Plaatbarak #3 - DJ Jasper & Mélomane

Plaatbarak #3 - DJ Jasper & Mélomane

04 July 2019

So, tonight it's round three of the Music Mania curated DJ sets at Monterey (Citadelpark, next to the Kiosk). Up this week are Mélomane & DJ Jasper, we did a little interview with these two and you can read it right here!

Plaatbarak deejay #1: Mélomane

1) What new record you recently bought blew you away? 

Various – Paper Boats In Puddles 

In addition to the great music, this compilation came with an interesting A3 insert: on one side it has a word processor typed precis from Stuart J. Jones that gives a run down on all the tracks, on the other side there are 6 cartoon type photocopies of local flyers from the Brighton area at the time. 

https://www.discogs.com/Various-Paper-Boats-In-Puddles/release/4336958

2) Which record is intertwined inseparably with Music Mania for you? 

Votu – Learning To Be 

A while ago, I found out that Music Mania had some backstock copies of this one and the other two YAYA records releases. Unfortunately, I managed to postpone actually buying the records for too long and now they’re all gone... 

https://www.musicmaniarecords.be/1546-votu/2746-learning-to-be/

3) Let’s go back into time. The annual holidays with your parents, a long and warm drive to the South of France. Which tape or cd was on repeat for hours in the car?

Doe Maar – Doris Day en Andere Stukken 

“Is dit allllles, woehoehoeee, is dit alles wat er is” No more words needed. 

https://www.musicmaniarecords.be/1869-doe-maar/4248-doris-day-en-andere- stukken/

4) Sunday morning, breakfast & coffee: what would be the first record you put the needle on?

G. B. Beckers – Walkman 

Guitar driven music accompanied by soft percussion. The perfect soundtrack to a lazy Sunday. 

https://www.discogs.com/G-B-Beckers-Walkman/release/12489611

5) You, a record player and a room full of music connoisseurs: which record do you put on? 

TCBE – 7000 

It’s actually a cassette tape, but I would love to hear their opinion on this DIY-trap masterpiece. 

https://www.discogs.com/TCBE-7000/release/13634338

6) Which Belgian record do you cherish the most?

Luc Van Acker – Zanna

Hard to pick one, but this cult-classic is definitely in my top 10! 

https://www.discogs.com/Luc-Van-Acker-Zanna/release/450893 

7) What record is still missing from the shelves of your collection?

Contact – Contact

Super sick German pop recorded in Vienna. Sadly not an easy one to find... 

https://www.discogs.com/Contact-Contact/release/896630

8) Which record stands out for its remarkable artwork?

Various – Uneven Paths: Deviant Pop From Europe 1980-1981 

I love the painting by Pablo Tomek on the cover. The music Jamie Tiller & RTS compiled on this one is over the top as well. 

https://www.musicmaniarecords.be/1-various/2856-uneven-paths-deviant-pop- from-europe-19801991/

9) What record will be the highlight of your set at Monterey? And why? 

Azikmen – My Baby Comes

Great lovers rock straight from France. All I’ll be needing this summer. 

https://www.discogs.com/Azikmen-My-Baby-Comes/release/8291584 

Plaatbarak DJ #2: DJ Jasper 

1) What new record you recently bought blew you away? 

‘Designer’ by  Aldous Harding. The melodies, her voice, the arrangements, the lyrics, the sound, it’s a perfect record on all levels. 

https://www.musicmaniarecords.be/2939-aldous-harding/5598-designer/

2) Which record is intertwined inseparably with Music Mania for you? 

Years before I lived in Gent I already traveled by train from Halle to visit two shops in Gent: Music Mania (in Bagattenstraat) and the comic book store De Gouden Schaar (in Serpentstraat). On one of my first visits to MM I bought the debut LP  by Slint, called ‘Tweez’. It’s the first pressing on the small label Jennifer Hartman, including the poster. I have a picture of me looking at that that record in the St Pieters trainstation on the way home, so maybe that made the memory stronger. 

https://www.musicmaniarecords.be/646-slint/

3) Let’s go back into time. The annual holidays with your parents, a long and warm drive to the South of France. Which tape or cd was on repeat for hours in the car?

My father always had a tapedeck in his car when I was a kid. He learned me to copy records to cassette when I was 9 years old. From that moment on I started making compilations for the car. The series was called ‘Toffe Liedjes’ and I believe 54 volumes have been made. Always different artists, not taped from radio, but from records that I went looking for at two libraries, friends, family, neighbours, at school… Mostly 80’s hits and new wave/pop. A typical song from that era that for me is very connected with the whole backseat car driving atmosphere could be ‘West End Girls’ by the Pet Shop Boys. 

https://www.musicmaniarecords.be/1-various/2048-100-new-wave/

4) Sunday morning, breakfast & coffee: what would be the first record you put the needle on?

I’m always waking up slowly – I need a lot of coffee – and I like the idea of Sunday being a “holy” day of rest, so it’s often instrumental music with a post-classical vibe or spiritual jazz.  ‘Journey in Satchidananda’ from Alice Coltrane with Pharaoh Sanders would be a good start. 

https://www.musicmaniarecords.be/140-alice-coltrane/270-journey-in-satchidananda/

5) You, a record player and a room full of music connoisseurs: which record do you put on? 

Even if I can’t deny that I’m a bit of a “music connoisseur” myself, that scenario sounds more like a nightmare. The most important is to be a “music lover” and it is by loving music so much that I collected all that knowledge about it, but to enjoy the music is really more essential than to know it. So, for the “music connoisseurs” I would pick a record that they all know, probably even have in their perfect collections, but that I’m not sure they love. ‘Trout Mask Replica’  from Captain Beefheart could help to clear out the room a bit so the vibe gets more relax and the real fans can freak out to the zig zag click clack blues.

https://www.musicmaniarecords.be/1103-captain-beefheart-and-his-magic-band/5649-trout-mask-replica/

6) Which Belgian record do you cherish the most?

My favourite Belgian record is probably The Honeymoon Killers/Les Tueurs De La Lune De Miel. It’s from 1982 and has a bit of the experimental post-punk vibe but with crazy covers and synthpop earworms. Although it’s very Belgian with lots of surrealistic humour this record got the band to the frontpage of the NME in UK – even stranger because they sing in French. I have the impression that nowadays more people know them, but for a long time this really was a forgotten classic. 

https://www.musicmaniarecords.be/1424-the-honeymoon-killers/2486-les-tueurs-de-la-lune-de-miel/

 
7) What record is still missing from the shelves of your collection?

I use notebooks to write down and remember all the records and artists that I am still looking for but I am not in a hurry to find them all. I am not buying from discogs or ebay, I like the experience when something from the wanting list crosses my path on a flea market or in a record shop in another country. Anyway I feel the need to visit at least one record store every week, but I don’t feel compelled to buy something each time, and my wanting list keeps growing.  One of many records that would make me happy when finding is ‘Turkish Women At The Bath’ from jazz drummer Pete La Roca. 

8) Which record stands out for its remarkable artwork?

So many records to choose. Today I’ll say ‘Space Is Only Noise’ by Nicolas Jaar. I love the title and how it corresponds with the black and white picture, that shows a lot of abstract space that becomes concrete in the left corner above with the baby in the buggy (a portrait of Nicolas himself). This artwork works best on the LP format, and I can imagine that it could persuade me to buy this album even without knowing anything about the music.

https://www.musicmaniarecords.be/305-nicolas-jaar/485-space-is-only-noise/

9) What record will be the highlight of your set at Monterey? And why? 

That’s really hard to predict because the weather and the number of people showing up will influence this as well. But I’ll try to play a set where ‘Mari’ of Martin Rev could be a highlight. It’s a very minimal simple tune, and it sounds as if it’s made on a Fisher Price keyboard, but that fuzzy sound is also very pure and even romantic. It could be the sound of some magical carousel hidden in the park or the catchy tune of an invisible ice cream truck driving in circles…   

 https://www.musicmaniarecords.be/2783-martin-rev/5260-martin-rev/

 


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