Ever wondered what Cliff would sound like with Led Zeppelin – give this a listen to find out…
Ever wondered what Cliff would sound like with Led Zeppelin – give this a listen to find out…
For the jazz and blues buffs among us, Val Wilmer’s classic 1977 book on black Americans in jazz ‘As Serious As Your Life’ is getting a new edition on March 1 through Serpent’s Tail. As far as I can tell, it’s had four covers and three subtitles in its time, the original subtitle being ‘The Story of the New Jazz’, then (in 1999) ‘John Coltrane and Beyond’, and now ‘Black Music and the Free Jazz Revolution 1957-77’. The new cover – a rather austere presentation, given the font and layout – is an adaptation of the original cover pic. Richard Williams provides a new foreword.
‘In this classic account of the new black music of the 1960s and 70s, celebrated photographer and jazz historian Val Wilmer tells the story of how a generation of revolutionary musicians established black music as the true vanguard of American culture.
Placing the achievements of African-American artists such as Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane and Sun Ra in their broader political and social context, Wilmer evokes an era of extraordinary innovation and experimentation that continues to inspire musicians today.
As vital now as when it was first published in 1977, As » Continue Reading.
Mongo Shakers are musical collaborators who’ve worked together for around 30 years in East London. The core members have been Matt & Chris, who have mostly tinkered away in various home built studios, drafting in pals to play on recordings, but also playing the odd gig. Over time I’ve seen the sophistication of their work increase to the point where I class myself as a fan who’d happily buy their stuff. Anyhow, very sadly Chris died in February 2017 & Matt has crafted a labour of love to complete their final work together as a full album & as a tribute to Chris. If you think soundscapes, Moby, Holger Czukay with a sprinkle of KLF, you won’t be far off. If that’s your bag, have a listen. Any and all feedback would be appreciated by the numerous musicians on the work.
You can now access it in many different ways: you can stream it for free on soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/mongo-shakers/sets/this-is-four
you can pay to download it from Bandcamp: https://mongoshakers.bandcamp.com/releases
you can stream it on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3APvCNA3seTZdL4eiFdRAX
you can buy it on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/this-is-four/1324416989
I love it, maybe you will too. Apologies that for some reason, I can’t make the » Continue Reading.
If you don’t dance to this you’ve got no soul.
At last, some details have been released:
In April 2018, Madfish celebrate Wishbone Ash, one of Britains most enduring and best-loved rock acts, by releasing a comprehensive deluxe 30 CD box set, The Vintage Years. Loaded with rarities, memorabilia, a new interview and a lavish 156-page hardback book, a third of this new collection features previously unheard & unreleased material.
Following decades of being starved of unreleased material from the true vintage years from Wishbone Ash, fans will soon be able to enjoy the long-awaited, remastered anthology from this esteemed and influential band in its pure quality in both musical and printed content.
Check out the trailer for the box set here: https://youtu.be/ptd1wjsy8GA
This box set is strictly limited to 2,500 copies and includes all 16 studio albums between 1970-1991, all of which feature bonus material including rare album outtakes, B-sides and 12 previously unreleased studio tracks. These are presented in mini-gatefold sleeves. Three of the 16 albums are currently out of print on CD (Nouveau Calls, Here to Hear & Strange Affair). The box set will feature brand new cover artwork designed by Colin Elgie, the original designer behind the award-winning Live Dates sleeve artwork.
There are 3 » Continue Reading.
I have 4 tickets for Gorillaz on Dec 4th at 02 which i cannot now use due to a work clash.
Just want someone to use them – face value is £55 each.
If you would like them please let me know and make a donation to a cancer charity of your choice.
In the hope that I’m not misusing the Noticeboard feature, here’s my latest music show / mixtape / DJ mix on Mixcloud. Self indulgent, but fun – I told myself I would do this again if I got more than ten listeners last time, and I got 77 (and counting?) so someone must be listening somewhere out there.
Anyway, it’s a seamless mix of eclectic tunes which kicks off with the Allman Brothers, drops by to say hello to Lorde, allows Donovan a bit of Barabajagal and finishes by worshipping at the altar of The Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time.
Well worth half an hour of your time I think!
Should you be any where near the leafy environs of Kelvedon in Posh North Essex on December the 9th, do drop by The Institute, where the self-styled kings and gods of East Angliacana will be performing songs from out of our own heads in the company of both Disappointment Bob and one Fern Teather. Please form an orderly queue in order to recycle all those Fern jokes we had after that last library gig was cancelled.
No, not that one, the other one…
It seems FRoots magazine is in financial trouble. A kickstarter page has been created to raise £20,000 towards buying editor Ian A Anderson and his small team enough time to revamp the business model while still continuing to create the magazine.
I hugely admire Ian for creating and running the magazine since 1977 or thereabout, and I wrote for it a fair bit in the 90s, and the odd time since. I’m not really ‘in the folk world’ but I believe it would suffer without this delightfully quirky and ornery organ of (needed) publicity and comment. I’ve pledged something myself. Here’s the link:
My wife has a ticket for the show at The Barclaycard Arena, on Saturday 16th December. It is a £90 ticket, plus copious amounts of add-ons, which is going for £75. It’s a decent seat – Lower tier 4, row F, seat 139. DM me if you’re interested.
Circumstances have once again conspired against me and, for the 2nd year running, I will have to miss The War On Drugs in London. The gig is at Ally Pally, next Tuesday, and it is sold out. So I have a ticket going. With booking fees it was £38 but I’m happy to take £20 and I’ll post it out, first class.
I’m a huge fan of Tolkien – if you’re not, move along, nothing to see, etc. – and of the better scholarship about him and his literary creations (the best commentators, in my view, being Tom Shippey and Verlyn Fleiger – who herself has a new anthology of essays and talks on Tolkien out very soon – and historian John Garth, plus the late great Humphrey Carpenter).
Added to the list of great Tolkien scholars are the husband and wife team Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull. Their colossal ‘JRR Tolkien Companion & Guide’, a double book set comprising ‘A Reader’s Guide’ and ‘Chronology’, was published a number of years ago and represented a mammoth achievement – a finely crafted, forensically researched book of biographical data – almost days by day in places – alongside an encyclopedia-type volume of essays on Tolkien’s works, his peers, influences, episodes in his publishing history, schools and colleges attended, academic work, etc., etc.
Well, there’s now a new edition, expanded to a three volume set – or 1.3 million words. It’s on amazon UK at £78 – that’s a huge saving on the RRP of £140.
There are great numbers of third-rate, poorly » Continue Reading.
I’ve got 2 tickets going spare for Rhiannon Giddens at Bristol Colston Hall on Sat November 18th. They’re in Row U seats 13 & 14. Absolutely gutted I can’t go so they may be wet with tears when they arrive if there are any takers. They cost me £45 for the pair and I’ll pay for recorded delivery. Sob sob sob.
Regular Afterworders will know I’m a huge fan of singer/songwriter and celebrity Cornwall dweller Sarah McQuaid. Sarah has just announced Bandcamp pre-order options for her new album – ‘If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous’ – with legendary guitar-slinger and celebrity Yorkshire dweller Michael Chapman producing.
I didn’t care for the production on Sarah’s last album, but this one sounds like a terrific new path, from the expansive, spare, analogue sound of preview track ‘The Tug of the Moon’.
Sarah hopes to press ‘go’ on a vinyl pressing for the album (which is scheduled for February 2018 release), but needs enough pre-orders for this option to happen. I’ve just made my contribution. Hope others will too.
Here’s what Sarah and Michael have to say:
I’m delighted to announce that my fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous will be released on 2nd February 2018 and is now available to pre-order. Produced by guitar legend Michael Chapman (memorably described in The Guardian as “the godfather of new cosmic Americana”), the album features what I’m convinced is by far my best batch of original songs and instrumentals ever … plus another co-write with the » Continue Reading.
Once again, my band Neil Gowans and the Winos are heading our own night at London’s glittering Zigfrid von Underbelly, featuring two regulars at this parish. This time out, we’re lucky to have support from Sean ‘Dr’ Millar, a redoubtable songwriter from Ireland who some of you may have heard of. Starting up are the country-flavoured Tupelos, a fine outfit starting out. We’re a saucy Nick Lowe/Elvis/Feelgoods amalgam, with a few choice covers thrown in the mix. Zigfrid von Underbelly is at 11 Hoxton Square London N1, entry a mere fiver, kicking off about 8pm. If you can make it, say hi to the lanky bass player!
With apologies for the short notice, a ticket is available in exchange for a nights out review at any of these dates
SAT NOVEMBER 4 LONDON ROUNDHOUSE
MON NOVEMBER 6 BRISTOL O2 ACADEMY
WEDS NOVEMBER 8 LEEDS O2 ACADEMY
FRI NOVEMBER 10 BIRMINGHAM O2 ACADEMY
SUN NOVEMBER 12 GLASGOW O2 ACADEMY
TUES NOVEMBER 14 LIVERPOOL O2 ACADEMY
THURS NOVEMBER 16 NEWCASTLE O2 ACADEMY
I have a spare ticket for the Magic Band Farewell Tour at the Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room on Friday 10th November – face value. If anyone is interested then please let me know.
Just the one sold out show at The Borderline in London – a guest list ticket is available in exchange for a ‘nights out’ review. Interested ? Let me know.
This is just a heads-up for anyone who may be interested and missed the Kickstarter campaign: my very limited edition companion volume to ‘Bathed In Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond’ (Jawbone, 2014) is now available via the good auspices of Peter Muir at Market Square Music.
For a day or two I knew how it felt like to be New Order circa ‘Blue Monday’ – some default postage rates glitch meant that I was losing money on every copy bought! But Peter has (I am told… touch wood…) sorted the whole thing out now and copies can be purchased (at £14.95) for the moment exclusively via www.marketsquaremusic.com – with postage anywhere in the world.
The book will be listed on amazon.co.uk in due course BUT it will be £19.95 and will only post to the UK. I’ve opted to have this amazon listing because it’s a widely known/trusted online retailer, but from a one-item, low-run seller’s point of view it’s a bit of a killer, hence the higher price to mitigate that. Also, one cannot alter amazon’s default ‘rest of world’ postage rates, hence UK-only from amazon once it’s up there. I hope that makes » Continue Reading.
The Radiophonic Workshop are one of the most influential electronic music groups of all time. As the in-house composers of music and effects for the BBC they created the sonic backdrops for Doctor Who, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Tomorrow’s World and countless others.
They soundtracked the childhoods of several generations, now they’re back to soundtrack your Friday night with a two part set. The first is a live version of their first studio album for 25 years, the improvised work Burials on Several Earths, with guest collaborator Martyn Ware (Heaven 17, The Human League and BEF). The second is a heritage archive set in which the Workshop perform some of their best known material – including the high water mark of early British electronica – the signature tune for Doctor Who.
Join the Radiophonic Workshop at 18.30 for a special in-conversation event Soundhouses: The Radiophonic Workshop at 60. Tickets include entry to the Late event. Audio installation provided by Bowers & Wilkins Visuals for the night are performed by Obsrvtry, a collaboration between Michael Faulkner, founder of D-Fuse and Ben Sheppee, creator of Lightrhythm Visuals. Guest DJ Tom Middleton (Global Communication)