Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Black Country, New Road - Sunglasses




Some tracks take a few listens to lodge themselves into my brain, like this epic musical meltdown courtesy of Black Country, New Road. Jazz, spoken word, indie, post punk...it's a positive pick n mix of influences and well worth spending 8 minutes 55 seconds with. Blimey I know some bands who released entire albums shorter than that.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Daniel Johnston RIP




Sad to hear of the passing of Daniel Johnston yesterday but chuffed that, despite his demons, his unique music, art and voice found plenty of fans during his all too brief stay here on planet earth. Let's hope that wherever he goes next true love finds him in the end eh? RIP.


Daniel...shot by me...at Wilderness Festival 2011. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Save Ferris - Come On Eileen




It's not often that I can remember the exact date of a gig but September 11th 2001 is, as you can imagine, not one I'll ever forget. Big respect to Save Ferris (who are from the USA of course) for still playing the gig (at the Irish Centre in Digbeth) on a night when, quite frankly, no one knew what was going to happen next. Almost 20 years later 9/11's still the most shocking thing I've ever seen and I suspect it always will be. RIP to all who died that day. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga - It Don't Mean A Thing




Somehow the Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga collaboration passed me by back in 2014 but I picked up a copy of their album for a mere 50p on Saturday and it's a cracker. No...really. Don't believe me? Try this one...



Apparently Gaga's doing a residency in Las Vegas at the moment, some shows are pop and some jazz...I'll have to swing by sometime. I wonder if GWR trains go that far?

Friday, September 06, 2019

Richard Dawson - Jogging




First heard this on the ever reliable Marc Riley show and it really is a remarkable track, from the 'how the hell is he fitting these words into a song' lyrics (helpfully written up on the vid as the song jogs along) to Dawson's angelically angst ridden vocals. If this doesn't float your boat then quite frankly you need a life jacket. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage - LPs




Lordy, I love this. I'm guessing I'm a little older than the wonderful Jeffrey Lewis (and I don't agree with his verdict that everything from the 80s sucked but vive le difference eh?) however both he and I grew up in that wonderful magical pre internet age when discovering music was genuinely a hunt and a thrill as opposed to being a mere click away. I remember when vinyl was dirt cheap too, coming back from car boot sales with a bag full of bargains on a weekly basis. Ahhhh, happy days. But, as Jeff quite rightly concludes those happy days are still here...only now its CDs that are the bargains! I've been banging on about this for months / years so it's nice to know I'm not the only one who has a growing soft spot for those little silver discs. And the prices...good grief...four CDs for £1 in some charity shops! Nuts! But don't tell everyone okay, it's just our little secret.


Monday, September 02, 2019

Magic Mick - In praise of Mick Talbot




He's been pounding the keys for 4 decades or so now as part of Dexy's (in several of its incarnations), The Style Council, Galliano, Young Disciples and an eclectic selection of other bands so it's odd that Mick Talbot seldom seems to get the kudos he obviously richly deserves. So here's my humble effort to start redressing the balance with a track that I've just discovered after finding a 12 inch in a charity shop (which sadly I didn't buy for some reason...I know...). Enjoy and if you do enjoy share it with the rest of planet earth.



PS: Obviously I'm not the only Mick fan, here's a cool mix/Micks of some of the man's magic moments.