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Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Jean-Jacques Perrey is 80 today!

Bon anniversaire, Monsieur Perrey! Send your birthday wishes to the great man via his guest book. Also, watch the new video for Funky Little Spacegirl starring Jean-Jacques and Dana Countryman. DJ Bongoboy

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Brian Blessed - in Outer Space?!

Brian Blessed will be on Midweek tomorrow (Weds 14 Jan) on Radio 4. He's going to be talking about his plans to head into space! We wish you well, sir.

Matt Berry - Witchazel

Looks like Matt Berry's new album Witchazel will be with us soon. You can hear an advert for it on Matt's MySpace page or directly via this link.

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Playlist, 11 January 2009

The Show We had all sorts of tasty treats on the show tonight. We got our hands on the KPM All-stars gig CD we mentioned on last week's show. This coming Thursday marks the centenary of the birth of jazz drummer extraordinaire, Gene Krupa. And finally we have heard about a wonderful new covers/remix project featuring lots of cheesy covers of lots of cheesy 80s tunes. The Music 1. Esquivel - The Peanut Vendor (El Manisero) (See It In Sound, 1960/1999) The fine folk at Jazzman Records have released another compilation of their 7" single reissue series in the form of a CD called Welcome to the Party. From it, we played a belter of a track by the master of Egyptian jazz: 2. Salah Ragab - Egypt Strut (Welcome to the Party, 2009) Bruce Campbell is coming to Edinburgh next month! I managed to track down an example of his vocal stylings - which begs the question when are you going to record an album, Bruce? 3. Bruce Campbell - Hungry Like The Wolf The Buffetlibre DJs have put together an amazing new project (Rewind 2) involving some 90 bands either remixing or doing cover versions of their favourite tunes from the 80s and 90s. This follows on from their original Rewind project which was put together last year. The most amazing thing is that it's non-commercial and you can download all the tracks entirely free of charge! Keeping with the Duran Duran theme of Bruce Campbell's effort, we played a nice and cheesy cover of a famous tune by that Duran side project Power Station: 4. Chin Chin - Some Like It Hot (Power Station cover) (Buffetlibre Rewind 2, 2009) Then it was time for the first selection of tracks from the KPM All Stars gig at the Jazz Cafe in 2006, these ones all by the great Alan Hawkshaw: 5. KPM All Stars - Dave Allen At Large (KPM All Stars Live At The Jazz Cafe 2006, 2009) 6. KPM All Stars - Grange Hill (Aka Chicken Man) (KPM All Stars Live At The Jazz Cafe 2006, 2009) 7. KPM All Stars - Countdown Excerpt Only (KPM All Stars Live At The Jazz Cafe 2006, 2009) 8. KPM All Stars - Channel 4 News At 7 (aka Best Endeavours) (KPM All Stars Live At The Jazz Cafe 2006, 2009) Thursday marks the centenary of the birth of Gene Krupa who was largely responsible for turning the drums into a solo-ing instrument as well as having a hand in turning the "traps" of old into the drum kit we recognise today: 9. Gene Krupa - Caravan (Mills-Tizol-Ellington) Live At The New School, 1973/1999) 10. Sergio Mendes - Bim-Bom (Four Sider, 1967) Dave Dee (of Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Titch fame) sadly passed away this week so we played a cover of one of their big hits: 11. Liberty Studio Orchestra - Zabadek 12. Stu Phillips - Sunday Art & Football (Surf, Sex And Cycle-Psychos: A Diverse Potpourri Of Antediluvian Film Music... 1967 Then it was time for a selection of tracks composed by Keith Mansfield from the Jazz Cafe gig, these ones all happening to be themes to TV sports shows: 13. KPM All Stars - Sports Medley (Big Match/Wimbledon/Grandstand) (KPM All Stars Live At The Jazz Cafe 2006, 2009) Next up we played another track from the Rewind 2 project: 14. Hexes & Ohs - Head Over Heels (Tears for Fears Cover) (BL Rewind 2, 2009) Stories of the golf clubs sending out sonic booms (see below) gave us an ideal opportunity to play a classic Tipsy track: 15. Tipsy - Space Golf (Trip Tease, 1997) 16. Jean-Jacques Perrey & Dana Countryman - The Spy From Outer Space (Destination Space, 2008) 17. KPM All Stars - Girl in a Sportscar (KPM All Stars Live At The Jazz Cafe 2006, 2009) With the news of Florian Schneider departing from Kraftwerk (see story below) we closed the show with a remix from the Rewind 2 project mentioned above: 18. Kraftwerk - Heimcomputer (Facteur vs Dubmood Remix) (Buffetlibre Rewind 2, 2009) The News

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Playlist, 4 January 2009

The Show On tonight's show we marked the recent sad passing of the great Ms Eartha Kitt, along with generally nursing our heads after the recent festive season. The Music We started our first show of 2009 by wishing everyone a Happy New Year: 1. The Qualities (aka Sun Ra) - Happy New Year To You (Sun Ra: The Singles, 1956/1996) 2009 marks the 30th anniversary of, er, 1979! 2. Coconami - 1979 (Coconami, 2008) We started our tribute to Eartha Kitt by playing a track which sums her up perfectly - and expresses a sentiment we certainly go along with here on the Moonbase: 3. Eartha Kitt - I Want To Be Evil (Revisited, 1960) One of the anniversaries we shall be celebrating this year is the 70th birthday of Hammond organist extraordinaire, Brian Auger: 4. Brian Auger - Tiger (Get Auger The Anthology - The Mod Years, 1967) Our ears recently alighted on a band called Toy who put a wonderful album out back in 2005. If you like Tipsy and Plone you'll certainly like Toy: 5. Toy - Realistic Martian Landing Set (Toy, 2005) And keeping things electronic and futuristic, we played another track from a great new album by I Am Robot and Proud: 6. I Am Robot And Proud - Uphill City (Uphill City, 2008) Then it was back to our celebration of the life of Eartha Kitt with one of her strangest songs - sung mostly in Turkish too: 7. Eartha Kitt - Uska Dara (Revisited, 1960) And we followed that up with some similarly near-eastern sounds courtesy of a Romanian gypsy band: 8. Fanfare Ciocarlia - Caravan (Gili Garabdi, 2005) Another anniversary we shall be marking is the 80th birthday of film and TV soundtrack composer Stu Phillips. Our friend and London correspondent Jeff kindly furnished me with a Stu Phillips CD as a Christmas gift and it's a great compilation of his late 60s/early 70s film work: 9. Stu Phillips - India - Mahahbalipuram (Surf, Sex And Cycle-Psychos: A Diverse Potpourri Of Antediluvian Film Music By Stu Phillips, 1969/2005) 10. Keith Mansfield - Man With A Mission (When The Saints Go, 2008) Annother anniversary to put in your diaries is the 90th birthday of the great English jazz pianist, Mr George Shearing. His 1974 album The Way We Are is one of our most cherished albums: 11. George Shearing - Do You Know The Way To San Jose? (The Way We Are, 1974) Next up, the last of our tributes to the great Eartha Kitt: 12. Eartha Kitt - Mambo de Paree (Santa Baby Greatest Hits, 2008) Then it was time for another track from the new Tipsy album: 13. Tipsy - Kitty's Daydream (Buzzz, 2008) Belbury Poly have a new album out at the end of the month - hurrah! And if you pre-order the album you can download the single for free. This next track is one of those very tracks: 14. Belbury Poly - Clockwork Horoscope (From an Ancient Star, 2009) The News