Friday, June 05, 2015

spotify playlist

Here's a more or less complete playlist of the songs we posted - if it's not on here, it's hopefully represented by a YouTube clip on the original post.

Only the first 200 songs available by this embed but here's the link to 337 songs, nearly 22 hours of music.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

domino rally: 402-471

Over 10 years after starting this blog...

Nearly 9 years since Johnny Domino played their final gig...

6 years after I removed all the posts after receiving a (fake?) Cease & Desist notice...

And two years after I decided to put everything back online, replacing MP3 files with Spotify embeds (where available) and YouTube clips...

Here is the list of the final songs that were posted to Domino Rally!

402) Killdozer - New Pants and Shirt
403) Killdozer - I Am I Said
404) John Shuttleworth - I Can't Go Back To Savoury Now
405) Violent Femmes - Add It Up
406) Velvet Underground - Foggy Notion
407) DJ Vadim - Till Suns In Your Eye (feat Motion Man)
408) Hank Williams - I Saw The Light
409) Hank Williams with "Little" Jimmie Dickens - The Old Country Church
410) M. Ward - Vincent O'Brien
411) Def Jef - Droppin' Rhymes on Drums
412) Def Jef - God Made Me Funky
413) The Pharcyde - Pandemonium
414) Clubhouse - Do It Again / Billie Jean
415) DJ Shadow - Six Days (Soulwax Mix)
416) Boney M - Heart of Gold
417) John Zorn/Naked City - Hammerhead
418) John Zorn/Naked City - You Will Be Shot
419) John Zorn/Naked City - Punk China Doll
420) John Zorn/Naked City - Reanimator
421) John Zorn/Masada - Tzofeh
422) Goodtimes Goodtimes - Sea Shanty
423) The Barron Knights - Live in Trouble Part 1
424) The Barron Knights - Live in Trouble Part 2
425) Marvin Gaye - Time To Get It Together
426) Kenny Everett - Snot Rap
427) Young Steve and The Afternoon Boys - I'm Alright
428) Damien and The Social Workers - Damien
429) Half Man Half Biscuit - Old Tige
430) Jim Reeves - Old Tige
431) Cliff Richard and The Young Ones - Living Doll
432) The Young Ones - (All The Little Flowers Are) Happy
433) Butthole Surfers - The Colored F.B.I. Guy
434) Butthole Surfers - Revolution Part 1 / Revolution Part 2
435) Jimmy Dorito - Reachin' for a Reason
436) Bar-Kays - Knucklehead
437) The Stupids - Virgin Bombshell Fucker / It's Fun To You
438) Bad News - Excalibur
439) Bad News - Warriors Of Genghis Khan
440) Bad News - Hey Mr Bassman
441) Camper Van Beethoven - The Day That Lassie Went To The Moon
442) Camper Van Beethoven - Opie Rides Again/Club Med Sucks
443) The Feelies - It's Only Life
444) Kramer - I'm Your Fan
445) The Bad Plus - Live at the Jazz Cafe London, June 2008 (plus interview)
446) The Bad Plus - Tom Sawyer
447) Pussy Galore - Dick Johnson
448) Pussy Galore - NYC: 1999
449) The Divine Comedy - Love What You Do
450) The Divine Comedy - Eye Of The Needle
451) The Dead Milkmen - Punk Rock Girl
452) The Dead Milkmen - Smokin' Banana Peels
453) The Dead Milkmen - The Guitar Song
454) Eggs - A Pit With Spikes
455) Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - Halloween Spooks
456) Messer Chups - Fantomasofobia
457) Ween - Your Party
458) The Bad Plus with Wendy Lewis - Lithium
459) The Bad Plus - Variations d'Apollon
460) Cocteau Twins - Lorelei
461) Cocteau Twins - Orange Appled
462) Cocteau Twins - Cico Buff
463) The Free Pop Experimental Concept - Planetary Gospel
464) Free Design - Don't Cry Baby
465) Free Design - Bubbles
466) Amen Corner - Bend Me, Shape Me
467) Golden Smog - A Long Time Ago
468) Wilco - The High Heat
469) Golden Dawn - George Hamilton's Dead
470) Golden Dawn - My Secret World
471) Steel Panther - Death To All But Metal

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sunday, July 05, 2009

butt metal

Something a little different here, something which proves that bad language is often at it's funniest when it's bleeped out.

The first time I was aware of the comedic possibilities of the radio edit was when Wu Tang Clan's Gravel Pit was released as a single - the version that was played on UK radio used all manner of bizarre sound-effects (horns, fart noises, bells and various clangs) to cover up the Wu's effing and jeffing. It was brilliant.

I first came across this nutso Heavy Metal parody whilst flicking through the music channels one morning. It's the sheer variety of the noises used that makes it for me - backwards masking, car horns, comedy claxons, inappropriate squeals of guitar and lyrics, panthers growling, to name but a few.

And it gets worse as it goes on, becoming more or less incomprehensible by the time of the third verse. I recorded this off the TV - I didn't know you could buy it, but it's on the iTunes version of the EP, along with *ahem* I Want Your Tits.

Steel Panther - Death to All but Metal (clean video version)


When you eventually hear the uncensored version, it's pretty disappointing to find that what's being covered up is lots of lame talk about balls and the sucking thereof. Ho hum.

Visit - Steel Panther
Visit - Steel Panther (wiki)
Buy - Feel the Steel

Thursday, May 07, 2009

bad boys of indie-pop

How odd - I've just realised that Domino Rally is, with this post, 201 posts old - not too shabby, I reckon.

eMusic keeps on sending me offers and I keep signing up for another month. And then I download really odd things that I thought I'd never hear again. Case in point:

Golden Dawn - George Hamilton's Dead

Yet another track from a tape by the Archdeacon of Pop. Archie was WELL into his Sarah records stuff when we were playing together in a noisy proto-grunge outfit. We used to rehearse at full volume in his bedroom (while his folks watched the telly across the hall). When we had a break, Arch would break out the biscuits and orange squash (phew! rock 'n' roll, eh?) and play us selections from his massive record collection.

I would sometime come out in a twee-allergic rash but I've always remembered this odd little band and their (and I quote), "awesomely ragged, feedback-riddled singles".

I like the fact that they got dropped when Sarah didn't like the tracks they put forward for their third single - too noisy? too sloppy and unprofessional?

The real pain is that eMusic didn't have the other side of this single which was a cracker; if memory serves it was called something like Honey, Let's Build a Dysonsphere. They did have their first single, however.

Golden Dawn - My Secret World

Visit - Golden Dawn MySpace (*no music*)
Visit - Golden Dawn wiki
Buy - Sarah Records Air Balloon Road compilation (CD)
Buy - Sarah Records Air Balloon Road compilation (download)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

get your ya-ya's out

Watching the brief section of the Wilco tour film Ashes of American Flags shown on UK TV the other night raised some interesting questions.
  1. How drunk do you have to get in order to throw your underwear at Jeff Tweedy? Don't get me wrong, Mr Tweedy has written and co-written many of my favourite songs of the last almost two decades and he has a beautiful cracked voice. But seriously.
  2. Why can't all gigs be by Wilco?
They're a fantastic live band, one of of only a handful that I've seen more then once and what I saw of this film showed how amazingly tight they still are. Is it a sign of age when you're impressed by the solid chops a band displays rather than their unpredictable "anything-can-happen" schtick?

Whatever, their albums are all great, 2007s Sky Blue Sky being my favourite. This album got quite a bit of stick at the time for 'playing safe' with its more traditional song structures and less outré sonic experiments.

But I know which of their recent releases I've enjoyed and listened to the most. And considering the talent in the current (and longest-serving) line-up of the band, I can't wait to hear what they do next.

Golden Smog - A Long Time Ago


I did a big post about Golden Smog way back in the early days of Domino Rally - follow this link to read it.

For the uninitiated, Golden Smog are an studio super-group that Tweedy used to be part of. This track is from the last album he was involved with, 2006s Another Fine Day, and is a really beautiful little song about the birth of a younger sibling and the ties of family. When we were listening to this the other Mrs Domino was quite overcome with thoughts about the birth of her younger sister many years ago, so this is for the wife and her lovely sis.

Maybe I am getting emotional in my old age, but I love anything like this; similarly, any songs about "Home" can set me off easily (I think I see a themed post coming up soon).

Wilco - The High Heat (A Ghost is Born outtake)

This is from the outrageously pretentious Wilco Book which came out just after A Ghost is Born and features essays about the philosophy of sound recording amongst other esoteric delights. Nice pictures tho', and this is a cool outtake from the AGIB sessions.

The new Wilco album is slated to appear June 30th. They'll hopefully be touring soon after so I'll be keeping my very best pants nice and clean in anticipation!

Buy - Wilco music and DVDs
Visit - Wilco
Visit - Ashes of American Flags

Thursday, April 09, 2009

dummies guide to miming

Amen Corner - Bend Me, Shape Me - Top Of The Pops (1968)

Riddle me this, pop pickers - how is that voice coming from that man?

I mean, aside from the frankly abysmal miming? Did he realise that this was being recorded for television? Why was he dancing like a Thunderbirds puppet?

Great song anyway, with a cool bit of TOTP craziness at the end of the clip.

Normal service will resume shortly.

Buy - If Paradise was Half As Nice: The Immediate Anthology
Visit - Amen Corner (wiki)