Every Mother's Bush!

TRAFFIC - Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush

I am a bit busy this week as I have Flycasual and little Fly over for a few days and I am neglecting my Posting duties.

Her are two from that great group Traffic, The first one I choose was the theme song from the film of the same name. I read the book and of course saw the film. It was a must see in the sixties as it was about growing up and trying to get your end away and was a bit too close to home.

The second one comes from their magnificent album John Barleycorn Must Die. I choose Every Mother's Son. It is almost as good as JBMD but in a different way. 
TRAFFIC - Every Mother's Son

Do you like Singer/Songwriters/Alt-Country/Americana or Indie-Folk, or do you have a unhealthy affection to the sadness, if so you may have a case of the Tuesday Blues!

John Smith - There is a Stone (2013)

One of the great pleasures of spending time in isolation (on holidays rather than in HM prisons) is the ability to switch off from work, disconnecting from the web and discovering music that I've been storing for months.  One example of these discoveries is the ordinary named, John Smith.  Smith originates from Devon, is popular in the folk scene and has already released a number of albums. This fantastic track features on his most recent album, 2013's Great Lakes.

His influences include Bert Jansch and Ry Cooder and the Cooder shines through on There is a Stone.  Gorgeous slide guitar, gentle percussion, whispery vocals and subtle fingerpicking all make this one to check out.

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Four tracks that were like an extra hour in bed....

Old Pa's Corner :-
Twilight Sad - 'Last January' (2014)


Here is a track by Scottish band The Twilight Sad and is from their new album released tomorrow and is called Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave (2014). It is rather good, I love that little hint of Scottish twang and that little hint of darkness too.  

London Scouser:-
Foo Fighters - 'Something From Nothing' (2014)

Last week Shellhunter asked me if I'd heard the new one by the Foo's which she described as 'a bit of a slow one, but probably a grower' I hadn't but looked into it. It starts a little slowly, but soon builds up into a raucous riff-tastic rock record... Really. This is the first release from their long awaited (certainly by me) new album 'Sonic Highways' which is out in November. I've been a fan since the beginning and on the strength of this I think 'I'll Stick Around'.

Shell Hunter:-
The 2 Bears - 'See You' (2014)

This track has everything I like about The 2 Bears in it: the toe tapping synths, the playful lyrics and that low signature bear voice. Some may say its too much of a novelty style but poo to them I say! Dance music should be fun and different, and besisdes, if it makes your head bob and foot tap then boogie away! This track is from their new album The Night Is Young which was out in September. They released Angel from it already but I hope they follow it up with this healthy dose of pop-rave-dance. Its Grrrrrrrrrrrreat!

Dennis Bovell - 'Aye Go Mila Dubwize' (2014)

This was a bonus track from the Nov/Dec Songlines sampler CD and what a cracker it is. Not only is it a Dennis Bovell Dub rework but he's done the business on a track from one of my favourite albums of last year, Samba Toure's, Albala. It was like putting on an old coat and finding a tenner in one pocket, checking the other pocket and finding a half eaten sausage roll, result! Or something along those lines. Anyway it's taken from Glitterbeat's Dubs and versions Vol.1...win....win.

Goodness from Glitterbeat Records here....

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R.I.P. Jack Bruce

Not only does Scotland have a great upcoming football team, Andy Murray and Robert Burns, but we had one of the great bassists ever and part of one of the greatest bands ever Cream and I am saying that. So sad to hear that JB has passed away at the age of 71.

I was knocked out when I first heard Cream in the sixties and got all their albums immediately on release. Disraeli Gears with it's Martin Sharp Cover is a seminal part of the sixties culture and still one of my favourite albums of all time. I remember having to choose between Best of Cream or the Beatles new album Abbey Road, I choose the Cream. (we could only buy one album a month in these days)

His solo stuff too did not dissappoint and he also teamed up with Robin Trower with some fabulous results.

Great bass and fabulous Vocals. I loved Jack Bruce. What more can I say!.   

A double dose of Musical Medicine....as soul soothing as taking a bath in caramelised onion topped with coriander houmous!

I've been listening to Gilles Peterson's best of Brownswood Bubblers compilation over the last couple of weeks where I came across these two absolute belters. Gilles, Boba Fett nod of appreciation goes out to you.

The Raah Project - 'A Trick of the Light' (2010)

Freakish Swing from Melbourne duo, The Raah Project, it's as if Tony Bennett was performing at some seedy jazz joint on the far reaches of Mars. They formed through a mutual desire to work with a Big Band/Orchestra after toying around, adding beats to their collection of Jazz and Classical records. The project spiralled and they started working with a number of different Aussie artist resulting in the eclectic 2009 album, Score. The Raah Project are currently in the process of recording a new album which you can keep abreast of on their website here.

Yaw - 'Where Would You Be' (2009)

Impeccable nu-school Soul which sounds as if it could take place amongst any of the old school classics. Goose pimple inducing stuff from the glorious horns to the Chicago based singer's sublime vocals, evocative of an era.

Check out more from Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings here.....or
listen to the Best of Brownswood Bubblers on Spotify here too!

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A Parking Ticket


I was rushing to catch a train to Waterloo, the traffic was terrible. I got to the car park with under 5 minutes to spare. After parking I headed to the pay kiosk when it started to pour of rain, when I say pour I mean serious pour. It was more lions and elephants than cats and dogs. I could not get the machine to work and there was no protection, I was getting more and more drenched. I was in a right panic as I saw my train pull up. I just had to go without at parking ticket and face the consequence.

I was absolutely soaked from head to toe and spent a very uncomfortable journey from Hounslow to Waterloo Station about 35 mins. I swear there was steam rising from my drying out clothing. I was cursing as this could end up being a very expensive night.

I was meeting Flycasual as we were on our way to see the reformed Pentangle. I just had to be there as I had followed Bert Jansch and John Renbourn since the mid sixties as well as Pentangle themselves.

I had almost dried out and had a welcome few beers before heading to the venue. The concert itself was enjoyable but not spectacular. I always thought that both Bert and John should do more of the singing. But there you go.

On the way home we got on the train and who do you think came on to our carriage?  none other than my sporting idol Andy Murray who was with his girfriend Kim Sears. They only stayed a couple of stops before getting off.

I shared a carriage with Andy Murray.

I picked up my Car and believe it or not there was no Parking Violation Ticket. Had I actually got off with it?. With a smile on my face we headed home towards the M3 when that horrible flashing light occurred.

'I don't believe it, I think I have been caught for speeding'  


ABSOLUTELY SWEET MARIE - Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands (2014)

Who are Absolutely Sweet Marie?  Well they are Four German musicians rooted in Jazz and transform Bob's music with brilliant originality. A fusion of sounds and grooves, like nothing you have ever quite heard before.

As you can tell I love my Dylan Covers and am quite excited  about the release of their new album, Roads, Doves And Other Stuff (2014) out soon on the new Label, Tiger Moon Records. I have been lucky enough to hear the album, which is out shortly. It is nothing short of stunning. Check out all these available tracks on You Tube. You will not be disappointed. Fabulous stuff!!

Sad Eyed Lady ....contender for Dylan Covers track of the year.!

Congrats to Alex and the Boys!

ABSOLUTELY SWEET MARIE - All Along the Watchtower (2014)

Three conquering conkers for us this week!


Nick Hakim - 'I Don't Know' (2014)

I've been captivated by the bluesy tones of Brooklyn's Nick Hakim, with his EP's Where Will You Go Pt 1 & 2. Without a bum track on them it was difficult to pick a track but I will have to go with the recent single, 'I Don't Know'. It reminds me of the melancholy and heartbreak of Jeff Buckley but with a more soulful edge, I just love the piano and organ work and the anguished guitar solo. One cat to keep an eye on fo' sho'.

Stream both EP's from Nick Hakim's website.....

Old Pa's Corner :-

Pablo Moses - More Mandela (2014)
Here is an absolute cracker from an album by 3 legends of Reggae music, Winston Jarrett, Pablo Moses, and Ashanti Roy (The Congos). It is produced by Harrison “Professor” Stafford and there are 9 original songs and then the 9 songs in dub version, 18 total tracks.  
To me this is a bit of a treat. I  hope you like this taster by Pablo, anything with Mandela or Markus Garvey in it and you canna a go wrong.  

London Scouser:-
The New Pornographers - 'Champions Of Red Wine' (2014)

I first heard of The New Pornographers when I saw they were supporting Belle & Sebastian a few years back. I've listened to some of their back catalogue and really like them. They are similar to B & S at times which is great in my book. This track comes from their latest album 'Brill Bruisers' and it was the title that drew me to listen to it first of all as I'm partial to a glass or 3 of the red stuff. I may not be a champion, but I do my best. It has a great electro backing that reminds me a little of OMD and Neko Case's vocals are amazing. There are other good tracks on the album, so I'll be forced with a difficult choice no doubt when it comes to my #tracksoftheyear

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A worried man with a worried mind

WAYLON JENNINGS - I Don't Believe You (1970)

Here are two by that Highwayman, Outlaw and general good 'ol Boy, Waylon Jennings. The first track is a song not covered very much, it is I Don't Believe You and can be found on the album Don't Think Twice (1970). 

The second cover is from a live recording at a show in Lanierland Music Park, Cumming, Georgia,
Sep 23, 2000.
WAYLON JENNINGS - Things Have Changed (2000)


Have the urge to kick over your neighbour's green recycling bin? Avoid bewildering your kids by listening to GMAG instead!

Mum, Dad, Vicar, meet my new boyfriend...

Marilyn Manson - 'Apple of Sodom' (1997)

Here are a couple of tracks to make your ears bleed for a little bit, hopefully in a good way if that's at all possible. I know they're not everyone's cup of tea but I didn't know they were mine until I was I was slapped in the face by the Shoe of Love. Yes my long term girlfriend left me and I was reeling, living that time like the lyrics to Prince's 'Nothing Compares To You'. Blah Blah, it happens to everyone I know but despite a new found clarity in music, I stopped listening to it for awhile. That was until I was introduced to the soundtrack to David Lynch's creepfest, Lost Highway and that was it, it was exactly the kind of heart massage I needed. In reflection it also shows the dark, despairing place I was trying to dig myself out of, funny how music vividly takes you back to an era. Dark and sinister, these two tracks will live with me forever......

Mum, Dad, Vicar, meet my new German exchange students..they'll be staying for a week.

Rammstein - 'Rammstein' (1997)

Awesome Fact: I once went to a Rammstein concert with several members of this blog and despite the incredible noise, the sweat and amazing pyrotechnics, London Scouser managed to fall asleep standing up against a wall of the venue. 




SNEAKER PIMPS - Post Modern Sleaze  (1996)

I have been watching the Belgium Human Trafficking series Matrioshki and enjoyed the first series on TV. I therefore just had to get hold of the second series. It is not easy watching at times, but it does expose how these girls. from the Eastern Block countries and Thailand are exploited.

The are treated like a commodity and treated like pieces of meat. It is heartbreaking to think that because of poverty they are ruthlessly preyed upon and made to do unspeakable things, so theses gangster can make money out of them. When they are of no use or cause trouble they are disposed of or sold on.

It is rather sad when you think about it that if you have money and live in a western country, if your child goes missing it is a big deal and reaches the front pages of the newspapers and is all over the TV.

In India, a supposedly economic power house and now sending space ships to Mars, have literally every year hundreds of thousands of young girls  kidnapped from their homes and end up in prostitution and are never seen again. This scandal does not even make the news there. It is sad and very very wrong. Very wrong.

One good thing about the series is most of the bad boys get their come up-tupence as Old Ma says, well it is close enough for me.

This song featured is the theme tune from the series and because of trusty Shazam I found it to be the Sneaker Pimps from their album Becoming X (1996). I do remember briefly listening to them in the nineties but don't remember too much about it. But this is a good one.

I should have been candle!

TEMPTATIONS - Ain't too Proud To Beg

Does it get any better than this.?
Musical Medicine.....like an oasis of a cold pint in the desert

Nah that's too much, I'll give you...

Bob - Sinclar - 'Love Generation'

I always joke to London Scouser that we can always find an Irish pub in any city we go to. We proved it in Tunisia when we went 8 years ago. Living up to his name, LS was adamant he wanted to watch the Liverpool match and he found a pub outside of our resort to watch it in. We arranged a taxi and we were under the assumption we had to haggle for everything in Tunisia so when we were told the price of our trip we tried to get it cheaper for fear of offending the driver. The taxi driver was quite menacing and after almost a shouting match we backed down and paid the price, a bit flustered and confused about our bartering skills. It was later we found out the taxis outside the hotel have set prices. We must have looked like idiots! In the taxi on the way to the pub, I pictured the headlines....Missing British couple!! I was relieved to get dropped off at our destination!

Are you talking to me?!

The pub was better than any run of the mill Irish pubs I've been to as it goes, we had a great burger and even free pop corn and raw fennel pieces with our drinks, a nice touch. The match was a non starter (surprise surprise!) but they played music videos on the big screen too which is where I heard this song. It was infectious with it's happy beat and whistlely bit. It almost put me in such a good mood not to worry about the taxi home, almost.

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And the whole world is on your case

GARTH BROOKS - To Make You feel My Love (1998)

Here are two covers of the great Adele song To Make You feel My Love. Well that is how the songs seems to be introduced these days. Many many people seem to think the song is written by Adele and it is hers.  The song has become an X-Factor staple and maybe it is an attempt at some sort of credibility, but what do I  know.

To me the song is taylor made for Sid Vicious and I think he would have done a perfect version.

The two versions I have chosen, I will not comment on too much because they may give a lot of pleasure to some folks and that is not a bad thing. It also spreads the gospel and that is good too.

Garth Brooks and Mel Gibson (not the Aussie actor),  for fuck sake, what are Dylan Covers coming to. Please for give me but I could not resist it.(and sorry about the language) But we do try to cover all types of artists here.

Brooksy's version can be found on the album Garth Brooks The Ultimate Hits (2014). It was originally recorded in 1998 and released as a CD single. Garth was nominated for a Grammy for best vocal performance and Bob got the nomination for best Country song.  There you go, I did not know that.

Braveheart's is on the album Weakness in a Man (2007). Quick, close your ears I think he is trying to imitate Elvis.
MEL GIBSON - To make You Feel My Love (2007)


'The Desert Bez' and his crew

Tinariwen - 'Iljaych Tareq' (2014)

You know what it's like, you go camping, you light a bonfire, maybe have some marshmallows even though you don't like marshmallows and then one of your friends takes out a guitar. Bloody hell you think, what a mood killer as they start playing half baked covers....you'd rather listen to the mosquitoes buzzing around your ears. But then there's Tinariwen, the Desert Blues dons and that's a whole different proposition, atmospheric, entrancing, exactly what you need for an evening under the stars...even makes the marshmallows taste nice. Whilst recording their latest album, Emmaar, in the Joshua Tree Desert, the 'desert Bez' and his boys would jam around a campfire long into the night. Inside/Outside - The Joshua Tree Acoustic Sessions are the fruits of that labour, 5 striped back tracks that see the band go back to their roots, without all that production of a studio, brilliant and evocative! The offer is still open boys, come round, we can sit in my son's sandpit and sip tea late into the night!

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