I’ve mentioned the Hardchargers around here before – a sensational blues trio from NI, with a national debut album due later this year. Here is their frontman and songwriter Lonesome Chris Todd doing his solo thing with 12-string guitar and slide. Enjoy!
Here’s a nice snapshot of a week in December at New York’s Blue Note for Chick Corea’s 75th birthday, with John McLaughlin. Gail Moran, from MO Mk2, can also be glimpsed. John teases the audiences about ‘wrong notes’. I refuse to believe him!
Here’s a chap, Arthur, on drums, who’s doing a short recital of Mahavishnu Orchestra music in fullment of a degree. Unfortunately there are two errors in the text at the start of his video, but let’s hope the examiners don’t notice…
Anyone waiting for the 999 live album on Record Store Day?
This is a terrific seven minute summation of the Shamsters, from a punk TV Top 10 in, I’m guessing, the early 2000s. I’ve often wondered why there hasn’t been a definitive retrospective Sham docco, but perhaps this is all one really needs?
Every time I’m in a queue at my local grocery store I see – seemingly week in, week out – ghastly looking women’s magazines in garish background colours with unflattering photos of Judy Finnegan on the cover. Very occasionally of Dawn French, but usually Judy. For non UK readers Judy Finnegan is a middle-aged former daytime TV show presenter. I suppose you could say she’s put on a bit of weight, but so what. She is no longer a public figure, as far as I’m aware. Somehow, vast numbers of these trashy looking women’s magazines seem to be more of less entirely based on serving up ever more unflattering paparazzi pics of Judy on the cover with sensational (and almost certainly non-story promoting) headlines such as ‘Fat!!!!’ ‘Wrinkles!!!’ ‘Judy goes shopping!!!!’ ‘Judy puts bins out!!!’
My question (specifically to AW women) is this: who buys this sh*t? Is there REALLY a commercially significant tranche of women who want to buy magazines promising photos of flabby has-beens minding their own business? Why?!?
The great man will be playing a farewell tour of the US in November/December – and playing a set of Mahavishnu Orchestra music for the first time since, well, the Mahavishnu Orchestra!
He played a few Mahavishnu numbers during the late 70s with his One Truth Band, and in his trio with Larry Coryell and Paco de Lucia circa 1980, but then there was nothing until the past three years or so, when he introduced ‘You Know, You Know’ into his current band’s set, and at a couple of recent New York residencies guesting with Chick Corea, where he revisited ‘Miles Beyond’ and, on one occasion, ‘Smile of the Beyond’. Presumably Miles smiled in the beyond.
John’s playing style and, in particular, his guitar sound have changed markedly since the MO era. Let’s hope the inner mounting flame is still there!
…share some music that you listen to, when you need the fever in your head to cool down for a few minutes…..
That’s it….I’m selling my guitars….this is just glorious…and I have to share…..
I’ve just come across a reference in a 1962 ‘Jazz Monthly’ to a CBS compilation LP, ‘Who’s Who In The Swinging Sixties’ – with ‘swinging’ in this case clearly a play on the idea of ‘swing’ as a jazz term and ‘swinging’ as an adjective denoting ebullience. I wondered if this may have been, in fact, the debut appearance of the phrase, albeit in a slightly different context to the one we’re all familiar with (Carnaby Street, London, 1965, etc.). Certainly, the first appearance of the term ‘Swinging London’ in print – from which I think the wider notion of the ‘swinging sixties’ derived – was in a famous ‘Time’ magazine cover story of April 1966.
In the book ‘Days In The Life: Voices From The English Underground 1961-1971’ (Heinemann, 1988), by Jonathon Green, Time magazine’s cultural commentator of the time, Andrea Adam, recalled the origin of that phrase:
‘As I remember it, the expression ‘Swinging London’ just came out of the blue. One of the editors on Time used it jokingly. Somebody said, ‘Oh hey… what about that?’ We never tried to push it as a concept, but it became the working title for the cover. And it caught » Continue Reading.
This may surprise some around here, but I don’t listen to music that often and, within that modicum of time, there has been very little during the last couple of years which has included the Mahavishnu Orchestra (I KNOW it’s all great, and I can hear it in my heard any time…). But sometimes a solid burst of vintage Mahavishnu is a delight.
Having just reminded myself of the first 40-odd minutes of this show from the Birds Of Fire tour in 1973, here it is for others to enjoy!
Just realised it’s John McLaughlin’s birthday. Let’s remind ourselves of the great man with this flash from the archives of oblivion (in this case, an obscure Seattle TV station) from 1973. 20 incomparable minutes of the Mk1 MO on the spring 1973 ‘Birds of Fire’ tour, with extracts from Dawn, One Word, Open Country Joy and Vital Transformation.
I stumbled on this newly uploaded vid for Hilary James’ wonderful setting of Will’s ‘Winter’. Good Will to all men (and women)!
This seems to be from Chick Corea’s birthday do in New York a few days ago. Hurrah!
I’m musing on making an updated version of the bonus chapters and appendices (roughly 100,000 words of content, which would be roughly 290-300 A5 typeset pages) to my John McLaughlin biography available next year in hard copy form. I’d like to find a way to do this as a fairly short run thing, so not a print-on-demand model but say 200 copies. Can any of the Massive recommend, from experience, any printing services that would be good to go with?
Googling such services is easy enough, but a recommendation about reliability and quality would go a long way!
Mention of Robert Quine in the guitar solos thread elsewhere reminded me of this track…..then it popped up randomly on my iPod….coincidence? I think not!
Post your favourite Quine-associated croons below….
“I can remember what it felt like at 17: I was a cat, a dog, a lizard, a mouse….”
No, I wasn’t….however, it was the last & final time when I went on a family holiday with my parents & younger sister. Piled into the family car and off to Scarborough for two weeks, summer of ’79. “Ye Punk” and “Ye Post-Punk” hadn’t quite made it to our house, although one chap at school called Tim* appeared to be cutting his own hair & wearing his blazer inside out. Mind you, he had a weekend job on a record stall at the Barras & took his pay in vinyl – a couple of years prior, he had been the first on the block to have a copy of the “Virgin God Save the Queen single in picture bag”, when I was raving & drooling over Animals…..but I digress.
Scarborough became a cat ‘n’ mouse game with the parents, trying to sneak off for a lager & spend as little time with them as possible. With nearly forty years of hindsight and a family of my own, I can see that I was an ungrateful little sod and as moody as » Continue Reading.
Yes, this is my new favourite T-shirt, combined with an old-fashioned vinyl face…..
Anyone out there got any more to share?
No doubt non musos around here were baffled by Johnny C’s recent reference to ‘sus chords’. I don’t use the phrase myself (they’re suspended chords), but Australians (Aussies) are big on abbreviations (abbrevos?) e.g. barbies, tinnies, ‘this arvo’, etc…
So, having kicked the jargon into touch, let this man – ironically, an Australian – explain what such chords are and give examples. He does so very well. Once your brain has assimilated what they sound like, let us hear any great, or better still unusual, examples of the suspended chord in music.
Caveat: I’m banning all examples from The Who and U2 otherwise there’d be no room for anyone else.
I’ll allow the ‘honorary suspended chord’, the greatest example of which is probably ‘Alright Now’, which goes from A to a sort of D, but the sort of D sounds like a sort of A sus4.
Over to you…
This is ‘Day’s Eye’ composed by Mike Ratledge from Soft Machine’s ‘Seven’ (1973)…
This one? (Jimmy P and the boys, filmed June 2016)
The shortest version of Miles’ ‘Spanish Key’ ever performed – and none the worse for it.
I’ve been a bit glum today – doesn’t matter why – but I wanted to share my absolute 100% guaranteed music for getting me out of the dumps & grinning widely again….
…and it’s Jethro Tull – almost any toon will do the trick, today it was the Warchild album…
I listen to a wide variety of music: progressive, jazz, classical….nothing cheers me up quicker than Jethro Tull!
Anyone else have a sure fire musical Prozac, guaranteed to work for you?
Yes, the format seems implausibly glossy and cheesy at this remove, and we wonder how the world could ever have been this way, and yet, and yet… there’s something rather fun and uncomplicated about this episode of LWT Light Ent show ‘2Gs & the Pop People’.
A terrific Heads, Hands & Feet performance, Sandie Show being great in one song and outrageously camp and un-PC in the next, Scott Walker being Scott Walker (before he startet making records to annoy people), Mike Raven being… well, beyond camp, and a lot of brightly coloured people (the 2Gs) jigging about. Oh, and some woman covering a Sandie Shaw song… when the real Sandie Shaw is actually on the show. Curious…