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.
Go to the iTunes store and attempt to rent ‘Gone With The Wind’ [HD version]. After a short wait while the wee sprites inside your phone [think : Numbskulls] try and make room for the download you will then be told either there is not enough room on your device, or for your password/thumbprint to authorise said rental – at this point do not authorise rental [unless this post made you realise you desperately want to see the film] check your available space & you should find that it has increased by many gigabytes [I freed up 8GB – which not co-incidentally is the size of the HD version of the film] Disclaimers – I accept no responsibility if this goes wrong and you end up being charged for the rental. for more information see here https://twitter.com/james__montague/status/890954320136556546 I got this from the Tim Ferris newsletter email – he tried it too and it worked hence the recommendation
I’m three episodes in and this is shaping up nicely.
This usually causes some debate and looking at this list I can’t see that changing this year. I’ve heard a few of these – Love the Glass Animals album, clever, catchy pop songs with depth. Not so keen on Blossoms, two decent tracks and a wave of hype? My gut feeling is that Stormzy will take the cheque. Right, I’m off to Spotify to check out the ones i’m not familiar with
Alt-J – Relaxer
Blossoms – Blossoms
Dinosaur – Together, As One
Ed Sheeran – Divide
Glass Animals – How To Be a Human Being
J Hus – Common Sense
Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos
Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone
Sampha – Process
Stormzy – Gang Signs and Prayer
The Big Moon – Love in the 4th Dimension
The xx – I See You
It took me all day – you’re welcome 🙂
ps Beyonce’s Lemonade is not on Spotify
The new album – ‘A Deeper Understanding,’ released August 25th – is sounding like a winner if the three tracks so far are representative… shuffles off to pre order the vinyl…
Is there anything you wouldn’t generally choose to listen to currently spinning around your head? Songs that sound good in the car, but are [maybe] not in your collection? Or, hell, just songs that sound great on the radio?
[I always had a soft spot for M-Cutch] https://youtu.be/rs–mEoTcbg
Whilst trawling though YouTube this afternoon I found this video of Iggy Pop smashing Later… in 2015. I watched this live and loved it then, it’s a fantastic performance, one of the best I’ve seen on the telly, and it made me think – I’m not the biggest Iggy fan, I enjoy his songs when they come on the radio, and he’s one of those artists I like having around. It’ll be a sad day when he [not for a long time yet me hopes] shuffles off, so why not celebrate him [baby], why not praise him like we should? While he’s still here. Anyone else you feel the same about? Share the love !