Dienstag, 21. Mai 2024

Cabretta

 


The first time I heard about a CBGB, a club in New York was in autumn 1976 in some music newspapers. I couldn't imagine what this club was and only Patti Smith was a household name to me. Bands like Talking Heads, The Ramones or Television were no names to me because I couldn't get any records of them and there were no radio station around playing them. Everything changed a year later when the first punk movement swept over the Atlantic ocean. One of the first so called punk albums I owned was Cabretta by Mink DeVille. It was one of the initial sparks for my future taste in music. Of course Mink DeVille was everything but not punk. But the were the link of classic rock, combined with some latin ingredients and the new music. Venus Of Avenue D was a song Bruce Springsteen would be proud to have written, Cadillac Walk was classic rock with much verve and Mixed Up Shook Up Girl is a song that could be appeared on every early album by Van Morrison. Cabretta was one of those albums I played to death when I first got it and still doesn't lose it's attraction almost 50 years later.

Mink DeVille - Venus On Avenue D

Mink DeVille - Cadillac Walk

Mink DeVille - Mixed Up Shook Up Girl

Montag, 20. Mai 2024

Monday's Long Song

 


Back in 1990 Bristol's The Aeroplanes released in my opinion their masterpiece Swagger, an album of jangly guitar sound with mostly spoken lyrics. I don't really know if they were in UK as big as in Germany these days but you could hear this music in almost every pub. Seldom before and after I listened to a guitar-rock album with pure joy (except Sugar's Copper Blue). Swagger is a guitar-led album somewhere between guitar-driven bands like Big Country and the upcoming shoe-gaze like Ride. The guitar carries catchy melodies and not the voice. Something unusual for the time. Sure an album that stood the test of times.

The Blue Aeroplanes - What It Is



Sonntag, 19. Mai 2024

New Songs On Sunday




After Bayern Munich lost yesterday, we finish second in the Bundesliga table. Unbelievable when you consider that Stuttgart have been relegated several times in recent years and the fans have only been presented with poor home cooking. Only against this background does this slogan make sense - after all this shit, we're going on a journey.

Last Friday Barry Adamson released Cut To Black his new album. When the storm of punk swept through the UK in the mid-70s, Adamson learnt bass to join Manchester new wave band Magazine. He also helped out briefly with the Buzzcocks and briefly with The Birthday Party in the 80s. When band leader Nick Cave founded The Bad Seeds after they broke up, Adamson stayed on board for three years. No longer just a bass player, he not only played various instruments but also contributed as a songwriter. In recent years, his records have been more orientated towards the film music of the 60s and less towards concise songs. With this record, he has left this path and created a small masterpiece. A mixture of gospel, soul, blues and rock and roll. Since Dexy's Midnight Runners debut I never heard a better homage to soul music.


Dienstag, 14. Mai 2024

Loophole

 


Later this week Liverpool's probably best songwriter Michael Head will release his new album. The songs I heard so far from this album shows another time the ability of him in writing and arranging timeless songs. Until the release of this album I listen to his last album Dear Scott from 2022 for several times during the last weekend. And I have to admit that it is one of those albums showing his class in songwriting once again. Hope his new album will fulfill my high expectations.

Michael Head and the Red Elastic Band - Kismet

Michael Head and the Red Elastic Band - Broken Beauty

Michael Head and the Red Elastic Band - The Next Day

Montag, 13. Mai 2024

Monday's Long Song

 



Almost three years ago Norway's three piece band Kanaan released their album Earthbound. It is an album that impressed me much at it's release because they reduced music what it should be sometimes. Massive fuzzy guitar, straight drums and a melange of stoner rock and psychedelic. Mudbound is the best example for their music. Although the riffs pile up as high as a house, a playful melody creeps into the sound again and again in between and sounds fragile.

Kanaan - Mudbound

Sonntag, 12. Mai 2024

New Song On Sunday

 


Today's song is from Nilüfer Yanya, a London based singer and guitarist. I think I heard something from her a few years ago that was good and interesting but I forgot her as quick as she appeared. Now she's back, signed with Ninja Tunes and released for me the pop-rock song of the week. Over a repetitive drum beat, the interaction of acoustic and distorted electric guitar creates a large musical space that deals with the transience and preciousness of time. Time is like a currency, every moment. You're never going to get it back. Wise words by a young girl.




Freitag, 10. Mai 2024

Steve Albini

 


Yesterday the sad news arrived that Steve Albini passed away during a heart attack at the age of 61. Albini was a producer (even he didn't like this word) for many bands during the last decades no matter which country they come from or what kind of music they play. To list up all the albums he sat on the controllers would go beyond the scope of this article. Yesterday JC and Khayem wrote excellent tributes to him and his work. What should not be forgotten, however, is that he was also an excellent musician and kept punk and what it could mean high to this day. In the late 80's he was part of Big Black a band that combined a drum-computer to their punky bass and guitar. An overlooked gem of this era.


Shellac was the band he played with and sadly he passed away shortly before the release of their new album.