Shadow Of The Sun

Moon Duo , as mentioned yesterday, have a new album out, handily titled to fit in with the solar eclipse. Two fuzz guitar chords, a motorik drumbeat, drone organ, a wigged out guitar solo, flat and nasal vocals. It’s not easy to do something so familiar and still manage to do something so exhilarating with it. This is the song Weatherall played on the radio- seven minutes of your journey to work well spent this morning.

Ice

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Two Different Ways

I just discovered this belter of a track by Factory Floor. It sounds a bit like a vocal from a lost Factory Records song circa 1983 played over something you could have danced to circa 1989.

Missing

Vini Reilly has had a rough time recently with health issues and major financial problems. One of his Durutti Column masterpieces LC is currently being re-released with twenty odd extra songs. LC is an lp I already own twice, once on vinyl and once in a 90s re-release version on cd. I don’t think I’ll buy it for a third time but if anyone from the Manchester scene deserves some cash to go with the talent it’s Vini, so maybe we should put our hands in our pockets. This song was written for the missing boy, Ian Curtis. New Order, ACR, Durutti Column and Tony Wilson were all around a pool somewhere in the US in the early 80s and Vini said to Tony ‘You know who’s missing don’t you?’ As well as Vini’s beautiful guitar this song features some very fragile Vini Reilly vocals..

The Missing Boy

LC stands for Lotta Continua- the struggle goes on.

That’s My Story And I’m Sticking To It

I just found this and thought some of you might like it- a re-edit of The Mighty Wah’s mighty The Story Of The Blues single, lovingly unwrapped over eight and half minutes, for a true Balearic end of night escapade where you want just one last song to send you on your way before you spill out into the streets to see the dawn. May or may not be the work of Ivan Smagghe.  At Soundcloud here and available for download.

You’re my best mate you are.

Holiday

Today is the first day of my summer holiday. Not done too much. My two kids are still at school (until Wednesday). Pottered about the house. Done some household chores. Played some records, including an acapella version of Bring the Noise by Public Enemy which I got at a record stall in Sale’s Traders’ Outlet on Saturday afternoon and briefly considered playing it over The Magnificent Dance version of The Clash’s Magnificent Seven 12″ which also happened to be lying around but then decided getting the twin decks out was too much bother. Cycled up to the village to buy pasties for Mrs Swiss and her co-workers at the nursery who were doing their end of year clean up and sort out. Sat on the grass eating pasties. Cycled home. Read about Bradley Wiggins in the paper. Etc etc. Nice to do nothing after all the madness of the last few weeks and the bad news our friends have had at the end of last week. Opened an email from my brother in Germany that I’d missed last week to find a link to a rather good interview from Granada Reports back in 1989 with The Stone Roses and some great rehearsal footage, which I thought I’d share with you to end this rather aimless and boring post. Off now to get the youngest from school.

Non- related picture- Lee Miller taken by Man Ray.

Heaven Help Us All

There’s some particularly bad shit going on in the lives of people we know at the moment. It’s not my place to put this stuff in the public domain but things ain’t good.

Heaven Help Us All

The picture shows American photographer, model and journalist Lee Miller who has popped up here before, looking both very 1930s and oddly contemporary. I’ve been reading a biography of her by Carolyn Burke, worth reading if you ever see a copy.

Ganger

On a similar tip to yesterday’s Meek 12″ this is Two Lone Swordsmen’s remix of Ganger’s Trilogy. Dusty, slow-mo, lo-fi, electronic post-something stuff by Mr Weatherall and Mr Tenniswood. This came out in 1998 on a one-sided 12″ single with an etched B-side.

Trilogy (Two Lone Swordsmen Remix)

Up top, another Man Ray photo of Lee Miller, looking ready for some 1930s sci-fi disco action.