Someone thought African women weren’t getting the same chance to play music as the men, so these young girls were provided with instruments and tuition, with pretty good results. The girls of Star Feminine Band were brought up and live in Natitingou, a remote town in the north of Benin, West Africa. Aged between 10 and 17 years, the girls had never touched a guitar or drumkit before they met in 2016. But what about their music, you say? A lively mix of Garage Rock, Highlife and Congolese Rumba was how Gilles Peterson described them when he played a track on his Saturday radio show. A few UK DJs have picked up on them. Loads of energy there and it sounds like they’re having a lot of fun.
Did the young Pachelbel have a Hornby O Gauge model railway?
Found this last night, dont know if its been on before or how old it is but its very good.
Seems it’s been an age since the last randomiser. It may be very retro but hey, so am I. So, shuffle away and post the first 5 songs that come up.
Here’s mine: 1. Machine Gun – The Commodores 2. All Right Now – Free 3. Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix 4. Birds – Neil Young 5. When The Revolution Comes – The Last Poets
Hi all. You may have seen me here and there on the afterword posting little comments and participating in the odd discussion but nothing thread-worthy had occurred to me – that is until now. I’m listening to a lot of hip-hop at the moment so I’m used to grabbing words as they go past quickly but I must say this song and its accompanying video are something else. It’s word after word after word in the most straightforward logical way I’m sure that can possibly be imagined. I can’t take full credit for discovering this as it was sent to me by my enthusiastic dad (his hit rate is usually about 2 out of 5 for me) who is a big fan of the artist concerned. If you can think of any music that uses words as oddly and nicely as this does, I’d love to hear suggestions!
It seems Adam Duritz of popular beat combo The Counting Crows has been collaborating with a journalist, James Campion, for the last year or so on a book. Their long conversations gave them the idea to do a podcast. It’s like a radio show with two fanboys, who play loads of great music. One episode was dedicated to the music of Robyn Hitchcock, the latest focuses on women.
It’s all very good and well worth a listen.
Recently, at a friend’s funeral someone sang Leonard cohen’s Hallelujah.
Afterwards at the reception my friends and I were discussing the ceremony and somebody remarked about the fact that they had changed the lyrics of hallelujah – omitted some lines, cut some verses.
A few others agreed and had noticed. Yet I, hadn’t noticed at all.
I realised that i hadn’t really tuned into the lyrics at the ceremony, that I hadn’t noticed that the lyrics had been altered and that I probably have never consciously digested the lyrics of hallelujah even though i’ve heard it a fair few times since the mid ’90s.
i realised that at some point for certain artists or possibly for any artist i just don’t tune in to the lyrics, but when i was in my teens i could recite whole albums by the jam or the clash or bowie or whatever.
and I’m trying to ascertain at what point did i stop remembering, – it’s not that i don’t like lyrics, i love them, I write them occasionally but do I care about them – probably not.
it is true that the music i most enjoy as i get older » Continue Reading.
Two from Pet Shop Boys to get us started –
I’ve just watched this film.
If, like me, you come to The Afterword for the music I suspect you will, like me, love it.
I’m not going to try to describe or critique it – why would I, you can watch it for yourself.
I will just mention that
– after a couple of initial hur hur hur, gasp, growl, hur hur hur moments Keith Richards actually contributes some sensible stuff – Steve Cropper made me laugh out loud and also shed a tear – Bernard Fowler reminded me I have a Peech Boys single – I now admire Earl Slick
It’s available on iPlayer for a while yet – if you watch it maybe it will generate an enjoyable discussion here.
This is the Afterword, so of course we all must have hoped Santa would bring us some music this year. I was lucky enough to be given the following from various loved ones and a big bearded fella*:
Rolling Stones – Blue and Lonesome The Mokess – Good Times Loretta Lynn – White Christmas Blue (on the vinly) Miles Davis – The Original Mono Recordings (from Dottie – clever cat) The Isley Brothers – The RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters megabox
What music-related stuff did you receive? (Or indeed anything else you’d care to mention.)
*Mr Breakfast of course
…and – if you are – you don’t get our social media updates, the band I’m in with my friend Katy is reasonably active at the mo. We’re rehearsing for some shows in the summer and should be recording album #2 around the same time.
Anyway, all the “how-to” manuals tell us to keep putting stuff out and interacting with our audience, so we’ve decided to start doing little regular video captures of songs in rehearsal. Here’s the first one, from last night. It includes a new song.
As you were.
Did you know that @Raymond used to have a thing for Olivia Newton-John?
Or that @todayoutof10 has a thing for George Harrison?
What do Bryan Ferry, Norah Jones, The Isley Brothers, George Harrison, The Foggy Mountain Boys, Manfred Mann, Diana Krall, Miley Cyrus, Roddy Hart and Vonda Shepard have in common?
Is it possible to celebrate the work of Bob Dylan without actually playing any Bob Dylan?
All these questions and more are answered in our latest podcast.
Any more favourite Dylan covers?
That’s it. After ordering a Charlie Rich CD last night (Complete Smash Sessions, mmm, tasty) that I don’t even have time to listen to, what with birthday presents, upcoming pre-orders, boot sale records, etc. etc., I hereby BAN myself from buying ANY more music for at least the rest of the year (excepting the last few car boots of the season, of course). The remainder of that Dylan Complete Albums box set won’t listen to itself.
That’s it, THAT’S IT!
BBC 6Music have a two-part documentary on the Birth of The Who starting this Sunday, for those ageing Mods amongst us…..
As some of you may remember I have created Spotify playlists of all the Word compilation CDs. This link is to the final 2012 one, not a full year because the magazine folded. I’ll repost the links to the others in the comments.
A friend sent me this. Like a cross between the Killers, Manics and The Clash. Angry young people. It’s not half bad.
Simply this: I’ll start with a line from a song. All you have to do is follow it up with another lyric that makes sense as a follow on. It can be from any style, any genre, any era but must keep the “story” flowing. Try not to repeat the same song or line. If you want to put the song and artist in brackets you may do so (let’s keep the pedants at bay…). So, to begin:
“You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar when I met you…”