I think Millie Jackson had one of there great soul voices and should have been much bigger than she was. Controversial song subjects probably put paid to that. Here she is in splendid voice:
What does it sound like?:
In recent years Steve Earle has gone off the boil. We have variously had a Blues album, a New York album, a Turntable album, a Townes tribute album and a lacklustre set of duets with Shawn Colvin which must surely go down as a missed opportunity. None were terrible but neither were they classic Earle.Here he is most definitely back to what he does best – an all out Country and rocking album that starts at a blistering pace before introducing some songs of real quality. My favourites are Walkin in LA, You broke my heart and the lovely homage to his late friend Guy Clark – Goodbye Michelangelo. What I like about this album as much as the great songs is the high energy of the band – burning guitars and excellent fiddling feature prominently and give substantial heft to the material on offer. Steve’s voice is great too – something missing from the Colvin Duet album. If I was asked where it would fit in his cannon of work I would suggest right there with Guitar Town, Exit O and flashes of Copperhead Road on the rockier numbers. The release of this » Continue Reading.
Last night I heard by off chance that Jimmy LaFave died 2 weeks ago. He was graced with a fantastic voice and aside from his own songs he was a fabulous interpreter particularly of Dylan. I was in Austin for SXSW last year and was honoured to see him perform an amazing show at the Saxon pub with my mate @Baron harkonnen and another friend. We were blessed to see him that night.
I stumbled on this on Youtube, recorded 3 days before he died and at a concert for his benefit. Watch it until the end – it is unbelievably poignant.
Rest easy Jimmy.
Just hearing that Greg Allman has passed. Not that prolific in recent years but his cover of These Days is still my favourite version of that song.
I have two tickets to the Their Mortal remains Pink Floyd exhibition at the V&A on Saturday 17th June. Unfortunately I can no longer use them due to a hastily arranged Overseas business trip.
Face value £52.00 for the pair – will take £25.00 for anyone interested.
Please pm me if you are interested.
I like chilled Sundays. Today was one of them and accompanying a leisurely approach to the day I have been listening to:
Steve Mason – Monkey minds in the Devils Yard. Disc 3 of the Wilco Alpha Mike Foxtrot album Disc 2 of The Jimi Hendrix Experience box Martin Stephenson – Where the Pilgrims go (New release)
What does it sound like?:
Towards the tail end of last year Conor Oberst released his cathartic solo album Ruminations. It was brilliant but stark – his voice and incisive lyrics accompanied only by guitar and harmonica. It was released too late to appear in my year end best of or at least I only heard it after I had already announced the list. It would most definitely have appeared. At the time it was announced that there would be a band version of these songs released in the new year. Salutations is it – all songs fleshed out by the excellent Felice Brothers and Jim Keltner. For me the Felices and Oberst are a match made in heaven – both have a Maverick attitude with an apparent raggedness that I find enticing. This album replaces the harshness of Ruminations with an exuberance in places despite the lyrical content. Reference points would be the second Felices album (the one with the black cover that everyone thinks is their debut) and Conor’s hitherto best album the Bright Eyes Wake up,I’m wide awake it’s morning.The playing is great throughout and the highlights remain the highlights of Ruminations i.e.. Next of Kin » Continue Reading.
I have waited a long time to see John Prine live. The gig at the Palladium was well worth that wait and was perfect in almost every way. Firstly we were treated to a warm opening set from Amanda Shires. Strangely she didn’t use her fiddle for any of her songs. Highlights were the autobiographical Mineral Wells and a lovely cover of Leonard Cohen’s I’m your man. After a short intermission on came John Prince and his 4 piece band and the launched into a jaunty opening salvo of Love Love Love, The glory of love, Monday morning and taking a walk. This was the warming up period quipped John but for the audience it was clear they didn’t need a warm up period as they were red hot. The sound was crystal clear and full marks to the sound engineer. Highlights for me were a very poignant Hello in there, a wonderful Speed of the sound of loneliness and of course Sam Stone. Amanda returned to the stage for a few numbers starting with the duet In Spite of Ourselves. This time she bought the fiddle with her and it soared – especially » Continue Reading.
Is there an artist whose releases you buy upon release regardless of indifferent reviews? Are there artists you used to do this with but stopped?
Still buy: Elvis Costello Richard Thompson Martin Stephenson Eels Jackie Leven (until he passed) Paul Simon Tom Russell Lucinda Williams Hayes Carrl
Stopped: Nanci Griffith Neil Young – substandard recent releases Julian Cope – dip in and out now Father John Misty – bought first two and was set to by latest but heard songs and they were cack
One of my favourite Free songs is My Brother Jake. I recently bought all of their albums on CD to complete my collection. I didn’t remember that this song was never released on any album – what a great song not to find a home anywhere. I am sure there were many single only releases in the 60’s/70’s – what other examples are out there?
Used to be easy. I have sent 3 messages to the contact page and asked to send message to @Tiggerlion.
He obviously isn’t getting them – has something changed?
Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Nottingham’s Rescue Rooms was surprisingly packed to the rafters for 2 hours of stupendous Rock and Roll from Chuck and his brilliant band The Mission Express. From the off they set out their intent with the opening title track Bobby Fuller died for your sins. They seemed particularly up for it tonight and the guitar interplay between Chuck and James DePrato was at times incendiary non more so than on You did – a great live favourite. Of the new songs Jesus was a social drinker particularly stood out. Then there were old favourites Summertime Thing and Willie Mays is up to bat both getting rapturous applause from a very appreciative audience. They also covered Iodine a Leonard Cohen Song from Death of a ladies man that I hadn’t heard for some time. The duet vocals between Chuck and Stephanie suggested they might yet have a country album in them. The encore was a rock and roll cover I didn’t quite get the name but with Chuck adding the Pretty Woman and Peter Gunn just to get the crowd even more stoked up and then they finished with a lovely You and me » Continue Reading.
Occasionally I hear songs that have been around for ages, for the first time. I heard this on 6music this am and it floored me. Cant wait to hear what is in his famed vault:-
We all know that it is live where Bruce Springsteen comes into his element. This clip was posted on Facebook yesterday. I hadn’t seen it before but it is 8 minutes of joy I thought I really had to share:
Aside from DFB I doubt there are many torededicated followers of Costello on this site which makes me a reluctant poster of this but has Costello started to lose his muse? His last albums were National Ransom in 2010 and Wise up Ghost in 2013. The latter was new ideas of old songs framed in a more contemporary setting – some good stuff but the feeling of maybe treading water. National Ransom had some very good songs on it but this will be 7th year without a new Costello album of original material. Live he has toured quite prolifically but in ever diminishing circles despite playing a different setlist every night. Detour needs to be shelved now and he needs to record and tour in his best format which is as the leader of a Beat group. Fce in the Crowd is a musical that he is working on but doubt will enhance his reputation. So Elvis stop being contrary for the sake of it and get back in the saddle.
Apropos of nothing I started singing ‘what shall we do with the drunken sailor?’ yesterday. Then I started asking my colleagues if they could remember what they sang at school – by which I mean primary school not High School by which time I had learned lewd Rugby songs. Another one I recalled was ‘The big ship sails on the Ally Ally ho’. Apparently on the last day of September.
Robin 2, Bilston
Ordinarily I am not a fan of tribute bands. However I am not a fan of not being able to see one of my favourite bands who haven’t been in the UK for ages and who don’t seem to have any intention of being in the UK anytime soon. So it was, I decided to get tickets to see Nearly Dan who I had heard good reports about. The good reports were entirely justified as they were excellent from start to finish. They covered all eras of the Dan and even managed a fine version of I.G.Y from Donald Fagen;s The Nightly. The band obviously have a great affinity for the music and have been together for 20 years. Personally I would have done with less emphasis on Aja which is my least favourite Dan album however it was that albums 40th Anniversary and they did do a mighty fine version of Deacon Blues. They played for nearly 2 and half hours and the set climaxed with fantastic versions of Show Biz Kids and My Old School along with a great Reelin in the Years.
Dan aficionados – males outnumbering ladies » Continue Reading.
Unbelievably thick or just nervous? I can’t imagine being that nervous that you would lose all rational thinking but my wife was much more sympathetic:-
Tonight we went shopping in the Bullring. Returning to the car park we needed to take the lift. My wife pressed the lift button. It seemed to be taking a long time so she pressed it again. Why? It doesn’t make the lift speed up. I have done it too as I expect many others on here but it is illogical.
Another one – I know drivers averse to putting their headlights on in dim light in the day time because it could wear their batteries out. What,more than at night time?
There must be countless other examples of daft things done for no reason.
I suspect this one might be suited to @duc01 but I could be wrong. Heard a rather splendid track from a recently released live album of this trumpeter. Don’t know anything about him other than what I have read since hearing that track. Amazon shows a fair number of albums, some of which are apparently hard to find. Can anyone make any recommendations?
This week I made a startling new discovery. Over the years I have tried and discarded most chocolate bars and for many a year my favourites have been Topic or Galaxy. I even tried a Yorkie bar on a couple of occasions but it was nothing special. However this week I discovered Yorkie bar Biscuit and Raisin. It is divine. Clearly not the Rolls Royce of chocolate bars, maybe more like the Austin Allegro but when you have a craving for chocolate and it was the only chocolate available my God did it do the trick. That combination of milk chocolate, biscuit and juicy raisins is a real temptress and I fell for her charms hook line and sinker. Now to get some stocks in for Christmas – forget the Celebrations or Quality Street this is the one for me this year.
Was watching No Direction Home last night and was particularly interested in the segment about the organ intro to Like a Rolling Stone. Arguably it makes a huge contribution to the song. Driving to the butchers this am the below song came on. It also has a simple Organ intro that makes it such an enduring record.There must be countless other examples:-
There are a couple of bands who have never officially split up yet have not released any albums for quite a while.
If I had a wish list for 2017 I would like to see new albums from: Guillemots – their last album Hello Land was their best and now complete silence and a moribund website. Was not was – Okay so Don Was is an in-demand producer but they never split up. New album please or better still some live shows? Fountains of Wayne – some new activity more than welcome guys.
Friday was a significant birthday for yours truly. My beloved Ness treated me with a long weekend in Moscow accompanied by our daughter and her boyfriend. As it was my special weekend I was determined to visit at least one record store in Moscow so on Sunday morning armed with Google maps we trundled from our hotel the mere 800 metres to where the store was located. Firstly let me say Google maps was as much use as an ashtray on a motorbike and my knowledge of the cyrillic alphabet was not any better. We reached the general vicinity but ended up going round in circles. Finally we found a very kind Russian young man who looked on his phone and spoke enough English to deliver us to the store with pinpoint accuracy.No wonder we couldn’t find it – it was tucked away in a courtyard off a main road and it was not near to any other stores. There was no visible signage other than a bat which was the sign for Transylvania Records. I walked inside and it was a labyrinth with the most amazing and extensive selection of vinyl and cd’s I have ever seen. Two things » Continue Reading.
The Venue announced before the show that the gig started at 8pm sharp and finished at 9.30pm. £65 for a one and half hour show left me questioning value for money. However from the off it was clear this show was going to be of the highest quality. The band were excellent throughout and there were great new arrangements of many songs. Highlights for me were Carrying a torch, In the Garden and a wonderfully jazzy Moondance. Throughout the interplay between Van’s sax and the trumpet player were a delight. Obviously the between song chatter was not existent but we counted 3 thank yous and several smiles so the old curmudgeon was clearly in a good mood and enjoying the sounds the band were making. As well he should astray were first class. A rousing Gloria ended a fabulous night, the band whining out after Van had left the stage. We even got 10 extra minutes after announced finish!!
Very respectful – there was even a couple slow dancing at the front when they played Have I told you. On their feet at the end amid rousing applause.
It made me think..