Sunday, 15 April 2018

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 15-04-2018 - Baloji, Gaz Coombes, Lord Huron, A Place to Bury Strangers,

Tracks Of The Week



Flycasual:-
Baloji - 'Bipolaire Les Noirs' (2018)

Taken from the Congolese rapper's fourth solo album, 137 Avenue Kaniama, Biploaire is another infectious track synonymous with his style. I especially love the soukouss guitar, making my non dancing bones move like I've been musically tasered. West Africa, the centre of the music universe?

London Scouser:-
Gaz Coombes - 'Deep Pockets' (2018)


 

Gaz is back... His 2015 release 'Matador' was my album of the year. And I'm pleased to see he's got a new one (World's Strongest Man)) due out on International Star Wars Day. This track is bang on form and on the strength of this I'm sure that this album will also be a contender for this year's fave.

SFW:-
Lord Huron - When the Night is Over (2018)



Lord Huron are a strange enigma.  Only a few people I speak to have heard them, yet due to the popularity of the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, their biggest "hit" (The Night we Met) has had an impressive 211 million streams on Spotify.  I'm looking forward to hearing their forthcoming release, Vide Noir, which is out on April 20th, but will anyone else talk about them? Hopefully, after hearing this! 

Old Pa:-
A Place to Bury Strangers - There's Only One of Us


 
I have heard of them before but not taken too much notice. I just love this, reminds me of so much, I can detect a little Velvets and Sonic Youth in there. Gonna listen to the album now.

  



Wednesday, 11 April 2018

The Animals - We've Gotta Get Out of This Place

WEDNESDAY CLUB

 HORROR 







THE ANIMALS - We've Gotta Get Out of This Place

INVISIBLE CAGE
I hate the way we treat animals, birds and fishes. I, or should I say my wife, has an African grey and a parakeet. The poor things probably know no better, as they were born in captivity. But I cringe when I watch them in their cages. Birds are meant to fly, not be in a cage. It is the same for big cats and bears. We are so cruel to animals, but what is new?, we are cruel to each other.

What do I do?, nothing from  my invisible cage.
INVISIBLE CAGE
I hate to see, birds stuck in a cage
all day on a perch, staring at mirrors
they have their wings
but no room to fly

I hate to see, bears stuck in a cage
round in circles, slowly going mad
forced to do tricks
to make us laugh

I hate to see, cats stuck in a cage
pace back and fore, nowhere to go
all need to run free
and be who they are

inside I'm filled, deep with rage
ashamed I do nothing
from my invisible cage


I hate what happens, to majestic whales
the sad ocean is their freedom cage
hunt them all down
until they're all gone

I hate what happens, to grand elephants
poached and chased for ivory tusks
they steal their lives
for nothing but greed

inside I'm filled, deep with rage
ashamed I do nothing
from my invisible cage

Sunday, 8 April 2018

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 08-04-2018 - Damien Jurado, Car Seat Headrest, Sarah Blasko

Tracks Of The Week


London Scouser:-
Car Seat Headrest - 'Cute Thing' (2018)


Thanks to Flycasual for sending me the track 'Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales' early last year. It was immediately one of my #tracksoftheyear then and I still love it now. This track is almost as good, whilst still being amazing. When researching the song I found that they use some lyrics from 'Ana Ng' by They Might Be Giants which is one of my favourite 70 tracks by them (they've got so many great tracks for me). I'm looking forward to checking out their latest album 'Twin Fantasy (Face To Face) which is a reworking of their 2011 album. 

SFW:-
Damien Juradado - Over Rainbows and Rainier (2018)


Any release by Damien Jurado usually gets into my top tracks of the week.  Here is another! 

It's from his latest relasee 'The Horizon Just Laughed,’ which is out on Secretly Canadian on May 4th. It's his first self-produced album. Interestingly, it's available to purchase on May 4th, and available to stream via Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora on July 6th. All vinyl pre-orders will be shipped to customers one month early, on April 9th. 

I think having the physical release available prior to the streaming services is the way to go. It encourages the purchase and places a little more value to this thing we love called music. (comments below please). 


Old Pa:- Sarah Blasko - 'Shot' (2018)

 

Here is a song from Sarah Blasko (an Australian singer) from her new album 'Depth of a Field'. She had a track a few years back, which was on my tracks of the year., but I'm dammed if I remember what it was. How sad is that. Old age I suppose. This is classic break up.
  



Monday, 2 April 2018

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 01-04-2018 - First Aid Kit, Oumou Sangaré, Lea Porcelain, Blossoms, Ivan Moult

Tracks Of The Week



Old Pa:-
First Aid Kit - 'It's a Shame'

 

A new Album by the fabulous First Aid Kit has been a long time coming, they even have on board R.E.M. guitarist  (Mr PB himself) all good. With a brilliant Dylan Blonde on Blonde organ, I'm trapped and hooked.

Flycasual:-
 Oumou Sangaré - Fadjamou (TwoTek Remix)(2018)





Sadly, it's been awhile since I've posted anything on this blog. Tune Dr has recently 'celebrated' its 7 year birthday and many things have happened since then. But whilst the blog has been floating aimlessly in its own web version of the Bermuda Triangle, the music has still been weaving its magical, aural Babaganoush. Last year's album by Malian songstress, Oumou Sangaré, Mogoya, was one of my favourites. However, this remix of Fadjamou is taken off a new release of reworks of that album. Fabulous voice and beats....what's not to like. 

London Scouser:-
Lea Porcelain - 'Gotta Run'




I don't know much about this band apart from that they are a German 2 piece who were recently name-checked by (friends of TD) Artificial Pleasures in an interview they did of the band's they were currently into. Their album 'Hymns To The Night' (released in 2017) has a bit of Joy Division about it I.M.O. although less so in this track but it's so good and catchy, that I can't stop listening to it. I dare you not to like it.

Shell Hunter:-
Blossoms- “I Can’t Stand It” (2018)


As soon as I heard this I thought, holy poop Future Islands have hit the main stream! I can only vaguely get Absolute Radio in the car which has kindly been leant to me by my eldest nephew and I can only play the variety of Absolute Radio stations at work (however I was “told off” for playing Absolute Rock the other day as it was anti-social!) Basically it means that I don’t get the alternative music fix that I crave, until however this great track came on! I’m quite happy about the amount of airplay it’s getting, it’s a great song and the fact that they have undertones of my faves, means it’s a well worthy 2 thumbs up!

SFW:-
Ivan Moult - 'Carried Over Water' (2018)


Carried Over Water features on Longest Shadow, which was released this week on Bubblewrap Collective.  I first heard of Ivan Moult when he supported Willy Mason at the Buffalo bar in Cardiff and I immediately thought of Damien Rice / John Martyn / Nick Drake.
He said his new album was a "break-up album", however, it is not all heartbreak, it actually captures the full time-line of his romance - from the start to the bitter end.  Like all the great singer-songwriters, a good (bad) break up can be the catalyst for some great songs.  I think we've got some here.

Ivan Moult will be playing a handful of dates over the coming weeks:

12th April – Sofar Sounds, London
12th May – FOCUS Wales, Wrexham
16th May – The Gate, Cardiff
14th June – Festival of Voice w/ The Mavron Quartet – Wales Millennium Centre
29th June – Unearthed in a Field Festival – St Davids

  




Sunday, 25 March 2018

TRACKS OF THE WEEK 25/03/2018 - Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks,

Tracks Of The Week

Happy 7th Birthday! 


SFW:-
Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks - Middle America (2018)



I only just realised that it has been 20 years since Stephen Malkmus' Pavement split up.  On first listen of "Middle America" I thought it WAS Pavement.  Their former frontman's quirky vocal style and guitar melody has "90s indie/hipster" written all over it. I remember how bands like Pavement, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr and The Pixies really shook up my perception of independent music. I'm probably being sentimental, but Middle America makes me want to delve into his archive and discover him all again.


Old Pa:-
Joan Baez - Whistle Down the Wind



This is from Joan's rumored last album and tour. I hope not I grew up with her beautiful voice and great interpretations of Dylan's song book. This is a great Tom Waits song and a suitably great version. It's a grower. I love it.. 

Flycasual:-
Lost in a dream....

London Scouser:-
Lost in space....
Un-interesting side note. 

It was 7 years ago that Flycasual and myself started this blog up.  There's been many highs and many lows, but at least the music has always been good.




Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear The Reaper

WEDNESDAY CLUB

YOU SON OF A GUN
DON'T PASS ME BY



BLUE OYSTER CULT - Don't Fear The Reaper

Sitting in the Dentist today, in the waiting room, I had to smile!

THE WAITING ROOM

Here I am in the waiting room
God's waiting room
hope he won't forget me
hope he comes for me soon

I've been here a long time
my race has run
don't pass me by now
come and get me you son of a gun

here in God's waiting room
all the blank faces
waiting for the call
all the sad cases

can't drink
can't think
can't walk
can't sleep
pill for this pill for that
can't remember
last December
can't make love
don't care
lost my hair
lost my teeth
It's not fair
just sit and stare

Here I am in the waiting room
God's waiting room
hope he won't forget me
hope he comes for me soon

I've been here far too long
my race has run
don't pass me by now
come and get me you son of a gun

here in God's waiting room
all the blank faces
waiting for the call
all the sad cases

come on you've had your fun
come and get me you son of a gun

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Lee Dorsey - Working in a Coalmine

WEDNESDAY CLUB
COAL PORTING
BOYS FROM THE BLACK STUFF?



LEE DORSEY -Working in a Coalmine


He is another attempt at a folk type song, I like the idea, all the hardship, but what is hardship if you don't know any better?. If a bird is born in a cage does he know the freedom of flight.

THE COAL PORTER

me and Bevan to the seven sisters
our first day after leaving school
we join the men an wi ma dad
head on to gates of the mine

we feel as if we're all grown up
at last I've become a man
no childish games of tag and chase
I will hand ma pay to mi mam

down and down
into the earth we go
deep down to the very bottom
no daylight shines from 6 to 6
is there more to life than this?

it's not all I thought it would be
I so wish I was back in school
every day falls into the other
the same old toil and grind

I look forward to Friday nights
the only hope I can see
I scrub the dust meet my mates
for a few hours I can be free

time has come I'm off the age
to join all the men in the pub
drink and sing and rugby talk
we soon head to the hop

it's there I met my Carys Jones
with hair as dark as coal
we'll be married in the church
in our own home our goal

down and down
into the earth we go
deep down to the very bottom
no daylight shines from 6 to 6
is there more to life than this?

married now all of fifteen years
got six bairns to feed and clothe
yes we got a house of our own
but never a holiday we had

everyday day head for the mine
with Evan my first born
these's rumours the mine to close
our lives could soon be torn

down and down
into the earth we go
deep down to the very bottom
no daylight shines from 6 to 6
is there more to life than this?

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

John Lee Hooker - One Bourbon, one scotch, one beer

WEDNESDAY CLUB

PISSED


JOHN LEE HOOKER - One Bourbon, one scotch, one beer


THE SWEETEST MISTRESS

Alcohol! what can you say!

THE SWEETEST MISTRESS

It may be days
weeks or months
that you ignore her love
she will wait and she is pure
with all her easy charms
she knows you can't resist
to be in her loving arms

she can be the sweetest mistress
but if you tangle in her web
she can sap all your strength
and drag you down
to your lowest ebb

Spent the night
deep in her arms
you wake late in the morn
consumed with all your guilt
'I won't go to her no more
the last time I be so weak'
like all the times before

she can be the sweetest mistress
but if you tangle in her web
she can sap all your strength
and drag you down
to your lowest ebb

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

VALENTINES DAY

WEDNESDAY CLUB

BE MY VALENTINE



THE FOUR SEASONS - I'VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN

THE FIRST SIGNS OF SPRING

I look out the window
at the winters snow
It is still coming down
I think it will stay

In here it is warm
with candles glow
two glasses of wine
are ready to go

music is playing
soft and slow
with no words to sing

I will stay in your arms
the whole winter through

waiting for the first signs of spring


all the children at play
in the winters snow
looking bitter and cold
it will turn to frost

In here it is warm
with candles glow
two glasses of wine
are ready to go

someone's there
on the phone
but we will let it ring

I will stay in your arms
the whole winter through

waiting for the first signs of spring

LOVES ALL ABOUT
floating in clouds
far from crowds
I must be in heaven
here in cloud seven

find it easy to fly
be up in the sky
a smile on my face
I'm all over the place

this feeling of bliss
there's no logic to this

is this what loves all about
don't walk I glide
butterflies inside
got energy to spare
that's something rare

heart's in a race
I see your face
If you have a pain
I feel just the same

this feeling of bliss
there's no logic to this

is this what loves all about
can't eat or sleep
I'm in so deep
look in your eyes
don't see any lies

walking in daze
head in a craze
so lost in my fate
I can't concentrate

this feeling of bliss
there's no logic to this

is this what loves all about

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Luke Kelly - The (Bonny) Shoals Of Herring

WEDNESDAY CLUB

THE SILVER DARLINGS

LUKE KELLY - The (Bonny) Shoals Of Herring

SILVER DARLINGS(herring shoals)

I was out with the dogs and thought about my Grandpa, I wanted to do something to remember him. I thought of the title and tried to make it happy, a celebration rather than the hardship of searching for the herring. He had a hard life, and was a lovely man. I wish I knew more about him.

SILVER DARLINGS (herring shoals)

we leave the harbour
on our way
sun is shining
gulls are screaming
smell the fish in the air
the boat she rolls
we catch the breeze
I smile
to first mate Johnny Dole

were on the run
our hearts they sing
we follow in search
of the silver darling

I'm trusting the sea
all the swell
the high waves
the foam the spray
we go on their trail
follow the shoals
take in the wind
I wave
to first mate Johnny Dole

it is all I remember
life at sea
it's in my heart
everything I feel
follow silver darlings
deep in my soul
without regrets
my friend
and first mate Johnny Dole

were on the run
our hearts they sing
we follow in search
of the silver darling

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Roger Mcguinn - You Bowed Down

WEDNESDAY CLUB

FOR LIZ

YOUR OWN HISTORY BOOK




ROGER  McGUINN - You Bow Down

THE CROWN  (Jackie and Liz)

The Crown episode 8 was mainly about the Queen meeting the Kennedys. I suppose there must be a degree of truth in what was shown and it was all very interesting. Liz did quite well out of that episode, the Kennedys fared less.

THE CROWN  (Jackie and Liz)

It was a pleasure today
to walk with you
I was proud to be shown your past
to walk in the presence
of Regents and Kings
and the men of absolute power

with poise and grace
your natural charm
I was soon put at ease by your side
these stories you told
your own History book
of all the great people you greet

with natural beauty
there's no need for a crown
to see who you really are

from across the ocean
glitz and glamour
we're leaders of the western world
everything is front
it's all done to impress
what is there behind the facade?

they were all in awe
were they fooled
can they not see through our mask
if only they knew
we were drug in fuelled
it was only a dream they saw

with natural beauty
there's no need for a crown
to see who you really are

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Sisters of Mercy - This Corrosion

WEDNESDAY CLUB

THE DARK SIDE



 
THE SISTERS OF MERCY - This Corrosion


MY DARKNESS

This started with me being bored. I was not in a great frame of mind as I was told yesterday my foot was not healing and my favorite thing is to walk, especially with my 3 dogs. I started it with nothing and left it with less. I did the last verse for fun. But reading back, it is not funny, maybe the dark corners are getting out, maybe this is for real, maybe I know nothing about myself. Maybe this is  my darkness?.

MY DARKNESS

many dark corners I walk
dark woods with twisted trees
every place filled with danger
scheming daemons following me

this is the life that I lead
pain is the only comfort I get
no time for useless pleasures
just the lonely distance of regret

here it comes my darkness
with a welcome to the other side

no need for any happiness
its only a disillusioned dream
give me sweet taste of anger
or a silent gut wrenching scream

there's nothing left for me
but haunted tales of misery
the sad grey cloudless sky
and the stench of bitter memory

here it comes my darkness
with a welcome to the other side

it all feels so very cold now
things seem to be going slow
visions of her, my mother
it's all that I need before I go

please don't try to reach me
I'm within where I need to hide
here it comes my darkness
with a welcome to the other side

here it comes my darkness
with a welcome to the other side

Monday, 22 January 2018

They Might Be Giants - 'Bills, Bills, Bills' (2016)

COVER NERD!

What's your favourite cover version ??? Tell us by clicking here





They Might Be Giants - 'Bills, Bills, Bills' (2016)

 

They Might Be Giants... Now where do I start ??? I first became aware of their magnificence when 'Birdhouse In Your Soul' came out in 1990. I remember pogoing along to them performing it ''live'' on Top Of The Pops and collapsing about halfway through as I couldn't singalong, breathe and jump altogether. I bought the album 'Flood' that the song featured on and was hooked. I subsequently bought their 2 previous albums and remain to this day a huge fan. Shellhunter and I often make compilations, and I've used various TMBG songs and they mostly have been appreciated !!!

I saw on Spotify that they have just released a new album, 'I Like Fun' and was annoyed (with myself) that I had missed their 2016 release 'Phone Power' (once again I blame Dubai for this). I decided that I had to listen to this album first and that's where I discovered this amazing cover. I liked some Destiny's Child songs but hadn't been that bothered so much about this one. I have to say that TMBG have made the song their own so much that it sounds perfectly like one of their hundreds of songs that I've heard and loved.

It was recorded as part of their Dial-A-Song service, which according to wikipedia ''Dial-A-Song consisted of an answering machine with a tape of the band playing various songs. The machine played one track at a time, ranging from demos and uncompleted work to mock advertisements the band had created.''

For those of you who are interested in the original, here it is.

Destiny's Child - 'Bills, Bills, Bills' (1999)




NERD ALERT - They have released 5 albums specifically aimed at children, one of which 'Here Come The 123's' (2008) won a Grammy for 'Best Musical Album For Children'




To subscribe to the Cover Nerd Spotify playlist, please click here



Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Buffy Sainte Marie - Soldier Blue

WEDNESDAY CLUB
BLUE!

HER LOVE FOREVER

 
BUFFY SAINTE MARIE - Soldier Blue

HER LOVE FOREVER

when she was young
they just never knew
when given pink
she wanted blue
If she was teased
her replies were clever

they called her Johnny
her love forever

when she was older
they didn't see then
given a Barbie
she wanted Ken
she was always sure
of her lives endeavor

they called her Johnny
her love forever

when she was a teen
there was a doubt
go buy a dress
she'd do without
he asked her out
her reply was never

they called her Johnny
her love forever

now she's come out
friends the same
rainbow colours
to her they came
she told them all
her love is forever

they called her Johnny
her love forever

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Best of 2017 - London Scouser

2017 was a nice musical relief for me, having spent the majority of 2016 living in Dubai, I wasn’t really exposed to much music at all. Apart from the theme tunes to pretty much every Cbeebies program. Oh and Peppa blinking Pig... I returned to the UK in late January and made it my mission to listen to as much new stuff as possible. I discovered lots of new Bands that I really like and could probably have made a best of 2016 just from some of the tracks I discovered. I couldn’t settle on a round 20 or even 25 so please try and enjoy my 28 Tracks Of The Year.



My fave five, in no particular order are:

The Sleaford Mods - 'Like We Do'



Catchy and toe-tappingly awesome, yes they say some naughty words, but I don’t care. Their album 'English Tapas' is without doubt my most listened to album of 2017.

Wooly Mammoths - 'Water Slide'


I don’t really know a lot about this band other than they're Belgian and what I’ve just read on their Facebook page, that they’re apparently splitting up. Which is a shame, cos this song is bloody brilliant.

Superorganism - 'Something For Your Mind’



A work colleague introduced me to this track in December, and immediately I knew I had to include it. The video is weird, the song is too.

Kodaline - 'Brother (Stripped Back)'



I featured this as a TOTW earlier this year, and the emotions of the song haven’t left me.

The Proper Ornaments 'Cremated (Blown Away)'



I featured another song by the band back in March and since then I’ve grown to like this more. Like a cross between The Beatles & Love.

I hope you like these tracks, and I hope you’ll spend a short time listening to the rest of my best.