Thursday, February 23, 2006

Disco Rock From Space.

Alien glam rock band playing disco? Yes, thanks to Les Rockets, it is possible. Emerging from France in the mid-70s, those bald headed weirdos managed to make tracks that prove that there are other lifeforms in this universe and they can r o c k. The sound of those silver creatures is somewhere between Telex, ZZ Top and prog rock !!! Hear for yourself :

Les Rockets - Galactica

Oh. I forgot to mention that Les Rockets were produced by Claude Lemoine, father (and also producer) of the infamous prodigy kid Jordy. This bit of information is somehow, scary.

For those in Montreal, this Friday is another Flaky Disco at Zoobizarre. And I swear I won't play Reel 2 Real.

Friday, February 10, 2006

The light at the end of the tunnel.

After more than 10 years of wondering where the hell that song comes from, thanks to Schizophrénie CISM, the mystery is now solved. I really took the long way to realize that I was calling "La Gata" from a band named "Generentola" (see my last post) is in fact a song called "Secondo Coro Delle Lavandaie" taken from the modern opera "La Gatta Cenerentola" (Cinderella's Cat) by Roberto De Simone of the NCCP. There are some differences between the 2 versions, apart from the bad sound quality of the bootleg, you can notice a growling and a weird jump cut that does not appear on the original version. Here's the cleaner and original version :

Secondo Coro Delle Lavandaie by Roberto De Simone performed by the NCCP

Thanks to WFMU, my source for the original MP3.

I'll be playing that track tonight at Zoobizarre for another Flaky Disco. Be sure to come down if you are in Montreal !

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Bonfire and Crack Madness.

Rituals, celebrations, cheap cooking, etc. There is always a good reason for a bonfire. So far, the only equivalent to dancing around a sacred 'feu de joie' I found is the track 'La Gata' by the mysterious italian outfit 'Generentola'.

Generentola - La Gata

DJ Prions en Église asked me for some historical details on the track. Here's what I have : La Gata became an undergound dancefloor hit in the late 80s in Montreal after some employees of the now defunct record store Wow released it on a bootleg compilation called "Strange Pleasures Vol. 1". It was apparently taken from a 12" they got a few copies of at the store (God, I'd kill to get my hands on one). Some further investigations brought me to think this was a reashed traditional song from the Napoli region. My source (a nice gentleman named Gino in Barcelona) even indicated me that the lyrics were made from an old italian dialect from the same region.

"I take two steps forward and two steps back. Two steps forward and smoke some crack. Crack Daddy yes I am (repeat). Crack Daddy hung like an elephant (repeat)." Need I say more ... (i am just lazy, really). Go go go Crack Daddy Slim!

Crack Daddy - Crack Daddy Wha

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Exercising is fun again.

I am definetly not the type of person to exercise. I have no discipline to go to the gym and spend way too much time in front of the computer screen. Fortunately, my love for dancing is inconditional. But bringing gymnastics into a funky percussive disco track (think of a superband with MU, Boredoms and Les Georges Leningrad produced by Larry Levan) might just help to work my cardio even more. Misen Gymastics by Japanese artist Oorutaichi was brought to my ears by DFA resident dj Tim Sweeney during his always pleasant Beats In Space radio show. It is definetly the sweetest track I heard so far in this new year (it was actually released last September).

Listen and jump around your flat like the 12 years old girl you really are :

Oorutaichi - Misen Gymnastics

There is a 12" out there on Bear Funk Records featuring a remix by the Idjut Boys. I command you to buy it. And for those of you in Montreal, Tim Sweeney will be deejaying at the Juan Maclean / Duchess Says show on Sunday February 5th at Club L'Ambi. More info on the Blue Skies Turn Black page.