Mittwoch, 22. November 2017

Reduce The Speed On A Minimum

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Yet another band I explored during the last days. In days of noisy chaos, heated rhetoric, and voracious content consumption in which we find ourselves present I am glad about artists who express themselves with restraint and nuance. A few days ago Adam posted some great dreamy ambient by Jan van den Broeke which I really enjoyed. Balmorhea sounds like a band from Ireland but these guys are from over across the Atlantic ocean and the make songs you also can dream or relax by. Their new album Clear Language is a lucid and intimate gem of an album that gently but resolutely repudiates bombast and fractiousness in favor of simplicity, warmth and personal connetion. Their compositions are mostly under four minutes each, and they gently unfold and introducing guitars, strings and light synthesizers as well as the occasional presence of humming insects and other natural sounds. Sometimes these songs remind a little bit to Durutti Column and if you are ready for a bit of dreamy sounds, give them a chance.


Dienstag, 21. November 2017

Steelism

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Steelism are a Nashville-based instrumental band Not like many others from this place they can't be called a country band. Their new album ism is composed of guitarist Jeremy Fetzer and pedal-steel player Spencer Cullum. They once said about their music: "Hey, let's start a predominantly instrumental Americana band driven by trading licks with guitar and pedal steel and incorporating elemens of spaghetti Western soundtracks, surf, R&B, rock and jazz". And that's exactly what they did. On The Henchmen / The Buffalo they combine Spanish flamenco percussion with acoustic guitars; Shake Your Heel features Nashville singer-songwriter Tristen over spacey retro dance beat and Let it brew is another example how to combine country and space-rock and shows how boundaries could get expand in Nashville these days.







Montag, 20. November 2017

Kaiser Franz Josef

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Over the weekend I listened to a few old AC/DC-records in tribute and they brought me back to my very youngest days and I grabbed out some other records by rock dinosaurs. While listening to Led Zeppelin once again I remembered Kaiser Franz  Josef, a band a friend recommended to me a few weeks ago. KFJ is an Austrian band playing classic hard rock and supported AC/DC a couple of years ago. Their music is a pure combination of Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple transporting into now. Not the next big thing but worth to listen (not every day but sure sometimes, when you are in  the mood for music like this).


Sonntag, 19. November 2017

This One's For The Humans

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Once again I listened to a new song and can't get him out of my mind. It's the new one by Alien Stadium, a collaboration project by Steve Mason and Primal Scream's Martin Duffy. Starting as a acoustic dominated song it turns into a acid-house rhythm influenced journey into space and back. Not the worst to start into Sunday.


Samstag, 18. November 2017

Malcolm Young RIP

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There are less guitarists you recognise by listening to the first accord and the first and second riff. One of them died yesterday at the age of 64. Born in Glasgow he formed the blues-rock band that was world-wide known and made great commercial success. I am not the fan of this kind of music but the first two records by AC/DC were amazing. Different to other bands and full of power. I really liked their glam-inspired sound from the early days. Sadly he wasn't named when they discuss about great guitar players.

Rest easy Malcolm


Freitag, 17. November 2017

Happy Birthday Gordon

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On this day in 1938 Gordon Lightfoot was born. For those who don't know him, he is probably the greatest Canadian singer-songwriter and treasure of folk-music. He started his career in the early 60's and his songs became classics during the years. His songs were often covered by other artists and climbed high in the charts. The first time I came in touch with his music was way back in 1972 on the Olympic games in Munich. When German television made a summary of the days highlights they lay If Yo Could Read My Mind underneath the footage. Listening to his baritone and the way he played his 12-string guitar made me a fan of him. I have to admit that I didn't listen often to his songs during the last years but they didn't lost it's attraction to me.

Gordon Lightfoot - I'm not saying
Gordon Lightfoot - Wherefore and why
Gordon Lightfoot - If you could read my mind
Gordon Lightfoot - Early Morning rain

Dienstag, 14. November 2017

!!!

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Back in 2003 !!! released Me and Giuliano down by the  School Yard and it was a little bit of a sensation. It combined house-beats with funky bass-lines psychedelic chinking guitars. It was one of those songs in this year that played often in my house. !!! are a NYC-based funk band and were some kind of a missing link between house, disco and funk. This song is full of energy and the guitar hooks seems to be compatible to dance-floor. Me and Giuliani still sounds fresh after all these years and it is worth to give them a listen to.

!!! - Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard

Montag, 13. November 2017

Little Thing Gone Wild

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are still on duty. They announced a new album for January next year. And they appear after five years with a new single. Little Things Gone Wild if is a usually scratchy blues rock track which is stated by a stamping beat and mighty riffs. From beginning the song floats forwards - and presumably gives a view how the rest of the album will sound. Seems like Rock 'n' Roll is back.


Sonntag, 12. November 2017

Hotel California

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Almost 30 years ago a French band had big success in Germany. The Gipsy Kings combined Catalan rumba, classical flamenco music with a hint of pop. Their mostly lead by acoustic guitars songs were heard in many places and you couldn't avoid listening to it when there was a party going on. I don't know  the reason why everyone joined their music - probably recalling a holiday feeling from vacations to Andalusia or Catalonia. In my opinion there was too much mass compatible folklore in their music and I've chosen the eclectic way listen to Paco de Lucia. But I have to pay my respect that they took a classic and well known song and made a version in their sound. I still enjoy their version of The Eagles Hotel California.

Gipsy Kings - Hotel California

Typing these words my mind wander to an early 80's movie when I first had contact to flamenco. Carlos Saura transported George Bizet's opera Carmen into Spain and flamenco. Although the film was in Spanish language you can understand the emotions behind flamenco and pay respect to the dancers.


Samstag, 11. November 2017

Istanbul Is Sleepy

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Last year The Limiñanas released Malamore, one of the finest records of last year. The Limiñanas are a French psych-rock duo and these days they released a new EP, recorded together with Anton Newcombe from Brian Johnson Massacre. It is nothing new but far over the average in this genre. Metallic drums, spaced-out guitars and a dark voice makes this to a gem and I seldom heard anything great like this 2017.


Mittwoch, 8. November 2017

Paradise Papers

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Last weekend another leak was opened. International journalists got informations about a million documents that confirm that international working companies don't pay any taxes about transferring money to so called off-shore companies. It is a shame that world wide laws are incapable to stop this sadly called legal possibilities. We all pay our taxes for the sake of poorer people. We worry about less money in national health care and poverty but no one is able to stop this system when for example any constellation of saving money on investing at the Isle of Man. We are talking about big problems and how to fund them and we are not willing to stop this fucking money transfers to this off-shore islands and hiding income taxes behind the walls of trusts. To all you politicians in the world and wherever you might be: Stop these possibilities or get rid of your job. I have enough right now.

Sorry for posting these harsh words but watching what is possible for millionaires makes me angry.


Dienstag, 7. November 2017

From The In-Box

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The Telescopes are a band that is active since more than 30 years with different settings but always lead by Stephan Lawry. It is a bit of a psychedelic experience on The Desert In Your Heart and sometimes it reminds me to Velvet Underground playing in a very slow way. Totally different is Silent Water when they add rhythm and an acoustic guitar to their sound. I listened to various psychedelic bands this year but The Telescopes are far better than the average.



From the big reservoir of fantastic Scottish bands The Decrees held up the flag of power-pop with indie-rock influences. It is the sound of a bygone era and they are much inspired by Big Country. They show that this kind of music will never die.



Jenn Vix is another new artist to me. Based in Rhode Island she impressed me with an unique voice and some good songs. It is a combination of crunchy guitars, simple melodies and discreet beats. Her songs have a blackly mood but somehow in a powerful, sexy and catchy way.