Dienstag, 14. August 2018

Banker's Hill

Bildergebnis für El Ten eleven

A few days ago I listened to El Ten Eleven a Los Angeles based indie-rock duo that make a remarkable sound to me. As far as I know they are for a very long time in business and released several albums during the last years - but none came to my ears until now. Their latest album Banker's Hill is filled with song they constructed with their instruments in real time using just bass or guitar and drums, along with numerous looping devices and pedals without keyboards or pre-programmed instruments. In the best times I can hear Stuart Adamson's guitar playing. A clear, rhythm and warm sound. New and worth to spent a few minutes to listen to.


Montag, 13. August 2018

Return To The Valley Of Rain

Bildergebnis für Giant Sand

Back in 1985 Giant Sand released their first record Valley Of Rain a forgotten nugget of Americana music. Howe Gelb showed his talent on writing songs on this album. Many artists look back to their first record with a smile and often they deny their early days. Gelb took the other way and played the whole first album live in a club in Austin. The result is a superb country/Americana album. The songs are played faster and the guitar is more dominant than before. I saw them live a couple of time long time ago and this albums shows well that they are live much better than in a studio.




Sonntag, 12. August 2018

Chokehold

Bildergebnis für slaves british punk band

Slaves, a British punk-rock duo released another track from their upcoming album. Chokehold is exactly how they describe their music: British punk with harsh bluesy garage riffs. This kind of music works well from time to time at my place. It is also an amazing video where the duo is looking for a new drummer. There are cameos by members of Royal Blood, Wolf Alice, Blur and more to watch.


Freitag, 10. August 2018

The Return of Nico?

Bildergebnis für stella sommer

Christa Päffgen, better know as Nico one of Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls and the voice of Velvet Underground. She wasn't able to sing but her spoken words made the early songs of the Velvets unique. These days I listened to the first album by Stella Sommer, the leading voice of German Indie-band Die Heiterkeit. I don't think that she tries to copy Nico but her deep voice is close to Nico. But the sound of their songs is very different. Listening to Dark Princess, Dark Prince I remember the early Mekons with their cow-punk drums on Prince Of Darkness. Of course, it is a dark and morbid sound with straight-lined guitar lines, some bar piano and sticky organs but it is probably the perfect soundtrack for a late summer evening with a glass of wine on your balcony.


Donnerstag, 9. August 2018

Shells

Bildergebnis für shelley salant

There is a place for new music as well for old fashioned music. Most of the times they live in their very own world. But sometimes it gets magic when they come together to combine both worlds. This happened when I listened to Shelley Salant's latest record Shells - Shells 2. Shelley is a Michigan based guitar player and songwriter located in the local alternative scene and she offers a lot of songs that combine the tradition of guitar picking artists like John Fahey with basic rock tools. Sounds weird? No it isn't in any way. All the songs were only instrumentals and work in any way. If she plays slow and reduced songs they sound great as songs that uses feedbacks and overdubs. Simply an album you can explore and the more you listen you will get involved to this sound. Sometimes I think it sounds like Durutti Column had a session with a garage band.


Mittwoch, 8. August 2018

I'll See Big

Bildergebnis für underworld and iggy pop

A few days ago Swiss Adam introduced us to one of the finest and unexpected EP's this year. The collaboration between Underworld and Iggy Pop were such and outstanding release. Only four songs by Underworld's sounds with the voice of Iggy in the background. Adam said it all and this one more song that will be in my best-of list for this year. Belles & Circles are a monument of rhythm for Iggy's memories of the golden age of air travel when you're able to smoke. I'll See Big is Iggy philosophizing about friendship, girls a friendship at all in the late part of his spectacular life. Wise words from an old man and Underworld made the perfect soundtrack to his words.



Dienstag, 7. August 2018

Some Early French Rock And Roll For Tuesday

Bildergebnis für jacques dutronc

A few days ago some songs came to my ear that I didn't listen before. I don't know why I didn't heard any songs from Jacques Dutronc before. Maybe we were all focused in the early 60's to British and American artists at these days and we thought that French musicians couldn't play Rock 'n' Roll. Back in 1960 he formed his first band with himself on guitar. After he finished his duty in French army he started a career as a songwriter especially for Francoise Hardy. In the mid 60's he release a few albums with songs sung in English could be classics. In France he sold millions of albums but seldom knew outside of his home country. Most of his songs were inspired by British bear bands and sometimes he came close to bands like The Kinks. Maybe some of you will remember Mungo Jerry's Alright, Alright, Alright which was copied by one of his songs.

Jacques Dutronc - Et moi, et moi, et moi
Jacques Dutronc - Le Responsable
Jacques Dutronc -  Il Est Cinq Heures, Paris S'éveille