but Bargepole will settle for the 4 cd version! More digestible and far cheaper too !
Sad news for lovers of live folk music. The magnificent Bellowhead are disbanding.
A great loss. Catch them while you still can.
This message is from their Facebook page:
This is a sad message to send but after 11 amazing years we’ve decided to call it a day.
It’s been an incredible journey for us all and we’ve loved every minute of being Bellowhead but Jon has decided the time has come for him to stand down as lead singer and the rest of us don’t feel that we wish to continue without him. We have therefore decided that we should give Bellowhead the send off it deserves and go out with a bang.
So we will be performing a two-part farewell tour (in November 2015 and April 2016) finishing as we started all those years back, with an intimate gig at Oxford Town Hall (on May Day 2016) – the very first venue we ever played as a band.
The tour dates will be announced in full on Friday June 5th and tickets will go on general sale on Friday 12th June. Mailing list members will be given the chance to pre-order on Wednesday » Continue Reading.
This is my 1st post since The Word, but I’ve been a regular visitor to The Afterword. I’m just a bit puzzled, alarmed even, that there’s been no Massive/fan posting/live review here of The Replacements sold out show at The Roundhouse. Some of you must have attended. I would have but I live in New Zealand
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What does it sound like?:
Melody’s voice has a smoky, feline quality that kisses the sweet spot at the base of my spine. It makes me purr and tremble both at the same time. She could sing pure gobbledygook and I’d be in raptures.
She is pigeon-holed as a jazz chanteuse but, here, on her fourth album, Melody is is writing songs with greater ambition and scope. There are three main types of song across ten tracks; swampy blues, string-swept slowies and punchy soul. There is very little jazz. Her voice has ripened into a strong, confident instrument, which she deploys with admirable restraint, allowing the mood of the songs to be expressed without histrionics.
The signature sounds of the album are Pete Kuzma’s gospel organ, mud-splattering guitar from Dean Parks, Dan Higgins’s rumbuctious baritone sax and Melody’s own fragile piano. The strings are sumptuous, constructed by Clément Ducol. He is especially good on If Ever I Recall Your Face and the closing, Once I Was Loved, where he cups a Melody piano fragment like a tiny bird in the palm of his hand and, delicately, raises her up to the heavens. The whole thing is classily masterminded » Continue Reading.
Killed in the same plane crash as that which took Jim Croce. By all accounts a great guitarist, he originally hired Croce as a backup guitarist to tour his debut album. Something of a career beckoned before being cut brutally short in September 1973.
Here the roles are reversed
Dawes have just been on the wonderful Morning Becomes Eclectic show on KCRW, in Los Angeles. Fantastically, it is up on the station’s website already.
What do you call a man who throws his jacket across the room?
Answers on the back of a cheque for £10M please.
I ordered a French takeaway last night: a big dish of brown mushrooms. Nothing beats a Cèpe Platter take out.
As long as Interpol allows it, I’m here all week.
Received notification today from the Afterword’s artist in residence, Pencilsqueezer, that he had completed work on his latest commission for me.
Assuming the link works, here it is, entitled “Blizzard”……
It’s a beautiful companion piece for our other ‘Squeezer. They’re going to look good together.
Peter truly is a gifted artist. I would heartily commend members of the Massive to commission one of their own and join the clique…….you know it makes sense!
Keep the chatter down … surely not?
8 years they’ve been lost in the musical widerness, & now returning with an EP & some live dates. This is very, very good news. (Mind you, last time I saw ’em live the bass was so loud it was making my throat vibrate. A most peculiar feeling I must say)
Two lovely examples of classic, modern electronic pop. Hannah Peel switches between synths and a wind- up music box with a Wild Beasts song on a cardboard roll. The effect is hypnotic. (Check out Electricity & Tainted Love on You Tube). EIY is a one man show – synths, electric drums and proper bass. More good songs -electro-pop merging into intense, compelling frenzies…(read sweaty). Even a dodgy instrument stand (slowly tilting the wrong way) didn’t put him off his stride. Nice to be in a small venue where the talent has too walk through the audience to take the stage…and then lingers at the merch desk afterwards to chat too anyone who is interested.
Respectful for Hannah Peel (with one exception), enthusiastic for EIY (the exception was told to shut up). Big Jeff was there of course.
It made me think..
I love this stuff…and being up close to it. You can always find reasons not to go out on a Tuesday night – glad I didn’t.
I was listening to My Perfect Cousin by The Undertones on 6Music last week (it seems it’s the station’s policy to play it several times a day along with Teenage Kicks) and I really want to hear Kevin’s side of the story.
Who’s to say Kevin’s cousin isn’t just being a jealous little sod with a chip on his shoulder?
“Now I’ve got a cousin called Kevin He’s sure to go to heaven Always spotless, clean and neat The smoothest you can get them”
Ok, so Kevin is hygienic and likes to dress smartly and you’re a scruffy little sod with t shirts that smell of stale water with shit under your fingernails. Next.
“He’s got a fur lined sheepskin jacket My ma said they cost a packet She won’t even let me explain That me and Kevin were just not the same”
His parents have better paid jobs than yours and can afford to buy him a sheepskin coat. That’s not his fault or yours.
“Oh my perfect cousin What I like to do, he doesn’t He’s his family’s pride and joy His mother’s little golden boy”
You have different interests. Deal with it. So, he » Continue Reading.
I bought the latest Leonard Cohen live album Can’t Forget. I know we don’t need any more live Len albums really but I didn’t have many of the songs so thought what the heck. The final track is called Stages – it opens with a humorous comment from Len about Men losing their irresistible status with the opposite sex. It then morphs into a rather attractive slinky and very slightly funky workout of one his classic songs Tower of Song. Then halfway through it fades to a complete stop when I reckon there is at least another 3 or 4 minutes of the song to go. Whoever produced and sequenced this needs a kick in the bollocks. It completely ruins the album and begs the question why?
“Mr Smith delivers the lyrics in a manner which at some points makes it hard to hear the words.”
What does it sound like?:
The 4th album by West Coast band Dawes is not as immediate as the last one, Stories Don’t End. However, that may turn out to be a good thing. Four days, and repeated listens, has meant that several songs that felt a bit like filler have now opened up to reveal a depth that wasn’t immediately apparent.
Let me declare a bit of an interest here – since someone on this (or, more probably, the previous) site posted a Dawes video, 4 years ago, the band has become one of my favourites of all time. Which, at my age, is bloody fantastic. I have devoured their records, seen them live quite a bit and bored friends and family by slipping Dawes tracks onto every mix-CD I make for them. So, I was just a bit excited by this new album.
Once again, it shows Taylor Goldsmith to be a consummate songwriter. Lyrics about lost love, aging, California and the world around him draw you in and, coupled with his voice, soothe your ears. The band are no slouches, as anyone that has seen them live will attest. Tight playing, tight harmonies and a surprising » Continue Reading.
Especially for you @james-blast I might even buy this if it was ever released.
Afterword favourites Sun Kil Moon played the Barbican the other night, as reviewed by Uncut scribe John Mulvey. Things took a sour turn when SKM mainman Mark Kozelek performed an ad-hoc misogynistic ditty about Mulvey’s colleague Laura Snapes, containing some pretty unedifying slurs.
Personally, I love Sun Kil Moon and I’m able to separate the art from the artist, but my opinion of Kozelek has certainly plummeted.
The extras for these have been a mixed bag so far with many rough mixes sounding almost identical to the released takes to everyone but black dogs
However this last batch look more interesting if true
PRESENCE Two Ones Are Won For Your Life (Reference mix) 10 Ribs & All / Carrot Pod Pod (pod) Royal Orleans (reference mix) Hots On For Nowhere (reference mix)
IN THROUGH THE OUT DOOR In the Evening (rough mix) Southbound Piano (South Bound Saurez) Fool In the Rain (r mix) Hot Dog (r mix) The Epic (Carouselambra r mix) The Hook (All My Love r mix) Blot (I’m Gonna Crawl – r mix)
CODA We’re Gonna Groove (alt mix) If It Keeps On Raining (When The Levee Breaks rough mix) Bonzo’s Montreux (Mix Construction In Progress) Baby Come On Home Sugar Mama Poor Tom (instrumental) Travelling Riverside Blues (BBC Session) Hey Hey What Can I Do Four Hands (Four Sticks – Bombay Orchestra) Friends (Bombay Orchestra) St Tristan’s Sword (rough mix) Desire (The wanton Song – rough mix) Walter’s Walk (rough mix) Everybody Makes It Through (In the Light – rough mix)
How about Frank Turner socks?
Let’s see whether this audio quality stuff ads up. Listen here…
Opinion is raging on the UK Mod Scene Facebook group as to what Paul Weller’s hair is all about. He’s tamed it slightly since this photo, but basically the hardliners are saying that – though it’s been copied by mods the world over – it’s not in any way a 60s mod haircut. So far over 1,000 people have contributed to the debate, and it’s getting testy.
Personaly, I think that it’s a variation on Rod Stewart/Steve Marriot’s hair circa 1966, with the distinct influence of a skinhead girl’s ‘do and, perhaps at its spiky rear, a touch of former Hammersmith Gorilla Jesse Hector.
What are your thoughts?
Somehow this feels very Afterword: a compilation of songs that were sequels to big hits.
Mo’ onions by Booker T & the MGs, Peggy Sue got married by Buddy Holly etc.
The sequel song is extinct now, but back in the day it was a useful money-spinner.
Are there any they’ve missed? Are there any others you wish had been recorded?
What about the sequel album? I’d quite like to have heard Closer to the Edge, Songs in the Key of Death, Quintophenia, What’s the story, evening glory? and The Lamb Wakes up on Broadway.
Any other potential masterpieces we missed out on?
AT F……G LAST the So Called Mighty has fallen – BLATTER don’t MATTER now – has RESIGNED not before bloody time. Thank goodness he wasn’t here for the Tottenham v Sydney & Chelsea v Sydney games – Sydney accredited themselves very well – there was enough bowing respectfully to The REAL Mighty one JOSE he DOES deserve it for what he has achieved – now the GREATEST World Game can go forward.
When have you ever heard drums sound like clouds before?