Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Acid Folk Remix Project: Aaargh!
Things are not going according to plan around here. BooMP3 has now been decidedly dysfunctional for about four days, so I'm trying out this thing called Soundcloud, which I discovered via Ljud.

At the moment, I can only upload five of the Acid Folk Remixes but if it goes well, I'll add more when I can and replace all those BooMP3 players with Soundcloud players. Hopefully, BooMP3 will have come back to life
by the time you read this and you can discount the whole thing. But just in case...


Friday, November 21, 2008

The Acid Folk Remix Project: Silence, Go Boom!
I've replaced the DivShare play-list with a series of BooMP3 players. Let us never speak of it again. Here are the tracks we have so far. More to come soon. Prob'ly.

Chris Mastheim - "Winter is Blue"

Anne Briggs - "Living by the... (Remix)"

Comus - "The Bite (Remix)"

connect_icut - "Cruel"

The Luminaries - "I Would Not Let..."

Steeleye Span - "Rogues... (Remix)"

[Additional note: If the BooMP3 players don't appear, please click here. Thanks.]

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Acid Folk Remix Project: Spy Versus I
So, I was at the office this morning, downloading Chris Mastheim’s version of “Winter is Blue” when that ol’ devil DivShare dumped some major-ass spy-ware onto my work PC, practically crippling the poor thing.

DivShare has been getting constantly sketchier over the last year and this was the last straw. Therefore, as soon as I have time, the Acid Folk Remix Project DivShare play-list will be replaced with something more humane.

In the meantime, PLEASE DON’T CLICK ON ANY DIVSHARE LINKS!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Acid Folk Remix Project: Blue Christmas
Nick Krgovich of No Kids (formerly P:ano) has allowed me to add his lo-fi version of Vashti Bunyan's "Winter is Blue" to
the DivShare play-list. If he can find me the original multi-track cassette, I might even get a shot a doing a bona fide remix of this one.

Nick's "Winter is Blue" originally appeared a few years back, on a Christmas-special CDR called "I Come on All Ye" that he released under the name Chris Mastheim. I'm not making this up. The first song was called "Midnight Mass Ass". Well worth snagging a copy, if you can track one down.

More good things of this nature to come, hopefully.

Chris Mastheim - "Winter is Blue"

[Note: The DivShare play-list that was originally embedded in the Acid Folk Remix Project posts has been replaced by a series of BooMP3 players.]

[Additional note: If the BooMP3 players don't appear, please click here. Thanks.]

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Acid Folk Remix Project: Rogues Return
I've done a new, extended mix of "Rouges in a Nation" and added it to
the DivShare play-list . I've also removed my rather sub-par mixes of The Pentangle's "Lyke-Wake Dirge" and "Let No Man Steal Your Time". That leaves the play-list at five tracks in 35 minutes. The rest is up to you. Only five remixing weeks left 'til Christmas!

Steeleye Span - "Rogues... (Remix)"

[Note: The DivShare play-list that was originally embedded in the Acid Folk Remix Project posts has been replaced by a series of BooMP3 players.]

[Additional note: If the BooMP3 players don't appear, please click here. Thanks.]

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Acid Folk Remix Project: The Living End?
Well, the good new is that my external hard-drive seems to have come back to life. But I never did find that song. To make up for the loss, I've come up with a new version of my Anne Briggs remix. I may do even more work on this one at some point (Kris says it needs to be "way more fucked up") but I'm pretty pleased with the current version, for the time being. Eight-and-a-half minutes of folky warbling and granular synthesis. Top that!

Anne Briggs - "Living by the... (Remix)"

[Note: The DivShare play-list that was originally embedded in the Acid Folk Remix Project posts has been replaced by a series of BooMP3 players.]

[Additional note: If the BooMP3 players don't appear, please click here. Thanks.]

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Acid Folk Remix Project: More Pentangling? Shirley Some Mistake!
So, I found another one of those acid folk-sampling old connect_icut songs. This one’s called “Cruel” and it probably includes elements of The Pentangle’s “Cruel Sister” along with parts lifted from “The Cruel Mother”, as performed by Shirley Collins. I say “probably” because the definitive facts are lost in the mists of time.

"Cruel" has been added to
the DivShare play-list . Turns out it’s a pretty good choon – kind of a cross between alva noto and The Third Eye Foundation, which makes sense. Goodness knows how it ended up getting left off Moss.

There was another, similar song that I was working on around the same time. It was called “Rake” and it sampled various versions of “Reynardine”. I was scouring my external hard-drive for it just the other night when a baffling technical failure led the ol' Mac to start denying said drive’s very existence. “Rake” may be lost for good, along with a host of other connect_icut rarities.

Luckily, nobody gives a rat’s ass.

connect_icut - "Cruel"

[Note: The DivShare play-list that was originally embedded in the Acid Folk Remix Project posts has been replaced by a series of BooMP3 players.]

[Additional note: If the BooMP3 players don't appear, please click here. Thanks.]

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Acid Folk Remix Project: Pentangling
Here is the promised cavalcade of Pentangle remixes. I'd already come up with a rough mix of "Lyke-Wake Dirge" when Jesse Simon - aka The Luminaries - told me about a track he'd done some time ago, based on "Sweet Child".

That, in turn, reminded me of some acid folk-sampling connect_icut tracks created around the time I was working on Moss, one of which was largely based on a Pentangle recording. Amazingly, said tracks were no longer on the ol' hard drive. It was only after considerable digging that I was able to track the Pentangle one down on a CDR titled Last October? Others are still missing.

The upshot of all this is that the following tracks have been added to
the DivShare play-list:

The Pentangle - "Lyke-Wake Dirge (Not Me Remix by connect_icut)"
This is a rough mix. Hopefully, a more polished version will be added to the list at a later date. [Deleted]

The Luminaries - "I Would Not Let You Drown"
Yep, apparently it's entirely based on guitar samples lifted from "Sweet Child", although it retains none of that tune's jauntiness, preferring to opt for a vague, timestretching-enhanced dread. Exxxxxxcellent

connect_icut - "Rue"
Based on The Pentangle's version of "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme". May also include fragments of The Iditarod's version but was created years before I heard
Shelagh McDonald's take. [Deleted]

The Luminaries - "I Would Not Let..."

[Note: The DivShare play-list that was originally embedded in the Acid Folk Remix Project posts has been replaced by a series of BooMP3 players.]

[Additional note: If the BooMP3 players don't appear, please click here. Thanks.]

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Acid Folk Remix Project: You're Into It!
There's been a really good response to the announcement of my new Not Me project. More email has come in regarding said project than I've had time to deal with, so apologies to anyone who is yet to receive a reply. Two mixes have already been added to
the DivShare play-list , namely:

Comus - "The Bite (Not Me Remix by Esperik Glare)"

and

Anne Briggs - "Living by the Water (Not Me Remix by connect_icut)" [Deleted]

Coming very soon, a veritable shit-load of Pentangle-related mixes, including a particularly radical reworking from The Luminaries and some real vintage connect_icut tracks (if I can find the files).

Also, it seems like a good time to mention that contributors can feel free to:

(a) Send rough mixes. The tracks I've posted so far are basically demos. Hopefully, they'll be replaced by finished versions before too very long.

(b) Contribute out-and-out, no-holds-barred cover versions of classic acid folk tracks or original readings of traditional British/Irish tunes.

The sky's the limit, basically. Go acid folk crazy!

Comus - "The Bite (Remix)"

[Note: The DivShare play-list that was originally embedded in the Acid Folk Remix Project posts has been replaced by a series of BooMP3 players.]

[Additional note: If the BooMP3 players don't appear, please click here. Thanks.]

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Not Me: The Acid Folk Remix Project
As you may know, for each of the last few Christmases, I've made a compilation CDR of classic psychedelic folk rock from the British Isles. Not sure I'm up to the task this year, as most of my recent listening/digging has been focused on other musical arenas. What I'm going to do instead is finally initialize a collaborative musical extravaganza I've been threatening to unleash for some time: The Acid Folk Remix Project.

Basically, the plan is to come up with a CDR featuring experimental remixes of classic psychedelic folk tunes from the late '60s/early '70s. At least some of these remixes will be created by yours truly but I'm also looking for input from third parties. Therefore, you - yes you - are invited to get involved by sending me a remix you've made, based on the work of some circa-1970 UK folky or other.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Frittering
Been doing a bit of blog repair recently. Random weird things have been happening, like the picture of Paul Morley disappearing and the Autumnal Melancholy Mix starting in the wrong place. Both problems have been corrected.

Can't believe "Frittering" by Mercury Rev got left off that mix. I bought Yerself is Steam during my first week at university and spent a good part of that autumn sulking along to side two, track one. They've still never topped it.


Monday, November 10, 2008



Flight of the Conchords - "If You're Into It"

Are my features too deep-set to be considered classically handsome?

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Outdoor Miner: Slight Return
You may remember that I wrote about cover versions of Wire's "Outdoor Miner" here and here. Well, according to The Decibel
Tolls, there are even more versions of this song than I thought, including this one by neo-shoegazers Experimental Aircraft.

In fact, there's a whole album of the bloody things! I actually wish this kind of thing would happen more often. It's pretty interesting to see the different ways different bands will approach the same song. Probably more interesting than hearing most bands play their own stupid songs, anyway.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Post-rocktoberfest in November: BBC WTF?
Simon Reynolds just told me about a documentary about post-rock that Paul Morley made for BBC Radio 2 this year. Sadly, it's not available online. Anyone know how I can hear this?

Friday, November 07, 2008



Best 30 Rock Evar!

"I don't think it's fair for me to be on a jury because I can read thoughts." Enjoy this clip before NBC has it pulled from YouTube. I would embed something from the network's official site, only they just plain don't want people in Canada accessing their online content.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Autumnal Melancholy Mix
As requested by C O, ten sad songs, hastily plucked from my iTunes folder. When things are finally starting to look up, you can rely on me to thoroughly bum everyone out (in a variety of genres!) "Enjoy".



Need cheering up now? Probably, right? Especially if you live in Vancouver, where the rain appears to be almost literally shitting down. Well then, here's some more good news for you - the fine folks from Fake Jazz are putting on another show at the Western Front. Here are the details:

Fake Jazz Fridays @ Western Front

Friday, November 7, 2008, at 8PM

An evening of experimental, underground fearlessness. Guest curated by Jeremy Van Wick and Bill Batt, creators of Fake Jazz Wednesdays, this event showcases artists from local labels Thankless Records and Isolated Now Waves, with:


Shearing Pinx

NĂ¼ Sensae

Aerosol Constellations

a/d

Japanese Graffiti

Aja & Gabe