Has died. Part of my youth will be forever Cheggered. He always came across as a likeable chap.
Two Afterword favourites for the price of one.
Benevento are rooted to the bottom of Serie A with zero points after fourteen straight defeats. They were heading for defeat 15 in their latest game against the mighty AC Milan, when in the 95th minute they won a free kick…
I was tapping out a rhythm on my wine glass this evening (specifically the stem and base – try it and see) when it occurred to me that the riff resembled the opening sequencer bit on Roxy Music’s Same Old Scene. That naturally led me to ponder their place in this old scene that I like to call music. Are they given their props for their melding of rock, pop, roll, space and eyeliner. And saxophone? Or have they been tarnished by Ferry’s slide into crooner-ism? I have many fond memories of playing their albums, but can’t remember the last time I chose to listen to them. So tell me if there is something in what I’m saying, or am I just bogus, man.
Just when I thought musicians couldn’t get any more ridiculous along comes Josh Ritter to prove me wrong. For his new album ‘Gathering’, music just wasn’t enough. [Read the bizarre press release in the comments.] This from a musician I thought seemed almost normal. Ah well. Is this the beginning of a new trend? And if so, what would other albums ‘smell’ like? The new U2 for instance? Maybe I’m being too cynical, smell is after all one of the most evocative of senses and can transport one to a different time and place, so perhaps this will catch on. What say you, good people?
Hey there all you Afterword cats – I am revving up to purchase a Soundbar to augment my Tellybox sound. I currently have the telly sound coming through an amplifier and speakers, but due to events which I won’t bore you with I find myself having to consider changing that set up. So, who owns or has used or experienced a Soundbar? And would you recommend the use of one which isn’t going to cost the earth? * Thank you in advance for your time and effort.
*for reference purposes, if I were to replace the speakers and stick with the current set-up I would not want to spend more than £200, so that is my budget
Following the sublime [single of the year] ‘New York’ comes ‘Los Ageless’, the newest teaser track from St. Vincent’s forthcoming album [out tomorrow]. The video is marvellous, the song is a corker, and on Tuesday evening she cranked things up a notch with her remarkable performance on Later… [more on Saturday night]. If you haven’t seen it, you really should.
Should be an interesting ramble chat.
In his latest Podcast, Adam Buxton talks to the Canadian stand-up Mae Martin. During their lovely ramble chat she recalls that her friend was in rehab with Billy Idol’s daughter and during their time together the daughter received an Easter card from Billy that was a headshot of himself that he had autographed – and it said ‘Happy Easter, Love, Billy Idol’ Can you top that?
What does it sound like?:
Sometimes you just root for a band, one that you feel just needs to up their game by 10% to become what they are capable of. Hiss Golden Messenger have been making fine records for a while now, [Their previous album ‘Heart Like A Levee’ was a great record] but on this new album it all comes together in a way they haven’t quite managed before. Previous efforts have showed quality in abundance, M.C. Taylor is a terrific songwriter, his songs infused with imagery, much of it religious, his words are not exactly uplifting, yet somehow manage to make you sing along [and I’m not a believer in God]. This new collection has many mentions of darkness, [7 out of 10 tracks by my count] but it’s the light that triumphs here – just. Opener ‘Jenny of The Roses’ swaggers along, it’s everything you want from a first track, familiar yet somehow different, catchy and full of confidence, hinting at great things, raising expectations. This and ’Lost Out In The Darkness’ are a great 1-2 starter to the album – You know how somedays you wake up and just feel like the best version » Continue Reading.
Strong start from the National, followed by Morrissey with a surprisingly good track (imo) Cracking new song from Jessie Ware with a terrific ‘Bennie & the Jets’ chorus. A stripped down Queens of the Stone Age showcased a side not usually associated with them – strings, piano and a strong vocal performance from Josh Homme. Stirring stuff. Next was Khalid with his ‘Young Dumb & Broke’ single, which sounds like the kind of song that if it’s aimed at you, you still sing it with your mates in twenty years. Marty Stuart, orange skin and preposterous mullet hair was next up, despite all the elements for disaster being present it was a rousing performance and all the better for the short tribute to Tom Petty. The National then returned with the most uptempo track from the new album ‘The Day I Die’ to round off a great edition. Later…I’m glad it’s still around.
Vinyl by the Band, Led Zeppelin, PJ Harvey, R.E.M. and more, CDs from Kate Bush, Cream, Dylan
Er, no they don’t. But why? Why are the Eagles despised, or at best dismissed? By the beard of Zeus they have some great songs – so can anyone help me understand why they are so poorly regarded, or maybe you, like me, think they’re just super! Share your bile, or your love for one of rock’s great Marmite bands – Eagles!
I have a long standing love of Country music, there was country music – some good, some less so played at home as I grew up. My Dad like the gentler end of country, there was no Hank Williams but Snow and Locklin took regular spins on his old music centre. Consequently I have a soft spot for the mellower end of country music, but I lean toward the other end of the genre as I have aged – [let’s call it Alt. or Americana for ease – Ryan Adams, Wilco, Jayhawks etc] – but still love the old mellow country too. What I would like to do is create a playlist – an Ultimate Country-ish Playlist, but I can’t do it alone. To this end I have started a collaborative playlist on Spotify. So please help a feller out – What is your favourite Country-ish song? Who should I most definitely have on my playlist? Maybe I’ve already added an artist but you prefer a different track – get it on there! It can be straight-ahead-Yeeha-Honky-Tonk-Country, It can be Americana, Folky, Rocky, Old or New, if you think it’s Country-ish it’s welcome. Please add to my Spotify playlist, post » Continue Reading.
I love to make playlists, but I love it most when I’ve got a theme to work to. Lately I’ve been making Related Artist Playlists on Spotify. I start with an artist and finish with the same one – the length is up to you, but the longer the better I say… Here’s one I made earlier using ‘Nightswimming’ by R.E.M. as my starting point. I’ll post a guide in the comments should you want to make your own version – please share here if you do 🙂
A re-recorded version of the album track with new lyrics and now a duet between Guy Garvey and John Grant. Their voices complement each other nicely. It was a lovely track anyway and now it’s even better.
I’ll kick things off with this beauty – Slinky, soulful, funky delishiouness – trust me it’s wonderful Childish Gambino – ‘Redbone’
Calm down – not the difficult muscle building exercise. During my playlist building hour today I ended up with this wonderful track, so because it’s Friday and the first day of a new month, I give you The Trashcan Sinatras – ‘Weightlifting’
I can’t get the video to work!!!
catchier than the flu and with a pop-up riff that sounds like it’s from the Lion King
[Ignore the first 30 odd seconds]
It almost had to happen. But what shades could they make for other popular songsmiths? ‘Cracklin Rose’ for Neil Diamond? ‘All Yellow’ for Coldplay, ‘Back In Black’ for AC/DC? They’re pretty obvious ones, shirley you can do better?
What does it sound like?:
Opening your ‘difficult second album’ with the slowest track is a risky gambit, conventional wisdom has it that you start with a strong one-two [or three] fast, catchy potential hits. London Grammar aren’t known for their fast punchy pop, so what we get on side one is more of a slow burn, five tracks of beautifully crafted, atmospheric, smouldering turmoil. At heart they are a traditional band – voice, guitars & drums, the instruments in service to the voice, subtly framing the words with carefully placed notes, it’s the voice that dominates here and rightly so. Hannah Reid makes a wonderful sound, warm and full and strong. Reid has a well documented fear of singing live to conquer each time they perform, and it’s that uncertainty and fragility, strength and determination that permeate this record.These aren’t happy songs, this record is one of heartbreak and loneliness, of endings. But neither are they confessional diary entries with everything laid out on the surface – If the message is obvious, the circumstances are less so. Side one closes with ‘Hell To The Liars’ it’s the longest and the strongest track on the record. Beginning quietly, with » Continue Reading.