Sunday Morning Coming Down

I really liked Like I Used To, the recent collaboration between Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen; whilst I’d been aware of both artists prior to that single, I’d never knowingly heard anything by either.

So when I saw that Olsen had released a new album, Big Time, earlier this month, I trusted that it wasn’t going to be whole album of Peter Gabriel covers, I snaffled a copy up sharpish.

Admittedly, I was partly drawn to it by some of the reviews I’d seen, not least this one on Pitchfork:

“…[Olsen] is reborn on Big Time as an alternately smiling or crying cowgirl. Olsen teases out the twang and pedal steel of her long-time country influences, like the audacity of Skeeter Davis and Tammy Wynette, or the blistering ache of Hank Williams. The tough-and-tender extremity of country music has always been present in her yearning cadences, now more lucid than ever, but here she leans further into its in-the-room glow, its honesty and resilience. As her heights magnify, so do her depths.

Sold!

Here’s the opening track, and it does everything that review suggests:

Angel Olsen – All the Good Times

More soon.

Friday Night Music Club

Well, we made it to the end of another week folks, so as your..erm..*coughs*..reward, here’s the fourth part of the six-hour plus mix I put together and then split down a while ago.

This is probably the most mixed-bag of the lot, ranging from classical to country, taking in many indie and dance and indie dance points in between. There’s a whiff of a theme developing about three quarters of the way through which, surprisingly I pull away from; more surprising than that is that there’s a couple of relatively recent tunes in here (by recent, I mean ‘released in the last 12 months’); and even more surprising than that is that when presented with the opportunity, I manage to resist going off one playing covers or songs which sample a particular act. You’ll know who I mean when you get there.

A quick admission and anecdote rolled into one: I stole the idea of mixing the opening two tracks from another DJ.

One night, back when I was living in Cardiff, I was out clubbing, when the resident DJ dropped the first two tunes in today’s mix. Same tunes, same order. The crowd fell into a stunned silence when he played the first – and give him his dues, it’s a proper show-stopper, alright – then exploded into euphoric raptures when he played the second.

Except me. I was furious. For as I watched the DJ lap up the adulation from the crowd, I felt like going up to him, tapping him on the shoulder and saying: “I hear you’ve bought Jacques Lu Cont’s Fabriclive 09 mix CD too then?”, for those same two tracks featured in the same order on that.

Anyway. Disclaimer time: any skips and jumps in the mix are down to the mixing software; any mis-timed mixes are down to me; all record choices are 100% mine (except the first two, obviously).

Here you go:

Friday Night Music Club Vol 6.4

And here’s the track-listing (look away if you prefer to be surprised):

  • Richard Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra
  • Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
  • Stereo MC’s – Connected
  • Primal Scream – Don’t Fight It, Feel It
  • Electronic – Getting Away With It (Greg Wilson Edit)
  • Death In Vegas – Scorpio Rising
  • Camper Van Beethoven – Pictures of Matchstick Men
  • The Mock Turtles – Can You Dig It?
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero
  • She Drew The Gun – Behave Myself
  • Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine – Let’s Get Tattoos
  • Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – Jennifer She Said
  • Belle & Sebastian – The Boy With The Arab Strap
  • Sharon Van Etten & Angel Olsen – Like I Used To
  • Kris Kristofferson – Best Of All Possible Worlds
  • Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Honey Child What Can I Do?

More soon.