Saturday, 24 December 2011

Advent Calendar - 24th December

Christmas Eve and here's quite simply the best Christmas song ever. Kirsty, we miss you.

Advent Calendar - The Collection

Here it is, the whole thing including today's - Merry Christmas everyone!

Friday, 23 December 2011

Advent Calendar - 23rd December

Wow, December's nearly gone already! I hope your shopping is done and your presents are wrapped. If not there's still  tomorrow. In the meantime here's James Brown with 'Go Power At Christmas'. See you tomorrow for the last one!

Advent Calendar - 22nd December

I really don't know what's happening to Blogger, everything keeps changing and it's nowhere near as good. Anyway, today I bring you a substitution. It should have been me but the cold I've had for the past week has left me unable to record a vocal track. What I have chosen instead is a song I heard performed beautifully by The Luton Youth  Cantores on Saturday, even though their own version is not available. I did not know it and it reminds me of something, but it's great anyway. It's also being used by the BBC to advertise their Dickens transcription so it's all over TV. Seems I'm late to the party. Talking of late, busy day, James Taylor Quartet, signed CD and yes, midnight has passed. Just enjoy. . . .

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Advent Calendar - December 21st

So I was watching Michael Bublé's Christmas rundown on 4Music and he chose this which I actually like. Don't get me wrong, I'm a Christina fan, I just don't listen to her very often. I'm sure the video is cheesy enough for here too "Look what I got Mommy. . . " (Slap).
Christina Aguilera - The Christmas song by MyAngel_Xtina

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Advent Calendar - December 20th

Nearing the end now and here's something special - Kermit The Frog!

Monday, 19 December 2011

Advent Calendar - 19th December

Today I bring you the unusual and instrumental 'Christmas In The City' by Marvin Gaye.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Advent Calendar - 18th December

Growing up there were two albums that came back each year courtesy of my grandparents - The Elvis Christmas Album and Jim Reeves 12 Songs Of Christmas. Unless it was Jingle Bells or little Donkey I didn't care but to revisit these albums as a grown man I bring you today, one week before the big day, Jim Reeves with 'An Old Christmas Card'.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Advent Calendar - 17th December

It's the seventeenth now and just a week from Christmas Eve and today I bring You The Raveonettes with 'Come On Santa'.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Advent Calender - 16th December

Here we are and with snow on the ground (and in the air) it's time to check out these Ladies and Gents winter fashions!

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Advent Calender - 15th December

Today's kitsch treat is Milton DeLugg's 'Hooray For Santa Claus' from the film 'Santa Claus Conquers The Martians'. The song is VERY kitsch but remains one of the best things about an otherwise disappointing film given it's title!

Oh, and the way they sing 'Santy Claus' yet spell 'S-A-N-T-A' really confuzzled me when I watched the film!

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Advent Calender - 14th December

Best 'bored girl vocal' band of all time, today I give you The Waitresses and their tale of love and the magic of Christmas. No, really!!

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Advent Calender - 13th December

Day thirteen of the festive countdown and here's Adam Faith. We don't make 'em like this any more!

Advent Calender - 12th December

Sorry, I missed a day. I had a really long day at work and have the worst cold, but now two days off to recover with some warm honey & Lemon drinks. My voicebox may have crawled up and away but I can still type!

Back on track this is yesterday's delight, over to you Bob. . .

NB: presenter's name may not be Bob. Thank you

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Advent Calender - 11th December

It's the 11th December so Christmas is just two weeks away!! So for this Sunday morning it's time to dance with Debbie and The Darnells from 1962.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Advent Calender - 10th December

Into double figures and today's treat is courtesy of last year's It's A Goldie Lookin Christmas (The fairy tale of Newport). I loved their boy band pastiches and this is just as good as 'You Knows I Love You' or 'R 'n' B'!


You knows it.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Maru Funk 9 - A Funk 'n' Soul Christmas

It's Christmas time so let's have a party!

Advent Calender - 9th December

Today I am again promoting the fabulous FREE album from Stella Artois available here and bring you 'Deck The Halls' by Human for day nine . . . .

Deck The Halls by Marufunk

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Advent Calender - 8th December

Now this is really silly, get down and boogie, it's Milly and Silly!!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Advent Calender - 7th December

The first week of December comes to a close, have you done your shopping yet? Today's offering is Lady GaGa with the very rude (but not explcit) Christmas Tree featuring Space Cowboy.

I can't find any real video but this 'miniplanet'(?) one is cute and has the words.

Cover above is by "Other Covers" on Deviant Art. Thank You.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Advent Calender - 6th December

Day 6 and here's a treat from The Jackson 5 and 'Christmas Won't Be The Same This Year'.

Don't cry, don't cry!!

Monday, 5 December 2011

Advent Calender - 5th December

Up next The Swingle Singers. Check out this totally kitsch Christmas medley!!

Advent Calender - 4th December

Some excellent advice from Alma Cogan makes day four!!

Here's a bonus German version too!

Advent Calender - 3rd December

Day three and this is a little more obscure. Gee Whizz It's Christmas!!

Advent Calender - 2nd December

Take three lovely ladies with beautiful voices, sprinkle in some drums and a whole load of Christmas and what have you got?

Day 2!!

Advent Calender - !st December

Yes, I'm late, but have you seen all these 'celebrities' doing musical advent calendars on Spotify and the like? Pixie Lott (yes, I'm watching hers), Primal Scream (I shall look at theirs too) Maroon 5 (really?), Michael Bublé, etc and they're all so . . . ordinary.

So here's my festive countdown which will be available to stream on mixcloud from 23rd and up first: Glee. I first heard this last year and loved it's high camp and energy. I never got into the show itself, or even the other records, but this Christmas album is a kitsch classic!

Friday, 2 December 2011

Under The Christmas Star

Those clever, clever marketing people at Stella Artois have done it again! This FREE album of very kitsch Christmas tunes is avilable on their website here!

Ok, you'll have to like them on facebook if you have such a thing but once you hear the first track you'll love them anyway. Now go get it and enjoy!

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Maru Funk 8

Oh, here we go again. . . .

A Tribute to Bert Jansch

With the sad news of Bert Jansch's passing yesterday I prepared a podcast special in his honour. If you have never heard his work then let this be an introduction. If you know his work then just enjoy and remember.

Thursday, 22 September 2011


Now here's some real kitsch! Like a good movie soundtrack? Well here's a bunch of soundtrack and library music mostly from the 60s and 70s.A mixed bag of psychedelia and funky tunes and very silly. Great movies too!

1.Manfred Hubler and Siegfried Schwab - Dedicated To Love (Vampyros Lesbos - A Sexadelic Dance Party)

2. Roy Budd - Love Is A Four Letter Word (Get Carter)

3. Bruno Nicolai - The Day I Was Born (99 Women)

4. Goddess - Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love) (Girls With Guitars)

5. Neil Merryweather & Lynn Carey - Shop Around (Vacuum Cleaner)

6. Michel Legrande - Di-gue-ding-ding (Violent Violins)

7. Anton Garcia Abril & Marcello Giombini - Seli (4..3..2..1 Morte)

8. Armando Travajoli - Let's Find Out (Sexy Voices)

9. The Amen Corner - When We Make Love (Scream and Scream Again)

10. Roy Ayres - Coffy Is The Colour (Coffy)

11. Piero Umiliani - Main Title (L'arcangelo)

12. Stu Phillips - Sweet Talkin' Candyman (Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls)

13. Paul Giovanni - Corn Rigs (The Wicker Man)

14. Bruno Battisti d'Amario - Su Delicia (Phase 6 Super Stereo)

15. Esther Phillips - Home Is Where The Hatred Is (Superbad)

16. Gert Wilden & His Orchestra - Sexy Girls (Mädchen, Die Nach München Kommen)

17. Bruno Nicolai - I Want It All (Femmine Insaziabili)

18. Piero Umiliani - Mah Na' Mah Na' (Svezia, Inferno e Paradaiso)

19. Roy Budd - Radio Music (The Black Windmill)

20. Nelson/Raymond - Three Guitars (Doctor Who)

21. Olivia Molina - Das Zahlenspiel (Funky Frauleins)

22. Alain Gourageur - Generique (La Planeta Sauvages)

23. Ennio Morricone - La Lucertola (The Lizard In A Woman's Skin)

Now That's What I Call Free

Here's something new from me, I've found so much free music on the internet I can't believe people illegally download! So starting here I will do occasional podcasts featuring what I think are the best free tracks out there. You can download and keep any of these yourself and I'll link the track listings. This first one is predominantly alternative but mostly I'll be mixing genres. So here we go:

1. Remember Remember - Get Good a band I first heard on a Mogcast and fell in love with. Having bought their first e.p. and album I found this on RCRD LBL and just had to share it with you too!

2. The Happy Hollows - Bird Of Prey I know nothing about these but I like this song.

3. Bombay Bicycle Club - Lamplight B.B.C. have been creating a buzz for some time now so here they are.

4. Black Moth Super Rainbow - Born On A Day The Sun Didn't Rise "I've got the big beat" - Amazing piece of psychedelia from this Pittsburgh band.

5. Best Coast - Boyfriend Another band that seem to be getting plenty of press, try this little number from L.A.

6. Tokyo Sex Destruction - Break-Out Town Noise rock and fun from a group with a great name!

7. Diamond Doves - Club Night Back to the beats from N.Y.

8. Still Corners - Cuckoo I was on the SubPop website and saw the video for this song and fell in love. Check RCRD LBL for more from this greeat London based band and I'll see you at the album launch party!

9. The Blacks - Raincoat Picking the pace and giving some attitude.

10. Grand Pocket Orchestra - Chongo Pop A bit of fun, nothing more.

11. Dananananackroyd - Chrome Rainbow Great riff and handclaps, probably would've had different vocals myself but still lots to enjoy.

12. Finally Punk- Negative Creep "I am not Kurt Cobain" but this is Nirvana!

13. Razika - Taste My Dream More sing-a-long stuff and happy guitars.

14. La Femme - Sur La Planche From Paris we have up-beat cute vocals and surfboard guitars, but it works (for me)!

15. Dum Dum Girls - Jail La La I was doing a space themed party mix and found a track by The Dum Dum Girls. I liked it and their star has been rising. Also on Sub Pop there's more available free on their site.

16. Rikslyd - Am I sexy? You might think Hip Hop at first but once this Paris based Norwegian starts 'rapping' you'll see wht it's here!

17. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Young Adult Friction Another band gaining press, and with a name like that how could I ever not like these native New Yorkers.

18. The Octopus Project - Wet Gold Dreamy and uptempo together? Oh yes.

19. Atari Teenage Riot - Blood In My Eyes From the late '90s, German electro rock.

20. Trwbador - Sun In Winter You'll find this in Owlet Musics free stuff with two other singles. I also recommend the sampler which is so cheap and there's some good stuff on there!

21. Mogwai - Rano Pano It seems this has been removed but one of my all time favourite bands and there's two songs here for you to try, one from the last album and one from the first (if you accept Ten Rapid as an E.P. collection).

22. Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat - The Copper Top (Edit) I can't find the site I got this from, but this one let's you download it too. I just bought the album. One day I'll play 'Glasgow Jubilee' and freak everyone out!!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Tickets are bought!!! I'm going on Saturday if anyone's there. Should be fun.