Friday, 13 February 2009

Boxerbears Vol22

Boxerbears Vol22 - The Urban Decay Mix

I'm back although I have said that before, crazy busy and a very poor start to 2009 have hindered my time and enthusiasm so I am trying to get back on the horse as it were with Vol22 (That's 330 songs so far fact fans) I now have my mp3 turntable and so have lots of stuff to convert when I get it to work properly!. On this edition there is a nice mix of shiny pop gems like the criminally ignored Midget and Montrose Avenue to the darker side of things with The Mission and Catherine Wheel. The Inspirals track is slightly out of kilter due to the fact it was only released about 3 years ago but it doesn't sound out of place and that's a good thing. Guilty pleasure this mix is the uber permed 80's cardigan adoring Glenn Mederios, and don't pretend not to sing along!

PS I have located the demo cassette of the post Spinning Jennys band Massey if anyone would like to rip it for me, its a great little batch of tunes. The latest incarnation of the Jennys called The Foster Kids has just released an album which is also a fantastic batch of country tinged pop songs and is available from itunes and Check it out

1) Midget - Camouflage
2) The Montrose Avenue - Shine
3) The Alarm - Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke
4) The Blue Aeroplanes - Jacket Hangs
5) Suede - My Insatiable One
6) Revenge - The Trouble with Girls
7) Spectrum - How You Satisfy Me
8) House of Love - You Dont Understand
9) The Mission - Wasteland
10) The Darling Buds - Hit the Ground
11) Catherine Wheel - Crank
12) Salad - Drink the Elixir
13) Ride - Paralysed
14) Inspiral Carpets - Come Back Tomorrow
15) Glenn Mederios - Nothings Gonna Change my Love for You

Thursday, 18 December 2008

BoxerBears - The Laideez Mix

BoxerBears - The Laideez Mix

A Christmas edition of the BB series. Sorry about the delay its been a hectic couple of months but hopefully I can start more regular posts. This comp came about as I was getting tracks ready and seemed to have a whole load of female (or female fronted) acts. A really nice mixture of the rocking, the weird and the beautiful on this mix. My standout tracks, Mmmm its hard but my current favs from this batch are Throwing Muses brilliant Firepile, the wonderful Dreamtime and the ever bizarre and fantastic garage rock from Shonen Knife.

1. The Heart Throbs - Dreamtime
2. Cranes - Shining Road
3. Stereolab - Super-Electric
4. Throwing Muses - Firepile
5. Th' Faith Healers - Reptile Smile
6. Sleeper - Romeo Me
7. Dubstar - Anywhere
8. Juliana Hatfield - I See You
9. PJ Harvey - Sheela - Na - Gig
10. Shonen Knife - Get the Wow
11. Moonshake - Second-hand Clothes
12. Sugarcubes - Birthday
13. Daisy Chainsaw - I Feel Insane
14. Curve - Ten Little Girls (Peel)
15. Pat Benatar - Hit me with your best shot

If I don't post again before Christmas I would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas, have a great one and may Santa bring you all the coloured vinyl and battered CD's you wish for!

BB Jim

Thursday, 30 October 2008

RareOnes Vol6 - Blessed Ethel - Welcome to the Rodeo

RareOnes Vol6 - Blessed Ethel - Welcome to the Rodeo (1996)

Blessed Ethel were one of those bands that fell into a hole in between "NME" Genres touring with NWOTNW bands such as S*M*A*S*H and The Nubiles as well as Britpop bands such as Lush and The Longpigs. They were an altogether spikier proposition than those bands with Sara Doran's voice grabbing your attention like a cross between Courtney Love and Debbie Harry. This album (1996) was the first and only long player they released, although there were several non album singles such as "Dog" and "Rat" They came to my attention supporting S*M*A*S*H and bought the single 3 Minuite Mind at the little record stall at the gig.

1. Pullman Car to Venus
2. Calico B
3. Confidential
4. Another World
5. Hangin' in the Sun
6. That Man
7. Shooting Cowboys
8. Fat Star
9. Veronica
10. Rope
11. Blue Movie
12. Into the Sun

Friday, 24 October 2008

BoxerBears Vol21 - The Leeds Memory mix

Boxerbears Vol21 - The Leeds Memory Mix
21 now that conjures memories, 10 years ago i spent mine very very drunk on a revolving dancefloor in one of Leeds most cheesy venues (Which is now not unsurprisingly i am told some kind of a lap dancing/ Hawaian club!) Planet Earth. There is no direct correlation between that night and this mix as I am confident they didn't play Blessed Ethel in there! I think it was more KC and the Sunshine Band and the Spice Girls.... Anyway back to the mix, I have tried to add acts I haven't included before such as Big Boy Tomato, The Nubiles and Vent 414 and a great Smaller track (He's Digsy dont you know) alongside a couple of favs like NMA and Cud (Leeds link!) all topped off with a hair metal classic as your Track 15 curveball!

1) The Nubiles - Without Walking
2) Joyrider - Special One
3) Speedy - Boy Wonder
4) Smaller - Is?
5) Blessed Ethel - Fat Star
6) Candyskins - Feed It
7) Inaura - Coma Aroma
8) Vent 414 - Lie Before You
9) Big Boy Tomato - Anything
10) Delicatessen - CF Kane
11) Hurricane #1 - Chain Reaction
12) New Model Army - Get Me Out
13) CUD - One Giant Love
14) Out of my Hair - In the Groove Again
15) Poison - Aint Nothin but a Good Time

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

RareOnes Vol5 - Half Time Oranges - Rotterdamnation

Vol 5 - Half Time Oranges - Rotterdamnation (1996 Rutland Records)
Rotterdamnation was the second Half Time Oranges album (Clive Baker Set Fire to Me was the first album on Rutland Records) this was released in 1996, they were based around East Anglia. I have a vague recollection of camping on a freind of a freinds floor around 96 one drunken New Years Eve in Norwich and the guitarist from the band was one of the flatmates, Claim to fame or what!
I beleive there were shared members with the equally football obsessed Des Lynam Allstars who were also based around Norwich. I would love to get hold of some of the other Rutland records releases but they are impossible to get hold of. In fact the much revered (on these blogs) Spinning Jennys had a track on a Rutland compilation album called Shiver me Timbers, which i have never managed to track down. Anyway hope you enjoy this jangletastic album.
PS I could find a picture of the band anywhere so here is the inspiration for track3!

1)Any team will do
2)Terrace Girl
3)Vinnie Jones
4)Six Point Christmas
6)Zig Zag to the Onion Bag
7)A Gospel Song
8)Second City Blues
9)Billy Danes grown up
10)The Girl from 4B
11)Theme From Orange
12)Yesterdays Hero
15)Moving the Goalposts

Friday, 10 October 2008

Boxerbears Vol20 - The Scutaro Mix

BB Vol20 - The Scutaro Mix

As a tribute to the brilliantly named Toronto Blue Jays player we watched whilst in Canada, it really is one of the best names ever.

Anyway to the music, a real rag bag of the poppy the heavy the funky and kitsch. Kicking off with the Nivens and for those of you who have downloaded the recent Nivens album posting you will be able to sing along to this already! Back to the Planet are a band for about 6 months i listened to constantly and although this rip is not the greatest you get the idea. A second Norfolk band with a track from Noisebox EP2 from the powerhouse of Republic, The best Bivouac track imo and a woonderful ditty by the scottish indie pop legends BMX Bandits. Please let me know what you think good or bad and im off to rip some more gems! Laters

PS If anyone has a copy of either Juliana Hatfields - Everybody Loves me But You or The Family Cat - River of Dreams (The single version not the muddier album version) please please please post it as i love those two tunes and i cant find my copies for love nor money. Ta

1 The Nivens - House Come Tumbling Down
2 Poppy factory - Stars
3 Back to the Planet - Teenage Turtles
4 Midget - Optimism
5 Kinky Machine - Swivelhead
6 Republic - Powerdrill
7 These Animal Men - This is the Sound of Youth
8 Terrorvision - My House
9 Honeycrack - Go Away
10 Bivouac - Money Sanctury (Cynic)
11 Transvision Vamp - Tell that girl to shut up
12 Rootjoose - Mr fixit
13 The Dharmas - Three Miles High
14 BMX Bandits - Serious Drugs
15 ABC - When Smokey Sings

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

RareOnes Vol4 - Seconds Out Round One (Various)

RareOnes Vol4 - Seconds Out Round One (Various)

Seconds Out Round One was compilation album of session tracks recorded in 1991 for the Mark Radcliffe radio show Hit The North, released by Imaginary RecordsThe album consisted of three tracks each from Scorpio Rising, Leatherface, Doctor Phibes and the House of Wax Equations and The Boo Radleys
Sorry for the delay holiday and work commitments have meant the longest gap yet for BB. This is a great little compliation of session tracks and one which is very hard to get hold of. Hope u enjoy!

1 Scorpio Rising - Freedom No 5
2 Scorpio Rising - Freedom 13
3 Scorpio Rising - Peace Frog
4 Leatherface - Not Superstitious
5 Leatherface - One To Say
6 Leatherface - Discipline
7 Doctor Phibes - Mr Fantasy
8 Doctor Phibes - Mirrors
9 Doctor Phibes - Burning Cross
10 The Boo Radleys - Naomi
11 The Boo Radleys - Skyscraper
12 The Boo Radleys - Song For Up

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

RareOnes Vol3 - The Nivens - Sex, Lies & Gaffatape

The Nivens - Sex, Lies & Gaffatape - 1992

1.House Come Tumbling Down 2.Alright Now 3.Heart & Love 4.Mask 5. I Thought Love 6.Play Blue (remix) 7.Love Don't Live Here Anymore 8.Never Turn Away 9.Want it Now 10.B With U 11.Not Good Enuf 4 U

Another Norfolk based band from the early ninties and one that had a small and dedicated local following but very little national profile but were strangely very very popular on the continent. This is a lovely little jangle pop album that i have enjoyed re-visiting lately. There is a nice entry on thier website that explains it better than I can......

"There is a sense of freedom in the vastness of the fields of East Anglia and in the gentle cultured burbling of the city of Norwich that seems to inspire people to pick up guitars and do it right......THE NIVENS were inspired thus. The coming together in the mid '80's would allow them to hone their own brand of jangle-psychedelia over the next few years to the point where a more-or-less chance meeting with French indy label Danceteria lead to their first serious single and album releases in 1989 - "Shake it from the Top" and "Shake" the album peaking at No. 9 in France - and also achieving a playlist on Radio One, and getting into the top 3 in the French "Best" magazine readers poll(the French equivalent of the Melody Maker UK poll). Seven singles, two albums, a mini album, a double album singles/unreleased tracks compilation, A harder musical edge fusing acid grooves to the REM / Byrds / Smiths sensibilities. - And a standing joke that with some 25 former Nivens out there ( including several luminaries from past Norwich bands of legendary standing like the Farmer's Boys ) it is only a matter of time before the band do a gig where the guest list exceeds the venue's capacity! a splendid time is guaranteed for all..."

PS - Track one is a corker

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Rare Ones No2 Mega City Four - Inspiringly Titled The Live Album

Mega City Four - Inspiringly Titled the Live Album (UK Big Life) 1992

Released just 5 months after and including 5 songs from the Sebastopol Rd album the only official live album the band released and apparently recorded straight of the soundboard (Live in the mix if you like) I like this album as it not only contains some great songs but is also quality wise what you always hoped those coloured live bootleg cassettes bought from the market would be like but never were. MC4 amazingly have never had a best of or a retrospective CD brought out which is criminal really as they easily have a double album's worth of fine material. I liked this so much I actually have it on tape and CD!

Tracks -
1.Who Cares 2.Finish 3.Thanx 4.Shivering Sand 5.Props 6.Messenger 7.Stop 8.Revolution 9.Words That Say 10.Callous 11.Lipscar 12.Peripheral 13.Clown 14.Open 15.What You've Got 16.Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Boxerbears Vol 19 - The Sibierski Mix

Boxerbears Vol19 - The Sibierski Mix

A mix dedicated to the most important deadline day signing. No not Berbatov, not Pavlyuchenko, Robiniwho? i say, no its the ageing bald veteran striker Antoine Sibierski who will propel Norwich back to the Premiership!!

Anyway music! As we move towards a landmark BB20 mix i have the usual mixture of known unknown excellent tracks. From the power of the Fatima Mansions and At the Drive in to the delicacy of Frente (See i told you i would include it Mr Veggie) to the jangle of Thousand Yard Stare and the artistry of Shack. Finished off with a disco based Track15 topping from Mr Vannessa Phelps himself Phats and Small! PS - The Thousand Yard Stare track sound remarkably like a song my college band wrote called Where are you now a couple of years earlier, which can only be a good thing in my biased mind.

Have fun kids be careful out there!

1. Shack - Oscar
2. Thousand Yard Stare - Version of Me
3. The Family Cat - Springing the Atom
4 The Belltower - Underwatertown
5. Frente - Accidentely Kelly Street
6. One Dove - Breakdown
7. The Wedding Present - Its a Gas
8. Fatima Mansions - Evil Man
9. At the Drive In - One Armed Scissor
10. Kingmaker - Freewheeling
11. Edwyn Collins - If you could love me
12. Blab Happy - Never No More
13. Adorable - Kangaroo Court
14. The Vaselines - Jesus Wants me for a Sunbeam
15. Phats and Small - Feel Good