Shadow of a doubt by Sonic Youth has always been one of my favorite songs. It’s featured on SY’s third record, called EVOL, released in 1986.
It’s a fantastic record and sure one of Sonic Youth’s best releases (indeed - together with GOO - it’s the SY record I listened to the most).
I love this song for it’s lyrics and it’s gloomy and blurry atmosphere. I love Kim Gordon’s voice. I like the way the guitar sounds and I also love the video showing Kim on the top of a train.
A couple of days ago I stumbled upon a radioshow where Johnny Jewel of Glass Candy/Chromatics-fame is talking about music and playing some records. At the end of the session he’s playing a coverversion of this song by Farah, who’s surely one of the most interesting acts on the Italians do it better label and a favorite of mine ever since i heard Law of life for the first time.
It’s a nice version and a “true Farah”. It’s stripped down to the bone, it’s repetitive and hypnotic. Farah once described her vision of music as “dark disco” and I think this matches her style perfectly.
Here’s the whole show, the track by Farah starts at around 36.45. I recommend listening to the full show because all of the songs are great and the soft and friendly voice of Johnny Jewel is quite a delight.
And here’s the video of the original version by Sonic Youth.
Although summer is still hiding these days, I listen to my personal this year’s record-of-the-summer a lot and I guess it will unfold its full potential as soon as the sun will return.
It’s called “Garden of Problems” (doesn’t that sound summerlike and lighthearted?) and was recorded by James Ashley Crewe under the moniker of “Poisonous Relationship”. Jamie is living in Sheffield and describes himself as an “artist, writer and nightingale” (check his website for more information).
He got interviewed for Butt Magazine recently, where he talks about zodiac signs, the use of poppers and vocal house. Buttblog is also streaming the whole album currently. I recommend to check it out, fall in love and spend some juicy & cheesy & longing nights with Poisonous Relationship(s) this summer (at least, that’s my plan).
Here’s the first song of the album, called Men’s Feelings.
Garden of problems by Poisonous Relationship was released via Ecstacy on May 21st.
Poster above is made by James Crewe and can be ordered via his website.