Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day seven.

Looks like we’re all still here, so let’s fire up the Melodic Randomiser and see what today’s Isolation Radio show has to offer.

First up, an enormously talented musician, singer, actor and filmmaker, of Armenian descent, from Devon; (via America) Cosmo Jarvis, or Harrison Cosmo Krikoryan Jarvis to give him his full name, and a song from 2012’s Think Bigger album, “Train Downtown”.

Second on our seventh playlist is a track from the eponymous debut by androgynous indie rock stalwarts, Placebo, here is the characteristically angtsy “Come Home”.

And for number three, by complete coincidence, my makeshift jukebox has provided us with some more amusing musical narrative from Cosmo Jarvis, this time from the interestingly titled Humasyouhitch/Sonofabitch. So sit back and enjoy the romantic tale of Cosmo and Melanie, with “Mel’s Song”

I hope this small collection of spontaneous vibes goes some way to cheer your day, and I’ll see you again when I’m next back this way.

Peace

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Melodic Randomiser: Isolation radio, day six.

Welcome back to the Isolation Radio show, after those important messages from our sponsors, War, Pestilence, Famine and Death; broadcasting live on the Melodic Randomiser network from a secret quarantine unit in the sunny but eerily silent South West of England.

Time to bring you three more batches of boredom-busting beats, via the unpredictable shuffle function of my Poweramp music player.
Let’s spin the wheel and get this world party started.

Round and round and round she goes, where she stops nobody knows, until…

…it comes to rest on “The Feeling” by Ellie Jackson, aka the driving force of La Roux, from their second album, Trouble in Paradise.

After which, things get a little noisier, with this clattering, riffing, runaway train of a song by the (now sadly semi-late and therefore defunct) Japanese duo, Boom Boom Satellites, here’s “Pill”

And to with continue the theme of abrasive electronica for our final tune today, here is one of the godfathers of the UK synth music scene, John Foxx, teaming up with Louis Gordon on the Impossible album to bring you “Dislocation”

I’ll be back tomorrow with another dose of antidote for apathy, reinvigorating your enthusiasm for life via the medium of music, but now I have four hungry horses to feed…

Peace

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Melodic Randomiser: Isolation radio, day five.

Hello again, I hope the beginning of a new week in this surreal new existence finds you all healthy and relatively unaffected by the craziness of our collective situation.

But just in case the cabin fever is starting to bite and you’re in the mood for musical respite, the Melodic Randomiser is here to distract you from reality for a few harmonious moments. So sit back and take in today’s triumphant triumvirate of top tunage, courtesy of the Isolation radio show.

A good honest slab of rock ‘n’ roll to start you off with, from George Thorogood and the DestroyersAnthology album, here’s a live recording of “Who Do You Love?”

Difficult to think of a way to get further away from that, stylistically speaking, other than by playing the next randomly selected song; everyone’s favourite pasty-faced, robotic electro-goth, Gary Numan and 1980’s “We Are Glass”, from a remastered edition of his third consecutive UK number one album, Telekon.

And for the last in today’s grab bag of audio excellence, we go even further back in time, to a 1974 record from a band led by Wakefield’s finest guitarist, Bill Nelson. His gratifyingly eclectic career is one I have followed with growing interest, ever since first hearing this band as a teenager; the continuously reinventing prog/glam/new wave experiment that was Be-bop Deluxe.

So lay back, close your eyes and experience the grandiose theatrical sweep of “Darkness (L’Immoraliste)”

That’s it for today, more tomorrow. Until then, look after yourselves and each other and keep the faith, we’ll get through this.

Peace

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Melodic Randomiser: Isolation radio, day three.

The third trio of tunes on the reinvigorated Melodic Randomiser kicks off with some space rock/jazz fusion and the title track from Mercury Prize nominated album, Channel the Spirits, by The Comet is Coming

…dovetailing rather nicely with a song from a solo album called Fun in Space, by Queen drummer Roger Taylor; here’s “Good Times are Now”.

I can’t think of even a tenuous connection to the final tune today, so I’ll just tell you that it’s “Crocodile” by UK dance music heavyweights, Underworld, from the album Oblivion With Bells.

Until tomorrow, stay safe, stay home and be excellent to each other.

Peace.

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Return of the Melodic Randomiser: Isolation radio.

If you have had the misfortune dedication and good taste to have been following my eclectic scribblings for a few years, you might remember a recurring strand called The Melodic Randomiser. This was a feature wherein I shuffled my extensive music collection to bring you unplanned playlists with, whenever possible, their accompanying videos.

Since we all have so much extra time on our hands at the moment, I thought it a good time to resurrect the Randomiser once more.

This time the medium is digital, the jukebox is my old phone with 3,419 tracks on its memory card and I am picking the first track by blind scrolling, followed by whatever the next two tracks Poweramp’s shuffle throws up each day.

Here goes…

…the first tune to stop under my prodding fingertip is a song from the self-titled 2019 album by International Teachers of Pop, (which owes no small debt to Trans Europe Express by Kraftwerk); here is “Age of the Train”.

Now, as Monty Python once memorably said, for something completely different, swapping electropop for the emo punk of My Chemical Romance and the short and to the point “Teenagers”, from their excellent album, The Black Parade.

Last, equally brief but most definitely not least, we have cultural magpie and all round musical genius, David Byrne and Talking Heads, with a track from their debut, Talking Heads ’77, an album I have owned on vinyl, cassette, CD and now mp3; “Who is it?”

I’ll be back tomorrow with more tunes to help soundtrack our communal enforced staycation, so until then, look after yourselves and each other.

Peace
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One liner Wednesday: Alternative dictionary.

Ok, I’m going to be straight with you about today’s entry in the alternative dictionary…it’s awful.

It’s tenuous, oblique, obtuse, very very specific and requires some mental gymnastics to make it work, so I apologise in advance. But I laughed out loud when it came to me in the garden yesterday, so in it goes.

“Fastening” – Stuttering vocal hook employed to memorable effect by Paul Hardcastle on his 1985 No.1 hit, “19”.

For those of you in need of a further clue or are unfamiliar with the tune in question, here’s the rather excellent original music video.

#1linerWeds

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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

K’lee gave me a perfect opportunity to do some mucking about for this week’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge, when he set the theme of; AN ANIME-TED LIFE!

I went with the obvious and made some animations; one with a handmade stop motion technique and another digital one, an audio visual interpretation of one of my recent remixes.

Here is a 30 second StikBot adventure, featuring my predatory phone case…

…and a swirly, glitching, psychedelic extravaganza to accompany the soundclash mix I made a few weeks ago, as a tribute to the late Keith Flint of the Prodigy and Mark Hollis from Talk Talk.

You can be moved by K’lee’s pictures HERE.

Now let’s see what inspired you over the weekend.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, (or just, you know, whenever) add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

Duch Jo rock The Castle.

If you saw yesterday’s photo challenge post, you’ll know I went to see my friend Duncan and his latest band, Duch Jo at the weekend.

Well, despite Duncan’s insistence that they “don’t want to be famous, we just want to play music”, they do have a Facebook page, where you can meet the band and find out about forthcoming gigs.

And if that isn’t enough for you, I did manage to video one of their songs on Saturday; Bad Brother Animal.

Having obtained permission from Duncan, I uploaded it to YouTube and present it here for your listening pleasure. It’s not the most artistic visual treat, but the sound quality is actually rather good, so play it through some decent speakers and you too can check out their unique blend of funk rock.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Duch Jo…

Mixing lice and noise.

Another lazy weekend, another chance to sit in the sunshine and do some remixing.

This time, the victim subject of my sonic tomfoolery is Stephin Merritt, the singer/songwriter also known as The Magnetic Fields and his strange little song, The Meaning of Lice, which I mashed together with an Art of Noise percussion sample

Here are the lyrics;

Lice, lice, divine device
Miscellaneous
Ticks, ticks, and magic tricks
Subcutaneous
Fleas, fleas, STDs
All of Egypt on their knees
Lice, lice in paradise,
A necessary heresy.

Our god would want their sod
To turn to pestilence
Strange angels so unjust
To peasants in their tents
Murder, rust bringer
Of each leech and skin stinger
Lice, lice in paradise
Religion ain’t philosophy

Lice, lice, divine device
Miscellaneous
Ticks, ticks, and magic tricks
Subcutaneous
Fleas, fleas, STDs
All of Egypt on their knees
Lice, lice in paradise
A necessary heresy

…and here is my mix, along with the supremely gloopy video I made to accompany it.

I give you, The Art Of Lice.

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