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.

Montag, 31. Mai 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


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

Back To Normal Life

 


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

Mittwoch, 26. Mai 2021

The Commune

 


Almost two weeks ago the second release of Andy Bell's trilogy was released. It is his his first single from 2020 with additional mixes by Pye Corner Audio. I have to admit that I missed his first release under his own name but both songs from his single are superb and showed what we could expect from him. And for sure he fulfilled every expectations with his LP and as GLOK. A dreamy psychedelic influenced song with laid back guitar licks and echoed vocals. One of those songs that would have appeared in my year's end list if I knew them before. And PCA's remix is also worth to be listened and a perfect start into the second half of the working week.





Dienstag, 25. Mai 2021

Live Music On German Television

 


The recent days I found another gem of live music filmed for German TV-station. Back in 1968 the Berlin Jazz Days was a forum for jazz purists featuring arty musicians like Pharoah Sander and Gary Burton. To show their open mind they there also Muddy Waters played a gig with Otis Spann and Brian Auger together with Julie Driscoll and Trinity. This was one of the first gigs they played after they left Steampacket, a blues band they might be know as the first band Rod Stewart the lead vocals. Trinity had many jazzy influences and worked maybe as one of the first ones on an organ sound and tried to implement his musical collaborations from Jimi Hendrix to John McLaughlin. They had big success with a cover version of  Dylan/Danko's This Wheel On Fire. This footage shows another cover version and their interpretation of Donovan's Season Of The Witch is maybe the most ad-lip one beside Vanilla Fudge's scary version. 



Montag, 24. Mai 2021

Monday's Long Song


In the late 60's there was a radical commune in Munich, West Germany, where musicians and artists met as well as later founders of the Red Army Fraction. In these days were everything seemed to be possible Chris Karrer and others formed Amon Düül, as a band searching a new kind of music based on longer improvisations the main idea to make anti-music. After some musical discrepancies the band split and a few of the forming members continued their work as Amon Düül II with the claim of a minimum on song structures. During the change of the decade they released their first album Phallus Dei and after a contract with a major label their masterpiece with their double album Yeti. With their heavy and psychedelic guitars and their cryptic vocals they created a blueprint of what krautrock could be. Still a strange but fascinating sound after many decades.

Amon Düül II - Yeti

Samstag, 22. Mai 2021


Since today I am 62 years old, an age I couldn't imagine years ago. Normally I would celebrate my birthday with friends in a pub but the current times do not allow this. So I will do what is possible and meet a few friends in the park for a short time and couple of beers. I tried to find some songs with 62 or 59 in their titles but I have to admit that I didn't found one. So I decided to feature a song from times long gone by. The Housemartins released their debut in 1989 and sang on You keep it all in following lines: 'Just like that murder in #73 / Just like that robbery in '62 / With all there things that have happened to me / I keep it all in'. Still a fantastic song that will keep me moving forward.




Freitag, 21. Mai 2021

Nightlight

 


New York based band Suss released their first album Ghost Box in 2018 and they called their sound ambient country music. I had no idea what this could sound like but I was fascinated by their songs from the first time. The closest description was Brian Eno joins Ennio Morricone for making a new soundtrack for a spaghetti western. During the last year I played this record often when I would like to come down and relax. Now Suss released their third album Promise and their sound moved more to a nocturnal journey closer to space music while also having a sort of psychedelic undercurrent. Loops and light beats are sometimes present, but the music largely feels unbound by rhythm and free to drift away in wide-open spaces. Sometimes I think this could be an alternative soundtrack to Paris, Texas and I enjoyed this record much but I fear that Suss will be a best hidden secret still.

Mittwoch, 19. Mai 2021

Rastaman

 


In January a fantastic ICA from was posted at JC's place. Dirk showed us some real highlights of songs sung in German language. I remembered this when I rediscovered a song from 1981. It was the time when more and more bands tried to sing in their native language. Most of them are not worth to lose a word about but a many were forgotten in the course of time. This song is from a band close to my hometown and they were very famous at my place for a couple of years. Their unique feature was that they sung their songs not only in German - the sung in a dialect that is typical for the place I grew up. Schwoissfuass (sweaty foot) were a band based in the left-wing oriented alternative scene from the late 70's and incarnated the spirit of my generation with their lyrics and influenced by different styles like rock, blues, funk and reggae. That they also had a critical position to the commercialization of reggae music and the philosophy behind was shown on Bin I selbr Rastaman. If you are interested in the lyrics you can use a translator and I am not sure if Dirk will understand the lyrics because the dialect is as understandable as the Cologne dialect (Neckermann is one of the biggest travel agencies in Germany; Mannesmann was one of the leading companies in iron and steel industry). 

Schwoissfuass - Bin I selbr Rastaman


Neckermann.....Mannesmann

Urlaub in Jamaika

letztes Jahr in Kreta

Mit Neckermann zu Rastamann,

Reggae und Ragout

Urlaub in Jamaika

und nächstes Jahr noch weiter

Komm ich zrück nach Deutschland

mit ganz lockigem Haar

Rauch ich viel Marihuana

bin ich selbst Rastamann

und bezahl 3000 Mark an Neckermann, ooh ja

Treff ich in Jamaika

Freak aus Alemania


Möchte nächstes Jahr nach Mexico

in Deitschland machen es alle so

Freak aus Alemania

hat viel Geld und kannes sich auch leisten

Kommt er zurück nach Deutschland

mit ganz brauner Haut

Sagt er immer yeeaha

ist er selbst Rastamann

in seiner Wohngemeinschaft kann er dann errzählen, ooh ja

Und alle sagen Reggae,

und kaufen für viel Geld

Bob Marley in Amerika,

Records für Maffia.

Und alles sagen yeeaha,

und keiner versteht es

Und alle sagen Kaaja,

Bob Marley freut sich

Komm ich zrück nach Deitschland.

mit viel Souvenieren

Rauch ich wieder John Player,

bin ich wieder Neckermann.

Und wieder Kopf in Arsch von Mannesmann, ooh ja



Dienstag, 18. Mai 2021

Corner Shop

 


Welsh producer and DJ Alexander Paul Coe aka Sasha announced a compilation of electronic music a few weeks ago. He was influenced by acid house music and the Hacienda scene in Manchester and got critical respect for his remixes of songs by The Chemical Brothers, Madonna and Moby. His latest project was inspired by an Spotify-playlist called LUZoSCURA and with many other artists he made a compilation showing the possibilities of uniting different styles like breakbeat, ambient and melodies. This one is by himself and shows how good his project can work.

Montag, 17. Mai 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


During the last weeks I was listening to ambient music a lot. I can't tell the reason why this music fits to much more than many others. Maybe it's because I am getting older or just because this music is perfect to relax after a hard working day. Anyway, this genre has a long tradition and has it's roots in German electronic music in the late 60'd/early 70's. A few rock musicians from England became aware of the possibilities of the ARP 2600 synthesizer. One of the first was Brian Eno releasing a series of ambient albums. The first one Music For Airports is inspired when he had to wait for a connection flight in 1972 at the airport in Cologne-Bonn. He wasn't satisfied the music should have a calming effect on passengers. He decided to create a better sound and he made a successful job. In studio of legendary German producer Conny Plank he made an album with only four songs and for me it is the blueprint of a sound without many today's artists wouldn't exist.

Brian Eno - 2/2

Sonntag, 16. Mai 2021

We Are Between

 


It took more than six years for Isaac Brock, guitarist and singer of Portland based indie-rock and art-punk band Modest Mouse to release a new album. The Golden Casket will be released next month and the first appetizer We Are Between was released the recent days. Of course nothing new or groundbreaking was expected and this song is what they stand for: a powerful rock song with concise riffs over a chugging rhythm guitar. Repeating a good recipe is better than creating a spoiled new menue.



Freitag, 14. Mai 2021

He Walked In

 


In February Kid Congo Powers released Swing from the Sean DeLear an unexpected EP with The Pink Monkey Birds after a few years of absence. Delear was was the singer of LA punk band Glue who died four years ago. Kid Congo is now living in Austin, Texas and some could think he lost his power in the Texas heat were wrong. The first three songs show that he is still able to play a powerful garage sound with the Birds. On the second side of this EP he turns into another way. For 14 minutes he turns into an another direction. The music has a laid-back Chicano flavor reminding me a bit of Santana with flutes and bongos coming step by step to the forefront. As far as I know, the song came into being after Powers had a dream about late friend and bandmate Jeffrey Lee Pierce, who passed away in 1996. Power's voice is reminiscent of Vincent Price's, giving the song and eerie vibe especially when he sings 'Although you've been dead for quite some time, you walked into my room, you walked into my mind'. This could be featured in our Monday's series but it could be also a good start into the weekend.

Donnerstag, 13. Mai 2021

May Your Toes Kiss The Sand Again

 


I got aware of this song by cleaning my inbox from promotion mails the other day. I gave that mail promoting the new release by Duncan Gray a listen because it was released on the same label who gave us the superb album by The Long Champs. Gray is a British DJ, producer and founder of Tici Taci label and known for several collaborations with Sean Johnson. May your toes kiss the sand again has a remarkable bass and is inspired by Latin grooves and a perfect soundtrack to start in a bank holiday. Probably the best title of this year so far.

Mittwoch, 12. Mai 2021

Yesterday's Tomorrow

 


I didn't knew that there was a musical scene in Winston-Salem, North Carolina especially in the 70's. A few days ago a live recording came to my ears where former original member of bands from Winston-Salem came together again to perform the songs of their younger days. They reanimated the garage sound and the enthusiasm from their fuzzbox years and I have to admit that it was fun listening to these song that relegated me into times before punk when it was easy to take your instruments and play your own garage rock. This project was initialized by Chris Stamey and Peter Holsapple both members of Winston-Salem's most popular band The db's. 

Rittenhouse Square - Hot Smoke and Sassafras

The Royal Opposition - Galaxies Of Love

The Imperturbable Teutonic Griffin - I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)

Montag, 10. Mai 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


One of the first so called supergroups of the krautrock era was formed in 1973 as a collaboration of Cluster's Hand-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius and Michael Rother, guitarist by Neu!. When their first album was reduced to repetitive sound producer Conny Plank gave them a more brighter sound with dominating synths. Their second album De Luxe is a classic and played often when I don't really know what to listen to. 

Harmonia - Deluxe (Immer Wieder

Sonntag, 9. Mai 2021

Capable Rhythm

 


Last year Róisín Murphy released with Róisín Machine one of the best albums in 2020. An album house music should sound today. Now she is back with a new interpretation of this album. Together with her long time collaborator Richard Barratt aka Crooked Man they remixed the songs in a way I've never expected. If Róisín Machine was a great night on the dancefloor these remixes will be an after-show party where all things get darker and contorted. Another album for a years end list. And if this wasn't enough she will go on tour and swing by at my place. A good chance to see a live concert after many months.




Samstag, 8. Mai 2021

Monsters


 

During the last two years I featured Sophia Kennedy and her band Shari Vari a few times because their music mixed old and new to a very unique electronic pop sound. Now she is back with a new album and my expectations were fulfilled. Monsters is one of those pop albums with a fresh sound of flickering electronics, jazzy drums, beats, loops, guitars, strings, samples, synthesizer and her sometimes spoken sometimes rapping voice. An album that never gets boring because round the next corner you will be surprised by something unexpected.


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

Dienstag, 27. April 2021

One More Forgotten Band

 


In 1986 New Zealand's Flying Nun was the record label that introduced me to many great and now forgotten bands with their label compilation Tuatara. A band that didn't managed to be featured on this compilation were Able Tasmans. They borrowed their name from Dutch explorer Abel Tasman and released also in 1986 their first and superb debut A Cuppa Tea And A Lie Down. I really loved their sophisticated and superb arrangements between loud guitar music and pop elements. Largely acoustic sound added with keyboards and corrosive guitars. For me it is a timeless album filled with sweet, crafty and intelligent guitar pop songs that stand in a row with The Woodentops, Belle & Sebastian or Yo La Tengo.

Able Tasmans - What Was That Thing

Able Tasmans - Evil Barbeque

Able Tasmans - Little Hearts

Able Tasmans - Rainbow


Montag, 26. April 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


In 1983 Tony Carey, the former keyboard player of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, released Why Me one of the earliest synth based rock songs from Germany with his Planet P Project. Why Me is a synthetic product of course but this combination of reggae influenced reggae rock syncopation with synth-lade rock, catchy new wave hooks and a heavy guitar in the back made it as a timeless piece of music that is almost forgotten. The following decades he became a well respected session musician by artists that are famous in Germany but not worth to be named at this place.

Planet P - Why Me (Extended Mix)

Sonntag, 25. April 2021

Misery

 


International Music, a German band from Essen, was featured at this place for several times. Now their new album Ententanz was finally released and arrived yesterday. I had high expectations on this album not only because their first debut was on heavy rotation at my place a few years ago. As they played the best psychedelic pop on their first album now they moved ahead citing early 80's guitar pop and psychedelic sounds to add a Bowie-riff at some place. As always the lyrics are a kind of Dadaism and dreamy but this doesn't matter. For me it is an album I can get lost for one hour to find almost every musical quotation on this album. 



Samstag, 24. April 2021

Zion's Blood

 


It seems like the spring arrived finally at my place. The trees bloom, the flowers grow on the meadows and the temperature is rising even the nights are pretty cold. But this doesn't matter much because we're not allowed to leave our home after 10 pm. So the re-work of The Upsetter's first album Super Ape will be re-released as Super Ape Returns To Conquer is a perfect soundtrack for a walk in the country. Lee Perry's work at the control with dub and horns were a giant step for reggae at all.



Mittwoch, 21. April 2021

Post Punk Electronic

 


Another compilation came to my ears a few days ago. Do You Have the Force? It sprawls the years from 1978 to 1982 after punk broke and a few artists are ready to create alternative electronic sounds. Based on the ideas of punk and that everything could be possible bands like Suicide in NYC or Flying Lizards in Britain created a new kind of sound. Instead of guitars and drums they were focused on electronic equipments and prepared the floor for the the upcoming club sounds. It made fun listening to this long gone songs again.

Suicide - Mr. Ray

The Flying Lizards - Steam Away

New to me was The Sea of Wires, a DIY-synthesizer duo from Coventry and as far as I know they released their songs only on cassettes. It is a dark krautrock inspired sound and too good not to give them a listen.



Dienstag, 20. April 2021

No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith

 


Following yesterday's post it is a short step from Hawkwind to Motörhead. The link is Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister who played bass in both bands. Motörhead are pure Rock 'n' Roll and not another kind of hard rock. There were times when every year in December Motörhead came too Stuttgart to play their annual gig. Me and a couple of friends joined them from time to time even if it wasn't the kind of music we usual listened too. But their concerts were pure fun and gave us all classic Rock 'n' Roll could give: fast songs played with verve and very loud. When ever I was in the mood for music like this I come back to their first live recording from 1981 No Sleep 'Till Hammersmith. It is a their powerful legacy and maybe the best live album in this genre - not only because it is filled with their classic songs played in a high class way.

Motörhead - Ace Of Spades

Motörhead - Overkill

Motörhead - Motörhead

Montag, 19. April 2021

Monday's Long Song

 


Last week Swiss Adam made a great post about Robert Calvert and Hawkwind that made me pick up an old record by Hawkwind that I almost forgot over the years. In Search Of Space was their second album and for me the essence of the band and an album that combined krautrock elements with spaced out hard rock. Probably the originals could handle their instruments better but the members of Hawkwind didn't give a damn about this maybe because they didn't have any ambition to be rock stars and rather using drugs and booze. Lester Bangs once described this album as monotone jammings with hypnotic rhythms and solo unravelling off into space. The synthesizers warble, woof and scream and gurgle like barfing computers, the drums pound, and the singers chant unknown tongue rebobs. There is nothing more to add. 

Hawkwind - You Shouldn't Do That

Samstag, 17. April 2021

The White Tiger

 


During the last weekend I watched the movie The White Tiger on Netflix because you can't go out for a walk the whole day in times where everything is closed except supermarkets. I didn't had great expectations than two hours of entertainment but what I got was a great film showing life in India. A lot of protagonists showed in the movie I saw in the same way when I traveled through this country. The story of an ambitious Indian driver using his wit and cunning to escape from poverty and rise to the top is simple and many times told in different ways is not new but seldom made as a portrait of a corrupt and crooked country. It is great to see how the main figure in this plot got out of the trap of poverty. It is a movie I can recommend and here are some songs featured in this film,

 




Freitag, 16. April 2021

Subtle As A Flying Mallet


According to yesterdays post I grabbed out an old copy of Dave Edmund's second album Subtle As A Flying Mallet the second solo album by Welsh lad Dave Edmunds from 1975 after his band Love Sculpture dissolved. Inspired by the sound of Phil Spector he moved with this album from the classic blues-rock patterns to his interpretation of classic wall of sound songs. On the other side there were a few live tracks where he used the members of Brinsley Schwarz as his band (after he produced one of their albums). With this early recordings he was linked with the pub-rock scene in the mid 70's. This record sounds so out-of-time and at the same time contemporary if it is new to you or you didn't listen to for decades. 

Dave Edmunds - Born To Be With You

Dave Edmunds - No Money Down

Dave Edmunds - Leave My Woman Alone

Donnerstag, 15. April 2021

Wall Of Sound

 


Over the weekend I found an old sampler in my record collection while searching for something else. It was a compilation of  female singer or groups mostly from the early 60's. Since many years I didn't listen to The Ronettes, The Crystals or Ike and Tina Turner and I have to admit that their songs still has a great attraction to me. The man that created this sound was the last year deceased Phil Spector because he thought the sound of the original recordings were too thin. He placed more microphones in the studio to record the songs and afterwords he overdubbed the recordings. At least you couldn't identify any instrument exactly. But anyway this wall of sound is characteristic for his producing in the early 60's. Many other in history tried to copy this sound but most of them failed. A nice trip back to where great pop/soul songs were made.

The Ronettes - Be My Baby

The Crystals - Da Doo Run Run

Ike and Tina Turner - River Deep Mountain High

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)