A couple of times in the last week in Uncut and Mojo I have seen references to Yacht Rock. What the fuck is it, who invented it and can someone give me some examples of it?
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Once in a while I come across an album I know nothing about by a band or an artist who is equally as unfamiliar. Ojala by Lost Horizons is one such album. Researching them I now know that they are essentially a duo – Simon Raymonde owner of the bELLA union record label and Richie Thomas ex drummer of The Cocteau Twins. They have been friends for many years and have played together over those years without ever embarking on a formal arrangement to write and record music music together. Until now that is. They booked studio time and played together for 4 days without having actual form,ed songs. After the session they added overdubs of guitar, saxophone and other bits. Then came the lyrics and the decision to employ guest singers on each song. This works spectacularly well as they don’t get locked into one sound even though the overall mood is a dreamy melancholia. Guess vocalists include the likes off Sharon Van Etten, Ghostpoet and Marissa Nadler. I really liked one dreamy song She Led me away. After hearing it a few times I thought ‘this sounds like Midlake’ and checking the » Continue Reading.
In the excellent Uncut Ultimate Guide to Steely Dan I have learned much about this wonderful band that I wasn’t already aware of. When David Palmer left after Can’t buy a thrill they lined up a number of possible replacements before they decided that Donald should perform the vocal duties. One of these was rather surprisingly Gerry Rafferty. Thank God they lost his number.
Those wonderful people at Soul Jazz records are releasing the third in this series of Krautrock compilations. If it matches the first two its a nice Christmas present. Coming out 1st December.
This afternoon I went out in the car. As I turned the engine on I selected the Four txt album New Energy to accompany on my journey. Halfway down the lane there was a Mitsubishi SUV parked on the side of the road with the reg B4 TET. I mean seriously what are the chances?
but they sometimes do good compilations. This months Krautrock compilation is fabulous.
As my mum lives reasonably close to my office I usually pop in for a bacon sandwich once a week. Following the bacon sandwich and to accompany my cup of tea she usually asks me if I would like a bar of chocolate. They are stored in a Tupperware container and last week her selection included Fry’s Peppermint Cream bars. It is so long since I saw these that I had assumed there had stop making them. I have to say it was a delight. But the question is whatever happened to the Fry’s Five Centre bar?
Shamelessly I am posting this in the hope that I get some good recommendations. Ordinarily most of my reading is fiction but I have phases of reading biographical/autobiographical books and get a lot of enjoyment out of the good ones.
Over the years the ones I recall enjoying most are:- Bob Geldof – Is that it? Viv Nicholson – Spend,spend, spend. Miles Davis – The autobiography with Quincy Troupe.
Also an honourable mention for Strange affair – the biography about Richard Thompson by Patrick Humphreys.
So recommendations please or if you prefer just your favourites if you don’t mind another list post.
The war on Drugs as far as i know is a band and not just Adam Granduciel even though I admit he is most influential on their albums. Listening to the new one it struck me that only he appears on the cover and on the inside cover – there is a small concession on then lyric sheet where a photo of thew whole band appears. Have the other members of the band allowed him to assume this leader position and are the okay wirth it? Is it an ego trip on his part? Not a bad album by the way.
Hi fellow AW’ers. Any of you read any of the Varoufakis books? Saw his latest in Waterstones this week and it looks like an illuminating read. Should I start with this one or his earlier tomes? Or abandon any ideas of reading any of them?
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I recently saw this band live supporting Chuck Prophet and they were quite superb not just as a warm up act but in their own right. A five piece led by Felix Bechtolsheimer who was once the leader of Hey Negrita. They offer a pleasing gumbo of Americana leaning towards Psychedelia.Flashes of slide guitar and occasional accordion adding to a melancholic sound in places but there are four singers in the band and the harmonies make these songs stand out. One particular highlight is London Rain which recalls Doors – elsewhere there are Byrds influences and closer to home The The and even James. For a first album this is very impressive and bodes well for a strong future. During the live gig they prefaced one song with a comment that it had been chosen as the opening music for a US tv series and as a consequence had kept them in diesel and hotel costs. If it worked for Alabama 3 with Woke up this Morning then maybe it is their lucky break. Another song All I got is an absolute belter – brilliant plaintive vocals over an electric piano. Superb stuff that » Continue Reading.
I set my self a challenge of playing a minimum of 3 cd’s every weekend that I haven’t played for a year. This weekend I played Bobby Charles – Last train to Memphis,Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s harvest and Michelle Shocked – Captain swing. Michelle Shocked sounding great – she is an odd one. Seen her live twice – Excellent at one gig and shambolically awful at another. Still love her though.
Tony Christie of Amarillo fame lives in Lichfield. Apparently when he goes into the local chippie he gets some vinegar from the pickled egg jar for his wife. Wonder if he has that on his rider when he tours?
Fuck me you can get easily mixed up in this music malarkey.
Steely Span or Steeleye Dan. Thurston Moore or Scott Thurston. Bryan Adams or Ryan Adams. Michael Chapman or Mike Chapman (Chinn and Chapman). Its a positive minefield I tell you.
Any more mix ups out there?
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:
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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)
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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?