Weatherall Transmission

Lord Sabre was back at the Beeb last Friday night for another outing of his 6 Mix residency and an outstanding mix it was, largely electronic plus some dubby reggae. It also had not one, not two, but three brand new AW remixes including one of primal Scream and one of 80s jazz funkateers Blue Rondo A La Turk. You can listen to it for the next few days here. After that you’ll probably find someone has uploaded it to Soundcloud. Two hours well spent my internet friends.

This came out two years ago, a bass heavy, chugger of a remix of a Timothy J Fairplay track.

Sleighride/Blizzard (Andrew Weatherall Remix)

Avery Mix

Daniel Avery- his fine new album Drone Logic is out now and was mentioned here last Thursday- was the guest for BBC Radio 6’s 6 Mix on Friday night. You can listen to it on the iPlayer (and probably find a d/l of it if you have a scoot around the internet). It’s an electronic delight including The Horrors, Death In Vegas, My Bloody Valentine and a whole load of good people who, let’s be honest, we’ve never heard of. A good mix of things- a bit like Picasso’s twinning of striped t-shirt with checked trousers.

If you’ve not been before Friday night regular George has started a blog- Jim McLean’s Rabbit. It is a splendid mish-mash of music related stuff, including records he no longer owns and other musings. You should give it a go. Tell him I sent you.

Weatherall Back On The Beeb

After a lengthy absence Mr Weatherall was back at the controls at the BBC Radio 6 Mix last night featuring his usual eclectic selection of the slow and groovy; odds and ends from around the world including some superb stoned stuff from Romania, some dubwise selctions, some of his own stuff (Asphodells, his Madness remix), some artists I’ve never heard of before like Melody’s Echo Chamber and Group Rhoda, some cinematic/library sounds from Cults Percussion Ensemble, Italian soundtrack tunes from Enrico Simonetti and Goblin, some folk from The Unthanks, nuggets from Manfred Mann and The Saints, and more besides. If you haven’t tuned in before go and take the plunge. Listen here for the next six days. Two hours well spent.


New Year’s Eve is probably the most overrated night of the year, all expectation and little delivery, and it’s now been well over a decade since I had to go out, pay over-the-odds to get in somewhere and have a ‘big’ night out. It’s round to friends, chuck the kids in a room with sweets and a games console while the adults get slowly drunk in the kitchen. With the same adults then complaining when I take control of the stereo.

Whatever you’re doing tonight- going out, staying in, going out to stay in- you could do worse than start your night off with Andrew Weatherall’s 6 Mix show from New Year’s Eve 2010, an hour of tunes from the Primal Scream Screamadelica tour bus.

Andrew Weatherall NYE 2010 6 Mix (Screamadelica Tour Bus)

Patti Paladin and Johnny Thunders Let Me Entertain You
Tav Falco Oh How She Dances
Bo Diddley Dancing Girl
Webb Pierce Teenage Boogie
T Rex Teenage Boogie
Simon Scott Move It Baby
Corporate Image Not Fade Away
Anandar Shankar Jumpin’ Jack Flash
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band Faith Healer
The Standells Medication
New York Dolls Trash
Terry Edwards Never Understand
La Dusseldorf Rheinita
Silver Apples I Have Known Love
A.R. Kane A Love From Outer Space
The Glitter Band Let’s Get Together Again

Bon Voyage my friends, thanks for coming. Quite a few people I know will be glad to see the back of 2012. Here’s to a better year in 2013.

Weatherall And Sherwood On The Reggae Wireless

Over at BBC Radio 6 Mix you can catch these two fine gentlemen, Mr Andrew Weatherall and Mr Adrian Sherwood, discussing life and reggae and playing many, many fine reggae tunes as part of the BBC’s celebration of 50 years of Jamaican independence. Hurry up though, it only streams for another three days. Unless you can find a sneaky download.

Shakedown 1979

I was doing some ironing an hour or two ago while listening to BBC 6 through the TV (I know what you’re thinking; take it from me, the fun never stops round here). Karl Hyde of Underworld was playing a diverse and eclectic mix of songs that inspire him, one of which was 1979 by The Smashing Pumpkins. Now, I never liked The Smashing Pumpkins- grunge by numbers with bad hair, and Billy Corgan always seemed like such a dick. How, incidentally, did he end up playing with New Order? But 1979 was one very cool song, ace drum intro, great guitars, wistful vocal. Love it. I’ve got their Greatest Hits, bought in 2001 (2001?. Jeez!), pre-internet days for me when I used to buy cds for the odd song. I bought it solely for 1979 but hoping there’d be something else on it as good.

There wasn’t.



Also from Mr Weatherall’s 6 Mix show the other night, Haysi Fantayzee’s seven minute dub-pop song The Sabres Of Paradise, from 1982. Haysi Fantayzee are best known for the A-side hit John Wayne Is Big Leggy (which coincidentally I was talking to someone about on New Year’s Eve. You can’t say I don’t know how to have fun at an NYE party) and for one half of them being Jeremy Healy, 90s club dj and ‘face’ (and several other less complimentary words according to a friend of mine). Healy took the phrase Sabres Of Paradise from a novel about Cossacks by Lesley Blanche, which a different friend gave me a copy of about fifteen years ago, which I still haven’t read. Weatherall took the name from the record, and the book, for a group and a record label. Got all of that?

Top song by the way.

The Sabres Of Paradise

These Are Not The Last Days

Towards the end of his New Year’s Day Vinyl Only 6 Mix show Andrew Weatherall played two corkers, one a krauty song by The Early Years and the other this- Love Performance by Australian band Total Control. Very post-punk, some Martin Rev, some Wire, very Joy Divison but with keyboards all over it as well as guitars and very good too. You can get the album Henge Beat on vinyl from Iron Lung Records or as a download from Bandcamp.

Love Performance

Left Side Rock

The gentleman in the interesting suit is Brian Olive, a former member of The Greenhornes (who made some not terribly interesting 70s rock revival with Jack White). Brian has released a rather good 60s psyche influenced album (Two Of Everything), which was one of the selections the last time Weatherall played his 6 mix show. It’s produced by The Black Keys Dan Auerbach, so has those vintage, valve amp sounds nailed down, but it’s well worth looking out for if you like that kind of thing. This song opens the record.

Sons Of Stone

Another selection from Andrew Weatherall’s record box, via his 6 Mix show last Sunday night. The People’s Temple might look like they’re from Bolton but Lansing, Michigan not Lancashire is home. They’ve made a psychedelic garage record that ticks all the right influences (Love, Spacemen 3, the Velvets, 13th Floor Elevators, Link Wray, a thousand Nuggets style bands) but they’ve also managed to make an album that actually sounds like it was recorded in the mid-to-late 60s. Cool and groovy.