Friday, November 26, 2010

The Gabby Pahinui Band & Ry Cooder - The Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band Vol. 1 (1975)

Just found this amazing vinyl of ry cooder (guy that brought together the BVSC) cooperating with a hawaiian band on an Amsterdam flea-market.

The album has such a laid-back 'hawaiian meets country' feel to it. Lots of excellent slide-guitar by ry cooder, hawaiian 'slack key' guitar playing, and general good vibes. The whole album was recorded in gabby's house in hawaii, powered by generators especially bought for the occasion.

awesome quote for you guys:
"Gabby Pahinui helped to lay the foundation for Hawaiian slack key guitar playing. Although he recorded only one internationally released album, Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band, Vol. 1, his influence continues to be reflected in the playing of Hawaiian slack key players and American guitarists including John Fahey, Leo Kottke, and Ry Cooder."

The album's somewhere on mediafire, but can't find the link anymore so here are the tracks (streamed, thanks to

Aloha Ka Manini
Blue Hawaiian Moonlight
Moani Ke_Ala (def check this one, so chill)
“Oli Komo (Chant)”
“Ipo Le Manu”
“Moonlight Lady”
“Hawaiian Love”


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Benjamin Wetherill - Laura (2008)

Benjamin Wetherill’s an artist who I respect massively. He seems to have gone sadly under the radar of late, though some of the progressive stuff he’s done with the ‘Trumpets of Death’ is quite awesome. Here’s his debut album from 2008, ‘Laura’, which is an amazing contemporary recasting of some traditional folk songs and some wonderful original tunes.

‘For all the headlines’ and ‘Shallow Brown’ are good intros to his music, but some of the longer more complex tracks are worth repeat listens to really get a feel for him. I love this album it’s fucking incredible – the guitar-work and his voice are both phenomenal, and the extra instrumentation from A Hawk and A Hacksaw (and others) really compliments it. I also believe it was recorded in an abandoned church in Bulgaria (although I may be wrong) which adds to the flavour ;)

There are youtube clips but I didn’t really want to put one up as they’re generally not good enough quality to really convey the power of his music.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Nedry - Condors (2010)

Ok actually all that talk of Nedry in the post below made me want to dedicate a bit of blog space on here to them.

I've seen these guys develop their sound since I was playing in Green as a Primary a couple of years ago and it's been a pleasure to see them hone it like this and get some deserved recognition. Ayu's wonderfully ethereal voice and haunting melodies are an amazing addition to the well-crafted soundscapes of bass, beats and synths layered with intricate guitar work, and sometimes, just sometimes, it gets a little dirty - which is always nice. They're currently touring Europe with 65Days of Static.

Here's a big tune off their album Condors:

Here's their myspace - some awesome songs on there: - check out Clouded

I don't really want to link to a mediafire DL of their album because I know them and it makes stealing music feel a bit more real... that's my hypocrit's mea culpa. But check em out and BUY their album! lol.

Also they're heading your way a week today Phil (19th Nov) - so def go see them if you can. Check the listings on their myspace.


Dubbin' Selecta (various)

So Phil keeps bothering me about uploading some dubstep. I was trying to culture you with some of the 'Bangers and Mash' mix, but I guess what you're after is some of the dirty stuff... so here's a Skream overload for you.

Actually fuck that - first here's Martyn with a classic remix of Flying Lotus (love this tune): listen to it LOUD. (he's dutch, so very cool, as I'm sure you're aware - Rik, not Phil... ha)

Skream's well 'festival dubstep' and got pretty massive a while back along with Benga, but here's a classic for you (I can't say I listen to him much now, but I think this is what you're looking for!):

And here's an ace Digital Mystikz tune - they're the guys behind DMZ (you work it out yet?) - which is still banging about every couple of months and you should def come to next time you're in Londontown.

Here's a link to the mix album Watch the Ride - some classic tunes on there - check Flith.

And here's Skream's first album Skream! (2006):

So yeh - Dubstep's officially dead; I maintain it was never alive given that it wasn't 'one thing' but just a whole burgeoning direction in music encompassing loads of new AND existing genres; but anyway it's spawned some amazing new directions in music and a friend's band (Nedry) are now being touted as 'post-dubstep' which is hilarious but you should check them out though as they're ace:
Saw them at Corsica Studios recently (just awesome venue at Elephant & Castle) and they were really good - supported 65Days on tour in Europe a while ago and they're doing it again NOW- so catch them NEXT FRIDAY (19th Nov) in Amsterdam.

big up

p.s. you should def check out the track 'Clouded' on their myspace it's really ace and I reckon it's right up both of your respective streets (it's got some post-rock vibe in there Rik! and bass for Phil!).

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night (2010)

don't remember whether i picked this up from rik's drive or not. i might have. in any case, it's an album i've only really started listening to a week ago. very very nice. it's no use describing the sound or whatever, just listen aight


Dream Rock & Noise Pop Compilation 1985-93 (Vol. 1)

awesome shoegazer/noise pop/dreamrock compilation by

i remember promising rik to post a black tambourine album, but i guess i one-upped myself with this compilation. and this song rules so hard.

1. The Jesus and Mary Chain – “You Trip Me Up”
2. Cocteau Twins – “Aikea-Guinea”
3. My Bloody Valentine – “Slow”
4. A.R. Kane – “Baby Milk Snatcher”
5. Loop – “Arc-Lite”
6. Spacemen 3 – “Revolution”
7. The House of Love – “Destroy the Heart”
8. Ride – “Chelsea Girl”
9. My Bloody Valentine – “Loomer”
10. Slowdive – “Catch the Breeze”
11. Pale Saints – “Throwing Back the Apple”
12. Lush – “For Love”
13. Medicine – “A Short Happy Life”
14. Black Tambourine – “Throw Aggi Off the Bridge”
15. Swirlies – “Pancake”
16. Secret Shine – “Temporal”
17. The Boo Radleys – “Upon 9th and Fairchild”
18. Lovesliescrushing – “youreyesimmaculate” - dream rock p1 - dream rock p2