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I know there are some Stephen Duffy fans on here – get yourselves over to SDE as Pete Paphides has launched a new label. One of his first releases is the Stephen Duffy I love my friends album from 1996 with a bonus cd of rarities/unreleased songs. You can get a signed version and support a noble cause which if successful might help get further Duffy rarities released.
This box includes Ronnie’s 4 solo albums – Anymore For Anymore (+ singles), Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance, One For the Road and the cruelly underrated See Me. In addition it features tracks from Ronnie’s Mahoney’s Last Stand album with Ron Wood and Rough Mix with Pete Townshend. The final disc of the set focuses on Ronnie’s time in the US with live highlights and studio tracks never previously released. The set also featured lots of rare and unreleased material – be prepared to here fantastic cover versions of The Wanderer, Rocket’ 69 and The Joint Is Jumpin’ as well as unheard Ronnie compositions plus live recordings, tracks for the BBC and highlights from a legendary Rockpalast concert. The set is curated by long time musical associate of Ronnie’s, Slim Chancer musician Charlie Hart. Comprehensive sleevenotes focus on Ronnie the musician, the songwriter, the collaborator and split the post ’73 period into three distinct parts . Writers are Paolo Hewitt, Kris Needs and Kent Benjamin covering Ronnie’s Austin years.
Packaging – 6 discs housed in a hard back book with outer slipcase. The package also include a book of Ronnie’s lyrics and an A2 fold out poster.
Link and picture » Continue Reading.
Are you a Spotify Premium Family subscriber? Or, are you toying with becoming one? Spotify are trying to entice new subscribers to it’s family plan by offering a free mini google speaker worth £50 to customers. Unusually, this offer is also open to existing subscribers. I know this works because I’ve just done it and my speaker is on it’s way to me. Click on the link below to go to the relevant page.
[If you are already a family subscriber, scroll down to the link in the blue band hallway down the page]
I’m interested in keeping an ongoing journal or blog, and would like to keep it private (I don’t want the world to know that I like Angel Witch). I’m wondering if anyone has suggestions for what would be the best bet? Would it be to go with something online like Penzu, or download the WordPress software and host it on a external drive? Any suggestions welcome!
Walking through a store in Sydney’s glorious QVB yesterday, I could hear the Muzak burbling away and thought, ‘hang on, that’s Quo with In The Army Now…what the…’. it’s just wrong on so many levels. Even the basement level where I was.
So whilst browsing t’interweb I note that Stephen Malkmus is embarking on an UK tour. Might be interesting, so I check out the dates:
Sept 13 – CCA, Glasgow Sept 16 – YES (The Pink Room), Manchester Sept 17 – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham Sept 18 – Moth Club, London
If a couple of small pubs constitutes a tour then my and my mates are the Rolling Stones every weekend. I realise that finances are tight in the music biz these days, but I have far more respect for those that jet into London, do a gig, then jet out again than this nonsense. That’s the trouble with middle-aged people, they’re just not prepared to put the work in.
Andre Williams was an R n’ B singer from the first era of 1950s R n’ B. He rarely made it out of the chitlin’ circuit, but was as important as Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Ike Turner, or Johnny “Guitar” Watson. He made a little talent go a long way, but was inspired by the spirit of wry funk and worked his way through many genres of African-American music.
I discovered him via a cover Frank Zappa did of “Bacon fat”, becoming a fan. We have all heard his work in “Shake a Tail Feather”, which i am sure barely made him a penny. He was a pal of Ike Turner, and when Ike was freebasing in his Chicago mansion, Andre was his wing-man in mischief. Ike eventually cleaned up, but Andre didn’t, and temporarily became homeless.
I don’t quite know what happened next, but certainly he made an album with Jon Spencer of raucous, smutty garage rock (“Silky”), which is unlikely to appeal to those of a delicate sensibility. Several SLIGHTLY less raucous albums followed, though they all have their charms for those who like trashy garage rock and dirty r’n’b. I saw him and a pick-up band » Continue Reading.
Just came across one of the many Sananda Maitreya albums and wondered what anyone here thinks of them. It sent me to Neither fish nor fowl which is nothing like as bad as some critics would have had us believe at the time but equally is not an undiscovered masterpiece. The lad can certainly still sing and write a decent tune although the string of double/triple albums suggest a Prince style lack of quality control/indulgence monitoring.
In a server trasfer, they’ve lost everything over three years old. Which prompts the question:
Who exactly has been uploading tracks to MySpace in the last 3 years?
I’m off to find my Tascam Portastudio and 56k modem…
Mention of Australia’s own Russell Morris over on the 1969 Singles thread reminded me that his fan club was the only one my older sister (who positively worshipped him) ever joined. Can’t recall what she got for her membership fee back then, but there must have been something…membership card, glossy 8 x 10, newsletter…?
Probably considered more of a girl thing back then, but anyone here ever join a fan club of any sort?
Leafing through Ken Garner’s ‘In Session Tonight’ book, I noticed a UK act called Gypsy (i.e. not the US west coast one) who racked up no less than 10 BBC radio sessions between 1971-73, all but one for Peel and Bob Harris.
I’d never heard of them.
Discogs tells me they made two albums and a handful of singles for United Artists – records released in the US as ‘English Gypsy’. The members were David McCarthy, Robin Pizer, Rod Read, John Knapp and Moth Smith.
No, me neither…
Anyone else heard of these people? Did they live locally to Maida Vale or something?
So, farewell then to Dick Dale. Never has a guitar sounded so menacing.
On the bus from Aberdeen with my bandy-catcher and my bucket & spade and Mum said don’t get lost in them there dunes and Dad said hope there’s corned beef in them there sandwiches and Mike said I’m no playing with you and the sky was blue and the North Sea was as cold as the Arctic and the seagulls laughed as we climbed up and down sandhills as high as Everest and Dad lit the campfire and Auntie Jessie and Uncle Andy arrived with a a load of beer for the men and lemonade for the kids and the sun was shining, the sun was always shining on Balmedie
It’s time for the reviews no? We’ve reached the point in the CD swap where it’s time to spill the beans to your group on the music you’re received, for the amusement and edification of us all. This is a gentle hurry-up to those still unposted, while those wondering if track 6 on a received CD is the White Stripes or Great Whit,e then give it another spin and get writing. Each group gets their handles in a comment, so post all reviews and sub-comments under that comment. Should be clear.
Post reviews here and not the original swap post, as that already has 100 comments and review posts have in the past gone well past that. We’ll remind everyone with a deadline before the track reveals so post your track listings and any liner notes to @kid-dynamite and myself. Let the reviewening begin!
Always loved this tune, and felt ‘McKenzie’ had a really strong voice for a supposed novelty act / one-hit wonder / counter-culture cash-in. Any other suggestions from his oeuvre welcome…
I was born and grew up in New Zealand, and although I’ve lived in Australia since 1981 I’m still a New Zealander – it’s just in my heart, and my blood, and my sensibility. I’m sure many other AWers who live outside the country of their birth would feel the same way.
What happened in Christchurch yesterday obviously hit the NZ community hard, and more so than these events usually do. Of course I’ve been horrified at all the US shootings, and the attacks in London and elsewhere. But in your own country it’s different. For a start, these things just don’t happen in New Zealand (or didn’t until yesterday). You grow up in this sleepy South Pacific outpost, which in the sixties was something of a cultural colonial backwater. Everything was imported or derived from the mother country – our values, attitudes, lifestyle, food, music, everything. Plus, nothing ever happened that made any mark on the world. And if it did we were ridiculously proud. Peter Snell winning two track gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, not to mentioning holding the mile record at the same time. And of course the All Blacks, the only NZ creation » Continue Reading.
News drops today that big-in-the-noughties rockers The Killers will be headlining on one of the nights at this year’s Glastonbury. “Well, thank f*ck it’s not Kasabian again or one of the Gallagher brothers”, I hear you say. Or maybe “Couldn’t give a toss – I’ve been to Glasto a dozen times and have never seen an act on the pyramid stage”. Okay. Fair enough. But isn’t it weird that there was such a hullabaloo about Beyoncé and Kanye when they were the number one act in the world in their respective fields at the time and even somewhat past it Metallica were probably still the biggest name in their genre? I mean, if it was 2005 or even 2007 I’d say stick ol’ Brandon on the big stage after everyone else, but in 2019? I realise, as a grumpy old git, I’ve lost perspective on who is genuinely big with Ver Kids and the civilllian day trippers, but I would have thought Janelle, Miley and Christine all had more contemporary radio profile and each, in their own way, could be trusted to put on a proper show..? Should I just fuggedaboutit and go back to alphabeticising my Cds (“Whaaat! I » Continue Reading.
A bit of a giggle for a Friday. I give you The Cult “Big Neon Glitter”
… I commend the Beatles to the blog.
1969 isn’t the best for albums, at least not compared to the previous four years, but its singles are plenty and very wonderful.
We did a thread on the singles of 1968 last year but I reckon 1969 could be even better. Then, I started off with Simon & Garfunkel. I’ll do same now.
The Boxer, featuring Hal Blaine.
Sorry if this has been covered before (I had a search of the site but couldn’t see anything). I’m off to see Bob Mould this Saturday and have been warned that it can get pretty loud. As my hearing has deteriorated a fair bit over the last few years I’m thinking of investing in earplugs for the first time. Any recommendations ?
I’m back home after a 4hr round trip to the New Forest to fulfill my friend’s wish and scatter his ashes beside a particular bridge.
I left home at 6.45am, exactly a year to the minute after the phone call from the hospital to tell me he’d gone. With the help of Des’s friend, Chris, I had identified a bridge in a photo of Des, which Chris took over 30 years before. The family that Des had lived with for his last few years had confirmed that Des’s wish had been to have his ashes scattered in the New Forest, so I put the two things together and set off for Brockenhurst this morning.
The weather was terrible but the rain relented when I got to the bridge. It is a lovely quiet spot and I made sure his ashes were well protected from the wind. Then I stood on the bridge and said my goodbyes.
After a traumatic year, which cost me a breakdown and more therapy, it was wonderful to drive back, his playlist rocking the car speakers, singing my head off, and knowing I’ve done the right thing by my old friend. The New Forest ponies will » Continue Reading.
Is it my ears (I’m not in line for Spring Chicken Of The Year) or are my speakers sounding less punchy, less Ooh Yes! than when I bought them, quite a few years ago? I tend not to drive my amp or speakers very hard, because I live in a block of flats and I don’t want any unpleasant banging on the walls, and lately they just sound a bit flat and meh.
Bit behind on the solo threads….
And is it time to give early Leo a bit of affection?