Monday, April 27, 2009

Arthur Russell - Discography (1981-2009)

Here it is. Here's the motherload. Arthur Russell in all his primal glory. If you're not familiar with him then get there. This is, as far as I can find, his entire disco. Breath it in. I'd give recommendations but I think it's important to figure that out for yourself in this case. Enjoy!

"Charles Arthur Russell, Jr. (May 21, 1951 – April 4, 1992) was an American cellist, composer, singer, and disco artist. While he found the most success in dance music, Russell's career bridged New York's downtown, rock, and dance music scenes; his collaborators ranged from Philip Glass to David Byrne to Nicky Siano. Relatively unknown during his lifetime, a series of reissues and compilations have raised his profile in the 2000s." -

Dinosaur L - 24→24 Music (1981) GET IT
World of Echo (1986) - LINK REMOVED -
Another Thought (1994) GET IT
Calling Out of Context (2004) - LINK REMOVED -
The World of Arthur Russell (2004) PT.1 / PT.2
First Thought Best Thought (2006) - LINK REMOVED -
Springfield (2006) - LINK REMOVED -
Love Is Overtaking Me (2008) - LINK REMOVED -
The Sleeping Bag Sessions (LP) (2009) GET IT

I also highly recommend getting a hold of a copy of the Arthur Russell documentary, Wild Combination, because it's absolutely beautiful!


Friday, April 24, 2009

Headless Heroes - The Silence of Love (2008)

Ok, this one goes up for Devo, but anyone should feel free to grab it. Headless Heroes features folk singer Alela Diane, but if you're not a fan of her brooding country-folk style don't let that stop you from grabbing this. Sounding more like an optimistic Mazzy Star, this band was put together as a sort of one-off project by Eddie Bezalel. With the help of producer Hugo Nicholson, the two culled together a group of musicians, with Diane on lead vocals, to do their renditions of what they like to call "lost classics and unearthed gems". It's basically a collection of covers, but unlike a lot of covers albums it's full of great songs. I can't remember all of the bands, I used to have a list but I lost it i'm sorry, but they're all great songs. There's Daniel Johnston, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Vashti Bunyan, Linda Perhacs(!!), Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and if that's not enough then go fuck yrself. This is slow and moody, and if thats not yr thing then skip it, but if you like any of the bands then you might as well check it out. I really liked it overall. And just to clarify, this is quite different, musically, from Alela Diane's solo stuff. I think it's more interesting.

Gabba Hey!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Simply Saucer - Cyborgs Revisited (1989)

Simply put, this is fucking super rad! It's like garage-rock-psychedelic-floydian-velvets. The song Bullet Proof Nothing will make you wish you were this fucking cool! Get it, love it, obsess over it. It sounds like it could have been recorded in 1969, but in a way I like that it's from the late 80's. I picture these guys in a dingy basement, stoned as fuck, not giving a shit what anyone else in the world was doing or thinking, grooving their faces off. Probably the best Canadian band ever, definitely one of the best Canadian albums ever!

Chew on it...

"Here's a band that could splice the DNA of Syd Barrett and Soft Machine with Iggy Pop and the Velvet Underground, that could bridge post-psychedelic mind-altering electronics with a buzzed proto-punk urgency: the ultimate garage band, rehearsing constantly and trying everything and doing it all at top fucking volume. And right after they finally got around to issuing their debut release, a well-received seven-inch, in 1978, the band split and became history." - Pitchfork (8.8/10)


Either you've heard Brian Eno and you love these albums, or you haven't and you will. These albums are so ridiculously important, in so many ways. In a word they are Everything. And don't ask me to choose a favourite. I won't. Enjoy this, or die knowing you never have, nor ever will, be One with the world and All That Is....

Here Come The Warm Jets (1974)
Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (1974)
Another Green World (1975)
Before And After Science (1977)

Enjoy motherfuckers!
- DD

Fred Frith - Gravity (1980)

Finally. At long last. The triumphant Dead Dog returns, and with new music for you to download! I was in Ontario for a few months and since I've been back I just got stuck in a rut and never got around to updating, and I'm sorry. Nevertheless, I'm back and I come bearing gifts. Enter Fred Frith's Gravity. From it's opening cackle and on this album is absolutely raaad. This is basically his first solo record aside from Guitar Solos, a melodic blend of acoustic guitar solos (if I remember correctly), and it's one of my fav's of his. If you're not familiar with Frith then fucking grab this already. While yr at it grab my previous Frith post too, Cheap At Half The Price (1983).

Golden nuggets of goodness is what these are! Dig it...

Also, i'm trying out a new upload service so let me know if there's any problems downloading!

- DD