The Deep Hum At The Heart Of It All

There was a lovely Andrew Weatherall package that came out some time back- a special edition of author Michael Smith’s Unreal City, with a 6 track cd soundtrack, a 10″ record and the book itself loose-leaf, with Weatherall’s hand written annotations around the text. A really nicely put together thing, from Faber. It was priced at £35, which I thought was a bit steep, but I got one for £20 from a popular internet auction site. The soundtrack is all low key, ambient noises and circular acoustic guitar patterns and Michael Smith reading parts of the book- not the sort of thing to listen to everyday but something to immerse yourself into and enjoy. You should definitely find yourself a copy, if they haven’t already sold out.The one-sided 10″ record was a remix of one of the tracks. Consider this as a taster.

The Deep Hum At the Heart Of It All (Weatherall Remix)

And many thanks to reader Jim from New Zealand who got in touch from the other side of the world regarding this matter.

Saturday Morning Is Weatherall Remix Of Friday Night Is Rockabilly Night

Here it is, the Weatherall remix of yesterday’s V.V. Brown track from 2008, Stripped back to mainly bass, drums and funny noises and bought on 10″ vinyl, one of my favourite novelty formats.

Crying Blood – Weatherall Remix.mp3 – – online file sharing and storage – download

Death In Vegas ‘One More Time’

That Death In Vegas 10″ single I mentioned the other day, one sided with an etched B side picture of a girl’s face, and on red vinyl. Could it have any more collectible features?

One More Time is a nice organ led, retro funky thing, and features Bobby Gillespie. He turns up at the end and says ‘yeah yeah yeah yeah’ a few times. Guess he forgot his lyric book when he went to the studio.

05 One More Time.wma

Crispy Ambulance ‘Deaf’

Crispy Ambulance were on Factory, allegedly signed because they were Joy Division sound-a-likes and dismissed by many because they were Joy Division sound-a-likes. Which wasn’t always true. This track Deaf sounds nothing like JD, and is all the better for it, being more rough and ready, scratchy, shouty, post-punk, building and falling away. Good stuff this one.

I can’t listen to Crispy Ambulance without thinking of the Half Man Half Biscuit song Running Order Squabble Fest, which details bad gig experiences (Half past four? Half past four? You said half past ten to us,… CND? CND? We’re not going on after Chas ‘n’ Dave etc etc). In the middle it breaks down ‘Hello boys there’s a change of plan- You’re going on after Crispy Ambulance’ to the tune of the popular football song ‘You’re going home in a fucking ambulance’. It’s better on record than being described. I’ll post it at some point.

Also, I’ve got this record on 10″ vinyl, which is a funny format, neither one thing or the other. Perfect for the e.p. and mini-lp, but also for the promo/collector gimmick trap. My 10″ collection is pretty random- a Beastie Boys single with them as Action Men on the cover, a Green On Red 8 track live album, a Death In Vegas one sided single with Bobby Gillespie saying yeahyeahyeah a few times and an etching on the B-side, a Primal Scream remix e.p. with a rubbish poster, two singles by Doves, Richard Hell reading the first two chapters of his novel (played once), a Dinosaur Jr single, an Arctic Monkeys e.p., Bug In The Bssbin by Innerzone Orchestra, a Rancid record, Super Black Market Clash spread over three 10″ discs, a Cowboy Junkies e.p with a fold-out poster bag, Weatherall’s remix of VV Brown, the DFA remix of Clinic, a Folk Implosion film tie-in, Good Life by Inner City live (!), three Jesus and Mary Chain e.p.s, and a remix of Theme by Sabres Of Paradise. I mean, there’s some good songs there but I wouldn’t want to wake up in a dj booth with just my 10″ records. I think they saw me coming.