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…praise you…fan videos
April 24, 2017, 12:40 pm
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What makes a great fan video? hard to know but here are a few favourites – I think they are all fan videos but cannot be sure?

Broadcast – Before We Begin

getting the slow motion just right? – the tempo of this whole video is exquisite but I especially love the short cut of the crowd dancing that starts at 2:50 – that could be looped forever

 

Sun Araw – Impluvium

A simple idea but so good

larry jon wilson – sapelo (yap z rework)

Getting the right video atmospheric – this one is  a Claude Mono creation

 

Boards of Canada – 5.9.7.8

Hauntological imagery that perfectly captures the BOC ethos with powerful melancholy

Bradford Cox – VHS Dream  

The right vintage footage edited nicely

Audrey Horne dancing to Mulatu Astatke

48 seconds of the perfect combination of sound and vision



el ritmo eastern block party
March 23, 2017, 12:54 pm
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Come to the Eastern Bloc….The el ritmo Eastern Block Party is on again on Tuesday night at Victor’s flat above RTRFM. Bring vodka and perhaps some jazz and funk records. DJ Claude will be bringing the new hi fi system he got in the West. Check out some of his new grooves at his blog post. Tell everyone to make sure they get there as with the new state restrictions and the clampdown on kooky music there is unlikely to be a re-stream…there may be some cassettes…be warned there is hi-fi and lo-fi…

Show re-0straem here (select 21 March))

HQ Mixcloud Bootleg Cassette here

If you dig jazz then you might also dig this – “Meet me at the Jazzkeller…Bring Jazz…”

PLAYLIST of some of the tracks but some are just unknown…

Vladimir Vasilkov – Woodpeckers Don’t Get Headaches\

DJ Soulviet – SovietFunkTrailers (excerpt)

c.j. plus – Soviet Funk Expo (Excerpt)

Zeljko Kerlata – The Newcomer

Henryk Debich – See You At The Disco Tonight

Novi Singers – My Own Revolution

Hiedi Bruhl – Berlin

Hildergard Knef – Ich Wart auf Die Nacht

Gelsominos Magic Voice from 1977

Victor Kiswell Archives – I Can’t Stop

Horst Jankowski – Das ist der Morgen

Anita Pallenberg – Stones Muse Supreme

Lottie and Leherb – Irre Gut – Funky Frauleins- Female Beat, Groove, Disco, Funk in Germany 1968-1978

Omega Omega 2 – Kérgeskezü Favágók – Well Hung Well Hung: 20 Funk-Rock Eruptions From Beneath Communist Hungary – Volume 1

Labaratorium – Funky dla Franki (Joakim Remix) – Various – Iron Curtain Revisited  Crippled Dick Hot Wax Records

Tri Plus Dva – Vitok (soviet jazz easy listening, 1966, USSR)

Anne Hathaway – Russian Accent (Valentines Day)

Hildegard Knef – Im achtzigsten Stockwerk

Yugoslavian PsychJazz-Funk – Aleksandar Subota – Corazon (1976 LP)

Peter Herbolzheimer MPS Rhythm Combination & Brass – El Soul Condor

Henryk Debich – See You At The Disco Tonight

Kuno & the marihuana brass – marihuana mantra

Günter Noris – Gemini

Daniel Pemberton – Escape From East Berlin –

Eduard Khil – Mr. Trololo

Soviet Space Disco 1978

Soviet Disco

Eolika – Falling Stars – Melodiya 1980

Zdravstvuj Pesnya (Здравствуй, песня)- Marathon (Soviet electro space disco, 1982)

 

 

 

 



The New Dance Show. The Scene and more…
February 26, 2017, 9:38 am
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Part 2 of 2

Forget the Soul Train Dance Line….check out the 1983 ‘Men’s Dance Line’ from The Scene…

 

The New Dance Show was a television series from Detroit, Michigan developed as a spin-off of to the more well known The Scene, which ran from October 1975 to December 1987. The New Dance Show debuted in November 1988, the first show was recorded at Reggie’s Moulin Rouge club in Detroit. True fans of the New Dance Show will already be aware of the amazing show archive on the Caprice87 YouTube Channel and some amazing footage over at the Nat Morris  YouTube Channel

Another great dance show foled in a club was the House Countdown from Chicago. It was filmed at the Rivera Nightclub circa 1990. Check out the House Countdown Dancers and a performance by Joe Smooth.

Also check out Part 1 which explores UK TV dance troupes such as Pan’s People and Hot Gossip



Exploring Pan’s People, Legs & Co, Hot Gossip etc
February 26, 2017, 8:57 am
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Part 1  of  2

This week I have been exploring the supposedly non-funky dance routines of the various Top of the Pops dance troupes. You know the ones: Pan’s People, Ruby Flipper, Legs and Co etc. Of course the TOTP dancers should never (ever) be confused with the legendary Arlene Phillips dance troupe Hot Gossip made famous through their appearances on The Kenny Everett Show. They were always more ‘cult’, as before being spotted by the producers of the Kenny Everett Show on a drunken night in Soho, Hot Gossip spent two years performing at a club in Jermyn Street. With TOTP having been on the BBC there is lots and lots of footage around but unfortunately watching most of it is just hard work with so so dance moves, meh costuming and not so good tracks actually danced to – BUT being the crate digger I have been doing some serious digging for you to find the rare gold – I also got a bit side-tracked and went looking at the sub-genre of ‘TOTP dancer footage re-used and re-mixed’ as there is also true buried treasure to be found there – shall I just say Trentemoller …enjoy…

In Part 2 join me as we explore the incredible funky dancers of Detroit’s New Dance Show, The Scene, House Countdown and some other US funky dance shows



DJ – Mind-Warp Pavilion Mixtape
December 30, 2016, 12:18 pm
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I have been busy this week curating music as will be DJing between the bands at the Mind-Warp Pavilion on Sat Jan 7. Its a celebration of the life and times of David Bowie on the eve of what would have been his 70th birthday. Its also a special night for local music as the live line-up features an incredible diversity of performers (like about 40 individual musos and vocalists for starters!!!) working with an amazing setlist reflecting a life of ‘sound and vision’.

While sorting through music I created this little mixtape – its full of obscurities, a few classics, some crazy collaborations and remixes, reversed tracks and other audio ephemera. Its definitely not a ‘hits mix’ and of course we will be playing all the classics on the night –  this is more a little personal celebration. Have a listen and I hope you enjoy it – but more importantly get your tix sorted and your friends together and come along and  join some of Perth’s best musicians playing ‘live and real’ as that is the way music should be played at this very special party…

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Listen here – HQ Mixcloud Stream

PLAYLIST

Into

Davey Jones – I Dig Everything

Davey Jones – I’m Not Losing Sleep

Davey Jones – I Can’t Explain

David Bowie – Rebel Rebel (Soulwax Club Mix)

Seu George – Rebel Rebel

David Bowie – Golden Years (The Captain Tez Reggae Remix)

David Bowie – Fame (DJ Parker Lee aka P-Lee remix)

David Bowie and Grace Jones – Dream to the Rhythm

Lazarus Cast – This Is Not America

Bardo State – This is Not America

David Bowie – I Took A Trip On A Gemini Spaceship

David Bowie & Philip Glass – Heroes (Aphex Twin Remix)

Blondie- Heroes

David Bowie – New Killer Star

David Bowie – Modern Love (Ultrasound Extended Version)

Marc Bolan and David Bowie – Space Dancer

Tex Perkins – Sorrow

David Bowie – Something In The Air (American Psycho Remix)

David Bowie – When I Live My Dream

David Bowie – Subterraneans (Reversed and Forward)

Brian Eno – Warszawa

 



“Nice track – who is that?” – Claude’s Best of 2016
December 15, 2016, 3:05 pm
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I know everyone who is even just slightly cool hates ‘list season’, but not me, I love it and reading the lists – well a few of them – the ones created with way too much passion. It is my most compelling reason to take a pause for the cause and contemplate what actually was some the best music I heard during the year? The lists of others often help as they remind me of tracks that I would have simply just forgotten about – these days often played a few times and then just buried in a hard drive folder five levels down probably never to be accessed again. Never have that problem with 45s. I am so uncool I even like around list time going back to see what I picked last year and if it’s still ok? – of course being involved with The Golden Apples of the Sun means a Best of 2016 will be pretty loose genre-wise, have no order, and include songs not even from 2016 only here because I first heard them this year and that is good enough for me… enjoy…

Claude

El Michels Affair feat. The Shacks – Strange Boy

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The story goes that Max Shrager brought the soft whispered Shannon along with him to the studio. Max was playing guitar on a track produced by Leon Michels — the producer and co-founder of Big Crown Records — and Michels needed a vocalist. They put Shannon in the booth to try it out. It was her first time ever recording. Then, in one take, the song “Strange Boy” had a singer who completed the vibe. The Shacks were born. Last year I was very big on David Holes and his Unloved project with Guilty of Love in my best of 2015. The Shacks fit effortlessly into a special place in my music collection amongst bands like Unloved and Death and Vanilla. This track really was a standout.

 

BP Fallon & David Holmes – Henry McCullough

All rights reserved ©Jen Maler Photography

All rights reserved ©Jen Maler Photography

David Holmes: “I received a phone call from BP Fallon the day before Henry McCullough’s funeral. He was heart broken having lost his dear friend and asked could he stay at mine after he returned from the funeral. After I picked him up from the train station he asked me if he returned early enough could we record something. I started working on the music that day and then I had an idea which was to record something about Henry and their relationship. When BP returned that evening I sat him down in front of the microphone and this happened in one take! We both knew we captured a very special moment that couldn’t have been created at any other moment – magic. ”

 

The Invisible – ‘Life’s Dancers’ (Floating Points Remix)

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Seriously on point jumpers and one of the best remixes of the year. A nine minute beauty stab touched by the hand of Floating Point….

The Glass – Michael Nau

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I had never heard of Michael Nau or of his bands Page France and Cotton Jones. I first heard ’The Glass’ on Sean Rowley’s radio show. Sean being a key source for music that often stays with me on repeat and also often finds its way into my ‘bests songs of the year’. It has some subtle very Timmy Thomas-esque lo-fi electric drums and then this amazing vocal – think Lee Hazlewood… his debut album ‘Mowing’ was released November 2016.

 

DINERS – Fifteen On A Skateboard

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“Fifteen On A Skateboard focuses on the joy of bombing a hill. A Skateboard” paints a vivid picture of youth, where teenagers chase simple pleasures, like the wind in their hair or a two-stair set that’s just begging to be ollied”. AV Club. Sounds like a love-child born of a dangerous liaison.between Ariel Pink and Harry Nilsson.

 

Beyond The Wizards Sleeve – Creation

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Another perfect genre-mixing indiepop electronic slightly 60s kind of thing that you can play again and again and which has a great video. Goes perfectly before or after Modular

 

MODULAR – Fiebre En La Disco

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Part of the sprawling Spanish pop label Elefant that simply can do no wrong Modular released their third LP in 2016 and I am a big fan.“Fuga Al Paraíso is full of their trademark impeccable pop melodies, a solid collection of analogue synthesizers, and that certain combativeness that they acquired from their kraut influences is an album focused on dance, in a tribute to the disco music of the 70s, That means a lot of pop, kraut, some lounge music, touches of sabadabada and lot of ingenuity”. Perfect pop/disco with a great video.

 

Gary Davenport – Sarra

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Gary Davenport founded both Closet Records and Texan post punk/folk-wave group Mannequin. ‘Sarra’ was written for a 17 year old English girlfriend who he was crazy about, much to the detriment of his band relationship. The young lovers eventually broke up and out of consideration, he never officially released the 100 copies which sat in a box for the next 30 years. Released in July this year by Noise In My Head offshoot Efficient Space, the Sky Girl compilation has got a lot of attention from the DJs within the Golden Apples collective who love everything about it

 

 Myron & E – Going In Circles

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Actually released in 2013 but who cares. Here because I only picked up the Broadway LP as part of a little 2016 haul of second-hand records from Safari’s Record Shack. And Microgroove did not get it when he was there before just me. Amazing album with this track taking it to another level – a classic. Timmon Records in Helsinki, Finland – the home of Myron & E’s band & collaborators The Soul Investigators – have released their own custom versions of the Myron & E recordings, cut right at home in the Timmion Cutting Laboratory – check them out.

BadBadNotGood – Lavender (Feat. KAYTRANADA)

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December 2016 saw my favourite gig of the year. BadBadNotGood still flying under the radar. They played jazz, they played it wiggly with beats and they played it straight, and they played with no vocals – just the grooves – and best of all a packed main room full of kids at Capitol were digging the jazz…this is a crazy video

 

Autumn Leaves (feat. Anthony Kerr) · Kathryn Williams

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Sublime jazz wrapped in gossamer fine silk vocals. Is it a classic from the late 60s – no its from 2016. Kathryn Williams has teamed up with revered jazz musician and vibraphone player Anthony Kerr, to create an album of complete re-imaginings of classic jazz standards, including brand new single ‘Autumn Leaves’. Previously performed by greats such as Eva Cassidy, Doris Day, Edith Piaf and Frank Sinatra, Kathryn and Anthony’s version of the infamous song is hushed and delicate – Williams’ signature vocal tip-toes over lush, rich vibraphones.

 

Farbror Resande Mac – Chemtrails

Gets it just right for deep listening – leave on repeat – essential travelling companion – actually from 2016 but only discovered this year by me

 

Tele Novella- Heavy Balloon

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Possibly almost an afterthought Tele Novella caught my attention because it included some of the original members of Voxtrot responsible for another of my all time indiepop favorites. This one is more here for its kooky video.

more….

Best of 2015 (Golden Apples)

Best Videos of 2015

Top Ten of 2014



Google Glass in Vogue – 2013
November 29, 2016, 12:16 pm
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Photographed by Steven Klein, Vogue, September 2013. In this story: hair, Garren for Garren New York Salon; makeup, Val Garland. Produced by Tracy Whiting for North Six.

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Beyond the blue horizon lies a futuristic vision of fashion—a beautiful minimalism tailored for the brave and the bold.

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Purified lines and simplified structures are a perfect fashion strategy for taking over the office (or the planet). Right: Gucci purple wool-and-silk deep V-neck coat ($3,200) and leather turtleneck ($2,300); select Gucci boutiques. Lara Bohinc ring. Below: Chanel black-and-white jersey dress; select Chanel boutiques.BEAUTY NOTE – Embrace the future with ultra-glossy hair. The nourishing blend of extracts in Wella Professionals Oil Reflections eliminates frizz, boosts color, and protects against heat

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Outfitted in Google Glass, model Raquel Zimmermann embodies a sleek chic stripped of both embellishment and gimmick. Oscar de la Renta teal cashgora coat, $4,490; Oscar de la Renta boutiques. Gucci black leather turtleneck, $2,300; select Gucci boutiques. Michael Kors patent leather gloves and belt.

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Built for women who seem to be really, really going places: practical, everyday chic—no fidgety patterns or trims to muck up travel, intergalactic or otherwise. On Raquel: Narciso Rodriguez tangerine shift, $1,895; neimanmarcus.com. Céline necklace. Michael Kors heels. On Toni: Balenciaga wool-mohair sweater with plaster effect ($1,545), crepe pants ($1,235), and boots; clothing at Balenciaga, NYC. On Niklas: de Grisogono watch.

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Spare planes of fabric are carved into organic shapes—an intersection of hypermodern and earthy, underscored by the setting: an experimental house of 110 tons of rusted steel, built by the late architect Robert Bruno near Lubbock, Texas. Bottega Veneta saffron wool-cashmere coat, $2,750; Bottega Veneta boutiques. Etro belt. On Toni Garrn (above): Dior wool coat; Dior boutiques. On Niklas Garrn (far right): Dior Homme suit throughout.

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Cloaked against the autumn chill in monochrome coats or suits, the trio wanders Ransom Canyon like future humans returned to an abandoned Earth. On Raquel: Stella McCartney amethyst felted-bouclé coat, $3,855; Stella McCartney, NYC. Michael Kors leather gloves. On Toni: Calvin Klein Collection white coat, $2,795; Calvin Klein Collection, NYC. Reed Krakoff boots. Google Glass throughout

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When colors and cuts pack as much impact as this, the Space Age, it would seem, is not as austere as we may have feared. Tom Ford black and orange jersey dresses with comic-book beaded motifs; Tom Ford, Beverly Hills. Casadei ankle boots. Right: Giuseppe Zanotti Design platinum necklace.