The new Pixies album Head Carrier doesn’t do too much for me, it’s alright but that’s about it. Plus, Pixies without Kim Deal is a bit of a deal breaker for me. Mind you I wasn’t too fussed about the new album they put out in 1990. After the brain melting shock of Surfer Rosa and Doolittle, Bossanova seemed a little humdrum, a bit ordinary. In the years since I’ve learned to love some of the songs off it, Velouria and Digging For Fire and some others, but nothing meets the standards they set in 1988 and 1989. And while some bands have persuaded me to keep buying their records I’ve never felt the same urge with Pixies. The compiled Peel Sessions and B-sides albums are well worth your time and money as companions to those two late 80s masterpieces..

Velouria (Peel Session)

Sally Space

This song was left off St Etienne’s debut Foxbase Alpha and is one of the bonus tracks on an upcoming twenty five year anniversary edition (triple vinyl, double cd, booklet, cigarette cards etc). It’s a wonder it didn’t make the cut first time around with its lazy house drums, reverb and echo, and Sarah’s sunny day vox.

All That Matters

This is a lovely way to start a Sunday, a blissful, luscious new remix of Hannah Peel by Richard Norris (Hannah sings on the Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve album so this a favour returned). All the requisite elements present and correct- a chunky drumbeat, piano, wobbly bass, sweeping strings and a swoonsome vocal. Richard has located the sweet spot, that point just before ecstasy tips into melancholy.


I know I post an awful lot of Andrew Weatherall related material here but I think it’s worth it. On a trip to the USA he popped in to do a mix for Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space radio show and it’s a bit special. If you go here there’s a download button. Weatherall did a show for BIS previously in 2009, one that got played a lot in the Bagging Area bunker.


Barry Woolnaugh – Great Spirit Father In The Sky – Moine Dubh
John Grant – Disappointing (Richard Sen Remix)
Craig Bratley – Play The Game (Andrew Weatherall Remix) – Magic Feet
Alan Rankine – Can You Believe Everything I See – Les Disques Du Crépuscule
The Blow Monkeys – Save Me (Unreleased Dub)
Jagwar Ma – Give Me A Reason (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
Mario Viera – Cosmic Matter – Santa Esperanza Records
Herb Alpert – Rise (Tuff City Kids Remix)
Visti & Meyland – Tabah (DJ Disse Remix)
The Antirealists – Absence (Q-Burns Abstract Message Remix)
Headman – Dechainee
Capablanca & T.Keeler – Trepanado

Another Dawn Appears

It’s Friday, so as Drew puts it, let’s dance! One of the fine blog in my list to the right is Madchester Rave On, a cornucopia of 1988-1992 delights. Last week this song was posted…

Saturday’s Angels

A 1990 release from If? that is a joy from start to finish, the sort of record that sent clubs into a frenzy, especially those clubs in the faraway towns- Warrington, Blackburn, Burnley- those kinds of places which had rabid club scenes with loyal punters. In fact there are many out on the net who will testify that it was Legends nightclub in Warrington that made this tune. Saturday’s Angels was very nearly a proper hit too after the group appeared on The Word but they missed out. If? included Sean McClusky (ex of Subway Sect and JoBoxers) and were faces on the London club scene of the late 80s and early 90s. Here’s The Word performance in shaky VHS upload format from the Youtube account of the man himself, Terry Christian…

It demands to be followed by this from Paradiso, also from 1990, released on Boys Own…

Here We Go Again (Stairway To Heaven Mix)

If You Need ‘Em I Got Crazy Prophylactics

Experts have recently calculated that the number of re-edits in the world will outnumber the planet’s population by the middle of 2017. But if there’s one thing that 2016 has taught us it’s that, as Michael Gove told us during the referendum campaign, ‘the British people have had enough of experts’. Given the way he ran education during his time in office and how he then handled his own campaign for the Tory leadership he’s clearly no expert at anything. Nigel Farage joined in with the general rubbishing of experts and I think we can agree that he’s no expert either- the change in leadership at UKIP is a marvellous farrago. I’m sure that if any of us needed something serious and technical doing- fixing an engine say or heart surgery- the last person we’d want is an expert. What do experts know?

But back to  re-edits. This new edit/remix of A Tribe Called Quest’s Bonita Applebum dropped into my inbox yesterday. Rhythm Scholar is the expert in question, a scholar too, and has done a fine job, making Bonita all smooth and slinky with the little riff reappearing now and then. As a bonus you can download it for free with two extra versions, The All Nite Excursion and Dubb. I am down with this.

La Maison

Those of you with good memories may recall that last year I wrote about Le Volume Courbe, an experimental London based group centred around French singer Charlotte Marionneau. There was an album called I Wish Dee Dee Ramone Were Here With Me which had two songs on it that I loved. This one…

…and this one…

I have recently come into possession of a remix of The House. Sonic Boom has gotten his mitts all over it and given it his noisy, droney treatment. However since drafting this post word has come through and I’ve been asked not to share that remix right now, so sorry, it’s not here. Having written most of the post I thought it was well worth sharing these two songs again. Enjoy.