Eatyard Dublin’s favourite street food market with 50+ food areas, demos, food competitions, workshops and the Bernard Shea Flea Market in there too. Gamesyard Board games, computer games, & real life sports & games for adults & kids Brewtonic Bars dedicated to craft beer, whiskey, rum, gin & fine wines. Banteryard with Jim Carroll – Talks, Panels & Debates Studioyard Art, Design, & Tech Installations. Boatyard Get your Nautical boogie on, literally, on the water with boat parties. Lineups TBA…. Kidsyard – Dedicated Arts, Design, Music & Games Area for Parents & Kids. And a Daddy nappy changing contest.
Back just before Air released their hugely popular Moon Safari album in 1998, Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel put together a promo mix that ended up on 4 CDs and broadcast as a mix on BBC Radio One’s Essential Mix in two parts.
The mix was eclectic featuring classic rock’n’roll like Bowie, Prince, Beatles and Velvet Underground; artists of the era like Beck, Beastie Boys, Money Mark, French artists of all stripes: Thomas Bangalter, Serge Gainsbourg, Michel Polnareff, Jacques Dutronc, Brigitte Bardot, Francis Lai and Air themselves, along with some psychedelia, balladry, electronic curios and funk and soul.
Stereogum introduced me to the promo mix way back and the track info is on Discogs in twoparts but I’d only just heard the Essential Mix recently which is blended so here it is for your mix of the week.
The sound of Air? Well here’s what made the classic album ‘Moon Safari’ (1998) sound the way it did, this limited edition CD is part one of a mammoth 4 hour journey through the personal record collections of former architect Nicolas Godin and mathematician Jean-Benoit Dunckel. Artists include Pink Floyd, Horace Andy, Brigitte Gardot, Prince, Beastie Boys, Iggy Pop, Rolling Stones and more. * Please note the back cover states this is for ‘Promotional Use Only’. This was intended for select radio stations throughout Europe. Polystars. 2002.
1.01 David Bowie – Speed Of Life (1:32)
1.02 Beatles, The – The End (1:00)
1.03 Beck – Lloyd Price Express (3:05)
1.04 Rollerball – Executive Party Dance (1:45)
1.05 Dopplereffekt – Pornographic Movies (2:07)
1.06 M.A.S.H. – Suicide Is Painless (2:35)
1.07 Quincy Jones – Summer In The City (3:40)
1.08 Serge Gainsbourg – En Melody (2:58)
1.09 Soft Machine – The Soft Wead Factor (2:21)
1.10 Michel Polnareff – Computer Dream (3:51)
1.11 Minnie Riperton – Loving You (3:42)
1.12 John Lennon – How Do You Sleep (4:54)
1.13 Jean-Jacques Perrey – Flight Of The Bumblebee (2:08)
1.14 Beastie Boys – Car Thief (3:03)
1.15 Ween – Roses Are Free (4:37)
1.16 Cure, The – In Your House (2:54)
1.17 Sly Stone – In Time (5:45)
1.18 Frank Sinatra – Water To Drink (2:34)
1.19 Prince – Crazy You (1:52)
1.20 Kraftwerk – Statovarius (3:31)
2.01 Small Faces – Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake (2:11)
2.02 Beck – Electric Music & The Summer People (3:38)
2.03 Air – Malfunction (1:07)
2.04 Velvet Underground, The – Ocean (3:57)
2.05 Money Mark – Pinto’s New Car (2:39)
2.06 Richard De Bordeaux – La Drogue (2:56)
2.07 Stanley Cowell – Travelling Man (4:12)
2.08 Supergrass – Lose It (2:36)
2.09 Funk Factory – Rien Ne Va Plus (5:15)
2.10 Brian Eno – On Some Faraway Beach (3:04)
2.11 Michel Polnareff – Polnareve (1:09)
2.12 Harry Nilsson – Everybody’s Talking (0:35)
2.13 Francis Lai – Generique FR3 (3:18)
2.14 Phoenix – City Lights (3:19)
2.15 Pharcyde, The – Passin’ Me By (remix) (4:55)
2.16 Chic – At Last I Am Free (6:15)
2.17 David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World (3:57)
2.18 Beck – Deadweight (4:50)
1.01 Pink Floyd – More (2:44)
1.02 Jacques Dutronc – Le Temps Des Copains (3:52)
1.03 Horace Andy – Spying Glass (5:10)
1.04 Lou Reed – Lady Day (3:26)
1.05 The Rolling Stones – Fingerprint File (4:10)
1.06 AIR – Remember (David Whitaker Version) (2:21)
1.07 Parliament – I Just Got Back (4:35)
1.08 The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows (2:55)
1.09 Brigitte Bardot – Contact (2:40)
1.10 Dusty Springfield – The Look Of Love (5:49)
1.11 Etienne De Crécy – Prix Choc (2:56)
1.12 Iggy Pop – Dum Dum Boys (7:14)
1.13 Thomas Bangalter – Ventura (5:16)
1.14 Prince – Papa (2:38_
1.15 AIR – Summer Love (Demo Version) (4:09)
2.01 The Beatles – The Word 2:10
2.02 Funkadelic – No Head No Backstage Pass 2:36
2.03 AIR – You Make It Easy (Demo Version) 3:49
2.04 Dick Hyman – Give It Up Or Turn It Loose 3:32
2.05 Shirley Bassey – Light My Fire 3:33
2.06 Prince – The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker 5:04
2.07 Château Flight – Monorama 3:36
2.08 Serge Gainsbourg – Cannabis 2:29
2.09 Michael Jackson – Ben 2:53
2.10 The Beach Boys – Don’t Talk 3:24
2.11 Money Mark Trust – 2:39
2.12 Snoop Doggy Dogg – Gz And Hustles 4:14
2.13 Beastie Boys – Transitions 1:53
2.14 Prince – Bob George 4:47
2.15 Scratch Pet Land – Post It
2.16 Jimi Hendrix – Up From The Skies
2.17 Timmy Thomas – Why Can’t We Live Together
2.18 Kool & The Gang – Summer Madness
French band Air, Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel, introduced me and many others to music that was cosmic, electronic, retro and studious.
Their enlightening and insanely popular debut 1997 album Moon Safari, which featured ‘Sexy Boy’, ‘All I Need’, ‘Kelly Watch The Stars’ and ‘La Femme D’Argent’ became a classic and helped reintroduce chillout and retro music palettes to music.
Proceeding album 10 000 Hz Legend and delved into a unique electronic pop hybrid. Their soundtrack for Sofia Coppolla’s Virgin Suicides made the movie. Talkie Walkie returned to old ground and found breathtaking music in tracks like ‘Alone In Kyoto’ and ‘Cherry Blossom Girl’. The band’s sound fell out of favour but they continued working on worthwhile albums (2012’s Le voyage dans la Lune) and solo material following.
This June 10th, Warner Music will release a retrospective of the band’s music (with limited ssuper deluxe versions to follow on CD/LP on July 22nd). Collecting the best of the band’s music, remixes and some unreleased material, TwentyYears, chosen by the band themselves, is an anthology of their own considered greatest work.
From the second disc, I have an exclusive first listen to ‘Indian Summer’, a track that was originally featured on the Japanese 4LP edition of Love 2, which was limited to 1000 copies.
Air – TwentyYears – Tracklisting
CD 1 Best-Of
1. La Femme D’Argent
2. Cherry Blossom Girl
3. Kelly Watch the Stars
4. Playground Love
5. Sexy Boy
7. All I Need
8. Alpha Beta Gaga
9. Moon Fever
10. Don’t Be Light
11. How Does it Make you Feel
12. Once Upon A Time
13. Alone in Kyoto
16. Le soleil est près de Moi
17. Land Me
1. Planet Vega
4. The Duelist featuring Charlotte Gainsbourg & Jarvis Cocker
5. High Point
6. Au fond du rêve doré featuring Françoise Hardy
7. Danger Zone
8. Indian Summer
9. The Way You Look Tonight
10. Roger Song (Previously unreleased)
11. J’ai dormi sous l’eau (live BBC 1998)
12. Remember (David Withaker version)
13. Trente millions d’amis (live KCRW 1998)
14. Adis Abebah (Previously unreleased)
1. Ollano – Latitudes
2. Crustration – Purple (La Femme d’argent Mix)
3. Neneh Cherry – Kootchi (Air Remix)
4. Depeche Mode – Home (Air ‘Around The Golf’ Remix)
5. David Bowie – A Better Future (Remix by Air) (4:56)
6. Beck – Heaven Hammer (Missing Remixed by AIR)
7. MGMT – It’s Working (Air Remix)
8. Nosferatu (Remix by The Flower Pistols)
9. Money Mark – Rock in the Rain
This year’s festival takes place from June 9th to 11th and features headliners Air, Sigur Ros, PJ Harvey, Beach House, Brian Wilson, Moderat, Animal Collective and more among them. No Radiohead or LCD Soundsystem as Barcelona but that was to be expected.
Tickets are €90 now and I will say Porto is a lovely city to visit if you need an excuse.
Primavera Porto lineup 2016
Animal Collective (US)
Bardo Pond (US)
Beach House (US)
The Black Madonna (US)
Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds (US)
Car Seat Headrest (US)
Cass McCombs (US)
Dinosaur Jr. (US)
Drive Like Jehu (US)
Empress Of (US)
Explosions In The Sky (US)
Floating Points (live) (UK)
Fort Romeau (UK)
Freddie Gibbs (US)
Holly Herndon (US)
Julia Holter (US)
Linda Martini (PT)
Mueran Humanos (DE)
Neil Michael Hagerty & the Howling Hex (US)
Parquet Courts (US)
PJ Harvey (UK)
Royal Headache (AU)
Sensible Soccers (PT)
Sigur Rós (IS)
Titus Andronicus (US)
Ty Segall and The Muggers (US)
U.S. Girls (US)
White Haus (PT)
Wild Nothing (US)
I spend most of my day listening to music of all tempos and styles, so when I get close to the night, and bed is calling, I rarely put on music. I used to fall asleep with headphones in my ears but those times are gone and sleep is more precious. Occasionally, my head will be buzzing too much with work and plans that I can’t relax. Music can help then.
Here’s a 3-hour Spotify playlist featuring music for such an occasion, for sleep-inducing, quiet times, for background noise, for night-marches into a deep consciousness or whatever you’re having your self.
It features music, ambient, atmospheric and minimal from Aphex Twin, M83, Brian Eno, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Jon Hopkins, Ebauche, Burial, John Foxx, Julianna Barwick, Tangerine Dream, Air, Stars Of The Lid, Boards Of Canada, Harold Budd, Laraaji, Arca, Nils Frahm and more. It will be updated again in future so subscribe. In the meantime, press shuffle and drift off when appropriate.
Next up on the themed playlists? Halloween, Running, morning time or something else? Let me know.
. A list of recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin.
Shows from Girls, Hockey, Air, Jesca Hoop, Valerie Francis amongst others this week. The State Social #2 takes place downstairs in the Shebeen Chic and a mega-lineup for a fiver takes place in Andrew’s Lane on Friday with Super Extra Bonus Party, Rubberbandits, Nakatomi Towers, The Cast of Cheers and Enemies. Poster above. Sample MP3s below too.
Au Revoir Simone have a remix album of The Bird of Music out on November 11th called Reverse Migration which features remixes amongst others from Jean-Benoît Dunckel of Air, Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip, The Teenagers, Best Fwends and this gratifying Ruff and Jam remix of ‘Lark’. The band are currently working on a follow-up to The Bird of Music.
What an amazing picture! If you look closely at the screen, she’s playing with FRACTALS! What a trippy office!
Anyway, here are nine songs for your bank holiday weekend.
Another high-quality Four Tet remix, I’ve become convinced he can turn his remix hand to any genre and we will come out spoiled. This track is a 9-minute menacing synth-driven opus that allows intricate Battles guitar lines to satellite an ever-pulsing beat.
Diplo remixing THE DECEMBERISTS!?! That doesn’t sound right and truthfully this remix is fairly weak by Diplo’s standards. I’ve included it more out of curiousity than quality. There are other remixes for this single from Junior Boys and Rob da Bank also.