|The Chain Gang|
I came across this cover by Jim Reid of Jesus and Mary Chain fame just by chance and it was a pleasant surprise, it is a very passabe take of If You Gotta Go, Go Now and is taken from a 2006 single release of Dead Eng Kids and was included along with a demo of Dead End Kids.
I have not listened to the Jesus and Mary Chain for some time and this gave me the boost to get their great albums out and give them an airing.
The other take of the song is by the Cowboy Junkies and is an excellent version taken from their album Rarities, B-Sides and Slow, Sad Waltzes (1999)
I love the voice of Margo Timmins.
Musical Medicine...a track that's like Houmous for the soul!
"I was chewing gum for something to do"
A Wilco stunner and one track I never tire of hearing, taken from their excellent 2004 album, A Ghost is Born. It's been awhile since I heard this gem and bizarrely, it's all due to a book I found by Team Bush and co's favourite political analyst, Noam Chomsky. Not my usual choice of reading material but you find all sorts the airport, Interventions is a collection of essays on American foreign policy, notably the dubious reasons for waging war in Iraq. This in turn reminded me of 'iffy' Iraq war drama, Over There, which I used to watch back in 2005, the soundtrack was particularly ropey but I almost choked on my houmous when, on one episode, it featured 'Handshake Drugs'. A sterling if a little peculiar choice to be blasting that song out of your Humvee whilst cruising around Anbar province's 'Triangle of Death', I wonder what Jeff Tweedy made of it. Strange how the mind associates stuff.
|Some Village People|
I missed the series The Village when it first came out earlier this year. (How did I let that slip through the net?)
Thanks to a song on the Singing Bear's 'must check' site Growing up Backwards. I became aware of it. I got hold of the series immediately and thought I would check out the first episode and see what it was like. It was great, just up my street. A gritty period drama. The place, well a little village in England silly. The time was just before and during the first World War.
It was about poverty. survival, the First World War, Shell shock, Social Injustice and of course sex and scandal, just up my ally.
Old Ma and I watched the first episode and then decided to watch episode two. After that we both said together, lets have just one last episode. I got to bed at 02:30 after we had watched the whole series, about 6 hours worth.
Of course you can do that sort of thing when you are retired, well you know yourself!.
Highly recommended and bring on the next series.
This was and ideal excuse for me to introduce what I suppose was a super group called Little Village and was made up of Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe, John Hiatt and Jim Keltner. They released a great self titled one of album, which is worth checking out.
I choose a live take of Fool Who Knows just to let you see the guys in action.
I had the great pleasure of having Shellhunter and the London Scouser for three days last week. It was short and very very liquidy.
The first day was great we managed to eat Al Fresco at one of our favourite restaurants by the sea which does the best Argentinian Steak in the whole world. What! with lashings of wine, brandies and a couple more on the way home. Then a music session. It was bloody near perfect.
On their last day luckily there was an event called the Tapas Route which really is self explanatory. Restaurants and Pubs offer two different Tapas and either a glass of wine or a small beer for 2.5 Euros. You get a stamp on a card after each visit and you can vote on the best Tapas.
It was between 12:30 and 04:30, we got there about 13:00 and started immediately. It was great fun and by 04:00 we were buzzing and in great spirits. We had managed to complete 8 different Tapas and drinks of course. Was there time for 2 more to get 10 in?. You bet there was.
We had a great time and I for one will certainly do it again. It was a great way to discover new Bars and Restaurants that you would not normally find or go to. Was there time for another drink or 2 on the way home? You bet there was!
If you are interested, I have included the link which will tell you details of all the Tapas on offer.
See you all next year at the Tapas Route, you are all welcome.!
By the way there was 63 Bars and Restaurants on the Route.
I just love the early Stones rhythm and blues sound.
My parents had a massive headboard in their bedroom which had a radio and speakers built in. It felt comforting going in their room in the mornings hearing them sing to the familiar songs.
On Tuesday 9th December 1980 getting ready for junior school I walked in their bedroom. I didn't really hear what the DJ had said, but my parents looked upset and I clearly remember John Lennon's 'Imagine' coming on the radio. By the time 'Happy Xmas (War is Over)' had finished they were in tears.
John had been shot in America. 'But he'll be ok though' I said, 'just like JR'. JR Ewing had been shot earlier in the year and he was OK. My 8 year old mind not quite able to separate tv drama from reality. More tears, and I got upset too as my parents were upset.
My parents kept that headboard for years until it looked very retro and dated, through various house moves and changes of cities, no matter which house it was in, it reminded me of 'Imagine' and 'Happy Xmas' and tears.
In the winter of 2003 I took my mum to New York City. Outside the Dakota building I told her this story and standing near where John had been murdered we remembered all over the joy and tears his music had given us.
Five tracks, brighter than comet Ison..
Wooden Shjips - 'Back to Land' (2013)
No they're not Dutch but their brand of psychedelic rock wouldn't go amiss amongst the coffee shops of Amsterdam. Hey, it's not me...I'm not the one type casting but San Francisco's Wooden Shjips' genre has been categorised as 'Space Rock' and the music press have compared them to The Doors and the Velvet Underground, trippy accolade indeed. Anyway I love this, definitely from sunnier climes and dreamy, a relentless psychedelic groove with freewheeling guitar solos, what's not to like. 'Back to Land' is taken from the bands fourth album of the same name and it's pretty E-dam good....sorry.
Wooden Shjips at Thrill Jockey Records or dock at their website here..
Bombay Bicycle Club - 'Carry Me' (2013)
Old Pa's Corner:-
Rosanne Cash - A Feather's Not A Bird (2013)
Check out the guest musicians who include Cory Chisel, Rodney Crowell (who also co-wrote one song), Amy Helm, Kris Kristofferson, Allison Moorer, John Prine, Derek Trucks, John Paul White (The Civil Wars), Tony Joe White and Gabe Witcher (The Punch Brothers.)
Bleedin' 'ell, that is some list of friends you 'ave got there Rosanne!.
Gogol Bordello - 'Lost Innocent World' (2013)
|I was so much Younger then|
The second is a take of She Belongs To Me and is by The Nice, it can be found on the album Nice (1969). It was recorded Live at the Flimore East, New York in 1969, It is a bit of a ramble and a bit indulgent for my taste, but have a listen and make your own judgement.
Yes Yes Y'all...two tracks that had me bobbing my head on the school run.
|Beads, rhymes and life....|
Chris Clarke - 'Beads' (2013)
Here's another Californian MC I'll be keeping my eye on. 'Beads' has a laid back, old skool ting going, in the same mould as Coolio's 'Fantastic Voyage' with an extra helping of P-Funk thrown in there for good measure. What's more it's an ode to the bead...I can relate...having grown up during the D.A.I.S.Y. Age, I spent my time in haberdashery's and stealing a wooden bead or two from my mum's bead curtains to make necklaces. I would probably still be wearing them too if it wasn't for the disparaging looks I'd get from my wife or the '5 star' airlines I work for. I digress, I've enjoyed what I've heard so far from the MC/Producer, witty lyrics and cooly delivered, The Handpicked is an album well worth checking out.
Download it here on Bandcamp.
|Mint tea and some tabs y'all|
Radioinactive - 'Never Ends' (2012)
I'm not one for musical gimmicks, so I was just about to poo poo this track when I thought "hang on this is really good". And so it should be, the LA MC has plied his trade since the early 90's, working with a number of established high profile crews and MC's. Delivered with vocal dexterity and wit, 'Never Ends' is an amusing (as is the album, The Akashic Record, from which it's taken) and catchy track which had me hooked, it also reminded me a bit like Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart. From California via the Middle East, these are some seriously dope habibi's.
See Radioinactive on Laitdbac Records and Mush Records.
Thanks to James Dunn at www.dunndealpr.com for the heads up.
Check out some more of our fresh cuts, here.....word!
OLD PA'S WEDNESDAY CLUB
A Movie Night
Daughter - Home (Jon Hopkins remix) (2013)
I watched 2 movies back to back last week, both were very watchable, although I would not say they were Oscar material.
The first one was called The Citizen and was about an Arab immigrant who won a green card in a lottery and arrived to start his new life in the United States on the 10th September 2001 (Ouch). It is well worth a watch and the only thing I will tell you is that the Good guy wins.
The second movie is called How I Live Now and starts of as if it is a Walt Disney type kids movie. I very nearly switched it of, just before a nuclear device was detonated in London. The movie is about how the kids in the movie survived. A kind of Love story too. It is just about worth a watch.
What made it stand out for me and the purpose of this post was the Soundtrack. I kept saying to Old Ma throughout the movie that I liked this Soundtrack and I must find out after who it is by. Imagine my surprise when I found out it was by none other than Jon Hopkins and there is a soundtrack album available. This would be his second album this year. His other one is called Immunity and is rather good. A track featured on our Tracks of the Week earlier this year.
Although most of the tracks on the How I Live Now are instrumental, I had to chose the track 'Home' which is a remix of the song originally on Daughter's EP The Wild Youth (2011) as it hit me right away while watching the movie with its sort of early Joy Division base.
Do you like Singer/Songwriters, or do you have a unhealthy affection to the sadness, if so you may have a case of the Tuesday Blues!
Jeremy Squires - Oblivious (2013)
I know I jest about Tuesday Blues being a little gloomy, but for me it is an opportunity for me to share singer/songwriters who I find inspiring.
Here is someone who I know very little about but after hearing this I've wanted to find out more! Jeremy Squires is a multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter from North Carolina. I know it isn't one of the happiest of tracks, but his haunting melodies, evocative lyrics reminds me of songwriters such as Richard Buckner and Damien Jurado. Oblivious features on his recently released album, When Will I Go.
If you like the above, have a listen to this cover of Damien Jurado's Sheets - you can certainly hear the influence within his songwriting!
Exterminate! Five tracks from TuneDr that were worth all the hype!
Rage Against The Machine - 'Mindset's A Threat' (2013)
I'm a big fan of Spotify, since being introduced to it I've thrown away the shackles of my iPhone and haven't looked back since. When listening through my PC it looks at my listening history and offers tracks that I might like. This track is an example, after having featured RATM a few weeks back, Spotify suggested I listen to this which is on the 20th anniversary re-release of their debut album. It has a different less shouty vocal style by Zach which I like and features the trademark sound that made them famous.
A couple of days ago I decided (after putting it off for weeks) to clear the front path and garden of all of the billions of leaves that had congregated and needed something energetic to get me through it. This song and the whole album helped. The path is clear and 5 black bags and a bin full of leaves later I had my track.
Old Pa's Corner :-
Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes (2013)
Well it had to be Bruce this week. It is always an event when Mr Springsteen releases something new. The song is a 'new' version of a track previously released on the EP Blood Brothers (1995) and has been reworked and re-recorded and will be available for you tomorrow.
There are several live versions available on YouTube as well as the 1995 version. By the way the song is not actually written by Bruce.
My opinion! ...well I am biased...but I love it, after a few hearings, it is encouraging for the new album...but that is me being...hopeful !
Maximo Park - 'Brain Cells' (2013)
I usually get worried if an artist I like change their style for a new release but this has really grown on me. This new song from Maximo Park makes me feel like joining the hoody bloke for a bit of a rave up! Sombre, haunting but with a clubby edge, I'm liking this different approach. They are due to release their 5th album, Too Much Information next year and will be matching that with a Tour. Free stuff alert! The lads have generously allowed a free download of Brain Cells for the trade of your email address for future news. Fair trade me thinks! Get in there my son!
I really can't help myself with this one. I now realise not only does music bring me amazing pleasure but dance does too! I wish I could say it was my dancing but, no, its watching other people dance. My favourites are Latin American and B-Boy dancing but really anything will do. I'm an avid watcher of 'Strictly' and was catching up the other day. I knew the crew were due to do their bit at Blackpool so was looking forward to a fun number or two. Well, I watched the opening number and I was shocked at the emotion that came flooding in! Am I getting old? First of all there were the dancers and the celebrities who showed their face, then the little kiddies who looked so professional. Then the old folks who probably dance there every week (and have been for years). Something twigged in me and I felt a tear, such tradition! I almost felt like I did during the London Olympic Opening Ceremony! I can't explain why but it was just seeing the old folks with the kids all doing something beautiful and timeless that got me....shucks.
Not only is this song associated with a really fab, fantastic, feel good Aussie take on the Dirty Dancing film, but whenever I hear it I, get transported to a little taverna call Duke's Bar in Cyprus, where I learned what's what on my first holiday away from home. On karaoke night, this song would be dusted off, again and again, by an ol' geezer who insisted we call him....Jorge. He was brilliant, bless him, but he couldn't speak any English except the words of the song which were perfect!
The film Strictly Ballroom is a classic, I love the cheesy video that was made to accompany the film in 1992. I'm guessing that all blokes are gonna hate this one! Hard core fans, check out what I'm taking about below!
Barb Jungr is an English Cabaret/Jazz/Blues/Soul singer, who in the past few years has put out two volumes of Dylan covers albums. The the first album is called Every Grain of Sand (2002) and the second one, where she covers LARS, is taken from The Man in the Long Black Coat (2011).
You might not like this jazzy slowed down version, but you cannot deny the intensity of the live version recorded at the Barbican in London 2005. The quality is not great but it is still well worth the effort.
Both albums are worth a listen, but an acquired taste. They taste pretty good to me.
Below is the album version
Musical Medicine....a track that's like egg and chips for the soul!
|This is how we roll in Santa Clara...|
INXS and Jimmy Barnes - Laying Down The Law (1987)
They don't make them like this anymore! I was channel surfing the other day and I caught the end of The Lost Boys. It reminded me how much I loved it all as a teenager and in particular, the Soundtrack. It is just littered with Nostalgia.
This was my favourite but I can never forget the testosterone fuelled "Rock Off" between Michael Hutchence & Jimmy Barnes (from Cold Chisel) on "Good Times". Good Times indeed.