Juan Zabella aka Tall Juan is an Argentina born musician now living in Faraway Beach, NYC, bringing back the speed and spirit of Ramones into 2017. Not only that he namdrops them with verses like Sharing good times with you / Listening to Ramones he also has the verve playing them mostly in an acoustic way. It is not only that he copy their sound - he transports them in a very unique way mixing with riffs and jazzy chords. Just a record that makes fun whenever you listen to.
Mittwoch, 30. August 2017
Montag, 28. August 2017
It is a fact that good music was heard on every place at any time. And local bands played this music and got main influences for their own sound. Best example was Sexwitch when they presented us new interpreted songs from different countries we didn't expected it from. A few days ago I read an article about South American bands playing heavy psychedelic inspired songs. One of those bands were named in the article was Vaga Sagrado from Santiago, Chile. They add shades of post-punk disaffection to their spacey excursions, so even though there’s a comforting layer of fuzz, the downbeat vibe brings everything back down to Earth. I only can agree to this.
Samstag, 26. August 2017
Dirk Darmstaedter founded German pop-rock band Jeremy Days in the mid 80's and had success with their single Brand New Toys. After their disbandment ten years later he forced his solo project Me and Cassity. All bands were stamped by his voice. He was not a shouter or his voice is destinctiv I liked his retained kind of singing. There was a short period about ten years ago he released a weekly podcast with acoustic versions of his favourite songs. Sometimes I am in the mood to listen to this old songs in very special versions. Later this day I will go for the first game of my team back in the Bundesliga. Hopefully they will make some points about their abilities.
Dirk Darmstaedter - Waterloo Sunset
Dirk Darmstaedter - 4th of Juliy, Ashbury Park (Sandy)
Freitag, 25. August 2017
A friend recommended Gogol Bordello to me a few days ago. Just by their name I thought it would be worth to investigate more about them. What I found in the internet that they were a band formed in NYC at the end of the last decade and that they released a new album right now. It is a symbiosis of punk and rhythm and blues added with accordion, violin and saxophone. Their sound reminds me a bit to Mano Negra but it wasn't the worst comparison.
Gogol Bordello - Seekers And Finders
Gogol Bordello - Walking On The Burning Coal
Donnerstag, 24. August 2017
Looking back at my history I can't believe that I didn't posted anything by John Hiatt. He is a singer/songwriter from Indianapolis working on the scene for more than 40 years. His song were covered by a lot of artists during the last decades and I always had a lot of sympathies for his work. His music is deeply based in traditional country with a lot of elements of R 'n' B. What his songs make unique is his voice and the way he plays his guitar licks in the background. Sure there were a lot of more songs to feature him but I like this one because it is that kind of country-inspired music I like to play at the end of the day.
Mittwoch, 23. August 2017
One of the best and mostly overlooked reggae artists was Gregory Isaacs. Raised in the mid 60's in Jamaica he was one to those who sung with a lot of great musicians. In the 70's a lot of Jamaican producers ordered him for doing the vocals. At this time he became famous as one of the best reggae performers. He also got popular with appearance at Rockers the documentary about reggae music in the late 70's. Border is one of these reggae tunes that stood the test of time. A pure classic but sadly not played often.
Gregory Isaacs - The Border
Dienstag, 22. August 2017
The title shows one of the provocative marketing slogans for a record label in the late 70's. Stiff Record was formed by Jake Riviera and Dave Robinson, both enrooted in the pub-rock scene of the early 70's by managing pub-rock legends like Dr. Feelgood or Brinsley Schwarz. The legend tells that both founded the label by a loan on £400 from Lee Brilleaux of Dr. Feelgood. So it is nearby that their first single was by a veteran of the scene: Nick Lowe. They signed a lot of artists I could agree with and I bought a lot of records only because they was released on Stiff Records. It was also a label that had open ears for the dawning of new kind of music and musicians raised in the pub-rock scene got a panel to develop a new sound. Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Wreckless Eric on the one and The Damned, Madness and Tenpole Tudor on the other side were the bands I connect with this label. Always good to listen to them from time to time.
Montag, 21. August 2017
A few weeks ago I saw a few Austrian bands playing live on the festival in Mannheim. No one that played at this weekend impressed me much and I thought stopping presenting bands from my neighbours at this place if it ain't necessary. Stereoface from Graz released a new song You ain't Old Enough these days. Stereoface were formed almost ten years ago and the sing their songs in English. The sound could be described as pure Rock and Roll with dirty guitars and impulsive beats and they sound more British than any other band I know from Austria. Not the worst sound to start into the new week.
Sonntag, 20. August 2017
My Love Is Cool by Wolf Alice was one of the best records in 2015 and played often at my home. Now they announce that their second record will be released next month and they gave us a little appetizer with their new single Beautifully Unconventional. Probably the album will be a surprising mix of various genres. Here Wolf Alice celebrates a 60's girl-group inspired funky blues-rock thing over only 2:16 minutes. Fantastic.
Mittwoch, 16. August 2017
While listening to Drew's yesterday post I thought by myself that I didn't posted any garage sound for a very long time. Thinking which songs I could post it came to my mind that I got he news that there was a compilation was released with a lot of nuggets from the 60's garage, psychedelic and punk from across the Atlantic ocean. Compiled by Keb Darge, a Scottish DJ and music producer in the genres of Northern Soul and Rockabilly I don't have the record yet so here are some appetizers from youtube.
Ty Wagner is a 1945 born guitar player from Buffalo, NY. He played his lifetime in several bands touring the USA but got no bigger success than as a local hero.
From The Nobles I can't tell anything only that they had appearances on samplers like Back From The Grave
Dienstag, 15. August 2017
It was back in the mid 70's of the last century when rock music got boring. Torn between mainstream rock and the verve of pub rock a band appeared on the scene that was different to all. Be-Bop Deluxe made the difference these days. They was categorized as art-rock but they were more. Their guitarist Bill Nelson, one of the most underrated guitar players in these days, created a sound that was totally different to all other bands. It is somewhere between art rock, guitar slinging added with the best of improvisation we all knew from bands of the krautrock era. It was never a music for everyone but I enjoyed listening to Nelson and his guitar during the last decades (and as I read John Peel played him often in his shows). He recorded almost 100 records during the last years and I lost him somewhere during the last years and found back to him when he released his latest record The Awakening Of Dr Dream an album full of instrumentals showing his abilities of playing guitar.
Montag, 14. August 2017
Mogwai, one of the most magnate guitar based bands from Scotland announced a new album. The first listens I got made me think that nothing went wrong in their development in their sound. Still guitar and bass dominated they design an aural experience to our ears. A resounding vibrato, bass is enriched with rumbling ends, before almost trimidly a guitar melody starts. After more than two minutes Mogwai's line this song scaffolding with a flatly swelling sound capes, before the melody transformed in the sound process Coolverine allows to end after six-minute sound drunkeness. Still fascinating and far above the average. Like this song and the record and they persuaded me live one year ago.
Sonntag, 13. August 2017
Another fine pop-song came to my ears the recent days. It is the newest single by Superfood a London/Birmingham based duo. While they did the Brit-Pop/Indie-rock thing in their early times now the come smoother around the corner. To be geared in reggae, dub and Gorillaz and adding a niftiy sample by Prince Buster they made a catchy song. Something perfect for Sunday morning.