OK, this is to all the budding superstars out there, and i know there are a few, as well as some bona fide ones as well. As some may know, I have a bit of a pash for cover versions, collecting them and writing about them, over on https://www.covermesongs.com/author/seurasog1. Well, rather than this being any self-promotion, I need a favour. I have been struggling with an all-covers of Armed Forces for six months now, mainly as there is nowhere a cover of the above track. Or, shall we say, a decent one: Erich Sellheim, a german Costello fan seems to have done translated into german covers of nearly every Costello song, and I have already used him, if reluctantly, for another song on the album. So, here’s the deal, and I don’t care what the style or genre is, electronica, rockabilly, prog or acoustic, reggae or drenched in pedal steel, let me have a file. DM me, or, for the brave, post a link here. I can’t guarantee any cash, but be assures of kudos aplenty. Or, at least, my thanks. I will then tunes to tube it and make you able to bask in your own glory. Please? Or » Continue Reading.
More first world problems….. I have a Sonos system of 3 linked speakers in different room. They are brilliant for spotify and used to be brilliant for my own library, which resides on i-tunes (I know) on my MacBook. 60k tracks. Earlier issues I had were, I thought, down to my old 2012 dying MacBook, but, since up getting a new one this year I cannot play from my own library thru’ the speakers: it says my library is too big…… Reading around the issue it seems that Sonos cunningly make no mention of their limited capacity at time of purchase and consider people with that size of personal collection to be niche and of lesser concern than the streamers, who make the bulk of their market. My 60k means, again apparently, that either my tags are too big(?!) or that my wife buying me a smaller 3rd sonos speaker for the kitchen, a couple of years back, has stymied me. (The 65k may be smaller with smaller units, the trio then subject to the smallest component….) Solutions? So far they seem to be use Plex, whatever that is. How? And would it help? Or to transfer my i-tunes to » Continue Reading.
Seemingly not. Mojo has had to delay due to border issues with their cover disc, made in Germany. (Uncut seemed to manage, I note.) R2R should be fine as they use Scots firm Birnam.
Now we are a posh grown up forum of adults, rather than a sniggering and juvenile blog, tempered by the talk about rationing the izal for guests, I have been wondering what you’d all call it, in your house, when you have ‘been’. Is it a number two, have you paid your respects, have you been excused properly or, as the wife’s mother puts it, done a dirty today?
Anyone keeping up with these, liveinthestudio fun from Ms Williams, 4 so far, 2 more to come, each 45 minute sets, with her band, tackling a different theme. So far it has been a tribute to Tom Petty, a set of Dylan songs, some southern soul encompassing Ann Peebles thru’ to Joe South and, just out, some 60’s country weepies. She and the band sound relaxed, and, sure, her voice is wracked but not as wrecked as it can be. Recommended, at $10 a shot, more for hard copy.
It’s bin a long time, bin a long time etc etc, as I sit here, in my cups, headphones on. Soooo…. Random on the comp. Let’s have your infiltered five.
1.The Wind Cries Mary/Cassandra Wilson/Crossing Jordan OST (languid jazzy Hendrix) 2.No Figas/Flor de Toloache/Indestructible (Jings, that’s good, an iberian version of Don’t Speak.) 3. Road Trip/Brad Senne/Aerial Views (Country’n’dreamy) 4. Keep Yourself Warm/Ben Gibbard/Tiny Changes:a celebration of Frightened Rabbit’s The Midnight Organ Fight (“It Takes More Than Fuckin’ Someone To Keep You Warm”……. ouch) 5.Forging/Xylouris White/Black Peak (Indie goes greek)
Paste’s turn now, with a schizophrenic mix of cuddly AW favourites, weird left field stuff, arcane US pop acts and unknown UK collectives. Some unusual bedfellows but the best list yet.
Absolutely stunning. Feels creepily like an epitaph.
My email feeds are full of shows for next year and I confess to be on the cusp of thinking about a time when gigs return to normal. So I clicked on the Damned, with the original Vanian/James/Sensible/Scabies line up reforming for shows next summer. Now I know the biz is in a right old state at the mo, as income has all but dried up, bands, venues, promoters, roadies, crew etc etc, but 75 quid to stand in the shitty O2 Academy? Think I’ll pass. Is this indicative of pricing for the future, or is it based on distancing still being a thing? Which, without fixed seating might be, um, optimistic.
What does it sound like?:
Hang on, let me set the scene… Like many here, I am sort of keen on the National, if with a creeping sense of their gradually creeping up their own orifices, the self importance replacing the simplistic grandeur of their earlier albums. (File under Radiohead, sort of.) So I was keen to see that Berninger, their lugubrious wine-swigging front man, the patron saint of morose middle aged males, had put out a solo release, the band apparently on hold for a while. And it’s a cracker. If your bag is immolation in a muddy puddle of self pity, songs of disappointment and self-doubt. If you love Tindersticks, hell, you’re going to love this. Produced by Booker T Jones, the sound is sumptuous, all muted brass, swathes of organ, with instrumental cameos, seamlessly blended, from Mickey Rapahael, Andrew Bird and Gail Ann Dorsey, amongst others. Starting with the somewhat throwaway ‘My Eyes are T-Shirts’, this levers you in without any great threat, with 2nd track, “Distant Axis”, beginning to give a clue of where this journey is going. Track 3, the ‘single’, “One More Second” effortlessly sums up the direction, the vainglory of expectation. And » Continue Reading.
Intrigued by the list of festivals given a bung by the exchequer. By and large it seems to include those I go to: Cambridge, Shrewsbury, Cropredy and even Bearded Theory have all had some assistance, with only , of those recently frequented, Towersey missing out. Could it be that Sunak compiled his list from this site. “If retropath2 has done more than a single nights out review, kerching!”
A week ago, both Jed and Ward, on Ireland’s Late Late Show. Coulda been worse. (Coulda been better, but, hey….)
Alerted by @beany ‘s post on FB, I learn that C.P.Lee, esteemed Dylanogist and front man of Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoias has left us. I was lucky enough to be in London when Snuff was at the Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square, getting a ticket as a gift for a chum using my room for a spell. I also caught the Albertos a number of times as a support act and at Reading 75.
Jings, I just can’t stop listening to this. Yes, that nice Ross Wilson, aka BRC, has just released his latest, ‘With Healings of the Deepest Kind’, and it is a cracker. Thanks again to @Tiggerlion for introducing me to this fella, a couple of years back. Once more it is his lilting merge of Van M and J Martyn that underwrites the vocals, with, now, if anything even more added Van via the exquisite playing of his band, culled from the pool of Scotland’s all-genre finest, playing like an even better Caledonia Soul Orchestra. Senaid Aitken, at home in folk, classical and jazz, is, effectively bandleader, her violin an exquisite frame for the music, both as a sole instrument or, more often, leading the string quartet. None of yer mantovani massed strings, the separate players weave in and out of the whole, giving a tapestry of beauty. And Scotlands finest trumpet player, Colin Steele, plays like a giant: his solo on this track is up there with Miles’s in Scritti’s O Patti for inducing a goosebumpy shiver. The whole album is good, give or take a couple of up tempos for tracks 2 and 3, which are » Continue Reading.
I know there are fans of the Penistone Piaf here, and I discover she has been gainfully occupied during lockdown, making the now time honoured folkie covers ye olde charts album. Dusty in here, innit….
Well, yesterdays big announcement from the “it is the governments prerogative to make a political decision”(SAGE) government, will there/won’t there be any tents fluttering and flags flying before next year? I have tickets for Wickham, bought aeons ago, and, so far, it seems almost the only one not to have already postponed. It runs over the first w/e in August. Does a marquee count as outdoors or will they just put the stages outside without? All seating (bring your own)? Masks? It’s a largely folk and heritage act line-up so little overt need for a mosh-pit. Announcement comes on 1/7/20. Bet the artists are gagging for it, I am, if the wife lets me.
Part of my lockdown joy has been immersing myself in the joy of Bandcamp. For those unfamiliar, this is a site for individuals to upload their music (and more), like a virtual marketplace, for direct contact with their audience, selling their wares without having to have a manager, label, contract and the rest of it. But this is a whole lot more than bedroom gurners with dodgy files, many an AW favourite artist can be found peddling their wares, with material often unavailable elsewhere, or only available 2nd hand at crazy prices. (And not a few AW members are also putting music out there as well.) On the first friday of these past few months and, hopefully for a few more, whilst C-19 scourges our world, the fees are waived to stall holders, meaning greater amount goes direct to the artist, should even they charge anything. (To be fair, all prices are negotiable beyond the minimum suggestion; it seems decent to chuck a few shekels in the hats of those who who ask for nothing) Preamble over, I discovered the Grief Brothers a week or so ago. Confusingly, there are two such bands, there being an american using the same » Continue Reading.
Fans of this estimable duo, the Mr and Mrs of country duets, Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish, will be eager to catch this second instalment of Country Darkness. This, now clearly an ongoing project, features covers of some of Elvis Costello’s more country oeuvre, and again features the guest fingers of Steve Nieve. Having heard the other 3 songs I can confirm it is better even than Volume 1. And I was quite keen on that.
It gets released on Friday next, 5/6/20.
Surprised this fella yet to have a mention since his death at the w/e of “untreated illness”(!?). Maybe not as influential a figure as some of his african cohorts, this song alone will have me celebrating its writer and bemoaning his demise.
Just a thought….. Anyone in that there London up for a pint or two over lunchtime on saturday 22/5/20? Having an intense w/e of gigs and, given the seasonal close-down of Daytime Music, I’m up for a natter over a jar, a mini mingle even. (Tindersticks, Camille O’Sullivan and Massive Attack/Nils Frahm since you ask.)
St Paul’s Church, Birmingham
Jurado is one of what I think of as the good guys, one of that welter of earnest and efficient acoustic troubadours, beavering away in their cottage industries, issuing disc after disc, possibly omni-touring to make a buck, never filling stadiums but capable of drawing a couple of hundred souls out on a wet and windy, into a cold and crumbling church in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. I know little of his back story, my presence largely on account of 2006’s ‘And Now I’m In Your Shadow’, a bleak showcase of his sad songs; a quiet earthquake of dashed emotions. Since then he has dabbled, I gather, with other formats, a bit of psychedelia, some found sound, bands and electricity. But I read that latest album, The Shape of a Storm, was just him, his voice and an acoustic, and I was in. Support was a young Canadian, Dana Gavanski, strumming on a muted electric to the keyboard and bass of her accompanist, together, with occasional drum machine, channeling Mazzy Star, with keen, pure Sandovalesque vocals and spare melodies, the spaces as important as the sounds. Lovely stuff, the acoustics of the building » Continue Reading.
Christ on a bike, just caught this debacle. I no longer watch the Brits, feeling out of the demographic, but gawd help us, this is embarrassing…….. Like a drunk uncle at a disco. I can imagine all the people watching, thinking that’s what us old guys like: “quick, catch a cop of this, dad’s (grandads?) music” The shame, the shame…
We like Frazey here, don’t we, and it’s been a while. Thankfully ‘U kin B the Sun’, her belated follow-up to 2015’s ‘Indian Ocean’ is out now, if a UK release date now put back from 24/3 to 21/4/20. Boo, but it sounds good on spotty
I gather Jarvis has been persuaded to put up a new version of this song, all proceeds to Shelter, in a bid for the seasonal number 1. Let’s give this an Afterward number on with a bullet! (Me, I prefer the original version…..)