I was surfing the net for something musical to excite me the other day and I thought "Have Finders Keepers released any 'old stuff' this year that I might have missed?" Now I don't remember the answer to that. I did however discover these Finders Keepers Radio Podcasts. The 10th anniversary show reminded me of where my head was at in the mid 00s. The only current stuff I was into then was Animal Collective and Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti give or take a Deerhoof or two. I didn't engage with Grime (except for Dizzee, The Streets & Lady SOV, call me commercial) or Dubstep at the time so I got into this weird old stuff that was being reissued by Finders Keepers and the likes of Trunk Records plus others. I definitely recommend listening to this podcast but it's a weird old game for sure. So you go back in time 10 years and hear stuff that was already old by 30+ years old then. Talk about atemporal. Reminiscing about reminiscing about stuff that was unheard by you but reminiscable by others from around the globe. Then I had a little look at my cd collection and realised I had over 30 releases with the Finders Keepers label!!! So obviously, I liked it a lot. With these guys it's a bit like autism, they're slow on the uptake but once it's all behind them they can really get into it. I can't imagine Votel et al. listening to Young Thug, Future, Beatking etc. now, but In 15 years time they'll be able to go back and neatly pick out what was awesome, an anomaly or really strange about the state of current southern rap though. Andy Votel's voice is incredibly close to that of another (in)famous Manc Jonny Vegas. I keep picturing him as Vegas. 808 state's Graeme Massey gets a second act on these podcasts as a possible cult comedian because he plays this character The Worm which is pure genius. The host Pete Mitchell is an actual real living embodiment of Alan Partridge which is something to behold.
Do't get me wrong Andy Votel and his cohorts have brought a lot of great music into my life. Here's my top 5 Finders Keepers releases that I own.
This is still my favorite without doubt. A few years after this was released I met someone who was perhaps 15 years my senior from Hungary. I showed her this on my I-pod during a uni lecture and to my surprise she sang along to every tune and then gave a run down of who they were, what they used to be and where they were now. She thought it was really weird that I was into this shit. I never saw her again.
Before Finders Keepers even started Czechoslovakian soundtracks were very bloody hip but they were only available on shitty bootlegs. My first purchase from Finders Keepers was the Daisies soundtrack. I think I'd seen that Czech new wave film in 91 or 92 as part of the Melbourne cinematheque programe, maybe. Anyway this one, Valerie, is a fabulously haunting Eastern European soundtrack gem from the early 70s. Gold.
This might be the best thing Finders Keepers ever released. I was only hipped to the Thai Luk Thung and Molam shit a year or 2 earlier but fuck this comp is still probably the best this genre has to offer. Pure gold.
Iranian Goddess with state of the art Middle Eastern production. I think that's all I have to say! Pre-Rev Iranian pop in excelis! Fucking heartbreaking!!!
This is also fucking great! FK released this last year and one of the best things they ever released. Here