Samstag, 12. Juni 2021
Sometimes it needs just the name of the band to draw my interest. This happened the last time when I first read something about The Vendetta Suite and their first album The Kempe Stone Portal. It is the long running project by Gary Irwin and shows his year long journey through different musical worlds. Acid house, synth pop, Balearic, psyched krautrock and dub were the main stations of this journey. Here are only a few pieces to explore but enough to investigate for more.
Dienstag, 8. Juni 2021
Last week the new album by Rose City Band arrived at my home. Ripley Johnson's side project beside of Mood Duo and Wooden Shjips captivates me every time I listen to it. Even if you're not into Americana or desert music his pearling guitar licks makes you feel like you arrived at a common place. Earth Trip is similar to the other albums and present nothing new or groundbreaking - just a kind of music you can listen to at a campfire close to the beach. You might call it retro but I love this music right now for a start into a new era after hard days of social distances.
Montag, 7. Juni 2021
Irmin Schmidt, the last living member of Can is going to release lost live recordings from Can during the next months. The first one he released was a full concert from 1975 in Stuttgart. I remember that some older friends would like to take me to this concert but my parents didn't allowed because it took place in the middle of the week. And now I am able to listen what I missed. Can moved at this evening away from their early works and drifted into long and inspired jams. The quality is more than acceptable for a better bootleg and shows the magic of their sound. Excellent stuff and still worth to listen even after almost 50 years.
Mittwoch, 2. Juni 2021
It was in 1977 when Michael Rother released his first album Flammende Herzen a masterpiece in late krautrock inspired guitar masterpiece. It is an all time favorite of mine since I heard it the first time and it was the first idea that came to my mind when I listened to Hans Hjelm's first solo album Factory Reset a few days ago. Hjelm is probably known as the main guitar player by Stockholm's finest psychedelic band Kungens Män. Educated to play a jazz guitar in the 90's in North Texas he played all instruments except drums on this album and it surprised me massive because I didn't expected to hear this kind of music again. Free formed sparkling guitar chords with reminiscenses to Can and psych-rock over a floor of warm synths is what this instrumental album makes so much different to many other. This could be a classic in others times.
Dienstag, 1. Juni 2021
James Lavelle established UNKLE back in 1994 together with his class-mate Tim Goldsworthy as a stage for his own kind of electronic music. The press stamped this sound as trip-rock a mixture of unhealthy string harmonies, sluggish rhythms, driving guitar riffs and intimidating, melancholic melodies. Covid 19 brought him back to studio last year and he released a few weeks ago his latest song If We Don't Make It, a song with it's trippy mood could be the soundtrack for the meteorological summer that starts today.
Montag, 31. Mai 2021
Another month is over and as usual The Woodleigh Research Facility released as usual another song. WRF is a the result of a more than 30 year ongoing collaboration between Andrew Weatherall and Nina Walsh. After Andrew passed away too soon Nina is going to keep their spirit in cosmic space funk sound alive. Alcyone was released last week in it is a perfect example why this kind of music is still worth to listen to.
Freitag, 28. Mai 2021
Since today, public life in my hometown has moved back towards normality. The incidences have fallen so far that it is again possible to meet in groups also in a pub. Of course not without the government having ordered regulations for this. So visits to a pubs and beergardens are only allowed to those who can show a negative vaccination test. For this reason, the public test centers cannot save themselves from an unusually high rush. Yesterday after work I managed a date for testing today and so in the late afternoon I will be able to meet some friends personally to those I had only contact via chat or Zoom. Hopefully this will be a few steps into normality. Today some songs I found on a sampler that was played often in times when me and mates met in a pub.
Pretenders - Brass In Pocket
Tom Robinson Band - 2-4-6-8 Motorway
Dr. John - Right Place Wrong Time
Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
Little Feat - Dixie Chicken
Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane
Dr. Feelgood - Milk and Alcohol