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Something Wicked This Way Comes

This is a special Halloween mixtape, feel free to download it if you want. I threw it together this afternoon in the midst of a hangover. Apologies for the quality of the track “Dragula”. The bitrate was really low and i only realised halfway through the mix. I would have left the track out if i’d known but i recorded the mix all in one go and made the mistake of not checking the quality of the tracks first. Like i said i was hungover and it was a last minute thing. I just had a quick browse through some of my music files and took the songs i thought to be most apt for a Halloween mix.

Something Wicked This Way Comes Tracklist
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1. Intro
2. Queens of the Stone Age – Burn The Witch
3. Smashing Pumpkins – Ava Adore
4. Rob Zombie – Living Dead Girl
5. Eagles of Death Metal – Chase The Devil
6. Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster – Puppy Dog Snails
7. Pixies – Dead
8.Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
9. The Cramps – Human Fly
10. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put A Spell On You
11. Prodigy – Voodoo People
12. John Carpenter – Halloween Theme Tune
13. Michael Jackson – Thriller (Remix)
14. Zombie Nation – Forza (Fukkk Off Remix)
15. Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400
16. Designer Drugs – Zombies!
17. Rob Zombie – Dragula (Hot Rod Herman Remix)
18. NiKiT – Sudden Death
19. Bobby Pickett – The Monster Mash
20. ToToM – Ghostbusters Theme vs Smashing Pumpkins vs Ram Jam
21. Max Romeo and The Upsetters – I Chase The Devil
22. Imogen Heap – Getting Scared
23. Aphex Twin – Come To Daddy (Intro only)

MP3: Someone’s In The Wolf – Something Wicked This Way Comes Mixtape

something wicked mixtape
Here’s some songs that i considered for the mix but to keep it under 80 minutes i decided to leave them out…

MP3’s

Band of Horses – Is There A Ghost?

The Cranberries – Zombie

Ladytron – Ghosts

Sneaker Pimps – Small Town Witch

Aereogramme – Thriller (Michael Jackson cover)

And a few videos…

Unicorn Kid – Wee Monsters

Alkaline Trio – Halloween

Happy Halloween

S.I.T Wolf X

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Heaven’s Here For You And Me

Yesterday marked the first anniversary of the passing of a very dear friend of mine, Ruari McCarthy. He is greatly missed by many and left a huge gap in the lives of a lot of people. Fortunately for us he also left a huge impression and many happy memories.

I had planned to do this post last night but i had to be through in Stirling for 9pm and was rushing about after work, which reminds me, i’ll do a post on Sunday about how last nights DJ set at D.U.S.K went. I’m just not exactly in the mood for talking bout things like that tonight.

Ruari passed away on the 29th of October last year, he was just 3 weeks short of his 25th birthday. He had suffered from epilepsy and asthma from an early age and took frequent aggressive attacks from both. He always had the courage and strength to overcome these attacks, unfortunately on the night he died it was a combination of both illnesses that proved overwhelming.

Ruari was one of the most genuinely nice people you could ever wish to meet. I could go into a whole description about him and how much of a brilliant, caring person he was but to be honest i’d find it too hard to locate the words to use to describe him. I first met him in December 2006, we were introduced through a mutual friend and before you know it, by January of the following year myself and Chris had convinced him to join a music project we had (Racecar Kayak). Ruari was so much more talented at music than i first thought. I remember the first jamming session we had i had thought to myself  “this guy is useless he can’t even keep in key with us”. How wrong was i?! Ruari had a unique and hidden talent that only his girlfriend Aiobfan knew about. His voice. Racecar Kayak was myself and Aiobfan on guitar, Chris on drums and Ruari on bass. We played post rock instrumental stuff, there was no singing, so little did we know what was lurking in that voice box of his. It wasn’t until summer 2007 when i went and seen him at an open mic night in Nice N Sleazys that i heard him singing for the first time. He had done two of his own songs and yes, i was impressed, really impressed, but it wasn’t until he did covers of  “Lover, You Should’ve Come Over” by Jeff Buckley, “Here Comes Your Man” by The Pixies and “Glorious” by Andreas Johnson and made them his own that i thought “WOW”. I was in the midst of something special. He could go from high to baritone to whisper to scream to heartbroken to ecstatic and back again. But his voice was something that he rarely shared and like me he preferred playing instrumental music. There was a reason i liked just playing music though and not singing so much……….i can’t sing! Ruari’s decision however baffled me. Here was a guy with a truly unique voice who chose only to use it occasionally. I had tried to convince him to add vocals to a few of the Racecar Kayak demos but to no avail. We did however record a few tracks together. Sadly only two have seen the light of day. A cover we did with shared vocals and guitar of “So Real” by Jeff Buckley made a brief appearance on YouTube and an acoustic take of  “Stay, I Missed You” was recorded as a birthday present for his fiancee Aiobfan in 2008 with Ruari singing and me on guitar duties.

I could go on forever with stories about Ruari and say how much i miss him and how much i miss trying to decipher his Southern Ireland accent but i won’t. Instead i’ll just say that it’s been a hard year since he died but myself and his friends and family have kept out hearts warm by reminiscing about good times we shared with him and telling stories about his Irish humour. Because of his health conditions Ruari didn’t drink much, he didn’t need to he was as fun loving and honest and open as they come but when he did drink he morphed into a stand up comedian! You couldn’t shut him and his filthy tongue up. But we all loved it that way and i wouldn’t have changed it for the world.

I’m going to post a few videos of some songs as a tribute…

The first one explains itself…

UNKLE – Heaven

Where’s the Seraphim?
Where’s the money that we made?
Where’s the open gate?
Where’s the fortune that we saved?

Heaven’s here for you and me
With every falling curl
Heaven’s here for you and me
We gained ourselves the world

Hit the Motorway
I can take it all at speed
I got everything
I got everything you need

Heaven’s here for me and you
Scattered out with pearls
Heaven’s here for me and you
We gained ourselves the world

Where’s the warrior of light?
The gates of solid gold?
Paranoia, in a fight
With dreams that never fold
Heaven’s here for me and you
Scattered out with pearls
Heaven’s here for me and you
We gained ourselves the world
Heaven’s here for me and you
We gave ourselves away..

The second video is of a song that Ruari and Aiobfan shared a mutual love for, there wasn’t much they agreed on musically!

Lighthouse Family – High

The third is a video of a band that Ruari and i discovered together by accident at a random gig one rainy night in October 2007…..the song’s called “For Jonathan” and The Album Leaf had recorded the song specifically for a family that had just lost their son. I can’t think of a better way to descibe this song than heartfelt and so i’m going to call it “For Ruari” this one time and dedicate it to him.

The Album Leaf – For Ruari

And lastly, as my own tribute to Ruari i’ve recorded a version of one his favourite songs. The last gig he ever played was in June last year at Nice N Sleazys and he played this song, i have the live recording of it from that night but for personal reasons i’m choosing not to post it. There’s only a dozen people at most who have heard it and it’s likely to stay that way cos it breaks my heart to hear it. I feel likes it the last memory i have of him and would like to keep it my own.

But anyway, here’s my version of it. I’m sorry for the quality of recording and excess noise, it was done in two 10 minute takes. I happen to be really nervous when singing and hold the microphone to close to my mouth, it’s a comfort thing but unfortunately it creates a buzzing sound. I recorded it guitar and vocal first and then tracked another vocal over the top of it. I feel more comfortable having my voice twice in songs i record, it makes me feel like i’m singing along with somebody else. Probably sounds weird to some i know but it’s the only way i can feel comfortable.

MP3: Fragile X – Skinny Love

I know i’ve not exactly got the best voice but please don’t think of it as me trying to do a cover of a Bon Iver song, just listen to it for what it is, a tribute to a lost friend.

cronaím thú Ruari

S.I.T Wolf X

ps. i had planned to post a photo of Ruari but after consulting Aiobfan decided it’d be best not too.

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Masquerading Meddling Musicians

With Halloween just around the corner i thought it’d be a good idea to do a post about bands and artists that hide behind sweaty masks, helmets and other head fitting objects whilst plying their trade up on the stage.

Is it for “artisctic” reasons or are they just ugly? Who knows?….Who cares? Let’s be honest, it looks fucking cool if you can pull it off right (take note guys from Slipknot!) and it adds mystery.

So, Halloween lovers, i’d like you to meet….

toxic avenger

The Toxic Avenger

The Toxic Avenger (aka Simon DeLacroix) is a French DJ who puts his focus on making scratch based tracks blended with melody. He usually releases material through the well respected (well i respect them anyway) record label iheartcomix.
MP3: The Toxic Avenger – Superheroes (Toxic Self Version)

bloody beetroots

Bloody Beetroots

What can i say about The Bloody Beetroots that i haven’t said before on this blog? Nothing, thats what. Two absolutely insame Italian DJ’s with a taste for wonky basslines and having fun. What more could we want?
MP3: Bloody Beetroots – Rombo (feat Congorock)

mstrkrft

MSTRKRFT

MSTRKRFT came about while JFK (thats Jesse F Keeler to those unaware) was still playing with Death From Above 1979. Originally started out as a “dancier techno group but NOT a side-project”,  MSTRKRFT succeeded in evolving into a totally different beast after the unfortunate break up of DFA1979. And although i was gutted to say the least when one of my favourite bands of all time broke up, it makes it that little bit easier that we were gifted with some amazing new sounds.
MP3: MSTRKFT – Heartbreaker (feat John Legend)

dead mau5

Deadmau5

Joel Zimmerman or Deadmau5 to you and i is a DJ and producer from Canada who just released his very successful debut album last year. The 28 year old had been on the scene for some years beforehand and began making digitalised music at a very early age. If you go see him play you certainly won’t miss him….he wears an absolutely giant modified Mouse hat/mask/helmet.
MP3: Deadmau5 – I Remember

sound of animals fighting

The Sound of Animals Fighting

Sadly this supergroup don’t exist anymore, they called it a day after providing us with 3 albums and a DVD. The group consisted mainly of member of RX Bandits but over the course of their 5 year life contributers included members of Finch, Atreyu, The Autumns and many more. The music world is a less frenetic place without them, that’s a compliment by the way.
MP3: The Sound Of Animals Fighting – Uzbekistan

The Knife

The Knife

Swedish duo The Knife found the big time when Jose Gonzalez done a cover of their song “Heartbeats” and got it featured in THAT Sony advert. That song featured on the album “Silent Shout” , the siblings have since released another album and Karen Dreijer Andersson has went on to release a well acclaimed solo album under the name Fever Ray. Check it out if you can. The Knife are definitely a band that have to be seen live to truly experience the mysterious energy the have in their songs.
MP3: The Knife – We Share Our Mothers Health

redshape

Redshape

Not much is known about the enigma that is Redshape. He’s released 15 maybe 17 tracks maximum over the last few years. Apparently he lives in Berlin but who knows. Redshape is a classic case of a man keeping himself to himself.
MP3: Redshape – Seduce Me

HeartsRevolution

HeartsRevolution

This electro twosome gained notoriety in 2008 not only for their song but also for the HeartsChallenger. the HeartsChallenger is a modified ice cream van that they two used and still do occasionally use to move between gigs. A different take on a tourbus so to speak but i know what i’d rather have. I’ve followed them since late 2007 and annoyingly they didn’t seem to be making any progress or releasing solid material BUT there’s news in the pipeline of a 13 track album coming soon, so it’s all good.
MP3: HeartsRevolution – Choose Your Own Adventure

Daft Punk

Daft Punk

The classic Daft Punk. Call them what you will, “sellouts”, “song thieves”, whatever but the one thing that constantly follows the French robots about is that they were one the pioneers of  French House music and helped get it to where it currently sits in the popularity stakes. Yes, they may steal samples left, right and centre to make their songs but who cares when they make songs as good as “Robot Rock”, “Da Funk” etc
MP3: Daft Punk – Da Funk

Scan 7

Scan 7

Another unknown entity, literally, i have no knowledge of who these guys are or where they come from. I’m guessing Berlin but only cos of the type of songs they seem to produce.
MP3: Scan 7 – Bad Mood Rising

the network

The Network

The Network is a classic case of a famous band trying to create an alter ego and fucking it up royally. Before they had even released anything everybody knew who they were, it’s Green Day in disguise! Back in the days when i read Kerrang (yes, i’m ashamed) there was an article outing them and when the songs were released it only confirmed what was already known. Billie Joe Armstrong has one of the most distinctive voices in music, who were they trying to fool?
MP3: The Network – Roshambo

doctor lektroluv

Dr Lektroluv

The Doc is a Belgian DJ with a rather dapper and eccentric stage persona. Not only does he wear a tuxedo and a green mask on stage, he also mixes his sets with the assistance of a telephone instead of the usual headphones. He’s been around since the early noughties and releases several mixes on the N.E.W.S label.
MP3: Dr Lektroluv – Moscow Discow

Altern8

Altern8

Haha, god, Altern8, the bass heavy rave monsters. Famed for there chemical suits and face masks the Stafford duo had a habit of playing at “illegal” rave parties back in the early 90’s. At a time when such events were banned, Altern8 made a name for themsleves by being bolshy and grabbing the scene by the throat, they changed the rave scene with their new outlook on equipment and tools that managed to make anthems out of a few beats and a synth line.
MP3: Altern8 – Frequency (DFRNT Remix)

kill the noise

Kill The Noise

Ok so these guys probably shouldn’t be in here as only one of them usually wears a mask onstage and sometimes not at all but “Pull My Strings” is too good a song to leave out.
MP3: Kill The Noise – Pull My Strings

I couldn’t come to the conclusion without adding some real love them or hate them bands into the mix….

thelocust

The Locust

These absolute mentalists, led by Justin Pearson, have a real penchant for some very strange song titles indeed. With songs usually lasting no more than a minute and a half they are short, sharp and definitely to the point. I’ve seen them live twice. Both times they were supporting other acts. I didn’t know whether to feel priviliged or violated when i experienced them live but i was intrigued to say the least.
MP3: The Locust – Priest With Sexually Transmitted Disease Get Out Of My Bed

slipknot

Slipknot

Some people hate Slipknot, some love them. I sit on the fence, they don’t bother me. I always go by my belief that every single band/artist has one good song in them and there are two Slipknot songs that i happen to quite enjoy, one being “Wait and Bleed” and the other…
MP3: Slipknot – Left Behind

Now, to finish off the man who has been portrayed in film and theatre by many a mere mortal..the one and only…

phantom

The Phantom Of The Opera

And the conclusion? Simple, masks are cool. Especially at this time of year.

S.I.T Wolf  X

 

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New Fang = New Song

A few hours ago there was a very welcome surprise posted on my YouTube home page…a new video from Them Crooked Vultures!

Them-Crooked-Vultures

After treating us to a video for “Scumbag Blues” last month they have now decided to give us another track off their self titled debut album, which is due out over here on the 16th of November. The new song is titled “New Fang” and sounds like it should, like a mix of Queens of the Stone Age, Led Zep and the Foo Fighter’s of The Colour and The Shape era. 

Have a listen below and form your own opinion. I don’t really have to give you my opinion, as you already know my feelings on Josh Homme’s never-ending musical quests. Whatever project he puts his big ginger hairdo into always seem to make my ears happy.

Them Crooked Vultures – New Fang

them crooked vultures

Can’t wait to go see them in December, thanks again to Emma for getting me a ticket! If it wasn’t for her i’d have to take the loooooooooooooong journey south to Plymouth….

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Lost Highway

Who shot what? Who killed whom? What time is it?

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This is just a collection of songs from one of my favourite films. I watched it for the first time in ages tonight and forgot how good the soundtrack actually is.

Angelo Badalamenti and Barry Adamson where the main contributors to the atmospheric and sometimes disturbing sounds and backgrounds in most scenes but there were more than a few big names from the world of music willing to help out David Lynch when it came to the soundtrack. None more so than Trent Reznor who didn’t just write the short piece “Videodrones: Questions” for the movie but actually went and wrote a brand new Nine Inch Nails song specifically for the film, the song in question being the now legendary cult classic “The Perfect Drug”. I say “cult” classic because even though the song is a fan favourite and was released as a single it’s never been played live by Reznor or the band, hence it’s cult status and unfortunate resignment to being played in nightclubs, rooms and headphones the world over. Oh and Lost Higway obviously.

Other bands/artists who added songs to the soundtrack were Smashing Pumpkins, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Rammstein and Marilyn Manson. I would seriously recommend looking up and buying the OST for Lost Highway, a great collection of tense and eerie music that will take you back into the mood, atmospherics and flashbacks of the film itself. Which is quite ironic given the “reality?/dream?” and flashback themes throughout the film.

MP3: Nine Inch Nails – The Perfect Drug

MP3: Smashing Pumpkins – Eye

MP3: David Bowie – I’m Deranged [Edit]

MP3: Lou Reed – This Magic Moment

MP3: Marilyn Manson – I Put A Spell On You

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Famous Liar Swallows Little Mystery Pattern

the latest Six Mix…

iamx (chris corner)

MP3: IAMX – Kiss And Swallow

Mystery-Jets
MP3: Mystery Jets – Half In Love With Elizabeth

At+the+DriveIn
MP3: At The Drive In – Pattern Against User

the kills
MP3: The Kills – Fried My Little Brains

andrew-weatherall
MP3: Andrew Weatherall – Liar With WIngs

FrankTurner

VIDEO: Frank Turner – I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous

S.I.T Wolf X

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THE MONDAY LIST#7: With The Lights Out It’s Less Dangerous

With winter well and truly on its way we’re now experiencing dark mornings and dark (early) evenings. Well maybe not everybody gets to see the dark mornings, some may not have the displeasure of having to arise at 6am but i do and by the time i get home from work it’s either half 5 or 6. Sometimes later. Basically at this time of year i feel like a vampire, i hardly see any daylight, between the hours of 8am and 5pm i’m stuck in a garage all day and because it’s cold this time of year the huge shutter door is left firmly closed, opening only to let vehicles enter and leave. So i get the odd glimpse of daylight but not much, apart from when break time comes and it’s outside to bask in the cold, frosty air while i can!

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But even though it may seem like i’m complaining about the dark, it’s the exact opposite. Now before you get the wrong idea, i’m not some strange guy who likes to sit in the dark all the time on my own and plot the worlds downfall but there is something very appealing and calming about being in the dark. If you’re alone, it can be relaxing, especially with music and if you’re with someone then it heightens and alleviates everything that goes on, your voice is clearer, your senses get stronger, right through from smell to touch, pretty much everything. I’m sure everybody has sat late into the night with friends and talked in the dark at some point. Especially in the days when you’d have friends staying over. I used to sit up obscenely late into the dark hours of the morning with a really good friend of mine and just talk for hours about everything and anything.

And in the dark there are no illusions, there’s nothing to see, nothing to hide, its just, well, dark i suppose.

So, here’s the most apt tracks i could come up with…

MP3’s
With The Lights Out, It’s Less Dangerous
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1. M83 – Dark Moves of Love
2. The Music – Turn Out The Light
3. Death Cab For Cutie – I Will Follow You into the Dark
4. Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark
5. Placebo – InfraRed
6. Yo La Tengo – When It’s Dark
7. I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness – Lights
8. Free Energy – Dark Trance
9. D.C LaRue – Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark
10. Lamb – Darkness

late night in glasgow

VIDEOS

DJ Shadow – Midnight In A Perfect World

IAMX – Nightlife

Depending on which way you look at it this video is slightly contradicting the whole post but it’s that good that i couldn’t leave it out….and it’s The Smiths so it’s allowed.

The Smiths – There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

“Take Me Out Tonight. Where’s There’s Music And There’s People And They’re Young And Alive.”

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