I HAVE MOVED!

Hi folks,

Due to the continued growth of Choose My Music I have decided to move the site to its own domain.

The new site can be found at www.choosemymusic.org

Please update bookmarks, favourites etc…

With many thanks

Dom
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23rd March 2011 D:B:1

The more eagle eyed of you will notice that there has been a slight changed to the system here at Choose My Music.

All the bay and row numbers have been replaced with letters due to an apparent form of human conditioning which makes people, when asked to choose a number between 1-9, appear to always favour the number seven.

So far on Choose My Music there have been nine selections, of which six of them all came from the 7th bay. I am sure Derren Brown could explain why this is, but as far as I am aware he doesn’t read this.

So from this morning the selection process has changed. The bays have been re-branded A-I and the rows are now A-B. Already this has shown to work and create more variance.

Another thing I must say before I get down to business is that I am hugely grateful that my plea for you to share this site has been wonderfully acknowledged by you. My last post broke all kinds of previous Choose My Music records and also put me in contact with some lovely new people….sharing is good my friends….please continue to do so using the little buttons at the bottom of this post.

My latest request for Choose My Music was answered by many. Oddly a chap called Matt picked an album which had already been chosen before. Then the second tweet I received had a letter missing. The third was from someone known only to me as @HelpMeEscape and he chose D:B:1 which lead me to this

David Holmes Presents The Free Association

 

David Holmes came into my consciousness during a rather prolific period in the early 2000’s. Having already provided music for the Oceans 11 soundtrack, which was a favourite of ours at Andy’s Records in Ipswich when it was released. He quickly moved on to the fantastic mix album Come Get It, I Got It in 2002. I distinctly remember the cover of this album had the words

“Introducing the Free Association”

It was another year before that introduction was completed.

This album was a significant departure for David Holmes, who generally worked as a solo artist up to this point. He recruited American based rapper / punk rock lover / clothes designer Sean Reveron and British based singer / songwriter Petra Jean Phillipson. Add to this a fantastic array of musical instruments and you get a rather good album indeed.

As followers of my other music project (A2Z) have perhaps come to know, I like my music with a bit of variation and nothing comes closer to variance than the opening two tracks.

Don’t Rhyme No Mo is a rather eccentric, almost schizophrenic opener which sets up the remainder of the album very well before moving over to the brilliant (I Wish I Had A) Wooden Heart which for me is one of the stand out tracks – mainly because of Phillipson’s vocal delivery and style which fits perfectly with a typical ‘Holmes-esq’ backing track.

That is not to say the album is over after the first two tracks have ended. The Hendrix inspired ‘Everybody Knows It’s True’ and two further Petra Jean Phillipson vocal tracks ‘Somedays’ & ‘Pushin A Broom’ are also rather impressive and worth anyone’s attention.

I imagine most fans of David Holmes have this album, and seeing as it wasn’t too much of a commercial success you can actually get it quite cheap. If you are looking for something a little bit different then it would be worth forking out for.

You can buy the album direct from Amazon HERE David Holmes Presents The Free Association

21st March 2011. 7:2:12

Thank you so very much for visiting Choose My Music….yes I am being super nice to everyone as the reader count for this site have hardly been spectacular after a promising start.

So I will start this post with two pleas:

1) If you like this site, please let people know. I have put share buttons at the bottom of each post. If you feel that way inclined then I would be very thankful.

2) If you think I am missing anything or have any further suggestions then feel free to let me know – either on Twitter or leave me a comment

Today’s Choose My Music has again been picked by Dom Walsh. The random combination of numbers he chose was 7:2:12 which meant today I have been listening to……

Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space

Spiritualized were formed way back in 1990 following the eventual demise of Spaceman 3, a band fronted by Jason Pierce. This album, the band’s third, was a critical smash when it was released in June 1997 -it went on to beat Ok Computer by Radiohead and Urban Hymns by The Verve as NME’s album of the year.

I distinctly remember being introduced to this album by my good friend Jim (Jamie) Baker, who caused many a musical awakenings during my teenage years. We were in our first band together at school – a rather marvellous outfit which was originally going to be called Kreeping Jesus but eventually took on the name Delirious. We recorded one song called Maniac Dog, the recording session took place in the front window of a guitar shop*. Anyway…I digress….

On my first listen, in Jim’s bedroom, I wasn’t very taken with it and it was at least another 5 years until I actually purchased a copy for myself and I must admit, it has been a similarly long time since I last gave it a listen.

This album really does sum up everything I love and hate about music. I found myself conflicted throughout the whole listening experience. Part of me was desperate for it to continue, while at times I also found myself hoping that the album was about to end. I shall explain.

The beauty of this album, and what Spiritualized really do best is what some musicians might call ‘building’. Listening to tracks like “All of my Thoughts” “Stay With Me” and the album opener start off quiet and rather minimal, slowly building to something much bigger than what was initially presented at the start. This kind of thing gets me every time. You know that point where you suddenly hear an instrument in the mix

But, and it is a big but, I cannot stand long, overblown songs that appear to have no end. Sadly there are a few of these on here too.

It is these exact reasons why I have never been able to get on with Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin. This album is full of tracks which to me are just way too long – and that makes my skipping finger twitch. At one point I actually found myself trying to communicate with the CD player by telling it to shut up.

I suppose this album needs to be listened to when you are in the right mood, at the right time in the right conditions. I know that if I was sitting at home on a dark night with my headphones on I would have loved this much more. Unfortunately I was sitting in my car on a Monday morning on the Derby Ring Road, making my way into work.

In the right conditions this would be a 4 star album. Today it was a 3 1/2.

* I eventually got sacked by Delerious for reasons long forgotten. Jim, to my absolute pleasure and joy still continues to record music with his band The Officers

18th March 2011 9:1:13 & 7:1:33

Apart from helping me rediscover my CD collection, this little project of mine seems to suggest a pattern of human thought.

The majority of random selections so far have resulted in people choosing a higher end bay number (usually 7-9). I am not sure what this means, but I am sure someone who is more versed in human decision making would be able to shed some light on to the matter.

I took an unusual step with this Choose My Music selection. I decided to let someone make the selection the day before. Usually I ask for selections in the morning just before I go to work, but in time when we can communicate with people globally with nothing more than a click of a button I felt that my timing was excluding a lot of people.

So last night the request went out to Choose My Music for today’s commute to work – I got some very quick responses – the quickest came from someone who I have only recently started following on Twitter by the name of Peter O

He chose the combination 9:1:13 (Bay 9, Row 1, CD 13) which meant on the drive to work I got to listen to:

Various Artists – Barrio Nuevo – Latin Funk .Latin Rock. Latin Disco. Latin Soul

There were three things that struck a chord with me as my hand counted along to CD13.

Firstly this album is on the rather brilliant Soul Jazz label. A compilation with their name of it is always a sign of quality.

For those not aware of Soul Jazz, they are a British based label who specialise in releasing compilation albums that predominantly feature black music such as Reggae, Soul & Jazz although more recently they have delved into post-punk and electronica.

I first came across the label through their excellent Reggae collections – most notably their Studio One and Dynamite series. You would do very well to check them out.

The second thing that came to my mind was this album came to me during the height of the Cuban music explosion following the release of Ry Cooder’s release of Buena Vista Social Club. Working in independent record stores at the time we were inundated with requests (from usually middle class, wax jacket types) for not only the BVSC album but also various other Cuban / Latin albums.

The beauty of Barrio Nuevo (as with all other Soul Jazz albums) is the tracks they pick – they are always great examples of the genre but are also not choice you would be familiar with. The Patti Labelle track ‘Teach Me Tonight (Me Gusta Tu Baile)’ is one such song plus slightly lesser known War tracks like ‘War is Coming’ and ‘Me and My Baby Brother’

There are also 2 ‘unknown’ tracks on this album which is due to a printing error. The track list on the back of the CD misses out tracks 5 & 6 entirely. One of them I know is ‘Jungle Fever’ by The Chakachas…which brings me on to my third memory…

….We used to love to play this CD and watch the uncomfortable faces of the OAPs who used to frequent our little market town shop on a week day morning when ‘Jungle Fever’ was played in its entirety.

Happy Days

My second Choose My Music selection this week was made by a brilliant music loving twitter person who goes by the name Substandard Nerd

He picked the combination 7:1:33 and picked out this little gem

Ben Sollee – Learning to Bend

Ben Sollee is a vocalist and cellist, originally from Kentucky. The fact that he was billed as a such instantly appealed to me, with my love of all things unusual.

I first discovered Ben on a music website called Aurgasm, who bill themselves as featuring ‘your favourite music you’ve never heard of’ and I was instantly struck by him.

Firstly his vocals are stunning. Second, I couldn’t quite pitch his music. One minute he is playing Bluegrass, the next he is on Folk before going off on a bit of a Jazz tip. Thirdly, how often do you hear someone playing the cello and singing? Not that often I bet you.

This is a really nice album, although more suited to a Sunday read of the papers as opposed to doing housework – which I was at the time.

I strongly suggest you check out his version on Sam Cooke’s ‘Change is Gonna Come’. It is simply brilliant and amazingly beautiful.

Panning for Gold is also a very good stand out track

14th March 2011. 7:1:25 & 7:2:7

It’s been a busy week or so and I finally realised writing or being part of 3 blogs is rather quite tricky time wise.

The first selection I am going to cover was picked by a wonderful chap from Norway by the name of Preben (also known as @ohpebbles on Twitter). This combination 7:1:25 was picked at random on Monday 7th March.

Sizzla – Royal Son Of Ethiopia

People who knew me well at a certain time in my life would know that I went through a huge reggae phase, which lasted many years. Rather oddly I got in to reggae in an almost chronological order – starting with Ska, working my way through Rocksteady, Dub and ending up in the rather brilliant 1970’s roots era.

I really struggled with anything beyond 1979 as Reggae music started to go digital as soon as the 1980’s took hold -and this has never sat well with me for some reason.

Sizzla’s output is rather prolific by anyone’s standards -releasing around 42 albums in a 16 year period. It is fair to say they are of varying quality.

Royal Son of Ethiopia was released in 1999 and is perhaps the album which made the UK reggae audience sit up and notice him a little.

To be honest, this CD starts a little of the weak side, with rather formulaic rhythms which lack any great depth, or bass for that matter. Although once you hit the middle period (mainly tracks 4 to 7) the album really does come into its own. Overall its a good album – but there was much better to come over the next couple of years.

I rarely listen to Sizzla any more, there are a few things that don’t sit right with me. Allegations that Sizzla’s lyrics incite violence and the murder of homosexuals, which lead him to be refused from entering the UK in 2004. He also had shows cancelled in Canada in 2007, was arrested and deported from Spain in 2008 and had further gigs called off in Germany during 2009 and 2010. Unfortunately this kind of attitude is quite rife within modern Rastafarian music.

In 2010 Sizzla also travelled to Zimbabwe to perform for Robert Mugabe’s 86th Birthday celebrations which reportedly damaged his reputation in the country. He has since been given land in the country which has also not gone down well amongst his fan base.

My second selection this week was chosen by Tom (@drwinston001 on twitter). He chose the combination 7:2:7

Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse present Dark Night Of The Soul

Lets start with this. If you have not heard or heard of Sparklehorse go buy yourself a copy of Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot and start from there.

Sparklehorse is essentially one man – Mark Linkous who suffered terribly with his mental health and a terrible addiction to drugs. In 1996, while touring with Radiohead he overdosed on anti-depressants, valium, alcohol and heroin while in London – the upshot of which nearly lost him the use of both legs and left his confined to a wheelchair for 6 months.

This album was released in 2009 and was a collaboration between Linkous, producer Danger Mouse and film maker David Lynch.

Although it is not billed entirely as a Sparklehorse album you can certainly hear the influence and the input he had on it. Dark, moody and a little bit floaty it has some brilliant collaborations with The Flaming Lips, Gruff Rhys, Julian Casablancas, Iggy Pop and more.

This story does not have a happy ending though. Mark Linkous sadly passed away on 6th March 2010 after commiting suicide.

It was a huge loss for the music world.

Memory Tapes – BBC 6 Music

I have been mega busy this week, hence why I have still not written up the Choose My Music selection from Monday…if you are looking for that then I am afraid this isn’t it either.

Today I had the great pleasure of appearing on Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6 Music show on her brilliant Memory Tapes section. Essentially this is where you get to talk about a mixtape / CD you have made or been given and select some music from it to play.

Not only did I get a couple of minutes talking to Lauren (who is lovely by the way) but then I got to take over the 6 Music play list for 15 minutes.

You can here the entire conversation and my 15 minute mix here


The full track listing for the entire mix is

1) Intro: DJ Yoda – Amazing Adventures of DJ Yoda
2) Race For The Prize: Flaming Lips – Soft Bulletin
3) Bra: Cymande
4) Waiting on the Stairs: Pela – Anytown Grafitti
5) Loser: Beck – Mellow Gold
6) Groovy: Bille Vision & The Dancers – I Used To Wander These Streets
7) Here It Goes Again: OK GO – OH NO
8 ) Waving Flags: British Sea Power – Do You Like Rock Music
9) Sir Duke: Stevie Wonder
10) Forrest Whitiker: Brother Ali – Shadows on the Sun
11) In Transit: Albert Hammond Jr – Yours To Keep
12) Hand in Your Head: Money Mark – Push The Button
13) Meatshake : Ugly Duckling – Best Of Ugly Duckling
14) The W.A.N.D : Flaming Lips – A War With The Mystics
15) Over and Over Again: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – S/T
16) Hospital Beds: Cold War Kids – Robbers & Cowards
17) Babies: Pulp
18) Letter from God to Man: Dan Le Sac v Scroobius Pip – Angels
19) Black & White Town: Doves – Some Cities
20) A Day At The Races: Jurassic 5 – Power in Numbers
21) Girls : Beastie Boys – Licence to Ill
22) Just A Friend : Biz Markie – The Biz Never Sleeps
23) Why Can’t We Be Friends : War – Grooves and Messages
24) Highness: Envy & Other Sins – We Leave At Dawn
25) O Valencia – The Decemberists – The Crane Wife
26) Sheriff Fat Man – Carter USM
27) Pool Party: Aquabats – Myths, Legends & Other Adventures Vol 2
28) Tale Me Home: Brother Ali – The Undisputed Truth
29) Born in 69: Rocket From the Crypt – Scream Dracula Scream
30) I Was Born ( A Unicorn) : The Unicorns – Who will Cut Our Hair After We Have Gone
31) Nine : Forward Russia – Give Me A Wall
32) Airbag : Easy All Starts – Radiodread
33) Wheels: DJ Yoda – Amazing Adventures of DJ Yoda
34) Palm The Joker: Brother Ali – The Truth Is Hear EP
35) Barcelona Loves You: I’m From Barcelona – Let Me Introduce My Friends

4th March 2011 7:2:33 – Cerys Matthews

My second Choose My Music post of the day – to be honest I was going to leave it a few days considering I have been banging out these posts left right and centre. Plus it appears this site is read more by spammers than actual people…but hey ho…who says internet scum can’t have good music tastes.

The whole reason why there is a second post today is because the brilliant Cerys Matthews was kind enough to have a a little play with my game. And seeing as I consider her Cockahoop album as one of my favourites I figure that is a pretty good reason to post again.

Cerys chose the combination 7:2:33 (Bay 7, Row 2, CD 33) and picked out this little gem

Steve Wonder – Music Of My Mind

Being born in 1979 I was part of the rather unfortunate generation who’s first taste of Stevie Wonder was the single ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’. A song which I find horrible on so many levels I can barely bring myself to think about it. It’s a shame his most well known hit is so cringe worthy as his 1970’s output was nothing short of brilliant.

The album was released in 1972 and was the beginning of perhaps kick started the most brilliant run of albums ever recorded. Music Of My Mind, Talking Book, Innervisions, Fulfillingness First Finale and Songs In The Key of Life were all released in a 5 year period which is phenomenal by anyone’s standard.

There are two things that stand out within this album, first is the length of the tracks – the first two alone clock in at over 15 minutes and on average each song lasts over 5 minutes each.

The second is this album could almost been seen as the time when 1960’s Soul and R&B music collided with the 1970s. The use of synthesizers is prevalent throughout alongside the harmonica, which is rather basic by comparison. During my background checking there are suggestions that this album is one of the earliest works of black music to make use of synthesizers (although I seem to think The Aggrovators brilliant “Doctor Seaton” was released in the same year)

During this listen, which is the first in sometime is the very minimal use of drums, and where they do appear it seems to be more about adding depth with percussion as opposed to keeping rhythm…which is always a good thing.

Overall a cracking album from an artist who eventually went on to duet with Blue….what a shame.

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