I suppose you could call this a basementcast without talking. Some might just call it a mix. Going with liner notes instead keeps it short, to the point and provides something to read while you listen. Whatever it is, I hope it’s not boring.
1. Shinkansen No.1 by CC Dust – Olympia’s Mary Jane Dunphe takes a detour from her punk band Vexx and dons the persona of CC Dust that keeps the DIY feel but deals in the post punk synth sound of the 80’s to chilling effect.
2. Redondo Beach by Patti Smith – I doubt I could add anything that’s not already been written about Patti Smith, so I’ll keep it short and just say this is comes from her debut album Horses and was later covered my Morrissey which is ironic considering Morrissey once said reggae was vile.
3. Reco’s Torpedo by Joe’s All Stars – This song was Recorded in 1969 and featuring an excellent trombone lead by Emmanual Rodriquez which is also where this track gets it’s name. Rodriquez died last year at the age of 80.
4. Queen of the Minstrels by The Eternals – The first time I heard this song was the dub version (The Immortal Dub) done by King Tubby. The next time I heard it was the Eternals’ original version featuring Cornell Campbell’s soulful falsetto.
5. Out This Way by Erik Blood featuring OC Notes – The final song on Erik Blood’s latest solo album takes his up to this point shoegaze pop sensibilities into a totally different direction combining Dead Can Dance with A.R. Kane and making the arguent that he should be making records for 4AD.
6. Shadow Kissing by Hollie Cook – Hollie Cook’s first album came out five years ago, but still is breath of fresh air and regular makes appearances on my turntable to brighten the gray days.
7. EarthEE by THEESatisfaction – The duo called it quits earlier this year after making two albums for Sub Pop. You can hear half of the duo Stasia Irons every Sunday hosting KEXP’s Street Sounds.
8. Skinhead Moonstomp by Symarip – This is cover of Derrick Morgan’s Moon Hop done by this UK group. Morgan’s is more chill while this takes the original and infuses it with a punk feel before punk was even a thing.
9. Tip To Tail by Tyvek – It 2016 and punk is still a thing and nobody does it better than Detroit’s Tyvek who employ influences like Wire and the Swell Maps and the current day landscape of their city to make excitingly hot records like this new one.
10. Don’t Turn Me Away by Rexy – This slightly left field record from 1981 was reissued this year and sounds like it could have come out this year. The duo surely have fans in the Blow, Ariel Pink and Metronomy
11. Morti Sta Bidjàcu by José Casimiro – One label I have no problem buying a record from having not heard a song from it is the reissue label Analog Africa. When I saw Space Echo – The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed! in the new bin at my local shop I snatched it up.
12. Wristband by Paul Simon – The man’s voice just doesn’t seem to age. Apparently Simon’s son turned him on to Clap! Clap! and Simon dug it and then asked him to provide some beats for his new record, one of which is featured on this track.
13. Us Amazonians by Kirsty MacColl – Tropical Brainstorm was the last record Kirsty MacColl recorded before her untimely death in 2000. She never made a bad record, but for my money this one was her best. It has wit and songs in spades. As fun as the record sounds I still get sad listening to it.
14. Morning Light by Woods – I had been suffering from Woods fatigue, but I’m back in their camp after the genre stretching featured on their new one from this year, City Sun Eater In The River Of Light.
15. Judge Dread by Prince Buster – Prince Buster passed a away in September. You would be amazed how many of your favorite UK ska songs by Madness, the Specials & the English Beat were actually Prince Buster covers. He had a lasting influence on many and his songs sound as hot today as they did 50 years ago.
16. Police On My Back by The Equals – If you grew up on MTV in the 80’s like I did then you likely remember Electric Avenue by Eddy Grant. As a kid after hearing the Clash’s version of Police On My Back, I could never figure out why I couldn’t find the Eddy Grant album with the original version. Later I learned about the Grant’s former band the Equals and their small clutch of hits like Baby Come Back and Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys.
17. Launderette by Vivien Goldman – Vivien Goldman only recorded a handful of solo songs. Her main gig was writing for UK music periodicals like NME, Melody Maker and Sounds. Her solo recordings were reissued this year on Staubgold. Her songs infusing punk, dub and art school sensibilities still sound vital.
18. One Too Many by Exploded View – Anika teamed up with Geoff Barrow of Portishead and BEAK> to stark results six years ago. Now the former journalist has a new band, though her haunting voice backed by icy austerity are similar to her self-titled LP. This could be considered her sophomore effort.
19. A Lake by Lawrence Arabia – Jason Milne is still making records as Lawrence Arabia and this one may get a wider audience since he’s now on Flying Nun and it’s his most consistent yet. If you have a a hankering for Harry Nillson highly stylized pop then this will do nicely.
20. We Need Love by Johnny Osbourne – Jamaican born Johnny Osborne migrated to Toronto and then back to Jamaica and his vocal on this record definitely has a northern soul feel to it.