8tracks: No Epiphany

April 8th, 2009 | aeropiratika

Eight tracks taken from music I’ve picked up over the last couple of days.


Fight Like Apes

November 12th, 2008 | aeropiratika

Awesomely pissed-off Irish band Fight Like Apes appear to have re-released their single "Jake Summers" in support of a new album that I haven’t been able to find yet. In the hope that you find the album more easily — you can hear a bunch of FIGHT LIKE APES AND THE MYSTERY OF THE GOLDEN MEDALLION here — I’m going to make you listen to "Jake Summers" for a few days. Because you can’t not love a song that says "Hey you, you’re taking up space / And you’re a fucking disappointment to the human race."

(Usual rules apply: mp3 vanishes in seven days, provided for review purposes only, if you need it gone before then email at degaussing at googlemail com and it shall be done)


3 Mustaphas 3

November 7th, 2008 | aeropiratika

Ah, the 3 Mustaphas 3, a veritable gang of related musicians trained in the unforgiving and terrible mire of the Crazy Loquat Club in the Balkan town of Szegerely. They might never have been discovered if not for their canny and dubious Uncle Patrel Mustapha, who had them illegally transported inside refrigerators to London in the summer of 1982…

None of which was remotely true, of course, but it was a good story. The Mustaphas — I don’t think there were ever less than six of them, and sometimes they appeared to be an army of probable mental patients — were in fact a bunch of musicians with a Britsh core in love with what was not yet called "world music." These were people who could go from klezmer to five different African styles to Cajun to Mexican songs sung in Hindi in the space of… three or four minutes, frankly, which could occasionally make them a challenging listen. The three albums I know of were berserk world tours of music.

This medley from the album HEART OF UNCLE is pretty much as slow and sober as the Mustaphas ever got, but I think it’s also one of the loveliest things they ever did.

(Usual rules apply: mp3 vanishes in seven days, provided for review purposes only, if you need it gone before then email at degaussing at googlemail com and it shall be done)


Number 1

November 4th, 2008 | aeropiratika

I thought Goldfrapp’s first album, FELT MOUNTAIN, was an interesting start. I liked the second album quite a bit, because T-Rex was playing on the radio when I grew up and hence I’ve always been a sucker for schaffel. The third album… did very little for me. The most recent, I thought, was dismal, confused and rudderless, sensing a style to love (or, as others felt, an opportunity to predate upon) but never quite locating it. And then, some while back, I tripped over a remix of "Number 1", a track from the third album. "Number 1," on the album, did nothing for me. But the remix is by Mum, a band I’ve loved since their debut (I even have the tiny mini-CD of "Nightly Cares" and the music they made with comics alchemists Metaphrog). This version is crystalline and clockwork’d, alien and chiming. It’s just a little thing, but it’s beautiful.

(Usual rules apply: mp3 vanishes in seven days, provided for review purposes only, if you need it gone before then email at degaussing at googlemail com and it shall be done)