26/10/2015 TKS Presents: ‘Twenty Years Ago’ and 2/11/2015 ‘La La Land’ tracklists

Where were you in ’95? Thinking back two decades and it was Canada, with the result that the news stories which have stuck in my head are largely North American-based. Of course, toward the end of the year it was the Quebec referendum which took centre stage; results coming in through the night, with it looking at one stage as if the vote might see the province leave Canada, this still being the case when I had to hit the sack, not able to keep my eyes open long enough to see the citizens of Montreal tip the balance in favour of staying together. What else? With regard to disasters,  images of the Oklahoma City bombing remain, as well as news of the volcanic eruption in Montserrat, but perhaps images of the latter come from documentaries viewed much later.
Then there were the Simpsons; firstly the apparently massive miscarriage of justice which saw OJ found not-guilty of the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman; then, the story which attracted much debate at the Friendship Centre in Alberta where I worked – who shot Mr Burns? Naturally, none of use foresaw that it was Maggie Simpson!
And to music. As I wasn’t aware of his existence, the disappearance of Richey Edwards didn’t register. Missing a gig by Neil Young, supported by Sonic Youth, in Edmonton is something I’m not going to forget – okay, the venue was an ice-hockey arena, but – Neil Young AND Sonic Youth!?
Before leaving Canada, there were a few purchases, including the first quartet of CDs in the TKS collection, this some thirteen or fourteen years after the first ones arrived at a record shop I was working in – arrived and were greeted with unanimous derision. Due to their size, other musical purchases that year were limited to cassettes, including, if memory serves, Lido by Th’ Faith Healers, Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits and probably an album or two by the aforementioned Mr Young!
Songs from three of the quartet of CDs featured among the eleven sonic gems on ‘Twenty Years Ago’, starting with…

1)The Smashing Pumpkins – Bodies /from ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness’/ Virgin Records 1995
2)Scrooge – Hit The Pig /from ‘Happy What Else’/ Trost Records 1995
More info: http://www.trost.at/news/
3)Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees /from ‘The Bends’/ EMI Records 1995
4)Mercury Rev – Everlasting Arm /from ‘See You On The Other Side’/ Beggars Banquet Records 1995
5)Nine Inch Nails – At The End Of It All /from ‘Further Down The Spiral’/ tvt/interscope Records 1995
6)John Hiatt – Ethylene /from ‘Walk On’/ Capitol Records 1995
7)The Dead C – Bitcher /from ‘The White House’/ Siltbreeze Records 1995
More info: http://www.terminal-boredom.com/tomlax.html
8)PJ Harvey – To Bring You My Love /from ‘To Bring You My Love’/ Island Records 1995
9)Scott Walker – Face On Breast /from ‘Tilt’/ Fontana Records 1995
10)The Heads – Widowmaker (Peel Session 10/11/95) /included on ‘Relaxing With…’/ Rooster Records 2010
More info: http://drownedinsound.com/releases/15625/reviews/4140889
11)Tricky – Aftermath /from ‘Maxinquaye’/ Island Records 1995

That slice from Tricky‘s cracking debut brought our trip to 1995 to a close. In case anyone is interested, the three CDs from those original four were ‘Melon Collie…‘, ‘Walk On’, and ‘Further Down The Spiral‘, and the CD not featured was the debut by Garbage.

On to this week’s sonic excursion to ‘La La Land’ – clutching at straws while looking for a theme, perhaps? Well, the important thing is that there was opportunity to play some tasty sounds, beginning, not in L.A, but further east, in Nashville, home of Kurt Wagner‘s wonderful….

1)Lambchop – Your Fucking Sunny Day /from ‘Thriller’/ Merge Records 1997
2)The La’s – Callin’ All /from ‘BBC In Session’/ Universal Polydor 2006
3)Bascom Lamar Lunsford – The Last Gold Dollar /from ‘Ballads, Banjo Tunes, And Sacred Songs’/ Smithsonian Folkways Recordings 1996
More info: http://www.folkways.si.edu/bascom-lamar-lunsford/ballads-banjo-tunes-and-sacred-songs-of-western-north-carolina/old-time-sacred/music/album/smithsonian
4)Gasper Lawal – Kita Kita /1980, from the collection ‘Nigeria70’/ Strut Records 2009
More info: http://permanentcondition.blogspot.fr/2007/01/gasper-lawal-ajomas-abiosunni.html
5)Land Of Giants – Cannibal Dolls /from the collection ‘Cold Waves Minimal Electronics’/ Angular Recording   Corporation 2010
6)Lhasa – La Maree Haute /from ‘The Living Road’/ Les Disques Audiogramme Inc. 2003
More info: http://lhasadesela.com/
7)La La Vasquez – Horror Stories /from a split 7″ single with Neonates/ OneC Records 2011
More info: https://soundcloud.com/onec_records/la-la-vasquez-do-it-again
8)Labradford – So (Matmos Remix) /from ‘The Wire Tapper 5’ compilation/ The Wire 2000
9)Lard Free – Synthetic Seasons Pt.4 /from ‘III’/ Cobra Records 1977
More info: https://www.headheritage.co.uk/unsung/review/1568/
10)Laura Cannell – All The Land Ablaze /from ‘Beneath Swooping Talons’/ Front & Follow Records 2015
More info: https://fandf.bandcamp.com/album/beneath-swooping-talons
http://thequietus.com/articles/17067-laura-cannell-interview
11)La Dusseldorf – La Dusseldorf /from ‘La Dusseldorf’/ Teldec Records 1976
More info: http://klausdinger.com/

And that tribute to the delights of Klaus Dinger‘s home city ended our stay in La La Land. I should point out that until googling the title in search of an appropriate image for use in advertising the programme, I had no idea there was a film of the same name.

Til next time, wish you many a sonic delight, S.

The Kitchen Sink broadcasts on Brno student/community radio station http://www.radior.cz almost every Monday at around 10 p.m C.E.T

More info: https://www.facebook.com/The-Kitchen-Sink-Show-137480636315364/?ref=bookmarks

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~ by theshinybeast on November 4, 2015.

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