It crops up on iPlayer from time to time, but if you haven’t seen it, there’s Chuck live in London available at the moment. It’s 1972, so you get My Ding A Ling, but the rest is maximum R’n’R.
I’m just going to leave this here (the link to the article, I mean – the video is for the mildly curious).
Ben Beaumont-Thomas I salute you! You made me listen to Music!!
All he needs now is to become an earl and he can be an earlobe.
In the mid 90s, Bangor, NI, singer/songwriter Iain Archer made two acoustic-based albums for Glasgow label Sticky. In between he recorded a blistering stoner rock album that never saw daylight. Here it is.
What does it sound like?:
I guess most people know the setup. In 1963 ITV took 14 seven year old English children from various backgrounds and decided to follow their lives, returning to them every seven years and see how they were getting on. In doing so they would explore the extent to which class and background influenced how they turned out, and the extent to which our DNA means the person we are is already there in the seven year old child.
Remarkably, 56 years later, eleven of them are still taking part – two declined this time, and one sadly died five years ago.I don’t know if I have a particular empathy with the participants because I am just one year younger than them. The life changes they’ve been through I’ve been through at the same time, not to mention the hairstyles, the fashions, and the widening girths. But I find it immensely moving televison.
The answer to the influence of background and DNA, is, of course, ‘quite a lot’ in both cases. But the programme also quietly subverts lazy assumptions, not least in the way many of the working class kids have turned out – the » Continue Reading.
What does it sound like?:
Dylan LeBlanc is a sensitive soul. He writes personal, evocative songs. His voice is sweet and gentle, almost feminine. He has his demons. His parents divorced when he was an infant. His father, James, moved to Nashville to pursue a career writing country songs, so little Dylan had two homes. He ended up in rehab before he finished high school. He has an open, trusting face, high cheekbones and long flowing locks. A good-looking sensitive musician with issues should be a big hit with the ladies but his early albums are bleak Southern Gothic, the kind that warns people to keep their distance.
Dave Cobb is a highly professional producer with a long cv ranging from Sturgill Simpson to Jason Isbell. You’d expect him to provide a slick ‘Nashville’ production for LeBlanc and his longstanding band, The Pollies, even though Renegade was recorded over just ten days. It is, indeed, nice and clean with smooth curved lines but the surprise is that there is barely a Country note in it. This album is mainly Power Pop but with the power turned down down to seven. Think of eighties radio music, such as Journey » Continue Reading.
What does it sound like?:
Wovoka Gentle are a trio from London: twins Imogen and Ellie Mason and William Stokes. The music they make is an eclectic sound collage. They can all turn their hand to any instrument they care to reach for but they tend to use synthesisers, drum machines, samplers, effects units and guitars, lots of guitars. Steadfastly refusing to be pidgeon-holed, they have no respect for genres or musical styles and have the attention span of a gnat. A Wovoka Gentle track could be a Pastoral Folk song with Electronic squelches set to an African beat, topped with ripe, close harmonies, suddenly handbrake-turning into New Order, lurching onto a sea shanty and finishing up with Johnny Cash. It’s as though they’ve randomised the most diverse playlist they could think of and flit from one track to the next before each has finished.
At first, Start Clanging Cymbals is as challenging a listen as its title suggests. However, coherence improves as the album goes on and over repeated listens. The youthful vibrancy of the music is infectious. The sound is warm and bright. There is some beautiful playing here. They are all skilful musicians. The vocals » Continue Reading.
welcome to the first Friday of a new month. here in Glasgow, while the calendar says “June”, the weather seems to be unable to move past “February”
come away in, hang your wet clothes on the dryer, help yourself to a drink from the cabinet, and tell us all – what have you been listening to / enjoying / reading / watching in the last month? and is there anything coming up we should be aware of ?
I just heard on Gideon Coe’s show that Malcolm ‘Mac’ Rebbenack, aka Dr. John, aka The Night Tripper has passed away. This makes me very sad.
Yup, when a name goes up like this it can mean but one thing, and it does. Mac Rebbenack has left the building, at 77. I was privileged to see him twice, once in NY (and in my 3 top gigs just the other day’s post), then again at Warwick Arts a couple of years back. Not so keen on his scary gris-gris entry to fame as his later guardian of N’Awlins traditions, but a fabulous performer and I have some wonderful recordings to remember him by.
Did anyone watch “63 Up” tonight?
(It was terrific, of course, as always. Very moving and thought-provoking. If anyone hasn’t heard of it, it’s a documentary series that has been running since 1964 where they follow a group of people every seven years).
Anyway…. just before the end credits, NOT the end credits…. there was a flashback montage to a scene from the first series in 1964, and it showed all the seven year old kids playing on a building sight. What was the tune that was playing??? It was absolutely gorgeous and I need to listen to the whole thing. Sounded like a very English classical thing, something like Vaughan Williams or Elgar or something. The sort of thing you would hear on Classic FM. It sounded very familiar so it must be quite famous.
Again, I DON’T mean the sinister-sounding tune that plays over the end credits… it was just before that.
Please someone tell me!
The Old Market, Brighton & Hove
‘I think there will be something in our repertoire tonight to satisfy even the most jaded of audience members, including those who might only recognise one or two song – probably sung by someone else’ grins new septegenarian Nick Drain Lowe from the low stage of the Brighton Old Market. Despite being many years down the rock n roll road he appears to still be having a whale of a time. Backed by surf garage band Los Straitjackets in their Mexiacan wrestler garb he’s already given his his initial solo statement ‘So It Goes’ (BUY1), ‘Ragin’ Eyes’ and ‘Without Love’ with an effortless grace and cool.
Still whippet thin and in crisp white shirt, this silver fox has left the crooning at home for the most part and got his dancing shoes on. With a new EP ‘Love Starvation’ folowing on from last years ‘Tokyo Bay’ he indeed has songs of all kinds to despense. This aims to be a rather civilised evening – doors open at 7pm, the excellent support set from rockabilly riot Howlin Jaws at 7.30 with Nick done and dusted by 10pm sharp. Which means » Continue Reading.
I’ve just bought tickets for Ross Noble’s next tour. The London Palladium show to be precise. That’s the London Palladium show on 3 May 2020, 11 months away.
Is this a record?
My favourite venue is under threat again, just months after they were told they had won their case.
I’ll start with this offering
What does it sound like?:
Originally titled Earthquake Country, the Dead’s palindromic third album, originally released in 1969, is next in line for the 50th anniversary treatment, arriving as a two cd set. The band, now featuring Tom Constanten on piano, produced one of their most experimental sets as they came to terms with the hot new 16 track technology the studio had to offer. This proved to be both a blessing and a curse as some pieces work very well, while others suffer from extreme self indulgence. When it works, such as on songs like Cosmic Charlie, it’s great, but when it doesn’t, as on the infinitely forgettable What’s Become of the Baby, it’s tiresome in the extreme. Garcia sings lead on most of the songs and, as his collaboration with Robert Hunter really began to bear fruit, it’s interesting to witness the burgeoning emergence of acoustic material such as Mountains of the Moon and Dupree’s Diamond Blues, which point to the direction they would follow so successfully on the two subsequent albums. The first cd contains the original 1969 mix, apparently appearing on cd for the first time, plus the more familiar 1971 mix. There are actually » Continue Reading.
Apologies, can’t help myself – but after seeing a few more references to his last tour in the Top 3 Gigs thread, I just have to signal possibly a lone voice of dissent…
I admit that mass enthusing does tend to drive an urge to look for a contrary reaction – even more so when the panting reviews are used as marketing by the artist themselves with DB himself quoting the NME’s ridiculous “The Best Live Show Of All Time”.
But this is an artist I’ve long admired, never seen before live – and he was doing some Remain In Light and Fear of Music tunes. Fab! So I went to Hammersmith wanting to join the throng of superlative givers
And? Just about OK – not a live show but a self-consciously hip performance of – in some cases – average songs. And then you get to the groove monsters from Remain In Light…surely exciting spontaneous wig-outs, or at least get into that groove..no, more mannered smuggery.
Yes, that’s the word that summed it up for me – smug…
So if anyone out there feels the same – great! Otherwise, please just walk on past and shake your head…
I work 10 miles from Duxford IWM. On Monday, as I left the office, a squadron of C-47 Dakotas in formation flew overhead at 500 feet. It was awe-inspiring.
They were practising for yesterday’s flight to Normandy when two veterans – Harry Read, 95, and John Hutton, 94, – parachuted back into Normandy, 75 years after their first landing.
My father-in-law and brother-in-law both spent their careers with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. B-I-L is involved in building the new memorial at Gold Beach where the names of the 22,442 members of the British armed forces who died will be listed.
Be thankful we can sit in safety and type rubbish at strangers.
I appear to have something in my eye.
Behold the sight of Suede live a couple of days ago in their career peak 2019 form.
….Supergroups that seem to have been assembled by somebody putting a well-stocked music library on shuffle and calling up the first six living artists to see what they’re doing this summer.
I am intrigue though but.
Now, this is clearly terrible and on no account would I want anybody here to send me a link to this material. Absolutely not.
I have just posted on the top 3 concerts thread & was going to add as a sort of PS the worst/ most disappointing concert I have ever been to, but I thought it would maybe deserve a thread of its own.
This band have had a lot of positives on this site of ours, but when I saw Spiritualized at Whitehaven in 2003 ish they were dreadful. I lasted 5 songs then left & the other punters were leaving in droves alongside me. Worst band I have ever seen, Truly pants.
My most disappointing concert was without a shadow of a doubt Bob Dylan at Sheffield arena about 10 years ago.
I had been so looking forward to seeing him, a real bucket list concert, great seats, great sounds but he was awful. Terrible singing, no audience inter reaction, nothing. Such a let down.
Over to you chums…
Can we have some unbiased local angles on whatever the heck is going on in Oz as regards the state versus public service broadcasting?
From the coverage I’ve seen thus far, I can’t say I can easily reconcile recent police activities with the laid back ocker attitude to life I’ve come to associate with my antipodean chums.
Top 3 live shows you’ve seen…
Bruce Springsteen. Leeds Arena. July 2013 Just a pure celebration of his songs. Like a Boss jukebox. Such a privilege to see him perform live. Genius. Such a great atmosphere, the crowd into every chord of every song.
Pet Shop Boys. Birmingham NEC. June 1991 Mind-blowing show – if you’ve never seen it, you should watch on YouTube. Ground-breaking production. A friend lent my DVD of the show and thought it was a collection on video promos, which tells you how good it was. Influenced most live shows going forward.
Morrissey. Sheffield City Hall. February 1995 Just after Vauxhall & I, he was at the height of his powers on this tour. Came on with a knuckle-duster and cuts to his face and hands. Crazy, before the real craziness of today. The songs from the album sounded amazing.
…you meet someone who saw Elvis Presley at the Louisiana Hayride. My friend Kyle, a former music retailer, scenester and one of the alternative candidates to Terri Hooley as ‘godfather of punk’ in Northern Ireland, operates an Airbnb place. He occasionally has interesting guests. A while ago it was someone from free-jazz pioneers AMM, this week it’s a nice fellow from Shrieveport who can make the above claim (he was aged 4 at the time). The next gig he saw was 13 years later, also in Shrieveport – Jimi Hendrix. That’s a rather impressive sequence, isn’t it?
Feel free to take the post heading ‘ ‘It’s not everyday that…’ – and fill in your own interesting encounters. 🙂