The Stones after Exile? Zeppelin after Graffiti? ACDC after Bon died
We had to wait for No Direction Home to see longer 66 tour takes but this was Dylan’s post crash assembly
Rough Trade East. NathanBarleyland, London
I don’t usually do these sort of things. I already had their new album ‘Glean’ and (thanks to the shop rather than the band themselves) didn’t really want to buy another in order to gain access to the in-store. Yet TMBG are such a vital building block to who I am and people I am friends with that I had to go on a rare day off work.
‘Tonight will be divided into two clear sections’ deadpanned John F (the guitar one) the performance part and then the signing part’ The live performance part was 30 minutes of new songs from the first six months of the Dial-A-Song project drip-feeding their fanbase plus , well not hits, well THAT one but fan favourites. ‘Number Three’ from their debut was a nod to the fact that their debut album was released on Rough Trade “Records & Tapes” way back when in the U.K. A cheeky rocking cover of Destiny’s Child’s ‘Bills Bills Bills’ “which will form the basis of the show we’re taking to Branson, Missouri” slipped nicely next to another cover, the exuberant ‘New York City’. A personal fave, Dr Worm, » Continue Reading.
it’s all playing in my head: the orchestration and the five vocal parts. I think it’s going to work. Let’s try it
Although it must be a frightening place – sometimes Brian Wilson’s headspace sounds like pure heaven
Did MC Hammer teach us nothing? Apart from to not hurt ’em. Coming from da hood and financial nouse rarely go hand in hand
Ver kids don’t need no paper no more. The New Musical Express will become a free 300,000 copies a week publication that currently sells less than 15,000. So Londoners expect to see copies of this strewn across yer tube stations from September next to the Metro etc
Bet the site gets a paywall
I have been having a bit of a Bob Electric Trinity binge -trying to decide top dog and have come to the slightly controversial decision that it is Highway 61 Revisited rather than the traditional Blonde On Blonde.
However I fear that my not fully peer reviewed double blind experiment (hello @DisappointmentBob ) may be fatally flawed. For you see the version of H61 that I own is made of the purest 24k GOLD. It says on the CD’s case
“Our 24k gold CDs reproduce the ultimate sound of a classic recorded performance without the digital harshness and irregular plated surface of standard aluminium discs.”
Now is this pure Barnum bunkham ? I’m sure we’ve all been in the electrical shop while some spotty high voiced teen tries to convince us that the gold plated SCART, audio connectors and the like will make the brand new kit we have just bought sound or look FABULOUS.
Just FYI my copy of Blonde On Blonde is also GOLD but BIABH is plain old aluminium.
One of my favourite thing ever on the internet got stamped on by the Seuss estate way back when but seems to be still alive and kicking
I was going to write a diatribe against religious zealots that seem only content when they are killing those who don’t share their fairytales about invisible Dads etc. Yet after a day of horrific news I was moved to tears by this wonderful Nick Lowe lyric at Elvis C’s Basingstoke show last night. It replaced the angry ranting John Lydon screaming PIL’s ‘Religion’ in my head.
Sorry if this is only of interest to someone who has been listening to too much 1965-66 Dylan lately but who is it in the band who shouts ‘Let’s Go!’ as they kick into Maggie’s Farm at Newport?
Plus who is the mad laugher on Rainy Day Women who cracks Dylan up?
Answers on a postcard to Desolation Row
After a recent trip to A&E I received a text asking for an indication of whether I would recommend the hospital services to my friends and family from a scale of ‘very likely’ to ‘never’. Well if they were gravely ill or hit by a bus I think I would
Any similar oddness out there in “how was my driving?’ land (does anyone ring up and comment on such bumper stickers?)
Maybe the upswing of vinyl has to do with that tactile and beauty of album artwork. Which are your favourites and most inventive ones?
This is one of mine (unsurprisingly) from the great Barney Bubbles
and is bang on the fucking money
The ladies of the Afterword – or the Afterbirds, if you will – ponder the world of women and music. Today Out of 10, Drakeygirl, RubyBlue and (cunning pseudonym ahoy) Hannah celebrate their favourite musical madams, figure out whether music lovers should only be allowed to marry other music lovers, and share tales of getting groped at gigs. Plus, we answer the burning question for once and for all: “Just who wears the worst bra in music?”. WARNING: features a wanking tramp
Well awright everybody!!!!!!!!
Get dahn an get wiv it!!!
Poor Hungarian peasant girl who ensured all the pubs shut at half past ten.
800 years ago, lest we forget
Scala, Kings Cross
There is a solid reason why Ash, when many of their ‘Britpop’ contemporaries have thrown in the towel and got proper jobs, have managed to survive without becoming a nostalgia act – Tim Wheeler’s uncanny knack to fashion a punky pop melody. ‘Kablammo’, rather than a slowed down version of their former selves is just as ‘kick you in the face’-tastic as they have ever been.
Solid gold slam-dunk, arms in the air, jumping, swaying, laughing, moshing tunes like A Life Less Ordinary, Orpheus and Jack Names The Planets do not mean that newies such as the infectious ‘Go Fight Win!’ , ‘Let’s Ride’ or ‘Moondust’ sound anything less than equals. Even ‘Wild Surf’ from the unlovable ‘Nu Clear Sounds’ – the classic example of a record recorded after tour and fame burnout – is a delight – the sound of the summer. These songs were always sky-scraping, joyous celebrations of life and the band remain forever young in their late 30’s.
‘Kung Fu’ turns the floor into a bubbling mass of pogoing just as ‘Oh Yeah’s timeless tale of summer lovin’ gets arms aloft, voices raised in unison as 20 » Continue Reading.
When: Wednesday 24th June 2015 Where: Wokingham – Drinksmeet at Redan Bar from 7.30 – Curry house TBC as can’t remember which one
All welcome, including newbies. No CDs, no books, no flowers, just turn up. The DFB taxi will no doubt be running from North Windsor for any boozers who need a designated driver
Hope to see you all there.
If you look up “cool as fuck” in a dictionary it just has a hyperlink to Bjork & PJ Harvey at the Brits 1994
(yes, it’s an odd dictionary)
What a fucking rotter. Getting told off by old Brillo will sort him out
That shitty press they’ve been getting might have had more to do with the CEO’s decision but this is to be welcomed even if we’d prefer to live in a society where no-one had to rely on charity to survive.
So Asda, Sainsbury, Morrisons, Waitrose etc – your move, muddyfunsters.
“Mr Smith delivers the lyrics in a manner which at some points makes it hard to hear the words.”
The extras for these have been a mixed bag so far with many rough mixes sounding almost identical to the released takes to everyone but black dogs
However this last batch look more interesting if true
PRESENCE Two Ones Are Won For Your Life (Reference mix) 10 Ribs & All / Carrot Pod Pod (pod) Royal Orleans (reference mix) Hots On For Nowhere (reference mix)
IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR In the Evening (rough mix) Southbound Piano (South Bound Saurez) Fool In the Rain (r mix) Hot Dog (r mix) The Epic (Carouselambra r mix) The Hook (All My Love r mix) Blot (I’m Gonna Crawl – r mix)
CODA We’re Gonna Groove (alt mix) If It Keeps On Raining (When The Levee Breaks rough mix) Bonzo’s Montreux (Mix Construction In Progress) Baby Come On Home Sugar Mama Poor Tom (instrumental) Travelling Riverside Blues (BBC Session) Hey Hey What Can I Do Four Hands (Four Sticks – Bombay Orchestra) Friends (Bombay Orchestra) St Tristan’s Sword (rough mix) Desire (The wanton Song – rough mix) Walter’s Walk (rough mix) Everybody Makes It Through (In the Light – rough mix)
What does it sound like?:
It’s hard to encapsulate the album’s sound in a word, so I won’t try but it is woozy, claustrophobic, dreamlike and sparky – a real star turn by producer Ed Harcourt who also adds harmony vocals. The opening ‘Electric’ is slowly enveloped by a fuzzy warm embrace as Kathryn’s vocal slips into accepting ennui. ‘Mirrors’ crackles with synapse pulsing energy, Kathryn utilising her onstage vocal looping to great effect echoing Esther’s confusion and fear as her grip on her self starts to change. On repeat listens you hear new sounds and vocal inflections that pull you further into the eye of the storm.
The expressiveness of Kathryn’s voice has always been what drew me in to her work and on this record she really does emote the hell out of the material, the ‘ticking, ticking bomb’ of ‘Battleships’ giving the feeling of menace, fear and disgust in the book’s scene where Esther is cajoled into meeting her boyfriend, Buddy, by both their parents in an attempt to steer her onto the path to marriage and the accepted norm for a young women of the age. The imagining of this scene as a game of » Continue Reading.