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The Veldt

The Veldt is a band from Raleigh, North Carolina.

They were signed to Capitol Records in 1989 but the label rejected their debut album, Illuminated, and the band didn’t release another one until 1994.

This long lost album was produced by Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins and now the album will finally be available.

The song “The Everlasting Gobstopper” is our first listen.

Thanks to Earl Douglas for the insight.

Sun’s Signature

The magical voice of Elizabeth Fraser has once again joyfully emerged.

Her band Cocteau Twins broke up in 1997 and we haven’t heard new music from her in years.

Teaming with Damon Reece, (the drummer of Massive Attack, Spiritualized and Echo and Bunnymen among others) they call themselves Sun’s Signature.

Expect a 5 song EP on June 18th on Record Store Day which includes this song “Golden Air”.

Star Slinger and Cocteau Twins

Star Slinger is the electronic project of Darren Williams, producer, musician, DJ and remixer, from Manchester. He recently remixed “Heaven or Las Vegas” by Cocteau Twins into a ethereal dreamy new song.

Elizabeth Fraser began my very first podcast on this site and I make no effort to disguise my love for her voice and her work with Cocteau Twins. So this remix by Star Slinger is a welcome addition to her oeuvre.

Star Slinger makes all of his music free on his website but you can also donate. He entitles this remix as “Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins Rework)” which is the Song of the Day.

From the Archives: Peace Together

Of late I’ve been combing through my 20,000+ CDs, filing and re-filing and weeding and searching and re-discovering what lies hidden in this treasure trove. I happened upon a disc entitled Peace Together, a benefit album for the youth of Northern Ireland that was released in 1993. Chances are you may never have heard of this disc. I didn’t remember it. But it features bands from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. Listen here to U2 with Lou Reed, Blur covering Elvis Costello and a beautiful version of the obscure song “Be Still”, by Peace Together, an illustrious combination of British and Irish musicians including Peter Gabriel, Sinead O’Connor, Feargal Sharkey, Jah Wobble, mixed by Robin Guthrie and featuring Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins. Peace!

U2 featuring Lou Reed-“Satellite of Love”
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Blur-“Oliver’s Army”
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Peace Together-“Be Still” (Robin Guthrie remix featuring Elizabeth Fraser)
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Evelyn Evelyn

The Breeders, Tegan & Sara, Good Charlotte, the Doves, Múm, the Veronicas, Blonde Redhead, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah all have one thing in common: twins are in the band. Move over Thompson Twins, Cocteau Twins, Olsen Twins. For the first time in rock history, just when you think that you have seen it all, conjoined twins have taken to the stage. Evelyn Evelyn debuted last night in Cambridge, Massachusetts. United with two arms, two voices, four eyes, and one liver (oh pity that liver), Evelyn and Evelyn sang and played piano, ukulele and accordion as the stunned audience heard the story of their tragic life. Yes it was somewhat of a freak show, but then isn’t most rock partly a freak show? Coming to a town near you soon, Evelyn Evelyn have just released their self-titled album. “My Space” is taken from this disc. As Mick Jagger once intoned: “but what can two poor girls do, but sing for a rock ‘n’ roll band”.

“My Space”
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Elizabeth Fraser/Cocteau Twins

Thinking of Elizabeth Fraser, the artist who begins Podcast #1, one Sunday evening while I was hosting my new music show “Nocturnal Emissions” on WBCN, Cocteau Twins came to visit. All three: Liz, Robin Guthrie and Simon Raymond. During a break in the interview, I played a number of my favorite CT songs back-to-back, which they found fascinating, as the concept of a segue on UK radio was nonexistent. Elizabeth’s voice was oh-so gentle and delicate.

From my collection here is a signed CD Single Boxed Set.





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