Archive | September, 2013

Weekend Playlist Special

28 Sep

A reader rightly pointed out that in last weeks weekend playlist (20.09.13) – Casiotone For The Painfully  Lonely cover of When You Were Mine was in fact written by Prince – wether formerly known as or not. Learning through  error, I thought it would be an idea to make this weekend playlist with just a few of the songs written by Prince and/or made big by other artists. The prince of synth awaits.

1. When You Were Mine, was on album Dirty Mind 1980, Later B-sided on the single Controversy (1981). Here the A side.

2. The Sex of it from Kid Creole and the Coconuts 1990, goes on for over 6 minutes and isn’t interesting in my opinion.

3. The still classic; Manic Monday from The Bangles (1986). Written by Prince 1984 – originally planned as a duet with Patricia Kotero, member of Apollonia 6, the girl group made famous through the Purple Rain film and a really bad song Sex Shooter- also with Prince’ signature all over it.

4. The 1990 dance hit Pray from MC Hammer, produced by the MC himself  – he was the first and it was one of the few songs legally blessed by Prince to incorporate samples of one of his compositions. When Doves Cry is stamped to it like a branded cow.

5. The classic: “Nothing Compares 2 U” from Sinead O’Connor (1990). Prince released the song 1985 and originally wrote it for The Family. Screams of Passion – a song from the band screams that Prince was the Campbells Soup of chart topping music at the time.  Here’s The Family version – just as a taste of what might have become of the song if  Sinéad O’Connor hadn’t go her paws on it.

6. I Feel For You was an early compostion by Prince. He wrote it in 1979 for his second album Prince, later in 1984  – with permission from Prince to make changes (bridges, rapping; Melle Mel, and harmonica from Stevie Wonder) Chaka Kahn had a Number 1 hit with it in the UK. 


Track of the day

27 Sep

This ones for me. Feeling sorry for myself with a broken rib. I’ve been looking for a good, appropriate title and I came up with this. If anyone’s got anything better, please let me know and I’ll make a playlist. My ribs will heal much quicker. THANKS 

Bell X1 ‘was’ an Aeroplane and ‘is’ also a band from Dublin, Ireland known for their wide range of styles  Here’ The Ribs Of A Broken Umbrella.

European Day of Languages

26 Sep

On This Day: 26.9.13, and since 2001 – EDL has been jointly organised by the European Council and European Union. The rules: “To alert the public to the importance of language learning, and diversify the range of languages learned, in order to increase multilingualism and intercultural understanding. To promote the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe and encourage lifelong language learning in and out of school”.
People, of all ages are encouraged to take up a language, or take special pride in their existing language skills and an emphasis on learning a language other than English.

The beautiful Francois Hardy with Le temps de l’amour. Although there are no lyrics, the title of the equally beautiful Hable Con Ella written by Alberto Iglesias speaks for itself (Talk To Her, from spanish filmmaker; Pedro Amaldova ).  An apt finish for EDL with 80’s German band; Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle (FSK) with I Wish I Could Sprechen Sie Deutsch. 

aimer, disfrutar, viel Spass!




Track of the Day

24 Sep

Dinky or Alejandra Del Pilar Iglesias Rivera as she’s also known, is the chilean producer and DJ who lives in Berlin. She’s been steeped in electro club music since the 90’s, but with her latest album Dimension D (June, 2013) shes’ taken on another strain of the music virus – started singing and songwriting and producing sensuous melodic songs. Here’s Fallen Angel Enjoy!

Track of the Day served by Kurt

23 Sep

I have the privilege to introduce ‘Kurt’. Poet and ‘qualified surveyor’ of Londons music scene.
He’s going to be serving us – from time to time, a few hand picked pearls out of his vast collection. His first offering is from ‘Bombino’ (Omara “Bombino” Moctar), an acclaimed Tuareg guitarist and songwriter from Agadez. He sings in the Tuareg language of Tamashek and the song ‘Tamiditine’, sung live in this clip, is on the Album ‘Nomad and is indeed a treat.


Season Swan Song

22 Sep
Alpdescent in Entlebuch

image: Luzern Tourismus: Alpdescent in Entlebuch

The onset of Autumn or Winter can be a challenge for some, but nearing the end of September- here in the Schoener Schweiz, festivities  are underway celebrating the changing of  the seasons with the annual Alpabzug (Alpdescent). Herds are guided back down into the valleys – after spending the glorious summer months grazing on the highlands, to spend the coming winter in the stalls. As part of the seasons festivities cows are decorated with flowers and donned with big cow bells. 

Size matters
The harvest is also essential to this time of year. Reaping the fruits of the farmers labour is at task – it brings with it ehrgeiz. Competitions are held and entrants basically show off their largest prize Veg.  The competition for the biggest pumpkin is held each October in Seegräben (canton Zurich) and last year Beni Maier brought along a pumpkin weighing 768.5 kilograms –  the heaviest pumpkin in Europe, 2012.

Setting the tone
There are a couple of very good tracks to choose from to set the tone – for example:
R&J Stone‘s; The World Is Just A Great Big OnionHarvest by Neil Young, also Harvest For The World – 
The Isley Brothers, or Needle In  A Haystack from The Velvelettes, or even Seasons In The Sun by Terry Jacks at a push. But in honour of tradition I’m leaving  you with classic, original schwyzerörgeli folks music ( diatonic button accordian)  by Josias Jenny (1920 – 1989). The piece is called ‘Metzgete bim Karl’. Enjoy!

Weekend Playlist

20 Sep

1. SBTRKT:  Wildfire 
2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra: So Good At Being In Trouble
3. Quadron: Slippin
4. Polica: Dark Star 

5. Brian Eno: Third Uncle
6. Casiotone For The Painfully Lonely: When You Were Mine
7. The Czars: Song To The Siren
Galliano: Slackhands

We’re kicking this weekend off at melting point with SBTRKT’s Wildfire with a video not unlike Carrie to-boot. SBTRKT (Aaron Jerome) has remixed songs by Radiohead, MIA and Goldie etc., and was part of the east London DJ scene before becoming no stranger to the heavy rotation on various radio stations. Unknown Mortal Orchestra with So Good At Being In Trouble lends itself nicely to the plink-plink-fizz of that first alka-seltzer the morning after. Quadron, otherwise known as Coco Maja Hastrup Karshøj and Robin Hannibal (full name Robin Braun), are a electro-soul combo from Denmark and Slippin is a fab ear worm. Polica’s Dark Star will help you get your saturday scrambled eggs on the table. Can’t resist to throw something in from my cider glugging youth club days onto the weekend list: Brian Eno with Third Uncle is what it is. Casiotone For The Painfully Lonely make the Cindy Lauper hit When You Were Mine their own.  And The Czars exquisite cover of Song To The Siren (orig. from This Mortal Coil) and Galliano with Slackhands will see you off into Sunday. Enjoy!









Track of The Day: AAAARR!

19 Sep

Nope. I jest ye not folks. International Talk Like a Pirate Day is upon us; Two japesters; John Baur (aka “Ol’ Chumbucket“)  and Mark Summers (“Cap’n Slappy“) invented the ITLAP day in 1995 after one them shrieked AAAARR!  after hurting himself during a game of racquetball  – the hilarity didn’t stop there no sir. After establishing the date they then sent a letter to the American syndicated humour columnist – Dave Barry, and the parody’s since gone viral. So getting in the spirit of  things, here aaaarr two shots at redemption: Nelson Riddle – Love Song from the film Mutiny on the Bounty and Mekons with (Sometimes I Feel Like) Fletcher Christian. Enjoy!



Track of the Day for Dee Dee

18 Sep

Can’t let today go by without paying respects to Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin). Born this day 1952 and died 2002 in LA. Dee Dee, co-founder, songwriter and bass with the Ramones was famous for his count ins.


Track of the Day

17 Sep

Bonnie Prince Billy (Will Oldham, born 15th January 1970).
Starting out as an actor, he was in a couple of films before becoming disillusioned with the Film Industry. Among them was the  John Sayles Film Matewan (1987) – the film dramatizes the events of the coal miners’ strike in 1920 in Matewan, a small town in the hills of West Virginia. He played the lead in Old Joy (2006), a critically acclaimed road movie about about two mates on a weekend camping trip in the Cascade Mountain Range.

Here’s a Bonnie Prince Billie track: New Whaling. A beautiful song with lacy guitar and haunting vocals.

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