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The Outsideleft Week in Music for a Heatwave Hearing from... Anna Butterss, Wilco, Tomaga, Dexys Midnight Runners, Snail Mail, Miki Ratsula, The Cult, The Berries, Mykki Blanco, Pussy Riot, KaiL Baxley, Shrimpnose, Rico Nasty, Alhaji Waziri Oshomah, Foamboy, Joel Jerome, The Mountain Goats, beabadoobee, Jeremy Gluck and Paul Hazel, and Moor Mother

The Outsideleft Week in Music for a Heatwave

Hearing from... Anna Butterss, Wilco, Tomaga, Dexys Midnight Runners, Snail Mail, Miki Ratsula, The Cult, The Berries, Mykki Blanco, Pussy Riot, KaiL Baxley, Shrimpnose, Rico Nasty, Alhaji Waziri Oshomah, Foamboy, Joel Jerome, The Mountain Goats, beabadoobee, Jeremy Gluck and Paul Hazel, and Moor Mother

by LamontPaul, Founder & Publisher
first published: July, 2022

approximate reading time: minutes

...perfect for afternoons spent in meandering heatwave chit chat around the garden. This is a lawn, this is nature pond, this is where we sit. This is how we move around a little.


ANNA BUTTERSS - Doo Wop (Colorfield Records) favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite
by Ancient Champion

This is one of my fave collections of notes and sounds and swooping and looping, lopping and erm, singing only a bit, since that Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment LP years back and you know how that blew up. Since Keyboard Money Mark's Keyboard Repair Shop. Sometimes I think, I actually know things. I am a long time listener, no time caller. Doo Wop is deliciously and effortlessly, economically spare. Taken from the Anna's Activities LP (Colorfield), is it because Anna is Australian that this all sounds so perfect for afternoons spent in meandering heatwave chit chat around the garden? This is a lawn, this is nature pond, this is where we sit. This is how we move around a little. A world renowned bass player, Anna has worked with Jeff Parker and Aimee Mann and way more besides. Soothes me through my day supremely well.

PUSSY RIOT - Plastic ft. iLoveMakonnen (Neon Gold) favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite_borderfavorite_border
by Tim London

Cake. A classic example of eating it, sharing it out, fooling people it's not cake but fairy food, making it disappear then magicking it back again in a pink cardboard box, mass-produced and available in all cake shops in the western poposphere. If KLF had been more attractive, more ironic, more political and, ultimately, hopeless. Also, see De Antwoord.
Eight second-year fashion student points.

KAIL BAXLEY - Coyote (Battle Master records) favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite_border
by Ancient Champion

from the vocal factory that brought you (Samuel T. Herring, Ray LaMontagne, and Damian Rice - if you can remember any of them). Really serious young man. "I am a coyote and you are a house cat..." Is that a paean to the crazy patriots patrolling the border? KaiL Baxley - you know that capital L on the end of KaiL is going to make things difficult for filesharers, so hmmm. might want to rethink that. But despite everything, this is really quite great once the fear that he's going to sing over Pachelbel's Canon, for a pure new wool TV ad.


RICO NASTY - Skullflower (Atlantic Records) favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite_borderfavorite_border
by Tim London

Made up like a horror dolly created too early in the morning and galloping through a sunflower field like a more self-conscious Theresa May… ditch the video and you have helium chatting like a Bladerunner advert over a second-hand Vangelis out-take. Which sounds quite good when you put it like that.

Four second-year fashion student points.

DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS - Old - Radio Edit (As It Should Have Sounded Remix 2022) (Mercury Records) favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite
by Katherine Pargeter

It really doesn't matter if you cannot hear the difference between this remixed version of a song from Dexys Midnight Runners 'Too-Rye-Ay' album,  it doesn't matter because, well, you are not Kevin Rowland.  Only Kevin Rowland is Kevin Rowland and if he wants to tweak with an album that we thought sounded perfectly fine 40 years ago, who are we to object?   So, here is drama, passion, the aching beautiful strings of the Emerald Express, those mournful horns, and Rowland turning his anger into a soul-searching lament.   The album 'Too-Rye-Ay - As It Should Have Sounded' arrives in October.  

WILCO - Kamera-The Unified Theory (Nonesuch) favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite_border
by Lee Paul

Generally, when I see Wilco's name on the label these days I am wondering which Gram Parsons record I should put on. Don't you? I mean, I thought everyone did that. Kamera-The Unified Theory though is nicely primitive though. Admirable...

FOAMBOY - Not A Go (N.I.T.A.) favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite
by Lee Paul

This makes me rue my stolen car, since this is perfect for motoring nowhere at night. Roof down so people can hop in and out at will. Contemporary, jazzy, breezy - redolent of a digital Manhattan Transfer in their pomp. If they were indie and very now. 

THE CULT - Give Me Mercy (Black Hill Records) favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite_borderfavorite_border
by Toon Traveller

Know the name, but never given them the time of day before. I have a Cult anecdote though, my cousin used to get work through an Orange County staffing agency and when he would phone up to find out where his money was, invariably the receptionist would ask, "Is that you Ian?" thinking he was the Ian Astley. The least glamorous job for a WAG in show business. Give Me Mercy doesn't sound like a particularly new theme for the Cult, I suppose the technology used to put it together has changed, guitar driven rock, with power chords, the voice a strangled Big Country meets Simple Minds. But the Guitar power chords, is that still Billy Duffy? Is he still blonde? If someone played this and told me it was Noel Gallagher, with American production, and a secret guest vocalist I'D BELIEVE THEM. So yeah it seems like Oasis, late 90s. Is that a bad thing, not really; is the song original not really, far from it, is the song any good, yeah it's a good feel, yeah it's a good sound, but is there anything new in the sounds - not really. Enjoyable diversion on a sunny day but how about getting the Southern Death Cult back together next?

SNAIL MAIL - Feeling Like I Do (Spotify) favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite_border
by Lee Paul

Sulky old Snail Mail. Something to feel relatively hopeful about.

THE BERRIES - Down That Road Again (Run For Cover) favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite_borderfavorite_border
by Toon Traveller

A good slice of mid-paced, relaxed, narrative-driven, heading for the country sounds of sunshine, sunstroke, and beers. This is making a daisy chain groove. Not watched the video, (I'm a bit old school, I listen to music, not MTV for me). Love the middle eight and the bridge, this is Americana, country blues with a twist of summer style that hits the right notes in a sunny afternoon in Britain.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS - Wage Wars Get Rich Die Handsome (Merge Records) favoritefavorite_borderfavorite_borderfavorite_borderfavorite_border
by Tim London

Makes me laugh listening to this squeaky clean production pretending that there’s some kind of rocknroll heart beating beneath it. Can’t they hear? I ask myself, isn’t it obvious that what they think they’re doing and what they’re actually doing is milkshake to whisky? Beyond being nominally wet there’s no comparison. For fucks sake, I thought we’d sorted all this out in 1977 but, no, there’s the fucking Download Festival, existing on the edges of my consciousness, forcing me to consider the huge necks and baseball caps of men young enough to legitimately say, ‘no, not this time, we will not carry a guitar for our country.’ But still they wage war. On people like me. Well, just me, really. But still!

Zero second-year fashion student points.

JOEL JEROME - We Made It Home (Dangerbird) favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite_border
by Ancient Champion

Recorded live at Dangerbird Records' international hq in Silverlake, CA... From the LP, Super Flower Blood Moon. which was released this past May. We Made It Home is a superior guitar, mild meandering guitar mind you, rocker. In that you may rock gently to it should that be your disposition. So, probably possibly sub-rock if I were to be more exacting in my language. There's plaintive lyrical genius, there's a subtext of ghostly pedal steel. There's a wily choice of hat and guitar. I am fond of that small guitar on a big man look. I can't enthuse enough about that. This is all together one of the Good ones. It's on repeat in my heart.  

JEREMY GLUCK AND PAUL HAZEL - Love (SWND) favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite_border
by LamontPaul

Jeremy Gluck and Pazel - ha, that's a typo I am hoping to leave in! JG and Paul Hazel combine to create metonyms of atmosphere. They are the perfect couple really. Questioning coupling. There are two versions of Love here. Love is the opening track. But I Left the Left Page Blank... Depending on your school run situation I can only recommend the less sweary Love. Paul Hazel builds a big love fire and burns it down in the background but never in the background... As Jeremy dismantles the tropes clung too by split personality lovers. I Left the Left Page Blank oh... the guys let loose and care should be taken as that's for the grown ups. Barracudas fans may be in for a surprise but Jeremy Gluck is one of the authentic ones, always true to his own voice and own eyes and ears in visual art, music and lit stuff, like a David Gedge or a Mark Stewart, and like so few others. This is one of the good ones.

MYKKI BLANCO - French Lessons (Official Video) ft. Kelsey Lu (Transgressive) favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite_border
by Tim London

A drum machine puffing along, and then that unique, very early 1980s synth horn circling around a simple phrase on top. Then Mykki’s almost casual, unfiltered semi-sung grown-up voice juxtaposed against Kelsey Lu’s sweetly sung commentary on, what? A love affair? A stoned moment? Lovely, anyway.

Nine second-year fashion student points for the video which I would avoid if I was you.

SHRIMPNOSE - Sundials (Chillhop) favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite
by Lee Paul

OMG So brilliant, luvverly laying back stuff... Can get on the Heatwave playlist with Anna Butterss above. I listen and I am alive with these sounds in a way that I am at few other times. Swooning. Wow! As great as hearing my kid tinkling out tunes from her Pride and Prejudice songbook on the piano. Which she is doing while I am listening to Sundials. A great mash-up. That luvverly.


MIKI RATSULA - Made For Them (Nettwork) favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite_borderfavorite_border
by Toon Traveller

Mike Ratsula's gender-neutral covers project, featuring the songs of Dodie, Phoebe Bridgers, Harry Styles, Angus & Julia Stone, and One Direction, Made For Them is what, a piece of didacticism at heart? Here's my verse for you... Love the intro easy, then, well think, walking down the street, sidewalk, a car passes windows down, stops at traffic lights, great new song swirls out of the windows, what's the song? lights change, car moves, the song dies in the memory.

TOMAGA - Oisiris' Theme () favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite
by Ancient Champion

Epic. Included on the LP Extended Play 1&2 due for release in September. Tomaga were Tom Relleen and Valentina Magaletti. Tom is no longer here, but his work is and it must be explored and enjoyed still. It is wholly exceptional after all.


MOOR MOTHER - Jazz Codes (Anti Records) favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite
by LamontPaul

Moor Mother's entirely hypnotic record, Jazz Codes, investigates histories of Black music, Black culture, melodically, experimentally, breezily, jazzily in parts. Leaning heavily on an all star cast but never ever for a moment losing sight of the artist at the centre. That's a pretty amazing accomplishment given the galactic sound structures availed of here on a record that has everything and so here I am munching my branflakes awestruck. 'Woody Shaw Elevator Outta Town...' Oh man, I want to be alive.

BEABADOOBEE - Beatopia (Dirty Hit) ZERO favoritefavoritefavorite_borderfavorite_borderfavorite
by Lee Paul

There's a reason why beabadoobee has millions of social media followers and they are all at least half your age. Lack of cynicism. Joy. Love of dressing up. Pretty cool tunes. When the optimism of youth is still genuine and unsullied. And there's something about how her interests chime with the concerns of her generation. One senses beabadoobee would probably not make the business decision to take a private jet from the west coast to perform on the Green stage at a Britpop festival - like Wolf Alice did to wholly uncritical media reports. At some point, something has to matter.

ALHAJI WAZIRI OSHOMAH - The Muslim Highlife of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah (Luaka Bop) favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite_border
by Toon Traveller

I've always been an admirer of the work Luaka Bop puts in, as they seek out highly individual and idiosyncratic artists. Sometimes it's straight down the line, between the eyes pop, other times it's a slice of music you'd have to search the deep deep web to hear and sift through a lotta pebbles to get the diamonds. Sadly, Alhaji Waziri Oshomah's, Jealousy is not for me one of the diamonds. Taken from the LP, The Muslim Highlife of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah, which is the third volume of Luaka Bop's World Spirituality Classics series, out in September. For me a jog on a warm day. Not something I love even if I might want to.

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