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Heavy Rotation Vol. 24 – Awful Travelling Metaphor Edition

November 22, 2009

Prepare to take a journey through sound. We have many (well, five) destinations picked out for you today. This musical tour will take you to places unexpected. There is no unifying theme and your proxy-DJ grabbed these at random, or so it would appear.

So grab your bags and your Adderall and climb aboard. Your bags go in the overhead compartments or wedged under the jackass in front of you. Go ahead and toss that Adderall all over the tarmac. Where we’re going you won’t need an attention span.

Previous versions available here:
Heavy Rotation Archives

Mighty Dub Katz – Keep On Truckin’ (Streetlife DJs Remix)
Yet another face of the prolific Fatboy Slim. This single was originally released in 1995, but was plucked from the back catalog and given a huge rerub by the Streetlife DJs. Retaining the silky smooth DJ chatter (“Your funky DJ… in touch with your needs…“) and all of the original funk, Streelife adds some chopped up samples, punched up bass and some noisy retro videogame sounds. Included in both the original and remixed forms below.

This…is…soul. Keep on truckin’.

Remix:

Original version:

Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve – Bubble Burst
Interesting stuff, this. Erol Alkan, a well-known DJ and remixer, joins forces with Richard Norris (former label owner and NME writer) to make some vintage-sounding psychedelia. Unexpected to say the least, but also very, very good.

This track runs some 60’s garage-rock guitars over a rolling Balearic beat, which is topped off with vocals that wouldn’t sound out of place two sections over in the “R&B” section, right next to Ray Charles and James Brown. All the stuff that shouldn’t work together sounds so good you’re left wondering why nobody threw all this shit in the blender before.

Imperial Teen – Pig Latin
The best pop band to never sell a million albums. Imperial Teen was founded by Roddy Bottum, who formerly keyboarded with Faith No More. No one makes a better 3 minute song. Catchy as fuck, layered with attitude and never afraid to let their psychosexual tensions take the reins, Imperial Teen are what we in the musical matchmaking business call a “keeper.”

This is one of their more downtempo tracks, dealing with the whole “relationship” thing.

I don’t mind looking at you
Your hair sticks straight up well
This spray can is my favorite
Vonnegut to William Hell
I don’t want to be happy
I want to mess around
But these drugs have made me sappy
I do love feeling down

Kraftwerk – Heavy Metal Kids
Does what it says on the tin, to the confusion of nearly everybody. Recorded live in 1971 for Radio Bremen, this audio anomaly features the icy keyboard automatons taking a noisy stab at making metal for the masses.

Using only their Teutonic attitudes and a shitload of electronics, the Werkers kraft (see what I did there?) a metal dirge worthy of Black Sabbath’s formative years. It takes about 1:30 before the groove kicks in, so stick around. The whole experience contains high levels of WTFness, so consider yourself warned. Oh, and also look out for the tempo shift around 4:30, which takes it all to another level. Headbanging for the pocket calculator set.

Yo La Tengo – Here to Fall
Yo La Tengo’s back and they brought their heartbreaking sagas, incredible songcrafting skills and some strings with them. First of all, this is no weeper. It’s actually a pretty straightforward rocker, utilizing a large amount of fuzzed-up, wah’ed-up guitar. It’s the string stabs that really bring the noise, accenting the guitar and playing off the piano’s contribution. It all sounds so amazing and yet so familiar, thanks to the strings which are just begging to be attributed to some novelty single from the late ’70s.

Don’t ask me why this all works so well. It’s just Yo La Fucking Tengo. It’s what they do.

All files zipped into one cacophonous folder:
Heavy Rotation Vol. 24
(link opens in new window)

-CLT

[All music posted on Fancy Plans… is kick ass and too awesome to be contained. All music is also posted temporarily and, due to its high level of ass-kicking, should not be distributed without a prescription and care should be taken while operating heavy equipment or dancing around the living room (clothing optional, but do remember that the blinds are open/kids are still awake).
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11 comments

  1. great selections as always CLT. The Wizard’s Sleeve is new to me and, as you point out, really really excellent.


    • Thanks for the visit, Don.

      Lots and lots of good stuff on the Wizard’s album. Only a couple of tracks that fall below “excellent.”


  2. That was an awesome selection of tunes tonight. For realz! You can downplay or slough it off as much as you want, but think how odd it is for someone to post really tasteful jams so consistently. Have you heard what the masses dig these days? When I listen to ‘Heavy Rotation’ it’s like finding a ’74 Marvel Premiere #15 in a quarter box, (and for you non-comic book geeks, it’s like finding a friendly person in a sea of assholes).


    • Sincere thanks, RR. I will cast off my usual mantle of demurement and adopt a studied look of “effortless cool.”

      Quick! Get a photo! This “cool” look hurts like hell to pull off.

      Very nice analogies as well. “Sea full of assholes.” I’ve never heard a better description of the human population.


  3. I don’t mean to be a pain in the tip-o-the-penis again but can I have an opiate instead of a stimulant? Percs, Vics, even a couple T3’s will do in a pinch.

    I love the Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve. As you can probably guess, I love everything Balearic, and mixed with that old R&B sound, it was all I need in club music. Sound a lot like what they play a lot of over here while bouncing around the dance floor in a fit of ecstasy. –Pun intended for sure.

    I enjoyed all of the rest too. The Imperial Teen album cover would definitely qualify for Awkward Family Photos as well.

    Great work as always CLT, you bring that funk to da peoples like no other!


    • Well, I said Adderall but it really could have been anything that fit the eventual punchline. Like Adderall.

      Glad you dug the tunes, Scott. Thanks for listening.


  4. Is there a musical Rorschach test? That Kraftwerk piece got my brain churning out all sorts of bizzaro interpretative free association ‘werks of art’…gotta go…I hear teen pitter-patter scurrying in my direction (which always happens when I play your tunes).


    • There might be such a test, Elizabeth. Perhaps listening to Germans make odd tones is part of it. The Germans have always dipped their collective wick into the psychology field.

      Watch out for those pattering teens. They’re be in there in no time, expanding their horizons and other such nonsense.


  5. Love them all, CLT!

    Mighty Dub Katz and Imperial Teen are my next buys…


    • Excellent choices, bschooled, he said self-congratulatorily.

      MDK has long been one of my favorite Norman Cook alter egos. Check out “Magic Carpet Ride” for more bouncy fun.


  6. […] – Ohm Sweet Ohm Last time Kraftwerk made an appearance in the Heavy Rotation, they were using banks of vintage electronics to crank out Black Sabbath-esque heavy metal. This […]



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