Acecast #011. 11 February 2006.

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Valentine, bloody Valentine’s Day.

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A special Valentine’s podcast; if you are looking for romance this might not be the place … as it contains a classic Mississippi John Hurt murder ballad, the sinister V/VM version of A Lady in Red (V/VM aka James Kirby gave Chris de Burgh a copy of this). There is a possible connection between a lady dressed in red and murder ballads with lyrics like When they heard Louis was dead/All the people they dressed in red (spelling kept as it is),

White folks, accostomed to black being the colour worn both for funerals and for post-funereal mourning, sometimes think that references in blues songs to dressing in red signify a party atmosphere or happiness over a person’s death. Not so. In Africa, and among African-Americans in earlier times, drssing in red has been a funerary custom. As such, it is reminiscent of burial with red ochre pigment, which was used among neolithic poeople (the “red paint people”) the world around. The religious idea behind this custom is that as a baby is born from the mother’s womb through blood, so will rebirth occur (after interrment in Mother Earth) through blood.

Another old blues song with a similar lyric is “Ella Speed” as recorded by Leadbelly (Huddie Ledbetter) circa the mid 1930s.

There is some dirty rock from old punks Rancid and new girls on the (Courtney Love?) block Rebels of the Flesh.

I play an SMS of love from Saalschutz. Hello Saferide (hello Annika, second time on Acecast) takes us through a bit of bile on her Valentine’s Day.

Normally I only play MP3s. On this show there are two exceptions: the Rebels of the Flesh track is played courtesy of the band and their manager. A bit of an exclusive I think, but no free MP3 is available. I make up for the lack of MP3 with that nice picture of the girls. I am happy to be a small cog in (Kim Foley’s?) underground build-up of the band as long as I get sent promo-material like this.

The second non-MP3 track is so old it’s an MP2. The band A Western Front released the album Full Blown Dave for free in 1994. One of the members, David Beach, writes that this was the first album released for free on the Internet. He might be right. The Problem is the standout track from this album, from a band that once warmed up for the Sex Pistols (re-union tour I suspect).

I finish the show with proof that makeovers do work. Thomas Walter has done a tremendous job lifting the Lisa DeBenedictis track Tiger into something otherworldly.

External credits.

The Samarah track was found via Alex Young’s Milieu (a blog tracking netlabels, mostly electronic) and V/VM is via Radio Plus (listing free legal MP3s of tracks from the late John Peel’s shows).

Production notes.

Kit: MXL V67 condenser microphone, Behringer UB802 mixer, Hercules DJ Console sound card. Applications: Audacity, iTunes, MP3Gain, MP3tag.


All tracks played are free and legal downloads and were available at the time of production of the podcast. All tracks are copyright the artists and their record labels/music publishers.

Extended tracklisting for Acecast #011, 11 February 2006.

Brief playlist for Acecast #011.

Previous Acecast podcasts.

Initial post: Sun, 12 Feb 2005.

Tue, 14 Feb 2006