Monday, 17 February 2014

S.o.t.D. - The Race – Yello

The Race – Yello

Never featured Yello before? What?

A video of scenes from the only motor-sport I could ever be interested in.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

S.o.t.D. - Mind/Body/Light/Sound – Swans

Mind/Body/Light/Sound – Swans

Swans are so timelessly great because they manage to meld beauty and power. I miss what Jarboe added to their sound in their recent re-incarnated form. Her voice was a great counter-point to Gira’s sonorous voice.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Waterwalker by Bill Mason

Arguably the best movie ever made about canoeing. (No, Deliverance doesn’t count.) From the National Film Board of Canada, of course. I can watch it for the umpteenth time, and recall canoe trips that have been and dream about canoe trips to come. Pretty much sums up what Ontario and canoeing means for me. Released in 1984, although some of the imagery was recorded more than a decade earlier. With a fitting soundtrack by Bruce Cockburn. (Also worth checking out is Song of the Paddle and Paddle to the Sea.)

S.o.t.D. - Over And Over – Cabaret Voltaire

Over And Over – Cabaret Voltaire

Off of The Crackdown, which had a huge impact on me when I first heard it. These guys were a big influence on me, and remain so.

Friday, 14 February 2014

S.o.t.D. - Com’era Dov’era – He Said

Com’era Dov’era – He Said

Yesterdays inclusion of Dome led me to thinking about Graham Lewis’ solo project, He Said, and this track off 1986’s Hail LP.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

S.o.t.D. - Cruel When Complete – Dome

Cruel When Complete – Dome

When Wire went on hiatus from 1980 - 1984, Graham Lewis and Bruce Gilbert collaborated as Dome, putting out several albums. Assisted here on vocals by Angela Conway, aka A. C. Marias.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

S.o.t.D. - Sixteen Days / Gathering Dust – This Mortal Coil

Sixteen Days / Gathering Dust – This Mortal Coil

Originally 2 Modern English songs that they would close out their shows with. Ivo Watts-Russell brought together M.E.’s Gary McDowell on guitar and Michael Conroy on bass, Colourbox’ Martyn Young on keyboards, Cocteau Twins’ Elisabeth Fraser on vocals and Robin Guthrie on guitar and Cindytalk’s Gordon Sharp on vocals, to record this cover.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

S.o.t.D. - We Fall Like Love – Christian Death

We Fall Like Love – Christian Death

I had some friends who were really into this band long ago, but I never felt the same way about this band. They had an okay track or two, this being a case in point, but I couldn’t get that excited about them. 

Thursday, 6 February 2014

S.o.t.D. - Steppin’ Out – Joe Jackson

Steppin’ Out – Joe Jackson

Classic song.

How A Firearm Works

The title on the vid is slightly misleading. 1940’s film explaining how a firearm works. A bit quaint in some regards, but very impressive due to the large models they built to demonstrate the principles of how they operate. Slightly out of date style wise, but still perfectly current as far as an educational tool to explain the inner workings of a rifle.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

S.o.t.D. - Cherry Coloured Funk – Cocteau Twins

Cherry Coloured Funk – Cocteau Twins

Off of 1990’s Heaven or Las Vegas, their last for 4AD. Still a great album, even if I think they reached their peak a few years before.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

S.o.t.D. - Fuel To Fight – Test Department

Fuel To Fight – Test Department

From the height of the English coal miners strike of the early 80’s. Never agreed with the politics, but it produced this album. This track in particular helped cement my love for the mighty Test Dept.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

S.o.t.D. - Says – Nils Frahm

Says – Nils Frahm

Wow. A little bit reminiscent of Tangerine Dream or Vangelis, not so much stylistically per sé, but in terms of the journey the track takes you on. Makes me think a little of the calibre of work produced by Jon Hopkins as well.