile of papers he had beside him on stage. He asked "how do I look in these specs?" And then said that his tour was actually being sponsored by SpecSavers. He then said "they asked me to remind you that if you buy one pair, then you get the second pair free" to loads of laughter and applause.

The stage was a very simple set up - just the instruments and a blue curtain placed behind the band. The lighting was also simple, consisting of blue, green, red & yellow lights. But they were used effectively and complimented all of the songs that were played.

The band consisted of 6 members but only one of them (the bass player) was one of the members of The Blue Nile. Paul's voice is fantastic and the band actually sounded as good (and at times) better than they have on record.

The Blue Nile formed in Glasgow in the early 80s and over the course of two decades have only released four albums: A Walk Across The Rooftops (1984), Hats (1989), Peace At Last (1996) and High (2004). Their music has been described as '4am songs', consisting of lush, atmospheric pop combined with velvety vocals and minimalist arrangements creating sublime and heartfelt songs. I couldn't agree more. Every bit of that came across in the live performance.

The set list for the night was:

01. Over The Hillside
02. Happiness
03. She Saw The World
04. I Would Never
05. Because Of Toledo
06. Heatwave
07. Saturday Night
08. Runaround Girl (New Song)
09. A Walk Across The Rooftops
10. Tinsel Town In The Rain
11. Easter Parade
12. Start Again (New Song)
13. Meanwhile (New Song)
14. Sentimental Man
15. Downtown Lights
16. High
17. Strangers In The Night

One other funny note: I was having a pint with my mate Mark before the gig when he said that we would probably see some famous people during the night.

After he returned a few minutes later from a quick look around he said, "I knew I would see someone. I just saw Luka Bloom."

To which I replied, "Oh really? I have no idea who she is."

Mark laughed and said, "That is pure quality! She is a man. Luka is Christy Moore's brother!"

We had a good laugh over that one...

Monday, November 20, 2006

The Sitting Room 003

A cold, wet and windy Sunday evening does not make for a large audience or a brilliant gig but I played anyway and survived the night.

The tunes were:

01. La Maison - Gabin
02. Day Dreaming - Aretha Franklin
03. Ready - Charles Webster
04. Playing Your Game Baby - Barry White
05. Love Unlimited - Fun Lovin' Criminals
06. Girls, Girls, Girls - Jay-Z
07. Places And Spaces - Donald Byrd
08. That Girl - Stevie Wonder
09. Closer Than Before - Nostrum 3
10. You Make Me Feel So Young - Frank Sinatra
11. A Lot Of Livin' To Do - Sammy Davis Jr
12. Fly Me To The Moon - Julie London
13. Downtown - Petula Clark
14. These Boots Are Made For Walkin' - Nancy Sinatra
15. Mean Son Of A Gun - Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
16. Love Me Like You - The Magic Numbers
17. The Warning - Hot Chip
18. Over And Over Again (Lost And Found) - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
19. Genius Of Love (Long Version) - Tom Tom Club
20. Bug Powder Dust - Bomb The Bass
21. Afternoon Love-In - Prefuse 73
22. The Light 3000 - Schneider TM vs Kpt. Michi Gan
23. It Could Be Sweet - Portishead
24. Unfinished Sympathy - Massive Attack
25. You Know How To Make Me - Two Kings In A Cipher
26. You've Made Me So Very Happy - Blood Sweat & Tears
27. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? - Chicago
28. Hooked On A Feeling - Blue Swede
29. Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers Wheels
30. Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) - Looking Glass
31. Lowdown (Album Version) - Boz Skaggs
32. Easy - Faith No More
33. Zoom - The Commodores
34. Spanish Joint (Ritual Session) - D'Angelo
35. Juicy - Notorious BIG
36. Hate It Or Love It - The Game ft 50 Cent
37. Dieu Reconnaitra Les Siens - DJ Cam
38. B Mine - Jimpster
39. Close - Kaskade


Friday, November 17, 2006

The 'Gem' Tune

There is always one tune in every gig. The one that grabs people's attention. The one that makes them happy and decide to stay for another drink. The one that they remember when they tell their friends about the night. My mate refers to that song as the 'gem' - the one that he recognises from an entire 2 hours of music. And every good set needs at least one gem.

I played in Bia Bar again last night - it was my second gig at Soul Food World Beats and as far as I could tell it was a really good one. The bar was very busy and everyone was in great form. I was in a bit of a flap on the way in but I arrived (relatively) on time, set up quickly and got stuck into the tunes. I played about an hour or so of lounge and reggae because there were some people eating and I wanted to keep the manager and promoter happy. Then I moved into some funk for the second hour and threw in a few familiar songs to engage the crowd. As any good DJ would, I looked for reactions to the music and then played to two groups of people. One was a large group sitting right in front of me who were all smiles most of the night, nodding their heads and tapping their feet to the music. The second was a group of lads from the office who had come in to hear me play. Making one group of people really happy creates a positive response. And that response can become infectious and spread throughout the entire bar. That is what makes a really good gig. That and of course a few 'gems'.

The songs I played were:

01. Breakfast Club Di Milano - Giacomo Bondi
02. Back A Yard - The In Crowd
03. Nem Vem Que Nao Tem - Wilson Simonal
04. Scene At The Open Air Market - Thievery Corporation
05. Pass The Dutchie - Musical Youth
06. Teenage Kicks - Nouvelle Vague
07. Take Me Over - McKay
08. Long Shot Kick Da Bucket - Pioneers
09. Light My Fire - Astrud Gilberto
10. Los Palmas 7 - Madness
11. Lady (Acoustic Version) - Modjo
12. Flute Thing (45 Edit) - Seatrain
13. 54-46 (Was My Number) - Toots & The Maytals
14. Peckings - Ballistic Brothers
15. Daytripper - Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
16. Spanish Grease - Willie Bobo
17. Funk Da Virada - Antonio Pinto & Ed Cortes
18. Limon En La Cabeza (Quantic Dub Mix) - Gecko Turner
19. Soul Bossa Nova (Original Mix) - Quincy Jones
20. Beat Goes On - All Seeing I
21. Anti Love Song - Betty Davis
22. One Nation Under A Groove - Chaka Demus & Pliers
23. Sunshine Of Your Love - Spanky Wilson
24. The Bottle - Gil Scott-Heron
25. A Fly In The Hand - Alice Russel
26. Kiss - Prince
27. Money In The Bag (K&S Remix) - Kraak & Smaak
28. I Changed My Mind (Stereo MC's Rattlesnake Mix) - Lyrics Born
29. I'm Free - The Soup Dragons
30. For Your Precious Love - Jestofunk
31. Groove Is In The Heart (12" Version) - Dee Lite
32. Bailando - Alaska Y Los Pegamoides
33. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' - Michael Jackson

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Only In America

Heart Attack Grill, Arizona, USA

It has four slabs of beef, each weighing half a pound. It's packed with slices of crispy bacon, has six layers of cheese and contains over 2000 calories.

And just to make you feel healthy, it contains a token leaf of lettuce and can be ordered with a Diet Coke.

This is the Quadruple Bypass Burger and it does exactly what it says on the tin.

Where can you get your hands on this greasy temple of fat? At the Heart Attack Grill, of course, where your dreams of an early death come true. The fast-food joint in Arizona is cooking up a real storm with its brand of kamikaze dining.

With dishes like Flatliner Fries - cooked in pure lard, you better be ready to visit the hospital afterwards.

But you could be forgiven for thinking you're already in the hospital's A & E. Once the Burger Surgeon has whipped up your grub, it is whisked to your table by sultry waitresses in figure-hugging nurse uniforms.

Needless to say, the Arizona State Board Of Nursing has threatened the burger bar with legal action, claiming it depicts nurses as 'bimbos'.

Monday, November 13, 2006

The Sitting Room 002

After a good gig last Sunday evening, I have been given the chance to play a weekly gig every Sunday in Bia Bar. Last night was my second one and it also went well. This despite the fact that I was very tired and not really in the best of form. Every once in a while I have an 'off' night where I struggle to come up with songs to play and directions to move. However, my friends that came in really enjoyed it and said they didn't even notice that I was having difficulty.

I am now in the process of putting together my ideas for the night. The first step is getting the word out on the street. I am calling it The Sitting Room and will be working with a friend to design some flyers / posters this week. The idea is to provide a chilled soundtrack for a relaxing evening. Everyone is always wrecked on Sundays and I want Bia to become a spot to unwind, have a bite to eat and listen to some quality music as the weekend winds down. I will be posting full details for the night when everything is sorted out.

My setlist for last night was:

01. Jammin In My Head - Intense & Molly Duncan
02. Pure Joy - Dab
03. Let's Stay Together - Michelle Williams
04. It's Only Love Doing It's Thing - Barry White
05. Not Just Anybody (Atjazz Remix) - Rae & Christian
06. Crazy Girls - True Stories
07. Blue Lines - Massive Attack
08. Pictures Of You (Extended Dub Mix) - The Cure
09. Suedehead - Morrissey
10. You Happy Puppet - 10,000 Maniacs
11. If She Wants Me - Belle & Sebastian
12. White Lines - Barefoot
13. Where Have They Gone - Harmonic 33
14. Fucco Fatuo (Performed By Koop) - Nicola Conte
15. You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) - The Beatles
16. Paul's Pal - Paul Hunter
17. Bird Song (Earthbound Remix) - The Underwolves
18. Riders On The Storm (Pink Solidism) - Yonderboi
19. Everybody Loves The Sunshine - D'Angelo
20. Breezin' - George Benson
21. Where Are We Going? - Marvin Gaye
22. You Know How To Make Me - Two Kings In A Cipher
23. Back A Yard - The In Crowd
24. Rodney Yates - David Holmes
25. Set Adrift On Memory Bliss - PM Dawn
26. Groove Holmes - Beastie Boys
27. Do What You Wanna - Mr Scruff
28. The Force - Aim
29. The Seventh Son - Mose Allison
30. (I Can) Deal With That - Dee Edwards
31. Am I The Same Girl - Barbara Acklin
32. Think - Aretha Franklin
33. Superstition - Stevie Wonder
34. Come - Eddie Warner
35. Sunshine Superman - Mel Torme
36. Oh What A Woman - Glenn Campbell
37. I'm A Loser - Marianne Faithfull
38. Son Of A Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
39. Across 110th Street - Bobby Womack
40. Moodswings - LTJ Bukem
41. Rhodes Royce - Plastyc Buddha
42. Before Today (Chicane Remix) - EBTG
43. Hide Me (Al Usher Dance Mix) - Grandadbob
44. Come Together (Edit) - Primal Scream
45. Going Down - Stone Roses
46. Give My Love To Kevin (Acoustic Version) - The Wedding Present
47. Circle Square (Acoustic Version) - Wonder Stuff
48. There She Goes - The La's
49. Fall On Me - REM
50. So Here We Are - Bloc Party
51. NY (Chris Coco Remix) - Doves
52. At The River - Groove Armada
53. Into My Arms (Acoustic Version) - The Lemonheads
54. Bizarre Love Triangle - Frente!


Thursday, November 09, 2006

Digital Kicks 007

For your aural pleasure - check it out here.

Tracks included in this podcast (and their corresponding start times) are:

01. Peaceful Morning - Paul Hunter / 00:00
02. The Seventh Son - Mose Allison / 03:11
03. Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love - Odyssey / 05:47
04. A Short Acoustic Song - Semifinalists / 09:20
05. My Favourite Color's Red - Dosh / 10:40
06. Dirty Talk - Klein & MBO / 13:35
07. Ain't No Nigga - Jay-Z / 17:18
08. Love You Wholeheartedly - Jackie Dee / 21:16
09. Taxman - Junior Parker / 23:36
10. Back A Yard - The In Crowd / 27:18
11. Window Shopping - The Friday Club / 33:46
12. New Rose (Original Version) - The Damned / 37:35
13. Back To The Sea - The Futureheads / 40:16
14. You've Got My Number (Why Don't You Use It - The Undertones / 43:31
15. Music's Made Of Memories - Treva Whateva / 46:06
16. Come - Eddie Warner / 57:53
17. Sea Groove - Big Boss Man / 55:25
18. Sometimes I Feel It (Radio House Mix) - Sonic Tool / 59:48
19. I Know You're There (EK's Extended Mix) - Xenon ft Bonnie Bailey / 65:19
20. Hear What I'm Saying (Disco Chill Mix) - Aircraft 72 / 73:03


Monday, November 06, 2006

The Sitting Room (Demo)

Last night was my first gig in Bia Bar on my own. I have been given Sunday nights to try and bring some people in and liven the place up. Everything is still in the planning stage but it seems that the night is going to be called The Sitting Room (At Bia Bar). My intention is to just play quality music - full stop. The bar does really good food, so there will be menu specials and drink specials. I also have a few ideas that I am chasing up and may decide to feature one live act each week as well. Whatever happens, I am very excited because it is my first crack at running and promoting my very own night.

Things kicked off with a (marathon) 5 hour set last night including:

01. Sure Thing - St Germaine
02. Elevator (Original Version) - Jaffa
03. I Just Got To Know - Bennie Johnson
04. Illicity (Part 1) - Extended Spirit
05. Keepin On (Piano Cut) - Lazybatusu
06. Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love - Odyssey
07. Let's Stay Together - Boris Gardiner
08. Fastlove (Summer Mix) - George Michael
09. My Love Don't Come Easy - Jean Carn
10. Little Green Bag - The George Baker Selection
11. The Magic Number - Bob Dorough
12. Just A Gigolo - Louis Prima
13. I Want To Hold Your Hand - Al Green
14. Crazy Girls - True Stories
15. Silent Sigh (Acoustic Version) - Badly Drawn Boy
16. Decatur Or A Round Of Applause For Your Step-Mother - Sufjan Stevens
17. If She Wants Me - Belle & Sebastian
18. Juxtaposed With U - Super Furry Animals
19. Summertime Cowboy - Husky Rescue
20. Blue South - Afterlife
21. Not Just Anybody (Atjazz Remix) - Rae & Christian
22. Everybody Loves The Sunshine - D'Angelo
23. Sun Worshipper - Mylo
24. Back A Yard - The In Crowd
25. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Culture Club
26. It Must Be Love - Madness
27. Sunbeams - UKO
28. Float On - The Floaters
29. White Lines - Barefoot
30. I Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
31. Wonderwall - Paul Anka
32. Crik Crak - The Lovers
33. Moondance - Grady Tate
34. Montego Slay - People Under The Stairs
35. O-o-h Child - The Five Stairsteps
36. California Soul - Marlena Shaw
37. Chuchottement Del La Plage - Kemiri
38. Fragment One (And I Kept Hearing) - Kenneth Bager
39. Hide Me (Al Usher Dance Remix) - Grandadbob
40. Happy People (Rhodes Remix) - Static Revenger
41. Lovely Day - Bill Withers
42. I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) (12" Mix) - Hall & Oates
43. 9 To 5 - Dolly Parton
44. Copacabana (At The Copa) - Barry Manilow
45. Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin - Inner City
46. Windy City Theme (I'll Tell You What It Is Later) - Chi-Sound Orchestra
47. Rapture - Blondie
48. Give Me The Night - George Benson
49. Do You Dream (Kraak & Smaak Mix) - Ikon
50. Emotional Rescue - Freedom Dub
51. Just Can't Get Enough - Nouvelle Vague
52. You Hear That? - DJ Format ft Abdominal & D-Sisive
53. Autosoul (Original Mix) - Dubtribe Sound System
54. Beat Goes On - The All Seeing I
55. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) - Us3
56. Burning Spear - SOUL
57. Light My Fire - Erma Franklin
58. Space Funk - Manzel
59. I Wanna Be Your Lover - Prince
60. At Night (Afterlife Mix) - Shakedown
61. Bedtime - Naoki Kenji
62. Keep On Searching - Kraak & Smaak
63. We've Only Just Begun (TM Juke Mix) - Lee McDonald
64. LIPSTICK - Ralph Myerz & The Jack Herren Band
65. Close - Kaskade
66. Jungle Light (Urban Groove Mix) - Ohm G & Bruno
67. Sweet Thing - Van Morrison
68. Bizarre Love Triangle - Frente!
69. My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains - EBTG


Thursday, November 02, 2006

CD86 - Protein Coding Gene Or The Birth Of Indie?

In some circles, CD86 refers to a protein coding gene that is a member of the immunoglobin family. It binds with CD28 antigen and signals the activation of the T-cell. It also binds with cytoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4, regulating T-cell activation and diminishing the immune response.

However, on this blog CD86 refers to a newly released compilation of early indie tunes.

The name is taken from a cassette compilation released by NME in 1986 simply called C86. The tape was compiled to reflect the new music scene of the time and ended up becoming the name for an entire genre of music. Although the original compilation showcased indie bands with a punky edge (due to the influence of early 80s post punk) the genre eventually became known for jangly guitars, catchy pop and a very melodic sound.

Many people argue whether the tape was the most indie thing ever or if it was completely unrepresentative of what was actually happening. One thing C86 did (and CD86 remembers) was to introduce new music from the explosion of new bands that combined punk attitudes and DIY ethics with a totally new sound. All of the bands included did everything themselves from making the records, doing the artwork, gluing the sleeves together, releasing the records and posting them out to shops. The bands even wrote their own articles for magazines and fanzines because the press had no interest.

Although most bands have been forgotten, some survived and went on to achieve huge success. Some of the bands that emerged from this scene are:

Aztec Camera
Belle & Sebastian
My Bloody Valentine
Pop Will Eat Itself
Primal Scream
The Groove Farm
The Jesus And Mary Chain
The Soup Dragons

So, 20 years on this CD is a good way to look back at the only truly independent thing that happened in British rock between The Smiths & The Roses.