Friday, July 31, 2009

Funky Friday - The Adnams Family

Postcard by Juliet Blaxland

Following a week of local based bumbling: pubs, beaches and bikes - for the next week it's Southwold here we come (isn't that a Smiths album?)

If you've never visited, the highlights include: Suffolk's tea colured sea, the Adnams brewery, Aspall's Suffolk Cyder, the Southwold Picture Palace, the pier, crabbing in Walberswick, one of the UK's finest chippies rated Number One (here) just a nip away in Aldeburgh, - and Southwold's high street lighthouse. But like Mrs PM says - why the high street? Aren't lighthouses meant to be on a rocky outcrop, spit or somesuch - not plonked next to the pub and brewery surely?

If you've never visited why not take a taste test here - Southwold tour

PS We're not leaving until tomorrow - but I'm bored of usual holiday tunes (XTC, Beatles, Monty Python albums) having played them too many times - so any recommendations for must have holiday listens would be appreciated..

So, I'll leave you with Two summer soundalikes that were on my subs bench for the last Podrophenia..

Jack Costanzo - Peter Gunn Mambo

Dave 'Baby' Cortez - Watermelon Man

And a guest mix which should be appearing on The Right Side Of Funky sometime over the weekend

See you in week's time and I'll try to send a postcard..

Not sure about that manky mud-pier, nothing more scenic in the vaults then?

Friday, July 24, 2009

Funky Friday - Podrophenia 2 - Phew What A Scorcher

This chap has appeared in Podrophenia 1 and 2 - but who is he?

Summer's here and the time is right for podding in the streets..

I'm away for a couple of weeks, so I'll leave you with Podrophenia 2, a summertime special from Piley and myself (plus a few offstage heckles from his cat) which sees us navigating our musical charabanc through literal, lateral and loose interpretations of summer. By way of songs written around haystacks, hayfever, beach buggies, caravans and rain. Along with random gabble about buses, bacon, 'would patrons kindly refrain' pool signs and Piley's discovery of the Deliverance Olympics.

You can download below

Podrophenia 2

stream here (whoops the Divshare link is broken)

Or try via iTunes

One of these two lung-busters belts out a scorching version of 'Sunny' in the poddy.

Back soonish

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

And The Stars Look Very Different Today

What was I thinking? No space-posts! And me a hard-coded astro-nutter from the minute I knew what any of it meant..

A couple of questions though, and don't get me wrong these aren't in any way conspirasist cyber-babble. Just general confusion, a blind-spot on the mechanics of the act, and not having read anything more detailed than the usual timeline of events..

How did the Eagle blast of when it was so low on fuel? Were there landing and take off tanks?

How did Eagle dock with the control module?

Is Moon Dust worth a punt?

David Bowie - Space Oddity (very early demo version)offline

Paul Weller - Kosmos offline


Davy H said...

1. Yes
2. Skill and gravity
3. Very much so
July 21, 2009 10:37 AM
bleecher said...

some great high res pics here on google-moon

its used to show cheese on full zoom in...but sadly the googleboffins have lost their GSOH
July 21, 2009 10:39 AM
bleecher said...

oh and secondly ... blasting off in a very low gravity environment wouldn't take much thrust/fuel

a fart in a space suit wud just about do it i rekon .....
July 21, 2009 10:43 AM
Planet Mondo said...

I'll be nipping to Camomile Library to grab MD today Davy - have a top space-walk on your day out today..

A - Google Moon!!! Where did that come from? Can you visit the dark side?

B - Must steam up your visor though?

PS have you checked the super-duper early Bowie tune - great pre-amble 'some of it is being considered as single material, but we'll leave that up to you'
July 21, 2009 11:31 AM
Davy H said...

I've already given my copy of Moondust away, otherwise could have sent you it.

Tip-top Davy Jones demo Houston.
July 21, 2009 12:05 PM
bleecher said...

google moons been about for .... ummmmm .... moons.... the appolo series landing and exdedition plotting is amazing tho....all high res photos and mostly in colour too ... you soo have so look

oh yeah the music.. wat can i say? mr bowie and mr weller in one post? i think i just came a little
July 21, 2009 12:17 PM
Planet Mondo said...

Speaking of Bowie I must check his young'uns new film Moon.

Have you been at the Space Dust today Bleech?
July 21, 2009 1:04 PM
Mrs Mondo said...

C'mon Mr M - even our kids know about Google Moon! (They were just talking about Google Mars over tea the other night - I think you must have been on another planet..?) ;-) xx
July 21, 2009 1:48 PM
Keith said...

I've always been intrigued by space. I was really interested to see all the stories yesterday about the 40th anniversary of man walking on the moon. Cool tunes by the way.
July 21, 2009 2:29 PM
Planet Mondo said...

Google Moon! Google Mars !?! what about Google Mondo? x

Thanks Keith today's post was a last minute switcharoo, If you were here earlier you'd have seen a diff' post for about 30 mins (my first vinyl rip)- I'm going have to do a more planned post, perhaps Funky Friday - 'Moony Tunes'..
July 21, 2009 4:07 PM
Furtheron said...

You know that second picture - the one of Neil Armstrong on the moon... just makes me think maybe the "it was all fake and shot on a set in the desert" may be right... :-)
July 21, 2009 4:09 PM
Planet Mondo said...

It was a fake F-RON check the 'conclusive proof' here.
July 21, 2009 4:18 PM
Simon said...

Oh dammit, who mentioned spacedust? I love that stuff. I had a crunchie ice cream the other day, and to get that thank crunchie it's friday fizz the chocolate on the outside has space dust in it!

As Mrs Simon says 'it's the little things...'
July 21, 2009 5:20 PM
Gabbi said...

Wonderful space post! Amazing photographs and music...

I know all the conspiracy theories are out there, but I still like thinking it's true. Such a great bit of history.
July 21, 2009 10:15 PM
Planet Mondo said...

Loved spacedust Simon - did you ever try holding as much as you could, at the back of your throat for as long poss? No! You should. Did you ever get a bit on your eye though..yikes!!

I've no doubt about the landings happening Gabbi, that link above is to a fab send up of the conspiracy theories - have a peep, fantastico..
July 21, 2009 10:35 PM
Mick said...

Loved that Bowie demo. Space Oddity was my favourite song 40 years ago and this version makes it sound fresh again.
July 22, 2009 6:13 PM
Planet Mondo said...

I've got the Demos of Ziggy Stardust and Lady Stardust with just Bowie on Guitar for ZS and piano for LS

Drop a line Mick if you want copies
July 22, 2009 7:31 PM
Mick said...

Thanks for the offer. If they are from the Ziggy Stardust CD with bonus tracks I've got them. In fact, your post made me consider posting them. The Ziggy demo is particularly nice. I think LS is one of the other tracks and I can't find the CD at the moment.
July 22, 2009 8:09 PM
Planet Mondo said...

Those Rykodisco reissues were fab - have you checked the Transformer remastered edition (I got it for 2.99) comes with the demo of Perfect Day - just Lou and an acoustic

Here check these out Mick - top quality unreleased Bowie demos from 1970..
July 22, 2009 9:20 PM
Mick said...

Thanks for the links, PM. One thing I forgot to ask - what year is that Space Oddity demo from? It sounds more like the finished product than the Love You Till Tuesday version so I'm guessing 1969.
July 22, 2009 10:34 PM
planet mondo said...

I think you're right Mick - hard to find definitive dates and info on it - but 69 seems to be the year

There's some details here , but the version I've posted is taken from the Sound and Vision box set - well worth a grab if you haven't yet..

I had a fab Bowie booty somewhere where he's demoing something and John Peel walks in
July 22, 2009 11:07 PM
Blank Stares and Cricketclaps said...

Is this post a tribute to that lovely film Capricorn One?
July 23, 2009 5:39 PM
Planet Mondo said...

I've no doubt it happened - my Q's are rooted in confusement not conspiracies
July 23, 2009 8:03 PM

Friday, July 17, 2009

Funky Friday - Globetrotting

An album that features Stevie Wonder, one of Toto and Pele - has there ever been a more random guest list!

So rolling along with the theme of summer sounds - how about a sequence of intercontinental hops to faraway funky hotspots

Antonio Adolfo - Transamazonica

Sergio Mendes & and the New Brasil '77 - Mozambique

Quantic Soul Orchestra - Panama City

Or if you missed my global a go-go funk mix from last year 'Mondo Internationale' - try a two minute taste test below...

And download here

Grabbed a 7" of this little gem for 50p at the recent Leigh Folk Festival.Bargain.

Friday, July 10, 2009


DJ, producer and the Bruce Lee of bootleg remixing Ben Soundhog has collected some of his most recent reworks and cross-pollinated pop-ups into a glowing collection Music From The Pig Fink.

Blossoming with summer thumpers Fink is a selection box of unlikely bed fellows buddying up and sharing the same personal song-space. A place where the Super Furry Animals, Dave Clarke and Cymande jam side by side

The Smokin' Message

And those rocking robots Daft Punk, and audiophile space-jazzers Steely Dan become conjoined, recoded and rewired to lively up your legs..

Daft Dan

Music From The Pig Fink is free and available for download here

Ben SH's sleevenotes on the tunes

Funky Friday - Funkee Monkees

£8.49 this cost me back in the eighties!

I've been on something of a Monkees buzz after reading this recent trigger from BLTP. Although I really can't understand why it's taken me almost two years to log some Monkee magic in the blog.

Retrospectively the amount of sniffery and snears directed towards The Monkees as they took their place in sixties pop society, seems almost hard to believe now given the quality of the catalogue, the pedigree of their legacy and the roll call of heavy-hitters happy to sit in with them - Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Neil Diamond Goffin/King. Oh, and then there's Brixton's David Jones having to rebrand himself as David Bowie to avoid any confusement and Stepping Stone later being re-punked by the Sex Pistols..not bad for a band originally pegged as pop-puppets .

Listen To The Band
A funky little number with a fake ending..

For Pete's Sake
A tune occasionally used as a show-closer

Mary Mary - The Strangers
I only realised this was written by Mike Nesmith while looking at the label last week. As much as I love The Monk's version, this slightly thumpier rework just pips the original for me

You can grab the mp3 of Paperback Believer right here

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Run For Cover It's A Piley And Mondo Podcast

Who he? Find out in Podrophenia

Great Scott it's a podcast! Yes Podrophenia the first in an occasional series of oddcasts from Piley and myself wherein where cue up some themed tunes and generally jabber about a bit. The flavour of the day is 'cover versions'. So what can you expect to hear amid the random banter as we dig through our respective record collections? well, tracks like ...

The original hi-raunch version of One Night reworked by Marc Almond

Mission Impossible as you've never heard it before

Metallica remade for swinging and finger-clicking

Blur covering Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart covering Oasis

Bob Dylan goes garage..

Podrophenia is unscripted, unedited(ish) and available for stream or download right here..

Podrophenia 1

The audio embed has gone pop - but you can listen via itunes above

Oh and the opening theme, which I forgot to credit is The Mohawks - Mony Mony

Friday, July 3, 2009

Funky Friday - Britpopping

If you were between 18 to 30, and based in the UK during the Britpop years (bookended by Suede and the Spice Girls) it was possibly the closest anyone too young to remember the sixties got to tasting the uncorked excitement of an England Swings experience. The mid-nineties saw Britain's music scene blossom and bloom into hot spots of home grown, hybrid-mixing, hit makers - stretching from newly minted Anglocentric anthems, Indie rockers and Big Beaters to rediscovered retro funk, swishy soundtrack highlights and cheesy listening lounge tunes.

Add in Blur vs Oasis, Weller's return to form, former shy-eyed shoegazer guitarists giving it Guitar Hero riffery and the upsurge and momentum of the moment was enough to revive the surviving Beatles into action releasing new recordings and archived outtakes via Anthology.

If you fancied a night in there was the reinvented Radio One (which had finally shaved off it's beardy ol' DJs) or Vic and Bob's Shooting Stars. For a night out how about catching Trainspotting or any number or Brit-flicks hitting the cinemas or even shaking a leg at clubs like Blow Up.

So instead of waving the flag with the typical Britpop colours, how about a couple of remixed remodels and two often overlooked vids..

And you must check out Piley's review of Blur's recent Southend gig - their warm up for Glastonbury and Hyde Park.

The Pulp/Blur tracks are taken from the Steve Lamacq mixed Weekenders, so download them and they'll join neatly togther when played in sequence

Pulp - Common People(Motiv-8 Mix)

Blur - Girls and Boys (Pet Shop Boys remix)

Almost the forgotten men of Britpop, Black Grape's
It's Great When You're Straight.... Yeah! is still the perfect summer soundtrack almost 15 years on from it's release - yes it really has been that long.

Black Grape - Tramazi Party