Mittwoch, 5. Mai 2021

Live Music On German Television

 


From time to time I come back to a series of live performances in German television I started a couple of years ago. The recent days I found a clip from an appearance by The Byrds in 1971. It is an almost 14 minutes long version of Eight Miles High but frankly speaking it has nothing more in common with the original than a few chords but shows a side of the band that is seldom heard. This version is like The Byrds jamming with Little Feat and or Grateful Dead. What makes this song great is to listen to the superb bass played by Skip Battin and the guitar picking by Clarence White. It is a kind of stuff they don't do in this days anymore.


Uschi Nerke, the little lady appearing at the start of the songs tells the story behind the song: five years before, 8 Miles High had been banned from US radio. The song they're performing is a new version from the album Untitled.





Dienstag, 4. Mai 2021

Saul

 


On the last day of April Laurent Garnier, the French electronic music producer and DJ announced the release of an album in September. For this only it is not remarkable but it will be a collaboration with France's best neo-psychedelia rockers The Limiñanas. I never expected that Garnier who began his career in Manchester in the late 80's in the orbit of the Hacienda to explore later house music and working together with Frankie Knuckles in NYC. The result is neither a Limiñanas techno record nor a Laurent Garnier rock album. It is more like a road trip through American desert with Lionel's typical guitar as a soundtrack to a 60's film noir. For me it sounds like Garnier's contribution goes beyond the mere production of beats and samples - he might inspired them on their way moving westwards. Looking forward if the rest of this album will be as fascinating as this song.



Montag, 3. Mai 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


Almost 30 years ago Jason Pierce formed Spiritualized after the split of Spacemen 3 and released their debut Lazer Guided Music. I have to admit that I had a spot on Spiritualized with their epic Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space and digging deeper into their spaced out sound I came to their debut and I can say nothing more that from this time on I love the kind of their unique and never boring sound. A classic album that will be re-released on vinyl during the next weeks. A must have.

Spiritualized - Shine A Light 

Sonntag, 2. Mai 2021

Smile

 


A band I featured from time to time is Wolf Alice formed in North London almost a decade ago. I really like their powerful forward forcing sound and Ellie Roswells multifaceted vocals. Wolf Alice is going to release a new album and the first foretaste was The Last Man On Earth, a penetrative ballad ending with massive guitars made me looking forward to their new album. Now a second song from this album was released and shows them in the way we loved this band for: great riffs, a tough rhythm group and Roswell's voice between shouting and whispering. A song that is made for a live gig that will work more than well in a small club where people soaked with sweat are dancing around you. Hope I can see this once again not too far away.



Samstag, 1. Mai 2021

Those Words

 


April is gone and one-third of the year is gone and I ask myself another time where time has gone. With May we should leave the cold and wet days finally behind us and we probably can look into a brighter future. This decampment could accompanied with Mattiel's new single Those Words. She gave us two superb and soulful albums that I often came back during the last years. Now it seems that she changed the soul for a more clean record and turned into a guitar pop sound. If it works well this means nothing. A song that had become a summer hit in former times.

Freitag, 30. April 2021

Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu

 


In the late 80's a new kind of music came over from England. A sound that was really new and exciting. Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty both companions of the British independent scene surprised us with a mix of rap-influenced heavy sound and using various samples in their songs. Both used different names for their bands like Justified Ancients of Mu Mu or The Timelords but they got their place in history as The KLF. Without The KLF German techno band Scooter wouldn't exist and it is a pleasure listening to songs filled with great ideas after a longer time.

The KLF - Last Train To Trancentral (Live from lost continent)

The KLF - America What Time Is Love

The KLF -  It's Grim Up North

Mittwoch, 28. April 2021

Mindrockers

 


From time to time I poke in my record collection for something undefined and suddenly I see a record I didn't remember that I owned it. This happened at last when I came to my compilation collection and I found an album called Mindrockers. It was the first album of a series from 13 albums featuring lost nuggets from the 60's garage/pre-punk/psychedelia released on a Line Records, a German label specialized on obscure re-releases. Most of the bands on this compilation came from California and were massive influenced by the first British wave that spilled over the Atlantic ocean. Most of the bands I've never heard before or after except The Seeds and I must admit that it was great fun listening to those forgotten bands again after decades. This was the time when most of the bands made songs not much longer than two minutes and therefore it is fantastic that they managed it to condense their ideas in this short time. 

Fenwyck - Mindrocker

Chosen Few - Nothing But Me

Mark & The Escorts - Get Your Baby

The Fire Escape - Love Special Delivery

The Seeds - A Thousand Shadows