The latest episode of CBVD is now online, with loads of great tunes plucked from the fields and chazzas of Suffolk. PLUS an astonishing (to me anyway) bit of pop trivia.
Top British funksters Kokomo are playing 2 gigs later this month at The Half Moon in Putney. The 25th and the 26th, to be precise. They will be back there again on the 8th & 9th of November, if you can wait that long. They’re also at Colston Hall in Bristol on November 12th on a double bill with their old pals The Average White Band and finally on 16th November they’re playing at The Stables near Milton Keynes. Of the original band, singer/keyboardist Tony O’Malley, singers Frank Collins and Paddie McHugh, guitarists Neil Hubbard & Jim Mullen, sax/flute man Mel Collins and conga player Jody Linscott are still on board, with Helena-May Harrison taking over from Dyan Birch on vocals, Jennifer Maidman replacing the late Alan Spenner on bass and Andy Treacey on drums. I’ve booked for the 26th July. Only £15 (plus just over a quid booking fee). These Half Moon gigs will sell out, so if you’re interested, don’t hang about.
Anyone interested in attending a playback where you would have the opportunity to hear classic cuts from the upcoming The Ten Year War box set in the highest possible quality. It’s in London at the Gibson rooms on July 13th 4-6pm
The band will not be at this event.
The tracks are the Andy Pearce re-masters, which are considered by the band and industry to be the best mastering ever done on Sabbath
The playback is via the new MQA Audio files: http://www.mqa.co.uk/ which is the new HD Audio format
Audio will be played-back via a super high-end audio system
The venue is the Gibson Brands audio facility in Soho, which is a high-spec, bespoke music performance and playback space for invitation only events
In addition to hearing the Sabbath MQA audio via the sound system, guests will also have the opportunity to listen to the audio via high quality headphone and playback via a dedicated HD audio player
Guests will be able to keep their audio player (pre-loaded with the 8 Sabbath studio albums on MQA Audio) and listen back at their leisure
There will be a brief Q&A and explanation about the HD audio » Continue Reading.
Anyone up for reviewing the new album – let me know….
An opportunity has arisen for a complimentary press ticket to this show, might possibly be stretched to a ‘plus one’ – anyone interested let me know asap in view of the relatively short time available to sort this out.
My pals the WookaLadies are trying to fund an ambitious second album this summer. I’ve heard the songs – they’re fantastic. They have a terrific analogue studio booked and are running a 40-day Kickstarter campaign to try and get £4,000 – half the funds needed.
Here are 3 1/2 of the 5 Wookas playing recently at a festival in Nottingham – their first GB performance, and hopefully the first of many. I say 3 1/2 because Sharon (banjo/lead guitar) couldn’t make it and Clare (normally flute, violin, guitar, mandolin, concertina etc etc) had broken a finger and could not play any of her usual instruments – so learned versions of her parts and Sharon’s parts on piano. Amazing.
ARGENTINE SKA-ROCK LEGENDS LOS FABULOSOS CADILLACS ANNOUNCE ONE-OFF SHOW AT BRIXTON ACADEMY
Anyone Afterworders in the London area wanting to try something a bit different might want to check this out….
‘‘LA SALVACIÓN DE SOLO Y JUAN’ WORLD TOUR COMES TO THE CAPITAL FOR RARE UK APPEARANCE ON FRIDAY 14 JULY 2016 LATIN GRAMMY WINNERS FOR ‘BEST ROCK ALBUM’ AND ‘BEST ROCK SONG’ Legendary ska-rock pioneers LOS FABULOSOS CADILLACS have announced a special one off show at London’s Brixton Academy on Friday 14 July, the only UK stop on their ‘La Salvación De Solo Y Juan’ World Tour. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs are the world’s biggest Latin American Rock act and this announcement follows their huge wins at November’s Latin GRAMMYS for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song and recent sold out show at Madison Square Garden. This unmissable performance is the international stars’ first in the UK for seven years and is set to be a party of epic proportions. All tickets are £35 + booking fee where charged, on sale now at TicketMaster.co.uk
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs are widely-acclaimed as one of the world’s most important rock bands from the past 30 years. With their groundbreaking and irreverent » Continue Reading.
Been let down right at the last minute by two people for what promises to be an amazing show tonight. https://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=20582
I have a pair of (seated) tickets available, only hoping for face value of £25 or very near offer.
The reviews so far have been excellent, including one on this very site I am currently unable to link to due to being on my phone and a bit confused by the whole posting process on it.
PM me if you’re interested.
Seriously. It’s going to be BRILLIANT.
I don’t get much time to be on here these days, but I hope that some of you may be interested in a little project that I’ve been working on. It’s called “Rockshelf”, and it’s an attempt to try and catalogue fiction about popular music.
This endeavour has already resulted in me discovering and enjoying new books, and there’s many more I’m looking forward to getting hold of. Maybe it might do the same for you.
There are over 200 novels already published over on http://rockshelf.blogspot.co.uk/ – and nearly a thousand more I need to review, so plenty to look at.
We’re completely genre agnostic, whether that be fiction genre or music genre. We hope to capture as many novels set in the world of popular music as we can.
You can search for music genre or publication decade through the “word cloud”.
There’s a separate tab that lists all the novels by the bands that we think inspired the acts in the stories, so if you want novels about or inspired by (e.g.) The Beatles, you can find them easily.
There’s also a Facebook page which will be used to announce new additions to the » Continue Reading.
In the music marquee this year we have: Helen & The Neighbourhood Dogs – East Angliacana featuring @Skirky and mystery special guest Oldskool – classic rock jam band featuring @Twang 3 teen acts from the local college Rock School Sing Papworth Choir & the Ermine Street brass band
We’re sharing a huge marquee with the Papworth Brewery this year, which sounds like a recipe for fun. There will be Cambridgeshire’s biggest bouncy castle, a huge red shiny – steady, Moose – fire engine, tug of war competition, gun dog agility displays, raptors, majorettes, archery, and lots more.
The fun starts at 12 noon, Twang’s on about 2:30, Skirky’s on about 4pm, ends at a family-friendly 5pm. Come and say hello to the soundman.
I find that due to my brother-in-law attending a wedding that I now have a spare ticket for the above gig. It’s sold out and if anyone would like to attend with myself, wife and a good chum please let me know. It is their 50th anniversary gig so not to be missed (apart from by my brother-in-law that is). Thanks. (I’d only want face value£26)
The newest episode of CBVD is now online, with loads of records freshly plucked from the fields of Suffolk. It’s chock-full of great tunes, although I fear some of the titles may cause poor Moose to have one of his turns.
The Markmeister will amaze and astound with his Beatles lore. His message is this:
I’m doing few public events in 2017 (I’m busy working on a book, you know) but will be at Walthamstow Central Library on Thursday May 11th, 6 to 8pm.
The idea is to dive into the history of the Beatles – and general music/social history – through artefacts brought along by the audience. I don’t know what people are bringing, so it’ll be fresh. I’ll spend a timed five minutes speaking about each piece to ensure everything stays snappy and I get through as many items as possible. It could be the first time our musical history has been done this way, and I fancy it’s going to be a cracking couple of hours, in which the talk can go anywhere.
Here’s the blurb: > Walthamstow Rock ‘n’ Roll Book Club invites YOU to bring along a Beatles or Beatles-related artefact which Mark Lewisohn will talk about for a timed five minutes, explaining the Beatles’ vast history through that specific prism. The item can be anything at all – a photo, a record, a document, a press cutting or magazine cover, a piece of memorabilia, » Continue Reading.
Fans of Steve Hackett will be familiar with his voice – he has a new solo album coming in a few weeks – any takers for a review?
Well, I did the February RPM Challenge again, which gave the world “Decades” last year which some of you have…this year I decided to channel the singer songwriters of the late 60s and 70s so it is tuneful if somewhat self absorbed and angsty – happily with the state of the world there is plenty to be angsty about. It’s not so much a pastiche or imitation of the greats (I mean, come on…) as an open hat doffing to some of the artists who have given me a lifetime of listening pleasure.
Grab it here for free or chuck some coppers in the hat which will go to charity.
Latest episode just uploaded with loads more tunes freshly plucked from the fields of Suffolk. No rude songs this time (sorry Moose), but the Featured Album is a country soul corker. Mwah xxx
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As part of “BBC 6 Music In Glasgow” I will be “doing a DJ Set” with Michael Rooney, fellow Primeval.
The theme is “Records we listened to when starting out”
We start at 9pm and carry on until they stop serving beer – which is either midnight or 1am, depending on demand and the mood of the staff.
Alex and his Small Faces Boys compadres are shortly to go on tour in “All Or Nothing – The Musical”, celebrating the Small Faces and their music and times. They’re playing a celebratory gig in this very small venue prior to hitting the theatres in the show proper.
I grabbed a ticket, for the princely sum of £3 plus 75p booking fee, and then remembered half an hour later that I already had a ticket for “Manuel Gottsching & The Ash Ra Tempel Experience” at The Barbican on the same night. If you want my ticket for an evening of Small Faces music at The Islington, send me a PM and I’ll email you the PDF of the ticket at no charge whatsoever. Sha-La-La-La-Lee.
Master singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine comes to the Beach Sessions in the fantastic Waterbeach Baptist Chapel as part of the Beyond the Cambridge Folk Festival season. Support from Manchester duo We Were Strangers.
Expect audio pefection in a venue with outstanding acoustics.
Don’t hang about – only 150 tickets and, after only 24 hours, 40% have sold.
After a short sojourn, Club Wino is back and now we’ve made it all the way up to number twelve.
This one will take place downstairs at The Roadtrip and Workshop in Old Street on Saturday 8th April.
As the venue is what some might call bijou, there will be a slightly smaller bill than usual featuring your hosts, Neil Gowans and The Winos (featuring this board’s TrypF and Turtleface) and our particular brand of countrified power pop ‘n’ roll. We’ve even got a couple of new tunes.
We will be accompanied by The Bakelite Space Programme, who can rustle up a hell of a din, despite being just the two of them.
So, come join the fun at Club Wino 12, it’s been a while and we’d love to see you.
Any fans out there who would be interested in reviewing the forthcoming 3cd set Perfect Past – The Complete Doctors Of Madness?
The latest Car Boot Vinyl Diaries is now online, with a load of great tunes/old tat (delete as applicable) for your listening ‘pleasure’. I hate to bother you really, but thought the non-Faceberking/Twittering @tiggerlion might appreciate the heads-up. Or his mum, of course 🙂
Anyone fancy reviewing this new release
Mixed and mastered by Steven Wilson, ‘Lost In The Ghost Light’ uses a core band of Stephen Bennett, Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief), Hux Nettermalm (Paatos) and Andrew Booker, plus guests including Kit Watkins (Happy The Man/Camel), and the legendary Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull).
If you don’t have any/all of the Island recordings issued between 1969-71 (three albums, a single and a stray live track), here they all are. Let’s hope the mastering is good…
Here’s the blurb:
A NEW REMASTERED 2 CD DELUXE COLLECTION OF THE COMPLETE QUINTESSENCE RECORDINGS ISSUED BY ISLAND RECORDS BETWEEN 1969 -1971
FIRST EVER COMPREHENSIVE COMPILATION OF THIS ERA OF QUINTESSENCE
INCLUDES ILLUSTRATED BOOKLET WITH NEW LINER NOTES & RARE PHOTOGRAPHS AND MEMORABILIA
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of “Move into the Light – The Island Recordings 1969 – 1971”, a deluxe 2 CD remastered anthology of the legendary Psychedelic, Underground & Eastern influenced Rock band Quintessence.
One of the great underground acts of their era, Quintessence came together in the Ladbroke Grove area of London in 1969. The band comprised Australians Phil ‘Shiva’ Jones (vocals, keyboards), Ron ‘Raja Ram’ Rothfield (flute) along with Allan Mostert (lead guitar), Richard ‘Shambhu Babaji’ Vaughan (bass), Dave ‘Maha Dev’ Codling (rhythm guitar) and Jeremy ‘Jake’ Milton (drums). Within months of their formation the Eastern influenced rock music of Quintessence had earned the band a dedicated following and they were signed by Chris Blackwell » Continue Reading.