Sonntag, 14. April 2024

These Immortal Souls


Sometimes it takes re-issues to remember a band that I listened ages ago. This happened when I got the news that the albums by Australian post-punk band These Immortal Souls was released a few days ago. Formed in 1987 in London from the ruins of Crime And The City Solution, an another underrated band by Rowland S. Howard they brought us back an almost impossible combination of blues and punk. I remember their first album was on heavy rotation in the gothic scene back then. And I have to admit that that I liked their music in these days but wasn't a huge fan of them. But listening to the albums decades later I can got aware that they were more than a post-punk epigone.  Howard is croaking the lyrics Cave-stylish but his guitar is sharper than many others and their influences are massive. On These Immortal Souls it sounds like the Doors had a session with Bowie. Not the music for every day but ace from time to time.

These Immortal Souls - Marry Me (Lie! Lie!)

These Immortal Souls - These Immortal Souls

These Immortal Souls - Blood And Sand`She Said

These Immortal Souls - The King Of Kalifornia

Donnerstag, 11. April 2024

Fly Like An Eagle


Steve Miller, a West-Coast blues guitarist from San Francisco released his ninth album Fly Like An Eagle back in 1976 and was one of those albums older friends of mine raved about almost 50 years ago. I remember when I was the first time in a hippie pub in my home town for one of my first pints this album was the soundtrack for more than one hour. I have to admit that I didn't knew the artist and his combination of country blues and psychedelic sounds fascinated and impressed me. This album was one of my first bought long players and I grabbed out a few days ago and the music is still fascinating to me and not only for sentimental moods. Steve Miller was one of these artists late hippies and not born punks could agree. Of course he stole some riffs from British bands like Free from All Right Now on Rocking Me but this doesn't really matter because it sounded like a song by himself.

Montag, 8. April 2024

Monday's Long Song


In 2010 The Orb released Metallic Spheres, a collaboration with Pink Floyd's guitarist David Gilmour born during a charity session. There is only one song on each side and a superb fusion of ambient and old style psychedelic guitar. It was an album that is played in many chilled out bars when I was in Asia these days. Last year a remix of this album was released and shows the beauty of this collaboration once again. For me a perfect start into the week.

The Orb & David Gilmour - Round Side: Seamless Solar Spheres Of Affection (Round Side)

Sonntag, 7. April 2024



VfB Stuttgart supporters have not exactly been spoilt in recent years. Several relegations to the second division were well deserved - as was the immediate promotion to the Bundesliga. Otherwise, our capacity for suffering was tested as we regularly found ourselves in the lowest regions of the table. At the end of last season, we escaped another relegation by the skin of our teeth. It is all the more astonishing that we are now level on points with Bayern Munich and will almost certainly play internationally next season. Many people realised that this team has potential, but the fact that it can translate its strengths into winning games amazes me almost every weekend. We will see where this journey will take us. 

Another newcomer released a new single last week. Uche Yara is a 21-year-old musician and producer from Austria with Nigerian roots who currently lives in Berlin. Her music sounds like a psychedelic trip accompanied by Far Eastern folklore, guitar solos and a dark, pounding beat. Uche Yara impressively demonstrates her vocal range here. And now we also know that she can rap. An impressive pop song and one should follow the further development of this artist.

Donnerstag, 4. April 2024

Piano Man


In the late 70s, when everything was centred around punk and new wave, a friend offered me a ticket for a concert whose musician I didn't know and of whom I hadn't heard a song until then. As admission was relatively cheap and I had nothing better to do, I went with him. Until then I was more than suspicious of a singer/songwriter, but after this concert I had a completely different view. Billy Joel completely won me over in those two hours. Outstanding songs with intelligent lyrics, perfectly arranged and performed with such intensity are something I have rarely experienced before or since. And I'm surprised that I didn't give him and his songs, which have accompanied me for decades, a place in this little corner of the internet sooner.

Dienstag, 2. April 2024

Shine A Light


This is not you might think. Not the song by The Rolling Stones from their album Exile on Main Street. It is from a new album Adam introduced us last week by 100 Poems, a band from Dublin by DJ Mike Wilson. Everything's Balearic When You Believe is a tripped out excursion in electronic, house, psyche, prog, dub and Balearic blissed out beats. Seldom heard such coherent mixes of different styles since a long time. Balearic beats meat Westcoast sound meets guitar solos, meets horns. A mixture that is far above many things I listened to during the last months. Maybe it is not everyone's cup of tea but for me one of those albums that makes the difference to other peoples stuff

Montag, 1. April 2024

Monday's Long Song


It is April and a quarter of the year is behind us. I was thinking about a song for this month and my first thought was April Sky but decided that I should go for another song because many others would post this song by JAMJ. So I came back to a song from 1969 by a band I listened very often in my young men's days. Deep Purple released this song on their third album and marked a shift away from their progressive roots to hard rock. This song is also an example how Jon Lord tried to combine rock music with classic music. April is a three-part classic rock suite starting with an organ and Blackmore on an acoustic guitar to give over the command in the second section to a chamber orchestra and finishing with hard rock. An example how good this collaboration could work.

Deep Purple - April