It’s been (at least) twenty years since Neil Young released a wholly satisfactory album. I like Neil a lot, not in the same way I once loved Dylan but , you know, he’s like a friend, a really good friend, who messes around with you but he’s still a really good friend. And now we have “Hitchhiker”. One night in 1976 armed only with “booze, weed and cocaine” Young, producer David Briggs and friend Dean Stockwell sat down in a Malibu studio. The next morning they had an album brimming over with absolute gems, nary a false step except maybe a stoned stumble, a missed chord here and there, a few misshapen, forgotten lyrics. Most of the songs (only two “new” on here) appear on later albums (like Powderfinger without the raging guitar but amazingly all the better for it) but here we have testament to what one guy and one guitar can do: stripped-down songs, fragile yet powerful singing and most startling of all – in one take, in one night a perfect album. One day soon when my initial euphoria has calmed down somewhat I will try and post a proper review. In the meantime my question is » Continue Reading.
I’m pretty sure at least two others on here are also going to see Jason in Brighton in October. Fancy a pre-concert drink?
I bow to no man or woman in my dislike of, shiver shiver, Mumford & Sons but this is actually very good (apart from the silly shorts). Maybe they should get Elvis on a permanent basis…? Any other examples of an act you hate recording something that,you know, ain’t half bad?
Sorry, doing this on a tablet and can’t make the “Nights In” bit work. There’s been a distinct lack of record reviews on here recently so I thought I would put that right. Four years ago somebody on here (god bless you sir, whoever you are) posted “Have you heard this, she’s from New Zealand, she’s sixteen, this is amazing!” I’m not exactly known for keeping pace with the latest pop happenings so this really was the first time I had ever heard of Lorde. Best debut album ever? You bet it is! Ella Yelich-O’Connor won a talent contest aged twelve and by fifteen was writing her own songs, songs already sharp and sophisticated, aware of pop’s ridiculousness and excess but at the same time revelling in its glory and wonder. “I’m kind of over getting told to throw my hands up in the air, so there” . David Bowie was apparently, like the rest of us, enthralled – “Lorde is the future of music, I feel like I am listening to tomorrow”. So here we are in 2017. Lorde has moved to America (who would have thought it?), dumped her long-time NZ boyfriend (quelle surprise),become best friends with Taylor » Continue Reading.
Largely ignored Glastonbury this year but bloody hell this set was simply astonishing!!
I’m still not 100% convinced by the new record, still not sure about all the Taylor Swift and Lena Dunham stuff, she sometimes gets a little too Kate Bush for my liking but, heaven to Betsy, what singing, what amazing staging & lighting. And as for that figure-hugging leotard-thingie (old man swoons)! A Star is (Re)Born!!
Have some more exclamation marks – !!!!!!!!!!
Obviously this poll was held before Jason & Lorde released their albums but, by golly, it’s got No1 bang on!
Just out of interest how many of these “Top 25” have you actually listened to?
Results just in – it was a close run thing right up until the polls closed just a few minutes later.. 1. Nashville sound – Jason Isbell 2. Lorde – Meoldrama 3. I’m a Tosser – Sufjan Stevens
What a great year!!
Is it just me (or perhaps I missed the memo telling everyone to change their AW monikers) or are there an awful lot of newbies around here? Next thing you know our average age will be south of 55 and we’ll all be discussing music made after 1971…. It will all end badly, that’s for sure.
Not always my cup of tea but will be giving it a (free) whirl
So – he’s designed his new website all by himself and yet not one mention of The Word!! (And apparently he worked in a yuge record shop once….)
I’m apparently behind another 1.5 million people in watching this. Apart from the obviously sexist “My, Lorde sure has grown up” I am almost lost for words. Fans of Kate Bush and Bjork start queuing over there ( I’m no fan of either) but that aside I really have no idea what I think of this – except it really is a truly astonishing performance. Can’t wait for the album
What am i doing in Teeside? Visiting my 93 year-old Mum who is deep into Alzheimer’s, that’s why. After a difficult day we retire to a local hostelery. Crap food washed down my mediocre beer seems fitting then suddenly our pub is invaded by a motley crew of mostly grey-haired oldies each brandishing a ukele. Ah, the pier of music. Their rendition of Galway Girl was particularly magnificent, the penny whistle solo was transcendent. Ah, four points of beer and a gallon or two of industrial Sauvignon – over to Vancouver Island
So instead – howsabout posting the very last track you listened to (or indeed are listening to now) ?
Given the , shall we say, “varied” tastes on here I’d be amazed if we find any two of the same artists/band nevermind, miracles of miracles, the same song ?
Ten Weeks in and we haven’t had a Best of 2017 yet??
In case any of you foolish (but rather endearing) people haven’t realised it yet, this is the best breakup album since Love is Hell Parts I & II (and before that Blood on The Tracks).
Does one or more of you foolish but endearing folks wish to challenge this True Not False Fact?
Avid followers of my writing (Hi, Mum – I’ll ring Thursday, promise) know I’m a cool cutting-edge kinda guy so it was no surprise that recently I was asked to DJ a rather grand birthday bash. Now ok, it was indeed a 70th birthday but there were nearly two hundred people there of all differing ages and nationalities from 5 to 80, from Swiss to Swedish and virtually every age and country in between. I borrowed some pretty top-end equipment from a jazzy Canadian friend and went about compiling my playlists. As anybody who has done this knows at least half the fum is working out in your head where each track appears during the long evening (carriages at midnight sharp) and, of course, gauging the mood of your audience as the evening progresses. Given the age of the star attraction I started off with the somewhat predictable medley of Chubby’s “Let’s Twist” through The Beatles “Twist & Shout”, The Stones “Satisfaction” and so on (Yes, I am afraid I played Hi Ho Silver Lining……) But given my huge musical knowledge (?) I did not play it all safe, sometimes verging off into a bit of Hip-Hop, there a dash » Continue Reading.
The best, yes the best, debut album ever and now….
If proof was ever need that Ms Swift is currently the hottest, sassiest and cleverest artist in pop this is it. Pity the video -and apparently the film itself- is crap
What’s the best thing you have listened to in 2016 that wasn’t released in 2016?
Whilst the rest of you watched (will watch, who knows, I certainly don’t) Mick on Breakfast TV I perused The Guardian on a slow but perfectly-formed sunny day in the Languedoc, where nary a cloud in the blue, blue sky and the snow-capped Pyrenees having seemingly during the night moved a 100 miles north and are now currently residing at the bottom of my garden, and discovered this.
Not one single record I would deem as essential (you wouldn’t expect anything else, would you?) but easily the best 2016 list I have seen so far. I can’t wait (he lied) for next week’s Top 10
The Mighty Tigger has offered (foolish, foolish boy) to host the 2016 AW Best Records of 2016 poll. I tried this last year: I was rejected and then what happened – Sufjan Stevens, that’s what bloody happened.
In order to avoid such a travesty reoccurring can I re-suggest we adopt the Formula 1 point scoring system ie 1st : 25 points 2nd : 18 points 3rd : 15 points 4th : 12 points 5th : 10 points 6th : 8 points 7th : 6 points 8th : 4 points 9th : 2 points 10th : 1 point
I’ve done the maths on the 2016 poll and it seems (although some peer reviewing may be in order here) Taylor Swift’s “1984” would have won last year if we have followed Bernie Ecclestone so surely everyone can agree this is the way forward?
Seriously, what I think happens if we use a more standard voting system is that the record lots of punters put in the middle-ranking of their votes ends up as No1 so the averagely good record that most people think is ok rather than outstandingly good (or even polarising) wins?
What think you lot?
ps here’s a hint as » Continue Reading.
This is just getting ridiculous…
No doubt most of you hipsters have heard this before… any other slowed-down tracks this good out there?
There’s been some fabulous writing on here recently but mainly based on reviewing stuff that hasn’t been released yet (I’m looking at you, the lion what pretends he is a tiger). But I can’t help feeling a trifle uncomfortable with it all – is the blog now a repository where record companies and artists can get their stuff publicised, perhaps gain the acclaim (or otherwise) of The Mighty Massive and thus be guaranteed chart success, fame and all because of Us??
I hesitate to enter this particular fray but as I understand it (and apologies if I am Wrong) Bri is still on your “only one post every six hours” embargo. As I have said previously it was often mildly annoying to wake up to another 5 posts from Bri (often it seems after he had had a gallon or two of Canada Ale) but surely the current ruling is too harsh? Why not lift the ban and see what happens? I for one think Bri and anybody else should be able to post as many times as they like but surely this is a matter for open debate, not something to be mods-only? If the Massive votes to limit numbers of posts for each member then, of course, we would all have to abide by that decision.
What’s not to like! All those geeks you avoided in school because they weren’t cool – they are here! The worst drummer in the world ever; we all have to wear big headphones cos we can’t play what with all that other racket going on; a token girl fiddling around doing god only knows what and yet I say and I say again it is all simply magnificent! I cannot stop playing Noah’s albums, this guy reveals such lightweight poseurs as Sufjan and Father Whatever Misty to be the lightweight poseurs they are. Stop fiddling people, this is it (possibly maybe)