Montag, 15. Oktober 2018

Monday's Long Song

Bildergebnis für mogwai

The first song that came to my mind when Drew invited to join his Monday's long song post was Can. The second one that came also quickly to my mind was by Mogwai from their debut album Mogwai Young Team. It was released in 1997 and was very different to many others in these days These Scottish post-punk band created a sound with lengthy guitar-based instrumental pieces. Their songs feature spaced guitars sounds with melodic bass lines and the use of heavy distortion and effects. Seldom enough in these days that a band ruptured classic song structures and made also some kind of meditative sound.

Mogwai - Mogwai Fear Satan

Sonntag, 14. Oktober 2018

Black Sheep

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Regular readers will know that I often feature bands from Austria. I think that in Vienna a music scene developed that represent most of modern shades in music. Often based on electronic sounds with influences of dancefloor and pop makes me listening to more and more. But sometimes a band appears making music like we used to listen in the early 80's. One of them is Vague, a Berlin-Vienna based band playing a very own style of post-indie pop. Picking the electric guitar and creating a dreamy indie sound is what they stand for. As far as I know this song was developed at a spontaneous jam-session at four a clock in the morning. I have to investigate what they deliver when they are working in a studio at daytime.

Vague - Black Sheep

Samstag, 13. Oktober 2018

Touch Me

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The  fact that the year turns to end is evident by the releases of box-sets right to Christmas where money is rather given. This was my first thought when I heard about the re-release of one of the best records released 30 years ago. The House Of Love released in 1988 their debut album with the same title. Formed by guitarist and singer-songwriter Guy Chadwick and lead guitarist Terry Bickers in London. I really liked this album and it was on heavy rotation at these days because it had almost everything in music I expected in the late 80's: great songs, acoustic and psychedelic guitars as well and a voice that fits perfect to the songs. Now the released an anniversary edition filled with demos, alternative version and mixes. Listening to their songs decades after is still a pleasure and it's worth to remember this band.

The House Of Love - Touch Me

And it is astonishing how a song grows from an early demo version to the final version on the album. When the final version had a lot of electric guitar and drums the early version is just a simple bass on the foreground added by some acoustic guitar and scanty drums.

The House Of Love - Touch Me (Demo)

Donnerstag, 11. Oktober 2018


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Former War On Drugs member Kurt Vile released a new album these days. He's known as a slacker and musician deeply based in late seventies American music and now it seems that he leaves the road Neil Young showed him. Now he don't need any fuzz or feedback and the songs were more repetitive and on easy beats. Not that it is groundbreaking or relevant for nowadays music it is music you can relax to at dawn.

Dienstag, 9. Oktober 2018

All Lined Up

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In 1981 Barry Andrews formerly XTC and Dave Allen formerly member of Gang of Four formed Shriekback a band that had a little success on the dancefloor charts. They made a unique sound stamped by post-punk and mashed it up with the upcoming sound of dance music. I didn't listen to them for a long time and almost forgot that they ever existed until this song shuffled up a few days ago on my mobile phone. It is still a classic song that showed how post-punk and new wave could work when you turn into a danceable sound. What did we need more than a great bass line and some chanting vocals in a song in these times? Best of both worlds still after all these years and worth to be remembered after all these years.

Shriekback - All Lined Up

Montag, 8. Oktober 2018

Monday Long Song

Bildergebnis für can monster movie

Drew offered a competition of long songs featured on a Monday. So I join this challenge with a song that accompany me since almost 40 years. I often listened to it and I am still fascinated what a young band made in Cologne back in 1969. Their first album called Monster Movie contains only four songs and their masterpiece Yoo Doo Right is the only one on side two. It is a ride through Can's krautrock and psychedelic spheres and the result of a session. Still unbelievable that Jaki Liebezeit plays his drums like a metronome and Holger Czukay's virtuosic bass lines. Primal Scream paid tribute to this song in 1991 when the used to Can's lyrics in Movin On Up

I was blind, now I can see
You made a believer out of me

Can - Yoo Doo Right

Sonntag, 7. Oktober 2018

The Killing Moon

Bildergebnis für echo and the bunnymen

Echo and the Bunnymen released a new album a few days ago. IanMcCulloch transformed Bunnymen classics and new songs with strings and more piano. He said about this I'm not doing this for anyone else. I'm doing it as it's important to me to make the songs better. I have to do it.' So far so good. If anyone doesn't know the originals and listen to this songs for the first time he might say wow. But I always have a problem listening to my favourite songs in different version. The new arrangement works well on The Cutter and other songs. But the greatest surprise was the new arrangement of The Killing Moon. McCulloch transformed it into a piano ballad attached with reluctant strings. His voice is not as fresh as in former times but fits to this version very well. Listening to this song another version of a great song creeps in my brain: Garry Jules covering Tears For Fears Mad World. We might find this version (that grows the more I listen to it) probably on a soundtrack for an arty movie.