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Tuesday, 15 December 2009

The Who - Superbowl Performance


Continuing the trend of big rock acts for the superbowl half time performance this time round it is The Who on 7th February 2010, sadly no news of additional dates or new material to go with the performance....

David Byrne - Strange new album


As you may have seen I am a huge fan of David Byrne and Brian Eno's album Everything That Happens Will Happen Today......his follow up album is scheduled for release in February and sounds very strange indeed. A collaboration with Fatboy Slim it is a collection of songs about Imelda Marcos!!

Here is the tracklist and as you can see a stunning list of vocalists on the project:

TRACK LIST:

CD 1

1. HERE LIES LOVE
Vocal by Florence Welch (Florence + The Machine)

2. EVERY DROP OF RAIN
Vocals by Candie Payne & St. Vincent

3. YOU’LL BE TAKEN CARE OF
Vocal by Tori Amos

4. THE ROSE OF TACLOBAN
Vocal by Martha Wainwright

5. HOW ARE YOU?
Vocal by Nellie McKay

6. A PERFECT HAND
Vocal by Steve Earle

7. ELEVEN DAYS
Vocal by Cyndi Lauper

8. WHEN SHE PASSED BY
Vocal by Allison Moorer

9. WALK LIKE A WOMAN
Vocal by Charmaine Clamor

10. DON’T YOU AGREE?
Vocal by Róisín Murphy

11. PRETTY FACE
Vocal by Camille

12. LADIES IN BLUE
Vocal by Theresa Andersson

CD 2

1. DANCING TOGETHER
Vocal by Sharon Jones

2. MEN WILL DO ANYTHING
Vocal by Alice Russell

3. THE WHOLE MAN
Vocal by Kate Pierson

4. NEVER SO BIG
Vocal by Sia

5. PLEASE DON’T
Vocal by Santigold

6. AMERICAN TROGLODYTE
Vocal by David Byrne

7. SOLANO AVENUE
Vocal by Nicole Atkins

8. ORDER 1081
Vocal by Natalie Merchant

9. SEVEN YEARS
Vocals by David Byrne & Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond)

10. WHY DON'T YOU LOVE ME?
Vocals by Cyndi Lauper & Tori Amos

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Steve Earle - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall


Almost out of gigs for 2009 and this was one of the good ones. Steve Earle was resplendant with large beard and nice shiny new teeth! The performance was excellent, solo acoustic, over 2 hours and a great set list mixing the material from Townes with his back catalogue.

Hope Michael does not mind me nicking his photo - as you can see we had great seats!

Friday, 13 November 2009

Great free download compilation

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/navigator--reveal-records-mixtape-giveaway-1819588.html

Many great artists!

Friday, 30 October 2009

Complete U2 Concert Video

Sit back and relax and enjoy Bono and the boys rock Pasadena Rose Bowl for a 2hr+ set.

Though I am not quite sure why they don't drop down from the claw to start the set.....



Setlist:
Breathe
Get On Your Boots
Magnificent
Mysterious Ways
Beautiful Day / In God’s Country (snippet) / God Only Knows (snippet) / The Maker (snippet)
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / Stand By Me (snippet)
Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of
No Line On The Horizon
Elevation
In A Little While
Unknown Caller
Until The End Of The World
The Unforgettable Fire
City Of Blinding Lights
Vertigo / It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It) (snippet)
I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight / Two Tribes (snippet)
Sunday Bloody Sunday
MLK
Walk On / You’ll Never Walk Alone (snippet)
Encore:
One / Amazing Grace (snippet)
Where The Streets Have No Name
Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
With Or Without You
Moment of Surrender

Friday, 23 October 2009

Fleetwood Mac - Glasgow SECC



Have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the show last night by Fleetwood Mac. It was basically a greatest hits sets but there were a couple of nice "less obvious" tracks thrown in which was really good. Ms Nicks was absoilutely the diva, Lindsey Bukingham incredibly intense and Mick Fleetwood wonderfully powerfull and eccentric on the drums. Here are some photos and clips:






Head over here for a great review:










Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Celtic connections

A simply outstanding line up for Jan 2010. Get along to the website before they sell out.

Ry Cooder
Natalie Merchant
Kim Richey with Boo Hewerdien
Texas Songwriters featuring Tom Rusell, Slaid Cleaves etc.

Fantastic!

Friday, 16 October 2009

Forgotten album Friday #11 - Southside Johnny Trilogy



I wanted to elect one of the Southside Johnny albums for the Forgotten Album Friday slot but simply could not choose between the first three albums which are all classics - albeit for different reasons.


Southside is of course associated to a great extent with Springsteen and the Boss has appeared on stage with him and on his records frequently over the years.

The first album "I Don't Want To Go Home" is a tour de force of Southside Johnny and The Jukes style of upbeat tracks with a horn driven RnB sound. Rolling Stone called this album the best album no one has ever heard. Produced by Steve Van Zandt the album features some cracking cover versions plus some Springsteen and van Zandt originals. You Mean So Much to Me has a cracking duet with Ronnie Spector.

Key tracks :

The Fever
I Don't want To Go Home
You Mean So Much To Me




The second album " This Time It's For Real" features in the main van Zandt compositions and 3 Springsteen / van Zandt compositions which in fairness are little more than Springsteen leftovers tidied up by van Zandt. Nonetheless that band and particularly the horns are in superb form throughout this album and guests spots from the Drifters and The Coasters lend some vocal class to proceedings.

Key tracks:

This Time It's For Real
Love On The Wrong Side Of Town
When You dance

In the words of Michael Jackson(!!!) as far as Hearts of Stone goes - This Is it!! A stunning album with writing producing and playing which is just about on par with anything the Boss himself has produced. The title track is performed with incredible passion both by Southside and the band. The album was released only a couple of months after Darkness and they are very similar album using the "4 corners" approach that Springsteen used when sequencing both Darkness and Born To Run. van Zandt brings his best songs to this album and there is literally not a weak track on it.

Key Tacks:

Hearts of Stone
Trapped again
The Light Don't Shine

Springsteen Seaside Bar Song In Philly

Amazingly Springsteen opened the set with Seasisde Bar Song - only the second time this song has ever been played live, the last time being in 1973!

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Tom Waits - Glitter and Dome Tour


An excellent opportunity to download 8 free tracks from the forthcoming live lp:

http://www.tomwaits.com/THE_PILL/email.php?campaign=https://app.topspin.net/api/v1/artist/1029/campaign/10019835&fan=https://app.topspin.net/api_v1_fan/show/1982262%3Fartist_id%3D1029%26auth%3D9e80c8c9cfece6e2de5c93df933367fd&has_media=true

Sunday, 11 October 2009

The Duke and The King

Hope you caught the Simon Felices new band Duke and The King on the Jools Holland show. Album of the year?

Check out the Felice Brothers records as well!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DLyx_bkQAA&feature=player_embedded

Friday, 9 October 2009

Forgotten Album Friday #10 - Del Amitri, Can You Do Me Good


I was reminded of the brilliance of this album, thanks to a post by Radio Nowhere.

This album is a real pre-cursor, I think, to Justin Curries solo album. Not only that I think this is as good as anything Del Amitri produced, and yet it bombed! Right at the time they were needing some commercial success.

Can You Do Me Good was a real step forward for the band both in the quality of material and the feel of the record. The production gives the album a really good modern sound, using loops, drum machines and assorted effects as a counterpoint to the bands rock edge.

Curries lyrics as ever are caustic, witty and observant. I found this great listener review on amazon:

The songs gradually grow on you and plant themselves in your head. The opener, "Just before you Leave" carries on where "Cry to be Found" left off - shimmering strings and wonderful vocals from Justin Currie, it's a peach of a song and is how songs really should be - soulful, heartfelt and, hey! call me a traditionalist, tuneful.
There are some great songs which follow on - "Buttons on My Clothes" could be perceived as just another "oh no, she's gone and left me" kinda song but a real sense of loss is portrayed in the song and, if there was any justice in this world, it would be a number one single...but we all know that ain't ever gonna happen.
"Wash Her Away"'s riff is as rough as the sentiments in the song. "Out Falls the Past" is simple and brilliant. And as for the closer, "Just Getting By", it's another example of the Dels knack of writing a song which can tug at your heart strings and make you feel good about life all at the same time. Justin's vocals on this song alone are worth the price of the album. Yes, Robbie would kill for this song!

This album can do you a great deal of good!






Key tracks:

Drunk In A Band
Just Before You Leave
Buttons On My Clothes
Just Getting Bye

Great Roseanne Cash Session

http://beta.wnyc.org/thegreenespace/events/2009/sep/23/soundcheck-live-broadcast-rosanne-cash/

Reaklly looking forward to this album with the great duet with the Boss on Sea of Heartache.

Friday, 2 October 2009

Dylans Christmas Album

I am not really sure what to say.

Forgotten Album Friday #9 - Boo Hewerdine and Darden Smith, Evidence


I hope anyone popping by here will know quite a bit about former Bible lead man Boo Hewerdine and his solo work and also his collaborations with many different folky artists. This album is probably less known and Boo collaborates with Darden Smith Austin, Texas, an altogether grittier country artist.

Cut live in fourteen days with a group of musicians which included guitarist Sonny Landreth of John Hiatt's Goners – Evidence is a brilliant mix of British folky pop and Americana. It works. Evidence is probably my favourite Boo track and he really pushes himself hitting the words of disappointment and betrayal as if he reall was in the middle of these emotions. The same can be said for the desire that drips from Smith's roughshod drawl on "All I Want (Is Everything),".

Again an album which focuses on lost love, betrayal and regret. It is probably a bit of a dark album but an absolute favourite of mine. If you are a fan of either artist check this out!

Evidenceeeeeee!!


http://www.boohewerdine.org/mp3/56k/Evidence.mp3


Key tracks:

Evidence
All I Wants Is Everything
Remind Me (A Little of You)
Who, What, Where and Why?

Thursday, 1 October 2009

New Springsteen Song - Wrecking Ball

This will possibly be a one off as it is written to commemorate the forthcoming bulldozing of Giants Stadium

Bruce Springsteen performs his new song Wrecking Ball at Giants Stadium

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Gene Clark, Iain Anderson Show - Lyric of The Week

last week the lyric set was:

"If the falling tide
Can turn and then recover
All alone we must
Be part of one another"

It is of course from the magnificent title track to Gene Clark's No Other Album. i am glad they took up my suggestion as cunningly of course Iain played the track! Hurrah.

Whilst thinking about the Gene Clark album I saw that Soulsavers were playing Some Misunderstanding in the encore to their recent live set which would be great to hear. I also came across a great review by David Bennun of the No Other lp which had the following great piece:

"How could a record this good, this gorgeous, this inspired exist for almost 20 years without you even having heard of it? You, who know so much about pop music that people are prepared to give you money to air your opinions. Derisory sums of money, it's true, but what the heck, you'd pay to do it if you had to. Not for the first nor last time, it occurs to you that maybe you're not as well-informed as you might have thought. Maybe you are, in fact, an ignorant slob. But you're an ignorant slob who knows out-and-out magnificence when you hear it. By the end of the journey, you're on your third play of No Other and (this is truly a first) you don't want the train ride to end. You are as close to being happy as you will ever be on your own at six o'clock in the morning."

you can read the rest of his article and many other good pieces by him here:

http://bennun.biz/musicfeat/noother.html

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Springsteen hits 60

well can't let it pass without a wee comment. Amazing to think he is 60 with the energy and committment he is still putting into his shows. I accept that WOAD is not his best album but Magic is up there and he is still producing great work.

A couple of clips in celebration:



Leonard Cohen - not seriously unwell

I am pleased to see that after his collapse on stage last week (scary looking footage) old LC is alive and well and due back on stage tonight. Food poisoning apparently!

Friday, 18 September 2009

Forgotten Album Friday #8 - Pete Townsend, All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes


Not my normal kind of thing, I suppose, but I have always been a huge Who fan and a great admirer of Pete Townsend.



This album was release, I think between the Who's Face Dances and It's Hard. It is completely different than those albums with much more of an 80's pop / synth feel to it. Throughout the album Pete is clearly very introspected especially on the absolute key track The Sea Refuses No River.

This is far from Pete's best work....but that is not always the point!!

The eagle eared among you may spot the future Big Country Rhythm section of Mark Breziki and Tony Butler in brilliant form throughout this album.

Key tracks

The Sea Refuses No River
Slit Skirts
Somebody Saved Me
Face Dances Pt.2



Mark Erelli, Ethan Johns, Ray Lamontange, Josh Ritter



I am horribly late in posting this but a few of us were at a great gig in Usher Hall, Edinburgh with these great artists. I have to admit I was there principally to see Josh Ritter and I think a good section of the audience was as well. That said the headline act, Ray Lamontange, was really good. But no-one can touch Josh and if I was a performer he would be one of the last guys I would have as support!




The hall was very dark, principally I think because Ray is so shy, but I took some clips and photos anyway - not good quality I am afraid. Great gig all round though.


video

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Bob Dylan Rollong Thunder Review - Hurricane Carter Concert

Check out this link for a stream of an absolutely amazing Dylan 75 gig from Mdiison Square Garden. If you have Bootleg series Vol.5 you will enjoy this.

http://concerts.wolfgangsvault.com/dt/the-rolling-thunder-revue-concert/50457-6061.html?utm_source=NL&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=090911

The set list is just out of this world.

Here is a clip of Baez performing Diamons and Rust from the gig:



And

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Josh Ritter

I am so looking forward to seeing Josh on Tuesday. As a support act!! Grrrr

In case you needed reminding of how good this guy is..

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

David Gray with Neil MacColl plugging new CD - Live mini set


Pretty much as it says really - follow the link for a clip of David Gray singing tracks from his forthcoming CD Draw The Line




Thge new material sounds really quite strong to me - an artist I really like but I know he gets bad press!


Sunday, 16 August 2009

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Runnin' Down A Dream Documentary Film

I spent this weekend (well part of it) watching the Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers film / DVD "Runnin' Down A Dream". Four hours of footage including some fantastic behind the scenes footage including band, solo, with Stevie nicks, with the travelling willburys, etc etc some great material. It is a brilliant film and I heartily recommend it to any rock fans - not just Petty fans.

On the music I had honestly forgotten how good some of his material is and his iuntegrity and determination shine through.

The 4 disc set is available at a good price right now.

Here is the trailer:

Nanci Griffith - The Loving Kind




I picked up the new Nanci Griffith album during the week and after a few plays I would say it is pretty good and generally a return to form, I think she seems to have gone back to basics a little bit and has done away with the overwrought and overproduced arrangements which have characterised her work, probably since Late Night Grande Hotel.




In the sleeve notes, Griffith frankly acknowledges: ''During the past few years, I'd lost something in my heart for writing songs'', and harmony vocalist Peter Cooper says he realised part way through the making of The Loving Kind that, ''Nanci Griffith was writing folk songs again''.




The songs are simple and uplifting for the most part and in feel it reminds me a lot of Little Love Affairs.




The track listing is as follows:





1 The Loving Kind
2 Money Changes Everything
3 One of These Days
4 Up Against the Rain
5 Cotton
6 Not Innocent Enough
7 Across America
8 Party Girl
9 Sing
10 Things I Don't Need
11 Still Life
12 Tequila After Midnight
13 Pour Me a Drink
This EPK should give you agreat feel for the album.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

David Byrne - Edinburgh Playhouse

Another fantastic gig by David Byrne, after my 10/10 review for his April 2009 gig at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall I am delighted to say this was another absolutely superb performance from a band who know the material inside out and are just so polished and so talented. It was brilliant.....though as I usually find the Edinburgh audience took a really long time to get on their feet and really enjoy the show. The set was, as you would expected for such a heavily choreographed show, very similar to the Glasgow one but a couple of nice changes including Road to Nowhere in the encore. Will post the set list and photos / video clip in the morning!

I cannot locate a definitive set list I am afraid.


Great review here:

http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/david-byrne-playhouse-edinburgh-1770228.html





Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Tutti Frutti - Released At Last

Without doubt one of the best programmes to come out of Scotland the magnificent Tutti Frutti has long last been released on DVD by the BBC. I think there were a load of legal problems around the release being sanctioned but thankfully these have been resolved.

The acting and the script are just wonderful and combines great (Scottish/Glasgow) humours and rock'n'roll, can't get much better!

Basically the BBC description of this show sums it up: "This was a corking comedy-drama featuring dazzling Decalogue and all-round knock-out performances. Robbie Coltrane was particularly outstanding as the rotund but sexy Danny, and Emma Thompson was appealing as the sharp, strong and independent Suzi. Their romance was played out against a background of funny, dramatic and touching scenes depicting a band, well past its best-by date, suddenly finding a new lease of life. Adding to the heady brew was Richard Wilson as the Majestics' hilariously dour manager Eddie (almost a prototype Victor Meldrew), and Katy Murphy as his lippy secretary Janis Toner. A joy."

Friday, 31 July 2009

Forgotten album Friday #7 - Shawn Colvin Cover Girl


Shawn Colvin is a horribly under-rated artist. She has some fantastic material of her own of course but I think she is a wonderful interpreter of other people songs, especially some of the Americana classics like Steve Earle's Fearless Heart. Apart from the cover of Sting's ghastly Every Little Thing....this is a fantastic album with every song worth hearing, lovely vocals, stunning harmonies and beautiful playing and production.

Many of these songs are live and the recording quality is astounding. The quality of the songs is tremendous music and the album notes that Shawn picked the songs very carefully. This album is pure emotion, talent, a stool, a guitar...and with the voice to carry it off.

If you get the chance check out the Cd ep's from this time with some brilliant live tracks, some including Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Key Tracks:

One Cool Remove (with MCC)
Looking for The Heart of Saturday Night
Someday
Killing The Blues

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Van Morrison Sweet Thing Live

Nice to remind ourselves how brilliant The Man is:

New bap Kennedy Album


Really looking forward to this new release from Bap Kennedy. Here are his thoughts on his inspiration:


I was a seven year old Belfast cowboy trying to stay awake in the early hours of July 20 1969 for the first footsteps on the moon. When I woke up they were on their way home. One month later it was already old news as Jimi Hendrix brought Woodstock to a close with Hey Joe - and the freaky decade so full of promise staggered into a troubled 1970 with a massive hangover.
Nearly 40 years later I began to write some songs that grew into the lunar voyages/1969 inspired album that has come to be known as ‘Howl On’. And all because of a book called Moon Dust, that I devoured by the light of a log fire DVD at the start of a strange lonesome year in London. The Apollo missions and the 60’s were suddenly fresh, wonderful, insane and large as life to me, a man now in his forties - slightly older than the crew of Apollo 11 when they landed on the Sea of Tranquility.
What had become of these men and what had they experienced? How could such a momentous event be reduced to an MTV logo? I was lonely and crazy for love and becoming obsessed by the whole saga. I watched every documentary I could find on the subject and inevitably there was Jimi somewhere in the soundtrack - a reminder of the far out counter culture backdrop of the space race and the Cold War.
And so it was that I immersed myself in the lives of the chosen few who went up there and didn’t care if they never came back. I was in love with America as a child and when I finally got to New York in 1989 as a professional musician I wasn’t disappointed. I’d forgotten all about cowboy suits and spacemen by then, enthralled by the 24 hour bars beside Port Authority.
Gradually America wore me down and I fell out of love with the best and worst of everything. But now maybe things are changing. As a new spirit began to filter over in early 2009 I recorded my own take on Hey Joe during the ‘Howl On’ sessions. Furthermore in a cosmic coincidence I managed to get the legendary Henry McCullough, the only Irishman who performed at Woodstock, to play guitar on my version of the Hendrix classic.
And so now I’m starting to feel that good times are ahead and inspiration is flowing again, not just in me but in the world. The feeling that anything is possible if we just put our minds to it.
We went to the moon didn’t we? All of us.
Bap Kennedy 2009



Album Track Inspiration



America On the night of July 20th 1969, I tried to stay awake for the first Moonwalk, but the comforting and reassuring cowboy voices from Mission Control lulled me into a peaceful sleep. In my seven year old mind, all good th ings came from America. I wanted to be American and live in the sunshine.



Cold War Country Blues Was there a Space Race instead of a nuclear war between Russia and America? Maybe. The frontiersmen who went to the moon took country music to new heights. The pay was terrible but the view was incredible.



The Right Stuff Dedicated to the ancient order of astronauts, the bravest of the brave - and especially to Pete Conrad who was “the best man I ever knew” (Neil Armstrong)



Irish Moon

Michael Collins was the 3rd crew member of Apollo 11. Back in ‘69 when I heard his name I assumed he was Irish. Buzz and Neil got all the glory - but Mick got them home. He had a poem by John Gillespie Magee tucked in his pocket as he travelled to the dark side all on his own.


The Blue One They went to the moon and discovered the Earth, a beautiful jewel hanging in the void. Inspired by a photo taken by Voyager, the deep space probe. Before it left our solar system it turned around and took a picture of where it had come from. And finally there we were, our planet a tiny point of light in the vastness - the Blue One.



Hey Joe A cosmic country take on the classic rock song that finished off Woodstock and the 60’s. Featuring Henry McCullough, the only Irishman to play at Woodstock on muscular guitar.



Howl OnThe mighty universe can seem like a very small place when your heart is broken. And nothing can stand in the way of Love.



One of Those DaysWhat do you do after you’ve been to the Moon? Have one hell of a mid-life crisis.



Brave Captain To see the Earth as it truly is. To risk everything including being forgotten when the next hero comes along. Dedicated to the crew of Apollo 8 who saw an Earthrise for the first time and brought home the photographic treasure for all Mankind.


The Heart of Universal Love Milton, Paradise Lost and the contemplations of an astronaut as he considers the philosophical implications of standing on the barren Moon and looking up at the Earth, a beautiful Eden in the blackness.



Last Adventure Surely there can be no greater adventure than going to the moon. If you get back alive maybe it’s time to hang up your helmet and take it easy.


Ballad of Neil Armstrong In my imagination the commander of Apollo 11 considers an angelic presence as he voyages towards the Moon and a lifetime of unwanted celebrity. (A model of the strong silent type, Neil had suffered the tragic loss of his young daughter before the Apollo Missions became the focus of his life)





Maria McKee with Mark Olson and Gary Louris

This is a great video clip of Maria McKee performing with the Jayhawks, well Mark and Gary anyway from the album she recorded with them. No the best track on the album but nice to see this performance:


Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Roddy Hart on BBC Radio Scotland

If you get the chance listen in between 10.30 and 12:30. Great music.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

The Delta Sweete!


At long last I have secured a copy of The Delta Sweete by Bobbie Gentry, the sleeve wholly abused, the vinyl perfect!


The details:



Side 1:
Okolona River Bottom Band {Bobbie Gentry} (2:57)
Big Boss Man {Al Dixon & A. Smith} (2:56)
Reunion {Bobbie Gentry} (2:35)
Parchman Farm {Mose Allison} (3:00)
Mornin' Glory {Bobbie Gentry} (2:57)
Sermon {Bobbie Gentry} (2:41)
Side 2:
Tobacco Road {John D. Loudermilk} (2:50)
Penduli Pendulum {Bobbie Gentry} (2:55)
Jessye' Lisabeth {Bobbie Gentry} (3:00)
Refractions {Bobbie Gentry} (2:20)
Louisiana Man {Doug Kershaw} (2:35)
Courtyard {Bobbie Gentry} (2:58


(DELTA SWEETE - back cover notes)


Her Second Album! BOBBY GENTRY performs THE DELTA SWEETE sweet is a suite is a sweete...In the heat of last summer, a dark-eyed, dark-haired girl wrote and sang a moving "Ode To Billie Joe" that made the country come alive for millions of people who might not have thought about it their whole lives.And all summer long and through the autumn that followed, everybody praised the subtle intensity of the song, and talked and wrote about the exciting talent of the girl. Her path was stunningly swift: from records to television to films to worldwide fame. Virtually every major news magazine did a feature on her. Mademoiselle gave her the M'lle Award as one of the outstanding women of the year. And everybody everywhere looked forward to her next creative effort.Paying tribute to Hopkins. Allison, Reed, Diddley and Gentry, here is Bobbie Gentry's next. Here is the dust, the fragrance, the molasses, grits and grit, the love, sorrow and humor of the Delta country.And here are the people, young and old, bad and good, from Monday to Sunday....etched in unforgettable images by an immensely perceptive young lady. Here is Bobbie Gentry and here is her "Delta Sweete." And that's about all anybody ought to need to say.
From another era or what! Great stuff.
The album itself is a concept album about white southern life and the tracks all flow into each other. It has huge emotional power and ranges from the funk of Oklahoma River Bottom Band through to a haunting tale of an imprisoned woman with spares arrangements in the track called Courtyard.

Friday, 24 July 2009

Forgotten Album Friday #6 - The Clash, Give Em Enough Rope




The traditional wisdom is that this album was sandwiched between two classic punk / new wave albums in "The Clash" and "London Calling" and there is some merit in this point of view. However that has led to what I think is an absolute classic album to be More or less completely overlooked, certainly as far as most casual listeners are concerned and there appears little in the way of a re-visit in the way some of the other Clash material has been.



The album was released in November 1978 followed very quickly by the lead single Tommy Gun and within a year the Clash had peaked (?) releasing The Cost of Living ep and were about to unleash the magnificent London Calling lp.




The album was recorded after a particularly hair raising experience for the group in Jamaica and
tensions in the studio were obviously channeled out positively into the songs, and they emerge spitting fire and defiance, refusing to lie down.


This would be a 5 star album if the Classic-Clash triumvirate of 'White Man (in Hammersmith Palais)', 'Complete Control' and 'Clash City Rockers' had been originally included (some of the greatest music the UK has ever produced!) but that's being greedy. It stands up just fine without outsiders and is only slightly a lesser cousin to The Clash and London Calling. 'Safe European Home', 'Tommy Gun' 'Cheapskates' and the corny Mick Jones ballad 'Stay Free' all tick the classic Brit-Rock boxes.
Key tracks:
Safe European Home
Tommy Gun
All The Young Punks (new boots and Contracts)
Pressure Drop (b-side)
Guns On The Roof








Thursday, 23 July 2009

First Half of 2009

Bob Dylan - Beyond Here Lies Nothin'
The Low Anthem - To Ohio
Manic Street Preachers - This Joke Sport Severed
God Help The Girl - Funny Little Frog
Malcolm Middleton – Red Travellin Socks
Buddy and Julie Miller – Don’t say Goodbye (with Patti Griffin)
Richard Hawley – Troublesome Waters
Indigo Girls – Love of Our Lives
Bonnie Prince Billy – Beware Your Only Friend
Bruce Springsteen – Last Carnival
U2 - Magnificent
Julie Feeney - Love Is A Tricky Thing
Camera Obscura – French Navy
Morrissey - I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris
M Ward - Rave On
Marianne Faithful - Sing Me Back Home
The Decemberists - Isn't It A Lovely Night
Steve Earle - No Place To Fall

Leela James

Not my normal kind of thing but what a performance!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lrtnmysr2U

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Justin Rutledge - Man Descending


Yet again I am indebted to my friend Michael for pointing me in the direction of an absolutely outstanding album by an artist who I don't recall hearing of (but Michael will have pointed him out to me before).

Justin Rutledge I know very little of but can tell you that if you like Ryan Adams, Jayhawks, Ron Sexsmith, Josh Ritter and maybe even Justin Currie............you will simply love this awesome album called Man Descending.

Key tracks for me on what is to be fair a weekend on which I have bought or been given some excellent music:

St Peter

Greenwich Time

Honey Houses

I hope to update this post shortly.....but in the meantime the Amazon blurb is:

"Continuing his quest to infuse country music with his love for the literary world, Justin Rutledge returns with his third album, a collection of songs that focus on the quieter, darker spaces in between our everyday lives. Inspired by the 1982 book by Guy Vanderhaeghe, the album follows ten characters down certain half-deserted avenues of their lives where they encounter alternate sides of themselves of which they are relatively unfamiliar. As each character re-evaluates their lot in life, the songs tend to function as questions rather than answers. Rutledge's debut album, No Never Alone, was released to critical acclaim in the UK and Canada and his second The Devil on a Bench in Stanley Park), was released to equal acclaim, including a Juno nomination, the Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Edmonton Folk Festival, and a tip of the hat from Toronto's NOW Magazine, who hailed Rutledge as the best Toronto songwriter of 2006."

The Delta Sweete


Iain Anderson played two tracks on his show last week (Radio Scotland, should be available on Internet) and they were great! Very good of him to pander to my request....and the good news is it looks like a copy has been secured and is winging it's way to me just now! As a total aside I believe that the CD compilation that Iain played the tracks from is an unofficial copy probably from Australia which makes you wonder even more why an official copy cannot be made available?!!

Friday, 17 July 2009

Forgotten Album Friday #5 - Mark Olson, The Salvation Blues



Back after a little bit of a Boss enforced hiatus the Forgotten Album Friday is back and this time with another recent release which seemed to slip under most peoples radar.

A magnificent solo album from former Jayhawk Mark Olson, The Salvation Blues is a superb return to the style of music perfected with the band. The album is very personal following the break up of his marriage and loss of his home and is easily the best work Mark Olson has done since he was with the Jayhawks. This record shows the heartbreak he has recently encountered, but all the time there is a message behind the music, that there is something better coming along and he is ready for whatever that is. Through the heartbreak this is hope, and well, salvation.

On 3 tracks his former partner Gary Louris offers up great vocal harmonies including Poor Michael's Boat, one of the album's standout tracks and a track . The duo record came out the following year and these tracks were very much a taste of what was to come.

Highly recommended for anyone who loves singer-songwriter, from the heart and for all Jayhawks fans.

Key tracks:
Clifton Bridge,
Salvation Blues,
Sandy Denny
Poor Michael's Boat.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

The Go-Betweens

I am grateful to Daniel Wylie for pointing me in the direction of the Go-Betweens. On the strength of his advice I have bought The Best of the go - Betweens and their outstanding album 16 Lovers Lane with the top single Streets of Your Town.

I will need to delve a bit deeper but it seems the band was basically a duo of Australians Grant McLennan and Robert Foster augmented over the years by various musicians some permanent and some not so. McLennan sadly died of a heart attack in 2006 at a very young 39.

Here are a couple of links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Go-Betweens

http://www.go-betweens.net/




Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Springsteen Hampden


Well that is that. My mini Boss tour of Europe is over and what a high to end on after the shows in Munich and Dublin with a fantastic set at Hampden Park in Glasgow. I was a wee bit apprehensive as I have been talking up Bruce and the Band for 30 odd years to anyone who would listen, and frankly a few who did not care to! The greatest live act in the world I claimed and with about 40 friend s, relatives and colleagues in the audience this was the moment. Would they Bomb!!! Not a chance.

The Hampden roar greeted the Band as Nils Lofgren started the set with Flower of Scotland on the accordion before blistering renditions of Badlands, Out In The Street and Shes The One. It has been amazing to see Outlaw Pete performed on this tour as it has quickly become a live classic (it has to be said praise for this song has not been universal following the release of WOAD)and tonight the reception was again amazing from the audience. More great tracks were greeted with growing rapture from the crowd and the "requests" section brought the highlight of the night for the long time fans with Incident on 57Th Street, for most of us the first time having heard this masterpiece live. Loved it.

By the time of the encores Hampden was literally jumping. Great review in the Glasgow Herald from which I borrow:

"This was not, however, a crowd that simply cared for the hits and headed for the bar during more obscure numbers. Nearly every song was greeted with wild approval, and you suspect that even if his on-stage entrance hadn't been to Flower of Scotland, the adulation would have remained. A glance across the throng saw both Saltires and Stars and Stripes being held aloft, while everyone from fresh-faced children and teenagers in heavy metal t-shirts mingled with stern-faced veterans of tours gone by, who nodded their head from time to time.

By the time a swelling version of the Rising licked in, arms were being punched by everyone, regardless of age. Even the seated sections were soon on their feet, carried along by the over-riding sense that this was music to live life to the full to, reservations about looking silly while dancing be damned."

The set list as follows:

[Nils solo accordion intro Flower of Scotland]
Badlands
Out in the Street
My Lucky Day
She's the One
Outlaw Pete
Working on the Highway
Working on a Dream
Seeds Johnny 99
Atlantic City
Raise Your Hand (instrumental, Bruce collects signs)
Incident on 57th Street
Pink Cadillac
Cover Me
Waitin' on a Sunny Day
The Promised Land
The River
Kingdom of Days
Radio Nowhere
Lonesome Day
The Rising
Born to Run

Hard Times
Thunder Road
American Land (with Sons)
Bobby Jean
Dancing in the Dark
Twist and Shout

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Point Blank

No commentary from me needed except to say as far as I am aware this is the first performance of this magnificent track since 1981

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Springsteen Munich


My first Springsteen gig of the WOAD Tour was in Munich on Thursday evening and was a fantastic gig.

The setting of the Olympic Stadium was quite iconic for anyone with even a passing sports interest and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being in the stadium and of course enjoyed the gig. There were quite a few surprises thrown in by "Der Boss", in particular This Hard Land and Pretty Woman. The set was not far off 3hrs and he kept his enthusiasm up for the whole thing, really high energy and with the E Street Band in absolutely superb form.

Here is the setlist:


Muss i denn zum Städtele hinaus AKA Wooden Heart [Nils solo accordion intro]
Badlands
My Lucky Day
No Surrender
Outlaw Pete
Spirit in the Night
Working on a Dream
Seeds
Johnny 99
Atlantic City
Seven Nights to Rock
This Hard Land
Pretty Woman
Because the Night
Waitin' on a Sunny Day
The Promised Land
The River
Kingdom of Days
Lonesome Day
The Rising
Born to Run
Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
* * *
Hard Times
Bobby Jean
American Land
Detroit Medley
Glory Days
Dancing in the Dark

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Springsteen - Glastonbury


Well The Boss was just incredible. Sadly the BBC coverage was not up to his standards! Most of the middle of the set was not broadcast, maybe they will catch up on i[layer but I doubt it. They were kidding on they were broadcasting the set live and that is clearly not the case as even some of the encore tracks were omitted from the "live" broadcast. 12 songs in total to be aired by my reckoning.

No worry it was an awesome set and the reaction has been incredible.

In the UK highlights here...you may not be able to access this outside the UK.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00lkq00/Glastonbury_2009_Day_2_Highlights_Part_Two

Here is the full set list

Not Broadcast:
1.Coma Girl (by Joe Strummer)

Broadcast:
2.Badlands
3.Prove It All Night
4.My Lucky Day
5.Outlaw Pete
6.Out In The Street
7.Working On A Dream

Not Broadcast:
8.Seeds
9.Johnny 99
10.Ghost of Tom Joad
11.Raise Your Hand
12.Because The Night
13.No Surrender (with The Gaslight Anthem)

Broadcast:
14.Waitin' On A Sunny Day
15.The Promised Land
16.The River

Not Broadcast:
17.Radio Nowhere
18.Lonesome Day
19.The Rising

Broadcast:
20.Born To Run

Not Broadcast:
21.Hard Times

Broadcast:
22.Thunder Road

Not broadcast:
23.Land Of Hope And Dreams

Broadcast:
24.American Land
25.Glory Days
26.Dancing In The Dark

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Forgotten Album Friday #4, Lou Reed - The Blue Mask


For even a casual listener of Lou Reed this is a simply stunning album with moments of raw power and a jagged edgy sound to match lyrics which are visceral and personal. It comes at the end of a really fallow period for Lou Reed and he had been dropped by Arista. His somehat infamous advert for Honda Scooters got him the funds to get an incredible band together with Robert Quine (Richard Hell & The Voidoids), Fernando Saunders and Fred Maher providing fantastic backing with no overdubs. The result was his best album since Berlin and was not equalled until New York. Rober Quine later played on Lloyd Coles first solo album which Fred Maher produced following the latters stint on Drums to the follow up Legendary Hearts.

Key tracks:

My House
The Blue Mask
Average Guy
Waves of Fear
The Day John Kennedy Died

Ray Lamontange and Josh Ritter

It has just been announced that Josh Ritter will be supporting Ray Lamontange on rays upcoming tour including a date in Edinburgh on September. In my opinion those roles should be reversed but if you are going along do not miss the support act!

here is a clip of Josh performing with Glen Hansard guesting and then the video for Girl In the War.



Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Eno and Byrne - Everything that happens will happen today

I have finally managed to get a copy of this CD today after a fruitless search for the vinyl edition. On a quick run through the album is excellent and highly recommended to fans of David Byrne in particular.

Even better news is that you can listen to the album here:

Now removed but check his web site.

And some live tracks here:

Now removed but check his web site.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Bruce Springsteen - My Fathers House

The quality of the video is terrible, the quality of the intro and performance are legendary.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Beck Covers Velvet Underground

Record Club: Velvet Underground & Nico 'Sunday Morning' from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.



Beck has covered the Velvet Underground classic "Sunday Morning" as part of his new Record Club Project.

You can download an mp3 here:

http://files.earmilk.com/upload/mp3/Sunday%20Morning%20Cover.mp3

Thanks to earmilk for the pointer.

Friday, 19 June 2009

Forgotten Album Friday #3, Justin Currie - What Is Love For



This is not so much a forgotten album as one that did not really got noticed in the first place despite tremendous critical acclaim. The album is moody, melancholy, wonderfully produced sounding lush yet sparse at the same time.

Justin Currie's masterpiece. There is not a bad track on this album, and a couple of real crackers left off it!

Key Tracks:

What Is Love For
Goldust
Where Did I Go
No Surrender

and how on earth was this a b side - Let It Be Me

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

God Help The Girl

As I posted a couple of weeks ago this new project of Stuart Murdoch looks very interesting indeed and here are some previews of the tracks which I hope you will enjoy:

Monday, 15 June 2009

David Byrne Edinburgh Playhouse

Tickets on sale now, 8th August show, brilliant.

If Bruce Is Good Enoough for Strummer!!


From the Guardian:

"In the mid-90s, Strummer was asked for his thoughts on Springsteen for a TV project. The answer came in the form of the fax revealed here: "Bruce is great ... if you don't agree with that, you're a pretentious Martian from Venus"! The respect was mutual; Springsteen was quick to pay tribute when Strummer died in December 2002 , describing him as "one of the greatest rockers of all time" .

Whats is nice about the wee note is that the block printing Joe uses is exactly the same as the lyric insert on London Calling.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Jeff Buckley -

Lots of Jeff Buckley things happening, I guess as it is the 15th Anniversary of Grace coming up! There is as you probably know yet another version of Grace coming out this time live versions from TV performannces "Grace around the World - deluxe edition", due any day I think in the UK. The press release tells us:

Executive produced by Mary Guibert (Buckley's mother), GRACE AROUND THE WORLD focuses on previously unreleased live performances circa 1994-95, in concert and television locales ranging from the U.S. and UK, to Germany, Japan and France (where Buckley was the #1 best-selling international catalog artist in 2008). Accompanying the 108-minute GRACE AROUND THE WORLD DVD will be an audio CD counterpart.

A special limited-edition deluxe package of GRACE AROUND THE WORLD will also contain the one-hour documentary DVD, Amazing Grace: Jeff Buckley, thus totaling 169 minutes (nearly three hours) of Jeff Buckley footage for his fans. In advance of this summer's 15th anniversary of the release of Grace, Buckley's landmark debut album (August 1994.

Also a film biopic is in the offing:

The producers of Mystery White Boy, the Jeff Buckley biopic that was announced in 2006 and has been progressing slowly since, have named Jared Leto, James Franco, James Marsden and Robert Pattinson as contenders for the lead, according to Australian newspaper, Courier-Mail.
Buckley's mother, Mary Guibert, who for years had refused proposals for a biopic about her late son's life, hand-picked a team to move forward with the film in '06. Michelle Sy, who had recently produced the J.M. Barrie biopic Finding Neverland, was Guibert's first recruit. Together, Guibert and Sy enlisted young screenwriter Brian Jun (Steel City) to write a script and were expecting a draft that fall.

Public details about the film's progress have since been kept under wraps, but it now seems that the plans Guibert made three years ago have been revised. Screenwriter Ryan Jaffe (The Rocker) has replaced Jun, and IMDb now anticipates a 2010 release for Mystery White Boy.

Otherwise, the mystery of Buckley lives on. So much of Buckley's allure is wrapped up in the unknown, from the sweet haunting of his unfinished discography to the persistent secrets of his 1997 drowning, that it is only fitting that most details about the film remain obscured.

Forgotten Album Friday #2 Lone Justice - Lone Justice



For me this is the album where the Country / Country rock, call it whatever you will, started. The album was released in 1985 when you may recall the diet was a pretty standard one of soft rock and synth pop. If you think of the artists that were present at Live aid you will pretty much get the idea.

This album was raw, edgy and has elements of straight rock, country, country folk etc etc. Since this album Maria McKee has of course gained a rightful reputation as a great songwriter although she has sole writing credit on only one song. The lead single was Ways to be Wicked written by Tom Petty and there were contributions from Little Steven and Bryan McLean as well.

If you like her solo material try this - I don't think she beat it.

Key tracks

Ways To Be Wicked
Dont Toss Us away
You Are The Light
Sweet Sweet Baby (I'm falling)

here is a clip from the OGWT

Thursday, 11 June 2009

not a music post - outstanding speech by steve Jobs

Sorry I simply could not resist, what a marvelous speech by Steve Jobs, take the 15 minutes!

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Springsteen Performs Fade Away In Stockholm

Amazing performance if you consider that this is unrehearsed and had not been played by the E Street band since 1981. Ropey quality and Bruce needs to work ion the intro!

Monday, 8 June 2009

Gasoline Heart


When I was in Florida this band were getting a big push and I see on their web page they are actually from Orlando so that explains it!

I think they are quite good with a bit of Keith Richards, Tom Petty influences in there (possibly!)

The band is now offering a free download of Cucumber Riot, a collection of both new and old songs. According to Paste Magazine, the album is “a compilation of four songs from their first record, three songs from their most recent EP and three songs from their upcoming LP, Nostalgia Ain’t What It Used To Be, due out June 23 on P is for Panda.”

You can get it here:

http://www.pastemagazine.com/action/register_and_download/gasoline_heart

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Steve Earle Live Dates

Steve Earle has announced 2 UK gigs (so far) Glasgow and Aberdeen, as far as I can make out these are solo acoustic sets.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Forgotten Album Friday #1 Ryan Adans Demolition



I am not going to make much comment on these - search them out and listen again and take something from these albums that you may have left behind! This week a patchy but at times brilliant release from patchy but mostly brilliant artist.

Key tracks:

Nuclear

You Will Always Be The Same

Chin UP, Cheer Up

The Good vs The Bad!

The Bad



The Good in fact wonderful!

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Dark Was The Night


I have just ordered this great looking 2CD set from the Red Hot Charity series, produced by by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, it features exclusive tracks by lots of great artists including David Byrne, The Decemberists, Bon Iver, Stuart Murdoch and many others. Of course as it is for charity....cannot go wrong.

Tracklisting:

"THIS DISC"
"Knotty Pine" - Dirty Projectors and David Byrne – 2:23 (mp3)
"'Cello Song" (Nick Drake) - The Books featuring José González – 3:54
"Train Song" (Vashti Bunyan) - Feist and Ben Gibbard – 3:02
"Brackett, WI" - Bon Iver – 4:03
"Deep Blue Sea" - Grizzly Bear – 3:46
"So Far Around the Bend" - The National and Nico Muhly – 3:43
"Tightrope" - Yeasayer – 3:18
"Feeling Good" (Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse) - My Brightest Diamond – 3:54
"Dark Was the Night" (Blind Willie Johnson) - Kronos Quartet – 3:51
"I Was Young When I Left Home" (Bob Dylan) - Antony Hegarty with Bryce Dessner – 4:55
"Big Red Machine" - Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner – 4:39
"Sleepless" - The Decemberists – 7:54
"Die" - Iron & Wine – 1:07
"Service Bell" - Grizzly Bear and Feist – 2:23
"You Are the Blood" (Castanets) - Sufjan Stevens – 10:14

"THAT DISC"
"Well-Alright" - Spoon – 2:46
"Lenin" - Arcade Fire – 4:06
"Mimizan" - Beirut – 2:43
"El Caporal" - My Morning Jacket – 3:33
"Inspiration Information" (Shuggie Otis) - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – 4:06
"With a Girl Like You" (The Troggs) - Dave Sitek – 3:27
"Blood Pt. 2" (Castanets) - Buck 65 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti) – 3:36
"Hey, Snow White" (Destroyer) - The New Pornographers – 4:26
"Gentle Hour" (Snapper) - Yo La Tengo – 5:31
"Another Saturday" - Stuart Murdoch – 2:56
"Happiness" - Riceboy Sleeps – 8:37
"Amazing Grace" - Cat Power with Dirty Delta Blues – 3:34
"The Giant of Illinois" (The Handsome Family) - Andrew Bird – 4:45
"Lua" (Bright Eyes) - Conor Oberst with Gillian Welch – 5:54
"When the Road Runs Out" - Blonde Redhead with Devastations – 3:28
"Love Vs. Porn" - Kevin Drew – 3:57

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Fleetwood Mac Dates


I see Fleetwood Mac are playing some UK dates! It could be magical and wonderful.....or terrible! I am hoping the former and will certainly be trying to get some tickets.

If for no other reason than this was the poster on my teenage bedroom wall, bought in Chris Records!



http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid9217788001?bctid=690836296

The dates that they have been playing in the US have had pretty decent reviews.

October 2009

22 Glasgow SECC
27 Manchester MEN
30 London Wembley Arena

November

02 Sheffield Arena
03 Birmingham NIA

Tickets go on-sale this Friday, June 5, I hope to get mine tomorrow!

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Ryan Adams Last Gig

You will probably all be aware that Ryan Adams has stated his intention to bow out from music....in his blog post he said

“love is being accepted for who you are. love is taking care of yourself and caring for others and dreaming out loud when it matters. not chasing rainbows. not hoping for some eventual collective sigh of approval which will never come. how did i ever think in those terms? i always knew better. thank goodness i know now how to be honest with myself.”

Well we will see and you can decide for yourself if he is at a loss with this stunning download of the final gig at March 20 at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia:

http://www.archive.org/download/ryanadams2009-03-20.140sbdmatrix.flacf16/ryanadams2009-03-20.140sbdmatrix.flacf16_vbr_mp3.zip

Obviously I do not condone bootlegs! Here is what you would get if you did such a thing!

Set 1:

Magick
Let it Ride
Two
Everybody Knows
Beautiful Sorta
Mockingbird
Dear Chicago
Blue Hotel
Cold Roses
Natural Ghost
Easy Plateau
Bartering Lines
Band Intros
Fix It
Magnolia Mountain
Please Do Not Let Me Go
Peaceful Valley
Freeway to the Canyon

Set 2:

When the Stars Go Blue
Sink Ships
Oh My Sweet Carolina
Grand Island
Evening Joke
I See Monsters
Come Pick Me Up
Rescue Blues
Wonderwall
Goodnight Rose

Elvis Perkins


Check out this great pic from Elvis Perkins whose second album, Elvis Perkins in Dearland is currently getting great reviews and a reasonable amount of airplay!

http://www.imeem.com/xlrecordings/video/PaAOnZyw/elvis-perkins-in-dearland-hours-last-stand-gold-room-sessi/

Monday, 1 June 2009

Broken Records

Vic Galloway on BBC Radio Scotland had a session with a band who I know very little about, they were called Broken Records and he described them as a cross between Arcade Fire and The Waterboys - a bit of a billing to live up to! Once he has a link on his site I will try and post it but my first thoughts were reasonably good, the first track was excellent certainly though I was feeling a wee bit Charlie Daniels Band with the second track!



The debut album is out fairly soon I think. I post a couple of their clips to give you the flavour:

Sunday, 31 May 2009

God Help The Girl

God Help The Girl is a new project from Stuart Murdoch, the chief writer from Belle And Sebastian. There was a really good article on the project in this weeks Glasgow Herald on saturday and Stuart Bailie of radio Ulster played a couple of tracks on Friday night whic sounded fantastic.

The first single is out now with a LP and EP to follow on RTough Trade records.

Let me know what you think!




Saturday, 23 May 2009

Townes


I have just picked up Steve Earle's tribute album to his mentor Townes Van Zandt, simply entitled Townes, a 2CD edition is available with Steve's basic tracks on the second CD.

Steve Earle is one of our finest songwriters. He has at least three masterpieces under his belt (I Feel Alright, El Corazon and Transcendental Blues). "Townes" is a heartfelt tribute/cover of Earle's hero Townes Van Zandt. I have to admit that I dont know enough about Townes Van Zandt and his legacy, but this goldmine collection of covers amkes me want to seek out TVZ originals.

Highlights include the well known country standard "Pancho and Lefty" (Earle does not do a great version of this, check out Willie Nelson nailing this song), the transcendent ode to wanderlust: "White Freightliner Blues", the slow blue burn of "Brand New Companion" and finally the simple but painfully beautiful "To Live is to Fly". The past miles of tried and tired experiences come through as Steve's haunted voice and weeping guitar pay tribute to a fallen angel.

I think this may be an essential release and the good news is he is touring this album, looks like November dates for the UK.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Morrissey 50 Tomorrow at the MEN

It is the great Mozzas 50th Birthday gig tomorrow in Manchester! Will you be there??

Monday, 18 May 2009

Buddy and Julie Miller - Written In Chalk



Buddy and Julie Miller have released what is I think their third album.




Most will be familiar with Buddy Miller great atmospheric and rootsy guitar playing on albums from a wide range of artists Frank Black, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and many many more. Similarly Julie Miller has worked on a huge body of tremendous work as a vocalist and songwriter (Enmmylou gad a great version of her All my Tears).

The new album is absolutely superb and features an excellent supporting cast including Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris and in particular Patti Griffin.

The track listing and release details are:

Buddy & Julie Miller
Written In Chalk
New West Records, 2009

1) Ellis County
2) Gasoline And Matches
3) Don't Say Goodbye
4) What You Gonna Do Leroy
5) Long Time
6) One Part, Two Part
7) Chalk
8) Everytime We Say Goodbye
9) Hush, Sorrow
10) Memphis Jane
11) June
12) The Selfishness Of Man

Thoroughly recommended listening. This wee clip gives a great flavour of the album and with some nice acoustic performances from Buddy

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Great Jayhawks re-issues on the way.


UPDATE: This album now in the shops!

For fans of The Jayhawks or Gary Lourdis Mark Olson I am delighted to shamelesly pinch this from Addicted To Vinyl:

Let’s start with the anthology, which will be available as both a single disc issue, and the 2 CD version which will have a 2nd CD full of 20 rare and unreleased tracks starting with a track from the band’s long out-of-print debut Bunkhouse, and wrapping up with 8 (!) tracks from the sessions for Rainy Day Music, including “Help Me Forget,".

Here is the track listing for Music From The North Country:

DISC ONE: Two Angels / Ain’t No End / Waiting for the Sun / Martin’s Song / Clouds / Settled Down Like Rain / Blue / I’d Run Away / Over My Shoulder / Miss Williams’ Guitar / Trouble / Big Star / The Man Who Loved Life / Smile / I’m Gonna Make You Love Me / What Led Me To This Town / Tailspin / All the Right Reasons / Save It For a Rainy Day / Angelyne

DISC TWO: Falling Star (from Bunkhouse Album, 1986) / Old Woman From the Red Clay (alt version) / That’s the Bag I’m In (KFAI recording) / Won’t Be Coming Home (early demo) / Stone Cold Mess (HTH outtake) / Mission on 2nd (demo) / Lights (from Sweet Relief album, a classic!) / Darling Today (Blown Away soundtrack) / Break My Mind / Get the Load Out (both “Bad Time” B-sides) / Poor Little Fish (alt version) / Someone Will (Live from Woman’s Club) / Cure for This (this and all the rest are from the band’s rehearsal studio, 1999-2001)/ I Can Make It on My Own / Rotterdam / Follow Me / In the Canyon / Tailspin (alt version) / I Think I’ve Had Enough (Louris home tape) / Help Me Forget

Reissues of Hollywood Town Hall, Tomorrow The Green Grass, Sound of Lies, Smile, and Rainy Day Music are also on the way from the band and Sony Music! There are a total of 30 bonus tracks spread across the five albums slated for reissue.

Okay, now I can grumble about the fact that the shelved Lost Highway CD issue of Bunkhouse hasn’t happened, and the double live album from the Rainy Day Music tour remains on the shelf as well. BUT - Reissues of the two classic Jayhawks albums (Hollywood and Tomorrow) AND Sound of Lies, Smile and Rainy Day Music?

Monday, 11 May 2009

Sorry about lack of updates!

Hopefully will be back on track soon(ish)!!

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Neil Young Archives Vol. 1



Get your money out Neil Young fans:

Neil Young’s long-in-the-works and much-anticipated Archives Vol. 1 1963-1972 finally has a release date: June 2nd. The set features 128 tracks, 43 unreleased recordings, three live concerts, a 236-page full-color hardcover book and Young’s debut feature film Journey Through The Past, which is being released for the first time since its 1973 theatrical run. The set charts Young’s career from the Squires to Buffalo Springfield to his early solo works and finally his 1972 album Harvest.

Archives Vol. 1 was originally scheduled for Summer 2007, then pushed to February 2008, then autumn of last year and now finally June 2nd. The 10-disc box set will be available in both DVD and Blu-Ray, as well as an eight-disc CD package that won’t include Journey Through the Past or the hardcover book.

This is the first volume of the Neil Young Archives series of box sets, produced by Neil Young himself. Volume I covers the period from his earliest recordings with The Squires in Winnipeg, 1963, through to his classic 1972 album Harvest and beyond, including studio and live tracks with the legendary Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; and Neil Young with Crazy Horse.

Audio in the Blu-ray edition is presented in ultra-high resolution 24-bit / 192 kHz stereo PCM state-of-the-art master quality sound, while audio in the DVD edition is presented in high resolution 24-bit / 96 kHz stereo PCM audiophile quality sound. The CD edition is presented in standard resolution 16-bit / 44 kHz stereo PCM CD quality sound.

Each of the 10 Blu-ray discs feature 1920x1080 high definition picture quality while the 10 DVD discs have 720x480 standard definition picture quality.

An interactive timeline feature, which presents an in-depth overview of Young's life and career, is in both the Blu-ray and DVD editions, The Timeline on the Blu-ray edition is enhanced with BD Live™ capability, which enables users to download additional content to their players or to external drives.

Completing Volume 1 in the Blu-ray and DVD editions is Young's acclaimed first film, Journey Through The Past, which is now available for the first time since its original theatrical release in 1973. This disc features pristine picture transfer, audio presented in both DTS-HD 5.1 surround and stereo 24-bit / 96 kHz PCM, plus archival materials.

The Blu-ray and DVD editions are sold in a durable custom display box that houses a lavish 236-page full-color hardbound book that features additional archival materials, tapes database, and detailed descriptions of the music and artwork; a foldout Archives poster, a custom keeper for the 10 sleeved discs, and more. The CD edition is sold in a custom disc keeper for the 8 sleeved discs and descriptive booklet.

(thanks to Diverse Vinyl for this information)