Cracker by Damian Christie

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Cracker: I've Got the Love. In the Music

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  • Damian Christie,

    Dozens of emails since my post on Friday indicate that not only do you all have incredibly diverse and generally quite excellent taste in music, but you're more than happy to share it with me.

    Stoopidly, I encouraged everyone to send me emails rather than use this new System which is literally custom built for such discussions.

    I won't repost everyone's emails here, but if you have written to me with your suggestions, feel free to cut 'n' paste.

    stoopid stoopid damian.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1164 posts Report

  • Fraser Alaalatoa-Dale,

    Soulful stuff:
    Sleepy Brown "Dress Up"/"I'm Soul" (off 'Mr Brown')
    Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings "Natural Born Lover"/"All Over Again" (off 'Naturally')
    Greyboy "Gotta Be A Love" [Paul Nice Remix] (off 'Soul Mosaic')
    Van Hunt "If I Take You Home" (off 'On The Jungle Floor')
    Yummy Bingham "Come Get It" (off 'The First Seed')
    Black Ice "TakeYaTime" ft. Musiq
    Freddie Cruger "Something Good" (off 'Soul Search')
    Jamie Lidell "A Little Bit More" [Luke Vibert Mix]/"What's The Use"
    Plant Life "Your Love" (off 'HWW8 Presents Music Is My Art')
    Bugz In The Attic "Consequences" (off 'Back In The Dog House')
    Escort "Starlight" [Darshan Jesrani Parks Dept. Dub]
    Junior Senior "Shake Your Coconuts" [DFA Remix]
    MSTRKRFT "Work On You"/"Paris" (off 'The Looks')
    DJ Fresh "Closer" (off 'Escape From Planet Monday')
    Goldfrapp "You Never Know" [Mum Remix] (off 'We Are Glitter')
    Junior Boys "So This Is Goodbye"
    DJ Krust "Belief System" (off 'Hidden Knowledge')

    Music to smash things up by:
    Agent Alvin "Circuit Breaker"
    Klone "Bloodshot" [The Upbeats Remix]
    Sub Focus "Airplane"/"Flamenco"/"Citizen Kane"
    "Smack My Bitch Up [Sub Focus Remix"]

    cher :)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1 posts Report

  • Nick Howells,

    ^^Nice picks.

    Speaking of Swedish singers covering songs there is a cover version floating around of Justin Timberlake's 'My love' by Marit Bergman which is quite nice..

    There are also some new Fat Freddy's Drop remixes out - the highlight for me being a Digital Mystikz take on 'Cay's Crays'.. Dnb/house remixes also.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 20 posts Report

  • Andre Alessi,

    I'm obsessing over Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor these days, but I just have to mention Bitches Ain't Shit by Ben Folds Five.

    Yes, it's a cover of the Dr Dre song. What's remarkable is it turns a misogynistic rant about women into a melancholy rumination on love and loyalty.

    Brilliant and funny.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 864 posts Report

  • Matt Godfrey,

    A song called "What's the Altitude" by Cut Chemist is on my playlist right now. I'd imagine it will be there for a long time too. I'd check this song out even if you dont like hip hop.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18 posts Report

  • Paul Caples,

    best result from scanning the real groovy bins of late,
    British Sea Power, Open Season.
    A snip at $15, its been on high rotate since buying.
    For a review of their music check out the review on the BBC's website

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 2 posts Report

  • Rogan Polkinghorne,

    'Counting' by Heavens, from their album 'Patent Pending'; Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio's new side project. It's reminiscent of the Trio, but not as balls out...a little darker even.

    Good times all round, I throughly recommend it.

    A-town • Since Nov 2006 • 105 posts Report

  • Tony Judd,

    Joanna Newsoms new record Ys is just 5 long songs, but they're good - I'm loving 'Only Skin'. 17 mins long but. Hard work with an MTV attention span.
    Also loving M. Wards new one Post War - especially 'Chinese Translation'.
    And on the topic of great covers - his version of 'Lets Dance' on Transfiguration of Vincent is something wonderful.

    Perth • Since Nov 2006 • 63 posts Report

  • Richard Body,

    ...and on the subject of great David Bowie covers... The Last Town Chorus have covered Modern Love. Possibly my favourite of recent times. And I'm with Damian on the original version of Heartbeats. Well worth tracking down.

    Oxford • Since Nov 2006 • 8 posts Report

  • Jesse Easton,

    Nothing recent here, but three tunes that rock my world:

    Slowly by Amon Tobin
    Sunset Rider by Manual & Syntaks
    Clear Day by Ulrich Schnauss


    Carterton • Since Nov 2006 • 8 posts Report

  • Paul Litterick,

    I just heard someone on National Radio saying she wanted Guns n' Roses' Nothing Lasts for Ever as her wedding song.

    Recommended listening: Mr Tough by Yo La Tengo

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1000 posts Report

  • Eddie Clark,

    Sticking to songs from the last couple of years (heavy wanky indie bias), and a single digit number of recommendations:

    European Oils - Destroyer
    A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left - Andrew Bird
    Hast Thou Considered the Tetrapod? - Mountain Goats
    Entertain - Sleater-Kinney
    Don't Forget to Breathe - Beulah
    Blue Tomb - Comets on Fire
    You Are A Conductor - Constantines
    Where the Devil Don't Stay - Drive-by Truckers
    Cattle and the Creeping Things - The Hold Steady

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 273 posts Report

  • Crockett,

    I'm really digging 'Day Dreaming' -Lupe Fiasco Ft Jill Scott
    and 'We will vacation you will be my parasol'- Be your own Pet.
    Almost forgot 'You and I' by Auckland rockers Shakey Hands

    Since Nov 2006 • 1 posts Report

  • Tony Judd,

    Yo Damian et al -
    If you really wanna stay in touch with what the kids are listening right now then is worth keeping an eye on. If you want indie then Teaching The Indie Kids To Dance Again is good. And if you wanna go buck-wild on the music blog front then start at The Tofu Hut. Look out though. There's a lot of music to listen to out there...

    Perth • Since Nov 2006 • 63 posts Report

  • dubmugga,

    it's all about the dubstep...

    ...whats that you say ???

    Cutting edge electronica. FFS get with teh program. At least front like you act like you know !!!

    Some would argue it's the latest incarnation of the 'ardcore continuum' according to Simon Reynolds, who is perhaps the Moses of EDM. What it is, is the first new post millenial electronic genre of substance to hit and believe me it will...HARD

    A fusion of dark 2 step garage rhythms and dub philosophy with regards to bass pressure

    FWIW check out what we do here in Christchurch in comparison to what others do in the epicentre of it all London


    then google DIGITAL MYSTIKZ

    who incidentally have done the killer remix of Cays Crays for fat freddies drop...

    ...the other thing about dubstep is it's fanatical adherence to strict vinyl dubplate culture, an anachronism in my books but whatever floats their boat

    oh and don't think just cos you got the Burial album that you're down with it. There is much more in our philosophy that can be dreamt about in your world dear travellers...


    and lastly BURN YOUR GUITARS !!!

    *cue maniacal laugh here*

    the back of your mind • Since Nov 2006 • 257 posts Report

  • Joanna,

    As a cut'n paste:

    I think the album Funeral actually came out in 2003 or 2004, but the song I have listened to most this year is 'Rebellion (Lies)' by the Arcade Fire. It's the kind of song that makes you want to pump your fist in the air exactly the way that Judd Nelson did at the end of The Breakfast Club, except in a much more energised and not so dated way. Although who wouldn't pump their fist in the air if they'd just pashed Molly Ringwald? Exactly. Anyway, there's my recommendation.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 746 posts Report

  • David Cormack,

    A New Yorker by the name of Regina Spektor is awesome. Sounds Bjorky but without the sh*t that Bjork churns out. Her new album Begin to Hope and in particular the tracks Apres Moi and Fidelity are outstanding!

    Suburbia, Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 218 posts Report

  • Damian Christie,

    Tony: There was that 'Book of Right On' track or whatever it was called by Joanna Newsom on ultra high rotate on the bFM playlist for a while - tore the station in two. Not since the Springbok tour has anything polarised people so starkly.

    I thought it was an okay song until Hugh Sundae pointed out to me that she sounds exactly like Lisa Simpson! Never able to listen to it the same way since.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1164 posts Report

  • Paul Litterick,

    "and lastly BURN YOUR GUITARS !!!"

    Hang the DJ.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1000 posts Report

  • samuel walker,

    anything by ulrich scnuass, anytime, is fine by me.

    DuBmUgga. calm down. Burial album isnt as crossover as the naysayers are saying. The Kode9 album is amazing. Sign (now Sine) of the Dub will always melt me.

    Damian.....i forgot what i said about Collarbones. Fugiya and Miyagi. awesome tho'

    Since Nov 2006 • 203 posts Report

  • Richard Kyle,

    Cassette Boy has been cracking me up though more a cut up rant than music per se...His Princess Di tribute "Di and Dodi do di" will have you rolling on the floor.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 19 posts Report

  • Simon Grigg,

    God, I don't know Damian, here am I on the other side of the world, feeling slightly out of touch (although admittedly the joy of sitting in paradise..and finally having broadband here..alleviates the pain somewhat) and you want me to tell you what to listen to..

    So newish..what works for me right now...well I've been loving the delightfully named FuckPony album, especially the track Freaky Stories of Earth..kind of 1986 Chicago mashed with the future, if you know what I mean (I don't). The Simian Disco Machine remix of The Rapture's Whoo Alright is really good loud. Ferrer & Sydenham's Timuktu as remixed by Ame is very subtle. I really like the Laurent Garnier retropsective, especially the live version of Acid Eiffel, and the Giles Peterson & Patrick Forge Dingwalls compilation is amazing. The LCD remix of Arthur Russell's Springfield that has just come out is my favourite single right now. But the record that I'm listening to most is the unreleased album from The Others (the Auckland band, not the UK one), due out next year..double album..epic landscapes, incredible verbal twists, quite amazing. I haven't played much else for the past week

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3284 posts Report

  • Dave Leech,

    Without wanting to put my 'pedant' hat on, it was Jose Gonzalez who covered The Knife, rather than t'other way round.

    The song is awesomer - not so much into their newer stuff though...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5 posts Report

  • George Darroch,

    On the subject of The Knife, this Royksopp tune feat Karin Dreijer is top of my books right now:

    Her voice seems almost psychotic over such a monotonous meaty bassline!

    Also in the favourites is almost anything featuring Seu Jorge:

    Amazing voices. Why this man is not better known is incomprehsible.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report

  • Rich Flavour,

    Not quite a hgih rotate Mikey Havoc March '99 club banger...

    By the way is there actually a genre title for fumbling about in the dark of your career and playing six year old anthems? I quite like 'Two Stumble'.


    This is the first house tune to turn me on for a while;

    " Fish Go Deep - The Cure and the Cause "

    Trust me Damien. I know the way you bob...

    The Games Room • Since Nov 2006 • 5 posts Report

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