Monday, June 15, 2009
The short tirade that opens Summer Sequence II is from Dan Graham’s abstract video installation/puppet rock opera, DON’T TRUST ANYONE OVER 30. This piece, premiering at the 2007 Whitney Biennial included Brooklyn punks, Japanther, played as part of the show. While none of their songs made the tape, that’s only because Cats Purring is not so hardcore. Those guys are alright though.
- Synching seamlessly is, A Simple Man, the single from THE PRIDE OF CALLING PANTHER LAKE! Self-released earlier this year by Cats Purring’s own Dead Gaze, R Cole Furlow first brandished these stoned garage jamz with this album. He's put together an allstar band to play his songs live.
- Next are the Francophones on Sony, Ultra Orange and Emmanuelle, with Don’t Kiss Me Goodbye. Emmanuelle Seigner sings. The Parisian beauty starred in Le Scaphandre et le Papillon. The Julian Schnabel film includes this song on it's soundtrack. Guitars and static from Sonic Youth’s Goo help make this seemingly illogical transition.
- All of Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘In the Bottle’ didn’t make the tape, but a laugh that begins the track keeps it moving on to The Flaming Lips’ psychedelic folk, Five Stop Mother Superior Rain. Cats Purring recommends their album THE DAY THEY SHOT A HOLE IN THE JESUS EGG... Just raw Flaming Lips. Really, quintessential rock'n'roll.
Don't get me wrong, they got some great concept albums, but this ain't tryin to be no Yoshimi...
- David Shrigley wrote the lyrics for Whatcha Doin. In the song he wrote with P:ano, Nick Krgovich, Phil Elverum sings. Tomlab released several of these songs of Shrigley’s as companion double-discs to a book of his drawings. These were all WORRIED NOODLES. Each of the musicians, including David Byrne, admired Shrigley’s work and wanted to write music for his words. Double thanks to David Shrigley because he also drew the picture I (Samo) use as the tape's art.
- The Green Typewriters Suite, by The Olivia Tremor Control, is included on the second half of their DUSK AT CUBIST CASTLE. Truly, the album is a modern classic. Kevin Barnes, Of Montreal, covered Green Typewriters IV in Dallas a couple of years ago. Following in this Sequence is Olivia’s own Green Typewriter II. The point of these tapes is mainly to play at parties but also to encourage folks to go out and find music. Having only included just a cover of a song followed by the shortest on the record, I have to recommend what I'd call Athens, GA’s finest work… Pick up a copy!
- The odd mate to the psychedelic Georgians’ Typewriter pieces is a song written by Shankar Jaikishan for Merchant-Ivory’s ‘Bombay Talkie’. Wes Anderson also uses the song in The Darjeeling Limited.
- Staying on the soundtrack tip for a bit, the tape goes to David Lynch. Julee Cruise’s sang his ‘Rockin’ Back Inside My Heart’ for Twin Peaks. Thanks to Phil Elverum for motivatinging me to use this song on a mix.
- As it winds down, the tape plays SPIRIT THEY’RE GONE, SPIRIT THEY’RE VANISHED. The album, by Avey Tare & Panda Bear around the same time these guys started Animal Collective. Last year they recorded at Sweet Tea in Oxford, and just after New Years’ released their work, Merriweather Post Pavillion.
- ‘I Know A Girl’ opens SMALL LAVA but closes Summer Sequence II. Cats Purring recently released the new EP from Dead Gaze. It can be found on the blog. If you’re into having a good time, we recommend getting down to Mississippi and sweatin’ it out with us at one of their shows this summer.