Freitag, 24. September 2021

Foot Of Pride

 


A few days ago Bob Dylan released another part of his bootleg series called Springtime in New York. It is full of outtakes from his early 80's albums like Infidels and it was the the time he hit the Christian road and I turned away from him. Not that I didn't liked him any more but it was the time he didn't have to say much to me and other music came very much closer to me. Listening to those mostly unreleased songs shows that he was still able to write and arrange great songs. Although Infidels was produced by Mark Knopfler (I like their first album but the rest is rubbish) the songs were not polished in a mainstream way and worth to give them another chance after all these years




Mittwoch, 22. September 2021

Stagger Lee

 


In addition to Echorich's yesterdays post about an album I really love I think it is necessary to post another song that I am firm with. Stagger Lee is one of those songs that made me looking to another side of life tht I am not close to. Nick told us a story of an outlaw gambling with his life and living on the edge. And I saw a lot of people coming close to Stagger Lee but not doing the things he did. But always looking from a different side of life to me. An incomprehensibility for me but this might be another fact of life. Anyway a fantastic song from the dark side of human beings.



Dienstag, 21. September 2021

Extarradio

 


The fact that there are new bands in the world that keep the flags of post-punk or new wave keeps high makes me believe that nothing is lost in music. One of those are Sei Still (be quiet or shut up) a Mexican five piece band now located in Berlin that combines influences of krautrock (especially the motorik beat) and post-punk guitars. Not new of course but a sound that is fresh and natural. This could be released 40 years ago and sink in the mass of releases at this time. Good to have a new band that knows where they come from.



Montag, 20. September 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


I came home from the pub next door yesterday watching the game of my team. Sadly we lost the game but it wasn't necessary against Leverkusen. But they played much more clever in short-handed for more than an hour. Anyway, to clear my mind I listened to Moon Duo's album Circles from 2012 when i got the first time aware of Ripley Johnson. Still a favorite of mine throughout the years and always a pleasure to come back to. There were so many times when I played his records that made me feel easy and safe. I couldn't make more compliments to his music.

Moon Duo - High Over Blue




Mittwoch, 15. September 2021

Live Music On German TV

 


In the early 70's the music that was surround was stamped by blues-rock patterns. The older guys listened to their late 60's heroes like Canned Heat or Led Zeppelin. I grew up with them sound but didn't got very close to this sound. Once a friend introduced me to an Irish guitar slinger by the name of Rory Gallagher and I have to say he was the white one who could play a blues guitar like no other in these days. His first live album Live In Europe was one of the first records I bought and I play it from time to time with a smile on my face. This footage shows a live appearance in German television from 1972 a few years ago before he played the first Rockpalast show and he showed how great he was playing an acoustic guitar.






Dienstag, 14. September 2021

Penlop

 


Saint Etienne released their 10th album I've Been Trying To Tell You a last week and for me it is one of the album highlights this year so far. 30 years after their groundbreaking album Foxbase Alpha they are still at the height of time. The rhythm and sound is still reduced to middle and minimum but they are still able to surprise me with great grooves. Penlop is one of the highlights of this album that grows the more you listen to it. Good to have them back and that some things don't change and remain in high class.

Montag, 13. September 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


In these days I don't find the time to continue my blog with regular posts. On one hand because I my office treat me with multiple orders to finish quickly and further educations for workers' council and on the other hand I have less inspirations for regular postings. But I still try to come back to an everyday post. The only series I try to keep alive is our Monday's series. This one is from my Kungens Män, Stockholm's maybe greatest psychedelic band. I love their guitar sound and their long jams that take me to a place in space where I can relax. This one is from Trappmusic their latest album from 2020 and different to many other releases by them. Their sound is softer than on other albums and moves towards a chill out music or late 60's drug inspired releases. For me one of those albums that grows the more you listen to it. 

Montag, 6. September 2021

Monday's Long Song


 Phantom Horse a Hamburg/Nijmegen based duo by Ulf Schütte and Niklas Domaschk and released this song a few days ago on a split LP with Hellvette a band from Netherland playing their own style in harmonium based electronics. This song is a very fine piece in krautrock inspired electronic programmings. I enjoyed the poignant mood on this song for several times since I first listened to it 

Donnerstag, 2. September 2021

Plantalk

 


Margee is the musical by Alexandre Gimard, a producer from South of France based in Éze, Cote d' Azur a small village between Nice and Monaco. Maybe it is because of this beautiful region why he makes one of the best deephouse sounds around. Otherwise it is possible that he fetched his sound to the new club sound made these days in Netherlands. After a few digital released he releases his first vinyl EP during the next weeks showing us his abilities as a producer and a guitarist of low-slung groove and great hooks. And it doesn't surprise me that there is a Hardway Bros remix on this excellent record.



Dienstag, 31. August 2021

Promenade Oblique

 


Next week The Limiñanas, probably the best new psychedelic band from Perpignan, France will release their newest album De Pelicula a collaboration with Laurent Garnier. I featured them a few month ago and can't wait until the postman will hand out my copy. Until then I have to listen to what I can find on bandcamp.

Montag, 30. August 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


Yo La Tengo formed in 1984 as another band from Hoboken, New Jersey, playing their own sound based on feedback and whispered vocals influenced by Love, The Soft Boys and Mission Of Burma. During the last decades they released a lot of albums (and sometimes with their own interpretation of other artists songs). In 2015 they returned surprisingly with Fade and brought us back their true sound with a superb album. I saw them live in 1991 supporting Eleventh Dream Day in a small club in Stuttgart and was fascinated how good they are on stage. A few weeks ago they released a special edition of Fade and their version of Stupid Things is what you can expect live.

Yo La Tengo - Stupid Things (Instrumental)

Sonntag, 29. August 2021

Samstag, 28. August 2021

Belo Horizonte

 


Cari Cari were featured at this little place of the internet several times. Now they released a new song from their forthcoming album. And when they sounded like in former times like a hybrid of psychedelic and desert sound now they moved into late 60's inspired psychedelic. Not the worst road that they could chose. I saw them a few times during the last years and this way is a good road they are going no surprise to me.



Freitag, 27. August 2021

Sunny After Moon



 It seldom happens that I feature the same artist the second time in the last weeks but I can't get enough of it during the last days. As said it was the founding of the year so far. Our Mother Was A Plant by Gioele Valenti aka JuJu is on heavy rotation at my place since I got this album. Sunny After Moon combines in a brilliant way krautrock, early 70's west coast sound with enigmatic tribes and guitars that can you forget everything. 

Mittwoch, 25. August 2021

Three One After Another

 


Another three songs that appeared on my mobile phone in a row a few days ago on my way to work. The first one was by The Gun Club's second album Miami from 1982. A long time ago of course but I love this album from the first time I listened to it until now. It was a rough and grounded sound torn between post punk and pre-grunge. Seldom listened to a true sound like this later.

The Gun Club - Texas Serenade

In 1979 The Flying Lizards released their first self titled album, an experimental excursion in new sounds trying to find their own way between pop, experimental and dub. Their legacy will be superb cover versions by Eddie Cochran and Berry Gordy.

The Flying Lizards - Summertime Blues

Polly Scattergood is an English singer/songwriter and released more than one year ago her latest album In This Moment. It is an album I enjoy listening from time to time to her Eighties-tinged pop that could be recorded in David Bowie's Hunky Dory days

Polly Scattergood - The End Was Glorious

Dienstag, 24. August 2021

Charlie Watts 1941 - 2021




Sad news arrived that Charlie Watts died at the age of 80 after he was healed from throat cancer. He was the drummer for The Rolling Stones for ages and a member of the band that didn't want to be called as the main part of the band. But with his stoic and varied drumming he stamped the sound of the Stones. He also introduced me with his fondness to jazz music to listen to some others in this genre.

Rest well Charlie


 

Montag, 23. August 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


In the late 60's Detroit's Rare Earth were signed as one of the first white bands to Motown. They had a few chart positions during the 70's with a cover of The Temptations I Know I'm Losing You. But their legacy was their versions of Tobacco Road and Get Ready - probably one of the first real long songs in history and still a masterpiece in this genre

Rare Earth - Get Ready

Montag, 16. August 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


Today's long song is a new one that came to my ears last Friday. I got aware of it by checking the mailing lists from my inbox and found the announcement of a new release by London based label Fuzz Club. JuJu is the brainchild of Sicilian multi-instrumentalist Gioele Valenti and his album Our Mother Was A Plant from 2017 will be re-released next month. It is one of these albums that was overlooked in the mass of releases as well by myself. Dropping the album under the category Psychedelia does not do justice to it. The album is full of shamanic mantras and influenced by afrobeat, krautrock, glam, post-punk, drone and everything in between. One of my best findings this year.

Sonntag, 15. August 2021

Blue Heaven

 


Public Service Broadcasting announced a new album for next month and released their first song a few days ago. Recorded in Berlin it is a collaboration with Andreya Casablanca from the German garage-rock band GURR. It seems to be a homage to Marlene Dietrich you can see in the video where a woman rises from garbage container and mutate during a dance performance into Marlene. Casablanca sings a mix of English and German where the corresponding parts merge completely into one another. This euphoric-hymn driving song with its shoegazing parts is not the sound I've expected by PSB but it is more than fun listening to it.



Montag, 9. August 2021

Monday's Long Song


Round 2008 A Mountain Of One, a project by Zeban Jameson and Mo Morris both London based musicians and DJ's, released a couple of EP's celebrating an Balearic sound. I really liked them for their relaxed but ambitious sound that included a lot of ingredients from the late 60's psychedelic era. Still a pleasure to go back to this times with their songs.

A Mountain Of One - Ride (The Time & Space Machine Remix) 


Mittwoch, 4. August 2021

Three One After Another

 


Each day I go to work I have to travel for almost one hour with public travel. During this time I check the news on my mobile phone and listen to music. Sometimes on Spotify but mostly what is on the hard drive. I have to admit that I am surprised when I use  accidental reproduction and what forgotten gems appeared. So I decided to start a series of three songs that appeared in a row. No thoughts if it will fit to a theme or makes sense - just a short reflection what came to my ears. 

The first one was a song by Vic Chesnutt an American singer-songwriter who was a cross-border commuter between country, folk and a bit of punk. He collaborated with Bob Mould and a lot of other musicians from Athens, Georgia. I really love his version of the Southern gothic murder ballad of Bobby Russels' The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia not only because it is a sad story fantastic told.


The next one is by Matt Berninger, an American singer-songwriter and known as the frontman of The National. Loved So Little is a track from his first solo album released last year and superb like many of the songs on this album. A little gem that I rediscovered earlier this year.


The last one is by the only Cologne based artist I really enjoy during the last decades. While most Cologne artists to themselves feel fine in her native slang and declare nothing else than Cologne is the best, Jürgen Zeltinger with his debut album has put to himself a monument while he has interpreted many classics in new versions and in the Cologne dialect. This is probably the best cover version of the Ramones classic Rockaway Beach.



Montag, 2. August 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


In July 2016 Alan Vega died at the age of 78 by the aftermath of a stroke he had a few years ago. I don't have to tell about his influences and works with Suicide because most of you will know. During this year his widow and son opens their archives and releases album by album. The latest release was After Dark the result of a late night session from 2015 with Ben Vaughn's rock and roll band Pink Slip Daddy. And it shows what a great artist we lost. Based on a floor of classic blues rock his voice shows what rock and roll could be. Great stuff and I ask myself which collaboration will be released next.

Sonntag, 1. August 2021

Heart Shaped Scars

 


I was surprised to hear that Dot Allison is going to release a new album after more than a decade. And I have to admit that I was really curious to her new songs and if they are still relevant in these days. Since Andrew Weatherall produced her bands One Dove epic album Morning Dove White a superb melange of country and folk melancholy with dub and electronica I enjoyed listening to Dot's voice. Now the album moved away from any electronic beats towards a classical singer-songwriter style from the 70's. Listening to her songs I think it is the release of forgotten Sandy Denny songs. But it is simply Dot Allison. A beautiful album that makes a good start into August. If you have enough of beats and rock take a time out and listen to this.


Mittwoch, 28. Juli 2021

Your Ghost

 


Since a few week TheRobster is running a superb series of imaginary 7''s after a long running series about the singular adventures of R.E.M by JC & TheRobster. It was a highlight of the weekends during a couple of months and brought me back listening to their albums once again. When I listened to their songs again I remembered a song by Kritstin Hersh from 1994. Your Ghost was her first single and it was remarkable because it was the only collaboration with Michael Stipe on backing vocals. It is song that reached British charts until number 45 and one of those songs touched my soul in a way I couldn't explain. Only because it is beautiful.



Montag, 26. Juli 2021

Monday's Long Song


Last December I featured The Vacant Lots at this place with another long song from their latest album. This album combines two EP's of this Brooklyn based duo who carries the spirit of psychedelic rock and minimal rock and roll. I forgot this album during the last months bur I rediscovered it a few days ago. Their first recordings were collaborations with Sonic Boom and Alan Vega and you can hear their influences on the whole album as well as song structures we all knew by Echo and the Bunnymen. Damage Control is one of those overlooked albums from 2020 and it rises the more I listen to it and not only because it reminds me to long forgotten times. 



Sonntag, 25. Juli 2021

Nobody

 


In the past few days I have found little time and inspiration to post something at this post. Partly because I had too much to do at work and not to put something on paper sitting in front of the screen after work. Instead of continuing the blog I preferred to go for a walk or meet with friends. That doesn't mean that this blog come to an end. 

Farewell Dear Ghost is another talented band from Vienna, Austria and highly in Austria's independent station fm4.orf.at during the last years. Now they are back with a new song and the band moves from electronic influenced indie-pop to a much more guitar based sound. It is nothing more than a great piece of indie-rock like I never heard for a long time. 



Dienstag, 20. Juli 2021

High And Wild


After touring a long part of 2018 with Wooden Shjips Carlisle based  band The Lucid Dream released their fifth album The Deep End a few month ago. With their new album they added to their guitar dominated sound narcotically driven and danceable vibes. The bass rumbles and a disheveled percussion shuffles into an ecstasy based groove. 

Montag, 19. Juli 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


During the weekend Drew featured his latest purchases on Twitter. Beside Richard Norris' superb Hypnotic Response he also owned a release form a 30 year old collaboration between The Grid and Robert Fripp. The Grid was formed by Richard Norris and Soft Cell's David Ball as an early dance group. Robert Fripp was well known as a leading member of King Crimson and one of the first rock musicians that collaborated in the early 90's with new electronic music. The Grid and Fripp met for several sessions and the result was released on two albums almost 30 years ago. But there was more material that cried out to be released. The result is Leviathan where Fripp plays his Frippertronics to a sea of ambient. Fantastic music and a classic on another planet.




Sonntag, 18. Juli 2021

Shane


A few days ago I heard the news that Julian Temple made a movie about the varied life of Shane MacGowan. I didn't saw the move but as far as I know Punk chronicler Julien Temple frames the tragic story of the broken hero of the 80s with original footage from the 77's point period as well as animated stories and old films. This gives an equally coherent and broken picture between compassion and agitation, poetry and the story of a radical life in thsense of the Irish soul. In times where you could find 'Nor Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs'-labels in pubs his parents moved from Ireland to a London suburb where he grew up as Irish scum. This changed when he got part of the punk clique of Siouxie Sioux, Adam Ant and Don Letts that stamped vintage punk when he formed as an entourage of The Clash his own punk-band Nipple Erectors. It seems that MacGowan always had the idea to combine classical Irish music with the energy and ruthlessness of punk. The result was a "kick in the butt" of the Furays and Dubliners and modern Irish music, full of directness, full of drunken fun, full of longing and sadness, but not for Ireland, but for the Irish diaspora in London, England and the world. Therefore it is good to listen to them songs from time to time.

The Pogues - Connemara, Let's Go

The Pogues - Sally MacLennan

The Pogues - Boys From The County Hell

Freitag, 16. Juli 2021

Every Knee Shall Bow

 


The recent days a song appeared on my mobile phone on my way to work. It was a song by U-Roy a Jamaican DJ and reggae musician who was one of the earliest artists in this working with sound systems. His early records were produced by Lee Scratch Parry and he sadly never got the credits he should have. This version of Every Knee Shall Bow was toasted with over with Johnny Clarke (hi Jim) in the late 70's wand a contribution by Clash's Mick Jones. Another timeless song and sad that U-Roy passed away a few month ago.

U-Roy - Every Knee Shall Bow

Donnerstag, 15. Juli 2021

Moin

 


Moin is the German word in Northern Germany for saying hello and also for a new band from London. Formed by Joe Andrews and Tom Halsted probably known as Raime who released during the last years a couple of EP's influenced by British techno and dance music, industrial and gothic. Now they are back as Moin with a new album named Moot! On some tracks they sound like Fugazi made a new record, other ones have a more percussive mood. The way they transport a post-punk sound into now is very exciting and more than average in this genre. Another eclectic find this year for me. 

Dienstag, 13. Juli 2021

Free Ride

 


Richard Norris is another artist with a massive output during the last months. Between his monthly releases of Music For Healing he found the time to take a musical trip where German kosmiche music meets psychedelia, hypnotic repetition and an old Korg drum machine. Hypnotic Response is a perfect symbiosis between spaced out German electronic music and ambient mood. You can find more here.

Montag, 12. Juli 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


Since the late 60's Steve Hillage was a well known guitarist and member of the Canterbury psychedelic rock scene. 45 years ago he moved to New York to record his second solo L. Together with Todd Rundgren he made a classic cosmic rock album. Unusually for him he recorded a couple of cover versions. Donovan's Hurdy Gurdy Man is one of these examples how to turn a simple folk song into a spaced out guitar sound.

Steve Hillage - Hurdy Gurdy Man


Sonntag, 11. Juli 2021

Bloody Waters

 


H.E.R. stands for Having Everything Revealed and is the alias of Gabriella Wilson, an American R&B-singer from California. Already as a child she had a record contract, from which she could finally free herself to start her career artistically self-determined. At just 24 years old she has already received an Oscar, some Grammys and numerous other awards. With her new song she made me investigate for more of her songs. I describe it as modern R&B with a massive touch of Marvin Gaye-like soul. Like many other black artists  H.E.R sings about racism, ongoing protests, rebellion. But not loud and aggressive, instead calm and emotional.



Dienstag, 6. Juli 2021

 


Don't know why this song has came to my mind but I can't get them off my mind. Tony Joe White was an American guitarist and singer and known as a main figure of Southern American blues and swamp rock. He had no big commercial success except Pork Salad Annie but appeared on many albums as a session musician. He died a couple of years ago at the age of 75 and if you have a bit affection to blues rock you should give him a listen. 

Tony Joe White - Willie and Laura Mae Jones




Montag, 5. Juli 2021

Monday's Long Song

 

A few days ago I got the news of a compilation by a label I didn't heard before. Toulouse Gouffre Club shows only local bands but with a wide spectrum of sounds. The bands take you from rave to techno to downtempo to electric to Italian disco and back. I love this sampler because listening the first time to this you don't know where the next song will take you to. The best start might be label head Arabian Panther but the rest is also worth a visit. Seems like Toulouse has a great musical scene to explore

Dienstag, 29. Juni 2021

Hazel And Gold

 

One of the most productive artists today in electronic music is Daniel Avery. After his superb collaboration with Alessandro Cortini he released in spring a handful of EP's, singles and remixes he is now back with a new album. Together In Static was planed as another 12-inch but soon turned into a complete album full of synth-laden ambient with pulsing beats. Hazel and Gold sounds sometimes like early Aphex Twin having a session with Boards of Canada. Another high class record from Mr. Avery. 

Montag, 28. Juni 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


33 years ago Sonic Youth released their masterpiece Daydream Nation in alternative music from the 80's. They started as another band from the no-wave and noise corner in New York and soon showed that Thurston Moore, Lee Ronaldo and Kim Gordon are much more than average. Daydream Nation was their finalization of alternative rock before they moved to a major label. This album is still played at my home when I am in mood for great guitar music from the post new wave era and Teenage Riot is the best example how great music was made at these times-



Sonntag, 27. Juni 2021

E Too D

 


The Small Faces were without doubt one of the best early British band from the early to the mid 60's. I have to admit that I was a huge fan of Steve Marriot in my younger days. While most of my friends listened to The Beatles or The Rolling Stones I favoured The Small Faces and The Kinks. Probably because their sound was much rougher than the the other ones. The recent days I heard about that a live concert of The Small Faces from autumn 1966 in Belgium will released. What I found was a raw version of E Too D showing the best of them and what they are able to do live. Fantastic, even the sound is not high class but this don't mind for a former bootleg.



Mittwoch, 23. Juni 2021

Shaded Moon

 

Anders Trentemøller is back with a few new songs after a couple of new songs as well as the Danish team in the European championship. With his new songs he move back to his early influences like Joy Division or Slowdive. Shaded Moon starts like an outtake of a session by Joy Division and The Cure with a deep tuned bass and moves towards pulsating synths. An unexpected and superb return by him and one of the best songs this year so far.

Dienstag, 22. Juni 2021

Live Music On German TV

 


It was in the early 70's when two brothers from Los Angeles appeared on the scene. Ron and Russel Mael came to play their very own kind of glam rock and I have to admit that I didn't heard something like this before or after. Inspired by British bands like The Kinks, The Move and early Pink Floyd when Syd Barrett was their mastermind they made their masterpiece with their art-pop sound album Kimono My House from 1975. With their songs they were pre-punk, new wave and early synth-pop and had a massive influence to many bands and singers of the new wave era. This footage is an almost 15 minutes live appearance in the monthly show Musikladen. Love to see them after a long time and remembering a great and almost forgotten band.



Montag, 21. Juni 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


A few weeks ago Kelly Lee Owens released some reworks of songs from her latest album Inner Song. I like Kelly Lee because she never made a record that is dull or not worth to listen a second time. She also is able to create something new on things she did once. So I was surprised to hear that John Cale appeared on a song on Inner Song. Now it is out as a rework by London based musician and DJ Coby Sey. The vocal reminds me to the late albums by Gil Scott-Heron talking over a skittering drum workout but it is fascinating.

Donnerstag, 17. Juni 2021

Man Of Constant Sorrow

 


One of the oldest American folk songs is Man Of Constant Sorrow first recorded by a blind fiddler from Kentucky. Since then many artists made versions of this song. The probably best known version was by Bob Dylan released on his first album almost 60 years ago. This song appeared on my mobile phone a few days ago on my way to the office in a version by Rod Stewart. He also made a version on his first album and I almost forgot how great his version was when he was a kind of lad next door.

Rod Stewart - Man Of Constant Sorrow

In 2000 the song appeared on the soundtrack of the Coen brothers movie Oh Brother, Where Art Thoug their homage to Homer's Greek poem The Odyssey. It is also one of my favorite movies of all time because it is one of the few movies that transports a classic poem into the time of great depression with a superb atmosphere showing the South of the United States. 



Montag, 14. Juni 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


Alessandro Cortini is well known as a part of Nine Inch Nails and for me during the last years by his collaboration with Daniel Avery released his second solo album Scuro Chiaro the recent days. Bright and dark is the perfect translation/description of his album. There are short songs with a kind of dark vibe in it and there are dark songs like Nessumo that sounds like they were from behind a wall of fog evoking a kind of slow-motion panic. The songs as far as I heard yet are not easy to listen to but the more I listen to them and it's somber mood the more I like them.

Sonntag, 13. Juni 2021

Bored

 


A friend once said great pop songs will ever come unexpected. And I have to admit his words when I first heard Bored, the new single from IDER an London based songwriter duo. Over a rattling drum line Megan Markwick and Lilly Sommerville take the opportunity to reel off all the things they've been pissing them off. I really like this song and in better times this could be the song of the upcoming summer.



Samstag, 12. Juni 2021

Della Notte


 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

Earth Trip

 


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

Monday's Long Song

 


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

Woods


 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

If We Don't Make It

 


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.