... his "blood was up"

Sounds like a thoroughly unpleasant individual...


Joe Strummer- London Calling Radio Shows (1998-2001)

And so now I’d like to say – people can change anything they want to. And that means everything in the world. People are running about following their little tracks – I am one of them. But we’ve all got to stop just following our own little mouse trail. People can do anything ...

Between 1998 and 2001 The Punk Rock Warlord hosted his London Calling radio show for the BBC. I'm afraid the version I have here is only in 128kbps (I found them on an old disk), but a good listen anyhow. 

Folk, Reggae, Cumbia, African music, Ska, Soul- a real mixture. You can get the playlists here...

 http://d01.megashares.com/dl/iWmWA5U/Joe Strummer Radio.part1.rar
 http://d01.megashares.com/dl/tgnGGKw/Joe Strummer Radio.part2.rar


Alexander Berkman

The People-the toilers of the world, the producers-comprise, to me, the universe. They alone count. The rest are parasites, who have no right to exist. But to the People belongs the earth-by right, if not in fact. To make it so in fact, all means are justifiable; nay, advisable, even to the point of taking life. The question of moral right in such matters often agitated the revolutionary circles I used to frequent. I had always taken the extreme view. The more radical the treatment, I held, the quicker the cure. Society is a patient; sick constitutionally and functionally. Surgical treatment is often imperative. The removal of a tyrant is not merely justifiable; it is the highest duty of every true revolutionist. Human life is, indeed, sacred and inviolate. But the killing of a tyrant, of an enemy of the People, is in no way to be considered as the taking of a life. A revolutionist would rather perish a thousand times than be guilty of what is ordinarily called murder. In truth, murder and Attentat' are to me opposite terms. To remove a tyrant is an act of liberation, the giving of life and opportunity to an oppressed people. True, the Cause often calls upon the revolutionist to commit an unpleasant act; but it is the test of a true revolutionist-nay, more, his pride-to sacrifice all merely human feeling at the call of the People's Cause. If the latter demand his life, so much the better. 



VulgarGrad- Popular Street Songs of the Russian Underclass (2005)

1. Murka- trad.
2. Alcoholic- originally by Leningrad
3. Why Did The Aboriginies Eat Captain Cook?-originally by Vladimir Vysotsky
4. Anarchy is Our Mother - originally by KINO
5. The Giraffe- originally by Vladimir Vysotsky
6. Vaninsky Port- trad.
7. This Russian Rock n Roll -originally by Noll
8. The Years Rush By - originally by Arkady Severny

 http://d01.megashares.com/dl/dKNzOyk/VulgarGrad - Popular Street Songs.rar


A blog about Association football...









Pussy Riot


Here's a compilation of 8 tracks and an interview that I've put together from free sources:


 Follow the link to free download of a 45 track Riot Grrrl compilation that includes a Free Pussy Riot action kit - flyers, stencils etc.



Blues Guitar

Aspiring Blues guitar players should check out this blog by Bluestab. The text is in French, but it's pretty easy to follow (for non French speakers/ readers I mean!).  27 pages of tabs to songs by a host of Blues legends.


VulgarGrad- King of Crooks (2009)

 VulgarGrad are a curious band. Australian, and fronted by Polish born actor Jacek Koman, who has appeared in such films as Moulin Rouge and Australia. They perform songs 'of the Rusian underworld'- traditional songs made famous by artists such as Vladimir Vysotsky (1938-1980)  and Arkady Severny (1939-1980), along with compositions by these greats. They also cover songs by the phenomenal Sergei Shnurov of Leningrad and other Russian punk classics.

Jacek Koman-vocals
Andrew Tanner-contrabass balalaika
Renato VaCirca-  drums
Ros Jones- trombone
Adam Pierzchalski - trumpet
Nara Demasson - guitar
Phil McLeod- piano accordion

I've done my best to identify the origins of the tracks featured on this album - feel free to correct / expand my efforts.

1. Oy Oy Oy - traditional song.
2. If I Were a Sultan- a song from the classic  Soviet comedy Kidnapping Caucasian Style - The New Adventures of Shurik (1967), sung by comedy great Yuri Nikulin.

3. The Party on Horse-Shit Street - traditional song.
4. Super Good- by Sergei Shnurov (Shnur) from Leningrad's 2003 LP The Second Magadan.
5. Natural Born Thief [Gop-So-Smykom]- a traditional Odessa criminal folksong often sung by Arkady Severny.
6. Bolshoi Karetny- a Vladimir Vysotsky song about a street in Moscow.
7 Stop the Train! - traditional song.
8. I'm Your Cowboy - by Sergei Shnurov (Shnur) from Leningrad's 1999 lp Mat bez elektrichestva.
9. Odessa Jailbreak - written by Kelman &Timofeyev- this is a  standard of the Russian underground recorded by Arkady Severny-  it can be found as early as 1926 in the movie The Career of Spirska Shpandyr- sung by Soviet Jazz master  Leonid Utyosov.

10. Junky, Alcoholic and Drunkard (These Are Such Undignified Words)- traditional song.
11. Black Flag- a cover of a number by Va-Bank , a Moscow Punk band formed in 1986.
12. A Piss-Up Begins with a Bottle (Plyatskovksy, Severny, Shainsky) Arkady Severny again.
13. Zhopa  'Arsehole'- another Leningrad number by Shnur.
14. Cigarette written by some geezer called Krupp and made popular by Arkady Severny.
15.Tram No. 10- traditional song
16. Odessa Jailbreak (slow version) see above.

http://d01.megashares.com/dl/J1wx1yO/VulgarGrad - King Of Crooks - 2009.rar


Francis Lai - Un homme et une femme(1966)

I don't drink alcohol. But I still enjoy going into licenced premises in the morning. That smell, the sense of possibility (which, by lunchtime, has already dissolved in amber- another gone day). So, I'm sitting in The Parrot, cradling a diet Pepsi, thinking about going outside for another fag (what luxury that was, we took for granted- indoor smoking! Watch V for Vendetta - in the fascist  dystopia of the future as imagined in 2005 they were still allowed to smoke in the pub!) Anyway, I'm  thinking along these tangential lines when my friend Jim swings in on his crutches, the urgent and muscular leaning out of keeping with the little shuffle of his feet. And just behind him is the man I've come to meet...
The man I will refer to as Kartoshka is about fifty. He has a  worn and tired face, weathered and pock marked. His hair is cut in an old fashioned way and he is wearing a sports jacket and old fashioned high waisted trousers and an open necked shirt. He could be a lecturer or a senior social worker. But close up he's more deadbeat. Cuffs frayed, shirt slightly soiled.
I'm surprised when he orders a coffee and he notices- 'I haven't drunk for years now... but I chain smoke'.  The accent ? what accent, it's not foreign at all. It's a neutral M4 corridor accent.
'Mr Kartoshka I presume' I say as we shake hands.
He smiles...he tells me his real name but asks that I don't disclose it.
He won't let me take his picture.
We spoke about music (Bossa Nova) and movies (Nouvelle Vague)  and football (Cruyff, Riquelme, Blokhin and Messi - though maddeningly he says that his favourite player was Sacha Prokopenko). And, of course, about blogs.In the past I've been involved in fanzines, music, football. Some poetry too. I was late coming into the blogging thing. About 2009... I hadn't been doing much on the creative side, and one day I realised that it was an ideal medium for me to just get back into the habit of rattling off a few ideas...
Almost 2 years now since he jacked in the blogging. No plans to start again, moved onto other things, he's writing a play about Nilton Santos, it's coming on slowly. He's got problems with his joints...he's cut down on collecting (records, books, magazines...)
This, he said, was his most popular post : http://kartoshka167.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Francis%20Lai


The White Stripes- Live in Las Vegas (2003)

 Side A
* Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
* When I Hear My Name > Not Fade Away
* St. James Infirmary Blues
* Black Math
* The Big Three Killed My Baby

 Side B
* I Want To Be The Boy To Warm Your Mother's Heart
* Death Letter >Take A Whiff on Me
* In The Cold Cold Night

 Side C
* Wasting My Time
* I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself
* Offend In Every Way
* Union Forever (aborted w/ alt. lyrics)
* Seven Nation Army (starts at 11:50)

 Side D
* You've Got Her in Your Pocket
* I Think I Smell a Rat
* Look Me Over Closely
* Cannon
* Ball and Biscuit
* Hardest Button to Button

Side E
* You're Pretty Good Looking
* Hello Operator
* We're Going To Be Friends
* Hotel Yorba
* Fell In Love With a Girl
* Your Southern Can is Mine
* Screwdriver
* Boll Weevil

Info lifed from Discogs website:

5-sided 3 disc 30 song vinyl album.
This is a record company issued promotional item of a WHITE STRIPES gig from the "Elephant" tour.
Despite its appearance, THIS IS NOT A BOOTLEG but an EXTREMELY RARE V2 Records issued promotional item!
The LP has hand-stamped labels on 5 sides. Side 6 is blank.
From a White Stripes fansite, "...from what I could gather, the LP was pressed up for V2 contest winners who were flown out to Vegas for the Stripes show back in September of 2003. Rumor is there were only 30-40 copies of the show pressed up. Who knows if you'll see one again in the near future? The audio quality is pristine soundboard and the show was quite fun." 

http://d01.megashares.com/dl/RdkpMtx/The White Stripes - Live In Las Vegas.rar


Cocteau Twins- Blue Bell Knoll (1988)

Elizabeth Fraser - vocals
Robin Guthrie - guitar
Simon Raymonde - bass guitar

When I revisit my Cocteau Twins collection I seldom play anything later than this (well, apart from Iceblink Luck)
A mad summer followed by an even madder autumn. Hard to believe and yet glad to know it's 24 years, a lifetime, gone.
 http://d01.megashares.com/dl/ffcu69p/Cocteau Twins- Bluebell Knoll.rar


Percy Mayfield - The River's Invitation (1953)

I've been thinking a lot about 1988 recently. I found this in one of my notebooks:
I was young, freshfaced with perplexity.
During the hot summer I would sit the whole night long in cotton shorts, smoking stumps down to the yellow knuckle by the wafting blind.
The bed almost filled the room.
Three am, warm. I’m wearing the summer night as a moist second skin. The moths come to the blind, along with the scent of the distant river, now hidden by the darkness and lurking low and purple between its mudcaked banks, found only by the moon and the wading cattle statuesque.
On the radio, barely audible in my dim room; ‘The Rivers Invitation.’

For a good read about an interesting man go here...


Lee 'Scratch' Perry- The Black Ark Years- The Jamaican 7"s (1974-1978)

 I see the studio must be like a living thing, a life itself. The machine must be live and intelligent. Then I put my mind into the machine and the machine perform reality. Invisible thought waves - you put them into the machine by sending them through the controls and the knobs or you jack it into the jack panel. The jack panel is the brain itself, so you got to patch up the brain and make the brain a living man, that the brain can take what you sending into it and live.

The Black Ark Studio was built in Lee Perry's backyard (5 Cardiff Crescent, Washington Gardens, Kingston, Ja.) .  He achieved an amazing sound using a rudimentary 4 track set up. The  interior was cluttered with archetypal (no pun intended) Perry eccentricities- the drum booth made of chicken wire ( I read somewhere about a  pond?). Mr Perry's  strange experiments inspired by mysticism included exposing the tapes to potentially damaging  substances (blood, piss, whiskey,candlewax, ganja and incense smoke... burying tapes in the ground etc....)
Too much stress in Jamaica, all the time. Everybody want money, everybody want paid. Everyone got problem and want me to solve their problem. Nobody gave me anything, people just took everything. Everybody take this, and take that. So the atmosphere in the Black Ark studio was changing; it wasn’t like it used to be. Then I decided to make a sacrifice as the energy wasn’t good anymore.

In 1979 the Black Ark burned down.
Mr Perry has given several contrary versions of how this came about.
1- he burned it down because he felt there were evil spirits at work there.
2- he burned it down because he wanted to avoid extortion from gangsters.
3- the wiring was faulty, which caused the blaze.

 Disc 1
1. Enter The Dragon - Lee Perry And The Upsetters
2. Hurt So Good - Susan Cadogan
3. Babylon A Fall - Watty Burnett
4. Curly Locks - Junior Byles
5. Dreader Locks - Junior Byles, Lee Perry
6. Stay Dread - Lee "Scratch" Perry, The Upsetters
7. Do It Baby - Susan Cadogan
8. The Long Way - Junior Byles
9. Three Blind Mice - Max Romeo
10. Three Times Three - King Tubby
11. Bury The Razor - The Upsetters
12. Down Here In Babylon - Brent Dowe
13. Be Thankful For What You've Got - Bunny Clarke
14. Woman Gotta Have Love - Jimmy Riley
15. Bush Weed Corntrash - Bunny & Ricky
16. Roast Fish & Cornbread - Lee "Scratch" Perry
17. Sipple Out Deh (Jamaican Mix) - Max Romeo
18. Ital Corner - Prince Jazzbo
19. Police & Thieves (Single Version) - Junior Murvin
20. White Belly Rat - Lee "Scratch" Perry
21. Sufferer's Time - The Heptones
22. A Wat Dat (7" Version) - Junior Dread
23. Mr. Cop - Gregory Isaacs

Disc 2

1. Vibrate On - Augustus Pablo
2. Better Future - Errol Walker
3. Mistry Babylon - The Heptones
4. Stand Up - Eric Donaldson
5. No Peace - The Meditations
6. Ethiopia Land - Pete & Paul Lewis
7. My Little Sandra - Leo Graham
8. Green Bay Incident - Lord Sassafrass
9. Think So - The Meditations
10. Home Gard - Michael Campbell
11. Travelling - Debra Keese & The Black Five
12. Peace And Love - Shaumark & Robinson
13. Dread At The Control - Michael Campbell
14. Forward With Jah Orthodox - Mystic I
15. Land Of Love - The Sons Of Light
16. Brother Noah - The Black Shadows
17. Thanks And Praise - Junior Ainsworth
18. Mr. Money Man - Danny Hensworth
19. Cross Over - Junior Murvin
20. Guideline - George Faith
21. Babylon Falling - The Heptones

http://d01.megashares.com/dl/SG11Xt3/Black Ark Disc 1.rar
 http://d01.megashares.com/dl/yWexfcS/Black Ark Disc 2.rar


Black Grape- Fat Neck (1996)

A tribute to Mondays/ Black Grape associate Karl Power, the bloke who lined up for team photos with Manchester United ,walked out to bat for England in an Ashes Test match, took Schumacher's place on a Grand Prix podium and knocked up in Wimbledon before a Henman match.
Johnny Marr features on guitar.
The single made it to number 10 in the UK charts.
1. Fat Neck
2. Yeah Yeah Brother (Outlaw Josie Wales Mix)
3. Pretty Vacant (live on TFI Friday, 22 Mar 96)



Single Mothers-Bleeders (2009) Indian Pussy (2012)



Harry Cloud, who fronts  Single Mothers,  sent links for these two releases to Burning Aquarium via Facebook.In the words of the artist-weird and totally original psychedelic sludge rock...
 I'm a white man from midland Georgia who spent his time in a house in the country eating Tylenol, eggs, and peanut butter. Drinking icehouse. Came to California to get my life together. Befriended a friend with a studio. Recorded my first hi-fi record


If you've got something that you think our readers might want to hear, drop us a line, either here or on Facebook ...


In 1913 the 232,000 men working in the 620 mines in South Wales produced 57 million tons of coal. 25 million tons were exported through the port of Cardiff alone.
The  number of men employed in the coal mining industry in South Wales  peaked at  271,000 in 1920.
When the coal industry was nationalised  on 1 January 1947 there were still 135 collieries with over 250 workers each .
By the time of the Strike in 1984 there were 31 pits employing 22,000 men.


Can- Delay 1968 (recorded 1968, released 1981)

Can's aborted first album, ripped from a 2006 reissue.
 Delay 1968 isn't simply the ur- text of Can, but of most of the music that followed it.
John Gill
Holger Czukay – bass, engineering, editing
Michael Karoli – guitar
Jaki Liebezeit – drums, percussion
Irmin Schmidt – keyboards
Malcolm Mooney – vocals

 http://d01.megashares.com/dl/m5s68xx/Delay 1968.rar


Yasujiro - Curious Cows Conspiracy Anthem (2012)


I've tended to overlook ambient/ drone on BA. To rectify the omission to some degree here's a link to a selection of work by Yasujiro- The La Monte Young of the Faroe Islands.



The Amps- Pacer (1995)

Kim Deal -vocals, guitars
Jim Macpherson -drums
Luis Lerma - bass guitar
Nathan Farley- guitars

 Kim Deal's post- Pixies band The Breeders were doing pretty well in 1994, but Kelley Deal's ongoing problems with heroin addiction, originating in her teens, reached a head when she was arrested for possession in 1994 and entered rehab in 1995. This caused a haitus in The Breeders' career. Kim Deal's next move was to  form Tammy Ampersand and the Amps. Kim Deal had originally planned to record this material as a purely solo venture but she recruited The Breeders' drummer Jim Macpherson and two of her long standing friends,  Luis Lerma and Nate Farley, to play on the album and tour. The album was well recieved but didn't sell as well as The Breeders' LPs had done.
Classic /v23 design by Vaughan Oliver for 4AD- always the smartest looking records.

 http://d01.megashares.com/dl/IpvKmnW/The Amps- Pacer.rar


Herbert Marcuse - Reason and Revolution (1941)

 Reason and Revolution: An Introduction to the Dialectical Thinking of Hegel and Marx (1941)  was Marcuse's first major work in English. It focuses on critical reason and dialectical thinking. You can read it here:


Black Grape- Stupid Stupid Stupid (1997)

Everybody should have a copy of Black Grape's debut album It's Great When You're Straight... Yeah , though I didn't play mine for some time due to strong assosciations with mania and alcoholism. This, their second and last album was somewhat overlooked. There's a couple of belters on here.

 http://d01.megashares.com/dl/wp0fKoX/Black Grape.part1.rar
http://d01.megashares.com/dl/o8UZcuN/Black Grape.part2.rar


The Miners' Next Step (1912)


The future social organisation must be made solely from the bottom up, by the free association or federation of workers, firstly in their unions, then in the communes, regions, nations and finally in a great federation, international and universal.
 Mikhail Bakunin

The idea that Bakunin outlined above laid the foundations of Syndicalism, an alternative to authoritarian or state socialism. 
One of the key documents relating to syndicalism was published in Tonypandy 100 years ago.
Its main author was Noah Ablett (1883 – 1935).  Born in  Porth and educated at Ruskin College, Oxford, Ablett was employed as a checkweightman  at  Mardy Colliery, (Maerdy, Rhondda Cynon Taf). The position of checkweightman was one of great responsibilty- elected by the colliers themselves to ensure that they were fairly paid (they were paid by weight of coal cut) and to represent their cause in disputes with the managers. 
Mardy was a pit that maintained it's strong millitant traditions right up until its closure in 1990, and which was noteworthy during the 1984/85 Miners' Strike as the workers maintained 100% adherence to the strike and loyalty to the cause.

The area's proud radical tradition is also reflected in the fact that it was referred to as Little Moscow, and, in the very year that Thatcher came to power, The Rhondda elected a Communist mayor-Annie Powell (1906-1986).


Snub TV- The KLF (c1990) PressPausePlay - Bill Drummond Interview (2011)

I know this is lazy blogging. I've got a few good records lined up but my computer is coming to the end of its 'life' and I'm having problems uploading. In the meantime enjoy these two interviews with Bill Drummond, a man I admire greatly.


День Победы!

Red Army soldier I.T Yelimov writes his name on the entrance to the Reichstag, May 1945


Jean Meslier

How I suffered when I had to preach to you those pious lies that I detest in my heart. Meslier
Every honest man should have Meslier's Testament in his pocket. Voltaire
 Jean Meslier (1664-1729) was a Catholic priest from the Ardennes. Upon his death it was discovered that he had written a book promoting atheism and denouncing religion, which he described  as his Testament to his parishioners. Organized religion, stated Meslier, was but a castle in the air.
Meslier also advocated a rural proto-communism, based on common ownership and mutual cooperation between autonomous communities.
Most prominent among the writers who produced their own (illicit) adaptations of Meslier's lengthy and literally cumbersome work was Voltaire, whose Extraits des sentiments de Jean Meslier (1762), whilst bringing Meslier into the public eye, also did him something of a disservice: Voltaire's book presented Meslier as a deist (like Voltaire himself) rather than an atheist.

 Colin Brewer's 2007 article in The New Humanist is well worth a read:
Historians argue about who was the first overt, post-Classical atheist but Meslier was arguably the first to put his name to an incontrovertibly atheist document. That this important event is largely unrecognised  is due partly to Voltaire who published a grossly distorted “Extract” that portrayed Meslier as a fellow-deist and entirely suppressed Meslier’s anti-monarchist, proto-communist opinions.
Diderot's  famous And [with] the guts of the last priest let's strangle the neck of the last king (from Dithrambe sur Féte des Rois- c1780) is drawn directly from Meslier's man who ...wished that all the great men in the world and all the nobility could be hanged, and strangled with the guts of the priests.
This sentiment, Meslier held, was motivated by the  love of justice and truth.

 Voltaire's take on Meslier can be found here.

An English translation of  Testament is available. 


Datblygu- The Peel Sessions 1987-1993

 If you know anything at all about Datblygu you'll know about the late John Peel's passion for them, and the exalted position that they hold in Welsh language music. For a group who performed solely in Welsh to record five sessions for JP was a truly remarkable achievement. David R Edwards is still (rightly) regarded as an icon of popular culture and consciousness in Wales.
Dave once told me that he had never seen a penny from the BBC releases. I had the good fortune to see him again not long back, and it's always refreshing to meet such a talented and culturally significant bloke and to realise what a sound and down to earth person he is.
It's somehow in  keeping with Datblygu's rather anarchic background
that a retrospective exhibition, Datblygu Trideg, celebrating thirty years since their formation, has been held in a waffle cafe.

There's a Datblygu website (in Welsh)  here...
And you can read about the waffle cafe exhibition here (in English) and here (in Welsh).

http://d01.megashares.com/dl/d9aAS4r/Datblygu- Peel Sessions 1987-1993.part1.rar
http://d01.megashares.com/dl/fnAaHAo/Datblygu- Peel Sessions 1987-1993.part2.rar

I've included a scan of the inner sleeve. It includes details of the personnel , producers, dates etc, but more interestingly Dave's notes on each song featured. (In English):   http://d01.megashares.com/dl/K2hT9gx/datblygu notes.rar

And while we're at it, isn't it about time that somebody translated Dave's autobiographyAtgofion Hen Wanc into English?


Homage to M. Gainsbourg: Mick Harvey- Intoxicated Man (featuring Anita Lane 1995), Pink Elephants (1997)

69 Erotic Year (69 Année Érotique), Harley Davidson,Intoxicated Man, The Sun Directly Overhead (Sous Le Soleil Exactement), Sex Shop, The Barrel of My 45 (Quand Mon 6,35 Me Fait les Yeux Doux), Ford Mustang, Overseas Telegram, New York, U.S.A, Bonnie and Clyde, Chatterton, Song of Slurs (Chanson de Slogan), Jazz in the Ravine (Du Jazz Dans le Ravin), I Have Come to Tell You I'm Going (Je Suis Venu Te Dire Que Je M'en Vais), Lemon Incest, Initials B.B.

Anita Lane - vocals on 69 Erotic Year, Harley Davidson, Ford Mustang, Overseas Telegram, Bonnie and Clyde and Song of Slurs

 Pink Elephants, Requiem. . . (Requiem Pour Un Con), The Javanaise (La Javanaise), Black Seaweed (Les Goémons), Comic Strip, The Ticket Puncher (Le Poinçonneur Des Lilas), Non Affair (L'Anamour), Scenic Railway, To All the Lucky Kids (Aux Enfants De La Chance), Anthracite (L'Anthracite), Manon, I Love You...Nor Do I (Je t'aime... moi non plus), The Ballad of Melody Nelson (La Ballade de Melody Nelson), Torrey Canyon, Who is 'in' Who is 'Out' (Qui Est 'In' Qui Est 'Out' ), Hotel Specific (L'Hôtel Particulier)

Nick Cave and Anita Lane sing I Love You...Nor Do I (Je t'aime... moi non plus)
 Pink Elephants is not a Gainsbourg cover.

Serge Gainsbourg employed a succession of awesome bass players. On these two records the bass is provided by David McClymont, once of Orange Juice...

http://d01.megashares.com/dl/RMDiAPq/Mick Harvey Pink Elephants.rar