Donnerstag, 25. Mai 2017

Pumarosa

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Another new band was introduced on Austrian radio station a few days ago. Pumarosa is named by a South American fruit and the word stands for 'rose apple'. This London based band was formed by Isabel Munoz-Newsome a few years ago and they call their sound 'industrial spiritual' and I have to admit that I had no idea what they sound like. All the songs are dominated by the voice of Munoz-Newsome, something between Siouxie Sioux, Savages' Jenny Beth and Kate Bush. I can  hear a lot of influences of post-punk and shoegaze in their sound and it is a pleasure listen to them. 

Today is ascension day and it's a bank holiday at my place. Most of the people celebrate this day as father's day. A lot of young people will charge their handcart with beer and a bluetooth equipment wandering around the open landscape. Me I will go and meet a couple of friends later this day for hanging around in one of our beergardens.




Mittwoch, 24. Mai 2017

Call The Police

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Almost six years ago James Murphy announced the breakup of LCD Soundsystem. Now a few songs from his comeback-album was released a few days ago. Call The Police shows that they unlearned anything since then. It is a big anthem and borrows liberally from the melody of New Order's Procession and the swirling guitars of Brian Eno's St. Elmo's Fire. And it is solid base to built a song that shows LCD Soundsystem back on their own high level.


Dienstag, 23. Mai 2017

King Charles


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One of the best new songs I heard the recent days come from a 19 year old musician from Doncaster. Dominic Harrison aka Yungblud has a lot of energy in this song. Growing up surrounded by music from people like Bob Dylan, The Clash and The Streets, protest songs are natural outlet for Yungblud and King Charles is two and a half minute rage against the system. Rhymes like Get our your wallet and give us your money / And you might as well throw in your soul are seldom heard these days and were supported with a driving  backbeat and lead to a hip-hop crossover. You can describe it as a kind of mix of Jamie T and Arctic Monkeys - and that is not too bad for this young kid.






Montag, 22. Mai 2017

Another Year Is Gone

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Probably all of you know how it feels when the calender shows that this day is your birthday. Another year older and closer to retirement. And every year I ask myself the questions: where is the last year's gone? Are you really that age? I know time is passing quickly and the more you work and the more you go your way (for me keep going on watching football, listen to music and meeting friends regulary) time slips through your fingers. When I remember the Glasgow days almost two weeks ago it feels like it was yesterday. And for the second question I don't feel that old. I am in a good shape and able to have fun. So my life is not too bad at all and it doesn't matter any age. For example: There is a guy who is born at the same day in the same year as me and do you really think Morrissey is an old man. So I will raise my glass and salute him. Happy birthday Moz.


Born in 1954, on this day, Jerry Dammers, founding member and keyboard player of The Specials is to named at this place.

The Specials - Ghost Town (12 inch)

Long time co-writer of Elton John, Bernie Taupin was also born on this day in 1950. Together they wrote many timeless songs that fit perfectly to other artists.

Rod Stewart - Country Comfort

Jesse Valenzuela from the Gin Blossoms was born in 1962.


At least the oldest one I found was Charles Aznavour a French singer, actor, political activist and diplomat born in 1924. His song about his wife that let oneself go is still a favourite of mine.

Sonntag, 21. Mai 2017

Easy Beats On Sunday

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A few days ago I found out the German producer Marco Haas aka T.Raumschmiere released his newest record Herbst. Starting at the begin of this century with a mixture of weird electronic-punk sounds and turned later more into song-structured sounds and adding some guitars to his electronic sounds. I remember some of his remixes during the last years and didn't had him on my radar any more. So I really was surprised that he is going to release a full album. He still has some kind of crackly vinyl sounds in it but the tracks were more developed and filled with melodies. Many songs are bright and playful over shimmering loops and bouncy beats like Jaguar:


The others like Wacker (a German word for brave)are more dramatic, with lush strings joined by exotic horns and echo-covered percussion. All in all a record to start the day with.


Later this day I will go for the final game for our team. We are still at the top of the table and many things must went wrong when we didn't reach the promotion. There will be 55.000 people in the stadium and another 60.000 were expected for public viewing. Me and my mates ruled to stay out of the masses before and after because we can celebrate promotion at smaller places as well.

Freitag, 19. Mai 2017

Country Friday

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You might know that JC made a trip from Glasgow to Manchester to see JTFL playing with his band The Ponderosa Aces. And he also introduced me to their music. I investigated them and found out that they were another American band celebrating the main roots of country music in their very own way. I think JC had a great time watching them live an a small venue. It is not the kind of music I would prefer in my home but I think this music will work live very well. Thanks to JC for guiding me to them. It is always a pleasure to listen to this kind of music from time to time.


Donnerstag, 18. Mai 2017

Bonus Posting:Ian Curtis RIP

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It was 37 years ago since Ian Curtis commited suicide because he couldn't stand the life he was in and it was a great lost we had to bear. He first formed Warsaw and then he was the leader of one of the most influential bands in the post-punk era - Joy Division. I remember when I spent some weeks in Corsica with my youngest brother back in 1989 when we got to a place where a walls was filled with sprayed with tributes to Ian. We sadly lost one of the most talented artists at this era and I will never forget what he gave to me. And introduction to music that turned me into something new.

May he rest in peace.


Wild BillyChildish

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It was time for a feature of one of the only punk musician that is still working today. Billy Chidlish mad tons of records during the last decades. Even on his own moniker and also as Thee Headcoads, Buff Medways, The Singing Loins and many others. I still had a feeling for his music because he always walked his very own and unique way. That is true punk spirit to me. I don't listen to him very often but everytime I listen to them they bring me back to the good old DIY-times when everything was possible and we had open ears for different  sounds.







Mittwoch, 17. Mai 2017

At The Pool Hall Last Night

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Yesterday my former wife arrived with her husband for a couple of weeks at my place. As used to it we went out for a drink at our local pub. I know that he's very interesting in playing pool with me. I used to play pool from my youngest days but sadly had no chance to play very often during the last years. Sitting in the pub we met a few friends who also wanted to play and we made a small competition out of it. Had as a real good time there enjoying ourself like young kids. So I think it is time to play the best song about pool table ever.

Rod Stewart - Pool Hall Richard

And another one from a band that is probably forgotten. Sean Tyla and his Tyla Gang were pioneers of pub rock and this is a footage from a live concert in the late 70's.


Dienstag, 16. Mai 2017

Bury Me Deep In Love

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Back in the mid 80's a band from Australia was the one a lot of people could agree to. Some people from down under called them a post-punk band but for me they were always a very talented singer-songwriter band with roots in new wave and pop. The Triffids were always a band that took me back to the old days where songs were created and searched for the perfect pop song. I played their records recently and have to admit that their bleak and melancholic folk didn't lost it's attraction during the years.



The Triffids - Bury Me Deep In Love
The Triffids - Whide Open Roads



Montag, 15. Mai 2017

Release The Pressure

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All the mates said everything about our terrific gathering in Glasgow a weekend ago. I had a lo of fun spending the time with all of you. You showed me a town of your own and the time we spent our time about talking, laughing  and having a great time. I am satisfied to met you all and having great nights with you. Thank you all for giving me this pleasure weekend.

Today's track is by Leftfield and they released their classic record again with lots of versions and remixes. Still a great record and far ahead over the average.

Have a great week mates.

Leftfield - Release The Pressure (Adrian Sherwood Remix)

Mittwoch, 10. Mai 2017

Robert Miles - RIP

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Sadly got the news today that legendary Italian house-DJ Robert Miles died after suffering a long time on cancer. I don't know much about him but his legendary song Children. It is a track that was different to most of the songs in this genre 20 years ago. Starting with a slow piano topic turning into a relaxed moody sound.

Rest well Roberto

Montag, 8. Mai 2017

Coldplay Monday

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Back from a fantastic gathering in Glasgow with all the guys and done again on duty. We had a very good time sitting together laughing and drinking and suddenly we had the idea to post about Coldplay today. Not that we will call us fans but there will be a new ICA over at JC's place today. For that reason we planned to post Coldplay as well. Midnight is an example of Coldplay's sound and shows Chris Martin and his pathetic voice at it's best. This song stands for what the band is: suffering in their emotional sadness. Not that I don't like this sometimes but most of the time I combine that predictive attitude with Bono. Anyway, I choose this song because this remix is made by probably the godfather of disco-music. Giorgio Moroder developed a very unique sound in the early 80's - far away from what I usually listened these days. Moroder made this song his own and turned him into a house-inspired song worth to be listened.


Samstag, 6. Mai 2017

Devil Is Fine

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In mid June there will be for the seventh time an open air festival in Mannheim, Germany. I am there with my youngest brother since a couple of years and we've seen a lot of bands in a few days that I could agree with. Mostly guitar based bands that come from the underground and didn't made it big at all and bands like Mew, Soon and others that are close to get famous. This festival is always inspiring to me with new sounds, great artists and you get a survey about what is new and worth investigating for. This year the highlights for me will be Thurston Moore, Kleez.e, Trentemoeller, Primal Scream and Kate Tempest among others. The latest sign was Zeal and Ardor, a band I've never heard before. It is a project by Swiss born Manuel Gargeux and his music is a crude but fascinating mixture of blues and black metal. If they are live as great as on the video it will be a perfect sound for a later concert in the evening.



Freitag, 5. Mai 2017

From The In-Box

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Looking over the borders I am often surprised what great music was made there. Looking to Denmark my first thoughts were on The Raveonettes. That they are not alone shows a band called The Foreign resort. Their current single She Is Lost is a shimmering piece of post-punk influenced new wave sound. Shoegazing guitars combined with synthesizer cascades and a dark voice makes this song real different. It is like Killing Joke meets New Order. I think I go to investigate for their last year's full album The American Dream.


Black Needle Noise is the new project by producer John Fryer (This Mortal Coil) in collaboration with Bill Leeb (Front Line Assembly). He offers us a deep dark track with reminiscences to the before mentioned bands. Not pioneering but far over the average. Someone said the right words about this song: “The spiritual successor to This Mortal Coil, Black Needle Noise is the acid that eats metal, the enzyme that dissolves flesh, and the vapour that swallows light” 
 

Since I could think there was a big Italian community in the town I grew up. They were all from Catania (Sicily) and had their own football team where my nephew plays now for. So I was surprised curious what a band from Catania could offer. Nothing less than a great peace of psyche gaze. It is a powerful and dynamic sound with fuzzy guitars. They built a wall of psychedelic soundscapes with a dark vibe and dreamy melodies. Their name Clustersun is program.

Donnerstag, 4. Mai 2017

Away For The Gathering in Glasgow

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When you read this words I am already off to meet all the fellas up in Glasgow. It took a long time to fix the date but after all we found a weekend for gathering. So warm thanks to all that planned and arranged the pick-ups, venues and cultural activities for the weekend. Until next week there will be only one more post in the pipe-line - more next week. I am really excited to meet you all.

Carter USM - Sealed With A Glasgow Kiss

Mittwoch, 3. Mai 2017

Live Music On German TV

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It was a series I had a few month ago. Most of the footage I saw the first time was on a monthly show called Musikladen. One of the earliest shows I remember was watching Slade performing. Getting big in the age of glam they were one of my earliest heroes. This band took me to the music and influenced my musical taste a lot. Now I know that I am not the only one who cited them as a main influence. The Clash, Sex Pistols, The Undertones and The Ramones cited them as well as a heavy influence. This are two classic songs of their early days. And Dave Hill was the first hooligan lookalike in these days.



Dienstag, 2. Mai 2017

Labled

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4AD was founded in 1980 by Iv Watts-Russel and Peter Kent as an alternative to their Beggars Banquet label to test something new before they were signed to BB. Kent sold his shares after a year to go his own way. The label started with the release of Bauhaus' In The Flat Fields and I noticed them as another label for new dark wave. During the next years they released bands that are totally different to  their first release and found a distinctive identity of new sounds in music.



Cocteau Twins released their first record on 4AD as well. They burst onto the scene with their debut Garland with their Cure-like sound that could be described as a sum, deep heavy mood verging on doom and gloom. It is as dark as Cure's Pornography and PIL's Metal Box.




Another band riding on the gothic/doom wave came from Australia. Dead Can Dance released their first album on 4AD as well. Thinking about them now I should grab this record out again.


The first American band 4AD signed were the Throwing Muses with one of the best female voices in these days. Kristin Hersh could sing what ever she wanted - it sounded fantastic to me.


I still remember the day back in 1988 when I went to my local record shop checking the new entries I stopped when I saw Surfer Rosa by The Pixies. Some kind of topless Spanish dancer in front of an old wall made me want to listen to this record. After a few songs it was clear for me to buy, not knowing what career they will make.


While the label concentrated on American underground music they had a number one in UK-charts with a collage/sampling by M|A|R|R|S formed by A.R. Kane and Colourbox. They coined the sound of the 90's.


During the 90's I only remember the releases by Red House Painters on 4AD. I liked the sad sound of slwocore, indie and alternative sound they made these days. Especially The Rollercoaster was a record I listened often.


Then our ways didn't cross any more until 4AD released The National's High Violent in 2010. A great record that combines a lot of their early releases and the later released American alternative records.


Montag, 1. Mai 2017

May Day

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Today is May Day again and as mostly anywhere the day is off. A few days ago I asked an old friend of mine who's going to speak in front of the town hall on May Day. He told me no one will speak this year. No union event in our town and I asked for the reason. He told me too less people will be ready to support the presentation so they decided to add their forces to a bigger activity in a bigger city. Not that I am a regular visitor to this events I see that more and more people lost their will to support the union. Maybe it is because the union isn't attractive for people any more or most of the people are not willing any more to stand together for their rights any more. I don't know and it is really not necessary but for me this day is about to think for the reasons why this day started. For me this is a synonym about solidarity for equal aims.

The Clash - Clampdown