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?
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.
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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.