So without wishing to earn a rep as ‘that AIDS blog‘ and a support slot on the next Elton John tour, we bring you news of a new compilation ‘Dark Of The Night‘ released on 4AD, with all proceeds going to the Red Hot Organization – an international charity dedicated to raising money and awareness for HIV and AIDS through popular culture.
Featuring the likes of Arcade Fire, Spoon, The National, Sufjan Stevens, Feist, Grizzly Bear, Bon Iver, The Decemberists, The Books & Hose Gonzalez, Iron and Wine, My Morning Jacket, Beirut, Cat Power, The New Pornographers, and Yo La Tengo, you have to say if scientists had spent half as much time and energy combating the AIDS virus as musicians have the past twenty years we’d probably be back to a golden age of rampant barebacked sex with strangers. Shame on you medical community.
Anyway, till the day they do get a grip on it you’ll just need to keep an even tighter grip on your junk and remember to bag up, no great hardship really. Remember you may only be able to catch it once but AIDS is no joke.
Here is a track off the compilation from The Dirty Projectors, most notable for featuring the dulcet tones of David Byrne. The album is out February 16th, you may wish to show your support by buying it.
In an entirely seemless segue I would now like to draw your attention to a re-edit that got hurled in our direction over the weekend from a chap named Sapo. Splicing and dicing the muy sexual ‘Get Down Make Love’ by Queen, he’s given it a loving spit and polish, perfect for sophisticated modern dancefloors.
Sapo also runs ESP Records and has just set up a new imprint Mad On The Moon which will be focusing on nu-disco, funk-cosmic and psychedelic stuff. Expect to see releases from some reknowned beards from that scene in the shops soon.
A couple of years ago I made a pilgrimage to Zanzibar the birth place of the sainted Freddy Mercury, whilst there seemed some confusion as to the exact location of his nativity with every other local trying to convince me that their restaurant was built on the blessed plot. Still I enjoyed a pleasant night under the stars at Mercury’s in Stone Town and had a very nice french onion soup, highly recommended should you be in the area.
Apart from that my experience of Africa is pretty limited really, consisting of the aforementioned and a brief nose around Egypt as a kid. Even then time has dimmed my memory, so that my entire recollection of Egypt consists solely of being tricked into eating a camel burger and my annoyance at not being allowed to climb the pyramids.
None of which though has stopped me enjoying this club banger courtesy of Houston’s Afrika (see what I did there, this is some primo journalism shizzle you’re witnessing) that dropped into my inbox on Saturday.
A former hip-hop troupe, they’ve abandoned the realness in favour of a more electro sound, though thankfully they’re referring to the kind of classic 80’s jams that you have you breaking out the lino rather than jumping around a club in Shoreditch with your dick in your hand.
If you like cut and paste, Mantronix style beats you’ll want to get on this.
Right, lunchtime over, back to the grind.