Freitag, 27. März 2020

Sit Down Meal

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Always when you think you heard everything possible what is called post-punk another band appears on the scene and you admit that you didn't heard it in this way before. This happened when I listened to Dry Cleaning's latest EP Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks. Florence Shaw speaks her lyrics over post-punk guitars and beats. As I posted a few weeks ago I have to say that I never thought that spoken words and crushing guitars can fit together but this band showed that it works well. Timeless songs by a band that probably will never get the acclaim they should have.

Donnerstag, 26. März 2020

Live Music On German TV

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There were artists to any time that tried to do things no one did before. I could name many in music and it would be an almost endless list. Most of them have their reputation in music history but I will feature today one of the forgotten ones. The Monks were a band formed in Gelnhausen, close to Frankfurt, by five GI's in 1964 as the 5 Torquays as a beat-band playing in their barracks for fun. As they went for professionals they changed their style immense. Instead of beat they worked on a new sound and included sound experiments and psychedelic to their music. The songs often had not a real melody, the beat was heavy and often repetitive. A band that was truthfully ahead of their times. Today they are valid among musicians as a pioneer of the punk and influenced artists like The Beastie Boys, Dead Kennedys, The White Stripes or The Fall. This footage is from 1966 when they promoted their first album in the monthly music show Beat Club.

Mittwoch, 25. März 2020

Back In The Land Of Living

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Hull's producer and DJ released his latest album once again exclusive on bandcamp. It is another superb recording that fits totally for me in social distance times. Electronic songs in reduced speed with a jazzy mood and accentuated guitars. Perfect to relax after a stressful day at office where we try to manage all the inquiries from customers looking for state help. Many small and solo companies are calling their bank adviser to get the money our government promised to give easily. Many of them had to close their shops and had no business volume to pay their rent, others get no material to produce goods and also no income. As far as I see the requirements were high and the fastest will get the support and not the one that needs it.

Dienstag, 24. März 2020

Manu Dibango RIP

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Just finished some words about the sudden death of Gabi Delgado-Lopez the news arrived that Manu Dibango died at the age of 87. He is the first musician who died of COVID-19. If anyone needs one more reason why we should continue social distance than take his dead as a reason. I am not a huge fan of him but I always liked his music as I like Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade and many other artist from the African continent.

Rest well Manu.

Gabi Delgado-Lopez RIP

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I just got aware that Gabi Delgado-Lopez surprisingly died on Sunday at the age of 61. Delgado-Lopez and Robert Görl were one of German's most post-punk bands in the early 80's Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft. Raised in the punk scene of Düsseldorf they worked on a sound that changed everything after. They wanted to transform the hardness of punk into electronic music and they were successful. DAF were pioneers of a new electronic movement and their beats were like thundering punches. This kind of music was new, fresh, aggressive and provocative but we loved it.

DAF - Verschwende Deine Jugend
DAF - Kebapträume
DAF - Der Mussolini

Purchased (Not Only) By The Cover

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It was in early 1980 when I first read about a new band from Birmingham that brings back soul music to the punk people and went to my local record shop and asked for the album. The owner showed me the album and I knew: if the songs are as good as the cover I have to buy it. And it was the cover that was very different to many others. The cover, dyed green, shows a photograph of a 13-year-old Irish Catholic boy carrying his belongings after being forced from his home in Belfast, North Ireland because of the civil unrest in 1971. And the record confirmed what the cover promised. A new and great interpretation of classic soul music with a fabulous horn section. I can't count how often I played this record since its release but I never get tired of listening to it. This album also guided me to Northern soul as well to classic soul again. A masterpiece.

Dexys Midnight Runners - Burn It Down
Dexys Midnight Runners - Tell Me When The Light Turns Green
Dexys Midnight Runners - There There My Dear
Dexys Midnight Runners - Seven Days Too Long

Montag, 23. März 2020

Monday's Long Song

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Today's song is by an obscure British band that released one of the best unknown albums last year. Kavus Torabi, Michael J. York and former high class snooker player Steve Davis formed The Utopia Strong and they make probably one of the best new psychedelic sound. Stamped by long improvisations based on Krautrock, progressive rock and fusion you can compare them with Gong, Boards of Canada or sometimes Mogwai. This song is one of their two songs from their new album The Alphabet of Magi and it is a trip into space like I didn't heard in this class seldom before.