Monthly Archives: June 2008

Digital Kicks 023

01. Fire (Original Mix) – Soul Khula ft Miss Identity
02. Anywhere You Are – Sunshine Jones
03. Cherry (Jay’s Nude Vocal Mix) – Lisa Shaw
04. Midnight Love – Tennishero
05. Superstar – Lupe Fiasco
06. Stop Complaining (Morcheeba & Capricorn II Remix) – Lyrics Born
07. Sex Education: Ghetto Style – Gil Scott-Heron
08. Pretty Girl With A Crooked Smile – DJ T-Rock & Squashy Nice
09. Morning Child – 4 Hero
10. Appetite – Chin Chin
11. Tomorrow Never Comes – Club 8
12 Barbara Ann – The Beach Boys
13. Vespa – Mike Sammes
14. Up On The Roof – Kenny Lynch
15. Kansas City – Wilbert Harrison
16. Old Man Atom – The Sons Of Pioneers
17. Touch And Go – The Cars
18. Tokyo Moon – Windmill
19. You’re All I Have – Snow Patrol
20. Scream Team – Deerhoof
21. You Got Yr Cherry Bomb – Spoon

Fire (Original Mix) – Soul Khula ft Miss Identity
Soul Khula are two studio-boffin-DJ types and a very talented singing sista, all from Johannesburg South Africa. I have a remix of this song on a Cafe del Mar compilation, which I didn’t even realise until I came across this version, the original, on eMusic.

Very good, very chilled and just a little bit deep.

Anywhere You Are – Sunshine Jones
Sunshine Jones was one half of Dubtribe Sound System (along with Moonbeam) in his previous life.

But first he was a punk rocker from the Bay Area in San Francisco. Then he was in to Hip Hop. Then he heard House music. Then he went to Ibiza. And then he formed Dubtribe Sound System, touring non-stop for several years and playing live in an effort to eschew the DJ-centric dance world.

Now he is making deep, melodic House music and still featuring on compilations all over the place, like this one.

Cherry (Jay’s Nude Vocal Mix) – Lisa Shaw
This is a Beatport download that I was delighted to find. I first heard this track two years ago on ‘Es Vive Ibiza 2006’ but it was a mixed effort by Mark Doyle and I couldn’t find the original song anywhere. Until Beatport.

Shaw moved to New York from Toronto in the mid 1990s and quickly found her way in the underground House scene. She guested and sang on tracks for several high profile producers / DJs and finally released her own album, also called ‘Cherry’, in 1995. This song as well as ‘Always’ and ‘Let It Ride’ have featured on dozens of compilations and have been championed by DJs all over the world.

Midnight Love – Tennishero
Tennishero hail from Stockholm and produce quality, chilled out music.

There are debates about whether their name is pronounced ‘Tennis-hero’ or ‘Tenni-shero’. But one thing is for certain – this song, lifted from Hed Kandi’s ‘Kandi Lounge’ compilation is a cracker.

Superstar – Lupe Fiasco
Lupe is a Muslim from Chicago. His birth name is Wasalu Muhammad Jaco and he is the fifth of nine brothers and sisters.

He has won four Grammys, been called a “breath of fresh air” by Jay-Z and hangs out with Jay, Kanye West, NERD and Pharrell.

This track is from his second album, ‘The Cool’, and features Folk singer-songwriter Matthew Santos.

Stop Complaining (Morcheeba & Capricorn II Remix) – Lyrics Born
Lyrics Born is called Tom Shimura by his parents, who are one part-Japanese American and one part-Italian American. Growing up, he lived in Tokyo, Salt Lake City, Berkley and Tampa.

His music encompasses everything, ranging from Hip Hop to Pop to Rock to Funk. His rhyming style is very complex, using techniques such as phonemes and internal rhymes.

He cites the Sugarhill Gang and Ice Cube as influences and has collaborated with artists such as, DJ Shadow, Blackalicious and Jurassic 5.

This song is a remix of the original live song that appears on his 2006 release ‘Overnite Encore: Lyrics Born Live’.

Sex Education: Ghetto Style – Gil Scott-Heron
Poet, musician, spoken word performer and, in some circles, the godfather of rap. These are some of the descriptions placed on Gil Scott-Heron.

He hails from Chicago and was writing, singing, talking about controversial topics long before anyone else was or thought it was cool to do so.

His first album, ‘Small Talk At 125th And Lenox’, was mostly spoken word pieces. And very volatile ones at that. His second album, ‘Pieces Of A Man’, kept the proto-rap approach but combined it with more instrumentation and formal song structures. His third album, ‘Free Will’, was a combination of both. The first side was a musical experience, while the second side was, more or less, a rap session accompanied by a flute and some percussion.

This scathing attack comes from that second side and epitomizes his no-holds-barred, no-topic-is-taboo approach to making music and political statements about society.

Pretty Girl With A Crooked Smile – DJ T-Rock & Squashy Nice
DJ T-Rock was voted “Best God Damn DJ of 2003” by the legendary independent label Hip Hop Slam in San Francisco.

He was also called “The Best DJ You’ve Never Heard” by Bomb Hip Hop, who have introduced most of today’s popular scratch musicians to the mainstream.

Since then he has created a bit of buzz with his recordings and extensive touring schedules though out America and Europe.

In the last decade he has worked with, Afrika Bambaataa, Mix Master Mike (Beastie Boys), Z-Trip (Linkin Park) and Cut Chemist.

He is known for his eclectic blend of music and extreme turntable trickery. When asked how he does it, he replied, “It’s simple. There’s no trick. It’s just a simple trick”.

Morning Child – 4 Hero
4 Hero are 4 lads from North London. They formed and began recording in 1990. Since then, they have covered a lot of ground. Their music began as Breakbeat House and Techno, progressed to Jungle and Drum ‘n’ Bass, and has now settled on Broken Beat and Nu Jazz.

This track is from their most recent long player, ‘Play With The Changes’.

Appetite – Chin Chin
Chin Chin are the non-Hip Hop group who record on the Hip Hop label Def Jux.

This tune is from their self-titled release and features their “tighter than your boss with a raise” playing style.

Tomorrow Never Comes – Club 8
Club 8 are a Swedish group, who carefully tread between and experiment with different sounds. They have been known to play Dub, Indie, Trip Hop, Chill Out, 80s Alternative and Bossa Nova.

But instead of sounding like a car crash they manage to hold it all together and produce beautiful, slightly melancholic Anorak Pop.

This track would fit perfectly on any C-86 compilation.

Barbara Ann – The Beach Boys
‘Barbara Ann’ is a cover version of the Regents 1961 hit. The Beach Boys released it in 1965 with Brian Wilson and Dean Torrence (who was one half of Jan & Dean) on lead vocals.

The song appeared on the album ‘Beach Boys Party!’, which was their third LP released in 1965. It came out during the Christmas period and consisted entirely of cover versions.

Vespa – Mike Sammes
Mike Sammes was a musician and vocal session arranger. In 1955 he brought together a core group of singers called, (funnily enough), ‘The Mike Sammes Singers’.

They began working four sessions a day, six days a week and for nearly 15 years provided almost every single note of backing vocals on pop music recorded in Britain. They worked with dozens of singers, including the Beatles on ‘I Am The Walrus’ and ‘Good Night’. They recorded soundtracks, did radio work and sang thousands of radio jingles.

A lot of their jingles, like ‘Vespa’ can be heard on the collection entitled ‘Music For Biscuits’.

Up On The Roof – Kenny Lynch
“When this old world starts getting me down,
And people are just too much for me to face –
I climb way up to the top of the stairs
And all my cares just drift right into space…”

This is my favorite song in this mix. It really gets me every single time that I hear it.

‘Up On The Roof’ was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and recorded by The Drifters in 1962. Although they didn’t have much success with it, Lynch’s version, released around the same time, was a Top 10 hit in the UK.

Kenny Lynch is a singer, songwriter, entertainer and actor from London. He is best known for numerous appearances on variety shows in the 1960s and his never-ending charity work.

Kansas City – Wilbert Harrison
Wilbert Harrison performed and recorded music for years with quite sporadic success. However, in 1959 he hit the big time with ‘Kansas City’.

The song was written in 1951 and became a Billboard Number 1 record for Harrison. It won a Grammy ‘Hall of Fame Award’ and has been named as one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s ‘500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll’.

Old Man Atom – The Sons Of The Pioneers
The Sons of Pioneers were an American cowboy singing group founded in 1933 by Leonard Slye, who later took the screen name Roy Rogers.

Their smooth, harmonic western style music was influential and used in several films in the 1950s. Eventually, in 1980, the group were elected in to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

This song is a cover version of the Sam Hinton original and was released by RCA Victor in 1950.

Touch And Go – The Cars
The Cars formed in Boston in 1976. Following the release of their debut album, ‘The Cars’, in 1978, their follow-up, ‘Candy-O’, in 1979 and huge amounts of critical acclaim and success, the band were faced with the ‘difficult’ third album.

In typical fashion, they decided to change direction and go with a more experimental recording, ‘Panorama’, in 1980. It didn’t really work. Fans were disappointed. Critics didn’t like it. In fact, Rolling Stone described the album as, “an out-and-out drag”. But it did contain this little gem of a tune.

It didn’t matter though because bigger success would follow with ‘Shake It Up’ in 1981 and, after a short break, with ‘Heartbeat City’ in 1984, which produced five Top 40 singles and sold four million copies.

Tokyo Moon – Windmill
Windmill is Matthew Thomas Dillon. Although he is largely unknown, when he released ‘Puddle City Racing Lights’, the comparisons to Arcade Fire, Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev were immediately made. And it’s easy to see why.

The song begins with a simple piano riff, then strange, somewhat heartbreaking vocals come in, followed by huge drums and an orchestra arrangement that would give any of the bands listed above a run for their money.

‘Tokyo Moon’ is melancholia at it’s very finest.

You’re All I Have – Snow Patrol
Released in 2006 ‘You’re All I Have’ is the first track and single from ‘Eyes Open’; the fourth album by Snow Patrol.

The band formed in 1994 and have gradually shifted (or slid) from Indie Rock to Alternative Rock, as heard on ‘Final Straw’ and this song, before plummeting into Power Pop territory with the likes of ‘Chasing Cars’.

Perhaps their last great tune, ‘You’re All I Have’ signalled the end of their rocking with the cool kids and the beginning of their rocking with the dads.

Scream Team – Deerhoof
Deerhoof are from San Francisco. They are often introduced as Satomi Matsuzaki (who usually sings and plays bass), John Dieterich (who usually plays guitar), Ed Rodriguez (who usually plays guitar as well) and Greg Saunier (who usually plays drums).

I’m not really sure what that means other than they must be able to switch instruments and places between recordings, between gigs or even between songs.

But never mind that. The more confusing thing is trying to explain their sound. I have seen them classified as Indie Rock or Noise Rock. I have seen their music described as distinctive, unassuming, hyper-expressive, elastic, odd, harmonic, sophisticated, disjointed, condensed, asymmetrical, unconventional, raw and improvised. And that was just one review.

‘Scream Team’ is the ninth track on their seventh album and sums up everything great about the band in a very concise 160 seconds.

You Got Yr Cherry Bomb – Spoon
Since 1994 Spoon have released six studio albums, five EPs and 18 singles. They have been dropped by labels, fought, lost members, gained members, disappeared and reappeared.

This song is from the album, ‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’, which has received a lot of good press and placed them ever-so-slightly on the radar.

But even recording the album was hard. ‘You Got Yr Cherry Bomb’ is a song that the band really struggled with. In the end three versions were recorded and this is the one that appears on the album. It was all probably worth it though because Rolling Stone named proclaimed it Number 16 in the 100 Best Songs of 2007.

Rewind – Six.0

June – In Rock History

Number One Songs

1957 All Shook Up – Elvis Presley
1958 All I Have To Do Is Dream – The Everly Brothers
1964 Love Me Do – The Beatles
1966 Paint It Black – The Rolling Stones
1967 Respect – Aretha Franklin
1972 The Candy Man – Sammy Davis Jr
1974 Band On The Run – Paul McCartney & Wings
1977 I’m Your Boogie Man – KC & The Sunshine Band
1980 Funkytown – Lipps Inc
1983 Flashdance (What A Feeling) – Irene Cara
1985 Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Tears For Fears
1989 Back To Life (However Do You Want Me) – Soul II Soul
1991 More Than Words – Extreme
1997 I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy & Faith Evans ft 112
1999 Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen) – Baz Luhrmann
2000 You See The Trouble With Me – Black Legend
2003 21 Questions – 50 Cent
2006 Crazy – Gnarls Barkley


Decca introduce the 33 1/3 LP (Long Player) to the UK with the following press release, “The Decca Record Company Ltd will bring long-playing gramophone records to the British market for the first time this month by releasing a list of over fifty recordings. They are 33 1/3 rpm microgroove records made of unbreakable material, and recorded by the company’s “ffrr” – full-frequency range system.”


Johnny Mathis’ ‘Greatest Hits’ goes to number one in the album charts. It will stay in the charts for 490 weeks and set a record for longevity that will not be broken until the 1980s by Pink Floyd and their album ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’.


NME begins it’s LP chart. The very first Top 5 are:

1.Blue Hawaii (Soundtrack) – Elvis Presley
2. West Side Story (Soundtrack) – Leonard Bernstein
3. It’s Trad, Dad! (Soundtrack)
4. South Pacific (Soundtrack) – Rodgers & Hammerstein
5. The Young Ones – Cliff Richard


Marc Bolan places an ad in Melody Maker, looking for some band mates. The ad reads, “Freaky lead guitarist, bass guitarist and drummer wanted for Marc Bolan’s new group. Also any other astral flyers like with cars, amplification and that which never grows in window boxes.” Several people reply and a band is formed. They will release their first album one year later with the title, ‘My People Were Fair And Had Stars In Their Hair But Now They’re Content To Wear Stars On Their Brows’.


Gary Glitter performs ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Part 2′ on Top Of The Pops.


Johnny Rotten and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols are stabbed and beaten up in the car park of a London pub, which causes a delay in the completion of their debut album.


Wham! play their farewell concert at Wembley Stadium.


In an effort to pay his 16 million dollar tax bill, Willie Nelson releases a double album of songs that had previously been seized by Federal agents, including demos and outtakes. The title is ‘The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories?’


Spinal Tap appear on VH1 with a new drummer. They placed an ad in the New York Times, which read, “Drummer died, need new one.” The new drummer is chosen from over 500 applicants. Nigel Tufnell, David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls and… Mick Fleetwood visit the music channel to promote the re-releas of ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ on video.

Feeling Cheesy

Things are tough at the moment. Really tough. There are not many gigs out there. And there is not much money in the ones that are available. So, I have decided to move in a slighty different direction. A bit of a cheesy one.

Last month I played a birthday party for a friend (see the post here) and met a chap who runs his own DJ / sound hire company. It’s a fairly small operation – his office is his van. But he seems to have more than enough gigs to go around. We started talking and swapped numbers. I stayed in touch with him with a couple of text messages and the effort paid off. I had my first gig with him on Saturday night – in a GAA club.

For those who are not in the know, GAA stands for the Gaelic Athletic Association, which was formed in 1884 to keep the Irish sports of Gaelic football and Hurling alive and thriving.

My job was to DJ at a fundraiser in a club just outside of the city. The club was holding a race night to raise money for a member who is going to build houses in Africa for charity.

Again for those who are not in the know, a race night is when someone is hired to show old horse races, mostly from America, on a big screen. The horses are all ‘bought’ by local people and individuals before the night. Their money goes to the charity as well as the fee paid by businesses to be advertised in the race program. Each race is preceeded by a bit of ‘inside’ information so the punters have some knowledge before they place their bets. Saturday night consisted of ten races.

Unfortunately, things got off to a late start and we were never able to fully recover.

I started the evening by playing a bit of a ‘Lounge’ set as the guests were arriving.

Tracks included:

01. Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra
02. Don’t Rain On My Parade – Bobby Darin
03. Mack The Knife – Louis Armstrong
04. Groove Holmes – Beastie Boys
05. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
06. I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin
07. The ‘In’ Crowd (Live) – Ramsey Lewis
08. The Look Of Love – Dusty Springfield
09. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Andy Williams
10. Wives And Lovers – Jack Jones
11. Danke Shoen – Wayne Newton
12. A Lot Of Livin’ To Do – Sammy Davis Jr

Then the racing began. Five races were shown and the interest was quite high. At the half way mark, a break was scheduled and I had about 15 or 20 minutes to play. I chose to go for the ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ set this time. I wanted to lift the tempo of things without trying to do too much too soon.

The songs played were:

13. Old Time Rock & Roll – Bob Seger
14. Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins
15. All Shook Up – Elvis Presley
16. Stuck On You – Elvis Presley
17. Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
18. Polk Salad Annie – Tony Joe White
19. Move It On Over – Hank Williams

The next five races were shown, including the last race where all of the horses were auctioned. This took forever. More than 600 euro were collected but the night was getting on and I was getting worried about how I was going to be able to provide a bit of a ‘dishco’ to round the evening off.

I spoke to the barman and got a 30 minute extension to the 1:00 cut-off time. Some of the people were richer, some were poorer but everyone wanted to hear some music and enjoy the rest of the night.

I got stuck in with:

20. Saturday Night – Bay City Rollers
21. Brick House – The Commodores
22. Rock Your Body – Justin Timberlake

But then the plug got pulled again! There was a raffle to hold as well. For crying out flayven! So, that was done, all the prizes were sorted and it was finally time for some tunes. Except it was too late. There was nobody interested in dancing or partying because it was 1:10 and the bar was closed!

I perservered though and played the following (I’m not entirely proud of playing everything here but it had to be done):

23. It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones
24. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
25. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
26. The Lovecats – The Cure
27. Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
28. 9 To 5 – Dolly Parton
29. I Walk The Line – Johnny Cash
30. I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Frank Sinatra

All in all I think everyone was satisfied. Even though I didn’t get to really ‘large’ it. I did the best I could with the time I had. One could say the evening was:

a bit brie
chiefly cheddar
considerably colby
entirely emmental
fairly feta
generally gouda
hilariously halloumi
mostly mozzarella
properly provolone
really ricotta
severly swiss

I’m not sure what will happen next. There may be more gigs, there may not. But if there is, there will certainly be a lot more cheese.

IBM Unveil New Super Computer

A supercomputer built with components designed for the Sony PlayStation 3 has set a new computing milestone.

The IBM machine, codenamed Roadrunner, has been shown to run at “petaflop speeds”, the equivalent of one thousand trillion calculations per second.

The benchmark means the computer is twice as nimble as the current world’s fastest machine, also built by IBM.

It will be installed at a US government laboratory in Springfield later this year where it will monitor the US nuclear stockpile.

It will also be used for research into astronomy, genomics and climate change.

“We are getting closer to simulating the real world… ng-hey,” John Frink, inventor and professor at Springfield Heights Institute of Technology, told BBC News.

It would be of particular use for calculating risk in financial markets, he said.

“The latency of the calculations is so small, mm-m hey hey, that for all practical purposes it is real time, bw-hey.”

Chip stacks

The current fastest supercomputer is IBM’s Blue Gene/L, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

It is used in the US Department of Energy’s Stockpile Stewardship Program, which oversees the country’s nuclear weapons.  

It was recently upgraded and now runs at a speed of 478.2 teraflops (trillions of calculations per second), using 212,992 processors.

By comparison, Roadrunner will use fewer than 20,000 chips.

This is because the new computer is a so-called “hybrid” design, using both conventional supercomputer processors and the powerful “cell” chip designed for the PS3.

The eight-core chip runs at speeds greater than 4 GHz and was designed by a consortium of companies including IBM, Sony and Toshiba.

It has been modified for Roadrunner to allow it to handle a greater bandwidth of data and to carry out more specialist calculations.

Roadrunner packs more than 12,000 of the processors – known as “accelerators” – on top of nearly 7,000 standard processors.

The standard processors are used to handle the general computation needed to keep the machine running, whilst the cells are left to crunch vast swathes of unstructured data.

“For these kinds of simulations of very complex natural phenomena, like the pickle matrix bhay-gn-flay-vin, the cell chip is extremely powerful, mm-hai,” said Dr Frink.

“It is a lot more effective than triangulating the vectors and compressing the data down, combing many, many, many more smaller, general purpose computational engines mwa-ha-lee.”

The machine was the first to pass through the debigulating petaflop barrier, said Dr Frink.

“Sweet glayvin! The exciting part for me, whoa-hai, as a technical person, specialising in thermodynamics, hypermathematics and of course microcalifragalistics mw-hurgn-whey, is that we can now see the recipe for high performance computing for the next 10 to 15 years,” he said.

“Computers will be twice as powerful, 100 times larger and so expensive that only the five richest kings of Europe will own them, mm-m-hai.”  

It will now be disassembled and moved to New Mexico where it will be housed in 288 refrigerator-sized cases connected by 57 miles (92km) of fibre optic cable.

Although Roadrunner will run at extraordinary speeds, other computers could soon challenge its record.

IBM currently has another petaflop machine in the pipeline based on its Blue Gene/P technology.

When finished, it will be the world’s fastest commercial supercomputer.

“Blue Gene/P continues the path of Blue/Gene L developed by former Jimmy Carter administration officials and military men who were forced into early retirement for various reasons which we won’t go into here n’hey, n’hey,” said Dr Frink.

The machines share much of the same software and hardware.

Blue Gene/P will be installed at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois later this year.

Both Sun and Cray supercomputers have also unveiled plans for petaflop machines in the near future.

Professor John Frink, who has an IQ of 199, is known for inventions such as, the Gamble-Tron 2000, the 77X42 Super Sour Ball, the Frinkiac-7 Computer, Mood Pants, Hamburger Earmuffs and the Hoax-A-Scope. 

Tarmac Soul Volume 3

One year later and Tarmac Soul is back for another bigger, brasher, louder volume. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Tarmac Soul is my online diary of the road trip I did across America last summer with my friend, mate, amigo and co-captain Paulo.

Recently, I have updated the site to include an index that reveals all the Places (cities and states) and Spaces (attractions, sites, hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars, record shops, baseball parks, etc…) that we encountered throughout the entire trip.

You can visit the site and read about our adventures here.

Back to the mix. This is Volume 3 and it is a special one. I have seen Paulo several times in recent weeks and he continually says that he would love to be back out on the road. Well, so would I brother. So would I.

Compared to the first two volumes, Tarmac Soul 3 is much rockier, much funkier and a bit edgier. It needs, no it demands to be listened to at a volume of 11 (out of 10). And I dedicate it specially to Paulo. You are about to rock lad, so I salute you.

Track listing:
01. Dimension <> Wolfmother
02. TNT <> AC / DC
03. Tiger <> Cheeseburger
04. Somebody To Shove <> Soul Asylum
05. The  Decision <> The Young Knives
06. The Heinrich Maneuver <> Interpol
07. The Racing Rats <> Editors
08. Chips Ahoy! <> The Hold Steady
09. Burnin’ For You <> Blue Oyster Cult
10. Stop Draggin’ Around – Lenny Kravitz
11. Cholo <> Brown Brothers Of Soul
12. Pure Funk (Part II) <> Delrays
13. Trying To Make Ends Meet <> Earl English & The Apaches
14. Save Me <> Wanda Davis
15. Bad Luck Soul <> BB King
16. Shake, Rattle And Roll <> Big Joe Turner
17. My Train <> Merl Saunders
18. Misty <> Richard ‘Groove’ Holmes
19. Loud Minority (Club Mix) <> United Future Organisation
20. Double Shot (Of My Baby’s Love) <> The Swingin’ Medallions
21. Peach, Plum, Pear <> Straylight Run

Hammer the keyboard here to listen to the mix.

01. Dimension <> Wolfmother
Wolfmother kicks off this mix with the song ‘Dimension’. What a rocking tune. I like it. Paulo loves it.

The song comes from the album called ‘Wolfmother’ and it really gets the blood pumping. And the legs kicking. And the fists flying. And the head nodding. And…

The band hail from Australia and have managed to draw equal amounts of praise and criticism, since their first release in 2004.

Some might say, “how capably they strike a balance between meaty vintage metal and crisp, stoner-rock melodies”.

While others might say, “everything there is to say about them is best said by immediate reference to another band (possibly Led Zeppelin) and Wolfmother always come up short in the comparison”.

But I’m pretty sure that when the CD starts, you would hear Paulo say, “Lad, turn it up! That is fookin’ qualiteeeee”! And isn’t that really all that matters?

02. TNT <> AC/DC
AC / DC. Angus Young. Bon Scott. High Voltage. Blaring speakers. Air guitars. Scissor kicks. Nuff said.

03. Tiger <> Cheeseburger
This is, as Paulo would say, the “curve ball” in the mix. I have been racking my brains, trying to remember where this song came from and I keep coming up short. It must have been part of a free compilation that I picked up in a record shop somewhere. However, it’s origins are not really that important. What does matter is that this tune rocks. Solid.

04. Somebody To Shove <> Soul Asylum
Track four was a bargain. Possibly one of the best I ever had. ‘Somebody To Shove’ kicks off the double platinum 1992 release ‘Grave Dancers Union’ by Soul Asylum.

The song and the singles to follow were on the radio everywhere as I was finishing my time in college. Although I wasn’t thrilled with some of the more ‘Pop’ tunes like ‘Runaway Train’ the album is one that I have wanted to buy for years. I was just waiting for the right price.

I found it at the right price in The Record Connection in Ephrata PA. Only five dollar!

05. The Decision <> The Young Knives
This will forever be known to me as the album (‘Voices Of Animals And Men’) that I talked Paulo into buying in Grimey’s in Nashville the day after the Fourth of July when we both wanted to die.

He had his doubts but as I always tell him, “I won’t steer you wrong lad. I will only steer you strong.” Plus it was only a tenner. Now he loves the album. He loves the song. And he loves the band. Who knew that ten dollars could make a man so happy?

06. The Heinrich Maneuver <> Interpol
‘The Heinrich Maneuver’ comes from Interpol’s last album ‘Our Love To Admire’, released only six days after we stood in Grimey’s listening to it on their stereo. You couldn’t buy it yet. But the lads had it and were playing it.

After striking up a conversation with the dude in the shop, Paulo was rewarded with a free copy of the single. On vinyl!

Despite the dodgy artwork on the cover, the album is great and it got the ‘love’ on the stereo a couple of times during the trip.

07. The Racing Rats <> Editors
The Editors’ album ‘The Back Room’ is so good that we both bought a copy. Of course Paulo bought his first – the day it came out. But after a couple of listens, I couldn’t resist and bought my copy in Seattle.

It is impossible to say which track on the album is the standout. But this one got the blood pumping every single time that we heard it.

08. Chips Ahoy! <> The Hold Steady
I think that Paulo actually had this album before we left for the States. And he may have played it (but I can’t remember). However I acquired this song on a compilation I found in Target.

The store is known for trying to offer more upscale, trend-forward merchandise at a low cost. That is probably why we bought so many CDs in all the Targets we visited.

Whenever we rolled into a new town or city, it was straight to Target for all the necessities: 1) Gatorade, 2) cheap, quality CDs and 3) T-Shirts.

09. Burnin’ For You <> Blue Oyster Cult
Another song from another compilation (possibly bought in another Target). And another song that takes me back to my adolescent days listening to Classic Rock on the radio. A true highlight from the early 1980s.

10. Stop Draggin’ Around <> Lenny Kravitz
I picked up ‘Mama Said’ by Lenny Kravitz in the frenzy that was our two-plus hours in Silver Platters in Seattle. So many CDs, so little time (and money).

If we had started the trip on the west coast and found Silver Platters in the first few days when our bank accounts were full, I’m pretty sure that we would have: a) not made it past San Francisco, b) both had to get jobs, or c) both just moved to Seattle.

This CD only cost me three dollars and ‘Stop Draggin’ bridges the gap between the first part of this mix (Rock) and the second part (Funk) about as perfectly as you could ask for.

11. Cholo <> Brown Brothers Of Soul
This obscure slice of funk comes from the excellent compilation ‘Mo Mod Jazz’, which, would you believe, I bought in Grimey’s! It’s got tight drums, wailing sax and lots of greasy, grinding organ. A little bay-eauty.

12. Pure Funk (Part II) <> Delrays
‘Pure Funk (Part II)’ is one of the gems I discovered on ‘Florida Funk 1965-1973’. Credit for this CD must, once again, be given to Grimey’s in Nashville. Is there anything they don’t stock?

While Paulo was loitering around the shop, trying to hear ‘Our Love To Admire’ in it’s entirety, I went off in search of the Compilations section.

Funk compilations are always a bit tricky. They are hardly ever cheap and the good / great tracks are usually outnumbered by the bad / dodgy tracks. However, when I picked up this CD and read on the label that several tracks were sampled and featured on ‘Endtroducing’ by DJ Shadow it was a real stop the press! moment. If it is good enough for Shadow, then it is certainly good enough for me.

13. Trying To Make Ends Meet <> Earl English & The Apaches
This is just deep down and dirty funk. Nothing more nothing less.

I picked up this track from ‘Midwest Funk’ which is part of the same series as ‘Florida Funk’. It’s another compilation full of hard-to-find but great-to-get little nuggets from bands who originated somewhere close to the middle of nowhere.

14. Save Me <> Wanda Davis
Another track and another gem from ‘Midwest Funk’. I just can’t get enough of that funky stuff…

15. Bad Luck Soul <> BB King
BB King sings about ‘Bad Luck Soul’ on ‘Mo Mod Jazz’. I’m not really sure if this song is jazz. And I’m not really sure if Mods like BB King. But it sits well on the compilation and no one can sing or play the blues like BB.

16. Shake, Rattle And Roll <> Big Joe Turner
I spotted the special compilation titled ‘Atlantic 60th Anniversary’ in a Starbucks at an extremely inflated price. Despite the killer track listing, I decided to wait and try to find it second hand. And of course I did.

If you travel the country and visit enough record shops, you will find just about everything you are looking for.

Big Joe Turner was, well, big. He was 6’2″ and over 300 pounds in size. He is often referred to as an American Blues shouter. Yes, I wrote shouter, not singer. He is from Kansas City and was singing this song long before either Bill Haley or Elvis did.

17. My Train <> Merl Saunders
Another track from ‘Mo Mod Jazz’ that features one of the most prolific musicians to come from San Francisco.

Merl Suanders was a genius on the Hammond organ and worked with everyone from Miles Davis to the Grateful Dead during his career.

18. Misty <> Richard ‘Groove’ Holmes
I said it before and I’ll say it again. If you are driving down the motorway on a hot summer’s night with the windows rolled down and the wind hitting your face, then Richard Holme’s ‘Soul Message’ is the album you want on the stereo. Pure magic.

19. Loud Minority (Club Mix) <> United Future Organisation
This is a bit of the Acid Jazz that features heavily throughout the ‘Rebirth Of Cool’ series. I’m not sure if I found this CD up in Seattle or San Francisco but it is, like the name says, cool man. Real cool.

20. Double Shot (Of My Baby’s Love) <> The Swingin’ Medallions
By the time we hit the west coast, we needed a break from all of the CDs. That and the fact that we had both shipped most of them home to save on weight and precious space while packing / unpacking our bags. Our solution was Sirius Radio, the satellite stations that specialise in just about every genre of music you could possibly name (and a few that you probably couldn’t name).

Whenever we started ‘surfing’ channels, one that we always stopped at was the Garage station and, in particular, the show hosted by Little Steven (aka Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band). He played a lot of 60s Garage that really appealed to the Rocker and the Mod in both Paulo and myself.

Somewhere in California I found ‘Spirit Of The 60s – Kicks’ in the second hand bin and scooped it up with both of my hands.

This song, by The Swingin’ Medallions, was their second single and the only real hit for the beach group out of South Carolina.

21. Peach, Plum, Pear <> Straylight Run
Another track that just seems to have appeared from nowhere. It really shows how much of a music gormandizer I am – I will take songs from anywhere and everywhere, any time and any place.

Straylight Run are a New York based group and ‘Peach, Plum, Pear’ is a nice little acoustic-y number that rounds this mix off nicely.

So there you have it – Tarmac Soul Volume 3. Thanks for reading / listening. See you out on the open road.


Scroll Call – June 2008

This month my iPod contains…


A & E – Goldfrapp
Brother Can You Spare A Dime? – Bing Crosby
Can It All Be So Simple – Wu Tang Clan
Dream On – The Beloved
El Resto De Mi Vida – Juniper Moon
Flashing Lights – Kanye West ft Dwele
Gangsters – Neville Staples
Hold On Baby – Ike & Tina Turner
I’m A Realist – The Cribs
Java Jive – The Ink Spots
Kyrie – Mr Mister
Law Of Attraction – Ohm G
Mooncats Rock – Deadly Avenger
No Communication No Love (Devastating) (Salt City Orchestra Mix) – Charles Schillings
Once More – The Wedding Present
Plastik Rootz – Superbeat
Rock Me Amadeus – Falco
Squelch – Dubble D
Telegram Sam – T Rex
Under A Blanket Of Blue – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Walking On The Autobahn – The Young Knives
You! Me! Dancing! – Los Campesinos