Montag, 12. April 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


Ride guitarist Andy Bell released the first EP from his planed trilogy of solo EP's. It started with The Indica Galler EP and features five remixes by Martin Jenkins' Pye Corner Audio extended with his GLOK re-edit of Indica. I really enjoyed these remixes and it seems like Bell couldn't do anything wrong these days. It is a remix Andrew Weatherall would be proud of and a perfect start into a new working week.

Samstag, 10. April 2021

Blue Lines

 


This week 30 years ago Massive Attack released their debut album Blue Lines, an album that prepared the floor for trip hop and the so named Bristol sound. For me it was a manifestation how today's club sound should sound like. Formed by members of Bristol party collective Wild Bunch they created a never heard before mixture of electronic music, dub, reggae, hip hop and 70's soul mostly in a downtempo mood. I recommended this record to many people that year but less could see the beauty in the vocals by Shara Nelson, Tony Bryan and Horace Andy. Blue Lines accompanied me during the last decades and even Mezzanine might be better I will always come back to their superb debut.

Massive Attack -  Five Man Army

Massive Attack - Safe From Harm

Massive Attack - Be Thankful For What You've Got

Freitag, 9. April 2021

No Hope For A Sexual Revolution

 


With the huge amount of releases it is impossible to get all the best and new. It is all the more beautiful if I discover a good song several years after its release. This happened when I got the news that Höga Nord Records re-released High Boys' World Dumbination EP from 2017 the recent days. High Boys is the project by Jean-Louis Hutha and Joachim Nordwall and both sharing a massive fondness to early techno acid and try to integrate fragments of kraut psych into their sound. I have to admit that this song has this kind of hypnotic groove that I can't enough in it's way for a moment. 

Donnerstag, 8. April 2021

Much More Than Retro Folk Rock


Primrose Green by Ryley Walker was one of the best albums from 2015. Not only because I saw him live at these days I really liked him because he came across the same cosmic folk vein as Tim Buckley or John Martyn. Now he is back with his latest album Course In Faible recorded and produced in his hometown Chicago by John McEntire a former member of Tortoise and The Sea and Cake. This album is stamped by Walker's own unique voice and combines his eclectic influences like Nick Drake, John Martyn and Bert Jansch with a massive touch of prog-rock. It is not the album you can listen to every day but if you find the time to get into this record you might find the beauty in it. I guess this will be an overlooked highlight and someday a classic.

Mittwoch, 7. April 2021

Lost Steps

 

In the late 70's a lot of punk bands turned into reggae and experimented with dub and and other effects. One of the most influenced producer of this kind of music was Adrian Sherwood. He released on his On-U Sound-label the most significant records in this genre. The main were the New Age Steppers, a dub collective of former members of The Slits, PIL, The Pop Group and The Raincoats. They only released a few records but their influence was immense. I was surprised when I heard about the release of a new album by New Age Steppers until I found out that was only a compilation of lost tracks or versions that was only released as added versions of their albums for the Japanese market. And it is a gift that this songs and versions was released now on this fantastic compilation Avant Gardening. And it is great to listen to a long lost Peel-session when the missed Ari Up is on vocals.






Dienstag, 6. April 2021

New Hype On Tuesday

 


A year ago Dry Cleaning released two EP's featured here and I was fascinated by their combination of post-punk sound combined with the spoken words by Florence Shaw. Now they released their debut album and you can hear their names dropped in almost every music magazine as the next big thing. What it isn't. It is nothing more or less an album with some great songs on it pointing musically to the end of the 70's and early 80's. The sound is heavily inspired by Gang of Four, Young Marble Giants and wire. A dominant bass rules the songs and nervous guitars makes them outstanding from many other releases these days. What makes them also different to others are the vocals by Shaw. She's not singing, just speaking about everything and mostly incoherent for me. It is a cool sound but the longer I listen to it, the more it repeats and nothing new happens. If they'd chosen to make another EP it could have been one of the best in this year so far.  

Montag, 5. April 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


Almost one year ago the first album by Autoelia was released by Demian Castellanos and Tom Relleen. I missed their debut and got aware by recommendation from a friend. Autoelia, as originally coined by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, describes a process by which someone has a purpose in, rather than outside of themselves. Those who are autotelic depend less on external rewards for their satisfaction, being driven instead simply by purpose or curiosity. Their project was started as an opportunity to play more freely, with less of the process, consideration and production we both associated with our main projects. And that is what you can hear on this record - a free form of kosmische music based on the floor Cluster, early Spacemen 3 and a modern Brian Eno prepared. It is a 13 minute journey into space. Seems like another overlooked band.

Sonntag, 4. April 2021

Island Of Desolation

 


International Music is a German band from Essen and featured on this place for several times. Why? Because I think they are probably one of the best German acts today. I like their music where JAMC meets Can and F.S.K. and thick net from laconicism, melancholy, psychedelia and post- punk in whom one gets caught with pleasure. A few days ago they announced the release of their second album with the first single Insel der Verlassenheit a typical song with great guitars, a steady rhythm and cryptic lyrics as they used to have. After all a song with a great hook and perfect for a good start into Eastern Sunday.



Samstag, 3. April 2021

Lagos Calling


I am not a fan of the so called world music genre and certainly not a fan of arty music. Not because I don't like this genres but mostly I miss the main thing in music - soul. But sometimes I am surprised that there is music I can agree with. This happened when I listened to the latest album by Emeka Ogboh, an Nigeria born and now living in Berlin artist and former art student working with the urban sounds of his hometown Lagos. Ogboh works with the sounds, voices, songs, shouts, screams, noise of a city. He also composes songs and public speeches, which he incorporates into experimental musical pieces and sound installations. I really like this kind of musical experience that reminds me at Pantha Du Prince another electronic artist from Berlin. Lekki Ajah Freeway combines the sound of the city with motorik grooves. A sound experience I didn't expected. 

Freitag, 2. April 2021

Diabolique

 


It is April and a quarter of the year lies behind us. And also days that are ruled by the pandemic that last now more than one year. Since a long time I knew that only vaccine will relief our life. Not that it will be like it was before but in a way that might come close to it. The most that worried me during the last months was not the social distance we should have - it was the new about corrupt politicians making their own profit on delivering vaccine to the health organisations (that our government isn't able to make a strategic plan for a people's vaccination is a thing I sadly accepted since a longer time). The good thing is that I found more time to listen to music - especially the ones I didn't played much during the last months.

One of those is Diabolique, the 2019 release by L Èpée, a collaboration between The Liminanas and Anton Newcombe from Brian Jonestown Massacre. You can name their sound underground psychedelic pop and it is true when you listen to the beautiful and soft voices of Emmanuelle Seigner and Marie Liminina that switches from French to English and back. The sound is psychedelic and heavy influenced of late 60's American psychedelic bands with their echoing guitars and trippy phasing keyboards. What this record makes outstanding is that L Épée found their very own sound and wrote and arranged a lot of songs that will stand the test of time.

L Épée - Dreams

L Épée - Ghost Rider

L Épée - La Brigade des maléfices

s and beautifully balanced instrumental arrangements which seem to grow and evolve as the songs play out. The tones are retro, french vintage tones with a variety of well played and arranged instruments. The songs build and change, sometimes guitars drenched in reverb raw and exposed with super cool attitude take the front melody while at other times layers of arranged instruments create an textured and beautiful sound.


Mittwoch, 31. März 2021

Quiet Is The New Loud

 


20 years ago when bands like The White Stripes with their reduced to basics sound were popular two guys from Norway brought us a different kind of music. Also reduced to simple acoustic guitars Erlend Øye and Eirik Bøe made the sound of that summer for me. I remember that I really liked their acoustic excursions into their kind of songwriting and I have to admit that it took me a long time to get back to Kings Of Convenience. After all these years the songs have still a relaxed mood and fits perfect to watch the sundown somewhere in summer. 

Kings of Convenience - Failure

Kings of Convenience - Toxic Girl

Øye later left the singer/songwriter island and moved toward the clubs and dancefloor with his German/Norway electronic dance music project The Whitest Boy Alive. A few years later Øye released a remix-album from Quiet Is The New Loud and some remixes like this one by Four Tet are also worth to give them a listen.

Kings of Convenience - The Weight of my Words (Four Tet Remix)

Dienstag, 30. März 2021

New Hype On Tuesday

 


Like most of you I can remember the days when we went out to see a band playing live. I can remember many gigs watching a young band playing empathetic set. When I was searching for Manchester's Blanketman in the internet it seems as they were famous for their live shows. And listening to their debut EP National Trust I can believe this. Seven songs in less than 20 minutes shows where they come from. A band that holds the flag of post-punk very high but with a massive pop-appeal. Most songs base on a jangly guitar and a forward drifting bass and with best ingredients of what made Manchester indie-rock made famous.

Montag, 29. März 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


Last week a got the news that Norwegian duo Lost Girls released their first album called Menneskekolletivet, what means the human collective in their native language. It is the result of a long time collaboration between singer/songwriter, producer and composer Jenny Hval and mulit-instrumentalist Harvard Volden and I only knew her for some songs she released during the last years. I had no idea what I have to expect but the result is stunning and one of the best new sounds I listened this year so far. The album contains six long songs, two of them more than ten minutes and every song is different to the others. What combines them is that they try new structures in songwriting and arranging them. Like Lost Girls explains the music flickers between club beats and improvised guitar textures; between spoken word and melodic vocalt textures; between abstract and harmonic synth lines. If you find some time to listen to this you will get requited with a trip from spoken word over warm padded synths not knowing in which direction the song will develop.


Mittwoch, 17. März 2021

Visions Of You

 


30 years ago now Jah Wobble released Rising Above Bedlam, an album where he combined influences of world music with his experiences of post-punk and the collaboration with Holger Czukay. On this album he made a great step forward away from his former roots but still with a deep tempered bass and melody figures I seldom heard before. He also collaborated on this album with Brian Eno and for some songs with Sinéad O'Conner, a voice I always liked to listen to. Visions Of You was probably his biggest chart success but I almost forgot how great this song and his bass lines were. One of my finest founds in my collection during the last days.

Jah Wobble and the Invaders of the Heart - Visions Of You

Dienstag, 16. März 2021

New Hype On Tuesday

 


A few days ago various medias featured the first album by Louisa Pillot as one of the hottest acts around. She's a techno DJane and brings back the cold but pulsing industrial sound to now. I know that this is not everybody's cup of tea but I like the way she interprets techno and her roots in industrial music. Sometimes I remember Anne Clark from the early 80's who made a similar sound almost 40 years ago. Pillot raised in NYC and is now located in France and it seems the times are right for a renaissance of cold industrial beats and post-EBM beats. On her debut, she performs her vocals, which are spoken word rather than vocals, confidently and strongly, even when she talks about topics such as love, loss, death and eroticism. This debut album with it's stomping beats is a demanding but absolutely worthwhile trip to the darkest corners of electronic music. An album I really like to listen to. I am not sure if this is the start of a new series so make your own meaning about it.

Montag, 15. März 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


There are already some days gone since I published something on this pages. But to be honest I wasn't in the mood for this since they found blood in my motion at my latest preventive medical checkup. Crazy thought were running through my brain like how to live with cancer and so on and I didn't found the muse for posting something on the blog. Last Friday I had my final colonoscopy and I am so happy that the result is negative and I can keep on living the way I used to do. One of the first records I played after this result was the fantastic live album by Donny Hathaway from 1972. Still one of the best live soul albums ever.

Donny Hathaway - The Ghetto

Donnerstag, 4. März 2021

 


Two days ago Serge Gainsbourg died and I think it is time to remember one of the greatest singer/songwriter from France ever. Not only because of his duets with Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin or his songs for France Gall he was a leading figure of the  Yé-Yé movement which could be described as the French pendent to beat music. I have to admit that I always had a fondness for chansonniers because they had mostly something to say. 50 years ago Gainsbourg released his masterpiece with a concept album telling the story of 15-year-old Melody, played and sung by Jane Birkin, who is approached by a man, Serge Gainsbourg, at Rolls-Royce. He falls in love with the young girl, spends his most beautiful time with her and finally loses her in a plane crash. He was always radical in any way he made songs and telling stories and never mind what people thinking about his art. A hero of my very younger days and still one you can listen to in present times.

Serge Gainsbourg - Melody

Mittwoch, 3. März 2021

Compersion

 


Spring is ahead and it seems that many bands finished their work on new records during the pandemic days. The greatest surprise was that Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton aka Arab Strap will release a new album during the next weeks. I don't know much about the album as you can hear on bandstand but what I heard was good enough for me to pre-order the album. The song and instrumentation is dark and Aidan's voice fits well to this song.

Dienstag, 2. März 2021

Nike Soldier



Last week I got a promotion information by Sacred Bones Records that they are going to release next month of a new album by Alan Vega. Of course it is not a new album - it the release of his lost album which was recorded in a collaboration with his wife Liz Lamer and Jared Artaud in NYC between 1995 and 1996. The first appetizer Nike Soldier shows that he was still on a high level recording dark industrial motorik sounds and there was still a fire burning inside him. A song that is out of time of course but shows again why many bands name him and Suicide as a massive influence.  

 

Montag, 1. März 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


The latest release by Rude Audio is a collaboration by Marc Ratcliff and Dan Wainwright who gave us a few of the best songs/remixes during the last year. I heard this song the first time last Friday when Spotifiy released new songs according my usual listen. It is a song that I can't get out of my head and I had to listen to it several times during the last weekend. It is a song that could appear on his missed monthly shows by Andrew Weatherall on NTS. A gritty dub inspired song starting slow and develops a spaced atmosphere the longer it goes on. 



Sonntag, 28. Februar 2021

Short Cut Draw Blood

 


As I was searching in my vinyl collection for something old by Traffic I found the first album by their drummer Jim Capalidi. I really forgot about this album and have to admit that I really can't remember why I bought this. Short Cut Draw Blood is no groundbreaking album or one you bought while it was the biggest thing in 1975. Probably because Traffic was a band I liked much at these days. Listening to Capaldi's songs after almost 50 years I have to say that he wrote some superb songs with the assistance of a bunch of great session musicians. Finally it was a good choice going back with my memories for times long gone by.

Jim Capaldi - Goodbye Love

Jim Capaldi - Living On A Marble

Jim Capaldi - Short Cut Draw Blood

Donnerstag, 25. Februar 2021

Free From Gravity

 


British electronic pop-rockers Django Django released their latest album a few weeks ago and they added to their psychedelic and krautrock inspired roots more ingredients of pop. Not that it is bad - it is still a search their very own sound. Their feastful synthie-sounds and hypnotic drum-loops sounds like Phoenix or Hot Chip at their best. This remix is one of those I will come back from time to time.



Mittwoch, 24. Februar 2021

Vendetta


 Copenhagen's post-punk band announced the release of their new album for May this year and released the first single Vendetta. And this songs makes me want to have some more of this fascinating little band. It electrifies me with blustering electronic beats, sharp guitar riffs and haunting vocals. One of the best new songs from this genre I listened to during the last weeks.

Montag, 22. Februar 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


In 2017 a project started in Glastenbury when former Hawkwind member Nic Turner was invited to create a jam session with bass player and producer Youth. The result was a kosmische trip in psychedelic space with the leading saxophone of Turner. A few years later they found together again to do another jams in a studio in London to reproduce their live sound. The result is a freaked out psychedelic trip into space remembering the old days of krautrock. 





Sonntag, 21. Februar 2021

You Are Enough

 


Sometimes a song needs a remix to make it something special. This happened with the remix of Ron Gallo's single from last year You are enough. In it's original it was another song by a singer/songwriter about his personal depression Gallo's label-mate Caroline Rose re-imagines the track as a pulsing banger. Thick techno beats and heavily distorted vocals form a hypnotic club reverie. It’s a darker turn, but one that ends up equally uplifting in its own insular way. Surly not everyone's cup of tea but for me one of the better electronic tracks this year so far.



Donnerstag, 18. Februar 2021

Rotational Squelch

 


Pye Corner Audio is name of the electronic music project by Martin Jenkins probably known for his superb remix of Andy Bell's Cherry Cola from last year and supporting Mogwai on tour a few years ago. His music meandering form of buzzing synths crawling around before steady bass-thumps emerges out of the thicket of noise. It all exists together in the space between dance music and a soundtrack of movie with endless skies. I really like this pulsing little gem that makes the start into a new working day much easier.

Mittwoch, 17. Februar 2021

The Chrono Psionic Interface



One year ago we were all shocked by the sudden death of the probably best DJ in the world. Since then I spent a lot of times listening to the songs and remixes by Andrew Weatherall and I have to admit that I miss him and his monthly shows on NTS introducing new and excellent stuff to me. I asked myself several times if there are existing some hidden remixes somewhere in the attic that will be released one day. Yesterday I got the news that A Man Called Adam released a song to commemorate the 1st anniversary of his death. This latin based song is a charity project for Thrombosis UK, a project supported by Andrew Weatherall and you can get it here.

Steve Jones wrote some words about this track:

Many years ago we spent a night in a shitty hotel room in Coventry (The Godiva), laughing and talking with Andrew, and that night he specifically asked if he could remix our song The Chrono Psionic Interface. It’s a wonderful mix that sounds as fresh and brilliantly Weatherall as it did the first time we heard it.


Montag, 15. Februar 2021

Monday's Long Song


Kombynat Robotron announced the release of a new vinyl for the next weeks. I featured them in this series once and I am looking forward to this release. KR are a band holding up the flag of krautrock very high. Their music is more or less the result of long improvised jams with guitar feedbacks, wah-wah-guitar and mostly without a lead vocal. This sound is so old but still innovative and are as good as many of Scandinavian bands playing on the same ground.   


Mittwoch, 10. Februar 2021

Robber


The Weather Station, the indie-folk band by Toronto based singer Tamara Lindeman released their fourth album a few weeks ago filled with songs I can't allocate to simple genre. Based on a floor of skittering drums, keyboards, a saxophone and a reluctant guitar she sings with a voice that reminds me on Joni Mitchell. It is one of those little gems that come unexpected to your ears and the more you listen to their superb songs the more details you will find in them. An album I will come back for several times during the next time.


 

Dienstag, 9. Februar 2021

Another Saturday Night

 


Since a few weeks there is running an excellent series on Saturday over at CC's place about Saturday Night songs. Last weekend CC posted the picture of an album he never knew before but was corresponding to the series theme. It was the picture sleeve of a sampler originally released in 1974 compiling songs from the Louisiana Cajun scene I owned decades ago. I can't explain why I bought it because it is not the kind of music I listen very often to. Maybe because it was cheap and I knew some of the songs from other artists. Anyway, I can remember that I used to play it often especially the songs with accordion in it. I picked this record out last weekend and have to say that I enjoyed the freshness of the sound and the fun the artist had recording them. Most of them has their roots in country and early R 'n' R but this is more a compliment than a critic. This is also a brief survey of the early sound swamp rock. Enjoy.

Richard Belton - I am a lonesome fugitive

Austin Pitre - Two step de Bayou techne

Johnnie Allen - Promised Land

Clint West - Another Saturday Night




Montag, 8. Februar 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


Stuart Staples announced from Nottingham based band Tindersticks the release of a new album called Distraction. The album will contain a few new songs and some cover versions from Neil Young and Television Personalities. The leading song Man Alone is the longest song Tindersticks ever recorded as far as I know and I only can say it is a beautiful one (for one that isn't a huge fan of the band). With a throbbing and repetitive bassline, there's an almost trance-like vibe to it, dark and hypnotic. Sometimes it sounds like a journey through a dark and rainy night and full of ideas and breaks. Certainly one of the best songs this year and one I never expected from this band.

Sonntag, 7. Februar 2021

Babadiba

 


South London based band Goat Girls released their new album a few days ago. Like their first one three years ago it is worth to give a listen. While post-punk and rough guitars ruled the sound now they added some synths and a pop-flair to their imagination of today's indie-sound. When I listen to Babadiba The Breeders, Elastica or The Slits come to my mind. Not because of a nostalgia feeling more because of their nonchalance in using post-punk and indie fragments and creating their own sound. Seems like a revival of new generation of guitar will come this year. Fontaines D.C. and Goat Girl are part of it.Goat



Samstag, 6. Februar 2021

The Stars We Are

 


A few days ago I read the news that Marc Almond will release an extended version of his 1988 classic The Stars We Are. For this reason I grabbed out my original and played once again after ages. I think I don't have to say much about Marc Almond because most of you will know him, if only for his work with Soft Cell. And I can say that I really enjoyed listening to this once again. The album was high in the charts when it was released and it seems like an almost perfect pop album. Away from the synth-pop of Soft Cell and the cover version he did with Matt Johnson as Marc and the Mambas he added orchestral sounds to his songs that make the songs brighter. This album shows also his talent in songwriting and choosing excellent duet partners. Your Kisses Burn is still a highlight not only because it was one of the last performances by German chanteuse Nico. 

Marc Almond - These My Dreams Are Yours

Marc Almond - Tears Run Rings

Marc Almond - Your Kisses Burn

Marc Almond - Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart

Donnerstag, 4. Februar 2021

Innerland


Three years ago English musician, producer and songwriter Mark Peters released his first album Innerland his interpretation of a native or resident of Lancashire. Eight instrumentals I can't more than describe them as beautiful tracks somehow between late Talk Talk, The Durutti Column and minimal Brian Eno. I got aware of him because of his collaborations with Ulrich Schnauss and found this record on my hard drive a few days ago. It is one of those records you owe, listen, enjoy and forget until the time has come to see the beauty in the songs.

Mark Peters - May Mill

2019 he released a remix version of the album called New Routes Out Of Innerland showing that this songs work on a funky or Balearic style as well.

Mark Peters - Twenty Bridges (Andi Otto Remix)


Dienstag, 2. Februar 2021

Abstinence Blues

 


As Swiss Adam mentioned last Saturday Meatraffle one of the most innovative London bands during the last years are going to release a remix-EP of Abstinence Blues a song from their last year's EP. This song was also remixed by MixHell who also made the remix of Meatraffle on the Moon. And still another great remix of a song that starts slow with a pumping bass waiting for distorted vocals taking over the rhythm. Another very fine piece of music

Montag, 1. Februar 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


Belgium seems to be one of the best places in new music these days with a vivid and vibrant music scene especially for electronic music in many variations. Ghent music label is going to release Berlin based producer and DJ Luca Musto's first full album in a few weeks. The leading single Toledo was released in advance a few days ago and it is a splendid hybrid of electronic beats and hip hop. The hypnotic groove made listen a few times to this song. 

Sonntag, 31. Januar 2021

A Hero's Death

 


Dublin based post-punk band Fontaines D.C. was one of my findings last year. I liked their mix poetic essays about life, Irish youth and Dublin and fury guitar riffs. To be honest, I didn't listen much to them during the last year but when their album to my turntable it was a pleasure listening to them. Now they released a remix of the title song from their last album. Soulwax added a skipping bass-line to this song and sometimes it sounds close to LCD Soundsystem. Not the worst you can say about a remix.



Samstag, 30. Januar 2021

Vertigo Days


German indie-band The Notwist released with Vertigo Days their first album since more than six years. This band from Southern Bavaria was one of the most influential German bands in the 90's because you couldn't grab their sound not only because the masterminds the brothers Archer meander between punk, rock and metal. During the years they included some jazz-styles into their sound and worked on soundtracks for independent German movies. Now they are back with an album that sounds like a 50 minutes session when every song slips into the next one and tempo and rhythm changes more than once. And still you can't archive them in one file because each guest musician from all over the world makes the song special. So Chicago clarinetist Angel Bat Dawid give Into The Ice Age a jazzy touch or Japanese vocalist Saya give Ship an exotic touch over a krautrock-groove. The Notwist are back and still open for new sounds. 

Donnerstag, 28. Januar 2021

Islands Past

 


Like many times before I listened to a new song and this song didn't escape my mind. This happened recently when I listen to Island Past by Saccades a solo project by Nicholas Wood the former half of KVB an audio-visual duo which worked on their own kind of electronic post-punk and shoegaze in the last decade. Now he turned more into a sort of escape music for quieter moments. This song is a melange of idyllic synths, an accented bass, laid back guitar parts and dreamlike vocals. Perfect for a start into after-work hours. 

Dienstag, 26. Januar 2021

Our Lips Are Sealed

 


It is now 40 years ago when Los Angeles band The Go-Go's released their first album. They were one of the first female bands writing their own songs and playing their instruments. The music press filed them under new wave but for me they were the perfect power-pop band in their time and I have to admit that I really liked their naturalness and abandon in playing. And they were good and wrote some songs for eternity that makes me smile when I listen to them again. Jane Wiedlin, guitar player by The Go-Go's, wrote together with Fun Boy Three's Terry Hall one of the best pop songs from the early 80's. Seldom the lyrics and music were in harmony like this. Both versions are great but if I had to decide my favorite I will ever go for Fun Boy Three.





Montag, 25. Januar 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


In 1970 Brinsley Schwarz released their eponymous first self titled album and it is one that was a good friend to me over decades. Someone named them as a blend of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Bob Dyland and The Band, Buffalo Springfield with a heavy dose of early Yes and I can agree to this description. For me they were the unbeatable band of the pub-rock days and their songs were always a pleasure to listen to. Their debut album showed more roots in rock music before they drifted into country albums later. And it was Nick Lowe who wrote the most songs and shows his abilities on writing great songs. Maybe the reason I like this album is that they turned away from rhythm and blues and added country blues to it. It is  unbelievable that this record still sounds fresh after almost 50 years.  

Brinsley Schwarz - Ballad Of A Has-Been Teenage Queen

Sonntag, 24. Januar 2021

Sabotage

 


Regular readers will know that when I switch on the radio I usually listen to Austria's station FM4. This station features new music with a massive focus on local artists. During the last years I discovered many new bands when they was introduced to the audience. One of those were Cari Cari an Austrian indie-rock band formed with the claim to get their music into a Tarantino film. And their sound would fit well to it. I saw them live a few years ago (in those days when it was possible) and overwhelmed of their presence on stage. Last week the station celebrated their 26th anniversary and many bands made some live home sessions for them. They started with Cari Cari and they covered the first song ever played on the station - Sabotage by the fantastic Beastie Boys following by other songs by them and one more cover by Asap Rock. You can find this session for a limited time here.


Samstag, 23. Januar 2021

Island of Abandonment

 


Almost three years ago International Music, an indie-rock band from Essen, Germany, released with Die Besten Jahre (the best years) one of the best German albums during the last years. I featured this superb band once here and still love their music. Now they announced the release of their second album for April and offered as an appetizer a new single. Insel der Verlassenheit shows what I love them for: psychedelic guitars and repetitive rhythms which resemble to the best krautrock bands of 70th in persuasive manner. In addition they appear with a catchy pop advances in their sound. For me the song of the week.





Freitag, 22. Januar 2021

Socery

 


A few days ago Höga Nord, Gothenburg's finest record label re-released an EP by Higamos Hogamus, a music project Steve Webster and Toby Jenkins. Both were producers, musicians and composers from Canada/USA and in business for decades. I have to admit that I never heard from them before but I like this little gem in electronic music. Spacy synths building the floor for excursions into other dimensions.

Mittwoch, 20. Januar 2021

Mangroves

 


Contours is the project by Manchester based musician, producer and DJ Tom Burford. A few month ago he released a four track EP as Pyramid Project, a collaboration with Kenya's most accomplished musicians. The result is a fantastic interaction of a steady rhythm section with drums, bass and a dubbed out percussion leading into a cosmic club cut. If you have a bit of sympathy for world music have a listen to this.

More roots in African music you can hear on Driver a stomper with added horns that sounds like Fela Kuti is moving to dancefloor.

Montag, 18. Januar 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


In 1928 Russian dancer and actress asked the French composer Maurice Ravel to compose a piece of music similar to a Spanish ballet. The result was Bolero one of the most played classical pieces in music. I am not familiar with classical music but this is truly a masterpiece. The song lives by  changing instrumentation on every variation and a steady crescendo. Many artists in rock music tried to make their own version of this song or used fragments of it in their songs. Not only this shows how great and popular this composition was.

Frank Zappa - Bolero

Deep Purple - Child In Time



Sonntag, 17. Januar 2021

Believer

 


Since last week my company ordered me to work more times from my home because the number of Covid 19 infected are still on a high level in Germany and many co-workers in my office got infected too. As I supposed I worked more than an eight-hour-shift at my place because the work has to be done. Therefore I was more tired in the evening times as I was when I came home from work regular and I find less time to listen to music or reading a good book. 

I found this song last week and I have to say that I like it although it isn't the sound I use to listen often. Black Honey is a band from Brighton and active since 2014. It is simple indie-rock and I think it would sound great on an open-air festival and become a hymn with it's forward driving sound and stomping chords. 



Mittwoch, 13. Januar 2021

Pathfinder

 


The first release this year worth to be featured at this place from Gothenburg's Höga Nord records is the new single by Timothy J. Fairplay. He's well known for his long time collaboration with Andrew Weatherall and I like many of his shows featured on the well known sites. This one is a song with a divert rhythm and a hypnotic grove and the more I listen to it the more I like.

Sonntag, 10. Januar 2021

That's When I Reach For My Revolver

 


I can't forget the pictures I saw a couple of days ago when a right-wing mob stormed the Capitol in Washington. I am far away to blame all Americans but you can see what a so called leader is able to to. Drilling hatred in every speech he did, insulting everyone who don't agree to his words and ignoring every other opinion. He will leave in a few days but I fear he's not gone. If his aim is true to form up in a few year for another election his seed will rise. All those nationalists are going to tear democracy down. I saw pictures like these a few months ago when a similar mob stormed German Bundestag. And you can see in social medias that fools denying Covid 19 and comparing the lockdown rules with a concentration camp having thousands of followers. These scenes and the hatred I hear reminds me on the darkest German days when the Weimar republic died and a big leader took over the control. It may be a dark vision but thinking of this all makes me angry and I remembered a song by Mission of Burma from long times ago (of course not really want to use).

Mission of Burma - That's When I Reach For My Revolver 

Samstag, 9. Januar 2021

Weekend

 


The first working week of this year is over and this year started with a lot of trouble with computing center. I had to do the same jobs twice because our company switches to a new generation of and IBM analysis tool because my programmings in the new world won't work correct until we completely switched. So I came home often exhausted and only wanted to rest and relax. So I spent some times listening to The Orb's overseen release from last year Abolition of the Royal Famila. This album will be released in March as a remix album named Guillotine Mixes. The first one I listened to was by Dom Beken and Kris Need - names that tells me nothing. But it is a relaxed nine minutes trip into other spheres.