Dienstag, 19. September 2017

German Oak

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Warning: Don't be dazzled about the band and the record cover - this is not a nazi tribute!

The recent days I noticed that there was a re-release of one of the most obscure German bands at all. In the early 70's a few musicians got together in Düsseldorf experimentation on very new sounds. Influenced by very early Krautrock and free improvisations they made a very unique sound. I have to admit that I never heard of them before and curious about their music. Most of their songs were very long and instrumentals and had a very hypnotic sound. Based on the blues rock of the late 60's they created a different guitar sound with riffs, short guitar solos on a steady rocking ground of drum abd bass. Not that I would call them psychedelic and their songs were not structured at all and if someone would spent some times to arrange them well they could be classics. German Oaks are one of those bands that played their own style and had less supporters but listening now to this music after almost 45 years they sound more fresh and innovative than many of nowadays acts. They sampled a speech of Adolf Hitler at the Nuremberg rally and I don't like listening to this. But it was a giant step in these days acting like that. They were hippies and surely were dismissed the fucking third reich but it is the only band that made things like this in the early 70's in Germany. I don't know if Julian Cope knows them but I am sure he would love them - another one who will play them could be Andrew Weatherall. But this will be another story.

German Oak -  Raid Over Dusseldorf
German Oak -  Swastika Rising
German Oak -  Third Reich

Freitag, 15. September 2017

Maximum Joy

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We all know the Bristol sound from the 80's that came smooth and rhythm to our ears but there was a band that appeared in 1981 with a very fresh sound inspired by NWC's Nu-punk sound. Based on funky rhythms, a weird saxophone and fantastic vocals they were something different an new. Sadly they were just a small notice in music history but listening to them decades ago it still sounds fresh, new and unique. It is mixture of post-punk, funk and no-wave and I didn't listen to this kind of music for long time. Glad to remember them again.

Donnerstag, 14. September 2017

Alvvays

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It should be allowed to feature different genres at this place. It is a long time ago I posted something about Indie-pop here. Not that I ignore this kind of music - it is more that I don't know many bands that are worth to be featured. A few days ago I realized that Alvvays, a Toronto based band around vocalist Molly Rankin released their second album Antisocialites. My first thought about how to describe their music was jangle-pop. Flimsy, sweet Indie songs and an unobsrusive Slacker pop on which one can agree in this form already since the sixty-year-old's years of the last century well and with pleasure. Sounds dull, however, it is not.Maybe it is Rankin's fantastic voice, maybe the impression that this band pours her sound simply thus from the sleeves, maybe it is also just good. If it would be released a few month earlier this could be a record that accompanies you during the summer.

Mittwoch, 13. September 2017

Truth

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Last week CC featured on his fantastic blog The Faces and Rod Stewart. This brought me back to the early times of Rod the mod once again. He first got his first expectations in rock music while he played with his buddy Ronnie Wood in the Jeff Beck Group. It is almost 50 years ago when this album was released and I still go back to this record and enjoy the songs. I am not the one that is into blues/blues-rock and guitar slinging but this record accompanies me during decades because of it grounded and earthy music. Jeff Beck played a terrific guitar on this record and Rod Stewart had so much soul to make this songs great. For me a timeless album and still worth to listen.

Jeff Beck - Shapes Of Things
Jeff Beck - Morning Dew
Jeff Beck - Blues De Luxe
Jeff Beck - Beck's Bolero

Dienstag, 12. September 2017

Reggae Time Again

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There were a lot of bands from Jamaica that were forgotten during the last decades. One of them were The Kingstonians and they only released one record back in 1970 called Sufferer on Trojan Records. They could be typed as another rocksteady / reggae vocal group and I discovered this records a few weeks ago. They were a little famous in UK during the period of the first boom of Skinhead Reggae in the early 70's. I really like their songs, their harmony singing and the positive vibes they exude to us. One of the forgotten bands of times long gone by.

The Kingstonians - Winey Winey
The Kingstonians - Sufferer
The Kingstonians - The Clip

Montag, 11. September 2017

Day I Die

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A few days ago the latest album by The National was released and it is a very good record like the other ones before. There are still songs with a lot of melancholy on it and the baritone of Matt Berninger rules the songs. You can surely say: Another record with the same ingredients I have heard before and I say yes, this might be true but it is like my favourite meal: I ate it a lot of times but I can enjoy it every time again.


Sonntag, 10. September 2017

Strangers's Kiss

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Another new artist to me was Alex Cameron when a friend recommended this latest video to me. Cameron is a Sydney based musician and his music can is based on classic rock, the epic Bruce Springsteen and Nick Cave's haunting melodies. Together with Angel Olsen he made a remarkable song and one of the finest videos this year.


Freitag, 8. September 2017

Back To Folk

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Early this week I featured The Surfing Magazines, a new band where members are origin from Slow Club a band that Drew introduced to me. After listening to SM I grabbed out the records by Slow Club and listened to it several times. I have to say that nothing of the fascination to their music vanished since I listened to them the first time. So I want to introduce you to a small journey into ballads based on traditional British folk added with small ingredients of rock. Music for the end of the day.

Slow Club - Beginners
Slow Club - Tears Of Joy

Donnerstag, 7. September 2017

Holger Czukay 1938 - 2017

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Yesterday the news arrived that one more Krautrock-legend passed away. A few months ago we heard that Jaki Liebezeit, probably one of the best drummers of all time passed away and now Holger Czukay passed away as well. As far as we know yet he was found in the rooms of studio after a few days when he died. It is not necessary to talk much about him and his influences to artists like John Lydon, Jah Wobble, David Sylvain, Mark Hollis and even The Edge. He called himself the universal dilettante because he was never trained to master an instrument perfectly although he could played a lot of instruments proper. He was one of those who discovered the possibilities of samplings, adding loops together and always searching for new electronic sounds.

RIP Holger











If you have the nerve and time you can listen to a live concert from 1970 in Soest, Germany with the first appearance of Can's singer Damo Suzuki.


Mittwoch, 6. September 2017

Over Everything

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Sometimes collaborations happens when you didn't expect them. So it was when Courtney Barnett who made one of the best records a few years ago joined with Kurt Vile for an album. I only know this song from their announced LP but it has a lot of these ingredients I like them for: a folk based song with good guitars that would sometimes destroy the harmony of the song and two great voices. It makes me curious for the rest of the album.