A new Jeffrey Lee Pierce/Gun Club tribute album, The Journey Is Long features a collaboration between Nick Cave and Debbie Harry on one of The Gun Club’s best loved numbers, “The Breaking Hands.” The album also features Mick Harvey, Cave, Lydia Lunch, Warren Ellis, and Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan performing unrecorded Pierce songs. The Journey Is Long comes out on April 9, 2012.
I interviewed The Gun Club’s Kid Congo Powers (who was also in Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, of course) at SXSW, expect that coming up in the next day or two.
Here’s the original Gun Club version from the classic Mother Juno album:
I hate saying the overused “Wow, just wow!” but this wicked handmade Boba Fett handbag by catpenfold deserves it. Sadly, it’s sold. However, I spotted an equally amazing Doctor Who Ood clutch still available for purchase at her Etsy shop.
Los Angeles-based newcomer Jenny O has a knack for creating feelgood, upbeat, and wildly catchy folk tunes, but it’s her unique voice—calling to mind Janis Joplin in her sunnier moments and Melanie Safka simultaneously—that makes her stand out from the crowd. Her Jonathan Wilson-produced EP, Home will be released later
In the video clip below, Jenny O performs “Learned My Lessons,” “Get Lost” and “It’s In Our Hands” at SXSW on March 16th, 2012
Here’s a nice Kraftwerk cover mix by DJ Food which is “The first in a mix series featuring cover versions, sample-heavy tracks or songs that obviously owe a debt to the Dusseldorf quartet. Each mix is laced with spoken word, interviews or info about Kraftwerk, too.”
01: Michael Bailey - Solid Steel intro
02: Fearless 4 - Rockin’ It
03: Pelding - It’s More Fun to Compute
04: Trouble Funk - Trouble Funk Express
05: Makoto Inoue - Europe Endless / Neon lights
06: The Divine Comedy - Radioactivity
07: Senor Coconut - Trans Europe Express
08: Senor Coconut - The Man Machine
09: Souxsie & the Banshees - Hall Of Mirrors
10: Senor Coconut - The Robots
11: Balanescu Quartet -The Robots
12: Tafkafb - Waltz Mit Der Robot
13: Apoptygma Berzerk - Ohm Sweet Ohm
14: Frenchbloke & Son - Neon Love (Cha Cha Cha)
15: Jason Moran - Planet Rock
16: Tremelo Beer Gut - Das Model
17: Big Black - The Model
18: Rammstein - Das Model
19: Ride - The Model
20: Frenchbloke & Son - Sexy Model
21: Buffalo Daughter - Autobahn
22: Dark Side of the Autobahn
23: Rot Front Trikont - The Robots
24: Senor Coconut - Showroom Dummies
25: Girls On Top - I Want To Dance With Numbers
26: Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force - Planet Rock (Elecktric Music Classic Mix)
27: Coptic Rain -The Robots
28: Erasure - Blue Savannah (Der Deutsche mix)
29: DMX Krew - Showroom Dummies
30: Melt Banana - Showroom Dummies
31: Aqua Vista - The Model
32: Senor Coconut - Home Computer
33: Senor Coconut - Tour De France
34: Elakelaiset Poro - Reindeer/Robots
When the promo for the new single by Norwegian nu-disco maestro Lindstrom dropped into my inbox recently, I was unusually excited. Not just because it was some new sounds from one of the undisputed masters of the genre, but because of these three magic words: “Todd Rundgren Remix.”
At first I thought it was a typo, or a mislabeling - surely they meant it’s a Lindstrom remix of Todd Rundgren? I mean, you can tell Lindstrom is a fan just from listening to his music (it’s all about those stacked synth chords) and besides, Todd doesn’t do remixes… does he?
A little bit more digging around proved that this was no typing error. One of my all-time favorite artists had indeed remixed a song for the first time, and with his usual immaculate taste, Todd had decided to remix a song by one of my favorite dance music producers. Through connections in the extended Rundgren fan network (which is itself an amazing thing, more like a family than mere rock fans) I was able to get some questions to Todd himself.
Dangerous Minds really needs more Todd Rundgren on our pages, so I am glad to share his answers:
You’ve been making music for a long time, but this is your first ever commercially released remix - how did it come about?
I was contacted by Lindstrom’s label. I’ve been making contributions to other artists’ recording projects over the years so it didn’t seem like that unusual a request. I don’t often get asked to be involved in ‘trans-generational’ collaborations, so that was different.
Your music has been a big influence on modern dance producers, but in particular the whole nu-disco/cosmic-disco genre - were you aware of any of those particular artists? And did you hear a musical connection when you listened to Lindstrom’s track?
Since I don’t usually focus on a single genre I don’t think of myself as having a ‘style’. It’s a little odd because in the 70s we thought of ourselves as prog-rock players and that disco was something of a sell-out for artists like Rod Stewart and Blondie. This ‘nu disco’ is a more organic movement, especially the emphasis on the instrumental aspect and lack of lyrics. That does remind me of some of the experimental excursions I’ve taken in the past.
I love how you embrace new music technology (and the new music it can help create). I’m curious to know what sequencing/recording program you’re using, and if you have any recent-ish programs or bits of kit you’re enthusiastic about? For instance, have you used Ableton Live?
I stuck with analog until the mid-Nineties, mostly because I was trying to be thrifty. I used Pro-Tools for about 12 years but finally got fed up with the tempermental and expensive technology and poor support. Recently, I have been an exclusive user of Propellerheads Reason. Since they added recording capabilities I’ve been able to record and mix with my laptop and without any environmental restrictions. I haven’t tried Ableton, mostly because I have yet to do any live mixing.
What are you listening to at the moment? Any music of the last 5 years that floats your boat and you’d recommend for Dangerous Minds’ readers?
I’m a big fan of ‘outsider’ music. It’s not very useful as an influence (at least not right now) but it’s a lot of fun to listen to and takes your mind off the ‘serious’ stuff. I recently downloaded Lorne Greene’s “The Man” and was so amused I decided to work some of it into my solo shows. Now the fans want a whole night of Lorne Greene. The problem with outsider music is that it’s often only one great song in an obscure career of mediocrity.
What’s in the immediate future for Todd Rundgren?* And is there anything more dance music-based, like more remixes or perhaps even dj sets?
It’s been suggested that I take a crack at DJing, and it’s not such a far-fetched idea. In 1993 I toured a record called No World Order and built a system that allowed me to improvise the set each night using a midi controller and a program I devised that would recombine samples on the fly. I had to build that program from scratch using MAX. Now software like Ableton is the prefered way to go, although I have some ideas about how it could be done with Reason.