Since I am not Djing as much since the move to London, I suppose this comes out of just straight missing playing some music.
Not a typical set from my hand – usually my sets are more in the… erh… eclectic punk/post-punk vein (music journalism and their fondness for genre hyperbole has forever ruined trying to describe your preferred music genres) with some industrial, (freak) folk, US Hardcore and no-wave mixed in for the lulz. Instead this is a more chilled out thing for me – a manson-esque smattering of gloomy psych, experimental folk and post-industrial. The kind of set you always want to play, but rarely find a venue who is willing to let you. (Not that I blame them – this isn’t exactly dance friendly.
Sleeve notes/tracklist as follows:
1. Current 93 – All the pretty little horses
Oddly beautiful, extremely creepy, this track sounds like a lullaby at the Adams family house.
2. Warpaint – Billie Holiday
A play on Mary Well’s My Guy, this is just haunting beauty – and incidentally the only track from this century on this tape. (Kinda – see the Walkmen track)
3. Chris & Cosey – Send the Magic Down
Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti from industrial legends Throbbing Gristle feature Alistair Crowley chanting on the intro to this sparse masterpiece. Also closely affiliated with Current 93 through Genesis P.Oridge
4. Cat Powers – Werewolf
Michael Hurley cover, possibly Dave Grohl on drums
5. Einsturzende Neubauten – Blume
Blixa Bargeld is and will always be a huge hero of mine. Also a long time member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and the Birthday Party before that. Nick Cave’s “muse” Anita Lane on lyrics next to Blixa himself.
6. Bobby Beausoleil and The Freedom Orchestra – Lucifer Rising Soundtrack, Part III
Affiliate of the Manson family and currently jailed for the murder of Gary Hinman, Bobby wrote the soundtrack to Kenneth Anger’s Lucifer Rising while imprisoned. One of the most amazing and overlooked pieces of music ever made.
7. Comin Back to Me
Jefferson Airplane’s Comin Back to Me is heartrending beautiful stoner anthem – reportedly written and recorded in one night after smoking some really groovy weed… erh… or whatever the term was back then
8. Leonard Cohen – Who by Fire
No real reason here – it just seemed to fit
9. The Walkmen – Fly into the Mystery
Cover of Jonothan Richman and the Modern Lovers track – recorded later than 2000 – the original was recorded in 1978… I think…
10. Bonnie Dobson – Winters Going
Don’t know much about her apart from that she was a big thing in the 60s and had some of her stuff covered by the Grateful Dead… brilliant song, suppose that’s enough.
11. Charles Manson – Look at Your Game Girl
Yes, that’s the Charlie Manson, killer of the American Dream, cult leader, cult murderer and weirdly accomplished country/folk singer. This is from Lie: The Love and Terror Cult recorded from prison somewhere between 1967 and 1969.